Sunday, May 25, 2014

Jenny's Beefy Tex Mex Broccoli Slaw

So I am not done with Jenny's variations of broccoli slaw stir fry recipes, this is the second installment. And we have one more rendition for you next week :) Last week was Jenny's Asian Broccoli Slaw Stir Fry, check it out HERE.

Broccoli slaw is such an easy, low cal filler. LOVE IT! So without further adieu may I present....



Jenny's Beefy Tex Mex Broccoli Slaw

The Stuff

  • 1 cup broc slaw
  • Half an onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 4 oz lean ground beef,, browned and drained
  • Either a 100 cal wholly guac packet or a wild garden hummus packet
  • OPTIONAL a 1/8 a cup of sharp cheddar cheese….. depending on how low I'm going


What you do

I take the broc slaw, taco seasoning, and onion and throw them in a skillet on med heat and let them soften up. Once they are ready I throw in the ground beef. Top with the guacamole or hummus. And cheese, if you are into that sort of thing.




Nutritional Stats

(Recipe as written with  guacamole and cheese!)

50 cals - I used half the bag of broccoli slaw
140 cals - 4 oz ground beef
20 cals- half of an onion
100 cals – guacamole packet
55 cals – 1/8 cup sharp cheddar cheese

TOTAL 355 cals and 32 g of protein


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Jenny's Asian Broccoli Slaw Stir Fry

Jenny came to Texas ya'll... my friend and co-worker at Venus. She won VT7 (Venus transformation contest), here is her podcast and B&A pics-

We are both coaches for Venus Index so if you would like to train and/or transform under us, go sign up ASAP as there is a limited number of spots! Be sure to note which coach you want on your intake form!

So while Jenny was here, we had a photo  shoot. That was actually the reason she came.


Just a few of my faves, I will spare you ;)

And we stopped by the Cadillac Ranch (an Amarillo landmark which is very random!) And there were a million Mustangs lined up there touring Route 66 so we had to get another photo in!

And we taught a Venus gym class


And we went on a hike with my sis-in-law Erin at Palo Duro Canyon


We had a full weekend! And I loved every minute of it. So I thought I would share one of Jenny's trademark recipes that all the Venus ladies love. It is simple, flavorful, and so much food!

Jenny's Asian Broccoli Slaw Stir Fry

The stuff:
  • 4 oz lean ground beef browned and drained
  • half a yellow onion
  • 10 spears of asparagus or you can use broccoli
  • one cup of broccoli slaw
  • 2 tbsp PB2 mixed with 1 tbsp water and tbsp lite soy sauce or bragg's aminos
  • bragg's amino or lite soysauce
  • 1tsp sesame oil
 What you do:
I take the broc slaw, sliced onion, asparagus and the tsp of sesame oil and I shake them up in a ziploc or tupperware just to get it even coated and throw them in a skillet on med and let them soften up. Once they are ready I throw in the ground beef. Mix your 2 tbsp of PB2 with 1tbsp of water and one tbsp of lite soy sauce and throw it over the whole thing. Sometimes I even throw in some scrambed egg whites. You can really get creative with this recipe, but I'm here to tell you it is VERY filling and flavorful. The ground beef really soaks up the pB2/soy sauce blend.
Season with pepper and salt to your liking, so yummy.


I forgot asparagus so I subbed mini bell peppers and a touch of celery


Nutrition Stats:



Sunday, May 11, 2014

Workout Cover

I am still pinching myself. Cover of Venus Index Phase 3 workout was just released! It is so surreal.

XO- Liss

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Venus Ab and Core Work Progressions and Modifications

As a fitness coach, I am often asked about substitutions for core work in the various Venus Factor and Venus Index workouts.

What if I do not have a stability ball for stability ball roll ups or roll outs?

What is stability ball curl ups are too difficult for me?

You can do roll out or roll ups with a towel on a hard surface. 
 **Be aware that the floor can be slick, especially if this is your first try at this, so be sure to have a wall to stop the slide at the end of the motion or just remove your hand/foot from the towel and catch yourself if you feel yourself beginning to lose control. :)


What if I do not have a stability ball for stability ball roll outs?

What if I do not have an ab wheel for ab wheel exercises?

The barbell rollout is a perfect substitition exercise for either of those exercises. It also make a nice progression as you can make it more difficult than stability ball rollouts if you go out further.


Always remember that it is better to start now than to wait to buy equipment.

You can work around not having a ball, barbell, or ab wheel by doing the following exercises as a substitution:

*Planks - Venus Index video
*Side planks - Venus Index video
*Mountain climbers - Venus Index video

* Above are some creative alternative videos

If you have a physical limitation, you can usually work around the issue. Remember to let pain be your guide, if it hurts- stop!

Here are just a few examples of work arounds to new or existing injuries-
  • If your wrist is injured and needs a work around, do planks or side planks on your elbows instead, video here
  • For an ankle injury, you can do planks on your knees instead. On roll ups, you would also move the ball or towel to your knees. See above for video example.