The Best (Simple!) CrockPot Recipe

by healthyhitsthespot on December 22, 2014 · 0 comments

Good morning beauties!

How was your weekend?

chicken tortilla soup with croutons

I have a wonderful CrockPot recipe to share with you today!

chicken tortilla soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup from “A Table for Two” Blog! See the recipe here. Her photos are gorgeous!

You can have it with croutons on top OR…

chicken tortilla soup with chips

…crushed up tortilla chips. We had both – I thought the croutons won!

The only change I made to the recipe was using pepper jack cheese instead of regular jack (I like spicy!).

Note: this recipe IS spicy – so make sure you like the spice before cooking this up :) This was my fav CrockPot recipe so far!

paige and marco schmidt

Hello from Marco and I! We had such a fun weekend :) This picture was taken while eating out at Mexican Food with M’s Grandparents in Cambria :) They came to visit!

I’ll see you back here tomorrow for some daily eats… and THEN… it’s Christmas Eve and Christmas! Wahoo!

To keep you in the loop around HHS:

I’ll be posting today and tomorrow and then will be back Monday the 29th. I’ll be with fam & posting over on Insta @healthyhitsthespot if you’d like to join me :)

There will also be NO newsletter this Friday, but the FOLLOWING Friday you will be getting an AWESOME new handout!

The 5 MOST Important Mindset Shifts to Becoming An Intuitive Eater


Who is excited for this?

xo, your coach



The Free Holiday Guide Is Here!

by healthyhitsthespot on December 19, 2014 · 2 comments

Good morning girls!

Holiday handout healthy living intuitive eating

The Hottie’s Holiday Sur-THRIVE-al Guide went to all VIP inbox’s this morning who are signed-up for exclusive posts.

I know you’re all going to love it :) Enjoy!

How to get the guide if you forgot to sign-up:

  1. Sign-up to go VIP here
  2. Tweet me @HealthyHitsSpot and tell me that you want the guide
  3. I’ll private message you the guide :)

Marco and I are off this morning to Cambria to hangout with family who is visiting there. I’ll see you back here Monday!

If you’d like, come hangout with me on instagram. Speaking of instagram, congrats to JEN S. who won my #ImFindingBalance GIVEAWAY! The Intuitive Eating book and Kate Spade journals are headed to her now :)

xo, your coach



A Craving for The Habit, Conquered at Home

by healthyhitsthespot on December 18, 2014 · 2 comments

Good morning girls :) Happy Thursday!

eggs and toast

Yesterday started out with eggs & toast with Marco. Of course.

After breakfast, I headed out to the Gym for a wee-little-bit of cardio and legs.

clif bar and coffee

When I came home I had a Clif bar with coffee (soy milk, agave, cinnamon) before starting work for the day.

avocado toast and chicken masala

Around 1:00 I took a break for lunch and had a little bowl of leftover masala with harvest grains + a piece of avocado toast: chia, millet, and flax bread (TJ’s) toasted with a drizzle of olive oil, avocado, sea-salt, pepper, and red chili pepper flakes. Mmm-mmm good. Never fails.

homemade burgers

For dinner we had homemade burgers: honey wheat buns (from Trader Joe’s), pepper jack cheese (half slice each), onion, tomato, avocado, romaine lettuce, + organic mayo & mustard. Instead of french fries, a few ridge cut potato chips on the side.

Marco was almost convinced that he should walk to The Habit and buy us french fries, but we managed :) We live RIGHT down the street (two blocks) from Urbane Cafe (fav.), The Habit, and Chipotle. Plus, and endless amount of other great restaurants… but those are the Hubby’s cravings. We wanted to knock his craving out at home since we’re going out quite a bit from today through Sunday. Keeping balance in our house ;)


Okay girlies. This is my last call for all of you who want to feel GREAT this Holiday Season!

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xo, your coach



Daily Eats + January Health Coaching Info

by healthyhitsthespot on December 17, 2014 · 0 comments

Sheesh. It was so hard to wake up this morning. Anyone else?

Marco only has a training at work today, so we got to “sleep in” until 6:00, but that seemed even harder than 4:30. I think once the morning clock passes 5:45 I’m in my hard sleep again. Possible?

Anyone else notice they struggle waking up at a later time early in the morning?


Yesterday started off with sending the Husband off to work, journaling with coffee, blogging, this eggs & toast, and then the gym.


I came home and made another cup of coffee while I started work :) This had soy milk, a little bit of agave, and cinnamon. This has been my favorite winter coffee.

What’s yours?


Girls, remember that if you buy (or already have) “Finding Balance,” my eBook, and tag a picture reading it on instagram with #ImFindingBalance you’re entered to win this life changing book + two Kate Spade journals!

Side note… as I’m writing this post and sipping my coffee I’m starting to wake up ;) Phew! I’m also listening to a Pandora station called “Excuses.” I titled this station after one of my cousins Wedding songs was “Excuses” by the Morning Benders. This is so the type of music I grew up on. Thanks Dad for good taste in music and rocking out with your stereo by the pool all those years :)


I took a break for lunch around noon and had a turkey sandwich on a wheat bun. Just sounded better than regular ol’ bread at the time :) I had a few S&P chippies on the side.


Afterwards I worked on wrapping Christmas presents. Pretty, right?

Let me just confess right here…these are our only Christmas decorations (yes, that’s right… we’re using presents as decorations).


Oh wait, we have Christmas cards on our fridge too! And I saved this pretty envelope because one of my Clients is super creative! Actually… quite a few of them are!

