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Yummy Side Dish: Roasted Cauliflower + Leeks

Let me start off by saying this recipe is so ridiculously easy and delicious. Even if you don’t love cauliflower you’ll like this because it doesn’t taste like cauli. It’s a must try.

I didn’t have any intention of making this dish today but when I finished my client sessions this morning it was raining (yet again) and I decided to run into Whole Foods to pick up some food for today thru the weekend. Going to the grocery store without a list usually turns into a long-ish trip for me, I tend to roam around the store. So I wandered past the cauliflower and threw it into my cart along with 1 large leek. By the time I got home I was really craving this dish and have already eaten quite a bit of it! It can be eaten alone or used as a side dish with dinner. I’ve also put it into my salads for lunch. 

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Yummy Side Dish: Roasted Cauliflower + Leeks
Cuisine Side Dish, Veggie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Cuisine Side Dish, Veggie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Remove leaves and cut cauliflower stem off
  3. Cut into quarters. I then cut again so the florets begin to break apart
  4. Soak in water to clean and drain
  5. Slice leek and clean, then dry on paper towel
  6. Toss cauliflower with olive oil so it's evenly coated
  7. Add in salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano and mix
  8. Place cauliflower on greased baking sheet (I put foil down with some olive oil greased over so it doesn't stick) and put into oven. Set timer for 20 minutes.
  9. Put leeks in same bowl cauliflower was prepared in and add a touch of olive oil, salt and pepper
  10. Once the timer goes off, move/flip the cauliflower around so it cooks evenly. Add the leeks to the baking sheet and put back in oven for another 20 minutes
  11. Note: This recipe makes the veggies a bit charred and very yummy!
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Weekly Workouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Monday! It’s a gloomy day here in CT but I’m trying to be optimistic about getting a lot of shit done rather than hopping on the “OMG I hate Mondays” train, which is usually my preferred mood. BUT I will be happy for the start of a new week yay! (Insert eye-roll here).

6 months flew by! (Taken by Caroline Ro)

The weekend was busy but with good stuff- Mike and I celebrated 6 months of marriage woohoooo! We went to dinner at a place in NYC called Quality Meats, we’ve been there a few times now and the steak is just ridiculously amazing. Soo I hate oysters, crab + avocado, some bites of Mike’s caesar salad (hold the croutons), a 10oz. filet and brussels sprouts. I’m kinda drooling right now thinking about it. I really like going to restaurants like this because we just eat lots of protein and veggies but it’s so delicious and by the end we aren’t even hungry for dessert. I’m not a big dessert person anyway, especially at a restaurant because there aren’t many gluten free/ dairy free options available. I’d rather drink my dessert– I had a glass of champagne and a glass of rosé with din, perfection. Sunday I woke up feeling great rather than like crap for eating sooo much. Cause when you eat crab, avocado, brussells, oysters and steak you really can’t be mad at yourself, ya know?

I think sometimes we go to restaurants and go overboard with ordering too much and a lot of carbs, leaving us feeling like shit later on. It really isn’t necessary. There are tons of dishes available that are on the healthier side and if you’re really a dessert person maybe order one to split with the table. You won’t feel deprived and you’ll probs be very pleased with your level of willpower and respect for your body. It’s a win/win: still eat yummy food just not a TON of it. Totally possible, right?

Now that I’m making myself hungry discussing this let’s get onto last week’s workouts so I can go grab a snack 😉

Sunday:

KB swings 5×15
TRX pikes 5×10
Barbell overhead press 5×10
Airdyne sprint 5×20 sec

Monday:

Rack pulls 3×8
TRX row 3×8
Bench press 3×8
Ab wheel 3×8

Tuesday:

KB rack squats 5×8
Double KB bent-over row 5×8
KB single arm(SA)  overhead press 5×8 each
THEN:
Ski erg 30 on 30 off 10x

Wednesday:

Rest day/ doggy walk

Thursday:

Barbell hip thrust 4×10
DB bicep curl then overhead(OH) press 4×10
Single leg(SL) deadlift 4×10 each
Row 200 meters 4x

Friday:

Treadmill sprints 30 on 1 min off, 20 min

Saturday:

Rest day

 

Aaaand that’s all she wrote, enjoy the week! xoxo

 

Two Healthy Breakfast Ideas That’ll Make You a Rockstar

Lately I’ve been calling myself the Breakfast Queen and feel like I’m holding out on you if I don’t share some of these ideas. A lot of us don’t eat much, if anything, for breakfast. We don’t have time (aka we don’t *make* time), we aren’t hungry in the morning, breakfast is boring etc. Well guess what? I’m gonna change that nonsense for you. 

