Healthy Recipes & Fitness Tips

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What is IsoBreathing?

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IsoBreathing was developed by Ellen Miller in 2003. IsoBreathing combines a breathing technique and Isometric Exercise. Isobreathing started as the “Kindergarten” of exercise. Videos highlighting this technique can be found on the Isobreathing You Tube Channel. The videos prior to 2014 feature exercises and advice for the beginner.

In 2014 founder Ellen Miller, retired and named her daughter Michelle D’Ettore as CEO of IsoBreathing. Now, IsoBreathing: The Next Generation will help you take your fitness goals to the next level. The company has evolved into a healthy lifestyle brand. Our focus is on fitting fitness into your busy schedule and teaching you how to eat lean and clean.

Are you having problems obtaining the results you want from your workout?

Let IsoBreathing take you from the basics to the next level. We know you lead a busy and hectic life and we want to help you learn how you can Get to Fit, by fitting in fitness and proper nutrition!
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipe and a GIVEAWAY!

When my friends over at Nest Fresh Eggs asked me to create a recipe using their Non-GMO, Cage Free, and Organic Eggs I knew instantly the perfect recipe would be my sister's Chocolate Truffle Cake. This chocolate truffle cake is naturally gluten free and is a hit every time we make. 

Rebecca took a break from her own foodie blogging adventure at My Foodie for Thought to share this tasty treat. Check out her recipe and thoughts on Nest Fresh Eggs below and enter to win 4 Dozen Nest Fresh Eggs so you can check them out for yourself!!




 When Michelle asked me to make my Chocolate Truffle Cake using Nest Fresh Eggs I was very egg-cited. Their eggs are the next best thing to having your own chicken coop! I have made this recipe a dozen times and with 7 eggs in the cake you really need to use fresh straight from the farm eggs for the best result!

This needs to be made the day before you are going to serve it.

Ingredients:

1 cup whipping cream
2 1/2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Nucello
7 Nestfresh cage free eggs
1 cup light brown sugar
Dash sea salt

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line the inside bottom of a 9-inch Springform cake pan with a circle of parchment paper. Wrap foil around the outside of the pan, covering the bottom and sides.

In a sauce pan, slowly heat the cream over low heat. When the cream is hot but not boiling, melt the chocolate chips by adding them slowly to the pan as you whisk. Add the butter, in cut up pieces. Whisk until the chocolate and butter are melted. Add the Nucello. As soon as the mixture is melted, smooth, and glossy remove it from the heat.

Next beat the eggs, brown sugar and sea salt until the eggs are foamy and doubled in volume, 3-4 minutes. (A KitchenAid stand mixer or hand mixer is helpful)

Slowly add the cooling chocolate mixture to the eggs, and beat gently until combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.

Bake in the center of a pre-heated oven for one hour, until the cake is set and cracked. It will still appear a bit loose in the center.

When the cake is close to room temperature, lightly cover and chill the cake overnight.

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*As a blogger I receive products, promotional items and educational materials to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. Thank you to Nest Fresh for the wonderful eggs!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Gluten Free Lentil Quesadilla Recipe

Are you looking for the perfect gluten free recipe for Cinco De Mayo and meatless Monday? Look no further gluten free lentil quesadillas, they are the perfect fit. These are a huge hit with the entire family. The 3 year old was happy, the 11 month old love the lentils and the hubby loved them. How often do you hit a trifecta like that?

For a special grown up treat Cinco de Mayo wouldn't be complete with out Margarita Jello Shots on the side!

Lentil Ingredients:
1 cups of lentils (pre-soaked overnight)
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup tomato sauce
2 tbs cumin
2 tbs chili powder
1 tbs garlic powder
1 tbs red chili pepper flakes

Other Ingredients needed:
4 brown rice tortillas
1 cup shredded cheese
1 avocado
.5 cup Greek yogurt

Start by placing all of the ingredients for the lentils in the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. When the lentils are cooked you can create the quesadilla. 

