Category Archives: Healthy Eating

Healthy Quinoa Chicken Salad

Hi friends! One of my favorite things to make year round is chicken salad. Recently while making some there was some left over quinoa in the fridge and I though, ‘why not.’ So I added some into the mixture and it made the flavor even better! I decided to share my chicken salad recipe with you all as well. Hope you think it is as delicious as I do!Chicken Salad

Ingredients

2 Cans of Chicken

1 Cup of Quinoa

2 Stalks of Celery

2 Carrots

1 Onion

1 Apple

1 Tablespoon of Garlic

1 Small handful of Cranberries

1/2 Cup of Low Fat Mayonnaise

1/4 Cup of Relish

1 Teaspoon of Mustard

Directions

Step 1: Put one cup of quinoa in a medium sized bowl.

IMG_6123Step 2: Finely chop the carrots, celery, onion, apple and cranberries. Once chopped add them to the bowl.

I like using the apple and cranberries for a dash of sweet flavor since the other vegetables are strong in their flavor and it compliments the quinoa.

Step 3: Open the cans of chicken with a can opener. Drain the juice from the chicken and then finely chop. below is what the ckicken should look like once chopped.

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IMG_6136Step 4: Add the chopped chicken to the other ingredients in the bowl.

Step 5: Add the condiments to the other ingredients to the bowl.

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Step 6: Mix all of the ingredients together.

Finished Product

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Once made, let the chicken salad sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to help the mixture ‘gel’ and become even more delicious!!

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What kind of chicken salad do you like to make? What else do you like to make quinoa with?

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Happy First Blogiversary!!!!

Hi lovelies,

It is my 23rd Birthday and my first anniversary of my blog all TODAY!

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Today I started off the day doing something I have NEVER done before; going to a 6am spin class!! This year I am making it a goal to lose at least 30 more pounds in an effort to be healthy and fit.

As I am now, I am healthier that I was last year, but I still need to lose some of the weight on my frame to get into the right area for my body type. Unlike last year, I am excited about this journey and look forward to doing all I can to push myself and become fit, gain muscle, and confidence in my fitness abilities.

This afternoon I got all dressed up and went out to eat with coworkers! It was so much fun to laugh and see them. Below are pics of my ‘Outfit of the Day’.

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Tory Burch

 

OOTD Flats

The Tory Burch flats were a new Birthday gift from my Grandparents 🙂

Blogiversary

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by and how much my little blog has grown There have been so many ups and downs but I am so happy with the place I am at in my life and the opportunities and new adventures to come in 2015!!

Blogging was a first for me this past year and I really love pouring myself into it and making posts that reflect me and my interests. I love interacting with other bloggers and people from all over the US and even oversees who have the same interests as me!!

Here are a few of my very favorite posts from last year:

  1. How To: Depot MAC Eye Shadows
  2. Mouth Watering BBQ
  3. New Year, New Apartment
  4. The Importance of a Nightly Skincare Regime
  5. JRINK 3 Day Juice Cleanse

Thank you for sticking with me this year and please continue to do so in 2015! I will be making a concerted effort to blog weekly and I hope you are there along with my to read and learn more about my life.

Many blessings to everyone, Name

Transformation Tuesday

Transformation Tuesday

Losing weight is hard. Period.

Without motivation and dedication losing weight is almost impossible. As Paul and I have been losing weight one of our biggest struggles is to stay dedicated every day. We have found that it is hard to stick to eating healthy every day, day after day…especially after a cheat meal or a weekend when we are not at home and out of our routine.

Through time we have learned how important it is to stick to our routine and if we fall off for a day or two to just pick back off where we left off and keep fighting for the end goal. It is not all about losing weight but creating a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our future little ones. We are motivated and dedicated through our routine that we have created.

The best advice I was given by a friend has been: If you don’t plan then you are planning to fail!

Meal planning is the number one priority we have going into every week. It is is so helpful to go into the week knowing what we will be eating all week and to already have it prepared.Every Sunday we prepare our meals for the week. This has been the most helpful thing at keeping us on track!

