Registration now open to start 2018 losing weight and feeling great

Registration now open to start 2018 losing weight and feeling great!

I have designed my own health and wellness program with an emphasis on stopping the cycle of fad dieting by teaching my clients proper nutrition, balance, moderation and exploring their relationship with food to empower them with the knowledge to take control of their lives so they can SHINE.

My program is different than any other program out there right now as I listen to your needs, I listen to your food likes and dislikes, I take into consideration dietary intolerances, allergies, dietary preferences and your current lifestyle.  If you don’t like broccoli, I am not going to put it on your meal idea list 5x a week!  If you don’t like apples, peaches, carrots, onion, beef, chicken, bread, eggs, olives, etc, I won’t put it on your plan!  How can I get you to commit to my program if I am suggesting foods you hate and won’t eat?!!  That’s no way to empower someone to set them up for success!

**This is not a shake diet, not a wrap diet, not a supplement diet, this is real food from any regular grocery store, that’s it!

There is so much information out there on what to eat, when to eat, to go carb free, low fat, high protein, etc, it can make us a little crazy trying to understand it all! This program is broken into 3 modules, each module lasting one week that incorporates a weekly meal ideas, a weekly exercise plan, weekly challenges, weekly advice and weekly ways to include your family on your healthy journey.

Throughout the 3 weeks we will explore our relationship with food and understand how food works with our bodies. We will talk about fats, carbs, proteins, learning to see food as our friend, not our enemy.

Each participant will get:

– 3 weeks’ worth of meal ideas, customized to you, your goals, and taking into consideration allergies, intolerances being vegan or vegetarian. Recipes are low in sugar, high in fiber, include whole grains and a variety of healthy proteins.

– A weekly exercise plan

– 1 one-on-one sessions with me, over the phone to talk about your goals, struggles, challenges, etc.

-Everyone will be added to a private facebook group for additional support, guidance, motivation – it will be a safe space to share our daily joys, our struggles, our accomplishments and for us to lift each other up.

My special Christmas pricing is $40 for 3 weeks! That includes the customized meal ideas, the customized workouts, 1 (15 mins) sessions with me and daily support and motivation for 21 days! It’s time to live the life you deserve so you can SHINE!

Christmas Pricing (expires December 30, 2017):

Three weeks $40

Four weeks $50

Five weeks $60

 

Please send an email to roxdamico@gmail.com to sign up!

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Transform Your Life Today!

Remember when you were little and you had these big incredible dreams that seemed like they would totally become true? You could envision yourself being a world famous ballerina dancing in Paris. You could imagine yourself saving the lives of sick people. You could imagine yourself travelling to the amazon to save the wildlife and the rain forest. You could see yourself travelling to countries and teaching children how to read.  You could imagine yourself being the perfect stay at home parent, or the perfect parent who has a successful career but is also a candidate for the mother of the year award!  Then life happened.  Life took some pretty nasty and crazy turns and now here you are, feeling like there is no way to end this cycle and you are so completely overwhelmed and ready to throw in the towel.

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I can imagine that right now your life seems pretty chaotic and that a total lifestyle transformation seems nearly impossible. Yeah. I know. I’ve been there. I’ve done it. I’ve lived it. I made it through ❤

It’s time to light yourself back up! It’s time to unfu$k yourself! It’s time to be who you were before all that stuff happened that dimmed your SHINE!

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I want to give you 16 super simple steps you can take to transform your life right now!

You deserve to live an incredible life! ❤

Baby, It’s Your Time To SHINE!

I am so excited for my new program that has been completely designed and created by me!

I have designed this program with the intention to empower women to take control of their lives so you can SHINE; have a healthy relationship with food and a healthy body image, increase your confidence, take control of your health, increase your energy levels, sleep better, improve your mood, work towards your fitness goals and look and feel amazing!

There is so much information out there on what to eat, when to eat, to go carb free, low fat, high protein, etc, it can make us a little crazy trying to understand it all! This program is broken into 3 modules, each module lasting one week that incorporates a weekly meal ideas, weekly fitness tips, weekly challenges, weekly advice and weekly ways to include your family on your healthy journey.

