Clean Eating on a Budget!

imageSeveral days ago I posted a photo to Instagram and Facebook of my groceries for the week. I asked if anyone would be interested in My opinion and tips on how clean eating can actually be more affordable than traditional, over-processed fare.

 

The hr response was a little overwhelming. SO many people wanting to know how I do it that ice put off his post for far too long in hopes of perfecting it.

 

So, let’s just get this out of the way right now. I’m not perfect. Groceries are still expensive. There are foods we buy in bulk that help keep our costs low. And yes, I still buy some of that processed junk occasionally- especially in the summer!

 

In my post I mentioned that this was groceries for a family of six for two weeks, and cost only $150. Please know that we have a freezer full of pork that was raised by family, buckets full of flour we stock once a year, and tons of other staples in the pantry, such as brown rice, quinoa, and oatmeal, which we buy bulk only a few times each year. We do make weekly stops at the store for a few fresh staples such as melons, bananas and salad.  If we had to buy these pantry items weekly the cost would change drastically. But what you see in the picture was indeed all we needed for two weeks with a family of six, along with our food storage.

With that being said, I’ll give you my grocery list and ideas of how I use each item in our menu.

*I was also asked how I can get my kids to eat so much produce, but that’s a topic for another day. Don’t worry…I’ll get it posted soon!


Meat, Poultry & Fish

Tilapia, about 3 lbs – We use this for fish tacos, or coconut crusted tilapia

Chicken – this was four packages of thighs and legs that were on sale for $.88/lb. I divide them into four meals for our big family and we grill them with various seasonings and a salad on the side.

Al Fresco Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage, 4 pkgs – we LOVE these for breakfast! Dice hem up and Waite with veggies for an omelet or scramble, or sauté them whole with sliced peppers and onions

Deli Meat, 1 lb – We don’t buy a lot of deli meat, but when we do it’s the high quality, whole meats, not the pressed, processed stuff. We just watch for specials on our favorites, like this Black Forest ham. Use it for sandwiches or tortilla rolls at lunch, wrap it up inside a lettuce leaf with other veggies, or make hot sandwiches in the oven with your favorite rolls, meat, and cheese.

Bacon, 1 pkg – Bacon is also rare. I only buy it as a topping for a big Cobb salad, soups, or other dishes. We never use it as our main protein.

Eggs, 5 doz – we eat a LOT of eggs in our house. Breakfast, hard-boiled for a snack, lunch, or to top a salad… We rarely go a day without eggs and probably go through three of these big cases each month.


Dairy

Cottage cheese, the big tub – My kids go through cottage cheese like its candy. I usually buy it to use in some recipe, or as a quick protein for my snacks or lunch on a busy day. Typically, this big run lasts no more than two days once my children discover it. Try it with tomatoes, salt and pepper, or peaches and cinnamon. I’ve also been told it’s amazing with grapefruit but haven’t been quick enough to actually try it.

Plain Greek Yogurt – I typically use this in recipes that call for mayo or sometimes sour cream, but it’s not my favorite. Lately I’ve started to enjoy it alone with some vanilla, cinnamon, and stevia. SO delish!

Cheese! We enjoy cheese a LOT in our house and use it often to jazz up a boring dish. Feta cheese is a regular salad topping. Cheddar or Monterey Jack are our go-to for most dishes. We grate a bit into a bowl of soup that’s a little too spicy for the kids. Mozzarella cheese is for the lasagna or pizza nights! Sometimes we slice up the cheese with Rotz crackers and ham to make our own lunchables–that is a huge hit with all of the kids!

Go-Gurts – No, I don’t recommend them for a healthy eating lifestyle. But we’re being real here, and balance is important. I buy a box very rarely as a treat (bribe) for the kids. They are loaded with sugar so I avoid them as much as I can.

Milk – I didn’t buy milk this time but wanted to include my tips because I know it is a staple. We were the family who went through five gallons each week, and it was SO expensive. We have cut back our consumption a LOT after realizing how much extra calories it was adding to our diet. Now we usually have a gallon of 2% in the fridge for an occasional drink or for use in creamy sauces. I also buy unsweetened almond milk which we use in our smoothies, and hot cereals.


Pantry Items

Olives – We buy olives on the regular to jazz up our pizzas, salads, tacos, or nachos.

Whole tomatoes – We by a lot of canned tomatoes for various sauces (spaghetti, pizza, lasagna) and to put into or soups and stews. I learned recently that the best tomatoes are used in the whole canned tomatoes, while the lower quality are chopped up for the diced, stewed, or sauced tomatoes. I put it to the test, and the flavor is SO much better when using whole tomatoes! It adds an extra step of cleansing or mashing the tomatoes but it’s well worth it for the added flavor.

Refried Beans – I prefer to make my own, but occasionally I buy a can for a quick meal, usually just 7 layer bean dip.

Broth – I’m a pretty picky cook, and broth always taste better than bouillon. I spring for the good Swanson’s broth for the reduced sodium. We use it for soups, stews, sauces, and meats.

Coconut oil – yes, it really as good as they say. Coconut oil is a super heathy fat to add to your diet and is even used as a supplement. We use it for cooking, put it in shakes occasionally, and even use it to create healthy candies.

Mac n Cheese – Ick. But yes, it’s summer vacation and I buy a few boxes each payday for days when I REALLY don’t want to deal with feeding my kids lunch. 😜

Corn tortilla chips – These are pretty much a staple in our house. We use hem for nachos or 7 layer bean dip, or as a topping for tortilla soup.

Tortillas, corn and flour – Tortillas are another staple–we love our Mexican food! I can’t convince the family to go whole wheat with tortillas, they just aren’t very good yet. We use flour tortillas for tacos or quesadillas, & corn tortillas for fish tacos.

Yeast – I love making our own whole wheat, whole grain bread! I buy a lot of yeast!

Whole wheat noodles – I have successfully switched my family to whole wheat noodles! Spaghetti, lasagna, or whatever we come up with, we buy whole wheat. If you’re struggling to convince your family to make the switch, I recommend going 1/2 and -/2 for awhile before switching completely to wheat.

Salsa – This is a super good way to spice up any dish, though when I say spice, I really don’t mean it because my family is a bunch of gringos and we buy super mild. We use it on our breakfast burritos, tacos, nachos, etc.

Himalayan salt – You may have heard of this or seen the pretty pink salt in the stores. There’s a good reason for its popularity. Basically, all the BAD things you get from salt are the GOOD things you get from Himalayan salt. It has so many health benefits that it is used as a supplement and has been used in the native villages where it originates. I have replaced table salt with this and buy it bulk from my grocery store.

Dates – Dates are a fruit that get overlooked a LOT. I have recently discovered them during my sugar-free adventures, and use them to make a TON of treats that call for sugar. Blend it up into a paste and use it for pancakes, breads, desserts, jams, etc. I buy them bulk in my grocery store.


Produce

SO much produce! It’s too much to list here in this post, but just know that if the store sells it, we buy it. I will try to post more of my recipes and ideas for fresh produce and link to them here in the near future. In the meantime, if you have any questions about a particular produce and how to use it, store it, or convince your kids to eat it, please feel free to message me on Facebook or email me at kandice_mcdermott_fitness@gmail.com

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Tropical Asian Salad with Coconut Crusted Chicken

My seasonal food habits are demanding all things tropical lately. It’s easy to get bored with salads, but this delicious combination of tropical and Asian flavors mixes things up and let’s you have a little fun.

The chicken can take a little longer if you’re feeding a large family, so if you have an extra large skillet I would recommend it. You could also make it gluten free by using coconut flour. It is SO delicious though, and it would even make awesome chicken strips for lunch one day.

The vinaigrette is still a work in progress. This was tasty, but I’d like to find a way to have a creamy dressing without adding a ton of calories. We’ll see what I come up with.

In in the meantime, give this a try and let me know what you think! image.jpeg

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{sugar:shock} Sugar-Free Four Ingredient Strawberry Freezer Jam

Join me while I document my journey to a sugar free life in a world that worships sugar! I’ll share all the recipes that help me get over this addiction without feeling like I’m missing out


For the past three weeks, I have sworn off processed sugars completely. Considering the magnitude of the sweet tooth cravings I’ve had for several months, this was no mean feat!

For the most part, those cravings are dwindling and the benefits of this change far outweigh the foods I’m missing out on.

There are some things, however, that a girl just NEEDS in her life. Freezer jam, for instance.  It’s a staple in our home, and we were clean out. A few flats of strawberries demanded to be made into jam, and of course I had to comply! 😬

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Sugar-Free, Four Ingredient Freezer Jam

1 lb fresh strawberries, washed and hulled

1 cup whole pitted dates*

1 TB chia seeds

1 TB lemon juice

Soak dates in water for ten minutes while you prepare strawberries. Blend dates with a splash of water until they make a thick paste. Add strawberries, lemon juice, and chia seeds. Blend until well mixed. If you prefer a chunky jam, mash a few extra strawberries and mix into the jam by hand after blending.

Pour  jam into freezer safe containers. May freeze for up to one year or refrigerate for one week.

*A note about the dates: I buy dates from the bulk section of our grocery store  they are pitted, but some pits are missed so it’s important to sort through them before you soak. This is a great way to let the kids help!

This jam is SO good, it tastes just like the sugar-laden stuff we all grew up on. It doesn’t keep quite as long in the refrigerator (hello, no preservatives!) so use smaller containers.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy fresh jam?

Running with Kids – Family 5K {Running Fitness 5K Family Free Challenge}

So…apparently there’s this thing called running. It seems to be all the rage, and everyone’s talking about it.
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So I thought…hey…I’m gonna go with the “in” crowd. I’m gonna go running!

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Needless to say…that didn’t last too long.

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Then I managed to get myself wrapped up in this group of ladies called coaches. Fitness coaches. Me. Voted the most lazy, and I ended up running with the fit crowd.

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And when you run with the fit crowd…well…you kinda have to run.

Okay. That’s an exaggeration. I could overcome the peer pressure of all these hot, fit friends of mine doing the cool thing. I’m good. But then, I have these kids. They are getting kinda big. I’m not really sure how that happened. But all of a sudden they WANT to play sports. Say WHAT?

My daughter almost changed her mind on her chosen sport when she discovered that it involved running. Like..she was just gonna perch her pretty little self under the basket and shoot some hoops when her team was done with all that running mumbo-jumbo.

The fact that she still wants to play is proof that she’s serious…so I guess she gets to try! But first…we have to teach her how to run.

Okay…more exaggeration. But really. This girl puts molasses in January to shame. She moves at her own pace for sure. So we’re going to have to ease her into this. And me. We’re going to have to ease me into it.

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So I get this brilliant idea. Running! I’m going to start running with my kids this summer! Great idea, right?

Ask me in a couple weeks.

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But really…it’s a great idea! So…because I know myself, and I know I’ll quit…I need my support group. 😉 I’m opening up a FREE Facebook challenge group for us to talk about our progress. It will be AWESOME! And…I’ve even got some good runner friends coming to help us out. Cause you know…I don’t know the first thing about running. 😛

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Wanna join us? Go to www.tinyurl.com/kandiceschallenge and fill out my regular challenge group application, and just put in the comments that you wanna do the running with kids’ group. We start Monday…let’s do this!!!

Ultimate Reset Week 2 Review {Beachbody Ultimate Reset Cleanse Review}

Well, week two is DONE! I am freaking PROUD of all that I accomplished this week. I managed to survive a camping trip. I don’t know about you, but camping is synonymous with s’mores, licorice, candy, chips, cookies, and any number of other treats/snacks that are definitely NOT allowed. My mom and I planned all our meals around what we could eat and it worked out great! I even managed to avoid having even a single lick of my kids’ square ice cream cones!

Success? I think so.

I even survived the end-of-soccer pizza party last night, to which my boys convinced me to bring dessert pizza for the treat. OREO and COOKIE DOUGH dessert pizza from our favorite pizza buffet. That was a pretty big test!

But… I did it! Not a single bite.

And you know what? I wasn’t even all that interested!

So, here’s a quick-ish, rambling, probably a little annoying, video, reviewing my week and talking about my plans for after the Reset is done. In ONE WEEK! Check it out!

 

So, there you have it! Week 2 is done, now on to week 3 and completion of one of the HARDEST things I’ve ever done! What’s the hardest thing YOU have done lately?

Kandice

**If you want more info about the Reset or 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme programs, just fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Sweet Potato Nachos {Healthy Clean Eating Family Ideas Free Challenge}

So, after almost two weeks of eating very little other than TONS of fruits and veggies…I have to admit, I’ve gotten a little bored.

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But you know…there’s nothing better than boredom to fuel creativity! It has been super fun to branch out from the recipes in my Ultimate Reset guide book and find something else that will work. Today I decided to *finally* try a recipe that’s been floating around for awhile…with my own modifications of course. (Have I ever told you that I refuse to conform to recipes? I’m kinda a rebel that way.)

Wow.

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For real, this was so much better than I ever imagined. I didn’t even miss the normal, salty tortilla chips. I liked it so much that I’m most likely going to have it again tomorrow…after I go to the store for more sweet potatoes.

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So, since I’m coming up with some pretty freaking amazing new recipes, I think it’s high time I share them, don’t you?? 🙂 I’ve decided to host a FREE 5-day clean eating DETOX group on Facebook this week! We’re going to DETOX from all the CRAP we eat and fill up on all this delicious, whole food!
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Have you ever done a clean eating group? It’s awesome! I’ll provide you with a complete meal plan, shopping list, weekend survival tips, and tons more. We will help each other stay strong through the 5 days and celebrate our successes when it’s done!

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Wanna join us? Shoot me an email at kandie_mcd@yahoo.com OR fill out the form below and I’ll message you ASAP. The group starts Wednesday, so don’t wait!

 

Kandice

Quinoa Salad {Healthy Family Lunch Ideas}

***Disclaimer: If you are currently attempting any kind of a healthy diet, and if you like chocolate, you probably need to skip past the entire post as quickly as possible and just get to the recipe at the bottom. Trust me.***

If you learn nothing else about me, you should know that chocolate is at once my nemesis and my best friend.

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I can’t get enough time with my buddy chocolate. Doesn’t matter what mood chocolate is in. Chocolate cake? YES please! Chocolate candy bar? Well…twist my arm. Milk or dark? I’ll take both!

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I’ve even gone so far as to eat an entire bag of chocolate chips over the course of several days because I enjoy hanging out with chocolate so much.

But when we hang out, chocolate has this bad habit of stabbing me in the back. Every. Dang. Time. Idaho Spud candybar? BAM! Two pounds gained. Chocolate cake for the kid’s birthday? Well HELOOOO flabby belly.

And if that’s not bad enough…well…let’s just say that chocolate isn’t exactly getting along with my belly anymore…on the inside. ICK. I do NOT like the way chocolate treats my belly!

Normally, I have a decent amount of self-control, and I can limit my time with chocolate while making plenty of time for my veggies and other healthy friends. Lately though, my self-control is shot. I cannot stop myself from indulging in LOTS of chocolate in all forms…all in the same day. And the effects were getting worse. Belly aches, stress, constant exhaustion, tight clothing, acne breakouts, and a ridiculous loathing of all things healthy. Not only was I eating too much junk, but I could not stomach the healthy stuff. What the heck is going on around here???
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So, it was time to take the plunge. I finally decided to take the Ultimate Reset challenge. 21 days of very strict diet, supplements, and other new habits to help cleanse the toxins from my tired body. I’ve been curious for over a year about this system, but terrified to spend the money on it and completely bomb the whole thing. I knew I had to take a dramatic step away from my former  best friend (chocolate) this time if I was going to reverse the course my body was on. So…Ultimate Reset it is!
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The first few days were pretty good. I was actually really looking forward to the fresh food. New recipes and ideas made it more appealing, and the fact that I just felt so icky I was ready to feel good again. Then came the weekend. Yikes. Let’s just say…it was hard, and imperfect.

But…today is day 7 of the 21, and I’m still here! Vegetables are starting to get boring…I need more variety. So today I finally got around to trying a recipe for a quinoa salad from my Ultimate Reset book. Have you tried quinoa? What do you think?

This particular salad turned out to be freaking incredible. I could eat another plateful if I weren’t so darn full! And let me tell you…feeling full is a beautiful thing when all you’re eating is pretty much fruits and vegetables. 😛

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Wanna try it? I decided to share the recipe here, with some adjustments made to fit what I had in the house.

Quinoa Salad
1 serving

1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 TB EVOO
1 TB fresh lemon juice
amino acids (to taste)
1/2 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 Roma tomato, chopped
5-10 pitted Kalamata olives, sliced
1 TB fresh mint leaves, thinly diced
1 TB fresh oregano leaves, thinly diced

That’s it! Mix it all together and enjoy the best freaking salad you’ve had in a LONG time! Give it a try and let me know what you think! Now…wish me luck on the next 14 days!!!

