Friday, August 2, 2013

Day 1- Paleo Chicken Curry with "Zoodles"

Yes. I made up another word- "Zoodles". They are my new favorite kind of Paleo noodle- just straight zuchinni squash cut with a hand held mandolin slicer. But we will get to that later.

Day 1 was a success! For breakfast I woke up fried and egg and threw together a NutriBullet juice with a handful of spinach, a few chunks of pineapple, some blueberries and almonds. I use coconut water as my water filler and it is delish.

For lunch I had leftover turkey cabbage (which I spilled on myself so it was a smaller lunch than anticipated) and a banana for a snack. I came home and went straight to cooking dinner. I decided to make:

Paleo Chicken Curry with Zoodles

What you need: 
-3 large chicken breasts 
-Coconut Oil 
-Coconut Cream 
-Red Curry Paste 
-Fresh Herbs (I used basil and curry) 
-A dash of honey 
-Zuchinni Squash 
Red Pepper flakes (if you like spicy) 
-Fish Sauce (I did not have any but this is what the curry paste calls for) 

It was a really simple recipe. I cut the chicken into strips and cooked it until done in coconut oil. While that was cooking I got a can of coconut cream and added a tablespoon or so of curry paste. I let that simmer for about 5 min and tasted it- I like a more flavorful curry so I added a few more spoonfuls (which is more than the recipe on the paste says). I also added a little squirt of honey for some sweetness. 
I grabbed some fresh herbs from my herb garden and threw them in the curry. After the sauce was to my liking I added it to chicken and let the chicken simmer in the sauce. I then added a handful of spinach and went to cut the Zoodles. After the Zoodles were done I added them too. 
I let all of this simmer together until the hubs got home and we ate! Then I went to my indoor soccer game (yes, I am playing again after the ankle) and got my workout in. Day 1=Successful. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Plan

New plan!

We are back from an AMAZING vacation. Where we ate WAY TOO MUCH but enjoyed every minute of it. I am learning new little things about myself as I continue this health journey.

Thing #1- when I get off track I like to stay there
Thing #2- I need major inspiration to get back on track

Bad News: I have been off track for quite some time and I have enjoyed it a little too much over here stuffing my face with cookies and pizza- I have also added some extra fat and gotten out of shape.

Good News: I have 3 things that are inspiring me to get back on track.

Inspiration # 1- My dad surprised us with a NutriBullet! I am a huge fan of my MagicBullet and this new addition to my family  kitchen has really got me excited. I have already tried it out twice and LOVE it. I may be a little obsessed with it- only time will tell. What I love about it is it is different from a juicer where you have to use TONS of veggies and fruit for small amounts of juice because it gets rid of all the pulp. With this you eat the WHOLE veggie or fruit and it doesn't dispose of any parts so you don't lose any nutritional value. This morning I had a spinach, banana, blueberry, pineapple and almond drink. Sounds gross. Looks grosser. Tastes AMAZING.

Inspiration #2- I have 3 weddings coming up in the next few months. One of which I am a bridesmaid and will need to look decent for. Professional pictures=huge inspiration. 

Inspiration #3- Tomorrow is the first of the month. When better to start a full blown Paleo challenge? It is a time to cleanse my body of all the crap (with the help of my new friend NutriBullet) and to start fresh!! 

I am excited. Tonight I am making turkey cabbage so I will have lunch for tomorrow. Impressed with my forethought?  

All ready...set.. Paleo challenge! 

Goals this time around: 

1. Eat Paleo for 30 days with less than 3 cheats (I will be at a wedding so trying to be realistic). 
2. Work out at least 4 times a week preferably 5-6 times. 
3. Stay away from eating out- Cook 5 times a week (that's a big one but I need to). 
4. Drink LOTS of water 
5. Wine only 2 times a week 

I love my NutriBullet the end. 

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