Fit Tuesday – Cauliflower

Eating healthy is a choice….  and a VERY hard one if you like potatoes as much as I do.  Baked potatoes, french fries, mashed potatoes…  I like them any way and every way!  I have found my substitution to overloading on potatoes.  Cauliflower!!!!  Below are two AMAZING recipes for you to try.  These two recipes have helped me kick my potato habit and ultimately helped me live a healthier lifestyle.


 

Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 head of Garlic, minced
  • Fresh chives, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut cauliflower into florets.
  2. Boil cauliflower until completely tender. (About 12 minutes)
  3. Melt coconut oil
  4. Add cauliflower, coconut oil, almond milk into a mixer (can use a blender if you do not have a mixer)
  5. Blend and add your garlic, chives, salt & pepper until it meets your taste!
  6. Serve immediately while hot

 

Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Oil a large baking sheet
  3. Cut cauliflower into florets.
  4. Toss florets with the minced garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. (I put it all into a large baggie and shake until the florets are covered)
  5. Spread the florets out into a single layer on your baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook in the oven, uncovered, for approximately 30 minutes.  You want the top to be slightly brown before you remove them.
  7. Serve immediately!

I LOVE these with a little ketchup.  They taste like french fries!

Fit Tuesday – Holiday STUFFING (as in… stuffing food in yo mouth)

Tips for a healthier holiday.

We all know this time of year is tough when you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Here are my top 5 tips to keeping the weight gain under control during this time of year.

1.) Get moving – It’s super easy to stuff yourself full of food and sit down to watch tv or take a nap.  Challenge yourself to do something active!  My Dad and I run our own version of the “Turkey Trot” every year.  We run from my Grandmother’s house to my parent’s house after we eat lunch.  It’s a little over a five mile run.  Then we drive back for football and more family fun!

2.) Eat a healthy breakfast – If you start your day off with a good healthy breakfast then you will be less inclined to binge eat once your sitting in front of those mashed potatoes and creamed corn.  An egg white omelet, bowl of oatmeal or fruit and yogurt will help you curb those cravings later in the day.

3.) Drink Water –  Alcoholic beverages, fruit drinks and sodas are high in calories and sugars.  Water eliminates those empty calories and keeps you hydrated.

4.) Keep it light – Are you doing the cooking?  Opt for choices with lower calories and fats.  Choose fat-free chicken broth, plain yogurt or fat free sour cream.  You can cut fats, sugars and calories in a lot of the ingredients.

5.) Portion Control – Before you fill your plate, do a survey of all of the dishes.  Give yourself only small portions of those foods you just CANNOT turn down.  Foods like turkey, roasted veggies, and baked sweet potatoes are great choices to put on your plate.  Keep the casseroles and other fatty sides small.

Thanksgiving is not just about this amazing bounty of food.  Keep things into perspective.  The most important thing to remember is to focus on being thankful for your friends, family and relationships with the people that you love.  THAT is what Thanksgiving is about.

Fit Tuesday – H2O

As you already know, there are MANY benefits to drinking water.  It is the single most essential thing for health.  Are you getting enough water?  Below are a few of the reasons why you should be guzzling on a big glass of that fancy clear liquid right now.

  1. Shinier Hair
  2. Younger skin
  3. Healthier body
  4. Calorie Control
  5. Promote weight loss
  6. Relieve fatigue
  7. Energize your muscles
  8. Flush out toxins
  9. Boost your immune system
  10. Kidney Health

Tips to help you increase your water intake and reap those benefits of AGUA!

  1. Have a glass of water with every meal/snack
  2. Eat more fruits and veggies!  They contain high water content.
  3. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times.  In your bag, in your car, at your desk, etc.
  4. Put it in a fun glass with a straw
  5. Add fruit, lemons or cucumbers to give it a fun flavor

Bottoms up beauties!  Get your re-hydration on!

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Cheers!

Fit Tuesday!

What’s the word beauties??!!  Have you gotten your workout in??

The most important thing you can do for yourself is SET A GOAL.  Goals are the key to unlocking your inner drive.  It can be as big or as small as you want, just set a goal.  I am also a firm believer in taking pictures.  If you truly stick to your goals, then you will notice a difference and it will be added motivation!