Fit Friday #6

How to Stick to a Workout Plan and Love it- Part 2
To See Part 1 CLICK HERE

The next thing that is really important is to LIKE what you are doing. If you find the workout is way too hard for you, maybe you need to do something a bit easier so you work yourself up and gain more strength to do other more intense exercises. The last thing you want is to be injured. You also don’t want to get bored of what you are doing either. I like to change it up and not do the same thing everyday. Otherwise I will get bored and then, forget about working out that day!

“Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts at the top.”

When I first started working out I was doing some exercises that were just too much for me. They were so hard that I was so upset at myself. Burpees- forget about it!! I would literally try to get through the workout and end up depressed and looking in my freezer for ice cream to make me feel better. NOT a good idea, duh. So I thought about it and realized maybe I should do lower impact workouts and start at the beginning. I looked for some beginner workout plans and I actually found a great plan on hasfit.com. I LOVE this. These workouts made me enjoy working out. I feel great after them as well and I feel that I am getting stronger. Woohoo! The other day I did a short tabata workout and was so much better at burpees and push ups. It’s amazing!

Yes, I know it is only beginner workouts. Believe me, I cracked up when one of the videos started off saying “this is a great workout for seniors” SAY WHAT!? Don’t be discouraged. Put your ALL into the workouts and you WILL see results.

To summarize: Enjoy your workouts and change them up to keep it exciting.
*I do not mean that workouts should be super simple and easy. You should still need to push yourself to get through it, especially at the end. That is the way you will see change, quickly.

Stay tuned for more!

Super Green Smoothie

Green smoothiesmany think they look gross and won’t even give them a try. I used to be one of those people, but now things have changed. They taste so clean and refreshing. You DO NOT taste the spinach, trust me. I have a few great smoothies with added spinach in them, but this one is my new favorite. It also features a superfood that many of us use often without knowing how great it is. That superfood is cinnamon.

Yup, good ol’ cinnamon is a superfood because:
1- It regulates blood sugar levels
2- Lowers cholesterol
3- It’s a natural food preservative
4- It is one of the best antioxidants
There are even more, but I won’t bore you.

Basically it’s really good for you and what I love the most about it is that it gives many recipes that sweet flavor without having to add much sweetener. It’s my new addiction, I pour cinnamon on my oatmeal and in my smoothies with a heavy hand. It’s just so good.
Don’t shy away from trying this recipe. It may sound strange but I’m telling you- It’s delicious!

Super Green Smoothie
Adapted from fitkim

1/2 frozen banana
1/2 green apple with skin on
1/2 cucumber, peeled (you can also try raw zucchini)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 handful of spinach, I used about 1 oz of frozen spinach
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
1 tsp honey
water, to thin if desired

Blend till smooth and enjoy!
I topped mine with even more cinnamon.
You can also add a scoop of protein powder if you’d like.
If your banana and spinach are not frozen you may want to add some ice cubes to make it nice and cold.
This also does not have a strong banana flavor as long as you don’t use a super ripe one. I freeze bananas before they get dark as I have this weird thing with overly ripe banana flavor.
Just a disclaimer: This tastes nothing like a milkshake, so don’t make it with that intention. It has a very clean refreshing taste that I love and think you will also.

Go figure, this smoothie now has me craving green smoothies! I think i’ll go make one nowand you should too!

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Fit Friday #5

How to Stick to a Workout Plan and Love it- Part 1

To See Part 2 CLICK HERE
To See Part 3 CLICK HERE
To See Part 4 CLICK HERE
To See Part 5 CLICK HERE

As a busy Mom it’s really hard to find time to workout. As much as we’d like to say it, running after little ones most of the day just isn’t enough exercise if you are trying to lose weight. The key is to plan, plan, and plan. If you tell yourself  i’ll workout when I find time or after I do the dishes it will NEVER happen. You need to look at working out as part of your normal scheduled day. Just like when you wake up you wash your hands and brush your teeth. You need to look at exercise as just another thing to do today. That’s the first step.

For me, working out at home is best. I don’t need to worry about the baby being in a good mood to bring out of the house or finding a babysitter. Plus, once I am done I can go right into the other household chores I need to do.
I also like working out in the mornings, that way I am done with it first thing and don’t need to worry the rest of the day oh no I still need to workout!!!” I wake up and right away put on my workout clothes and sneakers. Therefore no excuses, I’m already dressed to workout. When my children see me wearing sneakers they know its exercise time. {They also know how to imitate me and pretend to do push ups and then after a bit they lay on the floor crying that it hurts. I guess my workouts leave me wiped!}

To summarize: The first thing you need to have is dedication. Find and plan time during your day to workout. It might take some time to find the perfect schedule. For me it took about 3 or 4 different plans. Now, I finally got it down and am so glad!
You need to change the way you look at exercising. It should be something that you look forward to and makes you feel great.

I have so much more on this and will therefore be doing this in several posts. Hopefully by the end of this series you will learn to enjoy working out, see results, and feel amazing!


