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What I Eat In A Day

February 17, 2016

I’ve been seeing lots of healthy recipe posts so I thought it’d be fun to do a post on what I eat in a day. It has been wonderful being back in school because I have more time to plan and make my own meals. Since I don’t have classes every day and don’t need to be at school all day, I can eat most of my meals at home. I’m not on any type of diet plans, but I am very aware of what I consume and tend to eat healthy. Here’s everything that I ate a couple days ago. I will also share the recipes in case you guys want to try them out!

Breakfast:
Every morning I start out with an oatmeal fruit recipe or a green smoothie. These are substantial enough to hold me over until lunchtime. If I want to have oatmeal, I always soak old-fashioned rolled oats the night before. I tend to make smoothies more often during the spring and summer. I did a post a few months ago with my favorite breakfast smoothies if you want to try some. I also like to make myself a cup of latte.

blueberry oatmealRecipe: Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats

Lunch:
Half of the time I am at school for club events over lunch hour, which means I’ll be eating pizza, Potbelly, fried chicken, etc. But when I’m home, I like to make myself something quick and simple. Quinoa is super easy because I just need to boil some water and cut up the vegetable. I decided to add mushrooms, spinach, and onions, and then fried an egg on the side. Some other ingredient options are cauliflower, pepper, broccoli–really any vegetable will work!

mushroom spinach quinoa

mushroom spinach quinoaRecipe: Spinach Mushroom Quinoa

Afternoon Snack:
I don’t snack on chips or candy, but by mid-afternoon I usually need to eat something. Most of the time I eat an orange or apple, or make myself a protein smoothie if I worked out that day. Other times I like to bake some sweet potatoes. I cut up 3-5 large sweet potatoes, but only bake some of them and keep the rest in the refrigerator for the next day or two. I’ve also been drinking matcha tea, which has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea! It also boosts metabolism, burns calories, and provides vitamins, fiber, chlorophyll, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium!

matcha tea baked sweet potatoesRecipes: Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Matcha Tea Latte

Dinner:
I like to spend more time preparing dinner and sometimes it could take 2 hour. It is a great time for me to unwind and relax. I usually have the TV or Audible on while I cook. I recently saw a bunch of orange and purple cauliflowers at the grocery store, so I wanted to try them out! I found out the color from an orange cauliflower comes from a genetic mutation that allows the plant to hold more beta carotene. It also contains about 25% more vitamin A than white cauliflower. The taste was very similar to a white cauliflower.

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pork chops with cauliflowerRecipes: Baked Pork ChopOven Roast Cauliflower

Dessert:
I usually skip dessert when I’m at home (but I NEVER skip dessert when I dine out!). However, I have been experimenting with making my own ice cream and frozen yogurt at home, and tonight I decided to make a frozen peach yogurt. This was so delicious and guilt free!

healthy frozen peach yogurtRecipe: Healthy Frozen Peach Yogurt

Lifestyle, Recipes

Super Bowl Meatballs

February 7, 2016

super bowl meatballs

A couple days ago I went to a Super Bowl 101 class taught by two classmates who are now ex NFL players. One was even on the roster of the Minnesota Vikings for a season! Go Vikings! I was inspired to make an appetizer for the Super Bowl this year and decided on this delicious meatball recipe! This is a great appetizer to make for a party or potluck. Hope you enjoy!

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The ingredient list is fairly short and simple: lean ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, minced onion, jellied cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice.

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In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, eggs, water, bread crumbs, and minced onion. Roll into small meatballs and place on baking sheet. I used an ice cream scooper so these are above-average sized meatballs. I also sprayed the baking sheet with a little bit of olive oil so that they won’t stick to the sheet.

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Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. I baked for 30 minutes since my meatballs are big. You should also turn the meatballs once but I skipped that step. Once these are done, you can eat them as is (which is delicious), but I wanted to add sauce.

