Shakeology Buckeyes

So, this Shakelogy Buckeye recipe was totally an accident. I made vanilla peanut butter Shakeology cookies and Ben was like, you should use some of that dough to make Buckeyes with your melted Shakeology recipe. That is a smart man! They turned out DELISH!

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Shakeology Buckeyes

  • 1 cup vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 scoop/packet chocolate or vegan chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  1. Combine vanilla Shakeo, peanut butter, oats and honey in a bowl and mix — you may need to use your hands.
  2. Roll dough into 1 inch size balls and set aside
  3. Melt your 1 tbsp of coconut oil {microwave for about 30 secs} and mix in your chocolate Shakeology until it’s a consistency of almost a fondue. You may need to add some more coconut oil to get it thin enough.
  4. Dip each ball about halfway into the chocolate and set on wax paper
  5. Refrigerate for 15-20 mins and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Seed Pesto

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I cannot take credit for this pumpkin seed pesto recipe — it was all my husband’s idea. We have a giant tub of raw pumpkin seeds for snacking and he thought why not? If you can use pine nuts why not pumpkin seeds? So to google I went and he whipped this up! It was delicious and we used it in place of spaghetti sauce on. We had spaghetti squash instead of pasta and we used ground turkey as our protein. SO YUMMY!

PUMPKIN SEED PESTO

makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup green pumpkin seeds
  • 10 fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or more
  • 1/8 tsp salt to taste
  1. Wash and pat dry the sage and parsley. Remove the leaves from their stems. Peel the garlic. Place the sage, parsley, and garlic into the food processor.
  2. Add the pumpkin seeds to the food processor and puree all of the ingredients until the mixture starts to stick together and become crumbly.
  3. With the machine still running, slowly add the olive oil and continue to puree until the mixture resembles a paste. You may want to add more or less olive oil depending on your preference.
  4. Add 1/8 tsp of salt, or more if it suits your liking, and combine.

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NOVADog Guest Post: Tracking Walks with Your Dog

I am a big proponent of tracking – I track my workouts and I track my food. I also encourage my clients to do the same because it keeps people in check with the reality of their activity levels and what they are consuming on a daily basis. It’s very easy to overlook these details, like those snacktime spoonfuls of peanut butter! And I am speaking from experience!

With all the technology these days it is really easy to track physical performance, whether it be intensive workouts or just a brisk walk with your dog. The latter is not only important for your health but is essential in providing your furry friends with enough daily exercise – especially those high energy dogs like mine! It is one of the reasons we love taking family walks with our dog, Cap.

Don’t know what to use for tracking fitness? Here are a few of my favorite tools for keeping an eye on Cap’s and my activity:

READ MORE AT NOVADOG MAGAZINE!

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Happy, Healthy Kids – Part 2

Happy Healthy Kids

 

Welcome to Part 2 in my series! Go check out Part 1 if you missed it! It’s been a few weeks since I last talked to Dina Rose, PhD and we have had some travel that threw us off our routine a bit, but I am pleased to bring you all some great news! Hang tight and we will get there!

In our most recent conversation we talked about control and tasting. Let’s talk about control, because Molly had (yes, had!) all the control here. She was the one dictating what went on her plate and I was appeasing her. So Dr. Rose talked to me about shared control. That is where the tasting comes into play. She gets her plate of food, but she also gets something small to taste. And I mean SMALL.

A lot of parents put an almost full serving of a food on a child’s plate when they want them to just “take a bite” or just “taste it” but to a child that is very overwhelming. They look at all that food and think they have to eat every last bite. I was guilty of doing this as well so Dr. Rose said to make it pea-sized. That way when your child sees that small amount on their plate it is less intimidating to at least try it. She said we want to talk about the food — what does it look like? feel like? is it squishy or hard? what does it smell like? Just really talk about the food that he/she is going to eat. Then after they try it you want to convey success and not disappointment if they don’t like it. Because, remember, it may take a few times of them trying something before they realize they like it.

Molly was also guilty of saying, “I don’t like that.” before she had even ever tasted something. And let’s be real, that is totally a preschooler thing, right?! Well, we want to nip that in the bud, so we talked to Molly about how you can’t NOT like something you have never had and now we practice using other words and trying to keep things neutral instead of negative.

