Just a simple WV girl, 20 y/o, studying Dietetics, and blogging my life-learned happiness of a healthy lifestyle. What is the secret? Go back to the basics...live simply.

…and a couple other Fall crafts I enjoyed myself with today.

-For the front yard I used burlap and fabric scraps sewed on to make a ‘Happy Fall’ flag, I used a paint marker for the letters.

-I found the cutest little wooden chalkboards for $1 at ACMoore today.. Of course, I had to polish them up with some gold spray paint. Then I used a chalk board pen to write an uplifting quote on it. I love setting out quotes in the kitchen for my family to see as they pass by. Words can do a lot to change an outlook on a day!

    Today I (fully) unleashed my inner Fall crazy. What better way to welcome Fall than with some homemade pumpkin butter! Making it homemade rids you of additives and chemicals that usually preserve pumpkin butters. It also makes your house smell delicious & you get the joy of cooking it. :) 

Pumpkin Butter Recipe:{about 35 calories per 2 Tablespoon serving} 

3 1/2 C pumpkin purée 
1 C brown sugar 
3/4 C apple juice 
2 t pumpkin pie spice 
2 t cinnamon 
2 t vanilla extract 

Put all ingredients in a sauce pan, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 45 minutes- stir frequently and put a lid on to prevent splatters of pumpkin everywhere. 

I enjoyed mine with a homemade biscuit, butter EVOO, and a glass of water.. Yum-o! 

Happy Fall Y’all!

    Today I (fully) unleashed my inner Fall crazy. What better way to welcome Fall than with some homemade pumpkin butter! Making it homemade rids you of additives and chemicals that usually preserve pumpkin butters. It also makes your house smell delicious & you get the joy of cooking it. :)

    Pumpkin Butter Recipe:{about 35 calories per 2 Tablespoon serving}

    3 1/2 C pumpkin purée
    1 C brown sugar
    3/4 C apple juice
    2 t pumpkin pie spice
    2 t cinnamon
    2 t vanilla extract

    Put all ingredients in a sauce pan, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 45 minutes- stir frequently and put a lid on to prevent splatters of pumpkin everywhere.

    I enjoyed mine with a homemade biscuit, butter EVOO, and a glass of water.. Yum-o!

    Happy Fall Y’all!

      Looks like cheesecake ice cream, doesn’t it? Not saying ice cream is bad in moderation, but some days you just know you should reach for the healthy alternative!

      So here’s what I did & it was delish! Buy a 100 calorie CHOBANI (other brands use fake sweeteners) whichever flavor you prefer. I went with ‘Black Cherry’, stir in some ‘Kashi Go Lean Crunch’ cereal, put aluminum foil over it and freeze for about an hour.

        Sunday night I decided to whip up a new recipe- something delicious & nutritious was my mind set. I found a recipe for “Zucchini Lasagna” on Pinterest and couldn’t pass it by. It was enjoyed by everyone! I paired it with an 100% whole wheat loaf of bread from the bakery (slice, drizzle with olive oil, pinch of salt, bake at 400F for 10 minutes in foil), and a homemade Caesar salad that I found on Pinterest also. The links to the recipes I used for both below! 

Zucchini Lasagna Recipe http://www.wellsphere.com/weight-loss-article/recipe-review-zucchini-lasagna-clean-eating-magazine/676029#.UIRajEsVR-A.pinterest

Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe http://serendipitybysara.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/healthy-caesar-salad-dressing/


Happy, healthy cooking! :)

        Sunday night I decided to whip up a new recipe- something delicious & nutritious was my mind set. I found a recipe for “Zucchini Lasagna” on Pinterest and couldn’t pass it by. It was enjoyed by everyone! I paired it with an 100% whole wheat loaf of bread from the bakery (slice, drizzle with olive oil, pinch of salt, bake at 400F for 10 minutes in foil), and a homemade Caesar salad that I found on Pinterest also. The links to the recipes I used for both below!

