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Instagram Recipes Round Up: Part One

The Community

Hey babes! SO I realize that I’ve posted some recipes on my Instagram {@BlissfullyLively} that needed a special home on the blog! I want these to be available for you to reference when you’re looking for drool-worthy, BL-friendly recipes {plenty of satiating protein, good fats & fiber!}. Also, these are all fantastic dishes to meal prep ahead of time for my BL babes who are short on time.

Tortellini & Chicken Bean Soup

I am kind of becoming a soup cooking professional these days. They are the easiest recipes, so hard to mess up & can be rough chopped for quick assembly!

BL Recipes: Chicken Tortellini Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 5-6 carrots, chopped
  • 5-6 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 92 oz. (3 cartons) organic free-range chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 organic chicken breasts, cooked & shredded
  • 1 package cheese tortellini
  • 2 cans cannelini beans, drained & rinsed
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Chop onion & garlic, add to large pot with EVOO on medium high heat. Saute for 3-5 minutes until browned.
2. Rough chop all veggies. Set kale aside. Add the rest of the veggies to the pot.
3. Stir in butter & sauté for 5-8 minutes until carrots & celery are soft.
4. Add in chicken broth & spices. Stir to combine.
5. Let simmer until boiling & turn down to low to simmer for 20 minutes.
6. While this is cooking, add chicken to pot & cover with water. Put on high heat until boiling & then turn down to low & simmer for 20 minutes.
7. Shred chicken & add to pot.
8. Add in tortellini, kale & beans. Mix well and add salt & pepper as desired!


Balsamic Caprese Chicken

One of my FAVORITE dishes that I literally never get tired of. Pair it with some green veggies and whole grains on the side {roasted brussel sprouts and quinoa pictured below} and you’ve got yourself the perfect BL dinner!

BL Recipes: Balsamic Caprese Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 dash oregano
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 tbsp. chopped basil
  • 1 ball of mozzarella, 4 slices
  • 1 tsp. balsamic reduction

Directions:

1. Put chicken breasts in ziplock bag with balsamic vinegar and let marinate overnight.
2. Take out and place on a plate.
3. Pre-heat grill to medium high.
4. Grill chicken breasts 5 minutes {-ish} on each side until cooked through the middle and golden.
5. Add the tomato, basil and mozzarella to the top of the chicken and turn the heat of the grill down to allow the cheese to melt.
6. Once the cheese has melted, transfer to plate & drizzle with balsamic reduction!

Chicken & Quinoa Taco Soup

My BL-twist on a classic. With quinoa and extra veggies this is sure to keep you full all the way to dinner! {Top with some avocado for a dose of healthy fat!}


BL Recipes: Chicken and Quinoa Taco Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 peppers, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 92 oz. (3 cartons) organic free-range chicken broth
  • 2 cans low-sodium corn
  • 2 cans low-sodium black beans
  • 2 cups dry quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can mild diced chilies
  • Chili powder, garlic salt, garlic powder & cayenne paper to taste

Directions:

1. Chop peppers, garlic & onion, add to large pot on medium high heat with olive oil. Saute for 3-5 minutes until soft.
2. Cover with chicken breasts.
3. Add in chicken broth, corn, beans, quinoa, water, tomatoes, chilies & spices.
4. Cover & bring to a boil, once boiling reduce to heat to low & simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Take out chicken & shred.
6. Add back in shredded chicken & stir to combine.
7. Simmer for another 5 minutes & serve with 1/4 avocado!

Loaded Chicken Noodle & Kale Soup

Last but not least… you guys soups are so convenient, a complete meal in one, and reheat amazingly when made ahead of time. {Not to mention my favorite way to warm up from NH winters while I anxiously await warm springtime weather!} Packed with so many more veggies than traditional chicken noodle soup to give you an antioxidant boost!


BL Recipes: Kale Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 carrots, chopped
  • 5 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
  • 32 oz. organic free-range chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 lb. cooked & shredded chicken breast
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 1 cup whole wheat rotini
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Chop onions & garlic, put in small bowl.
2. Chop carrots & celery, put in small bowl.
3. Add 1 tbsp. olive oil to soup pot on medium high heat. Add in onions & garlic.
4. Once sautéed until brown, add in 1 tbsp. butter, carrots & celery.
5. Sauté until soft, 5-10 minutes.
6. Add in chicken broth, thyme, oregano & bay leaves.
7. Bring to a boil & then simmer for 20 minutes.
8. Add in chicken, kale & 1 cup rotini, simmer for 10 minutes.
9. Add salt & pepper to taste!

I hope you babes enjoy these recipes! I also LOVE to share recipes that I am cooking in real-time on Instagram story so make sure you’re following there @BlissfullyLively. Stay tuned for part 2 where I’ll be showing you some of my favorite BL indulgences!

xo,

Lauren

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Meal Prep 101 (& FREE Meal Prep Planning Template!)

How many times have you come home absolutely STARVING? You open the fridge and there’s nothing that looks appealing, so you open the pantry. You go back and forth for a bit until you settle on something that is quick and easy {but might not be the healthiest option}. I know I am 100% guilty of this if I don’t plan ahead! This is exactly where meal prep comes in handy – to make your life easier while also helping you stick to your goals.


