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Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

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DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY

Having healthfully prepared protein on hand for on-the-go meals is a MUST when it comes to packing healthy meals to eat throughout your day. Put 4 to 6 ounces of protein (like this amazing pulled chicken!), a handful of cooked veggies and a handful of fresh arugula in a little Tupperware and drizzle on a bit of homemade balsamic dressing for a simple, quick, get-lean meal.

Eating small meals every few hours consisting of protein and veggies is the most reliable way to drop body fat and maintain a steady flow of energy throughout the day. It’s pretty darn tasty too, when you make the meals yourself!

Servings: 4

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

  • 2 ½ lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Rinse the chicken breast and pat dry. Season with the salt and pepper on all sides.
  2. In a slow cooker, whisk the chicken broth, tomato paste, paprika and garlic. Add the seasoned chicken breast and the bay leaves. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, flipping the chicken after 1 hour.
  3. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let cool for 20 minutes. Strain the broth. Use two forks to gently shred the chicken, discarding skin, fat, cartilage and bones. Store the chicken and broth separately in the fridge to use for up to 4 days. Enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis

One serving equals: 191 calories, 5g fat, 3g carbohydrate, 1g sugar, 960mg sodium, 0g fiber, and 34g protein.

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The simple habit that changed everything

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“You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Sandy started her fat loss journey with 56 pounds to lose, though when you see her now you’d never believe that she was once overweight. Today the lean and attractive mother of two walks confidently with a spring in her step and a smile on her face.

Given her amazing transformation, it’s easy to see why she’s so confident and happy.

But back when Sandy first came to CSF, she was fed up and constantly stressing about her weight. She was sick and tired of feeling unattractive, embarrassed and discouraged. None of the diets or exercise plans that she tried ever worked.

Sandy felt hopeless about ever regaining the attractive body that she once had.

As we got to know Sandy, she told us about the way her body changed after her pregnancies, how the weight continued to add up over the course of a few years, and how each pound rendered her more frustrated and hopeless.

We came up with a simple plan, the first step towards regaining a body that she felt excited about again.

The simple habit that started it all…

Aristotle taught us that, “You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”His words aptly apply to fitness.

For Sandy, dropping 56 pounds was not the result of an act, but of a habit.

The simple habit that she adopted was to place her gym clothes on her nightstand before going to sleep each night.

That’s. It.

Every morning the first thing that she would see was the tidy stack of clean gym clothes. So her first act of the day was to put them on.

Naturally, now that her gym clothes were on, Sandy would then go directly to her workout. By starting her day in such a positive, fitness-oriented way, Sandy was then able to continue making healthy choices throughout the day, ending it by putting the next day’s gym clothes on her nightstand before bed.

Did she have any hiccups along the way? Certainly. There were days that would start out great, but then she’d get off track sometime after lunch. Discouraging as the occasional setback was, she kept on putting her gym clothes out each night.

By starting her day out with such a positive fitness experience, Sandy was able to make a habit out of fitness. As a result she lost 56 pounds and regained her confidence and sunny disposition.

What about you? What habit could you adopt that would keep you on track with your fitness goal?

It shouldn’t be complicated.

Maybe you will start putting your gym clothes out each night, like Sandy. Maybe you will make this weeks recipe  for Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken each week to pack with some veggies in mini meals to eat throughout your day.

Pick one simple, fitness habit and add it to your daily routine.

If you need help coming up with the right new habit to get you into amazing shape then reach out us at Complete Strength and Fitness. We’re here to help you transform your body and your life!

Don’t wait –start a new habit today!

Easy Veggie Skillet

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DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY

This mixture of tender veggies is perfect for packed meals for the week. The savory and tangy flavor element from the vinegar adds the perfect amount of kick to liven up a serving of protein.

One of the reasons for these three particular vegetables (red onions, mushrooms, and asparagus) is because it will last all week in the fridge without getting soft, soggy or otherwise undesirable. In fact, the flavors intensify over a few days and you can continue to enjoy the same batch all week!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

Servings: 8

Here’s what you need

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 bunches Asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch segments
  • 4 cups white mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • sea salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the onion and sauté for 4 minutes.
  2. Add the asparagus and sauté for another 4 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms and vinegar and continue to sauté for another 4 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper and continue to sauté until the liquid is gone and the veggies are tender and flavorful. Enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis

One serving equals: 43 calories, 2g fat, 5g carbohydrate, 2g sugar, 4mg sodium, 2g fiber, and 3g protein.

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How to crush those last 10 lbs

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3 Foolproof Steps to Crush The Last 10 LBS

Got a frustrating few pounds left?

You’ve been on point with your fitness, getting in your workouts and eating cleaner than ever before. Initially the weight fell off, and it motivated you to keep it up.

