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Light Skinny Artichoke Dip

19 Nov

 

 

I found this beauty on Skinnytaste- one of my favorite recipe blogs. It’s so good you can’t even tell it’s healthified! I actually liked this so much, I made a new bowl of it the second the first was finished. Image

Best of all- it’s easy to prepare a head of time- just throw it in the oven when the time is right.

Ingredients:
  • 13.75 oz artichoke hearts packed in water, drained
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 4 oz shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • olive oil spray
Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°.

In a small food processor, coarsely chop the artichoke hearts with the garlic and shallots.

Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Place in an oven-proof dish and bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted. Serve right away.

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healthy fish sandwhich

12 Nov

Tue

Season tilapia fillets with salt & lemon.  Dip in flour.

Heat a little oil in skillet, cook fish through, about 6 minutes on each side.

mix together mayo, lemon, onion powder, and Dijon mustard. spread onto a whole wheat baguette. Add fish and serve

Vinegar Kale Chips

5 Nov

Tue

I’m a potato chip addict!  Here’s a healthy alternative-

one small bunch of kale

1 T extra-virgin olive oil

1 T vinegar (I used red)

sea salt to taste

Preheat oven to 300F
Cut away inner ribs from each kale leaf and discard, then tear the kale leaves into same-size pieces. (I made my pieces about the size of a small potato chip.) Wash torn kale pieces and spin dry in a salad spinner or dry with paper towels until they’re very dry.
Put kale pieces into a large Ziploc bag (or use a bowl if you don’t mind getting your hands oily.) Add half of the 1 T of olive oil, seal bag, and squeeze the bag so the oil gets distributed evenly on the kale pieces. Add the other half tablespoon of oil and squeeze the bag more, until all kale pieces are evenly coated with oil and slightly “massaged.”
Open the Ziploc bag and sprinkle the 1 T sherry vinegar over the kale leaves, then seal bag and shake to spread the vinegar out over all the leaves.
Arrange kale leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet, then roast until they are mostly crisp, about 35 minutes. I checked every 10 minutes or so and turned some pieces over. I also found I didn’t mind if there were a few softer parts on some of the kale leaves, I liked the combination of crisp and softer parts.

When chips are done to your liking, sprinkle with a generous amount of sea salt and eat immediately

Delicious Eggplant & Feta Dip

29 Oct

Came across this in EatingWell, everyone was really impressed.  It’s become a staple in my house.  So easy, delicious, and healthy… what more could I ask for?

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  • 1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, preferably Greek
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

You may want to double the recipe because it goes QUICK!

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PREPARATION

  1. Position oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source; preheat broiler.
  2. Line a baking pan with foil. Place eggplant in the pan and poke a few holes all over it to vent steam. Broil the eggplant, turning with tongs every 5 minutes, until the skin is charred and a knife inserted into the dense flesh near the stem goes in easily, 14 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board until cool enough to handle.
  3. Put lemon juice in a medium bowl. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise and scrape the flesh into the bowl, tossing with the lemon juice to help prevent discoloring. Add oil and stir with a fork until the oil is absorbed. (It should be a little chunky.) Stir in feta, onion, bell pepper,  basil, parsley, cayenne and salt.

The only critique I received was that it was a little chunky the first time.  I tried blending the eggplant next time, but I prefer the original.  Now I realize if you mix the lemon and eggplant really well while it’s still hot you can get a more natural puree type texture.

Klutch Box Best of Box October 2013 Review

17 Oct

This is my second, and last, Klutchbox.

In case you don’t know, Klutchbox is  a subscription box service which sends a curated box of 9-12 exceptional health and wellness products direct to your door every month.  They come in 3 subscription types- Womens, Mens, and Moms, and f you wanna try it out you get whats called “best of box.”

Don’t get me wrong, this box is awesome, I guess I’m just not as into trying out health products as I originally thought but this box was my first subscription and it will always hold a special place in my heart!

Anyway- here is what I got:

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Nature’s Bakery $1.60? Yum!  Blueberry and fig- intriguing. All natural, kosher, and cholesterol free. My sister immediately stole this because it’s one of the few bars that doesn’t use a million weight watcher points and after a taste test she inquired about what a box of these would cost.They also come in a ton of yummy flavors. Did I actually just discover something I would buy on my own in one of my subscription boxes?!?! They are sold on Amazon and the prices vary.

