Kick Ass {HEALTHY} Slow Cook Chili

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in BeachBody, Exercise, Krystal, Nutrition

Kick Ass {HEALTHY} Slow Cook Chili

It has been COLD in Texas the past few days (go ahead northern states, you can laugh at our .025 of snow lol) — but this southern blood has been nuzzled with my heating blanket since Sunday night! There is just something about a big pot of chili that warms the spirit and belly… so I started making my own healthy, 21 day fix approved chili recipe! If you have no clue what the 21 Day Fix is, no worries — its just a simplified nutrition plan that’s based on portion control/moderation vs. counting dreadful calories all day everyday – who has time for that?? My kids were IN LOVE with this chili, I omitted the jalapeños so it wouldn’t be too spicy and my HUSBAND (so crazy saying that now) loved it so much he ate it last night, for lunch and then for dinner again! My first meal as a wifey didn’t bomb – whew! So here is the recipe: 3 tablespoons coconut oil 1 red onion, chopped 1 medium red bell pepper, diced 3 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped 1/4 cup chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 pounds lean (93%) ground beef — or use ground turkey/ground chicken Himalayan salt to taste 1 (28-ounce) can roasted diced tomatoes 1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pickled jalapeños or green chiles, drained (optional) Instructions: — Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and bell pepper, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. — Add the chili powder and cumin, stir to coat the vegetables, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the ground beef and measured salt and cook, breaking the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until the beef is no longer pink, about 7 minutes. — Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker, add the diced tomatoes and their juices, tomato sauce, and beans, and stir to combine. Cover and cook until the chili thickens and the flavors meld, about 8 hours on low or 6 hours on high. — OPTIONAL STEP: Stir in the jalapeños or green chiles. Taste and season with salt as needed, and serve with the cheese, scallions, and/or plain greek yogurt. 1 serving = 2 cups!   ENJOY! XO – Krys Share...

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HEALTHY Thai Shrimp Soup

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in BeachBody, Exercise, Krystal, Nutrition

HEALTHY Thai Shrimp Soup

Do you ever have one of those days where you just don’t want to spend FOREVER in the kitchen, but you know your family is sitting there with the Jeopardy theme song playing in the background, waiting for something to magically appear on the kitchen table… ???? Yet, you’re supposed to be eating healthier so ordering in or going out to dinner is just not an option… Mom’s, can you relate??? This recipe below is definitely an absolute favorite in my house… I will be bulk cooking and freezing! My kids and fiancé have NO CLUE its healthy, low sodium, gluten free and 100% 21 Day Fix approved!! I ate mine as a soup because I am doing the 21DF — but if you have little ones or a hubby that needs more than just a soup for dinner, I ladled their soup over plain brown rice — and they gulped it down! RECIPE: Serves 4 and only took 30 minutes to make from prep to table! – 1lb shrimp (shelled, deveined and tail off) – 1/2 white onion, chopped – 1 tsp coconut oil – 4 cloves of garlic, chopped – 2 cups sliced mushrooms – 15 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half – 1 tbsp of honey – 3 cups low sodium vegetable stock – 1 cup of water – 1 tsp liquid aminos – fresh juice from 1 lime – Himalayan salt and pepper to taste – cilantro (optional) 1. In a medium sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add chopped garlic and onions, sauté until tender, stirring often for about 5 minutes. 2. Add in mushrooms and sauté for another 3-4 minutes. 3. Add in tomatoes, honey, salt, liquid aminos and pepper to the pan and sauté with the mushrooms, onion, garlic mixture for another 2-3 minutes. 4. Add in shrimp and pan cook for about 8 minutes. 5. Add the vegetable stock, water and lime juice and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes. Add more salt and pepper if needed. 6. Top with fresh cilantro and even add crushed red pepper or chili flakes for some heat! 7. Enjoy! 1 reds 2 greens 1 tsp Share...

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21 Day Fix EXTREME Shopping List

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in BeachBody, Before and After, Exercise, Krystal, Nutrition

21 Day Fix EXTREME Shopping List

The shopping list for 21 Day Fix Extreme was slightly adjusted compared to the original 21 Day Fix. Extreme is about results and shredding down, so there are not “treats” like wine and chocolate allowed (damn!) The original Fix allowed this! Here is the shopping list of allowed foods:   As you can see, there are a few foods/ingredients that Autumn allows on the Fix Extreme, but they are avoided on Autumns personal meal plan. So my advice, indulge lightly 😉 I am so excited to start this plan with my new group of ladies on Monday… Stay tuned for the results!!! XO – Krys Share...

