Thursday, November 20, 2014

Strawberry Blonde Superfood Shake

So I have been sharing some of the crock pot dishes from this amazing Clean Eating Crockpot challenge I am running. If you missed out, another one is starting December 1st. I had a ton of people wanting to join in on the 2nd and 3rd day and since it is only a 7 day challenge, I am doing another one to train up two coaches and help out those that are ready to get healthy.  Want in? Ask to join the group here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/693383594092028/ 

Today I am sharing one of the available snacks on this challenge. While we offer plenty of options and  you can do the whole challenge without Shakeology, I always choose the shakeology option. Why?  Well let me tell you what is in this beauty.


1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup almond milk
1 packet Vanilla Shakeology
Blend and serve. 

SO why am I so freaking addicted to this product? Besides being a cancer survivor and knowing that the ingredients are the best out there. 
My hair is growing like CRAZY I have been trying to grow my hair long my whole life. Don't listen to people when they say nothing makes your hair grow faster. Good nutrition WILL MAKE IT GROW... almost too fast. Shaving twice a day isn't going to happen, but I almost need to now! My nails are the same story and I don't like having long nails so I am trimming once a day now.
Here are just SOME of the superfoods that are in just ONE packet. I was buying all this stuff every month (Picture of the products I usually buy attached) and each ingredient ranges from $9.99 to 18.99 a piece if I get the organic non-gmo which I do.. I have to (cancer). So here is how I just cut my grocery budget in half. I am such a believer I finally aligned myself with this company. Which is something companies have wanted from me for several years. Get this stuff. If not from me, (http://www.shakeology.com/momwhatsfordinner) get it. It changed my life. All my proceeds are going to my charity. It is not about money. It is about getting everyone HEALTHY!
Camu-Camu powder – Comes from the rain forest. This has the highest amount of vitamin C in any plant. Camu- Camu is energizing, mood lifting, and strenghtens the immune system.
Pomegrante powder – This antioxidant can be helpful in treating diabetes, dementia, cancer, and menopausal problems.
Bilberry powder – An antibacterial and anti-flamatory. This fruit has shown to improve vision and symptoms associated with diabetes.
Blueberry powder - This fruit is very high in fiber and nutrients and have been proven to lower blood pressure, protect against stress. It’s also helped to get rid of abdominal fat.
Lycium (Goji) powder - These berries contain 18 amino acids. Goji is used to treat hepatitis B, heart and blood pressure conditions, used as amemory enhancer, and used for treatment for breast and cervical cancer.
Acai powder - A powerful anti-oxident that is used for blood pressure,cholestrol levels, heart disease, and cancer prevention.
Cordyceps - A type of fungus that have beneficial properties for bone marrow and kidneys. While increasing stamina it protects against free radicals and restores energy.
Maitake powder – A mushroom that has been used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine to enhance the immune system, regulate blood pressure, glucose, insulin, and both serum and liver lipids, and may also be useful for weight loss.
Reishi powder – Reishi is a mushroom used in traditional Chinese medicine, protecting the liver, as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer treatments.
Citrus bioflavonoids – Extracted from fruits, bioflavonoids are widely used in Europe to treat diseases of the blood vessels and lymph system.
Rose Hips powder – Rich in vitamin C, rosehips are commonly used for reduction in asthma symptoms and allergies.
Schisandra powder (berry) – An Asian vine believed to be beneficial to those suffering from hepatitis, and seems to work well as a stimulator for the central nervous system, increasing brain efficiency, improved reflexes, and an accelerated rate of endurance.
Suma powder (root) – An indigenous plant to South America, the root has been studied for it’s ability to increase stamina and endurance and reduce fatigue.
Gingko powder (leaf) – The oldest living species of plant on earth. Gingko has been used in Chinese medicine to stimulate the blood circulation and have a tonic effect on the brain, reducing lethargy, improving memory and giving an improved sense of well-being.
Maca powder (root) – A nutrition-packed root vegetable from the mountain plateaus of the Peruvian Andes that is rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals – known to increase energy, stamina and endurance, support the immune system and adrenal function, reduce chronic fatigue, regulate and support the endocrine system, and even treat menopausal symptoms.
Sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) meal – With an average of 48 to 49 percent omega-3s, Sacha Inchi is an excellent vegetarian source of fatty acids, contains high amounts of protein and can assist the body’s formation of nerve tissues, eye tissues and cell membranes. It may also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and help regulate blood pressure and support normal function of the immune system.
