Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Furniture Shopping

Fortunately we're not dealing with the snowpocalypse that our friends to the north are enduring but it's still pretty cold here in the palmetto state. Despite that I managed to get out and do a little furniture shopping. My move is next week and I'm so excited but there's still a lot to get done. Today I was on the hunt for an accent chair.  I checked out my favorite thrift store and found a great option but unfortunately the chairs were being sold as pairs and I only need one. I also checked TJ Maxx and found some beautiful chairs but they weren't exactly what I had in mind. The hunt continues...

Coat: Asos, Top: Topshop, Jeans: Forever 21, Bag: Gifted (Just Fab), Shoes: Dolce Vita, Watch: Asos

just fab

tj maxx
Gorgeous chairs from TJ Maxx. I seriously love these. I'm still contemplating getting them as dining room chairs!

I hope you all are staying warm wherever you are! Happy Humpday!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Healthy Food Must Haves

I love trying new healthy dishes and switching things up but there are certain items that pretty much stay on my grocery list. One – because I love them, and two – because they’re so versatile. Check out my healthy food must haves below:

Some of my healthy food staples. If I check my fridge and pantry and I'm low on any of these items, I head to my local grocery store or farmer's market immediately. Yes. It is that serious!
  1. Sweet potatoes – The possibilities are endless for a sweet potato. You can stuff it with lean meats or vegetables, make home fries with it, make hummus, or have it as a side with some seafood and a salad. Get crazy!
  2. Goat cheese – I love goat cheese. If it’s savory, chances are I’m putting goat cheese on it. I use this for egg white omelets, sandwiches, sweet potatoes, pasta dishes, salads, and roasted vegetables.
  3. Kashi Cereal – I have the same thing when I wake up every morning. A bowl of Kashi cereal. The kind I eat has 10 grams of fiber, 13 grams of protein, and only 160 calories in one serving (1 cup, dry). You just can’t beat that!
  4. Vanilla Almond Milk – I use this for my cereal every morning. It would also be great for smoothies and as an alternative to dairy milk in muffin recipes.
  5. Trader Joes Rolled Oats & Chocolate Chips Fiberful Granola Bars – I LOVE THESE BARS! I have one each morning with my bowl of cereal. It has 9 grams of fiber and 120 calories per bar. Add that to the fiber count from my cereal and I’ve already had 19 grams of fiber before 9:30. Most people don’t get that much fiber in an entire day! Did I mention these taste so good?!
  6. Chicken Sausage – Most of the items on this list I’ve been eating for a while but this is a more recent discovery. Now I can’t imagine not having it on hand. You can use it to make a loaded sweet potato, eat it with spaghetti squash, or make a chicken sausage dog.
  7. Chobani greek yogurt – The people at Chobani know what they’re doing. Their greek yogurts are so decadent and they truly taste like a dessert. One serving usually has at least 10 grams of protein. My favorite is pineapple, but I also love apple cinnamon, mango, and their key lime flip.
  8. Bananas – I love my fruits – pineapple, pomegranate, and peach (pretty much any fruit that starts with a “p” and is a little tart), but bananas are my staple. They’re so simple, and you can eat them in a bazillion different ways. On their own, in smoothies, dipped in dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth, or make some whole grain whole wheat banana bread if they get too ripe.
  9. Spinach – You can use it to make a yummy salmon and goat cheese salad, on a grilled chicken sandwich, in a vegetarian lasagna dish, or in a banana pineapple smoothie.

What are your healthy must haves? Tell me below in the comments!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Culinary Pursuits: Holiday Leftover Club

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2014 has been treating you well. Now that the holidays are over *tear*, I wanted to bring you a recipe to get your year off to a healthy start and hopefully get rid of any leftovers you may have. My sister came up with this and it tasted great. I asked her what she dubbed her creation and she decided to call it the Holiday Leftover Club. The name says it all. If you're struggling with what to do with your holiday leftovers (and mailing it to me is out of the question), then you should definitely make this. It's so simple.

1/2 of a medium sized sweet potato, mashed
2 cups of spinach
~1 handful of turkey
2 slices of 100% whole wheat whole grain bread.

1. Completely skin the sweet potato.
2. Once skinned, slightly dampen it. I wet my hands and then pat it on the sweet potato. 
3. Wrap the sweet potato up tightly in saran wrap and heat it up for 6-7 minutes (or until soft and
4. Cook two cups of spinach with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. You can add salt and pepper or whatever
    seasonings you prefer.
5. Toast two slices of bread on the stove at medium high heat until browned. You can toast it with a
    little garlic butter or use the spray form of extra virgin olive oil which has 0 calories.
6. Heat up your turkey for about 30 seconds. Make sure not to heat it up for too long or it will
    become tough and jerky-like.
7. Take your sweet potato and mash it with a fork. Spread it across one slice of toast.
8. Add your spinach and turkey. 
9. Enjoy!

You can thank my sister later. For now, enjoy your sandwich!