Oh nuts! Really…

How awesome The Ultimate Guide to Nutsare nuts??  Granted, I hated when Grandma put nuts in her cookies and brownies, but they’re yummy, the perfect snack, and have great nutritional value (without the brownie or cookie part). I ran into this “Ultimate Guide to Nuts” picture and had to share it with my blog readers. Do you have a candy bowl at work? Replace that sugar filled snack with a handful of calcium, iron, and fiber packed almonds. Or you could be having a holiday party at your house this year. In that case, replace the chips and salsa with some in-shell nuts for your guests to have fun cracking instead of chowing down on junk food before the turkey is ready. Nuts can be a positive replacement for a lot of different things, use your imagination! This picture only recommends your diet to be 20-30% of your daily calories from fat and, of course, I recommend about double of that as you are on a low carbohydrate lifestyle. Also, like most snacks, nuts are also something you should enjoy in moderation, so snack responsibly. I know the picture might be a little small and hard to read, so here’s the link to the website I got it from-

http://greatist.com/health/types-of-nut-infographic/

Enjoy!!

Hello Booty!!

Ms. Kim What’s-her-face Kardashain won’t have anything on you when you get done doing this booty workout. Do this 2-3 times per week and you’ll definitely feel the results!

  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 20 lunges (10 per leg)
  • 15 squats

  • 10 plie squats

  • 20 side lunges (10 each leg)

  • 30 glute kickbacks (15 each leg)

  • 20 short bridges

  • 20 side leg lifts (10 each side)

brownie points if you put a plank with it

  • 20 glute kickbacks
  • 15 squats
  • 10 plie squats
  • 20 jumping jacks

I very highly recommend once you get through this a time or two to add weight. It’s almost Halloween so pick up one of your pumpkins for the squats and plie squats. Just take a look around the house to see what you can grab to add weight! Now get to it, because I know you want to work on that hiney of yours 🙂

Chicken tortilla soup- so good!

So I got so excited when I got a crock pot and went out and bought a southwest slow cooking recipe book. Little did I know that I would soon find out how to cook the best chicken tortilla soup ever. I made it over the weekend for some friends and it was a huge hit so I thought I would share it with my blog readers! Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped (I used the canned ones and they worked perfectly)
  • 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 green chiles, roasted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups red chile sauce
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced (definitely a must!)
  • 2 limes
  • cilantro
  • monterey jack cheese, shredded

Saute the onions in a skillet with the olive oil. In the slow cooker, combine the sauteed onions, garlic, jalapeno, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chiles, cumin, cayenne, cornmeal, chicken stock, red chile sauce, and chicken breasts. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Remove chicken, shred with a fork, and return to the slow cooker. Add avocado, cover, and cook on low until soup is thoroughly heated. Spoon soup into individual serving bowls and garnish with lime juice, cilantro, and cheese. Then enjoy the best tortilla soup you’ve ever had in your life and spread the love by sharing with friends and family. Makes 4-6 servings.

Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I am absolutely crazy for soup. I made the batch x1.5 so I would have enough left over to hold me over until I have soup coming out of my ears. I also didn’t add the avocado until the soup was spooned into the individual bowls because I knew there was going to be left overs and wasn’t sure how the avocado would hold up. Get to cookin’!