All Natural Immunity Booster and Anti Oxidant to keep the winter bugs at bay!

 

 

Winter is fast approaching and along with it comes a bevy of colds, virus and nasty bugs!

Sure you can head out to the local drug store and load up on packets, and sprays, sprinkles and pills. Spend a bunch of money on things you are not really sure work, or if you even want them in your body.

When a friend tells me about a 100 year old family recipe her great great granny used in Russia every winter to stay well and healthy….I AM LISTENING!!!

These are the tried and true family cures that I really have learned to trust. They work, they have worked for years and years and the best part they are ALL NATURAL! Made from items in your fridge and pantry.

What you will need:

Equal Parts:

Fresh Ginger

RAW Local Honey

Lemon rind (2 med lemons)

Fresh Cranberries

Alright guys so before I spill the secret here can I just take a quick second to say how FREAKING AHHHHHHMAZING this honey is! My friend that told me of this winter cure also brought me fresh Raw local honey from her fathers bee hives. First taste and I literally stopped all I was doing to close my eyes and focus on the taste. I licked the spoon and tasted fresh air, summer flowers, wet earth and all that nature offers. It truly was something I have never experienced before and I am super excited to have had the opportunity to taste it.

:D

Back to how you can make this remedy.

Take equal parts of each. i eyeballed it and did about 2 -3 tbsp of each.

 You want the lemon rind of the 2 lemons, peeled ginger, the fresh cranberries and the honey. I put the ginger, lemon and berries in to blend up first and then added the honey and blended again.

It will look like this.

I added the rest of the juice from one of the lemons to the mix. Then added one heaping tablespoon to my water bottle. You can take it as you like for the benefits but it seems that addidng to water is easy and helps you stay hydrated too! Not to mention that ginger has one HECK OF A KICK!!!!

I stored the extra in a tuppaware and put in fridge for next time I fill my water bottle!

It is a very refreshing taste and approach to staying well all through the winter!

ENJOY

Fuel your fall workouts with my Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Protein Shake!

Happy Monday Peeps!

Lets get this week started right! I have decided to get the grains out of my diet for a while so in place of my usual Lean Body for Her peanut butter oatmeal protein smoothie I had to come up with a new plan!

Looking around my pantry I saw the lovely sweet potatoes a class memeber brought to me out of the garden. Light bulb! Sweet potato in the shake!

Well let me tell you I wish i had been doing this the whole time! DELISH!!! Super thick and creamy and rich. Seriously made me feel like I was having a dessert for breakfast and who wouldn’t love that!

So to make your own Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Protein shake here is what you need.

Half one medium cooked sweet potato ( to cook, poke with fork. Pop in microwave for 6-8 min. CAREFULLY take out cut. the skin will just peel right off)

1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)

1 scoop vanilla Lean Body for Her Protein

1 scoop Lean Body for Her Peanut Protein

Couple of shakes of cinnamon (more or less depending on your taste)

NOW BLEND UP AND ENJOY!!!!

WOW! Seriously that is just SO GOOD!

Now you are all fueled up and ready to get some work done!

Here is a Kettlebell work out for you!

Happy FALL Y’ALL!!!! Sweet Potato Turkey Chilli and a bet you can’t lose….or can you!?!?!

Hey peeps!

Fall is finally here! We are in full swing of leaves changing up here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA and it is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Walking out my door seeing vibrant oranges , reds, yellows and more makes the transition into the colder weather a little less painful! :D

Not to mention an excuse to pull out my favorite Fabletics sweatshirts and leggings :D and throw some SUPER AWESOME chilli in my crockpot!!!

Eating healthy and keeping it clean in the fall/winter can be FUN and DELICIOUS!!!!

Hearty foods that warm you from the inside out and give you the energy you need to push through the cold and at times dreary weather.

My Sweet Potato Turkey Chilli is PERFECT!

