Energy Muffin

Whats better than starting your day with a energy muffin. Between the quinoa, eggs and ham just one will fill you up and fuel your day.

Here’s what you need:

1537916_1512069459053018_6690231117499196141_o• 1 cup cooked red quinoa
• 4 eggs
• 2 cups zucchini, shredded
• 1 cup diced ham
• 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
• 2 green onions, sliced
• Sea salt & black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 10 muffin tins with coconut oil.
2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine. Spoon the mixture to the top of each cup. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges of the cups are golden brown.
3. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from the muffin tin.

Bone Broth, Yes Please!

I imagine by now you’ve heard all the hype surrounding “bone broth”. Honestly I find it very interesting. I actually think I’ve been drinking bone broth my entire life.  We called it chicken soup. I learned to simmer the backs and necks of the chicken for hours and hours and hours before adding onion, celery, carrots, and parsley, from my grandmother. Todays recipes call for longer times. Chicken bones up to 24 hours. Not sure what will be left of the bones after that amount of time. Chicken bones will most likely disintegrate. Beef bones are more hardy. I see cooking times upward of 36 hours.get-attachment-1                                                                                                               In any event, if you want to give it a try, it definitely can’t hurt. I eat chicken soup year round, yes even in the summer in the Tucson. I used to give it to my kids for breakfast before school, every week. They hardly ever got sick. I always said it was the soup! So now I have doubled my cooking time to about 10 – 12 or so hours. I still make it on the stove top. And follow the same recipe I learned from my grandmother. The only thing I do different is use apple cider vinegar instead of a squeeze of lemon.

Bone broth, AKA: Chicken soup recipe.

Use a large pot.

Combine: 1 gallon of water, 2-3 full chicken carcasses. I like the wings and back meat too. (some people add chicken feet, but I do not) 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Let this sit for about 20 minutes. The acid from the vinegar helps make the nutrients in the bones more available.

Bring pot to a boil, lower to simmer about 6 hours

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Cut veggies on the diagonal:

3 or 4 stalks of celery

1 large onion

3 or 4 large carrots

Add to the pot and continue simmering for another 5 hours or so.

If adding parsley or garlic add the last 30 minutes. 

You can read all the hype and buzz surrounding bone broth. From me you will hear that I believe that Chicken Soup is one of the best foods you can eat. It’s comfort food so why not make it a part of your everyday life. And if all those heathy claims are for real, well then thats an added bonus!

Enjoy!!

Live Fit Spread Joy!!

Vera

5 Reasons Working Out from Home is a Good Option!

1.  You can do it any time you feel like it. I know I say to schedule it in and make exercise a Non-negotiable. And thats true, having a plan, a dedicated time is best. But for those times when you have a few extra minutes and you just want to get in a quick one, turn on Beachbody ON Demand and workout! Your favorite trainer is always available or try a new one.

2.  There is no worrying about how you look. Thats a big one for me. I mean if Im going out in public, even to exercise, I have to at least have some makeup on, or lipstick. I  want to make sure I look kind of cute. Come on, you do that to, right? So often I get my best cardio burn right at home in a moments notice, in my pjs and no bra! I Just Do It!

3.  You can practice those “hard” to do moves, you know, like burps :) Seriously, I know that I look ridiculous when I do them, and I’m always self-conscious when they come up in a class. I realize that no one is looking at me…. it’s just one of those things in my head. So, I do them at home, and guess what. I’ve gotten really good at them. I still probably look ridiculous, but I can do them now, without falling over! Yea!!!

4.  Working out from home is time effective. How many times have you gotten to the gym and all the machines are taken. Ok, we don’t have that problem as much any more, what with all the mega gyms, but the parking lot is so full, you drive around, can’t get a decent space so you just pull out, and drive home all aggravated. Now if you workout when you get home, that would be good, ….. but instead you pour yourself a glass of wine? What a waste of precious time. The other disappointment is when the class you want to take is so full, it’s uncomfortable, so you leave. Or heaven forbid, your favorite instructor is not there! You might try hoping on the treadmill, but your bored in a minute, think of all the things you could be doing instead, and out you go. Thats not really a workout :(

5.  Finally, working out from home is cost effective. Now listen, if you belong to one of those mega gyms that are only $20 a month and you go regularly, then thats great. Im talking to those of you who have the membership, because it’s only $20 a month, and don’t ever go. If your argument is but I can’t work out at home, I don’t know what to do. I have a solution for you. Join me, using Beachbody ON DEMAND. Be my workout buddy, we can message each other, stay connected on FB, challenge each other, celebrate each workout victory, and kick each others booty to get it done. Join my tribe and Live Fit, and Spread Joy!!

