Sautéed Brussel Sprouts

This is a recipe I get asked about a TON!brussel-sprouts

Brussel spouts get a bad name, but they are delicious!  Just make sure to add bacon.  😉

But seriously, the first time I tried a single sprout was a year ago and it was because I was at my mother-in-law’s and couldn’t say no.  I went all 4 year old on her and grabbed half a sprout, to smell, lick then taste.  I was blown away at how good they were!!  How could people say they were awful?  Maybe these are sprout lovers who don’t want the rest of the world to know.  Either way, I’m tearing the cap off it.  Brussel sprouts (with bacon) are DELICIOUS!  Give them a try.

Ingredients:
3-4 pieces of bacon (regular or turkey) cooked and crumbled, fat removed
1 bag of Brussel sprouts, end cut off and sprouts cut in half or chopped (totally up to you how knife happy you get)
1 Tbsp of bacon fat or olive oil

Directions:
Warm the fat or olive oil in a skillet
Add the cut sprouts into the skillet and sauté on medium heat
Stir occasionally, but let the sprouts brown
After the sprouts are brown on at least one side, add the bacon and warm through.

Serve!

Optional:  Some people like to add a little salt, some like a little sautéed red onion and some like to add balsamic vinegar.  I like mine just like how the recipe is, but feel free to make them your own!

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Cafe Latte Shakeology Balls

Inappropriate?  Yes.  Hilarious?  Yes.
This video is all I could think about when I was making these.  (Insert laughing/crying emoji.  How do you do that?!)

So now we have that out of the way and the elephant is out of the room (you know you were ALL thinking it!), here’s the recipe to Shakeology Balls.

This is a great little snack when you’re having a sweet tooth and perfect for on the go, while also getting a wealth of vitamins and greens in during your day.

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Ingredients:
2 scoops or packets of Shakeology.  I like Cafe Latte and Vegan Chocolate the best with this.
1/2 c organic crunchy peanut butter.  (Make sure there’s no added sugar in the ingredients!)
1/2 c unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 c honey
tsp vanilla extract
**I like the coconut and the crunchy peanut butter for texture.  I don’t like the Schweddy  Shakeology balls as much without the texture**

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients together and place in the fridge for about 5 minutes
Remove and begin to roll into balls (about the same size you would a cookie)
I like to bag them into twos and place in the fridge for easy access.
That’s it!!

 

If you already have Shakeology, give it a go and let me know what you think!  If you don’t have Shakeology, but would like to try this recipe, you can find a full month of Shakeology here (your best deal) or email me at kristina@krisdlewis.com to get a few packets!

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What is Core de Force? Join our Test Group!

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Core De Force is an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) style home fitness program that will transform your entire body in 30 days.

I am so excited to announce that this brand new Beachbody home fitness program is going to be launched on the 31st of October!

Core De Force is a 30 day total body transformation program that will rock your world.  The best part about the program is that the only equipment you need is YOU!

It includes 3 minute “rounds” where you will get boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai, knee-elbow combinations, bodyweight training and cardio spikes that will help you lose belly fat and shred your body.  If you can focus on hitting it hard for 3 minutes at a time before you know it the workout will be over.

I have had the opportunity to do Core De Force as a preview to the release date.  This workout gets your heart rate up, it gets you sweating and I couldn’t believe how sore I was the next day.  I noticed that it really does focus on your entire core and getting your midsection defined, which of course is a woman’s top area to spot treat right!!!  So check out all the details here if you are interested in changing up your workout, breaking a plateau, getting started with your transformation or holding yourself accountable over the holidays.  I am going to be hosting a private test group for people who are ready to join me in this 30 day program.

What is Core De Force? 
Core De Force is your 30 day countdown to a total body transformation.  This workout was created by Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews, it is the ultimate mixed martial arts-inspired workout that is going to really knock off the belly fat, get rid of inches and tone and tighten your entire body with no equipment.

