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

Homemade Organic Salsa

I’m about to let you in on a little secret… the world’s best salsa is actually homemade, organic, and way too easy.

I discovered this recipe from a friend about ten years ago.  (Wow, it makes me feel old to admit that.)  Matt and I had it at a party, and it was so good, we purchased a food processor for the express purpose of making this salsa.

It only has 5 ingredients and virtually no prep.  Prepared to have your mind and tastebuds blown.

Ingredients:

2 cans organic diced tomatoes (you could use fresh if you have them.  I’ve always made it this way, and you know what they say about an old dog)

3-4 organic green onions

1 bundle of organic cilantro

4-5 cloves of organic garlic (this is subjective.  Matt and I like a lot of garlic.  You could start with one and keep adding/tasting until you get to the garlic level you prefer).

1 organic jalapeno, seeded

Now here is where it gets amazing – because it’s just so easy.

 

Step 1 – Roughly chop the green veggies/peel the garlic and throw it all in the food processor.

Step 2 – Pulse for a few seconds until the veggies are all minced.

Step 3 – Add in the tomatoes.

Step 4 – Blend and taste.

You can keep adding garlic or jalapeno to get the taste you are looking for.  It does get tastier as it sits in the fridge, but that’s it!

How easy is that?  And the really cool part – it’s 100% 21 Day Fix approved – all natural, organic salsa that you can use to fill up a green container.  You can also use this salsa to make the dressing for my Taco Salad!

Next week, I’ll show you how to use your leftover salsa (if you have any!) to make some tasty guacamole!

Enjoy!

amy allen fitness star diamond beachbody coach

 

 

Homemade HEALTHY Movie Theater Popcorn

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Throughout the course of making healthy changes to my diet, the one thing I’ve really missed is good popcorn. Last year for my birthday, my sisters got me an air popper, which is AWESOME, minus the fact that air popped popcorn tastes NOTHING like actual delicious, buttery movie theater popped popcorn.  In fact, as my husband would say, it tastes a whole lot like cardboard.

I did find one tasty recipe for Rosemary and Black Pepper popcorn, and it was good, but it wasn’t what I’ve been looking for and consequently, while I’ve done great resisting microwave popcorn, I’ve almost always caved and went for the artificially disgusting popcorn you can get from the movie theater… until now.

This past weekend, my daughter, my husband and I decided to have a Harry Potter movie marathon.  I volunteered to make popcorn.

They both groaned and requested a trip to the grocery store to buy a bag of movie theater popcorn.

I refused.

But instead of subjecting them to cardboard flavored popcorn, a quick google search revealed that I may, in fact, be able to make a good substitute at home.  With just a few modifications, here are the results:  Delicious movie theater butter popcorn, without all the unhealthy stuff – because really, popcorn in and of itself is not terribly unhealthy, it’s all the junk we add to it. And while this isn’t 21 Day Fix approved, it’s an ok cheat once in a while.  The secret is using Ghee (clarified butter) instead of regular butter, which makes your popcorn overly soggy and not tasty.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unpopped popcorn

2 T. Coconut oil

1/4 cup melted ghee

Himalayan pink salt to taste

Directions:

Heat a saucepan over high heat – I used a 3 qt saucepan.  Melt coconut oil completely.  (You could use a different type of oil, but you won’t taste it.  I was wary, but the popcorn did not have a coconut flavor at all.)  Dump in 1/2 cup popcorn kernels and shake around in pan to coat them with the oil.  When one kernel starts to pop, cover your pan so you don’t end up with popcorn all over your kitchen.

When the popping stops, dump your popcorn into a bowl and drizzle with melted ghee.  Add salt to taste and enjoy.

amy allen fitness star diamond beachbody coach

Lasagna Soup

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Lasagna Soup!

(Makes two servings – each serving has 1 red, 2 yellow, 1 green, and 1 blue)

Notes: I make the meatballs and pasta in advance, then make the broth. To make it easy to measure portions for the 21 Day Fix, I add them to the pan after the stew is prepared. It’s a little extra work, but it makes measuring easier. I also don’t add all the meatballs – I measure about 1 ½ cup into the stew, and then freeze the rest for next time.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Italian Meatballs (get recipe here!)

1 cup Fusilli pasta, cooked

2 T diced white onion

2 t minced garlic

1 8 oz can tomato sauce

2 cups chicken broth

2 T grated parmesan cheese

Handful chopped basil leaves

Handful chopped italian parsley

more salt and pepper to taste 1/2 c (minus 2 T)

shredded mozzarella cheese

chopped Italian parsley

Step by Step Directions

Add oil, onion, and garlic to the pot. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. Stir and cook until soft, 3-4 minutes.

Add chicken broth and tomato sauce.

Bring to a boil and add cooked pasta and cooked meatballs.

Turn down the heat and simmer 5-10 min or until warm.

Mix in Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil and parsley.

Top each bowl with a mixture of mozzarella cheese and parsley.

Italian Meatballs

1 pound ground 93/7 beef

1/2 pound ground pork

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 large eggs

1/2 cup grated white onion

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley

1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

To make the meatballs,mix all meatball ingredients by hand in a large bowl.  Roll mixture into bite size balls and place on foil lined baking sheet.  You can brown these on the stove top before baking them, or just bake them. I like to bake just because it doesn’t use up an oil serving.

Bake in oven for 15-20 min at 350.

How many meatballs are in one serving depends on how big you make them.  I measure out 3/4 of a cup and count these meatballs as 1 red serving.  There is a small amount of cheese and onions, but I unless I’m eating the whole batch of meatballs (which I’m not), I don’t stress about it too much.

I like to use these meatballs in my Lasagna Soup.  You can find the recipe for that here!

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:

21 day fix you dont have to starve portion control sample plate

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.