Sardinely Delicious

Get it?? Sardinely like certainly?? Okay maybe just me, but y’all know I’m a big cheese bun πŸ™‚

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Anywho, if you haven’t already guessed this post will about my current favorite thing to eat-sardines. My sardine journey began one day at Costco. The sweet sample lady was handing out smoked sardines on Ritz crackers…I gave it a shot and became a little obsessed.

I love the Wild Planet Wild Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil Lightly Smoked. Say that 5 times fast!Β I could eat it pretty plain with a little mayo and be perfectly content, but crackers and bread are always nice too.

I won’t lie I start loving food items because of the taste and then I really get excited when I learn that they are good for you and that’s kiiiindaa what happened here.

Sardines are great for you!

They have Omega-3s which is an anti-inflammatory and it can keep your blood pressure down!

Great source of protein especially for someone like me who could live of carbs, fruits, and veggies. I workout plenty and it’s nice to know my body is getting some good protein to help it build up the bones and muscles I work so hard to healthify.

I’m not a fan of dairy milk and even almond milk I only drink occasionally (read: with cookies). I do have cheese, but I still think about calcium intake and sardines are a great source of calcium.

All these things make them that much more delicious to me! How do you feel about sardines? Hate ’em, love ’em? Let me know in the comments!

 

Tomato love

You guys know I love eating the rainbow whether that be with vegetables or skittles. Eating in color feeds your eyes and your stomach and I am all about that! Recently, I’ve been on a tomato kick and love having a few with basically every meal.

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It adds a fun juicy texture, some sweetness, and amps up the nutrients in my meals. What more could a girl want?

Did you know that tomatoes are good for your heart health? Lycopene, that is found in tomatoes, can actually decrease the bad cholesterol in your body. There’s never a bad time to start taking care of your heart and if adding in some ketchup or eating a tomato or two can help, why not?

They lycopene in tomatoes also can help in preventing sunburn. I would love to say that I am on top of my skin regimen and wear sun screen every time I go out, but I most definitely do not so if tomatoes will help me out even a little bit with that I will take it!

The fluid in fiber in these delicious guys will also help you out in the digestive department…we all know that a sad gut is a major pain in the butt πŸ˜…Β We all want to have happy tummies especially with all the cookies that we are consuming so adding in tomatoes can help make sure you stay nice and regular πŸ™‚

I’m not sure if bathing in tomato juice will make skunk smell go bye since I have no experience there, but it does so many other wonderful things!

How do you guys feel about tomatoes? Do you love it or hate it?

An Interesting Read

I found this article, read it, and loved it. It also made me chuckle out loud. For those reasons I wanted to share it with you and I hope you will read it, love it, and let out a chuckle or two yourself πŸ™‚

Check out The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right.

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Afterwards, talk to me in the comments and tell me what you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Do you follow a specific diet-paleo, vegan, dessert-first?

Let’s talk Arugula

I think it might be the summer heat that’s left me craving fresh salads all the time-including breakfast πŸ˜€

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I’ve been loving mixing up greens and a particular green I’ve been enjoying throwing in is arugula. It goes great with some eggs for breakfast or into a salad for some extra flavor in your greens.

This peppery leaf can be a little underrated though. I feel like kale and spinach get a lot of the glory, but arugula is still a dark(ish) leafy green. It’s filled with antioxidants and who couldn’t use more of those?

It’s also got some vitamin C to help with boosting your immune system. It’s hard to imagine now with it being so hot, but when cold and flu season come up this might be a good mix-in for soups, omelettes, and other warm dishes.

Arugula contains vitamin A which is great for your eyes since it helps protect the surface of your eyes.

Did you know it also contains some calcium for strong and healthy bones? I don’t do dairy milk so getting in calcium wherever and however is pretty important to me and I know my bones will thank me later on.

There are so many different types of greens out there and they all have so much good nutrition in them so if arugula is not your thing that’s totally okay. I just wanted to highlight it because I think it’s a fun change up!

Do you like arugula? How do you use it?