Is it the most important meal of the day? I don’t really know, that is dependent upon the individual. But what I do know is our days start in the morning (unless you work a night shift I suppose) and fueling properly sets us up for success. 

What happens when we eat well first thing? Our neurotransmitters fire better so we think well and more clearly. That makes us more efficient, we have more energy and get more shit done. Who doesn’t want that?

What do we need in order to make this happen? A balanced meal. Carbs, proteins and fats. 

BUT WHO HAS TIME FOR ALL OF THOSE CRAZY NUTRIENTS IN THE MORNING?

Oh puh-lease. Don’t get me started on that question. YOU have time if you wake up 20 minutes earlier, so there. Don’t like that answer? These breakfast ideas can mostly be prepared in the evening and then heated up when you’re ready to eat. Not hungry before you leave for work? Take it with you and eat at your desk. 

I’m sure there are more “I can’t eat breakfast” excuses out there and if you really don’t want to try these then whatevs. But note if you’re quickly shoving down a granola bar or bagel in the morning you’re doing yourself a disservice.

For those of you who do want to get an awesome and healthy start to your day, here you go!

Meal #1 is what I call a Breakfast Bowl and it’s SO delish. 

– Prepare a batch of quinoa or rice ahead of time and keep in fridge for easy use.
-Prepare a steamed veggie ahead of time and also keep in fridge.
**Veggie ideas: Steamed swiss chard, kale, broccoli , spinach, asparagus
– Add quinoa/rice to a bowl with steamed veggie and eggs. Make the eggs however you like. I usually do 2 fried and leave em’ a little runny. Add avocado, salt, pepper and even a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

With this breakfast bowl, you only have to make the eggs in the AM. Everything else can be done ahead of time. Don’t like eggs or have a food sensitivity? I hear you, I used to also. In that case you can get pre-cooked sausage. I like Applegate chicken sausage or Niman Ranch bratwurst. Add this to the bowl in place of the eggs. OR you can grill some chicken breast and use that. The possibilities are endless. 

This Applegate sausage is good too, it comes frozen:

The next breakfast option I call A Lil’ Bit of Everything, it’s also really yummy.

Again, prepare the veggie ahead of time. I always have steamed broccoli or baby broccoli in the fridge but sometimes mix it up with whatever was leftover from dinner. That’s why there are some sautéed mushrooms and swiss chard pictured in this. 

Cook up the protein (sausage, chicken breast, leftover steak from dinner, eggs) and fry half a sweet plantain in grass-fed butter. I did this in a cast iron skillet while cooking the egg and heating up the sausage. Cook the plantain just til they’re brown on each side. Throw veggies, plantain, egg, sausage on a plate and eat! You can add some sliced avocado with sea salt and cayenne pepper to this too. Also, you don’t need sausage AND an egg. I had just finished a workout before eating this and was feeling extra hungry.

What kind of eggs do you normally use? I used to buy cage-free but did some research and now use pasture-raised. The difference is huge- from the color of the yolk to the way I feel after eating them. Yes pasture-raised is more expensive but it’s well worth it to me. My favorite brand is Vital Farms:

So there you have it. Two satisfying, nutrient-packed breakfasts to get your day off to a strong start. Try making one this weekend and let me know what you think!

Happy Eating!  🙂

6 Simple Health + Fitness Guidelines That Actually Work

6 Simple Health + Fitness Guidelines

The entire internet is filled with different fat loss tips, trends and topics. This can make it tough knowing either where to begin with a new health and fitness program, or if what you’re currently doing is good and/or working for your body.

