Friday, February 27, 2015

Healthy Asian Lettuce Cups

Hello my faithful friends! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far. I have been extremely busy with the pre-release of my book. If you haven't heard, my new book; 

"Nourish - the beginner's guide to eating healthy and staying fit", hits the shelves next month. It is available for pre-sale at Barnes and Noble, Books and Things, Cedar Fort, Amazon and many other great bookstores

Reach your health and fitness goals with this ultimate guide to eating right and staying fit. Learn how to cook for yourself and how to plan nutritious meals-without processed foods-step photos for exercises, and Pilates and yoga poses. Great as a graduation gift or for anyone who wants to make a fresh start, this book will help young and old alike start healthy habits to last a lifetime.

I am just as excited to tell you that the book tour and workshop is underway starting in 2 weeks! The first one is focusing on kids and family! Please see the description below:

I am looking forward to seeing you at the workshop! 

Today I am sharing one of the recipes in the book. I have been making all things healthy in this house, and I have never felt better. I started training 5 months ago and I am on cloud 9! I think as long as you have things to eat that you like, you won't splurge on things that are bad for you. One easy way to cut down on calories is to use lettuce as your wrap, rather than a carb. 

This is a lightened up version of the PF Changs lettuce wraps. To make sure they are gluten-free use my recipe for gluten-free hoisin sauce.

Healthy Asian Lettuce Cups
Serves 4

1 lb. Chicken Breasts, chopped.
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
2/3 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 4)
1 (8 oz) can sliced water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped
12 Butter lettuce leaves
3 Tbsp gluten-free hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp gluten-free soy sauce -or- braggs amino acids
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp. roasted red chili paste
1/8 tsp. pink himalayan salt

Heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, garlic and ginger to the pan and cook for about 6 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 

Combine chicken .mixture, onions and chopped water chestnuts in a large bowl, stirring well, and set aside.

Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together hoisin, soy sauce, rice vinegar and roasted red chili paste and drizzle over the chicken mixture. Toss to coat completely.

Add about 1/4 cup chicken mixture to each lettuce leaf, serve and enjoy!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa and Giveaway

My daughter and I are Quinoa (keen-wa) fanatics. It is the perfect grain. Gluten-Free, packed with protein and so tasty! I use it as a substitute for barley alot. I make Quinoa patties, all the time and also use it in casseroles as a substitute for rice. We eat a lot of rice and it is nice to have other things to eat. it holds its form and texture so much better than rice does. This dish is one of our favorite. It tastes like a macaroni and cheese dish, only much healthier. If you love a good broccoli cheddar soup, you are going to love this dish. Same flavors, but with some texture.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa

adapted from Closet Cooking

1 cup quinoa, well rinsed

1 3/4 cups chicken broth

2 cups broccoli, chopped
1 cup cheddar, shredded
salt and pepper to taste

Add quinoa, broth and broccoli to a large pot. 

Cover and bring the quinoa, broth and broccoli to a boil over medium heat, reduce the heat and simmer covered until the broth has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender,about 15-20 minutes.
Mix in the cheese, let it melt and season with salt and pepper.

Today I have a very special giveaway for those of you that are wine lovers.
I have partnered with Luigi Bormioli to host a giveaway for a set of 4 wine glasses of your choice. 
The company was founded in 1946 by Mr. Luigi Bormioli, who led it to international prominence. The Bormioli family continues his mission: a commitment to great design, traditional Italian craftsmanship and new-age glassmaking technology to create beautiful glassware of the highest quality. Luigi Bormioli rivals fine crystal in appearance and elegance. These are my favorite wine glasses! 

I would love to help you clean up your life. You can eat GREAT food and be healthy happy and cancer free like me! Why not learn how to make amazing healthy clean meals that you don't have to feel guilty about? 
My book Nourish is full of these types of recipes. Check it out, or email me today and I can help you get started on your healthy lifestyle. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Now Hiring Life Changers

