Eat your veggies!

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Are you eating your veggies?

I love salads but after awhile they get kind of boring. My favorite way to cook veggies is to roast them in the oven.

Today’s medley: brussel sprouts, carrots, butternut squash and red potatoes.

Directions: Roast them in the oven at 425.  Take them out when they’re fork tender.

If following the 21 Day Fix: 2 green and 1 yellow.

3 Day Refresh:

Have you ever let your eating get out of control and before you know it the scale has creeped up 5 pounds and you feel bloated and gross? That was me earlier this week.

You might think that because I’m a fitness coach I am perfect with my nutrition and never struggle with eating bad foods. But the truth is I struggle just like everyone. I love Cheetos, beer, cake and Starbucks. I usually live by the rule of moderation (good clean eating 90% of the time and 10% freedom). However, sometimes I slip and before I know it the equation is 50/50 and the scale starts creeping up and I start to feel gross. When I start to slip up I need a complete refocus. I usually do the Shakeology Cleanse but this time I tried the 3 Day Refresh. 

Results: I lost 4.6 lbs and 2 inches off my waist.

The question I always get after doing a cleanse is “will the weight stay off?”

First of all, now that I’m done I’m putting my scale away for awhile. I only get on my scale when I’m doing a cleanse or following a new fitness program. Second, everyone’s weight fluctuates up and down a few pounds. I don’t use the scale as a measurement of my success. It’s just a tool to show that I’m detoxing my body and losing the bloating that was plaguing me.

But every time I do a cleanse my body has felt fantastic and has stayed the same shape afterwards until I let my eating slide again. Will it go up or down from here? I’m not sure because I don’t plan on being a slave to the scale. The point of this cleanse wasn’t to lose weight but to detox my body and refocus my mind.

If you’re interested in doing the 3 Day Refresh or the Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse just send me a message at ashleyjoy80@gmail.com and we can see if it’s the right fit for youRefresh Results

21 Day Fix: Breakfast Scramble

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I love a breakfast scramble.  What’s better than taking your favorite things and putting them all together at once?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 eggs
  • potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • avocado
  • hot sauce (optional)

Here’s what to do:

  1. Cook your potatoes in the microwave
  2. Add veggies and cooked potatoes to a pan and cook them until desired doneness (I like to give them a little color)
  3. Scramble your eggs in a pan
  4. Add the avocado at the last minute.
  5. Place in a bowl and add hot sauce if desired.

YUMMY!

21 Day Fix Approved:

  • 1 red
  • 1 green
  • 1 yellow
  • 1 blue

I’m always running 21 Day Fix/21 Day Fix Extreme accountability groups and if you’re looking to start your journey and would like me as your coach, just apply below.

21 Day Fix: Breakfast Sandwich

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This is a simple breakfast to make and eat on the go!!

What you need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tomato
  • a handful of spinach
  • 2 pieces of whole grain toast (I LOVE Good Seed bread by Dave’s Killer Bread)

Scramble your eggs, toast your bread, slice the tomato and assemble the sandwich.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE!!! 

I don’t add any butter to my bread and I don’t miss it at all.   Sometimes I add a few dashes of hot sauce or Sriracha to give it an extra kick.

This breakfast fills me up for several hours and it’s perfect after a hard workout!

21 Day Fix Approved:

  • 1 Red
  • 1 Green
  • 2 Yellow

I’m always running 21 Day Fix/21 Day Fix Extreme accountability groups and if you’re looking to start your journey and would like me as your coach, just apply below.

21 Day Fix Approved: Mexican Soup

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I have wanted a Vitamix for a very long time (read how I got one here) and originally my plan was to just blend up my Shakeology and make smoothies for my kids.  I knew it could do all sorts of amazing things but I didn’t think I’d even try that stuff but I was wrong.  It took me less than 2 weeks and I was ready to see what all this amazing appliance could do for me.

At lunch time today I was about to have my normal (boring) salad that I have almost every single day.  I pulled out the recipe book for my Vitamix instead.  I decided I’d make a soup but I didn’t have all the ingredients for one in the book so I created my own recipe.

