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Two Ingredient Bagels

bagels, everything bagels, trader joes seasoning, clean eating, tosca reno, autumn calabrese, 21 Day Fix, 80 Day Obsession
My sister texted me this recipe that she had found online. I wish I could give credit to the person who created this recipe, because it is AMAZING!

The basic recipe can be used for pizza dough, bread sticks, calzones etc. it’s a great basic dough. 

I decided to make some bagels with the dough, because I had several bottles of Everything But The Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe's (if you haven't tried this seasoning, it tastes exactly like an everything bagel, and I use it on everything too: eggs, chicken, veggies; it gives them all a zestiness)! 

I have included the recipe for JUST baking and skipping the boiling, as well as some tips and frequently asked questions! However, the bagels turn out much better if they are first boiled. 

They are delicious sliced to make a breakfast sandwich with egg and cheese, or just with a little butter. Enjoy!

Makes 2 bagels

INGREDIENTS
1/2 C fat free plain Greek yogurt
1/2 C self rising flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten for an egg wash
Everything seasoning

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large bowl, add yogurt first, followed by salt and self rising flour. Use a rubber spatula to mix together. It will be crumbly at first which is totally normal. Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and preheat over to 450 degrees.
2. Flour your hands and work surface and begin kneading. I knead my dough in the bowl because its less messy. Knead until you can easily form a ball, about 20-30 turns.
3. Cut the dough in half. Roll each section of dough into a long rope about 1/2-3/4″ in diameter. Pinch the two ends together to form a bagel shape (see below for tips).

Boiling Instructions (If you boil first, the bagels will be much larger and fluffier):

4. Carefully drop the bagels into the boiling water using a spatula so it doesn’t break apart. Allow to boil for about 30-60 seconds (the bagel will float to the top) then flip it over using the spatula and boil for another 30 seconds.
5. Remove bagels and transfer to a parchment lined cookie tray (I use Sil-Pat silicone baking mats). 6. Using a basting brush lightly spread the egg wash over the bagel then sprinkle with seasoning of choice.
7. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes (give or take) until golden brown. You may want to broil them to get them a little crispy or crank your oven up to about 550 for 1-2 minutes to brown them a little more.

Baking Instructions Without Boiling:

1. In a large bowl, add yogurt first, followed by salt and self rising flour. Use a rubber spatula to mix together. It will be crumbly at first which is totally normal. (See tips if your dough is too sticky or crumbly). Meanwhile preheat over to 450 degrees.
2. Flour your hands and work surface and begin kneading. I knead my dough in the bowl because its less messy. Knead until you can easily form a ball, about 20-30 turns.
3. Cut the dough in half. Roll each section of dough into a long rope about 1/2-3/4″ in diameter. Pinch the two ends together to form a bagel shape (see below for tips).
4. Transfer bagels to a parchment lined cookie tray (I use Sil-Pat silicone baking mats). Using a basting brush lightly spread the egg wash over the bagel then sprinkle with seasoning of choice. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes (give or take) until golden brown. You may want to broil them to get them a little crispy or crank your oven up to about 550 for 1-2 minutes to brown them a little more.

