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Change Things Up With Progresso Soup

Beat Diet Boredom with Progresso Lite Soup

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Progresso™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Progresso™, all opinions are my own.

Lately my family has been complaining about eating the same thing over and over.  I have to say being a busy mother of 2, managing her full-time career, as well as managing not 1 but 2 blogs sometimes it is just easier to fix the same thing over and over.  The same goes for how I pack their lunch.  In addition, I work at a place where they rotate the same foods over and over again week after week to the point I don’t want to eat the same thing week in week out.  So I understand my family’s complaints.

Since I don’t want my family to be bored or unhappy with the food I prepare for them I’ve come up with a few tricks of my own to redo old favorites so the family and I enjoy them like they are brand new – no more diet boredom!  If you are in the same boat as me and looking for ways to change things up when it comes to what you and your family eat for lunch and dinner check out my tips below.

Tip #1:  Start preparing your own food.  Honestly, my food tastes better than restaurant food and I know exactly what’s in it.

Tip #2:  If you are used to eating the same old sides, change things up for example, instead of a sandwich with chips, swap out the chips and try eating with Progresso™ Lite soup instead.

Tip #3:  Change up the scene and eat out at a different location.  You actually might find a new favorite healthy dish.

Tip #4:  Really razzle and dazzle them and make one of their favorite restaurant meals at home using one of the Progresso™ Lite soup’s delicious flavors.

Tip #5:  Get creative.  Pick up some cans of Progresso™ Lite soup in different flavors, take them home and get creative.  Remix one of your favorite meal recipes using one of the soup flavors you picked up.

I took my own advice and actually prepared a nice grilled cheese sandwich and Progresso™ Lite Savory Beef Barley for lunch with some fresh water.  Progresso™ soup has over 40 flavors at 100 calories per serving so you won’t be overloaded on calories.  The soup was easy to warm up, just open the can and pour into a pot and heat up in minutes.  No additional water was needed.  If you want your soup even quicker, you can easily transfer the soup to a microwaveable safe container, place in the microwave, warm it up on high for 2 to 4 minutes and voila it’s ready to eat.  Let me tell you – IT WAS GOOD!!!!!

Progresso™ Lite Savory Beef Barley

It has nice size pieces of beef plus a lot of vegetables and barley which I would pick up with each spoonful.  A single bowl of soup left me full for hours which is what I need to keep me going.

Progresso™ Lite Savory Beef Barley

I don’t mean to pat myself on the back but give me a can of Progresso™ Lite soup and I can pretty much get creative with it.  And if I don’t feel like coming up with my own ideas, I can head right on over to the Progresso™ site where they have a ton of recipes.  That’s exactly what I did for dinner, I had a can of the Progresso™ Lite Creamy Chicken Alfredo soup and went to their site and decided to surprise my family and make the Easy Weeknight Chicken Alfredo dish.  It’s inspired by the Progresso™ Lite Creamy Chicken Alfredo soup.  They loved it!!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Creamy Chicken Alfredo

It doesn’t get any easier than that.  So get creative, change things up and beat the diet boredom.  And if you are also bored with your wardrobe (like me), Progresso™ is giving you a chance to make yours over.  Oh yes you can enter for a chance to win a wardrobe makeover for you and three of your friends, courtesy of Progresso™! Enter the ProgressOh! wardrobe makeover contest at Progresso.com/ProgressOh. Four deserving Progresso™ fans and three of their friends will each win a $1,000 cash card and a year-long subscription to the POPSUGAR “Must Have Box”.


Let’s Talk Chocolate Milk

The science behind chocolate milk

Can we talk about chocolate milk?  Who remembers drinking it at lunch time in elementary school?  Chocolate milk not only tastes great but research shows, it actually helps your body in ways I didn’t even know about.  Read some of these facts about chocolate milk and let me know which one is news to you.

Fact #1:  Lowfat chocolate milk has protein & carbs to refuel exhausted muscles + fluids & electrolytes to rehydrate.

Fact #2:  Lowfat chocolate milk has calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, protein & potassium all good for strong bones.

Fact #3:  20+ studies support benefits of recovery with high-quality protein & nutrients in lowfat chocolate milk after a tough post workout.

Fact #4:  An 8 oz glass of lowfat chocolate milk has 8 grams of high-quality protein.

Fact #5:  An 8 oz glass of lowfat chocolate milk has the right carb-to-protein ratio scientifically shown to refuel exhausted muscles and help return muscles to peek potential.

Fact #6:   Has B vitamins that help convert food into energy.

Fact #7:   Has five bone-building nutrients: calcium, vitamin D, phosphorous, protein and potassium.

Fact #8:  In a regular workout & recovery routine, lowfat chocolate milk has been shown to help athletes gain lean muscle & lose fat.

Get more science behind chocolate milk by visiting the Got Chocolate Milk website and learn additional facts about chocolate milk and why you seriously want to consider incorporating it in your post-workout routine.

Learn the facts about chocolate milk

Bottom line, more than 20 scientific studies including athletes from sports spanning running, cycling and soccer support the advantages of drinking chocolate milk after strenuous exercise. As part of a regular recovery routine, it’s an ideal way to help athletes refuel, rebuild and reshape, with high quality protein scientifically shown to help repair and rebuild muscles.  If you are active, whether you are an elite athlete or not, you want to consider recovering with chocolate milk.

If you remember my last post last week What Chocolate Milk & Apolo Ohno Have In Common, I am tracking Apolo Ohno on his #MissionApolo series as he trains for the 2014 Ironman World Championship Race in Kona-Kailua, Hawaii on Saturday, October 11.  He has been joined by Women’s Health editor Jen Ator as he endures a rigorous six-month training and recovery program with the experts.  He is being trained by sports dietitians and elite professional coaches 8X IRONMAN World Champion Paula Newby-Fraser and
3X World Champion Craig “Crowie” Alexander.

If you want to see Apolo in action, as he trains for the big day, then you can catch his eight-part behind-the-scenes video series on the Got Chocolate Milk website.  You can check out episode 6 right here.

It’s an exciting time for these amazing triathletes and I plan to be front and center to watch all the action.

Do you plan to watch the 2014 Ironman World Championship Race on Saturday, October 11?


Farmivore Juicing Subscription Box Haul 12

Farmivore Juice Box Haul 12

I show you how they ship their box of fresh organic vegetables and fruit direct to your door.

If you are interested in trying  Farmivore Juice Subscription Box for yourself order a GREEN or MIXED box at http://farmivore.com and use promo code FEMFREE for a FREE first box.  All you pay is $7.95 for S&H.  I am certain you won’t regret it.

Here’s this week’s menu direct from Farmivore (they mail it out weekly before each box arrives).  This also doubles as the actual recipe – TOO EASY!!!

Jungle Juice Recipe by Farmivore

Jungle Juice

Celery, Lacinato Kale (L), Swiss Chard, Ginger, Lime, Pear
Drink more jungle juice and feel like Tarzan
Peas and Love Juice Recipe by Farmivore

Peas & Love

Pea Shoots (L), Baby Bok Choy, Pear, Baby Spinach
Citrus Sunrise Juice Recipe by Farmivore

Citrus Sunrise

Grapefruit, Lime, Orange, Apple, Beet (L), Carrot (L)
Citrus Sunrise Juice Recipe

Purple Haze Juice Recipe by Farmivore

Purple Haze

Purple Sweet Potato (L), Apple, Carrot (L), Orange

Drink this purple haze juice for an amazing breakfast.

This week the kale, carrots, pea shoots, beets, and sweet potatoes are all sourced locally from the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative in Leola, PA. Booyah!

100% ORGANIC PRODUCE FOR 100% ORGANIC JUICE

Farmivore Haul Juice Recipe

I have also been getting asked about the equipment I use while juicing.  Below are the supplies I highly recommend for juicing (affiliate links).


Farmivore Juicing Subscription Box Haul 11

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If you are interested in trying  Farmivore Juice Subscription Box for yourself order a GREEN or MIXED box at http://farmivore.com and use promo code FEMFREE for a FREE first box.  All you pay is $7.95 for S&H.  I am certain you won’t regret it.

Here’s this week’s meun (each menu is also a juicing recipe):

Swiss Chard Juice

Dancing with Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard (L), Apple, Cucumber (L), Ginger, Lemon

Bell pepper juice
Bell’s Kitchen

Bell Pepper (L), Bartlett Pear, Cucumber (L), Cilantro (L), Lemon
Beet juice

The Big Beet Theory

Candy Cane Beet (L), Apple, Carrot, Lemon, Fennel
Sweet Potato Juice

Madam Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato (L), Bartlett Pear, Lemon, Ginger, Celery, Carrot

I have been getting asked about the equipment I use while juicing.  Below are affiliate links of the supplies used for juicing.

Which of these juicing recipes would you like to try most?

