Meal Prep Monday – 2.22.16 with Edamame Salad

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Hi friends, so sorry for the long delay! Between changes at work, family needs and coaching, I just got too busy but I vow to do better from now on!

So if you accept my apology, let’s move onto the topic at hand: Meal Prep Monday.

 

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So taking it from the back row, we start out with a Granny Smith apple, two bags of cleaned strawberries, Shakeology packets for every weekday, a Granny Smith apple and a Honeycrisp apple.

With the 21 Day Fix, I am allotted two servings (approximately 1 cup) of fruit and 4 servings of protein. As a pescatarian it can be tough to get all my protein in, but thankfully Shakeology takes care of my daily vitamins, packs a punch of superfoods, has the nutritional content of 7 salads and is a serving of protein. It’s totally changed my health from the inside out!

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Row two starts with kiwi, moves to mango and blue berries, and then to a broccoli “slaw.” I hate mayo, but I tried broccoli salad mixed with Trader Joe’s Asian Style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette. It’s a fantastic dressing that you only need a tablespoon or two of per cup, it’s spicy and delicious. Next to the slaw, is hummus, a cucumber and anjou pears.

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The bottom row begins with spaghetti squash, TVP, mushrooms and spaghetti sauce. I prep this once a month, freeze in bulk and pull it out at least once a week. Next to it is a Tofurkey sandwich with lettuce and mustard. Leftovers I froze from my 21 Day Fix Approved Broccoli Mac and Cheese are next. The sandwich next to it is smoked salmon with lettuce, a spreadable Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese. The last Tupperware is filled with a Chipotle Kissed Sweet Potato Chili, which I will share a recipe of next week.

Each week I like to share a recipe from the former week, if it’s good enough. Well I was blown away by how tasty and filling this Edamame Salad with Asian Dressing from the “Fixate” Cookbook is!

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Serves 4. Each serving contains…

  • 1.5 green
  • 2 yellow,
  • 1.5 purple
  • 1/2 orange

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Ingredients:

4 cups shelled edamame
2 cups sliced Napa cabbage
2 cups shredded carrots
2 cups thinly sliced bell pepper
1 medium avocado, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
4 Tbsp Asian Vinagrette (recipe below)

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Directions:

  1. Evenly divide edamame, cabbage, carrots, and bell pepper between four serving plates.
  2. Top evenly with avocado, cilantro, and sesame seeds.
  3. Drizzle each salad with 1 Tbsp Asian Vinaigrette.

 

Asian Vinaigrette

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup reduced-sodium Tamari soy sauce, gluten free
1 tsp raw honey or pure maple syrup
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
5 Tbsp toasted sesame oil

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Directions:

  1. Combine vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and ginger in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
  2. Slowly add oil while whisking; mix well.
  3. Store in the refrigerator, tightly covered, until ready for use.

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Meal Prep Monday – 1.11.16

Welcome to the first official meal prep for 2016!

I have been prepping since the start of the year, however I got ill and was only eating soup and shakes as my throat couldn’t handle much else for days…not very exciting meal prep to share. So let’s see what I am eating now that I’m back!

21 day fix style meal prep with spaghetti squash, broccoli cheddar soup and shakeology

The back row some of my standbys: apples, spaghetti squash, soup and Shakeology. I prep the spaghetti squash by splitting it in two, scooping out the seeds, lightly brushing it with olive oil, sprinkling salt and pepper on it and roasting it at 425 degrees in the oven. Then I add no-sugar added tomato sauce, veggies and TVP (textured vegetable protein).

I’ve been drinking Shakeology for almost 6 months now and have noticed big changes! My hair and nails grow faster, I get more energy from it–less runs to the breakroom for caffeine– and I am losing weight by replacing a meal with it. It’s my favorite post-workout treat and it has 73 superfoods, vitamins and nutrients so it’s my healthiest meal of the day!

21 day fix style meal prep with sandwich thins, tofurkey, egg cups

The next row of prepped foods begins with a ripe grapefruit, followed by a Peppered Tofurkey sandwich with toppings, veggie and cheese egg cups and clementines. The Tofurkey sandwiches are made of whole wheat Sandwich Thins and each thin is one yellow container on the 21 Day Fix plan so I don’t use all my starches in one sitting. I add a slice of cheese, lettuce and mustard to top them.

