Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

So, I’ve tried them before and about gagged when I made them with greek yogurt… way to tart even when I tried to sweeten them up.  I stumbled upon a recipe that used almond milk and thought I would give that a shot and while I’m at it why not make it like my favorite no bake cookies! Let me tell you.. these are dangerous! I made them in my salad jars so that’s why it doesn’t look like much, I’d recommend using a smaller mason jar to make them.  There’s a lot of freebies in there so this a way to get your chocolate fix without using a treat swap!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  1. I put the oatmeal in the mason jar first and then mix it with the unsweetened almond milk
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients and chill in fridge for at least 12 hours/overnight

NOTES:  I love this as a grab n’ go breakfast, or as a mid morning snack, I eat it right out of the jar.  I usually make in batches of 3 so I don’t know if they last longer than that.  I like to eat it cold but you could heat up in the microwave.

21 day fix containers: 1 yellow, 1 tsp

21 day fix freebies: 1 tsp maple syrup is free, 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa poweder is free and 4oz of unsweetened almond milk is free) NO TREAT SWAP!!!!!

Insanity Max 30 Results and Review


30 minutes. INSANE results.

FINALLY!! I finished a Shaun T program. Earlier this year I completed almost all of Insanity and almost all of Insanity Max 30 at the beginning of this year but I can finally say that I completed Insanity Max 30, I missed 2 workouts over the past 60 days due to the stomach bug and I am more than excited about my results!  I used the meal plan (which is actually a similar meal plan from 21 day fix so I was set!) however, I lost some motivation during the last month and was WAY off track with my diet, but I was able to gain control back near the end and still had great results!

The whole premise of Insanity Max 30 is great, you learn to go out of the comfort zone and push yourself for 1 more second, 1 more rep, 1 more move, 1 more minute and then you build on that each week. You push play, start working out and when you have to stop you write your time down, that’s your MAX OUT time.  I mainly modified since I don’t like push ups (and there is A LOT) and I don’t like putting a lot of stress on my knees through jumping around.  Even if you modify you will still see great results.

Results:

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So, I lost 5 pounds and over 6 inches over 60 days. Like I mentioned above my last month I STRUGGLED. I’m so close to my goal weight so I’m super proud of those results! I think you can tell by the picture how this program leaned me out.  If you are serious with the workouts and follow the eating plan you will have amazing results!  I continue to struggle with eating, the weekends are killing me. I think my best results are that I can actually do REGULAR push ups now!

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What do you get in the package:

Base Kit

12 workouts on 10 DVDs, nutrition to the max guide, max out guide for how to do the program, max out workout wall calendar and a no time to cook guide.  If you order through a coach you’ll also get 2 free bonus workouts: Pulse (active recovery day) and Ab attack:10 (10 minute ab workout).

What is the meal plan like:

It uses the fix portion through beachbody, so if you’re familiar with 21 day fix you will completely understand Insanity Max 30s meal plan.  You’re eating clean foods and balancing it across your day.  My only issue is that in Insanity Max 30 there are no calorie brackets so if you weigh over 150 you eat in one bracket and if you weigh under 150 you’re in another.  So, that would mean that my husband and I would be in the same bracket which just seems crazy!  I also drank Shakeology every day, didn’t miss 1 day of that great shake.  Why did I commit to 60 days of shakeology?  It aids in my weight loss, gives me energy, keeps me full, curbs cravings and helps keep me regular.  Click HERE to find out more about shakeology.

Who would I recommend this program too:

Those who are already into their fitness journey a bit.  The workouts are tough, probably the toughest workouts I’ve ever done and are 100% not beginner workouts.  They do offer a modifier but even those moves are tough! If you don’t like push ups, burpees, lunges or squats… do not do this program!  I hate push ups but I don’t mind modifying and really enjoyed every workout in this program.  There are almost no breaks and he doesn’t break the move down with how to do it.  However, you can pick up on what he’s doing but I would not do this if you’re a beginner.  If you’re looking to drop weight FAST and tone up without using weights, this is 100% your program.  It’s a great cardio and strength workout in only 30 minutes.  I did take a little bit longer to cool down (2 minutes is not enough!).

The workouts:

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A sample of what a Max Out 30 workout looks like

Equipment needed:  None, your body is your equipment!

Modifier?  Yes!  And with this DVD you can split the screen so you’re seeing the modifier the whole time and you can also see what Shaun T is doing on the main screen.  Scott and Danielle are the modifiers and it’s low impact (so no jumping!) but trust me… these moves are hard and a modified burpee is just as hard as a burpee when you’re just starting out. Go slow and don’t push yourself to the point of injury.  I have horrible knees and ankles and was able to modify most of the workouts and still get a great workout in.