Nutrition and fitness can be so complicated, it’s now time to take control and empower yourself with the knowledge and tools to take control of your life so you can SHINE!

I will teach you the principles of eating for optimal health, well-being and weight loss, and can help you create a plan that will work for your body, preferences and lifestyle.

Week 1

– Nutrition 101 week! We are going to learn how carbs, fats and protein work in our body and why it is important to fuel our bodies with good wholesome foods that will give us energy, make us sleep better and help us SHINE! We will be learning to see food as our friend, not an enemy!

– Exercise boot camp! This week will be the basics boot camp. We are going to start slowly to get moving and be active on our own and with our family.

– Weekly challenge! This week will be exploring our relationship with food. Why do we eat when we are bored? Why are cravings so strong? Why do we self sabotage?

– Family time! This week will be focusing on getting outside and having fun with our kids and spouses!

Week 2:

– Understanding the fads! Does a low carb diet really work? Will drinking apple cider vinegar really work with losing weight? Does wrapping myself in saran wrap get rid of my cellulite? What about gluten free and fasting?

– Exercise! This week we are going to learn why strength training is important and how it will help us with our every day tasks. Lifting weights will NOT make you bulky, but it will give you amazing definition and you will continue to burn calories while at rest!

– Weekly Challenge! This week will be focusing on de-cluttering your space so have somewhere to go that makes you happy, gives you a sense of peace and a place where you can practice your gratitude and mindfulness.

– Family Time – this week will be focusing on getting your kids to help in the kitchen and maybe try some new foods!

Week 3

– Nutrition with balance. This week will be focusing on balance and eliminating guilt from your diet!

– Exercise! Let’s take it up a notch and push ourselves outside our comfort zone!

– Weekly Challenge – Self love. As a mom, wife, employee, lady boss it can be so hard to love ourselves when everyone else demands so much of us. We are going to spend this week learning small things you can do on a daily basis to ensure you love yourself.

– Family Time – This week will be focusing on helping your family understand why it’s important to eat well, why it’s important to be active and why it’s important to be able to talk with your kids about these topics to avoid eating disorders and poor body image as they go through life.

Each participant will get:

– 3 weeks’ worth of meal ideas, customized to you, your goals, and taking into consideration allergies, intolerances being vegan or vegetarian. Recipes are low in sugar, high in fiber, include whole grains and a variety of healthy proteins.

– A weekly exercise plan

-Daily advice on nutrition.

– Everyone will be added to a private facebook group for additional support, guidance, motivation – it will be a safe space to share our daily joys, our struggles, our accomplishments and for us to lift each other up.

It’s time to live the life you deserve so you can SHINE!

If you would like to order the package, please send an etransfer to roxdamico@gmail.com, with the words SHINE in the comments. Or you can send an email to roxdamico@gmail.com if you would like to pay with cash or cheque.

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YouV2 Beginner Workout – Beachbody’s 30 Minute Dance Workout!

If you are looking for a beginner workout program or a dance workout then you will fall in love with this program!  YouV2 is a fresh spin on exercise!  These are REAL women working out in the videos and they are losing weight with you!beginner-workout-youv2

If you have been frustrated with:

– super thin people in exercise videos who you feel you cannot relate too
– hard choreography
– long workouts
– complicated meal plans
– workouts that are boring

Then this new beginner dance workout is perfect for you!  Be the first to be notified when it’s released by clicking here!  YouV2 means You Version 2.  Your current version is amazing but why not feel better, have more energy, feel good about yourself and have some fun while working out to become an YouV2!

The Workouts
– 4 step by step energizing dance routines
– 2 body sculpting classes
– All workout are low impact
– No equipment is needed
– All the workouts are less than 35 minutesYouv2-570x478

The workouts are set to 80’s and 90’s music!  You will be working out 5 days.  The program is meant to be fun and help you lose weight within the first week!There are 6 simple, easy-to-follow routines. No fancy moves and no confusing choreography. It’s all about getting you up and moving, and day by day you’ll feel better and better as you become the healthier, happier new version of you!  As a teenager I used to do Richard Simmon’s workouts, ‘Sweatin to the Oldies’ with my Mom and LOVED it!  The music and energy were incredible and because I was dancing and knew the music it didn’t feel like I was actually working out!

Music that makes you want to move!

In each 30-minute workout, you’ll get your groove on to timeless party tunes. Here are the workouts, with incredible songs you know and love.

#1. MOVE YOUR BODY – Get ready to shimmy, shake, and strike a pose to “Let’s Get Loud,” originally recorded by Jennifer Lopez.

#2. WORK IT. SHAKE IT! – Put your hardworking attitude into every move of this disco-themed routine as you groove to “She Works Hard For The Money,” originally recorded by Donna Summer.

#3. ROCK IT OUT! – Grab your air guitar, let out that inner rockstar, and dance it out to “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” originally recorded by Pat Benatar.

#4. SWEAT SENSATION – It’s time for you to shine and party like it’s 1991 to “Good Vibrations,” originally recorded by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

#5. SCULPT SHACK – You’ll learn to love the burn in this total-body cardio-sculpt routine as you tone up to “Love Shack,” originally recorded by The B-52’s.

#6. BELIEVE, ACHIEVE & TONE – Ready to get down? Leandro knows you can crush this mat-based routine after he gets you fired up with “Believe,” originally recorded by Cher.

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There’s so much more to YOUv2!

YOUv2 addresses the whole you, mind and body. The K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) & JUST EAT! Meal Guide is your on-ramp to eating better and feeling better. It’s not a strict diet. It’s designed to help you make small, simple changes over 4 weeks with 4 easy steps. These help you create new healthy habits that will become second nature. You’ll get easy-to-make healthy recipes, too.  YOUv2 includes the Oh Hello YOUv2 Journal to help you set goals, track progress, and note your habits and feelings throughout the journey to discover what sets you back and pushes you forward to the new you. The Motivational Wall Art Calendar keeps you on track each day, so there’s no need to remember the entire plan all at once. Plus, it’s packed with inspiring quotes and positive reinforcement from Leandro and his ladies to get you excited to keep pressing play.

One fabulous you new you!  Two ways to get YouV2!

1. Stream It

Get the Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand Membership.*• Stream YOUv2 workouts from your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or TV for 12 months.
• Get digital versions of the program materials, including the Quick Start Guide, Motivational Wall Art Calendar, K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) & JUST EAT! Meal Guide, and Oh Hello YOUv2 Journal.
• View the kids’ channel feature to show that anyone can do this program and get the whole family moving with you, exclusively on Beachbody On Demand.
• Access all workouts available on Beachbody On Demand, including our newest and most popular programs like Country Heat and CIZE, PLUS all-new releases.
• Access exclusive content, including episodes of the FIXATE cooking show with delicious easy-to-make recipes for weight loss.
Just $8.33 per month billed today as 1 payment of $99.99* for one year. Or for a limited time you can get for the yearly membership with a one month supply of shakeology for only $186! You can start to stream all the programs and shows instantly then when YouV2 is released in May you will have instant access (as well as any other program Beachbody releases this year!) Click here to get it now!  

2. Signed up to be notified when it is released!

Or you can click here to be notified as soon as the package is available to order on May 16, 2017!

The 21 Day Fix Program – Complete Guide!

You’ve heard all the hype, have likely seen the infomercials or know someone who has done the 21 day fix program but are still hesitant to give it a try! I can totally appreciate that! I’ve gathered all the info so you can make an informed decision on if this program is right for you!

Autumn Calabrese released 21 Day Fix on February 3rd, 2014 and has completely blown up the entire fitness world. In 21 days, you can lose up to 15 pounds working out just 30 minutes a day. My name is Roxanne D’Amico, and I have had the pleasure of working out with Autumn Calabrese, the creator of 21 Day Fix a couple of times now, and I know how amazing this program is first hand.IMG_9966

So how does 21 Day Fix work? how does the nutrition guide work? What are the workouts like? I’m excited to share with you the complete guide to 21 Day fix!

