High-Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars!

Listen Peanut Butter is my THING. I can be found often grabbing a spoon out the drawer and spoon out some peanut butter and eat it as a snack. It is so bad that my own daughter will even ask me if she can have a “peanut butter on a spoon” for a snack. 🙂

What goes really well with peanut? Why CHOCOLATE of course!

Hey, I am ALLLLLL about eating in moderation and enjoying some super delicious and indulgent goodies! BUT, I also have goals I am looking to accomplish, and not to mention that my body functions better when I eat in alignment to what makes me FEEL good. Feeling bloated and having low energy is not the way I actually choose to feel.

That said, there are so MANY recipes that allow us to get that taste we seek, and yet are in alignment with our goals and how we like to feel!
So here is a little sweet treat that is BIG on taste and fits perfectly into any nutrition plan that you may be following.

ENJOY!


 

High-Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars

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What You Need:

4 scoops Chocolate Shakeology**
2 cups quick-cooking old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup chopped raw peanuts
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup all-natural creamy peanut butter

What You Gotta Do:
1. Combine Shakeology, oats, peanuts, and raisins
2. Add almond milk and peanut butter; mix well
3. Press mixture into 8×8- inch baking pan; cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
4. Cut into 24 bars.

**Don’t have Shakeology? You can use any chocolate protein powder that you prefer.  If you are interested in learning more about Shakeology, shoot me and email at stacyhobson80@gmail.com

 

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FITNESS + NUTRITION SUPPORT GROUPS

SINCE JUNE 2015, I have been leading virtual support and accountability groups on Facebook.  I had needed some additional support and accountability for my own health and fitness journey, and since I had recently started my own online coaching business, I thought that this would be a great way to help others, and also help to keep me accountable while I was still working on mine.

What I find amazing is the connections that I have made from hosting these online groups. I invite people to join and we usually go for 3 weeks; checking in with each other on a daily basis to see how our day went.  We have shared our struggles, we have shared our success; we have even shared other parts of our lives that didn’t pertain to health or fitness; It was just more about LIFE.

The thing is that we don’t have to do this personal journey alone. In fact, we really should’t expect to. We have far better success when we have others to lean on during the process, as well as just have a safe space to be able to talk openly without judgement or ridicule as others who are also on their own journey just get it.

That is what I have found to be true when it came to this venture. Surrounding ourselves with those who just get it and understand what we are going through makes us feel like we are not crazy and alone; that others are also experiencing and thinking the same things.

See, we don’t just share recipes, the food we ate that day, or shared the workout that we either loved or hated; We share ourselves. We help teach each other that it is okay to not workout some days, to enjoy that slice of cake or that pizza. Life isn’t about following an exact plan; it is more about finding what works for us personally and seeing how it fits into our own life. And depending on our needs, that is definitely going to look different for every one involved.

Which is cool to experience.

Why? Because of the things we can learn about others so we can learn more about ourselves!  I have been able to learn so much more about who I am and what I like and dislike just by surrounding myself with others who are also working on the same goal.

I actually find it to be a beautiful thing ; Connecting with others on this journey has really and truly CHANGED MY LIFE.

 

THE NEW YOU

My next Fitness + Nutrition Support and Accountability Group begins Monday, February 8.

This is What this Group is All about:

This exclusive 21 day virtual support and accountability group is for women who are motivated and ready to start living a healthier lifestyle; who are ready to become the best version of themselves, and are ready to throw out old habits and make new ones, and to become healthy and strong, INSIDE and OUT.  

 

We will be working together each of the 21 days to help support, motivate, empower, encourage,  and uplift each other as we follow our fitness and nutrition programs, as well as make the changes we are finally ready to make in order to live a healthy lifestyle.

 

Here is what to expect:

  • A Private, Safe, Non-Judgemental Group to share and connect with others women on the same healthy lifestyle journey
  • Daily Support, Empowerment, Encouragement, & Motivation
  • Daily Check-In’s
  • Fun Mini-Challenges that we do together as a group
  • Space to ask questions, share success, and struggles
  • Peer-to-Peer Motivation
  • Accountability

As Well as Help to:

  • Simplify Nutrition
  • Find the Time to Fit in a Workout
  • Learn to Make Meals that can still please the palate of your family, while helping you reach your goals
  • Learn it is still possible to reach your goals, and not give up food you love (like pizza!)

