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-Aimee

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Almond Coconut Granola Bars

 

It’s a rainy cool Sunday here in Maine, making it the BEST day to try out a new recipe! I seriously love KIND granola bars but do not love that they contain soy. Because of that I stick to my trusty Larabars most of the time and the coconut ones are my favorite! Larabars are soy free and gluten free so they are #1 in my book but I do love the texture of the KIND bars so today I attempted to put something together that was similar without the soy.

 

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My favorite KIND bars are hands down the coconut and almond ones so that is what I attempted to recreate today. Whenever I cook my girls are never far behind and today they were all about having some honey 🙂

 

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of almond butter ( you could use peanut butter or any other nut butter)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup group flax or chia seeds
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup shredded coconut ( I used closer to 1/2 today)
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (you could use other nuts  of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Directions

  1. Melt almond butter and honey until warm, I’m sure you could do this on the stovetop but I chose to use the microwave for 30 seconds.  Mix together.
  2. Add oats into the almond butter and honey and mix.
  3. Add coconut, chopped almonds, and chia seeds, stir until all ingredients are mixed together.
  4. Coat a pan (I used 8×8 glass dish) with coconut oil to keep the mixture from sticking.
  5. Press the mixture into the dish and spread out evenly.
  6. Put the dish in the freezer for 45 minutes.
  7. Remove from freezer and wait for 5 minutes then cut into bars and enjoy!
  8. Store remaining bars in the refrigerator.

Makes – 10 medium size bars.

I think this would be delicious with fruit or other nuts added as well. I think next time I may try cranberries and dark chocolate, what would you add?!

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Stitch Fix #12

 

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Yesterday was one of my favorite days, I arrived home to a Stitch Fix shipment! If you haven’t tried Stitch Fix yet, let me just tell you….it feels like Christmas morning when you see that turquoise and white label wrapped around the brown box on your front porch! For those of you who have yet to try, or hear, about Stitch Fix, it’s pretty much amazing!

How it works: You register for a free account on Stitch Fix (<————-referral link) and fill out a style profile. You enter your measurements, sizes, and rate different styles on how much you like them. You can also link your Pinterest style pages to your account so your stylist can look at them! Once you decide on placing an order you are charged a $20 (which can be used as credit when you make a purchase) “styling” fee. The stylist then chooses 5 items they think you may like and sends them your way! You have no idea what you are going to get and I’m usually pleasantly surprised!

I will be attending the Beachbody Coach Summit in Nashville next month and am in need of a coral color dress for an event. In my last Stitch Fix I requested a coral dress and wasn’t thrilled with my choices so I decided to ask again. They knew I meant business this time and styled me for that one event only! Here are the results:

 

I LOVE the back of this first dress, and it is super comfortable. I feel like pictures don’t do it any justice and that it is actually really cute!

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Gotta love my little photo bomb gal above 🙂

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Ross Halter Dress by Skies are Blue – $68

 

 

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The above dress is the Fran Scallop Edge Dress by Everly  – $64

I really love this dress but am not sure if it’s too “officey?”

 

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The final dress is the Cooper Dress by Papermoon – $74

I also really love this dress! I’m leaning toward  returning  this one at this point because I need to wear cowboy boots with whatever dress I choose and because there is something funky going on with the zipper 😦

 

Next up…………….

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Adelade Woven Fold Over Clutch by Urban Expressions – $48

This clutch is adorable and as much as I want to keep it I will be sending it back. If you know me, you know I have more purses and clutches than I know what to do with!

 

And lastly……….

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 Erica Swirl Carved Chandelier Earrings by Bay to Baubles – $28

I have a pair of earrings that are similar but I like the quality of these so I’m thinking about keeping them!

 

Decisions, decisions……what would you keep/send back?! Let me know in the comments below!!

