Whole 30

Feeding a family that has significantly different taste buds when it comes to healthy as well as feeding a toddler who has his own set of taste buds is difficult enough before you throw some whole 30 rules at it.

My CF (combat fitness) challenge class follows the Whole 30 guidelines which means that now everyone in my house follows those guidelines for the most part. I cannot control what they eat when I am not home. I always feel that things happen for a reason and that the timing is always on point.

I decided that I wanted to do this CF class for me to get stronger and healthier all the way around. The same week my father saw his doctor about his diabetes and his treatment methods were altered. With the added change to his life and daily routine he has decided to follow my eating plan for the most part. This is something I couldn’t be more thankful for. Now if I could only get him to drink water.

There are books all over the place that talk about the Whole 30 plan, rules and guidelines, really all you need to understand is that you should be eating whole foods with as little sugar and salt as possible, eating good fats and managing your portion sizes. It does not have to be complicated.

One of my favorite things is to use my George Forman grill with some marinated bell peppers or zucchini. Grilled veggies are an awesome side to add to your lean meats.

Grilled veggie marinade
1/4 cup or less of olive or avocado oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Mix up all ingredients and pour over top of sliced veggies , let them sit at room temp for about 20 minutes… heat up your grill and cook to the desired doneness!  Yum!!!

Banana Muffins
2- over ripe bananas
1/2 apple – peeled and cooked so it can be mashed
1/4 C- almonds- ground into a fine powder
1- egg
dash of vanilla and cinnamon
1 tsp- lemon zest

Mix all ingredients together and pour into mini muffin liners. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Chicken & Veggie Soup
I made this soup from what I had on hand so all measurements are estimates

1- whole chicken breast, grilled and chopped up bite size
1 tsp avocado oil or olive oil
chopped veggies of your choice about 1/2 cup each. I used zucchini, green beans, celery, carrots, and potatoes
if you are using potatoes — par cook them before you add them to everything else
4 cups- chicken or veggie stock

sauté veggies in a large stock pot until they begin to soften. season with a pinch of salt and your favorite Mrs. Dash.

Add your stock and chicken , simmer for about 10 minutes to heat through.

Enjoy y’all !

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