college, Recipes

Healthy Sweet Potato Fries

I made some sweet potato fries randomly the other day. I was experimenting with some spices and made the best sweet potato fries I ever made! I posted a  recipe a while back but this recipe right here is by far the best! Here it is!fries

Ingredients:

3 Large Sweet Potatoes    Olive Oil   Cayenne Pepper

Paprika    Sea Salt   Black Pepper

IMG_4320Instructions: Preheat the oven at 400 degrees. While the oven is heating up, cut the fries into a  fry like shape. Make sure they are all about the same size so that they will bake at the same rate (also make sure they are not too thick or they might not bake through fully.) Once they are all cut into their fry like shape, place them all into a bowl. Then drizzle about 4 tablespoons of olive oil on the slices until they are fully glossed with the oil. Then add the sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika to taste. Toss around the fries so that the seasoning is spread evenly on each fry. Spray your pans with olive oil and the place the fries on the pan side by side, making sure they don’t overlap. Next you’ll put the fries in the oven and let them bake for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes are up you’ll take the pan of fries out the oven and then flip them. Once flipped leave them in for 10 to 15 more minutes. Finally take them out, let them cool and eat!

Hope you like.

-Fitty Fattys

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Breakfast, Recipes

Berry Oatmeal Crumble

Howdy, so I have a treat for y’all (literally). I don’t know about you but breakfast can get a little boring from time to time. Especially if you’re like me and try to stay away from animal products. I saw this recipe on Deliciously Ella and made it into my own! Her site is absolutely awesome, definitely check it out! I named this dish the Berry Oatmeal Crumble simply because it taste a bit like a berry pie (but not quite.) OK here goes nothing.

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Ingredients:

1 Cup of Oatmeal    1/3 Blueberries     1/4 Strawberries

1/4 Almond Milk   1 1/2 Ripe Bananas

1/2 of Chopped Dates (or raisins)

2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon     Handful of Walnuts

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 350

Pour oatmeal in a bowl then pour fresh boiling water into bowl covering the oatmeal. As your waiting for the oatmeal to absorb the water completely, go ahead and cut up your bananas, slice up your dates and crush your walnuts.

Once the oatmeal absorbs the water completely throw in your the remaining ingredients and mix.

Grease your pan and pour in your oatmeal berry crumble mix. If you want to make it look pretty slice up some banana slices and decorate!

Put your pan in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes on 350. Then take it out and let it cool for 20 to 30 minutes so it can harden (this is important.) AND that’s it easy peasy. Eat up my loves.

-Fitty Fattys

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3 Ingredient Banana Bread

Yup, it’s true.

Yes, I’ve got a recipe for you.

Did I mention it’s vegan too?

Yup this is certainly a dream come true.

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OK OK, enough of the poetry (it was fun though). Here’s a easy banana bread recipe. It’ll be quick.

You need:

Three ripe bananas, 2 cups of oat flour, and one cup of plant based milk.

Procedure:

Add all the above ingredients and stir until there is a smooth consistency.

Pour mixture into a greased pan and bake.

I put the oven on bake at 180 for 30 minutes, but it wasn’t done so I put it on 360 for 10 more minutes, then back to `180 for 15 minutes. Needless to say, I was experimenting. Soooo… yeah sorry. However, after leaving it out to cool for 30 minutes it was even more delish!

I also added:

honey   walnuts   cinnamon

vanilla extract        nutmeg

Just incase you wanted to get fancy with it.

See, simple.

-Fitty Fattys

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Cutest Healthy Snacks Ever!

Throwing a party, packing lunches for the kids or just feel like being a little creative? Well then try these cute healthy snack ideas! There were just so many cute ideas surfacing the internet that I just had to share with you guys. Click on the pictures to take you to the original websites (most of them are no brainers) . Will definitely be using some of these recipes for my up and coming juicing party!

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Peanut Butter & Granola Topped Apples

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Peanut Butter and Banana Bears

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Fruit & Cheese Kabobs

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Almond Butter Grape Sandwiches

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Cucumber Feta Rolls

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Yogurt & Fruit N’ Nut Bark

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Assorted Fruit Pops

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Watermelon Cake

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Boost Your Metabolism

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Yes, we all know them. Those people who stuff pizza, ice cream and fried chicken down their mouths, and yet still maintain that slim physique. Damn them and their high metabolism. I know. I say, don’t worry about them and start focusing on YOU. Stop blaming your genetics for your slow metabolism. Although  genetics do play a role on the rate of your metabolism, there are still ways to boost your metabolism. So, no excuses ladies and gentlemen.

By definition the metabolism is the “rate at which the body burns calories” and the “process by which the body breaks down food and converts that food to energy.” Everybody has an average number of calories that are burned at rest. For some this number could be high for others this number could be low. However, whatever the number might be, there are a few ways to boost your metabolism throughout the day.

w3Gain Muscles: The more muscle mass one has, the more calories they will burn throughout the day. In fact muscle burns 3 times the calories as body fat does. So don’t be scared to lift weights ladies.

 

IMG_9954Never Skip Breakfast: Having a healthy hearty breakfast within the first two hours of waking up will get your metabolism up and running.

Drink 8-12 Cups of Cold Water: Drinking cold water burns about 30 calories with each cup, and since water is a zero calorie beverage this is basically a win win situation.

