21 Day Fix Approved Comfort Food

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Happy Labor Day!  I hope everyone has had a fabulous long weekend!  Greg and I have spent most of the weekend relaxing and recharging!  Friday night we took the dogs for haircuts and they turned out sooo cute! Saturday and Sunday we stuck around home and grilled out!  I always love grilling out!  Today will be getting stuff done and prepping/grocery shopping for the week ahead!  Today i wanted to share a comfort food recipe that i put on rotation every few weeks.  The best thing is, its 21 day fix approved!

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Onion Beef & Noodles

Ingredients:  

1 lb lean ground beef

1/2 bag baby carrots sliced up

1/2 small onion

1 “packet” clean onion soup mix (recipe from thetipgarden.com):

This will make one “packet” of soup mix:
4 tsp. beef bouillon
8 tsp. dehydrated minced onions
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (or any oil)
1/2 cup water
1 bag whole wheat egg noodles
Directions:
Cook Egg Noodles according to package
Brown meet in pan, meanwhile chop up onions and carrots
Add coconut oil, carrots, and onions to browned meat and cook until carrots and onions are tender
Add “packet” of onion soup mix and water to pan and simmer/stir until well combined
Measure out yellow container of noodles and red container of beef you can also count a partial green for a serving.
ENJOY!!

 


A Day a Carlsbad Beach

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Greg and I recently purchased a Lightspeed Beach Canopy so we decided to hit the beach Saturday to check it out.  We planned on spending several hours enjoying the sunshine and the sand so i had my Shakeology before heading out for the day.  One of my favorites..  TheElvis Shakeology!

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Elvis Style Shakeology:

Ingredients:
 1 Banana

2 Tsp PB2

1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology

Ice

Water

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender, pour and enjoy!

We got to the beach around 11am and setup for the day.  Within 5 minutes we were set up and kicking back enjoying the sunshine!  The great thing about Carlsbad beach is that although there were a lot of people there, it didn’t feel super crowded!  We were able to snag a spot close to the water so we could easily walk down and dip our feet in the surf to cool off.  Our friends met us around 1 and we stayed a few more hours before calling it a day and hitting up Beach City Smoothies in Carlsbad Village for Pitaya Bowls!  I had my bowl “Beach City Style” which basically equated to more fruit on the top!  I loved it! It was a great way to get my fruits in for the day and still stay 21 Day Fix compliant :-).  After the beach, our friends came over to hang out and we spend countless hours lounging and laughing the night away.. it was definitely a day for the books.  I fall more in love with San Diego every day!

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Sunday Sentiments

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I saw this link up over on Ramblings of a Suburban mom courtesy of advocareRunner and wanted to link up!

~We had a pretty low key weekend over here.  We cleaned the house and stayed in for the most part catching up on Once Upon a Time
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~ I managed to get my grocery shopping done yesterday so I had everything needed to cook a delicious dinner tonight with enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Greg and I both loved it! The recipe I used is here: 21 Day Fix Approved Meatloaf

~I’m looking forward to next weekend.. We plan on venturing out to the beach and up to the Mt. Soledad cross to take in the view

~Gracie is finally fully healed from her surgery.. She is 14 yrs old but has been running around like a puppy.,I would say she is feeling much better! Hope you all have a fabulous week!


Peanut Butter Pumpkin Shakeology

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Even though it is still summer, I am starting to see pumpkin items pop up on store shelves which means Fall is just around the corner!  I love anything and everything pumpkin so i was super excited when i spotted the Jif Whips Pumpkin spice at my local target.  I snagged the last one with big plans to create a new shakeology recipe that can transform me to fall in PA in an instant.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:pumpkinshakeology

1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology

2 Tsp Jif Whips Pumpkin Spice

Ice

Water

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Cozy up in your favorite fall sweater and devour!

 

 


Skinny Sausage Wraps

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This recipe is one of my childhood favorites! Since then I decided to modify some ingredients to make it my own (healthier) version!

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Ingredients:

1 Pkg Turkey Kielbasa

1/2 Block low skim mozzarella cheese

1 Jar low sugar pasta sauce

1/4-1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese

8-10 whole wheat lasagna noodles (depending on how many pieces you cut from the Kielbasa

Toothpicks (1 per roll)

Directions:

1.) Prepare lasagna noodles according to directions on package

2.) While the lasagna noodles are cooking, Cut the Kielbasa into 8 or 9 pieces and then cut a slit down the middle of each piece without going all the way through the Kielbasa

3.) Cut the Block of cheese into small slithers so that they will fit into the pieces of Kielbasa.  Insert 1 slice of cheese into each noodle and set aside.

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4.) When lasagna noodles are done cooking, drain and allow to cool for a few minutes.

5.)  Set up your baking pan by coating the bottom with a small layer of sauce.

