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Live to LAUGH with The Laughing Cow

In At home cooking, blogger fun, clean food, local shopping, new faves, popular recipes, Reviews, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized On January 29, 2014 2 Comments

Hi friends!!!!! How is everyone!? I can’t believe that January is almost behind us! Feels like yesterday that we were ringing in the New Year! So crazy. I still find it very hard to get back into my fitness and diet. It’s ridiculous how quickly the pounds can pack on. Ugh. It also is not helping that this year, in fact, next week is my 30th BIRTHDAY! After much thought…I’m thinking that I like the way that sounds. Hi, I’m Paula, and I’m thirty. Yep. Ok.
Be cool Paula. Lol
Maybe that’s why I’m having such a hard time losing the 8 -10 lbs I gained during the holidays… Is it possible that, as soon as you turn thirty, your body knows it and goes, “haha, now you’re gonna have to work double extra hard to keep up your metabolism betch!?” Oh god.
Anyway, I’ve got a really fun post for you today! I’ve been a huge fan of The Laughing Cow for a long time. I must say , life is much better with these babies in my life. I’m actually laughing as I write his because, I actually remember telling my friends ” seriously…you know what would be on my tombstone when I go,(obviously, in a morbid way) “Everything is better with a cheese wedge!” Hahahhahah sounds creepy. But in all seriousness, I haven’t tried a flavor that I haven’t loved! Check out the post I did on my favorite Laughing Cow snack ideas!
The laughing Cow has provided me with products to try out as well as a $10 gift card for this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.

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These little 35-45 calorie cheese wedges add sooo much flavor WITHOUT packing on the calories to your daily macros. The combinations are endless, and seriously make every meal and snack, so much more enjoyable. The 35 calorie cheese wedges are a perfect snack, and come in 7 different flavors. I couLd just eat a triangle by itself! The Smooth Sensations cream cheese spread is 45 calories and super creamy! it really does beat having regular ol’ cream cheese.
I wish I could share with you sooooo many ways, but I’ve narrowed it down to my 3 favorite ways in 3 different meals!
First up:
BREAKFAST

BTW….this can also be a snack. Super easy peazy.
3/4 cup liquid egg whites
Microwave in a greased bowl for 1 min 30 secs, checking and stirring.
Add a Smooth Sensation cream cheese wedge or any other fave flavor in the last 30 seconds of heating.
Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper and VÍOLA!
Soooo much more delicious flavor to those eggies!

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This is what my amazing LUNCH looked like! Again, this can also be a great mid day snack idea!
My boyfriend and I went nuttzo for this combo! I’m a total egg-a-holic, no joke. I think it’s a great way to get in that protein we all need, especially if hitting the weight room pretty often. This meal is the perfect combo of carbs/fat/protein.
SIMPLE.
Toast one Thomas Whole Wheat bagel Thin, or a low carb tortilla.
Spread 1 Smooth sensation Chive and onion wedge or a White Cheddar wedge (my fave) on your toast of choice.

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Cut a quarter of your pre-made frittata. ( I made mine with carton egg whites, peppers, leeks, kale, onion, and garlic.) also try this recipe.
Stuff inside your your sandwich or wrap and enjoy!!!

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Last but not least…. Check out this bowl of goodness!!!! Yummmmmmmmm, omg.
Ok, this was my dinner…but with how little calories this bowl is, it can easily be consumed as one of your mid-day snacks.(w/out the chicken)
So, all you gotta do is:
pick up 2 bags of Miracle Noodles or Fettuccini (20 calories a bag!) …remove from bag, rinse, and flash boil.
Remove from boiling water, strain, and place in bowl.
Add in: 1 Smooth Sensation cream cheese wedge, and 1 light Garlic & Herb cheese wedge
2 tbsp Nonfat sour cream
1/4 tsp crushed garlic
Pinches of each: Mrs. Dash seasonings, thyme, and White Cheddar popcorn seasoning.

For more protein and for more of a complete meal…ad 4 oz chicken breast:)

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Microwave all ingredients until creamy and combined!!! The noodles totally take on the cheesy flavor and it is absolutely an orgasm in your mouth. No exaggeration! So freakin low carb, without the loss of flavor!

NOW THAT, folks…is my idea of fettuccine Alfredo!!!! Sooo healthy!
Without the chicken Calories: 130!!!!
With chicken: Calories: 250!!!

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As you can tell, I’m a huge advocate…and fan of this company.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FLAVORS!? Please, I would love to hear some more ideas, cuz these are delish!!!
Hope you all have a fab rest of the week!
Cheers to dirty thirty!!!! Lol
Xoxo

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What my favorite time of year looks like…

In At home cooking, clean food, fitness, LIVE FIT TRAINER, local shopping, new faves, popular recipes, Reviews, sweets, thursday things, Uncategorized On October 24, 2013 0 Comments

Ahhhh!!! I can finally post!!!! Ugh I have been so frustrated. Well, today…my post is dedicated to my absolute favorite season.

FALLLLLLLL!!!!

This is what my October looks like….

