Popsicles on a Hot Day

It is a beautiful 70 degrees out today! And as we move into summer, we will beat the heat. The only problem with beating the heat is the first thing people offer is ice cream, coke a cola, and lemonade. These have the sugar and chemicals that are harmful to your body! So I have found a recipe from a good friend of mine Kelley Carpenter. She has a website called cupcakemoms.com. Her son had severe allergies for many years and she figured out that without the sugar, dairy and gluten, the excema and allergies were gone!! So here is her Popsicle recipe that looks divine!! Let me know when you try it!

The Cookie Dough Popsicle you will beg your kids to eat!
– 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond, coconut, or rice milk
– 2 scoops Arbonne vegan, dairy/soy/gluten-free Vanilla Protein Shake Mix
– grain-sweetened chocolate chips or carob chips
– 2 tablespoons almond butter or sunflower butter (optional)
Blend all ingredients except chips. Sprinkle 10-15 chips in base of popsicle molds. Pour mixture into molds leaving approximately 1/2 inch room for expansion. Freeze for at least 4 hours. To serve, dip the bottoms of the molds in hot water for a few seconds so they slide out easily. Enjoy!



Cabbage for Everyone!

I don’t know about you, but over the years on my journey to health, I have come to truly love cabbage! I know it sounds weird, but boiled cabbage with a little coconut oil, or even SauerkrautGraphic-1sauerkraut which is fermented cabbage! Did you know that a whole head of cabbage is only 175 calories in a whole head of cabbage?? A whole head not only feed me and my husband as much as we want, but again for 2 more meals!
Sauerkraut is one of my more recent loves. My husband has Russian in his ancestry, so one of his favorite meals is sausage and sauerkraut. I agree this is tasty when you can get your hands on nitrate free healthier sausages. But I wanted to share with you a little of what I have found on sauerkraut. My mother always told me how good it was for you, but when I looked into the health benefits I was surprised. Did you know that the process of fermenting cabbage actually produces probiotics? Probiotics are live bacteria in your gut that are responsible for breaking down your food into the cells that line your gut and they are responsible for creating the chemicals that support your physical and mental wellbeing. In fact, 80% of your immune system is in your gut! So when you ingest these probiotics, you are supporting your immune system in your gut! According to a study done in 2006 and  published in The Journal of Applied Microbiology, eating these types of probiotics help to diminish the risk or major diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, mood disorders as well as lower risk for asthma, brain disorders and hormonal imbalances! Sauerkraut is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is easy to digest and can help with weight loss! I love it! If you have never tried it, I challenge you to give it a try! I like to cook min is a skillet with some salt and pepper. Keep it simple and it is sooooooo good! What is your favorite way to eat it?

The Right Way to Ace Those Finals

Finals Study Kit+

Give the gift of Great Tasting real nutrition and health during Finals Week. Her body needs protein. His brain needs B vitamins. His muscles need branch chain amino acids. Her lips need a chemical free lip balm. You can show them your affection and make their week smoother with our beautiful baskets of tastiness and energy!

Your student will start each test day with a Delicious Ready-to-Drink Protein Shake that delivers 20 grams of protein, plus 21 essential vitamins and minerals. Just grab and go!

We boost study time too. When she starts to feel the afternoon slump or the late night nose-dive , she can stir in a vitamin packed fizz stick to create a refreshing bubbly energy drink. Arbonne fizz sticks help promote alertness and enhance cognitive performance, help promote endurance and enhance motor performance, and help reduce fatigue. Contains antioxidants and a botanical blend of green tea, guarana and ginseng, combined with B vitamins and chromium, to help support energy.

Here is what your Survival Kit contains:
• Ready to Drink Protein Shakes (2 vanilla, 2 chocolate)
• Energy boosting Pomegranate and Citrus Fizz Sticks
• Arbonne Detox Tea
• Caramel Chews
• Arbonne Lip Balm
• 3 pieces of fresh organic fruit or Chocolate Energy Bars
• 4 oz. raw almonds

No Gluten or Dairy
No High Fructose Corn Syrup
No GMO ingredients
No blood sugar spikes and crashes
No caffeine shakes followed by zombie look-alikes

To order contact
Anna Joy Schedko, Arbonne Independent Consultant
(502) 807-9281

$45 per basket, $5 dollars off if ordered by March 30th

Deadline April 12th Delivery April 22nd, or 29th to any of the following campus post offices:
Bellarmine, UofL, UK, IU South, Southern Theological Seminary, Georgetown College, Sullivan, Spalding or Boyce
Give your student an Arbonne Advantage Finals Survival Kit!

