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{Recipe} Pepperoni Meatza

Recently, David and I were craving pizza. Go figure!!! We pondered ways to substitute the crust for something more fat loss friendly than bread. I’ve never found a cauliflower crust recipe that worked great for me (please comment and share if you have one!), so we decided to try MEAT! 😉 Meatza was born!

Here is how our experiment turned out that Saturday afternoon…

Ingredients for Pepperoni Meatza “crust”:

  • 1 lb Lean ground turkey (We used extra lean – 99% fat-free)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • a dash of salt
  • a dash of black pepper

Mix all of this in a bowl. Mash it into a circle on a pizza stone until it’s thin – similar to pizza dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven to top it with your favorite ingredients. Note: Up the oven temperature to 400 degrees while you add toppings.

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Our Toppings:

  • 2/3 cup of pizza sauce (to keep it really simple, I used a jarred spaghetti sauce called Ragu Light – Tomato and Basil – No Sugar Added)
  • diced onions and bell pepper
  • mushrooms
  • Boar’s Head Turkey Pepperoni
  • sliced jalapenos
  • approximately 1/2 – 3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

Use any toppings YOU like… whatever floats your boat! Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Serve with a side salad. Enjoy! If you like it spicy, add some crushed red pepper on top…yummmmm.

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Pepperoni “Meat”za

By the time this came out of the oven, David and I were famished from a full afternoon of working around the house. We thought for sure we could eat the WHOLE pizza. Think again! See the blue plate in the picture? That was my one and only serving. It was incredibly filling compared to traditional pie!

If you want to be able to pick it up to eat it, make sure to slice it into fairly small pieces as pictured. Otherwise, you will be eating it with a fork.

I know that if you try this recipe, you will NOT be disappointed. 🙂 Make sure to let me know if you make it, what toppings you chose and how you changed up the recipe to fit your needs!

Enjoy!

Jill

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My Top 10 Tips for Navigating Social Events and Eating Out Without Gaining a Single Pound

Today’s culture involves eating outside the home often. Whether it’s dinner out with friends on the weekend, attending a holiday party or wedding reception, or simply grabbing lunch on your lunch hour with co-workers, eating out is inevitable. This can be a stressful aspect of living a “lean and healthy lifestyle” but it doesn’t have to be!

Good news- Eating out doesn’t have to increase your waistline! There are many ways you can make eating out work for your goals. 🙂 I understand that it’s hard to let go of the control that we have when eating in where we know each and every ingredient, but if you follow just a few simple guidelines, your social life won’t have to suffer!

Here are my top 10 tips for navigating a social event and eating out without gaining a single pound:

 

  • Do your homework – When you know ahead of time where you will be eating, take a couple of minutes to check out the menu online. Most restaurants have their menu items listed out on their website. Walking in an establishment with a plan is the best offense.
  • Skip the freebies – Many restaurants bring out a complimentary loaf of bread with butter, chips and salsa, or the like. Say “No, thank you.” Ask your server to bring out raw veggies to munch on if you really need something before your entrée arrives. Don’t place unnecessary temptation right in front of you! If you’re in a situation where this isn’t possible, focus on chatting and socializing before your meal arrives.
  • Avoid drinking your calories – Ask for water to drink. If you want a little flavor, add lemon, lime, or even a squeeze of orange to your water. Avoid soda, booze, and other high-calorie drinks. They add up quickly! If you decide to have alcohol, limit yourself to 2 drinks and avoid starches and fats at that meal. Alcohol is best consumed with lean meat and fibrous veggies.
  • Choose lean meat – Almost every restaurant has an option for a lean cut of meat. It may be a grilled chicken breast, boiled shrimp, baked or broiled fish, or even sashimi if you’re feeling adventurous! Always steer clear of anything fried.

    This is a “chicken sandwich” – hold the bun, please.” 🙂

  • Be choosy with your side items – Instead of the normal baked potato, rice, or fries, order steamed broccoli, mixed veggies, roasted asparagus, a side salad, or grilled zucchini and squash. There are almost always healthy side items available.
  • Remember the rule: “Fat over carbs” – Examples of this strategy
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    When eating Thai food, I skip the rice.

    are guacamole salad over rice and beans, bacon and boiled egg on your salad over croutons and bread, meat with cheese over meat on a bun, grilled chicken salad over grilled chicken sandwich, and veggies sautéed in olive oil over a baked potato. If you’re attending a party and a meat and cheese tray and mini sandwich tray are both being served, choose the meat and cheese even though the meat on these trays tend to be higher in fat (i.e. salami).

