Category Archives for "Recipe Book"

The 12 Mugs of Christmas is Back and Better Than Ever!

​All I really want is a cup of coffee. Yet every time I drive into my local coffee shop (you know who you are) it's staring me in the face. A Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog, or Gingerbread Latte.

SOOOO good, but also enough sugar to put me into a coma.

​But there's gotta be a way to get that holiday taste AND get some good nutrition in, right?

Oh Yeah!

A few years our favorite protein supplement provider, Beverly International, put out some recipes they called "The 12 Mugs of Christmas", using their absolutely delicious "Ultimate Muscle Protein".

We decided it was time for an update, so we tweaked a couple of the recipes, gave an option to use one of their newest flavors - Graham Cracker, and compiled it into a full color downloadable .pdf you can have for absolutely free.

With a selection of both hot and cold drinks,​ coffee based and ​not, this recipe booklet is sure to please your taste buds this holiday season. Check out the names of these recipes:

  • Peppermint Peace
  • Santa's Gingerbread
  • Wings of an Angel
  • Silent Night
  • J​oy to the World
  • Mid-Winter
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Naughty or Nice
  • Candy Cane Delight
  • Angels Sing
  • Christmas in a Cup
  • Santa's Cup of UMP
  • Rudolph's Applesnack

​A Baker's Dozen!

​Not convinced, Mr. Scrooge?

​Here's a sample of just one of these delicious recipes:

Candy Cane Delight

1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1 scoop UMP Chocolate
1 tbsp Sugar Free Peppermint Mocha Creamer
¼ tsp Peppermint extract
8-10 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients for 1 minute
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Want to turn it into a hot drink? Substitute hot coffee for the almond milk and ditch the ice!

A tip from the head elf: Use a blender for your hot drinks too. It ensures the protein is fully mixed and adds a wonderful froth to the top!

Just enter your email below for your ​FREE instant download.​ Grab it before it goes away!

Want to turn it into a hot drink? Substitute hot coffee for the almond milk and ditch the ice!

A tip from the head elf: Use a blender for your hot drinks too. It ensures the protein is fully mixed and adds a wonderful froth to the top!

Just enter your email below for your instant download.

Figuring Out Food Labels

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See where it says “Start Here”?

Don’t miss that, because if you are anything like me that is NOT the first thing you look at. My tendency is to look at how many grams of carbs and sugar, then I might take a look at the fat content.

Which is fine, unless I NEVER check the “Start Here” section. Because that is where the label tells me two key facts:

1) Serving Size. This is important because the number of grams of protein, carbohydrate and fat in the label below are PER SERVING.

2) Servings Per Container: This is what sneaks up and bites you sometimes. If you just look at the calories, you might think that number is the calories in the whole container. For instance you pick up that pint of decadent ice cream and look at the calories. “Only 300” you think to yourself, “That’s not so bad.” Until after you down the whole thing only to realize later there are FOUR serving per container and you just ate enough fat and sugar for a whole week.

Some foods are less obvious than others. We know if we pick up a carton of oatmeal or boxed cereal there are multiple servings per container. But things like the aforementioned pint of ice cream, or bottle of soda or sports drink usually contain multiple servings.

So always make sure you “Start Here”.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

Its Almost Here – Salad Dressing Workshop

On August 9th at 6:00pm at Get Fit NH Epsom, come learn how to make your own healthy, delicious dressings. During the workshop I’ll show you how easy it is to make your own salad dressings, with healthy oils and without a bunch of sugar and artificial ingredients.

You’ll walk out of the workshop with a jar full of a dressing you made to start using right away. You’ll also receive a mini-cookbook over 20 salad dressing recipes. I love oil and vinegar as much as the next girl, but I like a bit of variety too!

Check out just this delicious recipe:

Tangerine Lime Salad Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of half a tangerine
  • Juice of half a lime

Mix the ingredients for the dressing. Whisk well, so the oil and juice mix properly and the dressing gets a little bit thicker.

Served best with this salad.

In a large bowl combine 4 big handfuls of mixed salad greens, a handful of olives, 5 Sun-dried tomatoes, and a couple tablespoons of chopped almonds and walnuts. Add the Tangerine-Lime Dressing and mix until all the ingredients are coated.

Oh. So. Good.​  🙂

But wait, there's more! 

