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The Easiest, Most Delicious Roasted Sweet Potato Recipe

So recently I attended the Pennsylvania Farm Show and had one of the best sweet potatoes I’ve ever eaten. It was soft, and the texture was incredibly smooth. “I could eat this every day!” I thought….and I have almost ever since.

 

Turns out that sweet potatoes are a great post-workout recovery food! The amount of time it takes to prep the sweet potatoes frustrates me sometimes: washing the skin, peeling the potatoes, and cutting them into little cubes (from a 3-lb bag of potatoes) can be daunting when you don’t have much time on your hands.

 

However, I discovered this recipe and fell head-over-heels in love with it. It takes less than 10 minutes to prep, and as long as you’re okay with letting the potatoes roast in the oven while you watch television, then you’re good to go.

 

Here’s the recipe video and breakdown:

 

 

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Healthy, Easy Grocery Shopping Tips (while saving money)!

I talk to so many people who say that they hate grocery shopping. One of the main complaints is that they don’t know how to eat healthy and not break the bank.

 

I, however, see this as one of my strengths! On this video, I am going to:

  • Share my most recent grocery haul
  • Share some of my tips for saving money on veggies & produce
  • Share a sneak-peek of my new kitchen in my house

 

Watch below, and share your takeaways with me!

 

 

 

Do you struggle with grocery shopping and eating healthy? Contact me and we can create a personalized shopping list for you! It’s easier than you think! 🙂

 

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Pumpkin Oats Recipe

amandaplazek pumpkin oats

 

It may not be fall JUST yet but I am starting to use pumpkin in my recipes. 🙂 

Here we go! (makes 2-3 servings)

Ingredients:

-1 cup old-fashioned oats 

-1 3/4 cups water

-1/2 cup canned pumpkin

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp nutmeg

-1 medium apple, chopped

-drizzled honey (optional) 

Directions: 

-boil water and cook oats, stirring often. 

-add pumpkin, spices, apple, and drizzle honey (optional). 

-enjoy! 

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OVER 10 days post-coffee: It’s really not so bad.

I miss the taste of coffee. I miss grabbing a Starbucks drink, or sipping it in the mornings.

But I don’t miss how I felt when I drank it.

 

I’ve decided to eliminate coffee from my habits from now on until I absolutely need it. When I need a caffeine boost, I will try Shakeology Boost: Focused Energy (less than a scoop!) or tea. But coffee in the morning is just too much for my system these days.

 

Things that I’ve noticed, over 10 days coffee-free:

  • I am much less shaky than I used to be. This blows my mind. Right around this time of the morning, I would feel shaky if I didn’t eat something substantial. While I am hungry right now, I do not feel as if my blood sugar could drop dangerously.
  • I poop more! Sorry to give you all the TMI, but I must be honest as we go along on our health journeys together. The fiber in my diet is enough to keep me going. Who knew?
  • It’s been taking me longer to get out of bed in the morning. Now, I’ve also been working 55+ hour weeks with all of my jobs combined, which could also contribute to this. But I’d like to work on getting to bed earlier so getting up earlier isn’t so much of a “get-the-jaws-of-life’ routine these days. 🙂
  • definitely get bone-tired exhausted by the end of my insane weeks. It’s been preventing me from being productive on my 1 day/afternoon off during the week. On these days, I drink Shakeology Boost: Focused Energy in my Shakeology. That absolutely does the trick. But only if I need to!

 

 

The moral of the story? Just like eating healthy, being coffee-free is really possible. Trust me. It’s not easy, but my energy/”shaky” level throughout the day absolutely reflects my coffee intake. For this reason, coffee and I have to break up for awhile. It’s not you, it’s me. Promise.

 

In peace & health,

Amanda & the fit family

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9 days coffee-free: I’m almost there!!

I can officially say that I’m 9 days coffee-free! Here are the things I’ve noticed throughout the day:

  • I don’t crave coffee anymore. Don’t get me wrong- I could go for a cup and I love the taste & smell, but I don’t need it to survive in the morning. I’ve been drinking either some chai tea or water in the mornings and it has been going well.
  • I’ve definitely had some days where I think I was detoxing from coffee. I felt exhausted to the core, and I needed the Focused Energy Shakeology Boost. But overall, life really can go on without my cup o’ Joe. 😉
  • I don’t feel shaky like I used to. Anytime I have the Focused Energy or green tea in the morning, I feel “shaky” and get concerned about eating enough food. However, my days have been pretty even, energy-wise! This coffee-free, low- to no-sugar life might be boring, but boy, does my mind feel clear.
  • I had a few caffeine withdrawal headaches. They weren’t fun. But I’m glad they are over.

