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Clean Cookies

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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Happy Monday everyone! Thank you so much for your kind responses to my last post about my new career in nursing. I’ve been wanting to share about my new adventure for awhile, and it’s so great hearing feedback from you and also to know that there are other nurses reading my blog. I’m hoping to share as much as I can about the process as I continue along. Right now I’m just trying to convince organic chemistry to fit inside my head even though the sun is calling me outside…

Speaking of sunny weather, it’s still July and I’m still trying to eat clean. One of my favorite lunches this past week was the one pictured below: whole wheat tortilla, laughing cow cheese (not necessarily clean, but only 35 calories), 2 eggs and sriracha sauce, with an apple on the side. Really balanced and good!!

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Today’s recipe is one I’m really excited about. It is inspired yet again by Blogilates.com. I called these Clean Cookies because you can make them with only two ingredients: banana and oatmeal!

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The fun part of these is that you can also spruce them up a bit if you want. I added dark chocolate chips and peanut butter. If you make them plain, I think they would be delicious with peanut butter on top, or with some berries for a very balanced breakfast.

I’m excited for these because I’m always looking for a quick/healthy breakfast that I can eat in the car on the go. I really hope you give them a try! Have a great week! <3

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Clean Cookies

Makes about 4 cookies (or 6 small)

Adapted from Blogilates.com

Ingredients
1 cup rolled oats
1 banana
3 Tbsp dark chocolate chips (optional)
2-3 Tbsp peanut butter (optional)
pinch of salt (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Use a food processor (or similar tool) to grind oats into a flour-like texture. Add banana slices and combine (use fingers if needed). Dough will be moist. Stir in extra ingredients if desired.

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Roll cookies into balls and press down if you desire a flatter cookie. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, and enjoy!

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Simple and Spicy Guacamole

Monday, July 8th, 2013

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Hi everyone! I hope you had a good weekend. Mine was busy and productive! On Saturday morning I ran the Run of the Mill 5K. I’m emotionally attached to this one because it’s the very first race I ever did. I was soooo nervous the first time.

This was my fourth time running it, and my fastest time yet. In fact, I improved last year’s time by 2 minutes! I’ve been running regularly, and I really believe this combined with the Blogilates vidoes I’ve mentioned previously are making me stronger. It feels good to have hard work pay off!

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Today’s recipe is healthy and clean. I’ve mentioned that I enjoy watching Benji and Judy’s daily vlogs on YouTube (username It’s Judy’s Life) and for awhile I’ve thought Benji’s guacamole looked absolutely delicious.

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This recipe uses sriracha sauce, which combined with the jalapeno gives it a nice kick! If you don’t like heat, maybe start slow with the sriracha and add it in to taste. I loved it though.

Guac goes with so many things. I tried it on top of a sweet potato, with plain Greek yogurt for dinner and it was SO GOOD. The yogurt balanced the heat of the guac and overall it is one of my new favorite clean meals.

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Also pictured are kale chips from Trader Joe’s. They were pretty good, considering it is kale…not sure if I’ll buy again though.

The recipe is very simple – you need 10 ingredients. Avocados (5-6 halved), lime juice (2-3 limes), cilantro (coarsely chopped), tomatos (1/2 cup diced), onions (1/2 cup well minced), 1 jalapeno (minced finely), black pepper, cumin, salt, and sriracha sauce.

Place all the ingredients in a bowl, and mash each avocado half with a potato masher. Mash any remaining large pieces again, but don’t overmix. With a large spoon, stir everything together, and then taste. Add more cilantro, spices etc to your preference, and enjoy!!

I’m including Benji’s video in case you would like a visual. Have a great Monday!

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High Five for Friday: Scrubs, Colors and Clean Eats!

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you had a safe 4th and can enjoy a nice weekend. Linking up with Lauren again today – here are five moments from this past week.

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It’s so weird that I’ll be turning 29 this month…I feel wayyy younger than that on the inside. I guess that’s good?

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I picked up some (long-overdue) new running shoes this week and I love them SO MUCH. The colors are so cheerful, and they are nice and sturdy compared to my old worn ones. If you live in Seattle, Jock and Jill by Green Lake is absolutely the best place to go for running shoes!

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As mentioned before, I’m trying to incorporate a lot more clean meals into my diet this month. Greek yogurt and raspberries – simple and clean. I’ll be instagramming some of my meals (and would love to see any of your clean meals) – you can find me at @jessienextdoor.

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Scrubs selfie! On my way to volunteer in the ER. I’m planning to write a more detailed post about why I’m changing careers and will talk about this a bit more soon.

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I didn’t do anything too eventful for the 4th as I work early but I did get to watch my brother light some fireworks. Actually as I write this, fireworks are still constantly exploding outside my window. It seems like it’s more than usual this year?? Anyway I hope you had a really good holiday and enjoy the weekend ahead! <3

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Simple Summer Salad & Clean Eating in July

Monday, July 1st, 2013

 

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Happy Monday everyone! Today is the first day of July. I always love the first day of the month, because it is a fresh start.

Speaking of fresh, I’ve decided to take the month of July to really focus on eating clean. I’m intrigued by this idea, because I think it’s a lifestyle that can be enjoyable and of course really good for your body and overall health. I have a lot going on these days with work, school and volunteering at a hospital. I’m really trying to focus on getting enough sleep and also eating well to prevent stress.

I’m still learning what it means to eat clean. If you’re interested in learning more as well, this blog post can give you a general idea: http://www.blogilates.com/nutrition-2/how-to-start-eating-clean.

For the month of July, I’m going to really attempt to make every meal (or as many as possible) “clean”. I’ll be blogging about it, and Instagramming about it. I’m going to use the hashtag “CleanJuly” so you can check that to see all my photos. If you are also a clean eater (or striving to be) please feel free to add to the hashtag! I would love to see your photos and feel inspired.

One note – I am not giving up on dessert. No way! I love it too much. I’ll be cutting back for July, but I believe a truly healthy diet contains some delicious items in moderation. So there will for sure be more indulgent treats on this blog in the future.

To start things off, I prepared a fresh simple salad. One of the biggest challenges for me is fitting vegetables in my diet. This salad is SO GOOD and refreshing – I know it will be a staple in my summer lunches and dinners.

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It is so simple I don’t even think I need to write out an official recipe. I used cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, and feta cheese. (You could use dill if you prefer.) I tossed it with olive oil, white vinegar, salt and pepper. So good!!!

This salad is based off a video I saw on YouTube with some healthy snack ideas. You can view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbNenxW5qhk.

I’m feeling really excited for this journey! I have one question for you: What is your favorite healthy breakfast on-the-go?

Many days I leave so early I have to eat breakfast in the car, and it’s hard to think of options besides protein bars.

Have a great week!!

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