Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Healthy Organic Smoothie for Kids- What is Daily Sunshine?



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As a mom and a pediatric nurse, want to hear something that freaks me out!?  Today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) has obesity.  The obesity rates in children has TRIPLED since the 70's.  And our children are developing more preventable diseases now than ever before.  Their activity levels have declined and their obesity rates have increased.  (Read the latest CDC data HERE) And a big majority of that is due to nutrition.  We're failing our children, momma's and dad's.  And something has to change.   Let's be honest, as a momma, feeding my kids healthy options isn't always the easiest.  Some days we count veggie chips as a vegetable.  Some days we dip fruit in chocolate to get them to eat it.  But we keep trying, and aim to keep serving them fruits and veggies in the hopes that they'll keep on those healthy habits.
If you're that momma who spends loads of money at Smoothie King only to find that your kid is being loaded with sugar, or that you're not really sure how to get them to drink something that has kale in it, you want a change.  You're tired of throwing money at things that don't work and you just want something simple that's not loaded with garbage, artificial anything, and is actually good for your child.  Dare I say- organic and Non-GMO?!  Especially if your child has common food intolerances- like dairy, soy, and gluten.  You can imagine my excitement with discovering Daily Sunshine - a new organic, Non-GMO, soy/dairy/gluten free- fruit and veggie smoothie for kids- that's also pediatrician approved.  Hello Mom Win!!!

So what is it??   Daily Sunshine is a super yummy 3-in-1 smoothie that was formulated for kids’ nutritional needs. It's so hard to get them to eat a balanced meal and this packs a punch.  It's a whole-food-based approach and it is made with a fruit and vegetable blend, plant-based protein, and healthy fats.  The flavors- chocolate or strawberry banana are kid-friendly, and actually taste good, not like chalk or most "nutrition" shakes.  It's a 3-in-1 Smoothie for Picky Kids. And Pickier Parents!

WHY IS DAILY SUNSHINE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SMOOTHIES? 

Most kids’ smoothies require trade-offs. They may have protein, but no veggies. Or fruit, but no healthy fats. Daily Sunshine is a 3-in-1 balance of a fruit and vegetable blend, plant-based proteins, and healthy fats.  It's loaded with 10 grams of plant based protein- no lactose/whey for those littles who have dairy sensitivities.  And 3x the daily value needed of calcium.   

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN DAILY SUNSHINE?

As a Registered Nurse and a momma to 3 girls, I'm super concerned about what’s in my kids' food, and many momma's are concerned with food intolerances or allergies too.  Daily Sunshine is made with this in mind. 
Made with organic fruits and vegetables 
Made with organic pea protein 
Made with ALA omega-3 fatty acids Formulated with fiber, probiotics, antioxidant vitamins C and E, calcium, and vitamin D 
Nutritionist developed 
Pediatrician-approved formula 
Kid-approved taste 
Certified organic by QAI 
Soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO 
No artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives

WHY WAS DAILY SUNSHINE CREATED? 

daily sunshine, ashley roberts, mom, fitness, healthy, nurse, doctor, safe, kid friendly, ingredients, health, children, smoothie, shake, non gmo, organic Every parent knows that kids need well-rounded diets to help them grow up healthy. And every parent faces the daily battle of trying to convince their kids to eat fruits and vegetables. After similar food struggles with her own son, Isabelle Daikeler (co-formulator of Shakeology®), decided she needed a better solution.  So Isabelle created a whole-food-based smoothie focused on the building blocks of good nutrition—a fruit and veggie blend, plant-based protein, and healthy fats. Then she included other things kids often don’t get enough of, like fiber and probiotics. And to make sure kids would actually drink it, Daily Sunshine was tasted over and over again by the pickiest critics—kids—until the flavor was just right. The result is a healthy AND delicious smoothie that kids love…and parents feel great about serving.  My girls are in heaven.  Their words--- "It tastes like bubblegum" in regard to the strawberry-banana, and the chocolate is my absolute fav!  Yes, grown-ups can drink it too.  


WHY YOUR FAMILY NEEDS DAILY SUNSHINE 
Many families struggle with nutrition, especially around snack time when it’s so easy to grab a bag of chips or cookies. Even snacks that claim to be healthy really aren’t when you read the nutrition labels. Daily Sunshine is a great alternative to unhealthy snacks that also helps kids meet their nutritional needs.  And as a nurse I can say, it's proudly recommended by 4 out of 5 pediatricians.  


