Looking for a yummy breakfast recipe that is family friendly? Here is a one skillet breakfast hash that is quick and easy to make. I remember when I was a child and we would have breakfast for dinner. It seemed unprecedented and scandalous to eat a meal outside of that meal’s designated hour. This breakfast hash can quickly go from breakfast to dinner. You can add vegetarian meat replacements or actual meat such as bacon. Enjoy!
Random Fact: Did you know that 65 billion Chickens are consumed every year, making chicken one of the most popular meats consumed. Chicken breast is one of the most healthiest meats you can eat. It is low in fat and high in protein. Stuffing chicken breast is one way to make the dryer side of the chicken, moist and flavorful. Here is an easy Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast that is quick to make that the whole family will love.
You can switch out ingredients to make it low carb or even take the recipe from a stuffed spinach recipe to jalapeño stuffed chicken or artichoke. Pair with a side salad and grain to make it a complete meal. Quinoa (for low carb) or your choice of rice.
Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is a seed grain. It is commonly used in place of rice since it is a lighter carbohydrate. It also has more protein and fiber than white rice. It can be used in place of rice (dinner/lunch) and grain (breakfast) meals.
Coconut Milk Quinoa
Jasmine Rice is a long grain rice that is named after the Jasmine flower. It is known for its sweet smell and taste. Paired with vegetables, it the perfect complimentary and a satisfying grain.
No Bun, no problem... here is a recipe for a bunless egg sandwich.
As someone that is allergic to gluten, I am always searching for something that will replace bread. A Frittata is the Italian version of the American Omelette. It can be a nice substitute for a bunless egg sandwich.
Here is my recipe for the breadless breakfast sandwich that is gluten free and can also be made for vegetarians.
It is possible to eat healthy and dine out. You will always eat the healthiest at home since, you control the ingredients that go in your food. Eating out is inevitable since it is a cultural norm. So here are tips on how to order healthy at restaurants.
If you are going to a restaurant that has big portions, appetizers are unnecessary. Appetizers are a quick food item that restaurants put out. Quick food are usually prepared unhealthy (fried) and are a great way to add unnecessary calories. Now there are always exceptions. If they have something healthy like a antipasto caprese, then go for it.
Always oil and vinegar.
Stay away from restaurant prepared dressings. They usually have bad fat and a ton of sodium. You can make a healthy ranch at home, but restaurants usually make sauces with cost efficient ingredients. Ask for oil and vinegar.
*Tip- some restaurants pass off regular oil as olive oil. Purchase small bottles of olive oil and vinegar and bring it with you.
Don’t eat the bread.
Bread is made with a ton of sugar. Sugar turns into fat if it is not burned off. Also, white sugar is terrible for you.
Grilled is your friend or raw.
Stick with shrimp, salmon or chicken breast or a piece of steak that doesn’t have much fat.
Ask for no butter on your vegetables.
A lot of restaurants will automatically put margarine on their vegetables, that’s why it tastes so good. Use your oil, vinegar and pepper.
If you really want desert, ask for whip cream and fruit or a scoop of ice cream.
Salads may not be your best friend.
Cheeses, croutons (bread), bacon, eggs, all add on fats, which turn into empty calories.
If you want drinks, not all wine is bad for you. If you are looking for a low calorie drink vodka, soda is the winner.
Getting in shape doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact I spend less money when I stick to a healthy diet because I am not eating out constantly and spending money on booze. Here are tips on getting in shape on a budget.
1. Start with a budget.
Know how much you can spend each week on food and fitness. Gyms come with group classes, exercise machines and many times a free private training session. GYM Prices also vary. Crunch sells memberships as low as $10 a month. If you really want to build a skill like Yoga, it is sometimes better to go to a Yoga studio where the instructor will focus more on you. You can also find local community classes that are affordable. Some churches also offer free classes.
2. Figure out if you can afford a gym membership or not and what type of exercise program that you want to partake in.
If you are a self starter then working out home should be easy. If you need motivation and influence a gym or class might be the best for you. Working out 3-4 times a week is ideal. If you can’t get away from the kids, walking or park activities may be the best.
