Zucchini Deluxe Skillet

Our garden is in full swing and if yours is anything like mine you have zucchini coming out of your ears and your tomatoes are about to all ripen at once!!  It’s a wonderful problem to have!  Now to use all that delicious produce and make something your family will love.

Well I did just that tonight! And I am so excited to share the recipe with you and a whole week of a free meal plan just for you!

You start with chopping the zucchini and for me de-seeding because we had a few get plenty big! The amount you need will depend on how many you are feeding.  In this recipe, I used one giant zucchini that is probably the size of 3 store size ones and that feed about 5 people.  If they are large zucchini’s I cut them in half take the seeds out and slice it, then cut the slices in half.

Throw your zucchini in a large skillet with a tablespoon of coconut oil, tablespoon of dices garlic, some chives or dices onions, 2 tomatoes diced, 2 tsp of salt, tsp of oregano, tsp of basil, Tbsp of minced onion, and 1 tsp of garlic (or more if you love garlic).  Let that all cook until zucchini is looking translucence.  Then add 1 cup cottage cheese, 1 cup motz. cheese, Parmesan cheese to your liking, and 1/2 cup quinoa.  Stir it all in and let simmer for 10 mins!  Dinner is ready!!

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Zucchini Deluxe Skillet

3 small zucchini sliced and halved

Almost didn’t get picture because it was getting eaten up so fast!

1Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp garlic chopped
1/2 onion or chives2 tomatoes diced
2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of oregano
1 tsp of basil
1 Tbsp of minced onion
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 cup Cottage Cheese
1 cup Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese to liking
1/2 cup Quinoa

Put all ingredients except cheese and quinoa in a LARGE skillet, cook until zucchini is translucent. Add remaining
ingredients and simmer 10 mins! Enjoy!

 

 

How To Make Any Resolution Stick

Today is the day millions of people around the world will be making New Year’s Resolutions.  Most will be last a few days, maybe a week, and a few rare will last a month.  However, very few actually make a lasting impression.  Why is that?? Why do we go through the trouble of self-examination, decide what we don’t like about our current life, and decide to make a change, but do little to actually accomplish that goal.  I always thought it was those with stronger will power that could make the actually change, or those who had a better support group around them could do it.  Which I think all those things help, however, I had an “ah-ah” moment the other day when I was reading a parenting book.  Yes, parenting seems to relate to all aspects of our life!!  Weird how that happens!

Anyways, the book, Loving Your Kids On Purpose, was talking about the importance of having a heart relationship with your children.  Where you care so much about how your decision will effect their heart, and they care so much about how their actions will effect your heart.  It really is an eye opening concept, that your hearts are connected and you care so much about each other that you make decisions that honor that relationship.  The book talks about how God desires that same relationship with Him.  That we are connected to His heart and our decisions are made out of that connection.

That’s when the light bulb went on!! It matters how our hearts are connected to the choices we make! When we make a resolution, are we making that resolution out of guilt or self image.  Or, are we making that resolution because we are connected to our Father’s heart and His heart is compelling us to make a change!  God cares about us! He cares about our physical health, spiritual health, mental health, relationship health, financial health, etc.  You name it, He cares about it!

In my own health journey, I can see this heart connection at work. I always thought that I ate fairly healthy and that I was doing a good job taking care of the my body.  See, I believe that it is important to take care of our bodies because we are God’s temple.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

I thought I was doing a good job, but as I got older I had gained some unwanted weight and my biggest problem was that I was exhausted all the time.  I had no energy to do anything. I lived for a nap! So, I decided to start cutting calories and running.  However, I didn’t see any results and quickly fell off the bandwagon.  The reason I decided to make a change was for my own self image and desires.  I thought I was eating fairly well, I just had to tighten the reigns a bit, so I had no disconnect with my Father’s heart.

However, that all changed in August of 2013.  I had picked up a book called Maximized Living Nutrition Plans.  In that book, I learned so much about our food. How sugar effects the body, how processed foods effect the body, how a lack of nutrition is stealing my energy, etc.  My eyes were open to the truth that even though I cooked our meals at home, they were far from healthy.  In reality, I wasn’t actually taking care of my body like I thought I was.  For the first time, my heart hurt over the condition of my health.  Not out of guilt or condemnation, but out of my love for God and our heart connection.  I wanted to honor God through honoring my body and I realized I was not doing that.  September 2013 our family changed our diet and we have never looked back!  It1913737_10153316218136699_8469736932350339264_n didn’t take an accountability group to keep us motivated, it didn’t take a strong will, all it took was a heart connection with the Father!! In the health world, you will hear many times that it is a lifestyle not a diet and it is so true.  Yes, we lost weight and I can happily say I am a recovered napper! However, we will keep eating health and using super foods to nourish our body, not because we are afraid to gain weight, but because we want to nourish our bodies and honor the temple of God!