Egg and Cheese Bagel Sandwich
FAQ:
  • If you dough is too sticky add more flour to your hands and your work surface until it is more typical dough texture. Add about a teaspoon at a time and continue kneading until its less sticky.
  • If your dough is too crumbly add more yogurt, a tsp at a time continuing to knead until you reach typical dough texture.
  • If you don’t have self rising flour you can make your own using the following recipe: 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 3/4 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp of salt.
  • If your dough is not coming together to form a bagel shape, you may need to knead the dough at the ends together by folding it into itself. This way the dough can stick together. You want the ends to be as stuck together as possible before entering the boiling water. OR you can form a ball of dough, flatten it a bit with the heel of your hand and cut a hole in the middle!
  • If you don’t want to boil the bagels, please see the baking instructions above. They’re just as good, but not as airy and fluffy as typical bagels.
  • Why do I bake mine at 450 instead of 350? When recipe testing, I found the bagels did not bake through when I baked them at 350.
  • Why do I boil them? Traditional bagels are boiled and then baked. It makes them airier and fluffier. They’re just as tasty baked alone, but why not have a better tasting bagel bagel?
  • If you want to make more this recipe is easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled.
  • If you want to store the bagels they last for up to 3 days in the fridge. I recommend storing them in an airtight ziplock bag.
  • If you want to freeze them, be sure to slice the first, then wrap them in foil or plastic wrap, then store them in an airtight freezer bag.
Olive Rosemary Bagels
TIPS:
  • Drain any extra liquid from the Greek yogurt or your dough will get too sticky!
  • Fage brand makes for the least tangy tasting bagels. Other brands you may find a more sour dough taste.
  • Make sure if you boil your bagels to have the water at a slow boil, not a rapid one or the bagels are more likely to come apart.
  • Like any bagel these are great toasted! Pop them in the toaster to reheat them and enjoy.
  • I've changed up my seasoning: add chopped olives and rosemary to make a savory roll-type bagel that I served with 40 Garlic Clove Chicken Soup.
  • Add a few tablespoons of honey to the yogurt, first, before combining with the flour, and first add cinnamon to the flour before combining with the honey-yogurt. This makes honey cinnamon bagels! 
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Zucchini- Sweet Potato Pancakes

pancakes, 21 day fix, 80 day obsession, autumn calabrese, tosca reno, clean eating
Pretty proud of these zucchini-sweet potato pancakes I made this morning!! So yummy! Can barely taste the zucchini, and so I know I'm getting in my veggies. Best of all, they fit right into my 80 day timed nutrition and fitness program!!

21 Day Fix container equivalent: 💚❤️💛and a tsp!!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup shred zucchini
2 eggs
1/2 cooked mashed sweet potato
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp almond butter

DIRECTIONS
1. Sauté shredded zucchini until water is out (or microwave it for 2 minutes and drain water)
2. Put cooked zucchini, eggs, and cooked, mashed sweet potato, cinnamon, and nutmeg in blender.
Blend until smooth.
3. Pour into skillet 2 or 3 pancakes at a time. Cook both sides.
4. Microwave 1 tsp almond butter and drizzle over pancakes

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Immune Boosting 40 Garlic Cloves Chicken Soup

chicken soup, garlic soup, immune booster, vanessa.fit, vanessa.fitness, vanessa mclaughlin, clean eating, autumn calabrese, tosca reno, 21 Day Fix
After traveling to NYC, taking a ton of public transportation, attending a fitness conference with thousands of people, teaching my students, working at the gym, mothering my kids, and the flu going around, I started to feel a bit run down. Before taking over-the-counter remedies, I like to try boosting my immune system naturally.

Garlic is a natural antibacterial and anti parasitic. It can also relieve stuffy noses, and it's an immune system booster. 

Try it! The chicken and garlic broth will warm you right up. The most surprising aspect you'll discover is the garlic cloves melt in your mouth. They also break down slightly in the soup to create what feels like a cream of garlic broth. There will be no such thing as leftovers with this recipe, so you may want to double or triple it (don't worry, your Instant Pot can handle it).

Read all the instructions of the Instant Pot before cooking with it! This recipe may not contain all of the specific safety instructions as they appear in the manual.

To make this gluten-free, sub flour with arrowroot starch.

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
40 cloves of garlic (prepeeled to make life easy or 3 whole heads garlic, peeled)
1 pound frozen (about 2) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup white wine
2 sprigs of thyme or 2 TBSP
1 quart chicken broth
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Salt, to taste
Parsley leaves, to garnish

