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Smoothie of the week #2

I am back yet again with a delicious healthy smoothie recipe! After all, I did promise that every Friday I will be showcasing a smoothie that I’ve been loving this week. The weather this week has me drinking smoothies daily. Smoothie’s are perfect for days when it’s scorching hot and you don’t know what you want to eat. This recipe definitely refreshes you and keeps you feeling satisfied and your hunger at bay!

Ingredients

  • Frozen Banana
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup Frozen/fresh Raspberries & Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Chia seed & Hemp seed blend

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  • Gather all your ingredients and blend them all up & enjoy!

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What smoothie recipe’s or refreshing drinks have you been enjoying this week? I’d love to know. Also stay tuned for more healthy smoothie inspirations every Friday!

Hum-muse

Middle eastern cuisine is actually one of my favorite. I have been a pescatarian for about 2 years now. The only exception is I have cut out all other fish except salmon! From now and then, I will have myself a helping of a salmon dish. I love that the middle eastern cuisine is very friendly in incorporating lot’s of vegetarian  ( and can easily be adjusted vegan with few swaps here and there ) friendly meals. I am all about herbs and fresh produce. I love falafels, tabouleh, vegetable kebabs, bread soaked in olive oil, spanakopita..the list could go and on.

Oh, yes, I didn’t forget about HUMMUS! Hummus dressings, warm pita drenched in hummus spread, celery and carrots dipped in hummus, hummus scooped by the spoon    ( Yes, I do that when I am telling myself to lay off the carbs a bit ) Living in New York city kind of got me spoiled. All around New York City, is full of amazing middle eastern and mediterranean restaurants with some nice twists of hummus dishes. I recently came across a nice big can of Garbanzo beans in my cupboard and the first thing that came to my head was to attempt to make a simple hummus dish! I totally saw, came, and conquered! All I will ever need is this hummus recipe! It was super quick to make and I am going to share my simple recipe with you all. Go and get yourself some nice fat warm doughy pita bread. You won’t regret it.

Ingredients 

  • Cup of Garbanzo/chick peas ( I used can version )
  • 1 whole slice lemon
  • Cumin/Black pepper/Paprika/Sea salt
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves ( not pictured )
  • Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
  • Cup tahini ( sesame seed paste )

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  • So, first thing you do is put the tahini inside the food processor ( or blender ) and squeeze your lemon and mix ( 30 seconds ) until you see the mixture has gotten creamy
  • Add in some  olive oil and mix again for 30 seconds
  • Now, Add your garbanzo beans, your spices, and fresh garlic, some more olive oil and mix for about 1 minute or until the mixture becomes creamy.

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  • Now, I just transfer the hummus goodness to a bowl and finish garnishing it with lots of olive oil for my pita bread that’s getting toasted.

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Deodorants stink

So this will mark my 9th month of not applying aluminum based deodorant. The mainstream deodorants out there are heavily toxic! They all include ” Aluminum ” which is a metal and it is used in deodorants to temporarily block your sweat glands from perspiration. Your underarm pores are visible and overtime, all that medal seeps through your pores. Sweating is good for the body! It’s your bodies way of ridding itself out of toxins. Instead, millions of people have been brainwashed that sweat is bad and that we must slather our armpits with antiperspirant deodorant. It’s pretty sad really how we have been brainwashed. Commercialized deodorants also have been linked to breast cancer, and many other diseases.

Don’t you want to be on the safer side? It’s only common sense that if you feed yourself right, you should also want to treat your appearance as well with the right things like haircare products, skincare products..etc. Really, just be mindful on the products you do use on your body. If the ingredients on the back just sound too hard to pronounce, then ditch that product out and find a natural alternative.

I’ll admit, the process was and is still scary. I am a huge sweater. Like, I can sweat even without doing any hard work. I haven’t personally found a deodorant that REALLY works for me yet. The journey still continues. Here are some of the ones I have tested out. I will rate them from top to least favorites.

