Friday, August 30, 2013

Winner! And Waking Up..

Congratulations to entry #62, Sharon @ The Tiny Heart!!! You just won the $20 Giftcard to TARGET! Please email me your full name and address so I can ship out your prize ASAP! CarpeTheSangria@gmail.com

Thanks to all who entered! And really, you're all winners because today is Friday and Monday is a holiday. WHATUP to a 3 day weekend :)

Now, on to other important business. Waking up... I spent nearly 30 minutes trying to find a good ringtone to wake up to this morning!! And I couldn't find ANYTHING! I want a song that doesn't scare me half to death at first tone, but something that is really up beat and happy. I'd like to start my day off on a good foot. This is where you come in....what's your alarm wake up tone?? Do you love it or hate it? Please recommend yours if it's super awesome and leaves you happy! (Well, as happy as you can be that you have to wake up and go to work...)

Side Note: Today is "wear your Badger Red to work day." PSHHHH. You better believe I'm rocking my PSU gear! GO STATE!
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Skinny Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

I have found the answer to my portion distortion problem when it comes to casseroles!! Disposable aluminum "pot pie" tins. I bought these babies in a 6-pack from the store and it worked great for this Skinny Mac and Cheese recipe! I ate my one serving from the tin, and instead of what I would usually do with a large pan (go back and eat an entire half)...I stepped away! Victory for Wednesday! Please enjoy this boyfriend approved dish (he got the optional ingredients topped on his).
 
Skinny Macaroni and Cheese
Makes 6 Servings
 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup original, unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup low fat cheese
  • 1 TBSP corn starch
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 box Dreamfield's pasta (or other low glycemic pasta)
  • Optional: Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese to top

Directions:
  • Cook pasta according to directions on package
  • In a blender (or mixer), combine cottage cheese, almond milk, cheddar cheese, pepper, onion powder and nutmeg and mix until well combined.
  • Heat sauce pan on low heat and pour cottage cheese mixture into pan, stirring frequently.
  • Add cornstarch to pan and whisk until sauce becomes thick.
  • Drain pasta and place back in pot. Slowly pour sauce into pot and combine.
  • Using a  3/4 cup measuring cup, portion into 6 individual baking safe dishes (or, pour everything into a 13x9 pan).
  • Optional: Top with Italian seasoned bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for10-15 minutes.

Hope you're having a great HUMP DAY!
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Monday, August 26, 2013

New Exciting Things!

I'm looking for 5 people who are committed to getting fit. 
I'm talking losing inches and gaining muscle. 
Both a nutrition guide AND training schedule are included. 
Want in? Email me ASAP: CarpeTheSangria@gmail.com. 
Want more information. Keep reading...
What's the Beachbody Challenge? A combination of WORLD CLASS fitness with PROPER nutrition and PEER TO PEER accountability.

FITNESS
The Beachbody Challenge uses in-home workout programs developed by amazing trainers. Beachbody is the company behind the great products like P90X, Insanity, Turbo-Fire, Brazil Butt Lift and Focus T25! These products are the BEST OF THE BEST and have been PROVEN to work if you follow them properly. 


NUTRITION
As a Registered Dietitian I know the power of good nutrition. But did you know that 80% of success and achieving a healthy "goal" body is PROPER NUTRITION? The Beachbody Challenge has that covered too. With your Beachbody Challenge Pack you not only get a nutrition guide that is tailored to your program, but you also receive world class meal replacement shake called SHAKEOLOGY! Shakeology is MORE than just a protein shake, it's a nutrient and super-food dense meal replacement shake. It helps me (and it will help YOU) control one meal per day. Controlling one meal per day is the jump-start YOU NEED to control all your meals, everyday. Shakeology also helps control cravings by supplying your body with all the nutrients you need. On top of ALL THAT, it tastes amazing!

