FOOOOD.

I promised you guys I would give you some recipes that we’ve tried and loved. I think if you have healthy meals you get excited about then it will make the challenge seem like a piece of cake. But let’s not talk about cake because that’s a touchy subject haha

I mentioned in a past blog that I made a board on Pinterest where I collected different recipes. Everyone should be doing this in my opinion. When you’re excited about cooking and trying new meals you aren’t at home starving staring into the fridge trying to figure out what to make and ultimately¬†having to resort to going out to eat. So here are some of my fav recipes with links to the original pages ūüôā


Garlic Rubbed Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Head of Cabbage
  2. Salt
  3. Pepper
  4. Garlic
  5. Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Pull outer leaf off cabbage if it is wilted. Using a sharp knife cut cabbage from top to bottom (bottom being root) into 1″ thick slices.
  2. Evenly spread the olive oil over both sides of the cabbage slices.
  3. Rub smashed garlic on both sides.
  4. Finally, sprinkle each side with a bit of kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  5. Roast on the middle rack for 30 minutes. Carefully flip the cabbage steaks and roast for an additional 30 minutes until edges are brown and crispy. Serve hot and Enjoy!

http://www.everydaymaven.com/2012/garlic-rubbed-roasted-cabbage-steaks/#ixzz3AOZHuzoy


Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Cauliflower Head
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • Black Pepper
  • 3 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth ( Chicken Broth Works Too)
Directions
  1. Cut off large stems of cauliflower and chop up the remaining pieces
  2. Mash the garlic cloves.
  3. Boil cauliflower and garlic in broth for 40 minutes (or until fork tender)
  4. Drain remaining broth after removing from stove.
  5. Place cauliflower in an electric mixer and blend until completely mashed.
  6. Top with pepper


Carrot Fries

Ingredients:

  1. Machstix Carrots
  2. Olive Oil
  3. Salt
  4. Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Put the carrots in a bowl and toss with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Spread onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, flip carrots, bake for another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Easy & Healthy Carrot Fries. Yes Carrot!


COCONUT LIME SHRIMP TACOS

Ingredients:

  1. 1 pound medium shrimp, detailed and devined
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 heaping cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  4. Zest of 1 Lime
  5. ¬Ĺ tsp salt
  6. ¬ľ tsp pepper
  7. ¬ľ tsp cayenne
  8. Whole grain whole wheat tortillas

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Grease a wire rack and place over a lined baking sheet.
  2. Pat shrimp completely dry. Whisk egg in a shallow bowl. In another bowl combine coconut, cayenne, salt, pepper and zest of 1 lime.
  3. Dip shrimp in egg, then into coconut until evenly coated. Place on wire cookie rack, evenly spaced apart to ensure even baking.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, or until coconut is lightly brown.

SALSA Ingredients:

  1. 1 ripe mango, diced
  2. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  3. ¬Ĺ red onion, diced
  4. 2 avocados, diced
  5. ¬Ĺ cup cilantro, chopped
  6. 1 tsp cumin
  7. ¬Ĺ tsp salt
  8. ¬Ĺ tsp pepper
  9. Juice of 1 lime

Directions:

  1. While shrimp are baking, combine mango, red pepper, red onion, cumin, salt, pepper and juice of 1 lime. Once seasoned and mixed well, gently stir in avocado, making sure to not crush the avocado.

http://thehousewifeintrainingfiles.com/coconut-lime-shrimp-tacos/


GRILLED SALMON WITH AVOCADO SALSA

Ingredients:

  1. 2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces
  2. 1 tbs olive oil 
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 tsp ground cumin
  5. 1 tsp paprika powder
  6. 1 tsp onion powder
  7. ¬Ĺ tsp ancho chili powder
  8. 1 tsp black pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix
  2. refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat the grill.
  4. Grill the salmon to desired doneness on a cedar plank.
  5. Top with avocado salsa and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 avocado, sliced
  2. ¬Ĺ small red onion, sliced
  3. Juice from 1 lime
  4. 1-2 tbs finely chopped cilantro (depending on how big of a cilantro lover you are)
  5. Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine the avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a bowl and mix well, chill until ready to use. 

