Super Healthy Weight Loss Veggie Soup

healthy weight loss detox soup

Hey there!

Just whipped up this super healthy veggie soup that’ll last week for the next week at work! I’m getting swimsuit ready as the husband and I are headed on a kids-free vacation to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for one whole week!!! Can you tell how excited I am??!!

It’s really, really simple to make this soup. And, there’s so many ways to make it different- mostly with the veggies that you choose to put in.

healthy weight loss detox soup
Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

8 cups Chicken Stock
1 small can Tomato Paste
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tsp. Tumeric
1.5 tsp Cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 head Cabbage, chopped
3 Zucchini, sliced
1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
2 cups Snap Peas, diced
2 cups Carrots, sliced
1 cup Broccoli, chopped into small trees

Instructions:

Most of the time is spent slicing and dicing your veggies. While you are doing that you can pour the chicken stock into a large pot on medium high heat. Add the minced garlic, tomato paste, tumeric, cumin, salt and pepper and mix well. It’ll take a little bit of mixing to get the tomato paste to dissolve into the chicken stock.
After that, you can toss in your bowl of sliced and diced veggies. Allow the veggies to simmer for 5 minutes ( I like mine to have a little more crunch…if you like your veggies cooked softer, then just simmer for a few minutes more).
Ladle the soup into reusable containers, and viola! You’ve got yourself lunch for the next week! It’s a no-brainer :)
And, it’s 21 Day Fix approved, too!

21 Day Fix vs. 21 Day Fix Extreme

Review of 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme Beachbody Fitness Programs

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Since I am a huge fan of 21 Day Fix, I just had to find out what the next level of the program would be like. I’ve spent some time analyzing the two, and here are my observations:

Nutritional Guide

21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme Portion Control Containers

Similarities//

  • Both programs come with the same amount of colored containers: (1) Green, (1) Purple, (1) Red, (1) Yellow, (1) Blue, and (2) Orange.
  • Both come with a Shakeology Shaker Cup- to keep you drinking that water, or taking your Shakeology on the go!
  • Both programs come with Eating Plans/Nutrition Guides.

Differences//

  • With 21DF, you can substitute wine, fruit juices and sweet treats up to 3 times per week for 3 yellow containers! And with 21DFX, sweets, treats and caloric beverages are a no-no. You may substitute 2 yellow containers, 2 times a week with: cow’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, or coconut water.
  • 21DFX encourages the elimination of dairy products like cheese, yogurt and milk, whereas with 21DF, you can certainly have those things.

 

Workouts

21 Day Fix versus 21 Day Fix Extreme Workout Review

Similarities//

  • Both have 30-minute workouts, 7 days a week, for 21 days- no days off!

Differences//

  • 21 Day Fix is a great program for the beginner or intermediate level person looking to lose weight; 21 Day Fix Extreme is more for intermediate to advanced people, looking to shred the weight and seriously commit to getting ripped in the shortest amount of time.
  • 21DF’s programs usually consist of moves lasting 1 minute, with a 15 second rest in between, while 21DFX varies in the length of time for each move, with little rest in between.
  • 21DF uses a mix of body weight and hand weights during workouts, whereas 21DFX uses hand weights and the resistance band
  • There’s a low-impact modifier that is truly low-impact in the 21DF program. In 21DFX, the modifier is definitely lower impact than the rest of the group, but higher impact than Kat from 21DF.

You really have to look at what kind of ability you’re starting at (beginner who hasn’t exercised in a long time, versus someone who frequents the gym already), and where you want to get to- just starting to adjust to the idea of living a healthy lifestyle, versus getting ripped and bikini-ready for a summer vacation.
Either way, you’ll definitely be seeing results from these programs!

Interested in purchasing?

Buy 21 Day Fix      Buy 21 Day Fix Extreme

Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Cookies: 21 Day Fix Dessert

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin! Just in time for Thanksgiving, I decided to do a little experimenting in the kitchen with Autumn Calabrese’s Banana Oatmeal Cookies featured in the Nutritional Guide of the program, which are very similar to the Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips from my previous post. Pumpkin is loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, and is also a great source of iron.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, 21 Day Fix Dessert

Ingredients

1 cup Old-fashioned Rolled Oats

1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/4 tsp. Sea Salt

1/2 cup Ripe Banana, mashed

1/2 cup Pumpkin, canned

1/4 cup Raisins

1/4 cup Almonds, sliced, or Walnuts, chopped

 

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or if you don’t have parchment paper, spray sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

3. Combine the rolled oats, pumpkin pie spice and sea salt into a mixing bowl, and mix well.

4. In a separate bowl, mash the banana and combine with the canned pumpkin, raisins and almonds/walnuts. Mix the ingredients well.

