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Various plants (in no particular order) that you can regrow from the food you already have! Woot! Way to reuse and recycle! I constantly have green onions and celery growing. (And potatoes/sweet potatoes but that just because they decided to do that in my pantry) Do you guys regrow any of your food?



Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes-

Green Onions-

Leeks- same technique as green onions

Carrot Tops-


Romaine Lettuce- Same technique as celery

Cabbage- Same technique as celery


Avocado -





Bonus: Bok Choy -

(via The Healthy Hybrid - A life in transition)

(via enviousofbumblebees)

Leftover lunchin’ on a holiday Monday! It’s hot, sunny and this lady is NOT cooking, lol.

Had weekend extras that needed using and pretty pleased about the party they’re throwin’ in my mouth! Leftover fava bean salad (I always think Hannibal with fava), a smidge of leftover grilled tenderloin & spinach leaves with the last of my bruscetta on top. No chianti, but had a coconut water with frozen mango cubes. I know. Ballin’.

All set for a holiday afternoon, but accepting any and all offers to make me dinner, haha. I’m serious: NOT cooking today.

Fava bean salad: fava beans, chickpeas, mushrooms, shallots, grilled zucchini with olive oil, salt, garlic & lemon juice.

Pan seared salmon, with spicy mango salsa, quinoa, on a bed of arugula and spinach. Bonus: I didn’t screw it up, it was mighty delicious and left me giving myself fist pumps in the mirror.

Thanks Chef Ramsey! It was cooked (insert accent) “beautifully”.

#fancypants #notRAW

DIY Spinach Ice Cubes For Smoothies

Crazy easy, saves time, money AND replaces the need for ice cubes in your smoothies. Love this idea!

My favorite smoothie recipes.

Ain’t no commercials for apples. Or bananas. Or spinach, really. Quinoa? Nope. Kale? Nope.
Conclusion: not a bad tip, lol.

Ain’t no commercials for apples. Or bananas. Or spinach, really. Quinoa? Nope. Kale? Nope.

Conclusion: not a bad tip, lol.

Steph’s Sweet Beet Apple Salad! 
Wonderfully crafted by my friend Steph, this dinner was incredible and totally random! Delish & thrown together with flair. :) Beets, onions, chopped cabbage, apples, cashews, corn, cucumber and more I’m probably forgetting (honestly, just beets & loads of veggies is fine). It was gorgeous and yummy: apples were perfect.  Sweet salad idea! (and no, no red poops).

Steph’s Sweet Beet Apple Salad!

Wonderfully crafted by my friend Steph, this dinner was incredible and totally random! Delish & thrown together with flair. :)

Beets, onions, chopped cabbage, apples, cashews, corn, cucumber and more I’m probably forgetting (honestly, just beets & loads of veggies is fine). It was gorgeous and yummy: apples were perfect.

Sweet salad idea! (and no, no red poops).

There are lots of things you can put on the plate on the left.

ALL of them are better than the plate on the right.

Starving is not the answer.

Go Kaleo’s frequently used term “Dietary Dogma” has to be one of my favorite’s this year. Love, love, love it.

Personally, I don’t care which lifestyle diet you choose, so long as it actually benefits your health (lifestyle = set of principles that you choose to live by. Not being on A diet). If it includes lots of fresh veggies, enough protein, is mostly clean, allows for occasional treats and makes your BODY feel AWESOME, you get high fives from me. And if it doesn’t, hopefully you’ll make healthier changes over time that suit you.

But… feeling awesome is about how your BODY responds to your diet. Not how superior YOU FEEL because you follow it. That’s where dietary dogma can get tricky and MAY cross over into orthorexia: a growing problem in the fitness & health community.

Orthorexia is an unhealthy fixation on healthy foods. Unlike anorexia, the goal is not to be thin, but rather to be as healthy as possible. While that may not SEEM all that bad, there is a VERY big difference between someone making healthy lifestyle choices to ENHANCE their life, versus someone who’s healthy choices ARE their life.

Most simply, the difference can be seen in how two individuals handle a situation like hunger….