Femme Fitale Fit Club


No Sugar Swap Recipes (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Desserts and Snacks)

No Sugar Challenge #nosugarswap
In the month of September the Femme Fitales and me are following a NO SUGAR Challenge.  Let me just say the struggle is REAL REAL REAL!!!!    For many of us sugar is a key part of our diet.  But sugar also feeds obesity, diabetes, cancer and other chronic illnesses.  Because like us, disease likes to feed on sugar to.

So I asked several of my fellow fitness blogger friends to help me compile a list of recipes where we swap out the sugar for healthier options like fresh fruit or leave it out all together.  This was a lot of fun to pull together and these recipes look really delicious so try one, try them all.

Just swap out the sugar for something that is healthier for you.  Your body will thank you for it.

Here the video I made with the introduction to the “No Sugar” challenge and how I was doing with it.

Breakfast

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day so you do not want to eat too much sugar first thing else you crash and burn soon after.   Rebecca of Strength & Sunshine shares her power breakfast muffins.

Power Breakfast Muffins | Strength and Sunshine

http://strengthandsunshine.com/power-breakfast-muffins/

Are you in the mood for good ol’ American apple pie for breakfast?  Then Fitness Cheerleader has something special for you.  A special “Sugar Free Apple Pie Breakfast Quinoa” recipe you are sure to die for.

Anyway. Breakfast quinoa. It’s awesome. This apple pie breakfast quinoa is slightly sweet with crunch from the apple. The apple is key. If you have a morning sweet tooth, but crave something healthy, I cannot recommend this enough.

http://fitnesscheerleader.com/nutrition/apple-pie-breakfast-quinoa/

If that is a bit too rich for you then why not try Lauren Lives Healthy’s “Acai Bowl”?

Acai Bowl 2

http://www.laurenliveshealthy.com/two-in-one-acai-banana-bowl-and-smoothie/

Remember that childhood favorite POP TARTS?  Gigi Eats Celebrities takes it to the next level by making this healthy version.

Chocolate-Mint-Honey-Cinnamon-Pop-Tarts

http://gigieatscelebrities.com/2014/07/22/healthy-pop-tart-recipe/

If you have been following this blog for a while then you know we LOVE smoothies around here!!!!  Gigi Eats Celebrities shares a few of her faves with Manitoba Hemp Protein.

Pumpkin Spice:  Pumped Up Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Decadent Cocoa Smoothie    Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

http://gigieatscelebrities.com/2014/08/26/manitoba-harvest-protein-smoothies/

Lunch

If you like pizza, this butternut squash version will tease your tastebuds.  YUM!  Lauren Lives Healthy shares another one of her faves!

Butternut Squash Pizza

http://www.laurenliveshealthy.com/butternut-kale-pizza-rosemary-flatbread/

 Snack

Who doesn’t like rolls or toast with jelly?  You can easily swap out tons of loaded jelly and jam with this delicious swap of “Chia Jam” by Emily of Our Knight Life.

"Chia Jam" "Easy Jam Recipe" "Fresh Fruit Chia" "How to eat chia"

http://www.familylifeinlv.com/2014/05/healthy-raspberry-chia-jam.html

And if jelly and jam isn’t enough then these raw and vegan lemon coconutty’s just may satisfy that sweet tooth by Jesseny Rojas of The Empowered Momma

Lemon Coconutty's

http://www.theempoweredmomma.com/2014/08/lemon-coconuttys-raw-vegan.html

Dessert

Who doesn’t love ICE CREAM????!!!!  That is my ultimate favorite and sometimes my downfall when it comes to falling off the wagon with a healthy nutritious diet.  This recipe shares a healthy version of this creamy dream.  They made it even better with peanut butter and chocolate.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Soft Serve

http://gettinmyhealthyon.com/2012/10/16/ice-cream-for-breakfast/

Gigi also shares her awesome version of orange popsicles.  Remember running out to the ice cream truck to meet the ice cream man to buy these?  Welp here she shares a healthier version that you are sure to find satisfying.

Healthy protein packed creamsicle recipe

http://gigieatscelebrities.com/2014/09/09/healthy-creamsicle-recipe/

Fudgcicles always made me smile as a child and Gigi Eats Celebrities does not disappoint with her version which brings back memories but doesn’t pack on the sugar and pounds.

Healthy Fudgsicle Recipe: Sugar Free, Vegan, Gluten Free, Fruit Free and High Protein Fudgsicles

http://gigieatscelebrities.com/2014/08/05/healthy-fudgsicle-recipe/

And last but not least, the piece de resistance….BIRTHDAY CAKE but made in a healthy way so you don’t feel like you are cheating ’cause you aren’t!!!!