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In a large sauce pan, blend together the cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Then in a slow cooker, add the meatballs and sauce, and simmer for 1 hour.

super bowl meatballs

Ingredients:
(Makes 20 meatballs)

2 lb lean ground beef
2 eggs
4 tablespoons water
1 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup minced onion
16 ounce jellied cranberry sauce
1.5 cup chili sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, eggs, water, bread crumbs, and minced onion.
  3. Spray baking sheet with olive oil (optional).
  4. Roll mixture into small meatballs and place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes (depends on size of meatballs), turning once.
  6. To make the sauce, in a large sauce pan blend together the cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice.
  7. In a slow cooker, add the meatballs and the sauce, and simmer for 1 hour.

Original recipe from AllRecipes.

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Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

December 25, 2015

cranberry white chocolate cookie

Happy holidays everyone! I hope you’re able to take some time off to spend with friends and family. I am on winter break from school, and my husband and I are spending the holidays with my in-laws. Yesterday I baked cranberry white chocolate cookies, which turned out wonderful, so I want to share this recipe with you! It’s super easy and I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

IMG_4252In a medium sized bowl, mix together with a wooden spoon or spatula these dry ingredients: flour, old fashioned oats, baking soda, salt and minced orange peel. Set aside.

IMG_4234In a large bowl, add butter, white sugar and brown sugar.

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IMG_4250In the same large bowl, add eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Mix well.
Next, add the flour/oat mixture (from the medium sized bowl) and stir to combine.

IMG_4258Add cranberries and white chocolate. Walnuts optional. I made two batches, one with walnuts and one without. Continue Reading…

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Persimmon Berry Smoothie

October 18, 2015

persimmon blueberry smoothie

One of my favorite fruits in the fall is persimmon! It is in season from September to December, so I purchased a bunch during my recent grocery run. Persimmons originated from Japan, and are orange fruits that look like a tomato. Persimmons are rich in vitamins A and C, and are a good source of fiber. It also contains high fructose, so it is a good ingredient for a smoothie.

I make a smoothie almost every morning, so I was excited to start experimenting with persimmons. I’ve tried a couple of recipes and my favorite so far is the persimmon/blueberry combination. Here is the recipe for this delicious smoothie:

  • 2 persommions chopped
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more as needed)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon protein powder or chia seeds

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persimmon blueberry smoothie

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Coconut Macaroons

August 13, 2015

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Yesterday I was craving sweets, so I decided to make some coconut macaroons. I’ve had coconut macaroons from several bakeries, and I just love the flavor and the soft/chewy texture. I couldn’t believe how easy these were to make–much easier than traditional macaroons! I love how they turned out so I want to share with you! Continue Reading…

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5 Day Smoothie Challenge

July 15, 2015

I have been on a health kick recently, so it has been important to start my morning off with a healthy breakfast! Since my morning drive is over an hour long and I would rather spend an extra 20 minutes sleeping than eating at home, I have been making myself a healthy smoothie and drinking it on my drive to work. I challenge you to a 5 day smoothie challenge where you opt for the smoothie rather than an unhealthy snack or meal. Below are five of my favorite recipes. The first four can be meal replacements, and the last is a dessert smoothie. Warning: if you’re looking for the sugary stuff, these aren’t the best recipes for you. These contain raw vegetable, freshly frozen fruit, superfoods, etc, that will boost your energy and help with weight loss but are not the best recipes for beginners who are not used to raw ingredients. Feel free to share with me your favorite smoothie recipes–I am always looking for new ones to try!

IMG_0472 Creamy Avocado Banana
-1 cup fresh spinach
-1/2 frozen avocado
-1/2 frozen banana
-1/4 cup frozen raspberries
-2 cups unsweetened almond milk
-1 tablespoon protein powder or hemp seed
IMG_1948 Rolled Oats Peach
-1/2 cup rolled oats
-1.5 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 cup frozen peach chunks
-1 frozen banana
-1 tablespoon almond butter
-1 tablespoon protein powder or hemp seedInstructions: Soak 1/2 cup of rolled oats in 1 cup almond milk overnight, pour into blender and add 1/2 cup more of almond milk and the rest of ingredients, then blend.

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