Chicken Parm Meatballs

Oh yeah…

Ya know you want them. 

1 lb ground chicken 
1 egg
1-2 handfuls spinach chopped finely
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Italian herbs
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan or Mozzarella 
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 cup (ish) of marinara sauce (make your own or buy an organic one with no added sugar) 
Pregeat the oven to 400. Mix all that together. With your hands. Don’t get squeamish. Just get slimy. Then roll out some balls, think golf size. Maybe a little bigger. I don’t know. I don’t play golf. 
You’ll get about 12-14. Put them on a baking sheet, lightly greased. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Pull out and spoon a little marinara over each. Pop back in the oven for 2-3 more minutes. Carefully extract, top with a pinch more cheese, and enjoy! 
You can serve over whole wheat pasta, or spaghetti squash. I just had mine plain tonight with some green beans on the side. Yum! 
Due to the mixed nature of the recipe, the container count is a little weird. This is my take. You can certainly count it differently if you disagree. 
Serving 2-3 meatballs, depending on size
– 1 red
– 1/2- 1 green (depends on how much spinach you throw in and how much sauce you spoon on) 
– 1 blue
– skimp a tiny bit on your next yellow container to make up for the scant amount of bread crumbs. I’ve tried leaving them out. You need them to hold the darn things together. 
Comfort food! 

Challenge Groups and Inspiration

One of the best parts about doing a Beachbody program is the Challenge Groups!

Usually they are smaller groups led by one or two coaches. However, there are a few massive groups out there with large numbers of people from all over the place. The Memorial Day Fix Challenge Is one of those groups that I joined. It’s got almost 12,000 members!!! And the inspiration, resources, and discussion is invaluable. 
I recently met a new friend in the Memeorial Day group named Tommy Storm. He’s ROCKING his weightloss journey. Look at this… 
Those results are nuts! But I get how this program can do that. He’s getting a balanced diet with sensible portions at a low calorie level, but one adjusted to his particular caloric needs. So he’s not starving. Add the challenging but doable weight-based workouts that get your muscles growing and your heart pumping…Recipe for success! I love how he says that his weight is gone FOREVER. It’s a lifestyle change! And one he is obviously happy with. 
Follow Tommy on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/followmytransformation
And search for some groups or join one of my Challenge Groups to give you motivation for the change you want to make! 

More Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Did you know that sweet potatoes can be purple? They have all sorts of good superfood nutrition and antioxidants in them too. 

Cube your potatoes fairly small. Then drizzle with olive oil or coconut oil. Add herbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Shake the bowl a bit to mix it all in. Then dump into a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 400. 

My Mom’s Omelette and Ethel Merman

No joke. It’s really my mom’s omelette. And I’ll get to the Ethel Merman part in a minute. This is the picture she sent me via text. She is about to finish her first round of the 21 Day Fix. She’s always been an itty-bitty spitfire of a thing. I’ve always called her my mini-me. 

My love of coffee and stupid pajama pants come straight from her.

This is pretty much the first time I’ve been the same dress size as her since middle school. And I stole like half of her clothes last time I was home. So she deserves a shout out. 
She’s been doing the program not really to lose weight but to firm up, gain muscle  tone, and for long term heart health. Fitness isn’t just about dress sizes. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the U.S. She wants to be around to torture her great grandchildren with her on-point Ethel Merman impressions.
But I digress. Her omelette…

That moment when you find out your own mom isn’t reading your blog. At least the omelette’ going to be a good recipe. 
For you Fixers: 1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Blue 

Top 10 Podcasts for Beachbody Coaches

As I’ve begun my coaching journey, I’ve been soaking up every bit of training and advice I can get my hands on. I have this desire to learn it ALL immediately. Which is impossible, so I need to chill out. But that’s my standard operating procedure…

Anyway, if you’re like me and want to fit in every bit of learning you possible can, podcasts are a GREAT learning tool while you’re working out, driving, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, cooking… If you’ve seen me lately outside of my office job, it’s about a 75% chance that I’ve had earbuds in and my phone blasting a podcast.

Since being a Beachbody Coach is all about sharing the journey, I thought I’d share my Top 10 favorite podcasts for personal development and business-building.
Note: This is MY Top 10. There’s a LOT out there. Depending on your level of business knowledge coming into this and the particular direction and goals for your business, you may hate some of these and LOVE some things I have completely left off the list. PLEASE leave your comments at the bottom of this post and let me know if I’m missing out on a wonderful podcast.

Kristen’s Top 10 Podcasts for Beachbody Coaches

10. Team Beachbody Coach Podcast 

If you didn’t know, Beachbody puts all of the National Coaches Calls on a podcast feed. It’s a great way to catch up if you missed this week’s call. But it’s also got calls on there stretching back YEARS and can be a really cool resource for inspiration and practical tips. If you’re listening to a call that’s older than a month or so, don’t suffer through the outdated announcments at the beginning of the call. Fast forward until you get to the main speaker. 

9. The 5AM Miracle with Jeff Sanders  AND  8. Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod

Although they are separate podcasts, I group them together since they kind of serve the same function. Hal Elrod (also known as Yo Pal Hal) has this thing called the Miracle Morning. It’s a personal development daily routine that he came up with, although the concept of a morning devotional or ‘quiet time’ isn’t necessarily new. It’s pretty cool nonetheless, and it’s something that I’m really interested in implementing. If I can get my lazy butt out of bed… Anyway, he’s got a website where you can opt-in for free audio, video, and 2 free chapters of the book. CLICK HERE for that. And no, he’s not paying me. I just think it’s cool. 
Based on that concept, these two podcasts provide personal development (more so than business) advice and techniques. Personal development is really important for growth as a coach, so don’t neglect it. 

7. Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn

Check out Episodes 133, 140, and 157. Those are my current faves, although there are a lot of other useful episodes in here depending on what you need.

6. Social Media Marketing with Michael Stelzner

If you can ignore the constant plugging of his social media conference, it’s got some good content in there. It covers a wide range of platforms, from Facebook and Youtube to Blogging and writing a book. 

5. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

Lewis Howes is a former pro athlete with a cool podcast on leadership, business, and personal growth. If you’re looking for content about leadership, this is a good one to browse through. I’m partial to the episodes on 1/21/15 and 2/25/15. 

4. This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt

The theme song is cheesy…and catchy. I find myself singing it. I particularly like the episodes on 12/4/13, 7/30/14, and 10/29/14. This one has a good bit about leadership and general personal development as well. It’s really well produced unlike some of the others that have sound quality issues. 

3. The Chalene Show

Yes, Chalene Johnson, the celebrity Beachbody trainer. Her fitness training stuff is actually more of her side gig. She is ALL about marketing, social media, and personal development. The Chalene Show is her personal development/self-help podcast. This one isn’t just for business owners, although it has a few episodes that are targeted to that. A lot of the podcasts are about fitness, nutrition, confidence, etc. It’s a GOOD one. It convinced me to start her free personal organization and growth challenge, The 30 Day Push. I’m only on Day 3, so I can’t really give you a review of that yet, but if I love it as much as I love Chalene’s podcasts, it’s gonna be great. 

2. Build Your Tribe

Another Chalene Johnson creation. She had a gap in her podcasting but is back at this one. She started a social media marketing academy and had been focusing on that. She’s now using this podcast to answer common questions from her academy students. They tend to be common questions that everyone wants to know, so it’s dang useful. This is a MUST LISTEN for Beachbody coaches who are marketing on social media…which is all of us. 

1. Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield

Amy Porterfield is a Facebook marketing expert, but she does a very good job of bringing on guest speakers to talk about other social media platforms. Almost every single episode of this podcast is incredibly useful for Beachbody coaches. I’m very glad I found this podcast near the beginning of my business. I’ve made, and am still making, a bunch of mistakes, but this podcast helped to avoid some big ones and gave me a good idea about where to start. 

Honorable Mentions: 

#AskGaryVee – This is Gary Vaynerchuk’s own question and answer show. It’s a little disorganized, and you never know what that day’s topic actually is. The title’s don’t really describe it. But it’s a good listen, and he is a social media marketing god…
The Side Hustle Show – Some additional good content for businesses in general.
Coffee Break Blogging – I was tempted to put this on the list as I listen to it a LOT, but it’s really focused on blogging. Not every Beachbody coach does the blog thing. Some of you just use social media platforms, and it works for you. But if you’re a blogger, or think you want to be, put this one on your list. 

Runny Eggs Over Sautéed Spinach

Er-mer-gerd. 
I love eggs. I didn’t realize how much I love eggs until I started my new 21 Day Fix Lifestyle. Economical, versatile, and just plain freakin’ delicious. 
I’m not gonna tell you how to fry an egg. Everyone does it differently. It’s more of an art anyway. Just keep cracking til ha get it right. 
Today, after I finished cooking my eggs, I took the still-hot pan and threw a handful of spinach leaves in it. I didn’t cook them down completely. Probably just for a minute or two. I like mine with a little body left to it. Then slap those eggs on top and let them ooze on the spinach. Pinch of seasoning, like Autumn’s all-purpose, and it’s perfect. 

Chicken Spinach Salad

This is a simple one. This is also why I constantly have shredded chicken in the fridge. Quick lunch or dinner. 
I stick several breasts in the crockpot at the beginning of the week, couple hours in high with a splash of chicken broth in there. They shred easily and are not dry. I bag it all and use it as I need it.
Chicken Spinach Salad: 
1 green container spinach leaves
1/2 green container chopped tomato
1/2 green container cooked but cold green beans (optional but a great way to use a few leftover green beans) 
1 red container chicken 
1 blue container cheese (I used Parmesan) 
1 orange container salad dressing (I use Bolt Farms all natural yogurt ranch dressing) 
Pile and EAT. 

Breakfast and Mornings: My Love Affair

I LOVE mornings. Things are stil quiet and cool. It’s my workout time, my me time. It’s also going to start being my personal development time. I’ve been all over these personal development podcasts lately and am intrigued with Yo Pal Hal’s idea of a Miracle Morning. Definitely thinking about implementing one. I know I can get up earlier if I go to bed earlier. So that’s my challenge. I want longer mornings, and I think I want them bad enough to get up before the chickens. 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shakeology

OMG. Total dessert treat, that’s actually your healthiest meal of the day. 
How you make it…
– 1 Serving Chocolate Shakeology
– handful of frozen strawberries (can use fresh but I like mine frozen)
– 8-12 oz of water or almond milk
BLEND! It’s so good that I made inappropriate noises when I first tasted it. So you may need a minute alone with it.