I believe this heart connection with God is so key to every resolution you make.  Tonight, as you count down to a New Year and you think of all the things to come, ask yourself what does God feel about the next year and what actions should I take that would honor our heart relationship!

Blessing to you and your family!!

Christmas Give Away Week 5: 3 Fat Burning At Home Workouts

Tis the season for New Year Resolutions!!  So, I thought it would be perfect to give you a gift of at home workouts!!  These workouts are only 12 mins!! Yes! 12 mins!  Anyone can find time for 12 mins.

Before you write these workout off already because of the time, believe me, when you are done you will feel like you worked out 30 mins!  Why is that you ask?….. It is all in how you do the work out!  These are called HIIT workouts High Intensity Interval Training.  Here is how it works: You do 6 exercises for 3 reps.  You do your 1st exercise for 20 secs as hard as you can, then rest for 20sec.  You do that exercise 3 times, and then do the next one.  Tabatatimer.com is a great timer system to set up your workout!  When you do these short burst of exercise at high intensity you send burst of oxygen through your body and this oxygen is what helps your body burn fat for 24 to 48 hrs!!

Work Out 1

Work Out 2

Work Out 3

BOOM!!!

That is the kind of workout I am talking about!!!

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Clean Christmas Cookie Exchange

On Wednesday night, a few ladies and I had a Clean Christmas Cookie Exchange!  It was a great time!!  There is just something about getting together with other like minded woman! We talked about our recipes and our oops!  Including my dog eating 4 doz of my cookies:((  We talked about what we were doing nutrition wise to stay healthy through the holidays.  We encouraged each other and lifted each other up! It really was a great time!

You see, I believe we need nights like that to stay encouraged in our health journey!  There is so many temptations and opportunities to not eat healthy we need time of building each other up and encouraging each opower hourther!! However, I don’t just want that once a year at a cookie exchange!! So, I decided for the month of January to meet weekly with whoever wants to meet, to talk nutrition, work on meal plans and of course workout!!  Who wants to join me??? If you are seriously interested comment below or shoot me an email!!

Anyways….

After our exchange of course I posted a picture on Facebook of all our wonderful goodies!  Many of you were asking for the recipes, so I thought the easiest way was to put them all on here in this blog!!  So enjoy and don’t eat them all at once!!

Homemade Chocolate Truffle

  • 1 cup Cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (the cream from the top of an unsweetened can of coconut milk)

Mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.  Cover and place in the freezer for 15-20 mins or until firm.  Pour a little cocoa, or shredded coconut, or chopped nuts into a shallow bowl for the coating.

Scoop out a small spoonful, gently roll it in your hands and drop it in the bowl with coating!

Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients: Makes 24 minis

 

  • 2/3 cup organic coconut oil
  • ½ cup organic cocoa powder
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 12 tsp natural peanut butter

Directions:

Melt coconut oil on low heat and add cocoa powder, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir until smooth.

Pour 1.5 teaspoons of the mixture into mini muffin papers.

Freeze for 10 minutes.

Take ½ teaspoon of peanut butter and flatten onto chocolate cups.

Pour a thin layer of the chocolate mixture on top of the peanut to cover.

Freeze for another 10 minutes.

Remove and enjoy!

Cream Cheese Bites

  • 2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese, soften
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp of xylitol
  • Dash of vanilla
  • 3/4 batch of Skinny Chocolate cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter (all-natural and no sugar)

Combine cream cheese, sweetner and vanilla with mixer until fluffy (2-4mins).  Add chocolate bits and peanut butter.  Gently swirl together.  Place bite size drops onto wax paper lined cookie sheets.  Freeze. Enjoy! (recipe from Trim Healthy Mama)

Skinny Chocolate

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • sweetener of choice

combine all ingredients and pour into plastic plated lined with foil or wax paper.  Freeze. Enjoy

Trim Healthy Mama Peanut Butter Cookie

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup xylitol
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 heaping Tbsp of ground flax seed

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients together. Let sit for a couple minutes. Place small balls on parchment line pan. Press down with fork.  Bake 8-10 mins.

