Archive for February 24, 2012

Jumpstart 2012 By Working On Ourselves “Week 8 Check In”

If you have made it this far, your reward is probably the great new look and feel you are sporting. Congratulations… Two weeks to go!

Be sure to check in, “still in,” in the comments section here.

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Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling

Why is it so difficult sometimes to get kids to listen? You know she heard you, but she ignores you. You ask again and still . . . no response.
If you’re tired of nagging, reminding and yelling to get kids to listen – this session is for you! Healthy Fit Families is excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor to offer a FREE LIVE training webinar on Wednesday, March 7 from 9-10 PM Eastern Time.
Join us to learn easy to implement strategies to correct misbehavior and reclaim the calm voice you had before kids. Discover proven tools for your most frustrating discipline dilemmas including the 5 R’s of Fair & Effective Consequences.
All you need is your computer. (No webcam required.) You’ll see and hear Amy on your screen and you can even ask questions and she’ll make them part of the presentation. Parents RAVE about this session.

RSVP todayand then kick back and learn from the comfort of your home.

Webinar seating will be limited so learn more and RSVP now! I’ll look forward to welcoming you.
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About Amy McCready
Parenting expert Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and a “recovering yeller.” She is a champion of positive parenting techniques for happier families and well-behaved kids. Amy reaches a worldwide audience with her Positive Parenting Solutions Online course and is a frequent guest on the TODAY Show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and elsewhere. In her most important role, she is mom to two teenage boys. 
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Chef Kirsten’s Granola

I received a request to “healthify” a granola recipe by a reader on my Facebook page. Granola is seen as a healthy food by a lot of people but surprisingly this “health” food can in fact be very unhealthy. Many are laden with sugar and the combination of the sweetener and dried fruits make it a very high glycemic food.

 I make my recipe with just ¼ cup of honey and it is plenty sweet. I add a lot of nuts and seeds for protein, fiber and nutrition. I don’t add dried fruit to my granola, but you can add what you like. I typically eat it with a bit of plain yogurt and fresh berries or chopped apple. Another way to enjoy granola is like a trail mix – a few dark chocolate chips and you have a dessert worthy healthy treat with lots of fiber, vitamins and great crunch! We also sometimes spread a thin layer of peanut butter on a banana and roll it around in the granola – this is fun for the kids to make. What are your favorite ways to eat granola?

Make a big batch of this and keep it around for when you want to satisfy your urge to eat something crunchy and satisfying. Pack it in the kid’s lunches for a healthy boost to their lunch and keep them going all day long!

Chef Kirsten’s Granola

Melt in a large mixing bowl:

2 Tb raw honey

2 Tb natural peanut or almond butter

Mix together, add:

¼ cup natural, unsweetened applesauce

2 Tb oil – light olive oil or melted coconut oil work great

2 cups organic rolled oats – gluten free if necessary (not the quick cooking kind)

½ cup almonds (or walnuts or nut of your choice)

½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds or other seed of your choice)

2 tsp cinnamon

Pinch salt

Mix everything until completely coated. Spread out on a nonstick baking sheet. In a 350 degree oven bake for 10 minutes. Toss well, bake 5 minutes, toss again, bake 5 more minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. As it cools it will crisp up and completely dry. When completely cool place in an airtight container or plastic zipper bags. Enjoy!

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Jumpstart 2012 By Working On Ourselves “Week 7 Check In”

The weeks are definitely getting shorter and easier to handle. Congratulations on making it through another week. Just 3 weeks to go. Can you make it? Please don’t forget to check in “still in.” You guys are all AMAZING!

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Fitness Fact Friday -”Calories”

Today’s fitness fact centers around calories. We want to first start off by showing you guys a quick video on How To Correctly Count Your Calories.

For more info you can also click here.


Do you know how many calories equal one pound? Click here for the answer.


Do you know how many calories are in 1 gram of protein, carbs, or fat. Click here for the answer.
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Jaki Sinclair-Focusing on Health

I have struggled with my weight since I was a young child.  Even as an adult seeing the pictures from when I was such an overweight child in grade-school can bring tears to my eyes.
I started my first diet when I was a child and have spent the rest of my life trying to find that magical diet, pill or product that would make the weight disappear.  I’ve tried all of the diets and diet pills and just about anything you can imagine, I gave it a try to lose weight.
I wasted many years losing and then gaining back weight by trying all of the newest diets.  I was a professional dieter and was able to lose weight on most of the diets I tried.  In fact, I lost large amounts of weight, 80 – 100 pounds a few times, only to gain it all back and also a few extra pounds added on.
I was always planning or thinking about my next diet and eating everything that I told myself would be off limits when I started my next diet.  My inner dialogue was a constant negative chatter about food and what a failure I was because of my weight.  When I realized how negative my self-talk was I realized my self-talk was a big reason for my struggle with weight and it needed to change.
I decided this time I had to do things different. I was going to focus on my health from the inside out.  No diets, no deprivation or off limit foods, but a new positive and healthy lifestyle I could stick with forever.
The Three Steps I used to start focusing on my health were not as easy as they might look.  You’ll notice my steps were all about adding in things.  I was so tired of taking things away from myself and would rebel and overeat when I felt deprived.  I decided to add in positive things and Focus on Getting Healthy. Read more
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Jumpstart 2012 By Working On Ourselves “Week 6 Check In”