I love this workout because in every workout there is a “learn it & work it” section that breaks down the moves so that you can learn them before you do the workout.  So if you are new to the MMA style exercises this will give you confidence to go right in and kick some butt.  Core De Force is also not on a beat or rhythm so you do not have follow a specific routine per se.  There are modifiers in every single workout so no matter what your ability level is, you can go at your own pace.  As you get stronger the goal is to challenge yourself with higher intensity and increased focus.

I also like that there is no equipment needed except yourself.  This is key for those that are budget conscious, don’t have a lot of room to workout or are traveling and want to workout in a hotel room.

Core De Force takes the barriers away to getting started in your health and fitness journey because it is EASY, SIMPLE to follow and all you really have to do is show up and PRESS PLAY on the workout of the day!  My goal is to EMPOWER YOU AND GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE TO MAKE THE CHANGES NECESSARY SO THAT YOU CAN LIVE A HEALTHY AND FULFILLING LIFE.

Who is Core De Force For? 

Core De Force is for EVERYONE.  Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced level in your fitness you can do this workout.  You will enjoy the challenge of taking the intensity higher to improve your cardio strength, speed and endurance.  Each MMA inspired workout has an optional move breakdown to help you get familiar with the combinations.  There is also a “modifier track”  so you can follow a split screen if you would like as well.

Core De Force also focuses on rotational moves which means you will work your core from 360 degrees every time you hit play. That is going to be awesome for all of us who really want to tone that trouble area!

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What Is the Eating Plan Like?  The nutrition guide was created to be simple, clean foods, that you can easily measure out and combine to give yourself a well balanced nutrition plan that will fuel your body with the energy it needs to crush the next workout on the schedule and get the results that you want.  If you really want to know what this program can do for your body make sure that you are 100% committed to the nutrition plan because what you eat is 80% of the results that you get.

The nutrition plan follows the portion fix, but you will not receive another set of containers unless you want them!  Each food category is measured out and explained in detail to you.  The plan is meant to be SUPER EASY to follow so that you don’t get overwhelmed with to many options.  Plus, in the test group I am hosting I am going to be walking you through the entire nutrition plan as well.

How long are the workouts?  
The workouts are 30-45 minutes in length and you workout 6 days a week with a stretch on the 7th.  The workout program is 30 days in length.
There are 8 workouts in the program:

MMA Speed- ∫ Upper body and core focused boxing influenced workout. (27 minutes)

MMA Shred- Muay Thai inspired elbow and kicks for total body shred. (37 minutes)

MMA Power- Uses explosive and defensive style movements in this fast paced cardio conditioning workout (47 minutes)

MMA Plyo- Core De Force is an MMA style home fitness program that will transform your entire body in 30 days.   When you combine boxing, Muay Thai and plyometrics in one workout you get a huge calorie burn and RESULTS. (47 minutes)

Power Sculpt- Total body burner that uses explosive power and interval training to lean and sculpt.  (37 minutes)

Dynamic Strength- Low on impact but high on intensity. (47 minutes)

Active Recovery- Recharge for the week ahead with this rest day that focuses on form and technique to help fight fatigue and sore muscles. (21 minutes)

Core De Force Relief- A quick 5 minutes stretch before bed session. (5 minutes)

Team Beachbody Exclusive MMA Mashup– All the best Core De Force moves in one workout.  (26 minutes)

Core Kinetics- A unique core workout inspired by Mixed Martial Arts movements.

5 minute Core on the Floor- the ultimate core finisher- 5 minute challenging plank movements that gets your abs on fire.
If you want to take your fitness to the next level after your 3o days you can get these 3 additional advanced workouts too:

Agility Strength- combines fast footwork drills with body weight resistance to help improve coordination and blast major calories.  (9 rounds- 37 minutes).

Agility Power- Grab your agility ladder and rip through multifunctional training that ignites every muscle and helps shred fat for serious definition (6 rounds-27 minutes).

MMA Kick Butt- This workout is meant to target your legs and butt with nonstop mix of powerful kicks and calorie burning conditioning spikes (9 rounds- 37 minutes).


When Can I Get This Workout?
Core De Force will be available on the 31st of October to customers of Team Beachbody coaches.  So if you do not have a coach right now make sure to sign up with me so that I can be your coach and guide you from start to finish through the program.  Here is your link to create your Free Team Beachbody Account.  Make sure that you complete the application below to be considered for a spot in my Core De Force Test Group so that you can also get the support and accountability to start and complete the program.

Feel free to join Core De Force Coach Sneak Peek to get a FREE Sneak Peek into Core de Force on Monday, October 24.

How Much Does It Cost?
Core De Force has a variety of options.  The one that I recommend the most is the Core De Force Challenge Pack because it comes with everything you need to be successful with this program.  It comes with the entire Core De Force workout program, nutrition guide, program manual, Shakeology, access to me as your coach, discounted price and shipping plus it gives you entrance into my Test Group where I will be personally walking you through the nutrition guide, helping you to create a food plan that meets your needs, giving you recipes, tips, daily accountability so that this program does not become another dust collector on your shelf.

The Challenge Pack is $140 on Sale starting October 31st through November 2016.


How Can I Get Involved In My Support & Accountability Group?
So now here is the MOST important part.  How do I REALLY succeed at this program??  Well, anyone can go out there and buy the Core De Force Challenge Pack and do the workouts.  Unfortunately I have seen many of times ( I am also guilty of this) where we purchase a program with the best of intentions and before we know it, the workout is sitting on our shelf collecting dust and we make excuses for why we don’t have time or it isn’t the right timing.  So don’t let this be another program that you have good intentions with!  It’s time to take charge of your fitness and nutrition and get involved in a closed online community of support that is going to help you start and complete the program and get the RESULTS that you want just in time for the holidays.  Better yet, we are going to help you create a holiday plan that is going to give you the flexibility to enjoy the holiday things you want to eat but still get results.  Does that sound like a good plan?

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Do you want to join???  Here is the requirements and how to get started:

  • In my Test Group I am going to be requiring that each participate for the entire 30 days of the program starting on the 14th of November.  Each participant must have ME as their assigned coach.  You cannot already be working with another coach or be a coach yourself.
  • You must commit to both the fitness program and Shakeology to join the group.  You will be getting everything you need for this group when you sign up with me.
  • You must be willing to participate daily in the closed online group.  I will have you log your workouts, your daily food activity and provide you with tools, tips and recipes to help you get to your goals.
  • You must be willing to give it your all!  Change is not always easy but it is totally worth it.

There will never ever be a perfect time to start your fitness and health transformation.  You literally just have to take that leap of faith, bite the bullet and go for it.  If you do not try, how will you ever know if you can succeed! This just might be that 1 thing where everything comes together and just finally makes sense to you and your lifestyle.

Connect with me on my Facebook Page to see even more details on the event and news and announcements.

I want to see you crush those goals and feel confident and empowered to take on the rest of your life!!!!

10 Meals Under $10

For the first time EVER I am coaching a 10 Meals for Under $10 Group!!

It will be ran through Facebook and you can go here to join.

You will receive 10 recipes, with shopping lists, for you to print and use.  The group begins Monday, September 19.  I would love to have you!

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One Year Down!

It’s been a year since I gave up really good for great.

I still remember the emotions that came with the decision and I hope I always will.  The long nights and early mornings.  The constant hustle.  Being so proud that we did it!  That we actually made this happen.  The ‘Oh crap, what am I doing’ thoughts.  The lump in my throat.  The sweaty palms and crazy heart beat all day.  Walking to the parking lot knowing this was it.

This past year hasn’t been easy.  Business goals were missed and figuring out a new schedule was hard.  But, AHHHHMAZING things have happened in between.

