Hamburger Salad with No Carb Buns

Hamburger Salad is one of those meals that without the bread has no carbs but the bun is the second best part of the burger, am I right? Why not have no carbs and your buns too? Week 2, of Carb Cycling and I have to say it is not going as bad as I had envisioned it before trying out this new way of eating.  It still requires the same amount of planning and prepping as my normal meal plan did. I am still eating lots of yummy food taking in 2300 calories of protein and produce.  I have just rearranged my meals to be lower in carbs or no carbs on certain days.  There is only one difference my high carb day is kind of like a “cheat day” and I don’t really believe in cheat days or partake in them. I believe in the 80/20 rule and lots of grace. 80% of the time I eat proper portions and types of food and 20% of time I indulge in birthday cake, pizza, or a sweet treat that I want.  It’s all about balance when making a lifestyle changing and when I hear diet my rebellious nature starts making plans on how to avoid it.  When meal planning this week I basically thought what can I feed my family and not have to make a huge difference in what I am eating. Also, there has been a horrible lie spread around that healthy food has to be nasty. I am making it a point to prove that horrible myth false.

hamburger salad

Hamburger salad is a monthly staple and really yummy. It’s on our 30 day favorite meals list which allows my family to basically eat 30 different meals a month. I have managed to make a list of about 30 (actually 43 meals) that my family loves and only one person may complain if I set it on the table. I use this when planning out my meals week-to-week.  I have been meal planning for years because it keeps me sane, I don’t have to worry about what I am making for dinner which is half the battle. It keeps my grocery bill low and on budget by planning out my meals I can utilize what I already have and just get what I need. I am on a mission when I hit the grocery store because it is one of my least favorite chores to do is grocery shop. I like to get in and get done.  It also keeps everyone on one page. I am not the best meal “prep-per” its something that I am working on. Hamburger Salad is super easy like all my meals. The thing that gives it pizzazz is the super easy sauce. It taste like a classic burger on a bed of lettuce and its a fun healthy way to eat a classic.  I replaced your classic hamburger bun with a Cloud Bread Bun which has less than 1g of carbs making this a great meal for a Carb Cycle No Carb day and very filling.  What’s a classic meal with a twist that your family loves?

Hamburger Salad (or Cheeseburger)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Hamburger Salad (or Cheeseburger)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 plum tomato diced (1 sliced)
  • 1/4 cup of scallions sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup of True Made Food Ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp of Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp or pickles diced
  • Salt and pepper to tast
  • Avocado, sliced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Saute onion and garlic in Coconut or Olive Oil for 2-3 minutes
  2. Brown Ground turkey in Onion garlic
  3. Mix Ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper in small bowl
  4. Add Ketchup mix to browned turkey
  5. Add pickles and tomatoes let simmer 5-7 minutes
  6. Serve on a salad mix with toasted buns or Cloud bread

Notes

For Cheeseburger Salad just add shredded cheese

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7 Ways to Get Started Working Out

Phew! What a journey I am on something that I never thought I would be able to do but having a sliver of a vision and trusting in God has led me to a beautiful place where I get to inspire others to get up and do something. I remember wanting to lose weight, work out, be a runner, anything to get active but having some interpretation and not knowing where to begin.  I also HATED exercising, so it took a while for me to find my groove but once I did, I am so grateful for the abilities God has given me.  Not everyone is like me and wants to run it out in a gym.  When I first started, I loathed the idea of going to the gym, and now it’s a place that I have come to find peace and need to get away in my day. I didn’t wake up one day and become a gym rat or want to exercise. It took over two years of intentional, consistent effort and it is now something apart of my daily routine. I remember getting started, and so I have seven suggestions for how to make a “Working Out” apart of your daily routine.

1. Walk and Worship

When in doubt walk it out. My favorite thing to do is walk and worship. Whether I have a great playlist, amazing sermon, bible study, or just to walk in nature. Spending time strolling (not power walking) and being filled with teh Holy Spirit has produced some Hallelujah moments as well as great revelations.  Try to carve 30 minutes out of your day an enjoy the difference.

2. Play with your kids (or someone else’s)

Going to the park is a way I can entertain all my lil diva’s, spend time with them and get a little sweat session. From big to little everyone can get involved and will want to participate.  My oldest and I will do Hill Sprints while my other two play in the dirt or try to keep up.  Tag is my middle’s favorite game to play with me is a tag.  Tagging her is impossible, but the chase is a great workout because she is so fast. She also enjoys watching me fall all over the place trying to tag her.  Once in a while, I get a lucky break, but I always end up laughing my abs off and get a good little cardio burst from the stop and start of tag my middle has memories of her mom falling around the park like a fool and couldn’t catch her. Then Mimi, requires lifting, holding your arms up to make sure they don’t fall, pushing around the merry-go-round, and pulling or pushing the swing back and forth. Thirty minutes of playing with kids is a decent workout. Then you always have just monkeying around which is fun too, and your kids will love it. September was National Childhood Obesity Awareness month and getting outside as a family is a great way to start healthy foundations in children’s lives.

