Baked Coconut Chicken

Recipe of the Day!!
Today we were thinking about the olden days when we cooked everything breaded and fried with oil and butter!! We came across an old recipe for coconut chicken and my mouth started to water! I thought, what is stopping us? Let’s make a healthy coconut chicken!!

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Baked Coconut Chicken
3 lb Chicken, boneless skinless
3 Eggs
1/4 cup Water
1/2 cup Rice Flour
1/2 cup Bob’s Redmill Organic Cornmeal
1 cup unsweetened Coconut
1 tsp Poltry seasoning
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease with coconut oil.
Slice chicken into four inch strips.
In one bowl beat 3 eggs and 1/4 cup water together and set aside.
In another dish min 1/2 cup rice flour, 1/2 cup bobs red mill organic cornmeal, 1 cup unsweetened coconut, 1 tsp poultry , 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ginger together.
Take one chicken strip and dip in egg mixture. Next dip chicken in flour mixture until lightly breaded. Place on baking sheet and repeat with each chicken strip until finished. Bake for one hour, or until chicken is cooked through. Enjoy!!

It was so delicious and it was a great reminder of how far we have come on 30 Days to Fit!! I don’t have to cook with the oil and the fat to make it taste good… Isn’t that mind blowing??

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System to Success

20130102-203735.jpgI have been surfing the web lately and found a couple of sites that said: here are fifty tips to losing weight. Surprise surprise it said to stay hydrated, cut out gluten and dairy, and to cut back on your sugars. Hmmm… Sound familiar? I was talking to my mother the other day and we were talking about all of the people we have helped start 30 Days to Fit, which adds up to about 50 people. Of those people we have had no one finish a month and say that 30 Days to Fit did not make a difference in their lives. Isn’t that amazing? We literally have a 100% success rate. Yes, some people lost less than others because every body is made differently, and some had a more difficult time in the transition than others. Systems are set in place for a reason and those systems are proven to work time after time. Organization and systems are proven to make life easier all around. In my business I have seen organization help make all things run smoothly. I met with another consultant and she helped me set up a system in my own work and now I can see that things are falling into place. All I needed was a set way of how to run things. If you struggle with organization and seem to not be able to lose the weight that you so desperately want to lose, that is where I come into the picture. Because I have lost my weight and learned the system, I am here to help you get a system in place that will give you the success you desire. I have a list of people that I call weekly to help encourage and help them stick to the system. If you want to lose weight and need some help, do not hesitate to call me and we will have coffee and set up a system to help change your life for the better! 502.807.9281

Sweetened to Death

I just read an article that frightened me!  The article reports that the FDA wants to pass a regulation stating that dairy producers cMilk Carton Over Whitean add artificial sweetener to milk without stating it on the label. This astounds me. Aspartame not only contributes to weight retention, but it also causes us to have more food cravings. One thing that I love about 30 Days to Fit is that I no longer have cravings, and I absolutely do not miss them!! Putting aspartame in the milk in schools will be setting up the children of America for disease and obesity. Aspartame has been linked to cancer and in some of the early tests there were deaths in the animal studies. Why would we want our children eating a chemical that will cause them harm. Not only this but it is untruthful. The fact that the FDA is even considering this is a scary realization. Personally, since I have started on 30 Days to Fit, I have become an avid label reader. It goes to show that we cannot trust the labels and we never really know what is in our foods.  Consumers need to demand truth in labeling, and buy pure products that do not have untested added hormones, chemicals, and preservatives.  School food is already over processed, poor in nutrition, and high in fat and sugar.  Replacing sugar with aspartame is not a step towards health.  It is a step towards dependence, overeating, and using our school children as guinea pigs for untested experiments.  I am so glad I am learning to take control of my own health.  We cannot leave it to a government agency to tell us what is good for us.  My body, my health, and my future can be made better because of my choices.  I need to know what is in a food in order to make the right choice.  The fact that food producers could put additives in food, or use GMO ingredients, without telling the consumer is money driven, not health driven.  It’s time for change!!

source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/13/unlabeled-aspartame-use.aspx

picture source: mmboxpartitions.wordpress.com

 

Spice It Up

The art of spicing is the difference between a good meal and a great meal. There have been many times when I have gone to the store and just picked out a new spice because I was going to try something new. A few spices that I want to share with you because you may not be as adventurous as me, but I have tried them so now these spices are tried and true!! My top five spices you should always have in your kitchen are as follows:

1) Merken

2) Cumin

3) Coriander

4)Cinnamon

5) Cayenne Pepper

merken

The first spice that I have tried and fallen in love with is the spice Merken. I was first introduced to this spice by Pam Leveritt. She came to my house to teach me clean cooking, and pulled out her incredible bottle of merken. Merken is a spice that tastes like barbecue. It gives any meat a sweet smokey flavor that will make your grilled chicken a new level of delicious!!

 

 

 

cumin

The second spice I have come to love is the spice cumin. Cumin is used for many things, but is most commonly used for taco seasoning. When you buy a taco seasoning packet it is packed full of sodium and many many chemicals. Sometimes those packets even contain MSG! We used to buy those packets until we found cumin. It is very cost-effective and it tastes amazing. It has replaced our taco seasoning one hundred percent of the time and is now a great healthy way to make a tasty taco bar. Cumin has also been shown to help aid digestion and even fight the common cold!!