"You can do everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want." -Zig Ziglar
It doesn't matter if you are a stay at home Mom or a Corporate Leader. We have all types on our team; Nurses, Teachers, Moms, Authors, College students and so much more. Many have now "retired" their job to be a full-time‪#‎Girlboss‬ on our team. ‪#‎WhyNotYou‬?
I am just finishing up a retreat with these life changers, and I am fired up to find the next round of ladies that want something more. I will need 10 hours a week of your time. You can do this job from anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. If you are on your fitness journey, I want you! The term ‪#‎GetFitGetPaid‬ has a whole new meaning for me now. Eat right, exercise, and motivate others to do the same and you will skyrocket on our team.
I am starting up the next training session and I have room for 5 people to work one on one with me and learn the ropes. Email me and let's change lives... starting with yours! We have exciting things coming up like a Cruise to Jamaica and our summit in Nashville. Don't miss out! Contact me today. 
If you want a family in fitness, this is it! ‪#‎helpwanted‬ ‪#‎nowhiring‬

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Middle Must Go Madness

kay truth moment. This coach is struggling this time around with my program because of so many amazing things happening. My son just came for a visit. My sister arrives today, then it is my birthday and then I am leaving on an all expense paid trip to a retreat with some of the best life changers. So I know I am not going to be able to 100% stick to the program. So I am planning ahead for my next round. Where I have some space to be home and concentrate on my goals... which are those abs for spring break!!!  
No more baggy (albeit oh-so-cozy) sweaters to hide our winter "gotta stay warm" layer!!!! I'm a beach girl now and bikini season is gonna be here SO SOON!!#MiddleMustGoMadness  is on the horizon! Time to plan!

Do you have a trip or somewhere warm and sunny on your horizon? Need to lose that muffin top and shred down to that sexy bod you're hiding by Spring Break? ME TOO!!

I'm looking for some accountability partners and friends to join me as I COMMIT to the ENTIRE 21 days of my new program!! I am SO looking forward to dialing in and focusing on my portions along those 30 minute workouts that keep me feeling "just" the right amount of sore and seeing progress week after week!!

I can't do this alone! Yes, I might be working out in my living room alone ((makes it so convenient to squeeze that half an hour in every day--no excuses)) but I need that daily check in and support to keep me going. I will do the same for you!! 

Comment below, like, or send a PM! Email: 
Tag a friend who would enjoy doing this too (the more accountability buddies the better!!)!! 
Gonna keep this private group small and intimate and I'm only taking folks serious about nourishing and investing in their health--mind, body, spirit, and belly--and SERIOUS about getting results with me! Is that you? 

This program is only on sale until February 28th. It comes in two levels, beginner or "ready for more" :)  Get yours on sale and join me and @harmony527 for fun #exercises#accountability#support and#motivation in your #weightloss journey. Together#WeCanDoIt

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Clean Eating Jerk Salmon with Pineapple Salsa

Hello Readers! 

It has been a while since my last article. I am going to try to post once a week now. So much is happening in my life. I wear many hats. My 3rd book is being published next month. I could not be more excited. It is clean eating, and exercise combined. Nourish - The beginner's guide to eating healthy and staying fit, will be hitting the shelves!

You can order the book now from Amazon HERE

This book is what I consider to be my best work. I am going to be coming to your area this summer! We are doing a book tour/yoga workshop! This unique workshop is a collaboration between Me and 200 Hour Yoga Certified Instructor, Heather Foat. Participate in a class that will be sparked with creativity and be infused with food for thought; courageously checking-in within to see how well you’ve been nourishing yourself.  After practice, Christi will provide a demo making a healthy snack for you to enjoy in very little time and requires little money. Be informed and leave with a weeks worth of recipes, grocery lists and yoga moves to step out as a new you. Are you ready to change your life and get healthy?

Please head over to the Nourish The Workshop website and let us know where you practice! Looking forward to meeting you and leading you on a journey to nourish your mind, body and soul!

One of the other major changes in my life has been my superfood diet. I used to spend all this money making my own whole food, organic, non-gmo concoction to fight off my cancer. I also used to waste a lot of time juicing. Until my doctor pointed me to the whole food, organic, cancer fighting superfood shake! I love to pick apart the ingredients in my shakeology and find out exactly where they came from and what they do for the body. Today I am sharing a nutritional nugget about Amylase, along with one of my favorite green smoothie recipes. 

Amazing right? Hit me up if you want some! 

I have been eating clean for over a year now. I don't fall into any one diet category, but I do eat clean. This is one of my most favorite dishes to serve. This dish is full of Caribbean flavor. It is also really really healthy. No need for heavy sauces or bad fats. This is a crowd pleaser. People will think they are indulging or "cheating" but it is extremely good for you. 

