Grain Free Chicken Stir Fry

Y’all!!  Why have I waited so long to jump on the riced cauliflower train?!

Oh yeah.  Because I did it once myself and then drowned my frustrations and scraped knuckles (from the grater thingy) in a bottle of wine after.  Seriously.  Such a mess and crazy dangerous!

Fast forward a year and I’m stocking up on frozen veggies and see this!!  I opened the freezer door, grabbed it, read the ingredients, looked around like I just found the Holy Grail and someone was going to snatch it from me, and hid it in my basket.

This stuff is amazing!!!  Ahhhhmazing!!!  And I love that my belly doesn’t look 5 months pregnant after eating it, like it does with rice.  Delicious + no food baby = awesomeness.

Here’s how it went down….

Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts
1 package of the yummy goodness of riced cauliflower medley (Found in the frozen section with the veggies)
Olive oil
Sesame oil
Bragg’s liquid aminos
Sea salt
Black pepper

Directions:
Warm 1 tsp of olive oil in a skillet
Cook chicken breasts for about 8 minutes on each side (or until done) and sprinkle a little sea salt and pepper on each side
Remove chicken from skillet and set aside on a cutting board
Warm 1 tsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of sesame oil in the same skillet
Add the riced cauliflower medley to the skillet and warm through for about 5 minutes
Meanwhile, cube the cooked chicken breasts
Add the cubed chicken breast to the skillet with 1 Tbsp of Bragg’s liquid aminos
Mix well and warm through
Serve!

Sautéed Brussel Sprouts

This is a recipe I get asked about a TON!brussel-sprouts

Brussel spouts get a bad name, but they are delicious!  Just make sure to add bacon.  😉

But seriously, the first time I tried a single sprout was a year ago and it was because I was at my mother-in-law’s and couldn’t say no.  I went all 4 year old on her and grabbed half a sprout, to smell, lick then taste.  I was blown away at how good they were!!  How could people say they were awful?  Maybe these are sprout lovers who don’t want the rest of the world to know.  Either way, I’m tearing the cap off it.  Brussel sprouts (with bacon) are DELICIOUS!  Give them a try.

Ingredients:
3-4 pieces of bacon (regular or turkey) cooked and crumbled, fat removed
1 bag of Brussel sprouts, end cut off and sprouts cut in half or chopped (totally up to you how knife happy you get)
1 Tbsp of bacon fat or olive oil

Directions:
Warm the fat or olive oil in a skillet
Add the cut sprouts into the skillet and sauté on medium heat
Stir occasionally, but let the sprouts brown
After the sprouts are brown on at least one side, add the bacon and warm through.

Serve!

Optional:  Some people like to add a little salt, some like a little sautéed red onion and some like to add balsamic vinegar.  I like mine just like how the recipe is, but feel free to make them your own!

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One Year Down!

It’s been a year since I gave up really good for great.

I still remember the emotions that came with the decision and I hope I always will.  The long nights and early mornings.  The constant hustle.  Being so proud that we did it!  That we actually made this happen.  The ‘Oh crap, what am I doing’ thoughts.  The lump in my throat.  The sweaty palms and crazy heart beat all day.  Walking to the parking lot knowing this was it.

This past year hasn’t been easy.  Business goals were missed and figuring out a new schedule was hard.  But, AHHHHMAZING things have happened in between.

Like picking up my kids from school.
Getting homework done early and being able to sit down with them and really help them.  Not the let’s do homework while I cook supper and before we have a soccer game help.
Coached all of Emme’s teams.
Went to Jamaica and the Bahamas with Ben.
Stood in front of 25,000 while our team was recognized in Nashville.
Took vacations on a whim.  Like in the middle of the week, whim!!
Merged teams with one of my most amazing girlfriends and business partners, Lindsay.
Helped coaches on our team rank advance, step outside their comfort zones and grow as people.
Went swimming with the kids on a Wednesday.
Made it to my first Field Trip.
Helped people get off blood pressure and cholesterol medication.
Had lunch with friends.
Took care of my nephew when he was sick.
Had friends who were told they couldn’t get pregnant, get pregnant because they became healthy!!
Sat on the back porch more often with Ben.
Went on Pokemon hunts with the kids.
Donated to more causes.  Both financially and with my time.
Travelled more.
Laughed more.
Loved more.
Saw the good in situations that used to stress me out.
Helped others learn how to cook healthier.
Painted the hallway.
Painted trim. And more trim.  And more trim.
Cleaned out flowerbeds.
Went on bike rides.
Maxed out my Roth.
Enjoyed Christmas.
Was a more present wife and mom.