Insanity Max Modifier splits the screen so you see both
Insanity Max Modifier splits the screen so you see both Shaun T AND the modifier!

*Each workout is 30 minutes long followed by a 2-3 minute cool down.

Month 1:

Insanity Max 30 Month 1 workouts
Insanity Max 30 Month 1 workouts

Cardio Challenge:  For those who have done Insanity, this is your fit test!  30 minutes of intense cardio moves. 308- 393 calorie burn

Tabata Power:  A tabata style workout that is 20 second power move and 10 seconds of rest. 210-261

Sweat Intervals  My favorite workout! 5 rounds of 3 moves, 30 seconds each, repeat 3 times and then a water break.  302-371 calorie burn*

Tabata Strength– Another tabata style workout which includes 20 seconds on 10 seconds off and NO water breaks! 258-317 calorie burn*

Friday Fight Round 1: 1 minute power moves with a 30 second break after 10 minutes.  312-361 calorie burn*

Month 2

Insanity Max 30 Month 2 Workouts
Insanity Max 30 Month 2 Workouts

Max out cardio: 3 power moves, 30 seconds each repeated 3 times followed by 1 minute of a power move and then a water break! Average calories burned:  274-300*

Max out sweat: Another calorie burner!  3 moves that are 30 seconds each, you repeat every round 3 times and then you get a water break.  Average calorie burned: 324-341*

Max out power: Plyometic madness of 45 seconds on and 15 seconds of active resAverage calorie burned: 160-246*

Max out strength: 45 second power moves and 15 seconds active rest (jogging), 30 second water break every 6 minutes.  Lots of push ups and upper body work!! Average calories burned: 224-262*

Friday night fight Round 2: Every move is 1 minute with a couple of water breaks thrown in.  You’re constantly moving.  Average calories burned:322-369*

*Calories burned are based on my heart rate monitor for my workouts.  Calories burned will vary depending the person, you may burn more or less.

Be prepared for these workouts to push you beyond what you thought you could do!
Be prepared for these workouts to push you beyond what you thought you could do!

How do I order it: Reach out to your coach, if you don’t have one, email me:  findingmotivationeveryday@gmail.com   I run private facebook challenge groups around this program or a private general accountability group with daily check in, motivation, tips and tricks to help keep you motivated and working towards your goals!  You can also click on the banner below if you’re ready to go and I’ll reach out to you.


30 minutes. INSANE results.

Spinach- Mushroom- Feta Egg Bake

Here’s another easy egg bake that is super tasty and approved by everyone in the family.  You can also double this recipe to serve more people, so it’s perfect for a brunch item.  The original recipe can be found HERE

21 day fix approved breakfast egg bake
21 day fix approved breakfast egg bake

Spinach Italian Crustless Quiche

Serves 4 BIG or 8 small

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 10oz frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup  2% mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese , grated
  • 8 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Set oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a quiche dish, 9 inch pie plate or 8 by 11 inch dish with cooking spray
  3. Saute mushrooms and garlic on medium/high heat until moisture is gone
  4. Spread spinach on bottom of prepared dish, add the cooked mushrooms and feta.
  5. Beat the eggs and add the unsweetened almond milk, pepper and cheeses.
  6. Pour egg mixture into prepared dish on top of spinach, mushrooms and feta
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until center is set

NOTES: You can double this recipe and cook in a 9×13 inch dish, cook for 45 minutes and test the center and cook in 3 minute intervals until center is set.  Enjoy!

21 day fix break down:  1 green, 1 red, 1/2 blue if cut into 4 slices,

if you cut into 8 slices it’s 1/2 green, 1/2 red and 1/2 blue

1/8 slice of egg bake
1/8 slice of egg bake

CIZE is here!!!

IT’S HERE! It’S HERE! CIZE is ready for purchase!! For everyone who is ordering today beachbody is offering some free incentives for those who order today (bonus CIZE shaker cup for your shakeology and a CIZE wrist band to wipe that sweat off!) As a reminder here is where is included in the challenge pack see below! Click here to order!!

CIZE is here!
CIZE is here!