Seeing our progress though pictures is a huge motivator for us! Here are some pictures of Paul and I in the past year through our weightloss journey.

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No matter where you are in your journey to get fit, be healthy or lose weight know that it is never too late to start! Make everyday count. If you are looking for a way to stay motivated the Instagram fitness community is amazing! I just joined with a fitness instagram and I would love for you to follow me at @SassyFitness4Life.

Jrink 3 Day Juice Cleanse

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I have been in a serious rut lately! I posted here about amping up my health and fitness with new recipes. I have done so, marginally. But in an effort to do a complete turn around and eat as healthy, unprocessed, and clean as I can I am doing a juice cleanse. This is my very first juice cleanse and I am really excited!

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What is it!?

After talking with my doctor, I decided a juice cleanse would be a great reset for my body to recharge me and help implement some long term changes. I decided to order from Jrink because they are local and their juices are delicious!! (And the bottles look so cool)

<–I had my first one this past Saturday  and I have been craving for one ever since!!

I am doing the 3 Day Reboot cleanse that is made up of 18 juices. I will drink 6 juices a day for 3 days. It is that simple!

 

 

Here is some more info, from the Jrink website on juicing:

Each juice is alive and contains up to 5 lbs of fresh produce.  Cold-pressed & made local, we create the highest quality juice to nourish the needs of all busy people on-the-go.

JRINKs are made using an industrial hydraulic juice cold-press juicer.

First we grind down whole fruits & veggies into fine pulp which is then pressed in linen bags with over 2,000 lbs of weight.

This cold-press process (no heat, blade, or spinning sensation) produces the maximum amount of juice, which studies have shown a marked superiority of nutrient and mineral content versus centrifugal juicers regularly found in your home.

With modern methods, your typical juice can be boxed and kept in the pantry for weeks.  Pasteurization and High Pressure Processing (HPP) extend shelf life but at the expense of nutrient life.   Yielding the highest quality juice, without applying heat or air, JRINKs are incomparable to any other method of juice extraction.

No sugar, no preservatives, no water, no HPP, no funky business.

3 Day Juice Cleanse

Before

To get ready for the cleanse I did three days of eating Vegetarian. I also did not drink anything but water and had no bread or dairy. Not drinking soda was very hard. I am somewhat of a diet Coke addict and I can already feel the effects of not having caffeine for almost 4 days.

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Once completing the cleanse I will do the same thing as before. I will slowly add back in dairy and bread. But I am trying to see how long I can go without soda. This is a hard thing for me but I know that the aspartame and high volumes of salt in it, among other things, are not good for me.

Long Term

In the long term I am switching up a few things that I did in the past when trying to lose weight and have a healthy lifestyle. I am interested in seeing if these changes will help me in losing the weight. As far as what I will be eating I will be sticking with a hybrid of Weight Watchers. This meaning that I will be still tracking my points but with the ‘rules’ below incorporated.

Here are a few of the changes:

  • Eat my biggest meal of the day for breakfast.
    • Even go so far as to eat what I would for dinner for breakfast.
  • Have lunch by 1pm.
  • Do not have any meat or carbs after lunch.
  • Have a light dinner that consists of yogurt, fruit, egg, vegetables.
  • Only drink water and tea.
  • No processed foods.
  • Incorporate juices and smoothies as meals (Like my cleanse!)

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Wish me luck!! Have you ever done a juice cleanse? What was your experience like?

10 Quick and Healthy Recipes

Healthy RecipesRecently, Paul and I have kicked our fitness and healthy eating up a notch. And when I say recently I mean last week. And when I say kicked it up a notch I mean no more Big Box pizzas from Pizza Hut, McDonalds, and dessert every night. Hahaha. But really.

We had gotten in a major rut due to laziness and convenience. It is easy to eat badly, which is why I have been on the hunt for some new, easy recipes to incorporate into our everyday lives.

Here are some of the best that I have found and cannot wait to try!

Breakfast

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Avocados are delicious! I think the idea of cooking one with an egg is ingenious! I cannot wait to try this and see if it is as yummy as it looks!