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CrunchMaster Multi-Grain Crackers: $1 each These were in my last Klutchbox as well.  They are pretty good- I bring them to work with hummus. They also come in a variety of delicious sounding flavors.

  • Saturated Fat Free
  • Certified Gluten Free
  • Cholesterol Free
  • Ton of whole grain

The bag size was pretty small, but I think it’s meant to be “sample size.” The site sells them at 4.7 ounces.  I doubt I’ll buy again for the price, but I didn’t mind sampling them twice.

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Annie Chun’s Seaweed snacks: .25 I grew up in a very Korean area so I’ve had a ton of experience with dried seaweed snacks, although I could definitely see this being a very different snack to someone who is not use to it.  It’s a great alternative to snacking on chips, or even roasted Kale if you want to switch things up.  Salty is definitely my weakness, not sweet, so I’m excited to see if Annie Chunn can fulfill the cravings.. If ever there is a next time, I’d like to try out one of her more unique flavors.  The standard size for each pack is .35 oz.

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Celcius Calorie reducing energy drink $1.50 I’m not much of a believer in the whole idea of intaking negative calories- I feel like it’s the easy way out.  However I do love me my energy drinks.  I might make a diet cocktail although it’s described as a ppre-exercise supplement drink powered by the unique MetaPlus formula containing good-for-you ingredients, such as Green Tea with EGCG, Ginger, Calcium, Chromium, B Vitamins and Vitamin C, all of which work together to raise metabolism, resulting in a sustained calorie burn while keeping you energized.  It has a TON of caffeine, more than Redbull, and no weird aftertaste and the best part is it’s reasonably priced!  I probably will not be trying another flavor only because I don’t want to get hooked.

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100% pure organic nourishing body creamsample size Awesome product. It’s thick, has an awesome long-lasting scent (but not too heavy) and moisturizes really well.

  • 100% natural, 100% vegan, gluten free
  • immediately hydrates, softens, and feeds skin with nutrients
  • concentrated with antioxidants, vitamins, skin softening fruit oils and moisturizing cocoa and avocado butters

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Happy Squeeze- $1.75 each These came in my last box too, but different flavors.  I’m happy to see them again. SERVE COLD. I am not the biggest fruit lover so I won’t be buying them on my own, but if I were anything but a water drinker I would be interested.

After checking out the site, I see they have yogurt.  What a healthy and organic alternative to Go-gurt.  They’ve caught my interest!

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Shower-Pill body wipe$1.50 I get so many “body wipes” in my boxes and they go straight into my travel bag.  I don’t know hy- I probably shower more when traveling than I do normally.  I’m really not interested in them but they could be useful in an emergency but this product does seem on the pricy end, don’t you think? Must be high-end!

  • Proven to kill germs1 yet safe on sensitive skin and infused with moisturizing Aloe Vera and Vitamin E
  • Quick dry solution, does not require rinsing or extra dry time
  • Light fresh scent is not overpowering or “perfume-like”

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Natural Calm $9.25 OK, so I have no interest. I probably should since I’m pretty aware of my calcium intake, but I didn’t even know magnesium existed until I googled this product. “Calcium excites nerves, while magnesium calms them down. Calcium makes muscles contract. Magnesium is necessary for muscles to relax. Calcium is needed for blood clotting, but magnesium keeps the blood flowing freely.”  All in all, I could always use some anti-axiety help and this sample is very generously sized.

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Juice Beauty moisturizer15 ml $7 A different product, but I did see this brand in my last Klutchbox.  I use an acne cream (which dry your skin) so I never have enough moisturizer.  And I obviously love that this is oil-free- works great on blemish prone skin!  Klutch, you nailed me on this one. This is a great introduction to the world of organic skin products but wayy out of my budget.  Although I tossed it into my travel bag- I look forward to using it in a few weeks in Cancun 😀

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YogaVibes $60 I received this in my last Klutchbox as well but I’m really not that into yoga- especially online yoga.  I’m a little too slow for that.  I gave away this voucher as a bonus gift with a lifestyle product I sold on eBay.  Maybe that lucky lady had better use of it than I do.

This was a pretty good haul!  Klutch does a wonderful job of introducing me to products just as it promises to do.  My only complaint with this box was that it lacked a description card and coupons to anything but Happy Squeeze- I can’t remember my last box but I’m pretty sure I got all that.  Must be a fluke in the batch.

