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House Happenings/Thanksgiving

We are officially enjoying our new house in McKinney, TX. Just after settling in we were able to celebrate our first Thanksgiving in this house. Since we just moved and scheduling with other family was too difficult, we spent the day just the two of us. It was a gorgeous day so we went on a family walk around the neighborhood before I cooked a full traditional Thanksgiving meal for us. I am big on tradition so we have turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, corn pudding, green bean casserole and stuffing. (Minimum I should say, when more family is involved always more!)

Our new kitchen is so nice to cook in. Everything is newly remodeled so all of the little touches make is an ease to cook and clean. The kitchen has granite counter tops, under counter soft close drawers instead of cabinets with above cabinets all the way to the ceiling, eliminating the wasted space and added storage. Some of the cabinets are glass front adding a touch of brightness, double oven, cook top, stainless steel farm sink, large island and butcher block. I could go on but instead you will have to visit.

It was nice to have the day just the two of us. The rest of the weekend was spent completing some home projects, hanging things and trying some new restaurants.

Food · Health · Recipe

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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Travel Tips

May was full of travel for me, which can be tough trying to stay on track with your health and fitness goals. I am going to share with you a few tips that help me. I traveled this past month for work and pleasure and those offer different challenges when staying on track.

When people travel for pleasure they tend to give in more to the tempting treats or ignore those workouts. I do my best to stay active and eat well. I went to visit family in Cincinnati and since my niece is just over a year old she offers a free workout! Just playing, chasing and walking with her can give me my activity for the day. Take time to go on walks in the morning or evening to keep you moving, plan to do an activity that will get your heart rate up and allow you to see the sights. We attended a wedding so dancing the night away on the dace floor counts. It all counts! You just want to stay active everyday.

Eating is the next thing that people really have a difficult time with, when traveling for pleasure I do allow myself a treat. At the wedding I enjoyed a piece of cake, but when it was meal time the buffet allowed me the opportunity to have some lean chicken and vegetables. Making balanced choices will allow you to get home and not feel like you over did it and have to start over, it should be a smooth transition back into you normal routine.

When traveling for work there are work dinners and team lunches and this can be tricky. A lot of people may not be making the healthiest choices around you so your will power needs to kick in here. I start my day with breakfast at the hotel, they usually have great options from eggs, lean meats, oatmeal and fruits, but will also offer bagels, cereal, waffles and sugary goodness. I never like to indulge at breakfast because then I am unhappy the rest of the day. I normally choose hard boiled eggs, fruit and oatmeal (always with coffee!) This allows me to feel full until lunch. When that times comes around I choose a salad, no dressing or lean meat and veggies. Another filling meal with flavor. Be careful with your salad choice, a salad with fried everything is not a good choice. My trick is I put my order in and then ask what other people are getting this way I don’t get pressured or swayed into something I will regret. At dinner I allow myself to have whatever I want because I don’t just say no all the time and I do like to try new things. I also enjoy a desert every once in a while but I normally choose the smaller item or ice cream option, this gives me my sweet fix but I am not eating an entire piece of cake and ice cream.

Staying in a hotel offers the opportunity to use the gym. I go at least 50% of the time I am staying in a hotel. Morning or evening, it just depends on what works with the daily schedule. I mark it in my calendar and make sure it is done like any other appointment I would have. This also helps me not feel too bad about that desert or dinner option I may choose. Staying active on a work trip is key to feel great when you return. It can be easy to stay out, not get up as early and totally ignore any activity. Make it a priority even a walk at lunch is a great choice.

 

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Food Delivery – Boerne

Did you know there is a company in town that will deliver food from different restaurants to your front door? I was so excited to learn about this because lets be honest, I don’t always want pizza when I am lazy or don’t have time to cook. This is a great option. You have to check out My Town 2 Go Food Delivery!

The delivery fee starts at $4.99 and they deliver within 10 miles of the restaurant you are ordering from.

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Currently they deliver from everyone listed below, and adding more restaurants all the time.

Fritzes’s
Smokey Moes
Longhorn
Raising Cane’s
Chili’s
Valeria
Cypress Grill
The Dienger
Dog and Pony
Sauced Wing Bar
Conroys Irish Pub
Laguna Madre
Bill Miller
Capparellis
Whataburger
Taco Cabana
You can download their app and start using this great service today!
Check them out of Facebook & Instagram for updates and new places
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Meal Prep Tips

Getting into a meal prep routine can be hard. It takes time and planning so I wanted to share some tips to ease into it. I always make changes slowly so that I can set myself up for success. It can be difficult to jump into an entire full day of meal prepping. Here are some starting tips.

  1. After getting home from the grocery store before you put all your veggies/fruit and snacks away take them all out of the package and divide them into individual servings. Either in bags or containers whatever you have. This way your veggies and fruit are all clean, cut and ready to go and you can grab and go with your breakfast, lunch or snack.

snacks

veggies2. Start with prepping just one meal for the week. I would recommend breakfast so that you get your day going in a positive way. Decide what you want to have for the week and on Sunday make a batch big enough for the week and divide it into serving sizes for that week. Now in the morning you are ready to go, don’t forget your coffee!

3. As you are cooking dinner make extra and set it aside in serving size containers for lunches the upcoming days.

4. When you leave in the morning for your day take everything with you that you . want to eat/snack or drink for the day. This will save you money and time. I have my lunch box stocked with my breakfast, lunch and snacks. I also have a water bottle that I can refill through the day.

Start with theses 4 meal prep tips and after a while you will start to get in a grove.