Brussels Sprouts and Potato Breakfast Skillet

 

Egg on potatoes and brussels sprouts.

Brussels sprouts are probably my favorite vegetable in winter. For me, this is completely shocking now as brussels sprouts were the dreaded vegetable of my childhood that I could not stand for the life of me. I am so proud of how far I have come with my eating habits! As it is still so cold, and so rainy in California (Yes, it’s been raining an incredible amount in California. I’m not kidding!), I have been experimenting with Brussels sprouts in EVERY meal. Brussels sprouts just seem like such a heart and soul warming, comfort vegetable. Trader Joe’s has been selling these awesome bags of fresh shredded Brussels sprouts. They take the work out of the prep to make eating these delicious veggies that much easier.

Every weekend, I make eggs and potatoes (and bacon if I’m feeling wild) for breakfast for my BF and I. You cannot go wrong with this classic combo. Since it’s Brussels sprouts season, and we’ve been trying to get more veggies in all of our meals, I threw together a delicious skillet packed full of Brussels sprouts. It is so simple, so easy, and so YUMMY!

Digging in to the breakfast skillet
Plus it has only 4 main ingredients (plus a few shakes of a few seasonings).

I cooked all of this in avocado oil, but grass fed butter would be yummy too.

The best part about this recipe is that you don’t have to abide by specific measures. You should portion it according to how many people you are feeding. I like to go by my own rule of thumb: two golden potatoes per person eating, 1 small handful of Shredded Brussels sprouts per person, about 1/2 yellow onion per 2-3 people eating, and how ever many eggs each person wants. SO SIMPLE!

The way I make this skillet leaves the potatoes with a little extra crisp on the sides, yet soft and buttery on the inside. The recipe below also includes a separate option if you do not enjoy crispy-taters.

How Practicing Yoga and Mindfulness Helped My Eating Habits

Mindfulness

Yoga is not only an amazing workout but it teaches you mindfulness; a tool that helped eliminate my food addiction. After college is when I packed on quite a bit of weight. I had gained and lost weight quickly by simply working out when I was younger but this time my attempts to get fit were much, much more difficult. There are several reasons why this may have been:

  1. I’m older and my metabolism slowed
  2. I’m less active
  3. I began eating junk food again and became addicted, I mean that stuff is delicious
  4. Finally, I moved in with my boyfriend who is more than twice my size (not a joke but an actual fact) and I forgot what portions for a 5’0 (usually 100-105 lb) girl looked like.

Okay, okay so it’s probably all of the above, but portion control was a HUGE problem for me. Of course this morphed into a food addiction where I became a snack-a-holic. I felt like I needed dessert after every meal and a bag of chips or popcorn just to watch a show. Obviously, this was not good.

Yoga With Adriene Screenshot
Screenshot from #YogaRevolution program by Yoga With Adriene on Youtube

Then, I found yoga. I had always been interested in yoga and taken the occasional class, but it is so expensive to practice it truly, fully, and regularly…or so I thought. Lately, I’ve become addicted to Youtube workouts. I discovered the most amazing channel in the world: Yoga With Adriene. (In fact I’m currently on day 7 of the #YogaRevolution challenge. Click the photo above! Namaste.) I am obsessed with these videos. By practicing yoga at home, following Yoga With Adriene, I’ve learned to be completely aware of my body, my emotions, and how I am feeling both physically and mentally. I’ve learned to be completely mindful of my actions. “How does this help with overeating and food addiction?”, you may ask. Well let me tell you!

Being mindful of what I am feeling has helped me determine whether I’m hungry or eating because I’m bored. Now when I feel hunger, I first drink water and wait. A lot of the time you feel hunger, you’re actually just thirsty. If I am still feeling a little hunger stirring in my stomach, I then eat. Here is where mindfulness really helps!