Like picking up my kids from school.
Getting homework done early and being able to sit down with them and really help them.  Not the let’s do homework while I cook supper and before we have a soccer game help.
Coached all of Emme’s teams.
Went to Jamaica and the Bahamas with Ben.
Stood in front of 25,000 while our team was recognized in Nashville.
Took vacations on a whim.  Like in the middle of the week, whim!!
Merged teams with one of my most amazing girlfriends and business partners, Lindsay.
Helped coaches on our team rank advance, step outside their comfort zones and grow as people.
Went swimming with the kids on a Wednesday.
Made it to my first Field Trip.
Helped people get off blood pressure and cholesterol medication.
Had lunch with friends.
Took care of my nephew when he was sick.
Had friends who were told they couldn’t get pregnant, get pregnant because they became healthy!!
Sat on the back porch more often with Ben.
Went on Pokemon hunts with the kids.
Donated to more causes.  Both financially and with my time.
Travelled more.
Laughed more.
Loved more.
Saw the good in situations that used to stress me out.
Helped others learn how to cook healthier.
Painted the hallway.
Painted trim. And more trim.  And more trim.
Cleaned out flowerbeds.
Went on bike rides.
Maxed out my Roth.
Enjoyed Christmas.
Was a more present wife and mom.

The decision wasn’t easy.  The big ones.  The life changing ones, never are.  But I’m so glad I said yes.

Thank you all for your support, for trusting me with your health, your goals, your dreams and your fears.  It’s something I do not take lightly and look forward to doing for many many years to come.  #oneyeardown

One Year Down

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Shrimp Stir Fry

Guys.  This recipe is sooooo good!

I came across it on the Ultimate Reset and ate it every night for supper the last 4 days while I was completing the program.  One of my favorites!!

All I really did was switch up an oil, add some onion and shrimp.  Simple and one skillet.  Win win!  And perfect for busy school nights.

Shrimp Stir Fry phonto (3)

Ingredients:
1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
1/2 zucchini, halved and sliced
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 cups frozen broccoli
Handful of chopped mushrooms
1 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp Bragg’s liquid aminos

Directions:
Add the oils in a large saucepan on medium heat and warm
Add the onion.  Warm through and stir until partially caramelized
Add the carrots and stir for about 4-5 minutes
Add the broccoli and stir for 3 minutes
Add the zucchini, mushrooms and shrimp and stir frequently for 4-5 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through
Remove from heat and add the Bragg’s liquid aminos.  Stir well.
Serve immediately.
Serves 2.

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Country Heat Meal Plan

My first challenge group for Country Heat kicks off on Monday and I am so excited to wake up every morning and see videos of my challengers dancing it off!  It’s going to be such a fun 30 days!

One the most time consuming parts of each Challenge Group, that I do, is create weekly meal plans.  I remember when I coached my first Challenge Group I was so pumped for everyone to get the amazing results I did, but was disappointed when people didn’t.

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After asking each challenger specific questions I realized nutrition was the hardest part, not working out.  With that information, I put my meal plan in a spreadsheet and shared it with the group.  I also included the recipes that I use and added a shopping list.  I was surprised to see EVERYONE eating what I was eating one day one, then again on day two and so on.  By simplifying the nutrition even more, my challengers were getting amazing RESULTS!  I found the missing link and never looked back.

I normally keep myself in the 1500 bracket for food, but plan to go ALL IN with Country Heat, so I’m following the brackets as they are meant to be.  Depending on your starting weight, and circumstances such as nursing or pregnancy, your bracket can be different.

Week One Country Heat

The results I have seen in the tests group have blown my mind.  From dancing!  Cannot wait to kick this off on Monday and have fun while getting healthy. I think it’s the perfect program for all the teachers and others that have let the summer fluff take over.  You workout for 30 minutes a day, for 6 days, for a month and your workout is DANCING!!  I mean seriously.  Surrriously.  How cool is that?

The demand for Country Heat and Challenge Groups has been so big I will be starting new groups every single Monday of the month.  You have plenty of time to join!  Just go here and get it ordered, then email me at kristina.d.lewis@gmail.com to let me know.

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Country Heat is HERE!