Many salad dressings use mayonnaise as their base, right? But do you know how easy it is to make your own? I'll show you there. 

​The investment for this workshop is only $15, and you will walk away with a dressing you can go home and share with the whole family! 

Don't be shy, sign up now - it's going to be a lot of fun!

DIY Salad Dressing Workshop

Wednesday, August 9 at 6pm

Get Fit NH Epsom

DIY Salad Dressing Workshop Returns

Salads are great, but without a good dressing, you’ve just got a pile of raw veggies, right? Healthy, but not always exciting. But store bought dressings usually have a bunch of sugar, use low grade oils, and have ingredients most of us can't pronounce.

Because of all that, I’ve made a habit out of making my own tasty and healthy dressings. With a bit of tweaking I have figured out how to turn classic dressings like Ranch and Caesar into ones that my whole family can enjoy!

On August 9th at 6:00pm at Get Fit NH Epsom, come learn how to make your own healthy, delicious dressings. During the workshop I’ll show you how easy it is to make your own salad dressings, with healthy oils and without a bunch of sugar and artificial ingredients.

In fact you’ll walk out of the workshop with a jar full of a dressing you made to start using right away. You’ll also receive a mini-cookbook over 20 salad dressing recipes. I love oil and vinegar as much as the next girl, but I like a bit of variety too!

Check out just one of these delicious recipes:

Tangerine Lime Salad Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of half a tangerine
  • Juice of half a lime

Mix the ingredients for the dressing. Whisk well, so the oil and juice mix properly and the dressing gets a little bit thicker.

Served best with this salad.

In a large bowl combine 4 big handfuls of mixed salad greens, a handful of olives, 5 Sun-dried tomatoes, and a couple tablespoons of chopped almonds and walnuts. Add the Tangerine-Lime Dressing and mix until all the ingredients are coated.

Oh. So. Good.​  🙂

But wait, there's more! 

Many salad dressings use mayonnaise as their base, right? But do you know how easy it is to make your own?

There’s a trick (there usually is), but I’ll show you how to make a mayonnaise you can use in dressings, in marinades, in dips, and more. Bonus Points!

​The investment for this workshop is only $15, and you will walk away with a dressing you can go home and share with the whole family! 

Don't be shy, sign up now - it's going to be a lot of fun!

DIY Salad Dressing Workshop

Wednesday, August 9 at 6pm

Get Fit NH Epsom

DIY Salad Dressing Workshop

Salads are great, but without a good dressing, you’ve just got a pile of raw veggies, right? Healthy, but not always exciting. But store bought dressings usually have a bunch of sugar, use low grade oils, and have ingredients most of us can't pronounce.

Because of all that, I’ve made a habit out of making my own tasty and healthy dressings. With a bit of tweaking I have figured out how to turn classic dressings like Ranch and Caesar into ones that my whole family can enjoy!

On January 25 at 6:00pm at Get Fit NH Epsom, come learn how to make your own healthy, delicious dressings. During the workshop I’ll show you how easy it is to make your own salad dressings, with healthy oils and without a bunch of sugar and artificial ingredients.

In fact you’ll walk out of the workshop with a jar full of a dressing you made to start using right away. You’ll also receive a mini-cookbook over 20 salad dressing recipes. I love oil and vinegar as much as the next girl, but I like a bit of variety too!

Check out just one of these delicious recipes:

Tangerine Lime Salad Dressing:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of half a tangerine
  • Juice of half a lime

Mix the ingredients for the dressing. Whisk well, so the oil and juice mix properly and the dressing gets a little bit thicker.

Served best with this salad.

In a large bowl combine 4 big handfuls of mixed salad greens, a handful of olives, 5 Sun-dried tomatoes, and a couple tablespoons of chopped almonds and walnuts. Add the Tangerine-Lime Dressing and mix until all the ingredients are coated.

Oh. So. Good.​  🙂

But wait, there is more! 

Many salad dressings use mayonnaise as their base, right? But do you know how easy it is to make your own?

There’s a trick (there usually is), but I’ll show you how to make a mayonnaise you can use in dressings, in marinades, in dips, and more. Bonus Points!

​The investment for this workshop is only $15, and you will walk away with a dressing you can go home and share with the whole family! 

Don't be shy, sign up now - it's going to be a lot of fun!

DIY Salad Dressing Workshop

Wednesday, January 25 at 6pm

Get Fit NH Epsom

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Is it you?

