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[Recipe] Healthy Energy Protein Snack Balls!

By | Health, Healthy Snacks, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

Collogen2“My joints are sore again Dustin,” one of my newer clients recently told me. I asked her why. “Because I went on a week’s vacation and I didn’t bring the Fit Moms Hydrolyzed Collagen with me.” I don’t blame her for not bringing it through TSA security; it is a white powdery substance so maybe it looks very similar to cocaine, not that I really know what cocaine looks like in real life.

Today, I want to share with you a tasty recipe that includes my favorite protein powder that keeps my inflammation and joint pain away. Most protein bars are disguised as candy bars.  Making your own is the best way to ensure you have only natural ingredients.  They aren’t as hard to make as you might think and store well all day for an on-the-go snack.

This recipe comes from our Fit Moms Hydrolyzed Cookbook, which you get FREE with the purchase of our collagen. ->-> Click here to order our hydrolyzed collagen on Amazon <-<-

Banana Almond Snack Balls (Makes 22-25)

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium bananas, peeled and broken into chunks
  • 1/4 cup creamy roasted almond butter (unsweetened)
  • 2 scoops Fit Moms hydrolyzed collagen
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins, dried currants, or dried blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade or a blender, combine the bananas, almond butter, collagen, flaxseed, maple syrup, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Process until smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the almond flour and coconut to form a thick dough. Stir in the raisins.
  3. Using wet hands, roll the dough into 1 to 1-1/2 inch balls. Place the balls on the baking sheets. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze for longer storage.

Time is running out for our $5 off discount. ->-> Click here to order our hydrolyzed collagen on Amazon.<-<-

3 More Ways to Eat Cookies for Breakfast, plus special launch pricing ends tomorrow!

By | Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Gelatin, Lifestyle, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Strength, Uncategorized

It’s Dustin and I’ve had so many people tell me that they enjoyed the hydrolyzed collagen recipes that I decided to send out one more set (below) before we officially end our collagen “launch” tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy these additional ways to eat (healthy) cookies for breakfast!

CollogenAs a reminder, when you order your hydrolyzed collagen from us on Amazon, you’ll receive an awesome digital Hydrolyzed Collagen Cookbook. The URL to download the cookbook is right on the bottle.

I included one of my favorite recipes from the cookbook below. The full cookbook includes a variety of breakfasts, smoothies, soups, main dishes, and even desserts. The recipes are simple and delicious and will help you learn how to incorporate hydrolyzed collagen into your diet every day.

Our launch special pricing is good through tomorrow—enter the code FM4LVIPS to get $8 off your bottle. But don’t wait! We have less than 200 bottles in stock right now and they will go quickly with the discount ending.

→Click here to order now on Amazon←

Enjoy the recipes below!

If you missed our introduction to collagen, learn more about this anti-aging, anti-inflammatory “miracle protein” in this video.

Recipes: (My favorite from the FM4L Hydrolyzed Collagen Cookbook):cook book

Breakfast Cheesecakes (Serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp hydrolyzed collagen
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 eggs
  • Coconut oil
  • Fresh raspberries, washed and drained

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend all ingredients together and pour into 24 mini-muffin tins lightly greased with coconut oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set and lightly browned on top.
  3. Cool, top with fresh berries and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Tracie Fountain, www.traciefountain.com

Nut Butter Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed until smooth & creamy
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, or other nut butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 scoops hydrolyzed collagen
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats ~ uncooked
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (peanut, walnut, or your favorite)
  • 1/4 cup carob or chocolate chips (**optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix mashed banana & nut butter until completely combined then add in the applesauce, collagen & vanilla ~ mix again until all are completely combined.
  3. Add in the oatmeal, nuts and chocolate chips to the banana mixture & combine.
  4. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet & flatten cookies into circles.
  6. Bake cookies approx. 20-30 minutes (some like their cookies less cooked, some cooked more – try it both ways to find which works best for your tastes) or until golden brown & done. Remove from oven & let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.

Adapted from http://watching-what-i-eat.blogspot.com/2012/06/peanut-butter-banana-oat-breakfast.html

Blueberry Coconut Pecan Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups gluten-­free rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 scoops hydrolyzed collagen
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, warm enough to be liquid
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instuctions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Blend bananas, collagen, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir in oats, coconut, salt, pecans, and blueberries until well combined.
  2. Press 2 tablespoons of mixture into a 2½­inch round cookie cutter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue with remaining mixture.
  3. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until fragrant and golden. Cool on pan.

