Crockpot Chicken Chili

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Meal planning can feel so difficult when my clients first get started; gosh I remember when I started and I dreaded this task. There are many benefits to meal planning/meal preparation especially that it makes the week go smoothly when we know what we are going to eat as a family. So why not make a crockpot meal!

You only need to buy 3 items from the grocery store to make this meal.

INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1-2 pounds of chicken breast
  • 1 – 15 ounce can of white beans (or beans of choice)
  • A packet of McCormick Seasoning (Chili – White Chicken)

Additional ingredients would be if you want to garnish with cheese of choice, green onion, salsa, red hot, or even a little bit of sour cream or Greek yogurt!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO DO:

Instructions are on the back of the seasoning packet! During meal preparation Sunday, I will boil extra chicken and shred. Then I can easily add the shredded cooked chicken to the crockpot for this recipe and make my buffalo chicken dip for the buffalo chicken bowls. That is two meals taken care of for the week!

Serve warm with cheese on top!

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21 day fix portion for this recipe is 1 red container, 1 yellow, and 1 blue. The color coded containers are available for purchase in my fitness shop.

Country Heat – Week 2

Well I officially finished my first week of Country Heat! So here is an honest review of my first week as well as my plan for week 2. Tomorrow starts week 2 so stay tuned for all the updates and videos on my Facebook (fb.com/LLHealthyFit.com) and Instagram (MelissaBrown66).

Workout:

The workout calendar is 6 days a week. There are 2 new workout routines each week to learn; the same workout routine for 2 days in a row and then alternate on days 5 and 6. For week 1, the first workout was Country Swing. I am still shocked at how much I sweat during the workout and was sore in my core and legs. Giddy Up was the second workout and there were some moves such as Wonky Feet that caused me to try and try again! Again, the focus was on my abs and lower body during this workout. The Country Music in the background of the workout makes the time go fast and before I know it…I’m dripping sweat!!

My workout schedule for week 2* looks something like this:

Country Heat - Week 2 Schedule

*I follow the Country Heat Deluxe workout calendar versus the basic.

Meal Plan:

Calorie range 1,200 to 1,499 – Plan A per the Country Heat calculation in the nutrition guide that comes with the program. I love the meal plan because it uses the color coded portion control container system developed by Autumn Calabrese. Shakeology comes in 7 different flavors. I alternate usually between two different flavors for my meal plan. Be sure to search my site for recipes to include in your meal plan.

Below is my meal plan for the upcoming week if you would like to check out what I will be eating. Meal planning can seem complicated so my best piece of advice is to KEEP IT SIMPLE and DO NOT OVER THINK. Try your best to not worry about complex recipes as I have found recipes with a few ingredients allow the meal planning process and grocery shopping to go smoother. I’m a big advocate to use what you already have in your pantry or refrigerator before buying more groceries.

Nutrition is extremely important to your success and people often give up on meal planning before even trying. Please take time to read through the nutrition guide that comes with your fitness program rather than jumping into the exercises without ever reading the nutrition guide. If you are finding it difficult or really are not sure how to start, then please ask. There are meal plans on my site that you can look at for guidance and then start substituting food items I have for food items you enjoy (i.e., a vegetable for another vegetable your family will eat). I started meal planning where my dinner options were a piece of chicken breast (1 red), brown rice or quinoa (1 yellow), and green beans (1 green). The more complex you make this process the harder it is to learn how to eat healthy and in the proper portions. Your goal is to eat 5-6 small meals a day to keep your metabolism up. Your food is your fuel.

I have been asked if I stick to my meal plan 100%. Most often I do stick to my meal plan; however, there are times where I will swap my AM snack and breakfast. This is completely okay! The whole point to this journey is progress not perfection. Let’s make this meal plan happen!!

There are tracking sheets on the Team Beachbody website so that you can check off the boxes when you eat the color coded containers throughout the day. This way you will visually be able to see that you are eating balanced meals throughout the day.

Country Heat - Week 2 Meal Plan

If you would like to join my Back to School – Back to You accountability group there is still time. We kick things off on August 22. If you have been thinking about making a change or if you are like me and let the summer fun in the sun get the best of you…do not just give up. The time is now to jump back on the horse and JOIN ME! You always find time for the things you want the most…why not make your health and wellness a priority?!

If you do not currently work with a Coach, please make sure to make me your FREE coach here.

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Balsamic Pork Roast

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A crockpot recipe that can double for dinner and lunch is always a bonus! The remaining pork can be used to make a yummy pork sandwich for lunch and it is your preference if you want to add a little barbeque sauce.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:

  • 2 pound boneless pork shoulder roast (sirloin roast)
  • Salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon local honey

WHAT TO DO:

1. Season the pork with salt, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes.

2. Place into the slow cooker.

3. Mix together the broth and vinegar and pour it over the pork, then pour the honey over and set the timer for 4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low.

4. Once the pork is cooked and tender (it should shred easily with a fork), remove from slow cooker with tongs into a serving dish. Break apart lightly with two forks and put back into the slow cooker and ladle 1/2 cup sauce over the pork and keep warm until ready to eat.

5. Serve with a vegetable of choice such as steamed asparagus.

6. Enjoy!

For more tips, support, recipes, meal planning, and other health and wellness assistance, please apply here by completing my get support form!

Crockpot Apple Chicken

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Being a busy parent and cooking healthy can definitely be a challenge! I try to incorporate one crockpot meal in my meal plan each week. Here is a recipe that requires few ingredients and not much of your time to place in the crockpot! This leaves more time to focus on the other items on that every growing to-do list.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 1 pound chicken
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar

WHAT TO DO:

1. Layer sweet potato chunks on bottom of crockpot.

2. Place chicken on top of sweet potato chunks.

3. Season with salt and pepper.

4. In a small bowl, stir together the garlic, red onion, applesauce, and vinegar.

5. Pour mixture over the chicken and sweet potato chunks.

6. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours until the chicken is tender.

7. Serve with a vegetable or side salad or over brown rice.

8. Enjoy!

If using the color coded containers then each serving would count as 1 red (chicken), 1 yellow (sweet potato),  1 green (vegetable of choice), and 1/4 purple (applesauce).

The color coded containers are available for purchase in my fitness shop.