Jill Rutherford

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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 knew something had to change, so I finally made the decision that my health and well-being was worth the investment and to trust this program that so many others have had great success in.

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.

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Tyler Florence’s Prime Rib Roast

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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!

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Sweet Potato Bread

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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.

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Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

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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!

Fresh

  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Grated parmesan cheese for topping

Pantry

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

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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“Lox” of Everything

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I am a HUGE fan of Everything Bagels and cream cheese, it is just not a food inline with my goals. So, of course, I had to come up with a more nutritious alternative—Everything Quinoa Biscuit. No bagel is complete without cream cheese, Cucumber-Dill Cheese cheese to go with our plate. So while dreaming up this re-vamp I immediately thought of Lox and Bagels. Typically lox is smoked-cured salmon, but I didn’t have any. Instead I did a “Lox” Baked Salmon, seasoned it to mimic some “lox” flavor combinations, and DANG this was so yummy. To make this even more lox-a-licious, I threw in some quick sides with Quick Pickled Red Onion slices and Warm Spinach with Capers.

Below are the recipes that make up this entire plate. Make all or just a few, but I guarantee you will keep these in heavy rotation. In true CK fashion, these are simple and fast!

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Rebecca Bennett

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By Rebecca Bennett

This year, I turned 35 years old. I was at the lowest point I had been in my life in terms of my health. I knew something had to change, but I didn’t know what to do. In the depths of despair, I went to see a doctor for weight loss. Eat this, don’t eat that, take this pill, and come back in a month. I KNEW there had to be a better way.

I have struggled with weight most of my adult life. I have tried a little bit of everything in the past – calorie counting, counting points, fad “diets.” I would have some success with these methods, but it was nothing that I could stick with long term.

I have friends at work that have done the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge and live the CK way of life. They encouraged me to sign up for Clean Kitchen and just do it. Without giving myself time to think too much about it or talk myself out of it, I enrolled for the Winter 2018 challenge.
The past 12 weeks have gone by so fast for me. This program is designed for anyone to be successful. I’m not sure how they’ve done it, but the daily lessons are timed perfectly. You get what you need when you need it. I also had a great coach who guided me, coached me, encouraged me, and helped me see the positive – even when I didn’t want to.
As a result of my CK experience, I lost a total of 18 pounds and 23.75 inches. It has been amazing to see the changes that happen simply from changing what goes in my body. I went from feeding my body garbage to feeding my body the things that it needs to function better. I have a whole new perspective on food. And the best part was that I didn’t go hungry at all. As a matter of fact, I have been eating more food than I used to. It’s just wholesome, healthy food. No gimmicks, no pills, no counting anything – just simple habits that are easy to integrate in to day to day life.
In addition to the physical changes on the outside, my blood pressure is lower, my lipid panel has improved greatly, and my glucose levels are better than what they were.
Although the 12 weeks are over, I’m already enrolled in the Clean Kitchen 2.0 program and I have signed up for a Versus boot camp. I lost a lot during the 12 week program, but gained so much more! I am excited to see where the next phase leads. I like to tell people that if I can do this, anyone can! It has been life changing.
My journey isn’t over yet, it’s only just beginning. Are you ready to begin your journey? Check out the next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge details and sign up!

Sweet Potato Parfait

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This is a perfect post workout meal or breakfast! You may even just need this in your life for a sweet bite. It is THAT good and decadent! You can make a big batch and keep in the fridge as part of your meal prep for up to 3 days.

Servings: 1 marvelous bowl all to yourself

Combine in a food processor:

  • 1/2 Small sweet potato (about 1/3 cup mashed)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein (We use Quest Vanilla Milkshake)
  • 1-2 tbs unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • Dashes of cinnamon

Blend until whipped and smooth, about 1-2 minutes.

Topping: Oven roasted nuts (chopped walnuts , almonds or pumpkin seeds)

  1. Any nuts of your choosing. Here we used walnuts and sliced almonds.
  2. Preheat oven 325 degrees.
  3. Spray nuts with cooking spray and liberally season with salt. Toss to coat.
  4. Bake for about 5-6 minutes until fragrant.

Topping: PB Drizzle

1 tbs powdered peanut butter (such as PB2 Brand)

1+ tbs water (add more for more drizzle consistency)

optional: 1/2 tbs J. Olive Co. Maple vinegar 

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