Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sweet Potato Coconut Wrap

Coconut oil and chia seeds are two of the most talked about "superfoods" that have a number of health benefits and countless reasons to include them in your diet.  Chia seeds are a vegetarian source of Omega 3s which can reduce joint pain and lower the risk of heart disease. Diets high in Omega 3s have also been shown to reduce inflammation.  Chia seeds are also high in fiber, which helps keep you full.  Coconut oil is high in a saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides.  These fats work differently than other types of fats in the body.  The lauric acid in coconut oil can help reduce high cholesterol and high blood pressure.  Coconut oil reduces damage to the arteries, preventing atheresclerosis. 
The Sweet Potato Coconut Wrap features both of these ingredients, providing a variety of flavors and textures ranging from creamy, coconut infused, peanut butter to the crunchiness of baked sweet potatoes to the soft and doughy texture of flatbread.  This nutritious snack can also be part of a meal (who doesn't LOVE peanut butter as part of their breakfast?!).  It's full of fiber, fats, protein and healthy carbs that will nourish your body and provide brain fuel throughout the day!  I made a large batch of sweet potato fries and have listed the recipe accordingly.  For one serving, you will use 1/2 flatbread and other ingredients as indicated.

Sweet Potato Fries
3 medium sized sweet potatoes
2 t. cinnamon 
2 t. ginger powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Microwave sweet potatoes to soften before cooling and slicing.  Mix with coconut oil, cinnamon and ginger powder.  Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until crispy.

Sweet Potato Coconut Wrap
1/2 Flatout Flatbread Wrap
1 T. Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut Spread
1 T. Shredded Coconut

Spread peanut butter onto 1/2 of a Flatout Flatbread wrap. Top with chia seeds, then 4-5 sweet potato fries.  Top with shredded coconut and wrap!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Shields of Strength - Purchase Here

Whether you are purchasing Shields of Strength for yourself or as a gift, choose from a variety of necklaces, key chains, shoelaces, gym towels, headbands and much more.  Click here to explore the options! 

I discovered Shields of Strength through Instagram and was so intrigued by the products and the company's presence in various communities, particularly in the fitness industry. It is amazing to see women like Jamie Eason and Paige Hathaway not only represent their commitment to a healthy lifestyle, but to a spiritual one as well. Days later, I got together with a friend of mine, and she was wearing the weight plate necklace. I knew right then that I was going to order one. I reached out to Shields of Strength that day, after placing my order, to inquire about becoming more involved. When I connect with a person, company, or product, I want to share my excitement and let others to know about it. I saw this as a great opportunity to share my faith in God and my passion for fitness.

Friday, February 13, 2015

BBQ Chickpea Pizza

BBQ Chickpea Pizza! This healthy treat is easy to prepare, and is high in vegetarian protein too! Preheat the oven to 375. Spread 1/4 c. marinara sauce and 1 T. BBQ sauce over one low carb flatbread. Top with about 1/3 c. rinsed, canned chickpeas. Add spinach and shredded cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes.