Thursday, May 9, 2019

EASY, Healthy Meal Ideas for BUSY MOMS

I know we are all super busy. Sports, homework, work etc, etc, etc, I would love to have an hour or so to prepare a really nice, well thought out dinner but let's face it....I am not in that stage of life right now. HA! Don't get me wrong...I love it but let's just make our lives easier, Right?!!

I have been loving a handful of throw together meals that take very little hands on time so I thought I would share them with you all. If you follow me on Instagram....you've seen these meals on repeat. There is a reason. They are crowd pleasing and ridiculously easy!


Beetnik Meatballs/Zoodles/Marinara



 This is a meal I make at least once or twice a week for dinner! I LOVE Beetnik Grass fed meatballs. No....this is not sponsored! HA!! I just love them! I get them at Walmart in the freezer section.  I love to meal prep these to eat all week but my favorite way to cook them is to throw these frozen in the crockpot and add my favorite marinara. I cook these on high for about an hour or so. I usually make gluten free pasta for the fam but I am more of a zoodles fan. I grab a bag of frozen zoodles and throw those in a skillet with avocado oil. Just let it cook until all of the water is absorbed and they start to brown a little. I like to add some garlic powder, salt and a little Parmesan cheese to finish these off. Hands on time for this meal is 10-15 minutes and everyone is happy!

*** If you can't find Beetnik in your area....just find the cleanest pre-made meatballs you can find!


 Lemon Chicken with Rice


I get a pack of organic boneless skinless chicken thighs. Add those to a casserole dish. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and squeeze over some fresh lemon juice. Add a chopped onion all around the chicken pieces and sprinkle the whole thing with pink salt and pepper. Bake this at 400 for about 45 min to an hour. I like my chicken thighs VERY done. The crispier the better. I even broil it at the very end to get these even crispier. Pop a bag of steamer rice and steamer broccoli in the microwave 10 minutes or so before the chicken is done. Add the chicken and some of the extra sauce to the top of the rice and broccoli and it's delicious!! 

Breakfast for Dinner


I can't stop...won't stop making breakfast for dinner at least once a week for my family. Who doesn't love breakfast foods?? I usually bake my uncured bacon at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until crispy. While this is baking...make a big skillet full of scrambled eggs for the kids and fried eggs for me. Chop up or wash any fruit you have in the fridge. I like to throw in some spinach and avocado to give it a healthy boost.  EASY!!!!


 Burger Salad


This is my favorite low carb dinner. I buy grass fed burgers from Walmart. I add these to a cast iron skillet with some avocado oil. Cook to desired doneness and top with a piece of dairy free cheese when they are almost done. Add some spring mix to a bowl. Top with cheeseburger.  Diced up tomatoes, sliced pickles,and uncured bacon bits are my favorite toppings. I use Tessamaes Ranch dressing or Blue Top brand Street sauce for my dressing on these burger salads. SO good. My kids like the cheese burgers chopped up with ketchup on the side and usually a side salad with ranch. 


I mean....how easy are those meals? You can repeat these every week...just make small variations to make it interesting!! 



So tell me.....what are your FAVORITE throw together meals????




Friday, May 3, 2019

FASTer Way to Fat Loss Round 1 Results and FAQ's

HIIIIIIIII !!!


It has been SO long since I have written a blog post but I was thinking about starting to blog a bit more again? I have felt really motivated and excited to share what I have been doing lately because I guess for the first time in a while....what I am doing is WORKING!! By working....I mean...I feel great, feel energized, feel like I have my health under control, feel like I have support and have lost a bunch of lbs. and inches. Can't forget that last part because well....most people would love to lose a couple inches...right?

I have been riding the struggle bus for years! Not that I haven't been eating healthy and working out....because I have. Something has been missing though. No matter how healthy I ate....I was gaining weight and feeling lower and lower on energy. Probably a hormonal/adrenal thing...who knows? I didn't know how to fix it. I am a research kind of girl. I read everything....google everything...try everything. I just wanted to FEEL good again. Like I did back in the day when I switched to whole foods and starting being more active. I just couldn't get it right.

Fast forward a few years of struggling to 2019. I kept seeing bloggers talking about the FASTer way to fat loss and seeing their awesome results. I thought it was probably just like every other thing I had tried and that didn't work and I really didn't want to spend the money. One day I finally decided that I should just try it. Spend the money on myself and jump right in and see how I feel. Y'all...best decision ever.


At first I was overwhelmed because it is so much information but I just stuck with it. Allie Janszen is my coach and she has been a blessing to me. I asked her every crazy question in my head! I no longer had to figure out health on my own!! I had someone to tell me EXACTLY what to do!! Finally after the first or second week....it just clicked. I finally understood what my goals were and wasn't so intimidated.


