Spicy shrimp, corn and avocado cocktail salad

I am originally from California so I have a deep love of Mexican food, but here in Seattle it’s hard to find a decent place that serves good mexican. But we always have fresh seafood and I am always looking for ways to make my meals a little lighter. So I thought why not combine my love of mexican, spicy, and make a cute fun version of a shrimp cocktail. This is a fun meal to eat just for dinner or to serve as a light appetizer if you have a few guests over. Its super simple and quick to make!

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Ingredients: Serves about 4

  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp of taco seasoning
  • 1/2 pound peeled and devained large shrimp
  • 1/2 diced avocado
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 cup cooked corn (I used a frozen bag of colorful corn and cooked it according to the bag)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl mix together the chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  2. Toss the shrimp into the spice mixture and make sure everything is coated.
  3. You can use a grill but I don’t have one so I heated up a grill pan on med-high heat and spray it with some cooking spray
  4. Place the shirmp on the grill pan and sear until are cooked through, about 2min per side. remove from the pan and let them cool down a little.
  5. In a bowl combine the corn, avocado, shrimp, taco seasoning, lime juice and toss together
  6. Divide the shrimp into cocktail glasses and garnish with a lime wedge!! I used these cute hybrid wine/martini glasses that I picked up at Home Goods

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yummy diy homemade popcorn!

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mmm popcorn! My love for it developed at the movies (which is probably the case for most people). I used to buy bags of microwavable popcorn at the store, and over time as I change my eating habits I realized that microwavable popcorn isn’t very healthy. So I figured a good alternative for me to have my cake and eat it too is to make my own! It’s twice as yummy and so easy to make, and you get to season it however you want.

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Ingredients:
½ cup popcorn – Orville Redenbacher Original is our favorite
2 Tablespoons oil – vegetable, coconut, canola your choice (I used coconut oil)
2 Tablespoons butter – optional
seasonings – salt, garlic (whatever you like thats the fun part!)

Directions:

  1. In a large/deep pot plop your oil into your pot. If you use coconut oil you want to make sure you have enough oil  so that it melts and covers the entire bottom of the pot. (leave your pot lit to the side)
  2. Add enough popcorn kernels to cover the entire bottom of the pot, and so that the kernels are covered in the oil.
  3. Place the lid on the pot (it’s to prevent the popcorn from flying all over the place, and they can shoot pretty far) and wait for the kernels to start popping, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Once they start popping a lot, give the pot a good shake or two to make sure nothing burns and your letting the unpopped kernels sink to the bottom.
  5. When the popping slows down to a few seconds between each pop you hear, turn off your heat and let it sit on the stove or about a minute.
  6. Remove your cover and pour your toppings (butter (melted), sea salt, garlic)
  7. Pour into a large bowl and enjoy!!

p.s. This is really good alternative to bagged or store bought popcorn because the ingredients you use are less processed and nutritionally just better for you!!

Yummy Snacks! Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Lately I have been obsessing with protein shakes. And I find that they are a must when trying to include more protein into your diet. This protein smoothie includes some chocolate protein powder and all my favorites to make this delicious healthy snack!

I am not a huge fan of mixing protein powder and water and then drinking it, more power to you if you can, but for me it’s a little too chalky tasting. So I want to share my way of masking that taste as much as possible, and for me thats a smoothie! As an added bonus this smoothie makes me feel full and can help curb your sweet tooth as well as including some yummy fruits into your diet!

xoxo Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy my recipe!!

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 Banana
  • A handful of fresh berries. (I used some strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (you can use plain but I love Oikos vanilla greek yogurt it’s amazing with granola!)
  • 1 spoonful of Peanut Butter (almond butter is best but I ran out so I just used what I had)
  • 1 Scoop of chocolate Protein Powder (I use Muscle Milk)

Instructions:

  • Combine all of your ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

p.s: If the consistency of your smoothy is a little too thick blend in a little water to think it out a little.

And Voila!! Pour it into your favorite glass or a cute mason jar, I got mine at Tjmax, and you have a yummy healthy snack or a pre/post workout treat!
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Last Minute gift!! Homemade Granola

Happy Valentines Day loves!!

I have been racking my brain all week on what to give for Valentines Day gifts this year, and on a budget? I love making things, one year for Christmas I gave everyone a custom holiday cd, so I decided to make my gifts this year for Valentines Day!

Granola is one of my favorite breakfast or snack foods. It’s full of nuts and whole grains and a bunch of other healthy stuff, with a hint of coconut, vanilla, and cinnamon. And plus it’s so easy to make. Pour it into a mason jar and tie with a pretty ribbon and voila you have the perfect and cute/healthy gift for not just Valentines but for any occasion.