Meat or no Meat… That is the question

I have a friend who is a vegetarian and she is convinced that anyone who puts their mind to it can be too. She has done alot of research on meat and tells me often that I should try it because it is significantly healthier in the long run. To be honest, I don’t know if I can give up meat! I love it. I feel like I could live on the stuff! Not really, but for real… I love meat! Now when it comes to our food, I do believe that you should eat organic or grass-fed beef or free range chickens or wild fish! The way that non organic meat is raised is not only barbaric but gross. They are dosed and dosed with antibiotics to keep them from getting sick because they are packed in so tightly that they can’t move and are forced to live in their own filth, to put it nicely. I mean, think about it… If 20 of us stuffed into a small room and stayed there for months, we would all get sick. Disease and germs spread and when you eat an animal that has been fed antibiotics you are ingesting those antibiotics and hormones… YUCK! I will write on that later… Anyway all of that to say I have found a recipe that I really enjoyed and believe it or not… it is meatless! A different friend that before shared this recipe on Facebook and I believe it is going to be a staple in our household! Meatless Meatballs. The original recipe was vegan so I modified it a bit because I am not a huge fan of the flax-seed alternative for eggs, but these “meatballs” turned out to be really good!
Chickpea Meatballs
2 cups chickpeas (I used cans)
2 eggs (original recipe used a flax seed alternative)
1/2 cup almond flour (substituted instead of breadcrumbs)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/4 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon basil
1. Drain the chickpeas & pinch the skin off as many as you have the patience for. Blend chickpeas in a blender until broken down.
2. Mix together the chickpeas and eggs.
3. Mix in the remaining ingredients. If the mixture is too sticky, add more breadcrumbs half a tablespoon at a time. If too dry, add more oil or water. You want a consistency that will be easy to roll into balls without sticking to your hands or cracking.
4. Form the chickpea mixture into meatballs and place onto a greased baking dish.
5. In a 450 degree oven, bake the chickpea meatballs for 20­ to 25 minutes, turning over halfway through. They will be golden and crispy on the outside when done!


Back to the Basics!

So let’s be honest, anyone who has had a baby knows that losing weight and getting back into shape is no joke! It is time to get back to the basics. I have been on 30 days to fit for about 7 or 8 weeks now and am down about 10 pounds (and in new jeans!) but I know my system and know that I can clean up a little more. As a mom you are constantly on the go, but I have decided that the easiest meal to make will be a salad! It takes no cooking, and you can throw it together in a very short time! This video is from a few years ago, and details how to make two of my favorite dressings and putting together salads. Check it out! Anybody wanna do this with me?


Counting Counts!

I have been looking into counting calories, and there are always pros and cons to every piece of health advice. I will say that in my opinion of one of the many reasons why I was so successful losing weight before was because I was counting calories. If you are using the same system I did, you can have 2 shakes a day and one meal a day. This allows you to easily transition into a healthier eating lifestyle. The goal is to maintain 1200 calories a day. When your shakes are only 250 calories each, you have 700 to 800 calories to play with in your evening meal. This is alot of food if you are eating clean one-ingredient foods! Remember I am not a doctor and everyone
is different. Different medical situations call for different actions. For example, I am keeping track of my calories and working on a good number for me while I am breastfeeding. According to my doctor I need 500-700 more calories a day to be healthy with milk production. My current goal is 1800 to 2000 calories a day. I keep track of this on different apps like MyFitnessPal and others. Below I have put together a few of my favorite foods and the calories contained within. I hope this helps you like it helps me! Be sure to leave a comment if you are in this with me! I love to hear others stories too!

Anna Joy’s Calorie Countscolorful_food

4 oz. chicken breast                                140 cal.
1 cup broccoli                                              54 cal.
1 cup green beans                                      34 cal.
1 cup cauliflower                                        14 cal.
1 cup asparagus                                           40 cal.
1 cup raw tomato                                         27 cal.
1 cup raw spinach                                         7 cal.
1 cup romaine lettuce                                  8 cal.
Hard boiled egg                                             90 cal.
1 cup zucchini                                                29 cal.
½ onion                                                          35 cal.
½ cup red pepper                                        20 cal.
1 cup sweet potato                                        114 cal.
½ cup black beans                                       115 cal.
½ cup pinto beans                                        118 cal.
1 granny smith apple                                    80 cal.
1 cup strawberries                                         48 cal.
1 cup blueberries                                            83 cal
1 cup salsa                                                          80 cal.
1 cup cabbage                                                   40 cal.
1 cup carrots                                                     52 cal.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk               40 cal
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk              45 cal.
1 tsp. coconut oil                                             40 cal.

