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‘throw away three’ rule

It’s amazing what cutting things out of your diet can do for you. About 2 months ago, I (sadly) gave up 3 of my favorites. Wine, rice and bagels.

Rice was really hard to give up. It’s probably my favorite food. I know… I’m a weirdo. I replaced rice with quinoa and veggies as side dishes and I am actually growing to love quinoa more than rice. Quinoa is an excellent source of fiber and is often referred to as a ‘superfood,’ meaning that it’s chock full of nutrients

As for wine… I love it. I could drink a glass (or 3) of cabernet every night with dinner. However, I know that drinking wine is a waste of calories and it was preventing me from shedding off the extra few pounds I really wanted to lose. I’m a big proponent of moderation so I didn’t give up wine altogether. That would be crazy, right?! ; ) I decided to stop drinking during the week and allow myself to have fun on the weekends. Yes, when the occasional ‘girls night’ or dinner date with my boyfriend pops up during the week, of course I’ll indulge. Life’s too short. However, on a random Monday night when I’m snuggled up on the couch watching the Bachelorette with my best friend, it’s really not necessary.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m hung over, a toasted bagel with cream cheese is 100% guaranteed to make me feel better. It doesn’t help that there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts every 5 blocks in Philadelphia, either. (torture!) I gave up bagels and found some better, healthier choices for breakfast. For example, I keep a box of balance bars at my desk at work for busy mornings when I don’t have time to pack something. I make a batch of flourless healthy muffins with oatmeal and Greek yogurt almost every week. Recipe soon to come! There are SO many alternatives to bagels. At this point, I’m not even craving bagels on the weekends like I used to. My home-made muffins are so much better, anyway. : )

I’m challenging you. Try it out. What are the 3 things that you know you could do without? Are you cracking open a can of soda every day at lunch? Try water or green tea instead (0 calories). Are you constantly stopping at Starbucks for a Frappuccino? Stick with a black coffee instead. Making little changes – even if they are just on the weekdays – will eventually pay off and I promise you will see a difference on the scale and more importantly, in the mirror!

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clean eating homemade ice cream

I’m always craving something sweet after dinner. Tonight’s dessert was guilt free and so yummy. My boyfriend LOVED it, so it’s not just me : )

The recipe makes 2 servings.

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
8 strawberries
1/2 cup almond milk

Directions
Blend in food processor or blender
Freeze for at least 1 hour
Enjoy!

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dining out: the right way

Just because you’re dining out, doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy.

We went out to brunch today with my brother & sister-in-law to one of my favorite restaurants in the city – Parc. What a beautiful day to eat outside!

As much as I would have loved to have the French toast or the chicken sandwich with fries, I stuck with the chicken paillard which was amazing: flattened chicken topped with a shaved vegetable salad. I used to feel like I had to splurge if I was dining out. I would always order a dish that came with French fries. (Fries are my weakness!) Skipping the fries is definitely hard but I know they’re so bad for you. Sigh.

I also had the iced mint latte. Yum! It wasn’t too sugary and the mint flavor was a nice, refreshing touch.

Hope you all had a nice weekend!

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fresh veggie omelette

I’ve never been crazy about eggs but I’ve finally found a way to cook eggs that I really enjoy: add tons of veggies. : )

This morning’s omelette was:
Red peppers
Green peppers
Orange peppers
Red onion
Broccoli
Low fat shredded cheese (Mexican blend)
2 eggs
Hot sauce (0 calories!)

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Apples Boost Your Metabolism

Did you know that apples boost your metabolism?

After my run this morning I had an apple with 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt & 1/4 cup maple pecan granola. I’m not a fan of plan greek yogurt by itself; adding fruit and granola is a great way to make a delicious meal without the added artificial sweeteners. Yum!

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chopped salad for dinner

Tonight’s chopped salad was simple. Paired it with chicken and mashed sweet potatoes.

Red peppers
Tomato
Cucumber
Red onion
Dressing: home-made red wine vinaigrette

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Overnight Oats

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Lately I’m loving overnight oats for breakfast. Here’s how you make my favorite kind (super easy!):

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup coconut almond milk (can also use soy milk)
Raspberries (the more, the better)

Let sit in fridge overnight and eat cold. It’s seriously delish!

Enjoy! : )

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