Personal Trainer Recipe- Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Lee’s Summit fitness friends, here is a healthy recipe for Pumpkin Protein Muffins.  Life Transformations Personal Trainer, Molly Wichman, in Lee’s Summit, share clean eating tips.  Enjoy as a complete meal on the go.  Make ahead and grab and go.  Need to travel, place some premade Pumpkin Protein Muffins in the freezer to take to your destination.  By the time you get there, they should still be cold.  Don’t give up on your goals when out of town or on the go…just plan ahead.

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

DRY INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups Oat or wheat flourmolly wichman fitness pumpkin protein muffins

4 Scoops vanilla whey protein

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

6 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 Cup Sugar Free Syrup or agave

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 Cup Liquid Egg Whites or

4 oz Unsweetened Applesauce

15 oz of 100% Pure Pumpkin

 

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 2 muffin pans with non-stick spray. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine and mix well. Distribute batter evenly into 21 separate muffins. Bake for about 30 minutes.

Personal Trainer Tip- Glutes Training

Lee’s Summit personal training friends, do you want to add a little boost to your backside?   Life Transformations Personal Training, personal trainer Molly Wichman, has some tips for you.

Glutes Training

Do you like your rear view?  As we approach competition season and bikini season, every gal wants to focus on her back side.  Ladies tend to hold onto body fat the longest in the glutes, hip and thigh areas.  While body fat reduction comes primarily from nutrition and cardiovascular activity; lifting and shaping the glutes region can help with the appearance of the rear view.

If you have a weak backside, you may want to allow a day for just glutes strength training.  Here are some good glutes building moves to incorporate into your workout routine.

Squats- We have all heard “Squat for that booty.” Yes, squats build muscle to the glutes, but they are not the only exercise out there.  Free bar, Smith machine, Pivot Squats, dumbbell squats and even body weight squats can train the glutes if done properly.  If you stand up from your computer and do a bodyweight squat focusing on pushing through your heels on the way up, you will feel your glutes muscles activating and being worked.  This is the feeling you need when doing any variation of squats, pushing through the glutes.  Now, squats are also great for all over thigh development; but, if the focus is glutes…push with the glutes.

Abductor- The abductor or outer thigh machine is great for training the hips and glutes.  Depending on the angle of the machine at your gym, you may need to lean forward to a 45 degree angle to really push the movement back into the glutes area.

Glutes Bridge- You may want to do this movement in the corner of your gym to feel more comfortable.   Lying on the ground with your feet on the floor directly under your knees, lift your hips up, then slowly lower to the ground.  If you squeeze through your glutes you should feel this.  To add resistance hold a dumbbell or weight plate on your pelvis as you lift your hips.

Leg Lifts- The best place to start leg lifts is on a bench.  Lie face down with your hips off the bench (move a little forward if too much pressure is on your back) and your legs resting on the ground. Grip your hands on the front of the bench to balance yourself.   Lift your legs so you do a “superman move” by pulling with your glutes muscles, and then come down slow and repeat without letting your legs touch the ground.  If this gets easy, try adding weight by adding ankle weights on your legs or a resistance band around your ankles.  Want to change the angle, try this move on the incline bench for a deeper stretch.  Another option is to put a BOSU ball on the bench so your bellybutton it on the center of the rounded BOSU.

Leg Press- The leg press or single leg press is another exercise that is great for overall thigh development.  For your glutes focused workout, but your feet at the top of the foot pad.  This will allow you to push through your glutes and hamstring muscles.

Plié Squats- Similar to the squat, but with a wide stance with toes pointing out.  Try a squat.  Then hold a weight plate or dumbbell to add resistance.  If you are flexible, try standing with each of your feet on a weight bench (still in a wide stance).  The added height will allow you to get a deeper squat and really push through your glutes and inner thigh muscles.

 

If you want to try some non-weighted glutes exercises, there is always the Step Mill, incline treadmill walk, bench jumps, broad jumps, frog jumps, high skips, and box jumps.  Just remember to engage your glutes muscles and use a slow and smooth movement to get the most out of what you are doing.

