clean eating, quinoa salad, southwestern quinoa, mexican black bean quinoa, 21-day fix, healthy eating, healthy side, picnic dish, party dish, entertaining food, 21-day fix, piyo

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Looking for something clean, healthy and full of flavor to take to your next picnic or family gathering?!? Look no further! This dish is your winner! Its loaded with black beans and quinoa to get you protein, mango for some sweetness and a little cilantro and some spices to jazz things up. And besides – it looks very pretty!

My family reunion is today and I wanted to make sure I took something that not only my own family would enjoy but everyone there and I wanted it to be a clean dish. A challenger of mine had shared her version of this recipe in one of my health and fitness accountability groups over Memorial Day weekend and  I had been waiting for a good reason to make try it for myself! Quinoa is a common side dish in my house but quite honestly, this one had a lot of chopping involved so I wanted to save it for a special occassion!

I’ll admit it wasn’t one of those “quick and easy throw together in 10 minutes” dishes but it was worth every minute in the kitchen. And thanks to my amazing hubby it really didn’t take too long with us tag teaming it!

So here goes:

Ingredients:

  • 15-ounce can black beans (rinsed very well and drained)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (according to package directions)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mango (approximately 1 mango)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • juice from 1 medium lemon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin

Directions:

Start by cooking the quinoa first (This could also be cooked in advance and refrigerated). While the quinoa was cooking, rinse the  black beans, cook the frozen corn, chop the red and jalopeno peppers, chop the mango and cilantro and dice the onion. (I like to save the onion for last because I struggle so bad with my eyes!!)

Add all items – the beans, quinoa, corn, bell pepper, mango, onion, cilantro, and jalapeño in a large mixing bowl.

Next, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and turmeric in a small bowl and drizzle it over the mixture and stir well.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

(NOTE: This is best when mixed the night before so the flavors have the time to marinate!)

I’ll admit – despite wrapping this up around 11:00pm I had to taste it – it just smelled so good – and it tasted as good as I expected! Hoping the family enjoys it as well!

clean eating, quinoa salad, southwestern quinoa, mexican black bean quinoa, 21-day fix, healthy eating, healthy side, picnic dish, party dish, entertaining food, 21-day fix, piyo

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

 

And to top it all off – this flavor packed side dish is both PiYO and 21-day fix approved. (I would count this as 1 yellow and 1 tsp – olive oil – even though there’s a bit of purple, green, red!!!)  

If you are interested in  these or any other workout program and would like to get 1:1 coaching and support along with motivation and accountability, please fill out my challenge and accountability application below! I will share tips and recipes and I will help you with the one thing I always found so difficult – MEAL PLANNING!  Remember – your health and fitness success is 80% nutrition. You can get all the results and support you need right in your own home – and you don’t have to do it alone! 

Toasted almond and cranberry quinoa

I’ve been on a bit of a quinoa kick however after making a double recipe of my quinoa salad a few weeks ago – which lasted over a week – I knew it was time to switch things up! I was inspired by the recipe on the back of my quinoa bag from SAMs club and made a few tweeks to make it my own – and it turned out delicious!!!

I love when I can do an entire dish in one pot! And this is no exception.

I started by toasting 1/2 cup slivered almonds over medium heat until golden. 

almond quinoa, cranberry quinoa, piyo meal plan, 21-day fix meal plan, side dish, clean eating, quinoa
Step 1: Toast the almonds until golden brown

Next I added 1 cup of quinoa and roasted about 5 minutes. While this was roasting I boiled 1 1/2 cups of water in the microwave 

almond quinoa, cranberry quinoa, piyo meal plan, 21-day fix meal plan, side dish, clean eating, quinoa

Step 2: Toast almonds and quinoa

 

Toasted almonds and quinoa

Once the quinoa and almonds are toasted add the boiling water along with 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, a dash of sea salt and 1 tsp of cinnamon

almond quinoa, cranberry quinoa, piyo meal plan, 21-day fix meal plan, side dish, clean eating, quinoa

Step 3: Add boiling water and remaining ingredients

 

Toasted almond and cranberry quinoa

Bring all contents to a boil and simmer covered until all water is absorbed, about 10-12 minutes

almond quinoa, cranberry quinoa, piyo meal plan, 21-day fix meal plan, side dish, clean eating, quinoa

Step 4: Cook until all liquid is absorbed

Serve alongside your favorite meals – my pick – grilled chicken tenders and grilled summer vegetables (squash, zucchini and onions)

Toasted almond and cranberry quinoa 7

This smelled amazing while cooking and tasted even better! Excited for the leftovers!!!

almond quinoa, cranberry quinoa, piyo meal plan, 21-day fix meal plan, side dish, clean eating, quinoa

***UPDATE***

These leftovers were great cold  added to some salmon and grilled veggies and as a topping on a salad.

21 day fix, piyo, quinoa salad, healthy salad, quick lunch, healthy lunch, nomnomnom,

21-day fix approved! Talk about a loaded salad…spinach, grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, snap peas, peppers, avocado and blueberries to avoid a dressing with some leftover toasted almond and cranberry quinoa salad for a little twist! Best part was everything was all prepped in my fridge so it took about 3 minutes to pull together!! 2 Greens, 1 red, 1/3 purple, 1/3 yellow, 1 blue

Ingredients: (4-6 servings)

1 cup quinoa

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1 1/2 cups boiling water

Dash of sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

Over medium heat, stir and toast the slivered almonds until golden. Add the quinoa and toast a few more minutes until quinoa begins to darken. Add remaining ingredients, bring to boil, covered, then reduce heat to simmer for 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and serve!

NOTE: We enjoyed the leftovers the next day and left them cold – I may have actually liked that better!!! 

If you’re interested in learning more about clean eating, join one of my upcoming accountability and support groups!!

PIYO, piyo progress, piyo sweat, piyo meal plan, shakeology, fit mom, yoga momma, yoga mom, pilates, yogagirl, yogalove, runnergirl

PIYO Progress week 4

PIYO, meal plan, piyo progress, week 4 piyo, home workout, fit mom, inspiration, yoga, pilates, piyo, shakeology

Week 4 is officially in the books…so what are my thoughts??? Well, let’s just say this week brought on a whole new level of intensity! Two new workouts were introduced – Hardcore on the floor and Drench – and for some reason I still just get can’t seem to fathom how that 22 minute Strength Interval workout packs such a punch!

PIYO, meal plan, piyo progress, week 4 piyo, home workout, fit mom, inspiration, yoga, pilates, piyo, shakeology, DRENCH, get fit, strong not skinny

PiYO DRENCH

Every time I think I have a favorite workout I am introduced to something new but for now – we’re going to say the winner is DRENCH – and yes, it lives up to its name.

I can feel my strength improving even as I do regular daily activities around the house. That 50lb double stroller getting tossed into the back of my SUV seems a bit easier to handle!!! And going up and down and down and up the stairs around the house with a 32lb princess and 23lb little man balanced on my hips seems to come with ease. But its no secret. They’re not changing – I’m getting stronger – AND I LIKE IT!!!!

Piyo, piyo progress, pilates, yoga, yoga love, addicted to yoga, shakeology, piyo meal plan, piyo week 4, piyo strength

The workouts have been awesome and I’m really feeling the burn during week 4 – but like any workout regimen, the nutrition is 80% of success!!! I have learned the hard way you can do crunches until you’re blue in the face but without the proper nutrition those abs will remain in hiding!

OH…the meal planning!!!

I have found I have more success when I stick to my favorites! Meal planning is easier, shopping is easier, and I waste less therefore save more $$$ – so what’s to complain about? I like my snacks to be filling and crunchy…and take a little time to eat. I am often grabbing something and heading out to run errands during my morning snack so its usually some raw veggies or an apple – something that can be prepped ahead of time and quickly grabbed!!!

Here’s my week 4 meal plan:

PIYO Meal Plan Week 4

Now for the workouts:

Monday – Sweat

Tuesday – Hardcore on the floor

Wednesday – BUNS

Thursday – Drench

Friday – PiYO rest day (although I did visit my local yoga studio for an awesome hot yoga session with my sister in law who was visiting from out of town)

Saturday – Strength Intervals

Sunday – Sweat

Piyo, piyo progress, pilates, yoga, yoga love, addicted to yoga, shakeology, piyo meal plan, piyo week 4, piyo strength

Week 4, Day 1

Piyo, piyo progress, pilates, yoga, yoga love, addicted to yoga, shakeology, piyo meal plan, piyo week 4, piyo strength

Week 4 Day 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piyo, piyo progress, pilates, yoga, yoga love, addicted to yoga, shakeology, piyo meal plan, piyo week 4, piyo strength

I absolutely love the convenience of working out at home on my own schedule but I also like to take my practice into a yoga studio periodically so I can get some additional guidance and tips from someone else! Friday morning I enjoyed a great class and even got to try out some new moves! I impressed myself being able to hold crow longer than ever before and having the strength to try out some new ones! I see progress in the making!

The week closed out with a Sunday morning SWEAT session and a short cameo by my son, Colt. I love that my children get to see me in action. Children will imitate what they see not what they are told and I am going to do everything in my power to make sure they see me living a healthy happy life!

Piyo, piyo progress, pilates, yoga, yoga love, addicted to yoga, shakeology, piyo meal plan, piyo week 4, piyo strength

If you’re interested in PiYO you can create a FREE team beachbody account HERE and fill out the form below for a spot in my next accountability group! Its never too late to get started and you can never have too much support along the way!!!

