Monday, September 30, 2013

Make It Monday: Clean Eating Crock Pot Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff

If you loved my Clean Eating Beef Stroganoff Recipe, then you have to try my Chicken version. I like to serve this one over brown rice, but you could use noodles if you wanted. As with most of my recipes, they are designed to serve a family of four and have some leftovers. I have to laugh when I looked at my picture of the Clean Eating Beef Stroganoff because I served French-style green beans with both. I guess my brain pairs up stroganoff with green beans. Corn starch is technically not clean since it's processed, so you can choose to use it or thicken with flour.

Clean Eating Crock Pot Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff
2.5 pounds chicken breast, cut in to strips
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz mushrooms, sliced or quartered
1 med onion, thinly sliced
1 T basil
1 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp pepper
sea salt to taste
1 1/2 C chicken broth
6 oz plain Greek yogurt
2 T corn starch
1/4 cold water
brown rice, cooked


  • Slice chicken breasts and layer on the bottom of a crock pot
  • Top with garlic, mushrooms, onion, basil, thyme salt and pepper
  • Pour chicken broth over the top
  • Cook on low for 8 hours
  • Mix cornstarch in cold water
  • Stir in greek yogurt and cornstarch mixture during last 10 minutes
  • Serve over cooked brown rice
  • Enjoy!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Review: Total Nutrition Super Food

I reviewed this one packet of Total Nutrition Super Food which makes one 8 ounce serving. The directions say to mix it with your choice of oat milk, soy milk, rice milk, juice or water. I chose to mix mine with coconut water. This is actually my first experience with drinking my greens". I have heard friends talk about "drinking their greens" before but I never tried any. I decided to have it in the afternoon as a pick me up. It only has 30 calories in the serving, plus whatever calories are in the beverage of choice, but it packs in 40% Vitamin C, 20% iron, 8% vitamin A and 4 % calcium for the day and also has no added sugar but gives you 8g of protein and 5g of fiber. The no added sugar piece is huge to me because most protein shakes have added sugar or a sugar substitute (even if it is stevia). I also really appreciate that it has the official 100% organic label on it. It is also GMO free, gluten free, and vegan.

As for the taste, it tasted as how I would expect it. I am a tea drinker (coffee too! I like my beverages!), lots of different kinds of tea and I don't add anything to them, so I expected it to have that grass type flavor. If you read the ingredients then you would expect to since the first two ingredients are barley grass and wheat grass. If you have never had greens before or are not a tea drinker, you might need some time to acquire the taste. So, with that said, it was pleasant and mostly smooth. I would try Total Nutrition Super Food again. I was unsure from looking at their website how many servings are in a full size bag and what it would cost per serving.

Product Description from Immortal Herbs
Total Nurtirion is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, nutirents, vitamins, and phytonutrient - all of which are required to take your body from "surviving" to "vibrant". Simply stated, with Total Nutrition, you will transend "normal nutrition". Total Nutrition is a delicious, easy-prep supplement that contains a diverse blend of premium quality superfood ingredients that have been sourced from across the globe. This cutting-edge global blend of superfoods makes Total Nutrition extremely dense in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. In fact, just one tablespoon is enough to provide the average American with an entire day's worth of nutrients! Total Nutrition is the first step toward changing your life and your health. You'll feel revitalized in a way that you've only dreamed about! Total Nutrition is comprised of: Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Spirulina, Spinach, Alfalfa Leaf, Kelp, Dulse Leaf, Barley Grass Juice, Orange Peel, Beet Root, Dandelion Leaf, Lemon Peel, Gingko Leaf, Wheat Grass Juice, Maca Root, Cacao, Ashwagandha, Sacha Inchi, Manuka Honey, Bee Pollen, Reishi Mushroom, Blueberry, Black Currant, Wild Bilberry, Wild Lingonberry, Aronia, Pomegranate, Concord Grape, Red Raspberry, Sour Cherry, Wild Elderberry, Wild Cranberry, Black Raspberry, Goji Berries and Schiznadra Berries. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Adminstration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Fitness Friday: How Long Do Running Shoes Last?

So, do you know how often you should change out your running shoes? It is more often than a lot of people do. I cringe when I hear that someone has been running in the same pair for longer than a year, or even worse when they say YEARS. Eeeek! Shoes get worn out that are used that much!

These are my new kicks for training and my next big race. Avid runners, those that run about 3-5 miles a day four times a week, will want to replace their shoes about every 6 months. The general guidelines is to replace your tennis shoes every 300-500 miles, so you can adjust how often you replace based on how much you run.

This is my third pair of the same shoe, just different styles as they have new styles that year. A dear friend of mine who is quite an accomplished athlete (IMHO) gave me the advice that if you find a pair of shoes that fit you (go in and get fitted at a running shoe store), just keep ordering them so you don't have to go in for another fitting and you can find last season's style online for cheaper. So, that is exactly what I do and will continue to do as long as they keep making them and they keep fitting my feet properly. I wear the Adidas Adizero Tempo.

All of my last running shoes have been white with colored trim, so I am happy to have some bright ones. Although, I think I want to swap out the blue laces for some pink ones.

GIVEAWAY: Year Supply of Dizolve Laundry Detergent

Remember when I shared my review of Dizolve last week? If not, please go check out that review and leave a comment (it gets you a free entry!) Well, they offered to provide one lucky reader with a year's supply of Dizolve Laundry Strips, which is 6 boxes of 72 strips! Wouldn't it be awesome to eliminate laundry detergent from your budget for a year!!??!!??


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I was given some Dizolve laundry detergent for the purpose of reviewing the product. No monetary compensation was received.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thrifty Thursday: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is Always Free and Open Year Round. This is also the last few days that you can try out the Artist Inspired Mini-Golf (which is not free), which ends on September 29th.  But if you do want to play mini-golf, your ticket will also get you in free to the Walker Art Center (in case you missed out on the free admission that ended on the 21st).

New members of the Walker Art Center will get a free round of golf for themselves and anyone on the membership.

This is on my bucket list of places to take my kids to visit someday!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Thrifty Thursday: Free Admission to Museums from Smithsonian Magazine

Get FREE Admission for you and a guest to a participating museum on Saturday, September 28th compliments of Smithsonian Magazine. Check out the list of venues to see what is available in your state.

You will need to request a ticket online in advance to going. Many of the places may also accept an online ticket on your phone.

Here is the list of those in Minnesota:

American Swedish Institute


Carlton County Historical Society


Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate


Hennepin History Museum


Hillstrom Museum of Art

Saint Peter

Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County at the Hjemkomst Center


James J. Hill House

Saint Paul

Mill City Museum


Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post


Minnesota Center for Book Arts


Minnesota History Center

St. Paul

Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum


Minnesota Marine Art Museum


Minnesota Transportation Museum

St. Paul

Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Elk River

Wordless Wednesday: River Bend RV Resort

These are from our summer trip to River Bend RV Resort in Watertown, WI.

It might be too late for you to enjoy this same vacation destination this year, but you are already thinking ahead for your plans next summer, this will give you an idea of some of the amenities.

We rented an RV onsite at this Resort that we camped in. This was our second year going to this resort.