Shake stuff!

Hey Ladies!

Some of you have been asking about the blender options if you need to make a purchase. Suzanne recommends a pretty expensive one, but the one I have works great (we’ve had it about two years) and is only $100.00 at Bed Bath and Beyond! Plus, you can use a 20% off coupon! Here is the link: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/kitchenaid-reg-artisan-reg-5-speed-blenders-with-56-ounce-pitcher/134410?Keyword=kitchen+aid+blender

Ell and I tried a variation on the Reader’s Digest Shake today, and it was super neat, so we thought we’d share!

Instead of PB, use almond butter, and instead of using cocoa, use 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. = Banana Almond Cinnamon Shake!

See you at the barre!

Great foods that benefit your body!

  • Here are some more ideas I pulled from Lauren Conrad’s website on a blog she did about detoxing, which we are not doing, but these are some more awesome food ideas!!! 🙂 Check it out!
  • Asparagus:  Cooking up this veggie is a delicious and healthy snack, not just because it detoxifies the liver, but also because it helps your body to flush out all impurities. I love asparagus grilled or steamed, and eating it raw will help reduce bloating in your belly too!
  • Apples: This fruit is filling, satisfying and it can help suppress unhealthy cravings. If a sneaky sugar craving creeps up when you’re detoxing, grab an apple. Green apples are especially good for decreasing appetite too!
  • Homemade Trail Mix: A lot of trail mixes have sugary sweets like candy or chocolate included in the mix, making them less healthy option. But a homemade version could be just the kind of healthy snack that keeps your body energized. I recommend mixing pistachios, almonds, dried cranberries, and hemp seeds, which are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, iron, potassium, and calcium. I also like to add dried goji berries, which are powerful antioxidants that are rich in Vitamin A.
  • Watermelon: Health experts claim that watermelon helps your liver and kidneys flush out impurities. Watermelon tea can do the trick too!
  • Pineapple: Pineapples are known for their abilities to cleanse the pores in your lungs and reduce stomach fat. Eat a few chunks of this sweet fruit on an empty stomach to reap the benefits of its powerful enzymes.
  • Grapefruit: Grapefruit also helps to curb hunger, but it doesn’t stop there. This citrus fruit boosts your metabolism and packs in a ton of vitamin C, good for fighting off colds and giving your skin a glow.
  • Celery: Celery is a great source of fiber, which means it can help move food through your digestive tract (World’s Healthiest Foods). Grab a few celery sticks and peanut butter for a heart-healthy snack that will leave you full and satisfied.
  • Avocados: Aside from lowering cholesterol, avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals (Care2). Add some of this green goodness to your smoothies or salads
  • Green Tea and Lemon Water are also awesome caffeine substitutes and have great benefits as well! Try subbing one caffeine drink a day with one of this or jump start your morning with a glass!

And we’re off (almost)!

What an amazing turn out we had last night for our meeting! We have 24 participants in this challenge and we could not be more excited to see what the next 6 weeks will bring. Plan your grocery store trip and get ready! It all starts in two days! We’re all in this together – so let’s see what a total body transformation will do for us : )

Some Delicious Recipes

Hi!! I am super exited, too, about the challenge. I’ve already seen some pretty amazing results and I’ve been a part of Novo since its opening. I’ll admit, though, when Beth Anne and Ellen told me last night that I not only shouldn’t count calories but I COULDN’T, I freaked out a little! Haha! I have a few recipes that I think will go great with our plan. I’ve made these at home and they are a hit with the hubby and son, too.

This first one is a great alternative to Pizza.

Zucchini Pizza Casserole
4 Cups shredded zucchini (I use about five small zucchini)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2 TBSP Parmesan cheese
2 oz. mozzarella and cheddar mixture
1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 lb. ground turkey (or a can of black or white beans)
2 oz. Pepperoni, chopped (I left this out when I made it and it was still yummy)
1 medium onion, chopped

2 cups Spaghetti sauce
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
4 oz. cheese (again, I used mozzarella and cheddar mixed)

Shred zucchini. Mix the zucchini with 2 eggs, Parmesan cheese, 2 oz. of cheese and Italian seasoning. Press the zucchini mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Bake the crust uncovered for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

While the crust bakes, brown the ground turkey in a large pan. Add in the onion, pepperoni and spaghetti sauce and cook until onion is soft, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven. Pour the meat and sauce over the crust. Top with peppers and sprinkle with 4 oz. of cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 or until pizza is heated through and the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Allow the dish to stand for 2-3 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!!
This next one is perfect for Spring and Summer grilling. I’ve made this one a dozen times and the great thing is, my hubby and son love it so much and they have no clue it is a healthier alternative :0)

Beef Kebabs with Peanut Dipping Sauce
1/2 Cup light soy sauce
2 TBSP granulated brown sugar substitute
2 TBSP sugar substitute like Agave light
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak, 1 1/2″ thick, cut into 1″ pieces
1/2 Cup creamy unsweetened natural peanut butter
3/4 Cup water
3 TBSP lime juice
1 TBSP finely chopped ginger
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 green bell pepper, cut into squares
1 red bell pepper, cut into squares
1 large onion, cut into wedges

In a shallow dish, combine half of the soy sauce, 1 TBSP of the brown sugar substitute, 1 TBSP of the sugar substitute, and 2 of the pressed garlic cloves. Add the steak and stir to coat. Let stand for 20 minutes, stirring once.

Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan over high heat, combine the peanut butter, water, lime juice, ginger, ground red pepper, the remaining half of the soy sauce, the remaining 1 TBSP brown sugar substitute, the remaining 1 TBSP sugar substitute, and the remaining 1 cloves of garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils. Remove it from the heat.

Coat a grill rack with cooking spray. Preheat the grill to high. Thread the steak, peppers, and onion onto metal skewers. Place on the grill rack and cook, turning occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until the steak is no longer pink, and the juices run clear. Serve with the peanut sauce. Enjoy!!

Hope you love these as much as I do…and Good Luck to EVERYONE!!

Shannon Probst (“Ler”) :0)

Welcome!

Hey everyone!

We hope this blog will be a wonderful tool for you all to use as we embark on this challenge together!

Feel free to post successes and complications, recipes and tips, reactions to the mental/emotional health challenges, etc.

We will post some as well. Our goal is to use the blog as a tool for community building, as you won’t all be in the same classes each week.

Good luck! We can’t wait to hear your feedback as we get started.

XOXO,

Beth Anne and Ellen