Can you believe that is JUNE! Ready for summer? No? I am here to help you have confidence this summer! We can do this together.I am so sorry it has been a bit since I emailed. I have my Veterinary Cardiology Board Certification Examination in D.C. on Sunday and Monday. Yes, that is 2 DAYS of testing. Good thoughts and prayers are needed!!!Anyway, enough about me. I have EXCITING NEWS about a NEW Shaun T program and Shift Shop Test Group Results (see below)
Here are a few transformations from some of the SHIFT SHOP Test Group challengers!
To join in my first ever SHIFT SHOP Prep group please email me back or join here. **If you request join the group via Facebook, please message me on Facebook so I can make sure we connect and you are officially added.
I am putting together a hybrid schedule of existing Beachbody programs using Beachbody on-demand. The workouts will alternate between cardio and strength days and build in intensity from week to week, just like the Shift Shop. We will also be incorporating Shaun T’s new workouts coming out in week 2. **You get access to BOTH programs FREE right away with the All Access Beachbody on Demand Challenge Pack when they are released**
Nutrition will be inspired by the Shift Shop meal plan. It will be a low carb plan to help you see results fast. This plan will get you ready for summer when it is available this July! The Shift Shop Prep Groups starts Monday, June 5th!
I hope you are having a healthy week after the Memorial Day weekend. Thank You to all who serve and have served.
If you need anything, don’t HESITATE to reach out. Remember I’m just an email, phone call, text or FB message away.
12 Food Storage Tips to Make Your Groceries Last Longer
Meet Matcha, Superfood of the Tea World
Recipe: Matcha Pink Drink Smoothie
Summer Sale on Beachbody Programs & Products June 5-12
Sneak Peek of The Shift Shop Workout – BOD Exclusive June 19
5 Shakeology Myths Debunked
Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Primavera
Beachbody Coming to the UK
Get Ready for a Week of All New Shaun T Workouts!
Shaun Week Is Coming To Beachbody On Demand!
This is bananas, YO! I’m excited to announce that Shaun T is back with brand new workouts! On June 12th, Beachbody on Demand is launching Shaun Week – one week of Shaun T workouts with a new one released each day June 12-18!
Shaun Week is one week of fitness that is all about changing your life and transforming your mind and body. It is about getting motivated to get connected to your fitness, to your mental journey and to continuing on with your progress and reaching your health and fitness goals. If you’ve done any of Shaun T’s workouts, such as Insanity, Asylum, or Max 30, then you KNOW any workout from him is intense and gets amazing results!
Each workout will feature a modifier to convert the high impact moves and to lower impact but intense. (In one example, the modifier will be using a chair for a less strenuous alternative to a floor move.)
What Are the Workouts?
Insane Basics: Go Slow, form over speed, work through it.
Pure Cardio Part 2: It is going to be amazing! No floor moves in this one.
Insane Weights: This workout is hitting the weights in an Insanity format.
25 Abs: 25 minutes focused right where we need it.
BrickSanity: Asylum strength and T25 mixture and a lot of insane craziness!
Speed 4.0: Speed workout similar to T25 Speed 1.0 and 2.0
Dig Deep: This is how you end the week with a bang! This one sounds like Friday Fight from Max 30.
But don’t think that it stops after 7 days – Shaun T promises a hybrid calendar so that you can complete a full 30-day program!
How to Get It?
This new set of workouts (Shaun Week) will be EXCLUSIVE to Beachbody on Demand. You can’t miss this! If you don’t have BOD, contact me today to sign up! A quick word on Beachbody on Demand: this is a one-year subscription. During that year, you get access to EVERY. SINGLE. BEACHBODY. Workout. You also get access to any NEW workouts released during the year, AND you get workouts like SHAUN WEEK and programming like as the FIXATE cooking show with Autumn Calabrese that are only available on BOD. You can stream BOD and workout anytime, anywhere with you TV, laptop, tablet, or phone!This doesn’t cost as much as you think. A full year of FULL access to Beachbody on Demand is just $99, and the absolute best value are the challenge pack options.The All Access Performance Challenge Pack is brand new this month! It gives you streaming access to hundreds of workouts, plus a month supply of two performance-boosting supplements with key ingredients to help you push harder, increase your energy, improve your endurance, jump-start your recovery, and combat exercise-induced muscle soreness. All this for just $160! It’s so new that you have to contact me to purchase!The All Access Shakeology Challenge Pack gives you 24/7 streaming access to Beachbody On Demand, while fueling your body with Shakeology — the superfood shake that helps give you energy, reduce cravings, and accelerates your fitness results. This bundle includes a 30-day supply of Shakeology for just $160! Click here to purchase.
