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Pumpkin Mousse

recipes Nov 07, 2017

You all must try this.  It was SO fast and easy to put together and required NO baking!  It tasted like pumpkin pie filling BUT instead is packed with nutrients!  This is NOT a low calorie food so don't "gobble" it all down :)

1 can of pumpkin -1 3/4 cup
3/4 cup canned coconut cream divided
3 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
pinch of salt
Cream Topping
2 Tbsp. Coconut cream
2 tsp. Maple Syrup
Pinch of Cinnamon
To Make the Mousse-
Place all the top ingredients in a bowl and whisk until Smooth.  Divide into 4-6 Jars, cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight.
Coconut Cream - Mix the cream, syrup and cinnamon together and refrigerate.

Place a dallop of cream over top of the mousse just before serving.  You could add toasted coconut on top for an extra special touch!

I hope you enjoy! 
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Halloween Candy Rules

(how many calories and how hard is it to burn that stuff off anyway?)

VIEW on FOX Rochester

My mom agreed to go on the News with me last week and ride an exercise bike to burn off the Calories in the piece of candy I'm holding.  Yeah that's my mom!  I'm 36 and I'm not the oldest kid.  She is a great spokes person for our program AND Exercise / Nutrition in general!

4 Helpful Candy Rules:

1 - Don't buy it until the day before (if you already have...Danger!)
2 - Buy Candy you don't like
3 - Don't open the BIG bag - once you do you'll be more tempted
4 - Make a kids day - at the end of trick or treating dump all your candy in the last kids bag and turn out the light.  That kid will remember it forever!!!  (and you won't start your holiday weight gain early)

At anywhere from 20-120 Calories for a "fun sized" candy you could easily bring in an extra 500 calories per day in a couple bites.  Plus the high sugar content makes you more hungry...

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I was stuck in a state of being OK..

transformation stories Oct 20, 2017

Yanira's Transformation:

Before I start telling my health journey, let me said Tall Trainer has been a blessing not only for me but also for my family. When I started boot camp I was in a place where I think a lot of moms out there can relate. I am a stay at home mom, who is all the time with my kids. I felt selfish doing anything for me, if I did not include them. I was overtired, unfocused, exhausted, I used to eat anything at any time; I did not feel enough for myself. I was in a state of being ok, that was enough for me. I used to think that I did not have time to do anything for me. My responsibility as a mom was my excuse to think that I did not have time to exercise or time to take care of myself.

 One day something shifted in me. The possibility of being better, the possibility of a change. It was not about me anymore, it was about being a better mom, engage in my kid’s games, play with them, and enjoy them, being not a good but a great role...
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Mexican Cauliflower Rice Skillet

recipes Oct 05, 2017

This is SO fast and so EASY!  Its good warm or cold.  I make a huge batch and put together meals to eat for lunch for the next several days!  You are getting a TON of veggies without it feeling like you are chewing for days!

This is a MUST ADD to your recipe box!

1 pound of lean ground beef or turkey 
1/2 medium onion diced
1 red pepper diced
3 tbsp. taco seasoning (I use trader joe's brand)
12 ounces cauliflower rice (fresh or frozen)
1 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes (or fresh)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

-In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground meet until almost cooked through.  Add the onion and pepper and continue to cook until no longer pink.  Stir in the taco seasoning

-Add the tomatoes and cauliflower rice and stir to combine. ( 6-10 min)

-Sprinkle cheese on top and cover until the cheese is melted.

I like to add some avocado on top or plain greek yogurt. 

*substitute beans for the meat and...

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I needed to make a serious change!

transformation stories Sep 20, 2017

Jenny's Transformation:

When I joined Tall Trainer in October of 2015, I was in serious need of making a change in my nutrition and fitness levels.  I had lost weight before but was pretty close to my highest weight ever.

My motivation came from inside.  I realized that I needed to make a change or run the risk of health problems.  I was also feeling limited in what I could do and just not feeling good about myself.