 

 

So overall, I’ve listened to how my body reacts. While coffee is supposed to bring you antioxidants and speed up your metabolism, I just don’t think it’s my cup of tea at this point in my life. Partially, because it’s not a cup of tea! Ha ha, I jest, I jest……

At this point, I don’t plan on going back to drinking coffee. I just feel too good without it. I’ll stick to my tea and water for now and keep on keeping on.

My quest for better health continues!

In peace & health,
Amanda & the fit family

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Day 5 Coffee-Free: Okay, Shakeology Boost. Let’s try again.

Day 5 coffee-free was also rough. I don’t know if it was because of my grueling Saturday-Monday work schedule, but I was absolutely dragging on Tuesday, 5 days coffee-free. I had only drank my mint green tea in the morning and just couldn’t get my act together!

 

I had to try something. After drinking too much Shakeology Boost: Focused Energy, I decided to give it one more try.

I had about 1/3 of a scoop and that was much better for my system. I just felt more focused and energetic! I went grocery shopping, put away the groceries, went and taught piano lessons, came home, and made dinner for the husband and me.

I felt great. Not shaky, just energetic!

 

As I wake up tomorrow and venture into day 6 coffee-free, I plan to have eggs for breakfast and Shakeology post-workout as my recovery. I’ll be adding my energy boost to it and I should be good to go for the day!

 

Okay....I'll give you one more try.  Source: teambeachbody.com

Okay….I’ll give you one more try.
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In peace & health,

Amanda & the fit family

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Days 3 and 4 coffee-free: “I feel like there is lead in my limbs.”

Sunday marked day 3 of my coffee-free streak and that was absolutely the worst day so far. Sundays typically drain the life out of me, and Sunday was no exception.

 

I worked through the morning and felt okay…until I spent the afternoon in the car while my husband drove. It was almost like I was jetlagged. I fell asleep sitting up multiple times, and had to nap around 5:30 pm before heading out again!

Now, I know that this extreme tiredness could be from my exhausting work weekend in the heat, but I definitely think that my coffee/high caffeine withdrawal had finally reared its ugly, tired head.

 

Monday (i.e. day 4) was much easier to handle, despite the fact that it was an equally exhausting day. I’ve only been drinking low-caffeine chai tea or green tea, keeping the caffeine low (and more of a morning habit).

 

This has been the only caffeine I’ve been drinking (no soda, etc). I’m noticing that, overall, I don’t really need it throughout my day. I know that sounds contradictory from day #3 above, but if I am feeling tired, I drink water and get something to eat.

I’ve noticed one other strange thing: I used to habitually yawn for no reason throughout my day. Teachers used to comment that I seemed tired all of the time, and yet I felt awake as I did it. I’ve noticed that since I stopped drinking coffee, I stopped yawning all of the time! The only other time I’ve experienced this was when I did the 3-day Refresh (a gentle, plant-based, food detox)…which was when, you guessed it, I stopped drinking coffee for 3 days. Hm!

 

 

I’m almost halfway to my 10-day streak! Will I go back to coffee after this challenge? We’ll see!

In peace & health,

Amanda & the Fit Family

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2 days coffee-free (and I’m alive)

Yesterday’s coffee-free day was relatively “easy” in the morning! I’ve been drinking as much water as I can upon waking (about one of my Nalgene bottles, i.e. 32 ounces) which seems to be waking me up alongside my cup of mint green tea. The caffeine count is definitely weaker than a cup of java, but I’ll take it for now.

 

I exercised yesterday, which helped give me energy for the rest of the day. Hooray!

 

However, after being in the heat in a very stressful afternoon at work, I came home, exhausted. It was one of those soul-sucking, come-home-and-lay-down-in-the-fetal-position days. Weekends altogether are that way for me.

 

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Source: buzzfeed.com

 

However, I don’t believe this exhaustion was caused by my coffee withdrawal. It’s really how I feel every weekend.

 

I don’t necessarily look forward to day 3’s level of energy without coffee, but I can say with confidence that I think it’s the best decision for me. I’m not feeling “shaky” in the morning and I am getting by without it!

 

Here’s to day 3!

