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Eat What... Where?!

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If you are an on the go type of person, then you are all too familiar with the overall convenience of picking up a quick bite at the nearest fast food joint. While convenience here is the keyword, you are probably also well aware of the guilty feeling that often follows that super-sized meal of a burger, fries and a drink. With keeping that thought in mind, take heed in knowing that why opting for a fast grab at the nearest fast food place is not the best choice, you can actually make some pretty decent, health conscious choices, regardless of where you may find yourself!
Here are some examples from some of the top fast food restaurants across the country:
Kentucky Fried Chicken Instead of: KFC’s Chicken Pot Pie (790 calories, 45g fat, 37g saturated fat, 1970mg sodium and 75mg cholesterol!)
Go For: Kentucky Grilled Chicken Whole Wing & Drumstick: 170 calories, 8.5g of fat, 23% daily value of sodium with Green Beans: 25 calories, 0g of fat, 10% daily value of sodium
Why? It should rea…

What You Can Learn from Amber "the Bully" Brown

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Balancing work, motherhood, and daily life is a crazy balance for any mom. But, if you’re a professional MMA fighter as well, that’s a whole other level of insanity. This week, I got the incredible opportunity to chat with Invicta’s own, Amber “the Bully” Brown, to talk a little bit about what drives her the most, how she finds time to juggle everything in her life and what sets her apart from the rest.
Fighting at Atomweight out of Albuquerque, NM, read on to dig into the life of this unstoppable lady.
First and foremost, what got you into MMA? I started training to get into shape after having my daughter. I started with boxing only, and soon after decided to transition to MMA. It was just a lot more fun to me, and much more to learn.
How did you get your nickname, "the Bully"? Going undefeated in amateur boxing, & just my aggressive fight style got me my nickname.
What is your training like? Is it easy or difficult for you to make weight? I take my training very seriousl…

Creamy Vegetarian Tater Tot Casserole

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Casseroles are such an easy, wonderful to fill your family up while saving yourself the hassle of having to spend countless hours prepping for multiple side dish arrangements. This creamy vegetarian tater tot casserole is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and is the perfect go-to meal for those busy evenings!

Ingredients: 
1 Bag of Tater Tots
1/2 Chopped Large White Onion
2 Cloves of Chopped Garlic
1 can (10.5 oz) Cream of Mushroom Soup
8 oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
8 oz. Sour Cream
1 Packet of Ranch Dressing Mix
1 Head of Broccoli

Directions:

Prepare the bag of tater tots according to directions, but cut the cooking time in half so that they are soft and defrosted but not crunchy. While tater tots are cooking, begin steaming the florets from the head of the broccoli.Sautee the garlic and white onion in butter.In a separate bowl combine cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, and ranch packet. Stir well.When all ingredients are prepared, combine the tater tots, garlic and onion, and the wet mix i…

Thai Chili Lettuce Wraps

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These Thai Lettuce Wraps are an incredible treat that you can be sure will spice up your boring old lettuce wrap. Loaded with quinoa, chicken (or tofu!), cilantro and of course, fresh Thai chili's, these are a cut above the rest and are perfect post-workout! 

Ingredients: 

1 Cup Quinoa (or your favorite rice, such as jasmine, basmati, or brown) 1 lb Shredded Chicken (Optional to make vegan/vegetarian, simply replace with tofu, if desired)1 Cup Chicken Broth1/4 Stick of Butter1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Thai Chili's1 Tbsp. Grated Lemon Peel2 Limes Freshly Squeezed1 tsp. Fish Sauce1 tsp. Fresh Minced Ginger1 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro Romaine Lettuce Leaves Directions: 
Prepare quinoa or rice according to the package. 

Cook chicken in 1/2 of the chicken broth and lemon peel and allow to cook together.

In a separate pan, add butter and saute the Thai chili's, fish sauce, ginger and lime juice. When just about completely sauteed, add fresh cilantro to cook down just a bit and add to the …

The Secrets of Afghan Women and the Art of Shaolin

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During the time when Afghanistan's Buddhists were carving out massive sandstone statues in Bamiyan around 500 A.D., Chinese Buddhists were crafting martial arts in the Shaolin temple in Henan Province. Fast forward 1,500 years and we find ten stunning Hazara women and young girls who are practicing the same martial art of Shaolin. Set on a hilltop just west of Kabul, these inspiring ladies are prepping their bodies and minds for the day when Afghanistan can officially send their female team to the Shaolin world championship's that take place in China.

Twenty-year-old, Sima Azimi trains nine other female students in martial arts to get them ready for Olympic competition, while additionally teaching them to protect themselves on the strikingly dangerous streets of Kabul, where women and girls are incessantly harassed. Azimi often recalls a run-in with a thief who attempted to steal her purse. However, thanks to her impressive martial arts background, she fought back and save no…

BBQ Mushroom Sliders

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With summer grilling season just around the corner, these incredibly yummy BBQ mushroom sliders are sure to be a hit at your next backyard bash! Ingredients: Pimento Cheese 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese 2 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese 4 oz. jarred pimento peppers, drained 1 tsp. hot sauce ½ tsp. garlic powder ½ tsp. vegan Worcester