Ok, thats it….. I have to get my workout in before I take my shower and start my  day. Make it a great Friday my friends.

Live Fit, Spread Joy,

Vera

My Weekly Menu for Energy & Weight Loss

Believe it or not, not everyone is interested in losing weight. Some of you might be more interested in learning how to plan a weekly menu that includes healthier food choices. Or maybe you are wanting to create healthier habits for yourself. Habits that you can live with for a long time. My approach to food is simple. Let me explain… I like food… Good food. I don’t believe in junk food, prepackaged food or strict calorie counting. I eat between 28 and 35 mini meals a week. I like to be prepared, somewhat flexible, and I give myself a controlled “cheat” about once a week.

This way of living works best for keeping my energy level up, my cravings down, and my weight stable. So with that in mind, I like to keep my food choices simple. A lot of times I eat the same food throughout the week. And because there are so many mini meals, its not boring. You’ll see what I mean when you see my weekly menu.  This menu that I’m sharing with you today is planned for the active, busy, fitness conscious women who is looking to feel good, energized, and maybe even drop a few pounds. Add at least 10 minutes of exercise and Bamm, success.  Make room in your schedule to jot down a grocery list, shop and prep for the week ahead. This is the exact plan I will be eating this week. I have a few weekly menus I created with all of my favorites. I don’t have to give it much thought any more. Something about being all planned out, keeps me on track. The meal plan helps me to stay sane, stay fit, and stay energized!!! If you have more than 10 pounds to lose, this plan will be a big help. If your goals are less than that, then we might have to drill down on your food a little more. If you are looking for a easy clean balanced meal plan for the week, here you go! I only share what I love, use if you would like!

Weekly Menu for Energy and Weight Loss

My 5 Simple Tips to Traveling w/o Gaining Weight!

I just got home from a short 5 day trip over the long holiday weekend. As I was preparing to go it occurred to me how much i’ve learned about how to travel healthy. I mean in the beginning I would pack my suitcase (‘over-pack’ is more like it) with things I was never going to wear but had to have, just in case. Today it’s a whole new experience. I pack (over-pack) easy to eat healthy foods for traveling. Years ago, I would I rely on airport food, gas station stops, and restaurants to get me through, and by the end of the trip, those comfy sweats I brought with, just in case, would come in handy for the long travel home.

I want to share with you my 5 best practices for traveling by car, plane or  train without gaining weight.

Be prepared! This is the number one thing that will save you from needing those comfy pants. It begins with being prepared from the day before you leave, with food you will take with you. Being prepared from the morning you travel makes the likelihood of success so much greater. Knowing that you won’t have to rely on airport food, as tempting as it might be, or gas station food, will free you too enjoy your travel as you to start off on a good note. Each good choice empowers you to make the next good choice.

Have a plan! Food is a huge part of travel, and so often it becomes a main focus…. “Anyone hungry?” “Should we get lunch now?”  “Where are we going for diner?” Questions like that often ruled my travel. What I do now is decide in advance which meal will be the main meal of the day. Sometimes it’s diner, sometimes it’s lunch, and my favorite is when the main meal is breakfast. Having this decided in advance allows me to make the right choices at the other food stops throughout the day.

Be flexible! Flexibility is a must when traveling. Sometimes the best laid plans can turn  on a dime when traveling. Just go with the flow and make the best choices available in the moment. 99.9% of the times there will be a best option. Go for that. And of course, if you are truly prepared, you will have something tucked in your purse for just such an occasion.

Have fun!! After all you are on vaca right. So fun is a must. But fun doesn’t have to involve consuming large amounts of alcohol? Unless of course you’re hell bent on getting hammered everyday.  In that case you probably wouldn’t be reading this anyway. Seriously, nothing causes weight gain,  and can ruin your fun, and your plan like to many adult beverages. Choose wisely.

Be an experimenter! Take note of what worked best, and whget-attachmentat you would do differently the next time you travel. Becoming a healthy traveler takes some practice. Don’t throw in the towel if things don’t go as well as you wanted them to. Especially if this is your first time planning and prepping food for vacation. It’s taken me many trips to get it down. Things I never leave home without anymore, regardless of how  long my trip is, or how I’m getting there: Shakeology,  (and my travel blender), Tanka bars, nuts, bag of popcorn or pretzels, apples. peanut butter. If I’m traveling by car, a case of water. If traveling by plane, I always stop and by water before I get to the hotel or condo I rented.

It’s pretty simple, don’t be rigid, just be prepared. And most of all, have a great time!

Live Fit, Spread Joy!!

Vera