Arugula Salad

Every time I make this salad I seem to get compliments so I thought it would be a good one to share! It’s proven to be a crowd pleaser and can be modified to fit your preference.

The main two things that you’ll need are

• Arugula

&

• Girard’s light champagne dressing (I think this is what makes it so good!)

The toppings that can be used are

  • Mini bell peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Sliced black olives
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Chicken (try the already cooked balsamic vinegar and rosemary chicken from Trader Joe’s)

I usually add some pepper and a little Tajin on the avocado.

It’s healthy, delicious, and easy to make! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Motivation Monday #47

Happy Monday!

Today I plan on setting goals for myself. I’ve realized that I feel the most in control of my life when I come up with a plan to reach my goals.

Time goes by and things change which makes it harder for us to stick to certain commitments we make for ourselves.

For a while I was working out at least 4 days a week and eating fairly healthy food. My body looked healthier and more importantly, I felt great!

I’ve slowly let go of my good habits because a lot of changes have taken place in my life over the last year. I no longer live in an apartment where the gym is a few steps away, when I started woking I didn’t have the time to plan meals like I used to so I started eating whatever was quick and easy. This is just one example of something that I want to become more diligent about again.

I also want to focus on my school work and start to complete my assignments before they’re due as I did when I first started instead of waiting till the last minute as I have been doing lately. I want to keep an organized and clean household because in my opinion, the cleaner my house is, the clearer my mind is. For example, I like to get the dishes done right away rather than having them sit out for days, then I can focus on doing everything else I need to do. And last but not least, I want to get back on track with my blogging. Writing is so important to me and it’s such a great outlet with which I can express myself in a positive way.

There are so many things in life that just take a little self-discipline. We can fall out of good habits and that’s okay, sometimes we need a little break. But it’s important that we always get back on track and make sure that were living our lives in a way that makes us happy.

I hope I’m not the only one who will use this Monday as a fresh start. You can do anything you set your mind to!

Have a beautiful week 🙂

Spread the Love

Today I want to get a head start on the Valentine’s Day celebrating and just spread a little love. 

I see so many friends on social media arguing about politics lately and to that I say- I’ve had enough. 

Enough of the negativity from both sides. And enough of the anger and hatred.

I want to remind everyone to appreciate the goood things in life and stop focusing on the bad. The more you focus on negative things the more negative your life will be. 

Think about your health, your family, the people you love, your job, your home, and even the food on your table. Be grateful.

The holiday of love is fast approaching and whether you are in a relationship or not, this is a good time to be thankful for anyone you love- your parents, siblings, friends- even your dog! 

Don’t get so caught up in life’s stressful moments. Buy a box of chocolates, share them with a friend. Get your mom some flowers. Bake your neighbor some cookies. Maybe even buy a meal for someone in need. Just spread the love, because we sure could use a little more of it these days. 

Motivation Monday #34

Happy Labor Day! I hope that all of you hard workers were able to spend this Monday relaxing.

Since you’ll most likely be getting back to work tomorrow, this is really more of a Motivation Tuesday than a Motivation Monday. But hopefully it will help you to keep a positive attitude through the rest of the week.

So here goes,

“Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.”

Basically just do something each day to better yourself and have a lovely week!

Grateful for my Health

Incase you missed my last gratitude post, I promised to share something that I am grateful for each week until Thanksgiving and this week it’s my health.

For the past week or more I haven’t quite been feeling %100, I tweaked my neck somehow and my nerves were negatively affected. My arm was going numb and the pain traveled from the temple of my head all the way down to my shoulder blade. I was so scared that something more serious might be wrong with me that I was having anxiety attacks, sleeping horribly and barely eating.

After a massage and two visits to the chiropractor I’m feeling a LOT better! I also realized that I felt better when I found a project to keep me busy or when I got out of the house and did something productive. It’s amazing how strongly your brain can affect the way that your body actually feels and it can be hard to fight those feelings of fear and anxiety but I always tried to remind myself that I will feel normal again soon.

It sometimes takes a little pain or sickness to remind you that you need to really take care of yourself and appreciate your health. So don’t forget to take good care of yourself and feel free to share what you’re grateful for this week!

 

Pan Seared Tilapia 

I haven’t been cooking much lately since I’ve moved back home. But since Blake and I will be moving to San Diego in about a month, I decided to make dinner for my mom last night. 

I love being able to make something that is healthy and delicious with minimal ingredients. So I made this tilapia dish with salad and a side of quoina.

If you have time to make the quoina beforehand then you can refrigerate it and mix it into the salad. But here’s what I did to make this super easy and delicious meal. 

