Chocolate Silk Pie (ketogenic + gluten free)

As I started this process of ketogenic eating, I knew that I was heading into the holidays. I knew that it would be a change to not have the option to be able to eat all the sweets. I usually am good at moderation, but I knew that sugar wasn’t an option regardless…SO I was so excited to find that there were some alternative options to the normal holiday goodies I usually enjoy. It actually became kind of fun to decide WHAT exactly I was going to make to go with my family’s Thanksgiving meal. I finally decided I was going to attempt to make something chocolate, and for whatever reason…a thick, creamy, chocolate silk pie just sounded perfect. I found a recipe on Ruled.me and adapted it to my liking. I’m not going to like…I was PLEASANTLY surprised with how this turned out. My family even liked it. ūüėČ PLUS, it’s gluten free for those of you who need it to be.

MUNCHER CRUNCHER KETOGENIC CHOCOLATE SILK PIE

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup swerve (or your choice granulated stevia/erythritol sugar substitute)
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • butter for greasing the pan

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 16 oz full fat cream cheese @ room temp
  • 4 Tbs full fat sour cream
  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 1/2 cup swerve (or your choice of granulated stevia/erythritol sugar substitute)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3-4 tsp powdered swerve (or your choice stevia drops/sweetener for whipped cream)
  • 2 tsp vanilla for whipped cream

First you will need to make your crust. Preheat your oven to 375. Prep a 9 inch pie dish by greasing it. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients FOR CRUST. mix together. Soften butter, & add to dry ingredients. Mix it in w/a whisk or a fork until combined. It will be crumbly. Add to this mixture the egg & vanilla. Stir with fork until this dough becomes a firm ball. Work dough into pie crust. If the dough is sticking to your fingers, wet them with water slightly. Poke crust ¬†several times with fork to prevent bubbling, and cook for about 10 mins. Remove from oven, and cover edges with tin foil to avoid them burning, return it to the oven to cook for about 6-8 more minutes, or until the crust appears to be golden brown. Set the crust out to cool completely. **As a side note, this crust was delicious. I actually don’t even usually like pie crust, & I’d use this again as a base for a dessert**

For the filling, place cream cheese, sour cream, butter, vanilla, swerve, & cocoa powder in a bowl. Mix together until the filling is fluffy. In a separate bowl, mix together whipping cream until it thickens and forms peaks. Add to the cream the 3-4 tsp swerve, & 2 tsp vanilla. Continue to beat until the cream forms stiff peaks.

Fold a few spoonfulls of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and mix GENTLY, allowing the air bubbles to remain in the cream. This helps the pie to maintain a thicker consistency. Continue this process until all of the cream is folded in, and the mixture is mixed through. Scoop this filling into the pie, and smooth the top out. Cover completely, and allow this pie to chill in the fridge for a few hours. I made mine the night before, and it was PERFECT for dinner the next day. Top with whipped cream, and enjoy…very happily. For those who want to know, if you slice the pie into 10 slices…each slice has about (7 net carbs.)

Crane & Lion … got me like whoaaaaaa …

While I may be particular on a lot of things with regards to my workouts, there is one thing that I am EXTREMELY picky about…what I’m wearing. If my clothes are bothering me while I workout, I can’t workout at my full capacity. It drives me crazy. That being said, what I wear matters. A lot.

The amazing people over at Crane & Lion were nice enough to put together an outfit for me to try out. Let me first say that I’m a harsh critic. For example; I have about 30 pairs of the EXACT same style of shorts because I like how they fit. I know I can trust them. I don’t even have to think about how they are going to fit while i’m working out. I tried out this outfit that was sent to me

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…& I’m sold. I loved every single piece that I tried.

