Sunday, May 20, 2018

Mason Jar Quinoa Chicken Salad


LOVE mason jar salads! And this is one of my faves because I love the quinoa in it! Keeps me full and that takes care of that carb craving

 Prep Time 20 mins
 Cook Time 0 mins
 Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients
3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil extra virgin
2 cups cooked quinoa
4 cups sliced cucumbers
4 cups halved cherry tomatoes
3 cups grilled chicken breast boneless, skinless, sliced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions
To make dressing, combine vinegar, lemon juice, and honey in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.

Add mustard; mix well.

Slowly add oil while whisking; mix well. Evenly divide dressing between 4 one-quart Mason jars. Set aside.

Evenly layer quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes, chicken, and cheese on top of dressing in jars.

Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Shake before serving.

Variation (Add 1 green container per serving): Add 4 cups fresh baby spinach.



Portion Fix Containers
2 Green
1 Red
1 Yellow
½ Blue
1 tsp.
2B Mindset Plate It!A great lunch option. Replace quinoa with more veggies for dinner.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Squash Lasagna!


Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

Because we ALL love lasagna but not the ton of carbs that come with it. So here’s a clean and healthy solution. The carbs and sugars will vary depending on the marinara you choose but an estimate is below

 Prep Time 15 mins
 Cook Time 1 hr 17 mins
 Total Time 1 hr 32 mins
 Servings 4 Servings
 Calories 474

Ingredients
1 small spaghetti squash (approx. 3½ to 4 lbs.)
Nonstick cooking spray
4 cups all-natural marinara sauce
3 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil (optional)



Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
3. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and membrane.
4. Place spaghetti squash, cut side down, on baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until tender.
5. Reduce oven temperature to 350ΒΊ F.
6. Scrape spaghetti squash flesh into stringy noodles.
7. Lightly coat 4-quart baking dish with spray.
8. Evenly layer half spaghetti squash, half marinara sauce, and half ricotta cheese in baking dish. 9. Repeat with second layer.
10. Evenly top with Parmesan cheese.
11. Bake for 30 to 32 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.
12. Garnish with basil if desired.

Nutrition Info
Portion Fix Containers
1 Green
2 Purple
1 Red
1 Blue

Via Team Beachbody

Friday, May 11, 2018

Food Swaps: Shrimp Scampi Pasta vs Shrimp Scampi Zoodles 


Food Swaps! They’re so important to learn when it comes to getting HEALTHY and this Shrimp Scsmpi comparison is one of my faves!

Low Carb vs High Carb! Comparing Zucchini Noodles & Pasta - Shrimp Scampi recipe included also ⬇

A simple swap can make ALL the difference in your carbs! I love pasta but rarely do I just have it. Most typical pasta plates look like the right pic (around 2 cups pasta) and 88+ grams carbs

On the left is what I usually do! There's around 6 oz of zoodles (about 3+ cups) which is only 10 grams of carbs. This means more volume for less cals.  It's important to remember though that carbs are NOT bad - You NEED them! Just be mindful of portion sizes when meal planning depending on your goals AND the types of carbs you eat! Pasta tends to be very heavy, causes bloat and raises insulin leading to cravings

Quick Shrimp Scampi
3-4 zucchini squash
2 bags raw peeled shrimp (about 400 g each)
1-2 cloves of garlic (preference)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper
juice of 2 lemons
2 tbsp butter OR 1 tbsp coconut or olive oil

Use a vegetti or similar to spiralize the noodles. Put zucchini noodles into a colander and salt liberally let sit for 20 minutes (very important!) After 20 minutes, rinse and pat dry with a paper towel
Melt butter/oil and the 1-2 garlic cloves in a skillet or saute pan. Saute noodles over med-high heat for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Sautee shrimp in butter/oil then add spices + lemon juice and simmer until cooked through (usually no more than 5 mins). Add on top of zoodles. Garnish with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese if desired and ENJOY πŸ˜‹


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

21 Day Fix & 80 Day Obsession Approved Enchiladas 

These just might be my new favorite go to meal!!! πŸ’• Kids love them too!
21 Day Fix Chicken Enchiladas
1-3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded. It all depends on the size of the breast but it should equal 4 red containers.
1 can of black beans rinsed and dried.
1 can of diced tomatoes (and optional green chilies)
3/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp of southwestern seasoning (or taco seasoning)
Corn Tortillas
Enchilada Sauce
Shredded cheese
Combine the chicken, seasoning, beans, diced tomatoes (and green chili’s) and Greek yogurt. Spoon the mixture into the tortillas, roll them and place them seam side down. Top with enchilada sauce and shredded cheese! Throw it in the oven on 350 for 30 minutes and BAM! πŸ’₯
You get 2 enchiladas for one serving! Which equals ❤️ 1 red, πŸ’š 1 green, πŸ’› 2 yellow, and πŸ’™ blue per serving

