I am a big believer in MEAL PREPPING! It is a total time and budget saver! I cook normally on a Sunday afternoon or Monday night creating healthy recipes that I can heat up during the week. My meal prep obsession has been: SOUPS! It is so easy to make a big pot of your favorite soup and place in containers to take to work. Make a pot of soup this week for a convenient, affordable, and healthy meal.
Since the temperatures are dropping, I researched some delicious recipes to warm you up during the cold winter months!
There is nothing like a hot bowl of yummy soup to brighten up the work day!
This veggie packed soup gives you all the nutrients your body needs in one bowl! With a pleather of veggies including carrots, zucchini, kale,green beans, you can bet this recipe will fill you up and keep you going throughout the day. Plus it is very low cal at only 225 calories per 1 3/4 cups. I can’t wait to make this one! See the full recipe here
Green curry vegetable soup is one of my favorites! I can’t wait to try to make this at home. Combine spinach, grated carrot, and chicken broth for a delightful warm meal. Adding the Thai Curry sauce kicks it up a notch for a metabolic burn! I recommend adding a protein source like chicken or tofu. Try this recipe
Roasted cauliflower and potato curry soup is a hearty soup to try. And if your lactose intolerant like me, you’ll love this recipe is dairy free! Coriander, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, jalapeño, lime, and garlic add a ton of flavor to this soup.
Happy Giving Tuesday!!!! Here is my tip for giving back today: Reduce stress and build muscle faster by exercising outside!
Holidays can be a crazy time for us all, so lets make it less stressful with this 20 minute workout…
With our busy lifestyles, finding time to workout can be difficult. Now add the holiday parties and annual get-togethers, and we tend to put your exercise last. For some people, driving to the gym can be longer than the actual workout! If you are like me and finding time to workout has been tough, then set aside 20 minutes for some toning.
If you can’t make it to the gym, then you’ll love this workout! In fact, doing outdoor full-body workouts are more effective especially in a time crunch. The fresh air generates a larger hormonal response increasing your body ability to build muscle faster. Did you know being outdoors also has amazing stress-reducing benefits such as the natural sunlight and being surrounded by nature.
Try this workout in the morning, at lunchtime or after work:
Its only 20 minutes! You can do it! Make a habit, find a routine…. ready, set, GO!
Warmup: 1 minute: kick up legs and reach for toes (straight legs)
Run/walk in place. 30 Sec
Jumping Jacks. 30 Sec
Pushups. 30 Sec
Step Ups. Right Leg 30 Sec
Step Ups. Left Leg 30 Sec
Front Kicks. 30 Sec (Heel flexed kick straight leg toward front)
Burpees. 30 Sec
Plank 30 Sec.
Crunches. 30 Sec
Squat/Jump Squat. 30 Sec
Dips on a bench/floor/ stair. 30 Sec.
Lunge back alternating legs. 30 Sec.
Repeat steps 1-12 for a total of 3 rounds. (18 minutes) Add a minute cool down marching in place and your 20 minutes is up!!!
Leave me a comment if you tried this total body workout! Let me know what you think! Try to do this 3-4 times a week. For more advanced clients add a mile run in before and after the workout. Enjoy! Happy POST THANKSGIVING!
My last gym family happy hour was bittersweet! I was happy to give one last 4:30pm killer workout but sad to say good bye to my gym family.
It has been a week since I said, “See ya later,” to my studio. (I don’t like goodbye, so see ya later.) It was weird waking up Monday morning and not going to the gym. I woke up at 4:17am anyway! I thought of the girls getting up to go to my 5am bootcamp and (not going to lie) I smiled and fell back to sleep. I woke up at 7am rested and ready to go. I did a fantastic total body workout in the home gym I created in the basement.
If you missed a workout, slept in late, got snowed in, or want an extra workout, then you should definitely try this! I did 10 sets of each round:
10 TRX Rows (Or use a band and tie around a post for close grip rows)
10 Weighted Squats (Or try Jump Squats)
Repeat steps 1-4 for a total of 10 rounds! I also warmed up with a mile run and finished with a mile run. Challenge yourself and see how many rounds you can do! Comment below if you completed it! Try to complete more then 10 rounds!
It has been a fantastic 5 years operating my own fitness studio, Couture Fitness. After getting married in Marco Island to the love of my life (see photos on my Pintrest here) and moving our fam to New York, I would like the opportunity to give back to my gym family by writing this blog and continuing to share my passion for fitness with you all.
Moving gym spaces 4 times in 5 years, I have had the opportunity to workout with some incredible rockstars! Not everyone can wakeup and do burpees at 5am, wear mermaid costumes in freezing temperatures, kickbox 9 months pregnant, or send pictures of squats every hour on the hour, all for the love of fitness! I am proud to say I have had some really amazing clients who I have had the joy of training for the past 5 years. I am so thankful for their loyalty to me and to my brand Couture Fitness.
Leaving the studio is bittersweet. With my degree in Public Relations and 13 years of personal training experience, I thought starting a blog would be something I was good at. (I guess we’ll see.) I also started training in corporate fitness. I work train one on one and teach group fitness classes to employees of big corporations.
BUT REALLY why I started blogging: I want to be able to help people further than just in the studio. Let’s face it… you cannot possibly expect me to help you get those 6-pack abs in 4 weeks simply by just spending 1 hour once a week with me in the gym. I WISH! But if it were easy, everyone would be doing it… Right?
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