Each weighted exercise can always be modified by adding resistance or changing the angle.  If you get bored with what you are doing, change it up.  Glutes exercise are great for improving your appearance in your skinny jeans, bikini or competition stage look.  These are just some of the many glutes exercises.  Try some out and see what works for you. For other personal trainer tips visit NEWS.

Molly Wichman

IFBB Fitness Pro

Life Transformations Personal Training Owner/Personal Trainer

 

This information is intended for general informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice or imply that any personal action should be taken. You should first discuss any physical, lifestyle and dietary changes with your health or medical professional.

Trainer Tip-Super Bowl Party

Lee’s Summit fitness friends, here are some tips to survive a Super Bowl Party.  Life Transformations Personal Trainer, Molly Wichman, shares clean eating tips below.

Are you ready for the big game?  You don’t have to let the big game take out your waistline.  Enjoy the game and spending time with friends while eating healthy and tasty foods.

Game food is usually greasy or salty or sweet…but pretty tasty.  Plan ahead and put out or take some healthy food for your friends and family.

There is always the classic veggie tray, fruit tray, wheat crackers, low fat cheese, mixed nuts, and celery boats.  But, here are some different recipes to spice up your Game Day food.  So go cheer on your favorite team and enjoy some tasty food!

Spinach Dip with Pine Nuts

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek-style plain nonfat yogurt life transformations personal training healthy recipe1
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • One 10-ounce package frozen whole-leaf spinach, thawed
  • Salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Scoop the yogurt into a paper towel-lined strainer set over a bowl. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. You should end up with a 1/2 cup yogurt.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a small skillet. Add the pine nuts and minced onion and cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is softened and lightly browned and the pine nuts are golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, chili powder and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Scrape into a bowl.
  3. Using your hands to squeeze the spinach until very dry, then coarsely chop it and discard any stringy pieces. Stir the spinach and yogurt into the onion mixture and season with salt.

Serve With

Toasted baguette slices, wheat crackers or pita bread, fresh vegetables, or use as a condiment for chicken breast.

Adapted from www.foodandwine.com

 

Turkey and Bean Chili

INGREDIENTS

1 cup prechopped red onionlife transformations personal training healthy recipe11

1/3 cup chopped seeded green pepper

1 teaspoon  minced garlic

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add first 4 ingredients; cook for 6 minutes or until turkey is done, stirring frequently to crumble. Stir in chili powder and next 8 ingredients (through broth); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro.

Recipe adapted from www.cookinglight.com

 

Turkey Cucumber Roll up

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 medium cucumbers (each will yield about 6 slices)life transformations personal training healthy recipe141
  • ¼ cup store-bought basil pesto
  • 6 slices low fat Mozzarella Slices, cut into ½ inch strips
  • 6 oz deli smoked turkey breast, shredded
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup spinach, shredded
  • salt and pepper, for seasoning

DIRECTIONS
  1. Slice the cucumbers lengthwise on a mandoline at about a 2mm setting. If you don’t have a mandoline, you can always use a vegetable peeler. Place the cucumber slices on parchment paper and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Spread about 1 teaspoon of pesto on each cucumber, then evenly distribute cheese, turkey, bell pepper and spinach on each. Sprinkle with a little salt and black pepper. Roll up and place seam down. If you want an even nicer presentation, you can stick a toothpick in the middle for easy appetizers! Serve with extra pesto or sauce of choice. Makes about 18 rolls.

Adapted from www.ambitiouskitchen.com

 

Trainer Tip- Stretching

Lee’s Summit fitness friends don’t feel out of shape and sore. Here are some tips on stretching from Life Transformations Fitness Personal Trainer, Molly Wichman. Try it out!

Stretching… Just Do It

Did you know that stretching can be as important as exercise? It can be hard to add stretching into your daily fitness routine, but it does have many benefits.

Some of the benefits of stretching are increase flexibility and range of motion, improve posture, increase blood flow and reducing muscle soreness.

Here are some tips to help make stretching part of your daily routine.

Wait on your stretchmolly wichman personal trainer lees summit stretching

Your muscles should be warm before you begin to stretch. Keep your regular warmup before a workout. This should be something to get the blood flowing to your muscles. Stretch after the workout when your muscles are already warm. A brisk walk or swing arms in circles are great warmup movements.

