Orange Delight

Okay so yesterday I felt awful I was dizzy and felt just so tired I had to bail on work. Yeah that bad. Got home and was thinking why on earth do I feel so bad and then light bulb moment! My body was detoxing….

I started having smoothies consistently about 3 weeks ago but it was just for breakfast and I wasn’t rigid about my meals.The past week I have been doing smoothies breakfast and/or lunch and I’m having healthy meals for dinner except the weekend which I let go a little. Yesterday I guess my body just started really purging and I felt awful.

Well heres to pushing on with healthy eating and a yummy citrus smoothie I made for breakfast!

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I just love the colour! Orange Delight smoothie.

Orange Delight Smoothie                                                                                               serves 1

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed Orange juice
  • 1 cup Pineapple chunks (I freeze mine)
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1 TBSP Sunflower seeds (raw unsalted)
  • 1 TBSP Honey or date paste
  • 1/2 avocado or 1 banana
  • 1 Lemon juiced

I just throw this all into my Nutribullet and blend. Laterz

Sara xo

 

Health Food Spot

Theres this little health food spot that opened up by me. It is yummy convenient and guilt free in my opinion. Great way for me to stick to clean eating when I get lazy to prep or cook my meals. The place is called Good To Go and so far everything I’ve tried I have loved.

Their menu is limited but that is definitely not a problem. Their food so far has been fresh (at least when I get them) and satisfying. Their prices are comparable/cheaper to a lot of other health food spots . They have smoothies, salads, wraps and soup. Mind you I have only had 4 items from their menu as I make my smoothies daily at home so I don’t generally spend money on smoothies.

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Burrito bowl with guacamole dressing

Their hours are 9:30 to 5pm, so I guess its more lunch crowd than anything else. So far I’m happy with this place as it is convenient on lazy days. My favourite so far is the burrito bowl with guacamole dressing. But really the wraps I’ve had (Turkey and pesto chicken) are just as good and filling and so is the godzilla salad.

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Godzilla Salad

So if anyone that does drive by the area I definitely recommend stopping by and grabbing a bite here. Laterz.

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104-450 East Columbia St, New Westminster, BC

Sara xo

Herb & Spice Roast Potatoes

CARBS!!!!!! I admit my tendency to inhale things that I love until I am sick of it. Potatoes are one of the many things I overeat when I have not had them in a while.

Anyways I have made roasted potatoes a number of times usually I just throw what ever spice and herbs I fancy so if you asked me I wouldn’t be able to tell you exactly how much or how many different herbs and spices I added. This time while I was browsing ideas for a side dish for a steak dinner and knowing I was leaning towards potatoes because I had a bag that was starting to “grow” I went on reliable Pinterest. There are ton of herb roasted potatoes, so many similar to what I’ve made but I decided to use a recipe (somewhat) from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice.

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I only altered the recipe some by adding nutmeg (don’t ask why I just felt like it) and a pinch of cayenne. Also I had a bit more potatoes and threw in some left over baby carrots.

Next time I will probably cut my potatoes a little smaller to make the cook time a little less. Maybe my oven just sucks but it took and hour and twenty to get the potatoes to a state I liked.

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Steak was yummy as were the potatoes.

Laterz.

Sara xo

Pork Strips “Char Siu”

Char Siu refers to a way of flavouring and preparing BBQ Chinese pork. I guess I am a fan to a point. I find it a bit too sweet for my taste buds sometimes. Last night SP was hounding me to cook the pork strips we bought from a local Korean grocer. Seeing as how I’ve never cooked pork belly strips before I was racking my brain as to how to prepare them and decided to do a version of Char Siu that wasn’t too sickly sweet. The recipe I’m giving is all approximation I didn’t use exact measuring spoons as I don’t quite measure stuff when I throw things together on a whim.

 

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Fresh out of the oven.

Sara’s Version Char Siu Pork Belly Strips                                                   Serves 3

  • ~1 1/2 lbs Pork Belly Strips (I had 9 strips)
  • 1 TBSP Honey
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Chinese wine
  • 1 TBSP Soy Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Oyster Sauce (i did a heaping spoon)
  • 1 TBSP Dark Soy
  • ~1 1/2 TSP Chinese 5 Spice
  • 1/2 TSP White pepper
  • 2 TBSP  Brown sugar (in actual char siu I believe its about 1/3cup  of sugar)
  • 1 Tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves minced garlic

Directions:

  1. Marinate the pork with all the ingredients overnight if possible (I did half an hour) in the fridge.
  2.  Take the pork out to sit at room temperature while you preheat the oven to 400F. At this time I place the pork on a rack over a baking pan. IMG_20160807_201126.jpg
  3. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping them over at 15 minutes and slathering on the left over marinade over the strips.
  4. After 30 minutes I turned the oven to broil on high and let it crisps for about 3-4 minutes or so.  Watch that you don’t burn your pork. To serve I cut them to smaller bite size pieces.