Kandice

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Cooking with Kids: Zucchini Boats

As my kids are getting older, they are getting more and more insistent that I teach them how to cook. For most moms, this is super exciting and a ton of fun. Don’t get me wrong…I love being with my kids and I most definitely want to teach them ALL how to cook for themselves.

But…I was raised by my mother, who does not like to have other people in her kitchen. She’s a genius in the kitchen, she knows how it needs to be done to be perfect, and it drives her crazy if we don’t get it done right. I am exactly the same way! I go a little stir-crazy when the kids are in the kitchen with me, while Brett is pretty laid-back and easy-going about it.

But I’m working on it! We were trying out a new recipe recently from one of my favorite recipe books, and as I was thinking about it I realized it was the perfect recipe to get the kids involved and not feel like it was all out of control.

We made these awesome little “zucchini boats” based on the recipe for “Stuffed Zucchini” in the first Our Best Bites recipe book. Seriously…LOVE their recipes! If you’ve never heard of them, hit up their website…STAT! Of course, I very rarely follow a recipe to a “T,” preferring to tweak and twist recipes to make them my own. This particular recipe is SO versatile to any of your family’s preferences, so give it a try and get creative! You should also know that I very rarely measure when I’m cooking, so this isn’t so much a recipe (you can get that from the book) as a general guideline/explanation of the process.

Check out our little “trailer” video showing some of the steps to creating these fun little finger foods! These were our entire meal (we added some home-canned peaches and pears on the side) or slice them into large chunks and serve them as an appetizer!

For the filling, we used elk sausage because we have a freezer full of it, and because it’s pretty dang healthy stuff! You could use turkey sausage, pork sausage, or ground beef…whatever strikes your fancy! We went for an Italian flavored theme. Our filling included the sausage, chopped zucchini flesh, tomatoes, red onion, garlic, basil, and Parmesan cheese. You could also do a Mexican filling (ground beef or shredded chicken, tomatoes, green chilies, black beans, Cotija cheese, etc), Asian filling (shredded chicken, garlic, ginger, broccoli, almonds, etc), or whatever flavors you want!

Super simple steps:
1) Slice zukes in half lengthwise without cutting off blossom ends.
2) Scoop out seeds (great job for kids!)
3) Scoop more of the flesh out to make a bigger “boat” and save the extras to chop up into your filling.
4) Rub both sides with EVOO or coconut oil (great job for the kids!)
5) Grill cut sides down for about 5 minutes.
6) Carefully fill boats with your filling, then top with your cheese of choice and some bread crumbs (another great spot for the kids to help).
7) Grill another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

SO delicious!

 

 

 

Is This Real?

So…I started a new workout program on Saturday. It’s called the 21 Day Fix Extreme. Have you heard of it?
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Every time Beachbody releases a new program, I start it as soon as I can so I’m better able to recommend the right program for my challengers. So I started this the day after it arrived in the mail, with almost no clue what I was getting myself into.

I finished my first workout and thought, “Dang, that was awesome!” I was able to do the whole 30 minute workout (ONLY 30 minutes!) without quitting, which is a big deal for me. I struggle big time with cardio. And I really didn’t feel very fatigued.

So I thought…why not do more? I popped  in a Piyo disc and prepared to do a quick 20 PiYo_logo_COO_1024x1024minutes of Piyo to stretch my muscles out and prepare for an early Valentine’s Day dinner date with my man.

Yeah. About 3 minutes into the warm-up, my legs started to tremble and shiver. It was like a giant earthquake centered in my kneecaps. Clearly, Piyo was not happening.

 

Still, I felt pretty dang good. For completing the first workout in what was being proclaimed as a VERY advancedMAX30_Logo_low_res
workout, I felt pretty dang good about myself.

Now, keep in mind…I’ve just completed the ENTIRE 60 days of Insanity: Max 30. If you know anything at all about Insanity, you know this was a huge accomplishment. 21 days of Fix Extreme should be a piece of cake, right? Right?!

Then Sunday came. Help.
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As the day progressed, I realized I was in extreme peril. Stairs became like Mt Everest and the toilet…well, let’s just say I’m happy there were no witnesses.

Leg-Day

The schedule for this deceptively destructive new program called for yoga on Sunday, and I knew it would help me. I put it off, and put it off, and very nearly said “No way!” But I knew the next day was going to leave me paralyzed in pain if I didn’t stretch out those muscles.

