There are a ton of myths out there about the best ways to cure a hangover-- from drinking a beer first thing in the morning to downing a greasy burger. Unfortunately, the only science-backed cure for a hangover is time. According to the Mayo Clinic, a hangover begins when your blood alcohol content nears 0 and typically lasts around 24 hours. There are some ways, however, to ease the headache, upset stomach and fatigue that follows a night of drinking (and maybe late-night karaoke or pizza…) and make that 24 hours a bit more bearable.
First up, re-hydrate. Alcohol is a diuretic, and with increased urination you are losing fluids as well as minerals like sodium and potassium. In addition to drinking lots of water, try an electrolyte-rich beverage, such as coconut water or a sports drinks, which will help restore those important minerals.
Although you may feel nauseous after a night of partying, it is important to eat an easily digestible meal the next day. Low blood sugar levels are also...
I hear from many people that they want to shop at Trader Joe's but are not sure what to buy or if it truly is "better" than other stores. I will admit the store can be a bit confusing, with packaged crackers hanging out above the frozen fruit section, but there are some great finds at Trader Joe's that have become regular staples in my fridge, freezer and pantry. Many of these items are also significantly cheaper than Whole Foods, but are still of great quality.
In this post, I'm going to highlight the "staple" items that I keep in the freezer and in the pantry, as well as one item I will not buy from TJ.
These items are great for quick meals on their own, or for making meal prep and home cooking a little more efficient:
1. Organic Brown Rice Pasta
I love this alternative to standard pasta because it's an organic whole grain and a great alternative for people that are gluten-free. Trader Joe's also carries brown rice, quinoa and corn blend pastas, as well as a black bean pasta (Which is...
Have you ever found yourself halfway through a recipe thinking "I should've just ordered take-out..."? Or feel like you've been cooking for hours with a measly meal to show for it? If you are new to cooking or just need some fresh advice, take a look at my five top tips for home cooks below and boost your confidence in the kitchen.
1. Read the recipe all the way through BEFORE you do anything!
Unfortunately recipes are not always written in the most logic order. If you start plowing through the steps without reading the full recipe, you will most definitely waste time and may end up making a drastic mistake that could ruin the meal. Sometimes a recipe won't tell you that you need cooked rice until you see it somewhere in step 4; meanwhile, all the rest of your ingredients are burning away on the stove while you hurry up and try to cook some rice!
2. Get organized first.
Chop everything that needs to be chopped and organize ingredients into bowls. For example, if a recipe c...
I love recipes that can be easily adapted for several dietary preferences. This enchilada recipe is simple to make and a definite crowd pleaser-- from vegans to gluten free to Whole 30. This is because the recipe starts with the most essential of ingredients that fit every single diet out there... VEGGIES!!! From there, a few simple additions or tweaks and it can be vegetarian, vegan or paleo/Whole 30 compliant. It's also delicious, comforting and feels indulgent even though it's healthy. Wins all around!
Clean Eating Enchiladas Recipe
1 container of baby spinach
2 medium zucchini
1 container of white mushrooms
1/2 medium yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Paleo optional: shredded organic chicken breast (we cheated and used an organic rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods)
Vegetarian/Vegan optional: 1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
Meal prep can be overwhelming if you overcommit yourself OR just have no idea where to begin. The purpose of meal prep is to actually make your life easier, so check out the way I keep my meal prep super simple and easy!
The three essentials I will always prep over the weekend:
1. A soup or stew
2. A pan of roasted veggies
3. Crockpot shredded chicken
Why these three? They're pretty easy to cook over the weekend, mostly because they require minimal hands-on prep but a long time roasting/simmering/crock-potting, which is perfect for when I'm working or doing odds and ends at home on Sunday. They will also give me a ton of variety for meals throughout the week:
-The soup or stew guarantees us at least 2 lunches and a dinner, or more if I double the recipe (I find I don't want to eat the same thing that often though, so unless it's something I LOVE, I generally just make one batch).
-The roasted veggies insures I'm getting a variety of vegetables during the week, and they are so easy to heat up...
Turns out you can make an extremely healthy, and still delicious, version of a traditional late-nite snack... nachos! This plant-based dish includes 7 types of veggies, a sneaky vegan version of "queso," satisfying protein and grain-free tortilla chips. It is: dairy free, gluten and grain free, soy free, corn fee, and vegan! And it actually tastes good. Really good.
How is this possible? Check out the simple steps below:
Look at all that green! 😍 Spinach fettuccini with sautéed langostinos, baby spinach and fresh basil.
Wtf is a langostino? It's Spanish for little lobster and is a delicious source of lean protein.
Thanks @traderjoes for having wild-caught mini lobsters for only $11.99 for a 4 serving bag. (That's $3/meal btw).
1. Sautéed 1/4 cup red onion and 2 cloves chopped garlic in 2 tbsp olive oil, about 3 min on medium heat.
2. Add thawed langostinos, 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil, a drizzle more olive oil and a few pinches of black pepper. Stir occasionally to heat langostinos, about 5 min.
3. Lower heat. Add in 3-4 handfuls of baby spinach. Stir; the leaves will wilt and reduce. Keep on low heat while you do the next steps.
4. Cook fettuccini per directions (you can use spinach fettuccini if you can find it, otherwise whole wheat or brown rice pasta). Drain and toss with the langostino mix.
5.Sprinkle on some more fresh basil and a little salt and pepper.
Should you eat several small meals, or 3 square meals a day? It doesn't matter so much how you eat; it matters WHAT you eat. Some days I eat 5-6 small meals, other days I eat 3 meals per day and maybe a snack. It is important, though, that you're taking time to eat a meal and not just snacking throughout the day. This means you are eating when you're hungry, not when you're bored. It also means sitting down and enjoying your food, not grazing or mindlessly eating in front of the TV or computer. We often mistake thirst for hunger, too.
Next time you think you need a snack, try drinking a big glass of water and see how you feel. If you're legitimately hungry, eat a veggie or fruit for a snack (hint: if you don't want the fruit or veggie and want junk food instead, you're probably not actually hungry...). It's amazing how a big glass of water and an apple can make you feel better!
Yesterday I happened to eat a few small meals throughout the day. I wasn't quite full from my lunch salad, and...
Need a satisfying, heart healthy breakfast? ❤️ Try these yummy plant-based options:
*Pancakes. Put all of this in a bowl and mix together:
1 cup of whole wheat or oat flour
2 tbsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 egg or chia-substitute (1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp water mixed and let set for 5 min), 2/3 c milk of choice (mine is almond)
drizzle of honey
Makes 6-8 pancakes. (hint: you can keep pancakes warm while you do other stuff by putting them on a baking sheet in a 200-degree oven). Top pancakes with sliced banana or other fruit, and a light drizzle of pure maple syrup or honey.
slice 1 lb mini or fingerling potatoes (don't peel), and sautée in 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp smoked paprika and 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary.
Keep covered, stirring occasionally, on medium heat for about 15 min.
(hint: these potatoes are great at any meal. Make extra for leftovers!)
*Peach-blueberry oatmeal (enough for 2 people all week)
*Pre-assembled carrots and PB for snacks
*Roasted veggies and pre-cooked brown rice for lunch/dinner.
Add in leftovers we'll have from dinner and we are set for the week! .
These plant-packed meals include 6 servings of fruits and veggies: peaches, blueberries, arugula, eggplant, tomato, carrots, avocado, plus whole grains: steel coat oats, brown rice and nine-grain bread!
Breakfast, lunch and a snack, assembled in 10 minutes, ready to go for work. This is the benefit of taking the time to meal plan and prep!