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21 Day Fix EXTREME

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in BeachBody, Before and After, Exercise, Krystal, Nutrition

21 Day Fix EXTREME

Did you hear the awesome news? 21 Day Fix Extreme is NOW available! Last year when 21 Day Fix originally released, it sold out 3 times!!! I can’t rave enough over this program… I have never seen so many amazing results and results THAT STICK because of this program! If you are unsure of what I’m talking about — it is literally the most simplified program. Its simplified nutrition/eating plan and its simplified workouts! It is proven to work… I hosted a group of ladies last year that within 21 days they had lost combined total of 70 pounds! So whats the difference between the two programs?? See below: This program is for those who are looking to go EXTREME with your fitness and nutrition. There are no cheats in this program. The wine and red wine you were allowed to eat/drink on the original 21 Day Fix are no longer allowed. But, like Autumn says this is for those that want to see insane results in 21 days. Almost every training day has weights that are included. Even on the pilates days! Jenna’s 21 day fix extreme results   Are you still wondering if this is the program for you? If you are a 21 day fix graduate, like extreme fitness programs like Insanity, P90x, Insanity Max 30 –  then yes!! This is going to be right up your alley!! If you are just getting started on your health and fitness journey and really want to learn the nutrition piece then the original 21 Day Fix is your program. It has a great modifier and the program has incredible results with TONS of FOOD too!! It is my favorite program that I love for my clients to use. Listen to what Autumn had to say about the program at our recent Super Saturday in Pittsburgh. XO – Krys Share...

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Hypothyroid SUCKS!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Exercise, Krystal

But for real.. it does! It doesn’t matter how positive you can be — having mood swings, hormones going insane (not always the good way), adrenal issues, dry/flakey skin, hair falling out, hot sweats and then freezing to the bone, weight gain, bloating, constantly tired, no energy, etc etc… IT SUCKS! Ok, so now that I got my bitching out of the way… let’s discuss.. LISTEN to your body! When you are having crazy things happening and you don’t FEEL yourself, take a moment to journal it. Because of me always thinking I was losing my mind and I could NEVER remember anything, I had to start journaling what was happening on a daily/weekly basis. I would list my symptoms and what I was doing at the time — this way I could just hand it over to my doctor and they would know  exactly what was going on, not what I was trying to remember… PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE. But seriously, if you’re medicated with Armour or Symthroid, you are not going to feel better in a day, you might not even feel normal within a month… it all depends on when you were diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and how long you have been medicated and what dosages you have. When I was first diagnosed almost 3 years ago I was only put on 10mcg of synthroid… I am now taking both T3 and T4 – Tirosent, 100mcg and Cytomel, 5mcg 2x daily! It took me up until about a year ago to grasp onto what I had and how to take care of myself due to this disease. About 7 months ago was when I started getting the weight gain under control and being able to drop what I had gained SINCE being diagnosed and medicated. I gained abut 15 pounds AFTER being diagnosed and starting my meds… Since then I have lost about 20 pounds, totaling 60 pounds since I started my journey. SELF CHECK – Does your blood work match up to your activity level. What does that mean? I am constantly being asked “Krystal, my blood work says I am fine, but I am still feeling like crap” — Understandable, sometimes your blood work isn’t a direct reflection of whats really going on — but take a self-check FIRST before complaining to your doctor! Your medication IS NOT A WEIGHT LOSS PILL!! Let me scream that again — YOUR MEDICATION IS NOT A WEIGHT LOSS PILL. Your medication is to help you not have much more damaging and severe complications in the future! Do your part at home before you take your issues to your doctor. Are you really working out to help with your energy and stamina? Are you really eating a well-balanced 80% healthy diet? Are you really taking your medication at the same time daily at least 1 hour BEFORE you eat anything? Those...

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Baked AGAVE LEMON Chicken

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Dinner, Exercise, Krystal, Lunch, Nutrition

Baked AGAVE LEMON Chicken

Seriously, this was the week of “Mom of the Year” in the kitchen! I am instantly IN LOVE with this recipe and it will probably be a weekly meal in my house… Stu leaves for tour Friday, so he can’t complain hahaha! *** ALSO, just a disclosure, I ran out of brown rice and quinoa, so I used white rice — I strongly suggest using brown rice over white ANY day of the week! *** This is 100% gluten free and Celiac approved! 😉 INGREDIENTS: Juice and zest of 1 large lemon (3 tablespoons juice) 3 tablespoons agave 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 chicken breasts Salt and freshly ground pepper directions In a medium bowl, mix together the lemon juice and zest, agave, garlic, cumin, oregano and 1/2 cup of the olive oil. Place the chicken breasts in a glass dish that holds them snugly in a single layer and add the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for at least 1 – 2 hours in the refrigerator, turning over the chicken occasionally. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees & Line a baking sheet with foil. Bake until cooked through and the juices run clear, about 35 minutes. ZUCCHINI: This is literally just 1 tsp coconut oil, washed and sliced zucchini, himalayan salt to taste, fresh ground pepper to taste all stir fried together in a skillet on medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes! Share...

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