Sunday, December 27, 2015

Vegan for the Holidays

vegan holiday recipes

I used to deprive myself of one thing: NUTRITION

When I was a "vegan" back in high school for 2 years, I carbed it up, and stuck to processed "fake" products. I remember one time I was trying to get out of class so I went to donate blood on campus. I found out I was iron deficient so they turned me away. That was a wakeup call, but I didn't know what to do. After a ton of trial and error, 12 years as a vegetarian, weight gain in college, weight loss my 5th year of college, then a 21 day whole foods, vegan cleanse, I had an epiphany.

I was literally starving myself from what my body NEEDED. I was not eating what vegetarians should be...VEGGIES! That 21 day cleanse was the reboot I needed to cleanse my palate, start fresh, and figure out what I could teach my body to love--real food. 

This holiday season, I'm so happy to say that I had no trouble at ALL finding meals to eat. I was a little nervous with all the events I attended since there are no other vegans in the family, but surprisingly, there are a TON of options out there. Yes, I brought my own asian stir fry to one of my dinners, and an Amy's non-dairy burrito to another, but the sides are where it's at!

Here are just a few of the dishes I consumed over this break. Mind you, I did indulge a little with a pumpkin vegan donut (whole foods) and 1 vegan cinnamon roll from Trader Joe's, but I basically kept it clean. I've weened myself off sweets so I never crave them (thanks to my daily chocolate superfoods), and I'd rather have carbs any day. I'm happy to say that starting January 1st, I'll be going full vegan when it comes to my diet, even though I basically have been for months, and I'm very confident in this decision :)

Meals (left to right):

-Vegan stir fry with rice noodles, pre-cut veggies from Trader Joe's, tofu, bok choy, and soyaki sauce

vegan breakfast

-Vegan cinnamon roll from Trader Joe's, with black coffee, mocha almond milk, topped with Soy Whipped topping

-Chocolate vegan superfoods smoothie with 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup almond milk, ice, 1 tbsp almond butter, handful of spinach, blended and topped with coconut flakes

-Berry Salad

-Cold Brew and Pumpkin donut

-Whole Wheat bagel with Avocado 

vegan salad

-Raw Spinach salad with pomegranate seeds and Fig Balsamic Dressing (this is my new FAVE from Whole Foods)

-Salad Bar on Xmas eve with veggies and avocado

Vegan Meatballs

-Homemade Vegan Rigatoni (Whole Foods) with homemade tomato sauce and Italian Vegan Meatballs topped with Nooch

See? It's not just wheat germ and leaves  ;) Have questions about the workout program I'll be starting January 4th? Vegan Meal Prep? Joining me for extra accountability come 2016? Check out my other blog posts or, shoot me an email at LaurenMcHugh14@gmail.com :)

#WhatVegansEat #BetheChange #VegetarianToVegan

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

You are Your Only Competition

Feminist


Look in the mirror, not in magazines. Listen to your heart, not what the media says. YOU are your ONLY competition. 


Bright Nikes
 
I used to compare myself ALL the time to the girls on ads, in workout classes, wherever. Let me tell you this: it got me nowhere and continued to lower my self esteem. While confidence can be learned, it should start from a young age. Do yourself a favor, and tell yourself daily that you are amazing, beautiful, and have so much to offer to this world. 


What is Feminism


Words are extremely powerful, fakeness in the media isn't. Love yourself, be yourself, and only ever compete with yourself. 

If I can make a recommendation to help you starting working on yourself NOW, it would be to read or listen to the audio Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod. It changed everything for me, and I highly recommend you begin every single morning with the steps he describes in his book <3

Let me know if you decide to read it :)


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Master's Hammer and Chisel Private Test Group

Hammer and Chisel

What is this new home workout program?

The Master's Hammer and Chisel JUST launched and it is the newest home workout program. For the first time, two celebrity trainers are coming together to give you the best results possible in 60 days. The workouts are anywhere from 30-40 minutes to get you ripped and toned for the new year! 21 Day Fix creator, Autumn Calabrese, and Body Beast creator, Sagi Kalev have teamed up to make this program more oriented towards ALL genders--not just a focus on lifting OR cardio.



What makes this program so effective?

Besides the trainers' well-known titles and accomplishments in the fitness industry, The Master's Hammer and Chisel has a new resistance-training system that incorporates three muscle-sculpting phases--Stabilization, Strength, and Power - or SSP Training. You're not just pumping iron and you're not just bouncing around mindlessly doing cardio. I've done two sneak peeks of this workout, and I enjoyed the multiple rounds each class had. 

When is this program available?

Tuesday, December 1st!

Hammer and Chisel Test Group

What Do the Workouts Involve?

The workouts are performed on a daily basis, for 30-40 min classes. Again, they are designed on the foundation of SSP training, which stands for Stabilization, Strength, and Power. Unlike most workout routines which contain different phases, Hammer and Chisel contains all three. This helps with muscle sculpting, burning fat, and increasing muscle power...and who doesn't want that?!

Hammer and Chisel workouts

What is Included in the Hammer and Chisel Base Kit?
Hammer and Chisel Sale
12 Workouts on 6 DVDs
1 Shakeology Shaker cup
7 Portion Control Containers
Full Hammer and Chisel Recipe Book and Nutrition Guide
Quick Start Guide
60 Day Wall Calendar
Bonus DVD: 10 Min Abs Hammer
Bonus DVD: 10 min Abs Chisel
My Coach Exclusive: The Master's Cardio--Sagi and Autumn team up for a Quick Fat Burning Cardio

**The Deluxe Kit Includes The Base Kit Items Plus**

8 lb Medicine Ball
4 Bonus Medicine Ball Workouts
Bonus Set of Portion Control Containers

**The Challenge Pack Includes the Base Kit Items Plus**

A 30 Day Supply of Shakeology
Free 30 Day Trial to Beachbody on Demand so you can stream your workouts from anywhere, and have access to meal plans AND thousands of dollars worth of older programs as well :)

What is the Investment?

I do require the Challenge Pack in order to get your BEST results possible. It is $180 USD.

Hammer and Chisel Results
These are some of the phenomenal results taken from the Corporate Test Group!

Who is this program for?

Anyone wanting to take charge of their nutrition, their physique, and overall health. If you have a busy schedule, the workouts are short and effective. This is for anyone who is not afraid of a challenge and wants to tone up!

What Equipment do I need?

You only need a small amount of space, about 6 feet which is super convenient if you travel often, or have a small space to workout. You do need free weights (the weight depends on your fitness level, but anywhere from 5-40 lbs). There is also the option of a chin up bar OR resistance band with a door attachment (which is what I use). You also need a bench OR stability ball. Both the band and ball options are shown in the workouts so you can follow the modifier but still get killer results!

Lauren's Hammer & Chisel Test Group:
Hammer and Chisel Test Group

The Master's Hammer and Chisel has officially LAUNCHED!! In order to help you get the best deal possible THIS month and start 2016 STRONG, with tons of momentum, I'm so excited to announce my Hammer and Chisel Private Test Group!

This is for anyone wanting to crush their fitness journeys as a TEAM using this brand new program. Get a start on your New Year Resolution with your bff, significant other, or make a commitment to yourself and your HEALTH.

We start Monday, January 4th and the deadline to purchase your challenge pack is Sunday December 27th so you get all your tools on time to succeed!
If you are interested in joining, and are not already working with a coach, please fill out the form below to apply! :)

You are also welcome to email me at LaurenMcHugh14@gmail.com <3


Hammer Workout

Please Fill out the Form Below if you want to be FIRST in my Test Group--I am only taking on 20 applicants to help work with you 1 on 1 to succeed! :)





Powered by 123ContactForm | Report abuse

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tofu Fajita Recipe

Tofu Recipe

Tofu Fajitas!! These were SO delicious!! 

I just made up my own recipe, but you can portion everything out (I use simple color coded containers for each food group based on the 21 Day Fix program). 

