Benefits of drinking organic apple cider vinegar

I’ve recently been doing a lot of research on the benefits of drinking organic apple cider vinegar with mother. I’ve personally have seen some benefits I would love to share with you guys.

Here’s my top 5 reasons why you should drink organic vinegar: 

  1. It’s actually great for acne prone skin! This is the reason why I first started drinking apple cider vinegar. I drink a glass of water with a tbsp. of apple cider vinegar in the morning. I’ve seen a significant difference in my skin since I’ve incorporated this into my routine. I’m not breaking out as often and my skin looks brighter and softer. The vinegar can be used to detoxify your body and remove bacteria or toxins inside that may be causing you to break out. It’s antibacterial properties will help keep your acne under control. Some people even use it as a natural toner. You can use one part vinegar and two parts water and use it on your face in the morning and night before moisturizing to balance your skin’s PH.
  2. Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. The acetic acid acts as an appetite suppressant, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention.
  3. Lower blood sugar. A few studies have determined that taking apple cider vinegar at night resulted in lower blood glucose in the morning. Scientist believe the antiglycemic of the acid is the key.
  4. Apple cider vinegar could lower cholesterol. A 2006 study found the acetic acid in the vinegar lowered bad cholesterol in rats. Also, a similar study done in Japan resulted in lowered cholesterol in the participants.
  5. Whiten teeth. Swishing some diluted apple cider vinegar  with two parts water in your mouth before brushing your teeth will help whiten your teeth.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar. Check out this article http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/apple-cider-vinegar-benefits/

If you know about other benefits of apple cider vinegar please share them below!

Thanks for reading! ❤

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Ground turkey sweet potato skillet

Ground turkey is one of the staple food items I can’t leave the grocery store without. There is just so many endless ways of cooking it, and of course it’s not only yummy, it’s also very nutritionist and a great source of protein.

For this delicious meal you’ll need:

  • One large diced sweet potato
  • Lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup of onion
  • 1 cup of real peppers
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Low sodium all purpose seasoning
  • Chili powder
  • Skim mozzarella shredded cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat and grease the skillet with coconut oil. Place ground turkey in skillet and season with sea salt, pepper, low sodium all purpose seasoning and chili powder.
  2. Mix in 1 cup of onion and 1 cup of red bell peppers
  3. Sautee for 3-5 minutes until everything is cooked through
  4. Mix in the diced sweet potato.
  5. Add 1 cup of water
  6. Lower heat and cook for 5-7 minutes until the sweet potato is soft.
  7. Sprinkle a handful of skim mozzarella shredded cheese.

If you want to learn how to properly dice a sweet potato (like I did lol) here’s this very helpful Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpC7K8UGi9Q

Enjoy!! ❤

One pan Mexican Quinoa

I was inspired to create this Mexican Quinoa after seeing this recipe on Facebook here  and gave it my own little twist.

It was my very first time cooking Quinoa, so I was bit hesitant but I’m actually super happy how yummy it came out!

Heres what you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of Quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken broth
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • Minced garlic or garlic paste
  • 2 small Onions
  • Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Chili powder
  • Salt + Pepper

Directions:

  1. Place your skillet on high heat, grease it with coconut oil. Add minced garlic or garlic paste, onions, corn, black beans, and diced tomatoes. Cook for 1-2 minutes on high heat.
  2. Add the quinoa, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, chili powder and oregano to taste. Mix well.
  3. Add chicken broth
  4. Cover and lower heat until the chicken broth is absorbed and the quinoa is fully cooked. I let mine sit for about 40 minutes in low heat.
  5. Enjoy!

Baked Zucchini Fries Recipe

If you are anything like me, you love fries and are constantly fighting the urge to eat them all the time. So, I am all about a healthy recipe that still makes me feel like I’m indulging without the added calories =)

I present to you Baked Zucchini Fries!! Here’s what you’ll need for this super easy recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray (I use coconut oil)
  • 3 zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs (I use whole wheat bread crumbs)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of reduced fat parmesan cheese
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut the ends of the zucchinis and cut them into 1/2 inch strips.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F
  3. Spray the baking sheet with coconut oil.
  4. Season the zucchini with a bit of sea salt and pepper
  5. Mix the whole wheat bread crumbs with the parmesan cheese
  6. Dip each zucchini strip into the beaten eggs and whole wheat bread crumbs and lay them in the baking sheet
  7. Bake for 20-24 min. until golden and crisp.

