Apple Cheese Wraps

Hello Lovely

File this recipe under my all time favourite snack! Ever since I was a kid, my mum would peel and dice apples for me to eat as a snack because I never liked the skin. She couldn't understand how I claimed that I couldn't swallow the skin on the apple. I don't know what to say. I would chew and chew, but it just wouldn't go down. Like lettuce. But I digress.

Over the past year I became obsessed with cheese and crackers. Diced apples or cream crackers and cheddar cheese always satisfies me when I need to snack on something. So why not combine them? 

Do you remember eating Lunchables as a kid? I never liked them. I liked the idea behind it but it always tasted fake (not to mention my parents complained about the price). If you have kids who love Lunchables, why not save money by making it yourself? It's so easy and so much healthier because you'll know exactly what's in it. This snack covers all of the critical food groups with fibre, protein and good carbs. The best part? It's fully customisable. Add nuts or grapes or whatever else you like for added health benefits. 

 

Apple Cheese Wraps (serves 4 )

Prep Time: 2 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese, cut in half
  • 2 slices pre-sliced deli turkey or ham, cut in half

Preparation

1. Slice the apple into 1/2 inch thick slices. Rub the apple with the lemon wedge to prevent from going brown.

2. Slice the cheddar cheese into 1/2 inch wide slices and the ham in 1/2 or in 1/4 (the ham needs to be large enough to wrap around the apple). 

3. Place an apple slice and a cheese slice on top of the deli meat and fold over deli meat to wrap.

4. Serves with crackers and a dip of your choice for a satisfying on the go snack.

Strawberry Pineapple Kiwi Smoothie

Hello Lovely,

Strawberries are powerhouses of healthy immune-boosting nutrients. In addition to being low in calories and high in vitamin C and potassium, berries are high in fiber, making them an excellent way to keep you full with this healthy fruit smoothie recipe from breakfast until lunch. Wake up and blend up this healthy smoothie recipe for a great start to your day.

To pump up the nutrients, I added one teaspoon of milled flaxseeds and one teaspoon Baobab powder to the recipe. Flaxseeds are packed with fiber and loaded with lignans, which have been shown to slow down tumor growth in women with breast cancer. They also contain magnesium to help control blood sugar and omega-3 fatty acids to lower triglycerides and reduce inflammation. 

Strawberry Pineapple Kiwi Smoothie

Ingredients

serves 1

  • 3 strawberries
  • 2 slices kiwi
  • 5 pineapple
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon milled flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon protein powder of your choice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Process on the highest speed until a well-blended puree forms, about 15 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the container once or twice.
  3. Pour into tall glasses. Garnish glass with one strawberry, kiwi and pineapple if you wish. Serve and enjoy!

 

Apple Orchard Panini

Hello Lovely,

Every now and then I need a change of scenery with my meals. I recently gave up rice, and while I fell off the wagon a few times, (I really don’t care for rice, but I wasn't about to starve) I am determined to eat better as much as possible. After all, with my vacation coming up in two weeks, my six pack won’t grow itself (but it would be so cool if it would).

So this morning, I made this awesome sandwich for lunch in less than thirty minutes. I even had time to throw in some kale chips to go along with it, which I’m sure is a better alternative to fries. I don’t have a Panini maker, so I used my waffle iron, which gives it the same effect more or less, so don’t feel as if you can’t make this sandwich if you lack the equipment. I made so many substitutions but included the original recipe from Iowa Girl Eats for you.

Apple Orchard Panini


Ingredients

·         Italian bread or Ciabatta buns (I used regular bread)

·         Extra virgin olive oil

·         Apple butter (I used peanut butter)

·         Roasted deli turkey

·         Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced

·         Brie cheese, sliced (I used white cheddar)

Directions

1.      Preheat panini maker to medium-high (I used my waffle iron; gives you the same effect more or less). Brush one side of 2 slices of bread with extra virgin olive oil. Turn slices over then spread apple butter generously on both slices. Layer on turkey, apple slices, and Brie cheese then place other side of bread on top. Place in panini maker (alternatively, cook the sandwich in a skillet on the stove-top) until golden brown and crispy. Allow to rest for 2 minutes then slice with a serrated knife. I served mine with kale chips that I made in the microwave, which is super easy to make. Simple drizzle handfuls of kale leaves with olive oil and salt on a plate so that they're not overlapping, and microwave on high for 2 1/2 minutes so it's nice and crunchy!