Healthy Cake Balls

http://gigieatscelebrities.com/2014/06/24/birthday-cake-flavored-balls/

Now you have no excuse for avoiding the sugar.  Don’t say you don’t have any options to sugar-ladened food…here is a list of delicious options for every meal type throughout the day.  So don’t wait, get to clicking and preparing your sugar-free meals for the weeks to come!  Good luck on the NO SUGAR challenge!

How do you manage your sugar cravings?

 


Farmivore Juicing Subscription Box Haul 10

This week we have some delicious recipes from Farmivore.  I actually displayed a bit of generosity this week and gave away some bags so others could try out this awesome juicing box and they were not disappointed.  Check it out.

If you are interested in trying  Farmivore for yourself order a GREEN or MIXED box at http://farmivore.com and use promo code FEMFREE for a FREE first box.  All you pay is $7.95 for S&H.  I am certain you won’t regret it.

Here’s this week’s meun (each menu is also a juicing recipe):

Zucchini Zest Juicing Recipe

Zucchini Zest

Apple, Cucumber, Ginger, Lime, Green Zucchini

Parsley Potion Juicing Recipe

Parsley Potion

Parsley, Lime, Orange, Apple, Celery, Cucumber

Cauliflower Delight Juicing Recipe

Cauliflower Delight

Golden Beet, Cauliflower, Ginger, Lemon, Pear

Carrot Mint Cooler Juicing Recipe

Carrot-Mint Cooler

Carrot, Mint, Pear, Celery, Lemon

100% ORGANIC PRODUCE FOR 100% ORGANIC JUICE

I have been getting asked about the equipment I use while juicing.  Below are affiliate links of the supplies used for juicing.

Which of these juicing recipes would you like to try most:

Zucchini Zest, Parsley PotionCauliflower Delight, or Carrot-Mint Cooler?

 

Femme Fitale Fit Club


Farmivore Juicing Subscription Box Haul 9 + R.I.P. Robin Williams

We are losing some greats, rest in peace Robin Williams.  You made me laugh since childhood.

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Here is the Farmivore Haul 9 which is full of treats.  Can you figure out the theme?  You have it – Pirates Of The Carribean.  Cute!  You know each of these bags makes at least 16 oz worth of juice but I am finding I typically get DOUBLE that quantity out of each.  DOUBLE DEAL – LOVE IT!!

If you are interested in trying  Farmivore for yourself order a GREEN or MIXED box at http://farmivore.com and use promo code FEMFREE for a FREE first box.  All you pay is $7.95 for S&H.  I am certain you won’t regret it.

Here’s this week’s meun (each menu is also a juicing recipe):

Bok Choy Ahoy!

Bok Choy (L), Heirloom Apples (L), Cucumber

Pirates of the Carri-bean

Green Bean (L), Cucumber, Lemon, Heirloom Apples (L)

Scurvy Chaser

Carrot, Lemon, Valencia Orange, Red Bell Pepper

Shiver Me Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato (L), Orange, Carrot, Ginger, Heirloom Apples (L)

100% ORGANIC PRODUCE FOR 100% ORGANIC JUICE

I have been getting asked about the equipment I use while juicing.  Below are affiliate links of the supplies used for juicing.

Which of these juicing recipes would you like to try most:

Bok Choy Ahoy!, Pirates of the Carri-beanScurvy Chaser, or Shiver Me Sweet Potatoes?

 

Femme Fitale Fit Club


Farmivore Juicing Box Haul 8

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Here is the Farmivore Haul 8 which is full of treats.  They got extremely creative with the blend and boy oh boy does it sound tasty.  Below are the different recipe names along with the produce sent.

If you are interested in trying  Farmivore for yourself order a GREEN or MIXED box at http://farmivore.com and use promo code FEMFREE for a FREE first box.  All you pay is $7.95 for S&H.  I am certain you won’t regret it.

Here’s this week’s meun (Each menu is also a juicing recipe):

Sunbeam Spice

SUNBEAM & GREEN ZUCCHINI (L) – LIME -
CUCUMBER (L) – GINGER – TURMERIC – HARROW’S DELIGHT PEAR (L)

Saved By the Bell

GREEN BELL PEPPER (L) – CELERY -
CUCUMBER (L) – PARSLEY – LEMON – HARROW’S DELIGHT PEAR (L)

Bean There, Done That

RED SWAN & YELLOW WAX BEANS (L) – CUCUMBER -
CYLINDRA BEET (L) – LEMON – HARROW’S DELIGHT PEAR (L)

Ginger Twist

GINGER – CARROT – CELERY -
ORANGE – HARROW’S DELIGHT PEAR (L)

100% ORGANIC PRODUCE FOR 100% ORGANIC JUICE

I have been getting asked about the equipment I use while juicing.  Below are affiliate links of the supplies used for juicing.

