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Homemade Soup

homemade soup

One of my favorite ways to make good use of a few oddball pantry items and save money is to make soup.  I also keep a bag in the freezer to add leftovers to that aren’t enough to make a family meal with.  Then put them all together for a great healthy soup!

My most recent homemade soup had:

  • leftover turkey + chicken
  • pinto beans
  • last bits of various noodles
  • a can of corn
  • leftover fresh salsa with onion (this gave it a really great flavor!)
  • 2 boxes of organic turkey broth (I try to keep some on hand)

This was SO easy and SO good!

What about you?  Do you like soup?  Do you follow a recipe or just dump like me?

Clean Eating {step 7} Whole Food Supplements

 

Our immune system is dependent on an adequate daily intake of a variety of essential nutrients – AND – most of us do not get all of those nutrients from diet alone.

After several weeks in our beginners series, we have been implementing some healthy swaps by now in our grocery trips and meal planning as well as adding in more water and veggies.  Like I have said before, just make ONE change at a time if it feels overwhelming to you.

This week we are talking about adding in whole food supplements. 

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I recommend starting with a multivitamin.   

 

Nothing replaces a healthy clean eating diet.  We absolutely get the nutrients we need from real, whole foods.

 

With that said, my family and I have been making changes right along with you!  However, I know that even with all of our clean choices, we are not eating perfectly.  I want to make sure that our family is getting the the right amount of nutrients that whole food gives us but I know I don’t hit it all.

 

I would guess that is true for most of us.

 

How do you know if your supplement choice is ‘clean’?

Not all supplements are created equal.  The reason some believe supplements don’t work, is because, honestly,  some don’t.  Many choices on the market are synthetic (man-made) or they start out natural and then are heat processed.  While these choices certainly won’t hurt you, they definitely won’t help either.  Why spend your money on nutrients that never get delivered to your body? 

Read the label.  Artificial flavors and colors are not nutritious and should not be in a vitamin. 

Test the purity.  A super simple test that you can do at home right now is to put your vitamin in a small bowl of lukewarm water.  If it dissolves completely within 30 min then you can be assured it is dissolving in your body.  Another thing to look for is ‘stuff’ floating to the top of the water.  Those could be what’s called, fillers. Yuck!  I don’t want that stuff in my body. 

Look at the this visual to understand the difference.

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For our family, we trust the Shaklee brand.  I know that they use raw ingredients, no artificial ingredients and no preservatives.  Both my husband and I as well as my 2 teen boys take the Vita Lea multivitamin.  Plus adding this to our diet helps keep our immune system healthy and therefore, we are sick less.  My boys have each only been sick with a minor cold once this whole school year.  They are surrounded by kids missing school due to illness and that is just not happening with us. 

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I also really like this video called Why Supplement.

Do you supplement?  Have you tested your vitamin before?  Do you feel better with it?

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*** be sure to email me at claireshealthyhome(at)gmail(dot)com to get my latest Shaklee special

 

 

Life Lately…..

Winter in Arizona is the time the people come out to play because the weather is so great.  It feels like spring and the temps are in the high 60’s and low 70’s. Before you get ready to hate me, I’ll just remind you that our summers are so darn hot that we spend most of that time indoors while all the other states come out to play ;) 

Anyway….we have thoroughly been enjoying the weather right now and are taking advantage of every moment!

Here are a few pictures of what we have been up to lately.

We continue to attend Saturday night church services and we like this set up because my husband works 6 days a week.  So we are able to have Sundays as a family day of rest.  Check out the palm trees and the Christmas lights and the blue sky… at.the.same.time.  One of the many things we are loving about Arizona right now.

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My three boys (love them so much!) 2 weeks before Christmas.

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Caden showing off his Green Machine that he got for Christmas.  He has been happily zipping around the neighborhood.  We are in a closed neighborhood loop and he has been loving playing outside everyday with the neighbor kids.  This was something we did not have previously. In the summer it was hard to meet neighbors because people stayed inside due to the HOT weather. 

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Rainbow loom bracelets.  It’s cool for boys too!

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The hiking is awesome around here!  We are taking advantage of the season to get out and explore and have done several in the last month.

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We celebrated 20 years of marriage with a short trip to San Diego.IMG_4138[1]

We took a 4 hour whale watching tour boat and the day was just beautiful!  I grew up on the Puget Sound near Seattle, WA so it felt like coming home being on the ocean again.  We saw several whales and they showed off nicely for us by breaching over and over.  Of course I was so into watching it that I forgot to take any pics…

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Our dear friends were celebrating a birthday and we were able to coordinate our trips to see each other while in San Diego.  We have been so blessed by their friendship and even though we live in different states, they are lifelong friends for sure. 

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We have had several neighborhood birthday parties and this have been great for getting to know more people, not to mention fun.  This party had a mad scientist theme complete with experiments!

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Our trombone player had his first concert and they also played for the school flag ceremony.  I was actually amazed at how good they sounded for their first year in band.

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It has been a busy and fun month! 

What about you?  What does life look like lately for you?

smoothie recipe round up

Smoothee Recipe Roundup

I drink a smoothee every morning and sometimes for lunch because they are quick, easy and I know they have the right amount of nutrients to start the day right.  Plus they have 24 grams of protein which is  important to have with each meal and it keeps me full. and often we make them for afternoon snacks.  My boys love them,too.  I often make them as an afternoon snack and it’s a sneaky easy way for me to get extra nutrients in their growing bodies.  I have several recipes on the blog, but today I decided to compile my favorites into one post for easy finding.

Healthy Iced Vanilla Coffee

iced vanilla coffee smoothee

Get the recipe HERE

 

Berry Delicious

berry delicious protein smoothie

Get the recipe HERE

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie

get the recipe HERE

 

Pumpkin Vanilla Spice

pumpkin spice smoothie (2)

get the recipe HERE

 

Mocha Frappe Smoothee

mocha protein frappe

get the recipe HERE

 

smoothie recipe round up

I have a list of several more recipes but these are my favorites so far.

What about you?  Do you drink smoothies?  Do you make them for your kids? 

clean eating step 6 protein

Clean Eating for Beginners {Step 6} Protein

We are talking protein today with Step 6 of the Clean Eating for Beginners series.

{to catch up on the series…go HERE}

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Protein is essential to our bodies and should be eaten with each meal!  It helps with the growth, repair and maintenance of all body tissues.  It provides your body with a source of energy and helps fight off disease.

 

These powers are made possible by consuming adequate amounts of dietary protein which supply the body with amino acids, the basic building blocks from which the body can make its own body proteins. 

But, as I have seen as I learn more about clean eating,  not all foods are created equal and the same goes for protein. 

Here are my top favorite protein sources {plant and animal} and what I look for in each one to get it as clean as possible.

1.  Organic Chicken

I personally get my chicken at Costco in bulk.  They have a great selection of organic meat.  Others rave about Zaycon.  I have not tried them…yet.  They are on my list.

2.  Eggs 

Farm fresh are the absolute best.  If you have a way to get your eggs from a farmer, do it! 

3.  Nuts & Legumes

4.  Non-GMO Soy (plant protein)

There are a lot of benefits to a quality non genetically modified soy protein.  I actually drink a non GMO soy protein smoothee daily but that is because I found the purest organic soy on the market (which is extremely rare to find).  Most soybeans are genetically modified and chemically washed. These are not.  Plus they taste yummy and make great healthy snacks for my kids.  I am always looking for more ways to ‘sneak’ in more nutrients in their diet.

{ read more about research on non-GMO soy protein HERE }

If you are a clean eating beginner, I suggest picking at least one protein source and swap it for a cleaner version. 

Which one will you start with? What are your favorite sources of protein?  Do you have it with every meal?

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Shaklee 180 Detox Review

Earlier this month I did the 180 Detox plan and really liked it!  I felt so much better getting off processed foods and refined sugars. 

I have done the 5 day mini-cleanse twice now and am gearing up for the next group. 

So many of you have emailed and messaged me with tons of questions so I recorded some short videos at the end of each day of the detox.  I hope it helps and answers your questions!

Get in on our next group NOW!

Read this post for more info 🙂

180 Detox Day 1

 

180 Detox Day 2

 

180 Detox Day 3

Somehow I forgot to record a video this day.  ooops!

 

180 Detox Day 4

 

 

180 Detox Day 5

Are you ready to feel better too?  
I would love to have you join me on our next 180 Detox {5 Day Mini-Cleanse}
Go here to get your Shaklee 180 Detox products.  After you order you will get access to our daily emails, grocery list, recipes and private facebook group.
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protein energy bites

Protein Energy Bites

protein energy bitesThis is a super easy and healthy snack for you and the kids! 