Yacon powder – Grown in the Andes of Peru, Yakon helps to regulate sugar blood levels.
Flax (seed) meal – Flax is high in B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, omega 3, fiber, and our best source of lignans which may promote fertility, reduce peri-menopausal symptoms, and possibly help prevent breast cancer. In addition, lignans may help prevent Type 2 diabetes.
Chia meal – Chia is a muscle builder and a good source of amino acid and omega 3′s.
Hydrilla – This plant from Asia, Europe and Africa is hailed for providing increased energy levels, improved immunity, improved digestion, reduced body fat, increased mental clarity, decreased appetite, improved joint, hair, skin and nail health, and an overall increased sense of well-being.
Apple pectin powder – Apple pectin is a water-soluble fiber, helpful in removing cholesterol out of the intestines and delaying glucose absorption.
Astragalus powder (root) – Used in traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed to strengthen debilitated patients and increase resistance to disease in general and boost immunity.
Blue green algae – May boost immunity, prevent cancer, heart disease, aid weight loss, improve memory, detox the body and fight malnutrition.
Spinach powder – Spinach has been used for years to help relieve anemic problems due to its high iron and chlorophyll content.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) – Supports healthy connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, and muscle. Thus, it is important in conditions such as arthritis, muscle pains, bursitis, etc.
Pea fiber – May help to improve cardiovascular health by reducing cholesterol. Fiber is credited with helping to lower bad cholesterol levels in the blood and may thus help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Quinoa (sprouted) – Quinoa is a complete protein, containing all the eight essential amino acids and an excellent source of potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium (Nature’s medicine for people suffering from Migraines), iron and B vitamins. Excellent for the heart and since they are an insoluble fiber, it helps in gallstone prevention.
Ashwagandha powder (root) – Has rejuvenative properties commonly used in Ayurveda for stress-induced fatigue, nervous exhaustion and general debility.
Barley grass – Barley grass is hailed as “the healthiest of the healthy green grasses”, acting as a free radical scavenger and known to reduce inflammation and pain.
Kamut grass – Ancient Egyptian wheat known for its low gluten levels and contain more protein and minerals than common wheat or other cereal grass.
Oat grass – Contains beta-carotene, vitamins K and C, folic acid, calcium, iron, protein, fiber and B vitamins.
Wheat grass – Wheat grass by itself is not very palpable, however, it contains P4D1, a “gluco-protein” that acts like an antioxidant, reducing inflammation. It is also thought to be able to help the body attack cancer cells. This grass has high levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein, enzymes, chlorophyll and mucopolysaccharides, and is known to be highly alkalizing to the body, aiding detoxification.
Amaranth – This ancient grain is very high in iron and protein. Additionally, Amaranth has three times the calcium of milk.
Grape seed extract – Surprisingly, grape seed extract may be better for you than the grapes from which it is derived. A vast array of health-giving ingredients are in these tiny seeds. Protein, lipids, carbohydrates and polyphenols help the body fight viruses, allergens, and carcinogens. A phenol you might be particularly interested in is procyanidin. Procyanidins bond with collagen. Collagen is a key component of skin, gums, bones, teeth, hair and body tissues.
Green tea decaffeinated extract – Green tea has important antioxidants and compounds. Studies reveal an impact on heart disease and cancer which are promising. The antioxidants, called catechins, scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA.
Holy basil powder – Holy basil powder contains vitamin C, carpteme, calcium and phosphorus which helps the skin stay healthy and supple by protecting it from environmental toxins. It contributes to the health of the throat chest and lungs and protects the respiratory tract and has been used as an anti-inflammatory.
Sweetened with Stevia – Native to subtropical/tropical South America and Central America, stevia sweetens whatever it is added to without adding calories. Research shows a regulating effect on the pancreas and has been used to help stabilize blood sugar levels, therefore useful to people with diabetes and hypoglycemia. It may lower elevated blood pressure, aids in digestion, reduces gas and stomach acidity. It has been shown to inhibit the growth and reproduction of bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay.
***Not only does it contain these superfoods but it also is:
- Gluten free and caffenie free
- No refined sugars and artificial sweetners
- Provides health supporting Chlorophyss, Polyphenols,Prebiotics, and Proanthocyanins.
***Oh Yeah, it’s only 140 calories 
Get yours here!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Superfood Chocolate Vegan Mocha Milkshake


