Up In Farms Farm Packs

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Up In Farms is bringing the Farmer’s Market to your door step. In an effort to bring fresh, Mississippi-grown produce from all over the state into your kitchen, Up In Farms has created the “Farm Pack.” It’s a box of seasonal fresh veggies, farmed by local Mississippians, delivered to you every week for a month. A new month means a new variety depending on the season!

I have to say, we love this idea at Clean Kitchen! Each week you get a new batch of veggies to add into your meal habits AND it’s one less decision you have to make. If you have been through the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge you know we preach simplicity is the key to success. Get all the help you can get!

If you get a Farm Pack, you are going to need ideas, right?

We want to help. Each month CK is going to help out with posting meal ideas and recipes to use the ingredients of your Farm Pack. Keep checking back for updated post!

How much is the Farm Pack?

You get 4 Farm Packs for $120! That is $30 for 12-15 pounds of fresh produce each week. It’s month by month “subscription.” You must pre-order you Farm Pack each month, but don’t worry they will send you an email reminder.

How is it delivered?

There are pick up locations all around Mississippi. There are delivery options available, for extra cost. A little bonus for CK or Versus members, they will deliver directly to Versus Gym in Hattiesburg and wave the delivery fee! It’s a win/win…come get your workout in and leave with a bushel of veggies.

What do you get in a Farm Pack?

12-15 lbs of fresh produce. A weekly pack of fresh and healthy food from MS farms! Includes tomatoes from Flora, collards from Tchula, bell peppers from Choctaw, squash from Simpson County, just to name a few.

Each week of the program, you will get a new online video demo by Chef Nick Wallace and nutritionist Rebecca Turner to help you make the most of your Farm Pack.

You can also sponsor a plan for one of many families and individuals in need around the area! Super cool idea.

I know I am in. I just signed up for my first Farm Pack! You can too. Click here to get your month of plants!!

 

Coconut Balsamic + Chipotle Olive Oil

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With summer just beginning, the J. Olive Co. Coconut White Balsamic will bring out the natural sweetness in fruit like pineapple and strawberries (think Coconut Rum soaked fruit!), and even bell peppers and onions.  I decided to pair it up with the Chipotle Olive Oil for a subtle heat, but not too much to set your mouth on fire. In true CK fashion, these recipes use a lot of the same ingredients. Make sure you have chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt and lime juice. The recipes are super simple, but pack a bunch of flavor! Now lets begin with my favorite of the bunch!

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Sound Bites: Month 2

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Month 2 of the Clean Kitchen Challenge is a really important phase for clients. Month 2 is when things really start clicking and clients start trusting the process. We asked clients in a survey, how do you feel your CK experience has gone so far? Here is what they had to say about implementing their new habits and coaching of the 12 Week Challenge.

“I thought the “habits” were too simple to really make a difference. But it works. We haven’t found ourselves unprepared in any situation.”

“I love the speed at which new information is being given. It isn’t overwhelming. I have also found this program easy to follow.”

“I love the four simple habits and that I’m actually doing them. Grocery shopping is fun and meal prepping has changed my life. I no longer stress about what to fix for dinner.”

“…it is becoming second nature now to think before I eat something or buy anything at the grocery. I am pleased with the food prep, planning and no food waste! CK has been encouraging but not micro managing this process.”

“It’s real life. It’s a choice that isn’t made once a day, it’s making the right choices all day long.”

“Even though I may not have always logged by food, I still followed the habits and (progress) shows by the weight loss and my energy level!”

“I’m encouraged that the habits are becoming more automatic for me. I feel like it’s taking less brain power to map out my meals and I love that!”

“I was pleasantly surprised at how easy to understand the process has been. The app has been a great tool. I have a much better understanding of nutrition in general now.”

“It has taught me to make smarter choices and about proper portion sizes. I have found out that many foods I used to eat that I thought were healthy were not what the said they were. Also, I love the support and encouragement from all of the coaches!!! They rock!”

 

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Yes, dudes need CK too.

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It is not surprising that we get majority of women who sign up for Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge. But we do have those few brave men who take action. And when they go all in the results are amazing! Check out the beginning story of Justin’s journey. We are so proud of the change and progress you have made, not only physically, but that whole mindset change too!

By Justin Esser

I played sports all through my childhood and into college, and I could generally eat whatever I wanted and still feel and look fit. I never really had a problem with weight, and because of that I guess I thought that I knew enough about what was good or bad for you. Fast-forward 15 years and my mindset about how my body processed food never changed. I mean home-made spaghetti, or pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy have to be better than McDonald’s, right? I didn’t need any help (I thought) – I wasn’t skinny, but I didn’t really think of myself as too fat…

A few years ago I started to notice that all I had the energy to do was go to work, play with the kids for a few minutes when I came home, and then go to bed. My family was getting the short end of the stick and I felt tired and slow all the time. I knew that I could probably do a better job eating a little healthier, but I really just felt like I needed to be more active. I would join a gym and be super dedicated to 2-day per week workouts for every bit of 2 weeks, and then something would derail me. Six months later I would do the same thing – gym, kill it for 2 weeks, and then fall off again.

In January of 2017 I was the heaviest I had ever been at 246 pounds. I was really starting to be embarrassed about how I looked and how clothes fit me, and could really tell that any physical exertion just about required an oxygen tank. I knew I had to make a serious change.

