Category Archives: healthy

Chicken Taco Soup

I spent my Saturday morning drinking coffee out of a spring mug (wishful thinking!), snuggling my baby, and making soup.  

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My cute little spring mug I found at HomeGoods.
Hurry up spring!

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The baby 🙂

Chicken taco soup on a cold Saturday definitely hits the spot.  This soup has a great flavor, is packed with veggies, and is very healthy!  

 

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Ingredients:

1 -2 Jalapenos (finely chopped and seeded)
1 can black beans (rinsed)
3 10 oz. cans diced tomatoes (I used organic, could use rotel instead)
1.5 cups uncooked quinoa-rinsed
1 package of Mrs. Dash taco seasons
1 pound chicken breasts, boiled and chopped
1 large green bell pepper chopped
16 oz. bag frozen corn
1 small chopped onion
16oz water

Throw all ingredients in the crock pot, mix well, and cook on low for 8 hours.

*I added fresh mushrooms to this batch; normally I don’t, but they were on clearance and about to go bad.  They were a nice addition to the soup 🙂  You can add more corn or beans if you want.  I threw in what I had around the house.  The chicken breasts can be put uncooked in the crockpot with all other ingredients, shred after cooking.

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Healthy foods like this help me toward my summer bod goals!  I always feel great after an intense work out and a day of eating healthy.

DAYS 1 and 2 of cutting out candy :p   My guilty pleasure.

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Valentines Day xoxo

I have had the flu all week and fell behind in work, school, and running 😦

Now that I have had a couple of days to get it all together, I will share my Valentine with you.  he is such a cute little BRAT!

 Isn’t he a cutie pie? I got him his easter clothes the other day…

My handsome man surprised me with these after working a 12pm to 2am on Saturday.  He promised me we were not doing anything for each other.  When I got home these were waiting for me on the counter.

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He is the best!

I couldn’t even force myself to eat anything from Monday-Wednesday.  Thursday I was feeling a little better and my man had made some chicken and veggies over rice.  I tried to eat some of that.

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Thursday and Friday I survived off of these:

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 Saturday I worked a double between both of my jobs and was ravenous by the time I got off at 2am.  All I could find around was pizza.  Sunday and Monday I finally got a real appetite back and didn’t have to work doubles.  I spent all of my time catching up on sleep, studying, and spending time with my handsome man (we managed to pack in 3 dates in two days).  We both work two jobs and sometimes don;t get to spend enough quality time together….  I am always glad for the days we get to snuggle and relax 🙂

 Clearly, this is so not a good workout week of healthy eating week for me.  Starting with the flu and ending in a pizza gorge. I start my healthy eating plan and workouts tomorrow to make up for last week.  I am rested and my fridge is well stocked with all HEALTHY foods. YUM!!

Just a Mile a Day!

After injuries the past few months and a busier than ever schedule (working 3 jobs and taking classes) I am getting back on track!  Running is a great outlet for me; it reduces my stress and anxiety.  I like running outside best, but I do sometimes run on the dreadmill.  I usually shoot for 4 or 5 miles at a time.  However, if all I have time for is 2 than that is better than none!  I used to run 5 miles every morning as soon as I work up, now I run when I can squeeze it in.  After evaluating my mileage records from the past few months and years, I noticed a considerable gap this year.  I am trying to make 2016 my best year yet for a lot of things.  School, work, blogging, and running are all of my top priorities.

I found an interesting article Runners World posted about the benefits of running a mere 5 miles per week.  You can find this article at: http://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/new-research-big-benefits-from-running-5-miles-a-week

“In other words, it takes only about 4 to 5 miles a week of running at 11:00 to 12:00 minutes-per-mile pace to gain considerable benefit. The authors state: This study may motivate healthy but sedentary individuals to begin and continue running.”

who knew that all you needed was a mile a day!

My most recent run on Sunday:

My running splits have been significantly better in the past, but it gives me something to work toward.  My old average mile time was 7:29 min/mile.

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All of my February runs have been outside 🙂

 

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I am making a better effort to keep up on the things I enjoy and me less stressed out than I was last year.  Running helps me relax and refocus my thoughts.

 

How many miles do you run?

Why do you run?

Are you a morning, noon, or night runner?

 

 

Back to School Snacks

Well it has been a busy year with personal things that have happened.  Now I am back to school for the fall semester!!  I am finally a Dietetics Student and working toward my verification statement! I am happy to be back and keep my mind busy.  I am taking a few classes on campus this semester, but I am there 3 days a week in addition to working 6-7 days a week.  I am not home often which means I need to be prepared with healthy snacks.  I always have a healthy snack in my purse.  Always having something small to eat saves me money and calories because I am not impulse buying crappy processed foods. I have created a list of my favorite travel friendly go-to snacks for you guys 🙂

My favorite snack list:

Carrot sticks, zucchini, celery, cherry/grape tomatoes with Nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Lara bar- I love them all!

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Quest bar-my favorite is the banana muffin

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Kind bars

Hard boiled eggs

Celery sticks and peanut butter

Banana

Fruit container

Sliced apple with nut butter

steel cut oats (instant)- you can find a bowl, spoon, and microwave in the student center

I hope you guys enjoy these snacks as much as I do !

 

 

 

 

Meatless Monday Recipe (Only uses one pot and takes 20 minutes!)

I started my week of with a meat-less one pot dish that used up leftover vegetables I had in the fridge.  This was super easy to make and it turned out fabulous!  You could use whatever vegetables you have around or even add meat to this. One pot dishes are easily changed and easry to make.

One Pot Pasta

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16 oz. box of spaghetti or linguine pasta, broken in half (I used whole wheat)

1 large green bell pepper, cut into ¾” pieces

3-4 small Roma Tomatoes cut into pieces

½ of a medium onion, chopped

1 can great northern beans

1 teaspoon parsley

1 table-spoon basil (from a squeeze tube)

1 tablespoon garlic (from a squeeze tube)

I packet of dry Italian dressing mix

1 teaspoon corn starch

4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

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Add the pasta to a large stock pot first. Then add the remaining ingredients, cover. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir and reduce the heat to medium-low.

Cook covered for about 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until most of the liquid is gone.

Remove the lid and let set for a few minutes before serving.

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This is the secret ingredient that give’s it all of the flavor:

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Michigan has had cold and rainy weather the past few days.  I ran 8 miles at a moderate pace before it started raining.  60 degrees is perfect running weather; I wish it would stay like that all the time!

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Later in the week (once I finally go grocery shopping) I am making healthy doughnut muffins!

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