Pork Carnitas with Street Corn



Pork Carnitas with Street Corn
Yields 4
Change up your typical taco night with a more healthier alternative.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
For Pork Carnitas
  1. 1lb pork loin
  2. 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  3. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  4. ¼ cup green chiles
  5. 1 tablespoon orange juice
  6. 3 teaspoons cumin
  7. 2 teaspoons paprika
  8. salt and pepper, for taste
For Street Corn
  1. 15-ounce can yellow sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  2. 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  3. 1/3 cup feta cheese crumbles
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  5. 2 tablespoons lime juice
  6. ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  7. ½ teaspoon paprika
  8. salt and pepper, for taste
Instructions
  1. Well-grease a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil over med-high heat. Add pork and sear on all sides.
  2. Set a slow-cooker to a low temperature and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Next remove pork from skillet and add to slow-cooker, topping with minced garlic. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. About 10-15 minutes before pork is finished cooking, use a medium size mixing bowl and add green chiles, orange juice, lime juice, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Whisk well and set aside.
  4. Remove pork from slow-cooker to a large plate. Shred using two forks and add back to slow-cooker. Pour juice mixture overtop, and stir well; combining it as best as you can. Allow to sit in slow cooker for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, put together street corn ingredients in a medium size bowl. Top over plated shredded pork.
Additional toppings you can use
  1. black beans
  2. cauliflower rice
  3. loose lettuce
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Oat and Greek Yogurt Blueberry Muffins.

Another week, another healthy muffin recipe to devour for the upcoming days. While I was thoroughly enjoying 80 Day Obsession the previous two weeks, I ended up injuring my left shoulder and have had to postpone continuing on with the program until I am healed. Originally I thought maybe a week off with medication and rest would do the trick, but it’s looking like perhaps it isn’t that easy. So instead of being at a standstill, I decided to purchase the new Beachbody Program “2B Mindset” that centers on just nutrition. No exercise is necessarily, although I may start back slowly on a treadmill this upcoming week. 2B Mindset teaches you what to eat, how to eat and most importantly – how to keep it off; all without calorie counting or depriving yourself. I think each of us could benefit from this! If you’re interested in joining or learning more, don’t hesitate to reach out! There’s no limit on accountability buddies. 

 

Oat and Greek Yogurt Blueberry Muffins
Yields 12
A delicious and healthy alternative to blueberry muffins using old fashioned rolled oats and greek yogurt that gives you a moist morning treat.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
32 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
32 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  3. ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  4. 1½ tsp baking powder
  5. ½ tsp baking soda
  6. ¼ tsp salt
  7. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  8. 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  9. ¼ cup honey
  10. ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  11. 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  12. 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Well grease a cupcake pan with cooking spray, or use cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. Using a large mixing bowl add flour, old fashioned oats, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Combine well.
  3. In another medium sized mixing bowl add egg, greek yogurt, honey, unsweetened almond milk, coconut palm sugar. Combine well.
  4. Slowly add wet ingredients to large mixing bowl of dry ingredients. Mix well.
  5. In a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of flour. Add blueberries, tossing so that they are as covered with flour as possible. This will keep them from bleeding through the batter.
  6. Carefully fold blueberries into the large mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients until they are well combined.
  7. Add batter to 12 cupcake liners, filling each about 3/4th full. Sprinkle a pinch of coconut sugar over each muffin.
  8. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before handling.
Notes
  1. Muffins can last up to 5 days if stored in an airtight container.
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Egg Salad for 80 Day Obsession and 21DayFix

I don’t know anyone else who loves egg salad more than me. It can be made so healthy-ish, it’s simple to make and it tastes great in a variety of ways. Plus it’s loaded in protein! This particular recipe is 2 eggs per serving equaling up to 12g of protein! That’s great for a pre or post-workout meal.

Since I’m still getting the hang of this container counting, I’ve been getting quite a bit of help from some blogs that I’ve found on Pinterest, (thank goodness for Pinterest, by the way) – it can be a little overwhelming at first, so finding food ideas via others who have done it before is a tremendous stress-reliever and makes nutrition blocks seem much more do-able. I’m on week 2 and I’m starting to get the hang of it. You can eat “outside of the box.” You don’t have to eat strictly meat and a vegetable and a teaspoon for each meal. There are some great resources out there that are much more creative, like this egg salad recipe that I found via Carrie Elle.