Okay so not maybe not a CHICKEN dinner, but maybe a salad for dinner!? I promised PRIZES for perfect attendance students when I became a Pampered Chef consultant so I am keeping my word! We put all 42 names into a hat and drew 2 lucky winners so here we go….

HUGE congrats to Kelly Gauthier and Michelle Thomas! These ladies are our October perfect attendance prize winners. They are both getting this excellent book on Fresh and Fast salad recipes!
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Congrats to ALL of our perfect attendance students- we appreciate you penciling us in every day and making it happen!

Thank you!
Coach Meagan and the crew

A Smooth Way To Eat – Smoothies 101

strawberrybananaThere’s no doubt there are many mixed messages on the food labels, fad diets, and in the media about how to eat healthy. Combine that with today’s hectic lifestyle that makes “grab and go” a lot more likely than “sit and relax” and you’ve got a mess.

“A Smooth Way to Eat – Smoothies 101” is being hosted by Coach Nancy at Get Fit NH Concord on Saturday September 17th from 9:00- to 10:00 a.m.

This “hands on” ‘Smoothie workshop’ will introduce you to the basic points of nutrition and what key elements our bodies need. We’ll be sampling a wide variety of your favorite recipes, from “Melissa’s Mean Green”  to “Chocolate Peanut Butter in a Cup” to “Almond Joy”.

You’ll walk away with enough smoothie information and recipes to fuel your body properly. You’ll be able to buy protein powder that night to get you started on your smooth way to eat.  Coach Nancy will also go over the different types of protein the Get Fit NH sells. UMP, SFH, or Plant Fusion all come in a range of flavors. We’ll be highlighting how to use Vanilla or Chocolate, so you can start creating your own quality smoothies right away. (Make sure you check out the bonus recipes below)

A Smooth Way To Eat 

Location: Get Fit NH Concord
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 9 am to 10:00 am

Bonus Recipes

Post Workout: Chocolate Cherry Bliss 
Serves 1

  • 8 ounces unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein
  • 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 1 Tablespoon milled flax seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 2 Tablespoon walnuts

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth and creamy. Pour immediately into a large cup. Eat with a spoon or a large straw.

420 calories, 26.5 g protein, 19 g fat, 36.5 g carbs

Anytime: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Serves 1

  • 1/3 cup pure pumpkin, canned
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil1/2 teaspoon Stevia
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Ice

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth and creamy. Pour immediately into a large cup. Eat with a spoon or a large straw.

271 calories; 22 grams protein; 12 grams carbs; 15 grams fat (3 grams saturated)

 

Coach Dean’s Oven Pulled Pork Recipe

spices.jpgThis is a really simple recipe, but it takes two special tools that you may not have.

  1. An in-oven thermometer like this one
  2. Patience:)

We have been buying our Pork Butts (also known as Pork Shoulder) at Sam’s Club. There are two in a package and weigh 5-7 pounds each. For our family we cook one at a time and we get quite a few meals out of it. One of my favorites is to reheat a couple ounces of pork in a skillet with a couple of eggs for breakfast.

The first thing you are going to do is brine your pork shoulder at least overnight. Mix 2 quarts of cold water, 1/2 cup salt, 2 bay leaves and 3 tbsp of your dry rub mix (recipe to follow). Drop in your pork shoulder, and add a bit more water if it’s not totally submersed in the brine solution. Pop on the lid and stick it in the fridge.

When you are ready to cook:

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. While it is heating up remove the pork shoulder from the brine solution, rinse in cold water, then pat dry with a towel. Put fat side down in a large roasting pan. A lot of fat will render out of the pork, so you need room in the pan to accommodate. Reserve 3 tbsp of your dry rub, and use the rest to completely coat the pork (yes, you actually do rub it lovingly onto the meat so it sticks). You start on the bottom, coat the sides, and end with the fat cap up to roast.

Insert the probe from the thermometer into the center of the thickest portion of the shoulder, being careful not to touch bone, as that will throw off the reading. Put the shoulder into the oven, and set the alarm on the thermometer to go off when it reaches 200 degrees.

Now comes the patience part. 🙂

Depending on the weight of the shoulder it can take up to 8 hours or more for the internal temp to reach 200 degrees. When we cook two at a time it can take 10-12 hours or more. You don’t have to do anything, you just have to wait. You also need to start pretty early in the morning. 🙂

When the internal temperature reaches 200 degrees (we are talking Fahrenheit here) turn the oven off and let the internal temperature cool to 170 degrees. This can take an additional 2 to 3 hours or more. When it hits 170 it is ready to pull!

When I pull the shoulder I take out another roasting pan, grab a couple forks, and get to work. If you were patient and followed the directions the meat should fall off the bone. Use the forks to shred completely, then mix in the reserved spice rub and try not to eat it all at once!

Many cooks remove the fat cap off the top before shredding. If you want to reduce the amount of fat that is the way to go. I usually don’t, but do what feels right to you.

I probably made this sound more complicated than it really is. The rub takes less than 10 minutes to make. The brine process even less time. For our summer party I spent 10 minutes getting the shoulder into the fridge Thursday night, got up a few minutes early Friday morning before I drove into the 5:00am class to stick it into the oven, and pulled it at about 7:30 Friday night. Actual hands on time was somewhere in the 30-45 minute range, including putting it into containers and refrigerating for the next day.

Does it take some patience? Absolutely.

Is it worth it? Well y’all begged me to put up the recipe, so I think we know the answer to that as well! 🙂

Promise me one thing though, don’t ruin it by putting some yucky commercial barbecue sauce on it. That is practically blasphemy! Eat it as is or make yourself one of these two great sauces:

Pulled Pork Mustard Sauce (Nancy’s Favorite)

  • 1 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together and simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes. If your making this sauce for a whole hog multiple the ingredients by about 8. Makes about 2 cups

Southern Vinegar Sauce for Pulled Pork (Dean’s Favorite)

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 5 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

PREPARATION

Melt margarine in a sauce pan. Add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, honey, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar and allow to cool. Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Coach Dean’s Dry Rub Recipe

As promised here is the dry rub recipe I use. Ingredient amount listed are for one shoulder, so if you are cooking two just double it and you will have plenty.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/4 brown sugar

Note: not being a big fan of sugar, I tried the rub without it, and it’s just too spicy for my (and the kids) taste. You don’t need a lot of brown sugar, but it does take the edge off and creates a great flavor.

Let me know how it turns out for you!

Which “Whey” Do I Go?

UMP-page-001There are about a kajillion protein supplements out on the market, some excellent, some not so much.

At Get Fit NH we have narrowed the choices down a bit to just 2 brands and 3 products.

We get quite a few questions on why you would want to choose one over the other, so we created a “Cheat Sheet” to help you out.

While we don’t want to rely on protein supplements for all our nutrition needs, they can be very helpful in a “Supershake” and on the go.  If you are going to supplement, quality is important!

Click Here To Download Your “Which Whey?” Cheat Sheet

Enjoy!

The Spotlight is Shining on June

 June has been a part of the Get Fit NH family since March 2014. She has an incredible story that I know many of you can relate to. June started off training four days a week at 5:30pm in Concord. After a few months her schedule became more challenging. Instead of throwing in the towel she decided to train two days a week in the morning in Epsom and two nights in Concord. June has remained committed and results speak for themselves! It has been a pleasure coaching June this past year and I am excited to see her continue to achieve her goals! I hope her story insprires you to make positive changes despite past or current circumstances. Just ask June, you won’t regret it!

I was very honored when asked by Coach Erin to share some of my story — so here it goes…. When you see me in my before picture please  know that I was at one of the many heavy times in my life (again).  I had been at that familiar place before … Lost and gained weight many, many times throughout my life– I was never an athletic type of person.  I was the bat and ball manager on the girls softball team in high school…. I hated the presidential physical fitness awards from Junior high— never could do those chin ups!! As an adult I would exercise on and off, but hated even the idea of being sweaty!!!    (Oh Boy has that changed)

 I always wanted to be a normal size, but loved the comfort of food too much and have wrestled with the whole mess my whole life.  Here is a list of some of the food programs I have used over the years; Weight Watchers ( 6 times ) TOPS ( Take Off Pound Sensibly )  Overcoming Overeating workshop, Over Eaters Anonymous, Aromatrim ( purchased on an infomercial )  The Neuropsychology of Weight Loss (another late night purchase) Free to be Thin,  YMCA fitness program, Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, and probably many other home grown diets and exercise routines throughout the years… Even met with a registered dietitian before I found Get Fit NH .