But now your results have stopped.

You’re still doing all that hard work, but it’s no longer showing in pounds lost, inches shed and compliments gained.

What gives? That’s seriously frustrating.

The good news is that reaching a plateau with your results is natural and normal. It happens to everyone. And there is a solution…

Here are 3 Foolproof Steps to Crush The Last 10 LBS (BTW these steps also work when applied to the first few pounds!)

Foolproof Step #1: Eliminate The Sugar

Yeah, yeah, you’re eating cleaner than you’ve ever eaten before, and you’ve eliminated the junk food that you used to enjoy.

When it comes to crushing those last few pounds you must become ruthless with eliminating sugar from your diet. Yes, even wholesome sugars found in fruits and nutrient sweeteners. These “healthy” sugars are working against you.

If it has sugar grams then start avoiding it.

 

Foolproof Step #2: Eat Small Frequent Meals

Dividing your daily calories between small mini-meals throughout the day is a tried-and-true way to reboot your fitness results. Aim to eat every 2.5 to 3 hours, keeping the portions small and filled with protein and fiber.

Veggies and meat should make up the bulk of your small meals. Keep portion size in check and avoid adding in starches or sugars. (This is literally the golden key when it comes to your diet.)

Use the Easy Skillet Veggies recipe below for tender veggies to use in your small meals. Just add some protein and be sure to pack it ahead of time to eat on-the-go whenever 2.5 hours has passed.

You may be surprised how quickly this technique revs up your metabolism, turning you into a calorie-burning machine!

Foolproof Step #3: Increase Workout Intensity

It’s great that you’re exercising regularly, but how hard are you really pushing yourself? Could you lift heavier? Could you go longer? Could you move quicker? The answer always YES.

As soon as your workout routine falls into a rut, you can be sure that your results will do the same.

To avoid this frustrating hamster wheel of boring-workouts-no-results, look at each and every workout as a personal challenge to outdo what you did yesterday. Reach for the weights that are going to be a bit of a struggle, instead of the ones that you could do in your sleep.

You might as well get the most out of your time in the gym, and pushing yourself will do just that.

There you have it, 3 Foolproof Steps to Crush Those Last 10 LBS! Implement these into your routine for 30 days and watch how quickly the weight falls off.

You can do this!

We’re here to get you there even faster. Don’t wait another minute. Call or email today and let’s crush those last 10 together!

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Roasted Cauliflower Steak

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DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY

​This is such a simple recipe and yet it yields so much satisfaction! If you love salty foods like chips or crackers then this Cauliflower recipe may be the guilt-free snack that you’ve been searching for.

Slice the cauliflower into large slabs, like steaks, however be aware that not all of the pieces will stick together. That’s perfectly fine! Smaller pieces of roasted, seasoned cauliflower taste just as delicious as the larger pieces.

Enjoy these Roasted Cauliflower Steaks as a side dish for your next meal or eat it as a delicious and guilt free snack!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

Here’s what you need…
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into ¼ inch thick slices
  • olive oil spray
  • salt and pepper
  • All-Purpose Seasoning
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil.
  2. Slice the cauliflower into ¼ inch slices. Lightly spray each side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and all-purpose seasoning. Lay the pieces out on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven, flipping the pieces after 15 minutes, for a total of 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 18 calories, 0g fat, 3g carbohydrate, 1g sugar, 128mg sodium, 2g fiber, and 1g protein.

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Get Fit Fast in 5 Easy Steps

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Follow These Steps!

Most people think way too much about how to lose the weight. Maybe you do this too. You spend hours gathering information about the latest trends and the quickest way to get in shape, and then become completely overwhelmed by all that you learn.

There are thousands of ways to exercise and eat healthy, so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all, and end up doing nothing. The good news is that all effective fitness programs contain the same core elements, which I outlined for you below as 5 Easy Steps to Get Fit Fast:

Get Fit Step #1: Consistency is KEY

Let’s be realistic here, you aren’t going to lose 20 pounds in a week. That’s not an attainable goal! Those who achieve the most amazing body transformations do so by reaching a series of progressive, attainable goals. If you would like help in determining what an appropriate, attainable goal would be for yourself then simply reach out to me, I’d be happy to help.

Don’t give up too quickly. Keep striving and the results will come.

Get Fit Step #2: Set ATTAINABLE goals

Let’s be realistic here, you aren’t going to lose 20 pounds in a week. That’s not an attainable goal! Those who achieve the most amazing body transformations do so by reaching a series of progressive, attainable goals. If you would like help in determining what an appropriate, attainable goal would be for yourself then simply reach out to me, I’d be happy to help.

Don’t give up too quickly. Keep striving and the results will come.

