Crown Point, IN

March 23, 2023

The Truth About Green Bell Peppers

Green bell peppers are not a favorite of mine. In fact, when I order veggie skillets, I usually request that they be omitted. I find them to be bitter

March 16, 2023

Care for an Exercise Snack?

The terminology “exercise snack” is rather intriguing. I wanted one before I knew what it was. Would it be coated with dark chocolate? Is it low i

March 9, 2023

Decrease Your Stress and Enjoy a Muffin

Let’s start with the muffin. Last week I wrote about the health benefits of eating wild blueberries. Saturday morning, I decided that I had to have

March 4, 2023

Plant-Based Wild Blueberry Muffins

Plant-Based Wild Blueberry Muffins These muffins are dairy-free, gluten-free and egg-free. The texture is different than mainstay blueberry muffins. I

March 2, 2023

Tiny Berry Packs a Powerful Punch

If you’ve not yet discovered Wyman’s Wild Blueberries, now is your time. These tiny little berries are one of the healthiest (perhaps even #1) and

February 23, 2023

Debate on the Dirty Dozen

“Should I spend my money on organic fruits and vegetables?” “Is organic produce superior nutritionally?” “Does it really matter?” I hear t

February 16, 2023

Choosing a Tasty Pineapple

In the past week, a discussion came up about pineapple. How do you choose a tasty one? Well, for those inquiring minds, here you go.  How to choose a

February 8, 2023

Happy Birth Month

You’re probably thinking that I just celebrated my birth month. And I did. One year ago. Already. How quickly the years go by.  I recently read No

February 2, 2023

Colorful Cauliflower and Fresher Berries

Interesting what shows up in conversation when a bunch of friends gather. Most recently, this is what happened. “So, have you ever wondered how caul

January 25, 2023

5 Ways to Stop Playing the Comparison Game

We all do it. As human beings, it’s part of our nature. We compare for points of reference. But we don’t have to play the game anymore. If you fin

Best Easy Cornbread

Last week we were basking in 11° weather here in Indiana. This week we had a blizzard.

If you’ve ever lived in a wintery weather place, you can visualize the scene: snow piling up non-stop all night into day; blowing so that you’re not sure if it’s still snowing or only blowing; and seeing 12-15 inches of the white stuff everywhere.

I thought it would never stop.

Fun times. Even my gym cancelled classes and closed early. It is beautiful, as I look out my window. 

What’s a girl to do in a blizzard? (After I cleared the driveway, of course.) Why, make cornbread to go with the Chicken Lemon Rice Soup.

 EDIT on the soup recipe from last week’s blog post. I forgot to mention that you can use organic chicken bone broth as your base instead of chicken broth. The bone broth contains more protein and adds lots of health benefits, especially if you make your own.

Here’s the link to my blog post on bone broth and a chicken bone broth recipe Bone Broth Recipe

Since the best carbohydrates we can consume are in the form of fruits and vegetables, cornbread is a real treat.

Sometimes, like after playing in the snow, I indulge. It was moist, delicious, and really hit the spot with the soup. I began my meal with a tossed salad and dessert was a mandarin orange. 

This is gluten-free; however, you could use all-purpose flour. I’ve also included substitutions to make it dairy-free. The original recipe called for ½ cup sugar. I cut the sugar to 1/3 cup and preferred it. I like to minimize sugar whenever I can achieve a delicious product with a bit less, since we would all do well to eliminate it from our diets. I’m not quite there. Progress, not perfection. 

Best Easy Cornbread

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free cornmeal
  • 1 cup Namaste Gluten-Free Perfect Blend Flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 to ½ cup organic sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp. baking powder (aluminum-free)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk or reconstituted goat milk or dairy-free alternative
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 cup melted butter or Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Sticks

Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir with a wire whisk until well blended. Add the milk, egg, and butter. Stir the batter until all the ingredients are blended. Butter a 6″ X 9″ or 8″ X 8″ pan and evenly spread batter into pan. Bake at 375°F for approximately 20-25 minutes until lightly brown. Enjoy warm. Store leftovers in an air-tight container. May be frozen.

Bon appétit,
Health Coach Carol

“Snowflakes are one of nature ‘s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” — Vesta M. Kelly

Chicken Lemon Rice Soup

It’s soup season here in the Midwest. The high today was something like 11°F. Brrrrr.

Grateful that it was sunny.

Since we’re probably going to have a few more days like this, I’ve decided to share a soup recipe with you. 

I am aware that this recipe does not fall in line with authentic Greek recipes for lemon rice soup, however since I’m not Greek, I figured I can get away with it.

It’s easy to make. It takes time to cook because brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice. By using brown rice, the fiber intake is greater, and with the addition of the chicken, you get more protein. Bone broth will also add more protein and additional health benefits, especially if it’s homemade.