As a fitness professional, I sometimes laugh at what is out there on social media and other times I get really frustrated at advice that is not sound information. It seems all of this healthy talk does one thing very well: over complicates things.

In one corner we’ve got pictures of people with super lean bodies who tell you that you too can look like this, you just have to workout 2-3 hours a day and count every single macronutrient you put into your body. And in the other corner we’ve got those who insist that going for a walk in the park and meditating will entirely change your world for the better. While the above opinions are not incorrect, it doesn’t mean they are the right fit for you.

So, what is?

The following six guidelines are simple, straight forward and proven to work. You don’t have to implement all six at once either. Begin with one until it becomes consistent and a habit, then add in another.

Six Health + Fitness Guidelines:

Strength train 2-5 days/week: Put simply, lift heavy weights often. This doesn’t mean go over to the rack of dumbbells and pick up the largest one you see. But when choosing your exercise routine, incorporate loads that will challenge you. I’m a big fan of short yet challenging workouts and am often out of the gym within 30 minutes. These workouts consist of big compound movements (squats, lunges, push-ups, pull-ups etc.) that get the entire body moving and working hard.

Choose foods that are in their natural, whole state as often as possible: You know the drill here, keep processed foods to a minimum. Eat foods that will nourish you and leave you feeling energized rather than bogged down and bloated. This may mean you do a little bit more cooking but there are SO many recipes out there that are delish and don’t take very long to make. Trust me, I am not a fan of being in the kitchen so meals that are easy to prep and cook are key and totally possible.

Have protein with every meal: This is one of my favorites. A lot of us underestimate the power of protein and how much we are actually eating. This is usually the first habit I will introduce a client to because increasing your protein intake has so many benefits:

  • Increase energy
  • Keeps you full for longer, decreasing hunger cravings later on
  • Increases metabolic rate
  • Maintain lean muscle mass when trying to lose body fat

Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep (or sleep quality) disrupts proper hormone function in the body which leads to: increased hunger (and therefore fat gain), increased stress, increased fatigue, decreased cognitive function and much more. Read more about the importance of sleep here. Also note that our bodies recover while we sleep. So for someone who is exercising it is especially important to get sufficient quality sleep. Tips for better sleep:

  • Get in bed a half hour earlier than usual
  • No electronics a half hour before lights out
  • Keep your bedroom very dark
  • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon
  • If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, see a doctor to have blood work done to see if there is an underlying cause that could be creating this symptom.

Drink enough water: Mild dehydration can cause daytime fatigue, loss in energy and concentration, can decrease strength, cause cramping and many other issues. The concerning thing here is that majority of us are a little dehydrated. It is recommended that we drink a minimum of 8 cups of water per day. This of course is dependent on the individual, someone who exercises daily should consume more than this. I normally recommend clients have .6 ounces per pound of body weight each day. However, as many of us don’t drink enough water to begin with this can seem like a lot. So start by simply adding in one extra cup (8 ounces) of water into your day. A few benefits of proper hydration:

  • Healthier joints and tissue (fascia)
  • Increased brain function
  • Helps the body process and transfer nutrients
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Suppresses appetite (increases fat loss)

I challenge you right now to figure out how much water you’re consuming each day. Is it enough?

Don’t stress, brush it off: Here’s the thing with health and fitness: it’s a part of life. Which means there will be days that just aren’t totally on point. Whether it be a crappy or missed workout, too many cocktails, a day where you ate literally everything in sight. Shit happens and we can’t always feel guilty or stressed about our actions. Being able learn from this but then move on and improve is where the true magic happens.

 

3 Simple Steps for a Healthier You This Weekend

With spring quickly approaching I am starting to hear some of my least favorite terms pop up such as “bikini body” and “beach ready.” People are going to see us prancing around half naked soon so better start watching what we eat!

 Our health is not temporary, but sometimes our actions toward it are. 

 What sense does that make? Yet we are constantly focusing on quick fixes that will make us feel good for a tiny bit before heading back to our normal (and less healthy) way of life. Take these examples, for instance:

 – 21 day cleanses: Our nutrition + exercise are on point during this, we feel and look great. But come day 22 you could probably be found at the local pizzeria and maybe be seen with a pint of ice cream afterward. But hey, you cleansed for 21 days so now you can reward your body and binge..yay!