With each bite, I am aware of how I am feeling. I think to myself, “Is this food making me feel good or bad?” “Is my hunger satiated?” or “Does this taste as good as imagined?” That last quote is mainly for when I am splurging on junk food or dessert. If I am not thoroughly enjoying a meal that is NOT healthy for me, I simply stop eating it. It is unreal how much the simple act of practicing yoga and mindfulness has totally transformed my eating habits, it is almost impossible to explain exactly how. Mindfulness opens something within you and creates a whole new level of awareness. I know, I know I sound like a total hippie right now, but I am dead serious. If you want to control your food addiction, find a yoga program that works for you.

Quick and Easy Artichoke Pesto

It has been so rainy and stormy these past couple of weeks here in Fresno. This weather has me craving comfort food bad! Which presented me with a new challenge: how can I make a healthy  meal that is both versatile and comforting. I wanted something creamy, but light and tasty. That is when I thought of it. Artichoke “pesto.” It can be used on so many different types of proteins and as a dip for veggies which makes it such a versatile and year-round side. Artichokes are the perfect consistency to make a creamy sauce or dip, they’re like the butter of vegetables. At least I like to think so.

My boyfriend and I are both Italian and as Italians, we feel there is no vegetable better than artichokes. Artichokes are life!! Thank yeezus that artichokes are healthy af and are packed with vitamins and minerals that support both a healthy digestive system AND cognitive function.  Artichoke pesto was a total no brain-er and making up my own version of it was so fun and easy!

First you need a nutribullet/ magic bullet or I’m sure a food processor would work just as well! Next, gather your ingredients!

 

  • 1 Can of artichoke hearts, I get mine at Trader Joe’s.
  • 1/4 C of pine nuts, which I also get at Trader Joe’s.
  • 2 Tbs of Parmesan, once again I get mine from Trader Joe’s. See a pattern yet? haha
  • 1/4 C Olive Oil, which I get at Costco. You thought I was going to say Trader Joe’s again didn’t you?
  • 4-5 Cloves of garlic. TJ’s for the win!
  • 1 Dash of dried basil. Once again, Trader Joe’s.

 

 

Ready for the fun part? Throw all the ingredients into your nutribullet or food processor, blend and your done! Easy as p(i)esto!

 

 

Artichoke pesto is delicious and honestly, I even use it as an Italian version of hummus and eat it with raw veggies (especially carrots) as a snack. It is also amazing on top of chicken as a healthy dinner option. Side note: for a vegan option you can easily omit the Parmesan cheese. I would add a few dashes of Himalayan pink salt instead to boost the flavor.

 

Click the title of this post in order to see the full, easy to follow recipe! Xoxo

BBG: The Gateway Drug Everyone Should Try

There is an up and coming fitness cult taking over the world and I’m not talking about Crossfit. The 12-week Bikini Body Guide program by Kayla Itsines is slowly but surely taking over. Lovingly shortened to “BBG,” millions of women (and men) are devout followers of the fitness program. I myself started with BBG in January of 2016. I definitely did not complete the full twelve weeks but I came very, very close. I’m human, what can I say? I still believe EVERYONE should try it, at least for a little while. Not only does BBG get you in the right workout routine but it opens your eyes to an entire world of motivation and wellness.

When beginning BBG, it is highly recommended that you create a separate social media account devoted to tracking your fitness and nutrition progress (Instagram is the best platform for this). It leads you to connect with hundreds or even thousands of individuals embarking on the same journey you are as well as introduces you to different workout programs you may not have heard about yet. The amazing support from the online BBG community truly and honestly makes you want to work out more and eat cleaner without any type of pressure. It honestly helps you find the motivation you’ve had within yourself the entire time.

Once you find that motivation, you tend to move on to more unique workout programs (Like I did!) such as Tone it Up (TIU) (Which I will be starting shortly!), youtube workouts like Fitness Blender and Yoga with Adriene and even weight training programs like ones by Emily Skye. BBG gets you hooked on easy, affordable at home workouts. Seriously, what is better than getting fit on a budget?