So I thought I would share the recipe in time for Valentines day. You can make your sweetie a special meal, and still have it be healthy! 

Caribbean Jerk Salmon and Mango Pineapple Salsa over Quinoa with Mango Puree

For the quinoa:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water

For the salsa you need:
2 mangoes, peeled and diced
1/2 pineapple, cored and diced
3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
3/4 teaspoon himalyan salt, 

Jerk Seasoning: 
1 teaspoon ground allspice 
1 teaspoon ground cumin 
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
 4 salmon fillets 
1 teaspoon olive oil

Chop and combine mangoes, pineapple, onion, cilantro and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Refrigerate until use.

Next make your quinoa. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add your quinoa and bring back to a boil. Cover and turn the stove to lowest setting. The quinoa will be ready in 25 minutes. Lift lid and fluff. 

Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, allspice, cumin, thyme, cayenne and cinnamon in another bowl; rub over both sides of each fillet. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; cook salmon until cooked through, 5 minutes per side, The skin should be able to peel right off after being seared. Serve with salsa. 

Mango Puree: one sliced mango in the blender. 1/2 tsp of stevia and juiced 1/2 a lemon. Blend until a puree.

To assemble, I started with a bed of quinoa. Then topped with the mango pineapple salsa. Next add the Salmon. Dollup a little mango puree on top and add a circle of it around the quinoa. Enjoy! 

Some of you know I write for a lot of other media outlets. I also write for my other blog Gourmet Cooking For Two. It was quickly picked up by my publisher and is available in stores now. You can also purchase it online at Amazon HERE. 
Making gourmet meals for two is the perfect way to grow closer to your sweetheart, whether you are a new couple, empty nesters, or somewhere in between. With romantic tips to help you spice up your love life, and over 100 delicious, high quality recipes such as Brazilian Red Snapper and Tuscan Potato Soup, you'll never want to go out to dinner again.

Gourmet Cooking for Two is available for sale at Barnes and NobleBooks and ThingsCedar FortAmazon and many other great bookstores.

I would love to help you clean up your life. You can eat GREAT food and be healthy happy and cancer free like me! Why not learn how to make amazing healthy clean meals that you don't have to feel guilty about? 
My book Nourish is full of these types of recipes. Check it out, or email me today and I can help you get started on your healthy lifestyle. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Exciting new program launch

What are you doing the next 21 days?! I’m so pumped because our newest workout
is launching and I plan on tackling it head on and wanted to see if anyone else
wanted to jump in and join me and rock it out for 21 days?!….it’s only 30 minute
workouts and it comes with a portion control container system that is going to show
us HOW much to eat…so you can’t beat that. I’m dedicated to getting into the BEST
shape of my life in 2015 and would love for you to join me! I need more friends to go on this journey with me…

so….If you think that all sounds amazing, please email me and I
will message you with all the details!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

January is over time to step up on your resolutions

"The program that changed my life!!!!" is on sale and the next evolution of it comes out tomorrow. 

All good fairy tales have a transformation that starts from within, right? Well, this program -the 21 Day Fix-does just that as it battles two fronts congruently. Portion control containers and a mess-up-proof meal guide that is YUMMY and easy 30 minute workouts that are over before they even feel like they begin--yet leave me feeling sore for days!!!
It's a simple plan--with structure and ease--that transforms lives.
This program is for all shapes and sizes. The pictures below are from MY team. Brooke on the upper left finished one cycle 10 pounds in 21 days!!! Look at me, look at my daughter Taylor's results! Look at Yasna who gave herself a healthier version of herself for Christmas. 

This program WORKS. Because it helps YOU learn that it doesn't need to BE a lot of work.
Seriously --21 days.
 If you are a beginner, 21 day fix is there if you are ready for the next round 21 day fix comes out tomorrow. Please email me and we can get you started on your health and fitness goals. 
If you're interested in learning how THIS can be your fairy tale story in time for Spring Break and fun vacays....just message me or comment below and I will make sure you have all the deets!!!

I have included all the february specials below, including the 3 day refresh which I start for my second time tomorrow!!! 

Personalized TARGETED Nutrition saved me!

Personalized TARGETED Nutrition saved me!
It can save you too! Take the free health assessment (it can even hook up to your DNA test results) to see what your body REALLy needs.