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    Baked Potato with Pork Belly Strips

This recipe does not provide a super sweet pork though some might still find it too sweet. Adjust recipe to your taste buds as this is a guideline. Laterz

Sara xo

The 7th..Final Day

I’m all done with the 7 day diet plan and honestly it was not difficult to follow at all. I think what helped was my eating habits leading to this 7 day diet, I had been eating cleaner and was doing smoothies every morning. I was also prepping food for few days at a time and had snacks handy. So no dirty eating meant this 7 day diet was a breeze. Apart from that cheat on day 6 for date night. Which still makes me feel really guilty.

Overall doing this diet make me felt satiated, my gut health was way better, there was no bloating or gassiness etc. and cravings didn’t hit hard at all! Now I think thats amazing for a diet. Lets be honest when you think of a diet you go oh god how am I gonna deal with cravings? will I be strong enough to not indulge etc. etc. Well for me at least thats what goes through my head. With this I swear I didn’t feel like that at all. I could easily say no when SP offered me jubes jubes or crisps and I didn’t go looking for excuses to grab junk food. For the last day I just did a smoothie and the curry dish that was suppose to be the day 6 dinner.I subbed the Chocolate Orange smoothie for a Chocolate Coconut as well.

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Vegetable curry & Chocolate Coconut Green Thickie

Initially when I was cooking (which only took 30 minutes from start to finish) this I thought to myself oh god thats a lot of food, but really it isn’t when you are not eating anything else with it except salad. This was yummy and so was the smoothie.

What it comes down to though, for  me at least, this diet kept me off junk and made me feel good but was not enough to lose weight. Maybe if I was doing hardcore workouts I would lose some (I was doing moderate 3 times a week weights) but otherwise this is just a good healthy alternative to implement once a month or so just to change things up. On the up side I have felt so extremely guilty eating meals that have processed food or having white bread since this 7 day thing ended yesterday….yes its only been one day and I feel like I should be eating as I have been the past week.

As for now SP is hounding me to go cook the pork belly slices we bought…Laterz

Sara xo

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I know I know its not fall but 2 weeks ago I just had MAJOR cravings for a butternut squash soup. I’ve probably made this a couple of times trying different recipes I’ve found through Pinterest. This time I tried a vegan/gluten free and paleo friendly version and you know what it was just as good. In fact I probably will stick to this version all the time now and cut out the cream.

The pictures might not do it justice but the important part is the taste and yums! is all I have to say. I got this recipe from Ahead of Thyme. I did modify it a little here and there but nothing major.

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Roasted Squash all ready to blend. Smelled heavenly.
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Blended soup in pot (I left it a wee bit chunky) and all portioned up for meals on the go.

So if you are a fan of this soup head over to Ahead of Thyme and get the recipe. I LOVE it! Laterz..

Sara xo

 

Day 3, 4, 5 & 6!

Who forgets to take pictures of food these days?? Well.. ME. It seems that we are inundated with food pictures on a daily basis right? I forgot to take a pic of dinner for day 5. It was just whole wheat pasta with pesto sauce with spinach and salad, so you can picture that easily enough.

Anyways I am on the last day of the 7 Day Diet Plan by Katherine Kyle at Green Thickies and I have to say I definitely didn’t lose weight but my gut health is better and my cravings were absolutely manageable I had no problem ignoring junk food which is hard when you work evening shifts and don’t go to bed 5-6 hours after dinner.

Down side though I did have a cheat night last night because my friend had a dinner night planned and we were suppose to go to Sammy J Peppers. My friend couldn’t make it and SP decided to make it a date night. I just had to say yes because date night has been so so rare lately. I think I’ll try and do a light detox in a couple of weeks since I feel guilty having a cheat night. I just hate it when I don’t stick to something because I chastise myself after the fact.

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DAY 3:Apple Coconut Green Thickie, Salad w Asian dressing & Mushroom & White Bean Chilli w Brown rice.
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DAY 4: Apple & Mango Green Thickie for breakfast & lunch & Whole Grain wrap with hummus and half an avocado with salad
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DAY 5: Waldorf Salad Green Thickie (don’t let the name gross you out, it really is not bad at all) for breakfast & dinner. Whole Wheat pasta with pesto sauce and spinach for dinner (you can picture what that looks like yourself)

For day 6 I was lazy to bake a potato so I added some hummus in addition to my fillings for my salad. It was tough to finish. SO filling! I didn’t eat all of my dinner it was way too much pasta though I did eat all the seafood!

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DAY 6: Lemon Meringue Pie Green Thickie (really does taste like it), Salad with white beans & hummus and cheat dinner of seafood Pasta

One more day and it will be a wrap! Laterz

Sara xo