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  1. Primal Pit paste ( Lavender ) – This is the one I am currently been wearing at the moment. It has a subtle scent, not at all overpowering and seems to only work half the day and you have to reapply again. I would give this a 7.5
  2. Schmidts ( Bergamot – Lime ) –  This has a really nice lemony scent. The thing I don’t like about this deodorant is it makes my underarm itch. A little product goes a long away. If I put too much, it starts clumping. I would give this a 5
  3. Zatik ( Lavendar sage ) – This smells okay. It’s advertised as a lavender scent but I don’t get much of that scent. It smells very plain. Doesn’t do the job at all at keeping the sweating or smell at bay. I would give this a 4
  4. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream ( citrus ) – I liked using it at first but the application just annoyed me. I’d get my hands dirty because you have to apply it with your hands and the citrus smell just did not work with my body chemistry at all. I would give this a 3.5
  5. Kiss my Face ( Patchouli ) – I envisioned the smell to be nice and subtle. The smell was just so overpowering and it bothered me. I would give this a 2
  6. Jasons ( Fresh cucumber ) – JUST NO.NO.NO.NO. Smells absolutely horrible. Would not suggest to anyone. I don’t know how this was advertised as fresh cucumber? Gave this a zero.

Have anyone of you lovely readers tested any of these deodorants or have any suggestions? I’d love to hear your feedback!

Break-fast will you

I don’t know about you but if I don’t eat breakfast in the morning shortly after waking up, I start feeling a headache coming and sort of nauseous. I try to always have a huge cup of water before I start eating anything. Remember, your body was fasting while you were asleep. It’s good you first hydrate yourself, wait a little, and then make yourself a hearty breakfast. Choosing a healthy breakfast will really help you stay on track and really motivate you to choose the right foods during the day. I know personally if I start my day with a not so healthy choice like a chocolate chip cookie, I will probably not eat healthier later on. I love looking forward to breakfast! I try to always change up what I eat for breakfast so that I am likely to not get bored.

Lately, I have been obsessed with bagels! I am trying to consume less dairy so I don’t use cream cheese, instead I have been using avocado to replace that fatty creamy goodness spread. I like getting bagels from Whole Foods, and scooping out the innards, toasting it just till the edges get a little crispy and the inside soft. I then scoop out avocado slices, spread it on the bagel and add some garlic powder and black pepper. I try to make it more heartier and filling by sautéing baby kale/spinach and 1 egg on a separate pan and add it to my bagel. I discovered that a squeeze of lime added on my bagel brings out so much flavor! If I am feeling a bit fancy, I will add sliced tomatoes as well. I hope this inspires you to have a delicious nutritious filled breakfast! What is your favorite go to breakfast food?

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Stuffed mushrooms & tomato eggplants!

Eggplants! Some people hate it. Some people love it. Personally, they happen to be one of my favorite vegetables ever! I love experimenting with them because you can do so much with them! My favorite way is roasting them! On this particular day, I was craving something more hearty, cheesy, and warm! I roasted three eggplants for about 30 minutes. While they were roasting, I sautéed mushrooms, onions and garlic on a separate pan and when the eggplants were done roasting I stuffed them with the vegetable mixture and topped it with mild provolone cheese on top. Let me tell you, it was super delicious and preparing it was so simple I couldn’t believe it!DSC_0007.JPG

Monday morning calls for Green Acai Bowl!

Happy Monday all! It was a beautiful Monday morning. I woke up nice and early and finally in months hit the treadmill! I jogged at a steady pace for 22 minutes! I have totally fell off my fitness regime and now have to build up my stamina and endurance all over again! Overall, I had a great workout and will only ( hopefully ) get better and keep it consistent. I made sure to drink plenty of water before I started running. After I got off the treadmill, I made myself my favorite breakfast I love having when it is super warm. I made myself an acai bowl w/ one frozen banana, frozen acai packet, three frozen strawberries and about 2 cups of fresh baby kale blended with 1 cup of coconut almond milk blend. Topped it off with some chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, coconut flakes, and my current favorite granola – Purely Elizabeth’s ancient grain cereal! It was super filling, nutritious, and super yummy!DSC_0025