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G A T H E R I N G S | Healthy Living

Inevitably, this is the time of year that I always seem to stay hungry. I'm sure it has to do with the fact that I gorge myself on all the Thanksgiving goodness, and the old saying "the more you eat, the more you eat" becomes me. So what better time to schedule a Healthy Living class than right smack dab in the middle of the holiday season in hopes of being able to learn a little self-control. Not only was self-controlled covered in the Healthy Living class taught by Traci Holloway of @holloway_healthyliving, but some amazing secret recipes that have been staples in Traci's kitchen over the last couple of years. However, I will have to say that not a lot of self-control was administered during this extremely fun and informal class - we ate until we could not eat anymore!

Traci Rico Holloway is a small town girl who grew up in Eupora, MS. She moved to Madison in 2013 where she married her husband, Greg. In 2017, Traci made a decision to change her lifestyle. This SAHM/Nurse was tired of the way she felt. She had terrible eating habits and just felt sluggish and miserable all the time. She knew something had to change so she reached out to a nutrition coach. Slowly, she started incorporating healthy habits and learning about the basics of food. This led her to discover her passion for healthy cooking and fitness. She was obsessed with discovering ways to alter recipes, to mimic past favorites without the miserable after feeling. Soon after her journey took off she started documenting healthy meals she would prepare for her family. People began reaching out to her, asking her to share recipes. She now has an Instagram (@holloway_healthyliving) full of healthy food recipes, pregnancy comparisons, and motivation. Her desire is to inspire people to invest in themselves so they can not only look great, but feel great as well. She is now Precision Nutrition certificate and is now coaching others on healthy lifestyle choices.

What a blessing it has been over the past five years to watch my friend, Traci, grow into such a wonderful wife and mother. I love her passion and desire to help others.



Crack Chicken


3lbs chicken breast

8oz. Fat free cream cheese

1 packet of ranch dressing

½ bottle Franks hot sauce

splash of low sodium chicken broth


Add a splash of low sodium chicken broth to crockpot, enough to cover the bottom. Add chicken. Cook on high for 3.5 hours.

Once chicken is done, discard all but about ¼ cup of juice. Shred chicken. Add remaining ingredients and cook for another 30 minutes until cream cheese is melted.


Cheesy Meat Lasagna Rolls


1 ½ cups fat-free or part skim ricotta cheese

1 ½ cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons dried oregano

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 pound lean ground turkey (90% lean)

One 24-ounce jar marinara sauce

14 lasagna noodles, cooked al dente (7 to 8 minutes)

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


Preheat the oven to 425’F.

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