Gluten-Free Banana Oat Pancake Recipe

It’s January, which means most of the country is a bit cooler this time of year…and makes me crave comfort food. Big time. And when I think comfort for breakfast, I think pancakes because I love a good, fluffy pancake.


So I’ve been checking out the 21 Day Fix Fixate cookbook (which you can buy here or contact me to see how you can earn a free one from me- mention this blog entry!) and I found this gluten-free pancake recipe. Sounds good, right? Me too. 🙂  They are REALLY easy to make, healthy, and totally guilt-free. I put some butter on top of mine and they were UNREAL.

*Tip: if you don’t want to get your blender messy, use a hand immersion blender. It’s less clean-up!*

Here you go! Enjoy! Gluten Free Oat Pancakes


What do you think? Would you give this gluten-free pancake recipe a try? Let me know what you think!

In peace & health,


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6 Ways to Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet

2015 was awesome. No, really, it was. I got married, I started to teach group fitness….it really was a banner year.

When I look back as to why it was such a great year, I know for certain that it’s because of just a few things. I hope you use these things and make 2016 your best year yet, too.

  1. I refused to settle for less than my best. One of my new pet peeves is settling: settling for mediocrity, settling for sub-par goals, settling with setbacks and never getting back up to try again. I keep pushing past who I used to be so I can grow into a better person: a better wife, a better leader, a stronger woman. I won’t settle for the negativity I used to feel in my life.
  2. I made my health a priority. I cannot stress this enough. Once you make the mindset shift away from “diet” and towards “simpler eating and regular exercise”, your body WILL change. Schedule your workouts like they are meetings with your boss. Don’t cancel on yourself.
  3. I took leadership courses. Online, in person, in the form of books & worksheets….I work to conquer the things that used to hold me back. I realized that I don’t know everything (not even close!) and removed my ego from my growth. Now I study each morning with the greats: John C. Maxwell, Darren Hardy, Jen Sincero…..the list goes on.
  4. I expressed love & gratitude to the Universe, the Higher Powers, God, whatever you believe in. This one was BIG for me. Last January I was financially tight, as the husband and I were saving for our wedding. Instead of cowering with fear, I practiced gratitude and abundance. Now, I know this may sound crazy, but I woke up each morning and thanked God (or whatever you want to thank that’s in charge of this whole party) for the abundance He was currently bringing into my life, even though I didn’t see it yet. I did this for WEEKS without seeing any results. A month later, I got a call for an extra job that gave me the money I needed to stay afloat. Thanks, Higher Power. 😉
    On top of that, anytime I feel miserable and negative, I express gratitude for the things around me. I listened to the book “The Power” by Rhonda Byrne and began to love more than I ever did before. I tried to be kinder, I tried to be more compassionate, I said “thank you” in my car as I saw a sunset. It may seem silly, but it was MIND-BLOWINGLY effective.
  5. I gave as much as I could. From my time to my finances, publicly and in secret, I gave more than ever. People don’t want fancy toys. They want your presence. (I’m still working on this one, too!)
  6. I dreamed big. Ah, yes. This correlates with #1. I continue to dream big for my husband and our future family. He and I sat down and planned our upcoming year, where we want to travel, what we want to save for, etc.
    I dreamed for my team of coaches, where I want to help them grow, where we will all be in a year’s time, etc.
    I know that “Dreaming Big” sounds like something on an elementary school teacher’s classroom poster. I used to feel the same way. But what I’ve found is that dreaming big is the current that continues to move our lives forward. If we don’t keep dreaming and pushing and growing and expanding, we lay stagnant. We get frustrated because our lives aren’t going anywhere because OUR LIVES AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE!!! We need to be bold and gutsy and make goals for ourselves that make our stomachs ache with nervousness. That is the type of growth that pushes our lives and gives us long-term satisfaction.


Is it time for a change?

Is it time for a change?


So where do you want to be in 2016? I am the architect of my year, and so are you. Go after what you want. Do something new. Just go after it. I’m here for you every step of the way.

In peace & health,


Gratitude & Health are the Finest Forms of Wealth

This week I began a new weight-training program called The Master’s Hammer & Chisel. It’s required me to work out 6 days/week and follow a nutrition plan that has filled me with good food (thank goodness!) and a workout routine that’s keeping me motivated, even throughout the holiday season.


After not having a good, healthy December/January last year (I failed at Insanity: Max 30), it’s been refreshing to find a path that gives me plenty of nutritious food and exercise during some of the most stressful weeks of my year. Actually, it’s taken me one step further: I feel as if I am even more grateful for the health I already have.


