Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spicy Bufalo Chicken Dip: Low Carb


It's football time! This means it's time for chips, dip, and sports food. I love all that good stuff, but I don't live the pounds it packs on!

My low carb buffalo chicken dip is the perfect solution to this problem! I eat it with veggies or baked lavash chips that way I don't get all those sugar spiking carbs.

This recipe is quick, easy, and cheap. Huge bonus...everyone LOVES it.

This recipe calls for either blue cheese or ranch dressing. When making this, I like to use homemade dressings that aren't full of fillers and nasty oils. You can find several good ones on pinterest. My favorite is linked here.

Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Dip

INGREDIENTS

8 oz. pkg. of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup homemade blue cheese or ranch 
1/2 cup Texas Pete's Buffalo Wing Sauce
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese 
2 Cups Rotisserie Chicken

DIRECTIONS:
Heat oven to 350°F. Place cream cheese into a baking dish and stir until smooth. 
Mix in salad dressing, sauce and cheese. Stir in chicken.

BAKE 20 min. 

Serve immediately with veggies or baked lavash chips.

☆Lavash Chips- just slice a Joseph's lavash into strips, coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at low heat until crispy.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Cream of Mushroom Soup for the Whole Foodie

This soup is so creamy and delicious. It is the perfect fall meal. It's also healthy which is a major plus! For all you Trim Healthy Mamas, this is a S meal.

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup of grassfed butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds of thinly sliced portabella mushrooms
  • 1 onion, diced (I used green this last time)
  • Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 drops Thyme Essential Oil
  • 1/8 tsp of gluccie
 Directions

  • Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add garlic and mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5-6 minutes. season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in onion and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent
  •  reduce heat and stir in chicken broth, heavy cream and thyme. Cook for about 6-7 minutes stirring frequently
  • Last few minutes add in gluccie. Make sure you stir as you add so that it doesn't clump
  •  If the soup is too thin, add gluccie as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  • Serve immediately.

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What are some fall favorites at your house?

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Product Spotlight: Advanced Formula Fat Fighter



If you have read my About Me page, you know I'm an It Works independent distributor. Well not only do I sell these products, I use them! Today, I wanted to spotlight one of my favorite products that I would not be caught dead without. This product is a supplement called Advanced Formula Fat Fighters. 

This all natural, whole food supplement is perfect going into the holiday season. It will allow you to enjoy some holiday foods without having to feel guilty. They are also good throughout the year when you have a cheat meal or are needing a boost to shed a few pounds. 
  

What are Fat Fighters?


 This is the It Works description of Fat Fighters, "Have a sweet tooth? A carb craving? It's okay to indulge every once in a while when you have Advanced Formula Fat Fighter with Carb Inhibitors!
Simply take Fat Fighter up to an hour after eating, and it will absorb some of the fat and carbohydrates from your food so that your body doesn't. Powered by NeOpuntia™ (a naturally based ingredient made from the "prickly pear" cactus) and the It Works! proprietary blend, Advanced Formula Fat Fighter delivers dynamic, clinically tested results for both men and women.
Blocks some of the fat & carbs from meals
Helps balance healthy blood glucose level and reduce cravings
Designed to be taken up to an hour after meals
Cactus-based formula
Does not contain shellfish
Directions: Adults take 2 tablets during or up to 60 minutes after each large meal."

 

My Experience with Fat Fighters

 Let me just say that Fat Fighters are amazing! Seriously, y'all, I love these things. Not only do they block some of the carbs and fat from cheat meals, but they also seem to keep me from having that bloated yucky feeling after a carb heavy meal. I have taken them to keep me from gaining weight when I eat cheat meals.

My mom was my 1st loyal customer (see picture below about loyal customer program)  to try these. Her 1st week she only took 1 pill with her heaviest meal of the day and ended up losing around 4 lbs!  Now she only uses them when she over indulges.

I have many loyal customers besides my mom who use and love these little wonders. They have all lost weight or maintained their weight through periods of unhealthy eating. 

Now...please don't take this as me telling you to run out and constantly eat junky, food that is devoid of nutrients. This supplement is meant to be used with the occasional cheat meal, not as a crutch to unhealthy eating. When this product is paired with healthy diet and exercise, it can maximize weightloss. 

Now that you know my secret, how are you going to the bulge this holiday season? 


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Essential Kitchen: Cooking with Essential Oils Online Class


This Thursday, I am doing an online cooking with essential oils Facebook party! Come learn how to make healthy, healing foods with Young Living Oils. I will be sharing everything on recipes from Immune Boosting Smoothies to Decadent Desserts!

