Skinny Ice Cream Bites

Ok – so these may not be ice cream, but I swear they’re just as good! If you’ve ever frozen a banana and put it in a blender, you know that a cold banana has creamy, dessert-like features.

I came home one day to find a pile of these in the fridge, with everything from peanut butter to honey to marmalade in the center of little slices of banana. Turns out my sister is a skinny genius. My favorite combo is the kind with nutella, pictured here!

All you do is slice a ripe banana into thin pieces and make little mini banana sandwiches with whatever spread tickles ya!

Comment below! What flavor would you try? Any unique suggestions??

PS – betchya can’t have just one! I usually eat the whole batch in one sitting… but hey! it’s just a banana ;)

Beet, Pecan, & Goat Cheese Salad

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This has been my go-to lunch this week (I’ve had it 3 times now…). I bought a giant bag of spinach and those already-ready beets from TJs, so I felt like I had to eat them all before they went bad!! But hey, definitely not complaining bc this salad is amaze and packed full of antioxidants!

Ingredients:

♥ Spinach
♥ Beets
♥ Goat cheese
♥ Avocado
♥ Pecans
♥ Lentils

Throw your ingredients in a big bowl in your desired proportion, and toss with balsamic! If you need a little extra something to keep you full, try adding a protein like chicken or shrimp! Sprinkle some fresh pepper on top, and voila! Enjoy!

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Bullet Proof Coffee

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

As much as I buy that statement, ain’t nobody got time for that!! I usually hit the gym in the morning, which means I either turn to an $8 Equinox smoothie (so bad for the bank when that becomes a daily habit), OR I make bullet proof coffee when I get to work.

That’s right. It’s bullet proof because it’s badass and keeps you SO FULL for SO LONG that it’s kind of amazing. Plus, it’s CHEAP & HEALTHY. I know, you love me.

Literally, all you do is brew yourself a cup of joe, then add in a spoon of virgin organic coconut oil & 1-2 scoops protein powder (stick with vanilla or chocolate). This makes your coffee super thick and creamy and delicious! The oil and protein powder are great for you, perfect for post workout (or for just getting you the hell out of bed), and will keep you full til lunch time!

Try it! I promise you’ll fall in love ♥

Skinny Snack: Lentil Endives

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This is one of my go-to snacks when I’m in a hurry and don’t know what to eat that’s both healthy and filling. It’s really quick, looks pretty, and is (you called it) HEALTHY! Yay!

All you need is a pack of endives, lentils, and some bruschetta mix. Combine the lentils and bruschetta on a 1:1 ratio. Mix thoroughly and scoop onto an endive. If you’re getting fancy, try adding some crumbled feta or a touch of cilantro!
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Skinny Tip: Flavored Ice Cubes

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I’m known to guzzle water all day longgg. Drinking water just makes me feel so good and cleansed! And it’s sooo important for your brain / weight loss / clear skin / a healthy body overall!

It always amazes me when people tell me that they haven’t had any water all day. I chug water first thing in the morning and don’t stop all day! Nothing does a better job of waking me up and helping me to feel refreshed.

If you’re one of those people that doesn’t get their water fill, try this fun trick and I promiseee you’ll be more inclined to remember that water! These flavored ice cubes are super yummy and infuse water with different flavors and nutrients! You can pretty much do whatever you want here, but I’ve found that the most successful ice infusions are cubes made from a fruit base (lemon juice, orange juice, apple juice, watermelon, strawberries) with fun little accents embedded within (blueberries, mint leaves, orange rind).

There are two distinct ways of doing this, but I tend to favor blending fruit into little smoothie ice cubes! Gather your ingredients and follow the instructions below!

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Here’s my fave recipe:
Blend 1 cup strawberries with 1 oz orange juice and 1 tsp on mint. Pour into ice cube molds, let freeze. Drop in your water (or hell, your favorite vodka soda??) and enjoy!

Another option that I love? Straight lemon juice with blueberries floating inside! These look super pretty and taste even better!

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On the go? Try adding fruit to this fruit infusion water bottle!

What awesome combos have you tried?? Share with us below!

Quick Dish: Tofu Soba Salad

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Soba Salad

Ingredients:
Cherry Tomatoes
Soba Noodles
Lettuce/Spinach
Tofu
Feta Cheese

Since, I have been incredibly busy at work this week/too lazy to really put in the effort to make anything, I prepped this meal for the week. The only thing you really need to prep are the noodles, which are super easy to make. Go to my past Soba Noodle Dish recipe HERE to see how to cook up the noodles.

While the noodles are cooking, i chop up all the extra ingredients that I want in my salad – you can put anything in there. I stuck with tofu, lettuce, and cherry tomatoes because I enjoy that mix with the soba noodles. When the noodles are cooled and ready, I topped my salad foundation with a pile of noodles, and finished it with a scoop of Thai Peanut Sauce, and a hint of salad dressing. I tend to use a Brianna’s Poppy Seed dressing or Feast from the East Sesame dressing (Costco). Mix that all together and you got yourself a delicious and healthy meal!

When you are on the go, what are your favorite quick and easy dishes to make?

Green Bean, Tomato, and Feta Salad

Green Bean, Tomato, and Feta Salad

Ingredients:
Cherry Tomatoes
Green Beans
Green Onions
Feta Cheese

Dressing Ingredients:
2 T Olive Oil
2-3 T Red Wine Vinegar (I noticed that 3 made it taste a bit better)
1 T Freshly-Squeezed Lemon Juice
3/4 tsp. Salt (Sea Salt preferably)
1/2 tsp. Freshly-Ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano (Optional)

*If you don’t want to make your dressing, feel free to use Italian or Balsamic Dressing.

