Vegetable Lentil Soup

July 25, 2014

It’s been such a crazy couple of months. I have so much to catch you up on including trips, how my new job is going, favorite new beauty products, eats, etc. We took a 10 day trip to Vancouver and Seattle at the beginning of the month and it was such a great vacay!

I’ll get to all that next week, but in the meantime I wanted to share a recipe I made this week that’s been a house favorite. (Obviously the house includes Travis and myself, but we are pretty picky so that’s saying a lot.)

I typically get between 3-4 cans of Amy’s Vegetable Lentil soup every time I go to the store and with them being around $4 a pop that adds up. It’s so good that I figured I could just make it myself and found a recipe that was very similar so I had to try.

The end result is so good, but I’ll have to make it again with a slight modification. When we were in Vancouver I bought a smoked pepper that I used instead of regular pepper. Travis still loves it, but for me it’s a little overwhelming. Overall though, the soup is really good and only cost about 75 cents a serving. That’s less than 2 cans at the store.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still buy the Amy’s when I’m not in the mood to cook, but to have a homemade option is nice.

Enjoy your Friday and weekend!

 

 

ENJOY!

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I get in food ruts sometimes, and more recently my lunches and dinners have been kinda blah and nothing too exciting. I feel like I’ve eaten out a lot instead of cooking or made a smoothie for something simple and easy. We’re leaving for Mississippi tomorrow so I have another few days of avoiding cooking. I’m hoping to maybe just eat too much restaurant food and only want to cook when we get back. Travis wouldn’t mind that at all.

Though my lunches and dinners aren’t fun I have managed to get in some pretty yummy breakfasts.

Smoothies:

smoothie

smoothie

smoothie

It varies what I put in my smoothies, but I’m pretty consistent with the core ingredients such as spinach, kale, dates, almond butter, almond milk, and frozen fruit. Special additions may include flax meal, coconut oil, matcha, banana, apple, pear, or other random fruit I may have.

Sandwiches, ETC:

Oats and yogurt have made a gradual comeback to my morning routine. I get bored with them pretty easily if I over do it so I try to only make them once or twice a week.

breakfast

breakfast

Same with breakfast sandwiches. I try to recreate fast food sandwiches, but only have time occasionally on weekdays before work. They’re so good but can be time-consuming and I’m not a morning person so fitting in time to make them regularly isn’t really an option.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so mixing it up and keeping it interesting is important to me. Not only because it’s the most important meal of the day, but I see it as setting the tone for the rest of the day. If I’m in a rush and only have a piece of fruit or granola bar I’m famished an hour later and I feel like I’m snacking and eating randomly the rest of the day. When I have more substance and take time to sit down even for 5 minutes then it really makes a difference. Planning ahead really helps too. When I’m super rushed I opt for breakfast over beauty. Meaning if I have to decide between taking 5 minutes to put on my face or make breakfast I apply tinted moisturizer and mascara only and head to the kitchen right away! With a full belly your happy face won’t need the extra makeup;)

Now let’s talk sunscreen!

Source: wakeup-world.com Source: wakeup-world.com

I’m asked by clients all the time which sunscreen is the best and what number to get and I always tell them that as long as it’s between 30-50 and they’re reapplying every 2 hours(60-90 min if you’re in the sun) then they’re fine. But another thing I always want to tell them is what to look for on the bottle as far as labeling goes.

The FDA recently came out with new regulations regarding sunscreen that many people didn’t know and don’t think are a big deal. For example, sunblock was ruled out and sunscreen is what is required as a description instead because nothing “blocks” the sun so it’s effectiveness was misleading. Other things to look for on sunscreen labels include:

Water-resistant:

Water and sweat proof is a false claim and have to say resistant instead. Not only that, but the label must indicate how long the effectiveness will last during sweating and/or swimming.

SPF 15 or higher:

I remember as a teen(early 20′s) I would buy SPF 8 thinking that would give enough protection so I wouldn’t burn and could still get a tan. This plan never worked and I ALWAYS got burned. Hell, I get burned from 45, but I still deny my fair skin because it gradually becomes a tan. Either way anything under 15 isn’t going to protect you and isn’t considered a sunscreen so don’t waste your money.

Broad Spectrum:

It’s rare to find anything that isn’t broad spectrum these days, but it’s possible and you don’t want it. This label means you’re protected from UVA(aging, cancer rays) and UVB(burning) rays.

There are so many products on the market and it’s confusing to figure out what is good and what is marketing. Go with your instinct, if it sounds too good to be true it likely is. Bells and whistles don’t matter. All you need is good coverage to protect yourself from the sun!

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Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2014

I hope you had as good of a Memorial Day weekend as I did! It’s always good to have a holiday weekend, but more importantly I’m grateful to the men and women who served, and continue to serve, our country. I’m beyond appreciative to those that protect our families and allow for us to have […]

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Double Berry Muffins

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Starting a New Chapter and Still Letting Go of Fear

May 19, 2014

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!! My horoscope said that I’ve been distracted since March and this week I’ll finally get that “jolt” of inspiration to get started on all the things that’ve taken a backseat while I’ve been people-pleasing, peacemaking, and placating. Normally I take those with a grain of salt, but I really believe this one. At […]

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Pollen Vortex, Eats, and Workouts

April 23, 2014

Is anyone else enjoying the warm weather as much as me? I don’t even mind the pollen that much because it’s so pretty out! I hear there’s a pollen vortex coming soon though so maybe I’m speaking way too soon. I think the rain every few days has helped ward off any serious allergies issues […]

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In The Fridge

April 7, 2014

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!  I’m not sure about you, but Sundays in our house are either really busy or super relaxed! If Travis is traveling for work the next week we typically spend the day relaxing, being outside, and not doing a whole lot. If he’s in town we try to still get in relaxation, but I […]

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Southwestern Couscous with Chicken

March 12, 2014

The weather was acting super cray all day! The wind was so strong and one minute the sky was so dark it felt like it was going to storm and the next minute the sun was out. I wish it would go ahead and rain and get it over, but instead it’s waiting until this […]

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Counting Down to Spring + Recent Eats

March 11, 2014

I’m counting down the days until it’s officially Spring! March 20th can’t get here fast enough! I am SOOOO excited! I’m not looking forward to the allergies, but I am really excited about warmer/ longer days, bright colors, and being outside more!! After work yesterday I took Harper on a nice long walk and caught […]

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Not Taking It Personally

February 27, 2014

I would say I have a pretty thick skin for the most part. In my teens and early twenties I worried so much about what people thought of me, how I was perceived, if I said the right thing, etc. In more recent years I’ve gotten a lot better about speaking up and saying what I […]

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