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FOOD FRIDAY: Makeover 2 Favorite Treats Shamrock Shake & Thin Mints

Have you seen it? It’s that time of year again and ever since I can remember as a kid we LOVED the chance to get a McDonald’s shake, especially looked forward to that one time of year when they released the tasty SHAMROCK SHAKE. Well, I’m a little older and wiser now and if I can help it my kids will not be enjoying shakes of any flavor from McDonalds. We are living in a society where we are fighting obesity and giving into fast food and treats like these are not ok —even as a cheat treat! I am so thankful for my shakeology and that my own kids wake up and have a frothy chocolate shake to start their day, they really look forward to it even. So when celebrating St. Patty’s Day I’ll wake up this year and present them with this yummy treat and not feel one bit guilty about it.

Heck Yeah! So now even I can have a Shamrock Shake that has 70+ superfood ingredients, the equivalent to 6 salads in one meal, not feel bloated, not kill my diet and still lose weight and have energy!!! Enjoying food is one of those things that I love to do! I enjoy sweets and this is another way I can make it healthy!


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So What’s the Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Skim, Rice, Almond or Soy Milk
  • 4 oz ice and water
  • splash of peppermint extract or some mint water (don’t over do the extract or it will taste nasty!!!!)
  • 1 tsp all natural pb
  • 2 tbsp vanilla sugar free instant pudding mix
  • 1 packet of Greenberry shakeology
  • Blend & Enjoy!

shakeologythinmintsFINAL2Second up today, we have the ever popular Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. The number one seller every year is Thin Mints, yum! I’m not sure how it is in your house, but when we open one sleeve it’s GONE. So here’s a simple shake recipe to help you get that FIX!

Let’s do the MATH:

4 cookies = 160calories TMShakeo = 156calories

It’s not fair to even compare the nutrition content, hands down you know Shakeology is the winner!

I wish you all a very happy St. Patty’s Day and if you’re craving one of these treats, you now have a HEALTHY  ALTERNATIVE that you and your loved ones can enjoy!

Cheers to Good Health!

XO –Jenn

 

3 Days to a NEW YOU…my review of the Beachbody 3 Day Refresh!

No matter what shape or level of fitness, weight can sometimes sneak up on you. If you followed my fitness journey, you may have heard of me sharing results from doing a 3 day Shakeology “Cleanse” in the past. Well in 2014 Team Beachbody took it one step further and from the creators of the Ultimate Reset they put together a new program appropriately named THE THREE DAY REFRESH. I’m excited to share my review and the results I got with you today!

BEHOLD….THE 3DAY REFRESH KIT & what you get! Imagine yourself thinner, lighter and leaner in 3 days. Yes, it can happen and this program definitely delivers that to you. Everyone’s body type is different, but even if you lose almost nothing, let that not deceive you because it is working from the Inside-Out.

bb.3dayrefreshkit This new improved system has a few added features: a daily FIBER drink and a simple meal plan allowing you to eat more veggies during day the new formulated VANILLA Fresh Shake that delivers top notch nutrition and increases your metabolism while on the program. It is recommended to drink VEGAN shakeology while on this program.

I did the refresh this past summer post-vacation and I invite you to take a peek at how I did it through watching my daily VLOG on my youtube channel, go here to SUBSCRIBE today –> JENNVOSS2000 

View Videos Here:  Day 1 Refresh —- Day 2 Refresh —- Day 3 Refresh & Results

IMG_5637 IMG_5638IMG_5668The kit comes with 6 vanilla shakes, 3 fiber sweep drinks, 3 packets of shakeology. There is no guessing, it comes with a booklet that you FILL IN THE BLANKS as to what you will eat every day on the program. I found that having a light veggie snack with my lunch especially helped me stay full all day long. I will be honest, I was leery of the fiber drink because of my experience with the Ultimate Reset program. It did thicken up quick and I had to add water, but it had a lemony taste to it and so I found it to go down the hatch much smoother. There’s not a lot of choices for your snacks/dinner but hey, this is a 3 day experience, not supposed to be creating a new eating lifestyle.

 

3 days, 72 hours later….here are my results, I was very happy and felt lean and a lot lighter on my feet post Refresh. I honestly can say that I will definitely be doing this several times a year. I know some people will look and say—you looked good before you started, but I will let you know that no matter what size you are, vacation this summer left my body longing for regularity and real food and so it was desperately needed!

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I will say I was not expecting such a HUGE drop in my weight, but I was so happy I could scream. For the past 3 years I have been able to maintain my weight right around 130lbs, this program really works. Plus, I see such a huge difference in my body composition!

Now, I’d love to share a few testimonials from my challengers who completed the Refresh just last month in January!

Down almost 5 lbs and the holiday bloat is gone!  – Kristine

I feel slimmer in my waistline and down 3 lbs at the end of 3 days. -Michael

This was so easy, I feel lighter on my feet and lost 4.8lbs. I’m heading on a cruise in February and will do this again on my return. -Dayna

I’ll be doing another Refresh this SPRING, I like to think of my fueling and caring for my body like I do my car—every so many “miles” it’s time to get an “oil change” and your body needs to be cleaned out of toxins and reset just the same. That being said, you need to look at your calendar and plan out when it makes sense in your schedule to do this—for athletes in training I know we don’t like to switch up our nutrition before a big event but this may be a great way to recover or I’ve had a few friends do this during a taper to focus on clean eating and found that dropping 2-3 pounds heading into doing an event gave them an edge on reaching a new PR. No matter when you decide to do it, I’m here as a coach to guide you in preparing, cheer you on during and offer support post-refresh.