Recipe adapted from: http://kumquatblog.com/2012/03/blueberry­coconut­pecan­breakfast­cookies.html

 

See the one thing I eat every single day…

By | Health, Healthy Snacks, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

There is one thing I eat every single day. It satisfies my hunger and keeps my knees feeling great, despite all of the stair-climbing I am doing these days. I definitely notice and miss it if I skip a day. That one thing is collagen tea.

Right now you might be thinking that sounds crazy. But it is delicious and a very easy way to get my collagen in every day. Click here (or below) to join me in my kitchen for a demo of how I make my tea.

Fit Moms for Life Hydrolyzed Collagen is available on Amazon! Grab your bottle now, while our discount code is still good. We will be discontinuing our launch discount on Friday. → Click here to purchase on Amazon now. ← Enter the code FM4LVIPS for $8 off. Don’t wait, because this code will be good only until Friday!

Watch for my next blog post with a few more healthy treat recipes. The cookie recipes were so popular that we decided to send you a few additional recipes!

How to Eat Cookies for Breakfast, Guilt-Free!! (Recipes Included)

By | Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Gelatin, Kids nutrition, Lifestyle, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

I’ve heard so many stories about moms struggling to get their kids to eat a good, protein-packed breakfast before they go to school that I thought I’d share my secret weapon. Cookies for breakfast. (Recipes below!)

Yup, with the right balance of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates, you won’t have to feel guilty about feeding your kids either of the delicious recipes below, even for breakfast! The key is the protein, and hydrolyzed collagen is what helps give both of these recipes a huge, healthy protein boost. Give your kids these over Nutella any day!

Our FM4L Hydrolyzed Collagen is back in stock for now. Grab yours on Amazon here, and use the code FM4LVIPS for $8 off. And don’t forget to download the FM4L Hydrolyzed Collagen cookbook, using the URL on the bottle. It contains lots more delicious recipes! I only ask that you leave a review after you use it and, hopefully, love it.

Stay tuned—later this week I’ll share a quick video from my home on how I use collagen every day.

Don’t forget to enter FM4LVIPS for $8 off our hydrolyzed collagen on Amazon. →Click here to purchase on Amazon now←

Protein Packed Monster Breakfast Cookies (Yields 16-20 cookies)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup almond butter, cashew butter, or sunbutter
  • 1/3 cup coconut (or cane) sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup hydrolyzed collagen
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened & finely shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup hemp seed
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (or cacao nibs or carob chips)
  • 1/3 cup desired seeds or raisins, optional

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the almond butter, sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat in the egg. Beat in the collagen, baking soda and sea salt, and then stir in all other remaining ingredients.
  3. Roll the dough by heaping tablespoon into balls and place them on the baking sheets spaced about 3 inches apart. Using the tips of your fingers, gently flatten the dough until it is about 1/2 an inch thick.
  4. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the cookies are turning golden brown at the edges. Leave cookies on the baking sheet to cool.
  5. Store the cookies uncovered out on the counter (so the air can get to them). They will crunch up on the outside, but still remain soft on the inside. If you store them in an airtight container, they will retain too much moisture and crumble easily.

Recipe adapted from www.allergyfreealaska.com

Peanut Butter Protein Balls (Serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free quick oats
  • 1/4 cup natural “drippy” peanut or almond butter
  • 2 T hydrolyzed collagen (gelatin)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Place quick oats in a food processor and blend until consistency is that of flour.
  2. Place almond or peanut butter in a medium-sized bowl. One tablespoon at a time, sprinkle small amounts of the gelatin over the top and stir for several minutes until dissolved.
  3. Add processed quick oats and honey and stir until combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips, and using your hands, combine mixture thoroughly.
  5. Form into 1-inch balls. Place on a small cookie sheet or plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes prior to serving.
  6. Store in the refrigerator.
Notes:

*Note: Make sure to use natural almond or peanut butter that requires you to mix in the standing oil at the top for this recipe. It should be stirred well and not oily prior to using or the balls will have difficulty staying together.

C = 28g P = 6g F = 9g

200 calories per serving

ThePeanut Butter Ball recipe is courtesy of Tracie Fountain, who has provided FM4L with excellent nutritional advice for years. Tracie has just released an outstanding new cookbook, which contains a number of collagen recipes. All of the recipes are designed to help balance blood sugar and are based on whole foods. You can check out both of her cookbooks by clicking here.

