Monthly Archives: October 2013

Spicy Orange Chicken

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SpiCy Orange Chicken

So, I am always trying to come up with healthy versions of foods, and this is my version of Orange Chicken… It is SO flavorful! If you like orange chicken, you will LOVE this, I promise. It is so easy to make! Just throw it all in the crockpot and wait four hours!

Spicy Orange Chicken

Throw the following into a crockpot:

  • 3.5 lbs chicken – cut into chunks
  • 2 green bell peppers – cut into squares
  • 1 onion – cut in chunks
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 12 oz 100% orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Set on LOW in the crockpot. Let cook 4-5 hours. Serve over rice.

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Wednesday’s Word of the Week ~ Ebullience ~

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Wednesday's Word of the Week ~ Ebullience ~

I am feeling quite ebullient today.

Ebullience is a quality of lively or bubbling enthusiasm. The reason for my ebullience?? Today is October 23rd.

This means today is ONE YEAR exactly from the day I will be getting married to my love, and best friend, James.

I am so excited to continue planning and getting all our wedding plans in order. I am ebullient thinking of our wonderful, magical day!!

Many think a year is a long time, but I know it will be here before I know it!

What creates ebullient feelings to bubble up inside of you?

Protein Mug Muffins

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Protein Mug Muffins

Ok, James and I made these really awesome ‘Protein Mug Muffins’ the other night, and I figure I would share the recipe with you!

Get a coffee mug.
Put the following in:

* 1 scoop protein
* 1 Tbsp cocao powder
* 1 egg
* 1/4 tsp baking powder
* 1 Tbsp flour (I use rice or oat)
* 1/4 cup water or milk (I used coconut milk)

Stir well until mixed inside your mug. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 45 sec-1 minute (depending on your microwave – mine takes a minute 15).

You want to cook it until it puffs up at the top.

THEN! Dump it out onto a plate and enjoy! You can also top with a few semi sweet chocolate chips or some peanut butter, or almonds….

COMING SOON! Yoga Workshops with Danielle

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I have three great yoga workshops planned in November!

*November 2, 2013 at 1:00pm: ~ Yoga for Back Health & Pain Relief ~

Do you suffer from back pain? Do you have a weak back? Do you have poor posture? Or do you just want to learn how to strengthen your back, and core to prevent these things from happening to you??
Well, this workshop is for you! I will teach you many great yoga poses to get that back healthy and realigned.

*November 3, 2013 at 2:00pm ~ Living Your Yoga: Incorporating Yoga into Your Daily Life ~

This is going to be a TERRIFIC workshop!!!! It will teach you how to use yoga to stay balanced, focused and thrive in your daily lives.

I will show you how to wake up with just 5-10 minutes of yoga in the morning, yoga poses for the workplace, how to eat healthy throughout the day, yoga before bed, breathing exercises and more!

Yoga is a tool for everyday use, and I will show you how to incorporate it into you life – effortlessly. It will make a huge difference in your day!

*November 9, 2013 at 1:00pm ~ Yoga for Runners ~

A terrific workshop geared towards runners. Whether you are a marathon runner, or just run for pleasure and fitness, this workshop will greatly benefit you.

It is so important to have a proper stretching program to keep your legs and body flexible for running. Join me to learn all sorts of great hints and tips to take your running to an even better level, and learn proper techniques to keep those muscles and ligaments stretched and safe.

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Workshops are $20.00. I will give out booklets with all information and poses we go over with each workshop, so you can continue your practice on your own. We will learn and practice all the poses in the workshops so you will know exactly what you need to do.

These workshops will be available ONLINE as well. If you want to order the workshop to view at home, please contact me at customerservice@yogastar.net.

Please sign up and reserve your spot on the website www.peachfitness.net.

Thanks so much and I will see you at the workshop!

Danielle’s Healthy Beef and Barley Soup

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Just threw this into the crock pot. Looks great and is super healthy! Packed with protein, fiber and nutrients!

Beef & Barley Soup

Cut up 2 pounds lean beef (sirloin etc…) and brown with salt and pepper.
Add one small chopped onion to beef and continue cooking until onions are translucent.

Once the onions and beef are done, add the following:

  • 3 chopped carrots
  • 6 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cut green beans
  • 32 ounces low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

Put the lid on, cook on high for 3 hours. THEN! Add 3/4 cup dried barley, 1/2 cup red wine, and 1 cup sliced mushrooms into the crock pot. Put the lid back on and cook for one more hour.

Enjoy!

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

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Wednesday's Word of the Week

Well, it is that time again! Wednesday… so it is time to educate yourself and improve that vocabulary!

This week’s word is EPHEMERAL. Ephemeral means ‘lasting only a short time’.

As a yoga instructor, fitness and nutrition coach, I have come into contact with hundreds of ephemeral people. People come in all excited about changing their habits and learning new healthy ways of living, or they come in ready to learn Yoga and experience all the benefits it has, and then, shortly after they begin, they stop.

Think about things in your life that you HAVE accomplished. Did you give up? Did you try it for a few weeks or months and then decided to quit? NO! Things worth having are usually things that you have to work for.

When it comes to a person’s body and health, changes are not always going to be noticeable that same day, or week. I tell people “It didn’t take you a month to put on all that weight, it isn’t going to take just a month to take it off.”

People become so impatient waiting for changes to happen and then instead of continuing, and making the real changes occur, people will sometimes give up and say “ohhh… that didn’t work for me.” Most likely, if they had stuck to the plan, continued working out, doing yoga or eating healthy, the results would shock them. Instead, their impatient, ephemeral actions cause them to fail over and over again.

How many times have you started something, found it challenging and then decided to give up and you only lasted a very short time???

Think about it… it may not even have anything to do with fitness or yoga or eating healthy, maybe you were ephemeral about something else in your life? I challenge you all this week, not only to use this new word, but to change your ephemeral habits and never give up.

Remember, if you hadn’t given up so quickly in the first place – you might possibly already be where you wanted to be! Quit starting over all the time and just never stop!