Maple Balsamic Tea

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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!

Servings: 2

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbs maple balsamic
  • 1 tbs unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1 /2 tbs honey
  • dash of cinnamon

Salad Bowls at The Salad Station

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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.

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!

Pro tips:

  1. Always use the serving cups for your dressings so you don’t over pour and add $$ to your bowl.
  2. 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.

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Smoked Black Bean and Sweet Potato Casserole with Ground Turkey

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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!

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Healthy Halloween Treats for kid parties!

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Healthy Halloween Treats for kid Halloween 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!

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Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps

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Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps are a quick, healthy, and easy, “set and forget it” type of meal for busy nights! Set the meat up in the slow cooker in the morning and by dinner time you’ve got dinner ready. You can even do this in the Instapot!

Maybe you need it really fast? No worries. There is the fast, stove top version too!

What makes this dish shine is the use of J. Olive Co. Pineapple Balsamic and the Roasted Sesame Oil. If you do not have the Pineapple Balsamic, I think the Apricot or the Peach Balsamic would be great substitutes! We’ve also included recipes for Pineapple Salsa and Pineapple-Cilantro Rice to make this a full meal!

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Eat. Work. Sleep. Repeat.

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I often say to my son, You gotta do what you have to do, before you can do what you want to do.

Now, I am usually referring to him doing his homework or chores so he can play with his friends. But I am, in a simple way, training him with some sort of work ethic for mundane task and stating the facts of life that nothing is given.

Everything is earned in one way or another. He might as well learn that now with simple day-to-day routines, because I know in the long run it will translate over into other areas of his life.

You can apply this mantra to any part of life where you need to create some self-discipline. There are things you have to do in order to get the things you want.

Eat. Work. Sleep. Repeat.

Every single human does this daily. But not every person does this the same way. The amount, the time, and the quality of each step shapes pretty much everything we do in our daily lives, as well as our energy level, productivity and our body composition.

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Buffalo Chicken Cakes

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By Meredith West

I love the CK salmon cakes and I love the flavors of buffalo chicken with blue cheese to dip in, so I revamped the CK recipe with what I had in my pantry one night! I served these as an appetizer for friends and family at the beach and they were a hit!  Just like the samlon cakes, they are delicious warm out of the oven, room temperature or cold out of the refrigerator!

Fresh

  • 1 .5 lbs shredded Crock pot chicken or two 13oz cans of Premium Chunk Chicken Breast
  • 3 cups chopped spinach (fresh)
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 egg

Pantry

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 heaping Tbsp dijon
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Hot sauce Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray baking sheet with Olive oil or Pam.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until combined.
  4. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup or scoop, portion not onto baking sheet. Press down to flatten into a cake.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes and flip. Continue baking for 10-12 minutes or until desired brownness.
  6. Serve with CK Ranch or CK Blue Cheese and fresh veggies

 

The Missing Piece

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By Louise Fairbanks

I have worked out and taken Advocare supplements for years.  Before my Clean Kitchen Challenge, I also thought I was doing all the “right things” with my nutrition. Even though I had great results I wasn’t where I thought I should be. I figured “this is what I’m supposed to look like” and felt like maintaining it was all I had left.

I heard about the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge but thought it wasn’t for me. In my mind I already worked out, took supplements, and ate good enough. My husband encouraged me to sign up for the summer session thinking maybe I’d learn something. I’m so glad he did because I had a lot to learn!  I was amazed at how easy it was to implement good eating habits. On a recent vacation I ate poorly the first couple days. I woke up the next morning and decided it was a new day and I needed to start fresh. I started eating the Clean Kitchen way and immediately felt the difference. You see it’s not just how you look but how you feel!

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My body composition has changed so much in just 12 weeks, even though I only lost 5 pounds! More proof the number on the scale is just a number. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next 3, 6, and even 12 months.

Exercise and supplements have always been a part of my life, but good nutrition was the final piece. You can kill your self in the gym every day, but if you go home and eat junk you can ruin everything you worked your tail off for!  And I learned not-eating is just as bad.

No matter what your goals are – fat loss, muscle gain, general health—Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge is an amazing tool that can set you on the path for life.

Are you willing to learn? Register for the next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge here!

Lemon Olive Oil + Peach Balsamic

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This combination is so refreshing! Here we have changed up a traditional basil pesto to use the J. Olive Co. Lemon Olive Oil and a hint of sweetness with the J. Olive Co. Peach Balsamic to replace lemon juice. Check out our Basil Pesto Chicken recipe using this delish pesto.

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Lemon-Basil Pesto

Combine in a food processor until smooth:

  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • Small handful basil leaves (about 6 leaves)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbs J. Olive Co. Peach balsamic 
  • 1/4 cup J. Olive Co. Lemon olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pepper

Pesto Chicken

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Ingredients

  • Lemon-Basil Pesto
  • grape tomatoes, sliced
  • chicken breast
  • parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Depending on the thickness of your chicken breast, you can choose to split the chicken breast in halves like shown here. Also allows for quicker cooking time.
  3. Season raw chicken with a little salt and pepper.
  4. Smear 1 tbsp of pesto on top of chicken, grape tomatoes and a small sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake in oven for about 15-20 minutes. Possibly longer if you have thicker chicken breast.
  6. If needed, broil on high for a few minutes to crispy up cheese.

Continued Results

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“I just thought I’d share in my happiness because you are a huge part of helping it happen. Looking at everyone’s progress pictures from the recent challenge made me want to compare my then and now and see how much I have changed. I have continued to take pictures, because the scale is not my friend, ha, but I usually just compare to the most recent photo. I decided to go back to my CK challenge photo this time and I was shocked! Thank you for helping change my life and so many others! I’m a year and a half out from my challenge and continuing to see results.”

Where will you be in 6 months…a year…two years? Are you ready to start now? Register for  the next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge here!