Out & About and a Shakeology Recipe!

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Life has been a bit busy lately… We have been making  a real effort to explore new areas in San Diego to get to know our town a little better.  Most recently, we spent a Sunday morning in La Jolla visiting the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial cross.  The location of the cross is a gorgeous hilltop offering a breath taking overlook of San Diego.  On the morning that we went, we really lucked out in that there was not a large crowd there.  We spend about 30 minutes at the memorial taking in the view and checking out the memorial itself.  I have already decided that when we have company we will be making  a return trip to Mt. Soledad as it really is a beautiful place to see San Diego.  In addition to exploring San Diego, i have been experimenting with various shakeology recipes.  Scroll down for my current favorite, The Brownie Batter Shakeology!

 

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Ingredients

8 oz Coconut Milk (I use Trader Joes Vanilla Flavor)

1 Scoop or 1 Packet Chocolate Shakeology

Ice

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender Until Smooth.  Enjoy!


Avocados make Mondays better!

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Happy Monday!  Hope everyone had a nice weekend.  I spent most or the weekend chilling with my dogs because I’m cool like that.  Actually, I was feeling super tired this weekend so took advantage of some alone time to recharge and catch up on my DVR!  I felt so much better today and was pleasantly surprised at work when a coworker brought me a freshly picked avocado from her farm!  I can’t wait to enjoy that avocado and wanted to share a recipe that I’ve been obsessing over lately..Avocado Chicken Salad!

Avocado chicken salad

 

Ingredients: 

1/2 ripe avocado

2 tablespoons fresh pico salsa

1/2 tablespoon lime juice

sprinkle of dried minced onions

sprinkle of mrs dash original seasoning

1/4 tsp sea salt

sprinkle of garlic powder

Directions:

Mash up the avocado and add rest of ingredients.  Continue mashing to combine.  Eat on toast or with whole wheat crackers! Yum!

**Tip: preserve the other half of the avocado by pouring lime juice over the surface and sealing in a Tupperware container


My Week & A Giveaway!

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Its been a crazy week around here! I have been busy working, exploring, and getting everything prepped for an upcoming trip. In other words getting stuff done! Even though it has been so busy, I am still staying on track with the 21 Day Fix Diet and exercising using a hybrid of the fix exercise videos and classes at the gym. Im looking forward to the next couple weekends as we are planning on fitting in a trip to the zoo,a trip to Orange County to ride our bikes on the beach, and maybe a couple brewery trips for the hubby thrown in for good measure :).

I have been loving my role as a Beachbody coach over the past couple months and i really love helping my clients reach their weightloss and fitness goals. Everyone has been so wonderful so I have decided to do a fun little giveaway exclusive to new and existing clients! To be eligible to win, you must register on Beachbody.com for a FREE account with me as your coach (www.teambeachbody.com/wvueegirl). I also threw in a couple extra entries for past and future customers as a special Thank you. If you sign up with me as a coach during a giveaway i will send you an invite to our exclusive Facebook support group so that you can begin your own journey. Best of Luck <3

*Already have a Team Beachbody account with another coach?  If you’d like to switch over to have ME as your coach, here’s all you need to do:
Call: Coach Relations at 800-240-0913 & request to switch your Coach to Abby Smyth, Coach ID:430750
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Email: CoachRelations@TeamBeachbody.com & request to switch your Coach to Abby Smyth, Coach ID:  430750

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21 Day Fix Approved Comfort Food

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Happy Labor Day!  I hope everyone has had a fabulous long weekend!  Greg and I have spent most of the weekend relaxing and recharging!  Friday night we took the dogs for haircuts and they turned out sooo cute! Saturday and Sunday we stuck around home and grilled out!  I always love grilling out!  Today will be getting stuff done and prepping/grocery shopping for the week ahead!  Today i wanted to share a comfort food recipe that i put on rotation every few weeks.  The best thing is, its 21 day fix approved!

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Onion Beef & Noodles

Ingredients:  

1 lb lean ground beef

1/2 bag baby carrots sliced up

1/2 small onion

1 “packet” clean onion soup mix (recipe from thetipgarden.com):

This will make one “packet” of soup mix:
4 tsp. beef bouillon
8 tsp. dehydrated minced onions
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (or any oil)
1/2 cup water
1 bag whole wheat egg noodles
Directions:
Cook Egg Noodles according to package
Brown meet in pan, meanwhile chop up onions and carrots
Add coconut oil, carrots, and onions to browned meat and cook until carrots and onions are tender
Add “packet” of onion soup mix and water to pan and simmer/stir until well combined
Measure out yellow container of noodles and red container of beef you can also count a partial green for a serving.
ENJOY!!

 


So What Wednesday!

