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

Healthy Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Dessert is my favorite meal of the day. It always has been, and it always will be!! But that is also what caused me to spend most of my life a tad bit on the chunky side haha. After gaining over 60lbs with my first child, I realized I had to make some changes!! For awhile, I cut out all dessert, but that was just miserable and did not last long! Eventaully, I learned the key was NOT to cut out dessert, but find ways to make it healthier and have it in moderation.
This is one of my favorites! You can do them as muffins or brownies. I make a big batch and stick them in the freezer and then just warm them up for a treat. I also like to add a little whipped cream to mine. Delicious, healthy, and takes care of that chocolate craving!
INGREDIENTS:12003862_549722285178617_6039242230941085087_n
1 egg
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Mashed Bananas
1 cup oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease the muffin pan. Combine the egg, sugar, applesauce, and vanilla Blend the bananas and then add them to the mixture. Mix the dry ingredients and then combine them all and stir until well mixed. Add chocolate chips. Bake for about 20-25 minutes for regular muffins . Once they are cooled, you can also freeze these and then just heat them up when you want one!

 

 
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.

detox foods

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

Morning Madness

Are mornings crazy in your house?? They are in mine! Do you struggle to find a healthy breakfast for your kids?? Three words: Banana Chocolate Muffins.

 

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Mornings are crazy in my house. My husband works weird hours and normally by the time he gets home we have all been at the park for an hour. So breakfast for my 5, 3 and 1 year old falls all on me, and I’m not exactly a morning person. Plus when my baby wakes up, he wants me to hold him. And he wakes up usually around 6:30am so not much time for me to cook. I’m a very healthy eater myself so giving my kids high sugar foods for breakfast is just not something I do. And thus began the search for some good breakfast options for them as we all know kids are picky eaters.

This is my favorite!!! Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins!!! They use greek yogurt, oats, and bananas so the kids are getting good foods plus those chocolate chips help them to think they are eating a dessert. Mom approved, and loved by kids!! I bake a big batch once a month and put them in the freezer. That way during the crazy mornings, I can pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds and breakfast is served. Oh, and these all make a great evening snack when that chocolate craving comes on!

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INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 cup Vanilla Greek yogurt
  2. 2 ripe bananas
  3. ½ Cup Egg Whites
  4. 2 cups rolled oats (old fashioned or quick)
  5. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, mini or regular

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and spray a muffin pan with cooking spray or lining them with paper liners.
  2. Pour the bananas into a blender and mix until they are smooth. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a mix bowl and stir until they are creamy. Add in chocolate chips.
  3. Pour batter into the muffin pan, filling each about 3/4s the way to the top.
  4. Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until they are firm
  5. I store mine in the freezer and cook in the microwave for 30 seconds.

 

 

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