Lets make Hummus!!!

So I joined Costco about 5 months ago and I bought a casepack of chickpeas with the idea of making so much hummus my fridge would always be full! Hummus is one of my go-to healthy snacks and I’d heard from so many people that it’s super easy to make. Well, when I bought my chickpeas I had no idea that I needed Tahini sauce. 5 months later, I finally remembered to grab some tahini at the grocery! 

I was also worried about taking the hummus plunge because I don’t own a food processor (if anyone wants me to try their brand send me one and I’ll tell everyone how great it is. Wink winkūüėČ).

Worry schmurry! This morning I broke out the blender and it worked like a charm. I figured if I can make my shakeology smoothies with that bad boy, then if anything I’ll be drinking a glass of healthy fat, protien packed hummus! 

I’ll admit that using a food processor is probably much easier, but just because I didn’t have the right tool didn’t mean I couldn’t get the job done. Now that’s a life lesson! 

Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini 
  • 2 tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 19 oz can chickpeas
  • 1/8th cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt

In food processor (or blender in my case) mix lemon juice and tahini until well blended. You may need to scrape the sides and mix with a spoon and pulse several times to mix well. 

Add olive oil to the blender and mix/stir again. Once you have a creamier consistency, add 1/2 of the chickpeas and blend again. Add the remainder of the chickpeas along with feta and salt and continue to mix until well blended. If the texture isn’t as creamy as you would like, add a tbsp of water at a time while blending until it’s to your liking. 

*Since I was using a blender I was a little worried about getting it creamy enough. I removed the skins from the chickpeas just in case. You don’t necessarily have to do this.


This made twice as much hummus as most of the store bough containers and I can’t wait to break out my carrot sticks and cucumbers for a healthy snack this afternoon!

Body Shaming on Buses

Recently the mayor of London banned ads  that he believes leads to body shaming of women and I want to know your thoughts!

Adverts which put Londoners under pressure over body image are to be banned from the Tube and bus network.

Sadiq Khan announced that Transport for London would no longer run ads which could cause body confidence issues, particularly among young people…”

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What do you think? Should ads like this be banned? Is it unrealistic? 
Most of my friends growing up could eat anything they wanted and stay this thin. I never could and have always had body image issues, mostly because I always wanted to be a leading lady on screen and every actress I looked up to had an amazing physique. Now we see more and more leading ladies in all shapes and sizes.

I wasn’t as active as my friends either. I quit all sports, besides tennis, by my senior year in high school. That’s where I went wrong…unhealthy eating habits and inactivity. When I went to college it became even worse, with the introduction of alcohol and a fast food and cafeteria diet. My first job was at a gym and that’s when fitness came into my life. However, not much changed because I still wasn’t putting the right foods into my body. I also had deeper seated issues that I wasn’t addressing. In my opinion, anyone who has a problem with someone else usually has a problem within themselves that they aren’t considering. I always made a subliminal choice to struggle with my body because I was struggling with so much else emotionally.

Anyway, enough about me. Let’s get to the meat of the topic.

I honestly don’t care what the ad looks like and who is on it. This girl looks young and healthy in my opinion and it doesn’t look like she’s had any weight issues she has had to struggle with at all. She doesn’t have muscle tone either. I could be wrong, but she probably won’t have any issues until she’s in her 30’s or 40’s when her metabolism slows and her hormones change. I don’t think it was the best casting for the brand, but that was their decision. 

I think this ad is unrealistic because anyone that needs to lose weight must have a healthy lifestyle, that includes being active and eating healthy. A pill/protein advertisement for weight loss is unrealistic. In my opinion, that is where the issue is. There is no magic pill and no magic protein shake. Of course you can use supplements if you aren’t getting all the nutrients you need in your diet, but people need to be educated about that. I think if the marketing team showed care in that respect, that their dollars would make a much larger impact. Even in the video on their website, the girls are talking about losing weight due to the products. No where is there a mention of exercise or eating healthy. What’s funny is these girls have more realistic body types then the girl they chose for the ad. 

I think the mayor is making a big stance in getting rid of these advertisements, but I think there is more to it than the model that was chosen.

