So many recipe videos, so little time! Well, I’ve actually had quite a bit of time on my hands these past few weeks, so I took to YouTube to see what meal inspirations it had to offer. Check out a few of my favorites:
Comment in the video and let me know where to find your favorite healthy recipes. It’s pilot season, mama needs to look good on camera!
Cooking has always been a hobby of mine. Being in the kitchen is kinda like my therapy, and the result is (almost) always delicious! I get in the kitchen and cook, cook, cook but forget that I have a ‘food’ section on this site that needs some lovin’ every now and then! It took my cousin calling me out on Instagram to light a fire under my butt. So here you have it folks, not the best food photo I’ve taken, but definitely one of the best clean eats I’ve whipped up in a while.
My roommate has finally moved in and settled into our new apartment, and with her ever-cheerful Aussie accent and personality, she brought with her her love of snacking. Well, more specifically, her obessession with drinking almond milk. I’ve been a fan of almond milk myself for quite sometime because I suffer from mild lactose intolerance – that and when I was 6 years old my mother took my bottle of milk away from me and I vowed to never drink milk again . . . as you can see, I’ve always been a woman of my word as liquid bovine lactose has not touched my lips since. **Seriously, if you’ve ever wanted insight to my personality: I’ve been hardheaded and a bit ridiculous since birth as this little story proves**
Fortunately for me, we will never suffer an almond milk shortage at my house because it’s as though we have a never ending supply of Silk! That means that I can enjoy making my favorite ‘batida de avena’ (oatmeal shake or smoothie) – the recipe of which was on my blog before I migrated it over to my official site. So in case you didn’t catch it the first time, here it is, and believe me it’s great for breakfast or as a post workout drink due to the complex carbs and protein content:
It’s finally beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! With temperatures hovering in the high and mid forties it’s only a matter of time before a flu bug starts going around L.A. and tissues become the season’s hottest accessory. It must also be the season for mischief as my laptop charger broke as soon as I started typing this post :-/ Fortunately for me I have a fancy phone and friends with fancy computers so I can pick up where I left off, but unfortunately, my food photos are currently inaccessible.
Last night was probably one of the coldest nights I’ve experienced while out here in LaLa land. Sure, I’ve lived in New England, central Pennsylvania and D.C. and therefore have endured my fair share of blizzards and ice storms, but feeling as though hail could fall from the sky at any minute is not acceptable for Los Angeles. The fantasy of this being a sunny and warm locale is fading more and more quickly. And I hate to burst your bubble, but the song ‘It Doesn’t Rain in Southern California’ lied. It does rain. Quite a bit. And that’s what throws people’s immune systems for a loop – we can never figure out how to dress for the weather!
One of my favourite immune boosting meals, one that conjures memories of my childhood both in the Caribbean and in snowy Massachussets, is Sancocho. This traditional Dominican stew is delicious, filling and probably the most well rounded meal you could possibly have – the perfect accompaniment to a chilly day. I made this for my friend Rachel’s Christmas dinner for the past 2 years in a row. I can’t remember where I got the recipe, it’s adapted from one I found online, my grandmother’s version and then modified to fit my diet (because I don’t eat pork).
I am a lover of (most) fruits and vegetables, but I know not everyone is. Yet I don’t know anyone that isn’t a fan of a sinfully sweet beverage. My favorite green smoothie features fresh veggies and fruit, and is my favorite way to sneak nutrients into my diet. In fact, I’m a little upset that I don’t have the ingredients left to make some more
My Favorite Green Smoothie
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Spinach (2 big handfuls)
1/2 C Frozen Mango Pieces
1 Orange (peeled and chopped)
1 Scoop of ProFusion Pea Protein in Vanilla (or any unflavored protein you have)
1 C Water
In a large blender, blend all ingredients until a smooth consistency.
The frozen mango is what gives this that slushy, smoothie consistency so that you don’t have to add any ice!
Avocados have been a staple in my diet since I was a kid. I don’t know any Dominican that didn’t have a few slices of avocado with EVERY meal growing up. Ugh, my mouth is watering at the thought of sitting down to a family breakfast of eggs, queso frito (fried cheese), mangu and avocado. I may have that just as soon as my competition is over :-/
Now that I’m training and watching my diet, it turns out that avocados fall under the list of ‘healthy fats’ that I can still eat! Tuna, however, is a protein that I can eat freely but avoid like the plague. I’ve never found anything appealing about it. Little did I know that with tons of lemon and the mild creaminess of avocado, tuna can not only be palatable but delicious! I ate this as a post-workout meal, so I was allowed to have a bit of starchy carbs. With that in mind, I decided to pair the ceviche with home made pita chips. They only take a few minutes to make and taste way better than anything you get out of a bag!