A Week in Salads…

I love a good salad and staying healthy during the week! I wanted to share some of my homemade salad recipes to inspire you! I swear by these recipes they are so good! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Monday:

1 piece of fresh grilled chicken (cut into small cubes)

4-5 sliced strawberries

5-6 whole walnuts chopped

7 cubes of

2-3 cups of arugula

2 tablespoons of light champagne vinaigrette

Toss in a bowl (add as much dressing as you wish) and enjoy!

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If you are packing lunches for work put all the dry ingredients on the top and dressing in a small container on the side and put it together at work so that it doesn’t get soggy.

Tuesday

2 slices of cold cut turkey cut into small pieces

1 granny smith apple (cut in half and use that)

5 whole pecans lightly chopped

¼ cup of crumbled blue cheese (modify for as much as you want)

2 cups of spinach

1 cup of arugula

2-3 tablespoons of light balsamic vinaigrette

Wednesday

3 cups chopped romaine lettuce

5 large shrimp (with tails removed)

1/2 avocado, diced

1/3 cup corn kernels

1 cup grape tomatoes

2 tablespoons crushed tortilla chips

Dressing:

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbsp. honey

2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 garlic clove, peeled and minced

1 tsp. chopped jalapeño pepper (use canned for less heat)

Thursday

3 cups chopped greens (house blend salad bags are good)

½ cup of chicken or avocado

1/3 cup of sliced carrots

¼ cup thinly sliced purple cabbage

7-8 slices of cucumber

2-3 sliced of tomato

1 tsp. sesame seeds

Dressing: This is a little splurge but I love to pick up local ginger dressing from my Chinese restaurant for a classic Asian salad

Friday

3 cups of arugula

1/3 cup Gorgonzola

¼ cup walnuts

½ cup chicken (think chicken breast, cooked 3-4 min on each side with balsamic glaze, salt and pepper)

4 strawberries sliced

Orange zest (add as much as you like, I usually do a quarter or third of an orange)

2 tbsp. balsamic vinaigrette

Saturday and Sunday are usually the days where I splurge on my diet…Instead of salads for lunch I often opt for sandwiches, pasta or pizza.

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Cleansing

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I am talking all about cleansing your body today with my favorite juice cleanse! I love cleaning my body of toxins through the Blueprint cleanse system. I usually can only do cleanses for up to 3 days and find it quite rewarding. Here is the schedule I follow:

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Green Juice

P.A.M. (Pineapple, Apple, Mint)

Green Juice

Spicy Lemonade

C.A.B. (Carrot, Apple, Beet)

Cashew Milk

Now you’re thinking how can I drink solely juice for three days?! I know it sounds crazy but after trying it, it’s totally doable. It starts with preparing yourself for the cleanse. Prior to the cleanse I slowly began to cut out caffeine, sweets, fried foods, red meats so it wouldn’t be drastic when I started the cleanse (which was so helpful!) I began to eat raw vegetables and fruits the day before the cleanse as well as oatmeal so that I had substance while staying healthy. Day 1 was easy because I eased into the process which made day 2 fly by. Day 3 is the hardest because you feel a little faint and at that point I drank a lot of water and had a banana.

So after the first cleansing experience the next one I made adjustments. Some including drinking a lot of water and tea, in between juices, as well as eating nuts and fruits (which helps feeling faint or dizzy).

Blueprint juices have a total of 1100 calories that are nutrition packed. My personal favorite is the green kale juice and P.A.M juice. I recommend a cleanse after a big weekend, wedding, action not too often. It is to clean toxins and allow you to feel cleansed, so doing it too often can defeat the purpose. Staying fit and eating well are key to a healthy lifestyle, never forget that!

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Freshen up!

Today I am sharing one of my favorite Spring/Summer drinks! Its fun, colorful and so refreshing!!

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Ingredients: 

1. Sparkling Water

2. Ginger Ale

3. Organic (Low Cal) Lemonade

4. Frozen Strawberries

5. Mint

Recipe: 

1. Blend Ice, Strawberries, mint and lemonade (I use a Magic blender because it works well for small servings, but any blender works well)

2. Pour frothy, ice mixture into jug making it half full

3. Fill a quarter of the jug with Ginger Ale

4. Fill last quarter of the jug with sparkling water

5. Serve with frozen fruit or ice

6. Enjoy!!


My Favorite Salad

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Today I am sharing my favorite salad recipe. I love salads, and love when they have a variety of textures and flavors. My favorite salad to make at home is simple and just delicious.

Ingredients

1. Mixed Salad (I love to use a mix of arugula, spinach and kale)

2. Sliced strawberries

3. Chopped Walnuts

4. Fresh organic goat cheese

5. Organic balsamic vinaigrette

Recipe

1. Wash greens and dry

2. Slice strawberries

3. Put walnuts into salad

4. Crumble goat cheese into the salad

5. Add a little pomegranate for sweetness

6. Add as much dressing as desired (I like to keep my dressing light/medium)

7. Mix and serve

Enjoy! xoxo

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What this Healthy Food Can do for You

I have recently become a fanatic about finding delicious, healthy food to keep me energized and hearty. I want to share some of my favorite healthy diet secrets to help you guys maintain a healthy lifestyle! Everyone knows that the key, to getting vitamins in your diet, is to eat colorful, delicious fruits and vegetables (the more color, the better). I have recently discovered that mushrooms provide several important nutrients and tend to be left in the dark because let’s be honest they lack color and don’t always look all that appetizing.

But here is what you need to know about mushrooms.

1. naturally low in sodium, fat and cholesterol and calories

2. prevent chronic disease due to the antioxidants and fibers

3. can help enhance weight loss

4. improved immune system function

5. increasing vitamin D levels throughout your diet

I always love to cook and now that I am finding better ways to stay healthy, I am coming up with the most delicious recipes.

How to incorporate more mushrooms into your diet

When buying mushrooms in the market, chose ones that are firm, dry and unbruised (I tend to buy organic ones). Store them in the refrigerator and do not wash or trim until ready to cook.

My Recipe (it’s simple! and a fun side dish or snack)

1. Wash and dry mushrooms, and slice

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2. Chop some garlic, coriander, and one lemon in half

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3. Prepare a pan with a little extra virgin olive oil over medium heat
4. Once the pan has heated up place mushrooms, garlic and salt and pepper to taste
5. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, occasionally stirring
6. Add lemon juice, one tablespoon of paprika and coriander and a tablespoon of white wine to the mushrooms
7. Cook for an additional 2 minutes
8. Let it cool and enjoy!

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Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

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Sunday Mornings

afterphoto   Hey Guys!! Today I’m sharing my perfect start to a Sunday morning! I love waking up in the morning feeling ready to go, and ready to eat haha. I love to eat healthy and feel good after I eat each meal. I always make a cup of tea and eggs with some fruit on the side, but today I decided to change it up. I recently found this amazing recipe for a healthy alternative to pancakes (and they are so easy to make!) IMG_0264

1. Blend 1 banana, 2 eggs, a little milk and 2-3 spoons of chia seeds in the blender

2. Prep the pan with a little light butter, or coconut oil

3. Pour silver dollar pancake size pancakes on the pan and cook for 30 sec on each side

4. Stack on a plate, and dust some cinnamon, lemon and raspberries on top

5. Add syrup for sweetness and enjoy!!

They couldn’t be more delicious!! Hope you guys like this recipe as much as I do 🙂

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