The three items that are pictured here are: the keyhole sports bra in Cloud Blue

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the shorty short in black

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the pima textured long sleeve tee in Peacoat I loved each piece for different reasons. The sports bra was comfortable, supportive, & very cute. I loved the color. The structure was awesome. The shorty shorts were PERFECTION. The length was spot on. The shirring on the side of the shorts is SO cute. They didn’t move. At. All. No riding, no sliding, no movement. This is KEY in shorts. The long sleeve pima tee is the softest fabric ever. It’s going to be my new hiking tee for SURE. I’m obsessed. It’s light, comfortable, but still has some structure. LOVE.¬†To sum it up,¬†I’m a big fan. I highly suggest you check out Crane & Lion. You will not be disappointed.

Muncher Cruncher Crockpot Healthy Ranch Chicken

The crockpot can be one of the best tools for busy people trying to eat healthy. It require very little effort to dump some ingredients into a crockpot, & let it do the work for you while you are running around all day. We had this super easy, and very delicious, healthy ranch chicken this past Sunday for dinner. It was a hit!

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CROCKPOT HEALTHY RANCH CHICKEN : (serves 6)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 dry ranch dressing packet
  • 1 can of Healthy Choice cream of chicken soup
  • 8 oz of neufch√Ętel cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 dash paprika
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp parsley flakes

In a large crock pot, combine 4-6 chicken breasts with one dry ranch dressing packet. Cook on low for 4 hours, or until chicken is cooked through & falls apart.

Add in 1 can of Healthy Choice, Cream of Chicken soup, 8 OZ of neufch√Ętel cream cheese, 1/2 cup of chicken broth, 1 dash paprika, 1/8 tsp dried oregano, & 1/4 tsp parsley flakes. Cook for another 20-30 minutes until all ingredients combine.

Serve over brown rice or quinoa. We paired ours with some oven roasted veggies, & it made for the perfect meal!

NUTRITION BREAKDOWN: (for 1 serving) 25 g protein/12 g fat/6 g carbohydrates

Post Review: Beets BLU Bluetooth Scale with Smartphone Tracking

While I don’t love weighing myself…I don’t think anyone does…I do think that it is important when you are trying to reach a weight loss goal. For my clients that are wanting to lose weight, I have them weigh in on a weekly basis. I usually choose Wednesday as their “weigh day,” because it keeps them accountable w/both bookends of the weekend. I have used a LOT of different scales in my day, & there have been a lot of things that I’ve come to like & dislike about all of them. I was excited to try out this new bluetooth scale from Beets BLU.

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I love the design of the scale. It’s really sleek, thin, & lightweight. It is also really easy to use. You can change the settings from LB to KG, depending on what you prefer. I like that it gives you more information than just your weight, offering BMI measurements to help you to know if you are getting closer to reaching your goals.

One of the really cool features of this scale is the fact that it syncs with your smartphone, helping to record & track your progress each time you weigh. I used my IPhone 6 with this device, but I know it is compatible with many other smartphone models. You must have the app downloaded and open on your phone in order to record your stats, which some might consider a nuisance. However, I find it to be super beneficial. This device allows for multiple profiles as well, so more than one person can use it to their benefit. I found the app to be a bit outdated, but as I know this is a new product, I feel like this will likely be improved in the future. It is available on Amazon HERE.

MC FIT Monday Max Out Full Body Circuit

Are you getting ready for a week of awesome workouts ahead? Planning out what you are going to do for the week before the week comes is one way to ensure awesome success! It is far more likely that you will get your workouts in if you create a plan, acknowledging your busy days & planning accordingly before those busy times come!

This full body circuit is a quick & effective workout that will have you sweating up a storm, & torching those calories. This combination of resistance exercises & plyometric exercises is the best way to burn fat, and lose weight.
Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 2.59.12 PMPut this workout on your schedule for the week, & get after it! Make this week a successful one! xoxoxo Megs

Muncher Cruncher Fitness Favorite Must Haves

It’s Christmas shopping time…which it always SO fun, but can also be a bit stressful. Whether you¬†are looking for things for the people you love, or to put on your own list…here is a list of some of my fitness favorites.