If he seriously is concerned that women will have body image issues because of this, then he needs to address the bigger picture. This company is still going to advertise their products as the magic key to weight loss with or without a model like this. 

It also leads to the overall plague that’s taking over our world. The hypersensitivity that people have towards this kind of thing is outrageous. Maybe you think I’m out of line. If you have such a huge issue with a silly advertisement, you probably have deeper issues within yourself that you need to work on. That’s just me being brutally honest. If you see something that bothers you, walk away from it and toward something that will make you happy! 

[Just as a side note, I do the Beachbody programs and yes, I drink a protein shake packed with nutrients as a supplement. Their programs are based on healthy lifestyles. They teach portion control and have tons of exercise programs. I do not condone just using a supplement to lose weight if you aren’t going to put in the work. Eat healthy and exercise and you will see a difference with or without these supplements.]

Miami Days

This week I have a conference with one of my favorite vendors, Tweezerman (which I’ll be doing a separate blog on later). I decided to come down to Miami beforehand because my best friend lives down here and we needed some girl time. Miami has so much to offer, and while living here wouldn’t be for me, I love visiting! I wanted to show you guys a couple of my favorite moments while down here. If you’re ever in the area, you might want to check out one of these options!

FIT

I got in Friday afternoon, so was really excited for a long, fun in the sun weekend. A few years ago I went on a NYE trip with my bestie Karissa and I got my PADI Open Water Diving certification. I’ve been wanting to dive so bad ever since but I don’t have any close friends where I live that are certified so haven’t made it a priority. Since I was visiting and she hadn’t been diving in Miami yet, she asked if I would be interested and I said YES!¬†It turned out to be pretty overcast all weekend, but that wasn’t going to stop us.¬†Her friend Angela had just gotten certified too and has been on several dives since doing so, and she joined us.

We went to¬†Tarpoon Lagoon¬†dive shop and they set us all up. It was $125 and that included all of our gear (wetsuit, two tanks, bcd, weights, mask, fins, etc). We also paid a little extra so an instructor could take us, which I was glad for since I hadn’t been in a while. I was actually a little nervous, but knew that once I put everything on and got in the water the first time that everything would come back to me and be just perfect.

We went on two dives. The first was Neptune Memorial Reef which was 45 feet deep. It is an artificial reef that resembles Atlantis. It’s also one of the largest manmade reefs ever created, which made it unique and made me want to sing Little Mermaid songs. There were small plaques with sentiments written on them and some were quite quirky.

The second site we dove was Billy’s Barge, which is a 50 foot dive. It was a pretty close drive from the Neptune dive site. It was better than the first dive in my opinion because the site was a little larger (or so it seemed), plus we were able to go through part of the barge which was kind of cool. The coolest thing I saw here was a black and white stingray and I wish I had a picture to show you! This site was quite colorful with all of the beautiful sea life.

For anyone interested in diving here, I have one suggestion. If you are on vacation try to go during the week. During the weekend there are more divers and snorkelers going out and it can get crowded. I found myself kicking others in the face often. Otherwise, just try to keep your distance and don’t follow too closely. It may aggravate the person in front of you!

FAB

On Sundays, we do brunch and we’ll get to the heart of that in the Delish segment. Brunch doesn’t just consist of eating and the large possibility of¬†drinking. It also consists of window shopping and maybe actual shopping if stores are open on Sunday. After our brunch and between hip hang out spots, we walked by this little shop in Southbeach on Alton Rd. called¬†Sparkle and Shine Darling¬†and boyyy (I mean gurrrl) was it cute! They not only had great gifts, but there was a great representation of lines from Just Got 2 Have It (the showroom¬†that I rep for) which I was really excited to see. This store had everything from sleeping masks, graphic tees, and stationary items to baby gifts, puppy presents, and Father’s Day finds! I wanted everything!

Clockwise from top left corner: Pinch Me Emergency Kits, TokyoMilk Dark New body souffles, Lucky Feather Necklaces, Fred& Friends cake topper candelabra, & Bling Sting Pepper Sprays & Ahh!-larms.

