The holidays have finally come to an end! Shewwwww! Don’t get me wrong, I loved the last month and a half. I put a special focus on reconnecting with more old friends than I could count. It was just what my soul needed. And, my kids had a blast! My six year old son exudes the holiday spirit more than anyone I’ve ever met. Both of my sons were full speed ahead soaking in every bit of Christmas joy they could muster. But, all of that – woah. It is a LOT. I am whipped. I’m ready to get back to routines and healthy eating. While I did manage to get through the holidays without gaining any substantial amount of weight, my jeans are starting to get a little tight from the endless amounts of party foods I shoved in my mouth over the last couple weeks. Time to make it stop!
I kicked off a Beachbody fitness challenge in my private accountability group on Facebook, and I have around 15 women who are committed to finishing a program this month. The majority, myself included, are doing the 21 Day Fix. I’ve done the Fix three times, but it’s been nearly a year since I last completed a round. It seemed like the perfect program to kick the year off for me. Today I spent my time food prepping for the week. I find that if I have some meals ready to grab and reheat, I’m much more apt to stay on track. I’ve been scouring the internet for clean eating recipes for my Instant Pot and stumbled around two that were perfect for this week.
The first was from Nom Nom Paleo – Pork and Napa Cabbage Soup. Check out the recipe here!
The second was from This Old Gal – Salsa Lime Chicken and Rice. Check out the recipe here!
I made a video of the prep and even included my “fail” when I tried to do a pot-in-pot preparation of the chicken and rice. I should have known better not to try to swap out brown rice for white without adjusting the cooking time. My rice was undercooked and required another 8 minutes of cooking time. Both dishes turned out fantastic, and I’m looking forward to enjoying them throughout the week.
Here is the video:
I also figured out container counts for these meals:
Pork and Napa Cabbage Soup – I made the serving size 1.5 green. Container counts would be: 1.5 green, .5 red, .5 (if that) yellow, and 1 teaspoon as I didn’t drain the pork fat. I’m not scared of fat! Fat makes you feel satisfied.
Salsa Lime Chicken and Rice – 1 Red, 1 Yellow, and 1 Green if you add the arugula like I did.