½ cup of ricotta cheese
¼ cup cream cheese
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder- or sweetener of choice. Can substitute 2-3 tablespoons of coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, or monk fruit
1-2 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp almond extract and 1 tsp orange extract-optional
Almond milk to thin
Mini chocolate chips
Dark chocolate pieces for melting- I use at least 85-90% cocoa
You can also make a cherry cannoli version by adding cut up cherries into the dough.
Combine all ingredients except for the chocolate and chips. You can use a hand mixer if you prefer. Add mini chips. Refrigerate until the consistency is hard enough to roll into balls. Place in freezer.
Melt dark chocolate, dip the balls into the chocolate and return back to the freezer.
another option is to make these in “cannoli pop” form. After you roll them into balls, place a sucker stick into each ball and place in freezer.
3 chicken breasts ( or rotisserie chicken for simplicity)
1 bag of riced cauliflower- I prefer trader Joe’s organic
1 bag broccoli
1-2 cups of chicken broth
½ cup of cheddar cheese
¼ cup of cream cheese
Organic bacon pieces for topping
3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast- optional but it gives it a “cheesy sauce” taste. It also has great benefits including vitamin B12
Spray for pan
Spray a large pan or wok. Cook chicken until no longer pink. Microwave the riced cauliflower and squeeze all excess water out- a “nut bag” works the best or cheesecloth.
Cook broccoli in the microwave for about 3 minutes.
Add broccoli, cauliflower rice, cream cheese, broth, cheese, and nutritional yeast and stir together. Cook on medium for a few minutes until combined and melted. Put into 9 x 13 baking dish and top with crumbled bacon.
HOW CONSISTENCY WAS (IS) MY KEY TO LONG TERM WEIGHT LOSS
SUCCESS IS NOT WHAT WE DO ONCE IN A WHILE, IT’S WHAT WE DO CONSISTENTLY.
Being CONSISTENT means you behave in the same way over time and you have the same attitude towards something to achieve success.
HOW CONSISTENCY WORKED FOR ME:
I STARTED PERFORMING SMALL TASKS ONE DAY AT A TIME: It was about developing habits. I was dedicated to exercising for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, along with cutting my food portions, even if it was just one thing a day.
When you start creating new habits it may not make a huge impact today, next week, or even months from now. However over extended time you accelerate your momentum and start noticing differences!
*Imagine you exercised just 30-45 minutes a day for 5 days a week- or burned 300 calories a day. It could be as simple as walking for 40 minutes.
That would equal to burning 1500 calories a week=6000 calories burned in a month. That could be a loss of half a pound a week, 2 pounds a month, or 24 pounds in a year!
*Now imagine you regularly snacked on a bag of chips or had a fancy coffee drink- or consumed just an extra 300 calories a day.
2. I REALIZED MY HEALTH WAS NOT OPTIONAL! It wasn’t necessarily that I was super unhealthy but I had high blood pressure and slightly elevated cholesterol, not to mention all the extra weight on my joints. It was probably only going to get worse if I didn’t lose weight and start taking care of myself. I admit that in the beginning I tried different diets that did not work long term. Consistency was what finally made me realize that this was my health and I couldn’t keep starting over!
That would = 1500 calories a week=6000 calories a month. Which would be a gain of half a pound a week, 2 pounds a month or 24 in a year. The choice is yours.
3. I COULDN’T EXPECT IMMEDIATE RESULTS: We all want instant gratification. This is one of my biggest obstacles when working with clients. It’s difficult to keep them motivated and progressing long term. For me it was focusing on getting my 30 minutes of exercise everyday, whether is was walking or doing a video. There were many times I squeezed it in early in the morning or at lunch. It did not come easy to pass by Burger King at times but it was important that I FOCUSED on that moment only! It’s much easier to choose what’s easiest, fun, or convenient however that’s not what got me to where I am today. I would ask myself “ How did I get this way?
4. REPETITION, REPETITION, REPETITION!: If you repeat or do the same thing over and over again you will be successful.
Like other aspects of your life~ what if you…
*consistently study hard~ you will do well in school and obtain a degree
* consistently go to bed at a regular time~ you will feel rested and alert
*consistently prepare & plan meals~ you won’t be tempted to get take out or go through the drive thru.
