Month: July 2018

Healthy Cinnamon Muffin Coffee Creamer

Healthy Cinnamon Muffin Coffee Creamer

 

Healthy Cinnamon Muffin Coffee Creamer ~ Fit Mom Adventures

This one is especially good during the holidays when cinnamon just calls to you from the cabinet-yelling "bake with me". Now, you can just pour some of this in your coffee and quiet that baking cabinet

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp date paste
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Combine all in blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Enjoy

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Healthy Almond Joy Coffee Creamer

Healthy Almond Joy Coffee Creamer

Ok, everyone who knows me KNOWS that I am a coffee addict. So, coffee creamers have to come in a close second.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp date paste

Instructions

  1. Combine all in blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Enjoy.

Healthy Hazelnut Coffee Creamer

hazelnut creamerFrench vanilla creamer was my absolute favorite, but I like to have a little variety. So I started experimenting with different flavors and I’m known to have quite a few jars in my fridge at any given moment. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:8]

Ingredients

1 cup cashew milk
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp date paste
2 tsp hazelnut extract
1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

Combine all in the blender, blend and enjoy!

Healthy French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Healthy French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

vanilla coffee creamerI used to be addicted to French Vanilla Coffee Creamer. It reached the point that I couldn’t have coffee away from home unless is was creamy and vanilla flavored. Only have half and half? No-thank you. It needed to be vanilla coffee creamer.

When I started eating healthy, coffee creamer was one thing that I eventually cut out of my “diet”. I realized that there was nothing in it that was remotely healthy-especially if I can’t pronounce any of the ingredients. I learned to drink my coffee black. I really do enjoy it that way. However, every once in a while I get this feeling that I just need some creamy yummy coffee.

I realized that I could make my own with healthier ingredients and they are really good. Problem solved.

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Ingredients

1 cup cashew milk
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp date paste
1 tbsp vanilla

Instructions

Blend all together in blender and store in a glass jar in the fridge. Enjoy. It really is that simple.

Meal Plan Monday

 

Today I planned out our meals for this week. I thought I would join Meal Plan Monday over at http://orgjunkie.com/and share them here also, so maybe they would be helpful to someone else! I love her website for all sorts of wonderful organizing tips and printables for your home. Plan on getting all your ingredients at the beginning of the week and then you are on track for a week full of dinners without panic at the dreaded 5 o’clock dinner panic.

 

Monday: Whole grain taco bake casserole

Tuesday: grilled fish, brown rice, steamed veggies

Wednesday: crock pot chicken breasts with wild rice

Thursday: turkey meatloaf, brown rice pilaf, green beans

Friday: breakfast for dinner

 

Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice

Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice

  1. This is my mom's recipe. I love crock pot meals on busy days because I know that dinner is there for me when I get home.

    Ingredients

    • 1 package 6 oz long grain and wild rice mix OR 6 oz wild rice mixed with long grain rice
    • 6 boneless chicken breasts
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/2 lb sliced mushrooms
    • **1 can campbell's healthy request can cream of chicken soup (see note below for substitute)**
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 tsp dried parsley
    • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
    • 1/4 tsp dried tarragon

    Instructions

    1. Place rice in slow cooker; set aside seasoning packet. Place chicken breasts on top of rice. Place mushrooms over chicken. In a small bowl, combine the soup, water, herbs and contents of seasoning packet. Pour over top. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken juices run clear.

    Recipe Notes

    **Insteas of a can of cream soup: you can substitute 4 ounces light cream cheese and 1 cup milk of choice. Add this in the last 30-60 minutes of cooking.

     

Whole Grain Taco Bake Casserole

Whole Grain Taco Bake Casserole

 

  1. Whole Grain Taco Bake Casserole

    I love casseroles. They are comforting. They are easy. They are inexpensive. They fill empty bellies of teenage boys. This is one I have been making for years. It has seen changes through the years to become healthier, but it is still a family favorite that gets made quite often. The mix that I refer to is here.

