Wednesday, March 18

MAKE // Paleo Salted Almond Dark Chocolate Truffles


While I'm done with my first round of the 21 Day Fix (finished it right before we left for the cruise, review forthcoming!) I'm still using the principles to help me eat in balance and moderation. But I am having fun having some extra treats that weren't necessarily 21 Day Fix friendly like these amazing raw truffles. If you're gonna cheat, cheat clean right? I found a recipe an slightly adapted it. These are INCREDIBLE! Try them right away. Add more cocoa to make it more dark chocolate flavored. I like salt in my chocolates to make them slightly bitter but you can leave that out if you don't like it. And, safety first.... don't use bee pollen unless you know you don't have an allergy. 


For the truffles:
➳ 1/2 c. unrefined organic coconut oil
➳ 1/2 c. unrefined organic coconut butter 
➳ 6 tbs. raw cocoa powder
➳ 1/4 tsp. Himalayan Pink Salt
➳ 4 tsp. raw local honey (or for vegan, use agave to taste)
➳ 2 tbs. raw almond butter
➳ 1/4 tsp. organic almond extract

For the outer dusting
➳ cocoa powder + bee pollen
➳ or... cocoa powder + cinnamon
➳ or... whatever you come up with!

How to:
In a small pot on the stove, melt the coconut oil and coconut butter over low heat
Whisk in the cocoa powder, then honey, then salt, then almond butter and almond extract
Allow to chill in the fridge for 5 minutes and then stir. 
Allow to chill in the fridge another 5 minutes until the consistency of dough
Roll tablespoons of the chilled mixture into balls then roll them in whichever outer dusting mix you want. For mine, I chose local bee pollen and cocoa powder but cinnamon and cocoa powder would be good too. Or crushed up nuts. Or chocolate shavings. The sky's the limit. 
Place the finished truffles on a tray covered in wax paper and chill until hard in the fridge. You can store them in an air tight container in the fridge. 

Recipe adapted from original here: Local Milk

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Monday, March 2

My Incredible 21 Day Fix Extreme Results!

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I just finished my first round of the brand new program, 21 Day Fix Extreme. I was so excited to commit to this program because I definitely had let up on the reins of my nutrition during the holiday season and was suffering from it this new year! I was without a plan because I had finished my previous program and was waiting (with much anticipation) for this one to come out! So I had put on a few pounds but mostly I was eating poorly, feeling bloated, and my energy was dropping. I was feeling less than confident in my skin and just a little blah. Anyone know the feeling?

So I bought my copy of this new program, which is the sequel to the original 21 Day Fix that I have used many times and LOVED, the day it was released! And I jumped right in on the first of February and have committed 100% to it for the last 21 days! I could tell just 1 week in that this program was going to do incredible things for my body but it wasn't until I took my "after" photos and stats that I was really blown away by the progress I was able to get in just 21 days, doing workouts that were only 30 minutes long and eating tons of food.
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How is Extreme Different From the Original?
The workouts are ALL NEW! New moves, lots of plyometric movements and an emphasis on strength building with both free weights (you'll want a set of light and heavy) and a resistance band. These workouts are definitely more challenging than the ones in the original program but in a good way!

The nutrition plan is slightly stricter. No cheats are allowed. No alcohol. (In the original there's a bit of wiggle room.) There's also a 2nd meal plan option that is super strict that takes out sugar and carbs to help you lean out really quickly. It's called the "Countdown To Competition" plan and it's inspired by bikini competition prep! It's incredible. You can choose to stick completely to 1 or the other or to do a hybrid which is what I did!

How Does The Meal Plan Work? 
Just like with the original program you get a set of colored plastic containers (like small tupperware). Each color is associated with a food group (red = protein, green = veggies, etc.). There's a little formula in the nutrition guide that will help you figure out how many servings of each container you will eat in a day (based on your height, weight, and goals). Then you use that to put together your meals! It's super easy. No calorie counting. No macros. You just fill up the container till it's full and that's how much you eat. It's built in portion control. It's so brilliant!

