Atkins 40 Wrap-Up

Back in the late 1990's, early 2000's, my husband and I both tried the Atkins Diet. We didn't really know what we were doing. We didn't do any sort of online research (resources were minimal back in the day) and we checked out a book from the library. That was it.

All we really understood from the book was that we were supposed to put our bodies into Ketosis, and eat mostly animal. Bacon, eggs, steak.

And that's what we did.

3 days into the diet I got sick. My stomach did not agree with all the meat, and revolted.

The NEW Atkins plan is NOTHING like what I remembered from 15 years ago.

I spent the last 2 months researching, learning, and implementing a low carb lifestyle following the NEW Atkins plan.

You'll notice that the the pyramid emphasizes a wide range of protein sources and nutrient-dense carbohydrates, such as (most) vegetables, certain fruits, nuts, dairy products and whole grains, that have a low impact on blood sugar. One of the benefits of this approach is that the average American can follow a controlled-carbohydrate lifestyle, eat until satisfied and achieve a healthy balance of fats and other nutrients -- all without having to count portions or calories.

After the 6 weeks I really felt like I understood how to eat a low carb diet.

I even went out to eat with co-workers and ordered this amazing salad!

It came with a crunchy Cuban bread, but I asked the server to please leave it off. When the salad arrived, the bread was sitting there along the side, but I took it off and sent it away ASAP so I wasn't tempted.

The past 6 weeks have certainly been eye-opening. I haven't weighed myself, but I've felt that my energy level has been through the roof. I'm up at 4:30am every morning and head right off to the gym. And then I work all day, am home by about 6:45pm and I have not once had that 3pm slump. I attribute that to the low carb diet and exercise routine.

The Atkins Plan really opened my eyes to foods that I had NOT been eating because I thought were not "healthy."

I'm finding myself full for longer, and full of energy! I love the low carb lifestyle.

You can learn more about the Atkins Plan online and you too can become an #AtkinsInsider

Happy 2015!

 

 

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.

 

Things I'm loving-WIN Detergent and Harvest Snaps

I've recently been sent quite a few products to review. Some really great products!!

First, WIN detergent. As an ambassador for Fit Fluential, I was sent 2 bottles of WIN Sports detergent to try out.

I sweat a LOT in CrossFit. We workout without air-conditioning, so just standing still causes me to sweat. Through in some burpees, or wall balls, and I'm drenched with sweat before I know it!

My workout clothing always seems to have a perma stench smell.

I washed my workout clothing, and only my workout clothing with WIN. Feetures socks, Reebok shorts, and my plethora of CrossFit En Fuego tank tops were put to the test!

And you know what? IT WORKED!! My clothing came out of the dryer smelling well, like NOTHING!!

Please don't mind my "clean" dirty Feetures. I'm really hard on my socks. Tongue Out

But I love WIN for more than the reason that it got out my perma-stench.

The environment is VERY important to me and my family. We're big time tree-huggers.

WIN GREEN meets the EPA "Designed for the Environment" standards for environmentally sustainable sourcing. It is designed to meet the Whole Foods "Yellow" standard in their Eco-Scale rating system (certification is still pending.)

WIN is optimized to remove the odor-causing oils and bacteria from the synthetic fabrics used in today's sports apparel. Most detergents are optimized to get stains out of cotton fabrics. Cotton naturally repels oil, so it doesn't get the same sweaty smell as synthetics. Synthetics work so well for workout apparel because they repel (wick) water, but that means they attract oil. The buildup of that oil is what makes synthetics smell so much more than cotton.

WIN is formulated specifically for synthetics, and specifically to break the bonds between the fabric and the oils from your skin. By removing the oil, we remove the source of the smell, so your gear is truly clean. PLUS, with the oil gone the fabrics can wick moisture much more efficiently. 

WIN is biodegradable and septic safe. It is never tested on animals. The WIN bottle is 25% or more post-consumer recycled plastic, and is also recyclable. The bottle comes sealed with a foil seal to prevent leaking in transit.

You can purchase WIN on Amazon. Just click on the link below!!

 

 

Recently, I also received 6 packs of Harvest Snaps to sample and review. And let me tell you...they are OUTSTANDING!!

Harvest Snaps are designed to give you some tasty flavor while delivering essential nutrients such as Vitamin B, calcium, potassium and fiber. 

The two varieties, Lentil Snaps and Snapea Crisps are the brands and each brand offers different snacking options. All are gluten free, and in my honest opinion super yummy.

The #TampaTrio totally devoured the Caesar Snapea Crisps! It had a mild, light flavor with a very "kid friendly" crunch.

As for me...I totally devoured the Lentil Snaps Onion Thyme. I ate the entire bag for lunch. Surprised It was THAT good.

