Monday, August 18, 2014

Motivate Monday - Who doesn't need some self-control...

This week in our home we are focusing on self-control and taking our thoughts captive!  I feel like over the past few weeks I have let my lack of self-control and discipline take over too much and much of that has to do with my thoughts! It is also very important to me that my children learn the act of self-control and speaking positive words over themselves and not negative ones! We all can think of one situation where we lack self-control and discipline...for me it is ALWAYS with sweets, shopping, and amount of time spent on social media. I love sweets and that is why I have tried so hard to create "healthy" sweets so that I can still indulge occasionally! And there are times when I feel like my phone is glued to my hand...so I have to be purposeful about putting my phone on silent or even taking Facebook off my phone for a couples days! But lately I have been getting out of control, I am founding that I am letting things go more....lacking discipline and self-control.  There are multiple areas that one can struggle with when it comes to self-control...food, exercising, shopping, the words that come out of your mouth, and time spent on social media aka Facebook and Instagram.  The one thing I have learned is that our thoughts play such a huge part in this. Our thinking directly affects our emotions and actions.   To live with self-control means to exercise restraint. Restraint is not easy, but it shows character, strength, and wisdom.  Mentally you have to tell yourself "I am disciplined and self-controlled" every day. Believe me I struggle every day with something, but the more positive you are, you CAN OVERCOME!
I love these verses and I encourage you to post somewhere today in your house like I did today that "I am disciplined and have self-control" and "Take every thought captive"!
xoxo
Ali 
 
2 Corinthians 10:5New International Version (NIV)
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
 
2 Timothy 1:7Amplified Bible (AMP)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
 

 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Foodie Friday - Coconut Curry Chicken & Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

This past week I made coconut curry chicken & a delicious chocolate chip coffee cake. Both are pretty clean and the healthier alternative to the original. Enjoy!
xoxo
Ali
Easy Coconut Curry
 by 
 Ingredients
For the sauce:
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ to 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 (13.5 oz.) can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon tamari, or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
To complete the dish:
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 lb. assorted vegetables, chopped (I use broccoli)
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed (I also have used with organic brown rice)
  • 2 cups water
  • I added 2 cups of chopped cooked chicken
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa or brown rice
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a sauté pan over medium heat, and saute the onions and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. Add in the coconut milk, curry powder, tamari, maple syrup and salt and whisk well to combine.
  3. Bring sauce to a simmer and add in the chopped sweet potatoes. Cover the pan, and allow the sweet potatoes to steam in the sauce for 5 minutes. Finally, add the rest of the vegetables and chicken and toss in the sauce to coat, then cover and allow to steam until fork-tender.
  4. Then serve over quinoa or brown rice.

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
Adapted from BromaBakery.com


Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease and flour a large bundt pan

Ingredients:
1 cup organic cane sugar
1 1/2 cups organic whole wheat unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 organic eggs
1 stick organic grassfed unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup cacao chips or carob chips
3/4 cups sucanat or organic cane brown sugar
1/2-1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (I like less cinnamon)

Mix together butter, sugar, yogurt, and vanilla. Add in eggs, then stir in flour, baking soda, salt. Fold in chocolate chips.

Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl.


Then you are going to layer the batter in the pan...Pour half of the batter into the bundt pan and smooth over with spoon. Layer half of the brown sugar mixture over the batter and swirl into batter using a fork or knife. Pour in the second half of the batter and swirl the rest of the brown sugar mixture over it. 
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the cake. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then flip onto a cake stand and EAT!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fashion - Workout Gear

I love clothes, shoes, accessories, anything related to fashion I just love...but lately, my wardrobe consists of workout clothes! I wear workout attire probably every day except for a night out or church. Below are some super cute favorite workout items of mine or that I want!!
xoxo
Ali
click pictures to be directed to website
http://www.amazon.com/Polar-FT60-Heart-Monitor-White/dp/B00G40M6X4/ref=pd_sim_sg_4/181-1686697-6053852?ie=UTF8&refRID=1SZFNH1BZYPKN031KT5A
  
http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=activewear_sports-bra&ProductID=2000121249&VariantID=http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=f21&category=activewear_sports-bra&productid=2031556859&SizeChart=http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=f21&category=activewear_sports-bra&productid=2000085686&SizeChart=
http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=activewear_sports-bra&ProductID=2000121288&VariantID=http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=f21&category=activewear_sports-bra&productid=2000105141&SizeChart=

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=top_basic-camis-tanks&ProductID=2000119010&VariantID=http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=f21&category=activewear_top&productid=2000121272&SizeChart=

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=f21&category=activewear_pullover-jackets&productid=2031556876&SizeChart=

http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/shorts-run/Run-Speed-Short-32138

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=f21&category=activewear_bottoms&productid=2000101730&SizeChart=http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=f21&category=activewear_bottoms&productid=2000127024&SizeChart=

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=f21&category=activewear_bottoms&productid=2000089798&SizeChart=http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=activewear_bottoms&ProductID=2000085488&VariantID=

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=activewear_bottoms&ProductID=2000068576&VariantID=http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=activewear_bottoms&ProductID=2000087818&VariantID=

http://shop.reebok.com/us/product/women-reebok-crossfit-nano-3.0-shoes/ER686?cid=V59942&breadcrumb=1z13070Z1z11zrfZdyZsvZu3Z1z12xfwZ1z13y9chttp://shop.reebok.com/us/product/women-reebok-crossfit-nano-3.0-shoes/ER686?cid=V59942&breadcrumb=1z13070Z1z11zrfZdyZsvZu3Z1z12xfwZ1z13y9c

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nike-free-5-0-v4-running-shoe-women/3238582?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Volt%2F+Hyper+Grape%2F+White&resultback=186&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_1_Bhttp://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nike-free-5-0-14-running-shoe-women/3614377?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Royal+Blue%2F+Hyper+White&resultback=163&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_1_A

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nike-free-tr-connect-2-training-shoe-women/3821615?origin=related-3821615-0-1-PP_4-Rich_Relevance_Recs_R3-PurchaseCP

















Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tone & Tighten - HIIT Pyramid

Start your day off with this HIIT Pyramid it will definitely get your heart rate up! Pair with cardio or do alone 2-3 times! Post a pic of yourself or comment if you liked it!
xoxo
Ali

Monday, August 11, 2014

Motivational Monday - Don't Worry Be Happy

Just a simple encouraging message "Don't Worry Be Happy". It is easy to worry, everybody worries about something, but God simply says DO NOT WORRY! Cast your cares on him because he cares!
Below are some verses I have saved in my phone that I read whenever worry creeps up into my mind. I hope they help you in your time of worry like they do me!
xoxo
Ali

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"
Matthew 6:25-27 New International Version


"Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall."

Psalm 55:22 NIV


"God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
"
Psalm 46:1 King James Version



"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."
John 14:1 KJV



"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation."
Isaiah 12:2 KJV


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV


"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:34 New American Standard Bible



"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
"
Psalm 23:4 KJV



"I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth."

Psalm 121:1-2 NIV


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take."

Proverbs 3:5-6 New Living Translation


"An anxious heart weighs a man down,
but a kind word cheers him up.
"
Proverbs 12:25 NIV



Philippians 4:6-7  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 46:10  Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations,  I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Psalm 121:1-2  I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.




















Friday, August 8, 2014

Foodie - Balsamic Glazed Salmon

I paired this salmon with organic brown rice and sautéed spinach and kale:)
Eat Clean & Enjoy!
xoxo
Ali
 
 
I substituted canola oil with coconut oil but can use olive oil too.