1. 3 DVDs with 6 dance routines (Plus 2 BONUS workouts- 8 Count Abs to help you build a strong core & “Hold Your Own” which teach you a few go-to moves that you can pull out on the wedding, party, or club dance floor with friends and family!) Bonus DVDs are only available if you order through a coach, like me!
2. A simple-to-follow meal plan that lets you eat the foods you like in the proper portions to help achieve maximum health, energy, and weight loss (those following the FIX can continue using the containers for this group too!).
3. Weekend Survival Guide that gives you the tools to stay on track, even when you’re eating out! Learn the DO’s and DON’Ts of a night out on the town, so you can go out and have fun without sabotaging your results!
4. Workout Calendars: A Beginner Calendar where you can rate your dance skills and track your progress and an Advanced Calendar that shows you which dance workout to do each day to lose weight and get your sexy dancer’s body faster!


5. Shakeology: A 30 Day Bulk Bag Supply or 24 Individual Packets Supply (Mix & Match Flavors) or your choice of Shakeology. Flavors include: Vegan Chocolate), Vegan Tropical Strawberry, Regular Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla, and Greenberry.

The price is $140 until the end of August and then it will jump up to $160 . If you’re already receiving shakeology and want to see about just the program, send me an email (katieknight52210@gmail.com) and we’ll talk! Let me know if you have questions! Here’s the link:

http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCPCZ160?referringRepId=564439

Order through my link or by clicking on the picture above and you’ll be signed up to be your coach and you can join my accountability challenge group and be the first ones to test the program next Monday!  If you’re already working with a coach, contact them and if you don’t know if you have a coach, shoot me an email and I can help you (findingmotivationeveryday@gmail.com)

Spinach and Cheese Crust-less Quiche

This is one of my favorite breakfasts that you can throw together in a couple of minutes, it’s tasty, healthy and reheats quite nicely!  This is the perfect egg bake for the weekend when you’re entertaining or to reheat for breakfasts during the week.  You can double the recipe and serve it for brunch. The original recipe is HERE

21 day fix approved egg bake
21 day fix approved egg bake

Spinach and Cheese Crust-less Quiche

Serves 4 BIG or 8 small

Ingredients

  • 16oz 2% cottage cheese
  • 10oz frozen spinach, well drained
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup  2% mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese , grated
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tsp oregano
  1. Set oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a quiche dish, 9 inch pie plate with cooking spray
  3. Beat 4 eggs in large bowl and mix in all of the ingredients
  4. Pour into prepared dish
  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until center is set

NOTES: You can double this recipe and cook in a 9×13 inch dish, cook for 40 minutes and test the center and cook in 3 minute intervals until center is set.  Enjoy!

21 day fix break down:  1 green, 1 red, 1 blue if cut into 4 slices,

if you cut into 8 slices it’s 1/2 green, 1/2 red and 1/2 blue

1/8 slice
1/8 slice

3 Day Quick Fix- Pescatarian style

I’m going to start this blog post by saying this is NOT endorsed by beachbody! This is not the 3 day quick fix that is in the 21 day fix book and I am not a nutritionist, I’m simply sharing my experience.

3 Day Quick Fix for Pescatarians
3 Day Quick Fix for Pescatarians

Being a pescatarian I knew that I couldn’t do the 3 day quick fix… eating chicken and turkey every 2 hours doesn’t exactly fit into a pescatarian diet. I wanted to create something that was similar so that I could enjoy the benefits of a “quick fix”. So I documented my 3 days and wanted to share it with you all as a way to jump start or end your round with a bang. I replaced the chicken and turkey with tofu and shakeology. If you try it please come back and let me know what you think!

Prep- So I kept the basics simple here and as close to the Beachbody endorsed 3 day quick fix. i ate every 2 hours, it’s very protein/vegetable heavy, carb light, no fruit but tea and coffee are allowed  Refer to THE DETAILS in the 3 day quick fix and follow everything they say there.  The only thing I changed was the protein.

Here is the break down of my days, if you try this feel free to alter the protein to what you like but keep the yellows in the morning and don’t skip the coconut oil!  You can change up the vegetables to what is in the 3 day quick fix book.  Again this is NOT endorsed by beachbody and is not the 3 day quick fix that comes with the 21 day fix.  If you have no idea what the 3 day quick fix is… oh man go back and reference your 21 day fix package or reach out to your coach!  And if you need a free active beachbody coach, who is a pescatarian, shoot me an email!  (katieknight52210@gmail.com)

Day 1
7AM: Oatmeal, 8 egg whites, 1 tsp coconut oil
9am- Tofu, steamed yams
11am-Tilapa, steamed squash
1pm- Tofu, green beans, 1 tsp coconut oil
3pm- Vegan Shakeology, cucumbers, 1 tsp coconut oil
6pm- Shrimp, broccoli, 1 tsp coconut oil

