Your Favorite Meals Made Healthy

Last week I asked the Women Who Define Brave group what meal or food they couldn’t give up. I loved hearing from you and learning more about everyone’s tastes. There were a lot of answers that were similar so I thought it might be fun to create healthy versions of the items we all love.

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  1. French Fries: Make your own healthy “French Fries” at home. Instead of deep frying and using lots of oil and salt, you can make a delicious version of fries at home in your oven. Baked fries really are amazing! You get the flavor and feel of french fries without the grease and guilt. These leave me feeling good and are a great way to incorporate your favorite side so you don’t feel like you’re giving anything up. Here are two recipes I found for great tasting baked fries:
    • https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/dinner/crunchy-baked-french-fries/
    • http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-homemade-french-fries-recipes/
  2. Ice Cream: There are a few ways to indulge your craving for Ice Cream without upsetting your waistline. If you’re out at an ice cream shop choosing sugar free or getting a kiddie size version are good options. But now there healthy brands to choose from in the grocery store!
    • http://www.eatthis.com/high-protein-ice-cream
  3. Pizza: This is definitely one of my foods that’s hard for me to live without. I love pizza and crave it often. I’ve learned to make healthier versions so I can still enjoy it because I know I couldn’t eliminate it from my life! I use flatbread for the crust or if I’m feeling ambitious I’ll make my own cauliflower crust. I think you can now buy cauliflower crusts at some stores like a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. But sometimes I need the carbs and the flatbread is perfect. Here are some ideas to revamping your pizza:
    • https://greatist.com/health/make-healthier-pizza

September’s 5 Day Clean Eating Challenge

Life gets busy and things get pushed aside. It’s easy to say you want to eat clean but following through can be a different story. I don’t know about you, but I definitely fall into that weekly cycle of starting the week eating healthy and clean, but I tend to let it all go by the weekend.

Eating clean always makes me feel amazing. I have more energy for my day. I tend to sleep better and fall asleep more easily. There’s no after meal bloat. My workouts are better. It’s amazing what fueling your body correctly can feel like!

I’m ready to put in a focused week to break my usual weekly cycle. I know it all comes down to being prepared and planning ahead. So I’ve mapped out 5 days of delicious meals to keep us satisfied and full. Knowing what to eat, having it prepared ahead of time and enjoying the food will help ensure our success!

The challenge is starting next week, Monday 9/18! Are you going to join me? I’m so excited about doing this together. I need to get refocused on my health and fitness goals, especially after celebrating my Birthday all week!

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Make sure you’re a member of our Women Who Define Brave Facebook group. I posted the menu, recipes and grocery list in there. I kept some favorite items but I added some new meals that I’m excited to try. I’ll be curious to hear your feedback!

Let’s encourage and support each other through the challenge. Share your meals, workouts or tips for a chance to win prizes from us! Get ready to feel AWESOME!

Here’s the menu:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast 2 Eggs, whole grain waffle, berries Overnight Oats 2 Eggs, whole grain waffle, berries Overnight Oats 2 Eggs, whole grain waffle, berries
Snack Power Shake Veggies & Hummus Power Shake Veggies & Hummus Power Shake
Lunch Niçoise Salad Slow cooker salsa Verde w/ brown rice and green beans Spicy Shrimp Salmon, snap peas & quinoa Avocado Turkey Burger salad
Snack Veggies & Hummus Apple w Almond butter Veggies & Hummus Apple w Almond butter Veggies & Hummus
Dinner Slow cooker salsa Verde w/ brown rice and green beans Spicy Shrimp Salmon, snap peas & quinoa Avocado Turkey Burger & side salad Flat bread pizza

Get the the grocery list and recipes in our Women Who Define Brave group. Let’s all do this together!

September is for Goal Setting

My sister and I were talking the other day about how September seems to mark another time during the year to think really think about your goals and get refocused. Maybe we’ve just all been trained to always think of this “Back to School” time of year as a time to reset and get fresh start. It’s a great time to reflect and think about what we want and how we’re going to do it.

As Labor Day was coming to an end, I was trying to be even more conscious about this and really think about what my goals are and what I want to accomplish for the rest of the year. I needed to decide my top priorities and what I was going to focus on. I also needed to think about how I was going to accomplish them.

Even though I think about all of this every year I don’t always follow through. So this time, I want to buckle down and tackle those few items that are really important to me. I want to finish out the year strong and complete those goals I was really committed to accomplishing.

Do you feel the same way? Are there a few goals that you really want to accomplish by the end of the year? Will you join me? Let’s do this together!

Here are some tips to setting yourself up for success:

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