Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm in love with the new Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport #MC #Sponsored #SprintMom

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

As most know I am a Sprint Ambassador and I love been lucky enough to review and test out their latest devices for the past couple of months. Well, let me tell you.... the Samsung Galaxy S5 sport has been by far my favorite! I already own the Samsung Galaxy S3 which I have had for a year now and absolutely love but move over S3....the Sprint Galaxy S5 Sport is my new favorite! I can't say enough good things about this phone.  

The new Galaxy S5 Sport features Sprint Spark which is a unique combination of advanced network capabilities built for data delivering peak wireless speeds of 60Mbps on capable devices. It also features an android 4.4 2 KitKat as well as a 2.5GHz quad-core processor. The Galaxy S5 sport is also water resistant. Another plus!

Other features of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport include: 
Dual Cameras: 16-megapixel rear-facing Phase Detection Auto Focus camera with Zero Shutter Lag, flash and video capture, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera with full HD recording.
Studio, a complete photo and video editing suite
Google Play™ with more than 1 million apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies
Samsung Smart Remote simplifies searching and recommends TV, movies and sports according to personal tastes. With Smart Remote and the built-in IR blaster, Galaxy S 5 Sport functions as a remote control for home theater equipment. Pretty cool if I do say so myself!

Did you know that Samsung Telecommunications America teamed up with health and fitness market leaders Under Armour and Map MyFitness to offer mobile solutions for today’s active lifestyles through the new Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport? How cool is that? The Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport makes it easy by allowing you to keep track of your workouts, monitor your heart rate and helps you achieve your fitness goals. Now, that is my kind of phone! 

My favorite feature is the Map My Fitness. I am always counting calories and I love how it keeps track of my workouts and can tell me my calories I've burned, my pace, and route traveled all on an interactive map! And while I am busy walking around my neighborhood I am able to incorporate my favorite tunes into my workout thanks to Spotify. I've always enjoyed Spotify and creating my own playlists and now I have one specifically for my workouts! When you join the Sprint network you get to enjoy 3 free months of Spotify. Who wouldn't want that?!

The Galaxy S5 sport has also created Sprint Live which is a complete mobile health and fitness package which give users access to all of their favorite fitness apps. Love it! The S Health mobile platform makes workouts and choosing healthier meal options easy and convenient. It different than any other application I have used before because it actually measures your overall health, even tracking your heart rate!

Visit Sprint.Com to find out more information on all the great features of this phone!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Crunchy Chicken Skillet Tacos

Most who follow my blog know that I make tacos quite often. My family loves them and could eat them every day! I love how versatile they are and it seems like there are a million different ways to prepare tacos. Well, maybe not a million...but you know what I mean. This Crunchy Chicken Skillet Taco recipe is my variation on a favorite. Easy and incredibly delicious!

Crunchy Chicken Skillet Tacos
Serves 6
Cal 268, Carbs 19.8, Fat 10, Fiber 2.1, Protein 24.5

16 oz. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
1 tbsp. taco seasoning
1/2 cup enchilada sauce
1/2 cup corn
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup fat free black beans, rinsed and drained
1.25 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar jack cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
2 cups crushed tortilla chips
Sour Cream and Shredded Lettuce for additional toppings, optional

Sprinkle chicken with 1 tbsp taco seasoning. In a large skillet on medium-high heat add chicken and onions cooking about 10-12 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and onions are soft. Add in the enchilada sauce,black beans, and tomatoes. Let simmer 5 minutes. Top with shredded cheese and crushed tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crispy Baked Parmesan Pesto Chicken

Today is finally cool enough for me to use the oven and one of our family favorites is baked chicken. I love creating new recipes and since both my husband and I love pesto I decided why not incorporate it into a tasty chicken recipe like Crispy Parmesan Chicken. Not only is this easy, it's ready in 30 minutes. The perfect weeknight dinner!

Crispy Baked Parmesan Pesto Chicken
Serves 4
Cal 335, Carbs 16.5, Fat 18, Protein 27

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup pesto sauce

In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.

Dip chicken into pesto and then into dry ingredients coating well. Lay on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until juices run clear. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Crock Pot Maple Bacon Dijon Chicken

Today was definitely a crock pot dinner type of day. I wanted something with minimal prep and was ready to go when I got home from my son's open house. Hard to believe my baby is starting pre-school next week! Sigh.....time seems to go by so much faster once you have kids. Anyway, this chicken was a hit. I love the sweet and salty combo of maple and bacon. Serve it over rice and pair it with a nice salad and dinner is served!

Crock Pot Maple Bacon Dijon Chicken
Serves 4
Cal 171, Carbs 6.7, Fat 2.7, Protein 26.5

16 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used tenderloins)
1/4 cup light maple syrup
6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled (bacon bits work too)
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. cornstarch (optional-but will make for a thicker sauce)
1 tbsp. water

Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk together syrup and dijon mustard. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3.5 hours.

Mix the water and cornstarch together and about 30 minutes before serving add in the cornstarch and bacon. 

Spoon sauce over chicken and serve over rice. Enjoy!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ranch Cheddar Chicken BLT Wraps

It's hot and humid and I'm in no mood to use the stove. I wanted something light, yet filling and these Ranch Cheddar Chicken Ranch BLT Wraps were the perfect solution! They combine all my favorites and they are so easy to prepare and so tasty!

Ranch Cheddar Chicken BLT Wraps
WW PP=10
Cal 345, Carbs 28, Fat 16, Fiber 6, Protein 35

1 large tortilla (I used a high fiber low carb wrap)
1/2 cup grilled chicken breast
2 slices center cut bacon, cooked crisp
2 tbsp. reduced fat sour cream
1 tsp. dry ranch seasoning mix
1 cup shredded lettuce
3 slices tomato ( I used vine ripened)
1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese

In a small bowl combine sour cream and dry ranch seasoning.

Spread ranch sour cream on tortilla and top with remaining ingredients. Roll up tortilla place seam side down and slice in half. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Smoky Southwest Chicken Chili Mac

I don't why but whenever I hear the word "Chili Mac" it reminds me of school hot lunches from childhood and that always grossed me out. (I'm the one who never ate hot lunches as a child) Now that I'm an adult I realize that Chili Mac is obviously not what I thought it was when I was a kid! I've been missing out on all the yummy Chili Mac recipes out there. This Chicken Chili Mac is healthy and absolutely delicious! I'll never question Chili Mac again...that's for sure!

Smoky Southwest Chicken Chili Mac
Heavily Adapted from Picky Palate
Serves 8
Cal 229, Carbs 36, Fat 2.7, Fiber 2, Protein 16

12 ounces wagon wheel pasta
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 chipotle chili pepper in adobo
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast (I grilled mine)
1 can Rotel diced tomatoes, mild
1 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup corn
1 teaspoon dry Ranch seasoning
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped Cilantro, optional

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and run under cool water to stop cooking.

Add oil to a large non stick pan.over medium high heat saute onions until softened about 5 minutes.  Add chicken, chipotle pepper, rotel, broth, corn, wagon wheel pasta, chili powder, and ranch seasoning. Stir until well combined. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Reduce heat to low and simmer until cheese is melted. Top with fresh cilantro if desired. Enjoy!
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