In this Complete Guide to the 21 Day Fix, I will explain to you exactly what you can expect from 21 Day Fix. This 21 Day Fix review will give you all the details and the support you need.

I Just Want To Order 21 Day Fix!

If you are looking to buy a copy of 21 Day Fix and don’t want to read the complete review you can buy the Challenge Pack (the best deal), or the Essentials kit you can go here https://bitly.im/sDxMt . Before you do that, make sure you add me on facebook if you have any questions, or if you want support from me for free! I’ve helped hundreds of people get incredible results with 21 Day Fix!

21 Day Fix Challange Pack
21 Day Fix Challenge Pack – (On Sale for $186 CDN in April)
Includes: 7 Workouts, Portion Control Containers, Bonus Dirty 30 Workout DVD, 3 Day Quick Fix, Eating Plan, 30 Day Supply of Shakeology, and 30 Day’s Team Beachbody VIP Membership
Order Here: https://bitly.im/sDxMt Includes $2 Shipping and Handling

21 Day Fix Essentials Kit – $73.85 This option just includes the workouts and the containers. Does not include shipping or Shakeology. Order Here: https://bitly.im/sDxMt

Who is 21 Day Fix For

21 Day fix is especially designed for people that want to focus for 21 days, and get amazing results. If you have an event coming up in three weeks; a wedding, or a vacation on a beach, then this is the right program for you. Want to lose weight quickly? Want to look your best possible in 21 days? Need to lose 15 pounds in 21 days? Then 21 Day Fix is for you. 21 Day Fix is also for those that want to learn how to portion control. The biggest problem most people have is they eat way too much food in one sitting, by using the portion containers for your meal planning you will be eating enough to fuel your body and keep you full without overeating. If you struggle with eating, Autumn Calabrese has created a unique portion control system that actually ships with 7 different containers for you to use on your journey. Anyone can do 21 Day Fix. In the workouts there is a woman who does modifications for the workouts, she’s so good! No matter what your current size or fitness level is, you can do this program! People that have 10 pounds to lose, or those that have over 100 pounds to lose will see incredible results.

How Does The 21 Day Fix Portion Control System Work

The 21 Day Fix Portion Control system is incredible. You get 7 colour coded containers that are shipped with the program that you use to measure your approved foods (from the approved foods lists that are provided in the book) They are even color coded for you so you know what should go in each containers. No weighing, no measuring, no worrying about what you are going to eat. The portion control containers make it easy – if it fits in the containers, you can eat it!
•Purple – Fruit
•Green – Vegetables
•Red – Protein
•Yellow – Carbohydrates
•Orange – Nuts
•Table Spoon – healthy fats
•Blue – Cheese, Hummus

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There is even a container you can use to have a four-ounce glass of wine if you like! Any workout program that lets you have a little wine is so ok with me!

What is the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan

You don’t count calories with the 21 day fix meal plan. You simply use the portion control containers. Each section of the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan has a colour and a container, so the meal plan matches that! You simply find a recipe for the container you are going to fill, and put the food in the container! There are all kinds of options for you to choose from, even vegetarian and vegan meal options. In order to figure out how much food you can have, you use a simple formula. Weight * 11 – 350 gives you how many calories you can eat with the 21 Day Fix. You can then pick a meal plan to follow. For example, if you fall in between the 1,200 to 1,500 calorie a day diet, the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan will tell you exactly how many of each of the 7 containers you can have throughout the day.

What Workouts Are Included in 21 Day Fix Program?

21 Day Fix includes some of the best workouts I have ever seen in a long time. There are 7 workouts included in the workout:
•Dirty 30 workout
•Total Body Cardio Fix
•Upper Fix
•Lower Fix
•Pilates Fix
•Cardio Fix
•Yoga Fix

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Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_5g5rh1ezY

What’s Included in 21 Day Fix

It depends what you want to get, but I always recommend the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack which includes everything in the base kit plus a one month supply of shakeology!

