Barbecue Spaghetti Squash Sliders

Not only does spaghetti squash pack a punch of nutrients, like vitamin B, potassium, and fiber, but it really does look and taste like its namesake noodle, so it can take the place of pasta or other noodles in many dishes. But, this amazing veggie can do more than stand in for carby pasta; in this recipe for Barbecue Spaghetti Squash Sliders, this multipurpose veggie takes the place of shredded pork! Spaghetti squash is good at absorbing the flavors you add to it, so mimicking succulent barbecue pork meat starts with adding your favorite smoky barbecue sauce and spices like cumin and paprika (try a dash of cayenne pepper for extra kick). The combination of flavors and textures creates a conv

Healthier Chicken Cordon Bleu

Nowadays, chicken cordon bleu typically refers to chicken wrapped around ham and cheese. The chicken has a crispy breadcrumb coating and is served hot, when the cheese is warm and gooey inside. It looks and tastes impressive, but you don’t have to be master chef to make it. Chicken cordon bleu had intimidated me for the longest time, and I’d be lying if I pretended it didn’t have anything to do with its fancy name! This simplified version is easy to make, and proves that it’s possible to make a healthier version of a classically rich recipe without compromising on taste. That’s right, you can feel good about digging into this breaded, stuffed chicken! Unlike traditional chicken cordon bleu r

Skinny Beef Stroganoff

Classic beef stroganoff is a Russian dish made from sautéed beef and a sauce made from sour cream. The traditional American version also has onions and mushrooms sautéed in butter, and is served over a bed of egg noodles. It’s a hearty meal that’s especially comforting during colder months. But it’s rich, and loaded with calories. This Skinny Beef Stroganoff has the same savory flavor, but significantly reduces the fat and calories. To make this Skinny Beef Stroganoff a dinner you’ll want to make again and again, we started with extra lean sirloin beef, and add plenty of it. With so much hearty beef, we were able to reduce the amount of noodles and upgrade them to whole wheat egg noodles, wh

Zucchini, Ham, and Cheese Quinoa Cups

This grab-and-go, savory breakfast has just the right amount of ham and sharp cheddar cheese to be packed with flavor but stay low in calories. They are fantastic for meal prep and they reheat well in a microwave or toaster oven. Tip: For meatier chunks of ham, ask your grocer to cut a single thick slice of deli ham, which we cut into cubes. Any good quality sliced ham or Canadian bacon will work. Total Time: 39 min. Prep Time: 24 min. Cooking Time: 15 min. Yield: 8 servings, 2 each 21 Day Fix portions: 1/2 Y, 1/2R, 1/2 B Ingredients: Nonstick cooking spray 2 cups cooked quinoa 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 large egg whites (¼ cup) 1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium) 1 cup shredded sha

Mozzarella and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

No need for McDonald's drive through here....Make a healthier breakfast sandwich with a whole wheat English muffin and eggs scrambled with roasted red peppers and fresh basil. Total Time: 10 min. Prep Time: 5 min. Cooking Time: 5 min. Yield: 1 serving 21 Day Fix Containers ½ Red 2 Yellow ½ Blue Ingredients: 1 large egg 2 large egg whites 1 Tbsp. low-fat milk Nonstick cooking spray 2 Tbsp. chopped roasted red bell pepper 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil Ground black pepper (to taste; optional) 1 slice part-skim mozzarella cheese (½ oz) 1 whole wheat English muffin, split, toasted Preparation: 1. Combine egg, egg whites, and milk in a medium bowl; whisk to blend. 2. Heat small nonstick skillet, lig

Why I quit drinking Diet Coke

I grew up drinking Diet Coke like water. In my teens and my twenties, I would drink at least 1 can of soda a day. Chances are that you or someone you know has consumed an aspartame-containing diet soda within the past 24 hours. In 2010, one-fifth of all Americans drank a diet soda on any given day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it wasn't until I started on my own health and fitness journey that I took the time to research just how bad it was for me. I was the girl that counted calories to try to lose weight. I thought that because Diet Coke had 0 calories, then it wasn't bad for me....right? Wrong. Not all calories are created equal. You have to look at the

Spring Slim Down Challenge

February is winding down. Your "second chance at January" is over. So let's be honest....how is that New Year's Resolution going? While I've been rocking my workouts...my nutrition has been so-so. Not horrible, but definitely not as good as it could be. And I have fallen into this habit of only wearing my leggings. I mean...they are just really easy to slide on. They always fit and can be maneuvered to work as an outfit. However, THIS happened last week.... It was finally an occasion to put on a pair of JEANS! I work from home, so I don't have to do the whole "get dressed up for work" thing every day. As I went through pile of denim jeans, only about half of them fit. Some of them wouldn't g