        Zucchini Lasagna Recipe http://www.wellsphere.com/weight-loss-article/recipe-review-zucchini-lasagna-clean-eating-magazine/676029#.UIRajEsVR-A.pinterest

        Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe http://serendipitybysara.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/healthy-caesar-salad-dressing/


        Happy, healthy cooking! :)

          I made a nutritious breakfast today, with only natural ingredients, covering all food groups, oh and did I mention it was made in the microwave in under 5 minutes? My egg ‘mcmuffin’ was delicious and came in at 300 calories for my whole breakfast.. 130 just for the biscuit plain! 

Ok, here’s the recipe for the biscuit: 
-2 T any whole grain flour 
-1/4 t baking powder  
-pinch of salt 
-4 T liquid egg whites 
-1 T unsweetened applesauce 
Stir and pop in a greased microwaveable small bowl for 2 minutes & 30 seconds- I used a ramekin. 

Next, in another EVOO greased ramekin, whip up some egg whites and a little bit of yolk, oregano, salt and pepper. I did 3 egg whites and that’s why I had to put some on the side- 1 should suffice for the sandwich. Microwave for 2 minutes. 

Now add a little bit of sliced turkey (I heated mine along with the sliced muffin halves on a skillet before building the ‘mcmuffin’) & don’t forget a drizzle of honey! 

How easy was that? A breakfast that you can feel good about, gives you good sustained energy & nutrition, and more quick & cheap than the drive thru. Enjoy! 

* I paired mine with a cup of hot tea, sliced fruit with cream cheese, the leftovers of my egg whites. :)

          I made a nutritious breakfast today, with only natural ingredients, covering all food groups, oh and did I mention it was made in the microwave in under 5 minutes? My egg ‘mcmuffin’ was delicious and came in at 300 calories for my whole breakfast.. 130 just for the biscuit plain!

          Ok, here’s the recipe for the biscuit:
          -2 T any whole grain flour
          -1/4 t baking powder
          -pinch of salt
          -4 T liquid egg whites
          -1 T unsweetened applesauce
          Stir and pop in a greased microwaveable small bowl for 2 minutes & 30 seconds- I used a ramekin.

          Next, in another EVOO greased ramekin, whip up some egg whites and a little bit of yolk, oregano, salt and pepper. I did 3 egg whites and that’s why I had to put some on the side- 1 should suffice for the sandwich. Microwave for 2 minutes.

          Now add a little bit of sliced turkey (I heated mine along with the sliced muffin halves on a skillet before building the ‘mcmuffin’) & don’t forget a drizzle of honey!

          How easy was that? A breakfast that you can feel good about, gives you good sustained energy & nutrition, and more quick & cheap than the drive thru. Enjoy!

          * I paired mine with a cup of hot tea, sliced fruit with cream cheese, the leftovers of my egg whites. :)

            Chocolate Banana Muffins

            School is starting Monday and I need to prep my snacks and meals or else I will be a grump all day. These muffins are made with only natural ingredients, no refined flour or added sugars- & even a boost of protein! At 100 calories each, they make the perfect snack or breakfast side! I put mine in the freezer so I can pop out when needed!

            Ingredients:
            -2 C rolled oats
            -1 C plain greek yogurt
            -1 scoop vanilla protein powder
            -2 ripe bananas
            -2 eggs
            -1 1/2 t vanilla extract
            -1 1/2 t baking powder
            -1/2 t baking soda
            -dark chocolate (bar or chips)

            What you do:
            Preheat oven to 400F, line muffin pans with liners & spray them.

            Put all ingredients (except chocolate chips if you are using them) into a blender and blend until oats are incorporated and the batter is smooth throughout. The dark chocolate bar will turn into little chocolate speckles :)

            Pour the batter into prepared liners and bake for 20 minutes!

            *If you are going to freeze to reheat and eat on the go, let them cool completely then put in a freezer safe ziploc bag, and put that bag into another!

              Children are like sponges, they absorb everything they see being done around them and, in turn, that is what they become. That’s why I like to make a good impression around all the kids I watch. I try and lead good examples in my words, habits, and food! Kids can’t grow properly without proper nutrition.. I’ve learned if you make it visually appealing they’ll try just about everything.