We are continuing to use the rotation rule (switching up foods each meal so they don’t eat the same thing every day) however going on vacation threw us for a little loop because we weren’t with the kids. It is a work in progress! But I am happy to report that Molly is happily eating green beans and broccoli with her meals now. She even will request them! And we are slowly introducing new foods to her — watermelon is a new favorite. She’s getting braver about trying new foods and I hope that as we go through this journey together that grows up with a healthy relationship with food.

For those of you going through food battles with your kids my advice to you is to have patience! This is no walk in the park! But just know that it is totally worth it!

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Beachbody Success Club Trip 2015 – Cancun, Mexico

What.a.whirlwind. This month has been absolutely crazy with travel and I LOVE it! Even though we were only in Mexico for 5 days, I spent almost a week gearing up for the trip and then traveling to my inlaws to drop off the kinds. Hence the absence here on the bloggy blog. Laundry, packing, laundry, packing, working, working, laundry, packing. LOL! So, I’m back — albeit tired.

So, what is a Success Club Trip? Every year Beachbody rewards coaches who have been working hard with a trip — next year is a cruise to Jamaica and Haiti! As a coach, you have the opportunity to earn the trip — totally FREE!! So, not only did I earn this trip free, I also earned travel cash for going above and beyond in my business. It feels really good to know that just by helping other people on their health/fitness journey Beachbody rewards me. The business in and of itself is rewarding so these perks are icing on the cake. And yes, YOU can earn a trip too! You just have to be a coach!

Beachbody went ALL out! We stayed at the Moon Palace Resort where everything was all inclusive. I ate my fair share of fried plantains every day! I’m going through withdrawals! I also drank my weigh in Tequila Sunrise drinks — delish! Not only was the food amazing and the rooms — check out our view in the photos below — but they threw us parties!! Doing the Cha Cha Shuffle every single night was a highlight for sure. We had a welcome party, a party on the beach for Elite/Premeire coaches and a farewell party. There were announcements, trainings, workouts, free Shakeology AND plenty of free time to spend bonding with other coaches and their spouses. I can’t even explain how amazing this trip was for me and Ben. We had a blast!

I can’t wait for the cruise next year and to have more of my coaches there with me to experience it all. It truly is an amazing business opportunity. In what other career are you THIS rewarded for doing your job? I feel like I’ve won the lottery. <3

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Looking for Motivation?

Hey you!! If you are new to my page, welcome!! I am Nikki and I run monthly online health & fitness accountability groups. I am your personal motivator and accountability buddy! Sounds fun right? It is! Lots of fun! I’m opening up my April sign ups now, but I only have room for 10 people. Ten people who are ready to change their life!! I’m sure you have a lot of questions, so let’s hop to it!

WHAT DO YOU GET?

  • weekly meal plans
  • 1:1 support
  • daily motivation
  • daily accountability
  • new friendships — my challengers get very close with one another
  • tips, tricks, advice
  • FUN!
  • 30 days of a healthy, delicious, filling breakfast
  • workout program of your choice

WHY AM I THE COACH FOR YOU?

  • I have spent the last 2 years committing myself to losing the baby weight, fighting the excuses and choosing health over the zombie-like state that is being a mom.
  • I have been coaching other moms for 18 months now with many many success stories!
  • I know how you feel. I have been there. I lost 50lbs and am in better shape at age 32 than I was at age 18!
  • I can guarantee YOU success if you promise to put in the work!

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

For more information, including pricing (which is dependent on the program you choose) please apply here: http://bit.ly/WorkoutwithNikkiJohn

I will reach out ASAP!! Let’s get you ready for bathing suit season so you can take your kids to the pool with confidence!

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Behind the Weight Loss Transformation

A weight loss transformation photo can only tell you so much. It can show you a person’s physical transformation but it cannot tell you how they arrived at their current state– what they did, how long it took, the tears they cried, the moments of victory, how they now feel and the setbacks they had to get to that moment. A photo is just a glimpse into a current physical triumph. But a weight loss transformation is so much more than that.