For a yummy home made onion dipping sauce for this recipe check out http://www.primallyinspired.com/baked-zucchini-fries-bloomin-onion-dipping-sauce-grain-free-gluten-free/

Enjoy!

Chicken, light ranch and turkey bacon recipe

Hey loves!

I came across a delicious recipe from a page I follow on Facebook called Tasty https://www.facebook.com/buzzfeedtasty/?fref=photo

I modified the ingredients a bit to make it the perfect “guilt free” meal! Perfect for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 chicken breast
  • 4-6 tbsp of light ranch
  • 6-8 slices of turkey bacon
  • 4 oz of light cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  1. Place the chicken breast in a baking dish. Season the chicken with sea salt and pepper
  2. Spread 1-2 tbsp of light ranch over each chicken breast
  3. Wrap each chicken breast with 2 slices of turkey bacon
  4. Top with light cheddar cheese
  5. Bake for 40 min. at 400° F

Lean ground turkey recipe

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Ingredients: 

  • 93% lean ground turkey (2 small packs)
  • Red bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • Low sodium all purpose seasoning
  • Vinegar
  • Oregano
  • 1/2 Recaito
  • Garlic paste
  • Hunt tomato paste
  • Coconut oil

* I’m not one to measure at all when I cook, I just go based on taste!

Directions: 

  1. Start by cleaning the ground turkey with water and a bit of vinegar to remove any bacteria from the meat.
  2. Grease your pan with coconut oil, place your meat in the pan and begin to season.
  3. I start off with a bit of sea salt and pepper
  4. About 2 tbsp of garlic paste
  5. 2 tbsp of vinegar
  6. A generous amount of low sodium all purpose seasoning
  7. Sprinkle a small palm size of oregano (make sure to remove the little stems)
  8. Mix 1/2 of a recaito
  9. Cover the meat and let cook until meet is not pink anymore
  10. Then cut about 3/4 of an onion and half of a red bell pepper and mix with the meat.
  11. Cover again for a few minutes on low heat so the onion and peppers can cook.
  12. Mix 3 tbsp of Hunt tomato paste for color and a bit of more flavor.
  13. Add some water if necessary to mix the tomato paste better.
  14. Cover again for a few more minutes.
  15. And you’re done! Time to eat and enjoy!

Grilled Asparagus 

  1. Season the asparagus with coconut oil, sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Grease grill (I used the George foreman grill)
  3. Grill until crisp
  4. Sprinkle a bit of parmesan cheese on top
  5. Enjoy!

Sweet potato is the easiest! 

  1. Poke a bunch of holes into the sweet potato with a fork
  2. Place in a zip bloc bag
  3. Place in the sweet potato in the microwave for 5 minutes of more depending on the size of the potato.
  4. Once done poke a fork in the center to check if its soft in the center, if not give it another 1-2 minutes or more
  5. Once cooked, cut in half and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon

This is a great recipe for lunch or dinner thats healthy and yummy!

For more ground turkey recipes check out: http://www.delish.com/cooking/g2144/ground-turkey-recipes/

Top healthy foods that should be in your diet

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When I first started working out and taking it seriously, the hardest part for me was incorporating a healthier diet. I didn’t know what to eat, and felt very limited in my options. Over the years, I came up with a go to list of healthy foods.

I like to break it down to three sections protein, good carbs, and veggies and try to incorporate one of each in every meal.

Proteins:

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Ground turkey
  • Eggs
  • Hummus
  • Nuts
  • Oats
  • Cottage cheese
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Beans
  • Tuna
  • Steak
  • Quinoa

Good Carbs:

  • Corn
  • Sweet Potato
  • Brown Rice
  • Avocado
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • Oatmeal
  • Pumpkin
  • Whole grain bread

Veggies:

  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots

Check out http://allrecipes.com for many healthy recipes that include many of the foods above!