Foodie Friday: Stir-Fry Bowls

Sometimes, when I need a simple meal (especially when I know I’ll be busy this week) I use this system to create a stir fry bowl.  You can find great recipes to make authentic stir fry, and I’m not claiming that this is one of them, but I am giving you a good blueprint to make quick, delicious meals that can be easily made in large quantities to feed you for days with a variety of options to keep you from getting bored.  You can be as creative or as mundane as you want, and it can be as simple as what is in your fridge and pantry or as elaborate as purchasing several different finishing oils and exotic vegetables from the grocery store.   Continue reading “Foodie Friday: Stir-Fry Bowls”

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Healthy Brunch at Home

“Healthy brunch?”  You may say, “Is there such a thing?”  Why, yes, there is.  As much as I love a bottomless mimosa brunch at those swanky D.C. eateries I enjoy, my wallet-and my waistline- can’t afford such a thing every weekend.  So, sometimes I have to get creative and make some gourmet looking yet tasty breakfasts at home.  Here are some brunch ideas (all 21 Day Fix approved) that are easy to make on those weekend mornings you just feel like staying in. Continue reading “Healthy Brunch at Home”

Foodie Friday: guilt free tuna salad

Growing up, one of my comfort foods was a tuna salad sandwich.  You probably know the kind.  A can of tuna, heap of mayonnaise and diced dill pickles on white bread.  When people think of tuna salad sandwich, that is most likely the image in their head.  Some people hate it, but others- like me- love it.  When I became an adult, there were times when I’d want a tuna melt, so I’d make that sandwich (except on whole wheat to make it a tad healthier) melted with cheddar in a panini press.  Yum!  Except, not healthy.

Tuna, by itself, is very healthy.  It’s low in fat and high in protein, an excellent source of omega-3’s, vitamin D and selenium.  Because I like to add fish to my diet, I wanted to find a way to make healthy options for tuna consumption and create a new comfort food.  Since no one in my household but me likes pickles, we never have them around anymore and mayo is not calorie efficient in my weight loss efforts (even when I make my own from scratch).  After some searching online I found a healthy Tuscan Tuna Salad recipe from Epicurious that I used as my base.  Nowadays, I create my own depending on what I have in the house at the time, and I’ll give you the fundamentals on how to create your own stellar tuna salad.      Continue reading “Foodie Friday: guilt free tuna salad”

3 Day Refresh

Today is the day!  I’m starting the 3 Day Refresh program from Beachbody.  I’ve been doing well with 2 rounds of the 21 Day Fix, losing 16.6 lbs and 10.25″ and staying on track with eating and exercise.  This is the first time I can say that I’ve exercised every day since the beginning of the year!  I ordered the 3 Day Refresh as a part of a challenge pack with my Shakeology order and decided to use it right before round 3 to make sure I look fabulous in my Valentine’s party dress next week.  (I’ll post pictures; don’t worry.)

The 3 Day Refresh is a detox program comprised of nutritious shakes and drinks made by the Beachbody nutritionists to give optimal cleansing to your system.  Unlike a juice fast, the drinks provide the right amounts of protein and fiber to help keep you feeling full and not put you body into starvation mode.  Aside from the provided shakes and my already owned Shakeology packets, there is a list of fruits, vegetables and healthy fats to eat, as well as a dinner menu to choose from to make this easy.  Below is my menu for the next 3 days.  After I finish, I’ll post my results and pictures with my honest opinions of how I felt about doing this and if I think I’ll do it again. Continue reading “3 Day Refresh”