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LAST DAY for Wildtree GIVEAWAY…CHECK IT OUT!

So excited that She Rocks Fitness is doing it’s first EVER GIVEAWAY! It’s about time and hope that all of you enter for a chance to win on the evening of April Fool’s Day! ūüėČ What better way to start the new month, then with an exciting company that is all about easy and healthy cooking! Everyone knows how much I love posting recipes and talking about food, so this was a great opportunity to try out some new products, and learn more about these 100% natural gourmet culinary blends!

I was first introduced to Courtney a little awhile ago, because she is good friends with the famous Jocelyn! She contacted me about Wildtree Natural Foods and also about on-line training. We instantly hit it off and figured what better way to get the word out about Wildtree Natural Foods, then with a giveaway!

Take it away Courtney:

She Rocks Fitness joins Wildtree Natural Foods to bring you a great start to healthy eating! Wildtree was founded on the premise that food should be natural, delicious, and easy to prepare. Included in this healthy start bundle are products to help you make quick, easy, healthy meals! Also included are some healthy recipes and meal ideas, as well as our complete catalog.  Katie and I hope you enjoy these products as much as we do!

Included:

Natural Grapeseed Oil

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Flaxseed Beer Bread

Cheesy Cheddar Soup Mix

Garlic and Herb Blend

Fajita Seasoning Blend

Scampi Blend

 

 

 

 

To enter a chance to win this AWESOME giveaway, please see below:

  1. Leave me a comment about what product you would be most be excited to try out!
  2. Become a fan of She Rocks Fitness on Facebook: Click Here!
  3. Share this giveaway on Twitter and mention @ me and let me know that you did!

I will randomly choose a winner on the evening of April Fools Day! Good luck and thanks for entering She Rocks Fitness’s first ever GIVEAWAY!

Throw It Together Thursday!

The weekend is ALMOST here and I am so looking forward to Friday evening! It’s been a pretty crazy week, both professionally and personally. All good stuff, but have totally felt like I’ve been running around half the time like a chicken without a head. Thank goodness for long runs and yoga classes to keep me focused, balanced, and energized. On those days when life throws you curve balls, I always turn to yoga. There is no better way to clear your head, sweat it out, and fire up those muscles. It also helps to have an amazing teacher to guide you through the practice. Jeff did exactly that for me at powerflow yoga in Chatham, yesterday morning! Great way to start a snowy morning. His class was all about karma! Do you believe in karma?
So when life is busy and you feel like you have no time to get through your “To Do List”, here is a easy, healthy, and “Throw It Together Thursday” recipe for you to try out this evening. Let me know how it turns out. I love hearing from you. Have a great day! ūüôā
Brown Rice and Noodle Salad with Chicken and Herbs
(adapted from Food & Wine Magazine)

This is a delicious, simple, healthful, and filling dinner!  The citrus with the mint & cilantro is a flavorful and fresh combo.  Leftovers the day after were even better, because the flavors really soaked into the rice noodles.  Perfect with a chilled glass of sauvingon blanc or pino grigio!
 


Ingredients:
 

1/2 pound dried brown rice noodles, about 1/4 inch wide
1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
4 cups cabbage, finely shredded
3 large scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 pounds grilled chicken, cut into long strips
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/8 cup chopped roasted salted peanuts
Sriracha chili sauce, for serving
makes 4-6 servings
active time: 30 minutes, total time: 1 hour

Directions:


In a bowl, cover the noodles with cold water and let stand until flexible, about 25 minutes.  Drain noodles.  Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, add noodles, and cook until al dente.  Drain the noodles and return to the saucepan.  Fill pan with cold water and swish noodles around.  Drain noodles in a colander and set aside.
Grill chicken and set aside.
In a small bowl, stir the grapefruit juice with the garlic.  Add the fish sauce. (Dressing can be made day before and refrigerated overnight.)
In a large bowl, toss the rice noodles with the shredded cabbage and sliced scallions.  Add the grapefruit dressing and toss well.  Add the chicken, cilantro, mint, peanuts, and toss.  Serve and enjoy! Add Sriracha chili sauce to your liking.
On those days that life throws you curve balls, how do you stay focused? Do you cook, workout, or read a book?

My “To Do List” is DONE!

Always fun to wake up after a good nights sleep and see that it is snowing at the end of March! HA! I couldn’t believe my eyes, when I lifted my head up from under the down comforter on Monday morning to find the ground covered and that the white stuff was still falling from the sky. It is spring right? ūüôā Oh well, what can you do, except make a big pot of coffee, a delicious bowl of oats, and just start the day. And that’s just what I did!

Mondays are always Mondays! I had a ton of energy this AM, after a weekend that consisted of hot yoga; a big birthday present to myself (blog post to come in a few weeks); a fun yoga shoot; brunch with a great friend; taxes; and tackling my long “To Do List”. I am very proud of myself, because I got everything done and then some. High-Fives to me! ūüôā

With that being said, here is what I was eating on this snowy, gray, and foggy New Jersey Monday! Everything was delicious, healthy, easy, and perfect for a hard workout. Today’s workout combined 35 minutes on the Stair Master and a 35 Minute back and core workout. I made a promise to myself this week to include more weight training, because I have been avoiding it the past couple of weeks. Enough talk….check it out:

Breakfast:

Lunch:

Snack:

  • 1/4 c almonds
  • 1x Gala Apple

Dinner: Inspired from Eating Well Magazine

  • 8 ounce tomato sauce
  • 2x 4 ounce diced green chiles
  • 3 T cider vinegar
  • 2 T honey
  • 1 T paprika
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1 T Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried mustard
  • 1 T chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 lbs skinless chicken breasts
  • 1x diced onion
  • 2x chopped garlic

Before Cooking

After Cooking

Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and put on low for 5 1/2 hours. When time is up, take the chicken out of the slow cooker, shred, and place back into the slow cooker. Yes, it is that easy! ūüôā You can serve this however your little heart desires. I served it with some toasted Italian bread and fresh salad. Delicious and enjoy!

