Christmas Week Meal Planning

Monday, December 19, 2016

Ok you guys, Christmas week is upon us.
This week can go one of two ways:

1. Completely indulge the entire week, it's a holiday right? Eat all the cookies, treats, fattening foods, don't bother with meal planning and take a break from that "healthy lifestyle." Feel bloated, gross and icky for Christmas with possibly some higher numbers on the scale. 

2. Stick with your meal planning and prepping for the week, Christmas is just one day after all. Continue with your scheduled workouts and drinking those superfoods, feel like your usual energetic and happy self. Allow yourself to indulge when it comes to your favorites, but don't feel any guilt because you've stuck with your plan 80% of the time.

I think it's a no brainer, option 2 sounds way better. 
Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, which means there's no reason to go off the rails the entire week leading up to it. Whether you are traveling, hosting guests, or enjoying a quiet holiday at home there you can still stick to your plan the majority of the time.

I'm feeling particularly icky after indulging in a few too many Christmas cookies over the weekend, so I sat down and mapped out a game plan for this week.
I don't know about you but I feel so much better and do so much better when I have a plan in place.

I'm currently doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme, and I see no reason to miss any workouts this week. Especially with Christmas falling on a Sunday, which is already a rest day! 

Are you traveling? Bring your workout with you! If you have Beachbody on Demand you can stream your workouts anywhere, and there are a number of programs that require zero equipment. 
Luckily we aren't leaving until Christmas Eve day, so I'll be able to get my workout in at home before embarking on a little road trip. 

Need a healthy meal on the go? I'm bringing a few packets of Shakeology with me along with my shaker cup. Just add water and you have a nutritious meal/snack that counts as 1 red container. For our road trip on Christmas Eve I plan on having a Shakeology as a snack in the afternoon during our drive so that I'm not famished by the time dinner rolls around.
I also plan on having a shake Christmas morning. We're going to Christmas brunch but my kiddos are early risers and there's no way I can wait until then to eat. A Shakeology breakfast works perfectly. We'll be staying with my in-laws so I just plan on using water, ice and my shaker cup. Easy! 

Have you ever been curious about how I meal plan? 
Well, here's a look at this weeks meal plan. 
This template along with all my weekly meal plans are just a few of the things that I share with my challenge groups.

 I'm currently following the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan "A" while doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts. 

If you are interested in joining my January challenge group that kicks off in the New Year, fill out this form and I will help you find a program and plan that is right for you.

Happy holidays! I hope you guys have an amazing week spent making precious memories with family and friends!


21 Day Fix Approved Caprese Chicken

Friday, December 16, 2016

Are you craving some Italian flavors without all of the carbs? This caprese style chicken really hits the spot!

I can't remember how I first came up with this recipe, but it's been a staple in our house for a while. 
It's also super easy to make kid friendly (or husband friendly for that matter). I just added a side of noodles and cut up the chicken for my toddlers and we had a happy family dinner. 

Bake chicken in a pan with a little olive oil, about 10 minutes a side with the lid on, this helps keep the chicken moist. 

Halve and quarter cherry tomatoes, mix in a bowl with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add a little salt and pepper.

Mix ricotta cheese with Italian seasoning.

Once chicken is cooked place on a plate with a dallop  of the ricotta cheese mixture and spoon tomato mixture over the top.

I like to serve mine with salad to get some veggies in! I also sprinkle some red pepper flakes over the top, because I think everything can use a little heat.

This is a great go to if you need a meal without any yellows (aka carbs for my non fixers).

Bon Appetito! 

Shopping List

Chicken breasts
Ricotta cheese
Italian Seasoning
Cherry tomatoes
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar

21 Day Fix breakdown: 1.5 red (chicken + ricotta cheese), 1 purple (tomatoes), .5 orange (balsamic + olive oil mix on the tomatoes), 1 tsp (olive oil for cooking the chicken)
Add a 1 green if you serve with a salad!