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Tag Archives: healthy food

Fun Survey and E-Book Release!

4 Aug

I am so excited to finally announce that my friend Amy and I’s E-Book, Healthy Eats: All Day. Every Day. is finally done! It is now available to buy for just 8.99 right on here under the “Buy Ebook” tab! We have worked so hard in creating some deliciously amazing recipes that have been not been posted anywhere before. It was so fun to be in the kitchen almost every single day, experimenting with recipe and recipe! This book includes 35 recipes, from breakfast, snacks and drinks to appetizers, entrees, and desserts! Look under the buy ebook tab for some sneak peaks of the recipes included within!

 

On another note, I found this fun survey from Tina over at Carrot’s n Cake, and decided to take it! Maybe you can get to know me a little bit through it as well :)

 

 

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

My Pumpkin Pie Shake! Such a delicious and quick option, and just the flavor puts me in such a happy mood as I think to the holiday season :)

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2. How much water do you drink a day?

I’m actually really bad about staying hydrated, but I’ve tried to be a lot better! I at least get in 8 cups, but I know it should be way more than that! I also always have a coconut water each day and start my mornings with my delicious green juice most of the time!

 

3. What is your current favorite workout?

After running miles upon miles for the past 5 years as a competitive runner, I have been loving to just 1 to 2 miles runs of alternating comfortable and fast pace. I’ve also turned my focus to more strength work lately. My favorite most definitely is my spur of the moment, made up on the spot, quick 20-30 minute workouts after a little 2 mile run!

 

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

Thankfully I have experienced complete freedom from counting calories, so I really don’t know! I know I listen to my body and eat what my body needs :) I most certainly eat tons of calories in healthy fats like nut butters and avocados (I literally go through a homemade jar a week!)

 

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

I love my snacks. I feel like I am always snacking. Usually its fresh fruits and veggies with some kind of dip like yogurt and cottage cheese for fruit and nut butters and hummus for veggies! Here are some of my favorite dips:

 

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

It depends what my body is craving. I just listen to it! If I know I’ll be away from my house, I usually pack a turkey sandwich on Ezekial or Paleo bread, with hummus, avocado, and lots of veggies, along with some snacks on the side. If I’m home, the sky is the limit of possibilities. Sometimes I am craving a salad, sometimes I am craving breakfast foods like pancakes, and sometimes, I just want a little bit of everything :)

 

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

Legs and abs. I tone my arms, but never do just arm-focused workouts really. I love doing tons of squats, lunges, and other free weight exercises—nothing like that “I can’t even stand” feeling the day after a great leg workout!

 

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

Arms. No, I don’t believe that if I do arm workouts I will look like a crazy body builder and that is the reason I don’t work them often. But I never feel too accomplished when just doing arms, so when I do them, I incorporate those type of exercises into a total body workout

 

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

Chocolate and ice cream all the way. I love my chocolate, which killed me on my sugar detox that I just finished up (over a month of no sugar or sweeteners!).  I also can never pass up stopping at one of those delicious frozen yogurt self-serve places where you get to create your own! I really don’t enjoy those typically loved greasy foods, or any fast food, so those don’t even tempt me. I’ve learned to listen to my body, and my body does NOT like the feeling after eating those foods.

 

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

Most Certainly! I take my raw women’s multi vitamin, probiotics, fish oil, and sometimes even my delicious gummy vitamins just because I like them :)

11. How often do you eat out?

Not very often. When I’m up at college, I eat at my sorority house every lunch and dinner. I don’t know what that would be considered, but there are always healthy options!

 

12. Do you eat fast food?

Not the typical fast food that offers all that yucky, greasy stuff. I do occasionally like Chick Fil A when I’m out with friends, and I am totally obsessed with Panera Bread!

 

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

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 God is certainly my number one supporter. The one who never fails me. But my other two would be my mom and my boyfriend. My mom has been there from day one and I know I can always come to her about anything; she was my best friend for a lot of my low times throughout high school. My boyfriend couldn’t support or encourage me more! He is absolutely amazing and I consider myself blessed to have him up at college with me, I don’t know what I would do without his love and support. At the very end of a long, hard day, I love knowing I can just come lay, cry, or laugh in his arms.

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14. Do you have a gym membership?

Nope! But when I’m at college we have a huge, very nice gym that is free to us.