DELISH


If you’ve been to Miami, you know there are tons of great places to eat and new hot spots opening up all of the time. Luckily for me, my friends know where the best places are to dine, drink, and dish on the hot topics from their daily lives. We decided to have a girls day out and pick one of these hot spots for a bottomless brunch. My girlfriends (some old and some new) and I¬†got dolled up and had a rooftop rendezvous at¬†Juvia Miami on Lincoln Rd. This restaurant is drop dead gorgeous with a breathtaking view of Miami. I can see how the day and night time views must both be spectacular. The below photo doesn’t even give it justice!

We had the option of sitting inside or outside and since I was the guest for the weekend I got to choose, and I definitely chose outside. It wasn’t too hot and there was a nice breeze which added to the experience. The aesthetics of the restaurant were plush and inviting, providing luxury and elegance at an affordable price. The service was wonderful as well and matched the setting. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable and the manager made our experience even better by being flexible with our needs.

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They come out with a new menu weekly featuring new fare from what I understand, and they do keep some of the guest favorites available. There is a prix fixed menu from which we all chose, but there was also an option to order bento boxes and other main entrees. We also each chose from their bottomless brunch option and drinking ensued. From the bottomless brunch we were able to order a¬†Mimosa, Prosecco, Bloody Mary, White Pear Sangria, or a Bellini. I think there was one more option that I’m forgetting. Below are images from the 3 course meal I chose as well as images¬†from other dishes that were served.

If you want to give this delish dining spot a try, I definitely suggest going for lunch because the prices are great. For the prix-fixed 3 course meal, the charge was $24.00 and for the bottomless brunch beverages the price was only $23.00. In Miami, especially at a hot spot like this, it is difficult to find such deal. I am giving Juvia a big thumbs up and will definitely cheers to that!

 

Overall, my trip to Miami was fantastic. Next time I’ll hope for sunnier weather and take advantage of the beach. Until then, Ciao Miami!

3 Day Refresh – Day 3 + Results!


I know I know, you’ve been waiting to see how Day 3 went and I haven’t posted!! I just wanted to keep you on the edge of your seats, that’s all.

Or…maybe I’m just hoping that you’ve been waiting anxiously…Either way here goes!

First of all I have to say that this cleanse has been fantastic. On Day 3 I was starting to crave foods that weren’t allowed on the cleanse – proteins for the most part, but it still wasn’t hard to pass up what my boyfriend was eating while I drank a shake and ate veggies.

Day 3 eats:

  • Breakfast: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology & half a banana. I decided to have these separately instead of blended together and it made me feel like I had more to eat.
  • Fiber Sweep – again with extra lemon juice. Everyone in our accountability group seemed to like the taste of this and I did too, but you still want to make sure to drink it pretty quickly so you don’t have any clumps.
  • Lunch: I had my vanilla fresh with strawberries (and had a few strawberries left over to eat) as well as two medium celery sticks with hummus. I loooove hummus!
  • Afternoon snack: I sauteed spinach in coconut oil and it was a super-good super-food!! I also made decaffeinated green tea and it was a nice little bonus.
  • Dinner: I had vanilla fresh again and added cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to it. Vanilla fresh does kind of get old through the process, but this combo definitely made it better. I also made the cucumber tomato recipe that is provided in the 3 day refresh booklet and it was great. The serving was actually more than I needed and I was full halfway through, but I ate it all because I felt like I needed to stick to the cleanse to a T.

 

They say not to exert yourself too much during the refresh, but I’ve gotten so used to working out that I just had to. I did the Beachbody 21 day extreme leg workout and it was intense but not overly. I love this workout, but then again, I love working my legs. I think this also helped burn some extra calories and my legs were definitely a little sore on day 4.

Results:

I was so looking forward to waking up in the morning to see my results that I didn’t sleep very well. I measured myself and lost 1″ around my waist, 1″ around my hips, and 1/4″ around both of my thighs which amounts to 2.5″ in all!! I lost a pound (I have trouble losing weight, but I think that also has to do with building muscle) and I am very happy with the results!! I feel so good from the inside out and will hopefully maintain these results through the next 21 day round.