ACCOUNTABILITY
How many times have you committed to a fitness or weight loss goal, only to fall off the wagon a few weeks or even days later? How many times have you gotten MAD at your significant other or parent or child because they try to NAG you into working out? How many times have you been upset when someone orders a large pizza in front of you because they didn't care about your goals like you did? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! If losing weight were easy ...then there wouldn't be an obesity problem in this country. If getting a 6-pack was easy, we wouldn't look up to those fitness icons of ours! This isn't easy, and sometimes you will struggle, but with my Beachbody Challenge you are NEVER ALONE. There are challengers in a private Facebook page that are going through the same thing. You will sweat, laugh and ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS TOGETHER. This page is always open. I will post daily assignments and motivation to help you stay on track. This page is also where you will be held ACCOUNTABLE to your goals! If you truly want to succeed then my Beachbody Challenge WILL NOT LET YOU FAIL!

IS THE CHALLENGE FOR YOU??
YOU are serious about making a change
YOU are willing to put in hard work
YOU are willing to take advice
YOU are NOT looking for a quick fix with overnight success.


WHAT NOW?
If you want something you've never had before, then DO something you've never done before! YOUR TIME IS NOW! This is your chance to take back control of your health and fitness. The Beachbody Challenge is ready...

ARE YOU READY TO SIGN UP? 
 

I can't wait to meet you and help you reach your goals! 

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Guest Posting and GIVEAWAY!

HEY! Today I am privileged to be guest posting over at Hubby Jack's!! Go check it out, especially because there's a GIVEAWAY!!

Have a GREAT Weekend!!
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Skinny Jalapeno Popper Chicken Recipe

This weekend was another good one. Joe and I watched some friends run the Madison Mini Marathon, went to a pool party and a county fair! Here are a few pictures...
Finish line party with Joe's friend who ran!

Pig competition. Weird.

This little guy scared the crap out of me!

Baby chicks.

SO MANY COWS!
 
So on Sunday we were both pretty tuckered out. We had to get our T25 double day in though, so we powered through it and rewarded ourselves with my awesome Jalapeno Popper Chicken. Last time I made it I used low-fat cream cheese, but this time I really didn't want to use any cream cheese. I've found that when you cook with Greek yogurt you really can't taste that much of a difference. So I ended up trying a Greek Yogurt/Cottage Cheese combination. This is DEFINITELY Joe approved, so go ahead and make it for anyone in your life!
 
Skinny Jalapeno Popper Chicken
(Makes 6 Servings)

Confession, I didn't take this picture :)
It was so tasty I forgot to snap one.
Photo Credit: Pinterest
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup 0% Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Low-fat Cottage Cheese
  • 2 Fresh Jalapenos, cut and seeds removed
  • 3/4 cup Reduced-Fat Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 3 tsp. Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend
  • 6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (either purchased as thin sliced, or make them thin sliced on your own)
  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil 
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and fresh jalapeno slices in a blender or food processor. Blend until well combined and a smooth consistency is achieved. Transfer to medium sized bowl. Add cheese and 2 tsp of Southwest Seasoning and stir. 
  • Add olive oil to sauté pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add breadcrumbs and remaining 1 tsp of southwest seasoning and toast breadcrumbs. Stir frequently so you don't burn the breadcrumb mix.
  • Rinse thin chicken breasts with cold water. Dip into toasted breadcrumbs on both sides. (It's okay if not a lot stick, you just want to get a little extra crunch!)
  • Next, spoon yogurt mixture onto the chicken breast, aim for a heaping spoonful. Roll thin chicken breast up with mixture in the middle and place on greased baking sheet. Repeat with each chicken breast.
  • Finally, pour any extra yogurt mixture onto the top of each chicken breast, top with any remaining breadcrumbs.
  • Bake on 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes. 
Enjoy!


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Monday, August 19, 2013

Getting Real for a Minute

There have been so many things on my mind lately that I just feel like I need to spill them all out on here.

