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Almost every weekend, Beachbody’s Social Media Manager (and fitness fanatic) Amanda Meixner preps her healthy meals and shares her […]
Almost every weekend, Beachbody’s Social Media Manager (and fitness fanatic) Amanda Meixner preps her healthy meals and shares her photos on her Instagram account. Her simple recipes and colorful photos of mouthwatering food remind us that healthy meal prep doesn’t have to be hard to be good. She eats about 1,500-1,799 calorie per day. Want to see more of Amanda’s fit and healthy lifestyle? Check out her blog, Running Wild.
Here’s what Amanda is eating this week, along with the 21 Day Fix container measurements for each meal:
Meal 1 (Breakfast): Oatmeal with berries and cinnamon (not shown). (1 yellow, 1 purple)
Meal 2 (Snack not shown): Two hard-boiled eggs with edamame, tomato and onion salad. (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green)
Meal 3 (Lunch M/W/F): Chicken salad jar with mixed greens, tomatoes, red onion, black beans, yellow bell peppers, and balsamic dressing and an apple. (1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 purple)
Meal 3 (Lunch Tue/Thur): Egg salad jar with corn, tomatoes, carrots, red bell peppers, onion, arugula and mustard vinaigrette dressing and an apple. (1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 purple)
Meal 4 (post-workout): Shakeology blended with ice, water, half a banana and 2 tsp. almond butter. (1 red, 1 purple, 2 tsp.)
Meal 5 (Dinner M/W/F): Zucchini noodles sautéed in 2 tsp. olive oil with ground turkey sautéed with onions and diced tomatoes and 1/4 avocado (not shown). (1 red, 2 greens, 1 blue, 2 tsp.)
Meal 5 (Dinner Tue/Thur): Shrimp with a side of mixed veggies sautéed with 2 tsp. olive oil and a 1/4 avocado (not shown). (1 red, 2 greens, 1 blue, 2 tsp.)
Total containers per day: 4 greens, 3 purples, 4 reds, 3 yellows, 1 orange, and 2 tsp. (1500-1799 calorie bracket)
Amanda’s Grocery List:
2 red bell peppers
2 yellow bell peppers
¾ lb. chicken
¾ ground turkey
12 small shrimp
4-6 large zucchini
1 bag of stir-fry style veggies (like broccoli, snap peas, onions etc)
1 bag corn
2 red onions
1 bag sliced carrots
1 carton shelled edamame
1 bag diced white onion
3 cartons cherry tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bag arugula
1 bag mixed greens
1 can black beans
3 large bananas
1 large carton raspberries
1 large carton blueberries
5 packets Shakeology
Want to see your meal prep on The Beachbody Blog? Email your healthy meal prep photos to Editors@Beachbody.com and you could be next! Be sure to tell us what it is and include your Instagram or Twitter handle for linked photo credit!
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Are you looking for a fun way to get in shape? On Monday August 10th, I am kicking off […]
Are you looking for a fun way to get in shape? On Monday August 10th, I am kicking off my End of Summer Fitness Boot Camp! All the guesswork will be taken out of the meal planning and workouts with meal plans, grocery lists, containers, and tips to help you because I know we all live busy lives. I will share my ideas and tips for making it work when you have a family to take care of as well.
So, if you want to take advantage of this deal, you can do so with me as your coach and trainer! I will add you to my private accountability group, where you will be provided with support, motivation, accountability to help you on this journey.
I have a couple of spots left and would love for you to join! If you are interested, please leave a comment here or email me at email@example.com . I would love to help you reach all your goals!
Have you ever started on a recipe, read a direction such as “4 cups, sifted” and thought, “But I […]
Have you ever started on a recipe, read a direction such as “4 cups, sifted” and thought, “But I don’t have a sifter!”? Here’s the thing: You don’t really need to run out and buy a sifter (or a garlic press, or a pineapple-shaped baking pan)…especially if you’re not going to use it for other recipes. Pop on over to the Team Beachbody Blog here to read the rest of the article!
Some of you may be able to get your workouts done later in the day. I struggle when I try […]
Some of you may be able to get your workouts done later in the day. I struggle when I try that. I find reasons for just “taking it easy today” or “I’ll do extra tomorrow”. I am a homeschooling mom that works from home, so my days can fill up very quickly. There have been plenty of days that I look at the clock at 4:30 and know that there is no way I will be able to get my workout done. So, a couple of years ago I started getting up really early while the rest of my family is still sleeping.
I discovered a few things.
IT. IS. HARD. My husband looked at me like I grew a second head when I told him not to be startled by the alarm the next morning. He knew I liked my sleep. He always had to wake me up to tell me goodbye when he left for work. I won’t lie. I still want to throw the alarm clock across the room for a few seconds when it goes off at the hour that feels like no one alive should be up.