You see, when I began my health journey in late 2012, I did it because I thought I needed a change. I didn’t see much of a bigger picture past it. I was simply sick of feeling like I had no energy, and I feared what was in store for the future. Fear and a fuzzy big picture. That’s it. But now, as I get older and start to shift my life into adulthood, I realize that health is the main factor in so many of our life’s directions. When we are sick, life halts. Our progress halts. Our jobs, our social interactions, and maybe even our goals come to a screeching stop. It’s a presence in our lives that, once revoked from us, we struggle getting back.


Our society focuses on sickness, not health. It advertises weight loss, not nutrition. It promotes quick fixes, not simplicity. But as I grow as a leader and health coach, I’ve learned to live in that simplicity as much as I can.


Eat simple foods.

When it comes to exercise, take advice from others that know what they’re talking about. Don’t hurt yourself being the hero.

Drink plenty of water.

Try and celebrate one part of you, every day, that is quintessentially you.

Get enough sleep.

Walk around the block. Heck, park further away from the entrance to Target to get those few extra steps in.

Don’t allow other people’s judgment of you bettering yourself to hinder the nurturing you deserve.

Screw society. Take care of yourself. No one else can.

And be grateful for the fact that you’ve made it this far, and that you have the opportunity to exercise when people who are bed-ridden and/or sick who would long for that chance again.

Don’t be afraid of the amazing person that you are destined to become. I only want you to shed the skin of your limitations so you can be a light to others. You’re already light to me.


gratitude and health are the finest forms of wealth



That’s all for now.


In peace & good health,







Easy, Healthy (DELICIOUS) Pumpkin Squash Soup Recipe

Pumpkin Squash Soup Recipe


I recently went to Panera Bread and had their squash soup. Now, I should mention that I’m not a squash type of person. Spaghetti squash creeps me out. The texture is…strange.

But I guess I hadn’t tried any other type of squash soup before, because this blew my mind!


On top of that, this recipe is incredibly cheap to make. Squash, when in season, is under $2 in my area. Combined with a $1 can of pumpkin and a $2.50 quart of vegetable broth, you have an immense amount of soup with very little money spent.


And so I give you….an incredibly healthy and cheap pumpkin squash soup recipe. (adapted from Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen)

My coconut oil for roasting the squash in the oven. I love this La Tourangelle brand- it's such a pliable, almost "fluffy" coconut oil.

My coconut oil for roasting the squash in the oven. I love this La Tourangelle brand- it’s such a pliable, almost “fluffy” coconut oil.

The squash is oiled and ready to be roasted!

The squash is oiled and ready to be roasted!


The soup is done and ready to be eaten! It's smooth and creamy and really healthy for you.

The soup is done and ready to be eaten! It’s smooth and creamy and really healthy for you.



1 whole squash, diced

1 can pureed pumpkin

3-4 cups vegetable broth (depending upon how thick you want it to be!)

1/2 cup almond milk (or….1/2 cup of heavy cream, which adds some richness! It’s also what I had in my fridge)

1 1/2 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp curry powder (I use mild curry powder)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp grounded black pepper




  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Remove skin of squash; cut squash into about 1-inch cubes.
  • Place on foil-lined pan and drizzle with oil. Make sure all squash pieces are covered!
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes in the oven until they are easily smashed with a fork.
  • Pour cooked squash pieces into a quart-sized sauce pot; smash with a potato smasher.
  • Add pumpkin, vegetable broth, and milk; blend using a hand immersion blender. (Seriously one of the best wedding gifts we received!)
  • Put pot on stove, cook at medium low, adding honey and spices. Cook for 15 minutes or so until the soup is bubbling warm.
  • Serve and enjoy!





Will you be making this pumpkin squash soup recipe? Share it with your friends and spread the healthy around!


In peace & health,


8 Ways to Eat Healthy On A Budget (Yes, you can ACTUALLY save money this way)

I’ve been (mostly) eating healthy for about 3 years now, and I have to tell you, I get where you’re coming from.

Healthier eating, at first, SEEMS more expensive than when I used to just buy 3 Lean Cuisines at the grocery store and call them lunches.

But I knew that if I wanted to stick with this “healthy eating” thing on a musician’s salary, I would have to learn some tricks to keep the cost low and the food nutrition high.



And so, after 3 years of continued trial and error, here are some of the things that I’ve learned to eat on a budget and nutritiously.


Let’s break it down:

Our total budget for food, per month, is $600/month, including Shakeology for both of us.

