Healthy Snacks When Watching Football

Sports Equipment on WhiteDo you and your friends & family LOVE watching sports? I swear that is all that is ever on at our house. Luckily the 4 of us all enjoy sports, it’s kind of in our blood. I played sports growing up and so did my husband. And if you read this blog, you’ll know that we are ALWAYS running around with my son playing soccer and our daughter in cheerleading! The joys of being a parent 🙂 I love sports and I love that the whole family loves them too. It’d make it very hard if one of us was absolutely miserable whenever they were on TV. Even more fun for us is when we are able to have a fun relaxing day watching sports. Sometimes on these days, I love doing a buffet style pot luck that I prepare. It’s so fun putting a bunch of food on the counter and just picking at it whenever we feel like it. Here are some yummy and healthy snacks that you can eat when having people over for a watch party or this could even be used if you are invited to someone’s house to watch a sporting event:

  • Fresh vegetables with hummus. You can make your own hummus using this very easy hummus recipe. Some of our favorite veggie to serve are carrots, celery, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, snap peas, broccoli, and cauliflower.
  • Fresh fruit tray. Slice up a few different fruits and watch them disappear. Anytime we have fruit on the counter it is gone in no time at all. Some of our favorite are watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, and apples.
  • Cheese tray with whole wheat crackers. Find a variety of cheese in your local grocery store and serve it up with whole wheat crackers. Some nice ones to use are gouda, cheddar, mozzarella, etc. Try adding in a cheese too that you’ve never tried along with some of your favorites.
  • Meatballs! They aren’t just for spaghetti or meatball subs. Cook up this recipe for meatballs and they’ll also be gone in no time!

What are some of your favorite healthy snacks? What are you favorite sports to watch? Who are your favorite teams?

Elite Health Coaching Seasonal Detox Guide Available for Wholesale Purchase

Screen Shot 2013-04-30 at 12.22.50 PMElite Health Coaching is so excited to announce that their Seasonal Detox Guide is now available for wholesale purchase! If you own a bookstore, salon, chiropractic office, or other business focusing on health and wellness this could be a great opportunity for you to grow your products.

This is also a great opportunity for other Health Coaches, and these can be used as a great client gift, especially if one of your sessions or even your focus is healthy cleansing and detoxing done with out any pills or potions or starvation techniques.

The Elite Health Coaching Seasonal Detox Guide focuses on 4 seasonal detoxes (one for each season: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter). It focuses on eating real foods and cooking real food at home. In the detox guide you will get:

  • Recipes for all 7 days of each detox (3 meals per day along with snack ideas)
  • Grocery list
  • A breakdown for each season with a list of seasonal foods and their benefits
  • Food journal
  • And more!

Feel lighter! Feel more coherent! Feel more energized! All from eating healthy, whole, natural foods. Fill out the form below to find out more information about the Elite Health Coaching Seasonal Detox Guide and how you can offer it to your customers and clients!

What is the Veggie Pledge?

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If you want to lose weight and be healthier, there are diets out there that will work for almost anyone! A plant-based diet is a great place to start! Plant based diets can be done by adults and children alike. For adults who want to be healthier and lose weight this may be a great option.

Some of the benefits of going meatless are:

  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Good for the environment
  • Vegan protein options are typically less expensive than animal proteins
  • Can help with constipation due to increase of fiber
  • Can clear up acne due to less added hormones in your protein sources
  • Protect against chronic diseases like heart disease

If you are new to a plant-based diet, there are vegan protein options out there that will help provide your body with the protein it needs, while giving you a variety of food. Some of these vegan protein options are grains, beans, seitan, soy, nuts, and leafy greens.

You can ease your way into a plant-based diet by going meatless 1-3 times per week. Also by focusing on less red meat and eating more poultry, eggs, and vegan protein sources, you’ll still receive some of the health benefits of going meatless. Other foods to eat would be fresh fruits & vegetables, low fat foods, and whole grains.

Are you wanting to go vegetarian and aren’t sure how? Or are you wanting to consume less animal products but feel lost? Don’t worry! The Elite Health Coaching Veggie Pledge is here to help! You’ll get 10 days worth of personalized emails to help you stay motivated with tips and recommendations on how to cut out the unwanted animal products in your life!

Why should you take the Elite Health Coaching Veggie Pledge?

  • Increased mental clarity
  • Increased physical clarity
  • Incorporate new foods you may not have tried otherwise
  • Figure out your cravings
  • Get recipes and tips on how to increase your vegetable intake!

Are you ready to take the Veggie Pledge? Sign up for $25.00 here!

