Creamy Swiss Chard Protein Soup Recipe

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Creamy Swiss Chard Protein Soup Recipe Vegan

Note:  The photo is actually not blurry, it’s so steamy hot!

It is funny how the weather can change overnight.  Yesterday I was posting a Peach Muffin recipe for the end of the summer season and today I feel as though I am posting for the fall season.  Do not fear though it’s not officially fall until September 23 at 4:21 A.M. (ET) in the USA.  That means we have about a month left of this glorious summer weather right?  Well, today I wanted to share with you a recipe for a harvest season recipe that you can make in the summer, without feeling like you are cheating on summer.  It has such nutritional benefits as 11 grams of protein and it comes in at just over 200 calories per serving!  That can not be beat for such a hearty soup that can feed up to 6 people for almost pennies at the grocery store.  Get the recipe and see more photos by clicking the link.

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Peach Muffins Topped with Homemade Granola Recipe

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Vegan Peach Muffins with Granola Topping Recipe

Summer is nearing to an end for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and in Indiana that means it is peach and pear season.  Since the last few months have not been up to normal peak temperatures, the pears are taking a few more weeks than normal but thankfully the peaches have come out in the markets (especially farmers’ markets).  This last week I found the first locally grown ones in our area and I snagged them all just about for our household.  If there is one thing we don’t skimp on it’s definitely fruit, we always have a ton in our household.  Normally I make peach jam or something like a peach pie or crumble but Saturday came around and I wanted to make some peach muffins.  We have joined a group of friends and created a Pickleball group that meets every Saturday morning in our local area.  It is so much fun that it is common we lose track of time and play for about 4 hours or so, ending a bit longer than my hunger can last before eating lunch.  So I jumped out of bed and made these for the entire crew and assures I had enough for our neighbors to test out too.  Everyone is always so busy that it is always nice to spread the wealth of homemade goodies.

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Healthy Whole Wheat Germ Banana Muffins Recipe

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Wheat Germ muffins recipe Vegan

It’s getting cooler here in Indiana, USA and that means one thing, baking has started in my kitchen.  Thankfully my need for baking during the cooler days is backed up by a sweet-tooth husband and four neighbors that are ever eager to test just about anything.  These five people are my blessings so I can continue to bake and enjoy spoiling the ones I love with homemade goodies.  What would I do without these people in my life?  Well, I’d probably have a very fat pooch and cat on my hands.  Kidding aside, this last week I wanted to make a recipe consisting of healthy ingredients but still the sweet taste of chocolate chips.  It’s a compromise in our household all the time between these two sides: sweet and healthy. Video Included!

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Lion Coffee Online Order Experience

Leimomis Coffee Gift Set by Lion Coffee

The Leimomis Coffee Gift Set

On our last trip to Hawaii we came across a pastry shop that served locally owned and roasted coffee by the name of Lion Coffee.  We absolutely fell in love with the pastries and also the coffee so we brought some home with us to assure a little piece of the islands were coming back with us to the mainland.  While in Oahu you can purchase this coffee for a very reasonable price and you can find it in a lot of different grocery stores.  Since we visited the macadamia nut farm we chose this one and loved it just as much as the original flavor.  Since then we have dreamt of getting more so finally we ordered a gift set ‘box’ from their Lion Coffee Website.  Here’s our experience:

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Daiya Macaroni and Cheese Vegan Review

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Daiya Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Review

Daiya is a non-dairy cheese that is commonly used among many vegans as a cheese substitute.  It is not 100% in comparison to regular cow’s milk cheese as far as taste but the texture is pretty close.  It does not melt as well when used in a dish such as a grilled cheese sandwich but it does nice on pizza baked in the oven.  The texture is something that turns many people off since it can turn very runny when hot and then gets thicker as it cools.  Sometimes it is easier to think of vegan ‘substitutes’ as not substitutes but something completely new.  This is one of those cases.