What did you accomplish this weekend on your “To Do List”? How often do you change your workout goals?


Foodie Friday Recipe: Mushroom Soup

High Five to Fridays! What does everyone have planned for this weekend? It looks like the weather is supposed to be sunny and warm here in New Jersey and I have a “To Do List” that needs to be completed. No going out for me, which I’m totally okay with. I need a little break! ūüėČ Instead I get to do my taxes! BLEH! The rest of my “To Do List” involves fun stuff, like taking some yoga shots, dog park with Kala, blog posts, brunch with Lauren, yoga class at Powerflow Yoga, and a visit to the lululemon showroom in Summit.

Thanks to my good friend Lauren for sharing her Mushroom Soup recipe with all our readers. Lauren has been on a cooking tear and has so many recipes to share with all of you. Since I work nights in the gym and usually never have time to prepare dinners, Lauren has been such a HUGE help. She has put together a healthy and easy recipe that can easily be prepared after a busy day at work. Try it out and let us all know what you think!  Thanks again Lauren!

“Diving into a warm bowl of soup is such a welcome comfort after a long day! ¬†Here’s a hearty & healthy mushroom soup recipe. ¬†Total comfort food, but without the extra calories of a cream of mushroom soup. The bulk of the soup is finely chopped mushrooms, which gives it a nice meaty texture. ¬†Hope you enjoy!

Mushroom Soup

2 lb. fresh mushrooms Р I used a button & bella combination, but experiment with your favorites!
1/4 cup canola oil
4 large shallots
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup rice milk
3 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives (for garnish)
In a food processor, coarsely chop the mushrooms & shallots on the pulse setting. ¬†In a large saucepan, warm the oil. ¬†Saute the¬†mushroom¬†& shallot mixture, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are browned.¬†Sprinkle the flour into the¬†mushroom¬†mixture & stir.¬†Add rice milk & stir mixture to dislodge any browned bits. ¬†Add the chicken broth and simmer for 10 minutes. ¬†Add salt & pepper to taste. ¬†Sprinkle top with chopped chives.”

Jocelyn is a ROCK STAR!

As we come toward the beginning of Spring, it’s hard to believe that I left Colorado a little over 6 months ago! One of the hardest parts of leaving Denver, was that I left a great friend and my best client, Jocelyn! The amount of hours we spent together training, cooking, brainstorming, and talking will always be a very special chapter in my life and the true beginning of She Rocks Fitness. Her dedication and determination to loose the weight and live a healthy lifestyle have transformed Jocelyn into a strong, confident, and fit woman! Make sure you check out the “Before & After” of Jocelyn we did a few months ago. It’s awesome!

Even though I did move across the country, Jocelyn has stuck with her training and nutritional program and ¬†is looking better than ever. She looks FABULOUS! Below she shares with us, her experience with the She Rocks Fitness “On-Line Training” program. Thanks again girl!

In my house, the holiday season is a marathon of celebrations ‚Äď Thanksgiving, my husbands birthday, my birthday, my sons birthday, then Christmas and New Years ‚Äď woo, that‚Äôs a lot of cake, rich food and delicious wine!¬†When the season came to an end, I was not looking forward to stepping in the scale and seeing the damage.¬† Of course I knew by the way my clothes were fitting, that there would be some work to do, but for the first time I can remember, I was wasn‚Äôt worried about it.¬† I knew that with all that Katie has taught me about nutrition and fitness, I had the tools necessary to right my wrongs.

Turns out I was up 6 pounds from all my revelry and was feeling a little out of shape.¬† So I went back to the basics ‚Äď keep a food journal, laid off the alcohol during the week, and worked out at least every other day.¬† Even though Katie has moved back to the East coast, we still exchange recipes, diet advice and of course workouts via email.

I find her online training to be just as effective as when she lived here in Denver.  I asked her to modify my training so I could have more cardio blast worked into my lifting since I often don’t have time to do cardio and lifting in the same day.  I also made sure to mix it up, something Katie always stresses. I went back to yoga once a week and started working with kettle bells some Рjust keep it fun! I included an example below of my favorite workout she created for me this past month.  By Valentines Day, not only had I lost the holiday weight, but an additional 3 pounds as well.  Thanks Katie for giving me the tools and the confidence to reach my goals and more!

Repeat this Circuit 3 Times with a 2 Minute Rest between each Circuit:

  • 15 Push-Ups
  • 15 DB Upright Row right into Triceps Kickback: 10-12 lbs
  • 15 Stability Ball Hamstring Curl
  • 15 Stability Ball Bridge
  • 15 Standing on 1 Leg Biceps Curl: 10-12 lbs
  • Mountain Climbers: 30 Seconds
  • 15 DB Chest Fly on Stability Ball: 10-12 lbs
  • Stability Ball Plank: 1 Minute
  • 15 Reverse Crunch
  • 15 Triceps Push-Up
  • Jumping Jacks: 1 Minute
  • 15 Standing Shoulder Press
  • 15 Jump Squats

Repeat Abdominal Circuit 3 Times with a 1 Minute Rest between each Circuit:

  • 20 Regular Sit-Ups on Stability Ball
  • 20 Twist on Stability Ball
  • 20 Sit-Ups holding DB Overhead on Stability Ball

  • Plank with Forearms on Ball: 1 Minute (45 second rest)
  • Plank with Feet on Ball: 1 Minute (45 second rest)
  • Regular Plank on Floor