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Coach Nancy

Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach. Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.


Oh So Good Chili

By Coach Nancy / December 8, 2018

Chili in the winter go hand in hand. A great chili recipe is a prized possession. This one is a keeper. It has several secret ingredients that adds to  It’s AWESOMEness!1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil1/2 yellow onion, diced2 garlic cloves, minced1/2 pound ground beef 1/2 pound ground turkey1/4 cup pumpkin puree14-ounce can crushed tomatoes8 ounces […]


Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

By Coach Nancy / December 1, 2018

Soup is a favorite on a New England Winter day. This one also brings its own heat. Its like Buffalo Chicken Wings without the messy fingers.   Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili1 ¼ cups dice Onion1 cup dice Carrot2 ⅔ cups dice Celery1 large sweet potato, diced2 ½ teaspoons mince Garlic, Cloves6 ⅔ cups cook and […]


Try This to Gain Weight or Do the Opposite for Weight Loss

By Coach Nancy / November 27, 2018

To gain weight fast: Eat as much and as fast as you can.
 And to get the opposite effect? To lose weight, try the Opposite: Eat slowly and deliberately without distractions. Quickly devour everything and gain weight.  Our “satiety mechanisms” kick in about 20 minutes after we start eating a meal. No matter how much we eat […]


Coach Nancy’s Top 5 Ways to Avoid Couch Coma

By Coach Nancy / November 20, 2018

​Want to avoid feeling (and looking) like a stuffed turkey on Thanksgiving day? Here’s 5 Tips for keeping control and prevent yourself from developing the dreaded “couch coma” while still enjoying that incredible meal. Eat Breakfast– Thanksgiving finds most of us rushing around baking and preparing food for the feast later in the day. If we take […]


Plan Your Hydration

By Coach Nancy / November 13, 2018

Most of us have had some practice at meal planning and preparation. We realize the importance of planning our meal times in order to make life go smoother with less stress and yet healthier for us and our family. In fact Cr8 Your Plate is a Meal Planning service.  I’ve written many posts on Meal […]


Chicken Cacciatore

By Coach Nancy / November 10, 2018

Crockpot cooking is one of the easiest ways to get a meal on for dinner that you don’t have to spend hours and hours preparing. While you do have to get the recipe together, the crockpot does so much of the work. You can take all the credit for it.  This crockpot meal is a win/win. […]


Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

By Coach Nancy / November 3, 2018

At a recent party for challenge winners, I served these delightful little snacks. The dainty little bites of goodness were so easy to make. I almost felt guilty because each one looked like it took a very long time to make. And they were gobbled up. 4 oz cream cheese1/2 cup pumpkin pureé1 scoop SFH Pure […]


Help its Halloween

By Coach Nancy / October 30, 2018

While scrolling through my pictures the other day…. I saw something AMAZING! There were two beautiful girls who took a selfie next to each other. While it shouldn’t be that a mom is surprised when her two teen age girls are enjoying a moment of fun together yet some days are filled with the opposite going […]


Bring New Life to Your Oatmeal

By Coach Nancy / October 27, 2018

Breakfast is my favorite meal. During those cold months, oatmeal becomes a staple each day. It doesn’t have to be the same ole same old oatmeal though. In fact with these recipes, everyone in my family can treat themselves special with the same pot of oatmeal. Whether you chose to make Old Fashion Oatmeal or Steel […]


8 Tips to Meal Planning Success

By Coach Nancy / October 23, 2018

Meal Preparation: Tips and Ideas  1. Create a morning, evening or weekend ritual. Do your grocery shopping on the same day(s) each weekPrep food meals on Sunday, the night before and/or in the morning. Get into a routine to make food prep efficient and effective.2. Pre-cook chicken. Purchase boneless skinless chicken in bulk and season to […]

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