Post Workout Stretch

Instead of trying to stretch your whole body after every time you exercise (unless you have time), focus on an area of the body each time. If you have tight muscles, then focus on stretching those muscles. However if you have time, try a full body stretch.

 

Here is an easy full body stretch that can take 10 minutes. Find a good area in the gym to stretch. I like the upright bike. You can adjust the seat to hip height.

Hamstrings- Place foot on seat, keep leg straight, lean forward to stretch, stationary leg is on floor.

Hips- Place foot on seat, bend knee so leg in in L shape, lean forward to stretch, stationary leg is on floor.

Quads- Stand facing away from bike, bend foot to glutes, hook toes on bike seat, lean backwards into stretch.

Shoulders- Hold onto bike handles with both hands, keep arms straight, lean forward will upper body is parallel to floor.

Chest- Hold bike handles with one arm, (arm away from body), keep arm straight and lean away from handle.

Back- Hold bike handles with one arm (arm in front of body), keep arm straight and lean towards handle.

Back- Bend knees, hold under bike seat with one arm, fall further into squat.

*While stretching, make sure the equipment is fastened to the ground or stable. Do not pull equipment on top of you. Always keep joints soft, not locked out. A good stretch is held for 30 seconds or more. Stretch at your own level, don’t push too hard.

Trainer Recipe Almond Snowballs

Molly Wichman, Life Transformations Personal Trainer in Lee’s Summit, loves to share healthy recipes for clients and our community. Try out this healthy holiday recipe as a treat for you and your family.

Almond Snowballs

Ingredients
•2 egg whiteslife transformations personal training healthy recipe

•Pinch coarse salt

•1/3 cup sugar, eyeball it

•1 1/2 cups, about 6 ounces, shredded coconut

•1 teaspoon almond extract, eyeball it

•1/4 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg

•3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

•9 candied red cherries, halved

•1/4 cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites and salt to soft peaks, then add sugar and beat again until peaks are stiff. Beat in almond flavoring. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in half of the coconut. Sprinkle in the nutmeg and flour, stir, then fold in the remaining coconut.

Using a melon baller or other small scoop, or working with 2 spoons, form 9 “snowballs” a couple of inches apart on each of 2 cookie sheets. Bake snowballs 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from oven and garnish each snowball with half a cherry and a couple of slivered almonds. Transfer to a rack or serving plate to cool.

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Trainer Recipe-Pumpkin Pie Shake

Molly Wichman, IFBB Fitness Pro and Personal Trainer in Lee’s Summit, loves to share healthy recipes for clients and our community.  Try out this tasty recipe as a snack for you and your family.

Pumpkin Pie Shake

1 scoop vanilla whey proteinlife transformations personal training lees summit trainer recipe

1/2 c pumpkin puree

1/2 c water

1/2 c ice cubes

*Optional: 3 squirts Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Syrup

Blend all ingredients together untill desired consistancy.  Enjoy as a snack or post workout treat!

Healthy Lifestyle Seminar Lee’s Summit

Join Life Transformations Personal Trainer, Molly Wichman, for a free seminar on basic exercise and nutrition tips you can apply to your life. Living a healthy lifestyle does take a little work, but it can be done for you and your family! Come learn how. This is a free health seminar open to the Lee’s Summit and surrounding community.

 

Tuesday, July 14th 6:00-7:00pmLife Transformations Personal Trainer Molly Wichman Healthy Lifestyle Seminar

Hosted by Porter Chiropractic

706 E Langsford Rd

Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

Phone:(816) 524-5838

*Giveaways, healthy samples and more

 

Seminar is free to the community. RSVP to Molly Wichman at 816-405-3166 or molly@lifetransformations-kc.com. Check our FaceBook Event for more details.

