Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A 500 Calorie Thanksgiving

A Bellyfit Thanksgiving:

Herb Roasted Turkey, 3 oz white meat-140 calories
Apple Cider Gravy, 2T-15 calories
Brown Rice Stuffing, ½ cup- 78 calories
Roasted Root Vegetables, ½ cup-82 calories
Steamed Green Beans, ½ cup-15 calories
Roasted Squash Soup, 1cup-128 calories
Total: 500 calories
Compared to a Traditional Meal...
Herb Roasted Turkey, 3 oz white meat-140 calories
Gravy, 2T-50 calories
Stuffing, ½ cup- 180 calories
Mashed Potatoes, ½ cup-220 calories
Green Bean Casserole, ½ cup-120 calories
Cream-Based Soup, 1cup-250 calories
Total: 1,015 calories

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Our Recipes Below:

Apple Cider Gravy
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Brown Rice Cranberry Apple Stuffing
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
1 medium green apple or pear, diced (about 1 cup)
2 stalks diced celery (about 2/3 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
Dried or fresh thyme
Dried sage
1 Cup brown rice
1 cup hot cooked wild rice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
1/4 cup sliced green onions (green tops only)
Salt and black pepper to taste (optional)
1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in large saucepan. Add apple, celery and garlic. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened.
2. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in thyme and sage. Cook briefly and stir in white and wild rice, orange juice and cranberries; cook 1 minute until heated through. Just before serving, stir in green onions and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
Serving Suggestion
Serve this stuffing in baked squash halves or alongside roast turkey or chicken.
Brown Rice Cranberry Apple Stuffing 
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter 
1 medium green apple or pear, diced (about 1 cup) 
2 stalks diced celery (about 2/3 cup) 
1 clove garlic, minced Dried or fresh thyme Dried sage 
1 Cup brown rice 
1 cup hot cooked wild rice 
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 
1/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries 
1/4 cup sliced green onions (green tops only) 
Salt and black pepper to taste (optional) 

1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in large saucepan. 
Add apple, celery and garlic. 
Cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened. 
2. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in thyme and sage. 
Cook briefly and stir in white and wild rice, orange juice and cranberries; cook 1 minute until heated through. 
Just before serving, stir in green onions and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serving Suggestion Serve this stuffing in baked squash halves or alongside roast turkey or chicken.

Roasted Root Vegetables
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Steamed Green Beans
Steamed Green Beans

Roasted Squash Soup
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Ryans Famous Turkey

Kristie's "SWEET" Sweet Yams
5-6 large yams
1/2 cup Organic Grade B Maple Syrup
2 TBS Butter
2 TBS Lemon Juice
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
Pepper to taste

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Wrap Yams in tin foil and cook until soft. Let cool.
Peel and cut yams into chunks and place in a 9-by-13 inch baking dish.
Combine remaining ingredients in a glass bowl and whisk together. 
Pour the mixture over the yams.
Toss to coat.
Cover with foil and cook for 20-minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving  from TBFC! 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Jumpstart in 28 days! A program designed to help you look and feel your best at any age....

Stay Slim for the Holidays by joining our 28-day Jumpstart Challenge.

First, take a before picture of yourself today!

This picture is essential.  Not sure how?  See below.

Make sure it's a full body shot, front, back, and side.  Please, wear what you feel comfortable in These are examples only but the more you are able to show, the easier it will be to see your amazing results. 

The before pictures are the top photo's and the after pictures are shown on the bottom.

Second, measure your waist.  

The scale is not the most accurate way to measure body fat loss.  Our waist will tell us if we are losing inches/fat, which is what we want to lose right? I suggest you stay off the scale for the next 28 days and focus on your waist measurement instead.  

And last, follow this daily routine for the next 28-days.  

