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Apple Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt

This is one of my go-to recipes! I have made it over and over and am never disappointed. You can eat it alone or with crackers/bread if you prefer. I also want to try it on a slice of toasted sweet potato! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

I use chicken from my weekly “batch” that I bake or cook in the crock pot with olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper.  I shred the entire batch and store in containers to use throughout the week.  I freeze half for later in the week so it’s more fresh. 

Apple Chicken Salad Ingredients:

2 breast of chicken- shredded

1 cup of grapes (I cut mine in half)

1 cup of thinly sliced celery

1 Apple cut into small pieces (I usually use a Gala Apple for its sweetness)

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsp chopped red onion

2 tbsp dried cranberries

Salt and pepper to taste
*mix it all up… and ENJOY! This stays “fresh” for multiple days and tastes so delicious!  I double this recipe because we go through it so fast!
Stay Healthy,

Tara 

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Homemade waffles!!!

Have you ever looked at what is in store-bought waffles?! Well, let’s just say that making your own is much better for you, saves money, and tastes amazing!  I make large batch and freeze whatever we don’t eat. When it’s time to eat them, I pop them in the toaster to thaw and brown a little more and…. voila! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ


I found a single-serve waffle maker at Marshalls (of course! It’s my favorite store!) and have used it regularly. It was only $7.99!


This waffle recipe has become a new favorite of ours:

For the batter

2 eggs

2 cups all-purpose whole wheat flour

1 3/4 cups milk

1/2 cup applesauce (in place of the oil in traditional recipes). I used cinnamon applesauce today… yumm!

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon organic cane sugar 

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

*this makes about 15-16 single-serve waffles, so I will sometimes cut it in half if I don’t plan on freezing the extras 
Toppings 

I put frozen strawberries and blueberries together, warm them, and add a sprinkle of sugar to make a good glaze. 

You can also sprinkle powdered sugar on, or even make “icing” by mixing powdered sugar with a teaspoon of milk… not the healthiest, but still better than store-bought! 

Here are some more picture of the “process”:

Stay Healthy,

Tara

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AMAZING Avocado Salad!ย 

This was the first time I made this, but it will surely NOT be my last!  It was delicious, filling, quick and easy, and inexpensive! 


2 avocados cut into cubes

1 green or red bell pepper chopped 

1 small cucumber, cut into small pieces (I peel mine first)

1/4 cup red onion chopped

1 can chickpeas -drained and rinsed 

Kalamala olives (optional)- I used 1/4 cup

Feta (I used 6 oz)

Grape tomatoes (I used 3/4 of a pint) cut in half or quarters, depending on their size 

1/4 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

juice of 1/2 lime

juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste
Mix everything together, being careful not to mash the avocado, and ENJOY! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

**this salad is also great if you add chicken. I have added my weekly-made shredded chicken cooked in garlic powder, salt, pepper, and chicken broth and it is a perfect pairing!

It makes the salad more of a dinner or heavier lunch and we cannot get enough of it either way! 

Stay Healthy,

Tara

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SMOOTHIE BOWLS = HEAVEN IN MY MOUTH!

All ready for the morning! ๐Ÿ‘Œ 


 This is a great breakfast that can be made the night before. I pour it into a Pyrex bowl and put the toppings into a sandwich bag. 
QUICK. SIMPLE. EASY. and HEALTHY ๐Ÿ˜
No excuses for not starting the day right!
I have loved smoothies for a long time, but the bowl gives it a whole new level and the toppings create more texture and make it seem more meal-like…. And it tastes AMAZING!

This Smoothie Bowl:
Blended kale, carrots, strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds, banana, and a splash of coconut milk. Top with dried pineapple, coconut, banana chips, cranberries, papaya, walnuts, and cashews! Heaven in my mouth! 

*all of my toppings are an organic mix I buy at Marshall’s… yes, Marshall’s! It’s my absolute favorite store! That have so many organic/healthy snacks!!!