– You’re going on vacation soon: Clearly we need to clean up our eating and hit the gym a bunch so we look better while laying on the beach. I get it, we want to look and feel good especially while wearing less clothing and there’s nothing wrong with that. What I do have a problem with is what happens next:

 – You’re on vacation: Which means we get to start drinking at 10am, continue cocktailing for the entire day and eating whatever we want because “we’re on vacation and totally deserve a break.” A BREAK FROM WHAT? Being healthy? Giving a shit about what you put into your body? Shouldn’t this matter all of the time?

 – It’s the weekend: Yay! It’s time for takeout, Netflix, sleeping in a little, going out to dinner and ordering whatever you want because it’s Saturday and who cares. Followed by 5 too many drinks and a hangover on Sunday. But no worries..because “tomorrow is Monday and I’ll totally start to be good again.”

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Health and fitness do not have to be all or nothing.
There is an in between.
Find it, learn it, live it.

 I used to be that Monday clean slate girl. I’d make sure nothing naughty was left in the house Sunday evening and the following morning I’d have a green smoothie with protein for breakfast and all was right in the world again. It’s no way to live. Treating our bodies with respect all year round is the best way to stay consistent and achieve results. Once you’re able to find that balance you will enjoy either a salad with grilled chicken or a hamburger and fries for lunch, no matter what day of the week or time of the year it is. 

 How can we find that in between ground where we’re mindful of our health but are still able to enjoy food we love? Since it’s Friday, let’s start with 3 simple guidelines for the weekend:

 1. Have protein with every meal. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and maybe a snack- you better believe there needs to be protein on your plate. 

 Why? Protein helps us to feel full longer after a meal so you’re less hungry later. It requires more energy to digest so we burn more calories after eating it. It also helps to manage blood sugar and insulin, and triggers protein synthesis helping us to increase lean mass which burns more calories each day.

 Need I say more?

 2. Exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes, maximum of 60. Let’s do this twice this weekend (I’m including Friday into the weekend so you’ve got 2/3 days to get this in). The workout you choose to do is up to you, but here are the parameters:

 -Choose a form of exercise you enjoy doing.

 -The more intense the workout, the shorter the duration. Maybe you’re going to do as many rounds of squats, overhead press, bent-over rows and mountain climbers as possible within 20 minutes. Great, go for it (but remember quality form over quantity of reps). Or perhaps you’d prefer to go for a walk with your dogs or a friend for an hour. Cool. Get moving, get outside and enjoy.

 3. Set up a drink maximum. Yes, we’ve got parties to attend and dinner with friends. That doesn’t mean you have to have a bottle of wine to yourself. Before you head out decide how many drinks you’ll indulge in. (I usually recommend a 2 drink max per event for clients, *hint hint*).

 Summer is right around the corner but that doesn’t mean the healthiest you has to be too. Start this weekend. Because maybe if you do these 3 things over the next 3 days, you’ll realize they’re not so bad. You’ll incorporate them into Monday, Tuesday, and then why not for the duration of the week, month, and your life (Yes, my hopes are high but not unrealistic).

 I want you to see, know and understand you can still have a blast while sticking to a few healthy habits– leading to consistency and an all out better-than-you’ve-ever-been you.

 Now go get it.  <3

Simple Pulled Chicken Recipe + 3 Easy Meal Ideas

The necessities for my dinner recipes: they must be easy, quick to prepare and gluten free. Cooking is not something I enjoy spending time on so if I see a recipe I like I’m usually tweaking it to cut the preparation time down. I also almost always double a recipe so there are leftovers for the following day or two.

The other day I had an “oh shit” moment. It was 5:00pm and I forgot to think about dinner! Well, we ended up ordering sushi but it prompted me to think about the following day and I decided I’d make pulled chicken in the slow cooker. We’ve now had it for dinner and lunch twice, all in different variations. 

Easiest. Recipe. Ever. = A very happy Cait.

