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Meal Prep #2

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Here’s a few things I picked up at Costco for this weeks meal prep.

Bananas (are for hubby’s breakfast)
Apples (for snacks)
Blueberries (for snacks)
Strawberries (for snacks)
Mushrooms (for salads & dinners)
Broccoli (for raw salad, or with dip, or steamed)
Ham (for my egg white omelets)
Whole chickens
Abacore tuna (for lunches)
Beef (Burgers, Beef Stroganoff)
Coffee beans (for liquid gold)

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Flattened Rosemary & Lemon Chicken for meal prepimage

Chicken is ready ❤image

Trying something new.  Using a mandolin for my broccoli salad.image

It turned out great 🙂image

Dinner before I start meal prepping for the week.
Chicken breast, sweet potato, steamed broccoli.
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Lunch meal prep for the week.
Shredded chicken, sweet potato & broccoli salad.

(There’s only two containers because I put them all in the fridge and then realized I forgot to take a picture 🙂 )image

These baggies are filled with my vanilla protein powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon.
These are to take with me and have after I leave the gym.  

Post-Workout Snacks.💗💚💛

imageI’m still trying to get the hang of this meal prep thing.  Yes it takes time but it’s so worth it.
Being prepared is half the battle.
Wishing you all much success🎇🎆🎉

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Macronutrient and My Skinny Biatch Friend :-)

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Hey everyone,

So lately I’ve been interested into jump starting my metabolize because I’ve been like a yo-yo on the scale with the same 3 lbs up & down I’ve decided that I want to count calories but still keep my low carb values.

Thanks to my lovely, beautiful friend, whom I call a Skinny Biatch with warm intentions, she has had great success with simple sticking to her calories for the day.  She’s such an inspiration and a great friend that I dedicate this blog post to her and all your skinny biatch friends that are there to support you and encourage you to continue on your weight loss journey or any other journey that you are on.  You all know who you are Skinny B.  🙂

So this past week I’ve been sick with the flu which always has me craving comfort food and at the same time I began to count calories and increase my carb intake but I’m not throwing in the towel on the whole low carb bandwagon, I’m simply enjoying some complex carbs as in more fruit and some forbidden low carb veggies, (potatoes, beets, squash etc) and steel cut oats etc.
Since I’m going back to counting calories and stay low carb, well I want to know my macronutrient breakdown should be for a low carb diet.

Well to make things simple I came across this awesome macronutrient calculator.
http://macronutrientcalculator.com/

You can chose from 4 different percentage breakdowns.  I chose the Low Carb  and to make it even more easier for myself I took those percentages for carbs, protein, fat and entered it in My Fitness Pal so it does all the work for me and notifies me if  I go over etc.

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Here’s what my Macros breakdown for a low carb diet with 1200 calories per day intake.

Carbs    25%    (75 grams per day)  (15 grams per meal)
Protein 45%    (135 grams per day)  (27 grams per meal)
Fat         30%   (40 grams per day)  (8 grams per meal)

I went even further and calculated what I need for 3 meals and 3 snacks for the day.

Meal 1: 300 calories  (19g carbs, 34g protein, 10g fat)
Snack 1:  120 calories (8g carbs, 14g protein, 4g fat)

Meal 2: 300 calories  (19g carbs, 34g protein, 10g fat)
Snack 2: 120 calories (8g carbs, 14g protein, 4g fat)

Meal 3: 240 calories (15g carbs, 27g protein, 8g fat)
Snack 3: 120 calories (8g carbs, 14g protein, 4g fat)

It’s a slow process since I’m carefully trying to hit my macros correctly but some days I’m spot on & others…not so much.  I guess that’s why most fitness buffs do meal prep and eat pretty much the same thing everyday.

 
***Hint Hint***  I’m also looking into meal prep for the week…Stay tuned for an upcoming post.

 

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Here’s a great link
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/macro-math-3-keys-to-dialing-in-your-macro-ratios.html

Whether you’re trying to lose fat or gain muscle you’ll need to know what calories and macronutrients are, and how to balance them for your goals. Macronutrients are the compounds which provide us with energy.

There are three types of macronutrients which are: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. You have seen these names on the back of all nutrition labels, which also show the total calorie count. The basic caloric make up of protein and carbohydrates is 4 calories per gram, where fat is 9 calories per gram.

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Protein 1 gram of protein = 4 calories

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Protein is the primary building block of muscle made up of amino-acids. Since our bodies can’t make all of these amino acids, the essential amino acids have to be supplied through your diet and nutrition. Protein helps for muscle growth, tissue repair, and immune function.

