Instagram: Healthy(er) choices

The weekend is coming and I know for me, my clean eating diet may slip up some; all those Costco samples, eating out, chips (lots) and salsa at our fave Mexican place, movie theater popcorn, cocktails, ect.  The hubs and I have been really focusing on eating clean this year (for many reasons) and i like to document many of the choices we make on Instagram (follow me at #Jesshm28).  Click on the pictures to get to a post I’ve already done with the recipe (if no link is there then it means I’m working on the post still!). Also, there’s a couple great links for more information on some of these awesome foods! Happy healthy weekend!

1//Sprouted whole grain toast with avocado. Fabulous breakfast with healthy proteins and fats. Have raspberries on the side for extra antioxidant benefits.

2//Fish cakes with sautéed mushrooms (recipe com in ya’ll). Super delicious and healthy!

2//Tabbouleh salad (recipe coming soon!). One of my all time favorites.  Soaked/sprouted grains are more loaded with nutritional value then regular “whole grains”.

3//Spinach, tomato, feta omelet  (on my recipe to-do list). Protein-packed, vitamin loaded awesome way to start the day and not get hungry before 12 pm!

4//Mixed baby green salad with peppers, onion, and lemon infused olive oil dressing (recipe on its way). Light summer dinner that’s fast and easy, can’t beat that!

5//Sake Bloody Mary with veggie garnishes. I love bloody’s and veggie garnishes. Load this one up for a cocktail snack!

6//Anything Dip made with almonds, evoo and more. Great on toast, crackers and as a veggie dip.

7//Green smoothie made with whole foods. Great way to get your greens in the a.m. Green foods are super nutrient dense and loaded with awesome health benefits. Try getting them at every meal!

8//Health remedy “fire cider”.  Fermented foods are great sources of probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. I made this remedy in winter months to stave off colds/flu and it worked!

9//Cheese fondu served with fruit, whole grain bread, and veggies.  This is a treat (aka high fat)  so use healthy dippers like raw veggies and fruits.

10//Jalepeno-watermelon martini (alcohol can have benefits, hello-decreased stress- if used moderately, 1-2 glasses per day for a healthy person)IMG_7404 IMG_7386IMG_7369IMG_7300IMG_7298IMG_6292IMG_5310IMG_4616IMG_4606IMG_4205IMG_6756

Save a vampire, plant garlic

It’s no lie that I can’t get enough of garlic.  I just found a garlic roaster at the thrift store for $1 and I’ve been using it almost daily now (thanks Costco for bulk garlic).  Once the garlic is nice and soft (350 in the oven for about an hour) I’ll squeeze it out and use as a cracker spread or even on a sandwich.  It’s also one of the best smelling things to cook!

I don’t have a lot of luck planting things (I mean, look at those pics of my dirt, it’s not even really dirt, it’s wood chunks and sand) but I thought I’d try to plant some garlic before it freezes.  All I did was peel off the layers and seperate the bulbs then plant the garlic pointy side up about 3 inches down.  Hopefully I’ll remember where I planted them;)  

(My Fave) Ginger Dressing

Hey there! Today’s recipe is ginger dressing, but I’ll eat it just about like soup.  I do have to be careful though because if I overdo it the ginger really acts on my tummy!  My mom first made a version of this dressing that I about died for and since then I make what I think is pretty close to hers.  It also has a very similar taste to the ginger dressing you would have in a sushi restaurant, which I always ask for extra of:)  Ok, here’s what I used:

1. juice of 1 lemon 2.  3 tbs ginger  3. 1/8 C soy sauce 4. 1/2 C Olive oil 5. 1 tsp mustard 6. 3 garlic cloves 7. pepper.   Just chop up your garlic and ginger and add all ingredients to the blender till smooth.  Hint*Sometimes the ginger is still chunky after blending (and strong tasting if you get a bite!) so chop your ginger finely.  Enjoy on salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, or homemade sushi!   *Super Yum! Jess.  Do you have any other ginger recipes you can’t live without? 

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