No Cook Hummus Dip

Good morning! It was impossible for me to get out of bed this morning, I could sleep all day when it rains.

My friend Jessica made this hummus dip for Valentines Day. I liked it so much that I made it last weekend for my friends Bachelorette Party. It’s super easy to make and you don’t even have to cook anything. The presentation was all me :)

No Cook Hummus Dip

(from Trader Joe’s, of course)
1 large container of Trader Joe’s Hummus
1 container of reduced fat feta cheese crumbles
1 cucumber peeled & sliced into rounds
1 ripe tomato sliced
1/2 red onion chopped

Spread the hummus onto a serving plate or baking dish
Top with the entire container of crumbled feta cheese
Layer the cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion however you like over the hummus and feta.
*you can also chop the veggies and sprinkle them over the dip. 

I arranged the veggies based on the shape of my baking dish.

VoilĂ !

If you choose to make this dip, it’s time to get creative in the kitchen. You can easily wow your guests with a beautiful presentation. No one will ever know it only took you 10 minutes to prepare.

Have a great day!

Homemade Spicy Kale Chips

When it comes to sweet vs salty, I am definitely a sweet person. Chocolate is my biggest weakness. Lately, when I’m craving a salty snack I always want to grab a bag of chips which is the not best choice for a salty treat except for pop chips of course!
There has been so much hype about kale and how good it is for you. Last week, I ventured to Trader Joe’s and found pre washed chopped kale, which is one of their newest items! I used the pre chopped kale to make kale chips…which turned out delicious! I prepared the kale with some olive oil and seasonings and tossed it together with my best kitchen tool, my hands! …and baked them in a 400 degree oven for 15-17 minutes this photo doesn’t even do them justice My kale chips turned out awesome. They were crispy, crunchy, and had a hint of spice.
I ate the entire tray in one sitting. No joke.
Homemade Spicy Kale Chips
Ingredients:1 bag of pre washed kale1 tbsp of light olive oil1 tsp of salt1 tsp of pepper1 tsp of cayenne pepper1 pinch of red pepper flakes
Directions:Coat the kale with 1 tbsp of olive oil and mix well. TIP: 1 tbsp doesn’t seem like enough but if you add too much olive oil the chips will become soggy. Add the salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes to the kale and olive oil and mix well with your hands so all the kale is evenly coated. Spread the kale on a baking sheet lined with foil. Make sure the kale is spread evenly. 
Bake for 15-17 minutes at 400 degrees until the kale is browned and crisp. If you want you chips super crispy, flip them over in the middle of baking (after 7 minutes or so)
These chips are extremely easy to make, full of flavor, and very filling. You are also getting in your vegetable servings while enjoying something that is nutritionally good for you!
Have a great day!

Spring Grocery Shopping List

I don’t think anyone loves the grocery store more than I do.

I go to the grocery store so much that the staff knows me there. I could spend hours at the grocery going up and down every aisle and looking for new products and chatting away with the deli counter staff.

Yeah, I have friends at the deli counter. I’m cool like that.
Since I don’t have a car, I use a grocery cart on wheels

I like to call it the granny cart  My friends and family members love to make fun of my granny cart but I don’t care, this thing saves my life!
Some general guidelines to follow:1) Don’t over buy2) Buy what you can freeze3) Plan ahead
Here is my spring grocery shopping list. I like to buy produce that is in season and I also try to eat organically as possible. This is just a guideline, by no means do you have to run to the grocery store and buy everything on this list.
fresh spinach  

flat out wraps
sandwich thins (arnold, deli flats)
high fiber whole grain bread
sweet potatoes
fiber one cereal
corn tortillas
whole wheat pasta
Tofu shirataki noodles

Deli sliced turkey breast    
rotisserie chicken
thinly cut chicken breast
Trader Joe’s flamed broiled turkey meat balls
frozen shrimp (de-veined)
Egg beaters

100 calorie popcorn
low fat string cheese
pop chips
fat free pudding
Bars (larabar, luna bar, fiber one, fiber plus)

frozen broccoli
frozen veggies
frozen fruit (for smoothies)…mangos, berries, bananas
green giant just for one broccoli with cheese sauce
weight watchers ice cream bars
skinny cow ice cream sandwiches

soy milk
yogurt (nonfat)
reduced fat cheese
laughing cow cheese wedges
reduced fat Parmesan cheese

reduced fat mayo
BBQ sauce
Fat free ranch dressing
low calorie salad dressing
raspberry preserves
natural peanut butter

Low sodium chicken stock
Non stick cooking spray
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Happy Shopping!

Chicken Soup For The Soul

I feel like crap

Stuffy head, runny nose, sore throat, sinus pressure, GROSS!

So whipped up a batch of this…

those are some big noodles!
Chicken Soup for the Soulmade in the crock pot

  • 5 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 cups of carrots, sliced thin
  • 1 cup of celery diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tsp of parsley flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp of dried basil
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of dried egg noodles (any size or shape you like)

Mix all ingredients in the crock pot except for the egg noodles. Cook on high for 4 hours. Cut up or shred the chicken breast. Add the egg noodles during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Lazy tip: Since I’m not feeling so hot I wasn’t in the mood to chop up veggies so I used this amazing shortcut pre chopped FRESH carrots, onions, and celery from Trader Joes$2.99 per container
I used two containers of chopped veggies in this recipe.
I not only ate this soup for dinner the past three nights, I also freezed portioned dinner sized containers so I can have this soup whenever I want!
Mmmmm good!

A day of salads

Good morning! How amazing is this warm weather?! I’m loving it! Yesterday was my day of salads…

Taco salad for Daddy and I I worked for my Dad yesterday, I love surprising him with lunch. It makes him so happy! Taco Salad:romaine lettuceavocadoreduced fat mexian cheeserotisserie chickencornbeans
Dressing:mix 2 tbsp of fat free sour cream with 4 tbsp of salsa. A GREAT creamy dressing!

Whole foods salad I love the salad bar at whole foods. I make sure to load up my salad with tons of veggies!Mmmmmmm

Get a body like Lady Gaga: Thighs
must be nice!
Here are my favorite thigh exercises that will have your thighs burning for days!

 I have no idea what this move is called so I’m going to name it the “high heels”Go on your HIGHEST pair of heels (like 6 inchers) then sink down until your thighs catch.  
Practice holding this move while squeezing your inner thighs together, make sure your hips are tucked under.
hold for 30-60 seconds Do this at home using a bar stool.
*BBF TIP: the higher the heels the thinner the thighs

Thigh dancing:
 Come onto your knees, with your heels lined up with your seat. Lift your seat off your heels and begin to tuck your hips. Do this about 30 times. 
Have fun with this move and also tuck side to side with your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care!
Inner thigh workout:

  • Lie on your back with knees bent, feet on the floor.
  • Lift your right leg so both knees are lined up together.
  • Lift yourself off the ground so your weight is on your shoulders.
  • Begin to lift and lower your seat about 1 inch.

Do this 30 times on each leg. feel the burn!
Have a great day!


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