Avocado Corn Salad Recipe

I almost don’t want to share this recipe, because I don’t want to give out my secret. I make it every time we are asked to bring a dish somewhere, and people always rave about it. I’m always asked for the recipe too. This is definitely one of my cheater recipes. It doesn’t require any cooking or prepping, and very little cutting. But the secret’s out now… My most asked for the recipe, and it's also the easiest recipe in the world. Ready in under 10 minutes!


Avocado Corn Salad

  • 1 can Corn, Mexican Style
  • 1 can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 Avocados
  • 1 container mild fresh salsa (Super G makes my favorite)
  • 1-2 tsp Lime Juice
  • Olive Oil (to drizzle)
  • Oregano (to taste)

Peel and dice Avocados. Combine corn, black beans, avocados, and salsa in a large bowl. Toss with lime juice and olive oil. Add oregano to taste, and toss again. 

That’s it. Easiest recipe. Healthy recipe. Delicious recipe.

Maria - Chapter 4

Sorry the Blog posts haven't been as steady as normal. This is completely my (John's) fault. I promise to try to be more consistent in 2015. Let's cal it my New Year's resolution. Here's Maria's latest update! 


It has been 4 months since I started with John. I have lost another 7 pounds, which puts me down 27 pounds in 4 months. I feel great, I'm more active and have so much more energy.

This past month it has been a bit more difficult getting to classes due to lack of childcare. With class sizes growing, its not as easy to bring my kids as it was when it was just one or two people. But with more people, it does become more fun. I am able to have "adult conversation" and interact with other adults instead of just my children all the time. I'm still having a lot of fun with the classes and I'm always excited to learn new exercises. I love the new 25X25 class. I really enjoy that one. My goal is still to attend a class Monday through Saturday. I'm determined and I will do it.

As for the low carb diet, it is still a work in progress. A little on the slow side these past two months with being on a tighter than normal budget. I am still struggling with trying to eat more than one meal a day. Especially when I'm trying to make it healthy and not just making do with what we had stashed in the pantry for hard times. We are still trying to figure out how to implement this lifestyle change with our 3 year old who has become so picky when it comes to even his favorite foods. My one year old eats anything thus far so he hasn't had any problems adjusting. I've cut out almost all sugar with the exception of sweet tea which I stopped buying and started making myself to lower the sugar in that as well. Every once in awhile we will get some ice cream or something but its not an every night thing like it used to be.

So, these last two months have been harder than expected due to certain circumstances but it hasn't deterred the end goal for myself and for my family. I am still determined to lead a healthy lifestyle and to instill in my children healthy habits.

-Maria

January Class Schedule

We have a few changes on the groups schedule. We are adding more 25x25 classes and removed the boot camps for the time being. Hope to see you in a class soon and remember you can sign up for unlimited group classes HERE.


Monday: 

  • 8:30 AM- 684 Circuit with John
  • 10:00 AM- 684 Circuit with John 
  • 11:00 AM- Ab Lab with John
  • 6:30 PM- Zumba with Heather 

Tuesday: 

  • 6:00 AM- 25 x 25 with John
  • 4:30 PM- 684 Circuit with John
  • 6:30 PM- Zumba Sentao with Tanja

Wednesday: 

  • 8:30 AM- 25 x 25 with John

Thursday: 

  • 6:00 AM- 684 Circuit with John
  • 4:30 PM- Stretch It Out with John 
  • 6:30 PM- 684 Circuit with John

Friday: 

  • 8:30 AM- Trainers Choice

Saturday: 

  • 9:00 AM- Ab Lab with John
  • 9:30 AM- 684 Circuit with John

25x25: 25 exercises, 25 reps. Choose a list at random, complete your exercises in any order, and have a great full body workout for any skill level.

684 Circuit: 6 minutes of cardio, 8 exercise circuit, and a 4 minute core finale. Awesome for persons of any age.

Ab Lab: It’s a 20 minute total core workout with stabilizing movements and strength training that will tone your midsection.  

Stretch It Out: An excellent class to help you flexibility or help recovery from a strenuous workout. Multiple types of stretching such as static, rope, dynamic, and ballistic. Perfect for anyone ages 9 to 99.

Trainer's Choice: Whatever the trainer decide. This is our test bed for new group classes, new instructors, or could be a  repeat of a class we love. Can be modified for any age group if needed. Sometimes we let the clients pick as well.

Zumba: Combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system. Join the Party! 

Zumba Sentao: Combines strength & resistance training with innovative dance fitness moves all centered around a chair. It tones muscle, strengthens core and torches calories.

Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs Recipe

Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

(recipe modified from http://homecooking.about.com/od/beefrecipes/r/blbeef85.htm)

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper 
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup Mozzarella Veggie Shreds (chopped into tiny pieces)
  • 1/3 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil spray 
  • Tomato sauce
  • Mozzarella Veggie Shreds (for topping)

Cut the squash in half and scrape out any seeds. Drizzle olive oil on the inside of the squash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

Place the squash, cut side down, onto a broiling or roasting pan. Roast at 450F for ~35 minutes. 

While the squash is roasting, make the meatballs. 

Place the diced onion in a pan with a little olive oil, and cover. Saute for about 5 minutes, then let cool.

In a large bowl, use your hands to mix the ground beef, onion, oatmeal, veggie shreds, almond milk, egg, italian seasoning, garlic, salt, and pepper. Chopping the veggie shreds first keeps the cheese in the meatball, so it’s not falling out the sides. 

Using clean, damp hands, roll the meat into 1 1/2 balls. Spray a glass baking dish with vegetable oil spray. Place the meatballs in the dish. 

When the squash is done roasting, pull it out and turn on the broiler. Broil the meatballs for 5 minutes. Turn the meatballs and broil for another 5 minutes. 

Take the squash and use 2 forks to pull it apart into spaghetti-like strands.  Place in a pot and toss with tomato sauce. 

Serve the spaghetti squash topped with meatballs and a sprinkling of mozzarella veggie shreds. 

These are the first meatballs our 4 year old would actually eat. Not only did he eat them, but he asked for them for breakfast the next day. Definitely a winning recipe!

Maria - Chapter 3

Due to Black Friday through Cyber Monday prep the past couple weeks this blog post is coming out late with no fault to Maria. I am sorry to those that were looking for her update 2 weeks ago. So without further ado...


It has been two months already since I started with John. I have lost another 7 pounds, which puts me at 11 total in 2 months. I have more energy and I'm feeling great!

I've been attending 4-5 times a week with classes and personal training. I'm enjoying the classes and having fun, because of the training and attention to form that John has done in his classes, on days I cant make it to class, I can do a workout at home and know I'm doing it correctly. While the sitter issue has not been working out and I've had to bring my kids to more than enough classes, I'm not letting that stop me or my goals. My goal is still to attend a class Monday through Saturday. I will get there!

As for the low carb diet, it is still a work in progress. A little on the slow side this past month due to issues beyond our control. We have had to make do with what we have in house rather than going and buying food. So that meant skipping out on fresh produce and certain low carb foods we would usually buy week to week. I've still struggled with trying to eat more than one meal a day. While some days I can manage two, the majority is still a struggle. I can say that I have managed to cut back on my taste for certain foods. Chocolate chip cookies from David's cookies, for example. As delicious as they are, I've had the same bag sitting out on the counter for the last two weeks and haven't had the urge to eat one. My kids on the other hand, not so much.

Progress has been a little slow these last couple of weeks on the diet end, but I am continuing to exercise and stay active. The babysitting deal is less than ideal but I am determined to keep going. I hope that once we get over this setback, we can get back on track and continue to move forward in both aspects.

Maria Hudson