Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Two Weeks Down

Here's the recipe for the Quinoa Salad I made last night.  You can use any amount of veggies.  Add your favorites.  Next time I will double the recipe and add halved cherry tomatoes and chopped cucumber.  Steph, we missed you and prayed for you!

2 cups cooked quinoa
1 can black beans
1/2 diced avocado
1 diced red pepper
1 diced green onion
1 finely diced jalapeno
1 handful chopped cilantro
2 big handfuls chopped spinach
1/2 chopped grapefruit w/o pith (try to collect all the juice)

Add all ingredients to big bowl and gently toss


Approx. 2 tbls. Grapefruit juice 
2 tbls. White wine vinegar
3 tbls. Olive Oil
2 tsp Agave 
Salt and Pepper

Shake, pour over salad, and toss again

Serve at room temperature with grilled or baked chicken on top.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

One Week Down

Well, we did it!  We made it through a whole week on the Daniel Plan.  The four of us lost almost fourteen pounds.  That's totally awesome!  Now on to Week 2.  We can do it!  Thanks to Anita for making us our goal charts.  Those are very cool.  We are going to Phoenix tomorrow and will be gone until Saturday.  Pray that I will rely on God's strength to stick with the plan.  I will be praying for you guys and will try to blog while I am there.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Prepping for Next Week

Anita has a delicious chicken chili recipe that she will hopefully share with us. :-) We should make it sometime this weekend and then portion it out in containers and freeze some for midweek so it stays fresh.  The chicken salad I ate today did not taste very fresh at all. We should also get all of our salad stuff ready too.  That means we should wash, dry, tear, slice, and dice, all of our lettuce and veggies into separate ziplock bags or containers.  It is a pain to make a salad.  Might as well do all the prep at once and then just throw the salad together at lunch or dinner.  I would also recommend making a large container of salad dressing for the week.  We should also bake or grill the chicken or beef that will be going on the salads.  Unless you like to make it fresh every day.  I think I will grill all of it on Monday or Tuesday.  Then I will slice it up and put it in baggies in the fridge and freezer.  I really loved having all my meals prepared at the beginning of this week.  It made mealtime way less stressful.  I wasn't thinking of food all day because I knew what I was going to eat, and it was already prepared.  This week if you get sick of chili or salad, you could always have veggie patties or black bean burgers.  Or you could make any meals from week one if you'd like.  I'm excited to see you on Monday and hear how Week 1 went.  Praying for you and love you!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lunch, Dinner, and a Snack

So far Dominick and I have eaten the Chicken Salad every day for lunch this week except one day when I had it for dinner.  We also ate our Chicken/Roasted Veggies/Brown Rice Combo every night except for one night when I substituted Black Bean Burgers for the chicken.  I didn't mind eating the same thing and I loved not having to think about what I was going to make for dinner every night.   Here are a couple of ideas for next week.  We could make a big crockpot of Turkey or Chicken Chili.  I know beans and lentils are really good for us and a big part of the Daniel Plan.  The chili is good topped with a little Greek Yogurt.  We could eat the chili for lunch or dinner.  I think we should eat salad next week for one of our meals too.  I love to put lettuce, halved grape tomatoes, diced cucumbers, kidney or black beans, a chopped apple, diced avocado, and grilled chicken or steak.  It is easy for me to eat a whole avocado so I will have to limit the whole big family salad to half of one.  A good dressing is 2-3 Tbls balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt and pepper. Sometimes I add a little Dijon mustard too. Whisk it together or shake in a small container and toss with salad.  The salad could be the complete meal or you could add a little quinoa to it too.  It would be delicious.  We could interchange the chili and salad for lunches and dinners.  A delicious snack idea is to make hard boiled eggs and throw out the yolk.  Fill the yolk cavity with hummus instead.  It is really good.  :)

Daniel Plan Week 2 Meal Ideas

Week one is almost done.  I'm so proud of you for sticking to the plan.  I know we each modified it to fit our likes/tastes and that is good.  For next week, we can stick to our protein shakes for breakfast, or we can have some delicious oatmeal instead. Dominick and Savvy love when I make this.

Vanilla Creme Protein Oatmeal

1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. peanut or almond butter
1/4 cup frozen blueberries (optional)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 Tbls. milk

Put oats and water in a microwave safe bowl or large mug.  Cook for two minutes but watch that it doesn't overflow in microwave. Once it is cooked, stir in peanut/almond butter.  Next add blueberries.  In a separate cup mix protein powder with milk to form a paste.  Add to oatmeal.  Enjoy!
P.S. This is delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  :)

Our Six Week Group Goal

Well, how are we feeling?  I know on Tuesday all four of us had headaches and were super tired all day.  I felt much better yesterday and today.  I think a lot has to do with eating enough of the right foods at the right time.  I'm glad we are all excited about our group goal.  Is fifty pounds too many for the six-week timeline? How about forty?  I know we can meet either goal.  What do you think?  Text me or add a comment to the blog.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Daniel Plan Week 1 Day 2

It was so nice getting together with you three last night.  I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing group of women.  Let's remember to have courage like Daniel when we encounter situations with rich food.  We don't have to eat it.  We are committed to glorifying the Lord with our bodies and have offered ourselves to Him as living sacrifices.  Even if it is uncomfortable, or we miss out on something really delicious, we need to stick to the commitment we made to ourselves, to each other and most importantly, to God.  He will give us strength and will bless us for honoring our commitment to Him.  Love you guys!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Snacks, Desserts, and Tips

I came up with some snack foods for the afternoon and evening. They can also be used for dessert.

Snacks and Desserts

--sliced apple or pear with either a little peanut or almond butter, or a small chunk of cheese

--strawberries or blackberries and a few almonds

--red pepper slices, celery, carrots, cucumber, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes- serve with a dip made of Greek yogurt mixed with onion soup mix or ranch mix

--Greek yogurt, sliced berries, almonds, agave syrup

--strawberries dipped in Greek yogurt then a little brown sugar

--a couple of turkey or ham roll-ups with lettuce or pickle slices

--small amount of dark chocolate chips

I will come up with some more.  The only thing we have to remember is not too eat too much throughout the day.  Make sure your snacks and even desserts have a protein component. I know it is important to eat every few hours but let's remember not to eat too much or we will gain weight.  Believe me, I know from experience.  Since we will be eating snacks and dessert, make sure that your lunch and dinner portion are small.  If you don't have snacks make your meal portions bigger.  Try to remember not to drink any calories if you can.  Let's go to bed as early as we can so we won't need that extra extra late night snack.  :)


We will be having chicken or beef whichever you choose, roasted vegetables, and a grain.  I like to roast all the veggies on big cookie sheets with olive oil, salt and pepper.  While they are roasting, make a big pot of either brown rice, barley, or quinoa.  I will use my rice cooker.  Cook it with some chicken broth or a bouillon cube for extra flavor if you'd like.  When it has cooled a little, transfer dinner portions into either ziplock baggies or plastic containers and freeze them all.  While the veggies are roasting and the rice is cooking, prepare your chicken, beef, or both.  I usually put olive oil, salt and pepper and bake them.  When all three things are done, you can line up plastic containers or ziplock bags and divide the food into them.  Every night just open a container or a bag and heat it all up on the stove in a big pan with a little olive oil.  It is really good.  Of course you can just make these dinners every night fresh if you want.  I promise that when you cook it all in an afternoon and freeze the meals, they taste like you just made them.  I know Dominick will want chicken a couple of nights in a row then maybe beef for a couple of days too.  I might do a store bought chicken if we run out of food.  Oh, I almost forgot!  When you heat up your meal, add teriyaki sauce, or bbq sauce, or any other seasonings you like so the meal tastes different and delicious for your husband.  :)

Monday Is A Coming :)

Anita texted me a very good point.  Our husbands are not going to want to eat the same thing for dinner every night for a week.  I just confirmed this with Dominick.  He said "Nobody wants to eat the same thing every day."  Glad he is so honest.   :)  It seems like breakfast and lunch can be the same, don't you think?  But we will need to change it up for dinner.  This blog is only for the four of us, so please text me or comment on the blog any other ideas or thoughts you have.


