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Snack Recommendations




I'm always looking for something fun and healthy to snack on. So I basically live in the fridge scouring the shelves for snacks. So I thought it'd be fun to share some of my favorite snacks.  I basically try to eat solid real food meals but these come in to play middle of the day or snacking while watching television. Hope you guys dig this and give some of these a try!


Chello Whisps

These are basically my replacement for
Cheez-its. They're so rich and cheesy and made of real aged cheese and are perfect for the road or grabbing a couple for a evening snack.




Omega -3 Nut Mix

I recently brought these along for our fourth of July road trip to Virginia and ended up being super helpful in avoiding junk food while traveling.



Country Archer Beef Sticks 

We picked these up at Costco and ended up loving them! They're individually wrapped which makes them easy to take with you on the go. They're super tasty and are made of 100% grassfed beef!




Savory Brussels Sprouts 


"Eat your veggies!" Something that most of us grew up hearing from our parents or other adults around us. And honestly, eating vegetables can be a bit of a chore. Well, at least that's what I used to think. It turns out however, that it wasn't that veggies weren't good, they just weren't tasty! I've come to learn that much like the protein of your meal your veggies need seasoning to bring out their flavor. 

So if you're struggling to fit in your veggies here's a quick and super easy recipe to make one of the most hated on veggies in the game, brussels sprouts taste AMAZING!!



Recipe:

-Use about 2 handfuls of fresh or frozen brussels sprouts
-Preheat pan
-once pan is searing hot add in your brussies
-drizzle with avocado oil
-add in your seasonings
     -salt
     -pepper
     -red pepper flakes
     -garlic powder
-Cook for about 15-20 minutes
-For more of a sear turn up heat on pan for the final few minutes
-finish off with a tablespoon of butter 
-Let simmer in butter for another few minutes

    


Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe


After a weekend full of hot dogs and hamburgers I thought it would be nice to share a recipe for something a little bit lighter. Enter my cedar plank salmon recipe! It's super easy and versatile and a nice balance after indulging all weekend. Check out the recipe below!




Ingredients:

-McCormick Cedar Plank Salmon Seasoning
-Maple Syrup
-Avocado oil
-Salmon

How to Prepare:

*quick note* Salmon is one of the easiest things to prepare however, the one thing to consider is that it's delicate and cooks rather quickly so just be diligent about keeping an eye on it in the pan. With that said, first start by seasoning your salmon with seasoning mix. Next add a tablespoon of avocado oil followed by a half tablespoon of maple syrup. Rub all ingredients into salmon. 


In a pan that's already preheated (I like to use cast iron) start placing your pieces in the pan. Cook about 3-5 minutes per side leaving the inside slightly pink. It's seriously that easy! Feel free to serve with veggies or a slaw on the side and enjoy!!







Breakfast Burrito

There is nothing I enjoy more than a good breakfast burrito. They're just the best! They're filling, you can put any type of breakfast food in them and they're handheld so you can stuff your face on the go. It just doesn't get any better than that! So for my latest food endeavor I decided to create my own breakfast burrito.

Recipe:
- 3 eggs scrambled 
- 1 cup of shredded cheese 
-5 pieces of bacon chopped up
- 2 tablespoons of salsa
- 1 flour tortilla ( I used low carb version)

Directions:

Cook up pre chopped bacon until thoroughly done. Scramble eggs and cook on low-medium heat until almost done. Season with salt and pepper. Add cheese and bacon to eggs. Mix cheese and bacon into eggs until eggs are finished cooking. 

In separate pan put on high heat and warm up tortilla (about 30 seconds per side).
Fill tortilla with egg, bacon and cheese mix. Top with salsa and enjoy!

Pro tip!
I didn't add it to the burrito pictured but topping burrito with some chopped green onion really adds some zing and nice flavor profile!


Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup


It's definitely soup season and I wanted to share this quick and easy recipe for chicken soup!

So for this recipe I roasted a whole chicken (cuz well, I never had and ya gotta learn one day right?!).
But feel free to use an already cooked rotisserie chicken or grill up some chicken breast then pull them apart for the soup.

For the chicken I did an Italian herb butter rub and a squeeze of lemon on top once it was out of the oven (cooked the chicken for about 45 minutes).

 In a separate pot have roughly five cups of any broth you like going on a low simmer ( I used chicken). 

In another pan saute chopped carrots and celery seasoned with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Once softened add to the broth.