Whole30 grilled salmon with avocado salsa recipe


Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups green bell pepper, sliced
  2. 2 cups sweet onion, sliced
  3. 3-4 chicken breasts, boneless/skinless
  4. 1 packet of dry fajita seasoning
  5. ‚Öď cup salsa

Directions:

  1. Turn the slow cooker on low.
  2. Add peppers, onion and chicken breasts.
  3. Sprinkle seasoning over the chicken. Add salsa.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  5. Use a fork to shred the chicken and serve.

http://foodfamilyfinds.com/slow-cooker-chicken-fajitas-recipe/


Grilled Lime Coconut Chicken

 Ingredients:

  1. 3 tablespoons oil
  2. Zest and juice of 1 lime
  3. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  5. 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  7. 2 tablespoons sugar
  8. 2 teaspoons curry powder
  9. 1/2 cup canned coconut milk, light or regular
  10. pinch cayenne pepper
  11. 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (see note above)
  12. 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  13. Fresh limes, cut into wedges

Directions:

  1. In a large liquid measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk together the oil, lime zest, lime juice, cumin, coriander, soy sauce, salt, sugar, curry powder, coconut milk, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Place the chicken in a large ziploc bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.
  3. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill (see note above if not grilling) to medium-high heat.
  4. Grill the chicken for 6-7 minutes per side (actual time will depend on the thickness of the chicken).
  5. While the chicken is cooking, pour the marinade into a small or medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Place the grilled chicken on a serving platter or plate. Drizzle with sauce (reserve the remaining sauce to serve separately) and sprinkle fresh cilantro over the top. Serve with lime wedges and additional sauce.

Grilled Lime Coconut Chicken with Coconut Rice


 White Chicken Chili

Ingredients:

  1. 1.5 – 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  2. 1 Tb. olive oil
  3.  large onion, diced
  4. 1 bell pepper, any color, seeded and chopped
  5. 1 -2 jalape√Īos, seeded and diced
  6. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 2 tsp. salt
  8. 1 Tb. ground cumin
  9. 1 tsp. coriander
  10. 4 cups chicken broth
  11. 2 – 7 oz. cans green chiles
  12. 3 Tb. thick canned coconut milk (unsweetened)
  13. 3 Tb. arrowroot powder
  14. Chopped green onions and cilantro for garnish

Directions:

  1. Chop the chicken and veggies. Then place a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil, onions, peppers, jalape√Īo, and garlic.
  2. Saute for 5 minutes, then add the chicken, salt and spices. Saute another 5-8 minutes, until the chicken is nearly cooked through. Add the broth, green chiles, and coconut milk. Whisk in the arrowroot powder and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Then take a potato masher (or ladle) and smash the chicken pieces to shreds. Serve topped with green onions and cilantro.

http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2014/01/white-chicken-chili-paleo.html


There ya have it! These are just a few of our favorites and like all recipes you can make it your own by substituting ingredients ūüôā

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Day Sixteen

Hey everybody! Well here we are with 6 days left! It has¬†been so long since I’ve blogged so I have A LOT to catch you up on…

As you know we are on the burn phase. First of all I just have to say that we have gotten a lot of instruction for the challenge BUT all the different instructions (PDF’s, packets, and labels on the products) are conflicting. One paper will tell you to take things at dinner and another will tell you take them at breakfast AND dinner, and there are a lot of things like that going on. SO with that being said I have taken the liberty of making my own little paper with what to eat/take and when. At first I followed the actual packet that came with the 24 Day Challenge up until the last few days just because I knew it came straight from the people who put all this together and they should know best what is the most effective.

This whole challenge has been awesome for me. I feel better about myself, I feel like I look better and fit better into my clothes. I’m happy with my results, everything tastes so good, and I never feel like I’m being deprived. However, when I started the burn phase I was getting so nauseated every day after I took the ThermoPlus, the Catalyst, and the MNS Color Pack with my morning Spark 30 minutes before my meal replacement shake for breakfast. My mouth was watering and I was afraid to speak that I might vomit when I did. Something seriously had to change because to me that feeling is ten-thousand times worse than feeling hungry. And those green pills in the color packet: disgusting. Oh, so, so gross. And there are three of them! AdvoCare, will you please put some kind of coating on them!?

