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Monday Motivation: Feel Comfortable

Self Confidence!! Out of the many benefits of working out on a regular basic, this is one of them. It’s a great feeling to step on the scale and see results after all your hard work. Who doesn’t love their clothes to find a little better? Weightloss can certainly improve body image Exercise can improve your mood. It has also for thought to decrease anxiety, stress, and depression! So exercise on!!   

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Monday Motivation: Have Strength

The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow. This holds very true with fitness training. Sometimes after pushing yourself through a hard workout you wake up the next morning sore. This mean your muscles are getting stronger!! Congrats to you. Sore Muscles = Progress. Strive for your goals!! 

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Taco Tuesday: DIY Flour Tortillas

Have you ever wanted tacos but didn’t have the soft shells you are wanting? Well here is an easy recipe to follow. It is a bit time consuming but they turn out great!! I have noticed maybe recipes call for oil to be used. Instead of using vegetable or canola oil, I prefer to use extra virgin olive oil.

Olive oil contains more monounsaturated fats which help lower cholesterol. It also contains polyphenol from the olives themselves which contains antioxidant properties. Oil olive is a healthier, less processed option. One of the characteristics of oil olive is its distinct flavor. The flavor in my opinion does take a bit to get used to and can be a bit overpowering. So per my preference, I have cut back some of the olive oil in my recipe and substituted melted butter.

Easy Flour Tortillas:

  1. 3 C Flour
  2. 1 tsp Salt
  3. 1 tsp Baking Powder
  4. 3 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  5. 2 T Melted Butter
  6. 1 C Water

1. First you will need to add all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together.

2. Add oil and butter, combine. For this step a fork works well.

3. Add water and mix. Knead dough together with hands once it starts to form a ball.

4. Once smooth, divide into 16 formed balls. For this step, I used a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, fallen, and repeat.  Now take each of 16 pieces of dough and roll into individual balls. Place back into mixing bowl.

5. Cover and set in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes for it to set. Do not leave in fridge for longer than 30 minutes as it will make the dough stiff and hard to work with.

6. Pre-heat flat skillet to high heat.

7. Roll dough on lightly floured counter with rolling pin. Roll out until dough reaches 6 inches in diameter. Tip: once to size I used a pot lid to cut dough into a circle shape.

8. Place on hot pan, no grease needed. They will bubble!! Heat until tortilla starts to become lightly brown in some areas. Flip and cook other side. Repeat with remaining dough. Tip: don’t stack tortillas prior to cooking as they will stick to each other.

Tortillas can be stored in a gallon sized Ziploc bag for up to one week. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds to soften after refrigeration. Not only can these tortillas be used for tacos, they work great for snack wraps or thin crust personal pizzas. So many options to choose from!

Enjoy!!

 

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Monday Motivation: Mentality is Everything

Results are not seen overnight. It can be very discouraging when you take the time and effort to workout several times a week and not see results. You try to follow a healthy eating regime and little change is seen. It takes weeks to see results– keep going!! 
You need to fight for yourself and keep on working towards your goals. Remember why you started. You need to make changes in your life for them to happen. Team up with a buddy to help push each other towards your goals. 

Stay focused and stay strong. Don’t give up on yourself. You need to stay mentally strong to have ability push yourself physically. 

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Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing

If you like oil and vinegar salad dressing I have a clean eating recipe for you!! You just blend all the ingredients together and it’s ready in minutes. Many store bought dressings are full of preservatives and sugar. This is much healthier option. You can you a blender or a whisk for this recipe. I used a Magic Bullet which was super easy to you. The best part is that I can store the salad dressing in the same container that I used to blend in by just throw in a lid on it. Hooray for any recipe that creates less dishes!!

So here it is:
Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing

Add all ingredients into Magic Bullet and blend for 15 second. Enjoy.

 

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