21 Day Fix Round 1 Results

I am so thrilled by how this program works! In just 20 days I lost over five total inches and 10 pounds. I worked out daily according to the 21 Day Fix plan for 30 minutes and followed the food program. At first the program was somewhat difficult because I have never really been into measuring my food, however, it’s super simple. I can eat most everything that I want and I have now changed (somewhat, still working on this) my way of thinking about food – eating to fuel my body rather than dreaming about the amazing dinner I am going to eat while eating lunch, LOLZ. That alone has helped me lose weight.

Inches lost in 20 days:
Chest: 1/2 in
Waist: 3.5 in
Arms: 1.25 in
Thighs: 1 in
Calf: .1/2 in
Hips: 1 in
Weight: lost 10 pounds
If you are on the fence about starting this program, then make the leap and just do it because these results don’t lie. I already feel stronger and happier in just my fourth week! Finding balance is HUGE and definitely the key to success. With my crazy busy schedule with work, home-life, writing, exercising, my dog, and social life, I have had to find foods that I don’t get sick of, that are still compliant with the program and do not take forever to make or measure. Here is what I go-to:
Breakfast:
  • egg muffins (11 eggs makes a dozen “muffins” and you can add whatever greens, veggies, or protein to it you want!)
  • shakeo drink – chocolate vegan with PB2 (that’s a peanut butter powder with very little calories)
Lunch: 
  • Veggie stir fry with sugar snap peas, carrots, mushrooms, and bell peppers
  • Spinach salad with apple, cucumber, red onion, cilantro and a champagne vinaigrette with a little olive oil
  • Chicken salad with homemade aioli on romaine

Dinner: 

  • TACOS!! I eat veggie tacos almost every night if I have not eaten my blue yet (that’s healthy fat) which I usually save it for this. I use gluten free corn tortillas, tons of fresh tomatoes, and a ton of fresh cilantro with a squeeze of lime. Add lettuce, chicken, beef, beans, whatever you’d like, just measure your containers before you build! Two corn tortillas is 1 yellow container, I use about 2 greens then 1 blue for my tacos nightly
  • Spinach salad with roasted sweet potatoes, grilled beef and a fried egg on top
  • Seared ahi tuna, leafy lettuce, cucumber, radish, tomatoes and quinoa
  • Zucchini noodles with shrimp and a garlic olive oil drizzle
  • Taco salad with grilled chicken, corn, romaine, olive, cilantro, tomato, and lime

Snacks: 

  • Non-fat plain yogurt with peaches
  • Hummus and apple
  • Veggies with a creamy non-fat yogurt dressing/dip
  • Cucumbers and roasted beet salad
  • Sauteed Brussels sprouts with coconut nectar ( a maple syrup substitute)

I try to stay away from things that won’t satisfy me like the avocado, even though I LOVE avocados, I can only ave 1/4 in a day, so why bother? Fresh veggies, loads of fresh herbs, eggs, and roasted meats and vegetables are the way to go!

Romaine salad with roasted bell peppers, grilled sirloin, corn, tomato, black olives and fennel

Roasted Pepper and Sausage Soup

Roasted Pepper and Sausage Soup

Whole30 Approved

 

You’ll Need:

 

Soup:

  • 10 Red bell peppers, roasted with skins and seeds removed
  • 4 heads of cauliflower, seasoned with salt and pepper or your favorite spice mix from Savory Spice Shop and olive oil then roasted  
  • 1 pound chicken apple sausage, seared then cut in half lengthwise, then sliced thin
  • 2 quarts of homemade roasted vegetable broth

 

Homemade Broth:

  • 5 pounds of cremini mushroom stems only, roasted
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • the ends of one onion
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 2 good size pinches of peppercorns
  • 2 pinches of kosher salt

 

Method:

In a stock pot saute all of the sausage until slightly browned, remove and set aside. Add cleaned red bell peppers and roasted cauliflower, break up with wood spoon then add homemade stock. Bring to a boil then simmer 20 minutes. Add in the chicken apple sausage and simmer for 10 more minutes. Using a hand mixer, gently mix soup using the up-and-down motion on low, you want the soup to be slightly smooth with small chunks of sausage.

Serve on it’s own for a savory lunch or dinner and freeze in small containers for an healthy, easy grab-and-go lunch at the office.