The morning juice can be swapped out for other Jumpstart approved juices found at :) 
You will find all of the Jumpstart approved meals marked with a "JAM" at

At the end of each day you will check in on the private TBFC page on Facebook.  If you do not have Facebook, please email me at

The first 4-5 days are tough because your body will go through sugar withdrawals.  Remember, any addictive habit is tough to break!   Hang in there because soon your cravings for processed junk food and sugar will disappear to the point that you will no longer desire them as you once did.  The FEELING this program brings is what makes it so popular.  Your energy levels with sore and remain high all day without any low blood sugar crashes.  Fat will melt off your body like butter and you will begin to feel so much lighter each day.   

I will post tips to help motivated you and will be there by your side to answer questions daily on the TBFC private page on Facebook.  Also, daily exercise challenges will be posted here so check in each day. :) 

YOU.  CAN.  DO.  THIS!!!

Day one starts tomorrow, November 25th. It's time to JUMPSTART our life by looking and feeling our best at any age. 

To your health, Ryan and Kristie Belliston

Friday, November 22, 2013

Winner of The Radiant Challenge 2013

First, congratulations to everyone who participated in this years Radiant challenge!  Everyone did fantastic! 

Our 2013 Winner is.....





I definitely learned a lot from participating in the 21 Day Radiant Challenge.
As far as the exercise challenges: I found out that once I stepped out of my comfort zone & challenged myself I was able to accomplish more that I thought I could.  I now will continue to challenge myself everyday to do a little bit better than the day before. Its rewarding mentally.
Nutritional Challenges: Through this challenge I learned that it is necessary to slow down & pay attention to what I eat and why.  When I paid attention I found that I ate until I was satisfied not until the plate was clean.
Life Transformation Challenge: By searching my inner self I learned that nothing won't change until I change it.  I am the only one who can make me happy on the inside.  Once that is accomplished I will be able to let someone in to share my life with.
The end result for me now that this Challenge is over is to make this the way of living life not just a challenge to get through. I want to be the healthiest, strongest person that I can become.

Lori has won a free 1 year membership to The Belly Fit Club, 2 Belly Buster Jars, and a TBFC T-Shirt of her choice. 

Congratulations Lori!  LIVE RADIANT, BE RADIANT!!!!!!!!

Love you,

Kristie Belliston

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cheesecake anyone?

Raw Cheesecake:
 2 cups raw cashews – soaked 6 to 12 hours
1-2 tbsp olive oil (optional)
Celtic sea salt (1/2 teaspoon)
Juice of 1 lemon
Sweetener of your choice (We use 1 tbsp honey but 2 pitted medjool dates would work well too)

 Blend in Vitamix / blender until completely smooth Add a little water slowly until desired consistency. Can also be done with cashews that have not been soaked. In this case, blend cashews into powder first in Vitamix, Nutri-bullet, or coffee grinder. Place in refrigerator or freeze. 

Tomato, Spinach, and Garlic Juice

Keep the pounds off this holiday season without dieting. How?  By doing this one simple thing.  Drink this juice before breakfast, lunch, and dinner and watch the pounds melt off.  How? Condensed nutrition like this helps to suppress the appetite so you eat less. try it! It really works. 

One serving of one cup of this tomato, spinach,  garlic juice will give you just over 100 calories and almost 24 grams of carbohydrates. You will also be getting over 1,000 milligrams of your daily potassium and 4 grams of protein.
In terms of vitamins, you are getting 9% of your daily vitamin E, 21% of your daily vitamin B-6, 61% of your daily vitamin A, as well as almost 160% of your daily vitamin C.
In terms of minerals, you are getting quite a few in this juice. Some minerals include: 3% of your daily calcium, 12% of your daily iron, 18% of your daily copper, as well as 18% of your daily folate.

5 handfuls spinach
1 clove garlic
8 tomatoes

This is great to have right before dinner. :)

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Day 21 of the Radiant Challenge {LAST DAY}!

