Category Archives: Healthy Meals

Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oats

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A.K.A. HEAVEN IN YOUR MOUTH.

I LOVE pumpkin (so basic, huh?)!

I definitely don’t OD on it every fall while every other girl is. + I don’t run to Starbucks to get my PSL on because, EW (So much nasty shit in their dranks. I’m all about the healthy PSL that I can make any time of year! Recipe here>>> Skinny PSL) I love it alllll year long. Some kind of romantic relationship ish love goin’ on there. Faithful + loyal. YUP.

But really, pumpkin is SO good and SO good for you!

100% real pumpkin has so many health benefits: sharper vision, better immunity, aids in weightless, lowers cancer risk, younger looking skin + may help treat diabetes.

SIGN. ME. UP.

Overnight oats are super easy to prep and grab in the morning while you’re running out the door!

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Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oats:

1/2 cup plain greek yogi

1/2 cup pure organic pumpkin

1/4 cup gluten free oats

1/2 cup almond milk (CARAGEENAN FREE)

1 TBS organic honey or pure organic amply syrup

1/4 TSP organic cinnamon

1/4 TSP pumpkin pie spice

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Throw everything together in some cute lil mason jars + put in the refrigerator to set. THAT EASY.

If you’re feelin’ nutty, top with some pecan pieces or chopped walnuts! YUM.

xx

Pineapple Salsa

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So I totally made this by accident. I mean, it’s not hard but I was left with too much pineapple (WAIT..Is there ever such a thing as too much pineapple?!) and it had already been tossed with a little black pepper and fresh garlic. I was not about to save that and eat it for breakfast because…ummm…EW. So I whipped this up and it was basically a party in my mouth.

Monday was awesome. I had a total me day and did what I wanted to do. Every Monday I like to cook dinner for the family and always try to come up with something new and healthy.

I originally wanted Sea Bass but could not find it anywhereeeee! Unless I wanted to buy that nasty farmed frozen stuff. No thanks.

What’s up with that?! Not in season or what?

SO, I went with some Halibut and it was a great choice. I blackened it with a little black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic and pink Himalayan salt. SO YUM. All you gotta do is add a little coconut oil to each side, sprinkle on your mixture and throw it on the grill!

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One of our family faves is grilled veggies so we added those for the side. We invested in a grill basket and it’s the best thing ever. We chop up some zucchini, squash, red onions, pineapple, throw in some cherry tomatoes and toss it with black pepper and garlic. Then we put it on the grill and flip it a few times and it comes out so freakin’ good. We also squeeze some lemon and lime on it for extra flavor!

So, that’s where the extra pineapple covered in black pepper and garlic comes in. I kind of had a freak out because there was no way I was about to waste the pineapple.

And then I remembered that we were having Halibut and it’d probably be delish with a little pineapple salsa on top! Happy tears, happy tears.

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Pineapple Salsa:

chopped pineapple

fresh mint leaves, chopped

1 lime, juiced

fresh jalapeños or green chile, chopped

black pepper and fresh garlic to taste

Throw everything together and it’s purrrrrrfect! And see how flippin easy?! Just be careful not to add too much spice as the blackening on the fish is already spicy enough.

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This stuff is real good and can be used on pretty much anything. I would love to throw it in with some pollo/carne asada. Yumm.

OH, has anyone seen The Secret Law Of Attraction?! If not, watch it now. NOW.

It’s so good and really puts you in your place. AND it’s so freaking motivating! Everytime I’m lacking inspo, I will def be watching this.

My whole attitude on careers, relationships and health has totally changed and I love it! I started journaling a little so maybe I’ll spill some thoughts onto the blog at some point:)

<<<we wrote a little about it here on Bowed Arrows!>>>

Go watch, babes!

xx

Southwest Sweet Potato Salad

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Soo we don’t have a fridge OR a microwave at work and it’s a huge buzzkilllll.

But looking at the positive side, microwaves aren’t great for you and not having one forces me to eat healthier and get more creative.

I’ve made my favorite Greek Quinoa Salad for like the past month and I’m just needing to switch things up. Sometimes I will throw in a standard ol salad because they are easy and healthy but they get boring fast.

I ALWAYS plan ahead and have enough to get me through the week.

