Peach Salad

Peach Salad

Peach Salad

A few years ago, at my sons first grade class picnic, there was this salad.

Now I’m a huge salad lover but this one was so good that I just had to have the recipe! It’s a summer salad that is perfect with any type of grilled protein – steak, chicken, burgers, etc. It’s super easy & you probably already have the ingredients at home!!

If you have a local farmers market then invest in some fresh, sweet peaches or nectarines. I used peaches just like the recipe calls for but nectarines would be just as delicious!

Okay!! Here’s the fabulous recipes!! You’ll be making this all summer – I promise!!!

INGREDIENTS:

Ripe peaches

Salad or spinach greens

Grated Parmesan cheese

DRESSING:

1 Shallot – dice

1 t. Dijon mustard

1 t. Honey

3 T. Champagne vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

Salt + Pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare salad greens & slice peaches. Grate Parmesan cheese & set aside.
  2. Dice shallot & add to bowl. Add in the other dressing ingredients & whisk together.
  3. Toss salad greens, peaches, & dressing together. Add Parmesan cheese to top.
  4. Devour immediately!!

Heres the original recipe: http://www.recipebridge.com/recipe/102/2147797691/summer-peach-salad

If you want to eat healthy & reach your weight loss goals then please contact me!!! I start a wellness group on Facebook at the beginning of every month. It’s for busy women who are serious about reaching their weight loss goals & I give you all the tools you need to succeed!

Message me for all the details!! kksco@yahoo.com

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Free – Walking & Water Group

Free - Walking & Water Group

It’s FREE group time — WALKING & WATER!

Since its warming up & the sun is out let’s get outside this week!

Whether you’re needing a restart or trying to reach those weight loss goals; we’re going to work out together this week by walking!!

Starting on Monday, June 13 we’ll be following a walking schedule + drinking lots of water for five days!

☀️ We’ll focus on drinking half our body weight (in ounces) of water daily
☀️ Walking schedule for beginner, intermediate, & advanced
☀️ Daily motivation + tips to be successful with your goals
☀️ Prize to the person who has the most friends join the group

No equipment is necessary & ALL fitness levels are welcome!

Starts Monday, June 13

To join:
Go to my like page to join: www.facebook.com/KendraKMaraman
LIKE my page!
Click “Join” on the event!

Also, if we are not already friends on Facebook please add me so I can add you to the group! www.facebook.com/KendraKMaraman

** Fun + Awesome prize given to whoever has the most friends join!!**

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Portobello Burgers with Roasted Pepper Paste + Smoked Mozzarella

So, I used to be a vegetarian.

A few years ago I was reading several books on being vegan & since I’m a fitness trainer I also attended a couple lectures on eating vegan. Well, I was convinced to change our eating habits.  I knew it would be really tough to go completely vegan for our family so we settled on becoming vegetarian.

Since I was searching for new recipes to be an amazing vegetarian cook, I came across this Portobello Burgers with Roasted Pepper Paste & Smoked Mozzarella. We absolutely LOVED it!!

The marinade for the mushrooms is perfect with the grilled onions, smoked mozzarella, & roasted pepper paste.

Even my meat lover, Nebraska born husband loved this recipe!!

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger with Red Pepper Paste & Smoked Mozzarella

 

Guess what? We’re no longer vegetarians. My husband wasn’t thrilled with what I was cooking & if my hubby’s not happy with the food I’m cooking then it’s just not worth it!

Even though we’re no longer vegetarian we still make this recipe often!! So good!!

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 cup (3 splashes) balsamic vinegar
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and chopped, about 2 tablespoons
1 lemon, juiced
4 large portobello mushroom caps
2 teaspoons grill seasoning blend (preferred brand: McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning) or 1 teaspoon combined coarse salt and pepper
1/2 pound fresh smoked mozzarella, sliced
Roasted Pepper Paste:
1 (14-ounce) jar roasted peppers, drained
A drizzle extra-virgin olive oil
A handful flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 large clove garlic, cracked away from skin
Salt and pepper

Freeze any leftovers for next time!!
4 large crusty rolls, split
Suggested toppings:
Whole baby spinach leaves
Thinly sliced red onions – we like ours grilled

DIRECTIONS:

Combine first 4 ingredients in the bottom of a large food storage bag. Add mushroom caps, seal bag and shake bag to coat caps, then let the mushrooms marinate for 15 minutes -1 hour
Grill mushrooms starting with caps down, turning to caps up, 6 minutes on each side. Season caps while they cook on each side with grill seasoning or a little salt and pepper. Melt the smoked cheese over mushroom caps.
To make the red pepper paste, combine the roasted red peppers, oil, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper in food processor or blender and pulse grind into thick sauce.
To serve, place the grilled mushroom caps topped with melted cheese on the bun bottoms. Top with spinach and onion. Spread bun tops with roasted pepper paste.

ENJOY!!

