Friday, November 28, 2014

Clean Eating Chicken & Mushroom Quinoa

Chicken with mushrooms and Quinoa
Chicken with Mushrooms and Quinoa 


(Makes approximately 11 cups)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry quinoa
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 14 oz. sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 1/2 large, red onion
  • 1 tbsp. coconut or extra virgin olive oil (I used coconut)
  • 3 large, baked chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 Cup Spinach 
  • Salt and pepper to taste after cooking.

Directions:

  1. Bake your chicken breasts at 350 F. for about 40 minutes or until they reach at least 165 F. on a meat thermometer. (I sprinkled mine with garlic powder, salt and pepper for added flavor)
  2. While that bakes, cook the quinoa with the garlic powder in the chicken broth to package directions.
  3. While that is cooking, sautĂ© the mushrooms and onion in the oil over low to medium heat. Keep the heat low so that the liquid from the mushrooms will seep out and help cook them. This way you won’t have to add more oil.
  4. When the chicken is done, cut it into chunks and stir into the finished quinoa along with the spinach.
  5. Cool a bit and serve. 




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup


It's November and we officially have snow on the ground!! And Nothing is better than coming home after work to a warm pot (Crock pot) of soup!! I love this recipe because it’s crazy simple and delicious. It would be perfect for Sunday football parties because it serves a small crowd but requires literally ten minutes of prep time and zero thinking. I served this for dinner last night and even my hubby who generally declares that “Soup is an appetizer not a meal,” happily ate this up for dinner!! 

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Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup 


Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 small green or red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced (Fresh or Jar in water)
Sea salt and fresh black pepper
3/4 cup Fresh Diced tomatoes and 1/4 cup diced green chiles.  (Or for a faster option, 1 can (11 ounce) Ro-tel diced tomatoes & green chiles)
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 + 1/4 pounds boneless skinless organic chicken breasts (hormone, cage  and antibiotic free)
2 cups non GMO corn (I buy frozen from Whole Foods)
1 can organic black beans, optional 
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano (preferably Mexican), crushed between fingertips
1 + 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese or monterey jack, plus more for serving
1 cup organic sour cream or greek yogurt, plus more for serving (Greek Yogurt has more protein)
Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips, for serving
sliced avocado, for serving, (optional) 


Instructions:
In a medium skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile to your crock-pot add the tomatoes and chilies, chicken broth, chicken, corn, black beans (if using), chile powder, cumin, oregano and 1 teaspoon coarse salt or 1/2 teaspoon fine and about 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mix in the cooked onions, peppers and garlic.
Cook on high 3 – 4 hour or low 5 – 6. Remove the chicken breasts to a cutting board. Stir the cheese and sour cream into the soup. Shred the chicken or cut into bite-sized pieces and add back to the pot. Taste and season as needed. Cook 1 more hour on low heat.
Serve garnished (optional) with more cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips and avocado.

Yield: 6 servings 
Enjoy!! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to stay on track this holiday season!

Well I officially feel like we are in the holiday season. Thanksgiving is next week !!

So with the holiday cheer comes the ho ho ho muffin top!  With the holidays comes, wine, cocktails, pumpkin pie, sugar cookies, lattes, and more holiday goodness!  While I will be completely honest I do allow myself a few holiday treats.  I still try to make good choices 90% of the time.  Honestly I enjoy sweets a little too much but I definitely have learned self control and focus.  So what can you do to have a healthy holiday that doesn't leave you with those extra pounds.  I'm going to give you a few of my favorite tips!

working off my stuffing

1.  Workout:  I still get my workout in even when my amount of responsibilities and social calendar is jam packed.  I don't let the holiday hustle and bustle cause me to make excuses to sleep in and skip my workout.  I still schedule my workout like a meeting with my boss that I wouldn't cancel.  It's on my planner for every day.  So for example if you are an evening workout woman and someone asks you to go out for dinner or an event.  Decide if you legitimately have time to get that workout in somewhere else or do you really need to stay on track.  If you can say to yourself, "I really should do my workout."  Then that is your answer.  Go and do your workout and then meet up with friends later or another day!  Taking too many unscheduled rest days during the week throws off your flow and progress. So don't take unscheduled rest days unless its on the calendar for your workouts!

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2.  Thanksgiving day:  Just because it's a holiday doesn't mean you can't workout.  Especially if you have been saving up for that feast why not get in a good sweat session?  I still get up at the same time, maybe an hour later but I still do my workout.  I know that I am about to have a great dinner and I want to get my metabolism fired up and my feel good endorphins in check so that I can confidently enjoy my meal.  21 Day Fix is literally 30 minutes so I'm pretty sure we can all find 30 minutes to workout!  Then, I still eat a normal breakfast which for me is Shakeology.  Then, I have my typical snack 2 1/2 to 3 hours later followed by lunch.  Then, I enjoy thanksgiving dinner!  I don't starve myself all morning to save calories for dinner I just follow proper portion sizes.  That is also true for my Thanksgiving meal. 


