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.

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 !