This salad is one of my faves! It is healthy, tasty, pretty, and easy to make – there is really no reason not to share it! If you decide to make your own dressing, then I would prepare that first. As soon as you finish mixing your dressing ingredients together, begin to cut your green beans into bite-sized pieces (make sure to trim the ends of the beans beforehand). When you are finished cutting, place the green beans in a pot of boiling water (feel free to add some salt), let the beans cook for 3-4 minutes.

While the beans cook, cut the cherry tomatoes in half and chop up the green onions. As soon as the green beans are done cooking (crisp), drain into a colander, then immediately rinse the beans with cold water until they’re cooled. Make sure to completely dry/drain the beans by blotting them with paper towels. If you do not thoroughly dry the beans, then your salad will be watery.

Now, you are ready to mix together all ingredients – beans, tomatoes, green onions, feta cheese, and dressing! Stir the salad until all pieces are coated with dressing. BON APPÉTIT!

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Fish Burrito Bowl

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Ingredients:
Brown Rice
Black Beans (Unsalted)
Black Olives
Sliced Carrots
Bell Peppers
Onions
Tomatoes
Corn
Fish (Mahi Mahi, Tilapia)
Lime
Cilantro

Fish Seasoning Ingredients:
Chili Powder
Cumin
Cayenne Pepper
Garlic Powder (pinch)
Lemon Pepper

*Don’t forget avocado like i did :(

Since, burrito bowls are my favorite item to order at Chipotle, I decided to give it a go and make my own version of the delicious meal. I do have to say that I was not well-prepared, but with that being said, it all tasted pretty great! But in the blogging world, it is really all about the photos…right? Hehe.

I started by cooking the brown rice, since it would take a bit longer than any of the other ingredients. While it was cooking, I chopped up my veggies and seasoned my fish with all sort of yummy seasonings. Feel free to use whatever seasonings you like, but I went with what I had in my cupboard and sounded good. As soon as the pan heated up, I placed down my pieces of fish to start cookin! WOOHOO!

While the fish was cooking, I made sure to put the black beans and corn on the stove, since those took the least amount of time to prepare. As soon as my fish was done cooking, I added in my veggies (alongside of the cooked fish), which allowed the veggies to simmer in the same seasoning base as my fish! Soon thereafter, the layering began – brown rice, black beans, corn, veggies, black olives, and fish! I topped off the dish with some green salsa, cilantro and lime, which gave the dish the perfect KICK! Yay to a successful recipe and meal! Your move Chipotle! (JK. Their bowl is obvi 10x’s better…that cilantro lime rice though)

enjoy :)

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Soba Noodle Dish

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Ingredients:
Soba Noodles
Tofu
Takuan (Japanese pickled radish)
Red ginger
Cucumbers
Green beans
Soba sauce

*Most of the ingredients you could find at your local grocery store. You could also go to the Japanese store (Marukai) to get the soba noodles, takuan, red ginger, and soba sauce.

Fill a cooking pot with about a quart of water (depending on the amount of noodles you are making). As soon as the water comes to a boil, carefully place the soba noodles in the pot. Stir noodles as they cook for 3-4 minutes. When the time is up, quickly pour the noodles in a colander bowl, while running cold water to cool the noodles. You can also add ice cubes to the noodles to keep them chilled.

While the noodles are cooling, you can cut the tofu, green beans and cucumbers that will be placed on top of your noodles. Feel free to add fish, beef, or chicken to the dish. Once the noodles are cool enough, place them in a dish, add your toppings, and pour about a 1/2 cup of soba sauce on top. Enjoy :)

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Juice Cleansing: Halfsies Pros & Cons

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I just completed my first ever juice cleanse, & I’m having mixed emotions. Don’t get me wrong – I loveeee juices and can spend hours on end reading nutrition labels at Whole Foods & learning about cold-press techniques at pop-up juiceries. Several times per week, I’ll easily replace a late dinner with a green juice (Suja <<above>> is my fave because it’s crazy delicious and nutritious and doesn’t taste like green vom like some others). I’m a huge fan of the meal replacement philosophy, because juices are a great way to get nutrients when you just don’t have time for a  meal. But ONLY. DRINKING. JUICE?!

Let’s talk about that…

Before starting my three day cleanse, I boldly claimed that I couldn’t imagine that I would miss chewing things. Note: I did. Especially while everyone around me was carelessly nomming away. Find a buddy to juice with you and I promise you’ll appreciate the moral support! And even though you’re supposed to drink more juice than I was able to stomache, I never really felt satisfied. I wasn’t ever hungry because I was always full, but it was more of an I’m-so-bloated-with-juice full than an I’m-not-hungry full.

In the end, I felt super clean and rejuvenated and healthy and… OH YA: light-headed, crabby, ready for some vino, and down to chew on some almonds or kale or the carpet or my fingernails or ANYTHING I could get my hands on.

My ultimate conclusion: Juicing feels great if you need to detox from a vacay or if you’re looking to kick-start a healthy lifestyle change. But for someone who’s already pretty health-freakish, I really just missed eating quinoa and steaming my veggies. Sure, you can’t jam as many nutrients into your stomach when your veggies are in solid form, but there’s a certain happiness that you get from eating food that makes the process irreplaceable. Happiness is a nutrient too people!!!

I love the way I felt after juicing, but think I’ll probably stick to drinking juice for snacks or skipped meals here or there. I’ll save the intense cleansing for post-Vegas trips and other detox worthy times!

In case you’re interested in doing your own cleanse, I suggest trying Suja, Nekter, Organic Avenue, or Pressed Cleanses.

If you’re down to weerrrkkk for it, you can make your own juices with some of our fave recipes from Health.com. Well & Good kills it too, with tips & inspo to get you through the process

Have you done a juice cleanse? Where from? We’d love to hear about your results & tips!

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