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Ingredients: 

  • 3 Cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup of agave nectar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of coconut chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

p.s. I bought whole walnuts and pecans and chopped them myself on a chopping board

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl stir your dry ingredients together, oats, flaxseeds, nuts, coconut chips, and cinnamon.
  4. Melt your coconut oil in a small saucepan, and add the vanilla extract.
  5. Pour over the oat mixture and stir well until everything is evenly coated.
  6. Pour onto your baking sheet making an even layer. Bake for about 15min, and stir and continue to bake at 7-10min intervals until everything is evenly golden.
  7. Allow to cool completely on your baking sheet. Break up your granola and stir in your cranberries.
  8. Store in an airtight container. I used mason jars.

p.s: once your granola cools on your baking sheet it will harden and give it a nice crunchy texture.

And voila! you have your homemade granola the perfect gift to give for any occasion, especially as a last minute Valentines Gift!

Yummy Homemade whole wheat pancakes

Homemade whole wheat pancakes that are healthy and delicious, and you won’t feel so guilty to eat! These pancakes are made with whole wheat flour and they were so fluffy! To me the fluffier the pancakes the prettier and tastier they are (I know weird lol). I hope that you enjoy this recipe, I know there’s so many different recipes and variations to this, and if you have one I would love to know how you make yours, so I can try different variations!

xoxo I hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

 Directions

  1. Mix together all of the dry ingredients, and set aside.
  2. Mix together all of the wet ingredients minus the lemon juice in a separate mixing bowl.
  3. Add the wet ingredient mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until everything is combined to a batter texture
  4. Add the lemon juice to the batter an stir it in a couple of times
    1. Don’t overmix your batter, it will prevent the pancakes from rising and becoming fluffy
  5. Let your batter sit while your pan heats up
  6. Scoop your batter into the pan and spread out evenly
  7. Cook until you see bubbles form around the edges of the pancake and gently flip, and cook until it’s lightly brown.
  8. Cut up some fresh strawberries or your favorite fruit, and pour on some maple syrup

Voila!! You have yummy healthy pancakes!!

Healthy SUJA hangover cure

I love Suja juices!! They are my all time favorite juice obsession. And they can be used for more than just detox and cleanses, they can help with your hangovers too!! Since its the weekend I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Suja juices to help fight your hangover.

I love these juices and I try to do a cleanse every couple of months, but I drink them on a regular basis. If you find the need to treat your hangover a different way maybe you want to try these Suja juices, or if they are a little outside your price range you can make them yourself!

Suja Lemon Love available online.

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8 oz. purified water
2 lemons
Pinch of cayenne and stevia

If you want to take it up a notch: Add 1 tbsp. of apple-cider vinegar (it helps to cleanse your body out even more and neutralizes the excess acid your stomach from the alcohol.)

Combine ingredients. Drink chilled or warm. (I prefer chilled.)

Suja Glow available online.

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2 apples
6 celery stalks
1/2 peeled cucumber
1 small bunch of spinach and collard leaves
3 large kale leaves
A few mint leaves

To take it up a notch: Add 1 small piece of fresh or ground ginger (it helps to calm an upset stomach)

Put all of the above into a juicer.

Suja Spark available online.

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1 lemon
9 strawberries
9 rasberries
7 tart cherries (they don’t have to be tart but it tastes better)
a spoonful of honey
Pinch of cayenne and stevia

If you want to take it up a notch: Add 1 tbsp. of apple-cider vinegar (it helps to cleanse your body out even more and neutralizes the excess acid your stomach from the alcohol.)

Enjoy your weekend and make sure that if you do go out and enjoy yourself, to be and party safe!

Chickpea and Parsley salad

I find this salad to be so delicious and very satisfying. The garbanzo beans make the salad very filling, and the feta cheese coats everything to make a delicious dressing that combines everything together to make this Greek salad a perfect healthy treat!

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Chickpea, Feta and Parsley Salad

Serves about 4-5 as a side dish

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbs olive oil
  • a spoonful of red chili flakes
  • 1 (14oz) of garbanzo beans
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2oz (about a handful) of feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and cook the red onion till lightly golden. Add garlic and chili and cook till the garlic is fragrant, I like my food a little spicier so I added a little more. Set aside to cool so it doesn’t melt the feta when you mix it in.
Drain the chickpeas, rinse and place in the salad bowl. Add crumbled feta, spring onion, parsley and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper. Add the cooled onion and garlic mixture and remaining oil and mix well.
Store in the fridge for a few hours before serving to let the salad marinate.

I hope that you find this version of a Greek salad as delicous as I do!!!

xoxo