Zesty Spinach Soup Eat Clean Recipe

Ok, so I’ll share the “Official recipe” and then what I did because lord knows I can’t follow directions! I have to put my own spin on things lol

Ingredients

    2 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 C carrots, sliced 1 C celery, including leaves 3 garlic cloves, minced black pepper to taste 6 C chicken broth 2 C chopped tomatoes 1/2 C quinoa 2 C WHITE kidney beans 1 tsp curry powder pinch nutmeg 3 C baby spinach

Directions

Heat oil in pan over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add onion and saute until soft.

Add carrots, celery, and garlic. Saute about 5 minutes.

Add broth, tomatoes, quinoa, beans, and spices. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.

Add spinach and cover. Cook about 3 minutes, until leaves wilt and are soft.

Season with pepper, optional.

Number of Servings: 8

My Spin the on the recipe!
    2 Cups onion chopped 
    2 Cups carrots, sliced 
    1 Cup celery, including leaves 
    3 garlic cloves, 
    black pepper to taste
    8 Cups chicken broth
    2 Cups Sliced Mushrooms
    2 Cups chopped tomatoes (I used diced in the can! CHECK THE LABEL!! Look for a brand with JUST tomato!! Forget all of that crap they add!!)
    1/2 Cup Barley trust me! dont go crazy on the barley! lol
    1 Cup Whole Grain Rotini 
    2 Cups WHITE kidney beans 
    2 Veggie Bullion cubes 
    3 C baby spinach (I used frozen! Wayyyy easy!)
Here is the breakdown-
Throw frozen spinach in pot with 1/4 cup water. While that was simmering, I cut up all of the veggies! Throw those in a pan to saute! (Mushrooms, celery, carrots, onions, and whatever veggies you like!)
Pour your veggie broth in the mac daddy pot and bring to a boil- add boillions, veggies, white kidney beans, and whatever you think would taste good!
Then I added the barley and pasta. Currently my soup is simmering and the WHOLE house sounds AMAZING!!!

Drink Lemon water in the Morning

So I’ve posted about this before…but I have to update everyone because I found a Wayyyyy easier way of dealing with your lemons! Since I am not a morning person, I literally try to find every short cut in the book to make my AM routine easier lol
To get the full benefits of drinking lemon water, the lemons have to be FRESH! That means…Im using a knife in the morning…umm HELLO…danger!
Sooo instead of dealing with the lemons in the morning…on Sunday I started JUICING the lemons and freezing it into cute little stars! I can’t take credit for this idea, I picked it up from some of the ladies! But it makes life sooo much easier!
Just pop a little cube in your hot water and you’re good to go!

Got this bad boy on SALE because it is “Christmas Themed” If you haven’t tried these silicon trays yet, they are ahhhhmaazzing!



Sooo whyyyy drink lemon water?



Number 1
It balances pH–Lemon is an acidic food, but once metabolized, it becomes alkaline. Why bother?

To put it most simply, alkalies help keep the oxygen in our blood at a safe pH level, and this helps our body heal itself, assimilate nutrients and fight off unwanted sickness.

Number 2
It keeps skin clear and glowing!   I have noticed this.  Hydration from drinking lemon water is great for moisturizing our skin from the inside out.  Lemon also contains lots of Vitamin C, which helps with wrinkles and blemishes. Who wants wrinkles?!

Number 3
It kick starts the digestive system–a big glass of lemon water is a great way to start the day.  It encourages the liver to produce bile which in turn aids in digestion.  It increases urination which helps purify it.  It also helps with heartburn and constipation. **giggle** It has a strong cleansing effect on your liver and will help you eliminate those toxins!

Number 4
It helps with weight loss–I have read that keeping the body in an alkaline state helps people lose weight faster. Your metabolism will get a nice kick start for the day!  Lemons are high in fiber pectin, which helps keep one full, longer.  They also have a diuretic effect, which helps with water weight gain.

Number 5
It helps control the coffee habit– I feel like the lemon water wakes me up more than coffee does… plus coffee is icky! lol

…which brings me to bonus Number 6:
It helps kick the pop habit--I have found that adding lemon to sparkling water and adding a whole lot of ice satisfies any soda craving I might have.  I gave up pop and I really don’t miss it.  I don’t think I could stand the sweetness of it now, but I DO miss the fizz, so my “Lemon Spritzer”–lemon +sparkling water+ice–is the perfect solution!

Try to drink it will a straw to keep the lemon off of your teeth or simply rinse with a glass of water after!

Do you enjoy lemon water? or have any other fun tips? Post in the comments below!

Are you ready? Weight loss awaits you!

Obstacles come into our path to force us to GROW… to make us APPRECIATE what we DO have… They give us perspective and empathy to relate to others and most importantly, they strengthen our FAITH that something BETTER lies ahead. Emily is just ONE story of many from my Bombshell Dynasty who looked at her life and decided that she deserved BETTER than she had been settling for! She has OFFICIALLY unveiled her INNER BOMBSHELL to the rest of the WORLD and there is NO STOPPING her now!!! There is NOTHING more INSPIRING than seeing someone realize the beauty that was inside them ALL ALONG!!! Proud of you, Em! 



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Quick Workout to do ANYWHERE!

The week between Christmas and New Year’s can be a black hole when it comes to working out — key word: Can.
It doesn’t have to be! I’m determined to not fall off the wagon just because I’m surrounded by chocolate! 
Even if you are traveling this holiday or just getting back into your routine, you can still fit in a quick 30 min workout pretty much anywhere!



1. Warm up for eight minutes. You can do whatever you like to get your heart rate up. Do some jumping jacks, jog in place or dance to your favorite song.
2. Do one minute of jungle squats. (Lower body)
3. Do one minute of push ups. (Upper body)
4. Do one minute of reverse V lunges. (Lower body)
5. Do one minute of modified chair dips. (Upper body)
6. Do two minutes of cardio. (Whole body)
7. Do one minute of abs exercises. (Whole body)
8. Take a 30 second break.

Repeat steps 2 through 8, three times.

Spread the Christmas Spirit

A couple of weeks ago, I was grocery shopping… COMPLETELY in my own world and just having kind of a miserable day. I was in the process of searching for the perfect apples- I feel like the need to inspect each one making sure they are just the right size and firmness. This girl came up to me and simply said…”I really like your hair”

Ok, umm really??? Bc I was looking ROUGH lol but her simply walking by and saying that MADE MY DAY!! and weeks later…I STILL think about it!

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart
Spread the Christmas Spirit today! Look for an opportunity to perform a simple deed- hold the door open for someone…for all of your road rage-rs let someone merge! or simply compliment someone. Spread little ripples of HAPPINESS all over the world =) Yayyyy Christmas! ♥

How NOT to Put On Extra Weight Over the Holidays: 22 Tips

The only problem I see during the Holiday season is food, or to be more specific it is the QUANTITY.

not gain weight holidays1 300x204 How NOT to Put On Extra Weight Over the Holidays: 22 Tips
The holiday season is a wonderful time. The air is filled with joy, anticipation, the twinkling of lights and the sounds of holiday music. And without noticing, we get into a Holiday mood, buying and wrapping gifts, spending more time with friends and focusing on the people that mean the most to us.
Usually in the four weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year I gain a few pounds which I later have to lose. This year is going to be different!
And it can be different for you as well.
Instead of kicking off the New Year with a resolution to lose weight, why not make a Pre-resolution to stay fit and heartburn-free over the holidays?
Here are 22 Great Tips that can help us have a great time without putting on extra weight:

1. Have a smaller variety of food on the table.

The greater the number of dishes on the table, the more we and our guests will end up eating. The temptation to sample a little bit of everything is what makes us feel stuffed, sleepy and bloated before the dinner is over.
You can serve fewer dishes and still make your holiday dinner feel festive. A great way to do this is to put the same appetizers and snacks into 2-3 smaller bowls and set them on different sides of the table. If you have vegetarians for dinner you can also make similar salads in two versions: vegetarian and not.

2. Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before the meal

Whenever you are visiting your friends for dinner ask for a glass of water as soon as you arrive. It will help you to keep your body hydrated and eat less.

3. Bring healthy fare to parties and corporate events

If you are worried that there will not be many healthy food choices at a party, volunteer to bring it yourself. It is a great way to contribute to a dinner, while eating healthy.

4. Do not go to a dinner or a party hungry

If you know that you are going to be exposed to large quantities of food it does not mean that you skip lunch and have only a light breakfast. Feeling famished before a meal is what makes you eat more and a lot faster, not giving your body time to properly digest the food.

5. Practice mindful eating

Eat your food mindfully, paying attention to the flavors, textures, and your sensations  –  and there will be no need for any other healthy eating tips and tricks.

6. Comment on food while eating in company

This is a great way to stay focused on the food and win the chef’s favor.

7. Serve food Italian style

If you happen to have dinner in a typical Italian family, the thing that might surprise you the most is an empty table (with the exception of wine, water and some bread). Italians serve everything from appetizers to desserts on separate plates, instead of putting the serving dishes on the dinner table. After you are done eating your portion, you can always ask for a second helping, but unless it was not a culinary masterpiece, you will probably refrain from eating more.

