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Hey guys! Hope all is well with all of you! Spring has finally arrived and brought some much needed warm weather. I thought winter would never leave! Here’s a rundown of what I ate yesterday:
On my way to work I had an iced coffee. I started making a batch of cold brewed coffee on Sundays to use throughout the week. I’ll get a how-to post up soon. I put in some organic half/half and a few drops of stevia.
I had a big salad (romaine and kale) with walnuts, red peppers, and carrots (they are hiding underneath). The dressing was lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, and salt and pepper. It’s my new favorite! I also had a Chobani Yogurt. It’s not my ideal choice but I think it’s the best pick for a non-organic yogurt. It was a bit of an impulse purchase. I think I can replicate it with plain organic greek yogurt and my own almonds and chocolate chips. But full disclosure -it was AWESOME!
I had another big salad, and a roasted red pepper that was stuffed with grass fed beef, onions, spinach, and mushrooms.
I had another fruit snack. I love these things. I want to try using pineapple next!
Best part of the day = going on a walk to enjoy this beautiful day!
I’m in a super awesome mood today, it’s finally getting warm here in Pennsylvania! There’s nothing quite like a warm breeze and some sunshine! Did you know that you can easily make your own almond milk at home? I don’t drink cow’s milk anymore. I’m certainly not here to judge you if you do. Just make sure you buy the best quality that you can afford. Grass fed/organic/raw would be your best bet. Several different companies have come out with almond milk products that can easily be found at your local grocery store. I prefer homemade so I know exactly what is in it. All you need is almonds and water!
Homemade Almond Milk
1 cup raw almonds
4 cups water
1. Put one cup of raw almonds in a bowl and cover with water. Soak at least 4-8 hours, I usually just soak them overnight.
2. Drain and rinse almonds, don’t reserve soaking water. The almonds should be soft.
3. Place almonds in blender with 4 cups of cold water. Blend until large pieces are broken up. I use a Ninja blender, any blender should be ok.
4. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag into a container. I use a glass milk bottle. Squeeze all of the liquid out!
5. You will then have about 4 cups of almond milk. This should last about a week. You will need to shake it before using because it will separate. This is just a base recipe. You can play around with adding flavors as well. Try adding a natural sweetener or vanilla. I enjoy mixing in this chocolate sauce for some great chocolate milk!
You will be left with almond pulp:
I place the pulp in my oven on the lowest setting (170) and dry it out to use as almond flour in recipes.
Try not to be overwhelmed by this process. I know that we all lead busy lives. If you don’t have time to make your own almond milk/don’t have a blender/can’t afford almonds etc. just do the best that you can. Simply by being aware of what you are eating is a great first step! If you buy almond milk at the store I would recommend getting Silk Unsweetened. It’s best to avoid added sugars whenever possible. Also it is the only brand that has been Non-GMO verified. If you’d like to read more about the Non-GMO project head here.
I love pesto. Can you buy it at the store pre-made? Of course you can. You know how that usually turns out though. Full of unhealthy oils, chemicals, and preservatives. Pesto is really flexible. It’s traditionally made with basil, but I decided to try it with kale. It turned out really good! You can make this in just minutes. The possibilities are endless on how to use it.
Kale – will vary on size. I used 7 stalks. Remove the leaves from the ribs.
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Walnuts
1/3 Cup Romano Cheese (shred your own… it tastes better!)
3 Cloves of Garlic (or less depending on preference. I love my garlic!)
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor except for the olive oil.
2. Process until combined.
3. While machine is running, add in olive oil.
4. Enjoy! Store leftovers in refrigerator.
Wednesdays seem to get here so quickly every week! Here’s a day of eats!
Green Tea with Lemon (not pictured). Once I got to work I had a banana hemp protein shake. Shakes are easy in the morning to make and take with me. I found this recipe on a bag of Nutiva Hemp Seeds that I just purchased. It is so good- tastes like a chocolate milk shake! Hemp is a little controversial at the moment, but I really love the taste of it. You can read the about the benefits of hemp seeds here.
I was away from home most of the past weekend and didn’t get to do as much food prep as normal. I was thankful to have some soup in the freezer to thaw. Whenever I make soup, I put extra servings in ball glass jars for a quick future lunch or dinner. This was a paleo roasted red pepper and sweet potato soup. It’s really good. You can find the recipe over at PaleoPot. I love crock pot meals!
