FIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Hey you guys!! I just wanted to share my group that is coming up on November 3rd called Fit for the Holidays!! It seems as though every January 1st people make these resolutions to lose the weight they gained over the holidays, or finally lose weight period. Why not start now?! Learn how to curb cravings, get into a workout routine, and eat healthier meals. I started at 270 lbs on Thanksgiving Day 2009…if I can start ON a holiday I know you can start before the holidays and succeed!! Get the body and mind you want and join my team!!
A little information for you as well…
I am part of a TOP 25 Team on Beachbody, with several men and women changing lives every day. This team is so supportive and amazing when it comes to helping you along, answering questions and building up your motivation! It is only $15 per month to be a coach, and you get 25% off ALL product! If you are active military or the spouse to an active duty service member, the $15 monthly fee is waived!!
Whether you want to join as a client or a coach, contact me today and I will help you get started!! You can Facebook message me or you can email me at FoodIMakeMySoldier@yahoo.com
I look forward to helping you along your journey!!

Easy Paleo Meatballs

I am keeping it basic this week trying to get back to my low carb ways, and start losing weight again! It is so easy to maintain weight on Paleo. You see the sweet potato, raw honey, and paleo treats like “oh its paleo…i can have that”. Next thing you know, you’re maintaining rather than losing. So, I am taking it back to basics like when I first started my journey! Trying to make it to Thanksgiving without anything bad! I need room for the Glühwein after all haha!
These meatballs are SO good and SO easy! This week my team and I meal prepped on Sunday, and these were on the menu with a few other things. I don’t know about you, but I love meatballs, and they keep really well too. I don’t like meat in the microwave…ever…so I just stored them in glass containers and heat them in the oven for a little bit the next day. You can also freeze them if you want!
Remember to hash tag me on Instagram when you make one of my recipes! #FoodIMakeMySoldierdotcom! Enjoy!
Ingredients
2 lbs lean ground beef…I used grass fed meat
4 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Heat a pan on medium heat with 1 Tbsp of cooking fat (ex: Kerrygold Butter, Ghee, Coconut Oil).
Add the chopped onion and spinach to the pan and saute until the onions are translucent and the spinach has wilted.
In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onions, spinach, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. You CAN add 1 egg…but I decided not to here since I wanted them to be AIP friendly too.
Form into meatballs about 2″ around…I used a cookie scooper and used 2 scoops per meatball so they would all be the same size. Place side by side in a baking dish, and bake for 30 minutes.
Recipe makes 23 meatballs
Nutrition Facts
Each serving is 2 meatballs
Calories          176
Fat                      8
Carbohydrates  1.5
Fiber                  .5
Protein              31

Apple Pancakes

I hope you all have had a good week!! Today I made Apple Pancakes..it has been on my to-do list for a couple weeks, but since I am starting my challenge group tomorrow and sugar detoxing, I decided to make them today and get it out of the way! I know everyone is posting pumpkin on everything recipes, I have done a couple as well, but I decided to throw apple into the mix too! After all…we can’t eat pumpkin with EVERYTHING right?!

I am pretty sure my neighbors think I’m crazy. I always go onto the balcony to take my photos…well unless its raining of course. Sometimes other people on their balconies watch me like “what is she doing?” they probably think I am taking photos for instagram or have too much time on my hands. Maybe one of these days I will share with them. I usually don’t only because people get freaked out when you say its Paleo…like they are going to die because it doesn’t have refined sugar lol. I am here to tell you all, it is OKAY…it’s healthy AND delicious!



Anyway…these are my announcements for today:

If you have not entered my Giveaway please do so! Ninja Giveaway!
Also, if you want some help with losing weight, need accountability, motivation, workouts and/or free meal plans just contact me! The next challenge group starts on November 3rd, and there is also one December 1st. Get Fit for the Holidays!! Contact me today on Facebook and lets get to it!