I love the accountability of this program. That is something that I feel like makes this program so much better than any other program out there. You will not find another program like this. You will be surrounded by a community of girls just like you. You won't feel alone. Not for one minute. You will feel better. You will look better. You will have energy and you will see results. I promise you that I would not tell you to try anything that I didn't 100% stand by. If you have followed me for very long...you know that I am VERY honest with my opinion of things. This is the best thing I have ever done and I want to share it with all of you because I want this for all of you.

Let's start with my before/after shall we???


I always cringe at sports bra pictures!! ugh! 
I lost 5 lbs and 10 inches in 6 weeks!!!


I was blown away! I feel like I had eaten wayyyy more than my norm and I finally saw some changes in my weight and inches!! This is a non-scale program!! Hallelujah...right? Throw it away. They don't care. They focus on your measurements, pictures and how your clothes fit. For the first time....I don't care about the scale!!! HUGE VICTORY for me!!

What is the eating like? Do you get meal plans?

This program focuses on Intermittent Fasting paired with carb cycling and effective workouts. If intermittent fasting sounds scary to you...don't be scared. Start slow with a 12 hour fast (at night) while you are sleeping for the majority of the time and slowly work you way to a 16 hour fast and an 8 hour eating period. You will learn more about this during prep week so you will definitely learn about the benefits and tips and tricks to make this easier. Most people think this is super easy and love the fasting portion. Yes....there are meal plans, meal ideas, snack ideas. You will get A TON of info. More than I have ever received with any program in the past.



How are the workouts?

The workouts aren't required if that is not your thing but they are highly recommended to maximize your results. They aren't super long. I would say 20-30 min and there are beginner/gym/home options. VERY doable no matter what your fitness experience is. I mean...I work out in my bedroom with a 5 and 10 lb. set of dumbbells. No crazy equipment that you need to buy if you don't have a gym membership.




Do you track your food??

Yes....and I used to hate tracking food! LOL! I thought I would hate it and it would make me anxious but actually it does the exact opposite. I love focusing on hitting my macros because I know that I will feel my best if I do. This is not calorie counting. They don't want to limit your calories...they want to make sure you are FUELING your body correctly!! I was under eating for years and had no clue. I have been forced to eat CARBS for the first time in my life and it feels so nice to include ALL food groups into my diet again!!


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I mean.....do you see how large of a priority rest is?? Sign me up!! HA!


I would really love for y'all to join me in this. I don't plan on stopping this program! It is my new lifestyle! I love getting questions and having my friends on Instagram/Facebook join me so we can talk about it and share tips!! If you join using my link....you will be set up with my coach, Allie. She is the only couch I can vouch for because she is the reason for my success and I know you will all love her! I am on my second round with her now and I love it!!


If you are interested in joining me and my coach for the next round...Click here!!!!



Please feel free to message me on Instagram or Facebook with any questions you may have! I am an open book!!



Monday, July 31, 2017

Quick Update: Where have I been?

HIIIIII!!!


Just wanted to take a minute to give you all an update on ME! I have received so many sweet emails asking where I've been and if I will start blogging again so I wanted to answer a few of your questions.

First off.....I have been SO busy you guys. I know you get it. I know you all are too! These crazy three children of mine keep me on my toes without much time to myself to think....let alone blog.

Second....Am I still eating healthy...working out? Yes....I still eat healthy. Same ol' foods I have eaten for the last 5-6 years. Like I have said before....It is my lifestyle....not a diet. Working out has been on and off this year. I have..HAVE to get back to it. I feel so much better when I do. I have a good 5-10 lbs. from too much summer fun that I need to lose!

third...Will I blog consistently again? No clue. I just don't know. I don't want to half way do anything in life so if I can't give it my all...I don't want to do it. So maybe? My kids are getting older and will soon all be in school so at that time, I would love to get back to it. I also would love to start health coaching at some point in  my life so who knows???

Anyways....Thank you all for such sweet emails. Makes a girl feel special. I miss blogging...for sure. I still make a ton of my old recipes and the majority of my "What I ate Wednesdays" are actually exactly what I still eat! A ton of good resources on the ol' blog so enjoy.

Who knows? I may be back sooner than later! ;)

BEST,
Ashley :)


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

{What I Ate Wednesday} Paleo style

Hi!!!!!!

So it's been a week since I told you guys my plan to try out the paleo lifestyle for the month of March.

I'm actually doing pretty well. Luckily it's not a HUGE transition from my already clean lifestyle. I could see how going from a "not so healthy" diet to paleo would be much harder.

My energy is up and my stomach feels less bloated. The only thing I miss (at times) is Greek yogurt. I may add that back in next month. Who knows? My family is loving it too. I am so impressed by the different vegetables that my kids are trying and liking. This has definitely sparked my fire for cooking again. I am sure my husband is thankful for that!

