Saturday, July 25

MAKE // No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Shakeology Cookies

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If you are like me, sometimes you just need something dessert-like. Or maybe you're a mom (like me) and you want to be able to have some bite sized treats on hand that aren't just full of chemicals and sugar and preservatives for your littles. Or maybe you just like chocolate. Whatevs. 

No judgement zone here.  These are your lifesaver! 

Today I tried my hand at these no-bake power protein cookies. It's a recipe that came with my Vegan Chocolate Shakeology but the original recipe included oats and I don't eat those so I decided to test out a different version of this recipe that is oat free! And oh my goodness you guys.

These cookies take less than 5 minutes to make, are full of protein and superfoods and have hidden veggies because of the shakeology. They have no gluten and very very little grains, and are refined sugar free. You could sub out the peanut butter for a different nut butter if you have an allergy too! 

INGREDIENTS:
➳ 1/2 c. almond flour
➳ 1/2 c. peanut butter
➳ 1/2 c. vegan chocolate shakeology
honey (a few tbs) to bind everything together

PREP:
1. measure everything out and put it all in 1 bowl
2. using a spoon mash all the ingredients together until they bind and form clumps
3. use your hands to make sure everything is mixed well
4. roll bite sized balls of dough and use a fork to smoosh a cross-hatch design on top
5. put them on a plate and chill until cold


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What are some of the veggies and superfoods hiding in these bad boys? Here's just a few...

Chia, Camu Camu, Goji Berry, Spinach, Kale, Moringa, Maca, Tulsi, Bilberry, Blueberry, Spirulina, Chlorella, Pomegranate (and more!)

PS. If you are thinking of trying Shakeology, and you are ready to go before the end of July, you can actually get the entire 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme or brand new CIZE workout program for just $10 more when you buy Shakeology and one of those programs bundled in a challenge pack. You'll also get some extra goodies like a month's access to streaming workouts and access into my August challenge group. Crazy good deal right? Snag yours here then email me and let me know you want me to save you a spot for August! I'll share all my favorite Shakeology recipes with you! xo.

Friday, July 24

A Letter To Myself...

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Dear 2013 Becka,

I see you.

I know you think that no one does. I see your hurt and your constant struggle to re-gain some sort of recognizable parts of yourself. I see you grasp at anything hoping this will help you out of your hole and I watch the ropes snap off in your hands leaving you without hope for any escape. 

I see your facade and the way you carry on. I see your exhaustion battling a disease you barely understand causing damage you don't realize you are causing. I see your struggle.

I know you are afraid. I know you think that your future is set. But I'm here to tell you that INCREDIBLE things are on your horizon. Hold on just 1 more month! Because next month you are going to be presented with something that will change the trajectory of your life. And be brave Becka, because you're going to have to scrounge up all those last embers of faith you might have to decide to give this new lifestyle and opportunity your all.

When it comes, you are going to have to make a decision. A decision to try ONE LAST TIME or to let it pass you by. Decide to try! Find a way to make it work. And show up every day with the best effort you can. Don't worry, you'll get better. And stronger. And every day you'll be getting closer and closer to me! I'm calling out to you from the other side of the tunnel. There's light here! Just walk towards my voice!

Get ready old friend, your world is about to be lit on FIRE! Hold onto hope. I'll see you on the other side!

PS. Ditch the bangs love, they were a bad decision.

Love,
2015 Becka

Tuesday, July 21

The New Shakeology Boosts and How To Get Them For Yourself!

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Okay so you may have seen me posting about these on Instagram and maybe you saw my video of when I tried these for the first time but I had to write a quick blog post to tell you about them specifically because I am so bonkers excited about them and I want to give you all the info in one easy place so you can learn more and try these yourself if you want to!

First of all, these Boosts were top secret! We had no idea they were going to surprise us with this release. It was so exciting to find out because this is such a fantastic tool for individuals to tweak their Shakeology to fit their daily needs even more!!!!

You guys know I love Shakeology and have been using it every day for nearly two years now to help me with my weight loss and nutrition goals. So I'm such a fangirl and am so excited to add these boosts in on days when I need a little extra.
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You might ask, why do we even need these if Shakeology already has this stuff in it? Well, like anything, you can't make everyone 100% happy all the time. So a balance has to be struck in Shakeology so that it has a great combination of ingredients across the board. But maybe you need a little extra energy one day or a little extra fiber another or maybe you haven't been eating as many veggies and you wanna get in some extra... that's where these come in!

There are three new boosts:
1. Focused Energy
2. Digestive Health
3. Power Greens
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Focused Energy Boost is for you if you need a gentle but effective boost of energy. Not as intense as an energy drink or pre-workout, but a more steady focus throughout your day. This is a great option if you find yourself reaching for a late afternoon coffee or sugary snack to perk you up. But with this bad boy you don't crash the way you do after those other less nutritious options.

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Digestive Health Boost is full of fiber. Both soluble and insoluble so it helps to fill you up AND to keep everything... ahem... moving right along. Most of us get less than half the amount of fiber we should in a day which is why a lot of us deal with tummy troubles, gas, bloating, and feeling snacky all day long. If you add a scoop of this to your shake you'll fulfill over 50% of your daily recommended fiber needs, just in that one serving. Boom.

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Power Greens Boost is an incredible way to get in a bunch of nutrient dense veggies while still supporting the acid/alkaline balance in your body (so important!). One scoop is like eating 2/3 c. leafy greens, 1/3 c. cucumber and 1/3 of a large celery stalk. A great little boost if you have a hard time getting in your veggies. Yes, it's always best to eat the fresh stuff, but most people don't. So if you struggle with veggies, or you live your life on the go with only fast food options, pack some of this and treat your body with the greens it craves.

In a recent Test Group survey*, here's how the boosts stacked up...
Focused Energy Boost users:
81% felt it helped improve their mental alertness
78% felt more focused throughout the day
76% felt it helped reduce their caffeine consumption
72% felt less fatigued throughout the day

Power Greens Boost users:
97% believe this product is an effective way to help stay on track with their health + fitness goals
96% said it helped them meet their daily requirements of vegetables
75% improved their diet
72% felt healthier

Digestive Health Boost users:
91% felt more full/satiated for an average of 2.9 hours
88% felt it helped improve their regularity
83% felt or looked less bloated
81% felt it helped them reduce their junk-food cravings
78% reported improved digestion

* info on test group available here
Lastly, while I was in Nashville, before these even launched to the public I got my hands on them and tried them for the first time. Here's my live review and trial of Focused Energy if you want to watch!

Saturday, July 4

Can You Really Be Successful As A Beachbody Coach?

Happy 4th of July! It's a perfect time to share this post because today is all about freedom and this post is all about freedom so happy birthday America! Land of the free and the brave and a place I'm thankful to live in because I'm allowed to pursue living out my freedom intentionally every single day!

mybbsuccessstory Although a few years ago I didn't feel free at all. I felt completely trapped. I felt trapped in a body I didn't understand or identify with. One that felt unnatural to me and that I constantly wanted to shrink inside of. I felt trapped financially. Unable to commit to more work hours just because of time but unable to increase our income because we couldn't take on more work. After having our first child we felt the weight of responsibility of providing for all the needs that might come and as money went right back out the door on medical bills and baby needs we felt like were just treading water.

In less than 2 years my world has completely changed. 70 pounds lighter. Having built a solid 6 figure income from my phone and laptop. A job that truly gives me freedom to be with my family and friends and to travel wherever I want to without worrying about time off or missing out. Healing from the disease that was causing so much trouble in my body (without medication!!!!), plugged in and connected with an incredible community of support and friendship, growing as a leader and in my own self confidence every day.... And here's the craziest part- this isn't a before and after. It's a before and NOW. Because my story is still in progress! Things are only getting better and better and I'm so thankful that I was bold enough to jump two years ago when something inside me urged me to give it a try.