We are now over the hump. Week 6 is in the books and many of you are still going strong! At this point if you haven’t seen huge successes, you need to reassess your daily intake and the intensity of your workouts. The following articles will assist you in reaching your goals!

Please check in and let us know that you are still going strong in this challenge!

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Healthified Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are quick and easy to make, get kids to the table for a fun dinner and can be a great way to incorporate a healthy boost of vegetables into your day!

A lot of us still use, or grow up on the canned Sloppy Joe mix – get rid of that stuff! This is easy and all natural . You get the sweet, tangy, rich flavor of the traditional sloppy burger – naturally.

For the bun, this is another place where you can ruin a perfectly healthy meal. Instead of a white bun, try something a little different. Whole grain pita, homemade biscuits – recipe below for easy and quick Whole Grain Beer Batter Biscuits, toasted spelt bread – all make better alternatives for the highly processed traditional buns.

Pack as many vegetables as you can into this recipe! Chop up some fresh spinach in the food processor, grate your vegetables very small….sneak it in where you can!

Want to switch it up? I will include variations to make Sloppy Jose’s and Sloppy Guiseppe’s! Yum!

Healthified Sloppy Joes

Makes 6-8 servings

1 Tb healthy oil/fat of your choice

20 oz lean ground turkey (or use 1 lb of grass fed ground beef, ground chicken etc.)

1 onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 carrot, grated

3 cloves garlic, minced

8 oz mushrooms, sliced

2 cups tomato sauce – organic if possible, no sugar added

1 Tb raw honey, melted

1 Tb fresh lemon juice

1 Tb mustard – yellow, Dijon or spicy brown

1 Tsp paprika

3 large pinches Kosher/sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Heat a large skillet over high heat. When hot, add your oil and swirl around the pan. Add the meat and vegetables. Stir often, allowing all moisture to evaporate and the ingredients to brown. While the meat is cooking mix together your sauce mix – the tomato sauce, honey, lemon juice, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper. Once the meat mixture is brown add your sauce. Keep the heat up and let the sauce and meat simmer together and allowing the sauce to get rich and thick. Take off the heat when you have the rich consistency you want – sloppy but not too sloppy!

Serve with the bun of your choice. Enjoy!

To make Sloppy Jose’s: Reduce the tomato sauce to 1 cup. Add one cup salsa and instead of paprika add 1 tsp cumin and 2 tsp dried ground chili powder. Serve with sour cream and some cheese!

To make Sloppy Guiseppe’s: MY FAVORITE: Instead of paprika add 1 tsp dried basil, 1 tsp dried oregano and just before serving mix in about ½ cup grated parmesan cheese.

Leftover mix? Wrap up in a tortilla for lunch, make a fabulous omelet or eat as-is with a salad!

Whole grain beer batter biscuits

Makes 12 biscuits

3 cups whole grain flour

1 tsp salt

1 Tb baking powder

1 Tb organic raw sugar

12 oz beer of your choice

Mix the dry ingredients together – add the beer and mix until everything is just incorporated. Spray a muffin tin with pan spray, divide the batter between the cups. Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes until the top is nice and brown. Serve and enjoy!

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Fitness Fact Friday – “Food Additives”

Do you know what is in your food? Do you take the time to read the nutritional label? Learn how to here. You will be surprised as to how many “additives” are added to your food. has put together a fun visual showing some of these chemical additives. We hope you enjoy it, and we hope you start to pay more attention to your nutritional labels.

Taste, texture, color, and freshness all play roles in the enjoyment of our food as well as in weight loss. These are the qualities that make eating a pursuit that goes well beyond simple nourishment. Our modern lifestyles have given rise to high food production, mouths to feed, and a greater demand for shelf-life. This, in turn, has given rise to food additives, which give us exactly what we want out of our food, but at what cost?

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Jumpstart 2012 By Working On Ourselves “Week 5 Check In”

Pat yourself on the back; you have made it to the halfway point! By now the cravings are starting to fade away and the inches are starting to shed. Let us know your successes and difficulties. Here are a few articles that you should read in order to expand your health and wellness knowledge and help you WIN this challenge:

Don’t forget to check in, “still in” in the comments section! Congratulations


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