Smoothie Prep.

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Meal Prep.

Let’s be honest, who has time for meal prep? From someone who loves to cook and eat healthy I have never really been a fan of meal prepping. This isn’t because I am lazy  but more so because I actually enjoy the act of going to the grocery store, and cooking everyday. Annnnd well, I am not really a fan of cooked food sitting in the refrigerator more than a day. I know, maybe it’s weird but it’s just how I am. I came across this idea over the weekend as far as a meal prep that I could relate to and I couldn’t wait to share. In my last post I mentioned I bought a Vitamix which can be used for all sorts of things, but in this case I am focusing on smoothies. Actually now that I think about it, soups and juices can be prepped ahead as well. I do know from experience that prepping fruit can be a 10 minute longer excursion that you don’t have time for in the morning so with a little time on Sunday (or whatever day) you can throw some fruits and veggies in a mason jar, label, and WaLa! you have your smoothie just about ready. I always love new ideas of getting healthy and making things just a little bit easier. What are some of your favorite meal prep ideas?

 

Photo Courtesy: Vega_Team.

Vitamix S30

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Vitamix S30

I have been wanting one of these for yearrrrrrs. Maybe that’s an exaggeration but it’s been on my list for a while. Sometimes with big purchases I have trouble committing to, until well, it goes on sale. CHA CHING! A Vitamix on sale for $349? Yes, Please. This is not only a great blender but can be used for soups, food processing, frozen desserts, juices, milks, dressings, nut butters, batters, dips & spreads, flours, soups, purees and doughs. If you love to be in the kitchen this might be your newt favorite appliance. I am glad I made the purchase. Look for recipes to come via the S30 Vitamix in my kitchen! Let’s get Newtritionsavvy together!

Baby Steps.

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Weekend Recap

Hello Friends! What a game last night, right?! Although the Niners weren’t in the Superbowl, we still made sure to watch until the last minute. All I can remember is everyone saying, “Anybody but the Seahawks!” It looks like dreams really do come true. Great job, Patriots!  Until the next SB which will be held in our very own Santa Clara, CA!

-Moving-

I am in the process of moving into a new apartment which means this quick impulse to want to buy everything in sight. I visited Crate & Barrel over the weekend, and in the midst of kitchen goods I came across this Meatless Monday cook book. Paul, Stella and their daughter Mary McCartney launched the Meat Free Monday campaign as a simple straight forward way of showing everyone the value of eating less meat. Just one day each week of not eating meat can contribute to saving debt in your wallet, and more importantly reduce your environmental impact. One day less of eating meat each week can also reduce your risk for heart disease and maybe even help you drop a couple LBS! Who doesn’t love that?! Even if you can’t imagine becoming vegetarian, this is a great way to incorporate more nutrients into your diet. Just think, baby steps. I just ordered this cookbook on Amazon. You should too!

-WORKOUT-

I made sure that among that Superbowl and excess shopping for my apartment that I did make some time to get a workout in. That above is not the stairway to heaven my friends, but rather the stairway to a better looking booty and stronger legs! We call this Communication Hill which consists of 252 steps. Four rounds up and down and I was DONE! Needless to say, today my calves are feeling very sore! #nopainnogains

I hope you all have a great Monday!

 

Passion Planner

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This is a MUST purchase for the New Year! With the Passion Planner you will never feel more organized. This was recommended to me from a friend who heard about it on Oprah. We all know I L-O-V-E Oprah so whatever she recommends, I am in! I ordered this back in November and just received it last week. This planner is all about coordinating your to do list with action and creating some goals that you can achieve. Sometimes direction is all that we are missing, so with this planner you can create a better use of time and organization. Hope you enjoy!

Find the Passion Planner here. (You can also check them out on kickstarter.com.

Let me know what you think!

2015: My New Year’s Resolutions.

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2015! 

Friends! 2015 is already a month in. I have been behind on posting for some time now but Newtritionsavvy is back. This last year has been filled with many travels and working my butt off to afford those travels but I am finally at a spot where I feel like this blog is needed in my life again. It’s easy to lose track and get caught up in the “busy” of our lives but there comes a point where you fall so far behind on particular things and realize it’s time for a change. The new year is always a great time to reflect on the previous year, evaluate and then decide simply what worked and what didn’t. For me, I am an on the go type of person. Sometimes this so extreme that I forget to stop and smell the roses. Looking back, the last year was beyond amazing in so many ways.  For this upcoming year I am sticking to a couple new changes.