You will need:

1lb lean ground turkey

2 med diced onions

2 med/large peeled sweet potato

14 oz tomato sauce

30 oz diced tomato

30 oz drained kidney beans

14 oz corn

one packet of chilli seasoning – hot or mild? Your call :D

To start:

Take your two peeled sweet potato, place in microwave safe container and put about a 1/2 cup of water in bottom cover loosely and microwave for 8 minutes. you want them to be easy to slice but not ready for mashing.

Once they are done CAREFULLY take from container and set aside to cool.

Time to grab your crockpot or slow cooker (same thing different name). Throw in your tomato, corn, beans, and tomato sauce. Turn on cook HIGH for now.

Take the diced onions and cook till tender in large pan.

Add the ground turkey cook till browned.

Add the chilli seasoning to the meat and onions stir and reduce heat

Next you take your meat and onion mix and add to the crockpot.

Last take your cooled sweet potato and large dice them and add to the pot. Carefull fold them into the mixture. You will find they will break down more and make this chilli so thick and hearty!

Essentially the chilli could be eaten now BUT be patient. Let it cook on high for about an hour then turn down to low or warm about an hour before you eat.

Top some nutty spagetti squash and you have one fantastic fall meal that your whole family will love from healthy eater to the pickiest of the bunch!!!!

YUM!

OKAY PEEPS!!!!

Time to put your money down, reach your goals and even WIN some $$$ in the process!!!

Join me at www.dietbet.com/betterbelievefit to commit to a 4% weight loss in 30 days!

We have all put $20 in the pot, and are going to lose that extra 4 to 6 pounds in this next 30 days :D

Even more important this is an opportunity to donate to a VERY worthy cause this October as it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month you have the option to donate a portion of your winnings to any charity you choose. I personally am donating to Breast Cancer Research.

So take that $20 you would have spent on lattes or gum and junk this week and put it towards a GREAT CAUSE!!! YOU AND YOUR HEALTH!!!!

 

Honey Crisp Apple Muffins with Lean Body For Her Protein.

HAPPY FALL Y’ALL!!!!

Fall brings some of the most delicious fruits and veg to our tables!

Hands down one of my favorite is the HONEY CRISP APPLE!!!!

OK can we all just agree that if you have never tasted a fresh juicey crisp Honey Crisp apple you pretty much have never tasted the BEST APPLE EVERRRRRR!

I can accept no argument on how your apple is better….it’s not ;)

So doing what I do I took that delish apple and blended it with some of my favorite healthy eats and produced the amazing

HONEY CRISP APPLE MUFFIN!!!!

Here is the recipe:

One cup of Oat Flour

3 scoops of Lean Body for Her Protein Vanilla

2 eggs

1 cup unsweetened apple sauce

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup small diced Honey Crisp Apple (it is roughly half of one medium sized apple)

Mix well, pour into non stick muffin pan or use cup cake papers.

Bake at 350 for 20 min.

*Time varies on ovens, Check at 15 min by sticking a toothpick in to see if it comes out clean.

ENJOY!!!!

Nutrition Facts 

 

12 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95.2
Total Fat 2.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Cholesterol 50.0 mg
Sodium 91.5 mg
Potassium 112.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 9.5 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Sugars 2.3 g
Protein 9.7 g

OH! and here is how to make oat flour :D No need to hunt down some over priced flour :D Just make your own.

NOW FOR SOME REALLY EXCITING NEWS!!!!

I am challenging YOU!!! to join ME at www.dietbet.com/betterbelievefit

We are starting 10/13/14 and commiting to lose 4% of our body weight in 30 days!!!

Seriously this is TOTALLY doable!!!! Place your bet, be awesome and at the end of the challenge all the awesome peeps who reach the 4% goal WIN $$$$ and we split the pot!!!!

BET YOU CAN DO IT!!!

YES!!!!!

Join my group at DietBet.com for workouts, support, recipes and PRIZES!!!!!

WINNER of my 60K GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Happy FRIDAY!!!!!!