Dustyn has had a TOTALLY different experience than I have had; he has just been as happy as a clam with everything. Everyone is different and we all know that, so for anyone who experiences something similar to what I did I want to let you know that that doesn’t mean you should give up. YOU SHOULD NEVER EVER GIVE UP! I want to show you the little changes I have made to help make this experience better for me:

AdvoCare’s Instruction Packet ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

What I Do Instead in bold

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30 Minutes Before Breakfast: MNS Color Pack, Spark, Catalyst, ThermoPlus                                 All at the same time: Spark, Catalyst,Color Pack and White Pack (with green pills) and ThermoPlus with 2 eggs & salsa and a banana

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Breakfast: Meal Replacement Shake                            

Breakfast: everything I listed above

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Snack:                                                                          

Snack: Roasted Almonds

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30 Minutes Before Lunch: MNS ColorPack, Spark, Catalyst, CarbEase                       

30 Minutes Before Lunch: Spark

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Lunch: MNS White Packs (both), protein, vegetables, complex carb                                

Lunch: Meal Replacement Shake, Blue MNS Pack, White MNS Pack, Catalyst

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Snack:                                                                            

Snack: Beef Jerky

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Dinner: OmegaPlex, protein,  veggie, complex carb

Dinner: OmegaPlex, protein, veggie, complex carb

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Snack:                                                                            

Snack: Frozen yogurt or fruit

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Before Bedtime: Catalyst                                                

Before Bedtime: Catalyst

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I know change isn’t easy. so switching a few of these things around has helped me so much! I am back to loving everything! Not everyone is the same and¬†sometimes you need to listen to your body and do what you think is right. I hope I didn’t make everything sound terrible because it really is not at all…maybe I’m just a huge cry baby and complain sometimes haha but ¬†I want to be honest with you guys so if you decide you want to do the challenge you have some different options of what you can do if you experience similar things happen. I didn’t give up on the challenge and that is the point I wanted to make.

Anyway, there’s that ūüôā Happy Thursday y’all!

Day Eleven

Well guys we have successfully finished the cleanse part of our challenge! Now we’re on the burn phase so it’s time to step up our game!

For my work outs I have been doing one hour of accelerated pilates. I really like it because it has a lot of spine stretching and core exercises that will transition me into more intense workouts (since it’s obviously been ages¬†since I’ve worked out). I have also been meditating and independently stretching. Through the burn phase I plan on doing aerobics and weight training. Dustyn has been doing a lot of P90X and crossfit inspired workouts. Whenever he gets home from work and on the weekends we’ll go on walks together. It’s cute, I know ūüėČ

I was reading through the instructions for the burn days¬†and one thing that I think might be kind of hard for me to do is to not skip any of the snacks. I don’t typically snack between meals and I hadn’t had snacks during the cleanse days but maybe two times. Honestly ‘m kinda¬†worried¬†it’ll¬†make me add too many calories to my diet, so I will definitely need to plan out my meals and snacks for the day and continue to journal what I eat.

In my next blog I’ll let ya know how the first day went along with any struggles we had or advice. I’ll also give you guys some of¬†the recipes I’ve been using. All of them are SO good that¬†they have helped me and Dustyn with our cravings for fast food! Talk to you soon!

 

 

Day Nine

Well everybody, it’s the end of day 9! One day until we are through with our cleanse! One thing I have to say is that I’m back home in Colorado right now and I really love that AdvoCare individually packages their products into single servings. It makes travelling so much easier. You just look at your packet and see what you need while you’re gone, grab it, and go.¬†You don’t have to¬†pour¬†2 scoops of protein powder into little Ziploc baggies and then hope that TSA doesn’t question whether or not you are smuggling some sort of drugs onto a plane. On the one hand all that extra packaging isn’t very green, but it is real convenient. Love it.

So, for those of you who didn’t know, I did the 30 Day Challenge with Arbonne last year. All the people who sold it to me and endorsed their product, you know who you are, shunned AdvoCare users. They said, among other things, “women don’t digest whey protein like men do, it’s so bad¬†for you. Use pea protein, it’s plant based and way healthier.” Okay maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t. Honestly¬†every person is different. Pea protein is great for people who are¬†have severe dairy allergies or who are vegetarian/vegan. I did lose weight on the program don’t get me wrong. And I didn’t hardly ever work out. But there is nothing like having the support system you have with AdvoCare. It gives you more peace of mind knowing other people are struggling too, and it gives you so much inspiration hearing everyone’s stories. You create a whole new little family.

I haven’t even finished my whole challenge and I¬†think everyone should try¬†AdvoCare because the people who are behind these products are behind them for a reason.They’re not just selling it to make money; I have not met one person who sold who didn’t try it AND didn’t reach their goals. They aren’t trying to get people behind them by bashing other companies, like other companies do. They get people behind them for the amazing results they give real people.¬†

With that being said me and Dustyn are obviously in love with it and love the new friends we’ve made. We hope we can help others along their journey as others have helped us along ours!

Day Eight

Well hello! It’s the eighth day of our challenge and there is no turning back now. We’re in it to win it! One thing that’s important to being successful in anything really is your mindset. If you believe it you can achieve it.

For success attitude is equally important as ability. There are a lot of things you can do to help you get in a successful state of mind. One thing that helps is to surround yourself with people who have similar goals and who will root for you. Join Facebook groups, follow people on Pinterest, have someone do the challenge with you, find a mentor, reach out to people. There are tons of ways you can surround yourself with positive influences! I also think it’s really important to let your friends and family know that you are making lifestyle changes. They will¬†respect your decision and you’ll be surprised when they start inviting you to workout with them or grab a salad instead of dessert after work. If they don’t respect your decisions just remember that people always want to see you do good, but never better than them.¬†

Other things you can do are writing down your goals so you can see them. Make a Dream Board filled with pictures of things you want to achieve and hang it in a place you walk past every day. It will help you visualize your end results. I made a Motivation Board and hung it next to my full length mirror. I cut out pictures/quotes from magazines that I found motivational and put them together to make a collage. I put it next to the mirror that way whenever I look at myself, I also see positive thoughts that help me feel good about myself. Create a board on Pinterest filled with pictures of people who you aim to be more like and positive messages that help you get where you need to be. Subscribe to Women’s Health Magazine or Women’s Fitness. They have tons of great workouts, recipes, studies, and everything you need to learn to get you to your goals.

Another thing I love to do is meditate. I do it for 10 minutes everyday and I know it doesn’t sound like much but it works wonders. Go somewhere comfortable and quiet. Some people create spaces where they meditate, I just do it in my room or the living room. Turn down the lights and on some soundscapes or soothing music (you can find good ones on YouTube, Pandora, Milk, or even on TV). Sit cross legged on the ground with your hands on your knees palms facing up and just focus on your breathing with your eyes closed. I breath in for 5 counts and out for 5 counts. I always find my mind wandering at some point, but then I just refocus my attention on my breathing. I feel “aum”azing when I’m done. Meditation helps you lower stress and we all know that stress makes you gain weight. There are literally millions of reasons why it’s good for you but here are 20 good ones:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/mindfulness-meditation-benefits-health_n_3016045.html

So I listed a ton of ways to get your mind right while trying to live a healthy lifestyle; hopefully one of them works for you! Me and Dustyn have 2 more days left in our cleanse and then we¬†begin the max phase! We’ll continue to keep you posted on any other tips/advice we have to help ūüôā byyyee!

Day Seven

Hello! We’re now a week into our challenge! Woohoooo! Overall I can say that both Dustyn and I are sleeping better, waking up feeling refreshed, and have more overall energy throughout the day. It’s awesome how much your diet and supplements can help you in your overall feeling of wellness in addition to making you feel good about yourself!

So as I promised here is a little review of the AdvoCare products we’ve been using thus far:

Spark (mandarin orange) – delicious especially with your breakfast! It’s like orange juice almost but with even more nutrients and energy. The only thing I don’t like is that when I pour it into my water it gets a little bit clumpy and is hard to mix, but that is really not a huge deal.

Spark (pink lemonade) – my personal favorite! I love lemonade. This one is good for your lunchtime spark if you need it. It’s super refreshing and tangy.

