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No Guilt Carbs

No Guilt Carbs

The end of the week brings leg day for me! I usually save my leg day for Saturday to allow for some extra carbs in my nutrition.

Did you know that your carb storage tanks are in your muscles (and liver)? So having some extra carbs on leg day is a great way to build lean muscle. Complex carbs are best (steel cut oats, brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes) but this is the day I work in an occasional treat with no guilt!

These are some of the things that my clients are learning as they are going through Refine YOU’s FAT (Fast, Attainable, Transformation) Program.

Little tricks like having your treats work FOR you and not against you is key for success LONG TERM.
Severely restricting your nutrition may be attainable short term, it is not a good long term strategy. Focus on finding techniques that will get you the results and that you can maintain indefinitely.

The next Program begins soon and spots are filling up. If you have any questions, PM me! I would love to hear from you and answer your questions. To check out more information about the program click the link here.

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Salmon Health Benefits

Salmon Health Benefits

Salmon can be so easy to make and is one of my favorite dinner go to’s. I always keep some frozen salmon filets in the freezer for a quick, easy, healthy dinner.

Salmon has many health benefits:
✔️Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
✔️Great source of Protein
✔️High in B vitamins, Potassium, and antioxidants
✔️Good for cardiovascular health and thyroid function
✔️Improves brain function and cognition

Choose high quality salmon. When looking for salmon, you want to stick to the wild-caught varieties. These can be coho salmon, sockeye salmon, or king salmon. Sockeye has a stronger flavor and is the leanest. King salmon is the most expensive and is thicker and more rich tasting. Avoid the farm raised fatty Atlantic salmon. These are often fed an artificial diet and are lower in nutrients. It is better to buy frozen wild caught salmon than fresh farmed salmon.

Working salmon in your rotation is a win, win! It's delicious and good for your health!
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Sweet Potato and Bison Shepherd's Pie

Sweet Potato and Bison Shepherd's Pie

Sweet Potato & Bison Shepherd’s Pie…A hearty, classic casserole recipe with a twist!

Serves: Serves 8

Ingredients

The sweet potatoes:

1¼ lb. sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into ½-inch dice

1 tbsp unsalted butter

¼ cup nonfat milk

⅛ tsp salt

⅛ tsp pepper

The filling:

2 tsp olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 ½ lb. Kroger Simple Truth ground bison

2 tbsp tomato paste

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ tsp ground pepper

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp dried thyme

½ tsp crushed rosemary

1 cup chicken or beef broth

1 cup frozen peas, defrosted

Instructions

 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 1 ½ quart baking dish with cooking spray.

The sweet potatoes:

Place the sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 10 minutes.

Drain and return the potatoes to the saucepan.

Mash the potatoes with the butter, milk, salt and pepper until smooth.

The filling:

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick saucepan set over medium-high heat.

Add the onions and cook until they are starting to brown, about 4 minutes.

Add the ground bison. Cook, crumbling with a fork, until the meat is cooked through.

Add the tomato paste, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper, and cook for 1 minute.

Stir in the broth, reduce heat slightly and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Stir in the peas.

Assembling:

Transfer the filling to the prepared baking dish.

Dollop the sweet potatoes on top of the filling and, using a rubber spatula, spread the potatoes evenly on top, all the way to the sides. Be sure that the potatoes are sealed at the sides of the baking dish so that the filling doesn’t bubble through while cooking. Using a fork, make hatch marks on the potatoes, if desired.

Place the baking dish on top of a baking sheet.

Bake until the potatoes are just starting to brown, about 30 minutes.

Let rest for 10 minutes. Serve.

Notes

Weight Watchers Points: 9 (SmartPoints), 8 (Points+), 7 (Old Points)

Nutrition Information

Serving size: Scant 1 cup | Calories: 310.2 cal | Fat: 15.5g | Saturated fat: 6.6g | Carbohydrates: 18.2g | Sugar: 5.2g | Sodium: 351.4mg | Fiber: 3.9g | Protein: 23.0g | Cholesterol: 75.2mg

Recipe from www.cookincanuck.com

Spicy Ground Beef with Butternut Squash

Spicy Ground Beef with Butternut Squash

My meal prep included one of my favorites courtesy of www.myheartbeats.com

Spicy Ground Beef and Butternut Squash.

This recipe I will do anytime I come across butternut squash already cubed at Costco.

I saw it... I bought it... I get to make it!  If you do get the squash from Costco I typically just double the recipe and that will use up the entire container of squash. I have also done this recipe with brussel sprouts and asparagus in the past but I just love it with the squash! I'd say this recipe is 5 servings so the macro breakdown is 

Calories 250 NET Carbs 8g Fat 15g Protein 20g

2tbsp avocado oil

1 onion

1 serrano Pepper minced

4 garlic cloves minced

1 tsp salt, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp pepper

big pinch of nutmeg

1 lb ground beef

1 lb cubed butternut squash

Small handfull of minced fresh sage

1. Heat oil over med heat 2. Add the onion and pepper to brown 3. add garlic spices and beef and mix well 4.Once beef brown add squash and mix well. 5. Reduce heat to med-low and cover lid for 10 min until beef is cooked through and squash is cooked. 6. Add fresh sage, mix well, and serve.

This recipe is a great low carb staple!

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