High protein sources include meat, fish, milk, eggs and of course whey protein.

For a muscle building diets, a high protein diet is a must. A high protein diet will allow your body to be in a constant metabolic state where it’s able to repair and rebuild muscle tissue throughout the day.

Not having enough protein in your diet will only lead to sore muscles and very little to no progress in terms of strength, size, and overall progress. For bodybuilding and gaining muscle, it’s recommended to have 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. It’s that much easier when you just supplement with whey protein into your diet.

 

Carbohydrates 1 gram of carbs = 4 calories

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The biggest myth was carbohydrates is that they make you fat. Carbs are the main source of fuel for our bodies, great for both short term and long term energy. There are exceptions, such as ketosis, where the body uses fat as a fuel source, but that’s not optimal for the long term. There are so many varieties of foods with (complex) carbs perfect for any diet, such as sweet potatoes, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat rice, and general whole wheat grains.

Carbohydrates are just as, if not more important than protein in bodybuilding and fitness. Carbohydrates are the fuel that give you energy for your workout, as well as making sure you have enough energy after your workout. If you’re just having protein without carbs post workout, your body is using protein as its main energy source.  Basically, it’s a waste of protein.

 

Fat   1 gram of fat = 9 calories

healthyfats 2People often fear fats, and think it’s bad for you or make you fat. That’s simply not true. There are diets focused on fat loss, such as the keto diet, which are primarily focused on fat and protein without carbs. 

Fat is a major source of energy, and actually the most concentrated source of energy.  Fat regulates hormone production, as well as absorbing fat soluble vitamins which are required to maintain good health. Fats also help normal growth and development, as well as testostorone.

Fat does not make you fat; eating over your daily caloric maintenance is what makes you fat.  Some good fat sources are avocados, nuts, egg yolks, medium-chain triglycerides (coconut oil), and omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, and other fish), chia seeds, tofu and edamame. peanut butter, and cheese, but be careful as the total calories for fats do add up higher than you realize.

 

 

 

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Juice Cleanse and Detox

Hi all,

These past 2 weeks we’ve been on a family vacation, we had a great time swimming, sight seeing and visiting family.  I made mostly good low carb food choices but at times I just had to go with the flow.  So my reason for trying a juice cleanse, it just to cleanse my body and get back to a fresh start.  I’ve done some research and there are some very strict juice cleanses but the one I’m doing is more flexible.  The first day was horrible since I cannot have any coffee and even though I only have 2-3 cups of coffee a day I had the worst headache from caffeine withdraws, Day 2 was bearable and not so intense.  Today I’m on day 3 and just finished my morning Spinach Coconut Banana Smoothie and a glass of hot lemon water.  I made a few changes, for the Fat Flush soup, I didn’t have any Black beans so I made a lentil soup instead.  Be sure to drink plenty of water while completing the cleanse and detox.  It’s recommended to drink six 8 ounce glasses per day of  water. Flavored or sweetened water is not recommended. No caffeine, dairy or meat.

I did this for 4 days and I lost 3 pounds 🙂

 


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 Here’s the cleanse and below are the recipes.

Wake-up Drink Recipe – Drink daily and prepare fresh daily.
Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

Breakfast Recipe Options – Drink daily and prepare fresh daily.
Mean Green Juice Recipe
Coconut Milk Smoothie

Mid-Morning Snack – Prepare fresh.
Vegetables & Nuts – Cut up veggies the night before.

Lunch Recipe
Garden Salad with Lemon & Oil Dressing

Mid-Afternoon Snack Recipe Options
Green Bean and Zucchini Salad
Vegetables & Nuts 
Mean Green Juice Recipes

Dinner – Eat daily and prepare once to last three days.
Fat Flushing Soup

Before Bed – Drink daily and prepare fresh daily.
Chamomile Tea

Recipes

Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

Ingredients
1 12-ounce glass water, at room temperature
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 inch knob of ginger root

Preparation
Add the lemon juice to the glass of water. Finely grate the ginger by using a zester, add to the glass of water. I prefer to drink this as a tea by adding boiling water.

