Homemade Taco Seasoning!

Hey guys!! So as you may know, store bought taco seasonings (you know, the ones in those little packets) are often filled with chemicals & other junk to thicken the “seasoning” & also to make it last for a long…long…long time. No bueno, in my opinion, ESPECIALLY when it’s so easy to make your own & store it easily!

There are many recipes floating around out there for taco seasoning, but I just wanted to share what I use & what works in our household! The ingredients below is used for one pound of meat. So feel free to double, triple, quadruple the recipe to save it in your pantry for later! Most of these things will already be in your pantry or on your spice rack, so it should be fairly easy to make! :)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons course sea salt (I like pink Himalayan salt)
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
1) Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
2) Store in an airtight container. I like to use a mason jar to store!

Easy, peasy!! Enjoy!!!

My Favorite Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe!

Cauliflower pizza crust has been all the craze for the past couple of years, especially in the low carb community! I will admit…it took me a few tries to “get it down”…but now that I have learned the ins & outs of it, I LOVE making this recipe & it’s a wonderful, low carb, gluten free option for anyone out there wanting to take steps to live that type of lifestyle…or if you just want to try something new! I won’t chat too much…I’ll just get right into the recipe!! Enjoy!!!

Green Giant Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles

Ingredients for the crust:

1 bag of Green Giant Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles (OR one head of cauliflower, chopped or grated)

1 egg, beaten

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

3 tbsp. parmesan cheese

1 tsp. garlic powder (I always use more than this because I LOVE garlic! But you 1 tsp. is the minimum I would use. Do whatever works for you!)

1 tsp. oregano

Optional:

4-5 tbsp. almond flour (it does bind a little better this way & helps it crisp up…but it is not necessary.)

1 tsp. Garlic Lovers Flavor God (I use it sometimes, but if I don’t have it on hand, it’s not necessary either)

Ingredient ideas for the toppings:

I have used all different toppings for my cauliflower crust pizza!! You can stick to all veggies, all meat, only cheese, a mixture of all of them. Whatever YOU want! My favorite combo is italian sausage, onions, mushrooms, and green peppers! You can use anything you want, but be sure to cook your veggies & meat BEFORE you put it on the crust. You will be cooking just the crust first, then adding your toppings and “heating them up” & to melt the cheese at the end. So it’s important that the veggies & meat are cooked before that step.

Things you’ll need:

Cookie Sheet

Parchment Paper

Food processor or cheese grater if you are not using Green Giant Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles

Directions:

1) Cook the cauliflower crumbles according to the bag. Once cooked, pour them into a bag and let them cool down a little bit, about 15 to 20 minutes so it is easier to work with. If you are using a head of cauliflower instead of the crumbles, use a food processor or cheese grater to “crumble” the cauliflower, and then cook in a microwave safe bowl for 6-8 minutes. Let cool for 15-20 minutes.

2) When the cauliflower is cooling down, I like to prep my toppings as mentioned above. The sky is the limit!

3) Once cauliflower is cool, use a cheese cloth or towel to wring out the moisture from the cauliflower. This is an important step because if there is too much water, your crust will be soggy & will not crisp up at all. Wring, wring, wring until the cauliflower is a little more dry.

4) In a mixing bowl, mix all of the crust ingredients and combine them well.

5) Using a cookie sheet, place a piece of parchment paper on it, matching the size. You can use nonstick spray or a couple brushes of olive oil on the parchment paper so the crust doesn’t stick. Then, place the mixture onto the parchment paper and form into a crust shape. (Note: You can do a traditional circle, make it a square or rectangle, or even shape “mini” pizza crusts so everyone in the family can have their own! Whatever works best for you is fine!)

6) Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Once pre-heated, cook the crust for 15-20 minutes on the middle rack until golden brown & the edges are a little crispy.

7) Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Then start adding your ingredients. Again, the sky is the limit! You can use any type of sauce you want or omit sauce completely. Add your toppings & cheese & place it back in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted & golden brown. You can even broil it for a minute or two if you want! That part is up to you :)

8) Slice any way you like and ENJOY!!!

*Serves 3-4 people. I usually make my crust circular and cut it into 6 or 8  pieces*
**Makes 4-5 “mini” crusts**

Yum!!!

“Hearty” Chicken & Cauliflower Crumble Soup!