DIRECTIONS
  1. Plug in the Instant Pot and press the [Saute] button. When it beeps and "Hot" appears on the LED display, add butter, olive oil, and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until garlic becomes completely caramelized. Add wine and continue cooking until it nearly evaporates. Add chicken, thyme, and broth. Close lid as manual instructs, making sure the pressure release handle is secured in the sealed position.
  2. Press [Manual] button and use the [+] or [-] buttons to choose 8 minutes of cook time. Once Instant Pot has finished the cook time, unplug Instant Pot. Use the "Quick Release" method of opening the cooker by carefully turning the pressure release handle to the "venting" position to let out steam until the float valve drops down. Carefully open the lid.
  3. Remove chicken breasts and place on a cutting board. Shred using two forks.
  4. In a small bowl, add about 1 cup of broth. Slowly whisk in flour to form a smooth slurry with no lumps. 
  5. Remove and discard thyme stems. Pour the slurry into the Instant Pot and stir to combine. Salt to taste (I used about 2 teaspoons).
  6. Spoon into bowls and garnish with parsley.
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Instant Pot Ground Beef Butternut Squash Stew


21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Recipe, Tosca Reno, Autumn Calabrese, Vanessa.fitness, vanessadotfit, vanessa.fit, vanessa mclaughlin
   my Instant Pot!
It may be the best small, kitchen appliance I've ever bought, and it's definitely in my top 10 kitchen gadgets. I meal prepped my breakfasts and lunches this week, but I purposely didn't prep my dinners, because I have an Instant Pot.
However, I did PLAN my dinners. On the menu for tonight: Ground Beef Butternut Squash Stew.......and I started with frozen beef!!!
To be fair, I did buy pre-cut butternut squash, but everything else, I just made tonight. From start to finish, it took 40 minutes!
Sharing the recipe with you:

21 Day Fix container equivalents:
1 Red
1 Green
INGREDIENTS
1 tsp. olive oil
1 lb. raw, frozen, lean ground, beef
1 shallot minced as small as I could (because my husband doesn't like shallots)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes (low sodium)
1 cup low sodium, organic, beef broth
1 bay leaf
1 TBSP thyme
1 TBSP rosemary
1 tsp. sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 cups cubed butternut squash
1⁄4 cup chopped flat leaf parsely
PREPARATION
1. Turn on Instant Pot "sauté" function and heat olive oil.
2. Add shallot and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes until onions are translucent.
3. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
4. Add frozen beef, tomatoes, broth, squash, herbs, salt, and pepper.
5. Turn off sauté function.
6. Cover, turn QR valve to "sealing" and set to "pressure cook" for 25 minutes.
7. After 25 minutes, do a slow quick release, and let sit for about 5 minutes.
8. Uncover, remove bay leaf; serve topped with parsley.
9. If I had cauliflower rice, I would have topped it with the stew, but we ate it as is, with some sautéed spinach.. 
DELISH!!
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My January 2018 goals and how to set your own fitness goals!

Health and fitness goals, new year resolutions, successful resolutions, weightloss, Autumn Calabrese, Tosca Reno, Chalene Johnson,
Happy New Year! This month I wanted to share my personal health and fitness goals with you, as well as the process I use to select them. It will help hold me accountable as well!

To do this, all you need is a notebook, a computer, your phone, or you can even get fancy and use a fitness planner! Any of these will do. The goal setting process is the same.

Setting my January health and fitness goals. 

I’m always excited at the start of a new month. It is a fresh, new beginning. It doesn’t matter what happened last month or last year. Now is the time to look forward and create new possibilities.

Get excited!

Success always starts with a positive attitude. I like to start a new Inspiration Board at the beginning of each year. In the photo above you can see I’ve added only a few quotes and some photos of me when I was in really good shape. I will add to my Inspiration Board every single month (and will print off more copies if necessary).

Brainstorm ideas.

The first thing I do is grab some scrap paper and do a little brainstorming. I scribble and get messy and put my thoughts out on paper before I commit to anything.

One of the first questions I answer, on paper is: How am I doing RIGHT NOW?

I think about:
  1. What is my fitness level?
  2. Am I exercising regularly?
  3. Am I happy with my workout routine?
  4. How’s my nutrition?
  5. Do I need to lose a few pounds or just need to maintain my weight?
  6. How is the quality of my nutrition?
  7. Do I feel strong?
  8. Am I dealing with pain or any physical issues?