So thank you to all who entered the 60K Giveaway with awesome prizes provided by:

 

Skora Running

Jamie Eason’s Lean Body for Her Protein

Uberfit Apparel (Save with code BBfit at checkout)

The Sox Box  (save with code BBF4U at checkout)

Over 1000 entries and through Rafflecopter and the RANDOM WINNER generator

DRUMROLL…………….

THE WINNER OF THE 60K GIVEAWAY IS………

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WHOOOOO HOOOOO!!!! (throwing confetti and balloons dropping)

Melissa you have 24 hrs to contact me at BetterBelieveFit@gmail.com to claim your prize package!!!!!

 

 

Now on with our awesome weekend!!!!

I put together a little track wod for you all to KILL!!!!

We did it in my Interval Fitness Class and let me tell you ….do not let the low # of reps fool ya!!! This one is a DOOZIE!!!!

HAVE FUN!!!!

Getting back into the SWING of things!!!!

Hey Peeps! Happy Monday to you!!!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend :D I took my rest day to the next level on Sunday and truly rested!

We even indulged and lit the fire pit and had some wicked S’MORES!!!! SO GOOD!

Now I am ready to get back into the SWING OF THINGS!!!!

Its really important for you to recharge your batteries so to speak so you can put forth your best effort in the coming week.

To get us off to a great start I put together this little Kettlebell workout.

Set timer for your typical TABATA 8 rounds, 20 seconds HARD work with 10 seconds rest between. Follow with a 60 second all out full effort BURN OUT!!!! Rest before you move on to next move and burnout.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!!!!

Don’t forget to enter the 60K Giveaway to win Skora Running Shoes, Uberfit tank, The Sox Box socks, and Lean Body For Her protein :D

Come say HI over on Better Believe Fit on Facebook and Twitter @BetBelieveFit and Instagram @betterbelievefit

XO Astrid

September 29, 2014Permalink Leave a comment

Enter to WIN!!!! Skora Running FIT shoes, Gear from The Sox Box and Uberfit Apparel and Lean Body for Her Whey Protein!!!!

 

 HEY PEEPS!!!!! Super excited that I hit 60,000+ followers on our AWESOME Facebook page

Better Believe Fit

To celebrate in a big way four of my FAVORITE companies that have supported me in a BIG way are going to give to ONE lucky duck:

One Pair Of Skora Running FIT shoes!

AWESOME socks from The Sox Box

“IM POSSIBLE” tank from Uberfit Apparel

and TWO bags of my favorite Jamie Eason’s Lean Body For Her Protein Powder

So get you LIKE love on below through my rafflecopter entry!!!!!

GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOUUUUUUU!!!!!

XOXOXOX Astrid

 

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September 26, 2014Permalink Leave a comment

NO MUFFIN TOP!!! Peanut Butter Muffin tops :D with Jamie Eason’s Lean Body For Her Peanut Protein

Hey peeps!!! So I am back in the kitchen again!!! YAY

Seems that anytime I get a new product I have to get into the kitchen and see how I can incorporate it into a healthy but delicious treat.

Labrada Nutrition sent me a huge bag of Jamie Eason’s Lean Body For Her Peanut Protein. Dried peanut powder with out the fat and any junk added.

I am all for healthy fats….TRUST ME! I LOVE THE FATS! But I also know that there is a good amount of fat and there is just too much. So keeping with my healthy goals I put together my NO MUFFIN TOP Muffin tops!

So here is the scoop on these….they were supposed to be cookies LOL BUT they came out light and cakey just like a muffin… :D

The recipe makes about 24 cookie ( ;) ) sized muffin tops.

Here you go:

1 Cup of Oat flour (just blend up some oatmeal till fine, its the same thing)

1 whole egg

1 egg white

1 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1/2 cup raisins (optional…but they make it so YUMM!)

1 tbsp cinammon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

2 scoops of Jamie Easons Lean Body For Her Peanut Protein

2 scoops of Jamie Easons Lean Body For Her Vanilla Protein Powder

Mix up in big bowl.

 

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Drop tablespoon size blobs onto greased cookie sheet 2in apart.

Bake for 10 min (oven time may vary)

Makes about 24

NOW FOR THE NAUGHTY STUFF!!!!

