When you fall down, get back up again!

Hey, everyone! I primarily want to apologize for my absence.  After battling the dreaded flu that has been going around and migraines the end of last week and through the weekend, it’s taken me a while to get caught back up with everyday life!  Prior to being sick, I was eating healthy, drinking my Shakeology daily, and working out according to my program…..then I got sick.  Obviously, when you are sick the last thing that you are craving is a salad (at least for me).  I am here to admit to you (and this may come as a shock) but I’m HUMAN! I fell off the wagon for a few days making poor nutrition choices and missing workouts.  The old Jacqueline would have just drug out the funk for an extended amount of time and made excuses for herself.  I’m happy to say that the old Jacqueline is G.O.N.E.!  Tomorrow, I will be back to my healthy ways and I will be getting back on track.  I am someone who can procrastinate on things like this and make excuses – but not anymore.  Those excuses and procrastination have made me a woman who does not feel comfortable in her own skin and most importantly, an unhealthy woman.  So get ready for some awesome recipes and posts headed your way – we’ll ride this one out together. :)  I’m in it for the long haul – are you? Have you fallen off from the goals you have set for yourself or given up? Do you keep telling yourself that you’ll do it tomorrow, but then tomorrow becomes weeks/days/months from now?  Let’s all hold each other accountable and do this together!!! Feel free to email me at yoderfitness@gmail.com – I’d be more than happy to be your personal cheerleader, regardless of what your goals are!

Teriyaki Stir Fry

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Ok, so my hubby is known for whipping together recipes that randomly taste amazing.  When we were snowed in a couple of weeks ago, he made a stir fry with teriyaki chicken that was AMAZING.  When I asked him to duplicate it but substitute turkey sausage and shrimp instead, I was questioning how it would turn out (after all, he follows no recipes).  To my surprise – O.M.G.!!!!!! I HAD to share this recipe with you.  If you like any Asian food, you will love this MUCH healthier than take out recipe!

 

Teriyaki Stir Fry

Ingredients

1 pkg turkey polish sausage

1 pkg medium shrimp (deveined), tails removed

12 oz pkg of broccoli slaw

Any veggies you love – mushrooms, onion, peppers, etc.

Teriyaki sauce (to taste)

Soy sauce (to taste)

Directions

1. Toss vegetables in a large wok or skillet.  Add teriyaki sauce and soy sauce (Start light, you can always add more.  You just want to lightly coat your vegetables)

2. While your vegetables are cooking, remove tails from shrimp and slice turkey sausage.

3. When vegetables are close to be cooked through, add in shrimp and sausage.

4. Toss until shrimp, sausage, and vegetables are all warm.  (This is when you should add more teriyaki or soy sauce if you want more).

**Note: You can use any type of meat you’d like.  We have made this with chicken, shrimp, or sausage.

If you’d like, you can serve this over brown or wild rice.  We prefer to not add the extra carbs because it’s not needed! This dish is tasty all by itself and we always have enough left overs to take for lunch the next day!

That’s it – super easy, healthier than other options, and amazingly delicious! Enjoy!

 

Guilt-Free “Fried” Veggies!

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Does anyone else out there love some fried vegetables? Pickles, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, etc? Well, when you are trying to stay on track with your fitness program and/or diet plan – those can blow those plans out of the water very quickly. Here’s a fix that will satisfy your craving without leaving you with all of the guilt. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Veggies of your choice (we used a bag of broccoli/cauliflower florets)
1 egg
1 egg white
2 cups Panko bread crumbs
1-2 tsp of your favorite seasoning (taco, spicy, Italian, etc.. the possibilities are endless!)
Cooking spray

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and cover baking sheet in parchment paper.
2. Beat egg and egg white together (you can add more egg whites depending on the amount of veggies you are preparing)
3. In a separate bowl, mix bread crumbs and seasoning of your choice.
4. Dip your vegetables in the egg mixture one-by-one and then into the crumb mixture, then placing them on the lined baking sheet.
5. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through and the outside is crunchy.
6. Service with warm marinara sauce, a low-cal/light Ranch, or whatever your pleasure may be.

We served these as a side with our grilled chicken wraps – but they would be great with burgers, as an appetizer, or any of a million other ways!

Sweet Tooth Craving Fix : 200 calorie Mini Cheesecakes

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Ok, so last night I could not sleep and I was craving something sweet! I didn’t want to ruin my day of healthy eating or completely binge out. So – I winged it. :) I had some random ingredients that I put together for an AWESOME little dessert without too much of a guilty feeling. I figured you all may want to curb a craving sometime soon and have these on hand. :)

Ingredients
6 pk Keebler mini graham cracker pie crusts
1 small pkg Jell-O Sugar free/fat free cheesecake pudding
Topping of your choice (I used things I already had such as strawberries, dark chocolate chips, and Heath pieces)

Directions
1. Prepare pudding per the package instructions (I did the quick fix that took 5 minutes w/ 1 3/4 cup skim milk, whisked)
2. Put 1/3 cup pudding into each pie crust
3. Top with topping of your choice
4. Put in fridge or freezer, depending on what consistency you would like, and let them set for a while. (If your sweet tooth is really bad, you could probably just eat when you’re done making it, but I let mine sit over night.)

Ta-da! Super easy mini-cheesecakes at a fraction of the calories and time! :)