I was talking to one of my BFFs recently who is on a postpartum journey and she said, “Do you ever contemplate how hard it is to actually lose weight?” And it got me thinking…

The discipline to overcome your excuses, to do things you DO NOT want to do, to NOT eat/drink things you reaaaallly want to eat/drink. Every single day it is a mental battle with your excuses. And every single day it is up to YOU to decide if you want to give in or if you want to work towards your goals.

Yes, there will be setbacks. Yes, there will be moments of weakness and moments of failure. THOSE moments are a part of your journey — and the journey NEVER ends. You don’t just arrive at your destination. Sometimes you get to your goal and you end up going backwards {guilty!}. But that is OKAY! You pick back up and continue on.

If I can leave you with one thing today it is to not be so hard on yourself when you slip up or when you skip your workout. You’re only human. BUT don’t let that moment overcome you and lose sight of the bigger picture. heart emoticon

If you would like to read about my story you can find it here:http://www.supernovamom.com/2015/01/28/story/

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How to Make Cod

Okay, so if you have stumbled upon my blog you are PROBABLY looking for 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme recipes, right? AND if you are doing the 21DFX Countdown to Competition meal plan, you have probably noticed how much cod there is to eat. I mean, COD COD COD!! So much cod. My advice is to switch up the protein, unless you actually ARE prepping for a competition. BUT, there is a way to make cod super delicious! I made y’all a video so that you can see EXACTLY how I make my cod. This way, I don’t have to choke it down! Enjoy :)

How to Make Cod:

Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies

My husband found these on Facebook and PMed them to me so I took that as a sign that he wanted me to make them. I am not one to turn down chocolate — particularly in the cookie form and even more so a HEALTHY version. So I got to work. Now, this is not my recipe, but upon googling, it seems that there are a bunch of the same recipe so I have no idea who to give the credit to. Sorry to the original creator!

SKINNY CHUNKY MONKEY COOKIES

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups oats (I used old fashioned)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mash bananas
  3. Add the rest of ingredients and stir
  4. Let sit for 20 mins
  5. Drop by the tablespoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Bake 12-12 mins

Enjoy!!

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How to Succeed as a Beachbody Coach

How do I succeed as a Beachbody Coach? I get asked on an almost daily basis how I was able to grow my business so quickly and the simplest answer to tell you is: SACRIFICE and CONSISTENCY. I sacrificed (and still do) a lot of things that I reallllly enjoy in order to push my business forward on a daily basis and those sacrifices led to consistency in my daily actions. What did/do I sacrifice?

SLEEP —> Of course, we need sleep for good health, so I don’t recommend this long term, but when I first started coaching I would stay up late watching every single training video I could get my hands on. I scoured YouTube and the Beachbody Coach Online Office. I watched everything I could. Then I was UP at 5am to get things done before my kids got up and before I had to do work on my TWO consulting jobs I was doing at the time. Now, I get more sleep then I did back then, but I definitely get the minimum amount recommended.#workinprogress

TV —> Wow, did I watch a hell of a lot of TV before I was a coach. My DVR was packed with reality shows. You know, quality, educational stuff. tongue emoticon Now, I have TWO shows I watch on the reg — The Walking Dead and the Talking Dead. Okay, maybe three shows, because I cannot turn down a House Hunters episode I haven’t seen. But the point is, once I cut out all the TV, I had HOURS of time to dedicate to my business. Sure, sometimes I’m lost in conversations about popular TV shows, but are those TV shows creating a life of freedom for my family? No!

QUALITY TIME –> YES, I gave up quality time with my husband every night while I worked my business. The #1 piece of advice I can give you is to come to this decision as a couple. Do not just decide this without him/her or else you will have one bitter spouse who hates your business. My wonderful, supportive husband agreed that in order for me to move my business forward FASTER, I would have to work every week night while the kids were in bed. We would just spend our quality time together on the weekends. And guess what? Those 15 months of us sacrificing quality time together are OVER and he’s now home with me every day. PLENTY of quality time now!!

Sacrifice, consistency, doing things that are easy NOT to do and never giving up —> THAT is how you WILL succeed in this business.  If you want to become a Beachbody Coach on a Top 50 team please contact me here.

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