What you need: 

-Tortilla (I used the Flat Out High Fiber\Protein multi grain ones with low carbs) 
-Tofu (I use extra firm tofu that's already cubed--Make sure you drain it before you cook it on the stove with portioned out oil) 
-1 Orange bell pepper, cut fajita style 
-3/4 yellow onion, cut the same way (cook the peppers and onion together with the spices below)
-1 package of meatless crumbles, Mexican style (I made my own taco seasoning below)
-Several extra spicy jalapeños, chopped 
-1 can reduced sodium black beans (add to the crumbles once they've cooked) 
*Optional: guac/avocado and hot sauce :)

I made my own taco seasoning to put on the tofu before I cooked it, along with in the veggie crumbles with the black beans. I used chili powder, cayenne, and garlic powder. 

The tofu always tastes better when you season it since it takes on the flavor of what you're cooking it with! Slap it all together and enjoy!! This took little prep time, was absolutely delicious, healthy, and perfect for kids or omnivores! :)

It made about 4 servings, but I'll definitely buy more veggies for next time!

Will you try this??


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Never Forget Who You Are

Team Retreat



Sometimes, we can definitely lose ourselves on social media. I mean, those double taps and comments are so exciting to receive...but do we all realize that there are actual people behind the pictures? Captions? 

 I strive to be as REAL as possible, share my actual journey (ups and downs), and express that I am a human being. I have feelings, I've gone through a lot to get me to where I am today, and I'm in no way edited to perfection and have abs to inspire with the world.  (perhaps someday!!)

I do work on myself everyday to become better and help my team do the same! I am me, and you are you, and all our journeys are unique. 

 I remember meeting some of my team for the first time and them telling me I was a lot shorter than I appeared on social media.
 (I'm 5'1 and a HALF!), and I thought it was so funny. 

We can look up to people online as inspiration, but please realize that they're not special snowflakes. My job is on social media, I LOVE it, but I do think we all need to check ourselves sometimes and make sure we are staying true to who we are. 

What is Feminism?


I, for one, will never post about something that's not in my belief system. Remember to always be unapologetically you. Never forget who YOU are, embrace and love that, and accept that not everyone will love that.

 Who cares? This is your journey, not anyone else's 

If you DO feel like we are like minded and can connect with my feminist, plant based, yogi, Disney lovin ways, I'd love to invite you to join my tribe of coaches!

 Reach out to me if this might be something you see yourself doing <3
Don't forget, you're awesome just the way you are!! 


LaurenMcHugh14@gmail.com

Monday, November 2, 2015

Sneak Peek into Coaching

Vegan Recipes

Calling all Fit Girls, Yogis, Plant Based Foodies, Badass Girlbosses...Are you Ready to Achieve your Dreams?? 

Shoot me an email at LaurenMcHugh14@gmail.com or message me on Facebook: Facebook.com/LaurenMcHughFitness to join :)


I'm looking for 10 like-minded women to join my tribe this November and learn how to build your own health and fitness business to live a life of your OWN design!! <3

Even though fitness is a huge part of how I connect with others, and I keep them accountable on their journey to living a healthy lifestyle, coaching is much more than that. Working on social media is about connecting!

Beachbody Coaching


I lost 40 pounds on this journey, and I found myself.  I want to help others become empowered, get outside their comfort zones, travel at will, become healthy, love their bodies no matter what the media says, and join me on this epic adventure.

Before and After picture


I find it pretty badass that I can work from anywhere, on my own time, and connect with other girl bosses who go out of their way to help people on a daily basis. I workout from home, I eat healthy, I share my journey, and I help my team accomplish huge goals they never thought they were capable of. 

I have huge goals for my team because I know what it's like to grow so much in such a short amount of time. Like any business, it takes work, consistency, and personal growth. However, my team works hard, we play hard, and we realize our potential every single day by working on ourselves to help others also become the best version of themselves. 

Coach Sneak Peek


If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, want to find yourself again, embrace who you are, smile more, become a healthy, confident individual who can also help others with their health, this might be a sign for you. You get what you put in, and I'd love to get to know what YOUR dreams are. 

