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Chile Verde with Chicken

In our kitchen, it just isn’t meal prep day if we aren’t making at least one Latin-inspired dish for the week. One of our new “old standbys” is our version of Chile Verde with Chicken. And when I say “our version” I mean, I completely made this up based on my compilation of some of the best tasting Chile Verdes that I’ve tasted and what I believe their ingredients would be and trying to keep this as clean-eating friendly as possible.

The beauty of this dish is that it can be completely tailored to your liking…Like Heat? Add more peppers… Don’t Like Cilantro? Skip it and add more Garlic. Play with the recipe and make it your own. Sometimes, this actually turns out to be Chile Rojo because I get a little heavy-handed with the chili powder … don’t stress about it.

This is a simple dish that is easy to make in advance and either portion out for the week or simply leave the protein out until you are ready to eat it and freeze the sauce.

This recipe makes enough for five meals for two people.
We serve this over brown rice, but it would be equally good with quinoa.

Special Equipment Warning – You will need a Blender

 

Ingredients

Verde Sauce
12 medium tomatillos
3 jalapeño peppers
3 serrano peppers
3 yellow peppers (these can be hard to find, so skip it if you can’t find it)
1 bunch cilantro
6 cloves of garlic – divided 3 whole and 3 smashed
2 medium onions – chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Salt-Free Seasoning (aka Mrs. Dash)
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt & Pepper to taste

 

Chicken
5lbs chicken breast sliced thinly into 1″ pieces
1-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt & Pepper

Directions

For the Verde Sauce
Peel and wash the tomatillos thoroughly (until they are no longer sudsy) and wash the peppers.
Place the tomatillos, peppers, and 3 whole garlic cloves in a pot and cover with water – bring to a boil and reduce to med-low heat and cook for 8-10 mins. Transfer the tomatillos, peppers and garlic to the blender, but reserve 2 cups of the cooking liquid. Add 1/2-1 cup of liquid if needed and blend until pureed and fairly smooth.

In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over med heat and add the chopped onions and smashed garlic and sauté until the onions are slightly browned and caramelized.
Add the spices and stir to coat the onions and allow to cook for 1-2mins.
Add the tomatillo mixture from the blender and stir well, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 30mins.
Taste for seasoning and adjust, if needed.

For the chicken
Season the sliced chicken with the spices and set aside
Heat a large skillet over med-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil
Working in batches, using 1 tablespoon of olive oil for each batch, brown the chicken in the skillet and add to the verde sauce when cooked.

When all the chicken is cooked and transferred to the verde sauce, set the heat on med-low and allow to cook for 30-45mins.

Serve over brown rice and enjoy.

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Falafel-Style Chickpeas

We were watching “The Kitchen”, a talk show on Food Network and saw a recipe for a Deconstructed Falafel Salad and it was the inspiration for this recipe. We eat this as a side when we need a healthy carb and protein, it is completely plant-based, so it fits many different eating styles. And the best thing is that it is SUPER EASY!

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons dried oregano (we like Mexican oregano for the flavor)

4 teaspoons dried thyme

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon himalayan pink salt / kosher is a good substitute

2 cans (or one large can) chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and dried on a paper towel

1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley – finely chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Preheat the over to 375 degrees F.

Line a metal baking pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together oregano, thyme, cumin, and salt – mix well.
Add the chickpeas and olive oil and toss until chickpeas are coated evenly with the spice blend.
Spread chickpeas on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25mins until they are toasted and lightly golden brown.

While the chickpeas are baking, add the parsley to the bowl that had the spice mixture and toss so the parsley is coated with the remaining oil and spices.

After the chickpeas are finished baking, transfer to a serving dish and top with the parsley.

 

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Healthy Butternut Squash Soup

In our kitchen, Thanksgiving is THE most wonderful time of the year and as we get ready for the big day, or any cold winter day, I wanted to share some recipes that we will be making.