Get Fit Step #3: Make it CONVENIENT

Are you straining to include your chosen exercise routine into your life? If your exercise time isn’t a seamless part of your daily life, if it causes too much of a strain and headache to accomplish, then you won’t stick with it. Find a time, a place and a modality of exercise that is as convenient to your real life as possible, so that you can be faithful to Get Fit Step #1 by staying consistent.

Make exercise part of your routine. Don’t stray back to your old habits.

Get Fit Step #4: Find something you LOVE

Similar to Get Fit Step #3, finding a modality of exercise that you LOVE is key to making this a permanent part of your life. You may never love swimming because you hate getting your ears wet, or you may never love biking because you’ve always struggled with balance. If you’re straining to get through a modality of exercise that you loathe, then you won’t stick with it. It’s best to move on to something different that you would enjoy more.

**Note for exercise-haters: If deep down you consider yourself an exercise hater, then DO NOT take this as a free pass to forego exercise altogether under the guise of not loving it.

Part of becoming fit for life is learning to find a type of exercise that you can learn to love.

Get Fit Step #5: Work with a PRO

This is our favorite step because this is where we get to work with you! Our passion and focus is in helping folks like yourself integrate fun, challenging, health-promoting exercise into your daily routine so that you reach your body and health transformation goals.

Don’t wait another minute! Call or email today to get started on your personal body transformation.

Thumbprint Cookies

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Cookies?!

Wait, an article about giving up sugar and then a recipe for cookies? Have we lost our mind? This recipe for Thumbprint Cookies is made exclusively using stevia, so you can avoid sugar and eat a cookie too!

Stevia is a natural sweetener (derived from a leaf that you can grow in your own garden) that has zero calories and zero sugar content. The benefits are huge to using stevia as a sweetener of choice.

If we can make cookies that have zero sugar content but still taste sweet and satisfying then shouldn’t we? It makes us healthier, leaner and more energetic. All without sacrificing the joy of having a delicious cookie.

Sure, if you’ve never used stevia then there will be an adjustment period. A time to get your taste buds accustomed to the absence of sugars. But once you adjust then you’ll wonder how you ever handled all that sugar in the first place. Give these low sugar cookies a try!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

Servings: 30

Here’s what you need

  • ⅔ cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot starch
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 Tablespoons coconut oil, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut cream
  • 2 teaspoons liquid stevia
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 4oz lily’s stevia sweetened chocolate (chips or bar)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • ⅔ cup natural peanut butter (or another nut butter or berries)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the blanched almond flour, coconut flour, arrowroot starch, and sea salt. Whisk to remove any lumps.
  3. In an electric mixing bowl combine the coconut oil, cream and stevia until light and fluffy – about 5 minutes. Add the egg yolk, vanilla extract and almond extract on low speed until fully incorporated.
  4. Add the dry ingredients on low speed by spoonful until creamed into the coconut oil mixture.
  5. Shape cookies with a heaping teaspoon of dough, making an indention with your thumb. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, until lightly golden. Cool for 5 minutes on the pan before removing.
  6. While the cookies bake, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler, mixing until smooth. Dip the base of the cookies and pour a little chocolate into the indentions, topping with a teaspoon of peanut butter. Transfer to a parchment paper lined pan that fits in your freezer. Place the cookies in the freezer for 5 minutes until the chocolate has set. Enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis

One serving equals: 90 calories, 7g fat, 4g carbohydrate, 10mg sodium, 1g sugar, 2g fiber, and 2g protein.

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WHAT’S THE BIG SECRET ANYWAY?

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HOW MUCH SUGAR DO YOU CONSUME?

Sure, you do your best to eat healthy and live a fit and active lifestyle, but you’re still not satisfied with your body. Day after day of eating salads and hitting the gym and your body isn’t changing.

It’s frustrating.

And yet there are people, whom you know personally, with phenomenal bodies and very little body fat. What are they doing differently than you? You work out and eat healthy too! Why doesn’t your body look like theirs?

What’s the big secret that they know about losing fat, getting lean, and looking amazing?

The answer is as simple as it is difficult: Avoid Sugar.

While you do your best to eat healthy, do you know how much sugar you are actually consuming everyday? The answer will surprise you.

The average American consumes over 80 grams of sugar everyday, an amount that’s easily three times more than is safe and healthful. How much sugar do you eat? Write down the sugar count on everything you eat for the next few days and then find your average sugar gram intake. Now work on slashing this number.

Part of the problem is that food items are often sneaky about how much sugar is really hiding within. Deceiving messages on the packaging imply that the contents are beneficial, causing us to ignore the high sugar content. In the end whatever supposed benefits being advertised are overshadowed by the negative effect of the sugar.

What’s the big deal about taking in a lot of sugar? Well, you won’t achieve a lean body while consuming a lot of sugar. So if you choose to indulge in sugar then forget about strutting your stuff on the beach this year.