What You Need:

  • 2-3lbs of chicken breast, depending on how much you want to make. I buy organic and free range almost always
  • 2 cups of chicken broth. I use Pacific’s Organic Bone Broth for the extra protein and nutrients. *Note: Can also use water. The amount of liquid you use should vary based upon how much broth you want left once it’s finished cooking. I like it with a good amount of broth so it keeps moist when stored. If the broth evaporates a lot I’ll add more in while cooking.
  • 1 yellow or white onion, sliced into small pieces
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley and oregano 
  • *Note: I used 2.5lbs of chicken which made enough for 2 people, 2 dinners and 2 lunches each

What To Do: 

  • Place chicken breast in the slow cooker
  • Pour broth over the chicken
  • Add in onion
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper, parsley and oregano
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours
  • *Add in additional broth if needed so chicken breasts are mostly covered
  • 30 minutes before finished, put the chicken on a cutting board and shred apart with 2 forks, then put back in slow cooker for the remaining time

Pulled chicken

Now that we’ve got this yummy chicken, what can we do with it? I have no problem throwing it on a plate with some veggies and maybe some chips or fries for a little crunch, but that can get a little boring. Here’s what we had this week:

  • Chicken Tacos: Sautéed peppers and onions, shredded cheese (I used goats gouda..YUM), pulled chicken, finely chopped cilantro and avocado thrown on a tortilla (I like Udi’s gluten free, I also really like corn tortillas but am staying away from corn for the time being).
  • Chicken + Quinoa Bowl: Quinoa, pulled chicken, black beans and diced avocado mixed together in a dish. Add melted cheese on top and some extra broth to make this more of a soup consistency.
  • Chicken Salad: Put the pulled chicken over greens such as spinach, lettuce or baby kale. Add in chopped celery, walnuts and sliced grapes with an extra sprinkle of pepper on top.

Enjoy these and if you come up with a recipe of your own using the pulled chicken, tell me about it in the comments section or tag me with a pic on Instagram @CoachCait  🙂 

Super Simple Beef Bone Broth Recipe

“Have you tried making your own bone broth?” My Naturopath asked. Oh crap. No I hadn’t, but it has been on my to-do list for over a year now, if that counts. Yes, I’ve heard of the countless benefits:

  • Easily digestible and can help heal the lining of the gut due to the gelatin
  • Has a ton of minerals and nutrients that we just don’t get from the store bought version
  • Reduces joint pain and inflammation due to the glucosamine and other compounds from the cartilage
  • The collagen and gelatin keeps our hair and nails strong and beautiful
  • Homemade bone broth is healthier and cheaper than store bought
  • Easy to make

Ok, that last one is what got me. It’s easy to make? For some reason I’ve always envisioned it being a royal pain in the ass and taking up way too much time. However, after doing some research and reading “The Bone Broth Miracle” by Ariane Resnick, I realized there’s no down side to trying this out.

My gut sucks, to put it lightly. Having celiac disease which was undiagnosed for quite some time means I haven’t been absorbing nutrients properly for who knows how long which has lead to a lot of unpleasant symptoms. Apparently bone broth can start to heal not only my gut but add nutrients I’ve been missing back into my diet in a healthy and simple manner. Let’s give it a whirl..

(I started off with beef bone broth because I made short ribs in the slow cooker and had those bones readily available.)

What you need:

  • Bones. Grass-fed and organic, please. I wasn’t sure which to buy so I asked my local butcher and he gave me a lovely assortment of knuckle and neck bones which I added to my pound of short rib bones. (I just threw those in there because I had them). The butcher sawed them in half so they’d fit in the slow cooker easily. I had about 5.5lbs of bones in total. IMG_5240
  • 5 quarts of filtered water. If you are making a different amount, use the ratio 1 pound of bones to 1 quart of water. *Note: Every once in a while I’d add more water into the slow cooker once it evaporated, so that the bones were always covered.
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic *optional

What to do:

  • Roast the bones in the oven at 400 degrees for roughly 30-45 minutes (until they are browned) IMG_5245
  • Place them in slow cooker and add water, apple cider vinegar, water and bay leaves
  • Cook for 36-48 hours on low, adding water when needed so bones are covered and skimming the fat and film from the top as it cooks
  • *Optional: Add garlic during last hour of cook time
  • When finished cooking, let cool a bit and strain out the bones
  • Pour into glass tupperware
  • Once it cools a layer of fat will develop on top, this is good! Use this fat for cooking. IMG_5262

Storage: When pouring into glass jars leave an inch or so from the top. Always keep the layer of fat on top if you’re going to refrigerate for longer than 5 days as this helps keep from spoiling. Now I just finished making my first batch so I haven’t stored it yet, but I’ve read that with a layer of fat on top it can be in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If you want to keep for longer then put it in the freezer for up to 6 months.