Peppermint Patties

  • 1 c. of shredded or flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 12 drops of YL Peppermint Oil
  • 1 c. of chocolate chips

Directions:
1. In a food processor, process the shredded coconut about 30 seconds until very fine. Add the coconut oil, honey, and peppermint oil. Process until smooth paste has formed.
2. Shape the paste into about 1.5 inch size rounds and place on cookie sheet. Place the rounds in the freezer for 10 minutes.
3. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on medium power or oven over a double boiler. Remove the shaped patties form the freezer and coat in chocolate. Pop into fridge or freezer until ready to serve.
4. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

 

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Christmas Giveaway Week 2: Peace and Joy!!

With Christmas season in full swing, we can often find ourselves caught up in gift buying and party planning that we put ourselves on the back burner.  To get it all done we are burning the candle at both ends!!  We often find ourselves in a state of worry over getting everything done and trying to make everything perfect!  When the Christmas season is over, we wonder where it went!  We never take time to enjoy the season or even the reason for the season!! So for this weeks giveaway, I wanted to give you something that nourished your soul!

About a month ago, I spoke at a woman’s retreat and on Saturday morning I felt God lead me to speak about anxiety, worry, and, about our rights as children of God.  I thought, this teaching would be a perfect gift to you this Christmas!! I was able to record my teaching on my phone while I spoke, so sound quality is not the greatest.  However, the message is loud and clear and I pray that this recording helps restore the Peace and Joy that God has given you!!

Here is the link to the song Who I Am by Blanca

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Scandinavian Thumbprint Cookies-Yum!!

On Sunday, after I created the 5 clean cookie giveaway it got me in the cookie mood!!  So, on Monday my daughter, Mercy, and I decided to make a batch of Scandinavian Thumbprint Cookies!  They were a hit!! In fact, I wanted to take a pic to post on here, but they were gone too fast!!  With 5 kiddos, they don’t last long!!

We followed the recipe almost to a T, however, I didn’t have applesauce, so I added 2 eggs instead. Since, we took out the applesauce that adds a little bit of sweetness we also added 1 dropper of liquid stevia.  One thing, that would be nice to add on to it is a glaze when it gets out of the oven.  I am still working on that, if anyone has a clean recipe for almond glaze let me know!

Scandinavian Thumbprint Cookies

  1. Add to bowl
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour, liquid
  • 3Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 apple sauce
  • 1Tbsp chia seed meal (I grind my own seeds in a coffee grinder or miller 1tbsp meal is equal to about 1/2 tbsp seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

2. Beat with electric mixer

3. Add

  • 1/3 arrowroot flour
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour

4.Beat with mixer

5.Roll into little balls and place on parchement paper lined cookie sheets

6.Use your fingers to create an indentation and fill with raspberry or strawberry jam.  Make sure you use one with no added sugar or artificial sugar.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 mins

Makes 15-20 cookies

 

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Christmas Giveaway Week 1: 5 Clean Cookie Recipes

Christmas Giveaway Week 1: 5 Clean Cookie Recipes

I am so excited for this Christmas season!!  Last month at our church we were talking about being generous with our time, words, and yes even money!!  One night as a lay in bed, I was thinking, how can I bless all my wonderful friends.  Then, I got this idea of giving away something each week, just to bless you!!  I wanted each week to have significance in Love Life Now.  So each give away, will have something to do with either blessing your physical body, your mind, your spirit, or all three!!

I know many of you are gearing up for Christmas parties and Christmas fun, which may involve cookies!  However, how many of you want to go to a Christmas party each sugar filled cookies and not feel well because of it.  Not me!!! So why not make cookies that taste yummy, but are not filled with the junk!!!  I have chosen 5 fun recipes, some to replace traditional Christmas cookies and some that are great all year round!!  To receive the recipes just enter name and email and the recipes will be sent to your inbox!! 

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The Secret Reason Why Most Diets, Self-help Books, Medications, Etc. Do Not Work In the Long Run

With a title like that you are probably expecting an article bashing all diets, self-help books and medications.  Sorry, that is not happening here!!  All of those things, do have a time and place and can be helpful.  In fact, some people have huge transformations and testimonies from using them.  However, for the majority of the population, they always seem to come up short of the results they want. Look around you, I bet you can come up with 10 names of people you know who are walking around, sad, exhausted, overwhelmed with worry, basically they feel like they are living in a fog.  Most of them, have probably tried something to help them break free from it, but have seen little long term victory.

