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Healthy Girl: Back in it to win it

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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 

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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

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.

Peanut Butter

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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.)

KIND Bars

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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.)

Sleep

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)

A couple years ago we had a winter storm named Jonas.  During his visit I made a very delicious albeit spicy soup.  It was a bit much for my kids (weaklings) but for myself it was fantabulous.  The husband (who is also a spice weakling) enjoyed it even though he needed to take five minute breaks between sips.

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!

I have actually given up beans since the last time I whipped this soup up so for myself I will leave them out.  But the recipe still includes them for those of you who love white beans!
For this recipe you will need:

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

Your prep work consists of chopping the veggies.  Chop your fennel bulb into very small pieces.  These do cook down!  Most of my chopped fennel was about half an inch in size.  You also need to chop your onion to your liking.  I used minced garlic so I didn’t have to get my knife skills out for it.  I love these ingredients because they are super healthy and super sinus clearing!
After you have everything chopped – and your sausage cut into smaller pieces you load it all into your dutch oven or chef’s pot.  I used a chef’s pot as you can tell.  The veggies and sausage go in together and cook for about 12 minutes.  You will watch that fennel cook down, the onion become translucent and the sausage will cook through.  The green you see is the fennel not the fennel bulb.  I also put in my rosemary at this time.
The next item I put in was the vodka.  Some people cringe at the thought of alcohol but remember when you are cooking the alcohol cooks out.  However, you get a richer flavor!  It doesn’t matter if you use bottom shelf or top shelf potato liquor and if you do not have any vodka to use then go for a dry white wine – same amount 1/2 cup.
Now we are going somewhere!  Your veggies and meat have cooked.  You got it a little drunk on some wine or vodka.  Now you add in your chicken stock, tomato paste, and crushed plum tomatoes, and the heat! Yes this is where you decide if you want red pepper flakes.  Remember this:  fennel has a bit of heat to it already as does the sausage.  Go ahead and do a slight taste test to decide if you want to add to the heat or if it is spicy enough for your palate.  Stir it up and let it boil and then let it simmer for about ten minutes.
Eat up!
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4 thoughts on “Healthy Girl: Back in it to win it”

  1. Yum! Can I take a swig if vodka before I make this? We just had a turkey sausage and white bean skillet dinner last night. I am trying to get in a new routine. I did get 5 miles on the stepper yesterday. So proud of you, you inspire me and I wish I had you around to go to the gym with me. I always work out at home.

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