Is this reality?

It is pretty surreal sitting here this morning looking out at the beautiful bay, sipping on some half card coffee, and busting through some messages while our little dude naps.
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Almost 2 years ago, I really had no idea that a life like this even existed. I had no idea that I could work so hard for something that I absolutely love. Something that brings me so much freedom, travel, and joy!
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MY company brought my boys and I out here on this all expense paid trip so that I can learn more leadership skills to bring back to my team to help them help MORE people. Like really?! That’s so cool!
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I love what I do. I love that it’s so family friendly. I love that it lets me travel the world all for the sake of learning how to be the best leader for my team, and coach for my challengers that I can be.
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It’s all about balance, passion, and family for me and I feel absolutely blessed and grateful to be here. 🙈
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Two years ago, it was about time I stared living more, and I’m forever grateful for this opportunity that has turned into incredible freedom and adventure for me and my family. 💗
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Banana Milk Coffee

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If you’ve officially hit pumpkin-spice overload, you’re not alone… and maybe banana milk coffee can help. Don’t get me wrong, I support pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin muffins and pumpkin tea. But really, when you can get pumpkin spice potato chips and pumpkin spice whey protein and pumpkin gum, maybe it’s time to pump the brakes.

There’s also the pesky fact that a tall serving of my beloved PSL packs 39 grams of sugar, and even for a cheat meal, that’s like… whoa.

Long story short, I love pumpkin, but I just need a little space right now.

What Is Banana Milk Coffee?

Banana-milk coffee, a creamy concoction is being hyped as this fall’s antidote to pumpkin madness. Created by a barista at Brooklyn’s J+B Design & Cafe, it’s based on a super-simple recipe: Blend one ripe banana with a cup of almond milk or coconut milk, then pour over cold-brewed coffee.

After all, how can you go wrong with coffee, milk, and bananas? It was promising. And sounded delicious. (Full disclosure: The original version also contains simple syrup. But honestly, it’s sweet enough without it!)

What Does Banana Milk Coffee Taste Like?

I’m not above dragging other people into my culinary experiments, so I invited three of my neighbors over to try it. “I’m making coffee with bananas in it,” I explained. “It’s a thing now.”

As far as the recipe goes, banana-milk coffee is basically impossible to screw up. If you’ve never cold-brewed your own coffee, it’s one of those “wait, that actually works?!” moments of kitchen discovery. (The full step-by-step is below, but in a nutshell, you just let the grounds steep in a pitcher of cold water overnight, then strain them out.)

For the banana milk, I skipped the simple syrup and opted for unsweetened almond milk because I wanted to see if the banana could pull its own weight, sweetness-wise. After all, everything tastes good if you dump enough sugar in it. The goal here was to see if blended banana could stand in for the heaping scoop of sugar I sometimes (read: usually) add.

The blender gave the banana milk a foamy consistency — sort of like a milk frother — and I poured a scant cup of the mixture over a cup of coffee.

First impression: It looked delicious, and like a Serious Coffeehouse Drink. More importantly, it actually tasted good — sweet, creamy, and surprisingly not very banana-y. Four out of four neighbors agree! It probably won’t become an everyday drink (case in point, I’m sipping a standard hot coffee right now), only because of the slight extra handiwork required — like remembering to start the cold-brew process a day in advance — though using cold brew coffee concentrate could also work in a pinch.

But I could totally see this becoming a weekly treat, and it’s definitely a worthy replacement for the sugar bomb of my fave seasonal latte. Follow the recipe below to make it yourself.

 

Banana Milk Coffee
Author: Beachbody
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. ground coffee
  • 1 ripe banana, medium
  • 1 cup almond milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Stir coffee grinds into a pitcher of cold water using your usual ratio — typically a tablespoon of grounds for every cup of water, but feel free to adjust if you like it stronger.
  2. Let the mixture steep for around 18 hours.
  3. Line a small strainer or colander with a paper coffee filter.
  4. Pour the mixture through the filter. Voilà — cold-brewed coffee! (Serve over ice if preferred.)
  5. Blend banana and milk in blender until creamy.
  6. Pour banana milk mixture over cold coffee, to taste.

Jack-o’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

Jack-o'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Halloween is around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. According to lore, Halloween (or formerly Hallows’ Eve) represented a time when the ghosts of the dead would come back to earth. People feared that if you left your house, you might come across one of these ghosts; so to avoid being recognized, people would wear masks to blend in with the disembodied spirits.

