Look at these little babes! Mini eggplants are the cutest.  You can cut these in half and roast them with some olive oil, salt and pepper and they make a perfect side dish. The recipe that I am sharing with you guys today are eggplant parm bites.  These make fun appetizers but can honestly be eaten as meal.  I added chickpeas for an extra boost of protein and fiber – but any white bean can work! If you are vegan, skip the cheese and you can blend white beans and nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. It works just as well- I just LOVE cheese.  Check out the recipe below! Enjoy. 

 

Eggplant Parm Bites

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Mini Eggplant Parm Bites
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
703 calories
127 g
12 g
17 g
32 g
4 g
1748 g
241 g
45 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1748g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 703
Calories from Fat 146
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
26%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 12mg
4%
Sodium 241mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 127g
42%
Dietary Fiber 65g
260%
Sugars 45g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
67%
Calcium
35%
Iron
42%
* 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. 12 Baby eggplant (halved)
  2. 1 cup rinsed garbanzo beans
  3. 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  4. 1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese
  5. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  6. 2 tbsp olive oil
  7. Arugula to garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 400
  2. Halve eggplants and toss in olive oil.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes
  4. Toss chickpeas in tomato sauce
  5. Take eggplant out of the over and top with chickpeas and sliced cheese
  6. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Garnish with arugula or parsley.
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Figs: probably one of the most beautifully luscious fruits ever – and although we can get them dried year long, there is nothing better then biting into a fresh fig- especially while they are in season.  Fig season ends early October. So I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite Fig recipes before the season ends. If you have never tried a fresh fig- I HIGHLY recommend you try one on it’s own THIS WEEK! 

A little history: this biblical fruit is believed to be first cultivated in Egypt and became a staple food in Greece in the 9th century. Figs were such a delicacy there that they created laws forbidding people to export them to other counties. 

Some health benefits: Figs are rich in potassium and fiber and contribute to a heart healthy diet as well as lowering blood pressure. Figs have also been studies to protect against macular degeneration, breast cancer, and have insulin-lowering properties in their leaves. 

My favorite way to enjoy figs, literally just fresh or I cut them up on toast or on a salad like the one below.  They’re super sweet and add the perfect balance with a balsamic salad.  Or a breakfast fav: Figs + Honey + Goat Cheese on toast- droolllllll.

Fig Recipe Round Up

If you know me you know I love my chia pudding and my smoothies.  Below is one of my favorite snacks, it’s calorie and nutrient dense.  I did a green smoothie followed with a little chia pudding  and a fig smoothie.  This fig smoothie consist of fresh figs, frozen blueberries and a 1/2 cup of greek yogurt. 

Fig Recipe Round Up: Fig Smoothie

Check out some of my favorite bloggers FIG recipes here: 

Cooking Light: Toast With The Most

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

Happy Labor Day y’all!  

This morning I want to share with you one of my FAVORITE cocktails. This is also super refreshing as a mocktail – for those of you who don’t necessarily need to drink the second you think “Holiday! No work today!”

Before we get into this deliciousness- let’s chat about sugar for a sec.  If you read my blog and know me you know I am a huge advocate for all things fat not things sugar.  *Sugar is super inflammatory, causes diseases like cancer and diabetes.   I am not perfect – I eat sugar sometimes- but I do try my best to stay away from it.  And when making cocktails, I can fortunately control the ingredients.

I am collaborating with Zevia for this post. Ever here of it?  Well it’s a zero calorie, naturally sweetened with stevia, SUGAR FREE soda.  They have all kinds of fun flavors which makes it the perfect cocktail mixer.  So, if you are trying to ween off soda, or just like having something bubbly, I highly suggest having this soda around.

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This spicy watermelon grapefruit cocktail has been my go-to drink this summer.  Jalapeños make everything better and it’s so easy you can make a single serving when you want just one drink or make a pitcher of it for your LDW party.

Spicy Watermelon Cocktail
Serves 4
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459 calories
93 g
0 g
2 g
7 g
0 g
1246 g
13 g
71 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1246g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 459
Calories from Fat 16
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 13mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 93g
31%
Dietary Fiber 7g
26%
Sugars 71g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
131%
Vitamin C
199%
Calcium
10%
Iron
17%
* 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. 1 mini watermelon (or 1/2 whole, regular sized watermelon)
  2. 4 limes
  3. 2 bottles of Zevia Grapefruit Soda
  4. 2 jalapeños, sliced
  5. 6 ounces of vodka
Instructions
  1. Blend all vodka, watermelon and lime
  2. Pour in a glass and top off with 1/2 can of Zevia soda
  3. Garnish with jalapeños
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*I am not a doctor or dietitian, however I am currently in doing my dietetic internship.  All of the information that I write is from research and my previous learnings in college.