  • Order all sauces on the side when you can – Sauces and dressings can completely ruin a fat-loss friendly meal turning it into a fat-storing meal. Ordering sauces and dressings on the side allow YOU to be in control of how much you eat, if any. When ordering salad dressing, the best choice would be an oil and vinegar based dressing.
  • Stick to entrées – Appetizers and desserts add extra calories and are rarely fat-loss friendly choices. When you do order an appetizer, choose something like shrimp cocktail. Desserts are best saved for off-plan, cheat meals.
  • Watch your portion sizes – Most restaurant portions are entirely too large for one person. Split your meal in half and take it home or share it with your friend.
  • Keep good company – It’s important to surround yourself with people who share your values in all aspects of life. When you eat out, take along a friend or your spouse who is supportive of your healthy lifestyle. With time and practice, it becomes easier to eat for your fat loss goals even when those around you order things that aren’t on your plan. When you begin trying to change your habits, however, it’s important to seek out support from like-minded friends or even a coach that can cheer you on and answer all of your questions about changing your habits and lifestyle (see the bottom of this post for my top recommendations for coaching services).

There you have it. My top 10 strategies that I personally use when eating out.

Many believe that lean, fit people prep all their food ahead of time, portion it out for the week, and never dine out or even eat enjoyable, flavorful food. That is simply not true. It’s definitely possible to eat out, socialize, and enjoy food while eating for fat loss!

Trust me… I LOVE food and love to eat. I enjoy EVERY bite I put in my mouth. 😀

Head over to my facebook page and let me know YOUR favorite fat-loss friendly restaurant or a rule of thumb you use to stay on track while eating out!

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{Recipe} Grain-Free Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread is one of my favorite fall treats!

Every year for the last several years, I’ve made a particular recipe for Pumpkin Bread that I found in a Southern Living recipe book (with a few of my own tweaks). It’s always been a hit at home as well as among my friends! This year, I decided to attempt a grain-free (and therefore gluten-free), lower sugar version. I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out incredibly delicious and was very easy to make!

Here is a slice I enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee. It was perfectly moist and tasty! 🙂

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If you’d like to try your hand at this recipe, here is how I made it….

Grain-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe (makes 2 loaves)

  • 3 1/3 cups of almond flour
  • 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups of Truvia for baking (depending on how sweet you want your bread – I went with 1 1/2 cups because I have a major sweet tooth! If you use something besides Truvia, it needs to be equivalent to 3 cups of sugar.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 oz. all natural, no added sugar apple sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 15 oz can of pure, preferably organic, pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling – needs to be 100% pumpkin)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and stir until incorporated. Combine all wet ingredients until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir together until well incorporated. Divide batter into 2 large (9×5), greased loaf pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack for at least 10-15 minutes. Remove loaves from pans and cool completely on wire rack.

Slice each loaf into 10-12 slices. 1 slice equals 1 serving. Serve cold or warm. To warm, heat a slice in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Enjoy!

The Finished Loaves

p.s. This recipe freezes well, so I froze one loaf for later. 🙂

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{Recipe} Quick and Healthy Blueberry Cobbler – Single Serving

I’ve been researching all the “mug cakes” that are floating around these days trying to find one that appeals to me. I’ve tried a few that were completely GROSS and some that were just ok.

So far, there has been nothing worth sharing here on my site, but I’ll let you know when I do find one! While perusing the good old worldwide web for mug cakes, I came across a recipe for a single serving strawberry cobbler that was FULL of white sugar. I just happen to have fresh blueberries on hand so I decided to “healthify” the recipe and make a blueberry version. This is a PERFECT summer treat!
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Here are the ingredients I used:

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (any type of berry or mixed berries would be fine)
  • slightly less than 1/4 cup of oat flour (I make my own by grinding oats in a coffee grinder of food processor.)
  • 1 Tbsp of non-fat, plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened, plain almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 packets of Stevia or Truvia (if you live in the south like me, you’ll probably want to use 4!) I used Stevia in the Raw
  • Optional: Sprinkle a little cinnamon in the mixture. I happen to love cinnamon and put it on everything! 🙂

Directions:

Spray a mug or microwavable bowl with non-stick cooking spray. Add berries to the bottom and mash them up a little with a fork to make them a little juicy. Sprinkle them with 1/2-1 pack of stevia. Mix all the remaining ingredients together and add to the top of the blueberries. Microwave for 1-2 minutes checking at 1 minute and beyond for desired firmness. Enjoy after you allow it to cool for just a bit!

