Loaded Taco Stuffed Pepper

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Loaded Taco Stuffed Pepper…A low carb spin on tacos.  Ditch the shell or tortilla and go low carb substituting peppers instead.

Ingredients:

2 Lbs Lean Ground Beef

2 Packets of Taco Seasoning

Cheddar Cheese

4-6 Large Bell Peppers

Sour Cream (or up the protein with plain Greek Yogurt)

Brown the lean brown beef.  Drain any fat, of course  you are using LEAN beef so there should not be much to drain.  Add the taco seasoning and water per packet instructions.  Return to low heat and allow to simmer.  Remove from heat.  Wash peppers and core removing the seeds.  Stuff peppers with cheddar cheese, taco meat, sour cream and your favorite condiments.  Dunzo!

Crock Pot Italian Sausage and Peppers

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Crock pots make life easy.  Load up your meat, vegetables, and any other ingredients.  Turn on and let it cook all day while at work or ushering kids around.  Crock pot Italian sausage, peppers, and tomato sauce.  The best part is it is ready and warm when are you are ready to eat!

Ingredients:

2 Lbs Italian Sausage

4 Peppers (1 Green, 1 Red, 1 Yellow, and 1 Orange…hey that is what came in the package)

1 Jar of Spaghetti Sauce

Parmesan Cheese

Mozzarella Cheese

Wash the peppers, core, remove seeds, slice and dice.  Put peppers, sausage, and sauce in crock pot.  Set on low for 5-6 hours.  Go to work, run errands, or just plain live life.  Come back in 5-6 hours and your meal is ready.  Top with parmesan and or mozzarella.  Dunzo!

Double Potato Egg Bake

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Double potato egg bake with two types of potatoes, onions, and peppers.  Egg bakes are a great way to make breakfast for a few day via leftovers at one time.  Great to do on Saturday or Sunday morning.

Ingredients:

13 Eggs

1 Red Pepper

1 Vidalia Onion

2 TBS Butter

8 oz Sweet Potato

6 oz Fingerling Potatoes

1 Cup of Cheddar Cheese

Crack eggs and put in mixing bowl.  Whip or mix the eggs…same thing you would do if making scrambled eggs.  Wash, core, remove seeds, slice, and dice the pepper.  Saute pepper and onion in 1 TBS of butter.  Wash all potatoes, microwave potatoes.  Slice potatoes in thin strips.  Coat oven safe baking dish or cast iron frying pan.  Layer the potato slices on the bottom of the pan.  Place onions and peppers on top of the potatoes.  Pour eggs on top.  Top with cheese.  Back at 350F for 25-35 minutes.  Dunzo!

Foldit Left Over Chicken and Pepper Pizza

Foldit Left Over Chicken and Pepper Pizza.  There are some many variations of high protein pizza using Foldit’s and Flat outs.  This is just one more using left over crock pot chicken and peppers.

Ingredients:

Left Over Chicken

4 Foldits

Left Over Multi Color Peppers (saute until soft if you don’t have left overs)

Preheat oven to 320-350F.  Place Foldit on pizza stone.  Stop with left over chicken, peppers and cheese.  Cook for 10-15 minutes.  Dunzo!

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High Protein Waffle Cakes

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High Protein waffle cakes.  Kids love these.  Combine some regular pancake mix with and egg and protein powder.  Better yet make a few dozen and freeze them to eat later.  This is not only less expensive but you can control what is in your kids breakfast.  Simple take from the freezer, drop in the toaster and eat.

Ingredients:

2-4 Scoops of Protein Powder

1 Egg

1/2-1 Cup of Pancake Mix

8-12 oz Water

Combine all ingredients in gravy or protein shaker.  The blender bottle works fabulous for this.  A thick consistency is desired.   Pour into waffle iron and Dunzo!

Don’t be Duped by Supplement Ads, Train Less for Faster Gains, and Food Addiction

 

Supplement companies dupe customers into buying their products. A client makes more gains by training less (second client in a few weeks to report this), and food addiction.

 

So today I got an email from a client we train online. She is absolutely rocking it progress wise. She is middle age and looks easily a decade younger than she is. Her email included a recipe for a protein shake. The recipe supposedly turned the signal on in your cells to burn fat, fights hunger, raises metabolism and a ton of other stuff. The recipe is really an extremely well written advertisement written to market a protein powder. The problem is that to most it looks like nothing more than a great recipe. This is one way that the supplement industry dupes people to buying their products. Be aware of what you are reading. If it promises the world and seems to good to be true it likely isn’t.

 

Twice in the last few week’s clients have reported making better progress even though they are training less. Yes you read that correctly. Clients are training less and making major progress. This is all too common. Enough of the right exercise produces awesome results. Too much of the right exercise can often be too much and slow your progress. How much is enough? Many find 2-3 hours a week of exercise perfect if it is spent 70% on weights and 30% High Intensity Interval Cardio.

 

Food addiction is real. Here is why. When some foods are consumed dopamine, the feel good chemical in the brain, is increased. Take chocolate, many crave chocolate when they are down in the dumps. Why? Dopamine. Same thing with many foods, especially those higher in simple carbs and fats, we crave them because they make us feel good. This is why in Eat by Color I wrote that food is the most addictive drug on the planet and a fiver year old can manipulate it in the kitchen. If you really crave something, like chocolate have it. Research indicates that trying satisfy the craving with something else will not work. That is a major take home point. It is better to have a piece of chocolate then have something to curb the craving only to have the chocolate anyways.

 

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Ray Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author, and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even corporations like 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast.