Matcha Green Tea

If you have never tried match green tea you need to go buy it now! I order mine from amazon Kirkland Ito En Matcha Blend Japanese Green Tea-100 ct 1.5g tea bags <– exact brand I order. Matcha really brings out my inner Kourtney Kardashian haha. But seriously if you are looking for something to replace coffee or just something to sip on, I highly recommend trying it. Matcha contains nutrients from an entire leaf, meaning it has greater amount of caffine and antioxidants thats typically found in green tea. I love match green tea because you get the benefits both from matcha, and from the green tea. I also like to add a little bit of honey and almond milk to mine! Try it out and let me know what you think, there will be a post soon all about the benefits 😉

 

 

Shrimp Tacos Recipe

SHRIMP! My favorite food besides steak that I no longer can have because I stopped eating red meat 🙁 I know very sad. Anyways shrimp tacos are extremely quick and easy to make… literally 15-20 minutes at most. If you do not use cheese and sour cream it is a very healthy meal, but I like to add just a little because you only live once.

Ingredients

– Shrimp

-Tortillas

-Olive Oil

-Spinach

-Minced Garlic

-Chopped Onion

-Avocado

-Seasonings (ground cumin, cayenne pepper, old bay blackened, crushed red pepper, pepper, himalayan salt)

-Sour Cream (optional)

-Cheese (optional)

-Hot Sauce (optional)

 

Put the minced garlic, olive oil, and some butter (if wanted) and let garlic cook for a minute. Then add the shrimp and seasonings, cook until done.

5 Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is a spice that is also known as Zingiber officinale, it comes from rhizomes in the plant. Ginger can be used for many things like pain relief, treatment for degenerative health disorders, and can help with antioxidant and inflammatory effects.

1. Relieves Muscle Pain and Soreness

Ginger has the ability to reduce inflammation because it contains 1-Dehyrdo-(10)-gingerdione. Just like Aspirin and Advil ginger blocks COX enzymes, and the production of inflammatory chemicals called leukotrienes and prostaglandins. Adding ginger to your daily diet can can help treat muscle pain and arthritis.

2. Helps with Digestion

Ginger helps to stimulate the break down of food, which promotes motility in the gastronintestinal tract. It helps to take food out of the intenstines. It contains prebiotics that is part of a plant-based fiber that causes good bacteria to go in your digestive tract. It can also help prevent health problems like dyspepsia, a common condition of impaired digestion. The symptoms include pain, heartburn, and fullness.

3. Regulates Blood Sugar

High blood sugar can lead to serious problems like nerve damage and impaired wound healing. Researchers from Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Iran, studied 88 people with type 2 diabetes. The group of people had type 2 diabetes for around 10 years. They incorporated ginger capsules with her normal diabetic medicine everyday. In just 8 weeks they saw a decrease in blood sugar.

4. Helps Prevent Cancer

-6-gingerol is found in large amounts of ginger, which is an anti-cancer property. Ginger can help liver cancer by inhibiting inflammation, protect liver from carcinogenic agents, and suppress metastasis.

5.Help Treat Morning Sickness and Nausea

Ginger is a natural remedy that has been used for decades to help with nausea. One review looked at 1,278 pregnant women, and concluded that 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger can significantly reduce nausea. Another study from the University of Rochester Medical Center showed it helped reduce severe nausea in patients going through chemo.

How to Make Guacamole Quick and Easy

I love guacamole and will literally eat it out of the bowl with a spoon lol! The good thing is it is completely healthy and actually has many benefits. Guac is loaded with folate and Vitamin E which will both reduce your risk of heart disease. Avocados have healthy fats and lots of fiber which will help you stay fuller for longer. The healthy fats are are monounsaturated fats that promote weight loss. Something that is very interesting to me is that guacamole can help reduce your chances of cancer. Avocados contain compounds that destroy pre-cancerous oral cells, without harming the healthy cells. Long story short it is mostly the avocados lol, but it is basically just them mashed up with seasoning! This is great for Mexican night, a snack, a spread, or to dip pita chips into! I eye everything out like I do with most things sorry #professional.

Ingredients

-Avocado I only had two but I recommend using 3 or 4

-Tomato

-Garlic

-Onion

-Cumin

Pink Himalayan Salt

-Black Pepper and Red Pepper flakes

-Cilantro

 

 

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Very Quick and Easy Sardine Recipe

This meal is incredibly healthy because we are using sardines. First of all sardines are a great source of protein! In addition they are also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, and potassium. Something that is interesting is that one can contains 351 milligrams of bone building calcium, you should be reaching for 1,000 milligrams a day. This seems like a pretty good meal to me plus it keeps you full!