8. Become a long-term planner

Do not follow the common rule “There is always room for dessert”. If you know that you want one, actually leave room for it, skipping the hors d’oeuvres or side dishes.

9. Wear snug-fitting clothes

It will make it less convenient to over-indulge on all the holiday food.

10. Follow the Three-Bite Rule when sampling dishes

Put just a little bit of food on your plate, even if it looks really appetizing. Studies show that after the third bite, our taste buds stop registering the flavors of the food as sharply, and unless the dish is absolutely delicious we will not want more of it.

11. Chat over a meal

Carrying on a conversation over a meal allows you to eat slower and gives your body more time to signal to your brain that you are full!!

12. Do not munch while watching TV

Studies show over 40 percent more food is eaten while watching TV. Besides, why spend your free time in front of the TV when there are so many fun outdoor activities winter season has to offer?

13. Do not nosh from a bowl

It is easy to lose track of how much you eat when you are continuously reaching into a bowl of chips or a bag of pretzels. To avoid eating too much put snacks like chips, nuts, olives, cheeses, and cold cuts on your plate or a napkin.

14. Drink a shot of espresso after dinner

While I personally do not drink coffee any longer, you might benefit from a cup of espresso after a hearty meal. Chlorogenic acids found in large quantities in coffee beans are known to aid digestion, slow glucose release into the blood stream, and help to reduce fat production. If just like me, you are not a big coffee fan, opt for a cup of green tea, as it too is known for its beneficial metabolic properties.

15. Put your fork down more often

Taking pauses in between mouthfuls allows you to eat slower and feel full without eating too much.

16. Add exercise whenever and wherever you can

If you ate too much at a party, try to go running, play tennis or do yoga the next morning. Help your body burn those extra calories you have gained the day before.

17. Limit alcohol

Alcohol, while strongly associated with celebrations has some serious downsides when it comes to weight loss. On one hand it increases our appetite, on the other hand – it reduces the body’s ability to burn fat. And there you have it – extra pounds around your abdomen area that will not melt away easily.

18. Do not eat what you do not want/like

When people like a dish they have made, they want to share it with others. What they are really seeking is not you eating a plateful, but you recognizing their efforts. If you do not like something, It is ok to say – “I’m not a big fan of sweet potatoes, but I will try some more of your delicious gravy”.

19. Bring mints or gum with you

Not only will it help to keep your breath fresh, it will signal to your brain that eating is over (kind of like brushing your teeth).

20. Take a dessert home

If you do not have room for dessert, do not eat it just because it looks good. Ask if you can take a piece home with you. It is guaranteed to make the hostess happy, and you will have a delicious breakfast for the next day.

21. Ask for cooperation

If you do not want your friends and family members talking you into eating “one more piece of chicken breast” or tasting the “still warm dinner rolls” tell them up front that you are trying to lose weight and ask for their help and cooperation.

22. Take an after-dinner walk

It is a pleasant way to burn some of the calories that you ate for dinner and admire streets and beautiful houses decorated with Christmas lights.

Do you usually put on weight over the holiday season?
Are there any fitness or weight-loss tips that you like and use?

Happy Holidays from 724 Fit Club!

Merry Christmas from all of us at 724 Fit Club!
If you were good this year, maybe Santa will leave some Shakeology under your tree! =)
Santa’s Helpers =)
Our favorite workout programs! P90X, P90X 2, Brazil Butt Lift, Insanity and Turbo Fire!
I LOVEEE dressing up! Can you tell? lol
Come workout with us! It makes working out a lot more fun when you have people to talk to! And the best part…it’s totally free! 724FitClub.com and make sure you “Like” us on Facebook!
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I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season! Stay away from the cookies!!! lol Enjoy yourself, but keep portions in check! And get those workouts in- I know it’s serious crazy time…but you will FEEL sooo much better!
Do you love taking Christmas pics with Santa hats? or reindeer antlers?? I would LOVEE to see! Share!!! Post them on my Facebook wall!!!

Chalene Johnson on Regis & Kelly

Mark your calendars!!! One of my all time role models, Chalene Johnson,  is going to be on the Regis and Kelly show!!!

NEWSFLASH!!! I just heard from Chalene that she’ll be on the REGIS & KELLY show January 2!! Second half of the show!! I think her book PUSH is going to be on the New York Times Best Sellers list !! She’s worked SO hard for this.. I’m BEYOND excited for her!!  -Jenelle Summers