Crockpot Meatloaf – 21 Day Fix Approved ✅

It is definitely the time of year for crockpot food! Mmmmm. Living tiny also is a really good motivator for easy food. However, we’re not willing to compromise our healthy choices or taste! …definitely not taste! 

I have been craving some meatloaf for probably a couple of weeks now. It is a little funny to hear myself say that. I was vegetarian several years ago for probably 5 years. I was doing it for “health reasons” or so I thought. I am a big fan of giving my body plenty of protein from animal sources nowadays. Of course clean options are what I go for. I switched over to grassfed beef a couple of years ago and am shocked at how different it tastes!! It is amazing! Plus I feel far better about what I am putting in my body without all the antibiotics and pesticides…

I’m at the end of day 3 of my January 30 day challenge, and part of that means I follow the balanced, portion controlled, clean eating plan provided by the 21 Day Fix. So, here’s a yummy 21 Day Fix approved (& hubby approved) meatloaf recipe! 

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs grass fed, ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup no sugar added tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch each of salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Grease the inside of the crockpot with olive oil or butter.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well…using your hands is the best method! 

Shape into a loaf…I have a circle crock pot and it worked fine…but I do think an oval shaped cooker would help it cook a little better/faster. 

Place loaf into slow cooker, cover & cook on low 5-6 hours: until meat thermometer reads 160F.

If you’d like, at last 15 minutes or so of cooking, add a mixture of a small amount of ketchup/Worcestershire sauce over the top of the loaf.

Let stand 10 minutes before serving. 

21 Day Fix Containers per serving:
1 red, 1/4 yellow, 1/4 blue, 1/8 purple.

Delish and great along side a big salad or asparagus! 

Homemade Sports (electrolyte) Drink

Something we all are aware of is that during exercise our bodies lose electrolytes along with water through sweat. Often times people will pick up a sports drink, such as Gatorade, to remedy the problem. The unfortunate thing is that most sports drinks contain a crazy amount of sugar and artificial ingredients.

When electrolytes become off balance we can experience:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Trembling
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle weakness
  • Stiff or aching joints
  • And more…

Electrolytes include calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, potassium and sodium. Maintaining a good balance results from the particular foods and drinks we consume combined with our activity level, weather and any illness we might be fighting. You can also throw off your electrolyte balance by drinking TOO MUCH water believe it or not. 

 Here is a natural electrolyte recipe that you can use and allows you to choose just how you want yours to taste!

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart liquid (water, coconut water, green tea, etc.)
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt (this kind includes particular trace minerals but regular table salt will work)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed calcium magnesium tablets or powder*
  • 1/4 cup natural fruit juice (lemon, lime, pineapple, Apple, etc)
  • 1-2 Tbsp sweetener* (honey, stevia)

*these ingredients are optional

Directions:

  • Slightly warm your base liquid in order for other ingredients to dissolve well
  • Add all remaining ingredients and mix or shake very well
  • Store in fridge until needed 

I made mine using a mixture of lemon and lime juice and honey for the sweetener. I also added the calcium magnesium powder as magnesium is something I personally don’t get enough of (calcium is needed for magesium absorption). I also garnished it with a mint leaf. 

  
I had mine after a hard 5 mile run and felt like it really helped me bounce back quicker. I’ll be using this more for sure!

Here’s to happier, healthier ways to do things! 

xoxo, Jess

Energy Bites

I’m all about healthy, bite sized, craving crushing, energy giving snacks!  I love making stuff like this and putting them in the fridge or freezer and just grabbing them for on-the-go “treats” to help keep blood sugar levels stable and hunger at bay between meals. This is adapted from a beachbody recipe for carrot cake energy balls. I swapped out several ingredients, using chocolate rather than vanilla Shakeology was just one altered ingredient and I love it!!

  
Ingredients:

  • 1.5 scoops chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 6 dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in food processor and pulse until “dough” is mixed evenly. 
  • Roll into 15 balls (I use a small cookie dough scoop)
  • Done! Enjoy! 
  • Freeze or refrigerate the rest ❤️

xoxo, Jess

Banana Coconut Overnight Oats

Hmmmmm. These things have intrigued me and kinda scared me all at the same time for quite awhile now!! But, don’t knock it till you try it, right? I’m the kind of person who HAS to try something for myself before I decide anything about it. It’s good to hear other opinions…but…. 
So I decided tonight’s the night 😊 Although, I had to find a recipe that really appealed to me (and that I already had ingredients for!). I basically took some from here and some from there and made this one up. A lot of them called for either chia seeds or flax seeds and I used neither this time around.   

  
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 mashed banana 
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

Mix all the ingredients in small bowl then transfer to medium sized (abt 16 oz) mason jar. Screw lid on tight and place in fridge overnight! 

Ok…I’ll be trying this in the morn…but I hear you can have them cold or warmed up and even garnish with extra fruit (I might drizzle some peanut butter over mine! 😍) 

I’ll let ya know my verdict in the morning… 

I’m the meantime I want to hear your favorite recipes if you’ve tried this!!

xoxo,

Jess 💜

We’re Better Together: Part 2

I have had the privilege of health coaching a man recently who is just so darn dedicated it makes my heart happy! From day 1 he just put his head down and went for it and so far he’s 30 pounds lighter and, according to him, has 5x more energy! Freaking awesome. 

What’s more freaking awesome than that? His girlfriend is the one who connected him with me and she comes into the sessions (I adore her). She is very supportive and encouraging without a hint of “shoulding” on him. Tonight at the end of our session he paused before walking out the door and said “I couldn’t do this without her” as he gave his girlfriend a hug. **Hello water in the eyes!! 😢❤️** SO sweet! It has been beautiful to watch. 

