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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Turkey Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili plus the start of a Vlog!

Quinoa & Sweet Potato Turkey Chili


photo credit via Advocare


For those of you that watched the video….thank you! Health and fitness really are a passion of mine and Eric’s and I’m excited to share a little piece of our life with you all! Hopefully we can show you that living a healthy lifestyle can be done when you find what works for your family and it doesn’t mean you have to eat bland chicken all day long. And you get a peek inside our little lives other than photos!! If you did not see the video...you can watch it by clicking HERE!


Soooooo on to the recipe….which was originally sent to me via Advocare in a Recipe Guide but I made a few changes!


My friend texted me the other morning…yes I’m calling you out Rita!! She mentioned that she finally made the chili and thought it was a little bland.


I was like awe man…I had already bought the ingredients and was looking forward to another great recipe from the guide.

I was already planning to change the recipe slightly to fit our needs/macros and when she told me this….it made me more aware of the flavor I could expect.


I changed the recipe slightly by adding 2 lbs. of cooked 93/7 ground turkey meat and added in 1 extra cup of chicken broth (I used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth). And in the last hour of cooking….I taste tested the chili and it in fact could use a little salt and pepper so I salt and peppered to taste (also added a little garlic powder and a little extra chili powder since I did add broth and turkey) and it turned out really good.


I would like to note it is a thicker type chili….not like soup. I will definitely make again as this was Eric approved!!


The macros for the recipe with my spin on it are 29 carb, 27 protein and 10 fat. One serving is one cup. Entire recipe makes 8 cups.


I eat 1 cup and Eric eats 1.5 cups for a meal. Add a side of veggies to make it complete!


It really took no time to prep…maybe 15 minutes. I started at 5pm and it was ready at 9 before bedtime. We ate this for lunch and dinner the next day.


Ingredients
2 lbs 93/7 ground turkey meat (cooked)
1 can pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes
4 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 cups sweet potatoes, diced
1 cup dry quinoa
1 medium onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced (I bought a jar of minced garlic)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 ½ tsp dried oregano
5 cups low sodium chicken broth


Directions
Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. 
Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir.
Cook on low for 4 hours.


It’s as simple as that!! Enjoy!


Have a great day everyone!

Xoxo
manda

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

11 TIPS to Living a Healthy Lifestyle!



Habits to a healthy lifestyle 

Living and eating healthy really is a lifestyle. Start small and set goals for yourself (and your family).
You must go into this knowing it will not happen overnight. This can get frustrating and result in giving up.

But if you start small….set small goals…these small goals will lead into big changes.


My 11 Tips…

- remember to drink plenty of water!

- get your significant other on board. If everyone in the household is willing to live a healthier lifestyle....it's so much easier to stick with it.

- plan your meals and snacksFail to Plan....Plan to Fail

- planning leads into prepping. Prep your meals 2 or 3 days in advance. This allows you to grab and go and you are less likely to make a trip to the vending machine!

- prepare TASTY meals and snacks. Eating healthy doesn't mean you have to eat bland chicken every day.Trust me....we've been there and done that and it's not fun. I honestly don’t think I can eat another chicken breast for the rest of my life!!!!

- remember it's a lifestyle.....not a diet

eat dessert! It's not gonna kill you. We usually splurge a little on the weekends. I would go crazy if I couldn't have dessert and pretty sure you feel the same way. My hubby may beg to differ and say that I'm already crazy!

don't starve yourself. This will only screw up your metabolism! Eat the correct portion size for your body and ask for help if you need it!

- eating a healthy breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day

it's ok to fail. I've had my fair share of grabbing a donut (or two) from the break room or eating the entire box of goldfish while watching Joe Kenda on the ID Channel. It's going to happen but remember tomorrow is a new day. You'll have more good days than bad...trust me!

workout or do some type of physical activityFor me….it’s my ME time.

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So these are MY tips and what works for our family….find out what works for yours!

Do YOU have any tips for a healthy lifestyle?! 

Email me at forloveofacupcake@gmail.com if you need help beginning your healthy lifestyle!

