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We are not fitness experts, gurus or the such. We are real people on a adventure to be fit and healthy. We are in the midst of our journey and we invite you to follow along.

This site will discuss exercise, products, recipes, along with the ups and downs that come along with making life-long changes.

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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Low Carb Cabbage Enchiladas

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted any recipes. Have been trying several and rejecting them just as quickly. It seems to be getting harder to find delicious recipes that are low carb. Don’t get me wrong, the internet is flooded with options. Just not delicious ones. At least not to me and my family.  If I wont eat it, I wont share it.

Last night was our famous “Taco Tuesday” night. Which actually translates to Mexican-style dish of some sort. Last night was enchiladas. So we tried Best Low Carb Cabbage Enchiladas.  Posted by Delish. This is not an original recipe nor do we take any credit for it’s creation or photos. I stumbled upon this recipe on Facebook one day and gave it a try.

The recipe calls for a whole head of cabbage. I used 16 leaves of the small head of cabbage and it seemed to work well with the amount of filling.  I had some medium style enchilada sauce on hand so I omitted the chili powder. The Medium sauce provided a little more kick than I prefer.  The cabbage was difficult to seperate the leaves without breaking them. I took the whole head, minus a few leaves, and placed it in the boiling water for approx 1 minute to soften. This helped with leaf removal. Caution, the cabbage will be hot upon removal. Use caution in leaf removal.

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I cooked the chicken in a crockpot while at work then shredded just before adding to sauce/veggie mixture. I was making 2 types of enchiladas (low carb and regular). My children will not eat cabbage in this form. They’re picky like that. LOL!

We used Colby Jack cheese instead of the cheeses listed. Instead of drizzling sour cream on the top, I placed it on the side. Not everyone is a fan of sour moo cow (sour cream) in my house.

Next time I think I will cook the cabbage just a smidge longer. The stem area was still a bit hard. I may add some cheese to each roll as well as on the top. I think it needed a little more cheese. Gotta love cheese. Yum!

Best Low Carb Cabbage Enchiladas 

By Delish 

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YIELDS:SERVINGS
PREP TIME:HOURS 10 MINS
TOTAL TIME:HOURS 40 MINS
INGREDIENTS
1  head green cabbage
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
large onion, chopped
red bell pepper, chopped

Kosher salt

cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
3 c. cooked and shredded chicken
1 1/3 c. red enchilada sauce, divided
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
1 c. shredded Monterey jack
1/2 c. shredded cheddar

Sour cream, for drizzling

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. In a large pot, boil 4 cups water. Using tongs, dip each cabbage leaf in water for 30 seconds and place on a paper towel-lined plate to dry.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and bell pepper and season with salt. Cook until soft, 5 minutes, then stir in garlic, cumin, and chili powder. Add shredded chicken and 1 cup enchilada sauce and stir until saucy. Turn off heat and stir in cilantro.
  3. Place a heaping spoon of chicken mixture into the center of each cabbage leaf. Fold the short sides of the cabbage leaf in first, then roll into a cylinder — like a burrito! Repeat until all chicken mixture is used.
  4. Spoon remaining 1/3 cup enchilada sauce over cabbage enchiladas and sprinkle with both cheeses. Bake until melty, about 20 minutes. Garnish with sour cream and more cilantro and serve

Let me know if you try this. I’m always curious about how you like the recipes.

Enjoy!!!

Never Give Up!

You are too important to give up on. Again, YOU ARE TOO IMPORTANT TO GIVE UP ON!

Despite the setbacks, weight yo-yos, lack of motivation, lack of (fill in the blank), don’t give up. What ever your excuse is, don’t quit. You are too important!

I took some time off this summer. Time for vacations, day trips, family time, etc. I even took time off of my eating plan. Ok, to be honest, I completely abandoned the eating plan. I am paying for that decision. My health has deteriorated again. My headaches are more frequent and the migraines have increased in length, severity and frequency. And I gained weight. I gained about 10 pounds back over 4 months. Not too bad but not good either.

I can give a long list of excuses as to why I went off the plan. None of them were that important for me to “give up” for 4 months. It all boils down to 1 reason, I lost motivation. I got bored.

I became bored with what I was eating. A protein shake for breakfast/lunch. Usually some veggies, cheese stick or nuts for an afternoon snack and dinner. I got very tired of the protein shakes. They tasted great but I wanted something more. Something solid.  Something more satisfying. So I began to look for alternatives.

