Ways We Stay Active Every Day With Jax (Plus A Mini Workout)

Getting active with your pets, in the winter months especially can be challenging! Here are ways we stay active with Jax daily, that are great for him and for us! Having a built in exercise buddy is the perfect way to keep yourself accountable, especially when the weather is less than ideal! This post is sponsored by Stella & Chewy’s, our favorite trusted dog food for Jax! P.S. grab a $5 coupon here!

If you’ve read my other posts about our sweet pup, 10 Reasons Why Having a Dog is the BestGetting a Dog 101 & Happy 3rd Birthday Jax, and The Best Food For Your Dog & Why We Changed Jax’s Diet you know this little (okay, big) guy is so precious to us and very much a part of our family. So it’s no surprise to hear that just like we care about the food we eat, we very much care about his food, his exercise, and all of that good stuff! 

Stella and Chewy's Kibble

One of the most awesome parts about having a dog, is the built in accountability to get active. But sometimes things come up and life gets busy, so I wanted to share some of the ways we get active with Jax! 

  • Head to a hiking trail where dogs are allowed! Getting out in nature is so good for your well-being, and for your little buddy, too! We really notice how good we feel when we get out, phones away, for a walk in the woods. By our house within driving distance, we have a few trails that dogs are allowed, and whether we are there for 20 minutes or an hour, Jax is always wiped out and we are always left feeling refreshed.
  • Schedule a time and mark your calendars! Make it a priority for yourself, like say every Monday and Wednesday at 6pm you head to the park, out for a walk, or a hike trail. Put it on your calendar as if you would a meeting.
  • Make a mini agility course in your yard. If you have a fenced in yard this is especially great! You can make your own, or you can even buy them online, but it’s a sure way for them to stay active if you can’t get out for daily walks.
  • Make a workout for you and your dog: We go to the park daily with Jax. Instead of standing around playing fetch, try this simple workout while your dog fetches the ball (p.s. this is what I use so I can throw it far to him). Repeat this circuit 3x.
    • 15 squats as your dog fetches a ball
    • 15 push ups as your dog fetches a ball
    • 15 lunge jumps as your dog fetches a ball
    • 15 jumping jacks as your dog fetches a ball
    • 15 calf raises
    • 15 arm circles
  • Don’t forget to exercise your dog’s brain: Just like humans, stimulating your dogs mind is another form of exercise. Teach him a new trick and practice it for some brain exercise! A few favorites here are paw/high five & touch.
  • Have kids? Get everybody involved! Kids are a sure way to get your dog tired, and vice versa. Schedule some active time that involves both your human and fur babies! 
  • Don’t forget to feed them nutritious foodMaking sure Jax is fed with the nutrition that he needs after a workout, just like nutrition we as human need, is so important! I always fuel up post-workout with a nice breakfast or lunch bowl, and Jax get’s his bowl of Stella & Chewy’s raw kibble made with grass-fed and cage-free proteins, no added hormones or antibiotics, no grains & no gluten, and he loves them!

While Your Dog Fetches Workout

Tips For Keeping Your Dog Active In The Winter/Rainy Months

  • Play dates! If bundling up and getting outside isn’t an option, schedule a play date with a dog friend or consider a day at a dog daycare where they can socialize and play with other dogs! This will keep him active and it’s a win-win if you can’t get out! 
  • Play in the snow: Jax LOVES the snow. I’ll throw a tennis ball and he digs through it, hops around, and gets great exercise. If you live where you get a lot of snow, snow shoes are a great investment so you can stay active outdoors in the winter months! 
  • Indoor activities: You don’t need much space to chase your dog around the couch or the kitchen island! Grab some toys, play tug of war, run around, and get moving for a few minutes on a rainy day! Jax loves hide and seek (not kidding), so we’ve come up with some fun games in the house to get him, and us, moving! 
  • Pet Store: When in doubt, I take Jax to the pet store for a toy and he loves it. We love Polka Dog Bakery! Even those few minutes of the smells, the other dogs, and the human attention is a great way to get out!

This post is sponsored by Stella & Chewy’s. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! This is the actual food we feed Jax, so I am thrilled to partner with them! I love the integrity of their products and think you’ll love them too. Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!

What Do YOU Do To Get Active With Your Dog??

Taco Chicken Salad

This healthy Taco Chicken Salad recipe is the perfect switch up from your classic chicken salad recipe. All the taco flavors you love, made into a great meal prep lunch recipe. Gluten-free and paleo-friendly, and a perfect, kid-friendly chicken salad! 