No Booze February: Week 3

It's been 21 days since I've had any alcohol. WOW, time has been flying. I'm not going to lie, once I passed the 2 week mark things became a whole lot easier. Check out my Week 2 and Week 1 recaps. I've already talked about my increased activity levels on the weekends. I've been way more productive than I have been in most weekends in 2017. This weekend I attended the Cupid's Undie Run in Dallas, and it was a lot more fun than I expected! You may have heard of this "fun run" from social media. You dress up in your undies (or Valentine's Day themed athletic gear) and "run" a 1 mile race for charity. There is a party before and after the run.....so let's just say they aren't really tracking yo

Crunchy Veggie Wraps

A fun, fresh lunch recipe that calls for less carbs that the typical "Wrap." The recipe for these Crunchy Veggie Wraps features a flavorful combination of lemon-y quinoa, crunchy veggies and creamy avocado. Hummus and hemp seeds provide an extra boost of protein to keep you satisfied. This recipe calls for prepared hummus to keep things simple, but if you always make your own, by all means feel free to substitute store bought for homemade. Total Time: 25 min. Prep Time: 25 min. Cooking Time: None Yield: 4 servings, 1 wrap each 21 Day Fix portions: 1/2Y, 2 1/2G, 1/2B Ingredients: 4 medium collard green leaves, washed, patted dry, bottom stem removed ½ cup cooked quinoa 1 Tbsp. finely ch

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

This skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip is the result of that junk food binge (you might say I took one for the team). Shredded chicken breasts replace the fattier dark meat, and a combination of Neufchatel (look for it next to the cream cheese in the grocery store) and Greek yogurt give it the creaminess of a dip. We added part-skim Mozzarella to make this cheesy like my friend’s dip, but you could substitute part or all of that for more Greek yogurt to make yours even leaner. Tangy hot sauce and a little bit of crumbled blue cheese create the familiar flavor of Buffalo chicken. Combine everything and bake until bubbling; serve hot with raw veggies like celery sticks, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes,

Egg White Breakfast Burrito

Skip the fast food breakfast and make this healthy egg white burrito at home! So what's the difference between regular eggs and egg whites? Skipping the egg yolk lowers your cholesterol. Eggs are a good source of protein, and they also contain a number of essential vitamins and minerals and relatively few calories, making them a nutrient-dense food. Total Time: 17 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: 7 min. Yield: 1 serving 21 Day Fix Containers ½ Green 1½ Yellow ½ Red 3 Tbsp. Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. finely chopped red bell pepper 1 Tbsp. finely chopped yellow bell pepper 1 Tbsp. finely chopped green bell pepper 1 Tbsp. finely chopped red onion 3 large egg whites

Healthy Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan also usually falls on the “unhealthy” list. It’s typically breaded and deep-fried until golden brown, and then swimming in sauce and smothered with cheese. It’s delicious, but a far cry from healthy. Thankfully, with this recipe you can make your own healthy chicken parmesan at home — without the fryer. To replicate the crispy fried coating, we dipped lean chicken breasts in spiced breadcrumbs and baked them. A bit of parmesan cheese mixed in ensures the breadcrumbs stick. When the chicken is cooked, and the breading is crisp and golden brown, it is topped with a healthy portion of marinara sauce and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese that melts to perfection after a few more

9 Foods that are sabotaging your diet

Treat meals are A-OKAY in my book....as long as you earn them! But with all of the nutritional marketing out there nowadays, it's very easy to be deceived. Here are nine foods that have successfully disguised themselves as “diet-friendly” foods. Don’t let them fool you! {originally from the Beachbody Blog} Granola Shocked? Granola is often touted as an outdoorsy health snack. Yet, it’s super high in calories and many variations are loaded with sugar and saturated fat. Solution: Go raw. Muesli is basically just raw granola and it tends to have less sugars and oils—but just in case, always read the label. If you are trying to lose weight, make sure to measure to keep your portion size reasona

