Apr 13, 2016

30-Day Ab Challenge

Summer is on it's way! There is no better time than the present to get your core toned and tightened so that you feel your best in your tanks, shorts, and bikinis! 

If you've been following me on Facebook or my blog for any period of time, you'll know I believe that abs are made in the kitchen. It's all about the 80/20 rule, moderation and balance. There's no amount of sweat, sit-ups or crunches you can do that will give you a six pack if you don't follow up with proper nutrition.  So this challenge is for those who want to strengthen your core. Strengthening your core is about more than appearance, it's about helping to prevent injury as well. I often times find that people with back pain and discomfort can sometimes self-correct when they work on their abs!  Add this short challenge onto the end of your workouts each day. Take notes about how you feel and how hard (or easy) the challenge was. This will give you something to look back on and compare how much stronger you are at the end of your 30 days!

NOTE: If you are advanced and this is too easy for you, you can double or triple each day. If this is too difficult, cut the time and/or reps down and work your way up. This challenge is totally customizable based on your fitness level.

There are several workout moves in this schedule to work your core. You want to practice proper form to prevent injury. If you experience discomfort, it may be you are using poor form. Take a look at these moves before you get started so you know how to do them!

1 - Plank

This challenge was designed to be something that you do in addition to your normal workout (which is hopefully one of our workout plans!). I have 3 week, 8, and 12 week workout plans for all fitness levels!

To learn more about my 21-Day Challenge, click HERE! 

Apr 7, 2016

Easy Mac-N-Cheese

So this recipe is mostly for the kids when they want an ooey-goey cheesey comfort food that only can be satisfied by the cheesiest, creamiest goodness that comes with home-made.

It takes no longer than making a box mix, but I feel so good about knowing what is in it! You can make some simple substitutions to make it (fairly) clean eating, which I love!

2 c. uncooked macaroni noodles (use whole wheat for healthiest option), cooked and drained

Melt in a saucepan:
1/4 c. butter

Stir in:
1/4 flour (whole wheat also works here, but will give it a more "grainy" texture)
and cook for 1 minute until bubbly.

2 c. milk and cook over medium high heat until thickened. Stir in salt and pepper to taste along with 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese (you can experiment with other cheeses, such as muenster).

Add in the pasta, sprinkle with paprika (optional), stir and serve!

This also makes a great pot luck meal for the littles, as you can keep it on the warm setting.

Serve with broccoli for a complete, meatless meal!