Somewhere in between spending $13 on salads and saying fuck it i’ll just have cheese and wine- I conclude that I inevitably ask myself every night “what is for dinner”. I finally came up with a solution- this bowl.  It’s perfect because you can change of the ingredients and it cover all of the food groups while still being super satisfying, nourishing and inexpensive.  My checking account owes me a big thank you for this little bowl. I used to cook dinners for myself, following elaborate recipes but it got so frustrating because I would end up spending 25 dollars on ingredients and I don’t want to eat left overs all week.  

Healthy Dinner For One1} 1} Pick a carb.  Whether it’s frozen rice, quinoa or in my case potatoes – start your bowl off with a carby base.  Don’t cop on on the carbs- your late night munchies will kick in if you do. When cooking for one – make a batch of grains ahead of time so you have them all week! 

2} Add your protein.  Hard boiled eggs will always be my go-to.  But keeping tempeh, tofu, pre-cooked shrimp, or buy a 6 ounce piece of salmon for a simple delish option.

3} Add an avocado. Always. On everything. 

4} Veg that shit up. Whatever produce you buy that week- add it to your dinner.  I made these delicious mustard apple brussels in less then 30 minutes and the left overs are for lunch. Recipe below.

5} Get saucy.  Add tahini, lime juice, Siracha whatever you see fitting to your bowl for a little pizzazz. You will never get sick of these bowls- I promise.

 

 

Apple Mustard Brussels
Serves 4
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5 min
Cook Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
103 calories
8 g
2 g
8 g
1 g
1 g
71 g
177 g
5 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
71g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 103
Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 2mg
1%
Sodium 177mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
1%
Iron
2%
* 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. 1 Bag brussels sprouts, halved.
  2. 1 whole apple, chopped into one inch pieces
  3. 2 tbsp grain mustard
  4. 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  5. 2 tbsp olive oil
  6. 1 piece of bacon (optional)
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Half your brussels sprouts and put them into a bowl
  3. Mix in chopped apples, bacon, olive oil and vinegar and mustard.
  4. Spread on a single layer baking sheet
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until crispy.
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Spud, tater, tuber- whatever you call it– it’s delicious. 

Potatoes get a shitty rep.  Sure, the low carb dieters hate them but all 100 pounds of me loves potatoes.  Fried (in REAL moderation), baked, chips and sweet potatoes. I say BRING IT.  This complex carbohydrate is loaded in fiber, potassium, vitamins B and C.  And sure, like most produce, a lot of the glory is in the skin, but the actual flesh is quite nutritious as well. Potatoes without any added fats or oils have zero fat and are pretty filling.  If you do have diabetes, be aware that they do have a high glycemic index- so opt for sweet potatoes or just limit the serving and eat with protein! 

In Defense of a potatoMy Potato Buying Guide: 

  • Opt for organic as conventional may have pesticide residue.
  • Go for the colors! I am obsessed with purple mini potatoes (pictured above) the more colorful the more antioxidants like beta carotene 
  • Buy potatoes year round but know their peak season is October- January

Comment with your favorite potato recipe below.

Enjoy tater lovers. x.

In defense of a potato

 

Cocktails, pizza and face masks.  Sounds like a fun girls night in, right?  Here’s a little healthy-summery spin- you can include watermelon into all of these.  Watermelon not only taste delicious and super refreshing but it is also rich in antioxidants and fiber.  Get your knives sharp and your vodka ready {Ehh- that sounds sort of scary taken out of context} cause we’re about to have a watermelon party.

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{1} Watermelon Lime Cocktail: Blend 4 cups of chopped watermelon with 2 tbsp fresh mint, 2 limes, 1 cup of ice and 6 ounces of vodka. Serves 4.

{2} Watermelon pizza: You guys- I have been seeing this ALL over Instagram recently and it’s fricken adorable– check out this cuteness here: http://bit.ly/2aO5vjr

{3} Hydrating Watermelon Face Mask: Watermelon is rich in vitamin A and C and it fights inflammation, dull skin and acne. Mix 1 tbsp of watermelon juice with 1 tbsp plain greek yogurt.  Apply on face for ten minutes and rinse off with warm water.

Share your favorite watermelon recipes below! 

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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! 

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It’s Monday and I have had a long day with my dietetic internship! {PS: Comment below if you want me to do a blog post the internship!} My go to lazy dinner is normally eggs because well they’re super healthy, filling and you can add any vegetable you have laying around into the mixture.

Ha— but things just got a LITTLE lazier.  I sometimes hate cleaning up after I make eggs.  Seriously- so lazy. Not always, but on Mondays, yes.

So this egg in an avocado thing is perfect because no frying pan is involved. 

{1} Preheat the over t0 425

{2} Slice the avocado in half and take out the seed.

{3} Crack an egg in one half of the avocado and put it directly in the over for ten minutes (or until whites are cooked)

{4} Stuff the other half with salsa, beans or chili *I used Better Bean Co. pre made chili because it has pure plant based ingredients. 

{5} Top with Lime & cilantro –optional- serve with corn chips!

Avocado Egg Bake