Here’s an old post for you, circa April 2012

“I made this little beauty today after taking notes from Giada. The goal, as always, was to find a recipe and hopefully add components I already have in my fridge. 

This flatbread breakfast recipe is actually light enough to eat as a snack, but making it heartier wouldn’t be an issue either.

What you need:

  • flatbread like pita (I had whole wheat fajita tortillas that I wanted to use up, they don’t necessarily give the desired crunchy texture, but it DOES make it easier to roll up your meal as it gets messy at the end)
  • marscapone
  • arugula 
  • avocado (her recipe called for proscuitto, but I’m a vegetarian so I added a component that would still have some substance, but that would also give me the nutrients I needed later on)
  • an egg
  • salt, pepper, and lemon juice

To begin…

  1. I toasted the tortilla in a skillet, you could also coat your base with olive oil and grill it if desired, it’s all about texture and taste
  2. Take about 2-4 spoonfuls (depending on the size of your base) of marscapone and to it add lemon juice (as much as desired), a pinch of salt, and a pinch of pepper… after the bread is done, spread the marscapone out evenly across it
  3. I used a little less than a 1/2 of the avocado at this point; I simply diced it and smashed/spread it around the marscapone, and then placed the arugula on top of it.
  4. Finally, I cooked an egg for about 4 minutes in the already hot skillet, flipped it once, and added salt and pepper to both sides (next time I plan on poaching the egg!)

nom.

If you’re feeling crazy, throw some feta on it. “

All's fair in love and smoothies

Okay. Obviously I’m having no trouble when it comes to creating hilarious titles for these…

I’m also having some difficulties with hash tags. I guess I’m using too many on insta? Y’all, I’m sorry. I’m just tryina network. 

Lastly, I use the hash tag “#smoothielab” in reference to a meth lab… OH, and sometimes I throw in “#gangstarap” because I’m not being serious.

So, boyfriend and I broke up two weeks ago. It’s been rough.
Once again, I’ve turned to the power of food, and I’ve concocted a very simple…

Super Serotonin Smoothie

What is Serotonin and what does it do?

I’m glad you asked. First off, serotonin is a hormone and neurotransmitter. It’s really important in the regulation of sleep, your mood, how we learn, and vasoconstriction, which is the way in which blood vessels constrict. That last fact is cool because vasoconstriction has A LOT to do with headaches/migraines, which I get frequently.

Why are you SAD?

That last part is funny because I meant it in the way that I’m sad that I’m alone, and because SAD also stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a type of depression that occurs generally in the late fall and throughout the winter months. However, it should be noted that SAD is a completely normal… thing that happens. Especially with women. Being a smart and single woman who doesn’t have to be defined by her relationship with a man, my reason tells me that my slight seasonal depression has only been exacerbated by my recent break up.

So yeah, maybe I am a little SAD. 

I’ll start with the ingredients, then we’ll talk about what they do. Like usual, the ingredients will go in order of when they should be placed in the blender.

  1. water
  2. agave, honey, or maple syrup
  3. 1 big handful of spinach
  4. 1 diced and frozen banana
  5. 4-5 frozen strawberries
  6. 1 cup frozen blueberries
  7. 1-2 tsp flaxseed (you can use flaxseed meal! Just buy it pre-made or process it yourself in a food processor. My Vita-mix pulverizes flaxseed pretty well, and I don’t mind the chewiness. It’s up to you) 
  8. 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
  9. a dash or two of ground ginger
  10. smallish hand full of almonds (ADD THESE AFTER AND ONLY AFTER ALL OTHER INGREDIENTS HAVE BEEN BLENDED OR ELSE YOUR BLENDER WILL HAVE AN ANEURISM)

Blend, blend, blend.

  • Sweetener, ginger, cinnamon: these are all for taste and ENERGY!
  • Spinach: folic acid; important player in the production of Serotonin! Fights heart disease, cancer, AND depression! Extremely important during pregnancy and while breast feeding.
  • Banana: B6; with folic acid, B6 is needed to produce Serotonin. B6 is also important to mom and baby health during pregnancy. B6 has also been shown to fight cancer, improve brain functions, and fight heart disease. Bananas are also said to help hangovers and migraines.
  • Strawberries and blueberries: Vitamin C; one of the other ingredients needed to make Serotonin, also helps out your immunity system, along with providing wonderful antioxidants!
  • Flaxseed: according to livestrong.com “flaxseed is another great source of omega-3 fatty acids. They also are rich in magnesium and B-vitamins, nutrients that help us combat stress”
  • Almonds: another serotonin-boosting food, research has shown that eating nuts can help reduce obesity (that means they keep you full longer), blood pressure, and blood sugar.

There you have it. My mind reached some sort of clarity, and I’ll be trying this blend again in the near future.

To my sweet, sweet, eighteen followers: I hope you’re all well. I hope your hearts are well. I’m not telling you that a smoothie can fix your problems. If you are having any serious, life-altering thoughts, please, get help.

Lots of love to you all.

Let's talk about snacks

Here’s another disclaimer for you:

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT promoting myself as a vegan. There WILL be vegan recipes on this blog, but I’m still going to talk about eggs, cheese, and yogurt. I haven’t made the leap. I will… someday.

You know what’s hip? Greek yogurt. It’s so effing edgy. Seriously, everyone wants to be in Greek yogurt’s posse. Everyone wants to be with Greek yogurt, and I mean in a sexy way. Everyone wants to be… Greek yogurt.

For a lot of people, maybe including you, they tend to eat GY for it’s health benefits, or for fitness/diet purposes… I guess those reasons are sort of the same. Whatever. The point is Greek Yogi has some really important properties, as long as you aren’t eating it in excess AND you’re eating GY that is 0% milk fat (don’t worry, the package should tell you).

What you’re getting out of the deal:

  • so many proteins 
  • calcium— this means your bones and your teeth… plus it’s necessary for you to get enough since your body doesn’t make it’s own
  • culture…. AND cultures (see what I did there?): yes, these little probiotics are settling in your stomach and digestive track, basically aiding your digestion and well.. yeah, poop.

Its just a good snack.

Now, I’m gonna blow your mind. We’re gonna combine plain GY and…. cinnamon.

Why cinnamon is perfect:

  • energy, energy, energy
  • taste
  • improves circulation
  • shown to relieve stress
  • also show to relieve lady problem pains
  • headache? migraine? might ease the pain!
  • etc

So, for a really awesome snack (just for kicks or for pre/post work out)

  1. Combine 1 package of GY (I used Chobani) with about 1/2 tsp cinnamon (you can add more)
  2. Drizzle a little (notice I said “little”) agave or honey if you’re weak of heart
  3. Cut open an apple and dip

I apologize for the long-windedness of this post.

cya

Secretary of Snacks

So I’ve officially been off of Proactiv for about 2-3 weeks now, and my skin is finally starting to maintain some normalcy.
Proactiv literally makes your skin dependent/addicted to the system itself, and can leave your skin dull and dry. My skin has been going through its “detox” period and let me tell you what: it’s been SO fun. So I started doing research on ways in which people have slowly started backing off of Proactiv, hopefully this benefits somebody out there! I’ve begun washing my face with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, I have been using the peppermint and tea tree oil soaps for their acne fighting capabilities. The soap itself is vegetarian friendly, and I have been lead to believe that the bar version is vegan friendly. Many of us are unaware of what we are putting into our body by way of our skin!
If you have any questions I will do my best to answer them!

Woooof.

Hey, all y’all.

Sickness is over, two more days of antibiotics. Could REALLY use a cider right about now, though.

So I had really wanted to do something special for my readers… and myself. This would be the Oil Cleansing Method (maybe you guys have read about it on Pinterest, or just heard about it via word of mouth… if not, then check it out)

From my understanding, the Oil Cleansing Method can work because of the idea that like causes/cures like (very anthropological concept). So far… my face has freaked the fuuuuck out (excuse me.), and I’m not entirely sure if I should attribute that to starting birth control again almost simultaneously, or 2-3 days of really shoddy cleansing while I was sick…. I freaked out and started back on ProActiv. 

Let’s just say that as a newly single lady, I’m feeling REALLY hot and confident lately. I played “who’s in control” today and dyed my hair dark, again. Ugh. EMOtions. 

Maybe I’ll try again. Anybody have any really awesome stories about success/failures with the OCM? ANYBODY A MIRACLE WORKER? ANYBODY WANNA GIMME A SELF-ESTEEM BOOST (an honest one)?

Dear Sweet Readers,

I am currently battling the SICK. Almost better, though. This afternoon I received such an unexpected, yet encouraging message about this blog. Though, this project has made no large leaps and bounds in the way of healthy eating, it sincerely makes me feel like I’ve made a difference when I get such positive feedback.

Thanks y’all.

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