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.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

21 Day Fix - Days 11 & 12

Time is flying lately!  With that crazy work week it felt like the days were blending together.  Very glad it's the weekend, I am ready for a little break.

More of the same for breakfasts and lunches - I enjoyed leftover pasta at work on day 10 & my usual salad on day 11.  Had a couple of delicious and easy dinners, though!


These were super easy, just marinated the chicken tenderloins in buffalo sauce and cooked them up in a pan with a bit of coconut oil.  Served with steamed green beans and leftover roasted butternut squash.  Simple and delicious!


These were probably my favorite meal of the week, also a great no-recipe meal.  I was going off of the idea we had for the previous Friday night for Asian chicken lettuce wraps, hubs had suggested lettuce tacos as an option and I thought it was a great idea.

We took chicken tenderloins and marinated them in a mixture of olive oil and fajita seasoning (we like Badia brand, comes in a spice jar instead of a packet and is just simple spices and no weird ingredients).  I cut them up into bite-size pieces and browned them in a skillet, then removed them and added peppers and onions with more fajita seasoning.  Once those were ready to go, I just tossed the chicken back in with the veggies.  We served them up in romaine lettuce leaves.  Juicy, delicious, smoky, spicy - so good!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

21 Day Fix - Days 9 & 10

It's been quite a week!  Work has been crazy, I've been pulling some long hours, and as I work on a computer, I have zero desire to pick up the PC after a 10+ hour day staring at the screen.  But despite the hours, I've stuck with the workouts and the nutrition plan for the 21 Day Fix Challenge.  Just not the blog...

We're slipping into a routine with food, and it's pretty simple.  I'm still trying to make dinners interesting, we did some oven-baked crispy pork chops on Tuesday and pasta with turkey meat sauce last night.



Learning to balance the slightly indulgent with lots of veggies!  Butternut squash is definitely a great addition to the diet because it's so similar to sweet potato but counts as a veg, not a carb.  And clearly you can tell we love our roasted broccoli!

The workouts definitely going better this week, I'm not struggling to sit or stand, but I can definitely tell I'm working out!  The lower body workout was actually almost enjoyable, she definitely hits all the spots with the various moves and holds.  Definitely was glad for the active rest day of Pilates this morning though.


Spicy Shrimp Stirfry

This was a delicious Sunday afternoon lunch for the 21 Day Fix Challenge, and would also make a great dinner.  Add some brown rice for a carb if desired.


Spicy Shrimp Stirfry

Makes 2-3 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 red containers shrimp, cleaned (3/4 cup per serving)
  • 3 green containers mixed stir fry veggies (1 cup per serving)
  • 1.5 purple containers fresh pineapple chunks (1/2 cup per serving)
  • Chicken broth
  • Sauce Ingredients:
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp San J Asian BBQ sauce
    • Dash sriracha
    • Grated fresh ginger, approx 1/2 inch piece
    • Grated fresh garlic, 1 clove
Directions

Whisk together sauce ingredients, set aside.  

Heat a skillet over high heat and spray with cooking spray (use coconut oil if you have some teaspoons/black available), then vegetables, starting with those that take the longest time to cook.  Add some chicken broth to the skillet and cover, allowing veggies to cook through while soaking up all that flavor.  Set veggies aside.

Add shrimp to the skillet and cook for a minute, then add sauce.  Toss until shrimp are cooked through and glazed.  Set shrimp aside.

Add pineapple to the skillet and cook for a couple of minutes, or until caramelized.  

My serving was 1 red, 1 green, .5 purple, and .5 orange.  Hubs ate the rest for his portion, plus some brown rice.  


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Breakfast Tacos

Sundays are almost always pancake days in our house.  We love curling up on the sofa with a plate of pancakes and turkey sausage.  And there are pancakes on the 21 Day Fix, but you get one small pancake for one yellow.  Not going to fly.

So we made breakfast tacos!  We started making these when we were in Costa Rica, when we had limited ingredients and a rustic kitchen, and they were amazing.  Thought of them immediately when I saw 2 corn tortillas as a yellow option.



Breakfast Tacos

Serves 1

1 Yellow, .5 Green, .5 Red, 1 Blue

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 blue container guacamole (1/8 cup)
  • 1/2 blue container shredded Mexican cheese (1/8 cup)
  • 1/2 green container chopped grape tomatoes (1/2 cup)
  • 2 corn tortillas
Directions

Heat up a griddle or skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray.  Lay out tortillas and crisp them up on either side.