Pre-heat the oven to 350. Place two brown rice tortillas on a baking pan and layer it with lentils and cheese. Then add the remaining two brown rice tortillas on top of the two on the baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Serve with a side of avocado and Greek yogurt!!


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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kickstarter and Dog Treats the Perfect Combo

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

How to Hang Decorations and Frames with Two Hooks


I can't begin to tell you how many holes used to be hiding behind my pictures and decorations that had two hooks, until I figured out this simple fool proof method.

Start by laying a piece pf painters tape across the back of the frame. Then mark where you want the nail to go.
 Move the tape from the frame to the wall where you want to hang it. (Check that the tape is not crooked with a leveler)
 Hammer your nail or hook into place on both sides and then remove the tape.

Attach your decoration or frame to the wall! Easy Peasy!


Monday, April 21, 2014

10 Day Cleanse



Did you sneak some of the kids' Easter Treats and now you are sluggish and tired? I know I am, which is why I am starting my 10 Day Cleanse! 

Why should you cleanse? Cleansing helps rid the body of toxins and waste and supports improved digestion! The best part of this cleanse is it is very gentle and you don't have to stop life to do it (and you get to eat tons of food!) 

If you are ready to hit your restart button send me a message and I will coach you through your cleanse! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Healthy Pets: 8 Benefits of Coconut Oil

By now most people have heard of the benefits of using coconut oil, but did you know it has major benefits for your dog? It can be used both externally, applied directly to the skin and ingested by the mouth as well. For ingestion most vets recommend 1 tsp per 10 lbs of weight. (It is also recommended to start with 1/4 dose and build up over several weeks)

Here are our top 8 ways coconut oil can help your dog:


  1. Improves doggie breath
  2. Improves digestion
  3. Regulates thyroid function
  4. Leads to improved and shiny coats
  5. Skin health improves
  6. May ease pain from arthritis
  7. Balances Metabolism and may help with weight control
  8. Topically can help wounds

Monday, April 14, 2014

Healthy Churro Chips Recipe


Churro Chips are a gluten free, vegan and a clean eating recipe that are broiled and not fried!! They are made with coconut oil and coconut sugar making them a much healthier choice than other chip options!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gluten Free Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

I have been gluten free for over four years now and I love that more companies are recognizing the need for gluten free options. Thanks to Betty Crocker and their gluten free bisquick mix the delicious comfort of chicken and dumplings can be had by everyone following a gluten free lifestyle! This recipe has been adapted from the Betty Crocker website.

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts
4 cups chicken broth
1 bag frozen crinkle cut carrots
1 onion chopped
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 tbs parsley

Dumplings:
3/4 cup of gluten free bisquick mix
1/3 cup milk
2 tbs olive oil
1 egg
1 tbs italian seasoning

Place all ingredients (minus those needed for the dumplings) in the crock pot and set on low. Tip: dissolve the cornstarch in some of the chicken broth before putting it in the crock pot to avoid clumping. Cook on low for 8 hours.

30 minutes before you are ready to eat, mix all of the dumpling ingredients together and form the dough into balls. Drop the balls around the crock pot and allow them to cook for 30 minutes. That is all, easy peasy! Enjoy!






Friday, March 21, 2014

Gluten Free Veggie Mac and Cheese


How do you take a childhood classic and turn up the nutrient factor? You add in veggies!

Ingredients:
1 package Gluten Free Pasta (I love Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta)
1 bag of frozen butternut squash
1 bag frozen chopped spinach
1 bag frozen artichoke
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
1 cup cheese
1 tbs of olive oil
1/4 cup gluten free panko (optional)

Start by preparing your pasta. When it is ready drain it and then return it to the pot. Defrost the squash, artichoke and spinach. While those are defrosting chop your onion and garlic and saute them in the olive oil until they are translucent. Place the squash, artichoke and spinach into a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped. Add the veggies to the pan and heat through.