I think I’ll be making a batch this weekend.

Chicken Lemon Rice Soup

  • 7 cups organic chicken broth or bone broth
  • 1 small onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped in small pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup organic brown rice
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley (optional)
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Bring chicken broth, onion, carrot, bay leaf and salt to a simmer. Add chicken breasts, cover and gently simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes, until chicken is cooked.  Remove chicken breasts, let cool slightly and pull or cut chicken into thin strips. Set aside. Remove onion pieces and bay leaf from soup and return to boil. Add rice and gently simmer for about 40 minutes, then add chicken back to soup for another 5 minutes.

Whisk eggs until they are frothy, then whisk in lemon juice. Add a cup of the hot soup to egg-lemon mixture, very slowly, whisking while you pour it in. Add another cup in the same manner. Take soup off the heat and add egg mixture to it. Sprinkle with parsley if desired, season with pepper and serve.  Makes about 4 servings.

Bon appétit,
Health Coach Carol

“To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night all you really need is soup.”—Laurie Colwin

Simplify Your Health Habits

Sometimes I start to lose it. My mind, that is. Eat this, don’t eat that, depending on the podcast of the day. (Or the food fad of the day.)

And if I feel that way, I’m guessing that sometimes you feel that way too.

 Life is complicated enough.

Today, I’m going to give you two simple things to consider when it comes to your health.

(These are not listed in order of importance. Both are good. Perhaps choose one and then add the other one when it won’t drive you over the edge. A little near the edge is ok, as that’s called “growth.”) 

Thing #1

Try to eat as many foods in their natural state as you can. For example, enjoy a baked potato instead of mashed potatoes from a box. Eat the orange instead of drinking orange juice. Bake or toss a whole chicken in the crock pot instead of heating up frozen chicken nuggets.

Will you do this perfectly? No. And that is ok. We’re going for better, not perfect.

 It’s impossible to not eat at least a few somewhat processed foods in a day.

The Slager home contains some processed foods.

I like my vegan protein powder and use it several times a week. It’s processed, since I’m not eating the peas, brown rice, and cranberries. It has its place in my life.

Mr. Non-Compliant still likes his cereal. Even though I buy him those without artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup, and lots of sugar, they are all processed.

Side note: Applause for Mr. NC, as he knows he must eat some protein, like eggs or Greek yogurt, before having his cereal for a treat. He’s learning.

Thing #2

Get some exercise.

Do what you can. Walk, try strength training, do yoga, run, do some push-ups, play tennis, ride a bike, dance. 

Everything counts. If the benefits of exercise could be made into a drug, it would be the most widely prescribed drug on the planet. Only no side effects and much less expensive.

Exercise promotes health and wellness. It helps prevent and improve every chronic disease.

Side effects may include weight loss, mood elevation, improved sleep, and increased mobility.

If you’re not engaged in an exercise routine, check with your physician and get started. It helps reverse the aging process, and who doesn’t want that?

 Start slowly, and keep it going. Perfection is not necessary. Have fun.

Simplify. Make it easy.

If you need help with a plan that’s unique to you, shoot me an email. We’ll schedule a 30-minute call and figure out what simple thing you can do that will have the greatest impact on the quality of your life.

30-minutes. One simple thing. A great start to 2022.

Much love,
Health Coach Carol

 “The most powerful medicine is at the end of your fork, not at the bottom of your pill bottle. Food is more powerful than anything in your medicine cabinet.”—Mark Hyman

How Great Can Today Get?

A colleague of mine made a post-it note to remind her to ask this important question each day. I like it.

“How great can today get?”

So, what about you? How great can YOUR today get?

It’s easy to allow complacency to set in. Making today great presents us with a challenge of stepping up in some way.

It may even bring about some discomfort, which is a good thing.

There are lots of choices, which makes it fun to think about.   

If you’re a life-long learner, you could find a book to read on a particular topic that interests you, or sign up for a course.

For music lovers, is there an instrument you’ve always wanted to learn to play? Or get reacquainted with an instrument you’ve set aside for a few (or more) years?

Maybe you’re making 2022 the year you focus on improving your health, but aren’t sure how to begin.

I can help with that.

A client told me, “After spending years counting points with my ‘diet’ plan, which didn’t work on a long-term basis, I now understand how to eat in a way that gives me a feeling of abundance, satisfaction, while meeting my health goals.”

That’s a great today.

Perhaps your day would be great if you knew how to make a vegetable tasty enough to enjoy it. 

Or if you felt it was within your control to kick your craving for sugar or caffeine.

A great today may be one that includes reaching out to a friend, feeling grateful for sunshine, getting a quality night’s sleep.

While everyone’s definition of a great day is different, I hope you explore the possibilities.

I’m making a post-it note to remind me.

Sending love,
Health Coach Carol

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson