Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Guac Filled Eggs

Another Advocare/Paleo/Whole30 friendly recipe!

My avocado obsession naturally leads me to a guacamole obsession (which surprisingly I didn't start eating until college, I have 21 years of guac eating I must make up for!) Although I can't think of anything better than a giant bowl of spicy guac and chips the latter isn't exactly healthy lifestyle friendly. Here is a way to enjoy all the yumminess of guacamole with none of the carbs!

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

For the Guac:
1 avocado mashed
1/2-1 jalapeño diced plus seeds (depending on your taste buds)
1 tomato diced
1/2 red onion diced
1 garlic clove minced
Salt & lime juice to taste

Combine all ingredients, adjusting to your taste.

Hard boil about a dozen eggs. Cut in half and scoop out the yolk once they have cooled. Fill with guac and enjoy!





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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Batch Cooking

Today I am discussing my secret to healthy eating on the go. OK, it isn't really a secret but it is so important to know! We all have busy lives and the most common excuse I hear regarding having a healthy lifestyle is, "I don't have time!" I am here to tell you you aren't alone. None of us have time! Don't let that stop you from taking care of your body and DO NOT use that as an excuse to run through the closest drive-thru. The key is to be prepared. When you get home after a long day of work the last thing you want to do is cook up so fancy healthy meal but if it is already done and waiting for you to eat you'll be more likely to eat it, right??

Enter batch cooking. Once a week I put aside a few hours and completely take over my kitchen. I choose a few recipes a week I can mix and match for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, cook them all up at once, then put them in tupperware to grab from the rest of the week.

Some of my favorite essentials are quinoa, chicken in any form (baked in the oven with some veggies and spices or throw some in your crockpot with veggie broth for shredded chicken, perfect for salads), and hard boiled eggs.

A new recipe I tried this week is egg muffins! These are a perfect meal to have on hand for busy mornings or rushed afternoons. I adapted a few recipes I found. In the mix: 12 eggs, cooked ground turkey, spices, & veggies. Whisk together and throw in some greased muffin tins. Bake for about 15 minutes at 375. Yum!

I suggest using cupcake liners because mine got stuck even using spray.




These can be frozen or if you're like me, 12 muffins will be gone in no time. Enjoy!
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Off to the Races!

San Diego has beautiful weather year-round so lucky for us we don't have to wait until summertime to enjoy the sunshine. But the one thing that is not available twelve months out of the year is the Del Mar Horse Races!  Del Mar is a beautiful coastal town located in Southern California that offers adorable restaurants, bars, shops, and the fairgrounds. From the middle of July to Labor Day the fairgrounds are overtaken by seersucker, giant floppy hats, cocktails and betting at the track!

After two years of residing in San Diego I was finally able to partake in the fun this year that is Opening Day! Much like the Kentucky Derby, ladies come out in full force on opening day with the biggest and best hats they can carry. The easiest way to get there is taking the Coaster. For just $11 round trip you get to enjoy the beautiful views and no worrying about parking!

Opening Day of course calls for wearing my favorite Lilly Pulitzer dress!




I kept my hat simple by tying a yellow ribbon around a beach hat I already had.



Following a tip from a Police Officer I met on the Coaster, I bet on my first horse and walked away $25 richer!



Another favorite I always carry with me, koozies!




The races are a perfect way to spend a sunny summer afternoon in Southern California so grab your sundress and oversized hat!




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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The 5 Guys You Will Meet On TInder

It's the latest dating craze and while it may not find you a decent man it will provide for hours of laughs.

If you haven't encountered at least 3 of these 5, you're doing it wrong.

The Five Guys You Will Meet on Tinder

5. The guy who is only looking for one thing.. and no, it's not a relationship.




4. The guy who you aren't exactly sure if he is a guy or not. Wait, did I make sure to turn off the "match me with females" setting?



3. The dreamer. Yes, I know life would be amazing with me but let's start with a froyo date...





2. The matchmaker. So you're not interested in me but your friend is? All I can imagine is two guys crouched over one iPhone rating girls and braiding each others hair. No thanks.




1. The guy who thinks he's being cute and original. You aren't.




While I like the idea of shopping for men in the same manner I shop for shoes I think I'll keep this app under the entertainment category. We've all watched Catfish and I for one would rather not wake up in 8 months in love with an 18 year old girl who I thought was an underwear model.
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Advocare

I am someone who will try anything once. After research and speaking to some old friends who have tried the Advocare 24 Day Challenge, I decided to jump on board. Basically this 24 Day Challenge includes a 10 Day Cleanse followed by a 14 Day "Max Phase." In your bundle, you get the supplies to get you through the cleanse (fiber drink, herbal cleanse pills, and probiotic pills), SPARK energy drink (no coffee allowed!), Meal Replacement Shakes, MNS supplements and Omega Pills. I also added in Catalyst and Thermoplus as recommended by my coach. (For full description and supplement information visit here).



