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Mac & Cheese

I am sharing my healthier version of Mac & Cheese. Try it out and let me know what you think

Ingredients

  • 10oz Banza Pasta *made of chic peas and packed with protein*
  • 2 cups of milk & 1/2 cup of milk (any kind, even almond)
  • 1/4 flour
  • 3/4 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Salk & Pepper to taste
  • Bread Crumbs (optional)

1.  Cook pasta in boiling water for 8-10 minutes

2. While your pasta is cooking bring your 2 cups of milk to a simmer **keep the milk moving so it doesn’t burn and clump up** In a separate bowl whisk the remaining milk and flower together. Add it to the simmering milk and stir until it thickens.

3. Add Salt, Pepper and cheese to the thickened milk and stir until the cheese melts.

4. Once your pasta is done drain the water and dump into a casserole pan, add in your cheese sauce and mix together. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and place in the oven under the broiler for 5 minutes or until browned.

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Enjoy!

This is easy and great for meal prepping. You can add in chicken, tuna, broccoli or anything else you like.

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Salt – So Many Kinds

Did you know there are 12 different kinds of salt? Sheesh which one should you use? What is best? What is the difference? Well recently I started looking into this more after trying Himalayan Pink Salt, it got me curious.

  1. Table Salt
  2. Kosher Salt
  3. Sea Salt
  4. Himalayan Pink Salt
  5. Celtic Sea Salt
  6. Fleur De Sel
  7. Kala Namak
  8. Flake Salt
  9. Red Hawaiian Salt
  10. Black Hawaiian Salt
  11. Smoked Salt
  12. Pickling Salt

I hadn’t heard of so many of these, they each have their own benefit and best use. Table Salt is the most common and what you see most of the time being used. It is easy to cook with and it’s fine grain allows it to dissolve quickly. Kosher Salt is flakier and with it’s larger size is great for sprinkling on top of meat to add flavor and texture. (It is not necessarily certified Kosher)

We use mostly sea salt in our house, it comes from evaporated sea water. It is normally unrefined and a larger grain. It can also contain other minerals from where it was harvested, depending on its surroundings. Each can have a different taste because of this.

Of the different types of salt, Himalayan Pink Salt is the purest form of salt in the world and is harvested by hand from Khewra Salt Mine in the Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan. Its color can range from off-white to deep pink. It contains the 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. It is used in spa treatments, as well as the kitchen.

Celtic Salt comes from the bottom of tidal ponds off the coast of France. It is more of a chunky texture, is moist and briney tasting. Fleur De Sel is the most expensive salt, this is due to the way it is harvested. It is a very delicate process and can only happen in weather appropriate conditions. It is hand-harvested from tidal pools off the coast of Brittany, France. Paper-thin crystals are delicately drawn from the water’s surface, a lot like cream is taken from milk. This can only be done on sunny, dry days with a slight breeze, and only with traditional wooden rakes. Someone please try it and tell me if it’s worth the cost!

Kala namak is Himalayan salt that’s been packed in a jar with charcoal, herbs, seeds and bark, then fired in a furnace for 24 hours. Flake salt is thin and papery with a bright, salty taste and very low mineral content. It dissolves quickly for great cooking. Black Hawaiian salt, comes from Hawaii (shocking right lol), the black color comes from the active charcoal, it is course and crunchy. They suggest it for finishing pork and fish.  Red Hawaiian Salt gets it color from the iron rich volcanic clay. It is good for cooking seafood.

Smoked Salt is smoked over a variety of woods to give it a different flavor and normally takes up to 2 weeks to smoke. It can add another level of flavor to veggies when cooking. Pickling Salt is used for pickling and brining, it does not contain any added iodine or anti-caking agents.

So with all of that I see why people use all types. After trying the Himalayan Pink Salt and not knowing all of it’s benefits I really liked it. I could tell a difference in the flavor and it was perfect when I was cooking my pasta. Try them all and let me know what you think.

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Food Challenge

It’s time to get started! Starting tomorrow June 11 the Food Challenge begins, lasting 21 days. Join me by commenting or emailing us.

For 21 Days we will be eliminating the following items from our daily diet. It’s that easy. No measuring, calorie counting, following specific meals we are simply going to eliminate items that will help our daily health.

  • Chips
  • Candy
  • Cake or cake like items /example donuts
  • White Bread
  • Ice cream
  • Cheese
  • Soda/Pop/Coke (whatever you call it) even diet
  • Alcohol
  • Fast Food

The above items are what we are eliminating. I love doing this because it gives me a cleanse and a great boost of energy. It also allows me to try new things.

Join in today to have accountability and ideas for substitutions and recipes.

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Protein Balls Recipe

I LOVE these Protein Balls, they are my go to breakfast. I make them on Sunday and have them all week. They store easily and are packed with great nutrients and protein to keep you fuller longer. Try them out!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Dry Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix it all together and put in the fridge for 45 minutes. (If it’s in longer no big deal) Now roll into ball shapes and store in the fridge. **Tip before you roll the balls spray your hands with non stick spray to keep from sticking to your hands**

 

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Banana Ice Cream

I have the biggest sweet tooth and I have seen so many people making ice cream out of bananas. I had to try it. Here is what I did.

Freeze 4-5 Bananas (Tip peel bananas before you freeze them)

After they are frozen, cut them into slices and place them in the food processor

Add cinnamon & vanilla to taste

Blend, longer than you think, it will start to get flaky but don’t give up just keep going it will become an ice cream texture before you know it.

Put it in a bowl and keep in the freezer, you can fold in anything you want such as strawberries, chocolate chips or even add in peanut butter in the blending process. Be creative.

It is so yummy, I was impressed that it felt like ice cream. It is so refreshing and bright, I will have this in my freeze all summer for sure.

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Detox Water

I try to make a pitcher of “Detox Water” each weekend. I normally drink it pretty fast but it is super easy to make.

 

Grab a pitcher, fill it halfway with water

Add

1 Cucumber sliced (Do not peel get those nutrients!)

1 Lemon sliced

6-10 Mint Leaves

Fill the pitcher the rest of the way and place it in the fridge. Let it sit for a couple hours and drink up!

I love it, you can add more of anything for a different taste. It takes just a few minutes and really tastes great. Here is why I drink it…

Benefits of Lemon

  • Aids in digestion and detoxification,
  • High in Vitamin C
  • Rejuvenates Skin & Body Healing
  • Helps Lose Weight
  • Boosts Energy  & Mood

Benefits of Cucumber

  • Hydration
  • Weight Loss
  • Blood Pressure
  • Healthy Skin
  • Antioxidants
  • Bone Health

Benefits of Mint

  • Promotes Digestion
  • Improves oral health
  • Remedy for Nausea
  • Clears Congestion of Nose, Throat & Lungs
  • Natural Stimulant / Relieves from Fatigue & Digestion

So go make a pitcher and let me know what you think!