After having mine in the fridge over night, I was super excited when I cut through the layer of fat and saw the this jelly-like substance in the dish– that means it was done properly! IMG_5263

There are many uses for bone broth. I’m going to start out simple by drinking a cup each day, maybe adding rice and veggies to a bowl and putting some into recipes for some extra flavor. I’m quite pleased with the finished product and how easy it was to make.IMG_5265

Try this and let me know how yours turned out and what recipes you’re using it in!

The Perfect Pot Roast

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It’s no secret that I don’t love to cook. That being said, during the week I do make lunch and dinner (most days) because I like knowing what’s in my food and how it’s prepared. Also, when you’re saving for a wedding/house/life going out to dinner every night isn’t practical (although having nothing to cook and clean up sounds amazing). 

A lot of times I rotate through meals such as a big salad with grilled chicken, steak with veggies and quinoa, chicken and broccoli in gluten free pitas etc. The same meals over and over again get boring, which is why I pulled out my slow cooker from the closet and ran to Whole Foods to get some new ingredients. 

Over Thanksgiving I had bought a few boxes of gluten free stuffing so I knew I wanted to make something to go along with this, but instead of getting a big turkey breast I decided on a pot roast. It sounded yummy at the time and if it didn’t turn out delish, we usually have our favorite sushi place ready to dial 🙂

Luckily, there was no need for my salmon avocado rolls because this dish I made was really friggin good. Along with the gluten free stuffing (and gluten free gravy of course) we had broccoli too.

What you need:

3lbs grass-fed beef chuck roast
1 tbsp oil for sautéing (I usually use coconut or olive oil, or ghee)
1 cup red wine (make it a good one)
4 bay leaves
1 tbsp thyme
5 garlic cloves
1 small onion cut into chunks
4 stalks of celery cut into chunks
Salt and pepper for seasoning 

What to do:

  1. Turn slow cooker onto low setting.
  2. Season the meat with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan. Add beef to pan and sear it until it’s brown on all sides. Place beef in slow cooker.
  4. Pour red wine into the very hot pan. There should be some bits stuck to the pan from the beef, mix this into the wine with a wooden spoon and let it come to a super quick boil. Then pour the wine mixture over the beef.
  5. Add the bay leaves, thyme and garlic to the slow cooker, make sure it’s surrounding the meat and in the liquid.
  6. Add the celery and onions and season with a little salt and pepper. Again, make sure the veggies are pushed to the side and in the liquid rather than sitting on top of the meat, this will create an awesome flavor!
  7. IMG_4954Place the lid on and allow to cook on low for 7-8 hours. If you don’t have that much time try cooking on high for 4-5 hours. I haven’t tried that yet but think it’d come out ok 🙂
  8. Once the time is up the meat should be really tender. Serve it with whichever sides you desire. (If you aren’t on a stuffing kick like I am, some rice, quinoa or sweet potatoes would be good) and of course lots of veggies!

This makes roughly 5-6 servings. Mike and I each had 2 dinners and a light lunch. My favorite part of this recipe is you can get it in the slow cooker at 10-11am and not have to worry about dinner for the rest of the day (minus the sides).

Eat up and enjoy!

 

 

The Healthy Pizza Alternative ( + It’s Gluten Free!)

I’m a BIG fan of quick and easy dinner recipes, and also making extra so there’s leftovers for lunch the following day. This flatbread pizza is amazing, if I do say so myself.

What you need:

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-1lb. chicken breast
-2 cups steamed broccoli
-3/4 cup shredded cheese (I use monterey jack or mozzarella)
-Flatbread or pita bread (I’m obsessed with MyBread Gluten Free..it’s so good.)
*This will make roughly 3 pizzas. Double the ingredients to have more for lunch the following day!

