Crockpot -Porkloin meal

Who doesn’t love the crockpot?!? Holy moly, talk about saving time! I feel you can almost toss in anything with a little seasoning and it’s going to be delicious.

This is a perfect meal that takes maybe 5 minutes to prepare but is a healthy option vs. going through a drive through after your day. Healthy and quick- kids love it!? Can’t ask for more than that.

I made this porkloin with the veggies from my fridge that weren’t going to last much longer. Celery, brussel sprouts, carrots, onion, Mexican squash, and a can of tomatoes. The porkloin I bought from our Neighborhood Walmart; I like the options of plain or their seasoned/marinated ones. This time I chose their Italian marinated porkloin. I enjoy a little pink Himalayan salt (many benefits in this salt) added to it all while cooking as well.

Turn your crockpot to Auto-Put your porkloin in the crockpot- chop up your veggies and place inside- add Himalayan salt- go about your day and hours later… yumm!

It’s not the prettiest dish in the crockpot but it’s certainly tasty.

What’s your favorite crockpot dish?

Happy Tuesday πŸ’•

Just like Magic

Well it happened. I finally have found something other than motherhood or myself to completely embrace and emerge myself into. I’ve found that I have something I love and something I feel fulfilled doing. And as I’m told quite a bit recently, that alone is a blessing.

It all started with the challenge….then I began accepting ALL challenges. Don’t think I can sing? Try me. Wanna race? I’ll give you a head start! Yes, it’s madness! I might just end up attempting all sorts of things on this journey of life.

My most favorite thing and probably what I’ve struggled to find my “career” in forever? Helping people and Fitness. I’ve been active since I was three but I’ve yet to enjoy what I’m doing now 95% of the time. It’s always wanting to make a difference….and well, I’ve found it. I found something that provides another source of income, freedom in my own scheduling, major perks and bonuses with the company…all to help others. So, just like magic–I’m in love. Not just in love with the “work”, but also the workouts and the nutrition side of it…I don’t have one single thing I DON’T like. Can I get an amen?!

I want to share this opportunity with those out there that are struggling for their niche. If they want to help others become better than yesterday. To remind people they can do anything and help guide them along the way. You can be in any shape or have any body type, you just need to be amazing in your own way. Live 2018 in a new way, new mindset while becoming a better version of yourself.

Please email me if interested: Email orΒ  Instagram

Here’s to new adventures and finding your magic wherever or whatever that may be.

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No Sugar Added Banana Bread

My word!! What is it about the smell of banana bread floating through the house, that creates some sort of comfort? Maybe it’s from my own childhood or maybe it’s just the sweet smell that makes you want your house to smell like that everyday!

Banana bread has been a favorite of mine for so long. As much as I love trying new things or experimenting,Β  I simply love the “classic” recipes. This recipe has my heart and my daughters tummies.

I make a very simple bread using the classic recipe…HOWEVER, over the years I’ve added my own ingredients to the recipe.

You’ll need:

3eggs

4/5 ripe bananas

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3 cups flour

1 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup **

2tsp vanilla**

1tsp cinnamon**

 

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees, prepare your bread pan (spray with coconut oil).

Mix together eggs, syrup, oil, vanilla,Β  then add banana while smashing down with whisk to the consistancy you desire.

Stir together cinnamon, soda, salt, flour ( I sometime will add less than a tsp of baking powder )

Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry while stirring (If it seems to thick, add a little milk or water, it will be fine).

Once it’s all mixed together pour it into the bread pan and place in the oven.

 

I like to let mine bake 45-60 minutes, I like when the top is a golden brown. Stick a knife through the middle to make sure the bread is cooked through.

Enjoy the lingering smell…and the taste because if your children are like mine it’s gone within a day or two!!

 

 

Wanna Taco bout it?

I can’t help it-Full blown dork here.

SO as we know I like to say that you can feed your children/self quick meals that can still be nutritious. This is one of the quickest meals but a favorite that circles around our dinner table. STEAK TACOS! In all honesty I’m a fan of buying steaks at Albertsons when there is a fancy special, buy 1 get 2/3 deal!

My favorite is to grill these steaks and serve with asparagus or Brussel sprouts as a main meal and then later use the meat as leftovers for yummy quick tacos.

First, in a large bowl I chop romaine lettuce and coleslaw mix and add to a bowl, drizzling (VERY LITTLE) ranch or cilantro ranch into the mix. Sprinkle a smidge of pink Himalayan salt-dash of pepper.

