Fitness Tips

A Quick Beginners Guide to Routine Meal Prep

Start your new meal prep routine with these 3 easy steps.

1. Freeze ripe bananas for easy and quick protein smoothies.

2. Make a big soup with plenty of lean protein and veggies over the weekend for easy weekday lunches or dinners.

3. Make overnight oats daily for a grab and go breakfast or snack the following day.

Making many different items in bulk can be overwhelming.

Prep simple things like freezing ripe bananas for smoothies, or chop fresh veggies for salads.

Pick one thing to make in bulk to get you going.

Prep other single serve meals and snacks throughout the week as you go.

Then add more bulk prep as you gain more confidence.

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Fit Recipes!

Free Recipe: 5 Minute Light And Herby Chicken Salad

Make your health and fitness goals a priority with the help of this tasty, quick and easy chicken salad recipe. It is high in protein, low in calories and has loads of flavor thanks to the green herbs. It stays light thanks to the nonfat Greek yogurt, but still has enough mayonnaise to give you the rich tangy flavor of their full fat counterparts. Don’t have canned chicken. Try canned tuna or salmon instead! 

Serves 2: Per serving –140 calories 24g protein 2g carbohydrate 4g fat

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 can cooked chicken drained (I like the one from Costco) 
  • 30g nonfat Greek yogurt 
  • 14g mayonnaise 
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped green fresh herbs (any single herb or combination of dill, parsley, cilantro, and chives) 
  • 1/2- 1 tsp dried herbs if no fresh are available 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS :

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. This makes enough for two. So you can either share or save it for the next day. Leftovers store up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Perfect with bread, in a wrap, on crackers or use it to top a bed of greens.

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Fitness Tips

HIIT or LISS Cardio: Which is better for fat loss?

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Either Can Work! Neither are required.

As long as you are creating an energy deficit via diet and/or exercise you will lose fat.

Do you like shorter more intense intervals via HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or do you like longer less intense sessions via LISS (Low Intensity Steady State)?

The type of cardio you choose does not change your ability to lose fat.

Which type of cardio you choose depends on your preferences.

You can also do both which is my preference for general health and because I enjoy it.

Consistency is key to having a Sustainable Fitness Journey.

Your preferences matter.

Consistency is only possible when you enjoy the journey.

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Fitness Tips

My Top 5 Low Calorie High Protein Grocery Staples

We should get at least 30g of high quality protein in each of our meals. Next are my top 5 lean protein sources and their portions in grams. Each portion contains 30 grams of protein.

  1. Whey protein: 35g = 124 calories
  2. Raw Boneless skinless Chicken breast: 130g = 134 calories
  3. Raw Tail On Shrimp: 155g = 127 calories
  4. Egg whites: 275g = 133 calories
  5. Nonfat Greek Yogurt: 285g = 168 calories

Having these lean and high protein foods in stock will make it easier to hit your meal and overall daily protein goals.

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Fitness Tips

Carbs Or Fats: What’s the best Macronutrient Distribution for a fat loss phase?

As long as you are in a calorie deficit and eating sufficient protein, either can work!  

(About 1g per pound of your ideal bodyweight is a good place to aim for.) 

You can lose fat on high carb, high fat, or balanced diets.  Macronutrient distribution does not change your ability to lose fat.  

This is great news!  

Choose whatever makes you feel and perform your best.  

Consistency is key to having a Sustainable Fitness Journey.

Your preferences matter. Consistency is only possible when you enjoy the journey.

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If you have thought about having me as your coach to support you along your own fitness journey check out the Online Fitness Coaching page on my website for more info and how to inquire about my online fitness coaching service. Receive customized activity and nutrition plans, monthly virtual calls, and weekly email check in’s.

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Fit Recipes!

Free Recipe: Crockpot Chicken Chili

Forget to meal prep something this weekend? Not to worry. I’ve got you covered.🤗 Make this easy and versatile chili. Enjoy on its own, over rice, in a taco, as a burrito filling, and as dip for tortilla chips. Be creative and let this flavorful chili keep your meal times inspired and flavorful all week long!  

Makes 10 servings
Per 290g serving
200 calories
24.7g protien
21.9g carbohydrate
1.3g fat

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:

  • 932g boneless skinless fresh or frozen chicken breast about 4-5 chicken breasts. 
  • 170g tomato paste (1 can) 
  • 425g canned black beans (1 can) 
  • 300g fresh or frozen corn 200g diced onion (about 1 large)
  • 250g sliced fresh mushrooms 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 tsp ground pink Himalayan salt 
  • 30g taco seasoning 
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or juice of 1/2 lime 
  • 960 ml water (1 quart) 

DIRECTIONS
Add all the ingredients to a crockpot and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until chicken can easily be shredded with 2 forks. Shred chicken with 2 forks and stir chili well.

Allow to cool a bit before storing in the refrigerator for up to 5-6 days. Can also easily freeze portions.

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Fitness Tips

5 Simple and Effective Nutritional Tips To Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

These simple and effective tips are the ones I follow 365. If a day doesn’t go as well as I hoped, I start fresh the next day.

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MAKE SURE EACH MEAL CONTAINS AT LEAST 30G OF PROTEIN.

2.

INCLUDE FRUITS AND/OR VEGGIES WITH EACH MEAL.

3.

EAT REGULARLY AND DON’T ALLOW YOURSELF TO GET TOO HUNGRY.

4.

DON’T SNACK OR NIBBLE BETWEEN MEALS.

5.

DON’T RESTRICT FOODS OR FOOD GROUPS AND YOU CAN INCLUDE FUN FOODS IN MODERATION.

Stay Consistent.

Treat yourself with kindness.

And the results will follow.

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If you have thought about having me as your coach to support you along your own fitness journey check out the Online Fitness Coaching page on my website for more info and how to inquire about my online fitness coaching service. Receive customized activity and nutrition plans, monthly virtual calls, and weekly email check in’s.

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Fit Recipes!

Free Recipe: Overnight Recovery Dessert Bowl

Train hard, eat well, sleep, recover, repeat.

When it comes to my dessert, meet my evening staple. I want to wake up feeling rested and ready. This is for the those with high recovery demands. It is loaded with all the good stuff to help me sleep well and recover overnight.

Makes 1 Serving

475 calories

32g protein

70g carbohydrate

7g fat

Ingredients You’ll Need:

125ml 2% milk

75g nonfat Greek yogurt

30g instant and flavored oatmeal packet

15g Whey Protein Powder

8g sugar free instant pudding mix

10g zero calorie sweetener of choice

300g fruit of choice

10g peanut butter powder or cocoa powder

pinch of salt

Optional: 10g zero calorie sweetener of choice sprinkled on top

Directions:

In a glass storage bowl, whisk together the milk, oatmeal, protein powder, pudding mix, sweetener, pinch of salt, and yogurt for 1 minute. This will help it thicken. Top with the fruit, optional sweetener and peanut butter and or cocoa powder.

Enjoy right away, in a couple hours, make in the morning or night before. If, enjoying later, store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Mix and match flavors of protein powder, pudding mix, and fruit to keep things fun!

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Renovation Update! Check Out My New Custom Home Gym and Office

My newly renovated home gym/ home office!

1 man did this in 1 week. 3 full days + 4 evenings after a regular work day. I have an amazing husband and I am so grateful for his efforts to make this happen.

I did my part by getting out of the house with our kiddo for a week so he could do this without distraction.

Now, we have a beautiful space in our 107 year old home to train and I have a beautiful space to work with my online coaching clients (using my custom stand desk) and teach my virtual yoga classes.

Fit Recipes!

Free Recipe: High Performance Breakfast Bowl

When it comes to breakfast, meet my morning staple. Loaded with all the good stuff to keep me feeling energetic and capable to tackle the day. I want to train hard during my workouts and still have energy to take care of my work and life to do list. This is for the those with high performance goals. Meet life’s demands and feel like a badass of mind and body all day long! And did I mention it’s delicious??

Serves 1

573 calories

36g protein

85g carbohydrate

10g fat

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:

240ml 2% milk

40g rolled oats

30g whey protein powder (flavor of choice)

10g sugar free instant pudding mix (flavor of choice)

100g sliced ripe banana

100g frozen berries

pinch of salt

Optional: 10g zero calorie sweetener or choice sprinkles on top

Directions:

On the stove top or microwave, cook the oats in the milk until softened. In a glass storage bowl (bonus if it has a matching lid) measure out your protein powder, pudding mix, and add a pinch of salt. Add your cooked oats in milk to the bowl with your measured dry ingredients and whisk together for 1 minute. This will help it to thicken. Top with the fruit and optional sweetener. Enjoy right away, in a couple hours, or even make the night before. If, enjoying later, store in the refrigerator or cooler with ice packs. Mix and match flavors of protein powder, pudding mix, and fruits to keep things fun!

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