On to my eats:

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with avocado and pineapple


Snack: Grapefruit


Lunch: Enchilada beef over green beans with fruit on the side


Snack: Honest Tea and fresh pineapple


Dinner: Chicken Basil Meatloaf with baked sweet potato and asparagus


Bedtime: Chamomile tea




Hope you all have a lovely day! So tell me....

What is your favorite paleo snack/meal??




Thursday, March 3, 2016

{WIAW and BIG NEWS}

Ya'll I am switching it up!!

I have been a clean eater now for 3 years. Loved every second of it. Lost a good amount of weight and have been feeling great....

BUT

I am in a rut. Bored with my food....no creativity for new recipes and feeling more fatigue than usual.

I decided the best way to spark some new interest....try out some new recipes and fuel my fire for food again was to try something BIG!!



For the month of March....I am going to go Paleo!!

Wanna know why??

 1. To shake my body up
2. For a challenge
3. To see if it will give me more energy and mental clarity
4. Because I love all things paleo that I have cooked in the past and like this style of eating

I hope you will enjoy learning with me!! Will I do this forever? Who knows, I don't see me giving up dairy and grains for life but I do think it is worth a try omitting them to see how my body feels when I add them back in. Paleo is clean eating.....just with a few more restrictions so this isn't too far off of my normal "clean" diet.



NOW...let me just say this....I am NOT DOING STRICT Paleo. I don't believe anything in life....especially your food....should be strict!! This is the way I interpret Paleo. I am learning as I go and excited to open my mind to new things!!

Oh and if you are interested in my workouts.....I am starting the 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene again because I loved it so much the last time I did it. ! I will be adding in some Tone it Up workouts and maybe a little Piyo. Who knows? I am excited to start really focusing on my health and switching it up!! I mean....Summer time will be here before we know it!! Woo hoo!



So now....on to my eats



Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with a side of PaleoKrunch granola with banana and coconut milk.



Snack: Coconut milk yogurt




Lunch: Grass fed burgers in lettuce wraps with salsa and avocado




Snack: Kombucha and a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar (my new obsession)




Dinner: Shredded pork (cooked in Crock pot with chicken broth and onions) with tostones and broccolini on the side! Huge hit with the whole family!



Dessert: Primal fudge


Yum!!! 



Where are my paleo friends? 

Has anyone tried this before?

What was your experience??



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

{Peanut Butter Blender Oat Bread}

Happy Tuesday!!



I am pretty sure that you guys know by now that I LOOOVE peanut butter. Right? I put it on everything. It is crazy to me that I haven't made a peanut butter "bread" recipe yet?

I love to make oat breads during my meal prep. This is so great on crazy mornings. All you have to do is grab it out of the fridge (if you like it cold), slice it up and breakfast is served!

It is a toss up for me....I love the Strawberry banana and Pumpkin bread  SO MUCH but peanut butter is definitely close to the top. So good!




oats...check

healthy fat...check

fruit....check

protein....check


I mean....perfection for sure! :) Enjoy..... all of you peanut butter lovers!






Peanut Butter Blender Oat bread


  • 2 cups  old fashioned oats
  • 2 medium ripe bananas + 1 banana for sliced topping 
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup natural chunky peanut butter (the drippy kind with 1 ingredient)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 eggs
Add all ingredients (except extra banana for topping) to blender. Blend until smooth and combined. Add to 9x5 loaf pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Add the extra banana in slices to the top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If the top starts to get too brown....just lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top until bread is done.

Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Store in air-tight container. We love our oat breads cold straight out of the fridge but it is delicious cold or room temp. :)

ENJOY!!




Have you tried any of my oat breads?? What's your fave??


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

{Pina Colada Protein Energy Bites}

"If you like Pina Coladas.... {name that tune} :)

Looking for a yummy way to increase your protein intake?? These are PERFECT!! I love the fact that you can prep these on the weekend and they are the perfect snack after your workout or really any time of the day! Such a great combo of protein and healthy fat! WARNING: THESE ARE ADDICTIVE!!




{Pina Colada Protein Energy Bites}


  • 3 scoops Vanilla protein powder (I used Ryno Power Whey French Vanilla protein powder)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes + extra for rolling
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. coconut milk (full fat, the one in the can)
  • 1/4 cup dried pineapple (optional)


Pulse in food processor until it is all mixed and looking "dough" like.  Roll into balls using your tablespoon to measure. Sprinkle some extra coconut flakes on a plate and roll each ball in them to coat.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy straight out of the fridge or allow to sit at room temp a few minutes to soften.

* These are also yummy rolled in chopped walnuts :)

ENJOY!



Chocolate lover.....no worries...I've got you covered! Try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy bites



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