Girl Scout Rejection Strategies
Written by Michele Vieux
(Originally Published March 1, 2016)

Rejection is a part of life and at this time of year, it is especially important for everyone to embrace. It is important for you, as the consumer with a body composition goal, to learn to comfortably reject the temptation to purchase and eat Girl Scout cookies so you don’t blow your diet (and your pocket book now that the price is over $5 per box).

And, it is important to teach the girls selling the cookies that being young and cute doesn’t mean you get everything you want.

Mo’ Soup for You! Brittany’s Mom’s Homemade Chicken Soup
Recipe by Brittany Weiss (and her mom)

The recipe that my mom uses for chicken noodle soup has been around for years. It was originated by my great grandmother who then passed it down to my grandma. From my grandma, it was then passed off to my mom. Growing up in a family who owned a Italian restaurant, there were so many great recipes sent my way, this soup is at the top of the list. It’s easy to make and convenient for you to take when you are on the go.

Mo’ Soup For You: Nichole’s Mom’s Beef Stew
Recipe by Nichole Kribs’ Mom, Mary!

I have always loved having my mom’s homemade soup and, thankfully, she was kind enough to share her yummy beef soup recipe. Enjoy this easy to make soup recipe!

Olive Oil for browning
1.5 lbs stew meat (preferably from Costco as they have higher quality selections)
1 yellow onion, diced
4 carrots sliced
1 cup crimini mushrooms
4 stalks celery sliced
1 clove garlic minced
2-32 oz containers of low sodium chicken broth/stock (yes chicken broth!)
1 small can tomato paste
2/3 cup pearl barley
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of fresh thyme
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

In a Dutch oven heat olive oil and brown the beef.

Mo’ Soup for You! Fran’s Curry Carrot, Sweet Potato & Ginger Soup
Recipe by Invictus Member Fran Schlaefer

Editor’s Note:
Fran has brought enthusiasm and joy to our Point Loma location for just over three months now and we are super excited to have her as a member of our community. She always shows up with a positive attitude and push to reach her health and fitness goals. It’s been impressive to watch her develop in the time she’s been with us – not only in her fitness but also in her confidence and friendships.

Mother and daughter duo, Shanna (left) and Maelee (right) McCarron.

Mo’ Soup for You! Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Recipe by Invictus Member Shanna McCarron

*Editor’s note:
Shanna is one of our happiest members and is a regular at our Point Loma location’s 7pm class along with her high school aged daughter, Maelee. They attend class together as a way to spend healthy, quality time with each other. Even though Shanna has been battling a hip injury lately, she hasn’t let it stop her from getting in her workouts. When she’s with us at the gym,