    Ingredients

    • 1 bag of whole grain noodle casserole/soup mix
    • 1 lb ground turkey browned (or cooked diced chicken breast)
    • 1 can black olives drained
    • 1 can whole kernal corn drained
    • 1 can undrained diced tomatoes
    • 1 can refried beans
    • Shredded cheese for topping

    Instructions

    1. Combine all (except cheese) in 13X9 casserole dish with 2 cups water. It helps to mix all in a large mixing bowl and transfer to casserole dish-as this can get a bit messy.
    2. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for about 30-45 minutes. Uncover and top with shredded cheese and bake 5 more minutes.

     

Whole Grain Noodle Taco Bake Casserole or Soup Mix

 

Whole Grain Noodle Taco Bake Casserole or Soup Mix
 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried whole grain noodles (ziti noodles, macaroni noodles, etc)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp dried minced onion

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a ziploc bag. Place on shelf and use in casseroles, soups, etc.

 

T-Tapp: “Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes” Book Review

T-Tapp: “Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes” Book Review

I was presented with the opportunity to review the  book “Fit and Fabulous in 15 minutes” by Teresa Tapp to review. The book states that you can lose up to 2 dress sizes in 4 weeks with the method of exercises listed in the book. This program states that it only needs to be done a couple times a week to be effective and get results, especially after doing this program for awhile. The book claims to be safe for people with previous injuries and health conditions.

 “The revolutionary T-Tapp Workout reshapes your body while it fires up your metabolism. All you need is four square feet of space and just 15 minutes a day in order to see a dramatic loss of inches.” ~ taken from the back cover.

The book starts out with the author, Theresa Tapp, explaining how she created this workout. After  tragedy and an accident in high school, she discovered exercises that alleviated her pain. She went on to earn her bachelor of science degree in exercise physiology and worked with cancer treatment patients to help them feel better.

This program starts off with teaching about the correct alignment for your body with posture. I agree that posture and body alignment with proper form doing exercises is extremely important. The program then moves on to the exercises she has designed which she claims need to be performed in a certain order to fatigue larger muscle groups so that the smaller muscle groups can get stronger. There is a lot of details that she goes into regarding posture and alignment that all seems to make sense to me.

 

The workout program starts about 90 pages into the book. The exercises seem to be basic, simple exercises upon first viewing. However, they seem difficult to understand the mechanics on how to do them properly. There is a “trick” to doing them correctly that seems to be lost in translation to me. A video for me would be easier to follow in my opinion. A DVD does come with the book – however, the DVD is not a workout DVD. There are a few examples that she gives for a few of her exercises. I looked at her website to maybe buy a DVD to follow along with the book and was a little shocked at the price of a single DVD. I did not buy one, as I was unsure if I would want to continue on with this and the price was too hefty for me to warrant buying it just for review. I just believe that the descriptions seem to get muddled while attempting to follow along with the book. However, I am a visual person, so I would feel more comfortable with following a person or DVD. Others might have no problems at all following along with the book.

 

There is something that Theresa Tapp does in the DVD that came with the book that involved  “putting your organs in place”. It involves physically putting your hands between you hip bones and your organs and “pushing them against gravity” while lying on the floor. This really bothered me, as it does not seem safe for anyone-let alone if you are unsure of the practice. I actually couldn’t find this in the book to go into more detail with it. Perhaps the DVD’s go into more detail with this practice.

Best Way to Start with a T-Tapp Workout!

I have to be honest- I struggled to write this review. I am a certified personal trainer. I am a yoga teacher in training. I adore all things fitness. My collection of workout DVD’s, fitness equipment and fitness/health books could rival any gym or fitness facility. These facts didn’t seem to help me with the exercises in the book. This is frustrating to me because when I first glance at them, it seems to make sense. But upon further review- I struggled with these because I had to keep stopping to read portions again. It makes me wonder how others do who don’t have my training and background.

There seems to be so many that this program has helped. The book is filled with testimonials of people that have lost weight and claim they feel amazing. While I love reading testimonials (I do this for a living, remember? I love watching people get healthy and strong!) I felt as though I was reading a long infomercial. Although, to their credit- they are all real people. No one claimed to have lost 300 pounds in a month and went on to become a sports illustrated swim suit model all due to this program.

The big question. Would I recommend it? I am unsure. I will continue to look at this book. If the DVD ever falls into my lap to view, I will. However, I at this point……… I have to fall into the undecided camp.

 

 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  I received a free copy of Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes to read and review. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review. The opinions are my own and results may vary. I received no monetary compensation for this review.