Saturday, August 15, 2015

21 Day Fix Meal Planning Tips

Today I want to talk meal planning for the 21 Day Fix. I think that this is one of the hardest areas of the program - and one of the most necessary. Planning really makes it possible, as the containers can be a tricky balance. It's not easy, especially at first, to figure out how to divide it all up. But as I got used to the routine, it became easier, and I've got some tips to help you out!

 

* Find a meal plan template that works for your style. I am a computer geek, so I made a spreadsheet. There are some great printables out there if you're more the handwriting type - Pinterest is full of them!

* Start by filling out your meal plan with anything you repeat regularly, like Shakeology for breakfast.

* Go for the dinners next - this is likely the area you will want to have the most variety, especially if you eat with others, so this will make sure you account for those containers right away.

* Plan some dinners that have leftovers and work those into the lunches - I like to vary my weekday lunches between leftover meals to reheat and green salads with chicken or other leftover proteins.

* After that, look at the containers you have left and fill in the remaining as your snacks or breakfast.

It made my life a lot easier to have a fair amount of repetition in the breakfast and snacks after all that other meal planning effort. My go-to's are Shakeology, fresh fruit/raw veggies, Boar's Head low sodium deli turkey, and peanut butter with crackers or a slice of bread. Anything portable and easy to prep/pack for work!

If you want some ideas for recipes, check out my recent blog posts for some that I've come up with - the Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini is especially popular! Pinterest is also a fantastic resource for some 21 Day Fix food inspiration, and of course Autumn's new Fixate cookbook is full of great 21 day fix approved recipes!

What have you found that works for you?

 

 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Join Me & Thousands Doing the Labor Day Fix!

Are you ready for a jump start to a healthy, fit lifestyle to round out your summer? Well, so are thousands of others! I'd love to see you join me for Labor Day Fix, which is going to be a truly epic round of the 21 Day Fix with guidance and motivation from Autumn Calabrese herself! It officially starts August 17th, prep starts this week.




I've been participating in the Facebook group and it's full of people on the same journey I am, giving encouragement, asking questions, sharing experiences. Autumn's going to be handing out lots of prizes, and if anyone is interested in joining me I'll do a separate private group with my own help and prizes! Just comment below or get in touch at jennifl@beachbodycoach.com.




Why do I find this program so great? It's the whole package! It tackles portion control, salt & sugar, proper balance of food groups, all in a simple container system. No calorie counting! Then it adds workouts that not only easily fit into your day at a mere 30 minutes, they are highly effective and easily adaptable to a wide variety of fitness levels.


I have seen all sizes and ages doing this program and they all love it. One thing that really stands out is people's comments that they have tried other programs and they were just too hard/caused injury, but not this one. It's 7 workouts, balanced between weights, cardio and stretch. And minimal equipment - all you really need is a resistance band and mat, although I use dumbbells instead of the band. They are set up as rounds of short bursts with short rests, and it goes quickly. The yoga workout is also among the best I've found on DVD, perfect mix of flow and static poses.


I've personally had many positive changes with the 21 Day Fix Challenge - check out my round 2 results! And that doesn't even scratch the surface on the improvements I've experienced. I really would love to be your coach and help you change your game.


You still have time to start with us on the 17th! Order your 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack today - amazing deal, you get the program for just $10 when you try Shakeology, which is a great way to round out your nutrition and help with carb and sweet cravings. Even if it's not here on time, you get immediate free access to Beachbody on Demand for 30 days, where the whole program will be available - eating plan PDFs and all the workouts to stream. And I will be here for you to help plan and answer any questions. No excuses!! Who's with me?



 

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

One-Pan Honey Balsamic Chicken

Every now and again I come across a combination that I just love.  Balsamic and honey might just be my new favorite!  This meal is a great one for a simple weeknight meal - one pan, minimal fuss, delicious results.


One-Pan Honey Balsamic Chicken & Veggies

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1 lb chicken tenderloins
  • 1 lb fresh green beans
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Directions

Mix together the Italian dressing, balsamic vinegar, raw honey and crushed red pepper flakes to make the sauce.  For the raw honey, I recommend putting it in the microwave for a bit to help it combine more easily - use low power, or a soften setting if you have one.  

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the olive oil.  Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown in skillet - about 3-4 minutes per side.  After they are browned, add half of the sauce to the skillet, reserving the other half for later.  Coat the chicken in it, then remove the chicken to a plate, leaving sauce in pan.

While the chicken is cooking, partially cook the green beans in the microwave - I usually do about 2 minutes in my amazing silicone steam cooker (obsessed).  I add this step because I find green beans take awhile to cook, and the balsamic sauce reduces down quickly.

Add the green beans to the skillet and finish cooking them through, coating them in the sauce.  Remove them to the plate with the chicken.  

Add the remaining sauce to the skillet and stir constantly for a minute to let it thicken.  Add the chicken and green beans back to the skillet, and add the tomatoes.  Toss it all together and serve.

21 Day Fix Containers (per serving)
  • 1 Red
  • 2 Green
  • 1 Orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon
                            
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