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I love the idea of these Skinny Breakfast Cups! This is definitely something I could make one night and have them ready for mornings throughout the week. Also, they are perfect to freeze!

Lunch

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There is nothing I love more than chicken salad! Can’t wait to try this recipe that cuts out a lot of the fat and calories!

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A wrap is the perfect, quick lunch! I love filling them with home aid dressings, veggies, and using a whole wheat tortilla.

Dinner

oven-baked-salmon-3-copySpicy Garlic Lime Baked Salmon

This recipe looks amazing! Not only does it sound fresh but has a kick to it as well. With the leftovers I could even use it to make a unique taco salad.

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Quinoa is always a healthy side in any dish. I love how this recipe creates the salad with the quinoa as the base.

 

IMG_1829Vegan Garden Style Chili

Chili is one of my all time favorite dishes. I cannot wait to try out this recipe for a vegan and gluten free alternative.

Dessert

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Night time snacking is a struggle for me. These apple chips are a perfect alternative to fill the need to ‘munch’ after dinner!

Greek Yogurt Banana Split

I absolutely love this take on a traditional banana split! This is definitely something I will be trying soon! banana split

 

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Have you ever tried any of these recipes?

10 Health Benefits You Didn’t Know About Peaches

With peaches in season there is nothing I like more! While visiting my parents last weekend we went to a farm with peach trees and were able to get a few!

In my curiosity to know more about peaches, other than that they are delicious, I found a few interesting facts!

Health Benefits of Peaches

1. The average peach is only 40 calories!

2. Peaches are rich in many vital minerals such as potassium, fluoride and iron.

3. There are 3 grams of fiber in the average peach.

4. Vitamin C in peaches helps skin health, particularly in anti-aging.

5. A peach contains beta carotene. This helps blood flow in the body and is known to promote strong vision for your eyes.

6. The skin of a peach has essential antioxidants which help the body in detoxing.

7. Peaches are low in fat and only have natural sugars. When eating peaches it can aid in controlling weight.

8. Peaches are high in Potassium. This is great for reducing inflammation, heartburn, and kidney disease.

9. Through a peaches antimicrobial and antioxidant activity it inhibits tumor growth.

10. Peaches have a positive effect on the scalp which helps reduce hair loss.

The Daniel Fast

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This week I started the Daniel Fast!!

The Daniel Fast is one that is centered around prayer, eating only plant-based food and only drinking water. Specifically this fast is centered around Jewish fasting principles and the experience of the prophet in Daniel 1 and Daniel 10.

Here are some resources if you want to know more about this fast: The book I reada blog, and a great Facebook page.

The last time I did this fast was two years ago. It was during the summer right before my Senior year at Liberty. At the time, I used the fast to center myself around my relationship with God and focus on what I knew would be a hectic year for me. Looking back the fast helped me tremendously in my Senior year at LU! My reliance on God, during that time, in the good and bad really got me through my last two semesters!

I have been thinking about doing the fast again for some time but decided now was perfect. With just paying off a huge chunk of our debt Paul and I are tremendously happy and driven to do even more to get rid of the rest. As I mentioned in my Goodbye Sallie Mae post we have decided to get second jobs. I am so happy to say that last night I was hired as a waitress at Chili’s!! I have never done anything like this before but I am ready for the challenge.

With these extra stresses, schedule changes, and new goals I wanted to do the Daniel Fast again to focus my prayers and reliance on God as I know the next few months will be challenging.

I started the fast on Monday and will be done June 1st. In the first three days of the fast I have experienced a lot of hunger pains and ‘detoxing’ as my body is getting used to no caffeine, fats, sugar, or meat. Today is day four and I woke up feeling better than I have since I started the fast! As my body adjusts I know that I will be feeling better and better!!

I am so excited for the next 17 days of the fast and to see what God is going to do! As I go through the fast I will be giving updates and recipes of what I am eating!

Stay tuned 😀 Name

Have you ever fasted before? What was your experience like?