Healthy Crock Pot Chili

One of the only things I like about winter is getting to eat lots of soup!! I’m one of those people who can’t eat soup when its hot outside, so I really enjoy it for most of the winter. I normally make 4 different types of soup, and freeze them so we have an easy meal every week. Chili is one of the favorites in my house, my 18 month old LOVES chili!! I like it as its packed full of protein, healthy, and fills you up! Plus this recipe is super easy and makes a huge batch so I also have something for lunch all week too. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

 

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Ingredients 

1 Lb. Lean Ground Turkey

1 Onion

1 Yellow Pepper

1 Red Pepper

2 Cans Tomato Sauce (15 Oz)

2 Can Diced Tomatoes (15 Oz)

2 Cans Black Beans (15 Oz)

2 Cans Kidney Beans (15 Oz)

1 Cup Frozen Corn

1 Tbsp Chili Powder (add more if you like your chili to have a kick!)

1 Tbsp Cumin

1 Tsp Salt

½ Tsp Pepper

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

 

Directions

10353088_1061867783846687_4815752159621034768_nPour the olive oil into a saute pan and cook the ground turkey. While it’s cooking, chop up the onion and peppers and pour them in the crock pot. Rinse off the beans and add those to the crock pot too. Next add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Once the ground turkey is brown, add it to the crock pot along with the corn. Stir the ingredients in the crock pot. Next add the spices and stir again. One everything has been stirred, turn the crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours (or 4 hours on high).

Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!!

You can also freeze this and warm it up when you need it!

 

 

 

Dana

Bye Bye Belly Bloat

When it comes time to get yourself on track with your nutrition, many people ask where do they start?? I’m personally a big fan of a detox/clean eating plan to help launch you onto you healthy eating plan. Now I know what you are thinking, and nope this is not one of those weird things where you drink green juice for 3 days. Its simply a clean eating food plan, with the option to use a plant based drink, to help get your body back on track.

 

1888590_10151937408343364_473944547_nThe reason I like to do this is it helps to get toxins out, plus for many people who follow it, it takes away the cravings for sweets! It also gives you an energy boost which is a big help for most people!!!

 

How does it work?? You simply follow my meal plan! You can substitute as needed but the closer you follow the plan, the better!

 

For breakfast you can have things like oats, greek yogurt, egg whites, or a protein shake.

 

Lunch options are sweet potatoes, brown rice, any vegetables, and protein such as chicken, ground turkey, fish or tuna.

 

Afternoon snacks are items like hard boiled egg whites, almonds or a protein shake.

 

Dinner includes a meat of your choice, more veggies, and brown rice or sweet potato.

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As you can see, its plenty of food and your portions can be adjusted to meet your own personal needs. The point of these foods is to eat clean items, not things that are processed and high in sugar.

 

You can also use a plant based detox drink to really see some truly amazing results. I love using this and am amazed how great I feel after!! With this drink, you are truly detoxing your body!!10730959_881109898589144_6589449028529981948_n

 

This plan is great to start your nutrition and fitness goals, get ready for a beach trip, or just get yourself back on track after an indulging weekend. Whatever your needs, it will work great for you! Go check out some of the results and testimonials of the over 300 people who have used it here.

Dana

A Day In The Life Of A Work From Home Mom

One of the most common things I hear from people is asking how I balance everything. The truth is, some days I do a horrible job at it!!! But on those days, I look at what I can do better and consider it a learning experience. Part of parenting is just going with the flow so sometimes I get a lot accomplished…others days NOTHING! But I’ve learned balanced, and to work smarter, not harder. Here is a normal day for me!
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5am- Wakeup and workout time. Im a much better mom and person when I get my daily sweat on. Not to mention I feel so much more productive!

6am- QUICK shower as my oldest 2 wake up not long after 6.

7am- Breakfast and coffee and the baby wakes up.

11257169_978800182153448_2016610009117767100_n8am- Park time and walk. We have 4 parks withing 15 minutes and all have awesome trails so we go every morning. I get a walk in first and then we play!

10am- Baby takes a nap and this is my work time. My oldest 2 play games, draw,do puzzles and work on colors and letters during this time too.

12pm- Lunch time!

1-3pm- Play time which usually consists of pool, back yard, or bike riding

11013536_10152920547104576_4049153552323311074_n3pm- Nap time for baby Liam! Will plays his tablet on the couch with me while I get some work done and Adalyn “watches” a movie. AKA she falls asleep.

5:30pm- Dinner time

6:00pm- Playing outside or going for an evening walk as a family.

7pm- Baby Liam gets sung to and tucked in by the whole family

10930867_10152906729574576_6134374952763433286_n8pm- Will and Adalyn go to bed (hopefully)

8pm- Tv Time with my hubby

9pm- work for a few minutes and then BED!

It’s a busy life, I stick to my schedule as best as I can, and I remember to enjoy every moment of it as whats most important is having time with my family!!!

