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.
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 tablespoon hazelnuts
1/4 cup rolled oats
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
1/2 cup raspberries
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 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons almond butter
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Looking for more smoothie recipes? Check out my Pinterest board for more.
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.
(Photo Cred: Sonia Langford)
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.
Proteins are an important part of your diet. Since beginning my journey I’ve learned to be a lot more cautious about what I eat. Especially on wedding days. In the past I would pack my bag with a Red Bull and some form of chocolate to keep me going –the end result, I was always way more tired and sluggish than I needed to be. This was before I had to make the two-hour drive back home.
Once I really began researching clean eating, I figured out the snacks that would be more beneficial to me throughout the day, especially when shooting evening weddings. I would arrive somewhere between 11-1 and not leave until 11pm-1am. By the end of the night, I was usually starving and exhausted, feeling completely drained. Since adding appropriate snacks to my big, I find myself feeling fuller longer, I’m still tired after my long days, but that’s only because I’ve been shooting a wedding for 12 hours!
Red meats tend to have more fat, so sticking with leaner meats such as chicken, fish, turkey, and eggs are a great option.
Here are a few of my favorite protein snacks below:
Anything with tuna is a great low-fat high protein option. Peanut butter is another wonderful option if you are looking for snacks packed with protein. Add fruit to the mix to get some fiber as well.
If you are looking for a great snack tray to keep in the office with you or when you’re on the go try the items below. On the days when I’m shooting weddings, I pack a bag of protein snacks to keep in my trunk in cooler. This way when I have a short break in between details and the ceremony I can run to the car and grab a quick bite. This is especially important during hot summer months.
This is just a sample of what I carry in my bag:
2 oz Turkey breast
1/4 cup Cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp Almonds, raw
4 Pita bites crackers
Protein is key for any workout regime, but also very important for our everyday lives as well. Proteins are what keep you fuller longer, there is never a need to cut proteins when dieting–EVER! If you offer full-service wedding days, you could be working up to 12 hours most times. Keeping your diet rich in proteins is a great way to keep your metabolism going strong. Protein not only increases your metabolism it also aids in muscle growth.
What are some of your wedding day snacks? Do you carry anything in your bag?
Looking for more healthy snack ideas. Check out my Pinterest board for more!
I love making smoothies. In fact, the kids and I do this at least once a week as their special treat. Over the last year, I’ve found several amazing smoothie recipes that we absolutely enjoy making together as a family. I’ve gathered a short list of some of the kids and my favorite healthy summer smoothie recipes.
I love oranges. They are by far my most favorite fruit. I will have at least one orange a day if not more and will place orange slices in my water. Oranges provide a wide variety of benefits; everything from skin to hair reap the benefits of this amazing fruit. Below are the 4 benefits to eating oranges.
- eye health
- reduces the risk of stroke
- lowers cholesterol
- promotes healthier skin and hair
One regular size orange can contain up to 130% of your daily amount of Vitamin C. This greatly improves skin and your eye health.
Due to the staggering amount of Vitamin C in oranges, doctors suggest a healthy diet including oranges and other citrus fruits could greatly reduce the risk of ischemic stroke in women. Vitamin C is also known to reduce the risk of hemorrhagic stroke.
Who doesn’t love pizza? With summer upon us and the kids home all day, I’ve certainly been looking for more recipes and quick meals so I can spend less time in the kitchen and more time playing with the kids! Check out some of our favorite internet healthy pizza recipes below! If you have any recipes feel free to share a link in the comments and let us know!
It’s no secret breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I can freely admit I don’t take the time to eat breakfast every morning. Now obviously I make sure my children eat breakfast EVERY SINGLE DAY. In fact, I stay on them about making sure they eat breakfast because that’s how you get off to a good start. Naturally, I should follow my own advice. I needed some healthy breakfast ideas that would keep me wanting to eat breakfast every day. I’m picky when it comes to food and I need a variety.
In May, I began telling myself I was going to eat breakfast every single morning for 31 days. I succeeded! Now, I’m eating breakfast every morning creating another amazing healthy habit. Training myself for better habits has been difficult. I’ve learned consistency is key in everything I do, without it, I’m doomed to fail.