Category: Healthy Lifestyle

Sweet & Creamy Strawberries – Keto Friendly 

I recently started eating Keto style and these Sweet & Creamy Strawberries are the perfect snack to satisfy my sweet tooth.  Most of you know that I have tried eating “clean”.  It didn’t work for me.  I can only eat so many stalks of celery before I need something of substance.  Several of my friends have adopted the Keto lifestyle and so after much research and talking wit them, I decided to give it a whirl!  Before I go any further, I want to say that I am not an expertise in Keto and not a professional, so before you decide to take on the lifestyle, please do research with those that are!

Finding What Works For Me

One aspect of Keo is high protein and high fat and very low carb.  I’ve actually come to discover that I love carbs, but they don’t love me.  I love cereal, muffins, and bread, but it makes me so bloated.  So, this diet has been great for me!  However, I’ve struggled to find low carb snacks to curb my sweet tooth!

We also have started a strawberry garden this year!  T has loved giving these “ladies” as he calls them extra attention and producing the sweet red berries for me to enjoy!  Next year I’ll have an abundance of strawberries and this will be the perfect way to use some!

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One of the many strawberries from our garden

Fruit is something I’ve always loved and love experimenting with recipes.  This yummy fruit recipe can be used as a side or a dessert!

Sweet & Creamy Strawberries - Keto Friendly
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 T Swerve
  • 1 t almond extract
  • 3 cups diced strawberries
Instructions
  1. Begin by whipping your cream until somewhat frothy
  2. Add the cream cheese, Swerve, and almond extract and mix thoroughly
  3. Fold the cream cheese mixture into your strawberries

Cooks Notes

  • Swerve is an all-natural sugar substitute.  Any natural (no calorie) sugar substitute will work for this recipe.  You may just have to adjust the amounts based on what you use.  You can also use real sugar if you aren’t worried about those calories!
  • Your whipping cream will not whip up into an actual cream.  You aren’t using enough (or in my case, didn’t have the patience) and that’s ok!  You just want to whip it until frothy!
  • Stir your strawberries real well before eating or serving.  They will put off a natural juice and you will see “water” or juice sitting in the bottom of the bowl!  This juice just helps to spread things around, it’s all good!

I love enjoying these Sweet & Creamy Strawberries for an evening snack!  They are perfect for satisfying my sweet tooth, but not getting me off track with my diet!  If you want something extra special, toss a few dark chocolate chips in with your strawberries! YUM!

Mexican Quinoa Bowls: Clean Eating

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I love it when a new recipe comes together, as well as being healthy, and these Mexican Quinoa Bowls did just that!

My Eating Habits

My eating habits have been dreadful at best!  Life is busy (weekend trips, construction jobs, home repair, and work commitments) and through all this, my eating and health has taken a backseat!  I’ve been eating whatever is in the house and whatever is quick and easy!  We went a week extra without getting groceries, which also meant that a whole week went by without fresh veggies and fruit in the house!  This has all taken a toll on my body.  I’m moodier, am incredibly bloated, my pants don’t fit right, and overall feel yucky!  My workouts have been harder to complete and I sweat something crazy!  It’s amazing how our bodies adapt to the way we eat!  Put good things in and we get good things out!

Mexican Quinoa Bowls

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Oven Packet Asparagus & Life Right Now

I love asparagus and pretty much anyway you cook it, I’ll eat (except pickled).  It’s one of my favorite vegetables.  Traditionally, I eat it sauteed or steamed, but the other day I was feeling adventurous and whipped up this Oven Packet Asparagus!  It’s tasty, easy,  requires little attention, and is healthy!  What makes for a better recipe?!

Life Right Now

Remember those posts where I said we were on “vacation”…meaning there was no sports season going on?  Well, that is no more!  We’re officially into the swing of track season!  Both R & M are participating this year!  It adds more track meets (19 in about 6 weeks to be exact), but I’m so excited about it!  Track is definitely R’s sport.  It’s what he excels at and I would bet to say it’s the one he enjoys the most!  This is M’s first year participating and I can’t wait to see how he does, which events he enjoys, and where this takes him!

