Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spiced Up Breakfast Potatoes

I LOOOOOVE breakfast!! So much LOL!  I enjoy these tasty guilt free spuds pretty much every weekend :)  The best thing about them besides tasting amazing is that they are so easy to throw together.  I like to use baby red potatoes, bell peppers, and sweet onion in mine, but go with whatever your craving.  LOL or whatever the fridge is offering up.  My favorite way to serve these is alongside some scrambled eggs and a couple slices of BACON! :)  Also as far as the spices go they are basically at your discretion. I don't really measure them because I just do a light dusting of each.  This recipe will make 2 servings each is equal to 1 yellow, 1/2 green and 1 spoon :)

Spiced Up Breakfast Potatoes

1 Cup Red Potatoes Sliced (about 2 small potatoes)
1/2 Red Bell Pepper Chopped
1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper Chopped
1/2 Orange Bell Pepper Chopped
1/2 Sweet Onion Chopped
2 Tsp Coconut Oil
Chili Powder
Onion Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Garlic Powder
Fresh Ground Pepper
Sea Salt

In a medium sized saute pan heat the coconut oil over medium heat.  Add in your sliced red potatoes and move them around until they are spread evenly over the bottom of the pan allow them to sit over the heat for 5 minutes.  Add in your peppers and onion and lightly dust mixture with all of your spices.  Feel free to add more spice if you'd like to :)  I personally love chili powder and cayenne soooo I go a little heavier on those!  Continue to cook over medium heat for another 15 minutes or so, stirring mixture every 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat, plate up and ENJOY!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mojito Fruit Salad

I want to start by saying that I did not come up with this tasty creation on my own.  Once upon a time there was a BBQ and this little delight showed up!  I don't remember where the BBQ was, who was there, why we were having one....all I remember when I think back is this fruit salad!  So to the lovely person who is the genius behind this from the bottom of my heart I thank you!  This fruit salad is great and healthy as well :)  All I use for the dressing is fresh squeezed lime and chopped mint, with all of the tasty fruit there's no reason to add in extra sweeteners like honey and what not.  I like to use a melon baller to scoop out my honeydew but if you don't have one have no fear you can chop up the melon using a knife.  Also be for warned peeling the kiwi is super not fun, but it's totally worth it to have yummy kiwi in the salad!  If you are having more of an adult get together this salad makes one delicious drink too!  Just toss the fruit and some of the juices into your cup, add in some white wine, or white rum or vodka and top with some club soda or sprite....CHEERS!! For the 21 Day Fix your serving size will be 1 cup.

Mojito Fruit Salad

2 Granny Smith Apples
5 Kiwis
1 Honeydew Melon
1/2lb Green Grapes
2 Limes
3 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Mint

Cut all of your fruit into bite sized pieces.  Like I said I really like to use a melon baller for the honeydew.  Also I suggest cutting up your apples last because the longer they sit with their flesh exposed the browner they will get.  I've decided that cutting the grapes in half is a nice touch...LOL have you ever tried to stab a whole grape with a fork??  I would usually just give up and use my fingers :)  Once all of your fruit is ready to go mix the juice from both limes with the chopped mint.  Pour lime/mint mixture all over your fruit and lightly toss to combine everything.  And that's it!!! I let it chill for about an hour before serving. Super tasty and healthy :)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Getting Back On Track!

It's been waaaaay too long!! I know you guys I'm so sorry for my absence over the last month!!  Life has been insane to say the least.  I started a new full time job that I love, we had to put Paige in daycare, and Tim has been working graveyard shifts (BOOOO!).  Of course because Paige was making new little friends with runny noses she brought home every sickness that has been going around this season....and because she's a sweetheart she shared all of them!!!  The icky sick stuff is finally making it's way out of the house and it's time to get back to making time for a couple of things I love!  That would be Fit Foodie Forever and Beachbody! 

To help me get back on track I decided to give the 3 Day Refresh a go, not going to lie I LOVE it!!! It is basically a detoxifying cleanse that gets rid of bloat that's been building up and gives you a perfect springboard to jump back into your heath and fitness goals.  There were some trying times where I had to talk myself off the chili cheese dip ledge BUT I made it!  I proved to myself that I can stick to my guns and achieve any goal I set.  So maybe you're thinking "3 days?? That's easy!!" you would be both right and wrong.  The easy part is that it is only 3 days that's 72 hours and totally doable it will fly by actually!! Where you're wrong is that it is only 3 days LOL!  There is not any room for a cheat here or there not if you want to see some results and have the self gratification of completing something :)

The meals were super easy I actually prepped everything for the 3 days in under an hour.  The 3 Day Refresh comes with a food guide and eating schedule for your day.  I decided for convenience to just have the same thing everyday.  Since I was doing it by myself I didn't have to listen to anyone whining about the lack of variety LOL!  Also I really didn't want to spend a ton for only 3 days!!  Here's what each day looked like for me....

Breakfast - Vegan Chocolate Shakeology blended with frozen berries and water.
Mid Morning - Fiber Sweep drink (honestly not terrible!) and green tea.
Lunch - Vanilla Fresh shake mixed with water, roasted artichokes with avocado and hot sauce, and grapes.
Afternoon - Roasted artichokes with avocado and hot sauce.
Dinner - Vanilla Fresh shake mixed with water and Cucumber Tomato Salad
Evening - Green tea

Pretty simple right?!  So having made it through the 3 Day Refresh I am officially down 5.5 lbs and 1.5" of my waist line!!!  Super exciting I know :)  Is it probably water weight? Yup!  But I feel 100lbs lighter and my energy is through the roof.  It's really set me up for my next step which is....THE 21 DAY FIX EXTREME!!  I'm so excited for this I loved the original 21 Day Fix and saw some great results.  It's time to kick things up a notch though :)

The 3 Day Refresh was the kick start that I needed to get back on my health and fitness journey.  After all...this journey is a marathon not a sprint.  It is a lifestyle not a fad.  Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and that can slow you down, but you can never give up!  The obesity trend is no joke my friends...it's scary just how real it is.  For myself I need to be vigillent, both of my grandmothers and my mom suffer from diabetes.  At one point they could've changed their lifestyle habits to embrace clean eating and fitness.  That would've put them in a drastically different place than they are now.  It's never too late though I'm still holding out hope especially for my mom...I don't want to lose her any sooner than I have too.  For my daughter I need to set the best example possible.  I want her to have a first hand experience of how amazing a clean lifestyle can be.  I know eventually she will have to make her own choices and mistakes...my goal is to make sure she has the best foundation possible to fall back on.

Alrightly!  So that's it...I just wanted to give you guys a quick update.  If you find yourself in a similar spot...you know the one.  Summer is knocking on your door and the comfort that you find in your baggy pants and sweatshirts is causing you perspire like a fountain, but the thought of a tank top and shorts is terrifying.  If you are ready to start your own journey or maybe need a kick in the butt to get back on track send me a message through here, hit me up on Facebook, or fill out the app below.  I will have accountability groups going throughout the summer for fitness and clean eating.  Whatever you decide to do please know that it is never too late to make positive life changes.  You might as well give it a shot, honestly what's the worse thing that could happen?!  You get some new yummy clean recipes for your family and you lose some weight so you can fit into that old pair of jeans....that sounds terrible LOL!!  Will it be easy?...probably not.  Worth it?...YES!!
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