Summer Slim Down Challenge

It's easy to cover up a few extra pounds with a chunky sweater. But when the temperatures—and the shirt sleeves—rise, there's just nowhere for the winter weight to hide. Whether it's for an upcoming vacation or those sunny summer weekends, I'd love for you to join the Summer Slim Down Challenge. For 30 days we will be focusing on healthy, sustainable changes to melt away the winter pounds just in time for summer. This group is for any woman that needs a set plan to follow leading up to the beginning of the Summer. What to eat, what workouts to do, and a support system to make sure you follow through with it! As warmer weather approaches, you'll feel comfortable in tank tops, shorts, sun dre

Grilled Pork Chops with Peach and Jalapeño Salsa

Pork chops taste delicious with all sorts of fruits. This flavorful peach and jalapeño salsa makes a superb summertime topping! It’s quick and easy to make, and is ready in minutes. All you have to do is grill the meat! Choose peaches that are just beginning to ripen so they retain their shape when chopped. If they’re too soft, your salsa might look more like puree, but it will still taste great! Try the salsa on chicken tacos, with grilled fish, or as a dip. Total Time: 30 min. Prep Time: 20 min. Cooking Time: 10 min. Yield: 4 servings, 1 pork chop each 21 Day Fix portions: 1R 1/2 P Ingredients: 2 medium ripe peaches, peeled, chopped ¼ medium red onion, chopped 1 medium jalapeño peppe

Blackberry Mint Julep Shakeology

Embrace the spirit with this Blackberry Mint Julep Smoothie, a healthy Shakeology version of the classic Southern cocktail. The Mint Julep-inspired smoothie blends Vanilla Shakeology with blackberries, fresh mint leaves, and bourbon extract to taste almost just like the original. Don’t have Shakeology? Get it here! Total Time: 10 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: None Yield: 1 smoothie 21 Day Fix Containers 1 Red ½ Purple Ingredients: 1 cup water 1 cup ice 1 scoop Vanilla (or Vegan Vanilla) Shakeology ½ cup fresh (or frozen) blackberries ¼ cup fresh mint leaves 1 tsp. pure bourbon extract Preparation: 1. Place water, ice, Shakeology, blackberries, mint, and extract in blender

Vegan Buddha Bowl with Spring Vegetables

This Vegan Buddha Bowl with Spring Vegetables is perfect for the veggie-lover who want a little bit of everything. It features whole grains, nutrient-rich powerhouses like hemp seeds and sprouts, and a mix of raw and roasted veggies add color and texture. Don’t let the long ingredient list deter you. This recipe can be batch prepped for the week ahead and portioned out into your meal prep containers for easy lunches or dinners throughout the week. These bowls come together a lot faster than you might expect. As the oven heats, prep the tahini sauce. Then, pop your veggies into the oven until they’re roasted and tender. Want to streamline the process even more? Try pre-cooking the rice or qui

How to Slim Down by Memorial Day

Ah, Memorial Day Weekend -- aka, the official start of SUMMER. Growing up on the East Coast, that means the first weekend traveling to the Jersey Shore. It may be too chilly for a bathing suit, but the tank tops and shorts are in the closet. If you've given up on your initial 2017 Resolution --- or never made one, don't fear. Here are my 5 tips on how to slim down by Memorial Day Weekend. 1. Make a schedule and plug into an accountability group. Set a start date, and make a specific goal that you want to achieve by the time you leave for vacation. Then break that goal into weekly goals, leading up to your Memorial Day Weekend. Decide how many times you want to exercise a week, what days you