Here is the recipe for these Paleo Apple Pancakes!
Ingredients:
1 apple, peeled and diced
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp raw honey
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp tapioca flour
1/3 cup almond flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash of salt
For the apple topping:
1 peeled and thinly sliced apple
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp kerrygold butter
Directions:
Heat a small sauce pot on medium heat, and add in the apple topping ingredients. Cook together until the apples are tender. This takes about 20 minutes, so they should be done once your pancakes are done cooking.
  Heat a large pan on medium heat, and add a little cooking fat like coconut oil or kerrygold butter.
In a medium mixing bowl, add in the eggs, vanilla, coconut milk, almond milk and honey. Whisk together until everything is well combined.
Next, add in the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Whisk this together carefully, until all the lumps are out.
Spoon 2 large scoops of batter onto your skillet, and sprinkle some of your chopped apple on top. After about 3 minutes, flip the pancake over and cook another 2-3 minutes. You will see the pancake rises and cooks through nicely.
Just a note: You CAN mix the chopped apple in your batter, but I tried that in the second batch, and they didn’t turn out as good.
Serve your pancakes with some of the apple topping. Recipe makes 6 pancakes.

Fall Giveaway

Hey there! I promised all my Facebook fans a Giveaway, so here it is!! Man…choosing a prize is so hard. There are SO many things, but I can never decide. I am in the processes of working with a couple companies as an affiliate so I can rate and review their product, and hopefully get you guys some cool giveaways in the future as well! I’m not that great at advertising my blog…I have no idea how to do it really. So I appreciate EVERYONE who comes here to view my recipes, follows me on Facebook, or Instagram or engages in my challenge groups! I love helping you all out the best I can.
As you all know, I am a Beachbody Coach and drink Shakeology on a daily basis. I’ll never stop telling you guys about the time I ran out sooner than expected, and had 5 Shakeology free days…I was tired and hungry all day. It was horrible. I never knew what a difference it truly made until I had to go without it again. There are over 70 Super Food, all natural ingredients, from all around the world! All organic, gluten free, GMO free, sugar free and artificial sweetener free. If you are interested in trying out a 4-day Sample Pack for just $19, click on “buy”, and scroll to the bottom at this link to my page! Sooo…people always ask me “do you put fruit in it? what blender do you use?”…I WISH I had a fancy blender…but sadly I do not. Sorry you guys…in time though!! I thought I would give away this one since so many people love it.
Anyway! Feel free to enter my Giveaway and best of luck to you!
**Please note: This Giveaway will end at 12 midnight on Sunday October 26th. It is valid to US Residence only!! I apologize, but I have to follow the rules. Hey, if you have a US shipping address, or someone in the states, go for it lol…

Paleo Chocolate Banana Mug Cake

Heyyyy! So it is 11:45pm and I am up blogging about cake…that can’t be good. I found PicMonkey a couple weeks ago, and found out I can edit my food pics there. See my collage above…I spent way too much time on there. I also took a photo of my son and made him into Santa…yea…they let you do that.

Anyhoo…..did you know you can make cake in 3 minutes? Who knew. I have tried a few mug cakes…but it’s kind of overpowered with cocoa powder, so not that sweet. I never want to add more sweetness because I don’t want all the sugar…whether its raw honey or not…sugar is sugar ya know! So I made my own…three times…and third time is a charm because I loved it! The first 2 had honey…so I guess it was the honey I didn’t like. I switched it out for a banana, and it worked much better.

Yes, you use the microwave. I’m sorry…don’t kill me. I actually asked my husband if I could throw it away…he said no he needs it lol. If you want to pop it in the oven, feel free, it will just take longer.
Ingredients
1 Egg
1 small or 1/2 of a large Banana
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
 1 Tbsp Almond Flour
2 Tbsp Tapioca Flour
1 tsp Coconut Flour
1 Tbsp melted Coconut Oil
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
Dash of Cinnamon
Dash of Salt
Directions
First get a large mug. If it has a big Santa on it…even better. ha.
Next, use a fork and mix together all the ingredients in your mug.
Place in the microwave for 2 minutes.
That’s all. You’re welcome.
Even my little pumpkin patch guy likes it. Isn’t he cute?! Found him for 2 euro…love!
Nutrition Facts
You can eat it by yourself…but it rises quite a bit so can easily be shared. I am giving you the nutrition facts for both scenarios….
For one Person
Calories     312
Fat               21
Carbs        23
Protein          5
For two people
Calories     156
Fat            10.5
Carbs        11.5
Protein        2.5

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Date Butter

Yes! It IS Paleo!!
Happy October!! I am posting my first Pumpkin Recipe for the season! Last year, my most popular pumpkin recipe was the Pumpkin Brownies, which are also really yummy if you would rather go that route! I feel like the recipes I plan don’t come out as good as the recipes I end up with. Basically, meaning I write it out, make it, and determine whether its website worthy or not. Then there are recipes like this one, where I have a plan for pumpkin bread or pumpkin cake, not sure which, then my daughter asks for a Cake Party and it turns into Chocolate Pumpkin cake. Since I didn’t have enough coconut milk to make coconut whipped cream, I made a date pumpkin butter in the middle and on top instead. It turned out amazing, I was so excited. Not to mention, my 2 year old was excited she got a “Cake Party”. I will have to make it again once my hubby is home…I am thinking Thanksgiving instead of Pumpkin Pie. We will see because this Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Butter Crust is really good too….haha I was busy last season!!