These days, Halloween is a much more family-friendly event, filled with creative and playful costumes, pumpkins on doorsteps, haunted houses, and plenty of festive treats. And I don’t know about you, but I usually associate this holiday with heaps of sugar. Chocolate bars, toffees, candies, you name it. It’s enough sugar to make my teeth hurt just thinking about it – and to get the kids really bouncing off the walls! Thank goodness it only comes around once a year…

Jack-o'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

What I love about this jack-o’-lantern stuffed peppers recipe is that it’s a festive twist on a savory dish that lets my family enjoy the holiday with a little less sugar. They’re a fun Halloween treat to prepare for your kids and something you can feel great about them digging into! The fun part is in carving the bell peppers, which act as edible jack-o’-lanterns. You’ll want a sharp knife for this, and ideally one that’s small enough to make tiny cuts (a paring knife works well). Then you’ll simply carve out little eyes, a nose, and a smile. And ta-da, the hard part is over!

Jack-o'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

These cute little jack-o’-lantern “pumpkins” are filled with a fiesta-inspired mix of spices, ground turkey, and black beans. The filling comes together in a pinch, and the flavors are reminiscent of a much more wholesome taco filling. You can keep these vegan by swapping the filling with this Quinoa Stuffing recipe. Once your filling is prepared, simply stuff it inside your carved peppers and pop them in the oven. A sprinkling of cheese brings this dish together. Serve warm and dig in. Happy Halloween!

Jack-o'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Jack-o’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers
Prep time
25 mins
Cook time
35 mins
Total time
1 hour
Author: Beachbody
Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Serves: 4 servings, 1 bell pepper each
Ingredients
  • 4 medium orange bell peppers
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
  • 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce, no sugar added
  • 1 cup black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Slice stem end off peppers. (Reserve for later use.) Remove seeds and veins from peppers. Cut a jack-o-lantern face out of one side of each pepper. Stand peppers upright in baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  3. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add turkey; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until almost browned.
  5. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  6. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  7. Add chili powder, cumin, pepper (if desired), tomato sauce, and beans; cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  8. Add rice; mix well.
  9. Fill peppers with turkey mixture. Top with reserved stem end of peppers Add water to the baking dish. Cover with foil.
  10. Bake peppers for 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender-crisp.
  11. Remove stem top of peppers, sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  12. Replace tops and serve.

{White Bean & Kale Soup:}

{White Bean & Kale Soup:}
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What you need:
2 boxes vegetable broth
2 tbsp olive oil
5 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 cups of carrots chopped
1 cup celery chopped
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup butternut squash cubed
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 bay leaves
3-4 cans White Northern Beans
1 cup kale (chopped up real good)
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
Sea salt
Pepper
1 tsp ground red pepper

Sauté garlic, carrots, onions, and celery in the olive oil on bottom of pot. This helps them to get softer first before adding everything else. Once they start getting soft, add everything else in. Add seasonings to taste (lessen red pepper amt if you don’t like a little kick) and then let everything simmer for a bit and serve!!

{{ CREATE }} a life you love 💙

The moment I decided to start living a life I was proud of, everything changed.
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My relationships, my mindset, my health, my confidence, my outlook on life; everything from the inside out.
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Don’t sell yourself short! You CAN do absolutely ANYTHING your heart desires if you just decide you CAN and go for it!
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Becoming a coach gave me the freedom to use all the talents and gifts I love that God gave me. It’s developed a passion deep within that I prayed would come to fruition at some point in my life so that I could bless others.
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I stopped second guessing myself. I stopped listening to what everyone told me I “should” do. I stopped saying NO, and instead I said YES.
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Those three letters changed my life the day I said YES to one of the scariest steps I’ve ever taken outside of my comfort zone. And they are the three same letters that have COMPLETELY changed me and my family forever.
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It’s amazing what happens when you allow someone to use their passion to help touch other people’s lives. It’s the greatest gift and blessing.
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Forever grateful for all the people I’ve met on this journey and so hopeful of all the ones I’ve yet to meet.
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Live inspired and passionately every day! Why not?! Life’s too short to not look forward to what’s to come every morning you set your feet to the floor.

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