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ACTIVATE Your Nutrition with this FREE Back to School Meal Plan!

Hey, sweet friends!

What an awesome start to August this week in the studio! We are so excited you are getting active this August! Let's reset, recharge, and stay focused to make August our best month, yet!

A lot of you have young ones starting back to school over the next couple weeks, and just like you all, we are also ready to get back into our routine of healthy lunches and dinners! Just the thought of planning out meals might seem overwhelming to you. That’s why we’re going to help you jump back into this school year one step ahead!

TransFit Nutrition Consultant, Katie Woodall is sharing a full week's meal plan with you (on the TRANSFORM section of the website or click HERE), so your meals and workouts are already planned out for you and your family! Wahoo! A week’s worth of family-friendly meals with recipes are laid out for you to help make this transition back to school a smooth one! We’re even giving you a shopping list so you can breeze your way through the grocery aisles!

A new school year is a great time to get your kids to try some new healthy foods! But let’s not get crazy — remember we have to ease them into it, right? Let’s be real. Most kids could eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every single day (or is that just mine?)


In addition to our meal plan, we want to provide 5 packing items that you should include in your child's lunch for school! These five items allow you to ensure that your child is getting in their nutrition needs for the day! 

1. Protein. 

The protein doesn’t have to come from meat! Sure you can roll up a couple slices of deli meat, like roast beef, turkey, chicken or ham, but try a variety of protein sources — like a cheese stick (or shredded cheese as my child prefers!), yogurt (just look for low-sugar kinds and resist any artificial sweeteners). You can use different nuts or nut butters (great for dipping, too), beans, hummus or hard-boiled eggs.

2. Whole grains.

Buy whole grains when you can, like whole wheat bread or pasta. Substitute two slices of bread with a whole grain wrap. Add in some whole grain crackers for dipping. You can also try the 1/2 and 1/2 trick for a while to help transition your kids to whole wheat!

3. Colorful fruits and vegetables.

This is a great way to add in fiber and antioxidants. Whole pieces of fruit are great — apples, bananas, oranges, or get creative with the mini fruit kabobs using grapes and berries. Slice up veggies, like a bright red bell pepper or celery. Along with carrots, these vegetables are great for dipping so include a container with a yogurt-based Ranch dressing, fresh salsa, hummus or even guacamole!

4. Sweet and salty snacks. 

Mix up a healthy trail mix, or include raw nuts, dried fruits or pretzels. You can freeze tubes of yogurt for a cool treat. Enlist your child’s help over the weekend to prepare homemade energy balls or granola bars for their lunches, too.

5. Hydration.

Pack a mini-bottled water or an organic low-fat milk. When you can, avoid fruit juices. Stick to whole fruit options in their lunchbox to avoid any added sugars.


Use this lunchbox prep time as a chance to connect with your children! Take time to ask them about school or their friendships. Encourage them, and of course, use this opportunity to talk about why we choose healthy, nutritious foods!

And remember, you’re setting an example for your family! These little ones are watching you — taking a little extra time to prepare for the week can be a way of showing your family that you’re honoring your body with healthy foods at lunchtime, too!

Reflect on our verse for this month: Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Just like your workouts, commit to this family meal plan and planning out healthy lunches for your family. We believe in YOU! If you would like to meet with our Nutrition Consultants to help you with a plan for feeling your best please email us! In addition, our middle school session will begin next Wednesday! We hope that your school year will be off to a great start! We are praying for each of you as the school year begins! 

Love & Blessings, 

Team TransFit

FREE Back to School Meal Plan & Healthy Kitchen Tips

Hey, sweet friends!! What an awesome start to August this week in the studio! We are so excited about the goals you have shared with our team and can’t wait to see you reach them — one meal, one workout at a time!

A lot of you have young ones starting back to school over the next couple weeks, and just like you all, we are also ready to get back into our routine of healthy lunches and dinners! Just the thought of planning out meals might seem overwhelming to you. That’s why we’re going to help you jump back into this school year one step ahead!

TransFit Nutrition Consultant, Katie Woodall is sharing a full week’s meal plan with you (below - for FREE) so your meals and workouts are already planned out for you and your family! Wahoo! A week’s worth of family-friendly meals with recipes are laid out for you to help make this transition back to school a smooth one! We’re even giving you a shopping list so you can breeze your way through the grocery aisles!

Included are simple breakfasts your whole family can enjoy, and we’re recommending healthy mason jar salads for your lunches this week! Since your lunches are all planned out, you’re probably wondering what your kids will eat for lunch. We want to help you with that, too.

A new school year is a great time to get your kids to try some new healthy foods! But let’s not get crazy — remember we have to ease them into it, right? Let’s be real. Most kids could eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every single day (or is that just mine?)


Pack foods your kids will eat! 

Sure we’d love it if all our kids would eat carrots, broccoli, sliced turkey and edamame. But let’s face it, not all kids will eat this and they need nourishment for school and after-school activities! Pack them a variety of foods so they have choices and be sure to include a couple items they already like.

We talk in the studio a lot about fueling our bodies for our workouts. Our kids need that fuel, too, so they can perform their best at school!

Let your kids pack their lunch. 

From kindergarten to 12th grade, each kiddo can help even if it’s a small task! Find a way they can be a part of choosing healthy foods for their lunchbox and feeling like it was “their idea.” 

Make it fun!

 Use bright or seasonal muffin cups to separate foods. Add toothpicks or make mini fruit kabobs. Send along a sweet card or note to make them smile! My kids love a funny joke, so I buy a couple books with tear-out lunchbox jokes, and I send one each day with a simple, “I love you!”


What to pack!

1. Protein.

The protein doesn’t have to come from meat! Sure you can roll up a couple slices of deli meat, like roast beef, turkey, chicken or ham, but try a variety of protein sources — like a cheese stick (or shredded cheese as my child prefers!), yogurt (just look for low-sugar kinds and resist any artificial sweeteners). You can use different nuts or nut butters (great for dipping, too), beans, hummus or hard-boiled eggs.

2. Whole grains.

Buy whole grains when you can, like whole wheat bread or pasta. Substitute two slices of bread with a whole grain wrap. Add in some whole grain crackers for dipping. You can also try the 1/2 and 1/2 trick for a while to help transition your kids to whole wheat!

3. Colorful fruits and vegetables.

This is a great way to add in fiber and antioxidants. Whole pieces of fruit are great — apples, bananas, oranges, or get creative with the mini fruit kabobs using grapes and berries. Slice up veggies, like a bright red bell pepper or celery. Along with carrots, these vegetables are great for dipping so include a container with a yogurt-based Ranch dressing, fresh salsa, hummus or even guacamole!

4. Sweet and salty snacks.

Mix up a healthy trail mix, or include raw nuts, dried fruits or pretzels. You can freeze tubes of yogurt for a cool treat. Enlist your child’s help over the weekend to prepare homemade energy balls or granola bars for their lunches, too.

5. Hydration.

Pack a mini-bottled water or an organic low-fat milk. When you can, avoid fruit juices. Stick to whole fruit options in their lunchbox to avoid any added sugars.


Use this lunchbox prep time as a chance to connect with your children! Take time to ask them about school or their friendships. Encourage them, and of course, use this opportunity to talk about why we choose healthy, nutritious foods!

And remember, you’re setting an example for your family! These little ones are watching you — taking a little extra time to prepare your salads for the week can be a way of showing your family that you’re honoring your body with healthy foods at lunchtime, too!

Reflect on our verse for this week: Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Just like your workouts, commit to this family meal plan and planning out healthy lunches for your family. We believe in YOU!

Blessings, 

Team TransFit



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School's Out for Summer!

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With school coming to an end, summer is about it begin! Being a mother to three amazing (very spirited) kids, I know how difficult it can be to prepare, in advance, healthy meals and snacks!  I have found that involving the children in grocery shopping, prepping, and baking helps them to learn and to enjoy eating healthy! Try letting them choose dinner one night (setting some parameters) and let them participate and help with the cooking! Getting the kids involved in the preparation of meal time is a great way to involve the whole family, while still eating healthy! I love to plan fun activities that my family will enjoy especially during the summer! My kids LOVE popsicles but it is difficult to find ones that have less than 20 hard-to-read  ingredients, so we have come up with a wonderful alternative! Turn making delicious homemade popsicles into a fun activity and craft that the kids can be apart of! There are numerous healthy recipes to choose from! Let your child choose which fruit he or she wants to make into a treat!  Enjoy! 

                                  SUMMER STRAWBERRY POPSICLE! 

  • 2 cups of  FROZEN strawberries (red and juicy are the best)
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • You can substitute any fruit you would like!

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Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process or blend until pureed
  2. Set up your popsicle holders. Pour the liquid in the popsicle containers.
  3. Place in freezer for 4-6 hours. Serve and Enjoy!

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Watermelon Popsicle Recipe:

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  • Juice from half of a watermelon
  • Juice from one whole lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Honey to taste (optional)
Popsicle molds can be ordered online or bought at a local Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Walmart, Publix, Amazon, etc.!

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/1/1/173892-zoku-classic-pops-mold.html

http://www.amazon.com/Mastrad-A47221-Molds-White-Base/dp/B001RCTMTU/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1400616043&sr=8-15&keywords=popsicle+molds

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."
Proverbs 22:6