What to do:

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1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2. Cook whole chicken breasts on stovetop in a bit of olive oil on medium-high heat. Once almost cooked through, take out of pan and slice into small pieces.
3. Place chicken back into pan and sprinkle with garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, oregano and continue cooking on medium heat.
4. Put flatbread onto baking sheet lined with foil and sprinkle cheese on top.
5. Cover flatbread with chicken and broccoli, add more cheese if desired.
6. Bake in oven just long enough to melt the cheese. 
6. Slice into quarters to easily eat and enjoy!
*TIP: Make an extra veggie to have on the side to get some extra nutrients in. 

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If you try this or make with your own toppings, take a pic and tag me on Instagram (@coachcait) or post to my Facebook page so I can see your awesome creations! 

 

Be A Badass Bride: Get Fit for “I do” and Beyond

I don’t think of myself as your typical bride-to-be. We’ve been engaged for two weeks and endless amounts of people have been asking me where the wedding will be, what theme I’m going with, what color the bridesmaids dresses will be? UM..I have no idea. 

But I could tell you exactly what type of hardwood floor and kitchen countertop I’d like in my future home, how I’m going to decorate my office and that there will be a kick-ass gym in the garage. 

So the other day I was looking at a bridal checklist organized by months up until the wedding (that we still don’t have a confirmed date for) and one caught my eye:

“Find the perfect dress.”

Oh hell. Can’t I just wear some Converse and Lululemon leggings? I kid, of course. I’m sure dress shopping will be fun, it’s just not something I’ve been dreaming of since I was a little girl. Then this thought popped into my head:

“I have to get into shape before I start trying on dresses.”

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WHAT? Did I really just think that? First of all, what does “getting into shape” even mean? If I really had to define goals for myself at the very moment, it’d probably be putting on some muscle; I’ve had low energy since my celiac diagnosis and my workouts have been lacking.

So basically I need to start lifting some heavy shit. But for a dress fitting….NO. To me, this frame of mind is just not ok. Perhaps the thought popped into my head because it’s so common to hear women say they need to lose weight, get toned or whatever it may be for their wedding day.

First off, how about we love ourselves as we currently are and if we do want to make a change, we do so for ourselves. So that beyond the hectic wedding planning days and the short five hours of the reception, we continue to go to the gym and eat well.

Living a continuous healthy lifestyle vs. getting fit for a special event.

It’s drilled into our heads. We set goals so that we look a certain way for something, rather than for ourselves. I know so many brides who come back from their honeymoon feeling like crap and having gained a minimum of a few pounds. Why?  Because we practically starve ourselves during the months leading up to the wedding and once that last photo is taken we’re eating and drinking everything in sight so we no longer feel deprived.

So how can we overcome this frame of mind?

1. Know that you are good enough, right now. Your fiancé did get down on one knee and ask you to spend the rest of your life him, and I doubt he said “Will you marry me, once you’re in better shape.” You are enough, just the way you are.

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2. If you want to change your body, do it for you. Not for the dress, photos or because you want to look better than your fiancé’s ex who is also getting married soon. Do this for you and let the new healthy habits become a part of who you are so they stick around long after your wedding day.

3. Put down the Skinny Latte and magazine, get off the elliptical and lift some heavy shit. Not sure where to begin when it comes to an exercise program? Start with these five workouts in my free workout booklet

4. Please, please don’t starve yourself. Instead of removing foods from your diet, add healthy ones in. Have two servings of veggies with lunch and dinner and make sure each meal has a protein in it. This way you can still eat some of the delicious foods you love while adding in extra nutrients, all without feeling deprived.

We all want to look good as we’re up at the altar saying our vows, I get it.  But the idea of getting in shape just for the “I do” doesn’t sit well with me. Yes, doing intense workouts and staying on top of my nutrition is something I’ve been thinking about a bit more than usual since I said yes, and that isn’t a bad thing. But forget doing it for the big day. 

I lift heavy and eat well because I want to be a bit more badass. There, doesn’t that sound better?

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