Green Mango Protein Smoothie

I have plenty of produce that needs to be eaten!  Why not make a smoothie out of it!

We buy in bulk so there are always food products in our pantry.  We NEVER buy junk food and always keep healthy snacks around.  That’s the best way to be consistent with our healthy lifestyle.  If we feel like having a cheat meal or snack then we have to cough up more $$ and go out to buy it.  That’s also a great way to resist the temptation of eating junk.

I always keep milled flaxseed in the pantry along with my protein.  It’s a great organic form of fiber.  Premium Gold Flaxseed is the only brand I purchase.  It is sold in bulk at Costco.

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Most of my produce withe comes from local farmers markets or Sprouts Farmers Market.  The best quality produce we have found is at Sprouts.  Other local grocery stores carry produce that is either too ripe or not ripe enough. Costco has some great frozen organic fruits and veggie in bulk.  Costco carries Sunrise Growers organic fruits.  They also carry Cellucor products for at a bigger discount than any other store.

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Check out the smoothie recipe below.  Let me know what you think!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae :)

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1st Giveaway!!

Okay ladies and gents!! I realized I am almost 100 “likes” on my Facebook page

I am doing a giveaway as soon as I reach 150 “likes” on my fb page.   Watch the YouTube video from the link below to find out what I’m giving away and how to enter.

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Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

Twice Baked Stuffed Eggplant Boats

I was walking around Sprouts after a tough workout at X-Train and my stomach was growling like crazy.  It is NEVER good to go to a grocery store on an empty stomach especially after working out.  I grabbed some eggplant, veggies, pasta sauce and headed out before buying the entire store.  One thing I did buy was nuts in the bulk section.  I was proud that I did not eat the whole bag in the car!

While drinking a protein shake I decided to experiment in the kitchen.  That experiment made a huge mess but was also a huge success! Below is the recipe for my Twice Baked Stuffed Eggplant Boats!  I am so excited to share this with you!

One of my favorite brands of pasta sauce that I used in the recipe is Muir Glen.  Luckily, the sauces were on sale for &1.99 at Sprouts so bought three jars!!!

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The stuffing for the boats.

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Stuffing the boats very high!

Here is the recipe! Enjoy!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

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Paleo Almond Flour Biscuits

Anyone that is very close to me knows that I am a huge sucker for biscuits! When it comes to weekend brunch, biscuits is all I want to eat!  My stomach is not in agreement with me so I have to limit myself and come up with alternatives.  The recipe below is one that I have experimented with for a bit.  I have a few others but those need some fixing…

In the recipe I used Carrington Farms coconut oil and Honeyville blanched almond flour.  Both were purchased at Costco.

These guilt free biscuits are delicious! They do not rise as much as regular flour biscuits, are not as flaky and are a bit dense.  One is a perfect serving for someone like me!

Try the recipe and let me know what you think! Please share, comment and follow my blog.

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

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Sour cucumber snack

One of my favorite snacks is this sour cucumber bowl!!

 

It’s a super cheap, easy and quick snack.

All you need is peeled and sliced cucumber, fresh lemon juice, a bit if sea salt and some cayenne pepper for a kick!  It’s also a great way to clean your palate. 

Put everything in a bowl and enjoy!

Let me know what you think!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

Cute thrift finds

What do we do for fun? We thrift! A couple of times a week the hubs and I go thrifting.  Austin, Texas is a great place for that!

Pictured below is a Roxy girls dress $3.99 (Goodwill), red necklace $1.99 (Salvation Army) and red earrings &0.99 (Salvation Army).

 

Come back to check out more of my thrift finds!!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

My personal motivation

Lately I have been pushing myself to lift more, add more sets and concentrate on the present.  It has been difficult yet easy at the same time.  The difficulty comes from lack of sleep (I’m a night owl and can’t get my butt to bed early), fatigue, stress and my schedule.  The easiness comes from my determination and dedication as a musician, goals I’ve set for myself and my dedicated husband.  

Yes, I am a musician.  I studied clarinet (classical) for over 13 years.  In high school I was in the marching band.  I practiced before school, during lunch, and even after evening marching practice.  In high school we marched in the very humid and 100+ degree heat.  We learned structure, discipline, responsibility and team work.  Later I practiced my instrument for over 5 hours a day while in college.  The skills I gained as a musician are amazing and irreplaceable.  My training involved learning from mistakes and pushing myself to reach multiple goals at a time.  I was frustrated, angry and sad many times but never gave up.  A musician is strong in breath and in various detailed techniques.  I never realized that I was using that dedication for health and muscle strength until recently.  I have been so motivated and dedicated to working out and making sure I use correct posture.  I also think about my breathing and pushing myself to reach further goals that I never thought I would surpass.  

Goals…. We can write them down, think of them, tell someone about them but they mean nothing till we act on them.  A few years ago, all I could curl was 10 pound hand weights.  I never thought I would be able to lift anymore.  It wasn’t until I got injured while running that I had to look for other ways to feed my workout craving.  I began attending a small local gym and trained with an awesome trainer that pushed me to levels I thought were beyond my reach.  Now I can curl 20 pound hand weights and I’m on my way to 22s.  I can go up to 50 pounds on a cable machine too!  If you saw my petite frame, you would never think I could lift that much.  I’m honestly shocking myself!!  I have new personal goals that I’m getting even closer to but  making sure I put them in action.

