Quest Bar Cookie Recipe

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Looking for a healthy snack to satisfy your sweet tooth? I have found a great solution! First of all, you have to try Quest Bars. Quest Bars are high protein, gluten free, lactose free, no sugar added, with only 2-6 grams of active carbs (depending on the bar). Oh, and did I mention that they taste incredible?

I heard from various people that they bake their Quest Bars for added texture and taste so I decided to give it a try! Baking definitely enhances these already tasty bars. I can’t wait to try it with my favorite flavor – Apple Pie – which contains real apples.

Here is my recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies using the Quest Cookie Dough Bar:

• Take one Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar and break it in half for larger cookies, in fours for smaller cookies.
• Roll the pieces into balls, then flatten into cookie shapes.
• Place on a baking sheet. The will stick so olive oil or parchment paper are suggested.
• Bake at 400º for 5-7 minutes.
• If you want a crispier texture, flip the cookies halfway through baking.
• Let cool and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:
In one bar
Calories: 190
Fat: 8 g
Active Carbohydrates: 3 g
Protein: 21 g

Wondering where to find Quest Bars? You can pick them up at your local GNC or by visiting their website: http://www.questproteinbar.com.

August Motivational Workout Calendar

August is here! As the weather heats up, be sure to continue with your workouts – set new goals to carry into the fall! Your motivational workout calendar is below to get you through the days with positive thoughts and exercises. Just click and print!

August Motivational Workout Calendar

Don’t forget to stop by my Facebook Fitness page for more inspiration, photos, recipes, and videos!

Crispy Garlic Pepper Red Potatoes

Just in time for summer is my easy recipe for garlic pepper baked red potatoes. Baked red potatoes are a great alternative to french fries or potato salad at summer barbeques. I use a counter top oven instead of a regular oven (we have a 1920’s stove that doesn’t hold heat too well), but any oven will do!

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Ingredients:
(feeds 2-3)
• 15-20 small red potatoes
• Olive Oil
• Garlic Pepper seasoning (mine is from Whole Foods)
• Salt

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. While the oven is heating up, wash your potatoes thoroughly and quarter them. Place the quartered potatoes into a mixing bowl. Add olive oil to the potatoes being sure to coat them well. Once the potatoes are coated with olive oil, sprinkle your garlic pepper and salt to your liking. Place your seasoned potatoes onto a baking sheet (shown above).
Bake the potatoes for 30-45 minutes, depending on how brown you want them.
Serve and enjoy!

 

 

July Workout Calendar

I can’t believe it is July 1st already! Luckily I have another full month of fitness motivation for you all in one calendar. Just click and print the photo below – or save it to your desktop for motivation. For more fitness motivation be sure to join my Facebook page and share your results with our community!

July Workout Calendar

Cherries Jubilee Post- Workout Smoothie

I have a new favorite post workout smoothie that I want to share with you. I have named it “Cherries Jubilee” because it tastes exactly like my favorite Baskin Robbins ice cream that I used to get when I was a kid – but it’s better! This is a dairy free, gluten free, protein packed treat that I look forward to after a workout. Give it a try!

cherriesjubileesmoothieIngredients:

• 4 Cherries, pitted
• 1/4 of a banana
• 3/4 cup Almond Milk
• 1/4 cup water
• 1 scoop Vega Vanilla Performance Protein
• 4 ice cubes

Directions: Combine all of these together and blend. If you want a thicker smoothie, add less water.

Nutritional Facts:
214 calories, 26 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat

Vega is a plant based protein and is very gentle on the digestive system unlike dairy based proteins. You can get it at your local whole foods, or if you don’t have one close by you can order it here.

June Motivational Workout Calendar

June is pretty much the start of Summer as we know it and with the weather heating up, so should your workouts! Click the workout calendar below for a full month of motivation! Print it out and post it on your refrigerator like many of my clients do!

June Workout Calendar

 

Get Dancer’s Legs with Hamstring Curls

Want “tutu worthy” legs without having to put in all of the hours at the dance studio? My favorite exercise for getting the legs tight and toned in a pinch is a variation of the hamstring curl. Done using a large exercise ball, this exercise will leave your hamstrings popping whether you are looking to feel confident at the beach or for a night out on the town. Give it a try!

Tutu Tuesday Hamstring Curl

Directions: Start with the legs resting in a turned out position on the ball. Make sure your knees are straight. Now slowly bridge the hips up, keeping the arms at your sides for support. With the feet flexed, slowly curl the ball in towards your back. Repeat for 12-15 repetitions or as many as your fitness level will allow!

*For more daily workouts like this, visit my Facebook Page!

May Inspirational Workout Calendar

Your May workout calendar is here! Let’s get motivated and ready to built a better body before summer. I have created a calendar with a full 31 days of motivation and workouts. Just click on the calendar photo below and print for some extra inspiration!

Just click & print!

Just click & print!

Also, be sure and join us on the Facebook page where I share more tips and videos/photos of the exercises listed on some of the calendar days!

Suspension Training Feature

Nikol Klein Human TrainerHave you tried suspension training yet? I love suspension training as it is a great way to use your own body weight for a fun and effective workout without putting stress on the joints! Best of all it is portable and gives you a full-body resistance and cardiovascular workout. Great for all levels of fitness too.

I am so excited to be the featured user for The Human Trainer for the month of April. I have been working with the company and the device for over a year now, having the opportunity to test the suspension trainer with my clients. Don’t confuse this device with TRX though, it has much more versatility and options. The dual anchor system allows for better symmetry and balance, and if you are like me who goes to the chiropractor each week to get fine tuned, you will appreciate this!

The Human Trainer is a terrific tool for those of you who like to workout at home! This device can be securely anchored to a door in your home. I have had many clients purchase these from me because they love working out with them on their days off with me and/or stretching out those sore muscles with the device! I have to admit, it is pretty handy to have.

Be sure to check out my article all about why I love to use Human Trainer with my clients! READ MORE

 

 

April Workout Calendar

It is so hard to believe that April is here already! So that you don’t make a “fool” out of your April fitness schedule, here is the April workout calendar for you to click and print! Motivation and workouts for every day in the month! Just click and print the calendar below!

April workout calendar

Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook for additional support and motivation in reaching your goals! Join us HERE.