Fit(…ish)

Food seems to be the theme of my postings lately, which is just fine as I really love food.  At the same time, I do feel guilty posting so many unhealthy recipes and meals out when I try to maintain a fairly healthy lifestyle.

I often refer to it as living Fit…ish.

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The question I’m asked most often is have I kept off the 100 pounds that I lost over the last several years, or like many who undergo such a drastic transformation, have I put it back on?

The truth is, I’ve gained and lost the same 20 pounds multiple times over the last two years, staying fairly consistent with someone in maintenance.  I know very few people that don’t fluctuate with their weight over time.   The key is maintaining, knowing when to make changes and catch yourself when falling back into bad habits.  At this moment I am on the heavier side of that 20 pounds.  While I know how to eat and how to exercise, I am still am emotional eater, so when stress sets in (moving, owing taxes, transmission going out in my car, having a car accident….) I eat.

{And y’all, I do love food.}

The gym is still my best friend, which really helps with maintaining my weight, and I do eat pretty healthy throughout the week.  Recently though, maintenance is not enough and I really want to finish the journey that began over four years ago.  I’ve not posted on a healthy lifestyle in quite a while and with summer right around the corner, there is even more desire to feel great as well as a desire to look good before vacations and weekend adventures.

Even though the calendar announced spring, winter and dreary weather seems to be lingering around.  When the weather is dreary I love a flavorful soup for my lunch!

Using simple, but fresh ingredients, this quick recipe for one makes a delicious and filling meal full of healthy benefits!

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Add to your shopping list, organic chicken bone broth, baby kale, yellow bell pepper, purple potatoes(just because they are so pretty!), garlic, lemon, baby bellas, and avocado oil.

 

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First, you’ll make a lemon based chicken broth for your soup, then add the veggies (starting with the potatoes so they can soften), simmering for the flavors to blend and the kale to wilt.  Baby kale is not as bitter as traditionally served kale, so I really like using it.

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I top my soup off with a little avocado oil for the addition of a healthy fat.

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Season with black pepper and you have a savory soup that leaves you filled with energy instead of feeling lethargic and bloated.

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You can print off the full recipe for Simple Kale & Potato Soup here.  Just double it if you want to share.

Here’s to kicking off a healthy spring and reaching all of our goals!

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Cinnamon Valentine’s Day Bark

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yesterday evening my girlfriend Tammie and I spent time in the kitchen making a few last minute treats to share for Valentine’s Day.

 {Treasure time with your girlfriends y’all, even if it is nothing more than baking!}

Not only were our treats super easy to make, but we really had a wonderful time catching up with each other as our schedules have been rather full lately.

We whipped up two recipes I have shared earlier on the blog: Cupid’s Crunch and Valentine’s themed Rice Krispies Treats, then proceeded to make Valentine’s Day Bark.

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One thing I love about recipes like this is they are super versatile and ingredients are always easy to find!  Tammie and I each made our bark a little differently as she isn’t a fan of cinnamon, and it worked out wonderfully!

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1 pkg pink colored candy melts (from Michaels or Hobby Lobby)

1 pkg white candy melts

Sprinkles

M&M’s

Red Hots

Melt the pink candy melts and spread evenly on a piece of parchment paper. Allow to set firm (about an hour). Melt the white candy melts and spread evenly over the top of the pink. Top with M&Ms, red hots and sprinkles. Allow to set an hour before breaking a part.

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Tammie used almonds to replace the red hots which added a little salty flavor to the sweetness of the bark.

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Either way it just delicious!

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With all of our sweet treats ready, our kiddos will enjoy a little extra something this Valentine’s Day totally made with love.

If you want to ship goodies these three recipes I shared over the last few days work perfectly because they don’t crumble as easy.

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I’m a firm  believer that it’s the little thing we do for those we love that make Valentine’s Day special, and not the greeting card company! Make today special and enjoy it with those around you!  A small act of kindness from love in your heart can go a long way to making someone’s dreary day brighter!

 

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Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

Each year January comes and goes without a lot of writing from me on the blog.  Some see this a bad thing, but honestly, it’s one of the best practices I’ve established for myself, especially this year.