I ate this today as my post workout carb along with my protein shake. I have to say that I was impressed. Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

Jill 😀

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14 Female Fit Pros Spill Their Secrets for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

How awesome would it be to comfortably wear that little black dress hanging in your closet on New Year’s Eve? How would it feel to slip into your jeans on January 1st and find that they still button just as they do now!?!

 

Read on to find out the secrets of these lovely female fitness professionals who are graciously sharing how they avoid holiday weight gain. Soak in their tips and put them into practice TODAY! Be sure to download all the yummy, fat-loss friendly recipes that are linked as well.

 

Without further ado, meet all the gals… xo-Jill

Kate Horney

Kate Horney

 Postpartum Fat Loss Expert from BeyondFit Mom

This season of Christmas cookies is tough for me. Reindeer mix (have you tried that? White chocolate, m&m’s, pretzels, etc), 7 layer bars and fudge… oh heaven help me!! (I have a major sweet tooth)

Thankfully, after years of living the fat loss lifestyle, I have come to find some great tips for navigating the holidays, keeping my waistline in check, AND still enjoying myself …

Here are two of my favs:

1) Go Guilt Free. If you overeat at one meal, no big deal. Ditch the guilt and simply go light on your next meal. Fill up on fiber and protein and you’ll be just fine. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is impossible to gain weight from ONE piece of pie!

2) Pitch In. Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering or offer to help with parties, meals, etc. and share some of your favorite fat loss friendly versions of traditional holiday favorites. Who knows, you may be able to inspire friends and family to get on board and join you in your healthy lifestyle! And even if you don’t, at least you know you’ll have a few dishes that you can enjoy freely.

Here is a link to Kate’s very FAV fat loss friendly holiday dessert; the crustless pumpkin pie! Be sure to check out Kate’s Fat Loss Friend(lier) Treats Pinterest board HERE as well!

 

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Kristy Agan from KristyAgan.com

Wife, Mother of 2, and Trainer at Pro Performance in Rome, GA

I avoid the extra holiday pounds by looking by marking important dates on my calendar like parties, etc. My birthday, as well as Christmas and New Years, all fall within weeks of each other and they all bring along with them treats that I love. So I make those days something to look forward too by eating clean between those special dates. And by eating “clean”, I mean that I avoid eating out as much as possible, avoid processed foods, and I try to prepare the majority of my meals at home using whole foods. Lots of lean proteins and veggies. And of course, I make sure to avoid “drinking” my calories. Holidays also come with social events where “fun” beverages can KILL a fat-loss plan. Whether it’s a glass of wine, tea, pumpkin spiced latte, egg nog……you get the idea…..I have to make sure that I want my “cheats” to be what I REALLY want. And I love a good dessert on occasion so I try to avoid the high calorie drinks whenever possible.

Probably one of my favorite ways to get around a sweet tooth and not go overboard is to eat dark chocolate covered strawberries. They are easy to make and I get best of both worlds!! I find that if I prepare a dessert (cookies, cakes, etc) I end up being the one eating the majority of it so I avoid that pitfall by not baking when I can.

Maryalice Goldsmith

Maryalice Goldsmith
Owner of InsideOut Wellness

Surviving the Holidays without damaging the waistline requires balance, awareness, and choices. So what is one to do? For me, it is all about the mindset. For years, it was about the food, especially the dessert ~ I used to LOVE all those holiday cookies. Today in my healthy lifestyle I choose to put my energy on the people I am with. I allow the love I feel, the laughter I enjoy, and the stories told from years past to fulfill me. This takes awareness. Food is for fuel and it brings us to the table and yes it tastes really good but today in my life, choosing not to have things that leave me feeling bloated and uncomfortable and just simply enjoying those I love truly works for me. This holiday season, sit back and take in all the blessings you have, this is incredible fuel for the mind, body, & soul! If after that you still want a cookie then I say enjoy every bite 🙂 Depriving leads to over indulgence ~ find your healthy balance. Happy Holidays!”

