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Happy Friday

Friday Funny dog

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful week.  My week was very eventful with my kids both being in high school this year.
Today I was on the ball. Brought my kids to school, went straight to the gym, ran some errands and even started the crock pot and made beef stroganoff for the family since I have to work tonight.Friday Funny

I found this today, had to get it. It’s going to be my new food journal.
I truly believe that if you surround yourself with positive people, quotes etc you will have a better response throughout your day.
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“The future starts today not tomorrow.”
I had an awesome workout today, I did an hour of kettlebells. I used 25-30 lb bells, talk about getting a full body workout and cardio all in one. I didn’t use the pink bell but its just too cute not to be in the pic. Lolimage

Full Day Of Eating 6

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I’ve been struggling for months now to get back on track and I have to say that in the past week I’ve gotten back on the wagon and slowly but surely I’ll be 100% on point in the next few weeks.  I’m excited to be creative in the kitchen and try new recipes.  So you know I’ll be sharing those with you all very soon.

Today I decided to show you what I’ve been eating.
My meals are as follow:
~Breakfast
~Snack
~Lunch
~Snack
~Dinner

Breakfast: An egg white omelet is a great start before heading to the gym.wpid-wp-1434054589008.jpg

After the gym my snack was Whey protein.
Note to self:
Next time pour protein in the bottle before getting in the car, that way I won’t get it all over the upholstery. wpid-wp-1434055174149.jpg

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Afternoon snack Spinach + Strawberry smoothiewpid-wp-1434054245840.jpg

Dinner
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My 2 Week Menu Plan April 27-May 10, 2015

Hello Everyone,

I’ve decided to create a two week dinner plan.  It’s not written in stone but it’s nice to know that I can choose a meal just at a glance.  Here are 14 dinners for Monday April 27 ~ Sunday May 3, 2015

 

Week#1

Meal 1
Stuffed Peppers with ground beef, Italian sausages, & spinach

Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 2
Chicken cutlets with citrus honey sauce
Rice
Peas & onions
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 3
Beef broth soup

Vietnamese rolls (shredded chicken breasts & shredded cabbage)
Veggie Stir-Fry (bell peppers, onions)
Rice
Eggrolls, Plum sauce, Sweet chili sauce

Meal 4
Grilled Greek Chicken Breasts

Greek salad (tomato, cucumber, onions, feta cheese)
Ranch coleslaw
Parsley salad

Meal 5
Beef taco casserole or Qenchiladas or Quesadillais
Mexican rice

Meal 6
Slowcooker Baby Back Ribs with dry rub

Ranch coleslaw
Corn

Meal 7
Slow Cooker Beef & Barley

Zoodles
Veggies
Green salad with vinaigrette

Week#2

Meal 1
Baked Italian sausages

Zoodles (zucchini noodles)
Pasta with meat sauce

Meal 2
Slow cooker Beef Stroganoff
(roast beef, mushroom, onions, sour cream, white wine)
Zoodles (for me)
Noodles (for family)
Salad

Meal 3
Oven roasted rosemary chicken

Roasted cauliflower
Roasted potatoes
Green beans with sliced almonds
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 4
Homemade Lean Beef burgers (grilled)

Baked french fries 
Parsnip fries
Ranch coleslaw
Mashed cauliflower
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 5
Fish Tacos with Avocado
Mango Salsa
Rice
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 6
Yogurt marinated Chicken

Ranch coleslaw
Roasted brussel sprouts
Green salad with vinaigrette
Baked potato (Toppings: Butter, Sour Cream, Green onions)

Meal 7
Shepards pie

Green salad with vinaigrette

Snacks:
1 cup Cantaloupe, Waterlemon (twice a day)
Celery stuffed with cream cheese or all natural peanut butter
Zucchini chips & Babaganoush dip
Greek yogurt with berries
Pepperoni chips with hummus dip
Protein Bar

Atkins New Plan—Atkins 40

Atkins just introduced a new plan called Atkins40, below is the link and a copy of the plan in a nut shell.  Its seems doable since there are no food restrictions, you can have a little from each of the 4 phases, just stay within the 40 carbs per day. 

http://www.atkins.com/how-it-works/atkins-40

ATKINS 40: THE FLEXIBLE, EASY LOW CARB DIET

With the Atkins 40 Plan, you can enjoy a full range of food options from every food group—carbohydrates, protein and fats—while still losing weight and feeling satisfied, never hungry! Vegetables, pasta, even potatoes? Yes! You can have it all on the Atkins 40 Plan, starting from Day One! Download everything you need to get started!

Here’s how the Atkins 40 Plan works:

Start with 40 grams of Net Carbs of carbohydrates a day. Net Carbs represent the total carbohydrate content of the food minus the fiber content and sugar alcohols (if in the product). The Net Carbs number reflects the grams of carbohydrate that significantly impact your blood sugar level and therefore are the only carbs you need to count when you do Atkins.

Eat three 4 to 6-ounce servings of protein each day. Eat 2 to 4 servings of fat each day.