First, thank you to my friends. I have had several friends reach out to me since I've "gone public" with my blog to people I know. One said she continues to be inspired by my Instagram posts. One said that I was doing such a good job and to keep it up. I don't think they realize how much it means to me, but it truly does. I've always been shy about my blog since I started it earlier this year, just because I didn't want people from my past to have a reason to make fun of me. Come on, I'm the girl who loves talking food, nutrition and fitness but isn't a size 2. I feel like I welcome in the ridicule with that fact alone. But by sucking it up and inviting people to read what I've been doing in my free time has really (sorry for the cliche) set me free. Yes, I blog, tweet and IG all about healthy meals, workouts and my life. Yes I workout. No I'm not a size 2, but I can do a lot more push-ups than I ever thought possible right now. I'm still working towards what I want, and that's okay. More than anything blogging has helped me realize what I really want out of life, and how I love to help people. Somebody contacts me on a Friday night about Beachbody and wanting help with their diet and exercise routines. I am beyond excited to email them back and help jump start their journey with me as their accountability and dedicated coach. I think that the excitement tells it all. 

I've also never been more thankful for Joe. He pushes me everyday to follow through on what I say I'll do--even if it's that 5:30am workout that I do NOT want to roll out of bed for. I texted him last week and said "Thinking of going public with the blog. Are you going to be embarrassed?" His reply was the sweetest. Such a supportive and loving boyfriend that I'm so lucky to have. Especially because he's my taste-tester with recipes that sometimes don't pan out to be as delicious as I thought. 

With that, I hope you have a great week :)

Don't forget about the Turbo Fire special! I'll be starting next month! Want to join?? Email me! CarpeTheSangria@gmail.com

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Healthy Cauliflower Biscuit Pot Pie Recipe

I AM BEYOND EXCITED TO SHARE THIS RECIPE!! It may be the most delicious thing I've made to date. And I know what you're thinking, how is that recipe even a thing? It can't taste good! But I gurantee you it does! The most awesome thing? This recipe is low-carb, low-fat and full of nutrients!! And for all my Tone It Up girls out there, I'd say it's TIU approved.

One thing that I love is homestyle food. From casseroles to Italian to meat and potatoes, I can't get enough. The only problem with those meals is they're usually butter packed and filled with starches. Those two things tend to sit pretty heavy in your stomach throughout the night and are less-than-ideal for your last meal of the day. Yes, we're better off eating those famous cheesy-potatoes for lunch than dinner girls. So in my never-ending quest to make healthier versions of my favorites, here is a masterpiece! (BTW, you can make this Gluten Free just by using GF All Purpose Baking Flour and GF Soy Sauce)
 
Cauliflower Biscuit Pot Pie

 
Cauliflower "Biscuit" Topping
One Head of Cauliflower
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Almond Flour 
1/4 cup Low-Fat Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
1/2 tsp crushed Garlic

Directions
-Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
-Wash and dry the head of cauliflower.  Cut it up into small pieces and shred in a food processor. Or, if you're like me and don't have one, throw it into the blender in batches :)
-In a large skillet place 1 TBSP coconut oil and melt. Place shredded cauliflower in pan and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
-Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until you have a wet pasty like consistency.
-Grease a 9x9 pan and pour "dough."
-Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top just starts to turn golden. You'll finish baking it later! Take out of the oven and set aside.  
Filling
2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, cooked (I boil mine)
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium potato, diced (should equal about 1 cup)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons corn starch
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
1 teaspoon finely chopped sage
1 teaspoon thyme leaves

Directions, Part 2
-Keep oven to heated to 400° F.
-Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic and sauté until onion is translucent.
-Add potato to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until tender but not mushy.
-Add flour and soy sauce to the skillet and stir into the vegetables.
-Add corn starch to vegetable broth in a bowl OUTSIDE of pan, then add to pan and stir until combined, scraping all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
-Add chicken, peas, sage, and thyme and stir until combined.
-Remove from heat and pour filling into a 13x9 baking dish.
-Place cauliflower "biscuit" on top and push down so it covers the entire top of filling.
-Cook for 20-25 minutes.

ENJOY :) I sure did!!


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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Greek Style Shrimp and Orzo Salad Recipe

First, please excuse my shameless plugging...but head on over to Facebook and "Like" my page! I promise you'll love it :) www.Facebook.com/YourCoachJess

Now, onto the real deal. That is, the recipe that you clicked on the page for. I adapted the recipe from Team Beachbody, and it's also featured on the 10 Day Challenge Nutrition Guide! The peeps on my challenge are going to be eating so deliciously on August 21st. Can't wait!

