Freekeh Jambalaya Recipe – and Giveaway!

Going with the original tonight. I'll try the rosemary sage another time.

Going with the original tonight. I’ll try the rosemary sage another time.

Yesterday I posted about freekeh, a cracked whole grain that I had planned to try in a new recipe tonight. I was pretty excited to see a rice alternative that would help me meet my fiber and protein needs for the day. One serving of freekeh has 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber — not too shabby!!

Protein for dem gainzzz.

Protein for dem gainzzz.

I decided that jambalaya would be our dinner for tonight, so I went with the original flavor. I got all of my ingredients together and started cooking. It was sort of a “cheat” recipe since jambalaya is one of those meals where you can just throw everything into a pot and walk away until it’s done.

Or maybe it was a “smart” recipe. Hah. #busymomproblems

Anyway, the jambalaya turned out great! The texture of the freekeh is just slightly more firm than rice, not in a bad way. I think this is more rice-like than quinoa, and would probably make a good substitute for rice, especially in stews or other one-pot dishes. Especially for fitness peeps like me who are really conscious about how they use their calories each day — I mean really! Look at the macros per serving! (The recipe makes six VERY nice sized servings.) **Sorry to my friends with gluten sensitivities – this is a wheat product so it isn’t gluten free.

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If you aren’t a fan of jambalaya, you can head over to the Freekeh Foods website and check out all of their recipe ideas! I think we will try the Mexican freekeh chili next.

So…. do YOU want to try some freekeh for FREE(keh)? I’m having a giveaway so one lucky reader can win! Here’s what you have to do:

1. Like my fitness page on Facebook.
2. Like Freekeh Foods on Facebook.
3. Follow @bephoenixfit on Instagram.
4. Follow @freekehfoods on Instagram.
5. Follow @ask1980 on Twitter (that’s me!).
6. Follow @freekehfoods on Twitter.
7. Tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #LoveFreekeh #Freekeh and mention me @ask1980 in your tweet.
8. Comment here that you’ve completed the six steps above, tell me what flavor you’d like to try (original, rosemary sage, or tamari), and you’re in!!

A winner will be chosen at random on August 22, 2015 so you have a little over two weeks to enter! So go ahead and get freekeh with it!!

**US Residents only, please.

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Time to Get Freekeh!!

Occasionally, I get a little freaky (yes, pun intended) and want to try some new foods. Kohlrabi, golden beets, eggplant — which isn’t so freaky but I had never tried it before — are all foods that I’ve tested out recently thanks to my CSA share and my desire to not waste any of our yummy, organic, local, fresh foods.

Can't wait to see how both of these taste!

Can’t wait to see how both of these taste!

However, freekeh (pronounced free-kuh) is one food that I had not heard of until recently and I have never tried it before! But…lucky me!…I get to try it tomorrow night! I will be writing a review and sharing the recipe here on my blog. I’m thinking jambalaya since I haven’t had any in a while, and I think the freekeh would be a great rice substitute in that dish.

If the rest of my family doesn't love my jambalaya, that just means more for me!!

If the rest of my family doesn’t love my jambalaya, that just means more for me!!

Make sure you check back for the recipe and my full (and honest!) review. And because I’m such a giving person, I will be hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader to win their own bag of freekeh! Stay tuned for those details!

Hmmm, Freebie Time?

Today has been quite an exciting one for me. I got not one, not two, but THREE different deliveries today! Shakeology, birthday presents for Major Kauf, tubs of protein, and two new programs: Les Mills Pump and Les Mills Combat!

Seriously, how am I going to find the time to do all the programs I want to do? #addict

Even more exciting than all of that was when I found out that PiYo is going to be released TOMORROW!! We didn’t think it was coming out until Monday. It will be here tomorrow!! Ahhhh!


Want to know how you can get it? Only through ME. That’s right, for now you can only purchase through a Team Beachbody coach. Lucky for you, my excitement over the release of PiYo has me cooking up a few surprises… 😉

–> Surprise #1

If you order from me in the next four days (that’s from now until Sunday 6/22 at midnight) you will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE workout program worth $60!! Here is how to win:

Are you in it to win it?

Are you in it to win it?

–> Surprise #2

Additionally, the next TWO customers who sign up as a coach on my team will get a bonus gift from me! These were offered to five new coaches during the month of June and three gifts have been claimed. Don’t miss your chance! They are worth $40 each. 🙂

So what might you want to order?

Obviously PiYo is my #1 pick. It will drop tomorrow and everyone will want to snatch it up. I’m thinking it will probably sell out like the 21 Day Fix did, but you never know! My second suggestion would be to grab Insanity. The challenge pack is on sale this month at a great discount. You might think you can’t do Insanity, but I promise you can. And as a newly certified Insanity instructor, I can help you with modifications that the videos don’t show you.

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So what are you waiting for?!! Pick your program, place your order, sign up to coach on one of the BEST teams in the whole business (did I mention we are in the top 300 out of over 180,000 coaches?!!), and get ready to kick off an AMAZINGLY healthy and happy summer!!

Go to to view all available products.

Deuces, ✌️


It’s Giveaway Time Again!


Woooo, I love giving things away! I challenged my followers on Facebook to help my page reach 300 likes and they did it! Love, love, love them! And now, because of all their support, I am giving BACK!

It’s almost summer. Well, unless you live where I live and it will be summer on Thursday (90 degrees, WHAT?!!). And with summer comes shorter shorts and bathing suits. And really, there’s not a lot worse than short shorts and bathing suits that look like this:

Poor Miley, still the BUTT of our jokes.

Poor Miley, still the BUTT of our jokes.

Yep, that is NOT how I want to look this summer! So I want to start working my booty NOW before I even step foot on the beach! And you know what – you can do it with me! I am giving away a free Brazil Butt Lift program to one lucky follower! Want to win it? Here’s how:

Step 1: Like my facebook page –
Step 2: Sign up for a FREE account with me as your coach – (current coaches are NOT eligible)
Step 3: Comment on the giveaway post on my facebook page and tell me ONE fitness or weight loss goal you have for this year. You can find that post here –

That’s it! If you want an EXTRA entry in the hat, share that post publicly (so I can see it) and then comment to let me know you shared it. The contest will end Wednesday, April 9 at midnight EST and a winner will be announced on Thursday, April 10.

But that’s not all…you will actually be winning MORE than just the Brazil Butt Lift program! You’ll also get a 4-pack of Shakeology and 3 packets of Results and Recovery. If you’ve never tried R&R, you’re going to looove how much it helps with delayed onset muscle soreness — especially after you do a million squats and lunges to tighten that booty!! You’ll also be able to join my private challenge group on Facebook to get the BEST results possible with me as your coach!

Oh yeah, get those Latin "ass-ets"!

Oh yeah, get those Latin “ass-ets”!

Ok, so if you’re like me, you’re probably looking at that picture and thinking, “Duh, I’ll never look like that. I’m not a model. She gets paid to have a rear like that. Or she was just born with it.” Well…yeah maybe. But REAL people can get those same results! Check out this transformation that Kati Heifner had. She’s a REAL person. A fellow Beachbody coach and Bombshell. She absolutely rocked this program – and her back view proves it!

Six weeks for a butt like that? I'll take it!

Six weeks for a butt like that? I’ll take it!

So what are you waiting for? Get your BOOTY on over to my facebook page and enter to win! Or if you don’t want to wait that long, the Brazil Butt Lift challenge pack is on special just for the month of April. It is reduced to $140 – that’s just $10 more than buying Shakeology alone! And with results like that up there ^^^, how can you pass that up? 😉

Brazil Butt Lift challenge pack –

Brazil Butt Lift program (without Shakeology) –

It’s time for a giveaway!

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I haven’t done a giveaway in quite a while, so I decided today that I would have one! And with it being November, and so close to Thanksgiving, and all those warm, gooey, happy feelings…well, why just stop at one?

This first giveaway I am doing is for one of my ❤ FAVORITE ❤ sports bras! I love the Moving Comfort Fiona bra (the rear clasp is so much easier than trying to squirrel through the tiny neck hole of a no-clasp bra!), but let’s be real – those are kinda pricey. I pretty much own just one of those at a time, and save them for realllly long runs. Or Insanity.

The bra I really like – one that is super affordable – is the C9 by Champion. The seamless bras are uh-may-zing. Actually comfortable, comes in cute colors, and doesn’t require that I wear more than one bra to get the support I need. And did I mention they are cute? Because yes, I’m a girly girl, and I need to feel cute when I get my sweat on.

So…don’t you want to win your own FREE sports bra??