If you've seen my posts, and wonder what the heck it is that I actually do, where I have financial freedom, travel all over and often, earn free trips, cross the border to Canada to attend a team retreat, workout with celebrity fitness trainers, exude positivity and self love, make my own tribe of amazing women on their journey to confidence and passion for health, then you will want in my 3 Day Coach Sneak Peek group! This is 3 days of worth of information/a behind the scenes of what coaching is all about in a private Facebook groupt! :) 

Shoot me an email at laurenmchugh14@gmail.com to join the group--we start on Wednesday, November 4th! smile emoticon

There are NO strings whatsoever! Most of my awesome team is made up of women (although you do not have to be a fit girl to be on it!), moms, full/part time students, and Disney lovers! wink emoticon I also have some awesome plant based foodies, and some of my closest friends who I can work with every single day! *Again, you do not have to identify with these categories, I just like to be up front!*

Travel

My coaching experience started with a workout program that changed my health...but now it's flourished into this huge DREAM job where I can wear yoga pants all day at home, "work" on social media, with zero business experience, and make this my full-time income.

You do NOT need to be in your best shape, you do NOT need a business/sales background, and you do NOT need a degree/be certified as a trainer. You simply need to have drive and passion when it comes to helping others with their fitness and health (while also working on your own!). heart emoticon

I am only opening 10 spots up on my team so we can work one on one and really help you get started on flourishing in your own business! I want to give you a F*R*E*E* SNEAK PEEK into exactly what coaching entails. I am looking for BIG dreamers, go-getters, and those who want to really make a difference in the world and their financial freedom. 

**If you are interested, Email me at laurenmchugh14@gmail.com, or shoot me a message on Facebook**

**Please do not apply if you are already a coach or working with one.** *This is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only, and you must be 20 and older*

The group will be open tomorrow! :)


Let's Crush Goals together--it's about time 💞✌🍃

(@LaurenMcHugh_14 on Instagram)











Beachbody Coaching

Thursday, October 29, 2015

My 3 Day Cleanse Results

3 Day Refresh

Results are in! I just finished a cleanse called the 3 Day Refresh and it went very well! :)

 I announced this on my snapchat this morning (dream4tmrw), but I lost 3 pounds and 4 inches in 3 days!! YAY!!


 I've done my fair share of cleanses, but day 3 was super tough for me...I honestly think shorter cleanses are harder than long ones because the first 3 days your body is in shock and is like WHAT ARE YOU DOING, firing hunger pains and hanger...but trust me it gets way easier.


3 Day Refresh Results


Have you ever done a cleanse?? What was your experience like? If you follow me on my Like page on Facebook (Fb.com/LaurenMcHughFitness), you know that I've done my fair share of them, including a 21 day one this past Spring.

I love a good challenge, so here are my top 3 tips on HOW TO SURVIVE A CLEANSE:

1. Stock up on all the water. It is your best friend. On my 21 day cleanse, I could only have distilled water. I went through it like a dehydrated camel, so I was constantly going back to the store. Stock up on that life saving liquid, your headaches will magically disappear and you'll be much fuller!

2. Clean out the pantry! Nothing ever good came from cookies in the cabinet while you are super hangry, which naturally happens when you're cleansing. Get it OUT! Destroy it, throw it away, junk food is not your friend, especially when you are cleansing your body of it! Plus, you're more likely to stay on track :)

3. Have a Plan of Attack. Don't plan girls nights when you can only sip herbal tea and be boring. Pack cleanse approved snacks/tons of water when you're running errands (avoid food stores...make sure to prep in advance), and have alarms on your phone when you next have that shake or juice or carrots, whatever! 

I hope this was helpful :)

The holiday season is coming up, and I know I don't want to be back to bloated and unhappy for the next few months! January is this huge BOOM New Years resolution month, but really I think it's super important to have a resolution for yourself EVERY month of the year...bikini season or not, it's about your HEALTH! 

