Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Harvest Soup

Welcome to another Fall inspired recipe.  Now, I know that between baking, smoothies and other fall treats you have been making this season you probably have an extra can of pumpkin waiting to be used in your pantry.  Today I wanted to share a soup recipe using very simple ingredients but still sticking to that Fall theme that we all tend to crave as the weather gets cooler.

I love pumpkin anything, I love cozy sweaters, I love Fall recipes and activities...
Can you tell that Fall is my favorite season???... No, OK! 

Harvest Pumpkin Soup
Ingredients:
1/2 cup of chopped onion
2 tbsp of ghee (clarified butter)
2 cups of can or mashed cooked pumpkin (100 % pure pumpkin)
1/2 tbsp. of sea salt
1 tbsp. of coconut sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
1/4 tsp. of nutmeg
1/4 tsp. of ground black pepper
2 1/4 cups of a low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup of coconut milk (from a can, not the carton)

Directions:
Brown the onion in a pan with butter at medium heat.  Once your onion is golder brown, add in your pumpkin and all of the seasoning.  Stir until the seasoning and the pumpkin mixture is well combined.  Slowly add in the chicken broth and heat thoroughly.  Low simmer for about 10 minutes, do not let it come to a boil.  Stir every 2 minutes or so.  Remove from heat and stir in the coconut milk.   Serve and enjoy!

I love pairing mine with a side of brown rice toast for a light lunch or, as a side to a Fall dinner.  
I hope you give this one a try ;o)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Social Media Accounts & Posting Schedules

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  My weekend was an eventful one, to say the least!  It started with a fun interview with @denverhealth (on Instagram) and ended with Christian in the hospital for a broken arm, a bump on the right side of his head as well as stitches on his left ankle.  Fun times, I tell ya, fun times...  In case you were wondering, it was a bicycle accident.  Christian is OK and back to his old self after an intense couple of days.  

I have an adventurous boy, what can I say! 

Speaking of being adventurous and of risky situations, I started posting weekly YouTube videos. My videos will now go up every Friday.  Yesterday, I shared a recipe for my Healthy Chocolates, which I feel is very appropriate for Halloween.  Click HERE if you would like to watch the video.  

I am still learning about the whole filming and editing world however, I thought this video turned out pretty good.  Feel free to hit the SUBSCRIBE button to my channel, so that you do not miss a video.  We can laugh at ME together...lol

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Banana Almond Green Juice/Smoothie

I wanted to thank you for all of your sweet emails and messages regarding my last post.  It was nice to get it off of my chest.  I have been contemplating sharing my story on here for a very long time and I am so glad I finally did.  You guys are the best!

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Anywhosers... I wanted to share what I have been having as an afternoon snack lately.  I feel it is the perfect treat to have when those 2 o'clock or afternoon sugar cravings attack.  This is what I humbly call: a green "juice/smoothie".  I make it using my blender.  So refreshing, sweet and delish!

It is so hard to make a green juice look presentable in pictures but, I assure you it is delicious.

Banana Almond Green Smoothie

Monday, October 20, 2014

My Binge Eating Disorder (BED) Story

Happy Monday!  I hope that you are having a great start to your week. A start full of healthy intentions and a healthy mind.
  
I am sure that by the tittle of this post you kinda know what I will be talking about.  Today I am sharing my Binge Eating Disorder story with you.   This is probably the hardest post I have ever written because it is so personal and this was such a dark place in my life.  However, I get lot of questions and emails about it, so I just had to post it on here. 

I do not want to put out an image of having a healthy lifestyle with no struggles.  I have had a lot of struggles with my relationship with food.  It took me a long time to get here, to have a healthy mind an a healthy body.  Filming a video and sharing my experience made me realize how far I have come, I m very proud of where I am, and I look forward to the future.  It was only a few years ago, and it is a feeling I never thought I would have.

First I want to remind you I am not a registered dietitian nor a nutritionist.  I am not an eating disorder expert, this is just my experience, my story. 

FYI! I filmed a video sharing my BED story.  I encourage you to watch if you are suffering from a similar situation.
Watch below or click here to watch the video.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Easiest!: Crockpot BBQ Chicken

It happened on a football game night (Chistian's game,) I only had 30 minutes to get something in the crock-pot to be able to have dinner ready by the time we got back from the game.  I was nervous about it, but the concoction turned out to be a beautiful thing

This was one of those recipes that I literally, threw together on a busy afternoon using what I had on hand.  It was so popular with the hubby and child that it now has become part of our weekly menu

Now, I am big planner but, this just goes to show that the best recipes are made without a plan.

I love this recipe because it requires only a few  ingredients that most people (or red wine drinkers) have at home.  I love fool proof "go-to" recipes like this, and all crock-pot recipes in general.  Throw everything in there, forget about it, and a few hours later; DING, DING, BOOM, dinner is ready!

 I just had to share it with you... ;o)

Crock-pot Pulled BBQ Chicken

Monday, October 13, 2014

First Impression and Haul: Trader Joe's #ColoradoSprings

Happy Monday!  This is an exciting post for me!   For the last few weeks, I have been holding a humble countdown to the opening of Trader Joe's in Colorado Springs.  I live about 20 minutes away from the store, but since it is the only one around I am considering it a local store for me.

If you have been a reader of this blog for a while then you know that I have been DYING to visit a Trader Joe's.  I have shared my passion for the store so much that on a Foodie Pen Pal box sweet girl Kim, sent me a package from the TJ New York city store.  Check out that post here! 

For those who do not know what a Trader Joe's is (since I am now an expert lol,) here's a little info from their website...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Banana Blueberry Protein Waffles

Have you seen the workout challenge I posted on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter yesterday??...
I challenge you to perform this workout at least two times this week.  If you give it a try do not forget to tag me on Instagram @ahealthier_fitterme.  Would love to hear how it went for you!

OK... on to  THE WAFFLES!

I posted a photo of my recent breakfast obsession on Instagram and a couple of you wanted the recipe.  Can ya tell how much I love Instagram....?   No? OK!  Anyway...  These are super simple and could easily be converted to paleo if you use an animal protein based powder.  
I hope you give this one a try!

Gluten Free Banana Blueberry Protein Waffles