I think I will definitely do this again, probably after the July 4th holiday, so if you want to jump on board and try it, let me know!!!

 

 

3 Day Refresh – Day 2ÔĽŅ

Today has been pretty good! I’ve heard from a lot of people that day 2 is the hardest and it wasn’t really bad for me. I did have a headache early in the morning and took some Aspirin with a bunch of water and almost immediately felt better. I may have just needed the water! I also felt a little tired, but I think it was mostly from sitting in front of my computer all day. We have one car this week so I had to reschedule some things so I could work from home for a couple of days instead of from my car. If it had to happen, this was good timing…close to a bathroom, got my blender, and I didn’t have to prepare my snacks ahead of time. Although, if I do this again I don’t think it will be a problem if I’m doing it while traveling. 
Today pretty much mimicked yesterday as far as my food went. I did get a variety of fruits and veggies but yesterday was so great that I decided to copy it. The only difference was I used strawberries instead of raspberries in my first vanilla fresh (and even had a few leftover strawberries to eat) and I made a different recipe out of the pamphlet for dinner. I made steamed kale with pinenuts, juice from one lemon, and pink Himalayan sea salt. It was so delicious! I would have been happy with a little less lemon though. 

I have a great steamer/rice cooker and it makes everything perfectly. In the recipe instructions it says to boil the spinoff and drain, but I steamed mine and it was delish. This was the first time I’ve had steamed kale and I absolutely loved it! Score!

Tomorrow is the last day! I don’t feel like I’ve lost any weight or anything, but we shall see. I certainly don’t feel like I’m depriving myself of anything, although I did want some of that leftover chicken in the fridge today. I can hold out, but just so you know I can’t wait to have a real meal on Friday!

3 Day Refresh – Day 1

I am so glad I’m doing this because so far it is easy peasy! It is the end of day one, I just took a bubble bath, I’m drinking a little more water and then I’m heading to bed.


Since it’s just after Memorial Day Weekend, it’s the perfect time to detox from the fun weekend. I didn’t go all out by any means but I did have more than one cheat meal! I went to the grocery store and got everything I needed which was all fruits and veggies and 3 gallons of filtered water. I wanted to get the gallons of water to ensure I was drinking enough every day. I’m drinking one a day and that should really assist in flushing out my system. In the refresh pamphlet there are some great recipes and food lists that you can pick from to prepare for the 3 days.

This morning I woke up, checked my email in bed, and then immediately made my shakeology before I got ready for the rest of the day. I added a half of banana, water, and ice to it and it tasted great. I had been drinking unsweetened almond milk with it and I honestly didn’t notice much of a difference in taste.

An hour later I had the fiber sweep which wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I put it in cold water and squeezed some fresh lemon in it, and shook it until it was all nice and blended. There were a couple of clumps at the bottom which didn’t go down as smoothly, but all in all not that bad!

For Lunch I had my vanilla fresh and added raspberries to it. I also had a cucumbers and hummus for my veggie and healthy fat. It was filling and I didn’t feel like I was missing out at all


I also got an afternoon snack. If I didn’t have that I think it would have been much harder. I prepared a couple of celery sticks with almond butter and it was the perfect snack.


Dinner was probably the hardest because I made dinner for my boyfriend. We had yummy, healthy chicken sitting in the crock pot all day. This is normally a go to meal for me because it’s so easy. I usually make him a starch and then add a veggie. Since roasted asparagus was in the recipe book I made that for his and my veggie tonight. They were sooooo good!!! 


I had to pass up the chicken and the mashed potatoes and I knew it was going to be hard, so I did the 21 day extreme upper fix workout. This made having another vanilla fresh shake soooo much easier. As an fyi, I really love the extreme workouts so far. I feel like I needed to change up my routine and my muscles are thanking me because I’m working them in a different way. That’s another reason I love beachbody. There are so many different programs to choose from so nothing ever gets old…except for maybe this vanilla fresh. I kid, I kid!!! hahaha

On to day 2!