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Big news!

So, we have some news!

The blog is going on hiatus for awhile. Vanessa and I, as much as we love the blog, we are both in transitional periods in our lives.

Speaking strictly for myself, I know my content has suffered. We are going to take some time off to do two things:

1. Revamp the blog. I have some ideas for changing up the look of the blog. I know we can make this blog look quite snazzy!

2. Develop some new recipes. Cooking takes time and money, two things I’m running really low on!! I will use the hiatus as a chance to work on and revamp some recipes!

I know with a little “thyme” ( ahaha! “spice of life”) and patience we can bring the blog to a new level!!

We’ll see you after Thanksgiving!!!

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For The Love of Smoothies

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m in my senior year of college. I’m taking 18 credit hours and I also work part time. I’m really, really busy, to put it lightly. I don’t like to complain though, because I know there are plenty of people who have even more on their plate than I do. My brother who’s also a senior (no we’re not twins…it’s a long story) recently battled strep and mono for approximately a month, and he’s a pre-med student. My best friend once took 21 credit hours in one semester while working, and my mom has two kids, two dogs, four elderly parents, and a house to take care of. But let’s be honest, when you do homework every single night and you’re still barely keeping up, it gets discouraging. I’m muddling through though, because all this hard work now is going to allow me to pursue my passion (more on that at a later date). So how do I manage to keep up with everything, other than organization and self-discipline? Having a ton of energy is my secret.

Thankfully, all of my classes start at 11 a.m., so I don’t have to get up early. But when you’re not getting to bed until 1 a.m. or later because you didn’t even finish all your homework until midnight, even getting up at 9 a.m. is difficult. Of course, if you’re going to need plenty of energy to get through the day, breakfast is essential. But forget getting up in enough time to shower, get ready for school, make, and eat breakfast before I have to leave. I’ve tried meal-replacement bars and shakes because they’re fast and portable, but they usually don’t taste that great and I’m hungry again in an hour. Enter smoothies. They’re delicious, healthy, portable, and filling. Best of all, they give me tons of energy. I don’t find myself in a mid-day slump anymore and even though I’m tired when my alarm goes off, once I get up and moving, I’m good to go. I talked about smoothies briefly in my post about how I started making the transition to healthier eating. But I wanted to write a post specifically about smoothies. And I didn’t share any actual recipes in my other post.  So here are my three favorite smoothie recipes. Don’t judge them until you try them, they’re all healthy and they’re all delicious. I promise!

“Fuel your Day” Smoothies

Notes
– Frozen fruit makes smoothies cold and creamy but it isn’t very sweet. Letting bananas get a little over ripe before freezing them will make your smoothies much sweeter without added calories
– All of these measurements are approximations because I’m usually in a hurry in the morning and I never measure anything. They almost always taste pretty much the same despite not measuring the ingredients
– It should be self explanatory, but the only step in all of these recipes is to dump everything in a blender and blend well

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

8 frozen strawberries

1 cup milk

1 large handful spinach (you can’t taste it at all, so go crazy!)

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 small spoonful Nutella

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

1 frozen banana

1 cup milk

1 large handful spinach

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 spoonful peanut butter

Thin Mint Green Monster *

1 large handful spinach

1 cup milk

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Dash of peppermint extract (go easy, this stuff is STRONG)

*This recipe is courtesy of Julie @ PB Fingers. Without any frozen fruit, it’s going to be much thinner than the others. Xanthan gum can help, but use it sparingly because it’s a tricky ingredient. If you use too much, it will take on a really weird texture that isn’t very appetizing

Question of the night: Do you like making smoothies at home? What’s your favorite recipe?

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Hola October

With a new job comes a new wake up time. Which is now 5:30 am. To walk Boo/myself.

I love and hate it. The sun isn’t up yet so the stars are still out and while beautiful, they are bright reminders of my warm bed that I foolishly left. But I get a nice workout done early and it starts my day off on the right foot.

I didn’t stick to my guns as much with the walking in September. I think I might’ve been a little depressed but I’m happy to report that apart from  minor sleep deprivation, all is well here!

I don’t have any pics or a recipe today. I have a discussion question!

Juicing

Have you done this before? I recently watched the documentary, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. A man changes his health by going on a juice fast for 60 days.

It really got me thinking! I love juicing, but don’t own a juicer. I actually enjoy the taste of juiced veggies and I am totally intrigued by the idea of a juice fast.

 

What do you think? Would you commit to a juice fast? Does it appeal to you?

 

Here’s a link to the trailer, the movie is on Netflix if you’re interested!

 

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and all writing is in my own opinion and not to be taken as a substitute for medical or nutritional advice*

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Sweet Roasted Peppers & Sausage

Happy Monday everyone! No…Not so happy? LOL. Personally, I kind of look forward to Mondays because I work all weekend long and I’d much rather be in class than at work. But that’s just because I hate my job, I’ll definitely be ready to be done with school when I graduate in May.