 

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

Unfortunately usually only like 6-7 hours. My body would love more, but with all that I’m involved in along with school and time spent with my friends and boyfriend, I rarely get much more! I really don’t like sleeping in though even when I can, I just feel like I’m wasting my day away :p

 

16. Do you have a “cheat”day?

I hate that word. I eat what I want, when I want it. I probably cheat every day when it comes down to it. But hey, I eat mostly healthy, and when I want something that could be considered “cheating”, I enjoy it to its fullest!

 

17. Do you drink alcohol?

 

 I do not! Yes I am only 20, but even when I’m 21, I will rarely have a drink. Not because of nutritious reasons, but because I am a firm believer that nothing truly good comes out of it.  Do I think one drink with yours good friends or family is bad? Definitely not. But in the college atmosphere, I desire to live a life that can be a light for Christ, and because of that I have chosen not to drink in that environment J

 

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

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I have a friend that comes with me a couple times, but we usually aren’t too productive together :) My boyfriend comes with me a lot, but we do our separate things! I wish I did though because I feel like I don’t push myself as hard as I could most of the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

The best thing that has changed is turning my commitment to a healthy lifestyle into a passion and hobby. God has given me such a love for being in the kitchen, coming up with unique and tasty recipes that make eating nutritious yet still delicious! Whether blogging about it, creating it, or sharing it with friends and family, healthy food has become a great part of my life. I love how I am able to influence others to live a healthy lifestyle as well through sharing my own journey<3

 

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

I started off my morning like every other, reading God’s word with my cup of coffee. That is by far the healthiest thing for my life. Living a healthy life doesn’t always have to do with food, but the Bible is called my “daily bread” for a reason :)

 

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Watermelon Lime Pudding

25 Jul

Here is another creation of mine in order to beat this summer heat! I absolutely love watermelon. It’s probably my favorite fruit. My only problem is once I cut it open, I can’t stop. No self control when there’s delicious, refreshing watermelon in front of me!

Usually I just eat my fruit plain or with some type of yogurt dip/nut butter, but this time I decided to make a recipe with my favorite fruit! With watermelon being so sweet, I thought the pairing with lime would be the perfect combination.

I’ve made another recipe similar to this, but pumpkin flavor! As you know by now, that too is one of my favorite foods. That one can be found here.

How do you like to beat this summer heat? What is your all-time favorite fruit that you just can’t stop eating once you start?!

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Watermelon Avocado & Lime Mousse

-1 cup watermelon
-6 oz soft tofu
-1 very ripe banana
-1/4 cup mashed avocado
-juice from 1/2 lime
-1tsp vanilla extract
Directions: Blend all ingredients together. Scoop out lime and serve mousse inside!

Tip: **If it isn’t sweet enough for you with the banana and watermelon, feel free to add a tablespoon or two of honey!  **Use mini chocolate chips for “seeds” if your desire a pretty presentation.

Watermelon Benefits
1) Contains 92% water: aids in hydration
2) Full of antioxidants: neutralizes free radical damage in body, reduces inflammation, reduces chance of cancer and arthritis
3) Contains phytonutrients: naturally occurring compounds that are bioactive and able to trigger healthy reactions in body
4) Filled with Citrulline: this converts to Arginine, which is great for our hearts, livers, and circulatory system
5) Rich in vitamin C and Beta-Carotenes: anti-inflammatory properties
6) Aids in bloating and constipation: watermelon has a natural diuretic effect which can help eliminate water retention and wastes
7) Stops itchy skin: as a cleanser, it flushes out toxins that take the form of itchiness
8) Reduces blemishes: rub watermelon on your face, leave juice on for 10 minutes, rinse.

Ricotta Crostinis Appetizer

28 May

I mentioned  a couple weeks back about a surprise birthday I was planning for my mom. Well, it went great! And a big part of it was how amazed the guests were at the delicious food :)

This is one of the appetizers I made. Crostinis with ricotta and a variety of toppings.

I had never made crostinis as an appetizer before, but when I saw something like this on here, they just looked too good.

So, I bought all the ingredients, and made a quick, easy, yet delicious appetizer that all the guests enjoyed so much. Getting low fat cheese will make this appetizer healthier than normal, and topping it with all fresh ingredients will make it even better!

With being on a sugar detox for 21 days, I’ve made these a few more times to cut those sugar cravings :)! Great sweet and savory options.

