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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday 12-5-12

Hey Guys!

It's that time 'o the week again! If you follow us on Facebook (and I hope you do) you have heard us mention our new contest which STARTS TODAY. For those of you that don't follow us, we'll wait here while you go take care of that. Take your time, we'll be here when you get back......

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 Did you do it? Ok, good! Let's continue! We're just going to quickly go over the rules again. Every Wednesday in December we will weigh-in on our blog and on our Facebook. You comment on our Facebook post with your weigh in. If you don't feel comfortable posting your weight for all the world (or at least 158 of us! ;) ) to see then just comment with whether you lost, gained or maintained. If you do this EVERY Wednesday in December you are entered into a drawing for a $20 gIfT cArD to the store of your choice. It's THAT EASY!

On to the numbers!

Starting weight - 244
Current weight - 230
Pounds lost this week - 4
Total pounds lost - 14
I am happy with my loss this week and motivated to keep on the straight and narrow. I am having a hard time getting motivated to work out because I have so much going on in my life right now and frankly, I'm exhausted! However, there are still 4 days left in this week and I am committing to work out every day to meet our 4 days a week goal. As always, I am so thankful for everyone that has supported us and helps to keep us going. I have a feeling December is going to be awesome!

Starting weight - 240
Current weight - 233
Pounds lost this week - 0
Total pounds lost - 7
Another week, another no pounds lost. Now, I'll be honest, this week I've only focused on the goals we set in our last blog which were no fast food, no soda and working out. However, I'm convinced I've got some sort of something that's preventing me from losing weight. I've made drastic changes compared to how we WERE doing things before the blog started. I'm just going to continue on this path until after the Holidays and then try leaving out wheat and if that doesn't work, dairy will be added to that list of things I shall have no more. Never the less, I am thankful for all the support and new friends we've made! It might be hard right now, but I know it will pay off in the end.... right?......... anyone?

So that's it for us! Make sure you get involved in the contest and please share our contest graphic, that is pinned at the top of our Facebook page. Thank you so much for reading and GOOD LUCK!

Ashley & Holly

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats

Hey guys!

Today I am going to share with you a recipe for Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats!
This is a recipe that a lot of you seemed interested in. Sorry it has taken me so long to post! It would not be an exaggeration to say that I'm obsessed with my crockpot! (Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration). However, because of the wonder that is the crockpot, this recipe could not be simpler! You throw the ingredients into the crockpot, mix, set on low and go to bed! Then you get to wake up to a wonderful smelling house AND breakfast! That, my friend, is what I call a Win/Win!!!!!

Here we go!!

Nutritional Info:
4 servings
Calories per serving - 251g
Carbs - 51g
Fat - 4g
Protein - 6g

Here's what you need!

First, spray your crockpot really well with non-stick cooking spray.

Put 1 c. of steel cut oats, 2 1/2 cups of water, 1 cup of coconut milk, 1 cup of pure pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!), 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice, 4 Tablespoons of honey (or you can omit the honey and add it in when you eat the oats, which is what I will do next time.)

Mix it! Mix it good! Cover, turn crockpot on low and GO TO BED!!!!! (This is my favorite step of the recipe!!)


Please tell us how you like this recipe and if you did anything different! We love your suggestions!
See ya next time!!!!!

Ashley & Holly

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Drop 'Til You Shop!!!

Hey guys!!

It's a new month! With that comes a new start AND a new contest! November was crazy busy and to be honest it got the best of us  took us out back and beat us to a pulp.... but we are ready to get serious in December! We realize that this month will more than likely be crazier than the last so we are going to set up some goals that will still allow us some flexibility. Soo...starting TOMORROW we are going to commit to 2 major goals: Exercising at least 4 times a week and NO fast food or soda!! We would love you guys to join us or set your own goals for the month and share them with us! Now, on to the contest....

Starting December 5th (our next Weigh-In Wednesday) we will be beginning a new contest. We're calling it ...

"Drop 'Til You Shop"
 (Clever, eh? We're pretty proud of this one!).

 How do you enter? It's simple! Comment every Weigh-In Wednesday with your pounds lost, gained, maintained (no judgement here, ladies!) If you comment every Wednesday, your name will be entered into a drawing for A BRAAAAND NEW..............$20 Giftcard to the store of your choice! Who couldn't use a little extra dough this month?? Mama needs a new pair of shoes! Am I right? Anyone? Ok....with that, we will be leaving you. GOOD LUCK!!!!

 Ashley & Holly

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday 11-21-2012

It's Weigh-In Wednesday! Unfortunately, this is going to be the weigh-in that never was. Things have been SOOO crazy for us lately, and we're sure they've been the same way for you!

We haven't had a chance to get together and do anything blog related because Ashley has been moving to her brand new house, and every spare second has been spent unpacking boxes and cleaning!

I have been busy helping her, along with my usual going-ons AND one of my very best friends is visiting us all the way from Florida this week, so things have been cRaZy!!!

Because of all of this, and because of Thanksgiving being tomorrow, we are taking a small break so spend time with out families and prepare for the Holiday! We will be back next week, but in the mean time we've prepared a few yummy pumpkin recipes to satisfy the soul!

I can tell you that I did weigh-in, even though we didn't get the chance to do this together, and my weight has stayed the same. I've got a new plan in mind, but I'm not putting it into affect until after Christmas because I don't want to set myself up for failure. I'm going to try eating more food because I don't think I'm getting enough calories, and I'm giving up wheat and or dairy to see if maybe I'm having a bad reaction to one of those two things. I'm also going to force myself into much needed time at the gym. (That will be happening before Christmas... If I'm going to eat the goodies, I need to do something to work them off, right?)

We wish you ALL a Happy Thanksgiving, and we can't wait to get back at it next week!

....... BUT WAIT!!! We didn't pick a winner for the get moving challenge!!! We didn't have anyone who commented every single day, so we randomly picked from everyone who participated!

We would like to congratulate:

Nicole Archambeault-Perkins

She is the winner of this weeks challenge! Nicole, if you could send us an email with your address, we will get your prize shipped right out!!!

Thanks you all so much for reading! We love you!!!

 Ashley & Holly

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday 11-14-12

It's weigh-in Wednesday again!!! This week has been a rough one...due to mother nature... But we're still here, and still recording our results!

Before we do that, we have a winner to announce! Thank you all so much for participating in this weeks "Hunger Games" challenge. It really helps to know we have people willing to share this with us. :)
And the winner is.....

Mariah Starr!!!!

Congratulations, Mariah!! We will be messaging you for your info very soon!! :) BUT WAIT!!! Because we had so many new likes this week, and it wasn't possible for all of you to participate from the beginning, we are going to pick another winner out of all the people who commented at least one time!! And that winner is....

Jacqueline Woltz Thomas!!!

Congratulations, Jacqueline!! We will be messaging you as well! Thank you so much for participating! :)

And now, on to those numbers...

Starting weight - 244
Current weight - 234
Pounds lost this week - 3
Total pounds lost - 10

This week was a little challenging because we are moving tomorrow and have had our house pretty much packed for the last 3 days. The temptation was definitely there to just eat out for these last few days but I'm so glad I stuck with the diet and even though it wasn't the easiest option, it was the healthiest for my family!  

Starting weight - 240
Current weight - 233
Pounds lost this week - 3
Total pounds lost - 7

I've gotta say, I feel a little disappointed because I assumed for as much as I was changing my diet and as much as I've given up, that the weight would just fall right off. So not the case. So not. I did give in to PMS a few times this week, but I didn't over do it on anything so I'd say that was pretty good. Hopefully next week will be better!

We really do want to know how you guys did this week!! Let us know in the comments or send us an email!

This week the challenge is all about getting ourselves moving!
The goal this week is to do SOME kind of exercise every day. We don't care if it's 10 minutes or the hour and 40 minute yoga from P90X, we just want to get moving! You know the drill - each night we will post a status on the Facebook page asking what you did. All you have to do is comment everyday, and let us know how you did. And remember, it's not about whether or not you did it. It's just about getting involved (although we hope you will push yourselves, and we promise to do the same)!

