How to have the perfect Galentine’s Day!

Everyone is gearing up for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday. But did you know that tomorrow is Galentine’s Day? It’s a spinoff of Valentine’s Day that is a day to celebrate yourself and your BFF’s around you. So invite your best girlfriends over or prepare to cozy up at home alone. I’m teaming up with Babbleboxx to share tips on how to have the perfect Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day at home this year. With the right snacks, playlist, mood-setting accent decor, and drinks you can have a poppin’ day filled with love this year. 

Let’s discuss how to have the perfect Galentine’s day this year. 

The Essentials:

Something Sweet by Edible Arrangements

Everyone needs a little something sweet on Valentine’s Day. The Be Mine Bouquet from Edible Arrangements is the perfect way to enjoy something special without wrecking your new years game plan. The balance between the dark chocolate and the fruit is just what every girl needs a little Vday love. 

Smart Snacks from Popcorn, Indiana

Plan to kick back tomorrow after work and watch a good chick flick while enjoying a popcorn from Popcorn, Indiana.  I love their Kettlecorn and Black and White Chocolate Drizzlecorn. It’s GMO-Free-, free of fructose, and made with whole grains. The combination of the sweet and salty flavors satisfies my taste every time. 

A Little Love and Passion by Chesapeake Bay Candle

When hosting people in my home, I always love to brighten the room with a nice scented candle. This love + passion candle by Chesapeake Bay candle’s mango and grapefruit scent is feminine and flirty perfect for a Galentine’s day bash. 

Loungewear by Maidenform

Every girl needs a matching bra and panty set as a gift for Valentine’s Day. Host a lingerie swap with your friends for Galentine’s Day. Every person planning to attend rsvps with their sizing requirements and brings a new matching bra and panty set from Maidenform wrapped in a red bag. At the end of the night, everyone gets to go home with a gift. 

Toast to the evening with a glass of Lucky Traveler Blackberry Shandy

I have to admit I’m not really a beer drinker but I always stock the bar with the best libations for my friends. This Shandy by Lucky Traveler appeals to the fruit lovers pallet. This beer commands attention because it is made with fresh berries and has a unique fruity flavor. 

**This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com**

7 layer Mediterranean dip

Whether you are hosting or attending a game day party this weekend, having a game plan on how you are going to stick to your New Years resolution of eating healthy is essential. I’ve partnered with Kroger and Simple Truth to share some healthy eating tips and budget tips. I’m also sharing a delicious 7 layer Mediterranean dip recipe that is perfect for your game day menu.

Tip #1 Taste the rainbow

When surveying the game day spread look for brightly colored foods on the table. This will signal you to go for the fresh ingredients on the table. 

Tip #2 Become a coupon clipper

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I take my weekly Saturday trips to the grocery store based on my #groceryhauls posts. I’ve recently gotten back on the bandwagon of clipping coupons. I hate spending a lot of money when I’m hosting a party at my house. So if you are hosting a party this weekend I highly recommend visiting Simple Truth’s website to gain access to over $100 worth of digital coupons to save on all of the ingredients in my recipe below.

Simple Truth Organic Product

Tip #3 Snack before you go

If you are going to someone’s house for a game day party this weekend. I highly suggest snacking before you leave home this will help curb your appetite and help resist grazing over any tempting snacks.

Tip #4 Don’t feel guilty

When counting calories or watching your waistline don’t get caught up in how this one-day event is going to ruin your New Years goals of being healthy. Live a little for one night if you want to.

7 Layer Mediterranean Dip

7 Layer Mediterranean Dip Using Simple Truth Organic Products
 

This 7 layer dip is very easy to make and can be made the night before or hours ahead of time.

You’ll need a few simple ingredients Greek yogurt, roasted red pepper and original store-bought hummus, canned kalamata olives, canned artichokes, canned chickpeas, cucumbers, parsley and tomatoes.

 

7 Layer Mediterranean Dip
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Ingredients
  1. 2 16 oz containers of Simple Truth Original Hummus
  2. 2 16 oz containers of Simple Truth Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  3. 1 container of kalamata olives
  4. 1 16 oz container of non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  5. 4 seedless cucumbers, washed and thinly sliced
  6. 2 cans of quartered artichoke hearts
  7. 1 container of canned of Simple Truth tomatoes
  8. Fresh parsley thinly sliced
  9. Pita chips or tortilla chips to serve on the side
Instructions
  1. Layer ingredients artichoke hearts, hummus, tomatoes, Greek yogurt, olives, parsley, and cucumbers. Serve with chips.
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How to make sweet potato toast two ways

Sweet Potato Toast Two Ways

Dark Chocolate Sweet Potato Toast

 

Sweet potato toast has been one of the hottest food trends gracing the breakfast table for American foodies. This low-carb breakfast option is an easy and nutritious breakfast option to step up your morning routine. It is literally the best thing since sliced bread! and it is kid-friendly too! I even found pre-sliced sweet potatoes at my local Earthfare grocery store. Today I’m sharing how to make sweet potato toast two ways with a sweet and savory recipe.

