It’s really no secret that I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life.Two years ago I was at my heaviest, and I was miserable to say the least.
I read about Clean Kitchen and all the results past clients had, but I had an abundance of excuses as to why I wasn’t going to try the program, one of the main reasons being the cost.
I took matters into my own hands and bought the CK cookbook as I, once again, ventured into a healthier version of myself.I made great progress on my own for a while, but I eventually fell back into bad habits.
I participated in the Summer 2018 Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge, and it taught me, for the first time in my life, how to eat to live instead of living to eat.Even though it’s all very self-driven, having your own personal coach to help guide you and hold you accountable and to answer any questions you have makes all the difference.
I have nothing but great things to say about the program and what it taught me, and the fact that I’ve been able to sustain it since the challenge ended is everything.
The absolute game changer was when I decided to try a Versus class.About 3 weeks before my CK challenge ended, I joined Anna’s outdoor class at Oak Grove.I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to do the workouts because of some old injuries, but Anna put my mind at ease, and there’s been no looking back.
Thanks to Anna’s Versus Outdoor class, I am stronger than I’ve ever been, and I’m continuing to see amazing changes in myself.Like Anna keeps telling me, “This is just the beginning.”I couldn’t be more grateful for being a part of the Versus family; their encouragement and support is like no other!
With 45 pounds gone, 17 inches lost , 2 dress sizes down, I’m a believer in this process! I truly believe this program is one of the best investments in yourself you can make. Want to learn more about the CK Challenge? Check out the FAQ page here.
Horseradish Crust Rib Roast is a recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence from foodnetwork.com. See original recipe here—though I have omitted a few things to keep it simplified and my cooking time is a little different for my oven!
I have cooked this rib roast every year for Christmas lunch for the past several years. It is so easy to prepare, with minimal ingredients. I just put it in the oven in the morning and by lunch it is done! The secret is in the salty, horseradish crust—all the yumminess just soaks right into the roast!
Sweet Potato Bread is the same concept as our Protein Banana Bread, using many of the same ingredients. This is yummy alternative for a holiday dessert or post workout carb choice! In the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge we teach all our clients how to eat carbs that work for your body.
Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts is a recipe I can not take full credit for! I found a similar recipe a while back, but of course changed up a few things to make it more inline with the CK-way and how we coach our clients to cook in the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge. It is also a perfect recipe to use some of the J. Olive Co. Balsamic Vinegars! This recipe is featured as apart of our Christmas Dinner Giveaway with Corner Market!
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
6-8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Grated parmesan cheese for topping
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt to taste
ground pepper to taste
3/4 cup white balsamic vinegar — or any of the J. Olive Co. White Balsamic Vinegars
2 tbs honey (if using J. Olive Co. Balsamic, cut honey by half)
1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Trim and halve brussels sprouts.
Toss the brussels sprouts with oil in a mixing bowl; season with salt and pepper.
Spread brussels sprouts out on baking pan in an even layer. I like to lay flat side down.
Roast brussels sprouts about 35 minutes, until tender and a few burnt edges.
Meanwhile, combine the vinegar and honey in the saucepan and whisk until
Combine in a sauce pan, white balsamic, red pepper flakes, and honey.
Simmer over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally, until slightly syrupy, about 10 minutes or less.
Remove from the heat and let cool. The balsamic will thicken as it cools down.
Transfer the Brussels sprouts to a platter; drizzle the Honey Balsamic on top and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
135+ inches, from their waist alone, gone forever.
Weight-loss is a big draw for anyone to do a “challenge,” but ours is more of a brain-retrain. When you know better, you do better. But sometimes knowing what to do is not enough. You need accountability and a system in place to keep you consistent. This is what we coach and teach.
The Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge is not a “challenge to lose the most weight.” It is a challenge to change your life. And all our clients go through a life-changing experience during the 12 weeks. The by-product are the amazing results you see below.
Average weight-loss is about 10-15 pounds of body fat. But what is not measured on the scale is measured by the massive amounts of inches lost, and the boat-load of confidence all our clients, not just the ones you see here, gained during their time with us.
We coach people from the inside out and change not only their bodies, but their perspective about healthy living too.
Drinking vinegar mixed in water has long been used to help aid in digestion. For me personally, I know if I eat a big meal that doesn’t agree with me I can drink a little vinegar tonic and it helps my system.
I started thinking about this idea because I like to drink an Apple Cider Vinegar Tea occasionally. ACV is known for it’s health benefits, but did you know that other fruit based vinegars are just as beneficial? Mixing J. Olive Co White balsamics and water are very popular with clients, but why not the darks too?!
Let’s holiday this up and get cozy! It taste and smells like Apple Cider! You could even substitute the maple out for other J. Olive Co. Balsamics!
Salad bowls (or bowl meals) have long been a favorite around Clean Kitchen because they are fast, versatile, and fill all the CK habits! Now we have a restaurant in Hattiesburg, MS dedicated to just that, and we couldn’t be more excited.
We’ve partnered up with The Salad Station to create not only 5 yummy bowl combinations, but also the CK Lemon Parm Vinaigrette dressing! Menu cards will be available at all locations to help you build you CK-Bowl!
The Salad Station is a “build your own salad” place. Pile as much as you want in the bowl in any combination. You pay by weight of your bowl contents—which can be problematic if you do not have a plan. So naturally we wanted to help you navigate their huge selection on the salad bar.
In Clean Kitchen we plan! So here are 5 CK-Approved-bowls that won’t break the bank. All bowls were under $8, with dressing and tax included! After all, it’s all about portion sizes and having a plan!
The bowls you see here are the actual bowls I made, weighed, priced AND ate!
Always use the serving cups for your dressings so you don’t over pour and add $$ to your bowl.
It’s not a bad idea to “meal prep” for several meals while you are there! If you plan to make multiple salads, just go before the busy hours around 10-11am or after lunch.
Casseroles are the one pot wonder meal that just gets better as leftovers and a are perfect for you next meal prep. Sometimes you can just throw a bunch of yummy ingredients together and magic happens, like in this Smoked Black Bean and Sweet Potato Casserole with Ground Turkey.
As usual in CK-fashion, all ingredients are simple and easy to come by. No specialty grocery store needed!
Healthy Halloween Treats for kidHalloween parties can be super simple and super cute! We know this season is full of temptation—snacking on candy every other minute. Even if you do not have the will power of a saint, you can still do damage control with throwing in a few “healthier” options when it comes to celebrating the holiday. And we want to show you how!