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Deliciously Easy Weight loss Recipes

As we know, we can’t maintain a healthy lifestyle without eating properly and fueling our bodies the right way. Exercise alone is not enough to be healthy and feel good inside and out, which is something that has taken me a long time to realize. I have definitely ranted on here about how parenthood leaves little time to focus on ourselves and our needs but thats not an excuse so I am trying to make sure that healthy eating stays a priority and is not only necessary for me but for my son as well. Funnily enough I have actually been inspired by my toddler who prefers salads to burgers and snacks on fruit and veggies like they’re going out of style. Here are some easy recipes made from whole foods that are delicious and fan favorites around my house. If you give these a try I’d love to hear about it! Until next time xo Chrissy

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Ingredients

Head of cauliflower
Franks Red Hout Buffalo Sauce
Butter or plant-based butter alternative
Garlic Powder
Himalayan salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet and set aside. Cut cauliflower into bite size pieces and place in oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a bowl mix together about 2/3 C buffalo sauce, a spoonful of butter (melt to make mixing easier,) a few dashes of salt and same for the garlic powder. Take out cauliflower, flip and pour buffalo sauce until pieces are well coated. Place back in oven for about half hour, flip one more time. Dip in ranch or any sauce you love!Let cool then enjoy!!

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Tasty Tofu Burritos

Ingredients

Broccoli
Snap peas
Bell peppers
Firm tofu
Organic salsa or pico de gallo
Whole wheat wraps
Himalayan salt
Garlic powder
Cumin

Directions
Cut broccoli and bell peppers into bite size pieces. Spray pan with oil and place broccoli, snap peas and peppers. Sauté until they start to get soft, then cut up some tofu and throw into pan. Sprinkle salt, garlic powder and cumin to tasted. Place in tortilla and top with salsa, voila!

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Pineapple Refresher

Ingredients

Pineapple slices
1/2 lime
1/2 lemon

Directions

Place ingredients in blender filled half way with ice and serve. Pineapple aids greatly in immune support, strength, digest and is anti-inflammatory which is why it is a great healthy choice and tastes so delicious!

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Healthy(er) Summertime Desserts

It may be August but I don’t think we should expect cold nights anytime soon, therefore let’s bring on the cool treats! I myself am not the biggest dessert person but my son and husband are so I put together some ideas for healthier desserts during these warm months. As always they are super simple and perfect for the whole fam. I hope you give some of these a try, and if you put a yummy spin on one please share with us below! Until next time, XO Chrissy

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Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandys

If you come from an Italian family like I do, I’m sure you grew up with at least one aunt who made the best homemade Pizzelle cookies! Now I hope to learn how to make them myself but for now, I buy them from Whole Foods and they are actually extremely delicious and as close to the real deal as I have found.

Ingredients

Pizzelle cookies
Ice cream (we used a coconut based one for anyone who can’t have dairy)
Chocolate chips and/or sprinkles

Directions

Ok now bear with me here this is about to get complicated. Scoop your ice cream and place in-between two cookies. Sprinkle some chocolate chips or sprinkles onto the ice cream and eat immediately as you will not want to wait a second longer to try this delicious combination!
Chocolatey Meringue

I bought meringues from Trader Joes for the first time the other week and loved them! For store-bought they were so light and airy and have the perfect amount of flavor. My son loves chocolate of any kind so I decided to take some dark chocolate chips and melt them (I suggest using a pot and melting them on Low, stirring continuously until it reaches a nice melted consistency but not runny.) Dip the meringues in the chocolate and place on parchment paper until the chocolate solidifies on the meringue. It was so easy and made for a delicious, low in fat treat.

The Taco Berry

Ok this one was really fun for the family to make together and is something you could totally customize to your own liking.

Ingredients

Organic toaster waffles
Whip cream or a non-dairy whip cream
Chopped strawberries, blueberries and blackberries

Directions

Toast waffles according to packaging directions. Once toasted, immediately fold into a taco shape. Spray whip cream to fill the taco and top with the fresh berries. Another ridiculously easy treat that is fun and delicious.

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Refreshing mocktails you need to try!

