Archive for January, 2016

What About Those Teaspoons on the 21 Day Fix?

What About Those Teaspoons on the 21 Day Fix?

On the 21 Day Fix Plan you are allowed 2 or more teaspoons of oil, nut, or seed butters a day depending upon your calorie bracket.  In her book FIXATE Autumn Calabrese does cook with butter in some recipes.  Fats have received a bad rep in the diet world.  However many fats and oils can actually be good for you. Of course this doesn’t mean you can have as much as you want.  It means that in moderation and as part of a balanced diet they are perfectly fine to use.  Here is a brief breakdown of the some of the more friendly fats for cooking:

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21 Breakfast Ideas for the 21 Day Fix Plan

21 Breakfast Ideas for the 21 Day Fix Plan

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!  This is not news, we have heard it many times before from our mothers, grandmothers, teachers, doctors….. So in a nutshell why is eating breakfast so important?

  • Breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrients that lead to increased concentration at work.
  • Studies show that breakfast can be important in maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • Many people who have not eaten breakfast, snack on foods that are high in fat and sugar before lunch time.
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21 Lunches to Go for the 21 Day Fix

21 Lunches to Go for the 21 Day Fix

I have done it as well as most of you…skipped lunch because there is too much to do. Then the afternoon passes along and by evening we feel the effects.  We are tired and irritable and begin to munch on anything we can find… We have all heard how important it is to eat a healthy breakfast but it is just as important to eat a healthy, satisfying lunch!

So why is eating a healthy lunch important?!

  • The obvious, food gives us our energy. Eating a nutrient-packed lunch helps us avoid a mid-afternoon crash!  It re-energizes your body and can raise blood sugar levels when focus and concentration are flagging.
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Snacks Made Simple: 21 Snacks for the 21 Day Fix Plan

Snacks Made Simple:

21 Snacks for the 21 Day Fix Plan

Planning when you are on the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan or any nutritional plan is key. But sometimes my mind goes blank.  Like everyone else I am busy with work, home, children, shopping, cleaning, running errands …  Having snacks ready to go or easy to pack so I don’t have to think too much is important to me and helps me stay on track.  I keep a list of snacks and their container values so that I don’t have to think. I can just plug them into my meal plan, prepare them in advance, grab and go or grab and eat!
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Café Latte Shakeology’s Top 5 Things You Need To Know

CafeLatteCafé Latte Shakeology’s Top 5 Things You Need To Know

Q: Does Café Latte contain more caffeine than the other Shakeology flavors? 

A: NOT AT ALL! The caffeine levels in Café Latte are exactly the same as they are in ALL of our Shakeology flavors. So even though it tastes like coffee, Café Latte contains 75% less caffeine than an 8 oz. cup o’ Joe.

Q: How does it taste?

A: Absolutely amazing! It’s incredibly rich, robust, and creamy with hints of Café and notes of Latte. It truly does taste just like a frozen coffee drink you’d get from a coffee shop, but Café Latte Shakeology has dense superfood nutrition as well.
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8 Ways to Stay Motivated for 2016

Happy 2016! Obviously with the new year come the New Year’s Resolutions. Every year we set out to achieve goals and every year we try our hardest to stay on track for as long as we can. To make the victory a little easier, we’ve compiled our most effective ways to stay motivated so you can achieve your dreams and change your life. Which ones do you already do?

1. After figuring out WHAT you want to accomplish, you’ve got to find your WHY’s.

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8 Ways to Stay Motivated for 2016

Happy 2016! Obviously with the new year come the New Year’s Resolutions. Every year we set out to achieve goals and every year we try our hardest to stay on track for as long as we can. To make the victory a little easier, we’ve compiled our most effective ways to stay motivated so you can achieve your dreams and change your life. Which ones do you already do?

1. After figuring out WHAT you want to accomplish, you’ve got to find your WHY’s.

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MUSHROOM, PEPPER AND ONION QUESADILLAS

MUSHROOM, PEPPER AND ONION QUESADILLAS

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 firm ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepperquas
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red or green bell pepper (or a mix)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups assorted sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno, finely chopped (seeds and ribs discarded, if desired)
  • 2 ounces coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Four 8-inch flour tortillas, preferably whole wheat
  • Nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation:

Heat the oven to 350 F.

In a small bowl, toss the diced avocado with the lime juice and a bit of salt and pepper. Set aside.
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GRILLED VEGGIE TOSTADAS WITH FRESH SALSA

GRILLED VEGGIE TOSTADAS

WITH FRESH SALSA

Servings: 6

Ingredients: 

1 pound tomatoes, seeded and diced

1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 teaspoon salt, divideddinner

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing tortillas

2 teaspoons chili powder

cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into thick strips

2 yellow squash, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices

2 zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices

1 eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick rounds
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QUICK FALAFEL

QUICK FALAFEL

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion, cut into a few chunksScreen Shot 2016-01-05 at 8.22.36 PM
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 400g tin chickpeas, drained (240g when drained)
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ – ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 4tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1tbsp plain flour
  • 2tbsp oil
  • To serve: pitta bread, lettuce, salsa, tzatziki (optional)

Preparation:

Place the onion and garlic in a food processor, and blitz for a few seconds until a paste is formed. Add the drained chickpeas and spices, and blitz again until fairly smooth.

Add the chopped coriander, and mix by hand until well combined (or blitz again in the food processor if you prefer – I just wanted the coriander to remain visible). Season well.
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