Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This diet gets better and better. Once my kids heard I was making Pumpkin Muffins the chocolate chip requests began. These were suppose to be just plain old pumpkin muffins, but my arm was twisted. I’ll admit that it wasn’t hard to do. Did you know that wine and dark chocolate are A-OK on the 21 Day Fix diet? Well, they are! Of course in moderation. And ONLY dark chocolate. No milk chocolate for us Fixers.

These muffins were a huge hit! Both kids scoffed them down like they have never eaten, and I loved them as well! My house smelled amazing while they were Pumpkin chocolate chip muffincooking. It feels a little more like autumn now that we have some pumpkin around here.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (12 Servings)

Container Count

  • 1/4 Protein
  • 1 Carb
  • 1/4 Fruit
  • 1 tsp

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Cooking Spray or Muffin Wrappers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt).
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a medium mixing bowl (pumpkin, apple sauce, honey, vanilla, eggs).
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined well.
  5. Fold in dark chocolate chips.
  6. Either fill a dozen muffin tin with wrappers or spray with cooking spray (EVOO or Coconut Oil).
  7. Bake for 20 min, or until a toothpick pricked in the center is removed cleanly.
  8. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Broccoli and Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Who else LOVES pizza? Let me tell you, my kids and I could eat pizza every day. Does anybody else love cold pizza for breakfast the next morning? It’s like I’m a college kid still! I can only think of one single issue with pizza….you know, it doesn’t go well with the word DIET. Alas, there is hope!

We made some flatbread pizzas for dinner tonight and my kids absolutely loved them! If you’re a parent you know how hard it can be to make everybody happy at meal time. You also know how difficult it is to continuously make multiple meals. I think that’s part of my reason for failing previously on diets. So, these pizzas are heaven sent. They’re kid approved and 21 Day Fix compatible!

My kids wanted the stereotypical cheese and pepperoni, while I opted for chicken and broccoli to keep it on the healthier side. Get a load of this recipe:

Chicken and Broccoli Flatbread Pizza (3 Servings)

Container Count

  • 1/2 Vegetable
  • 1 Protein
  • 1 Carb
  • 1 Fat/Cheese
  • 1 tsp

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cup Cooked or Fresh BroccoliIngredients
  • 2 1/4 Cups Cooked Chicken Breast
  • 6 Mini Whole Wheat Flatbreads
  • 1 Cup Pizza Blend Cheese
  • 2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1 Clove Crushed Garlic
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 6 TBS Pizza Sauce
  • Cooking Spray (Coconut Oil/EVOO)

Instructions

  • Let’s start by making the crust a bit crunchy. While Gathering your ingredients preheat your oven to 350F.
  • In a small bowl combine the EVOO, Crushed Garlic, and Italian Seasoning. Mix well.
  • Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray.
  • Spread the six mini flatbreads out onto the sheet pan. Bake for 2 Minutes.Flatbread
  • Take the flatbreads out of the oven and brush with the EVOO mixture.Brush with EVOO Mix
  • Bake for another 2-3 minutes, until the bread starts to brown slightly.
  • Top each bread with 1 TBS of Pizza Sauce, 1/6 cup of Cheese, 1/4 cup Broccoli, 1/4 cup Cooked Chicken (and taste test)

TastingToppingsAdd CheeseSpreading Sauce

  • Return to oven for another 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

As you can see my kids made pepperoni. We did use turkey pepperoni so it’s a bit more healthy. This recipe can be changed to suit your tastes or mood. Replace the vegetables and protein with whatever you choose.  These were delicious and filling. I cooked an extra 1/2 cup of broccoli and a cup of baby carrots to add some of my veggies for the day. I couldn’t even finish. As you can see my kids got cucumbers and carrots on the side. I’m slowly trying to convert them 🙂Pepperoni PizzaFinished

 

 

Portion Based Diet

Good morning everybody!

