Get out your vintage crock pot as it makes eating healthy a breeze and without excuses and can help you eat healthy on a budget! I have had my crock pots for years, while this photo is not my own, I was too lazy to get up from my computer and pull it out of the cupboard and took this one off the internet, mine has just about the same brown spots on it! If memory serves me correctly it was a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law!
How it makes eating healthy a breeze: Well, who has time when they get home from work to make a full blown batch of soup or stew, OR who has time in the morning to make a big breakfast…YES you can put together your ingredients for an awesome breakfast the night before, turn the crock-pot on low and VIOLA! You have breakfast ready to go! In a super big rush, pull out the inside ceramic bowl, cover and pop in the fridge to take care of storage and clean up later!
The crock pot can also make eating healthy on a budget a breeze: By slow cooking, even the cheapest of roasts come out moist, juicy and fantastic! I will drop in a cheap arm roast, cover with water, add some organic beef boullian and extra pepper and sea salt and put on low all day long! By the time I get home at night, the roast is as tender as it gets, no need for a knife and has some of the best au jus you need! The best part? YOU control the amount of sodium! One of the absolute easiest recipes I make in my crock pot is Salsa Chicken….I put in boneless, skinless chicken breasts (fresh or frozen) cover with a cup or so of may favorite salsa (amount depends on how many chicken breasts I use), put on low and you have some amazing chicken! All you have to do is steam some veggies when you get home and you have a super-easy meal!
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soups, stews, and just about every type of meat can be done in the crockpot. Prepare the night before, pull out in the morning and put on low all day…VIOLA, it’s like having your own personal chef!
I’d love to hear from you. What do you make in your crock pot? Share your story with me at email@example.com and I may just feature YOUR recipe on the blog!!!
This recipe comes from the Paleo Grubs website under their “100 Best Paleo Recipes“. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! I have just started to crave soups as the weather has cooled off a bit here in FL (I KNOW…it is Florida and the daytime temps are still in the 80′s…but it’s NOT at night!). I LOVE a good tortilla soup, and since I’m not a fan of beans to begin with, this recipe from Linda’ Wagner’s blog fits the bill! If you are true Paleo, leave out the tortilla strips too!Paleo Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
This healthy version of Chicken Tortilla Soup will knock your socks off! You
don’t need to add cheese or tortilla strips the soup is full of flavor on it’s
Author: Linda Wagner
2 large chicken breasts, skin removed and cut into ½ inch strips
1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
32 ounces organic chicken broth
1 sweet onion, diced
2 jalepenos, de-seeded and diced
2 cups of shredded carrots
2 cups chopped celery
1 bunch of cilantro chopped fine
4 cloves of garlic, minced – I always use one of these
2 Tbs tomato paste
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
1-2 cups water
1. In a crockpot or large dutch oven over med-high heat, place a dash of olive oil and about ¼ cup chicken
broth. Add onions, garlic, jalapeno, sea salt and pepper and cook until soft, adding more broth as needed.
2. Then add all of your remaining ingredients and enough water to fill to the top of your pot. Cover and let
cook on low for about 2 hrs, adjusting salt & pepper as needed.
3. Once the chicken is fully cooked, you should be able to shred it very easily. I simply used the back of a
wooden spoon and pressed the cooked chicken against the side of the pot. You could also use a fork or
tongs to break the chicken apart and into shreds.
4. Top with avocado slices and fresh cilantro. Enjoy!
5. This is an easy one-pot meal that’s loaded with veggies, low in fat, and full of flavor! You don’t need to
add cheese or tortilla strips the soup is full of flavor on it’s own!
Each week I as I look for a subject on the What’s REALLY in our food posting, I get more and more sad about what is allowed to go into our food supply. What is most disturbing; many of these ingredients are banned in other countries, so when you go to a McDonald’s or buy a Gatorade overseas, they will NOT have the harmful ingredients in them, PROVING that it can be made without it and still appeal to the masses. If that doesn’t get you angry, it should!
Forbes magazine researched the ingredients in fast food breakfast egg sandwiches. While eggs are an ingredient, you may be surprised to find other nasty ingredients as well: propylene glycol (Subway), Potassium sorbate (McDonalds), Soy Oil (Dunkin’ Donuts). Article author, David DiSalvo says:
I found several interesting ingredients, and one big surprise (at least it was surprising to me). I fully expected that McDonald’s or Burger King would take the prize for the most unrecognizable ingredients, but neither one stacks up to the egg manipulation of Subway. McDonald’s still takes second prize, but as you’ll see, it’s the “Eat Fresh” folks whose list is easily the most baffling.