Sweet Potato Toast Two Ways
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large sweet potato
  2. 1 tbs of honey
  3. 3 tbs of chocolate hazelnut spread
  4. 1/2 cup strawberries sliced
  5. 1 avocado, mashed
  6. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  7. 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
Instructions
  1. 1. Slice the sweet potato lengthwise into ¼ inch thick slices
  2. 2. Place the sweet potato slices in a toaster or toaster oven on high for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. Continue to toast until done.
  3. 3. For the sweet variety top the toast with hazelnut spread, honey, and strawberries. For the savory variety top the toast with mashed avocado, tomato, and sea salt.
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Recipe grocery list: Sweet Potatoes, Hazelnut Spread, Strawberries, Honey, Avocadoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Sea Salt

Whole 30: Week 1 & 2 recap

The Whole 30 Book

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I started the Whole 30 program two weeks ago. After hearing so much positive feedback from friends who tried the program, I decided to do the Whole 30 for lent after I returned from Charleston. I was a little nervous at first about the fact that I would be giving up dairy, grain, sugar, legumes and alcohol for 30 days. I normally eat pretty healthy but with the stress of work and graduate school, I had pretty much detailed my diet. So I thought the Whole 30 program was just what I need to detox and reset my body before summer started. 

Week 1: 

How I prepped: On Sunday after returning from Charleston, I headed straight to Costco. I stocked up on all my meats at Costco. Next, I headed to sprouts and aldi for my vegetables and fruit. 

Mood: The first day I felt like a truck hit me. But the rest of week one was uphill after that. I’ve had so much energy and my mood has improved. 

Breakfast: Eggs, Eggs, and more eggs. I don’t think I’ve ever gone through a dozen of eggs in one week but on Whole 30 I have. I paired my eggs with avocados and potatoes most days.

Lunch: Lunch during week one was the most challenging for me. I usually eat out or have sandwiches for lunch. I’ve found most restaurants have sugar, grain,legumes and dairy in their foods. So I only ate out one day on Week 1 and made my lunch on the other day. When I did eat out I played it safe and went for potatoes, chicken, and veggies. When I did bring my lunch I brought leftovers from dinner.

Dinner: Dinners weren’t challenging because I love to cook dinner. I made spaghetti with spaghetti squash, Turkey burgers and potato wedges sans the bun. Seafood became a staple for me week one because it’s so easy to cook.

Snacks: Fruit and Lara bars

Week 2: 

Whole 30 Approved Tessemaes Caesar Dressing

Mood: My mood and energy was still on the uphill. One of my friends said Day 10 would be the worst. But I didn’t feel tired on Day 10. 


Breakfast:
More eggs… to mix things up during week 2, I made a huge frittata. This lasted me through Thursday.


Lunch:
I’m not a huge salad person but I decided to test out this new tessemae’s Caesar salad dressing during week 2. It was Lifechanging. I’m lactose intolerant and I hadn’t had a Caesar salad in about two years. I also brought leftovers for lunch.


Dinner:
My crockpot is going to be my lifesaver during Whole 30. Last week I survived on slow cooker dinners. I made Butter Chicken im the crockpot and served it over Zuchinni. 

I had dinner with my family last Thursday and I definitely at something non-compliant. Let’s just say my stomach was upset after. Lesson learned to play it safe when eating out.

The one thing I love the most about #Whole30 is testing out new recipes, so I’ll be sharing a few of my favorites over the two weeks. 

 After week 1 & 2, I feel great! I’ve got more energy, I’ve lost several inches, I’m sleeping better, and my mood is just overall happier. 

Butternut Squash Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast is my favorite meal! When I have time to make breakfast in the morning it completely sets my day. If I made breakfast 9 times out of 10, I know it’s going to be a good day.

I try to sway away from the turkey bacon and eggs every once in a while to switch things up. This weekend I had leftover butternut Squash that I needed to use from this salad I made. So I made butternut squash breakfast tacos with an avocado Crema. It’s pretty easy to make and affordable too! I love that all of the ingredients are less than $10. 

Check out the recipe below.

Butternut Squash Breakfast Tacos

Ingredients 

1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed 

salt

olive oil

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon cumin

½ cup canned black beans

1 garlic clove, smashed and peeled, diced

4 eggs, scrambled 

8 corn tortillas, white or yellow

Avocado Crema

1 small avocado, thinly sliced

2 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 fresh lime, cut into wedges

1/8 tsp cumin

1/8 tsp chili powder 

1/4 cup non fat-Greek yogurt 

Olive Oil

hot sauce to serve, optional

Instructions 

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel the butternut Squash, cut into small chunks. In a small bowl toss squash with salt, olive oil, chili powder, and cumin. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes.
2. While the squash is roasting, add black beans, garlic, bay leaf, and salt to a small sauce pan. Cook until it begins to boil. 
3. In your food processor, add avocado, garlic, cumin, Greek yogurt, cilantro and lime. Pulse until Puréed.
4. Toast tortillas in the oven until the edges become slightly brown.
5. Layer tacos with scrambled egg, black beans, butternut squash and avocado crema. Add hot sauce( optional)

Enjoy!