NEW! Cize, Boosts and Performance!


I haven’t really done a post like this before! My blog is all recipes, but I thought I would keep you all updated with the latest and greatest! We have so much new product at Beachbody right now it’s so exciting! Not to mention, its natural stuff! I have never gotten into those companies that sell products with a ton of artificial ingredients and man made synthetic “vitamins” and things like that. I would much rather get all nutrition from real ingredients…it is what our bodies like! I am especially excited for the Energy Boost! Who doesnt need more energy, right?! Plus, it is a natural energy boost which puts a big smile on my face! I love finding new product unlike anything else. So let’s get to it!


First up! Let’s talk about Cize!


 The end of Exercise! Shaun T’s NEW program Cize! Forget treadmills, squats, burpees, and barbells. Get ready to dance your way to fit in just 4 weeks. This isn’t your typical “dance-lite” workout. You’ll challenge yourself to learn professional dance choreography, step-by-step, move-by-move. At the end of each course, you’ll be able to bust out a full dance routine to songs from the CIZE playlist! You know Shaun T from other workouts like Insanity, T25 and Hip Hop Abs! He has done it again with a sweat-dripping fat burning workout that is not only effective, but FUN! Even if you don’t dance, you CAN dance, and Shaun will teach you! 

Plus, when you get Cize, you will be able to join my private health and fitness group on Facebook! This is the place we all come together with similar journeys to support each other, hold each other accountable, motivated, and I upload meal plans and do Giveaways as well! Click on the CIZE photo to check out a short video about the program!

        Here are some awesome transformations to get you motivated!                                                                                              cize

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Shakeology Boosts!


Do you drink Shakeology? Have you tried it? If you haven’t, you are missing out! Shakeology is not just for one use, it is an overall GOOD HEALTH shake…excellent nutrition and ingredients packed with 70 super foods! It is THE health shake…there is NOTHING on the market like it. There are only real food ingredients in Shakeology…no synthetic vitamins, no chemicals, no refined sugar, no gluten, no GMOs, no soy. If you would like to learn more about everything Shakeology can do for you, please click here.
Now let’s get to the boosts! We now have, what I call, Power-Ups! While Shakeology has every vitamin and benefit you could ever need, some of us need an extra boost in one specific department. Now you have it! These can be used in your Shakeology or mixed with ANY liquid! So even if you don’t drink Shakeology, just mix it with water!
Focused Energy Boost – An effective pick-me-up without compromising your health. Unlike traditional energy drinks that rely on chemicals, sugar, and large doses of caffeine to create energy spikes, Focused Energy Boost has ginseng and 100 mg of natural caffeine from guarana and green tea. Not only does this amazing Boost give you energy, it also supports mental clarity, alertness, and focus.* Plus, there are no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives in this Boost—so now you can energize your day the healthy way.          
Digestive Health – Did you know the average American gets LESS THAN HALF of the daily recommended amount of fiber? Yep. No wonder our internal plumbing has problems. However, this incredible Boost supplies your body with a potent blend (7 grams) of both soluble AND insoluble fiber, setting this formula apart from typical fiber supplements that only contain soluble fiber. So when you’re experiencing irregularity, bloating, or discomfort, this Boost will help while getting you back to feeling like yourself as soon as possible.                                                                                                                
Power Greens – Power Greens is a convenient way to get a full serving of nutrient-dense vegetables while supporting your body’s acid/alkaline balance. One tiny scoop is like eating ⅔ cup leafy greens, ⅓ cup cucumber, and ⅓ of a large celery stalk! Maybe you’re a veggie hater. Maybe you’re on-the-go and the menu options are less than ideal. Or maybe you just want to add more greens to your diet. Regardless, the bottom line is, when it comes to greens, the more you eat, the happier your body will be.

NEW Performance Line!

bbp-hero-product-v2FINALLY a performance line that works just as hard as we do! No matter how good your workout is, at some point you want even more—more energy, better endurance, incredible strength…faster recovery. That’s why Beachbody has created the NEW performance line! Designed by Harvard-trained scientists and based on cutting-edge sports science, exercise physiology, and nutrition research, Beachbody Performance contains scientifically proven ergogenic (performance-enhancing) ingredients and plant-based nutrients to help maximize exercise performance and recovery—safely, effectively, and naturally. No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Whether you’re a busy active person, a weekend warrior, an extreme athlete, or just getting started with fitness, this will enhance your performance and maximize the results you get from every minute of your workout…so you get fit faster than you ever imagined, safely and healthy.

