Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy and Healthy all Winter with Nature Made

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Hello, my name is Tiara and I'm the smoothie drinking, soup making, supplement taking, CrossFit addict behind this blog. Stick around for awhile and you'll get a healthy dose of all things yummy, healthy and random. Yup, that's me a nutshell.

Running my own business (and I'm not talking about this blog) means I'm always working. Which means I can't really afford to take a sick day. I've always believed if you fuel your body with good nutritious food your body will be good to you.

It's even more imperative to eat right, drink plenty of water, take our vitamins (90% of US population do not meet their daily vitamin D needs1) and get plenty of sleep as we enter into the holiday season and winter months.

Yesterday it poured all day at our house, but luckily it snowed on the mountain. While I'm not sure how I feel about winter knocking on our door, I am ready for heartier winter meals. I don't know about you, but when the temps start to change I start craving heartier dishes. However, I'm all about giving traditional winter meals a healthy twist. Like this Chicken Tortilla Soup, I recently made. 


This dish will not disappoint. It's a healthy but filling. My husband requests it regularly.

Serves 6-8

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
15 oz. corn
15 oz. diced tomatoes (regular or with green chilies)
5 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 serrano chile, seeded and diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper

Toppings:  Cheese, Avocado, Tortilla chips and fresh cilantro (optional)

Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours.

Before serving, remove chicken breasts and shred. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker and stir. Divide among bowls and top with cheese, avocado and tortilla chips (break with your hands to make big crumbs). Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

Even though it's winter you'll still find me enjoying a massive salad for lunch. However, now it might include seasonal veggies like sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts.

Regarding vitamins, here's my take, if they work for you then awesome but don't knock it until you try it. I personally take a Multivitamin, Collagen, Turmeric and Vitamin D daily. I have reasons why I take each, but today I want to dive into Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is synthesized by the skin when we’re exposed to sunlight during certain times of the day and year, and can also be found in a limited number of natural and fortified foods sources. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and vitamin D supports bone, teeth, muscle and immune system health.†

Nature Made® offers several levels of Vitamin D at Walmart, including Nature Made® Vitamin D3 2000IU Tablet and Nature Made® Vitamin D3 5000IU Softgel. The 5000IU high dose product is intended for those deficient in Vitamin D as determined and recommended by their physician.

When you take vitamin D from Nature Made, you can rest assured that you’re getting quality vitamins from the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Vitamin and Supplement Brand - based on a survey of pharmacists who recommend branded vitamins and supplements.

Do you take Vitamin D? FYI, I purchased these vitamins at Walmart near the pharmacy section.

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

1 Fulgoni V, et al. Foods, Fortificants, and Supplements: Where do Americans get their nutrients? J of Nutrition 2011;141:1847-1854.


  1. that soup looks so good! xo jillian

  2. This is one of my favorite soups, too. It's such a delicious, hearty meal on a cold day! #client