Archives for posts with tag: Healthy

Juice04B

What are some of your favorite summer fruits? Mine are watermelon and cucumbers. I thought I’d combine them to make a delicious refreshing juice. Then, I thought to add a little mint and parsley for an added hint of “je ne sais quoi.”

The ingredients are:

Juice01

Lemon, cucumber, watermelon, parsley and mint.

Then I juiced them together.

Juice02

  • Watermelon is full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits, here’s why you should eat watermelon.
  • Cucumbers are good because they provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits, here are sixteen reason why you should eat more.
  • Lemon’s are known for their antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting power – reasons to consume more lemons.
  • Parsley has anti-inflammatory properties and helps keep your immune system strong, here are ten reason why you should consume more of this leafy green.
  • Mint promotes digestion, soothes your tummy, and helps lose weight – here are a few more reason why you should eat more mint.

Let me if you make this yummy refreshing juice.

Juice04

Enjoy!

 

Advertisements

Breakfast sandwich 05

I absolutely love weekends! Not because they’re a break from my Monday through Friday routine, aka work, but because… I get to eat a real breakfast! Yes, because of the food, LOL. During the workweek breakfast usually means a banana or Greek yogurt. Yeah, not super exciting, but it is convenient.

Weekends mean delicious breakfast, YAY!

I love eggs, bacon, sausage and hash browns, but in order to be semi-healthy I have to limit my intake. When I want a healthier breakfast, I’ll make myself a veggie omelette or a healthy breakfast sandwich.

Yesterday, I kicked off my weekend by attending a Yoga class at the gym. To continue on the health-kick, I made myself a yummy breakfast sandwich, which I will share the recipe with you here.

Breakfast sandwich 02

Ingredients are:

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 2 eggs
  • a handful of spinach
  • a few lettuce leaves (which I grew in my garden)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • Sea salt and Black Pepper

Breakfast sandwich 03

Directions:

  1. In a small frying pan, add a little olive oil or butter, and fry your eggs.
  2. When the translucent liquid becomes white, break the yolk by poking it with your spatula.
  3. Then sprinkle a little sea salt and black pepper. Because I like some heat in my food, I also add red pepper flakes.
  4. Wait, a few more seconds and add your spinach (as seen above), flip the eggs, let it cook for a little longer until the yolks are solid.
  5. Once the yolk is fully cooked, fold eggs in half and let them rest (move your pan away from the burner) for a few seconds while preparing the bread.
  6. Take your bread slices and spread the avocado. Ripen avocado will make this process easier.
  7. Once you’ve spread the avocado on to your bread, add lettuce and tomato slices on each side.
  8. Place the eggs onto the your bread and sandwich it.

Breakfast sandwich 04

Ta da, now you have a delicious and healthy breakfast sandwich!

Breakfast sandwich 06

If you’d like to liven up your sandwich, add a layer of crispy bacon strips. Yup, bacon makes everything better… and cheese! But if you want to be healthy do without.

I promise, you will love this sandwich and enjoy it to the last bite. Don’t forget to add a little spice, it’s good for your health 🙂

Breakfast 02

P.s. that’s Tapatio sauce on my sandwich. I told you, I love me some spicy food.

Granola bars, which make a quick and easy snack or in my case breakfast on the run, were one of my weekly grocery expenses. But not anymore, now I make my own which are much healthier and budget friendly.

Here I will share my recipe which was inspired by the Barefoot Contessa (Food Network star Ina Garten). Keep in mind that you can personalize this recipe and make it your own, which is what I did.

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups of rolled oats

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup chopped dried apricots

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup wheat germ

1 cup flax seeds

1 cup honey

½ cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Other things you will need:

Parchment paper

Baking dish

Large mixing bowl

Large spoon or spatula

Knife

Measuring cup

Measuring spoon

Timer (most ovens or microwaves have one)

Oven glove

Small saucepan

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 10 x 15 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add rolled oats, almonds and sunflower seeds and mix with a large spoon or spatula. Once all three ingredients are well combined toss on to lined baking dish and bake for 10 – 12 minutes, stir occasionally.
  3. Once ingredients are lightly browned, take baking dish out of the oven and transfer on to your large mixing bowl, stir in wheat germ and flax seeds, combined well. (Set aside baking dish lined with parchment paper will be needed later.  See step six).
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees (immediately after completing step three).
  5. In a small saucepan add butter (or margarine), brown sugar, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and honey and bring to boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a few minutes, until it starts to bubble, then pour over the toasted oats and almond mixture in large bowl (step three ingredients). Add the dried apricots and cranberries and mix well.
  6. Pour mixture into the previously lined baking dish.
  7. Lightly press the mixture and spread out evenly into the baking dish (you can use your fingers, spatula or another sheet of parchment paper, but remember the mix will be warm, be careful) and bake for 30-35 minutes, until light golden brown.
  8. Cool for about 2 to 3 hours before cutting into bars.

After cutting the granola into bars (or squares) they can be wrapped with saran wrap (plastic wrap) and stored for future consumption.

Hope you enjoy this recipe; remember to personalize it by adding your favorite dried fruits, seeds or nuts.

 ~~~CAT~~~

Additional information: all ingredients were bought from bulk (non-packaged items sold separately at most grocery stores), which were less than $5 (honey not included). Also, this recipe makes about 14 good size bars, feel free to reduce the ingredients or increase depending on the size of your family or needs.

ImageWhenever I take a trip to the grocery store, I am inclined to buying a natural fruit juice like Odwalla or Naked. While these fruit and veggie juices are delicious and nutritious they can also be a bit pricey for those of us on a budget. As an alternative I have opted to making my own fruit and veggie juices.

When I first began making my own juices, I would stick to simple juices such as carrot juice, apple juice, pineapple juice etc. With time, I’ve learned to mix and match fruits and veggies to not only make tasty juices, but to also make them as delicious and nutritious as possible.

I’d like to share one of my favorite juice recipes with you, all in hopes of inspiring you to give juicing a try. This recipe requires that you own a juicer, but if you do not own one, I suggest you chop all the ingredients into smaller pieces and mix them in the blender.

Tangy-licious

Ingredients: (yields about 16 oz.)

  1. 4 carrots
  2. 3 large stalk celery
  3. 4 oranges
  4. ¼ of a pineapple cut into spears
  5. 1 small lime
  6. Tajin or cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Wash fruit and veggies
  2. Peel skin off the oranges
  3. Cut the celery stalks in half
  4. Cut the top off the carrots (do not peel the carrots)
  5. Peel lime
  6. One by one, insert fruits and veggies into juicer (no particular order)
  7. Stir juice thoroughly and pourImage

**To add zing to the juice, I like to top my juice with a pinch of Tajin (a chili powder) or some cayenne pepper. It makes the juice that much more delish **

Good source of: Beta-carotene, Vitamin A, B-Complex, D, E, K, iron, calcium, magnesium and manganese.

Good for: Anti-aging, cleansing, colds and flu, digestion and cancer prevention

Let me know what you think, Enjoy!

**Cristy**

%d bloggers like this: