I definitely surprised myself with this one! I am not really sure what to call it because it’s a little “pad thai,” and a little peanut sauce-ish, and just basically a good Asian-Flavored dish if you are in the mood for “take out!” You could even do this with just veggies for a yummy side dish!
Instead of flour noodles, I subbed mine out for spaghetti squash, and in my opinion tasted even better than the regular noodles I used for my husband and son’s batch!
Inches, pounds, pants sizes— they all go down. But what builds up is even more important…confidence, self-esteem, knowledge, action, happiness, excitement, understanding, forgiveness… the list can go on.
Do you know what really happens in the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge? It’s not a weight loss program. It’s a complete re-train of what you think you know, what you think you have to do, what you think you like, and what you think you want.
We do not tell you what to do—we show you what healthy habits are, what consistency really looks like on a day-to-day basis, coach you how to get there and stay consistent. You have a full 12 weeks of practice to get really good at these habits, and as a result, your body composition changes.
These habits are not just for people who want to “lose weight.” These are the habits our coaches use and people living a healthy life, free of yo-yo dieting, crash diets, counting or gimmicks.
Because these habits are not a gimmick. These habits are what healthy individuals do as their “normal.” Do you get that?
We are people who:
eat majorly whole foods;
drink water as our beverage of choice;
we are never on a “diet;”
we love eating lots of food;
we see food for what it can do for us, rather than the enemy.
CK is not a magical meal plan, or precise macro-calorie-counting, or special systematic timing of meals. CK is real life application. We don’t go around weighing every once of food or telling ourselves we “can’t eat because it’s not time.” No, we learned to eat they way our bodies were intended to be nourished so there is no need for that.
The CK Challenge is about becoming a “different” person than you are now in every way. Not just physically as you see in these photos below, but in the way you think about food, how you plan, how you measure progress, how you talk to yourself and forgive yourself. More importantly, how you learn to love a process that is foreign to some of you now. By the end of week 12 you will get it, it’s automatic…it’s a habit 😉
There is always someone out there who knows more than you. I could never learn everything I needed to know about nutrition or fitness even if it was my job…oh wait, it is….good thing there are smarter people out there than me!
The sooner you realize that, the better and more successful you will become. The most successful people have mentors and teachers—forever. Whether you personally know that teacher or you follow their work from behind a screen, you can learn from their wealth of knowledge to make you better in any area of your life.
Usually when we come up with a “re-vamp” of a recipe it is because we were inspired by a bite of food we’ve previously had. Well, that is exactly why we created this CK-style Romesco Sauce.
Every time I would go to Branch in Hattiesburg, I’d order off the Purple Parrot menu the grilled fish with veggies and Romesco sauce. I LOVED this plate of food.
And then they had to go and change up the menu!!! I know why restaurants do this but…I mean…I’m a habitual eater and I don’t like that kind of change. And when I find something I like, I keep going back for it! (You’re killing me, Smalls!)
But you can’t stop me from getting what I want. I’ll just make it myself—with ingredients I can control! I hope you enjoy this sauce and plate of food as much as I do. This sauce is great on fish or chicken, veggies, especially grilled!
Smoothies are a little sneaky. There are all kinds of fancy recipes out there calling for lots of different add-ins that usually result in a pretty high sugar shake. But here at Clean Kitchen we teach our clients how to make perfectly portioned smoothies so things do not get out of hand. Check out 3 dairy-free smoothies, that are not only simple, but tasty as well!
It is as simple as sticking to our meal habits, protein + plants + fats = meal.
Before starting Clean Kitchen, I had tried everything under the sun and had some success, but the weight always came back. Throughout high school and college, I was eating out constantly and doing whatever I wanted without thinking about how it was affecting my body.
There has never been a time when I did not struggle with my weight.
Fast forward 10 years, 2 kids and a lot of ups and downs that included emotional eating along the way, and I was not happy. I “knew” what I should be doing but I just figured I would never be a fit person. It wasn’t in my genes. But I wanted to change that and I did not want my kids to have that same mindset or struggle the way I did as a kid.
In September 2018, I messaged Coach Steve about working out at Versus and began going to classes about three times a week. I told him I just wanted to get into the habit of making myself go without changing my diet yet. (This is funny to me now because of what I know; you can’t out work a bad diet!)
When the promos for Clean Kitchen Challenge rolled out, I asked Coach Michael if I should do it now or wait until I was done teaching in the summer.
Garlic & Apricot Balsamic Shrimp are easy, simple, and best of all delicious! Nothing makes cooking quick tastier than the balsamic vinegars and oils from J. Olive Co, like this pairing of Apricot balsamic and Blood Orange olive oil. Throw it together with a quick coleslaw using the same pairing!
The end of each 12 Week Challenge is always amazing for us. As coaches, we watch our clients go through a major change, and I am not talking about the physical changes you will see in these photos below.
“What I have enjoyed most about the Clean Kitchen program is the absolute FREEDOM I have felt in these 12 weeks.”
“I feel that I have finally achieved that “life change” that I need to maintain weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.”
“I love how easy it is! I really understand now what people mean when they say “lifestyle change” because that is exactly what I feel like CK is.”
Client feedback like this just confirms we are on the right path changing people’s lives for the long-haul. It is not about how much weight you can lose in 12 weeks, though clients lose a good bit. It is not about getting a rock-hard body the fastest way possible.
Clean Kitchen is a LIFE CHANGER.
Because regardless if you need to lose weight or have a goal to build muscle or just feel better, these habits and strategies we coach are how you get there. We help people build a solid foundation of habits and arm them with the know-how to take action whatever the goal is.
You want to lose weight? Do the habits. You want to gain muscle? Do the habits. You want to feel better? Do the habits.