I am always on the prowl for some clean eats crockpot cooking…
So, I was delighted when I ran across this one today!
Here is the recipe:
- 4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 5 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 T. garlic, minced
- 2 T. tomato paste
- 2 T. olive oil
- 1 T. honey
- 2 T. Italian Seasoning
- 1 T. red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
This Clean Eating Slow Cooker Italian Chicken is a super easy meal that you can feel good about feeding to your family. It’s packed with fresh ingredients and has enough flavor that you can eat alone, over salad, or over your favorite rice. Enjoy!
- Mix all ingredients (except chicken) together and mix for about 30 seconds until ingredients are mixed well.
- Place chicken breasts and sauce in crock; cover and Crock on LOW heat for 7 hours.
- Shred chicken with 2 forks. Let chicken absorb sauce and crock for another 30 mins. to 1 hour on LOW.
- Serve with your favorite pasta or quinoa.
Well, I eat clean MOST of the time. But then there are the occasional times that I just need to eat those carbs to reset my system.
What do you do after a meal of unclean foods?
Here are a few tips to help you get back on track.
1. Don’t overly stress about it. There is nothing you can do once the food has gone down the hatch. You just have to move forward.
2. Drink some peppermint tea to settle your tummy as you will feed a bit of indigestion set in.
3. Drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins you just ate. Also, since you probably just ate a ton of carbs…it will flush out that extra water associated with them. Carbs hold water, don’t forget! Carbs will make you bloat don’t forget…
4. Wake up the next day and eat a high protein breakfast. It is important that you don’t skip this step as that will cause you to only go into “starvation mode.”
5. Go light on the carbs, drink TONS of water and get some exercise in.
6. Try some gentle yoga poses. These yoga poses will aid in digestion and overall increase your comfort level.
So, don’t worry. A meal or two will not wreck your clean eating work. Just get right back on the “horse” to minimize the meals.
What do you do that helps with recovery from an “unclean eating” episode??
Share your tips in the comment section below.
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I just love my crock pot. I mean I really, really love it. It truly makes clean eating so simple. And, I just hate to cook. So I like to prep the ingredients, plug in the machine, and then basically walk away.
I came across this recipe some time ago and thought I would share with you.
I am calling it:
“Fix and Forget About It” 21 Day Fix Chicken
3-4 chicken breasts
4 cloves of pressed garlic
2 tsp of chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp. cilantro
4 bell peppers, any color (sliced)
1 large onion (sliced)
1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes (use a low sodium version or check out this easy recipe for stewed tomatoes)
Put all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
If your time will allow it, add the bell peppers to the slow cooker in the last hour so they aren’t too soggy.
When the cooking time is over, shred chicken with a fork.
Place 1 Red container of the chicken mixed with tomatoes and garlic onto a 1 Yellow whole wheat flour tortilla. Top with 1 Green container of sliced peppers and onion.
Optionally serve with 1 Tbsp. of Non-fat Greek yogurt or a Blue container of shredded cheese.
1 fajita is 1 red, 1 Green, 1 Yellow and an optional 1 Blue.
It is important to know your “why!”
Why do you want to be healthy? Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to eat clean? Why haven’t diets worked for you in the past? What challenges are there for you to get involved?
If you don’t know your “why” you certainly won’t stick with a program.
For me, I had gotten to a point in my life where I felt as if things would be impossible to change. Once I made it to my 40’s, I thought that things were going to be the way they were going to be and that I didn’t have many options in terms of body transformation. The 20’s, even the 30’s were far gone. What happened to me? How did I let myself get into this shape? How could I even begin to turn things around?
It was only through a hard core look at my “why” that I could truly commit to a workout program and a new lifestyle.
Here is my “why” from my mouth to your ears.
What is your “why?” What will keep you working towards your goals long after your New Year’s resolution has worn off?
Dig deep and find that “why.” Then you will be ready to commit to a program, no matter the cost or the commitment.
If you are ready, fill out my Challenge Group Application and let’s get you started on the road of transformation.
Happy New Year!