Scramble egg in a bowl.  Preheat a small skillet over medium, spray with cooking spray, and add egg.  Cook to desired doneness.

Take the tortillas and spread guacamole on each.  Add scrambled egg to tortillas and top with cheese and grape tomatoes.  Serve immediately.  Can be eaten like a taco or tostada, delicious either way!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 8 - Week 2 Begins!

Total Body Cardio Fix was Monday morning's workout again, and this time around I paced myself a little more to make it through the whole thing, and I'm not super sore like I was last week.  Still definitely was working really hard, even switching to the modifier periodically!

As far as the eating plan goes, Monday was a busy one, and I ended up actually not eating all of my containers.  I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but I didn't want to eat too much at the end of the day so I opted not to make up for the snack I missed.

Breakfast - 8 AM



1.5 Red, .5 Purple

Back to Shakeology for weekday breakfasts.  I spent my morning putting out fires at work and ended up sipping on it until about 11AM, which is probably what threw my hunger levels off.  That Shakeology has some staying power!  I went for a chocolate-covered strawberry version, skipping the banana and opting for some frozen strawberries instead.  It was good, but I could definitely tell a difference in texture.  Bananas are amazing for smoothies like that.

Morning Snack - 12 PM

1 Yellow, 1 teaspoon

Small peanut butter sandwich - 1 slice bread and 1 teaspoon crunchy peanut butter.  Can't miss on this childhood favorite, although I enjoyed it more last week when I used 2 tsp peanut butter.  I wanted to stop and enjoy it but I ended up wolfing it down between calls.  It happens :\

Lunch - 3 PM



2 Green, 1 Red, 1 Orange, 1 Blue

Salad with leftover buffalo chicken - those leftovers lasted a long time!  It made a good salad topping too.  I made the 21 Day Fix Balsamic Vinaigrette this week and it is definitely head and shoulders above the Asian one for me.  I like sesame oil OK, but that was a strong dressing.  The balsamic is fabulous, has just a touch of dijon mustard that helps bring it all together.

Dinner - 8 PM



1 Red, 1 Green, .5 Purple, 1 teaspoon

Grilled chicken, sauteed kale with garlic and olive oil, and some diced fresh local mango.  Green list says raw or cooked for kale, which is good as one cup of raw kale would have probably amounted to just a bite of cooked kale.  So I did up a whole bunch and it only made about 2 green containers' worth.  I dressed the kale with a tiny bit of soy sauce and honey ginger white balsamic vinegar, it came out really good.

So one week down, two to go!  I'm actually about 4 lbs lighter than when I started surprisingly.  I'm sure a lot of that is just water weight, and I'm used to my weight fluctuating, but I still haven't seen it dip that low in many months and it hasn't gone back up so I'll take it and be happy :)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 7 - Yoga Day!

I was looking forward to checking out Autumn's Yoga Fix all week, and it did not disappoint!  It was a great mix, started with flow and ended with stretches on the floor.  Ended it feeling absolutely fantastic.  New favorite yoga DVD for sure.

Breakfast - 9 AM





1 Yellow, .5 Red, .5 Green, 1 Blue

We enjoyed a breakfast that we started making when we were vacationing in Costa Rica a few months ago - quick breakfast tacos.  You can have 2 corn tortillas as a yellow, so it made a very hearty breakfast.  We crisped up the tortillas a bit on a griddle, then topped them with guacamole, scrambled egg, cheese and chopped grape tomatoes.  Delicious!

Morning Snack - 12 PM


1 Red, 1 Purple, .5 Green, 1 teaspoon

Shakeology, same as yesterday - threw in a small banana, spinach and peanut butter.  Enjoyed it poolside while diving into The Girl on the Train (incidentally an excellent book if you are trying to motivate to cut back on drinking...).

Lunch - 2 PM



1 Red, 1 Green, .5 Purple, .5 Orange, 1 teaspoon

Motivated again to cook something delicious for lunch!  This time it was a quick shrimp stir fry, (recipe to come later).  It was delicious, fresh, and not too challenging for a Sunday lunch.

