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December 11, 2017

Fun workouts to do with your dog this winter

If you plan on getting outdoor during these last few weeks of fall or even this winter remember to bring your pets! They’ve outdoors and need the exercises just as much as you do.

Whether your going fishing or for a hike in the woods, remember your pets would love to join in the fun.

Check out these exercises from PetMd.com

  • Morning Walk
  • Interval Walk
  • Dog Tag
  • Fetch Races
  • Dog Stairs
  • Fetch Tease
  • Squat Tease

Our dog is much older, while we try our best to keep him active, these days he prefers to stay inside and chill. If you have an older dog, that doesn’t really want to keep moving like he used to, try these indoor exercises that he will love doing.

You don’t need much to get your dog up and moving, finding old toys and clothes around the house will do the trick. Small activities to keep your pups brain stimulated can go a long way during the cold winter months when you can’t make outdoors for too long. Remember your pets are just like small children and need constantly physical activity to keep their muscles working. A few minutes a day is all that’s needed to keep your dog conditioned.

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December 1, 2017

Sweet Potato Fries and Dipping Sauce

Sweet potatoes have become my favorite go-to holiday comfort food. Because of the added health benefits, sweet potatoes are also the perfect treat for anyone looking for a great healthy snack.

Since the kids will be out on winter break soon, I came up with an awesome lunch/snack for us to have throughout the break. Paired with my delicious dipping sauce, this treat is one of our family’s holiday favorites!

Ingredients

Sweet Potato French Fries

4 to 5 sweet potatoes
7 Tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
½ tsp sage
½ tsp basil

HONEY DIPPING SAUCE

½ cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon chipotle seasoning
1 Tablespoon brown sugar

 

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November 15, 2017

The most amazing steak marinade ever

I’m a huge steak lover. My dad is a chef and for years preached the proper way to cook a steak. Now that I’m cooking on my own, I’ve had the chance to great a lot of my own recipes.

The steak marinade below is my favorite! Enjoy!

  • 2 Tbl. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ⅔ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup aged balsamic vinegar (*aged will be sweeter)
  • 2 Tbl. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. sriracha sauce
  • ⅛ tsp. cajun seasoning such as Slap Ya Mama
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne

Finding the right cut of steak is crucial, even if you decide to go the cheap route and pick up a few steaks on sale, this marinade will make it so good, you’ll never know the difference. (Well, that’s just me boasting about this recipe).

After it was all said and done, the steaks turned out delicious!

 

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November 14, 2017

Cozy Winter Breakfast Recipes for the Entire Family

The weather is getting chilly and Christmas music is in the air: at least at my house! I look forward to this time of year for so many reasons, mainly the opportunity to spend cozy weekends indoors with the kids.

Big breakfasts are our thing. This is the time where I usually go all out for breakfast. Check out of some of my favorite breakfast recipes:


Banana Oatmeal Waffles
Baked Egg and Roasted Veggie Casserole
Peanut Butter Chia Oatmeal 

Fruit and Granola Parfait

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October 30, 2017

Wild Game Specialty Dogs for Foodies

I’m all about healthy eating, but I’m also in love with splurging every once and while. I’ve been craving a sausage dog for a while, I knew the only place to get one would be Top Dogs in Lexington. As a frequent customer, their wild game specialty dogs have become one of my favorites. 

If you love specialty hot dogs, Top Dog is the place to go! We love supporting local businesses. Top Dog has been my family’s go-to eat-and-run place since they opened in 2015. 

The variety of hot dogs, brats, and specials meats are part of what drew me to Top Dogs initially. With the inclusion of wild game meats, having a healthy option available while out on the run is always a plus!

Wild game meats have health benefits when compared to meats from domesticated or farm-raised animals. Examples of wild game include venison, bison, rabbit, and elk. The fact that wild game animals eat their natural diet and are very active in the wild contributes to the lower fat content of the meat. (Livingstrong)

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August 11, 2017

Chunky Southern Salsa

Football season is upon us, like all great southerners I plan on attending a few tailgates this season. As always, I bring a ton side dishes, but my absolute favorite is my Chunky Southern  Salsa. This recipe is super simple to make an can be done in as little as 43 seconds. I used a used and my ingredients and that’s it! Add Sun Chips to top off this healthy salsa recipe then your good go. This dish is always a hit wherever we go!

 

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July 21, 2017

Favorite Healthy Pasta Recipes

favorite healthy pasta recipes

I love pasta! We have one pasta dish a week for dinner and I love using Pinterest to find all sorts of new and interesting pasta recipes to try. I’ve found a plethora of clean eating dishes, so I’m sharing a few of my favorite healthy pasta recipes from Pinterest. Feel Free to check out my boards(1, 2, 3)for more recipes.

