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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 :)

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My First Cooking Demo Class

25 Mar

Wow, where do I even start! I guess I can begin by telling you first that a few others and myself just established a culinary arts club at my college, University of Florida, at the beginning of this Spring semester. Yesterday, we had our first cooking demo in front of other students! It was so much fun. As the food director, I create the recipes, and preform the actual cooking in front of the students. Last night, we decided to make homemade pasta (yes, completely homemade!), and a combo of both tofu, and shrimp spring rolls.

It was such a great experience! It was my first time having to cook in front of others while instructing them how to make it themselves. The other executive board members took part in it as well. I was mostly in charge of making the pasta, rolling it out, and cutting it.

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My one friend Kim, cooked the shrimp and tofu, and then prepared the spring rolls.

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And the other members helped with all the additional preparations, like the sauteed veggies that were later mixed in with the cooked pasta, and the yummy and delicious sauce for dipping the spring rolls in, made of coconut cream, Hoisen sauce, creamy peanut butter, and much more!

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Overall it was a great night! Of course some stress beforehand with preparations and getting everything together for an event like this, but that’s what begins the adrenaline and allows everything to proceed with excitement!

Recipes for the homemade pasta and spring rolls will be up soon:) Until then, keep letting me know of anything you would like to see! As it is all of you that make this site what it is :)

Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt Bites

20 Mar

I know with seeing the word pumpkin again, those of you who are not the biggest fan may be tempted to click out of this before reading, but wait! If you don’t like pumpkin flavor, these are so so easy to make any other flavor as well :)

Frozen yogurt, in bite form?! I think yes. All the more reason to eat more of these healthy,protein-filled guys!

You may have seen these before across the internet, but of course I put my own little spin on them. I’ve made them in the flavors of chocolate and vanilla before, and now pumpkin! They are such a yummy and delicious snack..and of course, healthy! Yay for healthy things that actually taste good. No more of this yucky health food stuff. This site here is to show you that you can turn anything you love into a healthy food! (Well, in most situations!)

Have something that you really wish was healthy for you? Let me know and I’ll experiment with a recipe! I would love to create something that you all are really desiring to have! Any feedback would be awesome :)

But for now, here are my lovely pumpkin frozen yogurt bites!

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Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt Bites
– 1 cup greek yogurt
-1/4 cup pumpkin
-1/4 cup sweetener of choice ( I used agave)
-1 T cinnamon
-1 tsp vanilla extract
**If you want another variety, say chocolate, sub in chocolate powder for the pumpkin and add some chocolate chips!  Or leave all that out and just make plain vanilla frozen yogurt  bites :)
*Directions: Mix all ingredients together to make you’re pumpkin yogurt. Spoon out little blobs on parchment paper, and freeze! Keep in freezer and pull out as desired :)

Peanut Butter Apple Smoothie

15 Mar

A smoothie..served in a bowl?

For me, the best way to enjoy a smoothie is with a spoon! I love when it’s so thick, that serving it in a bowl is the best option :)

Smoothies are such a healthy, well-rounded choice for breakfast, a snack, post-workout or even dessert! And the best part, you can make it whatever you would like. Feeling a sweet craving? Make a chocolate one. More in a fruity mood? make a strawberry banana one. In the middle between the two? Then this peanut butter apple one is for you! Smoothies are so customizable, you can make them according to your own sweetness liking, and according to your own dietary needs! For me, I usually always add a scoop of protein powder to get some extra protein and substance in me..but if you aren’t a fan of it, then just simply don’t add it :) I promise it will be delicious either way!

This specific recipe will allow you to get in some fruit, lots of good protein, healthy fats, and even some veggies! (say what?!) Yep. Would have never known, but there’s some greens in there! Try it out before you judge it, I can verify you will not taste it whatsoever:)

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PB Apple Smoothie
-1 small apple, cored and diced
-2 T peanut butter (or pb2 for lower cal option)
-1.5 cups almond milk (or milk of preference)
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder (can omit, will just be a little thinner)
-1/4 cup greek yogurt
-1/4 cup oatmeal (sounds weird but makes it more thick and yummy!)
-1/2 cup spinach (promise you won’t taste it! Just adds nutrients and color)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-stevia/sugar/agave to sweeten
Directions: Blend all together! Pour into bowl and enjoy with a spoon :)