If we were to do the math…..

$600 / 4 weeks = $150/week;
$150 / 7 days = $21.42/day;
$21.42 / 4 meals = $5.35 per meal;
$5.35 / 2 people = $2.67 per meal.

We eat healthily for under $3 per meal. And that includes Shakeology.


How do we do it? Here are some tips for you to follow, you money-savvy reader, you. 😉


1) We don’t buy much junk. Greg’s vice is ice cream, mine is chips. We may buy one container of that, every other week. But other than that, we really try and keep it to that.
2) We use everything that we buy. Example: we don’t buy many fruits because we’ve found we don’t eat them before they go bad. We only buy apples now. We also buy frozen fruits so that they don’t go bad as quickly and we can blend them into our Shakeology. Our pantry is pretty sparse because we use 90% of what we buy each week.
3) We buy frozen broccoli and fresh spinach. Those are our two EASY, quick veggies. Again, we don’t buy tooooo many other veggies on a regular basis because we tend to forget about them when we are exhausted and don’t want to make food. I buy frozen broccoli for $1 per package, which gives us enough veggies for our dinner meal.
4) We don’t eat out that often. (this is the big one.) We probably get pizza once a month (which is a struggle for me, hahahahahah), but lately we’ve tended to buy nicer meats (i.e. pork tenderloin) instead of going out to eat. It still saves money and is healthier.
OH! We also get restaurant gift cards for our birthdays/Christmas, so we save them for going out about once-twice/month. (So you can ask for restaurant gift cards to your favorite places for Christmas!)


5) We don’t drink lattes. Seriously, though. We don’t go to Starbucks or our local bistro for a quick frothy coffee drink, which easily saves us $4-5 per day, per person. Think about it: That $4-5/day could EASILY be the cost of our lunch or dinner!


6) We drink Shakeology. I know, I know, I’ve already mentioned this one.
Now, this might seem like something to break the budget, as Shakeology is a pretty penny to buy. But Shakeology actually saves us money in the long run. As someone with SIX part-time jobs (yes, you read that right, SIX), I essentially live out of my car on many days of the week. There have been times when I was driving from one job to the next and had NOTHING to eat in my car except an old bag of stale almonds, and my Shakeology. But Shakeology gives me a nutrient-dense meal at a stoplight, eliminating me from grabbing Panera (which is EASILY $9 for a soup and salad) or something unhealthy like Wendy’s (which would still be around $5, making it more expensive than my Shakeology).


7) We buy in-season foods. I’m writing this in the fall, which means that sweet potatoes and squash are a GREAT buy right now. I got a 3-lb bag of sweet potatoes and a whole squash for .99 cents each! I actually made a DELICIOUS, pumpkin squash soup that only cost $2 to make and will give me and the hubby enough soup for at least 3 meals. (that’s insane)
So when it comes time for the blueberries to be out of season, I bid them adieu until the spring (unless they are frozen blueberries, see #2).

Just another delicious example of eating healthy!

Just another delicious example of eating healthy!



8) Keep. It. Simple. Honestly. You don’t need to buy all of your foods at a fancy Whole Foods Market store. You simply need the foods that will serve you and your loved ones, nothing more. It took a lot of self-discipline to get to where we are today (in terms of not eating out as much, etc.) but it’s made our budgeting easier.




And so, I ask you: What’s in your cart? How do you work to keep things budget-conscious? How do you save money with healthy eating? Or more importantly….do you struggle with eating healthy and want help? Please contact me and I would be happy to set up a free consultation with you!


In peace & health,



Recipe Time! Cinnamon Pumpkin Oats Recipe

I love comfort food. There’s something so warming and wonderful about the mixture of creamy oats, cinnamon, pumpkin, and all sorts of goodies together into one little breakfast package.


And voila! I give you….a easy, nutritious recipe for cinnamon pumpkin oats. Enjoy! Cinnamon Pumpkin Oats Recipe



1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup pureed pumpkin (I used canned, I’m lazy)
1 tsp cinnamon

Optional (your pick!):
-1 tsp stevia
-a handful of raisins/craisins

*Heat 1 cup water until it boils.
*Add 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats. Stir while cooking for 5 minutes. *Add pureed pumpkin and cinnamon; stir to combine.
*Add whatever you like next! Stevia, nuts, raisins..the choice is yours.



Do you know someone who would like this pumpkin oats recipe? Share it with them!