And for the husband....he loved the Snapea Crisps Wasabi Ranch. He was really hoping for something a little more spicy, actually a lot more spicy. But they were still very good.

And for the other 3 bags we received the black pepper, lightly salted and tomato basil were really delicious too. In fact...all 6 bags didn't last more than 24 hours in our house. Oops. Tongue Out

I posted pictures of the snacks on Instagram and Facebook and I was surprised by the amount of friends who had already tired these and loved them! I had never heard of them. So if you are like me to track down Harvest Snaps in your neighborhood, use the zip code look up on the Harvest Snaps web page.

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Have you tried WIN detergent or Harvest Snaps? What products are you loving these days??

Experience my Mexican Lasagna with Daisy Cottage Cheese #DaisyDifference

This post is sponsored by Fit Fluential, LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese.

 

As a CrossFitter, I need protein. Lots of protein. And sometimes I need it quickly. Why quickly? Because I have the #TampaTrio, my wonderful set of Irish Triplets (nearly 8, 9, and 10) that constantly keep me on the GO GO GO. My breakfast needs to be fast, it needs to be eaten (usually) in the car while I'm driving them to school, and my post-recovery protein also needs to be quick since I'm usually leaving the box to head to some where else.

And....I like to chew my protein. I go through phases where I'll drink it, but let's be honest, I like food.

Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein. One half cup serving of low fat Daisy cottage cheese contains 90 calories and 13g of protein.

I've been alternating between yogurt, cottage cheese, and hard boiled eggs for quite some time now. And I have to say....I honestly think that I've developed an addiction to Daisy Cottage Cheese.

 

  •  Daisy Cottage Cheese contains no more than four high quality ingredients, compared with other leading brands which have 10 or more. 4! And it passed the #TampaTrio test. They could pronounce EVERY ingredient on the label.
  • Daisy makes it easy to spot the regular Cottage Cheese, with dark blue lids, and light blue for the low fat variety. And let me tell you this is HUGE!! My favorite brand of yogurt has the same color lid (red) for the whole milk vanilla and the whole milk PLAIN. And Publix places them right next to each other. Do you know how many times I've grabbed the PLAIN, and wow, does Ella ever get a HUGE surprise when she takes that first bite. This won't happen with Daisy. Smile

For my breakfast I've been pairing Daisy with all my favorite fruits. I've paired it with grapes, pineapple, and peaches. Pineapple was my favorite.

I've also been enjoying it right out of the container! Yes, double dipping and all. Tongue Out

But I wanted to get my kids to eat it. They don't like cottage cheese right out of the container, so I needed to be creative.

And voila....MEXICAN LASAGNA was born!

Normally we have Taco Tuesday at our house. But since my girls got braces, they can no longer have corn/corn products. So I decided to try something different and wow...it was AWESOME!!

Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 pack of lasagna noodles

1 can of black beans

1 zucchini

2 small yellow squash

1 red bell pepper

1 large carrot

1 pack of frozen spinach (allowed to defrost, then squeeze all the water out)

2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

1 24oz container of 2% Daisy Cottage Cheese

1 (16-ounce) container refrigerated mild salsa (I used mild b/c of the kids)

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

2.5 pounds lean ground turkey

Steps:

Cook the noodles. Brown the turkey. While the turkey is browning, I chopped up all the veggies into teeny tiny pieces with my Ninja. My kids won't willingly eat zucchini or squash, so while I not a firm believer of "hiding" veggies from the kids, I did it for this recipe.

As the meat finished, I drained off any remaining fat, then added EVERYTHING but the cheeses to the meat, and got it all nice and sauteed.

In a separate bowl I combined the Daisy Cottage Cheese and the shredded cheese.

And then I layered. Sauce/meat mixture, noodles, cheese mixture, spinach, noodles, meat, noodles, cheese, spinach, etc, etc, etc., I'm sure I messed up the layering along the way since one of the kids was talking my ear off about Lego's.

But regardless, it came out SO GOOD! The kids ate their entire dinner, and Ella (my middle child, my most picky eater) came back and asked for SECONDS! Surprised That never happens.

Cover with foil and cook at 350 for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and allow the top layer of cheese to brown up a little bit.

My Mexican Lasagna is going on permanent rotation for Taco Tuesday!

Join Daisy for a twitter chat Thursday, April 10th at 9 PM EST hosted by FitFluential. Follow @DaisyHealthRD me, @JennyMetamorfit & the hashtag #DaisyDifference. We will discuss ways to Power Your Way Through the Day using Daisy Cottage Cheese as a versatile protein source for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and pre/post workout.

Do YOU like Cottage Cheese??