Try it out and let me know what you think! You can also Pin it below!
What you will need:
For a small layered cake, you need a 6″ cake pan
For a one layer cake, you need a 10″+ cake pan
You can also use a square pan and make them into bars
Parchment Paper cut to fit the bottom of your pan
Ingredients:
5 whole eggs
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup raw honey (I used raw black forest honey)
1/2 cup Stevia
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup almond flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
dash of salt

For the Pumpkin Date Butter
12 Medjool dates (no added sugar
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp coconut milk
Directions:
Making your pumpkin puree is really easy, but feel free to buy it if you prefer. If you want to make it yourself, just cut your mini pie pumpkin and place it in the crock pot, or bake it in the oven until tender. Scoop out the pumpkin and smash it with a fork, or use your emulsion blender to make the pumpkin smooth. Once you have that done, you can start your cake!

First things first…get your dates and cover them in warm water. Then go to work, or the store, workout, or take a nap. You want to peel the skin off, so they need to soak a little bit. This time I only did it for 2 hours.
 Preheat your oven to 340 degrees
In a medium mixing bowl, add your eggs, pumpkin, honey, stevia and coconut oil. Blend together until smooth.
Next add in all your dry ingredients…the 3 flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Carefully stir the mixture together, then use your hand blender and blend until smooth. Just a tip: if you don’t stir it first, and just blend, the tapioca flour and cocoa powder will fly all over the place.
Line your pan with parchment paper, and pour the mixture in. If you are stacking the cake, make sure to divide the mixture evenly. I used the 6″ cake pan, and the mixture gave me 13 scoops in each using my cookie scooper.
Bake on the middle rack for 30 minutes…you can test it with a toothpick. Remove and let cool on a cooling rack.
While your cake is cooking, make the pumpkin date butter…
Your dates should be soaking, so take each one out and peel the skin off.
Put the peeled dates, pumpkin and coconut milk in a food processor, and blend until smooth. That’s it.
You can assemble the cake however you prefer, but make sure the cake is 100% cool before you top with the “butter”.
Ready for the nutrition facts? It IS dessert, an in moderation treat, so it’s not a free for all just because it’s Paleo, for those of you trying to lose weight. Just a tip…you can use all Stevia if you want. I will put both nutrition facts below.
Nutrition Facts with the Recipe as-is
Recipe makes 10 servings.
Calories       266g
Fat                 10g
Carbs             38g
Protein           10g
Nutrition Facts using all Stevia, no honey
Calories      218g
Fat                10g
Carbs            26g
Protein          10g

(This recipe has the most carbs of anything I have made on the website…crazy! It’s ok, its all natural and lower on the glycemic index so it will not have the same downfall as sugar. The raw honey, tapioca flour and dates make up the majority of the carbs so feel free to sub out what you wish)



Paleo Roasted Vegetable Chili

This Paleo Chili is so EASY!! OK…well…if you are a “no night shades” type of person, then you wont eat it…but for the night shade Paleo eaters…this is really good! The easy recipes are the best ones. I mean, yes, I do have days where I want to make something more complicated, and its very good, but quick good food makes a lot more sense for some of us! I am telling you guys…the number 1 thing I hear from people is “I don’t have time”. I hear it every…single…day. People don’t seem to have time to eat right, or have time to meal prep, or have time to workout. My only advice would be…anything worth having takes work. Sometimes you have to change your schedule…its about MAKING time not just having it. I believe 90% of the healthy people in the world make time for their meals and fitness. Maybe at first it was inconvenient, but as you get used to it, things get much easier and just become routine. Think about your career…more than likely they didn’t come to your door and ask you to work for them. Most people have to work towards their ideal career, even if it takes time and hard work, it ends up paying off in the end. Same goes for kids, most kids don’t raise themselves to be good adults…work is put in to being a parent so they can grow up to be respectful and successful adults. That’s the goal anyway. In life, work goes into everything you want. That is my opinion at least!