It’s a beautiful day outside, although it’s looking pretty chilly. The sun is shining and I’m feeling great!

I wanted to talk a little bit about the lifestyle change I’ve made recently. I don’t know about you, but I always failed at this dieting stuff because I was craving things or always felt like I was starving. I don’t know if it was because it was all in my head or if it was legitimately my body crying out for certain things that it wasn’t getting. Maybe I’m just THAT ready for change? Either way I have to tell you that I have had zero of that this week, which is unheard of. I’m always “in the mood” for something. Do you get cravings and REALLY NEED a certain type of food? Are you still hungry when all is said and done while dieting? Maybe this is for you, too.

Now, I’m basing my diet off of the 21 Day Fix Diet. There is an amazing amount of information out there about this diet, which is helpful. Hop onto Pinterest and you’ll find a million different recipes and the break down of how many of each “container” are in the recipe. There are very few things that are fully excluded from this diet. Sure the usual cakes, junk food, and alcohol are no go’s. BUT I’ve found a lot of different recipes that are great substitutes for your normal snacks and desserts.

There are 2 different levels of the diet I guess you would call it. There is a formula that will help you determine how much of everything you’re allowed to eat. I’m on the highest level ’cause I’m a super fatty. Let me give you an idea of what I’m allowed to eat on a daily basis.

  • 4 cups of fruit
  • 6 cups of vegetables
  • 4 and a half cups of protein
  • 2 cups of carbs
  • 1/3 cup of fats/cheese
  • 2 TBS seeds/salad dressing
  • 6 tsp nut butter/oils

I know that looking at numbers doesn’t even begin to allow somebody to visualize just how much food that is. I’m going to show you…it’s a MOUNTAIN of food! The below picture is from my lunch today. It includes 2 servings of veggies, 1 serving of fruit, 1 dressing serving, and 2 protein serving, and my dressing for the day. As you can see that is one large salad! It included 1 cup of Romaine Lettuce, another cup filled with carrots, celery, and cucumber, 2 boiled eggs chopped, 3/4 cup of chicken breast, 1/2 cup of apple, and 1/2 cup of grapes. I used 2 tbsp of low fat Greek Dressing. With breakfast and now lunch over this doesn’t even bring me to my HALF WAY mark of available food.

I will say that I have yet to finish all of my available food in any given day. I’ve heard varying things as far as carrying servings over to future days. I suppose it wouldn’t hurt if you were actually hungry and needed the food. What you DO need to make sure of while doing this program is that even if you don’t eat everything, make sure you try to eat the required variety. You can’t eat all protein and carbs and forget about your fruits and veggies. Doing this will be inviting that little craving demon to come crawling back into your life! And nobody wants him around!

Also, don’t forget about your water intake! This is important regardless of your lifestyle. Replacing your normal beverages with water will help tremendously in keeping you healthy and probably losing a little weight as well. Check out my previous blog A Sea of Coffee to see exactly how much you should be drinking and all of the amazing benefits.

I know this post wasn’t the longest or even the most informative. It’s just a little piece of what’s to come. I hope you don’t mind recipes? I’ll be sharing lots of them with you as I create them and make them for you. I’m no food blogger so you’ll have to cope with my not awesome food pictures to come 🙂

I have been considering sharing what I’m eating on a daily basis with everybody to give you some ideas of what I’m doing, and to keep myself on track. What are your thoughts on such things?

 

Blueberry Banana Pancakes

We started out this morning with the most wonderful smell. My kids crawled out of bed and all but flew to the kitchen table to take part in breakfast. I have to admit, I was a little nervous that it would have been a wasted effort as these were definitely healthy pancakes. I looked up several recipes for pancakes and came up with my own concoction which was “DELICIOUS!” according to my 3yo. Both kids inhaled their breakfast and all of us were fully satisfied. This was actually 4 hours ago and I have had zero desire for my usual morning snack it was so filling. I apologize for the lack of pictures. Posting the recipe was an after the fact decision.