No Booze February: Week 2

It's been 2 weeks since I've had any alcohol. Check out my Week 1 recap for back story on why I decided to give up alcohol for the month of February. There have been less temptations to drink in Week 2 than there were in Week 1. For the most part, I don't drink often during the week unless it's for a set happy hour event or on a date. I haven't made any real weekend plans for the rest of the month (minus the Dallas Cupid Undie Run this coming weekend) because I didn't want to tempt myself with a crazy bar night out. On Friday evening I had a Bumble date. Dating has been the one aspect of my life that I was nervous about doing sans booze. Mainly, because I get SUPER nervous on dates, especial

Homemade Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Ditch the grocery store frozen yogurt and make your own. Total Time: 6 hrs. 10 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: None Yield: 4 servings, about ½ cup each 21 Day Fix portions: 1/2Y, 1/2R Ingredients: 2 cups reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt 2 Tbsp. raw honey ½ vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed (or ½ tsp. pure vanilla) 2 Tbsp. reduced-fat (2%) milk Preparation: 1. Combine yogurt, honey, and vanilla bean seeds in a medium bowl; mix well. 2. Place mixture in a re-sealable gallon-sized plastic bag. Lay bag flat. Spread mixture into an even layer. Press to eliminate air pockets; seal tightly. 3. Lay flat in freezer. Freeze for 3 to 4 hours, or until almost firm.

Mocha Caramel Latte Shakeology

Have you ever woken up and been overcome by a desperate craving for a Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino, walked straight to your car (still wearing pajamas), and made a beeline to the nearest Starbucks drive-thru? I’m asking for a friend. I have good news. This Mocha Caramel Latte Shakeology recipe has all of the sweet caramel and chocolate flavor of a frosty dessert beverage. But, instead of being loaded with sugar syrup and cream, it’s a healthy snack that won’t bust your diet (or make you leave the house in your jammies). It’s made with café latte-flavored Shakeology, unsweetened chocolate almond milk, and pure caramel extract. For salted caramel flavor, add a sprinkling of sea salt or Him

Double Chocolate Protein Balls

What’s in these decadent, gold-dusted Double Chocolate Protein Balls? Chocolate, more chocolate, and a dose of good luck. Oh, and some other really good stuff like almond butter (to make them even more delicious – of course), and honey and dates (to add natural sweetness).Plus, these Double Chocolate Protein Balls have another ingredient that makes them stand out from the crowd. Total Time: 1 hr. 20 min. Prep Time: 20 min. Cooking Time: None Yield: 12 servings, 1 ball each 21 Day Fix portions: 1Y Ingredients: 4 medjool dates, pitted, coarsely chopped 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained, rinsed ¼ cup all-natural almond butter 2 Tbsp. raw honey 2 scoops Chocolate Shakeology 1 Tbsp. uns

Healthy Red Velvet Cupcakes

YAS - Healthy. Cupcakes. Take a moment to let that sink in. My girl Autumn Calabrese (21 Day Fix creator) and her brother chef Bobby Calabrese show you how to make perfectly decadent, 21 Day Fix-approved red velvet cupcakes on FIXATE, the exclusive Beachbody On Demand cooking show! Email me for your 30 day free trial link. With only 180 calories per cupcake (including the frosting!), these have less than half the calories of typical red velvet cupcakes. They’re made with all-natural ingredients, and some clever substitutions that make them more nutritious than most desserts. FOR RED VELVET CUPCAKES: 1 (15-oz.) can beets, drained 1⁄3 cup extra-virgin organic coconut oil 1½ tsp. pure vanilla e

Shakeology Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These aren’t just any old chocolate-dipped strawberries. These homemade treats are made with love–and Shakeology! Instead of chocolate, these berries are dipped in a rich, chocolaty mixture of Shakeology and coconut oil that hardens in the fridge just like chocolate. Bae will be very impressed (or like in my case, just enjoy them yourself!) 1. While, a basket of strawberries from the grocery store will work in this recipe, if you really want to make these chocolate-dipped strawberries special, seek out super sweet, juicy berries from your local farmers market. 2. Help the chocolate adhere by starting with dry strawberries. After washing the berries, pat them dry and set them on a clean dish

February Love Your Body Challenge

Why are we our own worst critics?! It took me a long time to learn how to love myself, and love my body shape. I grew up idolizing pop stars in magazines and wanting to be a size 0. As I started to share last night, it wasn't until I stared to work on my mindset and personal development that I was able to have a true transformation of my mindset. It may not look "perfect" every day -- but I work to HONOR and LOVE to the best of my ability. I am PASSIONATE about helping women discover what their best body looks and feels like, with minimal time and effort. I want to help each woman approach this journey with grace and compassion towards their bodies. Not learn to love their bodies when they

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