Thinner Thinner Turkey Dinner

4500 calories

The average # of calories a person eats on Thanksgiving!

There are some traditional dishes that are really easy to lighten up! Get all the taste with half the calories, and a lot less regret!

I have a FREE group starting TODAY where we’ll share some healthy holiday recipes, tips and even give away some prizes! It’s a complimentary group and anyone can join! You’ll take away a collection of healthy recipes to use this week, for upcoming holiday parties or just whenever!

JOIN HERE

Recipes like this healthier green bean casserole! *I’m a sucker for a GBC! No canned soup in this recipe which cuts the calories, fat and sodium in HALF!

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbsp. whole wheat purpose flour, divided use
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 medium onion, (½ onion thinly sliced, ½ onion chopped), divided use
  • 3 tsp. olive oil, divided use
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves removed and chopped, stems discarded
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ cup nonfat milk
  • 2 Tbsp. dry sherry wine
  • 1 lb. frozen French-cut green beans
  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Combine 2 Tbsp. flour, paprika, and garlic powder in a medium bowl; mix well.
  3. Add sliced onion; mix until well coated. Set aside.
  4. Heat 2 tsp. oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Add sliced onion mixture; cook, turning once or twice, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel. Set aside. Wipe skillet clean.
  6. Heat remaining 1 tsp. oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Add chopped onions; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 4 minutes, or until translucent.
  8. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the liquid released from mushrooms is almost completely evaporated.
  9. Add remaining 3 Tbsp. flour, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper; mix until vegetables are coated.
  10. Add milk and sherry; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly thickened.
  11. Add green beans; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  12. Add yogurt; mix until combined.
  13. Place green bean mixture in casserole dish. Top with onion mixture.
  14. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 91
Total Fat: 2 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 1 mg
Sodium: 199 mg
Carbohydrates: 14 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 6 g
Protein: 5 g

Containers
1/2 Green
1/2 Yellow
1/2 tsp.

 

But…what if you overdo it anyway…

Right now you can get the 3 Day Refresh, get back on track after the holiday weekend, and save $10! 

What is the 3 Day Refresh?
LEARN MORE HERE!

It’s a great way to get back on track after a particularly over-indulgent weekend.

Check out Chris’s results! He lost 7 pounds and 11.25 inches in just 3 days! .

Counting My Blessings

I’m just sitting here reflecting on the last 4 years of my life, how I ended up here, and what I’d miss desperately if I hadn’t taken a little leap of faith.

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I hung out with these beauties last weekend. We laughed our asses off. We cried our heads off. We did some hiking, played games, went for a run, ate delicious food and sat around soul-searching, planning and strategizing how to reach our goals and learn how to help more people find a path to health and financial freedom! Not necessarily a typical ‘girls weekend’, but these are my people and I can’t imagine my life without them.

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Four years ago I was struggling. Physically I just wasn’t where I wanted to be. I hated looking in the mirror. My clothes weren’t fitting and I was at a loss! I was working out almost daily. And eating what I thought was ‘pretty healthy’ food. Well…it wasn’t working. Not only was I not making any progress, I was steadily gaining weight and I was getting desperate! I even found myself lingering by the diet pills at the store, looking for a quick fix – though I knew better.

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I called my friend who was a Beachbody coach, because I wanted to try a new workout program – and P90X had worked for me in the past – so I was ready to recommit and give it my best effort to see if I could make some changes and finally get results. That included Shakeology. Nutrition was key, and I knew it. I had done a LOT of research and as a busy mom, I just needed a quick, healthy meal that I could grab on the go. I justified the expense by giving up soda, fast food and fancy Starbucks. I saved even more money by signing up as a “coach” so I could save 25% on my Shakeology and any other programs or products I wanted. (I’m a lifelong Beachbody fan…so I knew I’d use it!)

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I really had no intention of “coaching”, I just needed to work on myself first! Well, then I got plugged into a challenge group, and found myself surrounded by other moms and women working on goals of their own. I found it very motivating and I had GREAT success with it! Meanwhile… people were asking my what I was doing and I was sharing a little about my journey on social media. I had enough interest to put together a group of my own. And that started my coaching “career”. I’ve run at least one group every month since then, met hundreds of women in my challenge groups, networked with amazing ladies like these and found my true passion through helping others!

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And now four years later, I make more than I did as a full-time teacher. I’ve lost 24 pounds and kept it off through my monthly accountability groups. I would NEVER ask people to do something that I wasn’t doing myself…so it’s amazing accountability! I’ve traveled to Las Vegas, Nashville, South Beach, beach house get-aways and in just a few months my husband and I will be heading on an all-expense paid vacation to Punta Cana! All for doing something I LOVE to do! Working part-time hours, from home, where, when, how and with whom I want! These ladies are just a few of the amazing women I’ve had the privilege to get to know and work with every day.

We have so much stinking fun together…it’s CRAZY to me that I didn’t know any of them just a few short years ago, and now I feel like we’ve been bff’s!

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But don’t just take it from me! You know I’m a fan! This has changed my life and my families lives in more ways than I can count! I’m happier, healthier and wealthier!

I asked these ladies to share their experiences, too. Here are the questions I asked them.