  1. Socks. As you know I’m a HUGE fan of socks these days. There are so many different fun ¬†patterns/styles that can keep your feet warm while you are just kicking around or spice up your workout outfit a bit. My favorites these days are Stance socks, Bombas socks, & Nike elites. Side note: I also love the Nike Roshes pictures below.¬†ūüôā¬†thumb_7FA0E7D8-D4D5-4A36-884F-82A01AA1FDF7_1024
  2. Hydroflask water bottle. My sister gave me one of these for my birthday this year, and I am absolutely in love with it. thumb_IMG_5520_1024
  3. Lulu Lemon Speed Shorts. I LOVE these shorts. The Speed Short 4-way stretch is my favorite. However, they have a ton of different varieties if you don’t love the way those ones fit on you.¬†thumb_IMG_3815_1024
  4. G fast Leggings from Gap Fit. ¬†These are so comfortable. I love the 23″ style because they are the perfect length. I have them in both black & gray & I wear them ALL the time!
  5. Fitness tracker/heart rate monitor. I have tried a LOT of different types of activity trackers & heart rate monitors. My favorite activity tracker is the Jawbone.  My favorite heart rate monitor is the Polar FT4.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset
  6. Lululemon Whatsup Hat. I am a hat lover these days. Probably because I hate doing my hair…My favorite being the Whatsup & Baller styles from Lulu. thumb_IMG_2755_1024
  7. Nike Internationalists. I don’t wear these to work out in, but they are my absolute favorite kick around shoes. I have worn them to Disneyland, on trips where i’m walking all day, and just for everyday life. They are seriously so comfortable, and so cute. They are also great for jumping in front of unicorns. Obviously.¬†thumb_IMG_0735_1024
  8. Joggers. I wear joggers like 10 times per week. They are the perfect mix between comfortable, stylish, & not completely scroungy…or at least that is what I tell myself. Some of my favorites? HERE. HERE. and HERE.
  9. Healthy Snacks: Questbars/Larabars/G2G Bars/Skinny Pop/Nearly Naked Popcornopolis/Boom Chicka Pop/Krave Jerky/nuts/gum/etc.
  10. Patagonia Nano Puff Hooded Jacket. I LOVE this coat. It’s the perfect weight to throw on as a layer because it is so lightweight, but it’s super warm. I wear it ALL. THE. TIME.
  11. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 РThese shoes have become some of my favorites. They are so comfy, and so cute. They have some new floral styles that are absolutely to die for. You can find them HERE.  munchercrunchergiftlist_pegasus
  12. Giftcards to your favorite healthy restaurant. You just can’t go wrong with gift cards. You can’t. I love to eat. I love to eat out. I especially love to eat out when it’s free. I think everyone feels pretty much the same on that.¬†thumb_IMG_5891_1024¬†
  13. Zella Live In Leggings. These basic black leggings are perfection. I wear them all the time. If you don’t have some. Get some. You will not regret it.
  14. Subscriptions to Spotify/Netflix/Itunes. It is always easier to work out when you have great music, or some shows to watch. Subscriptions to make this possible make for an awesome gift.
  15. Gap Fit Breathe Heathered Hoodie.¬†¬†The material on these hoodies is so soft. They are perfect to throw on to run to the gym, or just to be comfortable. They also have some that don’t have the hood that are equally as awesome.
  16. Muscle Tanks. I have been loving working out in muscle tanks these days. Some of my favorites are HERE and HERE. munchercrunchergift_tank
  17. Fitness Equipment: Kettlebell, hand weights, jump rope, Bosu Ball Medicine ball. This is an endless category really. I feel like there are always a million things I want. The above mentioned items are some great basic pieces to enable some great at home workouts. thumb_IMG_9001_1024
  18. Gym Membership/personal training sessions/a session of Fit Camp ūüôā … ¬†This is a simple way to give the gift of health!
  19. Headphones. I love THESE Skull Candy headphones and THESE Dre Beats.
  20. Backpack or Gym Bag. I think a gym bag is an AWESOME gift because it is something that people use all the time , but don’t necessarily think to buy one for themselves. THIS is one of my favorites. I also love this Fjallraven Kanken backpack for hiking. It’s super lightweight, & can actually hold quite a bit. ¬†¬†FullSizeRender 3

