Friday, September 28, 2012

Foodie Friday with Epicure: Taco Turkey Chili #glutenfree #dairyfree #sweatpink #fitfluential

One of my favourite slow cooker recipes is Turkey Chili.  I added some Taco Spice from Epicure Selections, and it added some awesome mexican flavour to the chili.  This is a very hearty meal, full of protein and gluten free!!

1 Cup Chopped Onion
1 Cup Chopped Red Pepper
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1.5 lbs. Lean Ground Turkey
28 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
2 14 oz. Cans Kidney Beans
2 Tbsp. Epicure Taco Seasoning

  1. Heat olive oil in large pan.  Add chopped onion and red pepper.  Cook medium heat until onions are softened.
  2. Add ground turkey to large pan.  Heat medium high until meat is no longer pink.
  3. Transfer meat mixture to crock pot/slow cooker.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Cook on High for 5 hours or Low for 10 hours.
  5. This meal will go great with corn chips or Udi's Gluten-Free Buns.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday Training Day 44: Going The Distance #sweatpink #fitfluential #runchat #momsrunning

I am at the point in my half marathon training where the realization of running past 10 km almost seems like an impossible feat.  Some of my fellow runner friends make it seem so easy!  But after conquering my Day 44 training of running 11.43km, I felt very unsure if I will be able to make it to the 13.1 mile half marathon event!  I know that mentally going into this past run that I wasn't thinking very positively about it.  Instead I started doubting myself and thinking 'what a waste of time' in my day. 
As a mother who works full-time, the weekends are very precious to our family, catching up on time together.  With our already busy weekend, my mind was preoccupied with resting and relaxing.  I know I didn't properly prepare for my run mentally or physically.  I wasn't hydrated properly nor did I eat enough calories that morning sufficient enough for running the 11 km.  It definitely showed in my run my lack of prep.  I felt so awful all throughout, and felt worse after.  However, I got through it and I can be proud of myself for that.  I would definitely call this a learning experience to plan for each of my long runs.  I am hoping this next weekends long run will be a bit better then this past one.  I just have to believe that I can conquer these runs and that I will be well prepared for my half marathon in December.

Next RESET With Roz 5-Day Detox Challenge Start Tuesday, October 9th!
Orders must be in by Friday, September 28th.
Phone: 1-866-515-2321

Monday, September 24, 2012

Thanksgiving RESET Challenge #sweatpink #fitfluential #glutenfree

THE 5 - 5 - 5 DAY PLAN

 5 days of Supplements + 5 day Fitness Program + 5 day *Meal Plan =


*Gluten-Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Meal Plans are also available

Hi Moms,

Well…in anticipation for the Thanksgiving Dinner over-indulgance, it is the perfect time to for a detox!
We thought it would be fun to do one together (who wants to cleanse alone!)
We were thinking of starting on Tuesday, October 9th.

Would you like to join us?

The program is one of the leading cleanses around the world and is manufactured under pharmaceutical grade standards.

It’s called the 5-Day Reset.

Who is it for?

-Sugar Babes (those of us who can’t live without sugar)
-Carb Queens (cereal and bread lovers!)
-Stressed out entrepreneurs (and the rest of us who just work too hard and too much)
-Anyone wanting to shed 5-7 pounds
-Chocolate lovers (had a little too much this past holiday perhaps?)

We’ll be cleansing together for 5 days under guided supervision and coaching. There will be daily instructions and that include a fitness program and meal plan.
In addition, there will be Receive recommendations and suggestions for after we’re done.

In addition, you will receive:
·       Epicure Seasonings to spice up your meals
·       Smoothie Recipe Book
·       A chance to win Epicure Selections Top 6 Spice Collection (Random Draw)

Cost: $137+tax (discounted price)
Ships to your front door
Orders need to be submitted by Friday, September 28th
We’ll start together on Tuesday, October 9th

Please email me asap to join in on the fun as we’ll need to order by this Friday, August 22nd!

Or Call:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Foodie Friday With Epicure - Gluten Free Turkey Burgers #sweatpink #fitfluential #glutenfree

As a newly Epicure Selections Independent Consultant and an avid user of their spices for several years, I love experimenting their products on my gluten free and healthy lifestyle.  So the other evening I really wanted to spice up my very bland turkey burgers.  I had used several other spices in the past, but did not turn out to my satisfaction.  Then at our Thursday night's supper, I tried adding Epicure's Cheese, Chives and Bacon Seasoning.  Wowee...was it good!  And the great part is, it is only 20 calories per tablespoon and 0.5g of fat (0.1 saturated fat).  Along with egg whites and gluten free crackers, this makes delicious turkey burger recipe!

It was so delicious that I just had to share the recipe!


1 lb. Ground Turkey Meat
6 Tbsp. Egg White
50 g (1 packet) Glutino Vegetable Gluten Free Crackers
4 Tbsp. Epicures's Cheese, Chives and Bacon Seasoning
Oil for cooking

  1. Mix all ingredients together very well (may have to use your hands).
  2. Shape meat mixture into patties
  3. Cook on burgers on grill or pan at medium to medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes.  Turn half way through cooking.
  4. Enjoy with a side vegetable.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thursday Training Day 40: Making Gains With Weights #sweatpink #fitfluential #plankaday

One of my favourite morning workouts to start the day is Power Class!  Most times when I get up at 4:55am, the thought of doing weights is not the most appealing.  However, when I get to the gym and my gear all set, I am ready to go!  When I started my half marathon training, I knew I needed to do some weight training.  My experience as a university track athlete taught me that the gains you make in your performance comes from gains you make in the gym.
I have to admit that I haven't hit the weights in about 6 years, since starting to have children.  I think I was a bit intimidated going back to the weight room.  I was worried that I would embarrass myself compared to all the other individuals in the room, who are predominantly male.  That is why I chose the Power class because I felt comfortable in a class setting.  Since attending class twice a week, I feel more comfortable and stronger than I did when I started.  In addition, the class is great for developing muscle endurance because that is what training for a half marathon is all about.
I know that one day I will be back in the main gym area to focus on more muscles strength.  For now, Power class is my "perfect cup of tea" for my morning workouts!
And I also got my 1:30 min. #PLANKADAY before I left the gym.  And this exercise I did do in the main weight room because I am not intimidated to show this accomplishment!!

Do you go to the weight room on a regular basis?  What is your favourite type of resistance exercise and why?

Roz Jutras, B.Sc. Kin.
Moms In Motion Coach, Sweat Pink Ambassador, USANA Health Representative


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Early Mornings Are My Thing #sweatpink #fitfluential #runchat #momsrunning

I never thought before I started my run training, that I would turn into a morning workout guru!  I have to say that before I had children, I would never call myself a 'morning person'.  But now that I am a mother, I have been trained into becoming one.  My morning workouts usually start at around 5:30am (weekends 6:00am), where the sky is now pitch black.  However, once I step out of the house and onto the road I look forward to what lies ahead down the road.
One of the best parts of the area where I live is that we are so close to a river with an amazing trail.  Once I hit that trail from my home approximately 10 minutes have gone by, and the sun is starting to rise.  It is so beautiful, almost magical to watch.  This has been my biggest motivator for getting up so early to workout.  It is partly because I am a busy mama and this seems to be the time during the day to get my workout in before our house awakes.  But it is mostly because of the scenery I get to see along the run.  It is unlike the one I get later on in the day.  It makes me feel almost lucky to be able to see this with my own eyes!
I think we all need to find some kind of motivation to keep us going on whatever goal or journey we have for ourselves.  My training for the Las Vegas Rock n'Roll Half Marathon is my big motivator for getting me up almost every morning to train.  Though, I would say that the view I see on these mornings may keep me motivated well beyond my race event.






Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Madness Giveaway: HealthPak

I am so excited this Monday to present my HealthPak giveaway!!  If you're looking for a convenient way to take your daily supplements, the HealthPak from USANA has the solution!

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This winner will be determined via  The contest ends this evening, September 17th at 11:59PM CST.  The winner will be announced tomorrow morning, September 18th.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Slow Cook Chicken and Sweet Potatoe Stew #sweatpink #fitfluential #glutenfree #dairyfree

Super easy to make!  A very hearty stew that is gluten-free and dairy-free as well as lean protein.  My kids also approve of this healthy meal!

2-3 cups of Diced Yams or Sweet Potatoe
1 1/2 lbs. Diced Chicken
1/2 cup Chicken Broth
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Ginger
1 tsp. Mild Curry
1 tsp. Chili Powder
2 cups Frozen Mixed Vegetables
1 Tbsp. Arrowroot Flour

  1. Place yams/sweet potatoe in bottom of crock pot.  Top with diced chicken.  
  2. Sprinkle spices on top of the chicken.  Pour the chicken broth over the chicken.
  3. Cook on High for 3-4 hours (or low for 6-7 hours)
  4. Mix in frozen vegetables and arrowroot flour.  Stir.
  5. Cook on High for another 30 minutes until frozen vegetables are cooked.
  6. Enjoy!
*I also like to garnish with sliced avocados.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On My Plate: Slow Cook Lentil Pasta Sauce With Quinoa Pasta #sweatpink #fitfluential #glutenfree #vegan

This is the perfect meal for our family's vegan supper night.  My children love this pasta sauce!


1 cup chopped onion
2 cups sliced zuchinni
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup of chopped celery
19 oz can of lentils
6 cups of pasta sauce
Box of quinoa pasta

  1. Heat pan with olive oil at medium heat.  Add in all vegetables and saute until onion is cooked.  Remove from heat.
  2. Pour pasta and lentils in pan with vegetables and stir.
  3. Transfer to crock pot/slow cooker.  Cook on high for 3 hours (or low for 6 hours).
  4. Follow directions to cook quinoa pasta
  5. Enjoy!

Viva Las Vegas Half Marathon Training Day 30

I can officially say that I feel like a runner!!  It is Day 30 of my training and my body feels stronger and tighter then when I started on Day 1.  I had already lost a lot of weight this year with focusing on my diet with light exercise.  However, I did not feel toned in areas of my body such as my core.  Since I have started I, religiously, perform weight training 3 times a week.  I have feel as strong as I was before I had children.  I can especially feel the difference in my hips.  After having three children, my lower back and hips would always ache after I exercised.  By focusing on core work such as my #plankaday exercises, the pain has virtually gone away.  I ran 8km today and did not feel any weakness in my back!  This is a huge accomplishment for me because I was starting to fear that I would never be able to run far again if I couldn't correct this.  It just goes to show that when you workout and eat right consistently, you will begin to see results.  It also takes time:)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Viva Las Vegas Training Day 25 - Taking Breaks Is A Good Thing

I had such an awesome 8km run tonight. I took four days off of my training this past weekend. I think with all of the back to school preparations and working full-time, I started to feel a bit
worn down. My IBS has been acting up again, so I know that I needed to rest to allow my body to heal and to take the necessary supplements.  I have learned over the past few months to listen to my body and take the much needed rest it needs. It worked out great because I had the best run ever!!! I was starting to get a bit discouraged last week, because my IBS was affecting my running.  However, I have been feeling great the last five days so I think things will be good from here on in.  
In addition, I did my 2 minute #Plankaday. I was surprised how strong I felt afterwards!  It gets easier every time:)