You can click  here to join The Essential Kitchen: Cooking with oils class.

Crustless Quiche: Gluten Free



Some mornings I just want something quick, easy, and healthy for breakfast. This morning was one of those days. I have a ton of veggies that needed to get used, so I was trying to think of what to do with them.

Before we started eating the Trim Healthy Mama way, I would have thrown together a quiche using bisquick and all the veggies. Well, that doesn't work anymore since I've leared it was making me chunky. While drooling over memories of that quiche, I decided to make a crustless, healthy quiche that fits the Trim Healthy Mama guidelines.

Enter this quiche! It used up all my veggies, tastes great, is healthy, and loved by my whole family. My family liking it is a huge thing since my kiddos are picky! For my children I added a side of mixed fruit, and a glass of It Works Greens. This helped them have a meal that was well rounded and full of vitamins and nutrients.


This quiche paired perfectly with my Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte (this morning i left out the protein powder) You can find my latte recipe on my facebook page.



I used raw cheese and cream for this recipe, but you don't have to for it to be tasty. My mixed veggies were: 1/2 red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, spinach, kale, broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini,  and black olives.

Crustless Quiche

(THM S)

Ingredients
☆ 8 eggs
☆1/3 cup of cream
☆2 cups diced mix veggies
☆3 TBs of cilantro
☆1/2 cup of shredded cheese
☆1/2 tsp of salt
☆1/3 cup of diced, cooked turkey bacon
☆Pepper to taste
☆1/4 tsp of turmeric
☆1/4 tsp of cumin

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour into greased (I used coconut oil) pie plate. Bake at 350° for 25-30 min. Let cool before serving.

What is your go to easy breakfast?


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

60 Day Healthy You Challenge!



If you have followed me over the past year, you know I follow the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating. For all you newbies, let me give you a little background on Trim Healthy Mama.

What is Trim Healthy Mama?

Trim Healthy Mama (THM) is a low glycemic diet that focuses on not eating processed grains/foods and not eating sugar. That may sound scary or difficult, but the sisters behind the boom give you tons of fabulous options. There are quick and easy meals with easy substitutions for people who don't like cooking or are short on time. There are also very pure options using only whole foods for people who are very particular about what they consume.
The THM diet basically focuses on eating whole foods based meals around every 3 hours and separating meals by fuel types. Fuel types are fats or carbs.

I won't go any deeper into the meal plan. The book Trim Healthy Mama by Pearl Barret and Serene Allison explains everything. There are also facebook pages devoted to the diet. An official THM page and a group.

What is the 60 Day Challenge?


The 60 day challenge is for women who have trouble staying on the low glycemic bandwagon.  Some ladies like to eat sweets and struggle with giving those up. Some ladies (Me!) struggle to give up junky carbs like white rice and pasta. Everyone who has joined the challenge is committing to 60 days of staying on the THM plan and trying to exercise a few days a week.

The challenge is a place for all of us to share successes and struggles, get motivation, look for meal ideas, and more. There is no judgement on short comings, just ladies in the same boat who are coming together to help one another.

The group has only been up this week and I'm quite enjoying it. It has really helped me to stay on plan. I'm loving seeing the tips, prayer requests, and meals of all the other ladies.

My Reason for Doing the Challenge

I've been off and on THM for 13 months. The first 6 on I didn't cheat any. My weight went from 180 to 134. My skin looked amazing, my body looked amazing (in my eyes, lol), & I felt amazing. Honestly, I've never had more energy than I did those 7 months. I kept up with my wild boys without getting tired. My stomach problems went away, my headaches weren't as frequent, and my mood was great.  Basically, I felt like a million bucks!

Recently, I had to go back to work after being off for a year. These past 2 months have been stressful because I hate being away from my boys and because we are gone constantly. I get up at 4:30, leave by 6:40, and don't get home until around 6. This has led to a lot of poor food choices and a 15 pound weight gain.Now on top of tiredness and work stress, I feel horrible about myself. 

I decided to do this challenge because I can't control the circumstances that led to me having to go back to work but I can control how I react and eat. I'm tired of not having any energy, of feeling embarrassed about my weight,  and feeling sorry for myself.

These next 2 months I'm going to stay on plan, exercise at least 3 days a week, and have a better attitude about things I can't control.

My Starting Measurements
Weight: fluctuates between 146 and 151.
Waist: 33 1/2"
Hips: 38 1/2"
Bust: 34"

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Essential Oil 101


I truly believe everyone should use or at least try oils. I guess that's the crunchy mama in me! Essential oils have so many benefits that it would take me a year of blog posts to cover them all. 