Afternoon Snack - 5 PM



.5 Red, .5 Purple

Turkey, fruit.  Simple.

Dinner - 7:30 PM



1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Yellow, .5 Orange

A little bit indulgent on dinner - we were doing a healthier take on General Tso's chicken and Hubs voted to use up some of the Trader Joe's gluten-free chicken nuggets we had in the freezer so we could enjoy crispy chicken.  I said fine and ate less rice :)  It was a great meal, very easy to put together - I actually ended up taking the leftover Asian Vinaigrette I had from this week and kicked it up a notch with some spice and a touch of extra honey, then heated it up on the stove with a little cornstarch slurry to thicken it.  Very tasty.

Looking forward to getting going bright and early tomorrow with a workout!

21 Day Fix Day 6 - Weekend Challenges

Saturday was also a bit of a struggle - I definitely have an easier time with it when I have the routine of getting up early to work out and going to work after.  I could get up on weekends just the same and work out right away I guess, but I like to enjoy lazy mornings!

Unfortunately the weekend days also get away from me quickly since my husband and I normally do things together like running errands, doing chores, squeezing in a little fun here and there, etc.  So yesterday, I skipped the workout.  I could have made the time, and I didn't - I hope I do better next week.  My goal is to double up today, although there is already talk of heading off to the beach to find a snorkel spot...but I will at least do the yoga workout.  And swimming and playing at the beach has got to count for something, right?

Breakfast - 9 AM




.5 Green, .5 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Blue


Weekends are for cooked breakfasts, so we saved Shakeology for later.  Sunny side up egg on avocado toast with chopped tomatoes and a sprinkling of cheese.  Delicious and filling.  That I was clearly hungry for as I started eating before snapping a picture!

Morning Snack - 11 AM


.5 Green, 1 Purple, 1 Red, 1 teaspoon

Hubs and I both whipped up our Shakeology snacks (mine included peanut butter, banana, spinach and coffee) on a quick stop home during our marathon errands - we ran all over town shopping for various local seafood and produce items.  Always nice to eat local, but also a great way to make the 21 Day Fix more affordable - we got a huge sack of produce at our local farm stand for less than $10, and we have a local aquaculture farm that sells their shrimp for just $10 a pound.  Between that and not buying snacks and sodas, we can afford Shakeology :)

Lunch - 3 PM


1 Red, .5 Green, .5 Purple, 1 Orange


A little on the late side because of the errands, but instead of our usual quick lunch out we came home and put together a healthy mixed grill meal.  I made skewers of chicken, peppers, onions, and fresh local pineapple, Hubs threw them on the grill, and we finished them off with the 21 Day Fix Asian vinaigrette.  Tip - we like to make separate skewers of the different ingredients so they each can get the proper cook time, then we just mix them all up on the plate.  My purple is a little light on the plate, I snacked on a couple pieces while cutting it up so I was keeping myself honest!

Afternoon Snack - 5:30 PM


.5 Green, .5 Red

We bought a couple turkey tenderloins and roasted them up to try to save a little on the deli meat budget - came out nicely!  I enjoyed some turkey, tomatoes and carrots sprinkled with sriracha seasoning.  

Dinner - 8 PM

1 Red, 1 Green, .5 Purple, 1 teaspoon, 1 Yellow (not pictured)

As pretty as this dinner might appear, it was actually not all that good.  We picked out a sea bass at the seafood store and I did not enjoy it at all, need to stick to my tried and true grouper and hog snapper I guess.  And the mashed cauliflower was terrible, I followed a recipe I found that involved steaming it in chicken broth and it was just wet and lumpy, even after we drained out a ton of liquid.  So I'm going to try a dry-roasting method next time.  I ate the green beans and fruit, and ended up rounding out my meal with some more turkey and carrots.  Also enjoyed a glass of wine, although caved and poured a couple more ounces than the recommended.  But I resisted all snacking, so it could have been worse!  Baby steps, right?


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Made up a super-simple recipe for a Friday night dinner that is not only 21 Day Fix-friendly, but also a great choice if you want to enjoy a glass of wine with your dinner!  They recommend spacing out your containers and I only get two yellows, so I didn't want the double whammy of two yellows at a time at the very end of the day.  Not optimal.  These were quick and easy to put together, and plenty filling even without the carbs.



Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • Lettuce leaves 
  • Chopped cooked  chicken
  • Thinly sliced bell peppers
  • Shredded carrots
  • Diced fresh mango
  • Asian Vinaigrette 
    • 2 tbsp orange juice
    • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
    • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
    • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
    • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
    • Sriracha to taste

Directions

Heat up the chopped chicken and toss it with 1/2 of the sauce, reserving the rest for serving.  Serve the chicken on the lettuce leaves and top with bell pepper, carrots, and mango.  Drizzle remaining sauce on top.

The great thing about this recipe is it's easy to serve out with the different portion ratios, as my husband and I have very different container counts in some categories and the same in others - for example, we each get one orange and one blue per day, but he gets double the veggies and fruits I do.  So by having everything separate, we were able to portion out what each of us needed to eat.  My serving was 1 Red, 1 Green, .5 Purple, and 1 Orange - to see what the full amount looked like on the plate, check out my Day 5 blog post.

21 Day Fix Day 5 - First Friday...

So I don't know about you, but Fridays are usually a treat day for us.  We're getting geared up for the weekend, we've been working and cooking and going to bed early all week, and then on Friday we kick back, crack open a bottle of wine, toss a gluten-free frozen pizza in the oven, and watch TV.

Friday night on the 21 Day Fix Challenge?  Kind of the same...we still watched a movie and relaxed, and we did still crack a bottle of wine, but I only had a 4oz pour and then a lot of water.  I am glad that wine is on the diet, not only because I love a good glass of vino, but it's actually something I need to get in the habit of - just having a small glass instead of sharing a bottle with my husband.  I definitely had to fight the urge to have just another few sips of wine...but I did it!

Started the day out with the Cardio Fix workout, it was a tough one but not as hard as Monday's on my muscles.  I am still waffling between the full-on workout and the modifier, but it's only the first week and I can only get better if I stick to it.

Breakfast - 8 AM




Shakeology again, but I added a fun twist to it this time to make a Thin Mint version!  Very tasty, was a nice little treat for a Friday morning.

Thin Mint Shakeology

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 red container plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 green container baby spinach 
  • 1/2 tsp mint extract
  • 12 oz coffee (or water, or almond milk - if using milk, +1 yellow container)
  • Ice 

Whir everything up in a blender and serve - I used my Nutri Ninja personal-sized blender, cannot recommend it enough!  Perfect consistency every time.

Morning Snack - 11 AM


1 Yellow, 2 teaspoons

I had a slice of Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free bread (the only brand I can eat without toasting) and 2 teaspoons of crunchy peanut butter, which I folded up into a sandwich.  It lasted me for hours, I realized around 2:30 that I hadn't eaten lunch yet!  Was a nice treat to have a little bit of bread instead of the crackers I've been opting for.  

Lunch - 2:45 PM

1 Green, 1 Red, 1 Blue

Forgot to take a picture, but you guys have seen my lunch before - more leftovers from Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini boat night.  Still delicious!  The night I made them Hubs was feeling sick so he didn't eat much, and we had a bunch left over.  Definitely my favorite thing of the week, so glad that I got to eat leftovers twice :)

Afternoon Snack - 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM



1 Purple, .5 Green, .5 Red (not pictured)

I split up my snack, ate half at work and half after I got home.  I enjoyed some Boars Head turkey (not pictured) for .5 red, and then some of my "quickles" as I like to call them - the mini cucumbers marinated in rice vinegar with a touch of soy sauce and sriracha sauce.  And then later enjoyed 1/2 of a large apple.

Dinner - 8 PM


1 Green, 1 Red, .5 Purple, 1 Orange, 1 Yellow (wine - not pictured)


Another new idea when we were trying to come up with no-carb dinner ideas to let us each have a little wine - chicken lettuce wraps!  We basically took a look at our fridge and figured out what we needed to eat and put it together, came out pretty delicious - the fresh mango totally elevated the dish.  I also made a version of the Asian vinaigrette as a sauce - basically same thing but no honey, a little more OJ, added some fish sauce and used a LOT less sesame oil.  I think next weekend I might try to do a fajita-themed lettuce wrap.

So yeah, it was hard resisting a piece of candy or more wine after dinner, as I'm used to getting a little tipsy (or, lets be honest here, a lot tipsy sometimes) and grazing a bit.  Instead I was chugging water that I had flavored with blueberries and lemon.  But hey, it'll be worth it, right??

