Kielbasa and Spinach Soup

Can you believe it’s back to school time again already?  Since this is the first time in 17 years that I haven’t had a child going back to school, back to school means something different to me.  That means it’s almost time to start fall marathon training.  Woohoo!!

I live in Texas where it’s currently twelve billion degrees (that’s only a slight exaggeration) so I haven’t been running outside as much.  Instead, I’ve focused on cross training, core work, strength training and yoga and spent some time on the treadmill.  While I do enjoy all of these activities, running is my true passion.  But any good runner knows that a strong core helps make a strong runner.  So I’ve been lifting weights and doing core work a couple of times a week.

After lifting weights, your muscles need protein to help them recover and repair.  Protein is what helps build muscle.  But don’t worry, ladies, you won’t end up looking like a body builder by lifting heavy weights and recovering with protein.

I’ve been looking for ways to add more protein into my diet recently and discovered EAS Myoplex ready-to-drink shakes at Walmart.  It was hard to pick a flavor – they come in chocolate fudge, strawberry cream, French vanilla, rich dark chocolate and cookies & cream.  YUM!  I grabbed a couple of 4-pack boxes so I would have some for those times when I needed a grab and go shake.  I also picked up a container of EAS 100% whey protein powder so I could include more protein in other recipes.

One of my favorite breakfast foods to eat before running is oatmeal.  Oatmeal is the only food I’ve found that sits well on my stomach when running so I don’t experiment with other foods pre-run anymore.  But regular oatmeal gets old and boring after a while and I started looking for ways to switch it up a bit.  With all the craze about overnight oats, I decided that was worth a shot – not to mention a great way to add more protein.

This is seriously easy to make – just a few ingredients and a few minutes.  You don’t even have to cook anything!  All you need is rolled oats, your favorite milk, EAS 100% whey protein powder, cocoa (if you want it chocolately), and coconut, chocolate chips and nuts to top it (or any of your favorite toppings).

First, add the milk into the oatmeal.

Next, add in the cocoa powder.  If you don’t want chocolate oatmeal, feel free to omit.  But it’s chocolate for breakfast so….

Add in a scoop of protein powder.

Stir everything together.

You can use the bowl you mixed everything together in or pour into a Mason jar.  I’ve found that Mason jars work really well since the lids make them easily transportable.

Refrigerate overnight.  You can enjoy it cold or heat for a few seconds in the microwave and top with your favorite toppings!

See how easy EAS makes it for anyone looking to build muscles, recover from workouts, or maintain muscle tone?  EAS is a great source of protein and delivers the protein and nutrients to help you reach your best you yet!  With so many different varieties, it’s easy to find the perfect protein to fit your healthy and active lifestyle.

Kielbasa and Spinach Soup

Ingredients

2 cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
1 can petite diced tomatoes
6 cups vegetable broth
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 lb. Turkey kielbasa, cubed
4 cups spinach

Instructions

Add beans, tomatoes, vegetable broth, and garlic to slow cooker.
Cut kielbasa into small chunks and add to slow cooker.
Add oregano.
Cook on low 6-8 hours.
During the last 30 minutes of cooking, stir and spinach leaves.

How are you reaching your fitness goals?  Are you working on becoming a healthier you?  Tell me in the comments below!

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