Thursday, May 28, 2015

Healthy Sloppy Joes

One of the challenges I have been facing lately has been recreating our family favorites into healthier versions.  As I have mentioned in previous posts I have made a lifestyle change to get healthy and lose weight.  I did not want to "miss" out on the foods we enjoy.  That is how this recipe came about.

Healthy Sloppy Joes

1 pound ground turkey
1 white onion finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper chopped
1/2 green bell pepper chopped
3 garlic cloves minced
1 (28 oz.) can tomato sauce, no salt or sugar added
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon raw honey

Brown the turkey until no longer pink.  Add in the onion, peppers, garlic, tomato sauce, chili powder and cumin.  Cook until the onions and peppers are soft. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes.  Stir in the honey right towards the end.  Serve over cooked pasta or a slice of bread. Serving size would be 1 1/3 cup of sauce over your choice of a carb. or yellow container.

For the 21 Day Fix container count it would be: 1 RED 1 GREEN 1 YELLOW 1/2 PURPLE

I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Week 1 DONE! {21 Day Fix}

I mentioned last week that I have started the 21 Day Fix.  At the time of writing the post I had only done one day.  I have a little more knowledge today!  I absolutely LOVE this program.  It is the first nutrition and exercise program I can stick with.  The workouts are killers!  But I am happy to report I did every workout!  This is a first for me.  I worked through the sore muscles and continued.  That in and of itself makes me very proud!  I feel so much better in only a week.  I can only imagine how I will feel after the complete 21 days! 

With that all said....I am happy to report that I have lost 6 pounds and at least an inch in each area of measurement on my body.  My wedding bands are loose on my finger already.  Just simply amazing what a a lot...of hard work will get you.  I have not felt hungry one bit after starting this journey!

I ate things like....

Scrambled eggs, 1 slice of bacon and a piece of whole wheat toast. (2 red containers, and a yellow container)

Blueberries, greek yogurt and honey (1 Purple container, 1 red container, teaspoon)

Raspberries, grilled chicken, celery, carrots and mixed greens with honey mustard dressing. (1 purple container, 1 red container, 2 green containers, 1 orange container)

Sloppy Spaghetti (recipe coming soon).  1 Red container, 1 yellow container, 1 green container

Pulled Pork (Recipe coming soon) with mixed veggies and a small baked potato.  1 Red Container, 1 Green Container and 1 Yellow Container.

Sausage and Kale tortilla pizza (recipe coming soon).  1 Yellow container, 1 red container, 1 green container, and 1 blue container. 

Most of my lunches consisted of salads and some leftovers from the previous nights supper.  This is not a diet.  When I went on a diet it usually only lasted for a short period of time.  This is a lifestyle change.  We have completely changed the way we eat.  I now eat to live not live to eat.  Oh don't get me wrong...I still LOVE to eat.  But now I eat to fuel my body.  I'm sure at some point in this journey I will slip up.  But I will pick myself up and continue on!  I do not ever want to go back to feeling horrible again. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Its Time for Healthy!

I have always struggled with my weight!  I would start something for a little while then quit.  I have mentioned before that we have cut out all processed foods a few months ago.  We all feel so much better!  I knew I needed to add exercise to my diet, but a gym membership was out of the question.  We are a family of five on a limited budget.  I am not one to do the same workout over and over again.  The other day I was up very early and was flipping through the channels.  I stopped on something called 21 Day Fix from the creators of Beachbody.  Hmm!  It looked like what I had been searching for!!

Not only is this a fitness program, but it is a portion controlled nutrition program as well.  The color coded containers are what you use to measure your food in.  Purple is fruit, green is vegetables, yellow is carbs, red it protein, blue is fats (cheese, nuts, humus, avocado) and orange is fats (dressings, and seeds). 

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this is.  I am currently on Day 2 of the 21 Days.  I get so much food according to this plan I had a hard time eating it all.  The plan has you eating every 2-3 hours.  But I'm not going to lie...the workouts are brutal!  My legs felt like they were going to fall off after the first workout.  I am determined to push through the uncomfortable feelings I have after working out.  The workout makes you sweat...A LOT!!! 

This is what I had for lunch yesterday.  I had 2 green containers of vegetables, 1 purple of fruit, one red of protein, and 1 orange of fat.  I could have had more protein but in my calorie bracket I get a lot of it so I didn't fill it all the way up.  See how easy it is?  I know how many out there say measuring food is a pain in the behind, but think about it!  It is so easy to over eat when you do not know how much you are actually eating. 

For breakfast yesterday I had Overnight Oatmeal with blueberries.  It was SO good.  Supper was stuffed peppers!  YUM!  This is not about depriving yourself of the things you love, its about modifying the way you eat those things (and how much).

Not only do you get nutrition help, a fabulous workout, you also get a coach for free!  Its like getting a personal trainer without the cost of one.  Everything I got I got for less than $70.  Now where else can you get a nutritionist, and personal trainer for that price??  No I have not received any compensation for this post.  What I receive is worth SO much more....MY HEALTH! 

If anyone is interested in learning more about the 21 Day Fix contact my coach Ashley.  She is wonderful and will answer any questions you have about this!  If any of you do contact Ashley please let her know Jen B sent you.  I may or may not get a little something from her for it. {Wink wink}