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    Detox Spicy Black Bean Avocado Chili

    This chili has an amazing detox effect and is packed with nutrition. Filled with protein from black beans, daily dose of veggies from tomatoes and onions, flavor from amazing spices and healthy fats from avocado. Anything with avocado immediately catches my eyes! The best part… super easy, quick and delicious! Servings: 2, Calories: ~400 calories/serving Ingredients: 1 can black beans 1 onion 1 avocado 1 red bell pepper 1 can diced tomatoes Garlic and scallions Olive Oil Cilantro Chili powder Sour Cream Salt, pepper, oregano, cumin Directions: 1. Wash and cut all produce and sauté the garlic, onion, scallions and bell pepper with olive oil for about 5-6 minutes until…

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    The New Quinoa Combo With Brussel Sprouts

    My new obsession is with farro and barley. It is so much thicker and more delicious than quinoa! This brussel sprouts recipe is to die for and super quick! Servings ~2, Calories ~450/serving Ingredients 2 cups farro 2 cups barley Brussel sprouts Spinach or kale Peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or soynuts Garlic Olive oil Salt, pepper and spices to taste Directions 1. Heat up olive oil with garlic and sautee brussel sprouts or put them in the oven for 20 minutes with olive oil and salt for a more crispy texture. 2. Boil farro and barley in a separate pot until soft and drain water. 3. Add spinach or…

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    Why Free Food Isn’t Actually Free.

    We are all guilty of it- picking those grapes at the grocery store, going to Costco during lunch time to get free samples, acting like someone handed us a $1,000 check when there is free food at work or going to an event just for the free food. Everyone loves food- that’s why companies try to entice people with free lunch or dinner and we all fall for it. However, it is true what they say- there is no such thing as a free lunch. Aside from the commercial influence and bribing that comes with free food, the worst part is the harm you’re doing to your body and gaining…

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    5 Ways Water Can Help You Lose Weight

    Water is my favorite drink in the world. I’ve always been fortunate to love water and drink tons of it- probably almost too much on a daily basis. Don’t underestimate the power of H2O- it is a vital component for weight loss. It’s insane how a body can transform by staying hydrated. Read on to find out how! 1. Builds muscle and tones If you’re looking to build muscle or tone up, then water is your best friend. It helps decrease any bloating as your body tends to retain water. Water molecules help rebuild muscle and make muscles look bigger. It is recommended to drink water before, during and after…

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    Sweet Potato Southwestern Salad Dish with Avocado Lime Cilantro Dressing!

    This delicious and fiber-filled dish has the perfect balance of sweet and salty with the perfect topping of the most amazing avocado-lime sauce! It is quick, simple and nutritious. Servings: ~4, Calories: ~350/serving Ingredients: Sauce: 1 Avocado 1/4 cup greek yogurt or sour cream with chives 1/2 cup water 1 cup cilantro Garlic Lime Salt Main Dish: 2 sweet potatoes 1 can black beans 1 can corn Cilantro Cumin, chili powder, salt, black pepper Directions: 1. Peel the sweet potatoes and preheat the over to 400 degrees. Cut in cubes and place on a lightly oiled pan in the oven until soft about 20 minutes. Once they are done, stir…

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    5 Reasons You Should Drink Red Wine for Weight Loss

    I used to hate red wine– I was all about sweet white wines until I went to Italy in 2015 (stick around for my post on Tuscany)! This changed everything for me- all I ever drank was red after that. I knew the health benefits of 5 ounces a day, but I didn’t realize the effect it had on weight loss. I decided to experiment once I came to this realization and here are my conclusions: 1. It helps curb appetite. Red wine definitely helps me feel fuller (especially the thicker ones). This helps with decreasing and controlling appetite. Next time you’re out waiting for your food and starving, order a…

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    Let’s Taco Bout How to Make Delicious Soft Tacos!

    I know I have posted about soft tacos before, but these were seriously one of the best I’ve had at Taqueria Tsunami and I just had to re-create this simple, delicious and healthy recipe at home! Servings: 2, Calories: ~320 for tacos, ~550 for tacos and chickpea salad Ingredients for tacos: Cilantro hummus Grilled peppers and onions Shitake mushrooms Roasted corn salsa Sesame soy vinaigrette Sesame seeds Shredded dark green romaine lettuce White/corn/wheat soft tortillas Ingredients for garbanzo bean salad: 1 can garbanzo beans simple truth (organic) Red onions diced Tomatoes diced Green onions diced Cilantro Cucumber shredded Olive Oil Black pepper and salt Directions: Mix the above together and…

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    How to Keep Your Waist and Eat Cake Too.

    A big mistake dieters make is SAYING NO to the good stuff! Dieting is not bad; however, it is only temporary and good when you are trying to lose weight for an event or a short period of time. Let’s face it- nobody can stay away from everything they love for an entire lifetime. This is why it should be a healthy lifestyle change rather than a crash diet- I’ve learned this the hard way. I used to be one to diet and then splurge and binge eat on what I love for days and go back to dieting and it became a constant cycle. When you have the biggest…

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    How to Walk Your Weigh Out of Exercise.

    This post is for those of you who don’t like to exercise, but want to get in some movement without doing any work throughout the day. The power of walking is endless. If you live in a walking city like NYC, Chicago, San Francisco or D.C., then you are set and don’t have to worry about how to get your 10,000 steps in per day. However, if you’re like me and live in a city that never walks (Atlanta) and it is hard to get your steps in, then this post is made for you. 1. Park in the furthest spot in the parking lot no matter where you go.…

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    How to make a REAL Greek Salad.

    Remember my Santorini post? Well, just wait until my Mykonos post! When I went to Greece last year, I realized that a “Greek” salad in America is not really a Greek salad. I don’t like the soggy wrinkled lettuce and miniature foul-tasting black olives in them. So when I went to Greece I had sworn off Greek salads until one of my besties Purvi forced me to try them. Then I was OBSESSED. A Greek salad in Greece (commonly called a horiatiki salad here- remember my post?)  is made of only cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, green peppers and feta cheese plus or minus black olives and avocado’s. I eat large servings of this salad…