Eating Clean While Dining Out – EVEN during the holidays!!!

So many people make excuses such as ”oh well it’s the holidays” or “I’ll start January 1st” when it comes to food choices over the holiday season.  This is a HUGE recipe for disaster.  Do NOT wait until January to clean it up!!!  I am not saying eat 100% perfectly clean.  If you get your workouts in it’s OK to have a sweet treat a few times per week without seeing your weight soar.

Last night we went to Jaffa Café in the village of Arroyo Grande.  If you ASK for a gluten dairy free meal they accommodate you!!!  DO NOT be afraid to ask!!!  I had a chicken salad, cucumber salad & grape leaves.  It was AMAZING, satisfying & CLEAN!!!!jaffacafeMy January circuit sign-up is HERE!!!  I have openings in both my Thursday 6am and 7:05am classes.  Want to lean down, increase your CORE & overall body strength, workout with a FUN  group & shock your body each and every week???  Click HERE for details on my next round that begins January 8th!!!

Happy Holidays!!!!
XoXo

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Tis the Season for Popsicles!!!

Kids love popsicles ANY time of the year.  There is NO need to buy those food dye chemical laden ones – make your own!!!  These only took 3 minutes to make.  Juice anything you want, put into popsicle molds, put in a wooden stick & freeze!  SIMPLE, yummy, nutritious & FUN for kids!!!  Ok FUN for adults too!!!!

popsicle1 popsicle2I bought these popsicle molds HERE on Amazon.

Happy Holidays!!!!
XoXo

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Give the Gift of Fitness from ShapeItUp.com!!!

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Give the gift of fitness from ShapeItUp.com!!!  We have great stocking stuffer & gifts that any fitness fanatic will love.  If you live local we have 90% of our items in stock.  You can get them TODAY and get your holiday shopping DONE!!!
chuteCheck out CamelBak’s NEW BPA free bottles that are leak-proof and do NOT have a straw or nipple.  ONLY $13.95!!!
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7343500 AbXLove core work??  This pad is AWESOME for all types of core work!  It also works great as a padding for your knee’s.
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ShapeItUp has a TON more gift ideas.  Check out our online fitness superstore!!!

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January Circuit Sign-up is HERE!!!!

Charly 12-14 Months 105Are you ready for 2015???!!!  Let me help you get FITTER, STRONGER, LEANER & reach your health & fitness goals.  My January 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)
January 8th
January 15th
January 22nd
January 29th
February 5th
February 12th
February 19th
February 26th

8 weeks
Cost $180.00 (Kennedy member)  $220.00 (non-member)

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 Winter season!!!!

Amy Approved = Creating Harmony Through Fitness & Whole Foods

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805-234-2780

 

 

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Holiday Circuit!!!

 

Charly 12-14 Months 067It’s that time of year to RAMP UP your fitness!!!  Do NOT wait until January 2nd to begin…  Holiday party’s, craziness, busy busy schedules can leave you feeling plump, heavy & bloated sooooooo here is a circuit that you can do anywhere!!!

Warm-up 10 minutes (power walk, jog, jump rope, air squats, elliptical, row etc…)
Pelvic Bridge Marches x 20
DOWN DOG

Squat Jumps x 20 (touch PALMS of hands to ground)
Push-ups x 10
Seated Oblique Twists x 20 (use a db or something weighted if possible)
Burpee’s w/ Tricep Push-up & Jump Tuck x 10
Tic Toc Lunges x 10 each leg
Plank w/ Side Foot Taps x 20

(repeat 2-3 times w/ a 1 minute rest after each round)

Down Dog
DONE!!!

Happy Holidays!!!
XoXoXo

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Attitude of Gratitude – BE THANKFUL!!!

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The holiday season is HERE!  Let the craziness begin.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year.  It’s crazy, fun, festive, busy, full of love & family time.  It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of it all so remember to SLOW DOWN and be GRATEFUL for everything that surrounds you TODAY.  It’s easy to always want “more”, to be 5lbs thinner, to want those expensive jeans etc…  Sit down and be THANKFUL for everything that surrounds you TODAY.  I believe that the universe is a powerful tool so it’s important to tell the universe what it is you want but also to thank the universe for your blessings.

Thanksgiving2What are you eating at your Thanksgiving table???  We are making a Paleo Thanksgiving dinner that will include a smoked turkey, homemade cranberry sauce (thank you John Hall for the recipe!), mashed sweet potatoes, something green – possibly asparagus, a pumpkin dessert & of course champagne!

Tips for holiday eating:
*SKIP THE BREAD!!!
*Have one plate of food (YES anything you want) but don’t go back for seconds
*Only have a few bites of dessert
*MOVE – get up before the craziness begins and MOVE
*Don’t overindulge in the appetizers.  Save your appetite for the meal
thin-thanksgivingWe are starting our day with the Pismo Turkey Trot.  See you there???

ThanksgivingBe grateful for everything that surrounds you TODAY!!!!  Happy Thanksgiving & CHEERS to a wonderful holiday season.  LIFE IS GOOOOOOOOD!!!!
Xo

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Pork – EASY Clean Dinner!!

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This is our new favorite way to cook a pork roast. It’s simple, clean & super yummy!!!

1 pork roast (I buy mine at Costco)
10 garlic cloves
1 large onion
Organic garlic salt
Water
Coconut oil

Unthaw your pork first thing in morning. At noon take your pork out of pkg & rinse. Set it in pan and use a paper towel to rub coconut oil on top. Add chopped onion & garlic cloves (no need to chop garlic). Top with organic garlic salt. Add 1-2 inches of water. Put in oven on 350 for 5 hours. Check a few times to make sure there is a tiny bit of water. Once done take a fork & shred it all together.
ENJOY!!!

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Apple Crisp – Amy Approved!!

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We are invited to dinner at a friends house and was asked to bring dessert. I chose this apple crisp and vanilla coconut ice cream.  This gluten free crisp is a perfect light, sweet end to a meal!!

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Ready for the oven!!!

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All DONE!!!!

What You’ll Need:

For the filling:
6 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & diced
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsps coconut sugar (you can also use honey)
1 tsp lemon juice

For the topping:
1/2 cup almond flour (I blended raw almonds in my Vitamix for 10 seconds)
1/2 cup gluten-free whole oats
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup honey (I used local)
3 tbsps unrefined coconut oil

What to do:
1.  Preheat oven to 375
2.  In a medium bowl, combine the apples, cinnamon, sugar & lemon juice.  Stir together until apples are coated evenly
3.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, oats, salt, cinnamon, honey & coconut oil
4.  Use your fingers (it’s messy) to mix everything together until it has a crumbly consistency
5.  Arrange the apples into a 9″pie dish.  Cover with the crumble topping
6.  Bake for 30-35 min, or until the top is golden brown.  Remove from the oven and cover for 5-10 minutes
7.  Apple crisp is best served warm but can also be served at room temperature.  Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to four days

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie – 5 ingredients!

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1 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (such as grade “B”)
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine pumpkin, syrup, and spice in a large mixing bowl. Whip egg whites and cream of tartar to stiff peaks. Gently fold egg whites into pumpkin, adding 1/3 of whites at a time. Pour into a greased 1.6 quart casserole dish and bake for 50 minutes. Middle will not be completely set, but edges will be firm. Cool for 2 hours.

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Great advice from a doctor!!!

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