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I love me some desserts, but balancing desserts with my new healthier diet is a pretty ominous area, not gonna lie. Thankfully, then I think up something like protein fudgsicles. It's not summer yet, but that doesn't mean I don't want the occasional frozen treat, right? Totally simple snack that literally only took me only 5 minutes to throw together (...even if I had to wait hours for them to freeze solid, grr).

I used a popsicle mold that I bought from Bed, Bath & Beyond for about $7, but you don't have to run out and find/buy them if you don't think you'll use it. Any old paper cup and some popsicles sticks will work just as well...but I gotta say I enjoy having real molds. ^_^ This time around, I made peppermint flavored fudgsicles by using peppermint stevia, but you can always mix it up however you like!


 
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Doesn't everything look happy together?
I hate letting veggies rot in the fridge when I've paid perfectly good money for them. I'm always determined to use them and not freeze them because 1) some veggies are just not quite the same after being frozen, like onions, and 2) because if I eat it, that means I'm filling myself up with something healthy rather than something more "convenient" and from a can or a restaurant.

That being said, every so often...about one every two weeks or so, I end up making some sort of dinner where I just throw all the veggies that have been there the longest together into some sort of meal. This week, I ended up with the meal in the picture on the right~~~chicken breasts with "sauteed" veggies! I put the "sauteed" in quotes because normally sauteing involves using a lot of oil to help cook your veggies. Going down the healthier path of cooking means using oil to cook = bad! On the other hand, some oils are better than others and actually have health benefits, and using those healthier oils in small controlled amounts won't kill you. "Everything in moderation!" and so I used some coconut oil, but only a one teaspoon, which is WAY less than the normal 2 tablespoons of other unhealthier oils that lots of recipes call for.


 
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Italian supplì
I'm pretty sure everyone knows what a meatball is....the round balls of meat that get served with spaghetti? Yah, that thing. But it's a lot harder to find someone that knows what supplì are. Long story short, supplì are Italian snacks that are breaded and fried rice balls (normally using risotto) with mozzarella in the middle (similar to arancini or arancine, if you know what those are).

SO I'm at my boyfriend's apartment one night and realize how lacking the fridge/pantry is of ingredients...again. You'd think he'd learn by now? Anyway, I scrounge for something low-carb to make and end up with ground turkey breast (click here to find out why I get ground breast meat, specifically), cheese, panko (Japanese bread crumbs), and stuff from the spice rack, and I ended up turning out this random recipe for what I think would be the result if a meatball and a supplì got together and had a baby. In essence, it's a turkey meatball with cheese in the middle that's been breaded in panko and baked instead of fried....with a little tomato sauce on the side.


 
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My omelette bake with a PB slathered muffin
The more make-ahead type of breakfasts I get into my repertoire, the happier I am in the mornings. I found a great little spinach and mozzarella egg bake on Pinterest that needed a little tweaking.

I left out the olive oil it called for; you don't NEED oil to cook some spinach, seriously. I used nonstick spray instead, a little water if I thought steaming would be better. I also replaced the real eggs with liquid egg substitute. There's nothing wrong with real eggs...except for the extra calories and cholesterol...just saying. Also, the original recipe asked for green onions, but I don't normally have that laying around, so regular round onions it was. It also called for a specific type of spice, but I'm not about to go out an buy a whole bottle of some random spice mixture unless I KNOW I'm going to continue to use it. That being said, I decided to go with a little spicy flavor (i.e. cayenne) instead.

Anywho, the recipe is really simple overall and the result is pretty tasty. Since I'm only making food for myself, this will feed me for almost a week of breakfasts. YAY!


 
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I can't believe people bought these...
"Ch-ch-ch-chia!" I don't know if you have or haven't heard of this chia seed health fad that's sweeping the nation, but it's definitely arrived. As indicated by the post title and the quoted famous commercial jingle, chia seeds are indeed related to the pretty well known chia pets that were sold popularly in the 80s/90s (pictured to the left). The seeds grow into this carpet-esque grass that the Chia Pet company used to grow into animal shapes, all you had to do was water and trim your decorative "plant."

Anywho, now we're in the 21st century and health folk everywhere are touting the benefits of eating the tiny little seeds these Chia Pets were grown from. You can eat them whole or ground down, raw or sprouted, and in just about anything. They also turn sort of gelatinous when left in liquid...and hence recipes like this chia puddings or chia drinks were born, breeding healthy snacks everywhere!