HOW AND WHEN DO YOU MAKE IT?
Daily Sunshine is fast to prepare, and requires no additional ingredients other than water, making it the perfect on-the-go smoothie for kids 4 and up. It's a great thing to toss in a diaper bag, to bring to gymnastics or sporting events.  Plus, it’s a great option for adults too, so you can keep a packet in your car, purse, or office for a quick healthy snack for yourself, whenever you need it.


CAN I STILL DRINK SHAKEOLOGY? WHY DO I NEED BOTH? 
daily sunshine, versus, shakeology, nutrition, kid, smoothie, organic, non gmoYes, adults can drink both Daily Sunshine and Shakeology every day. They were designed to complement a healthy diet. Drink your Shakeology as you usually do, and then have Daily Sunsh
ine as a healthy snack whenever you need a quick pick-me-up. It’s a great way to satisfy a sweet craving without sabotaging your health and fitness goals. Shakeology was created to fill a specific need for a nutrient-dense shake packed with powerful ingredients. Many parents who love Shakeology also want to offer their kids a truly healthy shake. Daily Sunshine provides key nutrients in a simple, healthy formula for kids.

If you'd like a copy of my FREE KID-FRIENDLY MEAL PLAN please click HERE and complete the form!  

If you'd like more info about how you can get your kids using Daily Sunshine or if you'd like to start your children on a path to better health click HERE or send me an email to FITMOMMYASHLEY@GMAIL.com Subject: Daily Sunshine and I'll get back to you within 24 hours!  


Check out this short video about the science behind Daily Sunshine and why it's not like any other "smoothie" for kids on the market.  





Saturday, July 8, 2017

Superfood Smoothie Bowl- Easy Lunch!


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Busy mom life at lunchtime : 

- Eating PBJ crusts 
- 2 bites of chicken nuggets 
- 4 leftover baby carrots 
- grabbing a banana mid diaper change 
- forgetting to eat 
- falling into a heap of exhaustion at 9 pm realizing 4 loads of laundry need to be folded 

Y'all.  I'm T. I. R. E. D. !!!  

But tired mommas and poorly fed mommas don't go well together.  

This.  This right here.  Every possible nutrient my body needs to function and then some.  
Energy for when those kids wear me down.  
Vitamins to keep my immune system up from those snotty, slobbery kisses. 
Pre/probiotics to help me digest that cheese from leftover Lunchables. 
Superfoods to help me combat aging, disease, normal environmental wear and tear.
Isolated protein to help my body build and maintain muscle growth.  
Carb/protein combo to leave me feeling full and not starving again in 30 minutes.  
Free radical fighting antioxidants- nobody likes aging, wrinkles, or preventable disease.  

Y'all this is heaven in a bowl.  Here's the recipe.  Sharing is caring.  Share with a friend and tell me what you think!
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Ingredients:  

1 c unsweetened cashew milk
1 c ice
1/2 banana
1 scoop vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology 
1/4 c quick oats
1 tsp cashew butter
1/4 c dark frozen cherries
1/4 c strawberries, sliced
1/4 c blueberries
1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
1 tbsp DANG toasted coconut chips 

Directions:  

In a blender, blend ice, Shakeology, frozen cherries, 1/2 banana, cashew butter, and oats.
Mixture will be thick.  Pour into a bowl.
Top with remaining sliced banana, strawberries, blueberries, coconut chips, and cacao nibs.
Close your eyes, and eat while imagining you're on a tropical beach paradise.
Enjoy!  



 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Shift Shop Exclusive Test Group! (July 17th!)

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Breathing heavy, hunched over, sweat dripping into my eyes in the hot heat of Punta Cana, and Chris Downing, Beachbody's newest trainer and creator of Shift Shop was shouting "I WILL NOT QUIT!!! SAY IT WITH ME!!!"  And the ENTIRE ROOM of nearly 1,000 people shouted back "I WILL NOT QUIT!!!".....   that was my first ever experience with Chris Downing- his motivation, his intensity, his passion exuded through his dedication to making us WORK through that workout...  And oh my... I am SO EXCITED for this program to launch on July 12th- I'm opening up my Test Group for 25 people who are ready to make the shift and COMMIT TO 3 WEEKS of better nutrition, new workouts, and getting results.   Here's what you need to know:


What is the SHIFT SHOP?
A breakthrough rapid-rebuild 3 WEEK fitness and nutrition program that helps anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, get LEANER, FASTER, STRONGER—and lose anywhere from 5-15lbs —in only 3 weeks. The SHIFT SHOP comes with 6 cardio and strength workouts, 2 bonus workouts, a nutrition plan that ramps up on protein and veggies while reducing starchy carbs, and world-class training tools.  The workouts shift each week so you're maxing out your potential, increasing your intensity, and improving your strength while getting better results.

