21 Day Fix Extreme Recipe: Turkey Meatballs

Week 2 is almost a wrap and yes, I am still SORE!!!! I remember this feeling from when I first started my fitness journey almost a year ago and I know the sore muscles are worth the pain and simply a result of using different muscle groups!

Like Autumn always says:

“You can be sore today or sorry tomorrow!”

But all in all I am really enjoying this workout program and so are all my challengers!!!! One girl lost 4 pounds in just the first week…another 2 inches just around her waist…and most are feeling better and more energized (and sore!!!) than than ever before!!! I love surrounding myself with these like-minded people!!!

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We tossed the Turkey Meatballs into the rotation this week and they sure were a crowd pleaser! I love that they are gluten free, full of flavor and freeze well – extra bonus!!!! They also made the perfect lunch on the go when my little guy and I were hanging out in the waiting room during my daughter’s gymnastics class – much better option than goldfish!!!

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED:

1.5lbs raw 93% lean ground turkey breast

1 tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt (Mineralize)

1 tsp. dry mustard

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 large egg

3/4 cup quick cooking oats

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

12 fresh parsley sprigs, finely chopped

1 Tbsp. tomato sauce, no sugar added

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C)

2. Lightly coat large baking sheet with spray; set aside

3. Combine turkey, salt, mustard, paprika, egg, oats, garlic, parsley and tomato sauce in a large bowl; mix well by hand. (confession – I totally dislike touching raw meat…so I used this little gadget from pampered chef that you use when browning meat and it worked PERFECTLY!)

4. Roll mixture into 30 1-inch meatballs. Place on prepared baking sheet. (Again…touching meat issue…I used a cookie scooper and packed it against the side of the bowl, scooped out and waahla – perfectly sized, evenly cooked meatballs!!)

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle.

6. Serve with your favorite sides!!!

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NOTE: I doubled the recipe so I could freeze half for another week.

Let me know if you give them a try!!!

If you’re interested in trying out the 21-Day Fix Extreme or any other workout programs I invite you to join my next accountability group!

THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS!

21 Day Fix Extreme one week down 2 to go!

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I’m excited to say that I survived week 1 of the 21 Day Fix Extreme! Although I’ve been sore somewhere new every single morning, I find the workouts fun yet challenging and I can already see some changes in my body! I loved all of the workouts in the original 21 day fix and this program proves the same. The variety is perfect! Every day targets a different muscle group and that Sunday Yoga fix comes at a time when your muscles REALLY need that extra stretch. Kind of like they knew what they were doing, lol 🙂

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I had never used a resistance band the way its used in Pilates but WOW – talk about resistance training at its best!!! I thought you just used it as a subsitute for weights but turns out some basic moves can be turned up a notch or two or three with this simple little band!!!

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I still kind of feel like a twisted pretzel at times but I’m getting better for sure!!!

Now truthful moment – my nutrition has not been where I’d like it to be! The planning part is there…and prep is there…its controlling my urges to eat when I know its not “time” to eat! I keep reminding my challengers and myself – Don’t mistake that feeling of thirst for hunger – if it hasn’t been 2.5-3 hours since the last meal – CHUG!!!!

I’ve been dabbling in a lot of the new recipes within the 21 Day Fix Extreme nutrition book – and those are nothing short of AMAZING – I’ve tried out the Cashew ‘N’ Oat Hotcakes, the Turkey Chili, Strawberry Protein Bars, Chocolate Pudding and repeated each of them!!!

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I never miss my SHAKEOLOGY and even found myself subbing some of my “reds” last week and doubling up on my shakeo!!! Perhaps it was the new addition of the Candy Bar to my rotation (modified to fit into my daily container allowance!) but there have been people sick all around and I know that will only help boost my immue system with all the antioxidants along with the pro and pre-biotics! This mama doesn’t have any time for getting sick!!!

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I know a lot of people/men see Autumn and wonder if this program can be for men too. Well let me tell you my hubs has been working out regularly for almost a year and while he is in the middle of Insanity Max: 30, he passed on the PULSE day and joined me for a little Dirty 30 on Valentines Day morning and he even admitted he got a good 30 minute burn in!!!

We’ll be doing round 2 together 🙂

Its been FRIGID in western PA this weekend and as much as I dislike these subzero temperatures I can tell you I was pretty darn productive!!! Today I’ve already prepped the Turkey Meatballs and Veggie Egg Cups for this week…along with some cajun chicken, tilapia, mancakes for the hubby, and veggies!!! I’ve set myself up for success….I just need to resist the random snacking and desire to finish off my munchkins’ snacks!!!

2015-02-10 06.51.32My week 1 goal was primarily to STOP finishing remaining food and the mindless snacks – and I failed. Why is it that that macoroni and cheese just screams out my name to take just ONE bite?!?! My willpower was just bad this week!!!

So this week I’ll try again…no more finishing the oatmeal or cereal or those darn cheese its – its time to FOCUS and stick to my meal plan!!!

 

21 DFX Week 2 Meal Plan

I’ve planned out week 2 really focusing on the foods at the top of the lists to maximize my results!!! My YELLOWS are primarily quinoa, sweet potatoes and oatmeal…my REDS are usually fish/seafoood, chicken, turkey, eggs, and Shakeology, my PURPLES are apples and berries and my GREENS are asparagus, broccoli, peppers, spinach and cucumbers. I’ve also eliminated bananas, greek yogurt and almond milk.

I took the time, planned, shopped and prepped and now I’m looking to my challengers and accountability group to help hold me to my goals this week!!!!

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Whether you’re looking to lose 15 pounds, 20 pounds or more OR whether you’re looking to just tone up and get ready for bikini season – you can reach your goals without ever leaving your home!

Through my online accountability group, you learn tips on clean eating, receive daily 1:1 coaching, motivation, accountability and SUPPORT!!!!

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You can get the body you’re looking for if you COMMIT to 25/30 minutes a day, 5-7 days a week and I promise you RESULTS!!!! This is exactly how I got started and I am forever grateful I took that leap!!!

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Clean Chocolate Pudding – 21-DF Approved!

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Ok – so I often I talk about my challenge groups and how they’re such a great resource for support and motivation especially as someone begins their fitness journey and also as they continue! But they are also a great place for recipes….not only from me, as a coach, but everyone in the group! I have to thank Anna for sharing this sweet treat with us all!!!

This recipe is found in the 21-Day Fix and 21-Day Fix extreme nutrition guides but honestly I would have never made it on my own. I always made a different version of Chocolate Shakeology Pudding and saw no reason to try a new one. Well…let me just say, this is so smooth and tastes like a homemade chocolate mousse.

WHAT YOU NEED:

(makes 4 servings)

  • 1 1/2 scoops Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 ripe medium avocado
  • 1 medium banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

1. Place all items into a blender, cover, blend until smooth (If too thick you can use additional almond milk)

2. Pour into 4 dessert cups; refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until set (I missed this step the first time I made it, so I just used frozen banana and tossed it in the freezer for about 10 minutes…either way works!)

21-DAY FIXERS: 1/2 RED 1/2 YELLOW 1/2 BLUE

Let me just say, this will surely satisfy your sweet tooth craving!!!!

You can get your own 30 day Shakeology supply HERE

Not sure what flavor you’d like – but still want to give Shakeology a try? Try this flavor sampler pack to figure what which is your favorite!

As mentioned above, I run health and fitness challenge groups to help other people begin and/or continue their health and fitness journey and turn it into a LIFESTYLE! If you’re interested in more information about ways to enjoy clean eating and/or would like to be part of my upcoming challenge group,  fill out the form below! Together we can end the trend of obesity!