Do you like the newest and hottest music?

Do you like dance cardio?
Do you want to spice up your cardio?
Do you DISLIKE working out?
Do you need your workouts to be fun in order to do them?No matter what your reason, if you are looking for something to spice up your fitness regime or you want to get started this could be the program for you!

Beachbody has released a BRAND NEW fitness program!  COUNTRY HEAT is going to knock your socks off!  At first I was a little skeptical of a country music workout because I have two left feet, I’m not very coordinated and I just want to get in, get my workout done and get out.  I really wasn’t excited about this new program!  BUT….. that all changed when I got the chance to do the sneak peek of! This program had me literally DRIPPING sweat and I didn’t feel lost or confused by the moves.  Anyone can do it!  It is not hard at all.  Plus my legs were on fire, my core was burning and I could tell it is way more than cardio.  It’s great for your entire body!

I am really excited for the launch of this program and I’m going to be walking a select group of people from beginning to end through the program!  I’m going to be making sample meal plans, giving you recipes, tips and guidance on how to rock this program!  The people in the test group are getting incredible results and one even lost over 60 pounds in 90 days!!! That is so cool.

So lets talk about WHAT this program actually is?
First of all it features all of the hottest country music!  There is NO CHOREOGRAPHY to remember, just follow along for the 27-30 minute workout!  This workout program is high energy, low impact dance workout that is super fun and easy to follow.  Autumn Calabrese created this program and has also created the 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Co Creator of Hammer and Chisel, author of the Fixate cookbook, mom and bikini competitor.  She has her certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. She is extremely talented and gifted at getting you results.
There are 5 high energy, cardio based dance workouts, 1 dance conditioning workout, and the portion controlled eating plan.
WHAT MAKES COUNTRY HEAT EFFECTIVE?
First of all it is a workout you will actually stick to!  Autumn makes it fun and easy.
You get 5 high energy dance workouts and 1 dance conditioning workout to give you all the calorie burning benefits of a great cardio workout while using every muscle in your body to fire up your metabolism.
There are no complicated moves, NO WEIGHTS OR EQUIPMENT required.
Autumn uses her portion control container system and meal plan to help you lose weight by eating what you want in the right amounts each day.
 
WHO CAN DO COUNTRY HEAT?
 
ANYONE from beginners to 21 Day Fix Graduates to those advanced in their fitness that want something different and fun!  It is great for all ages and sizes!  People who like Zumba, people who want to lose weight and are looking for results in 30 days!  People who generally don’t like to exercise or who want a lifestyle change, but aren’t sure where to begin!  {DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU??}
This workout is great for people who have tried and failed at complicated diets and exercise programs.  The reason is that its easy to follow the portion controlled container system and you have ME as your coach to guide you every single step of the way!  I will teach you how to meal plan, prep, and stick with the workouts from beginning to end.  Plus the workouts are fun and you don’t even know you are working out!!!
If you want to lose weight then yes that is accomplished in the program!  I encourage everyone to do at least 2-3 rounds of the program. The reason is that in the first 30 days you are just learning the ropes.  You are getting a good handle on your nutrition and understanding the portion controlled containers.  As you dial in your nutrition you can increase your results!!
This program is great for those that like to dance but are intimidated by choreography.  THAT IS ME!!!  I have two left feed and I want to get in, sweat and get out!  So I’m pumped for this!
WHAT DO YOU GET WITH THE PROGRAM?
When you purchase your Country Heat you will get:
– 6 workouts on 3 DVDs in 30 minutes or less.
-7 Color coded portion controlled containers to efficiently help you portion out your food
-Country Heat Nutrition Plan which is an easy to follow guide that has recipes, tips, and more to help you get results.
-30 Days of Shakeology in any flavor
-Quickstart Guide- This is a simple 3 step guide that preps you for your fitness journey by giving you the low down on the nutrition plan and workouts.
-30 Day Calendar so that you know exactly what workouts to do in what order to maximize your results.
-Plus when you get the challenge pack you get access to Country Heat On Demand which means unlimited access to stream Country Heat and all the other workouts to any desktop, laptop, tablet, TV or mobile device.  So you can start your workouts the minute you make your purchase.