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I couldn’t have said it better myself, Mr. Fitzgerald… One of my fave quotes.
This is the time of year when all I want to do is be cozy, drink wine, and eat warm, hearty foods. You also best believe this betch has got 6 pumpkin pie, pumpkin swirl, cinnamon toast, crisp apple candles all over the damn place. I’m sure no surprise to those who know me. Lol.
I can’t help be really believe this quote. For me….my moods and outlooks change with the weather. Can anyone relate. In other words babes, this is a fresh start;)

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Another reason to obsess over fall….FOOTBALL SEASON! Go Broncos!!!!!
Although….I can’t effing believe they lost at the Colts home this past Sunday. Pissed.
Love my old school hat though.

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Cozy Willy and cashmere blankets covering my couch. On crisp mornings especially. Swoon.
Been really loving getting up and enjoying my mornings before rushing to the gym. I’m over that. Plus, now that I start work way later in the A.M, I actually feel so much more free, and and find that I really don’t need to wake up at 5 to get shit done. Absolutely lovely. Time is priceless.

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The time of year when turkeys start popping up on magazine covers…..A couple of years ago, I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 22 people at my parents house, and it was a huge success. It was a lot of hard work, and not gonna lie….expensive.

But….absolutely worth it. It was amazing. I called it my “William Sonoma Thanksgiving“. A lot of the ideas came from either that little William Sonoma mag they give out at the store during this time of year, or from the November issue of Bon Appetit. My favorite foodie magazine. Definitely not the healthiest of recipes, but damn delicious. This year, I’d really like to do something similar. Gotta chat with mom to see if we can round up the troops :) This year, I may see if I can healthify things a bit. You know…subbing cream for say……almond milk…or a nut meal crust with coconut oil instead of a shortbread pumpkin pie crust. Add stock instead of butter…. you know, things like this. What do ya’ll think. I know I should be talking about Halloween since it is the holiday coming up, but…to be honest, not a huggggggggggge fan of that holiday. Not interested. I like the decorating part, but no so much the dressing up and the rest of it. Anyway……

 

Ya’ll got any thanksgiving healthy substitution tips? 

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Fresh flowers are a must in my house. these are the latest addition this week.

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These are what my October DAYS  look like. Riding around town with my roll dawg.

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Ventura County beach days with Willy, chardonnay, and a picnic :)

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What my October NIGHTS look like……….

BBQing outdoors, enjoying a fire pit….

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Having a great glass of RED, and catching up with friends for dinner in Echo Park.

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I cant go on with this post without my new FAVORITE FINDS!!!!!

Ok, so if you follow my instagram….you will see that I’ve been obsessing over Arctic Zero !!!!! Last week, Arctic Zero sent me a box filled with loads of different flavors to try. Droooooool!!!!! Talking about substitutions, this is by far the smartest ICE CREAM SUBSTITUTION!!!!

As you know, I’ve got a bad history with binge eating. This I do admit. On many occasions, I’ve scarfed down whole pints of ice cream, like a train was chasing me. Trying to get it down so fast so that I wouldn’t have to actually think about how guilty I would feel afterward.

Hmmmmm, does this sound familiar to anyone??? Well, If you’ve ever inhaled a whole pint of regular ice cream, then you must know that you’ve just consumed

1200 CALORIES!!!!! (ex: Dreyer’s)

WTFFFFFFF!!!!!!!! I know, sick. Because ice cream is seen as the forbidden fruit, we gorge on it because we think, “ugh, well… I better eat allllllllllllllllll of this now, because I am like, Never gonna do this again!!!!!” 1/2 a cup suddenly goes out the window.

Senoritas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have found our new BESTIE!!!!! Arctic Zero offers GUILT-FREE frozen desserts for a fraction of the cals!!! They are delicious, I’ve sampled them all;) My personal fave…. STRAWBERRY. All made with no artificial sweeteners, NON GMO, low glycemic & made with whey protein! I’ve been even adding a couple tbsps in my protein shakes! Holy AMAZEBALLZ! The BEST part…..

150 calories a pint

36 calories per serving (1/2 cup)

 

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This is no lie. I know it seems hard to believe, but see for yourself here. The proof is right there!

I am so freakin grateful to have found this product. FINALLY, I get to enjoy an ice cream treat without sacrificing a healthy diet. Now, knowing that I can have it whenever I want, and knowing that its not naughty at all, I don’t have that “forbidden fruit” mentality anymore. Available in 7 yummy ass flavors.

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 Wanna know more??????

….Like, when, where, how, $, etc……..

WHAT IN THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!!!!

CLICK..CLICK..CLICK!!!!!!

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You can’t possibly go on without Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer though October. No sir. For me, sugar free.

Listen, I know its fake shit, and soooo not natural OR organic, but you know what. Leave me alone. It’s one tbsp or less I use a day, so whatever! It is so yummy, and homegurrrrlllll loves her coffee! I swear I looked EVERYWHERE for this! Couldn’t find the Coffee Mate one, so I settled for International Delight.  Its pretty fantastic!!! 20 calories a tbsp for a cup of coffee beats a 100 cal nonfat vanilla latte from Sbucks, right?!

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OCTOBER RECIPE ALERT!

Sometimes, sweet potatoes just aren’t gonna cut it. I’ve been sick of em’. I’ve completely played them out. Pumpkin too. LOl.