 

 

 

corriander

The third spice that every kitchen should have is the spice coriander. I put coriander in everything. It tastes amazing in soups or in casseroles. My favorite recipe to make with this is a curry. My mother brought back a recipe from Africa when she lived there many years ago. Since we started on 30 Days to Fit, we have tweaked the recipe to be gluten, dairy and sugar-free and it is wonderful. We use coconut milk and the combination of coconut milk and coriander is divine!!  Coriander makes a very mild curry so if you like a good kick of heat in your food be sure to add come cayenne pepper to help turn up the heat! And the health benefits are great too! Coriander has been known to alleviate inflammation, lower cholesterol and even lower blood sugar!

 

 

 

 

cinnamon

 

The fourth spice that I love is cinnamon. When I decide to have a warm protein shake, I use cinnamon to give it a latte taste. It gives your shake a little something new to help keep your food fresh! Also it is a nice addition to any protein bars that you make. The taste of cinnamon is a taste that I could never do without!! Cinnamon has also been proven to balance blood sugar and help alleviate arthritis pain. Just the smell has been known to improve brain function!!

 

 

 

 

 

cayenne

The last spice that I believe no kitchen should be without is cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper is absolutely one of my favorite spices. I love spicy foods and a small amount of cayenne goes a long way! I love to make mexican chocolate protein bars with cayenne pepper. the bars are nice and sweet when you first bite into them but then you taste the cayenne and it warms you up. Cayenne has also been known to help aid in digestion, remove plaque from the arteries and to help remove bad cholesterol!! How cool is that!! I have bought organic and I have also found cayenne in bulk and bought it that way.

 

 

 

 

Spices are everywhere. Many times when you go to a restaurant and a dish is amazing, it is because it is spiced to perfection. Do not be afraid to play in the kitchen. Your mother always told you not to play with your food, but throw that out the window!! Yes, you may mess up and add too much of one spice or too little of another, but you will learn. 30 Days to Fit is all about learning how to cook and if you truly commit, you may even learn to love cooking! I know that when I get into the kitchen for dinner my eyes light up because I love to play with all the possibilities and when I start cooking I don’t know what I will be eating for dinner. Will it be a soup or a stir fry? What spices… hmm maybe a little of that and a lot of that. Anything you want. Play around in the kitchen and use what you have. The most important piece of advice I ever got about cooking was this: When you go to cook a meal, open your fridge and use up the ingredients you have. If you have many ingredients that you don’t know how to use, combine them and see what you can make. You may create a meal that will become a favorite in your house. How will you know if you don’t try?

 

Oh Salad Dressing

Ok… Picture this, you go to a restaurant for dinner and you order a salad, because you are trying to lose weight… You think you made a good choice, right? Then it comes to the table and it is so drowned in thick gross dressing, that you know by just eating this salad you will blow up like a balloon… Is there a worse situation?? Tonight at dinner we were having people over and we were serving a large salad. Everytime we entertain I try to branch out and have a new dressing for all to try. In the past I have made mostly thinker dressings with an avocado, but tonight I made an incredible, light, and delectable dressing that truly made the salad the best part of the meal.

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This is a picture of a Ginger Almond Dressing
1/2 cup Almonds
1/2 cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)
1 cup Water
6 Dates (pitted)
1 tsp Ginger
1/2 Yellow Pepper

First grind almonds in a food processor until well chopped. Next add dates and pepper and blend. Lastly add all remaining ingredients and blend thoroughly. Chill for twenty minutes and serve.

When I made this dressing I forgot to grind my almonds first, and my finished consistency was not a smooth as desired, but it still tasted amazing!! Try this dressing to dress up your salad today!!

Tax Deductible

Today was a good day, I made a large batch of chili to warm me up on this cold day, and I got much work done. I wanted to take a moment and talk to you about writing trips off your taxes. As you may have noticed I was unable to blog as much as usual over the past two weeks. I have been out of town meeting with people and along the way I shared my story with Arbonne and how people can change their life through diet! I feel like I shared my story with everyone. I get so excited that I just cannot stop talking to people!! Anyway, this trip was classified as a business trip, and I wanted to share with you what I can write off! First of all the plane tickets to and from my trip are a nice tax write off. Next any and all meals that we ate out are tax deductible because they were required for my business trip. Lastly I wrote off all groceries/ supplies that I needed for my Arbonne presentations. Save all receipts and write it off. When you build your own business and own your own business, one of the many good things is that you can write most things off your taxes. It is how you truly thrive in your business. Keep good records and you will be set. I keep a notebook with all of the miles I drive to and from Arbonne meetings in town along with and money I spend on coffee dates or lunch dates. I truly enjoy taking someone to lunch and sharing with them this amazing business, and as a perk I will buy their lunch. How I justify this in my mind is that it is all tax deductible! You will get the money back, so be generous in your business and you will be blessed!!

Applesauce Anyone?

Everyone has thier guilty pleasure… Is it sweet? Sour? Salty? Fried? Over my weight loss journey, I have learned that one of the best apples to eat is a Granny Smith. Granny Smiths are low in sugar and now if I eat a red apple it does not taste right, it is too sweet to be good!! I have had many people tell me that Granny Smith apples are too sour to eat… Well I have a solution! Growing up, applesauce was a staple in my house. Who does not like applesauce? Have you ever thought about making it homemade? I had no idea how easy it could be!!

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It only takes ten minutes and it tastes amazing!! How to? Let me tell you!! Take two Granny Smith apples. Peel and core them. Cut them into chunks and put them into a small saucepan. Add 1/3 cup of water, and heat on medium heat until apples are soft, about ten minutes. If you like unsweetened applesauce then you are good to go!! If you like sweetened applesauce, add one packet of stevia and one tablespoon of cinnamon and it is a savory sweet mix!! It is so good for a snack when you just can’t shake that sweet tooth!! So good!