In Health & Fitness ~ Maryalice xo

Check out Maryalice’s “holiday recipe” for enjoying the holiday season. 🙂

Abby Fratzke

  Abbie Fratzke

Owner of Absolutely Strong

I don’t cheat; I plan. Rather than over-estimating my willpower to swear off Christmas cookies for the season, I make a plan to enjoy the holidays and stay fit based on: when my parties/events are, what I truly want to indulge in–rather than eating errrrythang in sight–and how can I support myself before, during and after an indulgence. For example, I know my family always celebrates on Christmas Day at my uncle’s farm so then I won’t indulge on Christmas Eve too–I prepare to enjoy the following day by eating, training and sleeping as usual. Then on Christmas I know I want to indulge in eating my Grandma’s pie and lefse so during meals I load my plate with veg and protein rather than anything unhealthy/tempting so I can enjoy dessert. The following day I work out and/or fast to rid myself of any bloat–because let’s be honest one day of indulgence might cause some water retention, but it won’t ruin your smokin bod! So if you want a glass of champagne on New Years Eve then drink and be merry, but prepare before, pick your indulgence, enjoy and then return to your regular habits.

Inkeri Young

 Inkeri Young

Founder of Ink Young Life

During the holiday season, I keep my eating pretty much just like it is usually. I will enjoy foods that are not typically part of my meals IF they are something that I really want. Store bought cookies, pies and regularly available treats etc. do not appeal to me. As far as holiday treats; I don’t like egg nog and I am not a huge fan of pumpkin pie (even I LOOOOVE pumpkin prepared in other ways), but give me some Finnish chocolate that my mom mails us and yes, I will enjoy some 🙂

I always bring something to the parties that I know will be yummy to share and will not make me feel “blah” the next day. Examples of the type of things I might bring are almond and/or coconut flour baked goods, salads and vegetable or cheese & meat platters. And I always drink a ton of water!

When we attend parties with our children, we’ll decide ahead of time how many treats we’ll enjoy and the boys know to look for their protein, veggies and fruit from the offerings to get some of the better choices along with their treats.

think that maintaining fat loss is a great goal for the holiday season. It’s also important to remember that even the food is a big part of the holidays, we don’t need to involve all the activities around it. I love finding non-food and active ways to connect with the family and friends, such as hikes and bowling.

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 Rae Anne Mullins

Owner/Trainer at RAM Fitness for Women

The “old ” me used to fill up on every morsel of food I could get my hands on because “ it’ s the Holidays! ” Well, I no longer look at the Holidays as an excuse to eat. Now I actually challenge myself to lose fat during this time of year. Planning ahead is key to facing the holiday eating frenzy. I take a protein-based dish to every party I go to so that I know there will be at least one thing I can eat that is fat loss friendly. I drink a lot of water and always limit myself to just one alcoholic drink. I find that the conversation is much better when I don’ t drink too much. I love desserts so I have come up healthier versions of holiday classics such as pumpkin pie, cake, and nutty apple crisp. I believe the thing that helps me the most during the holidays is finding time to relax. The stress of getting everything done and making everyone happy is my biggest challenge. I combat the stress with plenty of sleep every night and I enjoy taking a hot bath with a big cup of decaffeinated green tea.

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Sabrina Sarabella

 Clinical Nutritionist and Fitness Expert at Sabrina Sarabella Fitness and Nutrition

Since I am very social I have a ton of holiday parties to go to over the holidays that eating and drinking can sometimes get out of control if I was to let it. Since my weekends can get very busy during the holidays I commit to getting my workouts in M-F, I also keep my diet clean all week long. On Friday and Saturday nights, I allow myself to indulge in dessert or a glass or two of wine but like to focus around spending time with family and friends and not the food involved in the gatherings. I allow myself to enjoy my indulgence but get back to eating clean the rest of the time.

Lisa Gee

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I maintain my weight by only allowing myself to eat the things that are REALLY worth it. Before I have a bite of something indulgent, I always think “is this worth it?”. It’s easy for me to resist things I’m not thrilled with (like mashed potatoes or stuffing) because they just aren’t my “it” food. Brownies, however, get me every single time and I just factor that into my plan. I allow myself to eat one (ok, 3!) and then I know the next day it is back on plan with lots of veggies, lean proteins, and water! It’s okay to splurge every now and then but just make sure it is something that is worth every single bite!

