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Bella Bites: Salads Made Simple

Straying from the usual clothing, hair, and makeup posts today to chat about something just as important and relevant for looking and feeling your best…healthy eating! There’s something about getting a salad at the salad bar, ordering one at a restaurant, or grabbing one to-go that is so much more enticing than preparing one at home. Unfortunately, it’s not always convenient or possible to run out at lunch time, not to mention, takeout can get pretty expensive. Luckily, I’ve got a few tricks for making tastier, easier, and more exciting salads at home, and I promise you, they work!

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[TASTY TUESDAY]: DELICIOUS Kale Salad … no, really

When it comes to cravings, I’m usually drawn to junk – sweets & salt. It’s very rare that I crave a salad…let alone one made of kale. However,  THIS salad is so beyond delicious that the cravings are totally warranted.

It’s really easy to make, and unlike most, it will last in the fridge for a few days without getting too soggy – honestly, the longer it sits, the better it tastes.

I posted the original recipe with my modifications/preferences below 🙂

 

Ingredients

Bag of chopped kale

1/2 cup olive oil (I prefer a little less than this)

3 cloves of mashed garlic (About 2 tbsp. of minced)

1/4 cup lemon juice (I squeeze 1 whole lemon)

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Crushed red pepper to taste

Salt & pepper to taste

Put everything in a large bowl, cover, & shake it all up!

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YUM!

Seriously, the tastiest salad ever. The fact that even my super picky boyfriend requests it should be enough to convince you to give it a try!

 

Are you a kale fan? How do you like to prepare it?

 

XOX

 

Quick & Easy Late Night Meal

Do you ever have one of those nights where you have a million errands to run after work, you finally get home, and before you know it it’s 9:00pm and have yet to eat dinner? That was me last night.

Of course the last thing I wanted to do is cook,  or settle for something totally unhealthy, so I scoured the fridge for ideas…

I wanted something to bite (you know what I mean? Sometimes a salad just doesn’t cut it); so I created this amazing pizza-esque concoction…

1 mini bagel (2 halves), toasted

1 Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb cheese spread

2-3 Cherry tomatoes, sliced

3-4 Arugula or spinach leaves

Salt & Pepper

This tasty, mini late-night meal…paired with some fresh cherries hit the spot!

Do you have any quick & easy use-what-you have recipes? I’d love to hear them! 🙂

A No-Diet Weekend!

So I’ve been doing a great job (in my opinion) of eating healthy and increasing my exercise the past few weeks. However, one cannot live on fruits, veggies and low carbs alone. I decided that this weekend I would indulge a bit and satisfy some of the major cravings I’d been having.

Friday night I usually come home from work, throw on some sweats, order a stuffed crust pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut (my weakness), watch a movie and paint my nails. It is honestly the highlight of my week- it’s my time to vegg, relax and unwind. My boyfriend is usually at the studio (he sings in an incredible group- check them out), and my roommate is far more ambitious at maintaining her social life than I am (LOL) so it’s nice me-time 🙂

In my conscious effort to spend less money and eat healthier I decided against ordering a pizza (because I knew I would eventually eat the whole thing) so I made a small personal pizza I had in the back of the freezer- which hit the spot. I helped myself to some other junk foods that I still had in the house, but all in moderation! I was proud of myself for not eating TOO much garbage.

I had been craving nacho cheese for the longest time!

Even though I didn’t completely pig out I still felt SO guilty, so first thing Saturday morning I spent some time exercising (think lots of crunches, squats, and jumping jacks) it was enough to get me feeling good again and ready to continue my weekend of indulging…

My boyfriend and I had to take a trip to the Manchester mall on Saturday afternoon; whenever we’re in that area we can’t help but stop at Texas Roadhouse. We went for lunch and got a baby blossom to share, he ordered potato skins as a meal (I tried to stop him lol) and I got a country fried chicken steak (? I never know what the heck it’s called…but it’s chicken) I got a side salad and a sweet potato as my sides.

The fact that eating all of this food is generally normal for me, was a wake up call. After eating so well, I couldn’t bring myself to completely fill up on garbage. I ended up eating some of the onion, my side salad and sweet potato. I barely touched my chicken- so I packed it up to bring home.

Baby Blossom's are amazing...

That trip was enough to kill my fried food cravings for a while. The late lunch served as an early dinner, so I spend the rest of the evening detoxing with tons of water. Later that night the sweet tooth kicked in, a half a snickers bar and a small cup of ice cream was the perfect treat.

Sunday I spent the day at my parents house, my sister and I made a buffalo chicken dip (we tried to substitute all of the creams and cheeses for low-fat, low-sodium options) of course we didn’t end up following the recipe properly…but it turned out yummy!

And of course my Mom made an amazing dinner…I’m so glad I was able to end the weekend on a healthy note 🙂

Mashed sweet potatoes, gorgonzola salad, roasted chicken with veggies (and the most amazing caramelized onions I’ve ever had!) She had a couple other sides that I wasn’t able to get pictures of, but it was all so delicious and started to get me back on track.

I won’t be eating as much junk this coming weekend, because I do feel like it threw me off track a bit. But I will treat myself here and there. For now, it’s back to a week of healthy eating!

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