Turkey Tostadas

Put a Mexican twist on holiday leftovers with these crispy turkey tostadas. Leftover turkey breast totally transforms in this dish when it is mixed with tomatillo salsa, becoming a tasty lunch or dinner that’s high in protein. Top with shredded lettuce, onion and Monterey jack cheese, and dig in! This recipe can also be used to make nachos. Just slice the tortillas into wedges before baking. Top crisped chips with turkey mixture, onions, and cheese and then bake until cheese melts. Top with lettuce and serve! Total Time: 13 min. Prep Time: 5 min. Cooking Time: 8 min. Yield: 4 servings 21 Day Fix portions: ½ Green ½ Red 1½ Yellow 1 Blue Ingredients: 4 (8-inch) whole wheat tortillas No

Avocado Egg Salad Toast

Egg salad is one of those tricky foods that seems healthy. It’s made from eggs and it’s got the word salad right there in the name, but mayonnaise is the glue that holds it together and turns it into the creamy spread you know and love. But you know what makes a great substitution for mayo? Mashed avocado. It provides the same creamy texture, with a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat (that’s the good kind) and gives you another twist on avocado toast. Add lemon juice to bring a touch of bright acidity to the dish and to help prevent the avocado from turning brown. To add a finishing touch to this dish, top the Egg Salad Avocado Toast with a small handful of watercress, the delicate leaves a

Breaded Chicken Tenders with Lemon and Broccolini

Chicken fingers - my favorite food during my youth! Here is a healthier version that aligns with your goals. These succulent baked chicken tenders are breaded with panko, a Japanese-style breadcrumb, which helps the exterior get crisp in the oven as though it were fried and keeps the chicken moist and tender. The crunchy crust gets extra flavor from Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and spices you probably already have in your pantry. Don’t be intimidated by the long(ish) list of ingredients. Most are used to add flavor to the breadcrumbs; if you don’t have one of them, you can skip it or swap for something else you do have, like oregano, paprika, or cayenne. These breaded chicken tenders are an

SHIFT SHOP: Rebuild your body in 21 days

Ready to rebuild your body? Reinvent your life? With the SHIFT SHOP, in only 3 weeks, you can lose up to 10 pounds — and go from where you are now to where you want to be. The SHIFT SHOP is the first Beachbody program from the newest Super Trainer, Chris Downing. He’s an elite functional fitness trainer who specializes in helping anyone — regardless of weight, size, or age — get into amazing shape fast. The SHIFT SHOP is a ramp-up fitness program. Chris makes it easy for you to start. Then he gradually increases the intensity of the cardio and strength-training workouts week by week — all while refining your nutrition. Plus, he makes it a lot of fun. Week 1 Chris uses shorter, 25-minute work

New Vegan Shakeology Flavors

Vanilla Vegan and Café Latte Vegan Shakeology® are here! Now you can enjoy a vegan shake, no matter what your favorite flavor is. There also two new superfoods in the formula: matcha and chaga. You've probably seen my Shakeology selfies on social media (along with the dessert recipes). No - this isn't just another protein powder that you can find at GNC or Walmart. Shakeology is a dense, superfood shake that container 70+ vitamins from all over the world. And over the past 4 years it's helped me overcome junk food cravings, grow stronger hair and nails and lose (and keep off) 25lbs. Shakeology isn't a liquid diet or a cleanse. It's a chemical-free, delicious multivitamin that I drink once a

Café Latte Coconut Popsicles

These Café Latte-flavored coconut popsicles are drizzled in a decadent chocolate topping that hardens in the freezer, but melts in your mouth. A sprinkling of shaved coconut and orange zest adds wow-factor and makes them taste like a gourmet ice cream treat. Not bad for a vegan Shakeology snack that has 9 grams of protein per serving! Don’t have Shakeology yet? Get all of the Shakeology flavors here! Prep time 10 mins Cook time 2 mins Total time 12 mins Author: Beachbody Recipe type: Shakeology Serves: 4 servings, 1 pop each 21 Day Fix portions: ½ Red 1 Yellow 1 Orange ½ tsp. Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 2 scoops Café Latte Vegan Shakeology ½ large banana Popsicle sticks Parchme