The 21 Day Fix Base kit includes:
•All of the 7 base workouts: Dirty 30 workout, Total Body Cardio Fix, Upper Fix, Lower Fix, Pilates Fix, Cardio Fix, Yoga Fix
•Start Here Guide with Workout Calendar
•3-Day Quick Fix
•Eating Plan
•24/7 Online Support through me as your Beachbody Coach.
•7 color-coded portion-control containers
•Shakeology shaker cup

21 Day Fix Ultimate Kit includes:

The 21 Day Fix Ultimate Kt includes everything the base kit includes, plus:
•Flat Abs Workout
•Barre Legs Workout
•1 Pro-Grade Resistance Band (Pink=15lbs)
•Extra large On-The-Go container to store all your containers
•Shakeology Shaker Cup
•Insulated Tote Bag

What Equipment Do You Need for 21 Day Fix

All you need for equipment with 21 Day Fix is a 5 to 15 pound hand weights. The workout itself comes with a 15 pound resistance band if you purchase the 21 Day Fix Ultimate kit.

How Do I Order 21 Day Fix?

You can order 21 Day Fix while supplies last right here. It is on sale for $186 and includes everything you need to get started. The 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack ships within two business days. There is another option of ordering the 21 Day Fix Base Kit. Before you order, or if you have any questions about 21 Day Fix, please don’t be shy and add me on facebook! I’d love to support you and answer any questions you might have with 21 Day Fix.

21 Day Fix Challenge Pack – (On Sale for $186)
Includes: 7 Workouts, Portion Control Containers, Bonus Dirty 30 Workout DVD, 3 Day Quick Fix, Eating Plan, 30 Day Supply of Shakeology, and 30 Day’s Team Beachbody VIP Membership
Order Here: https://bitly.im/sDxMt Includes Free Shipping and Handling

Why we need Women’s Day

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. March 8th.  A day to commemorate the movement for women’s rights.  The first Women’s Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York and was organized by the socialist party of America. In 1975 the United Nations adopted the day and since then members have proclaimed March 8th as the UN day for women’s rights and world peace.

I am grateful to live in a country where women are pretty close to being equal to men. I earn the same wage as a male co worker (if we are the same level). I am respected by the men in my life. I am not forced to do anything I don’t want too. I have the right to choose if I want to be pregnant or not and to end a pregnancy, if I want (within a reasonable time frame) I have access to medical care. I have equal access to education.  I can walk down most streets and not be afraid. I can voice my opinion without fear of being kidnapped or killed.

I am a person. I have rights. I am not just a “woman”.

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However, my appearance, my face, my body are still being examined all the time. The other day my daughter said to me, after we had been out running errands in different stores throughout the city “Mom, when guys stare at you when we are out do any of them ask you to marry them?”

What. The. Fuck.

What? How?  Who?  Oh my gosh.

She said this with pure wonder and an honest to goodness belief that this is how things go. She believes that if a guy stares at you that he loves you and wants spend the rest of his life with you.  When in reality I know that guy(s) are thinking what is under my clothes, how big my chest is and what I would be like in bed.  (This may not be every guys thought but many do think this way)

When I was younger, I would go out with my friends to clubs and bars and was constantly hit on. If I was walking down the street I would have horns honked at me, guys calling me names, pointing out my body parts, asking me if I would sleep with them.  It was so bad I stopped going out. I remember having a conversation with my sister about how annoying it was to go out because we were objectified and the comments were never ending. I just didn’t want to be around it anymore.

I used to be harassed over instant messenger, at work, asking me out on dates and telling me how hot I was and what parts of my body they liked. I only got a job I was NOT qualified for because of what I was wearing and how I looked. I was hit on, I was told I was gorgeous, I was told I had a nice ‘rack, I was asked how big my breasts were.  It was infuriating.  (Over the last few years I haven’t really paid attention to the looks and comments – why would I? I’m a mom to 3 kiddos, have a some weight to loose and just didn’t think I was anything special.)

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I have raised my kids to be strong, to be proud, to not let people’s words affect them. To know that they are smart, kind, funny, compassionate, generous, honest and important in this world. I have also told them they are beautiful, handsome and gorgeous.  Because they are.   But their looks do not define them.  What defines’ them is how well they treat others, how kind they are, how generous they are, how understanding and accepting they are.