My raw and real “how I’m doing” list:
  • chronic knee pain (currently being diagnosed, possible meniscus tears in both knees)
  • feeling weak and inflexible
  • food quality for the most part is good – I’ve been eating lots of fresh veggies, following my autoimmune diet
  • I’m about 10 pounds over my happy weight
I want to stress that the “how I’m doing” list is not to make you feel guilty or bad. We are making a brand new start, and I firmly believe we all do our best under the circumstances. It is simply to honestly assess where you are so you can make simple changes for the place you are right now.

Then, based on my answers, I brainstorm a few specific goals I’d like to work on this month. Then I narrow the list down to between one and three health and fitness goals which will have the most impact.

My possible goals list:
  1. Lose 10 pounds
  2. Increase flexibility
  3. Increase strength
  4. Walk 10k steps daily
  5. Workout 6x a week
  6. Drink 100 ounces of water daily
  7. Stick to a weekly nutrition plan

Finalize my goals.

Next I look at the goals to see if they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. (SMART) If not, I’ll rewrite them.

My #2 and #3 goals (increase flexibility and increase strength) are clearly specific enough and measureable. Goals should be written in a way so you can answer “yes I reached my goal” or “no.”) To rewrite these, they would look like:
 - I want to be able to bend over and touch my hands with palms to the floor
 - I want to be able to do push ups on my toes for a whole minute without stopping
These are now measurable.

My #4 goal is not realistic for me. Other than showering and brushing my teeth, I don’t want to commit to doing ANYTHING every single day. What if I’m sick or hurt or traveling? I will rewrite this goal to allow for “life” happening.

Now I will transfer my final goals to my Fitness Planner.

You’ll notice I scribble in my planner. I do have nice handwriting when I slow down and take my time but I’d rather get my thoughts on paper in a quick and simple manner. Your planner, or the tracking system you use, is not an art project. Just. Write. It. Down. Messy is ok.

My January health and fitness goals.

Lose 10 pounds
Start my new 80 day workout program, and do the scheduled workouts (6x per week)
Walk 10k steps per day at least 5 days per week.

See the difference? These goals are specific, measurable, attainable, and realistic, and timely (for the month of January) FOR ME.

My fitness goal of 10,000 steps per day falls in line with the recommended amount, and a good start considering how I am doing at the moment. This is attainable for me. Be sure to set a goal that makes sense for YOU. Don’t compare your journey with anyone else’s. If 8k steps would be attainable for you, or some other number, then set that goal for yourself.

My "WHY."

Your “why” is the reason you keep going. Very specifically, why do you want to achieve your goals? Try to dig deep because your why will fuel you when the going gets tough.
My January "Why":
I hurt physically, have low energy, feel blah and not in the shape I want to be in. I want to be strong, healthy and active for myself and my family.

Identify potential obstacles.

What might get in the way of you reaching your goal? Being aware of the roadblocks is half the battle. I write these directly on the planner because I am pretty attuned to what my personal issues are, ha ha.
My January potential obstacles:
eating at night
food cravings and binges
losing my motivation
skipping my workout if I feel too tired
5 day NYC trip at the end of the month

Set a reward.

I always set a reward for myself if I achieve my goal or goals. I give myself a little leeway with the reward. If my goal was to lose 5 pounds but only lost 4 I ask myself:
  • Was I logging my food?
  • Was I eating healthy?
  • Was I exercising faithfully?
  • Do I feel like I tried my best?

If I feel I did my best, I will reward myself.
My January reward:
A massage along with a pedicure and spray tan.

Create an action plan.

Here’s where you break down your goals into simple action steps. Look at your list of goals and brainstorm different ways to make them happen. I do this on my scrap paper.

If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, some of the action steps might be:
  • find a nutrition and fitness plan to follow
  • journal/log your food
  • use a portion control eating style (like 21 Day Fix)
  • eat more green leafy vegetables and eat 5 servings of veggies daily
  • workout for 30 minutes daily
  • stop eating after dinner
  • dessert/wine only on the weekends
  • take 10,000 steps per day
  • drink 8 glasses of water daily
You get the idea. There are many, many actions you can take to help you lose 10 pounds.