Investing in my health has been the BEST decision I've ever made...no more debilitating allergies, no more digestive issues, no more getting sick ALL the time, no more feeling behind in all physical activities...I'm still on my journey but learning everyday. And DAMN I've come a long freakin way the past few years <3

 If you're even remotely curious about what I do, or you want to make your health a priority and just don't know where to start, reach out to me! I promise I'm a real person, with real goals, on a real journey :) And Remember...You are BEAUTIFUL!! 

Email: LaurenMcHugh14@gmail.com :)




Monday, October 19, 2015

My 12 Year Vegeversary

Plant Based Diet



I can't believe I'm celebrating almost 12 years of being a vegetarian! That's about half my life! Two of those years I was a vegan, but I did it the unhealthy way (all the carbs and junk I could get ahold of....plus a not so great mindset in high school). 

Sometimes it's still difficult...going out to dinner, traveling, cooking with an omnivore boyfriend...but like everything in life, if something is important to you, it's a priority, you make it work. Yes, I have had to make sacrifices, yes I still struggle with not consuming dairy (and I believe in balance so I do eat cheese every now and then), but mostly I don't really think about it.

More recently I've been doing research on a whole foods, plant-based, oil free diet and I saw amazing results in how I felt, looked, and even spoke to others. 21 days of doing this and I was a completely different person. But then temptation came when there were family events, then Disneyland, my birthday, and my strict lifestyle became more lax.

Since I've dealt with eating, self-esteem, body image, and other issues in the past, I have found the best way to FEEL my best is a vegan diet. I really don't like labels because I think we are confined to them, but there are many varieties. I made a blog breaking down some of them, with a video on what I have found works best for me. Click here to view.

I know that on social media, we can get so caught up in categorizing, hash tagging, and putting each other into strict confines on who we are. When I get comments telling me I'm not a vegan, or a vegetarian, or plant based, it gets to me because I make it SO clear that I'm not trying to be in one category--I flip flop. I'm mainly plant based, but I'm human. We live in a world where meat is still rampant, where milk is consumed like crazy, and where I will probably get negative comments every single time I post about it. This is why I surround myself with like-minded people! If you're reading this, you're probably one of them! :)

I LOVE hearing about people raising their kids vegan. I LOVE looking at amazing vegan recipes. I LOVE hearing about people making the transition from omnivore to herbivore. I LOVE sharing my story with others in hopes that it will inspire them to take action. I LOVE my veggie goodness, my almond milk, my spinach, my vegan protein bars, my superfood vegan shake, my almond butter, my veggie burgers, my quinoa, my cleanses, and the fact that loving this and sticking to this is MY choice.

Vegan Lifestyle


It's funny that you can still get ridiculed for doing something you're so incredibly passionate about. I don't ask about your protein intake. I don't ask about how you get your veggies in everyday. I don't ask if you eat fast food. I am in charge of me, and you are in charge of you <3

I am proud of myself for sticking to something for this long and having zero regrets. Even if I have to order a side of potatoes at breakfast because there are only animal products on the menu, I will. Even if I have to bake a plant-based lasagna and bring it to a holiday dinner so I can eat something, I will. Even if I have to meal prep in order to travel, I will.

Everyone is passionate about some aspect of their lifestyle, whether that is working out, body building, farming, going to church, meditating, running a support group, doing hot yoga, not wearing shoes to class...

I mean I went to UC Santa Cruz, I've seen it all ;)

Some people are raised vegetarian or vegan, which I think is absolutely amazing. I made my own decision at 13 and have never strayed. And yes, I am very proud of that. Keep doing you, and never forget to LOVE YOURSELF!! <3

#PlantPower

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Easy Vegan Mac N "Cheese"

Vegan Mac n Cheese

I am admittedly a cheese addict. I used to be all about that fake crap you get at Safeway and have no idea what's in it. I've been skeptical about making vegan mac n cheese because all the recipes sound so WEIRD! How can VEGGIES taste like CHEESE?! They're not really supposed to, but it's very similar and a great way to stop your cheese cravings in a healthy way too :)
#plantstrong

Here's what You Need:
- 10 ounces dried Whole Grain Macaroni (You can probably sub zoodles here too!)
- 1 cup peeled and diced potatoes (it was about 1/2 a white potato for me)
- 1/4 cup peeled and diced carrots (I used baby ones)
- 1/3 cup chopped onion (I used a sweet onion)
- 3/4 cup water from the boiled veggies
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- Sea salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Pinch cayenne
- Pinch paprika
- Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs (optional)

(The ingredients you might not have heard of like nutritional yeast and coconut milk you can purchase from Whole Foods in the bins, along with the cashews!)

