Here it is only a week until Christmas. It seems strange to think 2016 will be here in just a few short weeks. With all the holiday festivities getting into full swing I am finding it harder to stick to my meal plans. Even harder yet is not to snack. I will admit I have at times fallen off the bandwagon. There are just so many tasty treats to try. I have luckily not gained any weight but have also not been able to lose any this past week.
If I continue to tell myself “NO” you cannot have any of this, that, or the other treat, it makes me want it even more. Since I know this about myself I have decided I will go ahead and sample things but will only have one serving, even if it tastes terrific. I am already making some plans for myself for the New Year and know that if I can keep everything in moderation I will make it through the holidays intact. This is my journey and I will fight to get healthy and I will win! I saw this picture and thought how true it is.
Since this time of year always seems so hectic here is a great recipe for a quick dinner. (To make it even faster you can use a rotisserie chicken.)
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and carrots. Cook, stirring frequently, for 6 minutes. Add the chicken, mushrooms, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
Add the broth, water, quinoa, and thyme. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Raise the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender. Ladle into bowls and top with the parsley and hot sauce, if using.
Nutrition per serving: 214 calories, 18 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 19 g protein, 7 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 811 mg sodium
I am forty-seven years old and overweight. Food is where I find comfort - happy or sad…it does not matter. What I really want is to learn how to use my own strength and confidence to handle situations, not food! I have decided to make a commitment, a commitment to being healthy! Join me in this journey to good health, as I blog about my successes and struggles along the way. Each week I will share with you my ups and downs, recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, workout ideas and more. Join me on my “Quest to be the Best.”