Broccoli & Cheese Soup....not so skinny

Do you like Panera soup??? Then you will LOVE my Broccoli Cheese Soup because it's even BETTER than Panera!!! You will take one taste and fall in love. It's the perfect soup for a chilly day. I don't consider this soup a "clean eat" because of the Velveeta cheese, but I couldn't resist not sharing one of the BEST soups that I've EVER had in my life!!

Ingredients:
2 c broccoli....(chopped)
1 c cauliflower...(chopped)
1 large onion...(chopped)
2 lbs potatoes....(grated)
2 carrots....(grated)
5 1/2 c chicken broth
1 lb velveeta cheese...(cubed)
*Add more cheese if you wish
2 cans cream of chicken soup....low fat, low sodium
 Directions:
 -Bring chicken broth and all veggies to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.

- Add cheese and cream of chicken soup.
-Cook until cheese is melted.

Enjoy!!

3 Weeks Of Thankfulness Starts Now: Are you In??? You Are Invited

 I'm going to do a 3 Weeks of Thankfulness for the November Thanksgiving month! Are You IN???

This is the time of year where we take a moment to think about the things that we are thankful for in life. I feel that our lives are so busy and running at such a fast pace, that we miss the opportunity to focus on what we truly appreciate in life. I want to take a moment to slow down a bit and really reflect and appreciate our family, friends and most importantly, OURSELVES. We tend to put our health and fitness on the back burner in the fall. Now it's time to change that around. I plan on setting my alarm 30 minutes earlier and buckling down to put my health and nutrition first. It's time to just do it!! Are you with me?

Not only do I want to teach people how to live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle but I want to teach YOU how to truly be grateful for the blessings in our lives that we have right now! So often we get wrapped up in the craziness of life.  We always think we need more.  You have what you need right here!  


 I am going to take the next 3 weeks of putting YOU first for 30 minutes a day, I am going to teach you clean eating, meal planning, give you healthy recipes and tips to stay on track this November holiday season!  I am going to walk you through an entire month of tips and tricks.
Especially with traveling, holiday parties, dinners out and friends visiting it is VERY VERY easy to get off track!  I got you covered!  80-20 rule is where it is all at!  Let me share with you how I truly feel like I can have my cake and eat it too!  Like this snack below! This curbed my sweet tooth, it gave me something to satisfy my sweet tooth and it felt like a dessert!  The best part is that it is 100% fix approved.

 So what is this group all about?

It's 30 Days of Thankfulness:

  1. Everyone in the group is committed to a fitness program
  2. Everyone in the group is replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology because... it is the HEALTHIEST meal of the day and lets face it.... we need fast food that is healthy right now!!! 
  3. You are committed to checking into the group 1x daily and reporting your day and staying accountable.
  4. I will teach you tips for traveling, eating at restaurants, healthy swaps, clean eating holiday recipes, appetizers, healthy drinks and more!
  5. I am going to help you with meal planning and weekly preparation
  6. Daily positive mindset
  7. Every day you report what you are thankful for and start the day with positivity! Each night before bed you list out your daily accomplishments!  We are focusing on the things we can do and not the things we cannot do!
This is the time to keep your sanity, remain positive and enjoy the holiday season! Are you ready to kick things up a notch?!

Lets do this!


~Misty xoxo

November 7th is your start date to plan and prep! The workouts officially start on the 9th of November!

 Please Fill Out The Application Below If You Would Like To Be Considered For The Group!

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken w/ Rice

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken w/ Rice
 This recipe was a winner, especially with the kids!  I just threw it together and it came out delicious! It was filling too!

Ingredients:
1.5 lbs skinless chicken breast
1 can chicken broth
1 can low fat cream of chicken soup
1/2 tbsp chicken powder
1 chopped onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup low fat shredded monterey jack cheese or cheddar
2 cups frozen broccoli (cooked)
2 cups instant rice (cooked) 

Directions:
-spray crock pot
-add broth, cream of chicken soup (stir)
- place chicken in crock pot
- add onion, chicken powder, garlic and pepper
-cook on low for 6 hours
- shredd the chicken (optional)
-add rice, broccoli, cheese and cook for an additional hour (depending on your crock pot)
*Add more chicken broth if desired.



Free 5 day Crock Pot Group!

 FREE 5 DAY CROCK POT GROUP!!!

Hey Busy Mommas!!

Do you OWN a crock pot? Do you want an ENTIRE week of meals planned just for you? If so, JOIN my FREE 5 DAY CROCK POT group!! The group will run THIS Monday the 12th. It'll include:

* Clean Eating Recipes
* Shopping list ALREADY created for you
* Meals the WHOLE family will love

Message me on Facebook to join @ Misty Masino Nanna!
~Misty xoxo

My Mission...To Inspire You!