SO DOES THIS SOUND LIKE A PROGRAM YOU WANT TO DO??

Did you know you can get it right here from me?  

The first step is to create a free Team Beachbody Account so that I am your coach.  Use this link to set that up:  Create A Free Account Here

Next, the challenge pack for Country Heat is the best bang for your buck.  It comes with the entire Country Heat Fitness program, the nutrition guide, program manual, food storage containers, 30 days of Shakeology, access to stream your workouts with Beachbody On Demand and its on sale with discounted price and shipping right now!   This also gives you access into my exclusive Country Heat private accountability and support group where I will be giving you sample meal plans, recipes, daily tips and motivation to get you started with the program, keep you motivated and help you to see the results that you are looking for.

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This is the total package!!  Trust me, you want the support from others just like you.  I know when I started with my journey it was so beneficial for me to have other women that I could ask questions, could tell me to go workout when I didn’t feel like it and they would help me stay on track with my nutrition.

So how do you get the Challenge Pack: Here is your direct link.  Just make sure that I am  your coach before you make your purchase.  Country Heat Challenge Pack Link

If you would like to start with the Kick Start Challenge Pack that comes with a 3 day refresh to really kick start your weight loss, get you on the right track with your nutrition so you are ready for the start of Country Heat you can get this option too!
Country Heat Kick Start Challenge Pack

This is also a great time to sign up as a coach!  If you  have ever considered coaching before or you love the Beachbody Fitness Programs and Shakeology and you want to save 25% off of everything you purchase and you want to share it with others then this is a great time to sign up.
Here is the link to sign up a a coach with the Country Heat Challenge Pack: Sign Up Here
***Note when you sign up as a coach make sure that at the bottom of the first page it says that I am your Coach,  Kristina Lewis Coach ID 204455.  If you already have a coach please contact your coach to sign up with them and to get into their challenge groups for support and accountability.

Lastly, I am kicking off my Country Heat Dance Party Test Group on August 1st.  So you can join me for 45 days of meal planning, prep, accountability and lots of fun!!!  When you make your purchase do this:

1.  EMAIL ME AT kristina.d.lewis@gmail.com with your order confirmation # and let me know that you would like to be in the Country Heat Test group.

2.  Make sure we are connected on Facebook by messaging me on Facebook.

3.  Lets get this party started!!  I’m so excited!!!

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Lewis Boy Wings

I need to give a shoutout to my hubs for letting me use this recipe (you can find him on Instagram at back_porch_dad).  He’s a true carnivore and LOVES wings, but about 2 years ago we made the commitment to stick to the 80/20 rule of eating clean.  Wings were one of the first recipes he had to revamp and these are goooood!

Paleo.
21 Day Fix.
Lewis Boy approved.
And just in time for Father’s Day!

Ingredients:Lewis Boy Winds
Whole wings (drumsticks and wings attached)
Cayenne powder
Crushed red pepper
Italian seasoning or oregano
Buffalo hot sauce of choice (Tabasco brand is pure paleo, but can be hard to find.  Brands like Frank’s have minimal preservatives)
Blue cheese (optional)

Directions:
Preheat grill to high heat
Dust both sides of the winds with seasonings.  I start with the coarsest seasonings first.  This prevents the cayenne powder from blocking the crushed red pepper and Italian seasoning from sticking well.
Grill on high heat until golden brown and juices are popping. (His words!)
After the wings are seared, move them to top rack to ‘bake’.  Close the lid and check and turn periodically.  Depending on the grill, this should take as long as half an hour.
When they’re done, brush on the buffalo sauce.  Let this cook onto the skin for 3-5 minutes.  Repeat once.
Remove from grill and let cool for a few minutes.  Feel free to top with blue cheese immediately after removing them from the grill if you’d like.

Happy eating!

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