Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy and Healthy all Winter with Nature Made

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NatureMadeVitaminD #CollectiveBias

Hello, my name is Tiara and I'm the smoothie drinking, soup making, supplement taking, CrossFit addict behind this blog. Stick around for awhile and you'll get a healthy dose of all things yummy, healthy and random. Yup, that's me a nutshell.

Running my own business (and I'm not talking about this blog) means I'm always working. Which means I can't really afford to take a sick day. I've always believed if you fuel your body with good nutritious food your body will be good to you.

It's even more imperative to eat right, drink plenty of water, take our vitamins (90% of US population do not meet their daily vitamin D needs1) and get plenty of sleep as we enter into the holiday season and winter months.


Yesterday it poured all day at our house, but luckily it snowed on the mountain. While I'm not sure how I feel about winter knocking on our door, I am ready for heartier winter meals. I don't know about you, but when the temps start to change I start craving heartier dishes. However, I'm all about giving traditional winter meals a healthy twist. Like this Chicken Tortilla Soup, I recently made. 

 

This dish will not disappoint. It's a healthy but filling. My husband requests it regularly.

CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
Serves 6-8

Ingredients 
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
15 oz. corn
15 oz. diced tomatoes (regular or with green chilies)
5 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 serrano chile, seeded and diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper

Toppings:  Cheese, Avocado, Tortilla chips and fresh cilantro (optional)

Directions 
Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours.

Before serving, remove chicken breasts and shred. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker and stir. Divide among bowls and top with cheese, avocado and tortilla chips (break with your hands to make big crumbs). Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

Even though it's winter you'll still find me enjoying a massive salad for lunch. However, now it might include seasonal veggies like sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts.


Regarding vitamins, here's my take, if they work for you then awesome but don't knock it until you try it. I personally take a Multivitamin, Collagen, Turmeric and Vitamin D daily. I have reasons why I take each, but today I want to dive into Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is synthesized by the skin when we’re exposed to sunlight during certain times of the day and year, and can also be found in a limited number of natural and fortified foods sources. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and vitamin D supports bone, teeth, muscle and immune system health.†

Nature Made® offers several levels of Vitamin D at Walmart, including Nature Made® Vitamin D3 2000IU Tablet and Nature Made® Vitamin D3 5000IU Softgel. The 5000IU high dose product is intended for those deficient in Vitamin D as determined and recommended by their physician.

When you take vitamin D from Nature Made, you can rest assured that you’re getting quality vitamins from the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Vitamin and Supplement Brand - based on a survey of pharmacists who recommend branded vitamins and supplements.

Do you take Vitamin D? FYI, I purchased these vitamins at Walmart near the pharmacy section.


† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

1 Fulgoni V, et al. Foods, Fortificants, and Supplements: Where do Americans get their nutrients? J of Nutrition 2011;141:1847-1854.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friday Favorites


Yeah, I know it's technically Thursday, but I have a sponsored post tomorrow... so there's that. With that said, instead of changing the name or skipping it all together I just decided I'll post today. Hey, it's my space which means I get to do what I want, right?!

While life is crazier than ever there are two things you can count on me being consistent with, healthy living and Friday Favorites! Without further ado here are all the things I'm loving, eating, or buying!

Favorite Treat of the Week
These Chocolate Chip Cookies. I made them for ice cream sandwiches, but I prefer them all alone. They are seriously the most delish cookies and I think you should make them for Santa this year. You're welcome.

Favorite Kitchen Tool
OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop! People this is a cookie making game changer and with all the holiday cookies you'll likely be baking in the coming weeks you'll want one! You'll thank me later. As basic as this sounds, I love my slow cooker. When life gets busy my Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker saves my family from eating out more often than not. I'm not kidding when I say I use it weekly.

Favorite Internet Deals of the week
I finally purchased a decent blow dryer and wow it makes a big difference! I was in the market because mine died on me mid blowout.... don't let that happen to you. I've always just purchased a blowdryer from TjMaxx, or the like. Since I was tired of recently it every two years or so I decided to spend some money and invest in a blow dryer. Anyway, I love it and it's currently on sale and has a free gift with purchase (online and in-store). I purchased the Hot Tools Tourmaline IONIC Professional Dryer ($79) and received a Styling wand free! Here's the gist, FREE Styling Tool with any $39.99 Hot Tools Styling Tool purchase (offer valid 10/22/17-12/30/17 or while supplies last).