I cut the leftover steak put in a pan with a smidge (maybe 1/2tsp or less) of avocado oil, garlic, and onion. I grill the onion and then add the steak, pouring some Braggs Liquid Aminos over the meat.

Add the lettuce/slaw mix, then the meat, shredded cheese if you’d like, chop up some cilantro to sprinkle over.

My favorite thing of tacos? You can become absolutely creative and add your own favorite ingredients. You can chop cucumber, add feta cheese instead of shredded ….maybe a corn/black bean/salsa mix…your options are endless! get creative…these are just some of our family favorites.

**I typically like to use corn tortillas, softened in oil and salt. But every now and then family vote wins and I use just the crunchy taco shells from the store.

Tuesday Therapy

With all the various exercises I’ve been doing lately,Β  Epsom salt baths with essential oils have been my friend. They not only help the soothe the achy joints and fatigued muscles but these baths always allow for extra therapy whether it be mood or emotional boosts as well.

The great thing about these bath treatments is you can typically use a variety of oils mixed in with the Epsom salt (so they dissolve into the salt) and be placed into the bath for the aromatherapy healing. The salt acts as a carrier and also helps relieve any soreness or stiffness and fatigue the muscles may have.

This two combinations are my favorite:

–Soaking at least once a week for 20 minutes–

Epsom Salt (1 cup)

Baking soda (1/4 cup)

10 drops Lavender

**This combo draws out toxins, lowers stress related hormones and balances pH levels**

Next Fav Combo

-Soaking at least once a week 20 minutes-

Epsom Salt (1 cup)

Baking Soda (1/4 cup)

8 drop Eucalyptus oil

5 drops Orange

2 drops Bergamot

**This is just a happy bath, soothes muscles, uplifts moods and promotes overall wellness**

Roll Out

The Benefits of a Foam Roller! Don’t have one? May want to seriously considering purchasing one, they can be a massage alternative and incredibly helpful. They may or may not be slightly on the painful side, but it’s that let out a shriek/laugh kind of pain. I’m kidding, it’s not that bad.

BENEFITS:

Foam rollers are known as the myofascial release, the application of pressure to eliminate scar-tissue and soft-tissue adhesion. This exercise helps you become stronger, faster, less injury prone, and may even help reduce cellulite ladies! Doing this a few times a week/daily improves circulation, reduces soreness and improve flexibility. The use of the roller can even lower cortisol that happens during exercise. The Illotibial band (AKA IT band) runs from the top of your leg by your hip and runs through to your knee down. This is a major benefit to relieve the stress/tension from this band.

You’ll want to make sure when rolling that you lay and roll across your hamstrings (back legs), glutes (booty), quads (front legs), IT band, upper and lower back. Take your time and go slow, but pay attention to your body. If it’s causing a lot of pain–stop. Take your time but don’t go too slow, your body weight plus the pressure of the roller is causing quite the compression and moving knots among other things along.

4 mistakes you can make:

1=Staying in 1 spot too long, 2=moving too quickly, 3= working too much on the already injured area, and 4=using bad posture and form.

The roller requires balance and making sure you’re not overcompensating your back or something else while trying to roll.

Definitely worth the small investment for this big benefits, but do your research after purchasing so that you are using proper technique and not causing any issues.

Happy Roling

Dream Motivation

Will Smith

You Know, I have listened to this video for over 4 years now. Of course it comes and goes in waves of being played but seems to make itself present just as needed.

How many of us get so discouraged in our daily lives? Don’t see the results quick enough? Which now we have the horrible spreading of the “I want it right now” epidemic…. and most, with technology and everything else available, get it right now. Daily life is hard, trying to make huge changes in your daily habits and mindsets is hard! The ideas we have of ourselves or others and the disappointment that can follow those ideas. Life is disappointing and that’s just something you have to be okay with.

I’ve been learning in my own recent Dream Journey that for once I feel I have my “dream”- my go, my drive. Have I already asked myself what I’m doing? Absolutely! Have I already tried to change my mind? Yes! Times I’ve asked how the heck I’m going to go into something I don’t know much about? I guess I’ll figure it out. Because it feels Right! It feeds my soul and sets in on fire! And that’s how I want to live my life!

Think about it, If we break the obstacles of our dreams down into smaller components… they tend to not be so overwhelming. A small check list, a schedule, maybe five to do’s. That’s all.

Throughout all the things I’ve watched or heard people speak of it’s just having consistency, it’s learning and growing from the failures that came from learning! It’s all just a process. Just like life.

Don’t stop you’re Journey that you’re on. Don’t stop you’re dream. Watch the video and be reminded of why you’re here and you’re purpose.

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