I don’t know about you but in this heat, a refreshing mocktail always sounds good and is fun to make for the whole fam. Now per all my recipes, these are ridiculously easy and I haven’t lied about that yet! Growing up my parents would take me to Maui during the summer and aside from the obvious, one of my favorite things about going was getting a virgin lava flow almost every day. I just had to try and re-create one myself. but this time with a dairy-free twist. Give these a try and if you have some you think I need to try or a cocktail you want a mocktail version of, just let me know in the comments below. I hope you make some of these on your own or with your kids and stay cool out there! Until next time, XO Chrissy

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Strawberry-Lime Spritz (back right in picture)

Ingredients

Sparkling or carbonated water of your choice
Grenadine syrup
Fresh lime juice
Strawberries (or pre-made strawberry puree)

Directions

Take a couple of small-to-medium strawberries and puree them, set aside. Pour sparkling water into glass and juice half of a fresh lime or more (to taste.) Add a dash of grenadine syrup then pout in the pureed strawberry juice. Cut up remaining lime and place in Spritz, garnish with a strawberry. Seriously SO refreshing and simple.

Watermelon Refresher (front left)

Ingredients

Miniature watermelon
Lime
Fresh mint
Ice cubes

Directions

Cut watermelon into chunks, I used about half of my mini watermelon. Add chunks and a  handful of ice cubes in blender or processor. Cut up 1/2 of a lime and squeeze juice into mixture until it becomes slushy. Pour into glass and garnish with mint leaves, makes for a really fresh taste.

Cool as a Cucumber (front right)

Ingredients

1 tbsp Agave syrup
Fresh lemon juice
Fresh lime juice
1/4 C of sparkling water
Cucumber

Directions

In a glass combine water with agave. Cut 1/2 of a small lemon and 1/2 of small lime, squeeze juice into water and agave mixture. Cut several thin slices of cucumber and place into water as well as a couple of lemon slices. Let sit for a few minutes for cucumber and lemon to seep into the mixture creating a light and satisfying drink

Dairy-free Lava Floooow (back left)

Ingredients

Frozen strawberries
2 C Pineapple juice
1 can cream of coconut
1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
Ice

Directions

Blend frozen strawberries with about 1/2 cup of water to create a syrup. Once syrup is thick, set in a glass or bowl and set aside for now. Whisk cream of coconut, pineapple juice and the coconut milk. Fill blender 1/3 of the way with ice and pour in juice mixture. Blend until it becomes slushy. In glass of your choice add a bit of the strawberry syrup you made in the beginning then start pouring in the blended mixture. Alternate between the syrup and mixture until glass is full. I had never made one before so this was my first experiment but it immediately brought me back to my childhood and tasted amazing. Aloha!

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Counting Calories: Why I Changed My Mind

I won’t lie, I was very against counting calories during this weight loss journey and pretty much in general. Being someone who has fluctuated and suffered from weight-related disorders for half their life, I felt that counting calories was unhealthy for me and would send me back to a mindset of obsession over calories, macros, etc etc etc. So I simply wouldn’t even entertain the idea and figured that if I ate healthy enough meals and increased my activity I should be able to do this on my own like I’ve done before in life. Well, the thing is, I’m not a teen or in my early twenties anymore and I know 30 is not old in the slightest, but my body just doesn’t react the same way to weight loss as it used to. As I’ve shared before, I’ve been stalled for a while now and knew I needed some help; to maybe take a step back and see if I’m truly eating as well as I thought I was. I decided to download a food tracking app and have been tracking my meals for the past few weeks ON TOP of not weighing myself every single day. I actually could feel that I was doing better with tracking and did my once a week weigh in this morning to find I was down a couple of pounds, whereas before this I literally have either been the same or a pound higher. The thing I’ll say is that I’m not driving myself crazy with the tracking or letting myself get stressed out about it. For example, last night I had tracked most of the day but had a couple snacks (mainly consist of vegetables and a few vegan-paleo type crackers) while I was busy doing laundry, getting Sean in the tub etc., and didn’t track them but knew the snack itself was around 100 calories and I had a couple hundred left for the day as is. The tricky part is not doing this too much since as we all know 100 cals + another 100 cals + one last snack of 100 cals is going to add up, so I’ve just been getting in the groove of knowing whats good for my body and what types of food are going to energize me without using half of my daily intake at once. It was time for me to admit that while I study about nutrition, I wasn’t implementing that knowledge like I should be and it’s been a long time since I’ve been physically and mentally fit. It was time to put myself in check and re-learn how to treat my body and lose weight in a healthy way. Food and weight loss shouldn’t be as daunting as we tend to make it out to be in our heads and what I’ve been forgetting is that it takes time..so if you’re on this journey with me just remember that; we need to do this for the long haul, not just a quick fix. So for now, I’m going to continue to track until I can get myself to a healthier weight and mindset and will keep you updated as always. Thanks for listening and if you have any weight loss advice you’d like to share with us please mention it in the comments. Until next time, xo Chrissy