              These are some snacks I make for the kids I babysit and can be easily made for cheap.

              1. homemade oatmeal cookies
              2. mouse whole wheat crackers, cheese, and strawberry
              3. bear toasted wheat bread with nut butter, banana, chocolate chip, and dried fruit.

              Lead a good example, today’s kids will be the nation’s working adults before ya know it.

                Chicken Parm [ Done Right ]

                Tonight’s dinner had an Italian flavor and that after pasta happy tummy feeling that Italian food gives! This chicken parmesan is delicious and was super easy to cook… Oh, and it’s nutritious!

                Ingredients:

                • 4 Chicken Breasts- thawed 
                • 1 C Almond meal
                • 1/4 C Oat flour
                • 1/4 C Grated Parmesan
                • 1 T Oregano
                • 1 T Basil
                • 1/2 T Garlic Powder
                • 1/2 T Onion Powder
                • Pinch of Kosher Salt
                • Shake some cracked Black Pepper
                • 3 Egg Whites (1/2 C Egg Beaters)
                • *For on top of the chicken: Organic, low sodium marinara sauce. Fresh mozzarella cheese slices.

                What Ya Do:

                • Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with aluminum foil, put olive oil and/or butter/ghee in a skillet on the stove top (*Don’t turn on heat yet..it’ll burn..) 
                • Pour egg whites in a bowl. Mix all ingredients except chicken in a shallow, long dish. Take each thawed chicken breast and dip in egg whites, then coat well in the mixture- the more the better!
                • Heat skillet over medium heat- place chicken on one side for 3 minutes, then flip and repeat. This will brown the chicken and give it that crispy, fried taste!
                • Now, transport the browned chicken to the covered baking sheets, pour marinara sauce and place sliced mozzarella on top of each piece as you please.
                • Pop in 350F oven for about 20 minutes!
                • Pair with some greens, serve over pasta, a glass of wine, whatever you think sounds good! I ate mine with sautéed zucchini, angel hair wheat pasta, and a green salad with greek dressing!
                  S’more Cupcakes: 

That’s what was on the agenda today!

                  S’more Cupcakes:

                  That’s what was on the agenda today!

                    Made these this Sunday- delicious & decorative! :) 

Will post recipe later!

                    Made these this Sunday- delicious & decorative! :)

                    Will post recipe later!

                      Fruit, yogurt, and toasted O’s.

                      Fruit, yogurt, and toasted O’s.

                        seriesandseasons:

                        July Book Photo Challenge 

                        Novella or Short Story

                        (Glitches the prequel to Cinder and The Queen’s Army the prequel to Scarlet. All are by the lovely Marissa Meyer.)

                        I think there’s a reader in everyone, reading can be great relaxation all while brain stimulating if you can get yourself into a good book! Need a good book to read or maybe you just love watching tv series? Follow this gal!

                        Do it.

                          {New} Healthy Living Essentials:

                          1. I am obsessed with Evolution:SweetGreens juice! They have it at Starbucks and I get one everytime I go- so delicious & refreshing after a workout!

                          2. I’m complicated and wanted a heart rate monitor that doesn’t require a chest strap. Well, I found one [New Balance: LifeTrainer] it was about $50 and calculates calorie burn, steps, and heart rate. The heart rate doesn’t always take so that is kind of a bummer, but it’s nice to have to track my steps & runs without the hassle of a strap.

                          3. If you have trouble finding good workout pants you need to check out Athleta. Their yoga pants are AWESOME, I always have a hard time finding pants that don’t ride down when I run and that go over my hips.. They are pricey but SO worth it if you live an active lifestyle- or just like yoga pants that fit good. :) I have 3 pairs now and got them all on the sale… Just as good as the full price!

                            Spinach Salad, Roasted Veggies, & Grilled Salmon!

                              Had a little photo shoot at the farm with my sister today. Here’s some pics.

                              “I think we like to complicate things when it’s really quite simple- Find what it is that makes you happy & who it is that makes you happy, and you’re set. Promise.”

                              ||EnjoyTheSimpleThings
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