I settled for plain Greek yogurt with strawberries and blueberries for breakfast. Lunch varies but included sandwiches, meat roll-ups, and leftovers. Still eat the veggies and cheese stick often. I was adding a lower-carb granola (homemade) for a while to the yogurt but I ran out and haven’t made any more. I will soon as I like the added crunch every now and again.

So, back on track I am with a focus back on myself. It is the only choice. I can’t keep living with my current pain levels again. It is limiting my life and I am too important to give up on.

No more excuses! I am focusing back on eating right and getting more activity in. We stopped going to the gym for a bit due to an injury and extremely busy schedule. But we have to get going again. Both my hubby and I have gained weight and are feeling the effects of the more-processed foods we have been eating.

Now is the time! Get back on track if you have stepped away from your goals. It’s not too late. Today is the day. Don’t wait! You are too important!

Ahhh.. It feels good!

Ahh… It feels good! To be back on track. To be providing the correct fuel for my body. After all it is a lean, not-so-mean machine that I am in charge of keeping in tip top running condition.

I often hear things like “You are either feeding a disease or fighting it”, “You are what you eat” or “you get out what you put in”. I would kinda roll my eyes at them. But if you think about it, they are true statements. The body responds to the food put into it. If highly-processed foods are ingested daily, it improves your risk for obesity and other health issues. Just ask me, I’ll tell you. I ate out of a box or out of a bag for years. YEARS! And I gained weight. I was morbidly  obese a few years ago. Still obese but now I am on the lower end, almost to overweight. My blood pressure was on the rise. I was on several medications for my migraines that I had to take daily and still had migraines a majority of the time.

Since switching to a more whole foods diet, I am off all my preventative medications. My migraines have gone from 8-9 a month lasting between 4 hours and 10 days to 4-5 mild headaches a month and maybe 1-2 migraines that last between 2 hours and 4 days. My most recent migraine was around 4th of July. It was caused by a lot of things and not eating right is probably one of them. Stress and lack of sleep didn’t help either.

I am back on track and have lost 4.5 in a week. I am not being super strict either. Being more mindful of the fuel I am putting into my body. Replacement parts are not cheap and the labor is costly. But preventative maintenance goes a long way. Shedding the extra pounds and toning the muscles will provide me with a better body for retirement. Eating the right food, little to no processed foods, will be my life-long eating habits.

Sure, I still cheat once in a while. I ate a blizzard last night. But I am not eating one every night. It’s hot and I like the cold treat. Should probably make some frozen protein yogurt for such a time as these. And maybe I will.

The point is, do good for your body. You only get one! Take care of yourself!

The struggle is real!!!!

By Staci

The struggle is real!!!! And it is real to struggle. Struggle is (unfortunately) a part of life. Same thing for change. It can be a struggle to change. Habits can be hard to break. Just when you think you have conquered the habit or have made the change a part of your life…. you slip back into the “old ways”

Let me tell you a little story. I have been on a “new me” journey for a few years now. Ok… 5 years. I get going and doing well then something interferes. Most of the time it’s time that ruins my best-laid-plans. Or lack there of. This is especially true in the summer months.

This summer has been no exception. Time has become limited. Family vacations, weekend trips, holidays, etc. The list of excuses could go on and on. For the last month, I have completely abandoned the eating right and exercise thing. Ok, not completely but for the most part. I was still going to the gym 2 days a week instead of the usual 5-6. My workouts were only about half-effort, so they really don’t count.

I ate whatever I wanted. Lots and lots of ice cream. Bad idea since I’m lactose intolerant. But it is soooooo yummy! And it’s been HOT!!!!! And eating out a lot due to the heat. You know that “no desire to cook” thing. Throw in a camping trip and boom!

I was content with where I was in my journey for a bit. I was happy with where I was. Not at my goal, but happy. I could look in the mirror and not cringe at what I saw. I could stand on the scale and be ok with the number. I was happy with the way my clothes were fitting.

Not anymore! I gained about 10 pounds. Which is not the end of the world. What has happened is I have stopped liking the way I look again. I am no longer content with where I am. I look in the mirror and do not like what I see. Yes, this is all about me. As it should be. It’s my body, my life that I live with. I am making the change for ME! No one but ME! Me! Me! Me!

I’m not a selfish person or self-centered for the most part. But there comes a time when you realize that you are not happy and you need to make a change for yourself. When I start disliking me, my relationships start to suffer. I start looking to them for affirmation. Looking to them to fill a need for reassurance. For love. When that becomes the focus, to fill the gap in myself, it puts a strain on things. When I am happier and more self-assured, my relationships thrive. There is not the added strain of trying to fill gaps that cannot be filled.

