Banana Mint "Ice Cream" with Chocolate Chips

This recipe is all over Pinterest so I lay no claim to it - but it was too delicious not to share with you guys. Great for adults and kids too!

Ingredients:
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup of fresh mint
1-2 tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips (to your liking)


Directions:
Freeze bananas then cut them into pieces before you toss them into a food processor. Pulse 10-15x then toss in the mint and chips and mix!

That's it! Enjoy the heck out of it. Chico didn't feel like any when I made it so I ate it myself...ya snooze you loose buddy!

Cheesy Tuna Spaghetti Squash Casserole

My new favorite dinner! I am a huge fan of making things that keep in the fridge well so that I can grab something healthy and delicious. If I don't have healthy options available I will make bad choices - this is a fact. I hope you all enjoy this as much as we did!

Ingredients: 

  • Two Cans of Tuna
  • 3 cups spaghetti squash, cooked (6 Greens)
  • 1 tablespoon light butter, melted (1 Healthy Fat)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (1 Condiment)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste (2 Condiments)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, to taste  (1/4 Condiment)
  • 1 tbsp grated Kraft Parmesan cheese (1 Condiment)
  • 3/4 cup 2% Fage Total Greek yogurt  (1/2 Lean)
  • 3 oz. reduced fat cheddar, shredded and divided (3/4 Lean)
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil (1/2 Condiment)

Directions:

Poke holes on all sides of the spaghetti squash with a metal skewer or a fork. 

Place a paper towel in microwave and place squash on top of paper towel. Microwave in increments of 3 minutes until flesh starts to get soft. I had a medium sized squash and microwaved for about 10 minutes. Let cool. Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop the seeds and the middle strands out with a spoon and discard. Next, scrape the inside of the squash with a fork all the way to the skin. You should get strands that resemble spaghetti. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine melted butter, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese with the yogurt and 2 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese. Stir in spaghetti squash until combined. Pour spaghetti squash mixture into an 8 inch casserole dish. Top with tuna. Sprinkle the remaining ounce of cheese and dried basil over the top. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. The casserole is ready when the top is a light golden brown, which makes for a crunchy crust! Serve immediately.

Cabbage Spring Rolls

So Adam and I are always looking for interesting ways to spice up healthy eating while still appealing to our taste buds. We happened upon a recipe for spring rolls that used cabbage for the outer layer and they turned out awesome. The recipe called for shrimp but Adam was stuck on using some ground turkey that we had in the fridge. I can't really complain since he pretty much made them. :)

Spring Rolls:
24 medium shrimp peeled and deveined (about 1 lb) boiled for 7-10 min, let cool in fridge. We used one package of extra lean ground turkey.
1 head of cabbage blanched and peeled (blanch for 2 min tops)
1/2 head of lettuce chopped
1 cucumber sliced
2 cups of bean sprouts
fresh mint chopped
fresh basil chopped
1 bunch of green onion
shirataki noodles drained (we used tofu noodles but there's also yam if you don't want added protein).

Peanut Sauce:
1 tbsp Pb2 mixed with water
1/2 tsp fish sauce (we will use oyster next time - i thought the fish sauce was kinda foul).
1/2 tsp chili paste
1/4 minced peanuts (we skipped)

Spicy Sauce: 
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp chili paste
1 clove garlic minced

DIRECTIONS:
Cut the large white vein out of the cabbage. Start from one side to the other, in this order place green onion, 2 piece cucumber, lettuce, noodles, mint, basil, bean sprouts, shrimp (or whatever protein). Roll from one side to the other, tucking in as much as you can. 

Sad you ONLY lost 1 lb??

Happy Saturday! I was cleaning up and found the journal that I tallied my weekly loses in last year. I forgot how many weeks in a row I "only" lost 1 lb or so. I am posting this to hopefully encourage those of you who are on your own journey to health - stay the course! I lost 46lbs in 4 months because I didn't give up and kept my eye on the prize. Sure there were peaks and valleys and it wasn't done perfectly...but I now weigh 25 lbs less than when I had my son and honestly I haven't felt this comfortable with my body since high school! If your on a good path- keep it up! If you need help please don't hesitate to reach out to me!!

Stuffed Peppers.

via Instagram Last nights dinner - stuffed bell peppers. It was so yum and so easy. Made some Israeli couscous and cooked up some ground turkey with mushrooms and olives, added the couscous to the mixture with tomato sauce. Cut off the top of bell peppers, scooped mixture inside and baked for 30 min at 350. Chico loved it too which is always a plus to not have to make different meals for everyone!!

Healthy Eating - Disney Style!

