Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cucumber Tomato Salad

My favorite dinner option for the 3 Day Refresh is the Cucumber and Tomato salad. So yummy! This would make a great side dish as well. 

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. olive oil (I used avocado oil!)
1 cucumber, halved & sliced
1 large tomatoes (can also use cherry tomatoes)
2 tbsp. chopped red onion
1-2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1-2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
dash of Himalayan salt or sea salt

Combine cucumber, tomato, onion, parsley, basil, and salt in a large bowl. Then in a separate small bowl combine vinegars, lemon juice, and olive oil for dressing. Drizzle dressing over cucumber/tomato mixture. Makes two servings!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

3 Day Refresh

Survived Day 1 of the 3 Day Refresh! The combination of Shakeology, the Vanilla Fresh Protein shakes, with fresh fruits and veggies has been awesome and I haven't felt very hungry throughout the day. The hardest part has been no coffee! smile emoticon Drinking green/herbal tea has helped, but it's not quite the same.

For breakfast, I had the Tropical Strawberry Vegan Shakeology with 1 fruit serving (Mango). Following that was the Fiber Sweep packet, which is made from natural psyllium husks and chia seeds. For lunch, I was had a Vanilla Fresh shake, paired with a nectarine, as well as yellow squash plus homemade hummus. For a snack, I had heirloom rainbow baby carrots and hummus. For dinner, it was another Vanilla Fresh shake and Cucumber Tomato salad - one of the recipes provided with the program. I prepped my veggies ahead of time, so I will be doing the same foods tomorrow as well, and mixing it up a bit on Monday grin emoticon

If you would like more information about the 3 Day Refresh, comment below or click here.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Body Beast Initial Review

My husband Matthew started Body Beast this week! He does not have access to use the DVD, and is using the Mobile App that comes free with the program. The challenge pack is on sale right now, and it's like getting Body Beast for just $10 in addition to a month of Shakeology.
Here is his initial review for those of you wanting to know more about Body Beast:
Ok, just completed day 4, "Cardio and Abs". We got through it in around an hour, and most of the time was gasping for breath and switching out weights. Great part about today was that the cardio was more than just running on a treadmill. In fact, there was NO running at all. Lots of jumps, and core focusing, and plyo everywhere. After the cardio portion that had both myself and my weightlifting mentor gasping and sweating, the ab portion , focusing on reps instead of time, seemed a welcome cooldown.
The last exercise "BEAST Abs!" was a good laugh, when we read the description, but the simple sounding (and creative) core/lower ab workout had us both straining to complete it properly in the required time!
So the part I like the most about this program, is that while we are focusing on muscle groups, the other "supporting" muscles are periodically worked. Even muscles you focused on two days prior (legs for example) get a quick shock. As a result, your body has to CONSTANTLY work at rebuilding. Ignore the DOMS and press on! R&R formula helps a lot!
Program seems similar to P90X, but the built in mobile app is a great value. Comment below if you have any questions about it!
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Unstuffed Bell Peppers

Made Unstuffed Bell Peppers for dinner tonight! Super clean and leftovers will be easier to eat since everything is already chopped up! :)
  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • 3 bell peppers (any color), chopped...
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of corn (fresh, frozen, or canned)
  • 15 oz can of tomato sauce or salsa
  • Oil of choice (I used coconut oil)
  • Spices of choice (I used garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, Mexican oregano, anchor chili powder, and red pepper flakes)
  • 1/4 cup of cheese, grated
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • In a large skillet of high heat, melt oil of choie
  • Add bell pepper and onion and sauté until soft
  • Add ground turkey and cook until browned
  • Add corn, tomato sauce and/or salsa, and seasonings to taste. I also added some sliced jalapeños. Stir thoroughly.
  • Pour skillet into a 13x9 baking dish. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  • Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes 
Enjoy this dish by itself, or scoop on top of cooked quinoa or brown rice. Can be garnished with cilantro, avocado, and/or sour cream. Yum!!