Quick and Tasty Chicken Fajitas

This is one of our family’s favorite dinners, and the leftovers for  lunch the next day are even better!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 3 sweet peppers (I love to use red peppers)
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
  • Olive oil
  • Whole Wheat Tortillas

Chicken Fajitas

Cut the sweet peppers and onions into strips, and chop the garlic into small pieces.  I make quick work of all of this by using my food processor.

Add one tablespoon of olive oil to the frying pan on medium high heat.  Add the garlic, and stir until those good garlic smells start…should be only about 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Add the peppers and onion, and stir until they start to get soft (about 4 minutes).  Remove to a bowl and set aside.

Chop the chicken into long strips.  I find it’s easier if the chicken is slightly frozen, and I use the food processor for this step as well.  Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan and heat on medium high heat.  Add the chicken, and turn until no longer pink.

While the chicken is cooking, mix together the soy sauce, lemon juice, and corn starch in a bowl.  Once the chicken is done, add the sauce to the mixture, and stir until bubbly.  Add the peppers, onion, and garlic back into the pan.

Place a tortilla on a paper towel and warm it in the microwave for 15 seconds.  Place some of the chicken and pepper mixture in the middle of the tortilla, fold up the bottom, fold in the sides, and ENJOY!

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
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Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Patty Drink Recipe

Shakeology Meal Replacement ShakeSince today is St. Patrick’s Day, I thought that I would give this recipe a second try.  I’ve seen my friends RAVE about this, but I tried it once and didn’t like it one bit.  Well, I discovered my mistake.  I’ll tell you about that in a minute!

Recipe: Put a lot of ice (I used 7 large cubes) in a blender.  Add some water (I used about a cup…you may need more).  Add one scoop of chocolate Shakeology and 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract (I may use a little less next time).   Blend!  It tasted like a Pepermint Patty version of a Wendy’s Frosty!

NOTE:  I have a vita-mix blender, which is very powerful.  If you are using a regular blender, you may want to crush the ice first (before adding the rest of the ingredients).  Also, you may need some more water to get it to blend.  If so, you can add it to the freezer for a little while to get it to that frosty consistency!

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Now, the mistake I made the first time?  I used mint extract instead of peppermint extract!  HUGE difference!  Don’t make the same mistake I did!  :-)

This drink was healthy, delicious, and only 140 calories!  It also left a very pleasing after taste in my mouth!  :-)

Let me know if you try it!

Judy

P.S.  If you don’t have Shakeology, I’m sure you could try this with chocolate protein powder.  You won’t get a drink that is as nutrient dense as the Shakeology, but it could still be a nice snack!

If you want more information about Shakeology, feel free to visit my Shakeology website.  Stay tuned because tomorrow I’m going to post about a great deal available with Shakeology and the legendary home workout routine called “Slim in 6″!

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
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Final Results of Shakeology Detoxifying Cleanse

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So here are the final results!  I did the 3 day Shakeology Cleanse last week, and I weighed and measured myself on Saturday morning.  I lost a total of 4 pounds and 3 1/2 inches…2 of them from my waist. The inches lost really surprised me!  I had to keep remeasuring to make sure it was correct!

So all in all, I think that this was a success!  It was pretty easy to follow.  I was a little hungry, but not too bad.  Usually, when I was hungry, it was because it was time for another shakeology or my salad.  I think that there were two things that helped with my hunger…the green tea and drinking enough water.

Drink your water people!  It’s SO important to weight loss…cleanse or no cleanse!

So I think I’ll be repeating the cleanse again in the future, so stay tuned for that.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to comment here or contact me through my Shakeology website.

Together we’re better!

Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
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Day 2 Results of Shakeology Detoxifying Cleanse

Day 2 is in the books and day 3 is well underway!  I’ve been weighing myself every morning at the same time.  That’s crucial to getting the most accurate results.  I know that I can be 2-3 pounds different depending on what time of day I weigh myself.  By the way, just in case if may seem like I am obsessed with the scale…I’m NOT!  I usually don’t even weigh myself unless my pants are fitting me differently.  The only reason I’m weighing daily now is because it’s all part of this cleanse…just to see what’s going on with my body.

I’m also not kidding myself that this is fat loss.  It’s probably mostly water weight and maybe some “crud” my body has been hanging onto.  That’s what “detoxifying” is for anyway!  Getting rid of the “crud’!

Okay…so when I weighed myself this morning, I was down another 1.8 pounds for a total of 4 pounds in 2 days.  My energy level is fantastic today!  I didn’t even get that sleepy feeling this afternoon, and that’s rare for me!  I’ve been able to get through my workouts with no trouble (I’m doing P90X).

I’ve felt a little hungry at times, but usually when it’s almost time for another meal or snack.

So, all in all, I think things are going very well!  I’m very curious to see what the final results will be tomorrow morning!

If you’d like to know more about Shakeology, please feel free to visit my Shakeology website.  You can order from there, and if you any any questions, feel free to comment on this blog or click on the “contact me” button on the shakeology website!

Together we’re better!

Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.