Dana

We All Scream For Ice Cream

As summer time approaches, many of us like to indulge in our favorite warm weather treat, Ice Cream!!! But regular ice cream can be high in fat and calories and put a stop to your weight loss goals. Instead, reach for a healthier yet still just as delicious, treat!!

Your best bet is going to be frozen yogurt, or a home made smoothie with fruit. Those are usually the lowest in calories and fat and they use real sugar, not substitutes or additives. In the calorie department, nonfat frozen yogurt is the best choice by far. Usually it ranges around 100 calories per servings with zero grams of fat. What makes it even better is it often has good for you probiotics in it which gives you live cultures to promote good gut health. For added protein, look for frozen yogurt that is made with greek yogurt.

Smoothies are a great choice as they are packed full of vitamins from the fruit. Throwing in some greek yogurt also gives you probitotics and extra protein. To up the protein, add a scopp of protein powder ( I like Try About Time Vanilla, use code TDF for a 25% off discount).

Here is my favorite smoothie recipe:

1/2 Cup Low Sugar Apple Juice

1 Cup Mixed Fruit (strawberries, mango, peaches, and bananas)

1 Cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt

1 Scoop Try About Time Vanilla Protein Powder

8-10 Ice Cubes (If your fruit is frozen, skip the ice)

Blend and Enjoy!!!

 

Here are some other good choices.

 

So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Ice Cream: Comes in many flavors ranging from vanilla to chocolate to ore. They are 100 calories per serving, 7 grams of fat, and 1 gram of protein.

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Arctic Zero: 75 calories per serving, 3 grams of protein, and 2.5 grams of fat! Flavors range from coffee, to cookie dough to key lime pie! Lactose free, gluten free, nut free.

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Häagen-Dazs Cranberry Blueberry Fat Free Sorbet: 100 calories per serving and 0 grams of fat. Made from cranberries and blueberries.

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Baskin-Robbins Light Aloha Brownie Ice Cream: 160 calories per serving with 5 grams of fat. Made with fudge and chunks of macadamia nut toffee

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Haagen-Dazs fat free sorbet mango: Great choice for only 120 calories per serving and 0 grams of fat

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Ben & Jerry’s Black Raspberry Swirl Low Fat Frozen Yogurt: 140 calories, 1.5 grams of fat

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What is your favorite type of healthy sweet dessert to have during the summer? I would love to hear!!

Dana

The Drive

My biggest fear with our move from Virginia to Georgia was the drive. My oldest son gets car sick, and my youngest hates the car. Luckily my daughter enjoys car rides so at least I had one I didn’t have to worry about. The scary part for me was the fact I was driving by myself with all three of them!

Our goal was to leave around 5am so they would sleep a few hours in the car….ya, that didn’t happen! About 30 minutes into the drive Will started getting sick and asking me to stop. Then after we stopped, Adalyn, who never gets sick, started getting sick!! And of course this made the baby wake up so it was a car full of nerves! To add to that, I’m not a big night driver and the highway we were on was all semis. I don’t know if its just me, but they have some crazy lights on those trucks and I swear I felt like I could hardly see the road.

It took us about 2hrs to go 60 miles. I’m not sure who was crying more at the start of the trip, me or the kids haha. I had a nice long chat with God though and one of my best friends said the words I needed to hear, “You can do this!” For me, nothing is worse than when my kids are miserable and it breaks my heart to hear them upset or in pain. It was the longest drive of my life, but we all made it and decided no more long car rides for the next 10 years haha!!!

I did learn some interesting things after spending 13hrs in a car…..11103024_10152829499969576_5239625367741261538_n

  • Nacho Doritos are great for kids with an upset stomach! That was the only thing Will would eat and he kept it down!!! Who would have thought?!?!
  • Rest stops have great outdoor areas for kids to run around!!! And for Mom’s to do some walking lunges and wake up a bit haha
  • DVD’s players in cars REALLY need a remote control!!! It is super hard to try and push those buttons while on a highway!!!
  • If your child gets car sick, you can NEVER have too many trash bags in your car. And even if your child doesn’t get sick, have them anyway and space them out around the car!!! Trust me, this is VERY important!!
  • Kelly Clarksons Heart Beat Song is GREAT to dance to in the car to wake yourself up!!! And it apparently provides amusement for other drivers too!
  • The first hour and the last hours are the longest parts of a car ride! You need a recording of yourself saying “No, we aren’t there yet!” so you don’t go hoarse.
  • If your child is watching a new movie, don’t interrupt to ask them if they need to go to the bathroom. They would rather hold it than have to pause their movie.
  • Cars with third rows should come with a “stretch arm” so you can hand things back to the child riding in that row. Especially when everyone in the second row is sound asleep.
  • It never fails, the moment all 3 kids fall asleep, you are going to run out of gas!!!!
  • Coffee is great to keep you alert….but it does cause more bathroom breaks!
  • Nothing feels as good as when your feet touch the ground!!!!

 

Dana