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How-to: A Juicing Party

Over the break I had a juicing party.

Juicing Party:  The gathering of friends who juice fresh veggies and fruits together, to make well… JUICE!ad

Sorry, this is not a alcohol related party. Though you can throw some in, I’m not telling. LOL

So this was my first juicing party, and I didn’t really know what to do. However everything turned out beyond great. So for anyone who is interested in throwing a juicing party, here are some of the steps I took to make it happen.

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Grocery Shop.

I bought plenty of fruits and veggies. This included 4 Pineapples, 2 Green Apples, 2 Red Apples,  Lemons & Limes, 2 Mangos, Spinach, Kale, Green Grapes, Carrots, 2 Cantaloupes, Strawberries, and Tangerines.

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I also bought the ingredients for the healthy snacks/desserts/entree. These foods included: Chicken Kabobs, Skinny Popcorn, Black Bean Chips, Snap Pea Crisps, Healthy Tortilla Chips, Fruit Kabobs, Oatmeal Cookies, and Healthy Brownies.

kjkIt is critical to provide these healthy snacks, desserts and entrees for the guest. Having a juicing party is a fun way to get the people you care about invested in healthy foods. Make sure your snacks are tasty and nutritious. My brother fell in love with my healthy oatmeal cookies and one of my besties loved the Snap Pea Crisp snack.

Provide a beautiful layout.

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With the help of a friend, I cut up all the fruits in veggies and made an inviting food layout on my kitchen table. The beautiful colors of all the fruits and veggies provided, built my guest excitement. I also added my healthy snacks to the table.They couldn’t resist. 

Before the juicing started my best friend made chicken and shrimp kabobs. The perfect healthy entree to start of a PARTY.

The juicing begins.

All of my guest filled their cups up with the fruits and veggies they liked and one by one began juicing. It was really fun. So sweet. So simple. So refreshing. Music was definitely booming in the back round while smiles, deep talks and good vibes filled the room.

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Time for dessert.

I baked my healthy oatmeal cookies and my bestie Jazz, made some healthy, yet not so healthy brownies. Not a cookie nor brownie was spared.

I encourage you to have a juicing party. Everybody loves good clean fun every now and then : )

-Fitty Fattys

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The Alternative: Carrot Fries

Yurppp! Carrot fries are on the menu baby, babyyyy! I know what you are thinking… “Carrot Fries, uhhh no.” I know you were thinking that because I was thinking that the first time Iheard of the idea. However, these fries are simply delicious and so freaking easy to make. Sounds like my type of recipe aye? So lets get started!

Step One: Preheat the oven to 375

Step Two: Chop baby carrots into fives vertically. carrots

Step Three: Spread olive oil, a hint of coconut water (optional), your favorite seasoning (I used Ms. Dash, welp because it’s salt free), and add a bit of stevia (optional) all over your carrots. carrots.

Step Four: Once the carrots are properly greased and seasoned. Spread them on your baking pan and pop them in the oven.carrots..

Step Five: Leave the carrots in for 20-22 minutes. You can flip the carrots around at 10 minutes, but it’s no big deal (I did tho).   carrots...

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-Fitty Fatty

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The Alternative: Healthy Pizza

Healthy Pizza!!!!!!!!!!! It’s quick, it’s easy and most importantly it’s delicious. I made this religiously this school semester. So follow along for the recipe.

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Ingredients: pizza sauce, whole grain pizza crust, mozzarella cheese, peppers, spinach.

Get a pizza sauce with low sodium and mozzarella  with low fat.

Step One: Put oven on broil at 350 and put the crust in upside down so that the bottom can get stiff. Leave in there for about 3 minutes if fully hot.

Step Two: Take crust out of the oven and place it right side up on a pan. Then spread tomato sauce on top of the crust. You sprinkle basil on top if you like.

Step Three: Sprinkle half of the the peppers on next.

Step Four: Sprinkle mozzarella cheese. May sprinkle basil on top to boost flavor (but not needed).

Step Five: Add toppings. I put on the rest of the peppers and  a bunch of spinach on top.

Step Six: Sprinkle more mozzarella cheese.

Step Seven: Put pizza in the oven on broil of 400 degrees. Leave it in for about two minutes and then take it out.

Step Eight: Let it cool, then EAT!!!

-Fitty Fatty

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The Alternative: Healthy Sweet Potato Fries

STEP ONE: Chop up the entire sweet potato into medium fries slices. Make sure they’re all around the same size. You can keep the potato skin on or off. (Preheat oven to 450)

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 STEP TWO: Place potato slices in a bowl. Then add two tsp of olive oil and mix the oil with the fries so that the oil is fully covering the entire fry.

STEP THREE: Add cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, and a sprinkle of stevia to the fries.

STEP FOUR: Place fries on a greased pan and sprinkle more of the seasonings above on the fries.

STEP FIVE: Place fries in the oven for 15 min and flip. Take the fries out and flip them. Then put the fries back in the oven for fifteen more minutes .

STEP SIX: Take fries out and let them cool.

STEP SEVEN: Dig in!!!!

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  Yesterday I went out with my girlfriends for a bite to eat. As I went through the menu at this particular restaurant, I did not find anything healthy, nonetheless appetizing. That is until I spotted sweet potato fries. I figured an order of sweet potato fries would hold me over until I got home. I thought it was a good choice, fairly healthy and cheap. Just like I like it. But then I started thinking. Hmmm, how exactly are they making these fries? Are they dropping them into a pool of gross frying oil? Are they using olive oil at least? So of course I asked the waiter how they were made, and let’s just say I wasn’t please with the answer. But what do I expect right? Most restaurants aren’t very health conscious. For some reason I assumed they made them the same as me. Long story short, I cancelled my order and got a salad from Sweet Green. My point is be aware of how your food is prepared and don’t be afraid to ask. So you know I have to give you my version of healthy sweet potato fries!

