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**

Meet me on the mat – Yoga mat that is!

Lunchtime yoga may be my new favorite thing! I work from home, so it is perfect for me to run out from 12-1 for a quick hour yoga class and I come back feeling focused and ready to work the rest of the day. Does anyone else enjoy lunch hour yoga?

IMG_3890I am a huge fan of hot yoga! I’ve tried multiple studios and different types of yoga and usually buy 10 class passes to various places to try them out and see what I think. I am going to breakdown some benefits and different type of yoga for you guys incase you are considering trying it out. I would HIGHLY recommend it because you feel fantastic afterwards and if you are a runner or have tight hips/back/neck etc. this could be a life changer 🙂

I am guilty of not stretching or barely stretching after most of my workouts, so yoga fits perfectly into my routine. It lengthens and elongates the body while making you feel all nice and relaxed. I have VERY tight hip flexors and I find I hate my life when the instructor starts the pigeon or other hip openers, but I am so thankful after.

Ok…so here we go…

Types of Yoga:

yogatypesI am a big fan of Moksha Yoga studios which they have all over Ontario because of a few reasons:

1. They play music
2. They don’t take it too seriously and make the classes fun
3. They mix it up with different poses every class
4. They often mix in some pilates, push ups, sit ups, etc.

But, you can make your own choices on what you like as you experiment with different studios!

Now…the benefits:

YogabenefitsSome other benefits include: Improved brain function, better focus, improved digestion, lower stress levels, improved sexual function, anxiety relief, strong bones, etc, etc, etc.So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and try a class today!! Here is a little laugh for your Friday hehecatyoga

Frisky Fall Stair Workout

Hey hey!

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I know I did! We held a surprise birthday party for one of my best friends on Saturday night and it went really well. I was a little worried we wouldn’t be able to keep it a surprise, but we did and she loved it.

In other news, I weighed myself this morning and am not feeling great about that pesky number on the scale. I think I may have been over indulging a little too much lately…SO….I am starting the #friskyfall challenge today!! woohoo!!

This is an 8 week workout routine that can be found on the Tone it Up website here: http://toneitup.com/2014/09/frisky-fall-fitness-challenge-week-1-schedule/

I started this morning with the stair routine in my house and I loved it! IMG_3805

Stair Work-out
Do this 3x through

Run up every other stair (3x)
8 burpees
Run every stair (3x)
20 Tummy Tucks
Run up every other stair (3x)
V Sits with a twist
Run every stair (3x)
20 tricep dips (using the stairs)

Anyone interested in joining it with me for the frisky fall challenge?! 🙂

 

Protein Waffles – The Low Carb High Protein Breakfast that Will Rock Your World

Has anyone tried protein pancakes before? I have talked about these before and have made them a few times although I always had some trouble flipping them and making them look pretty.IMG_3639

Well….the other day I was at Target and stumbled upon this baby cakes mini waffle maker and a light went off in my head! Amazing!! All you need to do is plug it in and when the red light goes off you put the batter in and then take the finished waffle out once the light goes off! That’s really it!

So, I took my protein pancake recipe and used it for the waffle maker:IMG_3647

Protein Pancakes Waffles:

1 Tablespoon Chocolate protein powder
1/2 Frozen banana (mashed)
1/4 Cup of egg whites
1/2 Tablespoon of coconut almond milk (you can use regular if you like)
1 Teaspoon of cinnamon

Directions: Mash the banana and almond milk together before adding the other ingredients. Then mix it all together and pour in waffle maker. Then serve with your favorite toppings! Sometimes I add fruit or just pure maple syrup – or both. Yum yum! OR, if you look below I added a picture of one I added bananas, peanut butter and some greek yogurt!

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Motivation & Mantras

As it is now September and thing are getting busier in our lives because of school, less vacation time, people are more motivated in the work sense and the healthy lean clean green eating as well as constant working out is falling a little to the wayside.

It’s not always easy to stay on track especially when you don’t have the “I need to wear a bikini” this weekend looming over your head. So, I thought I would share some Mantra’s that I try to live by for some extra motivation:

This one is so close to my heart, as I tend to overeat and really not pay attention to my diet as much as I should from Thursday – Sunday….which is really more than half of the week…:S Yikes!

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The duration of a workout is always a mystery…how long and how intense should I work out? You should try to go at LEAST 30 minutes and always put everything in…don’t phone it in (Thanks Jillian Michaels for that one!)length

Don’t quit when you don’t see results right away…4weeks

This one really speaks for me…for those days when you really don’t feel like it just do it before you do anything else and you will not regret it!mantra2

Here are some great reasons to work out….  mantra1 And lastly, some Ryan Gosling…because who doesn’t love him?!

ryanAnyone else have some good tips to stay motivated when you fall off track?