Sunday, April 27, 2014

Orange Spice and Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Who doesn't love a moist, crumbly coffee cake? How about an orange spice coffee cake topped with an orange and ginger cream cheese? This couldn't possibly be good for you, right? Your average coffee cake is around 250-350 calories for one slice...this one though is 134 calories per slice. Did I mention that it is so delicious we even had it as a dessert? 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Chinese Lettuce Wraps

I just realized that I have posted 50 blog posts! How fitting is it that my 50th post was being featured on another website. I can't believe I've already done this many recipes. Thanks for following and hopefully tryig out some of these recipes for yourself.

I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I ate at PF Chang's, but I do remember LOVING their lettuce wraps. I also remember loving that you can get shot glass size desserts, just enough to satisfy that sweet craving. The desserts will have to wait for another post, but today I made some Chinese Lettuce Wraps.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Featured On...

I am super pleased and excited to announce that I have been featured on Upwave. They did an article on pasta alternatives and were kind enough to ask to use my Broccoli "Pasta" recipe. Check out their website which contains everything from recipes to exercises to anything health and wellness related. Thank you again Alia Hoyt.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Healthy Choices

I recently went to the Western Regional Dental Convention and took a few classes that spoke a lot about healthy choices. One was about the connection between inflammation in the body and inflammation in the mouth with one of the biggest contributing factors being overweight and struggling with diabetes. The other two classes were by Dr. Low Dog, she spoke about cancer prevention and the connection between the environment and human health.

I noticed a recurring theme in these classes...making healthy choices. This included in your diet, exercise and chemicals we put into our bodies. I got to thinking about choices I make and how I can change some. One of the best resources I found on this subject is Environmental Working Group. There are articles about new findings and recommendations, databases on household cleaners and cosmetics, and tips for creating a healthier diet.

You don't have to eat 100% organic, but it is beneficial to avoid pesticides when you can. The classes I took informed me that it is most important to eliminate pesticides if you're pregnant and in young children. This list shows you which produce has more pesticides on them, those are the ones that you should try to buy organic. Even some on the dirty dozen list you can scrub really well, so you may not need to buy organic, like apples, cucumbers, bell peppers & potatoes. Now berries and lettuce are very difficult to scrub without destroying, so those are better to get organic.

My other favorite parts of the EWG website were the databases for Cosmetics and Cleaning Products. You can either browse the top rated products or you can type in the products you currently use and see how they rate.

I'm not trying to say that you need to go and change everything that you are eating or putting on your body, I'm just trying to make people aware. I am sure I will still use a product that isn't top rated and I'll still eat plenty of non-organic food, but I have noticed that I'm thinking more about it and making slow changes. The most important thing is to educate yourself and make your own decisions. 

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Some of my friends like to pronounce cilantro cil-ANT-ro instead of cil-on-tro. It cracks me up every time, especially when they do it while visiting me in the Southwest. Here's a simple a yummy cilantro lime chicken recipe, feel free to pronounce it any way you please.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Beef & Vegetable Noodle Bowl

One of my favorite easy and healthy dinners is some sort of meat and rice or rice noodle bowl. You can change it up so easily with sea food, beef, chicken or tofu. You can use rice noodles, brown rice, jasmine rice. You can put in virtually any vegetable you have on hand, fresh or frozen. You can use teriyaki sauce, peanut sauce, red chili sauce. The possibilities are endless! For today, we have beef & rice noodles in teriyaki sauce.

Biscuits and Gravy

What's better about weekends than sleeping in? Having a delicious home cooked breakfast that you never have time for during the week. One of my favorites is biscuits and gravy. This was a VERY tricky one trying to make healthy. Sometimes you just have to accept the fact that some meals cannot be made 100% healthy, but I found a way to at least lighten it up a bit.