Tuesday, 24 November 2015

10 Tips for Mom's to Make Time for Fitness!!

Boy oh Boy! I know how tough it can be to try and squeeze in a workout each day while raising a little one & keeping up with life. But there is a way!!! I can pretty much guarantee you will feel happier, more energized and healthier by doing so!! So you can spend even more time with the ones you love :) . 

Here are my TOP 10 Tips for Mom's to Make Time for Fitness!! 

Share to a Mommy Friend that would find this useful! 

1. First Things First- Work out before the day gets away from you.

2. Block It Out- If you have an appointment on your calendar, chances are you show up. That same tactic helps with your fitness schedule! If I set aside specific times in my planner, they feel more like an appointment I have to keep!

3. Have a Plan for How You’ll Sweat- Once you’ve penciled in your workout, don’t forget to think about what you’ll actually do once you get the time!!

4. Don’t Worry About Your Outfit - If your in your PJ's and you get an extra 20 minutes, don't waste time trying to figure out what to wear :p

5. Include Your Kids- It’s hard to find dedicated “alone time” as a parent — but do you really need it? Plop your baby in a baby backpack or have fun doing squats while holding your toddler ! Just don't forget proper form !

6. Make the Jungle Gym/Park Your Bootcamp - Test out the monkey bars, chase your kids around the park, try tricep dips or step ups off the bench !

7. Be a Workout Ninja- If it so happens that each day your workouts don't fall at the same time, take it upon yourself to sneak in mini workouts when you can! 5 minutes is better then none!

8. Don’t Beat Yourself Up- Let’s face it, life happens in the form of sick days, tantrums and gigantic messes that won’t clean themselves. Being a parent is tough work! Life will happen, but as long as you give your "A" game when you can that's all that matters!

9. Get a Mommy Workout Buddy!! Go for a stroll around the block with a neighbour or your partner! Make this a daily routine.

10. Get some Accountability!! If you are looking for some extra motivation or support message me!! I would love to help you!!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

December Coach Internship

Take this as YOUR sign !!

I have officially opened up registration for my December Health & Fitness Coach Internship group ! This opportunity is for ANYONE who is passionate , driven, loves health & fitness & social media ! 

Just over a year ago I found this opportunity through Instagram and it has completely changed my life. I make a full time career income from home , while raising my daughter and doing something I love every single day : Helping people !! Working less then 2 hours a day so I can focus my life around what really matters: my family ! 

Check out @christinakleinfitness on Instagram for my journey !

Through my 18 months as a coach I have: 

created a prosperous career

travelled with this company ( earned free tropical trips )

helped hundreds of ladies become healthy, fit and confident

mentored over 150 other ladies /mom's / college students to start fitness businesses

made the most incredible friendships

have become the healthiest and happiest I've ever been in my life

gained confidence, passion and independence

I never in a million years would have pictured myself running a successful business at 26 and being my own CEO !

The best part of it all... is being able to pass all of this on to other woman. To mentor , empower, support , cheer on and help other ladies do the same. You do not need any experience in the field, you by no means have to be in the best shape and you do not need to invest everything you own to get started. All you need is a positive attitude, the desire to help others and excitement to make 2016 your best year EVER !

If you are the least bit interested or would like me to fill you in with more details EMAIL christinakleinfitness@gmail.com 

I can't wait to chat more with you and to meet my new #girlboss girlfriends!!!

Healthy Egg Nog Latte


  • 8 ounces sweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup ( Sugar free, optional )
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 8 ounce strongly brewed coffee (or three shots espresso)
  • Extra nutmeg for garnish
Directions : 

Combine the almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a glass measuring cup or other microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for about one minute, or until the mixture is hot and steaming. Whisk vigorously to combine and froth. Pour over coffee in a large mug. Garnish with extra nutmeg, if desired.
Nutrition per latte: 110 calories, 2.7g fat, 20.5g carbs, 1.3g protein
Makes one-16 ounce latte

Friday, 6 November 2015

Kale Chips

These are a low calorie nutritious snack. Like potato chips, you cannot stop at just eating one. The entire family will enjoy!! My daughter rarely eats salad greens ( who can blame her, she's two!! ) So this was an interesting experience watching her gobble down almost a whole bunch of kale !! 

1 Bunch of Kale

1 Tsp Sea Salt
1 Tbs Olive Oil
  1. Directions: 1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  1. 2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.Enjoy !!! 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Core Workout

Super quick and efficient CORE WORKOUT!! Be sure to keep your core tight, back straight and hips UP! You can also place your bottom leg bent on the floor for extra support. OR lift your top leg up parallel to the ground for a challenge! Planks are the BOMB!

