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Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package dry taco seasoning mix
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Place the salsa, taco seasoning, lime juice, and cilantro into a slow cooker, and stir to combine. Add the chicken breasts, and stir to coat with the salsa mixture. Cover the cooker, set to High, and cook until the chicken is very tender, about 4 hours. If desired, set cooker to Low and cook 6 to 8 hours. Shred chicken with 2 forks to serve. Add avocado and sub in greek yogurt for that sour cream!

Serves 6

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Ingredients

•1 lb. ground chicken breast

•2c grated zucchini (leave peel on)

•2-3 green onions, sliced

•3-4 Tbsp cilantro, minced

•1 clove garlic

•1 tsp salt

•½ tsp pepper

•(optional: ¾ tsp cumin)

•olive oil, for cooking (or coconut oil, avocado oil)

Directions:

•Toss chicken with zucchini, green onion, cilantro, garlic, salt, and pepper (and

cumin, if using). Mixture will be quite wet.

•Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Use a small scoop or a heaped tablespoon to scoop meatballs into the pan. Cook 8-10 at a time for about 5-6 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook an additional 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown and the centers are cooked through.

•Serve with guacamole, salsa, or your favorite dip

(serves 4-5)

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Ingredients:

1 cup shredded chicken breast

1 Tbl. Slivered almonds

1 Tbl. Dried cranberries

¼ cup chopped celery

½ tsp. Dijon mustard

1 Tbl. Mayonnaise

2 cup chopped green leaf lettuce

Directions:

Mix ingredients together and serve over green leaf lettuce.

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups of shredded, cooked chicken

  • one green pepper, diced small

  • 2 cups chicken broth (I always make homemade!)

  • 2/3 c. of long-grain brown rice, uncooked

  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 jar of Trader Joe’s Corn and Chile Salsa

Directions

Dump everything into a pan, put the lid on, and simmer for 30 minutes! To avoid overdone chicken, add the chicken ten minutes after everything has come to a low boil. Top it with avocado, cilantro, and greek yogurt. Makes 4 servings

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Serves: 4, Serving Size: 3 lettuce wraps

Ingredients:

1cup uncooked brown rice

1 pound cooked shrimp

1 Tbs. reduced-sodium soy sauce

2 Tbs. lime juice

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup fresh cilantro

1 cup fresh mint leaves

12 Boston lettuce leaves

Directions:

Cook brown rice. Chop shrimp. In bowl, mix soy sauce, lime juice and garlic with shrimp. Let marinate about 20 minutes. In lettuce leaves, divide rice and shrimp mixture. Top with desired amount of carrots, cilantro and mint leaves.

Enjoy!

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FIT4MOM Las Vegas is excited to bring more support to our moms in their journey though motherhood! In this video we are introducing Heather Criswell who is an author, speaker, and feel good parenting guide who is here to help you with all of the challenges we face as mothers every single day. We're kicking this week's video off with potty training and look forward to sharing more Wednesday Wisdom tips with you every week! Look for Heather popping by our FIT4MOM workouts as well... more details to come!

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So, one of the things we love most about our Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes is the fact that we can have our little workout buddies right by our sides throughout our 60 minute sweat sessions. And I can understand why for some people the thought of workouts with your baby may seem like an impossible feat. But, I'm here to tell you it's not! So if you're heading out the door to catch your nearest mommy and me workout, grab your water & diaper bag and check out some of our moms' favorite tips:

  • Come prepared. Have a diaper bag loaded with anything and everything to prepare you for whatever obstacles may come your way as you're rocking out those squats and bicep curls. Diaper Blowout? CHECK.... have an extra set of baby clothes, diaper, wipes, and plastic baggie to dispose of the dirty deed. Hunger pangs? CHECK... for the little ones, an extra milk supply never hurts... wether you're nursing or formula feeding be sure to pack extra bottles or join a workout where no one will bat an eye if you stop to...
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The answer is a resounding YES! The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the governing body in the U.S. for guidelines regarding exercise & pregnancy (among many other things). The research in this category has been varied for many years, however, as of 2002, we knew that exercise was not only OK during a healthy pregnancy...it was RECOMMENDED! These guidelines have just been reaffirmed this month (December 2015).

In the past, there have been many schools of thought around exercise and pregnancy. Many, many years ago there wasn't much thought put to how a woman's life may change when she was pregnant; she still needed to work in the fields/farms and keep her family provided for. As we learned more and more about the human body, the thought turned more towards fear; If a woman's body was active, would that then...

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National Diaper Awareness Week is Sept. 28th through Oct. 4. "Make A Change and Wipe Out Diaper Need" by donating Newborn and Size 1 diapers.

The Baby's Bounty mission is to ensure that each baby born into an impoverished family has the most essential clothing and gear to thrive.

An infant’s health, safety and wellbeing are our top priority. A Baby Bundle, distributed to a newborn up to six months of age, includes a Graco Pack n’ Play w/bassinet, a convertible car seat, a front carrier, a bathtub filled with hygiene items, towels and washcloths plus a collection of sleepers, sleep sacks, outfits, hats, bibs, booties, bottles, receiving blankets, diapers, wipes, a toy and a hand knit blanket.

In 2014 we distributed Baby Bundles to 733 infants, including 19 sets of twins. Since our launch in July 2008 we have assisted nearly 4,000 children and expect to provide Baby Bundles to 720 to 750 children in 2015.

When mothers receive these items (73% are in single parent households earning 50% less than median area income with no support system) it relieves...

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So you're a mom now. Upon holding your new bundle of love for the first time, you automatically crossed the start line of a new chapter in life (arguably the most important!). With the new title of "mom", your story of motherhood begins to unfold before you. There's no going back, and furthermore there is no finish line in sight!

