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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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

Vinegar Wash for Veggies and Fruit

You know by now that I support meal prepping as much as possible to set yourself up for a week of success.  One super easy way of doing this is by making sure all of your veggies and fruit are washed and ready for the week.  That way in a moment of hunger you’re not reaching for temptations when an already washed apple is sitting out waiting.  Every little bit you can prepare before hand is worth it.  I try and throw my veggies and fruit that need to be washed in the clean sink when I get home from the grocery store.  This way they soak while I put away grocery and are done when I’m finished.  Then I just need to dry them and put them away.  AND they last longer when they are washed and don’t taste like vinegar… I swear!

Quick, easy way to wash a lot of fruits/vegetables so they are ready for your week.
Quick, easy way to wash a lot of fruits/vegetables so they are ready for your week.

Vinegar Wash for Fruits and Vegetables

*1 cup white vinegar

  1. Fill your clean sink with cold water half way and add 1 cup of white vinegar
  2. Peel the stickers off of your fruit and add to the water
  3. Let soak for 10 minutes (about half way through I’ll rearrange the fruit/veggies so all sides get soaked)
  4. Drain water
  5. Rinse and scrub the fruits/veggies
  6. Remove fruit and let completely dry before storing
Air dry or towel dry after the rinse and before storing
Air dry or towel dry after the rinse and before storing

Vanilla Frappuccino Shakeology

OMG, I’m not even kidding you this is the real deal!! By FAR my favorite shakeology recipe of ALL TIME!!!  Where has this been all my life?!?!  Obsessed!

Vanilla Frappaccino Shakeology

Vanilla Frappuccino Shakeology

Makes 1 serving

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 8 -10 oz chilled coffee
  • Splash unsweetened almond milk
  • Dash of real maple syrup
  • 6 ice cubes (may vary depending on how you like your shakes)
  1. I put the coffee and milk in first, then add shakeology and maple syrup and last add ice.
  2. Blend until you get the consistency you like!

Fish taco salad

So, I typically eat this for dinner but I ate it for lunch today.  It’s amazing with mango salsa and so simple yet packed with flavor!  I grill extra fish and then can use it throughout the week for meals like this, it’s so easy to put together using left overs.

21 day fix fish taco salad

Fish taco salad (21 day fix approved)

Makes 1 serving

  • 4 oz cooked white meat fish (I love Tilapia) (1 red)
  • 2 cups spring mix with some cut up tomatoes (2 green)
  • OPTIONAL:  Fresh salsa if you have it- Mango salsa is amazing
  • OPTIONAL: Avocado or try my Avocado “dressing”
  1. Put vegetable on large plate.  I added some tomatoes but onions and peppers would be perfect too.
  2. Add cooked fish on top, reheat if necessary
  3. I used my avocado “dressing” to really pack that extra flavor or add 1/4 avocado slices.
  4. Garnish with salsa or mango salasa

Notes:  If you’re packing this to reheat later, pack the fish separately and add after you’ve heated it up.  Add a squirt of lime to add some extra flavor as well.

21 day fix portions:  2 green, 1 red and 1 blue (if using avocado)

Avocado “Dressing”

Ok, this this is basically a simple version of guacamole but the flavor is amazing and I love to put it on salads and mix it all together as a dressing.  You can make some tortilla chips out of tortillas and use a dip or add to a burrito!!

Avocado "dressing"

Avocado “Dressing”

Makes 1 serving

  • 1/4 of a ripe avocado (1 blue container)
  • 1/2 lime juiced (free)
  • Fresh chopped cilantro or dried cilantro to taste
  1. Mash avocado until it has small lumps in it.
  2.  Juice the lime over the avocado and add the fresh cilantro or dried cilantro to taste.
  3. Add to your salad, burrito, or use as a dip.

Notes:  This should be used within 12 hours as it will start to turn brown.  It will be safe to eat but will look gross!  Use the rest of your lime to add to your water as an extra twist of flavor or squirt over your fish if you really love the taste of lime!

21 day fix:  1 blue

“Frozen” Yogurt

This is my go- to FAVORITE clean eating yogurt using plain greek yogurt and fruit and it’s Fix approved!  It’s the perfect filling snack or addition to a lunch. It’s great made the night before, the morning of or right before you eat it!

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“Frozen” Yogurt (21 day fix approved)

Makes 1 serving

  • 1 serving PLAIN greek yogurt 2% (1 red)
  • 1 cup frozen fruit (1 purple) -My favorites are cherries, blueberries, raspberries
  • OPTIONAL:  1 tsp honey for a touch of sweetness
  1. Put plain greek yogurt in dish (either bowl or tupperware container)
  2. If you’re using honey drizzle that on next
  3. Stir in the frozen fruit!

