Sunday, July 26, 2015

Crispy Baked Coconut Shrimp

We took a mini vacation to St. Augustine this week and ended up coming home with a pound of fresh shrimp and some snapper.  We were debating shrimp ideas when my husband suggested something crispy but healthy, and these baked coconut shrimp were the end result.

They were really easy to put together, we breaded them shake and bake style in a plastic baggie and tossed them in the oven for a few minutes, then served them up with a bottled fruit sauce.




Crispy Baked Coconut Shrimp

Serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, 21-25 count
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs (I use Aleia brand)
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut (I use Let's Do Organic brand)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
Prepare shrimp by peeling/deveining.  Combine coconut and panko breadcrumbs with salt and pepper to taste in a gallon-size plastic storage bag.

Take the egg white and cornstarch and whip vigorously together until it starts to get foamy.  Toss the shrimp in the egg, then put in the bag and toss to coat.

Lay shrimp out on an aluminum-foil lined baking sheet and bake until golden and crispy - I used convection, so mine went at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.  They may need a higher heat in a regular oven.

I served ours up with Tropical Pepper Co's Mango Coconut sauce, which I've found at a variety of grocery stores.  Fresh and easy.

21 Day Fix Container Equivalents per serving (about 6 shrimp)
  • 1 red
  • 1/2 yellow 
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 purple (dipping sauce - not 1/2 the container's worth of sauce, but this is how I counted it)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Simple Stuffed Roasted Bell Peppers

I made this stuffed pepper last week when my husband was away - it was so quick and simple, I had to share the recipe!  Easy to portion for one or many.  Very delicious, and of course 21 Day Fix approved!



Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 red container (3/4 cup) lean ground turkey 
  • 1/2 yellow container (1/4 cup) cooked brown rice (or quinoa)
  • 1 blue container  (1/3 cup) shredded cheese, divided
  • 1 bell pepper
  • Seasonings to taste
Directions

Preheat toaster oven to 400 degrees 

Heat a small skillet over medium heat.  Brown turkey and add seasonings as desired - I kept it simple with a roasted garlic and herb mix, salt and pepper.  

While turkey is browning, prep your pepper - cut the top off, then use your knife to separate the ribs to remove the center seeds.

After turkey is cooked, stir in the rice and most of the shredded cheddar.  Add turkey mixture to bell pepper and top with remaining cheese.  Bake for approximately 30 minutes, shorter if you like crisp peppers.  The longer you let it go, the more of a roasted pepper texture you will get (my preference).

Container Equivalent:
  • 1 Green
  • 1 Red
  • 1 Blue
  • 1/2 Yellow

Saturday, July 18, 2015

From Self Intervention to Reinvention


If you've followed me lately, you might have noticed my posts have a new theme. 



When I started the 21 Day Fix Challenge it was like an intervention to get me back on track.  As it turns out, I have been loving the program so much and have seen such amazing results, both physically and mentally, that I feel like it's turned into a reinvention. I am motivated to get sweaty daily and feel fitter than I have in years.  I have fallen in love with Shakeology, my daily dose of healthy nutrition. I have found kindred spirits who love to share their experiences and progress in the Beachbody community

In fact, I have had such a great experience that I decided to take on a larger role in Team Beachbody and have officially signed up to be a coach!  

                                      

I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing group of people that will both allow me to help others and get my own motivation to keep working hard to stay fit, instead of falling back into bad habits. 

So what does that mean for my blog? You'll see some cosmetic changes here and on my other blog social media profiles, but I'm still going to post delicious gluten free recipes...they will just be a little healthier. And I'm going to start sharing more of my fitness journey, my experience with the 21 Day Fix, and my own life. So still Spoonful, just a little more Jenni thrown in :)

I hope that you all stick around with me on my journey, and I really hope I can help inspire and motivate anyone who follows Spoonful at a Time with healthy thoughts, foods and fitness.

