Ok, so I’m on day 11, and I feel soooooo much better!! My mood has improved, I sleep better(when my daughter allows, that is), my clothes fit better, and Im not even half way through yet!! Ok so lets cut to the chase and get these recipes up
Shrimp and Sausage in a skillet
1 bag medium sized precooked shrimp(from sams)
1 pack hillsbury farm smoked turkey sausage
1/2 tbsp minced garlic
thaw your shrimp, I put mine in a colander and put it in the sink and let cold water run over them until they were thawed out. Slice your sausage, cook in microwave for about 5 minutes. In your skillet, melt about 2 tablespoons olive oil butter and the garlic. Once melted, add your shrimp, sausage and about a handful of chopped cilantro. Add whatever seasonings you want to taste. I added salt free Tony’s.. stir around till shrimp are warm and serve immediately..
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
head of califlower
1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp almond milk
1 tbsp olive oil butter
dash of truffle oil
cut your califlower into pieces, and boil for about 40 minutes or until REALLY soft. Drain and add rest of ingredients, mash with potato masher. I also added some crumbled turkey bacon, I mean come on. EVERYTHING is better with bacon (my husband didnt know it was cauliflower and loved it!!)
*For snacks Ive been having sliced cucumbers with guacomole and tonys. so good.
Well, since I have all this extra energy, Im going to take advantage of the situation and go clean my house while Kensie is asleep! Stay tuned!!:)
So obviously Ive slacked on blogging! Sorry! It did make me feel good though to have a few people bring it to my attention because they wanted to see it! whoop whoop! I feel like a little celebrity;)
Ok, on with the goods. Im now on day 6!! watch out!! Ive become very creative in cooking and throwing stuff together because I get so sick of eating the same damn thing over and over again, and if I feel like Im having to restrict myself, its over. So the last few days Ive made turkey tacos, guacamole, peanut butter and bananas….here is some recipes.
1 pound ground turkey
low sodium taco seasoning(you could make your own but I just simply didnt feel like it)
2/3 cup water
Simple. brown meat, drain, add seasoning and water. done.
1 can no salt added tomatoes
1 handful cilantro
half a white onion
juice of one lime
garlic powder(about a teaspoon)
Mix all together in blender and blend.
handful of cilantro, chopped
juice of 1 lime
1/2 large white onion diced
2 tbsp salsa(from recipe above)
mix all together and add seasonings to taste.
*slice bananas, spread with peanut butter and freeze. Awesome snack
Peanut butter shake
vanilla meal replacement shake
1 tbsp peanut butter
half frozen banana
8 oz almond milk
You guessed it, mix and blend.
3 boiled eggs
salt free tony’s
boil your eggs and when cool, mash them up with the avocado. Add whatever seasonings you like and crumbled turkey bacon and sprouts. Good stuff!
sometimes you get sick of water!! Heres what I did for some flavor
big pitcher of water
* slice fruit and add to water
Heres my grocery list that I hope may help some of you:
Grocery list •-SAMs
•Peppers (red and green)
Fresh green beans
Extra lean ground beef
Whole wheat spaghetti
Whole grain tortillas
Dairy: ( you can add more dairy after cleanse
) Egg whites in carton
Fage plain Greek yogurt
Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Orange juice(for fiber drink)
keep your pants on, Ill be back with my recipes from today!!;)
So day 2 didnt start off too well! I was woken up at 4am by an excruciating pain in my ears then it hurt to swallow!! UGH! I couldnt imagine how I was going to be able to have my spark and fiber drink if I couldnt swallow! This is what I came up with. I figured that my results at the end of this challenge were way more important to me than to skip something bc it may be difficult. I put my big girl panties on and chugged that fiber drink!! It didnt go down as easily as it did yesterday, but we all know when we are sick NOTHING is good!! For breakfast I made 2 egg whites from the carton with 2 slices of turkey bacon. I chopped up about 1/4 of a tomato I had left from last night and mixed it all together. YUMMM! As the day went on, I started feeling worse and worse. I had pretty much decided that I was going to have to open a can of campbells chicken noodle soup and deal with the consequences. A dr visit later, double ear infection and sinus infection definitely made my mind up on that one. I RARELY get sick!! And NOW of all times right when I start my challenge. It royally pissed me the hell off. SO, I head home and start to get my chicken noodle soup out of the pantry, then put it right back up!! INSTEAD I came up with a vegetable beef soup I could make using everything that is allowed! This stuff was aaaamazing…I had it for lunch AND dinner, and will probably have some tomorrow also! Heres the recipe:
1 pound 97% lean ground beef
2 32oz boxes of low sodium beef broth
1 yellow onion diced
1 c celery in 1/4 inch pieces
2 c fresh green beans, snipped in 1/4″ pieces
1 C carrots sliced
1 14 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt substitute
brown celery, onion, and beef. drain and add back to pot. Add rest of ingredients and bring to a boil. Let simmer until carrots and beans are tender, about 30 minutes. serve immediately.
This is so much easier to make than it looks! Dont let the long list scare you! I cut up all my veggies ahead of time anyways so I have it ready to add to whatever Im making. Also, this freezes well, so double the recipe and have it again!!!
