Feeling sassy! ;)

Before the summer started, I promised myself that I would wear my first ever bikini. While some of that is because I wanted to prove to myself that I can be a fit mom of three, but the biggest part was that I knew when I finally put that bikini on, it meant I has reached the point where I was most confident in myself. I got into that swimsuit, dgaf what others thought, and played on the beach and got in the water with my kids. This picture shows a physical transformation, but I am most proud of my…

I’m pretty much obsessed with this new snack! All of us are. I made 2 cans worth of chickpeas and they were gone in 2 days! And I’m ok with that, because chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are nutritious! One cup of the beans provides you with*: – 15g protein – 13g fiber – good source of calcium, potassium, and vitamin B 6. Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas Ingredients: 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained well 1 tbs olive oil 8 tbs Franks Hot Sauce sea salt (optional) Directions: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Place chickpeas in a bowl and coat with…

While I try to limit sweets, it’s totally ok to treat yourself every once in awhile. What better day to bake cinnamon rolls than when you’re stuck inside on a snow day! Vegan Cinnamon Roll Recipe Dough:  1/4 ounce pkg yeast 1/2 c warm water 1/2 c scalded alternative milk (almond or soy work best) 1/4 c sugar 1/3 c Earth Balance butter 1 tsp sea salt 1 flax seed egg (1 tbs ground flax seed + 3 tbs warm water. Set aside for 5 min) 3.5- 4 c flour Filling: 1/2 melted EB butter 3/4 c sugar 2 tbs…

More likely than not, if you’re reading this, you’re a friend, or someone who has seen my transformation and wants to know how I got to where I am. I usually give a generic answer: I was feeling terrible; I gained so much weight; I want my kids to have a healthy role model, etc. All of that is true, but my true reason, my deep down, makes-me-cry-and-motivates-me “why,” is so much more. I have three amazing children that I love more than they will ever know. They are my light in my sometimes stormy world. Except for my family,…

I am coming up on my 8 year Veganniversary! I can’t believe it’s been that long! To celebrate, I, and a few fellow coaches, are hosting a five day veg challenge. If you’ve ever thought about being vegetarian or vegan, you NEED to join us! We’ll provide you with a meal plan, recipes, a fun and supportive group, and some tips and tricks along the way. I promise you, we’ll be eating more than just grass and leaves. 😉 So join me! Message me at melfadely09@gmail.com to get started!

banana-pancakes

My kids LOVE pancakes! So to make them a little healthier, I make them out of oatmeal and wholewheat or spelt flour. These pancakes come out pretty dense and full of flavor! 1 c oat flour. Don’t have any? Blend oats in the blender. Ta-dah! 1 c whole wheat/spelt flour 1.5  tbs of baking powder 1 tsp baking soda pinch of salt 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract 2 tsp melted coconut oil 2 cups of almond/soy/alternative milk 2 ripe mashed bananas Combine all of the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, combine all of the…

Quinoa Pilaf 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil 1/2 c chopped red onion 1 c shredded or cubed carrot 1 c quinoa 2 cloves minced garlic 2 c water 2 tsp tamari or low sodium soy sauce 1/2 c thawed frozen peas or if you ‘re like me and don’t like them, broccoli 1. Heat a 4 qt pot over medium heat. 2. Add oil and saute the onion, carrot, and quinoa until the quinoa turns a light brown. 3. Add the garlic, water, and tamari. 4. Stir well and cover. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.…

girls

Honesty time: I LOVE my girls and the fact that I am lucky enough to stay home with them. However, I felt like there was just more I needed to do. I was brought up to be independent, and from the time I could, I worked, so that I wouldn’t have to depend on anyone. It was so hard for me to let that part of myself go after I had my first child, but daycare is too expensive and I didn’t want to miss you on those precious first years. I mean, who would regret that? But, I started…

blueberries

Learning how to read labels and why it’s important to do so has been eye opening and sometimes disgusting. Do you know how many hidden chemicals are in your food?  How much sugar is in your favorite foods? Well, that excludes me. I buy sugar free food and health bars. Wrong. Let’s take a look at this nutrition label: A few years ago, I was following this crazy diet that included eating these “nutritional” bars. First off, this bar and so many so called health bars, are full of genetically modified ingredients, i.e. fake food. Second, do you see how…