I would have to agree that I am surprised Subway made the top of the list…”Eat Fresh” anti-freeze ingredients? Again, choose to have fresh foods as much as possible. If you are in a rush for breakfast, choose a protein meal replacement shake, but again be sure to READ THE LABELS. Many of them are full of harmful and artificial junk and fillers as well. There is a reason I chose organic, undenatured whey protein concentrate from an exclusive cattle herd in New Zealand!
It’s #FreedomFriday at #AgingYouthful For each of us and different aspects of our lives, freedom can have many meanings. I believe freedom begins with how we feel about ourselves and our lives; an internal feeling. My Top Three Rules for internal freedom:
1. You must learn to FLY: First Love Yourself
2. You must feed your soul and follow your heart
3. While listed last, but the most important: You cannot give a damn what other people think.
What would you add to this list?
This week’s Favorite Everyday Product feature is on one of my favorites: Isagenix Greens. While I would like to be able to eat 8 servings of leafy greens a day, the truth is if I can get in one serving, I consider it a good day. It is usually my meal of choice when I’m out for lunch and when I get home late in the evening, the truth is the last thing I want to do is sit down and make and eat anything let alone a salad. The Isagenix greens give me an easy way to get my greens and unlike a lot of other powdered greens on the market (you know…the ones where you have to plug your nose, chug it down and then shudder to KEEP it down), this actually tastes good on it’s own!
What is in it you ask??
Features chlorella and spirulina. Antioxidant-rich ingredients, like ginkgo biloba leaf, green tea extract and grape seed extract, help fight free radicals, which can potentially endanger cells and weaken your immune system.
- Complement your recommended daily intake of 3-5 vegetables
- Boosts the body’s natural ability to neutralize environmental pollutants
- Great source of colorful phytonutrients
- Antioxidant dietary supplement that protects against free radicals
It’s super-convenient in either the 30-serving tub or the 30-serving single-serving packets. Either way, at just over $1.00 per day, it is a BARGAIN! Since Mark went back to MN to work, I have been throwing out so much greens and vegetables and have finally given up buying them and opting for a salad at lunch and a serving of greens. My other meals on the go are our shakes or protein bars, or nuts that I can keep in my car and not have to worry about melting (it is still in the 80′s in Florida in October).
Not only do I love the convenience, I LOVE how these make me FEEL. Yes, I get a boost of energy when I take its as well as super healthy fast-growing hair (you can’t tell by what the humidity does to my hair) and nails. I recently started having my nails done with natural nail polish and my tech Michael is amazed that I have to come in as often as I do as the grow out happens so fast!
For more information on these awesome greens, click here. If you’d like to order, you can click here for my site, or contact me for information on getting your whole body back in to balance with one of our 30-Day Systems!
Another “chip” recipe this week. This time it’s baked apple chips! With fall in the air (even in Florida) my palette is craving apples and cinnamon. What a great way to get it and my craving for crunch satisfied at the same time! From the website Paleo Grubs:Ingredients
- 1-2 apples (I used Honeycrisp)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Using a sharp knife or mandolin, slice apples thinly. Discard seeds. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange apple slices on it without overlapping. Sprinkle cinnamon over apples.
- Bake for approximately 1 hour, then flip. Continue baking for 1-2 hours, flipping occasionally, until the apple slices are no longer moist. Store in airtight container.
This week’s “What’s Really in Our Food” article is about the process of “plumping” chicken sold in the grocery store. What is plumping you ask? Well, it’s not getting the chicken fatter by feeding it more; according to the website Say No to Plumping the definition is:
The practice of injecting saltwater, chicken stock, seaweed extract or some combination thereof into chicken to increase its weight and price, while simultaneously increasing sodium content by up to 500%.
If you buy frozen chicken breasts for convenience like I’ve been known to do, more than likely they are injected with some sort of “solution”. The best way to know is to (I’ve said it a hundred times) READ THE LABEL. Also, chicken is not the only meat subjected to plumping. I was reading the label on a frozen turkey and saw it had been injected as well.
While most people may not be affected by this, those who are on a low sodium diet for health reasons, this could be a concern. Also, while you think you are paying for meat, you may also be paying for saltwater. Again, as I preach and preach and preach…READ LABELS so you are educated about what you are putting in your body.