Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

Refeed Day is the best.  I get to eat more, and I get to eat cookies.  This week and next I’ll be sharing my two favorite healthier cookie recipes with you all!  Please note that these aren’t HEALTHY cookies–they are simply better options!

The first is this gluten-free cookie.  Now, listen–this dough will not look like cookie dough.  It will be crumbly and you will think that you’ve messed up the recipe somehow.  IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE CRUMBLY!  I promise it will be okay.  They may not look pretty, but they will taste good!

I actually ended up adding a couple of tablespoons of water to my dough to make it a little easier to form–when I tried to put the first tbsp of dough onto the cookie sheet, it literally crumbled in my hands.  Oops.  I got the hang of it though.

The cookies won’t rise or spread much, so don’t worry about packing your dough too much as you shape the dough into the tbsp-sized balls.  Again, they will taste good, so who cares what they look like!

I have been eating one or two cookies at a time per Refeed Day, so I put my cooked cookies in the freezer in a freezer gallon bag.  I’ve been taking one out the night before I plan on eating them and put it in the microwave for 10 seconds right before I eat it.  It gets warm and yummy!

If you keep them on your countertop, eat them quickly because they only last for three days in an airtight container.



Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Fixate)

¼ cup extra-virgin organic coconut oil, solid

½ cup coconut sugar

1 large egg yolk

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. baking soda, gluten-free

¼ tsp. baking powder, gluten-free

½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

¼ cup dark chocolate chips, 70% cacao or higher

Preheat oven to 325º F.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

Combine oil and sugar in a large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer; beat until well mixed. Add egg yolk and extract; mix well. Set aside.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; mix well.

Add oil mixture to flour mixture; mix well. Fold in chocolate chips.

Roll into Tbsp.-sized balls and place on prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.



1 cookie is 1 yellow container and 1/2 tsp.


80 Day Obsession Phase 2 Results!


I cannot say enough how much I am LOVING this program!

I was so intimidated and scared to death before it started, but the longer we get into the process, the more I am loving it.  The workouts are tough, sure, but I am DOING THEM!  I am feeling stronger literally week by week, and sometimes day by day.  I am pushing myself more than I ever have before, and I’m being successful, which I honestly didn’t believe could happen.  I am sticking to the nutrition plan better and longer than I have EVER stuck to a plan before–I’m on day 57 of the nutrition and going strong!

For some reason that I really can’t explain, this program has been the easiest for me to stick to, even though it’s longer and more intense than anything I’ve ever done before.  It’s not EASY to stick to at all–I have cravings, and I have days where I really don’t want to work out.  But it has been easIER than past programs I’ve done.  I’ve been trying to figure out why that is, but haven’t been able to come up with a clear answer.  Maybe it’s the fact that I committed to a test group, meaning I committed to my company that I would follow the program exactly, instead of just doing it on my own.  Maybe it’s because I’m using the preworkout, so once I drink that, it’s accountability to actually do the workout–I’m not wasting that good stuff!  Maybe it’s because the nutrition plan is so structured and spelled out for me–it takes a lot of guesswork out for me and makes it simpler for me to make my meal plan for the week.  Maybe it’s because this is the first time I’ve consistently meal planned for more than 3 weeks in a row.  Maybe it’s because I’m actually doing meal prep on Sundays instead of trying to fix every meal every day.  Maybe it was because I was in the right place mentally to make a change.  I honestly don’t know, but whatever it is, this program brought it out in me and I love it!


This second phase of the program was a “build” phase, so it’s not really designed to give big results as far as weight loss and fat loss.  These workouts were designed to build lean muscle and burn fat, but with more of an emphasis on building the lean muscle.  I still lost weight and inches, and am wearing a smaller size of jeans now, so I still got some awesome results, but definitely not as big of a drop as Phase 1.  Phase 3 is designed to be the shred phase, really focusing on fat loss, so I’m pretty pumped to see my results at the end!

The nutrition for Phase 2 was pretty identical to Phase 1, but added something totally new to my nutrition routine called Refeed Days.  Basically, Refeed Day is a day where I eat more fruit and more carbs than normal, and my carbs are refined flours to up my sugar levels to help my muscles recover better and faster.  I’m still eating my lean protein and veggies and I’m still following my plan, so it’s definitely NOT a free-for-all cheat day that I am normally accustomed to.  And that is fine with me!  I got to eat white flour waffles, some amazing cookies, and a whole banana in my shake–it was the best day.


I was actually kind of scared of Refeed Day–because my past experience is with cheat days where I stuff my face, I was afraid of having cravings and having the Refeed Day turn into a Refeed Week, and derail me and my progress.  But that didn’t happen!!!  Know why?  BECAUSE I FOLLOWED THE PLAN.  I ate the approved Refeed foods and nothing else, and I went back to the regular meal plan the next day.  It’s pretty simple, y’all.  If you have a good plan and you actually follow it, it’s amazing what can happen!

I did get a little tired by the end of Refeed because of the extra sugar, but overall I felt GREAT.  I didn’t feel sick to my stomach, I didn’t have acid reflux like I was afraid of, and I felt great the next day too!  It really did up my energy and help me push more in my workout the next day, which was the whole point.  I get a Refeed Day every other week until the end of the program now, which is very exciting!  It’s nice to have a little bit of a mental break from focusing on eating what will fuel my body, to feel like I’m cheating just a little, but to still know that I’m 100% on track!

Overall, I am thrilled with Phase 2.  Not just with my Phase 2 results, but with my energy, my confidence, and the boost this entire program has given to my mindset.  I had completely lost that mindset that healthy living is a LIFESTYLE and had fallen into that trap of doing short-term plans, seeing some good results, and then going right back to my old habits.  It was a constant struggle and I struggled a lot with feeling like a failure.  NO MORE.  No freaking more!  I’m done with starting over–I’ve done it more than once, and I’m not planning on doing it again.  This program has done that for me and I’m so grateful–and it’s not even over yet!

I just started my newest accountability group–are you ready to make your transformation a reality?  Comment here or click “contact me” at the top of the page to get details on how to join the community!

Easy Chicken Quinoa Bowls


This is one of my favorite quick meals!  It is a variation of the typical meal I would bring with me to work when I was still teaching–one bowl, lots of healthy nutrition, and easy to eat!  No heating up is required, which was SO helpful when I was teaching and only had 20 minutes to eat lunch!

This meal is super versatile, too–you can switch out the protein, the veggies, the carb, and even change out the herbs and seasonings to make whatever type of quinoa bowl you want–Asian inspired, a taco bowl, etc.  I stuck with the Greek theme here because I needed olives in my life!

The hardest part of this super simple recipe is prepping all the ingredients, so if you can buy pre-chopped onions, frozen cooked quinoa, and of course pre-pitted olives, that helps so much!  I also used dried parsley because I already had it on hand.  There are several ways you could shortcut this recipe–use a food processor for the veggies, buy lemon juice instead of juicing whole lemons, etc–but I personally enjoy all the prep work so I don’t mind doing it all myself.

The recipe below makes one quinoa bowl, but this is really easy to double or triple and make multiple servings at a time.  I made 5 servings on a Sunday afternoon and ate it for dinner all week!


Easy Chicken Quinoa Bowl, aka Quinoa Tabouli Bowl (from Fixate)

½ cup cooked quinoa

1⁄3 cup chopped onion (approx. ½ medium onion)

1⁄3 cup chopped tomato (approx. ½ medium tomato)

1⁄3 cup chopped cucumber (approx. ½ medium cucumber)

¾ cup cooked chopped chicken breast, boneless, skinless

1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

10 kalamata olives, pitted and whole or chopped

Combine all the ingredients and toss to combine.  Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator and serve chilled.

Container counts (per bowl): 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 orange, 1 tsp

Self-Care for Busy Moms


One of my favorite parts of the new fitness program I’m doing is the focus on self-care.  As a mom–no matter how many kids you have, what kind of job you work, or your life situation–taking care of YOU falls to the very bottom of the to-do list.  We take care of everyone and everything else before ourselves–and then we are so exhausted that we just don’t think about it.

One thing I’ve learned over the past almost-3 years of focusing on my health and fitness is that when I prioritize taking care of myself, I do a better job taking care of my family, my responsibilities, and just dealing with the stress of life in general.  I don’t feel guilty for taking some time for me anymore–it has been tough to deal with that “mom guilt”, but I know the benefit my family gets when I take care of myself, and I don’t feel bad about taking the time I need to be able to benefit them.

So mommas, take a few minutes to take care of YOU.  I know, I know–you’re busy, the kids constantly need you, maybe your husband isn’t supportive of time for yourself (which is a whole other conversation!)–but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take care of yourself and fill your cup.

A lot of times we think of self-care as something really expensive or time consuming, like an hour massage, a spa day, or that kind of thing.  It doesn’t have to be that complicated, you guys.  Here are some of my favorite, cheap, and simple ways to engage in self-care for myself, categorized by the amount of time it takes for your convenience.  No matter how busy you are, you can choose something–just ONE thing!–on this list to take care of you.  You are worth it, mommas!!!  Don’t pour into everyone else from an empty cup.