I whipped up a quick superfood vegan chocolate mocha frapp shakeology to drink while i worked this busy morning. Ill do the ‪#‎breakfast‬ in a bit. I just dont wake up starving and like to swap and have a ‪#‎snack‬ first then breakfast mid morning. Did I just drink 5 salads worth of veggies and probiotics? Yup! Did it taste like a milk shake? Do you want to know what one packet has??? ‪#‎chia‬ ‪#‎flax‬‪ #‎quinoa‬ ‪#‎amaranth‬ ‪#‎pea‬ ‪#‎camucamu‬ ‪#‎acai‬ ‪#‎gojiberry‬ ‪#‎green‬ tea ‪#‎spirulina‬‪#‎spinach‬ ‪#‎kale‬ ‪#‎moringa‬ ‪#‎chlorella‬ ...just to name a Few of the ‪#‎superfood‬ ingredients that come in one packet. I used to buy all those ingredients seperately. Now life is good. and much less expensive and much more tasty!! Always Organic and non-Gmo If you want to see the other 20 superfood ingredients go here http://www.shakeology.com/momwhatsfordinner and click on your flavor and the nutritional guide. So great!!!

December's Clean Eating Crock Pot Group


I am in the middle of leading this amazing group right now on this clean eating challenge. It is going so well, we are getting a lot of people asking to join midway through. SO back by popular demand, we are doing another one December 1st!

Free grocery list, FREE recipes, FREE support and motivation.
Why do it? One week of putting real whole food in your body can change everything. Your mood, Your aches and pains, Your sleep habits, your outlook on life.
Why not clear out your body before Thanksgiving? I think you are all capable of eating clean for one week. I also think the way you feel at the end of the week will blow your mind.
If you are planning to change your lifestyle in 2015, this is the perfect first step. Life is all about balance. We all over do it on Thanksgiving so this is a great way to balance it out.

Okay Holidays! Not this year! I'm not going to let all the deliciousness of holiday foods do me in!! I have worked hard on my fitness goals and I LOVE that I've learned how to eat clean and still ENJOY my meals--just as much as when those meals were not healthy! Quite a few of you have been asking for recipes and/or meal plans suited for the holidays and winter festivities that your family will be sure to enjoy! All while saving TIME by using my favorite kitchen appliance--MY CROCKPOT!!! So, I've decided it's time for another FREE clean eating focus group!! You IN? 

7 day this time and it is FREE! Can't beat that price, eh? 
My last group, people dropped anywhere from 3-8 lbs...in a week!! Not too shabby!!

I will be providing a complete "Crockpot" meal plan (easy to follow and yummy!) WITH shopping list! Everyone will be expected to do some sort of exercise but I will provide some workout plans too. {But walking your dog would count too!}
It'll also include: 
•Daily motivation/check-in 
•My tips on getting those most out of your work outs 
•Support from the group 
•My favorite healthy snacks
YES?? Simply ask to join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/693383594092028/ 
We will get this party started on December 1st So, mark your calendars!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The gift of giving

I am so excited today because I get to build a house for habitat for humanity!!! I have always wanted to do this, but never knew how to get on a team. Then I started this amazing job and right away they asked if I would want to help them give back and build a home! 

I have been down so many roads in my life already. I have come from being a single mom, scraping by to make ends meet and worrying about how I am going to continue to provide for my kids, to working so hard to GET everything I thought I wanted. It turned full circle and I ended up with a huge mansion on a hill, and it was the time that I "had everything" that I was most miserable. So then I worked diligently to get rid of all that weighed me down. I gave up what everyone thought was the dream life, for the actual dream life. 

What I found along the way, was I was most rich, when I was giving, not receiving. So my life has changed to a life of servitude. I don't think about things anymore. I now spend every moment in gratitude. When I walk down the street I see opportunity to help the homeless and spread love. 

What about you? How are you living your life? It is never too late to make it the life you love. I encourage you to take the first step today. 
Love,
Christi

Monday, November 17, 2014

Clean eating egg salad wrap

So I will be giving you a glimpse into how this Clean Eating Challenge is going. I have 33 participants and I could not be more thrilled. Doing this challenge together helps us stay motivated. It holds us accountable and we feel like we aren't in this alone. Plus we are making amazing comfort food that leaves us full and satisfied.

I will be doing another clean eating challenge next month so stay tuned for more peeks into what's going on! You can follow me on Instagram: @momwhatsfordinner for more views of the FREE recipes I provide. In fact the Clean Eating Challenge is completely free. It comes with a FREE grocery list, FREE recipes, and FREE meal planning for breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks per day. The dinners feed a family of 4 The breakfast and lunch options serve one, because everyone has different dining needs in the morning. It also comes with me as a FREE coach. Nothing costs. We believe in sharing not selling. I get points for participants, so I would love for you to join me in December!! This group is now closed. But I am going to redo another one December 1st for those that missed out on this one. 
If you want in on the next one, simply email me momwhatsfordinner@yahoo.com and I will make sure to invite you to the next group.

So on day one here was the lunch recipe:

Clean eating egg salad wrap

2 hard boiled eggs (whites only if you are being really good)
¼ cup cottage cheese
1 Tbsp yellow mustard 
½ tsp dried dill 
sea salt and pepper to taste. 
1 cup lettuce or raw veggies of choice (cucumber is great too)
Organic gluten-free whole grain wrap/tortilla

Peel your hard boiled eggs. Chop them up. 
Add cottage cheese, mustard, dried dill, sea salt, and pepper to the eggs and stir. 
Lay out your wrap and line it with your lettuce and/or veggies. 
Top with your egg salad and wrap closed. 
Serve immediately.
 If you are taking it on the go just keep the egg salad separate from the lettuce and wrap/tortilla. Store in the fridge until use. 

Day one clean eating breakfast


Good morning! Today is the first day of my 7 day Clean Eating Challenge. For those of you that did not join, but are curious. I will be posting a few of the recipes on here. I plan on doing another one after Thanksgiving. So here is your sneak peek!

I got up bright and early and made me and my hubs the day one breakfast. We both thought it was scrumptious. I made a few minor changes that I will share with you all. 
First, I added onions, because Randy and I are huge onion fans, adding any veggies is always okay!
Second, my hubs and I can't stand mushy tomatoes. So I put my organic tomatoes on top, not mixed in. 
Lastly, I served mine on a toasted ezekiel bread which meant we didn't need butter on the toast.

We both were very happy with the results. Yay for day one! 

Ingredients:
2 eggs 
2 egg whites
1 cup spinach
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced tomato
1 tsp avocado oil (optional)
Sea salt and Pepper to taste
1 slice whole grain gluten-free bread

Steps: 
1. Whisk your egg and egg whites together. Prepare your veggies.
2. If adding onions, I added a little avocado oil and the onions to the pan for 1 minute. (This is also where I start toasting the toast)
3. Pour eggs and spinach over onions and scramble.
4. Serve scramble over toast. Tada! Enjoy!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Clean Crock Pot 7 day free clean eating challenge

Okay guys! My group closes in 2 days. You have 2 days to think about doing a 7 day clean eating with me for FREE! Free grocery list, FREE recipes, FREE support and motivation.
Why do it? One week of putting real whole food in your body can change everything. Your mood, Your aches and pains, Your sleep habits, your outlook on life.
Why not clear out your body before Thanksgiving? I think you are all capable of eating clean for one week. I also think the way you feel at the end of the week will blow your mind.
If you are planning to change your lifestyle in 2015, this is the perfect first step. Life is all about balance. We all over do it on Thanksgiving so this is a great way to balance it out.
I have 11 awesome peeps that have committed to this. Any other takers? Simply reply with "I'm in!" and I will add you to the group!

