Avocado Toast with Tomatoes

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Here’s a great recipe from the Team Beachbody blog!

Simple, healthy, and super tasty. Try this take on avocado toast the next time you’re looking for a quick breakfast or a nutritious snack.

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 4 servings

21 DAY FIX PORTIONS – 1 yellow, 1/2 blue, 1/2 orange

Ingredients:
1 ripe medium avocado, mashed
1 dash sea salt
1 dash fresh ground black pepper
2 tsp. fresh lime (or lemon) juice
4 slices low-sodium sprouted whole-grain bread, toasted
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

Preparation:
1. Combine avocado, salt, pepper, and lime juice in a medium bowl; mash until well mixed and slightly chunky.
2. Evenly spread avocado onto each slice of toast. Top evenly with tomatoes.

Avocado Toast With Fresh Tomatoes

Is portion control just a gimmick?

I am an avid believe that learning appropriate portion sizes is so important when it comes to controlling our weight.

Many people believe portion control is a current fad and mostly unnecessary. For those who do attempt portion control, “eyeballing it” seems to be the preferred way to measure… and more often than not, our view of appropriate size portions is extremely unrealistic.

But is portion control just a gimmick? According to some researchers, NO! it’s not!

*A recent study from the University of New South Wales concluded that more than any other factor, the size of the serving is what determines how much we eat. Simply put, large servings make us eat more, even when we already know that this will happen…

I think most of us are aware that portion sizes in restaurants and even in our homes have increased considerably over the years. It seems from this study that even knowing this, we still consume the larger portions.

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If you have trouble with this and really want to apply this study on portion control in a restaurant, for example, don’t wait until they put the double-sized portion in front of you: tell them to cut it in half in the kitchen and box half of it to give you later when you are leaving.

As for applying it at home, plate the food in the kitchen in the appropriate portion for each individual, not serving family-style at the table. Do not make enough for leftovers, unless you are planning on having it for other meals, and in this case, package and store the food before sitting down to eat.

Another great option for implementing portion control is the 21 Day Fix.  On first glance, the containers look tiny (!!) and unlike they would be able to hold enough food to fill you up, but surprisingly, I have NEVER been hungry following the 21 Day Fix portion control meal plan.

If you want to try portion control at home and have someone hold you accountable to your goals…  I’m your girl!

Whether you want to:

  • lose weight
  • gain energy
  • commit to a healthier lifestyle

I can help you with all those things in my 21 Day Fix Challenge!

In the group, I’ll share 21 of my favorite crock pot meals, and you’ll get the results you are looking for or your money back, guaranteed.

Want more info?  Check it out here!

*If you are interested, you can read the rest of the article I referenced here

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Eating Healthy With Kids

One of the things I hear all of the time as a health and fitness coach is “But what will I feed my family? I don’t want to make them eat what I am eating all the time…”

This has been especially true since the release of the 21 Day Fix. While following the program, you are learning HOW to eat. There are very specific things you can and cannot have, and it can be difficult to incorporate that into your family life, especially if you have picky kids. That is something I have struggled with as well.

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I homeschool so I am with my kids 24/7. And that means they eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack with me every day. Even if I wasn’t trying to follow a specific meal plan like the 21 Day Fix, preparing all those meals for three different picky children can be exhausting.

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So a while back, I came up with a plan. I created a weekly meal plan for them, using healthy foods that they like (and are pretty easy to prepare from scratch). All of their breakfasts, lunches and snacks during the week are preplanned, and they are the same every week. In the morning, when they wake up, I tell them what the meals are for the day.

This actually saves me a ton of time and stress. I do make everything from scratch so I know what goes into it, but I make it up ahead of time because I already know what we will eat.  There is no arguing with my kids about what to eat, or thinking about it, or changing your mind. I’ve included all their favorites on the menu, and things the don’t like as well. So now I know what they are eating for every meal… That means I can plan my food schedule without having to worry about if they will like it or eat it.

Here is an example of what the kids weekly menu looks like:

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You can download a blank copy of my Weekly Menu Plan here and plan your own weekly menu!

You may have noticed that the dinners are blank… as you can see above, I print this form off and put it in a plastic sleeve in our kitchen organization center, then I reuse it every week. I have already filled in the things that don’t change, but I leave our family meals blank so I can write them in. I’m not a short order cook, so the family eats whatever I make for dinner… so if I’m following the Ultimate Reset or the 21 Day Fix, everyone else is following that at dinner time as well. If they don’t like it, at least I know they ate during the day.

It’s nice because I can also customize this to my life. You’ll notice we go out to eat twice a week, every week. On Thursdays, we have a homeschool group, so I scheduled food that is quick and easy to pack for lunch.

As a side note, I will say that for years, people have told me that if kids are hungry enough, they will eat whatever you put in front of them.  I’m not saying that’s not true, but I know from my personal experience, it hasn’t worked that way.  My children are stubborn and they will choose not to eat for three days before they will try something they don’t want to.  So for me, this is a great compromise.  They are exposed to new foods at dinner, but the have enough healthy foods during the day that I know they aren’t starving if they choose not to eat what we are having.

So that’s my solution for healthy eating with kids. For my family, this has been one of the best things I have implemented and I hope it helps you!

Amy Allen star diamond coach

21 Day Fix: Weekly Meal Plan #2

Ok, I’ll be honest – the first week of the 21 Day Fix didn’t go exactly the way I planned…  Love the meal plan, love shakeology, love the workout and love my little portion control containers… but even with all that, life happens.  I spent most of my week in the car driving back and forth to funerals, which is not what I was expecting to do this week.  But life happens and you do the best you can, and the next week, you don’t quit!!  You make a new plan and keep going!

Here is my second 21 Day Fix Weekly Meal Plan.

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The screen shot is a little fuzzy, but you can download the pdf file here:

21 day fix weekly meal plan for 1200 calories (pdf download)

I’d like to have more of the recipes included in the meal plan uploaded to the blog, and I’m working on that.  If you want to get them as soon as they are available, subscribe to the blog!!

Click here to see last week’s meal plan!!

And if you would like more info about WHAT exactly the 21 Day Fix is and HOW you can be part of my next test group, read this post and fill out the application today!  Spots are filling up quick… and trust me, you want in!  Results from the first group were amazing – as much as 14 pounds lost in just three weeks (the average was NINE pounds!! Gone! Forever!)

Enjoy!

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21 Day Fix Asian Salad with Homemade Asian Dressing

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After living in Japan for three years, I love all foods Asian.  It’s the number one thing I miss about living in Asia.  And while the Japanese are pretty healthy as a culture, some of my favorite foods aren’t.  This salad is a great way for me to get my Asia fix with out sacrificing taste!

21 Day Fix Asian Salad (Serves 1)

Container Checklist: 2 green, 1/2 purple, 1 orange

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup organic butter lettuce
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 3/4 cup pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup Green Onions
  • 1 Tbsp mixed seeds (pumpkin and sunflower)
  • 1 Tbsp homemade Asian Vinaigrette (recipe posted below).

Toss first five ingredients then drizzle with vinaigrette. It’s kind of any ugly salad, it’s mostly green, but it sure is tasty!

Asian Vinaigrette (Serves 6)

  • 1/4 cup 100% orange juice
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 TBSP reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger,peeled & finely grated
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil

Combine orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, honey and ginger in a medium bowl. Whisk to blend.  Slowly add oil while whisking, mix well.  Store in refrigerator, covered.  If it thickens when cold, hold it at room temp for 30 minutes and shake well before using.

Amy Allen star diamond coach

21 Day Fix: 1200 Calorie Week Long Meal Plan

I love the portion control concept of the 21 Day Fix.  It’s clear and straight forward, and my even challengers who have had difficultly following a meal plan before are having success with weight loss by following the easy portion control concept.

I’ve been following the meal plan for almost two months now and it’s one of the easiest plans I’ve ever followed – I love having a list of acceptable clean, whole foods to eat, and I love the accountability of writing down everything I eat each day.  This is the first time I’ve kept a food log and I’ve really noticed if I’m writing it down, I won’t cheat.

