21 Day Fix: Layered Dill Dip

Summer, summer, summertime! Don’t offer your party guests a plastic tub of chip dip and a tablespoon. No one wants to scoop a lame little tablespoon of dip onto their plate. No one. Give them what they want! Fill ‘er up! :)

Make a batch of margarita glasses for guests to grab and go. Mix and match your layers for different flavors, too.  Try fresh summer corn, black beans, salsa or guacamole.

Layered Dill Dip
Serves 1
Summer, summer, summertime! Don't offer your party guests a plastic tub of chip dip and a tablespoon. No one wants to scoop a lame little tablespoon of dip onto their plate. No one. Give them what they want! Fill 'er up!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 c plain Greek yogurt
  2. 1/4 t garlic powder
  3. 1/4 t onion powder
  4. 1/4 t dill
  5. 1/4 t pink salt
  6. pinch of black pepper
  7. 1 small tomato, diced
  8. 2 small snack cucumbers, peeled and diced
  9. 2 T cheddar cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Combine all seasonings with Greek yogurt.
  2. Layer yogurt, tomatoes and cucumbers in serving dish.
  3. Garnish with cheese.
  4. Serve with chips or fresh veggies.
  5. Put in your belly.
21 Day Fix
  1. 1 red, 1 green, 1/2 blue
Great tip
  1. Make a batch of margarita glasses for guests to grab and go. Mix and match your layers for different flavors, too. Need 21 Day Fix chips? Check out this recipe.
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Tell the Mailman

Remember the day your baby took his (or her) VERY first step? Remember how you got a video of it on your phone? Then you put it on Facebook. Then you showed your mom. Then you showed your mailman [and he thought you were crazy, but you didn’t give a shit because you were SO happy and everyone needed to know it!]. You probably even shared it again 1 year later when Facebook reminded you of the memory.

The next day, your baby took FOUR baby steps and you were even more excited! You cheered. You called everyone into the room to see. Again with the video, of course. And the mailman had to hear about it again.

So why is it that YOU are making amazing baby steps RIGHT NOW, but you are not cheering and giving yourself all the credit you deserve?

“I ONLY lost x pounds…”
“I ONLY did 15 minutes…”
“I DIDN’T make it through the full workout…”
“I COULDN’T…”

BLAH BLAH BLAH. STOP IT.

Imagine if, when your baby took his first step, you just looked him in the eye and said, “Eh, you ONLY took one step. Cool story.” and then you walked away from him. How defeated would that little fella feel? Do you think he would be encouraged to keep going?

Don’t become complacent to your achievements. Celebrate every single one of them. And go on, tell the mailman those, too. He already thinks you’re a nutball, so might as well keep the vision alive. 😉

Tell the Mailman - From Forks to Fitness : Jean Reed

88 cents

88 Cents : From Forks To Fitness

Real talk. If you don’t want to get all emo with me, just keep on scrolling. I’m having a moment.

My Beachbody paycheck for next week is $0.88 more than my paycheck from my full-time job of 9 years (11 years, if you count the years of volunteer work before being hired!). 88 cents seems so little in my hand here, but it’s so much to us.

I’ve worked that job for more hours than I could even calculate. I worked that job from my laptop when I was in labor with both boys. I’ve continued to work that job even though we’ve been on a wage freeze for years. I’ve lost tears and sleep to that job. It’s been my job and it’s provided for us. For that, I am thankful.

But this is 88 cents closer to retiring my husband and bringing him home. It’s 88 cents closer to achieving some of our biggest goals. It’s 88 cents closer to the life we’ve chosen to DESIGN for ourselves now. It’s 88 cents of control WE have back in our lives.

And that whole paycheck? That check is going to deposit the day before we leave for an all-inclusive [earned!] free cruise from Beachbody next week. A week of family time in the middle of sunny nowhere. Bring it on.

I work this business part-time, truly changing lives of others for the better and brought to you from the comfiest chair in my warm house.

Do whatever makes you happy. Do whatever pushes you toward YOUR goals in life. And by all means, take a damn chance. Stop whining and wishing, and just do something about it.

“Nothing changes, if nothing changes.”

[Gotta keep my friends in legal happy since they don’t accept gifts of homemade cookies — “Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings located in the Coach Online Office for the most recent information on our Coaches’ actual incomes.”] #thanksbeachbody

21 Day Fix: Super Bowl 50 Snack Round-Up

Feeding a team of friends for Super Bowl 50?  Use this Super Bowl 50 menu to give you some foodie inspiration!  Check out each of the full recipes below.

21 Day Fix: Super Bowl Snacks - From Forks to Fitness

RECIPE INDEX:

  • Whip up a variety of Cold Veggie Pizzas for your guests.  Cut them into bite-size pieces and place them on flattened cupcake wrappers for easy grab-and-go snacks to get the party started.
  • What more is there to say?  Make Peanut Butter Cookies.  Be the host/hostess with the mostest.  Smile because everyone is happy.  Send me a thank you card.
  • Make a large bowl of Honey & Cinnamon Chickpeas to provide a sweet crunch to your party!
  • Grain-free Pumpkin Bars that eat like brownies.  Perhaps set these aside, so you can have them all to yourself.
  • Bacon and cheddar and yum, oh my!  Bacon Cheddar Poppers are a crowd-pleaser (these are on hubby’s personal favorite list!).
  • Throw out a platter of Turkey Pinwheels and step away before they nip your fingers in the stampede.
  • Traditional hummus is packed with oil.  This version is lighter and leaves room in your tummy for other healthy fats (such as peanut butter cookies!).
  • Make this Baked Cheesy Buffalo Dip as spicy or as mild as you like.  Running low on time?  It’s great simply mixed and served cold as well.  Don’t forget to provide LOTS of chips and veggies for dipping! 

Enjoy the game!

From Forks To Fitness : Super Bowl 50 Snacks

21 Day Fix: Cherry Almond Frozen Yogurt

If you’re looking for a sweet treat that won’t break the bank (or your leggings), here’s your new best friend.  This cherry almond frozen yogurt is tangy and oh-so-satisfying.

Cherry Almond Frozen Yogurt
Serves 1
If you're looking for a sweet treat that won't break the bank (or your leggings), here's your new best friend. This cherry almond frozen yogurt is tangy and oh-so-satisfying.
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 c plain Greek yogurt
  2. 1 c frozen dark cherries, pitted (reserve 3 or 4 berries)
  3. Sprinkle of almonds (mine are blanched slivers)
  4. 1/2 t almond extract
  5. 2 t honey
Instructions
  1. In blender, combine yogurt, cherries, almond extract and honey until smooth. Don't forget to reserve a few berries.
  2. Pour into a small container to freeze.
  3. After 30 minutes, when it's starting to thicken and set, chop remaining berries.
  4. Gently fold berries and almonds into mixture.
  5. Freeze until set to desired consistency. Mine was frozen for one hour, in total, for the consistency in the photo (just beyond soft serve).
21 Day Fix
  1. 1 purple, 1 red, sprinkle of blue
Great Tip
  1. I don't like my frozen yogurt super sweet, so taste it before you freeze it. If you find it too bitter, just add more honey or even stevia. You could also sprinkle it with raw sugar before serving, if you're a fan of sprinkles. ;)
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25 Days of Fitness

This was such a blast year, I decided to make it an annual event! :-)  The Facebook group starts December 1, so join now!  It’s open to everyone, so grab a friend, coworker, spouse or your favorite elf and hop in.

25 Days of Fitness with Jean Reed - From Forks To Fitness

Your challenge:
1. Get your motivation ready!
2. Print the 25 Days of Fitness calendar. The “fit to page” option on your printer will work best for this. The printable is located here.
3. Display it so you see it DAILY! Tape it to your bathroom mirror, your fridge, your closet door, your desk, etc.
4. For each of the 25 days, GET MOVING. Do at least 10 – 20 minutes of dedicated exercise each day.
5. For each day you complete, give yourself a high five.  Checkmark or sticker each day of the month you complete.
6. Congratulate yourself for staying active through the holidays!

Want even MORE motivation and accountability?  Join the 25 Days of Fitness Facebook group ASAP.  Join here http://tinyurl.com/25DaysOfAwesome

Each day you’ll be assigned a specific fitness challenge.  Stay active in the group.  The more active you are, the more likely you are to be hit by the prize patrol!  At the end of the month, those that post photos of their completed calendars will be entered into a prize drawing, too!

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Holiday Sale

Eep, the word is out!  TODAY starts the annual holiday sale.  This year, over 25 items are included.  Everything from apparel to supplements to fitness programs.

Here is a handful of my personal recommendations this year.  I think these are the best value and some of the hottest programs included in the sale!  To check out all of the available sale items, head over to the holiday shop.

From Forks To Fitness Holiday Sale

Happy shopping!  I knocked out a HUGE chunk of my holiday list last year with this sale.  Hip Hop Abs proved to be a well-received gift for friends!

Thanksgiving Craft: Fruit Kabob Turkey!

This is a great idea for the kiddos on Thanksgiving afternoon.  Cover the table with kraft paper, bowls of fruit, sliced veggies and skewers. Let them go to town on decorating their own turkey. Use their finished creation as a centerpiece for the dinner table. They’ll be so proud to see you display their masterpiece!
 
Make sure to snap a photo of them with their finished turkey, too. It will be fun to do this each year as a Thanksgiving tradition.
 
Thanksgiving Crafting:  Fruit Kabob Turkey | From Forks to Fitness

21 Day Fix: Maple Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats

I don’t know what’s so satisfying about cinnamon rolls, but I won’t deny them.  This is a very filling recipe that can easily be split into two servings.

Want to get really crazy? Add chopped pecans to the mix.

Maple Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats
Serves 1
Mix it up tonight and eat it tomorrow! Enjoy this maple cinnamon roll oatmeal cold as a grab 'n go breakfast.
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Prep Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c rolled (old fashioned) oats, raw
  2. 4 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  3. 1/4 c + 2 T plain yogurt (aka half 21 Day Fix red container)
  4. 2 t maple syrup (3 t, if you have a sweet tooth)
  5. 1 1/2 t cinnamon
  6. 1/2 t vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a jar (or any container with lid).
  2. Secure lid and shake until full combined.
  3. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Enjoy cold!
21 Day Fix
  1. 2 yellow, 1/4 yellow beverage exchange (free according to Autumn), 1/2 red
Great Tips
  1. This is a very filling recipe that can easily be split into two servings. Want to get really crazy? Add chopped pecans to the mix. :)
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