Maple Roasted Carrots

Oh friends, I’ve got a good one for you this week!!

I made the YUMMIEST {Maple Roasted Carrots} a few nights ago, and for those of you who are friends with me on FB, I teased a video of them!!

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So here I am, sharing all this goodness with you all, I told you I loved you!! πŸ˜‰

This recipe is a take on one I found from the AMAZING Julie, over at PaleOMG .

Her recipe called for a bit too much mustard for my liking, I don’t even like saying that word, so this is my take on her recipe.

It is very simple with 6 ingredients, and I promise you will LOVE this, even if you hate mustard as much as I do, which is highly unlikely!! πŸ˜‰

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Apparently I am a Whole Foods SNOB, no need to shop there if you don’t want to, but I do encourage you all to use organic whenever and wherever possible! ( You are what you eat! ❀ )

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Line a sheet with tinfoil, you will thank me later, and preheat that oven to 350 degrees. Line sheet with those pretty carrots, I like the ones with the greens still on top. Mix together your sauce ingredients, and drizzle over the top.

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Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, until a little wilted and fork tender. Place on a nice dish, to impress your family, and pour remaining sauce onto carrots. Serve immediately and try not to eat them all in one sitting.

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Ingredients

* 1 pound of carrots, green tops on, chop off with scissors, washed but not peeled

*1/4 cup pure Maple Syrup

*1 TBS Dijon Mustard

*1 TBS avocado or coconut oil, if using CO, melt first

*1/2 tsp dried thyme or rosemary

*1 tsp sea salt

Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees & line a baking sheet with tin foil
  2. Line with the carrots
  3. Mix together all other ingredients
  4. Drizzle mixture on top of carrots
  5. Bake for 30-45 minutes until slightly wilted, and fork tender
  6. Serve immediately

I can’t wait to hear what you all think, and let me know if you have questions in the comments section below!

xoxo

Liz

 

RESULTS. DON’T. LIE…..

 

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What you see in this pic is over 20 POUNDS LOST in under 3 months.
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What you can’t see is the hard work, the dedication, the commitment that goes into changing your life.
You can talk all you want about changing your life, getting healthy + fit, but unless you take action to back up those words… You will stay exactly where you are.
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That may sound harsh, but if you know me, I am the farthest thing from harsh! πŸ˜‰ But I am honest, I can be your biggest motivator and supporter, I can help you reach those goals (like this incredible woman who’s been kicking BUTT in my Virtual Fit Club), I can help you get out of your own way, I can help get you to that HAPPIER Y O U!!
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YOU… must try something new, face a fear, take ACTION, say Y E S!!!
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If you are ready to take ACTION, I am ready for you! Shoot me an email to {LOVEtobeFITwithLIZ@gmail.com} and let’s chat about getting you RESULTS!!! πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

xoxo

Liz

Simple & Clean Chinese Inspired Dinner

OK, so who doesn’t love a great Chinese take-out dinner. The amazing smells that seep from those white boxes, the salty flavors, the acid reflux….. πŸ˜‰

So, here’s the deal…. Most Chinese take-out is loaded with gluten thickeners, additives, preservatives and MSG – EEWWWW!! (Said in my best Jimmy Fallon voice! πŸ˜‰ )

When I cleaned up my diet, went gluten free, and mostly Paleo, I was really craving those dishes…. And thank goodness for Danielle Walker from Against All Grain. I may be pretty good in the kitchen, but I am not to the point of being able to create my own dishes, and let’s be real, she’s a freaking genius! ❀

Here is my take on her Ginger Chicken & Broccoli from her 2nd book {Meals Made Simple}

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ingredients

*3 TBS ghee or unrefined coconut oil, divided

*6 cloves of garlic; 3 minced, 3 peeled

*1 1/2 TBS peeled, grated fresh ginger (Ginger can be bought and stored int he freezer in a plastic bag for future uses!)

*2 heads of organic broccoli, trimmed into florets

*1.5 lbs of organic boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, trimmed of fat and cubed. (Do yourself a favor, and ask your butcher to trim up your meat and cut into cubes. You can thank me later!! πŸ˜‰ )

*1 Cup Coconut Aminos (These are the coconut version of Soy Sauce, no soy in this house, EVER, and this stuff is AMAZING!!)

*1/4 tsp sea salt

2 large egg yolks

directions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil or ghee in a deep skillet for medium-high heat.
  2. Add in the garlic & ginger, stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Add in the chopped broccoli. continue cooking and stirring for about 5 minutes, until the broccoli is a bright green color. Season with 1/4 tsp sea salt.
  4. Transfer veggies and garlic to a plate and return skillet to heat, and in remaining 1 TBS of oil or ghee.
  5. Add in cubed chicken and cook. Stir frequently, for 8-10 minutes, until chicken is browned and cooked through.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to the plate with the broccoli. Return pan to the burner.
  7. If there is less than 1/4 cup of liquid in the pan, add in water or chicken broth to make about 1/4 of a cup.
  8. Pour in coconut aminos and bring to a light simmer.
  9. Beat both egg yolks in separate bowl. Temper yolks by SLOWLY spooning 1/2 cup of the hot coconut aminos into eggs while whisking constantly. (I find that adding in one tablespoon at a time, while whisking, works best to make sure you don’t scramble your eggs!)
  10. Once you have about 1/2 a cup of hot mixture whisked into eggs, pour that back into pan. Stir constantly for 3 minutes to thicken sauce.
  11. Add back in the chicken and veggies, stir to coat. Cook for an additional 7-10 minutes to thoroughly cook the broccoli and chicken.