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Ricotta Crostinis
-1 8oz container of low fat ricotta cheese
-1 loaf of french bread (small diameter)
-toppings of choice: chopped figs and agave, sun-dried tomatoes with sea salt, cucumbers with sea salt, blueberries with jam, smoked salmon and dill
Directions: Cut loaf of bread into thin circles, about 1/2″. Spray lightly with olive oil or apply thin coat of butter and toast in oven at 350 degrees until crispy but not browned(about 10 minutes). Let cool. Top with ricotta cheese. Layer desired toppings on ricotta. Serve!

Pita Salad Bowl

23 May

Sugar Detox Day 4!

I am truly surprised with how good I’ve been doing with no sugar. I thought I would be craving it like crazy with how much I used daily to sweeten things, but I haven’t! Of course, it is only day 4, so I guess we will see! I’m sure the cravings will come soon enough :) Today, once again the hardest part was not being able to have gum. It’s just such a habit! And of course, my unsweetened hot tea in the morning doesn’t taste near as good as my alternative coffee with molasses! I’ll keep updating every now and then with how it’s going from here, but won’t be pestering with an every day story of similar thoughts! If anything new happens, I will let you know! It’s still not too late to join by the way! Join in any way you can, even if you don’t limit completely. Just the awareness it gives you is amazing. I will be continuing this until June 10th, so join any time! My rule? Nothing with added sugar, no artificial sweeteners, sugar, stevia, honey, or agave. Basically, only fruit and vegetables with naturally occurring sugars are allowed! But change it to fit your needs :)

For dinner the other night, I wanted some carbs with my big dinner salad, so what did I do? I placed one of my spinach wraps over an empty aluminum can, and put it in the oven under broil until toasted. What came from it? A perfect bowl for a salad! So delicious to end my dinner with :)

You should most certainly try it! Anytime you need a more enjoyable way to serve a meal, look no farther, here it is!

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Spinach Pita Salad Bowl

Only instructions I can give is to drape any kind of wrap over an empty can or bowl, and toast in oven until “set” in a bowl shape :)

Pancake Batter Smoothie AND Coconut Banana Pancakes

29 Mar

Today’s post has TWO recipes in it. Get excited.

Let’s be honest with ourselves, when we’re making pancakes, it’s just way too tempting to just eat the batter off the spoon. Or is that just me?

Haha:) My usual philosophy is that anything is better in the uncooked form, like cookie DOUGH, Brownie BATTER. And I can’t lie, I do even think I like pancake batter better. Call me weird.

But I know with eggs usually in it, it’s probably NOT the best thing to eat. So what did I do today when I made egg-less protein pancakes and had some leftover batter? Well, I would do what any normal person would do..I made a shake flavored with it!

So to tell you how to make this, I’ll give you the recipe to this first, which is the protein pancakes that the batter came from!

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Coconut Banana Pancakes
-3/4 cup coconut flour
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder
-1/4 cup Greek yogurt
-1 cup almond milk
-2T shredded coconut
-1 small, very ripe banana
-1/2 tsp coconut and vanilla extract
-1 tsp baking powder
-optional: 1 T peanut butter/coconut oil (a little healthy fat makes it taste a lot better!)
-touch of salt, and sweeten to taste
Directions: Melt banana in microwave for 30 seconds. Combine all ingredients together and mix thoroughly. Melt some coconut oil in pan, and cook pancakes as normal.

 

All you have to do once you have that batter, is add two big spoonfuls of it to all the other ingredients, and you’ll have your pancake batter shake! But of course, if you just want the shake and not all the pancakes first, I’ll show you how to get that batter flavor without all those extras. But I must say, these pancakes were very good. Coconut banana flavor with a hint of peanut butter to be exact:)

Anyways, the answer to your dream of being able to eat all the pancake batter you want in shake form lies below:)

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Pancake Batter Shake
**You can make any flavor, but I used some of the batter from the above recipe, and created a Hawaiian flavor with a hint of peanut butter!**
-2 T pancake batter (from above)
-1/2 frozen ripe banana
-1 scoop peanut butter protein powder (or regular/vanilla)
-1 cup almond milk
-1 tsp vanilla and butter extract
-2 T oatmeal
-2 T PB2 (or 1 T peanut butter)
-1/2 tsp baking soda (I know it’s weird, but don’t skip this! It makes the batter flavor)
-stevia/agave to sweeten
-sprinkle of sea salt
Directions: Blend all ingredients together! Very simple :)

**If not wanting to make pancake batter: Add 1T coconut flour (or any type), more banana, and don’t forget the baking soda! Add any additional flavors that you want your shake to be.
Possible Add-in ideas: cocoa powder, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, instant coffee, berries..sky is the limit!