So I am back on track. We have been to the gym 3 days so far this week and day 4 will be after work. I am working on eating better. It’s starting to cool down here so my desire to cook is returning.

Focus on yourself when you need to. Self-love is very important. Without it, you do not have the strength and energy to really, really focus on others. This is really difficult for those with children, especially moms. Find a way. Everyone will thank you for it.

Confession time

By Staci

Going off the diet train is an understatement. My diet train completely derailed and has been out of commission for a couple of weeks. It took my motivation and will power with it. I have been trying to rally and get back on track but it’s just not happening right now.

I think I may have lost track of my “why”. Why am I doing this? Why am I limiting myself? Why am I not motivated to eat right or exercise? I don’t get it. I am totally lacking in every aspect of my health journey. Like, it is non-existent at the moment. Literally!

I have been trying to get back on track. Then the cravings hit. Or I am still hungry after eating my daily allowance of calories/macro nutrients. Then there was some emotional and stress eating days. And a few “I don’t care” days. It has all added up to a big cheat period. Kinda threw caution and reason out the window and ate like I used too.

A few things happened during this weird period of time. First, I gained some weight back. Duh, that was totally expected. And I hate it! Second, my energy levels tanked big time! Like I had little to no energy. I took naps over the weekend. I was down with a back muscle spasm issue but still. I never nap unless I am sick or have a migraine. Even then, it is not very often. I just don’t nap and I took 2 over the weekend. Third, and last one I’ll talk about is over all, I feel ick. My body is kinda sluggish and all over just feel “off”. Like I’m not quite myself.

With these things in mind, I need to get back on track. Only problem, I have no desire to. I kind of have given up. Just momentarily! I will regroup and get back on track. I have 10 months to hit my goal weight. Which means approx 6 pounds a month. Which is totally do-able. I just need the motivation to do it. Which is what I am currently lacking.

My current mini goal is to not have a cheat meal until July 4th. That’s a week and a half away. Also to put in some effort into my workouts. I have been half-heartedly doing them as of late. So, current goal, eat right for a week and a half and complete workouts with medium to full intensity. Reward, cheat meal on the 4th.

I can do this. This may help restart my motivation. Hoping my will-power will make a gran reappearance as well. That is definitely needed. It’s summer and I miss ice cream! I do have some low carb ice cream recipes that I will make up soon to try. Fingers crossed they will be edible and curb the cravings.  If not, back to the drawing board. Frozen yogurt pops may be stocking my freezer soon. Those were yummy and packed with protein. Add a little fresh berries.

Have you ever lost your motivation to do something good for you? How did you power past it? I need some ideas.

Chicken Rollatini with Spinach Alla Parmigiana

Delicious! All I can say is delicious. The chicken was juicy and the spinach/ricotta filling was a nice compliment. Overall a wonderfully satisfying Italian dinner.

I am a big fan of Italian dinners. Mostly because they are full of flavors and cheesy goodness. I like crispy chicken topped with cheese and marinara sauce. Kinda had to spot eating these kinds of dishes while on the keto diet, until now. This is a wonderfully low carb version of Chicken parmigiana.

Use caution when trying to roll the chicken rolls in the egg and breading mixture. Some of the filling fell out. I will make this again and try pounding the chicken a little thinner so see if it gives me a better roll.

This is not an original recipe of my creation. I came across this one while browsing Facebook.  I love when recipes pop up on my news feeds. I find a lot that way that I did not know I was looking for. LOL! The original author can be found at Skinnytaste ‘s website. Photo credit also goes to SkinnyTaste. I promise, some day I will have my act together and take photos of my attempts at these wonderful recipes.

Mine didn’t look quite like the photo. I will spread the filling out a bit more next time. I just put it all in one section and rolled around it. It was tasty either way. I used fresh spinach instead of frozen as I was cutting the recipe in half. No need to cook 8 pieces for 2 of us. We had no leftovers. My hubby devoured 3 of the 4. I think I might have been lucky to get the one. 🙂

I used a low carb marinara sauce. I can’t remeber the name right now but will update this post when I get home and can look at the jar.

Baked chicken breasts filled and rolled with spinach and ricotta topped with Pomodoro sauce and melted mozzarella. Family friendly and so good!