Chicken Cauliflower Soup

 

If you know me, you know that I am OBSESSED with all things fall! If I could eat all fall foods, decorate my house with pumpkins & leaves, & eat all pumpkin everything all year long, I totally would. There’s just something about fall that makes me super happy. <3

This soup is something I threw together last night & we LOVED IT!!! It was very simple to make & minimal ingredients, so I truly believe anyone can make it. I wouldn’t even call it a “recipe” because it’s just great quality ingredients in one soup!  I posted a picture of it on social media & so many of you were asking for the recipe, so I decided to put something on here for you all.

I want to preface this by saying that you do NOT have to use all or any organic products if you don’t want to. I did use organic chicken breast, organic chicken broth, & mostly organic veggies (minus the crumbles & the onions), but it is not necessary at all. It is just what I had at the time. I also feel that you can add ANY veggies that you want & it would probably make it even better! I do feel like the Green Giant Fresh cauliflower crumbles are a must in this, as they gave it a little rice and/or potato vibe to me without all of the carbs. I also think that they have to be those particular crumbles to get the same result I had, but you can feel free to use any type of cauliflower you want. The only thing is, I think the smaller the piece of the cauliflower, the “mushier” it may be & the bigger the cauliflower, the more it actually resembles cauliflower & that wasn’t what I was going for. Hope that makes sense! If you try it another way beside the GGF crumbles, let me know how it turns out!

Ingredients:

2lbs (organic) Fresh Chicken Breast
1 bag of Green Giant Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles (or one head of cauliflower)
8 cups of Low Sodium Organic Chicken Broth (check your ingredients! Also, if you prefer to make your own broth, which is what I usually do if I have the time, you can do that too! It’s even better with homemade broth)
1 Small Onion, diced
3 Stalks of Celery, sliced
3 Carrot Sticks, sliced
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced (or any type of minced garlic you have)
2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or coconut oil or ghee)
1 Tbsp. Thyme
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
2 Bay Leaves
1 Tbsp. Flavor God Garlic Lovers (optional; if you don’t use this, use 1 tbsp. of garlic powder)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

1) Place chicken breast in a crock pot with a little salt & pepper & a tiny bit of water & cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours or until thoroughly cooked. Once it is fully cooked, use a hand mixer (this is the easiest way!!) or 2 forks to shred your chicken.
2) Chop/dice/slice all of your veggies & garlic up. In a large pot, add olive oil & all veggies/garlic & let saute for 5-10 minutes until softened.
3) Add the broth & all seasonings to the veggies & let simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4) Add the shredded chicken to the pot, add a little more salt & pepper to taste, & let simmer for another 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5) Add any extra seasonings as you see fit & ENJOY! Serve immediately, but know that it is just as good heated up! :)

 

Cauliflower “Potato” Salad! (Whole 30 Compliant)

I LOVE summertime! I love cookouts & grilling out so much. There is just something about it that makes me so happy! I love being able to bring healthy side options to a BBQ! And this 4th of July is no different. I love potato salad as much as the next person, but I don’t love how “heavy” and carby it is. Especially because it’s one of those things I want to eat a lot of! I have been tweaking this recipe for a while now, & I think I’ve finally perfected it thanks to the cauliflower crumbles (Green Giant Fresh brand; fresh–not frozen). I have taken it to a couple of family events & EVERYONE, even people who don’t typically eat very healthy, loved it too!! That makes me so happy! This recipe is for everyone…even the kiddos! If you love potato salad….give this a try & let me know what you think! :) ENJOY!

CAULIFLOWER “POTATO” SALAD:

1 bag of Green Giant Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles (or 1 head of fresh cauliflower, “riced” or cut into small pieces)

4 hard boiled eggs, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

4 dill pickle spears (any kind works)

3 stalks of celery, diced

3/4 cup paleo mayo

Salt & Pepper (to taste)

OPTIONAL:

1 tablespoon Tessemae’s roasted garlic marinade (I LOVE this & it gives it an extra kick!)

1 tablespoon mustard (I never use this because I don’t like mustard, but for those of you that do…it will only make it better)

DIRECTIONS:

1) Steam cauliflower for 1-2 minutes in the microwave. If you are using the Green Giant Fresh crumbles, you can steam them right in the bag for the 1-2 minutes. It is important to make sure they do NOT get mushy. Only cook them until fork tender.

