Thursday, December 10, 2015

Healthy Holiday Dessert

I came across this recipe online, and it reminds me of something my grandmother used to make!

Best of all, it's LOW CALORIE and HEALTHY, and everyone still loves it. Fruit and Jell-O are the focus of this dessert, making it sweet and light, while Greek yogurt adds a tart creaminess, and packs in a bit of protein!

I use the sugar-free kind, which is made with sugar substitute.  However, I never eat sugar substitute any other time, but feel free to use full-sugar jello (this will increase the calorie count), the recipe doesn't change. Otherwise, there are just 6 ingredients!

The Butterfly Effect, Vanessa McLaughlin, Healthy dessert

2 large boxes .60 oz of red Jell-O (I use a box of raspberry and black cherry, my grandmother used raspberry only)
2.5 Cups of boiling water
1 one pound bag of frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
1  17.6 oz container of plain 2% or full fat Greek yogurt
2-3 mashed bananas
1  8oz. can of crushed pineapple in its own juice (no sugar added)
1 non-stick bundt cake pan or other type of round pan with a whole in the middle

Butterfly Effect, Vanessa McLaughlin, Jello-Mold

1. Boil water.
2. Open packets of Jell-O and place powder in large bowl.
3. Pour 2.5 Cups of boiling water over the Jell-O powder.

Butterfly Effect, Vanessa McLaughlin, Jello-Mold
4. Stir until all Jell-O is dissolved.5.  Add frozen berries, mashed bananas and pineapple (with the juice) to the liquid Jell-O and stir.
6. Ladle 1/3 of the Jello/fruit mixture into the bundt pan.

Butterfly Effect, Vanessa McLaughlin, Jello-Mold

7. Place pan in the refrigerator for at least half an hour to let Jell-O mixture set.
8. While this is setting, keep the bowl with the other 2/3 mixture in it over a burner on the lowest heat setting, so that it does not set, but stays liquid.
9. When a half hour or more is over, spoon yogurt over the set Jell-O in the bundt pan, and spread evenly, making sure it touches the outer and inner edges.
10. Slowly ladle the rest of the mixture over the yogurt.
11. Let set for at least 2-3 hours.
12. To remove from pan, fill kitchen sink about 1/3 full with hot water.
13. Place pan in the water (jello side facing up).
14. While the pan is in the water, run a knife around the inner and outer edges.
15. Take a plate larger in circumference than the pan.
16. Take pan out of the water, and place plate on top of pan.
17. Quickly flip pan and plate over, keeping them together, in one swift motion.
18.  Jell-O mold should slide out of the pan.
19. Decorate on the sides and middle with fresh berries if desired.

NOTE:  If making in advance, keep Jell-O in bundt pan until at least an hour or less before serving.

Recipe Courtesy of: The Butterfly Effect

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Ready to get Hammered?? And Chiseled??

The wait is over! Christmas came early this year...Today is Hammer and Chisel release day! It's a new month, the end of an amazing year, and I know you have already starting planning your new year's goals. But why wait? Seriously? Because of Christmas? That's nonsense. Honestly, you can keep telling yourself that forever. There's always gonna be the next holiday, the next birthday, the next celebration. That's part of the hustle. And that's why you have to stop looking at getting fit and losing weight as short term. It has to be a lifestyle. You must embrace it. What does that mean? Enjoying everything in moderation. Following the 80/20 rule, eating clean 80% of the time and splurging the other 20%. Fitting in your workouts even on a holiday or special occasion. Its 30 minutes, you can totally do it!

I know my husband and I have been a bit too lax in the nutrition department, more like 50/50, not 80/20 thus we have both put on some unwanted lbs. And I'll be honest my husband is not too thrilled with cardio day in and day out. With 4 kids, its virtually impossible to spend an hour or more at the gym everyday, so this is the perfect solution! We can do this in our living room!

So what is this program all about?

The full name is The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, but who is keeping track! It was created by a mastermind Beachbody trainer team made up of  21 Day Fix's Autumn Calabrese and Body Beast's Sagi Kalev. They wanted to create a program that combined strength training, agility, core strength, cardio, tone and overall stamina to create a master workout. They wanted to create a program that would create a true athlete! That's just what they did! Autumn took her famous colored containers from the 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme and her new cook book, Fixate and incorporated them into the nutrition portion of the H & C program.

The program will include:
  • 30-40 minutes workouts
  • Weight Training & Cardio included in the program
  • 3 Different Meal plans to choose from.  Each meal plan varies for each individual and their goals.

Equipment needed:

  • Dumbbells (variety of weight depending on your personal fitness level)
  • Bench or stability ball
  • Band and door attachment or pull-up bar

Check out Tarah's results: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
She had recently had a baby and is a mom of 3. She committed to the meal plan, the workouts, and went all in for 60 days. Incredible!

Want results like this?? 
And these <<<<<<<
You're in luck. I have been selected as a coach to host an exlcusive Test Group. What does this mean? This mean you can be the first to test this program and your results will be submitted to Beachbody headquarters. You will be registered to win $500 and have the chance to be featured in the Official Hammer & Chisel infomercial!

Fill out the application to apply below: