Low carb grocery haul.


When all else fails I turn to low carb. Here is a quick little haul.

IMG_6818.JPGFew bags of lettuce, organic zucchini and red pepper, spaghetti squash, and mushrooms. I have a ton of frozen veggies in the freezer to get through before our move so I went light on fresh veggies.

IMG_6816.JPGProtein! Turkey burgers, ground turkey, chicken tenders, steak slices, and new york strips.

IMG_6815.JPGMore protein! Bacon, organic roast beef, cheese (I always buy block when I do low carb..The bagged cheese has a carb) eggs, turkey pepperoni, and 3 packs of protein shakes. I love these shakes! So good!

 

Looking forward to getting into ketosis! 🙂

 

Getting back on track. Grocery Haul.


So I have eaten many a noodles, curries, burgers, pizza.. you name it. I have been home for two weeks but have not gotten on track at all. So today I said enough! I am not doing any specific way of eating. I am just trying to eat BETTER!! Here is what I scored.

IMG_6319.JPGRomaine, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, squash, green beans, raspberries, 2 things of tomatoes.

IMG_6318.JPG3 lbs of lean turkey, a turkey tenderloin, 2 packages of chicken, chicken burgers, wild salmon bowls, and coconut lemongrass with chicken bowls. The frozen stuff is for in a pinch and has great stats!

IMG_6317.JPGQu0rn chicken patties, soy sausage, and garden veggie burgers.

IMG_6320.JPGWhole wheat bread, couscous, stocks, chimichurri, wraps.

IMG_6322.JPGTrying to go easy on cheese. Got myself the daiya shreds! Mozzarella and cheddar.

IMG_6321.JPGEggs, hummus, salsa.

 

I feel better knowing that their are some healthier choices in my fridge. One day at a time!!!!!

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Skinny noodles shirataki review.


I finally got a chance to try my skinny noodles last night. I wish I had tried them earlier. I am super impressed. If you are into asian dishes like stir-fries, soups, pad-thai…this is IT. The noodles were very thin. They really have no taste. Very neutral. They pick up the flavor of the sauce you put them in. So versatile. My next plan is to put them in a some kind of soup.

20140703-110838-40118971.jpgI made stir-fry with my noodles.

20140703-110840-40120944.jpgYou can use whatever veggies you want for yours. Just chop them all up.

20140703-110841-40121671.jpgAdd a bit of oil to your pan and get the veggies cooking.

20140703-110839-40119863.jpgWhile my veggies were cooking I started draining the noodles. I drained them 3 times.

20140703-110842-40122631.jpgI cooked my chicken on the side as the veggies were cooking. I can’t find my wok so the process took a bit longer!

20140703-110843-40123194.jpgAdd cooked chicken and spices. I used some ginger and some ponzu sauce + a tbsp of peanut butter.

I used a paper towel and got out any extra water from the noodles. I simple popped them into the pan and mixed everything together.

20140703-110843-40123759.jpgThe final product. It was delish. Peanut/soy sauce was amazing and the noodles added a lot of volume with barely any calories! Super excited to try the rest of these guys!

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Don’t forget I am running a giveaway for these noodles right over here– 5 packs!

https://gracegothealthy.com/2014/07/02/giveaway-5-packages-of-skinny-noodles-shirataki/

You can find out all of the information on their website here-

http://www.getskinnynoodles.com/

Coconut Thriller Cocktail Recipe. Featuring Partida Tequila.


The weather is heating up and we all know what that means. Grilling outside, swimming, visiting the beach, and playing in the sun. What does that also mean? Cocktails! Who doesn’t love a nice refreshing drink after a long day of working in the garden on a hot summer day? I know I do. I know what I don’t love. CALORIES. SUGARS. CARBS. My favorite drink ever? The classic staple of summer. A margarita.