My journey with essential oils started last October. I can tell you with all certainty that they have really enriched our lives! We use them to clean, to treat illness, to boost our mood, to scent our home naturally, to cook, to treat our animals, to replace cosmetics, and so much more!

When I decided to start this chapter of our life, I was muddled down in information. I decided to write this post as an introductory to essential oils.

Why Young Living Oils

Before we get down to the nitty gritty, I want to let you know why I use the oils that I use. Over the course of the past year, I have used 5 different brands of essential oils. There were 2 we used more than others. One was Young Living Oils and the other was a cheaper non-MLM option. What I noticed with the cheaper oil was that it smelled different than my Young Living Oils (YL). For example...the cheap brand of peppermint smelled like peppermint candy. YL Peppermint Essential Oil smelled like mint from the garden. This made me wonder if the cheaper brand had some synthetic that made it have that candy odor. I noticed this with several of their other oils compared to my YL Oils.

The other thing that I noticed was the big thing that made us go back to Young Living. When I used their oils for sickness or to help the boys sleep, it didn't work well or at all. Young Living Peace & Calming will knock the kiddos out within 10 minutes. They have also cured any sickness we have used them for.

Through all this trial and error, I feel that Young Living Oils are the most pure and potent brand of essential oils. They are the only ones I feel safe using with my family and animals. I also think because of how well they work I am able to get more for my money which is good for a mom on a budget!

Seed to Seal is another reason I love Young Living. This little graphic can give you more details.  You can also read about it on the Young Living website.


What are Essential Oils

Essential oils are made from the volatile liquids of a plant. They are obtained from properly distilling any part of the part including the seeds, roots, bark, stems, leaves, fruit, flowers or branches. Essential oils have been used throughout the ages in many, many cultures.  These cultures have used them not only for their fragrance, but also for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Current scientific studies and natural approaches to health and wellness are bringing these amazing oils to the main stream.

What are Pure, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

In short layman's terms, therapeutic grade oils are oils that contain no synthetics. Therapeutic oils are unadulterated and are distilled using gentle steaming methods or cold pressing. These are the types of oils that you can use on your family without worrying. When looking for a brand of pure oils, you need to do your research.

Can Essential Oils be Harmful?  

Essential Oils are very, very potent. They are highly concentrated versions of their wild counterparts. A lot of oils are 100-300 times more potent than extracts. Because oils are concentrated,you need to dilute them before using. I usually use about 1 drop to 1 tsp of carrier oil. 

Essential Oils can be harmful if not used properly, if they are not pure, or if they are ingested when they aren't supposed to be. Some oils should never be ingested and could make you very sick. Oils that can be ingested will have it on their label. 

Young Living Essential Oils are not only therapeutic-grade in quality but many of them are so safe they are certified by the Food and Drug Administration as GRAS or FA.
  • If it is GRAS then it has a proven track record of safety for consumption and is certified by the Food and Drug Administration as generally recognized as safe.
  • If it is FA then it means it has no track record but has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a safe food additive.

*Keep in mind that this info is only for Young Living Oils. They are the only ones that I will ingest. Ingesting impure oils is incredibly dangerous. The FDA list for GRAS oils is linked here.

* When using essential oils with children, always use caution.  I personally don't use oils on the boys without a carrier oil.


How to Use Essential Oils 

Essential oils can be used  aromatically, topically, and internally. Instead of getting into each of these. I am going to link you to some of the sites that I think to a good job  of explaining each one.

Young Living

Taking Charge of Health and Well Being

Finding Info to Help You Get Started

Getting started with essential oils is a daunting and confusing journey! There is so much conflicting information on which brand of oils are the purest, which type of oil is best for certain ailments, and pretty much everything else under the sun. I personally think the best way to start with reading books written by essential oil experts. That may just be the nerdy English teacher in me though! Besides books, I found speaking to seasoned oilers was one of the best ways that I learned.

Here are my book recommendations for getting started.
  •   Dr. Moms EOs First Aid by Judy Jehn, RMT & Brenda Sheldon, RMT
  • When Modern Medicine Fails A Definitive Guide to EOs That Could Save Your Life During a Crisis by Dr. Scott A. Johnson, 
  •  Chemistry of Essential Oils by David Steward-Tropical Traditions
  •  Young Living Pocket Reference
  • Gentle Babies by Debra Reybern


So I feel like I've hit you with a lot of information. Check back tomorrow to see my favorite oils and their uses. If you would like more information on Young Living Oils, you can reach me though the contact form at the side of the page or through facebook.

 

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