Egg Salad
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
27 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
27 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut into small pieces
  2. 1½ tsp lite mayo
  3. ½ tsp dijon mustard
  4. ¼ tsp paprika
  5. pinch of himalayan salt and pepper, for taste
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Chill for approximately 1+ hour, if possible before serving.
Notes
  1. 1 red, 1.5 tsp for 21DayFix.
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Carrot Cake Muffins

Since I’m heading into week 2, I’m adding another to the list of tried and true 80 Day Obsession recipes. This Carrot Cake Muffin recipe is good as a pre-workout meal if you’re a Plan A like me. 4 muffins will serve as your 1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 tsp. It’s perfect for a super quick meal, especially if you’re doing your workouts early. No need to wake up SUPER early if you prep these during the weekend. 

And just to add a little oomfph! – I’m also adding a .5 tsp of peanut butter on-top of mine, just because I love peanut butter.

 

Carrot Cake Muffins
Yields 24
A healthy alternative to a favorite.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups shredded carrots
  2. 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
  3. 12 eggs, beaten
  4. 4½ tsp baking powder
  5. 3 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 6 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Well grease a cupcake pan or line with parchment cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. Using a large bowl, add all ingredients. Mix well using a wooden spoon.
  3. Add all ingredients to a blender, pulsing until mixture appears smooth. Remove from blender and carefully fill each cupcake liner.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool off for 5-10 minutes before storing or enjoy immediately.
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Strawberry Shakeology Recipes


PBJ

Strawberry Shakeology packet or scoop
1 small banana
1 tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter
8oz water
3-4 ice cubes


Strawberry Banana Oatmeal:
Strawberry Shakeology packet or scoop
8oz unsweetened almond milk
1 cup ice
½ banana
½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries, halved
3 tablespoons old-fashioned oats

Strawberry Lemonade
Strawberry Shakeology packet or scoop
1 cup water
1 cup ice
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

21DayFix – Week 1, Plan-A Menu

With summer only 50 something days away, I thought no perfect time than now to clean up my diet and tone my body. I am pretty good at finding clean-eating meals to cook throughout the week but I wasn’t very experienced in portion control. Luckily for me, my husband had purchased the 80 Day Obsession Challenge Pack! So in preparation for the next 80DO challenge to start at the end of this month, I thought I’d use those cute little color containers and start the 21DayFix since I had 21 (well, 23 to be exact) days to practice my diet.

My BB coach directed me to Fixate Cooking, a program on BeachBody On Demand which offers up a large variety of recipes that center around portion control. This was a tremendous help in understanding what I can and cannot eat throughout the day for my specific meal plan. Plus, new recipes are always exciting to try out! Planning out to get the right amount of containers can be a little time consuming, but what meal-planning isn’t? 

The meals below are what I had for my first week. I’m on Plan A, and each recipe was delicious! I would highly recommend them if you’re a Plan A as well and are looking to try something new. Each recipe aside from PBJ Shakelogy can be found on Fixate Cooking, written out in the “Program Materials” link. If you try any, let me know how you liked them!

M1 – Breakfast: PBJ Shakeology
When I first started 21DayFix, I was most excited about Shakeology. I have done a few beachbody programs in the past and have tried a couple of the shakeology flavors and strawberry was hands down my favorite. I had originally mostly made it as a Strawberry Banana shake but I wanted to experiment a little and see what else I could throw together that tasted delicious as well as was healthy for me. Of course I turned to Pinterest for this, like most of us do for anything. That’s where I found a recipe for this PBJ shake. Now if you love a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it’s highly likely you’ll like this shake. Throw in some banana and the flavor is even more delicious.

Ingredients:
1 Strawberry Shakelogy Packet
1 banana
1T peanut butter or almond butter
8oz water
3-4 ice cubes
(1 red, 1 purple, 1 blue)


M2 – Snack 1: Carrots and Celery.
(1 green)


M3 – Lunch: Overstuffed Turkey Sandwich 
(1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow)


M4 – Snack 2: 1 clementine
(.5 purple)



M5 –  Dinner: Meat Taco Meat (Day 1 and 2)
(.5 green, 1 red, 1 oil)

M5 – Dinner: (Day 3) Low-Carb Japanese Noodle Bowl
(1 green, 1 red, .5 yellow, 2 oil)


M5 – Dinner: (Day 4) Pineapple Fried Rice
(.5 green, .5 purple, .5 red, 1 yellow, .5 orange, 2 oil)


M5 – Dinner: (Day 5 and 6) Steak Fajitas
(1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 oil)



M5
– Dinner (Day 7) Oven Fried Chicken with Mixed Vegetables – Not Pictured
This is one of those meals where I scarfed it down before I could take a picture. Hey, it happens. 
(1 red, 1 yellow, 1 oil, 1 green)


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FitGirlsGuide 28DayJumpstart Program: Week 1

I’m sure you’ve noticed a slow-down as far as posts go. I have a good reason! You see I’m currently doing the 28 Day Jumpstart program by FitGirlsGuide. That means for the next few weeks, I will not be posting recipes unless they are ones I’ve cooked up for my family. And if I do post something that centers around me individually, it will mostly consist of notes regarding my health journey and the food experiences I’ve encountered while participating in this challenge.