And if you want to join up with me as your Beachbody coach, I'd love to help you on your journey too.  Just go to the website below and click Join - it's free!  I'll be doing challenge groups for the 21 Day Fix soon, and I'd love to have you.

www.beachbodycoach.com/JenniFL

Monday, July 13, 2015

21 Day Fix Pancake Day

OK, so I had good intentions to continue to blog this adventure on the 21 Day Fix Challenge.  I really did.  I did my meal plan, I stuck to it with only a couple minor cheats, I did every single workout, I actively participated in my Facebook challenge group.  I saw progress - not just physical changes, also positive changes in my mindset and motivation (21 days to make a habit...).  But between all of that and my crazy week at work, I just found the blogging side of things to be too stressful on top of doing the actual program.  Can't do it all right?

Wanted to share my favorite recipe from the week - I brought back Pancake Day!  My husband and I have had a tradition for years where we make pancakes on Sunday and enjoy our favorite HGTV shows.  I missed pancake day quite a bit during round 1 of the fix, so I brought it back - 21 Day Fix style.

21 Day Fix Pancakes




Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Healthy dash cinnamon
  • Dash salt
Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Cook like regular pancakes - note that these will cook a bit faster, so keep a close eye on them!

Makes approx 6 pancakes

Per serving:
  • .5 Red
  • .5 Yellow
  • 1 Purple

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

21 Day Fix - Round 2 Begins!

I thought for this round I'd post a "day in the life" style instead of just photos of what I eat.  After all, the 21 Day Fix Challenge is a lot more than that!

6 AM - Up and at 'em
Total Body Cardio fix is an intense workout to start the week!  I was really proud of myself today because I did the cross country skiers full-out instead of stepping, although I didn't use the weights. That and the knee pulls were all I ended up modifying, everything else I stayed up pretty well.  Amazing difference from the start of Round 1, although still totally kicked my butt.  



7:30 AM - Meal Prep
It's easier when I portion prep in advance, but I seem to be bad at that in practice, so I'm usually scrambling in the morning to put together breakfast, lunch and two snacks to take to work.  Helps that I have my meal plan printed out and in front of me while I assemble!



8 AM - Off to work
Off to work with Shakeology in hand!  The package says ideally consume within a half hour, so I've been trying to finish most of it during my commute.  After I get to work I tend to get in a zone where I don't stop to drink water or eat or anything and sometimes I still have shake left hours later.  Today, I did better and had it done by 8:45!

                                

1.5 Red, 1 Purple

11 AM - Morning Snack
Stomach started rumbling to remind me time to eat.  I try to eat my carb/fruit snack earlier in the day so it has more of a chance to burn off.  Today's choice was gluten-free crackers, Boar's Head deli meat, and some fruit left over from the Fourth.

                                    
.5 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Purple

2 PM - Lunch
I should have eaten earlier, I hate when I do this.  Work is so chaotic - I do QA software testing and we are understaffed, so there's basically never any down time during the day, especially if I want to leave the office at a reasonable hour.  Have to remember to stop and take care of myself!  

                         

Loving the balsamic vinaigrette recipe in the eating plan, definitely makes the salad something to look forward to.  I tried the Asian vinaigrette my very first week and it was pretty terrible, wayyyy too much sesame oil (and I even used only about half of what the recipe called for)

1.5 Green, 1 Red, 1 Blue, 1 Orange

5:45 PM - Snack 

I picked at my salad over the course of a couple of hours (sad) and so I wasn't really hungry until I was in the car on an emergency trip to Lowe's (fridge death...thank goodness we have a backup in the garage).  Enjoyed some celery sticks and a teaspoon of peanut butter.  Ironically a great car snack too.

.5 Green, 1 teaspoon

8:15 PM - Dinner



1 Red, 1 Green, 1 teaspoon, 1 Yellow (not pictured)


After a couple hours, we came straight home to cook up a late dinner, and had to deviate from the plan in the interest of speed.  Quick pan-seared pork chops with leftover butternut squash and roasted cauliflower.  Not pretty to look at, but tasty! Also enjoyed a glass of red wine when I realized I had a carb left.  What can I say...appliance shopping will make your head spin.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

21 Day Fix - Results

So, today is our last day of the 21 Day Fix Challenge.  I kept up pretty well, with the exception of yesterday when I cut loose a little bit for the 4th of July holiday.  But blogging?  Nope.  I barely remembered to take pictures of my food.  Work was rough, I barely took any breaks and I worked longer hours than usual, so blogging was pretty far from my mind.

