Monday, April 29, 2019

Day 1 of 90 Day Epic Life challenge

Today marks Day 1 of my third 90 day Epic Life challenge starts today! Working my way towards my Fit for 50 goal!

While I tried very hard between last challenge and this one to stay on task admittedly I had a few slips of poor meal choices so it feels good to be back to being accountable! 

Perfectly Balanced Breakfast 

Raspberry Chocolate Smoothie

What You Need:
  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt 
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 2 slices frozen beets
  • 1 tablespoon Torani Sugar Free Raspberry syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Torani White Chocolate syrup
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 splash of water to consistency desired
What You Do:
  • Place all ingredients in the blender.
  • Blend in high power blender until well mixed
  • Serve over additional ice if you like it really cold
Balance with a serving of fruit, grain and healthy fat of choice - I chose a slice of gluten free toast with peanut butter and an apple with some cinnamon sprinkled on it.
Perfectly Balanced Lunch Curried Tuna and Apple Sandwich

What You Need for Tuna Salad - makes two servings

  • 1 can (6oz/170 g) light tuna, low sodium packed in water, drained
  • 1 apple, cored and diced - I love the tart Granny Smith
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp 2% plain Greek yogurt, or dairy-free alternative
  • 2 tsp  Guacamole Dip Mix
  • 1/8 tsp  Curry Seasoning
  • Lettuce leaves - I love Romaine or Spinach 
  • 4 slices bread or 2 small buns - whole grain or in my case gluten free
What You Do: 

  • In a medium bowl, fluff tuna with a fork. Add apple, yogurt, Guacamole Dip Mix, and Madras Curry Seasoning. Stir to blend well. 
  • I like to prep this ahead so flavor can blend and meld together. Filling will last 2–3 days in your fridge.
  • Place lettuce on two slices of bread and spread 1/2 of the tuna mixture on top. Cover with second slice of bread. Cut diagonally and serve. Repeat for second sandwich.
  • If only making one serving store the unused tuna mixture in an airtight container in fridge.
Perfectly balance with a side of veggies and 2 tablespoons salad dressing or dip of choice plus a 1/2 cup of fruit of choice.

Perfectly Balanced Dinner - Butternut Squash Marinara with Caesar Salad

Nom nom nom look at this yummy plate - take that Eastside Mario’s cause right here is a healthy delicious Italian dinner on my table in under 30 minutes and perfectly balanced and under 500 calories 💕

Turkey Marinara Sauce over Butternut Squash

Turkey Marinara Sauce - serves 4

What You Need
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey 
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 sweet pepper
  • 2 cups spinach 
  • 2 cans of Low Sodium Tomato sauce - I like Hunts brand
  • 2 tablespoons of Epicure Marinara Spice
What You Do
  • Brown turkey and drain off any excess fat
  • Saute onion, celery, pepper until browned a bit.
  • Add in tomato sauce and simmer 25 minutes to meld flavors.
  • Toss in spinach a few minutes before serving to wilt a bit.
Serve over top of your favorite pasta or for a grain free option over spiraled butternut squash, sweet potato or zucchini
Caesar Salad

What You Need for Homemade dressing
  • 2 Tbsp Caesar Dressing seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise, or Greek yogurt 
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 C (60 ml) olive oil
  • 1/4 C (60 ml) milk
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves, optional 
 What You Do
  •  Whisk all ingredients together and let meld in fridge for a wee bit - will keep for 2-3 days prepped.
Or if you are in a rush or only want to make one serving at a time cause you do not eat a lot of Caesar I like to use the Walden Coleslaw as my base and just add the dry Epicure Caesar Dressing seasoning to it and mix one serving needed - bam done! 

Serve with Romaine lettuce, bacon bits and Parmesan cheese ... since I am Celiac and so croutons are hard to come by I love to add Whisps to my salad - locally you can get them at Costco or Walmart! This are awesome low carb 'cracker' replacement cause basically its just 'cheese' that's been baked into cracker form!

So basically that was my day of goodies so far! It is a 3 day reset for first 3 days so no 'dessert' after dinner for first 3 days.

I have also had my 8 glasses of water as well as herbal teas between meals for liquid! 

Feeling vary satiated and so far making it through today without any chocolate cravings - ever since Easter and a little slip I have been struggling with cravings! 

Have an amazing day

Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much
Be Totallyawake4-life 

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