Split Pea Soup – perfect for a rainy day!!!

This is the 3rd or 4th time I have made this so I thought I would share my recipe. I am sure you can make this quicker in your instant pot but I have always used my crock-pot. I soak the dry green peas the night before so they are easier to digest and it also makes the soup more creamy. The photo below is from this morning but now that it has been cooking all day everything is “married” together. You can choose to blend at the end to make it more creamy but we like ours chunky.

Ingredients:
1 bag dry green split peas
5-6 large carrots
1 bundle celery
1 onion
Garlic
1 tablespoon organic onion powder
1 tablespoon organic garlic powder
Salt / pepper
2 teaspoons thyme (I skip this step but it’s recommended)
8 cups bone broth (I keep about 2-3 cups of bone broth in my freezer so I used that and then just added water) (you may need up to 12 cups liquid depending on the amount of veggies you put in)
1 uncured ham steak (I found the perfect size at California Fresh)

Soak the peas in water overnight. The next morning rinse and put them into your pot. Saute the chopped onion, garlic, carrot and onion. Add salt & pepper and add the vegetables to your crock-pot once they are softened. Add the bone broth, water, spices and chopped ham. Cook all day on high or medium. Blend before serving if you want it more creamy. If you enjoy it chunky like us you are ready to enjoy!!!

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Homemade Amy Approved Waffle Cones!!!


This waffle cone maker is just like the ice cream shop!!! One batch whips up 6 cones and is a hit with kids and adults!! You can find the machine on amazon but make sure to also buy the cone holder as they need to be upright and in a cone shape for a few minutes to dry.

Ingredients:
2/3 cup blanched almond flour
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon organic almond extract
Avocado or coconut oil spray for the waffle maker

Plug in the waffle cone maker to let it warm as you are mixing your ingredients. Into your Kitchen-aid put the eggs, vanilla, almond extract, sugar & maple syrup. Mix for 30 seconds or so. Add the almond flour and mix until the batter has a creamy consistency. Spray your machine and add 2 tablespoons of dough. Latch the lid and wait until it says “ready” but stand close by as it takes only about 1-2 minutes. Use a spatula to put the cone onto a flat towel and use your “roller” (it comes with the machine) to roll it into a cone shape, pinch the bottom and set it into your waffle cone holder to dry. Make all 6 and serve with my homemade cashew ice creamor a homemade sorbet (you can also buy a sorbet or a dairy free ice cream but homemade is always better). They will soften with time but store in a zip-lock bag on your counter to keep them as fresh as possible. They are also fun to fill them with fruit and have them as a snack ūüôā

ENJOY!!!

Buy the holder! (amazon)
You can find this waffle cone express maker on Amazon!
Charly approved!

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EASY Instapot Curry Chicken

I received an Instapot for Christmas and am just starting to understand how to use it ūüôā Tonight I made curry chicken and I have to say it was easy and really delicious!

Ingredients:
2-3 organic chicken breasts
1 can organic coconut milk
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tsp ground or fresh ginger
Salt / pepper

Put the coconut milk, curry, ginger, salt & pepper into your instapot and whisk until mixed. Add the frozen chicken breasts and stir around a bit. Turn on the pot for at least 30 minutes. Once you let the steam out, open lid and use a large fork to shred the chicken.

I also made organic white rice, steamed broccoli and a green salad. There is quite a bit of juice so use the juice over your meal. If you are skipping rice (for a low carb dinner) add more salad and broccoli! ENJOY!!

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Holiday Rice Crispy Treats – a must try!!!

krispytreatIf you like traditional rice crispy¬†squares I challenge you to try this “cleaner” version.¬† This treat was a winner in my house!!!¬† I found the above sprouted cereal at California Fresh.¬† I used organic peanut butter but you can also use raw almond, cashew or sun butter.¬† Let me know what you think!!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup raw honey
2/3 cup organic pb or nut butter of your choice
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 cups organic puffed brown rice cereal

Combine the honey, nut butter, vanilla & salt in a large bowl.¬† Stir well.¬† Add the cereal and mix with a spatula until combined.¬† Line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper and press down the mixture into the pan.¬† Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.¬† Cut & enjoy!!¬† It’s best to keep them in the fridge.

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A Quick Holiday Circuit

thanksgiving2Do not stress over every calorie this holiday season.  Challenge yourself to MOVE everyday, drink plenty of water (half of your body weight in ounces) & eat very clean meals so you have some wiggle room at your festive Christmas parties. img_3171.jpg

*Cardio means rock what you CAN – run, jog, elliptical, bike, stair stepper, rower, jump rope…etc!!!

5 min cardio
Supermans 2 x 15
Down-dog

Walking lunges w/ butt kick x 20
Push / down dog x 10
Side plank x 10 each side
(repeat 2-3 times)

Cardio x 3 min HARD

Jump rope x 1 min
Plank x 1 min
Plie jump togethers x 20 (touch hands to ground – butt low)
(repeat 2-3 times)

Cardio x 3 min HARD

Jump Squats x 20
Tricep push-up x 10
Seated roman twists w/ feet in air x 20
(repeat 2-3 times)

Cardio x 3 min HARD

Scissor Kicks x 20
Plank hip drops x 20
(repeat 2-3 times)

DOWN DOG = DONE

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Holiday Peanut Butter Balls!!!

pbballs2 pbballsMy dear friend Erin and I have an annual tradition of making peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate.  This year I found an Amy Approved recipe, added my own twist and they turned out amazing!!!  Store them in the fridge or freezer.