You can add this little circuit to your workout today for an extra core burn!

Friday, 2 October 2015

How to Feel Happier & More Confident

<3 How to Feel Happier & More Confident!!! <3 Share with a friend or comment below if you enjoy the video :)

Friday, 25 September 2015

10 Tips for a Healthier Weekend

10 Tips for a Healthier Weekend! 
<3 Share with a friend that would Love this! <3 

1. DO YOUR WORKOUTS in the morning before you head out for the day.
2. SPLURGE in a healthy way. Bake healthy treats or make a killer salad with fun toppings!!
3. Eat like you do ON THE WEEKDAYS. 
4. DON'T GO HUNGRY to a party.
5. Schedule some RELAXATION time. You deserve it! ;)
6. Do something active - GET OUTSIDE!
7. Get enough SLEEP.
8. Prep for the WEEK AHEAD. Meal prep --> Organize !
9. Don't have a LAZY SUNDAY, be productive.
10. ORDER well while ordering out.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Home Workout of the day !

#WOD Workout of the Day! 
Complete this workout as fast as you can ! Rest as needed. Be sure to time it and then share with a friend for some friendly competition !! You can also repeat a few days later and try to beat your time! 

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites { Protein Balls }

I don't know about you but I'm SOOOO EXCITED for Pumpkin - EVERYTHING!!!! Fall is my favourite time of the year! This is one of my favourite recipes from the FIX- ATE ( 21 Day Fix Cookbook!! ) 

Ingredients : 
1 cup - pitted dates 
warm water
1/2 cup raw pecans halves ( or pecan pieces ) 
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/4 unsweetened coconut flakes , reserve small amount for garnish 
1 Tsp. pure hazelnut extract ( or maple extract) 
1 Tsp. pure maple syrup 
2 Tsp. Pumpkin pie spice 
1 pinch sea salt ( or Himalayan salt )

Directions :
1. Place dates in a medium bowl; cover with water. Let soak for 10 minutes. Drain. Set aside. 
2. Place pecans in food processor; pulse until finely ground. 
3. Add dates, pumpkin, coconut, extract, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and salt; pulse until well mixed. Place in a medium bowl. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes. 
4. Using clean hands, roll into tablespoon- sized balls; roll in reserved coconut if desired. 
5. Store, refrigerated, in airtight container. 

The whole Family loved these ! Including little Miss. Kennedy!

*Serves 16
*21 Day Fix Container Equivalents (per serving ) 1/2 yellow 1/2 Tsp.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

5 Tips to get Motivation to Workout

Ever feel like you just can't find the motivation to workout... I know I sure do. But these 5 tips are my main go-to's !! Plus... I always feel 10 times more energized post workout!!! 

Tip # 1 Music , music is a great motivator !! Before during and even after your workout. Create a playlist that encourages or boosts you up!! I even love listening to some good old Arny motivation speaking sometimes!

Tip # 2 - Find a picture of your motivation!! Or create a motivation wall with inspiring quotes and goals for yourself. You can also mentally picture yourself of exactly where you want to be. This is where positive thinking comes in! 

Tip #3 - Find some accountability from a friend, tell your family what your up to , or even a coach like me! Accountability will help you keep on track!! Having a community atmosphere around you will be amazing encouragement! 

Tip # 4- Find a workout that is intriguing and fun for you!! Everyone is unique and different workouts are going to appeal to different people! If you love dancing try a zumba class or Cize workout! If you love calmer slow paced workouts, try yoga, pilates or Piyo! If you like getting in and out and having a fast efficient workout something like HIIT training or the 21 day fix or insanity could be fore you . 

Tip # 5 - Fuel your body with nutritious foods and water!!! When your eating clean, whole foods like lean protein, veggies, fruit and complex carbs. Your body is being fueled to burn energy!! Toss the junk and skip the drive through. Plan your week ahead with meal prep and stock your fridge and pantry with foods that will help you feel good from the inside out!! 

For more tips follow me on Facebook! Fb.com/ChristinaKleinFitness

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Fall into Fitness BOOTCAMP

I am looking for 5 woman to help me keep accountable in the Exclusive Fall into Fitness Bootcamp !! We will work together daily via Facebook and crush our goals as a TEAM!!  heart emoticon

I'm looking for those serious about changing their eating habits, diving into some super fun & engaging physical activity and ready to make some long lasting changes from the inside out! It will take hard work, sweat and determination. There is no magic pill or trick! But I promise you, it will be worth it! 

