I started back to my old habits last week.
It feels good.
Working out, eating right, the old song and dance that you (if you read regularly) are super aware of.
Today I’m sharing a few things that I love that help making me a healthy girl easier.
Vitamin Water XXX
Not only does the flavor go down smooth the electrolytes give you the boost you need to get through your day and evening. Though the water says it has zero calories my mathematical evaluation says it has around 16 calories. (Carb are at 4 grams and carbs have calories – 4 per gram of carb.) I’m not worried about 16 calories.
Electrolytes in general are such a necessary for me. I need the help for my immune system and to keep my energized. Though I’m not a fan of Gatorade you can opt for Gatorade Zero and Powerade Zero. I also love Life Water which is infused with electrolytes as well.
My old standby. Addicted I may be. When I need a sweet tooth fix or when the tummy starts rumbling and it isn’t time to really devour anything of mass significance I take in a tablespoon and I’m good to go. (Go for natural peanut butter not the added to stuff.)
These fill two roles in my life: 1. Snack (one a day) and 2. Filling the candy void. I cannot speak enough goodness about these bars. They are so good, so filling, so delicious. Just read the packaging. (These taste like a Pay Day bar.)
My sleep habits have not returned. Most nights I’m still awake at midnight. However, I know I need to work on my sleepy time routine. Ample sleep is important for weight management and letting your cells clean up. Showering off at night, a good book that won’t keep you too enthralled, and a reminder on your Fitbit app to tell you it’s time to wind down are winners.
Ready for a recipe?
My Italian Soup (White Bean, Sausage, & Spice)
Just kidding – it was more like 2 minute breaks.
Don’t let the spice scare you away from this recipe. You can totally make it less spicy by eliminating or decreasing the amount of red pepper flakes you put in. I just went a slight bit insane with red pepper because I do like heat!
1lb Andouille Sausage
2 cans of drained and rinsed white beans
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
2 cups of crushed plum tomatoes
2 cups chopped fennel bulb – you can do it
1/2 cup of fennel tops chopped
2 cups chopped onion
1 tablespoon of rosemary
6 cups of sodium free chicken stock
1/2 cup vodka
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (I used a tablespoon, obviously if you are not a heat person you should use NONE being that the sausage and fennel can give it a tiny bite)
Salt to taste