Easy Summer Bean Salad

Getting plant based protein is a definite win in my book, so we’ve been trying to get creative with different ways to incorporate beans into our diet. To call this a salad recipe is a bit lofty, truth be told. All you are doing is opening some cans and adding a few store bought items and tada! You’ve got a delicious, low fat, protein packed summer bean salad. My kind of recipe!!! It’s a great side for any menu and an easy go to when you are asked to bring a salad to a BBQ or summer gathering.

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Protein Packed Java Mint Chia Seed Pudding

This super easy pudding is loaded with nutrition! It has protein, probiotics, and essential enzymes from the plant protein, healthy Omega 3 fats and fiber from the chia seeds, tons of calcium from the almond milk….and a little kick from the espresso powder. A girl’s got to have a mid afternoon kick!

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Double THE BURN cardio core

This is a version of our "CARDIO/CORE" workout and with just a slight modification….you double up your cardio and core exercises. The 2 cardio exercises get your heart rate up followed by the 2 core exercised that give you time to recover while also crushing your core.    It's a simple workout that burns calories and strengthens your core. You need no equipment and can do this anywhere....at home, outside, in your hotel room...truly anywhere!  

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Tone and Shape At Home Workout

We are in an Arctic freeze here in the Chicagoland area so I thought we could all use a fun and effective at home workout. This workout will not only get your heart rate up to help you burn calories by boosting your metabolism, but it will help you tone and shape your full body by creatively using your body weight…all in the comfort of your own home! So put on your tennis shoes and get to work!

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21 Minute HIIT Rower Workout

This HIIT Rower workout will bast body fat and define muscle...all in only 21 minutes!

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Low Sugar French 75 Cocktail

This is a low sugar, healthier version of the classic French 75 cocktail. It’s the perfect mixed drink for Paleo/Keto and low carb diets!

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Killer Kettlebell Leg Workout

Get ready to sweat and tone your legs! This plyometric and strength leg workout uses just one kettlebell, but it is a challenge that will leave you sore for days!

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My "Go To" Upper Body Workout

This is my “go to” workout when I need to hit a full upper workout without spending hours in the gym. I can bang out 6 sets of each major muscle group by doing supersets - it’s pretty fast and furious!

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Muscle Sculpting TRX Suspension Trainer Challenge

This is the perfect full body Muscle Building TRX Suspension Trainer Challenge. Use your own body weight to build muscle, burn body fat and boost your metabolism!

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it's all one sided full body workout

As a mom of 5 girls, I find I am constantly seeking balance in my life. With a hectic schedule, I am always looking for ways to balance my daily schedule. It got me to thinking about balance in my workouts. It is easy to develop imbalances (right/left asymmetries) as a result of past injuries or just because you have a naturally dominant side. When you perform a bilateral exercise, your stronger side compensates by taking on more of the load than your weaker side. By performing exercises that challenge one side of your body at a time (unilateral exercises) you prevent muscle imbalances from developing, improve your core strength, challenge your brain (your nervous system builds new brain synapses) and prevent injuries. What’s not to love about that?!

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How to Make a Superfood Beet Juice Shot Without a Juicer

Looking to PR on your next 5K? This beet juice shot may just be your answer! If you’d love to try making a beet juice shot, but don’t have a juicer, then this recipe is perfect for you! It’s packed with healthy antioxidants and alkaline rich foods, and best of all… it’s so tasty!

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Reshape your lower body with this weight and band workout

Resistance training is a must to shape and tone your lower body. Using both weights and resistance bands gives you a very effective workout to challenge your thighs and glutes. By supersetting the thigh and glute exercises you are able to efficiently work through this workout while really challenging yourself. I love it! Warning…if you choose the right weights, you WILL be sore! Is there anything better than feeling sore after a leg workout??? I think not! To me it says: JOB WELL DONE!

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Get ‘er done full body workout

Resistance training is such an important part of any exercise routine because it is the one thing that allows you to build lean muscle. Why do we like lean muscle, you ask. Well, for me its two fold; one-muscle is metabolically active so your metabolism gets a boost and helps you burn fat (yippee!) and two-muscles help keep you strong for all your daily functional activities. It’s like we say, HEALTHY LIFE, HAPPY LIFE! Total body workouts are always a winner for me because I am hitting all my major muscle groups in one workout. You throw in strength/resistance training with some cardio and abs and you have hit the trifecta!

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Friday Favorites 119

Ahhhhh Fall! It is by far my favorite season. The cooler temperatures, the beautiful colors of the harvest, the smell of pumpkin and spice….it’s glorious! After getting our oldest three girls off to college, we are starting to get into a new rhythm with just the four of us at home. While change isn’t always easy, it has been invigorating finding new ways of doing things. While I’ve been settling into our new norm, these are some of the things that are giving me joy.

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Creamy Baked Chicken Enchiladas...that are actually healthy!

This recipe for Creamy Baked Chicken Enchiladas…that are actually healthy, is much lower in calories! With less than 400 calories a serving, you can indulge in this comfort food with out eating a 1000 calorie meal!

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Crock Pot Thai Chicken Noodle Bowls

The fall is the time I really need to utilize my crock pot/slow cooker! With sports and back to school schedules, meal preparation becomes a bit of a challenge. This is a simple, yet DELICIOUS recipe you can throw in your crock pot by noon and be ready to feed the fam by dinner. And if you have to eat in shifts, as we often do, this works perfectly for that as well. This recipe is kid approved, it’s healthy and it’s easy….what’s not to love?!

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