Cranberry Pear + Persian Lime

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A good sauce is everything to me…really. This combo created a sauce that is so versatile! The J. Olive Co. Cranberry Pear Balsamic and Persian Lime Olive Oil is one combo you will get so much use out of. I made a sweet and sticky hot sauce, a divine Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette with a chicken salad, a sweet potato mash, even a Strawberry Compote with oatmeal! I went all over the place with different ideas. Let’s dig in!

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Harissa-Espresso Bibimbap

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“Bibimbap” is a typical Korean dish that literally came from throwing any leftover food in a bowl and mixing it together. Sounds like a CK kind of meal! We hate wasting food around here so it fits with the CK philosophy. Leftovers will save you. This dish is usually on top of a bowl of rice, but if you are looking to watch your carb intake, just use more veggies and less rice!

For the sauce I combine Espresso vinegar, Harissa Olive oil and soy sauce. Instead of using a chili sauce for heat, I used the Harissa Olive oil. Instead of typical rice vinegar I used the Espresso Balsamic to give a richer, sweet taste. I think it turned out phenomenal! Best part, its so fast to put together. This being a “leftover” dish, you can use any combination of veggies and protein that you have. The plants I used were just because I had them, so use what you have.

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Espresso Balsamic + Harissa Olive Oil

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This combo = FLAVOR BOMB. Maybe it’s because I made so many different meal ideas using the same ingredients, but came out with 3 different flavors. I did a sweet bite, Korean-inspired Bibimbap, and American BBQ—the sauuuuuuuce and I gave you 3 different uses for just the sauce! You will get a lot of use out of this combo. The J. Olive Co. Espresso Balsamic reminds me a lot of a deep chocolate flavor and the J. Olive Co. Harissa Olive Oil (new flavor!) has a smokey, but not too hot kick. The Harissa could be subbed out for Chipotle (smokey and mild) or the Baklouti (extremely hot). This combo is perfect for savory or sweet recipes and I have served you up with both! Let’s begin.

We will start with a dessert of sorts…

Walnut Butter and Apples

This is so simple I can’t believe I have never tried other nut butters. Honestly, this could work with many other J. Olive Co. dark balsamics! I used walnuts just because of the healthy Omega-3 essential fats it offers. Check out a quick video on how I made the walnut butter!

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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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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!

 

It’s about practice, not perfection.

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By Dana Q. Palmer

For me, the Clean Kitchen Challenge was a desperate attempt to find something that was missing in my life. You see, although I am a successful and happy adult, my day-to-day life was chaotic. I would awake before 5 am to commute 1.5 hours to work. I never ate breakfast, worked through lunch, and would commute home to gorge myself until I crashed into bed every night. I was tired all the time; I had been diagnosed with IBS (a default diagnosis after the doctor could find no medical reason for my painful symptoms); my weight was ballooning; I had zero stamina; and I was losing my happiness.

I felt I had control over nothing.

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Party Food CK Style

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By Meredith West

It’s Party Time!!

As CK client and now, a CK Coach, one of my favorite things about Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge is sharing how amazing and delicious healthy food can be! Whether, it is a church pot-luck, dinner party with friends, tailgate or a breakfast/brunch social, I love serving Clean Kitchen food!!

Food is so much more than just food, it does more than just fuel our bodies. Food is celebrating, food is making memories, food is spending time with our family and friends. It could be so easy to let every event, birthday dinner, night out, or tailgate sabotage our well-laid plans for our health and fitness goals. With a little planning in advance, or offering to host in your own home, you too can share CK foods with others.

Shhhhh…they’ll never know!

Celebrating does not have to mean compromising your goals. I’ll let you in on a secret…I do not let people know ahead of time that we will be eating CK food! I just do it and let the compliments come rolling in!

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