 

Mexican-style Chicken Salad

Mexican-style Chicken Salad
Whole30 Approved
Serves 2-4 people

 

I love taco salads and could eat them all day long, everyday! I find myself making something similar all the time so I wanted to try something more fresh, still within the Mexican-style but with other great flavors and textures. I like this because it doesn’t have cheese, but the olive texture replaces that (it doesn’t replace the cheese of course but this does the trick when you are omitting dairy), and this is bold with all kinds of huge flavors that work really well together for a simple, quick, healthy meal the whole family will love. This salad did the trick and even was a huge hit with the hubby.

 

You’ll Need:

 

Salad:

  • 2 chicken breasts, cleaned and cut in half or butterflied
  • ¼ bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ½ can black olives (more if you would like)
  • A handful of jicama, cut into matchstick size pieces
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and then spiralized (or you can cut in half lengthwise and slice if you do not own a spiralizer, though I definitely recommend investing in one, they are awesome)
  • 1 avocado, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 lime, cut in half to squeeze on top
  • 2 heads of hearts of romaine
  • Savory Spice Shop’s Mexican Adobo Chicken spice (enough to generously coat each side of the chicken breasts
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • 2 tbsp. Quick chimichurri mixture

Quick Chimichurri:

  • 1 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
  • ½ cup champagne vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

Dressing:

  • ⅓ cup dijon mustard
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • The juice from 3 limes, 2 lemons, and 1 orange
  • 2 pinches of salt and pepper

 

Method:

Pat chicken dry with paper towel then generously season both sides with adobo spice rub.

In a cast iron skillet, coated with olive oil, heat pan then add in chicken. Cook on medium heat until cooked thoroughly, about 3-4 minutes on both sides depending on stove and pan. Remove chicken, set aside until cool then slice in bite sized pieces.

Chop romaine and put into a big salad bowl and add in jicama, spiralized cucumber, chimichurri mixture, olives, and dressing and toss until ingredients are lightly coated with dressing. Place in bowls, add chicken, cilantro, avocado, and squeeze half a lime over each salad.

 

Mustard Crusted Baked Chicken

This chicken is so juicy, tasty, with just the right amount of tang and sweetness. My son loves it, so you know it’s got to be delicious! It takes less than 45 minutes to make, making this the perfect dish for a busy mom, or someone who is simply trying to eat healthy. Enjoy!

Mustard Crusted Baked Chicken. Whole30 & Paleo approved.

Whole30 & Paleo Approved

Serves 4

 

You’ll Need:

  • 3 chicken breast cut in halves
  • 2/4 cup brown, spicy mustard
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos (it’s a honey substitute)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp spice mix (paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, celery salt, garlic salt)
  • Salt and Pepper

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 375

In a small bowl mix the mustard, coconut aminos, and spices, and set aside.

In a baking dish, coat the bottom with olive oil. Pat the chicken dry, then season with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in pan, using half of the mustard mixture coat the top of the chicken breasts. Put in oven and bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove from oven, flip the chicken over, add the remaining mustard mixture, put the chicken back in the oven and bake for another 8 minutes, or until cooked.

 

This dish is wonderful with roasted baby potatoes with chimichurri. It’s a super delicious meal, it’s healthy, my kiddo loves it, and it’s so simple and quick to make. Just writing this down makes me what to eat the leftovers! 🙂

 

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Citrus Cilantro Dressing

 

Citrus Cilantro Dressing. Whole30 & Paleo compliant.

This is one of my favs!! I love the Brianna’s dressings, all of them, but most of them have some sort of sugar or something that is not whole30 compliant in the ingredients. So I thought I would use the new Cilantro Lime dressing from Briann’s brand as my inspiration and throw my own spin on it while making it a whole30 compliant condiment/dressing. It’s AMAZING. It’s a little tangy, and that’s just the way I like it. It’s perfect on roasted earthy/root vegetables.

Whole30 and Paleo Approved

Yields one quart

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ⅔ cup avocado oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ⅓ cup fresh squeezed citrus (I use a mix of lemon, lime, and orange)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves only
  • ⅔ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp aioli (can use avocado mayonnaise or one egg yolk)   

 

Method:

In a Vitamix or food processor mix coconut  milk, avocado, cilantro, oil, and aioli. Once smooth, add citrus, vinegar, salt and pepper, blend again.

 

This dressing is good on: roasted beet and green salads. Use as a dip with fresh vegetables.

 

 

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Snack Bars

These snack bars are like Larabars. I have been trying to emulate the larabar since I discovered it about 4 months ago. It’s expensive and delicious…. This unfortunately has dried fruit that DOES have sugar in it. BUT you can find unsweetened dried fruit- it’s tough though. I still love this and will continue to practice Paleo and will still eat this and find a way to make it fully compliant.

You’ll Need:

2 c dates
3 c shredded coconut
1 c dried cranberries
2 c toasted pecans
1/2 c water

Method:

In a vitamix blend dates, cranberries, and nuts, then add water. add coconut and mix {May have to mix with a spoon and might be best to pull entire mixture out and mix in a bowl after the nuts are blended}.

Spread out on sheet tray {1/4 sheet tray} evenly to desired height and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut, store in closed container, keep refrigerated. Enjoy hungry!

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Cauliflower Quick Bread

Cauliflower Quick Bread

Whole30 Approved/Paleo

 

This is for those who would like to feel like they are eating a form of bread and are simply looking for something to spread something on, rather than dip. It is cauliflower based so it will taste like cauliflower, it is slightly mushy, because it is cauliflower, BUT it’s a huge change from dipping vegetables and I have to say that I truly enjoy this. Serve warm with an avocado spread, red bell pepper “hummus”, or any kind of sauce {Whole30 compliant} that’ you’ve whipped up 🙂

 

If you’re looking for something a little bit more crunchy then make the balls smaller and flatter.

 

You’ll Need:

  • 1 head cauliflower, riced in the vitamix {all the same consistency} about 3 cups
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Method:

Preheat oven to 400. Roll batter into six equal balls and place on parchment paper on a sheet tray. Cook for 15 minutes, then press down on each of the balls to flatten a bit, sprinkle sesame seeds over evenly then cook for remainder of the time. Let cool 5 minutes then serve with your favorite spread or enjoy on it’s own as a snack.

Cauliflower
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Strawberry balsamic dandelion saute

Strawberry Balsamic Dandelion Greens

Whole30 Approved

  • 1 bunch dandelion greens, cut into ½ in pieces
  • 1 c sliced strawberries
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil for cooking

 

Method:

In a saute pan on high heat, add a small amount of olive oil to coat the pan, add strawberries, cook for 5 minutes, turn to medium heat, add dandelion greens and balsamic, cook 2 minutes, then turn to med/low and let cook for about 10 minutes so the juices extract more and the greens become tender.

 

Serve hot over pork or as a side.

 

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Beef Tacos Whole30 Style

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You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 bunch radish, sliced
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  • Cilantro, cut off stems
  • 2 limes, cut into quarters
  • 1 tomato, cut into chunks
  • Red onion, chopped
  • 2 heads butter lettuce

 

Seasoning {to your taste}

  • paprika
  • cayenne
  • salt
  • pepper

Method:

Cook ground beef with seasoning, once 1 minute from done {almost all browned} add ¼ cup water. Remove from heat.

To serve:
Build ingredients in lettuce cups as desired, finish with a squeeze of lime and cilantro.

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Whole30 Style Beef & Broccoli

I have loved Thai food and Chinese my entire life and since I’ve decided to eat clean, I have longed for those amazing flavors of soy, teriyaki, and yes, msg. But I certainly do not long for the heavy feeling in my stomach and the extra five pounds I used to gain the next morning from  hearty, delicious mistake I had made the night before.

THIS is a super healthy alternative to replace those dishes and stop the cravings. You’ll wake up feeling like you ate a nice, flavorful, healthy meal.

 

 You’ll Need:

  • 3 crowns broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ½ pound sirloin, sliced thin
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 5 tsp. Olive oil
  • 5 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1 ½ c water
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp red hawaiian salt
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • Salt {Kosher} and pepper to taste

 Method:

 

In a large pan {I use my cast iron pan} add 4 tsp olive oil, red pepper flakes, and onions, let saute for 5 minutes then add broccoli and ½ cup water. Stir to coat all broccoli, let cook on medium heat for 6-8 minutes, continuing to stir. Then add ginger, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, salt, and remaining water, stir and cover for 6 more minutes. Drizzle sesame oil over, mix up and remove from heat.

In a separate pan add remaining olive oil and on high heat add the sirloin and cook until done, about 4 minutes depending on thickness of meat. The meat should just barely be browned so it’s still tender and juicy.

 Serve over cauliflower rice

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