Healthy Garlic Chicken Soup

It’s that time of year again y’all. Holiday season! While it’s the most wonderful time of year, it’s not the most wonderful time of year for our waistline.  I don’t know about your office or school or place you work, but here at mine, this time of year is when people start shoveling in the doughnuts, chocolates, cakes, caramel covered popcorn, cookies…the list could go on and on!

This time of year you must find different foods to combat all of these evil lovable treats. Start eating more vegetables and fruits to keep you full! Find different recipes that will excite your tummy!  I just wanted to share a delish recipe that my friend Jessie from Fashion Life of Marlowe shared with me! ( Thanks Jessie! :D)

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Here’s what you’ll need:

3 medium ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
8 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 whole onion chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup parsley
4 cups water
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Here’s what you’ll do:

Step 1: Place the tomatoes in boiling water for about 1- 2 minutes. Remove from boiling water and start to peel the tomatoes. (Watch out, will be hot so place under cold water for a second, if you must.) Chop the tomatoes and set aside.

Step 2: Chop the onions and set aside.

Step 3: Mince Garlic and set aside.

Step 4: Heat the oil in a large pot. Add pieces of chicken, onions and garlic into pot and heat until chicken is lightly browned.

Step 5: Add parmesan cheese and cook over medium for 2 minutes.

Step 6: Add chopped tomatoes, spices and water and bring to a boil.

Step 7: After you have brought to a boil, lower the temperature a tad and let cook for 15 minutes.

Step 8: After 15 minutes, bring the temperature to medium and add eggs slowly.

Step 9: Cook over low heat for 5 minutes.

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When I say you’ll love this soup, I mean it! It’s now a staple in our house!

Happy Tuesday!

XoXo!

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Let’s Get Back on Track, Jack!

If there is anything I’ve learned in the past few years about a healthy lifestyle, it’s that you have to continually and constantly work at it. Yes, there are going to be times when you have a bad weekend or a bad week or a bad few weeks and that’s ok.

Why is it that it’s SOO easy to put on the pounds and it can be so hard to get them off!? It’s so annoying. This past weekend, I had so much fun in Conway, S.C. with my family but let me tell you, I ATE and ATE! Stepping on the scale Monday morning, I about had a heart attack. That’s one golden rule about the scale, DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT, step on it the day after a binge weekend. It will make you go insane. I stepped on and off the scale about 20 million times thinking the number would somehow magically go down, but it didn’t (DUH).

After you royally mess up on your eating, just remember, one weekend is not going to affect you THAT MUCH. It takes work though and it’s a complete balancing act and losing weight takes time. It’s not going to happen overnight. That’s one thing that I have always had the most trouble with. I will work out reaaalllly hard and then step on the scale and think “well nothing happened “. Well, like I said, it’s not going to happen overnight.  Nothing worth doing ever comes easy. It takes failing and picking yourself back up and starting over and over again.

6 way to get back on track:

  1. Tracking- write down everything you eat and I mean everything. (Yes, even those 3 M&M’s you had after lunch. Did you know to burn off 1 M & M, you have to walk the length of a football field? Wow.)
  2. Buddy Up- Grab a friend and go. Go on a run, go on a walk, or go to the gym. Keep each other accountable. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Brian and I are meeting my Dad and my aunt Angela at the gym at 6 am and if it weren’t for knowing they are there expecting me, I would NOT be there. They keep me motivated to get there.
  3. Sign up for a run, ski trip or a triathlon- Just something to keep working towards. I’ve got something in the works with some of my best girls and I am SO excited to get our training plan started.
  4. Buy some new exercise clothing- nothing gets me more pumped up for some exercise than some new workout clothes.  ( Check out my ideal outfit below)
  5. Goal setting- set some new goals and stick with them. I like short term goals and have been trying to stick with my weekly goals. Short term turns into long term. It’s good to look at the big picture as well, so jot down where you want to be in 6 months and then in one year.
  6. Drink A LOT (No not alcohol lol ) They always say to drink half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water per day. Green Tea is also great because it fills you up but also increases your metabolism.

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