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  • Cooking, Food, GirlSpring.com, Health, Healthy Eating

    My go-to healthy snacks

    image of snacks

    1. Banana and Peanut Butter

    This is my favorite snack. It is healthy and easy. Banana’s give you potassium and help with digestion. Peanut butter provides you with protein, which keeps you full for a few hours!

    2. Yogurt and granola

    My favorite yogurt is either Chobani plain with honey and granola or Chobani Vanilla with some granola. This is my favorite pair, I get healthy bacteria for my gut and the granola has protein which helps me stay full.

    3.  KIND Bars

    I love kind bars, they don’t have a lot of ingredients and I can just grab them when I am running out of the door. They are made with simple ingredients, include protein, and aren’t packed full of sugar. They are my guilt-free snack.

    4. Grapes and Reduced-fat cheese stick

    There is no better pair than grapes and cheese. I love both of these. I love incorporating lots of fruit in my diet… I get a sugar boost from grapes and cheese is low-carb and also a good source of protein.

    5. Rice cake and avocado

    This is a new combo for me that I’ve found is really good and really filling! I love avocado toast but when I am cutting back a little bit on bread, I use a plain rice cake and it’s still really good!

    These are all of my favorite snacks that I like to rotate throughout the week, they are all pretty healthy and give you a boost so you can make it through the day and make it to your next meal.

    Happy snacking!

  • Cooking, Food

    You HAVE to Try This Perfect Avocado Toast Recipe

    You Have To Try This Perfect Avocado Recipe

    The Perfect Avocado Toast

     

    A recipe so delicious – I had to share!

    I have tried so many different ways to eat avocado toast. However, I have discovered the way it is made best. When I first tried avocado toast, I wasn’t into it and did not understand the hype. But then, I had someone make it the right way for me and wow – SO good! All you have to do is follow my simple instructions below.

    I have had avocado toast from highly rated breakfast spots but none as good as mine!

    Here’s what you need: 

    • 1 avocado
    • 1 slice of whole grain bread
    • Red pepper flakes
    • Himalayan pink salt
    • 1 tsp olive oil
    • 1 egg (optional)
    • 1 lemon (optional)
    1. Cut avocado in half. I usually only use one half and save the rest for later.
    2. Toast bread. You can use a toaster or the oven (I am in college and don’t have a toaster.)
    3. Take one avocado half and scoop it out. Then, use a fork to mash the avocado while adding a splash of olive oil.
    4. Spread the avocado onto the toasted bread. Sprinkle salt and red pepper flakes to your liking.
    5. If you want to add an egg on top for a balanced breakfast. Boil an egg, chop it up, and top off your toast!
    6. If desired, slice up a lemon and squeeze on top. It adds a zesty, delicious flavor!

    It is so GOOD, extremely filling, and so easy to make. I also like to experiment with different seasonings. Lemon pepper is random, but I think it tastes really good on top.

    This avocado toast is so delicious I have to refrain from eating it every single day.

     

  • Cooking, Food, Health, Holiday

    How to Have a Gluten Free Christmas

    How to Have a Gluten Free Christmas

    Recently, I got tested by my doctor and found out that I was gluten intolerant.

    Do I ignore this diagnosis most days? Yes. If I didn’t, would I feel a whole lot better? Absolutely. Around the holidays, it seems impossible to avoid gluten. The holiday season tempts me at every family get together or holiday celebration. I want to eat every bread, cookie, and a piece of cake at holiday parties.

    For starters, a lot of people don’t know what gluten is or what types of foods have gluten.

    According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, “Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye.” Gluten helps food maintain their shape. It acts as “a glue that holds food together.” Basically, gluten is found in basically anything made with dough or batter. Gluten appears most often in bread, cakes, cookies, etc. What does NOT have gluten, however, are foods made with rice, corn, or oats. This means corn chips and corn tortillas, rice-based cereal, rice noodles, and oatmeal are safe to eat as long as they don’t have any wheat flour added.

    It’s safe and healthy for anyone to avoid foods with gluten. To an extent.

    Those with Celiac Disease (an autoimmune disorder diagnosed by a doctor) must avoid gluten every day. As a result, people prevent painful symptoms. Learn more about Celiac symptoms and treatments at the Celiac Disease Foundation website: https://celiac.org/

    Those who don’t have Celiac, but have gluten intolerance or sensitivity (like me!) should still avoid gluten. You can still consume a small amount of gluten. However, you may experience problems such as migraines, anxiety, depression, upset stomach, fatigue, abdominal pain, and iron deficiency.

    Before you make any diet changes, consult a dietician or medical professional.

    For me, an extremely food-motivated person.

    That means I have a hard time practicing self-control around foods I want to eat. Especially bread, cookies, cakes, and biscuits. Even though I know that I’ll feel better if I cut them out of my diet completely. If you feel like you may have any form of gluten intolerance, stay gluten-free for this holiday season. In January, see if you feel any different at the beginning of next year.

