Eating Healthy: 3 Bean Chili


Everyone is back to school and suddenly running out of time. You are trying to balance your new classes, new workout routine, social life, and still wanting to eat healthy, without breaking the bank?

Try out this super easy, high protein and really cheap option for dinner. This can be made start to finish in about a half hour, and costs right around $10. Plus you will have left overs for days.

The Beans

Look for low or no sodium added variety. All three types of beans are full of essential vitamins and minerals that will help everything from muscle development to heart health.

Black beans are high in antioxidants and protein and are often used as meat a substitute.

Dark Red Kidney Beans are packed with fiber and have even been shown to reduce cholesterol.

ChickPeas or Garbanzo beans are another great source of protein, and really just soak up any flavor they are in, which is why they are used for hummus.

The Base

1/2 jug of V8 Spicy Hot 100% Vegetable Juice. This will help keep sodium and sugar low, for chili, as well as adding an great amount of Vitamin C and A. You can use the non-spicy kind if you want, but chili is all about the heat, right?

You can’t have chili without at least some tomatoes, we recommend the petite diced kind to keep the size small and uniform with the rest of the chili. Again go with a no salt added variety if you can.

The Meat

While not 100% necessary with the shear amount of protein from the beans, meat gives this dish that classic chili taste. 1 lb. of 80/20 ground beef keeps the cost lower, but still pretty lean. You can also use ground turkey, just make sure to drain the meat into one of the cans before you add it to the pot.

The Seasoning

Odds are you probably know which types of spice you like and don’t like, or hot spicy you want a dish. Take it slow and add them as you go, taste testing as you keep adding ingredients. At the very least you will need some pepper, garlic powder/garlic salt, and oregano.


1 can Black Beans

1 can Dark Red Kidney Beans

1 can Garbanzo Beans

1 can of petite diced tomatoes

1/2 jug of V8 Spicy Hot 100% Vegetable Juice

Spices to tastes

Garlic Salt or Powder



Paprika and or cayenne pepper

Chili powder or red pepper flakes


Start opening cans. If you have a pasta strainer dump the beans into it and give them a good rinse, one or two cans at a time. If you don’t have a pasta strainer, just drain the liquid out of the can and fill it will water a few times. Just remember to drain it one last time before adding it to the pot. Do the same for the can of tomatoes.

Start browning the meat in a separate pan on medium heat, while it browns add enough V8 to almost cover the beans and tomatoes and turn on the heat to medium. Start adding in some spices, you should be able to kind of eye ball it, know that it will take a little more than you think. Keep stirring and test as you go.

Once the meat is good and browned, drain the grease and add it to the big pot. Add another sprinkling of spices and mix well. At this point you could go ahead and dig in, but we recommend turning the heat down a bit and letting it simmer for 20-30 minutes with the lid on to really soak up the flavor of all the spices and juice.

Sprinkle cheese and crackers on top, because what is chili without cheese.


Holiday Gift Ideas


Christmas is right around the corner and will be here before you know it! With only a couple weeks left until everyone’s favorite holiday, we here at 105.9 Kiss FM want to give you some ideas on holiday gifts for both students and teachers! Sometimes holiday shopping can be hard but we hope this list makes it a little easier to find that perfect gift.



  • School Supply bouquet
  • Personalized grading stamps
  • Amazon or Bookstore gift cards
  • One big classroom gift/giftcard
  • Bath and Body works hand sanitizers and soaps


College students:


  • Keurig
  • Portable phone charger
  • BlueTooth Speaker
  • Adult coloring books
  • Leggings/Workout clothing
  • George Foreman grill
  • Concert Tickets
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Spotify Membership
  • Food gift cards




Christmas Movie Marathon List


Now that Thanksgiving break is over, it’s time to start getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas! What better way to get into the spirit than with a little movie marathon and dance session to some holiday jingles. We decided to throw together some of our favorite holiday movies and songs, enjoy!

KISS FM’s Top Christmas Movies:

  • Elf
  • Love Actually
  • Christmas Vacation
  • Home Alone
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Holiday
  • A Christmas Story

KISS FM’s Top Holiday Song Playlist:

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  • Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
  • I Saw Mommy Kissin’ Santa Claus – Jackson 5
  • Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill
  • Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Travel Tips


I love to travel! Not too long ago, I was an elite frequent flyer. I learned how to maneuver my way around airports, and how to manage the crowded lines at security. Flying can very stressful especially if you are traveling with a group or with kids! With the holidays, airports and security lines are going to be busy. After many times of experiencing the worst an airport can dish out, I want to share some helpful and useful tips for traveling by plane:

Packing your checked bag or carry on: Roll your clothing when packing, except for jeans or bulky sweaters or jackets. When you lay your rolled clothing into the suitcase, it will leave a little space for you to fill with the smaller items such as socks or undergarments. I always lay jeans or jackets on top of the rolled clothing, and utilize those drawstring bags to pack your shoes into your suitcase!