If you WANT to add some healthy fat and make these muffin tops FREAKING AWESOME!!! Take 2 tbsp of chilled coconut milk ( the kind in a can that when refrigerated it goes to a butter like consistency) and add in some of the Peanut Protein. Blend well and plop on top of a hot muffin top……..

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH YUMMMMMM!

ENJOY!!!!

Please follow me here and on twitter @betbelievefit and Instagram @Betterbelievefit for more fun and awesome fitness, food and fashion.

XOXOX Astrid

September 17, 2014Permalink Leave a comment

Strawberry Shortcake Protein Pancakes with Jamie Eason’s Lean Body For Her Protein

HEY PEEPS!!!

Okay….decided the other day I really REALLLLLY wanted something delightfully good….no wait…SINFULLY good! Then I got a little sad because I am really trying to stick with a clean and lean meal plan. AND THEN I got really excited because I remebered how awesome  Jamie Eason’s Lean Body for Her Protein Powder from Labrada Nutrition is and on top of that how great my protein pancakes are.

OH! the ups and downs we feel when we are working so hard towards a goal! DO NOT FEAR! I have you totally covered…in strawberry shortcake pancakes! YUM!!!

Started by grabbing my ingredients:

Jamie Eason’s Lean Body for Her Protein Powder Vanilla

Eggs

Plain Greek Yogurt

Natural Strawberry Jam

STRAWBERRIES!!!

Thats all you need!!!!

HOW TO:

I put one whole egg plus 3 additional whites in my blender first. Make sure you put the liquids in first or you may jam up your blender. Especially if its a “vintage” blender like mine.

Add one scoop of Vanilla Jamie Eason’s Lean Body for Her Protein Powder

Go ahead and give it a good BUZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

Great, all blended up.

Now I hope your pan/griddle what ever you use for pancakes is ready to go nice and hot. Take your mix and pour onto hot griddle.

Wait till the top has bubbled up and looks like its firming up and dry around the edges and flip. Wait an equal amount of time before taking out of pan.

PANCAKES ARE DONE!!! Now for the good stuff!

Take about 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt and mix in a tsp of natural strawberry jam. It really does not take much to get a great flavor in your yogurt.

Next slice up the strawberries, layer the yogurt mix and the berries, add another pancake and repeat. You can go as high as you want!

Finally on top make it pretty with a dollop of yogurt and a whole strawberry.

I actually put strawberries in one of my big pancakes and it was delicious!!!!

Go get your hands on some of Jamie Eason’s Lean Body for Her Protein Powder. I am in love with it!

September 7, 2014Permalink Leave a comment

AMRAP Bar review and GIVEAWAY……it should be AMBAP!

 

OH YES! I know the AMRAP means “As many rounds as possible” but these little packages of YUM should be eat “as many bars as possible” LOL they are seriously that good. All natural and packed full of goodness that will surely carry you through your work outs and beyond.

As a personal trainer and group fitness instructor a find like this is BIG!

WHY?!?! You ask?

Well you see, when I teach multiple classes I want to have enough energy to rock each one of them equally. I also want to fuel my body the best way I can with natural whole foods. Last but not least I just can not blow through Burpees, Kettlebell swings and box jumps on a fuller than full stomach. YUP. Going full blast with a packed tummy spells distaster…..tried it before and lets just say it was NOT a pretty ending…:P

Each one of the flavors I had the pleasure of trying was DELISH! Seriously I am in love with a bar that is nutritionally wonderful and also makes me feel like I am treating myself at the same time. My first bite I kinda felt like this……

 

So no worries! You won’t look like Augustus Gloop LOL but they are just so DARN GOOD!

Now if you have not by now decided you are going to try them out you can at least ENTER TO WIN!!!!

WHOOOO YA! We LOVE giveaways here at Better Believe Fit and AMRAP Nutrition is giving away a Variety Pack of 12 Bars to some lucky winner!

enter below :D

September 4, 2014Permalink Leave a comment