5.)  Wrap 1 noodle around each Kielbasa piece, secure with toothpick and place into the dish.  Continue until all Kielbasas are wrapped and placed in the dish.  Top with remainder of Pasta sauce and a handful of shredded cheese.  Cover.

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6.)  Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes to brown slightly on the top.

7.)  Devour!  Although this isn’t entirely fix friendly i fit it in as follows:  1 serving = 1 roll = 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 blue, 1/2 purple


Dark Chocolate Reeses Cup Shakeology

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Dark Peanut Butter Reeses Shakeology

I love dark chocolate peanut butter cups so when i started on this journey I wanted to create a healthier version of my absolute favorite treat I wanted to create a healthier version of my absolute favorite treat!

Ingredients: 

1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology

2 Tsp Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup Almond Milk

Ice & Water to desired consistency

Blend it up to make it like a sinful milkshake :-)


Almond Joy Shakeology

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I love coming up with new Shakeology recipes.  It keeps things interesting and makes me feel like I am getting a treat every morning.  One of my go to favorites lately has been the Almond Joy Shakeology.

 

Ingredients 

1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology

2 Tsp. Almond Butter

8oz. Coconut Milk

Ice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a Blender and Blend it up.  Enjoy in your Shakeology shaker cup :-)

I find that breakfast is a fantastic time to have my shakeology.  It is the perfect on the go meal and keeps me full until lunch!  If you try it.. let me know what you think!

 


My 21 Day Fix Results (so far)

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I have been following the 21 day fix program since the end of June. This program has really been a life saver for me and really helped kicked my healthy lifestyle into high gear! I still follow the nutrition guide pretty exclusively but have been changing up my workouts to keep things interesting. The program is really simple and great for those wishing to get back into healthy eating and fitness habits! There are 2 parts (3rd optional) to the program:

Nutrition Guide & Containers : The nutrition guide provides a calculation for the amount of containers you get per day. Once you calculate your allotment, there is a list of foods for each color of container. Basically, as long as the food is on the list, you can eat it! Easy Peasy, and you get these cute little containers to use.The nutrition guide also has a couple or recipes that are delicious as well and some tips for getting your water in!

Workout DVDs With the fix, you get a set of DVDs. There is a DVD for each day of the week so you have plenty of variety in your workouts! The best thing is they are only 30 minutes long so they are perfect for those with busy lives! You get to get your workout in, feel great about yourself, and move on with your day!

Shakeology:. When I started the fix I wanted other really to full steam ahead and I’m so glad I did! The shakeology is totally optional but included if you purchase the 21 day fix challenge pack. I use the chocolate shakeology and look forward to my check every day for breakfast. The chocolate shakeology counts as one of your proteins on the fix and is great for an on the to meal! I always make different shakeology recipes so I’m not bored. The Shakeology has been my secret weapon for weight loss as it gets me going in the mornings, keeps me full all day, and kicks those pesky cravings to the curb!

My results thus far are below. This is from three rounds of the fix! I have no intention of stopping anytime soon as I love the changes in my mind, body and confidence!

I also run a private Beachbody support group on Facebook to encourage others on their journeys. If you are interested in the 21 day fix or any other beachbody programs please see my link here My Beachbody Team Page

Front Results:

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Side Results:

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Sunday Set Up

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I like to plan my food for the week and do my grocery shopping on Sundays. Typically through the week I jot down meal ideas in my notes app on my phone. Once I have five or so meals put down I work on filling in the ingredients and determining what I have on hand and what I need to purchase. Ingredients are then grouped together and broken out by store. I like to go to trader joes for fruits, yogurts, nut butters, and all natural sauces and Vons for the rest. I typically only buy fresh meat for the first 2 days of meals and then pick up meat on my way home through the week to make sure it’s as fresh as possible.

For daily meal planning, I use the notes application on my phone and write down the number of 21 day fix containers I get for the day and the contents of the container broken down by ingredient. I then update my list nightly for the next day to make sure I stay on track.

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My typical workout schedule

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Living in California, it has been a lot easier to be motivated to get on a workout schedule!. I am following the 21 day fix eating plan pretty exclusively, however I like to change up my workouts to take advantage of the abundance of activities and classes offered in my neighborhood. I still sprinkle in the fix workouts when I just want to come home after work and get my workout in. Typically my workout week looks like this:

Sunday: Bike ride & 21 Day Fix Yoga
Monday: Body Pump
Tuesday: UJAM fitness
Wednesday: 21 Day Fix lower fix
Thursday: UJAM fitness
Friday: 21 Day Fix cardio fix
Saturday: Zumba with an amazing instructor!

On days that I can’t make it to the gym, I sub 21 day fix workouts as necessary. I really like having variety in my workouts and the muscle definition I am starting to see!