Friday, July 13, 2012

Advocare Challenge and recipes

I have completed the 24 day challenge that I began the beginning of June and am proud to say have stuck with the healthy eating and working out since then.  I lost a total of 6 pounds, and am thrilled.  I went from a tight size six to a loose size 4!  I am positive that if I hadn't had two babies in the last 3.5 years and gained 50lbs with both of them, I would have a flat stomach right now.  So now my goal is to maintain this weight and tone up!

So here are my tips and what I did.  Once again, I AM NOT an advocare rep, I am just sharing what I did and some of the recipes I have found that we (my family) use to stick close to the advocare program.

Continue to drink a lot of water, do not drink coffee or alcohol.  I did 'cheat' two days of the 14 days because one was my dad's birthday and a week later was my mom's.  I had one cake pop for my dad's bday and I had a skewer with strawberries and 3 small pieces of angel food cake for my mom's bday.  I had a hard time with the burn days and honestly didn't do three in a row, I ate fruit when I wanted to because we had some fresh pineapple and raspberries.  I know you aren't supposed to but I did and I am still happy with my results.  I worked out a lot more the last half of the challenge and have kept that up also.

** Update as of August 8: I have lost 9 lbs and feel wonderful!

Below are some of the recipes that we like!

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers ( these are a favorite) click on link for original recipe

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 C dry quinoa
1/4 C ww bread crumbs *  This is half the amount original calls for
1 egg * I added to help hold them together
1 tsp chili powder * I don't measure just sprinkle it in and more than a tsp
1/2 tsp cumin * use lots more I love cumin
1 Tblsp tomato paste
2 cloves garlic minced
some onion powder * I hate onions so I didn't add real ones just put in some powder

2 Tblsp honey mustard
2 Tblsp Canola Mayo

cook quinoa in a cup of water, mix all ingredients together well, form patties and cook in a little olive oil for 5 min each side.  These rock served with a little of the dip and some avocado on top!  I serve them to the kids with a side of sweet potato fries.

The best recipe so far for curing the sweet tooth has to be the raw cookie dough bites!  I don't like walnuts so I added more oats and no walnuts to these.

Another fav cookie is the peanut butter cookie:
1 C Peanut Butter
1 egg
3/4 C stevia

** water or coconut oil next time to combat dryness

These are awesome, I used my pampered chef scoop that is 2 tsp big and it made 26, they came out to 71 cal a cookie.  I also put one choc chip on top of them for the kids.  so mix together, drop on cookie sheet, press down lightly with damp fork, and bake at 350 for roughly 10 min.  Next time gonna add some water or coconut oil as they were a little dry...

Ok, and I love the Vanilla Meal Replacement Shake Pancakes!
Just mix in a blender one packet of vanilla replacement shake, 2 eggs and 1 banana.  Pour onto hot griddle and eat.  I sometimes sprinkle a little stevia on top, but don't need to!  you can sub applesauce for the banana!