Self-Care Options for Busy Moms

0-5 minutes

  • 5 deep breaths to clear your mind and de-stress/lessen anxiety
  • 3 minute guided meditation from an app like Headspace
  • Changing into your favorite sweats or pjs
  • Laying in the quiet with your eyes closed for 5 minutes (or sitting in the bathroom–been there, done that)
  • Listening to your favorite song
  • Scrolling through social media to empty your head and de-stress
  • Doing one minute of jumping jacks
  • Doing some stretches
  • Turning off your alarm and waking up with your kids or just whenever your body wakes you up!


5-10 minutes

  • Using a face mask
  • Putting scented lotion on your hands and feet
  • A longer guided meditation from an app like Headspace
  • Making a list of 5 things you are grateful for in your life
  • Calling someone to tell them you love them
  • Coloring a picture–either from your kid’s coloring books or an adult coloring book (I swear, this is so relaxing and I don’t know why!)


10-20 Minutes

  • Watching an episode of The Office/New Girl/anything that makes you laugh on Netflix
  • Painting your nails
  • Reading a favorite magazine
  • Reading a chapter of a book you love
  • A hot shower and a deep conditioner
  • Doing some light yoga and/or foam rolling to help sore muscles
  • Going for a walk around your neighborhood in the sunshine


20-30 Minutes

  • A warm bath (with epsom salt for soreness!)
  • Walking around Target or whatever store you like by yourself
  • Driving out to get your favorite coffee or tea (preferably alone)
  • Listening to some of your favorite podcast
  • Taking a power nap
  • Getting a great workout in (you really can do this in 20-30 minutes if you work out at home!  Ask me how 😉  )


60+ Minutes

  • Getting your nails done at the salon
  • Getting your hair cut and styled
  • A massage
  • An afternoon alone!
  • Watching a movie
  • Taking a long nap
  • Girl’s night out/girl’s dinner
  • Date night with your partner!


When you’re new to engaging in self-care, it can feel weird, overwhelming, or even selfish at first.  Start with something simple and quick, and work your way up to the longer ones.  I do one of the quick options every single day, and do longer options far less frequently–but we all have to start somewhere, so just START!

What are your favorite ways to fill your cup back up?  Share your favorite self-care tips in the comments!

Banana-Blueberry Muffins–Toddler Approved!

I am slowly but surely working on my child’s picky palate–it is literally my worst nightmare to have a kiddo who is picky, but I also know that toddlers are just picky.  There are no two ways about it!

Sadly, my kiddo is obsessed with a certain brand of packaged blueberry muffins.  You know, the super-processed, loaded with sugar, horrible and delicious ones you get in little bags at the store?  He loves the stupid things.  So of course I wanted to find something that I could make at home that I felt good about giving him so that he could still eat his precious blueberry muffins, but that would be much healthier for him.  And this recipe is it!

I made these for myself for my 80 Day Obsession program because they fit into one of the container pairings I have for one of my meals and they are SO GOOD.  Originally the recipe calls for chopped apple, but I didn’t love that texture and flavor, so I subbed in blueberries and it was so much better!  Little man loves these, and they are very simple to make.

I have made these with ghee and coconut oil, and while the flavor is pretty much the same either way, ghee is much easier to use because it doesn’t harden from the cold eggs like the coconut oil did.


Banana Blueberry Muffins (slightly adapted from Fixate)

Makes about 9 servings, 1 muffin each

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup mashed banana (about 2 ripe bananas)

1 tbsp butter or ghee, melted

1.5 cups almond flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)


Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line muffin pan with paper liners and lightly coat with cooking spray.  Set aside.

Combine eggs, banana, and butter/ghee in a medium bowl and mix well.  Set aside.

Combine the almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, mix well.

Add the almond flour mixture to the egg mixture, mix until blended.

Fold in blueberries.  Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin pan cups about 3/4 way full (about 1/4 cup of batter per muffin cup).

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffins comes out clean.

Transfer muffins to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

These keep well in the fridge for about 5 days and will keep in the freezer for months.

Containers: 1 muffin is 1 purple and 1 blue.


My Favorite Personal Development Books

Personal development was not something I was familiar with before I started my business.  It kind of sounded hokey to me at first–I’ve always been very wary of anything that sounds like “self-help”.  When I found out that personal development was one of the vital behaviors that my company encourages for being successful, I knew I had to at least give it a try.  And I’m so glad I did!

Personal development has helped me in so many ways; it’s helped me better live out the Scripture that talks about only thinking on those things that are lovely and true (aka positive and worthy), it’s helped me with my confidence, it’s helped me with my discipline, and it’s helped me shift my perspective from depressed and negative to more positive and optimistic.  All of those changes within me have positively affected every other area of my life, especially my relationships with my husband and son!  I’ve learned that by working on ME, I become better in every area of life and EVERYONE around me benefits from that!