When faced with the option to either A. starve or B. eat McDonald’s, a person with a healthy relationship with food will choose McDonald’s. They know their body needs food, even if it’s not the kind of food they’d regularly have. They know that the only thing WORSE than eating McDonald’s is starving their bodies.

A person with orthorexic tendencies, on the other hand, would rather starve than eat unhealthy OR will experience SEVERE feelings of guilt, self-loathing and anxiety should they eat the undesirable food. Even when the alternative was starving.

See the difference?

**UPDATE: Just a little add on, since some people seem to be going NUTS over the idea of eating McDonald’s in the example above. I don’t want McHate to cloud the points being made. 

I’m not talking about having to wait an hour before you can find yourself something healthy to eat. In the extreme example below (which, by the way would probably never happen in real life. Figured that most people would ‘get’ that, but hey), I’m talking about a hypothetical life or death situation that highlights the thought process of someone who might suffer from orthorexia.

Someone who would rather starve to death than eat McDonald’s HAS ISSUES (considering that most of these people avoid McDonald’s in order to be healthier, it seems funny that they would choose ‘death’ over it. If anything could be considered unhealthier than McDonald’s, it’s starving or dying. Hands down). That’s all I’m sayin’. I am not, nor have I ever, encouraged people to eat McDonald’s, lol. But if the thought of eating McDonald’s versus starving (not just for an hour or two) actually makes you anxious, stressed, or ________, you MAY want to look into that. That kind of thinking crosses over into MANY behaviors (and most don’t have anything to do with McDonald’s).

Like all eating disorders, it’s about your relationship with food AND there’s a scale. You may have some orthorexic tendencies, without it having a SERIOUS impact on your health (though it may cause you more stress than you’re aware of). The biggest concerns with orthorexics involve the anxiety & stress they experience surrounding food (and meal planning), a decrease in quality of life with increased focus on diet ‘perfection’, ignoring warning signs from the body and potential malnourishment/health problems pertaining to dietary restrictions (very severe at that point. Ortho-anorexia)

Some Signs You May Have Orthorexic Tendencies

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Shroomed Radishes…

Gorgeous. And kinda video game nerdy. :)

My two favorite things! ;)

Shroomed Radishes…

Gorgeous. And kinda video game nerdy. :)

My two favorite things! ;)

Lunch time! Green salad, with chopped leftover veggies (zucchini, eggplant, peppers, onions) with a smidge of rice. 

What’s on your plate?

31 Healthy & Portable High Protein Snacks

This is a great list for those of us who are busy and on the go! Easy, fast and fabulous any time of the day. 

As a general rule, you want to eat within about an hour of your workout, but sometimes your belly is just not ready for a big meal. Try a small, light protein snack like any of the choices on this list to get a quick re-fuel before heading home from the gym! You’ll start the recovery process faster and have more energy later in the day. Bring it with you!

Via The Greatist 

1. Cottage-Style Fruit: Top ½ cup cottage cheese with ½ cup of your favorite fruit. Why not try some superfoodsBananasmixed berries, and melon are some Greatist favorites!

2. Beef or Turkey Jerky: Be careful to avoid sodium- and sugar-filled brands, but low-sodium, natural, or lightly-flavored options are a great source of protein. And this chewy snack is super-portable and keeps fresh for months when packed properly. A one-ounce serving (the size of most single-serve packs) contains about 9 grams of protein!

3. Mixed Nuts or Trail Mix: This is a favorite in the Greatist office. Mixed nuts are an easy way to get a delicious dose of protein in a convenient, shelf-stable package. Try a mixed bunch for variety and a combo with dried fruit for some added sweetness. The best bang for your protein buck?Almonds and Pistachios are high up there in protein while comparably lower in saturated fat than their nutty peers.

4. Pumpkin Seeds: Those orange gourds aren’t just for Halloween. The pumpkin insides, scooped out to make room for spooky faces, can actually make a healthy little snack once they’re washed, dried, and nicely roasted! Just ½ cup of pumpkin seeds has about 14 grams of protein — the perfect pre-workout snack!