I’ve moved on to Kabocha Squash. BYEEEEEEEEE. Have you ever had it? It’s probably the onesquash that you keep passing up when you’re at the store, cuz frankly, it’s pretty ugly. Dark greenish/brown usually. It’s one of the only squashes that I actually eat the skin after I’ve cooked it. It’s full of fiber, so go right ahead. Make sure it’s organic if you’re gonna eat the skin. It’s also one of the sweetest ;) I can’t think of a better FALL & October recipe to share with ya’ll. It’s a healthier alternative and pairs great with all proteins and other sides like veggies!

 

KABOCHA SQUASH PUREE.

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I made this the other night with a lemon & herb roasted chicken and a spinach & avocado salad with olive oil and champagne vinegar. It was soooo bomb!

That white stuff you see sprinkled over the top, is my absolute favorite cheese! MANCHEGO!

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Kabocha Squash Puree
 
Author:

Ingredients
  • 1 whole Kabocha squash
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk. (silk brand=30 cals for 1 cup)
  • 2 tbsp Fat free sour cream (Trader Joe’s brand=15 cals for 2 tbsp)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of cinnamon & nutmeg
  • salt & pepper
  • optional topping: Grated manchego cheese on top, or use your fave!

Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven 400 degrees.
  2. Cut kabocha squash in ½. Sprinkle both insides with garlic powder, cinnamon & nutmeg.
  3. In a baking dish, with ½ an inch of water. Place both halves face down into the dish.
  4. Roast for 40 minutes, or until very soft. top may brown slightly.
  5. Once cooked, let sit out to cool. Then add all the rest of ingredients along with roasted kabocha into a high speed blender, or whatever you have to blend.
  6. Serve puree with a bit of your favorite grated cheese over top;)

 

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I hope you enjoy that simple recipe. It really did turn out awesome. oh & a lil secret…..

I made it for a boy, and he LOVED it;)

shhhhhh. <3

LOOKING FOR MORE FALL IDEAS???

LUNCH & DINNER:

 
PUMPKIN CAULIFLOWER RISOTTO 
 
LOW CAL PUMPKIN CHIPOTLE  SOUP
 
KALE AND PUMPKIN CROQUETTES 
 
“FAUX” MASHED POTATOES
 
VEGETABLE & SWEET POTATO STIR FRY WITH POACHED EGG
 
LOW CARB STUFFED RED PEPPERS
 
STUFFED ZUCCHINI MANICOTTI
 
*FIT* BEEF STUFFED CABBAGE
 

BREAKFAST & SWEET TREATS:

 
PAULA’S PROTEIN PUMPKIN MUFFINS
 
CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE MUFFINS
 
BANANA OAT MUFFINS
 
LOW CARB FLAX BANANA SQUARES
 
PUMPKIN FIBER BARS
 
VANILLA PUMPKIN PROTEIN PANCAKES
 
MINI BLUEBERRY PROTEIN MUFFINS
 
BEST EVER BANANA BREAD GUILT-FREE
 
PUMPKIN CHIA PUDDING
 

Here’s a shot I took while in Downtown LA. This is why I love Los Angeles. Street art is the tits.

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In fitness through October:

I’m still rocking my LIVE FIT TRAINER through bodybuilding.com.

About to start week 8!!!! eeeek. Wish me luck and strength!

Hello biceps.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

 

 

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KISS*

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Malibu Weekend Wedding & some NEW finds you WON”T wanna miss!!!

In bodybuilding, clean food, fitness plan, Fridays, friends, LIVE FIT TRAINER, local shopping, new faves, Raw food, Reviews, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized On October 3, 2013 0 Comments

Hey y’all! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA, but to be totally honest…there hasn’t been too much to report. As far as my progress in my LIVE FIT TRAINER program, it’s going really well. Weeks 3 & 4 have been pretty much the same workouts and foods, except I’ve been upping my weight a bit. Just about to finish up week 4, and I gotta tell ya….loving this shit. I feel so empowered. “When in doubt, go LIFT”

I absolutely **CANNOT WAIT** till ***PHASE 2!***
This is where I start gettin shredddddded!! Finally! **CARDIOOOOOO!**

Anyway, trust me, you will get all the lowdown on foods, supplements, and workouts for the next phase of the transform. I’ve had a handful of “*re-feed”* meals ( some would call cheat days) within these last couple weeks, but, I’m fine with it. My body reacted just fine. I think the consistency of my caloric intake has kept my metabolism on check, so when I did have those heavier meals, I was fine.
Ok, enough babbling. There *are* other things in my life I’d like to share, u know! ;) On to some great shots of my girlfriends wedding in Calamitos Ranch, in Malibu this past weekend…..

It was a gorgeous evening.

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Check out the biggest **BABES** of the night;) legends!

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The cutest couple ever! This dress was absolutely stunning!!!! Completely obsessed by her 20′s finger wave hair.

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I totally forced the kid to kiss me. Lol. Such a babeeeeeess.

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One of my 2 dates for the evening. No, not my boyfriend….. **friend.**
Don’t worry…you ***will ***know when homegirl gets a dude;)

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The happy couple Mr & Mrs. Lipps.
( the lighting makes my hair look red….hmmm, I kinda like it;)

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Ok, now come theeeeese homies! Haley, to my right, is my other date. Lol.
She got that fake pony up in her hair, and it looks sooooo bomb! Lookin like JLo! Champagne, and some more champagne….. Then I just kept adding OJ. Lol

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The man behind us all. “Dad” my old boss. My friend…and “godfather” of hair pretty much. Lookin like he just walked off the Tom Ford runway. Always so sharp.