Atkins40

 

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Pad Thai

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Ingredients:

5 Chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, sliced, bite sized pieces (you can use boneless skinless thighs)
2 medium zucchini, (spiraled, using spiral veggie slicer)
1 large carrot (spiraled, using spiral veggie slicer)
1 handful of bean sprouts (optional)
1 small bunch of green onions
1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of chicken stock
2 tablespoons of all natural unsweetened peanut butter
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1/2 tsp freshly minced ginger, (if you like ginger add more, I like just a hint of ginger)
1 tsp of garlic powder
dash of cayenne pepper
dash of red pepper flakes
Salt & Pepper for seasoning the chicken
Chopped cashews for garnish (optional)
Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

Preparations:

Turn slow cooker on low and add the coconut milk, chicken stock, peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder, 2 green onions chopped including the whites, cayenne, and red pepper.

Whisk until the peanut butter is completely melted.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  I like to saute any meat before it goes into the slow cooker but you can skip this step if you don’t have time.  If you have time, brown your chicken in a skillet to get the flavors going.

By now the sauce is warm, place your chicken breasts into the slow cooker.

Cook for 4 hours on low.

While that’s cooking you can make your zucchini noodles and shred the carrot , wash the bean sprouts.  Place each veggie into 3 separate bowls so you can pick your veggies later, or toss them all together if desired.

To serve, choose your veggies and place the zucchini noodles, shredded carrots and bean sprouts in a soup bowl, add the chicken and sauce over the noodles, and garnish with green onions, chopped cilantro and chopped cashews.

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Here’s my new favorite kitchen gadget, it’s a spiral vegetable slicer.

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My Low Carb 7 Day Meal Plan~Dec 1, 2014

Slow cooker

It’s going to be a slow cooker week,Why?  Why not…hahaha 🙂

Life’s to short to be slaving in the kitchen 🙂
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These meals are in no particular order, some are new recipes and I’ll post them later this week.

Monday Dec 1 ~ Sunday Dec 7, 2014

Meal 1
Slow cooker Beef Stroganoff

(roast beef, mushroom, onions, sour cream, white wine)
Zoodles (for me)
Noodles (for family)
Salad

Meal 2
Slow Cooker Chicken Pad Thai (5 chicken breasts)

Zoodles (for me)
Rice vermicelli noodles (for family)
Egg rolls, Plum sauce, Sweet chilli sauce (for family)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 3
Slow Cooker Marinara sauce with beef braciole or sausages or meatballs

Pasta & marinara sauce (for kids)
Zoodles for me (zucchini julienne)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 4
Slow Cooker Beef Chilli

Green salad with vinaigrette
Buns (for family)
Toppings:
Chopped green onions, Shredded cheddar cheese & Sour Cream

Meal 5
Slow Cooker Cabbage rolls

Green salad with vinaigrette
Buns (for family)

Meal 6
Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Coleslaw
French fries (for family
Parsnip fries (for me)

Meal 7
Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Green beans
Rice (for family)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Snacks:
Greek yogurt with berries
Pepperoni chips with hummus dip
Celery stuffed with cream cheese or all natural peanut butter
Zucchini chips & Babaganoush dip
Sugar Free Jello
Atkins Protein Bar

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Mason Jar Salads

Mason Jars

I’ve seen many mason jar salads and I thought I’d give it a try.  Well I have to say it was a huge success, even my husband took it to work.  It’s just as convenient as a crockpot, you know when it’s time to eat that you have a nice meal waiting for you.  Food prep is about making your life easier. Sure it takes a little effort and time upfront but it is worth it. It is so rewarding to open up the refrigerator door and see healthy delicious meals ready to eat.  All week I didn’t have to wonder what to make for lunch since it was already waiting for me.  For the salad I chose to go with a variety of pickled veggies, but a high carb option is to add pasta, couscous, quinoa or rice etc.  

The options are endless when in comes to preparing food ahead of time so there really is no right or wrong way to do it.  Basically, it comes down to just making time and getting it done.  I used chickpeas as my protein since that’s what I had but you can use hard boiled eggs, tuna, grilled chicken etc.

Here’s the ingredients for the jars below but I plan on changing a few ingredients for this weeks batch.  Start with dressing at the bottom of the jar and then the more sturdy ingredients go in first and work your way up to the more delicate veggies, such as lettuce.

Ingredients:
2 Tb Ranch dressing 2 g
1/2 c chickpeas 13g
1/4 c corn 8g
3 cherry tomatoes 2g
62 grams of marinated artichokes 0g
3 slices of pickled beets 2g
30 grams garlic pickle slices 1g
43 grams shredded cabbage 2g (I used the bagged coleslaw)
43 grams broccoli slaw 2g (I used the bagged broccoli slaw)
1 cup chopped  romaine lettuce

I used 1 litre mason jars.

Calories: 355
Fat: 16 g
Carbs:46 g
Fibre: 12 g
Protein: 12g
Net Carbs:  34g

***Note to self*** Omit the corn, way to high in carbs for lunch.  🙂

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