Day 2
7AM: Oatmeal, 8 egg whites, 1 tsp coconut oil
9am- Tofu, sweet potatoes
11am-Tilapa, spinach with spices
1pm- Tofu, red pepper, 1 tsp coconut oil
3pm- Vegan Shakeology, red pepper, 1 tsp coconut oil
6pm- Shrimp, asparagus, 1 tsp coconut oil

Day 3
7AM: Oatmeal, 8 egg whites, 1 tsp coconut oil
9am- Tempeh, sweet potato
11am-Tilapa, red pepper
1pm- Tempeh, cucumber, 1 tsp coconut oil
3pm- Vegan Shakeology, red pepper, 1 tsp coconut oil                                                                     5pm- Shrimp, asperagus, 1 tsp coconut oil

My results… I didn’t take measurements but I will tell you that I had lots of energy, felt lean and was never hungry and had no cravings!!! ALL of those things makes me want to do this at least once every month as a sort of refresh.  It’s WAY more fish and tofu than I normally eat so it’s not something I could sustain very long.  I really looked forward to fruit and dairy the next day!

I lost 3.5 pounds in those 3 days, which brings me a couple of pounds away from my goal weight!!!  However, I’ve really learned to stay away from the scale and base my results on how I’m feeling and looking.  The scale is a horrible measurement for success.

If you liked this post and want to see more like it, click on Follow on the right side of this page up by my picture and you’ll get an email when I update my blog.  Let me know if you try it and if you have any questions!!  (findingmotivationeveryday@gmail.com).

Camping Tips while on the 21 day fix

It’s summer which means hopefully we’ll be camping some!  Camping brings about it’s own slew of healthy eating obstacles as it limits you since you don’t have all your usual fixin’s at your fingertips.  So, now, more than ever you HAVE to plan ahead.  I’m not saying stick to the plan 100% but I think you’ll find information here that will allow you to do that if you want.  My other piece of advise is to look at what you normally eat while out camping and decide on some healthy alternatives.  I should also note that most of this advise is geared towards car camping, as in you are camping right near your car.  If you’re backpacking, you’re going to have to do a bunch of dehydrating of your own meals to make sure you’re getting your allotted containers and it will definitely be a challenge but can be done. So, car camping on the plan:

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So, we only went camping for 1 night, 2 days but I decided to plan and give ideas for people if we had gone for longer!  First thing I did was sat down and PLANNED my meals/snacks and what I could take!  I started with breakfast:

Breakfast Ideas:

  1. Oatmeal with fruit (1 yellow, 1 purple)
  2. Yogurt with fruit (1 red, 1 purple)
  3. Eggs with vegetables and toast (1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow)
  4. Whole Grain Cereal with milk (2 yellows)
  5. English muffins with peanut butter (yellow and tsp)

Lunch Ideas:

  1. Tuna pouches with celery, fruit and carrots (1 red, 1 green)
  2. PB and sliced strawberry sandwich (tsps, 1 purple, 1-2 yellow)
  3. Cold pasta salad (premade) (1-2 yellow, 1-2 green, red if add meat)
  4. You can pre-make some of your favorite meals and home and heat up over the fire!

Dinner Ideas:

  1. Bunless burgers with campfire potatoes, corn, vegetable (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green)
  2. Whole wheat spaghetti with organic no salt/sugar added sauce, vegetable (1-2 yellow, purple)
  3. Fish/shrimp grilled with campfire potatoes, corn, vegetables (1 red, yellow, green)
  4. You can basically cook anything ahead of time and bring it if you’re only going for a couple of days and reheat on the fire!

Snacks:

  1. Make your own trail mix (sunflower seeds, nuts, dried fruit, add chocolate chips if you’re treating yourself during this time
  2. Pre-measured seeds, nuts, dried fruit
  3. KIND bars (treat or 1 orange, 1 tsp for any kind bar that does NOT have chocolate drizzled on it)
  4. Fruit- Apples, oranges, grapes, cherries, pears, bananas
  5. Vegetables- pre-chop!- Celery, cucumbers, green beans, baby carrots, grape tomatoes
  6. Hummus!
  7. Cheese stick, or cubes (pre-measure)
  8. Beef jerky for the meat eaters in the group!
  9. Greek yogurt

So, after I created a list I picked the couple I actually would want to eat and that fit into my schedule (we were going hiking over lunch so I needed a to-go lunch that didn’t weigh a lot and was filling).Then I hit the store! Oh, and buy the huge things of water like below, don’t dehydrate yourself! Here’s some of my haul:

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Exercise: If you have wifi I guess you could do the workouts on demand or bring a portable DVD player but I suggest planning in some exercising that gets your heart rate up!  Go on that hike, a walk, do some swimming, biking anything that gets your moving will help you stay on track!  Plan it in to your day and make it a group event so there are no excuses.