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Can’t you just taste it? For me it has to be on the rocks, with salt. Never frozen! I love drinking margaritas but I hate the guilt I have afterwards. The mix they use in most generic margaritas is absolutely insane. For 4 ounces we are talking 100 plus calories, 25 carbs, and 25 sugars. Now I don’t know about you but I could drink a few of these bad boys without thinking twice. I needed to come up with a solution to my margarita love with little to no calories or sugars.

Lucky for me I was sent some AWESOME tequila to sample!

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 http://www.partidatequila.com/our-tequila/ is a company making awesome quality tequila at awesome prices.

 

The partida blanco version of this tequila was very clean. It had no aftertaste like most tequilas will have. It was my favorite. So smooth!

The reposado tequila was rich and smooth. I usually can’t drink gold tequila thanks to college (seriously, thanks Jose Cuervo), but this one was great.

I didn’t get to try the anejo tequila but I hear it has hints of fruits and is quite tasty as well.

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After I tried a small sip of the tequila (chilled of course) I had to figure out how I was going to enjoy it. I didn’t want to throw it into a shaker with margarita mix so I came up with my own recipe that is so good and so easy!

Coconut Thriller

  • 1 oz of blanca partida tequila
  • 1 can of st. croix coconut seltzer water
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 tbsp of key lime juice
  • optional lime slice to garnish 🙂
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Add ice, tequila, coconut seltzer, and key lime juice. Stir don’t shake. You could add a salt rim if you like but I am not sure that this cocktail needs it. Enjoy!

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One of these cocktails is around 70 calories! Take that modern margarita.

You can purchase partida tequila just about anywhere. If your liquor store doesn’t carry it just ask someone to order it for you!

Check out their website for more drink tips, coupons, and fun!

https://www.facebook.com/TequilaPartida

 

What is your favorite cocktail to drink in the summer?

 

Hard boiled eggs made simple.


A friend shared this tip with me yesterday. Use a steamer basket to make your hard boiled eggs! 12 minutes is all it takes. So get a pan of boiling water, add your steamer basket with eggs (I did 7 or 8) and cover for 12 minutes. Immediately after, soak eggs in a super ice cold bath. This makes peeling so easy! It only took me a few minutes to peel these bad boys. The taste? Amazing. Soft bright yellow yolk. Not too soft. Not too hard. Just perfect. So easy!

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Pizza Omelet.


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This was fun! I took one egg, and 1/4 cup of eggwhites and beat them together. I added some garlic powder and oregano as well.

Preheat oven to 375.

Cook egg mixture on top of stove like you would a normal omelet. Do not flip it though. Just cook it through until the egg patty for the “Crust” is solid enough to transfer.

Carefully transfer egg patty to a non stick bake sheet. Add toppings. I added–

2 tbsp of sauce or use marina, a few turkey pepperoni, and 1/4 cup of mozzarella.

I baked it for about 5 minutes until cheese was melted. Around 230 calories.

 

Perky Jerky Review.


I am always looking out for protein snacks for on the go. I recently got a chance to try Perky Jerky and had to share it with my readers.

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Perky Jerky is all natural, gluten-free, with no preservatives, and no nitrates. It’s literally the softest jerky I have ever tried. They marinate it overnight to make it extra tender. They have a ton of flavors and come in turkey or beef varieties.

I was mostly impressed with the nutrition. Each ounce of jerky has at least 10 grams of protein, is low fat, low sodium, and 60-80 calories. I tried the sweet and spicy turkey first and wow. It’s savory, sweet, and SO soft. I ate the whole bag. It’s addictive!

The beef jerky was also good. I recommend the teriyaki.

Since I am on Nutrisystem, 1 oz of jerky is equal to one powerfuel for me. It’s great for on the go! After I ran through my two sample bags I ordered 5 more bags! There is a special on their website right now if you buy 4 bags you get the fifth one free. Or you can try all 8 flavors for 29 dollars.

For more information you can check Perky Jerky out here.

Perky Jerky Link

10/10 product review. There isn’t one bad thing I can say about this awesome product. Give it a try! I promise you won’t regret it!