 

Feel free to serve over brown basmati rice or cauli rice, it’s amazing plain as well!

Got questions for me? Ask below and I’ll be sure to help yo out. Also, this can easily be portioned out into your containers if you are using container fix or the 21 Day Fix!!!

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xoxo

Liz

S E L F – L O V E

S E L F – L O V E ❀️❀️❀️

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If you could choose ONE WORD for this New Year, what would it be?

One word that you would focus on. A word that would guide you, inspire you and help you grow?

It’s pretty powerful, if you think about it!

One of my best friends inspired me to adopt this new tradition for 2017, and I’m asking all the women in my virtual fit club to do it, so I thought I’d share it with all of you.

For me, 2017 is going to be centered around SELF-LOVE, and I’m excited to see what this inspires in the coming 364 days!!!

If you feel like sharing, I’d LOVE to know what your word will be for 2017!

xoxo

Liz

2 Year Anniversary

2 years ✌🏼
731 days (it was a leap year this year)
17,544 hours

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That’s how long it’s been since I made the life altering decision to become a coach!!

I was scared, nervous, overwhelmed – but in the end I had a dream for our family, for our lives. And not a single day has passed in these last 2 years where my WHY has not pushed me toward these dreams!!
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I’ve been able to pay off our Credit Debt in full, pay for my car payment, become a FULL TIME coach, take us on an Alaskan Adventure, pay for infertility treatments!

And while all of this FREEDOM is what I’ve worked SO hard for, it’s not the best part.
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The best part is the hundreds of incredible woman I’ve been able to help, the women who’ve found a new purpose in life with coaching, the women who were finally able to look in the mirror and say “you look hot girl”!!! 😍

The domino effect of this one decision is honestly mind blowing!!! And as I sit here reflecting; I’m so grateful I had the guts not to let anyone’s opinion bring me down, I’m so thankful to all of the women who have trusted me with their journeys, and I give thanks EVERY single day for this coaching opportunity. πŸ’•

The time is going to pass friends, so be sure you are chasing those dreams, working hard for those goals and living every day to the fullest!!! πŸ’—πŸ’œπŸ’—

((To keep the legal peeps happy: Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Team Beachbody Coach income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence and skill.))

Sorry I’ve been MIA

Hi Friends, I am so sorry I have been MIA and not keeping up with my posts on here.

Life, infertility, thyroid problems and some pesky parasites have gotten the best of me and my BLOG fell to the back burner. πŸ˜‰

But, I am working though life, I mean, we all have our struggles, and I am getting back to bringing you all really great tips, tricks, recipes and meal plans. πŸ™‚

Here’s a little back story for you all…

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“Life lessons 101 with Liz…..

When life knocks you down, get up, and then get up again…. Oh, and listen to your gut!! {You know, that voice in your head that says… I’m not cool with that, this doesn’t feel right, do more research, ask more questions, keep fighting for yourself!!}

Today I received less than ideal news about my blood work that I had taken last week. The Doctor immediately wanted to put me on a slew of drugs, but my gut said HELL NO!!!

Something is definitely off with my {THYROID}, which is scary and sad and overwhelming. It’s hard not feel like this is yet again another blow.

But, I’m strong and I won’t go down without a fight! And if it means our fertility treatments are put on hold while I really get to the root of my problems, while I heal myself from the inside out, while I listen to my gut – then I’m ok with that.

I will get back up from this knock down, I will try to learn whatever lessons I can from this, and I will come out on the other end even stronger. πŸ’•”

So, here I am trying to get better, and I am going to share everything I can with all of you!!

xoxo

LIZ

Jump Start Your June!

Are you STRESSED? Are you TIRED?? Do you get enough ME time???? Raise your hand if this is you!!

22 months ago I joined my first ever {challenge group}, I went in blind, having NO idea what this thing was or why I would want to post a sweaty selfie every day! wink emoticon;)
Since then, I have been running my own challenge groups, EVERY SINGLE month, without fail. Do you want to know WHY I do this??

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I do it for the stay at home mom who’s losing her mind with play dates, not enough ME time, and feeling lost
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I do it for the college grad, who didn’t’ eat so well while she was studying for exams, having a blast being a 21-year-old, and maybe didn’t’ treat her body so good in the process
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I do it for the working woman, who’s stressed, tired and feels intimated when it comes to cooking a healthy meal for her family
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And I do it for {ME}, the woman going through the trials and tribulations of infertility, the person looking for some love & support while on her own fitness journey, the one who needed more for her MIND, BODY, & SOUL

I may not be able to remove ALL the stress from your life or turn you into the next Julia Child, but I can assure you of this; I will help you get back on track with your HEALTH & FITNESS!! I will give you love, support, and sometimes a good kick in the butt, I will work with you one-on-one to come up with the right nutrition plan for you, I will motivate you, and I will get you back to your H A P P Y place.

I will help you find YOU again, and show you that you can have {{ME}} time, and still be a good mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend. I will take care of your MIND | BODY | SOUL – as if it were my own!! πŸ’—

{{{THIS IS WHY I DO THIS JOB – to help YOU.}}}

My next group starts one week from Monday, so if you were looking for a sign to start working on YOU – you found it!!! Shoot me an email and we can start working on Y O U!!

{LOVEtobeFITwithLIZ@gmail.com}

xoxo

LIZ