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!!

- 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

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.

~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!
-Whole Wheat Bread
- Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt
- Turkey Bacon
- Turkey Slices
- Provolone Cheese
- Lettuce
- Tomato
- pepper to taste

- 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!!

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
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!

~Misty xoxo