Friday, June 19, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 4 - Finally Less Sore

Whew!  Four days in to the 21 Day Fix Challenge, and I have to admit it takes a fair amount of work to plan food properly and do all the prep work.  I'm leaving the house later in the morning, we're eating dinner later at night...but hey.  I feel great, my energy is high, and my positive attitude just won't quit lately.  So there's that!

I'm also a lot less sore now - still feeling it, but at least I can sit down and stand up without difficulty, and walk at a normal speed again.  Day 4 was an active rest day, so the workout was Pilates - and if that's what Autumn considers rest, no wonder she looks like that!  Good workout for sure.  Although I found it really odd that they all wore sneakers on the video.  I have never worn shoes doing Pilates, so I went barefoot.  Shoes were definitely not necessary. 

Breakfast - 8AM



1.5 Red, 1.5 Purple, .5 Green, 1 Orange

Another Shakeology of course!  Stuck with the usual banana and coffee, and added some spinach to the mix this time.  Couldn't tell a bit, great way to squeeze in some greens first thing in the morning.  Also did coconut again to get my orange in, and some frozen strawberries.

Morning Snack - 12 PM



.5 Purple, 1 Yellow, 1 teaspoon

Enjoyed some more fresh mango, paired up with some peanut butter and gluten-free whole grain crackers.  One thing I will say about this diet, I'm throwing together combos I would not normally, but I haven't hated any of them yet!

Lunch - 2 PM


1 Green, 1 Red, 1 Blue

Ate a bit late because we had a summer event at work and I wanted to make sure I was good and full before I went and could just sip on water.  Had leftover Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini - still incredibly delicious even microwaved!  The zucchini really held its texture.

Afternoon Snack - 5 PM

.5 Red, .5 Green

I ate in the car on the way home so didn't snap a pic, but just enjoyed a large slice of Boar's Head low sodium turkey and some baby carrots.

Dinner - 8 PM



1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Yellow

Super simple dinner - 1 small baked pork chop, baked sweet potato, and roasted broccoli.  I LOVE roasting broccoli both for the flavor and crunch it adds.  Just toss florets in a bit of olive oil and seasoning and put in a 425 oven for about 30-40 minutes.  So easy.

When I saw the containers I thought I'd be hungry a lot, but it is actually a LOT of food, more than I usually eat since it's not much calorie-dense food.  I managed to finish that dinner, but I was totally stuffed.  Definitely helps keep me out of the pantry after dinner though!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 3 - First Treat Day

Yesterday was Day 3 of the 21 Day Fix Challenge - still going strong!  It was the first day I'd planned in a treat, which (not a surprise to those of you who know me) was a glass of wine.  Unsweetened almond milk vs a nice glass of vino as a treat....no brainer.

Breakfast - 8 AM



1.5 Red, 1 Purple, 1 teaspoon

So the day started off again with Shakeology, this time a full scoop.  Couldn't tell a real difference between a full and a half except it was a little richer tasting.  I went a little of the Reese's route with a teaspoon of peanut butter in with the usual 1/2 red container plain Greek yogurt and 1/2 banana, and the freebie coffee and ice.  It's a great way to get my morning coffee in, especially since we are in the full heat of summer in south Florida!

Morning Snack - 11 AM


.5 Green

One of my favorite snacks for crunchy cravings - sliced mini cucumbers tossed in a mixture of rice vinegar, a tiny dash of soy sauce, and sriracha, topped with sesame seeds (I went light on my dressing at lunch, same category).

Lunch - 12 PM


2 Green, 1 Red, 1 Orange, 1 Blue

As the snack was just veggies, I was ready for lunch right at 12.  Had the same salad I did Monday, but less dressing so the sesame oil didn't punch me in the face as much!

Afternoon Snack - 4:30 PM


1 Purple, 1 Yellow, .5 Red


We've been eating dinner fairly late (usually happens when I start trying new stuff, I'm not a fast cook) so I wanted to bulk up the afternoon snack a bit.  Plus I've found that more than 1 protein serving in a meal is a large amount of meat, so I wanted to move some of the serving portions to my snacks.  Boars Head low sodium skinless turkey is the perfect way to do that!