Enjoy!

How do you like to enjoy your deli sandwiches? What are your must have ingredients? Share with us in the comment section below!

XoX,

 

 

 

Ginger Carrot Apple Soup

Hello Lovely!

Brr! It's cold outside! I know, in the Bahamas, it's actually cold! Granted, our version of cold is like 62 degrees, but when you're used to 80-96 degree weather daily, dropping by 20 is a major culture shock! But I love it! I love bundling up on the couch in my Star Wars pyjamas and comforter with my cats. It's such a great feeling. It also felt great waking up in the morning and not having to worry about what's for lunch because I prepared lunch for three days! I made this during my soup making spree because Martha Stewart ignited a fire within me. I added the apples as an afterthought similarly to when I added the apple to the beet soup from yesterday, but this time it was just because I know apples and carrots pair well together.

CARROT GINGER SOUP

Freshly grated ginger gives this sweet carrot puree a hint of heat and flavour. For some crunch, add a garnish of toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds.

Freshly grated ginger gives this sweet carrot puree a hint of heat and flavour. For some crunch, add a garnish of toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 6-8 carrots, diced
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 medium red Gala apple diced
  • 1 cup pumpkin cubed and boiled
  • salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat.

  2. Add onions and sauté until they become translucent.

  3. Add ginger and sauté for another minute.

  4. Add carrots and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.

  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes then add apple slices.

  6. Puree soup with an immersion blender or in batches in a traditional blender.

If using a traditional blender, remember:
• Only fill your blender 1/3 full.
• Remove the centre insert in the lid of your blender to allow hot air to escape.
• Cover 3⁄4 of the hole with a kitchen towel to avoid splashes.
 

Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Garnish with plain yogurt and fresh pepper.
Enjoy!

XoX,


Wild Berry Salad

Who am I? When did I become the kind of person that makes salads? This is so foreign to me! I mean I am not hating on the salad eaters, but do you ever feel like when a girl is eating a salad, secretly she’s imaging that it’s a slice of pizza, or a thick juicy burger? I get that are actually people out there who genuinely enjoy eating salads (hi weirdo’s) but I am just not that girl!

 

It’s day four of my detox and I think I’m doing well. I’m still on the fence about whether detoxes really work. I’ve noticed more bumps springing to the surface of my face and that is not good at all! It’s the opposite of what I expected. Maybe I’m doing this detox wrong. I’m following Little Spice Jar’s guide and she laid it out like this:

·         Glowing Skin Smoothie

·         Oatmeal

·         Insert Smoothie Here

·         Eggs

·         Glowing Skin Smoothie

·         Pancakes (ahem, maybe just 1)

·         Insert Smoothie Here

·         Hash browns + light breakfast quiche

·         Glowing Skin Smoothie

I drank my Very Berry Spinach Avocado Smoothie yesterday and I actually licked the jar. It was really that good!

Update: I just rubbed my chin and I don’t feel the bumps I felt before. Maybe they just shifted to my cheek. Hmm, I’ll keep up with this and see what happens.

Wild Berry Salad

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls spinach

  • ¼ cup blueberries

  • ¼ cup strawberries

  • ¼ cup diced apples

  • 1 fish fillet sliced in semi-thick strips

  • Sesame seeds (optional)

  • Salt and black pepper for taste (optional)

Directions:

Prepare ingredients on your cutting board. Toss ingredients together in a bowl. Sprinkle sesame seeds over salad if you choose to use it. Top with Kraft Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing and serve!


I hope you like this recipe. Stay on the healthy track and you’ll be ready for Valentine’s Day in no time!


XoX,

Olivia

Green "Goddess" Smoothie: Day 1

A wise person once said, "Man cannot live by bread alone. He must have peanut butter."

 

You guys know that I'm a foodie at heart. I love food, I love making food, taking pictures of food, eating food (not necessarily a fan of sharing food though). So what could possibly possess me to start a detox? Considering this is my birth month, I want to look extra special! (That's not vain, right)? Over the Christmas break, I engorged on sweets, like, everyday. It made my skin break out horribly. While I got most of the breakouts under control, there's still some fine bumps just underneath the surface of my skin that you may not be able to see, but you can definitely feel. And that is no bueno! Remember my face mask attempt at clearing my skin? Well I did that again this morning as a way to attack the acne from both inside and out.