My husband.  He drives me nuts but I love the guy!  Something we have always had in common is working out. He is also very dedicated to his own health but in his own way for various reasons.  One reason is his scoliosis.  His spine is curved.  To keep his back muscles active he works out quite a bit.  On average we workout 5-6 times a week.  If I am not at my local gym then I go to a 24 hour gym with him. His strength and determination motivates me.  His need to go to the gym motivated me.  Our future together motivates me.  The children we hope to have in the future motivate me.  My want to be that “fit mom” motivates me.  My husbands scoliosis motivates me.  I’m honestly scared that in the near future his back will become more painful and I will be taking care of him. I’m ready to take that role if the day comes but I’m just scared for him. He loves to workout and he would absolutely hate to stop because of his back.  It’s not a disability as he is very able to live a normal and for life.

There are so many things and people out there that can motivate you.  Find them!  Create goals for yourself.  Even if it’s walking 20 minutes a day or drinking one less can of soda a day.  The difficult part is putting those goals into action.  Don’t expect to teach them over night either.  It will take time.  Go out there and do it!  Don’t let anything stop you! 

Whole Foods & Protein Smoothie

Today we had a long workout at the gym.  I pushed myself a little too far working out back and legs.  Now I’m a hungry beast!!! We decided to go to Whole Foods for some grub.  To save money and get a quick eat, we decided to order a pizza. This is pretty rare for us but you can get a good deal on a pizza at Whole Foods.

The hubs digging into our pizza.

We ordered a large whole grain pizza with roasted red peppers, spinach, pepperoni and riccota.  The total cost was $14.99!  The pizza was going to take about 20 minutes to bake so we decided to try a new smoothie from their smoothie bar.

My new friend Ashley B helped us decide on an awesome post-workout smoothie.  It has coconut water, whey protein, bananas, strawberry, flaxseed, bluebonnet extreme edge post workout, and vanilla Greek yogurt.  Ashley suggested we try the smoothie with the chocolate whey protein and said it was very good.  She was right!! While we waited, Ashley let us try out her “secret” smoothie called the Blue Moon. It was so delicious!!! I’m ordering it the next time I visit Whole Foods! The Blue Moon has blueberries, bananas, 1/2 a cup of coconut water and unsweetened almond milk and a scoop if coconut oil.  She even gave me a tip on how much liquid to put in a smoothie.  Basically, if your want to make a 16oz smoothie, fill it up half way with the liquids, pour that in the blender and add the other ingredients.    Voilà, you have an awesome smoothie!

Ashley B from Whole Foods at the Domain in Austin, Texas!

Thanks so much Ashley B!!!  We hope to see you the next time we visit Whole  Foods!

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae

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Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

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It’s that time of year! The fall season is coming to an end and it is finally cooling down here in Austin, Texas. I love the cool weather as long as it doesn’t ice or snow. (Typical Texan!) I decided to cook up some soup to go along with the amazing weather we have had recently.   Plus, we need to get back to our regular eating habits. I have not been very good at my healthy lifestyle with such a busy schedule the past two weeks. Time to get back to it! No excuses!!

This recipe is very big because everything is big in Texas! It is perfect for a large family or a very hungry husband like mine. The recipe calls for a rotisserie chicken. The easiest, cheapest and less time-consuming option is to buy a cooked rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store. The best, biggest and cheapest we have found is at Costco. Sprouts Farmers Market has some good options as well. Our other grocery store is HEB. Theirs are quite good but are more expensive than the rotisserie chicken at Costco.

Here is the recipe! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

You can cook the soup in a crock-pot for 2 hours or just cook on the stove on high heat in a large pot. You can limit the Serrano peppers and use half the chipotle peppers if you don’t like as much spice in your life. We all need some spice in our lives!

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Ingredients

1 whole rotisserie chicken shredded

2 cartons or 8 cups of chicken stock (I use Kirkland Organic Chicken Stock)

2 cups of chopped cilantro

1 can of chipotle peppers (3.5 oz)

1 can diced green chilies (4 oz)

1 can black beans

1 chopped large tomato or 1 can of diced tomatoes

¼ c chopped white onion

2 finely chopped medium-sized Serrano peppers

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. ground pepper

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice

2 finely chopped garlic cloves

½ tsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. olive oil

Toppings

Avocado

Mexican blend cheese

crushed Tortilla chips (if that is all you have lying around at home) or tortilla strips

Cilantro

Lime juice

Directions

  • Blend or chop the chipotle peppers if they are not diced. I used a bullet blender.
  • Heat a small skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil, onion, Serrano peppers, garlic, green chilies, and chipotle peppers. Sauté until onion and peppers brown.
  • In the large pot over the stove (or the crock-pot) add the chicken stock, shredded chicken, sautéed onion and pepper mix, tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, ground pepper and black beans. Heat on medium-high until the soup begins to boil. Set the temp to low-medium and place a lid on the pot.  Allow the soup to soak in all the flavors for about 10-15 minutes.  If you use a crock-pot, it should be set on high for about 2 hours.
  • Serve in a bowl and top with avocado, Mexican blend cheese, tortilla strips (or crushed tortilla chips), cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Cheers!

~Nancy Rae :)