Love yourself: inside and out

Recently I found a book titled Love your Body by Talia Fuhrman. I love reading self help books, especially when it comes to health, mental and physical. This book is a great combination of both! Talia focuses on fueling your body with natural ingredients, surrounding yourself with positive people, and letting go of body hang-ups. I highly recommend this book to people who are looking for a good and easy read about health that has a positive and realistic approach. Within the reading are recipes throughout. After cardio barre class tonight I tried the “Dream it, Believe it, Avocolada Gratitude Smoothie”. It was filling and refreshing, just what I needed after class.

Vegan Ice Cream

Tonight I was craving ice cream, as Boston is getting another foot of snow! With the weather I wasn’t leaving the house to go get some, so I decided to try and make a frozen treat at home. I took a cup of frozen bananas and two big spoonfuls of peanut butter, with about 1/4 cup of vanilla almond milk and blended them together. The result… amazing peanut butter ice cream. I honestly wouldn’t have known it wasn’t real ice cream! I highly recommend it!

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Baked Oatmeal Muffins

Recently I met a girl named Emily thorough Kick It! She is a Kick It instructor as well as a yoga instructor. She is also the author of a health and life style blog called Stay Healthy, Stay Happy. She posts amazing recipes and fitness tips. This weekend I decided to try her Baked Oatmeal Muffins. They were great! I added chocolate chips to make them sweet, and they were delicious AND they sustained me through lunch time! I was working today and wasn’t able to eat until 2:30. I had the muffins around 8 am, and I didn’t feel shaky and irritable like I usually do when I’m hungry and can’t eat. I plan to keep making these and trying her other recipes! Emily also offers meal prep courses, check her out!

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Turkey Meatballs

Tonight I made turkey meatballs for dinner. My sister introduced these to me, and I added in some extra veggies to add some color and nutrients. If you want to make these at home give it a try! They’re delicious and a good alternative to red-meat meatballs.

Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey
2 large carrots peeled and grated
2 small zucchini grated
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used pankos but you can use Italian)
2 eggs
1/8 cup chopped yellow onion
1/2 tsp minced garlic
Cumin, salt, and cracked pepper to taste

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 425°
Gather all ingredients
Use a grater to shred the carrots and zucchini, I used the largest side of the grater
Add all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix together
Make 1″ size balls and place in a greased pan
Bake for 35-40 minutes

Notes:
These meatballs were very moist when I was balling them, they take a little bit to cook, but they dry up in the oven. This recipe should make between 18-23 meatballs.
I served my meatballs over whole wheat couscous with green peas.

Enjoy!

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Quick and healthy snacks

So with the start of this new blog I’ve been putting a little bit more thought into what I eat. I have a hard time eating right all the time, especially because snack foods like chewy granola bars are so tasty and easy! My roommate suggested I try lara bars. I had tried one a while back, it was lemon flavored and not very good; but I decided to give it another try. I found them for $1 each a Trader Joes. I bought the peanut butter cookie flavor and the peanut butter chocolate chip. I wasn’t a big fan of the peanut butter chocolate chip, but LOVED the peanut butter cookie. And all that’s in it are dates, peanuts, and sea salt! How could you go wrong? I bought five more today!img_0169