Join My Support Group!
Would you like to join me for Shaun Week? I’m putting together an exclusive group for this program, and would love to have you in it! Contact me join.
12 Food Storage Tips to Make Your Groceries Last Longer
We’ve all been there before — tossing fuzzy raspberries, wilted parsley, and mushy apples into the trash bin with a heavy heart thanks to subpar food storage.
Not only does proper food storage prevent unnecessary waste (and sudden bouts of frustration), but it also lessens your grocery bill and minimizes the risk of a contracting a food-borne illness. These 12 simple food storage tips will help ensure your food stays fresh as long as possible.
Store dairy products at the back of the fridge
Take your jug of two-percent out of the fridge door. That location might make it easy to grab quickly for your bowl of cereal, but it might make it spoil faster because of the temperature. The back of the fridge is coldest, and dairy should go there.
Put meat on the bottom shelf
Nothing ruins a container of broccoli faster than a soak in pork juice. “Meats should be on the bottom shelf so juices don’t drip on other foods,” Ani Aratounians, R.D., says. If you’re out of precious lower shelf space, put the meat in a tray with a raised lip to catch any liquid that might try to escape. She also advises keeping cold cuts separate from other raw meat to prevent cross-contamination.
Treat herbs like flowers
Fresh herbs, asparagus, and green onions can all be stored upright in a tall glass of fresh water. Just trim the stems, cover them with a bit of plastic wrap, and place them in the fridge.
Know where to store fruits and vegetables
Not all fruits and veggies need to live in the fridge. Avocados, citrus, bananas, nectarines, pears, peaches, onions, tomatoes, and potatoes can all be stored at room temperature or in a cool pantry. But don’t store onions and potatoes together. Because of ethylene gas that some kinds of produce release, they cause each other to spoil faster.
Wrap your greens in paper towels
To prevent slimy residue from accumulating in your bag of lettuce, spinach, or other leafy greens, stick paper towels inside to soak up excess moisture. You can do the same with leftover salad greens in food storage containers.
Use plastic wrap on bananas
Cover the crown of a bunch of bananas in plastic wrap to slow the release of ethylene gas. This will prevent them from ripening too quickly if you’re not going to use the whole bunch right away. But even if you find yourself with some bananas that are past their prime, that doesn’t mean you have to toss them into the trash.
Wrap celery in foil
Wrapping the entire bunch of celery in foil helps it stay fresh and crunchy for up to four weeks in your crisper drawer. The foil helps to keep just the right amount of moisture in, and the ethylene gas out.
Wash produce as you go
If washing fruits and veggies is the first thing you do when you come home from the grocery store, you might want to switch up your routine. Unless you plan on freezing your food, Aratounians advises only washing things you’re ready to eat right away or soon after. That lessens the chance of mold growing on damp produce. And if you’re going to chop up your food in advance to save time, just wait to wash it right before you eat it.
Soak berries in vinegar
If you don’t eat all the berries, a quick soak in a three-parts water, one-part vinegar solution will kill bacteria and prevent molding. Rinse the berries thoroughly then pat dry once you’re done.
Store grains in air-tight containers
Buying in bulk is a great way to save money when grocery shopping, but you want to store it correctly so the extra food doesn’t go to waste. “If you buy grains in bulk, be sure to transfer them to an airtight container to maintain freshness, as well as keep bugs away,” says Aratounians.
