Diet Diva Dishes

Foods That Fight Stress

20.04.2015
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Just like there are foods that make you feel bad, what if I told you there are also foods that make you feel good…and may even relieve stress?
 

Whenever you’re having a really bad, stressful day do you every just want to go home and stuff your face with some junk? Do you ever succumb to that desire and end up feeling worse after? Well, there’s a reason for that!

The reason we seek out foods we consider to be ‘junk’ when we’re stressed is because they are high in fat, sugars, and […]

Mushroom Burger

17.04.2015
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This Mushroom Burger is juicy and packed with lean protein. The mushrooms take this burger up a notch making it more juicy and a unique flavor profile. Top with sautéed mushrooms for extra mushroom goodness.

Mushroom Burger
Ingredients
-1lb ground sirloin beef
-1/2 cup minced mushrooms
-1 tsp. garlic
-1/4 cup minced red onion
-1 tsp. worcestershire sauce

Directions
1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl.
2. Form into 4 patties and grill to desired doneness […]

Mushroom Marvel

16.04.2015
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As obsessed as I am with the texture and taste, there is one thing that trumps them both, my absolute favorite thing about mushrooms: they are the only vegan, plant-based, unfortified source of vitamin D!
There seems to be a national day for just about every food out there, and today happens to be National Mushroom Day! I am personally very excited because mushrooms are one of my favorite plants to eat. I used to hate them…like, absolutely hate them but now I loveee them. I’ve read (and experienced) that transitioning to a clean, plant-based diet […]

I’m Not Good at Fasting

13.04.2015
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Instead of obsessing, I wanted to give something up that would be a reminder of Christ’s love instead of what seemed like total punishment and depression.
Now that the Lenten season has come and gone and we’ve already celebrated Easter, I can tell you a little bit about my experience this year with fasting.

I am completely addicted to chocolate. Not a day goes by without some form of it entering my body at some point. Since lent is a time for giving up something that is close to you, I thought I would give up chocolate for […]

Florida Tomato Month

9.04.2015
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Tomatoes are full of immune boosting vitamin C and A, folic acid, biotin, and fiber to name a few.
Happy Florida Tomato Month! I don’t know about you, but I am definitely celebrating! Tomatoes typically grow all year round here, but during the colder months (trust me, sometimes it drops to the 30’s at night!) tomatoes aren’t as plentiful and the prices skyrocket. For somebody who uses and eats tomatoes on a daily basis, it is quite a buzz kill.

But, the weather has returned to its hot, humid self and tomato prices are back down where […]

My Gorgeous Hikes in Arizona

7.04.2015
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The aspect of the hiking I loved most was the exhilarating feeling of doing something out of my normal fitness routine with a reward so sweet when you get to the top.

I had the opportunity recently to travel to Phoenix for a long weekend with my fiancée.  I had no idea how gorgeous the area is and how amazing the hikes are!  I met up with my friends Kris and Mindy on Sunday morning and they took me out to the Superstition Mountains to Lost Dutchman State Park and hiked up and even beyond a point called Flat […]

Sweet Potato Smoothie

3.04.2015
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This Sweet Potato Smoothie is creamy, tart, and refreshing. I just can’t get enough of that sweet orange color!

Nothing will cool you down and get you in spring spirit like a delicious and nutritious smoothie! This Sweet Potato Smoothie is creamy, tart, and refreshing. I just can’t get enough of that sweet orange color!
 

INGREDIENTS

⅓ cup cooked sweet potato (no skin)
½ cup frozen mango
½ cup frozen pineapple
5 ounces (about ½ cup) vanilla greek yogurt
⅓ cup 100% orange juice

 INSTRUCTIONS

Place all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth. Enjoy […]

Got “Milk”?

2.04.2015
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If looking for a milk substitute to replace those nutrients, it’s important to break down the facts, look at the pros and cons and decide what options are best because with all the choices we now have, it can get a little confusing.
Being vegan in the world we live in today isn’t the easiest. For those that don’t know, veganism is different than vegetarianism in the way that vegans don’t consume any animal products, not even animal byproducts such as milk, cheese, butter, and eggs. It seems pretty limiting, especially for somebody who loves to […]

The Liberation of Cleaning Out

30.03.2015
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 I have gone through my closets and bathroom to purge clothes and items I don’t need.  How liberating!

I tend to be one of those people who has a bit of clutter.  My house is clean, except for the piles of “stuff” on counters and my office.  I tend to pile papers and magazines and after a while I don’t even want to walk into my office because of the piles.

I am getting married soon, so I have had to make room in my closets and various areas of my house for my new husband and his […]

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

19.03.2015
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There are a million excuses people use to not eat healthy, some more understandable than others, but “it’s too expensive” should not be one of them! There are tons of things you can do to eat healthy without breaking the bank.

Here’s how:

Quality over quantity

In terms of meat, seafood and cheeses/specialty items, the better the quality, the better for your health and budget
Talk to the meat butchers and fishmongers etc.; they recommend quality products and give you exactly what you need
A little goes a long way—not to mention if you […]