What I ate:

Snacks and lunch were on the go since we were traveling to the campsite.  So snacks were dried cherries/apricots and sunflower seeds. Lunch was on the trail and was a tuna pouch with a kind bar.

Lunch break
Lunch break

Make sure you stay hydrated yourself!  I highly recommend getting a backpack that you can put a bladder of water in, makes it easy to get your water and you don’t have to stop and get your water bottle out every 20 minutes.

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Snack back at the campfire after our hike was, of course, shakeology.  Easiest way to ensure I have my nutrients for the day!  I have to admit I’m not a big fan of it not blended but it gets the job done and it’s only 1 day.

Shakeology by the fire
Shakeology by the fire

Dinner is super easy if you’re able to grill over the fire or have a camping grill.

21 day fix approved dinner over and in the fire
21 day fix approved dinner over and in the fire

Dessert:  Yes, you can have a sweet treat while camping… so when everyone else is enjoying s’more go ahead and try a chocolate banana boat.  This was surprisingly amazing and is husband and kid approved!  I didn’t make these this camping trip but they can be 21 day fix approved, count the chocolate as a treat swap and the banana is either 1-2 purple.  If you’re feeling like going crazy… throw a couple mini marshmallows in there! All you need is a banana cut length wise (leave on the peel), stuff your chocolate chips in there and wrap in foil.  Throw that foil packet right in the fire for 10 minutes, remove with tongs and let cool for a little while before eating.

21 day fix approved dessert while camping

Breakfast was eggs both mornings of the trip, it’s simple but effective.

21 day fix approved camping breakfast
21 day fix approved camping breakfast

So, what do you think?  Can you survive camping without completing unraveling all of your hard work?!  What are some ideas that I missed?

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Strawberry Detox Shakeology

So, I have a bag of the vegan tropical shakeology, and why I don’t like it as much as regular strawberry, I’m looking for recipes that make it better.  This one is amazing and now I know what I can drink while drinking the vegan strawberry.  I found the recipe on Beachbody’s website but wanted to save it here as well.

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Ingredients:

  • 12-14 oz water
  • 1 scoop strawberry shakeology (I used tropical strawberry which is vegan)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (I use freeze dried… pictured below)
  • 1 cup watermelon
  • ice cubes (I use 5-6 ice cubes but it varies depending on how thick you want it)

Directions:

  1. Add water, shakeology, lemon, ginger, watermelon and ice cube to your blender
  2. Blend until it’s smooth!

A word on ginger:  So, I don’t buy fresh ginger anymore, I like to use it but ALWAYS lose the root and spend too much time trying to find it or forgetting I have it.  It also goes bad pretty quickly, probably because I do not know how to store it properly.  I found this at my local grocery store and love it!  You measure and use it just like fresh ginger but you can keep it in your cupboard!

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21 day fix:  1 red 1 purple 

Stick with it tip

I listen to a lot of podcasts on my drive to and from work.  I’ve been in to Shaun T’s Define your Life recently (mainly because I love everything that man puts out!).  I listened to his podcast regarding FOOD last night and I had several ah-ha moments about why I have been so successful in sticking with my clean eating plan.  Don’t force yourself to eat healthy food because it’s healthy… find food you enjoy and create a healthy version or find healthy foods you love and stick with this.  You can often create a certain type of food in several different ways if you’re starting to get bored.  This seems so simple and easy but it really is why it’s so easy to adapt to a healthy life style:

Enjoy your food!
Enjoy your food and you’ll never diet again

Cize to launch July 20th

Cize Test Group forming now
Cize Test Group forming now

I have to admit that I am a HUGE Shaun T fan, nobody gets my motivated to do more then that man!  I’ve done most of Insanity and I’m almost done with Insanity Max 30 and I WILL be doing Cize when it launches on July 20th!  If you love to have fun, love to dance or looking to step out of your comfort zone  (in your own home I might add) join my test group for Cize!

I’ve done the sneak peak workout through on demand and it is FUN! I burned over 400 calories in 40 minutes… from dancing!  I was sore the next day and am so ready to take a break from doing burpees, lunges and push ups!

Email me so we can get your added to my sneak peak group where you’ll get all the latest information on Cize, as it comes out! (katieknight52210@gmail.com)

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