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Health: My Favorite Morning Drink!

Hi Friends,

A fun fact about me is that I love sipping on things more than chewing things! I’m not sure why, but I love a yummy drink: carbonated, fresh juice, teas & coffees (I really don’t discriminate).

Lately, one of my favorite morning drinks has been 100% Bolthouse Farms Pomegranate Juice and chia seeds! (I’ve been purchasing Bolthouse over Pom Wonderful due to the price point. I’m sure if the POM Wonderful price point were better – I’d use either/or.)

I bought the Chia Seeds from amazon for $11  – you can find them anywhere though. At night (preferred method) or in the morning (least preferred method) I take a tablespoon or two of the chia seeds ad them let them soak in the pomegranate juice. By the time I wake up or am done getting ready for the morning –I have an awesome health drink ready for me!

The benefits of pomegranate juice are never ending, but here are some of my favorite benefits of drinking it:

  • may help stop plaque from building up in blood vessel
  • loaded with antioxidants (antioxidants are known to help prevent and repair DNA damage that can lead to cancer)
  • A 2005 study on 45 patients with coronary heart disease demonstrated that a daily drink of 238ml (8.4oz) of pomegranate juice administered over three months resulted in improved blood flow to the heart and a lower risk of heart attack
  • I’m anemic and the iron content is high in pomegranate juice!

I’m also really loving chia seeds – I’m sure you’ve read a million articles dedicated to these inflatable black seeds that turn all jelly-like, but once again here are my favorite reasons for loving chia seeds:

  • one tablespoon of chia seeds have more calcium than a glass of milk, more omega-3s than salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries
  • high in fiber
  • may help prevent cardiovascular, neurological and autoimmune diseases

I hope you’re inspired to try the combination tomorrow morning, because it’s something I’ll definitely be enjoying!

Stay healthy! 

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Ina Garten’s Meat Loaf

Ina Garten's Meat Loaf

Hey Friends! I recently made Ina Garten’s Meat Loaf ( link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/meat-loaf-recipe.html)

The recipe was ridiculously easy and the flavor was great. Unfortunately, being indian — meatloaf isn’t for me. The spice content that I absolutely ADORE is missing, and I’m not quite sure how to add that in. I did enjoy it more the next day with a little hot sauce drizzled all over it.

A little side info about me: I have been obsessing over making meatloaf for months — but I wasn’t sure how to make it without a loaf pan. Luckily, one day I was watching FoodNetwork and BAM Ina made this! It’s apparently better to make meatloaf without the pan, because it allows the excess fat to leave the loaf and gives you the opportunity to drain it. I wish I had use my broiler pan and plate — and not used the parchment paper; that way the fat could have just dripped down in the pan and I would have had to try and scrape it all out from the perimeter of the meatloaf.

I LOVE cooking. Any good ideas on where being a lawyer and cook mesh? If so, please comment below, also comment below if you’ve made this recipe or any other Ina Garten recipes!

Peace & love.

Love: Chicken Quesadillas

Being in school & making a fresh dinner do not go hand in hand all the time, but last night after coming back from the gym, and, having only a few ingredients on hand, I decided to try out Laura’s chicken quesadilla recipe — and I seriously loved it! It was truly simple, and required NO PREP work!

I do not know Laura, but I love subscribing to her, she has so many great recipes on her YouTube channel! I’ll try to review all the recipes I make, and tell you how I’ve manipulated them.

Cheers!

P.S. Just made this for lunch, except this time I made a little change. I wanted to add black beans in to make it more filling (and so I could add less cheese). In order to do this I took a can of organic black beans which were in water (NO SALT), drained them and then cooked them on  medium heat for 5 mins. I seasoned them with garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, & chili flakes (you could use a forth of a packet of taco seasoning).  After mixing it all together I placed the contents into  my magic blender with 4 tablespoons of salsa and pureed it!  Next, I placed 2-3 spoons of the mixture on my tortilla and spread it out with a knife,  then placed my chicken and cheese on it & heated it over the stove for 2 mins on each side on medium  heat (just make sure the cheese has melted)! Viola — it’s DONE!

I hope you love this quick & healthy addition to the recipe!