First day of Fall!  I know it’s still 85 degrees but there is nothing better then the feeling that Autumn is here.  With Fall, comes football. Okayyyy so I honestly am not a huge football fan.  But you know what I am a fan of?  Beer and food. Make that tequila and wine too.  Yes- back in college I used to bring my mini four pack of champagne with me to tailgates.  Super cool, right? Something about sports always makes me drink way too much.  Maybe it’s the lack of understanding the sports and overcoming that awkwardness, maybe it’s just because i’m surrounded by other drunk screaming fans- regardless- it’s fun.  But – first comes drinking then comes pizza and wings…and a burrito and more pizza?  Sort of exaggerating but you know what a long day of day-drinking can do to ya. 

So these little babes are a fun spin on guacamole for a game day app. For some reason, I love guac when ordering Mexican food, but it always seems a bit gnarly when it a big shared bowl.  Plus, with guacamole comes way too many chips.  And don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of chips and guac- just not after drinking all day. 

These stuffed avocados are the perfect snack for everyone.  Men won’t complain that they’re too healthy because they are so delish and your annoying vegan friend will be happy too. KIDDING! Love you vegans, but also love you meat eaters.  The best part- they are SO high in protein and healthy fats that you will be satisfied.  Like, actually satisfied. Quinoa, a complete protein is also a carbohydrate – this is literally the most balanced meal/snack.

Let’s get snacking.

 

Quinoa, Tahini Stuffed Avocados
Serves 8
A vegan, gluten free, boyfreind-friendly game day life savor!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
287 calories
27 g
0 g
19 g
7 g
3 g
153 g
34 g
2 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
153g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287
Calories from Fat 163
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
30%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 34mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 27g
9%
Dietary Fiber 9g
38%
Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
38%
Calcium
5%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 ripe avocados, halved
  2. 1 cup cooked quinoa (I buy it frozen and defrost it- such a time savor)
  3. 1/2 red bell pepper
  4. 1/2 cup corn
  5. 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  6. 2 tbsp sliced raw almonds
  7. 2 tbsp tahini
  8. 1 lime
  9. salt + pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl toss cooked quinoa, chopped peppers, almonds, corn and cilantro together.
  2. Add in lime juice and zest (always zest foe extra flavor!) and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Halve your avocados and stuff them with quinoa salad.
  4. Drizzle tahini on stuffed avocados
Notes
  1. Tailgating and drinking all day? Make double the amount of quinoa salad so you can have it for left over lunch the following day!
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fat
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protein
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Vegan game day appetizer: Stuffed Avocados

Ahh lunch time.  Possibly my least favorite time of day as well as my least favorite meal of the day.  I feel like in our culture it is the norm to eat soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch.  I’m not sure if it’s because they’re easiest to pack or because we suck as a lunch consuming society (jokingggg) but like I am so bored of salads and I fricken hate sandwiches.  A sandwich guys- generally two extra large slabs of bread smothered in fatty spreads and processed meats.  Sure- I have found and eaten plenty of delicious sandwiches on a fresh baguette with vegetables and real meat but they cost a fortune and honestly – keep me extra full for an hour and then starving way before dinner. 

Don’t even get me started with typical lunch snacks.  I mean cheese sticks, chips and apple sauce– is that the BEST we can do guys? 

Point being- typical lunches are carb centric, overly processed, underly inspired crap.

So, for lunch- I like to steer away from basic “lunch foods” and snacks. If you know me- you know I am a huge nerd and am obsessed with my Bento box lunch box.  It always makes packing my lunch so much more enjoyable.  But yeah, even if you don’t have one of these- get out your brown bag and put something exciting into it.  Make your lunch delish.

Whats for dinner? If you’re making dinner for you and your family- make a little extra and pack it for lunch.  Roasted vegetables, roared potatoes, chicken breast, salmon, homemade chili.  All of these things pack well and reheat well for lunch.  

Proteins: If you are not packing left over dinners make sure to pack yourself (or your kids, or hubby) some clean, lean proteins.  Hard boiled eggs are literally the easiest thing ever to pack.  Also, frozen precooked shrimp, hummus, smoked salmon or chicken.

Always add fresh fruit: Whether you throw an apple in your bag or cut up some berries- fruit is going to keep you fuller longer.  And it makes the perfect dessert.

Carbs? Sure! As I said, a giant sub roll isn’t ideal but I always add left over potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta or rice.  My best tip here is DO NOT MAKE YOUR LUNCH CARB CENTRIC! Definitely add the carbs as a side though – it just doesn’t need to be the Kim Kardashian of the meal.

Veg it up. Love me my avocados.  You guys know that by now right?  Or just add any fresh or cooked vegetables to your meal.  You don’t necessarily need to have a  big salad to lunch to eat veggies. 

Below are a couple lunches that I packed this week.

What do you pack for lunch?  What about for your kiddos (if applicable).

Healthy Lunch ideas     Healthy Lunch Ideas

 

Sure, I would love to write a post on the stock market and how to buy properties – but I would have to write the biggest disclaimer starting with “I have no idea what the fuck i’m talking about.”

So I can’t teach you how to invest your money.  But I can teach you how to invest in yourself.  I’m not sure about you- I do plan on being rich and successful one day (hopefully) but, I also plan to look fricken awesome and feel great.  And that starts with my health.  What’s the point of success if you can’t look and feel amazingggg.

Start your investment today! 

Step 1: Get your finances in order. Well, in this case, not your finances, but get make a list of what you have: A gym membership? A healthy stocked pantry? Access to a healthy grocery? What don’t you have….? And how can you make sure you will get this.  Start coming up with a list of what you need.  NO money needs to be involved in this.  It can be as simple as recognizing that you have a park near you where you can go running or free yoga at a local community center.

Step 2: Educate yourself. Learn the basics about your health.  

Step 3: Determine what is important to you.  For me, it’s eating well, working out using organic skin care and MENTAL health.  What are yours?  Make sure to circle back to step 2 and educate yourself on the aspects that you need improving on.

Step 4: Create a journal. Start recording everything.  What you eat, what you need, how you feel, how you can improve.

Step 5: Start your investment RIGHT NOW.  Here are some tips to help you start your investment.

Invest in your health

  • Cut out processed foods and cook more
  • Prep your meals
  • Switch to a mostly plant based diet
  • Add healthy fats into your diet
  • Invest 30 minutes,  4-5 times a week of time into exercising 
  • Start lifting weights and strengthen your core.
  • Take out toxic cleaning or beauty products from your house (use EWG.org as a source)
  • Download a meditation or listed to one on Youtube
  • Find something that makes you happy (yoga, photography, pet sitting) and stick to that at least once a week
  • Cut out toxic people from your life
  • Start your day with positive affirmations – I am happy. I am worth it. Today will be great.

I hope these help! Feel free to share some ideas below! 

x.

 

If you are already starting to make changes to clean up your diet and work out- you may want to consider reading this post. 

I started caring about my makeup and skin care routine after reading somewhere that our skin is the largest organ in our body and it is like a sponge- soaking up everything that we put on it.  So, I am used to eating very well but I never considered my beauty routine.  I spent a lot of money on beauty products so I assumed they were high quality.  Sure–they were. But, they still contained harmful chemicals that can cause skin irritation, allergies and possibly cancer.  The EWG has a great database available where you can check if your beauty or make up products contain any harmful chemicals. 

Below are some of my favorite organic products:

Organic

  1. Frank and Whiteman  Body Scrub ~ This brand is cruelty free, all natural and 5% of the proceeds go help pups in need. I am obsessed with the body scrub.
  2. Herbivore Botanicals  Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist This is perfect to throw into your beach or gym bag! It gives your face the perfect shine.
  3.  Kjar Weis  Organic Mascara  I do not wear a lot of make up in the day time but LOVE this mascara. It’s long lasting and 99.8% organic!
  4. Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer  This one is a little expensive but worth every penny.  It’s long lasting, so smooth and so light!  Add this to your beauty care collection- you will be very pleased.
  5. One Love Organics Dry Shampoo ~I love this powdered dry shampoo because it’s not coming out of an aerosol bottle.  It’s literally the best dry shampoo ever!  

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