My second day certainly didnt go like I thought it would, but none the less, I did it! After taking some extra omegaplex, my headache that Ive had ALL DAY, is gone and Im ready for tomorrow!!!!
Day 1 is almost over!! I survived! Not only did I survive, but I’m actually looking forward to tomorrow! Ok, to pick up where I left off. Lunch was great! About 3 hours later I did have a snack…rice cakes! Actually, rice CAKE, singular. It was publix’ brand white chedder and it was suprisingly good!! I was looking thru recipes and so many of them contained cheese or some sort of dairy product, which its recommended to avoid during the cleanse, so I had to “create” something on my own using chicken breasts. (thats what I thawed out last night, so thats what I am working with) I was in the mood for something a little spicy and I’m really into avocados these days so definitely wanted to incorporate that somehow. Now the recommended serving of avocado while on the cleanse is 1/2 of an avocado. Since I used half earlier for my lunch I had the other half left! Here goes the recipe, folks…
1 can of stewed tomatoes (no salt added)
handful of cilantro
half a white onion
juice of one lime
salt substitute( I found one by Morton today at winn dixie on clearance for .74!!) happy girl:)
– Put all in blender and mix it up! Done!!
Cumin Cayenne Chicken
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
pam 0 calorie spray
first I rinsed the chicken and cut it into pieces. Sprinkle as much of the seasonings on it as youd like. (I never measure and I love spices so i use LOTS) and squeeze a lime over chicken. spray skillet with pam and turn on high. cook chicken till done,
LAST but not least, we need a side! Since I have all these vegetables laying around the house now, I thought it might be wise to fix some. Plus Im not a big fan of flies so better eaten than let sit to rot…
Medley of Goodness
squash (sliced thin)
half of a tomato
Mrs Dash garlic and herb seasoning
Tony Cacheres Salt Free seasoning
spray cookie sheet with pam, throw on your squash and zucchini(I sure hope Im spelling that right). sprinkle with Mrs Dash and the tonys, then drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 450 for about 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile, dice half of a tomato and half of an avocado. Once again we are going to squeeze some lime on the avocado. Once vegetables are done, mix in a bowl with your avocado, tomato and turkey bacon(i used 2 pieces and crumbled it up). sprinkle with pepper and enjoy!!!
dont forget your herbal cleanse pills before bed…and more water!!!!!
That was my Day 1, and I’m happy to say that I really look forward to Day 2!!
So today is my first day of the Advocare 24 day challenge. I must say that going into this I was kinda skeptical. I’m one of those who HATES vegetables and pretty much anything that is good for you, therefore I feel a little nervous about today. BUT, I have to say that after my breakfast and lunch, its not bad at all! I started the day with the fruit punch Spark mixed with 8oz of water. So far so good. I waited 30 minutes and did the fiber drink. Now, let me tell you, this was quite possibly the worst thing I have EVER put in my mouth. But with that being said, I also know that if thats the sacrifice I have to make to get back to where I want to be, BRING IT ON!! I did find though that mixing the water and fiber packet in a martini shaker with ice helped get it super cold. Next, hold your nose and hope for the best. WHEW!! Thats done. Only 2 more days of that until I get a 5 day break! I chased it with about 8oz of water and believe it or not, I was FULL!! Breakfast was NOT on my mind. Normally, I would go to bed thinking about what I was going to have when I woke up. Even though I wasnt hungry, you’ve got to have something 30 minutes after the awfulness that is the fiber drink. I made the vanilla meal replacement shake with a handful of frozen strawberries, 3 tbsp egg whites from the carton, and 8 oz water. Put it in the blender and wah lah! Strawberry milkshake with 2 omegaplex on the side! I even got fancy and put it in a big ole pretty wine glass with a slice of strawberry on the side. ( we be fancy in this joint). It was GOOD!!! Who knew that powdery stuff in the packet could actually taste good??
Well now that I have a while to wait before lunch, what to do?? This Spark sure did give me energy! I’ve cleaned my ENTIRE house, vaccumed, mopped, dusted, cleaned windows, done laundry, ALL while stopping quite frequently to play with a 3 month old. (she doesnt like to be put down very often, and lets you know it!) Next thing I know, 2 hours have gone by and its lunch time!! To get creative is the key here people. I had a can of tuna I had to do something with. Heres what I came up with:
Tuna Avocado Salad
1 small can of tuna
1 boiled egg(chopped)
celery(chopped into fine pieces)
juice of 1 lime
Mix tuna and avocado with all ingredients except spinach leaves. add seasonings to taste
Served on top of spinach leaves with a side of cucumbers in white vinegar and some baby carrots, and OF COURSE 8oz glass of water.
Yummmm!!! I was pleasantly surprised at my healthy lunch! It says you can have another Spark before lunch if needed, but I STILL had energy!! YAY!!! ITS A MIRACLE!! I havent even wanted to snack in between meals and usually snacks are one of my favorite parts of the day! (along with my dr.Pepper or coke which I was up to about 4 a day) and I havent missed it one time!! Im determined to nail this! Stay tuned to see whats for dinner!