 
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Can't think of the last time I had the real thing
I love Instagram!! I pretty much post something up everything, whether it be food, or clothes, or whatever. BUT I love it most for all the food and recipe ideas I find there. For example, I found a recipe for a carrot cake protein shake from @priskaraveo that's perfect as a post-workout treat in a cup. I don't really eat much actual carrot cake----too much sugar in the cream cheese frosting...arg.

I only tweaked the recipe a little. For example, had to go and buy carrot juice because I don't own a juicer. However, I hear that if you steam the hell out of a carrot that it'll be soft enough to blend...if you want to go that route...I was too lazy, haha. I also used fresh ginger because I think you get more of that kick that ginger gives, as well as the inherent detoxing properties.


 
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Maple Blueberry oats while catching the sun rise.
This has been the most amazing find of my healthy new life!! Hands down, swear to god. It was one of the first few pins I actually tried out from Pinterest, and although I've tweaked the flavors and add-ins to my liking and created brand new ones for myself, that pin is what started it all.

So why all this hype about some oatmeal? Well because it saves me time and energy in the mornings when I'm hungry and don't want to do a damn thing to feed myself...cooking is tiring sometimes! On the other hand, when it's 10pm on some random night at home and I'm awake and thinking about what I'm going to eat for breakfast the next day, it's way easier for me to muster up some energy and get some food together (I honestly think I'm an insomniac sometimes). They're pretty simple to make, already pre-portioned come breakfast time, and SO convenient. These little suckers are so easy to just grab out of the fridge and run out the door with a spoon in tow (This is where I point you to the picture on the right from when my boyfriend decided he wanted to take pictures of sunrise and I NEEDED to bring food or I was going to be a very cranky girl). Yes, I said from the fridge; it's a cold oatmeal. I had never had cold oatmeal before making these, but you get used to it, especially with all the different flavor choices...you'll see what I mean, just read on.


 
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Gyoza on the left, tofu-turkey patties on the right!
I'm half Japanese and an eighth Chinese, so loving Asian foods just seems sort of obvious. One of the things I stopped eating when I decided to be healthier was gyoza (i.e. the little dumplings that have all sorts of names depending what Asian culture you're talking about). I call it gyoza, my little sister calls it mandoo, my boyfriend calls it wonton, my cousin just says dimsum, and the list goes on.

There are lots of different fillings, different preparation methods, different wrapper recipes, blah blah blah blah. Most of the times I've bought them, they've been filled with pork and veggies....I normally say no to pork these days; it has too much fat. Also, a lot of places fry them, which adds more unnecessary oil to the mix. BUT...I was at a point where I missed it so much that I decided to just try and make it myself...for the first time ever. I was amazed that they didn't actually turn out that bad, hahaha.


 
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I love a good burger just as much as the next person, but they're definitely not the healthiest things you could be eating. When I feel like having one, I like to use ground turkey breast (read my other post to find out why turkey breast, not just turkey). Oddly enough, though, I normally buy the Foster Farms ground turkey breast which has 20oz. (=1lb and 4oz), so I normally end up with a random 4oz. of turkey left over that I need to use somehow. That's where these little beauties kick in! Tofu-turkey patties!

I have a bunch of friends who would shudder at the thought of a tofu burger of any kind (>_>), but it doesn't taste bad at all! Not only does it not taste bad, but it's really easy, quick, and simple to make as well! Don't knock it til you've tried it!

Anywho, the recipe for the patties are below, but be creative and do whatever you want with them when you're done. I've eaten them like a burger, in a pita pocket, broken it down for other recipes, or just plain by itself with a side of salad; you're only limited to what you come up with, right?


 
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I posted a recipe a little while ago for my 7-Ingredient Turkeyloaf that I randomly threw together one day. This turkeyloaf is WAY better. I don't quite remember how I originally found this recipe, but I eventually pinned it on Pinterest. French Onion Meatloaf is what the original recipe was for, but I obviously had to healthify that a whole bunch:

  • No oil
  • Ground turkey breast instead of ground beef (see the other turkeyloaf post for why ground turkey BREAST, specifically)
  • Liquid egg whites for the real thing, but that's personal preference I suppose
  • Used low-moisture part-skim mozzarella instead of gruyere...I already had it on hand, hahaha


I don't always enjoy leftovers, especially when they don't taste as good as when you first made/ate it. A little time in the microwave to warm these up, though, and it was just as good as the first time! This was a great meal that fed me leftovers for a week!