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15 Clean Eating Dinner Ideas for Advocare

clean eating advocare dinnersFollowing a new eating plan is hard enough without having to re-create new recipes for your family that you can actually eat too. I find that these are good recipes to use for the Advocare plan, which is really just eating what I normally do except limiting the dairy, sugar, and white-bread- I still have potatoes and rice on the plan, but if I need to add a carb for the kids like pasta, I will make that and adjust what I am eating. Here are my ideas with links to recipes that I have on the blog:

  1. Healthier Baked Meatballs & Sauce with sauteed kale

  2. Pulled Chicken with BBQ seasoning over a baked sweet potato

  3. Veggie ratatouille over spiralized noodles

  4. Crockpot Balsamic Chicken Breasts over rice

  5. Indian Curry Chicken & Veggies over rice

  6. Chicken “No-Parmesan” with sauteed zucchini

  7. Bunless Burgers with baked potato fries

  8. Turkey Chili

  9. Roast Chicken with vegetables

  10. Steak on the grill with Grill Potatoes

  11. Baked Fish with asparagus

  12. Sheet Pan Pork with roasted vegetables

  13. Skillet Double-Pepper Pork Chops with roasted cauliflower

  14. Cajun Shrimp & Veggies with Rice

  15. Skillet Cabbage with Rotisserie Chicken

You can also follow my Advocare Pinterest Board, which includes a lot of great recipes that you can use for Weight Watchers, 21-Day Fix, Whole30, Paleo or other plans without too much adjusting.

If you’d like to check out more about Advocare, I outlined it in this post, and you can also check out the full 1-7 day meal plan to get you started, or as you know I sell it too (see full disclosure), so you can check out all the products on my site. 


Healthier Baked Meatballs & Sauce with sauteed kale (just leave out the pasta!!!)

Healthier Italian Meatballs

Veggie ratatouille over spiralized noodles

Ratatouille

Of course, you will wonder: there is spinach in this? No…but I added it, because I had it and it is green and pretty, and I loved it. Feel free to add it too if you have it, but it isn’t required for the recipe!

Bunless Burgers with baked potato fries

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Turkey Chili

whole 30 chili

Whole 30 Chili

Sheet Pan Pork with roasted vegetables

pork loin filet

Skillet Double-Pepper Pork Chops with roasted cauliflower

double pepper pork chop

Skillet Cabbage with Rotisserie Chicken

cabbage saute

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NYC Shape Half-Marathon Recap

So, I am a little late getting this out there to you all, but with a stomach bug, and recovery, and going away on a super fun weekend to Burlington, VT, and #BrunchWeek, well….I am late but not forgetting that I need to recap my race for you all!

half marathon

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It was fun- Lots of firsts for this race:

  • The biggest race that I have ever done. There were 7, 000 women there, as it was a women-only race.
  • And it was my first ever time to Central Park. If you didn’t know, Central Park is so beautiful! And hilly. There are lots of hills. Well, not so many, but when you go around a couple of times they seem to keep going in the way that hills do. Crazy as I am, I actually like hills. Running on a flat plain seems to hurt my knees, but hills are where I always make up some speed and just enjoy myself a bit.
  • My first time running a race with a friend. Seriously. I have no idea why, but it seems I need more runner-friends! It was so nice to chat for the first few miles and have some company during and after the race. That has never happened before, and I think I want to make a point of doing it like this more often.

I have to say, I have done some low-entry very small races that still had good swag and nice medals…I was a bit disappointed with my medal. Sort of cheap looking:

Shape Half Marathon

Sort of cheesy right?

…and the swag was minimal. I hate to say anything negative about the race, since it was very organized, the water stops were great, and the course really fun…but I know we all like to keep our medals and when you have done a bunch, you would know what I mean! There were no goo-sticks either. Just Gatorade and water. So there’s that .

Overall, here is my take:

The 5 good things:

  • Central Park
  • Women Only
  • Well Organized
  • Did it with a friend
  • Beautiful running weather!
  • I actually had a great race, good pace

The 5-ish bad things:

  • No goo or energy sticks or gels
  • No Advocare Rehydrate, just Gatorade
  • Low-end Swag
  • Low-end medal
  • Umm. Not much else!

I brought my Advocare O2 Gold mixed with Rejuvenate and Biocharge for my run in my own bottle anyway, so I was feeling great right up to the end. I started the race, worrying about how I would do, since I had had a chest cold the week prior-  I felt really good and continue to feel motivated to run, which is great leading into summer, where I would love to sign up for some more fun races.

half marathon

Seriously. a little toothy right?!

What are you running this summer? Any  half-marathons? Do you run for bling? Do you get your mojo back after a race or lose it?