Healthy Apple Pie

Today i’ll be joining the Kosher Connection Link Up. When I heard the theme for this month was apples I was really excited as I have been wanting to share this recipe with you ever since I made it.
Desserts are my favorite, of course! So when I went to make an apple pie almost all the recipes I saw called for at least 1 cup of sugar. Not to mention a ton of margarine or butter. So here is a recipe that tastes just like that full of sugar apple pie only it’s made with 100% whole wheat flour and naturally sweetened. It is a must try!

Healthy Apple Pie
Crust:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup applesauce
2/3 cup boiling water

Filling:
8 apples, I use granny smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 Tb whole wheat flour
3 Tb maple syrup*
2 Tb honey
1 tsp cinnamon

*Don’t swap the maple syrup for honey or anything else. I’ve tried it and it is not nearly as good. The maple syrup makes it really delicious.

Preheat oven 350ยบF.
Mix together all the crust ingredients until they form a dough. Divide the dough in half. Roll out the dough on parchment paper. Place the dough on the bottom of a pie dish. Using a fork make holes into the dough. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes till firm.

Meanwhile mix together the filling ingredients. Then roll out the other half of the dough to fit the top of the pie dish. Place the filling into the crust and top with the other half of dough. You will need to cut the edges and will have leftover dough. You can place that into the freezer for another recipe. Cut slits on the top of the crust. Bake for 50-60 minutes till apples are soft. You can check by putting knife through the slits.
In a small bowl mix together 1 Tb maple syrup and a splash of water to thin. Brush this mixture over the baked crust.
When warm, the filling is quite liquidy, but it is really delicious. It’s almost like a caramel sauce, so good!

Crust
Filling
Before going into the oven
Fresh Apple Pie
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Friday Favorites #2

Here is another product I really love. Instead of using a ton of oil to cook with, a great alternative is to use Pam cooking spray. But after finding this Misto oil sprayer I no longer need to buy Pam after it runs out.

All you need to do is fill it up half the way with oil then use the top as a pump and then spray. I put olive oil in mine and use it all the time. This is a great way to cut the fat in many dishes. Instead of pouring oil into a pot or over veggies to roast in the oven just spray some oil to get the same result with much less fat.
I use it in my grilled veggies recipe in place of the oil, just spray till the veggies are covered. To see that recipe click HERE.

I think I bought this in Bed Bath and Beyond, but you can see it on Amazon as well.
Click HERE for the link.

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Finally, a new post! Sorry for the delay, the summer has been super busy for us and I’ve had no time to work on recipes etc. But I am glad to say I now have a great recipe to share with you. These granola bars are made with only a few ingredients and are very easy to put together. They are soft on the inside but still hold together nicely. The ingredients can vary to your liking so give this a try and let me know what you put in them.

 
Peanut Butter Granola Bars
1 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter you enjoy)
2 packets truvia or sweetner of your choice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tb flaxseed (or oat flour or protein powder)
1/2 tsp baking powder
up to 1 cup of any add ins*- chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, seeds etc. (here I only used 1/8 cup chocolate cups)
Mix everything together. Place into an 8×8 pan lined with baking paper. Press down dough and smooth out. Bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes till top is browned a bit. The bottom may be very soft so what I then did was lifted up the parchment paper with the dough in it and flipped the whole thing over back into the pan so the bottom is now on top. I then baked it again for about 10 minutes till that part was browned. Once cooled cut into 12 squares and store in your fridge. I like these best cold.
*If you use 1 cup of add ins you may need to use and additional 1/4 cup of applesauce to the mixture.
You can put a few in a bag and grab them on your way out for a quick breakfast. Perfect!

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Next week I hope to be working on a lot more posts. This summer has been super busy, but don’t worry as there are lots more great posts coming your way!

Tip Tuesday #5- Craving Chocolate?

We all have those days where we just NEED chocolate. I remember a friend telling me that once she gets her kids to sleep she is going to sit on the couch with a bar of chocolate. And I felt the same way! Problem is, we all know sitting down with a bar of chocolate is really not a good idea. Sort of the saying once you pop the fun don’t stop.All alone after a long day with a bar of chocolate – not safe! There is no one there to stop you from eating the whole bar.

Don’t get me wrong, chocolate is good for you, but we aren’t talking about the milk chocolate kind. Dark chocolate that has a high percentage of cocoa, specifically raw cacao, is full of antioxidants and other great stuff. It is also obvious to point out that it’s good in moderation.

So, how do we fight these late night chocolate binges?

That is where this tip comes in handy. All you need to do is break up the bar of chocolate, preferably a high cocoa percentage, and place one square in a small snack bag. Do this with the whole bar if you’d like or use a few chocolate chips. Just one square in each bag. Then place these bags all the way in the back of your freezer behind all your other frozen items. That way it won’t be so easy to get your chocolate and you will have time to think if you really need it before going through the hassle of moving around everything in your freezer.

The other great thing is that now your chocolate is frozen and it will take longer to eat. So enjoy your treat, make it last, and don’t feel bad about it!

Another way to give into your chocolate craving is by making my Healthy Version Chocolate Milkshake. Make the 2nd version that doesn’t use protein powder and don’t use the coffee. If you use crushed ice instead of cubes you get an even creamier shake that literally tastes just like a chocolate milkshake – now that’s addicting!

Coming soonhealthy homemade chocolate bars!

Do you get cravings? How do you handle them?