Grilled Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

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INGREDIENTS:

1 pint grape tomatoes
1 ripe avocado
2 ears of fresh sweet corn
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

HONEY LIME DRESSING
Juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp honey
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
Dash of cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Remove husks from corn and grill over medium heat for 10 minutes. The corn should have some brown spots and be tender and not mushy. Cut the corn off the cob then scrape the cob with the back of your knife to get the juices. Set aside and let cool. Slice the tomatoes in half. Dice the avocado and chop the cilantro.

HONEY LIME DRESSING

1. Add all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
2. Combine the sliced tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and grilled corn and honey lime dressing and mix gently so everything is evenly coated. Be careful not to mash the avocados. Let the salad sit for 10-15 minutes to let flavors mingle.




Happy cooking!!


Coach Nicole's Health Nut Truffles

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If you have a sweet tooth like me, then you probably struggle with self sabotaging your healthy eating when the holiday season hits. This delicious little recipe by Coach Nicole is a great way to satisfy those cravings without packing on the pounds.

As an added bonus this yummy treat is peanut free, gluten free, sugar free and is only 75 calories each.

Minutes to Prepare: 5
Number of Servings: 24

Ingredients
 1 1/2 cups roasted, unsalted almonds
3/4 cup dates, pitted
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
up to 1/4 cup water, divided
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Directions

1. Place dates, almonds, cocoa powder, salt vanilla and 1 Tbsp of water in a food processor 
2. Pulse on/off for several rounds, approximately 30 seonds
3. Pulse on/off for longer intervals for about a minute until mixture is mixed enough that it begins to stick together. (If it remains loose and unpacked, added water a little at a time between pulses to moisten.)
4. When thoroughly combined and "sticky," remove from processor. Roll into 1-inch balls and then roll through unsweetened coconut.
5. Serve and enjoy!!

Refrigerate remaining. Good for 1 week.

Serving Size: Makes 24 1-inch balls

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Happy cooking!


Cannon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Giveaway

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Welcome to the CANON EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera Giveaway!

We've joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway. One lucky person will win a Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit, valued at $599.

I am SO excited for this giveaway!! It is great for everyone especially NEW Beachbody Coaches that want their food and exercise pics to look more professional!

Not a coach? What do you do? How will you use this if you win? I'd LOVE to know!!

So good luck and I can't wait to see who the lucky winner will be!!




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Instagram & Pinterest Cash Giveaway!!!

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If you have been following me for sometime you should know that I LOVE to post on Instagram and pin to Pinterest. I mean, who isn't obsessed with Pinterest these days? I'm SO looking forward to my next child because there are so many more awesome things to pin in the last 3 years!!

That being said, I wanted to join up with a few of my fellow bloggers and small business owners to put on this little giveaway.  So have fun making new connections and pins for your boards!!

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13 BEST Ab Exercises

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Eating right and still not getting the abs you want? Maybe that way you're going about it could be a little or even a lot better.

If you only do those traditional crunches I'm sad to tell you they are not as great as you may think they are. The Biomechanics Lab at San Diego State University recently took a deeper look at thirteen of the most common abs exercises and ranked them from best to worst. Ready to see how they stack up??

Led by Dr. Francis, Ph. D, they recruited 30 healthy people between the ages of 20-45 that ranged from occasional exercisers to those who do so daily. Using and an EMG (electromyography equipment) they monitored each person's muscle activity during each type of ab exercise.

Dr. Francis an his researches concluded that the muscle activity took place during exercises that required contact abdominal stabilization and rotation of the body.


 3 Best Abs Exercises

1. Bicycle Maneuver

Lay on your back with finger tips behind your ears (or on your temples). Bend knees and raise them up into a 90 degree angle. Simultaneously extend one leg out while bringing the opposite knee towards your face. As knee is brought forward bring the opposite elbow to that need being sure not to bring your fingers off your head or yanking on your neck.

2. Captain's chair

Stabilize your upper body by gripping onto the handles and press your lower back against the back rest. Be sure to keep your shoulders away from you ears. There are many various ways move your legs. You can start by bringing your knees up as if doing high knees or running. Alternate or move them simultaneously. Another option is to keep your legs straight and bring them forward as high as you can.

3. Exercise ball crunches

Sit on the ball and walk your feet forward until your lower back is on the ball. Please your hands behind your head (or finger tips behind your ears), crunch forward until abs are engaged and lower yourself back to starting position.

4. Vertical Leg Crunch

Cross ankles and raise legs into the air. Please hands behind your head or finger tips behind the ears and crunch forward. For additional intensity, slightly lower the legs being sure to keep the lower back pressed against the floor.

*Tip: If you can't keep your lower back against the floor your legs are lowered too much.

5.  Torso Track

Kneel on the floor and bring the handle bars on either side of the track. Keeping back in neutral position (aka straight) and arms straight, lean forward bringing your gluts away from your heels and allowing yourself to move down the track. Only go as far as your feel comfortable that you will be able to retract back to your starting position.

6. Long Arm Crunch

Get into the standard crunch position with kneed bent and lower back against the floor. Extend your arms over head and overlap your hands as if diving into a pool. Crunch forward bringing  hand over head and reach high above the knees.

For a partner exercise, you could reach forward and slap hands with your workout buddy or punch a focus mit.

7. Reverse Crunch

Lay on your back against the floor and arms out to your side for stability. Starting with knees bent, keep them together and raise your kneed to your chest. Once you get closer to your chest extend them upwards toward the ceiling and allow the hips to raise off the floor.
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Imagine you are pressing something on top of you off.

8. Crunch with Heel Push

This exercise is very similar to the standard crunch. The main difference is that the feet are flexed with only the heel touching the floor. While in the top of your crunch, press the heels into the floor.

9. Ab Roller

This exercise is identical to the torso track. Quite frankly, I'm very surprised the EMG measurements were not closer.

10. Hover (Plank)

With elbows on the ground and palms open for additional support raise up onto your toes keep your back neutral (aka straight). Be sure not to have an exaggerated curve in the lower back.

Many times this can be corrected by rotating your pelvis in (aka tucking your butt in).

11. Traditional Crunch

Lie on your back keeping it pressed into the floor. Legs are bent at a 45 degree angle and hands are bend with finger tips behind the head. Breath out and crunch forward, making sure the raise the chin and not tuck it into your chest.

12. Exercise Tubing Pull

Start by anchoring the tubing to something heavy behind your head, like a table leg or coach leg. Lie down with your lower back pressed against the floor, knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Grip the handles and hold behind or next to your head while keeping the tubing taught. Be sure to keep your elbows in line with your ears. Contract your abs, breath out and crunch forward raising your shoulders off the ground, inhaling as you slowly come back down. The farther away you are from the tubing anchor the more resistance you will have.

13. Ab Rocker

Sit with your glutes lined up with the center of the pad, feet in front of you in a comfortable position and knees bent. Placing your arms on the arms of the rocker and roll into your chest. The abs are engaged pushing the arms forward. The forward motion of the ab rocker arms will roll the seat back, contracting your core in a seated crunch.

If it feels like this machine makes doing abs easier its because it does. It doesn't allow the core to activate very well, which pretty much makes it a waste.

Read the full study report here.

Happy exercising!


Slow Cooker Lasagna

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As a busy SAHM I am ALWAYS looking for healthy or fast alternatives to my favorite meals. I definitely love my pasta so when I came across this healthy Slow Cooker Lasagna over at SparkRecipes I was super excited!!

When it comes to eating for weight loss the best rule of thumb is to eat every 2-3 hours and a meal that is about 300 calories or less. This one fits the criteria!

Minutes to Prepare: 15
Minutes to Cook: 240
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef, 96% lean
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp dried thyme
One 24 ounce jar low-sodium marinara sauce
One 3/4 pound eggplant, unpeeled, diced (2 cups)
15 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded Italian five-cheese blend (see note)
1/4 cup egg substituent (or 1 egg white)
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
6 no-boil lasagna noodles

Note: If the Italian five-cheese blend is not available is your grocery store, shredded part-skim mozzarella will work just great.

Directions

1. Brown the ground beef in a medium skillet over medium heart. Drain excess fast. Stir in red pepper flakes, thyme, tomato sauce, eggplant and 1 1/4 cup of water.

2. Combine the ricotta, shredded cheese blend, egg substitute, and parsley.

3. Coat the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place enough meat sauce in the slow cooker to coer the bottom. Top with 2 or 3 lasagna noodles (break them up as needed) to cover the meat sauce. Repeat layer.

4. Top the second layer with all the cheese mixture and finish with a top layer of remaining meat sauce.

5. Cover and set the slow cooker on LOW. Cook 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
** Do not exceed 4 hours. This is not an all day cooker meal.

Makes 8 servings; roughly one cup


Okie dokie!! Easy peasy!! Enjoy! 

I'd love to see how yours turns out. Feel free to comment with your feedback and response.

Happy Cooking!!




Vegetarian Quick & Easy Recipes Under 15 Minutes

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Book Review:Vegetarian Quick & Easy - Under 15 Minutes


Stating that I am busy mom is no little thing. I'm a wife. Mom. Etsy Shop Owner. Nanny. Blogger. Fitness Coach. Trying to fit everything I need to do in one day is no easy task and I am ALWAYS looking to great ways to shave off some time. 

Now, I'm not a vegetarian but you don't need to be to appreciate Jonathan Vine's new book. Vegetarian Quick & Easy - Under 15 Minutes has quickly became my new reference cookbook. It has it sectioned off for families at different stages in their life...moms of young children, families with tweens and teens as well as empty nesters/young couples without kids. Within each category there are recipes for breakfast. lunch, and dinner. 

I'm not big into cooking, so these quick meals with only a handful of ingredients fit perfectly into my day and grocery budget.

From the Publisher:

Book Description

100 quick & easy recipes awaits for you
Whether you are a novice or an expert in the kitchen, you won’t need more than 15 minutes to make these recipes! Impressing your family and loved ones has never been easier!
Time may be precious, but so is food. We need it not only to survive but also to bring us joy and great taste experiences, to challenge our taste buds with new flavors, and, last but not least, to nourish us. But what do you do when you only have 15 minutes at your disposal? Time management is the answer. And that is what this book offers you”"recipes that don’t take more than 15 minutes to make, without sacrificing any of the taste.
What’s your part in all this? Just put on that apron and go to the kitchen. Have fun and enjoy cooking! Believe me, food that took hours to prepare but was done without any kind of passion won’t taste better than food prepared in just 15 minutes with all the love in your heart.
In "Quick & Easy Vegetarian Recipes" you will discover:

  • The various vegetarian groups' classification and why people choose to become vegetarian.
    The benefits of being vegetarian and the concerns you need to deal with.
    Tips and guidance for becoming a vegetarian. So many people have done it already, you can do it too!
    How to get organized and actually find time to cook for yourself and your family.
    Quick & easy vegetarian recipes for busy mums, romantic meals, recipes that even kids can make and recipes for parties.
100 Simple Natural Foods Recipes:
  • Easy and Quick Recipes for Busy Mums
    Quick and Easy Recipes for Romantic Meals
    Quick and Easy Recipes That Even Kids Can Make
    Easy and Quick Recipes for Parties

Happy cooking!



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$500 Fabulous Fall Cash Giveaway

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