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July 14, 2017

5-Ingredient Smoothies You’ll Want To Try Today

I am a smoothie addict. I love everything about them. Here are a few of my favorite 5-ingredient smoothie recipes.

Short, simple and to the point. Just how I like it! Enjoy!

Blueberry Oat Hazelnut

Looking for something a little different in the morning? Try this Blueberry Oat Hazelnut smoothie to get you going. Add some Nutella for an even better taste.

1 cup almond milk
1 cup blueberries
1 banana
1 tablespoon hazelnuts
1/4 cup rolled oats

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

This after workout smoothie has been perfect over the last few weeks while I’ve been lifting.

1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 banana
1/2 cup raspberries
2 dates

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Green Nut Butter Smoothie

Chia seeds contain five times more calcium than milk and seven times more Vitamin C than oranges, three times more iron than spinach, and twice the potassium content of a banana.

With the nutrients contained in just a handful of these seeds, they make a perfect addition to this already yummy smoothie.

1 cup almond milk
2 cups spinach
1 banana
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons almond butter

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To see more amazing recipes head over to The Greatist now.

Looking for more smoothie recipes? Check out my Pinterest board for more. 

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July 3, 2017

Healthy Soul Food Recipes That You’ll Love

Growing up in the South food has always been the center of every get together; whether it’s church, school project (thanks, Dr. Manigault) or family gatherings, you can always count on a dish of baked macaroni and cheese and fried chicken. Having been surrounded by so much food, it’s almost always impossible to turn down a plate. As soon as you walk into the room “Hey fix you a plate”. And if you don’t eat, well, you’ll just be asked a dozen times if you’re sick and why aren’t you eating. Since changing my lifestyle, I have cut back a lot on the ‘soul food’. It hurt more than anything else to give up my favorite foods, for eighteen months I ate all the right foods, counted calories and really began watching what I was putting into my body. During that time I began researching healthy soul food recipes. Thanksgiving was coming up and I refused to continue giving up macaroni.

I know I often speak about my cheat meals, but in this particular instance, I no longer wanted to continue avoiding foods that brought me joy. I started gathering my favorite recipes and modifying them either due to ingredients or calories. They taste is still the same, but much healthier.

healthy soul food recipes

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June 28, 2017

Surviving the Family BBQ When You’re On A Diet

Surviving the Family BBQ When You’re On A Diet

If your family is like my family, then you probably get a lot “aren’t you eating” remarks during family gatherings. My family loves food, all of our get together’s involve my grandmother’s macaroni and cheese and some form of chicken, it doesn’t matter if we are stopping by just to drop off mail or over for Easter dinner, there will be food present. And it will be a lot. Surviving the family bbq when you’re on a diet is no easy feat with my family. The temptation is there in all forms: macaroni, potato salad, ribs, fried chicken and red velvet cake. I mean, they know I just lost 80lbs, but that really doesn’t matter.

EAT!! HAVE SOME CAKE!!! Here I am, trying to behave, but I have this spread of awesomeness placed before me and I have absolutely no clue what to do.

Without fail, I always say no, but then someone brings out that macaroni and cheese that was hidden in the back. You know the one my mom brought but someone was trying to be funny and put out the nasty stuff first.

As that glorious, cheesy concoction makes its way past me the only thing I stare, hopelessly into its abyss, knowing I’m going to have to pull in overtime at the gym because it’s about to go down.

Yes you will catch me hopping out of my seat and running to that picnic table to get my mother’s macaroni and cheese. Now if she had of just left it at home like we asked her to, I wouldn’t be at this table making a damn fool of myself right now pigging out.

Now all of the attention is on me and many people feel justified in their snide remarks of “told you she doesn’t eat” or “thank God you’re finally putting some meat on those bones.” I don’t care, you obviously have not had my families mac and cheese recipe. Our macaroni is handcrafted with only the finest of ingredients…..yea it’s that serious. Surviving the family bbq when you’re on a diet was a failure last year. This year I’m determined to succeed. You will not catch me slipping!

How do we eat’healthy’ at the family bbq? It’s not that easy and really depends on the person who’s cookout you will be attending. If they allow you to bring your own meat because you’re a vegetarian, you’ve already solved your biggest hurdle. While you can’t replace every single food there with a healthy item, you can control some of the smaller aspects.

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Before starting any new diet and exercise program please check with your doctor and clear any exercise and/or diet changes with them before beginning. I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. I do not claim to cure any cause, condition or disease. I do not provide medical aid or nutrition for the purpose of health or disease and claim to be a doctor or dietitian. This is merely an opinion blog. Read full disclaimer here - https://fitfotog.com/start-here/