Urban Plates

Urban Plates is a lovely restaurant that serves real food, made fresh. It has a cafeteria style feel with the trays and lines. You’ve got lots of good options with salads, sandwiches, plates. If you go with a plate option you get to walk through and watch while your plate is made (again, like a cafeteria).

It can be as healthy (or not healthy) as you would like! They have some fun and interesting options (glass noodles and shiitake salad) for sides as well as the classics (mashed potatoes). The food is delicious and flavorful and has never disappointed.

I am a huge fan of their salmon-the spicy mustard sauce packs a nice punch! The brussels sprouts with turkey bacon and mashed potatoes were my sides of choice. Both were delicious and well made. You always get a nice slice of grilled bread on the side which is a nice touch!

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The hubs got the steak with chimichurri sauce and it was cooked to a perfect medium rare. He got the mozz and tomato salad plus the sesame broccolini (our fave)! I love broccoli, but I may love broccolini a little (way, way) more πŸ˜‰

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They also have a display of desserts at the end of the line that look absolutely irresistible! We did manage to resist and got frozen yogurt instead, but I guarantee that we will be trying out dessert next time!

Being the Best You

Hello Friends!

I am so happy to be back and decided to do a fun little New Year’s post. I know it’s a little late, but I don’t think being the best you has to be a New Year’s resolution. It can be an anytime decision πŸ™‚

That being said I have found a few things that leave me feeling at my best and I wanted to share those with you today!

Mental/Brain Health: When I have found myself in need of a brain break or feeling stressed, doing something like coloring helps calm me down. It’s focusing on something else and I get some clarity about the situation.

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If you’re not a coloring fan I love this meditation I found on YouTube many years back!

Eye Health: This is something we all ignore until it becomes a problem! It’s important to get your eyes checked yearly. They give us so much and ask so little in return! Let’s give our eyes some love this year. Make sure your contacts/glasses prescription is current and correct!

After your check up, go and find your perfect pair by taking this quiz by Warby Parker. They have some seriously cute eye glasses and sunglasses. Remember that it’s important to protect your eyes from the sun!

Skin Health: It’s winter, but don’t forget about your skin! Whether it’s moisturizing or applying sunscreen it’s an important part of your health. Major tip by the way you should be doing BOTH whether it’s cloudy, sunny, snowy, rainy…whatever the weather!

Gut Health: Your gut can be considered your second brain. How your gut feels can affect how YOU feel. Not having proper bacteria in your stomach can cause you to feel tired and run down…you DO NOT want that! Take time to eat your fruits and veggies for some good fiber.

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I’ve been loving kombucha as well to help keep my gut in check. Just be sure and check the sugar content before buying a bottle! Low sugar is the way I go for my ‘buch fix πŸ™‚

Physical Health: It’s so important to take time to move. It doesn’t matter if it’s walking, dancing, or playing sports you gotta keep your body moving. It releases endorphins which in turn goes back to helping us with our mental health!

I enjoy yoga and using resistance bands when I’m working out at home. YouTube and Pinterest have some great ideas for both plus any other exercise you may be interested in.

Health is about ALL of you. When you’re strong and healthy as a whole you feel your best and that is a great goal to have!

Let me know what your goals are for this year in the comments below. Till next time!

Disclaimer:”I had been planning a ‘Best You’ post in January and Warby Parker was interested in being included among my health and fitness tips. Eye health seemed like a good fit for the post I had in mind.”

Soba Noodle Salads

This girl is always looking for healthy, delicious meal ideas to take to work. I work 12 hour days so I need something that will be filling and nutrient dense, but also feels satisfying. We have 30 minutes for lunch so I don’t have time to be doing a lot of heating/putting things together so I like something that is easy to prep as well.

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No, I’m not studying for finals I am just prepping my tofu by squeezing all the water out πŸ˜€

This soba noodle dish is a great option that meets both of those requirements. It’s filled with cabbage, cilantro and bell pepper (I used a red one) and the peanut sauce makes gives it that extra oomph to make it completely satisfying.

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I had some raw spinach along with this meal to get some extra greens in, but I think it would be completely fine on it’s own. The soba noodles and veggies give some good carbs, the tofu lends the protein, and the spicy peanut sauce adds fat to keep me going strong for the rest of my shift.

