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Tasty Recipe To Share (Gluten Free)

By | Kids nutrition, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

I visited my childhood home in Elk River, MN. Nothing like some home cooked food and family time.  I asked our new resident chef at the Fit Moms Transformation Center to serve us up a healthy gluten free option for Thanksgiving.  Hallie is her name and you can learn more about her and her massive credentials and resume by clicking here.

Baby Greens with Cranberry Orange Dressing & Pumpkin Seeds1 a salad

The contrast of the bright mixed greens and blushing pink dressing in this salad makes it a quintessential holiday dish.

Serves 8

For the salad:

2 (5-ounce) packages mixed baby greens
¾ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
½ cup dried cranberries, preferably fruit juice sweetened

For the dressing:

½ cup homemade cranberry sauce
½ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup, or to taste
1 tablespoon grainy gluten-free mustard
Pinch of sea salt

Toss all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients for the dressing. Blend until creamy and smooth. Taste and add more maple syrup for extra sweetness if desired.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad just before serving. Toss to coat. (You may not use all of the dressing. Store leftover dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)

Hallie is the creator of the complete eating plan that we are releasing with the Santa Slimdown, which starts this coming Sunday. You can follow the eating plan and workouts for less then $1/day virtually, or take part in our live groups in Madison, WI for under $4 per day.

Are You Causing Your Kids Or Friends To Become Anorexic?

By | Behavior Change, Fit Moms For Life DVD, In the news, Kids Fitness, Kids nutrition, Mindset, Uncategorized


Today’s topic might hit a nerve with many people.  I want to first say, that I am not an eating disorder specialist in anyway, and I am not giving specific guidance.  I am just sharing my experience with you.

I received an article from one of my readers and Fit Fun Bootcampers, that really hit me hard.

Click here to read this article and watch video

Hollywoods portrayal of attractiveness!

Hollywoods portrayal of attractiveness!

Eating disorders can be devastating, and cause the person to battle it their whole life.  I have dealt with many clients who have had, or are still struggling with an eating disorder and just feel very overwhelmed and frustrated.  From a physiological side, metabolisms seem to get so messed up when people go from a healthy weight to a very unhealthy weight and back up again.  It seems like their bodies try to store as much fat as possible once they begin getting help and eating a healthier diet.

I am writing this not really because of the topic of eating disorders, but rather the example you are setting for your kids and friends.  I too have been guilty of this, especially with past female college friends.  I have made little comments here and there that have made them question their body image (even though I never realized it at the time).

The mom who sent me this article has two young girls and is concerned if she is sending the right messages to her daughters.

If you have been following this blog, and my views for any amount of time, you know how important family is to me, and the role it plays in the developmental process of a person.  So I want to ask you a question?  If you have kids, are your words and actions supporting a healthy behavior or hurting it? In your circle of friends, are you building your friends self image up or shooting it down?  Are you encouraging healthy behaviors of those around you?

Mom with kids on a beach

So what does this all mean?  How can you lessen the chances your kids or friends will develop eating disorders or body image problems, or low self esteem related to their health/appearance.  Here are some of my suggestions. Read More