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Easy Sheet-Pan Beef Fajitas

Prep 15 min

Total Time 40 min

Servings 4

These oven-baked sheet-pan beef fajitas are a quick and easy compared to the classic version. The sliced beef, onions and peppers are seasoned and roasted together making this a great weeknight dinner with minimal cleanup.

Ingredients

2 cups sliced onion (1/4-inch slices)

1 medium red or yellow bell pepper (cut into 1/4-inch strips)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix

1 lb boneless sirloin steak (Cut into thin 1/4-inch strips)

8 (6-inch) Old El Paso™ flour tortillas

Optional:

Sour cream

Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky salsa

Chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

Lime wedges

Steps

Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 18×13-inch lipped sheet pan with cooking spray. Add the sliced onion and bell pepper. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning mix and mix to coat. Complete by spreading mixture evenly in pan. Bake 15 minutes; stir.

Place steak into small bowl. Add to bowl remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining seasoning mix until combined and coated. Place on pan with vegetables. Bake 7 to 9 minutes longer or until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.

Heat tortillas as directed on package. Using tongs, transfer steak mixture to serving platter or, if serving on sheet pan, carefully drain excess liquid from pan before serving.

Spoon steak and veggies onto each tortilla. Serve with remaining ingredients. Enjoy!

Quick Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Who loves making something healthy and fast after a long day?  In less than 20 minutes, you’ll be eating a healthy meal all in 2 pots. Clean up is a breeze with this meal.

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Makes: 4 servings
Ready in: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon coconut oil, divided into ½ and ½
1 pound boneless round flank steak, cut into thin 3-inch long strips
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 head of broccoli, florets only chopped
1 medium yellow onion sliced
Brown rice cooked

SAUCE INGREDIENTS
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely minced

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add steak and sauté for 3-5 minutes until no longer pink. Take out of skillet.

  1. In the same pan, add garlic, broccoli, and onion, and the remaining oil, and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the beef back into the pan.
  3. In separate bowl, whisk all the ingredients for the sauce and pour into pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until everything is fully combined and the mixture is warm.
  4. Serve hot over brown rice.

Breaking Barriers – Getting You Unstuck – Boredom

Have you been working on becoming more healthy or exercising and  then hear that little whisper in the back of your mind telling you just how boring this all is? Does it feel like the same thing day after day? If so then this article is to help you think of alternatives to help alleviate the boredom J

How to Overcome Boredom!

Once you find a gym or food plan that you can follow, make sure to build in flexibility around those plans. This will help you from being bored quickly and then not doing the thing you wanted to do in the first place.

Eating the same foods day after day (boring salad anyone??) no matter how healthy will get you off kilter quick. Who want’s that? Change it up! Online there are so many amazing healthy recipes that are also easy to create, and delicious to eat! Take a look, try new things!

Or following the same workout routine each time you exercise, let’s say the same class, or maybe you do the treadmill only (ugh!!). Who wants that? I try to incorporate several types of activities over different days and change it up often! One day I will run, another lift weights, and maybe throw in a yoga class or group class from time to time as well. Keep changing it up and you will not get bored! What you will get is heathier, and we all want that don’t we?

Declining social invitations for fear that there will be tempting drink and food you can’t resist will lead to a boring life, and loss of social interaction is not good for anyone. Maybe eat a healthy snack before you go out to limit your hunger. I am not saying not to eat anything but limit your portions while you are out. This way you can still enjoy the food and drinks but do so sparingly. Heck I even have a cheat day where I let myself indulge a bit. Just be smart about it!

To keep things fresh and exciting get creative with your foods, with your workouts, and with your friends. Experiment with new recipes, commit to trying a new fruit or vegetable, or support group. Rather than diet in isolation, a support group can make all the difference. Commiserate and have fun with those who are going through the same thing. Keep your muscles guessing by signing up for a new exercise class  or playing with speed intervals on your next run.  Add yoga or weightlifting into your workout. And by all means, go to those social events and have fun—just be smart. Don’t show up hungry! Focus more on socialization rather than the food and make the best choices available without blowing your plan.

You got this!

Get Better Results with This Checklist of Changes

Do you feel like you are in a rut? If you’re starting to feel lost then it’s time to get back to healthy basics and follow this checklist. Whenever you are falling off the wagon refer back to this list to help steer you back to healthy.  Sometimes all you need is a push.

