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❤️ Happy Healthy Valentine’s Day Inspiration and Recipes!

Sweet friends,

Happy early Valentine’s Day! We hope you have exciting plans to celebrate with your loved ones! As we all know, tomorrow is Valentine's Day and that typically that means lots of candy and sweets everywhere. Valentine's Day is such a perfect holiday to take extra time to show others how you love them! Take a moment to call an old friend and tell them hello. Along with loving others well this week, also take some extra time to love your body, mind and spirit this Valentine's Day! Breathe in God’s love for you. Below is truth about how much you are beloved.

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Take some time to dwell on this verse. These are the Lord's thoughts about you! He has created you exactly as you are for a purpose. You are so beautiful and perfectly made in His sight! Take some time today to write down things you love about the way God made you. Now, go share this verse with a friend! Encourage your sweet friends today in their own beauty, inside and out. Valentine’s Day is the day of love! Let's be intentional about spreading love and blessings.

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We know many of you will be spending Valentine's Day with your families, so we wanted to share a few of our favorite healthy Valentine's Day recipes with you all! We guarantee these will satisfy your sweet tooth just as well as that box of Russell Stover — but without compromising your nutrition goals! These are treats you can feel good about, because  they will not only make your taste buds happy but make your body happy as well. 

If you DO have precious kiddos that are going to be receiving Valentine's bags from school, taking cards and expecting a small treat from Mom and Dad, this is the perfect opportunity to practice non-food rewards for your kids! Instead of loading them up with bags of candy, make Valentine's Day fun in other ways!

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5 Ways to Have a Healthy Valentine’s Day

1. Make a Valentine's celebration breakfast! Make some fun Strawberry Love Parfaits to start your day with a sweet, healthy breakfast that tastes like a treat! Take some time to say 5 reasons why you love each other as you eat your breakfast. 

2. Celebrate with non-food items! If you're sending your kids to school with Valentines, try sending cards along with temporary tattoos, stickers, pencils or other fun little toys instead of candy. Be sure to emphasize that these are things they can enjoy over and over, instead of just once! If you're a college student, get together with some friends and make Valentines together! Get crafty and make fun, homemade cards with markers, watercolors, etc.

3. Spread out the sweets! Naturally, we're all going to eat some sweet treats on Valentine's Day. However, all of these treats don't have to be eaten on this one day! Pick 1-2 of your top choices for today, and then put the rest away to enjoy in moderation for days to come. The longer you spread it out, the more times you get to enjoy the treats! 

4. Try a new, healthy recipe! Below you will find several of our most favorite healthy and easy sweet treats! Try making these for you and your family, friends or significant other! 

5. Celebrate with red foods! See how many delicious and nutritious red foods you can put into your diet that day! Maybe try strawberries on a spinach salad for lunch, our beet and red onion side dish for a romantic dinner (recipe below), Tomato Tulips as an appetizer (just cut a plus sign on the top of a cherry tomato, fill with cottage cheese, then use chives as the stems) or Share the Love rice krispie treats (recipe below)


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Dark Chocolate Granola Bark

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips

  • 1 cup Kroger Ancient Grain granola (or granola of your choice)

  • 2 tsp. orange zest

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

 Instructions:

  • Line baking sheet with wax paper

  • Melt chocolate

  • Stir in granola, zest and cinnamon

  • Spread out onto baking sheet and top with cherries and salt.

  • Chill for 30 mins or until firm. Enjoy!  

Strawberry Love Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 1 large container of greek yogurt

  • 1 container strawberries

  • Granola cereal (lower sugar)

  • Stevia drops or honey to taste

Instructions:

  • Take 1 cup of strawberries and blend in blender until smooth.

  • Hull the rest of the strawberries and cut them into slices.

  • Mix the yogurt with the blended berries.

  • Begin layering the Mini Trifles. Start with a layer of greek yogurt. Add a layer of strawberries. Next sprinkle granola on top of the strawberry layer. Repeat layers until the mini trifles are full. 

  • Garnish with strawberries and/or granola.

Roasted Carrots, Beets, and Red Onion Wedges

Serves 4; 1/2 cup per serving

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray

  • 2 medium beets (about 5 ounces each), peeled, cut into 1/2-inch wedges, and patted dry with paper towels

  • 3 small carrots (about 2 ounces each), cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces (not baby carrots)

  • 1 medium red onion (about 4 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch wedges

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil to keep it from getting stained. Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray.

  • Put the beets, carrots, and onion wedges on the foil. Drizzle the oil and sprinkle the oregano and salt over the vegetables, stirring gently to coat. Arrange the vegetables in a single layer so they don’t touch.