You know that I am a Beachbody coach and I've been one for a year and a half. I am a coach because I truly love helping other people achieve their heath and fitness goals! I am even more driven when I see my customers find the HAPPINESS that they've been missing and finding the right program that FITS them. I promote Beachbody programs because it's what's worked for me! I hope you can one day find something that fits you.

So if you follow me as a friend, a coach or as someone looking for inspiration, I hope to provide that for you each and every day.
My MISSION is to INSPIRE as many people as I can and encourage you to be the BEST YOU!!

This job is something I'm passionate about and absolutely love. It's been life changing for both me and my family. I wouldn't change it for the world!! 💜

Mexican Stuffed Shells



Aaaaa-mazing!!!! My kids loved this meal tonight. Even the neighbors came over and had to try some. They raved about this dish!!! Mexican stuffed shells are delish!! 
Ingredients:
1 lb. ground turkey
1 package low-sodium taco seasoning
4 oz. low fat cream cheese
12-15 jumbo pasta shells
1 cup salsa
1 cup taco sauce

Oikos plain yogurt 
Shredded Cheese
2 green onions (optional)



Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. In a frying pan cook ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions.   

Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Blend well. Set aside and cool completely.   
 While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board/baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.

Pour salsa on bottom of 9×13 baking dish.  Stuff each shell with the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. 

Cover shells with taco sauce.  Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. 
After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes.   Serve with Oikos yogurt on top and/or more salsa. 






Chicken Bell Stuffed Peppers

Chicken Bell Stuffed Peppers
 OMG....these Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers we absolutely AMAZING!!!! Each time my family took at bite, we all kept saying "MMMMM". One of the most delicious clean eating recipes EVER!!!

INGREDIENTS:
4 Bell Peppers (sliced in half, seeds removed)
2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lb chicken breast cut into 3/4 pieces
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
dash of sea salt and pepper
1 cup tomato sauce (homemade or jar) *I make homemade "sauce"
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup black beans rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
5 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tbsp lime juice
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Hot Pepper Sauce (optional, but DELICIOUS!!!)



DIRECTIONS:
 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Place bell peppers in a large baking dish, set aside
3. Heat olive oil in large skillet
4. Add onion and cook until tender
5. Add garlic and stir
6. Add chicken, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink
7. Add tomato sauce, quinoa, beans, corn, cilantro and lime juice. Reduce heat to medium heat and cook for 3-5 minutes or until heated through.
8. Scoop chicken mixture to each pepper half. Top with additional sauce (optional)
9. Cover with foil.
10. Bake for 35 minutes.
11. Remove foil and top with cheese. Cook for 3 more minutes without foil.
12. Serve warm and sprinkle with Hot Sauce
 Enjoy!
~Misty xoxo


 






You're Never Too Old To Dream



Dreams don't come true! Oh yes they do, and they aren't just for children. They are for anyone who believes that they are meant for MORE. It's for anyone who timidly takes the first step on an unknown journey because they know that something has to change. Life will happen that way. Sometimes you are so desperate for change that you are willing to get uncomfortable in order to create that change. Perhaps you feel God is tugging at your heart and you're sitting around waiting for him to tell you when you go. The tug is the permission to go.  Don't wait. Don't expect life to come to you. You have to RUN towards life no matter your age. And don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. I didn't have dreams 2 years ago. I thought they were silly and weak. Actually when you think about it, dreams are the things that take strength, conviction, and a little insanity and those who dream big are the most amazing and incredibly strong people.
I dreamed big and I'm still dreaming Big. While I don't know HIS plan, I trust HIS heart knowing that big things are on the horizon. Are you focused on the horizon, or on the next step in front of you? Look up.....and DREAM BIG.

BBQ Shrimp Wrap

BBQ Shrimp Wrap
 BBQ Shrimp Wrap.....yummy!!!! I threw this low cal meal together tonight for dinner and it was delicious!!! The tangy, sauce I mixed was the bomb!!
Ingredients:
- shrimp (already pre-cooked in the package)
- romaine lettuce
- feta cheese (or your choice)
- whole wheat tortilla
- sea salt/pepper
*Mrs Dash is salt free if you prefer.
-Sweet Baby Rays bbq Sauce
- Marzetti Sweet Italian Salad Dressing (I prefer Marzetti, but didn't have it on hand

Directions:
 -Heat pan with non-stick spray. Place shrimp in the pan. Spray the shrimp with non-stick spray and lightly season with sea salt and pepper. Toss shrimp until warm. Don't cook too long. I do about 2 minutes on each side.

- Lighly spray the wrap with non-stick spray. Place in pan and heat on both sides. Remove and set aside.