I’ve been reminded recently of how important it is to be able to share this stuff with your person. I have that guy and man do I feel blessed!! We have SO. MUCH. FUN. nerding out on health and fitness together! It’s a ton of fun playing, creating, sweating our butts off and setting new goals all the time. Love it!

  
Having health and fitness be a shared thing in a relationship is HUGE! It should be a requirement! Haha! I kid but seriously….the benefits are rediculous. So often couples just get into a mode where life is lived on auto pilot and things happen by each other but not WITH each other. To struggle through things together, work hard to become better, explore together, step out of your comfort zone together….PRICELESS! 

If you don’t have this in your relationship…go get it!! Make it happen! Start small. Just go outside for heck’s sake! Go on a walk…go on a hike….get on your bike… You don’t have to go run 10 miles. Really. Just get out there and breathe the fresh air and get your heart pumping a little and PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE (unless you’re doing a handstand…then we must have pics🤓)! Be present and see how that feels. 

If your person isn’t interested in any of this stuff…DO IT ANYWAY. Do it and keep doing it. Hopefully they will be inspired. But there’s always the chance that won’t happen. You will be better and happier for it regardless and that alone will benefit your relationship!

I have to end this by telling my guy THANK YOU ❤️You’re my favorite person to get fit with and I look so forward to lots  more exploring, creating, and being dorks together all while working hard and reaching more goals as a unit! 😘

Now get out there people!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!! 

XOXO, Jess

Better Together…part 2

I had a health coaching session tonight with a guy who is doing AMAZING! Super proud of the progress he’s making and his dedication! He’s lost 30 pounds by eating cleaner, consistently and less. But beyond that is the fact that his girlfriend comes in with him and supports him every step of the way. She very much gives him room to be himself (not pushing him into something he’s not interested in) as she gently supports him toward reaching his goals. It’s awesome. At one point he took a moment tonight to recognize that he wouldn’t be able to do this without her support. Makes my eyes get a little misty! ❤️ 

Naturally I think of my own relationship and how thankful I am to have someone who loves to live vibrantly with me! We have so much fun playing outside, trying new recipes and creating goals together. I know not all people have someone to share these things with and I just can’t imagine it being another way!

Beyond having that support…pursuing health and fitness as a couple does pretty cool things for your relationship! It enables you to dream big together. It’s awesome building strength and stamina and being creative together. It seems far too easy for couples to fall into funks where they do things around each other but not truly WITH each other. 

What a great way to grow closer, by challenging yourselves, working hard together, cheering each other on, trying new things together. And the energy you get for life ROCKS! I firmly believe it is an integral ingredient in any strong relationship! 

So if your relationship feels stagnant and health & fitness are lacking…I encourage you to incorporate it and see what happens! It could be as simple as taking regular walks together. It could be popping in a workout dvd a few days a week and doing it side by side. I love when I see couples in my class too! Hike together, bike ride…the options are endless!

If you are that person in a relationship with someone who is less than excited about the notion of being more active and eating healthier…do it anyway! You don’t have to change your entire lifestyle, but start doing small things to bring health into your life together and see what happens. Either you will find you are inspiring your person…or, you might realize you need to network with other people who share your interests in this part of your life. And that’s ok. The bottom line is for you to not let lack of support stop you! You will be happier for it no matter what. 

I have to close this post by saying THANK YOU to my guy for being that person in my life! You’re my favorite person to nerd out on health & fitness with!  I am thankful ❤️😘

  

Fish n’ Chips

Golden fried, hot, lightly crisp on the outside, flakey and soft on the inside… nothing I like to splurge on quite as much as a delicious plate of fish n chips! 

Why the heck would I be writing about fried food here?!

I am all about balance! I don’t just preach it, I live it! You need to love your food, enjoy your life, find things that make you happy along your journey and sprinkle indulgence in with discipline. Notice I said “sprinkle”, not DUMP! 😉 I rarely ever eat something fried. But when I do, it’s a conscious decision and it will be something that just makes my heart so happy. Fish n chips for this girl! Not fish n salad (although I might start with that). Not fish n’ cole slaw. Nope. Gotta have those french fries or it’s no deal! 

I am, in fact, on a quest to find the best fish n chips in the Northwest! Trust me, if  a restaurant around here serves them, I’ve probably had them! 

Last weekend we went snowshoeing and stopped for fish n chips on our way home in Eugene.  They look delish don’t they?! Wellllllllll….they were on the greaser side. Fried doesn’t have to leave you with a heavy, greasy feeling after. Ugh. Not a fan. You have to be selective when you splurge! I don’t like just going for it and not LOVING my indulgence. That’s part of the trick. I feel you can really feel satisfied on less when it is DARN GOOD! 

One thought on GUILT really quick. I heard myself say as we were seeking out our fried dinner that day “I would NEVER feel guilty about fish n chips!” And it’s TRUE!! When you have something you allow yourself to splurge on and you are being smart about it (I don’t mean splurge as in binge and eat until your busting at the seams, or let the whole day go down the tubes with whatever floats your boat. Let’s be real! It’s about making controlled choices and feeling good about it!). The thing is, I never, ever, EVER feel an ounce of guilt about indulging when I’ve decided to go for it. No use in doing that to yourself. PLUS, if you are being reasonable and not eating your plate of food, plus your spouses and a dessert to top it off…there’s no reason to have remorse. Enjoy it!!!!!! Then move on and continue with your clean, healthy, super nutrient dense way of eating as usual! It’s all part of BALANCE!!!! 


Now…I’m curious…what is your favorite thing to splurge on?! 
Enjoy your day!

xoxo, Jess