Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ali's Natural BBQ [Product Review]


Instagram is one of the best platforms I use to learn about new products, new recipes and new ways to spice up my healthy lifestyle. Instagram is also where I saw Ali's All Natural line mentioned first. Someone used her maple syrup on their protein pancakes, and I noticed they said it was sweetened with stevia, which is music to my ears these days.

Ali, from Ali's All Natural, was so sweet to send me a few of her last sample packets. All she had for me to try were a couple of her newest products like her barbecue sauces.

What most people don't consider when they're preparing meals, especially if they're new to the whole "sugar-free, healthy, wholesome, diet" world, is that they can rack in a butt-load of empty calories just by dumping the sauce or dressing onto their perfectly healthy chicken breasts, and unfortunately, your super-lean protein becomes the equivalent of eating a cup of sugar along side it.

That's why most of the time, I advocate using condiments in moderation and recommend low-sugar ones like mustard, soy sauce or salsa. However, since Ali uses stevia, an all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener, you can be very generous with your toppings. ... And you'll want to when you taste them!

I used Ali's homestyle BBQ sauce and Raspberry Chipotle BBQ sauce on some day-old chicken breast at lunch, and it was delicious — the perfect combination of sweet and tangy.

Her flavors include:

  • Homestyle BBQ
  • Spicy BBQ
  • Raspberry Chipotle BBQ


I wasn't able to try any of her syrups, but I'm sure they are delicious.

Those flavors include:

  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry
  • Boysenberry
  • Banana
  • Maple

If I buy some more, I'm definitely going to try out one of the pizza recipes that she suggests. Ali also gives you other ideas on how to use her sauces and syrups on her blog. Not only do I encourage you to try out Ali's line because I think her healthy alternatives taste great, but also because she has a long history in the health/fitness industry, being a fitness competitor and model.

Let me know what you think in the comments below! You can order her syrups or her sauces online at her website: www.alisallnatural.com

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lick-Your-Lips Lasagna

When your meal plan includes "a big salad full of veggies" for dinner every night, you tend to get a bit creative in the kitchen. Now I'm not even on a "meal plan" any more (because I've learned how to eat according to my body's needs), and I still like to feast on loads of veggies along with some lean protein for dinner. 

One of my favorite ways to change up my meals is to create veggie disguises. Veggies like squash and broccoli and cauliflower and eggplant and rutabaga can all mimic the flavor and texture of not-so-healthy ingredients like pasta, chips or fries.

When you're in the mood for Italian, I'd encourage you to try this dish. When my husband wants pizza on one of my non-cheat days, I'll often plan to make this healthy lasagna-like meal, so I don't feel too deprived. You could seriously eat the whole pan of lasagna and not wreck your diet. ;)

Ingredients:
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • Onion (or onion powder)
  • Tomato paste
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Italian seasoning (oregano, basil, red pepper, etc)
  • Nutritional Yeast*
  • Fat-free feta cheese
Directions:

  1. Peel eggplant and zucchini.
  2. Slice up all the veggies and layer them in a greased baking dish. 
  3. Blend up onion (if some leftover), tomato paste, diced tomatoes, garlic and other seasonings to make a simple marinara sauce.
  4. Pour a layer of the sauce on top of the veggies.
  5. Sprinkle a layer of fat-free feta cheese (and nutritional yeast if you want). 
  6. Repeat this process until you have used up all your veggies.
  7. Cover and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Labor Day Grocery List Giveaway

Happy Labor Day, friends!

Many of you know I'm in the process of ordering some friggin' sweet tanks (many of you are probably like "uh, ya, when are they going to freakin' be here???). But as soon as they come in, you will be able to order yours, and I'll get it to you ASAP.

What I'll also be able to do is a giveaway with the tanks! So look out for more on that, as well. For now, I've got something just as special to give away.

I'm going to choose three of you happy health-pursuers to send my AMFit Approved List of Groceries too. This is the list that comes with all my custom programs and is included in my 4-Week Crash Course to Bikini Program.

You can get if FO FREE if you just do one of the following tasks (which totally helps this chick out, so the more you can do, the better)! 

1. Go comment on any of my blog posts and share it via Facebook or Twitter

2. Share my Facebook page

3. Tag an inspirational photo on Instagram with #ambermichellefit and/or #getfitfromtheinsideout

The more you care, the more you'll share, and the more I'll be able to share with YOU! ... And, GO!!
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