Strawberry Crisp

With Easter coming this week, I wanted to share with you this super easy and oh so delicious dessert. The best news is that it’s Gluten free and Paleo.  So if you trying to eat healthy and know all those chocolate bunnies and treats are going to be staring at you , you won’t feel like you need to cheat.  Here is the Recipe!

INGREDIENTS:

For the Filling:

  • cooking spray
  • 5 cups fresh strawberries, stemmed and quartered
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (or arrowroot for Paleo)

For the Nut Topping:

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Spray (8) eight 4-inch ramekins with oil.
  2. In a large bowl combine the strawberries, honey and orange juice in large bowl, sprinkle with cornstarch and toss until fruit is coated.
  3. Transfer to the ramekins.
  4. Combine the remaining nut topping ingredients in a medium bowl with a fork and sprinkle over the fruit.
  5. Bake 40 minutes or until the top is golden and the berries are soft and bubbly.
  6. Serve warm, with 1 tablespoon of ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: 1 crisp

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 6
  • Points +: 5
  • Calories: 185 calories
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 38mg
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 18.5g
  • Protein: 3.5g

 

Beef and Broccoli

I was so glad to find out that my live video’s are back. I actually love doing them, it means so much to me to share what I have learned and have found the best, easiest and healthiest alternative to the favourite Chinese Beef and Broccoli.  This is a really good and tasty supper that is so easy to make and perfectly good for a weeknight supper.

Here are the ingredients:

 

  • 1⁄4 reduced-sodium organic tamari soy sauce
  • 6 Tbsp. water, divided use
  • 2 Tbsp. tapioca starch( or Corn starch) , divided use
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 lb. raw top sirloin beef, trimmed of fat,

    sliced into 1⁄2-inch thick pieces

  • 1 tsp. extra-virgin organic coconut oil
  • 4 cups broccoli orets
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 thin slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped

    Instructions:1. Combine soy sauce, 4 Tbsp. water,
    1 Tbsp. tapioca, and honey in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.

    2. Combine remaining 1 Tbsp. tapioca and 2 Tbsp. water in a large bowl; mix

    well. Add beef. Toss gently to coat. 3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-

    high heat. Add beef; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until cooked through and no longer pink. Remove from heat, keep warm.

    4. Add broccoli, garlic, and ginger to skillet; cook, stirring frequently, for
    2 to 3 minutes. Place broccoli mixture in beef bowl.

    5. Add soy sauce mixture to skillet; cook, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat for 30 seconds,
    or until thickened. Return beef and broccoli mixture to skillet; cook, for
    1 to 2 minutes, or until well mixed and heated through.

     Stir-fry can also be made with chicken and with a variety of different vegetables such as snow peas, carrots, bell peppers, asparagus, water chestnuts, Chinese broccoli, zucchini, and mushrooms.

     

Flourless Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Wow , Easter is HERE! I am such a sucker for chocolate. So when I saw this recipe I was like “BINGO” This is perfect, I get to have my two favourite things Chocolate & Peanut Butter!!  The fact that its super healthy and tastes Oh so Delicious is amazing.  Now my only trouble is that I’ll have to be careful I don’t eat the whole dozen lol. Here Is the Recipe that I got from the Beachbody Blog.

Flourless Brownie Muffins

These Flourless Brownie Cupcakes feature pure maple syrup, unsweetened cocoa, and a decadent peanut butter frosting and still manage to be a healthy treat.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 160 kcal
Author Beachbody

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
  • 3 large eggs
  • cup + ¼ cup pure maple syrup, divided use
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • cup Vanilla Shakeology

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Place chickpeas, eggs, ⅓ cup maple syrup, cocoa powder, baking soda, coconut oil, and extract in blender or food processor; cover. Blend until smooth.
  4. Divide batter among 12 prepared muffin cups.
  5. Top each cupcake with about four chocolate chips; push into batter.
  6. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely and enjoy!
  8. To make frosting while cupcakes are baking, whip peanut butter in a medium bowl; beat on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes, or until creamy.
  9. Add almond milk; beat until well blended.
  10. Add Shakeology; beat until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally.
  11. Slowly add remaining ¼ cup maple syrup while beating on medium speed. (If frosting is too stiff, add 1 to 2 Tbsp. additional almond milk.) Set aside.
  12. Once cupcakes are cool, evenly spread with frosting.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Flourless Brownie Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 Muffin)
Calories 160Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 179mg7%
Total Carbohydrates 20g7%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

P90X/P90X2 Portions
½ Fat
1 Single Serving Snack

P90X3 Portions
1½ Carb
1 Fat

Body Beast Portions
1 Legume
1 Fat

Portion Fix Containers
1 1/2 Yellow
1 tsp.

Mom’s Adventures

What a week it’s been, Mom and I have had a very challenging week. I fear her Dementia has been increasing. The hardest part about Dementia is this, that we never know what our day is going to be like. Of course that’s like anything in life right? Well the difference  is that I never know if Mom is going to be in a good mood, or bad mood and that dictates how my day is going to go.