What makes the SHIFT SHOP so effective?
There’s a good reason why the SHIFT SHOP is such an effective fitness program. You will stay committed, because it’s only 3 weeks. You won’t feel intimidated, because Chris slowly ramps you up, and there’s an incredible modifier to follow.  His inspiration is INTENSE and he just when you think you can’t possibly do that last rep, Chris will get two or three more out of you. Because you’re shifting your mindset as well as your body, you’ll be able to build on these achievements for the rest of your life.




What makes the SHIFT SHOP unique?
The SHIFT SHOP uses a revolutionary “ramp-up” method that starts you off slow—then gradually increases the intensity week by week—all while refining your nutrition. In Week 1, you start with 25-minute cardio and strength workouts you can really do, and a nutrition plan you can stick with. Starting in Week 2, you’re pushing a little harder, for 35 minutes, and consuming more protein to fuel the burn. But it’s nothing you can’t handle. Then in Week 3, your shift has kicked into high gear, with intense 45-minute workouts and clean eating. The results when you cross the finish line? Stunning.

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Tell Me About the Nutrition Aspect:
shift shop, meal plan, nutrition, guide, support, coach, help, food, eat, carbs, protein, veggies, portion controlWell, as a former competitor, I can tell you that nutrition is 80% of our results.  20% fitness, 80% what you put in your mouth when you're not working out.   If your nutrition fails, you will fail.  The Shift Shop meal plan is designed to help fuel your body and shred to get you the best results yet.  In week 1 you'll be eating more carbs, complex carbohydrates- don't worry, no math required- and keeping your protein intake high.  Eating 6 smaller meals each day helps your metabolism stay up and your body continuing to work and burn.  Week two you decrease your starchy carbs and drop a little on how much carb intake you have while increasing your protein a bit and adding in more healthy fats.  Same goes for week three.  Eliminating fruit and starchy carbs, your protein intake goes through the roof and throws your body into a fat burning machine--- and get this.  UNLIMITED veggies.  Where you're eating enough calories to sustain your body, you continue to burn but veggies- yes, there are carbs in veggies, help get you through those breakthrough days.  The results that come are nothing short of impressive!


Chris Downing is all about inspiration!
An elite functional trainer, Chris is driven by the philosophy: Empower. Love. Inspire. His engaging, motivation-based approach helps you grow stronger, both physically and mentally. Remember, the SHIFT SHOP is about more than helping you get fit and lose weight—it’s about shifting your body and mind to a place that allows you to reinvent yourself.

Where can my clients find access to the SHIFT SHOP?
The SHIFT SHOP is available on Beachbody® On Demand, as well as DVD.

My EXCLUSIVE SHIFT SHOP TEST GROUP - Launch kicks off with the program is released on July 12th as we prep, take before pics and measurements, meal prep and plan, and officially begin on July 17th.  I have 25 open spots for this private group!  

What's included? 
- Exclusive program access- offering early enrollment until the 12th with bonus enrollment gift bags for my first 5! 
- Digital program access 
- Custom meal plans 
- Prizes 
- Access to my private Fitness Tracking App 
- My unlimited coaching and support (beyond our test group) 
- A FREE T-shirt/tank for program completion 
- A chance to win up to $100,000 for submitting your results

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Texas Caviar- Clean and Simple

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We all do it.  We have a BBQ coming up.  We swear we're going to plan ahead, find some cute/healthy/fun recipe on Pinterest to make and an hour before we go it's scramble mode to get it together!  

Raiding the pantry and trying to throw something together.  

Fortunately, if you're like me and have a few things in your pantry and fridge already, this can be a breezy 5 minute recipe!  

We use this as a salad, a side, a dip for tortilla chips, and to top turkey burgers, burritos, tacos, and really anything!  

You can swap out several things but here's a good base!  

Ingredients

1 can organic black beans, drained & rinsed
1 can organic sweet corn, drained 
1 can Rotel (or tomatoes with green chiles), with juices
1 avocado, diced 
1/2 green (or red/orange) pepper, diced 
2 tbsp red onion, minced
1-2 tbsp finely minced jalapeño (optional)
1 lime, squeezed
1 tsp garlic powder
2-4 tsp chili powder 
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or 2 tsp dried 
Dash Himalayan sea salt

Directions

Mix everything together in a large bowl.  Can swap out fresh tomatoes, a can of green chiles, add in chickpeas or pinto beans too, or green onion!  

