Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Healthified Green Bean Casserole!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam's Club. All opinions are 100% mine.

We plant a garden every year, and have pretty much every year for the past 10+ years. This past  year was a bean year! We planted two whole rows of beans! My favorite! We canned them all at the end of the season and I was sooo excited to make my personal fav green bean casserole with home canned beans from our garden. I made my first batch at Thanksgiving and the beans were BAD! Epic garden fail! They were as hard as as rocks and tasted like crap! We must of waited too long to harvest this past year cause they were bad! I was so sad! But thank goodness for Del Monte® fresh canned beans! I have been using them since we had to throw away all our beans this year! They are an awesome replacement! I was perusing Sam's Club's Celebrate Spring site and found some really yummy casserole recipes using ALL Del Monte® canned vegetables! I found a delightful sounding green bean casserole recipe to try! It's a little different then my normal go to! But I thought I would take their yummy recipe and tweak it to make it more waist line friendly! The result was soooo yummy! You'll have to try it and all the other yummy recipes on the Sam's Club Celebrate Spring site! I'm anxious to try some of those others featured there! (Making healthy tweaks of course!)

Healthified Green Bean Casserole
Adapted From Sam's Club Celebrate Spring Site
Andie Thueson
2 Tbs Butter
2 TBS Flour
1 1/2 -2 Cups 1% Milk
1 Pint Fresh Mushrooms
2 Cans Del Monte® Blue Lake Cut Beans (available at Sam's)
1 TBS Dried Onions
Pepper to taste
1 tsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1/2 C French Fried Onions

Melt Butter in sauce pan, add flour to make roux. Add Milk  slowly then and Mushrooms and simmer until thickened and mushrooms have softened. Add other ingredients excluding french fried onions.
Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish and bake at 350 for 25 minutes -- remove and add the 1/2 Cup French Fried Onions and bake an additional 5 minutes -- Then let cool and Enjoy!! So Tasty! Without the guilt! You're Welcome!
Look how yummy!!! 
These beans are AWESOME! And make this casserole ROCK! -- I was surprised by how much I liked them and how comparable they we're to my garden fresh!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Carrot Cake Protein Shake: 52 Weeks of Shakes: Week 39

Shake It Up Saturday!

Nothing says Easter quite like Carrot Cake... I'm not sure how these two actually hooked up. But I'm glad they did! I LOVE me some good Carrot Cake! I'm pretty sure if I made a Carrot Cake I might eat the whole thing by myself... I love it that much! So I decided in the interests of keeping my waist line trim, I should just avoid it this year! So In lieu of the fresh baked stuff, I opted for making a yummy Carrot Cake inspired Protein Shake instead! It was sooo good! So Enjoy!

Carrot Cake Protein Shake
Andie Thueson

1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 C Pineapple
1/4 C Grated Carrot
1 tsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
2 tsps greek cream cheese
8-10 Ice Cubes as needed for desired consistency
Blend & Enjoy!!

Nutritional Stats

Calories 286 | Fat 6.6g | Fiber 2.2g | Protein 30.7

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Be.YOU.tiful Link Party #17

It's time to party!!! Thanks for stopping by to link up your AWESOMENESS!! We're excited to see what you've been up to!

We want to see what inspires you! We have come together to bring you a link party that is all about sharing those inspirational posts that we each search for daily! We, as lifestyle bloggers want to bring those posts together! We are the lost bloggers...the octagons trying to fit in a square hole! There are so many amazing link parties out there for the crafters and the chefs...but where do we belong?  Right here at the Be. You. Tiful Link Party

We want to be inspired by your beautifully designed home, your incredible organizational talents, your amazing weight loss journey, or even your beautifully styled outfits and make up tutorials! Maybe you've experienced hard things and are willing to share what helped you through.

Link up your inspirational posts below and your links will automatically be added to all four blogs, and you'll have a chance each week of being featured on ALL 4! It's as easy as that! We can't wait to see what you've done this week!

Here's What Your Lovely Hosts Have Been Up To This Week

Creating A 3 Word Mantra | Maybe I Will

Golden Easter Eggs | Chic California 

5 Amazing Outdoor Workouts | The Happy Gal 

5 Tips To Shorten Your AM Routine | Fry Sauce & Grits 

This Week's Features 

Maybe I Will's Favorite 

I want to move right in!!!
  Master Bedroom Reveal | Bigger Than The Three of Us 

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Carrot Centerpiece | Simply Suzanne's at Home 

Avocado Bowl Quinoa Salad | Scent of Oranges 

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Subscribe to your 4 fabulous hosts on their blog and/or follow us on social media. This week we would love for you to follow us on Instagram! 

-Link to a specific lifestyle post from your blog, not your homepage - think design, beauty, fashion, health and anything that really inspires you.
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- Link ideas you have not linked here before.
By linking up, you're giving permission to us to feature your projects and recipes on our social media and blogs with a link back to you. Proper credit & links will always be given.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My NEW 3 Word Mantra + a blog hop!!

Did you know that there is actually a color of the year??!? I had no idea that such a thing existed! Apparently the color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid! Isn't that just a fun name! I like to just say it for fun... Radiant Orchid! So this month my blogging buds and I are showcasing our favorite ways to incorporate this awesome color into our lives! See look we're total hipsters! We're just too cool for school.
 (Insert laughter here) So sit back and check out what the cool kids are up to this month, with the color of the year... (more laughter) ;) 

Hollyhocks and Honeybees- Out of the box Easter Baskets
The Benson Street- I love reading Bookmark
She's Crafty- Butterfly Wreath
Flats to Flip Flops- Accessorizing with Radiant Orchid
Among the Youngs-Radiant Orchid Iced cake
Free Time Frolics- Be radiant gift card holder
Crafted Sparrow- Radiant Orchid clay Earrings

I love this awesome color, but to be honest, I struggled finding away to incorporate it into my current home decor color scheme. So I am stepping out of my comfort zone and out of the box big time on this one! I am currently reading this awesome book! It is one of those books that you read and if you really let it, it can change your life! The book is "The Charge" by Brandon Burchard. It focuses on activating the 10 human drives that make you feel more alive! I have been captivated by it! This past Sunday I was feeling out of sorts, typically I am very positive person and tend to be pretty energetic and some might refer to me as being a little "Pollyanna"ish... But you know what that's ok! I would rather spend my life seeing the good things in life and not being a realist! Life is way too short for that! Anywho back to my point! On Sunday I was feeling unfocused and felt overwhelmed with my life and I was basically having a little pity party for myself. To help get me out of my funk I picked up my book, and read. It was exactly what I needed to hear/read!
As I was reading the chapter on congruence I read this passage... 
How we think of ourselves (our self image) and how we behave in accordance with that image in the real world is the stuff of congruence. It's one of the most profoundly powerful drives we have as humans-to live in consistent alignment with who we think we are, how we want others to perceive us, and who we want to become. When we don't behave as the person we believe ourselves to be, we feel "off" "out of sorts" and, often frustrated or angry. If we think we're lions for example and we act as mice. we secretly loath ourselves. -- exert from "The Charge"
 I read this paragraph and it was an amazing "a ha" moment for me! I was feeling off because I had become misaligned from my "true" self. After reading through the rest of the chapter (I honestly feel like this chapter was written for me!) I sat down and did the following exercise! And you can do it to!! 

#1 Write down descriptive words that you would use to define the way you think about yourself in your personal life... (I took out pen and paper and went to town writing words that I feel describe who I REALLY want to be and who I know I should be! ) 

#2 Of all the words, choose THREE that you're going to make as your new standard and mantra 
(how you think of yourself) 

For me those three words were 

( See how I incorporated the Radiant Orchid.... Clever eh?!?) 

I chose these three words because...
KIND...above all else I want to be kind in all my deeds and actions! 
Kind to myself, kind to those I work with, and kind to all! 
POSITIVE... I will not let negative energy weigh me down! If I am energetic and positive in life, my happiness will be ten fold! Life is so much better, when you choose to be positive! 
HEALTHY...To me this means balance and finding time to be fit and healthy and focus on eating the right foods and exercising my body so that I can feel strong!  

#3 Write down WHY you chose your words! 
This is important to focus on WHY you chose those words! 

And lastly -- DISPLAY these words on your mirror or your door, somewhere where you will see them ALL the time! You'll need this daily reminder to refocus you on who you want to be!! The TRUE You! 

