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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

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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

 

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Pre-workout Meal – SO GOOD.

If you love to be active and workout, then you know how important healthy carbs can be. YOU NEED them for energy!

Sunday was leg day. My  breakfast consisted of 2 egg whites, 1 full egg and the oatmeal mixture pictured below. Quite colorful, isn’t it?

1 cup of gluten free plain oats

4 medium sized strawberries

1 tbs of black chia seeds

1 tbs of cacoa nibs

The natural sugar from the strawberries added a nice sweetness. I used the microwave to soften the oats. The frozen strawberries and chia seeds were mixed in. I added the cacao nibs post microwave. You can also use the stove top.

No added sugar, gluten and a dairy free.

Let’s just say that I killed leg day.

 

Enjoy! x

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Presidents Day Meal Prep 

We love to meal prep on weekends. Preparing for a cruise vacation {and a healthy life in general} takes work but that doesn’t mean it can’t be tasty. I found this recipe thanks to Pinterest! 

Crockpot Beef & Broccoli 

1lb Beef
½ Onion, sliced

1 C Broccoli, (remove florets and peel stem, then slice in medallions. Don’t waste it, it’s tasty!)

1 C Snap Peas (trim off the very tips on both ends)

Sauce:

¼ C Soy Sauce (low sodium if possible)

2 tsp Sesame Oil

¼ tsp Garlic Powder (or ½ tsp fresh)

½ tsp Ginger Powder (or 1 tsp fresh)

¼ tsp Dried Chili Flakes

1 tsp Worcherstershire sauce

1 C Beef broth

2 TBSP Cornstarch

2 TBSP Water

Directions

Slice beef into very thin strips, slicing across the grain. Season with salt, a dash of garlic powder.

Add this to the slow cooker along with the onions and the sauce.

Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5 – 6

20 minutes before serving, make a slurry with the cornstarch and water and add it to the beef. Give it a stir and then add the broccoli and snap peas. Replace the lid, turn to high and leave for another 30 minutes. Serve on rice. (We personally used Jasmine Rice)

Recipe from Tammi Lee Tips.com


If you try it, let me know what you think!!

xo

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Healthy Food of the Day – Coconut Oil

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At 240 calories per ounce, organic coconut oil is still considered one of the most healthy types of oil to be used in cooking as well as other holistic remedies. Coconut oil is great for the hair and skin and is a great replacement for dairy products in cooking and baking. While coconut oil is high in fat, it’s not necessarily a “bad fat.” It is also high in Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Iron. Coconut oil contains antimicrobial and anti fungal properties to help fight and prevent infection.

According to Organic Facts.net, It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.  Fortunately, coconut oil can also help with weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolic rate.

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Interested in cooking with coconut oil? Check out this blog about the uses of coconut oil at the Whole Foods Market website.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Sources for this article: Self.com Organic Facts.net