Meal Prep Sunday: Jalapeño Bites!

With the fight going on this past weekend plus tailgating season right around the corner, we got super excited and wanted to make a dish we hadn’t in a while.

Back in college, I use to stop on the way on home after a night out at Sheetz which was right beside my apartment. I would always get a chicken Cesar salad wrap + breaded jalapeño bites.

Although my health awareness continues to grow and change some of the basics can never be forgotten. So, this week we made one of my all time favorite foods on the healthier and more denser side. Enjoy!

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PREP NEEDS:

  • 8-12 medium to large peppers
  • ~ 1 cup Greek Yogurt or cream cheese
  • 5-7 pieces of Bacon
  • 3-5 Bratwurst
  • Spices/Herbs — Garlic and Sea Salt

HOW TO:

  1. Fry Bratwurst on medium high until cooked completely through. (Use cooking thermometer if needed). Place a lid on and let them cook while you move on to the next step.
  2. Rinse Peppers, cut in 1/2, and clean out
  3. Preheat oven to 400-450
  4. Once Bratwurst is done set to the side and let cool. Mix Greek yogurt with a little bit of garlic together. Pull apart or dice the Bratwurst until very small and add to mixture.
  5. Line a baking pan with a tiny bit of oil and place peppers down with insides facing up.
  6. Spoon out a “glob” at a time the mixture and start filling each pepper.
  7. 1/2 the bacon pieces and wrap each pepper 1/2 in a 1/4-1/2 of bacon.
  8. Once all peppers are filled you can place in oven for 10-15 minutes or until the bacon is done.

You can also add a topper of some extra Monterey Jack cheese before you place in oven if you’re not worried about the extra calories. We chose not to this time.

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I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

Happy Prepping!

Nutrition Hack Wednesday : The Ultimate Hack You’ve Been Missing.

Now, I told you this was click bait and yet, here you are 😂. Disclosure the picture is a dessert Erin made earlier this week and is not discussed here but I’d be more than happy to post if anyone wants it ☺️.

Today, is something different from most days.  Usually, SFP gives you a piece of equipment, technology, or some other type of “hack” that can add value to your day. But today, I wanted to give you a quick word of advise wherever, you may be on your journey.

I’m a part of many different groups from basic group chats on my phone to facebook groups, and yes, even a mastermind or two.  They all have a different purpose and no, not all is specific to fitness.  Some are for confidence boosters, others are “think tanks” to get your mind going for your business, and finally yes, a good majority are health and fitness related.

With everyone having an opinion on health and fitness these days it’s more important than ever, to find qualified people to seek your answers from.  Yes, anyone can help motivate you but not everyone understands the science behind certain things.

I am by no means saying you must have a degree or certification to mean qualified but I am saying, you should seek experience and qualifications first vs. what someone does or just looks like.

EVERYONES SELLING YOU SOMETHING.

Just scroll through your feed and see all the incredibly shredded, jacked, or ripped humans throughout the social world.

Take a quick look at his/her bio and BAM! GET JACKED or RIPPED  like me NOW!!!!!

and in 12 HOURS YOU CAN BE TOO!!!!!!!!! SUBSCRIBE NOW!!!!!!!!

🙄Give me a break.  If anyone of these persons is a real fitness expert they will tell you right off the bat, 21 days is garbage when it comes to BIG GOALS.

Hey, I’m all for whatever gets you 🏃moving and taking a step in the right direction but no that a quick challenge is just that, a small step to your larger goals.  I get pretty upset when I see tons of people being taken advantage of this way because the sellers know you’d give anything to look just like them.

But like most of the people 🏆showcasing their bods on social media, if you want something like that, you have to work for it.  In the kitchen, in the lab, and everywhere else around you.  Your movement is your opportunity to reshape your body and image.

So, stop scrolling and wishing and instead, start moving!

DO IT!

The whole point of this article is to get you from the mindset of searching for the perfect diet, workout plan, detox, or whatever else everyone is trying to sell you on.

Pick something!

