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Baked Spaghetti Squash + Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce

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Sooo… I haven’t updated this blog in a long while. Alisa and I have a new blog launching after the new year so I’ve been concentration on that! I will continue to post recipes here! 🙂

Here is one of my favorite go to off season meals!

Baked Spaghetti Squash:

Ever notice how hard it is to cut into that uncooked squash?? Problem solved! Poke a few holes in your squash, place in a 375 degree oven and bake for one hour. Easly cut in half and scoop out seeds. Then you can scrape all of that squashy goodness out to eat!

Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce:

Brown 1-2lbs of ground chicken breast. Top with dried oregano, basil, and garlic powder

Bake 5-10 halved roma tomatoes (depending on how much you want to make) in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. Sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt before baking.

Place cooked tomatoes in a food processor until blended. Add to ground chicken.

Add 1-2 cans of No Salt Added diced tomatoes and tomato sauce (found at Target and Kroger)

Let everything cook until desired flavor!

*I like to freeze my basil with EVOO to add to sauces in the winter. Simply blend EVOO with basil and add to any sauce. It will melt and blend nicely to any sauce you make 🙂

Enjoy these two together in place of pasta! Add parmesan cheese if desired 🙂

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Banana Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

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Fast & Easy!

1 banana
2 egg whites
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
Dash of cinnamon
(1 tsp flax seed oil optional)

Blend together in a magic/nutribullet and blend until smooth. Pancakes will be a little thinner than regular pancake batter so cool accordingly! Top with sugar free syrup or fresh fruit (Makes 6-7 small pancakes)

Looks fancy, huh!?

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It’s not! LOL.. Seriously this dinner took ZERO prep time and about ten minutes to make! If you have kids or work long hours, this is perfect for you- or even if you don’t do any of those things haha! The shrimp came on the skewers, raw and deveined ready to grill- purchased from Meijer! (Usually I prefer to skewer my own shrimp, but I knew I’d be teaching late classes this week so I figured I’d take a shortcut) I just drizzled a little olive oil on the shrimps and set them on the grill. I did the same thing with the asparagus, and the quinoa comes from Costco ready to eat in 60 seconds! Seriously, it’s like a dream to just warm those up and have it ready. Like I said, 10 minutes and DONE! You can add any Mrs. Dash or non salted seasoning to the shrimp! ENJOY!

Meal prep!

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Easy meal prep!

I like to buy bulk chicken breasts and cut them in half (depending on how you like your chicken, you can fillet it either way) Grill up your chicken with any vegetables you like. This week was zucchini- I like to use a grill pan to I can grill the veg at the same time and none of them fall through the slats of the grill. (Meijer was out of asparagus or that would have been added as well) One of my favorite things are the sweet potato steam bags! What’s easier than putting a bag in the microwave for 8 minutes?! You get 5 small sweet potatoes in each bag! Also grilled are a few bison burgers, large salad, and extra chicken to top on the salad! Use my lemon vinaigrette dressing recipe posted last week! Total meal prep time: 1-2 hours 🙂

BBVi Shakes

Piña Colada BBVi:
2 scoops BBV
1/2c coconut water
5 -6 Frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 banana
1TBS shredded coconut

Mocha Frapp BBVi:
2 scoops BBV
1/2c chilled coffee (preferably Starbucks)
Almond milk- (use chocolate for extra flavor)
1TSP Hershey’s dark cocoa powder
Ice
(Add shredded coconut for a mocha coconut shake!)

Summer Fruit BBVi:
2 scoops BBVi
1/2c coconut water
1/2 banana
5-6 Frozen pineapple chunks
Frozen raspberries
Fresh mint leaves
Ice

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A day in the life…

A day in the life...
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People often ask me what I eat in a typical day. Here is a rough outline:

1-2 whole eggs + 2 whites (either pan fried with coconut oil or scrambled)
Starbucks Iced coffee- unsweetened with 1TBS cream + one splenda
Body By Vi shake (coconut water, 1/2 banana, frozen strawberries or raspberries)
Large salad- baby spinach, arugula, 1/4 avocado, tomatoes, 1/2 cup quinoa, with 2 TBS vinaigrette dressing or balsamic and oil
3-4 chicken muffins (recipe on previous post- and I’m OBSESSED with these!)
Sweet mini peppers with greek yogurt dip
Handfull of Skinny Pop popcorn
Body By Vi shake
1-2 small chicken breast, 1 baked sweet potato, vegetable (usually asparagus or zucchini)

I average anywhere between 1,500-2,000 calories depending on my workout that day. If I’m doing two workouts or teaching a Zumba class, I will be eating more than 2,000 calories because I need to replace everything I burned during my workouts. If I’m taking a rest day or active rest day (just walking or very light cardio) I will be on the lower end of that scale. During an average week I workout 5 days with two rest/active rest days. This just all depends on my schedule (with a 2 month old) but getting my workouts in is definitely a TOP priority! I usually schedule my days/weeks around them if I can!

Postpartum Weight Loss!

Having a baby was definitely the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. Being in the fitness industry for years (personal trainer + Zumba instructor) it was hard to see myself changing and there was nothing I could do about it. I continued my workouts during my pregnancy (taught my Zumba classes until 4 months pregnant) but as time went by it got more painful to work out. During my 9th month it was painful just to walk for more than one hour. Then the real hard part- not being able to work out for 6 weeks after the baby was born. The day of my 6 week check up, I went back to my studio and taught one song during Zumba. I’m 7 weeks pp now and I’ve already split (taught 30 minutes of Zumba) a few classes. So far in the last week I’ve worked out 6 days. I’ve been eating “clean” and drinking my Body By Vi shakes for about a month. In one week I’ve lost 6lbs and 5.5″ total! I will continue to post my progress here along with healthy recipes and workouts! I hope to be of some help to any women out there struggling with losing their baby weight or just looking to get a little help getting healthier in general! If you want more information on Body By Vi shakes, click HERE

Here is my beautiful baby, Ryder!
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Lemon chicken with zucchini + corn salsa

I modified this recipe a bit- no butter/less EVOO added to the sauce, I used basil instead of other herbs, and I only used a TINY bit of grated Parmesan cheese. I added avocado to the salsa and the arugula is not shown in my picture 🙂

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Chopped salad with lime vinaigrette!

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http://damndelicious.net/2014/01/13/blt-chopped-salad/

Click the link above for recipe!

I used turkey bacon bits and used only a pinch of sugar in the dressing. I also added some pearl couscous for some added substance. Adding chicken or quinoa would be great also for some protein! (No goat cheese either!)

Yum!

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Holiday Punch

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Holiday punch:
1 large bottle of cranberry juice
2 liter of sprite
2 liter of ginger ale
frozen cranberries
fresh sliced oranges
Add wine/sparkling wine to each individual glass so that kids can also enjoy!

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