100+ oz. a day!!!

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Thought this little diagram would bring this message home.  Why in the world should you drink 100+ oz. of water a day?  So many reasons, so go grab a glass of water and read on….

1. It keeps your body functioning the way it should. Our bodies are composed of about 60% water – over HALF of your body weight. Essential bodily functions such as digestion, circulation, absorption of nutrients, and the maintenance of body temperature are all affected by your hydration level. Without the proper intake, your body has to determine which function to perform poorly. Don’t make your body choose.

2. Water keeps your muscles from fatiguing too quickly. Your muscles are made up of millions of cells, which when deprived, can result in performance loss and electrolyte imbalance. We eat for the training we do so why not hydrate for it as well? Hydrating while working up a sweat will keep you in the game for longer and with more strength.

3. Water improves elasticity EVERYWHERE. That’s right! In case you didn’t catch that, improved elasticity all over your body. If you want your skin to look supple and bright, drink more water. Dehydration causes your skin to look dry and wrinkled – WHO WANTS THAT?! Not us. Drink up and you will start to look fresh.

4. Water keeps things…..moving down there. It keeps your kidneys and gastrointestinal tract functioning as they should. These organs are critical to our health and when they aren’t given the proper amounts of fiber and hydration, they start to shut down. You’ve heard of kidney stones and constipation. Yeah. Although nothing will trump your genetics (some people are just prone to digestion issues, no matter their H2O intake), drinking enough water will definitely lower your risk for both.

5. The BEST reason to drink water?! It aids in fat loss. It’s not new news that drinking enough water keeps us full and satisfied between meals. When you THINK you’re hungry, you might actually be dehydrated. Drink a glass of water to find out. If you are still hungry after those 8oz of clear goodness, then go for the snack. I find I’m almost ALWAYS thirsty when my belly says time for something sweet. Your body knows best but our brains trick us into thinking we should eat more.

Cheers to peeing clear all day!

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Dinner Tonight: Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Cauliflower Rice

Love the simplicity of this dish not to mention the taste!! It’s on my table tonight for dinner.

Yep, Cauliflower rice is the “new” rice.  No need to add a cheesy sauce to cauliflower any longer, just substitute it in for rice in your favorite dishes.

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Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Cauliflower Rice:

recipe by: cleanfoodcrush.com modified by eatlivefit.net

Ingredients:
Makes about 3 servings

  • 1 lb. shrimp
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil, or olive oil + an extra tsp.
  • 1 head cauliflower, grated (can buy this already prepped for you in most stores now)
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 3 cups fresh chopped kale

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp. of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Once hot, add the shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and set aside on a plate.
  3. In the same skillet and a drizzle of olive oil, garlic, kale and sauté until softened. Add the cauliflower rice, chili flakes and season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir fry for about 5 minutes, then add the shrimp back to the pan and cook for about 1-2 minutes until reheated.
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Banana Bread Nut Ball Snack

Brought these to class last week to share after our workout.  Many of you asked for the recipe.  Easy snack that tastes like banana bread.  Gluten and dairy free.

 

Banana Bread Nut Ball Snack

Ingredients:

3 large dates, pitted

3/4 cup walnuts

1 Tbsp. nut butter of your choice (peanut, almond, sunflower, etc.)

2 Tbsp. coconut flour

1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder or extract

1 VERY ripe banana

Optional – cacao or cocoa powder or dried unsweetened coconut flakes (to roll at end)

 

Directions:

Pop all ingredients in a food processor and combine until a dough forms.  If too sticky, add a tsp of water or almond milk to soften into dough.  The mixture should not be so dry that it crumbles when you try to roll into small ball sizes.  However, not so wet that if is too sticky to form into ball shape, if so, add a tsp more flour.

Use a tsp to measure out small balls of dough. Using hands, roll each into a small ball shape.  Optional and recommended, roll each ball in coconut flakes or powder to add flavor and keep them from sticking to each other.

Place in freezer in small container to harden up completely, aprox. 30 minutes.  Store in air tight container in refrigerator until ready to eat.  Will stay fresh up to 2 weeks.

These are great for bike ride snacks.  If planning to take them along, keep them in the freezer rather than moving to fridge.  Pack them in plastic bag and they will be cool when ready to eat.

Serving size: 2 balls

recipe by: that sugar film modified by eatlivefit.net

 

Emotional Eating Explained

Was reading this article today and just had to share because I know several of you struggle with emotional eating.  NAFC published this article describing the struggle and providing solutions to manage it.  Check it out…

“Understanding Emotional Eating

Emotional eating is a learned habit that is so prevalent in today’s high stress, fast-paced world. Many of us, whether we are willing to admit it or not, experience this to varying degrees. Food should be comforting, soothing and healing; it should fuel and nourishment to our bodies. This holiday season, drop the dieting mindset. When we embrace the dieter’s mindset, we make food the enemy, and we make ourselves prisoners of food. Understand that it’s acceptable to feel when we eat. For example, the mere thought or suggestion of delicious foods produce saliva in our mouths tricking the body to feel hunger. Rather than reaching for the easiest, processed, carbohydrate-rich, manufactured food, consider a good-quality protein shake or raw food bar. This is much better than skipping a meal.

1 Way to Face Your Craves

Do you ever wonder why we experience cravings? Do you sometimes feel like a slave to your cravings? Don’t fret. You’re not alone. NAFC Nutrition Coach explains that cravings are not only common; they happen for a reason. Usually, cravings tell us that physiologically, something is out of balance. Cravings can be a sign that you may be experiencing a hormonal imbalance. They are oftentimes an indication that a physiological or emotional void needs to be satisfied. So what should we do when we notice these signals? Pay attention! If you’re in a time crunch, reach for the power of protein. Be sure to take the time to watch for patterns of thought, feelings and sensations that might arise from eating certain types of foods, especially sugary or fatty food choices. If it’s something you must have or cannot live without, then that is probably not a good food item to keep in your house. How can we healthily satisfy these urges?