Why is that you ask???

Are you ready for the answer………………………………………???

 

The reason most diets, self-help books, medications are ineffective in the long run is they are used improperly!  Most people use them to treat SYMPTOMS and not the SOURCE of the issue!

Yes, it is that simple!  Diets, self-help, medications, etc., are super effective when you are using them to help correct the source of what your dealing with, but only minimally effective in the long run at treating symptoms! So you may be wondering………….

Why are we missing the source or where do we find the source??

To understand the source you need to understand first how God created us.  Our bodies are comprised of three parts: the body, the mind or soul, and the spirit.  All three of our parts work in unison to make up who we are, how we act, and how we behave. Since they are all interconnected, when something is off in one area it effects each part. Hence, creating a symptom. For example, maybe in your physical body you are always struggling with depression, and you treat it with medication, which makes it tolerable, but never totally gone. Why is that you may ask, it may be a wrong medication or it may be because the cause of the depression is not from a chemical imbalance but from a spirit of depression.  The opposite may be true too! Maybe you have been in every prayer line and you are still struggling with depression.  The source of the depression is an actual chemical imbalance that may require medicine.  Do you see the importance of finding the source of the symptom then treating it!!

Since all three parts of us are interconnected and related, it can get a little messy deciphering where the source of the problem is from.  Often, spending sometime in the presence of God listening to the Holy Spirit will help guide you in the right direction.  However, the best defense is having a great offense.  What that means is, being purposeful in taking care of each part of us is better than waiting for symptoms and trying to find the source!

Too, often we walk around taking care of only one part of who we are, that leads us to being imbalanced!  When one part of us suffer the whole body is affected.  That is where Love Life Now, was birthed from.  See, in order to truly Love, Life, Now you must nourish all three parts you. All three parts of you are so important12241600_10153264836662496_8099924989798645157_n!!  Yes, it is so important to treat your body like the temple of God that it is and nourish it with amazing food!  However, it is also important that you fuel your mind with the truth of who you are and gratitude!  Yet if you do all that, but neglect to feed your spirit nourishment everyday you will still be off balanced!

Living off balanced is what leads to symptoms, which leads to frustration as you try to solve the symptoms not the source! So, no diets, self-help books, and medication are not bad, but only effective when applied to a balanced life!!

Let’s live balanced and LOVE LIFE NOW!!!

I want to Love Life Now, but where do I start??

  • Get education on food, (esp. on sugar and processed food). I recommend Maximized Living Nutrition plans

  • Consider adding super foods to your diet
  • Read for an uplifting book 20 mins/day
  • Designate and time and place for daily devotion and prayer

Are You Sabotaging Your God Sized Dream??

Have you ever had a dream so big it scared you?? You know those dreams, that you know could only be God because there is no way in the natural that it could happen.  Yeah me too!  They are pretty cool, when I think about them it excites me!  It gets me so pumped up to see God show off and to know that He wants to do that through me!!

However, have you ever wondered why you are no closer to that God sized dream than you were last year or even yesterday??  Honestly, there are times I don’t even want to think about the dreams God has placed on my heart because they seem so far away and it actually hurts to know people are hurting out there and you cannot help them yet.  Today in frustration, I was crying out to God about this and He gave me this thought: Could the reason I am not seeing these dreams happen is because I am actually self-sabotaging the dream???  God gave me this “ah-ha” moment!  God sees the potential in us, but we don’t have the right mindset to see that potential yet.  Oh, we are not purposely sabotaging it, we genuinely would be so excited for it to happen.  However, we have old programming, called our subconscious, that needs to be retrained.  When we accepted Christ, we became a new creation, all things are made new!! Whoot!  Whoot!! However, we don’t forget our past and our past experience effect how we act and react in the present.  Romans 12:2 tells us to renew our mind!!  God showed me, if we want to see that God sized dream happen we need to renew our mindset!!

Lets say, you have a word of financial blessings spoken over your life, you eagerly await that blessing but nothing happens.  You wonder why, and often times give up on the dream (self-sabotaging).  Did it ever occur to you that in order to see this come to pass you would have to make room for that blessing to happen in your life??  Your probably thinking…Make Room… What do you mean??  Well, answer me this question: Are you managing the money you have now well??  Most likely the answer is no!  That is were we need to make room, we need new training on how to manage our money.  Whether that be reading a book, attending a seminar, or attending a class, we need to reprogram our mind in the way we view and use money!

You can take this an apply this to any dream God has given you!  You dream of being a missionary; what steps are you taking to learn about missionaries, to get the proper training.  You dream of running a orphanage; are you researching what it takes to own a orphanage, etc.  We get frustrated when we don’t see God moving in our lives.  However, I propose that God is moving in your lives, He is leading you to growth.  He wants to see you grow and renew your mind, so that when the dreams come to pass you are fully equipped to handle them.

Growing is not always easy, sometimes it is even painful, and yes it takes hard work and dedication on your part!  However, if we truly want to step into our God sized destiny we will have to be willing to roll up our sleeves and get to work!!  Stop making excuses for why you haven’t seen things happening in your life, start take steps towards the dream.  Even if they are just baby steps!!

Comment below what actions you are taking today! th

Prayer Strategy

Recently, I went to see the new movie called “War Room”.  This movie really challenged me to examine my own prayer strategy for victory in our family.  Since the movie, I have set out to not only pray, but to purposely pray.  I have written out prayers for each member of my family and each day focus on a couple of them.  Like anything new, there has been resistance.  There has been constant disruptions taking away from my prayer time.  The other day, there was a lot of strife in our house.  In the midst of dealing with children fighting and bad attitudes, I cried out to the Lord and said what is going on!  The Holy Spirit, so gently brought to my memory that I had not been praying the last couple of mornings!  Yikes!!!  Me not praying was allowing holes in our walls of protection over our family!!

I knew I need to make prayer more of a priority and set things in place to prioritize my prayer time.  So, last night I made sure that I went to bed by 10 so I had no excuse to sleep in and not get up and pray!  During my quite time, as I read the book of Nehemiah the Holy Spirit gave me more insight into prayer strategy in the different seasons of my life! This new insight, really encouraged and equipped me in my prayer time.  I believe it will change the way I approach my prayer for each situation!  Check out what the Holy Spirit gave me!

Let me set the stage a bit: Nehemiah is called by God to go and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  He gets there, rallies all the people, and they gets to work.  Well, not everyone is happy they are rebuilding the walls and they start to threaten the builders.  When the builders are about half way done, the threats get so bad they had to set up a new strategy for building the wall:

16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

As I read that, God showed me three different stages of prayer for different seasons of our life!  Verse 16 says, half the men were equipped with spears, shields, bows, and armor.  These men stood in the back guarding the workers as they work.  There will be season in our life when we are called to guard and protect.  They will be intense seasons of prayer for someone or something.  We will stand our ground and say, “Satan, NO MORE!”  Literally, half of the battle will be won on our knees!

The other season represented in this passage is the season of hard work. This passage states that half the men were doing the work.  You are literally in the trenches, rolling up your sleeves and working!  Many people view missionaries, or those in full-time ministry as those in this category.  However, there is so much more trench work than we give credit too.  Look at the mom, that is the greatest job of her life called to raise her children in the Lord.  Or the person who is fighting personal spiritual warfare. Or the husband who is working hard to provide and lead his family.  All of these rolls are in the trenches work.  However, one thing I find interesting in this passage, is that even the workers were not exempt from being equipped.  Verse, 18 says that even the builders wore his sword.  Even in the midst of battle we are still called to be armed with prayer!  It will look different than the person who is called to guard in prayer, and that’s ok!!  I know satan likes to get us in the comparison game, however, that will not build us up or encourage us!  God has called each of us to a certain season of prayer for each situation!

The last season I see in the passage, is the carrying season.  Verse 17 talks about those who carried material, that they worked with one hand and fought with another hand.  These carrying season can be disguised as busy seasons.  We are literally equipping others to do the work.  During this season, we have a lot of responsibilities and people are counting on us!!  However, we cannot forget our weapons!  If we are caught without our weapons we could be taken out and those who are counting on us are hurting too!  I think this can be one of the easiest seasons to get distracted.  We get so caught up in the work, that we forget to carry our protection!!  Just as the workers for Nehemiah had to do, we must learn how to balance our life with both work in one hand and prayer in the other!  It is key that we stay in tune with the Holy Spirit and be open to Him guiding and correcting us!  The Holy Spirit is so quick to say, don’t forget your weapon, when we tend to get lost in work.

This passage has really opened my eyes to a new prayer strategy in my life.  First, identify where God has positioned me in each situation I am dealing with.  Yes, you can be in different positions in different situations at different times of the same day!!  Second, is to forgive myself for anywhere that I have seen myself not fulfilling my duty.  Third, is to get to work!!