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.

My Thoughts On Health + Diet + Exercise.

savvy sarah

Who Am I?

San Jose Native, blogger and aspiring public speaker for health and nutrition. I am a travel addict, healthy food fanatic, love to cook, lover of all things positive, sun chasing, perfectionist.

Quick Skinny Trick?

I don’t believe in dieting. I don’t diet nor do I count calories. I feel like both of those things are a crime. I think any weight loss should be a healthy process. It takes work, there is no easy way out and chances are if it’s easy it doesn’t last. I have been vegetarian by choice for about 5 years now and that has definitely transformed and played a role in my healthy lifestyle. I exercise about 4-5 times a week between running and circuit training. If you want results you have to put in the work.

Thoughts on working out/eating healthy?

I haven’t always been a workout fanatic. The key is simply starting. I remember when I could barely run 5 minutes on the treadmill. Day after day it was 10, 20, 30 minutes to have now completed my first half marathon earlier this year. Trust me when I say there are days that I am just tired or sore and don’t want to workout, but I know the reward in the end is truly fulfilling that I don’t want to miss it. All of my eating habits are things I genuinely enjoy and I think that is the key to success. Anything that is dreadful will never take priority.

If you are enjoying your workout you’ll do it more often. You’ll also do it happily and lets face it- there’s nothing that pepares you better for your day than positive energy.

Favorite Go To healthy food?

Easy question. I love fresh fruit, green smoothies from Whole Foods (THE BEST!) and raw veggies with hummus.

Motivation to stay in shape?

To feel good as well as look good. There once was a time that I was so uncomfortable with my weight and the way I looked and I will never go back to being lazy. It’s just as important if not more to take care of ourselves, get our mind in a state of gratitude and exercise/eat healthy as often as we can. There should be no excuses….Just Do it.

Favorite Natural Remedy?

Coconut oil.  It’s a great makeup remover, moisturizer and to put it simply a one stop shop.

Most important “being healthy” eating tip?

Try and stay away from foods with labels. You would be surprised how much less bloated and better you will feel immediately. Think this: Less processed, drink more water and eat local/organic.

Most important “being healthy” tip for exercise?

Set defined goals. Consistency. Make time. Get up and do it. No excuses. Baby steps are still steps that all add up.

Cheers. xo

Get Your Smoothie On

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I love the idea of smoothies because you can pretty much add anything you want, blend and go. I know sometimes it seems easier to just buy one but if you’re like me and love Whole Foods smoothies, well- they can add up! $7 a day x let’s say 3 a week x 4 weeks is $84 that you could have spent somewhere else! I love to add super foods like chia seeds, flax seeds, powder, raw cacao powder, protein powders (vega one is my favorite/it’s vegan) or even greens like kale and spinach that I might not have time to eat during the day. We are all busy so plan ahead and it will make healthy eating a little bit easier. What are some of your favorite smoothie recipes?

NYC Part 2.

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NYC Part 2. Here are some more snap shots of the big city. We stayed in Time Square which is always an adventure in itself. The people watching is to die for. Naked cowboy anyone? We ventured to Chelsea where there is an amazing Skyline Park. The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. It’s a nice break in between all the concrete buildings. There is lots of green throughout the tracks and it is a nice place to have a picnic or just take a walk to clear the mind. Mercer Kitchen was great- and the beet salad above was made to perfection. Goat cheese + Sprouts? I love. The more and more I visit this city the more I am reminded of the beauty behind the ability to live ANYWHERE you want in the United States. Every trip allows me to be more confident with who I am and know that the dreams you have in your head can become a reality if you really want it. I am so stoked for the future but most importantly happy with now. Cheers. xo

Truth!

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A little Friday inspiration.
Ever heard the saying, “it’s not really work if you love what you do?” something to keep in mind! Even if you don’t love it, do the best job possible and be thankful you’re getting paid!
Hope you all have a great weekend!

Portobello Tacos

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These were so good and fast (not just saying that because I made them).

What you’ll need:

  • Fresh Portobello Mushroom (Whole- You clean/slice or Pre Sliced- I bought sliced)
  • Zucchini
  • Fresh jalapeno
  • Lettuce (Romaine preffered)
  • Tomato (Dice)
  • Lime (Flavor)
  • Parsley (Fresh), Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Pepper, Fajita Seasoning (Purchased @ WF in spice section)
  • Cheese (optional)
  • Black Beans (Can buy refried or whole and refry yourself)
  • Corn Tortilla

Combine Mushroom, Chopped (fresh) parsley, salt, pepper, diced jalapeno, olive oil and fajita seasoning with mushroom on med heat. When mushroom looks near done (soft) you can add zucchini(or any vegetable you like) in with mushrooms. I cooked the tortillas in vegetable oil for 30 seconds while folding in half to get a crunchy taste (optional- you can heat up and eat soft as well). While these are cooking you can thrown beans in a pot and cook. WALA! Put your taco together however you like and enjoy!

*If using a whole mushroom you can also bake until soft- just make sure you clean it properly.

Fajita seasoning

{The Fajita Seasoning I used}

(Found at Whole Foods or here.

Sayonara 2012.

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Say Whatttt?? 3 days until the New Year! I feel like the older I get each year just speeds up faster and faster. What I wouldn’t do to be a kid again and have no concept of time OR I could just live my life now. I am not usually one to set NY resolutions because I think the entire year should be dedicated to kicking things off that bucket list. When I look back at 2012 I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Mid year I did in fact set some goals that were to be achieved by the end of the year (thanks to FNS). Some people hear goals and think it’s lame, but how are you supposed to remember everything you want to achieve in a day, month or year? I don’t know about you but I always tell myself I will remember and a day later I am stuck thinking, “what was that thing again??” Sound familiar? A couple of my goals were to start Newtritionsavvysarah (check), get 200 likes on my FB page (almost check…I am 8 away), stop spending so much money (check) and be consistent with my workouts (check). I can’t tell you how good it feels to set your mind to something and absorb all that comes as a result of putting the thought into the universe. It’s like buying a new car and then suddenly realizing everyone already has that car! Funny, right?? And SO true! 2012 has also brought many new people in my life. Some of these people provide encouragemt while others provide accountability and push me to be a better person for myself and this journey of inspiring others to live a better life. There are two specific things I have learned this year ( I knew it, but know I reallllly know it). First- that you can’t blame anyone else for where you are at in your life. If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. You’ll be surprised when you stop thinking that the world owes you anything. Second, if you want to preach to others you can talk all you want, but living the life you preach is what will teach more than anything. Accountability was my main focus for this year and I feel quite successful when I think of mine. I think of it as the domino effect. When you acknowledge and better one aspect of your life it is inevitable that other areas will not only surface but improve as well.

With the fast approach of 2013 take a second to think of the things you really enjoyed about the last year and also the “not so much”. Ask yourself how (not why) they happened and if there is any sort of pattern that can be changed. I know what I need to work on and recognizing is the first step. Enjoy this last weekend of the year! Happy Almost New Year!

*I do not own the rights to any of these photos.