Okay Holidays! Not this year! I'm not going to let all the deliciousness of holiday foods do me in!! I have worked hard on my fitness goals and I LOVE that I've learned how to eat clean and still ENJOY my meals--just as much as when those meals were not healthy! Quite a few of you have been asking for recipes and/or meal plans suited for the holidays and winter festivities that your family will be sure to enjoy! All while saving TIME by using my favorite kitchen appliance--MY CROCKPOT!!! So, I've decided it's time for another FREE clean eating focus group!! You IN? 
7 day this time and --totes mcgotes-- FREE! Can't beat that price, eh? 
My last group, people dropped anywhere from 3-8 lbs...in a week!! Not too shabby!!

I will be providing a complete "Crockpot" meal plan (easy to follow and yummy!) WITH shopping list! Everyone will be expected to do some sort of exercise but I will provide some workout plans too. {But walking your dog would count too!}
It'll also include: 
•Daily motivation/check-in 
•My tips on getting those most out of your work outs 
•Support from the group 
•My favorite healthy snacks
YES?? Simply comment with "IM IN!" below and I you're set! 
We will get this party started on Monday, November 17th! So, mark your calendars!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New Year, New You!



I know you don't want to hear this, but it is November. That's right. Time for all the holiday temptations that leave you feeling miserable after the damage has been done. All of us fumble during this time, myself included. 

Knowing that I will take a few mis-steps during the festivities, I decided to be pro-active about it. First of all my daughter and I committed to a 21 day detox/cleanse reset that we will do online and we hope you will join us. 
Moms, we are supposed to be the example here. Let's make sure we do that!
There will be sponsors announced soon. To join follow us and let us know you are committing to take the challenge. I will post more about it later. The hashtag for this challenge is #MotherDaughterReset2015  Even though we have this challenge coming,  this is not the time to stop and say "I will just start in January". It is the time to make small little steps to prepare for when you are ready to dive in. I have committed to making this happen in 2 simple ways.  

1. I will make sure I get my daily body movement. For me that is walking and yoga. For someone else it may mean a game of basketball, zumba, piyo, insanity, or simply riding their bike. To each their own. (If you do not have a program or a gym. Email me, I can get you plugged into a challenge.)

2. I am committing to making sure my body gets 100% of the nutrition it needs EVERY DAY! No exceptions. Fine if I stumble and eat that treat, at least I know I put all the proper nutrients in my body first! When my body is properly taken care of, I stumble a lot less. You may say "It is impossible to do every day". You are wrong. If you stumble on getting your fruits and veggies in your body, you can do what I do and use the superfood wellness shake that has all your daily nutritional needs in one packet. I commit to having one per day. It is as easy as sprinkling it in my food sometimes. 

This is the time to start planning for your life to change. 
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result. You have to do things differently if you want a change. Christmas is around the corner. Instead of asking for the same stuff. Ask for workout clothes, yoga mats, foam rollers etc... whatever your movement of choice is, now is the time to PLAN, so you can take ACTION when January 1st comes.

I don't know your situation, weight, health, emotions etc... but chances are if you are reading this you are hoping to make some changes in the New Year. I am here to help you. I can help because I spent last year taking these steps, I was successful and my life completely changed for the better. It starts with you and how you take care of our body. It flows over into every other part of your life, your relationships, your job, your finances,... it can all stem from how you feel about yourself. 

So how about it? Do you want to take this journey with me? I will help you personally with this. Since winning my battle with Cancer last year I have a strong passion to help others. You can email me personally and I will get back to you. Let me help you live the life you have always dreamed of!
Email me, I am here to help! 

