Tips for Getting into shape for summer!

Summer is just around the corner; and if you are anything like me, then you want to shed some unwanted pounds before “bikini” season hits. I have compiled a list of health and fitness tips from some of the best bloggers around. I hope you will find this list as useful as I have! =)

1.) How I lost 100 pounds and kept it off! 

5 secrets to weight loss with out exercise 

From – Grocery Shop for Free

lost 100 pounds

2.) Plank Roulette 

From-  The evolution of MOM 

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3.) Weight loss Apps 

From- Thrifty Jinxy 

4.) Real Food Weight Loss 

Losing Weight with Traditional Food

From- Our Small House 

Real-Food-and-Weight-Loss

 

5.) Easy Steps for a Healthier You

Staying on Track to a Healthy Lifestyle 

From – Just 2 Sisters 

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6.) Exercise for those who hate the gym, Breaking the Habit in 21 Days! 

From- Poems & Quotes Finder 

7.) How to reach your Families Health Fitness Goals 

8 Easy Ways to Walk More During the Day

10 Marathon Training Tips from a Running Coach

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8.) 5 Healthy Breakfast tips that will help you Lose Weight

5 benefits of Strength Training 

6 ways to Reduce food Cravings 

From- Momma of 3 Munchkins 

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9.) Awareness is the key to losing weight 

20 Tips to come out of Hibernation Mode #HMSpring 

From- Sweep Tight 

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10.) Shed unwanted lbs with these Apps 

From- How was your Day


11.) Exercises for couples- 9 ways to get in shape together 

4 Ways to Exercise with your Dog

From- Newlywed Survival 

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12.) 100 free fitness Apps

From- 2 kids and a coupon 

Healthy Banana Cookies

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These cookies are light and fluffy, they almost remind me of a muffin in texture. This recipe is a result of having 2 old banana’s and being too lazy to find a recipe. =P

 

* In this recipe you can use peanut butter or almond butter / flour or wheat flour

Healthy Banana Cookies 

Ingredients:

2 – ripe banana’s

1/4 – Cup almond butter OR peanut butter

1/2 – Tsp. Vanilla

1 – Egg

1 – Cup whole wheat flour OR  A.P Flour

1/2 – Tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 – Tbsp. sugar substitute ( splenda, truvia, is what I normally use)

2 – Tbsp. Dark Chocolate Chips

 

Directions: 

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

Place all ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl except dark chocolate chips. Mix well, then mix in dark chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoons full onto a cookie sheet that has been either greased or lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

 

 

Let me show you the difference between using a.p. flour & whole wheat flour

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And here is what the the finished cookie looks like when using whole wheat flour … YUMMY!

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16 Awesomely Delicious Low – Carb Recipe’s!

16 Low carb recipes round up
Now that the holidays are over and there are not cookies everywhere I look, it’s time to get into shape. I have found that I get the best results when I go low to no carb. So that being said, I have created a round up post of low carb recipes for you all, thanks to some amazing bloggers who have allowed me to share their recipes on my blog. I can’t wait to give these a try! =)

 

1.) Mini Sweet Pepper Tacos (click this link for recipe)

* From: Make the best of everything (click this link to visit blogs home page)

round up (low carb)

2.) Gluten free, Low – Carb Brownies   (Click this link for recipe)

     * From: Grocery shop for free ( Click this link to visit blogs homepage)

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3.) Low – Carb & Gluten free sweet potato bites ( Click link for recipe)

     * From: Peaceloveandlowcarb.com (Click this link to visit blogs homepage)

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4.) Ham and Eggs in a muffin tin (click link for recipe)

     * From: Simply Stacie (to visit blogs home page click here)

round up (low Carb) ham and eggs

5.) Oven Roasted Parmesan Green Beans (click link for recipe)

     * From: Ann’s Entitled Life ( to visit blogs homepage click here)

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 6.) Grandmas easy basil pesto (click link for recipe)

* From: Frugal Living Mom (to visit blogs homepage click here)

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7.) Grilled Butternut Squash & Peppers – A side, main dish, or meal! ( Click link for recipe )

     * From-  Farm Fresh Feasts ( Click link to visit blogs home page)

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8.) French Farmhouse Soup – (click link for recipe)

* From- Lavende and Lemonade – ( to visit blogs homepage click link)

low carb round up soup

9.) California Chopped Salad ( Click link for recipe)

* From – Brittany’s Pantry ( to visit blogs home page click link)

recipe round up _ chopped salad

10.) Zucchini noodles in pesto ( Click here for recipe)

* From: Vegetarian Gourmet  ( to visit blogs homepage click link)

recipe round up pesto and zucini

11.) No Oil Greek Salad ( Click link for recipe)

     * From: Frugal Living Mom (to visit blogs homepage click link)

no oil greek salad, recipe round up

12.) Meatballs without breadcrumbs gluten Free and Paleo (Click link for recipe)

     * From: Confessions of an overworked MOM ( to visit blogs homepage click here)

recipe round up, meatballs - conf. of an ow mom

13.) Parmesan Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage ( Click link for recipe)

* From: Two Healthy Kitchens ( to visit blogs home page click here)

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14.) Enchilada Chicken in the crock pot ( Click link for Recipe)

* From: Pepper Scraps ( To visit blogs homepage click link)

Enchalada recipe round up

15.) Parmesan Cauliflower “bread” sticks ( Click here for Recipe )

     * From: Saving Every Day ( to visit blogs homepage click here )

cualiflower bread sticks recipe round up

16.) Garlic, Lemon & Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ( Click here for recipe)

     * From: Thrifty DIY Diva ( To visit blogs home page click link)

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive commission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Garlic Chicken Burgers

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    Weighing in just under 400 calories I give you the Garlic Chicken burger! Makes 3 larger patties (if you are using something like Kaiser rolls) or 4 smaller patties (if you are using normal hamburger bun)

Ingredients:

1 pound ground chicken

1 Tbsp. mayo

1 Tbsp. fresh parsley

1/2 clove garlic clove minced

1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup cheddar cheese

Olive oil to drizzle in frying pan

Lettuce & tomato for topping

 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together except for the olive oil,lettuce, and tomato. Form into 4 patties, or 3 patties if using larger rolls. Next drizzle a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil,just about a table spoon. Turn stove onto a medium high heat wait a few minutes until pan is hot. Next cook burgers until cooked through. Cook about 15-20 minutes depending on your stove. It is very important to make sure they are cooked the whole way through… I usually cut one in half for a test to make sure it is cooked properly.

Next for the bread… I used a whole wheat roll and I put a mayo mixture on both sides drizzled my frying pan with a little more olive oil. and toasted them up.

Mayo mixture:

1/4 Cup mayo

1 tsp. fresh parsley

1/2 garlic clove minced pinch of pepper and salt

** If you like more mayo, double the recipe for the mayo mixture but this will affect calorie count.

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