27 Jun

Healthy Eating Ideas for a BOOMING Holiday Weekend!

Easy entertaining is the name of the game on July 4th. Whether you watch the fireworks, listen to the town band or just relax in the backyard, chances are you’ll share a meal with family and friends this Independence Day. Put a fresh twist to your classic American fare with this selection of easy, healthy July 4th recipes, grilling recipes and potluck recipes from our Test Kitchen. Happy Fourth of July to everyone from TBFC!

No other fruit says summer like the subtly crunchy, thirst quenching watermelon. Although watermelons can now be found in the markets throughout the year, the season for watermelon is in the summer when they are sweet and of the best quality.  The 4th of July wouldnt be complete without WATERMELON!

watermelon-wedge-popsUse foods that are in season! 🙂 

This corn salad is a sure win to bring to any 4th of July Party!

md102623_0907_corn_vertThis is so simple to make and it’s a salad everyone will love. ❤️ ———————————
TBFC Corn Salad
4-6 ears corn, raw
3 pickling cucumbers, sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 sweet red onion, diced
1 handful cilantro, minced
1 small jalapeño, diced
1/3 cup cold pressed organic olive oil
1/2 cup lime juice, fresh
Sea salt to taste
1 avocado
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 tbs cumin 
Mix together in a large bowl. Serve and enjoy!

veggiekabobs-1If you’re going to grill make the most of it by adding vegetables! Adding grilled fish or chicken to any salad or if you’re a vegetarian, bring your own veggie kabobs! 🙂 

For more great ways to stay healthy this summer check out these great tips!

6 Healthy Eating Tips For Your 4th of July BBQ

1. Use small plates

Research clearly shows that people who choose smaller plates and utensils eat less without even noticing it. The difference can be as substantial as 50% fewer calories consumed, yet everyone reports the same level of fullness and satisfaction. Try borrowing a plate from the kids table or the dessert tray.

2. Eat slowly and mindfully

People who eat more slowly eat fewer calories over the course of a meal. BBQs are a perfect opportunity to pace yourself as you mix and mingle with friends and family. The more you’re chatting, the less you’re eating.

3. Eat healthiest foods first

If you are eating slowly and off small plates, you may as well fill up on the healthiest stuff first. Salads are a great place to start because watery vegetables slow digestion and have very few calories. Try to choose something with oil and protein as well, because these will help you feel full sooner.

4. Skip the chips, crackers and bread

Refined carbohydrates are the worst things you can eat because they offer little satisfaction, loads of calories and dangerous insulin spikes. BBQs are filled with wonderful food, so do yourself a favor and save your calories for the really good stuff.

You don’t have to eat your burger without a bun, but pass on the pointless chips and other snacks that lure you when you’re not thinking. If you’re feeling bored, grab a Frisbee instead.

5. Keep dessert small

The difference between a large slice of cake and a smaller slice of cake can literally be hundreds of calories. And to reiterate, sugar and refined carbohydrates are the most dangerous foods. You don’t have to pass on dessert completely, but keep your portion sizes in check for this course.

6. Think before you drink

There is a place for alcohol in a healthy lifestyle, but making smart choices can be the difference between losing or gaining weight (not to mention your self-control). One sugary margarita can have 600-800 calories. That means 3 margaritas is more food than you should be consuming in an entire day. Is that really worth it? Stick with wine or beer, drink plenty of water and remember to pace yourself.

Small tricks can save you hundreds and potentially thousands of wasted calories that you will never notice or miss. Why sacrifice a good time when you can just upgrade your healthstyle?

 Happy Healthy Holiday! 

15 Feb

Change your habits, Change your life!

When we make small changes in our daily habits our body will respond to these changes and move us either towards our goals or away from our goals.  We control how we look and how we feel every moment of our life.  

This year, if you want to get in better shape, exercise.  If you want to be healthy and feel better, eat healthy foods.  Sounds simple enough, right?  For most of us its not that simple.  We feel lost as to what exercises are best to help transform our body quickly and what foods to eat when and in what combinations.   We get conflicting messages around every corner.  It’s no wonder we give up and never reach our health and wellness goals.  

Success starts with having a solid plan.  At The Belly Fit Club we provide a plan that takes the guess work out of exercise and nutrition.  Have you ever walked into a gym and wondered what to do?  Have you looked at the girl or guy with the amazing body and thought to yourself, “What is their secret?”  I have the secret.  As a fitness model, spokesperson, and certified trainer, I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 22 years.  We all have heard that 70% of the way we look is our diet.  No fitness program will give you the results you’re looking for if your diet sucks.  Knowing this, we have three programs you can choose from designed to meet the needs of any goal and any body.   Start living Belly Fit today and join thousands of others that are changing their life and moving towards their goal everyday.  Read what people are saying about The Belly Fit Club.  

A great example of change is Deneen Rizzuto.  

My whole life I was always told I was too skinny, I guess I was blessed that way but slowly thru the years something changed.  I think it was a combination of turning 47 and quitting smoking.  I had gained 30 pounds and did not like who I saw in the mirror.

My story really started 13 years ago when I was watching Kristie Belliston on HSN.  She inspired me to purchase a treadmill – it still works – that’s because it sat there for years!  Then in February 2013, when I just about gave up hope of ever looking the way I used to, I was once again watching HSN and there was Kristie Belliston AGAIN!!  Something clicked – the way she inspired me to purchase the treadmill 13 years ago she now inspired me to change my life.  I contacted her on Facebook and joined The Belly Fit Club.

6 months later, I am a changed person and have new goals from the original ones I set out to accomplish – I want to be the healthiest me I can be!  I have never felt so good.  TBFC has taught me how to make healthy choices, I am full of energy and love living TBFC lifestyle and looking great is now an added bonus to what this lifestyle gives you.

My family gives me so much love and support but I could not have done this without TBFC members and Kristie Belliston.  She is my mentor, my friend and holds me accountable (something in particular that I need to keep on track).

I am an extremely busy wife and mother of 2 and I learned how to make time for me to exercise and prepare my meals a day ahead to keep on track.  I learned to take the time to fit this into my life because it makes me happy and if I am happy then my family is happy.

Eating the BFC way is so easy and filling.  I was always a fruit and vegetable lover so incorporating the many varieties of foods into my day was easy.  I LOVE avocados and I have at least one day whether in a smoothie or alone with salt.  I can’t get enough! I also work out 3-4 days a week and I feel incredible!  My body has changed and I am fitter now at 47 than at any other time in my life.  TBFC workouts are easy to follow and you see results!  I love upper body workouts and bicep curls are my favorite – I never thought I would say that!

TBFC, its members and Kristie and Ryan Belliston – together it works!!! Just take the first step like I did and will see and love the results, the friendships you will make and the never ending support – you will learn how to live again!!  I know I did!

Thank you, thank you, thank you TBFC and Kristie Belliston! “


We love you, Deneen! 

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