PIYO, Piyo progress, piyo schedule, piyo workout, eat clean, clean eating, train dirty, fitness, fitmom, runnermom, addicted to yoga, yoga fix, pilates, buns, define: lower body, sweat, stretch, low impact, high intensity, heat building,

PIYO Week 3 Progress Update

PIYO Week 3 Day 1

Week 3 is in the books! 

I’ll be the first to admit I thought PiYO started off a little slow. I was enjoying the change in pace but there was a time or two that I thought to myself, is this really going to get me the results I am looking for? I LOVED the 21-day fix workouts and these were just so different but I wanted to put trust in the program. There were a lot of people who worked together to put a program schedule together with awesome workouts and an easy to follow meal plan and I want to see what I get when I follow it! As I wrap up week 3 and the intensity builds I am realizing yes, in fact these people knew what they were doing!!

I’ve found the meal plan pretty easy to adapt to…although some of you may find it a bit boring! I tend to eat the same main items throughout the week and repeat a lot of my meals – but that makes my meal plan easier, meal prep easier and I know how I feel with these foods so to me its a win win! So you’ll see, I keep it pretty simple!!

meal plan, piyo meal plan, clean eating, piyo progress

PiYO Week 3 Meal Plan

Back to the workouts…

I like the way the program builds…there are a few main workouts during the first two weeks which really allow you to master certain moves like the PiYO cross, the PiYO push up and others that once seemed a bit tricky! But the workouts are building on eachother and as I see myself get stronger the workouts are getting a bit more challenging, always staying one step ahead so you can continue to grow and progress!

PIYO, Piyo progress, piyo schedule, piyo workout, eat clean, clean eating, train dirty, fitness, fitmom, runnermom, addicted to yoga, yoga fix, pilates, buns, define: lower body, sweat, stretch, low impact, high intensity, heat building, PIYO, Piyo progress, piyo schedule, piyo workout, eat clean, clean eating, train dirty, fitness, fitmom, runnermom, addicted to yoga, yoga fix, pilates, buns, define: lower body, sweat, stretch, low impact, high intensity, heat building,

Moral of the story – I LOVE PIYO!

PIYO, Piyo progress, piyo schedule, piyo workout, eat clean, clean eating, train dirty, fitness, fitmom, runnermom, addicted to yoga, yoga fix, pilates, buns, define: lower body, sweat, stretch, low impact, high intensity, heat building,

Week 3’s rest day was perfect timing – it fell on the day I was hosting my daughter’s 3rd birthday party with her friends – thats 25 children between the ages of 0 – 4 and believe it or not it went extremely well! I considered doing a  quick workout in the morning but I continually remind myself that rest day is scheduled for a reason and I have to give my body time to rest and recover! I tend to feel a bit “off” on my rest day, especially after doing the 21-day fix for so long but I got my rest day in and was stress free at the party – score!!! OK…maybe not stress “free” but I had plenty of time to get all my stuff done prior to the start – so less stress to say the least!

PIYO, PIYO PROGRESS, PIYO SWEAT, SWEAT WORKOUT, FIT MOM, FITNESS, HEALTHY MOM, MULTIGENERATION WORKOUT, HEALTHY FAMILY, MOTHER DAUGHTER, MOTHER DAUGHTER WORKOUTS, STRETCH, ADDICTED TO YOGA, ADDICTED TO SWEAT

PIYO Week 3 Day 6

I had a bonus of having my family here for the weekend and my mom who recently started PiYO joined me both Saturday and Sunday morning! There’s just something about having a workout partner that helps me push just a tad harder! And this wasn’t just some workout partner – it was my amazing mama – so that made it that much more fun!

My alarm was set for 5:00am but I just couldn’t do it that day! First time I slept in in months and it felt amazing!!! Lucky me my little houseful of help lent a hand so I could stick to my goals!

We totally rocked the PiYo sweat session!! I love how we push each other to be stronger from the inside out!! I take what I’ve learned from her and do my best to put it into practice with my own little munchkin!!!

piyo, piyo progress, fit mom, leading by example, leader, lead by example not advice, headstand, fun with kids

piyo, piyo progress, fun mom, good mom, lead by example

Girls compete with each other women empower one another

I absolutely love when my kids imitate my workouts…It just makes me feel like they’re really watching me and learning the importance of a healthy and fit lifestyle!

Sunday morning, my daughter walked in the room just as we were doing the pushups into down dog in the strength interval workout. She quickly popped down and joined us – and my heart did a little happy dance! We fit in a lot of laughs and a lot of sweat in that short but effective 22 minute strength interval workout!! Fitness should be fun right?!?!