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Thanksgiving on the 21 day Fix 
I still follow the 21 Day Fix portions for my meal a palm size portion for lean protein (red cup turkey), I have 1 cupped handful of potatoes, and STUFFING!! What is a thanksgiving without stuffing! (yellow container starchy carbs) and I skip the corn since they are both starches.  Then, load up on veggies green container (ask for no butter) and honestly I have a glass of wine with dinner (yellow Container) But I stop there!  I don't have green bean casserole, scalloped potatoes, corn, and corn souffle. Pumpkin and Apple pie are hard to resist, let's be honest!! So If you plan to indulge a little make it a small piece and instead of having a full portion of starchy carbs cut your portion in half for the potatoes and stuffing.  I honestly pick and choose what I want to spend my calories on!  Choose the foods that you truly want vs the things that just taste OK but you eat them because they are in front of you!   Make sense?  
Next, drink lots of water!  Still aim to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day so that you don't confuse thirst with hunger and your metabolism is fired up!
Turkey Veggie tray

3.  If you are hosting or going to a Thanksgiving dinner bring a healthy dish. 
I love to cook and I will be in charge of two sides this year. Instead of a sweet potatoes I am switching it to a veg with a carrot souffle! No green bean casserole and since I can't have corn I am bringing Garlicky herb green beans! 
 I am a little sneaky on this one.  I always bring something that I can eat!  
So say you have NO IDEA what will be at your holiday dinner.. make a backup and make sure it is a side that  has a protein in there like quinoa or beans so that just in case there is NOTHING healthy you have a back up plan.  Now I don't go shouting it from the rooftops that there is nothing to eat.  I just quietly get my plate, fill it with what I brought, grab some veggies and fruit and call it a day!  Then, I always have my shakeology stashed in the car for afterwards if I need something more to eat.  Remember it's all about will power and balance.  Just because there are no healthy options doesn't mean you eat it anyways.  You pick and choose what matters most.

Here are some of my favorite recipes to make or take: 
Fun Veggie Tray!! 
pumpkin fruit dip
Healthy Carrot Souffle'
Garlic Herb Green Beans 
Quinoa Salad 

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4. Traveling:  Pack your cooler and healthy snacks for the road.  Honestly, you would be surprised at how easy it is to take your snacks and food along with you.  The company thirty-one makes some great insulated totes that can hold Shakeology, apples, almonds, protein bars, veggies, meatloaf muffins, and fruit. When I travel I even portion out little baggies of 1/2 cup servings of oatmeal mixed with 1 scoop vanilla protein powder and some dried fruit.  Then anywhere you go you can find some hot water to mix it with! Voila instant oatmeal without the hidden sugars that you would get at Starbucks and McDonald's oatmeal.  Trust me, it's worth it because there are a lot of hidden stuff in there!!!

Enjoy your healthy holidays!!!


Lastly just in case you did blow it a little bit over the holiday 
you still have time to get it back in order before New Years!
I'm doing a 30 day clean eating and shakeology accountability group to keep you on track!  I'll teach you tips just like the ones above to help you stay focused with balance.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Garlicky Green Beans with fresh Herbs


Making a list and checking it twice!! Here is my vegetable side I will be taking this year for Thanksgiving to my Mom's. I made these green beans for a family dinner and they were such a hit I was printing off the recipe for everyone to go home with! Crazy Right! But it is amazing how adding a few herbs and some garlic can transform green beans from plain to amazing!! 

Throw out your green bean casserole recipe and try this! 


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Garlicky Green Beans

Ingredients


  • 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon, or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place a large bowl of ice water next to the stove.
  2. Add half the green beans to the boiling water and cook until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer the beans with a slotted spoon to the ice water to cool. Repeat with the remaining beans. Place a kitchen towel on a baking sheet and use a slotted spoon to transfer the beans from the ice water; blot dry with another towel.
  3. Just before serving, heat oil in a large Dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the green beans and stir. Add parsley, tarragon, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 3 minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

Happy Healthy Holiday!!

Healthy Carrot Souffle'

This year for thanksgiving we are each bringing a side. I made this carrot souffle last year for christmas and it was a big hit! So I decided to make it again instead of sweet potatoes! 

It's very light and fluffy and honestly.... 
No one even knew it was Carrots!!
Yummy! 

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Healthy Carrot Soufflé

Ingredients

2 1/2 pounds of peeled, cut carrots
1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt
2 eggs and 1 egg white, beaten
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 tablespoons wheat flour 
    (3 tablespoons white flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Steam carrots until tender, about 20 - 25 minutes.
  3. Place carrots in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
  4. Combine yogurt, eggs, butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract into the carrots.
  5. Pulse in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt to the mixture.
  6. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart baking dish that has been lightly coated with cooking spray or butter.
  7. Bake in oven for 45 minutes or until set and firm.

  8. Makes 8 to 10 servings
    *Since I am following the 21 Day fix this holiday I will count this veggie as a yellow cup when portioning it out! 

    Happy Healthy Holidays!! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Spicy Sriracha Baked Salmon



21 Day Fix Meal
Spicy Sriracha Baked Salmon

Ingredients
  • Serves 4 - 6
  • 2 pounds salmon, skin removed and cut into 4 or 6 fillets
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 3 teaspoons sriracha hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Scallions, for garnish

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place fillets of fish on prepared pan.
  3. Grate a little lime zest over each piece of of salmon.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, sriracha, honey, and salt.
  5. Pour sauce over salmon fillets.
  6. Place salmon in oven and roast for 12 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with scallions and serve.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Holiday Clean Eating and Fitness Accountability Group!

Be fit for the holidays
Holiday accountability group


Planning out my 30 day eat, drink and be healthy holiday guide!

Did you know that on average people gain 10 to 15 pounds 
from Halloween to New years!!

Holiday Season Weight gain
Holiday Season Gain

Crazy right!!


Whether you are just starting to focus on eating healthy or you need a little extra accountability this group is going to give you everything you need to stay on track and balance all the options this holiday!

Let's face it, weight loss, health and nutrition are hard during this time of the year! But I've found a way to make it all work and feel good about myself doing it! 
I also have lots of success stories from challengers to prove that it works!

No starvation, no crash diet, just healthy food, 
regular exercise and setting a few priorities to make it happen!
If you are feeling like you need a good old kick in the pants check out this 
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You can absolutely have your cake and eat it too!



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