I was thinking of making a huge bowl of chicken salad sometime this weekend.  This way lunch will be ready for the whole week.  I use the canned chicken from Costco.  My recipe is delicious but feel free to add or delete any ingredients.

4 cans Kirkland Chicken Breast
green onions
grapes cut in half
toasted slivered almonds
lemon juice

I usually like to eat it plain but I am going to buy the Ezekiel bread from Costco in case I want a sandwich.  It is sprouted bread which is recommended on the Daniel Plan.  Make sure and eat a baggy full of cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, strawberries, or other fruits and veggies to round out your meal.

I'll work on dinner next.  :)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Breakfast and Morning Snack Week 1

I was thinking that we would eat the same foods every day of the first week.  I know this seems boring but it will make it easier to prep for the week instead of each day.  Our goal is to eat and drink whole foods that are in their most natural state.  The Daniel Plan also wants us to refrain from caffeine, sugar, and preservatives for the first six weeks.  I think this is a good idea.  I know that I am addicted to caffeine.  I didn't have any today and all day have felt lousy.  :-)

I propose that for breakfast we drink a protein shake.  This can be homemade or ones you have already purchased. You can add your favorite ingredients.  My favorite recipe is:

8oz milk or water
scoop protein powder 
1/4 cup almonds (or a tablespoon of peanut butter)
1 envelope Splenda 
a huge handful of spinach
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
(sometimes I put half a banana)

This shake is really delicious.  I promise you will not taste the spinach.  Savannah will drink it if I serve it in an opaque cup with a lid and a straw.  She won't drink it if she sees it is green or brownish grey.  At first, I really disliked the taste of Muscle Milk but after I started adding an envelope of Splenda, I decided I like it a lot.

   Depending on what time you drink your shake, try to have a small snack around three hours later.  Let's have a small apple or half a Costco apple with a laughing cow cheese wedge or a small chunk of your favorite cheese.

I'll post lunch and dinner next.  :-)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Foods for Next Week

Look up the food list from www.DanielPlan.com.  It is on the main page. These are brain foods that should make up most of our eating plan.  We should buy and eat our favorite foods off this list.  Don't forget to eat protein with every meal and snack but not too much fat.  My mom and I will try to come up with some yummy recipes using these ingredients. Try to eat the lower glycemic fruits as much as possible.  The best fruits to eat are strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and jicama.  The fruits with the most sugar are bananas, oranges, mangoes, grapes, and melons.  Eat those sparingly.  Also, try not to eat corn, potatoes, white rice, pasta, bread, and tortillas.  If you are dying for a starch, have a little brown rice or quinoa, a corn tortilla, sprouted bread like Ezekiel, or a little whole wheat pasta.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Daniel Plan

I know its been a long long time since I've posted on my blog.  I had to post because I'm so excited for Monday.  On Monday at 6pm, two of my good friends, my mom, and I will be starting the Daniel Plan. What is the Daniel Plan you ask?  It is a healthy eating plan developed by Saddleback Church in Orange County.  Dr. Oz, Dr. Amen, and Dr. Hymen are world renowned doctors and specialists in their fields.  They came up with this plan to help the congregation at Saddleback, and Rick Warren, the pastor, lose excess weight and get healthy.  It is bible based and there are videos and study guides on the Daniel Plan website.   It is a six week study, followed by a lifetime commitment.  The Daniel Plan is not a diet.  It is a healthy way of eating and living.  It is a lifestyle change and a way of life.  It is for the whole family.  Weight loss is a natural by-product of the Daniel Plan.  The basic premise is to eat whole foods, move our bodies, and glorify the Lord.

We have the rest of the week to get ready for this new life long adventure.  We need to buy lots of fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, beans, and low fat dairy.  For the six week start, we will need to eliminate caffeine, sugar, and preservatives.  I'm so thankful the Lord has placed the four of us together to encourage and build each other up during this new way of eating.  I know we can do it!  Let's make it as fun and delicious as possible.  Love you guys.