Orange, Ginger, Honey Chicken “Sushi Bowl”

The last few days have been a bit stressful, so I took to the kitchen. This orange, ginger, honey “sushi bowl” hit the spot. It’s delicious and allows this highly sensitive person to enjoy a taste of Asian.

  • *First you need a pound of shredded chicken. I like to put chicken in the crock pot on low for about 6 hours in chicken stock.
  • *Second you need a cup of cooked rice. I use the rice cooker, but you can cook it on the stove top too

After you have the above 2 ingredients, put them in a sauce pan on low and add the follow ingredients.

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos -1/4 cup gf soy sauce (If the above doesn’t cover all the rice and chicken and make them slightly brown tint add coconut aminos until it is)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar -1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • juice from 1 mandarin orange
  • 5 green onions diced

**allow the above to simmer for about 15 minutes on low*

While the above is simmering dice a cucumber and if your shelled edamame is frozen, let that defrost.
On your plate add to 1 cup of the cooked mixture

  • diced cucumber to taste (cucumber is a bit strong for me, so I don’t use a lot of it)
  • avocado (I used 1/2 a mini avocado)
  • 1/4 cup shelled edamame

Enjoy!

Whole 30 Adventure

Hello! I’ve been gone a while, adjusting to life with two little ones. And can I just say, there is definitely a learning curve going from one child to two! Also, since I’ve been gone, my husband and I have decided to really kick things into gear health-wise. First challenge: Whole 30. What is this, you may ask? Check it all out at Whole 30. The basic idea is that you cut out all “bad” foods (things that could be causing health problems, bloating, etc) and feed your body with good, whole foods for 30 days in the hopes of “resetting” your body. Many people have overcome health issues that they thought would plague them for life, so we were really interested in trying it. On this “diet”, you can eat unprocessed meats, eggs, fish/seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts/seeds (no dairy, sugar, grains, legumes, beans etc.). Sound restrictive? It is, but I’ve found that there are a lot of good things we can eat, I just have to get creative!

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The Trial Run

We tried starting the 30 days April 1st, and for a week did really well. Then we realized that since we were going to be gone for over a week (hubby on a work trip and myself and the kids going out of town), that we probably wouldn’t be able to stick to the plan while we were away. That being the case, we restarted our 30 days this past Tuesday. So far so good for me! If you poke around on the internet, you will find that you will go through stages during your 30 days due to food withdrawals. I’m not sure if I have felt these symptoms seeing as I already feel pretty gross due to lack of sleep (yay for having a newborn around again!), but I’m sure I will feel some symptoms eventually. This time around, my hubby’s parents are joining us in the challenge. Their lives are a little busier than mine, so its definitely more difficult to come up with food items that can be grabbed in a hurry. That being said, there IS hope! I want to share with you some great recipes I have found while preparing for this challenge; recipes that will make you forget you are eating super healthy.

Where to Start

First off, clear your panrty and fridge of all things NOT allowed on this diet. This is key; “out of sight, out of mind” really rings true here. Secondly, find some great recipes! There is some really great advice on the blogs What I Wore and The Clothes Make The Girl, so make sure to check both of them out. For breakfasts, its eggs, eggs, and more eggs. Many Whole30 veterans recommend just looking at your day with “meal 1, 2, and 3” in mind instead of “breakfast, lunch, dinner”. A good idea, but I find myself still wanting breakfast type foods in the morning (no 8 am pork chops for me-ha!).

Three Daily Meals

I get bored with eating the same thing every day so I bounce back and forth between scrambled and fried eggs. I usually pair it with some fruit and like to also add some homemade hashbrowns; I have to eat a big breakfast these days I feel faint; nursing a baby football player is no silly business (seriously, he is only 2 months old and already 16lbs!). Lunches are typically salads with plenty of protein mixed in. Dinners have been what’s changed the most around here, but I have found some super flavorful meals that fit the bill. The big thing is that you make sure to eat a ton of veggies on the side to make sure that your stomach feels full. I know I have a long way to go, but I’m excited to see what this month brings. I am finally on board to becoming a healthier person and it feels great! I will definitely keep you updated this month on both how I’m feeling and what recipes/resources I find.

Have you completed the Whole30 challenge? If so, what advice do you have for the newbies? If not, seriously give it some thought; it could change your life 🙂

 Some Recipe Ideas

Kale, lettuce, cucumber, avocado, sunflower seeds, brussel sprout salad

Olive Oil Mayo

Morrocan Dipping Sauce

Sunshine Sauce (haven’t tried this one yet but am dying to try it! Waiting on obtaining one ingredient then I can try this deliciousness)

Healthier Monkey Bread

One of my favorite memories from childhood is waking up from a slumber party and smelling that sweet cinnamon scent drifting into my nose. I knew when I walked downstairs there would be a mound of gooey goodness also known as monkey bread waiting for my friend(s) and me. As I’ve grown older and more health conscious, my taste buds have changed. What once tasted amazing, now is a bit too strong on the sugar for me. So a few weeks ago as I prepared to have my small group over for a brunch I decided it was time to make one of my favorite dishes healthier. I can’t say it is the absolute best thing for you to eat in the morning, but I can say it is loads better than the original recipe I enjoyed as a child.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of premade whole wheat pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 small granny smith apple’s peeled, cored, and diced
  • 3 overly ripe bananas
  • 1/2 Stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar in the raw
  • 2 tsps ground cinnamon

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The Gluten-free Diet: Myth or a Real Concern?

The gluten-free diet has taken hold of our nation at an alarming rate in recent years. For conventional physicians, if you do not have Celiac disease, you can eat gluten and stop listening to your friends. Recent media news and late night show hosts like Jimmy Kimmel have even bantered people for following a gluten-free diet by associating it with another fad diet. But are their symptoms really a placebo effect?

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First, what is gluten?

Sorry the Jimmy Kimmel clip above didn’t answer this for you. Gluten is a protein made from glutenin and gliadin found in barley, rye, and wheat plants. Our bodies need protein, and the building blocks for making proteins called amino acids, both non-essential (made by our bodies) and essential (ones our body cannot make and need to be consumed from our diet). However, in the last 30 years the way crops are grown have changed drastically, and maybe not for the better. The herbicides and pesticides have been extremely effective for increasing crop yield making farmers very happy. Continue reading “The Gluten-free Diet: Myth or a Real Concern?”

Staying on Track this Holiday Season

We are officially into the holiday season, which clearly means one thing….sweets! Cookies, candy, brownies, bars, and the extremely indulgent Buckeye. For those who do not know what a Buckeye is: peanut butter, butter, loads of powdered sugar, and Rice Krispies cereal mixed together to form a ball that is then covered in chocolate. Are you drooling, yet? Us too.

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While these are delicious and we would love to partake in these everyday, they can definitely throw you off track for a ‘healthy eating’ plan. As can being at parties and celebrations where there are others who do not have your same lifestyle in mind. Here are Megan and Erica‘s top 8 tips to help you stay on track this season:

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Winter Blues Got You Down?

Americans every day have their routine down perfectly. When summer is here, we take our vacations, visit the beach or travel somewhere exotic. We make sure we slather on that sun block to protect us from harmful rays. At the end of the vacation, we go back into our routine of getting up early when the sun is no longer there to greet us. We work our eight hour shifts, often inside, and too often see the sun setting for the day when we leave, forcing us to drive home in the dark.

What are we missing in winter? Our healthy dose of vitamin D!

Sun and train photo

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