Double-check your fridge’s temperature
Finally, after you’ve wrapped and placed all your perishables in the refrigerator, be sure that it’s set at the right temperature. “Make sure your fridge thermometer is working correctly to prevent spoilage and reduce the risk of food-borne illness,” says Geigle. The temperature should be set to at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit (five degrees Celsius), or a few degrees lower.
Perhaps most importantly, know what you have in the fridge, and use it before it has a chance to go bad. These tips should save you some money and keep your food fresh, healthy and delicious!
Meet Matcha, Superfood of the Tea World
Are you familiar with matcha? This finely milled green tea powder — the staple ingredient upon which traditional Japanese tea ceremonies were built in the 12th century — has seen a surge in popularity recently thanks to its visual appeal, purported health benefits, and beautiful, distinct flavor.
What Exactly Is Matcha?
Matcha is essentially processed green tea leaves that have been stone-ground into a delicate powder. Green tea is made by harvesting, heating, and drying leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. The dried leaves are steeped in water to make tea. To make matcha, the leaves are kept in the shade for 10 to 20 days before they’re harvested. This can help boost their level of chlorophyll, a plant pigment that gives matcha a vibrant jade green color. After the leaves are harvested, they’re milled into a fine powder, which can then be whisked with hot water to make a frothy drink.
What Are the Benefits of Matcha?
What makes matcha different from green tea? Because you’re consuming the entire leaf, the beneficial phytonutrients from matcha are more potent than those of green tea. Here are a few things this superfood might be able to do for you:
Increase Energy. Depending on how you prepare it, a cup of matcha can contain between 30-70 mg of caffeine. By comparison, a cup of black coffee contains just under 100 mg of caffeine — but devotees say matcha makes them much less jittery than coffee does. The buzz from matcha is often described as a state of “relaxed alertness.”
Boost Brainpower. Struggling to stay focused? Like green tea, phytonutrients in matcha have been linked to improved concentration, and clearer thinking – mostly thanks to the effects of caffeine.
Support Relaxation. Matcha is a source of L-theanine, an amino acid that has been researched for relaxing promoting effects when you consume it in sufficient amounts..
How to Make Matcha Tea
Traditionally, matcha is prepared by whisking the powder into hot water to form a frothy, thick brew. You may find a straight cup of matcha bitter and grassy tasting – if so search for healthy recipes to enjoy it hot or cold, or even added to baked goods.
Make This: Matcha Pink Drink Smoothie
This Matcha Pink Drink smoothie features pretty layers of matcha and strawberry, without the sugar and calories of the Starbucks version. It’s perfect for spring or summer!
For Bottom Layer:
½ cup coconut water
½ cup ice
½ scoop Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
1 Tbsp. unsweetened matcha powder For Top Layer:
½ cup coconut water
½ cup ice
½ scoop Vanilla Vegan Shakeology
½ cup fresh (or frozen) strawberries
First, prepare the bottom layer. Place coconut water, ice, Shakeology and matcha in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Pour into serving glass. Place glass in freezer while you blend the next layer.
Notes: Make sure the matcha powder you use is unsweetened and does not contain other additives. If you do not want to make this drink in layers, blend all ingredients together to make a delicious smoothie!
Are You Ready to Make the Shift? Check Out New Trainer Chris Downing’s Hard Hitting Workout, The Shift Shop!
Don’t Miss The Shift Shop Sneak Peek on June 19!
Our new workout program The Shift Shop launches this July, but Beachbody on Demand will host an exclusive SNEAK PEEK on June 19! The Shift Shop is the perfect program for anyone looking to ramp up their fitness – FAST.New super trainer Chris Downing brings a blend of hard-driving moves and inspiring motivation to every workout. Using his cutting-edge ramp effect, Chris starts you off with shorter workouts to help you stay focused and committed—without burning you out. In Week 2, just as your body adapts, Chris ups the level of activity and intensity just enough to continue to accelerate your endurance and your results. For Week 3, Chris cranks up everything for the last time, ultimately shifting your body from the one you had 3 weeks ago to one that’s significantly faster, stronger, and leaner.Don’t miss your chance to try out this hot new program!
