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Monday, January 22, 2018

Better For You Big Game Eats #TimeToCrunch

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Who's getting ready for the Big Game? We most definitely are! I look forward to spending a few hours with family, food, and football. We're kind of split down the middle on what's more important, the game or the food, and since my team is not in the running this year, I am siding with the foodies this time. Since I have a lot of people coming over this year that have expressed an interest in sticking with their healthy body resolutions, I'll be switching out our menu to include some better for you snacks to help them stay on track, but still be able to feel like they are indulging in the festivities. Even with the healthier swaps, there's something for everyone to enjoy here!

Football Snacks

Here are some of the swaps that we're incorporating into our Big Game Menu to make our spread a bit healthier than traditional game day grub:

Buffalo Chicken Sliders instead of hamburgers
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes over fries and loaded baked potato skins
Fruit and Veggie Platter in place of a meat and cheese platter
Heart Healthy Almonds instead of salted peanuts
Vegetarian pizza over meat lovers pizza
Buffalo Cauliflower wings over traditional chicken wings
Flavored Sparkling Water in place of soda
Crunchy Snacks like Snack Factory® Pretzel Crisps®, Kettle Brand® Potato Chips, and Late July® Tortilla Chips in place of fried potato chips
Lighter game day dips that are not filled with sour cream and mayo such as salsa, my Creamy Avocado Dip, and my Spicy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce


Avocado Dipping Sauce

Spicy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Neither of these dips have fattening cream based fillers in them, so they are perfect for pairing with Late July® Tortilla Chips and Snack Factory® Pretzel Crisps® for lighter game day eats that still pack a tasty punch.

Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium avocados, diced
  • 1/2 cup plain, fat free Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • pinch of salt

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor. Process at medium speed until all ingredients are chopped, smooth and creamy. Serve.




 Spicy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1/8 cup of water
  • 3 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Place all ingredients into a small saucepan. Over medium heat, bring to an almost boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
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    These healthier game day snacks help you go from an ordinary game day spread to an extraordinary one! Make a few of these swaps at your Big Game gathering and you're health conscious guests will thank you.


    Game Day Snacks

    What healthier food swaps will you be making on your Big Game spread this year?


    Sunday, January 21, 2018

    Kickstart Your Day With A Super Fruit Stevia Smoothie #InTheRaw

    *Disclosure- I was provided with Stevia In The Raw® samples and a gift card to facilitate this post. All opinions stated are my own. 


    I'm going to be honest here and say that green smoothies have never appealed to me. I used to look at the pictures my friends would share on social media of their daily green drinks and I'd turn my nose up in disgust. Why are ya'll drinking your greens instead of eating them with a fork? It's like the time my mom used a limited edition green ketchup to make her baked beans for Thanksgiving one year. It still tasted the same as every other year, but I couldn't get over the green color enough to shovel more than a forkful into my mouth. My eyes just weren't cooperating with my stomach there.

    Jason has this thing with kale lately. He's buying it up by the ton to blend into his daily smoothie and has been insisting that it's really delicious. So, I decided to bite the bullet and make myself a Super Fruit Stevia Smoothie that I found on Stevia In The Raw®.

    Green Smoothie

    I figured, what's the worse that can happen? If I hate it, I could just pass it on to Jason since he's so in love with green smoothies. But, do you know what really happened? I immediately jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon. This drink is ah-mazing! It was even better than some of the fruit drinks you can get at the local smoothie shops. I didn't even take issue with the green color, and found myself disappointed when I reached the bottom of my glass and realized there wasn't any more. This recipe is definitely a keeper and will be going into my post workout meal routine from here on out.


    Yield: Serves 2
    Green Smoothie

     

    Super Fruit Stevia Smoothie

    INGREDIENTS:


    • 1 ½ Cups Frozen Mango Cubes
    • 1 Cup Baby Kale
    • 1 Cup Sweetened Almond Milk
    • ½ Cup orange juice
    • 2 Packets Stevia In The Raw® 
    • 1 TBSP Chia Seeds

    INSTRUCTIONS:


    1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve.
    Since many of us have resolved to live a healthier lifestyle, what I love about this recipe is that it is sweetened with Stevia In The Raw® Packets, a zero-calorie sweetener that helps keep us on track.

    stevia in the raw

    I've been a huge fan of using Stevia In The Raw® to help me maintain my health goals the past few months (check out this delicious Flourless Torte I recently made with In The Raw®). The packets are super convenient for using to sweeten my tea and smoothies at home, but I'll also keep a few stashed into my purse for when I'm on the go. One packet of Stevia In The Raw® is the equivalent sweetness of 2 tsp of sugar, so it's perfect for people like me who love sweetening their food and beverages without the extra calories of sugar.