Anyway, its been raining here and has been in the 50-60 degree range. So, go figure, the one day I decide to make chili, its 70 out haha. Not chili weather, but it was good anyway! I highly suggest making this when it gets colder…I know my friends in California have over 100 degrees right now! One of the benefits of being in Germany is its winter about 8 months out of the year! I’m not a big summer person…so it works out well for me!

On to the recipe…I hope you enjoy it!
Ingredients
9 tomatoes
3 Bell Peppers, any color (I used 2 green, 1 red)
4 small Onions (or 1 large)
2 Jalapenos
3 Garlic Cloves
2 lbs Lean Ground Beef
2 cups Chicken Stock
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1/2 Tbsp oregano
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional for heat)
Directions
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Cut all your veggies in half, and place on a baking sheet like this…..you leave the jalapeno whole. You also want to place the garlic on the pan too, but keep the cloves in the paper.
(It looks so pretty right!)
Roast for 30 minutes, then use your tongs to turn all the veggies over, and roast another 25 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven, and place all the roasted veggies in a stock pot. Make sure to remove the stems from the jalapeno, and the paper from the garlic.
Add the 2 cups of chicken stock to the chili, and use your emulsion blender to smooth it out. The more you blend, the smoother it will be. I like my chili a little chunky, so I didn’t blend it as much.
*If you do not have an emulsion blender, just use a regular blender.
Heat a large pan with coconut oil, and add in the ground beef, then season with salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break up the beef, and cook until browned.
Drain the beef in a mesh sieve, or remove with a slotted spoon to get rid of the grease. Then add the beef to the chili.
Add in all the seasonings, and let everything cook together for 20 minutes.
That’s it!
You can serve with any or no toppings…I used Kerry Gold Cheddar and onions…but you can use avocado as well
Enjoy!!
Nutrition Facts
Recipe makes 7 servings, each serving is 2-1/2 cups
Calories         275g
Fat                   12g
Carbs               15g
Fiber                  5g
Net Carbs         10g
Protein             27g

UPCOMING CHALLENGE GROUP! Sign ups closing soon…

Hey Beautiful People!!! :)

I just wanted to mention I am doing a 21 Day Fix Challenge group for not 30 days, but 60 days!! This gives you three rounds of the fix! So what is a challenge group? What do you get from it? Let me explain…

A Challenge Group is a private group that I manage on Facebook. It consists of 5 to 10 women who are trying to be healthy, lose weight and get fit! You get one-on-one coaching from me, along with support along the journey from others in the group. I also have little fun ways to hold you accountable, and there are also prizes to be won every 30 days!! I also share tips and recipes with you guys along the way!

  • You will get the 21 Day Fix (shown above). There are 7 workout DVD’s, and each is 30 minutes long. Plus, when you order through my site, you get an additional Plyo workout, making that 8 workouts! There is also a schedule so you know what to do on each day. 
  • You also get the portion control containers, specially designed to fit your nutrition needs. There is a calculator in the nutrition booklet, so you know how many of each color you need each day. This is amazing because there are no counting calories, carbs, fat and so on…everything is already worked out for you! There is also a YES food list and recipe Ideas.
  • Along with the workouts you will also get your first 30 days of Shakeology. The nutrient dense Super Food shake that will help you feel amazing and aid in the weight loss process. It has helped me lose weight when I was stuck in a plateau earlier in the year, it also grew my hair, cleared my skin, and keeps me alert all day rather than sluggish like before. This is the only shake on the market with all natural ingredients…there are NO fillers, toxins, GMO’s or soy. It is also refined sugar free, has no artificial sweetener and it is gluten free!!
  • If you are Paleo, there are also ways to make the 21 Day Fix Paleo. Plus, if after the first 21 days, if you want to have my personalized Paleo meal plans instead, you can do that. It is entirely up to you and your lifestyle.
  • If you are vegetarian or vegan…there are also guides for these lifestyles.

Learn how to lose weight eating nutritious food…no starvation diets or quick fixes! The 21 Day Fix will help your journey tremendously. Whether you are just starting, or stuck in a rut…get moving with this program and build the bridge to long term success!!

If you have any questions please email me at FoodIMakeMySoldier@yahoo.com

This group starts ON September 22nd! I will keep this post up until Friday September 19 so you can sign up.

