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Apple Cider Chicken

This is an amazing fall recipe the whole family will love!!

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 c apple cider

3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp soy sauce or Bragg Amino Liquids

3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1 tsp Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp ground pepper

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp dijon mustard

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Mix all ingredients together and let chicken marinate for a few hours.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes OR grill.  I grilled the chicken and served with green beans and baby potatoes.  Enjoy!

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Turkey & Sweet Potato Crockpot Chili

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground turkey, cooked

1 medium yellow onion, diced

1 red pepper, diced

3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces

1 – 16 oz jar of salsa

2 cups low sodium vegetable stock

2 cups water

1 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp cumin

Shredded cheddar and/or sliced avocado to garnish **optional

Directions:  Add all ingredients to your crockpot and mix to combine.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Enjoy!!  **If you would like to make this a vegetarian chili, you can replace the ground turkey with a can of black beans.

 

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Roasted Vegetables with Sausage

When I find a super YUMMY and EASY recipe, I have to share!!  This is a great meal for a quick weeknight dinner OR you could prep it for the week for lunches.  I served it with brown rice and it was definitely a hit with the whole family!

Ingredients:

1 medium zucchini

1 medium red onion

1 bell pepper (I actually used half of a red, orange, and yellow pepper)

1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms

1 lb of precooked turkey sausage, sliced into bite size pieces

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line one large baking pan with parchment paper.  Cut up all the vegetables and sausage into bit size pieces.  Place in large bowl.  Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.  Toss until coated.  Spread out into one even layer on the baking pan.  Place in the oven for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway.  Serve with brown rice or on its own.  Enjoy!

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Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

There aren’t many places where my husband, kids, and I would all order the same thing!! However, when it comes to Chinese takeout, we LOVE chicken fried rice. I’m pretty certain that version is loaded with butter and salt…and is delicious! 😳 But tonight I decided to lighten up the recipe for dinner. It was super easy, turned out great, and was definitely a crowd pleaser in our house! 😊

Ingredients:

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast

2 cups cooked brown rice

2 cups frozen veggies (I used peas, carrots, corn, and green beans)

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 eggs

4 T. Bragg Liquid Aminos (soy sauce alternative)

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Cut the chicken into small pieces. Season the chicken with a little salt and pepper and sauté it in a little olive oil. While the chicken is cooking, scramble the eggs and steam the frozen veggies. Add the onion to the almost fully cooked chicken. Once the onion is translucent, add the cooked brown rice, steamed veggies, and Bragg Liquid Aminos. Mix well and heat through. Enjoy!!

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Healthy Asian Slaw

I love the traditional Asian Slaw with Ramen noodles and loads of sugar in the dressing!! 😳 🙈 Yikes!!  But I was determined to find a healthier version to incorporate with my lunches!!  Here’s what I came up with!  It’s delicious and 21-Day Fix approved 😊

Ingredients (for each portioned salad):

1 c. broccoli slaw (or I found a Power Blend with Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, and kale)

1 T. chopped green onion

1 tsp. (or about a 1/4 of an orange container) unsalted sunflower seeds

1 T. (or about a 1/3 of a blue container) sliced almonds

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Dressing:

1/4 c. rice vinegar

3 T. EVOO

2 T. honey

1 T. low sodium soy sauce

Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix the salad ingredients together and place in containers (however many you want to make).  Mix the dressing in a salad dressing shaker.  When ready to serve, add the dressing (about 3/4 of an orange container or 1-2 T.)  This made a great lunch!  I had a veggie burger with the salad :-)

21-Day Fix Container Count – 1 Green 💚, 1 Orange 🍊, 1/4 Blue 💙

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21-Day Fix Deviled Eggs

Well I know I have NEVER claimed to be perfect with my nutrition….EVER!  In fact I struggle big time.  Always working to improve it!  One of the things that has helped me so much is to embrace cooking and find healthy and yummy recipes!  Sometimes I don’t have to change them up much to make them Fix approved….other times I do!  But I love getting creative and mixing up my meals.  I have the most variety with my dinners.  But today I want to share a delicious 21-Day Fix approved Deviled Eggs recipe.  They make a fantastic snack and were so incredibly easy to make!!  It’s nice to add a little flair to my plain hard-boiled eggs :-)

Ingredients:

6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise

1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp. dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

splash of lemon juice

paprika to garnish

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Directions:

Remove the yolks from the eggs.  Mix yolks, Greek yogurt, dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.  Scoop back into the eggs.  Sprinkle with paprika.  4 halves = 1 red container  ENJOY! :-)

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Easy 21-Day Fix Approved Buffalo Chicken Salad

I love EASY and I love VARIETY.  This Buffalo Chicken Salad is perfect for lunch OR dinner!!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Ingredients:

1 red container of shredded rotisserie chicken

1-2 tsp. hot sauce

1/2 yellow container of corn

1/2 yellow container of black beans

2 green containers of lettuce and veggies of your choice (I used red peppers)

1/2 blue container of shredded cheddar

1/2 blue container of diced avocado

1 T of yogurt dressing (I used Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Avocado)

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Directions:

Toss shredded rotisserie chicken in hot sauce.  Layer lettuce/veggies, corn/blackbeans, chicken, shredded cheddar, and avocado.  Drizzle with yogurt dressing.  Serves one.  Container counts: 2 💚 1 ❤️ 1 💛 1 💙

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve never tried any Paleo recipes before, so this is my first time!  They are DELICIOUS and the EASIEST cookies I’ve ever made!!!  With my sweet tooth, this is a great option! :-)

INGREDIENTS:

1 & 1 /4 c almond flour
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 c coconut oil, softened (not melted)
1/4 c honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350F.  In a bowl combine the almond flour, salt and baking soda.  In a separate bowl blend together the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla extract.  Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients and blend.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Scoop small spoonfuls of dough onto a cookie sheet. Space the dough out well as the cookies will spread.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

This recipes makes one dozen cookies.  Enjoy!

