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Shrimp Scampi in Foil

Tis the season for BBQ!  There are so many amazing recipes and flavours and ways to cook when summer is here, don’t you agree.  But at the same time, with having the kids out of school, vacations, travel, swimming, fishing , the list goes on and on.  So the last thing you want is to be spending all your quality time cooking.

I was introduced to foil packets a while ago and I love it.  So easy, less mess and quick. So if that’s what your wanting this recipe is for you.  What I love about this recipe is it’s so versatile you can add it to any dish, or make it your main dish with a side of cauliflower rice (my favourite) or Spaghetti squash or a Sexy Salad.  So enjoy and please share with a friend or family member that you think would like this recipe, the more the merrier!  Let me know what you think?

SHRIMP SCAMPI IN FOIL PACKETS

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • Reynolds Wrap Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil
  • 4 garlic cloves, 2 grated, 2 thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 40 jumbo peeled and deveined shrimp (slightly over 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 pinches red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • whole wheat crusty bread, optional for serving
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Whisk the grated garlic, salt, oil in a medium bowl. Add shrimp, toss to coat, and chill, uncovered, at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  2. Make foil packets. Tear off 4 16” sheets of Reynolds Wrap Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil.
  3. Place 10 shrimp on the center of each foil sheet. Top each with remaining garlic slices, 1 tablespoon wine, lemon juice, pinch red pepper flakes and 1/2 tablespoon melted butter over each.
  4. Bring up the long sides of the foil, so the ends meet over the food. Double fold the ends, leaving room for heat to circulate inside. Double fold the two short ends to seal the packet
  5. Grill over high heat, 8 minutes. Use gloves or tongs to remove and carefully open. Top with chopped parsley. Serve with lemon wedges.
  6. (To bake in the oven, preheat oven to 425F and cook about 10 minutes.)

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 4 Servings, Serving Size: 1 packet

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 4
  • Points +: 6
  • Calories: 224 calories
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5g
  • Cholesterol: 188mg
  • Sodium: 312mg
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Protein: 24g

 

Canada Day!

I love this time of year! With all the fresh veggies available and the varieties! SO with it being Canada day I thought I should share one of my favourite , I mean favourite Salads. Here is the recipe please feel free to share or comment and let me know what your favourite is? 
 
Ingredients:
1-2 cups of Spring mix Salad
1 cup of fresh blueberries, strawberries( cut into small sizes)
1/4 cup of Goat Cheese or Feta
2 tablespoons of Kraft calorie wise Poppy seed dressing
1 tablespoon of slivered almonds.
 
Begin by placing a large handful of spring mix on a plate, top with Kraft Calorie Wise Creamy Poppyseed Dressing, arrange freshly cut strawberries on top (4-6), crumble 2-3 tablespoons of feta cheese over strawberries and sprinkle with toasted slivered almonds (2 tablespoons).
Additional optional toppings that may suit your taste are thinly sliced english cucumber and/or some thinly sliced red onions. You can even add a sliced cooked chicken breast for protein.
Try it! It is delicious for a light summer meal.

What is Your Hard?

 

I get a lot of people telling me that they wish they could lose weight. But it’s too hard and that they don’t have any motivation or dedication‼️

Well I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It’s only as hard as you make it. We have doubts and fears. We have tried many diets, fad diets, and failed.
I know because I am one of those people. 👩‍👧‍👧

The only time I ever lost a lot of weight quickly was when I was having Gall Bladder attacks and I couldn’t eat much at all. Which is NOT a healthy way to go. Because I didn’t learn what my body thrives on to show me that it’s doing the best dam job it can. I went from a size 22 to a 13 during that time. But when I had my Gall Bladder removed surprise surprise I gained it all back and then some. 👎

I even told myself over and over again, this was the way it was going to be. I was always going to be overweight. I tried to convince myself I was happy. I would even make jokes of myself, and how fat I was. I thought if I made jokes then people wouldn’t feel sorry for me, because I couldn’t fit in a chair or sit crossed legged. 😩

But I started to find that when I walked for any distance, I would really start to hurt, it was painful and uncomfortable. Then I would get so short of breath. So I gave that up too. What got to me was this one time I went to put on my seatbelt in the car and it was winter, and the seatbelt couldn’t reach over to buckle because of the coat. SO I would have to wear something lighter. In the cold, not a proud moment in my life.

