Strawbango Protein Shake

 This morning I woke up to snow…everywhere. And still falling. Chicagoland will be upgraded to a “blizzard” in just a few hours. Yikes! Naturally, I wanted to imagine myself somewhere tropical. So I made a tropical tasting protein shake and it was delicious! I used the protein powder I had on hand (Tera’s Whey) along with strawberries, banana and my favorite Trader Joe’s Vanilla Coconut milk. I added in some chia seeds for some extra omega-3s and boom – a tropical vacation in a glass.

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Lime Chicken Avocado Soup

I wanted to change-up flavors a bit, so I tried out this soup. If you are like me, anything that has avocado sounds delicious. To start off, the night before, dice up the veggies and put them in a container with the two limes cut into quarters with the juice squeezed out. Combine the spices with this mix to marinate overnight in the fridge.

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Using a slow cooker, take out the limes and place the chicken in the slow cooker first. Then layer in the veggies and black beans. Lastly, pour all of the chicken broth into the mix.

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Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Remove the chicken, shred, and take a taste of the soup to taste if any additional spices are needed. At serving,  garnish each serving with avocado. I served mine with a lime wedge as well, so each person could choose their lime flavoring and sweet potato chips. Continue reading “Lime Chicken Avocado Soup”

Staying on Track this Holiday Season

We are officially into the holiday season, which clearly means one thing….sweets! Cookies, candy, brownies, bars, and the extremely indulgent Buckeye. For those who do not know what a Buckeye is: peanut butter, butter, loads of powdered sugar, and Rice Krispies cereal mixed together to form a ball that is then covered in chocolate. Are you drooling, yet? Us too.

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While these are delicious and we would love to partake in these everyday, they can definitely throw you off track for a ‘healthy eating’ plan. As can being at parties and celebrations where there are others who do not have your same lifestyle in mind. Here are Megan and Erica‘s top 8 tips to help you stay on track this season:

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Week 8: Discipline Yourself, My Child

This week I indulged in pasta.  I stayed a few days with my grandmother and we always have a good time.  It started with a little wine on Saturday, then progressed to a little homemade mashed potatoes and chicken noodle soup on Sunday, followed up by a very delicious dinner made by Casa –a local favorite.

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Half of a plate; portion control practice

Last night before weigh-in, I tried another wonderful Italian dish from Oley’s Pizza.  It was a Chicago style deep dish pizza.  It was not as good as Giordano’s, but it was the better option here in town.

In my mind…I just kept thinking as if on repeat…discipline yourself, my child.

Here are some things I have observed this week:

1.  Eating out can be lethal if you don’t exercise portion control and proper logic.  Hold the extra sauce.  Hold the extra cheese.    With each and every one of those meals aforementioned, I was utilizing portion control with every single sitting.

2. Exercising makes a huge difference.  I can tell when I need to just go on a walk or when I need to burn off some added energy.  This week I made a valid effort to walk, even though my decent workouts cease to exist.

3. Cleaning, lifting objects, and walking away from the desk are wonderful ways to keep your strength muscle wise.  It wasn’t ideal workouts, but it was better than plopping at my desk sedimentary all day long.

4. Never under-estimate your will power.  I am a lover of food.  I love cooking, eating, creating…food is wonderful.  It took everything in my body to cut my portions and restrain from over-eating.  I know this part is a problem and although this week was far from perfect, I was proud of myself for the effort I was able to put forth despite its wonky nature.  Yes, I said wonky.  And yes that is a technical word…

5. Blessings come in all forms, keep your eyes open and the opportunities will present themselves.  I stepped out of the salon and despite my situation still was presented with a class and a day long event.  Perfect timing.  I went on an impromptu walk with my sister.  It was lovely.  I spent some much-needed quiet time with my grandmother.  Our talks were precious.

Check out my surprising results for week 8!  This week fed my body and soul.  I am so grateful as this week I found peace among this challenge which has not been easy.

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Week 8: height 4’8″; weight 100.0 lbs.
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