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Lori Musselman

 Owner/Trainer at MusselFit

Oh the holiday parties … so much food! In the past, I would’ve indulged in a little bit of everything. Then I gave myself permission to be a food snob. Yes, a food snob! While it is a time to celebrate, I’ve learned to ask two big questions before I swallow a bite of food that doesn’t fall in line with my health and fitness philosophy:

1. Do I really L-O-V-E what I ’m about to put in my mouth? If the answer is yes, I eat it and feel no remorse. I love pumpkin and cheesecake; even pumpkin cheesecake, so if that is available, I’ m going to allow myself a small piece at a party.

2. Does what I ’m chewing taste good enough to put in my body? Let’s take Buckeyes for example. Chocolate and peanut, what is not to love? Well, my taste buds don ’t care for the powdered sugar taste… so I no longer eat those.

Check out Lori’s Easy CrockPot Chicken BBQ for an easy, delicious, filling option to take to a holiday gathering. 🙂

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 Darcy Knoblich

Health and Wellness Coach at DarcyKnoblich.com

Borrowing from an Eastern medicine philosophy, winter is the time to conserve our energy and practice restorative activities. Unfortunately, the holidays can feel like the exact opposite of this! To stay balanced and keep my butt in my skinny jeans (and out of sweat pants with forgiving-but necessary-waistbands) I focus on self-care activities: daily leisure walks, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and prioritizing consistent meals high in fibrous vegetables and protein. Soups and stews are my favorite! When I take care of myself, I don’t feel depleted. I have the energy to attend all of the holiday parties and eat a few bites of pie without it triggering me to eat the ENTIRE dessert table… subsequently keeping me in my skinny jeans well into the New Year!

Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown

Owner and Coach at Beautiful U Fitness University

Hi, everyone, this is Amanda Brown from B.U.F.U. With the holidays coming, there are lots of tempting situations so I have a three-part survival plan that I use during this time to avoid the holiday weight gain.

1) I focus on eating veggies first and protein second, then fats and avoid sugar/starch during the week.

2) When at a party, I only indulge in my favorites desserts. I do not just eat sweets because they are they. I strategically survey the desserts and only pick a favorite or two (like homemade pumpkin pie with homemade whip cream) and I ALWAYS use a small plate. Then I savor every bite by eating it slowly. On the nights I do indulge with sweets, I don’ t eat fats – only protein and veggies.

3) I don’ t starve myself before a big family dinner, I eat normally during the day, and I bring healthy substitutes to some of my favorites, like mashed potatoes. Plus, I always bring an extra veggie dish I made because my family doesn’t always cook the way I do. Then I focus on maintaining where I am versus trying to lose fat. Lastly, I do a couple extra fat burning workouts.

Happy Holidays 🙂

Erica MacArthur

Erica MacArthur

Founder of Curvy Healthy Girl

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! My whole family gets together and we have a wonderful meal. Yes, it can be challenging to stay away from some of the goodies presented, so I try to just indulge in a couple bites of things that I normally wouldn’t have like cheesecake. Filling my dinner plate with mostly protein and veggies and a couple bites of starch, then my next meal is right back on track. The trick that I have learned in the past couple of years to not packing on the pounds for me is to make sure I get a hard and heavy weights workout that morning and after dinner take a nice walk. Exercising that day is mentally soothing to me and makes me happier about indulging a little bit. 🙂