I learned something though. No one else IS UP. There is no one asking me for anything. There is no “Hey Mom…..”. No “I need…..” There is something so refreshing and almost magical about having that time to myself. I feel such pride in myself when the rest of the family is getting up to start their day and I know that I already got something amazing done. It is common conversation at breakfast now for them to ask “How was your workout?”
I also have so much more energy and feel more “awake”. I am a coffee addict and everyone used to say “don’t talk to mom until she’s had her coffee”. Now, I feel amazing when I finish my workout. I don’t get that same feeling when I skip that morning. I feel sluggish and I just can’t wake up.
I learned some tricks that have helped me to get that workout in first thing before my day has a chance to get away from me.
1) Lay out your workout clothes the night before. There is no way I am going to be able to fumble around in the semi darkness while my husband is
still trying to sleep, wondering where in the world my socks are. I will give up and crawl back in bed. So, I throw them on the bathroom counter the night before. I stagger to the bathroom to change and I am already on my way.
2) Get coffee ready the night before. I get my one cup of coffee all ready to be brewed the night before. Then, in the morning I just have to stumble over the cat waiting to be fed and push that glorious button that will produce the magic coffee.
3) Get all DVD’s ready the night before. (Are you sensing a theme here?) With coffee in hand I get my workout equipment set up and ready to be used. Am I using a DVD? Weights need to be pulled out from the corner? Does the yoga mat need to get unrolled and pick the dried cheerio off? (Don’t ask-if you’re a mom…..you’ve been there.)
4) Get my MP3 ready with my music. I work out better with my jams because I find music energizing. I created a playlist with all my favorite upbeat songs that make me want to move and labeled it “workout playlist”. I know-VERY creative.
In all honesty, all of this barely takes me 15 minutes. I am now awake and ready to get my workout done. When I work out with DVD’s I feel like I am joining friends for a workout and look forward to seeing them. If I choose to do something on my own, I love to use that time to think about my day or anything I might have on my mind.
It takes 21 days to make a habit. That really isn’t that long in the grand scheme of things. I know you will be so proud of yourself if you take that time for you first thing in the morning. I know it makes me a better wife, mother, and friend because I feel so great. Please let me know how it works out for you! I would love to cheer you on and think of you while I work out first thing in the morning!
I’m from California and now live in Texas. Mexican food is in my blood. I can’t go long without it […]
I’m from California and now live in Texas. Mexican food is in my blood. I can’t go long without it and start to have cravings if I try. Sometimes I don’t want to have the tortillas or chips (anyone who knows, me-knows that I am ADDICTED to tortilla chips). When I think “taco salad” healthy versions don’t always spring to mind. I created this salad so that I can feel like I am indulging but don’t have to carry the guilt that goes along with that.
2 cups spinach
1/2 cup lettuce
1/4 cup corn
1/2 cup white chicken pumpkin chili
enchilada sauce (mine is homemade)
1/4 avocado, diced
1/4 cup bell pepper, diced
2 green onions, sliced
fresh cilantro, to taste
Start with the lettuce and spinach. Then just pile everything on from there. This is a very hearty salad, so you may feel the need to decrease the size. I have a huge appetite and can eat the WHOLE thing.
White Chicken Pumpkin Chili I know most people love chili in the fall and winter. However, for me…..it is comfort […]
White Chicken Pumpkin Chili
I know most people love chili in the fall and winter. However, for me…..it is comfort food year-round. I was playing around with a recipe this morning and came up with this. The canned pumpkin adds extra fiber to this recipe. I will be having this for my lunches throughout the week.
- 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 cups diced/shredded cooked chicken breast
- 1 small can diced green chilies
- 2 roma tomatoes (diced)
- 15 oz can pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cups white beans
- 1 tbsp cumin (or more to taste)
- 2 tbsp chili powder (or more to taste)
- Saute green pepper and onion until translucent.
- Add garlic, cook for one minute longer.
- Add the chicken. (I used frozen chicken that I had made in the crockpot that I discussed here).
- Next add pumpkin, diced tomatoes, diced green chilis, and white beans.
- Next, add the spices. Adjust these to your family’s taste. Our family likes a lot of chili powder and cumin flavor. You might choose to add salt as well. I choose not to add salt out of personal preference.
- Simmer for at least 20 minutes. I prefer to put this in the crock-pot and let it do all the cooking for me. However, in a pinch do this on the stove and you can be eating a delicious and nutritious chili by lunchtime.
- To serve try topping each serving with fresh cilantro, plain greek yogurt, and extra diced tomatoes. This could be served over quinoa or brown rice as well.
To serve try topping each serving with fresh cilantro, plain greek yogurt, and extra diced tomatoes. This could be served over quinoa or brown rice as well.
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