Lastly, add your chicken pieces and stir altogether. Top off with salt, pepper and I also like to add some red pepper flaked for a little kick! Enjoy!


Refreshing Cranberry Spritz Holiday Cocktail

Who doesn't love a refreshing cocktail at a Holiday party that doesn't make you feel crappy the next day?! Well, I think I've got your answer! Over Thanksgiving I made this bad boy for our guest and it ended up being a big hit! The original recipe calls for tequila but I felt like that had too much of a bite, so I went with Mandarin Vodka (feel free to use regular vodka or tequila if you prefer!).



Recipe:

Handful of ice

Fresh Cranberries

1 Lime

1 orange ( I used Blood Orange)

Soda water ( I used lime)

Add ice to glass, poor in shot of vodka, add a few cranberries, add squeeze of ornge and ime juice, add slime of orange and lime to glass for garnish. Fill rest of glass with soda wter. Add a splash of cranberry juice and enjoy!



Spicy Chicken Pad Tai (Gluten Free)







I'm always looking for a fun and healthy way to make some of my favorite indulgent meals.

And as much as I love Asian inspired noodle dishes they really pack punch calorically when ordered at a restaurant.

So I wanted to see if I could re-create oe of my favorite dishes Pad-Tai) at home and have it be just as satisfying.

So here's what I did,,,




I grabbed a pack of my favorite brand of gluten free noodles.

Some hormone free chicken.

Peanut sauce.

Coconut milk.

And green onion.

I grilled the chicken with a dry rub of salt, pepper, and cayenne and topped it off with a drizzle of olive oil when it was just about done.

From there I cooked the noodles ( took about 4 minutes).

Drained, then added chopped cooked chicken, tai peanut sauce, coconut milk, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

Let simmer for a few minute whole all the flavors combined.

Lastly, top with green onion and enjoy!




Grapefruit and Avocado Side Salad






This is BY FAR one of my favorite new additions to my salad menu.

Let's be honest, salad while fantastic for you and packed with nutrients can just get boring AF.

So when I saw this recipe on Netflix's new 'Queer Eye', YES you read that right. (And watch, the show is fantastic!) I know I had to try it!




This is seriously the easiest thing I've EVER made.

Cut a ripe grapefruit into chunks or slices (whatever you prefer).

Next, do the same with an avocado.

And while the recipes on the show called for a dressing made with dijon mustard, olive oil, salt, pepper and the juice of grapefruit; I simply just drizzled olive oil on top and topped with salt and pepper.

This is so light and refreshing!

Enjoy!


Let's Talk About Gut Health


Probiotics are microorganisms that many believe provide health benefits when consumed. The term probiotic is currently used to name ingested microorganisms associated with benefits for humans and animals.

With that said...

Why is gut health important?  It's believed that digestive health has a direct correlation to our immune systems. Since in the past my immune system hasn't seemed to stack up to others I wanted to see if there was a way to give it a boost. So I took a deep dive into working on my gut health. Yep, very attractive I know..

But as unappealing as this may sound I've had some great results. And a lot of the products I've found and consume (which aren't a ton) are actually pretty tasty!

So I wanted to feature a few of them in case any of you were interested.On top of these items I also take a daily probiotic that is shelf stable. You can also take one's that can be stored in the fridge. Hope you guys try and dig some of these and cheers to your gut health!

Kombucha


First up on my list. Kombucha.

Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits.

Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY). Microbial populations in SCOBY cultures vary.

The yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces and other species, and the bacterial component almost always includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.

Although I start my day with coffee usually in the afternoon I have some Kombuhca for an afternoon pick me up. There are so many great flavors and brands out there that is a little something for everyone. The only thing to watch here is the sugar. However, most brand keep it around 5 grams per serving.

Tonics




KeVita Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic is low-calorie, with a sweet and tangy apple cider taste. Fermented with KeVita's Water Kefir Culture, our tonic has apple cider vinegar and billions of live probiotics.

I just can't get enough of these! And the nice thing is since they're not caffeinated you can have them any time of day. I usually like a little before bed. 

These are super tasty and the mint lime mojito one is great replacement when you're taking a break from the booze. 

These are also pretty low in sugar. 


Fermented Foods




Last up, fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kimchi. I love these pickled foods as a snack any time of the day.  If this is something you're just introducing into your diet I recommend beet flavored as it adds a bit of sweetness. These types of foods are great to top other foods as well such as tacos, eggs, or hot dogs!

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