The decision wasn’t easy.  The big ones.  The life changing ones, never are.  But I’m so glad I said yes.

Thank you all for your support, for trusting me with your health, your goals, your dreams and your fears.  It’s something I do not take lightly and look forward to doing for many many years to come.  #oneyeardown

One Year Down

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Easy Crockpot Chicken

We’re getting in the swing of Little League (see what I did there…swing, baseball…), so nights are even more hectic and rushed than normal. The easier the supper, the better our night! But I don’t want to sacrifice the health of my family for easy.

This easy crockpot chicken is a winner all the way around. My daughter likes what she calls ‘slimy chicken’. I know, sounds so gross! But she likes dark meat and my son and I like white meat.  See!  Winner all the way around.

Easy Crockpot Chicken

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken (innards removed, chicken washed and patted dry)
1 yellow onion (sliced)
1 lemon (halved)
2 garlic cloves (peeled and smashed)
7 whole carrots (skinned and chopped into 5 inch sections)
Rub Ingredients:
2 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp pepper

Directions:
Place carrots and half the onions at the bottom of the crockpot.
Combine dry ingredients to create a rub.
After drying chicken, squeeze half a lemon on the chicken and rub the outside of the chicken with the garlic cloves.
Put the garlic and both halves of the lemon inside the chicken.
Add the remaining onions into the chicken as well.
Now take the dry rub and rub it all over the chicken until the rub is gone.
Place the chicken, breast side down, in the crockpot, on top of the carrots and onions.
Cook on low for about 6 hours.
After 6 hours remove the chicken from the crockpot into a oven safe baking dish.
Set your oven to broil and broil the chicken for about 4-5 minutes, or until the skin in browned and crispy.
Remove from the oven and add the remaining ingredients from the crockpot to the baking dish.
Serve!

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Sautéed Brussel Sprouts

Poor, poor brussel sprouts.  They’ve had a bad name for far too long.

Growing up I wouldn’t touch these bad boys with a 10 foot pole, but I’m trying to make up for it now.

The first time I actually had these little verbally abused gems was at my mother-in-law’s.  I saw my life flash before my eyes when I looked in the skillet and saw them.  Do I tell her I’ve never had these before?  Can she see the fear in my eyes?  What if they cause me to gag?  Maybe I can time supper at the same time the kids start getting tired and just avoid it all together.

But I sucked it up and sat down at the supper table, fork in my hand and an extra large napkin handy.

I took my first bite with about 4 little pieces of bacon.

‘This isn’t so bad’, I thought.  ‘Let me try one more bite’.
And before I knew it I was reaching back to the skillet for more.  What the heck just happened here?!  Did I just become a brussel sprout fan?  Does that even exist?   I bet it’s an odd bunch if that does exist.  But I’m a card toting member now and actually crave them.

One thing you HAVE to remember though.  Bacon.  You can cook these a million ways, but just remember bacon.

These are a few ways I have cooked mine…

Ingredients:brussel sprouts
2 c brussel sprouts, sliced in half
3 pieces of crumbled, cooked bacon
tsp sea salt
tsp ground black pepper
This is where I change it up.
1/4 c chicken broth or
2 Tbsp coconut oil or
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or
2 Tbsp butter (not margarine.  butter)

Directions:
Pay close attention, because it gets complicated.  Not really!  It’s super easy.
Warm your choice of broth, oil or butter in a medium skillet.
Then add the brussel sprouts, bacon, sea salt and pepper.
Sautee for about 10 minutes or until the brussel sprouts start to soften and brown a little.
Serve it up.  Or just eat out of the skillet.