Have a great day!
Xoxo
Manda 


PS - click HERE for a healthy banana muffin recipe!

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Monday, January 18, 2016

The BLAND Life... Or eat these Banana Muffins




Don’t lead the bland life…

We’ve been there and done that. 

Its soooooooo boring….let me tell you.

And it gets old REAL fast.

Take a little time out of your day here and there to find healthy recipes. Your mouth….AND your family will love you for it.

The MOST important tip I can give you….is to eat the correct sized  portion….typically 25-30 g protein and 25-30 g carbs is good for breakfast, lunch or dinner (give or take a little).
REMEMBER…You may be eating a healthy dish but If you eat 3 whole servings (when you should only be eating one serving)….you’re defeating the purpose aren’t you?! YES!

Now on to these super yummy Banana Muffins! I found the original recipe HERE. I adapted the recipe to what I had on hand and it worked out just fine!

We ate these with breakfast (accompanied by eggs and turkey sausage).

ONE serving is ONE Muffin
(makes 12 regular muffins – 1 muffin = 150 calories, 20c, 7f, 2p)

Banana Muffins

Ingredients
 - 1  ½ c flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c coconut oil (melted)
- 1/3 c maple syrup
- 2 ripe bananas peeled

Instructions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with liners
- Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Make a hole in the center of mixture and add the eggs, coconut oil and syrup. Mix until it comes together and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mash the bananas. Fold the mashed bananas into the muffin batter and distribute into the 12 muffin cups.
- Bake until the muffins begin to brown and toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center…about 20-22 minutes

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Healthier Me!





Each day is a new day to start your health and fitness journey! Eric took this at a Crossfit Comp I participated in a month ago.

I didn't start working out post baby until 8 months postpartum. I was barely dragging myself to the gym and wasn't seeing those final pounds from my baby weight drop off. I was beginning to get frustrated. Then I found Advocare! Advocare honestly gave me the ENERGY I needed! AND provided me with the right supplements to SEE the change I was looking for! It also made me CARE about what foods I was putting into my body. Within a VERY short time I had ladies complimenting me at the gym asking what I'd done! I use Advocare products from our Performance Elite line DAILY!

If you want to COMMIT to see change or if you want to earn an extra $500 a month....please contact me! Start your journey today! You won't regret it! Becoming a member of Team Wright is only $75 and that gets you 3 boxes of Spark and the opportunity to create something great!!

Click HERE or contact me today to change your life!

Hope everyone has a fantastic Monday!
Manda

 #fitmom #getmotivated #gethealthy

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

a Healthy Chili Recipe PLUS 24 Day Challenge! Pre Order by Jan 4th for Freebies!

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Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great Christmas and gearing up for an amazing New Years!
We've been having a ton of fun with Reaghan and soaking up every second! It seems as if she is changing daily!
Most of you are friends with me on Facebook or Instagram and may have already seen this but I wanted to share with you an awesome and easy recipe for these colder months.
White Bean Turkey Chili
For the recipe...I used 2 lbs of ground turkey meat but you can follow recipe if you like.
Click the image below to be redirected to the recipe. Photo credit is via My Fitness Pal!
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photo credit via My Fitness Pal
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The big group challenge starts Jan 11th!
Pre-order thru Jan 4th to receive all the freebies!
psst...forward to friends that may be interested as well!
Prize is $150 worth of Advocare products!
The challenge/prize is open to anyone who buys a 24 day challenge from me!
Participants must fill out THIS form to enter as well as a front/side photo. They must submit to coach on Jan 11th and again on Feb 4th once the challenge is over. Best results will win.
Click on image below to order or reply to this email and I will order for you!!
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Please let me know if you have any questions!
Looking forward to a great group challenge!
Once I get the facebook group set up...I will send you the link!
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PS: I've begun selling Young Living Essential Oils as well as Advocare. both are great products! I began using oils to help cure and prevent Reaghan's ear infections and quickly began using them for every day! Below are my 3 fav oils and how they help our family! if you are interested in what oils can do for you...please let me know!
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Have a safe and happy new year everyone!
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