5. Hard-Boiled Egg: Inexpensive and loaded with nutrients, eggs are one of the best ways to get a healthy dose of protein. Try hard boiling and pre-peeling a dozen at the start of the week and throw one in a small Tupperware container each day for an easy on-the-go snack. (Feeling extra famished? Slice the egg and place it on a piece of whole-wheat bread.)

6. Deli Rollup: Top 2 slices of low-sodium deli meat (turkey, chicken, or roast beef work great!) with 1 slice of lowfat cheese and a shake of pepper. Add a slice of tomato or some lettuce for extra veggie points!

7. Nut Butter Boat: Any vehicle for nut butter (almond, peanut, or cashew, perhaps?) is perfection in our book. Try loading a few celery sticks with 1 tablespoon of any nut butter topped with a few whole almonds or raisins (oh yeah, we went there). If you’re not a fan of celery, try scooping out the middle of an apple and fill it with a nut buttery surprise!

8. Mini Bean-and-Cheese Quesadilla: It might take an extra minute to prep, but combining these two high-protein treats is worth it! Fold ½ cup black beans, 1 tablespoon salsa, and 1 slice cheddar cheese in a small soft tortilla. Cook in a dry nonstick pan until cheese is melted and tortilla is lightly browned. Wrap in foil and stick in a plastic baggie for easy transport.

9. Shake It Up: The combinations are endless with protein shakes. And one scoop can go a long way! Our favorites? The “Protein Creamsicle” — 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 1 cup orange juice, and 1 cup ice blended until smooth — (thanks @JCDFitness!), and the “Star-buffs Shake” — 1 cup iced coffee (with ice) and 1 scoop chocolate whey protein, blended — a caffeine-filled creation from Greatist’s fitness editor, Jordan Shakeshaft.

10. KIND Bar: We’re not huge supporters of prepackaged bars, smoothies, and the like, but we make an exception for KIND bars. Their classic varieties are a great source of protein from the all-nut base (coming in at around 5 grams per bar), but for an even higher dose of the good stuff, try Kind Plus varieties with added protein. (An office favorite is Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein — one bar has 7 grams!)

Read more via The Greatist!

Still think a calorie is just a calorie? Think again!

Not ALL calories are created equal, and while it’s an easy way for people to track their weight loss, the QUALITY of your calories has much more to do with success than how many you’re eating. 

1200 calories of pizza, beer and candy? Not the same as 1200 calories of hummus, spinach and lean chicken. Nutritionally, the latter is better for you: more vitamins, minerals and good stuff for your body to use. But it’s also processed more efficiently by the body: more of the calories get used, burned and can fuel your metabolism giving you an edge all day. Plus, the more fiber, veggies and lean protein you have in your diet, the less chemicals your body needs to dispense to break it down: less hormones released, fewer sugar crashes, and less fat storage. 

A new study has given more insight into which ‘diets’ may be best for weight loss (and by diet, I don’t mean restriction, but rather overall diet). They compared a low fat diet, a low carb diet and a low glycemic index diet. All participants followed their eating plans over a period of time, and then were measured for caloric output and weight loss. 

The result?

Those on a low FAT diet burned the least.

Those on a low CARB diet had the fastest initial effect… but had the lowest retention rate. It also raised the risk of heart problems in participants.

Those on a low glycemic index diet burned steady amounts with almost no adverse effects. It was also easier for participants to maintain over time. While the ultra low carb, Atkins-like diet had the greatest initial effect, it also had the lowest, long-term retention rate. On top of that, it increased the risk of heart problems. 

Very interesting stuff! 

The takeaways: those of you focused on low fat options may do well to add more fat into your diet: you need fat to burn fat (avocados, olive oil, nuts). While low carb diets are FAST, they tend to do poorly overtime: consider going halfsies and exploring complex carbohydrates to add into your diet (grains, beans, legumes). And EVERYONE would do better by eliminating processed, sugary and chemical foods.  

Read more via The New York Times.

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