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.
I never leave my house without snacks and water.
You just never know what is going to happen and if I don’t have food with me well…let’s just say I turn into a monster.
So as I gear up for my trip for San Francisco this weekend I wanted to share with you all the snacks I always have with me and DEFINITELY have with me when I travel since I really can’t think of anything worse than getting hungry on a flight and being forced to eat that tiny, nasty, salty pack of nuts or if your flight gets delayed and there are no healthy food options.
A few months ago I shared my thoughts about some of the most popular nutrition bars on the market and it quickly became one of my most popular blog posts to date.
The bars I included in that post were all healthy options and I never even thought to talk about the bad options until my friend Ashley suggested it.
Ashley confessed she was confused by all the protein/nutrition bars found at conventional grocery stores, drug stores, airports, gas stations, Target…etc and wanted to know which were good options and which to stay away from.
I look forward to the Superbowl almost as much as Christmas.
Every year I know my
San Diego Los Angeles Chargers (RIP) won’t be in the Superbowl but I still just love the whole idea of getting together with friends/ family to eat, drink and watch an epic game. This year should not disappoint with Tom Brady (love me some Brady) and the Patriots playing the Falcons…GO PATS!
Last year I did a post on Super Easy Superbowl Snacks and it got such good feedback I knew I had to do something similar for 2017. Well you guys I decided to really go big this year. Not only am I sharing a recipe for Wasabi Deviled Eggs but I’m also including 20 other healthy snackr ideas AND a giveaway for one of my favorite cookbooks the I Love Trader Joe’s Party Cookbook.
When I think about the holidays I never sit there dreaming about potatoes, cookies, ham, pie, rolls or anything like that.
I have one thing on my mind and that is CHEESE! Specifically fancy goat cheese logs and anything involving brie!
It’s an addiction!
Last year I shared my pishacio goat cheese log and this year It’s time to share my other favorite holiday cheese appetizer: Brie & Fig Bites. The sweet flavor of the figs perfectly compliments the buttery brie creating the BEST flavor combination ever- trust me!
There are 2 kinds of people during the holidays: the ones who have everything planned weeks in advance and those who will be scrambling around Wednesday night at 9:00 pm to find a turkey.
I tend to be the latter.
In fact I just figured out TODAY what I need to bring for Thanksgiving dinner– thankfully it’s just booze and an appetizer haha!
But with work, traveling, grocery shopping…etc this week just figuring out an appetizer to bring is overwhelming right now. Then I remembered this incredible hummus recipe I saw on What’s Gaby Cooking a couple weeks ago. Gaby actually makes her own hummus and PEELS the chickpeas…seriously? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
In true lazy girl, last minute fashion I decided to try this recipe out this past weekend using my favorite Trader Joe’s hummus and you know what…IT’S FABULOUS, takes less than 5 minutes to make, healthy and oh so very festive. Doesn’t get much better than that!
I’ve talked a lot about how I’m taking some time to honor my body and cut back on my workouts but what I haven’t touched on is what I’m doing with my food intake.
I’ve done a ton of research (googling) on what to eat to help balance your hormones and consuming enough healthy fats seems to be one of the best things you can do as a natural remedy.
More avocados, almond butter, coconut oil, salmon…. YES PLEASE!
In my attempts to add more healthy fats into my diet I consulted the bible aka Run Fast Eat Slow* the incredible cookbook for athletes by Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan & chef Elyse Kopecky and found myself fascinated with their views on healthy fats and their role in keeping the body balanced. Just listen…
Not all nutrition bars are created equal.
Not at all actually!
At this point there are SO MANY different options out there for “healthy” nutrition bars it’s hard to know which ones are actually good for you and which are simply candy bars in disguise.
For this post I decided to do a little taste test/ ingredient review on 5 “healthy” nutrition bars that I’ve seen all over social media lately. I tried multiple flavors of each bar before writing this and randomly chose the flavors I took pictures of. This post is NOT sponsored and all my thoughts are my own.
I’ve been blogging now for a little over 1 year… CRAZY how fast time flies when you’re trying to create meaningful content week after week.
In celebration of my blog’s first birthday I went back and looked through some of my first posts and it was incredible to see just how far I’ve come in 1 short year. I believe my photography has improved, my content has gotten much more valuable and I’ve stopped blogging for myself and have been focusing on blogging for my readers. My goal with Live Lean Eat Green is to share some parts of my personal life but mostly to inform and educate everyone on healthy eating and fitness by providing quick tips, nutrition facts, easy recipes…etc.