May 27, 2013

Body Scrub


This post is a little different from my other entries.

I know this isn't a meal; however, all of these ingredients can be found in your kitchen at any given time… It's a recipe for great skin :)

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Kosher Salt
  • ¾ cup Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. EVOO
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Carefully melt the coconut oil in small intervals. Once melted, add all wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix thoroughly and store in an airtight container. Enjoy your smooth skin- just in time for summer :)






*Recipe from Tone it Up!

May 18, 2013

Spaghetti Squash

I'll be honest. As curious as I was to try spaghetti squash, I was also very hesitant. The fear of putting all of the time into preparing the meal only to not like it was holding me back the most. It took me six months to muster up the courage. To my surprise, it was pretty delicious! Time consuming but enjoyable (and edible!).

When I first cut into the squash, the smell reminded me of carving pumpkins. It was also seedy and stringy like a pumpkin. Topped with my marinara sauce, the spaghetti squash doesn't have a flavor. In that sense, it is similar to pasta... crunchy pasta.

The final say: I will make it again and try other variations!

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and goop. Place both halves of the squash on a baking pan with the cut side face down.
  3. Fill the baking dish with just enough water to cover the bottom. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove foil, flip the halves, recover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the squash from the oven. Let sit for about 5 minutes. With a fork, scrape the insides of the squash away from the outer shell and place them in a bowl. Serve like pasta spaghetti and enjoy :)
**TIP: I had frozen a batch of my marinara sauce from before. All I had to do was thaw and warm up over low heat. So simple!
 

May 7, 2013

Green Smoothie


This smoothie is great way to start your day. It is loaded with all natural ingredients that help boost energy and immunity. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 large handful of spinach leaves
  • ½ banana (sliced and frozen)
  • 1 orange (sliced into sections)
  • ½ mango (diced and frozen)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
DIRECTIONS
  1. Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

Enjoy :)