You can also choose healthy habits that will address your potential obstacles. See how I have “stop eating after 8pm” on my list? That will address dreaded nighttime over-eating.

If you had to do ALL those things it would be intimidating, right? Thankfully you don’t have to. Pick just a few steps that will make the biggest difference.

My brainstorm:
log food in MyFitnessPal
10,000 steps per day (tracked on my fitness watch)
schedule workouts a week in advance
meditate daily
fill up water bottles the night before
stop eating after 8pm
meal plan each week
eat according to the plan - if it's not on the plan, don't eat it

My January healthy habits to track:
log food in MyFitnessPal
walk 10,000 steps 
do my planned workout
meditate (to keep me sane, lol – I use the Calm guided meditation app which is free)
stop eating after 8pm

The healthy habit tracker in my fitness planner is key because I can see at-a-glance how I’m doing. Lots of blank space and I need to step things up. Lots of check marks and I’m on track.

Can you see how my actions directly relate to my goals?
**It’s ok to change your goals/action steps. If after a few days, it's not working, CHANGE the goals or action steps!
Bottom line, this is your life, these are your goals, and YOU are in charge. Feel free to change things up as needed.

Now that I’ve shared my goals with you, I’d like to explain how I PLAN to achieve the goals. Setting them and writing them down is not enough. When will I do my action steps? How will I remember what they are? How will I know I’m on track? Read on….

Planning for success.

Here’s where planning is key… you must have a system to review your goals regularly, to schedule and track your actions steps, or nothing will change.

Here are the steps I take to plan a healthy month:
1. Schedule your workouts.
I usually plan my workouts a week at a time, and I choose my workouts according to my goals. I've been working out, so I'm ready for a more challenging workout, and I will be doing a new 80 day program, and daily activity (starting at 10,000 steps five days per week), will be the focus of my plan.
What workouts will you do each day?
I have a schedule of my workouts, and tracker sheets for how many reps I do, and weight I lifted. Sometimes I put a star or checkmark when I complete the daily workout. You can cross it off, color it in or whatever, but track your progress. Using a monthly workout calendar you can easily see at-a-glance if you are being consistent.

Note on my workouts: I schedule at least one rest day per week but it doesn’t mean I necessarily sit on my butt all day. Though it could! Rest is important. Also, my workouts are low impact. I modify any jumping or lunging because of my knee issues. Hopefully that will change as the year progresses.
When specifically will you workout?

This is where your phone or calendar comes in. Set a specific time, like an appointment, for your workouts. Phone alarms are perfect so you never forget. #NoExcuses Treat it like a doctor's appointment. You scheduled it in advance and you're going to keep it!

Create checklists to keep you on track.

I use a Weekly Success Checklist inside my Fitness Planner. It is just a listing of actions to take every week to help be a healthier you. For some of you they might be a normal and natural part of your week. For others, they are a nice reminder.

If you don't have a fitness planner, you can use a notebook, calendar, computer, or phone. Here are some steps to having a fabulously fit and healthy week…
Nourish Your Body
Plan meals for the week
Fill in your shopping list
Shop for groceries
Prep food for the week if desired (I rarely food prep anymore because my meals are very simple.)
Track your food and water daily
Move Your Body
Plan your workouts for the week
Track workouts daily
Believe in Yourself
Review your calendar for the upcoming week and prepare for challenges
Journal daily
Review your Monthly Goals, Inspiration Board and Before pages often to keep your goals in plain sight and stay motivated on your fitness journey.
Evaluate your week. What can you learn? What can you improve on? What was awesome?

Plan your meals and shopping day.

Meal planning is where many people just throw up their hands and say “it’s too hard!” Not it’s really not. You need time, maybe 30 minutes, to decide what you are going to eat next week. You need to put a time – on your calendar – when you will go to the grocery store.

I wrote all about my meal planning process in this blog post: Meal planning for successful weightloss

Meal prep? Yay or nay.

A note on meal prep: Depending on my upcoming week, I may barely meal prep. I work from home, and I teach some fitness classes and college courses. So, if I know the week will be busy, I'll prep, but if I'm going to be at home, I really don’t prep at all. PLUS, I keep my meals simple.