I recently found some sprouted almonds marked down at The Christmas Tree Shops. If you have one near you, I’ve been finding some great real food finds there lately. Sprouted almonds are easier to digest. I’ve made my own before, but for this price I bought a few containers.
Just another big salad for dinner. Organic romaine, raw jalapeno goat cheese, leftover beef from the freezer, carrots, red peppers, and avocado. Ended my meal with a Trader Joe’s honey chocolate.
Unless pictured, I only drink water throughout the day. What did you have today? Please share in the comments section!
Chia seeds… I know what you are thinking… ch-ch-chia! Haha! Chia seeds are pretty new to the scene in the food world. They are one of the latest and greatest super foods. They are actually full of wonderful things to keep you healthy. Read about all of those great things right here.
Chia seeds can be used in a variety of things. The seeds turn to a gel-like substance after soaking in a liquid. I enjoy using them to make puddings. Here is one of my favorites:
I buy my chia seeds from the grocery store when I can find them. I also highly recommend Nutiva. They are a great company, and often run great sales. I’ve tried several of their products so far and have loved all of them. (This is not sponsored by Nutiva, just giving a shout out to a company I like!)
I don’t know about you but I like simple things. Eating real food doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m a very busy person. I don’t want to make meals that take hours and require hard to find ingredients. Today’s recipe is very simple, oven roasted brussel sprouts. I must admit that I had them for the first time about a month ago. I was missing out!
Here’s the simple steps:
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Cut ends off of the sprouts.
3. Halve each sprout.
4. Pout a tablespoon of healthy fat over the sprouts and make sure it is evenly coated.
I used bacon grease which gave an incredible flavor! I would highly recommend that or coconut oil. Olive oil is not good for hot uses. Don’t panic, your body needs fat! Just make sure its a good quality one. Next time I think I will include bacon pieces mixed in as well. Bacon = key reason why I could never be a vegetarian. Please look for pastured bacon from a local farmer to avoid nitrates and other chemicals.
5. Place on a cookie sheet and roast until starting to turn brown. Time will vary depending on how many you have. Mine took about 20 minutes.
Not only simple, but this side dish only cost me $1.50. This has turned into one of my favorite veggies. What’s your favorite?
Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by! Did you know that I’m hosting a coconut oil giveaway? Go here for all the information and to enter! Here’s what my day consisted of:
My very predictable green tea with lemon. I’m so used to drinking it without any added sugar now which makes me happy.
Once I got to work I had 2 egg muffins and a glass of orange juice with chia seeds. You can find the egg muffin recipe over at Cheeseslave. I followed her recipe but swapped out the bacon for some ground pork I had leftover in the fridge. I also added spinach, mushrooms, and onions. These would be great to make on the weekend for a quick weekday breakfast. It was the first time I used the silicone liners a friend had gotten me. I really like them, quick clean up and the muffins popped right out! I can’t remember the last time I had orange juice! I recently got a great deal on a bag of oranges and juiced them up for some fresh squeezed oj. Can’t beat the taste of that! I added in some chia seeds and I thought it was delicious!
For lunch I had sweet potato noodles with homemade sauce and red peppers. I also had a side salad of mixed greens and baby kale. I highly recommend this salad dressing!
It was the first time I had baby kale, it was really good! I found it at a discount grocery store, $1.49- yes please!
I had some organic celery sticks (try to buy organic as celery has a high level of pesticides) and some of my Mango Peach Fruit Snacks.
I had organic romaine with raw goat cheese, chorizo meatballs, left over sweet potato, and red onions.
I’d love to hear what you had today!
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Happy Saturday friends! I’m really excited to have nothing on my agenda this weekend. I’m just getting caught up on laundry, blog posts, interpreting practice, and some relaxation! I recently started doing some research on gelatin. Did you know that gelatin has many health benefits? You can read more about that here if you’d like. Don’t run out and buy Jello though!
WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, GELATIN, CONTAINS LESS THAN 0.5% OF ADIPIC ACID AND CITRIC ACID (FOR TARTNESS), SODIUM CITRATE (CONTROLS ACIDITY), NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, RED 40, YELLOW 6.
Follow my recipe below to make some homemade fruit snacks! The consistency ended up a little between that of a fruit snack and Jello.