In peace & health,

Amanda & the fit family

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My Newest Challenge: Coffee-Free for 10 Days

As you know, I’ve been working on being much more conscious with my sugar intake (after I had a scary hypoglycemic episode 10 days ago). One of the perks of constantly working on your health is that you start to notice what makes your body tick: if you feel clear-headed after a meal or if it seems to weigh down your mental clarity. (And stomach. Because, let’s be honest, “food babies” happen.)

 

Over the past week I’ve noticed that I feel “off” and a bit shaky around 9:30-11 am. This would time out about 2 hours after my breakfast, and I can’t figure out why! I eat 2 eggs, one piece of gluten-free toast with peanut butter, and a cup of spinach. Very little sugar there!

 

However….on my day off this week I decided to try my day without coffee.

I felt much more even-tempered. No “shakiness” here! (Just a coffee withdrawal headache.)

 

I returned to my coffee-drinking ways the following day and, alas, my shakiness returned.

 

Now, my shakiness could be a result of making my coffee too strong, but I’ve decided to take this as an opportunity to do something I haven’t done….ever.

 

I’m going to go coffee-free for 10 days.

I know, I hear the collective “WHAT?!” being screamed from behind your computer screens. But I want to live with intention in every facet! And for this reason, I am going to eliminate coffee and replace it with a Shakeology boost.

 

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Source: teambeachbody.com

 

So Shakeology boosts were just released on the market about 2 weeks ago, and I was blessed enough to grab it immediately. This Shakeology boost in particular focuses on giving you, the consumer, energy from natural sources: Guarana, green tea, and other 100% all-natural derivatives. It doesn’t have any preservatives, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, etc. which is why I want to give it a try.

I’m not doing this as a sales pitch- I’m doing it to see if I can continue to tweak my habits to feel the best that I can!

 

Am I scared? Absolutely.

Is it worth it? I honestly don’t know. It may suck, and you may find me sipping my morning java after this is all over.

But give me 10 days and we’ll see what happens!

 

I’ll be documenting my journey as we go along. Make sure to subscribe to my blog so you can see what happens as I remove the IV of coffee from my veins!

 

Here we go, day 1!

In peace & health,

Amanda & the fit family

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1 week post-hypoglycemia: Trial, Error, Sugar

It’s been a week since I had my first serious sugar crash, and I’ve been a little nervous ever since. “What if it will happen to me again in a crucial moment?” I keep asking myself. For this reason, I’ve kept Kind bars, Kind granola and Clif bars by my side (as they are all low glycemic).

 

I’ve also transitioned over to plain Greek yogurt, which used to disgust me (it tastes so plain!). Now I put one of my fruit servings into my Greek yogurt as I eat it, and it’s not too bad! Just another way to keep my sugar low!

 

I’m actually wondering these days if my morning headaches have come from the sugar found in alcohol/late night sugary snacks. Ever since I really watched my sugar count, my headaches have been little to none! As a matter of fact, I fell asleep early and woke up refreshed all weekend. 6 am wasn’t a scary hour for me anymore!

 

 

Sugar….really seems to be at the root of so many problems in America today.

After watching the documentary “Fed Up” (which I strongly recommend for anyone- go check it out, it’s on Netflix), I’ve realized how prevalent sugar is in everything we eat. From peanut butter to tomato sauce to ketchup to bread….sugar is in everything. Here are the things that I’ve been consuming on a daily basis that do have sugar in them:

  • Aldi’s whole grain gluten-free bread (they have a little sugar in it, I believe)
  • JIF natural peanut butter (also, a little sugar)
  • An apple a day
  • blueberries
  • Plain Greek yogurt (even plain has 6 grams of sugar in it)
  • Shakeology (from Stevia- low sugar, certified low glycemic)
  • Kind granola (also natural, low glycemic)
  • CLIF bars, for pre-workout & when I’m on-the-go

 

While I’m not going sugar-free right now, I’ve paired all of these items with protein to keep me full and do my best to prevent a sugar spike.

 

After last week’s episode, I have cut out: 

  • Alcohol (I wasn’t drinking it anyway)
  • Any candy (chocolate, etc.)
  • Pre-flavored Greek yogurts
  • Cereal
  • Honey (because it spiked my sugar level so much last week)
  • Agave syrup- high sugar count, although it’s natural
  • Ice cream

Truthfully, I’m sticking more to the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan than I have in the past, which is better for me, anyway.

I’ve noticed that I crave sugar during this week of transition, which is insane to me. I think we are all hooked to sugar more than we may realize.

 

I plan to keep you posted as I continue this nutrition plan and keep that sugar to a minimum!

The search for better health continues……

In peace & health,

Amanda & the Fit Family

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