Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Non Dairy Corn Chowder

Chicken Corn Chowder With Cashew Milk


I found this recipe on the internet and it is by Del Monte. I pinned it in the autumn and said I would make the soup on a cold Chicago winter's day; I never got around to making it. Since the weather this spring has been up and down, I decided to try it yesterday.

The recipe uses a can of Del Monte low sodium cream of corn and low sodium whole kernel corn, low sodium chicken broth, green onions, low fat milk, Del Monte diced potatoes, thyme, flour, salt and pepper. I couldn't find the low sodium cream of corn so I bought the regular cream of corn. Since I have a milk allergy, I decided to make it with cashew milk. I bought unsweetened cashew milk by Silk but I wished I had bought the sweetened cashew milk. The recipe also called for cheddar cheese or sour cream but my client suggested bacon and I liked that idea better as a topping. Hey, I even went organic on one ingredient, I used my garden green onions which are already back and growing strong.

Here is my review of the soup:

I didn't like it right away because I think the thyme was too overwhelming but after letting it sit for hours before dinner, it tasted way better. Next time, I will use 1/2 teaspoon of thyme.  I felt the chowder could have been a little sweeter so next time I will use sweetened cashew milk. I loved the bacon as a topping and I only crushed up one slice for me and the hubby. The other two slices were crushed up and mixed into the soup. To my surprise, the hubby said he enjoyed it and was happy that I made something different other than my typical chicken noodle soup. 

This recipe is two thumbs up and is affordable and healthy. You can follow the recipe as is or make the same changes I made. Let me know if you try it for your family one day.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Body For Life - A Throwback Challenge Program


This program was the "Thing" in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was one of the first programs to use the internet to help people transform their bodies through diet, protein products and exercise.

The people in his challenge would weigh in, take before and after pictures and compose an essay on why they should be considered the champion in their age and gender category. Bill Phillips provided a meal plan with one free day and a workout his challengers needed to follow. He also encouraged them to eat and drink protein shapes by EAS. At that time, I think he owned the company. Abbott Labs bought his company eventually.  Prizes were given out and the prize money was in the thousands. Bill Phillips and EAS changed many lives.

On Monday, I decided to do the challenge even though the program looks to be in disarray. I'm in my fifties and I want to see if I can get a smoking hot bode, LOL. My friends are like. "you look good already" but I want see if I can achieve "The Dream". It is my own personal challenge and I won't be taking  any supplements. I will eat 6 small meals a day with protein shakes and bars as a meal replacement. However, this week, I'm doing my Smoothie Jumpstart Diet to bring my weight down fast. The six meals a day diet will start next week. I will post my before pictures next week because it takes courage to display your flaws.

Update on weight and workouts:
Weight on Sunday 154
Today's weight 4/27/16 152
Workouts are going great

If you are interested in the Body For Life program, you can purchase the book or join the challenge.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Fitness And Wellness Freebie Friday


Take advantage of this week-end and find some free workouts in your town. Below are the freebies I found that look very interesting, especially the free belly dance class in Cincinnati.

Free Workouts

BOSFITGRLS Free workout in Boston 4/16

Free Workout in Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, MD

Stroller Strides class in St. Louis, MO (first class is free)

Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street in Indianapolis, IN

Happy Feet Friday in Railroad Park in Birmingham, Al


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Monday, April 11, 2016

13K to 40K Cardio Challenge

I have a new challenge that started today and it goes for 2 weeks, it is the 13K to 40K Cardio Challenge. If you would like to join, asked to be connected to my private Facebook group or you can do it on your own. Here are the rules and happy cardio everyone:

1. This challenge will run 2 weeks starting Monday, April 11
2. You must do some form of cardio(aerobic) exercises to hit your goal
3. Aerobic exercises: running, walking, skating, rowing, biking, stair climbing, cross country skiing, skating, elliptical trainer, arc trainer
4. Beginner weekly mileage: 8 -15 miles Intermediate weekly mileage 16- 20 miles Advance miles 21 - 25 miles
5. Document your miles here at least 3 days a week or on the FB group
6. Choose an activity that will be easy to document your miles
7. Add friends who would love to do this challenge

Friday, April 1, 2016

Fitness And Wellness Freebie Friday




Win a Tokyobike + Ace Hotel Limited Edition Single Speeds and an Ally Capellino x Tokyobike Backpack. Both are available in multiple color ways as supplies last.


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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Personal Training Sale


To celebrate African American Women's Fitness Month(April), I'm holding a sale on my personal training services. You don't have to be an African American female to take advantage of the sale. If you live in Chicago or will be visiting Chicago in April, see my rates below:

In home personal training one on one session: $45 per person (regular price $65 a session)
In home small group personal training: $25 per person (regular price $35-$45 a session)

I bring my equipment if you don't have any and you don't need a large space in order to workout. Pleases email me at to set up your session today. 

Sale valid from April 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016.