Already know about the 21 Day Fix and want to sign up now?! Please visit this link to my Personal Beachbody Coach Page and get your copy!!

I am looking forward to this group and helping you all reach your goals!!!

**Just a note about the photos above.
I am the person on the left. This is a mix of Insanity and the 21 Day Fix with about 45 days of P90X3 as well.
**The middle, on top, is only 1 round of 21 Day Fix. She is a client of mine, and is in her second round right now….she will be doing her 3rd round of the fix in this upcoming group.
**The middle, on the bottom, is 2 rounds of the 21 Day Fix plus a little P90X3 mixed in. She is my client and will also be in the next group.
**The right photo is a coach on my team. This is after just 1 round! She has done 2 total rounds, and those results are spectacular! She increased her weights and looks even more fit!

Paleo Cinnamon Applesauce

I called today “3 Ingredient Friday”!! I wish I could do this every Friday…but it’s only 3 ingredients and I am sure I would run out of ideas pretty fast lol. I really wanted to do Meatball Monday’s…I have SO many meatball ideas written down its ridiculous…but I saw a couple other bloggers do that so I decided not to. It’s OK though, I can still make them all at random times and post them!

Today was roasted cinnamon apple sauce. This is SO good…almost like apple pie minus the sugar and crust. My kids absolutely love it! I made it today for their snack over the weekend…if it lasts that long. I am also making more for my son’s school lunches next week. Have you checked out the bento lunch boxes for kids?! They are so awesome I love them. My son has this Spencer Bento Box from Pottery Barn Kids, and surprisingly it’s less expensive than some of the others I have seen. You would think it would be more because its Pottery Barn, but nope! So it’s easy to pack lunch without a bunch of containers…this is what I put his apple sauce in.

I do put sandwiches in his lunch from time to time…but I really try not to. I am going to make a healthy kid lunch post very soon…so look out for that. I already have it started…I am sharing all the ideas I’ve had along with a few example photos.

I hope you guys enjoy this yummy apple sauce! Plus, your house smelling like cinnamon is an added bonus!
Ingredients
6 green apples, peeled and sliced thin
1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp all spice
Directions
Preheat your oven to 330 degrees.
After you peel the apples, remove the core and cut them in half, then slice very thin.
Place the apples in a baking dish, and sprinkle in the cinnamon and all spice. Stir it around a bit so all the apples are coated with the spices.
They will look like this….
Roast the apples for 25 minutes, then stir. If you do not stir them, the top will get too dark and crispy. After you stir, put back in the oven for another 25 minutes.
If they are not tender enough to smash after the 50 minutes, then stir again, and cook another 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove the apples from the oven, and use a large fork or wooden spoon to mash them, creating a chunky applesauce. If you want a smooth sauce, just place them in the food processor for a few seconds.
That’s it!
They end up looking like this….
The recipe makes 3 cups of applesauce…I know…they shrink down a lot.
Nutrition Facts
One serving is 1/2 cup, makes 6 servings
Calories          52
Fat                    0
Carbs              14
Fiber              2.5
Protein           0.5

A Giveaway In Honor of My Little Brother, LCpl Anthony Melia

So if you have been following me for a while, or if you have read my super long story, you know about my little brother Anthony. I talk about him often, probably because we were so close. If you do not know about him, he was an infantry Marine and was killed in action on January 26, 2007. Well, August 29th would have been his 28th birthday, so I wanted to do a little giveaway in honor of my brother. Not just any giveaway, but one with a company that honors our service members and gives back. So, the awesome team at The Sox Box gives 20% from all purchases back to wounded veterans! They deserve all the support in the world, so I think it is really amazing they give back! The Sox Box has also been super generous and they are letting me giveaway 3 pairs of their super cool sox to people who enter the giveaway! I have decided instead of 1 winner, I am going to do THREE winners! Its just a fun little thing I am running through Labor Day Weekend to honor my brother and share his memory!
In Loving Memory
LCpl Anthony Charles Melia
August 29, 1986 – January 26, 2007
Semper Fi
Their socks have a bunch of sayings…these are the Ultimate Sacrifice ones. I need to get these when I do a run for the fallen…hopefully I can do that soon! The winners will be able to choose which ever socks they wish from the website.
**Special thanks to The Sox Box for helping me honor my brother with this giveaway, and for donating 20% of all purchases to the Independence Fund to help wounded veterans! Make sure to visit their website and like them on Facebook as well!