Tips for Healthy Eating

Tips for Healthy Eating

Cook at Home– Fast food and convenience foods are usually filled with unwanted calories.  Plan ahead and take healthy snacks and meals with you.  Make healthy food convenient.Avoid hunger– Blood sugar dips when your body is hungry and causes “hunger.” Try to eat 3 small meals and 2-3 snacks per day to speed up metabolism by regulating blood sugar.Fats – Limit saturated and trans fats. Life Transformations lees summit Personal training lees summit 3113
Sodium – Extra salt is hidden in processed foods and snacks.
Sugar and Carbohydrates – Most Americans are consuming way more added sugars than the AHA recommends. Keeping tabs on what type and how much sugar you’re eating is an important part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Learn what the AHA recommends here.   Opt for whole wheat when possible.
Suggested Servings from Each Food Group – Many Americans unknowingly over eat.  Watch portion sizes and read food labels to prevent overeating and unwanted calories.
Alcohol– It’s important to limit alcohol intake.
Involve Your Family– Making healthy choices for yourself is great. Involving your family is even better.

WANT MORE INFORMATION:

Life Transformations Personal Training in Lee’s Summit is locally owned and operated.  Robert and Molly Wichman work together to share their passion for fitness and health with their clients and trainers.  If you want to join a fitness environment focused on “fitness,” then Life Transformations Personal Training is for you.

Life Transformations started Personal Training Clients in 2008.  We currently train clients at Anytime Fitness (316 NE 291 Highway, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086) in the heart of Lee’s Summit.  Don’t delay…come try a training session to meet your weight loss and health goals.

What to know more about Life Transformations Personal Training? .  Stop by to check us out or contact 816-217-2762 molly@lifetransformations-kc.com or robert@lifetransformations-kc.com.

Interested in sharing health and fitness with others, then contact us to schedule a trainer to do so.  Trainers are available for on site seminars for local businesses, weight loss challenges, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the local community.  Contact us today.

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Personal Trainer Tip

Molly Wichman, Life Transformations Personal Trainer in Lee’s Summit, shares Fitness Myths.

There are plenty of exercise misconceptions in the world, some of which may be holding you back from your best body. Do the following 5 exercise myths sound familiar?Life Transformations lees summit Personal training lees summit 13
1) You should make sure to eat before you exercise.
Experiment with what works best for you. Try training on an empty stomach and see how you feel. Then instead of going hungry, enjoy a small, nutritious snack about 90 minutes before you exercise. See how you feel after that.

2) Cardio is more effective for weight loss than weights.
Cardio alone is never as effective as a routine that also includes resistance training. Strength training is essential for building lean tissue, which increases your metabolism and decreases your body fat.

3) If you exercise enough, then you can eat anything you want.
Even if you exercise daily at an intense rate, your diet still matters. To top it off, most people overestimate how many calories they burn as well as underestimating how many calories they are eating. This can be a fattening combo.

4) For optimal fat burn, exercise longer at a low intensity.
Intensity matters when it comes to getting great results so do a workout that challenges you.

5) Unless you exercise often, exercise is a waste of time.
Research continues to prove that any exercise is better than zero exercise. So you can only exercise once a week? Do it. Any exercise is better than zero exercise.
Just remember:
· Be Consistent: exercise at least 3 times each week
· Be Challenged: keep your routine intense
· Be Patient: true fitness results take time
· Be Excited: find a form of exercise that you love

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Trainer Recipe- Mixed Berry Crumble

Molly Wichman IFBB Fitness Pro and Life Transformations Personal Trainer in Lee’s Summit, MO loves to share healthy recipes for  clients and the  community.  Try out this tasty recipe for Mixed Berry Crumble.    Involve the kiddos and let them help make and eat these treats. Yummy

Mixed Berry Crumble

Ingredients

6 cups mixed berries (fresh or frozen)

 

Toppingmolly wichman fitness mixed berry crumble healthy recipe

1 ½ cups Old Fashion Oatmeal

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup ground flax

1/4 cup sugar substitute

2 tsp cinnamon

3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place fruit in 9 x13 pan, set aside. In a large bowl combine all topping ingredients until everything is moistened with coconut oil. Evenly distribute mixture on top of fruit Place pan uncovered in the oven and bake for about 60 mins or until bubbling and the top is golden brown.

 

Enjoy warm with a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt.

Makes 6 servings

 

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