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Best Low Carb Pizza


Guilt free pizza without giving up the taste!
If you love pizza, and come on, who doesn’t, you HAVE to try his low carb, gluten free, guilt free option!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients
1 pound ground chicken thigh (more flavor/fat than ground chicken breast but you can use breast or all ground chicken also)
1/2-3/4 cup grated (powdered) Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or Mozzarella
1/4 cup frozen spinach (optional)
Salt, pepper to taste
1 1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In large bowl mix ground chicken thigh, cheese and seasoning

Thaw spinach and remove excess water with paper towel or cheesecloth, add to mixture

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and press chicken mixture into even thin layer

Bake for 20 minutes

Remove from oven and top with desired toppings (ideas: red onion, cilantro, chicken, bacon and sugar free or low sugar bbq sauce!)

Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and brown
notes

If using ground chicken breast, reduce cooking temperature to 375 and reduce cooking time to 15 minutes or until cooked through. Add additional time after toppings until cheese is melted and golden, being careful not to overcook.

Once pizza cools a bit, it can be picked up like regular crust

If mixture seems too wet, add more grated parmesan. I used freshly ground chicken thigh so there was less moisture. If you’re using a roll of chicken, it could be more wet and need extra cheese

Personalize it with your favorite toppings and seasonings in the crust as well

Separate into 4-6 and freeze chicken crust (no toppings) individually for quick meal

Serving Size:
1/4 Pizza
Calories: 193
Fat: 8
Carbohydrates: 0
Protein: 27


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

7 Day Clean Week Intro to Meal Prep Group Begins Soon!



Who wants to join me for a week of cleaning up your diet and kickstarting a healthy, lean lifestyle with more energy and TONS of knowledge on how to be able to make healthier choices, balance your macros, NOT spend 2 hours in the gym every day and SEE results!

Think about what you could accomplish by the time summer rolls around if you started NOW

A few of the coaches on my team & I will be hosting an Introduction to Meal Prep & Clean Eating group starting in a few weeks & we'd love to have you

It provides EVERYTHING you need to succeed including

7 day supply of Shakeology
Meal plan
Recipes
Shopping list
Workouts
Various meal prep guides
Fitness/nutrition tips & videos
1:1 coaching 
Daily support & feedback

And it's ALL for less than what you probably spend in lunch or Starbucks in a week. So is it worth it? Absolutely! You just have to make YOURSELF a priority! This is how I started with this plan & have never looked back since


If you're interested, send me an email at ellieperico@gmail.com & I will get in contact with you. Or you can message me on Facebook by joining my event page (link below) and I'll send info there!


Stop wasting time & let's do this!

Broccoli Cheese Protein Muffins


Easy peasy way to get your protein in! Egg white, broccoli & cheese muffins! Grab and go, I don't even heat 'em up!

Ingredients
2 pints of egg whites
2 cups steamed broccoli
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chunky salsa of your choice
No salt seasoning if your choice
Smoked paprika (optional)
Non stick cooking spray
12 count muffin tin

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Spray muffin tin with non stick cooking spray
3. Pour egg whites into it leaving a small amount of room in each one for other ingredients
4. Add broccoli. I buy frozen broccoli, steam it and have it ready to go in the fridge
5. Sprinkle cheese on top
6. Add about half to a full teaspoon of salsa
7. Sprinkle seasoning and smoked paprika on top
8. Bake until golden brown. Test them before removing them. If they come out of the tin while and are fully cooked all the way around, they are ready to go. I like my eggs very well done so I wait until they are very golden brown.
9. Let cool and enjoy!  I eat them cold but you can reheat in the microwave if you wish. I sometimes add a slice of baked sweet potato on top OR you can bake them with the sweet potato on the. Ittom, adding it before you add the egg whites to the tin. TONS of options with these

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Can Drinking Water Really Help You Lose Weight?



πŸ’¦πŸ’¦ WATER πŸ’¦πŸ’¦

We ALL need it! But how much AND does it really help you lose weight, lean out, etc? Well here ya go! I watched an excellent video the other day with tons of tips and studies explaining how and why it DOES! Here's a bit of it! I'll be hosting a ⚡️⚡️ FREE⚡️⚡️ Water group in a few weeks to help motivate you to CHUG πŸ’§! If you'd like more info, send me a message through this site, in Facebook, Instagram or via email at ellieperico@aol.com! Now....for the details!

