Lean Ground Tukery Spaghetti Squash

Yummy and healthy dinner recipe perfect for cold weather!

This recipe is made with lean ground turkey/lean Italian turkey sausages for meat, Ragu sauce mixed with diced tomatoes for sauce and spaghetti squash for noodles!

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Take the squash cut in half and scrape out seeds.
  • Season the spaghetti squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Place flesh side down in a glass dish, add water 2 cover bottom and roast for 40 minutes until fully cooked (optional: cover with tin foil).

Meanwhile, cook ground turkey/sausages with Italian seasoning, garlic, and onions (I just throw the ground meat/sausages in a pan together).
Once the meat is cooked I add the sauce, put on low/simmer.

Once squash is done remove from the oven and let it cool down.

When squash is cool enough to handle, scrape the strands of squash from the inside of the skin. Toss the spaghetti squash in the pan with the hot sauce/ground turkey for just long enough to get hot.

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Benefits of Bodyweight Training

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Getting in great shape doesn’t always mean spending hours in the gym! You don’t need tons of fancy equipment and space to get in a killer workout. Bodyweight training can be amazing for losing weight, toning muscle, and building strength. Here are a few reasons why bodyweight training should be part of your program!

  1. Effective fat burning workouts! Bodyweight training, especially circuits are great for keeping the heart rate up and keeping your body in the fat burning zone. Since there is no equipment needed you can transition from one exercise to the next, keeping the rest short and the heart rate up! This revs up the metabolism and is good for heart health.
  2. Body weight training is great for everyone. Exercises can be easily modified for any fitness level, making them harder or easier as needed. Changing elevation (feet on a chair during a push up, or hands on a chair during a push up), preforming reps very slowly or very fast, and increasing number of reps are all ways to make the excurses more or less challenging.
  3. A strong core, a strong body! Body weight training helps improve core strength, which is important for your whole body strength. This improves posture and performance.
  4. Do it anywhere so no excuses! Bodyweight training is convenient, you can do the exercises virtually ANYWHERE! Stuck at home or on the road? You can still get in an amazing workout.
  5. Get the look and results you want. Since body weight exercises are mostly made up of compound movements, pushups, squats, pull ups, etc., you will be burning massive calories while also improving strength. Your results will be even greater because of the core engagement, not only will your abs look good but they will be strong!

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Why I love my Shakeology, and why I drink it every day!

Shakeology is an amazing meal replacement shake, but it is so much more! People are always asking me about Shakeology when they see my posts, and I love to share but until you actually start using this super food shake, it is hard to understand how it can change your health! Loaded with 70 whole food ingredients, this meal replacement shake will improve your health in so many ways.

Personally, when I drink my Shakeology every day I notice more energy, better digestion, I have less cravings, feel fuller longer, better mode, and just feel better! If I skip my shakes I notice a difference right away in how I feel.

So not only have I seen this personal difference but also with my clients! My clients who started using Shakeology have lost more weight, gotten their eating habits under better control due to the reduced cravings/hunger, have more energy, even helps with high cholesterol!

Now everyone is different and will feel different results but I KNOW that this is my healthiest meal in the day. I always try to eat healthy and clean, but nothing compares to Shakeology in improving the way my body feels. When you start to drink your Shakeology every day you will understand what I mean! The amazing nutrients and superfoods in this shake just can’t be easily recreated in a meal! It is easy, quick, and yummy!! Plus, it is loaded with the best nutrients that I could put into my body, that is why I LOVE Shakeology!

Want to know more about Shakeology? I did too! Message me, I am always here to help!

Skinny Pumpkin Cheese Cake

Skinny Pumpkin Pie Cheese Cake

Crust
low fat gram cracker crust

Filling
Two 8 oz. containers reduced fat cream cheese, softened (I got the 1/3 reduced fat variety)
3/4 cup raw sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 can of 15 oz. pumpkin (do not substitute pumpkin pie filling!)
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, ½ cup raw sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Mix eggs in one at a time, blending well after each. Set aside 1 cup of the mixture. Blend ¼ cup raw sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar and nutmeg into the remaining mixture.
  2. Spread the pumpkin flavored batter into the crust, and drop the plain batter you set aside by spoonfuls onto the top. Swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect. (If you don’t want marbled just pour the separated cup of batter on top of the pumpkin-added mixture to give it a white top layer look.)
  3. Bake one hour in the preheated oven, or until filling is set. Allow the cake to cool before removing pan rim. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving. I like to let cool overnight, the colder the better.

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This recipe is always a hoilday favorite, no one ever knows it is a healthy verison!

10 Motivational Tips to Help you Reach your Goals

Here are 10 motivational tips to help you reach your SMART fitness goals— just in time for the New Year!

1. Be an example!

Knowing that you are an example for your children, family, and friends will help you stay motivated! I know that being an example for all my clients is what motivated me, you guys keep me on track!

2. Turn your goal into a contest

Find a workout buddy and have a contest, whoever reaches their goal first, or stays on track for X days, etc. has to get the other a prize (Pedi’s anyone)! That way you have someone pushing you and you can push them!

3. Think about how you will feel when you reach your goal!

When are healthy, you are more confident, have more energy, and just feel GOOD! Think about a time when you were at your goal and how great it felt. Trying to fit back into a dress/jeans, bathing suit? Hang it up so you see it every day as a reminder!

4. Don’t get bored, mix it up!

Trying different workouts, classes, boot camps, etc. Try yoga, do a boot camp, hit the gym…keep it fun!

5. Be around supportive and positive people!

Be around people who are going to support you, those you look up to, and love! These people will keep you motivated! A online support group is a great way to have a group to reach out too!

6. Keep track of your progress.

Use a measurement tracker, a calendar, etc. Every day mark off that you are getting closer to your goal, and once a month re-measure to make sure you are on track!

7. Reward your hard work!

Every couple of months or every time you hit a goal, go shopping, get a message, nails done…something to reward your hard work! Not with food but with something that will keep you motivated!

8. Realize how hard you have come…

Even if you are not all the way there yet, realize how hard you have worked. Think about how you have stuck to it and will continue on! Even with setbacks you will push forward!

9. Never quit!

If it was easy, everyone would do it! It takes work and it can be hard but stick too it! Tired of starting over? Well don’t quit!!

10. Be the healthiest person you can be!

You only have one body to live in, take care of it! Don’t compare your body to anyone else, just be yourself and the best you can be!