Okay, okay. I won't make you wait any longer because I know you are curious to see what kind of results are possible in just 3 weeks with just 30 minutes of working out a day. Here's my real results! 

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I am so happy with my results! So much in fact that I'm jumping right back in on Monday with my March ARROW GIRLS in my challenge group! I'm going for round 2! I can't wait to let this program continue to lean me out and define my muscles! 11.25 inches you guys!!! I lost 3 inches in each thigh! And my thighs are a difficult area for me! I'm so ecstatic!

How does a Challenge Group work?
I lead "challenge groups" online each month for women who want to commit and go through a program like this with an accountability group! They are the key to my own personal success. Read all about it here and apply to join my next one!

Should I do the original 21 Day Fix before 21 Day Fix Extreme?
I think that the programs work well in order! Especially if you are new to fitness. Extreme is an extreme program with a strict meal plan and challenging workouts. Don't let the fact that they are 30 minutes fool you, you'll be dripping in sweat! That being said, I don't want you to think they are too hard to try! You can absolutely do it! If you are currently pretty sedentary and not eating well I'd recommend working your way up by starting with the original and then graduating to Extreme! If you are already active and eat pretty clean then you might be a good fit for jumping right into Extreme. Just email me and let's chat about where you're at and your goals and I'll help you figure out the best order for you!

Let me close with a vote of confidence... no matter where you are at, if you have 100 pounds to lose or 5... you can make a choice that will move you closer to your goals and, more importantly, to feeling better in your skin and being healthier over all! I know you can do it! And if you need some help, I'm here to help you! Go get 'em girl! xo.

Wanna Join Us? Beachbody just extended the sale price on 21DF & 21DFX through this week so you can snatch it up for $20 less than normal! Fill out the form below and I'll get you plugged in asap!






Online contact and registration forms from Wufoo.
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Sunday, March 1

The Weekend Collection | Icy Waves, No Bullshit Advice, and Tattooed Ballet


Happy weekend! What did you do yesterday? We had big plans to go to the springs and visit with friends but it's been cold and rainy all weekend so we're stuck inside with cabin fever. 

In case you're stuck inside too, here's some of the best things I saw around the internet this week to keep you entertained! Make sure to take some time to re-fuel your body and soul today before the new week (and new month) starts! Enjoy. xo.
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➳ Alexandra Franzen on Keeping The Channel Open. So much love for this!

➳ March's theme is "power up" and I just adore these words of encouragement from Mystic Mama...

"There is great healing and transformation in taking your power back from old emotional wounds and outdated limiting beliefs. The opportunity for personal growth in this area is phenomenal this month."
➳ The new Wes Anderson luggage collection has got me pinning vacations to Europe like whoa!


➳ No more girly fitness bullshit. Finally! Someone said it out loud.

➳ Un-retouched photos of Bey are leaked. Breaking news: She's human.

➳ You can't outsource hard work. Time to roll up those sleeves, friends.

➳ Did you know there's more Air BnB listings in Paris than anywhere else? Let's go!

➳ Jen Sincero weighs in the 6 habits of confident people. Gonna try to implement a few this week!

➳ Ice waves may be the most beautiful thing I've never seen.

Photo © Jonathan Nimerfroh

➳ Fermented food, local farms, and hand-washing your dishes... could these things curb allergies?

In case you forgot what women look like. Here's a historical crash course in female body image.

➳ Whoa! Look what they found inside this Buddha statue!

➳ Does anyone else thing the last "light tornado" image looks like two people hugging?.

➳  My brilliant blogger friend Kathleen on if you should name your business with your name.

➳ This collaboration between David LaChapelle and Sergi Polunin is the prettiest thing you'll see all week!



➳  No bullshit biz advice from some badass babes (collected by Gala!)

➳  These juices have the most incredible branding. Healthy never looked so good.

➳  I'm digging this FREE blue Hustle wallpaper download.



Top image: Spiritual Gangster
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