This month's newsletter was all about being unique, but honestly, sometimes it's hard to embrace that uniqueness (at least I'm speaking for myself).
When I need a little encouragement, I go to the bible. I hope these encourage you too! God bless.
Excerpts taken from: 22 Bible Verses about Being Unique
Ephesians 2:10 ESV
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Matthew 10:30 ESV
"But even the hairs of your head are all numbered."
Jeremiah 29:11-13 ESV
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-14 ESV
"O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me...For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."
1 Corinthians 12:18-30 ESV
"But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable..."
Isaiah 64:8 ESV
"But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand."
This month's newsletter was written by one of my interns, Ashley, and titled "How to Set Yourself Up for Healthy Eating Success"! It's all on the subject of meal planning (aka meal prepping or batch cooking)!
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Tip of the Month:
So, now that you have read some of the do's and don'ts of meal planning (in the newsletter; see above to sign up for future newsletters), it is time to talk about everyone's favorite topic - what to make (i.e. the FOOD!). The nice thing is you can meal prep basically anything you love to eat, that follows your healthy eating plan, diet restrictions/allergies/preferences, etc.
Here are some links that provide many great, whole food recipes specifically for meal prepping:
Slow cooker recipes
20 different themed meal nights (salad, sandwich, chicken, steak, pasta, stir-fry, rice, vegetarian, etc).
Some staples I like to use in my meal prep are:
Refer to the helpful chart called Frozen Food Recommended Storage Times if you want to freeze any of the above.
Just remember to start gradual by focusing on one meal or snack a week and increasing from there. Happy Meal Prepping!
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Chicken Zoodle Soup
Recipe Credit: All Recipes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced onions
1 cup diced celery
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 (14.5 ounce) cans low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup sliced carrots
3/4 pound cooked chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pinch dried thyme (optional)
salt and ground black pepper to taste
3 zucchini squash, cut into 'noodles' using a spiral slicer or vegetable peeler
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute onion, celery, and garlic in hot oil until just tender, about 5 minutes.
Pour chicken broth into the pot; add carrots, chicken, basil, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring the broth to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer mixture until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
Divide zucchini 'noodles' between six soup bowls; ladle broth mixture over the 'noodles.'