Easy Meals: Salads and My Favorite Egg Sandwich

The last two days I’ve had almost the same thing for both lunch and dinner. I like to do an egg white sandwich for lunch or a veggie burger. I workout after breakfast, so a good sandwich for lunch keeps me full and my hunger at bay for the rest of the day. My sandwich lately has been…photo

  • Egg Whites (cooked in a pan with oregano and baby spinach–not scrambled! Flipped around, but keeping it flat so it’s good for a sandwich)
  • 1 slice of Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Organic Ketchup
  • 2 slices Ezekiel bread

Yesterday I also had tomato slices on it πŸ™‚ But with or without the tomato, this sandwich rocks. The Ezekiel bread, egg whites, and cheese give you fueling protein; spinach, oregano, and avocado all have great health benefits; and the tastes all come together so well–the cheese melts after being placed on the eggs, the avocado adds creaminess, and I love ketchup. I buy organic ketchup to avoid chemicals and unnecessary ingredients.

I always,Β alwaysΒ put spinach leaves in my eggs. ALWAYS. It’s a great way to get in some greens. I also always dress my eggs with oregano. Oregano has many healthy benefits (antifungal and antibacterial benefits, vitamin and nutrient boost, and antioxidant benefits, LIVESTRONG) and adds great flavor to eggs. Egg/egg white sandwiches are a great alternative to cold-cut sandwiches, a lunch staple. Kick the cold-cuts. They are loaded with preservatives and sodium. Use real, home-cooked meat if you want a chicken or turkey sandwich. Or try egg whites! πŸ™‚

I’ve been trying to make a habit of eating my bread during the day and not at night, so I’ve been having salads for dinner.photo_2

Salad #1 is

  • Romaine Lettuce and Spinach mix
  • Baby cucumbers
  • Roma Tomato
  • 2 thin cuts of Turkey (grilled)
  • Newman’s Own Lite Caesar dressing

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Salad #2 is

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Roma Tomato
  • Baby Cucumber
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Newman’s Own Lite Caesar Dressing

Both salads were very simple, but satisfying. I love having turkey, chicken, fish, or avocado in my salad, so I did one per salad. Salads are a great dinner option because you can easily load up on vegetables and sneak in some good protein. Salads are also refreshing when it’s so hot (and figure friendly as bathing suit season approaches–just be smart about what you put IN your salad)! Summer surely is around the corner πŸ™‚

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Pina Colada Smoothie!

Since it was so nice out yesterday, and I was stuck inside studying and doing homework all weekend, I decided to make myself a summertime smoothie as a study snack. I made a very simple pina colada tasting smoothie with 3 ingredients!

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This smoothie is simply:

  • About 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 6 oz. Trader Joe’s Mango Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk

All you have to do is throw the ingredients in a blender, blend til smooth, and enjoy!

Speaking of…check out all the amazing benefits of pineapple!

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Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to enjoy this deliciously healthy fruit. But remember: FRESH fruit, NEVER canned. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

The Magic of Hula Hooping

Wow! I knew hula hooping was a fun way to squeeze in some exercise, but I had no idea it burned 300 calories in 30 minutes! What a fun way to get in a workout, especially if there are little ones around! Thanks to Health Magazine on Instagram. You can follow Health magazine on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay connected and receive great info.

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Check Your Stevia!

Anyone use Stevia regularly? I do! I am so happy I came across this on Food Babe’s Facebook page. There are so many scary things out there that you do not know unless someone does the hard investigative work and shares it with the rest of us. Therefore, I feel compelled to share this with all of you.

I am a regular stevia consumer. I always buy Stevia in the Raw, thinking it is raw stevia as opposed to stevia extract. I was too quick to assume, and I was wrong. After reading this article, I am 100% never buying any kind of stevia extract product again. I will now switch to liquid 100% whole stevia, coconut palm sugar, or grow my own one day! (I can’t wait to have my own garden) So I will be on the hunt this weekend while grocery shopping for a pure, safe stevia or coconut palm sugar (which is what Food Babe uses herself).

Here’s the article from the Food Babe website. Check out her other articles to really educate yourself on what’s in our food! Spread the news, you could be saving someone’s health.

Nature Box

My first Nature Box came today!Β photo

So far, I’ve tried a little from 3 of the 5 bags. In my box I received Italian Bistro Pretzels, Whole Wheat Figgy Bars, Lemon Meringue Waffles, Banana Bread Granola, and Taj Mahal Snack Mix. I have tried the granola, fig bars, and pretzels, and they are all so good! The pretzels are definitely male approved, too; they are very flavorful and my boyfriend just ate the entire bag. All of the snacks have NO high fructose corn syrup, NO partially hydrogenated oils, NO artificial sweeteners, NO artificial flavors, NO artificial colors, and 0 grams trans fat. 3 of my 5 bags are also vegan.

Nature Box is a really cool way to get your snacks because you know they are better than more than half of the snacks at the grocery store, and it’s delivered to your door every month. I think it’s a neat way to cut back on your grocery bill and have a stable way of receiving snack foods. You can also cancel anytime, so if it’s something you want to try, you can sign up (and most likely get your first box for a discounted price–$5 or $10 off), try out your first box, and cancel if it’s not for you. Also, after your first box you can start hand picking what snacks you get! If you’re not into being surprised, you don’t have to be! I think that’s also a really cool option for those of you that might be vegan. Since some of their products, but not all, are vegan you can hand pick your vegan snacks!

If you’re interested, I think it’s definitely something worth trying. Trying new things, especially with food, is part of the fun! πŸ™‚