Sunday, April 26, 2015

Looking for challengers! :)


{Are you ready to start YOUR journey?}

I am looking for 5 people who are:

- Tired of feeling tired!
- Willing to invest in their own long-term health and nutrition
- Are busy but committed to learning lifestyle changes that will last
- Tired of "quick fixes"
- Able to commit to 30 days to get back on track

If you are ready and serious about making the changes needed for a healthier YOU, fill out this form!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Homemade Almond Butter


Have almonds? Have a food processor or high-powered blender? Make your own almond butter! Just add almonds, let it spin for 20-30 minutes, and voila! :3

It will be very loud, and it will also get pretty warm, which releases the oils from the nuts to make it creamy. I don't add anything, which is great! No added sugar, salt, or preservatives. Will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. You can use this technique with other nuts too! Try cashews or macadamia nuts for a twist. :)

One of my 21 Day Fix Extreme snacks today - 1 teaspoon of almond butter on a toasted slice of BountifulBaskets.org's omega 3 bread. Coffee not shown! :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spaghetti squash - healthy, fast, and delicious!



It hit me last night - now that I've learned how to microwave spaghetti squash, cooking spaghetti squash is actually faster than cooking spaghetti noodles :o Add a jar of organic marinara sauce, can of sliced mushrooms, cheese, turkey meatballs, and a salad on the side - super easy, nutritious meal!

To microwave spaghetti squash, you'll first have to cut it in half (This is the hard part!). Once you split it, scrape the seeds out. Brush the inside surface with fat of choice (I prefer bacon grease!), and place both halves upside down in a microwave safe dish. Cover, and microwave for 8 minutes. Carefully remove cover and push down on the outside of the squash with your thumb (It will be hot!). If it dents, it's done! If not, put back in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and recheck. Let sit for a few minutes, and then scrape out the "spaghetti" with a fork. Top with sauce and toppings as you like, and enjoy! :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Shaun T does it again! CIZE - coming this Summer!

Super excited about the new Beachbody workout - CIZE! Looks like so much fun! Matthew said he would do dancing lessons with me ;) It's on! <3

Posted by Mikki Kline on Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kitchen counter upgrade!


Baking has been a lifelong hobby of mine, and for years I have dedicated significant counter space in my kitchen to it. Previously occupying this space was my Kitchenaid stand mixer and stainless steel canisters of flour, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, and brown sugar. To make my daily Shakeology, I was getting out a big blender, placing it on the kitchen island, making my shake, cleaning all the parts, and putting it back up. Stand mixer usage? Maybe once a month.

To match my current way of life and eating habits, they have all found a new home in the pantry. New residents - a Ninja blender for Shakeology and a FoodSaver to help preserve fresh foods, leftovers, and divide bulk food purchases into single portions.

Are there any changes you could make to your existing kitchen to align with a healthier lifestyle or even to make your kitchen activities easier?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Back on track!

Two weeks of ‪INSANITY‬ to go! I should only have a week and a half, but I ended up shifting my schedule due to two missed workouts last week. I got back on track Saturday, and plenty of sleep this weekend, so I am rested, recharged, and ready to go!

“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” - Gena Showalter

Today is a beautiful new day! Don't stress about your slip ups, just learn from them and move forward!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Spinach Artichoke Dip Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Here is a yummy variation on the stuffed bell pepper, substituting rice with quinoa and loading it with veggies and cheese!



Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can of quartered artichoke hearts
  • 10 oz of spinach (I used organic kale medley - spinach, kale, carrots)
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 4-6 bell peppers (any color!)
  • 1 cup water

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350 F.

In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add the dry quinoa and return to a boil. Cover the pan, and reduce to a simmer for 15 min. Remove from heat and set aside when it's done. 

Cooked quinoa - yummy!
Meanwhile, pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet. Sautee the minced garlic and diced onion in the olive oil until the onion is tender. Add in the sliced mushrooms and artichoke hearts. Add in your greens - spinach, kale, or any combination will work! Cover the pan if needed to soften the greens. Stir in the feta cheese, cream cheese, and 1/2  cup of the parmesan cheese. Stir until melted. Once the cheese is completely melted and mixed evenly, stir in the cooked quinoa and mix. Remove from heat.
Greens, mushroom, artichoke, and cheese mixture before adding quinoa
Added the quinoa to the veggie/cheese mix
Cut the tops off of the bell peppers, remove seeds, and place in a deep baking dish that has a cover. Stuff each bell pepper with a heaping amount of the filling. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining parmesan cheese. Add 1 cup water to the bottom of the baking dish, cover, and place in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the cover, and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Then enjoy! 


All cut up and ready to eat :3
Servings: 6 • Calories: 334 • Fat: 14 g • Carb: 38 g • Fiber: 6 g • Protein: 16 g • Sugar: 8 g
Sodium: 890 mg  • Cholest: 31 mg

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Very proud of my husband, Matthew, who completed the Never Quit 5k today with an approximate 10 min mile pace!

The mission of the 5k is to educate the community on how to avoid Brain Bleeds, Stroke and Heart Disease through healthy life choices and encourage everyone to take on a NEVER QUIT attitude and live life to its fullest - something we can all rally behind!

http://neverquitnever.com/



Matthew is a baseball fan too, and I thought the Babe Ruth quote above matched the spirit of the race perfectly!