Taco Chicken Salad

This chicken taco salad recipe is a perfect spin on my favorite lunch. I made chicken salad weekly on Sundays for our meal prep to have for the next few days for lunch, and I simply love this spin on a classic chicken salad.

Serve this chicken salad over a salad, as lettuce wraps, in tortillas, as sandwiches, and so many other ways! It’s versatile, packed with veggies and protein, and a great lunch to prepare ahead of time! 

How many days can you keep homemade chicken salad?

I like to keep my homemade chicken salad for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator! 

Taco chicken salad ingredients

Want other chicken salad recipes? Try these:

Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

Taco chicken salad lettuce wraps
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Smoky Chicken Salad Lettuce Boats (Easy Lunch Idea!)

These Smoky Chicken Salad Lettuce Boats are a perfect easy and flavorful lunch idea! I love this smoky spin on your classic chicken salad recipe, and it’s great for meal prep, too! Healthy, 21 Day Sugar Detox Approved, and so yummy!

Smoky Chicken Salad Lettuce Boats with Avocado

Smoky Chicken Salad Lettuce Boats

Today’s recipe comes to you from my friend Diane’s newest book, The 21-Day Sugar Detox Daily Guide: A Simplified, Day-By Day Handbook & Journal to Help You Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally! This daily guide is a fabulous resource to have in your collection! It’s the third book in the 21-Day Sugar Detox series, and it’s packed with information to help you have success throughout the program! It’s a really really great book and as usual with Diane, it’s JAM-PACKED taking you week by week, and even through the week before and after the detox!  

The program itself is designed to help anyone struggling with sugar and carb cravings. It is a whole foods based program made for anyone who wants to clean up their diet. With multiple levels of the program, it really is for everyone and anyone, no matter your current eating habits, health issues, and so on.  With the daily guide, you’ll learn what to expect each day of the Detox, from how your body might be responding to how you might be feeling mentally!

Smoky Chicken Salad 21 Day Sugar Detox

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  • Meal prep tips and tricks to make cooking easier
  •  Motivational moments to keep you going
  •  Journal space to track your experience and progress
  •  More than 50 mouthwatering recipes that won’t leave you feeling deprived
  • Recommended products and brands to make your 21DSD easier
  • Swaps to help you replace pantry items
  • Guide to dining out 
  • And SO MUCH MORE!

Other recipes I can’t wait to try from the guide: 

  • Breakfast Salad
  • Roasted Eggplant Steaks with Tahini Sauce
  • 21DSD Fudge Pops
  • Ranch Chicken and Bacon Stuffed Potatoes
  • Super Garlic Meatballs

Smoky Chicken Salad lettuce wraps with avocado

Want other chicken salad recipes? Try these:

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Egg Muffin Cups (Tex-Mex Style With Turkey!)

These Egg Muffin Cups are made Tex-Mex Style with turkey are my favorite on-the-go breakfast recipe to make ahead, and they make for a great snack, too! They are paleo-friendly, whole30-compliant, and are packed with so much flavor!

Easy egg muffin cups Egg Muffin Cups (Tex-Mex Style With Turkey!)

These egg muffin cups are the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack. They are protein-packed, full of flavor, and made right in your muffin tins! You will love all the veggies packed into these cups. Everyone who has tried this egg muffin recipe has loved them so much.

Egg Muffin Cups with Veggies and Turkey

How long can you keep egg muffins?

I store mine in the fridge for up to 5 days!

How do you store egg muffins?

I store my egg muffins in the refrigerator in a tupperware

How long do you bake egg muffins?

I bake these for approximately 18 minutes! Time may vary slightly.

Egg Cups with Turkey and Tex Mex Flavors

Want other egg recipes? Try these:

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Tex Mex Egg Muffin Cups

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:20 Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup black beans, rinses and drained
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Optional: 1/4 cup diced pickled jalapenos
  • 8 eggs, whisked
  • Optional: 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/3 cup scallions, chopped, for garnish
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  • 1 avocado, for garnish/serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Sauté peppers and onions for 3-5 minutes until soft.
  3. Add in turkey and spices and cook until browned.
  4. Add in black beans, spinach, and tomato and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl with whisked eggs, add in the turkey and veggie combination. Season with a little more salt and pepper.
  6. Pour into greased muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until eggs are firm.
  8. Garnish and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

 

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Turkey Chili (Stove-Top or Instant Pot)

Healthier Classic Turkey Chili - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #turkey #chili #soup #intstantpot

This is my classic go-to healthy turkey chili recipe all fall and winter long. I call it healthy comfort food in a bowl because it’s hearty and satisfying for all of those chilly days. It is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for a good weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! Make it on the stove-top or right in your Instant Pot pressure cooker for an easy turkey chili recipe! Simply swap out turkey for beef to make the best beef chili recipe!