We have four different performance supplements to choose from! 

Energize Pre-Workout in Lemon Spark – Improves intense exercise performance, increases energy and endurance, and sharpens focus and reaction time.

Recover Post-Workout in Chocolate Chill – Speeds muscle recovery, promotes lean muscle synthesis, combats exercise-induced muscle soreness and improves muscle strength recovery.

Recharge Nighttime in Vanilla Dream – Supports overnight muscle recovery, improves overnight adaptation to exercise, promotes lean muscle synthesis, and reduces muscle breakdown.

Creatine in Citrus Cooler – This add-on has no flavor and mixes well with the Recover Post-Workout formula to improve high intensity exercise performance, increase muscle strength and power, and enhance the effects of resistance training.


Please remember you get access to my private health and fitness group on Facebook! Fitness, Shakeology, Meal Plans, Support, Accountability and Giveaways! Who says you need to do it alone? Join us! 

MY NEXT GROUP STARTS AUGUST 17TH! Please click on my Facebook Event Link for details and how to join in!

For more information or questions, please contact me!

Apricot Chipotle Crock Pot Ribs

Apricot Chipotle Ribs


I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! As we celebrate our independence, remember those who fight for us, who have died for us…past and present…we usually like to spend some quality time with our families and grill some awesome food! I will always remember my little brother Anthony, he died in Iraq in 2007. My husband is also currently enlisted, and my Grandfathers fought in the Korean war. I will never forget the sacrifices made, by everyone, as we continue to enjoy our freedom!

On that note, we enjoyed some awesome ribs on the 4th, and just hung out while the kids played in the pool. You can make these ribs in the crock pot, which we love, or you can grill them. If you do decide to grill them, place them on indirect heat for a while before you actually put them over the charcoal…the slower the better!

As always, if you make these, be sure to tag me or hash tag #FoodIMakeMySoldier on Instagram! Thanks so much and enjoy!


4 Racks Baby Back Pork Ribs
4 Chilies in Adobo Sauce
1 tsp Raw Honey
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Parsley
1 tsp Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper

Apricot Chipotle BBQ Sauce


In a small bowl, combine the Paprika, Parsley, Garlic, Salt and Pepper.

Use 1 chili in adobo sauce, and rub it on one rack of ribs, on the front and back. This should use up the entire chili. Do this for all 4 racks, then drizzle just a small amount of raw honey over the tops of the ribs. I only do this to knock some of the heat down…if you prefer to leave that out, its ok, they still taste great!

Sprinkle the dry rub ingredients over the front and back of the ribs, and rub into the meat with your hands.

Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of your crock pot, with 3 garlic cloves.

Cut your rack of ribs in half, and line them around the sides of the crock pot, into the middle, almost creating a coil. If you run out of room, you can just place the rest on top.

Cover with the lid, and cook on the low or 8 hour setting.

While the ribs are cooking, make your Apricot Chipotle BBQ sauce.

After your ribs are done cooking, gently remove from the crock pot onto a baking sheet. Be careful when removing the ribs as they will fall apart if you take them out too quickly. This is why you cut the ribs in half…so it makes taking them out much easier.

Brush the Apricot Chipotle BBQ Sauce on the top of your ribs, and place in the broiler until the sauce sets…mine only takes about 1 minute.

Flip the ribs over, and brush with sauce, and place in the broiler again. I do this two times on each side.

That’s it! I am sure you will love these!

Serve with your favorite veggie or coleslaw!


Grilled Buffalo Chicken with Primal Ranch Dip

Wings and Ranch


This Ranch Dip makes me happy…that’s all I can really say about it. I rarely have new recipes that incorporate dairy products, but I found a fantastic plain Greek yogurt here in Germany that has absolutely NO sugar so I had to use it in something lol. I would imagine, if you look for it, you can find a brand without any sugar as well….I know Fage and Chobani are popular but I keep hearing about GMO’s in them. Their websites say Non-GMO though…who knows what to believe anymore, right?! 

