28 Healthy Foods You Should Always Have in Your House

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It’s been awhile since I’ve written. Getting ready for Baby Erin to make her appearance has preoccupied my time and energy, as well as getting used to working from home – I’m a freelance writer and musician/worship director. It’s been an adjustment, but I’m glad that I have the opportunity to stay home with little Erin after she’s born, which should be some time in the next two weeks.

That being said, with all the preparations going on, one thing I’ve been thinking a lot about is what we’ll be eating, especially for the first two weeks. I’ll confess, I probably haven’t done as much freezer cooking as I should. But I have been collecting an arsenal of super easy recipes, and we just got a steal on a new blender, which we desperately needed, so we can make smoothies, after all, if you’re nursing you need something fast right?

Through the years, Micah and I have learned that if we want to eat healthy, there are certain foods we can buy in bulk to have on hand, so we won’t be tempted to grab fast food. Even though there’s two of us, soon to be 3, we’ve learned how to prep and freeze certain foods when they go on sale, so that we can get the best deals,and there are some foods we do eat a lot of quickly. You’re food list might look a lot different than mine, but I’m attaching a list for you to use so you can stock up on these delicious and nutritious foods too. It just so added up that we have 20 staple foods that we keep in our house on a regular basis. This is one of my favorite ways to plan a menu for the week. Why are these our staple foods? Continue reading “28 Healthy Foods You Should Always Have in Your House”

White Bean Chicken Chili – Ebook sneak peak

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It’s finally started to get cooler here! Being from the south, Sometimes the humidity lasts until late September, well here we are and the season of hot cider, chili, and comfort food has finally arrived! Speaking of chili, I’d love to share a recipe from my new Clean Cheap Recipes Collection with you. This is a family favorite, it really is cheap, and you can even make it vegetarian if you wish. We call it White Bean Chicken Chili.This Chili is simply, addictive, but packed with protein and fiber, which provides a lot of filling nutrition. Just don’t go overboard on the tortilla chips.

White Bean Chicken Chili
What you need:
Instructions:
– 3-4 cans of Cannellini
beans, undrained –
low-sodium
-2-3 chicken breasts, cubed
– 1 – 7 oz. can of chopped
green chiles
– 1 tbsp. chili powder
– 1 tbsp cumin
– 1 red onion
– 2 tbsp olive oil
Cube chicken breast and saute with
olive oil until browned. Add in red
onion.Simmer until onion is soft and
add water to make broth. Place chicken
and onions in a large crockpot. Add
beans and green chiles and spices.
Cook in crockpot on med high for 2
hours, stirring occasionally.
1 serving = 8 – 10 oz. c.; 10-12 servings; 1 protein + 1 carb

Not the best pic I know, but hopefully, I’ll be getting a new camera soon! This is an easy meal to make. This is one of my go-to lunches when i know my week is about to get hectic, and it tastes ah-mazing! So enjoy cozying up with a good book and a bowl of this chili. If you enjoyed this recipe, the entire collection is available for purchase and download via the button in the top right-hand corner. Most of these recipes don’t cost an arm and a leg to make, and they don’t take loads of time to prepare. I really hope you enjoyed this Tasty Tuesday post.

What’s in your cart? $30 of Healthy Groceries

Happy Monday! I’m finally recovering from the whirlwind week last week, and getting back on schedule! It was great to spend time with my family, and celebrate my mom’s birthday. We went shopping, seriously, and one of our favorite places to shop is this retail chain in NC and SC called “Hamrick’s”. It’s amazing. Their merchandise selection keeps getting better and better, and this weekend, I’m proud to say that this bargain hunter walked away with a badly needed new pair of ballet flats, a date-night top, a pair of Marika leggings…and a really adorable spring top for (drumroll) $32ish! And the best part: the leggings were only $5!!!!! Micah just got a job closer to home (only 2 miles!) and we’ve been doing 21 Day Fix which is Ah-mazing. I’ve had tummy troubles like IBS my entire life, and the symptoms were GONE by the 3rd day. This is a program we’ll be doing again and again! But you can check all that out on my blog’s 21 Day Fix page. 🙂
This post has been long in coming, but it was inspired by the plethora of people in my life who love to say: “I can’t afford to eat a healthy diet.” Well, good news, you can. I went to the grocery store today, just for you and picked out some amazing foods that are staples of a healthy diet. The best part, I only spent $30.09 for the food pictured below. Through the years, I’ve encountered a lot of people who have heard how important it is to follow a healthy diet, but don’t have any idea of what that means. Let me explain this to you. You need a variety.