Coconut Milk Smoothie

Ingredients
1 cup lite coconut milk, canned coconut milk is recommended
1 banana
2 cups raw spinach

Preparation
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Green Juice Fruity #1

Ingredients:
1/2 pear
1/2 green apple
1 handful spinach
1 handful parsley
2 celery stalks
1/2 cucumber
1 small piece ginger
1 slice of papaya

Green Juice Veggie #2

Ingredients:
1 handful of spinach
3 stalks of celery
1 small handful of parsley
1 small bunch of dandelion greens
1 small bunch of watercress leaves
3 leaves of green kale
2 bartlett pears
¼ lemon
½ cucumber

Snack

Enjoy this snack in the mid-morning or mid-afternoon.  Snacking on veggies & nuts are perfect for preventing hunger pains and staying on track with your healthy eating plan.

Garden Salad with Lemon and Oil Dressing

Makes  2 salads -Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients
Salad

1 cup spinach, torn into bite size pieces
1/2 avocado, chopped (refrigerate the other half for another salad) (optional)
1/3 red onion thinly sliced (refrigerate the remaining 2/3 for another salad)
1/2 cucumber, sliced
1 carrot, grated
8 almonds, sliced
1 cup sprouts
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1 tomato, diced
1 cup (chopped) roasted chicken breast, optional

Dressing
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Sea Salt to taste

Preparation
Add the salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine.  In a small jar add dressing ingredients and shake, drizzle over salad.  I’ve doubled the recipe to last for a few more salads.

Note: It’s easy to prepare this salad for tomorrow’s lunch by simply preparing your veggies the night before and adding to separate zip-lock bags. When it’s time for lunch, toss all the veggies in a bowl, add almonds and drizzle with dressing.

Fat Flushing Soup

Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 137 

Ingredients
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes

(optional, 1 medium zucchini sliced into 1″round pieces)
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
Kosher or sea salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 bay leaf
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained (optional, the beans are for added protein)
2 cups vegetable broth, low-sodium
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes (no salt added)
4 cups baby spinach, loosely packed

Preparation

Add all ingredients, except spinach, to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours, or until the vegetables are tender. Add spinach, stir and continue cooking just until wilted, approximately 5 minutes.
Serve and enjoy! (1 Serving Per Night During if doing the 3 Day Cleanse & Detox)

Tip: If you prefer a thicker stew, after 5 hours of cooking, simply remove 1 cup of soup, along with ingredients, mash ingredients with a fork, return to the slow cooker, stir and continue cooking 1 to 3 hours.
Stovetop Method: Follow the same instructions above for prep, cover, and simmer until veggies are tender, approximately 2 hour. Stir every 15 minutes to prevent sticking. Add spinach at the end of cooking time, remove from heat, cover and allow spinach to wilt before serving.

Green Bean and Zucchini Salad

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 3/4 cup 

Ingredients
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup broken green beans, remove strings
1 zucchini, sliced
1/2 cup sprouts
8 almonds, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Sea salt to taste

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a medium skillet, saute over medium heat just until heated thru, about 5 minutes. This side salad also makes a yummy afternoon snack, either hot or cold. Drizzle with additional lime juice and serve. For added protein sever over a bed of quinoa.

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Chamomile tea

Chamomile Tea

My Weekly Low Carb Menu~April 1, 2014

Hi all,

Hope you like my low carb menu for this week.

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** (for family)**  means I made it for the rest of my family and I won’t be having any.

Monday March 31 ~ Sunday April 6, 2014

Monday
Baked baby back ribs with dry rub

Tabbouleh Salad
Broccoli Slaw
Sautéed dandelion
Corn (for family)

Tuesday
Baked meatballs with tomato sauce
Pasta & marinara sauce (for kids)

Green salad with vinaigrette

Wednesday
(It’s my daughters birthday and this is what she wants for dinner) 🙂
Shredded Chicken breasts rice wraps with Sweet Chili Sauce

Veggie Stir-Fry (bell peppers, onions)
Noodles or Rice (for family)
Eggrolls & Plum sauce (for family)

Thursday
Chicken Parmesan

Flax breaded eggplant
Green beans with sliced almonds
Green salad with vinaigrette

Friday (Daughters Birthday Party)
Baked wings

Pizza (for party)
Ice cream cake (for party)

Saturday
Oven roasted Italian Sausages with peppers & onions

Broccoli with olive oil & garlic
Roasted potatoes (for family)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Sunday
Steak

Ranch coleslaw
Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon chips
Green salad with vinaigrette

Baked potato (for family)

Snacks:
½ cup Cantaloupe (once a day)
½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt (once a day) 
Celery stuffed with cream cheese or all natural peanut butter
Sugar free biscotti
Zucchini chips
Sugar Free Jello
Atkins Protein Bar
Chapmans No Sugar Butter Pecan Ice cream

My Weekly Low Carb Menu~Mar 10, 2014

Hi all,

It’s March Break this week and my two teenagers already have a two movie nights scheduled with their friends.  So I’ve planed out my dinner meals for the week, this will really help me out.

