HealthiER Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup! :)

Hi guys!!! I wanted to share this awesome recipe with you that I made for my family tonight! It’s a healthier version of creamy chicken & wild rice soup! It’s roughly 250 calories per 1 1/4 cups and it is DELISH!!! Let me know how you like it if you try it!Image5 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups fat free half and half
3 cooked & shredded chicken breasts (to cook/shred I boil them for 10-15 minutes and shred with 2 forks!)
1 cup diced onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
(I like to bulk it up with more veggies…it originally called for 1/2 cup of each..up to you!)
1/2 cup all purpose flour (the not so healthy part of this recipe…but it’s minimal)
2/3 cups uncooked wild rice (You can also use the instant kind like Uncle Ben’s to save a LOT of time! Long grain & wild rice by Uncle Ben’s works great.)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. thyme

1) Cook rice according to package directions.

2) In a large saucepan, cook olive oil, onions, celery, carrots, and garlic for 3-4 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Stir in the broth, pepper, basil, and thyme and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

3) Add shredded chicken & drained rice into the broth. Simmer for 10 minutes.

4) In a small bowl, mix half and half & flour together until smooth. Gradually stir the cream mixture into the soup.

5) Cook & stir for 5-8 minutes or until it thickens up. (I always like to let it simmer for a little while too so it gets to the right consistency!)

If you want to add more spices to it or add salt, do so as desired!

ENJOY! :)

Biggest Loser Ranch Grocery List!!! :)

Hey guys!!! So I posted on my FB that I wanted to share the ranch grocery list with you all!! E-mailing it out to EVERYONE is just too time consuming, so I hope this helps and everyone who wanted to receive it, does!!!! This should be very helpful!

TJ stands for Trader Joe’s and WF stands for Whole Foods. Of course, if you don’t have these stores near you (we don’t here in NW Indiana!), you can find almost all of these products at a local grocery store OR online!!!!

PLEASE REALIZE that this is very much common sense for a lot of you, but as you see…living a healthy lifestyle is NOT hard. These things are so simple to find and prepare, but sometimes we forget how simple it can really be! I hope this is a good reminder!

Also, PLEASE REALIZE that the items that say “organic only please” DO NOTTTT have to be organic! They had to be for us at the ranch b/c we were on a VERYYYY strict diet for a very competative weight loss show. For everyday life, you do NOT HAAAVE to buy organic! It’s more so to keep any pesticides out of your system if possible. BUT any fruit or vegetable will do…please realize this!!! You certainly do not have to spend more $ to eat and live a HEALTHY lifestyle. I would recommend organic if possible, but surely not necessary! :) 

Best of luck to ALL of you and congrats for taking the first or next step in your journey to better health!!!

LOVE YOU ALL! <3

Biggest Loser Ranch Grocery List