  • Limit yourself to one coffee a day. Try switching to a less milky option, like a long black with a dash of milk. Or better yet try not drinking coffee at all!
  • Talking about drinking, swap every drink for a glass of water. Drinking more water is a great way to control unnecessary and unhealthy snacking and keep your body hydrated.
  • Create a positive affirmation just for you. Example for me is “I am fearless.” Does that sound like you! Write it down, say it aloud each day!
  • Take a walk! Even if you’re not feeling like going to the gym, take yourself for a walk — you’ll appreciate the fresh air and the calorie burn. Even in the heat!
  • Start weight lifting! Incorporating weights into your weekly workout rotation will help you get results faster. Many gyms have a free one time fitness training program to get you started. Weightlifting will help get you toned and help with weight loss.
  • Don’t fall for the diet fads.  The All fat diet, the no fat diet, the cabbage diet – WTH! They’ll derail your progress.
  • Add a superfood to every meal. Here is a link to 52 of the healthiest Superfoods J
  • Get your sleep! Everyone needs it!!
  • Keep electronics out of your room! If you need your phone in your room then switch it to night mode (or Night Shift mode, for those with an iPhone) to help with eye strain.
  • Make more time for you (you deserve it)!! Make sure you’re giving yourself time to do things for you. This can be a long luxurious bath, reading a good book, making lunch for tomorrow, exercising, and more!

Hope these help you become an even better version of yourself! Love yourself and get moving!

Review of Noom

When I saw the Facebook ad for this service I was excited to jump onboard.  They have a free 2 week trial period and it is built around having a coach, articles and a group of peers to commiserate with during the trials and tribulations of dieting and making the lifestyle changes needed to succeed.  J

The cost is $25 per month and they say it will take at least 16 weeks to succeed so they will bill you accordingly.

This portion is really interesting: ” After the free trial period ends, all fees and charges assessed are non-refundable. Your subscription will remain active until the end of your subscription period and no subsequent charges will be processed.” So it looks if you do not cancel before the free trial you are sticking with the program for the duration of the program

This app states that it provides you with articles that revolve around your “weight loss Demons.” Things like sugar cravings, social eating and drinking, and being active, and more

It also has a coach to help you through all of these steps, one you can talk with to help you along the way.

The group was my favorite part, as you can talk to them about anything, and get guidance from them, or commiserate with them on issues you are having.

So I signed up right away!

Here’s what’s happening so far…

To sign up you must first fill out a form to have a customized plan that’s fit for you!

First question is how much weight do you want to lose.

Second is your height and current weight.

Third question is your age group.

Fourth is gender.

Fifth question is “how healthy is your current lifestyle.”

  • My diet and activity need a lot of work
  • I have some healthy habits
  • I mostly eat well and stay active

Sixth is “Are you at risk of any of the following: heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, Osteoarthritis, kidney disease, Other or none.”

Seventh is “What’s your biggest Challenge with making healthy choices?”

  • Time — there’s never enough of it!
  • Temptations when I go out
  • I just need a little extra support
  • I don’t know where to begin…
  • All the conflicting advice out there

Eighth question “Which situations would likely trigger unhealthy habits for you? Choose all that apply.”

  • A stressful day at work or home
  • Parties or social events
  • Feeling angry, sad or lonely
  • Eating out at restaurants
  • Sweets in the break room
  • Walking down the aisles of the grocery store

Ninth Question is “What is the best way our course can help you?”

  • Help me balance all of my responsibilities and yet make my health a priority
  • Find a solution that sticks for the long-run
  • Learn how to navigate my environment — from making healthier choices when out to finding ways to cope with stress

After this question you build your plan!

When I signed up on Thursday, my week started Monday. There was articles and whatnot that I assumed that I was supposed to go through. It wasn’t very clear, if I should go back to just move forward.

The Articles I thought were to assist you with your specific issues, but I think it’s more generalized ones. I was given articles on trying to be more active, but in my questionnaire I told them that I was indeed pretty active already. Other articles were, risk factors of being overweight, complications of being overweight, etc. I am not really sure these articles are specific enough for me, bu t I am aure are great for others.

There are 2 coaches that you work with. One is your goal specialist, she works with you about once per week, and if you text her it does take a while to get a reply, usually on the day she said that she will chat with you next. You have a facilitator that is in your group chats and asked questions and tries to get the group engaged.

You also have a concierge to start you off, but I can’t seem to find her any longer.

My big to-do was about the group, I was so excited to commiserate with others about snacking and temptations, and again a big reason why I signed up, but my group is pretty quiet. I ask questions a lot and my facilitator takes them and asks the team to get input but they are fairly quiet.

I am not sure this is the right product for me, so I am trying to cancel the service before I get billed as it looks like I will not get a refund if this goes through.

Canceling I think will be harder than I thought. They have how-to’s but none of them work and they say to speak to the coach but she doesn’t answer the chats for a lengthy amount of time. I may be stuck, even though I have another week before my trial is up. I can keep you posted.

Has anyone else tried this app and how is it working for you? I had just high hopes for this to work.

Easy Things To Remember When Developing Yourself

The act of deciding to become a better person is a big step toward fulfilling your life. Everyone knows that there are ways to improve their lives whether it is coping better with day-to-day stresses or trying to improve your communications with your loved ones or colleagues. The fact that you are internalizing your actions is enough to pat yourself on the back because it proves that you have a good soul. Here are some ideas that might inspire you to act on your good intentions to improve yourself.

