Amy Approved Chili Dinner – Easy Crockpot Meal!!

ChiliDinner time!!!
Chili2In this photo everything is added to the crockpot but needs to simmer to merry the flavors together and cook the tomatoes.  I had the crock on medium for 4 hours.

Ingredients:
1lb ground turkey
1 red onion (mine was very large so I used 3/4)
7-8 cloves of garlic
4-6 organic carrots
1 cup dried organic lentils
1 can black beans
LOTS of tomatoes (probably 6-8)
Salt/Pepper
Dried basil (fresh is fine too)
Organic chili powder
Coconut oil

Cook your lentils first.  Boil 2 cups of water and pour in 1 cup of lentils.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes.  When done pour into crockpot.  In meantime sauté your onion, garlic & carrots in a spoonful of coconut oil.  Once soft add in your ground turkey and cook until brown.  Open your black beans and pour them into crockpot.  Add the pan of turkey, LOTS of salt, pepper & a dash or 3 of chili powder and basil.  Turn your crockpot onto medium heat and simmer for 4 hours.  I served mine with avocado & nutritional yeast on top and dipped a rice cake in for crunch.  I ate 2 bowls!  YUM!!!

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Fall Circuit Dates are HERE!!!

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Are you ready to become FITTER, LEANER, STRONGER & reach your health & fitness goals??!!!  My fall circuit sign-up is HERE!!!!

I am running both circuits at Kennedy Club Fitness in AG on Thursday mornings at 6am or 7:05am.  Let me know if you would like a spot!

Here is the schedule: (6am or 7:05am – 2 circuits)
Aug 6th
Aug 13th
Aug 20th
Aug 27th
Sept 3rd
Sept 10th
Sept 17th
Sept 24th

8 weeks for only $180.00 (Kennedy member) or $220.00(non-member) There will be a free Saturday make-up circuit during this round.  Date TBA!  If you can’t make every workout you can buy a 5 session punch card.  Cost is $112.50 (Kennedy member) or $137.50 (non-member).  Contact Amy for details.

The circuit begins with a dynamic warm-up followed by 1 minute heart pumping circuit intervals and rounded out with a few minutes of yoga.  It is designed to lean you down, increase your strength, make you a better athlete & shock your body each and every week.  Let’s reach your fitness goals this fall season!!!!

Confirm your spot: 
Kennedy front desk 805-481-2888
Amy Harper – 805-234-2780 OR amy@amyapproved.com

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Quick EASY Lunch Idea

salmon lunch

Happy FIT Friday!!

Easy lunch – canned wild salmon (buy in bulk at Costco) mixed with organic mustard, a dab of veganaise, Bubbies dill pickle & salt / pepper. Put on a rice cake & top with avocado. You can eat 2!!!

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Sizzlin’ Summer Circuit – home or gym!!!

 

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Warm-up with a 2 mile run or 15 minutes of alternative cardio
DOWN DOG

3 sets of each “superset” (do 3 sets of each paired exercises)

Single Legged Squats (holding a TRX or bar) x 10 each leg
Push-up / Jump Tuck x 10 (one push-up followed by one jump tuck – jump feet in then out)

RUN or STEPMILL – 3 minutes HARD

Single Legged Roman Dead Lifts – 15 each leg
Pike Push-ups x 15

Seated Oblique Twists w/ 20lb DB x 30 (lighter weight if needed)
Scissor Kicks x 20

RUN or STEPMILL – 3 minutes HARD

DB Bicep Curls in Plie x 15 (pick a weight that is fatiguing by 15 reps)
Plie Jump Squats x 20 (touch hands to ground)

Tricep Skull Crushers w/ barbell or db x 15  (pick a weight that is fatiguing by 15 reps)
Jump Rope x 100

DOWN DOG
DONE!!!

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“Skinny” Lunch & Fermented Foods!!!

Everyone needs to have 3 clean meals (one breakfast, lunch & dinner) that make them feel amazing and skinny!!!  For my “go to” lunch this always works like a charm.  Choose a meal that is easy to whip up and always have the items IN STOCK!!!  Brace yourself for this combo… It may sound strange but it is Amazing!  Even Charly LOVES it!!!
19-20 months 51119-20 months 510Ingredients:
1 can wild salmon (I use half a can & put the other half in glass container in fridge for the next day.  I buy them at Costco or Trader Joe’s)
3-5 forkfuls of Bubbies Sauerkraut (contains LIVE ACTIVE CULTURES – YES buy this brand!  Fermented foods are KEY to a healthy gut)
1/2 avocado
1-2 Bubbies dill pickles (optional)
English peas (these are ready to eat (no cooking involved) at Trader Joe’s in veggie section), cucumber or whatever crunchy veggie you love
Sea salt

Put the salmon, sauerkraut & avocado into your bowl & mash with a fork.  Add in the pickles, peas & sea salt.  ENJOY this balanced, clean, “skinny” lunch!!!

What is your SKINNY GO TO lunch???

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No-bake Energy Balls that WORK!!!

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I whipped these for my hubby to take with him when he golfs 18 holes.  He typically takes some type of a granola bar, 1-2 bananas & water but I wanted to make him something HOMEMADE that he loves.  So yesterday he put them to the test and LOVED them and so did the guys golfing with him.  They take 10 minutes max to whip up and you keep them in the fridge in an air tight glass container.

Ingredients:
1 cup gluten free oats
2/3 cup organic coconut flakes
1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1-2 tbsps chia seeds or sunflower seeds
Small handful raisins, craisins or a few of both
3-4 tbsps Enjoy Life chocolate chips (these are dairy & soy free)
1 tsp vanilla
Dash or 3 of cinnamon

Mix all ingredients, roll into balls & store in an air tight glass container in the fridge.
ENJOY!!!

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Do YOU have a CONFIRMED spot??

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Confirm your spot: 
Kennedy front desk 805-481-2888
Amy Harper – 805-234-2780 OR
amy@amyapproved.com

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Grow Your Own!!!

We are a bit late planting this year but in Cali it will still grow & thrive.  For Mother’s Day I wanted to get things planted so today we took action!!!

garden4Strawberries in pots and in green house is tomatoes & 2 types of cucumbers
garden5Edible patio is our goal!  So in boxes is lettuce & squash
garden6In these boxes there are 2 kinds of squash & pumpkins!!!

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Zucchini Noodle Goodness!!!

zucchiniNoodleThese noodles take minutes to make, are just like spaghetti noodles & are WAYYYY better for you!!!ZucchiniNoodle2This sauce I whipped up in 20 minutes.  I basically just opened my fridge and threw in what was available.zucchini5This is my zucchini noodle maker.  I bought it on Amazon.  You can warm the noodles in a pan but I did not in the below recipe.

Ingredients:
3 zucchini’s
1lb ground turkey
4-5 carrots
3-4 celery stalks
1 yellow bell pepper
Corn (optional – I had leftover on the cob in fridge)
4 tomatoes
Coconut oil – UNREFINED
Salt / pepper
Parsley

Make your zucchini noodles into a strainer in the sink.  Sprinkle with sea salt & let them sit.  This will take any excess water out of them.

Put a spoonful of coconut oil into a pan & sauté chopped carrots & celery for 4-5 minutes.  (if you have onions & garlic use this here in addition)  Add the turkey meat & brown.  Add in chopped bell pepper, tomatoes & cut the corn off the cob.  Season generously with salt, pepper & parsley.  (If you have any basil also add it).  Put a lid on and simmer for at least 10 minutes.  Serve over zucchini noodles – ENJOY!

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