So when my daughter asked me if men want to marry me because of how they look at me, it made me really think about how women in our country are still treated despite the smaller gap in gender equality.

Women are never going to be equal to men and men never equal to women. Without each other we would not exist. I’m ok with that.  What I am not ok with is being eye candy, being sexualized because of being a woman and how I look. I am not OK with my daughter, who is 7, to notice men starring at me.

So when assholes say “Why is there a need for women’s day, what about men’s day?” It’s because of dinks like you who stare of me, despite being with my daughter, with your creepy eyes and your complete ignorance to what women deal with on a daily basis, just for being born a woman.

We need women’s’ day because women are still being raped and having their genitals mutilated around the world – (so men can still rape women, marry 13 year old girls and fuck whoever they want, when they want because they are men, but women are getting their genitals cut off because men think it’s ok??) . We need women’s day because families are afraid to send their girls to school out of fear of being kidnapped.  We need women’s day because women are being murdered for just being a woman.  We need women’s day because women are killing themselves because there is no other way to escape their terrible lives. We need women’s day because female literacy rates are on the decline. We need women’s day because some men still talk about doing whatever they want to women and getting away with it.

We need women’s day because my 7 year old should be thinking about my little pony, focusing on her math skills, creating art, playing soccer, NOT about how men look at her Mom.

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Protein Cookies!

On January 2nd my husband and I committed to each other that we would eat well, exercise and really focus on our health and fitness goals.  We indulged over Christmas but didn’t go overboard. We had drinks and some sweets but nothing crazy.  I actually didn’t gain any weight this Christmas season (yay me!)

This past weekend I was making the kids muffins and cookies for their lunches and the smell in the house was amazing!  When you are serious about sticking to a plan but have a house that smells like a bakery it takes all the willpower in the world to not eat the baked goods!  I rarely eat what I bake so it was easy for me to avoid them but to help my husband not be tempted I made these awesome little protein cookies!

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Ingredients:
2 eggs
1/2 cup of peanut butter
2 scoops of protein powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of almond milk

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.  Depending on your protein powder you may have to add a bit more almond milk.  You want the batter to be like a cake batter.  Grease a cookie sheet, put about 1 tbsp of batter on the sheet and bake for approx. 10 minutes (cooking times may vary depending on your oven)  Move to a rack and let cool completely.  This recipe made 21 cookies. Enjoy!

Each cookie has approximately:
4.2 grams of fat
68 calories
2 grams of carbohydrates
4.8 grams of protein

For 21 Day Fixers two cookies would be 1/2 red and 1 tsp.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

I love being *that* Mom, the Mom who makes cookies, muffins, breads all home made for her kids and family. I like the smell that takes over the house. I like cutting a piece of banana bread and seeing the steam rise and the chocolate chips melted. I like using my own ingredients and knowing exactly what’s in the food I am serving my kids.   On occasion I do buy pre made cookies, sweets and I definitely buy bread, crackers, bagels, etc. I don’t have that much time!  This loaf was gone in my house less than 8 hours after I made it!  Everyone loved it! It’s so easy to make and would be a great gift for a hostess or for a holiday pot luck!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (recipe adapted from Rachel Ray)

Ingredients
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 bananas mashed (1 cup)
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350F.  Grease and flour a loaf pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.  Mix in the oil, bananas and eggs.  Stir in the chocolate chips (don’t overmix!) and pour into the prepared pan. Bake until a tooth pick interested in the center comes out clean, about 50-70 mins (all ovens are different, my loaf took approx. 50 minutes)  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack.  ( I had a bit of batter left over so I was able to make a few mini muffins!) Enjoy!

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Low Calorie Holiday Drinks to help you stay on track!

I can’t believe Christmas is 9 days away!  It’s my favourite time of year! This year December seems to have flown by and I feel off track on my Christmas planning, baking, and shopping.    With Christmas comes many parties and get-togethers where there are delicious appetizers, drinks, meals, cheese boards, desserts and goodies galore!  Despite all the extra temptation I have decided to indulge when I want to but I do not want to undo all my hard work so far this month!  I have compiled this list of low calorie drinks that can be enjoyed this Christmas and well into the cold winter nights!

