Eating Clean for Staying Lean

Eating Clean Staying Lean

The first Seminar in our Eating Clean for Staying Lean series. Come and learn just what clean eating is all about………what to eat, what to avoid and WHY.  Snacks will be provided and you will leave with a packet of information, tips, tricks, and recipes!  Missed it the last few times, need a refresher, want a friend to come and hear it? Join us on Fri. Feb. 26th at 6:30 pm. Please share and invite your friends! Please contact us with any questions that you may have. Please RSVP by Wed. Feb. 24th.

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Join us to learn more about this HEALTH/WELLNESS company that creates no-compromise products that provide the nutrients and minerals that our food sources just don’t deliver anymore. When we fuel or bodies properly, they perform miracles!

Isagenix has a solution for you no matter your goal; weight loss, energy and performance, healthy aging, or an additional stream of income.  We hope to see you there.

Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans tuna, preferably Albacore
  • 1 small onion , diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tea thyme
  • 1 can or package of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 16 ounce package of frozen petite mixed vegetables
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 2 ounces of cream cheese
  • 2 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, or volby jack work well)
  • Approx. 6 oz noodle of your choice (egg noodles, penne, macaroni)
  • 1/4 cup toasted Panko
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion, celery, ans mushrooms and saute 10 minuets or until soft. Add thyme and stir.
  2. In the meantime, bring pot of water to boil.  Add noodles and cook until tender, but firm.
  3. Add mixed veggies, soup, cream cheese, yogurt and shredded cheddar.  Stir until well incorporated.  Add tuna and stir well.
  4. Add cooked noodles to pan and stir well to coat the noodles.  Cover and allow flavors to meld and noodles to finish cooking, approx 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with a sprinkle of toasted panko and Parmesan cheese.

 

Ranch Chicken Quinoa Bake

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • ranch dip mix (clean premixed packet or see recipe below)
  • 1 can or package cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups broccoli cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup toasted panko or breadcrumbs
  • Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place quinoa, stock, cream of chicken soup and ranch mix in in slow cooker and stir to mix well.
  2. Place chicken breast in and submerge.
  3. Cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  4. During last half hour, add broccoli.   Cover and continue to cook until broccoli is tender.
  5. To serve, chicken can be removed, shredded and stirred throughout or breast can be served whole on top of quinoa mixture.
  6. Place in 4 bowls and top each with shredded cheddar and toasted panko.

Ranch Dip Mix:

  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • pinch of salt

Stir all ingredients together.

Can Gratitude Really Change Your Life???

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Gratitude, or the concept of living your life with gratitude, is not new.  The idea of maintaining the mindset of being grateful for what you have has been around for, well, forever.  So why is gratitude such a buzzword as of late?  Perhaps it is the fast pace of life and the stress and anxiety that it causes.  Being grateful for your life, health, family can help keep perspective, or at least, help us feel like all the hard work is worth it.

Maybe in this society of material want, we have come to the realization that the “stuff” is not making us happy.  Do we really need to acquire the newest and best of things to feel like we are fulfilled?  Isn’t a healthier choice to be satisfied with what we have and not live in want?

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Being grateful for your life as it is also keeps you grounded and present in your now.  We are not always thinking about what we need to have in the future, what we missed out on in the past, or how much better our lives would be if only……………………

So, sure, you may agree with all of that.  It all sounds good, right?  But, tough?  You bet!  Our culture is a more, more, more, more, type thing.  We are taught, conditioned to want the newest, best, biggest, fastest of everything.  We want to have the right house, the right car, go to the right vacation spot, wear the right clothes, and have the right bottom line on our bank statement.  But, what happens when we don’t have and can’t get those things?  Chances are we feel bad. We feel bad about ourselves.  Why aren’t we good enough, successful enough, smart enough to have these things that we want?

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Here we are feeling shortchanged and it makes us negative and, most likely, pretty grumpy.  So, we wake every morning with a feeling of deprivation and want.  We move through the day trying to figure out what to do differently to put us where we think we should be.  Or trying to determine where we went wrong.  This negativity and feeling of low self-worth multiplies.  We are giving fuel to the thoughts and the thoughts manifest into our reality.  Okay……so maybe a bit much for you to swallow, but the idea is there.

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Here is the million dollar question………………..how do we get to a place of gratitude?  How do we wake every day and go to bed every night feeling grateful for the abundance of our lives?  Focus and a bit of effort.

There are many paths that you can take.  Some people find that beginning to meditate helps. Or, perhaps yoga will help with the task of learning to stay in the moment.  A great first start is to just set your intention at the beginning of every day.  As soon as you rise, recite a positive mantra.  This can be whatever is important to you.  Some easy examples:

  • I choose joyfulness
  • I am deserving of happiness
  • My life is full and abundant
  • Money comes easily to me
  • I will turn challenges into new successes

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Or instead of a mantra, you could list five things that you are grateful for every day.

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Health
  • Clients (business)
  • The beauty of nature

You get the idea.  Beginning each day with positive vibes can really help to dictate the direction of your day.  Starting a journal and just taking a minute to quickly jot these things down can reinforce the thoughts.  download (2)

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habits. Talk about your joys.” – Unknown

Beginning to be grateful for where we are and what we have, the abundance of our lives, brings us more abundance.  If you have read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne you most likely know the idea here.  Our focus attracts more of the same.  If we are continuously focused on the negative, we are simply attracting more negativity into our lives.

 

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This is something that I say to myself every day, especially when I can feel a bit of stress or anxiety creeping in.  It helps to put things into perspective.

Final thoughts…………….as with any other form of discipline; healthy eating, exercise, this takes a bit of practice and some time to develop the habit.  But, give it a try.  We owe it to ourselves to be happy and live with joy.  Your life is abundant and full……………you just need to remember it and be grateful!

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