DONE! Welcome to the last day of the Radiant Challenge! If you've made it this far, no matter how many challenges you've completed, you deserve a party, a parade and a million dollars. I can't give you any of those, but I can give you my congratulations and my admiration for your perseverance.
Living healthy takes hard work, as you've found, and you aren't always 100% perfect. However, my definition of success isn't someone who's perfect, but someone who keeps going no matter what. As we end this challenge, that's what I'd like to leave you with: The idea that there is no such thing as being perfect all the time, but that putting some kind of effort into your health (even if you can only muster the smallest bit) every day is what it's all about. I hope this challenge brought that home to you and helped you learn a little more about yourself.
Today's challenges are very simple. First, you'll reflect on your experience and then you'll celebrate any way you choose.
If you enjoyed this challenge or you have some suggestions or comments, feel free to email me at Thanks for participating and great job
Your Active Challenge
Take at least 30 minutes today to reflect on what you've accomplished and how you felt.
Write in your journal about your experience with this challenge. Some questions to get you started:
·         How difficult was it to follow the challenges each day?
·         Which were the hardest challenges? Did the nutrition challenges trip you up or were the exercise challenges more difficult?
·         What area did you excel at?
·         How did it feel to go 21 days without focusing on weight loss? Did it change your perspective at all?
·         What did you learn about yourself from this experience?
·         What changes will you make more permanent in your life?
·         Was there a point where you wanted to give up? Did you give up or did you find a way to keep going?
 Your Fitness Challenge
Celebrate your success!
Whether you celebrate today or plan a future reward for yourself, make sure you take some time today to revel in your success. It's a very big deal to make it through such a difficult challenge and you deserve something great, whether it's a night out or a trip somewhere tropical. Some ideas for you to chew on:
·         Get a massage
·         Plan a vacation
·         Buy a new exercise outfit
·         Update your home gym with new equipment
·         Go out to dinner
·         Have dessert
·         Hire that personal trainer or dietician you've been thinking about.  Hey, why not me!
There are no other challenges for you today, but one option is to take time to go back through everything you've collected in the last 21-days: Your journal, and any other notes you kept. As you look through all you've done, think about how far you've come. Really notice where you started out and where you are now and give yourself credit for any changes, no matter how small, you've made.
Now, you may be wondering where to go from here. I'm working on a sequel to this challenge yet, for now, there are some options for you to continue on with your healthy lifestyle:
Be sure to sign up and join us for our next challenge beginning on Monday, November 25th titled "Stay Slim 4 the holidays".  Its going to be a good one and you don't want to miss it. :) 
Your Nutrition Challenge-
Your Mind/Body Challenge-
 Your Life Transformation Challenge-
No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.
Great Job and Best of Health,

Monday, November 18, 2013

My Life in a Nutshell

Name: Kristie Belliston
Year of Birth: 5.15.1973
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 135
 Birthplace: Layton, Utah
 Current Residence: Logan, Utah
Sports: Biking, running, weight training, kickboxing, yoga
Kristie Belliston is widely considered one of the leading health and fitness professionals in the state of Utah. She is the producer in a series of 30 home workout DVDs, she teaches and trains people all over the world, is a Master Trainer for ProForm, and Fitness Expert on HSN. She and her husband, Ryan live in Logan with their seven children and own The Belly Fit Club. 
o   Fitness Specialist in Women's Health and Wellness
o   Fitness Specialist in Youth Fitness
o   Fitness Expert in Senior Fitness
o   Certifications are NASM, AFAA, NFRA, YogaFIT, and Kickboxing
Fitness Industry Experience:
o   Master Trainer for ProForm
o   Master Trainer and Examiner for AFAA 
o   Founder, CEO and Program director, at The Belly Fit Club
o   Fitness Expert at HSN (The Home Shopping Network)
o   Featured trainer at FreeMotion Fitness  
o   Group Program director for Golds Gym 
o   Personal Training Manager for Health and Fitness
o   Co-Founder of PureBODY a Program for women and men teaching them how to live a clean healthy life. 
o   Author of Green is Good, a 30-day Raw Food Guide
o   Program designer and creator of all testimonial programs for Nordictrack, ProForm, FreeMotion Fitness and Weider
o   Founder of AFAA's Teacher Training Course Workshops: Teaching and Training over 800 women to successfully pass their AFAA exam and teach group fitness with success
o   3 years of training in Pilates
o   NASM
o   AFAA-(Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) Certified and AFAA Examiner
o   NFRA- (National Fitness and Research Association) Certified
o   Yogafit
Kickboxing Certified
Presenter/ Guest Speaker:
o   HSN
o   TVSN Fitness Expert in Sydney, Australia 
o   Weber State University Women’s Wellness Convention (5 years in a row)
o   IDEA Presenter
o   Sears Associate Training Meetings
Media Experience:
o   Fitness Expert at HSN
o   TVSN Fitness Expert in Sydney Australia 
o   Fitness Expert for Channel 5 news
o   Fitness Expert for the Crossbar, Nordictrack, and many other highly successful infomercials.  
o   Fitness spokesperson for ICON Health and Fitness
o   Co-Developer for the 5-star Fitness Solution
o   Program Creator and host of Yoga by ProForm DVD workouts
o   Program Creator and Host of Pilates by Nordictrack DVD's and reformer workouts.

Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have?
It all started when I was 12 years of age. My mom opened the first fitness club in Layton Utah.  Growing up in a gym has its benefits, after all it was there I fell in love with "Aerobics".  Its called 'Group Fitness Classes' now, yet back in the day it was the bomb diggity.   It was then that I found my passion and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  
Fast forward 28 years....and this is what has transpired from that passion of mine. Today my husband and I developed a way to help thousands get fit and get healthy by creating an online club called The Belly Fit Club. (
I also currently work as a Fitness Spokesperson for ProForm on HSN (The Home Shopping Network) and have done so for over 12 years.  There are only a handful of people that have been there that long so I must be doing something right. ;)
I often wonder how I got so lucky doing what I always dreamed of and I thank God each day for every bad moment and every great moment that has lead me to today.  Like the day I happened to be at the right place at the right time and landed a job at Icon Health and Fitness.  Needless to say there was something at work leading me to this place.  It's been 13 years at the largest fitness company in the World, and boy have I learned a lot! I started as their Personal Training Manager for  Fitness modeling just happened, and blossomed into becoming a spokes model. Growing up as shy as I did anyone who knew me well was as surprised as I was to learn I actually had a voice. Today I am ProForm's Master trainer/fitness expert on HSN and I love every minute of it. 
I have over 22 years of experience as a Certified Personal Trainer through AFAA, NASM, YogaFIT and Kickboxing.  This has allowed me to reach a broad range of people in helping anyone achieve their fitness goals. I have also consulted on health initiatives with Jillian Michaels, The World’s Toughest Trainer, and many other celebrity trainers. During my time on HSN I feel blessed to be able to inspire millions to get healthy and fit. In 2009, with my husband, I started a cutting-edge health company, The Belly Fit Club ( In addition to these health and fitness achievements,  I am the proud mother of a 23 year old boy, a 17 year old boy , and 8 year old girl, a step-mother to a 22 year old young lady, 18 year old girl, 16 year old boy, and 14 year old boy, and soon will have my first grandchild. When I'm not busy coercing my children to eat healthy foods, I love helping others live a healthier life by providing daily tips and information to anyone in need, watching movies, listening to all kinds of music, photography, camping with my family, and spending every spare second with my husband and children.“My goal is to help the world become a healthier place…physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually”

When did you become vegan? 

29 years of age so 11 years ago

When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I grew up in the fitness industry. My mother opened the first fitness club in Layton Utah when I was 12 years old. I spent most of my childhood there. I loved the environment and the energy. As soon as I was able and old enough I trained hard and received my first Certification through AFAA and started teaching group exercise classes. I was 17 years young. 21 years later, I am now certified in Kickboxing, Yoga through YogaFit, Spin, NASM, NFRA, and 2 years of training in Pilates.