This week's prize ... dun dun dun duuuun!!!
This SNAZZY yellow pedometer!!! This Proform pedometer tracks your step count, distance walked, and calories burned, all while making sure you're the best looking walker on the block!!! This is not a prize I'd want to "walk away from"..... hehe.
We will also be doing another participation prize, to be determined.
So get out there, get moving, and then get on Facebook and tell us about it!!!

Ashley & Holly

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Monday, November 12, 2012

10 Ways to Eat Healthy & Organic on a Budget

Hey guys!

Most of us know what it takes to eat healthy, and most of us know that if you CAN buy the organic option, it's definitely best to do so. There's so much crap shoved into our food these days that it's just down right scary! From apples to chickens, it's pretty much all ruined by the time it gets to us.

The best alternative? Grow and raise your own! However, that's now always possible, is it?

The next best thing is buying certified organic. Unfortunately, that comes with a price. A pretty hefty price. Fresh fruits and veggies are easily twice the price, and the meat..... psh. Insanity!!!

So here we are, living on a very modest budget, and terrified to feed our families poison. How do we do it?? We're glad you asked. Here are our top ten ways to eat healthy and organic on a budget!

  1. Don't Eat Out!!! You'd think this would have to go without saying, but we fight this battle a lot. When it's late and you're still driving that 40 minute drive home from a 2 hour long soccer practice, it's tempting to swing through and get something. Did you know that it costs roughly $15 for a family of 4 to eat at a fast food restaurant? Did you know that you could make 3 (maybe more) organic meals ffor the whole family with that same $15? It's not worth it! So in those situations, plan ahead and pack something to eat for the ride home!
  2. Buy local if you can! From eggs to honey to fruits and veggies...Many times the foods offered at farmers markets and your local Amish store (if you happen to be lucky enough to live near one), may not be certified organic but are probably just as healthy (and sometimes healthier). Those places also offer the food at an insanely cheaper price than the only grocery store in town that offers a small organic section.
  3. Cook the whole chicken. Today we've become so used to having things done for us. When we're choosing meat, we carefully look over all the different cuts and choose the ones that look the most pleasing to us. While convenient, this is definitely not very cost effective. At our grocery it costs the same to buy a small package of organic tenderloins as it does to buy the whole organic chicken. Buy the whole chicken! You're going to get 3 meals out of it, instead of just 1. Look forward to a blog soon on how we prepare, cook and portion the chickens we buy.
  4. Check those clearance shelves. There are so many things on the clearance shelves that are still perfectly good! Most of the time, we can get organic milk on clearance for half the price and it doesn't expire for a week. With 2 kids, a husband and daycare kids in the house, our milk never makes it a week anyway! It's the same with juice, cheese, yogurt and chickens (which you can freeze!!!). Buy it weekly, and scout out the best price.
  5. Make your own. When we get together, we try to pick a project to do. Whether it be making our own chicken nuggets or baking our own bread, canning veggies or making and freezing soups, we spend the day making things that we need and that are expensive if you have to buy them already made. Rely on already made foods as little as possible. I'll just show you the price difference of one thing. A can of organic veggies averages $1.50 a can depending on where you go. Canning your own averages $.56 a can. That's cheaper than buying conventional AND you know exactly what's in ever last bite.
  6. Gardening. Having a garden is a great way to get free organic food. Even if you don't have a ton of space, you can grow things in pots on a porch or balcony.
  7. Left-Overs. When you're cooking for a family and using portion control, there's almost always food left over. If it's something like soup, we freeze it! Anything else, we save for Sunday and have a left over feast! It gets me out of cooking, AND it's like getting a free meal!
  8. Eat Simple. We usually buy ingredients for one or two "fancy" meals a week, and the rest are simple and inexpensive. It's going to cost you a lot less to serve chicken with rice and a veggie to your family than it will cost to serve Lasagna or Salmon steaks.
  9. Don't buy more than you need. Many times when we're grocery shopping, we tend to buy more than we need, especially if it is on sale. Remind yourself over and over again that you only need a certain amount, and unless it's a REALLY good deal AND a non perishable item, it's better to just leave it behind than to buy it and have it go to waste.
  10. Make a list! Going to the grocery store without a list is setting yourself up for budget failure. It's way to easy to toss things in to the cart and then freak out when you see that you've gone over your budget by $40 because you put a "few" extras in.
Following these rules, we can almost always feed our families on the exact same budget we had when eating conventional food. True, it's a little more work, but it's so worth it!