Instructions:
1. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Set Aside.

vegan macaroni recipe

2. Boil water in a medium sized pot. Put the potatoes, carrots, and onion in it. Boil for about 10 minutes, or until the veggies are soft enough to blend.
3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked veggies to a blender. I used a nutri bullet (much easier with less clean up!). Add 3/4 cup of the cooking water into the nturibullet along with all of your other ingredients!
4. Blend until smooth. Doesn't this look yummy?!

vegan cheese

5. Mix the noodles with the sauce and preheat oven to 350 (this is an added delicious bonus, or you can just eat them this way!). 

Easy Vegan Recipe


6. Place the mac n cheese in a baking dish and sprinkle the top with whole wheat bread crumbs. Bake it for about 15 minutes or until the stop starts to brown.

Mac n Cheese Recipe


**This is a super quick recipe, and absolutely delicious! Kid, boyfriend, and omnivore approved! :)

What Vegans Eat

Enjoy!! :) If you're a vegan on a fitness journey (or just need help getting started), shoot me an email and let's talk goals!! I love meeting like-minded plant-based foodies on social media! <3

LaurenMcHugh14@gmail.com






Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Engine 2 Mushroom Stroganoff

Engine 2 Recipe

You know, I've never been a fan of mushrooms. They always creeped me out! But I have been trying more oil free recipes, and wanting to get outside my comfort zone when it comes to veggies!

I decided to go with this Engine 2 Mushroom Stroganoff. I found it on Engine2Diet.com under the Dinner recipes. I modified it a little bit, so here are the ingredients you will need :)

Ingredients:

-1 large yellow onion, chopped
-8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
-8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
-4 cloves garlic, minced
-4 tbsp whole wheat flour
-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
-1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (calls for soy but I love almond)
-1 container Zoodles (I get mine precut at Whole Foods!)

Instructions:

First, prep all your veggies! It really doesn't take that long. In total this recipe took about 30 minutes, and it was supposed to yield 4 servings, but it was more like 3 since my boyfriend enjoyed it too! :)

Zoodle Recipe

First up: cook those zoodles! For my fave recipe, click here or simply spray a pan with coconut oil spray (unless you can find an oil-free way to make them...in that case I'd love to know too!) and just cook them evenly for a few minutes. 

Next up, let's make the Mushroom Stroganoff!

Get a large non-stick pan and cook the onion on high heat for about 3 minutes. You don't need oil, onions have their own juices! After about 3 minutes, add the garlic and shrooms! Once the mushrooms begin to release their juices (trust me this happens pretty quickly!), sprinkle the flour over the mixture. Stir non-stop until it's mixed in. I would recommend using a whisk because the flour kept getting stuck to the tongs!

Engine 2 Mushroom Stroganoff

Next add the vinegar and almond milk. I accidentally used vanilla--just get the normal unsweetened almond milk or else you'll have a little tang of vanilla (not too bad though!).

Keep stirring the mixture until it thickens. You can add thyme but I didn't have it. 

Oil Free Vegan Recipe



Serve over your beautiful zoodles. Ta da! No carb-heavy pasta--just veggies on veggies! :)

Does this look good to you? It's super simple and very healthy! 
Let me know if you try it. You can find more recipes on my Pinterest, Instagram: @LaurenMcHugh_14, and my Fb: www.Facebook.com/LaurenMcHughFitness

Stay Plant Strong! <3


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Transformation Tuesday

Before and After

Have you ever looked back through old photos and thought to yourself, "Wow I look younger NOW than I did THEN?!" 