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How adorable is this little spread! This was put together by Brown Bear Eats out of Costa Mesa, CA. Omgggg. I couldn’t resist! They have the absolute BEST peanut butter cookies and gluten free brownies!

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Super cute idea for seating. Baby succulents with name tags:) had to snap a pic. You know, cuz I’m soooo getting hitched soon. #pinning

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Ok, so we were a bit buzzed in this pic…perhaps…. Not sure. Orrrrre we just thought we looked realllllll cute…..

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Ladies!!!!! Love these girls! We ate like queens and dropped it like it was hot!

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NEW FINDS & FAVES……

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It’s no strange news to you about my obsession with QuestBars. This I know, but I can’t help but to send a lil shout out, EVERY time I buy them. They are by far the BEST protein bar on the market. All the flavors you see are all made with stevia or erythritol.

Erythritol is a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol derived from a corn source and is naturally found in small amounts in various plants, fruits and fungi, including mushrooms. It contains virtually no calories (95% less calories than table sugar), has a low glycemic impact, and doesn’t contribute to tooth decay. Basically all the bad things about sugar are absent in Erythritol, yet it tastes just like sugar and is about 70% as sweet.

They are delicious!!! The best part is, when you lightly zap them in the microwave! I know, I’m sounding gross right now, but i don’t carrrrreee! Hard to pick a fave folks!

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Again…no secret. My favorite season is fall. This pic says it all. I die for organic fujis.

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Not a new find…but I ran low, bought a new one, & thought I would remind you, that ya’ll better get on this PB train.

85% less fat calories than regular peanut butter! HELLLOOOO , need I say more.

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Ok, so a girl can really get sick of “OATS” as a pre-workout meal, so this past week, I’ve switched it up. I found this amazing, moist, delicious & organic sunflower seed bread by Delba. 

Delba-Breads from controlled biological cultivation

All used raw materials are coming from controlled biological cultivation.
The natural ingredients and the special baking process give our Rye Breads a delicious taste.
Delba Rye Breads are a contribution to the wholesome and high-fibre diet.

From controlled biological cultivation
–without preservatives
–without chemical baking aids
*organic farming
Ingredients
Whole kernel rye*, water, whole rye flour*, sunflower seeds* (5%), sea salt, yeast

Yummmmmm!!!! So nutty and perfect macros for a pre-workout. I’ve just been topping with a bit of Nature’s Hollow (sugar-free) honey and done. Gives me the perfect amount of energy to kill my early morning workouts. I just cant do the whole fasting workouts anymore…ugh soooo not about that lean muscle loss. FEED TO GROW!

Carbs/fat/protein.

POST-WORKOUT: 5 egg whites, 1.5 oz shredded chicken & veggies
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Since my diet has been short of exciting as far as playing around with new ingredients, (my list of foods is pretty boring), I’ve been researching alternatives to some of my favorite sauces & seasonings. I ran across this puppy while doing some shopping the other day. I don’t know if ya’ll are familiar with Walden Farms products, but they also have a BBQ sauce that is 0 cal, sugar free, well, all of the above, but….i just cant bring myself to buy it. If you read the back, you honestly CANNOT pronounce a thing that’s in it. UMMMM, I just couldn’t justify it. Anyway, then I saw this one. Good things come to those who wait, right?!

Well, she’s a WINNER!

Nature’s Hollow SUGAR FREE BBq sauce.

Nothing hidden, sweetened with Xylitol.
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A carb lovers DREAM!!!!! LOW CARB BAGELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Somebody please pinch me and wake me the fuck up!

I saw these at my local (& FAVORITE) lil low carb store, and I was hesitant. I was like “realllllly, wtf is gonna be in this?!”

So, like a lil creep, I sat in the store while googling the company and their products. Thin Slim Foods has got it goin on!

Ingredients:  Flours(organic wheat bran, natural wheat protein isolate, natural oat flour), purified water, sea salt, calcium proprionate(a light preservative), chicory roots, yeast(sorbitan monostearate), dried onion.

Please look them up, and see for yourself.

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Last find of the day, which, BTW…I  will be enjoying one today, as my afternoon snack….These awesome RAW/VEGAN wraps by WRAWP.

WHAT??! I know, amazeballz.

WrawP bread is Raw, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Low Fat, Sugar Free, Diabetic friendly, all natural, high in fiber, full of flavor and rich in nutrition! No white salt or sugar and low in calories. It is full of Complex Vitamin B and Omega 3! It helps to prevent heart disease, blood sugar, diabetes, high cholesterol, and conical problems.

It’s HAND MADE, LIVE, HEALTHY, AND UNCOOKED, Dehydrated at 115F. No trans-fat, No saturated fat, no oils, no preservatives, easy to digest, live Vitamins, Minerals and Enzymes.

I bought the spirulina wrawps and they are sooooo bomb and full of flavor!  I highly recommend these.

20131002-204003.jpgWhat do think?…. I think this week’s finds are by far the BEST I’ve found yet! With all these new options, I think it’ll be wayyyy easier to stick to my clean diet. These are my own reviews and research. I was not compensated for it. I love sharing info  with you, let me know if you find or try any of these;) I’d love to know your thoughts.

Also, If you’ve found an amazing product, that I don’t know about yet… PLEASE let me know, and we can highlight it on an upcoming post!

LOVE UUUUUUUUU

P

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Foooooodie PENPALS;)

In clean food, FOODIE penpals, local shopping, thursday things, Uncategorized On February 28, 2013 1 Comment

Hey friends! It’s an exciting day for us bloggers! Yes, it’s that time of the month;) it’s February Foodie Penpals reveal day! This idea was brought on my a fellow friend, and blogger, the Lean Green Bean.
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This is such a fantastic way for bloggers and blog readers to keep in touch, and stay connected through our viral lifestyles:) I was stoked when I saw the UPS guy coming through the doors at work…my PENPAL package had arrived:) this month, my penpal was Denise Evans of Eat*laugh*love. I love her tag line…

“A collection of healthy eating recipes, dedicated to eating with joy, seasoning with laughter, and cooking with love.”
She uses all organic and non processed ingredients in all her cooking, and considers her passion for food like yoga in the kitchen. She’s a machine! Posting amazing healthy recipes almost daily, while keeping a full time tech job. Power to ya girl! Check out her blog for some delicious homemade ideas for yourself or your family!

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She really got my box SPOT ON! I made sure to take pics of all the yummy goodies she sent, before scarfing them all down;)

#1: DUKKAH seasoning by Trader Joe’s.
I haven’t used it yet, but excited to try it.
Dukkah is a savory nut and spice blend of Middle Eastern origin.You can use as a rub or crust for chicken and fish, as a seasoning for vegetables.

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#2: FLACKERS! my absolute favorite low carb cracker option. Love having these at the house. Super guilt free. Created by a doctor, these bad boys are gluten free, low carb and low glycemic. They offer loads of fiber and are really high in omegas. They are made up of flax seeds and spices. Nothing hidden or ingredients you can’t pronounce. You can find these online or at your local health food store. I’m completely obsessed with them!

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#3: 10 MIN. FARRO by Trader Joe’s. I’ve never cooked farro before, so I’m curious to try it out in the recipe she sent along with the package pictured below. It’s considered a whole grain, a good source of fiber, aids in lowering cholesterol. AND, high in vitamins in minerals.
Also considered a “Smart Carb”
Farro’s complex carbs break down slowly, keeping your energy level stable. The grain also has cyanogenic glucosides, a type of carb that may boost the immune system.

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#4: YOGI GINGER TEA. If there is anything I need, it’s help in the digestion department! Holy, digestive issues. It’s caffeine free, so this has been lovely to drink up at night. It helps to sooth the tummy after a meal. Also, the taste of ginger isn’t so overwhelming, which I appreciate.

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#5: MARCONA ALMONDS roasted and salted with rosemary..OOOOOMMMMGGGGG. I mean, never have I EVER had something so amazing and flavorful. WOW! I highly recommend these. They are naturally a bit oily, but enjoy it as a treat.

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Here is the recipe she sent with the box:) such a sweetheart. Thanks so much Denise! Can’t wait to try this! You guys should try this recipe out, and let me know how it comes out!! Also, if you are interested in joining FOODIE Penpals, Here’s some more INFO.

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Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! Kissssessssss xoxoxoxoxox

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Gloomy Gorgeous Sunday

In family, local shopping, Sunday funday, Uncategorized On January 7, 2013 3 Comments

My favorite day of the week….SUNDAY.
Last night was my first experience at Supercross. It was nothing like I have ever experienced. It actually was super cool, and although I was in and out of passing out, (exhausted from a full day of clients) but non the less, very exciting, different evening:)

My body decided to sleep in till 7 am this morning. I know, weird. I had to head over to the parental unit’s house today to pick up willy, and of course to hang with the folks & BBQ:) not too much planned for today,precisely why I love Sundays…it’s a free for all. I started off with my ritual cup of espresso and almond milk, so creative…lol.

As I looked in my fridge looking for what I should stuff in my Vitamix, I realized I had absolutely nothing! No kale, no chard, No NOthin.
So even though the forecast called for rain, I took my cozy lil ass on to the farmers market.
Turned out to be a gorgeous morning, with a few rays is sunshine.

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Hiiiiiiiiii, yes, I stocked up. Homegurrrrl went nuts.
I never go there with a list, obviously. Too many goods to limit myself, so I watch myself by only bringing 2 recyclable bags with me.

I came home with some beautiful fruits and veggies.
- rainbow chard
- kale
- cauliflower
- broccoli
- Fuji apples
- persimmons( last batch of the season)
- onions
- carrots
- green onions
- cilantro
- ginger
- sweet potato
- Japanese cabbage
- crimson grapes

All organic, and at very great prices.

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Check out these sweet carrots. These would be perfect as a side dish. They are stunning in flyover and color.

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Really, the main reason why I rushed to the farmer’s so early, was because I wanted to make a green protein smoothie. So as soon as I got home and organized…. I made my tummy happy.

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I did a little something different this time.

I added pinches of:
Tumeric: a natural anti inflammatory
Cayenne: speeds up metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and helps circulation.
Ginger: aids in gastrointestinal issues
A small persimmon

A bit funny, but really good.

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While shopping around, I came across this great little antique/vintage shop that carried soooooo many amazing things! I wanted to go home with everything!
I dropped my grocery bags and practically ran toward these fab items.