We really hope this has helped you out!!! Thanks for reading with us! :)
Ashley & Holly

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Friday, November 9, 2012

From the Fabulous "Sister See Sister Do"

Hey Healthin' Ourselves readers!!!
We are Michelle & Julie from a blog called
We're sisters (obviously) who love to DO & SHARE! Whatever we're up to, we blog about it. From furniture up-cycling, & home makeovers, to bargain finds, sewing projects, & activities for the kiddos..oh & lots of recipes & random thoughts! It's all there on our blog!

Today we're excited to be HERE, swapping blogs with 
Ashley & Holly 
as part of our SOUP WEEK!

I (julie) am so glad that Ashley & Holly decided to start 'Healthin Ourselves.' 
I love the way they share their personal journeys, the recipes they share, and even the posts they have on facebook. They're often very funny, yes! But more than that, they're INSPRING and straight up AMAZING!!! 
And the soup they're sharing on our blog today is amazing too. I have devoured it & know first hand how good it is.
I am a soup freak. Michelle is too. Must run in the family. I especially enjoy soup in the fall season! It's comforting & can be a fantastically FILLING meal. One of my favorite things about soup is that so many soups are loaded with vegetables and we all know how GOOD our VEGETABLES are for us, right?!

Today I want to share my recipe for 
because it's delicious & (AsFarAsIKnow) it's good for you!

1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, minced (or more if you prefer)
4 Cups Chicken Broth
1 (16oz) Can Kidney Beans, rinsed & drained
1 (14.5 oz) Can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
2-3 Medium Carrots, sliced 
1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
1 Cup Spaghetti Sauce
1/2 Cup Uncooked Elbow Macaroni
3 Cups Fresh Spinach, Chopped

In a saucepan heat olive oil & add the onion & garlic. Saute until tender. 
Add broth, beans, tomatoes, carrots, spaghetti sauce & oregano. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. 
Add the elbow macaroni & spinach. Continue to cook for 8-10 more minutes, until macaroni is tender & spinach is wilted. 
Remove from the heat; let stand for 5-10 minutes.

Serve with garlic bread & garnish with Parmesan cheese if you'd like!!

And DEFINITELY share it with great friends!!
Recognize THIS friendly face!?!?

If you're looking to cut carbs, omitting the pasta from this soup is okay! 
I've done it many times if I've been out of pasta. It's still delicious!

Thank you, Holly & Ashley for joining us for soup week! 
It's so fun to invade your corner of cyber space!!

psssst...Let's do this again soon!


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday 11-7-2012

It's that time again! Another Wednesday, another weigh-in! We can't "weight" to hear how you guys did this week! But first, we have a winner to announce!!!

We've put all the names of the qualifying participants into a random name picker, and the winner is........

............    Melissa Moore!!!!!!

Congratulations Melissa!! Thank you SO much for participating in this! We will get your prize to you ASAP!!!!! :)

Now, let's get down to those numbers, shall we?
Starting weight - 244
Current weight - 237
Pounds lost this week - 3
Total pounds lost - 7
I have really watched everything I ate this week. I feel good knowing that I made the right choices and was able to avoid temptation (aka the 10 lbs of Halloween candy that has been sitting on my kitchen counter!) I had hoped to lose more but truthfully, I did not exercise at all this week. Maybe if I had I would've seen a bigger loss. One of these days I'm going to get it all together! ;) Now let's move on to the true heroes of this week...YOU GUYS and all of the water you consumed!! You all rocked it and you made us want to rock it! I seriously cannot express just how much I appreciate you all and the motivation you give me!!! We have a new contest starting next week and I hope you will all get involved!  ~Ashley