Stay Healthy,

Tara 
#smoothiebowlonthego #healthystarttotheday #delicious #fuelyourbody

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Berry Water Kefir = PROBIOTIC SUCCESS!

So, you have probably heard of Probiotics by now, and may know how good they are for so many things…. but have you heard of Water Kefir?!

 If not, you’re missing out on a great way to get your probiotics NATURALLY and basically for FREE (except for what you flavor the water with)!  

I always become skeptical when taking a pill-form of anything, so when I found out about this alternative for probiotics, I had to try it!  
First, you should know the benefits of probiotics, if you don’t already!  Some of the benefits (read more at  https://www.diamondherbs.co/benefits-of-probiotics-what-they-are-how-they-can-help-you/ ) include:

Reduces colds & fluโ€™s

Fights off food borne illnesses

Prevents & treats kidney stones

Reduces the overuse of antibiotics

Improves overall digestive function

Prevents eczema (with children)

Prevents & removes acne

Boosts bodyโ€™s immune system

Helps with weight loss

Heals inflammation in bowels

Prevents & treats urinary tract infections

Lowers cholesterol

Promotes oral health

Immunity

Depression & Anxiety

I have also heard that it helps with Asthma, so I will have to follow up with that at a later date to see how it affects Adam since he suffers from Asthma regularly!

To start my first batch, I was given 1/4 cup of cultures from my cousin, whom was the one that told me about this amazing water! 

I wanted to try the “lemonade” one that she made, but we used all of the lemons. Therefore, I improvised and followed this recipe for the Berry Water Kefir:

http://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/recipe/water-kefir-recipes/any-berry-water-kefir/

It turned out great! The kids love it and after drinking it for a few days, I already feel the positive results.  What’s even better is that it’s much less expensive that the pill-form of a probiotic I had been taking before.  

The cultures quickly multiply, so I now make double batches and even had enough to give away!
I have to admit, it is a “new process” that took me some time to learn fully, but I am so glad I invested that time for mine and my family’s health.  I would recommend this to anyone that can take a Probiotic! 

CHEERS! ๐Ÿ˜

Stay Healthy,

Tara

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Chicken with Kale and Broccoli Skilletย 

Not many people realize that kale makes a great dinner or lunch side dish/pairing!
Tonight’s dinner had to be quick, so I threw this together in no time and was so happy with the end result!  The flavors are so good and everyone divoured their plate of food! 

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Cut 1 lb chicken into thin strips

Season with lemon pepper and cook with olive oil and 1 small red onion in the skillet

Once the chicken starts to cook, add broccoli and 1 clove minced garlic and toss to season everything together. Do NOT add the kale yet ๐Ÿ™‚

Once the broccoli and chicken are about done, season more with lemon pepper if you would like and add the kale.  Let the kale cook for about 2 minutes while you toss it.  Serve immediately after the kale cooks and ENJOY! 

Stay Healthy,

Tara

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Homemade Veggie Soup!

Homemade Veggie Soup ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ
INGREDIENTS:
1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup diced carrots

4 cups chopped cabbage (approx. ยผ head of cabbage)

1 cup green beans (1″ pieces)

2 whole bell peppers, chopped

1 can (28 oz) low sodium diced tomatoes

6 cups low sodium beef broth

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 bay leaves

ยฝ teaspoon each thyme & basil

pepper to taste

2 cups broccoli florets

2 cups sliced zucchini
INSTRUCTIONS:
In a large pot cook onion & garlic over medium heat until slightly softened.
Add carrots, cabbage & green beans and cook an additional 5 minutes.
Stir in bell peppers, undrained tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, bay leaves and seasonings. Simmer 6-7 minutes.
Add in zucchini & broccoli. Simmer an additional 5 minutes or until softened.
Remove bay leaves before serving….and ENJOY!!!

Stay Healthy,

Tara