You can tweak this recipe a lot.  This is a very basic recipe.  Feel free to add garlic, red pepper flakes, etc.

Serves 2 adults

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What the Heck is a Challenge Group?

The first Beachbody program I ever finished was because of a challenge group.

I had tried completing programs on my own and usually did really well the first 7-10 days.  But then I would fall off the wagon and give up until my pants no longer fit and would try it again.  This continued for a loooonnngggg time until I found a challenge group.

I purchased the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack and my Beachbody coach (even coaches have coaches!) reached out to me about a new challenge group she was starting.  It changed my mindset and helped me to finish the program strong.  I lost over 10 pounds, just as many inches and felt amazing.  Ever since I have never participated in a program without also participating in a challenge group.

21 DF After

Over time I have evolved my challenge groups.  Changing the needs and wants of my challengers (people who purchase programs from me) to better fit the group and offer an even higher success rate.

A challenge group begins on Facebook.  It’s simply the easiest and most utilized technology we currently have to group people together and post documents, meal plans, recipes, pictures, videos, etc.  And it’s PRIVATE.  The only people who see what is posted in the group are the people in the group.  Your sweaty workout selfies are safe.  Your holiday splurge confessions are safe.  Your celebrations are safe.  Your victories are safe.  They all stay within the group.

Within the challenge group you will receive meal plans, recipes, shopping lists, motivation, accountability and inspiration.  Within this, my goal, is for you to gain confidence in yourself.  To celebrate your victories and pick yourself up when you fail.  Every one of us fails.  Failing is not a big deal.  Before I was in a challenge group failing would lead to more failure.  I never knew how to pick myself up and continue on.  One small splurge would turn into a day, then a week, then I just rolled down a slippery slope.  BUT, in a challenge group, those slip-ups become small and insignificant.   You learn how to deal with these and create a lifestyle that will lead to healthy habits.  And in the end, these slip-ups become more and more rare.

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My challengers always find the most motivation and success in challenge groups.  When they actively participate by posting their meals, their workouts and their successes, amazing testimonials are established.  But what I have to remind them with, is their posts motivate me as well.  A challenge group is a two way street.  I am in the trenches with you.  I’m eating clean and working out.  I’m drinking my Shakeology every day.  I’m passing on queso.  (Queso is a big deal with me.)  You do not go at it alone.

Every month I start a new challenge group.  All different programs, but all with the same goal in mind.  To help YOU finish strong.

Starting October 5th I will have one challenge group that will be a hybrid of 2 programs, 21 Day Fix Extreme and Body Beast.  This group will help you build muscle and get you shredded.  It will be intense, but the work you put into this program will show itself through your results.  The hybrid schedule was created by top performers in our company and is perfect for adding strong, lean muscle and curves.  Women will tone and men will bulk.

Also on October 5th I will start a PiYO challenge group.  This program is low-impact, no jumping or hopping, but will create lean muscle.  No weights are involved.  Just you, using your body.  This is a great program for new moms, runners and those that need flexibility.

If you are ready to give me 30 days, I am ready to commit to helping you achieve amazing results.

Shoot me an email at kristina.d.lewis@gmail.com with any questions and to be added to these groups!

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3 Day Refresh

What is the 3 Day Refresh?fresh

In a nutshell. The 3-Day Refresh is designed to detoxify and cleanse, while supporting your metabolism with easy-to-prepare, nutritious whole food to help your vital organs re-energize.

My favorite thing about the Refresh is that your food prep is none to minimal. You’re eating raw or steamed veggies, which means I don’t spend Sunday in the kitchen prepping. Very nice!

Now this is going to be an honest review. There were some things, like the lack of meal prep, that I loved. Then there are others, like the small amount of calories, that I didn’t like so well.
Here’s how it works…

The 3 Day Refresh consists of three daily shakes, a fiber drink, plenty of filtered water, plus a variety of fresh fruits, veggies and healthy fats throughout the day.