Literally, just pick one thing as in a type of diet or workout and try it out for 30 days with no exceptions to see how you feel.  If you feel great, awesome, stay with that.  If you feel ok then change-up a few things.  If you feel like poop, then try something else.  We (myself included) get into this mindset where we see someone else doing something or looking amazing and think oh hey! they must have the secrete.

You want to know the actual secrete?

THERE IS NO BEST WORKOUT PLAN, DIET, ETC.ETC.ETC.

The perfect plan is completely dependent on the individual, his/her goals, current biological status, and more!  What works for you in your 20s may not even come close to work whats for you in your 40s.  If you once ate pizza and never gained a pound but now look at a twix and gain 12lbs, well somethings going on now that needs to be addressed which was present before.

Instead of drooling over others, why not become the ultimate detective for yourself. And of course share your experience but again know, just because it worked for you doesn’t mean it will work for the next person or anyone else in the world, for that matter.

 

FINAL WORD

Instead of working in absolutes like paleo = good/bad, high carbs = good/bad, sugar = good/bad, I believe we should be accepting of all and understand not everyone has the same goals or the same biology driven their fundamental processes.  Also, youR body doesn’t really work that way so why should you.

Biologically speaking, if you ingest a substance, the substance is broken down or not broken down which typically sets off a chain of events.  Your body doesn’t go, oh hey! everyone, sugar’s back, let’s close the doors on it because sugar is a bad substance.

Your body sees sugar as fuel and if you don’t need that fuel right away, the body wants to store that fuel for later use.

Problems then arise when all we keep doing is giving our body fuel we don’t need.  This is why most diet plans end up working.  They all usually have the same specs: eat more veggies, limit either cars or fats and then the opposite macro will be higher while your protein goal may vary depending on your exercise level and type.

What my colleagues don’t want you to know is they don’t have secrete workouts, secrete diets, or anything else you can’t easily access from the internet these days.  In general, grab a simple workout plan to follow for 12 weeks.

Institute healthier eating or pick one of the many diets out there to try for 30 days.  I usually suggest starting on the diet for 1-2 weeks then starting a 12-week protocol but that’s ultimately, your call.

Lastly, I will, however, suggest if you are at an elite level, an athlete, very serious about your workouts, health, etc. hands on coaching is where you need to be.  And the difference between a good and a great coach can make or break your peak performance.

*If you’d like more information, check out our programs EQ-37 Athena for the ladies and EQ-Hercules for the fellas.

LET’S RETHINK FIT, TOGETHER!

Meal Prep Sunday: 10-minute Chicken Salad Remix

Every day Cameron and I are cooking in the kitchen together is a great day! Be sure and check out the video of how to at the bottom

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I have been craving some chicken salad so we decided to make our healthy version today instead of, making a mayonnaise-based mush

🥘

pie from the store.
Super easy though. All you need is some:
  • plain yogurt
  • chicken
  • celery
  • grapes
  • sliced almonds
    • If you prefer walnuts or pecans, do you, boo-boo 😋

Whenever we make chicken 🍗salad 🥗
or any food that is intended to be cold but needs meat 🔥cooked, we cook the meat hours before hand.

  1. This allows the meat to cool 💨 and be handled
  2. Splitting up the cooking doesn't make it seem like such a hassle 👍
  3. Plus we make tons of extra chicken for other meals too! ✅

In this case, while Cameron and I were making breakfast this morning we threw our seasoned chicken in the oven. So when it came time to make our chicken salad in the afternoon the meat was already cooked. We just needed to cut/shred it.

Slice the celery into 1/4 size pieces and grapes (into halves or fours, I do both). Mix the shredded chicken, sliced celery, slices grapes and pre-sliced almond in a bowl then add the plain yogurt on top.

It's SOOOOOO good. I was a little

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skeptical of the plain yogurt at first but it has become one of my favorite cooking ingredients!

😬

Ingredients we used:
  • 19oz (3) chicken breasts
  • 2 (M) celery stalks
  • 228g Sliced grapes (~30)
  • 70g sliced almonds
  • 7oz Plain yogurt  (I use very little but you can use as much or as little as you want, experiment!)

