Yogi Tea Giveaway Winner + Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe!

Hope y’all are having a nice week!  The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here…the winner of the Yogi tea giveaway is Rachel Adams!!!  Congratulations, Rachel, and I hope this makes your study time in the library a little more bearable!!!  Please email me directly to provide the shipping address for your delicious teas!

For the rest of you, here’s a yummy smoothie recipe.  Just add the ingredients to your blender and blend away:

  • 1 scoop plant-based Vega One all-in-one nutritional shake in berry
  • 1/4 cup organic light vanilla soy milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 big handfuls of ice
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

Thanks to the Vega shake mix, you’ll get 15 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 1.5 grams of Omega-3s, as well as 50% of your daily intake of vitamins and minerals in this smoothie.  How’s that for a healthy boost of energy?!

And, finally, check out my most recent blog post, “Keeping the Job Search Positive and Productive,” for The Zesty Digest for Sweet Lemon Magazine.  If you’ve been stressing about the job search or changing careers, this advice will help you rest easy!


Recipe: White Bean and Chicken Chili

This dish is an old favorite that my mom always made for us growing up, and it is perfect for these chilly nights.  It is a variation of the recipe found in Down by the Water: A Collection of Recipes from the Junior League of Columbia, SC.  I hope you enjoy this protein rich dish!


  • 2 (15.5 oz.) cans of Great Northern Beans
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (roughly 3.5 cups when cooked)
  • 6 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 (4 oz.) cans diced green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Recommended Toppings:

  • cheese (Monterey Jack is my preference, although Colby also works)
  • whole wheat tortilla chips


  • Poach the chicken breasts until fully cooked; then, rinse and chop.
  • Chop the onion.
  • Drain and rinse the beans.
  • Combine beans, garlic, half of the onion, and chicken broth in a large pot.  Bring to a boil and then let these ingredients simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Saute the rest of the onion in a pan with olive oil.  Then, add the chiles, oregano, cumin, and cayenne.  Blend well and let sit on low setting for 5 minutes, before adding to the large pot with the other ingredients.
  • Add the chicken to the pot, and let the chili simmer for 1-1.5 hours.  Stir as needed.
  • Serve with a variety of toppings.  Cheese and tortilla chips are recommended!

Tip: You can also buy any of the above ingredients in organic form.

If you try this recipe and enjoy it, please let me know!  Do you have any other interesting topping ideas?!  Lastly, be on the lookout for a giveaway announcement tomorrow!