OK, so now what?
I love a New Year. I didn’t always. I looked up it with dread because of all the things I failed to do in the year before. But, not anymore.
You see, I have dedicated the New Year to a day of planning and goal setting. I would look at the past year in review and decide what some of my top goals should be for the coming one. Then I chart it all out on a yearly calendar and then monthly. At the end of each month, I take a look at my larger yearly goals and determine what next steps for the month should be to get me to them. Then each Sunday night, I take a look at my monthly goals and determine what I need to do this week to get me to my monthly goals. You see, I break it all down from he large to the very small. And, then my year becomes manageable.
I use this day planner design to help me chart everything I need to do. Find what works and use it.
So, if you haven’t settled on your top goals for the year, take some time today or this weekend coming. Writing down your goals in specific terms…SMART (specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related) means you’re more likely to achieve them.
And, we want you to achieve them, right?
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
I made these in batches….
2TBSP melted extra virgin coconut oil
2 TBSP Chocolate Shakeology
Organic Maple syrup (a capful for sweetness)
Try these healthy peanut butter cups
Natural Peanut Butter ( or PB2 mixed with water)
Melt oil and mix with Shakeology and maple syrup.
(save in fridge dont freeze or they will be too hard to enjoy!)
Place some in bottom of liners. Put those in freezer for few minutes to set up. Then melt peanut butter a little and spread thin on top of the firm chocolate. Pour chocolate/oil mix over top of peanut butter and then put back in freezer to firm up for few minutes. DELISH! You can keep in fridge.
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In the winter, I like to do some cooking with the slow cooker.
I will oftentimes Google clean eating recipes to see what comes up for slow cookers.
Most of the search results, I have to sift through because once you start to look at the ingredients, they truly are not clean eats.
I was thinking of my upcoming week and planning it out and did my Friday night Google search and happened upon this recipe for pork chops in the slow cooker.
Other than the amount of the olive oil, I think that you will agree, they both look and sound like delish clean eats.
Let me know what you think!
New Year 2015 “NO REGRETS” CHALLENGE GROUP
Start the New Year feeling and looking GREAT! Our next online challenge group will run for 21 days starting January 11th. Give yourself the GIFT OF WELLNESS in 2015 by joining us! We only accept 6 people for each group. I will provide the support, accountably, information and motivation you need to make 2015 your healthiest year ever.
HERE’S THE PLAN:
For this group, we will teach you how to create new and healthy habits while enjoying the foods you love…GUILT FREE! You’ll start the New Year on the path to looking and feeling great while developing healthy lifelong habits.
January 4th: Group opens and preseason begins
January 11th: Workouts and clean eating plans start
My challenge groups take place in a private Facebook group where participants get to know each other and help provide support to others in reaching their goals. I ask that my challengers check in daily because the more engaged they are with the group, the more success they have. I do require you list me as your coach on TeamBeachbody.com and follow a fitness program to ensure your success. Contact me for further details on how to join and I’ll help select a plan that’s just right for you.
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These are very, very busy days leading up to Christmas.
I know that I am running around frantically. Darn exhausted most of the time.
I have lists after lists that I managing to keep myself on task. I have a Christmas Eve open house and then Christmas dinner. Yikes!
Well, you may wonder…”how do I stay healthy when I am running around for here to there?” or “what can I just grab and go to eat?”
Holiday tips to avoid overeating
Do NOT just “grab and go!” One thing that you can ensure is that you don’t skip a meal. I know, I know…there is so much to do.
But, if you want to keep reaching for your goals, you gotta just reach for them and that means you gotta plan it out. And, if you can’t plan it out, always have some healthy snacks on hand to have available in a time of desperation.
The more you skip, means the greater chance of overeating.
If you are running around all day, and forget to eat…you are more likely to over do it when you go to that party later on the evening.
So the more you keep on track = the less likely to overeat.
So, don’t skip a meal.
Eat healthy meals throughout the day…space them out…every three hours.
You got this!
P.S. – If you missed yesterday’s holiday fitness tip, catch it here.
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