But it’s hard to keep coming up with original ideas of what to eat every day, so I thought it would be helpful to my challengers and anyone doing the 21 Day Fix if I shared a copy of my week long meal plan each week.  So here is my Week One Meal Plan.  This is what I plan to eat for the week and while I expect I won’t be perfect, I’m going to do my best.

21 Day Fix Meal Plan Weekly 1200 calories calorie

I know that’s hard to read so here is a pdf file that you can download:

21 day fix weekly meal plan pdf download with links

I’ve also provided links for the recipes that are already on my blog and plan to add more over time until they are all available.

On a side note, I did my first official 21 Day Fix workout tonight and WOW.  That’s all I can say.  I am already sore and it kicked my booty.  Can’t wait to see what this program has in store for me!  Stay tuned for my week one update next Monday along with a new meal plan and more recipes!

Amy Allen star diamond coach

What does a typical plate look like on the 21 Day Fix?

So I’ve been seeing this question a lot – what will I be able to eat?  15 pounds in 21 days??  Is that even possible?  I don’t want to starve myself…

Well, guess what?  You don’t have to!!

For those of you wondering about how much you can eat on the fix, I am in the lowest calorie bracket (no one will ever eat below 1200 calories) and I eat:

5 Reds (proteins), 2 Yellows (carbs), 4 Greens (vegetables), 2 Purples (fruit), 1 Blue (nuts/healthy fats) and 1 Orange (oils) every single day.

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It’s a lot of food.

Here is what my dinner looked like tonight:

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I had a red portion of Southwestern Chicken, a green/oil portion of Spicy Green Beans, and a yellow portion of Garlic and Basil Quinoa.  It was delicious, healthy, and I was totally full.

When you eat foods that are full of dense nutrients, you can eat a TON of it. A majority of people  are used to eating high calorie, low nutrient foods – but they don’t fill us up, help fuel and heal our bodies or keep us satisfied, so we are always hungry and craving more.

This program will teach you what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat it to keep you full but also functioning at your peak. It’s simple eating, simple fitness, and fast results.

Garlic and Basil Quinoa

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Garlic and Basil Quinoa (makes 8 1/2 cup servings)

Container checklist: 1 yellow

Ingredients:

2 cups water

1 tsp chopped garlic

1 cup organic whole grain quinoa

1 tsp basil

Bring two cups and garlic of water to a boil.  Add 1 cup quinoa, bring back to boil and cover.  Cook over medium heat for 12 minutes or until Quinoa has absorbed all the water.  Removed from heat, fluff and stir in 1 tsp basil.  Cover and let stand for about 15 minutes.

Amy Allen star diamond coach

 

 

 

Vanilla Mocha Shakeology

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Vanilla Mocha Shakeology (serves 1)

Container Checklist: 1 red

 

Ingredients:

1 cup brewed unsweetened coffee, cooled

1 scoop chocolate Shakeology

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 cup ice

Blend until smooth.  I like to blend mine for at least 3 minutes so that it is really smooth going down.  Enjoy your daily dose of dense nutrition with your morning coffee!

Amy Allen star diamond coach

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Spicy Green Beans

If you asked my husband what his favorite recipes are, I’m quite sure this one would be in his top five. It’s super quick and easy but also very tasty. I’m personally not a super huge fan of spicy things, but my husband is, so this is a recipe we can both enjoy – I add crushed red pepper to his and I leave it off mine and the kids.

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Spicy Green Beans (serves 1)

Container Checklist: 1 green, 1 oil

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup organic green beans (can be fresh or frozen

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

1 t. olive oil

1/4-1/2 t. crushed red pepper (optional)

Heat oil in skillet on stove top over med-high heat. When it is very hot, add the green beans, garlic and red pepper and saute until they are tender, 15-20 min. We like ours to be a little singed, so I don’t stir them very often and let them get a little bit black on the outside.

You can use fresh or frozen green beans (both are approved on the 21 Day Fix!) but until we get our garden up and going, I normally use these frozen ones – the flavor is really good and they are organic.

cascadian farms fresh cut green beans frozenEnjoy!!

Amy Allen star diamond coach