Dinner - 8 PM


1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Yellow (treat beverage)


Looked forward to this all day!  I planned steak night and a glass of wine a couple days in as a treat, and it was a nice change to make a super simple meal instead of a recipe.  Grilled flank steak, roasted broccoli and cauliflower, and wine.  I savored every sip, too, and didn't miss the potatoes at all!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini

As part of the 21 Day Fix Challenge I'm making an effort to gather ideas and create new recipes to keep it a little bit interesting.  It's easier of course to go with repetition, but what's the fun in that?

I was incredibly happy and satisfied with how last night's dinner came out, so thought I'd share my recipe.  Easy to put together and naturally gluten free, doesn't get much better than that!



Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts
1/2 cup buffalo sauce, plus more to taste 
2 large zucchini
2 carrots, shredded
1/4 sweet onion, diced
1/2 cup shredded cheddar, divided

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking dish with foil, add chicken breasts and pour buffalo sauce on top.  Bake for 30-40 minutes, until chicken reaches an internal temp of 160 degrees.  Remove, allow to rest a few minutes and shred (tip - if you have a Kitchenaid mixer, this can be done very quickly and easily with the paddle attachment).  Mix half of the cheese (1/4 cup), carrots and onion into the chicken.  Add more buffalo sauce to taste.

Slice zucchinis in half lengthwise, then use a spoon or knife to hollow out the center of each half.  Lay halves on a foil-lined baking sheet and heap generously with the chicken mixture, then top with the remaining cheese.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.
21 Day Container Equivalent (per serving):
  • 1.5 Green
  • 1.5 Red
  • 1 Blue
I served mine up with a side of sweet potatoes to add 1 Yellow to the mix, although I ended up not finishing the all of the potatoes because I filled up on the delicious zucchini! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 2 - Hello Leg Muscles

I certainly hope I am not this sore after Total Body Cardio Fix next week!  I was feeling the soreness in my leg muscles before I went to bed so I knew it would be bad, and it is.  Should have eased in a bit more!  But I was up early again and did the Upper Body Fix and was able to get through it.  I'm a little nervous about Lower Body Fix tomorrow, as the second day is always the worst...but I won't know until I try, right?

On to the food!  I think today went well, and I only experienced some minor hunger pangs because we ate late.  

Breakfast 8 AM 



1 Red, 1.5 Purple, 1 Orange

Shakeology again, still just the half scoop.  I used my medium-size Ninja cup with more coffee and ice today, and enjoyed it a whole lot more - the powdery texture was much less noticeable, it was a lot more like a milkshake.  Today I whirred it up with plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 banana, frozen strawberries, shredded unsweetened coconut, coffee, and ice.   Delicious!

Morning Snack - 11 AM

1 teaspoon

No picture - it was just teaspoon of crunchy peanut butter.  I had intended for it to also include 1/2 of an apple, but I was on autopilot this morning and threw the banana in there and didn't realize it until I was ticking off the boxes on my app.  So, no apple.  I didn't miss it.

Lunch - 1:30 PM




1 Red, .5 Purple, 1 Green, 1 Yellow, 1 teaspoon

I had leftover stir fry from last night with the addition of some chopped fresh mango - we visited my MIL this weekend and came home with a few jumbo Florida mangoes from her friend's tree, so delicious!  If I'd had extra purple I would have put it on last night too.

Afternoon Snack - 4:30 PM

.5 Red, .5 Green

Also not pictured, but it wasn't great to look at - I had some low-sodium Boars Head turkey breast and baby carrots.  I picked up the turkey to help fill in some of my red on snacks, and it definitely helped give me staying power until our late dinner.

Dinner - 8 PM



1.5 Green, 1.5 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Blue

Highlight of the night!  I adapted an idea I found online to create these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini and served them up with a side of sweet potatoes.  Recipe going up on the blog tomorrow!

My big surprise from today was my total lack of desire for carbs - in fact, I left a little of the rice behind at lunch and about half of the sweet potato at dinner, I was full and just wasn't interested in eating them.  Coming from a self-proclaimed carboholic, I thought I'd be hurting, but it's the exact opposite.  Maybe it's the Shakeology, which is supposed to curb cravings, or maybe it's just the balance of the diet, who knows.  But I'll take it!

Now it's time for a little hot tub session in hopes of easing a little soreness before lower body in the morning.  Except that means I have to get up first....