How to Eat Healthy While on the Go – REPOST

8370f6776eb1dd953abc1dbb0738a5faEvery day, I hear clients mention that it is so hard to eat healthy while on the go. Sometimes their only option is to stop at the closest fast food restaurant or convenient store for a quick meal or snack. However, a lot of these clients know when they are going to be out and about, whether it’s running errands or traveling for work. Here are a few tips to help you eat healthy while you are out and about:

  • Plan ahead. If you know you’re going to be running around, make some snacks ahead of time. These snacks don’t need to be elaborate. Pack some carrot & celery sticks with hummus, a piece of fruit, a hard-boiled egg, or a piece of string cheese. If you are going to be gone all day without access to a fridge, put these items in a small cooler that you can keep in your car that is within reach.
  • Pack water! When running around all day, you’ll definitely get thirsty. So pack enough water to get you through the day. You can put the water in the same cooler as your snacks. That way you can avoid having to make a pit stop at a grocery store, convenient store, or fast food restaurant, where you may be tempted.
  • If all else fails and you HAVE to stop somewhere for food, look at your options. A lot of convenient stores will have fresh fruit, a small vegetable tray, and nuts that you can snack on. When eating at a fast food restaurant, it can get a little bit trickier.  Try getting a salad with the dressing on the side. Try getting a soup or chili, instead of a burger and fries. Avoid the shakes and fried foods. These may not be ideal choices, but your waistline will thank you.

The key to success is planning ahead. Having readily available healthy snacks throughout the week will help you stick to eating healthy, without the feeling of dieting. Spending an hour or so in the kitchen, one day a week, to prepare snacks will help cut down prep time when you are in a hurry and need something fast. Also if you have kids, and they see these small serving size snacks in the fridge, they might be more apt to grab these rather than cookies, chips, and other unhealthy snacks.

Halloween

imagesHalloween is just around the corner! Are you excited?? We managed to get the house looking spooky a few weeks ago when we had some free time. The kids love having the house look a little spooky.

Then we are going to head to a local farm who has a huge pumpkin patch to get some pumpkins so we can carve them before Halloween. The local farm is really great and really embraces Halloween. They have pumpkins of all sizes along with wheelbarrows to help you carry them. They also have a petting zoo, hay tower, small kid-friendly corn maze, and a store where they sell produce that they’ve grown along with locally raised beefalo. I’ve never tried beefalo, but I plan on picking some up when we visit the farm. It is kind of neat too because they offer it in bulk quantities. It’d be so nice to have a stock of meat in the freezer to use throughout the year.

The kids are excited about their costumes. My daughter is going to be a fairy & my son wants to be something scary. This is the first year he can wear a mask to school and he is so excited about this! I’m sure he will find an awesome costume that will end up scaring his sister too.

What types of traditions do you have for Halloween? What are you dressing up as?

Shepherd’s Pie – REPOST

This is on the menu this week! 🙂 Can’t wait!

 

1 lb stew meat
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp mustard powder
2 TBSP flour
1 c. beef stock
1 c. carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 c. celery, thinly sliced
1/2 c. frozen corn
2 packages of instant potatoes or 4 c. homemade mashed potatoes
1 c. cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Brown meat with onion. Drain. Then add flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and mustard powder. Mix well. Slowly add beef broth and cook until slightly thick, several minutes over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, and corn. Pour into a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spread the potatoes over mixture and top with cheddar cheese. Bake for 30 minutes.

 

Healthy Food Substitutions – REPOST

Artificial-Sweetners-800x390So you want to start eating healthy, but where do you even start? One thin that Elite Health Coaching offers are one-on-one and group coaching. During these sessions, I will personally help you make the transition into healthier eating, and I’ll make it easy! I will provide suggestions along with recipes that you can incorporate into your every day living. Eating healthy does not need to be hard or expensive, but you must have the know how to make it work. Here are a few suggestions that will help make it easier to transition into a healthy lifestyle:

  • Do not drink your calories. A lot of us end up drinking a lot of calories during the day. These can be from soda, fruit juices, sweetened teas, and other beverages. One easy way to drop a few pounds is to increase your water intake. If you get bored of water, mix it up with black coffee and tea to give you some variety.
  • Skip the fried foods. As good as they may be, try going for something grilled, baked, broiled, or steamed. This goes for all aspects of your meal (protein, veggies, bread, etc.).
  • If eating at a restaurant, try to eat as healthy as possible. Skip the fried foods, ask for dressing on the side, and even get your burger/salad/sandwich without the cheese. Little things like this will lower the amount of calories you are eating per day.
  • When you are craving something sweet, try to keep that sweet tooth at bay with sweet fruit like pineapple, grapefruit, or berries. They offer a lot of benefits and don’t contain as many calories as cookies, candy bars, or other junk food items.
  • When making dinner, try to skip the white stuff. This includes refined sugars, refined flours, white rice, etc. Try to make a dinner that is sugar-free and use whole grains rather than refined grains.
  • Give plain yogurt a try. Look for a plain yogurt that does not have any added sugars listed in the ingredients. Rather than relying on the food companies to sweeten it for you, try adding in your own fruit or honey to add flavor. This cuts down on the artificial ingredients and benefits you more when it’s local honey and fresh fruit.