Monday, January 26, 2015

Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana Bites

I was so excited to make these little morsels of goodness for my husband.  I prepped everything, froze them and after dipping them into chocolate I asked him if he'd like one.  His reply was that he's not a fan of frozen bananas.  What!!!  We've been together for 12 years and I'm just now discovering this about him!  Not only was I in complete shock over this new discovery but I wondered what I was going to do with all these frozen bananas.

Fingers crossed my girls accept these chocolate covered bananas as a healthy dessert tonight :)  Either way, they were really easy to make, cheap and a nice healthy alternative if you're wanting something sweet and salty.

Each bit comes to about 50 calories depending upon the type of peanut butter and chocolate you use.

Ingredients
  • 2 large bananas
  • 2 tbsp nut butter of choice (I used freshly ground peanut butter-no salt)
  • 1/3 cup melted chocolate of choice (I used Ghirardelli 60% Cacao)
Instructions
  1. Slice bananas into slices about ¼-1/2 inch thick.
  2. Spread a little nut butter onto a slice and sandwich two slices together.
  3. Place on a Slipmat or wax paper on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid, at least an hour.
  4. Melt chocolate and remove frozen banana bites from freezer.
  5. Dip each banana bite in chocolate and place back on Slipmat or wax paper. Freeze for another hour.
  6. Transfer and keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks

Friday, January 23, 2015

It's All Good- Round 2!


For the past 4 weeks, I've had an amazing group of women in my first It's All Good Group.  Before the challenge started most told me they felt unmotivated, defeated or lost.
   
What do they feel now? 
Motivated, excited to exercise and accountable to a group.

So.... 
Break out your old workouts or start a new one, we're going for ROUND 2.  Join my 'It's All Good' group for accountability and motivation! You'll receive daily tips, meal plans and coaching for 6 weeks.  

This group will take place over a PRIVATE Facebook group lead by myself.  It will be a place for participants to seek motivation, stay accountable, and work as a team to achieve their health and fitness goals.

The group will kick off on Monday, February 2nd and run for 6 weeks (ends March 15).
WHY JOIN?
There is no bad exercise only bad nutrition.  
 
Many of us start something but life catches up with us and we let our own goals fall to the waist side.  It's proven that people can achieve their goals when they work together as a team and have accountability.  Since you will be a part of a group of other people working towards a common goal and have a coach holding you accountable, you will be more likely to succeed.

Since the program and meal plans will take time and resources there will be a one time fee of just $29.99.  This fee will cover my daily check-ins, tips, accountability and meal plans.  There will also be some prizes along the way to keep us all on our toes.  My goal is to keep the group affordable for everyone.

If you decided you want to try something new for this challenge group, contact me and we can get a program that's right for you.  for those of you who are going to use one of your existing programs, click the link below.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love ice cream but what I love even more are chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven.  My husband makes a killer chocolate chip cookie from a recipe that's been passed through his family.  The main ingredient of Crisco longer fits into our lifestyle so I had to find an alternative.  My girls who can tell when a sliver of an onion is in tomato sauce had no clue these chocolate chip cookies are a healthy alternative.

These cookies have no butter, no oil and are 72 calories!


Ingredients:
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg white
2 tbsp apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips 

 Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°. 

2. Line two cookie sheets with non-stick silicone baking liners such as Silpats with cooking spray.

3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and stir to blend. 

4. In another bowl, whisk the sugars, egg white, applesauce and vanilla together until light and fluffy.

5. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions until the batter is very well blended. If the batter looks more “crumbly” than smooth, add just a drop of water at a time (ONLY if needed) until it smooths out.

6. Fold in chocolate chips.

7. Drop by level spoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto baking sheets.

8. Bake 8 - 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let them stand 5 minutes before removing the cookies from the pans to cool on wire racks.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shakeology Oatmeal Bars

I have a lot of people who want the benefits of Shakeology but aren't into shakes.  I personally love having a shake every morning but for those who don't there are so many other options for using Shakeology.  I've made ice cream, bars and pie from Shakeology.  Not only do I get a bit of deliciousness from the treats but I receive all the benefits.  These oatmeal bars are super easy to make and can easily been taken on the go for an afternoon snack.


Ingredients:
4 Scoops of Chocolate Shakeology
3 Cups of Oatmeal
1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 Cup of Milk
1 Dash of Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Directions:
1. Spray an 8x8 pan.
2. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. Put the mixture into the 8x8 pan.
4. Press flat with a piece of plastic wrap.
5. Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.

 
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