Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Recipes? I thought this blog didn't "do" recipes!

If you've been here before, I've told you that I don't cook much.  I can make a few things well, most of which have been shared here before.  Before I get into why I'm going to be sharing some things with anyone who stops by, let me give you a little background...

I'm a Sales Manager in real life.  This often requires putting on a suit, heels, and makeup.  At the end of May and beginning of June, I did it every day for two weeks - to sit in conference rooms.  The meetings were great - they weren't the issue.  The issue was that I didn't have time in my car between stops where I could remove my jacket and maybe unbutton my pants.  I couldn't take off the heels that were squeezing my feet and slip on my trusty flip flops.  I had to sit in those conference rooms and feel the waistbands cutting into me, knowing that I would even be able to see the thread holes from the buttons marked on my skin at the end of the day, trying to hide my belly behind untucked shirts or buttoned jackets.

So, I decided to do something about it!  Two dear friends had just shared some "before and after" photos on Facebook from a fitness challenge they had completed.  Both of these ladies had babies last year, and they looked absolutely amazing.  I decided to jump in on the game.  One of them had become a Beachbody coach, so she sent a ton of info and suggested I try 21 Day Fix as I hadn't really exercised anymore than walking from parking lots to my car for quite some time.  I checked it out and decided it was the good way to go!

I won't get too much into the details of the plan, though if you want more info, you can get it by clicking on the banner down there at the bottom of the page or shoot me an email.  Suffice it to say that it makes eating right and exercising very, very simple with color coded containers.  No counting calories, and the best part, no eating a bunch of cardboard for a few weeks to drop some pounds only to put it back on (and then some) within a week.  If you can buy it at a farmers' market, it's probably OK.  What I really like about the program is that it's full of foods I already like, it just teaches portion control and makes me get up off my booty for at least 1/2 hour a day for the workouts!

In these last couple of weeks, I've seen lots of Pins, posts, and blogs about plain boiled chicken, brown rice, and basically cardboard.  No way!  Eating healthy does NOT have to mean tasteless "fuel." You can still enjoy food and lose weight.  I'm proof - since June 7, I've lost 15 inches overall and though I don't know exactly where my weight was because I didn't buy a scale until after I started, I know what the scale said at my last doctor appointment a couple of months back, and I'm 12 pounds lighter than I was then.  Maybe I'll share some before and after photos here when I'm done, too.  We'll see!

This program focuses on fresh, healthy foods, which for the most part, I already love.  However, one of the primary groups is protein, and with needing to eat 4 servings a day (red container - which is 3/4 cup, which is more than you think it is), I was struggling to reach my goal each day even with my breakfast shake counting as one and with eating two more by having chicken, turkey, beef, or pork loin with lunch and dinner. Beans fall into a different color category, I'm allergic to shellfish, and I have a phobia about eating fish that wasn't caught that day (ok, call it being spoiled from my years in Florida), so I had to revisit the list of approved foods for that red container. In comes the need to incorporate some yogurt.  No, not fun, sugary Peaches n' Cream, either.  Straight, plain, nasty Greek yogurt.  Show me someone who says they love to eat plain Greek yogurt, I'll show you a liar. Seriously, the first couple of times I tried to eat it, even with fruit mixed in, it was rough.

So, I checked the book AGAIN, and came up with a winner - and there's no cooking required!

This has quickly become one of my favorite snacks.  Actually, there's so much goodness in here, you could almost make this one of your meals!  

3/4 C plain Greek yogurt  (1 Red)
1 small apple, cut into small cubes (1 Purple)
Cinnamon to taste
Homemade toasted oats (1 Yellow) recipe below - so easy!

It's that simple.  The cinnamon is what got me to be able to actually enjoy the yogurt, and when I load it on, I don't hold back.  Seriously - there's an overload of cinnamon here.  It's a good thing you can have as much of it as you'd like (along with most other spices!)

Top it off with some toasted oats - YUM!  If you're fending off a major sweet tooth, add a teaspoon of local, raw, organic honey and consider that craving curbed! I just finished one of these, and now I want another.

Toasted Oats:  
Preheat oven to 350°.  
Spread 1 Cup of oats in single layer on cookie sheet (I also stirred some up in 1 tsp of coconut oil to make some clusters.)
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Bake 15 - 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes
Store in sealed container

Have you found a favorite healthy POWER food?

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