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Trainer Dane
Mar 29, 2018

Confidence in the kitchen

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Edited: Apr 4, 2018

What happens when you ask someone their passion and share your passion with them? You decide that we were meant to help others build their confidence and experience life to the fullest.

Join me as I introduce you to my friend and fellow lover of life, Melanie.


Together we will be bringing you Confidence in the Kitchen. This won't be a we told you so blog or video series. It will all be driven by you, your curiosity and questions.

Together we can help you build your confidence in the kitchen. It's time to eat good food and share good drink with your family and friends.

Quick story about Melanie. A few weeks back I wanted to sit with Melanie and learn more about her mission with Discover New Braunfels, at 4pm on a Tuesday afternoon and she shared that time of day is reserved for her to prepare a homemade meal filled with love for your family and this was a non-negotiable for her.. I knew then that Melanie had her priorities in order.

It's time to gain Confidence in the Kitchen. See ya Tuesday, April 2, 2018 at 9:30am CST on Facebook Live.


Trainer Dane
Mar 29, 2018

I'm very excited about our project! I love helping people, whether I'm wearing my realtor hat, my Discover New Braunfels hat, or my chef/mom hat.


One of my favorite things to do is prepare meals for my family. It is a priority every day with few exceptions. I've always wanted a platform to help people learn how they can prepare simple, delicious meals for their families and do so even with the busy hectic schedules that most of us tend to have.


A huge part of this project will include a Q&A column where I will answer your questions about meal planning, grocery shopping, pantry stocking, preparation, etc. So please, ask me anything related!!

I'm very excited to join Dane as we work to help you live your best life! - Melanie E.

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  • Trainer Dane
    Apr 3, 2018

    Read along as our resident expert Melanie Esqueda , local real estate agent and founder of Discover New Braunfel shares her tips, ideas and passion for helping you discover Confidence in the Kitchen. Where can I find easy healthy recipes that don’t take up too much time or are too complicated? I don’t mind cooking - the meal prepping and cutting and numerous components always trip me, up especially standing in kitchen for a long period of time. Is there a good resource you use for recipes? Hi Steph! You don’t need to purchase costly cookbooks anymore. There’s a recipe for EVERYTHING on the internet! Believe it or not, I visit Pinterest for a lot of my recipes. On Sundays, I sit down for about 30 minutes and browse the website. I ask my family what they feel like eating that week and search for recipes. Most of the time, they defer to me to decide. I might search “ Healthy chicken recipes ” and see what comes up. Knowing what I have on hand in the fridge, pantry, and freezer, I look for something that looks good. If you add “easy” to your “easy healthy chicken recipes” you’ll get results that are less complicated. I prefer to cook recipes that include the fewest amount of ingredients. Since you mentioned that you don’t mind cooking, but the prepping, etc is a challenge...I’ve found that when I get every element of the recipe prepared before I start to cook, it takes much less time overall, and it’s more likely to turn out AWESOME! Every week, I take note of what the family likes the most and throw those recipes into the rotation. (And I boot the recipes that were a pain to make or that didn’t go over well). I know you didn’t ask this question, but I meal plan on Sundays and while I’m browsing Pinterest, I’m taking notes and deciding what I’ll serve each day. I take into account our schedules (game days, work, practice, and evening activities). On the days I know I’ll be working till dinner time, I plan a simple crock pot meal. If we are going to be active in the evening, I’ll plan light meals that we can eat before we leave. If we have a basketball game one day, I’ll prepare an extra carb-y meal the day before, such as pasta or baked sweet or white potatoes. The days when I have extra time that I can expect, I’ll make something a little more involved. It may seem like a lot to think about but once you get in the habit, it’ll be easy. I have a chalkboard in the kitchen so everyone knows what to expect for dinner each night. Sometimes, though, when all the planning in the world doesn’t prepare you for a last minute appointment, we serve YO-YO aka - You’re On Your Own - and the kids eat whatever they prepare for themselves. I love vegetables but I get tired of cooking them same way all the time. Any advice on some other ways to try preparing them? I’m so glad you asked about veggies!! I LOVE veggies! When I grocery shop, I shop the perimeter of the store, and I reach for the produce that is the freshest and in season. My favorite way to cook veggies is by roasting them. You can roast everything from broccoli to cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, winter and summer squash, green beans, asparagus, peppers, onions, okra, eggplant, kale, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, you name it!! Just drizzle it with a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper (and sometimes garlic powder), and roast at 400-425 - time depends on the density of the foods. I like to check on them every 10 minutes or so. Another way we get lots of veggies in is with salads. They can be the leafy green salads, or they can be a bunch of chopped veggies and beans tossed with a vinaigrette (I love Simply Dressed lemon from the produce section at HEB, or I make a simple oil and vinegar or lemon juice dressing myself). Sometimes I take this chopped salad and top a pile of lettuce with it, or serve it on top of quinoa. You can even take some leftover roasted veggies and treat them as if they were raw in your salad for different texture and depth of flavor. __________________________________________________________________________________ Melanie Esqueda and I want Confidence in the Kitchen to be like Dear Abby or Hints from Heloise where y'all ask the questions and we provide answers that help you succeed. We invite you to comment and ask any questions you have for Melanie below or email: Melanie and Dane - Episode 1 - Confidence the Kitchen, April 3, 2018
  • Trainer Dane
    Mar 28, 2018

    One conclusion from a much-discussed study: The best diet is the one you can stick to. I was recently sent a NY Times article by my business coach and the subject of the email read, " More evidence that the traditional industry is getting things all wrong." After reading the article while listening to the morning rain and sipping my freshly brewed coffee I couldn't agree with Jeff more. The study supports 2 of the Top 10 #DANEish rules. Consistency is the key to success and it doesn't matter what you do, what matters is that you do it. It's time for you and I to educate, motive and empower ourselves to lifelong independent living and put on our hip waders and wade through the piles of manure being thrown our way in regards to quick fixes and easy misguided information about healthy living. Fitness Redesigned is here to have 2-way conversations with you about nutrition, movement, personal development, overall health, happiness, life and more. What do you say? Wanna join me? You should be wary of those who tell you that they know what diet is best for you, or that there’s a test out there to tell you the same. Successful diets over the long haul are most likely ones that involve slow and steady changes. The simplest approach — and many have espoused it, including Jane Brody recently here at The Times — is to cut out processed foods, think about the calories you’re drinking, and try not to eat more than you intend to. The bottom line is that the best diet for you is still the one you will stick to . No one knows better than you what that diet might be. You’ll most likely have to figure it out for yourself. 3 key points to weight loss and better health : 1. Cut out processed food 2. Think about the calories you're drinking 3. Try not to eat more than you intend to How to you you maintain a healthy diet? Share your tips below.