I’m currently on Week 3 of the Tone It Up Bikini Series and I’m staying fairly strong throughout the challenge. I haven’t missed a single workout so far, even when my days have been busier than usual. Last week was a challenge because we had a LOT of rain and I was stressed about getting in all of my runs, but I fit in three (Tues, Thurs, Sun) between bouts of rain. River (my dog) and I jumped lots of puddles, got pretty muddy, and I cut my leg on a stick on the last day, but we did it. River is officially able to run a 5k which I think is pretty impressive for only 3 weeks of training. I also found it a little tougher to stick to the meal plan since the novelty of the program is wearing off. I do REALLY well when I plan my meals and cook at home. Going out with friends is harder. We had some social obligations and I feel like I made pretty good choices, but looking back they probably could have been a little better. I feel like sometimes the vegetarian option is often not very healthy (usually a pasta)- but it is what it is. I’m lucky a lot of places even HAVE a vegetarian option and I’m lucky that my friends and family are always very accommodating. Okay- on to the recipe!
While following the Bikini Series meal plan, I have generally been eating fruit for my Meal 2 (AM snack). Sometimes with coconut yogurt and sometimes by itself. I saw a recipe for Spicy Fruit Salad on Pinterest and I decided to give it a try, but I switched up the fruit to my taste. I used chopped pineapple, mango, strawberries, and kiwi. The “spiciness” comes from a sprinkle of chili powder and it’s all topped off with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. I love the combination of chili powder and mango and it reminds of Mango con Chili which is essentially a mango on a stick with chili powder. It’s a popular Mexican street food and it’s SO delicious. Did you know that there are actually health benefits of eating chili powder? Chili powder contains Vitamins A, C, and B6, beta carotenes, and folic acid; boosts the metabolism; stimulates the release of endorphins (hello, happy!); and can enhance the flow of fresh blood to the site of infections. Obviously, the fruit has a ton of health benefits, but adding chili powder adds even more!
Active Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes
1 fresh pineapple, cubed
2 mangoes, cubed
1 lb strawberries, cubed
3 kiwis, peeled and sliced
Juice of 1 lime
¼ teaspoon chili powder
Combine all of your chopped fruit in a large bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lime over the fruit and sprinkle with the chili powder. Toss to combine. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories: 93 Fat: 0g Carbs: 23g Protein: 1g Sodium: 4mg Sugar: 19g
*Nutrition information is based on the products I used personally in this recipe. Different products may yield slightly different information.