3. Workout at home

That’s how I started doing different things at home. Creating a routine daily to sweat for 30 minutes I would get up early do my devotions and then workout. Two years later it is still a habit.  Doing workouts at home is great because it is non-intimidating and convenient. It also leaves you no excuse.

4. Join an Online Fitness Community

If you don’t have the support group physically the Internet can be a blessing with help you stay accountable.  Do your research when you choose a program! There are some great programs that can give you a plan for a home or gym workout as well as accountability.  My Bible’s and Bootcamp members have seen lots of success through the fellowship and accountability of my online group training program.

 

5. Find a fun Group Exercise class

I’ve written about how this is my third major weight loss in the past.  When I lost 105lbs (before social media), I did it through participation in classes at my local YMCA. I’ve done miles and miles of spinning, hours of Zumba, boot camp and kickboxing. I even did this Triathalon class for six weeks it was really intense, but I found results. Recently, I was certified in Zumba, PKfit, and I teach a weekday group class that coves HIIT, Upper and Lowe body Resistance and Cardio Kickboxing.  The results I see in teh members who consistently attend classes and follow an adaptable nutrition plan are phenomenal.  I am really excited to start teaching Strong by Zumba™ in the next few months. I’ve put a lot of things on the back burner while I was finishing school, but I am really excited to become an instructor.  Strong by Zumba™ is a program that is picking up in popularity because of the difference it is from what we know as Zumba. There are no shimmies or grapevines. This workout is ” is a high-intensity interval training workout driven by the science of Synced Music Motivation.” It has more traditional fitness moves like squats, planks, pushups and yes, burpees which you will not find in a Zumba class.  You should find your local class, or if you are near me you can check me out in a month at Revolution 360 on Saturday’s soon!

6. Try something that scares you

This year I have been doing things that I wouldn’t have done a few years ago because of anxiety. Even though I was blocking myself, it didn’t stop me from being curious about a lot of things.  This year I have decided to try those things and stop thinking about them, so when opportunities have presented themselves, I have tried something new.  What I have learned is that trying something new may unlock a passion that leads you to want to do it on a regular basis and not only would you have started a workout you may enjoy and look forward to doing it; cool concept? Just because lifting weights is what other people do doesn’t mean that you might have better results and enjoy what you are doing by swimming or fencing or double dutch or pilates.There are so many different possibilities and a way to “workout” and exercise; it’s not a one size fits all.You deserve to live a healthy life, and it looks different on every one. Just as we are “uniquely and wonderfully made” so is how our temples are honored.

7. Pray

Pray for direction, pray for self-discipline, pray to crave the things that are good for your body. Pray for a desire to treat your temple the way it deserves to be treated.  In Bibles and Bootcamps, we lead you through 6 weeks of daily devotions and prayer to change your mindset and hear from “I HAVE to workout to I GET to workout;” and in doing so, you are honoring your temple. The mind is a powerful thing and making adults do what they don’t want is hard. That is the hardest part your mental mindset, but when your mental, spiritual and physical are working together you can full honor God and bring Him glory!

 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1

Is getting started with a workout program a struggle? What makes it hard?

Four Ways to Get Your Family

Converting Drive Thru Junkies to Clean Eaters

It was like a movie….The most amazing thing happened the other night at dinner my kids fought over the last brussel sprout did you read that correctly my kids fought over the last brussels sprout. I never thought that the battle over clean eating would be won. Two years ago that would have never been the case. After a long road, my girls try new things every other week willingly. They look forward to baking new goodies to try and have mostly adopted a healthy lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong they’ll still welcome without hesitation a Happy Meal but from a recovering drive thru junkie family. Always driving around. Going places and never enjoying what was in front of them.

We had to change the way we eat

About two and a half years ago I decided to try to change our processed food lifestyle into a “clean eats” lifestyle. I probably got it from a blog post or Social Media. At first, I tried to try it on my own, but then I was invited to a meeting. I was introduced to information about GMOs, wheat, corn and soy mayhem. I left the meeting wanting to feed my family better and putting my foot down. We didn’t go cold turkey, but there was a drastic change in our shopping and meals. I stopped using helper sides: mac and cheese, rice sides, pasta sides; Anything that came preseasoned; canned goods, baking mixes. All donated or thrown away. That left me with food that you had to prepare every meal from scratch.

Homemade meals every night without my “just add water” side was an overwhelming task. I tried a few different methods of meal prep too and then I found a system that works for me. The more I became fluent in processed free, clean eats that took less than 30 minutes it became easier.

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We are not 100% Clean Eaters and that’s okay

Now I tell people we are about 85% clean that leaves 10% “real ingredient” processed and 5% junk. What I would define as real ingredient junk, are foods that are processed in a kitchen other than my own but has real ingredients. I buy pasta, rice, quinoa, oats, dried fruit, nuts, etc. I also buy chips, crackers and frozen pizza for my kids and husband. We’ve come a long way from our old diet and are still progressing forward.

The 5% junk those are McDonald’s Happy Meals, donuts from D&D ,birthday cake, icecream, and a Philly Pretzel is my middle diva’s weakness. We live by an 80/20 rule trying to honor our temple but living in grace. I know that eventually, we will be fully clean. My girls can’t even eat school lunch anymore because it makes their stomach hurt. Treats and desserts last longer in my house now too. When I do bake, I try to use natural sugar such as date paste and raw honey. I will also use pure cane sugar, but either way treats last longer.

So, as I watch them fight over a Brussels sprout (I’ll have to make more next time). I am so grateful that I learned how to honor my temple better and my family initially rebellious and unwilling came around and preferred a clean lifestyle too.

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Four ways to get your family on board with a clean lifestyle

1. Pick 5 have them pick five processed foods they can’t live without (french fries and frozen pizza is ours) Although, once in a while I get away with homemade french fries.
2. Family favorites try to make family favorites healthy and from scratch. Your rendition probably tastes a lot better than Stouffers.
3.Meal Prep & Plan You don’t have to precook all your meals. I don’t! I make a list for the week compare it to our schedules. I like to preseason and label the meats and freeze. That way it’s defrosted, bake, grill, whatever and mostly prepped. Vegetables clean and bag in advance. I don’t cut mine, but they are washed, dried and stored, or you can make everything in advance, freeze and have ready to throw in the oven. Whatever is going to prevent you from stopping at the drive-thru on the way home or grabbing a precooked processed meal.
4.Slow down so you can speed up. Going cold turkey will cause your family to revolt and not adopt. Ease them into it and give them grace. They didn’t decide to change their lifestyle mama ( or daddy) did so they may be slow to adopt. They will fight you, stay strong and just try to make fresh alternatives. The younger they are, the easier it is, but eventually, everyone will feel want to continue to feel better and hopefully they’ll be fighting over Brussels sprouts too.

Are you trying to eliminate processed food from your diet? Did you

I am doubting my limits in 2018

I ended my 2017 pretty eventful. I have never been an athlete until recently, so I never injured myself until the middle of December. I want to say that I was doing some really cool lift or crazy feat of strength, but nope, not me I was warming up took a small hop and tore my ATF Ligament in my ankle. Oh OUCH, right?

It initially sounded worse than it felt but four weeks into recovery and yep, that bad boy hurts.  I have never been seriously injured, and I have also never been active every day, so both have had their mental ups and downs.  Reflecting can be nice because you can have a new appreciation for events, things and moments.

Putting and end to doubt

2017 was the best year that I have had in a long time and truly was for so long the year has ended, and I wished I would have done more, tried things, experienced more and limit myself less.

Last year, I ran the Tough Mudder, and I went to the race alone. Yep, I had intended to go with a team, but the only person that I kind of knew on the team couldn’t go last minute, and that left me all by myself. I wasn’t going to go for that very reason. I actually cried a little on how pathetic it was that I had no one to do the race with, but I still drove out there all alone.

By Godcidence I quickly was on a team of misfits.  We all had been left to go the race alone. Somehow, some way and stumbled upon each other and did the run as a team; we called ourselves “Team-No Team.”  I haven’t spoken to any of those people since that day, but they were part of a pivotal moment in my fitness journey.They helped me change my mindset.

That Mud Run was my beginning goal realized. When I had set out on this fitness journey, it was after I had run the Rugged Maniac at 205 lbs. 5ft 3 inches tall. I vowed to myself to run the race again in better shape, and I set out on that mission.  Then the day of the race came, and I did it alone.  It was the most empowering moment because I realized that I could do anything that I set my mind to there is nothing limiting but myself.  That day awakened a women who now see’s mountains as potential to be conquered.

Stop Limiting My Options

I couldn’t have found the Gixo app at a better time. So, I am starting the year off with one foot, can’t train like  I used to, can’t train others and I need a little motivation.  One day in a bit of pity party I decided to download the Gixo app and give it a try.  Sometimes you just need someone to tell you what to do.  I tried the Total Core class because I figured I didn’t really have to modify the instructors will for me (even better) and fell in love.

It’s just what I need right now while I am home and can’t get to a gym.  I can pick a class schedule, join others so I won’t feel so alone and real-time see and talk to the group instructor who was able to modify the moves for me.  They also made a note so now when I pop into other classes they already have some modifications for me.  It was the motivation I needed to get back to a new routine and new workout program until my ankle heals from home.

