Food

Food, Snacks

Super Simple Sweet Potato Fries

Hi guys, long time no talk.

I want to apologize for my lack of posts this past month. Out of nowhere work got CRAZY! Yes, I know everyone has a crazy busy schedule but I’m really struggling to find time to sit down and blog after working 10+ hours per day, sneaking in a yoga class then having an hour to kiss my boyfriend hello and throw something together for dinner. 

I love blogging but for the next month or two I may only be able to give you guys 1 post per week since unfortunately my full time job has to but put first and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. In fact, I just found out yesterday that I’ll be flying out to Austin, Texas NEXT WEDNESDAY to activate Perfect Bar in the area.

It’s all very exciting and the experience of working for a start up company is something I’ll cherish forever but WOAH this stress and workload I have right now is just a little bit overwhelming.

Rant over.

Aright let’s talk about something a little bit more fun shall we?

SWEET POTATO FRIES + FOOTBALL!

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Dinner, Food, Healthy Living, Holiday, Lunch

Tropical BBQ Chicken Skewers

skewers

Can you all believe Labor Day Weekend is THIS WEEKEND?

I personally have no idea where this Summer went and I’m so not ready for it to be over.  Long days, hot weather, sunshine, the beach, fresh fruits and veggies… please don’t end.

To help savor every last second of summer I wanted to share a recipe this week that tastes like a tropical summer vacation and is also perfect for grilling up over Labor Day Weekend. Introducing, Tropical BBQ Chicken Skewers!!

These skewers are so easy to throw together and are delicious eaten directly off the skewer or they’re also great for meal prep. Last time I made these I actually took everything off the skewer and served the meat and veggies over white rice….SO GOOD!

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Dinner, Food, Lunch

Crock-Pot Jerk Chicken Tacos With Mango Salsa

jerk chicken tacos

Cooking during the summer is THE WORST!

It’s legitimately 85 degrees here in San Diego with 90% humidity and a chance of thunderstorms. SAY WHAT?!? Considering I can hardly sit on my couch to write this post without sweating there is no way I’m turning on an oven or standing over a hot skillet to cook dinner. 

Enter my favorite cooking invention ever…the crock-pot.

You guys, I don’t think I could survive without a crock-pot. It takes all the fuss out of cooking meat, doesn’t make your house 983457984 degrees and anything you cook in a crock-pot is delicious.

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Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips, Reviews

My Thoughts On The Documentary ‘What The Health’

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Everyone has been talking about this new Netflix documentary called “What The Health“. I finally took the time to watch it this past weekend and I have so many thoughts I figured I’d just do an entire blog post going over what I agreed and disagreed with in the film.

Before I get started let’s just make things clear- I do not subscribe to any specific diet. I’m not vegan, vegetarian, paleo, whole 30, keto…or whatever other diet there is out there. I do my best to eat REAL, whole foods and in doing so I eat a ton of veggies, healthy fats, meats and guess what sometimes eat 5 slices of pizza and a bowl of real ice cream when I’m feeling really crazy! 

That being said, I don’t think there is anything wrong with eating a plant based/vegan diet. It’s not my thing but heck it’s 98459984 times better than the standard american diet that’s filled with sugar, processed foods, booze…etc.

Getting back to the documentary…

I did a little research on “What The Health” before watching it since a lot of these types of films are simply propaganda for a cause. And welppp…”What The Health” is absolutely a biased film about the benefits of a vegan diet. 

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Dinner, Food, Lunch

4 Ingredient Bruschetta Chicken Zoodles

As the weather heats up for summer I find myself less and less motivated to cook.

Just the other night I was sitting in my car before yoga sweating to death trying to think of something for dinner and nothing sounded good but a smoothie. Obviously I can’t live off smoothies (I wish) so Bryce and I ended up just going to Trader Joe’s and grabbing a couple salads…easy, healthy, done!

BUT going to the grocery store every day is a pain so I really got thinking about some super quick and healthy meal options.

I already have a post with 3 healthy meals ready in 10 minutes or less and this one with 30 healthy meals made in 30 minutes or less but I needed something new in my life.

Well, when I was at Trader Joe’s picking up dinner I saw it…yep saw one of my favorite products of all time…their fresh bruschetta sauce.

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Food, Holiday

Red, White & Blue Fruit Salad

red, white & blue fruit salad

Hi from Minnesota…again!

Yep, I’m back out in the Mid West for work and am completely exhausted from this time change so this is going to be a short, quick and to the point blog post.

Anyway…

Just in case you all forget…the 4th of July is TUESDAY!

I have no idea how this holiday snuck up so fast but what I do know is that I have an absolutely delicious (and festive) fruit salad recipe to share!

Not a fruit salad person? Check out some more healthy, fun, patriotic recipes here & here and this one about healthy hot dog options for your 4th of July BBQ!

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Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

What I Learned From Going Gluten Free For 1 Month

Remember when I announced that for the entire month of May I would be eating a gluten free diet? Well, it may not have been perfect but I actually did it!

Going gluten free for a month taught me so much about my body, how to deal with cravings and really opened my eyes to the quality of foods I was eating.

So, as a recap I wanted to share with you all everything I learned from going gluten free for 1 month!

Let’s jump right into it!

 

1.) I had no idea I was eating so many carbs and so little protein/ healthy fat

I don’t count calories, macros, sugars…etc. So, going gluten free forced me to pay a little more attention to the different types of foods I was eating.

Prior to going gluten free I’d have an egg on some bread for breakfast, some kind of fruity smoothie for a snack, a sandwich/wrap for lunch, a protein bar for a snack then pasta/an open faced sandwich/rice/quinoa for dinner.

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Food, Holiday, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

3 Healthier Hot Dog Options For Your 4th of July BBQ

healthier hot dog

I truly can’t believe that the 4th of July is in less than 2 weeks.

Where the heck has this year gone?

Normally, I don’t do much for the 4th since it’s kind of amateur hour here in San Diego with a bunch of drunk tourists getting arrested at the beach. But, this year I have plans. My family has a house on Lake Michigan and it’s been years since we’ve all made the effort to get out there. Last week we pulled the trigger and officially booked tickets!

Buying these tickets got me thinking of all the 4th of July foods and just how terrible most of the meats, appetizers and sides are for you. So, I started brainstorming some healthier options to share on my blog.

I made a healthy, festive, delicious side dish recipe I’m sharing on the blog next week but today I wanted to talk about my favorite 4th of July food…HOT DOGS!

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Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Snacks

Beet Hummus

beets

I am currently OBSESSED with beets.

I’ve been sipping on beet Health-Ade Kombucha, snacking on Trader Joe’s beet chips, throwing beets into salads, smoothies and even now hummus! They just have this delicious earthy flavor I can’t get enough of PLUS they’re so healthy (more on this later). 

Let’s back up here…my love affair with beets all started when I stopped running a few weeks ago to let my body start healing from shin splints and a very tight right calf. During my time off from running I really wanted to make a point to eat as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible and through some research googling I found out that beets are one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods out there.

In addition to their anti-inflammatory properties eating beets can also help boost your metabolism, detoxify your body, lower blood pressure, decrease risk for heart disease/ cancer plus so much more.

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