Beat That Cold! What to Drink for Cold & Flu Season

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I can’t believe I’m writing this article. 3 years ago I would have rolled my eyes at the homeopathic/natural things that I do to keep myself healthy and breathe easier, but I’m definitely a new person now.



It’s getting colder outside, which means cold & flu season is upon us. Since I work 6 different jobs, getting an illness can really throw my entire schedule out of whack. For this reason, I drink several different things to keep my body moving and in tip-top shape. Here we go!


  1. Water. Water. Water. Water. This is such a basic element but is so crucial. It filters your body and keeps it fighting germs. I aim for at least half of my body weight, in ounces, each day. (Example: 200 pounds = 100 ounces of water/day)
  2. Shakeology. This superfood shake has kept me healthy for 3 years, and I don’t know what I’d do without it. For more info on my secret weapon, check out my other blog entries or contact me. I can get you set up with my “secret weapon” too! 
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar. Ah, yes, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. This stuff tastes awful but works like an absolute charm on a sore throat. Its natural properties kill the bacteria in your throat/body, making it a cold-buster for sure. I drink 2 tsps-2 tbsps in a big glass of filtered water, OR I drink the same amount in hot water with lemon and honey.
  4. Raw kombucha tea. I have been stocking these in my fridge for awhile now, since probiotics are so good for you (and most of your immune system is in your gut- did you know that?). After mistakenly drinking an entire 16 ounce bottle in one fell swoop (….don’t do that), I tend to drink about 4 ounces/day. I do buy it at the store, but a $3 bottle of the stuff lasts me for 3 days, so I am okay with it.
  5. Green Tea. So simple, yet so effective. When cold & flu season hits, I try to drink at least a cup of this per day.



And lastly…I eat as much natural food as I can. Meats, beans, veggies, fruits, you name it. I work on eliminating all unnatural sugars (i.e. candy) from my eating routine, as that doesn’t help your immune system. My staples are raw spinach, kale, and apples for sure.



What do you do to stay healthy during cold and flu season? Are there any suggestions that I missed?


Share this blog entry with anyone that could use some cold and flu season tips too!



In peace & health,


These are a few of my favorite recipes…. [Shakeology, that is!]

I’ve been drinking Shakeology almost every day for 3 years now, and I can easily say it’s the first thing that put me on track for a healthier lifestyle. It gave me the energy I needed to finally work out and eat healthier.


On top of that, I’ll forever sing its praises after what it did for me in my jaw surgery recovery. It was nothing short of miraculous. 



I’ve decided to compile some of my favorite Shakeology recipes for your tasty reference! Every recipe is gluten-free and typically uses ingredients already found in your pantry.


Shakeology Recipes for Every Flavor


NOTE: All of these recipes should be blended (…in a blender. Just for clarification.) You don’t need a fancy schmancy one- just one that turns off and on. Here we go! 


Chocolate Shakeology (can be Regular or Vegan Shakeology) 

The Reese’s Cup

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 tbsp peanut butter
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!


The Mocha Frapp(ucino)

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 3/4 cup cooled coffee
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!


The Chocolate Sundae

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy! (It also tastes like a chocolate covered strawberry)


“The Elvis Delight”

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp peanut butter
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy! 



Strawberry Shakeology (can be Regular or Tropical Strawberry Vegan Shakeology) 


The Strawberry Banana Bliss

  • 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice
  • blend
  • enjoy!


The Double Berry Boom!

  • 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup raspberries (frozen or fresh)
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!


The Tropical Paradise

  • 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
  • 3/4-1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy (preferably with a paper umbrella in it)



Vanilla Shakeology


Amanda’s Ultimate Favorite: the “Banana Bread” Shake!

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!


The Orange Creamsicle Dream

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • optional: 1 banana (for creamier texture!)
  • optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!


Pumpkin Pie Shakeology

  • 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • optional: a handful of pecans (yes, blended in it- it adds a nutty flavor!)
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!


Greenberry Shakeology 


Fruity Pebbles Galore!

  • 1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!


Tropical Greenberry Island

  • 1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
  • 3/4 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice
  • blend and enjoy!





  • If you want an even creamier texture, you can do 1 full cup of milk instead of 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water. I just like it half and half! (Not the creamer, that is….)
  • If you need to bulk up your shake with even more protein, try adding plain Greek yogurt to the mix.
  • Lastly, if you want to make it even more ridiculously healthy, try two things:
    1. Adding a Shakeology Boost to your shake, or
    2. add raw kale or spinach to your drink. Kale will make it taste different, but spinach will not.



