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I have a secret, and you can’t tell anyone. The holidays aren’t exactly my favorite time of year. There’s the cold weather and lack of sunshine that makes me want to stay inside. The ever growing to do list that makes me want to do nothing. And the stress to be everywhere at all times and do everything at all times.
It turns what should be a wonderful time of year into anything but. However, I have discovered a few ways to remedy things, but like the song says it’s the most wonderful time of year, and I want us all to feel that way.
One is saying no. I can’t do everything. I’ve tried. It doesn’t work. And you can’t do everything either. It’s important to prioritize things. Let the super small things slide and tackle the really big ones first. Once you cross one thing off that list, the rest will be just a little easier to do. You have to be honest with yourself though. Maybe going to holiday events four days in a row isn’t the best thing to do when you have to cook for your own party, clean the house, and, you know, sleep.
Instead of rushing to too many events and not enjoying any of them, make some plans for the new year. This gives you something to look forward to and cuts out some of the pressure.
I also take vitamin D supplements. Michigan has the smallest amount of sunshine in the winter in the fifty states. Luckily 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.
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Plus, I always make time to cook healthy meals. Sure I might take a few store bought shortcuts like I did with this Spicy Chicken Chili, but it’s full of comforting nutrition that allows me to take a moment and reflect on what the holiday season is really all about.
With rotisserie chicken, chickpeas, and tons of spice, this meal is on the table in under 30 minutes and will satisfy the whole family. A little goat cheese on top provides just the right hint of tang to balance the spice.
Since we have Nature Made and Spicy Chicken Chili on our side, this holiday season is bound to be the best ever!Print
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, halved
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 32 ounces low sodium chicken stock
- 20 ounces cooked chickpeas (I used some in a pouch instead of a can)
- 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
- Goat cheese, for serving
- Heat a medium pot over medium heat. Once hot add the oil, followed by the onion, garlic, and jalapeno. Sauté, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes, until just starting to brown. Add the spices and sauté 2 more minutes until fragrant. Add the stock and bring to a bowl. Finally stir in the chickpeas and chicken and cook for about 10 minutes, until heated through and the flavors are combined.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave in 30 second increments.
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