Feb 132017
 

Logan has had a cold this week, which means he’s not sleeping well, which means we aren’t sleeping well….! I’ve been exhausted all week. So I was super surprised on Saturday morning when I went to the gym and had energy for days! It was a great workout! I did 30 minutes of strength training–body weights, free weighs and kettlebells, and then 30 minutes on the elliptical.

I could have kept going, too, but I had things to do! I went to the store to get groceries and then home to make this dinner:

SLOW COOKER 3-BEAN TURKEY CHILI

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 231

From: http://www.skinnytaste.com/crock-pot-3-bean-turkey-chili-3125-pts/

Ingredients

  • 1.3 lb (20 oz) 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (4.5 oz) can chopped chilies
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can small red beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • For the Topping:
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro for topping
  • optional toppings, shredded cheddar, avocado, sour cream, etc

Instructions

  1. Brown turkey and onion in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through.
  2. Transfer to the slow cooker with the beans, chilies, chickpeas, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder and cumin, mixing well.
  3. Cook on high 6 to 8 hours or low 10 to 12.
  4. Garnish with onions, cilantro and tour favorite toppings.
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I’ve made several Skinny Taste recipes before and they were always really delicious.

Our friends had a baby last month (their third!!) and we signed up for their meal train dinner. It was so amazing when we had Logan and friends and family made us meals. It was so so so helpful and generous and we ate some really great food.

Originally we were going to do Michael’s mac n’ cheese but our friends are dairy-free at the moment so I decided to make them chili. I’ve been craving chili for awhile now.

I browned the ground turkey and onions. (I added a teeny bit of spicy ground pork for some flavor.)

The recipe called for three different beans — one being chickpeas! So odd. But I went with it and it turned out to be a really good addition. I did black beans, red kidney beans and garbanzo beans.

I mixed it all and it cooked in the crockpot all day. It smelled really good.

After lunch Logan took a nap and I decided to take a nap, too, and ended up sleeping for over 2 hours!! Catching up on sleep after four days of no sleep, was awesome.

When it was done cooking I packed everything up and we went to our friend’s house to take them dinner and meet the new baby! NEW BABY SMELL!! Oh my gosh the baby is sooo teeny tiny and adorable. I cannot believe that Logan was ever that tiny. It’s crazy. (Especially considering Logan decided to walk this week.)

So for the meal train I took our friends the pot of chili, a loaf of French bread and all the toppings: cilantro, chopped red onion, green onion, shredded cheese, avocado and sour cream (for the kiddos who aren’t dairy-free). Also in the bag was a bottle of wine and some homemade gluten-free brownies (from Bob’s Red Mill). 😀

We spent a little bit of time catching up and snuggling with new baby and then went home to get Logan to bed and open a bottle of wine for us:

There was just enough chili left over for Michael and I to have dinner, too. My one complaint about the recipe was that it said there were 10 servings in there but really, it was more like 5 or 6 generous servings. I guess she made the servings small to keep the calories low.

Ok I kind of loved this chili. It was so good! Lots of flavor and texture. I enjoyed the chickpeas, too. At first I thought they were weird to add to chili but the texture was great. The beans weren’t mushy.

This recipe is a winner! I would make it again for sure.

On Sunday I went swimming and then Michael and I got to go out for a Valentine’s Date Day. Michael’s sister babysat this guy:

I planned our date for this month. Our date started with lunch. We went to Ten Barrel Brewery. I’ve never been and it was a cool place with a fun vibe. We both got the Pearl IPA.

It was a pretty decent beer.

Michael got the personal sized pizza and the salad lunch combo:

The crust wasn’t anything special but the flavor of the sauce and the spicy pepperoni were really tasty. I got the Seoul Sandwich which had Korean steak with sauce, pickled carrots and shredded cabbage on it. It was really, really tasty! The meat had a fabulous flavor to it. I would have liked it a little spicier but it was a really delicious meal otherwise.

Next up was the highlight of our date day: A mini spa day! We went to Sole 2 Sole Reflexology in North Portland. I didn’t know what to expect because I’ve never tried reflexology before.

It was such a good experience! We both LOVED it! We were in a semi-private back room with two chairs. We sat down in our side-by-side chairs and then we soaked our feet in barrels of hot water while the therapists massaged our arms and hands. They also put some hot neck wrap things on us. Those were nice.