This past week was probably the hardest, too.  I caved a couple of times and ate a piece of dark chocolate after dinner, despite not having any extra carbs left in my day to swap out for a treat.  I skipped my Saturday workout again yesterday, and on top of that enjoyed myself on the holiday and had a few drinks.  Holidays are hard.  But I'm trying to bright side it by reminding myself that I drank more water than alcohol and ate healthy for the most part, two things I definitely could not say about myself last year.  So there is that.

Results?  I lost about 5 pounds and 6 inches.  Did I see a miracle in the mirror?  Nope. However, my energy levels are up, I'm not modifying the workouts nearly as much, and I am getting that self-confidence high that you get when you're eating right and exercising.  I'm calling that a win.  And happy enough with how the plan is working to keep it going!  I'll try to blog more this time...

What I'm taking away from these first three weeks:

  • Meal planning is key to making it work, especially if you are on the smallest eating plan
  • It's easier to avoid carbs than I thought. 
  • I love Shakeology - literally went to bed looking forward to it the next day
  • Don't go too hard on the workouts week 1 if you want to walk normally afterwards
  • That being said, don't be scared to stop modifying as you get stronger!
  • I can do this.
What I want to focus on the next three weeks:
  • Not skipping the Saturday workout
  • Modifying workouts less - I want to do all the push ups on my toes by the end of this round!
  • Trying to plan more foods from the top of the list than the bottom (the list of OK foods in the plan is ordered from best choice to worst choice)
  • Taking pictures of my food and blogging daily

Sunday, June 28, 2015

21 Day Fix - Day 13

Our second Saturday on the 21 Day Fix Challenge, and as happened last weekend, it was a little more difficult to eat on a proper schedule.  Breakfast was later, which meant morning Shakeology was later, and so on.

I also went in grazing mode a little bit in the afternoon when we were being productive around the house and ended up eating too much fruit because we have all this delicious watermelon and pineapple.  Worse things to eat too much of I know, but I felt bad about it.  And my fructose malabsorption issues flared up last night, reminding me of my mistakes, so I got a double whammy.  But I have kept it in check today at least.

I also did not take photos.  Every time we made a meal I was really hungry by the time we were done, so I dug in without thinking about it.  I did manage to take a Shakeology picture though!

Breakfast yesterday was poached eggs on avocado toast.  Delicious, filling, fairly simple - we are still figuring out the whole perfect poach thing.  We bought these little silicone cups that help a lot, but the water temp part is still tricky.  I tend to undercook, Hubs tends to overcook.  Hopefully we will meet in the middle someday and get it right, because when we come close it's easily my favorite way to enjoy an egg, so velvety smooth..

Snack was Shakeology.  Our bag of vanilla arrived the day before, and I was eager to give it a shot.  I was cautiously optimistic - I had loved the chocolate, but you never know if the vanilla is that super fake ice cream smelling nastiness that I have experienced with vanilla protein powders in the past.

Fortunately, it wasn't.  Nice normal vanilla flavor and smelled like the real deal.  I did mine up like an Orange Julius and it was delicious!


Orange Julius Shakeology


  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup orange juice 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract
  • Ice and Water

Combine first four ingredients, then add ice and water to fill the blender cup (I use my Nutri Ninja personal blender, medium size cup).  Blend well.

Lunch was a treat, we grilled up flank steak and I ate mine with some sliced cucumbers and balsamic vinaigrette.  It's odd how two weeks ago I would have sworn a meal is not satisfying without a starch, but I've actually been enjoying my meat and veggie meals a lot.

Dinner was pan-seared mutton snapper that we'd caught on a recent fishing trip (my first!) and frozen afterwards because we managed to catch so many :)  We were both really happy with how it turned out.  I used our stovetop griddle, rubbed the fish with olive oil and seasoning and pan seared it for a couple minutes on each side.

I also took some green beans that I steamed for a few minutes in the microwave and on a whim tossed them on the hot griddle with a little olive oil to char them up - absolutely delicious method I will be repeating again.  Then we served up the fish and green beans with some roasted butternut squash for more green.  I had an extra glass of wine on Friday night (whoops) so I skipped one of my carbs yesterday.
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