2) Mix all ingredients in a bowl, putting the paleo mayo in last. Mix until everything is covered evenly. Use S&P to taste.

3) Chill for at least 1 hour before serving!

Exciting New Activity Tracker & A Fun Giveaway!!!

Guys! You know how much I love ALDI! I basically share about it weekly on my FB page. Alex makes fun of me because I go there (almost) every single day. I’m not kidding. I live about 2 minutes from our ALDI and I stop there before I go home from work to grab whatever veggies we will need for our meal that night. So needless to say, I feel that I know the ins and outs of the store & always notice if there are new products!

THIS product is one that I am SOOOO excited about! I know most people think about saving money on food at ALDI, but I have noticed so many other great things at the store I shop at. There are always great healthy living products if you just look! The “Special Buy” items are my favorite and are available for a limited time only! And the reason I am writing this blog is no different. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!

One of the top 5 questions I get about healthy living is what activity tracking device I use. I have used so many different ones throughout the years. Some I have loved, some I haven’t. And I’ve been pretty vocal about the ones I love & ones I don’t. Well, on May 6th, ALDI will now have a brand new Bluetooth activity tracker, heart rate monitor, and diagnostic scale as Special Buy items! YES! AT ALDI!!! And you know ALDI is known for its wonderful prices, & this is no different! You get all 3 Bluetooth items (each sold separately) for only $104.97. The activity tracker alone would be that with any other brand.

Bluetooth scale, heart rate monitor, & activity tracker!

Bluetooth scale, heart rate monitor, & activity tracker!

ALDI sent these products to me to test out & share with you all whether I loved it or not. I have been using this product for the past week & I must be honest with you…it is one of the best devices I have used! It is a Crane product & it has its own app just like other brands & it is so easy to use! I love that it all connects right to my phone, which is something that is important to me especially when I’m on the go (and I usually am). You can also wear it as a watch or clip it on if you don’t like the watch look. The armband I got came with both a black armband AND an aqua armband (duh)! I love it!!!

The activity tracker tracks daily steps, distance, calorie deficit, & also has a sleep tracker. You can set up to 3 alarms on it for anything you might need as well. The battery lasts up to 7 days & you can easily charge it with a USB port that is included. If you want to wear the heart rate belt, you have that option too as it comes with the activity tracker. You can track your heart rate, training zones, duration of activity, distance covered, speed, and it even has GPS tracking. I use mine during workouts and absolutely love it. I think heart rate is so important when you are training.

Last but not least, the third part of this special buy is the diagnostic scale. I have to tell you, I am very particular when it comes to the scale I use. I have used the same scale for the past 5 years and I don’t like change very much so I was skeptical! But this scale is AWESOME!!! And I have never said that about a scale before. Just saying. It measures your progress with not only weight, but fat percentage, water percentage, muscle percentage, bone mass, body mass index, basal metabolic rate (calories burned while inactive), and active metabolic rate (calories burned while awake). It weighs up to 396 pounds as well, just as an FYI!

SOOOO…as an exciting extra to all of this, ALDI has graciously agreed to give away one prize pack of these Special Buy items to one of YOU!!!!! :) All you have to do is leave a comment below as to why YOU want/need one of these! And then just SHARE this blog post on Facebook with all of your friends so they can come try to win a prize pack too! We must be able to see the share! It’s very simple & well worth it! The winner will be chosen on May 8, 2015.

If you go buy one of these bad boys, PLEASE tag me in the pictures! I would love to see you all using/wearing the same thing as I am to keep us accountable!

Good luck on the giveaway!!!! :) :)

 

 

Note: All of the products above are compatible with Apple iOS 5.0+ and Android 4.3+. Special Buy items are available for a limited time.

Paleo-ish Ranch Dressing

As I said in my Paleo Mayo post, I LOVE making sauces & dressings from the paleo mayo base! It has become such a fun thing for me to do in my spare time! Many of the concoctions I come up with work…and some don’t. But it’s fun to see what does work! And I have to say…this paleo ranch dressing DOES work & it is one of my favorite homemade paleo sauces! I love having this on hand in my fridge & it is also an easy thing to take on the go if I know I am going to be at work all day or if I’m going out to dinner. Yes, I am that girl that brings her own dressing…and I’m okay with it! ;) ALSO…the reason this is Paleo-ish is because vinegar is typically not used on a strict Paleo diet. I use it because it IS compliant if you are doing Whole30, and vinegar has never hurt anyone (well, at least not me! haha)

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Ingredients:

1 Cup Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil  OR 1 Cup Avocado Oil

1 Large Egg

1/2 cup of Coconut Milk (must be from a can)

2 tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Dill

1/2 tsp  Onion Powder

Pinch of Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

½ Lemon or lime (I usually use lemon) (edit: I just tried this with 2 drops of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil instead & it is SO GOOD!!)