January is an interesting month.  While it is filled with the newness of a new year, it’s also filled with exhaustion of the old.  Holidays are over, guests have come and gone, the house must be put back to normal, winter sports are in full swing, and planners are just being filled with the excitement that is to come.

As I write this evening I’m sitting in my office; a new space to me that I’m super excited to enjoy.

But today, I’m not sharing my office space (I’ll share it soon); instead I’m kicking off February with this yummy Buffalo Wing recipe and with homemade Blue Cheese dressing.

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While Audley and I firmly believe football is played on Saturday and cars race on Sunday, this weekend is the Super Bowl.  Like so many others we’ll be getting together with friends to watch commercials the game, and this is the dish I’m contributing to the evening festivities!

There are a several reasons this is a fabulous snack to share.  One, it feeds as many as you want; just double, triple or quadruple the recipe.  Two, if you follow a clean eating plan or are Paleo or Keto, the wings totally fit the lifestyle (the dressing… yeah, it’s just not that healthy. HA!).

And three, it’s really easy.

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For our family of three I do three pounds of wing pieces.  You know Bradley is a wrestler so he eats me out of house and home which means I overcook all the time.  If you are serving as an appetizer this will serve up to six.

Take the wing pieces, season lightly with salt and pepper, then place in a single layer on an oven pan.  An oversize cast iron skillet is perfect for this, but you can line a baking sheet with foil as well.

Bake at 400°.

Ingredients for the sauce are so simple: hot sauce (I am addicted to Texas Pete), butter, lemon juice, and garlic powder.  While your wings cook mix together in a pan heat until the butter is melted and the sauce is all liquid.

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You can make the blue cheese ahead of time (best so the flavors can mesh), or while your wing pieces are cooking.  I did say the dressing isn’t so healthy, but you can pronounce all of the ingredients which does make it better than purchasing it from the grocery store.  I use all organic products (which I will post in the printable recipe), but you don’t have to.  Ingredients include buttermilk, sour cream, mayo, blue cheese crumbles, garlic salt, red wine vinegar, worcestershire sauce, pepper and chives.

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It will take 45-50 minutes for all of the wings to cook completely; remove from the oven and drizzle the wing sauce over the top.  Return to oven for five minutes to set the sauce, turning the wings after a couple of minutes.

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Serve them up on a platter arranged nicely or just dump them in a bowl.

They are going to be devoured either way, I promise!

Click here for the full printable recipe of Buffalo Wings and here for the Blue Cheese Dip.

Y’all enjoy the game this weekend!

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Easy Saturday Brunch

Every once in a while scrolling through instagram, I come upon a picture where the food looks so delicious that I want it.

Oftentimes, immediately.

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This happened last week, and I was saddened to find there was no link for a recipe, just pretty food.

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After studying the picture a little, I decided to try and recreate it myself, so I handed my son the check card and a grocery list and sent him off to grab a handful of items, while I found the rest in the pantry and refrigerator here.

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{Anyone else ask their teens run errands because you don’t want to get out in the cold?}

The picture that captured my attention was of avocados with eggs and this is how I recreated it…

In fact it was quite easy once it was decided what should go into this recipe.

Really easy.

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Ingredients I used included fresh avocado, cage free eggs, grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, fresh parsley and chives, and nitrate-free bacon, cooked and crumbled.

Preheating the oven to 350º I cut two avocados in half, removed the seeds, and placed into a cast iron pan sprayed with coconut oil.

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Next I cracked an egg into the hole of each half, seasoned with a little salt and pepper, and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over it. Pop the pan into the oven and cook until the egg is set as you like it; I like a fairly runny yolk so I baked it about 10 minutes or so.

Remove when done, top with the fresh herbs and bacon and serve up immediately.

This made a perfect brunch for Bradley and I (since we slept in) and was really filling, so it didn’t need any sides.

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If you follow a low carb, keto, or paleo (leave off the Parmesan) diet, this is perfect for you!  It’s very filling with a good serving of protein and healthy fats.

Click here to print off the full recipe for baked eggs and avocado .

I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend!

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