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Quinoa Chicken Salad- Mediterranean

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Yesterday we hosted a little housewarming party/BBQ and where I love a fridge full of leftovers, I get tired of eating the same thing.  So I   whipped up a simple salad with some leftovers.  Enjoy!  Share!  Love!  


Mediterranean Quinoa Chicken Salad


For the quinoa salad:

1 c quinoa

2 c water 

(Cook according to package) 

When cooked and fluffed with fork, add:

1 medium cucumber, diced 

1 large (or 3 Roma) tomato, diced

1/2 green pepper, chopped 

1/4 red onion, minced

2 tsp EVOO 

1/4 c roasted red pepper dressing 

1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt 

1 tsp oregano 


Toss ingredients together. 


Add in 1-2 c chopped kale, or kale salad mix 

Chop 1-2 grilled, marinated chicken breasts and serve over top 

Top with 1-2 tbsp feta cheese 

Add Greek olives- optional 

Drizzle with additional tbsp of red pepper dressing per serving.  


Thursday, June 15, 2017

3 Week Summer Sweat- June 19 - July 10

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Summer goals!  You've heard that phrase- summer bodies are made in the winter... what's made in the summer?  Healthy habits are made in the summer- with a little bit of balance and moderation too.  

For me, summer  used to be a free-for-all.  Cocktails.  BBQ's.  Travel.  Wine.  Treats.  Snacks.  Ice cream... all summer long.  And come September I was feeling the bloat of a summer of throwing all caution to the wind and saying yes to everything.  

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I'm kicking off my Summer Sweat Series- two 3-round groups dedicated to creating that healthy balance- just 30 minutes a day devoted to a heart pumping workout, better nutrition, the simplest of meal plans, and still enjoying the joys of summer.  No gain, no pain.  

Our first group launches June 19th with a sneak peek of a BRAND NEW fitness program that will be released in July and goes until July 10th.  Our second round will launch with said brand new fitness program on July 17th and will be dedicated to getting you continued results and improving that nutrition too.  

YOU WILL GET:  

- 12 months of UNLIMITED access to hundreds of workout programs streamed digitally from your iPhone, iPad, SmartTV, Apple Watch, and multiple other streaming devices 
- An EXCLUSIVE private app to log/track your progress, measurements, workouts, and give you continued accountability for life 
- Weekly Meal Plans with recipe links 
- Summer Recipes- food and cocktail 
- A set of Color-Coded portion containers for easy meal planning
- A private group setting with others focusing on similar goals and getting results 
- A complimentary T-Shirt for completing a fitness program
- A chance to win up to $100,000 for submitting your before/after results 

AND YOUR CHOICE OF:  
- 30 Complete Nutrient Dense Meals in Shakeology- your choice of flavor- my GO-TO for daily nutrition, my fitness competition easy meal, post workout protein, and ab maker   OR
- One month supply of 100% Natural- Beachbody Performance Protein- whey protein isolate and a month supply of PreWorkout Energize- low dose caffeine naturally flavored set to improve your workout focus and endurance

In addition, you will get my unlimited support as your coach for a lifetime, first dibs on any of my future accountability and themed groups, and encouragement, support, and feeling AMAZING in your skin and rocking that confidence all summer long.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Honey Balsamic Chicken Stir-Fry

 

Tonight's dinner took 10 minutes start to finish.  1-2 minutes to chop chicken and veggies (we grill a bunch of chicken on Sunday for meal prep during the week).  7 minutes to cook it all in the skillet.  1 minute to plate and serve!  

***Cauliflower rice is such a healthy alternative especially if you're gluten free or following a low carb plan.  You can't even tell the difference!  My husband loved it and he doesn't eat cauliflower!  

For the Stir Fry
2 c chopped chicken (grilled it yesterday- we use it for meal prep!)
1 pkg frozen riced cauliflower 
1 large red bell pepper- diced
2 c chopped broccoli (or 1 frozen package)
1 tsp EVOO

For the Sauce
2 tbsp wildflower honey
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 
1 tsp ground mustard 
1/2 tsp garlic powder 
2 tsp sesame seeds (for a garnish at the end)

Directions
Sautée peppers & broccoli in oil for 3-4 minutes.  Add chicken and cauliflower.  Cook 2-3 more minutes. 
Stir all ingredients (except sesame seeds) together.  Pour over stir fry.  Toss.  Serve & enjoy!  Top with sesame seeds!  

*For 21 Day Fix/Portion containers:
1 red
2 green 
2-3 tsp