Saturday, April 19, 2014


After a long week of work, every girl wants a delicious cocktail to unwind.  However, cocktails contain so much sugar that sometimes it's not worth the calories.  I'm always looking for tasty recipes that won't ruin my week of clean eating and working out.  I mean who wants to drink a 500 calorie drink that'll take about an hour of cardio to work off??  Not this girl!! 

So happy when I found this CLEAN MOJITO recipe.  I just had to share it with you...  

1 shot of Rum
1/3 Fresh Limes
6-8 Fresh Mint leaves
1 1/2 tbsp Organic Coconut Milk
Lime Seltzer Water
2 tbsp Organic Sugar-add more sugar if you want it sweeter, but I tend to be conservative on the sugar.

Directions: Muddle the mint, sugar and lime together. Pour 1 shot of rum, Coconut Milk, add ice, organic coconut milk and seltzer water. Stir and enjoy!!!

Please comment with your favorite skinny cocktail recipe! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

21-Day Fix Grocery List on a Budget

Eating healthy doesn't need to be super expensive... 

Of course, fruits and veggies are more expensive than genetically-modified snacks, but you certainly don't have to break the bank...especially when on the 21-Day Fix.  

Every Thursday when I get the supermarket fliers for the week, I check out what is on sale and compare it to what's in the 21-Day Fix.  This way, I've been able to stick to the plan, lose weight, and keep money in my wallet.  

Here's my usual grocery list (there is so much more on the 21-Day list, but these foods are my favorites, have worked for me, and are usually on sale!!).  

I've put a $ next to what is generally the cheapest in that category.  

Fish- Salmon & Tilapia
Fresh Chicken Breast
Turkey Breast
Eggs $
Cottage cheese $ 
Lean Ground Turkey
Pork Tenderloin
Flank Steak
Protein Powder $ 
Veggie Burgers  $
*Note: I try my best to stay away from red meat, processed lunch meats, turkey bacon and ham slices.  These are all higher in sodium and can cause you to retain water and therefore not lose as quickly. 

Berries like Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries
Oranges (in season now so less $) 
Watermelon (in season now so less $) 
Note: Due to their high sugar content, try to stay away from bananas, mangos and grapes during the fix.  I'm a lover of mangoes so if I do want one, I'll only have 1 per day.  

Green Beans
Asparagus (in season now so less $) 
Lettuce (dark) $  
*Note: carrots are usually high in sugar so I try to stay away from them. 

Complex Carbohydrates 
Brown Rice
Oatmeal (not instant in the packet) Rolled Instant Oats  $
Sweet Potatoes  $ 
Red Skin potatoes $
Black Beans $ 
Pinto Beans $ 
Ezekiel Bread
*Note: In this category, I try to stay away from anything too processed such bread. 

Healthy Fats 
Unsweetened Coconut
Raw Unsalted Almonds
Raw Unsalted Cashews
Hummus $
Avocado $
*Note: cheese (feta and goat) is allowed in this category, but I try to stay away because it's high in sodium. 

Get in about a gallon.  Don't like drinking it plain?  Drink seltzer ... I'm loving the new apple flavored Dasani seltzer.  Also, flavor your tap water with mint, lemon, limes, berries, orange ... whatever will get you drinking it so you're hydrated for the day.  I also start my day with lemon water ... it's a natural detoxifier. 

Contact me with any questions!! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Get the Scoop on Sunday!

Hi & Happy Sunday :) 

Through your free Team Beachbody account with me as your coach OR with me as your Insanity instructor, you'll be receiving a weekly newsletter every weekend with recipes and tips for healthy living!   

Special Note
Thank you to everyone who attended my 4/1/14 Insanity class @ Hyde Park  in which all proceeds went to the Lieutenant Walsh - Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund @ Boston Firefighters Credit Union.

I am going to do this again for 4/8's class...6:30pm @ Hyde Park Community Center.  Definitely come if you are in the area...I have a fun playlist planned...including Vanilla Ice ;) 

If you can't make the class, but still want to contribute to the fund, please visit  Thank you so much! 
MEALSPIRATION SPOTLIGHT: Baked Chicken w Potatoes and Green Beans 

Ready for the easiest dinner? It all cooks in one pan... I love that - barely anything to clean up!
What You Need:
3 chicken breasts
4 medium red potatoes
green beans (or broccoli!)
3 tbsp oil olive
italian dressing mix packet
What You Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the chicken breasts in half. Cut the potatoes in to small chunks. Spray the bottom of a 13x9 pan, put the chicken in the middle, potatoes on one side and green beans on the other side. Top with half a package of italian dressing and pour oil olive over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for about an hour!

Need some support and accountability to get to your health goal?  

Join one of these groups!... 

1. 3-Day Shakeology Cleanse --> April 16th to 18th 
*Feel better, better complexion, and more energy in time for Easter! 

2. April's Online 21-Day Fix Accountability Group (starts 4/21) 
*21-Day Fix can be ordered now and is off backorder 3/31!
*I'll coach you through the 21-day fix's workouts and nutrition plan using an online accountability group. 

Recent Accountability Group Testimony: 
"Does anyone feel like they are over eating? I am full all of the time and would forget to eat if I didn't have children to feed! I know the point is to always feel satisfied and learn to use food as fuel but i'm over full all of the time."

It's finally off backorder as of 3/31 so it's your time to try it out! 

21-Days of 30 minute workouts and mindless nutrition.  Never count a calorie or use a measuring cup again ;)  

And, it's super cheap $60 so you can also buy some cute workout clothes! 

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½ banana
½ c unsweetened pineapple juice
½ c water
1 scoop choc. Shakeology 
Blend with ice and enjoy ;) 


If you are exercising with the goal of losing weight, remember the saying, "assuming none of the expended calories are replaced".
Exercise will only help you lose weight if you don't replace the calories you burned with extra food. So, have a treat if you want it, but understand that the treat will effect how quickly you reach your goal.

"The great wealth is health."
-->Take time for yourself even if you're short on time!" 

FINANCIAL HEALTH SPOTLIGHT: Ways to Relax on a Vacation..on a Budget

Here are a few relaxing vacation options that don't cost too too much :
  • Spas. If you’re craving a deep tissue massage, facial or pedicure, check out a hotel or resort that offers spa services.
  • Yoga retreats. Are you a yogi? If you dream of practicing yoga on the beach of the Mediterranean, there is a vacation package for that.
  • Juice bars. Juice cleanses intended to detoxify the body are popular these days and some hotels are offering special packages centered around the cleanse.
  • Fitness. For those who want to stay fit during vacation, hotels also provide fitness packages that can include workout apparel, classes and access to fitness centers.

*Schedule is on my blog 

If you would like to make your own contribution to the fund, please visit  Thank you!! 
I'm always here to answer questions, coach you through a program, help you become a coach, anything!  Contact me :) 

Have a fantastic, fit, healthy week!