If you don’t plan, you plan to fail

I live by the rule of moderation but I know that when the weekend hits or when I have plans to eat out with friends, I don’t eat as well as I should. There’s no way to reverse that damage but I do make myself eat healthy whenever I am alone.

For breakfast I love to do healthy smoothies (this one being my faveee) and for lunch I try and make everything as clean and healthy as I can. This is when I usually opt for salads (with EVOO or Hemp Oil & Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar – Mmm!) and no bad carbs.

I used to feel like I always needed meat or bread with a meal but I learned to add other things like nuts hemp seeds, and chia seeds! Quinoa and sweet potatoes are also a great lil addition to salads and keep you full and satisfied!

Eating this way for the first part of the day allows me to have a glass of wine with my dinner or split a side of fries at dinner.

If I’m craving something, I definitely eat it. But I don’t overdo it. And because I this, I never feel the need to binge.

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This week I was craving sweet potatoes and thought, “Hey! Why not throw them in a salad?!”

So here we are…

Southwest Sweet Potato Salad:

2 small-medium sized sweet potatoes

1 can organic black beans

1 cup organic corn

1 bunch kale

5 limes

red pepper flakes

hemp oil

Preheat oven to 375. Cube sweet potatoes and toss in a tablespoon of coconut oil and add your favorite spices to it. I love to add fresh chopped garlic, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper and a little sprinkle of pink himalayan salt. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes. I like to flip them about halfway through.

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Rinse black bean and corn and throw into a bowl. Once your sweet potatoes have cooled, add them to the corn and black beans. Keep this is a glass storage container for the week!

Everyday I grab a few piece of kale, wash them and chop into a safe container. I add some of my sweet potato mix and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. At work I’ll squeeze one whole lime and sprinkle a little hemp oil on top.

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It’s so good! Another salad to be obsessed with and it holds well without the fridge!

If you guys have any other lunch suggestions for me, let me know! I don’t want to get too sick of my favorites and never want to eat them again!

Lots of love on this hump day! xx

Tropical Chocolate Banana Pancakes

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The other day I just had to have chocolate banana pancakes. Like, I was sooo grumpy without them. They were all I could think about.

So I made them for lunch and it was probably one of the best decisions of my life.

I decided to throw in a few other ingredients and make them a little tropical.

Seriously did not disappoint.

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Tropical Chocolate Banana Pancakes:

1 banana

2 eggs

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cup organic, no sugar added applesauce

1 tsp vanilla

cinnamon

1 tbsp cacao powder

unsweetened shredded coconut

macadamia nuts

cacao nibs

organic, pure maple syrup

Throw banana, eggs, oats, applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon and cacao into your nutribullet or blender and mix well. Coat your pan with coconut oil and cook over medium heat. Top with coconut, nuts, nibs and maple syrup. This makes about 8 small pancakes.

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I was in heaven. Like, I think someone was trying to talk to me and I was so in heaven with my tropical pancakes that I couldn’t even hear them.

Sorry not sorry.

I had the leftovers for breakfast the following day but with walnuts and strawberries. YUMMMMM x twenty.

It’s amazing how yummy healthier options are! These are seriously guilt-free and so delish!

XX

Stuffed Avocados!

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HOLY YUM, guys!!

Avo obessesed?! Because I am and these are sooo yummy!

I made them for dinner the other night – sooo easy and perfect to take to work for lunch!

Avo obsession is a healthy obsession so don’t freak out if you’re an addict. I mean, too much is bad but it’s better to eat more avo than it is to scarf down some ice cream or tato chips!

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Stuffed Avocados

2 medium sized avocados

1 handful cherry tomatoes, chopped

 1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/4 cup organic corn

1/4 cup black bleans

1 lime, juiced

cilantro

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Slice avocados in half, scoop out the seed and cut into cubes. Scoop the meat out into a bowl and set the skins aside. Combine tomatoes, onion, corn, black beans, cilantro, lime juice and mix. Scoop back into your avo skins, top with salsa and enjoy!

You can sprinkle a little cheese on top and bake in the oven for a few minutes if you wish!

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Seriously, so yummy and so good for you!

Avocados are full of healthy fats and contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals!  They are high in oleic acid which is bomb.com for healthy bods. They are loaded with fiber and can lower cholesterol levels. And did you know they contain more potassium than bananas?! I need an avo tree in my backyard, like stat!

Those are just a few of the amazing benefits of avos so while you’re doing your apple a day thang, throw in a small avo with that!

XX

Easy breakfast options: Coconut Yogurt Parfaits

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I’m all about quick and easy on-the-go options even when I’m not on the go and coconut yogurt parfaits are a love of mine.

Has anyone tried coconut milk yogurt? It’s SOO good and makes the perfect vegan option!

I don’t eat parfaits often because there is quite a bit of sugar in yogurt (amongst other things) but once in awhile they are the perfect treat!

And when they look this cute, it’s that much more exciting to eat!

Coconut Yogurt Parfaits:

Coconut yogurt of your choice

1 TBSP cacao nibs

1/4 cup oats

1/8 cup chopped walnuts

  4 big strawberries, sliced

1 TBSP unsweetened shredded coconut

In your mason jar, start with your yogurt on the bottom and layer cacao nibs, oats, walnuts and strawberries. Top with shredded coconut and enjoy!

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If you have some lovely coworkers, try surprising them with a delish, healthy parfait once in awhile. You guys can all get on the healthy train together! Mason jars are pretty easy to find these days but I usually go straight to Michael’s to get mine.

Mason jar parfaits are so versatile and you really can use any ingredients you choose. I tend to mix it up every time just to stay balanced and keep things exciting!

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Killer Calabacitas

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This is by farrrrrr my favorite side dish ever. Or main meal dish because when there is Calabacitas…GAME ON.

I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico with the best green chili ever- REAL REAL hatch green chili. Like, it’s actually spicy.

When we first moved out here, we were superrrr confused because nothing was that spicy even though everyone claimed it to be. We went through serious withdrawals and had to make sure to get back to NM during roasting season in order to get us a sack or two of the green chili. We’d take it back to my Grandparent’s house and peel and bag it all up then drive back to CA. We have a freezer in our garage just for the green chili and these sacks usually last us almost a year. Thankfully, we finally found a company that actually hauls a ton of the green chili out here every year and all we have to do is head to LA to pick it up! If you’re interested, let me know!

I grew up on this dish and will never get sick of it. It’s so simple and sooo easy to make!

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Calabacitas

2 zucchinis, halved and sliced

2 squashes, halved and sliced

1 cup organic corn

1/4 cup green chili* (We use 1/4 cup bc we LOVE spicy but start small and work your way up)

2 cloves garlic

1/2 purple onion

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Melt a little coconut oil in a skillet on medium heat. Throw in the garlic and onion and sauté for a few minutes. Next, add your zucchini, squash, corn and cook for 3-5 minutes. Finally, add your green chili and mix in well. Let cook a few more minutes and serve!

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There are quite a few variations but this is by far my faveeee. It’s a Mexican dish but you can literally use it as a side for anything!

Enjoy!

xx

 

 *You can find canned hatch green chili at your local grocery store. It’s not as fresh but it’s still very tasty! And they have mild for those who can’t do spice.

Carrot Zucchini Slaw

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SUMMER IS COMINGGG!

Not like it was a crazy winter + I’m sure we still have some stuff to get through but nonetheless, I am SO excited. I’m such a sun baby + nothing makes me happier than lying on the beach on a warm day with a Cindy Marg in hand – SO therapeutic. The beach is my happiest place + probably one of the only places I can go to clear my head + get some inspiration.

I also love love love to pour some champs + throw together a healthy cheese board + sit outside with some music till the sun goes down. <<probzzzzzz doing that tonight>>

Longer nights, puhleeeeez hurry!!

There are so many fun recipes (obvi will be posting these periodically) for the warmer months + I’m just SO excited. During the summer months I am all about throwing in more raw + refreshing foods – think: salads, slaws, veggie plates, fruit salads.

This guy is definitely super refreshing + is the perfect salad or side to anything grilled.

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Carrot Zucchini Slaw:

 2 large carrots, spiralized

 1 zucchini, spiralized

 3 TBSP fresh lime juice

 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice

 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

 1 TBSP chili powder

 light sprinkle pink himalayan salt

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Whisk together the lime juice, lemon juice, EVOO, chili powder + salt. Place veggies into a bowl + toss with the dressing. This serves about 2 people if this is all you plan on having. If using as a side, it should serve about double that.

EAT YOUR VEGGIES. They are so so sooo good for you, especially raw! Raw veggies are the best because you haven’t cooked out any of the nutrients. Yumyumyum.

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Enjoy, mah loves!

xx

Get your smooth on with the sexy smoothie

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Honestly, I’m not sure why I even call it the sexy smoothie. Maybe it’s the spinach? Orrrrr maybe it’s the dark chocolate + the dark cherries? That sounds a little more tantalizing.

Super yums. Super easy. Super seductive.

Anywho, this is one of my favorites for a hot day or a favorite to help cool off after a workout!

Last week it was SUPER beautiful out so I definitely combined laying out with working out. Yep, I was that weirdo working out in my bikini (with tons of sunscreen of course!). But when there are only so many hours in a day, you gotta do what you gotta do. Plus, there are a ton of great workouts that do not require any equipment! Maybe I’ll have to get some backyard bikini workouts posted for y’all to try.

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The Sexy Smoothie:

♥ Handful of spinach

 1 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen dark cherries

1 cup of full fat coconut milk

6 ice cubes

 Optional: 1 scoop of protein powder  (I prefer not to take protein powders but do you)

Blend it all together + top with cacao nibs, chopped walnut + unsweetened coconut shreds.

I love using the coconut milk because it makes it creamy + delish!

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+ can we just talk about how great cherries are for you?!

FULL of antioxidants – these antioxidants slow aging, fight free radicals + prevent cancer + heart disease

Aids in weight loss (ladiesssss) – the high water content mixed with high fiber fill you up quickly + keep you full much longer

Boosts melatonin levels – perfect for helping with the much needed beauty sleep

 Pain relief – reduce pain related to inflammation, arthritis + gout

Bone health – increased bone health when taken in conjunction with magnesium + calcium

Protection from diabetes

Reduce risk of stroke

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I’m also a HUGE fan of unsweetened dried cherries. I add them to yogurt, oatmeal, oats, chia pudding, etc. They are also great mixed with raw almonds for a mid-afternoon snacky.

Stay sultry, babes ♥ XX

Lo Mein Bang Bang

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The other night I was CRAVING Chinese food. This doesn’t happen often but when it hits it’s pretty intense. JorBabe + I have been doing SUPER good with staying on track since the new year + there was no way I was going to ruin it with some Pick Up Stix. That stuff is loaded, + I mean LOADED with MSG. The only time I’m willing to wake up with fat fingers + toes is for sushi nights. + even then I go easy on the low-sodium soy sauce.

+ so I decided to whip up my own version of Lo Mein!

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Lo Mein Bang Bang

♥ 8 oz. brown rice noodles (GF-woop!)

♥ Veggie combo (at our local market we have fresh, organic chopped carrots, broccoli + mushrooms + then I added some snow peas.)

♥ couple cloves of fresh garlic, minced

♥  1 TBSP sesame oil

♥ Sesame seeds (optional)

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Lo Mein Bang Bang Sauce:

♥  2-3 TBSP raw coconut aminos (use low-sodium soy sauce here if you don’t like the coconut aminos)

♥ 1 TSP pure organic maple syrup

♥ 1 TSP sesame oil

♥ 1 TBSP siracha (use less or none if you’re sensitive to spice)

♥ 1 TSP ground ginger (I use a little more bc ginger is so damn tasty + good for you!)

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Prepare noodles as directed on package. While noodles are cooking, prepare sauce by combining all ingredients into a bowl + mixing well. Next, sauté garlic in pan with sesame oil. Once it’s browed, add veggies + sauté for about 5 minutes. You want them crunchy but not completely raw. Drain noodles once they are cooked and throw in veggies. Pour sauce over everything + toss to make sure the sauce coats all noodles and veggies evenly. Plate your serving + sprinkle with some sesame seeds.

This a great gluten free, vegetarian dish + it completely satisfied my Chinese food craving without me having to OD on MSG.

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Using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce is by far the best choice. It’s not as salty but it still has enough of that soy sauce taste you need. Not to mention there are some amazing benefits to using CAs.

“When the coconut tree is tapped it produces a highly nutrient-rich “sap” that exudes from the coconut blossoms. This sap is very low glycemic, an abundant source of 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH. A comparison between coconut tree sap and soy, shows that coconut sap contains 2-14 times the amino acid content of soy.” -Coconut Secret

So there ya have it, Lo Mein Bang Bang. + it makes about 4 servings so you’ll have plenty of delish leftovers!

xx