Hummus!

For lunch almost everyday, I have been packing fresh vegetables (bell pepper, carrots, cucumber, celery, broccoli, snap peas etc.) with a few tablespoons of fresh homemade hummus! It’s not only filling and delicious, but makes me feel like I’m filling up my body with amazing nutrients!

Recipe:

  • 1 can organic chick peas, drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove (optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor and pour into an airtight package, refrigerate.

Pop Pop Popcorn

I don’t know about you, but everytime I sit down to watch a movie, I have to have popcorn! Popcorn is a great low calorie, high fiber, tasty snack. However, the microwavable bagged popcorn is BAD news! They are filled with loads of sodium, chemicals, and unwanted greasy fat! I have the best popcorn recipe that you can do easily at home using the stove top!

blog popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raw popcorn kernels
  • 1-2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Himalayan pink sea salt
  • Half of a lime

Directions: 

Heat the coconut oil in the tall pan on high until melted. Add the popcorn kernels and cover. It will start to pop. Once you can count three seconds between the popping of the kernels, take the pan off of the heat. Pour into a bowl and toss with salt. If you want more flavor, toss the juice of a lime into the popcorn. Lime juice creates more of a salty taste without extra salt and it tastes really yummy! If you’re like me and enjoy sweet with salty, cut up a big bowl of fruit (apples, oranges, grapes etc.) to go along with it!

New Year’s Tips

Hey everyone!

I am a little late on writing about New Year’s Resolutions! Around this time majority of people are getting irritated with, tired of, or flat out quitting on the goals set for yourself. I have a few tips on how to see a change in your attitude towards the new year.

1. Don’t start random diets. Diets are only temporary! When we cheat on our diets, we automatically think “well I broke my diet so I will just end it all together”. Instead make a lifestyle change, that way when you have a splurge meal, you can start all over the next day because it’s a brand new day.

2. Start small. Majority of people make goals like dropping 30 pounds in 1 month. It’s too much of a challenge! Instead make a small goal so that when you accomplish it, you will not only feel on top of the world, but will want to set another goal to achieve.

3. If  your resolution is to go to the gym more, attend a workout class. One of my resolutions was to change up my workout routines, I decided to take classes from my gym (weight lifting, cardio interval training, toning, and step classes). I have never been so sore in my life! That is because I worked muscles I don’t usually work  on my normal routine.  The instructors push you to your capability, and I am not tempted to stop as I would on my own if I got to tired.

4. Smile. It never hurts to smile. This is the start of a new life, and you have all year to get it right. A smile will keep you motivated and happy about having a new year and new you!

Good Deal!

Hey everyone!

I was just at Big Lots looking for a few containers for my kitchen when I came across Organic Coconut Oil on the shelf for $4.50! I was absolutely shocked because I usually pay anywhere from 10-20 dollars for a can of coconut oil. I checked the labels to make sure it was real coconut oil and not some knock off, processed junk. Thankfully, it wasn’t! Next time you are shopping for coconut oil, stop by Big Lots! Amazing prices!

Sweet Kale Salad with Salmon!

Hello Everyone!

This week I decided to try some new recipes for during the school week that will keep me full and awake during my long nights of homework. My favorite recipe was my kale salad! What makes this salad so special are the toppings!

Salad:

  • 5 stalks of kale, stemmed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • Seeds from one pomegranate
  • 1-2 oranges, diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • salt/pepper to taste

Salmon and Kale salad

Directions:

Whisk dressing together and lightly toss with the leaves of kale (Don’t use all of the dressing). Add on the toppings to the top (so they don’t fall to the bottom of the bowl) and serve!

Salmon:

  • 1 salmon filet, fresh or frozen (I get mine frozen from Costco)
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. raw honey

Directions:

On a medium heated skillet, place the salted/peppered salmon on the pan and cook for 4 minutes. Flip to the other side and let cook for another 3 minutes. Once cooked all of the way through, drizzle with 1 tsp. of honey and serve!

 

Chili and Cornbread

Hello everybody!

Now that it’s finally starting to cool down here in Texas, I have decided to give you my absolute favorite chili recipe! To make it even better, I’ve also got a cornbread recipe that goes perfect with this chili! Spoons up!

Chili:

  • 1 large can of organic no salt added Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 package of organic ground chicken 90% fat or above (optional)
  • 1 can of no salt added Corn
  • 1 can of no salt added Black Beans
  • 1 can of no salt added Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • 3 tomatoes diced and seeded
  • 1/2 cup of fresh basil, shredded
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, shredded
  • 2 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2-1 diced red onion
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 4 large carrots, diced
  • 5 whole mushrooms, diced
  • 2 cups spinach
  • salt/pepper to taste

Directions:

Brown the meat on a medium skillet for about 7 minutes. Pour into a large pot on med-high heat along with the tomatoes, sauce, and vegetables (not spinach). Let cook for 20 minutes and add in the rest of the ingredients. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Turn off heat and throw in the spinach letting it steam for about 30 seconds. Serve!

 Cornbread:

  • 3/4 cup organic cornmeal
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup raw, unfiltered honey
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt (I used fage)
  • 2 tbsp. kefir or water

Directions: 

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, add in the wet. Stir until well combined. Pour into greased muffin tins and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and the toothpick comes out clean!