Ingredients 

-Sardines (fresh is a much better option of course)

-Onions, Jalapenos, Tomatoes

-Minced Garlic

-Himalayan Salt, Black Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes

-Olive oil

-Avocado

  

Saute the onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, and the minced garlic. Put the can of sardines in and cook until they are tender. I like to add red pepper for extra spice, and black pepper with himalayan salt.

I have avocado for a very nutritious side, plus I love it 😉

How to Make Fresh Juice

Eating two to three pounds of vegetables a day does not sound ideal to me, and that is why I love juicing. I started juicing a few months ago and now I do it about 5 times a week. It can help with increasing energy levels, stronger immune system, and help aid weight loss. Research shows it many even reduce the chances of a stroke, cancer, and heart diseases, which are the three leading causes of death. MAKE YOUR OWN JUICE! This is so important because the ones you buy in bottles are heated and processed, taking away the vitamins and minerals. A juicer can be on the pricey side but it is definitely worth the investment. This is the juicer I use Omega VERT Slow Juicer VSJ843QS, Square Version, Silver. I love this juicer because it is so easy to use and clean up after. I know there are a lot that take you about two hours to finish everything, this one only takes me around 15-30 minutes!

This is what I use when I make my juice: Carrots, Apples, Spinach, Broccoli, Kale, Beets. I also like to add some berries just to make it a little sweet and easier to drink.

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The process….

     

How I Make Empanadas

Empanadas are probably not the best choice when you are on a health kick, but like I always say you got to live life sometimes. I absolutely love empanadas and wanted to learn how to make them myself, now they might not look the best but they sure are good!

Preheat oven to 400

Ingredients

-Ground Beef (You can use any meat, or whatever you want to fill it with)

-Goya Discos Dough

-Goya Sofrito

– Pepper, salt, onion and garlic powder ( I prefer using fresh onion and garlic instead of powder)

– Cayenne Pepper and Ghost Pepper (If you want spice)

-2 Eggs

 

Cook the ground beef and then turn the heat down to low. Next add the seasonings, I usually just measure with my eyes (Top chef I know). After the meat is cooked and you add the seasonings it is time to add the Goya Sofrito, let it cook down before turning off the heat.

After the liquid has cooked down let the meat cool down before added it to the dough.  Mix two eggs into a bowl and place the dough on a paper plate. You want to make sure you get the eggs all around the edges to make sure it stays together. Next take about a tablespoon of meat and place it to one side.

 

Flip the other side over to close the empanada making sure it is sticking together. Then take a fork to the edges where the two sides meat and push it down to close it.  Place all of the empanadas on a pan with foil. Brush the top of the empanada with egg to make it more crispy, and put the fork through the middle so you do not get bubbles (You see what happens when you do not like mine lol)

Cook for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees or until the top is lightly brown.

Oven-Roasted Veggies

Oven-Roasted Veggies

I love making roasted veggies for a snack instead of chips or something else unhealthy. This recipe only takes about 40 minutes and can last you a few days.

                                                                                 Preheat oven to 400

                                Zucchini

 

                          Broccoli

                                                                                                                                                                                Red Potatoes

Carrots

Put all veggies into a medium size bowl

Mix all seasonings into a bowl to mix with the veggies

Lay out all of the veggies on a pan and drizzle the sauce over them and mix it so everything is covered.

Cook for 15 minutes flip/stir veggies and cook for another 15 minutes. If you want you can sprinkle parmesan cheese over the veggies. For a meal you can serve it with quinoa or rice with some chicken.

Firecracker Tuna Salad

Firecracker Tuna Salad

This salad is amazing and is definitely not boring at all! If you do not like spice then do not add the hot sauce or ghost pepper hahaha…. It kept me full for hours and gave me so much energy. I hate just eating just lettuce and spinach so I like to make different salads that I will actually enjoy. Being healthy does not have to mean you just eat greens and thats it, you have to find ways to make it different. I like to add avocado and a little bit of hummus to replace dressing but to keep it healthy.

Ingredients:

-Romaine Lettuce

-Kale

-Spinach

-Tuna

-Hot Sauce

-Ghost Pepper

-Boiled egg

-A FEW sprinkles of goat cheese

-Avocado

-Hummus

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