That is one of many feelings I get when I look at this picture. On the left, I was in high school during a very dark time in my life. Sure, a lot of us go through that "goth" phase where we hate everyone and everything but it was much deeper for me. I was completely lost. A lot of the negative I was feeling on the inside reflected on the outside. To this day I still love wearing black, I love eyeliner (but now I do it a little less raccoon-like), I still love metal and hardcore music, but that girl behind the mask has been freed. I no longer have to stomp around in trench boots to prove to the world that I'm angry and they should all know it.


I was dealing with a lot of internal pain, and ate my feelings with carbs since I was a pretend vegan for two years back then. And I say pretend because I literally just ate carbs and Joe Joe's from Trader Joe's--for the animals though! ;)

Now, I begin each morning with meditation, affirmations, thinking about what I'm grateful for (we all have something), and acknowledge that I am in control of how I react.  


Turbo Kick


"Do no harm, but take no shit." I used to be so quick to judge, so angry in all my interactions with people, but I let people walk all over me. I was reading Yoga Girl the other day and she said this quote. I love it because it's something I abide by. I won't go out of my way to judge someone, to be overcome with jealousy, to feel down on myself when I get a negative remark, but I also stand up for what I believe in, I'm open about my past, present, and future, and I'll sometimes look back on my past and smile at how incredibly far I've come. 

I hope you keep your high school rebel, but take on a more happy approach in life. The first step for me was going out of state to college which made me truly appreciate what I had at home 💕
 Be grateful for what you do have.

If no one told you today, you're beautiful and have the potential to do whatever sets your soul on fire in life!! 


I'll leave you all with this...

I Love Me

(I love Me)

Gonna love myself, no, I don't need anybody else


(Hey)


Gonna love myself, no, I don't need anybody else

(I love Me)

Can't help myself, no, I don't need anybody else

Anytime, day or night

(I Love Me)

Even though there are some obvious double meanings for some of the lyrics, more of these songs need to be out there!! Empowering yourself, embracing who you are, LOVING YOURSELF. It's not selfish to put yourself first, and to be confident in who you've grown into. It's selfless.

In order to help & serve others and project positivity onto them, you have to work on yourself. First and foremost, love yourself. <3


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Easy Vegan Chili Recipe

21 Day Fix Vegan Chili

This is a SUPER easy recipe that I modified to make VEGAN!! That's right, from omnivore to herbivore super easily!

This recipe is from the cookbook Fixate, by the creator of the 21 Day Fix, Autumn Calabrese :)
Therefore, everything is portioned out and super clean!

Ingredients:

-2 tsp coconut oil, melted
-1 medium onion, chopped
-1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
-2 cloves garlic (I used minced)
-1 package Lightlife Meatless Crumbles (any brand will do!)
-1 can kidney beans (15oz)
-1 can black beans
-1 can diced tomatoes, no salt added
-1 cup red wine
-1 tbsp ground chili powder
-1/2 tsp sea salt
-Pinch of daiya cheese to top it!
*Optional: drizzle of hot sauce to spice it up! I also added a little cayenne

Portions: Yields 8 Servings (mine was about 6 because I cut the kidney beans in half)
-1/2 Green
-1 Yellow
-1 Red
-1/2 teaspoon

*These servings are based on the 21 Day Fix Nutrition Guide*


Instructions:

1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan over medium-high 
2. Add onion and bell pepper, cook for about 5 minutes.
3. Add garlic and stir for about another minute.
4. In another pan, cook the veggie crumbles for about 5-6 minutes. Make sure you spray the pan with coconut oil spray because the crumble stick easily. It's best to use a non-stick pan.
5. Add the veggie crumbles, beans, tomatoes (with liquid), wine, chili powder, salt, and optional spices. Mix up the goodness and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat, gently boil it and stir for around 20 minutes. I did it for about 15 and it was good to go! You just want it to thicken up.
6. Get out your meal prep containers and divide the servings into even scoops in each container. You can top it with daiya, hot sauce, or cilantro!

This is a super hearty and delicious dish, especially for the fall!! Family and boyfriend friendly ;)

Enjoy!!

Powered by Blogger.