 

Maybe this is for you, maybe it’s not. But it never hurts to extend an invitation.  I have found that just knowing others are on the same path is comforting and that being able to turn to them is a wonderful thing.

If this is something you would like to discuss more with me, then click on the link and you will be directed to my support and accountability group form.

Fitness + Nutrition Support & Accountability Group Application

 

As always, thanks for stopping by! Happy Friday to you!

XOXO

~Stacy

NO ONE WANTS TO EAT BORING FOOD

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FOOD. Such a huge topic when it comes to health and fitness, isn’t it?  This is the topic that seems to be the one that stumps so many of the women I help support in their own health and fitness journey. Just the other day, one of the ladies was telling me how she was *choking* down her veggies because she never really ate them. She told me she didn’t like veggies. I have heard this often enough, but I knew there had to be at least 1 veggie that she liked! Come to find out she really enjoys green beans, but she told me that it wasn’t healthy the way she liked to eat them. So she shared with me how she enjoys eating green beans; Cooked in some bacon fat. I personally do not see anything wrong with this. If this is flavorful for her, and allows her to eat her veggies, then I don’t see why this makes any kind of difference. We need to be satisfied by our food. I mean come on, we eat to fuel yes, but we also eat to ENJOY the taste and the entire experience that surrounds the food.

When I told her that she could add a little bit of bacon fat she told me she most certainly can not see how that is even remotely healthy.

Hmmmmm, well I get that just the word FAT gets a bad rap in itself. But that is a post for another time.

Long story short, I was finally able to get her to understand that this was not an unhealthy option and that consuming fat can be quite good for us. It just depends on the type.

See, some people think that you have to eat plain, bland food when you are making healthy choices.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

I mean, let’s think about this for a moment. We want to be healthy, we want to be strong, we want to look better in our jeans, we want to feel good in our own skin, yet we feel that the way to get there is by eating bland food.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly am not going to eat food that I don’t like. I mean, what the hell is the point in this??

So the next question I always ask them is, “Are you going to eat this way for the rest of your life?” That tends to stop them in their tracks a bit. Because let’s be honest, they are not going to eat bland food for the rest of their life.

And I can’t blame them. I know I am certainly not going to eat bland food. I won’t eat anything that I don’t love or enjoy honestly.

I think it is about time we all start to get a bit creative in this section when it comes to food. Instead of eating bland chicken add some flavor! How do you do that? With seasoning of course!

I mean, think of all the flavor combos that you could come up with and the way your food could taste if you just spent some time trying different ways to flavor up food! I personally love to add seasonings to my all types of food. Veggies especially. I love the flavor of some veggies all on their own, but I also like to change it up and really get more of an “experience” from my food.

So I choose to add seasoning!  And I am not talking about salt and pepper either. 😉

I have used many different kinds from Mrs. Dash, as well as just used many different ones from the pantry to come up with my own special flavor combo.

Trust me, food should never be boring. Food should be delicious every single time we eat it. And yes, eating healthy can be freaking delicious and amazing! We just have to find the right flavor combo that pleases our own palates.

Here is a little homemade seasoning recipe from my 21 Day Fix Extreme eating guide.  This seasoning would be perfect for meat, veggies, pasta, quinoa, rice..whatever!

Enjoy!

xoxo Stacy


 

Smoky Southwestern Seasoning

1 Tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. coriander

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt

Just blend all together in container of your choice! 

Tuna Salad! Hold the Mayo Please!

So here lately I have been in quite a food rut! See, I tend to get stuck on the same foods because, well, I really love to eat them! But after a while, they get a bit boring and my taste buds are just searching for something to spice things up a bit. 

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the best cook. I am not that great at it and I honestly don’t really enjoy it. I know enough to get by but that’s about it. 

So, I rely on Recipes. But they need to be simple because I don’t like buying all these crazy ingredients that I will only use for the one recipe. I like it to be easy and simple! 

So back to the boring food. So I was really wanting to try something new for lunch. I just needed to change it up a bit because I just have been taking the same things for a good long while now. 