My injury is the “mountain” that I am beginning my year with and while everyone rushed to the gym January 1st, and I have to watch from the sidelines, and it stinks! But by Godcidence I was asked to participate in the Fit Approach, and Gixo App Campaign which I am absolutely in love with and I started a little early because I need to tell myself these things. I needed to remind myself that the limits that I have set are only in my head, that we can do anything that we give our heart and desire to and something that I always know to be true is that I am the daughter of a limitless King.

I am so excited to be joining forces with Sweat Pink and Gixo App to try new workouts.I am looking forward to sharing with women and remind them that we are limitless. We can do it alone, do it scared, follow our dreams, be all the things if that is what we choose to do. What we cannot do; is put the limit on our potential.

Would you join us in spreading a message of positivity, inspiration and motivation and share what or who makes you limitless this month? You can use hashtags: #IAmLimitless

But I am curious to know; How are you going to live Limitless this year and will you join us in spreading the message of our untapped ability to be limitless?

 

Turkey Sausage, Kale & Quinoa Soup

I love soup! I always have and as soon as I feel my first brisk wind, it gives me an excuse to make a pot of soup. I have four soups that I feel like I am the master (actually 5 but I don’t count Chicken Noodle). My favorite soup is probably Vegetable Minestrone and it is so easy! I also am a big fan of Cream of Mushroom and I make it from scratch with a mushroom mix every Thanksgiving.

My top 2 of my four masterpieces is my Butternut Squash Soup and my Turkey Sausage, Kale & Quinoa Soup those I always have a bowl worth in the freezer all winter long. I make them probably every other week. Well, it’s artic in Jersey and soup can be a healthy comfort food. You can make in the Crockpot, Instapot, or pot on the stove. This is a Crockpot recipe but follows the same.  Turkey Sausage, Kale & Quinoa Soup, its super easy, satisfying and healthy.

Another great thing about this is it’s gluten free which as I have blogged about before is a diet that my family is adopting. We;ve noticed improvements in seasonal allergies, skin breakouts and digestion and have pretty much adopted removing wheat from our diet.  It began when I discovered my own wheat allergy (not gluten) from a skin prick allergy test.  As I pursued a gluten free lifestyle I kind of transitioned my family. Now, my two of my girls and my husband will not turn down pizza or gluten when out in about but at home we eat gluten free. I use quinoa often to replace pasta and even for pizza crust!

 

Turkey Sausage, Kale & Quinoa Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Serving Size: 8

Ingredients

  • 3- Containers of the Pacific Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth  32 oz.
  • 28 oz. of Whole Peeled Tomatoes (I can my garden tomatoes all summer long but by the mid winter these things are gone and we are eating out of the can. When I do use Muir Glen Organic Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes)
  • 1 cups of diced onions
  • 6 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1.25 lbs of Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
  • 4 cups of chopped Kale
  • 2 cups of Quinoa
  • Fresh Sage ~2-3 tbsp.
  • Fresh Rosemary ~2-3 tbsp
  • Fresh Oregano ~2-3 tbsp
  • Fresh Thyme ~2-3 tbsp
  • Pepper ~2 tsp
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Directions: Slow Cooker
  2. 1. Brown the Turkey Sausage
  3. 2. Place all ingredients and browned Turkey Sausage in Crock pot on High Let cook for 2-3 hours.
  4. On the Pot
  5. 1.Brown the Turkey Sausage
  6. 2. Place all ingredients  and browned Turkey Sausage in  Crock pot on let simmer  for 40 minute-1 hour.

Notes

Nutrition Facts   16 Servings Amount Per Serving 2 cup per serving Calories                                    163.3 Total Fat                                     4.5 g Saturated Fat                           1.0 g Polyunsaturated Fat             0.1 g Monounsaturated Fat          0.0 g Cholesterol                            23.4 mg Sodium                                350.3 mg Potassium                             74.8 mg Total Carbohydrate           19.4 g Dietary Fiber                        2.7 g Sugars                                    2.2 g Protein                                 11.0 g Vitamin A                           59.3 % Vitamin B-                        120.0 % Vitamin B-                         62.3 % Vitamin C                          40.1 % Calcium                               7.8 % Copper                                 2.5 % Folate                                   1.3 % Iron                                     17.1 % Magnesium                        1.5 % Manganese                        6.5 % Niacin                                 0.8 % Pantothenic Acid             0.3 % Phosphorus                        1.0 % Riboflavin                           1.3 % Selenium                             0.3 % Thiamin                               1.3 % Zinc                                       0.5 % *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Also, this year I have a living “spice rack” which I love. All of my spices are doing pretty well except my basil which needed a grow light. It’s a great way to have fresh herbs on hand all winter long. Hope your family enjoys the soups as much as mine does!

What is your favorite quick and easy soup?

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