The above ingredients made 5 servings of 8 ounces 🙂

Enjoy 🙂
<3 E

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Meal Prep Sunday: Sweet Potato Nachos! 

There’s a few times when I just crave something.  This week it was impossible for me to get out of my head, the idea of nachos.  

So, I went into my think tank a.k.a. my pantry and started looking for flavors that bounce off each other and give me the satisfying taste I want.  
Probably more importantly, I want this as a meal, just just an app which will require me to make more food.  What came out… was surely a masterpiece 🔥🙌🤣.


PREP:

  1. 2 lbs 🐮
  2. 2-4 sweet potatoes sliced chip size
  3. Black beans 
  4. Fresh salsa
  5. Avocado
  6. 4 Small wild onions
  7. Walnuts (optional) 

Oils/Spices

  1. Worcestershire sauce 
  2. Garlic powder
  3. Sea salt 
  4. Cumin
  5. Turmeric
  6. *Other- if wanted


HOW TO:

  1. We placed our thawed beef in the crock pot overnight.  You don’t have to do this, you can simply bake or fry but this makes it so good 🤗 it will literally fall right off the bone 🍖. (Next steps go over crock pot so skip if not using.)
  2. Combine spices, onions and optional foods (Carrots, beets) 
  3. Place on high/low depending on how you are cooking.  We did low and let it go overnight for 8 hours. 
  4. Then it’s ready for nachos whenever you are 😋 and looks like this ​
  5. Next all that’s left is to bake your sweet taters.  It usually takes about 30 minutes on 450F to get them with the right crunch.  I also lightly coat the pan with avocado oil.
  6. After potatoes are done let cool and place on plate. 
  7. Pull meat apart and place on top. 
  8. Start adding more toppings.  Place on top of meat: black beans, salsa, 🥑avocado, and anything else you like.  We used 🥜walnuts and the cooked carrots 🥕
  9. Consume, enjoy and comment to let us know how it turned out!

Happy Eating! 🍽

Cam 🤓

Equilibrium #1

For the next few Friday’s, I wanted to try something new.  I’m calling the segment Equilibrium and it’s purpose is so you can hear my actual voice speak about issues I believe are extremely important.  I could write about some of the topics, but I feel with writing, sometimes my tone or message doesn’t always come across clear.

I hope you check it out and enjoy!

Equilibrium #1

Happy Training!

 

 

Nutrition Hack: 4 Must Halves While On The Road 

On the road again!  Over the next few months this is going to be a common theme for myself. Lots of road travel which means quick workouts, on-the-go grub, and sleeping when I can 😋.

What this doesn’t mean is – an excuse to get crappy food, be lazy and say I can’t or don’t have time to workout.  Overall I know I can’t slack on all the awesome things I want to share with you during this time.  Remember, you don’t have to do anything,m… YOU GET TO! and can choose to or not to do something.  Establish your goals and then reread them at least once a week so you don’t lose site in the shuffle of your day-to-day life.

(Meal #2 at campsite!)
Here’s a small list I put together of 4 essential things I travel with or get while I’m on the road when it comes to food/nutrition.

  • 1️⃣ Nuts/Trailmix: No, I’m not talking about the ones from the gas station with M&M’s, 🙄I mean nuts and possibly some raisins or dates, if needed.  I always have a bag of walnuts, almonds, or pistachios with me. Nuts pack a great fat and protein punch with minimal carbs which means you shouldn’t “crash” after eating. Plus, nuts are pretty easy on the go and you don’t have to worry about storing them any certain place.
  • 2️⃣ Water: This may seem like a no brainer or a “duh” moment, but when you’re traveling water is essiental.  If the worst should happen and you break down or have a long time between stops, staying hydrated is very curical.  Most of us pound tons of caffeine while driving which only further dehydrates us.  So get a Yeti or similar cup that keeps water cold even in extreme temperatures.  Also, try and stay away from leaving plastic in the sun or a warm car as this can become harmful for you to consume.
  • 3️⃣ Bars: Although not the best things for you ingredient wise sometimes, these guys can come in real handy when you’re hungry and on the go or have no other source of food with you.  My favorite ones are RX Bars, Kind Bars, and Quest Bars.  RX Bars are minimal ingredients, stating no BS, Kind Bars are pretty health conscious and fat heavy, while quest bars are packed with fiber.  Depending on your diet, you may like all of them or none.