So this week, I did an epic failure and trust me I learned my lesson lol. I booked too many things (appointments ) together in one week.  As well it was an appointment that she absolutely did NOT want to go to. So that in itself was hard to get her to go.  We had to go see about her getting a Colonoscopy test done. Now she was thinking that it was the actual test , so when I kept telling her No it’s just a consult, she wouldn’t believe me. Go figure. After that was done and he suggested she have it done, because of her having loose stools so often, I thought I would treat her to supper at her favourite restaurant Smitty’s.

It kind of helped but she was very angry and upset with me for taking her in the first place. So when she finally ordered her food, she asked me for her bank card. I said sure , then I asked her what it was that she was buying? She said” None of your business”  then she said she had to go to the bathroom and got up and slowly made her way to the gas station store. In my head I was telling myself to let her go on her own, but my heart wanted to join her to help her in case she got weak or needed help. But my head is like NOPE she wants space. So I convinced myself to sit at the table and if it took too long then go check her out. Well sure enough, the cashier came around and asked his partner for some help. So right away I jumped up thinking the worst that she fell. Well when I got there she started firmly saying “NEVER MIND” to the boy behind the counter, then turned to me and said” Can’t I breathe without you down my neck?” So I explained and then that helped a little. Then she proceeded to go to the Bank machine , I once again left her alone. Inside my heart was breaking, because I could tell she was struggling. So when I saw her sit down on her walker I then again went over and asked if she was ok? She said the machine was broken. So I tried it and it worked. Which once again frustrated her even more.  When I asked if she was ready to leave, she very angrily said ” she would leave when she’s ready”

So I paid for supper which wasn’t a hit for her, then waited. When she was finally ready to go, the  whole time walking to the car, she kept complaining about how my Dad has a scooter and he can go anywhere he wants he doesn’t have to depend on anyone( which isn’t exactly true) and her friend does what she wants when she wants.  She then said that she will never be able to do anything without my or my husband’s help.  She then started to cry and was quiet the rest of the drive home. I tried to let her know that they have different problems then her. She has different challenges , but she doesn’t see it.

It broke my heart, to see her struggle.   When there’s nothing I can do to make it better. She’s also been asking if she has to take so many pills for the rest of her life? When I say yes, she just gets more upset. It’s been a challenging week for sure.  Next week we are going in to get New Glasses hopefully that will cheer her up and I also got her Hearing Aids so she doesn’t  have to struggle listening to the TV. So we’ll see how that goes.

My biggest fear is that she’s going downhill faster than we anticipated, and I’m hoping she’ll be ok for at least a year until we get back to Ontario. But Time will tell. I have asked God so many times to let her be ok, I don’t dare ask any more favours. I do get to spend our precious time together and I am grateful for the good and bad everyday.

 

80 Day Obsession Phase 1

https://youtu.be/cY_G_D8lN48

What a program, I am so excited that I decided to do this program! It has come in my life at exactly the right time! Sadly I had gained 20 lbs before Christmas, I wasn’t in to it. I started eating sugary foods, greasy foods etc.  I got on that too old familiar train of mine.  So when this program started on Jan 15, I couldn’t believe how quickly my body and my mind had changed. It was exactly what I needed.

I thought I would give you a little run down of what the month of Phase 1 to the program did for me. There are 3 phases, with each phase getting a little harder in workouts, and the nutrition changes each phase as well.  So the first phase I what I just completed and I’m going to tell you something, I never expected to get this fast results so quickly. I have been doing Beachbody for over a year now, and each program has taught me a little more about myself.  So why is this one different? Well quite simply it’s the “Timed Nutrition”  the workouts are different, absolutely and they’re longer but when I did Body Beast they were an hour as well, so that didn’t worry me. But the Timed Nutrition frightened me a bit, until I got into week two. Week one was like a Detox to me, getting rid of all the crap that I was eating, bag of licorise, take out etc. I’ve done the 3 Day Refresh before so I knew what to expect that week.

But the second week, my energy sky rocketed, I felt awesome!  My clothes started to fit better, I wasn’t hungry, I wasn’t bloated anymore.  I wasn’t craving any crap anymore, in fact there was so many times I had to eat and when my alarm went off , I would be like really? Already? But that awful time for me is after supper before bed , I wasn’t running to the fridge or cupboard to grab my late night snack. I would have a cup of tea and be done with it!

By week 3 it just kept improving, the workouts were finally getting better for me. By that I mean I was able to finally doing the whole workout without having to pause, or able to increase my weights. It felt great! I was excited for each day, especially for “BOOTY” or “LEG” day not a huge fan and I never will be of Saturday’s workout, It’s called “CARDIO FLOW” , but I get it done and I feel good afterwards because I know it’s the next step towards my goal! On Sunday I finally weighed myself, which I am notorious for always checking. But Autumn said to wait until Sunday Morning and wait until the end of the Phase 1. Well I got to the end of week 3 and couldn’t wait any longer lol. I had actually dropped 5 pounds and 9 Inches!!

The Last week was the best by far I was able to increase my weights yet again, and I was actually getting my nutrition in a system and doing quite well. Now I did have some slip ups like when I’m on the road to a client and forget to bring my meal with me, so that would delay my meals. But honestly overall did pretty darn good as far as I’m concerned.

Now I have already started Phase 2 but I’m not going to say too much, you’ll just have to check in with my blog Next Sunday!! But if it’s anything like last week or even Phase 1 there is definitely going to be some challenges and some exciting Results!

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!