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August 18, 2022

Mr. Non-Compliant vs. Mr. Corn

It’s that time of year when my dear cousin, Roger, aka Mr. Corn, and his wife Barb, come to Indiana for a visit. They now live in Florida, where swe

August 11, 2022

An Herb that Helps Reduce Anxiety, Induce Sleep, and More

I find it fascinating when one single food, or in this case, an herb, can contribute so much to our health. Cilantro is one such herb. While it’s no

August 4, 2022

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day may inspire some baking… While preparations have begun for those going back to school, there’s still lots of su

July 28, 2022

A Summer Meal with a Kick

While many of us would like to add more vegetables to our diet, it can be challenging to come up with new ideas. Discovering main dishes that are vege

July 27, 2022

Spicy Mushroom Tacos

These vegan tacos have a kick, so if you’re not a fan of spicy foods, cut back on the cayenne or omit.  Serves 4 Ingredients 1 lb. mixed mushrooms

July 21, 2022

Are They Eggs or Just Eggs?

In an effort to help those who are allergic or choose not to eat chicken eggs, this blog’s for you. And if you love chicken eggs, biscuits and gravy

July 13, 2022

Lipstick on a Pig

For any of my new blog followers, cauliflower is one of the few vegetables that I’m not fond of.  I’ve tried it all sorts of ways. Readers have s

July 13, 2022

Super Simple Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

After rinsing the head of cauliflower, cut it into florets, remove the thick stem portions, and slice it very thin. Arrange in a single layer on a sto

July 7, 2022

Vidalia Onions, Salsa, and Qigong

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s still possible to find Vidalia onions in local stores. I’m not sure how long they will last, so now is the tim

June 30, 2022

Navigating the Holiday Weekend Deliciously

Happy almost 4th of July weekend! The celebrations are about to begin. Parades, barbecues, picnics, watermelon, fireworks, adult beverages, and probab

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