Weekend Newsflash: Food Shame at School, It Happened To My kid. Plus, Body Transformation Inspiration.

FOOD SHAME. MY DAUGHTER WAS THE TARGET.

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Just look at her. Gracie (aka, Greedy Baby) is growing up fast. We took this pic after one of her All Star cheer competitions. I am instilling into the child that she is an athlete and must be certain to make good food choices. Little did I know, she actually listened to my guidance and began buying salads for lunch everyday, and encouraged her friend to do the same.

Gracie was the target of food shame because of salad. Some of her Kindergarten classmates teased her for choosing salads at lunchtime. Apparently it’s a “stupid and disgusting” meal, according to her peers.  Good thing she doesn’t cave to pressure.

Her reaction? “Mommy, the kids at school don’t understand that I’m an athlete. I’m going to keep buying my salads”.

I’m so proud of this little bug. She also eats salad and a healthy a protein after each practice. It’s what she asks for.

Ps. Greedy Baby now has her very own website called GracieGlitter.com I’m still in the process of making her blog extra fab, but the site is live. This is Gracie’s space to blog and share the fun things happening in her life. If you have young daughters who you think might enjoy Gracie’s blog, go on and check it out!

BODY TRANSFORMATION INSPIRATION

I came across this pic on the interwebs. This chick has done a fantastic job at transforming her body. Be inspired, my friends. Be inspired into action.

estelle archer

Next Week on Yum Yucky

I’m coming at ya with the Armageddon Upper Body Burn Workout vid on Monday, plus the 2nd chapter of Hey Girl will be published! If you haven’t read the first chapter yet, click here to get started. Next week on Yum Yucky is gonna be all kinds of awesome. Smoooches! XO!

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Knockoff! Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Recipe

olive garden chicken gnocchi soup

This is a real belly-pleaser. I promise. It only takes about 30 minutes to make a large pot that serves about 7-8 hungry beasts.

I’m just gonna go ahead and say it — my version of Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Recipe is better than going to the restaurant to grab a bowl. This is the my 4th winter of cooking up this bowl of deliciousness, and the whole family loves it. My adaption is “souped-up” by the addition of more thyme and the introduction of rosemary to the recipe.

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups chicken stock, or use Herb Ox bullion packets to create the broth — no MSG!
  • 3 cups light cream
  • 4 cooked chicken breasts, cubed or pulled into small pieces. I boiled my breasts in broth. Just sayin’.
  • 1 to 1.5 packages gnocchi (in the pasta aisle)
  • 1.5 cups raw spinach
  • 4-5 dashes of thyme
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • sprinklings of pepper

NOW LET’S GET ‘TA COOKING!

  1. Prepare cooked breasts and set aside. If you boiled your breasts, you may be able to use some of the left over broth for the soup.
  2. Add broth and light cream to large pot.
  3. Slowly add thyme, rosemary and pepper to taste. If using dried rosemary, smash it into smaller pieces with your fingers before throwing into the pot. Allow spices to marinate with a slow simmer for approx 15 minutes.
  4. Adjust the texture of the soup by adding more broth or cream depending on desired consistency. Broth will make it lighter, cream will make it thicker.
  5. Add gnocchi and continue cooking for approximately 10 minutes. You can opt for the mini gnocchi I used, as pictured, or use the standard size gnocchi.
  6. While the gnocchi cooks, cut fresh spinach into small pieces and add to the pot.
  7. Add your cooked chicken to the pot last.
  8. Now SLURP

olive garden chicken gnocchi recipe

There was actually an argument in my house about who was going to get the last bowl. If you desire increased arguments and soup-factions to rise up in your home, go ahead and make this soup immediately.

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Weekend News Flash: Food For Flat Abs Episode 1, and Recipes For This Weekend!

Welcome to Episode 1 of Food For Flat Abs! If you like the video, please comment here and/or on my Youtube channel to let me know to keep this series coming. Enjoy!

CHECK OUT THESE TASTY RECIPES

  • If anyone’s up for it, this Vegan Chocolate Cake looks sooo dang delicious. Sadly I’m too lazy to round up the food substitutions to keep this one pure vegan.
  • The 15-Minute Frittata from Fairy Burger is a thang of true beauty. I’m planning it for Saturday. ((burp))

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Next Week on Yum Yucky

I happen to make the tastiest knockoff bowl of Olive Garden’s Chicken & Gnocchi Soup. My family loves it, and now I’m gonna share it with YOU. Next week will also debut the first full workout video here on Yum Yucky, so load those armpits with deodorant and get for an epic session of fat burning!