First things first, get whole wheat orzo pasta. You will honestly not be able to tell the difference. And its always great to get a little extra fiber in every meal!


Greek Style Shrimp and Orzo Pasta Salad
(Makes about 4 Servings)
 

Ingredients:
1 cup, dry, whole wheat orzo pasta
2 TBSP Lemon Juice
2 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
1 tsp. Black Pepper
1 1/2 tsp. Oregano
1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Green Onion Stalks, Chopped
12 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 Cucumber, sliced into bite size pieces
16 Shrimp, (I use frozen, pre-cooked so that all I have to do is thaw them!)
Black Olives (to taste)
1 cup Feta Cheese, Low-Fat

Directions:
Cook orzo according to package directions; drain and set aside. Thaw shrimp in cool water. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, pepper, oregano and oil. Wash and chop onion; halve tomatoes; and peel and dice cucumber. Toss all ingredients together. Serve warm, at room temperature, or cool! Tip: Don't put Feta on hot pasta unless you plan to eat it hot. Otherwise, this will stink up the fridge real nice.

Enjoy!!


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Monday, August 12, 2013

Electric Bill Reality Check

Well, it finally happened. I got a bill in the mail I was SO appalled by---that I immediately emailed Joe and told him all the things we were NOT going to be wasting electricity on anymore. I kind of felt like my dad mixed in with a little bit of Monica Geller.

The things that I told Joe we will not be doing anymore (and that I'll probably be the one to complain about)....
  1. Drying clothes. This is a luxury we won't be playing with anymore. I mean, we have a drying rack don't we?
  2. Fans during the day. The loft gets pretty hot so we've kept the fans on day in and day out to circulate the air that comes from our 1 air conditioning wall unit. That gravy train has ended, my friends.
  3. Using the dishwasher more than 1x/week. Mr. Joseppi is going to have to start washing his share of dishes by hand now.
  4. Forgetting to turn off my closet light/hair straightener/curling iron. Okay, all are my fault and I'm really going to try and stop. Plus, leaving your hair tools on all day is just plain dangerous.
Any of you out there have good energy saving tips? I'm open for suggestions, as is my wallet.
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weekend Wrap-up

How has your weekend been? !

Friday morning Joe and I were trying to think of what fun activity would get us through the work day. What we came up with, was awesome. COMEDY CLUB! Madison has a comedy club that hosts shows every Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30. We rounded up a few friends and then got through the workday, somehow! We headed downtown and sat outside, enjoyed some booze and headed into the show. The acts were all completely inappropriate and hysterical. Such a good night!! We even talked with one of the comedians afterwards and got the skinny on how the comedy business works.

Fancy Fish Bowl and pretty ladies.

Bar on wheels. Apparently a Madison tradition in the summer.
Saturday we went shopping downtown and then spent most of the day recovering. Friends on repeat and naps :) My kind of day! And today I spent way too much money at New York and Company but it was so needed. I was over every work outfit that I have and needed a fresh look. Being the bargain shopper (that I try to be), I saved over $100!! SCORE!

I also bought all of the Shakeology for the Shake and Shed and can't wait for it to start! I'm going to be tracking the pounds lost too so that I can quantify the results for you all!

Here's hoping you have a great week!!




GET IT DONE. GET IT NOW.
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Friday, August 9, 2013

You Say Potato...

One last reminder....Signup deadline for the Shake and Shred is TODAY!! Fill out THIS FORM and it will get you all signed up to participate! I am selling the Shakeology at cost, $52 for the 10 Day Challenge!! Challenge yourself to Change yourself!!!

Yesterday I watched Joe play his last softball game of the season (thank goodness!). This is reason number 113 why I know that I'm not ready for kids. How do parents go to all the kids games? How do they not sit there on their phone out of boredom? I really don't know how I'm ever going to attend all of my kid's sporting events. Good thing thats years away.

Anyway, so when we were walking back to the car he said something that made me cringe. It wasn't the word...but the way he said the word. Reese's. ReesEEEE's to be exact. UGHHH. Blood came out of my ears. It's ReesIS. Because the family that created them is the Reese family. Not the ReesEEE family.

Don't get me wrong, I was known as the girl who mispronounced every word possible growing up. There's a few that I won't ever live down in my family. Seriously, every time we drive by an Econo Lodge the whole damn family laughs and points at me, "lovingly" remembering the time I said "ECKoNO" Lodge instead of Econo.

I started to think about all the words people can say so differently just because of where they're raised. Here are a few of the good ones we came up with:

  • Heinz. I seem to insert a T into the word and say HeinTz. Joe claims this is blasphemous and I should stop immediately.

  • Water. Yes, I'm looking at all you Philadelphia kids out there. It's water, not wUter

  • Mom. This one doesn't really bug me, but Joe calls his mom, mum. Not mom. Weirdo.
  • Bagel. This one can't be typed. Some people just say it super weird. Know what I mean? I think its those Philly/Jersey people again.
  • Wash. Again, I blame Philadelphia for letting people insert an R into the word... its wash, not waRsh.
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It's pronounced LancESTer, not LanCASTer.

It seems that there's a trend going on...people from Philadelphia just don't talk correctly. Haha. I'm just kidding :)

Are there any words people mispronounce around you that drives you crazy? I'd love to hear them!! I need a good laugh today at work...because...well... it's Friday!!

Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Have you signed up for the Shake It and Shred It Challenge yet? No? Well I'm going to give you another awesome reason why you should. Below is what I made for dinner tonight, and it's one of the recipes I will be featuring in the 10 Day Nutrition Guide!! Getting the Nutrition Guide is FREE when you sign up to challenge yourself for 10 Days with me. Want more information on this? Check out the post HERE .... Or fill out the Challenge Form HERE

Even if you don't want to join in on the fun, this recipe is TOO GOOD not to share. It's Joe-Joe approved and that's always a win! (He put 1 on a lettuce wrap and 1 in a pita though! More man friendly than just all lettuce I guess)

Yeah, yeah, I know it's labeled "Lunch" but I still made it for dinner :)

So this is what I've been doing the past few days... putting together a nutritious, delicious and filling recipe guidebook that will help YOU get through the 10 Days and leave you feeling like you have even more energy and drive than you did before you signed up. And I'll probably spend the next few days making it as pretty as possible. Haha. I think I missed my calling in graphic design.

Hope you had a great day, and let me know if you try out the recipe!!
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Shake It...And SHED It!

Join Kait, from CommuniKait, and I for a 10 Day Shake and Shed!!

What's the Shake and Shed? It's a 10 Day Challenge, backed by support of the people who are doing it with you! We're going to do it especially to tone up for Labor Day Weekend! That last big hoorah of the summer, where the last place you want to be is inside or covered up by clothes. I've never needed a support group more than I do right now. With a recent stress fracture injury, I've been sidelined from working out for 7-10 days. I couldn't think of a better time to challenge myself, and YOU!

What's Shakeology? Shakeology is the most nutrient-dense, superfood-packed protein shake on the planet...not to mention it's delicious! It’s made with the healthy stuff you should be eating every day, but typically don’t. Shakeology’s the perfect combination of proteins, phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics. Plus, it also contains many rare ingredients, including adaptogens, camu-camu, and sacha inchi—things we can’t get from an ordinary diet. So whether you use Shakeology for weight loss, or drink it to optimize your health, this powerful and delicious shake is your daily dose of dense nutrition.
Here are the basics of the Shake and Shed Challenge:

  • Replace 1 meal per day with Shakeology
  • Commit to exercising at least 30 minutes per day.
  • Eat cleaner than you ever have before! You can do ANYTHING for 10 days, right? (I will also send you 10 days worth of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner recipes to choose from!)
  • Check in on the PRIVATE Facebook group that only members of the Challenge will have access too. Not even your friends will know you’re in this group, so there’s no excuse to hold anything back J


Fill out THIS FORM and I will get you all signed up to participate! I am selling the Shakeology at cost, $52 for the 10 Day Challenge!! I will send you a PayPal invoice after completing the sign up form.

SIGNUP DEADLINE: AUGUST 9th
 START DATE: AUGUST 21st

Get toned and tight for Labor Day with us!

As always, email me with any questions!! carpethesangria@gmail.com :)

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