If you like anything you see, by all means go check FitGirlsGuide out for yourself! Not only do they put together a wonderful meal-plan for you with daily exercises, but there’s a community of supportive individuals who are doing the same challenges as your with similar goals – and best of all, they’re SUPER encouraging. Sometimes that’s what we need most.

I’m only mid-week but since I’ve already experienced each meal that is scheduled for the entire week, I’m going to do a little recap on each entree today. Usually it helps to hear others experiences with food before you know for sure if you want to try something out for yourself. 

Cherry Pie Fridge Oats:
I always look forward to breakfast during week 1 of this challenge because I love Cherry Pie Fridge Oats. They’re delicious, extremely healthy and easy-as-pie to assemble the night before; perfect for those who are on the go super early! I eat mine cold and with a hot cup of coffee after finishing a session on the elliptical. 

                                             Roasted Veggie Power Bowl:
For lunch, you’re given the freedom to pick and choose your vegetables. I like to sample a variety of ways of preparing the Roasted Veggie Power Bowl and in the past have came up with dishes similar to a burrito bowl at Chipotle or chicken fried rice (above)…or I will green it out and pack on the vegetables (also above). However, if you like to just follow the ingredients and instructions to ensure you’re doing the challenge just as it’s been laid out for you; the main recipe is still fantastic! 

Little suggestion – make your own homemade hummus. While store bought hummus is the quick way to go, there’s nothing like the taste of freshly grounded chickpeas and tahini sauce. 

Sweet Potato Street Tacos:

I remember the first time I scanned the Week 1 Menu, I was hesitant at first on if I was going to like the Sweet Potato Street Tacos. Before FitGirlsGuide, I didn’t really eat sweet potatoes. I guess you could say I was a regular stuck up Russet potato kinda-gal. There is truth that you don’t know what you’re missing out on if you don’t actually “get out there” – and the same goes for food tasting. These tacos are delicious! 

So I guess that means sweet potatoes are pretty special; you can’t throw just any ingredient in a corn tortilla and pass it off as a “taco.” 

Pita Pizza:

Truth be told, I’ve never met a person who doesn’t like pizza. So I have a hard time believing that someone is going to read “Pita Pizza” and think “Ew, there is no way I am going to like that.” Think of them as individual pizzas on a flat piece of round pita bread that you get to add healthy ingredients to and then cook in the oven for a few minutes. Sound good? No. It sounds GREAT.

Banana Protein Power Bites

Ever get tired of the store bought protein bars? Some are good and some are really bad. I used to buy a few and store them in the glove department for when I was on the move; you know, just incase I got hungry mid-day and the only thing nearby was something that would probably take me an hour or more to work off later in the day. 

These days I prefer to see firsthand what is in the food I eat. I’ve noticed I am a lot less fatigued since I quit the fast meal, heavily processed stuff. These little protein bites are perfect to make if you need a quick recipe or just want something different than fruit/veggies for a snack. 

I’ve made some no bake protein balls before and they went pretty quick. This time I added banana to the mix to give a little more moisture for the oats. They weren’t as firm as the previous recipe without banana, but they held up just as well with taste. Banana, chocolate and peanut butter are a recipe match made in heaven if you ask me.

 

Banana Protein Power Bites
Yields 12
Pretty incredible little ball of protein for those who enjoy bananas, oats and peanut butter.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup natural creamy peanut butter
  2. ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  3. very ripe banana, mashed
  4. ½ teaspoon chia seeds
  5. ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  6. 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Mash your ripe banana in a small bowl using a whisk.
  2. Add all ingredients to a medium size bowl. Mix well, either with a wooden spatula or clean hands. Using a tablespoon to scoop, roll into individual ball shapes and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Add cookie sheet to fridge for at least an hour to firm. Replace protein balls into a plastic airtight container and store in fridge.
Notes
  1. This recipe can be doubled.
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Yoga and YogDev Wheel Review

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Lately on my no cardio days (Tuesday and Thursday) I’ve been working on my balance and stance by doing an array of yoga exercises. Most are more geared towards helping amenorrhea (something I have been experiencing for some time now) but every now and then I’ll do a session that focuses on just balance. And since I’m not the most balanced person to begin with; I figure it’ll take some time before I feel 100% confident in taking my yoga “experience” outside my bedroom walls. In the meantime, test and try over and over, right?