1.) Wake-Up: Drink 8-12 ounces of filtered water.
2.) Breakfast: Shakeology plus fruit.
3.) Mid –Morning: Fiber Sweep (digestive health drink)
4.) Lunch: Vanilla Fresh (high protein shake) plus options from the fruit, vegetable and healthy fats list.
5.) Afternoon Snack: From the fruits, vegetables or juice list.
6.) Dinner: Vanilla Fresh plus a meal from the dinner recipe list.
And that’s your day!veggies3

I was prepared for the worse. Hunger, headaches, egg withdraw, wine withdraw. All of it. But it really wasn’t too bad. I did really miss my eggs and wine though. I caved on the wine.

The first day was good. I followed everything to a T, but became hungry in the evening. Evenings are my ‘snacky’ time and not having the option to snack and hold a glass of wine while the kids ran amuck kind of drove me crazy. But I completed Day 1 and went to bed a little early so I didn’t spoon avocado into my mouth.

Day 2. I went into this day with a plan. I was actually pretty full throughout the day on Day 1, but knew the night was going to pose a problem, so I tweaked. Again. I’m being completely honest here. Shake your head as you may, but I had a glass of wine, extra veggies and an extra fat on Day 2. It went like this:

1.) Wake-Up: Drink 12 ounces of water. (It came from my tap)
2.) Breakfast: Shakeology with a banana.
3.) Mid – Morning: Fiber Sweep. Call me crazy, but I kind of like this. It’s citrusy which I like and if you chug it fast it doesn’t get so grainy. As with most fiber drinks, the drink can get thick and grainy fast. Which means you need to chug it fast! But my twisted self liked it.
4.) Lunch: Vanilla Fresh with another banana. (I work full-time and have no problem bringing in a batch of bananas to eat on all week. Convenience and health. Easy peasy!)
5.) Afternoon Snack 1: Cucumber and avocado with sea salt. I fell in love! It really is very good! Probably ate too much avocado though.cucumber
6.) Afternoon Snack 2: Red bell peppers and hummus with fruit.fruit
7.) Wine. Told ya. Came home and poured a small glass of wine.
8.) Dinner: Vanilla Fresh with cucumber and tomato salad. Soooo good! It’s now on my weekly snack menu.salad
9.) Snack: Green beans in extra virgin olive oil with sea salt. Raw. So good. I refer to green beans as my French fries. Yumminess.

I went to bed without any hunger on night 2.

Day 3. Repeat of Day 2, but without the wine.

My end result, with adding a glass of wine and an extra helping of veggies and fat, was a loss of 5 pounds and 1 inch on my waist, which was the only part of my body I measured! I was so happy!after

Things I learned:
–I need to eat more veggies.
–I need to drink more water. Everything revolves around water on the 3 Day Refresh. My body said thank you and I really try to make it a point to get my water in.
–My mind doesn’t do well with hunger. And neither does my body. (My husband will confirm this). The 3 Day Refresh is based off 900 calories, which is very low. Another reason it’s only 3 days. Listen to your body and don’t be afraid to add a little extra when your body shows it needs it.
–It took 2 days for my body to really respond. Day 1 I saw a small drop in weight, Day 2 nothing (probably the wine) and Day 3 my body responded beautifully. My belly was also a little bloated the first day and a half. It had to remember what to do with all the fiber and veggies coming in!
–I can be full without meat. I love a medium rare steak or a chicken breast, but I really enjoyed eating veggies. I did miss my eggs and steel cut oatmeal. I might have smiled on Day 4 when it was back on the menu again.
–I also kept 3.5 of the 5 pounds off for the next 30 days. Big accomplishment. Imagine if you could keep 3 pounds off each month. That would be 36 pounds in a year. From just 3 days. Awesome!
–My body needs this every month. Which is why I now do it every month. Modified. 😉

And that is the 3 Day Refresh in a nutshell. I would highly suggest partnering with someone when you commit to this. It’s always good to know you’re not alone when you go for something new.blog-signature