  • Roast for 15 minutes. Stir. Roast for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are just tender when pierced with a fork.

Cook’s Tip: Avoid getting beet stains on your hands by peeling the beets under cold running water.

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Share the Love Healthier Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoons butter

  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows

  • 6 cups Whole Grain Brown Rice Krispie Cereal (I actually found this at Target and the kids had no clue!)

  • 1 Cup Fresh sliced strawberries (blend or chop finely)

Instructions:

  • In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add in marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

  • Add Brown Rice Krispie Cereal and stir until fully coated.

  • Flatten the mixture on wax paper and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts or use your hands to shape the mixture into hearts.

  • Top the hearts with fresh sliced strawberries and gently press down to seal them. (You could also mix the strawberries in with the marshmallows).

  • Cool before serving.

Don’t forget to sign up for this month’s lunch and learn! It is on February 22nd from 12-1 pm and we’ll be doing a self defense class taught by Borders! Spots in this event are limited so click the button below to sign up on our app before they run out! Cost is $15 to cover lunch from The Pine.

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a on-on-one!

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

You are LOVED! 😍

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Happy Valentine's Day, sweet friend! 

We hope that you feel so LOVED today! Take time to reflect on this verse from Song of Solomon. This is how the Lord feels about you! You are known and loved by Him! We are so thankful you are apart of our TransFit community of women encouraging each other. We want you to know how loved you are today! 

Let's make this our BEST February. Try these 3 goals each day in February! Let's finish February strong!  

  1. Drink 80 ounces of water a day
  2. Give a compliment each day
  3. Exercise 30 minutes daily 

We believe in each of you and know that you can achieve each of these goals! Let's live faithfully fit this February! Continue to love your body by completing our February calendar challenge! We believe you can do it! 

Dark Chocolate Granola Bark

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Kroger Ancient Grain granola (or granola of your choice)
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Line baking sheet with wax paper. Melt chocolate. Stir in granola, zest and cinnamon. Spread out onto baking sheet and top with cherries and salt. Chill for 30 mins or until firm. Enjoy! 

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We hope to see you in the studio the rest of the week! You can find fun, healthy Valentine's Day recipes on our past blogs and under the HEALTHY LIVING tab on our website! Click here for our recipes page! Don't forget about our Valentine's Day Merchandise SALE! Grab those gifts for your loved ones! 

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Hey Valentine! 3 Tips to LOVE Your Body MORE this month!

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Good Morning beautiful friends! 

Wow, it's been a great week with such positive energy in the studio! To all our ladies doing the TransFIVE No Sugar Challenge, we are SO proud of you! You're almost done! Remember to take it one hour, one day at a time! Stay focused! YOU CAN FINISH STRONG! And... if you haven't done as well as you would have liked this week- SHAKE it OFF! Today is the DAY! You can always begin again. The time is NOW! 

Can you believe it's February?! January was like a "trial" month so let's say your 2018 starts TODAY! February is a month that can be focused on candy and sugary sweets for Valentine's Day! But, Valentine's Day is the perfect holiday to take extra time to show  others how you love them and a time to take a moment to LOVE the body you have been given!  Let's take some extra time to love our bodies, these beautiful gifts, in honor of Valentine's Day!

Take just a moment to dwell on this truth:

"You are altogether beautiful my love; there is no flaw in you." Song of Solomon 4:7

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The truth above is the Lord's thoughts about you! He has created you exactly as you are for a purpose. You are so beautiful and perfectly made in His sight! Take a few minutes today to write down things you love about the way God made you. Now, go share this verse with a friend or family member! Encourage your sweet friends today in their own beauty, inside and out.

Valentines Day is the day of love! Let's be intentional about spreading love, encouragement, and blessings as much as we can.

Now we know many of you will be spending Valentine's Day with your families so we wanted to share a few of our favorite healthier Valentine's Day recipes with you all! We guarantee these will satisfy your sweet tooth just as well as that box of Russell Stover- but without compromising your nutrition goals! These are treats (in moderation) you can feel good about because they will not only make your taste buds happy but make your body happy as well. 

First, here are our Top 3 Ways to Love the Body you have been gifted this Valentines Day! 

1. Rest- Take the time to rest. Our bodies need rest! Take the time to sit and be still. Add in your quiet time to your day. Allow your mind time to rest, renew, and be refreshed. Lack of sleep can throw these processes off balance, and can to overeating. Getting enough sleep,  seven to eight hours per night for adults is important for replenishing the body’s energy stores.  So please relax, refresh, and renew! Rest is critical for living transformed!

2. Exercise- Add in exercise to your week! Your body and mind will feel renewed and alive when you honor it through a workout! View your time exercising as a form of worship! 

