#lifestyle · Dairy Free · Fitness · Gluten Free · Healthy · Recipes

Eating through the summer heat.

It was over 100 degrees in Raleigh this weekend and the last thing I want to do is eat a heavy meal while in a constant state of sweat. I personally love the heat, but I’m sure not everyone shares the same opinion.

We decided to cook light. 

Stove-top salmon with Himalayan salt, pepper, lemon juice in coconut oil over

  • mixed greens 
  • walnuts
  • strawberries
  • cucumber
  • sprouts
  • balsamic vinegar and olive oil

It was just enough to feel full and refreshed. 

Salmon is loaded with protein and potassium. The fat that is in fish is beneficial to your heart and aids in keeping you full and satisfied. This piece has approximately 29 grams of protein and 542 mg of potassium. (1/3 pound of salmon)

Balsamic vinegar/olive oil is a great substitute for your typical salad dressing that is loaded with sodium, fat and SUGAR.

If you need some carbohydrates, cold quinoa could be a great element to add to a salad like this!


Stay cool out there and enjoy! x

Dairy Free · Gluten Free · Recipes · Vegan

There will be left overs & they will taste AMAZING…

What a fabulous weekend. A day at the beach, an amazing dinner with friends, followed by a Sunday full of productivity and rest.

After straightening up, we found ourselves in the kitchen, music turned up and cooking together. It’s honestly one of my favorite parts of our relationship.

I found a great gluten free/vegan pad Thai recipe that we used as a base and then put our own twist! Shrimp Pad Thai. (Obviously not quite vegan with the shrimp but that can be easily omitted).

The recipe called for brown sugar for the sauce, but I substituted organic coconut palm sugar for a more natural sweetener. It also has a more earthy taste to it and it wasn’t TOO sweet. I also used unsweetened organic creamy peanut butter and gluten free soy sauce.

Shredded carrots, scallions (to be cooked in and garnished on top), chopped peanuts and more.

We mixed the carrots, scallions, ginger, garlic,  and shrimp (it was precooked) and sautéed until the carrots became soft. We then added the sauce and the rice noodles.

We loved the dish so much that we will be experimenting on different ways to prepare pad Thai that goes along better with our healthy lifestyle. Stay tuned and let the creativity begin.

Total prep and cook time = 30 minutes 

Plenty of left overs! 

The full recipe can be found at Modern Little Victories.

Random · thoughts

For the love of dogs….

I love dogs. They are man’s best friend and there’s something about them that just makes life complete.

You can have a completely negative view about yourself but no matter what YOU may think, or what you think other’s think – your dog absolutely adores you. He looks at you with adoring eyes and barks at you until you give him attention. I can come home from work feeling absolutely defeated (which doesn’t happen often) and my little rescue dog always lifts my mood.

This may sound silly, but why can’t people be more like dogs? No matter what we think we know about a person – why can’t we just be genuinely happy to see them and make them feel like someone important? Today, I challenge you to go out of your way to compliment someone else. To make their day and make them smile. Wouldn’t you like someone to help make YOU smile? 🙂

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

Dairy Free · Gluten Free · Healthy · Random · Vegan · Vegaterian

The Importance of BCAA’s

 

Short for Branch Chain Amino Acids, these amino’s join forces to give us the best workout recovery tool money can buy. They come in different forms, but powder might just be the most popular because they can come in various flavors. These amino’s are found naturally in foods but especially if you are vegetarian and vegan, you will want to supplement these.

So why take BCAA’S:

  1. MUSCLE RECOVERY
  2. MAINTAIN WORKOUT INTENSITY
  3. AID IN THE BUILDING OF MUSCLE

That soreness that you feel after a workout is totally normal but COMPLETELY uncomfortable. BCAA’s have been linked to easing the the soreness, helping the body push out the build up of lactic acid in the muscles and maintaining the immune system in the process.

I like to refer to myself as a “pure-ist,” meaning I don’t like to use flavored BCAA’s. They are typically sugar free and use artificial sweeteners which have been linked to many health issues (I can speak from experience). I recently started ordering from BulkSupplements and I couldn’t be happier with the product AND the price.