Ingredients: (I recommend doubling this recipe)
3/4 cup organic crunchy peanut butter (I only had creamy so I added a few brown rice puffs)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut flour
Pinch sea salt
For the chocolate coating: 4 oz dark chocolate or dairy free chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil

1.  In a medium bowl or kitchen-aid, mix together the peanut butter, honey and a pinch of sea salt.
2.¬† Add in the coconut flour gradually – starting first at 1/4 cup then adding about a tablespoon at a time until the consistency is “dough” like.
3.  Use your hands to form small balls, put them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for about 30 minutes.
4.¬† Melt the chocolate and coconut oil (I use¬†a double boiler but you can also use a small pan sitting in a big pan of water) until it’s a creamy consistency.
5.  Use 2 spoons to dip the balls into the chocolate.  Put them back onto the same baking sheet and once they are all coated put back into the freezer for a few minutes.  Once they are hard put them onto a plate, ziplock or glass container and store them in the fridge or freezer.

Happy Holidays!!
ENJOY!!

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New Years Circuit Dates!!!

goalsLet’s ROCK 2019!!!

My group circuit class is a once a week guaranteed workout that will rev your metabolism, create muscle confusion (which helps achieve results), challenge your body and mind and increase your muscle endurance & strength.  I also offer nutritional counseling via email & text when you are enrolled in my class.

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 ‚Äď 2 circuits)
Jan 3rd
Jan 10th
Jan 17th – NO circuit
Jan 24th
Jan 31st
Feb 7th
Feb 14th
Feb 21st
Feb 28th

8 weeks for only $180.00 (Kennedy member) or $220.00 (non-member)  If you can’t make every workout you can buy a 5 or 10 session punch card (punch cards do NOT expire).

Punch card prices:
5 classes: $112.50 (member) 5 classes: $112.50 (non-member)
10 classes: $225.00 (member) 10 classes: $275.00 (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.  All fitness levels are welcome!!

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

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There is NO such thing as too many veggies in your chili!!!

chili3chili4I have my clients keep their meals very low glycemic at dinner so I wanted to post a chili recipe that skipped the beans.¬†¬†It turned out SO good and we didn’t miss them at all.¬† I added extra veggies and the flavor is perfect!

Ingredients:
1 lb organic turkey burger
1 onion
Garlic
1 medium zucchini
4-5 carrots
6-7 celery stalks
3 fresh organic corn on cobs or organic frozen corn
Organic frozen spinach (best price is at Trader Joe’s)
Organic tomato paste (Kirkland brand from Costco)
Organic chili powder (brand – Simply Organic)
Sea Salt / Pepper
Water

Sauté the chopped onion, garlic, carrots, celery, zucchini, corn (cut off cob) & frozen spinach.  Add salt, pepper & chili powder.  Once soft add to big pan and add water until it looks soup like.  Add more salt, pepper & chili powder.  Brown the thawed turkey burger and then add it to your pan.  Put in the tomato paste & stir well.  Simmer for an hour or so and taste to determine if you need more salt, pepper or chili powder.  If you want more spice add a jalapeno or cayenne pepper.

This dish is AWESOME for leftovers.  I often eat it cold over a green salad at lunch.  I challenge you to try this!  It makes my lunches VERY easy and CLEAN!!!

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Homemade RX Bars!!!

RX1RX3Ingredients:
1 cup whole raw almonds (about 5 ounces)
1 cup whole raw cashews (about 5 ounces)
1 1/4 cup egg white protein powder (3 oz) – I found this at Trader Joe’s for $10
1/2 cup raw organic cocoa powder (2 oz)
30 pitted dried dates
1/2 teaspoon course sea salt

1.¬† Line the 11×7-inch baking pan with parchment paper

2.  Process the nuts until finely chopped (I used my Vitamix but a food processor would work great too)

3.  Process / blend in the protein & cocoa powder

4.  If you are using a food processor add the dates to the existing dough and process.  If you are using a Vitamix put the dough into your Kitchenaid, add the dates to your Vitamix & blend.  Scrape the blended dates into your Kitchenaid and mix everything together

5.  Press the date mixture into the pan, using your hands to flatten.  Sprinkle the salt onto the top

6.  Refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze for 30 minutes.  Take out and cut into squares.  Separate the bars with parchment paper & store in an airtight container.  The bars will stay good in the fridge for 2 weeks or will freeze well for up to 3 months.

Thank you “TheKitchn” for this recipe!!!

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Holiday Circuit Dates are HERE!!!

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The holiday season is CRAZY so I challenge you to commit now and schedule your workouts before it all begins.  Making YOU time is more important than ever during this exciting season!!!

My group circuit class is a once a week guaranteed workout that will rev your metabolism, create muscle confusion (which helps achieve results), challenge your body and mind and increase your muscle endurance & strength.  I also offer nutritional counseling via email & text when you are enrolled in my class.

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 ‚Äď 2 circuits)
Nov 1st
Nov 8th
Nov 15th
Nov 22nd – Happy Thanksgiving –¬†no circuit
Nov 29th
Dec 6th
Dec 13th
Dec 20th – no circuit
Dec 27th – no circuit

My next round will resume Jan 3rd (just FYI for future schedules)

6 weeks for only $135.00 (Kennedy member) or $165.00 (non-member)  If you can’t make every workout you can buy a 5 or 10 session punch card (punch cards do NOT expire).

Punch card prices:
5 classes: $112.50 (member) 5 classes: $137.50(non-member)
10 classes: $225.00 (member) 10 classes: $275.00 (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.  All fitness levels are welcome!!

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

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