So over the weekend I chose to take a peek at one of my cookbooks and I found a super simple tuna salad recipe! 

Yay for finding a new thing! ☺️☺️

This week it has turned out to be great! It was super simple to make and not to mention, budget friendly too. 

So today I am going to share this super simple tuna salad redo that makes it health tier than smothered in some mayo( which by the way is pretty tasty still!). 
I hope you enjoy this new little recipe! I got it out of my Fixate cookbook. I only changed one thing and that is I added dill instead of tarragon because that is what I had on hand here at the house. 

If you give it a try let me know what you thought in the comments! Enjoy! ❤️

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SAY YES! TO HOMEMADE DRESSING!

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Here’s the thing. I am not the greatest cook. The person in our household that is mostly in charge of cooking is my hubby. I don’t really enjoy it, but I am also not very good at it. 😉  So last year when I was seeing some lovely ladies I follow in Instagram sharing images of their homemade salad dressings, I became pretty intrigued. Sounded simple enough and I figured I couldn’t mess it up too bad right?  I was just looking for something with more flavor. I was not impressed with some of the salad dressings in the grocery store and I was just so over it that I had really been eating my salads with just a little bit of fresh lemon juice squeezed over it. However, as tasty as I found that to be, I just was looking for something a bit more.

I have to admit, the first time I made a homemade salad dressing I was so impressed with myself! It was super simple, pretty quick, and didn’t take hardly any ingredients.

And seriously, the flavor completely blew away any of the recipes that I had tried from the grocery store.

Since giving this a try last summer, I have been doing it ever since. So today I thought I would share with you one of my favorite dressings that I make quite often. It doesn’t over have to be drizzled over salad; you can drizzle over sauteed veggies, or even cooked chicken or beef.

This is a recipe that came with my 21 Day Fix Eating Plan Guide.

I hope you enjoy this and find it just as delicious as I do. If you give this a try let me know what you thought in the comments!


 

BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE (Makes 8 servings, about 6 tsp. each)

6 TBSP. Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. raw honey (or pure maple syrup)

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

6 TBSP. extra-virgin olive oil

What You Gotta Do:

  1. Combine Vinegar, lemon juice, and honey in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
  2. Stir in Mustard; mix well
  3. Slowly add oil while whisking; mix well

*You can also take all the ingredients in a mason jar, put a lid on it and shake it up really well.  This is how I do it most of the time so that I already have it in the container that I am going to store the dressing in. 🙂

**Store left over dressing in a covered container in the refrigerator. If dressing thickens when cold, hold at room temperature for 30 minutes and stir before serving.

What helped me to Simplify my Nutrition

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So I began my health and fitness journey December 2013. At that time I weighed 245 lbs; the highest weight I have ever been.  As I have mentioned before, I began my journey using myfitnesspal as a way to track my food and get my portions in check. I actually used this from December 2013 up until June 2014.  I had lost a good 40 lbs using that app.

Then in May 2014 I began to work with a personal trainer. She was the one who truly introduced me to eating whole foods.  She gave me a list of foods to incorporate into my diet, and then spoke to me about counting macros. She had me figure up how much of each macro nutrient I was to eat in a day and to start following that.

I did pretty good for a while, but then I was so focused on the numbers I started to drive myself crazy. Not to mention the fact that I was really restricting myself so then I would go off on these binges. Then it was restricting, binging, restricting, binging. It was just a vicious cycle and I hated it.

Fast forward to September 2014. I was still in the cycle and I knew I had to do something. I had started reading more about eating when you were hungry and not counting anything at all. I was going on a vacation for a week with my family and so I thought that this would be the perfect time to just let the keeping track of the food go.

During the week of vacation I ate healthy for my meals, and then each night we would go out to dinner and I would just choose to eat whatever I wanted.  By the end of the vacation I felt so much better not putting so much focus on my food that I knew that I needed to stop obsessing over the food. I was hindering my progress at the time and I really needed to find another way.

I actually follow this for a good 7 months. I felt so freeing to not have to worry about what I was eating and to have the freedom to choose my food and just eat, and not have to worry about how many cups of this, or how many teaspoons of that. I ate when I was hungry and I was finished when I felt satisfied.