Chicken Rollatini with Spinach Alla Parmigiana

Baked chicken breasts rolled with spinach and ricotta topped with pomodoro sauce and melted mozzarella. A dish the whole family will love!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 thin chicken cutlets, 3 oz each
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 6 tablespoons egg whites or egg beaters
  • 5 oz frozen spinach, squeezed dry of any liquid
  • 6 tbsp part skim ricotta cheese
  • 6 oz part skim mozzarella (I used Polly-O)
  • olive oil non-stick spray
  • 1 cup pomodoro sauce or your favorite marinara sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wash and dry cutlets, season with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°. Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine breadcrumbs and 2 tbsp grated cheese in one bowl and 1/4 cup egg beaters or egg whites in another.
  4. Shred or finely chop 1.5 oz of mozzarella cheese and combine with remaining grated cheese, spinach (make sure you squeeze it dry), 2 tbsp egg beaters, and ricotta cheese.
  5. Lay chicken cutlets down on a working surface and spread 2 tbsp of spinach-cheese mixture on each cutlet. Loosely roll each one and keep seam side down.
  6. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then in breadcrumbs and place seam side down in a baking dish (no toothpicks needed).
  7. Repeat with the remaining chicken. When finished, lightly spray with olive oil. Bake 25 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, top with sauce then cheese.
  9. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 3 more minutes.
  10. Serve with additional sauce on the side and grated cheese.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: 1 piece

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 4
  • Points +: 5
  • Calories: 195 calories
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: mg
  • Sodium: mg
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Sugar: g
  • Protein: 24g
All images and text ©Gina Homolka for Skinnytaste

Read more at https://www.skinnytaste.com/chicken-rollatini-with-spinach-alla/#WZD4vvUGwvPr0PjI.99

 

Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet

Looking for an low carb alternative for Spanish rice. look no further! This recipe is perfect.

I made this for dinner on Tuesday. It is so delicious! No Joke!!!! I will make this again and stuff it some green bell peppers. And it is so simple! And quick too! Perfect for a busy evening dinner that is sure to please the whole family. It does include cauliflower but you would never know the “rice” is actually vegetables. There is no cauliflower taste what so ever!

I used ground turkey in place of the beef due to my dietary needs. I cut back on the chili powder and may cut back some more. It does have a kick to it but not soo bad that this non-spicy eater couldn’t tolerate. I added some sour cream on the side for dipping. It upped the flavor a bit and made the meal a little more satisfying. Would probably be good with some avocado chunks too. I omitted the lettuce since I did not have any on hand. It would probably taste good with some lettuce too. Kinda like a tortilla-less taco.

This is not an original recipe. I search the web daily for new and interesting recipes to keep me and the hubby from getting bored while eating Keto. I found this one via Low Carb Yum ‘s blog. I like Low Carb yum‘s recipes and have used several of them. Photo credit goes to Low Carb Yum as well. Side note: I really need to remember to take photos!

I used prepared cauliflower rice from the freezer section. I like Green Giant’s version as it comes in a steam-able bag. Pop in the microwave and cook for 5-6 minutes an done. Simple and easy. This option also provides uniform pieces which I love.

Cheesy beef taco skillet recipe with cauliflower rice

Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet

Enjoy this easy taco skillet recipe which doesn’t require any high carb tortillas. It’s a simple one pan low carb dish that cooks up quickly.

 

 Course Main Course
 Cuisine Mexican
 Keyword ground beef
 Prep Time 10 minutes
 Cook Time 30 minutes
 Total Time 40 minutes
 Servings 6 people
 Calories 266 kcal
 Author Lisa | Low Carb Yum

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups cauliflower rice
  • 10 ounces diced tomatoes with green chilis canned
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 8 ounces colby jack cheese freshly shredded
  • 3.8 ounces sliced black olives canned
  • shredded lettuce optional

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef in 10 inch ovenproof skillet. Drain.

  2. Prepare cauliflower rice, if needed. (Leftover is perfect for this recipe)

  3. Add diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and onion powder to ground beef.

  4. Stir in the cauliflower rice, then cook until boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 7-10 minutes more.

  5. Stir in black olives and 1 cup of the shredded Colby Jack until cheese melted. Sprinkle on remaining cheese. Place skillet under oven broiler until top cheese is completely melted. Serve immediately. We like to top each serving with shredded lettuce.

Recipe Notes

Each serving has about 7 grams net carbs

 

Let me know what you think. I love to read your feedback.