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Healthful Dishes For Your Valentine

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Hey all!

 

I have to admit that my diet is one for an acquired taste. I’ve often been called a rabbit for feasting on greens and nuts all day.  But I wasn’t always that way. When my boyfriend I first started dating while I was in college, the two of us were both all about Chinese food, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I had some pretty bad habits, and devoured everything from bagels to chocolate cake. Unfortunately for me, that way of living completely took a toll on my health and body. My beloved boo, however, continues to enjoy a lot of these foods guilt-free. And while he is more than supportive of my lifestyle, it definitely does not fit his palate–he usually makes a “yuk” face at most everything I eat. However, I have been able to find a few things that are wholesome and nutritious that we can enjoy together. Not going to lie, the list is short! But I plan to continue adding to these every time I find something new. Hopefully you can use some of these dishes to con your loved one into eating healthy too 😉

 

Mom’s no marinara pasta

This is definitely an all-time favorite—everyone loves it!

 

Vegan Pizza

I adopted this recipe from foodbabe.com and made it both vegan and gluten free. Just switch out the eziekel bread for food for life brown rice tortillas and have it with nut cheese or no cheese at all.

 

Alana’s Modified coco mocha

This treat is perfect for someone with a sweet tooth. I switch it up a little bit to make it even sweeter by adding banana and berries instead of avocado.

 

Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette

Yes—anyone can enjoy salad! Here’s a quick and easy salad dressing recipe that’s delicious and nutritious

–       olive oil

–       nutritional yeast

–       dulse flakes

–       minced garlic

–       sprinkle of adobo

–       apple cider vinegar

Whisk together in a small dish and pour it over any salad.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

How to Stay Slim at a Barbecue

I know you’re all headed out to some barbecues this weekend. Enjoy them! There is no reason why you can’t have a good time, enjoy some good food, and stay slim. Here’s how to do it.

Bring a Dish

You never know what there’s going to be at the barbecue, so it can’t hurt to make sure you’re prepared. Try impressing your friends by bringing in a guiltless Caesar salad for everyone to share. It will serve as a great conversation piece and will keep you from wolfing down a greasy potato salad.

Alternate Drinks

For every drink of alcohol that you have, make sure that you also have a glass of water. And make sure you are drinking a lot of water throughout the day—it will help you eliminate any pieces of junk you might be eating!

Start Off With a Salad

If you’re going to be eating a burger or hot dog, make sure you eat a green salad first. That way, your body will get some natural digestive enzymes and you will be better able to portion control how much meat you eat.

One Plate

I know when I go to a barbecue my natural tendency is to start off with a small plate and slowly refill it. This is a way to sneakily pack on the pounds and the calories! Instead, fill up your plate at the beginning and eat slowly, taking breaks to catch up with friends, help at the grill, and enjoy good company.

Hope this helps you at your next barbecue. ENJOY!