2014 Vionic Walkabout.


I am pledging to sign up for the 28 day walkabout. It’s important to not only eat healthy but to keep out hearts beating! Let’s walk our way to health!!

Walkabout Logo (green)Sign up with me!

Vionic Shoes Walkabout! Here is where you can get all the information on the walkabout.

How to Pledge! Sign up with this link!

The Zen walking shoe in red is the official shoe of the Vionic Walkabout, which is a 28-day campaign, also sponsored by Dr. Andrew  Weil and celebrity trainer Juliet Kaska, which encourages the public to walk for 30 minutes a day for their heath.unnamed (2)

I will be wearing my shoes proudly and walking my way to health! Starts today!! Get moving!

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Make sure you sign up to walk with me!!!

Arctic Zero. A low calorie Dessert.


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I recently got the opportunity to try Arctic Zero. A low calorie dessert. They have a  few different products ranging from pints of dessert to frozen dessert bars. Arctic Zero is naturally sweetened with a proprietary blend of monk fruit concentrate and organic cane sugar.

As I have recently started a low carb diet, I have been DYING for something sweet. I was so shocked to find out a serving of this desert is only 4 carbs. 4 of them! Totally doable! And you can eat the entire pint and only be out 150 calories with 0 grams of fat.

Okay this sounds to good to be true right? I know. That is what I thought. I anxiously awaited for my samples to arrive.

This is what I received.

  •  1 pint of chocolate
  • 1 pint of maple vanilla
  • 1 pint of cookies and cream
  • 1 pint of strawberry
  • 1 pint of mint chocolate
  • 1 pint of chocolate peanut butter
  • 1 pint of coffee
  • 1 box of strawberry and orange chocolate dipped bars
  • 1 box of vanilla and chocolate dipped in chocolate bars

Holy desert! Here are my honest opinions of each flavor.

Chocolate. 9.5/10.Chocolate-350x375

This is a winner. The flavor was right on. I made my husband a chocolate milkshake with this flavor and he was hooked. If you are a chocolate fan this is for you. A tip. Leave Arctic Zero on your counter for about 10 minutes before you start to eat it. It softens up and it gets the best texture. You can eat it straight out of the freezer but it might hurt your teeth! It kind of reminds me of a sorbet. It needs to soften.

Maple Vanilla. 9/10.Vanilla-350x375

I am a true fan of vanilla. I wasn’t sure how the maple part of this desert would play out but I was certainly delighted. Sweet but not overly sweet, and perfect with a handful of chopped macadamia nuts had my mouth singing.

Coffee. 9/10.Coffee-350x375

Another winner! Creamy and great coffee flavor. This is a great palate cleanser.

Strawberry- 8.5/10.Strawberry-350x375

My husband devoured this flavor. He said it was his favorite of the bunch. A nice strawberry flavor that tasted real and not artificial.

Mint Chocolate- 8.5/10.MintChocolate-350x375

I love mint chocolate! It’s my favorite. I could eat this dessert every single day. The mint flavor isn’t overpowering, and the chocolate is nice and light. Will keep this in the freezer for sure.

Cookies and Cream- 7.5/10.CookiesCream-350x375

Good texture, good flavor. This would make a great milkshake as well.

Peanut butter chocolate- 7/10. ChocolatePeanutButter-350x375

This was my least favorite. I was expecting more peanut butter!

The bars. 8/10.bars1 bars2

The fruit flavors are my favorite. Orange arctic zero covered in dark chocolate? Total home run. The other bars were good as well.

You can purchase Arctic Zero at your local grocery store. If they do not carry it, you can always ask the store manager to start!

At 150 calories a pint, 0 fat, low carbs, I would say this product is totally worth your time. It even has PROTEIN in it. It’s a no brainer. A great treat for those trying to watch their weight or live a healthier lifestyle.

You can visit their website here

http://www.arcticzero.com/