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Vintage bottle holder with glass bottles…had to buy.
And a great dish with silverware, which I thought would be great for some food shots!
Ughhhhhhh, aren’t they precious!?
I just had to share. Sometimes, when you’re least looking, huh? ;)

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Today, was a very special day…. I finally cleaned, and organized my fridge. I would of shown you a before pic, but it was just too embarrassing. I mean, it’s not like it was a hoarder pig fridge or anything, it just was a mess. Like a MESS.
so she she is, all pretty, and clean.

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It’s amazing how much more you can fit in there, once you throw out all the weird, random shit you don’t need.
I didn’t need 5 different kinds of mustard. Really.

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I promise, it’ll help you and encourage you to eat better and cleaner:)
It was definitely detoxifying…

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After my Sunday shopping, I headed to sunday ZUMBA and got my dance on:) I had naughty foods last night so I figured, he’ll, lets burn some of that shit off. After class, sweaty n all, I headed over to the folks house, and got ready for a meat-eaters lunch…

Argentinian ribs, chorizo, and salad with chimichurri. The bomb.com.

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The rents. The cutest. We love our Sunday bbq’s. Dad’s a master on the grill btw.

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I get so hungry after I workout. Protein galore.

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Excuse my inner carnivore.

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After lunch, mom and I ran errands. Of course hit up our fave, Tj Maxx ;)
Yes, we are maxinistas;)
Hung out at home and laid low.
We were gonna go see Les Miserables, but, when I saw it was almost 3 hrs long…. I changed my mind. I probably would’ve passed out in the theater. That’s just too long to be sitting in there, I’m sorry.

Dinner was some local Thai food. I literally haven’t eaten Thai since I was actually in Thailand, which was in April. Ridiculous. My craving was gnarly, so I dragged mom, who had never tried Thai food, to a great little spot in town. It was delicious.

Now, in a food coma, it’s time for my bed. Up early mañana for a hike with my girl, Jules.
7:30 a.m to be precise.
#getafterit.
Goodnight friends…..P

A LITTLE FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

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THIS WEEK IN: My Fashion Inspiration

In fashion, get the look, local shopping, Uncategorized On January 5, 2013 0 Comments

Hey all!
I’m so excited to start sharing some of the latest fashion inspirations that make me wanna say “Hellllllll YESSSSS!
Style is something created my your own sense of self, and inspirations of others, so I wanted to share a post that was dedicated to what I see myself in. I LOVE FASHION. Even though most times, you can catch me in trainers, and gym clothes, I work as a hairstylist, so I need to be on top of my game as far as the hottest looks.

If you are not on Pinterest, get into it, it is an online inspiration board that offers ideas in everything, from fashion, food, travel, and DIY projects. Most of you know that this is my shit. I love this site. So every week, I really want to start sharing with you what I’m into at the moment.
I’m all over the place so,I don’t know if you would say that I have a particular “Paula style”, but you could say that I love to mix and match, and play tomboy every once in a while.
So, that’s what I’m sharing with y’all today….

” I wore my baggy pants today” looks.
I can be girly at times, but mostly I like to functional and comfortable. I’m on my feet 9 hrs a day, so, really, you won’t be catching me in stilettos. Yeah. No.

Sexy is something that comes from within ladies. Hold your head high, and your shoulders back.
You’ll be turning heads like you wouldn’t believe;) It’s all about confidence in your body and faith in your fashion choices.

Remember…there is NO right or wrong in fashion, only insecurity.

Check out what I’m Soooooo into right now…

ADIDAS ORIGINALS

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BOYISH TUXEDOS WITH BEAUTIFUL FEMININE JEWELRY

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COUNTRY GIRL MEETS CITY

A great pair of overalls, with sleek loafers, a simple top and fab accessories.

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SUMMER STREET CHIC

Effortless beauty on a Sunday morning.

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BASICS
Quality over quantity.
Basics that will carry you through the year.
Black, white, gray.
In every shape, baggy, tight, whatever.
Pair with a trouser, knee length skirt, or a great pair of boyfriend jeans;)

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WORKING GIRL
This look, I LOVE! How chic is this?
I definitely see myself out to dinner in this, or even at work. Well, minus the gnarly heels, but, I am feeeeeling this.
The hammer pants are makin’ a comeback babes!

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ARGENTINIAN GODDESS
If you don’t already know, I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and this look reminds me of the girls I see walking downtown during the fall. Tis look is effortless, intellectual, and extremely feminine.
Tis look oozes confidence to me…the hat n’ all.

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THE MODERN SCHOOL TEACHER

you can re-create this look for, I bet you, $50 bucks or less.
Simple. White button up, and an elastic band skirt, really? C’mon. I could find this at gap tomorrow.
It’s all about you owning it!
Buttoned up to the top, FAVORITE part.
How bout’ that fringe too? Damn.

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DENIM. GIRL NEXT DOOR

Get over it. Denim will never be out.
As a matter of fact, it is longest living trend out of alllllll of these.
You got nothin’ on denim.
This is a hot look. Try using this method. Different shades, and textures of denim together, with some great shoes, and jewelry. Head turner.

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Motto as you find your way though life……

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Anddddd. You knew I couldn’t help myself…..;)
These a nuts. Ahhhhh I need!!!!! Click pic to odaaaaaa!

