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IMG_20140119_165356Part of a healthy diet is having your fair share of fruits and vegetables. They give you vitamins and nutrients that can ward off illness, provide all-natural energy, and keep you brain in top notch condition throughout the day. But some days it can be difficult to make sure that everything you eat throughout the day includes these super foods. Juicing is a great way to stay on top of your fruit and veggie requirements, without needing alot of time to prep or cook – or eat for that matter! Juicing has also become big in the dieting world to lose weight and detox your body. This particular recipe is great because it contains kale – a super food related to broccoli known for having high levels of beta carotene, vitamin k, vitamin c and calcium. And while it may not look like the most delicious drink to some, it has a surprisingly sweet and delicious flavor that may have you reaching for your greens more often. Simply throw all the items through you juicer, add ice and enjoy your veggies like never before!

5 large kale leaves

1 large cucumber

1 peeled lemon

1 apple

2 large ribs of celery

Do you juice? What’s your favorite green juice recipe?

 

 

Did you know that the $4 container of chip dip you buy at the store costs about as much to make (or less depending what you have at home) and tastes a million times better!? I didn’t until recently when I went crazy and made all my own dip for the Superbowl (yes late post, I know). But seriously people, I felt so cheated when I realized that I could make all of my favorite dips with stuff I have at home (mostly) and that it would taste so incredibly delicious. I made a basic ranch dip, hummus, and salsa. The hummus and the salsa required a food processor, but I’m sure you could also use a blender or some other kind of mixer. Side note – I love my food processor, and I suggest you get one if you don’t have one already. Ok so, all these recipes after the jump!

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Since about December, I have been eating quite a bit healthier than in previous years. No more fast food, no soda, no processed foods, all whole grains, no food after 9pm, cut back on alcohol, lots of vegetables and all that good stuff.  It would seem that all these sacrifices make it difficult to live with all the cravings I get for my favorite foods –  because your favorites are always the unhealthy options, right? But I don’t want to give up everything! That makes it no fun, and makes it difficult to stick to my new goals. So I’ve been looking for little cheats here and there to make the things I crave, while still delectable, a bit more healthy. One of my new favorite healthy craving crushers is this recipe I found on Pinterest for carrot fries. I was skeptical at first, as I am probably the biggest lover of french fries there is, as well as anything made with potatoes – mmmm starch. But let me tell you, these are absolutely delicious, and incredibly easy to make. Peel and slice as many carrots as your little heart desires into fry shaped pieces. Line a baking sheet with foil and lay those suckers in an even layer on the sheet. Oh yeah, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Now drizzle olive oil over the top of the carrots and swish them around so they get mostly coated. I have made these a couple times and have used salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic powder – or any combination of these you can think of and all have been delicious. So sprinkle your desired spices on them and pop them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Yum, yum, yum!!

Do you have any alternate recipes to curb your cravings? Leave them in the comments below!

 

 

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you all had a safe – albeit fun – New Years Eve! And I hope that two days into the New Year, that you are still pumped on all of your New Year’s resolutions! I know I am. Although, I will say that when I had originally started thinking about resolutions, it was the beginning of December. I went to put on a cropped top and I was extremely dissatisfied with what was hanging out – my stomach. I’m not an overweight person by any means, however, I’ve never been one to stick to any type of fitness goals or lead a very healthy lifestyle. This year, I started my resolutions early in December. I started doing yoga daily (or some type of fitness oriented activity) and eating more healthy foods. I figured – why wait!? And so far so good. I actually just signed up for a gym membership as well, which I love, and I have been able to keep myself to a healthy diet rich with fruits and vegetables. One of those vegetables I was so recently introduced to is broccolini. When I first saw it in the produce section, I thought it was just baby broccoli, but after more research I realized it was so much better!! I have incorporated it into a couple different recipes this week, which I will post about later, but for now, I wanted to post my research on this mystery veggie and the best ways to cook it. Broccolini(Image from Wikipedia.com)

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