Healthy doesn’t have to be bland. And dinner doesn’t have to be complicated.

Here’s what I had for lunch the other day … I had actually made it for dinner the night before and I had enough for lunch the next day!!! If you try out the recipe, please comment below and let me know how it turned out! 🙂

BAKED CHICKEN

  • Take a shallow baking rack and cover with aluminum foil. Spray a little olive oil on it. (I put my olive oil in a spray bottle, which helps it go a long way.)
  • 2 Chicken Breasts butterflied and spray with a little olive oil. (I always try tenderize my meat with either a tenderizer.)
  • Season with Tomato Basil Mrs. Dash on both side.
  • Bake in the oven at 350º for 15 minutes. (I have a convection oven, so please be advised that cooking times may vary if you have a conventional.)

Comes out nice and juicy!

BROWN & BLACK RICE

My new favorite grain is black rice! I was running out of it and brown rice, so I decided to mix them together to make a full serving me and my husband could split for a few days.

  • 1/2 cup of brown rice + 1/2 cup of black rice
  • Follow the directions on the packaging 😉 — Plus I add a little olive oil to water.
  • While it’s cooking – dice up 4 small sweet peppers and 1/4 cup yellow onion.
  • When the rice is 95% cooked I mixed the veggies with it, add 2 Tbsp. parsley, 1 Tbsp. garlic powder and crack pepper to taste. (When I’m eating super clean I avoid salt as much as possible, but if you want to add some, just a dash of sea salt or Himalayan salt is best.) Mix it all up and VIOLA … no more boring rice!

Did you know …
Black rice is even better for you than brown rice. That’s because the bran hull contains significantly higher amounts of vitamin E, which bolsters the immune system and protects cells from free radical damage. In fact, black rice contains more anthocyanin antioxidants than blueberries, according to a study from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.

GRILLED BRUSSEL’S SPROUTS

I’m addicted to Brussel’s Sprouts! And the way these are made, your kids may eat them too!!! hahaha, but no promises 😉

  • Remove steam part and cut in halves
  • Place in bowl and toss with 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. white or red balsamic vinegar, lemon and cracked black pepper to taste. Mix it up real good!
  • Grill those bad boys up so you see the grill marks and they’re cooked through yet crunchy!
    • If you don’t have a grill you can use a small indoor one or even broil them in the oven.

MORE RECIPES

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Bon apetit!

♥ Vanessa

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how shakeology helped Kelli with her Crohn's DiseaseShakeology and Crohn’s Disease – how this nutrition dense shake helped Kelli gain control 

The best success stories arrive in the most unexpected ways!

One of my December challengers was struggling with being consistent with her exercise due to a variety of things from some personal matters and a VERY hectic work schedule … on top of it being the holidays. The challenge was an opportunity for her to FOCUS and get back on track. Working out to ChaLEAN Extreme and drinking Shakeology every day, I followed up with her progress within our challenge Facebook group along with private messages. About mid-way through the 30-day challenge she she shared with me that she had Crohn’s Disease and Shakeology was giving her RELIEF and CONTROL like nothing else had before. I was stunned and very excited and asked if I could share her story on my blog.

You know what she told me, “Yes. Absolutely! This was no info the Dr’s could ever provide me so if it can help someone else then I am all for it!”

I’m SO HAPPY for her … and when Kelli emailed me her story, it brought happy tears to my eyes! I’m absolutely thrilled that she’s been able to receive help in way she never imagined!

So here’s Kelli’s story – directly from her!

“I began experiencing stomach irregularities and knew something about me was different then anyone else was around 7th grade. Every doctor I went to tested me for anemia, low blood sugar, thyroid issues, diabetes, and the regular string of blood tests. I was very underweight for my age but ate very normal. Every doctor said it had to be low blood sugar and passed it of as “I would grow out of it.” Around 11th and 12th grade I starting missing more school because I always felt sick, and was finally referred to a Gastroenterologist.

I went through every test known for upper GI, lower GI, and tests for my colon.  No doctor could give me an exact diagnosis, but deferred it as Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS).  Still unsatisfied, I got a second and third opinion.  I had documented my symptoms in a diary by time each and every day and documented what I ate. The third and last Gastroenterologist pulled my Mom aside after reviewing my file and all my tests and recommended I see a psychiatrist, as he felt that my symptoms couldn’t be diagnosed so my symptoms must be something equal to a psychological issue.

At that point I gave up….for five years. My stomach controlled my life. I missed parties, couldn’t eat the same foods as everyone else, experience extreme irregularity, and at the same time, I worked out 6 days a week as a college athlete and ate very healthy.  In many circumstances, this could control IBS symptoms.  Yet, nothing got better.  I struggled through 4 years of multitasking 5am workouts, 18 credit hours, and working 30 hours a week.  Yet, nothing got better.

I moved to Florida from Michigan for graduate school and decided to give it one more shot.  I did a lot of reading on Crohn’s and knew medicine had advanced in the last five years.  The first Gastroenterologist I went to, now knowing that during the appointment I was experiencing a ‘flair up’ was quickly able to diagnose me.  Up until 2 months ago, I took my medicine to control my disease, but just could not gain remission.

I met Vanessa through a Bootcamp class, that up until now, I would not know how impactful this avenue would be.  I recently joined a small group run by Beachbody Coach Vanessa and I started the ChaLean Extreme challenge that included a product drank daily called Shakeology.  After two weeks I noticed immediate results.  I was regular, not getting sick as frequently, and finally starting to control my Crohn’s without it controlling me.  After four weeks, I can’t start my day without it and am finally feeling like there is hope at the end of the tunnel.  With my medicine, ShakeO, and living a healthy lifestyle, I am finally in control.”

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