A Pop of Flavor

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When I started to switch up my diet, I looked high and low for affordable spice blends to add variety to staples like chicken, veggies, and eggs. I’m seriously fine eating hard boiled eggs with avocado and cherry tomatoes for breakfast every day of my life, but I figured my husband would like a little variety with his meals– especially when it came to dinner.

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I mean, look at all the colors!

Did you know that spices can be ridiculously expensive? Because I sure didn’t. Why in the world would someone pay $16.99 for a bottle of salt, pepper, and garlic? I’m not even kidding – it’s really a thing.

Spice Up Your Life

Fortunately, I happened to stumble upon a company called Just Spices (thank you, Instagram!) and magically, all of my bland food problems were solved. Just Spices makes over forty spice blends sourced from many different places around the world. The company is based in Germany and their mission is “to spice up your life.” I think we can all jump on board with that one.

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Isn’t the packaging awesome!?

The spices are so reasonably priced, you can easily re-stock your entire spice rack (like I did!) with unique blends such as Sweet Love (with orange peel and cinnamon) and Exotic Rice Seasoning (with lemon peel, ginger, and orange blossoms). They’re even more affordable than making your own blends. Trust me, I’ve tried that too. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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Two of my favorite blends are Chocolate Salt Popcorn Seasoning and Oatmeal Spice Blend – both perfect for adding that extra something to your breakfast. I love the sweet-salty combination the former provides.

It’s National Oatmeal Day

On a brisk fall morning, such as today, nothing satisfies the soul more than a hearty bowl of oatmeal. My go-to recipe used to be a double serving of steel-cut oats with frozen raspberries, dark chocolate morsels, a splash of heavy cream, and sprinkle of sea salt. Say that 5 times fast! While tasty, it was definitely one of the largest carb bombs I’ve eaten, well…ever.

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These days I’m living on the lighter side, and oatmeal doesn’t quite fit into paleo/keto-like diets. A whopping 27g of carbs in a serving of plain steel-cut oats? No thanks! Fortunately, there are a lot of good alternatives for the stick-to-your-ribs breakfast.

N’oatmeal uses nuts, (sometimes) flax, chia, and a few other ingredients to create an oatmeal-like hot cereal that’s so delicious you’ll think you’re indulging. There are plenty of recipes on Pinterest and in just about every Paleo cookbook you can find, but I’ve settled on one that I love.

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This is sooooo good on a cold day!

My Paleo Chocolate N’oatmeal is hearty and filling and features Just Spices Chocolate Salt Popcorn Seasoning (not just for popcorn, I swear). It’s great for breakfast (or a snack) and takes just minutes to make. If you love that sweet-salty-savory combination, this recipe is for you.

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Visit justspices.com to learn more and make a purchase. You can even get a free sample box with a minimum order of $14 so you can try a variety of spices.

Cheers to flavorful food!

Eat this. You’ll be full for hours!

I’ve always struggled to find breakfast foods that keep me full until lunch. Even during my school days, I’d find my stomach rumbling around 10 am. During a test. When you could hear a pencil drop. Talk about embarrassing.

Well, a few weeks ago I stumbled upon two recipes I just had to try: grilled polenta triangles & ratatouille.

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Doesn’t it look delish?

I first tried polenta five years ago at my cousin’s wedding and it was glorious. But after a while, it kind of just fell off my radar.

As for ratatouille, the only experience I have is with the Pixar movie. That was a cute one, by the way. Note to watch it again.

Turns out both super easy to make and taste heavenly. And when you add a couple of eggs, you’ve got the easiest meal ever. It can be prepped ahead of time, reheats well, and will keep you full until your next meal.

For the last two weeks, my Sunday meal prep has included both of the above. I’ll use this recipe for the polenta (and mix in 1/2 stick of butter and some parmesan just before step 2). And this one for the ratatouille.

The only thing I don’t prep in advance are the eggs, but they’re easy to fry up the morning of. I like mine over-medium, in case anyone wondered. And yes, I cook them in real (full-fat) butter!

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Voila!

If you stick to a container system, I count them as follows*:

  • 1/2 cup polenta (or one thick slab) – (Y, tsp & negligible amount of B)
  • 1 cup ratatouille (G)
  • 1-2 eggs (R, tsp)

Eat for any meal. It’s yummy, savory, and hearty. It keeps you full – unlike breakfast cereal or even a PB&J.

 

 

*I try to stick to Beachbody’s Portion Fix Containers to make my life easier, I do modify some things and stick to full-fat everything instead of the recommended low or reduced fat to cut down on sugar and other fillers. Do what’s best for you!

Green Goodness Breakfast Scramble

20180106_2110491685339006.pngToday I’m wrapping up week one of the 21-Day Sugar Detox. You know, it hasn’t been that bad. I thought I’d miss Dunkin’ on Saturday or my usual chocolate chip pancakes or waffles a la mode on Sunday – but I don’t.

Fueling my body with the good stuff first thing helps keep me full and satisfied throughout the day – when I’d otherwise be snacking.

There aren’t too many “traditional” breakfast foods that I can actually eat during this detox. Oatmeal, Shakeology, and those sweets mentioned above are all out. And let’s be real, eggs can get boring very quickly.

So, today I decided to spice things up with Paleo Powder Seasoning – my go-to all-purpose blend. This recipe calls for TWO cups of veggies and is literally green yumminess on a plate.

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Breakfast in Vegas


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Today I did something I’ve never done before. I really stepped out of my comfort zone. I…wait for it…ate breakfast at a restaurant…alone.

While this might not seem like a huge feat to most, it was to me. I’ve always been too pre-occupied by the disparaging thoughts that say “people will stare,” “they’ll wonder why you’re sitting alone,” “they’ll laugh.”

This week I’m in Las Vegas for the first time. While my fiancé spends the majority of the day at a class for his job, I’ve been using the “free” time to write. After spending two hours diligently focused on my project, I started to get hungry.

My plan to run to the food court and get a power smoothie was foiled when I realized that said food court wasn’t what I had expected. No problem! I remember seeing an ad for French toast (that looked absolutely amazing) at one of the hotel’s restaurants, and after walking by three times, decided to venture in.

I said the dreaded words, “table for one, please” and then took a seat by the window. I browsed through the menu and ordered a watermelon bellini and pork belly skillet. Both were to die for.wp-1489519114732.jpg

And, you know what? No one stared, or laughed, or wondered why I was there alone. Everyone was pre-occupied by what they were doing – eating and spending time with the people around them. There were even a few others who came in after me that sat down, ordered, and ate alone.

The world didn’t end and I started the day with some pretty great food!