3-Day Refresh

 

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Happy Monday folks! I  hope you all had an enjoyable Father’s Day weekend! Because it was likely a weekend of cookouts and fun, with lots of yummy food that probably isn’t exactly all that good for you, I thought now would be a good time to share the results of the 3-Day Refresh I completed last week!

As some of you may or may not know, I had my appendix out in early April, and that prevented me from working out for a good 6 weeks. During that time I tried to maintain the best eating that I could but found that it was a lot harder to do when not exercising so eventually I ended up going from my lowest weight in 3 years back up to a not so great weight. Once I began working out things started to level off again but I was feeling like I needed a jumpstart!

The 3-Day Refresh is a cleanse but it is also something you can eat with. It is NOT one of those that has you (pardon TMI) running to the bathroom!  the full system consists of the following::

1. Wake-up: Drink 8-12 ounces of water

2. Breakfast (within an hour of waking): Shakeology plus a Fruit Option

3. Mid Morining: Fiber Sweep (digestive health drink)

4. Lunch: Vanilla Fresh: (high-protein, hunger-satisfying shake) plus options from the Fruit, Vegetable, and Healthy Fats lists

5. Afternoon Snack: From the Fruit, Vegetable, or Juice Options lists

6. Dinner: Vanilla Fresh: plus a delicious meal made from our Dinner Recipes lists

 

Breakfast was easy because that is what I have for breakfast everyday! That felt like a bonus!

The Mid-Morning Fiber Sweep was the part that I was most hesitant about but it turned out not to be bad at all! The drink itself has a lemony flavor to it and you just have to be sure to drink it immediately after mixing it so that it doesn’t congeal the way most fiber drinks tend to do.

Because I am a creature of habit my lunch and afternoon snack were the same all three days. I would have hummus and carrots, along with strawberries to go along with my Vanilla Fresh shake at lunch and follow-up with celery and almond butter as a snack.

 

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Fruit, veggie, and health fat to go with lunch. I know, I know, my carrots are really sad looking 😦

The toughest part for me was dinner. This was mostly due to the fact that my family  was  eating other things for dinner and I was often watching them eat while cooking my vegetables for the evening. With that said, I REALLY enjoyed the dinner options and will incorporate them into my meal plans moving forward.  I made the following for dinners:

 

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Dinner 1: Coconut Steamed Veggies

 

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Dinner 2: Cucumber and Tomato Salad

 

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Dinner 3: Kale With Pine Nuts

 

I also opted for a cup of organic chicken broth to go along with my dinner each evening. It was a pleasant surprise to realize how much I enjoyed that!

 

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In addition you can add in morning, mid-afternoon, and evening uncaffeinated tea. I had evening tea each night as it replaced that urged to go for one last snack or a glass of wine!

When the 3 days were over I stepped on the scale and was glad to have stuck with it. I lost 5 lbs! That may not seem like a lot to  many people but for me it is HUGE! It was nice to see those results all while knowing I gave my metabolism the rest it needed to start working hard for me again! We all need a rest from time to time, our muscles need rest, so why not our metabolism?

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I’m thinking about making this a monthly or every other month routine for me. If you have more questions about how the 3-Day Refresh works or want to join me next time, please  comment below or feel free to send me an  email,  I’m happy to go on that journey with you!

~Aimee

Transformation Tuesday

I had to muster up a ton of courage and take a DEEP breath before I posted the picture below. Never, and I mean NEVER, could I imagine sharing this with the world BUT I want to share that what I am doing, what I am passionate about, has made real changes to my body and my health.
After the birth of my children I was diagnosed with Hashimoto Thyroiditis, and struggled with low energy, and an inability to lose weight. I could work out everyday and still not lose a pound. When I finally decided to give the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology a try I didn’t have any expectations but knew I had nothing to lose. The result was a 6 lb weight loss in 21 days and more energy than I have had in years!!!

Fast forward 6 months…. I ate poorly through the holidays and really failed with my workouts, gaining some of my weight back. So, in February, I decided to be “all-in” again and am so happy that I did!

