Back To Basics

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     This week we’re going to keep it simple. I think it’s far too easy to get caught up in the whole “health craze” and forget about what we’re really trying to achieve. Instead of buying tons of super foods and outrageously expensive supplements, let’s just stick to the basics. Whole grains, protein, vegetables, nuts, seeds… you know the deal.

It seems so easy, so why aren’t more people eating like this? True, this school of thought is catching on more and more, but it’s still not quite where is should be. So, why is this? It seems to me, many of us link value in products to how expensive they are… which isn’t necessarily true. Just because that protein powder is $40 or that spirulina powder is $20, doesn’t necessarily mean you need it to be “healthy”. Not saying they are bad or should be avoided. However, if you are on a budget (like many of us), take a deep breath, and realize you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg at the grocery store. Instead, focus on staples foods like chicken, eggs, lettuce, apples, and so on. It’s crazy the amount of nutrients that are packed in these simple foods.

   To get you in the right mindset, here’s an easy, nutritious meal that’s not only easy to prepare but can be whipped up on the spot when you’re craving something filling. Not to mention this meal is packed full of healthy fats, protein, B12, fiber, vitamin C and potassium, just to skim the surface. Hope you enjoy this recipe! Make sure to leave a comment if you try it out!!

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Chicken Apple Stir-Fry

 Ingredients

·       3 chicken breasts or the meat from 1 whole roasted chicken

·       2 tablespoons coconut oil

·       2 apples

·       1 onion

·       1 bulb of fennel (can replace with another onion if you don't like the taste of Fennel)

·       1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, garlic powder and basil

Instructions

1.    There are two ways to make this recipe.

2.    Stovetop: Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. If chicken is raw, heat butter/coconut oil in large skillet or wok until melted. Add chicken and cook on medium/high heat until chicken is cooked through. (If chicken is pre-cooked, cook the vegetables first then add chicken) While cooking, cut the apples and onion into bite sized pieces (1/2 inch) and thinly slice the fennel bulb into thin slivers. Add all to skillet or wok, add spices and continue sauteing until all are cooked through and fragrant. This will take approximately 10-12 minutes.

3.    Oven: Preheat oven to 375. Grease a large baking sheet with butter or coconut oil. Chop the chicken and place on baking sheet. Cut onions and apples into bite sized pieces and sprinkle on top of chicken. Thinly sliver the fennel bulb and sprinkle on top of onion/apple mix. Sprinkle with spices and place in the oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes until chicken is completely cooked through. Turn over once at about 20 minutes and add more coconut oil if needed.

4.    Enjoy!

*Recipe Source: http://wellnessmama.com/5595/chicken-apple-stir-fry/