• Broccoli Cheddar Soup

    One thing people worry about with “dieting” is not getting to eat their favorite foods. But that is honestly just one of the things I love about doing WW. And that is why I love this Weight Watchers friendly Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

    Since starting WW back in March I have definitely eliminated some of my favorite foods. But not because I have to. I have chosen to still eat Salt and Vinegar chips, just not the entire bag in one sitting. I still have nachos and taco salad, but I make my own tortilla chips.  And I changed up the Broccoli Cheddar Soup that I make to make it work better for me and my goals.

    A few years back I shared this soup recipe, and I love it. It is delicious. But I don’t make it regularly because of the butter, flour, and half and half. Then I found a new, weight watchers friendly recipe and thought I’d give it a try.  I am not always positive when it comes to trying healthier recipes because I figure they can never be as good as, or better than a “full fat” recipe, right? But this is. It really is! It only has 4 ingredients and is amazing.

    3 cans of Chicken Broth (I use reduced sodium, 14.5 oz cans)
    2 pounds of broccoli
    1 can of diced tomatoes, no salt added, 14 oz can
    1 small can of diced green chilies
    10 oz Velveeta reduced-fat cheese

    If using a crockpot, combine all ingredients and put on low for 8 hours, high for 4 hours.

    If using the stovetop, mix together ingredients except the cheese, simmer on low for approx 2 minutes, until broccoli is tender. Add cubed cheese and simmer until cheese is melted.

    This serves 10, and each serving is about a heaping cup
    3 freestyle points per serving. 

  • Apple Mango Smoothie

    I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX® to write this post. MiraLAX® is a laxative used to treat occasional constipation. All opinions are entirely my own. #ReliefMadeEasy #CollectiveBias #Ad

    Ever since I embarked on my weight loss journey in March, I have been having off and on issues with occasional constipation. I can tell if I haven’t had enough water, or if it is extra hot outside or I eat more protein than normal that those are the times I usually have a delay.

    Thankfully someone just suggested getting MiraLAX® which I found at Walgreens. It has really helped with occasional constipation. MiraLAX® works with your body’s natural process to provide effective relief from occasional constipation. MiraLAX® works with the water in your body to provide a gentle experience and doesn’t cause harsh side effects.

    I love that it comes in multiple bottle sizes and the MiraLAX®. The bottles are great for home, but when you are out and about the last thing you want to do is pull out a big bottle and that is why the Mix-In Pax are so convenient. If I’m away from the house for the day, or a few days, these are easy to toss into my purse.

    One thing that is so important is that MiraLAX® is different from stimulant laxatives. Stimulant laxatives make your body go by forcefully stimulating the nerves in your colon. MiraLAX® works with the water in your body to hydrate, soften, and ease, unblocking your system naturally. My body doesn’t like to be forced to do anything, so something that is easy to take and is easy on your body is right up my alley.

    MiraLAX® can be taken in any liquid. A glass of water, your morning cup of coffee, or my favorite, a delicious smoothie. Today, I wanted to share this smoothie I make regularly. It worked perfectly and was great as always.

    This Apple Mango smoothie is so delicious and easy to make!

    • 1/2 apple (sliced and seeds removed)
    • 1 cup sliced mangos
    • 1 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
    • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
    • Ice

    Blend and voila!

    Tip: When needed, I add in the MiraLAX® to help with occasional constipation. Since the powder has no flavor, you don’t even realize it is there!

    Before you head to Walgreens, get your MiraLAX® so you can make sure you save! And make sure you always use as directed.

    What is your favorite kind of smoothie?

  • Let’s Talk Plan B

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsTalkPlanB #CollectiveBias #ad

    Women’s health is such an important topic, and I think that so often it seems taboo to discuss. Or maybe some women are embarrassed to discuss certain things, and often, we just don’t know how to bring it up. So, I wanted to talk about something that I think all women should at least know about and understand what it does. So, #LetsTalkPlanB –

    If you’re not familiar with Plan B One Step, it is a pill that you can take after unprotected sex or a birth control slip up. You have to take it within 72 hours of unprotected sex or birth control failure.

    Plan B works by delaying ovulation to help prevent pregnancy before it even starts. The active ingredient in it is levonorgestrel, which is the same hormone found in common birth control pills, just at a single, higher dose.

    It doesn’t have to come down to hoping and praying that you don’t get pregnant after unprotected sex.  

    Plan B One Step can help as long as it is used as directed. But let’s be real. It is not a form of everyday birth control. It is for emergency situations.

    Just a single pill that you take by mouth- the sooner you take it after unprotected sex or a birth control slipup, the better it works. But always use as directed.

    Plan B One-Step emergency contraception is used as a backup method for birth control if, for example:

    •      Your regular birth control failed, such as a broken condom.
    •      You made a mistake with your regular birth control method, like forgetting to take your birth control pill.
    •      You didn’t use any birth control at all.

    It is not an abortion pill and will not affect an existing pregnancy. It also will not affect your future fertility.