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Cute Enough to Eat! Toddler Summer Lunch

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These are almost too cute to eat…almost. Let me say that I am taking inspiration from a friend of mine who has made similar treats in years past I just added my own flare, and am sure there are many other versions online so I do not take credit for the idea, just wanted to put my spin on it. These honestly were really easy to put together and since Shark Week is this month I really wanted a shark themed meal to kick off the fun. I hope you guys give these a try or if you make your own summer lunch project please share and let us know! Until next time, XO Chrissy

Underwater Shark Sandy

Ingredients

Bread (we used wheat)
Sandwich fillings (we did a veggie sandwich)
Sandwich condiments of your choice
Chocolate chunk for the eye
Two strips of fresh chive for the mouth
Cut some banana into triangles for the sharp teeth
Blueberries
Cheerio-type cereal

Directions

Cut off the crust edges of bread and try to make the shape of a shark’s body. Save crust/bread not used to the side. Make sandwich as you would normally and place on whatever plate you will be using. Use the crusts and remaining bread to cut into the fins and tail. Take two small pieces of chive to form a mouth and put the bananas slices inside to make the teeth. Place chocolate chunk as an eye and cereal to make bubbles form the sharks mouth, then finish off with blueberries to make the ocean. Took only a few minutes and Sean went crazy for it.

Ladybug Crackers

Ingredients

Round crackers
Cream cheese or dairy-free version (we used Kite Hill)
Fresh chives
3 Cherry tomatoes
Black Olives

Directions

Smear cream cheese onto cracker. Cut a cherry tomato in half to make wings (or in fourths depending on size of the tomato.) Place tomato halves to resemble wings then place one olive in the center to make the head. Inside olive place two strands of chives to make the antenna. Cut an olive into small pieces to make the spots on the “wings” and voila! Adorable ladybug crackers for these warm summer days.

 

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Lazy core workout + killer Guac recipe

I don’t know if it’s this never-ending allergy season or the fact that I’m officially thirty now but wow, I am really freakin tired lately, and that’s saying something since us parents are always severely over exhausted am I right?? This past week of birthday festivities has been so fun, however I ate like a 21-year-old on a drinking bender and haven’t slept a wink so my body is slightly dazed and confused in the aftermath. I got back into the gym yesterday for some time on the elliptical and today was my core day. I really took a lazy approach to it due to my current state (ha) and still managed to get a great session out of it with enough sweat to float a boat; albeit that could be my body trying to detox but moving on! SO if you’re having a lazy day or are just getting back into working out, here’s a good core workout that you can literally do from your own living room while your child doesn’t leave you alone..I mean..plays.

Modified Core Workout

(Start with a 8-10 minute warmup on the bike or rowing machine if you’re at a gym or some running in place, high knees etc. if at home.) Now obviously if you have been working out or feel energized etc you can add more reps to this workout, and each week that you do this tack on another rep. Also, if I don’t explain something well enough just message me or the good ole’ internet should help as well. Heres what I did:

Leg raises: lay down flat and engage your core while lifting your legs up off the ground and back down. Repeat movement 10 times (reps), do the 10 reps 3 times ( aka a set of 3) so 30 reps total
Standard crunches: 10 reps, set of 3
Shoulder tap planks: Get in plank position, lift one arm up and tap your opposite shoulder, repeat with opposite arm. Each tap counts as a rep. 5 reps, set of 3
Bicycle crunches: Lay down flat, twist torso with hands at you head, bring right elbow to meet left leg then repeat with opposite arm and leg. 10 reps, set of 3
Hand walkout (harder than it sounds just a warning): Stand up tall then engage core as you lower your hands down to touch your feet, then use your hands to literally walk on the ground as far as you can while continuing to engage your core, then walk your hands back to meet your feet and slowly stand upright again. 5 reps, set of 3
Dead Bug: lay down with arms spread out wide above your head and legs spread out as well. With arms and legs staying straight, lift right arms up to touch left foot, repeat with other side. 10 reps, set of 3

Do this once a week and continually add to your reps as you get stronger. Now onto the fun part. What does a workout have to do with guacamole? Welp, we do the workout..now stay with me here…then..we EAT the guacamole! Your mind is blown, I know. If we don’t know each other in person let me just state that guacamole is one of my favorite things on this planet and I love to experiment with funky recipes but there’s just something about a creamy, classic guac that I just really can’t resist. If you try this or have another killer guac recipe you know I simply can not live without, please let me know in the comments below.

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Killer Creamy Guac Ingredients:

2 Hass avocados
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2-1 tomato finely chopped
1/4 onion finely chopped
1 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
pinch or two of Himalayan salt

Directions

Scoop out avocados and place in a bowl, use potato masher to start mashing them, add in the mayonnaise and continue to mash until it reaches a nice smooth consistency. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until well blended. Use within a day or two as with most guac or and dips. Enjoy!! Until next time, XO Chrissy

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Deliciously Easy Dairy-free Summer Snacks

I don’t know about you guys but this summer for me is SO ridiculously busy I can hardly see straight. Im in three of my friends weddings this summer (which also includes showers, bachelorettes, etc etc) so literally none of my weekends are free, and with a toddler makes things a little tricky. I’m trying to stay on top of making most of our meals but need healthy delicious recipes that are also QUICK. These are parent and toddler approved and in case I havent bought the point home..easy and time saving! Please let me know if you try any of these or what your favorite simple snacks are for these hot summer months. Enjoy and eat up! Until next time, XO Chrissy

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Dairy-free Cucumber Bagel Bites

Ingredients
English cucumbers (preferably 2)
8 oz vegan cream cheese (I prefer Kite Hill brand)
Trader Joes Everything But the Bagel Seasoning (If you dont live near a TJoes..first of all I’m truly sorry, secondly substitute this for the seasoning: 1 tsp of each of the following but add to taste: onion salt, garlic salt, poppy seeds, sesame seeds)
capers
Fresh Dill

Directions: In mixing bowl combine cream cheese and seasoning mix (or substitutions.) Slice cucumbers into even sized rounds. Spread cheese mixture onto rounds and top with capers and dill. So easy and ridiculously delicious.

Apple Nachos

Yet another one of my famous “recipes” that is so damn simple I should be ashamed to call it a recipe but ya know what, they’re delicious and easy just like I promised.

Ingredients
One red and green apple
Organic peanut butter
Coconut flakes
Chocolate chips

Directions: Slice apples thinly and arrange together on a plate. Melt peanut butter but not to the point of becoming runny. Drizzle peanut butter over apples and top with a handful of the coconut flakes and chocolate chips. Seriously this is so good and a fun treat. You can also substitute apples for bananas but cut them in half and roll in the peanut butter then roll in the flakes and chips, almost like a popsicle.

Veggie Pico Salad

Ingredients
Canned corn (however much you want depending on amount of people)
canned black beans (amount same as corn)
1/2 red onion, diced
Himalayan sea salt to taste
1 green pepper diced
1 avocado cut into chunks
handful of cherry tomatoes diced
Fresh cilantro, take amount you prefer and chop
Juice of 1 lime (and 1/2 lemon if you like lemon)

Directions: Take one big ass bowl and mix up all the yummy ingredients..yup..thats it. This is so easy to adjust to your liking by adding or substituting ingredients and is perfect for warm days to be dipped by chips or veggies or even just eaten right out of the bowl. It has a lot of awesome ingredients high in nutrients and fiber and really is just easy as pie..er, easy as salad.