Healthier, Gluten Free Orange Chicken

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in BeachBody, Krystal, Nutrition

Healthier, Gluten Free Orange Chicken

Do you LOVE Chinese food, specifically orange chicken? But you know that calories, sugar, fat and carbs would make you cringe the next day… Yeah thats me… OR the fact before I was celiac and before I started this whole eating healthy thing, my “fat food” was Panda Express: 2 servings of Orange Chicken and fried rice… hmmmmm — no wonder I was overweight for so long… thats 1200 calories right there! MY recipe packs all of the amazing sweet, (Spicy if you like) and savory orange flavor of the restaurant-style, but with only a fraction of the calories and fat. PLUS naturally sweetened with honey.  And I serve mine over quinoa — you can do brown rice if you would like  And it can be made in just 20 minutes from start to finish. Ready for my recipe? You SHOULD be… its phenomenal and its husband and kid approved! — Thats a MUST in my household! I dont fry my chicken — this saves you a ton of time, unnecessary calories and fat! I “saute” the chicken until its golden brown, and then with this badass sauce on top — you won’t even notice the chicken isn’t fried!! I started by cutting up the all natural, organic chicken breasts into cubes and lightly seasoned with fresh ground pepper and himalayan salt on top. I then whipped up the sauce — which couldnt be any easier, simple and no way to mess up! Ingredients and Directions below:     ORANGE CHICKEN INGREDIENTS: 4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces salt and pepper 2 Tbsp. coconut oil orange chicken sauce (ingredients below) toppings (optional): thinly-sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds, orange zest ORANGE CHICKEN SAUCE INGREDIENTS: 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup orange juice – about 3 oranges 1/2 cup honey 1/3 cup liquid aminos 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar 4 Tbsp. coconut flour 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1/2 tsp. ground pepper zest of one orange pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (OPTIONAL: QUINOA INGREDIENTS) 1 cup dry quinoa 2 cups chicken broth DIRECTIONS: TO MAKE THE ORANGE CHICKEN: Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute for about 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned and nearly cooked through. Pour in the orange chicken sauce, and stir to combine. Let the sauce come to a boil, then boil for an additional minute or two until thickened. If the sauce isn’t as thick as you prefer, add more coconut flour. Remove from heat and serve immediately over quinoa or rice. Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and additional orange zest. TO MAKE THE ORANGE CHICKEN SAUCE: Whisk all ingredients together until combined. If you would like the sauce to be even sweeter, add an extra 2-4 tablespoons of honey. Share...

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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

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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My Wedding Day Prep!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Krystal

My Wedding Day Prep!

Hey friends!!! I am so excited to be marrying my best friend next month… It has literally snuck up on me… It doesn’t seem like I’ve already been engaged almost a year, but in about 30 days, I will be Mrs. Karmatz! I have been doing some serious prepping, so that my skin, hair, nails and body are picture and wedding dress ready! I have been switching between doing Insanity Max 30 and my own Interval workouts for my workouts and as far as nutrition, I’ve cut my dining out and processed sugars in half!!!! I’ve been eating a more Paleo style of diet.. But not 100% – it just works for my lifestyle and I am celiac and hypothyroid, so it definitely helps. Plus following the 21 Day Fix portion control meal guide, I am golden!!! I’ve gone from eating every 2-3 hours to now doing Interval Fasting… So I eat the same amount of calories a day, but they are in 3 bigger meals and 1 snack.. I go about 6 hours between eating! This has started changing my body composition drastically! I didn’t realize this is how my body would react, because everything I have learned over the past couple of years tells me to stay away from that! But it’s working, so I’m sticking with it!! Between those workouts and my eating style — I’ve lost fat and started leaning out more!!! Plus I’m feeling great! As for my face… Monthly hydro facials and dermaplaning is a MUST! Plus getting my eyebrows sculpted and trained to grow a certain way (yes I had to let them just grow for a couple of months so I could get them shaped just right.) The skincare line and products I’m using is Lytera. And I LOVE IT! My skin feels so clean and bright! And I’m not breaking out or have dry skin anymore. It’s medical grade.. So it’s good stuff! I do the facials & dermaplane so that my skin will be smooth and even for my makeup application. Another thing I have started.. Well, stopped doing, is wearing makeup everyday! I might apply makeup once a week now and it’s very light and I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use a makeup remover at night, along with my Lytera face wash! I don’t want any cystic acne bumps or marks on my face anytime before the big day! My my hair is faux mermaid red, so it’s a MUST that I take care and preserve my color! I only wash my hair 3x a week, with cold water and Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner. I also only blowdry 1x per week and have slowed down on the curling iron and never really straighten my hair anymore. Plus I use a leave in conditioner on the ends! I want soft, silky, manageable hair on the big day! My nails and skin...

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