21 Day (Plantain) Fix

Hey Folks! Lots of stuff happening over here in the Greater Cleveland Area. Too much for one post, so I’m going to keep this one pretty centered on the weird title.

The 21 Day Fix is a workout program offered by Beachbody, a corporation built on helping people live healthy lives. The program consists of a 21-day workout and meal plan. The meal plan is pretty cool, it has something to do with your weight and how much protein, carbs, veggies, etc. you need in a day and they give you cute convenient containers that portion out your stuff. I didn’t follow the meal plan per se but I did make sure I was making healthy choices while my sister followed the meal plan rather strictly. I did actually commit to working out with my sister each day of the Fix. There are 7 different workouts that all offer something a little different so you work different muscle groups each day and don’t get bored with the same routine. They’re 30 minutes long and Autumn Calabrese, the creator/host-lady of 21 Day Fix, is pretty awesome and motivational.

I’m telling you this because this is the first time in my life I have committed to a workout routine, or even just slightly regular health guidelines, and stuck with it. I missed two workouts due to not being home for one of them and being lazy for another. Other than those, I did it! And I lost 11 inches! What! Fitness is cool! I’m now starting a 60-day program my sister created combining LesMills Combat, PiYo, and 21 Day Fix routines. I’m excited. Fitness adventures!

So, that covers the 21 Day Fix part of the title, “but what is this plantain business? ” you may be asking. Well, my sister and I went to the West Side Market (love!) on Saturday and when you go an hour before closing, the vendors try really hard to make you some awesome deals. I was going to buy four or five plantains at 79 cents each, but was offered a 10 pound box for five dollars. I love plantains. I love a challenge. Why not? Thus, I have ended up with 21 plantains of varying ripeness. I am a pretty good cook, but I’ve never done much with plantains, so I saw an opportunity. I’m going to try at least seven different recipes for plantains over the next couple of weeks. I may try more but my goal is seven. Right now I’m looking into plantain dumplings, plantain soup, and plain ole’ fried plantains.

My delicious Nicaraguan breakfast of gallo pinto, fried eggs, and sweet plantains.

My delicious Nicaraguan breakfast of gallo pinto, fried eggs, and sweet plantains.

This morning I took my most ripe one, sliced it on a mandolin (about 1/4” thickness) and fried them lightly in coconut oil. The effect was close to the fried sweet plantains I had while in Nicaragua and they were absolutely delicious. But I’m not going to count them as one of my seven recipes because I knew how to make ’em already.

Well, that’s about it right now. I have some big news about my recent big-girl decisions to relay sometime this week!

Please comment with one of your favorite recipes, with or without plantains. I love to share food ideas!

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