I’ve read a lot of books over the past few years dedicated to working on ME, so I wanted to share some of my favorite ones and categorize them–that way, you just look for a category that fits the area of improvement you want to focus on for yourself, and there is at least one suggestion to get you started.

Do you already read personal development?  I’d love to hear your recommendations, too!  Share them with me in the comments!

Fear of Failure/Fear of Getting Started

Start by Jon Acuff

Go for No by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

Make It Happen by Lara Casey

Failing Forward by John C Maxwell

General Discipline

Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

The Miracle Morning for Network Marketers by Hal Elrod

The 5-Second Rule by Mel Robbins

Emotional Eating

Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst


Get Over Your Damn Self by Romi Neustadt

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Start by Jon Acuff

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C Maxwell

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell

Overall Wellness

Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson

The Me-Tox by Beth Behrs

Superlife by Darin Olien (my ultimate favorite choice!)


Superlife by Darin Olien

Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso

It Starts With Food by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig

Fear of Rejection

Go For No! by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

Being overwhelmed

Start by Jon Acuff

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

The Go Getter by Peter B. Kyne

Business/Network Marketing

10x Rule by Grant Cardone

Go Pro by Eric Worre

Get Over Your Damn Self by Romi Neustadt

Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk


Shakshuka — Savory Poached Eggs

Since I started getting Obsessed, I’ve been really utilizing the Fixate cooking show I get on my streaming workout system and LOVING IT.  They have been releasing some new recipes that work with exactly the portions and macros I need for the program, so that just makes my meal planning even simpler!

When I saw this recipe, I was very skeptical at first–I’m really not a huge egg fan, so I wondered how that would go as a main ingredient.  But, I love olives and I love not having to figure out a meal myself if someone else already did the work.  And I’m glad I tried it because it is SO GOOD.

Since you poach the eggs, you can really decide how runny or not-runny you want them, so just cook them longer if you don’t want runny yolks.  When you’re getting your kalamata olives, be careful to get olives that have already been pitted–I accidentally bought unpitted olives and it was such a nuisance to pit them. The recipe calls for whole wheat pita, but I’ve been eating this with my sprouted grain bread just to save a little money and not buy two different carbs when one would be fine.

The recipe calls for cooking all 8 eggs at once in a large skillet, but the idea of eating leftover eggs is really gross to me, so I cooked the sauce all at once on Sunday afternoon, then measured out the 4 different servings into different containers.  Each night when I was ready for this meal, I heated up 1 serving of sauce until boiling in a small saucepan, and then picked back up with the steps of poaching the eggs–I just used 2 eggs instead of 8.

The second time I made this, I tried to give myself a shortcut with buying a bag of pre-chopped kale, but I actually don’t recommend that because when I bought a bunch of kale and tore it up myself, I was able to get rid of the woody stalks much easier–the chopped bag had a lot of the stalk and it was hard to eat.  Next time I will get baby kale to make it simpler.

I also chopped my olives 10 at a time and kept them in separate containers since I cooked each servings separately.

**I couldn’t find a 35-oz can of crushed tomatoes, so I bought a 28-oz can and a 14-oz can and only used half of the smaller can.



Shakshuka (slightly adapted from Fixate)

Makes 4 servings, 1 cup of sauce and 2 eggs each

1 (35-oz.) can crushed tomato

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 cup chopped onion (approx. 11⁄3 medium)

6 cloves finely chopped garlic

1½ tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. ground coriander

1½ tsp. ground caraway

1 Tbsp. ground smoked paprika

¾ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

½ tsp. ground black pepper

2 cups chopped bell pepper (approx. 22⁄3 medium)

1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeds and veins removed, chopped

¼ cup water

2 cups coarsely chopped kale

8 large eggs

40 whole kalamata olives, chopped

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley (for garnish; optional)

4 (4-inch) whole wheat pitas or 4 slices sprouted grain bread


1. Place tomatoes in a medium bowl; crush by hand (or pulse in food processor or blender) to achieve slightly chunky consistency. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in large skillet (or cast iron pan) over high heat, until fragrant.

3. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Reduce heat to medium.

4. Add garlic, cumin, coriander, caraway, paprika, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

5. Add bell pepper, jalapeño, and water; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft.

6. Add kale and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

7. Use a spoon to make eight small wells in tomato mixture. Crack an egg into each well as you go; gently boil, covered, for 10 to 14 minutes, or until eggs have reached desired doneness. (I prefer mine with runny yokes, so about 10 minutes.) Remove from heat.

8. Garnish with olives and parsley, if desired. Serve with one pita or bread slice.

Container count: 1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 tsp