Julie Stubblefield

Julie Stubblefield

Founder of Fit Mom Revolution

When I was 70 pounds heavier, the holiday season was a complete free-for-all when it came to food. The end result was not only added weight, but I also felt poorly during the entire season. I didn’t sleep well, I felt bloated, and my clothes were less than flattering. The added stress of the holiday season just contributed to how I felt as well. Since changing how I care for my body, I am much more mindful around food. Instead of having a full-on cheat meal each week, I allow myself little indulgences (2 or 3) throughout the week. If I’m baking cookies with my kids, I’ll allow myself to eat one. If we go to a special event, I select one food item that really appeals to me and eat one serving of it. This allows me to participate in all the family and holiday traditions without feeling deprived and keeps me from bingeing. Another key component to managing my mindfulness around food is sleep. When I’m tired, I don’t make the best food choices. And if I’m surrounded by less than ideal choices constantly during the holidays, being tired (or exhausted) makes it even harder to resist. I make sure I get at least 7 hours of sleep nightly, and aim for 8 or more when I can. Holidays are busy, but making sleep a priority helps me to fend off the less than ideal foods and also feel better as I’m navigating the crazy schedule. Now that I’ve changed how I handle food during the holiday season, I feel much better, my clothes look better, and I’m in a better frame of mind to spend time with my family…which is what the holidays are really about!

Check out Julie’s YUMMY Pumpkin Protein Treat. (I can’t wait to try it myself! ~Jill)

 

The 14th and final tip comes from me. 🙂 One of MY favorite ways to avoid overeating at a holiday gathering is to have a quick and convenient protein smoothie before I go. It leaves me satisfied rather than famished which helps me make much better choices. I want YOU to have my favorite protein smoothie recipes!  SIGN UP at the very bottom of this post to receive my “Lean Lifestyle Guide for Busy Moms” as well as my TOP 9 quick, easy, and convenient protein smoothie recipes!

 

Are you ready to take the holiday season HEAD ON? If you need support this year, if you want to learn how to navigate parties, if you want to have strategies in place that set you up for success, and if you want  accountability available through working with me, apply for my One-on-One Training and Nutrition Coaching Program today. You will get the support and tools you need to THRIVE through the holidays without the bloat and seemingly inevitable weight gain!

 

I hope you enjoyed these fit pro secrets for avoiding holiday weight gain. Don’t forget to sign up for your free gifts below! Happy Holidays! ~Jill

 

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Have a hankering for Thin Mints?

After soccer practice the other day, I drove by the local Arby’s restaurant and saw the sign for a “Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake.” It caught my eye. I’m a chocolate lover to the core and do love a good mint chocolate flavor! I decided I’d buy both of my boys a Jr. size shake as a special little treat hoping it would taste like a thin mint shake. 😉

Before I handed the shakes back to them for the ride home, I snuck a little sip (You know, to taste test so that I could make my own version and help out all of my kind readers!!). I immediately placed peppermint extract on my grocery list and decided I would experiment for Saint Patrick’s Day. My experiment turned out GREAT on the FIRST try! When does that ever happen??

This shake tastes much like a Thin Mint. Some have even said it’s like an Andes chocolate mint candy. Make it and decide for yourself!

 

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Here is my delicious concoction – Thin Mint Shake:

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used PlantFusion – a non-soy plant-based protein powder
  • 1 heaping Tbsp of baking cocoa
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 6 drops or about 1/8 tsp. of peppermint extract
  • stevia to taste
  • ice and water (for consistency)
  • a pinch of xanthan gum (optional – makes shake thick and creamy)

Directions: Place ice in the bottom of the blender. Add a little water. Add all dry ingredients. Add peppermint extract and almond milk. You can also add a little extra ice if you like a thick (ice cream-like) shake. Blend and ENJOY!

Both of my boys tasted it and couldn’t believe how much it tasted like the shake at Arby’s! My 10 yr old exclaimed, “How did you do that!?!?” 🙂 Kid tested. Mother approved.

For fun, I decided I wanted a make green shake for Saint Patrick’s Day… a shamrock shake! It turned out great, but my affinity for chocolate always wins out. I’d rank the shamrock shake an 8.5 on a scale of 10. The Chocolate Thin Mint shake is an 11! 🙂

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Here is the Shamrock Shake recipe:

  • 1 scoop vanilla bean protein powder (I used PlantFusion – a non-soy plant-based protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 drops of maple extract
  • 6 drops or about 1/8 tsp. of peppermint extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • a handful of spinach (I promise you can’t taste it, but that’s what makes it GREEN)
  • stevia to taste
  • ice and water (for consistency)
  • a pinch of xanthan gum (optional – makes shake thick and creamy)

Directions: Place ice in the bottom of the blender. Add a little water. Add all dry ingredients. Add extracts and almond milk. You can also add a little extra ice or 1/2 of a banana if you like a thick (ice cream-like) shake. Blend and ENJOY!

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Enjoy! -Jill


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