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January Whole30 Days 29 -30

Today is the last day of the Whole30 challenge!  WHOO!  I’m so proud of this challenge because I did it 100%! No slips and no cheats.  BOOM!

I also made it through the whole month without any alcohol, not even a sip at work to test new beers.  I feel awesome about that!  I will be doing a full wrapup and recap post soon.  This time around was much different and I’m pretty stoked to talk about it.  But let’s check in with the last few days of eats!

MONDAY:

Chia seed pudding with TJ’s grainless granola and a sprinkle of dried coconut on top for breakfast after working out.  That I totally forgot to take a picture of! Sorry about that. Derp.

I was so hungry for lunch (Thanks, PMS) and could not wait to get some food in my bellah.

Burger, crab cakes, snap peas

I had a burger, crab cakes, and some snow peas.  The burger and crab cakes had homemade tartar sauce top.  Super easy, it was made with:

  • Mayo
  • Whole Grain Mustard
  • Pickles
  • Dried Dill

Dinner was leftovers heated up when I got home from work.

Chicken, broccolini, parsnip mash

Roast chicken, broccolini, and some parsnip mash.  There was also leftover gravy as well.  Then I went straight to bed.  My work days aren’t terribly exciting because I’m tired when I get home and am so ready for jammies and bed.

TUESDAY:

Banana before working out.  Once home, I was starving and needed a bigger breakfast.

Sausage, kale, butternut squash bowl

Sausage with kale, peppers, onions, and I also added in some roasted butternut squash.  The sausage and kale mix I made on Saturday and so that was ready to go and I also roasted the squash that day as well.  This came together in minutes because all I had to do was heat everything up.  Check out that steam action!

I wasn’t super hungry at lunch and decided to just throw together some random items.

Tuna salad, random snack plate

Tuna salad hiding out in the back.  Cucumbers, peppers, and tostones along with random leftover protein; crab cake, chicken breast, and a slice of pork tenderloin.  Those goodies along with some kombucha made up lunch.

Dinner was another easy meal featuring some beef stew that I pulled out of the freezer.  I made this in the Instant Pot last month and knowing that I was heading into the Whole30, I was sure to make it compliant.

Beef stew

Today is the first day during this challenge where I’m actually pretty tired and worn out.  I also just started my cycle (I have no fucks to give if you feel that’s TMI. Sorry.) and I think that’s more the culprit than the challenge.

The theme for today was to keep things simple. I could have ended the challenge with a big bang but my goal was to stay on track and go with the flow.  I did that pretty well today!

I’m going to have some tea and maybe some pistachios, then it’s an early bedtime for me.  I’m trying to hit the gym earlier in the mornings so we’ll see how that goes!

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Marinated Top Sirloin Steaks

Top Sirloin

Butcher Box recently contacted me asking if I’d like to check out one of their boxes and I jumped at the chance! I’ve seen a lot of other folks get boxes and cook amazing things that I could not wait to give them a try.

Butcher Box is a company that provides quality meats to your doorstep each month.  They offer grassfed beef, organic/pastured chicken, and heritage pork.  They also offer multiple boxes to pick from, each box contains 8-10lbs of meat and is $129 a month with the option of adding on additional cuts if you’d like.  You are in charge of the boxes. You can pick the frequency of when they are delivered (Each month, every 2 months, every 3 months) and you can switch between boxes if you’d like. You’re not committed to a certain box once you pick it.

Seriously, this is a freaking amazing deal.  You get quality meats delivered to your door.  This is especially great if you live in an area where finding top quality meat is challenging. By signing up to get delivery, it also eliminates one less thing you have to focus on because it’s taken care of. You can check meat right off your list and move on.

Included in the box is an invoice that lists all the meats and how much of each, along with cards that feature a recipe on one side and information about that particular cut on the other side.  Very handy if you are just getting your feet wet with cooking protein.  But even for seasoned chefs, checking out recipes for inspiration is always beneficial.

For this shipment, I picked a beef and chicken box and I received:

  • 2pkg Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1pkg Chicken Tenders
  • 1pkg Beef Sirloin Tips
  • 2pkg Ground Beef
  • 2pkg Top Sirloin (Each package contained two steaks)

This box reintroduced me to drumsticks and tenders!  Something that I never really purchase on my own but I loved them.  I also had never cooked with sirloin tips or top sirloin before so this was a new experience.

The drumsticks I marinaded and then baked.  The chicken tenders I breaded with almond meal.  The ground beef was used in tacos and soup.  The sirloin tips I used in a beef and broccoli Asian inspired dish and the top sirloins I marinaded and then cooked in skillet.