Happy Shopping!! xoxoxo Megs

Muncher Cruncher Turkey Trot Tunes

I know a lot of you are gearing up to run your Turkey Trot’s next week, so I figured it was about time to get a new playlist up and going! Here are some of the jams I am loving these days. muncher_cruncher_musicMUNCHER CRUNCHER TURKEY TROT TUNES:

  • Sorry – Justin Bieber
  • My House – Flo Rida
  • Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
  • She’s Kinda Hot – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Seventeen – Alessia Cara
  • Runin’ (Lose It All) – Naughty Boy, Beyonce
  • Hands to Myself – Selena Gomez
  • Dessert – Dawin, Silento
  • Focus – Ariana Grande
  • Hollow – Tori Kelly, Big Sean
  • End of the Day – One Direction
  • Painkiller – Jason Derulo feat. Meghan Trainor
  • Turn The Muisc Louder – KDA Tinie Tempah, Katy B
  • I’m Yours – Alessia Cara
  • WTF – Where They From (Missy Elliot, Pharrell Williams
  • Higher – Classified, B.o.B
  • Ready or Not – Britt Nicole, Lecrae
  • Temporary Fix – One Direction
  • Wild Things – Alessia Cara
  • Been You – Justin Bieber

Hopefully these tunes give you something to mix up your workouts! Happy Sweating! xoxoxo

Bombas $50 Gift Card Giveaway!!

Remember how I posted a while back about how much I LOVE my Bombas socks?

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These awesome socks have a performance footbed that offers extreme comfort, a blister tab at the back of the heel that keeps the socks in place while preventing rubbing & chafing, a honeycomb support system that allows even pressure distribution, a hand linked toe seam that eliminates that annoying/uncomfortable bump that runs across the toes in a lot of socks, they are EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE, and the best part…they have so many awesome styles & colors. On top of that, for every pair of socks purchased, a pair is donated to someone in need. AWESOME.
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Well, the fantastic people over at Bombas want everyone else to get a chance to love these socks just as much as I do…so they are giving a $50 gift card to one lucky winner! Awesome, right?

Enter below for a chance to win! You have until 8 PM MST on Sunday November 15th to enter! Best of luck!! xoxoxo

 

THIS GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.  Winner: Jennifer McCarty

Muncher Cruncher Chocolate Cinnamon Protein Balls

Whenever I’m really trying to be good with my eating, the hardest thing for me is always the snacky moments, those times in-between meals when all I want to do is walk in the pantry & eat all the things I see. These protein balls are a great way to help with those “I need a snack,” moments. Clean, full of good stuff, & delicious.

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Muncher Cruncher Protein Balls: (makes 20 servings)

  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats (can use gluten free if needed)
  • ¬†1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 TBS chia seeds
  • 2 TBS sugar free maple syrup (could use agave/honey/real maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup carob chips

Mix all ingredients together until combined completely. Use 1 TBS to scoop up balls. Place in fridge if you plan on eating them right away, or in freezer if you want them to last a bit longer.

Nutrition Facts: (per 1 ball) 82 cals, 4.7 g fat, 7.7 g carb, 1.5 g fiber, 2.1 g sugar, 3.2 g protein

Start your Week off right w/this Full Body Fat burning circuit

The weekend is coming to a close which means it’s Monday soon, ya’ll! One thing that helps make for a successful week is going into the upcoming week with a plan! This simple circuit is a full body fat burning workout that will surely have you sweating!¬†Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 6.34.20 PMTo increase the difficulty on this workout, up your speed with your sprints & increase your reps to 20 instead of 15. Happy Sweating!! xoxoxo Megs