Chicken Fried Rice (Quinoa)

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Someone in my accountability group asked me to share my recipe for my chicken fried quinoa. It is not really my own, it is a fried rice recipe that I had gotten from a friend, years ago. I just made it my own with a healthier version, so I can still enjoy it now that I am on my fitness journey. Believe me, it is still just as good.

I don’t really follow a recipe as far as measurements go, so adjust accordingly. When I make it, it feeds my family of seven with some left over for the kids to have for lunch the next day.

I will share with you the original recipe that I use with the healthier (quinoa) version in parentheses.

Ingredients:

1 pk. chicken breast, boneless thighs or tenders

2 c. uncooked rice (quinoa)

2 small bags of frozen peas and carrots

6 scrambled eggs

soy sauce (liquid aminos) to taste

olive oil

green onions (optional)

salt/pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook rice (quinoa) early in the day according to directions. This will yield four cups. Once it is done, let cool for a bit and set it in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook dinner. You don’t want to fry hot rice (quinoa), you will have a sticky, mushy mess.

When you are ready to assemble dinner, start your chicken in a little bit of olive oil in a big frying pan. Feel free to make this your own, too. I don’t usually use other meats, but you can also make it with beef, shrimp or even pork. Season with just a little bit of salt and pepper. Keep in mind, when you begin to stir fry, the soy sauce (liquid aminos) has a salty taste.

While this is cooking, add your frozen peas and carrots to a separate pot and cook according to the directions. Add a little bit of salt to this. You want to season each layer, so when you add it all together it’s not bland.

You also want another smaller frying pan to cook your eggs. I just add a bit of olive oil and crack them directly in the pan and scramble. Have you seen in done at the Hibachi grill? They never scramble the eggs in a bowl first.

Once your chicken is just about cooked, you want to grab the rice (quinoa) out of the fridge.

Slowly add the rice (quinoa) to the cooking chicken. Pour in some soy sauce (liquid aminos). Continue to do this until all of the rice (quinoa) is incorporated. Then mix in the peas and carrots. Lastly, add in your cooked eggs. Do a quick taste test to see if you have enough soy sauce (liquid aminos). Once you are satisfied, you are done.

Plate and garnish with the chopped green onion.

Enjoy your chicken fried rice (quinoa)!

 

Tone and Titan Challenge

tonetitanMy team has a new challenge beginning on September 19th! This will be for those of you that have never done one of our challenge groups before. We will teach you what clean eating is and how to incorporate fitness at any level. This will all take place in a private Facebook group and we will be together for 21 days to jump-start your healthy lifestyle.

Sign Me Up!

We will also a include a daily challenge that you will be able to do anywhere. Also, have me assigned as your coach or another Temple Fitness and Beauty coach. That’s it! It is completely free to join. Let your friends know, so they can join you. Be sure to commit for the full 21 days. It will also be beneficial to you to post and participate daily and reap the rewards. You never know who you will inspire. I know it helps me to stay consistent.

To get your FREE teambeachbody.com account you can go here:http://teambeachbody.com/sumner7 If you already have an account contact me and I will add you to the group.

Now What?

During our time together, I will post a daily challenge. I want you to rate your nutrition and workout for accountability. You can also share something good that happened during your day. You will also get a simple meal plan and fitness and nutrition tips. We will have some fun, get to know each other, but most importantly cheer each other on in reaching our goals. To help you feel more comfortable this group will be a “judgement-free zone.” It will also be private, so what you post will remain between us. We will share each others triumphs and struggles.

Sometimes the fall can be a struggle to stay motivated with our back to school routines. We also have the holidays right around the corner. I know I have days where I am exhausted and don’t want to do anything. This Tone and Titan Challenge will help to get your workout groove started or back again.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. The team is here to help you reach your goals.

Then What?

We don’t focus on just doing a quick diet or short term goals. Once this group is over I have an ongoing group for a lifetime journey. Our focus is to learn healthy habits that we can continue for the unforeseeable future.

Host an Online Party!

How to Host

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You can host the online Avon party right on Facebook. I will sent up an event page just for you and your guests. You can invite everyone that you know, near and far. We will discuss a date that you would like to start your online Avon party. You can do it for as little as an hour up to five days long. My average party is usually three days with great success.

During the duration of the online Avon party, I will show you Avon’s latest products and the sale items. We will play games, so that your friends will have a chance to win some free products. This will be shipped directly to them by me. I will do all of the leg work. All that you have to do is invite your guests.

What You Get

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Going by the chart above, I will send you a gift that retails the amount on the right. This will be from my stock, so it will depend on what I have on hand. I will give you an idea of what I have, so you will be able to choose from that.

