Monthly Archives: November 2015

What is Dry January & How to Make a New Year Resolution (As Seen on CNN)

Detox your way into the New Year by participating in Dry January. What is Dry January? Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour was recently interviewed on CNN to talk about the Hows and Whys of cutting out all booze for one month.

If you enjoy winding down in the evening with a glass (or two!) of wine, you’re definitely not alone!

What many people are discovering, however, is the benefit of taking an entire month off alcohol to detox and reset their bodies for a new year of successful weight loss endeavors.

This trend seems especially beneficial following the holiday season where fun cocktails and after work happy hours were prevalent.

Dry January and Weight Loss

If you have several drinks a week, it makes sense that cutting out alcohol completely will save you substantial amounts of calories. This makes maintaining a caloric deficit much easier, which is essential if your goal is weight loss!

Even if you budget alcohol into your daily caloric needs, it doesn’t contain nutrients. By  ditching the booze and adding more lean proteins, leafy greens, and healthy fats into your diet to replace those calories you can expect to feel so much better in your body!

Can I Just Cut Back on Alcohol Instead?

Even if you don’t want to commit to the full 30 consecutive days off booze, you can still cut back and enjoy some added health benefits.

Some of the reported benefits of reducing drinking are:

  • stronger immune system
  • better sleep
  • better mood
  • weight loss
  • save money

The recommended amounts of alcohol consumption, according to the CDC, is up to one drink per day for women, two for men. I recommend you start by looking at how many drinks per week you normally consume, and cutting that number in half.

What About When Dry January Ends?

Picture this: You committed to Dry January, you abstained from all alcohol, you went all in. Now the month has ended, you’ve lost some weight, you’ve slept better, but you’re feeling a little lost on what direction to head now. You may even be tempted to celebrate with a few drinks.

That’s why in all my weight loss programs for women I prefer to teach everything in moderation as opposed to the all or nothing approach.

I suggest taking a look at what your biggest trigger times are. When you personally feel the need for that drink. Honestly consider if it’s becoming a daily habit or affecting your life negatively, and if so then: replace it.

I have my private weight loss clients physically write down the times that they are feeling the need to reach for a cocktail or a beer and replacing it with a positive, relaxing habit instead.

Instead of pouring yourself a large glass of wine when you get home, try one of these:

  • a bubble bath
  • calling a friend
  • painting your toenails
  • put a little piece of dark chocolate on your pillow so you’re excited to go to bed at night even without your nightcap!

Make It a Mocktail!

This is my favorite thing to do when I’m not drinking. Use your normal wineglass, so you still feel in that treat mode, but fill it up with some soda water, fresh berries, and mint. Now you can sip on a delicious beverage without all those toxins and calories!

Whether you decide to ditch all booze this next month or simply cut back to more mindful amounts: I am rooting for you!

…………………………………………………………….
As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight. My private weight loss programs for women are like a wellness program for women, a life coaching program for women, and a healthy lifestyle program for women all wrapped in one!

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

How To Get Lean In 2019 (As Seen On HLN)

As you start planning those big New Years resolutions you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour appeared on Headline News with some great advice for easing your way into a successful new year.

We’ve made it through the holiday feasting, I hope you’re feeling ready and pumped to go confidently after those weight loss goals! I have several crucial reminders I like to give my private weight loss clients around this time of the year.  Check them out below, I hope they help you on your own fitness journey.

Don’t Get Discouraged.

It’s a new year, you’re excited to get after those goals and resolutions, but big changes take time. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. Stick with it, stay the course, and remain positive!

If the scale doesn’t budge, hey, screw the scaleright?

It’s More Than Ok If You Slip Up.

What should you do if you miss a workout or find yourself snacking down an entire takeout pizza?

Forgive yourself. Yep. Drink some water, add plenty of leafy greens to your next meal, and move on!

You may think all is lost, but it isn’t so long as you get right back on track. Don’t get frustrated and scrap your workouts or healthy meals over it, just stay consistent and you will reap all the rewards.

Be Flexible.

I’m not talking about practicing yoga here, but I definitely recommend that as well! Commit to your goals. Wholeheartedly believe in them, while remaining flexible.

Ex: You have a super intense spin class scheduled, but the day comes around and you aren’t feeling up to it.
Solution: Swap the high intensity sweat sesh out for a lower intensity one, like that yoga somebody mentioned!

You’re still getting in some movement and staying focused and aligned with your health goals.

For some of my workouts (yoga included!) that you can do from the comfort of your own home check out my Step It Up with Steph DVD.

Be Flexible with Your Eating Too.

