Summer is just around the corner. Where I live I will believe it when I see it (it just snowed this morning).
When I think of summer I tend to think of food. With the 4th of July and the chance to get outdoors and BBQ.
Over the past couple of years I have been honing in my grillin’ and BBQin’ skills. Now I don’t consider myself the best Griller on the block. I still have a lot to learn.
That is why I reached out to Molly. Molly is a recent Bod-e-Volv graduate.
While I coached her I found out that she is an amazing chef. She has a Culinary Arts degree and is a pastry-chef-turned-gourmet-healthy-eating chef.
On a weekly basis she sends me a handful of recipes to test out. I struggle to find the best words to describe these recipes. Amazing, delicious, mouth-watering, etc. just doesn’t seem to cut it. Addicting may be the right way to say it.
Molly has been working with me and the amazing women we coach. She has added a component to the Bod-e-Volv Coaching Program that I love. She calls it Foodie Friday.
On that day she shares some cooking tips and recipes. The ladies in the group are just eating it up (pun intended).
Because I’m such a great guy and Molly is so generous we have decided to give you access to one of these videos and some of the recipes.
Because BBQ season is coming fast, we thought is was a good idea to share some tips on how to make a great marinade and a BBQ recipes.
It’s New Year’s Resolution Time, and chances are you are going to fail… again!
As long as we keep listening to conventional wisdom about goal setting and resolutions we are never going to succeed.
Every year we get the advice to set realistic goals, write our goals down and track our progress.
So we religiously write down our resolutions. We have countless apps and computer programs that make tracking our progress easy. Also I will argue that most of our resolutions are in fact realistic.
The most common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, stop smoking and spend more time with family. These seem very realistic to me. The problem isn’t that we set a goal of losing 100 pounds and then only lose 50-75 pounds or even 10-20 pounds.
The problem is that we set a goal to lose 100 pounds, then either do not lose any weight, or even worse, gain weight.
Forbe’s magazine recently reported that only 8% of people succeed at keeping their New Year’s resolutions. So the chances of us succeeding this next year isn’t looking very good.
Let’s try something new this year. Let’s break away from conventional wisdom and do what works.
A couple months ago I was finishing up a competition that I entered. A 12 month muscle building competition. The goal was to put on as much muscle as possible
I think I did a pretty good job.
Towards the end of the competition I needed to lose some extra fat I had put on by eating enough to put on the muscle.
To drop the fat and lose nearly 30 pounds I put a tight control on everything I ate.
The moment I became strict with my meals, my family and I had one party after another and one family get-together after another. Which always involved food. Food that wasn’t conducive to my goals
To make sure I reached my goal, I brought my own meals.
Right smack in the middle of this strict eating was a party. The setup of the party made it impossible for me to bring my own food. So I had to figure out a different way to enjoy the party and food without plateauing or stalling my weight loss. Let alone gaining weight.
So I devised a plan, and the awesome part is… it worked.
With thanksgiving coming up, and after that other holiday meals that will inevitably ensue, I wanted to teach you the plan I followed to help me reach my goal, and the plan I will be using this Thanksgiving.
In a skillet or wok on medium-high heat, brown the garlic and ginger in half of the oil (1 tsp). After a couple of minutes, add the mushrooms, snow peas, and pepper. Stir-fry until the mushrooms start to brown and lose most of their moisture, and then add the chopped scallions.
Stir-fry for another couple of minutes while drizzling half of the soy sauce over the mixture, and then remove the vegetables from the skillet. Add the remaining oil, then the eggs.
When the eggs start to bubble around the edges, stir them with a spatula until scrambled. Just before the eggs are completely cooked, add the vegetables and mix thoroughly. Serve warm, with the remaining soy sauce drizzled over the top after cooking.
Women – 2, Men – 1
1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 cup water
1 cup skim milk
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder or milk protein blend
1/2 cup berries (fresh or frozen, your choice of berries)
Stevia, to taste
Put the oats in the water. Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Stir in the milk salt, cinnamon berries, and Stevia. Lastly, add the protein powder and mix completely. The oatmeal should have cooled slightly before the protein is added. Very hot oatmeal can damage protein powder, causing it to lump and sour.
Chocolate Blueberry Shake
Women – 2, Men – 1
12 oz water
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh spinach or ½ cup frozen spinach
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp peanut butter
Combine all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until the top of the shake starts to look glossy. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
Do you have any favorite breakfast recipes that would be great for fat loss?
If you do, please spread the love and share them in the comments below.
Seriously. For anyone who is working towards reaching their fat loss goals any extra help or good tasting, healthy meals are always welcomed.
Your recipe may help someone reach their goal.
Thank you so much for reading, watching and sharing your recipes!