Clean Eating Pork Carnitas

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Who doesn’t love Taco Tuesday!?  I make tacos all the time around here…..so this past week, I decided to mix it up and little bit.  I strayed from the usual turkey tacos and went for a recipe I have been eyeing forever!  Pork carnitas. Let me tell you, they were delish!  They will def be a regular in our taco rotation from now on!  And the best part is, there was plenty left over for lunches for the week!

Clean, 221 Day Fix approved and really freaking good.  Trust me – you want to give these a try!

Ingredients:

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3 lbs of Pork Loin

1 bay leaf

1 1/2 cup of water

To make the rub combine:

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2 tbsp of chili powder

2 tsp of cumin

1 tsp of ground coriander

1/2 tsp cloves

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp oregano

Directions

Mix all spices together except the bay leaf in a bowl. Rub down the entire pork loin with the spices and place in your slow cooker. Add the bay leaf and water and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Keep an eye on the pork just to make sure the water doesn’t absorb and it dries out.  If you have to add more liquid please do. Your pork should pull apart easily so you can shred it. Once it is able to be shredded take it from the crock pot, shred and then place back into the crock pot. Stir the meat to coat with the juices.

You can fill a red container with this for the 21 day fix!

For the Carnitas you will need:

Corn Tortillas
Black or Pinto Beans in a can
Romain Lettuce
Diced Tomatoes
Diced Avocado
Shredded cheddar cheese

Cilantro Lime Topping (Do not leave this out – takes these to  whole new level)

Greek yogurt
1/4 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro Chopped
1 lime cut into wedges for garnish

Combine these ingredients in a bowl for the dressing and set aside.

I chose to serve the black beans on the side, but you could add the drained beans with 1/2 of a cup of water to a pot on the stove over medium heat and cook until heated through.  Gently mash with a fork until they reach your desired consistency.

Lightly spray your corn tortillas with cooking spray and place on a foil lined baking sheet.
Crisp in the oven on 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until desired crispiness.

Next step is to assemble the goods!

So take your corn tortilla and add your fixings to make yourself a pretty sweet Carnita.
Add a dollop of the dressing on top and enjoy!

Give them a try and let me know what you think!!

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Clean Turkey Chili

Just when we thought summer was officially here in the south, we get a cold, rainy few days.  I’m not complaining though…..because I’ve been craving some chili and it just doesn’t seem right to make chili on an 80 degree day.  Sooo, I took advantage of the chilly weather and put my favorite recipe to the test.  And I’ll tell you the one thing that’s better than a warm bowl of chilly on a cold evening – a warm leftover bowl of chili for lunch the next day!  I swear this stuff is even better a day or two after I make it!

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What I love most about this recipe is the fact that you literally have no idea that its turkey instead of beef.  And its the right combo of tomatoes, meat, beans, and spice!

Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try!

Clean Turkey Chili:

1lb ground turkey

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 small onion chopped

1 tsp salt

1 tsp dried basil

chili powder to taste (I probably use about 1/4 a cup)

1/2 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 can (60 oz) stewed tomatoes

1 can (16 oz) kidney beans

Directions:

Heat oil in large saucepan

add garlic and saute for 30 seconds

Add onion and cook over med high heat until onions begin to brown

Add turkey – cook until no longer pink

Add salt, chili powder, oregano, basil and black pepper, stirring well

Add tomatoes and beans (undrained)

Simmer at least 15 minutes (I like to let it simmer for about an hour!)

Garnish with cheese, greek yogurt.  I sometimes like to add some diced avocado as well

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

New Leader Retreat

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If you follow me on FB or IG….you probably saw me posting this weekend all about being at this “retreat”.  You might have also been wondering what the hell it was and what it was all about.  So, allow me to share with you what this freaking AMAZING weekend was all about.

First things first….Why me?  How did I end up there?  Well, this trip was earned.  There were certain things I had to achieve in order to be able to go.  Essentially, I had to my job and do it well.  But mostly, my coach sees these 19 other women and myself as her teams future leaders.  And she wanted to bring us together to reward us, but also to teach us and to brainstorm with us.

What did we do?  She rented this huge, beautiful house on Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, which by the way, is absolutely beautiful!  When we first arrived we were greeted with champagne, inspirational tank tops and the cutest mugs!  We all met each other for the first time…..and I totally thought it would be weird….but it wasn’t!  We all hugged, laughed and instantly started talking as if we’ve known each other forever!  everyone was so welcoming and friendly, it was such a warm feeling to walk into.  We had a delicious dinner, a champagne toast and just spent some time getting to know each other the first night.

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We got up early the next morning to get a solid workout in….all while our coaches husband was cooking BACON.  That smell was motivation enough to work our asses off!  So we did our workout, showered up, had a great breakfast and then spent the rest of the day learning.  Soaking in knowledge.  Picking the brain of our coach Melanie, who is also the 3x Top Coach in all of Beachbody.  So to say the info we got was good, is an understatement!  There were also 2 amazing guest speakers….so we literally crammed our brains with information for the entire day. And we loved it!  We had clean fajitas and margaritas for dinner, which were SOOO good!  But we worked hard all day, so later that night, it was time for some fun!  Some of us refilled our margaritas and/or wine and hopped in the hot tub! We had our drinks and just talked like we were old friends. It was such a great night full of fun, laughter, bonding and learning from each other.  I truly felt like I had known these women for years!

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Our last day was a short one, but we had a great breakfast and crammed in another hour or two of training before we all said our goodbyes and returned to our families. It’s crazy how comfortable things can be when you’re surrounded by like minded people.  It was sad to say goodbye, but we all left this weekend with a whole lot more knowledge and a ton of new friendships.

I was scared to go at first.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  It’s not something I would ever typically do.  But I knew it would be worth it….and I am so, so thankful that I went.  It was such an uplifting, positive weekend.  I would be kicking myself if I didn’t go.  And the funny thing is, we were ALL scared.  But something in all of us made us go anyway.  If we hadn’t…we would have missed out on so much.

Its not often that you get rewarded for the work you do.  Its not often that you get to pick the brain of the #1 person in your entire company.  Its not often that you get to have a weekend away and be pampered JUST for doing your job.  It’s not often that an opportunity like this comes up.  It’s not often that you find a passion that you can actually make a career out of.

This weekend made me realize even more how freaking happy I am that  finally took the leap into coaching.  And it made me think  – WHY THE HELL AREN’T YOU DOING THIS TOO!?  You can make extra money, while working on your fitness goals.  You get rewarded constantly for simply doing your job.  You have the opportunity to literally change lives.  These retreats and trips are all just extra perks.  The real joy is in seeing people come out of their shells and transform their lives.

If you’ve ever thought of doing what I do, fill out the form below.  I’ll contact you and we can chat!  I promise, you will never regret taking this leap!

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