The first is Butternut Squash Soup … this is usually made with butter and cream, but in this version, we us coconut (or olive) oil and chicken stock. You can also use vegetable stock for vegan version.

 

Ingredients:

1 – 3lb (ish) Butternut Squash
1T Coconut Oil
1 Large Onion – rough chop
3 Cloves Garlic – smashed or sliced
4 Cups Low Sodium Chicken or Vegetable Stock
1T Ground Cumin
1t Ground Nutmeg
1T Mrs. Dash or any non-salt seasoning mix
Himalayan Pink Salt & Ground White or Black Pepper to taste

Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise and place cut side down in a shallow baking dish with about 1/4 inch of water and roast at 350 until soft, about 1hr. You can speed the process by pricking the skin side with a knife.
When done – remove and allow to cool, then remove the skin and cut into chunks.

In a large pot, sauté the onion and garlic in the coconut oil over medium-high heat until caramelized.
Add the spices and toast 30 seconds
Add the cubed squash and stock
Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 15mins

Transfer mixture to a blender, in small batches, and puree.
TIP – When blending, place a kitchen towel on the lid and hold down as the hot liquid will expand when you start the blender.

When finished with blending, taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.

Garnish with an additional sprinkle of nutmeg

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Fall Back into Fitness

Who else can’t believe it is already Fall?
Seems like just yesterday we were gearing up for Memorial Day Weekend and now Halloween is just around the corner.
If you are like me, this time of the year is the most challenging because it seems like every one of the upcoming holidays is centered around food or tasty beverages and we ALL know that can lead to the dreaded “Fall 15”, that is like the adult version of the “Freshman 15”.
We are committing to a program that will help us get through the holidays, starting with a simple to follow program that is only 21 days long and the goal is to lose 10-15lbs in this next 21 days, but more importantly, get our eating under control.

We look forward to having you join us!
Head over to Facebook and let us know that you have made the commitment!

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5 Shakeology Myths —DEBUNKED by a Coach!

Beachbody® Coach, Seay Stanford, feels so passionate about the shake that changed her life that she wrote the article below to debunk all those Shakeology Myths floating around. This article is so powerful and real that we had no choice but to share it with the rest of the world. So here you go. Enjoy! And thanks, Seay. 

 

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#1 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is a protein shake.

Meaning just a shake that provides extra protein. I can’t blame the general public for thinking this since “protein shake” has become nearly an interchangeable term for ANY shake. But, all shakes are not created equal—especially ones that contain superfoods. Shakeology is a very nutrient-dense shake that can be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You’d have to eat a whole lot of fruits and vegetables to equal the nutrition in a single glass of Shakeology—and you probably couldn’t do it for less than 170 calories. Shakeology makes it very easy to cut your calories without substantially cutting down your daily volume of nutrients needed. Truth be told, the majority of people are WAY MORE nutrient deficient, than they are protein deficient. So why just stop at a protein shake?

 #2 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is about comparing carbs, proteins, and fats to other shakes.

This is not at all what you should be comparing when you look at other shakes versus Shakeology. Sure, other shakes have 0 grams of sugar. But how do you think those shakes achieve that? Hint, it’s not natural. Yes, that’s right, they are probably using ARTIFICIAL sweeteners to get to 0 grams of sugar. Even fruit has sugar in it. A shake with 0 grams of sugar is using ARTIFICIAL sweeteners. Shakeology has NO artificial sweeteners, NO artificial colors, NO soy, NO artificial stimulants, and NO artificial flavors. One of its main sweeteners is Stevia, which is plant-based.

#3 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is just a bunch of extracts, with no whole-food ingredients.

That’s not true. Whenever it’s possible and sustainable for the formula, the superfoods in Shakeology are preserved in their whole-food state to retain maximum nutrient value. It’s a very difficult process to use whole, plant-based ingredients so that the formula retains as much nutritional value as possible, but Shakeology has a whole team of scientists whose mission is to maximize the nutrition in every ingredient in Shakeology. Imagine trying to juice all those superfoods! Shakeology is way less expensive and a huge time-saver.