My original plan of action was to drink one for breakfast and lunch and then eat dinner. That got switched around when I remembered I can't go the whole day without eating. In fact, as I type this I'm getting heartburn. So I decided something that would be more effect (considering it's my first ever detox) would be: smoothie, lunch, smoothie. That way, I can slowly get my body used to it. I really don't know what to expect to happen, but I always plan for the worse. I didn't want to go whole heartedly into something I did limited research on. And I'll be the first to admit when I'm wrong (depends on the circumstances). But I would never lie to you guys. In fact, the only reason I picked this recipe is because you can still eat real food while drinking it. It works as either a meal replacement or as part of a meal. So that gives me hope that I actually can do this. Because the Hunger is real!

So here's how it really went down.

I was so hurt when someone brought in at least 8 plates of pancakes and sausage links and left it in our office, for OTHER PEOPLE to eat! No one offered us a single bite and the smell danced so enticingly over to my desk. But did I break? No sir! I wanted to. I really did. But I stayed strong. I'm sure you're wondering what kind of super smoothie this could be that I turned away from Pancakes!

Side Note: No one told me before hand that it would be more effective if I chopped the kale first. I definitely should've known to do that. Because I didn't, the smoothie was chunky and I do not like chunks of anything in my mouth. That's why I buy smooth and creamy peanut butter, hello! This would've been amazing had I done that first. I had to go to the cafeteria (perks of working in a school) and ask to use their strainer. I got all of the liquid out and I tried to eat the solid mix left behind but it just didn't work with my taste buds. I will definitely try this again tomorrow (probably with spinach instead of kale).

I got the recipe from CHowDivine.com. I left out the flax/chia seeds because I just don't have any. I also only had iceburg lettuce and not romaine lettuce and I used brown sugar instead of the Stevia, because if this is supposed to be an all natural smoothie, I'm not going to use a substitute or "artificial sweetner". Plus I heard Stevia tastes horribly and I am not wasting an investment. She swears that this detox smoothie does wonders for her skin, so I'll stick to this for a week, with the detox face mask every other day, and I'll give you guys my progress next week.

Green “Goddess” Smoothie Recipe


Can be a meal replacement or added to a meal. Yields 2 12 oz servings.

Ingredients
3-5 romaine lettuce leaves
1 BIG handful of baby kale
5 sprigs of parsley
1/2 large lemon or 1 small lemon
1 small red apple
1 small banana
2 TB ground flax seeds (or combination of flax and chia seeds)
1 cup of water
4-5 ice cubes
1 tsp of brown sugar (optional)
1/2″ ginger (optional)
1/2 – 1″ cucumber cylinder (optional)

Directions

  • Add romaine, kale, parsley, lemon, apple, ginger, cucumber, and water to the vitamix or blender. Close the lid tightly. Slowly turn up the variable up to 10. This should just break down the contents. It will look slightly lumpy. It should only take about 10 seconds using the variable knob for the contents to break down in a vitamix.

  • Add rest of the ingredients to the vitamix or blender. Turn the vitamix or blender on. If using a vitamix, turn the variable knob to 10, then to high. Blend on high for about 45 seconds – 1 minute until completely smooth. If you are using a different blender, it may take longer.

  • Cook’s Note*:

If you plan to drink this on a regular basis. Try to change the ingredients from time to time. For example, use spinach in place of kale, skip the banana, or use a pear in place of an apple. Using a few chunks of frozen pineapples really gives this a tropical flavor. I usually cut up 2 or 3 pineapples and freeze it in freezer bags for smoothies. I find that this smoothie is most effective (for your skin) when the banana is not used, but that will affect the taste and texture. It will be healthy either way. 

I use a Ninja Blender for this smoothie. Kale leaves will be difficult to pulverize if the blender isn’t powerful enough, and the texture of the smoothie will be less than desirable.

Don’t blend for too long. The smoothie will get warm.

If you are a newbie to green smoothies, it may be easier to drink if the consistency is thinner. You can adjust the water to make it thinner (or thicker) depending on your preference.

Are you guys thinking about detoxing? I definitely would suggest getting the facts before starting. For example, what would work best for your problem area, what's good for your budget, best times to start and how long it should last. I thought this smoothie would give me energy but I literally just finished drinking it and I am sleepy! Also, no word yet on how this will treat my stomach. I'll get back to you on that as well.


XoX,

Olivia