Can Protein Powders Be Harmful?

By | Hydrolyzed Collagen, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little more about this truly amazing protein—hydrolyzed collagen—over the past few days, and maybe even tried some of our recipes! If you missed our videos, check them out here. Find our hydrolyzed collagen on Amazon here.

I’ve been getting some questions about it via email, so I thought I’d take a moment to answer a few of them here.

Can collagen replace whey or other protein powders?

Many have asked if hydrolyzed collagen is a replacement for whey protein powder. The answer is absolutely yes. Like whey protein, hydrolyzed collagen is easily absorbed and utilized by the body, making it a perfect post-workout protein.

In fact, many people use collagen instead of whey because it is a cleaner, less processed source of protein.

While I do not claim to be an expert on this, there has been some negative publicity about whey protein powders, highlighting questions about quality and purity. Many of these powders are processed and packaged in China, and a 2010 Consumer Reports analysis and 2013 and 2015 ConsumerLab.com analyses found potential contamination issues (heavy metals, arsenic) in 20-20% of the samples tested. You can read more about this here, here and here if you want.

I do believe that there are safe, high quality, whey protein powders and, in general, whey is a great, easily absorbed protein if you can tolerate dairy. But some people are choosing to avoid the potential risk completely by switching over to hydrolyzed collagen or some other single source protein (hemp hearts, pea protein, etc).

The other major and noticeable difference between whey protein and hydrolyzed collagen is that collagen does not have a flavor. Some protein powders can be chalky tasting and require a lot of sweetener to make them palatable. Hydrolyzed collagen does not change the taste or texture of things and has no added sugar (or any other ingredient).

How much should I use and how quickly will I see results?

We recommend 2 scoops per day—1 in the morning and 1 in the evening—for the best results. You should notice a difference in 4-6 weeks.

Can I use it in a meal-replacement shake?

Yes—the protein will help you feel full longer and will balance your blood sugar. Just make sure that, if you are making a meal-replacement smoothie/shake, you include healthy fats along with the collagen protein and the carbs (fruit, vegetables etc). You can use a nut butter, avocado, coconut oil, or even chia seeds. Including a healthy fat will balance the meal and keep you satisfied.

Click here to order our Hydrolyzed Collagen on Amazon, and use the code FM4LVIPS for $8 off!

I still think back to when Tracie Fountain introduced me to this product. I was so skeptical, but I cannot get over the difference it has made for me and just about all of my clients who use it.

Every day I hear from people who can walk up and down stairs without pain; who no longer suffer cravings because they’ve managed to balance their blood sugar; who are no longer hungry all of the time because they’ve increased their protein consumption.

Can you take too much of it–is too much bad for you?

No. Because hydrolyzed collagen has no other ingredients and is simply protein from pastured cattle, there is no toxic amount. You cannot “overdose” on collagen.

Just check out a few of the comments we’ve been getting on Amazon:

This product is amazing. My wife & I enjoy going to the gym but do not enjoy the soreness that follows. My wife found this product on Fit Moms for Life, and she ordered it and we began to take it immediately on arrival. It WORKS….the soreness is minimal and our energy levels are improving daily. I would like to say THANK YOU for creating this product and I am in hopes more people begin to use it. You won’t be disappointed!!!!! Daniel & Leslie M

This product dissolves easily into almost anything. The free cookbook is a nice touch and the Baked Oatmeal is outstanding! I like that when it lists the Other Ingredients: it says “Nothing!” I bought it to help with sore wrists. I hadn’t noticed until now that they are not sore. I plan on using it for a full two months and then going off it for two weeks to see if the soreness returns. It is easy to add to my diet so keeping up with 2 servings a day is simple. Mary M

I have been using this product for a couple weeks and absolutely love it. I try not to eat carbs alone, so this is a really nice addition to my coffee or tea if I am enjoying it with oatmeal or a muffin. I did find it to add a really subtle vanilla flavor, but my husband disagrees. The protein adds a satisfying component that I didn’t anticipate, but really love! I have also experienced less soreness post-workout than I ever have before! I’m looking forward to seeing if it has any effects on my hair and nails in a few more weeks. Will definitely be purchasing again! Katie C

Click here to order this miracle protein now! Use the code FM4LVIPS for $8 off, during our launch only.