How would you describe your nutrition program? 

Organic, Natural, Clean, Fresh, unprocessed, and Healthy. I follow the food combining rules of eating and aim for 80/20 alkaline/acid balance each day.

How would you describe your training program? 

Since I have switched to a vegan diet I find I don’t need to train as hard to have the body I want. I train 4 days each week for 1 hour doing Interval/Circuit based routines combining cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility training.

What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?

Earth-I love the taste! It is extremely grounding and supports colon health, detoxification, and many other amazing benefits. Vitamineral Greens- I think of this as my daily medicine. It’s extremely alkalizing and great for travel when I’m unable to get my daily fresh green juice in. Hemp Protein Powder-I add this to my smoothies. This is my main source of protein.

How do people react when they find out you are vegan? 

I get asked a lot of questions. You know, the usual….”Where do I get my protein?” “What about calcium? Iron? b12?” Once these questions are answered…most people often seem confused because of what they have heard, have read, or have been told by the media, magazines, ect,.. I hope to be an example of what a vegan can achieve and look like. I competed in body building competitions in my twenties living on a high protein flesh eating diet. I remember how hard I had to work to have the physic needed to win. Today at 40 I don’t have to work half as hard, I am stronger than ever, and maintain a fit, lean, physic every day.*

Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?

I have had great success. I believe pushing veganism on people by throwing gruesome pictures of abused animals in their face is NOT the way to help people make the switch. First I help them understand the importance of nutrition and clean eating. It’s amazing how naturally most make the switch themselves. It has to be a choice they make. It should never be pushed on anyone. I love and accept everyone no matter what they eat. My clients therefore are more open to me and my way of living. I live my life by example. I want people to see me as kind, compassionate, happy, and healthy. My wish is to inspire others to want to live the same way.

What do you think the most important aspect of training is? 
Nutrition! I love the saying, “You can’t out train a bad diet!” That’s so true!!!

What do you like best about being vegan?

The Feeling! The Energy! I love knowing no living thing had to die for me to live. Since I went vegan I haven’t had to count a single calorie. Coming from a place consumed with calorie counting this is such a great freedom. It has taken so much fear out of my life.

What do you like best about being fit? 
Again, the feeling! Being fit has no limits! I know that whatever physical activity I want to do or my kids want to do (I have 7) I CAN! It’s a wonderful life when you’re fit and healthy!

What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?

Start slow and focus on the journey. Also, make health your goal! We all know that exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables and cutting out saturated fat and sugar is healthy. When health is our goal we will do these things naturally. By doing this, we lose weight quickly, have more energy, and feel amazing. This keeps us consistent which soon becomes a lifestyle. I have always believed that consistency is the key to success. In my 22 years of training, I have found those that are most consistent understand the importance of exercise for health and not just weight loss.

What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan? 
Start by making one vegan meal each day. Start with breakfast. Do that for a few weeks. Then make breakfast and lunch vegan based. Pretty soon you are eating vegetable based meals all day every day.

What motivates you in life? 
My kids, they are my life! I want to be there for them physically and emotionally for a really long time. I see my grandmother at 85, whom I adore, and she motivates me to live healthy and stay fit each day. My mother, who at 58 looks like she is in her 40’s because of the way she lives, healthy and fit. Also, all women who want to look and feel better. If you are a busy working mom or someone who has tried every diet only to be frustrated with the results…I've been there.  For all those women, I want to be an example for them to hopefully inspire them to get fit and healthy without dieting, without frustration.

What do you think of Has it helped or inspired you? 

There are so many myths about living a vegan lifestyle and being an athlete. Finally, a website to help answer all of our questions and concerns as we live this amazing lifestyle!!! I love seeing the motivational pictures of those that live this lifestyle looking fit and fabulous, strong and healthy! It’s comforting to know I’m not alone. Thank you for providing everything I need to continue living and feeling my best the VEGAN way. Check out more @