-In a separate bowl, mix 2 tbl of Italian dressing with 2 tbl of bbq (or eyeball it and make as much as you need). I did not have Marzetti Sweet Italian dressing on hand, but that is what I prefer.
- Place lettuce on top of whole wheat tortilla. 
- Next, add shrimp and sprinkle the feta cheese.
- Drizzle your sauce on top of your shrimp. 
- Wrap it up and EAT! Enjoy while the shrimp is warm!
~Misty



 

Do You Suffer From Anxiety?



Do you suffer from anxiety? Since having my oldest daughter over 7 years ago, I have suffered from anxiety. I was fine being at home, but as soon as I got in my car for work in the morning, it would begin. My commute to school was only 15 minutes, but 2 minutes into the ride, the anxiety would kick in. My stomach would feel weak. My palms would sweat. Thoughts would go through my mind of "What if I died. What if something ever happened to my kids." The words would keep racing through my brain and wouldn't stop. It wasn't just my commute to work. It was any time I left the house for an extended period of time. Whenever a passenger in the car, I'm gripping my seat, closing my eyes the entire way. I would hate the fact that I wasn't in "control" of the car. Again, that nervous feeling would run all through my body. I would start to feel like I was a crazy person. 

My doctor suggested that I take medication to alleviate the problem. I kindly declined and knew I just had to cope with it on my own. I tried medication in the past and blew up like a balloon....15 pounds. I decided to forget the anxiety medication and buy a new pair of gym shoes instead. I started working out daily 17 months ago, 30 minutes a day. Since then, my anxiety has been drastically reduced. 

Exercise gave me the power to be MYSELF again. Thanks to those new pair of gym shoes, I got my life back!

Nanna's Pasta Primavera

Nanna's Pasta Primavera
DELIZIOSO!!!!!!  We made this tonight and I felt like I was eating at an Italian restaurant!! Seriously, this meal tasted as good as it looks.  I don't think the family said one word during dinner tonight because we were so focused on the enjoyment of this meal. This is definitely on TOP of my winner list!!

Ingredients:
- 1 lb Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 1 lb box Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta
- olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 small onion
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 1 small yellow squash, chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
- 1 tbsp basil (fresh is always better)
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
- 1 container Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in pot and cook for 10-12 minutes, drain.
2. Place sausage in a large skillet over medium heat and cook until evenly brown; set aside. 
3. Heat 1/4 cup oil in skillet. Stir garlic and onion until tender.
4. Mix in zucchini, squash, tomatoes, peas and basil. Dissolve bouillon in the mixture. 
5. Season with red pepper flakes. 
6. Stir in remaining oil.  Continue cooking 10 minutes. (I cover the pan with a cookie pan to trap the heat.)
7. Mix pasta, sausage and cheese into skillet. (I placed mine in a large pot.)
8. Continue cooking 5 minutes, or until heated through.

Enjoy!!
~Misty xoxo






Do Not Feel Inferior



You all know my passion for dance. I danced for 19 years and developed some pretty awful ideals about how my body was supposed to look. As you can see I am not the "ballet" build. I let teacher after teacher tell me "you've got the talent, but you just don't have the build for professional dance, you're too short". I spent most of my teenage and adult years beating myself up for not looking the way I wanted to look. I hated how muscular my legs were. I made poor choices by taking laxatives and diet pills in high school. I wanted the tall/slim body that the other dancers had. In my eyes, I was never skinny enough.

Now, I will never let someone else dim my light! Today, no longer will I let those voices get to me. I went my own path after college by teaching elementary school and dance alongside performing. I'm so glad I went that direction or I wouldn't be where I am today. Maybe I wasn't "tall enough or slim enough" for professional dance, but God had bigger plans for me. Now as I have grown older and wiser, I will no longer allow people to tell me I CAN'T do something and make me feel inferior.

How Daily Workouts Have Helped My Anxiety

Do you suffer from anxiety? Since having my oldest daughter over 7 years ago, I have suffered from anxiety. I was fine being at home, but as soon as I got in my car for work in the morning, it would begin. My commute to school was only 15 minutes, but 5 minutes into the ride, the anxiety would kick in. My stomach would feel weak. My palms would sweat. Thoughts would go through my mind of "What if I died. What if something ever happened to my kids." The words would keep racing through my brain and wouldn't stop. It wasn't just my commute to work. It was any time I left the house for an extended period of time. Todd and I would go for a weekend get a way in Chicago and the entire time on the expressway, I'm gripping my seat, closing my eyes the entire way there. I hated the fact that I wasn't in "control" of the car. Again, that nervous feeling would run all through my body.

My doctor suggested that I take medication to alleviate the problem. I kindly declined and knew I just had to get over it on my own. I decided to forget the anxiety medicine and buy a new pair of gym shoes instead.

