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thanksgiving4The 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.

What are you eating at your Thanksgiving table???  We are making a Paleo Thanksgiving dinner that will include:

Turkey
Ham
Paleo Stuffing (I don’t have this recipe written but google it – YUM),
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Homemade Cranberry Sauce (I use coconut sugar, cranberries, apple & water),
Fermented Sourdough Bread
Something green – not sure what…
Paleo Pumpkin Pie (YES Ben adds dairy whip cream!)
Another dessert – not sure what yet…

Tips for holiday eating:
*SKIP THE BREAD!!! (unless you have fermented sourdough 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-thanksgivingI am starting my day with a  run and a quick circuit.  What are your workout plans?  Get in my Thanksgiving circuit !!!

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

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Thanksgiving Workout!!!

thanksgiving5Skipping your workout on Thanksgiving is NOT an option so here is a circuit you can do ANYWHERE!!!!  All you need is YOU, a jump rope & motivation!!!

Warm-up
5-10 minute power walk or jog
High Knee’s x 20
Butt Kicks x 20
Karaoke x 20 each direction
Pelvic Bridge Marches x 20
DOWN DOG

Circuit:
Push-up / Jump / Jump
(jump feet in then out) x 15
Sissy Squat Jumps x 20
(feet together, bring butt to heels then JUMP)
Jump Rope x 1 min or 150 jumps
Pike Push-up x 15 (top of head almost to ground, shoulders over wrist)
Reverse Lunge & JUMP x 10 each leg (stay on same leg for 10 reps)
Jump Rope x 1 min or 150 jumps
Tricep Chair Dips x 20
(find a chair and do dips with elbows IN)
Plank Hip Drops x 20
Jump Rope x 1 min or 150 jumps
Scissor Kicks x 50
Tricep Burpee’s w/ Jump Tuck x 10
Jump Rope x 1 min or 150 jumps

Repeat 2-3 times
DOWN DOG
DONE!!!
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I am grateful for YOU!!!  Let me know how your Thanksgiving morning workout goes!!!

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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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Happy Thanksgiving…Grateful…Recipes…& more!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
I absolutely LOVE the Thanksgiving holiday.  It’s a time where family gets together, reflects on what they are thankful for, cooks amazing food, exercises & enjoys being together.

It’s so important to be THANKFUL for everything that surrounds you on this day.   Your family, good energy, CLEAN food, friends, laughs, sunshine, running partners, love, football, fun & the quality of your day.  So many people always want what they don’t have.  Take a look around you and be THANKFUL for what you already have. (this paragraph I wrote in my 2012 Thanksgiving blog but I thought it was so inspiring I would write it again)

I have so much to be thankful for this year.  Our daughter Charly is beyond a blessing.  Her arrival has brought so much joy, unconditional love & of course sleepless nights 🙂  We love her so much and are beyond grateful and blessed to be parents.

Now for the food!
If you haven’t followed my blog you don’t know about the amazing squash side dishes, sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce, paleo pumpkin pie & roasted turkey.

Here are a few of my favorites:
Roasted Acorn Mash
Roasted Turkey
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Paleo Cranberry Sauce
Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Amy’s tip of the day:
*EXERCISE – wake up before everyone else & MOVE MOVE MOVE!
*Eat a plate of food (yes whatever you want) but DON’T go for seconds…
*Eat a piece of pie but cut it in half…
*If you are going to drink like a fish…Eat like a bird!

Are you ready for the holiday season? Don’t wait until January 2nd to get fit – I CHALLENGE you to be more fit BEFORE the holidays than after. Lose those 2 pounds NOW, cut out dairy NOW, skip dessert NOW, do the last 3 reps NOW. Start TODAY!

ENJOY your Thanksgiving holiday!!

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Paleo Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry Sauce

12 oz Cranberries

1 cup Orange Juice

¼ cup raw Honey

1 tsp Ginger (fresh)

½ tsp Orange Zest

¼ cup Light Agave (or raw Sugar or Coconut Crystals)

pinch Cinnamon

*Optional: pieces of Orange

Mince the ginger and orange zest. Boil the orange juice, ginger and zest on high heat.

Once the liquid is boiling, add the cranberries. Reduce heat to medium (about a 4 on my stove) and cook uncovered for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cranberries have burst.

Remove from heat and add the agave, honey and cinnamon. Stir and set aside to cool. Once the cranberry sauce reaches room temperature, cover and refrigerate. Can be done several days in advance.

This is AMAZING on turkey, chicken or even steak. LOVE these fall / Thanksgiving recipes!!!! ENJOY!

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Paleo Pumpkin Pie…Fall & Thanksgiving are coming!!

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Before going into oven

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:
For Crust
>1 cup gluten free oats or ground almonds
>3 tbsp of melted coconut oil
>1 egg
>1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon & dash organic sugar

For Filling
1 (15 oz) can or box organic pumpkin
3 eggs
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger)
1 tsp natural vanilla
Coconut milk to thin (no more than about 1/3 cup)

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 325
2. Grease pie pan with coconut oil & mix crust ingredients by hand
3. Press crust into bottom of pie pan & put in oven while making the filling
4. In your Kitchenaid combine the filling ingredients. (except coconut milk). Add coconut milk if needed to thin slightly
5. After 10-15 min remove crust as it barely starts to brown
6. Pour / smooth the filling over the crust & return to oven for about an hour or until center is no longer jiggly.
7. Top with coconut cream or whipped heavy cream & chopped pecans
8. Enjoy!!!

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Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving morning is a time to MOVE Your A**!!!  Find a local Turkey Trot 5K, 10K or 8 miler to get your calorie burn started early so you can relax and enjoy the rest of your day!

I found three different local Turkey Trots in my area:
San Luis Turkey Trot – 8 mile run &/or 2 mile walk (I am doing this one!)
Pismo Beach Turkey Trot – 5K or 10K on the beach
Paso Robles Turkey Trot – 10K

I searched a few cities so you can find YOUR local race!
Boise, ID – 5K
Palm Springs, CA
Dana Point, CA
Michigan
Austin, TX
Tampa Bay, FL
San Jose, CA
Cleveland, OH
Phoenix, AZ
Anchorage, AK (Nov 17th)
Seattle, WA
Portland, OR
Morgan Hill, CA
Santa Barbara, CA (Nov 17th)
Huntington Beach, CA

Not a runner??  Do an Amy Approved circuit instead!!!!!

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Thanksgiving…Eating Clean…Recipes!!

Thanksgiving is a time for FAMILY, RELAXING, appreciating what you have TODAY, watching football, laughing, cooking & of course eating.  You don’t have to make EVERY single dish full of calories so here are 4-5 great recipes I used last year and will use again this year.
Cranberry Sauce – HOMEMADE – yes it has sugar but way better than canned!  (thank you John Hall for this one!)
Slow Roasted Turkey Breast
Roasted Acorn Squash Mash
Pumpkin Pie
Mashed Sweet Potatoes

More GREAT pumpkin recipes for the season!

Amy’s tip for Thanksgiving day: *Eat a plate of food (yes whatever you want) but DO NOT go for seconds… *Eat a piece of pie but cut it in half… *If you are going to drink like a fish…Eat like a bird…*MOVE – get up before your guests and EXERCISE!

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Be THANKFUL for everything that surrounds you today.  Your family, good energy, CLEAN food, friends, laughs, the sunshine, running partners, love, football, fun & the quality of your day.  So many people always want what they don’t have.  Take a look around you and be THANKFUL for what you already have.

Amy’s tip of the day:
*Eat a plate of food (yes whatever you want) but DON’T go for seconds…
*Eat a piece of pie but cut it in half…
*If you are going to drink like a fish…Eat like a bird!

Are you ready for the holiday season? Don’t wait until January 2nd to get fit – I CHALLENGE you to be more fit BEFORE the holidays than after. Lose those 2 pounds NOW, cut out dairy NOW, skip dessert NOW, do the last 3 reps NOW. Start TODAY!

ENJOY your Thanksgiving holiday!!

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Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

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Thanksgiving dinner can be CLEAN & yummy without all of the added preservatives, fat & calories.  Here is meal example I whipped up on a random week night.  SUPER yummy, satisfying, EASY & Amy Approved!!!

Cranberry Sauce
1 bag fresh cranberries
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (I used 4 oranges & squeezed by hand)

1.  Squeeze the oranges (by hand) into a measuring cup.  Place the cranberries & orange juice in a pot & slowly bring to a boil, making sure to stir from time to time.
2.  As the cranberries cook, they will eventually pop.  When all cranberries have popped (about 5-8 minutes), the sauce is ready.
3.  Cool in the refrigerator and serve with your thanksgiving turkey.
TIP:  If too bitter add 1 tbsp organic sugar

Turkey Breast
1 turkey breast thawed / bones on (about 1.5 lbs)
White wine
Coconut oil
Herbs & spices of your choice (I used salt/pepper, garlic salt, dill & cayenne pepper)

1.  Place your turkey breast in your crock pot in the morning before work.
2.  Rub w/ coconut oil & place the herbs & spices on top.
3.  Pour in enough white wine to almost cover your turkey breast.
4.  Cook on low for 8 hours.
ENJOY!

Roasted Acorn Squash Mash
1 acorn squash
2 tbsps unrefined coconut oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground coriander seed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

1.  Preheat your oven to 375 F.
2.  Cut each squash in half, but leave the seeds in.  Place cut end up on a baking sheet & roast them for about 50 minutes to an hour, long enough so that the flesh is fork tender.  Remove once cooked & let set for several minutes.
3.  Meanwhile, in a medium skillet over a medium heat, saute the onions in the coconut oil.  Cook for close to 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent and begin to be golden brown.
4.  Add garlic to the skillet, followed by the coriander, cinnamon, salt & pepper.  Continue to cook for about 2 minutes.
5.  Remove the seeds from the squash & discard.  Spoon out the tender part of the squash and discard the skin.  Roughly mash up the squash and add it to the skillet.  Mix well.  Only leave on heat long enough to blend flavors.

 

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