Pro Tip:

Always have ready protein and healthy-fat snacks available. Healthy, great-tasting examples include raw nuts, beef jerky, Perfect Foods, Kind, or Lara bars. Look for minimally-processed, gluten-free options. Go the extra mile and look for labels that say ‘Non-GMO’.

No matter the season, don’t battle your cravings; listen to them. Listen to understand their root causes and you won’t need to fight them; you’ll only need to appropriately address them. Start by asking your body what it needs, then fuel and nourish it with what it needs. Remember to apply moderation, variety and frequency.

6 Mindful Eating Pro Tips

Practicing mindful eating habits start in your mouth. Many people don’t realize that digestion starts in the mouth. Also, breathe applying focused awareness and attention, and eating can become a form of meditation. Here are a few more tips to help you eat more consciously this season. Apply these easily accessible tips and reduce the likelihood of digestive issues and body fat storage:

  • Chew slowly. Remember digestion starts in the mouth

  • Place your fork down in between bites. You’re less likely to eat too fast

  • Notice the texture of the food in your mouth

  • Notice the consistency and the temperature of foods. Savor the variety of flavors

  • Observe the motion in your jaw muscles. Are they tight or relaxed?

  • As you swallow, notice how the food makes you feel. Yes, emotionally too.

 

Freeing yourself from cravings and emotional eating patterns start with you. So, as you savor each bite this season, reflect upon these smart eating strategies. Share them with friends and family. As you practice chewing mindfully, breathe in healthy change. You’ll become more aware of your relationship with food, cravings, and emotional eating habits when looking for patterns, reactions and feelings. Look within. This New Year, focus on being the best YOU, rather than an unrealistic you. Free yourself and drop your focus from weight and you’ll gain a healthier focus on YOU! “

Clementine Wild Rice Salad

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Consistency is what I encourage!  You will not completely undo nor redo your life in one day and the same is true for eating healthier.  Pick the path and make your long term goal and then go for it one day at a time.  New habits take time to develop and stick, so treat every day as a new day to make good choices.  I can certainly create a lot of damage in 15 minutes of eating poorly, but I move on the next day and make good choices to get back on track with healthy eating habits.  Even if it is not the popular or common choice of the people surrounding me, I can only control what goes in MY body.  I won’t let some one else’s choice to indulge become my choice.  I will be in control my choices, even if they are not the same ones my friends or family choose.  This is my body and my choice.  Master the day.

This is on my plate for lunch today.  Clemetines are one of my favorite snacks, but why not in a salad. Easy, make ahead directions too.  Make it for lunches next week!

Clementine-Wild Rice Salad

12 clementines, peeled and sectioned
1 6-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 bunches green onions, sliced thin
2 cups cooked wild rice, chilled
1 cup mint leaves (optional)
1 cup cilantro or Italian parsley leaves (optional)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup mayonnaise, or to taste (optional)
3 cups shredded Chinese cabbage, chopped romaine lettuce or baby spinach leaves (or a combination)

Combine all ingredients except the greens and mix thoroughly. Toss with the greens and serve.

6-8 servings

Note: To make ahead, combine everything but the greens and chill. Toss in the greens at the last minute.

30 Minute Taco Soup

With all the warm weather lately, I have been more inclined to grille our dinners than make something indoors.  For a change of pace on a cooler night, I tried this recipe out on the “fam.”  It went over well with everyone.  Try it out. Quick and tasty.  For those crockpot lovers out there, I do think you could add it all at once and simmer on low heat all day (8+ hrs.)  I would just add 3/4 cup water or stock to keep the liquid content balanced.

30 minute Taco Soup

 

Recipe by: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen modified by eatlivefit.net

 

Ingredients:

 

1 ½ lb. ground beef
1 15 oz. can stewed tomatoes
1 onion diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 green pepper, diced
1 medium zucchini, diced

1 can black beans

Taco Seasoning:

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp garlic granules or powder

½ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp fine Himalayan Sea Salt

1 tsp black pepper, fresh ground

 

Toppings: (optional)

 

Shredded Cheese
Avocado
Scallions
White Onion
Diced Tomatoes
Shredded lettuce
Jalapeno

 

Instructions:

 

 

 

·         In Dutch oven, heat oil and sauté garlic 

 

·         Add in Diced onions and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often

 

·         Add in zucchini and green pepper.  Let cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring often

 

·         Add in ground beef and cook until brown

 

·         In a bowl, combine taco seasoning spices.  Add to soup mixture and simmer until combined.  May need more liquid, so add 1/2 cup water or stock to soup.

 

Heart Healthy Valentines Dinner

Wait..did you say wine?  Yep, here is a great recipe for your valentine that includes wine in the sauce.  Try it out!  Add a green veggie and call it a plate of love.

Beef Filets with Pomegranate-Pinot Sauce

recipe: Cooking Light modified by eatlivefit.net

Ingredients

  • 4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1/3 cup pinot noir or burgundy wine
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/3 cup fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces

Directions

Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks evenly with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steaks to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steaks from pan; keep warm.

Add shallots to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, wine, juice, broth, and thyme sprig; bring to a boil. Cook 7 minutes or until reduced to about 3 tablespoons. Remove from heat; discard thyme sprig. Add butter to sauce, stirring until butter melts. Serve sauce with steaks.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 4 |  Serving Size: 1 steak + 2 teaspoons sauce

Per serving: Calories: 236; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 84mg; Sodium: 333mg; Carbohydrate: 4g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 25g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 485mg; Iron: 13%; Vitamin A: 4%; Vitamin C: 1%; Calcium: 3%