Grilling is necessary right now…absolutely…it is SO hot here and the air conditioner is awful. So, cooking in the kitchen does not sound appealing at all. I grilled the chicken, brushed it in wing sauce, then tossed them in wing sauce at the end as well. They were delicious! I will be making all my wings like this from now on.

If you try out the recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram or hash tag #FoodIMakeMySoldier! I would love to see your creations!


Grilled Buffalo Chicken with Primal Ranch Dip
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
For the Chicken
  1. Chicken legs or wings (I used 16 small legs)
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 tsp black pepper
  4. 1 tsp smoked paprika
  5. dash of cayenne
For the Buffalo Sauce
  1. 1 cup Frank's Red Hot (or any buffalo sauce)
  2. 1/4 cup Kerry Gold Butter
  3. 1/2 tsp black pepper
For the Ranch
  1. 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  2. 1/3 cup Paleo Mayo
  3. 1 tsp Onion Flakes/Powder
  4. 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  5. 2 tsp Dried Dill
  6. 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  7. 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  8. Salt and Pepper
  1. Prepare your grill before seasoning the chicken so it has enough time to heat up.
  2. Season your chicken with all the seasonings, and place it on the grill.
  3. In a small sauce pot, heat your wing ingredients and stir until the butter is melted. Place 1/4 of the mixture in a small bowl, and the rest in a large bowl.
  4. After the chicken has cooked on one side, about 15 minutes, turn it over and baste with 1/4 of the sauce you reserved. After about 15 minutes, turn the chicken over and baste the other only needs one coat of sauce.
  5. Once the chicken is done, toss in the large bowl with remaining wing sauce!
For the ranch
  1. In a mason jar, combine all the ranch ingredients and stir, very simple!
Just in case you do not have access to Paleo Mayo, or haven't made it before, this is what you will need
  1. 1 cup light olive oil (it MUST be the light version)
  2. 1 egg
  3. Juice of 1 small lemon
  4. salt and pepper
  5. Emulsion blender
  6. In a mason jar, add your oil and egg. Use your emulsion blender to blend them together for 30 seconds. It will start to get thick and turn white. Turn off the emulsion blender, and add in the lemon, salt and pepper. Emulsify again for another minute until thick like standard mayo. Use 1/3 of a cup for the ranch, and you can save the rest in the fridge.
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Apricot Chipotle BBQ Sauce


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 Can we just talk about how I have been waiting to post this recipe for almost a year lol. My mom makes this awesome BBQ sauce that everyone loves…but uh, it isn’t healthy…so of course I had to change it. If you want to use her recipe, it is just ketchup, apricot jam and brown sugar. If you would like a Paleo-Friendly version please check out my recipe below! I added a Chipotle twist to this version as well, just for a little heat with the sweet. Feel free to add more honey if you need to….it was AWESOME on ribs. That recipe is coming next.

This is perfect for grilling season on chicken as well. Try it out and let me know what you think! As always, feel free to tag me or hash tag #FoodIMakeMySoldier on Instagram! Enjoy! 


Apricot Chipotle BBQ Sauce
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  1. 3/4 cup Tomato Sauce
  2. 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  3. 8 Apricots, seeded and chopped
  4. 1/4 cup Raw Honey
  5. 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  6. 2 Chilies in Adobo Sauce, plus 2 Tbsp sauce
  7. 3 Tbsp Blackstrap Molasses
  8. 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  9. 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
  10. 1/2 small Onion, chopped
  11. 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  12. 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  13. 1/2 tsp salt
  14. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. Heat a small pot on medium heat, and add in your chopped apricots. You can peel them if you would like, but you don't need to.
  2. After about 5 minutes, once the Apricots are tender, add in the tomato paste and tomato sauce. Cook until the paste and sauce have combined together.
  3. Add in all the rest of the ingredients, and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Use an emulsion blender (or standard blender) to smooth out the sauce a bit since you will more than likely have large pieces of apricot and onion.
  5. Feel free to adjust the sweetness as well, in case it's a little spicy!
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