Ex: You planned to have a salad for lunch, but instead you find yourself at a burger place.
Solution: Have the burger, but swap out the bun for extra lettuce to wrap it up in.

Protein plus plenty of veggies will have you feeling full and satiated, guilt-free!

For more nutritional advice I offer a 7-Day Easy Meal Plan + Recipe Book.

Consider Participating in Dry January

As a fitness coach I prefer to teach from a flexible, no deprivation standpoint rather than an all or nothing mentality. With that being said, Dry January is a great way to kick off your year. A lot of people have jumped on this trend, so you will have plenty of support and a general feeling of camaraderie if you choose to try it out!

Benefits of Dry January include:

  • Less calories consumed, leading to a greater chance for weight loss to happen.
  • Better rest quality. Better sleep, better energy for workouts!
  • Better mood (maybe from all that good sleep!).
  • Stronger immune system.
  • You’ll save money!

I wish you great success in the coming year!

-Steph

…………………………………………………………..
As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

Health Hacks To Keep You On Track (As Seen on Fox Chicago)

Health and Fitness Expert and Private Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour has your back this holiday season with a few hacks to keep your weight loss goals on track! Enjoy the holidays while not going overboard with these great maintenance tips.

Get through New Years feeling confident with these helpful tricks that I’ve come up with from my years of experience working as a private weight loss coach.

Get Your Party On!

This time of year is all about celebrating, so stay in party mode with your goals as well.

Break down your main goal into several mini goals, and set a little celebration for yourself every time you complete one of your mini goals. Repeat the same celebration every time you reach a goal!

Ex: If my mini goal is to only enjoy one cocktail at my work holiday party, I start the day with that intention in mind. I go to the party, savor that single cocktail and then celebrate my success by putting on a favorite song and dancing it out!

Say No with Confidence!

It can be so difficult to turn your friends down for a rowdy night out, or another slice of your mom’s homemade dessert.

Not everyone will understand your weight loss journey, and they may urge you to fill up your plate more or try to convince you that “one bite won’t kill you”,  etc.

It’s up to you to stay strong and keep your focus set, but I believe in you! I always incorporate some kind of confidence training in my weight loss programs for women because it is truly important!

  1. Figure out phrases you’re comfortable using and rehearse them.
    Ex: “I have a sensitive stomach.” Or “I’m trying to cut back on ___, so I’m good, thank you!”
  2. Worried about people trying to push you to refill that empty wine glass? Excuse yourself, go into the bathroom and fill up your glass with water. They can’t refill your glass if it isn’t even empty!
  3. Refill your dessert plate with desserts you don’t like. If you don’t like it, you won’t overeat it– foolproof!

Feed Your Goals with that Holiday Energy 

Take advantage of all the happiness around the holidays to create new health goals for the next year. Coming from a mindset of abundance is a sure way to set yourself up for success.

  • Before you do something fun, set aside just five minutes
  • Close your eyes
  • Think of one thing that would make your life better

By thinking of ways to improve your life when you’re already in a good mood, you train your brain to see health goals as a positive.

It’s a joy to eat more leafy greens, to move your body, to love yourself, life is good!

See you next year!
Steph

……………………………………………….
As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

 

5 Tricks to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

I was so excited when CNN and HLN asked me to talk about 5 ways to avoid holiday weight gain. I love helping women everywhere feel more confident in their health and in their bodies!

This TV segment was all about practical ways to not gain weight over the holidays. Many of my private weight loss clients have struggled with weight gain over the holidays in the past. However, as a private weight loss coach for women, my number 1 priority is my commitment to my clients’ confidence in themselves. That’s why I combine my expertise from my background in life coaching, personal training, yoga, and Pilates to create customized weight loss programs for women. Each woman who is trying to lose weight is different. And as a Health Expert on TV, I get to create healthy eating tips and wellness tips for TV viewers. These are more general tips that many people can use in their lives. But for my private weight loss clients, their weight loss programs are customized. Each woman is different, and that is a good thing!

For this TV segment, I’m sharing my life coaching tips and wellness tips so that you can feel confident about your choices over the holidays.

(Funny story – I am a life coach in Chicago and a personal trainer in Chicago – but I was in New York doing health and fitness TV segments for other stations, and that’s when CNN asked me to come to their studio in New York City to give these health tips!)

My private weight loss clients are across the country because our weight loss programs for women are all virtual. Many of my private weight loss clients are traveling and trying to lose weight, or they have busy schedules and they’re struggling with weight loss, so my personal training programs are all virtual! I work one on one with my weight loss clients in Chicago no matter where I am geographically. So if you’re in New York and you need the best personal trainer for women, or if you’re in Chicago and want the best wellness coach for women, I’m your gal!