Original Recipe from Rachel Ray: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/portobello-burgers-with-roasted-pepper-paste-and-smoked-mozzarella-recipe.html

 

 

 

 

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Countdown to Summer

Summer bodies are made NOW!! We can’t wait until June because by then it’s just too late! I want to feel & look my best when the weather heats up & I definitely want to feel pretty amazing in my tank top & shorts!!

I kicked off my COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER group last week & the ladies in my group are serious about getting summer ready! I’m so excited to lead them on a path toward success!!

These are my results from my first round of the 21 Day Fix:

 

21 Day Fix

 

When it comes to getting ready for summer there are a few things that have got to change in order to see + feel results!

  1. You need to commit to a program.  The program I’m committing to this month is the 21 Day Fix. I’ve been having serious knee pain & Ill need to modify any jumping but it’s worked for me last year & Im going for another round!

This week’s schedule:

Summer Countdown Workout Schedule

 

2. Next up is a meal plan. I fall into the first bracket so 1200-1499 calories. According to the 21 Day Fix eating plan I get:

Red – 4

Green – 3

Purple – 2

Yellow – 2

Blue – 1

Orange – 1

Teaspoon – 2

While I’m pretty good about sticking to these categories, I’m not so great at actually measuring out my food with the containers – big mistake!! So, this round is all about measuring out my portions to get results!!

I know I’ll get hungry to to help with that I must stay on top of my water intake. I also love to drink Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Tea – my favorite!!

Heres what this week’s meal plan looks like:

 

21 Day Fix meal plan

 

Okay so there’s the plan & it’s going to get serious results!! Stay tuned for before + after photos!

 

21 Day Fix group

 

Ready to get serious results too?!

Join the next challenge group – we start the beginning of every month!

Just comment below or send me a message & Ill get you all the details!!😃

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Taking ACTION!

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This just hit me today in church . . .

We can talk + make excuses + read amazing quotes & books to get us on the right track to change whatever area of life we feel like we need to work on.

BUT nothing will change until we take action.

I can be this way with my relationship with God.
Sometimes I don’t feel close to Him but then I just want to kick myself because it’s my lack of action (not spending time with Him) that got me to that place.

He’s always there but I’m the one that’s gone my own way & haven’t made time to connect with Him.

It’s a new week . . . what area of your life are you fully ready to commit to & take ACTION?!!

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Trader Joe’s Recipe

Trader Joe's Recipe

Trader Joe’s Recipe

 

Love Trader Joes!!❤️

This is a super easy lunch that I made in 5 minutes!

Diced veggies (Trader Joes)
Edamame (Trader Joes)
Grilled chicken (leftovers from dinner last night)

Add 1 T. coconut oil in pan. Sautee diced veggies & edamame in pan & add chopped chicken until heated through.

Easy + healthy lunch!!😋

Trader Joe's Recipe

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Mommy Guilt

 

Mommy Guilt

Sometimes things aren’t fair & it just is tough!!

Before I gave birth to my firstborn I read every book out there. I wanted to do everything perfectly & be a good mom. Plus, I really was never a “kid” person & had only changed maybe one diaper my entire life!

So, I was definitely super freaked out that I was going to be in charge of a little baby. Plus, my husband & I were alone, living in Miami & we didn’t know anyone – like NO ONE!!

I planned all along on nursing. I really didn’t think I would do anything differently because that was what every book + doctor + friends told me to do.

We welcomed our newborn boy into the world & once we got home from the hospital nursing was not going well. I talked to my sister & she said what I was experiencing was not normal.

My baby was crying a lot. I was crying a lot. I felt like this baby thing was not for me!

I desperately tried to reach out for support. I called a local La Leche League. No one returned my call.

So after 6 days I gave my baby a bottle & he fell asleep. He was satisfied & I felt guilty & like a bad mom. I had pretty much starved my baby & had no clue!!

Even though my baby was now sleeping + peaceful because he wasn’t hungry anymore, I had major mommy guilt because he still wasn’t nursing!

After two weeks I found a local hospital that specialized in lactation & I reached out for help! Oh man, I was so stressed out + feeling helpless + just plain exhausted. It’s so hard being a new mom.

After months of eating oatmeal + drinking beer + hot soup + lots of water + pumping for hours every day I was done. Pumping produced at most 4 ounces of milk every day & even though the lactation specialists were super encouraging I was just done with all of it!

I had to get over the fact that it just wasn’t working. I had to get over feeling mommy guilt that I wasn’t going to nurse. I just had to move on & know that I was still a good mom.

Being a new mom is really tough. We can try & do our best but things don’t always work out. Was the decision to quit nursing earth shattering? No. I have a healthy kiddo & do not regret the choice I made.

Moms, you’re doing the best you can.
No one else is in your shoes.
You are everything to your child & that is enough.

If you’re struggling as a new mom please reach out for help! I wasn’t aware of the resources available & it would’ve saved me from a lot of struggles.

For for daily motivation + recipes + fitness visit www.facebook.com/KendraKMaraman & LIKE my page!

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Time – Saving Workout for Busy Moms

This past year I have completely changed up how I work out. It’s been one of the best things I’ve done for myself.