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10-Week Wellness Challenge Update & A Giveaway

I can’t believe that we are almost finished with the 10-Week Wellness Challenge!  It seems like only yesterday that The Iowa Food & Family Project invited me to join their team!  I was so excited when they did and I had such high hopes of blowing it out of the water this year!  HA!  Well, then life happened!Wellness Challenge

I’ve struggled with being healthy for the majority of my adult life!  I’m, what I call myself, a coping anorexic!  If you look at me today you wouldn’t guess that to be the case, but it’s true!!  You see,  being healthy has several different definitions.  Obtaining a healthy lifestyle depends on your own personal situation.  For me, being healthy is finding a balance with my eating and exercise.  All of this, along with “life” during the 10-Week Wellness Challenge has gotten me to these realizations:

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“Clean” Open-Faced Tuna Melt – A Healthy Alternative

I love tuna and could eat it on a very regular basis. Ok, I’ll be honest, I really do eat it pretty regularly and I’ve recently fell in love with the tuna packets that don’t require you to drain the tuna.  And while I know they are more expensive, my time and energy are clearly worth more than that to me! Plus, who can actually successfully drain a can of tuna without losing some down the drain?!

I’m in the middle of another 21 Day Fix round as well as participating in the Live Healthy Iowa 10-Week Wellness Challenge.  Basketball season (hello, concession stand food) as well as my own bad habits have made it more difficult this time around and it’s cold which means I want creamy, gooey, warm foods!  Why are comfort foods so unhealthy?!

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10-Week Wellness Challenge – Again!

I’m so excited to announce that I am participating in the Live Healthy Iowa, 10-Week Wellness Challenge again this year! I’m also super excited because I’ve partnered with the Iowa Food & Family Project for this endeavour once again!  Last year was the first year that I participated and thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of the team and the challenge to place first within our group!  So, of course I was game to participate again this year!  This is super exciting for you, my followers too!  Iowa Food & Family Project has given me some awesome goodies to giveaway to you, my readers, throughout the journey!

 

So, what is the 10-Week Wellness Challenge?!  An opportunity to focus your life around health and wellness.  Well, that is the short of it at least!  As a participant you can focus on increasing your activity, weight loss, improving your eating habits…or a little bit of all the above!

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Chicken & Asparagus Skillet – 21 Day Fix Approved

Time for a new recipe from me! WOOHOO! This Chicken & Asparagus Skillet is the perfect dish for eating straight from the pan or reheating for lunch! Packed full of protein and veggies with a little carb on the side for fun!

Prior to the Christmas season, I embarked on another round of the 21 Day Fix.  The more times that I follow through with the 21 days, the more adventurous and creative I get with my cooking.  While I tend to combine chicken and broccoli, I LOVE asparagus just as much, so I decided to come up with a new dish for my lunches!  When I think about cooking something, I often think about the re-heatability of a dish so I can use it for my lunches at work!

Executing My Vision

In my mind I worked through how I wanted this dish to come together and my favorite way to eat asparagus is sauteed, so I knew I wanted to incorporate that.  I also knew that it would deepen the flavor of the dish a great deal, instead of just steaming it.  To me, there are very few things as beautiful as sauteed asparagus!

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Broccoli Lemon Chicken – Clean Eating

I’m in my final week of this round of the 21 Day Fix and I’m feeling better about it than ever before!  I’ve done a much better job at meal prepping and not buckling to everything around me.  Now, I’ll be honest and say that this doesn’t mean that I haven’t buckled at all, but it’s been within reason.  This Broccoli Lemon Chicken has helped me stay on track!

The 21 Day Fix is going well this time around! I’ve had plenty of challenges to stop me from succeeding too!  Do you know how hard it is to find a “clean” meal at a basketball concession stand?!  I’m proud to say that I’ve only eaten one walking taco.  Other times I held out until it was over and we hit the drive through at a fast food joint where I picked the grilled chicken sandwich and only ate half the bun.  I also selected apple slices instead of fries!  It was brutal, but I did it!  I also had a citizen bring me a plate of cookies at my full-time job!  There were 8 on the plate and I only ate 2!  Meal prepping has been a lot my success to this round and I’m loving how I feel inside and out!

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Be Healthy, Not Skinny

Body image, healthy, skinny..our society is so confusing, right? Models and celebrities are show as having the “perfect body” which is usually very slender and fit. But, then we see amazing videos like this:

What are we, as women, to think?  We need to be skinny.  Just be who we are.  We need to work out.  We need to eat healthy.  We need to cut sugar, carbs, and fat out of our diet.  We need to not care what we look like.  So, what is the real story?  Where is the truth in all this?  What are we really supposed to be and believe?

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