Security Check: . Security can be a hassle. You are trying to get through it quickly, but also follow the rules of the TSA. I would suggest having a plan before entering security. Make sure you know what you are wearing so you can be prepared to remove items before the metal detector. Remember belts, jewelry, coins, and certain clothing with metal might set off the metal detector or be difficult to see in an x-ray machine. It is best to remove those items and place them into a separate container at the security checkpoint. Be sure to have items that need to be removed from your bag on top and visible. This will ease the process of putting everything into those plastic bins.

Stay hydrated: Travel with an empty water bottle. You can fill it up once past security at any water fountain. Sometimes I will pour my soda into it on the plane. This will allow you to stay hydrated and alert so you don’t mix up your gate, terminal, or departure time. In addition to bringing an empty water bottle, bring your own tea bags or drink flavorings. Things that mix easily with water are options to buying sodas or teas. Plus some airlines only offer coffee or water on short flights.

Tame your stomach: Carry snacks that will keep you energized and full for a longer time. Snacks like beef jerky, nuts, dried fruit. You can even make sandwiches packed in your carry on. My favorite snack to carry on planes are bagels. Almost every airport has a bagel shop too. It fills me up and the carbs keep me energized. It is also cheap, but filling!

Just-in-case: Sometimes mistakes are made and you end up with no luggage at your destination. I always pack one change of clothes including undergarments in my carry on or purse. Something that is light to pack like a dress and leggings. It is helpful to know that you are not stranded without a change of clothing if this mistake is made.

Always be comfortable: Carry on a jacket or sweater that you can easily put on and take off. Planes and airports are cold, but security will ask you to take it off at times so be prepared to remove it.

The children: If you are traveling with children, bring entertainment for the kids. Movies and books can keep them entertained for a while. I brought Etch-a-sketches for my children to play with. It didn’t require many materials to get out. Tablets are great because children can play several games or do many activities using one item. However, do not forget to bring entertainment for yourself. You will need it to relax while the kids are relaxing.

Sanitize: Planes and airports can be very dirty and you are using your hands several times to either remove your shoes for security or touching the railing. I always pack a travel size hand sanitizer in my liquid zip-lock bag. This can be useful during the flight so you do not have to get out of your seat to wash your hands before snacking or eating.

Keep your money safe: When I travel, I separate out my cash or cards in different bags. I put some money in my purse, some in my carry on, and/ or some in my checked on bag. This prevents from being completely robbed if one of your bags is stolen or lost. You are able to access some money incase this was to happen. Thus, remember to keep all bags close to you as possible!


– Beth Cruise


Tips for Surviving the Holidays


Here at KISS FM we want to make your Holidays a little easier! Check out these tips for  traveling, family gatherings and just plain old saving money for the upcoming holidays. We even have a few post-election time tips too!


  • Keep up to date on your flight with apps such as Flight Status, GateGuru, or if you’re driving, GasBuddy.
  • Pack light. If you check a bag, make sure to have most important things in your carry-on. (Just in case your checked bag gets lost!)
  • Don’t wrap gifts instead wrap them after you get to your destination or send them in the mail. TSA suggests that to not wrap presents as they might have to unwrap them during checks.
  • Travel early in the morning or late at night to avoid heavy traffic.

Saving Money:

  • Take advantage of websites that have “free shipping” days.
  • Use coupons from magazines, newspapers, websites, and emails.
  • Use cash or debit card as much as you can, that way you won’t put it on a credit card and ring up a bill. The cash or debit card will come right out of your account.

Family Gatherings:

  • Be prepared. Realize that you might get into disagreements but remember it’s the holidays, so relax and breathe. Let the arguments go for the day.
  • Take some personal time. If you normally go on a morning run, go on a morning run and then get ready for the family gathering. Try taking a walk or a nap after the Holiday dinners to give yourself some alone time.


  • Stay off social media – it helps to not get caught up in the drama.
  • Watch the news to stay informed.
  • If you know friends or family that have different view than you do, try not to talk politics with them for the next few weeks… or just cut off talking to them for awhile so you don’t get into heated arguments!

Spook-tacular Halloween Decorations: Free Printable Download


Halloween is just around the corner so that means, it’s time to start decorating for trick-or-treaters and halloween parties. Jack-O-Lanterns, cob webs in the corner of the doorway, graveyards along your front sidewalk, and fog machines all add to the spooky atmosphere. Outdoor decorations are fun and exciting, but don’t forget about something for the inside of your home. We have created a printable Halloween Graphic that is free to download. Just save the image below, print it at home and put it in a frame. You could even have the kids create their own frame for it!

kiss_halloweenprintableIf you decide to use our graphic in your Halloween decor, we would love to see it. Share it with us on Facebook and like our page. Happy Haunting Kiss fans!