PIYO week 3 day 7

My mom and I enjoyed our back to back workouts and I loved adding the strength intervals to the mix! Its interesting to see how different our family get togethers are now that my whole family has joined me on this journey! Its not just me and my husband its my ENTIRE family and we are all focused on our health and wellness and our fitness and I feel so blessed to have this support!

If you’d like some additional support consider joining my next support and accountability group! You can never have too much support and too much motivation to help you reach your health and fitness goals!

You can create a FREE team beachbody account HERE and fill out the form below for a spot in my next accountability group! You don’t have to do this alone – so why should you???

PIYO, home workout, home DVD, piyo results, piyo progress, chalene johnson, flexibility, stretch, Shakeology

PIYO – Week 2

PiYO Week 2 has wrapped up and I am SHOCKED that I am still feeling sore. I guess its a good thing – and it means I’m working new muscles and continue to push myself but I honestly didn’t expect this – but I sure do love that feeling!!!

I am following the schedule in the book although I’ll admit I’ve considered adding some cardio in here and there just because its so different from what I had been used to. But…I am going to trust the program, the creators, and all those who put forth a lot time to make this amazing program available to us – all from the comfort of our own homes!

I started the week with the 3-Day refresh but was able to continue my daily PiYO workout! 

Here’s what my meal plan looked like:

3 Day refresh meal plan, 3 Day refresh, PiYO, PiYO meal plan, clean eating, vegan cleanse, cleanse, refresh, shakeology, fiber sweep

Week 2 of PiYO started off with the 3-day refresh and ended with the 4th of July weekend!

I do tend to eat similar items through the week to help save on grocery costs and reduce wastes!!!

A few months ago I really decided to commit to my health and fitness and with that went my “I’ll wake up when the kids wake up and workout later” attitude….to a “5:00am daily alarm” attitude. Its been an adjustment, but one I am thankful day in and day out that I made. 

Its no secret my kids are far from “amazing sleepers” but when you’re as cute as they are, I guess it doesn’t really matter 😉

Colt decided he needed a few stretches and joined me for the last half of my workout. I was happy to have the company! 

PIYO Week 2 day 1, PIYO, flexibility, home workout, chalene johnson, fitness, inspiration, fit mom, healthy mom, PiYO, PiYO results, PiYO progress

PIYO Week 2 Day 1

I had a few modifications but we got it DONE – and that’s what matters! 

Tuesday was relaxing and I was able to complete it start to finish with no interruptions – victory for me!!! 

PIYO, flexibility, home workout, chalene johnson, fitness, inspiration, fit mom, healthy mom, PiYO, PiYO results, PiYO progress

 

I can really feel my flexibility improving along with my strength with every. single. tricep. pushup. Thanks again Chalene! 

Ok – I know – this says week 3 day 3…but its really week 2 day 3…chalk that one up to the less technologically inclined 🙂 Man those side planks are killer!!! 

 

PIYO Week 2 Day 3, PIYO, flexibility, home workout, chalene johnson, fitness, inspiration, fit mom, healthy mom, PiYO, PiYO results, PiYO progress

PiYO Week 2 Day 3

 

Usually once a week, I trade in my home workouts for a hot yoga sweat session at a local studio, Yoga Flow. I love the flexibility of being able to workout at home when I want around MY schedule but there’s still something about doing yoga in 102 degrees and sweating your heart out! I love my Thursday morning yoga class and look forward to it weekly!!! I also love having someone else help me with my form and push me to try new things! I can already see several improvements in my strength since I started PiYO!!!

Friday – Rest Day – Thanks again Chalene! 

Saturday was a tough one for me. We had gorgeous weather and were enjoying lots of family time outside. Thankfully the kids needed a rest which forced me inside and in turn allowed me to squeeze in the workout I postponed from the morning. Kind of made putting that swim suit on later a bit more enjoyable!

I workout for several reasons, one being the way I feel when its DONE – those post-workout endorphins are hard to beat. And this sweat session was no different! Thankful for pushing play!! 

PIYO, home workout, home DVD, piyo results, piyo progress, chalene johnson, flexibility, stretch, Shakeology

 

Week 2 wrapped up with a great CORE workout. This time I didn’t put it off. Although it was Sunday and my daughter’s 3rd birthday I still got up at 5:00am, pushed play, baked her cake and was showered before the rest of the house was up! 

Two weeks are in the books – looking forward to the next two and hitting that halfway mark!!!

 

 

PIYO, home workout, home DVD, piyo results, piyo progress, chalene johnson, flexibility, stretch, Shakeology

 If you would like more information about joining my next support and accountability group, fill out the application below! Whether you’re new to fitness or just getting started, this program can fit ANYONE and who couldn’t use a little more motivation and support?!