Doing this allowed for me to really learn to deal with my relationship with food. I learned about my body, that it was ok to feel hungry and not feel like I had to watch the clock to get my next meal in.  I was working on coming to terms with the fact that I could very well make healthy food choices, eat treats, and then keep moving forward on my journey.

So when am I going to get to the part about the containers????? (hehehe) Well these little containers were actually purchased in January 2015. But I had yet to really dive into them because I was focused on hat I was currently doing. But, I had a couple of friends buy the program that featured these containers and so I decided to do the entire program; workouts and these containers for the nutrition.

I’m not going to lie, I was a bit intimidated at first because it had been so long since I had measured anything and I really didn’t want to go back down that road.

But guess what…..it wasn’t like that at all.  In fact, it was much easier than that. It didn’t make me feel crazy or focus so much on the food. In fact, it helped me realize that I was still overeating my food.  It also helped me to see how I needed to balance out my meals and snacks.  I no longer was thinking in numbers, but rather, colors. Colors that represented each type of food that I needed to eat in order to fuel my body properly while working out, but to also allow for me to continue to lose weight and fat.

The containers are broken up as:

  • Green for Vegetables
  • Purple for Fruit
  • Red for Protein
  • Yellow for Carbs
  • Blue for Healthy Fat
  • Orange for dressings and seeds

All the plan has you do is to figure up how many of each container (type of food) you need to consume in a day. If the food fits into the container than it fits. Simple as that.

I firmly believe that we need to find what works the best for us. It has to be sustainable for us and something that we can follow and just ease into our own life. As you can see, I have done many different types of things to date regarding my nutrition. I started out doing one thing and it worked for a while, but then it ended up not being the right thing, so I moved on to find something else. This journey is very much all about trial and error and it is important to keep trying things if some things just aren’t fitting in with you and your life.

So for now, these little containers have been an awesome thing for me and my nutrition and have really allowed for me to still have a good relationship with food, to eat nutritionally and healthy, and to continue losing weight and fat.

EASY SWEET POTATO SIDE DISH

 

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I have to confess, I used to make nutrition pretty complicated.  I was so overwhelmed by the information that I found regarding the topic that I would just feel a bit hopeless because for whatever reason I just couldn’t wrap my head around it.

When I first began my journey in December 2013, I initially began tracking all the food I ate with myfitnesspal.  I didn’t make a whole lot of changes at first, I just chose to track the amount of food that I was eating to get a better handle on portions.  A month later I decided to start changing the type of foods that I was eating. I had lost weight up to that point, however, I knew, based on my incessant reading of all things health & fitness, that I needed to clean up my food intake, so I slowly started to eat more whole, nutritious food, and less of the packaged stuff.

What I found that works for me is to keep it simple. I choose a base and then add flavor to satisfy my taste buds. I don’t like to make super complicated recipes that involve a ton of ingredients that I am only going to use that one time. I am not much of a cook, and I really don’t like to cook if I am completely honest.  So I needed to find a way to keep it simple, add flavor, and have it align with my goals and nutritional needs. Oh and not to take too long preparing either. A girl just wants to eat! 😉

I can be found fixing some weird meals (according to others) like veggies sauteed with coconut oil and topped with a couple of fried eggs for instance,  but I like to eat this way and because of that, it has really allowed for me to continue living a healthy lifestyle.  Healthy doesn’t have to taste dry or bad, we just have to find what works for us and what we enjoy eating.

The side dish I am going to share with you today is pretty simple, easy to make, and doesn’t take that long to whip up.  It is pretty budget friendly as well and uses ingredients that is easy to keep on hand and can be incorporated into other meals.  Plus it is pretty delicious and can be an easy side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, as well as a meal in itself if you prefer.

ENJOY!

xoxo

~Stacy


 

Sweet Potato Side Dish

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato diced or chopped
  • Coconut Oil
  • Red Onion chopped or diced
  • Minced Garlic (or Garlic Powder)
  • Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

What you gotta do:

Add 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil to pan and allow to melt

Then add sweet potato, red onion, garlic, salt & pepper

Saute until desired tenderness is achieved

*Can be served on the side, or fry a couple of eggs and throw on top.