Fitness + Nutrition + Accountability = Success !

What you would pay for a 2 hour session with a personal trainer, I can offer you a FULL package deal with my Coaching added absolutely free! A full easy to follow fitness plan, calendar ( so your never guessing which workouts to do on what days ) , your daily dose of dense nutrition *Shakeology* super food shake, full weekly meal plan samples, grocery lists, daily motivation & support, a private group on Facebook to check into daily, one-on-one accountability from myself :) and FREE Prizes for extra motivation!!

It takes 21 Days to Make or Break a Habit! We will create long lasting "second nature" habit's !
The group will run from October 5th- 25th !

I want to help you create a box of tools that work for YOU and your fitness journey! I am only looking for a few ladies ready to make a change because I want to give you my undivided attention and help you find a system that works for you.

I have helped hundreds of ladies not only work towards their goals, but build new friendship, self confidence and healthy patterns that last beyond our 3 weeks together.

If you are ready to get Fit For Fall email me at ChristinaKleinFtiness@gmail.com

The first 3 ladies to sign up will receive a Lululemon gift as a bonus <3 

Monday, 31 August 2015

Healthy Lemon Shrimp Pasta

I still can't believe I eat shrimp let alone any sea food!!! Growing up... Even though on the west coast of Canada where sea food, salmon and fishing is the norm, I NEVER ate seafood. I felt it was icky and creepy LOL!! But last year while competing in my first Bikini Competition I was challenged to try new foods, leaner proteins = FISH! Turns out so far my appetite is only open to shrimp, cod and tilapia but HEY... That's a start right!!!

So my new love for "white" fish + my love for healthy food + my love for experimenting with yummy flavours, brought this delicious recipe to my dinner table this evening!!  Hope you enjoy as much as we did ( Even my little 2 year old Kennedy! )

Hearty, Filled with Flavour & Love !


- 2 pounds Shrimp
- 1/2 Cup of chopped of parsley
- 2 Tbs of Coconut Oil
- Half a lemon
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 Tbs capers
- 3 Dashes of black pepper
- 1 Tsp of Cayenne
- 1 Tsp Himalayan Salt

1 Bag of Gluten Free Linguini

- Heat up skillet to medium heat
- Add Coconut oil and garlic until aromatic, not browned
- Peel off shells of medium size shrimp, rinse and add to pan in a single layer
- Add half of a lemon juice, parsley, cayenne, himalayan salt, pepper and capers
- Saute until shrimp is cooked

- Boil Gluten Free Pasta
- Drain and Rinse

Combine in a bowl, dish out and serve immediately !
You can add cherry tomatoes for a different variety as well :)

Sunday, 30 August 2015

7 Day FREE Clean Eating Challenge

Clean Eating Challenge

Join me for a Free Clean Eating Challenge from Monday, September 7th- 13th !!

Is this what your meal prep looks like?? Would you like it too? We will work together for one week in a private Facebook group!!   

Here is what is included in the 7 Day Challenge:
- 7 Day Meal Plan 
- Full Meal Prep Guide and How to's
- Recipes for every single meal and a few extras!
- Shopping Lists
- Smoothie recipe ideas for easy on the go mornings!
Best practices and tips 
- At home mini workouts (No Equipment Required) 
- Fitness Tips 
- Team Accountability & Support 
- Measurement and Progress Tracker
- So much more!!!


* If I am already your free Coach then please message me on Facebook and say CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE

* You will receive a welcome email by Saturday September 5th with more details !

Saturday, 8 August 2015

10 Tips For A Healthier Weekend

10 ways to help everyone keep accountable and on track on the weekends... Including ME!!! I shared these tips with the ladies in my current Monthly Challenge group and they were a HUGE hit!! thought I would share the love , if this could help one more person keep on track towards their goals then I am one HAPPY Coach :) !

1. Squeeze in a longer workout. The best part of the weekend is that you have more free time. So while you might not be able to squeeze in a 30-minute run over lunch during the week, you can use the weekend to go for a longer run at a beautiful park nearby. Use the weekend as a time to refresh your workout and get more activity in without feeling rushed.