3. Nutrition- Take the time to meal plan and prepare for your nutrition!  Sit down and make a basic plan, so that you can hold yourself accountable and have an organized nutrition plan! If you are craving chocolate, here is a great recipe from our TransFIVE Meal Plan that will help fix that craving without added sugar! Try these healthy deserts after TransFIVE!

Chocolate Heaven Smoothie

Makes one serving

  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1 small frozen ripe banana
  • 1 serving Chocolate protein powder (Vega)
  • ¼ of an avocado
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa (I like Hershey’s Special Dark- 100% cacao)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • **1 teaspoon honey or a few drops of stevia (optional)
  • **can add in 1 tsp vanilla extract 

Pulse ice cubes in blender to crush. Add almond milk, banana, cocoa, and other ingredients and blend until frothy. Serve immediately and enjoy some liquid energy!

The Chia seed helps keep the smoothie dense and satisfying, all while helping to increase your energy and endurance; promote your hydration and electrolyte balance; lower your blood pressure; regulate your blood sugar levels; and support your weight loss by keeping you feeling full longer.

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Strawberry LOVE Shortcakes

  • Get small mason jars
  • Cut strawberries & raspberries, 
  • Small pieces of angel food cake 
  • Topped with tru Whip & more fruit 
  • Could sprinkle with a few mini chocolate chips on top with love 
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Ladies, we hope that you take the time to love your body! Your body is a gift and a temple! You are made in His image. Let's finish this week strong and feel accomplished after completing TransFIVE! If you didn't join us for our no sugar challenge this week, it's not too late to join! You can purchase the eBook on our website HERE! Don't forget about our February calendar challenge either! Commit to doing everything with your WHOLE HEART and getting active every day this month! You can do it! 

You can find recipes, workouts, and videos on our website! Use these as a resource for your meal planning and workouts outside of the studio! You can find them under the HEALTHY LIVING TAB

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

You are LOVED! 😍

Happy Valentine's Day, sweet friend! 

We hope that you feel so LOVED today! Take time to reflect on this verse from Song of Solomon. This is how the Lord feels about you! You are known and loved by Him! We are so thankful you are apart of our TransFit community of women encouraging each other. We want you to know how loved you are today! 


Let's make this our BEST February. Try these 5 goals each day in February! Let's finish February strong!  

  1. Drink 100 ounces of water a day
  2. Food journal each day
  3. Give a compliment each day
  4. Exercise 30 minutes daily 
  5. Stretch 5 minutes daily

We believe in each of you and know that you can achieve each of these goals! Let's lived faithfully fit this February!


We look forward to seeing you in the studio this week! Save the date for our Favorite Things Luncheon- February 24 at 12:30 PM! For fun, healthier recipes to have today- please check our our blog from last week! You can find it HERE or find the recipes and inspiration on our app

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit 

💗 Hey Valentine... 5 Ways to Love your Body!

Good Morning Beautiful friends!

 As we all know, Valentine's Day is approaching and typically that means - lots of candy and sweets everywhere we look! Valentine's Day is the perfect holiday to take extra time to show others how you love them!  Let's also take some extra time to love our bodies Valentine's Day? Take just a moment to dwell on this verse-

"You are altogether beautiful my love; there is no flaw in you." Song of Solomon 4:7

These are the Lord's thoughts about you! He has created you exactly as you are for a purpose. You are so beautiful and perfectly made in His sight! Take a few minutes today to write down things you love about the way God made you. Now, go share this verse with a friend! Encourage your sweet friends today in their own beauty, inside and out. Valentines Day is the day of love! Let's be intentional about spreading love, encouragement  and blessings as much as we can.

Now we know many of you will be spending Valentine's Day with your families so we wanted to share a few of our favorite healthier Valentine's Day recipes with you all! We guarantee these will satisfy your sweet tooth just as well as that box of Russell Stover- but without compromising your nutrition goals! These are treats (in moderation) you can feel good about, because they will not only make your taste buds happy but make your body happy as well. 

First, here are our Top 5 Ways to Love the Body you have been gifted this Valentines Day! 


1. Make a Valentine's celebration breakfast! Make some fun Strawberry Love Parfaits to start your day with a sweet, healthy breakfast that tastes like a treat! Take some time to say 5 reasons why you love each other as you eat your breakfast. 

2. Celebrate with non-food items! If you're sending your kids to school with Valentines, try sending cards along with temporary tattoos, stickers, pencils or other fun little toys instead of candy. Be sure to emphasize that these are things they can enjoy over and over and not just once! Get crafty and make fun, homemade cards with markers, watercolors, etc.