Here is what I recommend – the impact on my training and workouts have been AMAZING. They work with any lifestyle – vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free.

BCAA 2:1:1 (Branch Chain Amino Acids) Powder (my favorite, can be mixed in water or smoothies!)

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) Capsules

Like I said, the prices and customer service are amazing. Go out and try it. x

Information source: Livestrong.com

 

Inspiration · Random · relationships · thoughts · Travel

A Week Away……and other thoughts.

I just came back from the best vacation I’ve ever had and I can’t help but be completely washed over with a feeling of gratefulness. I truly believe that once you’ve found your person, no one else in the world matters the same way that they do. I’m in love in a way that I have never experienced and I occasionally wonder what I did to deserve it. My boyfriend and I went on a cruise on the MSC Divina to Jamaica, Mexico, Bahamas and Cayman Islands. It was a great learning experience – for travel purposes and each other. I didn’t know it was possible but we managed to become even CLOSER.

Even though I have always had issues with religion and probably always will – I can’t help but always know in my heart that regardless of what religion is right or wrong – there IS a God. I saw a lot of gorgeous views like the one shown above and felt the most amazing love and happiness while on this trip. There is a lot of evil in the world, but with all of the beauty, love, happiness and good that also exists, it’s hard to believe that there isn’t a God and that it all happened by chance.

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Regardless, I am back from vacation feeling refreshed and encouraged to make my mark on this world and to lift others up. I also will continue to make the ones I love feel respected, safe and appreciated. Having this AMAZING partner in crime in my life is both a blessing and a privilege. I look forward to many more adventures and doing life with him.

Hello, Summer!

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xo

More pics to come on my online photo album.

 

 

Dairy Free · Fitness · food · Paleo · Random · Recipes

Breakfast Meal Prep

In my world, Sunday’s are for spiritual rejuvenation, meal prep – and other relaxing things. I decided to change it up a little bit and do a breakfast prep. Judging by how full I’ve been from breakfast this morning after a 6 AM spin class, I think it was a success.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grab a muffin sheet (like the one pictured to the left). Grease the pan with coconut oil, add one whole egg and one egg white. Top with spinach or any other leafy green you desire, add black pepper and Himalayan salt. Bake for about 15-18 minutes. Keep in the fridge, reheat and enjoy!

I found this idea from the Whole 30 recipe listed on their Instagram page. With that recipe, you put the egg on top of one strip of bacon. My goal has been to cut down on fat and sugar throughout my #cruisecountdown journey [and beyond] so I didn’t add the bacon this time. This made 12 “egg muffins.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is paleo and whole 30 approved  Enjoy! 🙂

x

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Healthy Food of the Day – Cinnamon

Cinnamon Sticks and Powder on Wooden Table

The snicker doodle, cinnamon buns, pumpkin pie, apple pie….what do all of these delicious and sinful desserts have in common? Cinnamon.

I bet that wasn’t your first guess, was it? That’s okay. It’s hard to not be distracted by how delicious those dishes taste. (by the way they may be delicious but…..)

Cinnamon is an extremely popular spice that can be added to most anything. You should really be eating cinnamon, not only because of how great it compliments other flavors, but also because of the amazing health benefits. Cinnamon contains something called “cinnamaldehyde” which is great for the metabolism, providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to its affect on the metabolism, it also provides an excellent inhibitor to bacterial and fungal infections.

It increases the sensitivity to insulin so that the body reacts properly to insulin being released into the blood stream. It also aids in the lowering of blood sugar and slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates. (Authority Nutrition)

While cinnamon tastes good and has great benefits, I wouldn’t’ recommend eating it by the spoonful!!!

Ways to use cinnamon throughout the day:

If I ever do a soy or oat milk latte, I spring cinnamon on top.

Plain oats, 1 tsp of cinnamon, agave (if you need sweetener), 1 tbs of chia seeds

Add some in a smoothie or hot tea!

Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

Source:

Authority Nutrition