FITNESS DEAL OF THE WEEK:

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And, last but not least, for those of you wanting to start the new year off with something new….
A few days left. Get it!
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Click here to STEAL THE DEAL!
Xo, P

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Tis’ the time for…. SHOPPING

In Christmas, fashion, local shopping, Uncategorized On December 17, 2012 0 Comments

OH YES!
The time has come, I’m pretty sure that this is the lastweekend we have to reallyshop for our Mothers, Fathers, Friends, and Lovers. I have to admit…eeeeek, I have not even thought about it till now! Usually, I’m done by mid-December. Tis year procrastination has gotten the best of me.
Does ” I’m super busy” count?

If you are struggling looking for the perfect gift, I’ve got some great ideas below!

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For the BETTY’S:

  1. Gorgeous silver hammered stackable rings. They are feminine, classic, and enhance any look. These rings are a product of Nadine Jewelry. These are gorgeous & at around $75 bucks, you cant go wrong. She works with recycled siver, rose gold, and gold. Any girl would absolutely rock these. Check out her ETSYSHOP
  2. Cuisinart handheld mixer. A perfect gift for anyone who likes shakes, smoothies, and just loves being in the kitchen. I thought I had just about everything I needed in my kitchen, until I received this as a gift, then I realized I was missing out all this time. I use it constantly. I used to ALWAYS have to bust out my big blender every time for 1 smoothie. Too much work. This makes my morning protein shakes LIKE A BOSS! At around $50 bucks, she’ll be stoked, and you didn’t brake the bank.
  3. Ok, california doesn’t exactly have snowy weather, but, who doesn’t love a great BEANIE!? We are loving this BURTON beanie. They have got so many styles, it’s hard to choose from. Remember, color is in right now, so dare to be bright. Especially if this chick takes off to the mountain in the winter. Color is the THING! At just $25 dollars, this makes a great stocking stuffer!
  4. These Kerastase products continue to win ALLURE’S best and favorite products award. Learn more about their amazing and innovative technology on their website. These are a great gift! Being a stylist myself, I know, very well, the importance of using the best products for your hair. What girl doesn’t want to protect their hair from blowdrying and other heat styling. Nobody wants dry hair, right? These thermique products ensure full spectrum protection while smoothing and add nutrients to weakened hair. It’s hard being a girl people! We can’t always buy nice products for ourselves, it gets expensive. So, I am positive any babe would freak when they see this wrapped or in a stocking. If you live anywhere close to SASSOON Beverly Hills, we are offering karestase gift packages for a great discounted price for the holiday! Stop by!
  5. Baby its cold outside!!!! This awesome NORTH FACE running jacket is super light while adding protection from wind and cold weather . If we don’t have the proper gear, it really does make it hard to want to exercise outside. I have some great Northface gear that I’ve had forever. The quality is impeccable, you wont regret it!
  6. Ahhhh, Gift this amazing wine! I’m a HUGE fan of Santa Barbara Winery. Their wines are at a great price point and are exquisite! Every girl loves a great bottle of wine. My personal favorite is their pinot noir.
  7. Last but not least, this could be one of the best gift ideas ever! The POLAR heart rate monitor watch. Best gadget for a FIT girl! Improves fitness level by monitoring what heart rate zone you are in, cals burned ,and soooo much more! Worth the price. Invest in health!

Boy oh boys…They need love too;) I actually really love to shop for boys. I’ve come up with a few options whether it be for your man, dad ,brother or friend. Let the shopping begin!

He doesn’t have to be an avid backpacker to appreciate a great travel pack. I think every guy should have one. It’s multi use, they can be for camping, backpacking, traveling light ( no suitcases) , or used for long hikes. REI has a wide variety of awesome packs ranging in affordable prices. Hurry and take advantage of the free shipping!

NFL Sunday ticket is mos def on most guys wish list. C’mon, obvious. He will freak if you surprise him with this gift. A football lovers dream. Something to think about ladies!

Looking for a great stocking stuffer? STANCE socks are it!
STANCE is dedicated to the spirit of individuality with a design philosophy that believes in expression and function. Super unique and creative, with the best fit. Made with the highest quality materials. Check them out! They’ve got some great looks for the Betty’s too!

I’ve got news for you ladies…guys secretly, are soooo into their hair. They tend to just used whatever we’ve got in the shower, mostly because they just never know what brand to purchase. They don’t know what is good or what suits their hair type best.Honestly I think some guys are just a ill embarrassed to buy hair products for themselves. With the new Kerastase Homme mens line you can’t go wrong. These products provide strength and density for the specific needs of men’s hair. Maintaining hair mass is the concern of 70% men. * The first dual action hair maintenance system designed to leave hair feeling and looking stronger, thicker and refreshed.

I’ve never seen a NIXON watch I didn’t love. For men and women. These watches are of the highest quality, and come in so many different styles. This is the gift.

Last but not least…if your guy is into camping…this is the coolest ! A portable burner by JINYU. Small, compact , and with a sup sleep design. Something different and will definitely show that you were thinking outside the box!

Happy shopping beauties! I gotta get to it myself! We only have a week left! Ahhhhhhhh

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Easy like Sunday mornin<3

In lebert equalizer, local shopping, Uncategorized, WOD On November 25, 2012 0 Comments

Good morning! I finally feel like I’m getting back to my normal routine. This morning’s workout seems like a small list but by the time I finished the 3rd round of sets, I had had enough. The Spartan Race is getting sooo close! Next Sunday! Did I mention how nervous I am??? Pretty much freaking out.

