Monday, January 25, 2016

21 Day Fix Review


I know I know, you're hearing about 21 Day Fix from everyone you know. But let me tell you there's a reason! It's amazing! Anyone who knows me knows I am not one to push myself. I didn't like to sweat, I didn't really enjoy feeling sore. But, somethings got to give right! I am blessed with being naturally skinny. I don't have to work that hard to stay thin but toned that's a whole different story, and after having two babies my body needed some serious toning. So as I've said before I decided to give  21 Day Fix a shot!
And I went all in! I followed the meal plan, drank shakeology and did the workouts for 21 days straight! I was most worried about the fact that I couldn't have my coffee creamer and any white sugar. Those of you that know me, know I am a sugarholic. But after just 21 short days I don't even crave it! Shakeology curbs all my sugar cravings and my coffee is just as delicious with coconut milk or almond milk and honey.  My family is loving the healthier way of eating and I feel better about what's going into all of our bodies. 
And the workouts, I am slightly obsessed! They are my 30 minutes of me time everyday. I wake up and get them done before the kids get up and then we all start our day off on the right foot. I go to bed looking forward to my workout the next day. I am even learning to love the burn because it means my body is toning!
I am beyond excited to continue my healthy lifestyle and would love to have you join me! If you're interested email me,

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Pasta Fagioli - 21 Day Fix Edition

Me again, and I am sorry about the constant overposting about 21 Day Fix but I have to say I am just loving every second of it.
 Like I have said before the meal plan is confusing but there are so many different resources out there to help and if you just stick with it and muddle through I promise it does get easier.  Also use the resources your coach gives you and remember that your coach is your greatest resource, because they have been through the program and they know the ins and outs.  One thing I have found to be really helpful is to keep the Food List in plain sight somewhere in the house.  I have it posted on my cookbook easel on my kitchen counter that way it is always easily accessible as I am looking for food, planning meals, etc.

Also, I found these amazing colored plastic sandwich bags at Target which are the same colors as the 21 Day Fix containers and I try to pack my snacks in those bags so I never have to think about what color, the snack I am eating counts towards.

Also Pinterest has been a life saver, so many people have posted delicious 21 Day fix appropriate recipes for everything under the sun.  This time of year soup is one of my favorite meals, such a great comfort food and so yummy! And bonus the leftovers are amazing, sometimes better than the first time I ate it!    So, as I was searching yesterday I came across a few different recipes for Pasta Fagioli Soup but both recipes left something to be desired, so I adapted the recipes to fit my needs and the compilation of both recipes is below...
So delicious, everyone I shared it with thought I had ordered it from a restaurant, simple delicious, healthy food!
The key ingredient is homemade marinara sauce, which is super easy and convenient to have on hand for a variety of other recipes.  I put the remainder in mason jars, froze a couple and threw a couple in the fridge for later this week (english muffin pizzas and spaghetti squash with meatballs).

Homemade Marina Sauce

A Dash of Olive Oil
1 Yellow Onion, Finely chopped
A Dash of Italian Seasoning
4-5 cloves of garlic, diced
1 - 2 Bay Leaves
1 28oz. Can of Crushed Tomatoes
1 28 oz. Can of Whole Peeled Tomatoes
1 6oz. can of Tomato pasted

Heat olive oil in a large pan (I like to use my dutch oven but any pan will work)
Add onion and garlic at low heat and allow to sweat and become translucent, do not brown
Add Italian Seasoning and saute for a couple minutes
Add Tomato paste, mix well, increase heat to medium low and allow to caramelize for 8 - 10 minutes
Add crushed tomatoes and whole peeled tomatoes and bay leaf
Simmer for 45 minutes
Set aside 2 cups & 2 Tbsp for the soup and freeze or refrigerate the remainder.

Pasta Fagioli Soup

2 cups uncooked whole grain pasta (I used corkscrew noodles but you could use whatever you have on hand, macaroni would work great)
A Dash of Olive Oil
3 Carrots, thinly sliced
3 Celery Stalks, thinly sliced
4 Cloves of Garlic, diced
5 cups of Chicken Broth
2 cups of Fresh Green Beans, Washed and Trimmed
1 Can of Cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups of Fresh Marina Sauce (recipe above)
2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
1 - 2 cups of spinach
Black Pepper to taste
Parmesan Cheese for topping

Cook pasta according the directions, drain and toss with 2 Tbsp of Marinara Sauce to keep from sticking together.  Set aside.
Heat oil in a large pan (I used my dutch oven from above, you don't even have to rinse it after making the marinara sauce, just gives some extra flavor).
Add carrots and celery, cook until soft
Add garlic, cook until sauté for 2 -3 minutes
Add broth and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium
Add Green Beans, allow to gently boil for 5 - 10 minutes
Add Cannelini Beans, Marinara Sauce and Tomato Paste, continue gently boiling for 8 - 10 minutes
Season with black pepper
Add, pasta  and spinach, cook for 3 - 4 minutes, until spinach is wilted into the soup.  Serve with topped with parmesan cheese


21 Day Fix Servings:
1 Green
1 Yellow

Adapted from: Beach Body Pasta Fagioli Soup & The Foodie And The Fix Pasta Fagioli Soup

