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It's Time For The Next #PaleoChat

Yep, it's that time again!
I'd love you to join me for #PaleoChat on twitter Wednesday, August 1st at 
7:00 pm mountain time (6 pacific, 8 central, 9 eastern).
This month we'll be chatting about being paleo in a non-paleo world.

3 Fabulous Summer Protein Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies are a go-to favorite of mine in the summer. They're a great way to keep my protein up, especially when it's just too hot to think about eating anything else! 
I like to make my smoothies really thick. More like the consistency of soft serve ice cream. They really do feel like more of a decadent treat to me. One note: depending on how good your blender is you may need to increase the amount of liquids in these. I actually blended the blades right off my old blender from so many thick smoothies!

The Whole Planet Foundation

Happy Thursday everyone! One more day to the weekend...
I wanted to pass this information on to you guys. It's for a great cause:
GoodBelly Teams up with the Whole Planet Foundation
GoodBellyhas partnered with the Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Whole Foods Market to help alleviate poverty worldwide. 

Genetix HD by GNC Week 3 Results

Genetix HD at GNC.com 

Week 3 of GenetixHD went so much better than week 2! I remembered to take my supplements every day and my food was on point. Go. Me. 
My workouts for the week consisted of The 30 Day Shred only, I didn't manage to get any runs in. I did however work my tail off around the farm. Pulling weeds in the garden, hauling buckets of water, and just general HARD work. Hey, every little bit adds up, right?
I'll get right to the numbers...

My Top 10 Tips for Eating Paleo on a Budget

"Paleo is expensive!!" 


"I can't afford to eat paleo!"


I hear things like this a lot. Every time it surprises me. I guess because it doesn't seem that way to me. We are a family of 5 living on much less than the average family of 5 and we eat paleo. 


First, I think you have to look at what you're NOT buying on paleo that will save you money. You're not buying convenience meals, soda, juices, energy drinks, candy, snack foods, breads and other baked goods, grains, beans, sugar... Take those things right off the top of the grocery budget and that leaves a lot more for paleo-friendly foods.


I agree that good meat, healthy fats, and veggies (the bulk of what makes up a paleo diet) aren't cheap, but I don't find eating paleo prohibitively expensive. In fact, I'd say I'm spending about the same as I was before. 


My top 10 tips for eating paleo on a budget

Let's Just Call It a Wash

Genetix HD at GNC.com 

Well, this post is supposed to be my week 2 results of my GenetixHD review...but, let's just call it more of a check in.

Recipe: Banana Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

I love, love, love protein pancakes. They're my go-to breakfast lately. Have been all summer. 
I should point out that these go under my paleo-ish recipes.  They are not strict paleo because of the whey protein.
This is absolutely my new favorite protein pancake recipe...but then I always say that, don't I?
A few things about this recipe (and all of my protein pancake recipes): They need fat. If you try them without the fat they won't turn out as well.Certain protein powders do better in making protein pancakes than others. Also, depending on which protein powder you use, you may need more or less liquid to get the right consistency.Make sure the pancake is well set before you flip it or you'll wind up with a mushy mess. Still, a delicious mess.

A Day At The Zoo

If you've ever wondered where to go when you visit Colorado Springs, I have several suggestions for you. The first being: The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! It was recently named a TripAdvisor Top 10 Zoo and is absolutely a Colorado must-see.


The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a family favorite and was stop 1 on our Fit Family Road Trip. What is more perfect for a trip focused on keeping it fit and active than a zoo on the side of a mountain?

The Fit Family: Road Trip Edition

Welcome back to another fit, fun, family Colorado Friday. Today I have an event of my own to announce. As part of my new The Fit Family series I will be doing The Fit Family: Road Trip Editions. The first one starting today!

Vacations should absolutely be times of fun, adventure, and relaxation. But to me that does NOT mean they have to be sedentary and loaded with unhealthy choices. If we're looking at health and fitness as a lifestyle and not a fad, this should include our vacations. 


