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The Fresh 20

 

 

If you’re like me, until yesterday, and you haven’t heard of the Fresh 20, then you are missing out.

 

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Recipe – Chicken Tortilla Soup

 

I marinated and grilled some boneless, skinless chicken breasts over the weekend and I was playing with ideas for what to do with the leftovers.  This turned out fantastically and I thought I should share.  I think it could easily be converted to vegetarian by using vegetable broth and swapping the chicken for tofu or avocado.  I don’t think this would result in much of a change for points.  Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

 

Servings — 8
PointsPlus Points — 6
Calories — 235.2
Fat — 1.9 g
Cholesterol — 20.3 mg
Sodium — 510.7 mg
Potassium — 625.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate — 41.2 g
Dietary Fiber — 8.9 g
Sugars — 8.4 g
Protein — 15.1 g

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What’s In Your Cup???

I have always loved tea…  Coffee is more of a new habit for me…  Regardless of which you prefer, take a look at the benefits:

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You’re The Inspiration…

No…  I am not going to a Chicago concert this weekend…

However, I am:  purchasing some cork boards and a dry erase board; printing some photos and quotes; and putting up my race bibs and medals…  I am creating an “inspiration” wall in my workout room…  I am using the wall directly in front of my elliptical and treadmill…  It currently has nothing on it and when I was staring off into space this morning from the treadmill, I thought:  This wall should NOT be bare…

Photos to come!!!

Juggling…

As I’m working to get more organized and back on track, I’m realizing that you can’t focus on just one ball or you’ll never get them all in the air…  So here I am, throwing them all in the air and hoping to keep them off the ground…

Don’t mind me if I look a little crazy while I get my rhythm…

The Skinny on Blueberries…

 

 

With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many noteworthy nutritional benefits:

Blueberries are packed with vitamin C.

In just one serving, you can get 14 mg of Vitamin C – almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C aids the formation of collagen and helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries. It also promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system.

Blueberries are dynamos of dietary fiber.

Research has shown that most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets. Eating foods high in fiber will help keep you regular, your heart healthy and your cholesterol in check. A handful of blueberries can help you meet your daily fiber requirement. What a tasty way to eliminate this worry from your day!

Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese.

Manganese plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into to energy – a perfect job for blueberries.

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200 Calories

Too good not to share…

What kind of bang are you getting for your buck?

Recipe – Summer Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini

I saw this on Skinny Taste and thought it looked great…  I might make it for a tailgate this weekend 🙂

Need a macaroni salad to bring to your next BBQ without tons of fat and calories? Look no further!

This is the perfect summer pasta salad loaded with fresh summer tomatoes and zucchini tossed in a light creamy dressing. I even snuck in some Greek yogurt for added creaminess but with all the other flavors you won’t know it’s there. Because there are so many wonderful vegetables in this salad, the portions are a decent size and pairs perfectly with any grilled meats and burgers.

This makes enough for a large gathering, perfect for your Fourth of July parties but if you want to make this for a smaller group you can simply halve the recipe as I did here.

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Review – Jillian Michaels – 6 Week Six-Pack

This is not a workout for beginners.  If you are not used to Jillian or some other form of concentrated workout, I suggest you start with 30 Day Shred or Ripped in 30.  I am currently doing level 1 and will update my review when I move to level 2.

LEVEL 1

Jillian strays from her typical 3-2-1 format (3 minutes cardio, 2 minutes strength, 1 minute abs), in the ab-centered workout.  She starts with a 4 minute dynamic warm-up, which moves quickly.  The “meat” of the workout is about 24 minutes long and consists of several sequences of exercises; each repeated once before moving on.  Her mix of crunches, planks, lunges, stretches and holds; combined with cardio, keeps you moving and helps hold your attention.  As with her other workouts, she has one team member doing more advanced modifications and one team member doing beginner modifications.  There are no “rests” in this workout, I suggest keeping water near you so you can take a sip between exercises.  Jillian wraps up with a few cool down stretches and you’re done.

I appreciate her “quick and dirty” routines, they have been very effective for me.  It’s nice to find a good workout that I can fit into my morning routine without an enormous time commitment.

Sweating For The Dress…

 

I love it when a new motivational tool falls in my lap…

One of my best friends, Jessica, stopped over last night to ask me if I would be a bridesmaid in her wedding… 🙂

I am so excited to share this wonderful day with her…  and now, we can SWEAT FOR THE DRESS together!!!!

(I am going to get matching tank tops for us, one saying November Bride and the other saying November Bridesmaid…  lol)

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