When do we have to start decorating? Ha! 

For now, we’ll leave the decorating to the parents houses for when we visit ;)


I worked until 5:00 yesterday and had the most grumbly tummy. I made a caesar salad to hold me over until dinner (I knew I wouldn’t be eating until 6:30 with Marco).

When he got home we heated up dinner and baked Naan bread. Dinner was the exact same as the night before. The picture I took came out so blurry & bad. So, for photo reference see yesterdays post.

Last things before I leave you all: (1) Holiday Handout is coming THIS Friday. Make sure you’re signed-up! It’s free and will be mailed to your inbox’s bright and early :) (2) Health Coaching spots… let’s talk.


MANY of you have signed up for my waiting list here. I’ve scheduled a great amount of Consultations this December for January start dates and have given the entire list first priority for scheduling already.

Ladies, if you have not already put your name on this list, but have been wanting to do Health Coaching, you still have time. So, others who are interested may choose a time and date here, now.


When to schedule:

Choose a time in December, if you can. 

All Program start dates will begin in January (we will pick your start date over the phone). 

Take note, this scheduling link is coming down in a few days, so please use it now.


Can’t wait to chat with you :)

xo, your coach



CrockPot Chicken Masala & Homemade BJ’s Pizookie Petite Treat

by healthyhitsthespot on December 16, 2014 · 7 comments

Good morning girls. Yawwwwn. I hope you all slept well! This is our third morning in a row waking up at 4:30 for Marco to get ready for work.

Sleeping in tomorrow until 6:00 will feel like heaven. Although… once I’m up… I kinda like being up this early… is that crazy?

eggs and toast

Yesterday morning for breakfast I had two eggs and the ends of our bread toasted.

chicken masala recipe

After breakfast I started up the CrockPot. I was making Chicken Masala. SO easy, and it turned out great! Wanna know how?

Ingredients (mine are all from Trader Joe’s):

  • a 2.5 lb bag of frozen chicken tenderloins
  • 2 jars of masala simmer sauce
  • 1 box of mushrooms
  • 1/2 bag of organic spinach (it’s what I had on hand)


Put the 2 jars or masala & all of the chicken in the CrockPot on low. Add 1/2 c. of water. Stir it around to get the chicken coated. Set the timer for 8:00 hours. Halfway through, add in the mushrooms and spinach. Cook for another 4 hours. The last hour, I took the lid off because I wanted it to thicken up a bit. You can do the same if you’d like :) Really, I think this can be done in 6 hours. I just followed through with the timer because I was home and in no rush at all. Serve with harvest grains blend and garlic naan bread (both from Trader Joe’s).

Note: you can pretty much add ALL the veggies you want! If Marco liked sweet potatoes, I would have also added chunks of sweet potato.

open faced turkey sandwich

Lunch was an open faced turkey sandwich with a few chippies and a little bit of leftover soup. My sandwich had organic mayo and mustard, onion, tomato, turkey, and havarti cheese. S&P ridge cut chips from TJ’s and leftover Chicken & Wild Rice soup that I made last week :)

working from bed

I worked from 6:00a to about 11:00a, took a break for lunch, and then walked downtown to run work/personal errands.

When I came home, I checked e-mail and then made myself a good ol’ cup of tea and climbed in bed to do more work. It was too friggin’ cold to sit at my desk! Plus, I’m working on mine and Simi’s secret project (go VIP to be the first to know! Hint: we want you to be VIP for a reason, trust us here!) so it just seemed fit to cozy up in my bed — it’s the best project! I enjoy working on it so much.

just black honest tea keurig latte

I feel like I should share my tea. It was so good! I used a just black Honest Tea Keurig (Mom left her mini Keurig here for me to try), milk, and a teaspoon of sugar. This was so simple, and so good! Sometimes I’m surprised at how not sweet sugar is – all of the falsey sugar out there today is 100x more sweet!

three simple salad ideas/recipes

Around 3:00 I got a grumble in my stomach so I had a caesar salad. I have loved having salad ingredients in the house lately. Here are some ideas for YOU from the salads I’ve made in the last three weeks:

  • spring mix, balsamic (balsamic vin, olive oil, dijon mustard, and honey), feta cheese, and mandarin oranges
  • spring mix, balsamic (same as above), goat cheese, and pears
  • romaine lettuce, caesar dressing (TJ’s), parmesan cheese, tomato, and croutons

burned my finger again

Also, while we’re at it sharing important things ;) I burned my finger again last night. Why does this happen to me? This was no where near as painful as the first time, but I still hate that throbbing, hot feeling on my finger. It’s okay, I keep numbing aloe spray on hand (no, I’m not kidding).

homemade indian food

Here is the result of dinner! Chicken masala with harvest grains and naan bread. So yummy! We have lots of leftovers (I’m finally learning to cook portions like my Dad) so we’re going to have a repeat tonight.

homemade bj's pizookies (so easy)

Here’s what we’re not having a repeat of tonight: cookies and ice cream. We’re out of cookies. Darn! This was so good again! Really though, I’m not sad :) After two nights of this my belly is happy, satisfied, and ready to move on to the next best thing.

All this is, is two cookies (the TJ’s pre-made ones) baked with one scoop of french vanilla ice cream on top. It’s just like a BJ’s Pizookie.

Who know’s what a Pizookie is?

What’s your favorite quick & yummy food to have around the house (like my salad)?

P.S. don’t forget to go VIP today, especially if you’re new here!


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