I’m smart about my cooking. I will make double portions or a large quantity of a recipe when it first appears on my menu. So if I’m serving chicken breasts on Monday, I will make double the quantity, and eat it for other meals during the week. I might may roast extra veggies or potatoes, or make extra turkey meatballs so I can have them for another meal.

This is a pretty simplistic and painless method of meal prep and it’s plenty of prep for all but the busiest of people.

However, if you like to cook all your food on the weekend and reheat it throughout the week, have at it. This blog post shares some meal prep methods and items that are easy to prepare ahead.
Track your food and workouts every single day.

This is where the daily pages in my Fitness Planner come in. I track my workouts or steps. I log my food. I identify potential roadblocks each day and I journal or write lessons I’ve learned each day. Sometimes I add goofy inspirational quotes or stickers. This habit helps me stay motivated and honest about my progress.
Don’t “accidentally” forget your healthy habits or tracking! Use reminders.

If you think you’ll forget to track your daily habits, or meal planning time, or workouts simply set a reminder on your phone. With a smart phone there is no excuse to forget anything! (Which is unfortunate because “I forgot” is one of my favorite excuses.)

So there you have it…my January goals and how and why I chose them. I also shared some tips on how to make those goals a reality by planning all the action steps to get there. Next month I’ll let you know whether or not I achieved my goals and why or why not. I’ll also show you my February goals.

You can use the same process I’ve outlined to set some amazing health and fitness goals for yourself. Wishing you a happy and healthy January!

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What are these Fit Clubs I'm always talking about?

My son came home from school Friday with news about his lunch. "Mom, you forgot to put peanut butter in my sandwich. But don't worry, I just ate the bread plain and I still had my milk."

I forgot to put the peanut butter between the two slices of bread. It wasn't the first time.

But let me back track for a minute and start by telling you that I have royally screwed up motherhood. I mean, the crisp magazine, shiny images of motherhood - THOSE are not my motherhood and they have always been lost on me.

I would make a ridiculously good real life transformation for Pottery Barn, but let's be honest... I don't pottery barn. The transformation would be lost on the McLaughlin boys.

I Target.  I Marshalls. I Kohls.
I DO NOT Pottery Barn.

Now combine that with the fact that:
I am the mom that needs to be reminded of every email at least 50 times.
I am the mom that has forgotten the field trip permission slip.
I am the mom that rarely gets to the bus stop with my teeth brushed or my hair combed.
I am the mom who refuses to put clothes away. I mean ever. Everyone gets a basket of clean clothes in their room. That's it.
I am the mom who will spray a dirty T-shirt with Fabreeze when my kids really, really just HAVE to wear it that day,.
I am the mom that tries really hard to get her kids to eat healthy but every once in awhile they they eat chicken nuggets and mac n cheese.
I am the mom that has had to run the washer about twice per load because I forget about it.
I am the mom that has a messy house, stains on the carpet, handprints all over the wall, and knicks on every wall in the house.
I am a mess of a mom and I AM DAMN PROUD OF IT.

For 14 years that I have been trying to navigate the ever roaring rip tides of parenting I have always felt like I was being swallowed alive by the tossing waves.

Until I realized...

My kids are turning out to be pretty damn good.

And so that's what I want to share.

Aside from looking like a train wreck 90% of the time- I am pretty darn MOM-FIDENT.


Why I Believe a my FIT CLUBS are NECESSARY...
1. I've learned that moderation is a heck of a lot more gratifying than deprivation.
2. I've learned that I am more patient when I make myself a priority.
3. I've learned that it is not selfish when I have some me time. My time is 6 am. Every day. No one comes near mama at 6 am.
4. I've learned that failing at motherhood is part of growing in motherhood.
5. I've learned that perfection is a myth.

Because let's face it. Life demands so much of you. But do you demand more for yourself?

More energy?  
More confidence?  
More strength?  
More accountability?  
More support?  
More of what makes you feel ALIVE? 
YOU deserve more. 
I am looking for women who:
  • Are willing to take 22-30 minutes a day to push play at home with a fitness program we select together.
  • Will follow a simple meal plan that is kid friendly and husband approved.
  • Will replace one meal with nutrient dense Shakeology.
  • Are sick of getting asked the question "What's for dinner?" and never having an answer.
  • Want to kick some of the bad habits such as- negative self talk to the curb.
  • Want to FEEL CONFIDENT at the parties, in the skinny jeans and the dresses sitting in the back of your closet. 
  • Are interested in a JUDGEMENT FREE environment to talk about the real life of moms.
What you will receive:
  • Daily support, accountability, and a close community of women like you.
  • An exclusive free downloadable app to track your fitness goals and check your progress.
  • 30 Days of Beachbody on Demand including programs like, Chalean Extreme, P90X3, T25, and Hammer and Chisel.
  • 30 day supply of nutrient dense Shakeology
  • Customizable meal plans, container portion control system and recipes as well as access to the Beachbody on Demand exlcusive: Fixate, a cooking show by Autumn Calabrese, creator of the 21 Day Fix. 
  • An opportunity to win $500 for submitting your results.
  • Me as your virtual coach.
Please note: 
This opportunity is open to 10 women who are willing to "selfishly" invest $4 a day in themselves in order to: 
1. Feel CONFIDENT in their skin- lose weight, tone, up, gain muscle (or all of the above)
2. Gain energy to keep up with the demanding to do list
3. Give up the guilt and and stop asking, "am I enough."

I know *GASP* how can I possibly invest $4 in myself is what you are asking yourself?
What if it doesn't work?

It works.
I guarantee it.
And I can speak from experience, this could potentially change your life.
As an online virtual health and fitness coach, a recovering lawyer, and a mom who's just kinda winging it, I am opening the doors to my next online fitness and nutrition accountability.
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    Instant Pot Chicken Cauliflower Rice Soup

    Chicken Soup, Instant Pot, Instapot, Crock Pot, Slow Cooker, Cauliflower Rice, Autumn Calabrese, 21 Day Fix, Tosca Reno, Clean Eating, 80 Day Obsession, Vanessa.fitness, vanessa.fit, vanessa mclaughlin

    Instant Pot chicken and cauliflower rice soup was amazing, and we have been eating leftovers all week long. Canned chicken soup is always so full of sodium and half the time you aren’t even sure if it’s real chicken in there. So homemade is our way to go!!
    Here is a new recipe I made with my Instant Pot that was delicious!!!

    INGREDIENTS

    1 tablespoon of olive oil
    1 small onion, diced
    3 cloves of garlic, minced
    5 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
    2 celery sticks, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
    2 bay leaves
    1 TBSP thyme
    Any vegetables of your choice (I used broccoli, chopped red pepper, and peas)
    3 large frozen chicken breasts
    6 cups low sodium chicken broth or stock
    Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
    One package of frozen cauliflower rice (I get mine at Trader Joe's)

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Set Instant Pot to Saute function.
    2. Heat olive oil and onions until onions start to soften and become translucent, 2-3 minutes.
    3. Add garlic, carrots and celery and saute for another minute.
    4. Add frozen chicken to Instant Pot, followed by chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme, 2 teaspoons of salt and several turns of freshly ground pepper.
    5. Turn off Saute function, lock Instant Pot lid in place, make sure pressure valve is set to sealing and set Instant Pot to High Pressure for 20 minutes, via manual mode.
    6. Instant Pot will take 15-20 minutes to come to pressure, then will countdown from 20 minutes.
    7. After 20 minutes at high pressure, Instant Pot will beep and switch to keep warm mode.
    8. Turn pressure release valve to Quick Release pressure.
    9. Carefully open Instant Pot, keeping lid angled away from you to avoid very hot steam.
    10. Remove chicken and set aside to shred.
    11. Turn Instant Pot back to Saute function and let chicken broth come to a boil.
    12. Shred the chicken.
    13. Add frozen cauliflower to the soup.
    14. Return shredded chicken to the pot.💓
    15. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
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