As a kid, I was never really into drinking sodas or very sugary drinks. I was that strange little kid that preferred juice or water over soda and would choose a Snapple peach tea any day over a coke or sprite. I used to love Snapple peach tea as a kid and even into my early adulthood and the only thing that made me ease up on it was learning about how much extra sugar was in it. Recently with the weather being so hot, I decided I would try to recreate that much loved Snapple peach tea on my own while also taking advantage of the fresh peaches in season. After several attempts, I finally landed on this one which I can happily say is just as delicious if not better than the Snapple version. Although I did utilize sugar in this recipe, most of it comes from the peaches themselves. By blending the peaches and keeping the skin on, I was able to preserve some of the fiber as well. This recipe is entirely customizable and you can add as much or as little of the peach simple syrup as you like. Although, I would highly recommend you serve it as I have outlined because I know for a fact that as is it is a winner. Over the last few days I have made this 3 or 4 times because we have been going through it that fast. Whether you’re tired of just drinking water or looking for ways to utilize those delicious summer recipes, I think you will find that this recipe will exceed your expectations. Feel free to scroll to the bottom of the page for the nutrition breakdown.Read More
This season our garden has given us more zucchini than we know what to do with. Every week we harvest AT LEAST 2-3 large zucchinis and when I say large, I mean the equivalent of 2-3 store bought zucchinis in just one. I have been loving picking my produce from my own backyard but with so much of the same vegetable, I’ve had to think up some creative ways to use it without boring myself. One of the first things I thought to make was zucchini fries. If we’re using the word “fries” in the title, I 1000% expect it to be crispy and to live up to the glory that is potato based french fries. I knew it would take some time to perfect the recipe, but this last batch I made was about as perfect as it could get. Coated in fresh parmesan cheese, crispy panko breadcrumbs, and seasoned with Italian seasonings, these are out of this world incredible. This recipe is very straight-forward and although I am trying to create recipes right now that will allow you to avoid heating up your house with the use of your oven, let me just say that these zucchini fries are worth heating the house up. My last batch was gone in under 15 minutes and that was just between Adrian and myself. Now before we get into the recipe, let’s talk about the nutritional value of our star vegetable–zucchini.Read More
A few weeks ago, I was looking for some new brunch ideas to change up the routine. I came across a recipe for shakshuka and decided to give it a try. As I was making it, I kept thinking to myself of ways I could modify it to give it more of a Mexican flare. Shortly after I made shakshuka, I decided to get back into the kitchen to try to recreate what I had in my head. To start with, I decided to add in some soy chorizo for some extra protein and also an extra kick. From there I decided what if I placed the filling over a bed of a corn tortillas to mimic huevos rancheros and then I added some cheese over that. Well, to say the least I ended up completely transforming the “shakshuka” but let me tell you that it may be one of my favorite things I have made to date. I made this for brunch on a day I had one of my friends coming over and it did not disappoint. It’s simpler than you may think so let’s dive into what you will need for this recipe.Read More
One of my favorite foods to have for breakfast is potatoes. I’m not talking about the sweet kind either, I’m talking about the good ol’ golden Yukon potato. For whatever reason, potatoes have gotten a bad reputation over the last decade but I am here to tell you that in this household potatoes are an absolute must and household staple. Russet potatoes, golden Yukon, and red potatoes have just as much nutritional value as sweet potatoes do the only difference being the amount of minerals varies by each variety. Each potato has its appropriate use and for the purpose of roasting at a higher heat, I have found that golden potatoes yield the best results. I am working on a comprehensive blog post to outline each use of different types of potatoes but for now, i’m letting you know that golden yukon and/or red potatoes are the best types for roasting in the oven.Read More
One of my boyfriend’s favorite snacks is spinach and artichoke dip. Anytime it is offered as an appetizer we usually order it. I have to admit, it is also one of my favorite dips as well and I can usually kill half if not all of the dip by myself. A couple months ago, I was playing around with recipes for this to make it healthier since the traditional recipe for spinach and artichoke dip involves using multiple cups of cheese in addition to mayonnaise. I started by swapping the mayonnaise out for a leaner and much lighter Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is high in protein and lower in fat than mayonnaise and also contains probiotics which is beneficial for our digestive health. From there, I decided to also reduce the amount of cheese used by substituting nutritional yeast in for about half of the cheese. Nutritional yeast is rich in B vitamins and is significantly lower in sodium and contains no saturated fat or cholesterol in comparison to traditional cheese. Nutritional yeast still gives a cheesy flavor to any dish so you won’t even notice that this recipe has less cheese than usual. The few times I have made this dip, it has not made it past the 6 hour mark. The entire bowl is always left completely clean and no one even knows that it’s a healthier version of the traditional spinach and artichoke dip. Now that we’ve gotten all the info out of the way, let’s dive into what you need for this recipe.Read More
As the weather warms up, I find myself having less of an appetite for a solid food meal and leaning more towards smoothies and smoothie bowls. However, I am someone who gets bored fairly quickly so I always try to change up the smoothies in my rotation. I was playing around with a classic recipe the other day but I wanted to add something extra to it to make it more nutritious and a little bit more filling. If I didn’t tell you in the recipe here, you would never know that there’s actually cauliflower in this smoothie! That’s right, you heard me right. This smoothie has frozen riced cauliflower in the mix to add some extra fiber and nutrients into the mix such as Vitamin C, K, and folate just to name a few. I also added in some chia seeds for a source of omega-3 fatty acids and some non-dairy cashew yogurt for probiotics (great for digestion). I used non-dairy yogurt because quite frankly I do not like the taste of dairy yogurt in my smoothies. It leaves a tang to my smoothies that I don’t particularly enjoy so instead I used either almondmilk yogurt or in this case, cashew-based yogurt but of course use whatever you have or prefer. This recipe is incredibly easy and makes enough for 3 or 2 very large servings (about 32 oz.). Feel free to freeze any leftovers into ice cube molds to save for another day. Now let’s get into the specifics of the ingredients.Read More
At the age of 22, following my college graduation, I noticed I started to break in ways I never had before. I noticed large nodules popping up along my jawline, on my cheekbones, and all over my cheeks which had never happened before. In the past, I suffered from a mild form of acne but it was never the kind of acne that hurt. That was definitely not the case for the most recent type of acne I was faced with. Large red bumps would come to the surface and were so painful I would cringe applying moisturizer and my makeup. I began to analyze in great detail the ingredients in my skincare but was confused because those products had always given me great results. At this point, I began to analyze my diet but once again could not find anything that would trigger such a large breakout. After a month of desperation, I decided to try aloe vera on my skin in an attempt to soothe my inflamed skin. Every single night I would slather my face with the gel from a fresh stem of aloe and would go to sleep with it. In the morning, I would wash my face with a gentle cleanser, moisturize, and apply sunscreen. Over the course of a few weeks, I began to notice a dramatic difference in my skin and felt so overjoyed to have found something that worked. I stuck to my routine of applying aloe to my face every night for about 2 years until one day it just stopped working.Read More
One of my all-time favorite foods is fish tacos. I am a sucker for crispy fish paired with a creamy mayo-based sauce and topped with crispy cabbage, tangy lime juice, and salsa. However, fish tacos the way it is traditionally prepared isn’t necessarily something that I think is best to eat on a weekly basis. So, in order to get away with eating it on a weekly basis, I decided to get creative and come up with a healthy recipe to fulfill my fish taco needs. Instead of frying my fish, I coated my fish in tortilla chips that I seasoned with taco seasoning and pan-fried them in avocado oil to yield a crispy and flavorful outer crust for the fish. This recipe was a huge hit in my household and much to my dismay, there were absolutely no leftovers for the next day. However, because this recipe is so easy I have no problems making another batch. From start to finish, dinner can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. Whether you want to try this for your next Taco Tuesday or you want to save this for the weekend, you won’t be spending much time preparing this meal. Without further ado, let’s get into the ingredients you will need for the recipe.Read More
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Not just because it’s the holidays but mostly because school is finally coming to an end! With just a few days of the semester left, I felt inspired to make a little dessert for the holidays. After giving it lots of thought, I decided to turn a classic holiday drink into a yummy treat you can easily make for a holiday party or to enjoy at home! This peppermint mocha tart is decadent and perfect for the holidays. It’s so incredibly easy to make and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Whether you are a fan of peppermint or not, I am sure you will love this one. Not only is this tart easy but it’s also gluten-free, and vegan! Instead of using heavy cream like so many recipes during the holidays do, I used coconut milk to yield a creamy filling. Rather than using a graham cracker crust, I utilized nutrient dense walnuts that are packed with essential fatty acids, fiber, and a great source of protein.
Although I always aim to make recipes that are healthy, I do want to make a point that sometimes, the calories, sugar, or fat content are unimportant. The holidays should be about spending time with family while enjoying delicious food. You shouldn’t deprive yourself of the foods you want to eat during a holiday party because they don’t fit into your lifestyle. As I have said before, there is a time and a place for fun foods and rather than stressing out about your food choices, enjoy whatever makes you feel good and happy. Anyways, enough with the ranting for this simple and delicious recipe, let’s get into the details of what you will need to make it happen.