Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

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Today’s smoothie:

Throw in a few frozen strawberries, half an avocado, a spoon of honey, a spoon of flax or chia seed, and your milk of choice! (I did a rice/quinoa milk blend). 

Blend. Drink. And get ready to conquer the day!

Turkey bolognese

Turkey bolognese

I’ve always been proud of my turkey bolognese: a simple sauce I whip up using olive oil, onions, garlic, lean ground turkey and – depending on how much time I have – either a store bought tomato sauce or a can of pureed tomatoes. When I’m feeling extra indulgent, I add some organic dark brown sugar to the onions to brown them which adds a lovely little extra flavor to an otherwise salty dish. 

Grass-fed, hormone-free, free range turkey is a great alternative to beef as it has less fat/calories and cutting down on red meat is never a bad thing. 

My slow progression over the years went from beef bolognese to turkey, from semolina spaghetti to a gluten-free alternative (quinoa/brown rice pasta) to yesterday’s amazing discovery: spaghetti squash.

Now let’s be honest, I knew about spaghetti squash before yesterday. I just was too lazy to try it out. It sounded like so much work.

1) Pick out the right squash (this honestly was a big intimidation factor until I realized most stores just label, ta-da!, problem solved.)

2) I had to like figure out how to cook it. (Turns out you just shove it in the oven for an hour at 375 while you do other things.)

3) I have to scrape out stuff in the middle and stuff. (With the help of a spoon and a tong I had those seeds out in 45 secs.) Plus I had enough for like 3 days of meals. 

Ultimately, I now have a recipe that has less fat, calories and refined flour. It also honors my gluten intolerance and has more veggies in it!

So no more excuses… Go pick-up a spaghetti squash tomorrow. I totally enjoyed my faux-pasta dish and the lightness that came with it. In fact, I got up and went straight to a dance class right after. Had I eaten some real pasta, I would have beelined straight to the couch for a little snooze.

ANTIBACTERIAL & ANTIVIRAL

ANTIBACTERIAL & ANTIVIRAL

In my world, there is nothing sexier than a clean apartment so I’ve always opted to buy products that say ANTIBACTERIAL & ANTIVIRAL in huge letters, thinking this was the way to make sure my space was as hygienic as possible.

Problem with my thinking was I never thought that it’s equally sexy to be 1) eco friendly to those cute little fishes in the sea and 2) friendly to my own lungs and skin (and your family’s if you have one.)

Today, I read about this chemical: Nonylphenol Ethoxylates, which apparently gets more toxic as it breaks down. Meaning by the time it gets to those fishes, they are SCREWED. This chemical is already banned in Europe and Canada because of that!

Task 1: I’ve decided to start reading the labels to my cleaning products (not just my food) and I’m going to make sure nothing I purchase has nony-etho in it.

Task 2: I’m going to set up a time to make my own cleaning products. I know lemon is antibacterial and a big jug of vinegar is definitely easier on the wallet then those $7 eco toilet cleaners… so what’s been stopping me?

Here’s a how to guide: http://www.inhabitots.com/how-to-make-kid-safe-homemade-green-cleaning-supplies/

To read more on the culprit nony-etho:

http://thechalkboardmag.com/toxic-timeout-nonylphenol-ethoxylates

warm cereal

warm cereal

GOOD FOR ME EATS:

I always struggle with breakfast now that I’m working on honoring my food allergies (dairy, gluten and the biggest bummer for breakfast, eggs.)

Here is a simple one: warm cereal made with quinoa, coconut milk, bananas and some pecans/walnuts for crunch. 

Takes 5 minutes to prep, gives me tons of energy and leaves me light and without the need for a post breakfast nap. YUM!!!