Day 1 Results of Shakeology Detoxifying Cleanse

Shakeology Meal Replacement ShakeSo day one went well!  I was a little hungry at times, but it was really close to the time I should be eating anyway.  I started too late yesterday (had my first Shakeology around 9:30AM), so I missed my second cup of green tea.  I also didn’t drink all 3 bottles of water (20 ounces in each).  There was about half of the 3rd bottle left.  I’m not worried about that because my Shakeology meals had plenty of water in them!

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My energy level was pretty good.  I had a short nap around noon.  When I had my second Shakeology of the day (around 2PM) I got a nice burst of energy.  The same thing happened when I had my third Shakeology around 8:30PM…I felt energized.  That worried be a bit because it was getting close to bed time.  However, I fell asleep at around 10:30PM and slept through the night.  I woke up before the alarm clock at 5:30AM…mostly because all of that water I ingested the day before was looking to escape!  ;-)

I got on the scale this morning, and I was down 2.2 pounds.  I’m reserving my excitement about that until I see if what I lose stays off of me!  ;-)   I plan on reporting daily while I’m doing the cleanse, and then one week later (to see if it “stuck”)!

My real hope for this is that it kick starts my weight loss by reducing my cravings for certain foods, so even if I gain a little of the weight back, it will be worth it in the long run.

Stay tuned for Day 2 results tomorrow!

Together we’re better!

Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.

Three Day Shakeology Detoxifying Cleanse

I think the closest I ever got to doing a cleanse was one day when I decided that I would fast on water only. That was tough. I was low on energy. I also tried a 6 day slim down diet that came with one of my Beachbody programs. It was about 1200 calories a day, and I lasted 3 days before I just had to eat more!

I like to think I’m open minded, but cleansing was just not something that I put too much stock into. I figured that once I started eating regularly again I would put all of the weight back on.

Well, I put on about 14 pounds over the winter, and I’ve been having some trouble getting them back off. I eat pretty healthy, but I just have some foods I’ve been craving…like peanut butter. Then those darn girl scout cookies came! You know…just WAY too many indulgences!

Then I read about a 3 day cleanse Beachbody was trying out using Shakeology. This is a product that I sell as an Independent Team Beachbody Coach. I’ve been using it since March of 2009, and I haven’t gotten sick since I started using it. It tastes GREAT. It’s easy to make. It’s quick. And…it’s got SO much healthy stuff packed into it! Some people tell me it’s too expensive at $4 per serving, but I’ve come to believe that it’s worth the cost. It’s got a LOT more value to it than a $3 or $4 latte, and it tastes even better!

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Anyway, because this cleanse was using Shakeology, I started looking into it. I discovered that Beachbody’s Director of Results, Steve Edwards had done it and lost 10 pounds in 3 days. This is a guy who is in exceptional shape, but he admitted in his blog that he did the cleanse after a weekend of “debauchery”…he ran a lot, but ate a lot of bad food and drank a lot of beer (he was celebrating his wife’s birthday).

Again, Steve lost 10 pounds in 3 days, but his goal really wasn’t weight loss.  It was to detoxify and bring his body back into homeostasis in preparation for his return to healthy eating.

So I decided to be open minded and give it a shot! Here are the details of what is included in each day:

  • Shakeology for Breakfast and Lunch
  • Dinner is a green salad with 4 ounces of white protein (chicken or fish), unlimited veggies, small amount of low fat salad dressing is allowed
  • 2 cups of green tea
  • 1 snack – Shakeology again (your choice where to put this in your day)
  • Lots of Water
  • Optional – up to 3 pieces of fruit. This is for people who are in fairly good condition without too much weight to lose and may need the extra calories to power their workouts.

I’ll be reporting in over the next few days to let you know how it’s going!

Together we’re better!

Judy

UPDATE: Steve said in his blog that the cleanse was about 1500 calories daily.  I asked Steve how he came up with that number because every time I calculated the calories, it came in at around 800-1000 (including the fruit).  He said that because of his activity level he needed some extra calories, so he got it by adding seeds (flax and chia) and nuts (walnuts and almonds) to his salads and shakes.

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.

Where does your food come from?

Grocery StoreOprah had a GREAT show today called  “Before you grocery shop again: Food 101 with Michael Pollan”.  Most of the show was centered around a new documentary called “Food, Inc”.  I had rented that movie around a month ago, and I must say…it was eye opening!  It’s amazing to see how fast food has changed the way we eat in America and not JUST in fast food restaurants.  Our government subsidizes crops like corn and soybeans, but crops like broccoli, carrots, and fruits are not.  No WONDER junk food is so cheap and healthy food can be so expensive!

I highly suggest you watch this movie.  The Oprah Show and Amazon are offering “Food, Inc” for $9.99 and with your purchase you get a free download of the movie, so you can watch it while you are waiting for your DVD to arrive.  This expires Friday at midnight.  Click here to go to the Oprah page with information about this show (including the movie offer).

The Oprah show also had a section with actress Alicia Silverstone talking about her new book “The Kind Diet”, and the Oprah page has some recipes from it.  Those chocolate peanut butter cups look SO YUMMY!  Could it be that my daughter’s Girl Scout cookie sales are getting to me?  Could be!  ;-)

Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.