To join me in my next challenge, please go here and connect with me today –> 3 DAY REFRESH with JENN Save $$$ in FEBRUARY, this program is on SALE in a Challenge Pack for $140 (regularly $160)  if you choose to order a 3DayRefresh Challenge Pack (refresh +bag of shakeology) you will receive a FREE $15 gift card to one of these grocery stores: Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Fresh Thyme or local store of your choice—to use in your clean eating shopping for your program!

Days are getting longer friends, Spring will be here soon! Cheers!

-Jenn

Take the Leap with PrAna and SweatPink!

When I think about yoga, the first thought that comes to mind is FLEXIBILITY. Yoga ENERGIZES me and makes me feel CENTERED.

That’s why I am SO EXCITED to participate in prAna’s Take The Leap 30 days of Yoga Challenge with Sweat Pink. I plan to “WARRIOR” my way to a more STRONG and FOCUSED 2015!

For me, the biggest challenge when it comes to yoga is BALANCE. Taking the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink is a great way for me to face my fears, conquer a new challenge, achieve balance AND find CONFIDENCE .

My favorite place to yoga is OUTSIDE. because it is so INVIGORATING.

TREEPOSEjennHere’s a photo of me in my very best TREE POSE while on vacation this summer with my family and it inspired my MOM to do it too! <3

 

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I tag Emily White @ The Sunny Side, Jen Kirkpatrick @ Crazy Cupcake Runner, and Krysten @ darwinianfail 

I want these fabulous bloggers to share their very best yoga pose photos, this fun madlib (I inserted my answers above in PINK) and of course, I challenge them to join me on this fun 30 day yoga journey

Come on y’all, Take the Leap with me!

Join prAna’s & Sweat Pink’s Take the Leap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge and be eligible to win $500 worth of prAna gear and / or be the lucky winner who gets to gift $500 worth of prAna gear to one lucky winner. They just launched their new spring collection so you best get on it!

If I win I would gift the $500 to my MOM because I remember the days she would take me to the fitness center and play raquet ball with me and afterwards we’d go into the gym and press play on Jane Fonda tapes to workout together. I love you Mom for all you do to inspire me to be a better version of me every day! 

Join the Take the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink Facebook group / event which we’ll use for updates, sharing,and inspiration: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/1525412337742204/

and event page: https://www.facebook.com/ events/423377431152799

And join the challenge on Instagram, Twitter, and your blog using the hashtags:

#TakeTheLeap

#prana

#sweatpink

And of course, tag @prana @FitApproach

YOGA ON!

Easy Egg Muffins and Make Ahead Meal Prep

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Weekends are a great time to reset for the week ahead and TODAY I will be resetting my nutrition as I begin my very first 21DSD (21 day sugar detox) alongside starting a new fitness program, Insanity Max 30. It is not unlike me to want to do it all, to take on a bigger challenge and so I took the initiative to do more prepping more this weekend than I have in the last couple months.

 

 

This 21 Day Fix Friendly recipe works perfect, falls within the guidelines of the sugar detox program and I’ll be using my colored containers to measure my foods for all my meals over the next 3 weeks. This is nothing new, but I wanted to share my tips on how to make your next egg muffin batch turn out perfect in every way!

Ingredients can vary…but one ingredient I think you should include ALWAYS is onion. So follow this simple equation and you cannot fail: Eggs + Veggies + Onion.  In keeping track of meal portions and using the 21 day fix containers this is how it breaks down. I use a 12 serving muffin pan, so 4 “egg muffins” equal 1 red/1 green serving on the plan.

Ingredients: 3 Red Containers (6 eggs) +3 Green Containers (Veggies) Pics of today’s prep, I used what I had on hand: Frozen Broccoli &Fresh Cauliflower &Red/Yellow Peppers.IMG_0284IMG_0283

IMG_0286PreHeat oven to 350 degrees. Scrambled Eggs, chopped veggies & onion and added to egg mixture–I added 1 tsp of salt/pepper. Spray muffin pan generously with oil. I used a ladel to pour the mixture into the pan. Bake for 15 mins. At end, I noticed tops were still a little runny so I put my muffin pan under broiler for 2 minutes to finish them off, use your judgement, eggs should not be runny.

I put one set of four in the freezer, the others I separated into sandwich baggies and placed in fridge on top shelf perfect for Grab n Go!

Enjoy and let me know what veggie combinations you use when making your Egg Muffins!

–Jenn

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal: Hot and Tasty!

IMG_9314 Morning! Winter has arrived early in the midwest and here in Chicago we have snow on the ground the week of Thanksgiving. I am a HOT breakfast kind of gal and so I just had to jump on making this oatmeal this morning, been too easy to fall into a everyday veggie scramble rut for breakfast. I like to keep my shakes for snacks, it helps keep me full and well oatmeal this morning really hit the spot so I had to share this with YOU right away!

I was inspired by the recipe by Two Healthy Kitchens, but wow it makes a whopping 6 servings and for me that’s too much food to be tempted to go back for seconds or thirds! I modified it, cutting it as best as I could by 1/2 so it made 3 servings. I did end up having a couple extra tablespoons but put this in a container for a quick meal or snack for later this week! Yum!!  Here’s the ingredient list and I was happy to see I had it all in my pantry!

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Here is what I put in my pot today:

  •  3/4 cup of Milk
  • 3/4 cup of Water (let these boil 1st)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1/4 cup Pecans
  • sprinkle of dried cranberries

I used a new bag of oatmeal, Chex Quick Cook Oats  and really like the thickness and taste and it’s Gluten Free! Steel Cooked Oats are great, but usually take longer to cook when my time is tight on busy mornings!

 

 

I’m expecting company for the holiday weekend, I plan to be serving this up for breakfast to my family visiting!! Also, looking ahead I can totally see serving this up on Christmas morning in the crock pot while the kids are opening presents! Love no fuss and delicious meals! Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Cheers to good health!

-Jenn

 

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