Turkey Chili Recipe with toppingsHow to Make Turkey Chili

The best part? You can customize this chili to your liking. Some days I’ll add more veggies based on what is in season. Make it on the stove-top, or in the Instant Pot pressure cooker! I’ve also perfected this chili to be equally delicious with or without the beans. Instant Pot directions included, and Whole30-approved!

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

Ahhh… comfort food. I think I could make this recipe with my eyes closed at this point! It is always a huge hit and it’s one of my top rated recipes. Perfect for a big party, football Sunday, or for a good weekly meal prep (tons of leftovers). The best part of the chili is you can customize to your liking, some days I’ll add more vegetables based on what’s in season! For a beanless turkey chili, and to make this Whole30 compliant, simply omit the beans! They are optional!

Healthy Turkey Chili

How to Make Chili in the Instant Pot

  • Using the sauté function, sauté the veggies until soft.
  • Add meat and cook until brown.
  • Add in the spices, tomatoes, and water (reduce water to 1 cup)
  • Lock the lid and cook under manual -> high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Turn the knob to venting and release the pressure manually or let the pressure naturally come down.
  • Open and taste the chili! Add beans here if adding. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • Notes: If you added too much water, use the sauté function for a few minutes to reduce the water down!

Want more chili recipes?

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

What do you top chili with?

  • Scallions
  • Avocado Slices
  • Cheese
  • Diced Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Guacamole
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Additional red pepper flakes if desired for heat
  • and MORE!

Turkey Chili

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 03:00 Serves 6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic, onions, peppers, carrots, celery, and sweet potato, if using, for 5 to 7 minutes, until soft.
  2. Add the meat to the pot and cook until browned, stirring often to break up the meat.
  3. Once the meat is browned, add the water, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, salt, and all of the spices. Mix well to combine. If you are adding the beans and jalapeño, do so here.
  4. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let simmer, uncovered, until the chili is nice and thick, about 3 hours. Add additional water during this time if you want your chili more souplike. Towards the end of the cooking time, taste and adjust spices as desired. Add additional cayenne for an extra kick, and more salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Serve garnished with your favorite chili toppings, if desired. Mine are listed above.
  6. Store in refrigerator for 1 week or store in the freezer.


Recipe Notes

  • *Omit beans to make this Whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly
  • How to Make Chili in the Instant Pot
    • Using the sauté function, sauté the veggies until soft.
    • Add meat and cook until brown.
    • Add in the spices, tomatoes, and water (reduce water to 1 cup)
    • Lock the lid and cook under manual -> high pressure for 15 minutes.
    • Turn the knob to venting and release the pressure manually or let the pressure naturally come down.
    • Open and taste the chili! Add beans here if adding. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
    • Notes:
      • If you added too much water, use the sauté function for a few minutes to reduce the water down!
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Homemade Healthier Pop Tarts (Paleo + How-To Video)

Ever wonder how to make homemade pop tarts? I’ve been dreaming of making a paleo healthy pop tarts recipe for some time now, and we’ve finally got the homemade pop tart recipe just right for you! This homemade pop tart recipe is gluten-free and grain-free, and pairs wonderfully with my homemade chia seed jam. Frost and enjoy! 

Homemade Pop Tarts (Paleo) - Lexi's Clean KitchenHow to make homemade pop tarts

Growing up, I absolutely loved pop tarts. S’mores, Strawberry Frosted, and Cherry Frosted were my favorites. I’ve been wanting to make my own paleo version to enjoy, and with much anticipation, they are finally here! 

Homemade Pop Tarts (Paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Homemade Pop Tart Recipe

This homemade pop tart crust is based off of my pie crust recipe. For all the versions we tested, this is my absolute favorite! It takes a little prep work, but then you’ll have pop tarts and you’ll be winning at your weekend brunch or mid-day snack break! 

Homemade Pop Tarts (Paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

You will LOVE these Healthy Homemade Pop Tarts! You can make the jam filling into any flavor you’d like: strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, etc. They would even be great with my homemade nutella!

Homemade Pop Tarts frosted

Want other breakfast treat recipes? Try these:

Homemade Pop Tarts With Pie Crust

 Homemade Pop Tarts (Paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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