3. Spread out the sweets! Naturally, we're all going to eat some sweet treats on Valentine's Day. However, all of these treats don't have to be eaten on this one day! Pick 1-2 of your top choices for today, and then put the rest away to enjoy in moderation for days to come. The longer you spread it out, the more times you get to enjoy the treats! 

4. Try a new, healthy recipe! Below you will find several of our most favorite healthy and easy sweet treats! Try making these for you and your family, friends or significant other! 

5. Celebrate with red foods! See how many delicious and nutritious red foods you can put into your diet that day! Maybe try strawberries on a spinach salad for lunch, Tomato Tulips as an appetizer (just cut a plus sign on the top of a cherry tomato, fill with cottage cheese, then use chives as the stems) or Share the Love rice krispie treats (recipe below)


Dark Chocolate Granola Bark

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Kroger Ancient Grain granola (or granola of your choice)
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Line baking sheet with wax paper. Melt chocolate. Stir in granola, zest and cinnamon. Spread out onto baking sheet and top with cherries and salt. Chill for 30 mins or until firm. Enjoy!


Strawberry LOVE Yogurt Parfait

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  • 1 large container of greek yogurt
  • 1 container strawberries
  • Granola cereal (lower sugar)
  • Stevia drops or honey to taste

Take 1 cup of strawberries and blend in blender until smooth. Hullrest of the strawberries and cut them into slices. Mix the yogurt with the blended berries. Begin layering the Mini Trifles. Start with a layer of greek yogurt. Add a layer of strawberries. Next sprinkle granola on top of the strawberry layer. Repeat layers until the mini trifles are full. Garnish with strawberries and/or granola.


Share the Love Healthier Rice Krispy Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Whole Grain Brown Rice Krispie Cereal (I actually found this at Target Kids had no clue!)
  • 1 Cup Fresh sliced strawberries (blend or chop finely)

Directions:

In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add in marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add Brown Rice Krispie Cereal and stir until fully coated. Flatten the mixture on wax paper and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts or use your hands to shape the mixture into hearts. Top the hearts with fresh sliced strawberries and gently press down to seal them. (You could also mix the strawberries in with the marshmallows). Cool before serving.


We hope you enjoy these recipes with your family and friends! Take a picture of your healthier Valentine's day! We would love to see what you and your family and friends did! We look forward to seeing you in the studio! Come join us this morning at 8:00 AM! 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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Heart Healthy Valentine's Day

My family loves celebrating Valentine's Day.  To us this day isn't about candy or roses or Hallmark gift cards; it's much simpler than that. It's about sharing our love for each other, for our friends, and most of all for God.

"Create in me a pure heart, O God,  and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

Be healthy in body and soul with the ideas below, and use them to spread the love this weekend to all you encounter!  Try something different this Valentine's Day!

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Instead of flowers, try Tomato Tulips. These "flowers" are so easy to make- just cut a plus sign on the top of a cherry tomato, fill with cottage cheese, then use chives as the stems. The protein from the cottage cheese and the antioxidants from the cherry tomatoes make these an excellent snack. This would be a fun appetizer for a Valentines dinner!

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Instead of candy, try Apple Heart Sandwiches! Cut an apple into thin slices, then use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to remove the cores. Spread some peanut butter on one side and top with anything else you'd like in your sandwich (granola, chocolate chips, etc.), then place another apple slice on top. Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein and the fiber from the apple will help keep you feeling full all afternoon.

Instead of buying a card from a store, make your own! This is the perfect opportunity for your children to get creative with construction paper, glitter, pom poms, etc. to share their love.

Blessings,

Caroline

Sweets for Sharing the Love!

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."

1 Corinthians 13:8

Every time I read this verse I think of my family. I think of how blessed I am that they are happy and healthy, and that I get to spend so much time with them. This past week's snow days have given me even more time than usual with them, and for that I am truly grateful! We decided to get in the Valentine's Day spirit and share a little love with each other while making rice krispie treats. Some sliced fresh strawberries made an excellent topping, and added the perfect pink touch.

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Share the Love Healthier Rice Krispie Treats! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Whole Grain Brown Rice Krispie Cereal (I actually found this at Target Kids had no clue!)
  • 1 Cup Fresh sliced strawberries (blend or chop finely)

Directions:

In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add in marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add Brown Rice Krispie Cereal and stir until fully coated. Flatten the mixture on wax paper and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts or use your hands to shape the mixture into hearts. Top the hearts with fresh sliced strawberries and gently press down to seal them. (You could also mix the strawberries in with the marshmallows). Cool before serving.

This Valentine's Day take a moment to share the love in your life. Reach out to friends and family,and let them know what they mean to you.

Blessings,

Caroline