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Luckily…yoga was 30 minutes of sweet relief. Did my legs stop hurting? No. They did just started hurting in download (1)different ways, taking my mind off the pain of the previous day’s workout. Yes, if you  had been me, you would have called it sweet relief too.

 
Monday came and I was feeling pretty determined. I even prepared to do my workout BEFORE taking the kids to school, which is unprecedented for me. I knew I had to bust it out quick before the day took over.

Open the schedule.

Plyo Fix.
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Crap.

Have you ever done a plyometrics workout? If you haven’t, you should. You really should become familiar with a form of cardiovascular exercise that is disguised as a fun, upbeat workout and in truth hides something sinister. Pain. More pain.

Still. I pushed play.

And I did the work.

Trembling legs and all.

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Then she said the naughty B word: burpees.

I was done. I couldn’t do it. I hate to say it, but my weak and feeble mind overpowered my body.

Which must actually mean that my body is far more weak than I had assumed.

Now…a very large part to a successful round of 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme lies in the nutrition. Both programs come with a very specific nutrition guide in which you use color-coded portion control containers to dictate how much of which foods you can eat in a day. Generally, I really love this plan. It takes all the guesswork out of planning a healthy meal, and totally eliminates the need to count calories.

But Sunday is family day. And since my family decided to make the trek to Grandma’s house…I was weak. And I ate. And ate some more. And maybe a teensy bit more. No bueno.

Then, after my utter defeat yesterday, I allowed myself to be wooed into enjoying the treats for Family Home Evening. Not as bad as Sunday, but still…I caved. Sugar. It is my arch nemesis, my saboteur; sugar is the foe, the attacker, the opposition to all things healthy and fit in my world.

So this morning, as I stepped on the scale (I know, I know…the scale doesn’t tell the whole story.), I was more than a little petrified. Would all my hard work be for naught? Pointless pain? Useless suffering?

Here goes nothing…

Huh.

Would you look at that.

Is that right? Try again. It IS right!

Guess what? Down three pounds. In three days. After being attacked not once, not twice, but THREE times by the merciless mercenary disguised as sugar. And still down three pounds.

Whoa! This program is LEGIT! And I don’t use that word lightly, because I feel like an imposter. But for real…this program is doing EXACTLY what it was advertised to do. Burning fat, building muscle, only 30 minutes (or less, in my case) each day with simple nutrition. Wow.

I’m back in the game. Completely committed to finishing the next 18 days, and now I cannot WAIT to see my results!

Join me? YOU can do this. You  can choose from the new Extreme, if you’re more advanced in the world of fitness. Or you can start with the original 21DF…which ANYONE can do.

Join me for a 21 day health & fitness workshop, in which we’ll focus on your nutrition, add in focused workouts, and share delicious recipes that will convince your body you are NOT eating healthy, when in fact, you are!
RenewIGFill out the contact form below, or email me at kandie_mcd@yahoo.com for registration information. Can’t wait to hear those fat cells scream!

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Skinny Chicken Salad {Healthy Family Recipes}

So, a couple weeks ago I had to come up with a way to cure my craving for a big chicken salad sandwich without killing my new healthy eating habits. Have you ever looked at what’s in a good chicken salad? Wowza, talk about heavy calories! So I created my own recipe using lighter ingredients. It’s not exactly perfect, and I may continue to tweak it, but it was good enough for me to scarf it down for several days in a row!

 

Chicken SaladMy family wasn’t quite as excited about the recipe as I was, but they don’t like any chicken salad, so I wasn’t too surprised by that. I think I’ll continue to make it and expect them to eat it, but I may mix it up for them with fun lettuce and cheese cutouts to put on their sandwiches, or give them crackers to scoop it up instead of putting it on bread.

One thing I did differently than most salads I’ve had was to add several different fruits, rather than just one. You could easily mix it up to match your tastes or be more seasonal. I think it would be yummy with nectarines instead of apples! Or apples and pecans for a delicious fall flavor.

Do you like chicken salad? Do you eat it with a fork? On a sandwich or in a wrap? Where do you get your FAVORITE chicken salad, and how much  does it run you in calories? Super curious if anyone else is a chicken salad junkie like me. 🙂

Let me know if you give the recipe a try!

Kandice