W.O.D

     Run 30 minutes 5k
10 push ups
10 body weight squats
10 burpees
25 crunches

(Repeat 1-3 times)
Stretch

 I’ve been training with my old Asics. They are so beat up, holes n all. These are the ones Ill be using for the race, so I figured I’d train in them. I’ll definitely be throwing them out after sunday. Oh, that reminds me…What are the best running shoes out?? I’m in the market for something new! I’ve tried the Nike frees, and also have a pair of trail racing shoes. Any suggestions??
what about these?

 

 

I made a delicious protein shake after my workout.. It blew my mind!

1 scoop of collagen sport vanilla protein

1/2 cup frozen mixed berries

1/2 cup filtered water

1/2 cup flax milk (unsweetened) or almond milk

1 tbsp PB2

1 tsp raw acai powder

1/4 cup 0% greek yogurt

1 tsp. Vanilla bean paste

2-3 drops stevia

3 ice cubes

  • The anthocyanins found in acai are believed to lower the occurrence of diabetic retinopathy and the formation of fibrous breast tissue.
  • The high concentration of linoleic acid in acai can lower bad cholesterol while raising the good levels.
  • Acai has more anthocyanins than red wine or blueberries.

I’m usually still hungry even after a shake , but with this one, I swear it definitely fills me up. Does anyone else feel like me? AlAWAYS hungry when you train hard? The more I work out, the more my stomach feels like a bottomless pit.

It was a beautiful day in sunny Cali! I took advantage and ran Willy for a little bit. He is such an anxious dog and has to constantly be exercised. Well, it could be worse… I could have a lazy ass dog, then I would become a couch potato;) …not really.

 

After our run, I looked in the fridge, and realized that I needed to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for the week, so I grabbed a couple of recyclable bags and took off to the farmers market just a few blocks from my house. I try to buy as organic as possible when I can. Sometimes if I know that I’ll be peeling it, I’ll opt for non-organic. Is that naughty?

 

 

 

 

Shopping at local farmer’s markets not only  save you money and provide the freshest produce, but you also contribute to local farming. I love supporting small businesses and farms. Nowadays big names like Vons, Ralphs, etc, have taken over the game, while locals struggle to keep their products selling. I picked up sooooo many goodies! A beautiful arrangement of peppers.

A bag of sweet Italian roasting peppers for $2

A bag of  5 mixed big peppers for $2.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you shop at your local farmer’s markets you also get the benefit to purchasing only what’s in season, ensuring better quality produce. Haven’t you noticed that at the major stores, everything is always in season? think about it.

Listen, Im not trying to preach. I go to Whole Foods, Trader Joes AND Ralphs all the time, and I always find great stuff at good prices, but you gotta have a balance. Just a recommendation:)

 

took some great shots of these beautiful orchids. I didn’t buy one cuz I thought it wouldn’t really match my new holiday decor, but still… I LOVE orchids. They don’t last that long at my house. Everyone says the less you pay attention to them, the longer they live. yeah…I don’t know about that.

 

 

ok…. SERIOUSLY..

look at theses fab mushrooms! I wanted every kind of mushroom they had available, but I probably would’ve spent my life savings. These puppies aren’t cheap. I’ll just stick to porchini, portabellos, and shitake:) They’re cheaper but delicious. I had to take a couple pics though.

 

 

 

 

The purchases today:

  • Baby broccolli
  • cilantro
  • Presimmons
  • Asparagus
  • Kale
  • Peppers
  • Frisee
  • Chard
  • Kabocha squash
  • Green beans

 Check out this awesome recipe for either a packed lunch or dinner. Baby broccoli is so good. The crunch factor is so much more apparent than in the regular bush looking head of broccoli. It’s super easy and takes 15 minutes.GET REAL..this is what I’m taking about. Healthy, delicious foods that can be paired and made easily. With 4 flavor packed ingredients this is sure to become one of your staples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also wanted to share my most recent purchase…. My Lebert Equalizer! I’ve been using them to train for my upcoming race, and really have grown to love them. They came with a video that I have yet to watch. For now, My exercises on them have been pretty standard, but I’m ready to try some gnarlier stuff! They are ridiculous. They’re in the middle of my living room, super abnoxious yellow, and huge. lol. You gotta do whatcha gotta do. These things are a total body workout. As soon as I grow out of my “Im nervous to post a video of myself working out on youtube” stage, This will be the first thing I post. I’m sure lookin crazy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner was a big ol’ salad made with:

salmon in a can (with lemon, salt, and pepper)

baby tomatoes

cucumbers

roasted red and green italian peppers

shaved cabbage

shaved fennel

Raw live salsa (pretty much fermented chopped veggies)

apple cider vinager

Olive oil

It was really tasty, although, I would have liked something a bit more hearty or warm.It was more of a lunch idea.

Whatever, it’ll do:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Question of the day:

Do you support local businesses or farmers?

Fact of the day:

The brain itself cannot feel pain. While the brain might be the pain center when you cut your finger or burn yourself, the brain itself does not have pain receptors and cannot feel pain. That doesn’t mean your head can’t hurt. The brain is surrounded by loads of tissues, nerves and blood vessels that are plenty receptive to pain and can give you a pounding headache.