Keep studying personal development resources to identify new ideas, maintain focus and get inspiration. There are tons of books, tapes and videos out there to assist you in reaching your goals. By making a habit of reviewing these resources you can pick up new tips and tricks to make your own personal development routine more successful.

While going through the many emotional crisis that can occur in your life, some self help suggestions always help. Although, while trying to help yourself mentally, it is as important to take care of yourself physically. Healthy eating and exercise will leave you with many more positive thoughts than you had before doing such.

Become awake to your true personality. This is easier said than done, especially when friends, family and significant others depend on us being who they think we are or who they need us to be. Look beyond the “you” that you present, and find the deeper, real soul that lives in your spirit. Strive to bring new parts of that soul into the reality of your daily life, every day.

Things that may limit your personal development primarily stem from a negative state of mind. This inhibits your ability to become more and attain more as a human in regards to your career, finances, and your emotional and physical states. If you limit your beliefs and disregard all of the positive qualities about yourself, you will not be able to move forward with your development.

Stop thinking so much about yourself. That may seem counter-intuitive, but when you start paying attention to what you can do for others instead of worrying about yourself so much, good things can happen. The appreciation of others when you’ve done self-less acts is just icing on the cake and you’ll improve how you view yourself, too.

Always challenge yourself. If everything in life were easy, nobody would grow, improve or change. Challenges and adversity are the keys to growing as a person. Try doing something that you are afraid of. The feeling of confidence in yourself when you conquer your fears can push you to new heights.

A good self help tip to combat anxiety is to go to a small get together with friends. This is like a low key party, so you will be able to socialize and get comfortable around groups of people, but you should not get overwhelmed as there are not too many people there.

Be sure to get some exercise every day. Physical activity has been shown to improve mental health as well as physical well-being. Improving health in general is important to continued self-improvement. As the body begins to feel better, self-esteem improves, and life is just better!

If you suffer from anxiety and constant worrying, consider allocating a small portion of every day in which you can mull over your problems and concerns. Make a conscious effort to relegate anxieties and worrisome thoughts to this limited space, whether it is after work or during your daily trip to the gym. You will not be avoiding your problems, but you will be setting them aside so that they do not compromise your productivity and mental focus.

Improve your self-esteem by adopting a realistic body image. Models, actors and actresses make their living by looking good and devote all their time as well as their money to acquire an unrealistic “look.” What they cannot accomplish for themselves is obtained through professional makeup, airbrush, and cosmetic surgery. Don’t compare yourself to a false image. Remember, you are a real person!

While it might seem counterintuitive to growth you need to come to grips with the fact that you are small. In the great universal scheme of things, you are quite tiny and know very little. When you grasp this fact, it becomes easier to open your mind to learning and hearing (and accepting) other people’s beliefs.

Gratitude

Keep a gratitude journal. This is a great way for you to realize that your life isn’t as bad as you think it is. Come up with 10 things every day to feel thankful about and write them down. After a while, you won’t have to think so hard because you’ll begin to develop an “attitude of gratitude” that makes you appreciate your life.

When you are thankful for the blessings in your life and you let other people know it, you are giving a gift to those around you. People love to know that you appreciate what they’ve done for you, so be sure to express your gratitude, often. Not only will it make you them feel good, but you will feel good, too.

If you focus too much on what you want, then you create reasons for why you can not have what you want. This leads you to dwell on your weaknesses. Rather, focus on gratitude. Every day, you should focus on things that you are grateful for. This will give you a positive outlook on life.

Gratitude is a very important step to personal development. You must be thankful for each day as it comes. No matter if it was a terrible day, you should still show appreciation for the day that you did have because you have probably learned a valuable lesson that will benefit you in the future.

So now is the time to act on your inner-thoughts of self-improvement. You have decided that it is time to grow from within and the sooner you begin the journey to becoming a better version of yourself, the better you will feel and live life to it’s fullest. Open your eyes to a newer and brighter future.

Chocolate Lava Cake in the Slowcooker

OK, so this isn’t necessarily a “healthy” recipe but I love Chocolate, and cannot pass up an opportunity to try this out for a future pot luck (Making this on On Monday)

Chocolate Lava Cake
Serving of Chocolate Lava Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package devil’s food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-2/3 cups water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl combine the cake mix, water, eggs and canola oil. Beat on low speed for combine then on medium for about 2 minutes until well mixed. Add to a greased slow cooker.

In separate bowl whisk pudding mix and milk. Let set for approximately 2 minutes to it starts to set, then spoon this onto the cake mix.

chocolate lava cake prep

Sprinkle with Chocolate chips.

Cover and cook on high for 3 or 4 hours or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Serve Warm and Enjoy!

 

12 servings

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 215 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 254mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.