The egg cups are a Pinterest project. There are a ton of varieties out there, here is a healthy one I like from Super Healthy Kids. I’ve seen some recipes that add a little bit of frozen hashbrowns or a few tater tots at the bottom of each cup, which sounds divine. Mine were made with kale, mushroom and cheese.

21 day fix style meal prep with salmon, tofurkey, spaghetti squash and more

The last row begins with the bananas. It contains two 50/50 salads of field greens and spinach, each with 3 oz. of grilled salmon with Trader Joes “Everyday Seasoning” on top. To the side is some Olive Garden salad dressing, because that stuff is addictive as heck! Next in the row are bags of bagged veggies with chipotle hummus to go with them. You will notice I have more veggies than hummus, that’s because the celery is cut and prepared with one wedge of low-fat Garlic Herb Laughing Cow cheese spread in it’s center.

Not a bad spread for this week! I prepped 8 meals total, plus my fruit and veggies. The rest of the meals will be Shakeology for breakfast/post-workout and freshly prepared items.

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21 day fix style meal prep with salmon, tofurkey, spaghetti squash and more

21 day fix style meal prep with salmon, Tofurkey, spaghetti squash and more

Meal Prep Monday with Black Bean Soup Recipe – 12.21.15

It’s Meal Prep Monday! The holidays are a challenging time, so I am trying to stick even closer to my meal preparation so I don’t fall off the fitness wagon. I made my mom’s spicy, low fat black bean soup this week–see the recipe below my meal prep info. FYI – no blog next week, the holidays and travel will mean meal prep won’t happen until mid-week probably.

Let’s eat!

Week of prepped meals

Here we have my meals for breakfast (three flavors of Shakeology), lunch and daily snacks. Not a bad looking spread, huh?

Meal Prep with sandwiches, hummus veggies and spaghetti squash

For the back two rows, moving left to right we have my mom’s black bean soup recipe that I’ve shared below. Next to that are two tofurkey, cheese, lettuce and mustard sandwiches on whole wheat sandwich thins (just one yellow container if you do 21 Day Fix!). Following them are 3 small containers of hummus, homemade and store bought chipotle flavor. In the top row, the red container is spaghetti squash with no sugar added sauce, mushrooms and TVP. Below the spaghetti squash are roasted mushrooms and asparagus with balsamic and coconut oil. Cut veggies in sandwich bags follow, with a big bowl of cut fruit that I scoop a cup from daily. Clementines and a small green apple finish the top two rows.

 

Meal Preparation Salad Shakeology and veggies

The bottom rows are pretty easy to identify, but I’ll still go through them. Blackbean soup, a salad with dressing. Next to those are hummus, cucumbers, broccoli, more clementines and a cup of fruit. The final row is ALL Shakeology, my healthiest meal of the day with 88 superfoods, protein and vitamins.

Container for Meal Prep

I was asked by a reader how I store all this once I’m done prepping. Great question! I used to bag them separately, but that got confusing. So what I do now is put them all in a small organizing tub so my husband knows that’s my prepped food and not to touch. I take out my meal and snack the night before and put it in an insulated lunch bag for the following day. That way, I can choose based on cravings, what needs to be eaten first, etc.

And here is the spicy, low fat black bean soup recipe I promised you! It is only four easy steps. It makes quite a bit of soup, so I always freeze some in individual containers for easy meals.

Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Bowl with Sour Cream

Spicy, Low Fat Black Bean Soup

Makes approximately 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 2-3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 14 oz or 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 tsp. cumin, add more to taste

Optional

  • Sour cream for garnish
  • Tortilla chips for garnish
  • Cilantro, red pepper and chili powder to add a kick, if desired, add to taste

Vegan spicy low fat black bean soup recipe

  1. Cook onion and garlic in the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until tender and aromatic. Remove from heat.

 

Sauteed onions and garlic for black bean soup

2.  In a food processor, pulse onions, garlic and three cans of black beans (drained and rinsed) until they form a paste consistency. If it gets too thick and your food processor won’t blend it, add a little bit of the vegetable stock to make it blend easier. Add to a stock pot.

Food Processor of Black Beans

3.  Add the three remaining cans of black beans, vegetable broth and spices to the stock pot. Cook until heated through.

low fat vegan black bean soup in stock pot

4.  If desired, add sour cream and/or tortilla strips to the top.

Enjoy!

Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Bowl with Sour Cream and tortillas in soup

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Meal Prep Monday – 12.7.15 with Hummus Recipe

Hello kids and cats, you may have noticed a lapse in a week of meal prepping. Why? I did the Beachbody 3 Day Refresh cleanse that was very specific in how you could eat and I prepared most of those items the night before. I am going to be sharing my results, but in the meantime, here is my prep for this week!

21 Day Fix Approved Meal Prep Organic and Clean

Starting off in the back we have sliced almonds, Chocolate Shakeology and Chili Lime Cashews (an amazing Aldi find!).

The next row starts with a mushroom, barley and lentil soup I got from HummuSapien’s blog. Next to that is a homemade Mediterranean vegetable pizza with no sugar added tomato sauce, light mozzarella cheese and a gluten-free crust. Flanking the pizza is even more soup because that recipe makes a ton! Almost on the foil are concord grapes and homemade hummus.

The next somewhat disjointed row starts with the red apple, a cucumber I’m slicing the night before for lunches, raspberries, carrots, homemade hummus between and then asparagus and mushrooms in balsamic vinegar and coconut oil. Next to that is a portion of greek yogurt and a green apple.

The next row is the green apple and Fage yogurt, raspberries, broccoli, homemade hummus, asparagus and mushrooms, raspberries and sunflower seeds.

Now for the hummus…I realized I didn’t have any last week before my 3 Day Refresh and got panicky at midnight. So I found this little gem of a recipe for simple, healthy hummus. I highly recommend it! I did add a little extra tahini (sesame oil) and garlic to make it more garlicky. I also subbed in pink Himalayan salt.

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Meal Prep Monday & Healthy Mac and Cheese! 11.23.15

Welcome to the second edition of Meal Prep Monday!

This week my meal prep is much smaller than usual due to it being a holiday week and my travels. I will still eat healthy while I’m out and about, but I didn’t think my mom would appreciate me adding multiple Tupperware containers of food to her fridge space on a holiday.

So to make it up to you, I’ve included my new favorite 21 Day Fix Approved Mac and Cheese. It is shockingly good and there is quite a bit of cheese in it, the big difference is that the base is pureed cauliflower and cheese, instead of cheese and milk or cream and flour.

First, let’s look at what I am eating this week to stay on track with my nutrition.

Meal Prep for the week of 11/23

Meal Prep for the week of 11/23

From the back row moving forward, I have my Chocolate Shakeology, which I have for every breakfast. Then I have four servings of my 21 Day Fix Mac and Cheese which adds up to a yellow, blue and green container.

The next loose row is an apple, tuna with lemon and pepper recipe per my last post, whole wheat crackers, Laughing Cow Cheese, 100 calorie almond and walnut packs and garlic hummus in 3 containers.

Row three is plain Greek yogurt with blackberries, apples, Sandwich Thins (only one yellow container!) and carrots.

The last loose row is another packet of almonds and walnuts, sunflower seeds, cashews, Tofurkey and carrots.

So that is three days of meals and snacks for this holiday week!

Now onto this glorious mac and cheese I promised you… this is my adaption of a recipe from “The Foodie and the Fix.”

21 Day Fix Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

21 Day Fix Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

Yield: approximately 8 servings

Serving Size: 1 cups per serving

Container Equivalents: 1 YELLOW, 1 BLUE, 1 GREEN

Calories per serving: 334

Fat per serving: 13 grams

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cooked whole wheat elbow macaroni (about 3 cups dry)
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, cooked and chopped smaller if they’re in large pieces
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Minced onion to taste (or onion powder in a pinch)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups roughly chopped fresh cauliflower
  • 1 cup unsalted vegetable broth

Directions

  1. Heat a pot of water on the stove to boiling. Lightly salt, then cook your pasta.
  2. While your pasta is cooking, steam your cauliflower and broccoli separately.
  3. Once that’s done, put it in a blender or processor with the vegetable broth and blend until it’s very smooth.
  4. Once you’ve drained your pasta, put it back in the pot it just cooked in on a low heat setting, add the cauliflower puree, the cheeses, the broccoli and stir until everything is heated through and the cheeses have melted. As you stir, add the salt, pepper and onion to taste.

Portion out and enjoy!

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Meal Prep Monday – 11.16.15

I’ve neglected my blog since my PiYo results were posted – many apologies! I decided shorter blogs may be in order so I can stay on schedule and keep up fresh content.

One of the most popular parts of my past blogs have been recipes and meal prep suggestions. So I am gong to do my best to post weekly meal preparation photos to give guidance and inspiration to my fit friends.

I am still following a clean eating plan as closely as possible. I try to do 80% clean 20% everything else. Having a garden certainly helps. I also follow the portions suggested by Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix meal plan. With that in mind, let’s see what I am eating for breakfasts, lunches and snacks at the office this week!

November 16, 2015 Meal Prep.

November 16, 2015 Meal Prep.

In the back row, left is a veggie stir fry with pan seared seitan. I used this awesome 21 Day Fix approved teriyaki sauce I found by stalking top coach Melanie Mitro’s blog. To avoid using up my yellows, this is just veggies and seitan protein.

Next is a vegetarian mushroom barley with lentils (added protein!). I made this a few weeks ago, but the recipe didn’t turn out quite right so I am not sharing it until I’ve perfected it. This is all veggies so lots of green containers here!

Continuing to the right is baked spaghetti squash with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and TVP. TVP is textured vegetable protein that you can buy dried and when you heat it with water it plumps up and has the texture of ground beef. It is like the Morning Start Crumbles you get at the store, but cheaper and require no freezing. I use jarred spaghetti sauce, but stick to organic ones without added sugar. Standard spaghetti sauce has a ton of sugar, so watch out!

The next row is grapes, kiwi, granny smith apples, various hummus flavors and pears from my mom’s tree.

Row three starts on the left with broccoli from my garden, carrots with greek yogurt dill dip (love that stuff!) and some Babybel and Laughing Cow cheeses. Next to the cheeses are albacore tuna chunks mixed with pepper, lemon juice and Ms. Dash Salt-Free “Lemon Pepper” seasoning blend. And, of course, my healthiest meal of the day, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla Shakeology for every breakfast.

The final row has two quick Fix-approved snacks- Kind bars (the non-chocolate varieties just count as nuts/seeds!) and Nature Valley granola bars (1 bar per serving). Besides those are some portioned out cashews and unsalted sunflower seeds. Those circles in the middle are kale, mushroom and cheese egg cups. You can find a similar version using spinach instead of kale here. I love these because they are vegetarian, gluten free, about 50 calories each and freeze beautifully so you can make a ton in advance and let them thaw overnight before work.  Next to the egg muffins, you will see whole wheat crackers to go with the tuna, which is in the red container. And it ends, as always, with Shakeology.

Please note, this is for what I eat for breakfasts, lunches and some snacks. Dinners are not included because I try to prepare them fresh at home daily.

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RESULTS: An Unbiased PiYo and Shakeology Review – Week 8

 

Results Blog - PiYo Before and After With Weight Loss

For previous reviews, check out Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Weeks 4-5, Week 6 and Week 7.     

It’s the end! I finished Week 8 of PiYo and Shakeology. Instead of posting a long blog I thought it’d be best to have my results measurements and photos. It’s embarrassing to see the before ones and I’m still not comfortable showing my midriff, but I want to show how effective the program was for me. So (deep breath) here we go!

Before and After Collage PiYo

I lost a total of 13.7 pounds on Beachbody’s PiYo program.

Results Blog - Side View Before Results Blog - Best Side Arms on Sides Left After

I also lost 15.1 inches all around my body – isn’t that crazy? I’m 5’1/2″ and didn’t know I even could lose that much. You can tell here that my waistline has significantly improved – I lost 3″ off of it in just 8 weeks.

Results Blog - Back BeforeResults Blog - Back Arms Down After

Check it out, no back rolls and a lifted tush! The thighs look way better too – the should since I lost 5″ off them total.  I also lost 3.5″ off my hips.

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I got a little more definition in the chest by losing 2.3″ around. Although you can’t see a big difference in them, I did lose 1.3″ off the arms as well.

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So after seeing these results, drinking Shakeology and being in months of accountability Challenge Groups I have decided to take the plunge and become a Beachbody coach! It’s funny since I was so skeptical of Shakeology at the beginning but I genuinely enjoy my daily shake. I love the idea of combining my passion for fitness and my newly discovered respect for the products with helping people on a bigger scale than I can reach just by teaching local Pilates courses.

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