Thursday, January 13, 2011

Delicious CLEAN recipe

Wow, I am surprised how good these are!! Ground turkey is a healthier choice than beef. I just got some at Costco a couple days ago and I can't wait to try new recipes. These meatloaf muffins are only 80 calories each and so tasty! HERE is a video on how to make them. Super easy.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

2 lbs ground turkey (or chicken)
3 egg whites
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dry yellow mustard
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp chipotle pepper spice
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp garlic powder (2 cloves minced)
1 small onion (finely chopped)
2 celery stalks (finely chopped)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray muffin pan with canola or olive oil.
Mix all your ingredients together in one large bowl.
Roll the mixture into balls and place in muffin pan. Muffins should be about the size of a racquetball.

Bake for 40 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins. Serving Size: 2 muffins
This is how mine looked...

If you're real fancy you could put spinach and mashed potatoes on top. But if you're eating clean, sweet potatoes are a better option than regular potatoes.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy Happy Joy Joy

Did anyone else watch Ren and Stimpy when they were little? No? Ok, then you don't get the title of this post. Anyway, here's what's new...

For the past 10 days or so, I've been really diligent about eating clean and working out almost everyday and I feel grrreat!

At the gym I either speed-walk at an incline or jog for 30 minutes, and then I do about 45 minutes of weights and toning exercises. I am seeing changes already and it's the best feeling.

Eating clean is not easy. Actually it's pretty difficult. "Clean" foods are so different from the things most of us are used to eating, (ie. processed foods, lots of sugar and fat, large portions, etc.). Eating clean means eating natural, unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, nuts, you know... the healthy stuff that God made for us.

I'm not trying to force everyone to eat clean, but I just want you to know that it's the only way to find real happiness in life. Ha ha ha. But really, it's a great way to eat and it makes me happy. I know I've talked about it many times before, but here are the clean eating basics, if you're interested:


Eat small meals, five to six times a day. This will help satisfy hunger, plus leave room for another small meal in two to three hours. Your metabolism will be on high all day! As a tip, try to keep each meal between 300 and 400 calories and read nutrition labels to give you a hand.

Combine right. Eat lean protein (e.g., fish, chicken, turkey, egg whites, etc.) and complex carbohydrates (e.g., whole grains, fruits, vegetables) together at every meal. This super-charged combination keeps metabolism balanced and insulin levels in check.

Portion control. The golden rule: Getting clean food is just part of the full clean eating picture – you have to apply the basic principles of serving sizes, too. A protein serving should be the size of your palm; complex carbs from whole grains and starches is the amount you can hold in a cupped hand; and complex carbohydrates from fruits and veggies is the amount you can hold in two hands cupped together.

Drink lots of water. It keeps everything running smoothly and you just feel good when you're well hydrated.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

If you like Success Stories...

This one is really inspiring!

Allison Earnst

“If you had told me a year ago that I would be on Miami Beach in a bikini with a photographer, I would have thought you were out of your mind!"
Height: 5'7 Heaviest Weight: 186 lb Current Weight: 133 lb
My Journey:

For some, it’s alcohol and cigarettes. For me, it was fast food and TV. I remember making more trips to fast food restaurants than to the gym and I was literally on a first name basis with the girl that worked the lunch shift at the burger place on the corner.
I remember slowly going up a pants size … then another ... and another. I snacked on leftovers, breezed thru drive-thrus and did not set aside any time to exercise. I put myself last on the list of “things to do” but never seemed to get that far down the list.
That was until one day it “clicked.” I was sick of being tired and overweight and unhealthy. I had just given birth to my third child six months earlier when it hit me like a ton of bricks. I not only needed and wanted to be healthy for my three young children but also for myself. I wanted to be an example of a strong and healthy mom and, most of all, I realized that I was worth spending the time it took to plan meals to eat healthy and get my daily workouts. I was ready.
At this point I was approaching 200 pounds. I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and I was feeling uncomfortable in my own skin. I started slowly. I cut down my fast-food consumption from several times a week to once a week. I made slow changes to my diet and educated myself on the importance of clean eating. I subscribed to Oxygen Magazine and got lots of new workout and recipe ideas. It opened up a whole new world for me. It did take more time to plan and prepare healthy things but I knew that the payoff would be priceless. So I started working out consistently and eating clean and the pounds started coming off.
I realized that it’s like building a house. You can’t build your dream home without the knowledge and the tools to do so. I was not going to be able to build my dream body alone. I used all of the resources around me to learn how to work out and how to eat right. There were so many ideas of ways to mix up recipes and workouts that before long, I had a huge knowledge base and was prepared and confident. The more fit I got, the more fit I wanted to be. It was such an amazing thing to see what could happen when I believed in myself and fully committed to something. After dropping the first 20 pounds or so, I got a trainer that would help me keep on track and focused. Over the course of five months or so, I was down over 40 pounds. I decided to take the ultimate challenge and I started training for a marathon. I trained with a group for about four months and completed my first marathon. I was so proud. The marathon represented, to me, my weight-loss journey. It was tough and there were times I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish and wanted to give up. But, most of all, it was a concrete example of how I had wanted something, believed in myself, prepared myself and did it!
I am still working hard and have so many upcoming goals and dreams and I know I will accomplish them. This journey has taught me that you really can do whatever you put your mind to. You just believe in yourself and visualize what you want and you will make it happen. The possibilities truly are endless. I just had my first fitness photo shoot and that was so exciting. If you had told me a year ago that I would be on Miami Beach in a bikini with a photographer, I would have thought you were out of your mind. But I did it. And I will do it again and again hopefully. And I got some great shots. I still look at the pictures and think, “Wow! That’s me!”
You just have to want it. It’s something that no one else can do for you and there is no magic pill. You have to eat clean and you have to move your body. You have to explore and learn discipline from beginning to end. Through this experience, I learned to push myself beyond what was expected and what was comfortable and to really challenge myself. I am important and I am worth putting myself first and living my life so that I can be the absolute best that I can be.