Starting weight - 240
Current weight - 236
Pounds lost this week - 0
Total pounds lost - 4
So, half of this week was decent and the other half was a-w-f-u-l. I got off track, ate things I knew I shouldn't have and I ate them at times that were the absolute wOrSt to be eating anything! I think I may have even had a little bit of a system shock from the fast food. However, all that being said, I learned some lessons this week.
1. It's humiliating to have to post that you've actually gained weight on your weight-loss journey (and not from gaining muscle... it's the bad kind of weight).
2. Eating out is NOT worth it. I felt like crap, gained weight and to top it all off,  it would have been quicker and cheaper to just pack a sandwich and some carrot sticks. Even the kids were sick, and that's just not okay.
All that said, these last few days have been a big turn around. I feel so grateful to you guys, because I know for certain that I wouldn't be this motivated without you! :) Especially the water drinking! My goodness! Some of you are like camels!!! Thank you so much for doing this with us! We truly do appreciate it.

We would LOVE for you to take this step with us! If you're feeling frisky, go ahead and comment below telling us how you did this week. Did you lose? Gain? Maintain? We Want To Know!!! Doing this with friends is soooo much more fun than doing it alone!

Before you go, we'd like to tell you about this weeks contest! We're calling it "The Hunger Games" ... hehe... It will technically start tonight, but we wont ask for your answers until the morning! Here's how it works! The rule is, no eating 2 hours before bedtime. In the morning we'll ask "Did you survive!?" and you'll either respond with a joyful "Yes!!" or a sad "I surrendered". You don't have to "survive" to win. You only have to comment with how you did, every morning! The names of the people who comment every morning will be entered into our cyber hat, and we'll randomly pick one person as the winner!
We've both made mention that we struggle with nighttime eating. There are many people that say not eating after a certain time at night helps with their weight loss. One of Bob Harper's (from the Biggest Loser) rules of weight loss is to go to Bed hungry. Some of the benefits of cutting out night eating? I'm glad you asked!
Here are a few:
  • If you know you're going to stop eating at a certain time it's easier to track your calories and not over do it. It's easy to forget to write things down or write them down inaccurately if you're just "munching".
  • Eating at night might upset your body's natural day/night cycle and lead to poor-quality sleep
  • Eating before bed slows metabolism and encourages weight gain

Obviously, everyone has different schedules so it wouldn't be reasonable to say no eating after 6 o'clock or 8 o'clock or whatever time. So that's why we decided to make it no eating 2 hours before bed. We're looking forward to hearing how you all do!


And the prize? We're glad you asked! For us, hot tea is a MUST HAVE for evening! It's comforting and it gives you the illusion that you're eating, but you're really not! The winner this week will get.....
This HANDSOME mug and some sleepytime tea to fill it with!
Good luck!!! ;)

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

Hey everyone!!

    Welcome to cold weather! There's nothing better than a hot bowl of soup on a cold and dreary day, and we have the perfect recipe! Not only is this soup tasty, but it's also healthy! It has the perfect combination of carbs, proteins, fats and veggies! It's also a very inexpensive meal if you're eating on a budget.
     This recipe makes six large servings, so it's perfect for families. Is it just you over there? Not to worry! It freezes really well and warms up perfectly on the nights you're in too much of a hurry to cook anything! It was a life saver in our house when sickness struck! :)

Nutritional Information:
Calories - 347
Fats - 5.7g
Carbs - 51g
Protein - 23.5g
Fiber - 4g
Let's get started!
There is a printable recipe card for this soup at the bottom of the page!

Here's what you need!

 To really get the full flavor of this recipe, you need to use a whole chicken. We cook ours in a crock pot. Put it in before bed with 4 cups of water, salt and pepper. In the morning, you're ready to go. We separate the chicken and divide it into three portions to be used for three meals. Use all the broth from the crock pot for this recipe.

First, we put one of the divided portions of chicken (about 2 cups) and the broth into a large pan or stock pot and bring to a boil. We add another 4-6 cups of broth to the pot. The boxed broth is convenient or you can use the remains (that sounds creepy) of your chicken and your crockpot  to make your own!!  

Then we peeled and sliced 6 large carrots and added to the pan, and bring the soup back to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

We used Tinkyada Brown Rice Fettuccine noodles which makes this a gluten free recipe! Brown rice pasta is a great alternative to whole wheat pasta and Tinkyada makes the best we've tried. Break the pasta into noodle-sized pieces and add to the pot.