I'm three quick years into this new chapter, and there are a few things that I find myself clinging to as I continue to run this race of motherhood! It's my faith, my family, a desire to always see the funniness of life, and a need to STAY ACTIVE! Enter in Stroller Strides and Running. Stroller strides...a gift to all active moms on their search for sisterhood through the bond of motherhood, all the while receiving a free hour worth of entertainment for your kiddo, AND the added benefit of tightening up your tushy! It quickly became part of my new mom routine. When me and my little lady weren't stroller striding, we RAN. I strapped my sweetie in the single and off we went- just me, my babe, and B.O.B pounding (errr...rolling?) the pavement...the...

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We recently had the opportunity to be featured on a podcast with the Las Vegas Advice Givers to chat all about pre and postnatal fitness. Tune in to the podcast HERE!

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So, if there's one thing I'm not... it's a chef. I will be the first to admit that my husband knows his way around a kitchen WAY better than I do. And so, when I do cook... I need to make sure it's simple, easy to prep, and tasty. The slow cooker is my best friend and I'm always on the lookout for great recipes that are mom friendly... today it's meatloaf with cauliflower potatoes and green beans!

Meatloaf Slowcooker Recipe:

  • 2 eggs

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs

  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion

  • 4 cloves of garlic

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage

  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef

  • 1/4 cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  1. Combine eggs, milk, bread crumbs, onion, salt, sage, and mushrooms in a large bowl. Crumble...
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As moms, we know that getting in that daily workout can sometimes be a challenge. Between work, running errands, and taking care of our families , committing to a quick sweat session might fall to the wayside. But, we have you covered! Introducing our FRIDAY FIT TIPS! On select Fridays, we'll bring you some of our favorite sets from our Body Back, Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, and Fit4Baby workouts... all with minimal equipment that can be done pretty much anywhere! This week, we're heading to the park and featuring a total body set that zeroes in on your cardio, core, and strength. Give it a shot and share with a fitness buddy!

FRIDAY FIT TIP (ep. 1):

-Warm Up: Soccer Taps 1 min

-Strength: Knee to Elbow Push ups 1 min

-Core: Extended Leg Crunch 1 min

-Cardio: Mountain Climbers 1 min

-BONUS: Power Move 1 min

*Repeat entire set X 1 and pair it with a good mile run*

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So, we just opened our Body Back Fall Session Enrollment and I am always so excited by the energy in the emails and social media posts I receive from women who have been looking for a program like Body Back to help guide them in reaching their health and fitness goals. Often times, most women are seeking change of some sort... be it a number on a scale, their dietary habits or how they view themselves on the inside and out. And with all of the pressure from the media today which inaccurately depicts this immediate and almost magical transformation of celebrities instantly bouncing back to their pre baby (and for some pre teen) physique, I feel it's so important that moms realize that change will always "look" differently for everyone. Just as our babies are unique in every detail from their peach fuzz hair (or lack thereof) to their adorable little toes, we too need to realize and accept that our bodies are also unique and so is the way those bodies will adjust, adapt, and work through change of any sort... especially a new fitness regimen. So what can you expect your...

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First off, let me say “Why didn’t I find this class sooner!” I not only had a blast working out and including my lil Vivi..who will be 6 months next week, but I actually got a kick ass workout, which I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be sweating and feeling the burn so much, since it was a “mommy and me ” class…but “What A Workout!”, I already hit up 4 of my mommy friends to join me next week, and if you want to join me too, feel free to link up with me on Facebook and lets chat!

I was thinking, it’s way to hot outside to take the baby in a stroller…but the class was perfect. We had fun in the shade, doing stroller sprints or power walking around the mall with fun pit stops doing squats, and other barre inspired movements along with singing songs to the kiddos.

I was suprised at the age ranges too for babies from 7 weeks to kiddos 4 yrs, just enjoying the ride with...

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Here in Vegas, Summer has definitely made its arrival known by the beads of sweat that already form on our foreheads just by the simple thought of stepping outside. So how do we survive? And what in the world do we do to keep our babies cool in the 100 degree plus temps? Contrary to popular belief, we don't stay secluded indoors praying for an early Fall. Here are some tips from our very own local Moms on their favorite ways for keeping cool during the Summer heat:

  • Hot and Cold Gel packs: A frozen hot and cold gel pack wrapped in a dish towel makes a wonderful climate control backrest for your little one. It’s squishy so it is not uncomfortable to lean against and because it is frozen it will keep baby nice and cool without being too cold.
  • Chilly Pad: Chilly Pads by Frogg Toggs are made from a hyper-evaporative material that retains water while remaining dry to the touch. Simply wet it, wring it out and it’s super-cool. Get two: they can be used over your child in the stroller, and/or around your neck to keep you...
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Well, we're finally posting up our first blog after years of it being on that never ending mommy to-do list. I'm sure you all know that "list" I'm referring to... the one that we know we WANT to do but never can quite accomplish in the timely manner we once could before motherhood. But that's a whole 'nother blog post.

First off a little about myself: I'm a nurse by trade... actually worked in Critical Care for over 10 years before my husband and I welcomed our 1st daughter into the world. I'm now a mom to three little girls aged 5,3, and 2. At one point, yes... I had 3 kids under the age of 3 and THAT alone could've made for a really interesting novel. Seeing as how time was a commodity both then and now I never did get around to sharing my stories in a book, but I look forward to sharing some of those stories here now through some of our future blog posts. Since 2012, I have been the proud owner of FIT4MOM Las Vegas and am so lucky to have the privilege of surrounding myself every single day with so many inspirational and motivating moms.

I'm super excited to...

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