21 Day Fix Approved:Mexican Soup

  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1/4 of an onion
  • 1/2 cup cabbage
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can chick peas
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • 1 pound of cooked chicken

I put the first 8 ingredients in my Vitamix, set it to soup setting and turned it on.  It blended for about 5 minutes and worked it’s magic. When it was done, out came a green puree (that was already warm!) that I poured into a bowl, leaving 1 cup of puree behind. I added the remaining ingredients and pulsed them until they were chopped but not pureed.  I added it to the bowl, stirred it together and at it up! It’s not the prettiest thing to look at but it was tasty!

Optional Add Ins: 

These are things I would have added but didn’t have on hand.

  • red or yellow pepper
  • cilantro
  • sour cream or greek yogurt
  • tortilla chips
  • corn
  • garlic

If you’re following the 21 Day Fix: 1 Red, 1 Green, 1 yellow per 1 1/2 cups serving.

I’m always running 21 Day Fix/21 Day Fix Extreme accountability groups and if you’re looking to start your journey and would like me as your coach, just apply below.

Food Matters: Spaghetti Squash

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Spotlight on…SPAGHETTI SQUASH!

I just started using spaghetti squash in place of noodles when I eat spaghetti and it’s delicious!

Spaghetti Squash gets its name because when it’s cooked the inside flesh pulls apart and into long strings and looks like spaghetti pasta.  Spaghetti Squash is considered a summer and winter squash and is available year round at the grocery store.

Benefits of eating Spaghetti Squash:

  • It’s full of a wide variety of vitamins; Vitamin C, A, B-6, Niacin, Thiamin and Folate to name a few.
  • It has a good dose of fiber which will keep you full longer.
  • Spaghetti Squash is a great alternative to high-calorie, high-carb traditional pasta.
  • With only 42 calories and 10 carbs in a 1-cup serving of cooked spaghetti squash, this vegetable is a safe addition to any diet.

How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash:

Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds from the middle.

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Place in baking sheet upside down and add 1/2 cup water to the pan.  Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees; until it’s fork tender.

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Rake a fork back and forth the flesh to make strands like spaghetti.

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21 Day Fix Approved: Measure the spaghetti squash in the green container and serve with fix approved spaghetti sauce.

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BulletProof Coffe

Someone told me about Bulletproof Coffee a couple of months ago and I cringed.

Coffee + coconut oil + egg yolk + grassfed butter = No Thanks!

But curiosity got the best of me and I decided to give it a try. Although, I left out the butter and the egg yolk.

All you have to do is put your coffee in the blender, add some coconut oil and blend it up for a minute. It became so frothy and delicious. I gave up coffee creamer a few months ago and I will add coconut oil a couple times a week for a tasty treat!

Have you tried Bulletproof Coffee?

One Pan: Mexican Quinoa

Mexican Quinoa

This delicious, one pan meal is 21 Day Fix Approved and very easy to prepare!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound of chicken breast
  • 1/2 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of Rotel
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 cup of carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced peppers (I used red and orange)
  • 1 tablespoon homemade taco seasoning (see recipe below)
  • Kosher Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime.

Optional ingredients (things I wanted to add but didn’t have on hand!): Avocado and cilantro

Taco Seasoning:

  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Directions: 

Gather all of your ingredients

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Season your chicken with homemade taco seasoning and cook in pan until cooked through. Remove chicken and dice it up.

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Add jalapeño, peppers and onion to the pan and cook for 3 minutes.

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Add these ingredients to the pan: quinoa, chicken broth, beans, corn, carrots, rotel, taco seasoning.

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Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in diced chicken, avocado, lime juice and cilantro.

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You could also serve this in tortillas as a healthy taco filling too.

21 Day Fix Containers:

Serving is 2 cups: 1 red. 2 yellow and 1 green

Best Stuff Ever.

 

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Snack Alert:
I start to drag around 2PM every day and I always have an afternoon pick me up. I usually eat hummus and veggies but I’m really tired of it. I decided to find a new alternative and I think I found a winner. I finally tried Justin’s Almond Butter and it was AMAZING!

This snack gave me a great pick me up because the almond butter has a good amount of protein in in and it kept me full until dinner.

I have always loved peanut butter but this beats peanut butter any day! It comes in several different flavors including maple, vanilla and plain.  They also have a chocolate hazelnut butter that’s comparable to Nutella but healthier.

If you want to buy some you can find it on amazon.

What’s your favorite afternoon snack?