What you’re looking at is: 12oz. fresh broccoli
                                            7 bananas
                                            2c. mozzarella cheese
                                            1lb. ground chicken
                                            2 cans no salt added corn
                                            4 cans reduced sodium black beans
                                            2 cans dark red kidney beans
                                            roasted, unsalted peanuts (Make sure there are no added ingredients.)
                                            roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds (I usually buy raw, but they were out.)
                                            1 bag of radishes
                                            2 giant heads of romaine lettuce
                                            1 lg. tub of greek yogurt
                                            1 ginger root
                                            2 bulbs of fresh garlic
I can hear some of you saying where’s the fudge rounds…? Let me explain this: treats are treats…I’ve seen buggies in the store that have about 70% junk food 30% real food. This is where their money is going. They complain about being addicted but have junk food all over their house. Don’t get me wrong, a treat is ok, but if you’re eating a treat everyday, then it’s no longer a treat, it’s part of your diet.

Now to debunk some common misconceptions about healthy eating:

Myth 1: It costs a fortune. You do not need to buy everything organic! I know people that use the cost of organic as an excuse…really? The only ones to be careful about are the dirty dozen, according to my husband, who has a biotechnology degree, and studied what pesticides actually do. Buy in season, and locally, if possible, there’s a reason that this is really popular right now…because it’s cheaper. Buy in bulk. Get another family to go in on the cost of a crate of a particular food. you’ll both benefit from making a healthier choice. Grow your own herbs, instead of paying $3 every time you need fresh rosemary.

Myth 2: I don’t have time. If you’ve never heard of a crockpot, then I suggest that you acquaint yourself with it. This is how I worked 5 jobs and still ate healthily. All is takes is 15 minutes. You actually will spend more time driving somewhere to a drive-thru to eat a much less healthy meal.

Myth 3: Healthy food tastes bad. Trust me, we make some delicious stuff at our house, chili, protein cookies, etc. I had PF Chang’s-inspired clean chicken lettuce wraps for lunch….nom, nom. We don’t eat cardboard. You don’t need all that added junk. I looked at the label for corn meal the other day and 9 out of 10 brands had added wheat flour. We’ve duped ourselves into thinking we need all those fillers, like MSG, bleached flour, modified food starch, but we’re wrong.

Myth 4: I’ll still be hungry all the time. If you’re eating the right portions, the right calories for your activity level and getting enough protein and fiber, that won’t be the case.

Do some research? How healthy is your daily food intake, really?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Julie

A Chili Recipe for Chilly Evenings Ahead

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I’ve been experiencing internet difficulties, so this is why I’m posting this recipe so late today. Are you looking for an easy, yet satisfying crockpot meal for all your get-togethers, and those crazy weeknights? Never fear my white bean chicken chili is hear, and my family tells me it’s quite scrumptious, and super easy to make.

White Bean Chicken Chili
4 cans great northern beans
1-7 oz can of chopped green chiles
1 yellow onion, sliced and sauted
1 Tbsp. canola oil
2 chicken breasts, cubed and browned
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
1 c. water

Cube chicken and add onions just before chicken is cooked through. Do this on medium-low heat so as not to overcook the chicken. Add all ingredients to a large crock pot and stir. Cook on medium for 3 hours. Enjoy!

Micah loves this meal, and this chili even pleases the most finicky eaters in our family! This is a great meal after a long run or a grueling workout class!