Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blueberry Yogurt Parfait

This is a very simple treat that could be served for Breakfast or as a Snack. It's so simple that there's really no need to create a recipe other than to show that it is a Fix Approved meal.



Ingredients:


  • 3/4 Cup of Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 1/4 Cups of Fresh Blueberries
  • 2 tbsp of clean granola* - no high fructose corn syrup.  I use Bear Naked.
Combine the ingredients and enjoy! For all of you Fixers this equals 1 Red, 1 Purple, and 1 Yellow
*For the granola, you measure with the Orange container, but you count it as a Yellow.

Like I said, not complicated at all. Just simply delicious.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Poor Man's Stir Fry

Growing up, my mama would make this dish that we referred to as Poor Man's Stir Fry. We called it that because the ingredients were simple and not exotic. It didn't require special sauces or hard to find vegetables. It was something that anyone could make and the ingredients could be found in most people's kitchen.

This dish has become somewhat of a comfort food for me. It's also a dish that my family absolutely loves every time I make it.  So I wanted to share it with all of you.

The ingredients are simple:


  • 1 lb Lean Ground Meat (beef, turkey) My family prefers beef
  • 2 cups Carrots, cut
  • 2 cups Green Beans, cut
  • 1/2 - 1 tbsp of Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 to 1 Medium Onion Diced or 1/2 tbsp of Dehydrated Onion Flakes (my oldest son does not care for the slimy texture of the fresh onions)
  • 2 tsp of EVOO
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce to taste (sub Raw Coconut Aminos for much less Sodium)
To cook:

Brown your meat on medium with the Onion and Black Pepper. In the meantime, cut your vegetables.  I like my carrots and beans close to an inch in length. 


Once the meat is cooked through, I transfer it to a bowl and cook the Carrots, Green Beans, and Garlic on medium heat in the EVOO for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  I like for them to be tender, while still having some crunch to them.  If you want them more tender, add 1/4 cup of water to the pan and put the lid on for 5 more minutes.  Be careful not to burn the Garlic.



Once the vegetables are done, you can add the meat back to the pan and add your Sauce to the mixture. You could also leave the sauce out and it can be added to each serving as desired.  Mix everything together. 



You can serve it over brown rice or quinoa. And feel free to add tomatoes to it or anything else your heart desires.  And if you find a variation that you and your family can't live without, let me know! I'm always looking for new ideas.

*** For 21 Day Fixers, a serving with brown rice would be 1 Green, 1 Red, and 1 Yellow ***

Thanks for stopping by!
Brandy
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Strawberry and Peanut Butter Oatmeal

I have been an avid Oatmeal for Breakfast kind of gal for almost a year now. Not only is it a hearty, healthy breakfast, but as a nursing mother it helped me maintain my milk production.  So I am always looking for different ways to prepare it without adding sugar.

Here is a new recipe I found in the 21 Day Fix Extreme Eating Plan.  I prepare mine a little different than the recipe in the eating plan.


What you'll need:
  • 1 Cup of Hot Water
  • 1/4 Cup Quick Cook Steel-Cut or Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp Smooth All-Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup of Sliced Strawberries

I use a Pyrex 2-cup Measuring cup and heat 2 cups of water in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. You'll only use 1 cup, but I like to heat more just in case the boys decide that they want some.

While my water is heating I go ahead and add my oats, strawberries and PB to my bowl.  Once the water is heated, I slowly pour a little at a time to the mixture until it is at the consistency I like.  I prefer that my oatmeal is not soupy.  You can add as much water as you'd like until it is to the consistency you prefer. 

Sit back and enjoy. And if you are doing the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan, this breakfast is 1 Yellow, 1 Purple, and 1 tsp.

Let me know what you think!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Transformation Tuesday


It's hard to believe that we are already in the 2nd month of 2015! Where did January go? The past month was a bit of a struggle for me. I guess the Holidays really did a number on me and it took me a month to recover.

I've hit a plateau in my fitness journey and needed a little inspiration this morning. So who better to look at for inspiration than yourself? So I found this progress picture from a couple of months ago. 


I still can't believe the difference. I don't even know who that girl was. I do know that I was unhappy with myself, tired all of the time, having dizzy spells constantly, and experiencing bouts of anxiety. It was not a great place for me. When I look back, I am thankful that I went through that low point in my life so that I could learn how to live and eat healthy. Trust me, I am not going back to that place. I've always been a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. And I know that I never would have found the great community of leaders and teammates who I have grown so close to had I not been at that point in my life. So for that I am thankful.




After 2 rounds of Focus T25 I lost 20 lbs and 20 inches. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it. I then went on to complete the 21 Day Fix with a little bit of Piyo mixed in and was able to maintain my weight loss. I still have some work to do and my journey is far from over.



I am a lover of all programs through Beachbody and have quite the arsenal of videos at home. So if there's a program you've been thinking about trying and you're ready to take the step towards creating your own Transformation story, let me know. I would love to pay it forward and help you reach your goals. You can email me at vidaliagirl@gmail.com or click on the "Contact" tab at the bottom of your screen. 
Monday, February 2, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme at a Glance!

So, today is the dreaded "Day after Leg Day".  And boy, am I feeling it.  See, yesterday I got a sneak peak at one of Autumn Calabrese's new 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts via Beachbody On Demand. It isn't even being released until tomorrow, and I got a sneak peak.



The 21 Day Fix Extreme is similar to the 21 Day Fix in that the workouts are only 30 minutes and it comes with the portion control containers. It is like the original program but SUPERCHARGED! I've only done the Plyo workout since it was a Sneak Peak through Beachbody On Demand. And by the way, if you don't have your club membership locked in I would do so before March rolls around.  You are going to want to have access to Beachbody on Demand. 


What is 21 Day Fix Extreme?


  • A 21-day program with simple portion control, clean eating, and extreme 30-minute workouts.
  • The portion-control containers take all the guesswork out of how much you should eat.
  • The Eating Plan will tell you exactly what to eat and when—and how to eat cleaner than ever.
  • If getting tone and shredded is what you're looking for, this program is for you.

What are the Benefits?

  • This program shows you how to eat well and work hard. And by eating well, I mean you are not going to be starving at the end of the day. It will take heart, commitment, and a drive to succeed. But it's only 21 Days.
  • The 30-minute workouts are extreme. They combine steady-state aerobics, resistance training, and explosive power moves that target every muscle in the body—to help you get shredded in a short amount of time. 
  • There are Seven workouts; one for every day of the week.  This keeps you from getting bored with doing the same routine every day.  It also keeps your body from adapting to the exercises and slowing down your results.
  • For your nutrition, you'll not only be practicing portion control—you'll be eating ONLY clean foods. No treats. No cheats. No excuses. 
  • Autumn has included her own competition nutrition plan, which she uses to get stage-ready and ripped in 21 days.

What are the daily workouts?

  • Plyo Fix Extreme, Upper Fix Extreme, Pilates Fix Extreme, Lower Fix Extreme, Cardio Fix Extreme, Dirty 30 Extreme, Yoga Fix Extreme, Power Fix Extreme (available at No Charge when you order through your coach), ABC Extreme, and The Fix Challenge

Who is this Program For?

This program is designed for anyone who:
  • Doesn't have much weight to lose, but wants to have definition in their abs and get shredded.
  • Has a dramatic short-term weight-loss goal or needs that final push to reach their goal.
  • Doesn't want to make a long time commitment or has tried and failed at more complicated nutrition plans.  
  • Is serious with a "No BS" attitude toward workouts and nutrition.
  • Has already done the 21 Day Fix or has completed more extreme programs like P90X, Insanity, or T25.

Do you want to join me?

I will be hosting a private 21 Day Fix Extreme TEST group where I will be providing you with the motivation and support you need throughout the program.  I will provide you with sample meal plans, recipes, and snack ideas. I will help you set realistic and achievable goals to help you get the best results.  I will provide the accountability, you provide the commitment. 

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to see my abs again. Are you ready? If so, contact me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/vidaliagirlfitness or email me at vidaliagirl@gmail.com and let's get moving.  You can also click on the "Contact" button at the bottom right of your screen.

Remember, it goes on sale Monday, February 2nd and it may just sell out!! So don't wait until the last minute to get yours.



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