Lemon Ginger Water

So a few weeks ago we did a Gallon Challenge over at the Inspire Tribe Fitness Community Each day we tried to drink a gallon of water and the results were AMAZING!

Here is my favorite recipe (Adapted from Chalene Johnson’s recipe):

IMG_3EC3AD38ABFD-6.jpeg

In a blender add:
> The juice of 2 large lemons
> 4 cubes of fresh ginger root – remember to remove the skin!
> A couple drops of stevia sweetener
> A dash of cayenne pepper
> 3 cups of water

Blend everything for a few minutes, then pour over a strainer to remove the chunks of ginger.

IMG_3EC3AD38ABFD-7.jpegIMG_3EC3AD38ABFD-9.jpeg

Combined this concentrate with a gallon of water!

IMG_3EC3AD38ABFD-8.jpeg

Water is involved in pretty much every function in the body, so if you’re dehydrated, it’s going to affect your metabolism.  Almost 80% of your muscle consists of water, so if you’re dehydrated, your muscles ability to burn calories slows down.  If that wasn’t enough, when you’re dehydrated your body’s ability to mobilize fat as a fuel source decreases! So the bottom line, if you want to rev up your metabolism, you must must must be drinking adequate water!

Advertisements

Instant Pot Paleo Cabbage Roll Soup

15542228_1787715878136826_4586210607014017685_n.jpg

The best thing I’ve made in the Instant Pot ~ BUT you can also make this in the crockpot!

It seriously was AMAZING ~ below the recipe is a fun live demonstration I did on Facebook!

Ingredients

1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1/2-1 lb spicy ground pork (if you don’t like things spicy just use regular)
2 c. of cauliflower crumbles or rice (or 3/4 c. of brown rice)
1 medium cabbage, core removed and diced into bite size pieces
2 (14.5 oz) can diced fire roasted tomatoes, un-drained
2-4  tbsp tomato paste
4 cups beef broth
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp oil

Instructions

Turn the pressure cooker on to the “saute” method. Wait until the display reads “hot”
Add a tbsp oil  add in the ground pork and beef and brown Then and the onions. Sauté about 2 minutes or so and add the garlic.
Add the rest of the ingredients: Cauliflower (or rice), chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, seasonings
Stir together to mix well, put the lid on and seal the valve… Set for 12 minutes on manual (or 20 min. if you use brown rice)
I did a quick release of the pressure after 12 minutes and it was perfect!

NOTE: If you want to make this in a crockpot simply brown meat, onions and garlic on the stove top and then add all ingredients to the crockpot and cook on high for three hours or low for six hours

For more recipes, fitness tips and inspiration click HERE

Instant Pot Beef Stew


A great weeknight dinner that comes together super fast! Note: this does take a few minutes to come up to pressure because of the amount of ingredients so plan accordingly!

Ingredients:

3 cups dice Carrots

2 cups dice Celery

4 cups peeled and diced Russet Potato

1 ½ cups diced Onion

3 teaspoons minced Garlic

4 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon Thyme, Dried

1 teaspoon Basil, Dried

1 whole Bay Leaf

½ teaspoons Black Pepper

2 pounds Stew Beef

14 ½ ounces Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, Canned

14 fluid ounces Beef Broth

⅛ teaspoons Salt

Instructions:

You can sauté the meat in the pot before hand by pushing the sauté button and waiting until it says hot but it’s not completely necessary

Place all ingredients into inner pot.

Lock cover into place and seal steam nozzle.

Choose the soup setting and adjust to 10 minutes or set manually for 10 minutes.

Release pressure. (In the video I say wait 10 minutes, but it really didn’t need it!)

Remove bay leaf.

Instant Pot Paleo Chili

I have been waiting since Prime Day to pick up and Instant Pot! I snagged one on Black Friday and I think I have used it almost every day! Below is the recipe but first a little cooking demo for you!

Ingredients:
2 lb ground beef
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic gloves, minced
1 small onion, chopped
2 15 oz cans of fire roasted tomotoes
2 cups organic beef stock
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
2 tsp sea salt
 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp of chipotle powder (optional gives it a kick)
Instructions:
Set instant pot to saute and wait tell it says “hot” THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT
Add  1 tsp of oil then ground beef and brown.
Once beef has browned add onion, garlic and let simmer for a few minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients in.
Stir well.
Seal the lid and set the mode to manual and set for 35 minutes.
NOTE: If you like firmer potatoes do 30 minutes. I did 35 and the next day my sweet potatoes were a little on the soft side
Make sure the valve is set to sealed.
Once done let it “natural release” in warm mode for 10 minutes.
Stir well and serve.

I portioned out a few for lunches and at the rest that night! For more recipes and fit tips join our community HERE