Posts Tagged ‘Clean Eating’

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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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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Banana Pancakes

Monday, May 20th, 2013

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Happy Monday! I thought I would share one of my favorite healthy recipes in case you’re feeling the need to repent from the buttery popcorn you ate at Star Trek this last weekend…

I discovered banana pancakes on the Blogilates YouTube channel (see the blog post here).

This is absolutely one of the best healthy meals I’ve ever tried. The ingredients are so simple and clean – 2 eggs and a banana. That’s all! And these pancakes are delicious. The eggs make you full, and the banana lends just the right amount of sweetness.

To prepare them, simply whisk together 2 eggs and 1 mushed banana. Fry in a pan (with cooking spray or butter) and you’re good to go! I sometimes top them with a bit of butter and cinnamon, but they are perfectly good without.

I really really hope you give these a try. They’ve changed my lunch-life.

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