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Well you can! Here’s how:

1. Go to and “like” my page.
2. Scroll down until you see the contest post. It was posted on the morning of November 11, 2013 (today).
3. Like the post, then comment and say – “I want one!” – that’s one entry.
5. SHARE the post on your own timeline/page. It has to be public so I can see it! – that’s another entry.
6. If you have family and friends who also like my page and comment “Betty Sue sent me here” – then you can get up to THREE additional entries for a total of FIVE maximum!

Hurry and enter to win – the contest will end at 6pm EST on Friday, 11/15/13!! Winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Facebook page. Winner will have a choice of color and size.

Be sure to check in throughout the month because I already have MORE giveaways in the works! I’m working with a few independent businesses to bring you some fab fitness gear, so stay tuned!



Giveaway time!!!


This month I’m trying something new. You all know how excited I have been about my Beachbody products – working out and Shakeology specifically – so I have decided to GIVE some of my favorite products away! And the best part is you have TWO ways to win this month!

Starting tomorrow, July 1, you have one whole month to win a prize pack from me. And as I said, you have TWO ways to win because there are TWO separate prizes!


The first giveaway is for new challengers! If you have been thinking about trying out Shakeology and you’re looking for a new fitness program, this option is for you!! The one requirement for this prize is that you must choose a challenge pack to buy. I will personally be starting Focus T25 this month. I absolutely can not WAIT to get it, I have been hearing about it for a while and I’ve seen teasers all over the internet. I have friends who have started it and they all talk about how great it is. The best parts are: 1) It’s quick. Only 25 minutes for a workout, and 2) It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you have because ANYBODY can do it! There are modifications for people who are just beginning, but it’s still challenging for those hard-core fitness people out there. You do NOT have to do the Focus T25 challenge pack to enter…it’s just the one I am choosing. There are lots to choose from, depending on what kind of exercise you prefer! You can look at all of the challenge packs available here, just click on SHOP:

If you are military or are a military spouse, YOU WILL WANT to become a coach. No question about it. You are never, ever required to sell anything. You don’t have to actively coach anyone if you don’t want to. You can sign up as a coach strictly for the 25% discount. It’s what I did! I love Shakeology and I fully believe that it is worth $4 per day for a meal that is more nutrient dense than anything I can prepare for myself in my kitchen….but I also like to save money. 🙂 And if I can drink my Shakeology for less, then that’s what I’m going to do!


Even if you aren’t a military spouse, if you plan to drink Shakeology on a regular basis, you might as well sign up to be a coach. Non-military coaches do have to pay a business fee of $15.95 per month…BUT…you will be saving over $30 on each bag of Shakeology, not to mention the 25% discount on any future workout programs or supplements. It just makes sense to get that discount! I’m wondering if the Beachbody CEOs have even considered this math, haha.

Ok, moving on!

social butterflySo you aren’t quite ready to commit to Shakeology. Maybe you have a routine at your gym that you love and you don’t want to get something new right now. Maybe Jillian Michaels is more your thing than Shaun T is (please say it isn’t so!). That’s ok — you can still win something! Nothing to buy, no commitments…just help me share my blog! Here are SIX different ways you can enter the Social Butterfly giveaway. For each way you want to participate, please COMMENT BELOW. That is how I will keep up with each entry. And if you already are doing some of these things, comment and say so! If you are in my clean eating group on Facebook, comment and tell me that. If you have signed up to subscribe and follow my blog and get updates (just clicking the link on FB doesn’t count!), leave a comment for that. It’s that easy! And who doesn’t like to win something for free??

Speaking of winning…I bet you are wondering what you will win. Right?

Prize pack #1 for the Challengers…

You will win an AWESOME Beachbody workout program! I can’t say which one it is because I am going to let the winner choose! That way it will be completely geared toward your personal health goals and preferences.  Am I nice or what? On top of that, you will get 5 packets of Shakeology, a sweet shaker cup, and 3 P90X bars. This prize pack has a value of AT LEAST $100.00!!!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never won anything like that before. And as an even bigger bonus, you will have the opportunity to win $500 or MORE in the Beachbody Challenge.

Prize pack #2 for the Social Butterflies…

Just for helping me promote my blog and get more followers, you will get your very own Hip Hop Abs by my man Shaun T! Along with that, you get 2 packets of Shakeology – your choice of flavors – a shaker cup, and 2 P90X bars. That prize is worth over $40.00! Not bad for just doing a little clicking and commenting, eh?

Winners will be chosen randomly on August 1 and will be announced here on my blog.  And….you can enter BOTH contests. So get to it!