Monday, June 15, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 1 - Here We Go!

My 21 Day Fix Challenge started today!

6 AM - 30 Min Workout - Total Body Cardio Fix.

I chose to get the workouts out of the way in the mornings, since my job can be a little hectic at times and I don't always leave on time.  So I was up bright and early, before my alarm in fact - well, before my real alarm.  My "Kitsalarm" (our geriatric cat) started meowing at about 5:30 AM.  She must have been excited to start the Fix, too.  

After 30 minutes, I was sweaty and worn out, but feeling good.  I started out with the regular group, but about halfway through started following the modifier instead, as it was pretty intense.  Autumn reminds me a bit of Jillian Michaels, but not quite as drill-sergeanty. I was happy I at least was able to keep up with the modifier and I didn't quit - the most important part!

8 AM - Breakfast



Breakfast was my first foray into Shakeology.  I started with a 1/2 scoop today - I had read that it can take some getting used to and can potentially cause digestive issues, so I wanted to start a little smaller.  Plus there's the whole gluten-free risk (happy to report no reaction at all).  I was incredibly surprised by the size of the scoop, though -  It's about double the size of the scoops I usually see in protein powders.  I whipped mine up in my Nutri Ninja blender and it came out like an iced coffee.  Perfect for Florida summer!

Conclusion?  Shakeology is GOOD.  Nice strong, deep chocolate flavor without that fake sweetness that I can't stand about protein powders I've tried in the past.  You still get a bit of that powdery taste, enough that I think I might need to go for more liquid/ice when I up it to a full scoop.  But it was good, and I was still feeling very satisfied several hours later.  Normally with my usual smoothie (fruit, plain Greek yogurt, almond milk) I'm already looking for a snack by 10:30.  So maybe there is something to this Shakeology business...

11 AM - Morning Snack



After portioning out the peanut butter I realized it was probably a quarter of what I would usually have as a snack, but I just spread it out thinly on the crackers and it stretched fine, and kept me full until lunch.

1 PM - Lunch



Salad time!  Was a lot heavier on the chicken and lighter on the lettuce than I usually go.  It was good, although warning on the Asian Viniagrette recipe from the eating plan - it is a STRONG sesame flavor.  I used only about half of the recommended sesame oil and mixed in extra lime juice and rice vinegar.  And it was still strong.

4:30 PM - Snack



1 Purple container of sliced apples, which came out to about 1/2 of a large apple.  I wasn't really hungry surprisingly, but I'm trying to eat on a semi-regular schedule.

7:45 PM - Dinner


I made a version of this recipe I found online, basically took the recipe for the marinade and went my own way afterward, using pork tenderloin, a bag of mixed fresh stir fry veggies, and some peppers and onions.  Definitely not saucy like our usual stir fries - but also not loaded with sugar.  There was a teaspoon of raw honey in the marinade to give it a little sweetness, but that's it.

I actually had trouble finishing this dinner, it was a lot of pork!  I'm going to work in a red as a snack daily so I don't end up with such large meal portions.  

So one day in the bag.  Everything checked off.  And I'm already feeling that workout!  Tomorrow's going to be interesting...think I'd better stretch before bed ;)



Sunday, June 14, 2015

3...2...1...Go!

So, tomorrow's the big day.  21 Day Fix Challenge begins!

And I'm ready.

I've got our meal plans.


I've got my iPhone app - 21 Day Container Tracker.  It does everything - containers (including half sizes), water, workouts, food lists, notes, weight, measurements, everything.  This combined with meal plan should hopefully make this fairly easy to keep up with.




My produce drawer is packed (and there's more outside - and I still have to get some more! Visiting our local farm stand on my way home from work tomorrow.  There are a lot of fruit and veggies in the Fix!


I've made a couple Water Bar pitchers - citrus medley (lime, lemon and orange slices) and blueberry basil.


I've got my workout loaded up.in the DVD player - Total Body Cardio Fix to start.  Sore legs and other parts to follow I am sure...have to hope the yoga I've been doing helps a bit :\


Got my chocolate Shakeology and my absolutely amazing Nutri Ninja ready to whirl it up post-workout tomorrow.morning.


And, lastly, my red wine.  Til we meet again....


Tomorrow I'll be posting the results of my first day on the Fix!





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