Showing posts with label 21 Day Fix. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 21 Day Fix. Show all posts

Friday, December 9, 2016

Asparagus Stir Fry

My girls never liked asparagus. Even if it is wrapped in bacon BUT to my surprise they love this stir fry! The only difference I see is that I did cut the the asparagus into tips. I used to "hide" veggies , every way that I can. I made Chocolate Zucchini Muffins before and blend shredded veggies into spaghetti sauces and meat loafs.  I once made Carrot Muffins  , I did not tell our youngest daughter what it was..all she saw was the icing!!


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Aside from our girls finally eating asparagus, what I love about this recipe is that it is simple, quick  flavorful! Use 21 day fix All Purpose seasoning for a clean eating meal. This meal is less than $10  for a  family of four and I do shop at Aldi. I know where you shop does make a difference. Where you shop might be cheaper! You can also skip soy sauce or just use low sodium. Add red pepper flakes for some kick!




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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Quinoa Bites

There are a lot of ways to sabotage your healthy eating and one of them is unwise snacking. It is easy to grab a few pieces of store bought cookies and sweets. Healthy eating involves a little bit of plan, prepping and effort.  There are also a lot of trends into healthy eating and snacking nowadays , it makes eating healthy confusing sometimes. In my humble opinion , moderation and knowledge is the key. Learn how to read food labels and learn how to make healthy alternatives to our favorite meals and treats. Of course, depriving yourself is newer the key. Staying as close to "nature" or whole food will also benefit you.

Few years ago, we started having meatless meals. We still do it and I don't think we will be stopping anytime soon. Meatless recipes are budget friendly! Meatless recipes have the notion of being tasteless and that is totally not the case! Spices and herbs are your friend when it comes to meatless meals.  Fresh or dried herbs are both great and if you are up for it..make your own spice blends.

Can you really be satisfied with a meatless recipe? Absolutely! These quinoa bites are little goodness in every bite. This recipe is versatile, serve it as a meal or a snack. Did I mention that it is a healthy alternative for pizza?  Yes! Those days that you crave for a pizza..make this. It will not disappoint.



Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup chopped yellow onions ( small chopped)
2 eggs
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2  to 1 cup , halves cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1 cup, homemade pizza sauce, see recipe HERE.

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
Cook the quinoa according to package instructions. Cook until quinoa is tender.
Mix all the ingredients together.


 Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin,I used a tablespoon. Press each cup down. It will be a little messy, some quinoa will stick to your hands. Bake the quinoa bites for 20 minutes . You can check at 15 minute mark. Let it cool.





Each serving is full of flavor and healthy to boot! It is great for after school snack or anytime at work that you need a quick bite. I made a huge batch of  and kept it in an airtight container. It was still tasty after 3 days! Serve with pizza sauce and I promise you...this is way more healthier and hip friendly than your regular pizza.


I might be a little biased with pizza sauce. I love homemade pizza sauce! First, it is very easy to make. Second , it is frugal and frugal is my thing. Third, it is more flavorful.


I also made the 21 Day Fix version of this. I used the yellow container to measure my quinoa , green container for the tomatoes, red for the eggs and I skipped the salt , used the 21 Day Fix All purpose seasoning.


If you are not familiar with 21 Day Fix Seasonings , you can get the recipes HERE.









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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Homemade Energy Balls

Protein snacks. They come in all shapes and sizes. Just like stepping into the cereal aisle where there is an endless selection of cereals boxes , I get the same feeling when I choose protein bars. Not all are created equal though . Some are great tasting and some will leave you wondering if you ate a piece of card board. Truth be told, I go for inexpensive ones.

 When hubs and I decided to change our lifestyle, it did worry me a little. How will it affect our budget. Why are some healthy and fitness products so expensive? That..I can't completely comprehend. One thing is for sure though that the benefits will be greater.  I did quite a bit of research and note taking on how we can substitute some  healthy recipes so it can still be budget friendly.A few months ago, I shared the Clean Eating Turkey Chili. I cooked that chili when we were doing the Insanity workout. Buying a can of turkey chili can easily add up.



