Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

soupSo, its fall and what is better in fall than home made soup?! I love soup and making your own is a way to make sure you are limiting salt and other preservatives they put in the canned stuff!

I made beer butt chicken the other day, which is really one of my favorite things to make and its soooo easy! I will post the recipe for that next time I make it. Anyway, the point I was getting to is that I always throw out the carcus and it seems like such a waste! So, why not make some chicken noodle soup?!?! Here is how I did it:

Home Style Chicken Noodle Soup

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    Chicken Carcus with leftover meat left on (Or, 3 chicken breasts boiled and shredded)

  • 3-4 Carrots chopped into slices
  • 4-5 Stalks of celery chopped into slices
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped into small peices
  • 2 boxes of chicken stalk (low sodium if available)
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 box of noodles
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon thyme

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  • First you will want to boil your chicken carcus in the chicken stalk & water
  • While this is boiling you will chop all your veggies
  • Boil the chicken for an hour and then take out the carcus and pick off all the meat that is leftover
  • At this point I added a bit more water – you can use your discretion on this…you can also add more stalk
  • Add in the spices, onion and boil for 10 minutes before adding the carrots and celery and boil for 10 more minutes
  • Add the noodles and chicken back into the mix and simmer on low for about 20-30 minutes
  • Enjoy!

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**This make quite a bit of soup…I ladled the the soup into small ziplock bags and loaded them into a larger ziplock to freeze for later, but it would be great for a party or a large family gathering**

Breakfast on the go….Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats

Have you guys tried overnight oats? They are amazing! And, so easy to make. They literally take 5 minutes to prepare and you wake up and have something to take on the go. Here is a one recipe I enjoy!! It’s another one of those dessert for breakfast ideas!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats 

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Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Rolled Oats (Or steel cut oats)
2/3 cup of milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
Honey or Stevia for sweetness (if desired)
1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds (optional – if you add these you should add a little more milk)
1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter (I used 100% natural peanut butter)
1 Tablespoon Cocoa powder
1 banana cut into slices

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Place Oats into canning jar (mason jar or like). Pour milk overtop, add sweetener (if needed) and shake well. Place the peanut butter and cocoa powder in and half of the banana. Shake again and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Dessert for Breakfast

There are not many things that make me more happy than eating and chocolate. I literally crave chocolate all the time and if I can find a way to have dessert in healthy form I will! I feel this showcases my life pretty well:

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If you are like me, then you are constantly searching to satisfy your sweet-tooth without consuming 10,000 calories! As I have mentioned before I follow the Tone it up girls quite closely with my fitness instagram account (follow me – thefitchocoholic). Other followers have posted pictures of a healthified banana split and I just had to try!

I devoured this pretty quickly and it filled me for hours since it is rich is so many healthy foods!

BANANA SPLIT BOWL RECIPE ♥

bananasplitIngredients:

1 Cup greek yogurt
1 medium banana
1 Cup blueberries
2 Tablespoons walnuts (or any nut you prefer)
1 Tablespoon Chia seeds (if you don’t have these in your diet you should add them! See the benefits below)
1 Tablespoon dark chocolate chips (must have in my opinion)
1 Teaspoon large unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

Cut your banana in half length ways and line in the bottom of the bowl. Scoop greek yogurt on top of banana and add chia seeds (sometimes I wait a few minutes for them to swell). Then add everything else and try to make it look pretty before indulging for breakfast!!

Benefits:

There are so many its hard to narrow it down! Since I have a lot of ingredients I will just focus on 3 today…

Blueberries: This bowl is packed with antioxidants from the beautiful blueberries (Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA). Blueberries also have a low GI (glycemic index) which means that they won’t spike your blood sugar levels so you don’t experience the crash afterwards.

Chia Seeds: Fibre! You know that most of us do not get enough so if you are able to get some fibre this easily – why not!? Chia sees are also stocked with Omega-3 fatty acids (important for brain health). Calcium (bone health) and Manganese (good for bones and helps your body use other essential nutrients like biotin and thiamin). Chia seeds expand in water or liquid so when you eat them they swell in your stomach and make you feel fuller longer which is great for people trying to lose weight. They also flight belly fat since they have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar and fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat. Lastly, these little seeds are packed with protein!

*If you can’t tell I really love Chia seeds!! I usually buy mine at bulk barn 🙂

Greek Yogurt: Great for your digestive health because of the probiotics (healthy bacteria help promote a healthy gut). Greek Yogurt is also a great source of calcium, magnesium and potassian which is thought to help lower high blood pressure. Protein!! Almost double the amount as compared with regular yogurt  and since protein takes your body longer to digest, it can help make you feel and stay full for longer.

I really recommend trying a banana split bowl when you want something sweet, but don’t want to throw your diet out the window…oh and don’t forget to add some chia seeds!! 🙂