Friday, December 19, 2014

Healthy Breakfast Cookie Recipe: Peanut Butter and Banana Cookies!


CONFESSION:
I totally ate cookies for breakfast!! BUT, the GOOD NEWS is: They were HEALTHY cookies (much healthier than your usual cookie anyway)  I found this awesome recipe for a yummy peanut butter and banana breakfast cookie!  (theirs includes a couple extra ingredients that I left out, but they are still pretty darn good!! Especially with my hot cup of morning coffee!)

With wholesome ingredients like oats, whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, banana and peanut butter, you can even start the day with one of these delicious cookies! But they taste so delicious you can still serve them for dessert. Get creative with mix ins, they would be great with different chocolate chips, nuts or even dried fruit mixed in.


PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA BREAKFAST COOKIES:
INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used vanilla flavor)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or No-Nut butter if you have nut allergies)
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet or dark can also be used)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor (or mixer) combine softened butter, Greek yogurt, peanut butter and banana and puree or mix until well combined. Add in vanilla and eggs and mix well.
In a separate bowl combine flour, oats, salt, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and brown sugar. Mix until well combined.
In a large bowl, combine wet and dry ingredients as well as your chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
Scoop or spoon cookie dough, approximately two tablespoons per cookie, onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 11-13 minutes or until lightly browned on.
Store in an airtight container. I prefer to keep a few on hand in the refrigerator and store the rest in zipper style freezer bags in the freezer. You can pull them out the night before to thaw, or just pop them into the microwave for a few seconds to defrost. Enjoy


Read more at http://www.lovefromtheoven.com/2013/06/21/peanut-butter-banana-white-chocolate-breakfast-cookies/#6hLwJtGbxtS9jbPA.99

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Year, New You! Get Motivated to Lose Weight, Get Toned and Start a Healthy Lifestyle for 2015 with Me As Your FREE Coach!



Hello and Happy Holidays!!

As 2014 comes to an end and 2015 begins, I know many of us want to get started on the right foot and start making healthier choices, lose the holiday weight and get into a regular routine of working out and getting active, even if it’s only taking small steps in the right direction.

Well, I wanted to extend an invitation to you to make that step in the right direction right in time for the New Year! I want to be your FREE health and fitness coach! Whether you’ve already got a Beachbody fitness program at home, or need help with finding the right type of exercises that will help with the particular areas that you want to work on, I’m here to help!  I want to share my best tips for losing weight, toning up, and eating healthy on a budget with you!  I want to be there to support, encourage, motivate and teach you how to live a healthier lifestyle.  Will you let me do that?

If you are interested in a completely FREE over-the-phone or online chat with me to discuss your personal health and fitness goals for 2015, so that I can help you set up a plan of action that WILL WORK, then all you need to do is take 1 minute of your time to answer just a couple of questions for me and I will be in touch to get you started!

I currently have 15 available spots available for the most popular Online Support & Accountability Challenge Group of the year and the first of 2015.  These spots will fill VERY QUICKLY, since many of us have New Year’s Resolutions to get healthy, lose weight and get in shape! They will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis and you must submit your form (below) by December 23rd.  If the spots are all filled by then, you will be put on a waiting list for February’s group.

I’m so excited to get 2015 STARTED STRONG!!

FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW TO ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS BEFORE WE CAN DISCUSS YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS GOALS FOR 2015 ON A FREE CALL OR CHAT! J

Your Coach,



If you are not currently working with a Beachbody Coach, and want me to be your FREE personal health and fitness coach, sign up HERE!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A #GIRLBOSS? Apply to Join Me For a Sneak Peak into Beachbody Coaching


I'm opening up a private informational group for any ladies who want to know more about what I do as a *Beachbody Coach*.  This is an incredible chance to get any of your questions answered, see what kind of money you can make doing this, WHAT exactly it is that we do as coaches and so much great information!!

If you'd like to be added to this private #GIRLBOSS Sneak Peak into Coaching group on Facebook, just be sure to fill out the application below by 12PM on Sunday December 14th.  Be sure that we are friends on Facebook (you can add me here) and you'll be set and ready to go on Monday, December 15th! It's totally FREE and will be packed with some awesome information and a chance to win a nice prize at the end of it.