#4 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is expensive.

To anyone who feels this product is expensive I know that I have not done my diligence in breaking down its REAL VALUE. Most people will agree that they would spend an average of $3 to $7 on a HEALTHY nutritious meal. I know most store-bought salads cost even more than that, and don’t contain nearly the dense concentration of nutrients. But on average, I think we can all agree healthy meals run between $3 and $7. Shakeology, at $4.33 per shake, comes in on the LOW END of average. (You can make Shakeology into a breakfast or lunch that you’d be buying anyway.) Not only are you spending less than you normally would, you’re also getting vital nutrients your body needs, that you just can’t get from your run-of-the-mill salad, plus the normal range of vitamins and minerals. So you can replace your VITAMINS, too. Sure, you may need a specific vitamin, based on your conditions, geography, or age—but in general, Shakeology will provide you with a solid base of your whole-food nutrients.

When was the last time you went to your grocery store and bought THIRTY meals all at once? Typically, I’m guessing, you buy a few days’ worth each time. When you buy a bulk bag of Shakeology, you are buying 30 of your shakes up-front. That means you’ll spend less money at the grocery store. Because of the grocery savings, I actually deduct my monthly Shakeology from my grocery budget. For the price, I cannot duplicate its vast quality of ingredients and nutrients.

#5 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is only for weight loss.

Most shakes are marketed this way. But here’s the thing. Anything will induce weight loss if it’s low enough in calories. Just because you are drinking a shake, does not mean the fat will melt off. Actually, if you are not getting enough nutrients and calories you will actually inhibit your weight-loss efforts. Shakeology is about HEALTH. When you put the RIGHT nutrients in your body that it needs to develop, heal, recover, repair, and thrive, you may ultimately have MORE energy, LESS cravings, and FEEL better therefore you eat less and become more active. With Shakeology, weight loss becomes a BY-PRODUCT of dense nutrition.

To make my point, when was the last time you dieted and cut calories only to feel tired, grouchy, and had a ton of cravings? That is because you may have been nutrient deficient. What if you’re at your goal weight, or need to GAIN weight? Because Shakeology is about DENSE NUTRITION you can use it as your base and add clean calories to make it 300 calories or more. Not everyone needs to lose weight, but everyone needs to be healthier. Shakeology isn’t MAGIC. It’s just clean dense nutrition made SUPER easy for everyone at a very affordable price. It’s my family’s “fast food” on the counter. Yes, my family goes through 4–5 bags a MONTH because even though we all have different weight and caloric needs, we all share the same NUTRITIONAL needs. Shakeology isn’t a weight-loss shake—it’s a nutrition shake.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Vanilla Almond Shakeology

Vanilla Almond Shakeology

 

Healthy omega-3s and Vanilla Shakeology blend together in this yummy shake

Total Time: 5 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology (Available Here)
1 Tbsp. all-natural almond butter
1 cup ice

Preparation:
1. Place almond milk, Shakeology, almond butter, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth./p>

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 266
Fat: 14 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Sodium: 387 mg
Carbohydrate: 19 g
Fiber: 6 g
Sugar: 8 g
Protein: 20 g

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What Do We Do As A Beachbody Coaches?

 

Super Workout at Summit 2014 - Never Give Up!

Super Workout at Summit 2014 – Never Give Up!

A common question is what exactly it is that we do as a Beachbody Coaches.

Simply, the answer is just being consistent in your daily health and fitness habits and sharing health/fitness with others.