5. Drop a large tablespoon full onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.

6. Bake in the oven for ~15 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges and slightly firm.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, 21 Day Fix Dessert

Notes:

With this recipe, I was able to get about 15 little cookies. Two of these cookies are equivalent to (1) Yellow Container on the 21 Day Fix program.

If you don’t have banana, you could also try substituting applesauce.

Nuts are definitely optional, but they add a nice crunch!

21 Day Fix Lunch Idea: Fall Comfort Food

21 Day Fix Lunch Idea

21 Day Fix Lunch Idea

Fall is here in full effect! For lunch today I was feeling like some healthy comfort food, so here’s what I made:

Leftover roasted chicken from last night- (1) Red container

Barley- (1) Yellow container

1 Fuyu Persimmon, sliced- (1) Purple container

Kale Salad (see recipe from a previous post here!)- (2) Green containers

You definitely don’t go hungry on the 21 Day Fix program!

 

Deviled Eggs with Hummus: 21 Day Fix Approved Snack!

Deviled Eggs with Hummus: 21 Day Fix Approved Snack Red Container

Deviled Eggs with Hummus: 21 Day Fix Approved Snack Red Container

For a protein-packed snack, try hummus with your eggs.

Total Time: 5 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:
5 hard-boiled eggs, cut in half lengthwise, yolks discarded*
4 Tbsp. prepared hummus
5 kalamata olives, chopped
Smoked paprika (to taste; optional)
*in other words – 5 egg whites

Preparation:
1. Fill each egg white half with about 1 tsp. hummus.
2. Sprinkle evenly with olives and paprika. Serve immediately.

Equal to 1 red container for the 21 Day Fix program

Breakfast for Dinner- Recipe Ideas for the 21 Day Fix

breakfast dinner 21 Day Fix recipes

 
The 21 Day Fix nutritional guide offers a few recipes to get you started, but in my opinion, not nearly enough of a variety to get you through the 3 weeks. Here’s an idea…how about breakfast for dinner? Switch it up by making a healthy egg scramble, an omelet, or one of these other ideas:
 
breakfast dinner 21 Day Fix recipes

  • 2 slices of Turkey Bacon (reduced fat) with 1/2 whole-grain English Muffin topped with Mozzarella Cheese –> 1/2 red container, 1 yellow container, 1 blue container
  • 2 Egg scrambled with shredded Cheddar Cheese and diced onion, mushroom and bell pepper –> 1 red container, 1 blue container, 1 green container
  • Steel-cut Oatmeal topped with blueberries and a dash of cinnamon –> 1 yellow container, 1 purple container
  • 1 whole-grain frozen Waffle (toasted) and topped with 1 teaspoon of peanut butter and 1/2 of a large banana –> 1 yellow container, 1 teaspoon, 1 purple container
  • 1 slice of whole-grain Bread (toasted) and topped with a slice of tomato (slice up a bit more and serve on the side!) and 1 egg –> 1 yellow container, 1 green container, 1/2 red container
  • 2 Egg Omelet with arugula, onion and crumbled goat cheese –> 1 red container, 1 green container, 1 blue container

What other ideas can you come up with? Get creative and mix it up!
 

Frozen Yogurt Dots

frozen yogurt dots 21 Day Fix recipe

frozen yogurt dots 21 Day Fix recipe

What a quick, easy and yummy treat for those hot days! Healthy and sweet, these little drops are great for teething babies and big kiddos too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Your favorite regular or Greek style yogurt, any flavor (you can even use those yogurts in a tube, like Gogurt or YoKids Squeezers to really save some time!)

-a plastic sandwich bag

-non-stick baking sheet

-Freezer

Here’s what to do:

Use a spoon to transfer your yogurt from the container to the plastic sandwich bag. Just like you’re icing a cupcake, cut a small piece off of one of the corners of the bag, and gently squeeze little dots of yogurt onto your baking sheet. Once you’re sheet is full, place in the freezer for about 45 minutes to allow the yogurt dots to freeze. Remove them from the freezer, and use a spatula to lift them off of the baking sheet. Serve them in a bowl and enjoy!

I’m also in love with this idea of adding food coloring to plain yogurt to make fun rainbow dots, brought to us by Small Fry Blog:

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