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 What is PiYo?
PiYo is the latest workout to come from Beachbody and it is amazing!  It allows you to carve an intensely defined physique-without jumps, without weights, and without joint strain. Using body weight, PiYos uses low-impact, high-intensity movements inspired by Pilates and yoga. The result? Long, lean, muscles, a high, firm booty, and tight, flat, sexy abs. PiYo will work every single muscle to stabilize, stretch, and strengthen every inch of a body. And since Chalene Johnson cranked up the speed and the fun, crazy calories will be burned too!

 
Now I'm going to be honest, I wasn't sure that I was going to like this workout. I am used to the high intensity, joint pounding workouts like Insanity or P90X3.  I couldn't help but wonder if I was 'really' going to get a good workout from this program that has no impact and no weights.  However, PiYo quickly put me in my place! These workouts are no joke.  I absolutely burn the same and sometimes more calories than I did in some of my other programs.  I also love that the workouts are only 25-45 minutes long.  I can easily fit them into my day.  And have I mentioned the core work?  YOWZA!  Because of my surgery, that is my weakest area and needs the most improvement.  I
have been struggling some with the core aspect of this program because of that, but I can definitely tell

Refreshing Minty Watermelon Shakeology

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This is a great summer recipe.  The taste is so minty and refreshing!  Enjoy!






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Quinoa Breakfast

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I often hear people say that they want to try quinoa but they aren't sure what to do with it. My answer...ANYTHING! Quinoa can be used just about anywhere you would use rice or oatmeal. This recipe  is SO yummy.  As a bonus, the cinnamon and vanilla makes your whole house smell divine! :)

I will give you the main ingredients but honestly when it comes to the fruit and nut combinations there is no limit. Experiment with your favorites. Enjoy!






 

Quinoa Breakfast
 

Ingredients: (organic & non-gmo if possible)
1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 can coconut milk
Fruit and nuts of your choice



Instructions:
  • Combine the quinoa, water, cinnamon and vanilla in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes until you can fluff with a fork. 
  • While the quinoa is cooking, prepare your toppings. For the picture below I used chopped dates, a gala apple, and a granny smith apple. It is also fabulous with strawberries or any other berry for that matter. 
  • Once the quinoa is done, turn the heat to low and add your chopped toppings to the pot and stir.
  • Now add your can of coconut milk to a separate pot to warm. I like to sprinkle a little cinnamon in with the coconut milk as well. While the milk is heating, start to stir with a whisk. You will want to froth the milk the entire time it is heating. This will give it a creamier texture. 
  • After the coconut milk is warm, scoop a portion of the quinoa mixture into a bowl and top with the coconut milk. Serve immediately. 

**Leftovers: Store milk & mixture separately in sealed containers in the refrigerator.   
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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

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The teriyaki sauce was a hit with the whole family! This recipe makes 1/2 cup of marinade. If you need more be careful doubling the recipe. You could end up with too much of one ingredient. Taste it as you go. I made this yesterday and marinated chicken overnight. The kids and hubby gobbled it up! 


Grilled Teriyaki Chicken


Ingredients: (organic & non-gmo if possible)
1/2 cup coconut aminos (this is a low sodium alternative to soy sauce)
2 tsp maple syrup
3/4 tsp ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
1 TBSP honey


Instructions:
  • Mix ingredients together and pour over chicken (or meat of choice)
  • Marinate for at least one hour (I like to marinate overnight)
  • Grill until chicken is fully cooked

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Apple Pie Shakeology

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Are you craving some yummy apple pie?  Well this should hit the spot for you! The cinnamon and applesauce make this shake scrumptious!



Apple Pie Shakeology
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
1 cup milk (almond, coconut, etc.) or water **add more to taste
ice

Add all ingredients together and blend!

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Snickerdoodle Shakeology

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I LOVE snickerdoodle cookies.  They are my all time favorite cookie.  They are also probably one of the worst for you! Haha  I was super excited when I came across this recipe for Snickerdoodle Shakeology. I was shocked at how close the flavor was to the actual cookie!  Try it for yourself and see!



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Quinoa Bites

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These are a really easy weeknight meal with tons of flavor. We like to serve them as a vegetarian Mexican-style dish, but they could also be served along side another protein or even with a side of marinara. Enjoy!






Quinoa Bites
 

Ingredients: (organic & non-gmo if possible)
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water

2 large eggs
1/4 cup chives, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup shredded raw Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella (halved)
1 tbsp parsley
2 tbsp quinoa flakes
1/4 tsp unrefined sea salt
1/8 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp coconut oil

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 
  • Combine the quinoa and water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and let simmer for 5-10 minutes until you can fluff with a fork
  • While the quinoa is cooking, in a medium bowl add 2 eggs, chives, garlic, Parmesan cheese, ½ cup shredded mozzarella, parsley, quinoa flakes, salt, pepper and coconut oil
  • Once quinoa is done, add to the bowl and mix well
  • Grease a mini muffin pan with coconut oil (You could also use a greased cookie sheet)
  • Scoop a heaping tablespoon into each mini muffin spot. It should make 12
  • Using the remaining ½ cup mozzarella, add a small amount to the top of each
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
Serve hot.
We like to have them with refried beans, plain greek yogurt and salsa but don't be afraid to experiment!


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Cauliflower Pizza

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My kids ask for pizza constantly. I’m always trying to find healthier ways to make it. This one is made with a cauliflower crust. Full disclosure...it’s cauliflower folks. It isn’t going to have the same consistency as pizza dough but the flavor is excellent. My husband has added this to his list of favorite meals.  It could also easily be made into a vegetarian dish. Give it a try!



