5 Delicious, Simple & Healthy Recipes to Make This Week

So I put in place some stricter routines for my eating to get myself back on track with healthier (and super tasty!) eating and to save some money! I spent a Saturday planning out meals, cleaning out the cupboards and fridge, and stocking up with the ingredients I needed for the week. I was tired of feeling bloated and ready to fuel my body with what it needed to be at full speed! Not only am I feeling better but I’ve really found some amazing recipes which helped add some variety to the Lean Cuisines I also picked up for quick lunches throughout the week.

5 EAsy & Delicious Recipes to Try This Week

Day 1 – Dinner: ‘Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Avocado Sauce’ from kitchenswagger.com

The sauce on top of the salmon was divine! It was easy to make too with the help of my little food processor. Paired with some steamed vegetables, this was a great dinner to enjoy after a busy day. 

Day 2 – Lunch: a colorful salad to take to the office

I’m getting better at blending tastes and building more creative salads and I’m loving the results! This salad has a spring mix salad mix and butter lettuce base with chopped red bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, blackberries, and tomatoes. Top off with some fresh italian cheese blend and poppy-seed dressing.

Day 3 – Dinner: ‘One Pan Healthy Italian Sausage & Veggies’ from chelseasmessyapron.com

I loved the flavor of this dish. It was so easy to make too. Just chop everything up, toss with the seasonings, throw on the pan and cook. Wah-lah dinner is ready! 

Day 4 – Dinner: ‘One Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas’ from number-2-pencil.com

I let loose a little for Thursday, indulging in a healthier version of fajitas (I love fajitas!). These had such awesome flavor! I loved being able to make it all on one pan for a quick after-work dinner.

Day 5 – Lunch: ‘Sun-dried Tomato Spinach Grilled Cheese Sandwich’ from eatgood4life.com

I worked from home so I was able to cook up a warm lunch. This sandwich had the perfect blend of flavors!

As I find myself getting back to cooking more, I am getting more and more creative and am enjoying my meals so much more. I am also finding coming home and cooking after a long, busy day has been very relaxing too! 

 

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10 Healthy & Happy Habits To Start Today

We are all striving to feel our best and to do our best. But without taking care of ourselves how can we keep doing just that? Healthy habits can be simple and easily worked into your days. Whether it’s taking some time to yourself to recharge by taking a hot bath in the evening, or calling up a friend to vent about your day, or walking down the drive to get the mail instead of driving, every little bit makes a difference in how you feel each day. 

Here are 10 Simple, Healthy & Happy Habits to start doing today to feel your best! 

  1. Drink more water.
  2. Reward yourself for meeting goals.
  3. Get more sleep.
  4. Include “me” time in each week.
  5. Keep your to-do list organized.
  6. Talk to your friends and family routinely.
  7. Get active every day.
  8. Wash your face and moisturize each day.
  9. Reflect often.
  10. Smile more.

Want more tips for a happier and healthier life? Check out these posts:

10 Tips To Get A Restful Sleep

How To Build A Better To-Do List

Reflect On How Far You’ve Come

Top Tips For Managing Stress

5 Apps To Stay Balanced In A Busy Life

 

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10 Tips To Get A Restful Sleep

A good night’s rest is a key to good preparation for a good day the next. I, however as much as I know this, am one of those peeps with a racing mind and can be much of a night owl, finding it a struggle to wind down sometimes at night for bed. I keep some tips and tricks up my sleeve to help me prepare to hit the sack each night so that I can ensure I get a restful night to be ready to go for the next busy day.

1.) Eat earlier. Try and eat at least three hours before bed. A tip to remember is that food fuels us which can in turn make you feel more awake and not able to settle down as easily for bed.

2.) Schedule wind down time. Set reminders on your phone to remind you to start winding down for bed. I set my Fitbit to notify me when it’s 15 minutes before bed so that I can shut down all my screens and meditate before laying my head on the pillow.

3.) Scent therapies. Burn incense or candles in relaxing scents to help put yourself at ease. Lavender essential oil therapies can help relax you also.

4.) Take a warm bath or shower. This is a great way to wind down after a busy day and relax your muscles.

5.) Read. Curl up in bed with a good story and read for at least 15 minutes to calm your mind.

6.) Drink a cup of hot tea. Try to choose something decaf. Chamomile is a great choice to sip on.

7.) Complete a wind down yoga sequence. My favorite night time poses are legs up on the wall, child pose, and cobra.

8.) No screen time. Electronics stimulate the mind. Turn off the TV, the computer, and put the phone down.

9.) Dim the lights. Turn a soft lamp on while you wind down. Set your phone to turn down the blue light.

10.) Meditate. This is a great way to clear your mind before bed.

13 Health Benefits of the Juicy Grapefruit

A little sweet a little tart, an in between citrus fruit. This fruit is power-packed with healthy goodness!

 

– Super packed with Vitamin C and A!!!

– Boosts the immune system

– Good for the eyes and skin

– Can improve your mood

– Helps maintain a healthy heart

– Assists in healthy bone growth

– Helps beat kidney stones.

– Grapefruit is a natural fat burner and boosts metabolism!

– It’s hydrating! Grapefruits are made up of about 9% water and are packed with electrolytes!

– They’re high in antioxidants!

– Helps reduce cholesterol.

– They’re low in calories!

– May lower the risk of stroke.

Incorporate them into your diet by:

– Layer with avocado spread on whole grain toast with some sea salt sprinkled over.

– Make grapefruit and yogurt popsicles.

– Squeeze your own fresh grapefruit juice.

– Toss them on top of a salad.

– Toss with sliced strawberries, grapes, bananas and sunflower seeds for a simple fruit salad.

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

7 Wonderful Reasons to Add Almonds to Your Snack Routine

I am a healthy snack fanatic. With the exception of Cheetos, I would choose something fresh over chips any day. I think they taste better and I feel better eating them. This series is all about making that healthier choice. I’ve combined some benefits of some of my favorite power foods with some snacky ideas and recipes in this series to help you fight the temptation of running to the vending machine. This week’s choice – almonds! I will never forget my first time eating a raw almond from the organic stand at the Farmer’s Market – ripping off the green shell to find this beautiful nut inside packed with super powers!

Why eat Almonds?

  1. They help maintain blood sugar levels – which means more consistent energy in the day.
  2. They are considered a good source of fiber and are packed with protein and healthy fats.
  3. They’re considered a power food for the brain. Who doesn’t want a super-charged brain?! Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine which are nutrients that help with neurological activity and help prevent cognitive decline.
  4. They can help reduce hunger which aids in weight loss (or helps prevent weight gain).
  5. They have healthy antioxidants and healthy fats that support overall heart health helping to prevent heart disease and heart attacks.
  6. They are a wonderful resource of Vitamin E and antioxidants (again with those awesome antioxidants!) which promotes healthy skin.
  7. They are high in magnesium. Check this read out for 11 Miraculous Ways Magnesium Heals Your Mind & Body.

Here’s some yummy snack ideas to get you started:

Mix some almonds into a non-fat Greek Yogurt.

Add almonds & bananas to a bowl of (low sugar) cereal.

Have a handful of almonds with some berries.

Spread almond butter on whole wheat toast.

And my favorite – a bunch of raw almonds from market!

 

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research.