The Pomegranate Mojito (source Peanut Butter and Peppers) is a beautiful drink that shows deep red hues of the holiday season! This cocktail tastes delicious thanks to champagne and pomegranate juice!  This drink is low calorie and low sugar!

Ingredients
1/3 cup light pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 ounce rum
1/4 teaspoon Stevia or sugar
1/2 cup champagne
Pomegranate seeds

Directions: In a glass, add pomegranate juice, lime juice, rum, and sugar. Mix well. Fill the glass with ice cubes and top it off with champagne and pomegranate seeds.

Photo: Peanut Butter and Peppers

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Rosemary Gin Fizz (from Cookie and Kate) is so easy to make and so low in calories it will definitely be a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients
3 sprigs rosemary
1 small lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 ounces gin
3 ounces club soda

Directions: In a small drinking glass, muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice, and honey. Fill the glass with ice, then pour with gin and top with club soda.

Photo: Cookie and Kate

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Apple Cider Moscow Mule (from Sugar and Charm), this is sure to be a huge crowd pleaser!  Ginger beer, apple cider and vodka – you can’t go wrong with this bad boy!

Ingredients
2 ounces ginger flavored vodka (but plain will work too)
2 ounces apple cider (we love homemade!)
1 small lime wedge, juiced
Ginger beer to top off, to taste
Cinnamon to sprinkle

Directions: In a copper mug, add the vodka, apple cider, and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, sprinkle cinnamon over the ice, and top off with ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

Photo: Sugar and Charm

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Healthy Spiced Egg Nog (from Get Fit Diva) wil lbe sure to satisfy your egg nog craving this holiday season!

Ingredients
1 1/2 ounces SMIRNOFF Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka
ground cinnamon
3 ounces of low-fat egg nog

Directions: Fill a shaker with ice cubes,vodka, and eggnog and shake. Fill a low ball galss with ice cubes and pour shaker ingredients into glass. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Photo: Get Fit Diva

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This Mulled Wine (from Gimme some Oven) is the perfect drink to enjoy while sitting by the fire listening to some Christmas carols!  This recipe takes 20 minutes and is sure to warm you up!

Ingredients

1 bottle red wine
1 orange, sliced
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup honey or sugar
8 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a non-aluminum saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and serve warm.

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Finally the Boozy, Skinny Hot Chocolate (from Fit Foodie Finds) is sure to be a hit with all the adults after a day of skating, skiing or playing in the snow!  This drink is decadent but keeps your calories in check by using unsweetened almond milk and stevia!

Ingredients
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
5 teaspoons high quality cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon stevia (or to taste)
1 ounce amaretto

Directions: Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and turn heat to medium/high. Using a whisk or spoon, continuously mix until fully combined. Bring milk to a simmer and take off heat. Serve with non-fat cool whip and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Please remember to never, ever drink and drive.  Please enjoy these drinks responsibly!

Healthy Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Healthy Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Recipe (adapted from ambitiouskitchen.com)

 Prep time: 10 minutes

 Cook time: 20-25 minutes

 Servings: 12

 

Ingredients:

– 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

– 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

– 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

– 2 small to medium ripe bananas, mashed

– 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil

– 1/4 cup honey

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

– 2 egg whites

– 1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini after the water has been squeezed from it)

– 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

– 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt

– 1/2 cup mini or regular chocolate chips

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and generously spray inside of liners with non stick cooking spray.
  2. Squeeze shredded zucchini of excess water with a paper towel! This is an important step, once the water is squeezed out, re-measure to make sure it is 1 cup.
  3. In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon; set aside.
  4. In bowl add the mashed banana, oil, honey, vanilla and eggs; mix until smooth. Add in zucchini, applesauce, and yogurt and beat again until well combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Remember not to over mix the batter — it helps them stay moist! Gently fold in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
  5. Evenly divide batter into muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from muffin tin and place on rack to cool.  Enjoy!

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