I started working out daily 17 months ago. Since then, my anxiety has been drastically reduced. I now have the freedom of driving to work without that pit in my stomach and traveling with my husband without the nerves running through my entire body.
Exercise gave me the power to be myself again. Thanks to those new pair of gym shoes, I got my life back!

Moms....Stop & Breathe



 This morning, I had to take some time to stop and breathe. Even though I have the summer off from teaching, I still feel like it's "go, go,go". I think us moms put too much pressure on ourselves to get everything done. It feels like there is never a break. There is ALWAYS something to do whether it's laundry, oil change, develop pictures, clean closets, take kids for a haircut, pack lunches, clean, grocery shop, plan vacations, etc. It just doesn't stop. So I decided this morning, while everyone was sleeping, to take a moment for myself. Life doesn't stop, there is always something to do, but sometimes we just need to force ourselves to say no. Moms, take a moment to clear your mind today. Stop and breathe.

Turkey BLT

Turkey BLT.....21 Day Fix Approved!
My kids and I had this for lunch and LOVED it! It was something different than just peanut butter and jelly. They were mad when I topped it off with Greek yogurt, but then took a BITE and said "Mom, it's sooo good!!".  It's much better than using mayo. This will be a once a week lunch for us this summer!
Ingredients:
-Whole Wheat Bread
- Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt
- Turkey Bacon
- Turkey Slices
- Provolone Cheese
- Lettuce
- Tomato
- pepper to taste

Directions:
- Toast the bread lightly in the toaster.
-Place turkey, bacon, cheese, and lettuce on top on the bread.
-Spread yogurt across the sandwich
-Top with tomato and sprinkle with pepper
-Fold in half or top with another piece of bread.
*Avocado would be another healthy fat to spread of top off your sandwich with. Enjoy!

1 yellow & 1.5 red

Wow...Thank You!



WOW....what an AMAZING time I had at our Beachbody seminar last night! Having Jeff M Krommenhoek from corporate there was so INSPIRING as well as listening to the other speakers of the night! Being a part of it all and having the honor to get up in front of an audience of coaches and share my knowledge was just an INCREDIBLE feeling! Thank you to Shawna Penney for giving me this great opportunity to speak.

I know it sounds kind of crazy, but I feel like I have found my PURPOSE in life. I am so PASSIONATE about what I do as a coach, I just want to shout it out to the world! When I have a LOVE for something, I go ALL IN. When I started with Beachbody as a coach last April, I told my husband Todd that it's all or nothing for me. I either GO BIG OR GO HOME!!! I truly believe in that motto!

For those of you that have trusted me as your coach and mentor, I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! Also, a shout out to my amazing TEAM of coaches!!

~ Misty xoxo

Veggie Bow Tie Pasta Meal!

Bow Tie Pasta With Peas and Tomatoes!

I love pasta, but it's not always easy to make it "clean eating". So I whipped up this meal last night and we all loved it!! I used a can of peas, but I suggest using frozen. There are a variety of ways you can add more flavor to this meal by throwing in Sweet Turkey Italian sausage or chicken. Whatever way you choose, it will taste DELICIOUS and clean!!

Ingredients:
1 lb Wheat Bow Tie Pasta
2 cups frozen peas (frozen tastes better)
1 package red cherry tomatoes sliced in half
1 package yellow tomatoes sliced in half
2 cloves fresh garlic
2 tbsp fresh Parsley chopped
Parmesan Cheese 
2 tsp Olive Oil
Sea Salt/Pepper for taste
Directions:
1. Cook pasta and set aside.
2. Saute the tomatoes, peas and garlic in a skillet with 2 tsp olive oil. 

3. Add cooked pasta, salt, pepper and parsley to the skillet and mix.
4. Cook for 5 minutes.
5. Simmer for 3 minutes.
6. Top off with grated parmasen cheese!

*You can add Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage or Chicken for extra flavor and protein!

Enjoy!
~Misty xoxo


Taco Burger

Taco Burger

BBQ TIME!!!  With the gorgeous weather here, I wanted Todd to grill for dinner tonight. Since we like to "eat clean", I use ground turkey versus beef.  For a different twist, we added taco seasoning to our turkey burgers to give it some "kick"!! Since time was limited, instead of making my own salsa, I bought the homemade deli salsa and guacamole at the grocery store.  It was so DELICIOUS!!! The kids LOVED it too!!!

Ingredients

  • 1lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Garlic – minced
Directions
Combine the above ingredients. Divide the turkey mixture into four and shape into patties. Cook on each side about 3-4 minutes on the griddle.  Even better to BBQ!!


Top with the Fresh Salsa to serve. I used homemade salsa and guacamole from the Jewel Deli. It was quick, delicious and had some kick!!
21 Day Fix Approved!  1 Red, 1 Green
Serving Suggestion: Top with avocado and a whole wheat bun   
1 Yellow, 1 Blue