Mix the veggie mixture into the cooked pasta and add in your cheese and milk. At this point you can go ahead and eat right away or you can put it in a casserole dish, top with cheese and gluten free panko (optional)  and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. As a time saver during the week I will prep this meal on Sunday and put the casserole dish in the fridge. Then during the week I can just pop it in oven for an easy weeknight meal!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Breakfast on the Go: Egg Muffins

Most mornings are a huge rush, get ready, pack up, dress the kids (re-dress the kids)... You know the drill.. however breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets us up for healthy eating success the rest of the day, it kicks our metabolism into gear and tells our body that we are in charge and we are going to fuel it properly! 

With all that is going on in our crazy lives, how are we supposed to eat a nutritious breakfast when we are just trying to get out of the door on time? How do we properly fuel our body with a nice 1 to 1 ratio of protein and complex carbs? 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower Mash

Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower Mash is a fun and easy twist on a classic. Swapping out the potato and adding in cauliflower will save about 50 calories per every 100 grams as well as about 12g of carbs!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Make your own Zucchini Chips

Zucchini Chips are an easy, delicious and nutritious snack. They are super easy to make too. One medium zucchini is only 33 calories, has 2.4 grams of protein, 2g of fiber and are rich in Vitamin A and C! If you are focusing on eating clean this is the perfect snack when you are craving something with a crunch.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Oven Baked Chicken Fingers with Double Dipping Sauce



Oven baked chicken fingers with buffalo dipping sauce and honey mustard dipping sauce is super easy, can be made in 30 minutes and is a crowd pleaser. You can pair the chicken fingers with oven baked french fries as shown above or make Sweet Potato Fries as a healthier option.

Monday, February 3, 2014

DIY Baby Food 101

Making your own baby food is super easy. You can choose fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meat, oatmeal, greek yogurt and mix and match them to give your baby a well rounded diet.

 
 When starting with making your own baby food use the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Silly). Choose a single fruit or vegetable, steam it until it is soft and then puree it. The puree can be sectioned in ice cube trays and frozen to store for future use.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

24 Day Challenge: Body Transformation

Throw out your scale right now! The numbers on the scale do not tell the complete story. The pictures you see are from my recent 24 Day Challenge. If you are unfamiliar with the 24 Day Challenge it is a comprehensive nutrition program that focuses on eating lean and clean and filling in the nutritional gaps with elite nutritional products. The same elite nutritional products taken by Drew Brees, Rich Froning, Jason Witten  and many other athletes at the top of their game! My favorite part of this program is that you get to eat so much food! I wrote up a few sample menus recently that highlighted some of the delicious and nutritious food I get to eat.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Blueberry and Chia Protein Pancakes

I am halfway through the 24 Day Challenge and I have lost 8 inches and 1% of my body fat!!! Eating lean and clean, working out 30 minutes a day and taking the same Elite Nutritional Products as Drew Brees, Jason Witten and Rich Froning is the perfect combination.

This morning I made some delicious and nutritious Blueberry and Chia Protein Pancakes. The pancakes are gluten free, contain no added sugar and pack in 30 grams of protein per serving!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Cinnamon and Ginger Detox Tea

When ever I feel like a cold is coming on, or my kids come home with runny noses and I want to give myself an immunity boost I make cinnamon and ginger detox tea. It is also great when your tummy is feeling funny and naturally relieves nausea.

This detox tea recipe is naturally caffeine free and so easy to make. All you need is ginger root, cinnamon sticks and water.

Cinnamon: Reduces inflammation, is an antioxidant, helps fight bacteria, regulates blood sugar and boosts immunity

Ginger: Reduces inflammation, is an antioxidant, aids in digestion, alleviates nausea and contains vitamin C


Brew 2 cinnamon sticks and a 2 inch section of ginger root in water. Allow to cool slightly and serve.  I tend to make this tea in large batches and keep the extra in the refrigerator. It is very tasty served hot or cold!