As a reminder, you may see our brand new foam roller on Amazon—click here to check it out. We haven’t officially launched that yet, but if you are interested, don’t buy without using the code FM4LLOVE to get $15 off!

Our 3 Favorite Smoothie Recipes! [From the Videos]

By | Hydrolyzed Gelatin, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

CollogenI hope many of you were able to grab a bottle of the FM4L hydrolyzed collagen yesterday before it went out of stock–again! It came back in stock this morning, right here. I’ve been getting some requests for the recipes that we demonstrated in our recent videos. Click here to watch the videos if you missed them.

The first video is an interview with Tracie Fountain, our nutritional expert, with all of the details about collagen and what it can do for you. The second is our first-ever cooking video, where we make a some great smoothies. =) Below are the recipes for the three smoothies we featured. Enjoy!

Amazon has the collagen back in stock right now, but it is going in and out of stock quickly. Click here to buy now on Amazon! Remember to use the code FM4LVIPS for your $8 discount.

Strawberry Mango Smoothie (Note: this is a great basic fruit smoothie recipe and follows the proportions we mentioned in our video. Feel free to substitute your favorite fruits!)

  • 1 c water (or coconut milk, coconut water, etc)
  • ½ c plain yogurt (omit for dairy-free option)
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 c frozen mango chunks
  • 5 large strawberries
  • 1 scoop hydrolyzed collagen
  • Cinnamon, to taste (optional)

Blend and enjoy!

Tropical Green Smoothie

  • 1-2 c spinach (start with 1 cup if you are new to green smoothies)
  • 1 c liquid, add more if you like a thinner smoothie (coconut water, coconut milk, water, etc)
  • 1 c frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 frozen banana (1 banana if you prefer it sweeter)
  • 1 scoop hydrolyzed collagen
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Stevia to taste (optional, if you prefer it to be sweeter)

To kick it up a notch, add:

  • Herbs—a sprig of mint or cilantro
  • Lemon—1-2 slices
  • Avocado—about 1/4 avocado gives you some healthy fats and makes the smoothie nice and creamy.

Blend and enjoy!

Chocolate-Almond Smoothie

  • 8 oz coconut water
  • 1/2 or 2/3 frozen banana (more if you prefer it sweeter)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon (or to taste) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop hydrolyzed collagen
  • Cinnamon, to taste (optional)

Blend and enjoy!

Hydrolyzed Collagen Now Back In Stock (with free digital cookbook)

By | Behavior Change, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

Last week I excitedly launched our Fit Moms for Life hydrolyzed collagen and, exactly 7 minutes after launching, we sold out. That was awful customer service on my part and I apologize. We just had 480 additional units arrive at Amazon, with another 250 coming later next week, so it is back in stock for now. After these units sell, we might have one more shortage as we focus on improving the packaging even more.

-> -> Click here to order now <-<

CollogenThose who were quick to order have been reporting loving the (digital) collagen cookbook that comes with it. Our nutritionists Tracie Fountain and Hallie Klecker did an incredible job coming up with over 30 mouth-watering recipes. (You will find instructions on how to download the cookbook on the collagen bottle.) We launched the collagen with a special price of just $39.99, which is less than 50 cents per serving! Since launching last week, Amazon has increased their fees for vendors, and the raw price of collagen is increasing this month. To reflect that, the retail price is now $47.99 (instead of $45.99)–still a great value for 82 servings. However, we want to continue to offer it to you at our special launch price of just $39.99.

To receive $8 off each container please use coupon code: FM4LVIPS

I have set it up so you can order multiple jars and receive the $8 off each one. Please feel free to share this coupon code with any family members, friends or on social media. All I ask is that you leave a review on Amazon once you receive the product and hopefully love it.

When my mom heard I was launching a FM4L brand of hydrolyzed collagen she wanted me to make sure she shared her own experience with you. Haha

Here is my mom:

When Dustin shared Tracie’s blog regarding collagen for joint health and as a good source of protein, I started using it a few years ago.

Last year, I was experiencing some knee pain and along with wearing some arch supports, eventually the pain disappeared; I no longer have any joint pain at all…..I use 2 scoops of the collagen daily, about 5 Tbsp., partly to get more good protein in. I just dump it in my magic bullet with my homemade coconut milk kefir, some ground flaxseed, a little stevia…..frozen berries would be good too, but I enjoy eating them separate.