Personally, I quit my gym membership a couple of months ago because I have been getting better workouts in at home. I wasted so much money on the gym for mediocre workouts and not even getting to use the equipment I wanted because it was always so packed! Being on my blog Instagram page makes me really want to workout and eat clean, not because everyone else is doing it but because its fun! It also becomes super addicting sharing your latest workout or food obsession with your fit Instagram “friends.” In fact, BBG is what really introduced me to the world of blogging as well. So not only has this fitness program led me to practice self-love, eat cleaner, workout more, but it is creating new hobbies and a new lifestyle for me and I’m sure it can for you too!

I am not being paid for this post, I honestly truly believe that this workout program does change lives. Maybe not the program itself, but the BBG community presence on social media definitely does.

From Parasite Dumb to Parasmart

I lead a pretty healthy lifestyle. I eat well, lots of veggies, fruits, and lean meat but of course I splurge on the occasional asada fries. Who could live this life without asada fries anyways? If you haven’t tried them, you need to. Aside from that, I won’t eat food filled with preservatives or ingredients I can’t pronounce. Honestly, I won’t even eat processed food that has more than a handful of ingredients in it. Yet, despite my mostly clean diet, I found myself bloating constantly. At first, I thought I was gluten intolerant, you know, because every problem now a day is caused by gluten. A gluten free diet seemed to work at first but after a bit I began bloating again. I’d bloat up after eating a freaking carrot. Side note: I had also gained at least fifteen pounds over the past year and couldn’t seem to shed an ounce no matter how much time I spent in the gym. This is extremely frustrating for someone who has a B.S. in Exercise Science: it was some serious BS indeed.Then my boyfriend began displaying some similar issues in the digestive department for a few weeks. I didn’t have much sympathy because, well hello welcome to my life! During his digestive issues we went to lunch with his brother, who also happens to be a nurse and all around holistic health nut. He told us my boyfriend probably has parasites, my first reaction was “Yeah okay, no one has parasites unless they drink some nasty stream water in the middle of nowhere.” Regardless of my skeptical and sarcastic attitude toward the idea, we promptly went to Sprouts and purchased a parasite be gone kit called Parasmart, as well as a few pounds of grass-fed butter and sauerkraut (because apparently that’s what SUPER healthy holistic people eat).

After a few days of taking Parasmart, my boyfriend looked up reviews of it on amazon and immediately texted me screenshots of some of these reviews. Prior to taking Parasmart people experienced the exact same digestive and bloating issues I had, fatigue (hey, I have that), foggy brain (me too…), inability to lose weight (okay, these people are totally copying me), and, I am sorry for this one but: itchy butts (gross I know, I may or may not have had this occasionally too). This freaked me out. Could I really have parasites?

After rushing to Sprouts and beginning the routine as well, it turns out I did have parasites. I had parasites BAD. Just a few days after taking Parasmart, I passed a tapeworm. A TAPEWORM. Ew. I know. I also had a plethora of other parasites. I’ll forgo the details but I am now the BIGGEST advocate for this Parasmart stuff. I highly recommend anyone who eats sushi regularly, like I do, to do a parasite cleanse at least once a year. It turns out because of the raw fish, you are very likely to get a parasite or two from sushi. In fact, you can honestly get parasites from almost anything: produce, under-cooked meat, tap water, etc. so there is no reason to change your diet to avoid parasites. Parasites are really no big deal with parasite cleanses like Parasmart on the market.

Since completing the doses, I have lost about eight pounds and no longer struggle when it comes to losing fat. I no longer stutter over my words during conversations and can remember all the words I need, I am so productive, I rarely forget to do things (this was a major problem before), no more bloating or digestive issues, and I’m so much funnier and pretty witty now (at least I think so HAHA). Also, although they might be unrelated, I have not experience any of my anxiety or depressive episodes since finishing Parasmart. I am not a paid promoter for this product (totally should be though, wink wink Parasmart if you’re reading), but I am telling you, this stuff has solved all of my problems (except for being a broke millennial, still struggling there). It solved problems I didn’t even realize were problems. I highly recommend that everyone try this cleanse once in their lives! Share your results in the comments section and if you have any questions at all about my experience with the cleanse do not hesitate to ask!