Bengal-Barbecue-Disneyland-0546 As you may or may not know - I am at Disneyland about once per week just tooling around with Chico and friends. Although I love churros, ice cream, corn dogs and everything else Disneyland has to offer - I can't eat like that all the time. I usually bring some of my own healthy snacks, but I like to enjoy what Disneyland has to offer too! I compiled a list of healthy food options for any time you hit up Disneyland! Don't be afraid to ask a cast member to hold the sauce or put the dressing on the side! It's your health - grab it by the "you know what!!"

Check out my Healthy Disney options! What do you enjoy when you go to Disney!?

DISNEYLAND

  • Bengal BBQ: Skewers! Chicken in a Polynesian sauce, hot & spicy beef, beef with sweet sauce, bacon wrapped in asparagus, and a vegetable skewer.
  • Big Thunder Ranch BBQ: BBQ Chicken and Ribs
  • Habour Galley: Grilled salmon salad, steak salad
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant: Big Al’s chicken salad
  • Village Haus Restaurant: Classic Angus 1/3 lb. Cheeseburger, Apple & Cheddar Salad

CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

  • Taste Pilot’s Grill: Grilled chicken sandwich with a house-made chipotle aioli and jack cheese; Spring salad mix (with baby spinach, etc.) with fresh grilled chicken, feta cheese, diced tomatoes.
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery: Asian Rice Bowls (ask for no rice and extra seared Asian vegetables). Choose from chicken, beef, or tofu. Sides of edamame.
  • Paradise Garden Grill: Mediterranean Skewers - Choose from Lemon-Oregano Chicken, Grilled Steak, Spiced Ground Beef, or Vegetable and Tofu. Skewers also include the choice of one of the following sauces: Tzatziki, Chimichurri, Moroccan Chili, or Tandoori-Spiced Yogurt. A Greek Salad is also available.

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Bikini Bound 1 year Post Baby!

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So there I am on the left - 4 months post-baby waiting for breast feeding to magically take the weight off. Some of you may have read my post when I first started out in my quest for health - HERE.  I was so unhappy with the way I looked and felt guilty for feeling this way. I had an amazing healthy newborn and felt ashamed for focusing on what I wasn't happy with about myself physically - as if it made me sound ungrateful for my baby; but when I looked in the mirror or got dressed to go out I would cry because I hated the way I felt and looked. I began to think maybe I was just going to have to get used to the way I looked - even though I was miserable.
My goal was just to be what I weighed when I got pregnant.
Here I stand today, my baby is a year old and I am 43 lbs less - but the coolest part is that I am 28 lbs LESS than I was when I got pregnant. We are going to Aruba and for the first time since I was a teenager, I am not dreading wearing a bikini. I never thought my body could look better after having a baby, but you guys it is totally possible. More than losing the weight, learning how to keep it off forever was the coolest part for me. Also disproving the myth that one needs a gym membership to lose weight was eye opening. This program has changed my life so I created Get Fit With Flores to help teach others how to feel and do the exact same thing!
If you relate to what I've said at all please don't hesitate to reach out to me - I promise I can help!
Emily
ecyanez@gmail.com

Breadless Breadsticks!

20131203-205946.jpgI made these awesome "breadsticks" tonight with dinner and it was so easy I thought I would share with you. 

Ingredients:

Cauliflower, Egg Beaters, Reduced Fat Mozzarella

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. 

Mix 1 cup of grated raw cauliflower with 1/4 cup of egg beaters and half a cup of mozzarella in a bowl. Line a 9 x13 loaf pan with parchment and lightly spray with Pam. Pour mixture into pan about 1 -1/2 inch deep. (It is okay if the mixture does not cover the entire pan). Bake at 350 for 30 min or until set. Lift the edges of the parchment and place bread with parchment on to cookie sheet. Carefully use a spatula to lift the edges of the dough off the parchment and flip the dough. Bake for an additional 15 minutes at 450 degrees. Take out of oven and with a pizza cutter, slice strips through set dough. Separate slightly. Sprinkle with garlic salt, Italian seasonings and 1 oz or 1/4 cup 2% reduced fat mozzarella or three cheese blend. Continue baking at 450 degrees for about 10 more minutes until cheese is melted. 

We had it with soup but you can have it with marinara sauce too!

 

 

Transformation Tuesday!

Transformation Tuesday Okay so the new thing is #transformationtuesday I guess?! Heaven forbid I miss out on the latest trend that's rocking Instagram! On the left is me at 37 weeks pregnant and probably 45-50 lb heavier. I had Chico less than a week later. On the right is me today, almost 8 months post baby. Women's bodies are amazing and capable of incredible feats! That being said- I wouldn't have ever been able to look like this without changing my health habits and diet. I never thought I could look like this again, seriously. I haven't weighed this much since college! I feel wonderful and want other mamas to feel the same. It's possible. I swear!!!

P.S. Sassy Zebra Nursing Bra from Target - gotta love Gillian O'Malley!

Getting "It" Back After Baby!

Before & After Front Let me just preface this post by saying that I NEVER (like EVER) planned on showing these pictures to ANYONE besides my husband and my health coach when I first started this journey to health. I was incredibly ashamed of how I looked postpartum and what seemed like my inability to shed my baby weight.

But here I am - about three months since I started the program and I am proud to share my results with you.

Why? Because I hope to inspire other people - especially moms - to have the body and lifestyle that they really want. Sure - you need to be happy with yourself on the inside first, but the way I looked on the outside was beginning to make me feel pretty crappy on the inside and I knew something had to change. Too many times as mothers we are given the message that it is selfish and petty for us to focus on ourselves and/or physical imperfections brought on by pregnancy. When I looked unhappily at myself in the mirror I felt guilty for feeling the way I did - if I shared this feeling out loud would I sound ungrateful for the amazing little person I had just given birth to?

I remember being concerned about my weight gain and monitoring it during my pregnancy. My doctor told me I should gain 35 lbs. I believe by the end I was closer to 45-50 lbs gained and I worried. So many mothers told me not to feel this way and filled my head with the belief that my pre-pregnancy body would be just around the corner.

"It will fall right off since your breastfeeding!"

"You will be too busy to eat 3 meals a day, so you will loose your weight that way!"

"Oh just take the baby on lots of walks and that will take care of the extra pounds!"

"You lose 30 lbs by the time you leave the hospital."

Um, yeah not exactly. I remember weighing myself after I came home from the hospital and I was only 15 lbs lighter. And my baby Chico was only 8 lbs!!! I was devastated. I was barely under 200 lbs.

Those women had lied to me! I breastfed Chico around the clock (as anyone with a newborn knows!) and didn't find that I was losing anything. In fact - breastfeeding made me sooo hungry! It was like I was famished at all hours of the day! I was NEVER too busy to eat (and my awesome husband always made sure I had food) and I walked that baby all over my neighborhood daily. I lost some, but I was far from fitting into my old clothes...

before and after side

I wasn't sure what to do. I broke down and bought clothing in bigger sizes so I didn't have to wear yoga pants and maternity tops every day. I tried to tell myself maybe I could get used to my new body - after all - shouldn't I just be happy that I have a healthy and happy baby?

One night I stumbled upon an old friend on Instagram. He was a health coach now and his feed was filled with tons of before & after photos not only of himself and his wife, but tons of other people who he was working with. I remember excitedly showing my husband and pointing out that these people were NOT exercising to achieve these results - but simply changing their eating habits.

The long and skinny of it (get it? skinny of it?) is that my husband and I began the program. My program was especially designed for nursing mothers and Adam had his own program. Three months later and we are still going strong!

I have lost 25 lbs and 20 inches.

Adam has lost over 40 lbs.

We are so happy not only with the results, but how it has changed how we see food and health - and in turn how this has changed our family. We want our son to grow up  to have a healthy attitude about eating and to enjoy good, healthy food.

before and after back

There are three aspects about this program that make it work:

1) It is a Medically Based Eating Plan to Balance Blood Sugars. This is based on balancing blood sugars - not calorie counting or points. It will teach you to eat 6 small meals a day and you’ll get into a fat burning state which basically eliminates cravings and produces high energy. It’s amazing how you feel!  This eating plan is SIMPLE!

2) Long-term Curriculum to Teach You Habits for Success. This is a program that really helps to get our head in the game and transform from the inside out. I think we all know people who have lost weight and gained it back... this is a system that will help you deal with the triggers, behaviors, emotions that will really determine long term success. That’s why we don’t even call this a diet. This is a program that will make sure you don’t ever gain your weight back!

3) Free Personal Health Coach to Guide Your Journey! We all need the human element to help execute change. How did you learn to ride a bike? Did you just read a book and then hop on and start riding? You had someone running along side you, right?  We don’t transform by reading or learning alone... we need accountability, support and interaction.

Because I am so excited about this program and how it changed our lives in such a short amount of time I decided to become a Health Coach myself! This program is so easy and "do-able." I want other people (especially mamas) to know the feeling of getting "it" back - whatever "it" is for them - this could be getting your self-confidence back, your "sexy" back, use of your full wardrobe again, your health, your energy - YOU NAME IT!

If you're interested in getting fit yourself - check out our site HERE!

Here's to Health!