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!

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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!

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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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Workout With Me! Workout Missions for Week of Jan 12th, plus What I’m Eating During the Week

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They’re baaack! It’s the daily workout missions all up in yo’ face. This week is filled with leg workouts dedicated to Caroline S. on Facebook. You asked for leg workouts, you got it, girlfriend.

  • Monday: Stair climbs without steps. Yup! 30 on each leg. Check back for Monday’s demo video on how to do this.
  • Tuesday: 3 rounds of ~ 20 sumo squat pulses + 5 pushups.
  • Wednesday: 3 rounds of ~ 25 kettlebell or dumbbell swings + 20 mountain climbers. Sweat it hard out!
  • Thursday: 3 rounds of ~ 5 slow, deep squats with challenging weight, then 10 second hold in deep squat.
  • Friday: 3 rounds of ~ 20 seconds high knee jog + 10 alternating reverse lunges

WHAT I TYPICALLY EAT DURING THE WEEK

Breakfast: I continue to do Intermittent Fasting on weekdays. This week marks my 1-year anniversary of IF! I gulp a Kombucha drink as soon as I wake up each morning and don’t eat any food until about 1pm.

Lunch: It’s important for my lunches to contain protein, greens and healthy carbs to support my fitness. Cajun-baked Tilapia with a baked sweet potato and veggies is my go-to lunch. Caesar salad with chicken breast is another lunchtime favorite, or a delicious bowl of stir fry veggies over a small portion of brown rice. When needed, everything is cooked using coconut or olive oil — no butter. I typically don’t deviate from these packed meals during the week because they are easy to make and downright delicious.

Snacks: I love to nosh on things like: Carrots with spicy black bean hummus, steamed broccoli, or a Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna Bar (omg, so good!)

Dinner: I’ve been eating a lot of salad lately. Two-a-day on salads (lunchtime & dinner) is becoming a common occurrence. The more salad it eat, the more I crave it. When I’m not eating salad I do family winter meals that warm the tummy, like homemade chili, grilled cheese with tomato soup, or a loaded baked potato — easy on the sour cream!

Have a great week and press on towards your goals. YOU are in control! Please leave a comment to let me know how you’re doing this week.

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With Makeup vs. Without, and Part Two of My 10 Best Tips for Weight Loss

Hmmm. I really-really-really prefer the pic on the left. I don’t wear makeup everyday. Sure, it has its place, but the Josie that makes me most happy is the pic on the left.  makeup comparison

Alrightie then! Here is Part 2 of my 10 Best Tips for Weight Loss. Check out Part 1 if you haven’t already.

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10 Best Tips for Weight Loss: how I lost over 40 pounds

Holla! This is a 2-part series sharing my 10 Best Tips that helped me lose over 40 pounds. Today I’m coming at ya with tips 1 through 5. Pay close attention to these tips for weight loss, especially if you’re a newbie just getting started on your fitness journey. But if you’re a weight loss veteran? I’m sure everyone would love to hear what tips YOU have to share. Lay ‘em on us in the comments!

You ready for Part Two? Check it out here!

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