    If you are interested in purchasing Plan B, you can typically find it in the family planning aisle. I was able to pick it up at Target, in the aisle mentioned above, right on the bottom shelf. It can be just purchased over the counter. If you’re looking for it and cannot locate it within the store, you can always ask the pharmacist and they will be able to help.

    You don’t need to provide an ID, a prescription or your age.  Should you have any questions you can also call toll free, 1-800-330-1271 for more information. Or you can check out the Plan B website.  Of course, you could also talk with your doctor.

    Get your coupon for $10 off your purchase of Plan B One Step.

    Let’s continue to talk about important women’s health issues and make sure that topics like these are no longer taboo!

  • Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home

    This post has been sponsored by Smile Brilliant, however, all opinions are my own.

    A person’s smile and teeth are typically the very first thing I notice when I see someone. So, I was so excited when the opportunity came up to work with Smile Brilliant and to whiten my own teeth. As a coffee and soda drinker, my teeth have definitely yellowed over time. And using perfectly fitting trays to make my smile brighter is exciting!

    Have you ever tried whitening strips? They don’t stay on!
    Or having trays made at your dentist office? How much did that bill cost?
    Maybe you tried to stay away from staining foods? But coffee is life!

    When my Smile Brilliant kit showed up in the mail I was so excited to get right on it. I started with my “before” pictures. I know taking super close up teeth pictures isn’t exactly flattering. But it is important so you can see how your teeth have changed. Sometimes those changes are harder for us to see in ourselves.

    A few teeth whitening facts:

    1. Your teeth are like sponges and they absorb colored food.
    2. Tooth Sensitivity is normal. About 60% of Americans experience it.
    3. Caps and veneers cannot whiten.
    4. The best time to whitening is before bed.
    5. Not everyone will have perfectly white teeth. That is why Smile Brilliant offers a 45-day money back guarantee.

    Next, I made my impressions.
    You mix the catalyst and the base together, following the instructions you are given. Placing it into the given trays and then bite into them, making your impressions.

    Once they are set up and solid you mail them off to Smile Brilliant. I even received a confirmation when they were received, once they were made and shipped. And I received my whitening trays back in just a short period of time.

    Beautiful, right?
    Now I am all ready to start whitening.

    I received the “sensitive” kit due to having teeth sensitivity.

    When you are ready to whiten you follow a few simple steps.

    1. Start with brushing your teeth with water only. No toothpaste at this point.
    2. Add gel along the trays, where it will rest against your teeth.
    3. Put the trays into your mouth, on your teeth, pressing against your teeth so the gel will disperse evenly. And wipe away any excess.
    4. Whiten teeth for a minimum of 45 minutes up to 3 hours. This will depend on your own sensitivity.
    5. Brush with a non-whitening toothpaste.
    6. Rinse trays with cool water.

    You always want to whiten before bed, so plan accordingly.

    After you are done you need to use the desensitizing gel for 20 minutes. Rinse your trays but you don’t rinse your mouth because you want that gel to stay on your teeth overnight.

    Then head to bed!  

    You really want to avoid staining foods, such as coffee, chocolate, soda, red wine, etc. for 24 hours after a whitening session.

    I don’t really feel like my after pictures do Smile Brilliant justice! I can definitely notice a difference and I am not done. And thankfully, I still have many applicators to that I will use to get my teeth whitened even more and I can’t wait to share my continued process.

    Have you ever whitened your teeth or considered Smile Brilliant?

    I have an amazing opportunity to give one of my readers a $149 credit to Smile Brilliant!


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  • Mom Moments with Poise

    This post is sponsored by Poise® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

    Where are the moms at? Raise your hand! This is for you- the moms and moms-to-be that can’t laugh without peeing a little. Have some mom moments with Poise.

    Did you know that 1 in 3 women experience Light Bladder Leakage? Mom’s night out takes on an entirely new meaning to laughing so hard you pee your pants! But this topic doesn’t have to be embarrassing, or shameful. If you are experiencing LBL, you are not alone! I was talking to some girlfriends recently and we all agreed that LBL rears its ugly head. And knowing that it is common and not only affecting you can make you feel so much more confident.

    Did you know that you can do Walmart’s Online Grocery Pick-Up Option and add Poise to your cart? How simple is that? And if you are feeling a little uncomfortable about your purchase this might just be the perfect option for you! I ran into the store and I couldn’t believe all the options available!

    My favorite thing about Poise pads is all the different options available. ContourFfit, Lightweight, overnight, whatever it is you are looking for Poise has an option available at Walmart! Whether you are pregnant, post-partum or have older kids, bladder leakage doesn’t discriminate. Make sure your mom moments with Poise keep you comfortable and dry and you are covered under any circumstance.

    Unsure where to start? Check out more information here at Poise. Track what triggers your LBL, whether it is from laughing, coughing, smoking or did you know that some foods can even cause light bladder leakage? Spicy foods or even citric acid could be causing it. Sometimes it could just be caused by a medication you are taking. Whatever the situation, Poise has you covered.

    Thankfully, Poise has me covered for my next Mom’s Night Out!