Meal Replacement Shake (vanilla) – There is a ton of powder in the pouch, but it dissolves so well. I was expecting it to be thick and lumpy, but it wasn’t! The flavor was awesome too. I think it tastes best with water and ice.

Fiber Drink (peaches and cream) – tastes really good but is a little thick. You definitely need a straw. It tastes best om¬†ice as well and make sure you drink it fast because the longer it sits the thicker it gets. One of Dustyn’s family members who sells it as well recommended that we mix it with orange juice. I haven’t tried it yet but I will in a few days and will let you all know how that is!

Omegaplex – they don’t have a flavor so I don’t have a real review on them except that they are a lot easier to swallow than the herbal cleanse pills.

Herbal Cleanse Pills – these are a group of 3 large pills you take at bedtime to help clean out your GI tract so as to help you digest easier and absorb more nutrients. They have a weird flavor and I gag easily so I either have to pretend I’m racing somebody and take them as fast as humanly possible or take them with orange juice. The pills work really well though!

Probiotics – these are puny compared to the other ones so taking them is no big deal. No flavor or anything.

There it is! 3 more days of our 10 day cleanse and so far it has been easy peasy! Dustyn still has some Mango Strawberry Spark and Strawberry Blast Slam if anyone would like a sample!

Talk to ya soon ūüėČ

 

 

Day Threee… Six? Oops

Hey guys! Looks like a couple of days have gotten away from us! So let me catch you up. The night before we started our challenge I weighed 137.2 lbs and I have lost 4.2 pounds! Dustyn weighed 200.4 lbs and he has lost 2 pounds! We are ecstatic about our progress and knowing that our efforts are giving us these results gives us even more motivation to keep pushing through!

This weekend we went out to dinner with our roomie and the next day we went to Dustyn’s family reunion. Of course there are tons of opportunities to cheat on our challenge when we go out, and of course we had to try¬†Dustyn’s mom’s¬†homemade ice cream (SO GOOD), but we made conscious decisions to control our portions and limit our carbs and sugars. You can’t be afraid to ask the waiter/waitress to hold the bun and cheese or turn down your family member’s chocolate cake. People always say, “You only live once, you might as well eat what you want,” but that is exactly why you shouldn’t just eat whatever you want. Dustyn’s dad told us, “just because it’s good doesn’t mean it’s good for you.”¬†

I believe if you spend more money on your well-being¬†now you won’t have to spend as much money when you’re old trying to get well. Fruits and vegetables are way more expensive than Doritos and Oreos. Advocare’s 24 day challenge is way more expensive than staying inside and playing video games or watching all 5 seasons of Breaking Bad on Netflix. BUT these things are not nearly as expensive as all the prescriptions you’ll have to take when you’re older for the high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, or diabetes you developed as a result of a poor diet.

Here are some of my tips for going out to eat to make healthier decisions:

  • look at their menu online before you get there and decide what you want
    • if you do this when you’re not starving you’ll be able to choose something that is healthy for you
  • make sure when you get there you drink a full glass of water before you eat
    • it will help you feel fuller
  • look for the section in the menu that has healthy option
    • some restaurants partner with weight watchers and will show you the nutritional value of their entrees
  • if they don’t have a section like that, ask your server for their gluten free menu
  • ask for substitutes for french fries (steamed veggies or a side salad), ask to hold the cheese, no bread, etc
    • don’t be afraid to be the annoying person at the table
  • don’t go out starving
    • have some a few nuts or pieces of beef jerky to go out to avoid over eating — it won’t “spoil your dinner”
  • try not to eat the whole plate of food they give you
    • restaurant portions are bigger than what you’d serve yourself
    • ask for a to-go box when you get your meal¬†and put half of it in there (you’ll have a healthy meal for lunch tomorrow!)
  • if you have an appetizer make it a salad, and if you have dessert share it with everyone
    • giving yourself too many limitations can be just as dangerous as not giving yourself any at all

Well there they are! Hopefully that was helpful to you guys. I’ll be blogging again tonight to make up for this weekend and I’ll talk more about our experience with Advocare this far!

ttyl y’all ūüėČ