Easy Banana Muffins

Amy Approved muffins!!

Before you read this recipe please know that you can add your own touch. A few fun ideas are add pumpkin or apple spice, any nuts or dried fruit or even raw cocoa powder! I do not measure when I make these so please bear with me and as you are making yours it’s all about getting the right consistency before you bake them. This recipe is similar to my oat bars but I like that these are portioned (portion control anyone :)) and at lunch I was burnt out of my baked sweet potato so I often grab 1-2 of these after I eat my salad or as a quick breakfast. They freeze great but after a few days on your counter I suggest you keep them in a glass container in your fridge.

Ingredients:
2-4 ripe-ish bananas (it’s ok if they are not super ripe they just won’t be as sweet)
Big scoop organic peanut butter or raw almond butter (prob 2-3 tablespoons depending on how many bananas you started with)
Cinnamon – as much as you like
1 tsp vanilla
Gluten free oats – I add these until it has the consistency of muffin mix
Enjoy Life (dairy free) chocolate chips – optional – top a few with these if you want a sweet treat or have a 5 year old 🙂
Organic raw local honey – sometimes I will add a spoonful of this if I want them a tad sweeter

Preheat your oven to 350 deg. Into your Kitchen Aid or mixing bowl add the bananas, nut butter, cinnamon and vanilla & mix well (if you are adding the honey add this now). As the mixer is going add the gf oats until the mixture has the consistency of muffins. Grease your mini muffin tin with avocado or coconut oil (I often use avocado oil spray)  or put small muffin liners into your muffin stone or tin (I use both types of pans as you can see above). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown on top and you can put a clean toothpick through the center. Do not overcook as the small ones will dry out quickly.

Please let me know when you try my recipe and I would love to hear what twist you added!!!

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Sept – Oct Circuit Time!!!

My favorite season of Fall is quickly approaching – here are my next circuit dates!!

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.

FALL CIRCUIT TIME!!!

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)
Sept 5th
Sept 12th
Sept 19th
Sept 26th – no class
Oct 3rd
Oct 10th
Oct 17th
Oct 24th
Oct 31st – no class

7 weeks for only $157.50 (Kennedy member) or $192.50 (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 – 805-234-2780
OR amy@amyapproved.com

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Half Dome – Yosemite!

My Amy Approved fitness towel made it to the top! Trailhead at 4am with headlamps, 19 miles, 8500 feet, almost 50,000 steps, SCARY steep cables, under 10 hours – WE DID IT!!!
EPIC adventure!!!

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EASY Homemade Whip Cream!!!

My older sister Teri taught me this recipe and I’m in LOVE!!! It’s super easy and better than store bought whip cream 🙂

Ingredients:
1 can organic coconut milk
Organic raw honey – sweeten to your liking
Cinnamon – optional
Pink sea salt – optional

Leave the coconut milk UPSIDE down in your fridge overnight. When you are ready to make your cream turn it right side up, open can and use a spoon to scoop the hardened cream into your Vita-mix. Discard the liquid or save for your morning coffee. Start your blender and whip until desired. While beating add honey, cinnamon and salt. Taste and add as needed. Put in fridge or freezer and serve cold. ENJOY!

Seriously amazing…
Coconut cream on top of my apple nectarine crisp!!!

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2 Instant Pot Recipes We LOVE!!

Honey & Garlic Pork Chops

Ingredients:

2 lbs pork chops, boneless
1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp avocado oil
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp water
2 cloves garlic, ground
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced (optional)

Directions:
1. Rub all sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper.
2. Preheat the Instant Pot by selecting SAUTE. Add and heat the oil.
3. Put the meat into the pot and cook for 3/4 minutes per side, until browned.
4. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the Dijon mustard, maple syrup, honey, water, garlic and cinnamon.
5. Pour the mixture into the pot.
6. Press the CANCEL button to reset the cooking program, then select the MANUAL setting and set the cooking time for 15 minutes at HIGH pressure.
7. When the timer beeps use the Quick Release.  Carefully unlock the lid.
8. Serve with a big salad, steamed broccoli or my cauliflower mashed potatoes!