  • 4️⃣ Super Greens Powder Mix: I keep this brand around in case I haven’t been able to hit my greens for the day due to travel.  Super Greens has over 80% of your RDA for Vitamin A, 4g of fiber, and a probiotic blend.  Is it as good as the real thing? Probably not, but it’s definitely better than nothing at all… I think so anyways?!


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*Bonus: Healthy options for “fast food” if you need it.

Clean Eatz

If you have one near you, grabbing some meals and packing them on ice is a great option.  If you just need something quick then they can do that too!  With so many healthier options, 🌯🥙🍳🥕🥗 I don’t think you can really go wrong here. They provide you the macro content of each meal and are huge on portion control.  If you stick to the portion sizes you’re going to be just fine but start adding in extra sauces or sides and you can pack on calories quick.  Be smart and stick to their plan!

Full discloser, I will be doing some work with this company in the near future but I’ve been a costumer for well over a year which is why I enquirered to be more involved.

Panera

Some of their food options are fantastic while others are caked with sodium and are higher calorie options due to sauces or a sandwich concactuion.  Just check out their online menu first show you know what you’re getting yourself into.  I usually opt for a 🥗 salad with 2x meat and veggies with little else on it besides a clean dressing or just lots of 🥑 avocados instead.

Chik-fil-a

If there’s not any other option then I’ll opt for the inventors of the chicken sandwhich.  I’ll get a grilled chicken sandwhich and some nuggets with possibly a kale salad.  Is it the best? No, not really.  But it is a healthier choice then the other guys and that’s the point.  Make the best possible choice for your body, mind, and sol when you can.  They as well have an online menu so check it out so you know where the calories lie.  I love their sauces but they are definitely not a great choice because of the ingredients and extra calories.  So, use these sparingly if at all.


For any choice what you really want to accomplish is:

  • Food choices with quality protein.
    • Protein will make you feel satisfied (satiated) and keep you from binging on sweeter foods.  Have you ever tried eating a pack of beef jerky and then been like wooo, I could eat 5 of those things?  Now what about a cookie?  How many of those could you eat?  This is why protein is your friend when traveling.
  • Get in some FAT. Yes, I said FAT.
    • FAT will take longer to digest  which means, hopefully, you keep from getting a sugar crash, and plus it’s good for ya if it’s a healthy fat!  This goes back to finding things like nuts and avocados BUT, be careful.  Some package of nuts have hidden ingredients like sugar.  Always read your labels!
  • Watch eating excessive sugar or things high in sugar, especially by themselves.
    • This can cause blood sugar spikes which can make you feel tired and sleepy which is no bueno when on-the-go.

Remember to do what you can when you can.  Food shouldn’t be seen as a cheat but a personal choice.  Figure out what foods make you feel great and eat more of those.  Figure out the foods that don’t make you feel so great and eat less of those.

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Meal Prep Sunday: Mouth Watering Salmon & Quinoa (*BONUS Guac!)

We were pretty pumped when the local grocer finally got wild caught salmon back in stock this past week!  @ $13.99 per pound it’s a great deal plus salmon has all the good fats and omega-3s one to ask for 😋.   I’ll just leave it at that but this recipe turned out really well and the wildcaught salmon 🐟 tastes so much better without all the food coloring and other crud.  

Each dish cooks together for a total ⏰ time of about 30 minutes or less which is the whole goal when I cook.  I want delicsous meals both healthy 🥒and filling ✅ in under 30 minutes.  Do I occasionally go ​

​over that, sure, but not very often.  Most of us don’t have the time to make gourmet dishes for hours at a time.  That’s what restaurant chefs 👨‍🍳 are for!

