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?

PSA: Potatoes Do Not Kill

I think the title is pretty self explanatory, but the reason I am bringing up my love for spuds is because I feel like they have such a bad rep.

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Listen, potatoes are not all bad. They are a good source of potassium which can help in regulating BP. If you’re eating them as fries maybe not so much, but a few fries here and there never hurt anybody either.

I preach and try to live moderation the best I can and I don’t believe in good or bad foods. I feel like there’s a cycle for all foods-one day it’s healthy and in 10 years from now it’ll be the worst possible thing for you according to some study.

I love potatoes and they help add some bulk to my breakfasts and help with satiety, but they also just make me happy. I don’t eat a huge pan of them, but having some thrown into a taco makes me smile.

Have a baked potato, eat a few fries…I promise they aren’t out to get ya!

Hiking for Bondi Harvest

Okay we didn’t actualllyyy hike for Bondi Harvest, but we did eat at Bondi after a nice long, exhausting hike.

But first, we fueled up at Starbucks with their egg white and spinach wraps-they are so good, but boy do they stay hot like a hot pocket!

 

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We decided to hike the Los Liones Canyon Trailhead and it was so gorgeous. You go uphill the whole hike, but the gorgeous views made all that legwork worth it. Besides that you get rewarded with a nice downhill stroll when you are heading back to the car πŸ˜‰

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Post-hike we wanted something wholesome and nourishing-Bondi seemed like a good choice. Hubs got the Bondi Breakfast, I got the Whirley’s Bowl, and we shared the Papaya Fruit Bowl.

The Bondi Breakfast-simple, healthy, delicious and that bread was hella’ hardy.

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Whirley’s Bowl-Pretty large piece of tilapia with cauliflower rice, avocado, yogurt tartar, slaw and salsa.

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The Papaya Fruit Bowl though was my absolute favorite part of the meal. This was a sweet papaya filled with coconut vanilla chia seed pudding, a scoop of acai, berries and mint.

It was so sweet and refreshing and light-such a great way to end our meal! Ever since we had this I have been wanting to go back and eat like 3 of them. So, so good!

Do you guys like hiking? What are some of your favorite spots to hike? Talk to me in the comments below!

 

#goals

I know that January 1st has long come and gone, but honestly I don’t think it’s gotta be the beginning of the year to make you a better you! In that spirit I wanted to share some of my goals with you guys πŸ™‚

Let’s start full speed ahead with running-y’ll I wanna get into running. I never thought I would be saying those words, but it just sounds like a fun new challenge. I feel a little too comfortable with my workouts and so I wanted to spice things up. If you guys are runners feel free to leave me any tips/suggestions/advice you may have πŸ™‚

I love food and I’m really great at eating all those leafy dark greens, but I suck terribly at getting in too many other colors of the rainbow. Because of that I am going to really work at getting more color onto my plate and into my belly!

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A nice short term goal I have is to pass this exam I have to take by the end of March/beginning of April. It’s been stressing me just a tad (HA! if tad meant a lot)! So until I wrap up this test I will be cutting down posting to once or twice a week. Please don’t hate me!

Any who that about wraps it up! Let me know if you are working on any goals in the comments below πŸ™‚ till next time!

Goodness of Sourdough Bread

I LOVE bread and it’s not a secret. It is a very rare that I meet a bread I don’t like, but with that being said when I’m picking up a bread for home I am pretty picky. I used to be a huge buyer of whole grain bread, but I think I just got tired of it so I stopped buying it.

Once we moved to California I started buying more sourdough and at first it was solely for taste reasons, but I soon realized it’s so much more than just delicious.

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There are a few reasons why sourdough is my bread of choice (all the time, but especially at home):

  1. It has a great shelf life. The hubs doesn’t eat bread…he doesn’t love it the way I do so buying a loaf of bread for one person didn’t make sense. It would go bad before I could finish it OR it would have a nice long list of ingredients to preserve the bread and make it last longer than the fries at McDonald’s. Neither of those were good options for me. I hate wasting food and I love whole food. Sourdough lasts what seems like forever and true sourdough has few ingredients.
  2. Short ingredient list-if you’re looking for a true sourdough it should just be flour, starter, water, and salt
  3. It’s great for your gut-I’m a believer that when it comes to your gut that every little bit helps and if I can get some Lactobacillus from my bread…why not?? I know I don’t always feel like eating yogurt or drinking kefir and those days a nice warm slice of sourdough is so inviting!
  4. No blood sugar spike! We know that carbs can spike up our blood sugar and leave us hungry (hangry, in my case) a few hours later. Not true with sourdough-it keeps it pretty steady.
  5. Taste πŸ™‚ I told you already that this is what drew me in, but that’s what keeps me here as well. You can tell me that it’s a miracle bread, but I probably wouldn’t eat it if it tasted bad. I love the tangy, savory flavor! It’s my favorite!

Do you love sourdough? Tell me what your favorite bread is down below πŸ™‚

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™‚

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.