 

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These “before” photos were taken on 2/22/15 and the “after” photos on 3/15/15. In that short time I lost 4lbs and 5 inches!
As of last week I have lost an additional 3 lbs, for a total of 7 lbs in two months!

I was able to accomplish this doing daily 30 minute workouts, drinking Shakeology, and eating clean foods, all with an amazing group of people to help keep me accountable along the way. My journey is just beginning and I want to share it with others looking to improve their overall health! The workouts are 30 minutes, family friendly meal plans are provided and ACCOUNTABILITY, motivation and support are all a part of the program! Send me a message or comment below and I can reach out to and we can talk about finding a program that works for you!

Live well!

Aimee

Gluten Free Banana Muffins

 

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Happy Sunday everyone! I HAVE to share these delicious gluten free, sugar free muffins I made for my family yesterday! They are delicious and my girls LOVE them! You most likely have all the ingredients already too…score!  This was a recipe my friend Wendy shared and I know you are going to enjoy it!

 

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 up almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup nut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Grease muffin pan with coconut oil
  3. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth
  4. Fill muffin tins with mixture
  5. Back at 375 degrees 10-12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

 

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This recipe makes about 8 smaller muffins. You can double the recipe to make 12 large muffins like I did!

Variations

  • I have used chia seeds instead of flax seeds both times I’ve made these and they were delicious!
  • I have also used brown rice flour instead of almond flour and they were still great!

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                                                                                  If these little ladies like them you know they are good!

Enjoy!

Friday Favorite #4

Hello and Happy Friday!!! By this time next week I will have turned another year older (sigh) so today I’m going to make this post about my birthday wish list. Micah and I are trying to live by Dave Ramsey’s advice to get out of debt, most of which is student loan, so we won’t be spending any money on gifts for each other this year …BUT if I were to get anything for my birthday these items would be on my wish list.

#1 Polar Heart Rate Monitor 

 

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I have been eyeing this for…ohhhh…probably a year or so and have dragged my feet on the purchase. Well now that I am doing so many different types of exercise I know this would be perfect and it is at the very top of my wish list!  To use the Polar Heart Rate Monitor you wear a heart rate monitor band around your chest and it calculates your heart rate and calories burned. I think it would be amazing to see what different workouts accomplish. I’m willing to bet I would be surprised.

#2 Running Shoes

Last year I decided I wanted to become a wannabe runner and completed a few 5K’s and began running around 4 miles a few times per week. This year I have decided to tackle a 10K. I know that is small potatoes for a lot of people but it is a HUGE goal for me and something I never dreamed I would ever even think about. I’m the girl who couldn’t even run a quarter mile a couple years ago, seriously! Now that I’m thinking I’m big time, it’s also time for some big time shoes. I’ve heard great things about Brooks running shoes and am very interested to see if they are a good fit for me. My mom asked me what she could get me for my birthday and my immediate response was a gift certificate to Runners Alley where they actually fit you for shoes.  I’m hoping to get the best shoes for my body type….and probably buy two pair!

#3 Birchbox subscription

One of my guilty pleasures is when packages arrive at my doorstep. I get giddy with excitement to see what I received, and half the time it’s just food I order on Amazon! But the truth is I love to shop and as a busy mom I hardly get out to the stores anymore, never mind to look for leisurely items like beauty products! What better fun than to have random beauty samples sent to your doorstep every month with Birchbox ??? Yes, please!

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#4 Lululemon Wunder Under Crop II

I’m in BIG time need of new workout attire but especially some crop pants. I have a few Lululemon items but no crops and I hear nothing but rave reviews of the Wunder Under Crop II and would love to own a pair and see what all the hype is about.

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 #5 Pixie pants from Old Navy

I’ve lost a good pant size, maybe even two, so all of my clothes are a little baggy. Thankfully I saved some nice full length work pants and can fit into those now but won’t have much for Spring. I love these pants and want them in every color!

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What’s an item on your wish list?!