Let your potential guests know how amazing these Avon products are. Another plus is that they are also affordable. Do you have a friend that doesn’t wear makeup? Not to worry, we have something for everyone. We have bath and body products, jewelry, home goods, clothing, a men’s line, kids’ items and more.

Contact me, so that we can coordinate schedules. It’s time to get this party started!

I look forward to having a fun and successful online Avon party with you.

Gifts Not Enough?

Do you want more out of your online Avon party? Join my team and have the same party as described above and all of the commission will go to you! I will still do all of the leg work and help you get your business off of the ground. The amount you make depends on how much your total sales are. The chart below can give you and idea of what you can be making.

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To get started you can go here. I look forward to helping you reach your best potential.

Flat Belly Challenge

Flat Belly Challenge

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My team has a fitness challenge coming up on August 24th! If you have done one of my clean eating groups before, this will continue to focus on nutrition along with a fitness program. If you have never done a group before, that’s OK. You will not be missing out on anything. We will teach you what clean eating is and how to incorporate fitness at a beginner level. This will all take place in a private Facebook group and we will be together for five days to jump-start your healthy journey.

How to Join

We will also a include daily workouts that you will be able to do at home. Also have me assigned as your coach or another Temple Fitness and Beauty coach. That’s it! Be sure to commit for the full five days. Be sure to post and participate daily and reap the rewards.

To get your FREE teambeachbody.com account here:http://teambeachbody.com/sumner7 If you already have an account contact me and I will add you to the group.

What to Expect

During the time period that we are together, I will post a daily lesson. You will also get a simple meal plan and fitness and nutrition tips. We will have some fun, get to know each other, but most importantly cheer each other on in reaching our goals. To help you feel more comfortable this group will be a “judgement-free zone.” We will share each others triumphs and struggles.

Sometimes the summer can be a struggle to stay motivated. I know I have days where I am already hot and don’t want to do anything. This flat belly challenge will help to get your workout mojo started or back again.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. The team is here for you.

What Happens Next?

We don’t focus on just doing a quick diet or short term goals. Once this group is over I have an ongoing group for a lifetime journey. Our focus is to learn healthy habits that we can continue for the unforeseeable future.

Carb Addiction

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We know that eating highly-processed carb-heavy foods isn’t good for us. When life gets busy we tend to gobble up the food and move on. We then tell ourselves that we will eat healthier next time.

Evidence is building that, at least for some of us, our brains don’t quite work like that. A small study has shown that hours after we eat a highly-processed meal with lots of carbohydrates – think white bread, or potato chips – we start to crave more of these same types of foods creating our carb addiction. “Highly processed carbohydrates might program us to crave food in general,” says David Ludwig, lead author in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “And fast-acting carbohydrates in particular might be setting up these cycles of high blood sugar followed by low blood sugar, food cravings — and then overeating.”

Researchers gave 12 obese young men two test meals – milkshakes that were not only identical in calories and carbohydrates, but also contained indistinguishable sweetness, appearance, smell and overall deliciousness. The only difference was the nature of the carbohydrates – one shake contained high-glycemic index carbs, and the other had carbs of low-glycemic index. (Foods with a high glycemic index, or GI, raise blood sugar or blood glucose levels higher and faster than foods with lower GIs.) As far as the young men who participated in the study knew – the shakes were the same. The two shakes were given to the young men in a lab environment on two different days, and researchers tracked their blood sugar and hunger levels periodically for four hours after the meal.

At the four-hour mark, the men were given brain scans using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI – basically, a way of measuring brain activity. They found that the areas of the brain related to reward, craving, and addictive behavior lit up for the men in the high GI group as their brains reacted to the fast-acting carbs.That’s important, Ludwig explains, because four hours after a meal is the key time when decisions are made about how much to eat at the next meal. We’ve seen the connection between junk food and cravings before, as past studies have shown a link. But previous research used foods like cheesecake versus virtuous fare like boiled vegetables – in other words, foods you know and would have a strong psychological reaction to. This new research is an attempt to divide the biology from learned behavior, Ludwig explains.

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Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News diet and health editor, advises that this study comes with a few limitations. For one, it’s a very small study, looking at the brain scans of just 12 obese men – plus, the fact that all the subjects were obese, something that Ludwig says was done because the overweight among us are, in general, the ones that have the most trouble maintaining a healthy weight. Still, at this point, it’s too early to say that these cravings lead to obesity, says Fernstrom, who adds that an important follow-up study would be to do the same experiment using lean people. In real life, we don’t exactly have the option of choosing between a healthy and less healthy milkshake – unless you’re planning on switching to an all-Soylent diet.

Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian in New York City, advises dieters to think about all the delicious and nutritious foods you can eat – rather than trying to immediately eliminate all processed foods at once. “Of course limiting processed foods–especially the kinds that are loaded with trans or saturated fat, sugar, and sodium–is a good idea,” says Zied. “But taking a positive, inclusionary approach to food and eating may very well be a more effective way to alter your diet than being more extreme.” So if junk food lit up the areas of the brain involved with addiction – then is junk food addictive? It’s not that simple. The idea of a “food addict” is a bit ridiculous, in the first place, says Fernstrom, Ph. D., CNS. We have to eat to survive; we don’t have to consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes, for example, so these terms are not interchangeable. “The notion of food addiction is controversial, and the study doesn’t answer that question,” Ludwig says. It provides evidence for the possibility that highly processed food — apart from its calories, apart from its tastiness — could be tricking our brain into craving more food than we actually need. “So the bottom line is: Limiting these fast-acting carbs that have invaded our diet in the last 30 years may help overweight people avoid overeating.”

July Coupon Codes 2015

July Coupon Codes 2015

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Use this free Avon shipping code so that you can order online with an order of $25 or more. You can use code: SHIP25. Shop at http://www.youravon.com/dsumner. This code expires at midnight on July 20, 2015. You can shop online for Avon campaign 16 sales, now until July 24, 2015. Take a look at the eBrochure, pictured on the sidebar for all of the latest sales.

More July Codes

Avon July Coupon Code:SHIP15 Get free shipping on online orders of $15 or more. This expires at midnight July 21, 2015.

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Avon July Coupon Code: SITEWIDE20 Take and extra 20% of your order of $50 or more. Expires July 25,2015 at midnight.

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Avon July Coupon Code: BRUSHES Free 7-piece brush and travel case set with your $65 order or more. This expires July 28, 2015 at midnight.

July 29

July 29, 2015 enjoy $3 shipping on any order. No codes is needed.

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Avon July Coupon Code: LIPSTICK FREE Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick and Glazewear Lip Gloss with any $50+ order. July 29, 2015 only.

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Avon July Coupon Code: FREESHIP25 Get FREE shipping on any $25+ order. July 30 and 31, 2015 only.July 29

Avon July Coupon Code: AVONFB75 Spen $75 or more on your Avon online order and receive 20% off of your order.This will code expire July 31, 2015.

Avon July Coupon Code: AVONFB60 Receive 20% off of your online purchase of $60 or more. This code expires on July 31, 2015.

Avon July Coupon Code: AVON60 Spend $60 or more on your online order and receive 20% off of your purchase. This coupon code is good until December 31, 2015.

Avon July Coupon Code: WELCOME Here is a one time use coupon code for your first order with me. This coupon code is also still good if you have shopped with me before. but have never used the coupon code. You can use it when you spend $50 or more on your online order. You will receive 20% off and free shipping on your online order.

When you have a $40 or more online purchase, you will always receive free shipping. You can shop my store at http://www.youravon.com/dsumner

You also will get free shipping and a discount with Avon Auto-Replenish.

To join my team and sell Avon you can get started at http://startavon.com Use reference code: dsumner. It is only $15 to begin building your business. You can work this online with your free website, sell to customers face-to-face, or both!

Click here to start shopping all of our awesome summer sales online.

Summer Slim-down Challenge

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I have a new fitness challenge coming up on August 3rd! If you have done one of my clean eating groups before, this will continue to focus on nutrition along with a fitness program. If you have never done a group before, that’s OK. You will not be missing out on anything. I will teach you what clean eating is and how to incorporate fitness at a beginner level. This will all take place in a private Facebook group and we will be together for 30 days.

How to Join

All that you have to do to join is to have a fitness program to follow. If you need help coming up with one, I can do that. There are several free and low cost ones to choose from. Also have me assigned as your coach or another Temple Fitness and Beauty coach. That’s it! Be sure to commit for the full 30 days. Be sure to post and participate daily and reap the rewards.

To get your FREE teambeachbody.com account here: http://teambeachbody.com/sumner7 If you already have an account contact me and I will add you to the group.

What to Expect

During the time period that we are together, I will post a daily lesson. You will also get meal plans and fitness and nutrition tips. We will have some fun, get to know each other, but most importantly cheer each other on in reaching our goals. To help you feel more comfortable this group will be a “judgement-free zone.” We will share each others triumphs and struggles.

Sometimes the summer can be a struggle to stay motivated. I know I have days where I am already hot and don’t want to do anything. This summer slimdown challenge will help to get your workout mojo started or back again.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. The team is here for you.

What Happens Next?

We don’t focus on just doing a quick diet or short term goals. Once this group is over I have an ongoing group for a lifetime journey. Our focus is to learn healthy habits that we can continue for the unforeseeable future.