2. Eat like it's a weekday. When you think about it, it doesn't really make much sense to eat differently on the weekend than you do during the week—especially if your food choices during the week keep you fueled and energized. It can be easy to skip meals on the weekend and then make up for it later by overindulging at dinner. So, make a point to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner while sitting down. Pack snacks for when you're on the go, and follow a schedule just like you would during the week. Your body will thank you!

3. Stick to your usual sleep schedule. Are you someone who has a firm bedtime during the week only to stay up late and sleep in on the weekends? Changing your sleep patterns could throw off your schedule (hard to eat breakfast when you get up at noon!), and could also interfere with weight loss. Just think of all those times you stayed up later than usual, got hungry and ended up eating something unhealthy! Changing your sleep schedule can also make it harder to fall asleep on Sunday night which could set you up for a tired Monday.

4. Get outdoors. Because most of us work indoors during the daylight hours, the weekend provides a nice opportunity to get outside, see the sun and connect with nature. Heading outside can boost your body's production of vitamin D, plus studies show that people are happier when they spend time out in nature. So, get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!

5. Fuel yourself for weekday success. Ask yourself honestly if you pushed yourself too hard with workouts or restricted your food or calories too much during the week. If so, come Friday, your body may be hungry and tired, which can lead to overeating and underexercising on the weekend. Remember to practice moderation every day, eating and exercising in a way that you can sustain for the long haul—not just a few days or weeks.

6. Limit your drinks. While many of us forgo the soda, beer and wine during the week, we loosen up over the weekend and drink more of our calories. Just remember that the calories in beverages can add up quickly if you're not careful. Go easy on the drinks, or try healthier drink swaps if you just can't forgo that fancy coffee or sweet tea on Saturday! Practice moderation when it comes to alcohol, too. Just because you were "good" during the week doesn't mean that it's OK to make up for that with one night of all-out binge drinking. Here's what you need to know about fitting alcohol into a healthy diet.

{ Try Infusing your water with some yummy fruit!! }

7. Plan for relaxation. Most of us are busy during the week and even our weekends seem to become non-stop errands, chores, work and travel. So how do you find time to relax? Take the whole weekend (or at least part of it) to schedule some downtime for at least an hour or two. Whether it's practicing your favorite hobby, seeing a movie with friends or even meditating quietly, do something every weekend that recharges you. You'll not only feel better, but also beat stress (which may also ) help you drop a few pounds.

8. Break the on-again, off-again diet mentality. If you have a history in yo-yo dieting, make sure that you're not alternating between being "good" and "bad" throughout the course of a week. View the weekend as time for you—not a time to rebel or "cheat" on your diet and exercise plan. Remember that being at a healthy weight is about sustainable healthy lifestyle changes, not just a diet and exercise plan that you can maintain Monday through Friday. Revisit your goals and recommit to making healthy and realistic choices every day that set you up for success in the long term.

9. Weigh in Monday morning. If you need extra help being accountable over the weekend, schedule your weekly weigh-in for Monday morning. Knowing that you'll step on the scale at the start of the week can help you to stay accountable and be more aware of your weekend choices.

10. Plan for the week ahead. What better way to stay healthy on the weekend than by using your extra time to continue to set yourself up for success? Take a Sunday afternoon or evening to plan your meals, hit the grocery store, and do some big batch cooking for the week ahead. That way, when your busy week gets even busier, you'll already be ahead of the curve and able to stay on track! Don't forget about laundering your workout clothes, packing your workout clothing bag, and getting prepared for workouts, too.

11. Join my next Monthly Challenge Group for accountability to myself and a team of amazing ladies all cheering you on and helping you keep on track ! Email me at ChristinaKleinFitness@gmail.com for details on my upcoming challenge!

Follow these ideas to get on a healthy track this weekend, and revisit this list to stay healthy for many more weekends to come!

Friday, 31 July 2015

Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese - 21 Day Fix Approved

Pumpkin flavoured ANYTHING is my favourite ! So when I came across these delicious looking treats in the new 21 Day FIX- ATE cook book I knew this would be a new favourite !


2oz Cream Cheese
1 Tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup
1 Large Egg, lightly beaten
1 Cup Canned Pumpkin Puree
1 1/2 cups Almond Flour
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda, Gluten - Free
1 Dash  Sea Salt (or Himalayan Salt )
2 Tbsp. Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Good thing I had my little helper!!! 


1. Preheat oven to 350* F.
2. Prepare nine muffin cups by lining with muffin tin liners or coating with spray. Set aside.
3. Comine cream cheese and maple syrup in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
4. Comine egg and pumpkin in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
5. Combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; mix well.
6. Add almond meal mixture to egg mixture, mix until just blended.
7. Spoon batter into each prepared muffin cup, filling a little less than 1/2 full.
8. Spoon about 1 heaping tsp. cream cheese mixture into the centre of each muffin. Evenly fill muffin cups 3/4 full with remaining batter.
9. Sprinkle muffins evenly with pumpkin seeds.
10. Bake 16 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
11. Transfer muffins to rack ; cool & ENJOY!! 

Alternate option for flour : Blend oatmeal instead of almonds.

Serves: 9  ( 1 muffin each ) Prep Time : 15 min Cooking Time : 18 min

21 Day Fix Container Equivalents ( per serving ) 1 Purple 1 Orange per muffin 

Monday, 13 July 2015

Raspberry Banana Ice Cream

So this just happened and it was Aaaaa-Mazing!! This super-simple recipe has only 3 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to make. Cashews are the secret to making it so creamy and delicious. I've been obsessed with watermelon , strawberry smoothies this summer.. but things just got crazy over here!

2 medium bananas, cut into chunks
½ cup whole raw cashews
1 cup hot water
3 cups fresh (or unsweetened frozen) raspberries
Water (optional)

1. Place banana in plastic bag; freeze for 4 hours, or until completely frozen.
2. Place cashews in a medium bowl. Cover with water. Let stand for 30 minutes; drain.
3. Place drained cashews, frozen banana, and raspberries in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Add water, 2 Tbsp. at a time, if needed for consistency.
4. Pour into a freezer-safe container; freeze until set.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

July #GirlBoss Coach Bootcamp

Do you love promoting a healthy lifestyle and fitness? Do you have a passion for helping others? If you do, this is a PERFECT opportunity for you to SHINE! I am looking for a select group to join my April internship! 

One of the many reasons I do this is because I love helping others to become their BEST self. To see their self-confidence and self-worth change is incredible! Through coaching, I have adopted a healthy lifestyle myself and I have become a better mom, fiancĂ©, and person for it! I have learned how to achieve an optimal work-life balance that has led me to become happier, healthier, and more positive! 

Seriously, becoming a coach has been one of the GREATEST decisions I have ever made!

The BEST part is, this passion of yours can provide you a big business and a full-time income from the comfort of your own home. I am ONLY looking for people who are serious and genuinely want to help others to achieve greater health/wellness, while earning an income.

 Also, I need to mention that you don't have to be at your goal body, as no one can relate to absolute perfection! No experience or certification in fitness is necessary ! Just a drive and passion to help others!

Read below for quick a snap shot of the opportunity!

After a few months (or sooner) of following my direction, your pay could be anywhere between $100-$300 WEEKLY. From there, your pay can increase to $500 - $1000 per week on average (over $50,000 annually) for the following 6-8 months. After just 2 years, you could potentially be earning a 6 figure income and with no limit on your pay for the years following. 

Over and above this, you are eligible for many major incentives, such as paid trips for 2 and many other prizes and gifts. Did I mention that social media training is included?

I couldn't help but mention that I have been a coach for just over 1 year and will have already earned an All- inclusive trip paid for by Beachbody to Cancun this past April ! I will also be heading to Nashville in a couple weeks for the biggest Beachbody Conference of the year!! For this Canadian girl, thats a big deal!! This goal is absolutely attainable for any coach willing to crush their goals and give it their all!

So if any of this sounds like you, or sounds like something you really want to look into. I would love to send you some details!  I want to be able to help you learn how I became a coach and how I have created a full time income while working from home! It will answer all of you questions and I will go over a run down of what your first month will look like as an OWNER of you own health and fitness business! 

** You must be 18 +
** You do not need to live in my town
** You must live in US or Canada
** You cannot already be a coach !

If you are interested please email me at ChristinaKleinFitness@gmail.com so I can send you all the details and help you figure out if coaching is right for YOU <3

Thursday, 4 June 2015

5 Day Meal Planning

I often get asked what my meal plan looks like. Am I starving myself to be fit and lean ? Am I constantly avoiding delicious foods? Is the food I eat bland and boring?.... The answer is HECK NO!! I love the way I eat and there is so much variety to eating clean. Spicing up your food and getting creative would be my number one tip!! So I figured What the heck! I'd share with you all a Day in the life of Christina :) 

Here is an Example of my 5 Day Meal Prep! 