And I’ve got a recipe for those bad boys!.

Andrea’s Marinaded Top Sirloin Steaks

  • 2 Top Sirloin Steaks
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, crushed or finely chopped
  • 1TBS Olive Oil
  • 1/4C Coconut Aminos (or Soy Sauce if you prefer)
  • 1TBSP Flavor God Everything Seasoning (**see note at bottom)
  • 3 TBSP Ghee or lard for cooking (Can also use olive oil or coconut oil)

Place steaks in a medium bowl or large storage bag.  Mix garlic, olive oil, coconut aminos, and seasonings in a small bowl and pour over steaks.  Massage steaks so that they are fully coated in the marinade and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or over night.

Remove steaks 30 minutes before cooking and allow them to come to room temperature.

In a large skillet, heat the fat over medium high heat for about 3 minutes then place steaks in skillet.  Cook steaks till preferred doneness. I went to medium, so I cooked them about 6 minutes on each side.

Remove steaks from skillet and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.  Serve and enjoy!

**If you don’t have Flavor God seasoning then use:

  • 1TSP Garlic Powder
  • 1TSP Onion Powder
  • 1/2TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4TSP Salt

These are great as is, sliced for sandwiches/wraps, or make a pan sauce out of the drippings and drizzle that on top.  Or place on top of a salad and top with a creamy horseradish dressing.  Ahhh, now I’m getting hungry for lunch!

Top Sirloin Steaks

We loved our experience with Butcher Box so much that we signed up for a subscription.  I already can’t wait to get our next box!

If you’re looking for quality meats, then definitely give Butcher Box a try!

 

Disclaimer: Butcher Box sent me a box to sample. I was not compensated in any other way nor was I required to do this post. All opinions and recipes are my own.

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January Whole30 Day 24

Hi all!  Thankfully the weather cleared enough that I was able to get to the gym this morning.  Though my car was super iced over and it took me a while to get that all scraped off.  The passenger door was frozen shut and was not budging.

After the gym and a long steamy shower, it was time for some eats.  Easy peasy breakfast this morning of eggs, sweet potato, and a few leftover sausage pieces.

Eggs, Sweet Potato, Sausage

I had to run some errands today during lunch. I got my eyebrows defuzzed and looking purty again, then I hit the grocery stores for a few things.  Mama needed some more TJ’s grainless granola!  That stuff is so expensive but it’s very tasty.

When I got back home, lunch was quick and easy. I heated up some leftover soup from yesterday and had that with a few pork rinds.  No picture because it looks exactly the same as yesterday.

Dinner tonight was creamy shrimp curry with sweet potatoes and kale.  So freaking good and very easy to make.

Yellow Curry Shrimp

I sautéed up some onions and peppers and garlic in a bit of olive oil.  Added in some chopped kale (prepacked from TJ’s, I just picked out the stems) and cubed sweet potatoes.  I boiled the sweet potato cubes first so that they were already cooked through.  Then I added in some chicken stock and brought it up to a simmer.  Simmered for about 10 minutes for the kale to wilt down then I added in a can of coconut milk, and stirred.  Then the shrimp and simmered for a bit more to let the shrimp cook through. Served up and done!

If you wanted to bump this up even more, you could serve this over cauliflower rice.

It hit the spot and was very comforting on this chilly Colorado day.  Now it’s time for some hockey and a mug of herbal tea!

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January Whole 30: Day 22 – 23

Hey all! We are cruising right along kicking butt during our Whole30.  We have one full week left of the program!  We are at the point where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Scott handles this phase a lot better than I do. I’m at the point where I’m ready to have some things back in my life (Dear Bacon, I miss you.) and ready to be a bit more relaxed. Scott just goes with the flow and is cool as a cucumber.

So let’s recap Monday and Tuesday!

MONDAY:

Up and hit the gym first thing.  Bam! I did have a banana once I got to the gym (I brought it with me) before starting the workout.  Back home I had some chia seed pudding topped with fresh blueberries and some grainless granola that I purchased at TJ’s.  The chia seed pudding was made with 2C Almond Milk + 1/4C Chia Seeds.

I blended them together and let it sit for a few hours.  Then I mixed it together again so the seeds mixed a little more throughly and let it sit until the next day.  It’s a pretty gelatinous mixture but goes well with faux-nola and berries.  I forgot to take a picture, sorry about that!

Salad and turkey slices

Lunch before heading to work was a quick salad with:

  • Mixed Greens
  • Cucumber
  • Beets
  • Pumpkin Seeds

Topped with Balsamic + Compliant Dijon + Olive Oil

On the side was some turkey breast + mayo rolls.  I found that my local Whole Foods deli counter has smoked turkey breast that doesn’t have any weird thickeners or sugar added.  Score!