Which of these juicing recipes would you like to try most:

Sunbeam Spice, Bean There, Done ThatSaved By the Bell or Ginger Twist?

Femme Fitale Fit Club


More Energy and Nature Valley™ Protein Granola Energy Balls Recipe

Nature Valley™ Protein Granola

FTC disclosure:   This post was sponsored by Nature Valley™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Nature Valley™ Protein Granola, all opinions are my own.

I was on vacation this past week and ate everything under the sun.  So imagine my fear getting back to it in boot camp which is high intensity after slouching for a week.  My body talks to me and when I don’t eat right, my energy level is impacted.

Soooo knowing this, my fear wasn’t going, it was what he was going to have us doing once we get there.  I always worry about running out of energy on those sprint drills.  Knowing this is in the works, it is imperative you hydrate and have enough energy to PUSH THROUGH the tough workouts.

And once you finish there at 6:30 am, when most of the world is still asleep, you still have a full day of work to go to.  It doesn’t get any easier, my job requires full attention at all times plus communicating and working with all types of people for the entire day.  So I need energy to stay alert on the various conference calls and to stave off the nagging hunger pangs that end up creeping in because my body’s metabolism is just on fire after my intense workouts.

I have tried all types of energy and sports bars but quite honestly – they never sit well in my stomach and they never taste fresh.  They also seem to just sit in my gut like a brick that I can’t pass and eventually I start feeling less energetic and more and more uncomfortable.  Nope, I had to take matters into my own hands so I doctored up an energy bar recipe using Nature Valley™ Protein Granola Peanut Butter ‘N Dark Chocolate.

If you didn’t know ½ cup Nature Valley™ Protein Granola provides 10 grams of protein and 22-26 grams of whole grain, at least 48 grams of whole grain recommended daily.  Also, who doesn’t love peanut butter mixed with chocolate?

I made these for many reasons:

1.  I wanted something quick and easy to pick up and go

2.  I wanted something that would give me energy when I start feeling tired

3.  I wanted something easy to make

This recipe satisfies all of these wants I had and are absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!!!  The Nature Valley™ Protein Granola puts it over the top because it blends perfectly with the other ingredients.  I normally pop one of these in my mouth around 2:00 pm right when my lunch starts to wear off and the stomach starts growling.  This nice little energy treat holds me until the end of the day and puts some pep in my step.

Nature Valley™ Protein Granola

Ingredients

1 cup dry oatmeal

2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes

1/2 cup Nature Valley™ Protein Granola

1/2 cup all natural peanut butter

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup chocolate chips (I would use dark chocolate chunks next time)

1/3 cup raw honey

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.  Grease bar pan with extra virgin coconut oil.  Scoop 1 TB of mixture and form balls and place in bar pan.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set.  Once thoroughly chilled ENJOY!

 

Nature Valley™ Protein Granola Energy Balls Recipe

What energy foods do you eat to help give you a lift during a long and busy day?


Farmivore Juicing Box Haul 6

Farmivore Box Subscription Haul 6

I don’t know how the folks at Farmivore do it but they manage to come up with some very creative and delicious recipes.  This week was no different.  I decided to share the “spotlight” with my cousin Teresa in this week’s haul because:

1.  She’s my cousin and completely camera friendly

2.  She was interested to see what I received in this week’s subscription box

If you are interested in trying  Farmivore for yourself order a GREEN or MIXED box at http://farmivore.com and use promo code FEMFREE for a FREE first box.  Al you pay is $7.95 for S&H.  I am certain you won’t regret it.

Also, I’ll be hosting a giveaway of a 3-month weekly subscription.  Keep on coming back to see when that is – you definitely won’t want to miss that.

Here’s this week’s menu:

Sweet Green

{Local Heirloom Cucumbers*, Mint, Lacinato Kale, Lime, Pear, Ginger}

Chard Knock Life

{Swiss Chard*, Carrot, Cucumber*, Pear, Lemon}

Big Red

{Beet, Ginger, Pear, Red Bell Pepper}

Ginger Twist

{Ginger, Carrot, Celery, Orange, Pear)

In this week’s haul we tried the “Big Red” juice and I must say – it was absolutely FABULOUS!!!  Check us out.

I have been getting asked about the equipment I use while juicing.  Below are affiliate links of the supplies used for juicing.

Which of these juicing recipes would you like to try most:  Sweet Green, Chard Knock Life, Big Red or Ginger Twist?


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