Was I skeptical? Of course. Was I worried I'd fail? Of course. I was crippled by insecurity and self doubt. Already working multiple jobs and stretched thin. I didn't feel like I could take anything else on. But where there's a will, there's a way! When you want something bad enough, like I wanted a way out from my situation, you find a way to make it work.

I'm looking for people who are FED UP with feeling frazzled, like they work and work and get no where... both in their own health journey and in their work-life. I want to help you get plugged in with our team and personally mentor you to learn how to turn your own fitness journey into an inspiring career helping others! No matter what your story is (big weight loss, tiny weight loss, love of nutrition, knowing nothing of nutrition, love to workout, hate to workout) there's room for you to inspire others who are like you!

Fill out this application

... and I'll reach out to you to talk to you about this and get you started! I want to get you started right away because later this month is our annual convention where Beachbody launches a bunch of new products and I want to help you learn the ropes now so you can capitalize on all the amazing momentum coming our way later this month!!!

PS. This mentorship is only open to people who are not currently coaches or not currently working with other coaches. Don't wanna be stepping on others' toes. Thanks!

*Beachbody® does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Beachbody Coach Business Opportunity. Each Coach's income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See the Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on Coaches' incomes.

Friday, July 3

MAKE // 25 Handpicked Healthy 4th of July Recipes!

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So much to be thankful for this 4th of July! I get asked a lot how I stay on track during celebratory times and to be honest, the 21 Day Fix plan really teaches you how to eat so that you can survive social events and celebrations without totally un-doing all your progress and I love that. So do I enjoy myself? Yes. But my secret? I always bring something that I know I'll be able to eat so that not only am I giving myself a snack that I know is good but I'm also adding a healthy dish to the party so others can enjoy too! I was looking online for some great recipe ideas for myself (since we're going to a lakeside celebration tomorrow) and I found so many incredible ideas I wanted to share with you! Most of these are super simple to make! I hope you're inspired to have a healthy holiday weekend!

appetizers 1. BLUEBERRY, STRAWBERRY & JIMICA SALSA
2. LAST MINUTE RED, WHITE, & BLUE SUMMER SALAD (so quick and easy!)
3. WATERMELON & BLUEBERRY "SPARKLERS"
4. BACON-WRAPPED SWEET POTATO BITES
5. HEALTHY FRUIT & PRETZEL FLAG APPETIZER (show-stopper!)

fruit 6. CHOCOLATE BANANA POPS (keep in the freezer until you serve them)
7. MANGO DIPPED SPARKLERS
8. RED, WHITE AND CHOCOLATE DIPPED STRAWBERRIES 
9.  CLEAN EATING WATERMELON "CAKE" (centerpiece worthy!)
10.  WHITE CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY BITES (kids can help you make these)

impress 11. DIY GUMMY STARS (great for little party patrons!)
12. 100 CALORIE CHEESECAKE BITES
13.  RED, WHITE & BLUE HONEY YOGURT POPS  (great alternative for kids!)
14. TRIPLE BERRY CHIA PUDDING PARFAITS

gfpaleo 15. CHOCOLATE BANANA SHAKEOLOGY PIE (this can easily be made gluten free!)
16. GLUTEN FREE BERRY & GRANOLA CUPS
17. PALEO LEMON FRUIT TART
18. PALEO STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES
19. AVOCADO WATERMELON BITES (impress your neighbors)

entrees 20. AIP SALTED CARAMEL ICE CREAM (omg!)
21. CHIPOTLE LIME CAULIFLOWER STEAKS
22. LIME, AVOCADO & SHRIMP SALAD
23. 3 INGREDIENT GRILLED CHICKEN (put it on skewers for easy party noshing)
24. SPICY CHICKEN WITH GRILLED LIME
25. BALSAMIC BEEF 7 FIG KABOBS (yes, seriously)
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