That’s it!  You’re done

Notes:  Store in the fridge until you eat it!  If you want the frozen/thick yumminess eat within an hour of making. I would eat this within 24 hours of making or else the fruit gets super mushy.  When I worked in the school system I would prep my yogurt in the dish the night before with honey and then add the fruit before leaving for work.  I’d store in the fridge and by lunch it was ready to eat and delish!

This counts as 1 red and 1 purple container if you’re following the 21 day fix.

 

21 Day Fix Extreme Mid Way Point!!

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Alright, yesterday marked my official half way point through the 21 day fix extreme! I’m loving this program so much more than I thought I would. Below I’ll write what I’m thinking about the program as far as the workouts and nutrition but I’ll also list some tips for being successful on this program.

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The workouts
They are hard! Autumn Calabrese is one tough cookie. You’re using weights or a resistance band every day so its built a lot around strength training which is amazing! The variety is refreshing. One day you’re focusing on arms, the next legs and there is a cardio day,  Pilates and yoga. She keeps things moving and my heart rate monitor assures me I’m getting a decent workout in! Some of the workouts I’m burning as much as I am with Insanity!!!!
It’s great they are only 30 minutes and I can do them in the comfort of my own home without people watching me attempt some of these crazy moves. Seriously, that dolphin move in pilates is TOUGH!!!

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Nutrition
I’ve always struggled here and honestly I have not been perfect. I’ve learned over the past year to let that go. Sure, I miss all my unhealthy foods, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t.  I’m just tired of not having energy and not feeling healthy so it’s worth it to give up my favorite cheats.  I get cravings (chocolate!!!) And still struggle to not unravel. Sure, shakeology helps but I still get cravings now and then and I still surcomb to them. I’m still seeing and feeling the results despite some hiccups. I’m sure my numbers won’t be as amazing as I would want but I’m gearing up for round 2 already. A few bad days doesn’t define you and its certainly helped me realize this is a lifestyle change, not a “21 day fix” I can actually take this plan and incorporate it in to my life and still see/feel results!!

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Tips for Success with the 21 day fix

  1. READ through all the materials they send you.  Then PLAN! I plan my menu the week before, at least for the first part of the week but  I try really hard to get the whole week planned.
  2. I plan leftovers by doubling recipes, freezing extras I wont use in a couple of days to make it easier for a grab and go meal.  Grilling 3 pieces of tilapia & 3 sweet potatoes is just as easy as grilling 1 piece of each.
  3. I plan simple meals when I either don’t have time to plan or cook.  This may be viewed as boring but it’s not something I do every day and it helps when I’m feeling overwhelmed or limited on time.  My favorite simple meal:  Grilled fish, veggies and sweet potato with cinnamon.   Simple meal are effective so find several simple meals to use as staples.  I also love my bean & cheese burrito for a quick lunch.
  4. I try new recipes when I’m feeling bored with my meals.  I have learned to easily adapt my already loved meals (see my Mexican Quinoa dish that I adapted pretty easily).  Pinterest has a TON of already “fix approved” meals.  When you have 5 extra minutes explore new recipes and save them.  This way you’re not trying to find new recipes, create your meal plan and create shopping list all at once.
  5. Keep staples in your cupboard and fridge for easy to throw together meals.  I always have beans, whole wheat pasta, tuna, eggs and yogurt on hand.  I also have tons of frozen fruit and vegetables in my freezer.  Frozen fruit can be used in oatmeal, yogurt or with my shakeology.  Frozen vegetables can be used in an omelet, a side dish for lunch or dinner.  Frozen vegetables are not my favorite but if I can’t get to the store it keeps me on track.
  6. Create a weekly MUST have grocery list of things you ALWAYS eat.  I definitely have several items I eat every week and having this already created shopping list makes it easy to not forget things.  On my list:  Spinach, Yogurt, Apples, Bananas, Eggs, Baby Carrots, frozen fruit.  I use the app Evernote to keep this list so it is always with me.
  7. Make your grocery list while making your weekly meal plan.
  8. Take your measurements  and before pictures.  These are  so valuable when your weight isn’t budging to gage your success with the program.  Focus on how you are feeling not on what the scale says.
  9. Use a meal planner and your workout schedule.  One benefit of having me as your coach is that you’ll get some bonus materials not included in your challenge pack.  You’ll get a meal planner like the one below and an extra printable workout schedule like I showed you above.  This way you can do several rounds of the fix with new FREE materials every time. Use these worksheets every day!
  10. Ask for help!  You can sign up for a free beachbody coach who will motivate and support you through your journey! They will help problem solve, share recipes and put you in private groups on facebook around the program you’re completing!  Did I mention a coach is FREE!   If you don’t have a coach you can sign up with me to be your coach.   Also, enlist help in your spouse, friends, co-workers and family.  Your loved ones want you to be healthy and want to support you so ask for help when you need someone to watch your kids so you can get the workout in, help you chop the vegetables or swap healthy recipes with one another.  Enlist a friend to go on this journey with you, the more people you surround yourself on the same mission the more support and motivation you’ll have which ultimately means you will more than likely succeed.
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21 day fix free printable meal planner