Blueberry Banana Pancakes (1 Serving)

Container Count

  • 1 Fruit
  • 1 Protein
  • 1 Carb
  • 1 tsp

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries (divided)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Grease a griddle with coconut oil and heat until sizzling.
  3. Slowly poor batter into 3 small or 1 large pancake.
  4. Cook until bubbles begin to form on the top side of the batter.
  5. Flip and continue cooking until golden brown.
  6. Top with remaining blueberries and an optional teaspoon of 100% pure maple syrup (deduct another tsp for the day).

I want to hear if you use this recipe and how it comes out! I’m sure most fruits could replace the blueberries for some variety.

Hitting Rock Bottom

Anybody who has read my posts could have seen that I struggle to feel even a little good about myself. I blame things in my relationship on my weight. I have cried in the shower more times than I would like to admit. I disappeared from here as my whole life seemed to have gone up in flames. I didn’t take care of myself through the destruction. I slipped and gained all of the weight right back, not that I had managed to lose a lot. My heart still hurts, and the stress is eating away at me day in and day out, but I have come to peace with the changes in life and am ready to move forward.

All of my concerns for my relationship were not in vain. Although none of the issues were about me, but about his own mental demons, my fears came to light. He is leaving. This happened days after my last post. We have been living together still for the last 2 months and have 1 more to go. During my hiatus I have been trying to come to terms with this and understand how it’s happened. How does somebody who still says they’re madly in love with you still want to leave? Mental illness is a bitch that’s all I know. Not only have I been struggling with the heartbreak, but the financial burden of it all as well. I’ve applied for a mortgage that is supposedly impossible not to get, though I’m not holding my breath. I’ve been hunting down apartments and looking at houses. Do you know how difficult it is to find a rental with dogs? Did I mention one of the dogs is a pitbull? I’ve started working a second job to attempt to make ends meet and save to move. I’ve been trying to keep my kids together through all of this. My daughter is an emotional mess between losing the only father figure she ever had to leaving a school she loves and her sports teams. So, naturally I turned to food to suppress the sadness, anger, and fear of what’s to come.

I spent two months wallowing in ice cream and fast food. Finally one day I looked in the mirror as I got out of the shower. I mean REALLY looked at myself. I was ashamed. Not just because I’ve gained weight, but because of how I let myself go mentally and emotionally. What happened to the strong person that I use to be? Where the hell was she? In that moment I decided enough was enough. How could I try to teach my children to be strong and independent individuals if I couldn’t do it myself? How could I tell them that they need to love every inch of their body and to appreciate their mind if I couldn’t do it? How can I look at them and let them know that they can’t allow otShower Cryinghers to bring them down and to effect their mental and emotional well being when I allowed it? That’s it. I’m done. All of these new changes are here having been forced upon me. It’s time to make a complete change. Screw everybody who made me feel like crap including that little voice inside of my head. I’ve never actually felt so ready for change as I do now. I want this.

I started my new lifestyle, let’s not call it a diet, on Monday. I already feel SO much better. No more of this “let’s take baby steps” crap. I jumped right in. I’ve started using the 21 Day Fix plan which so far is AMAZING! I can tell you that I haven’t finished my allotted food at all this week. I’ve been so full. I’ve been drinking more than enough water and have been doing the T25 Focus Workouts. Can I tell you that for 25 minutes of working out I feel dead after. Once I shower though my energy level is already soaring.

For the first time in years I actually feel good about myself. I’ve lost 5.2lbs already and it’s only been 3 full days. I feel full and satisfied. I have more energy despite working 65 hours a week and being a single mom of 2. This. Is. Amazing. I seriously hope that any of you out there that are teetering where I was fall over to this side of the fence. Let’s do this together. I’ll be sharing a lot of information about the 21 Day Fix as we move forward including some recipes.

Have any of you tried the 21 Day Fix? What were your results?