So, like everything, without doing a controlled experiment, one never knows for sure what it is that helps! I have read enough about this product, and happy to know the cattle used are pasture raised……well, to me it is a smart thing to add to the diet.”

Joy Maher (aka Dustin’s mom)

-> -> Click here to order now <-<

When you order the collagen on Amazon you will probably see the other product we are going to officially launch in a couple weeks, which is a foam roller. I have been holding foam roller workshops this past week in Madison and the feedback has been amazing. With the foam roller you get access to our Foam Roller Academy full of how-to videos for foam rolling. >-> Click here to learn more and order the foam roller <-<-

Cowboy Caviar

By | Health, Healthy Snacks, Recipes, Uncategorized

Renee Cefalu is a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, she is on our social media management team, and is a recipe contributor to Fit Moms for Life.

Try this awesomely healthy treat for a party hors d’oeuvre, snack or even lunch! Along with the added nutrients of the vegetables, the black beans, kidney beans, lima beans, navy beans, pinto beans, white beans, soybeans (edamame), and garbanzo beans (chickpeas) are high in fiber, folate, magnesium, potassium, and protein. You can even switch up any of your favorite legumes in this recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Can of Chick Peas
  • 1 Can of Pinto Beans Rinsed
  • 1 Can Black Eyed Peas Rinsed
  • 1 Can Black Beans Rinsed
  • 1 Can Organic Corn
  • 3 Carrots Diced
  • 2 Celery Sticks Diced
  • 1 Green Pepper Diced
  • 2 Bunches of Green Onions Diced
  • 6 Radish Diced
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper Diced Fine
  • Organic Corn Chips

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Organic Cup Sugar Cane
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 3/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Canola or Olive Oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with exception to organic corn chips. .
  2. Bring dressing ingredients to a boil and let cool and poor over mixed vegetables, peas and beans.
  3. Refrigerate at least a few hours to combine flavors.
  4. Serve with organic corn chips

To learn more about Renee visit www.integratingwellnessintolifestyle,  reneecefalu.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com or follow her Facebook at Integrating Wellness Into Lifestyle.

Chocolate Chia Seed Protein Power Balls

By | Health, Healthy Snacks, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

Erica Jones is a health food enthusiast, natural beauty guru and contributor to Fit Moms for Life.

Every morning is a busy morning in my house—especially on days when I’m getting my son ready for school. When you’re health conscious, you want to make sure that you’re fueling yourself with nutrient dense foods throughout the day. Most mornings I make myself a protein packed smoothie because I can easily load in fresh, raw greens and lots of other healthy and delicious ingredients.

On days when I don’t have time to even throw some things in a blender for a smoothie, these Chocolate Protein Power Balls save the day. They can easily be made the night before. It probably takes 15 minutes (max) and then I can grab a few on the go either to get the day going or to enjoy as a healthy snack.

This recipe was given to me by my husband. He was out of town and being completely committed to fitness, he always makes sure to find a gym and work out. One of the trainers in the gym he was visiting gave him this recipe. I’ve modified it a little bit to suit my personal tastes.

What I love about this recipe is that it’s pretty flexible. If you don’t like chocolate (but who doesn’t like chocolate? :-)) you could easily substitute a different flavored protein powder and omit the cocoa powder and perhaps add a bit more almond flour and nut butter. Either way, it’s an easy go-to recipe for eating healthy on the go!

Balls

Ingredients:

  •  1 cup of almond flour
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder of your choice (Garden of Life and Vega are both great brands)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of nut butter (I used raw coconut butter; sunflower seed butter, almond butter, cashew butter and peanut butter are other options as well)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3 to 4 tbsp. chia seeds

Steps:

  1. Pulse all ingredients except the chia seeds in a food processor until smooth. It will probably be a bit crumbly. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
  2. Using clean hands, form the mixture into balls that are about 1-inch in diameter rolling the “dough” between your palms.
  3. Place the chia seeds in a small bowl and roll each ball into the chia seeds. You’ll have to press firmly to get them to stick. This recipe makes about 16, 1-inch diameter protein balls. Hope you love it!

To learn more about Erica and get more recipes and natural beautytips, visit www.truebeautyyou.com or follow her on Facebook at TrueBeautyYou.

WARNING: What You Are About To See Is Disturbing, Watch Only If You Are Ready For Change

By | Behavior Change, Body Assessment, Health, Killer Kurves, Mindset, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

Every once in awhile a video or article comes out that gives me goosebumps and fires me up to fight the fight of helping families get in better shape.