-FittyFattys

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Making the Healthy Choice When Out to Eat

I am a huge advocate of enjoying the food you eat, especially while eating out. I have no time to spend money on food that doesn’t taste good. (and I know you don’t either.)  So here are some tips on how to keep your eating out habits healthy.

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Hop Doddy’s Tuna Burger

First of all, when eating out only look at the calories of the meals that interest you. Picking the lowest calorie meal on the menu might sound like a healthy logical idea, however it can be hazardous. There has been many times when I’ve went out to eat and gotten the healthiest meal possible, but it was nasty. Therefore, I was unsatisfied and five minutes later I bought something I actually did liked. In return, I ate double the calories. So go ahead and pick a meal you actually enjoy, you deserve it. But definitely look at the calories to make a tasty and healthy choice.

Secondly, get a to-go box before eating your food. A lot of restaurants give big serving sizes (if they’re nice). And oh, how I love when I see a big plate full of delicious food. However, you don’t need all that food in one meal. So when you receive your food, take that to-go box and put half of your meal in there. You will soon realize that you didn’t need all that food it one serving anyways. You will thank yourself later, when you see that to-go box in the fridge, just waiting to be consumed.

Step away from the soda machine. I love when a waiter/waitress ask me what I would like to drink. Water is always the answer. It not only gives me a chance to step my water game up, but its FREE. I always try to drink two cups when I’m out to eat. A 20 oz Sprite is 240 calories. That is 240 more calories added to your meal. Just don’t do. You know how many calories are in water? ZERO, do that!

Lastly, cancel those dirty, naughty toppings and sauces. (Well just the fatty ones.) You can eliminate 90 calories from your burger or sandwich just by saying “no mayo please”. Just one tablespoon of that stuff is 90 calories. You must also be aware of dressings, two table spoons of ranch dressing is 110 calories. And I know, you know, I know, that you don’t use just 2 table spoons. I’d say the average person uses about 4 tablespoons worth of dressing on there salad. And thats being nice. Don’t go with the ranch dressing, try something else with less calories. There are other options just look for them. The app MyFittnessPal and Fooducate are perfect for this. Check out the calories and nutritional value of different sauces. Your body will thank you.

Here are some examples of some of the tasty yet healthy meals I buy when I’m on the go.

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Chipotle’s Burrito Bowl

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TGI Friday’s Jack Daniels Salmon

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Cosi’s Alaskan Salmon Salad

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Sweet Green Falafel Chickpea Salad

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Panera Bread Soup Unknown

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Cava Mezze Make Your Own Bowl

-FittyFatty

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10 Healthy Snacks for the Go!

If your like me, you always want to be munching on something to get you through the day.  I USED to stop by the school store and pick up a packet of gummies and trailmix. There is TWO problems with that 1) It’s unhealthy 2) and A waste of money.

Here are some healthy snacks that are ‘oh so easy to prepare’!

Snack One

Chobani Greek Yogurt w/ Nuts

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Snack Two

Apples and Peanut Butter

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Snack Three

Cherries & Nuts

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Snack Four

Frozen Blueberries

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Freeze them suckers and eat on a hot day. Like popsicle bites!

Snack Five

Carrots/Pretzel and Hummus

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Snack Six

Wheat Bread w/ PeanutButter and Sliced Bananas

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Snack Seven

Boiled Egg

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Snack Eight

Popcorn!

Make sure to get fat free! Or close to it! Great Source of Fiber!

Snack Nine

PopChips

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Has No Preservatives, No artificial flavors or colors, No cholesterol, 0 grams of sat/trans fat, Gluten Free

Snack Ten

Artica Zone Frozen Yogurt

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Only 150 Calories Per Pint!!!!

Keep these items in your household and you’ll be good to go,

-FittyFatty

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Eating Healthy in College: Grocery Shopping!

Hey guys! I’ve been gone for a little bit because I’ve been swamped with school, work and internship. And I know when busy it’s kind of hard to stick to those healthy eating habits. Here are some things I do to maintain this healthy lifestyle.

TIP ONE: Write out your grocery list. So you won’t be tempted to get unhealthy treats you don’t need.

  • Water
  • Seasoning
  • Oatmeal
  • chicken
  • salmon
  • spinach
  • 10 bags of vegetables***
  • blueberries
  • strawberry
  • nuts
  • popcorn
  • oatmeal
  • mozzarella cheese
  • whole grain bagels
  • sweet potatoes
  • cucumbers
  • almond milk
  • avocado
  • tuna
  • whole grain tortillas
  • eggs
  • stevia
  • peanut butter
  • raisins and or crasians
  • olive oil
  • spinach or wheat tortillas
  • mustard, onions
  • frozen corn
  • canned black beans
  • chick peas

TIP TWO: Use the app Fooducate when shopping. Fooducate allows you to scan any grocery with a barcode and it will give you a grade from A to D on the product. I personally only buy things that receive an A or B. The grading is based on the nutritional value. This app will also tell you the ingredients in the product. And the app provides information you should watch out for such as sugar, sodium, and transfats. IMG_5788 IMG_5789

TIP THREE: Stock up on frozen vegetables. Not only are frozen vegetables fresher, they are not as processed as the ones in cans. I stock up on Valley Fresh Steamers Roasted Red Potatoes and Green Beans with Rosemary Butter Sauce or  Stem Freshers Lightly Season Asian Medley. These are quick and easy meals, I eat the whole bag 

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TIP FOUR: Always have a cold bottle water with you! Drinking a cup of cold water burns 30 calories. Plus it flushes out all the icky stuff in your body… Ever since I’ve been drinking water through out the day, I have been bikini ready! 🙂

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