First, I boiled the quoina because it takes the longest. I then seasoned the tilapia fillets with lemon juice, garlic salt and paprika. 

I added about two cloves (or a teaspoon) of minced garlic to the pan along with a tablespoon of olive oil and lemon juice mixture (from trader joes). 


I brought the mixture to a medium heat and allowed the garlic to cook for a minute before I added the fish to the pan. 

Once I added the fish, I set my timer for 3 minutes and started working on the salad. 

With just a bag of mixed greens, 2 Persian cucumbers, a can of black olives, 1/2 red onion and 2 avocados, this salad was super easy to throw together.

I cut the cucumbers, onion and avocado, then tossed everything in a medium bowl, drizzled some of the olive oil and lemon mixture onto the salad and added a little bit of tajin seasoning. 

When three minutes was up, I flipped the fillets and set the timer for another 3 minutes. I drizzled some fresh lemon juice on the fish and the quoina and everything was finished in no time. 


It was easy, healthy AND delicious. What more could you ask for?

A Healthy Breakfast Recipe

This is a recipe from my new book Go With Your Gut. As described in the book, it’s called a “Superhuman Breakfast Frittata” because it includes all of the key ingredients to properly nourish your body.

I made this for the first time on Saturday to bring to an Easter brunch.

I must admit, I was wary as to whether it would taste good or not. Considering the recipe called for sweet potatoes and kale, two things that I have never been particularly fond of, I made this without expecting to like it very much.

I  was surprised at how much I actually liked it and it was a big hit at the brunch too!

Heres what you’ll need to make it:

  • 12 Large eggs, whites and yolks separated
  • 1 Tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 Tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Sweet potato, very finely diced or shredded
  • 2 or 3 Kale leaves, deveined and chopped, or 2 to 3 cups baby spinach or arugula
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning or 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs
  • Sprinkle of raw, shredded goat cheese, crumbled goat cheese or feta (optional)

Makes 4-6 servings

1- Preheat the oven to 350

2- Beat the egg whites in a medium bowl until frothy. Whisk in the egg yolks to combine. Add the sea salt and pepper; stir and set aside.

3- In a 10-inch nonstick, ovenproof skillet (ideally cast iron), melt the coconut oil over medium heat.

4- Add the garlic, onions, and sweet potato and season with sea salt and pepper.

5- Toss to coat the veggies in the oil and cook until you can almost stab through the sweet potato with a fork. Add in the greens and sauté for 2 more minutes.

6- Pour in the egg mixture so that the vegetables and eggs are distributed evenly and add the Italian Seasoning or herbs.

7- Let everything cook undisturbed for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the edges are set and slightly brown and the center is slightly wobbly when you shake the pan.

8- Put the entire pan in the oven and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes, until the frittata has set completely. If using the cheese, add it during the last 2 minutes of cooking.

9- Take the frittata out of the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for 5 minutes.

10- Slice it into wedges and serve.

Here are a few pictures of how mine turned out:

(As you can see I shredded the sweet potato as thinly as possible with the smaller portion of my cheese grater)

  

Pasta Salad Recipe

Believe it or not, I have never made pasta salad before…. Nor have I ever really enjoyed eating it. I would see a bowl of it occasionally at the table for different holidays but ignore it because it probably had tomatoes in it…. Which I hate if you didn’t already know that. I know hate is a strong word. But. Yeah. I stand by it. 

Anyway, I figured I would give it a shot. I kind of just threw a bunch of stuff together but it turned out pretty darn good! 

Here’s what you’ll need! 

  • Tri-color pasta
  • About 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil 
  • 3.8 oz can of sliced ripe olives 
  • 8.5 oz can of quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1 red bell pepper 
  • 1-4 red onion 
  • 1/2 cucumber 
  • 1 avocado 
  • Feta cheese 
  • Tajin and garlic salt (yes I know, I use this on just about everything) 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

First make the pasta…

Boil water add a pinch of salt, toss those little guys in there and cook them till they’re soft. When they’re cooked, drain the hot water and run some cold water over them to cool them down. 

 
While your noodles are boiling, go ahead and chop the cucumber, bell pepper and red onion. 

  
When the pasta is finished cooking put it back in the pan and drizzle some olive oil over it. 

  
Find a large bowl and start to mix everything together. Pasta, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, artichokes, olives and avocado. Also add tajin and garlic salt.

Drizzle some more olive oil OR use a light salad dressing and mix it in. 

  
Top it off with some feta cheese, salt and pepper and enjoy!