Linking with: 

Friday Five 2.0 with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness, and the Weekly wrap at HoHo Runs 

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Easy Cabbage Saute & Advocare 24-Day Challenge Meal Plan

fast and easy cabbage sauteI thought since, I have been following my Advocare® 24-Day Challenge (affiliate link) all week, that I would share my meal plan for the week along with a super yummy, and vegetarian dish to make, Cabbage Sauté. This is a go-to side dish that I make a lot, but particularly now on the 24-Day clean eating plan. You will love it as a side dish too, but you can add some brown rice and a protein like tofu (or chicken) and this is a complete and delicious meal.

cabbage saute is easy and fast!

Easy Cabbage Saute

Easy Cabbage Saute

Under 5 ingredients, and minimal chopping make this a great vegetable to serve up for a weeknight dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Tbsp.olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 head of green cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp.Bragg Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos*
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Rough chop the cabbage into chunks. Add to the pan.
  3. Peel and shred the carrots. Add to the pan.
  4. Peel and dice the onion. Add to the pan.
  5. Add the aminos and pepper and cover, continuing to cook until wilted and lightly caramelized, for about 10 minutes, stirring half way through.
  6. If you need to, continue to cook with the lid off for 5 additional minutes until done.
  7. Serve.

Notes

*Bragg's Liquid Aminos and Coconut Aminos are soy-sauce alternatives. You can certainly use soy-sauce, or tamari if you prefer.

**Make it a meal: Serve with grilled chicken or tofu, and rice.

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This is a good go-to recipe, because, even if you don’t plan for it, cabbage keeps in the refrigerator for a really long time, and everyone has carrots and onions around most of the time. I like this recipe for breakfast with an egg on top, or if I add Addell’s chicken sausage with apple (no dairy). Or for dinner, if I am eating only this, I would add grilled chicken, or the chicken sausage, or tofu and whatever leftover rice I have. I like that it is great to just have around so I am not worried about what to make. It is perfect for clean eating, Whole-30, Advocare, or Paleo eating.

Now some background on eating while doing the Advocare® 24-Day Challenge (affiliate link), because they want you to eat every 3-4 hours. That is 3 meals, and 3 snacks. Lots of food, so you have to be ready to know what you can eat!

The basic dietary suggestions of the challenge are the following:

Eat More:

  • Veggies: salads, steamed, roasted
  • Fruit: fibrous and low glycemic choices (apples, grapefruit, berries)
  • Healthy Fats: avocado, nuts/seeds, olives/olive oil
  • Clean Proteins: feed muscle and reduce appetite (tuna and salmon will aid in cleansing: eggs/chicken/beef would be secondary options; stay away from processed lunch meats)
  • Clean Complex Carbs: rice, hummus, oatmeal, sweet potato

Avoid or Minimize:

  • Fried foods, refined sugars, corn or white starches
  • Refined wheat products: bread, crackers, etc.
  • Dairy: cheese, yogurt, milk, white sauces or dressing
  • Alcohol: you’re on a cleanse…hold off if you can
  • Coffee or soda: drink water or SPARK

And without further ado, I give you an easy to follow plan for the first week of the Advocare® 24-Day Challenge (affiliate link):

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I try to keep it planned ahead, keep it as simple as possible, make a lot of food ahead of time:

  • hard boiled eggs
  • brown rice
  • cut up veggies for snacking
  • buy lots of fruit
  • grill a bunch of chicken breasts
  • make a pot of soup

Great condiments:

  • salsa
  • hummus
  • Coconut aminos
  • Oil and Vinegar
  • Rice cakes

Simplicity and planning ahead are key when following any eating plan, and this is the same idea. I use some recipes that are crockpot, and some make-aheads for say, salads. I do a big grocery shop for all the pantry items and basics (like chicken breasts or lettuce) so I am ready for the week. Let me know if you have any questions, and I will be 100% honest. If I don’t know the answer, I will direct you to someone who does!

What do you think? Would you follow a plan like this?  I put the supplements and Advocare® products in bold in the plan, so you could still follow it as a clean eating, protein-strong, small meals throughout the day type of plan no matter if you use the products or not!

Have a great rest of the weekend, my friends~ and consider joining along for next week’s eating plan too, for days 8-14!

cabbage saute is easy and fast!

I am sharing today’s post with fitness and food over at Ilka and Angela’s blogs and including it in tomorrow’s Meatless Monday posts with Deborah and Ann Marie. Go check these bloggers out!


Disclaimer:  I am not a nutritionist, doctor or expert and everything I share in this post is my experience or links from others also sharing their experiences.  I am a distributor for Advocare® and this post does contain affiliate links, so if you order from any links here, your costs NEVER change, but I will receive compensation.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.