Sunday, October 18, 2015

Join My Healthy Happy Holidays Support Group

When you think about holidays, you think food, right? Halloween - candy galore. Thanksgiving - massive turkey dinner. Christmas - hams and pies and cookies and basically everything under the sun that you can indulge in. Nothing wrong with indulging, though! We all have to live, and clearly food is a central part of celebrating.

This year, though, I want to make sure I do it in moderation, and that I continue to make exercise a priority. I do not want to derail all of these efforts I have made to transform myself with the help of Autumn Calabrese, Shakeology and the 21 Day Fix program. I want to sail through the holiday season as happy, healthy and fit as I feel right now.

So I'd like to invite you all to join me for a new support group, Happy Healthy Holidays, starting October 25th. If you'd also like to try to keep up with the healthy habits and stay active with me, we can support and motivate each other all the way through to the New Year!

I will provide you with lots of tips and tricks for navigating the holiday pitfalls, healthy holiday recipes and ideas for entertaining, and as much good advice and motivating fitspiration photos as I can come up with to get us all through each holiday. I will also post regular challenges and activities to keep us all interacting and pushing ourselves.  For anyone new to the plan, I will also provide advice and tools to help you get started and prepare yourself for success!

Want to start getting into those healthy habits now, boost your energy levels tremendously to help handle the holiday stress, and start the new year with your resolutions already firmly in place?  The 21 Day Fix program is exactly what you need!

During the month of October you can get this fantastic challenge pack deal - the complete workout program and eating plan, a month's supply of Shakeology, an amazing superfood protein drink, plus great bonuses like extra workouts, an insulated tote, and a free trial to Beachbody on Demand for a huge library of online streaming workouts - for just $140.  This challenge pack special is the best deal Beachbody offers - it's like getting everything else for $10 when you try Shakeology!  And you get me, your personal coach, absolutely free - I can provide guidance, support and motivation to help you see the same success I did on the plan.  Check out this video for more information -

These online Facebook groups are a great way to get started and connect with others who share the same desire you do - to feel healthy and fit.  They have truly helped me stay motivated and committed.  Together we can share ideas, support each other, and provide a judgment-free zone for our frustrations, messes and successes. I welcome anyone who would like to join, whether you are new to the 21 Day Fix and Beachbody or if you are a veteran who has already realized how amazing this plan is!

If you want to join, just get in touch either on my Facebook page or via email at This program changed my life for the better in so many ways, wait until you see what it can do for you!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Asian Cucumber Noodle Salad

My latest 21 Day Fix recipe is going to be in my regular lunch rotation!  It is so delicious, stores well, and is designed to be served chilled, so it's perfect for on the go.  I've bulked up the dish to a really generous portion with the addition of lots of crunchy cucumber noodles and thinly sliced bell peppers to the regular noodles - which I've also subbed out for a healthy (and gluten free of course) alternative noodle made of buckwheat and sweet potato.  It's still a yellow container, but it's a good yellow!

The shredded chicken for the salad is so simple - check out my easy method!

I used my Paderno spiralizer to make noodles out of the cucumber (the medium spiral size matched the noodle size perfectly), but you could also julienne it, or slice it up.  I just like playing with my new favorite kitchen toy, it truly makes my vegetables so much more delicious and interesting!

Asian Cucumber Noodle Salad

For the Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2 tbsp raw honey (or regular honey)
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp ginger juice (or grated fresh ginger)
  • few drops sriracha
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Juice if 1 lime
Warm the peanut butter and honey at a low setting in your microwave for about a minute to soften them up.  Add the remaining ingredients and whisk together.  Set aside.

For the Noodle Salad:
  • 3 oz soba noodles, cooked and chilled - I used King Soba Buckwheat Sweet Potato Noodles (could also use spaghetti noodles) (3 yellow containers)
  • 1 large English cucumber, spiralized (or julienned, or sliced) (3 green containers)
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced (1 green container)
  • 2 cups of shredded chicken breast (3 red containers)
  • Cilantro
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Peanut Sauce, above
Toss ingredients together well, then top with peanut sauce and toss until distributed evenly.  Serve immediately or store for later - it's even better after it sits overnight!  The above makes 3 servings with the following recommended container counts for each - 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green, 1 orange, 1 teaspoon.

The cucumber noodles give it an amazing crunch, and the flavors are so fresh.  I love the buckwheat sweet potato noodles because they keep a nice texture when cold, and they only take 6 minutes to cook!  Vitacost is a great resource for cool new foods like that, I have discovered a lot there - both the ginger juice and raw honey in the sauce are Vitacost finds of mine as well.  They have great prices and sales, which are made even better with cash back at Ebates

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