Cook for the required time for the pasta and you're done!

There you have it! This recipe could not be any more simple! We really hope you enjoy it. If you decide to give it a try, let us know what you thought!
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday

Hey Guys!

It's Wednesday, so you know what that means! It's time to calculate the weight loss for the week! We are also starting a contest this week which we will talk more about later! Now, onto the numbers!

Starting weight - 244
Current weight - 240
Pounds lost this week - 4
Total pounds lost - 4

So I weighed in for another diet group I am a part of on Sunday and was down 7 pounds!! Imagine my shock and disgust to see that I had gained 3 pounds back since then! After a mild breakdown (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!) I have decided to just accept that I did my best and I am feeling better! I did ALOT of walking these past couple weeks so my goals for this week are: To try and incorporate some different exercise in with my walking and pay more close attention to my sodium and carbs. Also, whole foods, whole foods and WHOLE FOODS!! Thank you for coming along on this journey with us and for all of your support. You guys rock! (Does anyone say that anymore?) ~A

Starting weight - 240
Current weight - 235
Pounds lost this week - 5
Total pounds lost - 5

I'm really excited to have met my weekly goal, which was to lose 2.5 lbs. The numbers are good, but I've got more work to do. While I did lose weight, and eat healthy *most* of the time (there may or may not have been a 9pm run to taco bell last Thursday after we got home from taking the kids trick-or-treating, in which I may or may not have taken part in the eating of an evil crunch wrap supreme and the drinking of some liquid Satan which the world so misleadingly refers to as mt. dew)... I did not do much working out (and by not much, I actually mean none). So this week, in addition to making the new weight loss goal of 2.5 lbs, I'm also making it a goal to work out at least 3 of the 7 days. Baby steps, right? My biggest hurdle with working out is finding the time! Between homeschooling, daycare, being a mom, soccer, ballet, celebrate recovery, working a part time 3rd shift job and any of the extras in life, I've found there's not much extra time. My question for you guys is, where do YOU find the time? - H


We know that healthy living is *not* all about the scale!!  We also realize that some weeks we will do everything right and still not lose or maybe even gain (curse you, mother nature!). However, we feel that the weigh-in every week is a good way to keep accountable! Whether or not you feel comfortable putting your numbers out there is totally up to you.  Maybe you just want to comment on the lbs you dropped this week and that's ok. Just PLEASE get involved and let's motivate and help one another! Oh, and let's make a pact not to get upset if the scale is not kind for a week and remember what really matters is how you feel!! Ok, moving on!

We announced earlier in the week that we would be having 4 contests this month, one for every week. We will be calling out first challenge the "Hydration" challenge because it's all about, you guessed it...Water Consumption!  Drinking enough water is one of the keys to good health! It's calorie free and oh-so-good for your body! We want to motivate you (and ourselves) to not only drink enough water, but keep track of our ounces. So here's how it works: Everyday the first week of November we will post a "water role call" on our Facebook. We will post how much water we have drank that day and ask you to comment and do the same. Every person that comments EVERYDAY for a week will be put into the cyber equivalent of a hat and one name will be chosen to win this:
(was that too much? It was, wasn't it?)
It's copper, made of stainless steel, holds 24 ounces and promises to turn any "normal" water drinking event into a splendid time! All your friends have them, so don't miss your chance to be the cool kid on the block!...You deserve this! Let your water scream out "I'm fancy"!
(I'm thinking about starting a new career in marketing!)
We are really excited about this contest and hope that it will get more people talking on our page and hopefully help some people meet their water drinkin' goals!!! As always thank you for reading and we hope to hear from you all this week!!!!
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Crock Pot Chicken Curry

Hey guys!

It's time for our weekly recipe blog! Today we are making Chicken Curry. This recipe is super simple, low calorie and ridiculously good! Bonus - it's a slow cooker recipe! We LOVE our crock pots. There's nothing better than coming home to a ready-made dinner. We could not survive soccer season (or dance season, or basketball season, or baseball season...ok you get the point) with out them!!  Alright, let's begin!
*For a printable recipe card, check out the bottom of this blog.

