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Easy Fiesta Beans

An easy, tasty way to jazz up canned refried and pinto beans for the perfect side to accompany any Tex-Mex meal. Opt for fat-free refried beans and no-salt-added pinto beans to keep this dish as healthy as possible.


1 16-ounce c nonfat refried beans, preferably spicy
1 15-ounce c no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed
1/2 cup prepared salsa
2/3 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
4 scallions, sliced


Step 1
Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.

Step 2
Combine refried beans, pinto beans, salsa and 1/3 cup cheese in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the mixture is hot and the cheese is melted, 6 to 8 minutes. Spoon the bean mixture into a 2-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1/3 cup cheese and scallions. Broil until the cheese is lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

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About Missy: Living healthy comes naturally to me. I live it & love it so I enjoy educating, motivating and helping others to do the same. I was born with a heart condition and had open heart surgery at the age of 8. I grew up being active and playing sports and am thankful to have my health. I’ve been in the fitness industry industry over 18 years and am ready to help you with your fitness and wellness goals. Call or email me to get started.

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Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss and Energy

It doesn’t have to be difficult to get healthy snacks into your busy day. It just takes a little (very little!) preparation and planning.

I work outside of the home, am crazy busy with the kids schedule and need to have easy Grab & Go snacks! SO, this is what I do ……. When I shop and prepare for the week, I always purchase 5-10 healthy snacks that are simple and easy to eat on the run. Then, every Sunday evening I prepare the snacks for the week. I use small snack bags – not sandwich bags – because they help limit your portion size (or, I use small containers so I don’t waste bags). Small bags and containers help you get the appropriate portion size, which helps you lose weight while also consuming important nutrients to give you energy and make you feel better.

When thinking about the snacks, I include fruits, veggies, options high in fiber, protein and that provide “good” fats. My choices change each week but they always stay simple!!!

Here is an example of this weeks snacks:

  • Carrots
  • Red Peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Apples (Fuji and Pink Lady are my favorites!)
  • Red Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Almonds
  • Protein Bars
  • Pistachios
  • Homemade Snack Mix – Cheerios, lightly salted peanuts, raisins
  • And …. I always drink my Shakeology

As you can see, I have plenty of healthy options to eat between meals and they are organized and ready to Grab & Go!

You can do this by making a list of 3-6 fruits and veggies you’d like for the week, 2-3 protein and high fiber snacks then purchase baggies or small containers (remember small for portion control!) …. cut up veggies, wash fruit, add small handfuls of nuts or snacks into the baggies and you’re ready to go!

As always, feel free to email me or comment below with questions, or share some of you favorite healthy snacks.

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5 Ways to Beat the Afternoon Slump

By Peter Suciu

If you, like George Costanza, are ready to take a nap under your desk after lunch, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans experience the mid-afternoon slump. But, instead of reaching for another cup of coffee or an energy drink, a few changes to your routine can make all the difference between staying sharp and wanting to nap on your keyboard.

  • Examine Your Lunch

Pasta”Certain types of foods make you sleepier than other types of foods,” said Bill Tulin, coauthor of Travel Fitness. That burger and fries—or plate of pasta—will almost certainly send you in search of a pillow.

Dr. Michael A. Grandner of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology explains why what you eat makes a difference. “During digestion, especially in the case of heavy meals, there is activation of the parasympathetic system (the ‘rest and digest’ or ‘feed and breed’ system), which shifts balance away from the sympathetic system (the ‘fight or flight’ system).”

Why does this matter? Grandner says, “Increased parasympathetic activity is associated with decreased alertness, and the urge to rest and the sudden intake of glucose and resultant spikes in insulin may also play a role in reduced energy after long meals.” Tulin adds, “The blood is going to the stomach to process and digest all that food.”

So, what do you do? Tulin suggests eating a lighter meal of lean protein and vegetables to stave off the feeling of being tired. And, instead of eating 3 big meals a day, split your meals into 3 lighter meals and two healthy snacks.

  • Avoid the Booze

Don Draper might have a way with the ladies, but there’s a good reason he’s often discovered napping. That glass of wine—or three martinis—at lunch, definitely won’t help you do your best work, and that’s not just because of the buzz.

The Mayo Clinic noted that alcoholic beverages can cause blood vessels to expand, leading to headaches, but can also make drinkers sleepy and even affect their quality of sleep, which in turn may leave them feeling groggy and fatigued.1 It’s a vicious cycle bound to leave you tired, so leave the cocktails until the bell rings.

  • Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Around here, we’re often championing the importance of getting 7 to 8 hours of quality rest each night. Sleep helps your muscles rebuild, lowers your stress level, and as Grandner says, “If you don’t get enough quality sleep at night, you’re less able to do many important things during the day. You’re more likely to have trouble staying awake, especially during the natural dip in the afternoon, and you’re less able to exercise efficiently, eat healthy, and think clearly.”

It’s all a cycle. Consider the 2008 study published in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine that found that people with sleep disorders ate a diet higher in cholesterol, protein, total fat, and total saturated fat.2 Or the 2006 Institute of Medicine report that found that the less people slept under seven hours each night, the more obese they tended to be.3 Why? Lack of quality sleep appears to tip hunger hormones out of whack. Leptin, which suppresses appetite, is lowered; while ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, gets a boost

  • Sneak in Some Exercise

Working out might also be a good way to get the energy to help you work through the afternoon. Lona Sandon, an assistant clinical nutrition professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, recently told the Wall Street Journal that moderate workouts and getting to bed earlier can help fight the midday fatigue.4 So, if you’re finding that your energy is flagging, try going for a short run or walk to get your blood pumping.

  • Light Time

If you’ve tried all the above solutions and you’re still groggy, get a light. According to new research by Elsevier’s Physiology & Behavior, the right type of light can have an acute effect on neuroendocrine responses, performance, and alertness.5 White lights or UVB therapy lamps can stimulate your body to be more alert. Want to invest in a therapy lamp? Go outside! “Sunlight or just some bright light by the desk could help those “in more of a dark environment,” says Grandner. “Getting up and moving around may also help stimulate alertness.”

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25 Minute Workout

I’m a busy mom and wife, I work outside of the home and travel for my kids sports ALL THE TIME! When this workout was launched, I decided to give it a try and see if I could really get a good workout in only 25 minutes. After 4 weeks of following the program schedule, I not only get a GREAT workout, I’ve noticed a difference in the way my pants fit and I feel stronger.

It’s only 25 minutes. That’s shorter than a 30-minute TV show and I know everyone has 25 minutes to spend improving their health, feeling more energized and happier!

What I also LOVE about this new program is that Tania is the “low-impact” version so ALL fitness levels can participate and be successful!

When you purchase the program from my site (click on the banner below), I will coach you for FREE. I will answer any questions you have about the workout, nutrition, recipes, etc … and will provide the support and motivation you need to finally stick with a healthy lifestyle. We can set a game plan and I’ll help if you want!


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3 Day De-Tox / Cleanse!


The Shakeology 3 day cleanse! The Science Behind the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse
by Steve Edwards, Director of ResultsShakeology - 70 Healthy Ingredients. I Glass.

I like to call the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse a “performance cleanse.” This is because it was designed to be done with a workout program. Let’s take a look at how this differs from other cleanses, how to tailor it to your needs, and what to expect if you decide to try it.

First of all, it’s not a true cleanse. It’s a calorie-restricted and nutrient-dense diet plan. Traditional cleanses contain very few calories and nutrients. Compared to the much more popular Master Cleanse, it’s like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Traditional cleansing diets are done to rid your system of toxins and bring it into homeostasis. They also contain a spiritual aspect. This process can take a long time, which is why you may have seen coworkers walking around the office in a zombie-like state for weeks on end—swilling a strange concoction of lemons and maple syrup.

The Shakeology cleanse is nothing like that. Depending on how you decide to do it, you’ll be eating frequently and consuming between 800 and 1,200 calories per day, and it could be even more should you feel the need. The point of this cleanse is not calorie restriction, per se—it’s nutrient efficiency. The aim is to get the most nutrients possible into the fewest number of calories. The goal is to put all of these calories to use as a part of your exercise program, to rid your body of undigested foods and toxins, and to bring your hydration levels into homeostasis. The result you’re after is not weight loss—though it will likely occur—but for your body to be running more efficiently. This should make you feel lighter and more energetic, even though you’re doing an exercise program.

Your eating structure doesn’t change. You still eat every few hours while you’re awake. Each meal should have a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber. And while you’re not eating as much food as you’d normally eat, your calorie-to-nutrient ratio is extremely high. This means that you shouldn’t restrict the actual nutrients you’re getting by too much, so activity can continue as normal.

