Healthy Doesn’t Have To Taste Bad

Hello again!

Over the past couple weeks, I have been asked by several people
for any recipes that I am using during this lifestyle transition.
I’m not going to lie.
It’s been a bit difficult.

But I have found several “go-to” recipes that I am loving right now!!!
And yes…I’m going to share them with you!

You need to remember that during this time, you are trying to cut out as much
starch, sugars, and pretty much anything artificial!
This means that, in some recipes, there may be a “short cut,” but you have to ask yourself…
are you willing to sacrifice a little more time for healthy choices?

Disclaimer: I am not a dietician and do not pretend to be.
These recipes are simply ones that I have enjoyed and are better for you!

And if you have easy healthy recipes,
send them my way!!!

Here we go!

Simple Baked Chicken Breast
3-4 boneless-skinless chicken breasts
olive oil
salt and pepper (optional)
rosemary or any spices you really enjoy using

* Spray pan with olive oil spray.
* Place chicken breasts in pan.
* Spray with olive oil spray or brush olive oil on with small brush.
* Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
You can add many different spices.  Most spices are good and healthy for you.
* Bake in a 350°F oven for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Roasted Sweet Potato Circles
9×13 baking pan
sweet potatoes
olive oil

* Spray a shallow baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
*Wash and peel sweet potatoes. Prepare one small to medium size
potato for each person you plan to serve. Slice potatoes into circles/slices that
are 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
* Place circles on baking sheet. Spray with olive oil spray. Sprinkle with
salt and pepper to taste
* Bake approximately 10 minutes in oven set at 350 degrees. Remove
pan from oven, turn potatoes over. Spray with a little more olive oil over potatoes
if they look dry and sprinkle the potatoes with dried herbs of your choice.
Summer savory, thyme, or oregano are good choices.
* Return potatoes to the oven and cook approximately 10 additional minutes
or until potatoes are tender with slightly crispy edges.

Chicken Tortilla Soup—SLOW COOKER
2 skinned and boned raw chicken breasts, cubed
1 large onion, chopped
1 can black beans
2 garlic cloves, chopped or pressed
2 14 oz can s chicken broth
1 can (10 oz) tomato puree (can also use tomato sauce)
1 can Rotel tomatoes (mild or regular)
¾ tsp salt
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp black pepper

* Combine first 13 ingredients in a slow cooker.
* Cover and cook on high for 6 hours.
* Garnish with fresh cilantro if desired.
* You can also add some frozen corn if desired (½ cup or so)
I do not cube my chicken.  I just put the breasts on the bottom and let them cook for the 6ish hours.
Once they’re done, I use my tongs and shred them into the soup mixture.  I like it better that way, but
you can do it however you like!!!!
Now remember…although this would be tasty with tortilla chips,
they are not the healthiest for you!!!
Also, watch out with the sour cream!  Also fattening!!!
We eat it plain because it’s good enough that way!!!!

Southwest Easy-Oven Chicken
1-cup fat free chicken broth
2 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
¾ cup mild salsa
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts

* Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
* In a 13 x 9 baking pan, combine the broth, beans, salsa and garlic. Add the
chicken and baste with some of the liquid.
* Bake, stirring once, until the chicken is cooked through and the liquid is reduced,
about 45 minutes.
Also remember about rice, tortilla chips, and sour cream for this recipe too.  Try a healthier
option if you need more.  Add some good vegetables!!!!

Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
6 ounce jar of pesto (or something close to 6 oz)
1 package Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix
1/2 cup chicken broth

* Turn crock pot to high setting. Place chicken thighs, pesto, ranch dressing and chicken broth into
crock pot. Stir gently to combine all seasonings. Close with lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours
or on low for 6-8 hours.
Although this would be marvelous with mashed potatoes, be careful with your vegetable choice!
Mashed potatoes are good, but only in small doses.  So, if you don’t think you can handle a small
dose, then make something else! =)

(Adapted from this recipe!)

I made this recipe for Valentine’s Day dinner this year.  It was a hit!!!  So good and so easy!  We will be having it again!

Pesto Ranch Chicken












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The Week After Detox

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt
until they are too strong to be broken.
~Samuel Johnson

While on my detox, I lost eight pounds.  I was elated!!!!  I was seeing numbers I hadn’t seen in a very long time.  I was so encouraged!

But then it was time to go back to the real world.  It was time to see how I would navigate meals and snacks.  Needless to say, I was nervous.

My friend had sent me an email with several recipes, so I felt a little better, but it was things like breakfast, lunch, and snacks that worried me the most.  I realize that losing 30 pounds in nine weeks is a VERY lofty goal.  One that I realize will probably not happen, but I needed to aim high.

I need to aim high for myself.

As I said in my previous post, losing just 18 pounds would put me on the higher end of my healthy weight range.  After losing a good amount of weight the previous week, I was so nervous about gaining it all back!

I meal planned for the week, went shopping, and started the week.  Here went nothing!

Monday came and went.  I made dinner.  I had a healthy lunch and breakfast.  I felt fantastic!
That’s when it hit me…


For those of you that read my last post, I told you that my detox was more mental than physical and this week proved that more than anything!  I found myself resisting many temptations because of the weight I had lost the previous week.  It was so easy too!  Each morning, I would step on the scale to see the “damage” and each morning I would be excited to see that it was no more than your average +/- a pound (or less).

Now although I am excited to have maintained my weight loss throughout this week, I know that losing some would have been nice.  Now, let me say: I am not exercising right now and I know that will help.  I am adding exercise in next week and hope to see some sort of improvement!

I would also like to say that I was so inspired by all the encouragement I received last week.  I could not do this without encouragement and accountability!

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

I hope to continue this journey and change my habits so that my children can learn healthy habits to pass on to their children.

~ Jess Elaine

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