The containers

I LOVE the little colored containers. I thought I would hate them and they would just add clutter to my already full Tupperware drawer. They make it so much easier to measure and toss in my bag on my way to the park or work. They don’t even make it to my Tupperware drawer because they’re always drying in the rack or packed for the next day.

It takes some time to get used to figuring out how much of what color container and when. Honestly, by the 2nd week you’ve figured it out and can enjoy and learn from the process. 21 df teaches you the value in preparing food and how to set yourself up for success by balancing your meals! If you’re not prepared you’re going to be rooting through cupboards looking for any unhealthy snacks possible, trust me I know from experience!!

Bottom line…. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished these past 11 days and looking forward to the last 10. I feel full and satisfied with my meals and am loving the commitment and accountability of my Facebook group. I have some challengers in my group who are going to get some seriously awesome results with all the hard work and dedication they’re putting in! I’m going to use their energy to help drive me in to my own motivation and dig in these finally days. Its only 21 days after all!!

Anyone interested in joining me for a 21 day fix group?  Join my team by  contacting me, findingmotivationeveryday@gmail.com !  Who wants to commit 21 days to a healthier version of themselves?!

Mexican Quinoa (21 day fix approved)

Okay, I’ll admit it… I’m in love with quinoa!  I don’t know how I just discovered this miracle grain within the last 2 years.  As a vegetarian it’s packed with vital nutrients and tons of protein!  It keeps me full for a long time and I love the texture (seedy) which is probably why my husband hates quinoa.  This is m favorite go to meal, it’s packed with flavor, fills me up, freezes well and heats up beautifully!  I adapted this recipe from a favorite recipe to make it a little more 21 day fix friendly.  You can find the original recipe HERE.

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Mexican Quinoa (21 day fix approved)

Makes 4 servings

  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno ,diced (optional)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15oz) canned black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 (14.5oz) canned diced tomatoes, drained & rinsed
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 Tbsp smoky southwestern spice (recipe below) OR 1 tsp chili powder + 1 tsp cumin
  • Optional: Lime wedge, cilantro and avocado (add a blue container)
  1. Heat oil in large skillet and cook garlic (& jalapeno if you’re using) over medium heat for 1 minute
  2. Add quinoa, vegetable broth, black beans, tomatoes, spices and season with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through (20 minutes)
  4. Stir in spinach until wilted (less than a minute)
  5. Divide into 4 equal portions.  Add avocado, cilantro and squirt lime right before eating.

Notes:  Cool completely before storing. Reheat in the microwave.  This keeps in the freezer (I usually eat within 2 weeks but it would last longer).

Smoky southwest seasoning:  1 Tbso chili powder, 1 Tbsp cumin, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp smoked paprika. Mix together in a small jar (keep you old spice jars!).

21 day fix portions: 

Vegetarian: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1tsp, 1 blue  (If using avocado)

Regular:  Count the beans as a yellow- 1.5 yellows, 1 green, 1 tsp, 1 blue (If using avocado)

 

Banana Pancakes (21 day fix approved)

These are kid tested and approved!  I’m glad I doubled the recipe because Elizabeth gobbled them up and I would not have wanted to share!  I was surprised at how delicious  these “treats” were! Let me know what you think if you try them.

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Banana Pancakes (21 day fix approved)

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (1 yellow container)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • Dash of cinnamon and vanilla extract
  • Optional:  Honey or Maple Syrup
  1. Blend oatmeal until it becomes the consistency of flour- can still be lumpy
  2. Add the 2 eggs, 1/2 banana and cinnamon and vanilla extract and blend until mixed
  3. Heat non-stick skillet
  4. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to make pancakes on hot skillet
  5. Makes 4 pancakes per serving
  6. Drizzle with 1tsp honey or maple syrup (OPTIONAL)
  7. Enjoy

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Elizabeth ate 2 whole pancakes, which is 1/2 the recipe!

21 day fix:  1 yellow, 1 purple, 1 red