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Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone is having a fabulous week! I am soooo looking forward to the weekend! My mom got me a spa gift certificate for my 30th birthday so I am cashing it in on Saturday!  This week I’m saying so what if

~ I decided to spend a little extra and book a 3hr spa package! The last 3 months have been stressful with the new move and the job so I decided to splurge!

~ I’m excited for Friday night because my dogs are getting groomed! They are way overdue and looking a little shabby

~I am overly excited for the end of September! I’m spending a long weekend visiting my BFF and her baby in Maryland

~I plan to hit up Beach City a Smoothies after my spa appointment Saturday for a Pitaya bowl.. I’m addicted

~I still have a few items to put away from the great master bedroom flood of 2014.. I’ll get to it eventually

~I’m super excited for breakfast tomorrow..I’m trying the vanilla flavor of Shakeology for the first time!

That’s all from here! Hope the rest of your week is great!


A Day a Carlsbad Beach

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Greg and I recently purchased a Lightspeed Beach Canopy so we decided to hit the beach Saturday to check it out.  We planned on spending several hours enjoying the sunshine and the sand so i had my Shakeology before heading out for the day.  One of my favorites..  TheElvis Shakeology!

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Elvis Style Shakeology:

Ingredients:
 1 Banana

2 Tsp PB2

1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology

Ice

Water

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender, pour and enjoy!

We got to the beach around 11am and setup for the day.  Within 5 minutes we were set up and kicking back enjoying the sunshine!  The great thing about Carlsbad beach is that although there were a lot of people there, it didn’t feel super crowded!  We were able to snag a spot close to the water so we could easily walk down and dip our feet in the surf to cool off.  Our friends met us around 1 and we stayed a few more hours before calling it a day and hitting up Beach City Smoothies in Carlsbad Village for Pitaya Bowls!  I had my bowl “Beach City Style” which basically equated to more fruit on the top!  I loved it! It was a great way to get my fruits in for the day and still stay 21 Day Fix compliant :-).  After the beach, our friends came over to hang out and we spend countless hours lounging and laughing the night away.. it was definitely a day for the books.  I fall more in love with San Diego every day!

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Hydration Made Easy!

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I’m super bummed today because I’ve been feeling a little under the weather so I decided to skip my workout. Even though I wasn’t feeling well enough to workout today I still made a good effort to eat wells and stay hydrated in the hope that I will feel much better tomorrow. One of my favorite ways to hydrate is this wonderful infused bottle called the citrus zinger.

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All you do is:

~flip the bottle upside down
~juice your selected fruit into the bottle
~place fruit in the bottom cup and secure
~ fill up the bottle and grab and go! Super easy!

I take mine to work everyday and refill it throughout the day. The flavor of the fruit lasts thought the day and it truly makes me eating to drink more water! For tonight I will be hanging on the couch with my 2 adorable pups, chugging water and catching up on Once Upon a Time with Greg! See you tomorrow for So What Wednesday!


Sunday Sentiments

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I saw this link up over on Ramblings of a Suburban mom courtesy of advocareRunner and wanted to link up!

~We had a pretty low key weekend over here.  We cleaned the house and stayed in for the most part catching up on Once Upon a Time
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~ I managed to get my grocery shopping done yesterday so I had everything needed to cook a delicious dinner tonight with enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Greg and I both loved it! The recipe I used is here: 21 Day Fix Approved Meatloaf

~I’m looking forward to next weekend.. We plan on venturing out to the beach and up to the Mt. Soledad cross to take in the view

~Gracie is finally fully healed from her surgery.. She is 14 yrs old but has been running around like a puppy.,I would say she is feeling much better! Hope you all have a fabulous week!


Peanut Butter Pumpkin Shakeology

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Even though it is still summer, I am starting to see pumpkin items pop up on store shelves which means Fall is just around the corner!  I love anything and everything pumpkin so i was super excited when i spotted the Jif Whips Pumpkin spice at my local target.  I snagged the last one with big plans to create a new shakeology recipe that can transform me to fall in PA in an instant.  Enjoy!

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1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology

2 Tsp Jif Whips Pumpkin Spice

Ice

Water

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Cozy up in your favorite fall sweater and devour!

 

 


Starbucks Mocha Shakeology

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Prior to the fix, i loved stopping by Starbucks in the morning on occasion for a morning mocha.  I have found a way to have my mocha that is 21 day fix friendly!  Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1 Grande Iced Coffee from Starbucks.  Black (Unless you want to add milk using a yellow swap)

1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology

Directions:

Combine iced coffee and chocolate Shakeology in shaker cup.  Devour

**If you want to put a fun twist on it, add an extract.  I like to add coconut extract to mine but the possibilities are truly endless

 

Not-so-Fix Friendly Recipe:

On days when i want an extra special treat i make my own version of a salted caramel mocha!

Ingredients:

2 Tsp Sugar Free Caramel Syrup

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

Ice

Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions:

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!