Sunday, February 23, 2014

21 Day FIX, Week 1 :: Change your life!

I'm starting the #21dayfix over again tomorrow, starting on day 1 again.  I've been following the program, but had a rough couple of days this week, due to not feeling all that well, and I made #excuses.
So, starting fresh first thing in the morning....getting a good nights rest, getting up early to do my workout, all my meals are planned and prepped, and I'm ready to take on the week!  #letsdothis

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The 21 Day FIX :: Day 3


I'm finding the meal plan for the 21 Day FIX to be really easy to follow!  I love the color-coded containers, and I color coded my menu, so I know exactly what to grab for each meal!  Super easy!  LOVE it!

This was my breakfast this morning (minus one piece of toast, one was Dustin's) and I was FULL!  Two hours later, I had my Shakeology (post workout...also awesome, Autumn really kicked my booty), and I'm getting lunch ready here shortly!  Turkey Burger, Celery & Apple with homemade peanut butter!
Here is a sample of my menu I'm following:

If you look real close you'll notice that I'm not following my menu exactly...but I'm using it for a guide! And, it's working really well!
Beachbody also has provided us with a Tally Sheet to track our containers, so it makes it THAT much more simple to follow!  All the work is done for us...if it fits in the container you can eat it!  LOVE SIMPLE!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

RECIPE :: Cinnamon Cream of Wheat Muffins


Cinnamon Cream of Wheat Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup dry cream of wheat
  • 0.5 cup organic coconut palm sugar
  • 0.75 cup milk
  • 0.25 cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and stir together until moistened. Pour batter into a greased or paper-lined muffin tin. Bake at 400F 15-18 minutes.
We think they are best on the first day, unless of course you eat them like D...in a bowl with milk...they are good on the third or fourth day (if they last that long, ours do not!)

Friday, February 7, 2014

RECIPE :: Healthy Homemade Fish Sticks

Healthy Homemade Fish Sticks
makes 12 fish sticks
3 tilapia filets (I’m sure you can use another fish too)
2 egg whites, beaten
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 450.
Lay a wire rack on a baking sheet and spray it with non-stick spray.
Cut the tilapia once down the middle, then in half, creating four “sticks.” Season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, beat the 2 egg whites. In a separate bowl, add the panko, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Dip each fish stick in egg whites, than in the panko mixture, pressing to adhere. Lay on the wire rack and spritz with olive oil.
Bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve hot!

These were really good!  Davis definitely approved!  We served them with some yummy, baked sweet potato wedges.

RECIPE :: PB + J Healthy Oatmeal Cookies


PB + J Healthy Oatmeal Cookies 
 Servings: 8 • Size: 2 cookies
Calories: 91 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 15 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2.5 g • Sugar: 5 g

Ingredients:
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of uncooked quick oats ( I used old fashioned and they turned out great too)*
  • 2 tbsp chunk peanut butter (I like the texture)
  • 4 teaspoons reduced sugar jelly
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray or use a Silpat.
Combine the mashed bananas and peanut butter in a medium bowl. Add the oats and mix until thoroughly combined. Place batter by tablespoons (little more than level) on the cookie sheet, making an indent with the back of the measuring spoon. Repeat until you have 16 cookies.
Bake 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and top each with 1/4 teaspoon jelly.
*Use gluten free oats such as Bob's Red Mill quick oats to make them gluten free.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

RECIPE :: No Bake Energy Bites

ATTENTION :: KID FRIENDLY AND VERY MUCH APPROVED!
No-Bake Energy Bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: About 20 balls
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs and/or raisins(optional)
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Method
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Grocery Shopping :: Food Preparation

So, we don't live in a town that offers any specialty markets or whole food / organic stores to shop from...if we do, I haven't found them yet...and I've looked.
BUT, that being said, our Meijer and local grocer both stock a decent supply of healthy ingredients, and I generally find everything I really need.
We often choose Meijer.
And...this is one thing my helpers always look forward to when we make that weekly shopping excursion!

 The just love looking at the fishes!  So, we make sure we have enough time to spend a few minutes checking out all the colorful swimmers.
We stocked up on lots of fruits and veggies this week...our grocery list usually looks about the same each week, actually!  We buy most everything fresh, and the dry goods we purchase we typically buy in bulk (steel cut oats, rolled oats, quinoa, rice, cous cous)
Then either the afternoon of our shopping day, or the following day, I spend about an hour in the kitchen cleaning and cutting up all the fruits and veggies.  This saves me SO MUCH time throughout the week!
I hard boil at least one dozen eggs (we eat a lot of these), cook a few large sweet potatoes, grill some chicken, cut up lots of celery, peppers and clean our fruit.
This is a really important step for me...If I don't have easy to grab options that are healthy, I'll most always grab something not so good because I don't feel like, or don't have time to clean it at that time.
I know this isn't a new concept by any means!  But, something we do, and it really helps us when preparing our meals throughout the week!

Monday, February 3, 2014

21 day FIX is now AVAILABLE

If you follow my Facebook page at all, you probably have an idea how excited I am for this new program!
This is going to be Legen...........wait for it...........dary!
YES...I just did that.
Dustin would be proud.

Anyway....
Autumn's new program, The 21 day FIX is going to knock your socks off!
She's taken all the work and question out of the "diet"...it's not going to be a "diet" at all folks....This is a training tool for you...this program will teach you portion control!



Is it your time?
Comment here, or email me...I'd love to get you in my TEST group for this amazing program!

If I am already your coach, you can just click HERE to purchase the 21 day FIX
and...
if you do not have a coach yet...you can click HERE to have me for a coach! and, I'd love that opportunity.

Be A Beginner



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Superbowl Sunday '

Chocolate Chip Cookies & Super Bowl

We had a pretty awesome day today.
Kids played outside with D this morning and shoveled the driveway, hauled wood, burned some energy. I went to church.  Then together we visited some friends for lunch.
And...in return, they took an amazing nap!

So...We eat pretty healthy around here....I'd say 85% of the time.  We are not perfect by ANY means!  But, we make pretty good decisions.  Hasn't always been this way though...I use to bake ALL the time.  Homemade breads, cookies, anything delicious and yummy with lots of sugar and white flour and butter.
Ha!
But I haven't made anything like that in a LONG time.
This fact was proven tonight.
D asked for some cookies.  Okay...no problem...I haven't made him cookies in a long time, and I was craving something sweet too, it sounded like a good idea.
What I had....whole wheat flour (not white), hard as rock brown sugar (and not enough!).  I had to laugh.
Seriously, I use to buy white flour and sugar at Sam's club, guys.  In the BIG bags.  And it NEVER went bad!  But here was a 1 pound bag of brown sugar, more than half empty, and it was as hard as a rock.  And not a tablespoon of white flour in the house.

I know I don't need either of those things to make cookies.  But the recipe we wanted to use called for both.
Anyway...I guess what I'm getting at is...it's almost embarrassing that I don't have the ingredients to make D's favorite cookies in my kitchen pantry...but it's SO EXCITING to me that I don't, and haven't for SO LONG!  Major progress people....major progress!

So...we made the cookies anyway...with what we had...yes, even with the hard rock brown sugar (I dumped it in the food processor!) and they actually turned out pretty good. lol.
He'll be taking the rest of them to work tomorrow so this girl isn't tempted to pick at them all day!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Snack Time :: Granola

Honestly, what I really wanted for a snack today was a giant piece of CHOCOLATE, so, it's probably a good thing there was NONE in the house!
This hit the spot though....High in protein, with the sweetness I craved from the honey in the granola.
I love having this for a special snack...and sometimes even for supper when I don't feel like cooking!