Cauliflower Pizza

Ingredients: (organic & non-gmo if possible)

Cauliflower Crust: (makes 4 individual pizzas)
2 eggs
2 cups of mozzarella cheese (you can cut back to 1 cup, but I wouldn’t do any less)
2 cups riced cauliflower (grate cauliflower on cheese grater or I like to use my food processor)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBSP basil

Pizza Toppings:
Feel free to experiment with your toppings. I like to use marinara and roasted vegetables. In the picture above, I roasted a red pepper, carrots and zucchini and also added organic turkey bacon and a ½ cup of mozzarella cheese. I make it a little different each time.
 

**Here is a little tip for the kids...I like to blend the veggies into my pizza sauce so that they are still eating them but don't know they are there! 

Instructions:

    • Preheat oven to 450 degrees 
    • Line cookie sheet with non-stick foil, parchment paper, or non stick spray
    • In a medium bowl, mix riced cauliflower, eggs, cheese, garlic and basil
    • Divide into 4 portions and flatten on the pan (I make them about ½ inch thick or less)
    • Bake for 15 minutes (or until done to preference) 
    • Once the crusts are finished, add marinara and toppings of your choice and put back into the oven for 5-10 minutes

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    Crock Pot Sesame Chicken

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    I love cooking with the crock pot. There is no question about ‘What’s for dinner?’. It’s all ready to go. This Sesame Chicken recipe is one of my family’s favorites. At the recommendation of my holistic nutritionist friend, Gina, I have used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. It has 65% less sodium than soy sauce with the same flavor. Enjoy!



    Crock pot Sesame Chicken

    Ingredients: (organic & non-gmo if possible) 
    4 frozen chicken breasts (I have used up to 6)
    1/2 small onion diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ cup honey (or maple syrup - very little difference in flavor)
    ¼ cup ketchup
    ½ cup coconut aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
    4 tsp cornstarch
    ⅓ cup water
    sesame seeds

    Frozen veggies (optional) *I typically use a bag of chopped broccoli and 1/4 bag of frozen peppers


    Instructions:
    • Place chicken in crock pot 
    • In a medium bowl, stir together the diced onion, minced garlic, honey, ketchup, and coconut aminos
    • Pour mixture over chicken
    • Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours (until chicken is cooked through and shreds/cuts easily)
    • Remove the chicken to a plate for shredding
    • Mix cornstarch with water and add to the sauce in the crock pot
    • Cover and cook sauce for ten minutes or until thickened
    • While sauce is cooking, shred or cube chicken
    • Place chicken back into crock pot to mix with sauce 
    • Add frozen vegetables, mix in, and allow to cook another 30-60 minutes until tender
    • Serve over rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds
    It also makes great leftovers!

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    Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Tacos

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    Any time we ask our 5 year old what he wants for dinner, he will say tacos. And when he says tacos, he means the ones below. This is a great new spin on an old favorite. The flavor is excellent and gives you another way to use quinoa.   

    Serve in a tortilla, taco shell or over a salad


    Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Tacos

    Ingredients (organic & non-gmo when possible)
    ½ cup quinoa
    1 cup water
    1 Tbsp olive oil
    1 medium yellow onion, diced
    3 cloves garlic, finely minced
    1 cup vegetable broth
    1 (14.5) oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
    1 1/2 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tsp paprika
    1/4 tsp ground coriander
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    1 1/2 cups frozen corn
    2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed


    Instructions:
    • Combine the quinoa and water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and let simmer until you can fluff with a fork
    • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat
    • Add onion and saute until tender
    • Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds
    • Stir in broth, tomatoes, cooked quinoa, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne and coriander
    • Add salt and pepper to taste
    • Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and cover to simmer for 20 minutes
    • Stir in corn and black beans
    • Simmer uncovered for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally

    Serve in taco shells, on tortillas, or a bed of lettuce. Top with plain greek yogurt (or sour cream) and salsa. The leftovers store great in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

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    Recipe adapted from: http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/04/quinoa-black-bean-and-corn-tacos/

    Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

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    I typically spend my Sundays planning our meals for the week. One of our favorite vegetarian recipes is Quinoa Black Bean Burgers. They have great flavor and are a hit with the whole family. The recipe calls for hot sauce but I don’t find that it is too spicy. Enjoy!


    Serve over salad or on a bun
    Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

    Ingredients:
    1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
    ¼ cup quinoa
    ½ cup water
    ½ cup quinoa flakes (you could also use bread crumbs)
    2 tbsp minced onion
    1 large clove garlic, minced
    1 ½ tsp ground cumin (can substitute with 1 tbsp of taco seasoning)
    ½ tsp salt
    1 tsp hot pepper sauce (I have also used a couple tbsp of salsa here as a substitute)
    1 egg
    olive oil (or coconut or canola oil)

    Instructions:

    • Put quinoa and water in a saucepan and cook according to package directions.
    • Roughly mash the black beans in a large bowl with a fork leaving some whole beans. This will make a paste-like mixture.
    • Mix the cooked quinoa, quinoa flakes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, hot pepper sauce, and egg into the black beans.
    • Form the mixture into patties. I can usually get at least 6 patties out of it but it depends on the size that you make them.
    • Heat oil in a large skillet and cook the patties until heated through.
    You can serve them on a bun like a hamburger or we like to have them over a salad with salsa, avocado and sour cream (or plain greek yogurt).

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    *The original recipe came from allrecipes.com (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quinoa-Black-Bean-Burgers/Detail.aspx) but I altered it slightly to suit my family.