Spaghetti Squash PrimaveraBright, fresh flavors make this easy spaghetti squash primavera perfect for busy weeknight dinners! Healthy, delicious, and low carb! Serves 4.
4 slices raw bacon, chopped
1 Tbsp butter
1 cup sugar snap peas, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes
3 Tbsp scallions, chopped
1 tsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
2 cups cooked spaghetti squash
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a large saute pan and cook the bacon in it for about 3 minutes.
Add the snow peas and tomatoes and cook for 3 – 5 minutes, or until the tomatoes are starting to pop.
Stir in the scallions, parsley and lemon zest and remove from the heat.
Fold in the spaghetti squash and parmesan cheese until well distributed.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve garnished with more parsley and parmesan if desired. Source: ibreatheimhungry.com
The annual Beachbody Summer Blowout Sale is coming June 5-12! This is your chance to save big on products and programs – mark your calendar!
This fall, Team Beachbody is heading across the pond to expand our business into the UK! Since launching in 2007, Team Beachbody has grown to 400,000 Coaches, all while helping people achieve their health and fitness goals and enhance the quality of their lives. And now, we’re thrilled to bring this opportunity to the UK! This is a huge opportunity to access Beachbody products or become a coach! Contact me for details!
Let’s take a look at some of the most common Shakeology myths floating around:
Shakeology is just a protein shake
Shakeology doesn’t contain whole food ingredients
Shakeology has too many carbs
Shakeology is expensive
Shakeology is only for weight loss
Myth #1: Shakeology is just a protein shake.
This myth implies that Shakeology is just a shake that provides extra protein. I can’t blame the general public for thinking this since “protein shake” has become nearly an interchangeable term for any shake. But, all shakes are not created equal—especially ones that contain superfoods. Shakeology is a very nutrient-dense shake.
You’d have to eat a whole lot of different foods to get the fiber, phytonutrients, protein, vitamins and minerals in a single glass of Shakeology—and it would be tough to do that for fewer than 170 calories. Truth be told, the majority of people are way more nutrient deficient, than they are protein deficient. So why would Beachbody have created just a protein shake?
Myth #2: Shakeology is just a bunch of extracts, with no whole-food ingredients.
Whenever it’s possible and sustainable for the formula, the superfoods in Shakeology are whole ingredient powders processed in a way to help preserved in their nutrient value. It’s more difficult to source these specialty ingredient, but Beachbody has a whole team of scientists whose mission it is to help maximize the nutrition in every ingredient used in Shakeology. Imagine trying to eat all those superfoods! Shakeology is way less expensive and a huge time-saver.
Myth #3: Shakeology has too many carbs.
When you compare other shakes against Shakeology, take a look at the calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrate amounts, but also look at the ingredients. For instance, you might notice other shakes have zero grams of sugar.
How do you think those shakes achieve that? Hint, it’s not natural, as even fruit has sugar in it. Shakeology has no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives.
Myth #4: Shakeology is expensive.
To anyone who feels this product is expensive, I know that I have not done my diligence in breaking down its real value. Most healthy shakes out there cost between $3 and $10. Shakeology, at $4.33 per shake, comes in on the low end of the average.
When you buy a bulk bag of Shakeology, you’re buying 30 of your shakes upfront. This means you’ll spend less money at the grocery store. Because of the grocery savings, I actually deduct my monthly Shakeology from my grocery budget. I cannot duplicate its vast quality of ingredients and nutrients for the price.
Myth #5: Shakeology is only for weight loss.
Most shakes are marketed this way. Shakeology is about health. When you put the right nutrients in your body, you may ultimately have more energy, fewer cravings, and feel better. As a result, you might eat less and become more active. With Shakeology, weight loss is a byproduct of dense nutrition and a healthier lifestyle.
When was the last time you dieted and cut calories only to feel tired, grouchy, and battling against a ton of cravings? That is because you may have been nutrient deficient. Because it’s so nutrient rich, Shakeology helps you in your battle to lose weight.
Shakeology isn’t magic. It’s clean, dense nutrition made super easy. It’s my family’s “fast food” on the counter.