I was battling migraines, stomach pain problems, joint pain, low self esteem and low motivation (living on Pebtobismol nightly and Prilosec  and Ibuprofen )  I was getting worn out with life, work etc….I remember trying to have some fun outside  with my grandchildren in the snow —  but by the 3rd trip up the hill pulling a couple of them in the sled,  I felt half dead!!    I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired and crappy, but I was so afraid to fail AGAIN at any attempt to be healthy—-that I had stopped trying—but I knew I  had to do something so I  decided to give it one more try. I found Get Fit quite by accident searching for a diet program in Concord, NH I heard advertised on the radio … I couldn’t remember the name so luckily my search online some how took me to the Get Fit website.  I read all the Coaches Bio’s and some of the student spotlight stories– they were all very inspiring……

The 2 week free trial really made me feel like ……Well…….what do I have to loose?

And  it hooked me in—

June before

Before

June after

After

 

And then I tried

And I cried…..

And I tried again

And I cried again….

And during the 2 week trial I thought maybe I am way worse than I thought I was– I mean I knew I was in tough shape… but I didn’t realize how INEPT I felt till that 2 week trial— and 2 things happened that made me stay…. As I was walking to my car during that first week of trial training and crying my eyes out cause I was so sore and out of shape and felt sooooo incapable another fellow client in her kindness saw me sobbing my way to my car across the parking lot and yelled over to me  “ It gets BETTER ! “

(thanks Jill)  She was right— her timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

The second great thing that kept me coming was when I was almost ready to decide  (in the first 2 weeks) that this program probably wasn’t meant to be for me because I couldn’t even get to the training on time— I got tied up at work one night and arrived too late for the 5:30 class— Not to mention that I was sore, felt so inept, didn’t know anyone there, figured I would just fail again anyway , blah,blah,blah…..so why bother?  So I sat in my car, tears streaming down my face and wrote a little note for Erin that I was NOT going to continue— luckily she stopped me in the foyer area after I tried to leave her the note without being noticed…She has the eyes of a hawk you know! She stopped me in the Foyer— I don’t remember our whole conversation, but I know it involved a lot of crying on my part and apologizing for being late and explaining that this just wasn’t meant to be for me to get better etc…. and she told me — “June, I really think this program is for you. I want you to right now go get yourself a yogurt snack and some water and go relax for a bit and come back to the 6:45 training— we want you … if you want to…. “

At that moment it was like  she was throwing out the life preserver to the sinking soul on the stormy sea.…And I grabbed it!

And I am so grateful that I did! Needless to say I did come back for the 6 :45 class that day  and I haven’t stopped since. Get Fit NH has all the tools you need to save your life, but you have to be willing to grab on and hang on and listen and trust and believe your coaches and feel the support of the others around you who have been there or are trying just like you are.  I remember feeling so vulnerable, like the new kid in the class  and being so grateful to people like Sarah, another client,  who warmly welcomed me and shared her success story with me and kept and eye out for me when I wasn’t sure what to do next.   There are so ,so many good folks here.  I have seen so many changes in myself, my attitude, my health, the way I eat, my weight, my strength. No more headaches or stomach pains. No more prilosec. I am down 30 pounds now since joining last March— I cannot believe it has already been a year!

 I sure have come a long way from that emotional ball of jelly I was when I first started— don’t get me wrong— I still can be pretty sensitive and I still have some of jelly to loose, but I am certainly heading in the right direction .  I have learned that it is OKAY to put myself first. It does not mean I am selfish— it means self caring.  And if I take care of me then I will be around a long time, God willing,  for  my family  and friends whom I love so much.  This  spring and summer my husband and I will be expecting more grandchildren ….number 7, 8 and 9  — I want to be able to keep up with these kiddos— they are an awesome blessing that I want to enjoy for years to come and thanks to GET FIT NH and the coaches and the whole Get Fit Families in both Concord and Epsom I train with I feel awesome !!  I also feel happy and strong and confident and it seems I’ve found the answer to the battle— that there IS strength in numbers, accountability, fun, fitness, education, nutrition, support…….Don’t try to do it alone….. Grab a lifesaving rope when it comes to you and come get into the life boat at Get Fit NH !   

Love June

We are so proud of June and so thankful that she chooses to train at Get Fit NH!

You too can make it happen,

Coach Erin

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