BL x SSC Whole Body Reset

How are you guys? Holy smokes its been a minute since I have posted. A lot has been going on for BL lately… new clients {so pumped}, teaching more fitness classes & creating a nutrition program from scratch!! All the while trying to create an online nutrition program at a lower price point, keep up with blog posts & put out weekly newsletters…WOAH. my brain hurts just typing that…but we’re doin’ it!

Yes you read that right an in person nutrition program from scratch…

As with anything I was a bit scared to take on such a huge task but I couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to talk about this completed program!

I partnered with Seacoast Sports Clubs a local gym in the Portsmouth, NH area to create a 10 week nutrition & healthy lifestyle program. The basis of the program is to give you the knowledge to meet your wellness goals.

Bl Whole Body Reset

Those goals can be losing weight, eating healthier, moving more, whatever you see you need a little help with to live your healthiest and happiest life.

The program meets every Tuesday night for 10 weeks starting October 17th {at the SSC West End location} from 5:30-7pm. The first 40 minutes of our group meeting consists of nutrition & healthy lifestyle topics such as Portion sizes, nutrient dense meals, eating for satiety, cutting out sugar, etc. & the last 50 minutes is a workout of the week which changes each week to help you find what works best for you. Some examples are cardio, strength training, yoga, boxing.

But now you’re thinking…

Lauren, I’m not a member of SSC!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE! This program is offered to member and non members of the gym!

BL x SSC Whole Body Reset

The point of the program is to give you all the knowledge & tools so that at the end of the 10 weeks you can implement them sustainably into your own life!

The course syllabus is below for a more specific look into what we will be chatting about.

So now my question to you…

Have you tried diets & fallen off?
Are you frustrated by the 10 lbs that seem to hang on?
Do you want to learn how to eat more healthfully?

If the answer to these is YES! Then this program is what you need. Fall is a time for change & readjusting your habits.

Why not invest in yourself?

Contact me by email at lauren@blissfullylively.com for more information. I hope to see you October 17th! { Whole Body Reset }

 

xo,

Lauren

 

 


How to Build Your Plate The BL Way

There are sooo many different diets, fads & “meal plans” out there that restrict, cut out or even eliminate food groups from your diet all together. They create stress around picking foods on the “approved food list” that you feel frustrated and inevitably fall off the prescribed “plan”.


What is Macro Counting & Should You be Doing It?

Oh macro counting, my arch nemesis!

Sorry guys, had to get it right out there. This being said I still want to bring you through what macro counting is, give you a little background and allow you to decide for yourself the best path to take. Here at BL I don’t promote macro counting, rather whole foods and balanced {sane} choices that will allow you to achieve your goals whatever they may be. But lets get right to it and explain the ins and outs of macro counting.

What is Macro Counting?

Macro counting is essentially counting the caloric content of your food, primarily carbs, fats & protein so you can gauge how much of each you have had throughout the day allowing you to “stay on track” to reaching your muscle building / weight loss goals. People who count macros {body builders primarily use the method and if you are into body building and are counting with whole foods, count on friends, this post is directed at regular Joes who have taken up macro counting} have a set number of grams of carbs, fat & protein they can eat throughout their day, no more. They break down these numbers into 3 or some 5 meals a day, allowing carbs, fats and proteins to be equally divided into each meal. People who count their macros portion out food, maybe even going as far as weighing it on a scale to calculate the nutritional content to the very decimal.

The Problem

1. Stressful/restrictive and 2. Not all carbs, fat & protein are created equal.

The carbs that you consume from housing Lays chips is not the same as the carbs that you get from eating a serving of quinoa even though the count might be the same. One is a whole food option that will nourish the body and the other, well…you get the point! {a processed oily, bag of junk with no nutrients}.

Simply counting macros doesn’t mean your proteins, fats, & carb options are health promoting or nutrient dense. People think because they are counting their macros they can make food choices that are poor quality, low fat, sugar free options because they are less points, such as “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” spray instead of real butter, Low cal ice cream sandwiches instead of ice cream, and processed junk because they are meeting their macros, and shaving some numbers off by doing so. BUT

Blissfully Lively Macro Counting

My question is even if you’re within your macro totals, and you have shaved off some grams of carbs by having low fat ice cream sandwiches rather than regular {side note they’re still ice cream sandwiches, not good for you so why not just eat the regular ones???} are a majority of the foods you are choosing whole unprocessed nutrient dense foods?

If the answer is yes and you are a macro counting genius that just likes to control your numbers but are choosing healthy options then count on my friend, but if the answer is no and you have been meeting your macros with pints of ice cream and chips all the while feeling hungry after every meal…THEN WE HAVE A PROBLEMO…no worries, it can be fixed :).

The Fix

Get real with yourself and ask yourself these questions below to figure out your goals!

  1. Am I looking to get healthier, build muscle, lose fat, what is my goal?
  2. Am I truly nourishing my body with whole real foods?
  3. Does the macro counting cause me stress, tracking every food I eat?
  4. Do I understand my bodies signals of hunger and am I fueling it?

If you are interested in more info, or are wondering how to get off the counting train but don’t know what to do next send me an email @ blissfullylively@gmail.com and we can chat options!

xo,

Lauren

Starving after that restrictive chat? Check out the Oatmeal Superfood Breakfast Bars to have on hand when hunger strikes!


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