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If you are interested in making this concoction just chop up some of your favorite veggies (broccoli, Β any color bell pepper, snap peas, green beans, mushrooms, cauliflower), boil up some noodles, cook up whatever protein you have on hand and make some peanut sauce.

 

I seasoned my tofu with just salt and pepper since I knew it would be coated in peanut sauce anyways, but you can always add whatever seasoning you prefer.

For my peanut sauce I always use a 1 to 1 ratio of PB, water, and soy sauce. You can add brown sugar or honey for a touch of sweetness (add to taste). I enjoy heat so I always add some chili flakes, sriracha, or both for some spice. Seasoning wise I will add in what I have (fresh minced garlic, garlic powder, ginger powder, etc). Last, but not least I always add a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten it all up (lime juice will also work).

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I thought about sautΓ©ing the veggies, but decided against it since I had prepped this for a few days of work lunches. I also left out all my veggies (including cilantro) till I was ready to eat because I hate soggy veggies!

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This meal was totally satisfying and delicious and it will definitely be on my regular lunch rotation now!

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If you try this “recipe” out let me know what you think or if you have your own soba noodle salad recipe let me know what your favorite add-ins are! Happy hump day πŸ™‚

Leftover Transformations

“Transformation” may be a little dramatic, but I really do like to pizazz up (is that an actual saying??) my leftovers! It can be leftover take-out or just left-over ingredients from previous recipes.

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Here are some of my favorite transformations as of late:

This shrimp and zoodles included leftover crushed tomato and leftover pesto. I made two different types of zoodles (one with tomatoes and one pesto)! Both were delicious and nothing went to waste!

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After making zoodles I had 1 zucchini leftover…what is a girl to do? I made breakfast tacos πŸ™‚ I seasoned (and spiced) up chunks of zuch and added in eggs and cheddar cheese. It was spicy and savory and oh so good πŸ™‚

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This last one is a take-out transformation, but it was pretty simple (not really a transformation at all…). I took my left-over pad thai and threw in another egg #protein and stir-fried in some cruciferous mix for extra health!

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Dinner at Home

I think one of the best things about the meal subscription boxes is that it has really inspired us to get back in the kitchen and make something awesome!

We were at the store trying to figure out dinner ideas when we found some ahi tuna on sale. We decided to grab it and make yummy, healthy meal out of it. We also decided to make a cauli/potato mash and have some broccoli for more #nutrition.

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My plate-this was a LOT of fish…I could not finish it. Yes, I did put cheese on my cauli/potato mash πŸ™‚

We had never made ahi tuna at home so we looked up some methods and decided to just sear and cook it all up on a pan. I had no idea, but apparently it’s better to leave it pretty rare because cooking it all the way through can cause a super dry piece of fish.

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The hubby’s plate

We seared it for a couple of minutes on each side and left it pretty rare. The fish was incredible! Cooked, it was definitely more meaty than flaky. I can see why it’s called tuna steak!

I loved this meal, but the hubby was over the moon about how good this was. He is already planning the next ahi tuna night πŸ™‚

 

Hello Fresh

Hello friends! Happy Monday!!

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I know it probably sounds crazy, but we decided to try yet another meal subscription plan. I don’t know if we just had high expectations, but Blue Apron just didn’t blow us away so we opted out and went on the hunt for another box.

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We saw many good reviews for this one and decided to go for it. Right off the bat during the ordering process we weren’t super excited about any of the meal options, but decided to go ahead and give them a fair chance.

We picked a chicken dish, pizza, and burger and it all came to our house in a nice little box. Everything was packaged, insulated, and iced appropriately.

 

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I liked that they had all the ingredients for each dish in it’s own bag so you didn’t have to even take time to sort out what went with what.

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There were recipe cards for each dish and a completely different card for the nutrition facts. They included nutrition facts for ALL the meals that were available that week-not just the ones that we ordered.

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I’m planning on posting reviews for all the dishes like I did with Blue Apron so I hope you’ll come along for our food journey!

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We’re total newbs to the whole meal subscription thing so let us know if you have a favorite or if you have any thoughts about Hello Fresh.