Before I joined Clean Kitchen, I honestly thought it was just a “girl” thing and not many dudes actually signed up for the program. But I wasn’t getting any younger and definitely wasn’t getting any thinner, so I thought I would kinda secretly join Clean Kitchen to lose a little weight and start to get back in shape. I quickly found out that CK was a legit nutritional/educational program created by people who really care about helping others lead a healthier lifestyle, and that literally anyone could benefit from it. CK showed me that I was using the wrong foods to fuel my body, and expecting those foods to do things for me that they just weren’t designed to do.

About the program:

The program is web-based which makes it real easy to follow. You receive daily emails with checklists and lessons full of information, assignments to help you practice the habits, and even though they came to me daily I never felt like there were too many. The coaches do an incredible job of educating you on the fundamentals of nutrition and build your knowledge at a very easy pace over the 12 week program. Coaches are easy to talk to and quick to answer any questions that you have (Kellar was clutch here!).

The best part of the program for me is that it prepares you for the rough days. When you’re busy, don’t feel great, or just want to eat whatever you want to eat – good habits start to kick in and you aren’t as vulnerable to making poor decisions.

I’m pretty analytical and don’t typically do something just because I’m told its good for me. But explain to me why its good, and I’ll do it forever! This program gives you the knowledge and confidence to continue a healthier lifestyle beyond the 12 weeks.

My progress:

I lost 29 pounds and a total of 29.4 inches.

Pomegranate Balsamic + Blood Orange Olive Oil

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J. Olive Co. has some amazing flavor combinations, but this is probably my number one so far. The past couple of weeks I have been addicted to this stuff! I have 3 different ways I used the Pomegranate Balsamic and Blood Orange Olive Oil combo.

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The J. Olive Co. Pomegranate Balsamic has a sweet, fruity flavor and the Blood Orange Olive Oil gives a citrus kick. So fresh and so yummy, I could literally eat an entire container of fruit saturated in this stuff. My favorite quick snack is pouring the Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar and the Blood Orange Olive Oil over some red grapes and cantaloupe!

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I made this as a single serving and as a large batch for a family party the other weekend. This couldn’t be easier! You could use any of your favorite berries, apples, melons, oranges, anything and it would be delicious. Here is what I used. And I bought all pre-chopped fruit to save a step!

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Blue Cheese Turkey Burger Salad

The burger bowl is a classic CK meal and our turkey burger recipe. Turkey burgers are one of the most convenient protein preps out there. Make a huge batch and freeze them individually to use later. This is a fast lunch or dinner idea that will come together in minutes.

  • CK Turkey Burger (CK Cookbook)
  • 1 tbs reduced fat blue cheese
  • handful of chopped grapes
  • 2 handfuls of chopped spinach
  • Drizzle of J. Olive Co. Pomegranate Balsamic for the dressing.

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Next up is hands-down next-level flavor-bomb. And if you already loved the CK Protein Fruit Dip, well, I will take your obsession overboard with this one. This is your fix for any ice cream-cheesecake-pudding-craving you are having. This would be a perfect dessert for a brunch or shower as well.

CK Protein Parfait 

CK Protein Fruit Dip combined with J. Olive Co. Pomegranate Balsamic and Blood Orange Olive Oil.

  • In a food processor combine and mix together:
  • 1 cup measured of low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 scoop Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp J. Olive Co. Blood Orange Olive Oil

Assemble your parfait with Fruit Dip and fruit of choice. We used red grapes and blueberries here. You could also add in some walnuts or almonds for a crunch!

Drizzle with J. Olive Co. Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar.

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T1D + CK

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By Heather Williams

I’ve been a Type-1 Diabetic going on 15 years.

Living with T1D is a full-time balancing act requiring constant attention to avoid acute, life-threatening hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or the long-term damage done by hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Blood sugar levels must be monitored with finger pricks throughout the day and night. Insulin doses must then be carefully calculated based upon activity and stress levels, food intake, illness and additional factors. These calculations are rarely perfect resulting in tremendous ups and downs and mental exhaustion.

People with Type 1 have a life expectancy that is 12 years shorter, on average, than that of the average population. I refuse to accept this statistic and will do everything that is within my control to live a long, active and healthy life. This is why I signed up for the Clean Kitchen 12 week Challenge.

With weight gain from medications and it being a constant battle to stay in good control, I wanted to see if Clean Kitchen could help with my eating habits, which in return would help my blood sugar levels.

My fasting blood sugar was a little high on Day 1 of Clean Kitchen. But after 12 weeks in Clean Kitchen my basal insulin was reduced by 45%, my bolus insulin reduced to 0.5-1, and lowered Hg a1C by 0.3.

I could not be happier with the results. I feel better, have great energy, slept better, and lost extra weight I had picked up. But the biggest difference Clean Kitchen made was in my diabetes. And for that I will be forever thankful. I lowered my hemoglobin a1c from 6.8 to 6.5 (which is awesome), and I did it while reducing my basal insulin consumption by 45% and drastically reducing my bolus insulin for food intake!

I lost 10 pounds and 16 inches from my body!

Thank you Coach Anna, Coach Stephanie, and to everyone at Clean Kitchen for helping me make this possible and help me feel in control of my T1D!