Anyway…enough rambling. Tonight I have a recipe for you all that’s crazy easy, healthy, and-most importantly- delicious! I haven’t made it in quite awhile, but I was hit with a craving for it today. It’s a recipe I got from my mom and I’m pretty sure she made it up. If you’re craving Italian, this is a great way to satisfy that craving without all the carbs. Also, in addition to minimal prep work, the two main ingredients can be cooked with very little supervision. So you can be working on something else (or reading a good book) while dinner is cooking. Which, in my opinion, is one of the best things about this recipe!

*Serves One

You’ll Need:

2 bell peppers, sliced (any color)

2 sweet Italian sausage links

1 jar marinara sauce (I used a roasted red pepper and garlic sauce by Prego, but your favorite brand is just fine)

Olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste

Mozzarella cheese (optional)

…Seriously, that’s all you need!

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. In a bowl, combine sliced peppers, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Toss the peppers until they’re well coated

3. Spread peppers evenly on a foil covered cookie sheet and roast in the oven. the longer they roast, the sweeter they’ll be. So unless they’re burning (I’ve never had this happen) let them roast until you’re too hungry to wait any longer or the edges start to blacken, whichever comes first.

4. Bring water to boil and boil sausages on high for 20 minutes

5. once sausage is done cooking, slice into strips or coins and set aside

6. Warm the marinara sauce while the peppers are finishing roasting

7. Once everything done, pour marinara sauce over peppers and sausage and top with a little mozzarella cheese if desired (FYI,  this dish won’t be quite as healthy if you use a ton of cheese).

8. Enjoy!

-Vanessa

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A Lunch to look forward to

Now that I’m EMPLOYED(!!!!!), I get to make healthy lunches every day. I have some requirements for any lunch, it has to be portable, delicious and filling. I want a lunch that I’m excited to eat. If you pack yourself a good, quality lunch, you’ll be less likely to hit up the vending machine or scrap the whole thing for fast food.

When it comes to midday meals I prefer a bigger lunch and a smaller dinner. In my excitement of being employed again I decided to prep my lunch for Monday.

Before I get to what I prepped for myself, here are a few lunch ideas that are filling, delicious and travel well:

-Tuna Fish salad

-Waldorf Salad

-Chicken Salad

-Egg Salad

-A sandwich version of any of the aforementioned salads

-A regular MEGA salad (a salad with your favorite fixins)

-Taco Chicken Salad

-Tacos (easy to assemble and eat!)

-Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich (Or PB&J)

-Turkey (or other deli meat) sandwich

-Veggie Wrap (meat can easily be added)

-Leftover Pasta (Italian food always gets better overnight!)

-Leftover Lasagna

-Fried Rice or Stir Fry

-Grilled Chicken (in sandwich or tenders form, just cook up a breast or strips the night before and reheat!)

Great Sides/Snacks: potato salad, almonds, crackers, hummus (with cracker or veggies), celery and PB, baked chips, popcorn (with assorted toppings, Salt, butter, chocolate chips, nutritional yeast), rice, pudding cups, trail mix, granola bar, any fruit or veggie!!

Mondays are usually the bain of the workweek, but a delicious and filling lunch can make any Monday brighter!

I’m looking forward to a delicious Tuna Salad! I love tuna because it can be made in SO many ways. I like my tuna salad with lots of flavor and crunch! Definitely not your traditional tuna salad.

Brittany’s Favorite Tuna Salad

-2 cans of tuna (in water, NEVER oil!)

-1 cup of grapes (I slice mine lengthwise, cause I’m picky)

-2 stalks of celery chopped up (any way you prefer, I prefer mine in slices)

-Nature’s Seasons

-Garlic Powder

1. Slice celery and grapes

2. Drain tuna and add

3. Mix well and season to taste

You’re probably wondering, “Where’s the mayo?! The relish?!”

Well remember, this is for a lunch! And it’s enough for several lunches! So my suggestion to you, wait to add the mayo until you are packing up everything to take with you.  Add mayo as you prefer (I don’t have an exact measurement)

Mix it well and add a TB of mustard. The mustard gives it a nice kick and makes up for the lack of relish. The celery adds a great crunch, and the grapes add a burst of sweetness.

If you are hesitant to stray from your standard Tuna Salad recipe, this is a great “gateway” recipe.  I’ve got another Tuna Salad recipe that involves honey and cinnamon…..but that’s another fish for another day!

Wondering what to do with the tuna water?

Midnight will be HAPPY to take it off your hands!! (Military Man’s kitty cat, pretty much the nicest cat I’ve ever met!)

Bon Appetit!

-Brittany

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