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The Ultimate Reset

Last year after the 2015 Success Club Trip to Cancun, I made the decision to go ALL IN with the Ultimate Reset.  This 21-day commitment made me VERY nervous and scared!  Nervous I would fail…nervous I wouldn’t get results…scared I couldn’t handle what was involved…nervous about not working out (it’s recommended not to workout during the Reset).  Fitness is my strength…nutrition has always been my weakness!  But over the past couple years, I have done a lot of personal development to become stronger mentally and to focus on becoming a better me.  I can tell you it has made an enormous impact on my life.

Ultimate Reset is a 21-day program that gently helps restore the body to its “factory settings” while maximizing energy production and nutrient retention. Ultimate Reset is a program designed to get the body in top shape internally, just as a fitness program gets the body in top shape externally. People looking to restore energy, boost moods, and maximize health can dramatically improve the way they feel and function.

Deciding to take on the Ultimate Reset ended up being one of the BEST decisions I have made and one of the BEST Beachbody programs I have completed.  Not only was I floored by the physical results I got from this program, but I was tremendously PROUD of the mental strengths I gained!  The 21 days were NOT easy…I had quite a few obstacles along the way.  But what is amazing is how I overcame those obstacles!  I felt absolutely INCREDIBLE with the completion of this program!!!

Ultimate Reset Results

It is really amazing what I have been able to accomplish with my body…especially when you take good care of it!  I have had two children…I have run two full marathons…I have run two half marathons…I have completed many fitness programs…and I’m able to say I completed the Ultimate Reset.  What this has taught me is that you can truly accomplish anything you want as long as you have the belief in yourself.

Since I was not working out during the Ultimate Reset (I did teach Insanity two days a week but modified), I focused on embracing the time in the kitchen.  I was able to try a lot of new foods and recipes!  And it turned out giving my body a break did WONDERS!!  There are specific meals and recipes provided for each day on the Ultimate Reset.  There is a list of ingredients you are able to substitute if you can not eat a certain food or do not care for it.  There is also a plan called “Reset in a Crunch” which I used a TON!!  These were very simple recipes to make, since some of the other recipes take a little more time to prepare.

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Ultimte Reset Week 1

In Phase One, you Reclaim your body, accessing its inner chemistry and preparing for change.  You slowly remove foods such as red meat and dairy, which are known to place stress on the digestive system, from your diet.  In the second week, Phase Two, you begin to Release the toxic compounds that are stored within your tissues, clogging your cells and blocking proper nutrient absorption.  This phase includes a gentle colon cleanse.  You now eat a fully vegetarian diet.  In Phase Three, the third week, you Restore your metabolism to maximum efficiency, putting nutrients, enzymes, and pre- and probiotics back into your system.  You cut back further on grains eating mostly fruits and vegetables.

You take certain supplements throughout the day.  These are taken at very specific times.  You eat and drink water at specific times as well.  This was tricky and I had to get used to it, but it was totally doable.  Here are a list of the supplements you are taking.

Power Greens: A super potent power greens mixture that as a part of a healthy diet, may help support the body’s acid/alkaline balance.

Optimize: Supports nutrient absorption and bioavailability.

Soothe: Ingredients traditionally used to support digestive health.

Mineralize: Adds natural minerals needed by the body.

Detox: Ingredients traditionally used to help support liver function.

Revitalize: Helps support beneficial flora in the digestive tract.

I drank Vegan Shakeology (Tropical Strawberry) each day while on the Ultimate Reset.  I had it for my snack.  The first two weeks I had one serving.  The last week calls for less protein, so I had 1/2 of a serving on those days.  There are many approved recipes with both Tropical Strawberry and Chocolate.  I just simply mixed it with water.

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I’ll be taking on this program again after completing 22 Minute Hard Corps!!  If you are interested in joining me with this journey, I would LOVE to have you!  Email me at mharris.beachbodycoach@gmail.com if you have any questions at all!

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Update – RESULTS from May 31, 2016 – June 20, 2016

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Made to Crave

I’ve never really thought about my relationship with food ever having anything to do with my relationship with God…until now.  I heard of the book, Made to Crave, and I was instantly intrigued.  It is all about satisfying your deepest desire with God, not food.  Recently, I have been making great strides to become stronger in my faith.  My family and I started going to a new church.  We have really all been positively impacted by this change.  We have surrounded ourselves with some amazing people and learned more about our Christian Faith than we ever have.  We have gone to church most weekends since September…before then it was hardly ever…maybe for a holiday.  Our priorities were not in line and our relationship with God was nonexistent.  Since we have rekindled that relationship, our lives have been so rich in joy, peace, love, hope, and faith.  I’m so grateful to have found brought God into our lives. We are continuing to grow spiritually as a family.

As a health and fitness coach, it is not always about workouts and Shakeology.  There are many different personal and spiritual development aspects to coaching.  I think that is what I have fallen in love with them most.  I have made my growth, spiritually and personally, a priority and importance.  After all, our mission is to help people live happy, fulfilling lives.  This personal growth is a huge part of that!

I’m always looking for ways to help people become better versions of themselves.  I am really excited to open up a new 4-week group focusing on nutrition and personal and spiritual growth.  We will read Made to Crave.  We will also do the 3-Day Refresh sometime during the 4 weeks and drink Shakeology daily.  Our minds and bodies will be feeling our best after these 4 weeks!

If you are interested in joining this group, please email me at mharris.beachbodycoach@gmail.com.  If you are working on growing in your faith, I would love to have you join me in my journey doing the same.