New Site!!!

Hi loves! I’ve decided that I want to take my site a step further. I need more creative control and to make this possible I’ve switched sites. You can now view my blog here: inspiredsoulblog.com. You can still follow me on facebook, instagram @inspiredsoulblog or pinterest. Thank you and I look forward to sharing more to help you become an inspired soul!! xoxo

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Inspired Soul Blog is now at http://inspiredsoulblog.com

 

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Style: Spring Picks

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Recipe: Easy Sauteed Swiss Chard

sauteed swiss chard recipe

I love a lot of different veggies but swiss chard is probably my favorite. It is easy to grow, low in calories and fat, has a great taste, and is one of the most nutritious vegetables around. Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable that is related to beets. The stalks of Swiss chard come in a variety of color so when bunched together you may also hear it referred to as Rainbow Chard. Swiss chard is high in vitamins A, K, and C. It has many phytonutrients that help prevent disease and keep your body working properly. It is also a great source of iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber! Raw chard has a slightly bitter taste. You can add raw leaves to salad or cook  it to reduce some of the bitterness.

Here is my favorite way to cook it. It makes a wonderful side dish that can be added to almost any meal and best of all, it’s easy!

Sautéed Swiss Chard

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Bunch Chard
  • 2 Tbl Olive Oil 
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Onion
  • 2 Cloves minced Garlic

Directions:

1. Wash chard, keeping some of the water on the leaves. Remove and chop stalks. Chop leaves into 2 inch pieces.

2. Heat oil in wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for about 30 seconds or until you began to smell them. Add the chopped stalks and cook for another few minutes until the stems begin to cook. Add chard leaves. Saute for 3-5 minutes or the leaves begin to wilt. Serve warm and enjoy!

Variation: Add a few splashes of balsamic vinaigrette or red wine vinegar at the end to change-up the flavor!

Tip: Any type of chard will work in this recipe, they all have similar taste. It may look like a lot of chard when you put it in the pan. Keep in mind that chard will greatly reduce when cooked. This recipe will make about 2-3 servings.

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Workout Style: Running Shoes

nike run free running shoes

Running shoes have come a long way from the boring, plain ol’ white shoes everyone use to have. These days there are endless options for style, color, and brand. I have always loved Adidas running shoes. In my experience they are comfy, stylish, reasonable in price, and good quality. This year, when the time came for a new pair, I decided to try the Nike ‘Free Run + 3′ Running shoes and I am so glad I did. These shoes are amazing! The first thing I noticed was how light and flexible they are. Nike claims that they are designed to allow your feet to move more freely and naturally, similar to running barefoot. I’m not sure if it’s my imagination or just the encouragement of new shoes, but I really do feel like I run easier with these shoes. Added bonus: They are super stylish. I love the bright color and I get tons of compliments every time I wear them. I definitely recommend these shoes if you want to add some spice to your workout wardrobe. Here are a few more of my top picks:

Top Picks: Running Shoes

What is your favorite running shoe?

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Spring Style Inspiration

Spring is almost (officially) here and you know what that means?!  Longer days, warmer weather, and more time for fun outside!!

Spring inspiration!

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Yoga and Costa Rica

Here’s another shot from Costa Rica. My sister and I went on this hike that basically went straight up a mountain. When we made it to the top we stopped at this amazing view spot for some yoga fun.

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Fitness: Arm Workout from Tone It Up

I am so excited to have started this blog and to eventually share my workout and fitness tips with you. I’ve been super busy learning how to set up my blog while dealing with a teething, fussy toddler. I have not had a chance to design a workout routine so in the meantime I wanted to share this video from Karena and Katrina at Tone It Up.com. These girls are super cute and very inspirational. I recommend all of their workout videos. I love to add one of their routines to my cardio workout. I usually run or power walk anywhere from 1-5 miles, do one of their routines 2-3 times, followed by 5-10 minutes of stretching. Lets Tone it Up!!

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