Kale’in it!

Kale’in it!

What kind of cheese isn’t yours?

Nacho cheese!

My friend Jamie told me this joke in high school and I can still hear her saying it and it makes me laugh. If you don’t get it… well, try saying it with a finger and head snap and a little sass and see if you that helps you get the pronunciation right.

Onto the reason for this post – Kale nachos.

Kale chips are all the rage these days, so why not Kale nachos?? Because when you order nachos, do you really order them for the possibly stale and then eventually soggy pile of corn chips underneath the glorious meat, cheese and toppings?? Nope. #allaboutthosetoppings

So here we go for some healthy nachos:

Ingredients:
1 bunch kale
EVOO (optional)
1 package lean ground turkey
1 onion, diced
Taco seasoning (I make the Fixate one here and keep it on hand pretty much at all times!)

Toppings:
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 bag shredded cheddar
1 can black beans, drained rinsed & heated on stovetop
green onions, diced
avocado, chopped
Fresh cilantro
plain non fat greek yogurt (a healthier substitute for sour cream!)
Any other healthy toppings you would like! (Did I miss any crucial ones??)

Tear Kale off of tough stalks into chip sized pieces, load onto large baking tray (tin foil optional underneath for easier clean up!). Your pan will be overflowing, but that’s ok – it will shrink when cooked. Optional – drizzle 1 Tablespoon olive oil over kale and then mix thoroughly with your hands.

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Kale nachos in the making!

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Bake kale at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes. While kale is cooking, brown turkey in pan with 1-2 teaspoons for taco seasoning, adding onion in the last few minutes to cook as well.

Remove kale from oven, spread out as needed and top with cooked turkey mixture, black beans and cheese. This makes approximately 3-4 servings, so I measure out the cheese in my blue portion fix container for the amount of servings so I don’t overdo it.
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Pop back in the oven until cheese is melted, approximately 5 more minutes- watch to make kale chips aren’t blackening (mine got a little crispy, as you can see below, ha!) Add tomatoes, green onions, avocado, cilantro and a dollop of greek yogurt. Enjoy!
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Should I upgrade to 21 day fix extreme?

Should I upgrade to 21 day fix extreme?

You love 21 day fix!  You are still seeing great results – when should you upgrade to 21 day fix extreme??

I upgraded to 21 day fix extreme after 2 rounds of 21 day fix.  I think I did it a little too soon! I have better lower body strength than upper body strength from playing soccer, and 21 day fix was my first Beachbody workout.  My upper body strength and core strength was only built based on 2 rounds of 21 day fix, using 5lbs for my light weights and 8 lbs for my heavy weights.  I was still doing modifiers for push-ups (couldn’t get through the whole minute of regular push-ups, as well as a few others (maybe one a workout – not many – and could generally get through 30 seconds regular then modify for the rest or partial).

21 day fix extreme takes the moves from 21 day fix and builds on them.  For example, if you do lunges with weights in 21 day fix for a minute, in 21 day fix extreme, you will do lunges with weights for 30 seconds, then put the weights down and down lunges with jumps for 30 seconds.  That jumping is HARD but gives you killer legs!  Another example – in 21 day fix, you do push-ups for a minute.  In 21 day fix extreme, you are holding weights in your hands in a push-up position, and you do a push-up followed by a one hand row, holding in the plank position. You are working so many more muscle groups!  And for pilates, you do it with a resistance band.  Fire hydrants are hard enough by themselves – wait till you add a band in!

Did I get my butt kicked in 21 day fix extreme?  Yes.  I had to do a lot more modifiers and add in extra breaks.  Did I still get great results?  Yes, I felt like I lost weight easier since the workouts were tougher.  My legs got lean and tone, my arms and back gained muscle definition and the whole “V” shape in the abs got some definition!

Should you upgrade?  If you don’t mind pushing yourself to the max, it’s worth it in my opinion!  By week 3 I was still struggling, but definitely seeing improvement in many areas.  I’m trying out Brazil Butt Lift Carnivale right now to mix up my routine, but I will definitely be back to both 21 day fix and 21 day fix extreme at some point soon!