Aesthetics aside, a high sugar intake is detrimental to your health as it causes your cells and organs to become acidic and a breeding ground for disease.

Going back to that guy or gal that you know who is perpetually lean…you can bet that their diet is extremely low in sugar. A low sugar diet is the key to keeping lean and it’s not had by simply avoiding the high sugar items, like candy and cake, it’s had by avoiding items with even low amounts of added sugars.

Take the next week to cut out all added sugars from your diet. Check in with your weight and your energy levels at the end of seven days and note any difference. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how quickly you’ll see results in both your weight and energy levels by making this simple, conscious move to avoid sugar.

Diet is only half of the equation when it comes to having a sexy, fit body. Exercise is the other half of the coin, and that’s where CSF comes in.

Call or email today to get started on an exercise program that’s designed to transform your body once and for all!

Vacation Proof Your Diet

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GOING ON VACATION?

You don’t need another article that’s going to tell you the same old advice about eating healthy on vacation. “Watch your portions!” “Pack some snacks!” “Pick a cheat day!”

You’ve heard it all before.

And yet every year you go away for a fun vacation, get carried away at the buffet, and come back 3 to 5 pounds heavier than when you left.

It sure would be nice to find a diet plan that would work 365 days per year. A plan that would have you at your ideal weight, happy with your body, and not deprived of the foods that you love. Even while on vacation.

Such a plan does exist, and it’s really simple.

It’s so simple that it’s not even a plan; it’s a mindset.

If you want a lean, hot body 365 days a year then you must become unreasonable.

Unreasonable, that is, by society’s standards.

Society today says that it is reasonable to…
  • Binge eat on vacation.
  • Consume large quantities of sugar on a regular basis.
  • Frequent fast food restaurants.
  • Exercise at a slow pace once or twice a week.
  • Slack off on keeping your body properly hydrated.
  • Live a sedentary life while consuming extra large portions of food.
  • Eat processed and industrialized “foods”.
  • Reduce your standards for health and quality of life.
  • Put your goals and dreams on hold.
  • Let your goals and dreams slowly die.

 
If you’re living a “reasonable” life by society’s standards then you are out of shape, tired and dehydrated. You go away on vacation and come home heavier and more uncomfortable.

Nothing else could result from abiding by society’s rules.

If you want different results, if you want to achieve a body that’s lean, healthy, sexy and energetic, then you must become UNREASONABLE.

The UNREASONABLE FIT PERSON will…
  • Eat sensibly on vacation, balancing indulgences with activity and calorie control.
  • Restrict sugar for only rare and special occasions.
  • Stick with simple, wholesome meals made at home (like the recipe for Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken below)
  • Exercise at a high intensity 4 to 5 times per week, always pushing themselves to lift more and go harder.
  • Make the conscious effort to drink water throughout the day to maintain proper hydration.
  • Live an active life where food is consumed sensibly as fuel.
  • Fill their diet with fresh, real, unadulterated foods.
  • Refuse to peak physically or mentally; always strives to raise the bar.
  • Actively pursue their goals and dreams.
  • Routinely achieve their goals and dreams…and go on to set new ones.

So there you have it, the way to vacation proof your diet is to adopt the mindset of an UNREASONABLE FIT PERSON.

This mindset will carry over into your entire year, not just that week of vacation, and by the time next summer rolls around you’ll be living in a very unreasonably fit and attractive body!

If you’re not yet one of CSF’s fit and active clients then join us now! We’d love nothing more than to guide you through your stunning body transformation!

Call or email today to get started. Let’s do this!

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

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SET IT AND FORGET IT

​There are many ways to prepare chicken breast. You could grill it, bake it, sauté it or fry it. You could eat it cold or hot, spicy or mild. You could season it generously or leave it plain. You could spend lots of time and effort, or barely any at all.

This Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken tops my list of favorite ways to prepare chicken breast. It requires minimal time and effort and results in moist, tender, flavorful chicken that could compete with just about any fancy chicken dish. All while providing superb nutrition to keep you fit, lean and in control of your health.

Servings: 12

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

Here’s what you need…
  • 3 yellow or red onions, quartered and sliced
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon liquid stevia
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Thyme, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Oregano, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Rosemary, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Parsley, minced for garnish
Instructions:
  1. Place the onions in the bottom of the slow cooker and top with the chicken. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, broth, stevia, both mustards, thyme, oregano, rosemary and red pepper flakes.
  3. Pour the mixture over the chicken and sprinkle with the garlic.
  4. Cover and cook on high, until the chicken is tender, for 4-5 hours. Garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 130 calories, 2g fat, 4g carbohydrate, 1g sugar, 350mg sodium, 1g fiber, and 26g protein.

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