Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Free Clean Eating Challenge + Clean Eating Mexican Pulled Chicken Recipe

Happy Wild Workout Wednesday!  Today we have Nicole from Fitful Focus joining us as a link up hostess!  We are thrilled to have her join.  Every week for Wild Workout Wednesday I link up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Michelle from Fruition Fitness and Nicole from Fitful Focus bring you our fitness, healthy living, workouts and recipe posts!  If you have a post to link up we would love to have you join in the fun, if not, grab your coffee and get ready to be motivated by some great fitness and healthy living bloggers!

I am excited to announce that I will be hosting a Free 5 Day Clean Eating Challenge!  We will start on September 14th, and I will be sending out all the info on September 12th.  This is a great way to see what clean eating is all about and get a jump start on your weight loss.  I will provide a grocery shopping list, daily menus, and daily motivation and accountability through a private Facebook group.  For more info and to sign up click HERE.  Once you sign up I will send you the link to the Facebook group and then a few days before we start the challenge I will send out all the info!  I am really excited to run this free 5 day clean eating challenge.  The girls in my AM Fit Girls September fitness & nutrition group are doing amazing so far and it is awesome to have a group of ladies who are on the same fitness & healthy living journey you are! 

I love clean eating, it is what started me on my fitness & healthy living journey.  If you are new here and don't know my whole story, I gained a lot of weight about 9 years ago after I got married and 2 weeks later lost by best friend to suicide.  Long story short...I ate my grief.  I gained 40 pounds and was miserable, the picture on the left is me at my heaviest! One day I was reading Oxygen magazine and saw an ad for a book called The Clean Eating Diet.  Little did I know that that book would change my life!  I read the whole thing quickly and got started on my new journey.  Clean eating is removing processed food and eating only whole real foods.  I was able to lose all the weight I gained through clean eating and lifting weights, it was then that I knew I wanted to become a personal trainer and help others fall in love with healthy living.  It truly is my passion!  Whenever I feel my diet getting out of control, I always come back to the principles of clean eating and I start feeling better.  The most important thing that I learned is that clean eating does not have to be boring.  I love to cook healthy meals for myself and my family.  There is such a sense of accomplishment when I get done cooking a healthy meal.  There is beauty in cooking, and it brings me such peace to be in the kitchen whipping up something tasty and healthy!

On that note I want to share with you a new recipe that I have been making to change things up with my go-to meals.  I am half Mexican and I LOVE Mexican food, one of my biggest regrets is not learning how to cook from my grandmother while she was still alive.  My mother is a great cook, so I have learned a lot from her!  One day I was sick of grilled chicken breast and had 2 packs defrosting so I decided to make Mexican Pulled Chicken.  It turned out great and has quickly become a staple in my meal rotation.

Clean Eating Mexican Pulled Chicken:
4 Organic Chicken Breasts
1 lime (juiced)
1 lemon (juiced)
1 container of Organic Chicken Broth
2 tbsp olive oil 

Taco seasoning* ( I make my own with this recipe *I double the recipe for 4 chicken breasts)
4 tsp. chili powder
3 tsp paprika
3 tsp cumin
2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt
dash of cayenne

1) Heat a large pan and add olive oil on medium heat.
2) Add chicken breasts and 1 cup of chicken broth.
3) While chicken is cooking prepare your taco seasoning.
4) Cook chicken breast for about 8 minutes each side, or until cooked through.
5) Take out cooked chicken and shred with 2 forks.
6) Place chicken back in pan, turn the heat to low/simmer.
7) Add taco seasoning, lemon and lime juice, and 1 cup of chicken broth.
8) Stir to cover the chicken with the seasoning.  Continue to stir until well mixed.  While the chicken is on simmer continue to add chicken broth so the chicken stays moist.
9) Once all the broth as been absorbed by the chicken let simmer for 8-10 minutes.
10) Serve with your favorite taco shells, lettuce wraps or on a salad!
Enjoy!  Save the rest for leftover throughout the week!
If you make this recipe I would love if you come back and let me know how you like it!

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