I made my three word mantra on PicMonkey and then just printed it off and displayed it on my bathroom mirror and I keep a copy in my purse! 

Since I love this book so much and feel it needs to get into as many hands as possible I am giving away one FREE copy! To one of you lovely readers! 
This is not a sponsored post I putting the money up for the book myself!  I feel that strongly about it!!! 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Kaeng Raeng Detox Review!!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kaeng Raeng for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's Detox Review Time!!! There's nothing like a weekend rendezvous with my husband after a 7 week separation to know it's time for a good detox! I'm sure I'll be slipping into something a little more comfortable and looking good is kind of a big deal! -- Sorry for the over share it's been 7 weeks peeps!
Whether you have plans to meet up with your hubby, or you're headed out for vacay and are planning on sporting your cute little bikini...a cleanse is a must! It will help rid your bod of all that excess gunk, making you feel and look sleek and sexy!
I was super stoked when I heard about this cleanse from Kaeng Raeng which in Thai means "Be Healthy, Be Strong" Something I firmly believe in!
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So here's the scoop and all the dirty little details from my 3 day Kaeng Raeng Cleanse!!
The Kaeng Raeng Cleanse - can be done as a 3 day, 6 day and in different levels -- from beginner to seasoned detox veteran! -- You can take this cool quiz to find the right one for you! quiz
In your packet you'll get three delightful flavored drink packets, "Joyful" which is a strawberry, raspberry, pineapple. "Into The Blue" which is blueberry banana and "Day Break" which is mango, peach, pineapple. The drinks are Vegan, Gluten Free, Caffeine Free, and Soy Free and they are made in the great state of California!  -- They are meant to be a meal replacement and are loaded with healthy good for you ingredients!  So NO Preservatives, NO laxatives, and NO Stimulants!! And BONUS you are free to eat any raw fruits or vegetables while doing your cleanse!  You'll drink three drinks a day for the duration of your cleanse!
Want more nitty gritty details on the quality and manufacturing of this cleanse check out their website Kaeng Raeng cleanse

So the drinks "as is",  mixed with water alone are bland...But if we're comparing it to other detox choices it tastes great! I've tried some nasty ones! The bonus here is you can mix it with fresh fruits and veggies to enhance the flavor! My favorite combo that I concocted was The "Into The Blue" -- I added fresh strawberries and half a banana - then a touch of honey to add a little sweetness. It was good!  On the first day of my cleanse I took my kids to the movies around lunch time so I just threw the mix in my blender bottle with an all natural mix in and drank it straight up! It is a little bit more grainy that way, but in a lurch it was good!
You know my biggest factor when considering detoxes is will I starve?!? And you most definitely will not!! I actually was really full after drinking my drink.. I would just sip on it while I was working at it kept me full!
Now the "dirt" you will pee a lot! And when you need to pee you will need to go quickly! Just a heads up. I didn't have problems with excess "Cleansing". (my lady like terminology)
And lastly and most importantly does it work?!?! My ruling is it does! I felt more sleek, and healthier after the detox! My skin looked amazing! I am ready to go see my MAN!
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Chocolate Pina Colada Protein Shake... 52 Weeks of Shakes: Week 38

Shake It Up Saturday!
On my most recent trip to Utah to visit my sister, I decided I would tag along with my brother in law at the gym. After a good workout, Matt tasked me with getting our protein shakes from the Juice bar, while he finished up one last set... which in Matt talk means finish up with his last chat of the day. I headed to the cute little juice bar. Much to my surprise I got hit on by the juice bar guy! Yes I know y'all are as surprised as me. He was young and cute, so I was flattered. This thirty something still gots it. But as he was flirting with me he suggested I try his favorite little concoction he had cooked up... Chocolate Pina Colada. At first I was a little worried about it.. Not the most natural marrying of flavors in my mind. But he was cute and exuberant about his recommendation,  so I thought I would give it a try. And much to my surprise I quite liked it. So I recreated his concoction this week! So you can thank the juice bar flirt of Utah for this weeks flavor.

Chocolate Pina Colada
Andie Thueson

1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
1/2 C Cubed Pineapple
2 TBS Sugar Free Coconut Syrup
8-10 Ice Cubes more/less dependent on desired consistency

Nutritional Stats

Calories 202 | Protein 24g | Fiber 2 g | Fat 6g

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