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chili day

It has felt so chilly out these past few days!  42 degrees this morning when I walked the puppy.  We were both chilly!  But, we went for a great 30 minute walk to get the blood flowing (after he helped me do some work…)

He may look like a small dog, but this guy can move.  He likes to run, instead of walk, so my ‘walks’ with the pup are more like ‘jogs’.  So fun.

Once home, I made my best smoothie yet. 🙂

Mango Guava Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 mini guavas
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp vanilla spice hemp protein powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flax meal
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup water

Topped with the last of my raspberry Galaxy Granola.

Not sure what is was, but this smoothie was thick, creamy and delicious.  It made a TON of smoothie (almost 4 cups worth!).  I calculated the calories to see if I was being ridiculous and the entire thing is only about 450 calories.  Score!

Now, I feel like I am really bragging today with my best smoothie ever, but lunch was amazing too.

13 Bean Chili that I made last night!  It came out absolutely delicious!  I ended up simmering it on low overnight so that the beans would get a bit more tender, and I am so glad that I did.  It was the perfect blend of beans, veggies and spices.  Although, it is very spicy, which I love!  If you don’t love spice, maybe use regular tomatoes instead of fire roasted.

Seriously!  Give this a try, you will not be disappointed…as long as you love beans. 🙂  And, it is cheap!  Check it out.

Price per Serving of Bean Chili

  • 1 Bag Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Chili = $4.99
  • 2 15 oz cans Fire Roasted Tomatoes = $1.99
  • 2 8 oz cans Tomato Sauce, no salt added = $1.19
  • 1 6 oz can Tomato Paste = $0.69
  • 4 carrots = $0.15 (from my Russo’s trip at $0.98 per bag)
  • 3 celery stalks = $1.99 per bag, so $0.39 for 3
  • 1 head Kale = $1.99
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder = $0.49
  • 1 medium onion = $0.69
  • 4 cloves garlic (I used pre-minced jar for $2.99) = $0.50

Grand Total = $13.07

And, it made 9 servings, so total per serving = $1.45!!!

You seriously cannot beat that.  And, you could make it your own by adding whatever veggies you want, or keep it a simple bean chili.

I heated up my chili and topped it with some shredded mexican cheese and garlic sprouted sunflower seeds.

With some Dr. Kracker’s pumpkin cheddar flatbread on the side.

What a great lunch!

Even though it is chilly out today, it sure is beautiful.