It has only 3 ingredients

protein energy bite ingredients

protein energy bites recipe

Stir it all together and scoop into little balls. 

Eat and enjoy!

{we like them best refrigerated about 30 mins}

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They are filling too. 

I sent 3 with my teenage son to school in his lunch and it was just right for my growing boy. 

My youngest son is gluten intolerant so these are perfect for him too.

You could also mix in chocolate chips, oatmeal, nuts or raisins.

protein energy bites your kids will love

You can use any protein powder but this Chocolate Protein Powder is the only one I trust and give to my kids.

Enjoy and have fun mixing it up!

Our Simple Christmas Traditions

We are in countdown mode here in anticipation of Christmas day.  For our family, we cherish this day as a celebration of the birth of Christ.  However, it is SO easy to lose sight of that simple celebration in the midst of the holiday hype.  I admit it is easy for me to get swept up in the idea of the ‘perfect’ Christmas.  I can get easily stressed out over finding the perfect gift, creating the perfect memories for my boys, cooking the perfect treats and ……

Then I remember, it all comes down to this for our family: celebrate the gift of Jesus and share it with others.  yep.  everything else does not matter.

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These are a few of our simple Christmas traditions

  • decorate the Christmas tree
  • drink hot cocoa
  • look at Christmas lights
  • watch some Christmas movies
  • play games
  • have a birthday cake for Jesus
  • help another family

One thing I love about our tree is it tells stories.  With the ornaments we have collected over the past 20 years, it tells the story of our marriage, our first home, the birth of each of our three boys and God’s story of love for us.  From the time of creation through the birth of His son, Jesus.  Every year we decorate the tree we are reminded of these precious stories by each ornament that gets hung.

What about you?  What are your Christmas traditions? 

Do you find yourself getting stressed out during the season too?

This is my go to stress reliever!  All natural. Safe. Works.

{order from my Shaklee shop}

email me at claireshealthyhome(at)gmail.com for any questions

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Tomato, Cucumber + Avocado Salad

I have been focusing on clean eating for the past month and have been learning new healthy recipes.  This salad has quickly become one of my favorites!  It is super easy to make, uses raw food and gives just enough protein to fill me up.

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I have had it several days in a row this past week while I have been detoxing because I love it so much.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Recipe:

  • cut up one cucumber
  • slice one avocado
  • cut in half about 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • mix together
  • drizzle with freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • sprinkle with sea salt

 

Clean Eating {step 5} Swap White for Wheat (and other healthy grains)

We are halfway through our Clean Eating for Beginners series!  If you have been following along and focused on just one healthy swap a week you have implemented 4 clean eating solutions.  Personally, I have added in a ton more fruits and veggies to our families meals and snacks, given up soda, started using organic sugar and local honey and stopped using vegetable oil.  I feel pretty good about it so far! 

[ To find the whole series, start HERE

This week we are talking about healthy grains.

I have been told and read that white bread and flour is one of the worst things you can put into your body.  Uh oh.  Guilty of that in our house.  Honestly, this will be a tough one in our house because my teen boys are so used to white bread.  However, there are a few beginner clean eating solutions we can implement and take our baby steps there. 

In the past, I have purchased and used white bleached flour to use for baking.  Now that I know that is definitely not a clean choice, I searched for solutions.

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Here is what I learned :

Organic grains are best!  If you can’t swing organic grains, then look for whole grains with few or no additives.

Unbleached wheat flour is a better choice.  I like King’s Arthur or Trader Joe’s or Bob’s Red Mill.

Sprouted wheat is best for breads.  Ezekia 4:9 is a good brand. Trader Joe’s has some great options as well.  Your next best is to again look for whole grains with few or no additives.

Ditch the crackers.  We really don’t need these, but if you are like us, you like them every once in awhile for dips and easy kid snacking.  Opt for a multigrain or whole wheat cracker. 

These are good from Trader Joes

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Clean Grain Choices :

  • Wheat flour
  • Brown rice
  • Pasta (with recognizable ingredients)
  • Couscous
  • Quinoa
  • Barley

 

Clean Gluten Free Choices :

  • Coconut flour.  I have baked a few things with it and we love it!
  • Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour
  • Udi’s [bread, rolls, etc]

 

 

What is your experience with white and wheat flour?  Have you tried any of these clean grain choices?  What will be your first Clean Eating Swap this week?

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