YOU’LL ALSO NEED:

An Immersion Blender (one of my favorite kitchen tools)

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients in a mason jar or bowl & blend together thoroughly. It usually one takes about 1 minute. This should be creamy, thick, and delicious!!

Paleo Mayo

I’ve been making my own paleo mayo lately & LOVING the results! The mayo can be used as a base for many other creative sauces & dressings. I haven’t used a store bought dressing in a while now (after I did the Whole30) because there is just no need to! This is so super simple & anyone can do it!! You need minimal ingredients & a really good immersion blender!

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Ingredients:

1 Cup Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil (I use Bertolli) OR 1 Cup Avocado Oil

1 Large Egg

Pinch of Sea Salt

½ Lemon or lime (I usually use lemon) (edit: I just tried this with 2 drops of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil instead & it is SO GOOD!!)

 You’ll Also Need:

An Immersion Blender (one of my favorite kitchen tools)

A tall, narrow mason jar. This is the one I use (half pint).

Directions:

1)   Add the oil, egg, salt, & lemon to the jar. Let the egg settle to the bottom of the oil (should only take a couple of seconds).

2)   Push the immersion blender to the bottom of the jar. It should be touching the bottom of the jar before you turn it on.

3)   Turn blender on and don’t move it for at least 15-20 seconds. The oil will emulsify and your mayo will start to come together.

4)   Start to pull the blender up slowly after the 15-20 seconds and make sure everything is mixed in properly.

5)   Enjoy!!!

 

Note: You can store this mayo in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks! Mine never lasts that long because I use it as a base for everything. Let me know if you love it!! I don’t think most people will buy store bought mayo again with all of those chemicals in it when something so simple that YOU can make can taste so great!!

**Click here for the paleo ranch dressing recipe!**

 

The below nutrition facts are an approximation depending on brand of eggs & oil & all of the measurements.  

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Our Love Story — The Beginning :)

Soooooo…we’re engaged!!!! :) :) And we could not be happier!!! Over the past 3 years, so many of you have asked us when we were going to get engaged and the time is finally here! It has been a whirlwind for the past month, and I honestly can’t even believe that I am just sitting down now to write this out.

You see, I feel a connection with all of my online friends and even though everyone can’t be at our wedding, I want to keep you all in the loop (for those of you who want to know) as much as possible because you have watched our relationship unfold. That is such a cool thing about social media these days. I totally understand if you have no interest in this…but here it goes. :)

First of all, I’m not sure that everyone knows how Alex and I met so I will start with that. I think that is a necessary part of the story to fully understand our love! In January of 2010, there were 18 finalists for a brand new weight loss show that was being cast for ABC. Alex and I were both one of those finalists. The reason we had even been called is because we were in the mix for casting for Biggest Loser, so when you are in the casting world, you are basically always in it. So anyways, they called me to try out for this show and I was skeptical. It was mostly because I had no idea what the show was or what the premise was, and I didn’t like that. I went through the casting process, and when they called me and told me I was going to be a finalist, I couldn’t believe it! It was then that I knew that when you don’t try to control every situation, things work out as they should. I was flown to LA as one of the 18 finalists. I met the other 17 people, and Alex was one of those people.

Most of the finalists for season 1 of Extreme Weight Loss :)

 We were quickly told that only 8 of us would make the show, but we had 10 days in LA doing workouts, medical exams, interviews with production, and just overall learning more about each other and Chris Powell, the brand new trainer for this brand new show. All 18 of us spent a LOT of time together. These people truly changed my life!

 It is funny, because most of us were very outgoing and more “type A”, but the one person who wasn’t was Alex. He was so quiet and reserved, and I wasn’t used to people like him. I have always been loud, outgoing, and probably TOO forward at times, so this kid was intriguing to me. All of us that were more outgoing and loud were hanging out constantly, and Alex wasn’t around much. In fact (and I love to tell this story), there were times that he was in his hotel room with the “do not disturb” sign on. I thought that was so weird because I was the person who was having everyone in my room and basically the center location for the partaaaay! Hahaha. After 3 days of being in LA, Alex finally called me and said, “What are y’all doing?” in his little southern accent. He finally came to hang out with everyone and we all found out how cool he really is.

We were informed at the end of the 10 days that they would call us and let us know if we made the show or not. I was pretty confident that I was going to make it. I hope that doesn’t sound cocky. I knew I didn’t have a sad story, but I just felt very confident with the interviews that I did and just how the week went. It was awesome! For the next 3 weeks while we waited on their decision, about 6 of us were CONSTANTLY skyping, texting, and talking every single night. Alex was a part of that group, and he kept opening up more and more. We all became VERY close, VERY fast!

Alex & I one of the first days we met 5 years ago! Both of us over 400 pounds & probably at our worst health wise.

Alex & I one of the first days we met 5 years ago! Both of us over 400 pounds & probably at our worst health wise.

After 3 weeks passed, I received a phone call from a producer. He said, “Courtney, I hope you know how much I adore you. I want you to know that we are taking 8 people for the first season of this brand new show, and you are number 9.” I was in shock. I was sad, but I tried to understand. I didn’t at that point. And it was the first time in my life that I had been MAD about something like that. I was mad because I knew I deserved it (we truly all did!!), and I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me that I couldn’t do something. So…THAT is when I started losing weight on my own. It fueled my fire to get moving. I called Alex and Wally (the 2 I had become the closest with) and they both informed me that they HAD made the show!!! I was so happy for them, and I told them I was going to do it along with them and we were all going to be where we wanted to be at the end of the year.

Alex started training with Chris Powell on, you guessed it, the very first season of Extreme Weight Loss. The coolest part is that he got to do most of it at home, so we continued to Skype nightly and check in about our workouts and foods for that day. We become closer and closer and we both considered each other best friends. There was no denying that! I tried to learn as much as I could from Alex and Wally, and also stayed in contact with Chris, as he is one of the most genuine caring people I know!

The next 9 months went by, and I lost over 100 pounds on my own! I was on FIRE. There was no stopping me. I was trusting the process and it was working…all on my own with the support of amazing friends, of course. Alex was still losing mass amounts of weight and truly finding himself. In the beginning of September, Alex went to EWL boot camp in Arizona, where he had to go through some difficult things mentally and physically. We stopped talking as much (and little did I know, he really wasn’t talking to many people besides his family) because he was just grinding and doing what he needed to do to finish the year strong. I was upset about that, but again I understood.

About that time, I received a call from The Biggest Loser producers. They were casting for season 11 and they really wanted to talk to me! I told them that I was not interested like I had been before, because I had lost over 100 pounds on my own and I was going strong. I still had at least 150 more pounds to lose, but I was determined to do it. They called again. And again. And again. And finally I agreed to try out again. I didn’t have to go through all of the casting calls and such again, which I what I did NOT want to do. They already had my info so I went directly to on camera interviews. They told me I HAD to find a partner, and hopefully it would be a parent or sibling. I never looked at my parents or my sister as big enough to qualify, but I asked my mom and she was scared, but agreed to try with me. The rest is history. From the end of September 2010 until about May of 2011, we were cut off from the outside world. We were doing our thing at the ranch!

I got to come home for Christmas, and right when I got home, Alex had called me. Now remember, we weren’t talking much before I went to the ranch, so I didn’t expect it! But it was SOOO great to chat and when I saw him on Skype (it was about 3 months since I had seen him) I couldn’t believe my eyes!!! He looked like a COMPLETELY different person. See, those 3 months that he wasn’t talking to people much and just grinding were the 3 months that he FULLY changed his life. I was so proud of him, and he was so proud of me!

We both had people we were interested in, and I was helping him with his girl problems and he talked me through my guy problems. That is what best friends do. I always knew in my heart that I loved him, though. Little did I know, he felt the same way. Neither of us wanted to force anything though, but we knew God would work it out. And HE DID!!!…..

