Recipe: Tahini Garlic Dressing

My latest obsession. It gets drizzled on everything.

Introducing my latest obsession… Homemade Garlic Tahini Dressing.

For ages I have resisted making my own dressing. I had it worked up in my mind that it was a difficult undertaking (I have no idea why). So I spent my time researching and buying clean salad dressings (Tessemae’s and Primal Kitchen are my two faves).

Then, one day on a whim, I decided to buy some tahini. Then I started researching what I could make with it. Enter this dressing. OH MY GOSH. I drizzle it on just about anything I can think of – Scrambled eggs. Roasted veggies. Salads. It. Is. So. Good.

This is a mash up of a few different recipes I found while on my hunt. I love the lemony peppery flavor balanced with the nuttiness of the tahini. Plus, it’s super easy to whip up in my ninja blender cup.

Try it! And let me know if you like it!

Recipe: Tahini Garlic Dressing

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup tahini
  2. 3/4 cup water
  3. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  4. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  5. 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  6. ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Throw all of your ingredients in a blender or food processor and purée until smooth.
  2. Let the dressing sit for about 10 minutes before eating, to allow the flavors to mix together.
  3. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  4. If your dressing comes out thicker than you'd like, just add a little more water and blend again!!
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When Your Smile is Hiding Your Fears

Be kind. Be gentle. Be patient.

See this picture on the left?
That’s Jon and me at the Emmy awards in 2003.
Don’t we look fancy?
Don’t we look happy?
 
Well, we might have LOOKED fancy… but inside, we were freaking out.
 
When we arrived at the Emmy awards, where I was nominated for a regional Emmy, we were having fun… we were enjoying being dressed up…
 
We were also newly pregnant.
 
And while we were there, enjoying the excitement and fun of an awards party, I started bleeding…
The signal that I’d become all too familiar with.
The sign that this pregnancy wasn’t going to last, either.
Just like all the others.
 
I had to smile. And laugh. And carry on conversations.
All while my heart was breaking.
I wanted to cry.
I wanted to yell.
I wanted to break down.
 
But I couldn’t.
And neither could Jon.
So we leaned on each other and made it through the evening.
Driving home in quiet.
Praying all the way.
 
The next day was Mother’s Day.
Still spotting.
 
Convinced this was some cruel joke the universe was pulling on me.
Miscarrying on Mother’s Day.
That’s rich.
The next day we had an ultrasound.
And we saw it.
A heartbeat.
 
A tiny little fetus…. and a heartbeat.
The heart that’s beating now in that young man on the right.
I will never take that little heartbeat for granted.
 
There will be times when you don’t realize the person smiling at you is fighting a battle in their mind.
 
Be kind.
Be gentle.
Be patient.

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Two New Workouts and Two New Shakeology Flavors

April 2017 Announcements

Hey guys! We’ve been busy over here in Team Beachbody-land this morning.

It’s our quarterly meeting known as Super Saturday – and today’s was EXTRA super, thanks to some exciting new announcements: 2 new workouts and 2 new Shakeology flavors!!

Read on to learn more, and I’ll be adding/expanding this post as I get more details:

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Your Time to Shine

Let your light shine from within... because others want to see it and you are made to share it

True story: When I was little, I would get “lost” in Kmart to hear my name over the loudspeaker.

“Attention Kmart shoppers… we have a lost little girl named Missy….”

I used to love the spotlight.
I wanted to be “announced” 😉

Somewhere along the way, I lost that.
I faded into the background.

I became the friend who was quiet and listened and watched everything and everyone – and didn’t dare step into the spotlight.

I was afraid.
I didn’t want to fail.
I didn’t want to look silly.

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Changes to 21 Day Fix and Portion Fix Nutrition Plans

You want your almond milk? You got it!

It’s been 3 years since the 21 Day Fix debuted. Can you believe that? 3 years since those little colored containers came into our lives and turned around how we think of portion control and macronutrients. Unbelievable. And now, changes are being made to the nutrition plan. Changes I think you’ll love!!

How it Works

If you’re new to the 21 Day Fix phenomenon, seriously, where have you been? Pinterest is overrun with 21 Day Fix recipes (though some aren’t truly 21 Day Fix compliant), there have been knock-off containers, and imitation workouts – but none compare to the simple concept of the 21 Day Fix (also known as Portion Fix when not paired with a program’s nutrition plan).

Here’s a simple example of how it works:

  • Each colored container corresponds to a different food group – proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats & oils
  • Based on your caloric needs & goals, you get assigned a calorie “bracket”
  • Each bracket allows for a certain number of containers a day
  • You eat your allotted containers every day

Do this and you end up eating healthy, clean foods and start to lose weight without counting calories. You also start to learn what a proper portion size of protein, starches, and veggies really look like – it’s quite eye opening.

Changes to Beverages

Shakeology Base Liquids

Now that you have the background, we’re changing up the program. Let’s start with liquids – from your Shakeology bases to those adult beverages – there are some new guidelines.

The Shakeology base list helps you customize your daily shake. Pick a base from the list below, add it to your shake, and count the corresponding container in your tally sheet or 21 Day Fix app.

Since most of us who love our unsweetened almond milk use it in our shakes daily, 8 ounces now counts as 1 tsp. I think seeing these options to the right can really help your creative shake-making process 🙂 

Shakeology Bases

8oz. of Unsweetened Almond Milk = 1 tsp.
8oz. of Low fat Milk =  1 yellow & 1/2 tsp.
8oz. of Unsweetened Soy Milk = 1/2 red
8oz. of Unsweetened Coconut Milk = 1 tsp.
8oz. of Unsweetened Rice Milk = 1 yellow
8oz. of Unsweetened Coconut Water = 1/2 yellow

Beer, Wine & Liquor

Another big change – ALCOHOL. There’s no doubt one of the big attractions of the 21 Day Fix is the allowance of adult beverages. Now, we’re not saying you should be having a glass of wine every evening, you’re still limited to having one 3 times a week. Not a bad trade off, if you’re looking to get healthy.