………………………………………………………………..
As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

Screw The Scale (As Seen on The Doctors)

Have you been seeing the Screw the Scale movement going around on social media? Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour met up the cast of The Doctors to explain this new trend.

Does achieving the perfect body potentially mean gaining weight? Yes!

This movement is all about creating and building a body that makes you feel comfortable, confident, and happy regardless what that pesky scale says.

Your health is so much more than one number.

Performing strength training exercises with weights can give you that hourglass shape with the curves of your dreams. Especially when paired with a healthy diet to properly fuel and nourish your body.

For a meal plan to support your growing muscles check out my recipe book!

If you’re new to the idea of strength training and feeling a little intimidated by the weight room at the gym, it’s all good. I’ll show you how to strength train at home so you can get started on looking and feeling your best right now!

I recommend that you start by incorporating 30 minutes of strength training three times per week.

In the video above I demo two great moves to get you started.

  1. Curtsy Lunge + Leg Lift (total lower body builder)
  2. Overhead Press + Side Crunch (Arms & Abs)

Act Like a Lady & Build That Booty

Start from standing. Step your left leg behind you and to the right. Your thighs should be crossed and both knees should be bending like you’re taking a bow. Be sure to keep that front knee directly over the front ankle.

Return to standing and immediately extend the left leg out to the side. This guarantees you’re hitting every major part of the glutes for a firm, round booty!

Do 10 of these before switching to your right leg, and repeat the exercise three total times during your workout.

Press It Up & Crunch It Down

Grab some light weights (if you don’t have dumbbells, you can use household items such as laundry detergent or even a gallon of milk!). Plant your feet firmly hip width apart. Now bend those elbows and raise your arms so you’re holding the weights in line with your ears, arms at about 90 degrees. Keeping your abs in tight, press the weights up and above your head.

Lower them back down in line with your ears and lift your left knee up towards your left elbow. Then press your weights back up, lower down, and do a side crunch on your right side.

Try to do 10 presses with five crunches on each side before resting. Repeat the entire exercise three times total.

Don’t feel badly if you can’t do the total amount of suggested reps right away, if these moves are new to you it’s okay to go slow and steady! Build up that strength and balance.

Not only will you begin to feel more empowered and in control when you focus on building your muscles, but the more muscles you add, the more fat that muscle will burn for you. Making this a super effective route towards weight loss and why I incorporate strength training in my own private weight loss clients routines.

Here are some extra moves that can be easily added into your existing daily routine! Whether you’re watching TV, working in the kitchen, or taking a walk, I’ve got ways for you to Step It Up!

Check out my Step It Up With Steph DVD for even more home workout goodness!

………………………………………………………………..
As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

5 Ways To Stay Healthy Over the Holidays (As Seen on HLN)

Don’t spend another holiday season in the deprivation doldrums. Set yourself up for long-term success with these five inspired tips from Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Private Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour.

Gift yourself some peace of mind from the stress of holiday weight gain with these fit hacks.

Cut Yourself a Deal

Learn to use If/When conditions for yourself.

Example:  If  you choose to go to happy hour after work and skip your scheduled workout, then you will set your alarm for five minutes earlier the next morning. When that alarm goes off, get up, put on your workout shoes, and perform 50 squats or simply jog in place, anything to get your heart rate up before you jump in the shower!

Hydrate Between Drinks

My private weight loss clients swear by these boozy tips for this time of year! (They still apply for mocktails too)

Sipping on hot cocktails? Order an ice cold glass of water after each drink.

Indulging in a cold boozy beverage? Order warm water with lemon between every cocktail.

Simple, right?

Work Off the Treats Before You Eat

Finding time to work out during the holidays can get tricky, but even just doing a little bit of a workout is better than nothing.

Know you’re heading to a party with your favorite baked goods? If you know you’re going to have a couple treats, figure out roughly how many extra calories you want to have. Then do a little workout to prepare for the snacking.

Example: One minute of squats or kettlebell swings burns around 25 calories. If you do four rounds of squats at one minute each, boom, you have an extra 100 calories to play with!

Late Night Temptations

An important part of losing weight and keeping it off is learning to recognize when you may have an incoming binge situation. Use the following weight loss tips to save yourself from regret.

Feeling the urge to reach for another cookie from the tray in your kitchen or an extra piece of fudge from the fridge? Before you do….