The video you are about to watch has done that more then anything else I have ever seen. We can’t wait another day to take action and create change, we deserve better and your kids deserve better.

Depending on where you are at in your life, this movie will stir up different emotions. You might feel a sense of relief that your struggles with your health and weight were something that started when you were an innocent child and that is really wasn’t your fault. Others might feel very blessed that they came from a home where cooking healthy meals from scratch was an everyday occurrence (that is me). Maybe you have tears streaming down your face because you are that mom or dad right now, busy and stretched thin and consistently giving your kids the foods and drinks that will one day land them on the ER table. Possibly your kids are out of the home now and guilt of how you raised them is welling up in your heart and regret fills your body, you wish you would have known what you know do.

An emotion I have right now is anger towards the processed food industry and how they target kids so much early on in their most impressionable years. No matter your emotion, I want to turn this into a positive. The good news is that your future can be infinitely better then your past. You have access to knowledge and tools that can change your life, the lives of your kids, and grandkids. The only catch is that you have to invest the time into learning about the tools and then APPLYING those tools into your families life.

At Fit Moms For Life we are very proud of the programs and tools we have created over the past 10 years. We believe they are not only based off of science, but also made practical in the real world. In other words, doable for a crazy busy person like yourself.

For the past year and a half we launch a new Killer Kurve’s session each quarter. The stories of transformation through this specific program are too numerous to share, but this is one of the only programs I have ever seen that focuses solely on overweight and obese people who are looking for a radical change in their life, without having to go on a radical eating or exercise plan. In other words we help you make small manageable choices that create massive long term change. In fact this program is so unique and powerful we are in the running to receive national grant money from the NIH to study this specific program even deeper.

Why does it work so well? It was created by trainers who were formerly obese. It was created with the deep understandings of what someone 40-200 lbs overweight goes through on an everyday basis and what they are thinking. It wasn’t created by some fit trainer who has never has an ounce of body fat, or from a scientist behind a computer who is solely looking at all the research papers.

Our team of trainers who specializes in Killers Kurves has expanded. Besides Liz (the co-creator of the program who lost over 60 lbs), we have added Shelley and Monique who have both been through the program and are now paying it forward (Monique has lost 152 lbs so far).

We understand that change is really hard and that not everyday is going to be great. That is why we focus on community and accountability to celebrates the successes and encourage each other during the defeats.

 

 

Sage Scented Butternut Squash Soup

By | Health, Healthy Snacks, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

Erica Jones is a health food enthusiast, natural beauty guru and contributor to Fit Moms for Life.

Sage Scented Butternut Squash Soup

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This soup is one of my favorite ways to welcome the fall season. After a nice long summer (now that I’m back in the South and out of Toronto I can actually call summers long), I’m always excited to enter into fall. I love bringing out my cozy sweaters, leather boots and light weight scarves.

I also love the produce that’s available in the fall. Pumpkins, squashes, juicy pears and granny smith apples are among a few of my favorites. This butternut squash soup is right up there on the list of my favorite fall recipes. It’s simple, but so delicious. I also like this version of butternut squash soup because it’s seasoned with sage.

For me, it’s important to roast the squash instead of steaming or boiling it to soften. I feel that roasting really allows the true flavor to come out. Even though it may take a bit longer than boiling or steaming, I think it’s well worth the effort.

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • Coconut oil for sautéing
  • ½ small white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red apple, chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp dried sage
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup full fat canned coconut milk

Special Equipment: Vitamix or high powered blender

Steps:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and lay each squash in an oven safe baking dish, flesh side down.

2. Fill the baking dish with about an inch of filtered water to prevent the squash from drying out while roasting.

3. Roast the squash for 1 hour or until the flesh is softened.

4. Once the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out the seeds and discard. Scoop out the remaining flesh into a bowl and set aside.

5. Heat a spoonful of coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until softened. Add the apple, sage and salt and pepper and continue to cook until the apple is soft and the flavors have melded.

6. Add the squash and mix to further develop the flavor. Add the chicken broth, cover and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat.

7. Once the squash mixture is cool enough to handle, transfer to a Vitamix or high powered blender and blend until complexly smooth. Work in batches if you need to.

8. Transfer the blender contents back to the pot that you were using before and heat over low to medium heat. Add the coconut milk and gently stir to combine.

9. Serve.

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