There's also more than one way to fry chicken, and get fit.
I feel like this week may overload you with some healthy talk, but that's what I've been overloading myself with lately.
Today will ease you in slowly, quickly and hopefully be of some use to you.
About a year ago I was contacted by a lovely person named Christine. She was working on an app for people to track their diet and exercise, but with more of a reward based idea. I thought it was a grand idea, wished her the best and sort of forgot about it.
Almost a year later she emailed me back, asked me to check it out and perhaps share it here if I liked it.
Now, I'm not one to track anything, especially my workout and food. However with all my recent research I have changed a lot about my food and have been trying really hard to throw in some fitness. So why not check out this tracking site.
I've now learned that I am a tracker, as long as I can have rewards.
The site is called SlimKicker it's very easy and clean looking.
This is a screen shot of my personal dashboard.
It's free to sign up and at the start of sign up you put in your goals. I really wasn't looking for a dramatic change; a couple pounds, become more active, less sugar, that type of thing.
The site will automatically assign the best nutrition values for you based on your goals, weight and height. For the most I agree with them, but I may up the cholesterol a bit (more on that later in the week).
From this dashboard you can add in your information from what you ate that day to exercise you did and see your challenges.
This is a screen shot of my nutrition so far for the day:
As you can see I went over my cholesterol with those 2 eggs, but it's a nice easy visual to see how you are doing.
It's also quite easy to enter your food. I've even created recipes very quickly and then just entered how much of the recipe I ate.
There are different forums set up on the site and it looks like you can form your own. I noticed a few private forums set up for friends or specific individuals. This site would be good for say a group at your work, your own family or friends. Then you have a private forum to chat about avoiding the donuts that morning, and you can compete with each other to level up.
The site is all based on rewards. You are given rewards for different things like entering your food, tracking your activity and also joining and completing challenges.
The challenges really had me liking this site. There are numerous fitness, nutrition and emotional challenges. For example I joined the challenge to "slow down". It gives you ideas to help slow down like slow exercise, or slowly eating. I also joined "10 wall squats a day", "play with your kids", "a salad a day" and today I joined the "healthy fats challenge".
The super cool part is some of these challenges SlimKicker will reward you. The "slow down challenge" enters me for a chance to win a slow cooker every time I check in, and the "healthy fats challenge" there's a $100 Amazon gift card up for grabs.
You also set rewards for yourself. I'm level 2 now (that sounds so nifty). That means I've earned one reward and I have that picture of a flower up there to remind me that I can buy myself flowers when I finish a level. There's some preset rewards to give yourself like a cupcake or a date night or a buy a purse. I just love fresh flowers so that's my reward.
It's gimmicky, but humans love to win stuff, so it works.
Also, to be fair, I have never tried another type of diet or fitness tracker software. Just in school did I use some super complicated nutrition software, but that was before apps and way cool phones. I have seen people discuss on the forums that SlimKicker was more exciting than Myfitnesspal and some other ones out there.
SlimKicker has an app if you are awesome enough to own an iphone. I hear it's good too, but I can't tell you personally how great it is. All I can say is that I like their site, I like rewarding myself, and they will have an app for the Androids soon.
Who wants fried chicken that will look good on your little nutrition graph? I've made gluten free fried chicken before, and it was good - but this is easier, healthier and really tasty.
I'm going to write it out more in how to form because an exact recipe isn't really the way to go.
First some chicken - we did all drumsticks because the kids love them and because that's what I had. About 15 of them.
Buttermilk or yogurt thinned out with milk - enough to cover all of your chicken pieces, I used about 2 1/2cups.
Sriracha - loads of it!
Garlic - 1 clove smashed (sometimes I use the powder, it happens).
Salt - a smidgen.
Just marinade your chicken bits in the buttermilk and hot sauce mix for at least 6 hours, turning the meat if it's not fully submerged, about every few hours.
Almond meal - I used about 2 cups for all my chicken. Season this with salt, pepper, and paprika if you like it.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and let some of it drip off. Roll in the almond meal then place on a baking sheet.
Preheat oven to 375º. I like to let the dredged chicken sit while it's preheating, it forms a little crust. Cook for about 50 minutes until it's cooked through tender and your skin is brown and crispy.
This had all of the good components of fried chicken; crispy, crust, good flavor inside, but none of the other junk; the pain of frying, gluten, greasy.
I hope you think of giving SlimKick a try if you are looking to change your eating habits, or start a new workout. I think any bit helps and they've come up with a great way to keep yourself on track. I know everyone needs something different to motivate them, this site may be something for you.
I was not paid or given anything for this review of the SlimKicker site. I was simply asked to check it out and give my opinion here on my blog - this opinion is all mine, I was not buttered up.