Try putting on hand lotion or painting your fingernails! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to eat a cookie that tastes like lotion and freshly-painted nails means no picking anything up until they dry! This gives you a chance to move passed the momentary craving without over-indulging. Plus, now you have beautiful nails and/or are moisturized!

Make Micronutrients Mandatory

I incorporate this tip into all my weight loss programs for women, even though it’s the last on the list– it’s crucial!

Every night, no matter if you’ve eaten healthy or unhealthy the entire day, make eating a bowl of fruits or veggies a part of your routine.

Micronutrients are the essential vitamins and minerals found in food. Vegetables and fruits are super rich in them, so treat yourself to a large serving in the evenings and your body will thank you!

Happy Holidays!
-Steph

………………………………………………………………
As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

How To Lose Weight Over the Holidays (As Seen on ABC Chicago)

‘Tis the season to be eating! With the colder weather often comes an increase in comfort foods. Baking Christmas cookies and pies is a wonderful way to spread cheer and bond with your family, but what about the dreaded holiday weight gain?

Don’t work hard at your fitness goals only to toss them aside for the last few weeks of the year. Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour shares a few tips for how to beat the cycle of holiday weight gain!

Being on a diet during the holiday season is no fun. Instead of trying to be super strict with yourself, find ways to make your cravings fit your goals.

I don’t wish for my private weight loss clients to feel deprived during this joyous time of year, but at the same time I also want them to succeed! Here are a few helpful ideas for healthier twists on some of your favorite foods.

Eat What You Crave- Mindfully

Craving a salty snack? Kale chips are an easy-to-make, guilt-free alternative to regular chips! Also they are available prepackaged at most health food stores.

Have a fierce need of french fries? Make baked sweet potato fries instead! Conveniently, you can also now purchase these from the frozen section at your local grocery store!

Friday night pizza? Yeah! You can still have that! Cauliflower is huge right now and for good reason. It’s low-carb, chock full of nutrients, and delicious! Making your own cauliflower crust isn’t always an option, so if you’re short on time pick up a frozen CauliPower pizza!

CAULIPOWER products use real cauliflower and nothing synthetic, resulting in nutrient-rich, naturally gluten-free options lower in calories, sugar, sodium and fat. And special to Chicago, CAULIPOWER has a claw machine at the Shops at North Bridge. Players win mini pizza boxes with pizza coupons, cauliflower stress balls, and more free prizes through December 21st!

Here’s The Deal

Make deals with yourself. You can stay on top of your healthy habits with just a little bit of planning.

For example: If you know you’re going out with coworkers for happy hour, or have extra errands/events causing you to miss a workout; set your alarm clock for just 5 min earlier that morning. Get up, put on your workout shoes, go into your bathroom and jog in place for those 5 minutes.

Another great idea for keeping yourself mentally healthy is to bring a self help book along with you to work. Set a timer and read for 5 minutes of your lunch break.

These little habits will keep your head in the game, you got this!

Keep An Attitude of Gratitude

Shift your focus away from the holiday spread of goodies and instead reward yourself with good conversation. Be grateful to be around family, with friends, to simply be present.

Take time out to just be by yourself, sit on your yoga mat, and do a bit of meditation on everything you’re thankful for this year. Put on some headphones, check out a free meditation app like Insight Timer, and zen out!

Also, I include both yoga and meditation on my Step It Up with Steph DVD which is available for purchase here.

It makes sense that when you feel good you make better choices for yourself. Let this be the positive cycle that you repeat every year!

Happy Holidays!

-Steph

……………………………………………………..
As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

 

7 Signs Your Weight Loss Program Is Working + An Ab Challenge!

Contrary to popular belief, the scale is not the best indicator of physical fitness. If you’ve been working hard on your fitness goals and the scale hasn’t budged– don’t be discouraged! Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour recently contributed to a fantastic article covering all the signs that your current program is working, check it out below!

I try to stress to all my private weight loss clients, the importance of taking measurements at the start of any program. This way you can make note of any changes, especially in your hips and waist! Sometimes you will lose inches despite your weight staying the same.

Additionally, be aware of how your clothes are fitting, and how your overall energy is.

Click here to read the rest of the 7 signs that you’re making progress!

Who doesn’t love a good ab workout?? Whether you’re into yoga, pilates, piyo, crossfit, or another form of training, a strong core is a solid foundation for any fitness practice.

Ab wheels can be found at most local gyms or purchased for at-home use. Doing ab roll-outs challenges your entire core, of course, but it also can hit your upper back muscles, your shoulders, and both your biceps and triceps!

Check out this article for different ways to use your ab wheel or build up strength before using it!

