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Easy to pack healthy lunch!

22 Jul

I always pack my lunch for work and this is one of my favorites! I grab some great items from Trader Joe’s and put them together on Monday nights and put them in a mason jar and just heat them up at work.

What you need:

Trader Joes Salsa Autentica

Trader Joes Lite shredded cheese (their mozzarella cheese works too)

Trader Joes Chopped veggie mix

Trader Joes veggie patty’s (I usually get the masala one’s, but they were out)

I cook the veggies on my stove top with coconut oil and then when they are cooked, I add in the salsa and cooked veggie patty.  Then I put it into the mason jar and half way through I add a little cheese and then at the end I add a little more cheese.

That’s all! So yummy! If you want to make it even better, add the Trader Joes yogurt dip! So good!

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Trader Joe’s Favorites

22 Jul

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I’m OBSESSED with Coconut Oil

12 Feb

5285ef7ac994779e8103a229eb258d92Okay, I have been a fan of coconut oil for a few years now.  I was just using it on my face, neck and chest at night to avoid wrinkles and for a cheap make up remover, but lately I have learned so many other amazing reasons to use it!

For example, I always use olive oil when I am cooking my veggies.  Then I learned that you should not heat up olive oil because if you heat the oil too high, the beneficial compounds in oil start to degrade, and potentially health-harming compounds form..  When you need to heat up oil, you need to use coconut oil.  I have been using this instead of using a non-stick spray as well.  I also have used it for my acid reflux.

Here are 101 uses for Coconut oil from SkinnyMs.com:

Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil:

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Improves thyroid function
  • Aids with digestion
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Suppresses the appetite
  • Treats Irritable Bowl Syndrome
  • Improves immune function
  • Relieves stress
  • Increases metabolism
  • Works as a natural energy boost
  • Moisturizes dry or chapped nostrils
  • Soothes achy muscles
  • Prevents dandruff- when used as a shampoo
  • Treats eczema or psoriasis- by ingesting and using topically
  • Treats ringworm
  • Soothes sore throats- when gargled with
  • Cures yeast infections- both internal and external
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Treats cold sores
  • Treats pink eye
  • Prevents hangnails- when rubbed into the cuticle
  • Treats small cuts and scrapes
  • Treats minor skin irritations
  • Treats bee stings or insect bites
  • Treats hemorrhoids
  • Prevents and cures urinary tract infections
  • Clears up acne
  • Assists with menopausal dryness
  • Eliminates congestion
  • Prevents gingivitis
  • Treats rosacea
  • Removes warts
  • Soothes dry/itchy eyes
  • Treats jock itch
  • Eliminates head lice
  • Eliminates nausea- when rubbed on the inside of the wrist
  • Relieves sunburn pain
  • Works as a natural lubricant- not to be used with latex
  • Treats athlete’s foot
  • Prevents swimmer’s ear
  • Eliminates bad breath
  • Treats hives

Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil to New or Expectant Mothers:

  • Helps to prevent gestational diabetes
  • Assists in removing newborn meconium
  • Soothes diaper rash
  • Increases milk production
  • Soothes chapped or cracked nipples due to nursing
  • Soothes pain due to teething
  • Cures Cradle Cap

Beauty and Hygiene Benefits

  • Eliminates stretch marks
  • Smooths wrinkles
  • Works as a facial scrub- when mixed with baking soda
  • Conditions lips as an ingredient in natural lip balm
  • Works as a deep conditioner for hair
  • Prevents natural body odor when rubbed under the arms
  • Cleanses skin as a natural soap
  • Removes makeup
  • Moisturizes as a bath oil
  • Eliminates dry or cracked heels
  • Eliminates and fades ages spots
  • Cleans mascara brushes
  • Conditions eye lashes
  • Moisturizes and firms the skin around the eye
  • Works as a natural face wash
  • Prevents hair dye from running onto the face when rubbed along the hairline
  • Minimizes the appearance of pores
  • Strengthens nails
  • Improves skin tone
  • Prevents sagging skin

Cooking Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil:

  • A healthy addition to salad oils
  • Substitutes for vegetable oils in baked goods
  • Substitutes for frying oils
  • Substitutes for butter
  • Tenderizes roast meats
  • Adds nutrients to soups and stews
  • Sweetens teas and coffees
  • Flavors ice cubes for cold drinks

Other Household Benefits of Coconut Oil:

  • Conditions cutting boards
  • Polishes metal
  • Moisturizes leather
  • Seasons cast iron skillets
  • Replaces WD-40
  • Creates a natural insect repellant when mixed with peppermint oil
  • Prevents freezer burn
  • Cleanses tubs and showers
  • Polishes stainless steel
  • Cleans barbecues
  • Removes wax
  • Removes insects from bumpers
  • Removes sap
  • Unsticks stubborn zippers
  • Polishes shoes
  • Lubricates bike chains
  • Shines plant leaves
  • Lubricates guitar strings
  • Removes gum from hair and fabrics
  • Replaces other oils in play dough and Goo recipes

Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil to Your Pet:

  • Improves bad breath
  • Shampoos and conditions fur
  • Eliminates fleas and ticks
  • Prevents kitty litter from sticking to the tray

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Food Love

11 Jun

100 calories or less

24 May

Egg white wrap

23 May

Muffintop-less:

Clean Eating Breakfast Pita 

(Makes 2 pitas)

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup bell peppers, chopped (any color)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup raw spinach (but you can cook it if you prefer)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil

Directions

Step 1 – Saute the bell peppers in the oil until tender (the spinach too if you prefer it cooked)
Step 2 – Add the eggs and spices to the pan and scramble everything together.
Step 3 – Stuff your pita with the filling and go!

Eat and Enjoy! (by The Gracious Pantry)

Stuffed Peppers with Turkey Meat

8 May

  • 4 bell peppers, tops removed, seeded
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped (try a color that you are not already using)
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon tomatopaste
  • low fat mozzarella cheese
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • ground cumin to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • I added saracha to min

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Wrap the green bell peppers in aluminum foil, and place in a baking dish. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from heat.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the turkey until evenly brown. Set aside. Heat oil in the skillet, and cook onion, garlic, mushrooms, zucchini, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and spinach until tender (I add the spinach 1/2 way through since it cooks so fast). Return turkey to the skillet. Mix in the tomatoes and tomato paste, and season with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stuff the peppers with the skillet mixture.
  4. Return peppers to the oven, and continue cooking 15 minutes.
  5. Top with cheese and eat away!
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