This peach oatmeal is so good it's wrong.
Colorado has some of the best peaches known to man and we decided to throw them in our oatmeal this week which was the best decision I've made in a long time.
We used coconut milk for the healthy brain fats and to keep the sugars lower (cows milk has 9 grams of carbs). Full-fat canned coconut milk also provides a creaminess you cant get from regular nut milks.
Ain't nobody got time for oatmeal that isn't creamy.
Best time to eat this meal: This is a perfect breakfast to have after a good strength workout as it refuels the body with the complex carbohydrates it will be needing. When you workout before consuming a higher carb meal, your body doesn't have the insulin spike it would otherwise.
+ 32 grams of net carbs
+ 7 grams of protein
+ 19 grams of fat (hey brain food and balanced hormones!)
You guys know I'd rather be on a trail any day than in the gym, but my workouts are what fuel the adventures I do in the outdoors.
My routines in the gym are usually short and intense and target every muscle in my body.
You can't just do more bicep curls and get strong arms, that's not how the body works.
If you want your whole body to be fit, you have to....(you guessed it) work your whole body as a unit.
The best form of movement to build lean muscle is strength training....lifting heavy stuff! I've never been stronger and faster in my life than since I started lifting weight 3 times per week.
-5 strict pullups (there are a million ways to modify a real pushups so get creative!)
-10 thrusters (used a barbell with 65 lbs of weight)
-500 meter row (I did mine in 2:15 each round; you could run or do another cardio movement instead)
-repeat 4 rounds
Are you working out but not seeing changes in your body or...
There is this idea out there that you need to be spending half of your paycheck at Whole Foods in order to eat nutritious food. That simply isn't true.
My theory is that most people skip the fresh food because they don't know what to do with it and it takes more time.
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What a lot of people don't factor in with food is that junk will eventually make your body sick. Whether that's joint pain, headaches, obesity, heart issues, depression, etc, you can only live on processed food for so long before you have to spend time, money and energy trying to solve those problems.
So, what are some budget-friendly foods we can get on our plates to keep our bodies running well?
Yes, broccoli is crowned the jewel of cruciferous veggies, but cabbage is also a highly nutritious cruciferous choice!
Cruciferous veggies are known to shrink the...
I get daily inquiries from women around the country interested in "getting healthy" and changing their habits. But more often than not, fear and doubt creep in whenever a person is deciding to change their life.
Change is hard, but Jennifer took the plunge, fears and all, and trusted the process I took her through over the past 2 years.
To lose 100 pounds is no small feat, but she is proof that with a daily plan, support and perseverance you can get do anything.
Two years ago, I started working with Rachel and living the Summit Fit lifestyle. I was at a point that I couldn’t walk my dogs. I could barely walk around the block. I napped all weekend. Doctors were asking if I had considered weight loss surgery. I was totally against that idea.
I had done a lot of fad diets, but knew that wasn’t the answer. I would lose weight, but gain it back when I stopped. I wanted to do it the right way…the healthy way.
When you stop making excuses and start thinking about the people + passions in your life, the purpose for getting healthy becomes so much clearer and relevant.
This is the case for my VIP + Academy client, Dana. An avid equestrian who knew that getting healthy was her key to living out her passions, she has been living the Summit Fit Lifestyle for 6 months now with astounding changes in her physical health.
Here's her story....
I’m not even sure how I found Summit Fit and Rachel Meyer. I think I was scrolling around on Facebook and one of her posts popped up in my feed.
Anyhow, I had a moment of brilliance and went to her website. I remember reading through it and thinking, “aaahhhh, now
this is different......and exciting.......and positive.......and powerful”. That was the beginning of my journey with Rachel and Summit Fit.
At 56, I had purchased a new, beautiful, fancy show horse and was preparing myself to get back into showing after a 6 year...
We had just gotten back from a day of hiking adventures and the boys were starving (per usual).
Especially in the summer, if my kids are hungry for a snack in the afternoon, I like to take that opportunity to get something nourishing into their bodies rather than just eating packaged food from the pantry.
Green smoothies (or any type of smoothie) are our go-to solution for this. There's no cooking, I can always mix it up and they love helping me make them.
I don't know if it's the bright green color that excites them or that they actually taste really good, but my little dudes get super excited about green smoothies.
For green smoothies, here's how we build ours:
1. Pick one or more greens
Swiss chard, spinach or kale work great!
2. Add 1-2 whole fruits that are naturally sweet!
Pineapple, pears, oranges, mango and banana work really great with the greens. We just throw the fruits in whole instead of using juice so...
As much as I love finding a good gluten-free pancake mix, there's something nostalgic about whipping up our very own batter of fluffy, divine pancakes.
Not only is it waaaay less expensive when it comes to gluten-free, it's usually superior in taste simply because of the love that went into it.
Am I right??
My boys enjoyed adding all of the ingredients, including cracking the eggs. Cooking is a fabulous way to teach your kids math as well as improve their fine motor skills.
Let's talk about how much protein + fiber these pancakes have. What this means to you is that you will stay full much longer and not have the "pancake crash" you normally get.
Protein: 25 grams total (about 5 grams per person); if you add 1 T peanut butter, that gives you an additional 4 grams)
Fiber: 29 grams (about 6 grams per person)
To further reduce getting the pancake sugar crash, we make a berry sauce for the top and omit syrup all together. I find this to be a heavenly addition to the top...
Hey buddy...you wanna help me pick some herbs to put on the potatoes we are cooking up?
*bounds abruptly out the door with glee*
My oldest has a keen interest in the garden.
Every morning he checks on the plants and runs to get me so I can look at them with him. He's eagerly anticipating picking from it all year and being in charge of fetching various veggies and herbs for me as I'm cooking.
I truly believe the best way to teach health to your kids is to involve them in the growing, preparing and cooking of food.
Before we picked the majoram for our potatoes, I had him smell and touch it so he could get a better sense of this amazing herb.
You can throw this herb onto pretty much any dish you like. We love it on eggs, salads, potatoes and radishes.
1. Heat a...
I'm sorry, but if a gluten-free cookie tastes like cardboard..it ain't a cookie.
They need to be chewy and soft in the middle with flavor that actually taste like a cookie.
Lastly, there can't be 2 thousand cups of sugar in them to where I'm tasting sugar crystals as I eat the cookie.
Oat flour is officially my new favorite thing on the planet.
I discovered it's amazing taste after finding the most delicious GF bread on the planet at our Natural Grocer's here in Denver, made by a company in Colorado Springs.
And yep, it's made with oat flour.
Never in my life would I have thought I would prefer a GF bread over a slice of the real stuff. But I do.
And now I'm doing as much experimenting as possible to see how many yummy things I can make with my new discovery.
Oat flour is not paleo....which is why you don't hear about it much. Almond and coconut flour kinda...
Here's the thing, I find parenting easier when I'm in the woods, so that's typically where you will find the boys and I during the summer.
My plan is to share with you the majority of the trails we visit this year so you also can branch out to some new places with your littles.
Anxiety, arguments, restlessness/boredom seem to calm down as we get out in nature.
I'm not sure if it's the fields of wild flowers, mud puddles, rocks to throw in rivers or endless piles of pine branches to make forts out of, but the behavioral challenges we face at home seem to lessen to a degree when we step outside.
Aside from that, as a functional exercise specialist, I want my kiddos to challenge their bodies in a variety of different ways, of which nature provides a perfect setting to do so.
Hanging from or climbing trees, balancing on logs, throwing giant rocks over their shoulders, climbing uneven terrain of fallen pine trees...
To keep a body functioning...
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