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Vegan Grocery Haul: 2nd Week in August 2015

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Vegan Grocery Haul on a budgetHappy Wednesday Genki Friends!  Today I am writing from my new Macbook Pro; can you tell I’m excited?  A few days from now I might calm down about it but for now please forgive me for mentioning it so many times.  For now as the photo and title suggest, I want to share with you our grocery haul from this last week.  We mainly shop at Whole Foods Market but do get our fruit from other places too since we are on a moderate budget.  Click the link to see the rest of the photos and more information about these purchases.

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Working Out the Bugs: I’m a Mac User?

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Genki Kitty Technology Used

As of recent you might have noticed a slow decline in blog posts and this is for a very good reason, my old laptop has been slowly existing this world. The old lady it is brought it to snail pace working on anything, even simple tasks. She is still chugging along but a slow computer just was not cutting it to publish posts properly. Thankfully after much consideration and thought, I purchased a Macbook Pro. Going from a pc to a mac is not only a big investment but it is also a big change in how everything operates. It also took about a week to find one in the stores; I guess Mac has not been able to keep up with orders recently with the University of Notre Dame in city limits. It took about four trips to the store on multiple days to finally get one that wasn’t taken already (even though I was on a list we had to wait for shipments to arrive).

At lunch Genki Husband and I drove to two different stores to purchase my macbook pro and a pleasant stop at Alladin’s Eatery for a hummus tabouli wrap for lunch. (The necessities) Then I took the other part of the day before my planned gym workout to get it open. Sadly, yes, I admit it I took about 1/2-1 hour to open it. Please remember this is my first one and I have only used a mac workstation during my days working at a post-production house years ago. So maybe I didn’t know which way the apple was supposed to point and I tried to open it backwards, but that’s just between you and me.

There is a learning curve so I hope all of you can patiently stand by me and give me hints along the way to learn how to work this new Mac. So far I am loving the fact I have iMovie to make more YouTube videos and also a new photo editor so I can edit more photos to share with all of you. So get ready because I’m hoping to find some new inspiration to spread along to all of you. If you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments section or by email. Thanks!

When Things Are Hairy: Exercise Motivation

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Weekly Weight Loss MotivationThis last weekend has been a bit trivial for me, emotionally not physically.  (Unless you call the pain in my butt from too much pickleball a physical, trivial issue.ha-ha)  There are so many blessings in this world and I am not short of any of them.  Normally I am not one to complain but there are times when exhaustion catches the best of me and I can not overcome the emotional stress that is placed upon me.  If you also have this temptation for irritability, let me be the first to tell you that you are not alone and things will get better in time.  Sometimes we all need a little extra motivation and hopefully today this blog will bring you back to your focus at hand and give you a bit of a boost in the right direction.

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Grocery Hauls in July 2015

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Korean Grocery Haul in South Bend, Indiana, USA

Lately I have been really bad at sharing photos weekly so I have been hoarding all of these grocery hauls from ya’ll.  I’m so sorry! If you keep up with my on Instagram, I always post the photos so you will have already seen most of these photos.  If you are not subscribed to me yet, go on over there, subscribe and then come back to read the rest.  There are a lot of exercise/weight loss motivational photos and tons of food photos.  You will never be left out of the loop if you are connected there too.  So for now on to the photos:

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Monday Motivation: Workout Adventures

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Hello Genki Friends!  The weekend has finally reached an end and it’s time once again for Monday Motivation.  For us this last weekend was adventure packed and filled to the brim with having fun (while not-so-secretly burning off some calories).  Last week alone I counted 4,161 calories burnt just by doing the activities that I love to do.  Sometimes it just takes a little dabbling in different activities to test the waters to find what you love to do in life.  Whether it be walking, running, pickleball, tennis, or football, it all counts as long as you are moving and feeling a sense of enjoyment from the activity.  Even though I worked off a ton of calories, I did not feel as though it was a chore or something I must do to lose weight or to get fit.  A workout should leave you energized and chock full of happiness.  If your current workout doesn’t do this for you, try switching it up and see what works best for you.  It all depends on what you enjoy, not what the person next to you enjoys.  So I urge all of you to try something new this week and see what you enjoy most.  Let me know what you enjoy in the comments section!

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