I used to waste so much time working out. While it was great to have a long stretch of mommy alone time it was stressing me out!! Waking up at 5:15 am, driving to the gym for Spin class & driving back home took almost 2 hours!! Nearly every afternoon I was exhausted & took a nap while my preschooler napped!

Not only was I wasting time to work out, I wasn’t seeing the results I thought I should! I was mainly doing cardio workouts (running + Spin) & still needed to include strength training. I just couldn’t figure out when I’d fit that in too!!

Heres my before photo. This is working out six days a week & eating moderately healthy.

21 Day Fix Before

I needed a workout that was short + included a simple eating plan & this was perfect for me as a busy mom of two little boys!

Here’s what I did!

The 21 Day Fix!

After I received my box I took out the Eating Plan & determined which calorie bracket I fit into.

I determined how many color coded containers I get per day & then I planned out my meals & made a grocery list. I love that I don’t have to make separate food for me! I can make meals that my whole family can enjoy! A lot of my favorite recipes are on this blog. Click HERE

21 Day Fix

The BEST time for me to workout is before anyone else is awake in the morning which means 6 am. Let’s face it – much better than when I used to drive to the gym at 5:15 am – yay! It’s quiet in the house & it’s just me sweating my butt off!

Each day was a different 30 minute workout which was great because I never got bored & it was a great mix of cardio & strength training. The workouts are 7 days a week but if I had to skip a day I used Sunday as my make-up workout!

21 Day Fix

The Eating Plan was a bit challenging at first because I had to keep track of all the food I ate each day. This was actually a really good thing because it made me aware of EVERYTHING that was going in my mouth!

I found it challenging to not eat so many carbs (my favorite!) but it got easier & my body adjusted.

I really liked that I could search on www.teambeachbody.com & Pinterest (under 21 Day Fix recipes) for healthy + easy recipes. It wasn’t hard to meal plan at all! Loved that!

Completing the 21 Day Fix was a huge accomplishment for me! It was an amazing program because it was simple + saved time!

Here’s a comparison of my before & after pics. I did not drop a lot of weight (5 pounds) but I lost fat & gained muscle which is much more important to me! I lost 6 inches overall!! Remember, this was completed in 21 days!! Pretty impressive!

21 Day Fix

If you’re a busy mom that’s ready to make a change then I would love to help you!!

Each month I run wellness groups for moms that want to gain confidence + lead healthier lives. Just comment below or message me so we can chat & see if the 21 Day Fux would be a good fit for you!

Click HERE for more information on the next group!!

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Break the Cycle of Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating

 

Over the past few weeks there’s been a lot of stress + anxiety around me. So many marriages on the rocks, people sick, death . . .

There’s so much pain in people’s lives & it’s heart breaking.

So, I pray. The list seems so long but I know God knows every single hurt + worry + pain in each person’s life & I know He’s in control.

We are not in control & the sooner I remember that & give God all my worries + fears the more peace I have in my heart. But it’s hard.

When stress + anxiety take over what do you do?

I know for me it’s really easy to turn to food for comfort. Cravings strike & I give in. I guess it’s just a lot easier to eat & have instant gratification than to work on feelings.

It’s definitely easier to make excuses than to make changes – right?

For the month of April I’m inviting you to join me on a journey to discover how to work on your emotional eating. This is a topic that keeps resurfacing in all of my groups & it’s really tough to make healthy choices until we dig a bit deeper.

Yes, it will be challenging but if you feel like this is an area in your life that needs attention then let’s do this together!

You get:
** One month of accountability in a private Facebook group
** Short, at home workouts
** Daily tasks + questions as we work through the book “Crave” by Lysa Terkeurst
** Healthy eating plan
** Guidance of a fitness trainer

Let’s do this!! Just respond below with the words “I’m In” AND your email address & we’ll get you set up!!

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Purpose For Your Pain

 

Purpose For Your Pain

Need a little direction & purpose in your life?

Do you ever feel like the days pass by & you’re not really doing anything except getting through each day?

I’ve had times in my life where I’ve felt like this.
I know God has a special purpose for me & it’s really hard to sometimes figure out what that is.

Being a coach + fitness instructor is where God wants me right now . . .

Looking from the outside you don’t see the hours of work I put in per week & how many times I’ve wanted to give up.

BUT I continue because so many people tell me they’ve been encouraged & inspired from a Facebook post or they’ve gained a new confidence in themselves from being in one of the group’s I run every month.

None of this is on accident. God knew long ago that this is where I’d be. A story of a young girl who was overweight with no confidence & full of negativity now having people come to her saying how they’ve been encouraged!!! Wow!

Reading “You’re Loved No Matter What” & love this:

“So if you’re sitting there wondering if God can use you because your life is not as it should be, and your heart is aching – know that your greatest hurt will probably be your greatest ministry.

Like the disciple Thomas who doubted until he touched the scars of Jesus, some people in your life need to see your broken places more than your victories.

. . . God sees purpose in our brokenness even when we don’t, and He can use it to bring forth beauty that blesses those around us.”

Let God use your brokenness to minister to others. You’ll be amazed at how His work through you can change someone else’s life.😊

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