We recommend you try to keep your shakes to just Shakeology. Adding fruits of any kind, or seeds (for fat and fiber), or the Shakeology Fiber supplement, can and should be done as you see fit.

Ditto for your one solid meal—a salad. As we all know from any salad bar, the definition of salad can be varied. The goal of the salad in the plan is to keep your calories coming from natural sources (no artificial ingredients should be added, including artificial salad dressing). Aside from that, you can add ingredients as necessary. Keep your meat intake to four ounces or less, but add veggies, seeds, nuts, fruits, and legumes in quantities to satiate you.

The goal of the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse is to optimize your performance. You want to eat enough to fuel your day AND your workout. The foods you’re eating are so high in fiber and nutrients that it’s virtually impossible to overeat. You’ll be consuming so much fiber, along with enzymes and digestive aids, that your body’s ability to flush excess foods quickly will be at its peak.

What to Drink
Water, of course, is recommended in quantity. This is vital to any cleanse, because one of your goals is to bring your hydration into homeostasis. When your electrolytes are out of balance—the main problem we have is salt—you often retain water outside of your cells. This situation, which we refer to as retaining water, is cured by drinking more water. As the excess salts are diffused, your body begins to hydrate your cells (using sodium as it should be used) and flush the water held outside the cells. So, oddly enough, you drink water to eliminate water retention.

Sodas, alcohols, juices, etc., should be eliminated entirely during a cleanse. Coffee and tea, which are diuretics, should be minimized at the very least and eliminated if possible. Again, performance is the key, so if you need a cup of Joe as a pick-me-up, go ahead. Just use only as needed, and don’t use additives. Eliminating sugar and chemicals is vital. However, do not use energy drinks or soda for this purpose, including the ones with artificial sweeteners. Coffee drinkers may find that switching to black tea during a cleanse will give you the energy you’re looking for with less upset. Coffee’s acidic nature can heighten the effects in a negative way during your cleanse.

Why You Won’t Lose Weight
I should say why you might not lose weight, but I wanted to get your attention. Most people will lose some weight during a cleanse, but that is not the goal. Those with a lot of undigested gunk in their systems will lose weight as it’s flushed out. Those of you who are properly hydrated and already eat well are less likely to lose. For those of you who need to lose weight, take heart: you are setting up your system to use nutrients more efficiently and improving your ability to lose weight through structured diet and exercise. So while you may not lose much on the cleanse, you’ll be more prepared to lose weight later.

Another reason why we don’t always lose weight on cleanses is due to a stress hormone called cortisol. Restricting calories is stressful to the body, and it reacts by releasing cortisol. Cortisol is performance-enhancing in the short term, but if you somehow keep your body stressed for long periods, it creates havoc in your system and can cause you to doggedly hang onto weight in a type of survival mode. We don’t want this to occur, which is one reason the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse is short. It’s important not to remain in a highly calorie-deficient state for long periods of time, especially when you are trying to exercise hard.

Here is the full plan:

The Shakeology® 3-Day Cleanse | The key is to follow the same regimen all three days.
3 Shakeology shakes per day
2 cups of green tea per day
1 or 2 pieces of fruit per day (optional)
1 salad for dinner—can include fish or poultry
No dairy or extra sugars (this includes almond and soy milk)!
Drink 2 to 4 liters of water every day
Only use low-fat dressings, and go easy on the salt and/or pepper to taste
2 snacks before/after any of the major meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Fruit is optional, and it is discouraged (however, some of you will need the calories while others may not)
Power-workout participants (those who are already super conditioned) are recommended the higher numbers of calories
For maximum results, do NOT use additives
Dinner salad may include WHITE GRILLED PROTEIN—poultry or fish only

Daily Regimen:
1 cup of green tea to start the day

1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories)
1/2 cup of fruit (60 to 90 calories)—optional
Ice to taste
8 to10 oz. of water

Snack 1 (85 calories):
1 piece of fruit (apple, pear, orange, banana mango, etc.)

1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories)
Ice to taste
8 to 10 oz. of water
1 cup of green tea or a detox tea

Snack 2: (you can have the second snack before or after dinner)
1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories)
Ice to taste
8 to 10 oz. of water

Dinner: Salad with grilled white fish or poultry (roughly 340 calories)
Greens—3 servings of vegetables, plus 4 oz. of grilled white meat (fish or poultry)
2 tablespoons of dressing—no more!

Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse FAQ
Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:

1. How many calories per day?
800 to 1,100 calories per day

2. How often can I do the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse?
Ideally, you should do it once per quarter (every 3 months)
As the seasons change. Before starting a new workout program When you feel you need help breaking through a plateau.

3. Should/Can I still do my workouts during the Cleanse?
Depends on the individual
You’ll have less energy than normal, so consider doing it during a recovery week. Try not to do in the middle of P90X® or INSANITY®

4. Can I do a 1-day or a 2-day cleanse instead of a 3-day?
Yes! Some people will see results with one or two days. We recommend against continuing the cleanse for more than three days

5. Should/Can I take other Beachbody® supplements during the Cleanse?
Results and Recovery Formula™: No, too much sugar/calories
Others (Omega-3, etc.): Not necessary, but won’t hurt either

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Shakeology | Nutrition Simplified

Shakeology® is the most delicious, nutrient-dense, superfood-packed protein shake on the planet.

It contains more than 70 natural ingredients derived from rich, nutrient-dense whole-food sources from around the world. Shakeology is so incredibly healthy, no other single food item out there can supply you with all the nutrients, vitamins, proteins, and minerals in the amounts you need the way one delicious shake can.*

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Swimsuit Bootcamp

This Online Challenge is designed to quickly jumpstart you into shape, so you look and feel great this summer! Swimsuit Before and AfterBootcamp will help you lose weight and re-shape your body, reset you metabolism, release stress and increase energy.

There are 2 options that you can choose from … both will help you reach your goals and be ready this summer and you’ll get my help during your challenge.

Option 1: Shakeology + your own workout

  • Replace one meal per day with Shakeology
  • Walk, take classes, workout in your clubhouse, use your elliptical … any type of exercise you want (or ask me to develop a program for you!!).
  • Click the Shakeology banner below to get started.

Option 2: Shakeology + a home fitness video (Beachbody Challenge Pack)

  • Replace one meal per day with Shakeology
  • Follow the program and schedule included in your home fitness video package
  • Choose between any popular program, Les Mills Body Pump, Body Combat, Brazil Butt Lift, P90x, Insanity, Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Abs and more.
  • Click the Beachbody Challenge banner below to get started.

Both options include:

Nutrition Plan and Recipes, Clean eating recommendations, Unlimited Support and Motivation, Me as your FREE online coach

Please email or message me with questions. After you join the challenge, email me to confirm and I’ll add you to the group!! Do this for YOU and feel great this summer!

5 Ways to Break through Dreaded Weight Loss Plateaus

Even though it’s completely normal to hit a snag in your fitness journey, a perceived setback like this can send even the most dedicated dieter off course, away from healthy eating and toward cookies, cake, and pizza. But you can be strong and start getting back on the weight-loss track again. Try at least one of the following techniques, and there’s a good chance you’ll burst through your plateau in no time.

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Fat Vs. Muscle

  1. If you’re trying to lose a lot of weight and get discouraged when you’ve “only lost 5 lbs” – look at the picture … 5 lbs of fat is a great accomplishment!
  2. 5 lbs of muscle weighs the same as 5 lbs of fat so don’t always focus on the scale.
  3. Muscle takes up less space because it is denser. So, someone weighing 150 lbs — if it’s with muscle they will look thinner than someone with more fat, but weighing the same.
  4. If you have a consistent workout and strength training schedule, you should experience a change in body shape.
  5. Muscle burns more calories than fat .. even while sitting during the day.
  6. If you begin strength training but do not increase your caloric intake, you should experience weight loss from the burning of extra calories.

Many, many more benefits but that’s a few!

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60 Day Starter Challenge

This challenge is for beginners. If you need support, motivation and someone to help answer your questions as you begin and maintain your healthy transition, with fitness, nutrition and weight loss, this 60 Day Starter Challenge is for you! 2 Options:

(1) Shakeology + your own workout

  • Replace one meal per day with Shakeology
  • Walk, take classes, workout in your clubhouse, use your elliptical … any type of exercise you want.

(2) Shakeology + a beginner home fitness video (Beachbody Challenge Pack)

  • Replace one meal per day with Shakeology
  • Follow the program and schedule included in your home fitness video package
  • Choose between Brazil Butt Lift, Power 90, Slim 6, Turbo Jam and Hip Hop Abs

Both options include:

  • Nutrition Plan and Recipes
  • Unlimited Support and Motivation
  • Private Facebook group
  • Me as your FREE coach
  • Prizes and more!

Contact me if you have any questions. Challenge begins Monday, Jan. 7th!

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