Can drinking water help you lose weight/cut fat?

Here are some studies that have been done that prove YES!

1. Drinking half a liter or 17 oz of water increased metabolism from 24-30% for 1.5 hrs!

2. Drinking water before a meal decreases appetite = you eat less!

3. Half a liter before meals lead to 44% more weightloss than people who didn't drink before meals!

4. All metabolic processes that take place in your body work more efficiently with adequate water intake. Think of it in car terms, as the oil for your engine.

How much water should I drink per day? 

The general rule is half your body weight in ounces. So, if you're 150 lbs you need AT LEAST 75oz. More if you're exercising and/or sweating for any other reason, hence losing extra water. 

What if I'm bloated? Do I drink less? 

If you're bloated, that's an indication that you're bloated. DRINK water. It seems ironic but that's your body's signal to give it H20! It retains any water you have anticipating it may not get any for some time. Similar to when you don't eat.

People think if you don't eat you'll lose weight. Not necessarily. Your body's metabolism will slow down and it will create fat stores. 

Should I drink tap, filtered or bottled water?

Ideally, the best option is getting a good quality filter and drinking filtered water from a BPA free bottle. Stainless steel is a great option. It's been estimated that 205 million Americans are drinking contaminated water, including tap AND bottled water filled with pollutants, fluoride, heavy metals and even prescription drugs! 

Bottled water is no better either! I've been drinking bottled water for years and after reading this, I'll be finishing all of the water bottles I have at home and permanently switching to only BPA free bottles like my kids use
.
They did a study that women who had higher BPA levels in their body weighed 40 lbs more than women who didn't. The BPAs are coming from bottled water, plastic containers for food, etc.

Water in general will help with weightloss not only to make you eat less but to make the body function better as a whole. Your digestive system will work better, you'll have more energy, skin will improve and you'll have less headaches. 

So remember, water is a CRITICAL part of your weightloss and/or fitness routine. Drinking water alone won't shrink your belly BUT drinking water and combining that with a proper diet and fitness routine will lead to success, NO doubt! 

Remember, if you'd like to join me πŸ’§πŸ’§ WATER ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP πŸ’§πŸ’§ contact me! I may be adding a bonus free meal plan with recipes and snack ideas along with daily nutrition and fitness tips just like I do in my client paid groups! JUST in time for summer πŸŒžπŸ‘™πŸ’¦


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Healthy, Flourless Hummus Based Cookie!


Healthy cookies? Yup they are! And they're hummus based! The other good thing is that you can call the batter hummus and eat it all before baking lol! They’re also  totally flourless and made with chickpeas soooooo you’re basically eating beans AKA they’re basically health food like I said above haha. 

Recipe type: Snack/Dessert
Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  12 mins Total time:  22 mins
Serves: 16 cookies

Peanut Butter Banana Chickpea Cookies 

Ingredients
1-15oz can chickpeas, vey well rinsed and drained
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 small, very overripe banana
2 tsp vanilla extract
⅓ cup coconut sugar*
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
⅓ cup chocolate chips

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray (or line with parchment paper or Silipat) and set aside.

Make sure to rinse the chickpeas well so they don't taste beany. 

Shake off the excess water before dumping them into a large food processor. 

Add in the rest of the ingredients (except chocolate chips). 

Process for a full two minutes, or until batter is very smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides. Stir in chocolate chips.

With wet hands, spoon batter onto cookie sheet. It will be very wet and sticky (like hummus). You can use your wet hands to pat them down into smooth cookies. You should have about 16.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Store cooled cookies in the refrigerator.

*Recipe via Alexis at Hummusapien


Monday, March 5, 2018

Baked Chicken Chimichangas 21 Day Fix



Who doesn't love Mexican food? Try this healthy version of it!

Ingredients:
Whole Wheat tortilla 
Chicken breast
--grill it or buy rotisserie & shred it
Black beans 
Tomato 
Onion 
Cheddar Cheese 
Greek yogurt 
Coconut oil  

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 425
2) Take a whole wheat tortilla and fill with 1 red container of chicken (3/4 cup), 1/2 cup black beans, little onion and tomato, blue container or 1/4 cup cheddar cheese 
3) Roll the tortilla filled with the items above and lightly brush the top with coconut oil 
4) Bake for 10 min 
5) Top with a little plain Greek yogurt & fresh pico de gallo 

21 day Fix:
2 yellow
1.5 red
1 blue 

1/2 green