Best Purchase of the Week
OK, ladies when was the last time you were fitted for a bra. Even better, when was the last time you purchased a new bra?! Yeah, it has been nearly TWO years for me. Let's just say my bra hasn't fit properly in a long time (aka it's WAY too big). When I went to Victoria Secret the other day I walked straight to a sales gal and explained my situation. After we determined my size, I told her the type of bras I like, and TA-DA I was trying on 3 different options and purchased two of those styles. I was in and out in 20 minutes! Best bra shopping experience ever and the girls are much happier. What did I buy? I purchased this Front-close Bralette in black and blush (currently on sale for $15; purchased a small) and this Perfect Shape Full Coverage Bra in almost new, because I'm basic like that. I should note, while it says full coverage it's more of a medium coverage demi bra. I should be good for a few years now, hahaha.

Favorite 'Healthy' Food Product
I use the term healthy loosely because truly how healthy are protein bars. However, they are a great grab and go option. I always pack bar when I'm traveling because you never know. Personally, I typically grab a Perfect Bar (only when I have extra fat to spare) or an RX bar, but recently I discovered Think Thin bars. Yeah, yeah you're probably thinking I'm late to the game, but have you tried the latest seasonal flavor, Dark Chocolate Peppermint?! Yup, game charger. Macros are on point at 19c/5f/10p making it tasty afternoon snack or treat.

What are you currently loving?!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Favorites


Happy Friday!

Without sounding like a broken record, there's just not enough time in the day/week. Seriously, though. This time of year is jam-packed and I'm starting to feel like I'm spreading myself thin, in all aspects of my life. Although that's life hopefully, it will slow down soon. The upside is my small little business is growing at rapid speed and sometimes I feel like my business partner and I need to hire an assistant or clone ourselves. Enough work chit-chat, let's dive into what I'm digging this week!

Soup Weather
Yesterday was a rainy day and the hubs requested Chicken Tortilla Soup. It gave me the perfect excuse to use the slow cooker. This is the third soup I've made in the last few weeks. There's just something to be said about a warm soup on a cold day. What's your favorite soup?

Best Internet Deals of the Week 
All things Patagonia are on sale on BackCountry.com. I'm digging this, this and this fleece which is only $77! Oh, Target you did it again. I recently purchased this National Tree 3 Foot Hickory Cedar Tree with 50 Clear Lights ($33 from Amazon) and these, these and these ornaments from Target. While the Christmas stuff isn't on sale, home items are currently up to 30% off and with code HERO you'll receive an additional 15% off select home items through Monday. I snagged this Lanham Marble Top Side Table - Threshold™ for $46, at checkout!

Christmas Shopping
Have you checked our inbox lately? I'm sure it's full of emails promoting sale after sale. Like many Americans, I too have started my Christmas shopping, but we do things a little different with our families. For the adults, we do secret Santa through Elfster and then buy for the kids. We also ask our extended families to limit the gifts purchased for Emerson and contribute to her college fund instead. Yes, we are those parents. When it comes to buying Emerson gifts, it's usually limited to a big gift, PJs, and books. Nothing more. I believe in less is more. I recently read, Why You Should Give Your Kids Exactly 3 Gifts For Christmas — No More, No Less and it only confirmed our process. What's your take on gift giving? Trust me the child doesn't go without.

Favorite Kitchen Tool
Any guesses? It gets used daily. Yup, the coffee maker! We have the OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker and it's amazing. We've been using it for over a year ago and still love it! It's worth the price.

Favorite Supplement
Collagen! I started taking collagen in July and have noticed a difference in my hair, nails, and joints. My friends and hairdresser have even noticed a change in my hair. #thinhairgains I use either youtheory Collagen Advanced Formula 1, 2 and 3 or Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides daily. Do you swear by collagen too?

Your turn. What are you loving?