The most appealing part of this challenge is it is not drastic. They don't encourage you to cut meals; in fact they want you to be eating every 2-3 hours. They do encourage an extremely clean diet, so no fried foods, sweets, dairy, wheat, coffee, alcohol, etc. Stick to chicken, lean turkey, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and eggs. Some grains are allowed like quinoa but really the cleaner you eat the better the results! The purpose is to get your body into the habit of following a healthy lifestyle while the supplements ensure you reap the maximum benefit. You don't get to go back to eating crap once it is over!

I am currently on Day 6 of the first 10 Day Cleanse and I love it so far. Of course I am craving pizza, sweets and everything else bad for me but I do feel better and have dropped a couple pounds. The key for me is keeping my meals exciting. Nobody can eat grilled chicken and veggies for 24 days straight...

Here are a few meals I have whipped together the past few days that I have enjoyed. I always make big batches of chicken, quinoa, and hard boiled eggs to have on hand.

Quinoa with Eggs
Pretty self explanatory- cook quinoa according to package, I like to add spices like garlic powder and basil. Serve with your preference of eggs (over-easy make a cheese-like sauce, yum!), garnish with avocado. Done! Super easy for breakfast or dinner.




Turkey Taco Salad
You can make your own taco flavored meat but I cheated and bought Jenny-O Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey. I cooked this over the stove with red onions and jalapeños (I am obsessed with them right now). For the salad I took some romaine lettuce, topped with more onions, red peppers, and zucchini then threw the seasoned meat over the top with some avocado. For "dressing" I used a clean salsa and lime juice.




Mexican Chicken Quinoa Soup
I'll do my best with this recipe but honestly I don't have one. I just started throwing everything into a pot, adding a little here and there until I liked how it tasted!

Start with some extra virgin olive oil in a large pot. Mince up some garlic and red onion and sauté until slightly brown. Add in red peppers, zucchini, jalapeños, and any other veggies you like. Throw in some cooked quinoa (I had about 1-2 cups leftover from earlier in the week). Add a carton of vegetable or chicken broth (make sure it doesn't have any wheat or dairy additives). Add boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 2-inch pieces, I used 2 breasts. Then comes my favorite part, the spices! I added garlic powder, chili powder, chipotle powder, pepper, and salt but the possibilities are endless. The quantity of the spices and veggies is really up to you and how much you want to make. I made a pretty large batch so I could use it for this week's lunches. Bring all of this to a boil then cover and simmer for about 10 minutes until your chicken is cooked thoroughly. Taste and add any needed spices then serve with avocado and lime juice.





Those have been my exciting meals so far but of course there is always grilled chicken and veggies, egg white omelets, green smoothies, and any combination of the above. Well maybe don't try egg smoothies.

Oh and don't forget about snacks! My favorites are apple slices with almond butter, hard boiled eggs and raw peppers, raw almonds/cashews/pistachios, and frozen fruit. I bought a giant bag of frozen tropical fruit at Costco that has been great for a sweet after dinner snack and also tastes great in water!

Since I have done a completely Paleo diet before this way of eating isn't completely new to me, I miss beef and bacon though!

Once I finish up these leftovers I am dying to try an avocado pesto spaghetti squash recipe. Avocados are another obsession...


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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Easiest Pancake You Will Ever Make

Some days you just need a pancake. Light, fluffy, bready goodness.

What's that? Pancakes don't fit int your healthy lifestyle? Prepare for your life to change in 5 simple steps.

Step 1: Gather these 3 ingredients that every kitchen should have.



Step 2: Mash that nanner up.



Step 3: Add egg and a scoop of nut butter (no measuring required!)



Step 4: Mix well and throw it in the skillet with a little non-stick spray or coconut oil. Cook like a pancake; 2-3 minute each side until lightly browned. 


Step 5: Add toppings as you desire and enjoy your guilt-free "pancake"!


You're welcome.



3- Ingredient Pancake
1 egg
1 ripe banana (the softer the better)
1 scoop nut butter (anything works here! Almond, Peanut, Sunflower...)

Mix all together. Cook on the stove with a little non-stick oil. 2-3 minutes each side until lightly browned. Serve with extra nut butter, fruit, syrup, jam, or anything else you desire!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Guest Post

Today I had the privilege of writing my very first Guest Blog Post for the lovely Maura over at Polos, Pearls, & Bows.

Check it out if you plan to do a little shoe shopping this weekend! Enjoy!



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