Then they dried our feet and started the foot and leg massage and reflexology. It was SO GOOD! I get massages once a month (thank you insurance) but they rarely spend that much time on my legs or feet, which is a bummer. So this was a really nice treat because it was a full hour on your feet and legs!

The reflexology part was really interesting. Hard to describe, but nice. It was a lot of pressure-point massage and the massage therapist did some massage around my knees, which was really nice.

Michael fell asleep. 🙂 I dozed in and out of very deep relaxation. It was so nice. The place was great and I would totally go back again. Michael enjoyed his surprise Valentine’s date and he said had he’d known what I had planned he would have run extra miles on Saturday to really get the full benefit of the massage. 😉

It was a great date and we went home to be with the baby and just hang out for the rest of Sunday. Kinda lazy, which was nice.

Jan 272017
 

Since Logan started daycare in September we’ve been sick with something since then. I’m not joking! I think there’s been 2 or 3 weeks (not necessarily consistently) that I have well since then. The last time I called the advice nurse for whatever illness one of us had, she said that first year of daycare is “crushing.” Her words. Crushing. She said she went through the same thing with her kid. Fun times!

Well most recently in November and December I had bronchitis (for the second time since September) that went on over a month. My doctor finally gave me antibiotics and thankfully it cleared up pretty quickly and my cough is 99% gone. Unfortunately, the sinus infection I also had at the same time did not go away. According to my doctor, azithromycin works on bronchitis but hasn’t been clearing up sinus infections in people this winter. So I was given amoxycillin a week later. Within one day of taking it, my sinus infection was already a million times better. After not being able to smell anything or taste any food, and after having horrible congestion and throbbing sinuses, all of those symptoms were improved!!

Did I mention it was fun times in our house??

While antibiotics are good and I clearly needed them because they worked immediately on my ailments, they come with a whole bunch of side effects. You know all the side effects, I don’t need to spell it out here!

Because of those nasty side effects I’ve been doubling up on my probiotics lately.

I’ve always been into taking probiotics, even when I’m not taking antibiotics. They are really beneficial for gut health and studies show that it can help with things like IBS and Crohn’s, preventing yeast infections, and UTI’s.  Since we seem to catch everything from daycare, I started looking into whether or not probiotics could also help our immune systems to fight off the constant colds we seem to be getting.

Lately I’ve been feeling like the Trader Joe’s probiotics I was taking (that I’ve used for years) hasn’t really been doing the trick. I don’t know why. I began to look around at other brands. There is a lot out there and it’s hard making a decision on which is the “best” one.

I was contacted by a company who makes probiotics: Super Bio Probiotics and I jumped at the chance to try them.

SuperBio combines its blend of probiotics with 900 mg of Spirulina to supercharge the probiotic growth by 600%. This surpasses all other probiotics on the market providing you with improved digestion and a strengthened immune system.

In addition our SuperBio and Spirulina blend gives:

20% of your overall recommended daily nutrition

75%-100% daily value of Vitamins B1, B2, and B3

75%-100% daily value of phytoproteins, micronutrients, and antioxidants

They sent me the product to try. Michael and I both took the probiotics for about a month.

Each capsule contains 5 billion CFU of the following probiotics:

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

L. acidophilus 

L. delbreuckii

L. reuteri 

Bifidobacter longum 

B. lactis 

B. bifidus

AND 900 mg of organic Spirulina

“How is SuperBio different to yogurt? Most yogurts contain just a fraction of SuperBio’s billions of good bacteria. Also yogurt does not contain the proprietary combination of Spirulina and probiotics that can supercharge probiotic growth in the gut and is a powerful source of anti-inflammatory and liver protective compounds. Unlike yogurt, SuperBio does not contain any added sugars or fillers.” SuperBio is Vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, and Gluten-free.

Michael said in the beginning that it seemed to help the stomach issues he has but when I checked in a month later to see what he thought, he didn’t think the probiotics made that much of a difference for him. He did not have any side effects from taking the probiotics, though.

For me, I am still on the probiotics train. Since taking the probiotics for over a month our household has had a MUCH NEEDED BREAK from sickness! Seriously, we were lucky to not get sick for over a month. I am a firm believer that taking probiotics helped our immune systems. I was glad we tried them.

If you’re interested in trying probiotics, please check out their website: Super Bio Probiotics.