I spent my Saturday morning drinking coffee out of a spring mug (wishful thinking!), snuggling my baby, and making soup.
My cute little spring mug I found at HomeGoods.
Hurry up spring!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
All of my February runs have been outside 🙂
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.
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 🙂