How to be a Goal Digger + Coconut Oil Roasted Vegetables Recipe

February 11th, 2016 | Posted by Erica House in Fitness | Health

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Vitamin Shoppe.

I’ve seen the term Goal Digger floating around on social media lately and, unlike ‘on fleek’, I’m 100% behind this phrase.IMG_1524I didn’t set any resolutions this year (I can’t remember the last time I did) but I’m constantly setting new goals. I honestly feel lost when I don’t have a goal I’m working toward. At any given time if prompted I can usually rattle off a few goals relating to fitness (sub 30 minute 5k), work (make $40,000 working from home this year) and personal (I think I’m going to aim for 2 books a month)

Goals need to have a few criteria to ensure I have a good chance of accomplishing them:

  • Be specific: Don’t just say “I want to lose weight.” Say, “I want to lose 1 pound a week.”
  • Be realistic: Ladies, ya ain’t going to lose 25 pounds a month. Sorry.
  • Have a plan for how to achieve them: I set up a detailed 12 week plan for how I will sub 30 on my next 5k

 To help me reach one of my goals Vitamin Shoppe sent me this box full of awesome swag.
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IMG_1527I’ve taken a probiotic every day for years and always love adding a new one into the rotation. Plus, I got a sweet new vitamin organizer. Travis likes to make fun of me for using one but I am so forgetful that it’s the only way I can (1) remember to take them every day and (2) not accidently take them twice a day.

I strongly believe that the connection between mind and gut goes both ways. Know how your stomach gets in knots when you are stressed or anxious? I think an imbalanced stomach can cause stress and anxiety mentally.
IMG_1579Aside from protein powder I’ve never used any other workout supplement. I was excited to try out Critical Aminos XT as it’s supposed to help you recovery faster from workouts. Now that I’m ‘lifting’ more (I hardly call squatting with 25# lifting but it’s the best I can do at the moment from home!) I think I could benefit from some extra aminos. Plus, the watermelon is a nice change from the plain water I always drink.
IMG_1561Finally, my precious, coconut oil. I use it in cooking all of the time but I also started using it on my hands in place of lotion. Since moving to Alaska my hands have become so dry they were cracking and bleeding but within 2 days of rubbing coconut oil on them they were back to normal.

Part of nearly any health related goal entails eating better. For most people that means eating more vegetables, which can be a struggle as vegetables can taste pretty gross if not prepared right.

Here is my favorite way to prepare vegetables, so good that it makes my veggie-averse husband loves brussel sprouts and asparagus. Even white asparagus. Did you know that was even a thing? I didn’t until this week!

coconut oil roasted vegetables

Ingredients:

  • 1 head broccoli (cut off and just use the florets)
  • 1 head cauliflower (cut off and just use the florets)
  • 1 bundle asparagus (hard stems removed and the remainder portion cut into thirds)
  • 20ish brussel sprouts (bottoms cut off and remainder cut into quarters)
  • 1 bag of carrots(peeled and thinly sliced, about 1/4 of an inch thick)
  • 3-4 T. coconut oil
  • salt

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Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare all vegetables, and mix in a giant bowl. Melt coconut oil in the microwave in a mug and pour over vegetables. Stir to coat, and sprinkle with salt. Pour veggies onto 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper and bake for 40 minutes, pulling the out halfway through to stir around. I like my veggies very well roasted though so keep an eye on them.

Other veggies that would be great to add in; sweet potatoes, parsnips, acorn squash, onions and butternut squash.

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The coconut oil and roasting brings out the natural sweetness of the veggies and they are so delicious prepared this way. I can’t wait for little man to start eating solids, as this is what I plan to start him out on!

What goal are you currently working on? 

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Vitamin Shoppe.

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