10 Easy Snack Ideas

13 10 2010

Over the last month or so I have had a lot of requests for easy snack ideas…that are healthy.  Well, it doesn’t get much easier than these.  The first recipe is a Tony Horton favorite and a Tucker family staple.  After that, you will find Tony’s top 10 easy snack ideas…also stock piled in the Tucker pantry.  Remember, you should be eating every 3 hours or so and all snacks should include a protein.  Contrary to popular belief, the key to weight loss is not starvation.  You have got to fuel your body properly to get results.  Soooo, there are no longer any excuses. 

Tony’s Sticky Bars

  • 1/2 medium-size banana
  • 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter (organic minus hydrogenated oils, preferably)
  • 1 cup unsweetened granola

Mix and mash all three ingredients into a bowl. Spoon onto a sheet of wax paper. Roll up the contents into hot dog/cigar shape. Stick in the freezer. Ready in about 90 minutes. Cut off little bites or eat the whole thing. Eat it frozen or throw it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Serves 2.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 90 minutes

Nutritional Information: (per serving)

Calories: 389
Protein: 14 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbs: 47 g
Fat Total: 17 g
Saturated Fat: 4

Tony’s Top 10 Snacks

  1. My sticky bar, of course (with banana, peanut butter, and granola…recipe at top).
  2. Almond butter (thinly spread) on organic whole-grain toast
  3. Snyder’s of Hanover Organic Oat Bran Pretzels
  4. PROBAR® nutrition bar (original blend)—380 calories of pure joy and 100% vegan
  5. Protein shake: banana, half cup of frozen blueberries and strawberries, tablespoon of flaxseed meal, two ice cubes, protein powder, and rice milk
  6. Half cup of fresh blueberries, and Food For Life’s Ezekiel 4:9 cereal with almonds, mixed into 8 oz. of plain nonfat yogurt
  7. Handful of raw mixed nuts
  8. MI-DEL Honey Grahams (whole wheat; 8 crackers are 280 calories)
  9. CLIF Nectar bars: I like the cinnamon pecan flavor (4 organic ingredients and only 170 calories)
  10. LaraBar snackbars (ingredients: dates, pecans, and almonds; 220 calories)…this is a Tucker staple too!

Who Can Be a Beachbody Coach

9 10 2010

Me and Renee'...my friend that introduced Team Beachbody to me

As I have been sharing my Tony Horton experience I have been overwhelmed with the realization that a huge amount of confusion revolves around the word “coach”.  Since I am a personal trainer, people automatically assume you must have a certification or a fitness background.  That couldn’t be further from the truth and that is what I love so much about this business.  I actually didn’t need my fitness background at all…go figure:)  I just found an incredible opportunity that revolves around something I am passionate about and ran with it.

So, here’s the low down. In 2007, Beachbody decided to let those that love their products make a commission while sharing and promoting their products instead of plastering them all over store shelves.  The reason they use the term “coach” instead of  “rep” or “distributor” is because we are also given the opportunity to support and inspire those that buy the products in an effort to help them reach their goals…a benefit that they couldn’t provide if you just grabbed it off the shelf at Walmart.  With fitness and weight loss this is a must as I have seen lack of support sabotage the efforts of so many of my clients.

Anyway, so who can be a Beachbody coach? Quite simply anyone can be a coach…ANYONE. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be ripped or a fit machine.  We have coaches in all different places on their fitness journey and I love that.  All it takes is the desire to help others get in shape while recommending the products that have helped you.  Team Beachbody is actually just a home-based business opportunity for those with a passion for fitness and a desire to make a little extra money…that’s it…it’s that simple!

Do I think Team Beachbody is a fit for everyone? Probably not.

Do I think it’s worth looking into? Absolutely!

This is an amazing opportunity that has afforded Chad and I the ability to be more comfortable financially than we have ever been.  As shallow as this might sound, the niceties that we are enjoying these days, like granite countertops, new construction on our house, family vacations, and gym equipment all are benefits of this extra income we earn on the side. School loans don’t stress me out anymore and I don’t feel guilty when I buy something nice for myself.  Things are finally comfortable.  So yes, I definitely think it’s worth looking into…you just never know how it might change your life.

It’s not hard, it’s not complicated and it’s not time consuming.  I’m willing to help the willing.  You just need to decide if you’re willing.

Shake it up with Pumpkin Pie Shakeology Recipe

6 10 2010

Finally…fall is here in North Carolina.  The air has turned crisp, I have dawned my favorite running jackets, football is our saturday background noise, and the pumpkin patch is calling our name.  In honor of my favorite season, I decided to shake things up and give the Shakeology Pumpkin Pie recipe a shot that everyone has been raving about.

The verdict is in and it deserves a standing ovation! While pumpkin is low in fat and calories and rich in fiber and disease-fighting nutrients, it also makes for one delicious shake.  Reminds me a little of pumpkin pie…without all the empty calories!  You have got to try this one…even Griffin begs for a sip!

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 cup rice, soy, almond, or low-fat milk (plain or vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • Ice (optional..I like lots of ice!)

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Oh, and for some reason, I think it tastes better when enjoyed through a straw…weird, I know!  Makes 1 serving.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Nutritional Information (with low-fat milk):

  • Calories: 284
  • Protein: 27 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Carbs: 40 g
  • Fat Total: 3.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g

Become a Beachbody Coach

5 10 2010

Sometimes when I think about how this opportunity presented itself, I get the chills thinking about how God really does have a plan for me.  I mean, if Chad wouldn’t have gone into the Marine Corps I would be a Police Officer instead. I wouldn’t have met my dear friend Casey who inspired me to be a personal trainer. We wouldn’t have lived on base in Meridian where P90X was introduced to us.  I wouldn’t have 2 kids (because I didn’t want kids until I was 30 until the threat of deployments entered the picture) that pull at my heart-strings so much that I don’t want to miss a moment with them. So, my dad would have never nudged me to start a fitness website (so I could stay home) through which I met Renee, the awesome person that  introduced me to the Team Beachbody opportunity.

I’m not going to lie.  I wasn’t convinced from the get-go.  I was afraid it was one of the ICKY “pyramid schemes”.  But a little voice in my head kept nudging me.  And, because I didn’t have to sign a contract or fork over a large amount of money, I took a leap of faith.  As time went on I learned what an awesome company it is with real genuine people and leadership…not icky or pyramid in shape at all.  It is a solid company with a bright future.  It grossed $400 million last year and Entrepreneur Magazine even ranked it the 59th fastest growing health and fitness company in the nation…and I am a part of it!

Every day when I think about how tough it is being a military family, I remind myself that if Chad hadn’t joined the Marine Corps, I wouldn’t be a Beachbody coach, representing and promoting the best home fitness programs on the market, helping to support our family financially while staying home with our two beautiful children, never missing a smile, a hug or a belly laugh and helping to inspire others to live a happy, healthy, fulfilling life at the same time.

It really is an incredible opportunity to be a part of something bigger than yourself…to make a difference and money at the same time.  So, if you have that same little voice nudging you right now, take that leap of faith, join our team of coaches and…

Be Amazing!


“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
-John Bingham, running speaker and writer


Statement of Independent Coach Earnings

Me and my best friend and success partner

It’s a family tradition…Chad’s sister, dad, mom, Chad, me and Griffin

Me and Jen at the Beachbody/Tony Horton Event in Lincoln, Nebraska

A group of darn good coaches!

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