So I ask you this? Is getting a second chance at living the best life really that hard? Is being able to walk up more than 5 steps without feeling like your going to die Hard? Or that you can walk up those flight of stairs with No effort.
Is going to the Doctor and him / her telling you that your cholesterol is too high, your blood pressure is too high, Or that your PRE- Diabetic.
Is that Hard? 💪😩

Sometimes we have to choose our hard, The difference between these hards is very simple.
The first hard of eating healthy and getting a little active is a challenge, for sure , your changing that path that you’ve made in the sand. But I promise you it gets easier, and before you know it, you can do 10 steps, then 15 and your energy will sky rocket. 💥🚀💗⚡️

But the other Hard will only get HARDER not easier. It’ll get more difficult to walk up those 5 stairs, or get in the car, or chair. SO I ask you to choose your hard. We as people don’t like change, it’s scares us. Comfort Zones don’t help us they hinder us. 😢

I choose you and your second Chance. It’s not fast, it’s not easy( it’s learning and a challenge but it’s a good challenge. Aren’t you worth that? 💕

Comment or message me if your ready! The only thing you’ll regret is that you didn’t do it sooner, just like me.🌟

Dream Coming True

I have been a little quiet on my blog and I have to apologize. I have to say this year so far has been a whirlwind of emotion.  In the beginning of the year, I got an email stating that I was a finalist in the Beachbody Challenge.  Some of you might not know what that means,  so here is a brief summary.

When I made that decision to change my health and look after myself, it was a very scary time. I was alone and with many failures before I felt this was going to be one of those many. But I knew I had to change. So I changed my mindset from “Can’t to Can” and I was doing pretty good, until my Mom got pretty sick and all those bad habits snuck up on me. So I started to go into depression again, until my friend showed me a New Path, and I fell in love right away.  Fast forward, is that I started losing and I loved the inspiration and accountability and motivation so much I became a Coach too!.

One of the extra bonuses, with Being a Coach is that after every challenge you can submit your before and after photos!  Which I did , because the program I was doing I loved so much I wanted that Dam Free T shirt!  Did not know that I would win money, let alone be a finalist!

Every year they ( Beachbody) Hold a huge Conference and I get to go! Thanks to my Husband and family I will be able to be surrounded by other Coaches who have become close friends and learn and celebrate our successes.  Which probably doesn’t sound like a big deal, but this is such a huge deal for me because it has given my life back!  Has taken me on a journey I never thought was possible, let alone doable.

So after a few panic attacks yesterday, and coming to the realization that this is actually happening, I will actually be in the same room as so many other people that have mentored me , guided me, helped me reach my goals! Personal trainers that  I see every morning , will be live and in the same room with me, Top Coaches who are not only smart but have taught me how to be a coach will be in the same room as me!

I woke up this morning and I thought to myself, this is what I love! I love sharing to you that anything is possible, this too can be you!  If you just change that one emotion “FEAR and SELF DOUBT” and turn it into following your dream and making it possible. You too can be right beside me, and trust me when I say right beside you! There is nothing I won’t do to help you on your journey , I’ve been there and I know all the ups and downs!

If you get anything out of my post its this, Dreams are possible , they do come true you just have to trust the process and believe in yourself enough to Chase it!

Chocolate Waffles and Strawberries

https://youtu.be/sTEj66Z-M_w  

Happy Valentines Day!!

I hope all of you had a wonderful day! Even if you don’t have a boyfriend, or husband.  There are so many people, furry too that are in your life that you can share love and make someone special today! I wish you all the most love that you can have.   So with that usually this day brings the usual treats  Chocolates, Roses etc.

With my weightless journey these kind of days I used to regret, not about the love part but about the chocolates and treats and dinner out! So what did I do for this Fabulous day, and my husband is out of town, I made my famous chocolate waffles and strawberries of course!