    Here are some recipes that will help you accomplish this without feeling left out from all the delicious holiday food:

    Grape and Cheese Board:

    Find the recipe here: https://pin.it/jkk3az5okpjrcu

     

    Popcorn Snowballs:

    Find the recipe here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/141793088243731373/

     

    Cream Cheese Cranberry Dip (serve with gluten-free crackers/pretzels):

    Find the recipe here: https://www.julieseatsandtreats.com/cream-cheese-cranberry-dip/2/#wprm-recipe-container-44418

     

    Cornflake Butterscotch Crunchies:

    Find the recipe here: https://www.greatgrubdelicioustreats.com/butterscotch-crunchies/

     

    White Chocolate Candy Cane Heart Pops:

    Find the recipe here: https://onelittleproject.com/how-to-make-candy-cane-hearts/

     

    Cranberry Barbeque Meatballs:

    Find the recipe here: https://pin.it/tecyljqkzlrpin

     

    Peppermint Popcorn:

    Find the recipe here: https://pin.it/ssbkacz7k7emnj

     

  • Food, TRENDING

    Starbucks Instagram vs Reality

    This ad came up on my Facebook feed and I was immediately drawn in by the fun colors and the seasonal theme of the photo. The second thought I had was, “what in the flavor is this.” I made the educated guess that it wasn’t a wart of bat, breath of toad, and howl of cat flavored frappuccino. It made me wonder about advertisement and the viral nature of food products. This is a clear ploy to get people to buy for the Instagram or the snap versus actually consuming the product. Starbucks has done this before: unicorn, mermaid, dragon, and other. Side note: here is an interesting article about limited edition frappuccinos.
    However, as someone who never bought a limited-edition frappuccino, I was intrigued and thought why not try it?

    Soooooo… I did. I drove down to my local Starbucks. With a lit bit of reluctance order a “Witch’s Brew” frappuccino. The barista asked me if I have ever had it before because she’s never had it and was curious what it tastes like (clearly the Witch’s Brew is not nearly as popular as the famous unicorn one). After our exchange, I went to go wait for my ~spooky~ treat.

    Then my name was called, and I was greeted with a surprisingly bright purple “drink.”

    The color was not that far off from the ad as was the passion fruit syrup (that I’m assuming is supposed to look like braiinnsss *zombie voice*). The only thing missing was the vibrant green topping, which frankly I’m not too upset about, this thing was going to be sweet enough.

    Finally, I tasted it. And well, not too bad, but not great. It was like frozen milk from a bowl of fruity pebbles. Not sickly sweet like I feared, but not too flavorful. The passion fruit seeds occasionally added a textural element. Overall, not great, not bad. The taste was underwhelming for a drink that promised a lot with its presentation.

    So why does Starbucks put out a sub-par beverage? Well, it’s very #ontheme for Halloween, and they clearly grab attention for their brand. There is nothing wrong with Instagramable products, I am an active user of Instagram. However, there is an interesting conversation to be had about products focused on Instagram versus quality of the product. Going viral is great for a brand, obviously. I’m mean they got me to write this. Thats the point though, talking about the drink not drinking it. Why do focus on how good something looks if it doesn’t live up to the hype? Do we care?

  • Cooking, Food, Healthy Eating

    Chilton County Peach Galette

    Recipe: Chilton County Peach Galette

    Ingredients:

    • 1 Pie crust (I used Trader Joe’s crust.)
    • About 6 peaches
    • 1/4 cup of sugar
    • 1 tablespoon of milk
    • Extra sugar for crust
    • Parchment paper
    • Preset oven to the temperature that the crust suggests. (about 425° F)
    • Wash and peel the peaches.
    • Thinly slice the peaches and put them into a large bowl.
    • Add sugar (1/4 cup). Gently mix the sugar throughout the peaches. Let sit for 30 to 45 minutes to allow the fruit to macerate.
    • Roll out the crust onto a pan covered with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
    • Arrange the peaches as desired leaving about 1-2 inches empty around the edge of the dough. This way, the crust can be folded over the fruit to hold the tart together.
    • Fold the edge of the dough over the fruit.
    • Use the milk to lightly coat the crust. (This can be done with fingers or a brush.)
    • Lightly sprinkle the extra sugar over the crust.
    • Put the pie in the oven and bake for the time suggested by the crust or until golden brown. (about 20 minutes)
    • Enjoy à la carte or à la mode!
  • Cooking, Food, Health

    Kiwi Fruit Leather Recipe

    I found a recipe for kiwi fruit leather on http://www.mygutsy.com/kiwi-fruit-leather/ and decided to give it a try. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I thought it might make a fun experiment. My mom had bought a large container of kiwifruits from Costco, so this seemed like a good way to get some of the kiwis eaten. There were instructions for making this using a dehydrator or an oven, and I used an oven since I don’t have a dehydrator.

    The Recipe:

    Ingredients:

    • 5 kiwis
    • 3-4 tablespoons of raw honey (I used 3, and this seemed like the right sweetness)

    • First I peeled the kiwis, and I figured out that if you cut off the ends and then peel using the back of a spoon, it is not a difficult task.
    The recipe said to chop the fruit, add honey, and puree it in a blender. I used a Cuisinart.

    • I poured the mixture onto a silicone mat on top of a cookie sheet. The mat was so floppy that I couldn’t really get the mixture evenly distributed. There was more of it in the middle and less in the outer edge, which turned out to be a big problem.

    • The recipe said to dehydrate this for 5-8 hours. I chose 7 and waited for the timer to ring, but when I took it out of the oven, it was still liquid. I ended up having to put it in for another 4 or 5 hours, which was very annoying. I kept taking it out hour after hour and finding it still wasn’t ready. I think this happened because the mixture was so thick in one place because of the floppy mat it was on.

    • I cut the fruit leather into strips and let it cool. Finally, it was time to try. Was all the hard work worth it? I took a bite and… it was okay. Not great, but not necessarily bad. Not really worth all the work it took to make it, though. In the end, I wouldn’t recommend this recipe to anyone. It’s just too much work for what it is. I’m not discouraged, though. I will certainly try out more recipes in the future. Probably not for fruit leather, though.

    Enjoy!