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 neufchâtel 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 neufchâtel 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

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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.

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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

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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. :) 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 – These 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 HEREmunchercrunchergiftlist_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 HEREmunchercrunchergift_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 :) …  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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Product Review: Beets Blu

As you know I’m always on the look out for  new fitness gear, so when the awesome people over at Beets Blu contacted me to review their new bluetooth technology, I was more than willing. They sent me a wireless bluetooth heart rate monitor as well as a wireless bluetooth pagertag.

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I really enjoy working out with a heart rate monitor for a few reasons. 1) It helps to to know how hard I am really pushing myself. My heart rate is proof of that. 2) It is awesome for my interval workouts, allowing me to target my heart where I want it to be. 3) It allow me to accurately indicate what my caloric burn is with my workouts. Basically, heart rate monitors allow for accuracy. It makes my workouts more of a science.

That being said…I’ve tried a lot of heart rate monitors. I’m a big proponent of monitors that require a chest strap. I feel like pulse monitors on the wrist just aren’t as accurate. Sometimes I feel bogged down with gear…I always have my phone & headphones for my music. If I have a heart rate monitor on I have a chest strap as well as a wrist watch…It just starts to feel like I’ve got more equipment on me than a science experiment…which is why I instantly became a fan of the Beets Blu wireless monitor. It connects directly to my phone, taking out the need for my watch.

This monitor connects to a variety of different apps that I already use, there is a list of compatible apps on their website HERE. I liked using the “Runkeeper” app as well as the “Mapmyfitness” app. The wireless monitor syncs directly with my phone, and then works right in the app i’m using.

PROS: I felt like this monitor was extremely accurate, and sensitive, no lag-time response here. I love that it syncs with my phone, no extra equipment required…in fact eliminating equipment (no need for a watch). I also loved how easy it was to use. After I synced this monitor to my phone, it was always there. Easy. This was awesome for my outdoor interval runs. I also felt like the sizing was easy to adjust, and the band was comfortable. It stayed right in place.

CONS: Using the bluetooth monitor with my fitness apps and my music all at the same time drained my battery on my phone pretty quickly. I still haven’t found an app that I LOVED for my gym workouts where i’m not running. I was able to monitor my heart rate with the BeetsBlu Utility App. However, it doesn’t track my caloric burn, time working out, or total increase & decrease in heart rate. I still have some playing around to do there to find an app that I feel is the most beneficial for an indoor workout.

I would totally recommend this product. It’s accurate, easy to use, comfortable, and beneficial.

Along with the heart rate monitor, I tried out the Beets Blu papertag. It is such a brilliant idea.

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This awesome little device is fantastic for people like me who lose everything…All you do is attach this little device to your keys (dog, purse, child, valuables…what have you…) and sync the device with your phone. With the help of this device, you can find your lost valuables within 33 feet, wirelessly. SO simple, and so awesome! Thank you for saving me from searching for my keys in the dark at 5 am when i’m supposed to be out to door and on my way to to work!

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The “You Don’t Need a Gym” Workout

I always love when people’s excuse for not working out is because they couldn’t make it to a gym. I can promise you, you don’t need a gym. You actually don’t need anything. munchercruncherworkout This workout can be done just about anywhere…inside, outside, in a gym, on the beach, in your family room, in your hotel room…you get it. No more excuses.

The “You don’t need a gym” Workout :) 

  • 3-5 min warm up (walking/jogging/jump roping)
  • 25 squats in place
  • 25 pushups
  • 25 squat jacks
  • 25 jumping jacks
  • 25 plyometric lunges (R+L=1)
  • 25 burpees
  • 25 tricep dips (on ground/bench/chair)
  • 25 tuck jumps
  • REPEAT 4-6 times through
  • Cool down 3-5 mins

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