8 – Ingredient Chicken Dinner

Ingredients:

2 lbs boneless organic chicken thighs
1/4 cup coconut aminos
3 tbsps organic ketchup
1/4 cup organic unrefined coconut oil
1/4 cup raw local honey
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions:
1. Combine the coconut aminos, ketchup, coconut oil, honey, garlic powder, pepper and salt in the Instant Pot.
2. Toss the chicken thighs in the mixture. Close and lock the lid.
3. Select the MANUAL setting and set the cooking time for 18 minutes at HIGH pressure.
4. When the timer beeps, us a Quick Release. Carefully unlock the lid.
5. Select the SAUTE setting and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce begins to thicken.
6. Serve with vegetables.

Both of the recipes were hits at my house!!! ENJOY!!!

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Amy Approved Apple Nectarine Crisp!

My yard had apples and nectarines ripe so I whipped up a crisp that was to die for!!!! WARNING – I made this up without a recipe but honestly it turned out AMAZING and husband approved!

Ingredients:
Skinned and largely chopped apples and nectarines
Juice of lemon (probably 1 tablespoon ish)
Raw local honey – probably 2 tablespoons
1 cup gluten free oats
1/2 – 3/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp sea salt
4 large tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Skin and chop the apples and place the in the bottom of your pie pan. Chop the nectarines and do the same. Squeeze fresh lemon juice & 1 large tablespoon or more of honey onto the fruit. Mix well then bake for 15 minutes at 350.

For the mixture – mix the gf oats, sea salt, coconut sugar & cinnamon together. Melt the coconut oil then pour it over the top. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and mix well with a spoon or your hands. Take the fruit out of the oven and evenly spread the crumbly oat mixture onto the top. Bake for 30 ish minutes (SORRY but I didn’t time it…) or until bubbly and golden brown.

Serve with a dairy free vanilla ice cream like cashew, coconut or almond 🙂 OR make my homemade coconut whip cream (I didn’t have a cold can of organic coconut milk so I couldn’t make homemade whip cream…. that recipe to come!).

ENJOY!!!

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Strength & Cardio Circuit!

I am off to Alaska for two weeks (YEAH!!) so I wanted to leave you with both a strength and cardio circuit!!

Warm-up 10 min easy
Pelvic Bridge Marches x 20
Down-dog / stretch

Inner Thigh Jump Together’s x 20
Push-up / Reach / Reach x 10
Db Row / Row Flare / switch arms x 8 each side
(repeat 2-3 times)

Jump Rope x 100-150

Hamstring Tic Tocs (single stiff legged dead lift) x 10 each leg
Pike Push-ups x 10
Reverse Lunge & jump x 10 each leg
(repeat 2-3 times)

Jump Rope x 100-150

Triceps Push-up / down dog x 10
Side Plank x 15 each side
DB Bicep Curl (hammer position) x 10
Plank Hip Drops x 20
(repeat 2-3 times)

Jump Rope x 200

DOWN DOG = DONE

CARDIO
Elip, bike, run, power walk, step mill

5 min EASY
1 min HARD
1 min EASY

(repeat for 20 min)
5 min EASY

STRETCH = DONE!!!

*these workouts do NOT have to be done on the same day

ROCK your workouts and clean eating when I am gone as we have GOALS!!! I will see everyone the week of July 8th.

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July / Aug Circuit Dates!

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.

SUMMER CIRCUIT TIME!!!

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)
July 11th
July 18th
July 25th
Aug 1st
Aug 8th
Aug 15th
Aug 22nd
Aug 29th

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 – 805-234-2780
OR amy@amyapproved.com

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Appetizers – keep them simple & clean!!

Fresh veggies w/ my cashew ranch & black bean dip!!

Everyone has get together’s, events, bbq’s etc where they bring an appetizer or they host and want to have a little something for the guests when they arrive. My advice is keep it simple and clean. I went to a girls evening this past weekend and this is what I brought. A plate of fresh vegetables with two dip options of my cashew ranch (it was already made up in my fridge in bulk) and my black bean dip. The bean dip I made in 2 minutes. Put into your vitamix or blender 1 can rinsed organic black beans, dried or fresh cilantro, juice of 1 lemon & sea salt. Blend until creamy.

Keep those appetizers Amy Approved!!!

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May / June Circuit Dates!!

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 – 2 circuits)
May 2nd
May 9th
May 16th
May 23rd
May 30th
June 6th
June 13th
June 20th
*there will be a 2 week break – circuit will resume July 11th

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 – 805-234-2780
OR amy@amyapproved.com

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