3. If you can’t go to a gym (or do not have a desire to) you should purchase tools to help you get into shape.
Resistant bands are so easy and cheap. Yoga balls, medicine balls, and free weights are great investments. I can do a whole workout with resistant bands and a 10 lb dumbbell.
4. YouTube and fitness apps are your best friend in finding workout and health tips.
Check out different styles of workouts or do a workout for free with Youtube or Apps. Here’s a list of Apps you may like.
5. Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy is actually not expensive.
Cut back your meat intake if you are eating it more than one time a day. Chicken and Ground Turkey are healthy for you and are cheaper meats. Beans are awesome for you and are pennies on the dollar. Oatmeal is a great breakfast choice and is extremely inexpensive. You can also purchase-frozen fruits and vegetables to save money. It starts to get a bit pricy when you purchase Organic, but not everything has to be purchased organic. If I can’t afford organic strawberries, I don’t buy them. Friends and family members that are not healthy/clean eater actually spend about 3 times more on food than I do.
6. Walmart has great inexpensive workout clothes.
Their brand Danskin, has been around for forever. In the 90s I was purchasing it for ballet classes. You can also check the racks at your local Ross or TJ Maxx. They sell Nike, Adidas, etc. for a great price.
New: Dunkin' Donuts fries
Dunkin' Donuts Now Selling Dunkin Donut Fries and Giving away free Coffee Today
Boston, Massachusetts: Today, in Boston, Dunkin’ Donuts is selling their new debut Dunkin’ Donuts Fries along with pretzels and waffle-breaded chicken fingers and more as part of a new $2 snacking menu.
Today’s food test will serve as a way to gain feedback from customers and employees to help determine whether to sell the items, nationally.
Fast food restaurants are constantly changing items to keep up with their demographic. Dunkin’ Donuts on the west coast is now Dunkin’. Taco Bell recently introduced the $1.00 Nacho Fries, which have been a successful launch. McDonalds has recently taken the “Hot and Spicy” off the menu, resulting in petitions and boycotts. Wendy’s has now launched a campaign jesting McDonalds.
Have you tried the new Dunkin’ Donuts Fries? Let us know on social media.
10 Easy ways to Eat Healthier Today
In 2019, eating healthy is not hard because of the vast options that we have. The hardest part is re-training the brain upon what we should or shouldn’t eat. By now, we know that processed foods are not healthy for us and can lead to many diseases, but the accessibility still makes it an option.
Here are 10 easy ways to eat healthier today.
1. Ditch the soda!
By now, we all know that artificially sweetened drinks are terrible for you (both diet and regular soda). If you still want something carbonated, try sparkling water that hasn’t any artificial sweetener and is free of artificial dyes.
2. Never let yourself get hungry
Eat 5-6 small meals a day and eat on a set time. If you allow yourself to get hungry the bad temptations will be harder to resist.
Replace the second cup of coffee with green tea. It has a good amount of caffeine and it can also boost your metabolism.
4. Purchase easy accessible fruit and vegetables
Snacks are always marketed as easy access and quick food item. Why shouldn’t your fruits and vegetables be? Either food prep or purchase them in such a way.
6. Brown over white
Switch to brown rice over white rice. Switch to whole grain over white bread. Did you know that brown rice is whole grain and white rice is bleached and hard for your body to digest?
7. Plan your cheat meal
Allow yourself to have a processed meal. Unless you are on a restricted “diet” for health reasons, have 1 naughty meal a week, but plan it. Plan it on the for the holiday or the night you have dinner out.
8. Start taking vitamins
Speak to your health professional first, but you will be surprised how a Multivitamin or Vitamin C can make a big impact.
9. Hide tempting food
If you have kids or others in the house that have the processed items, take them out of arms and eye reach. Out of sight, out of mind.
10. Drink a lean protein shake to help satisfy a snack or meal
You can put fruits and vegetables in it or simply use almond milk.
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