Power of a Testimony

I had someone tell me the other day that they could never do what I did, no matter how hard I tried because I was young and weight loss is easy for me… No as much as I could tell them about how I tried to lose weight over and over again and failed… It is true that i do not know the struggle of menopause, debilitating arthritis in my joints, extreme foggy brain or the struggle of weight loss after five babies… But my mother has. She never felt like weight loss needed to be a focus for her. She was a comfortable size 14 and felt fine. She thought that the pains of her toxic body was just “getting old” Well in the preface of her book Appetite for God, she tells her story…

“What a difference one year can make!  At the age of 57, I was a size 14, frumpy, fatigued, achy and feeling old beyond my years.  That year, my doctor advised me to update my will and see a specialist.  Arthritis had slowed my activity to the point that walking down the stairs was a major effort, and bending over to tie my shoes was impossible.  I was a little concerned, but it had been so long since I had experienced health, I didn’t realize how sick I was.

I believed my MD when I was told; “It’s menopause.  Women of a certain age gain ten pounds a year as their bodies and metabolism slow down.”  “It’s to be expected,” said my chiropractor.  “We’ll loosen you up with weekly visits.” But the adjustments didn’t help.

I thought we were healthy eaters, but our family bonding all centered on food built from sugar and fat.  Having been widowed three times, our family has been through many sudden changes including financial hardships, but we also have a powerful bond built by the need to be close for each other.  Part of our bonding occurred when we regularly gathered together for comfort food with pies and rich desserts being a sweet specialty.  Our family was known as a circle of fabulous cooks, who knew how to entertain and please with food.

The beach picture is my daughter Anna Joy, for whom weight loss has been a total focus of life since the age of ten and the death of her cherished stepfather.  I tended to blame her out-of-control weight on genetics—my gestational diabetes and her resulting metabolism combined had produced a size twenty-two, 289-pound high school senior who was miserable and dangerously obese.  I had no clue what to do for her.  I wrote checks to every weight loss program I could, as we careened through the “lose-20-gain-30” cycle of dieting that left my precious daughter depressed and hopeless.  We began talking about stomach stapling surgery.

That’s when Eunice Ray talked to Anna Joy about a 30-days to Fit program, the foundation of our current 40-Day Program.  Anna Joy was persuaded, but the timing was bad for me.  I had just left a stressful job, was launching a new writing venture, and working hard to maintain a single-mom household on a limited budget.  Why was Eunice adding more stress to my life right now?! My heart ached for her desperation.  I agreed—but only for 30 days, and not one day longer!  I loved my bread and fast food desserts after a hard day of work, and could only think that I was signing on to misery one more time.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.  With a protein shake in the morning, I was out the door in two minutes with a satisfying meal.  The protein tasted great, and I realized quickly that not only was our grocery bill dropping dramatically, but the diet was so simple!  We were saving much more than the cost of protein supplements because we were no longer buying processed foods.
Then a miracle happened.  Around day seven of the 30 Days, I rolled out of bed and headed for the kitchen and coffee as I have done for many years.  At the bottom of the stairs, I screamed for Anna Joy.  She came running, thinking I had fallen.  “Anna Joy, I just walked down the stairs without painfully holding on to the rail!”  I had not done that in years.  Something very dramatic was happening in my body.  At the end of the second week, we both did a simple seven-day cleanse, and the weight loss accelerated.  I was experiencing more youthful energy, clearer thinking, and NO arthritis pain.  I could get dressed without struggling to move and was beginning to realize just how sick I had been, because for the first time in years, I understood what healthy feels like!

My other daughters got on board, and when my son-in-law dropped seventy pounds, his dad and sister joined in, along with about thirty others for whom our extended family has shown the way.

581350_4787546569380_1497866033_nWe have been enjoying the lifestyle you will learn about in this program for almost two years now.  Anna Joy, who is now a beautiful size 10, calls it our 30-YEARS to fit lifestyle.  Simply using a vegan protein and antioxidant rich nutrition supplements have literally transformed our family.  Genetics do not control or dictate a future of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.  We have taken control of our future health, and it is amazing, easy, affordable, and permanent.  I tell everyone I meet our story and I can show you how to achieve a new level of health and wellness too.”


Appetite for God is an amazing tool! It give a 40 day system to clean up your diet. It combines scripture and science to give you the best results. It has 10 Days of learning and cleaning up, and 30 Days of daily devotions and call to action to get healthy! You can order them on her website http://www.appetiteforgod.com