Easy Homemade Egg Drop Soup

egg drop & stir fry

So I’ve been saying for quite a while now that I want to make my own homemade egg drop soup. I love it so much I could eat it every day! Here is a quick, easy egg drop soup recipe that has basic ingredients you can probably find laying around your kitchen. It is bound to make your taste buds sing!

I Paired mine up with a chicken stir fry, which I will also share the recipe to. This is an easy quick dinner that is low in fat and super healthy!

Total cook time: 15 minutes

4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 bundle chopped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 eggs

Pour 3 of the 4 cups of chicken broth into a large sauce pan.

Stir in salt, ginger & chives, and bring to a healthy boil.
In a small bowl, combine the remainder of the broth and cornstarch until you get a creamy lump free texture.

Stir in the starch mixture to the saucepan slowly.
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs with a fork, then drizzle into the sauce pan a little at a time, stopping frequently.Turn off the heat and Voila!

I also paired this recipe with a quick chicken stir fry.

Total cook time: 20 minutes
1 small onion sliced
1 green bell pepper cut in strips
1 red bell pepper cut in strips
20ish baby carrots quartered long ways
2 lg chicken breasts
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs garlic powder or minced garlic
pinch of pepper
2 tsp olive oil

Cut chicken breast into small pieces and cook in a skillet with the olive oil. When the chicken is white and about done, add the garlic, soy sauce and pepper. Stir well. Then add all the veggies at once. Be sure to cook with the lid off to help the veggies stay somewhat crisp. Cook until the chicken is fully cooked and the veggies have reached desired consistency. (Cook longer for softer veggies…it wont hurt them) Serve over rice if desired.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (Lite)

Every year when the leaves start falling and the temperature begins to drop, starbucks rolls out their specialty fall flavors. One of my favorites is the pumpkin spice latte. You can get this yummie drink through the winter even, but sadly, in the spring and summer, you have to do without. Pumpkin is one of those flavors I enjoy year around, just perhaps more in the fall. Here is a great way to make this yummie drink at home without any fancy gadgets or talents. You can toss your plans to kidnap your local barista, and save yourself some money and time by creating homemade pumpkin spice latte yourself!


What You’ll Need:

2 cups skim milk
1 cup strong coffee or 1 shot of espresso
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Splenda
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 heaping spoonfuls of pumpkin
Fat Free Whipped Cream

Directions:
Brew your coffee nice and strong and have it ready. Pour the milk into a pot and cook on medium heat, careful not to scald it. Whisk the milk constantly, and add the other ingredients slowly. When the mixture gets warm and frothy turn off the head and add the coffee.  Pour into your favorite mug and top with fresh whipped cream & cinnamon. Enjoy!

~HealthyGirl

5 Small Meals a Day for Weight Loss?

The diet world has been buzzing for years about breaking up your meals into 5 or 6 small meals a day to speed up your metabolism…which would inadvertently help with weight loss….but does it really work? The idea makes sense, as rationing your food usually helps you survive longer if you have a limited amount of food. However, leading research is actually suggesting this common weight loss tip has no effect!

Even current research like the recent Australia study which followed 179 obese Australian men and women is showing that eating the same amount of food in smaller portions has no effect on your metabolism. You are still ingesting the same amount of calories, and you are still absorbing them the same way. Here are some metabolism studies that I have found on pubmed:

Thermogenesis in humans after varying meal time frequency

Snacking patterns influence energy but not BMI

What does this have to do with portion size?

Portion size is still very important for weight loss. This study is simply saying that eating X amount of calories in small portions throughout the day or in 3 regular meals will have no in your weight loss journey. If you are trying to lose weight, remember portion size still needs to play a HUGE part in your nutritional habits.  Here are a few tips to remember:

  • Eat your food slower to help recognize when you are full sooner
  • Take time to sit down and focus on your meals to avoid mindless eating
  • Take snacks in small bowls or plates to avoid eating more than you meant to
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially before meals
  • Switch to whole wheat whenever possible, and stay full longer
  • Try to make half of every meal rich in fruits and vegetables.

Then How Many Meals Should I Eat a Day?

This is up to you and your lifestyle. If you are hungry often and tend to over eat, five small meals a day might still be the better option. It could help by preventing you from overeating due to feeling “starved.” However, if you have a busy lifestyle like many of us do these days, your typical 2 to 3 meals a day is perfectly fine for normal diets and those focused on weight loss.  Studies are still pointing to breakfast being an important tool for a healthy nutrition plan,  for energy and weight loss , so be sure not to skip breakfast!

~HealthyGirl

Do you know of any studies that support or refute this claim? Comment Below!