Learn to go with the flow

I don’t know about you, but for me this can be tough sometimes. Letting go of control and realizing everything will be okay if you just put faith and hard work into your situation.

Continue to travel more

Traveling for me is essential. So many people ask me all the time how I can do it. The truth is like anything, if you want it it will happen. Everything requires work, so if you put in the effort required than the benefit is rewarding. For me, traveling is my reward.

Cook More & Eat Healthy

Yes, thats right I said it….cook more! Believe it or not, I now know what it means to lack the time to put together home cooked meals. Sometimes it’s just easier to grab food togo, but this year I am going back to my favorite skill of cooking. It’s so much better when you know what you are putting in your body. Don’t you agree?

Start collaborating

Remember that old saying, “There is no I in team?” Well, this year I will make it my mission to make more contacts. I would love to feature stories about people’s success stories, struggles and simply how you live your best life.

Get In Better shape

Here we go with that time thing again. =) If you don’t plan ahead, time and life becomes an excuse.  I am vowing now to dedicate time to getting back in shape and living in my truth. So far this month and I right on track. How is your fitness routine this month of January?

I hope you all have had a great start to 2015. With the first month almost over, start thinking about February goals. It’s never to early to plan ahead!

Portlandia.

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OH MY GOSH! Next month marks the eleventh month of the year and guess what that means!? It’s  my birthday month AND I will be turning THIRTY! When in the hell did this happen?? As the day approaches I not only can’t believe that I will be thirty years young but really feel as though I have never felt better. I think when you are younger (at least for me) you envision your future to be “something” and whatever that “something” is….you either meet your expectation or often times surpass what you ever could have imagined. For me, at this point, traveling is my number one priority. In a few weeks I will be Portlandia bound!  In all my travels this is one place I have been wanting to go for a while. For the last couple years have heard nothing but amazing things. I love food, I love organic everything, I love the outdoors…now if I can only beat the rain (that is one thing I don’t love :) )! This is one place that I hear when it rains…..it literally pours! Regardless, I can’t wait to get my booty to the beautiful state of Oregon. If you have any suggestions please let me know. Let the planning begin!

Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers

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These peppers were soooo delicious! I am so fortunate to have great friends who love to donate to the newtritionsavvy cause. I work near a local farmers market and every Sunday I am lucky enough to be given bags and bags of fresh produce…Sometimes it’s more than I can consume so I end up cooking for my friends. The great thing with stuffed peppers is that you can add just about any vegetable in your fridge and even add some meat for extra protein. In my opinion, they were just as great without it. Go ahead and give these a try…..I would say prep time about 15 min, and cook time 30. Enjoy!

Bell Peppers Prep:

  • Large Bell Peppers
  • Mushrooms (whole or sliced)
  • Zucchini
  • Garlic clove (minced)
  • Tomato (roma or heirloom both work)
  • Jalapeño (optional for more spice)
  • Chopped Dill
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • Grated Mozzarella cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Slice the bell peppers in half/clean out seads (set on baking tray)
  2. Slice mushrooms, zucchini, tomato
  3. Heat sauté pan to med heat
  4. Saute olive oil and garlic together
  5. Add zucchini and mushrooms and jalapeño with lemon juice, salt and pepper (only sauté to get a little softness to vegetable (you don’t want to overcook here because the veggies will finish cooking while baking.
  6. When veggies are done I add tomato (these will cook in the oven)
  7. Place the rice in the bell pepper, with veggie medley over the top
  8. Bake on 400 for 30 min (if they aren’t cooking fast enough you can up the temperature to 450)
  9. The very last minute you can throw some mozzarella cheese on top and bake until cheese is just melted

Lemon Dill Rice

1 cup long grain rice
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dried dill/or fresh (I prefer fresh)
1/2 lemon, juice of
1/2 lemon lemon zest (finely grated)
1 teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper (to your liking)
2 cups water (chicken broth optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan
  2. Saute the chopped onion for 1 minute
  3. Add rice and “parch” over low heat, by stirring until the rice turns white again. Do not let the rice brown
  4. Add the rest to the ingredients and bring to boil.
  5. Lower heat and cover with a tight fitting lid. Cook until all the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Fluff well with a fork, replace the lid and let sit for 5 minutes.