Nutrition Facts w/o rice:
It makes 6 One Cup Servings (over rice this is a decent sized serving, but if you are eating it without the rice you might want to double your serving!)
Calories per serving - 172
Carbs - 12
Fat - 5
Protein - 19

How awesome are these stats?? We checked and double checked them because even we didn't believe them. But it's true! So EAT UP!!!!!!

Here's what you need:
not pictured: minced garlic...whoops!
Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. I used a "Misto". You put your olive oil in, pump a few times and much healthier than any chemical-ridden cooking sprays you can buy at the store....but I digress...

Trim and chop 1 lb of boneless, skinless, chicken breast (I used tenderloins 'cause that's what I had) and 2 bell peppers (I usually use green but my Kroger was out of them, so I went with red and yellow....fancy!) into fairly large chunks.

Add 1-2 TBS* of curry powder, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper and a dash of ground red pepper (be careful, it's SPICY! A little goes a long way.)
*this is depending on how spicy your curry powder is, I used muchi curry and it is HOT!! Plain ole curry is alot milder so you could definitely get away with 2 TBS or more!*

If you are using canned pineapple add about 1/2 of the juice out of the can into the pot. If you are using fresh, add 1/2 cup of pineapple juice. Add one *can* of light coconut milk. Mix it all up and cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-8 hours.  

1 hour before you eat (or 2 if on low) add the following:
2-3 tomatoes, chopped into large chunks and 3/4 cup of chopped pineapple.
(note: if you want to throw it all in and let it all cook the whole time, you can, I've done it. It just tastes a little better if you add the tomatoes and pineapple at the end)

Let it cook the remaining time and you're ready to eat! It is really good over brown rice or you can eat it like a stew. Whatever you want!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

~*~ UNstuffed Peppers ~*~

Hey Internet! 
Today we are making UNstuffed Peppers and would like to share the recipe with you!
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Looking for the nutritional information?? We've got it all added up for you!
This dish makes 6 servings! The numbers below are for 1 serving.
Calories = 359
Carbs = 49
Fat = 8
Protein = 25
We love stuffed peppers but Yeesh! How many steps can one recipe have?! This recipe is literally prepared in one pan in around half an hour! We switched out the traditional (and less healthy) white rice for brown and you could easily substitute ground turkey for the ground beef if you're not a red meat eater (say that 3 times fast!).  Ok, Here We Go!!

Here's what you need:
1 lb lean, ground beef or turkey (no hormones, no antibiotics added is the way to go!)
1 medium yellow onion 
3 cups of instant brown rice (if you don't prefer instant then make sure you partially cook your brown rice before adding it) 
2 cups of vegetable juice & 2 cups of water OR
4 cups of tomato juice
2-3 green bell peppers, sliced into rings 
A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese (optional)
*NOTE (For our paleo friends who don't eat rice, you could always try replacing the rice with this -> ) Just be sure to cut the liquid down to about 1/4 of what's called for, or you'll end up with a runny mess!

This recipe makes quite a bit, but the left-overs are just as yUmMy or even better than the first time around. Save it for lunch the next day, or freeze it for a second dinner later on!

                                                             On with the show!!

     First, start browning your beef. Add a chopped onion as it's cooking so that the flavors have time to mingle!
                                                                  Smells good!
While your onions and beef are cooking, slice up some green bell peppers.
Make sure they look pertty!

Once your beef is done, rinse it! This step is optional, but who wants all that grease in their dinner?? NOT US!
Then add 3 cups of instant brown rice, and stir.
Lookin' good.

Now we want to add our liquid. We used 2 cups of veggie juice and 2 cups of water. You could also use 4 cups of tomato juice. We didn't have any, so we improvised.
Added vitamins by using veggie juice!

Bring this mixture to a boil and stir it up. Then arrange your bell peppers on top!
Sprinkle with some grated Parmesan cheese. We used about 2 tablespoons.
We can hardly wait!!

Once you've got all that done, turn the heat down to low/medium (it was number 3 on our stove).
Cover, and let cook for 30 minutes. There's no need to check on it, but we usually check it once.... just to be safe. Don't want the house to burn down or anything!

And then....

30 minutes later....

It will look a little something like this!
Who's ready to eat?!


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