Healthy road trip tips:

GNC Genetix HD Review: Week 1 Results

Genetix HD at GNC.com
Week one of Genetix HD down! I kept my calories between 1500-1550 all week. My workouts were: Wednesday yoga, Thursday-Saturday 30 Day Shred, Saturday ran 2 miles, Sunday 3 miles of hills, and Monday/Tuesday 30 Day Shred.

The 30 Day Shred

Since completing Jillian Michaels Body Revolution a couple of weeks ago I wasn't sure what to do next. I have realized that I tend to do better following a program and blogging about it. It keeps me accountable and focused. So, I've been searching for what program to do next. 
I contemplated another round of Body Revolution. I considered ChaLEAN Extreme...but July is pretty busy for us. It's when I plan ahead for our homeschool year. I plan our school calendar and order our textbooks and supplies. There's a lot of family stuff going on. BBQs, family reunions (yes, more than one)...on and on. It's just a busy month. I decided that I didn't want to compound that by jumping into a 90 day program or anything with very long workouts at all. 
I kept looking.


I started GNC's GenetixHD last Wednesday and still hadn't decided on what workout program to do with it! I've owned Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD since it first came out in 2008. I've done the wor…

#FitFunFamCO Friday: Run For Your Lives - Denver

Welcome back to another fit, fun, family Colorado Friday! Today I have a hilarious race event to share. Get ready to Run For Your Lives Denver...

What:
A zombie infested 5k obstacle course race.


When:
July 14, 2012


Where:
Thunder Valley Motocross
701 South Rooney Road
Lakewood, CO 80465


Hype or Help: GNC Genetix HD

It's time for another Hype or Help Experiment! Not going to lie, I really enjoy doing these in depth reviews. The last couple of months I've seen several friends talking about their experiences with a new supplement program from GNC called Genetix HD. 

Paleo Ground Chicken Italiano

Lately I've had a lot of people asking me: what the heck do you eat? Mostly in relation to my eating paleo and gluten-free, but also some on how I eat to lose weight. I've shared the basics: meat and veggies, eggs, healthy fats, some fruit and nuts, a few seeds and a little bit of high quality dairy like grass-fed ghee (dairy is not strict paleo)...but that is sort of vague, they want to know more. 
In an attempt to better answer I've decided I'm going to try and share a recipe once a week here and also share more photos of my meals on instagram. You can find my instagram link in the sidebar if you're interested in my daily meals.
Today, a recipe! I threw this together the other night and it turned out so good I had to share.

July #paleochat Reschedule

July's #paleochat will be July 11th at 7 pm mountain (9 eastern, 8 central, 6 pacific) because the first Wednesday is the 4th holiday.
Hope to see you there!

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KETO Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

I love a good glass of red wine now and then, I mean it's practically a health food, right? ;) But sometimes I just want a cocktail. I'm all for moderation and having a drink now and then, but I'm just not down with the calorie, carb, and sugar counts of some of my favorites. Seriously, have you ever looked them up? Eek. So, I've set to work at converting my favorite cocktail recipes to be more keto diet friendly!

The first cocktail recipe I'm tackling is the keto lemon drop. I used to love these, but haven't had one in years because of the sugar in them. In my early twenties I had a friend who used to make them for me all the time. We would have a shaker full of these, a good dinner, and a chick flick on a weeknight, it was kind of bliss. Her recipe called for so. much. SUGAR though! Looking back I think she may have used a wee bit more sugar than most, but they were really good.



I think my keto-ized recipe comes pretty dang close to those delicious memories! It…

Jillian Michaels BodyShred Full Review

I have to say my two months of BodyShred flew by! It seems like I just started yesterday. Ah, time flies while you're having fun. Right? OK, in this full review post, I hope to give you a good overview of exactly what the BodyShred program is as well as my thoughts and opinions on the program. So, is Jillian Michaels BodyShred hype or help? Let's chat...

Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED is Jillian's latest total-package fitness program. This set includes:


What's in the box:BodyShred Fitness Guide
BodyShred Meal Plan
BodyShred Rotational Calendar
BodyShred "Let Them See You Sweat" Workout Towel
DVDs-
     8 - Shred Style Circuit Workouts
       1. Launch
       2. Rise
       3. Amplify
       4. Escalate
       5. Conquer
       6. Triumph 
       7. Zenith
       8. Apex
     2 - Straight Cardio Workouts
       1. Fire Up
       2. Ignite
    Plus, bonus workout Opus and a disc on the cast and teaching the moves. So, a total of 12 DVDs are included in this set.


The BodyShred Workouts

Paleo Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burgers

Since going Paleo my family has fallen even more in love with our grill. Paleo and grilling just work well together. The past couple of years I've even been stepping outside my grilling comfort zone more and more. Grilling things I'd never thought to have grilled before and trying new flavor combinations. I have to say I'm pretty thrilled with the results of most of my flavor experiments. 

In the past I'd never have thought to grill fruit, but it's amazing. Grilling fruit and adding it to traditionally savory dishes? Brilliant.

Oh yes, and? New rule: every burger recipe for the rest of forever must contain grilled pineapple. OK, maybe more of a guideline. It's a seriously delicious combination though.

This Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger is always a crowd-pleaser at my house. It's not only Paleo, but Whole30, glutenfree, lower carb, and clean eating friendly. I promise you won't miss the bun! 

paleo, grilled pineapple burger, smoky grilled pineapple burger,…

KETO Hot Cocoa Pancakes

OK, I know I've been on quite the low carb pancake tangent lately, but THESE! Seriously, these are yummtastic. Yummazing? Ya, they're really good. They just might be my favorite recipe I've ever done. Ever. OK, that might be my paleo apple crisp recipe, but that's not low carb...ooo, I wonder if I could tweak that low carb...

That would be brilliant!

You know, bloggers area always talking seo this and seo that (seo stands for search engine optimization if you're not a blogger) and I'm just over here yammering. I'm pretty sure when google's spider crawlers (anyone shiver at that word picture? eesh) get to FitViews they just think, "Yeesh, move along. Nothing to see here." Ha ha ha!

Anyway, pancakes. KETO Hot Cocoa Low Carb Pancakes no less. So good. 


As I've mentioned before I'm back to low carb (keto actually) and developing new recipes to make it easier to stick with. I find I just plain feel great when I eat ketogenic, and I definitely h…

The Killer Jillian 30-Day Workout Rotation #killerjillian

If you've visited FitViews before you have probably noticed I'm rather fond of Jillian Michaels at-home workouts. I own virtually all she has and have reviewed many on this blog. They're just good, solid workouts that give me great results. 
I'm particularly fond of Jillian programs, calendars, and challenges. I've blogged through Body Revolution and BodyShred. I vlogged through the 30 Day Shred. Pretty much every Jillian challenge set forth I've delightedly owned.
But I'm feeling a bit "been there done that" lately. I want a new Jillian challenge. Something fresh, something challenging, something different. Something new to motivate me and push me. So, I decided to come up with my own! I'm calling it the #KillerJillian Challenge.


The #KillerJillianBefore I launch into the calendar, a little disclaimer: This challenge is in no way endorsed by Jillian Michaels. It's just a for-fun workout calendar I came up with. Also, I'm not a trainer, d…

Keto Coffee Cake Mug Cake

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Dairy-free keto has been pretty seamless for me. Well... almost. I miss my keto pancake recipes. Which ALL contain cream cheese. So bummer. I mean, one can only have omelets for breakfast so many times.
In looking for something delicious to replace these with I've started playing around with keto mug cake recipes. Yes, you can look forward to a deluge of about 5 million and 3 of those variations in the near future. ;)
This recipe was an accident. I've been working on chocolate variations the most. For obvious reasons. So much so that I ran out of cocoa powder. I started making a chocolate mug cake the other day and when I reached for the cocoa powder there was none. Oops. 
So, after some digging I found cinnamon and thought, hmm why not?
Why not indeed! This Keto Coffee Cake Mug Cake is my new favorite keto breakfast. It's quick, easy, and completely delicious. With only 7 grams total carbs and 320 calories, I confess I have one most days for brekkie.

This recipe is not only …

Easy KETO Mocha Recipe

Keto coffees are a staple in my daily ketogenic diet lifestyle. I have an average of 4 a day and mix it up quite a bit. You know me and my coffee; you should see my counter top full of keto products and concoctions I've built up. I just love trying and combining them for new coffee recipes. All super easy and delicious.

I know, I know everyone says you shouldn't drink your calories. Meh. I really love my coffee. And therefore drinking my calories I suppose. Moving on...

Today I'm going to share my super easy keto mocha recipe with you. This is one of my go-to's that I have quite regularly. It's just so yummy and only 2 grams TOTAL carbs (don't blame the keto for what the net carbs did).

Easy KETO MochaIngredients1 mug fresh brewed coffee or espresso 1 scoop Perfect Keto Chocolate MCT Powder 1 scoop collagen (I use this one because it is the most complete I've found) 1 Tablespoons Left Coast Performance Cacao Keto Coffee Creamer (Completely optional, but completel…

KETO Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes

I have gone back and forth with low carb since I was 24. I feel better when eating keto and I definitely have good progress with weight loss when I eat that way, but it can be a challenge to stick with. As I get older I find that the feeling better part of being low carb has become my driving motivation for sticking to it. I'm completely committed to keto now and that has me finding new ways to stick with it!

Ways such as keto pancakes. Say what-what? Yes. Low carb pumpkin pancakes no less. And? They're pretty darned yummy...

Whether you're seriously bored with your egg fast or just a low carb or keto style eater these Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes are for you! With only 5 grams of carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE they'll fit nicely into your plan. They're a quick and super easy breakfast option. Plus, yes, they're delicious! And oh so appropriate for pumpkin spice season. Oh, who am I kidding, I eat them year-round.

This recipe makes 3 or 4 decent sized pancakes a…

Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Growing up the only encounter I had with sweet potatoes was at Thanksgiving dinner. I hesitate to even call them sweet potatoes though. They were more like sugar coated sugar, with a side of sugar. Seriously!
The recipe was to coat a baking dish in margarine, add diced sweet potatoes, top with more margarine and a healthy heaping of brown sugar. Bake. And then? At the end you top the whole thing with a bag of marshmallows and bake again.
Blech! Needless to say I was never fond of sweet potatoes.
When I first went paleo I decided to reacquaint myself with sweet potatoes. They’re a great paleo-friendly carb source. I must confess the thought made me shudder, but I persevered. I tried them simple. Baked. I was so shocked. They're so good!
Now, I love sweet potatoes. They’re a go-to side dish for family dinners. Not only are they delicious, but they’re good for us and easy to make. The funny thing about sweet potatoes is they taste amazing all on their own. When it comes to sweet potato r…

Hype or Help: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Program Review

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Disclaimer: I received Jillian Michaels Body Revolutionfor review purposes. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.

After three long months of testing this program I'm finally down to the review! I've had so many questions, and I hope to answer them all here.
So, is it hype or help? Have a seat, let's talk about that...

What you will need for these workouts:
A set of light, medium, and heavy hand weights to suit your ability level.


What's Included with Jillian Michaels Body Revolution: 15 Workout DVDsResistance CableFitness Guide BookFat Burning Meal Plan7 Day Kick-Start Your Metabolism Plan90 Day JournalBookmark
What's in the box? My unboxing video if you want to see it all:
The Body Revolution Diet Plan I've had a lot of questions on what exactly the diet plan for Body Revolution is. Let me break it down... The diet for this program…