Eat Your Greens.

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I made this last night for dinner. Green beans, asparagus, and mushrooms over quinoa.

What you’ll need:

  • sliced mushrooms
  • asparagus
  • fresh green beans (I prefer fresh over canned)
  • fresh minced garlic
  • salt/pepper
  • garlic powder
  • chili flakes (optional)
  • quinoa
  • vegetable broth
  • white onion
  • olive oil

Start by trimming the green beans. Fill a large pot with water and when the water has reached a boil- put green beans in. If you have ever cooked green beans before you know that they take a while to cook. Boil only for a couple minutes, strain and leave in strainer while putting ice cubes over to stop the beans from cooking. This process is called blanching. In a separate pan, use oil of choice (I use extra virgin olive oil), fresh minced garlic and chopped white onion on a med heat. When the onions and garlic look like they are cooked add about a cup or less of veggie broth- and then add the asparagus, mushrooms, green beans along with salt, pepper, chili flakes and garlic powder. Let simmer on low heat until finished. The veggies won’t take long to cook- I prefer my asparagus with a little crunch.

In a separate pot cook the quinoa. It’s the same as rice, for every cup of quinoa two cups of water, veggie or chicken broth. I used veggie broth to add a little more flavor. Boil water, pour in quinoa and then reduce heat to simmer.

This recipe is easy and you can easily add chicken to it if you would like more protein! Let me know how it turns out.

 

Meet TellSpec.

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I just heard about this incredible product. Have you heard of TellSpec?? This is a device that allows you to scan your food and be able to get nutritional value as well as telling you what ingredients, chemicals and pesticides are in your food.

Many foods contain chemicals and allergens that we want to avoid, but it can be difficult to know whether these chemicals and allergens are in your food or not. Food companies are NOT required to label your food. Transfats, GMO’s and other preservatives are in many items we consume every day. How can you tell if your food contains the nutrients you need? What about things like sodium, gluten or trans fats that you might be trying to avoid? Food labels can give us some information if they’re available, but they are not always intelligible and some ingredients may not even be reported.

The TellSpec handheld device beams a low-powered laser at the food you wish to analyze, measures the reflected light with a spectrometer, and sends the data via your smart phone, computer, or tablet to TellSpec’s servers in the cloud. Those servers use this data to deduce information about your food that is of interest to you. This information is then displayed on your computer, tablet or smart phone so you can intelligently decide if you want to buy or eat the food.

I can’t wait until this is available to the public. I believe using technology to aid in the better knowledge of the food people consume is a brilliant idea. The future of health is in our hands, literally!

Lentil + Barley Soup.

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This was my first time cooking with barley and needless to say it was delicious! I found this recipe and I altered it a little- the recipe called for a crock pot and simply put, I am impatient.

Lentil Vegetable and Barley Soup

  • 1/2 large onion or one small onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 medium summer squash (or zucchini), halved lengthwise and sliced thinly
  • 1 C carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 C red lentils
  • 1/2 C yellow split peas
  • 1/2 C barley
  • celaery (diced)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 3 C vegetable broth (or chicken or beef), plus ~2 C extra water
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t sugar
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • fresh or dried basil to top (optional)

I opted out for the split peas and instead of vegetable broth I used the water that I used to boil the lentil beans in. Start by dicing up your carrots, onion and celery. Meanwhile, in a pot boil 1/2 cup of lentil beans. In a separate pot, boil 1/2 cup barley. Even though it seems like it’s not a lot- the both expand and should be enough for about 4 people. When the veggies are done cooking on med-high heat add can of diced tomato. When the beans are done cooking (they will split if overcooked) drain water. I added the bean water as a veggie broth instead of store bought. I added salt, pepper, dried oregano, 2 bay leaves and let simmer. The barley took over an hour to cook so be patient. When the barley is done cooking- add to soup. Let the soup simmer and allow all the flavors to combine. After the soup is done I added some lemon for extra flavor. This recipe is fairly easy but if cooking raw beans it might take a while so allow time for those to cook! Hope you enjoy!

You can find the original recipe here.