Here is an example of a day in the life of a Beachbody Coach:

  • Get Your Workout in:  Finding a Beachbody program that really gets you motivated will help you reach your fitness goals.  For example: Turbo Fire, ChaLEAN Extreme, Les Mills Combat, P90X and Insanity; you can hybrid any of these with a spinning or running program to “amp it up”.  It is important to lead by example and be “walking the walk”.
  • Drink Shakeology:  It’s easy to genuinely share Shakeology with others when you are drinking it yourself, personally receiving the benefits from it every day. You can try different recipes to find your favorite!
  • Connect with People:  Encourage others to push play, answer questions they may have, discuss goals, and help them overcome obstacles (we’ve all been there, right?). This might be done on social media through challenge groups, personal messaging, in person one-on-one, or in a fit club.
  • Help Customers:  Reach out to “FREE” customers assigned to you through Beachbody via email or phone. Invite them to an upcoming challenge group if they are seeking more accountability or support.
  • Inspire:  Share your own personal fitness journey with others. It is important to relate to others and let them know we are each on our own unique journey. Posting inspirational photos on facebook/Instagram to promote your own healthy lifestyle, and sharing success stories of others are wonderful motivators!
  • Share Shakeology:  Send out Shakeology samples to those who are interested in trying it. Always have packets with you ready to hand out! You never know where an opportunity might arise – a dentist appointment, chiropractic appointment, standing in line at the grocery store, the park, the mall… Be ready! “Wear and share” is another great way to start a conversation with people! Get a piece of logo wear and it will do the talking for you!
  • Connect with your team: Help a teammate who is looking for a resource. Go over the 7 day quick start guide with the new coach you just sponsored. Congratulate one of your coaches who just had a rank advance.

How does this life sound to you? Does this sound like something you could be good at? Are you passionate about helping people? Want to just start on your journey to a healthy lifestyle? Join Us

Watch this video to learn more about the opportunity.

Introducing Team Beachbody

We can’t wait to follow you on your journey!

 

In this together~

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How Shakeology Got It's Start

Carl Daikeler

This is guest post by Beachbody Co-Founder and CEO Carl Daikeler.

One day my wife looked down at the burger I was eating and remarked that I ate like a second grader. It was that comment that led me to ask if she would finally relent, after months of turning me down, to use her decades of nutrition and wellness experience designing supplements and shakes for some of the top VIPs in the world, to help Beachbody create something special. What I wanted was a shake that I – a self-proclaimed “anything-but-vegetabletarian” – could eat. She said yes, and immediately began to brainstorm what the ultimate shake could be.

“Whole food based, with prebiotics, digestive enzymes, and phytonutrients,” she would say.

“Please just make it taste good enough that I can get it down.”

A few months into the process, Isabelle told me she’d had a chance meeting with a guy named Darin. She told me about this guy who climbs remote mountains, crisscrosses oceans, and crawls through dense, soggy jungles in search of the best sources of nutrition on the planet.

That chance meeting, though, led to the creation of a real nutrition breakthrough that’s transforming the health of literally thousands of people a day. All thanks to the combination of Isabelle’s demanding standards and Darin’s resources and passion for hunting out the most nutritional food on Earth.

What started as a dream to create something that would help people who don’t eat their veggies (like me) turned into an amazing symphony of benefits, including increased energy, regularity, weight loss, lower cholesterol and so many more I won’t both bother to list them here.

Today, thanks to this dream team, that drama has become a reality. We all get to enjoy the amazing product called Shakeology and we’re healthier for it!

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Shakeology Breakfast Bars

Shakeology Breakfast Bars

These chocolatey, fiber-rich, vegan-friendly bars will help keep you satiated until lunchtime.

Total Time: 10 min.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: None
Yield: 12 servings, 1 bar each

Ingredients:

4 scoops Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
2 cups quick-cooking old-fashioned oats
½ cup unsweetened grated coconut
¼ cup chopped raw walnuts
¼ cup raisins
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup all-natural smooth peanut butter

Preparation:

1. Combine Shakeology, oats, coconut, walnuts, and raisins in a large mixing bowl; mix well.

2. Add almond milk and peanut butter to mixture; mix well with clean hands.

3. Press mixture into 8×8-inch baking pan; cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

4. Cut into 12 bars.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 224
Fat: 12 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 152 mg
Carbohydrate: 21 g
Fiber: 5 g
Sugar: 6 g
Protein: 10 g
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