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Greedy Recipe! Healthy Grilled Cheese Sammich with a secret ingredient

Nope. You do NOT have to banish grilled cheese from your stomach to lose weight. This healthy grilled cheese has a spin that makes it even tastier than the traditional recipe. And it comes with a secret ingredient that I’m about to reveal!

click on image to enlarge the delicious morsels

healthy grilled cheese

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS

  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • 2 slices cheese
  • 2-3 tomato slices
  • 6 baby spinach leaves (approximate)
  • salt & pepper
  • secret ingredient! 1-2 tsp coconut oil (instead of butter)

DELICIOUS DIRECTIONS

  1. Quickly heat tomato slices & spinach on low heat to slightly warm tomatoes and wilt the spinach. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Construct unheated sammich with bread by placing the tomatoes and spinach between the cheese slices.
  3. Melt coconut oil in pan until hot, then place constructed sammich into pan. Heat until golden brown.
  4. Add more coconut oil to pan before cooking other side of sammich.
  5. The sammich may cook faster with coconut oil compared to using butter. Watch your temperature and cooking time closely!
  6. Now CHEW

The coconut oil makes this a high level, posh sammich that is way better than using butter, so don’t be afraid to try it. I’ve noshed on many different brands of coconut oil. My taste buds have decided that Nutiva Coconut Oil is the best. But don’t get too caught up in brands. Just start enjoy coconut oil right away!

nutiva coconut oil

Just like everything in life, excess is not good for you. Grilled cheese is one of those things I recommend you enjoy no more than 1-2 times per month. Now go whip up some cheesy sammiches — one for you and two for me.

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Workout With Me: Fitness Missions for Week of Jan 19th, plus a pic of me & my mom!

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Awww yeah! Come bask in your daily fitness missions for this week. Didn’t plan on moving your body? Well at least DO THIS.

  • Monday: 2 rounds of 10 alternating triceps kickbacks with challenging weight  + 5 tricep pushups
  • Tuesday: 10 second plank hold + 2 pushups. Repeat the circuit until failure.
  • Wednesday: 10 alternating side kick-through burpees ~ see the demo vid below
  • Thursday: Squat, front kick left. Squat, front kick right. 10 reps total.
  • Friday: 30 alternating front punches with light weight (3-5 lbs). Keep body & core stable in wide, bent knee sumo position as you punch it out.

MEAL PLANNING HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK

  • Homemade waffles with a side of bacon slices. It’s breakfast for dinner!
  • Chicken Parm Sammiches ~ chicken breast is breaded then baked, not fried.
  • Kick-Azz Power Sammich

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My mom came to visit us this past week. Here’s a pic of us a dinner! And in case you’re wondering, I had chicken breast with roasted veggies and a few sips of wine. BOOM!

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Have a fabulous week! Work hard. Sweat hard. Make this a week of no regrets.

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Easy Curried Spinach with Tomatoes & Basil

Oh yesss. Easy Curried Spinach is flat abs friendly and wildly delicious as a side dish. It takes less than 5 minutes to make. You ready to whip this thang up?

curried spinach

GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS

  • 1 extra-large handful fresh spinach
  • 3-4 basil leaves, chopped into large pieces
  • 1 small tomato cut into large chunks, or handful of halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 heaping tsp coconut oil for sauteeing
  • sprinklings of curry powder
  • salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste

“SO DANG EASY” DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt coconut oil in heated pan, then add tomatoes, spinach and basil until wilted.
  2. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic power & curry to your liking. Be careful to add the seasoning slowly and taste as go.
  3. Brace yourself for the deliciousness and be amazed.

I actually ate this for breaking last weekend instead of chowing down on bacon and waffles. And look! Yesterday for lunch I broke my daily fast with a plate of curried spinach, baked sweet potato & egg scramble. It was gurrrd.

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Including curry in your diet protects against cancer and Alzheimer’s. Check out all the health benefits of curry and enjoy your meal!

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