Nutrition is such a vital part of our weight loss and weight maintenance journey, and having it broken down so easily is why I was SOOO intrigued a year ago and got started with the 21 Day Fix in the first place. I actually was tempted to try the FIX long before I was a coach too! Each container is a different size and is color-coded.  Each color corresponds with a certain food group.  You do a quick formula once to figure out the number of each container you need to eat every day, then you fill the containers with the food you love and go about your day.  It's so simple.  

Did I mention how much food you eat on this program??  I love it.  I love not feeling like I'm starving myself or cutting calories.  I've never been one to count calories or points, or to eliminate carbs or meats from my diet. Until my bikini Competition last year, I literally ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and just prayed it would not reflect me physically.   Instead, this program is about healthier eating in the right combination to fuel our bodies.  

I've said it before and I'll say it again...  

The healthier the food we put into our body is, the better results we will get out of the program . Also, as evident from this program, We are able to eat MORE food too.

It's true.  There have been people who have only followed the 21 Day Fix meal plan (without doing the workouts) and have lost weight.  Why? Because their bodies are getting what they need.  It's clean food so they burn it off easily and efficiently.  There aren't any preservatives, artificial sugars, or chemicals to weed through.  Your body gets TOP OF THE LINE nutrition from the second it hits your stomach.  And honestly, there's a lot to be said for cooking your own food at home and knowing exactly what you and your family are eating. 

Here is another sample meal plan I used for 21 Day Fix Extreme !

That being said... Adding in a 30 minute workout every day will only dramatically help your results and help you feeling slim for summer! Exercise revs up your metabolism, gets your blood pumping and tones up your body! 

Abs are Made in the Kitchen...But Created in the Gym 

This month I will be hosting an EXCLUSIVE 21 Day SLIM FOR SUMMER Challenge!! 
I would absolutely LOVE for you to participate and see what all the hype is about! 
Each and every challenger that signs up in the Month of June with me will receive a $20 Victoria Secret Gift Card for their new summer bathing suit <3
For more info Email : Christina Klein Fitness@gmail.com 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Why You Should Start Your Day With Lemon Water

There really is an endless amount of bogus health trends that constantly come and go, but freshly squeezed lemon water is not one of them! With summer approaching, now is a perfect time to incorporate this vitamin C citrus fruit into your morning routine. I recently started drinking this every morning before my breakfast and I am amazed at the health benefits!
Let’s jump right into the many proven benefits of lemon water:

The reason that warm lemon water is a great way to jump start your morning is because it aids your digestive system, helping your body to easily eliminate, how do I put this nicely… waste. Other than being full of vitamin C, which protects your body against immune system deficiencies, lemons also:
  • contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial
  • balances maintain the pH levels in the body
  • are a great source of citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium
  • help prevent the growth and multiplication of bacteria that cause infections and diseases
  • helps reduce pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid
  • helps cure the common cold
  • contain potassium content which helps to nourish brain and nerve cells
  • strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute
  • helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver
  • benefits the skin and helps to prevent the formation of wrinkles and acne
  • aids in the production of digestive juices
  • helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session

I also love to infuse cold lemon water with a few sprigs of mint because it adds a really fresh and sweet taste. Or throw in some cucumber and limes!! You can even go the diffused fruit root too!!  I can pretty much guarantee this will take away any head ache!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Cinco De Mayo

Berry Salsa


3 cups fresh berries (I used blueberries, some chopped, some whole & chopped strawberries)

1 small sweet yellow pepper, chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

Juice of ½ lime

Juice of ½ orange

1 tablespoon honey

1/4 teaspoon salt


Cilantro Lime Turkey Lettuce Wraps 

Directions :
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 lbs ground turkey breast
  • 1 small or 1@ medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/3 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 1/2 cup your favorite green salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1-2 heads of iceberg lettuce (depending on size)
  • diced avocado and tomatoes for garnish

Instructions :

  1. In a food processor, add onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice and green salsa. Pulse until a smooth salsa consistency is reached; set aside.
  2. In a medium non-stick sautĂ© pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook, breaking up any large pieces, for 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt; stir. 
  3. Add salsa to turkey and stir to combine and cook until turkey is cooked through about 5 minutes more. Add chicken stock, turn heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. 
  4. Turn heat off and let turkey mixture sit while you prepare the lettuce cups. 
  5. Tear off large pieces of lettuce that are big enough to hold about 1/3 cup of ground turkey. Top each lettuce cup with diced tomato, avocado and extra cilantro if desired. If you're like me, load it with hot sauce too!
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