All posts tagged: healthy eating

Monday Morning Recap

Happy Monday everyone! I don’t know about you, but I feel refreshed and ready to tackle whatever this week has in store er…well I mean, some things I have planned as well. I have started to workout again and it feels amazing – because – instead of the gym and the same old routine, I have decided to go about my working out in the most conventional way: Walking, tennis, swimming and even shooting hoops/ pretend basketball. I didn’t realize what was lacking in my drive to workout until I started doing more of it outdoors. I also finished reading this book, with high hopes of getting some insight. When I called the public library to extend borrowing the book for a few extra days, just to give me the chance to revisit some of the chapters, I was told that was ‘not possible’. As the book was in high demand – 37 people were waiting to read it; the librarian added. I suppose the book perfectly titled had done its job of directing folks …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Thai Chicken Noodle

I’m back from another crazy few days of juggling and the first stop to normality is my blog and need to share what’s for dinner tonight – with cold/hot/warm/freezing/windy temperatures and this is just hour to hour. So here it is – Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen/noodle soup which goes something like this: INGREDIENTS 4 cups low sodium chicken broth 1 can (14 ounce) coconut milk 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons fish sauce 2 tablespoons honey (omit from my Keto Diet efforts)  1/3 cup creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup Thai red curry paste 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced 2 red peppers, chopped 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 1 clove garlic, minced or grated 4 squares ramen noodles  (omit from my Keto Diet efforts) juice of 1 lime 3 cups fresh baby spinach 1/3 cup fresh basil or cilantro, roughly chopped, plus more for serving chopped peanuts and toasted sesame oil, for serving (more)

Food: A New Take on Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Whatever this year’s Indian summer is in San Francisco; it seems to last only from noon to four in the afternoon. The rest of the time its been crispy, windy and chilly outdoors and indoors to the point I was actually freezing last night, and needed to bundle up while reading, before turning in for the night. This very chilly morning, I decided it was time to craft soup for dinner  or adjust a few existing recipes to fit my dietary need. So on my hunt for soup recipes, I came across this perfect  one to kick-start the soup season. INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons butter 1 small sweet onion, diced 1 carrot, diced 1/4 cup all-purpose flour  (omit for my Keto diet) 2 cups whole milk  (I will use 1 cup coconut milk instead and one can of pure coconut cream ) 2 cups low sodium veggie or chicken broth 1 12 ounce pumpkin beer  (This is going to be my cheat, but you can remove it if you wish) 3-4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, plus more for serving 2 bay leaves 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Skillet Chicken and Peaches

Growing up in a Mediterranean home meant, fresh seasonal fruits were used to create the most interesting of meals and the tastiest fruit salads to indulge. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found this recipe – which in addition to reminding me of my childhood – is going to be the most talked about dish in our household. In a good way, I can assure you.  Also, pretty Keto friendly if you leave out the rice pilaf I’d consider pairing up with this meal. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons smoked paprika zest and juice of 1 lemon kosher salt and pepper 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1 cup dry white wine or low-sodium chicken broth 2 peaches, sliced 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons toasted pistachios, chopped 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese {more}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Spinach and Artichoke Melt – Two Ways

Sorry to keep opening most of my food posts with this – but in my household there is me following Keto, and others who don’t really want to (yet), so I have to be mindful when announcing our dinner menu. Although really, I seldom announce it, I just make it – one meal, two ways so no one feels left out. This morning I searched for a cheesy, gooey recipe since the crazy cold weather in San Francisco is making me crave comfort foods – and this is what I came across to tweak a portion for my dietary needs: INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon butter 1 clove garlic minced or grated 1 tablespoon flour  * I usually omit the flour – no need for it really, the cheese is enough thickening ingredient.  1/2 cup milk (I used 2% but whatever you have will be fine)   * I replaced with almond milk or coconut milk for entire meal 1 ounce cream cheese 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/2 cup greek yogurt I used 0% 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach thawed, about 5 ounces 1 (8 ounce) jar grilled artichoke hearts or …

