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By now, you probably already know how I feel about snacking. That’s why I ensure each meal Amber and I eat is hearty and jampacked with nutrient-dense foods — much like the three recipes you’ll find below. That philosophy is also an important part of our Built in 60 program. During our 60 days together, we’ll be optimizing your metabolism, ridding the body of excess toxins (hello, holidays!), shedding body fat and priming the system to build lean muscle.
So what do we have in store for you, nutritionwise? Here’s how the two 30-day phases break down:
Phase 1: We’re going to start by eliminating excess inflammation and giving the gut some healing time. This will allow for organ function to increase, improve insulin sensitivity and prime muscles for storing what they need without spilling over into body fat. Yes, we will be eliminating some foods initially, but I promise it’s not forever. For periods of time, eliminating foods known to cause inflammation (such as dairy, alcohol, grains, wheat and processed foods) can be very therapeutic and help improve blood markers. If you struggle with cholesterol levels, triglyceride counts, diabetes, heart disease, brain fog or arthritis (and the list goes on and on), these markers should all improve through this first phase. Oh, and don’t worry about all the details — I’ve specifically created the meal plans so they are easy to follow.
Phase 2: For the second half of the program, we’re going to be more focused on learning what to cook with to keep improving on immune health. We’ll be implementing some fasting periods that will be done as a team to make them more fun and help hold you accountable. We’ll also be adding herbs and spices used in traditional homeopathic remedies (such as garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, fennel seeds, turmeric and basil) not only to improve your immune system and blood markers, but they are also going to make cooking (and eating!) a lot more fun! I’m looking forward to showing you all how Amber and I cook and how we meal-prep to save time. And we’re excited to interact with you to show you all kinds of health hacks using food as preventative medicine.
The Built in 60 nutrition plan is designed to clean out the bad, incorporate the good and set the stage for transformation with high protein, moderate carbs and a conservative fat intake. Let’s do this!
Makes: 2 Servings
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
- 4 corn tortillas
- 1 large chicken sausage link, cooked and sliced
- 4 tbsp salsa
- hot sauce, to taste
- ½ avocado, sliced, optional
In a small bowl, whisk eggs and egg whites together. Melt 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggs and scramble until set. Add remaining coconut oil to a separate pan and spread out tortillas. Cook until crispy. Divide eggs and sausage between tortillas. Top with salsa, hot sauce (to taste) and avocado (if using).
Nutrition Facts (per serving = 2 tacos): calories 236, fat 8 g,* carbs 22 g, protein 18 g
*If using avocado, add 3 grams of fat per serving.
Lean and Mean Chili
Makes: 8 Servings
- 2 lb 90% lean ground beef or turkey
- 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (10 oz) can tomatoes with green chilies
- 1 (15 oz) can no-sugar tomato sauce
- 1 (32 oz) carton beef broth
- 1 (7 oz) can tomato paste
- 2 tbsp chili powder, plus more to taste
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
Add meat to a stockpot and place over medium heat. Cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 30 minutes, or until chili begins to thicken.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): calories 301, fat 17 g, carbs 11 g, protein 24 g
Bison and Cauliflower Italian Bowl
Makes: 4 Servings
- 1½ cups cauliflower florets
- ½ cup onions, chopped
- 2 tbsp grass-fed butter, divided
- 1¼ lb ground bison
- 2 tsp salt, divided
- 1 tsp rosemary
- ½ tsp oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 (15 oz) jar low-sugar red sauce (We like Raos.)
Add cauliflower to a food processor cup and pulse until finely chopped. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add onions and 1 tablespoon butter. Saute until onions begin to soften, then add bison. Stir frequently, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon. About halfway through, add 1 teaspoon salt, rosemary, oregano and garlic powder. Once meat is cooked through, add red sauce and stir to combine.
Meanwhile, in a separate pan, add cauliflower rice, remaining butter and remaining salt and place over medium-high heat. Cook 10 to 12 minutes, or until done to desired brownness. Add bison mixture and cauliflower to a large bowl and mix well.
Nutrition Facts (per serving = 1½ cups): calories 401, fat 21 g, carbs 10 g, protein 43 g
Looking to build agility, balance, endurance and strength? This winter, we are pairing 13-time fitness cover model and All-American collegiate track and field athlete Amber Dodzweit Riposta with her husband, Andrew Riposta, a holistic health coach, nutritionist and lifelong sports enthusiast.
So what are you waiting for? This 60-day program designed exclusively for Oxygenwill help you build lean muscle and burn fat through progressive workouts with minimal equipment — and the accompanying holistic nutrition protocol will help to accelerate your efforts.
Join Built in 60 today!