Drink Green Tea with Caffeine: Drinking green tea with caffeine spikes your metabolism, but only for a short amount of time. If you constantly drink it throughout out the day the benefits are substantial.

w2Capsaicin Pepper: Adding capsaicin pepper to your meals also boost your metabolism, but like green tea it only boost it for a short amount of time. But hey, what’s the harm in burning some extra amount of calories?

Exercise: Exercising daily keeps you burning calories hours after you’re done with your workout. The best exercises for boosting your metabolism is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

Keep it Cold: When your environment is cold your body has to work to keep your body warm, which burns calories in the process.

Remember you are beautiful no matter what size, shape or form you are! The mission is to get healthy.

-Fitty Fattys

 

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How to Make Green Juice

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Ingredients: Pineapples, green grapes, strawberries, spinach, lemon juice, water and crushed ice.

Honestly you can leave out the strawberries. And I personally think using coconut water instead of water makes it even better.

-Fitty Fattys

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That’s Not Healthy! (Things We Think Are Healthy, but Actually Aren’t)

I have always been an active person. I played basketball throughout high school, I’ve always had an exercise routine and I’ve tried to maintain a healthy diet. But in reality that healthy diet, wasn’t healthy at all.  Many of us have been blinded by the fat-free, sugar-free and low-fat  products. I used to be a sucker for these labels, I mean really, fat-free sounds like a winner to me. However these whatever-free products are highly processed and usually have some sort of unhealthy ingredient to make up for the sugar or fat that has been eliminated. This is just one thing thats wrong with most of the products sold in grocery stores today. I’m going to layout some other “healthy”, well not-so-healthy items that you might want to stay away from.

Granola Bars/Protein Bars:

Many granola bars/protein bars sold in stores are highly processed, high in sugar, contain refined grains such as rice flour, wheat flakes and crispy rice etc. (a concoction of rice flour, sugar, malt extract and salt) and are high in calories and fat.However, not all granola bars are bad.

granola barsBe sure to look at the nutritional information to choose the best one for you. I go for the KIND brand, their ingredients are simple. You can even make your own at home!

Juices:

I’m not only talking fruit punch and Kool Aid. Juices such as orange juice, apple juice and even the Naked Green Machine are NOT healthy. For example a bottle of the NakedGreen Machine contains 60 grams of sugar. These juices are highly processed and are high in fructose. Fructose makes you fat by the way. I hate to say it, but even juicing naturally can be bad. To make 8oz worth of orange juice you’d have to juice about four whole oranges. It would be best to just eat one orange. I personally use juicing to get my veggies in. Sure I’ll add some fruit but it is always a conservative proportion. juice

Drink water! Add cucumber, lime or lemon if you like. Water is always the best drink to keep you hydrated.

Diet Soda:

Sure it sounds good. Sugar and calorie free, with the satisfying taste of soda. Studies show that drinking diet soda daily is linked to obesity. Yes, you read that right. Drinking two or more of these diet drinks a day can increase your waistline by 500 percent. This is because the artificial sweeteners that replace the sugar can disturb the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake. People who consume diet foods are more likely to overeat and crave more.

Trail Mix:

t1I am sad to say this. Very, very sad but trail mix can be unhealthy too. At least the ones that are loaded with candy coated pieces, fried banana chips, yogurt covered raisins etc. Nuts are very high in fat and calories, so when purchasing these mixes be aware of the serving size. Just eating two large handfuls can sometimes be as much as 600 calories. Try making your own trail mix or select a mix that contains just nuts, some dark chocolate, and some dried fruits.

popTip: When making your own trail mix add all natural popcorn. It will take up much of the space, thus reducing the fat and calories that are in your normal trail mix.

Frozen Meals:

Frozen meals may be low in calories, but a lot of times they  are also high in sodium. Plus, these meals tend to lack the nutrients your body so longs for. The lack of nutrition is due to the refined grains that are used instead of whole grains. Your best bet is to simple buy frozen or fresh veggies and meats. Make a healthy meal out of that. It really takes no time.

Nut Butters:

peanutYes nuts contain healthy fats that actually help you keep your weight down. However some nut butter product take out some fat and replace it with sugar and saturated or trans fat. So when picking out your special nut butter be sure to read the ingredients. They should simply say peanuts, or peanuts and salt. All that extra stuff is not healthy.

Canned Foods:

Canned vegetables may contain high levels of sodium, which can put a strain on reaching your fitness goals. High levels of sodium in your system will hold stubborn water weight. With fresh or frozen veggies and fruits you don’t have to worry about consuming the unnecessary sodium.

Canned foods contain an industrial compound called BPA (Bisphenol A). This compound is used to protect the canned food from the metal. However, BPA has been linked to many health risk including cancer, endocrine disorders, and heart disease.

If you do buy canned food be sure to look for low sodium products. Other than that, stick to frozen or fresh veggies.

Frozen Yogurt:

IMG_6223Noooooo! I love frozen yogurt with a passion, but the truth is it contains a large amount of simple sugars that just aren’t good for you. Not to mention the not-so-healthy toppings we tend to pile on. I say eat a conservative amount of froyo, add toppings such as nuts and fruits and call it a day. I’ll be honest with you, I just can’t let this treat go. lol However, there are healthy frozen yo recipes that you can whip up in the comfort of your home.

This healthy journey is not about restricting yourself, it’s about learning what foods will keep your body running to it’s best ability. Natural unprocessed foods are the best way to go, and they taste great. You can do it, you just got to be consistent. Your life will take major change not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20– What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

-Fitty Fattys

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