"While cancer is an awful thing, I am grateful I had it, and lived through it, so I can help others avoid it." -Christi Silbaugh

Friday, November 7, 2014

Healthiest chocolate granola ever!

Recipe for this amazing granola below. 

How many times have you told yourself "It is time for a change." only to have the days, months, years pass, with no change occurring? I have been in that boat many times in my life. Thankfully I had a wake up call with cancer, and everything changed.

For the sake of being "real" here. I will start by saying because I am a published author (3rd book coming out in April of 2015 Nourish), and successful blogger, I get bombarded with companies wanting to align themselves with me. I cannot tell you how many companies have approached me, and I have turned them all down for the past 5 years. I wasn't interested AT ALL. Then cancer happened, and I re-vamped my whole kitchen, life, choices...everything.  Being "SCARED STRAIGHT" by my doctors. I carefully monitor every single ingredient that goes into my body. That takes time. A lot of time. A lot of money. A lot of frustration. There have been times when I have simply skipped meals because I could not find anything "safe" to put in my body when away from home. I had to come up with a solution

So I started making my own healthy blend of nutrients I could add to my food, granola, smoothies etc.. Putting things like Chia seeds, Acai powder, maca root, goji berries, barley grass, algae, flax seeds... the list went on and on. Ordering these in organic non-gmo form broke the bank, but my health was worth it. Why? Because cancer nearly took everything. All our savings, all my energy, and almost my life. 

I finally broke down and started researching all the pre-made protein powders out there and I was so discouraged. Full of soy (not ok for cancer patients), and a ton of what I call non-food items, and fillers. That is the stuff tumors are made of people! In all my research though, one brand shined. Shakeology. Really?!?!?! I was floored. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I had been told about it, but blew it off for one simple reason. I am not a shake girl. I believe in whole foods and eating them. I was wrong though. Shakeology is whole foods. 

It is all the stuff I have been slaving over making my own blend and a heck of a lot cheaper!!! HOLD THE PHONE. I started digging and reading and I fell in love. It had EVERYTHING I put in my own blend AND MORE!!! Non-GMO, Organic... all the things I need and I love. 

I fell so much in love, that I became a coach. What does that mean? It means that yes, while I do sell shakeology through my site, I am more concerned with helping others (YOU) get healthy. I am tired of the excuses of "It is too expensive" or "I don't have the time". The fact is, you have time now, but you won't if you don't take steps to get healthy and fit. 

I DON'T BELIEVE IN DIETS! 
This is not a diet! This is a lifestyle change. It is giving your body what it needs, rather than filling it with the crap you tend to turn to. 

You can't afford not to! 

Are you a person who struggles to get their veggies in? 
All your daily nutritional needs in one glass, for $4. 

So you are like me and not a shake person? No problem! I have numerous ways of using shakeology in food to give you the nutrients you need. My favorite quick treat is my chocolate granola. SO easy, SO healthy and leaves me full for so many hours! 

Chocolate Protein Granola

1/2 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds
1/2 Cup Pumpkin seeds 
1/2 Cup Shaved (not grated) Coconut flakes
2 packets Chocolate Shakeology
1 Cup Rolled Oats
1/4 Cup Raw Mountain Honey

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large skillet, melt your coconut oil and add in, sliced almonds and pumpkin seeds. Cook until slightly browned. Sprinkle in your shakeology and stir well. 

Transfer to a rimmed large baking dish. I use a lasagne pan, lined with parchment paper. 
Add your oats to the baking dish and drizzle the honey over them. Now stir in your chocolate nut/seed mixture. Spread it out evenly in the pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 325, then remove and stir again. Do this every 15 minutes until the time reaches 1 hour, or your granola is nice and brown.

Let cool before storing in an airtight container.

Don't you worry, You can get your Shakeology here. If you are interested in adding movement (which you need to). Contact me. I would love to get you started on one of our Beachbody programs!


It is simple and is done from the comfort of your own home, with me checking in on you and available for questions and assistance! Contact me today!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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