    Green fruit smoothie

    Not only is the Super Fruit Stevia Smoothie available at In The Raw®, you can find other delicious recipes there as well. Grab a Probiotic Peanut Butter Smoothie or a Pineapple Turmeric Cleanser for a healthy and satisfying treat, or check out the other many recipes that will help you maintain your health and wellness goals for this year.

    You can find Stevia In The Raw® Packets in most major retailers nationwide.

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    Friday, January 19, 2018

    Warm Honey Brandy Toddy - Drink Happy Thoughts

    *Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


    I don't know about you, but I am soooo over winter already. I'm trying to stay positive, but when you walk outside and can immediately break a snot popsicle off of your nose, it's pretty hard to keep a smile on your face. I won't leave the house now unless I absolutely have to, opting to stay under my heated blanket with a hot drink in my hands trying to drink happy thoughts into my head about relaxing on a summer Neverland beach somewhere. For me, steaming tea is my drink of choice, but Jason needs something a bit stronger to take the bite out of the chill. We had some brandy leftover from the holidays, so over the weekend I made him this Warm Honey Brandy Toddy that I found on Golden Blossom Honey. 

    Brandy Honey Toddy

    Because we were both suffering though a nasty cold over the weekend, the warmth of the drink plus the addition of the honey was a welcomed treat since it helped soothe the throat. Even though I am not a drinker, even I couldn't resist a few sips to help ease my pain and put me in a more relaxed state. This drink is perfect to warm the bones on a frigid winter night. Since it looks like winter won't be making an exit any time soon, I suggest keeping this recipe tacked up in the kitchen for all of those chilly nights that are still coming our way.

    Ingredients
    1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
    3 cups water
    3-inch piece fresh ginger root, thinly sliced
    3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    3/4 cup brandy
    4 lemons slices for garnish

    CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE


    Warm Honey Brandy Toddy

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     How cold has it been in your area lately?



     

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    You're Going To Hollywooood!

    Every time I think of Hollywood, I hear Randy Jackson yelling, "You're Going to Hollywooooood!" Of course, we couldn't go to California without spending a day doing the most touristy thing you can do there, and that's head out to Los Angeles and Hollywood for a little exploring. Our first stop was to see the iconic Hollywood sign, but we made the mistake of driving up to the Griffith Observatory where it was packed with almost no parking. We didn't know that there were many street views where you could avoid the traffic and not have to pay for parking, but eventually we found a spot and shelled out about $5 for parking fees. Live and learn.

    Hollywood Sign
    Hollywood Sign

    Afterwards, we took a stroll down the Walk of Fame. I didn't realize there were so many sidewalks to cover looking for our favorite artists, but we did stumble upon a few that we recognized.

    The Muppets Hollywood Star


    Lucille Ball Hollywood Star

    Marilyn Monroe Hollywood Star
    As we were walking, we detoured to check out Capitol Records where we also spotted The Beatles Hollywood Stars right out front.

    Capitol Records
    Allison really didn't care too much for the Walk of Stars because she was only interested in finding a Joey Graceffa billboard promoting his new YouTube series. She almost walked right by this one until I told her to look up, and then her Hollywood bucket list was complete.

    Joey Graceffa Billboard

    We drove by Pink's Hot Dog Stand but decided not to stop for lunch since they do have one at Cedar Point. We figured they probably didn't taste any different than the ones we could get at the amusement park, so Jason made a pit stop at In-N-Out for a Double Double instead.

    Pinks Hot Dog Stand
    Double Double In N Out Burger

    For me, the highlight of Los Angeles and Hollywood was thrift store shopping. We stopped at about 10 different Goodwill stores and bought so many designer clothes at dirt cheap prices, we had to buy another suitcase to bring it all home in.

    There were a few things that we missed, like the Urban Lights at the LA County Museum and Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Room, but all in all, it was fun being total tourists out in L.A. and I'm glad we got to finally scratch the area off of our travel bucket list.