If possible, get a personal trainer to show you how to use the ab wheel, this is something I always do for my own weight loss clients so I can give them proper form cues!

Work your stabilizer muscles with this beginner-friendly version of a deadlift that model Naomi Campbell was spotted doing on Instagram! Use light weights to get comfortable with the hip hinging movement necessary for regular deadlifts, while also getting in some serious cardio! This exercise is great for your entire core, but will also hit your lower body and shoulders!

Click here to learn alternating suitcase deadlifts!

If you’re someone who prefers to work out from the comfort of your own home as opposed to a potentially busy gym near you, I have my Step It Up With Steph DVD available for purchase! It includes hiit cardio workouts, a pilates ab routine, even yoga and meditation; the whole package!

Thinking about what goals you want to accomplish in the New Year? Maybe you want to build up to more days in the gym, try out a fun new cardio class, add more leafy greens into your diet, or check out new ways to de-stress? Whatever it is you’re wanting to accomplish— I’m with you!

The end of the year is fast approaching, read this interview for my 2019 Health Tips!

Being both Italian and Lebanese, believe me when I say I know the struggle of controlling yourself around amazing food, especially around the holidays!

BONUS! 6 Mental Tricks for combating holiday weight gain.

Holidays can be full of temptation; after work cocktails, everybody bringing trays of baked goods into the office, your mom’s homemade pies, etc. Learn a few of my tested mental tricks and stay on track while not feeling deprived!

From one word mantras, to rescheduling missed workouts, to fighting off sugar cravings– I’ve got you covered.

Just follow this link to learn those hacks!

Keep the weight loss ball rolling while enjoying life. And if you slip up? Don’t beat yourself up over it! Just get back on your feet and be prepared to Step It Up with me!

…………………………………………………..
As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

Detox Using Your Thanksgiving Leftovers (As Seen on ABC Chicago)

Now that the big event is over, how can you use up those leftovers while also getting back on track with your weight loss goals? Perhaps you’re thinking there’s no way you can use that feast food to your advantage? Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour has good news for you! Watch this video and read the blog for more helpful detox tips!

 

If you’re like me, you always seem to find yourself with a fridge packed full of leftovers after Thanksgiving (or any other major holiday!). Many of my private weight loss clients worry that they won’t be able to get back to their goals until they’ve spent the following week eating up all those remaining celebratory dishes.

They don’t need to worry and neither do you! Here’s a few simple ways to put all that food to work, detox yourself, and avoid waste, starting with that star of Thanksgiving: the  turkey!

Shredded Turkey Salad

Start with a base of spinach and/or other mixed greens. Using your hands, shred a portion of leftover turkey meat and place it on top of the greens. Top this with a healthy salad dressing. My go-to is Primal Kitchen, their products are made with avocado oil, super yummy! If you’re local to the Chicago area you can find them for sale at Mariano’s or Jewel.

If you’re not really a salad person, try my low-carb twist on that usual post-thanksgiving staple: the turkey sandwich. Using large leafs of romaine lettuce, add some of your shredded turkey. Then top with a little avocado mayo, also available from Primal Kitchen, roll it up and enjoy guilt-free!

Green Bean Soup

Turn your green bean salad, or any other leftover cooked veggies, into a hearty, healthy soup! If you want to make a large batch throw it in the crockpot or in a big pot on the stove with some broth and spices. You can even add in some coconut milk and make it more like a thai curry soup, mmm!

Or you can make individual servings, one meal at a time! Need a quick lunch?  Just put your veggies in a bowl, top it with some Bru Broth, heat in the microwave, and enjoy!

Bru Broth is a doubly great option because it provides protein and it’s anti-inflammatory.

Quiche Me Quick

Got leftover pie crust? Crumble that delicious, flaky pastry into a non-stick muffin tin, crack an egg on top, add some veggies, herbs, and spices. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20min. These are wonderful because you can make a whole batch at a time, then store them to reheat for fast snacking throughout the week!

Here it is, folks, the ultimate hack: How to get back on track while eating pie for breakfast 😉

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

If you’re nuts about pumpkin pie then you’re going to love this one! Take your leftover pumpkin pie filling, about a tablespoon per smoothie. Blend it with some greek yogurt, water, and a handful of spinach for an absolutely delicious, but still healthy treat. Step it up further by adding in some protein powder and voila! You’ve got an amazing, detoxifying, protein-packed breakfast!

Once you’re all out of tempting leftovers, if you find yourself wishing for further guidance on what to eat, check out my helpful Meal Plan & Recipe Book.

Happy Holidays!

……………………………………………………………………..

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com