You see, I feel like you all need to know THAT part of our story so you can understand the love that we have. I KNOW for sure that I was a finalist for Extreme Weight Loss (even though I didn’t make the show) because Alex and I were SUPPOSED to meet that week! God had a plan for us, that this was it. I didn’t understand at the time why I didn’t make that show, but I 1000000% understand now. It was so I could learn how to change my life ON MY OWN. So I could have the opportunity to go on TBL because that is part of my life story. And most importantly, so I could meet my soul mate!!!

TO BE CONTINUED :)……….

Sriracha Garlic Shrimp!

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I originally just snap chatted this picture, but when 8 people messaged me on snapchat saying how great it looked & that they needed the recipes, I decided to post it on IG too. And…same thing! Hundreds of you asked for this recipe, so I have to share it!!

I don’t even think it’s right to call this a “recipe” because it’s the easiest thing in the world to make, and takes less than 10 minutes. It’s more of a putting simple ingredients together rather than a full blown recipe. ;) But here you go!

 

Ingredients:

4oz. of frozen, fully cooked, tail OFF shrimp (I get mine at Costco in the frozen section. You can use tail on if you prefer. I’ve used it before and it’s great too!)
1 tbsp. Kerrygold Grass Fed Irish Butter
1 tsp. Minced Garlic
1 tbsp. Flavor God Garlic Lover’s Seasoning (If you don’t have Flavor God, you can definitely go without this ingredient. Just add a little extra minced garlic or garlic powder.)
1 tbsp. Sriracha Hot Sauce

Directions:

Thaw the shrimp in water for a half hour. Strain and pat dry. They should be soft and easy to work with.

In a large pan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the minced garlic. This should take about 1 minute. Then add the shrimp and flavor god to the pan and saute for 4-5 minutes. Once the butter and garlic are covering the shrimp, add the Sriracha and cook for 1-2 more minutes. The “sauce” should be covering all of the shrimp and you are good to go! Serve immediately. Serves 2.

 

 

Activity Trackers That I Love!

It’s that time of year that everyone is wanting to get healthy and set goals for the new year! I LOVE that. I like calling them goals and solutions rather than a resolution. In my mind, I LOVE setting and hitting goals so that is what works for me!

I think the number one question that I get at the beginning of each year and even a lot throughout the year is, “What type of fitness tracker do you recommend?” And I really do love this question because I have used a LOT of things & I know what I am loving right now so I thought it would be a good time to share that!

Everyone has different goals that they are going for and different things they want to use their fitness trackers for. I think the range of the products below can help with anything you might be looking for!

 

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1)   Jawbone UP24: I love this band! The sleek design looks like a stylish bracelet to me, but does so much more than just being “arm candy” ;) (haha). It tracks your steps, your sleep, your activity levels, and so much more. You can set the band to beep/vibrate at you if you have been sitting too long and the FREE UP app is super user friendly on smartphones. It syncs with MyFitnessPal and for me that is a MUST! I love that when others with bands add you, they are added to your “team”. I like the encouragement the app gives and overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is wanting something to wear all day long, even when you are sleeping. It is a great option for anyone with an active lifestyle.

 

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2)   Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor: Many times that people write me, they don’t really want all of the “extras” that some of the monitors come with. They just want something more basic that is super accurate and they can see on their wrist at all times. For those folks, I always recommend the Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor. This baby comes with a chest strap that is on you at all times when tracking. It is GREAT to track workouts and your heart rate & calories burned during a tough workout. You can also wear this while you are at work or on the go to keep track of your entire calorie burn for the day or even if you wanted to check what it was while grocery shopping for an hour, you can do that with it too. It is straight forward and to the point…and I love it! I have had mine for over 3 years now with no issues. I have replaced the battery once and I just got that on Amazon or you can get it at Walgreens!

 

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3)   FitBit Flex: Although I have not used this product myself, my dad uses one and he loves it! The reason that I recommend this to people is because I know that A LOT of people use it, and sometimes people just want something that they know they will have accountability with and I’m almost certain you can always find someone else who uses a FitBit. It also has a FREE app that tracks your steps, workouts, and much more. You can also sync the FitBit Flex with MyFitnessPal, for those of you who already track your calories on that app.

 

I will update this if I use other products that I feel work better or would work for others! I am always open to trying new things, and love when new activity trackers come out so I can do just that! If you have any suggestions about the activity/fitness trackers that YOU love & you think I should try, just let me know and I will look into it! :)

 

Hope this helps you in 2015 & beyond!!!