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Meal Planning - 21 Day Fix

So as most of you know from my last post I am currently on the 2nd day (Upper Fix) of Week 2 of my 1st ever 21 Day Fix.  I am definitely sore but I found today's Upper Fix much easier than last weeks, even though it is the exact same workout.  Quoting Autumn "The workouts don't get easier you get stronger" and she's totally right.  After only one week of exercises I already feel stronger, which is total motivation to keep going!
Anyways I wanted to share my meal plan from last week in hopes of helping those who are still staring at their colored containers in a quandary, which I must say I would still be doing if not for the help of my amazing Beachbody coach, Giselle @ My Healthy Happy Home.  Also she's starting a new challenge group of 21 Day Fix on January 25th so if you've been interested and afraid to take the leap do it!  Giselle is awesome and will give you all the resources you need to be successful! 
Now on to meal planning.  I found the most amazing excel sheet to plan meals from Days to Fitness, so helpful in planning and remembering how many containers of each color I need to eat throughout the day!  I highly recommend heading over to their site and downloading a copy for all your meal planning needs!
I think one of the best ways to be successful is definitely meal planning.  Plan ahead and know what you are eating everyday.  Prep food at least a day ahead of time so you have food that is 21 Day fix approved easy to grab so you don't give into cravings.  If possible try to plan meals that are family friendly so you are not having to make separate meals for your family that you may be tempted to munch on =)

Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Meal 1    (breakfast) Yogurt-Fruit Smoothie Protein Powder Eggs & Banana Pancakes Eggs with bacon and spinach Overnight Oats Green Monster Pancakes with Fruit Scrambled Eggs & Sausage  Green Monster Pancakes with Fruit
Meal 2      (morning snack) Banana with Plain Yogurt Apple Chips Cocoa Almond Butter Smoothie Mixed Fruits with Mixed Nuts Almonds Mango Protein Shake Vanilla Latte Shakeology
Meal 3         (lunch) Avacado Quesadilla Chicken Salad Sausage Quinoia with Spinach & Tomatoes over lettuce with avocado Rustic Turkey & Veggie Soup Egg Salad Sandwich on Whole Wheat English Muffin Chipotle Burrito Bowl Turkey Burger with Avocado
Meal 4     (afternoon snack) Apple Chips Baby Carrotts Pistachios & Carrotts Mix Fruits Plain Yogurt Strawberries & Apple Greek Yogurt Stawberry Shakeology
Meal 5        (dinner) Broccolli, Cheddar wrapped Chicken Sausage with tomotoes, spinach and quinoa Rustic Turkey & Veggie Soup Grilled Salmon   Boiled Potatoes Green Salad Grilled Chicken, Veggies & Brown Rice BBQ Chicken Grilled Veggies Green Salad  Turkey Taco Salad
Here are the links to the recipes that I used this week, thank you pinterest for helping make so much information available all in one place!

Burritto Bowls

Hope you enjoy!  Talk to you all very soon!

Monday, January 11, 2016

21 Day Fix

So it's been awhile since I've blogged, 2 years to be more precise!  It's amazing how having kiddos can take up all your "free time".  But I wouldn't want it any other way!
Today though as I was meal planning I started thinking about my blog and how I used to find time to blog almost daily and I missed writing.
So I thought I'd tell you a little bit about the newest thing I started participating in.

21 Day Fix

I know that we've all heard about it and most of us probably know at least one person who's done it, the posts have flooded my Facebook news feed.  So, when Giselle @ My Healthy Happy Home, someone I had always looked up to while teaching, asked me to join her accountability group starting at the after the 1st of the year, I decided why not give it a try? I mean I'd been wanting to get back to working out.  But, I kept coming up with excuses and not having enough time (more like not finding enough time).   So I went online and ordered my 21 Day fix along with 30 days of Shakeology and a free 30 days of Beachbody on Demand.  Of course as luck would have it my box did not arrive on time and was somehow lost in the mail.  Luckily for me Giselle is awesome and made sure I had all the resources necessary to begin the program without my box.  AND when I called BeachBody their customer service was AMAZING!  They shipped out a new box, expedited shipping and included a sample of their vegan Shakeology all at no extra cost to me.  Major Points for customer service!
But I digress, the workout is NOT easy, so far though, it's been worth it.  I've only been at it for one week today and I ALREADY see results.  The workouts are done at home following a DVD or on demand and each one is 30 minutes.  They are hard, but they are short enough that you know you can get through it!  The workouts consist of numerous sets of exercises, all exercises are 60 seconds with a 20 second break in between.  60 Seconds, you can do anything for 60 seconds right?!?  Sometimes it doesn't quite feel like it AND I must say Autumn that is leading the workouts is pretty motivating, I swear sometimes she urges "you" on at just the time when I am ready to give up!  You do a different video everyday for 7 days and then you start over with the same videos the next week.  Two days are active recovery days (Pilates and Yoga) and BOY did I LOVE those days!  They came at just the right times!

However, the exercise is only part of the program. The other part of the program is an eating plan.  Basically it's about eating healthy, fruits, vegetables, protein and a small amount of carbs. To be honest it's really confusing at first.  There are all these different colored containers that you have to use those to measure out the amount of food you can eat for the day.  At first I stared at the containers not even knowing where to begin.  But once again Giselle came to the rescue with recipes and sample meal plans.  And of course there is always pinterest!  One week in and I am feeling pretty confident in the meal planning and not quite as confused by the colorful containers.  I do feel healthier though, no white sugar or white bread and I feel like it is creating a healthier lifestyle not only for me but for my family!  A couple things that have helped me succeed thus far is to meal plan, write down a plan for the week of every meal and every snack you plan to eat.  I find it easiest to make extras of whatever we have for dinner to eat the next day at lunch, two birds one stone.  Also I make sure to always pack 21 fix appropriate snacks when I know I am going to be out and about to ensure I won't be tempted to stray from the diet due to hunger.  I'll post some of my favorite recipes later, there have been quite a few!

Bottom line coming from someone who does not like to push themself when exercising, I look forward to working out every morning!  Stay tuned for more updates!