So if your trying to eat healthy and wanting to stick with it, this is a very good option to still eat healthy but have chocolate too , and not feel like your losing out!  So here is the recipe, enjoy it and have it any day you’d like!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology
  2. 1/3 cup of Oat Flour ( I use Oatmeal and put it in my Ninja until it’s fine like flour)
  3. 1/2 cup of Egg Whites
  4. 1 tsp Baking Powder
  5. 1 tbsp of cocoa ( optional)
  6. optional you can use almond milk to make it creamy enough to pour like pancake mix or water.
  7. 1 cup of chopped strawberries( or any fruit you’d like)

Directions :

Mix all together until you get a smooth creamy texture, one that you can pour either in a pan or waffle maker.  Spray pan or waffle maker , then pour batter. It will puff up and then top with fruit and enjoy!

80 DAY OBSESSION – Day 01

Monday was a big day for me, and I’m making this post a couple of days late. Mostly because I’m human and I have had a lot of rearranging to do. But I need your help, and by help I mean I need to have you keep me accountable for my 80 DAY OBSESSION program. This program will be my Transformation, I have lost a lot of weight as you can tell by previous pics. But this is where I get stuck.  Do any of you feel the same? You going really good, your excited and you start to see results so that keeps your fire burning.  But then after all that hard work and your clothes are fitting really nice, in fact your able to go down some sizes and feel great. That should be all you need to keep you going right? WRONG!! In fact it’s worse, because you’ve lost so much weight, everyone notices and compliments you on all your hard work, so you start to relax. You feel I got this in the bag!  Then you go out for dinner and instead of eating the most healthiest you treat yourself( Not that that’s a bad thing) but when you start saying to yourself. ” It’s ok, I’ll work extra hard on my workout tomorrow”

Here’s where the tough love comes in, ” You can’t outrun, out work, a bad diet” No matter how hard you try lol. That’s what I learned the last 3 months , I took my eye off the ball sort of speak! So here comes the reality, I kept my workouts, I just didn’t have my nutrition on point. When my pants started fitting tighter, and then my winter coat was snug. That was the eye opener for me.  Remember I was still working out! But then I was lost, I wasn’t sure what I was going to have to do to get that spark, fuel, back so I can start to feel good again, and have energy. Not just stuffing my face for no reason( aka a whole bag of licorise)

That’s when this beautiful program came into my life! I know your thinking it’s like all the other ones I’ve done right? WRONG again lol. This program is a different workout for 80 days, as well the thing I need the most help with is “TIMED NUTRITION”  so your probably wondering what that is? Well according to your weight and height they let you know what your calorie intake should be, which then turns into how many containers you will use in one day!.  Different times of the day is for different containers. A lot of people have been really nervous and anxious about this part. Mostly because it’s out of our comfort zone! But as I’m typing this blog post I can honestly tell you “WOOHOO !” I’m on the third day (officially) but I started this nutrition 2 days before that.

First off I want to squash all the ideas of the fact that you have to starve yourself to be on a plan. It’s actually the total opposite. I’m eating every 2-3 hours. and they’re not all huge meals but there are 3 main ones, then mini meals throughout. I have never felt better, no cravings, no mindless searching for crap food. No feeling of embarrassment or shame. Only energy, feeling good and most importantly found my spark, so my fire is well lit.

That’s where you come in!.  I will be posting the good , the bad , the ugly everyday I will be showing you pics of my before during and after. I will not lie, I will not Cheat! But If I know you are there to hold me accountable, there’s no way I will give up! Then You’ll be able to see me on stage in July for the big Transformation! But mostly because, I did the first year all alone, and it sucked. It was so much harder than it needed to be, then I found my coach and what a difference! Having that accountability really helps you say ‘NO” to those chips, pop, chocolate etc. That’s why I’m expanding my accountability, to YOU! If I tell you all and show you all, then I can’t cheat or else you’ll see it.  Then I’ll be a hypocrite. I do NOT want to be that! Who would? So here we go! These are my before pics.  Plus my first workout of Day 01! Don’t worry I’ll also be posting my food too!

https://youtu.be/cY_G_D8lN48