    What's one tourist trap destination that's on your travel bucket list?



    Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Fruit & Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding

    They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? I've been finding myself turning from a night owl into a morning gal (shocker, I know!) and when I wake up in the morning I want a steaming mug of tea and something delicious to fill my belly to help me start my day off on the right track. Normally, I reach for a box of cereal because it's quick, easy to prepare, and it's delicious. However, I find that it's not good at sustaining my hunger all the way until lunch.

    Two days a week I wake up super early and work out before I have to drive my daughter to school, and on those mornings I usually have a breakfast smoothie which has oats and chia seeds mixed in. I have found that on those days, I am usually full up to lunch and mid-morning cravings never kick in. That's because the chia seeds are filled with fiber, which make you feel fuller longer. So, I decided to try a new recipe for Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding that I've been meaning to make for some time now.

    Fruit & Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding

    Because I have an autoimmune disorder, I try to add chia seeds to any recipe that I can because they are great at promoting an efficient digestive system. I know some of you are into the New Year, New You weight loss goals, so this recipe is one that would be right up your alley since chia seeds are rich in fiber, and high fiber diets are usually great at supporting weight loss.

    Fruit & Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding

    What I love most about this recipe is how simple it is to whip up and it can be made the night before. Nothing makes me happier than already having breakfast done as soon as I crawl out of bed. Plus, you can use any fruit you want as a mix in, so if you have it several times a week and use different fruits each time, it doesn't feel like you are having the same thing over and over again. Strawberries, bananas, blueberries, kiwi, raspberries and blackberries are all great options. Toss in some pomegranate seeds too if you like. Really, the combination possibilities are endless.

    Yield: Serves 2

     

    Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding

    INGREDIENTS:


    • 1 ½ cups vanilla almond milk
    • ¼ cup chia seeds
    • ¼ cup rolled oats
    • ¼ cup honey
    • 1 tsp ground cinnaon
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • ½ cup sliced fruit of your choice

    INSTRUCTIONS:


    1. In a medium bowl, combine the alond milk, chia seeds, oats, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla until well blended.
    2. Place the mixture into the refrigerator and let stand for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed into the oats and chia seeds.
    3. Top with fruit of your choice. Serve.
    4. This recipe can be made the night before. Just cover and place in the fridge, then serve in the morning. Serves 2.
    Original Recipe adapted from The Everything Vegan Cookbook


    Fruit & Oatmeal Chia Breakast Pudding

    What kind of fruit do you like to mix into your morning meals?



    Friday, January 12, 2018

    White Bean & Tuna Salad

    *Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


    Judging from how packed my gym has been this week, I'm guessing that some of you may have made some weight loss resolutions for the new year. Jason's been back on the weight loss kick for the past few months himself, so I am trying to be the supportive wife by serving low fat, healthy meals at home because more than half the weight loss battle comes from what you consume, not how much time you are putting in at the gym. Part of Jason's problem is grabbing take-out for lunch most days, so finding recipes that are quick and easy to prepare or make for good leftovers the next day that he can take to work instead of rolling through a fast food drive through for a bite has been a top priority for me. One of his favorites lately has been this White Bean & Tuna Salad from Golden Blossom Honey. 

    White Bean Tuna Salad

    Cannelli beans are an excellent meal staple for anyone looking to eat healthy. They are a great source of fiber and protein, are low in calories, and provide the body with stable energy throughout the day. Additionally, they are heart healthy, as is the tuna in this recipe. Since my husband suffers from high blood pressure, I really like the health benefits this meal provides him. This recipe does call for canned beans, which does make this recipe really simple to toss together, but I used dry cannelli beans that I cooked in my pressure cooker. For some reason, I had a really hard time finding the dry beans at our local supermarkets, but did finally spot some at Meijer on the top shelf where they keep the organic dry beans in the rice aisle. Be sure to keep this recipe handy for quick and healthy meal solutions. 


    Ingredients
    1 (19 ounce) can white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
    2 teaspoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM RAW HONEY
    1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
    2 (6 ounce) cans white albacore tuna, drained and separated into chunks
    2 medium tomatoes, chopped
    1 small onion, minced
    2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
    salt and pepper to taste

    CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

    White Bean Tuna Salad

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    What's your favorite quick and healthy meal solution for lunch or dinner?