Need more help? Reach out to me at and I can help you find the best mix for your personality!



Do you have any favorite Shakeology recipes that are tried and true in your household? Do you know someone who could get some Shakeology recipe ideas from this blog entry? Share it with them!


In peace & health,


Product Review: Beachbody Performance Hydrate

Over the summer, the Beachbody company (known for P90X, Insanity, the 21 Day Fix) released their own line of supplements for athletic performance. Let me preface by saying that I am not a supplement type of person. This doesn’t come naturally to me. The only “supplement”, per se, is my nutrient-dense superfood drink, Shakeology. Otherwise, I keep it simple!


But I decided to try some of the new Beachbody Performance line to see how they helped me (or if they did nothing).


Today I am going to share my experiences with the Beachbody Performance: Hydrate supplement.



The Hydrate supplement is meant to help people recover the electrolytes lost during peak performance in exercise. You may immediately think, “why not drink Gatorade? That’s supposed to do the same thing.” Yes and no. Gatorade is made from many more ingredients, including TONS of sugar and artificial colors and flavorings. (One 24-ounce bottle can have up to 40+ grams of sugar in it!)


I was interested in the Beachbody Performance Hydrate because each serving has 9 grams of sugar (only 3 grams more than my plain Greek yogurt). As someone who has hypoglycemic issues, I really appreciated the much lower sugar option (not to mention the more natural side of things, too!). This Hydrate made from natural sugars (beet sugar, stevia) to keep it lower-sugar but still natural. Excellent!


I began to take 1-2 scoops with me as I taught group fitness classes, especially the more tiring ones (P90X). I immediately liked how light the citrus flavor is! It’s NOT overwhelmingly sugary in taste. I drink about half of my liquid during my workout and then the rest immediately after I’m done, simply because I’m teaching and don’t have much time to drink water.


I’ve noticed that I feel less drained by the end of my workout and feel great, even at the end of the day. My husband (who does Body Beast, a weight lifting program) didn’t feel much of a difference, but as a group fitness instructor who talks throughout her class, my throat gets dry. I get more dehydrated than many. I like the added boost!


Overall review:

A canister of Beachbody Performance Hydrate lasts me 2-3 months, which is great. More bang for my buck!

The taste is light, but the color is bright yellow. (No changing to taste, though!)

Overall, I like it for really tough workouts. It gives me extra hydration and have noticed less fatigue.



Have you considered Beachbody Performance supplements?

Did this Beachbody Performance Hydrate review help you? Share it with others!


Do you want to give Hydrate (or any other Beachbody Performance supplement) a try? Reach out to me at and we can get you started!


In peace & health,

Amanda & the fit family

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My Big Announcement: Europe 2016!

Today I’m thrilled to make a big announcement! I share this absolutely not to brag, but to inspire others to DREAM BIG too.
I hope it speaks to your heart, your dreams, and your future.

I LOVE to travel. Long before I heard of Beachbody, God gave me the opportunity to travel to Germany to see Pope Benedict XVI, with a trip that can only be described as life-changing.

I’ve been blessed to see churches of the world and play church organs in famous cathedrals.

But our lives are changing. Our financial landscape is shifting towards the future: our wedding, our debt-free goals, our future home….the list goes on.

And while these goals are wonderful and bring new adventures, they don’t leave as much room for travel as I had hoped.

But one of the things I love about my husband is that he loves to travel as much as I do. So when we were making our vision board for 2015 (yes, that’s a thing we do), I put “Europe Trip” on there….and see if God was willing to bring it into our life.

And so, with an overflowing, grateful heart, I’m excited to share that my husband and I are taking a fully-paid trip to Belgium, France AND Switzerland this spring!!

On top of that, it is 100% being paid by our Beachbody coaching business income!!

I can honestly say that we wouldn’t be able to take this trip without it.

We’ve worked tirelessly to build our business, and now the seeds of our dreams are growing and blessing us beyond what I had originally imagined.

I don’t know how I got so blessed that I get to breathe self-love and positivity into women’s lives, and get paid for it. It’s overwhelmingly wonderful.

I didn’t know if this would happen.
I doubt my dreams sometimes too.
But I’ve learned that the only limitations on our dreams are the ones we place on ourselves.

And so, I say to you: if something tugs at your heart, give it a try.
Go after it.

Dream, grow and GO towards what you want.

No one else will do it for you! is headed to Europe!


PS. what are your dreams? Is coaching something that you’ve been considering? reach out to me at and let’s talk!



[Disclaimer: Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill!]