Take all ingredients out of the fridge and/or pantry and let’s get going.

INGREDIENT LIST:

  1. Salmon
  2. Spices (Key West, Lemon, etc.)
  3. Quinoa
    • Water or broth
  4. Coconut oil (or other)
  5. Parsley
  6. Guacomole Recipe (on bottom)
    • Avocado
    • Red pepper
    • Garlic
    • Sea Salt
  7. Optional (Sea Scallops)

START HERE:

*Preheat oven for desired baking temperature for Salmon.  We use a lower temp (300-325 degrees F) and cook with coconut oil.  If you are using a higher heat oil or want to cook with something else then that’s fine too!

1.) Rinse quinoa (pre-soak optional)

  • I tend to pre-soak but Andew Weil suggests not to.
  • Up to you but either way it seems like a good idea to at least rinse in cold water before use

“To do so, simply run cold water over quinoa in fine-meshed strainer, rubbing the seeds with your fingers. (Avoid soaking quinoa, however, as saponins can leach into the seeds.) “-Andrew Weil M.D.

  • If you do soak: Drain, rinse, and repeat a few times

2.) If not follow directions on back of quinoa pack on how to make.

  • Faily simple and only requires boilng some water and letter quinoa simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add 2-3 cups of water or broth per 1 cup of raw quinoa
    • Broth can add a nice flavor to the quinoa depending on what you’re main dish is or if you are making a cold quinoa salad
  • EatingWell.com suggests after water is brought to a boil, lower to low heat and add quinoa to simmer for 15-20 minutes


SALMON

Now that the quinoa is on simmer, let’s get to the salmon.

  • Place oil in container (rub coconut oil or other into pan/container)
    • About 2 Tbsp (add more or less depending on your diet macro needs)
    • I always then rub the salmon in the oil and coat both sides and place in scale side down
  • Add Key West Seasoning or  other.  If you have nothing else, then at least add some garlic and lemon or lemom pepper to it.
  • Place in oven
    • If cooking at 325 it takes usually about 20-30 minutes to cook depending on how big of a salmon slab you have in there.
  • Done = done
    • Depending on the consistency of the salmon you want, it’s done when the thickest part flakes pretty easily – Livestrong.com
    • Once cooled, add a few parsley flakes for a nice touch and vitamin K!

 


Amazing 4-Ingredient GUAC!

While the quinoa is on simmer and salmon in oven you have time to make the guac.

  • 3 Avocados
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
  • Garlic to taste ~ 1/2 teaspoon (start small, you can always add more)
  • Sea Salt ~ 1/2 teaspoon (you can always add more)

Cut avocados open and place the insides in a mixing bowl.  You will want to mash and/or mix them up well before adding anything else in.  Once the avocado mix is to the consisteny of your liking you can cut, chop, or pull appart with your fingers the bell pepper and place in guac.

We usually use 1/2 to a whole bell pepper depending on how finely the pepper is chopped.  If we are just pulling it apart with our hands and tossing it in, we usually use less.  *Bell pepper also makes a great dipping tool instead of using chips or anything else.  Mix the bell pepper up with the avocado.

Next, add garlic and salt to taste.  Start small and add a little bit at a time.  We usually add in the salt first because I know how much we like to use.  Then add the garlic to taste, depending on how much of the ingredients are all in.  Give the mitxture a few final spins and waaallllaaaaahhh! Best 4-Ingredient Guac!

Lot of recipes try and go overboard or add in crazy things.  If you want some spice you can add in some paprika or jalapions which are a nice touch.  Traditional guac includes tomoatoes and onions but in my experience I prefer the bell pepper to the tomatoe for the sweetness and crunch.  Also, the onion to me is strong and if a little spice is wanted, the jalepinos or paprika is better for our pallets.

 

Have fun with this one and let us know how it goes!  Any suggestions?

Happy Prepping!

Burning Fat: Vol 4 (3min)

Let’s get into today’s topic by discussing algebra shall we?  Yes, you heard me right, ALGEBRA.  For the most part you’d think if a + b + c = d then math tells us taking things to the other side of the equation you can find other letters.  For example, a+b+c=d so d-b-c=a.  Hello?  You still here? (Haha jk)

So let’s say a represent a normal healthy you and d represents overweight you.  If b and c are junk food and sitting on the couch then yes, subtracting those two makes perfect since.  However, if your speaking of chronic inflammation, being obese, having a disease, etc. then NO! just subtracting two things doesn’t get you back to healthy you.  

Throughout this post I’m also posting 3 personal photos.  The first two were taken 30s apart with #1 being immediately after excerising off a fast and #2 seated and not flexing.  The third is from about 30 minutes later and consuming a healthy recovery meal.  The point of this to show you don’t have to be an Instagram model every second of every day because no one really is.  Also, I want to clarify I am not calling myself and Instagram model by any means 🙄😂😂.  Anywho…

LIVE LIFE

Today, I wanted to make it clear that all of the things we’ve discussed over the past few weeks isn’t just for burning fat, it’s for a healthier and happier life.  A life free of chronic pain, chronic fatigue and hopefully disease. Gaining some weight over the years happens to a good bit of people.  This doesn’t mean it’s always the “norm” or that you must but chronically gaining weight, becoming obese, which then wrecks your body isn’t good at all.  

What is good?  You can change all of this.  By eating right for your body, using moderate exercise, and becoming aware of your surroundings, things can change for you.  You can make a a conscious decision today to shift your equilibrium back to your side.  Check this out! 

Some Things to Knock-Out Today!

  • Sodas, pop, cola, whatever you want to call them 🙄, fruit juices, etc.
  • Junk food — just throw it away! 
  • Other forms of chemical sugar like syrup, corn syrup, etc.
  • Vegetable oils 
  • Crisco

I wish I could go into detail on all of these topics but each one would require its own article and there are plenty articles out on the line already.  These substances, when consumed, don’t appear to be gut or body friendly at all.  Once you can expell these awful things from your diet, you will probably notice a change.  Remember start small.  Make one simple change to form a habit which can enturn form a lifestyle. 


WHY FAT?

I want you to also consider why it is you want fat gone.  Is it to look better, feel better, other or all the above? I’m not just speaking to people trying to lose weight here, but also, anyone concerned with their actual fat percentage.  The point being, you can lose weight, gain muscle, be jacked or ripped or something in between.  Looking different may gain you some confidence in the short-term but it won’t change who you are deep down inside.  

Finding out who you are and becoming comfortable with that person should be the ultimate goal in all of this. Most people don’t want you to hear that because they’ll say becoming fit will change your life.  That’s true, it will certainly help you have a healthy body but what about your mind?  Becoming comfortable with who you are, what you want to accomplish, and confident how you’re going to do it is the key.  

Does that mean problems won’t arise?  Of course they will, that’s life.  BUT, having contingency plans put in place and being able to adapt in any situation is how you combat problems.  Most people get scared or feel overwhelmed when they don’t have an answer or know how to solve a problem.    Being scared is okay, but having a plan to help guide you through your fear(s) is how you will conquior them in business, at the gym, at home, or wherever. 

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FINAL WORD
Start today trying to focus on WHOLE FOODS like meats, veggies, and fruits.  Try to eat them as much as you can and lay off the other stuff.  I won’t touch on bread or gluten here today but I will say it’s probably best to not buy the store bought stuff if you’re going to decide to eat it.  Just because it says “whole grain”doesn’t mean it even comes close to being healthy.  

Be smart.  Just because a TV ad, article, or whatever says eat this doesn’t always mean it’s true.  Yes, I know that sounds crazy but do your homework.  When you see a commercial or study that makes a statement, look at who’s funding them and see why they might have come to that conclusion.  
I hope this series helped or at least encouraged you to ask more questions.  My hope is only that, to get you to ask more questions and want to find answers.  Best of luck to your weekend.  
Happy Training!