Insanity MAX:30 Tabata Power

Week 1: Day 2 of Insanity MAX:30

I made it a little further into today's Tabata Power workout with the new Insanity MAX:30 program! I'm telling you...if you're trying to get in better shape and you're the type of person that loves a challenge, then these workouts are FOR YOU!!
Just fill out the application below if you want me to send you details on how you can reserve a spot in my test group and be one of the first people to complete this program from home!! Just don't wait too long because I want everyone to have what they need and be ready to go by the end of the month and be ready to reach some BIG GOALS for 2015!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Insanity MAX:30 Day 1 INSANITY is right! Even Shaun T MAX'ed OUT!

I wanted a challenge...and believe me...I GOT it today!! My first day doing the new Insanity MAX:30 cardio workout and 7:55 into the 30 minute workout, I MAX'ed out!! Meaning, I pushed myself as hard as I could (I refused to follow the modifier because I'm stubborn like that) and at almost 8 minutes in, I had to stop to breath for a minute before I could push myself to get back into it!!



I love the concept behind this program because it forces you to DIG DEEP and PUSH not only your body, but your internal strength as well! How bad do you want that extra second or that extra minute? It's a mind over matter challenge just as much as a physical one for me! Because in all honesty, how many times to we give up on something a bit prematurely? And I'm not just talking about with fitness! Think about all the situations where we could have probably stuck it out just a little bit longer and finished stronger?! 


This could apply to:

*your job
*a relationship
*a goal that you're trying to reach
*school/grades
...LIFE in General!


So I guess the motivational point if this post is to NEVER give up!! If you really want something, whether it be to fix a marriage, or get a promotion at work...just DON'T give up when you know that you could push and try even just a tiny bit harder! Because it's that little bit extra that you put in after you THINK you've reached your maximum threshold, that will make all the difference in the world! 

PS- Back to the workout aspect of things--I don't think I'm going to be able to walk tomorrow! My calves are super sore already! But I LOVE it! ‪#‎max30‬‪#‎insanitymax30‬


APPLY BELOW FOR MY INSANITY MAX:30 BETA TEST GROUP STARTING AFTER CHRISTMAS AND I'LL BE IN TOUCH WITH MORE DETAILS WITHIN 1-3 DAYS:

Sunday, December 7, 2014

How to get Insanity MAX:30 Before Everyone Else -- Join My Exclusive Test Group


Look what came in the mail today!!! (I didn't realize the mailmen were even delivering on Sundays...but I can't complain now!) I am so excited to start up the new Insanity Max:30 workouts tomorrow and get a head start on the beta test group that I'm going to be running after Christmas!!



I started my whole fitness journey with Shaun T's Focus T25 workouts after having my 3rd child and was instantly addicted!! I've never done insanity because honestly, the workouts just seemed a little longer and with 4 little ones, 30 minutes a day is really all I can commit to and stick with from start to finish, so this will be perfect!
For those who don't know anything about these workouts, it's set up to PUSH YOU to your limits and when you have to stop and take a break, you record your MAX'ed out time!! This way you can compare your times and actually see yourself improve and get stronger as you go!

I'm still accepting people who want to do this with me and be one of the first ever to complete this program! You can only purchase through a Beachbody Coach like myself at this time and Beachbody will be looking for the best transformation stories to feature on their infomercials and be giving away big cash prizes! Everyone who completes the program also gets a free Insanity Max:30 t-shirt and you'll have a chance to win prizes throughout your program in my private accountability group as well!! 

Don't wait until after the holidays to decide to reserve a spot in my test group, though! Chances are, it's going to fill up before Christmas!! It's the perfect gift for yourself this year! Or for that friend or family member that loves a challenge and/or wants to get in better shape!

Apply below to reserve your spot ASAP, or if you're interested in more info email me at Crystal.Laiti@yahoo.com and ask to be added to my Insanity Max:30 informational event page on facebook. 







Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Learning Shapes Activity for Preschoolers! Fun with Penguins!



I was searching for some fun, learning activities for my toddler and preschooler to do at home and ran across this super-cute penguin SHAPES activity!  It was fun and the kids got to practice their cutting skills, recognize different shapes, colors and counting!  We also got to talk about where penguins live and what kind of temperatures they need!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
* scissors
* construction paper
* googly eyes (or you can just use black paper and cut circles)
* glue

SKILLS PRACTICED:
* cutting with scissors (motor skills)
* shape recognition* color recognition
* counting
* learning about Penguins and cold climates



Here are some of my other fun DIY/Kid's craft and activities:

(tutorial included for Windows Movie Maker Program)

Please feel free to share any of your own great ideas in the comments below!! :)