A Craving for The Habit, Conquered at Home

by healthyhitsthespot on December 18, 2014 · 0 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 ;)


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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?


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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.

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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 · 5 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)?

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What I Ate On Sunday + Updates for YOU!

by healthyhitsthespot on December 15, 2014 · 5 comments

Good morning beauties! Did you enjoy your weekend? What was the weather like? It was so buuuuurrrrr-fa-reeeeezing cold here… at least it was to me! Let’s not forget, I’m a bit wimpy when it comes to the cold :)

ipad and coffee sunday morning

Sunday morning started off with coffee & my iPad. Which means, Pinterest, blog reading, and meal planning. I woke up with Marco at 4:30(am) as he had to get ready for work. I made him breakfast, helped him get his things together, and then sent him off around 5:30. Then, I had my Sunday morning quiet-time, which is doing basically whatever-in-the-world sounds fun :) So, iPad & coffee it was.

ipad grocery list maker

I use the Reminders app. in my iPad and iPhone to make my meal plan & grocery list. As you can see, I also share both lists with Marco. For our meals, he can see what I’m planning to make for the week, and for the groceries, he can stop and get groceries if I’m too busy (I love my Trader Joe’s when I can). I love the convenience of these lists. If you do this, just make sure all lists are in Sync before anyone leaves for shopping (lesson learned).

eggs on toast

I had two eggs on toast for breakfast around 7:00.


After breakfast I got dressed and took an #ootd pic for y’all since you girls requested it :)

chocolate chip clif bar

Before leaving the house I made a cup o’ coffee and really wanted something to go with it. So I had a chocolate chip Clif bar for a mid-morning snack :)


I had some extra time before Church so I walked over to Barnes & Noble to read Dave Ramsey books. I love his wisdom, and I was in a total budgeting mood! As you all know, I love to budget and help others to budget too (I do this a bit in Health Coaching). This book has great tools! I learned so many new things just from the few minutes that I sat down with this book. I think it’s a buyer :) It’s cheap on Amazon!


After B&N I picked up my friend Hannah and we went to Church at Mountain Brook together. It was so good, as always! Marco and I still love our Church back in Ventura so we’ve been listening to those Podcasts together each week, too :)

bagel sandwich for lunch

After Church I dropped Hannah off and stopped by the house to make some lunch. I had a toasted sprouted wheat bagel sandwich with a few chippies on the side. Turkey, havarti, spinach, onion, mayo, mustard, and S&P.

I finished lunch and then went Christmas shopping for most of the day. Guess what?! After I pick up ONE more thing today I can officially say I’m done. Christmas shopping felt easier this year! I’m so excited to spend time with my family next week :) I also dropped by TJ’s and did our grocery shopping for the week. Sunday’s at TJ’s are crazy busy!

Who else has Christmas Shopping done? Who hasn’t started yet? I started last week! No shame here :) 

After Christmas shopping I came home, cleaned up, and went to the Gym. I finished around 6:00 and got home just before M to start dinner.

caesar salad with chicken and rice

Dinner was caesar salad with chicken and wild rice on the side. I gave M some of the chicken on my plate and enjoyed the rest. Yum! Today I’m making CrockPot Chicken Masala. Come back tomorrow to hear how it turns out! If it’s good, it was SO simple!

cookies and ice cream at home

After dinner M & I had dessert. I baked us each two small chocolate chip cookies and put a scoop of vanilla on top. So yummy! I think we’ll have a repeat tonight :) I just use the little pre-made cookie dough balls from TJ’s. I think they’re the best (the ones right near the milk).

Before I leave you all, I would LOVE to update you on a couple things that are happening here on the blog!

(1) The Hottie’s Holiday Sur-THRIVE-al Guide is coming to your inbox THIS Friday! I can’t wait for you girls to have this – seriously! It’s so good! It was made specifically FOR YOU to benefit YOU during this Holiday Season. Holiday food can be overwhelming, I totally get that! BUT, what I want you to hear is that it doesn’t have to beSign-up here (it’s totally free)!


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P.S. you girls each have a high chance of winning because this is such a small group included in the giveaway (it’s not the entire blog – only readers of Finding Balance!) Winner will be announced THIS Friday!

Before you leave: tell me your #1 favorite thing about this time of year :) 

See you all here tomorrow :)

xo, your coach



Organic Meat Sauce Pasta Recipe

by healthyhitsthespot on December 12, 2014 · 6 comments

Hi girls! Happy Friday! Need a weekend dinner recipe?

healthy hits the spot organic meat sauce pasta

Today I’m sharing my healthy and cozy pasta recipe that I made earlier in the week. It is so simple (we all know I love simple) and has great ingredients. You girls asked for it, so here it is!


  • 1 bag brown rice penne pasta
  • 1 jar organic marinara sauce
  • 1 lb. organic Beef
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 a chopped white onion
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • shaved parmesan cheese (or any parmesan cheese!)
  • sea-salt & pepper

To make:

  1. Cook pasta as directed in a large pot
  2. In a separate pan over medium heat add 1 T. of olive oil and the chopped onion & minced garlic. Let warm and then add in 1 lb. of ground beef – crumble with your hands as you add it to the pan (and then of course, wash those hands!). Add sea-salt and pepper, let cook through (meat will no longer be pink)
  3. In a separate pot bring the organic marinara sauce to a boil then cover and reduce to low
  4. When the pasta is finished, drain it and return it to the large pot. Combine heated marinara sauce, meat, and pasta together in the large pot
  5. Serve with parmesan cheese & a side salad of your choice. Enjoy!

healthy hits the spot pasta recipe

Notes: this will make 6-8 servings. It takes less than 30 minutes. It’s simple, tastes amazing, and has all high-quality ingredients! It saves well and heats up perfectly for leftovers.


xo, your coach

paige schmidt

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