Hope you like my low carb menu for this March Break week.

Myspace Comments

** (for family)**  means I made it for the rest of my family and I won’t be having any.

Monday March 10 ~ Sunday March 16, 2014

Monday
Chicken Marsala or Creamy Pesto Chicken

Sautéed dandelion & garlic
Sautéed mushrooms & onions
Green salad with vinaigrette

Tuesday
Trout or Salmon with lemon & garlic
Asparagus topped with grated parmigiana cheese
Rice (for family) 

Green salad with vinaigrette

Wednesday

Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry (onions, water chestnuts & red pepper,)

Eggrolls & Plum sauce (for family)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Thursday
Homemade Lean Beef burgers (grilled)

Baked french fries (for family)
Parsnip fries
Ranch coleslaw

Friday
Meatloaf (with spinach)

Mashed cauliflower

Green salad with vinaigrette

Saturday
BBQ Baby Back Ribs with dry rub

Ranch coleslaw
Corn (for family)

Sunday

Lasagna (for family)

Oven roasted Italian sausage
Green beans with olive oil & garlic
Green salad with vinaigrette

Snacks:
½ cup Cantaloupe (once a day)
½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt (once a day)
Celery stuffed with cream cheese or all natural peanut butter
Sugar free biscotti
Zucchini chips
Sugar Free Jello
Atkins Protein Bar
Chapmans No Sugar Butter Pecan Ice cream

My Weekly Low Carb Menu~Feb 3, 2014

Hi all,

Hope you like my low carb weekly menu for this week.

Myspace Comments

** (for family)**  means I made it for the rest of my family and I won’t be having any.

Monday February 3 ~ Sunday February 9, 2014

Monday
Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

Noodles (for family)
Sauteed peas & onions  (for family)
Sauteed mushrooms & onions
Green salad with vinaigrette

Tuesday
Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast
Green beans with olive oil & garlic
Green salad with vinaigrette

Wednesday
Stuffed Peppers with Italian Sausage

Oven Roasted Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower

Thursday
Homemade Lean Beef burgers (grilled)

Baked french fries (for family)
Ranch coleslaw
Green salad with vinaigrette

Friday
Oven Roasted Chicken ( 2 whole chickens) (leftover are great for lunches)

Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon chips
Green salad with vinaigrette

Saturday
Korean Beef Ribs (grilled)

Spicy coleslaw
Noodles or Rice (for family)
Edamame with Coarse Sea Salt
Spring rolls or Dumplings & Plum sauce (for family)

Sunday
Italian Style Lima Bean soup

Low Carb Pizza
Green salad with vinaigrette

Snacks:
Celery stuffed with cream cheese or all natural peanut butter
Sugar free biscotti
Zucchini chips
Sugar Free Jello
Atkins Protein Bar
Chapmans No Sugar Butter Pecan Ice cream

My Weekly Low Carb Menu~Jan 27, 2014

Hi all,

Oopsies…I’m late posting this but I’m here now… Hope you like my low carb weekly menu for this week.

Myspace Comments

** (for family)**  means I made it for the rest of my family and I won’t be having any.

Monday January 27 ~ Sunday February 2, 2014

Monday
Crockpot Beef Braciole in Tomato Sauce

Pasta & marinara sauce (for kids)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Tuesday
Spicy chickpeas & beef
Broccoli with olive oil & garlic
Green salad with vinaigrette

Wednesday
Chicken breasts with Peanut Sauce

Noodles or Rice (for family)
Veggie Stir-Fry (bell peppers, onions)

Thursday
Italian Sausages with peppers & onions
Broccoli with olive oil & garlic
Roasted potatoes (for family)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Friday
Oven Roasted Chicken ( 2 whole chickens) (leftover are great for lunches)

Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon chips
Green salad with vinaigrette

Saturday
Steak
Oven fried cubanelle peppers
Green salad with vinaigrette

Sunday (Superbowl Sunday)
Baby Back ribs with Dry Rub

Ranch coleslaw
Baked french fries (for family)

Snacks:
Celery stuffed with cream cheese or all natural peanut butter
Sugar free biscotti
Zucchini chips
Sugar Free Jello
Atkins Protein Bar
Chapmans No Sugar Butter Pecan Ice cream

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