What I Ate Wednesday: 21 Day Fix EXTREME
Hello, Foodie Friends!
While viewing all of my very simple meals, remember, I’m participating in the Countdown to Competition meal plan. This is the strictest of the strict from the 21 Day Fix EXTREME. It involves carb-cycling and it is the plan Autumn Calabrese, fitness model and creator of the fix, uses when she’s training for a fitness competition. I’ll be heading to South Beach at the end of July, so this is the plan for me!
I’m just two days in and the carb-cycling involves two days on, one day off. Essentially, you’re eating only one serving of carbs with no fruit and additional protein on the low-carb days; which is what you’re going to be seeing. On the off days, you eat from the regular 21 Day Fix EXTREME diet plan; which is still really challenging, but allows for 2 cups fruit and 1 cup carbs (per day) for my suggested calorie count.
Let’s take a look at the goods!
Breakfast on 21 Day Fix EXTREME (Countdown to Competition)
The 21 Day Fix recipe/meal guide includes the recipe for 3 different seasonings and in my opinion these are a must make. I whipped all of them up Sunday night, to be prepared for day one. The goal is to keep your salt intake down, so these use very little salt, but are still full of flavor. 1 1/2 cups of egg whites counts as one meat- that’s a lot of egg whites! Day one for breakfast, I had 1 1/2 cups egg whites and 1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped (1/2 a veggie serving) all scrambled together with seasoning.
I’m not used to eating this many eggs first thing in the morning and you know me and my sweet breakfast preference. These were really tasty with the seasonings, but they left me with a bit of a tummy ache for about 30 minutes.
When I woke up on day 2 (yesterday), I definitely had that lighter feeling, like when you haven’t eaten very much from the day before. After walking around the house a bit, I even felt a little light-headed, so I decided to change things up from day 1. The two carbs Autumn eats when preparing for competition are sweet potatoes and oatmeal. Eating 1/2 cup oats opposed to 1/2 cup sweet potato is much more filling for me and I knew I needed something carb-heavy first thing, plus I was really craving a sweeter breakfast. For the picture below, I’m showing my egg white oat scramble with fruit- I didn’t eat fruit yesterday, but for the sake of a pretty picture two bright red strawberries were needed. 🙂 I drizzled this egg oat scramble with 1 teaspoon coconut oil; which I’m becoming quite obsessed with. That little bit of sweetness is exactly what I’m craving! *See recipe at the end of the post.
Since I only used 1/2 cup egg whites for the scramble, 2 hours later I was able to have the other cup with spinach for a second meal. It’s recommended to eat many (7-8) small meals every 2 hours or so.
Lunch on 21 Day Fix EXTREME (Countdown to Competition)
After having both of my mini morning meals, a couple of hours later it was time for lunch or meal #3. I whipped up a simple, yet delicious egg salad. I ate half and saved the other half for meal #4. I simply combined 2 chopped boiled eggs, 2 chopped small tomatoes, 1/4 cup mashed avocado and added some seasoning and Tabasco (a free food item). Yum! Countdown to Competition or not, this is delish!
Lunch #2 or meal #5 is another winner that I would gladly enjoy even if I weren’t following the Countdown to Competition meal plan. In prepping for 21 Day Fix EXTREME, I cooked up a pound of lean ground turkey with the 21 Day Fix southwest seasoning and then measured my servings out. I put one serving in cleaned out bell pepper and then roasted it at 400 degrees F for about 35 minutes. I added a little fresh thyme to the top- that stuff has the best flavor, definitely need to use it more often.
Dinner on 21 Day Fix EXTREME (Countdown to Competition)
We’re getting down to slim pickens when dinner rolls around. It’s pretty much just protein I can have at this point. The plan has actually been easier than I thought it would be and I’m sure that’s because I’m very used to eating healthy clean meals. I also like a variety of foods that are nutritious and I very rarely eat out, maybe once or twice a week unless it’s a special occasion. You don’t know how anxious I am for fruit, though. I’ve got some fresh peaches just begging to be eaten! I’ve also ordered Shakeology; which can replace a meat once a day. I’ve heard such wonderful things about the taste and nutritional value. I should be receiving it later this week, so that will help keep things interesting and I am missing my smoothies, especially since it’s summertime.
I pan-fried chicken tenderloins with southwest seasoning and then wrapped a serving up in a romaine lettuce leaf. Simple, but tasty. I actually ended up topping the chicken with some mustard to add some additional flavor and change things up. Mustard is a free food on the plan.
After the lettuce wrap, I still needed two protein servings for the day. I had a serving of seasoned cod (more on that later) and another serving of ground turkey.
Now for that delicious scramble recipe….
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats gluten-free as needed
- dash of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- sprinkle of Stevia optional
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil for drizzling
Spray a skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. In a small bowl combine egg whites, oats, cinnamon, vanilla and Stevia.
Pour mixture into heated skillet. Allow scramble to set slightly and then use a flipper to scramble all ingredients together.
When scramble is of desired doneness, transfer to a small bowl or plate and drizzle 1 teaspoon coconut oil over the top. If desired, serve with fresh fruit. Enjoy!
21 Day Fix colored container breakdown- 1 yellow, slightly less than 1 red, 1 tsp. coconut oil
Something to think about….
Have you done the 21 day fix or fix EXTREME? Thoughts?
Have you ever tried Shakeology? Thoughts?
What deliciousness have you been enjoying lately?
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