The total value came to $84, and even without the voucher it was well over the subscription price of $18 a month (less with longer commitment.) Do you have experience or are you interested in Kutchbox?  Let’s talk about it!

First time subscribers get best of box for FREE with promo code FREEKLUTCH!!!

This post my contain referral codes.

Fitness Junkies

10 Oct

 I know not everyone who stumbles upon my page is a gym rat- but I kind of am.  I ordered “Jackedpack” because I try to eat clean.. but never really am protein conscious; besides making sure the meal I get in my system after lifting contains beans or grilled chicken or even a bar if I’m desperate to make that half an hour time cutoff.  But never like a shake.  I worked at a gym when I was much younger and part of my job was to make them.. they were gross and I’ve been turned off every since.

I didn’t really think this box would be a big hit with me, but my boyfriend is kind of in meat-head discovery mode so as always I’m optimistic that I’ll find some stocking stuffers!  I find Christmas stockings so fun! LOL.

I used the promo code CUSTOMDEAL to save 50% and even though I picked the smallest package- the lightweight (normally $14.99- less if you opt for a longer subscription)- I was a little taken aback at how small it was, even my Bulu box was bigger than my hand and that thing was useless..

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The description for the Lightweight box includes:

  • 6-8 different supplement
    samples
  • Perfect for those looking to discover new products without dropping much $
  • Includes $10 coupon to e-store
  • Non-customizable

That last bit is important.  If I had any idea what I was doing I probably would want to upgrade just so I could choose my samples.  I guess I get a little spoiled with some subscription box sample sizes- I’m such a junkie and have done so much research I manage to find ones that offer deluxe size or even full size products! 

However it turns out this little box packed a lot of awesome (too corny?) The info card that came in it was adorable and witty. 

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Anyway here is what i got:

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PRO-

-Protein & oats (cocoa flavor) by MET-Rx; 1 serving

-Delicious Protein (chocolate) by Giant Sports; 1 serving

-OhYeah! Bars (peanut butter crunch and chocolate&caramel) by ISS Research; 2 (trial size?) bars

 

PRE-

-ALARM by Image Sport; 1 serving

-Speed Stack Pumped N.O. Powder (blue raspberry) by ABB; 1 Serving

C4 Extreme by Cellucor; 2 servings

PUMP-

DILATE by ANS Performance; 4 capsules

All and all I think this is a GREAT way to experiment.  Jackedpack does an awesome job…

 

More news on the healthy subscription box front, I’ve been considering trying Hello Fresh, I even found a great Promo- ADDICTIONHELLO- which gives you $25 off the $69 or $59 weekly box. That’s not bad for 3 3 course meals AND  It saves me a trip to the grocery store AND introduces me to delicious new meals! The problem is- I already have a lot of the ingredients.  And next week is featuring  bolognese sauce?  Give me a break.. I’m Italian.. I’ve been making that stuff since I could slice garlic. 

The vegetarian option, however, does look super awesome! But again, I have easy access to a lot of those ingredients as well.  Unlike most meal subscription boxes, this one doesn’t let you customize… yet.  I hear it’s in the works.

Blame it on marketing, but for some reason this is the only meal service box I’m considering (even though Plated has a 20% promo code out for first time newsletter subscribers.)  What are your thoughts?

Grilled Steak Veggie Salad

8 Oct
Tue
Steak can be part of a healthy diet when lean cuts are chosen, and paired with hearthealthy olive-oil and colorful veggies.  Found this beauty in EatingWell and made it for my family, it was a huge hit!  Light, fresh, and delicious!
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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound flank steak, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 2 sweet Italian peppers or 1 large bell pepper, cut into 2-inch-wide strips
  • 1 small eggplant (about 1 pound), cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat grill to high.
  2. Cook oregano in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Cut steak in half lengthwise; season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Brush peppers and eggplant with 1 tablespoon oil.
  4. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the meat, turning once, about 10 minutes total for medium. Grill the peppers, turning once, until softened and charred in spots (about 10 minutes) and the eggplant until browned and slightly soft (about 8 minutes).
  5. Add tomatoes, onion and garlic to the bowl with the oregano. Drizzle with vinegar and the remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; toss to combine. Chop the eggplant and peppers and cut the steak across the grain into thin slices; add to the bowl and toss to combine.