If you want faster results then extreme consistent action is required. By repeating a task you gain feedback from these actions and adjust to them to help you stay on track.
5. I WORKED HARD 80% OF THE TIME: It was difficult to stay focused 100% of the time, there were times when I indulged in ice cream or just didn’t have time to workout .I was not perfect but I always had my end goal in sight. Most of us struggle with consistency because we live for short term success, if we don’t get immediate results from our actions we don’t see the point in continuing.
One day you will look back in awe on where it all began in disbelief at the progress you have made! 🙂
This is a great salad to bring to your next picnic or summer BBQ. It’s a healthier alternative to a pasta salad.
⦁ 2 zucchini’s
⦁ Chopped cucumber
⦁ Chopped olives
⦁ Cherry tomatoes
⦁ Green and/or red peppers
⦁ Dressing of choice-Italian works well, I used a Trader Joe’s in this particular salad
⦁ Pepper to taste, optional- McCormick salad seasoning
⦁ Feta cheese, parmesan, or cheddar
There are so many variations you can include in your own creation.
⦁ Peel and spiralize your zucchini. Combine all ingredients together. Enjoy!
These are a healthier version of a “thin mint” cookie.
1 cup of almond flour
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder- or 2 tbls cocao powder
1 tablespoon of sweetner- coconut sugar, maple syrup or honey
3 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp mint extract
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
¼ cup of dark chocolate
¼ tsp mint or peppermint extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine almond flour, sweetener, butter, protein powder, baking soda, salt, extracts, and egg in a bowl. If the dough is a little crumbly add a little almond milk. Refrigerate dough for about 10-15 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the dough into balls and flatten them out with your fingers. Bake for 11-13 minutes.
Melt the coconut oil and chocolate in microwave for a minute. Add mint extract.
Pour or dip the cooled cookies into the chocolate. Store in freezer or in fridge.
I used to tell myself that I needed or deserved “comfort food” it was typically dessert-ice cream, cake or chocolate that I wanted. We experience different emotions or reasons that we crave certain foods,whether it’s a special occasion, feeling sad, depressed, happy, bored etc. You may have heard some upsetting news or it just might be the weekend. Unfortunately we associate food with social events as well. I however was reluctant to eat around others in fear of being judged.I used to wait until nobody was around so I could eat alone.
Let’s face it It’s mostly an excuse when we think we deserve or give ourselves permission to eat something. I’m not saying we can’t indulge or enjoy things once in a while, however it becomes a problem when we attach our eating to emotions. It happens more than you may think or you might not realize that you even do it yourself. It’s important to acknowledge when you are eating and why.
Some strategies that I use to help control cravings and emotional eating:
RECOGNIZE WHEN & WHY YOU ARE EATING: do you tell yourself that you “deserve it” because you had a long week or the kids stressed you out today? I remind myself that I don’t need to reward myself with food. Replace it with something else you enjoy. Accept that you can allow yourself with a treat but not because you deserve it.
RESEARCH THE NUTRITION FACTS: be aware of what you are about to eat. Check out how much sugar, the amount of carbs, and what kind of ingredients it contains. Most restaurants have nutritional info online. Check out that cookie or mac and cheese label before you make a decision.
I TALK MYSELF OUT OF IT: I know this sounds easier than done. It takes lots of practice and some self control. I have to ask myself do I really need this or want it? I recently had a craving for pizza, I took a few minutes until I literally made myself walk away and resist it.
WILL I REGRET IT & IS IT WORTH IT: I put my goals first, I am maintaining my weight now and do not want to go back to my “heavier” self. This takes motivation and sometimes eating the ice cream isn’t worth the extra calories.
I THINK ABOUT THE LAST TIME I INDULGED: I often remember the last time I gave in or indulged in a specific item. Normally it was not as good as I thought it would be. This deters me from caving again. I also recall how I felt afterwards, physically and/or emotionally.
I STILL AM ACCOUNTABLE: it helps me to reach out or tell someone else that I am considering eating or not eating. Having that person makes me feel better after acknowledging it.
HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT I DON’T EAT LIKE THAT ANYMORE: I have worked way too hard to give into temptations.