After work, dinner was super easy.  I already had some slaw made so that was paired with some pulled pork.

Pulled pork and slaw

A big pork shoulder went in the slow cooker with some peppers, onions, and salsa and cooked all day.  Nothing fancy about this dinner but it was perfect and hit the spot at the end of the day.

After work I went straight to bed.  Yeah, that’s about as exciting as my work days get.

TUESDAY:

We got some surprise snow and ice Monday evening so I wasn’t able to hit the gym this morning thanks to icy roads.  Instead I made a huge pot of coffee and settled in to get some work and maintenance stuff done.

Once Scott got up, I made us a big breakfast.

Eggs, potatoes, sausage

 

Scrambled eggs, a few roasted potatoes, and some chicken Italian sausage.  The sausage is from Braut Haus, it’s organic, and it’s Whole30 compliant! Score!  It’s pretty tasty too. I found it at my local Whole Foods.

It’s cold and snowy icy gross day, so I decided to experiment and make soup in my Instant Pot.  First I sauteed some chopped onion for a few minutes then I added in garlic, celery, carrot, and chopped chicken thighs (that I already cooked on Saturday).  Added in a can of diced tomatoes and some stock then set the “soup” function for 15 minutes.  Boom! Soup is done!

Chicken Soup

Dinner tonight was easy with leftovers from Monday.  Pulled pork with slaw. No picture because it looks the same as yesterday.

Now it’s time to get comfy, have a warm drink, and watch some hockey.  I have some herbal “coffee” that I purchased from Delicious Obsessions before she stopped selling it.  It’s awesome and makes for a wonderful thick and creamy evening treat.  I’m going to cry a bit when I don’t have any left.

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December 2016 Barbella Box

Dec 2016 Barbella Box

Here are the goodies from December (2016) Barbella Box:

Vull Sport Leggings Exclusive Barbella Leggings

These are like a muted navy color with mesh cutouts in the legs.  They fit really well and are super comfortable.  Unfortunately I’ll only be wearing these at home. I’m not sure how women can wear colored shorts, leggings, and tights while working out.  I sweat down there.  And I sweat a lot so if I wear colored workout pants then it just looks like I peed myself.  Because sweat happens.  I’m not sure if other women don’t sweat as much down there or what but sadly I can’t wear these to workout.  They also hug tight, not in an uncomfortable way, but in a very snug way and they show ever little bump and lump.  I just wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing these to the gym at this point.

Junk Brands Ear Warmer Headband

I love this headband so much!  It’s fun colors and super soft material.  It has the Barbella logo on it and fits my head like a dream. So far it doesn’t slide around or ride up.

Barbella Ornament Car Freshener

I didn’t realize this was a freshener at first and was about to hang it on my Christmas tree when I realized that it had a fragrance to it.  That’s when I checked the item card and realized that it was a car freshener.  It’s adorable, smells delightful, and has #LikeAGirl on one side and Barbella on the other.  It’s hanging in my car and I’m not sure I’m going to take it down even when it runs out of freshener.

Go Cubes Coffee Chews

These I’m passing off to Scott or someone else.  I can’t have caffeine so I can’t have these. Here’s what the website says about them:

“GO CUBES pack half a cup of coffee (50 mg caffeine) into a single cube. But it’s more than just coffee. Through Nootrobox’s R&D, we’ve reduced the jitteriness of caffeine and added nootropics for a well-rounded, steady and focused feel.”

Quest Nutrition Breakfast Bar

In Cinnamon Bun flavor.  I don’t normally eat stuff like this but I was at work one day and had this with me so I gave it a try.  Holy balls it was so gross.  Sorry, but it was like eating chalk infused with a bunch of fake sugar.  I spit it out and tossed the bar.  Ugh, not my thing.  Give me an RXBar anytime over that!

Summary: 

This box was just alright. There wasn’t a ton in this box that was super useful for me.  The headband I can use all winter long but the leggings I can only wear around the house in the spring.  The other stuff aren’t things that I go for.

That said, I’ve been doing Barbella Box since May of last year and overall the amount of boxes that I didn’t really care for were small.  Most of the boxes had awesome products in them that I use all the time.  I’m still going to keep my subscription because I love getting this box each month and getting exposed to new products.  Plus I love that it’s geared specifically towards lifting.  It makes it feel more special and makes me feel like a badass.

I highly recommend it giving Barbella Box a try!