My 1st few months were amazing!  I lost weight and felt successful.  After just 2 months, I was down 25lbs., 2.4% body fat, 7” on my waist and 5” on my hips!  Andrew’s positive encouragement made me feel that I could do this and it was worth it! 

I have learned so much from all the trainers and our daily mini lessons.  Their positive approach toward life and physical fitness has changed my attitude on living a healthy lifestyle.

After 18months I am down 64 lbs., 13” at my waist and more than 10%...
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Thomas Edisons Motivational Advice

healthy lifestyle mindset Sep 10, 2017

Hey Friend,

Here's something to think about.  Thomas Edison has this great quote that I share in this 1 minute video.  It's definitely worth the time.  Success is tough to reach and tough to keep.  We need motivation like this to keep moving forward.  CLICK HERE or on the Picture below to see the 1 minute video. 

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Pea and Avocado Dip

recipes Sep 05, 2017

This dip is super FAST and EASY to make.  I usually have these ingredients on hand and can make it for a quick snack or appetizer.

Pea and Avocado Dip:
1 ripe Avocado
1 cup of frozen peas thawed
1/2 fresh Lemon (juiced)
1 clove of garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Add it all to a blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth and you are ready to eat.  I use a mini food processor and that works great!

This is great as a veggie dip.

MY FAVORITE way to eat this is on a toasted piece of Ezekiel bread, thinly sliced radish on top and fresh black cracked pepper.  This is SO good and I feel like someone fancy made it for me to eat.

P.S. I actually do NOT like radishes but for some reason I LOVE them on top of this. Give it a try, you may like it!

I hope you enjoy!
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News-3 things that could end the health care crisis!

Hey Friend,

You may have seen this online but just in case you haven't it is a very shocking and hyping kind of statement that I said first in a class off the cuff.  I began thinking about it deeper and realized "Whoa, if we could get everyone doing these 3 things it could end the health care crisis!"  Of course getting people to do anything is the ultimate challenge, but maybe you can do these things for yourself to decrease your chances of having a personal health care crisis. 

You might have heard about these before but I find I need reminders constantly.

>>Click on the image or this link to watch <<

If you are local and want to hear a Faith based health and fitness talk I've got the honor to fill in at the West Bloomfield Congregational Church at 10 am THIS Sunday!  (  I'm used to speaking but does it mean I'm preaching if it's in front of a church on Sunday?  :o)  (God help me represent You well!!!)

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My body issued a cry for help!

transformation stories Aug 22, 2017

My journey with Tall Trainer started with my body issuing a cry for help.  I had gone to Urgent Care for an ear infection and they told me my blood pressure was extremely high.  I knew what a normal blood pressure was, but hadn’t really considered what was high.  When the nurse at Urgent Care told me I needed to set up an appointment with my primary care physician as soon as possible, I looked up blood pressure ranges to see how bad I was.  If I was one number higher, I should have been headed to the ER.  I made an appointment the next day and started addressing my issues.  The doctor put me on blood pressure medicine immediately and told me I should start losing some weight to help with this.

I had previously trained and received my black belt in martial arts.  Throughout this training, I was able to lose all the pregnancy weight I had gained and never lost (even though my baby was then 8 years old!).  The training was great, but I...
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Watermelon "detox" Water

recipes Aug 04, 2017

I have to be honest.  When I see the word "detox" I cringe.  I think I have read to many "drink this detox..blah blah for 7 days and lose 7 pounds" and that drives me nuts.  That is not sustainable and extremely difficult.  One time in college my friend and I decided we were going to only eat watermelon for three days.  We went to the store and each bought 3.  I made it to noon, was so hungry, cranky and peeing orange.  Later that day we went to Sonic and certainly ate more calories if we hadn't had that silly idea.

So here's the deal.  Drinking water is detoxing.  Eating any fruit or Vegetable will detox you.  Working out and getting a good sweat will detox you.  Yes, certain things will do more so than others and we are made to daily detox!

I am not a water lover.  I think it is BORING!  I would rather drink coffee and Vanilla coke all day.  But turns out I get a raging headache and feel less than stellar if I...
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