Friday, January 23, 2015

10 healthy recipes to help you reach your new year's goals

1 | vegetarian chili is so perfect this time of year. it's pretty much all i crave when it's cold outside. a warm cup of coffee in the morning, and a warm cup of chili at night. it's packed full of vegetables, giving you loads of fiber to help you stay full all evening long and prevent that late night snacking.
2 | fruit and yogurt bowl is perfect for breakfast. if you want to meet your health goals, then eat breakfast. i cannot say this enough. you're body has basically been "fasting" for 8 hours and needs breakfast to wake up your metabolism and get it going. not to mention, it keeps you from being so hungry throughout the day that you end up opting for unhealthy options.
3 | buttternut squash and brussels sprouts frittata is a family favorite. have eggs? have veggies? then you have a filling, healthy meal right on hand!
4 | baked beet chips are great for satisfying that snack craving. rather than eating potato chips, whip up a batch of these baked beet chips and store them in an airtight container for the week. when you get the afternoon munchies, you have a low calorie, nutrient dense snack at your fingertips!
5 | caprese avocado salad is a great side to pair with grilled fish or chicken at dinner time. it contains vegetables and healthy fats, packing in that nutrition and keeping you full and satisfied.
6 | parmesan and celery cauliflower rice is a great alternative to grains at supper. while i love whole grains and have no problem with them, i especially love vegetables and think we all need more of them. i love to serve this with roasted brussels sprouts, grilled salmon, and a tall glass of wine ;)
7 | gluten free banana bread is my all-time favorite bread recipe. i have to limit how much i make it because i could seriously eat the whole loaf. i love to toast it and have it for breakfast in the morning, or make a peanut butter sandwich out of it in the afternoon. not only is it made from healthy whole grains, but it provides a full serving of fruit and some healthy fats. double whammy, you know.
8 | kale and cauliflower soup is a great way to get more vegetables into your diet. kale honestly isn't my favorite, but i can down loads of it when it's added to this soup.
9 | butternut squash and pomegranate seed salad is a great, light side to any lunch or dinner.
10 | green power smoothie gets you going and fills you with energy in the morning. i think good decisions lead to more good decisions, and there's no better decision than filling your body with fruits and veggies first thing in the morning.

happy cooking, and here's to a healthy 2015!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

our week with a puppy

you might have seen on instagram, here, that we've been babysitting a sweet little pup. we had to give him back earlier this week, and we are so heartbroken! we were immediately attached and fell so in love with his puppy snuggles, puppy breath, and puppy tummy. we were seriously considering how to fake his death so we could keep him forever. my first federal offense [kiiiiiidding...].

anywho, for now we are missing our new little buddy, and searching for a sweet puppy child of our own. wish us luck!

Friday, January 16, 2015

because wine is made from grapes, and grapes are fruit, and fruit is good for you.

one thing's for sure, i love a good glass of wine. so today i am so excited to share with you a fun, winter-inspired wine and cheese pairing with la marca prosecco. recently la marca prosecco sent over a sample of their sparkling wine, and i had so much fun trying it and pairing it with some of my favorite, yet simple, appetizers. once all of the holiday hustle and bustle is over, january can feel cold and dreary, and i find myself just hanging on until spring. we decorate and celebrate the holidays, so i thought, why can't we let winter inspire us and continue to celebrate past the holidays. afterall, i believe there is something to celebrate every day. plus, give me some wine and cheese, and nothing can get me down ;).

i love this sparkling wine on it's own, or you can easily add more flavor to it and spruce it up. i paired mine with some fresh berries and a sprig of rosemary, giving it a fruity, yet earthy, flavor. so delicious :).

happy weekend, friends, and cheers to focusing on our blessings and celebrating everyday!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

cozy in fur

vest: target | top: madewell, old (similar) | jeans: nordstrom | boots: shoemint, old (similar) | purse: kate spade
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