1) how many inches/pounds you’ve lost?
2) something you’ve overcome as a coach?
3) something you love about being a coach?
Michele said:
1) 50lbs, size 14 to 4 (idk how many inches bc I wasn’t in the measuring habit pre-BB)2) Self doubt! friends_michele3) The people.
The love 💜
The growth 🌱🌿🌳
The new excitement that comes w a new group every month.
All the things 😉
Jodi said:
1- June 2015-November 2016
25 pounds lost and went from size 10-6 no clue on inches. 🙂 friends_jodiAs a coach I have overcome the feeling of being alone. Besides my immediate family (hubby and kids) I have always felt alone and underappreciated. As a coach and with this community it has given me to the opportunity to meet some beautiful and inspiring women from all walks a life. I know that at any time or point in my life someone will be there no matter what. Also, I finally feel that I’m not alone. Someone will always have my back.What I love most about coaching is that I can do what I do best, which is to be me. As hard it has been to admit that I am a task master and a caregiver, I have realized that I can use what I thought as negative traits for good. It has always been in my nature to help others and be there for them and now I can do it on an even broader scale. ❤
Jen said:
1) About 30 lbs in the last 6 years, but over 60 in the last 10 I’m not sure about my inches. I’ve gone from a size 18 to a 4.friends_jen
2) My fear of what people will think about me! I’ve become so much more confident with myself and in my own skin.
3) Finding friends/sisters/soulmates that share my views on health and happiness. Willingness to share with each other and to lift each other up, not tear each other down. I love learning more about being a better person inside and out. And I love that I have found my purpose in life!!!
Karen said:
1) Actually gained 15-20 pounds since I spent a couple years really UNDER weight (at least for me) due to unhealthy habits and behaviors.friends_karen
2) Addiction to prescriptions for pain and anxiety. I’ve also overcome the shame and guilt of that. It’s still a daily fight. But SO worth it!
3) The people I get to meet and become friends with. You can’t find more positive, driven folks than your fellow Beachbody coaches. The people you surround yourself with help define you. I want to be a kick-ass mom/friend/coach.
Wendy said:
1) Since October 2015, I’ve lost 10 pounds and have gone from a size 12 to an 8friends_wendy
2) I’ve always been a farewell friend of a healthy lifestyle. I liked living it for a while, then when things got tough or something more enticing came along, that was the first thing I’d drop. (I didn’t have time to __________) Since I started coaching, I have been living a healthy lifestyle for 145 days. Yes there are bad days, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t keep going. I’ve learned that one bad day does not mean that all is lost.
3) I love to learn that I’m not alone in my struggles and temptations. I love sharing and helping others know that they aren’t alone in there’s. I love that even when I meet women for the first time, I’m greeted by a big hug just like I’m the sister they haven’t seen in forever. I love that by helping others stay on track, I am kept on track. Coaching has helped me find myself, and is continually helping me to grow into the person I want to be.
Kari said:
1) I have lost 100 lbs and went from size 24 to 14 img_3719
2) Something I have overcome… I get to talk about fitness without annoying people now 😂 Seriouslly I used to want to boast about what I did that day. Now people expect it from me. I never was trying to boast but it was so exciting for me to do things I couldn’t of wouldn’t before starting my journey. I have also overcome self doubt. I have done things in the last 20 months that I never would have even considered. I.e. 3) Shave my head just bc my friends encouraged me to to stop being a wussy. 😜
I love being a coach because it’s a never ending journey of striving towards something bigger than yourself. I have a community of people who are (as I described to a friend today) “just BETTER people than me”. My community calls me HIGHER. I don’t get to stay stuck or become passive because there is always something to work towards bigger than myself!
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So there you go! I wish I could shout from the rooftops what an amazing opportunity this is.
I’m so glad I’ve taken the time to collect these stories and share my beautiful friends with you here! 🙂
If you’d like to learn more about coaching, I have a one day group starting soon where I’ll share my story, including my reservations, some basic info about what it’s all about, what we do, how we earn, etc. I’ll answer any/all questions as well. Just fill out the form below and we’ll chat!

 

Instant Pot Rice & Beans

This has quickly become one of my very favorite recipes to make in my Instant Pot. I have been using my Instant Pot almost once a day since I bought it back on Amazon Prime Day. As we speak, I have a sick kiddo at home and I am making homemade chicken stock for chicken soup later (both in the IP).

It makes weekly meal prep a breeze! I can cook brown rice in half the time that my rice cooker used to take. It makes PERFECT hardboiled eggs every single time! The peels just slide off – no joke! It doesn’t matter how fresh or how old the eggs are either…the pot doesn’t discriminate. I’ve made dozens already…never disappointed.

I make homemade mac and cheese for the kids in about 15 minutes. You can use frozen or thawed meat for most recipes. It’ll even make pasta, veggies, potatoes, and even cheesecake!!! The possibilities are endless it seems! I have just scratched the surface! 🙂

A little bird has informed me that it will likely be on sale (close to 50% off) on Black Friday! So keep your eyes open for that, and shop/learn more here: Instant Pot

And on to the recipe:

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dry black  beans (red might work too)
  • 2 cups brown rice (I used short grain.)
  • 4.5 cups water
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Use manual setting for 30 minutes.

Allow a natural pressure release for at least 15 minutes.

*You can double and freeze leftovers! My husband even put it into the food processor and made veggie burgers with it! 🙂

What’s on SALE this month?

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