Health and Beauty: Sugar and Carbs Explained

Since Keto, I have made a conscious effort to cut down on carbs and sugar. Meaning to say, that some days, especially when I feel overwhelmed or stressed, I crave nothing but French fries and a box of chocolate. So, I attempt to alleviate the stress and talk myself out of indulging in the cravings in large quantities. What can I say, I am human and although very disciplined in how I live my life, sometimes do ‘fall of the wagon’. But just to help understand the damaging effect of sugar or carbs for those of us suffering from all sorts of issues – weight gain, bloating, digestive problems, diabetes, and/or allergies, I have listed excerpt from an article I found here. Fruits: A favorable choice over a candy bar – any day – but… if you are overweight, fruit is not your friend  Fruit should be an occasional treat, nature’s dessert, but do not count fruit, fruit juice, dried fruit or fruit pouches as equivalent to vegetables. Fruit is packed with nutrients – well, not …

Food: Dinner Tonight- Korean Beef

A simple meal is always welcomed in my household. Meaning where I don’t spend hours standing over the stove cooking on a weekday after a long day at work. But the fact, I enjoy fresh ingredients and home-made meals, inspires me to look for the easy in all recipes I find online that the family can enjoy and I can tweak it for my dietary needs. Like this one: INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (remove for Strict Keto – I normally use Gluten free soy sauce for the taste) 1/4 cup honey (remove for strict Keto followers) 1-2 tablespoons Gochujang (Korean chili paste) 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 2 cloves garlic, grated 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, plus more for serving 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, or peanut oil 3 bell peppers, sliced 1 zucchini, chopped 1 1/2 pounds skirt or flank steak, thinly slice against the grain 4 green onions, chopped 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped {more} No rice for me – or if I absolutely am craving …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Chili, Lime, Chicken and Avocado

Hating the fact, we’ve eaten out for the past couple of nights, because there is no ‘off-switch’ when a colorful oversized menu is shoved in your face by the waiter, who is rattling off the specials and then coming around a few times until order taken,  ‘insisting really’ but pretending not to – for us to order a beverage on happy hour or not. So, this morning on my way out of the door, I announced that we would be dining in – the meal of course would be up to Keto-me.  Kind of like this… INGREDIENTS 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size chunks 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1 tablespoon honey  [omit for my portion] 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano kosher salt and black pepper 2 sweet potatoes, cut into wedges  [omit or just one wedge to taste] 2 red bell peppers, chopped into bite sized chunks steamed white or brown rice, for serving  [omit for me for sure] AVOCADO SALSA 1 avocado, diced 1 jalapeño, seeded …

Food: Breakfast – Eggs Included

I had a very early start this morning. Meaning my dog woke up at one in the morning and just would not go back to sleep. So by four, I was up getting ready for my day, except this  happened – Eggs Florentine from here WHICH as I have to remind, is pretty Keto friendly for me with a few changes. Here’s what I mean: Ingredients For the hollandaise sauce 230 g of butter 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 1 tablespoon of water 200 g of butter Salt Pepper For the poached eggs 4 eggs 1 tablespoon of vinegar  (I deleted it as well just because) 4 slices of toasted bread (which I remove for Keto and instead create a parmesan cheese crisp) For the spinach 400 g of fresh spinach cleaned and washed 200 ml of whole fresh milk (coconut milk for me)  Nutmeg Salt  {more}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Shrimp Cobb Salad

I am presently what  is referred to as – the salad bowl of Calfornia. Otherwise knows as California’s central coast. The place where all the beautiful farming takes place. I love being here because it is the best getaway for this city girl, tired of the steel, stone and glass all around, and too much construction throughout the city of San Francisco. Which I am not certain if it’s to beautify it or add to the chaos. I’ve lived in the city all my life, and watched it grow into something, I am not sure I appreciate as much as the simpleness the city once was. Sure I live in the outer sunset, which is a bit quitter than downtown, but still, the city is growing in a direction I am having trouble with truly appreciating the older I get. With that said, I make a conscious effort to escape to the countryside, whether east of the city, or south, I take a drive or a flight to somewhere surrounded by farms, where downtown consists …