Life By Design

A lot of people have asked me why I am a fitness coach.  Between a husband, 3 kids, a full time job and trying to keep up with my own workouts, don’t I have enough on my plate?  My response to them is simple.  YES.  I do have enough on my plate.  But the way I see it, I only have one life to live and at the end of the day, I would rather my plate be overflowing than empty.  Ultimately, I want to live a life by design.  By my own terms.  In my own time.  may not be easy but it will be worth it Read more

Philly Cheesesteak Tacos

For anyone that has known me, they know I LOVE my food!  When I first started the 21 Day Fix, my closest friends asked, “But what about Tadema Tacos?  What about tater tot nachos?  What about the 11pm frozen pizzas, lasagna and dinosaur chicken nuggets?”  Don’t get me wrong – I’m a FIRM believer of the 80 / 20 rule.  80% clean, healthy and on track.  20% I get to have whatever the frick I want!  (And not feel bad about it!)  But one of the things I learned from eating clean is that many of my favorite foods can be modified to make them a healthier, cleaner version of the ooey, gooey, cheesy dish that I loved before (and to be honest, most of the modifications I don’t miss that much!).

philly cheesesteak tacos

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2-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m not much of a sweet tooth but every once in a while I’ll crave something sweet.  Ever since I started on my health & fitness journey with the 21 Day Fix, I’ve been trying to stay away from refined sugar.  Enter MEDJOOL DATES.  Who knew there were so many possibilities with these little fruits?  You can eat them on their own, with other finger foods like cheese and crackers, fill them with cream cheese and pistachios, wrap them with bacon or prosciutto but that’s not all!  You can use them in place of sugar for many cooking recipes.  Stews, sauces and baked goods – all with recipes that normally call for sugar – in many cases can be replaced with medjool dates.  So when I randomly had a craving for peanut butter cookies, these mini 2-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies did the trick as all I wanted was a little bite!  These are SUPER easy to make and take almost no time at all!  Perfect for someone who doesn’t bake a whole lot (as there’s no baking involved!).

 


2-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

2 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

by G.I. Jen Fitness

Prep Time: 5 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool Dates
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Peanuts

Instructions

In a food processor, pulse medjool dates until it forms a paste.

Add in peanuts and pulse until finely chopped.

Using damp hands, form into 1″ balls.  Using the back of a fork, press down, turn 90 degrees and press down again to form indents.

Store in an airtight container for up to a week or individually wrap in wax paper and freeze (though I promise you, they won’t last long!).

ENJOY!!!

Cool Down with Frozen Yogurt Bites!

To say we’ve been having an AMAZING summer here in Seattle would be an understatement!  It has been in the 90’s here lately and though some might be complaining of the heat and wishing they had AC year round, I’ve been LOVING it!  I know these days are not the norm here so I am trying to enjoy every minute of this heat wave!  But when you have little ones around, though the heat can be fun, it’s often hard to find ways to cool them down (without giving them an Otter Pop every 5 seconds…which I’m not above BTW!).  I’ve been looking for ways to keep them cool with healthy treats during these hot summer days and these Frozen Yogurt Bites are the perfect solution!  Simple, easy and can make a bunch ahead of time to have on hand!


Frozen Yogurt Bites

Frozen Yogurt Bites

by G.I. Jen Fitness

Prep Time: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • Greek yogurt
  • Honey
  • Fruit (berries and grapes, but you can essentially use any fruit cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • Ziplock baggie
  • Ice cube tray

Instructions

In a bowl, mix Greek yogurt with honey until you get the desired sweetness

Spoon yogurt into a Ziplock baggie and snip the tip of one corner

Squeeze yogurt into ice cube tray about 1/3 way full

Drop a berry (or piece of fruit) in the center and fill the remaining way of ice cube tray with yogurt, covering the berry

Freeze for 4 hours or overnight

Pop out of ice cube tray and enjoy immediately or store them in a Ziplock baggie to save for later!

ENJOY!!!