Alcoholic Beverages

5oz. of Wine =  1 yellow
12oz 0f Light Beer = 1 yellow
12oz of Regular Beer = 1.5 yellow
1.5oz of Hard Alcohol = 1 yellow

Treats & Snacks

Sweets

If an adult beverage isn’t your style – you can have a treat or snack 3 times a week (if you like both adult beverages and chocolate or chips – still keep all treats to 3 a week to see results!).

Dried apricots, unsweetened (4 pieces) – 1 Purple
Dried figs (2 pieces) – 1 Purple
Medjool dates (1 pieces) – 1 Purple
Raisins (2 mini-boxes, 3 Tbsp., or approx. 45 pieces) – 1 Purple
Dried mango, unsweetened (2 pieces) – 1 Purple
Dried cranberries (2 Tbsp. or approx. 30 pieces) – 1 Yellow
Dried apple rings, unsweetened (approx. 7 rings) – 1 Purple
Dark chocolate, plain (1.5″x1.5″ square, 1 fun sized bar, or approx. 25 morsels) – 1 Yellow

Snacks

If salty snacks are more your speed… don’t worry. Chips, pretzels and popcorns are also allowed in your weekly treats.

Potato Chips, plain kettle (6 chips) – 1 Yellow
Tortilla chips, plain corn (6 chips) – 1 Yellow
Mini pretzels (14 pretzels) – 1 Yellow
Peanut butter pretzel nuggets (12 pieces) – 1 Yellow, 2 tsp.
Chocolate covered raisins (20 pieces) – ½ Purple, ½ Yellow
Chocolate covered almonds (6 pieces) – ½ Blue, ½ Yellow
Popcorn mix with raisins, almonds, and dried fruit (1 cup, ¼ of recipe) – ½ Purple, ½ Blue

More Questions?

Do you have more questions about the 21 Day Fix or Portion Fix? Feel free to comment below or contact me and I’d be happy to help – and even coach you through the program to hit your goals! And if you want to read more, check out this post on the Beachbody Blog. Happy snacking!!

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Stop Hustling

Your Permission Slip to Slow Down

I have a problem with the word “hustle”.

You can call it a “side hustle” you can say you’re “hustling to build a business/future/freedom”. Call it what you want, but the word hustle conjures up a couple of negative associations for me:

  • Con – as in to hustle someone for money
  • Exhaustion – working so hard toward a goal that you neglect yourself and others (who you’re usually telling yourself you’re working hard for) 

And you can say “hustle with heart” or “good thing comes to those who hustle”…

but I will still not get on board.

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Core De Force – Your Questions Answered

Curious about the ins & outs of Core De Force? You've come to the right place!

Core De Force

On Monday, we’re going to get another sneak peek at our latest workout program – Core De Force. I am SO EXCITED. I did the first sneak peek on October 3rd and absolutely loved what I saw. So here’s hoping we have a different workout to try on Monday!

Whenever a new program is coming out, there’s information that is shared with coaches before the launch – but a lot of times, we get it in little doses. So I’ve put together a litte Q&A for you!!

But before you read on, if you haven’t check out my full write up on the program, you can read that here: Core De Force. Now, to the Questions and Answers!

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Fit for Summer – New Group Announcement!

Fit for summerOh boy, here we go!
The unofficial start to summer is HERE.

I know I started pulling out the shorts and swimsuits this week and reflecting on the past few months. Have I built a summer body? Or do I need to course correct?

Either way – it’s hard to reach those goals without someone giving you a little (or a lot of) support along the way… and that’s where I come in!!

I have made it my J-O-B to help women, like myself, get on track with taking care of themselves. To see that they are WORTH the time and effort it takes to make healthy changes… and those healthy changes don’t just mean a smaller pant size… they mean a healthier body AND attitude.

The ability to run with the kids without getting winded.
The opportunity to shop for clothes without feeling self-conscious and frustrated.
The confidence that comes with knowing we’re on our way to becoming even more awesome than we already are ❤️

This June, we’re going to be focused around eating right, quick workouts (30 minutes, tops!!), and getting in the mindset for healthy change.

We’re starting June 6 with a week of preparation – because I want to help you build the foundation for LASTING change. Not a quick fix.

All you need to do is COMMIT! I will support you, figure out the best workouts for you and your goals, provide you with healthy recipes & snack ideas and be with you as you take these steps to a healthier you! What do you have to lose?!

Fill out the form below and we’ll make sure this is the right group for you!

 

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Why I’m a coach

Why do I coach?

This is my story.

I recorded this video for a coaching meeting –

I wanted to talk about why I coach… my motivation and my inspiration. My hope is that it inspires you, too.

Do you have questions about coaching?
Want to get started on your own health and fitness journey?
Do not hesitate to reach out. That’s why I’m here.

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Mother’s Day : Mixed Emotions

Me and my boys

Me and my boys

Mother’s Day.

This is a tough one for me.

I kind of avoid social media on Mother’s Day.
I have mixed emotions about it.

When I was in my late 20s, we started trying to get pregnant.
We spent 2+ years getting pregnant and then miscarrying.

I didn’t get pregnant easily….
and I didn’t stay pregnant easily.

It sucked.
I hated my body.
It betrayed me over and over and over again.

I always thought I’d have this life where when I decided to get pregnant, I’d get AND STAY pregnant.

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