I was happy to come across this recipe over at Beachbody's website. The recipe was actually for Homemade Energy Bars. I did some revisions based on the ingredients that I already have. I also did not use Shakeology , again hubs and I are testing out ways to loose weight within our budget. Beachbody highly recommends taking Shakeology while doing their workouts because of its benefits...which I certainly agree.  However, not all can afford it, right? This  recipe can also be used for 21 day fix.




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Ingredients:

1 cup whole pitted prunes
1 cup dried figs
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 scoops Shakeology ( I used EAS whey protein powder)

Directions:

You can process the walnuts first using a blender or food processor.  Set aside . Place dried prunes,  figs and half of the chopped walnuts in a food processor. Pulse for 1 to 2 minutes scraping the sides.  Pulse until mixture resembles like this.


Form the processed fruit and nuts into a ball. I was able to make around 12 balls. Using half of the walnuts, roll the balls into the walnuts. Place in a parchment lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour. 


If you want to make these yummies into energy bars, press mixture into a cellophane lined 8x8 pan , cover and refrigerate for 1 hr. Cut into 12 bars.

One bar, has 148 calories and 6 g of protein.


You can definitely add your own flavors but note that it will change the nutritional value.  If you are doing 21 Day Fix, 1 serving   will be:

yellow  1/2 blue 


Recipe adapted from: Beachbody Blog




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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

8 Clean Eating and 21 Day Fix Seasonings ( Free Printable)


Clean eating. Just saying it makes it sound so impossible and daunting. It also has the notion of boring and tasteless.  There are ways to add extra flavor and yumminess to your food. You can satisfy your palette and be healthy too.

Most store bought seasonings contains God knows what extra ingredients to preserve it. Speaking of scary extra ingredients, I just watched the news that said..Parmesan cheese could contain some wood. Some Parmesan grated cheeses sold as "100 percent Parmesan" contain no Parmesan at all - but they do contain a fair chunk of harmless wood pulp ( READ HERE)


There are a lot of spices and seasonings that you can make at home.It is very frugal too! Make them in batches! Make a double or triple batch of the seasoning and store in an air tight jar.

Right after doing a round of Insanity work out, we originally planned on following it up with either Insanity Max:30 or Focus T25. I was a part of a Facebook group that shares clean eating recipes and motivation. It is also a group that works out on 21 Day Fix. So, I was really inspired and  purchased the workout. Hubs and I loves it! It was only half an hour. Everybody have half an hour right?  I know I promised to share our Insanity journey and how we lost weight..believe me I am still working on it! I want to share not just the results but also resources to help my readers. It's been almost a year since we started our journey with Beachbody and we are completely in love with their workouts. I am excited to purchase the 22 Minute Hard Corps next!

Spice up your lean protein, rice, veggies, grains and add flavor to your clean eating recipes . The 3  21 Day FIX seasoning mixes  are part of the 21 Day Fix and 3 Day Fix Extreme meal plan and exercise program. If you are not familiar with 21 Day Fix and would like more information on how to order, feel free to send me a message or ORDER HERE. 21 Day Fix has changed our eating habits greatly!


 


CLEAN EATING SEASONINGS

All Purpose Seasoning
3 tbsp ground black pepper
3tbsp ground cumin
1½ tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground sumac
¼ tsp kosher salt

Cajun Mix
2 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
2½ tsp paprika
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1¼ tsp dried oregano
1¼ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp red pepper flakes (skip if you only want the mix to be mild)

Creole Seasoning
2 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp. dried oregano
2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp white pepper
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
5 tbsp paprika
3 tbsp salt

Dry Onion Soup Mix
2/3 cup of dried, minced onions
3 tsp of parsley
2 tsp of onion powder
2 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp of celery salt
1 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
Fajita Seasoning
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)

Guacamole Seasoning*makes enough to use for 2 avocados.
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried minced onion or onion powder
Pinch of cumin, to taste
1/4 tsp dried cilantro
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt

SLOPPY JOE MIX

2 tbsp onion powder or dried onion
2 tbsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp celery seed
** This makes a batch of sloppy joe (1 packet).

Taco Seasoning
1 tbsp Chili Powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp sea salt 
1/4 tsp crushed pepper
* 2-3 tbsp per pound of meat.


21 DAY FIX SEASONINGS

21 Day Fix All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
21 Day Fix Mediterranean Seasoning
  • 4 Tbsp dried parsley, crushed
  • 4 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 2 tsp dried basil, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
 21 Day Fix Southwestern Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt




--->  21 DAY FIX SEASONINGS PRINTABLE <---


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

10 Best Raw Foods to Add to Your Diet Today

With so much information available to us today about what to eat or not, is adding raw foods to your diet something to consider? Certainly for several reasons, but don't go overboard as some may be better for you cooked than raw. So, whenever making strong changes to your eating habits, do your homework about the ramifications. Here's some 'food' for thought.

 


Why Eat Raw vs. Cooked

Often, eating vegetables and fruits may prove to be a better option. But, some are sensitive to the heat and may loose a portions of their nutritional content from cooking. Other concerns may also be that heating food often destroys enzymes that are desperately needed for proper digestion. As cooking reduces the nutritional value of many foods, heat can also cause changes to the chemicals that create mutagens, free-radicals and carcinogens and toxins that are often associated with many diseases found today.
On the other hand, eating a good variety of raw foods can benefit you with:
  • natural cleansing
  • enzymes to help nutrient absorption and digestion
  • better use of any available antioxidants
  • better complexions
  • more mental clarity and increase energy
By adding these to your diet regularly, you may just find that you have reduced your chances for developing cancers. As we age, we suffer from so many maladies that often adding these raw foods to your diet, eliminate the need for any additional such as those used as menopause supplements or other anti-aging remedies.

What to Eat?

  1. Leafy Greens – When eaten raw leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collard, chard and others will increase the benefits over cooking. These provide you body a great support team of chlorophyll, antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids and (specifically) vitamins E and C.
  2. Seaweed – Extremely high in minerals and are probably one of the easiest assimilated food source to get these into the bloodstream quicker and easier. They support the lymphatic system, detoxify, improve liver and thyroid functions and more.
  3. Nuts/Seeds – Eating these raw will give your body a boost to help fight the bad LDL levels of cholesterol. They are an excellent heart healthy food being high in fiber, unsaturated fats and vitamin E.
  4. Bee Pollen - This one food contains over 96 different nutrients essential to basic human life. It consists of over 40% protein and combined with all the other nutrients this food packs, provides you with an amazing amount of energy. Due to the fact that bees gather pollen from local sources, studies have shown that many get serious relief of seasonal allergies when local is consumed.
  5. Chocolate – Wow! Chocolate is a super food. What more could you want. But, it's not the typical chocolate bar sitting on the shelf a the grocery store. Those have added sugars and are processed to much. In order to get the full benefits of magnesium and antioxidants, raw caco nibs will serve you best. Or, if you can't find those, a bar of dark chocolate with no added sugar will give you a degree of benefits.
  6. Fermented Vegetables – Fermented vegetables, such as sauerkraut or kimchi are digested easier due to the natural processing. These provide a great source of enzymes and probiotics that improve your digestion and help build your immunity.
  7. Chia Seeds – People are putting Chia in almost everything today. These are packed with heart healthy Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Chia seeds have a capacity to absorb liquid as they expand, thus making them a great source for hydration to the system as they breakdown in the digestive system. Good news for weight loss!
  8. Coconut – Much has been learned about the outstanding benefits of coconut oil over the past few years. It is a naturally hydrating food, packed with healthy coconut fats that help lower cholesterol and increase brain function.
  9. Sprouts – These are high in phytonutrients and chlorophyll, providing you with needed antioxidant value.
  10. Blueberries - Heart healthy brain food is the latest recommendation for this lovely little fruit. Preferably, eat these in the complete fresh raw state but if not available try frozen as these will be less processed. 

     


This is only a short list of 10 foods that have been found to be a health, nutritious and tasty. Do your own research and find the ones that suit you best, and pack a few aside for tasty snacks throughout the day. Most of all, enjoy yourself!


Meet the Contributor :



Ella James is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest, which is a leading Health News Website. Her interests include reading and writing about Health, Fitness and Weight Loss News. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.





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