Hazelnut Latte Protein Balls

Savor one of these vegan Hazelnut Latte Protein Balls the next time you have a snack attack. Hazelnuts and creamy coffee flavor make them taste like a rich coffee house dessert that will calm your sweet tooth in a hurry. Healthy fat from hazelnuts and nut butter, fiber from rolled oats, and protein from Shakeology will satisfy your hunger without weighing you down. Experiment with any all-natural nut butter, like almond, cashew, or walnut butter in this recipe (of course, peanut butter tastes delicious too!). Store leftover protein balls in an air-tight container in the refrigerator or freezer. Don’t have Shakeology yet? Get all of the Shakeology flavors here! Prep time: 15 mins Total time:

Frozen Banana Pops

Go ahead, reach into the freezer for a frosty treat! These frozen bananas covered in chocolate and peanut butter with crunchy pistachios taste just like eating dessert. Vanilla Vegan Shakeology and sweet coconut oil make the toppings crackle like they do on chocolate-dipped ice cream bars, but these banana pops contain a whole serving of fruit, have only 140 calories each, and they’re dairy-free! Don’t have Shakeology yet? Get all of the Shakeology flavors here! Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 2 mins Total time: 17 mins Serves: 12 servings, ½ banana each 21 Day Fix portions: 1 Purple ½ Yellow 1 tsp. Ingredients Parchment paper Popsicle sticks 6 large bananas, cut in half lengthwise ½ scoop V

Zucchini Noodle Breakfast Bowl

This dish is great when you are craving a savory, knife and fork breakfast. Something that feels like a special occasion, even if that special occasion is Tuesday morning before rush hour. If you don’t already have cooked sweet potatoes, save this breakfast bowl for a lazy Sunday morning, or make it for dinner! Everyone loves breakfast for dinner. Even if that breakfast involves zucchini. To quickly turn zucchini into long strands of zoodles, I use a spiralizer. If you don’t have one, the simple instructions in the breakfast bowl recipe below explain how to make zoodles with a vegetable peeler. Once you’ve got your zucchini noodles, you can steam them in a steamer basket or gently sautée the

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Sticking to a healthy diet does not have to mean living a life without mac and cheese! This recipe has less than 300 calories per serving and 15 grams of protein! The recipe makes 10 servings, so it can feed a hungry family or make several servings for healthy meal prep. This recipe boasts two types of cheese – yes, real cheese! – sharp cheddar and Gruyere. The secret is using extra-flavorful cheeses, so a little bit goes a long way. They blend with a silky butternut squash puree to create an intensely flavorful sauce. We added peppers, onions, and a sprinkling of parsley to make the dish even more tasty and nutritious. Total Time: 1 hr. 16 min. Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: 61 min. Yi

Shrimp Squash Noodles

This recipe hits all the marks for a satisfying “pasta” dish: It’s full of vegetable goodness like summer squash and carrots, mixed with shrimp and the fresh, bright flavors of tomatoes, red onion, lime, and cilantro. (Is your mouth watering yet?) The best part? No more feeling like you just ate a gut bomb. It’s light and refreshing, but filling at the same time. One serving has 23 grams of protein, 11 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of fiber. To make vegetable noodles out of the carrots and squash for this recipe, you’ll need a vegetable peeler. But if you’re feeling fancy and want to save some time, you can use a spiralizer instead. This handy, inexpensive kitchen tool will magically turn any

Eggplant Parmesan

This Eggplant Parmesan recipe does away with deep frying, which is a whole lot healthier than most recipes. The eggplant has a satisfying, meaty texture, and its umami flavor is front and center. Not only does ditching the fry oil save hundreds of calories, but it also makes this a quick and easy dinner to make — and clean up — on a weeknight. The homemade sauce, a simple sauté of onions, garlic, basil, and tomatoes, is thick; it’s more of a topping than a sauce. At first, I thought the recipe called for way too much onion, but once the dish was baked, I found that they added excellent flavor. I cooked them a little bit longer than suggested to make them really soft and slightly caramelized.

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