So when Shaun from YogDev reached out to me about trying the YogDev Wheel, I couldn’t say no. I’ve seen yoga wheels being used on instagram photos by some individuals that I follow and I’ve always been intrigued. Not only can some of these girls and guys do these ridiculously awesome looking poses, but they’re doing them with a yoga wheel! You know – resorting back to the middle school, “she has that ability, I want that ability too!” mentality. 

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But the wheel is so much more than just a tool that helps you look awesome while working on both your core and ability to better balance yourself. There are many things that a yoga wheel can help improve including:

  • Release muscle tension
  • Build strength in both your core and back
  • Stretch key areas: chest, shoulders, back and hips
  • Tone mid-riffs, arms and buttocks
  • Drastically improve balance
  • Challenge basic yoga poses
  • Help to transition into a headstand or handstand

Those sound like things that everyone can benefit from. I’m all about toning my core so I was excited to try out the wheel once my YogDev package arrived. 

First off – I want to take a couple sentences to dedicate to how well designed this wheel is. The particular wheel I was sent was gray and white, which is perfect because my house is all neutral and I have OCD about things matching. Also, when positioned with the wheel, you don’t have the unfortunate skin pinches if you were to flinch slightly or feel like you have plastic squished between your legs or digging into your back arch – the padding material is so soft and comfortable. 

What else is awesome is that YogDev sends you a small pamphlet that gives you a variety of poses to use with the wheel – something anyone without yoga wheel experience needs! What I loved most about that was the listed poses too was that they didn’t seem too far-fetched for a beginner or someone who may not be super flexible.

I can’t wait to continuing using the yoga wheel in an abundance of ways and gaining the courage to actually video my experience – I need a little more practice first though! In the meantime, if you’re interested in having a YogDev Wheel for yourself – check them out here. Don’t forget to check out their mats and towels as well! 

 

Fit & Chic Over Summer Heats

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Everybody – especially ladies – do their best to transform their bodies and looks before summer into something that’s perfect for them so that they can show off their nice appearance, while the weather dictates more revealing clothes and spending time at the beach. Still, many people pay attention to their health and fitness few months before the summer season while they completely forget about balanced diet, proper skin care and fitness routine when the summer is finally there. This often results in poor skin and hair condition, and your figure starts changing (and not for the good) as the summer is near its end. If you want to keep your good looks and make sure that your previous hard work will be visible for many months and seasons to come, you can beat the summer heat and adjust your healthy habits to the weather.

Drink plenty of water

Let’s get the most annoying advice out of the way first. You’re probably tired of reading about benefits of water in every possible beauty article, but ask yourself the most important question – why is it always there? Proper intake of water during summer is essential if you want to keep your body energized and hydrated. There’s no skincare product that can transform your skin into smooth and moisturized canvas if you don’t hydrate it from the inside first. With lack of water, your skin can become dry and patchy. So, make sure you drink a lot of water while at home, and bring a bottle with you when you go out.

Stay fit with continuous exercise

If you think that having to work out constantly in order to stay fit is bad news, wait till you hear the good news. Once you put a lot of effort into reaching your desired fitness skill and body shape, you don’t have to keep exercising like crazy in order to stay fit. Fifteen minutes per day is more than enough if you want to keep things the way they are, as long as you do it regularly. Since summer heat can pose a lot of problems when running, or even going to the gym, you can exercise at home instead. There are many tutorials that can help you. Also, you can make great use of summer fun and engage in some water sports that will keep you fit and healthy.

Lead a balanced diet

We all know how fun it is to drink one or two cocktails at beach parties and grab a bite at fast food restaurants after long summer nights. Therefore, make sure to keep your diet balanced. For example, smoothies are a great way to start your day and get enough nutrients and energy. You can also make them for dinner. Getting your fill of vitamins is especially important if you are exercising, or if you have to spend a lot of time in the sun. Therefore, be smart with your smoothie ingredients and add some organic pea protein powder in order to get the most benefits out of this tasty meal.

Keep protecting your skin and hair with products

If you think it’s enough to use sunscreen when you go out and completely neglect any other skin and hair care routine, you’ll face a lot of problems. While sunscreen is absolutely necessary, you still have to make time to clean your face in the morning and before bed, use restoring and moisturizing creams and give your hair some special rich treatments from time to time. Also, don’t forget your skin. Because of the heat, it’s more prone to dryness, so applying some body lotion after a shower will keep it healthy and moisturized. If summer weather makes it unbearable for you to have any product on your body, use in-shower lotions.

Staying fit and chic during summer heat is more than possible if you start looking at the whole process as a new lifestyle, instead of a troublesome effort for a short-term effect. Embrace the habit of looking and feeling great!