This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of NatureRaised Farms Fresh Chicken. The opinions and text are all mine.
Well its happened to me. Did it happen to you? The Holiday indulge. It did here in the Engels’ household. The holidays came in with a bang out with a few extra pounds. I loved every last calorie! LOL. But now its time to wipe away those extra calories and do away with extra winter pounds. It’s a new year and its time for refreshing, restart in the New Year. 2017 is bursting with hope, possibility and a whole new year set with new goals in mind.
Now I think we all make resolutions, and usually somewhere tucked into those resolution is a promise, a hope to be healthier, and to this time to continue it through the whole year. For me, moderation has to be learned, and used.I really try and focus on learning good healthy habits throughout the year, and I can usually moderate any weight gain at the end of the year by employing those techniques.
My focus is to allow myself to indulge, but to not bust the calorie budget so to speak. It’s okay to have the pie, just not everyday and not every meal. I know when the extra calories are going to be around, I focus on eating lean protein and veggies, keeping the fat and sugar down. This way when those delish meals happen, I don’t have to feel guilty about indulging.
I think eating healthy throughout the year means developing good recipes that are flavorful, using spices and really seasoning your food. It also means shopping at stores that have healthy food readily available for me to buy for myself and my family. Sam’s Club is a place where I can get healthy food items all year long. I like that I can buy them in bulk and have them on hand for a while. I don’t like running to the store everyday to get items we need for lunch or dinner. Shopping at Sam’s Club allows me to buy in bulk and have a good amount of healthy food options on hand.
One of the brands I continually buy at Sam’s is NatureRaised Farms® boneless skinless chicken breast. Now I know what you’re thinking, you can’t eat one more dry piece of chicken. Believe me I can’t either. But like anything its all about what you do to the chicken. I have found NatureRaised Farms chicken to be very tender, juicy and flavorful. That really is the trick to eating low fat, and healthy is cooking your protein in a way that keeps it really juicy and using spices. Once you takeout the fat the flavor has to come from somewhere. Also if your food tastes good you will want to eat it again. This leaves room for planned overs.
One dish that I love to make is Enchilada soup. It’s really so flavorful and full of protein and veggies. It’s a hearty soup for the dead of winter, but it is going to keep you full and power your day. I start by dicing the chicken breast, I used one package of bulk package of NatureRaised Farms Boneless Skinless chicken breast. This was about 1lb. I diced the chicken and place it in the skillet with a little oil, and lots of spices. Cooking the chicken in this manner will keep it from drying out. Adding in tomatoes, enchilada sauce, black beans, onion, corn and chicken stock bring the soup to life. This is also one of those soups that just get better as its sits and all those spices begin to marry together.
I like to serve this with a little avocado, which has lots of vitamins, minerals and good fats, low fat cheese, and sour cream. Measure these things out, and you will keep the calorie count low. I have to do this or I do a dollop or two too much. LOL.
I love this soup and its the perfect meal on a cold night and you can have planned overs for several days. NatureRaised Farms boneless skinless chicken breast were perfect in this soup, I know that NatureRaised Farms bulk packages from Sam’s Club will help me detox from the holidays and help me get on a healthy track and stay there all year long.
- 1lb of NatureRaised Farms boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cans of diced green chiles (mild or hot)
- 1 can of red enchilada sauce
- 1tbs of canola oil
- 2 tbs or more of chili powder (no more than 3 tbs)
- 1 tbs of garlic powder or 3-4 fresh cloves
- 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups of frozen corn or one can drained
- 2 cans of stewed tomatoes
- salt to taste
- tortilla strips for the topping
- Place chicken in a heavy pot with spices, onion and oil.
- Cook until chicken is almost done.
- Add in chicken broth and with a wooden spoon scrape the bottom of the pan
- Add in chiles, beans and corn and bring to a boil
- After it begins to boil add in tomatoes and enchilada sauce
- Allow to simmer until chicken is completely done, and the corn and beans are tender