Sunday, September 29, 2013

Veggie, chicken and quinoa stir fry

Fresh and some frozen veggies stir~fried with quinoa and fresh #mahimahi caught by my #hubby and #mytwoboys...yummy #delish #eatclean #cleaneats by @nikkiclearypta To save time, I usually start with a bag of frozen stir fry veggies (both Publix and Walmart carry a couple of different choices). This was the asparagus stir fry from Walmart.

1 tsp blood orange olive oil
1 bag asparagus stir fry veggies

When the liquid from the frozen veggies is almost all evaporated, I add in:
1 fresh red pepper
1 fresh zucchini diced
1 1/2 already cooked chicken breasts, diced or you can add a filet of fish
1/2 cup already prepared quinoa

Finish cooking for 5 to 10 minutes and serve.
Live Healthy. Live Happy.

"clean" hummingbird cake

my version of Hummingbird cake....a delish #clean version...very dense and moist! #hummingbirdcake #cleaneats #foodporn #healthydessert #healthy by @nikkiclearypta
When I was pregnant (with all three of my kids, I would go up and visit my best friend Ashley in Tampa. She and I would walk over to a local deli and indulge in the most delicious Hummingbird cake with cream cheese frosting. In the last two years, i have been on a journey to kick my sugar (aka the legal cocaine) addiction. Baking was a big part of my life and for a while,I just had to stay away from it all. Now, I have been experimenting and I came up with this recipe to help satisfy my "sweet tooth".

Pre Heat oven to 350
1 cup oat bran
1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup ground flax
3/4 cup organic coconut sugar
1/2 to 3/4 cup of my homemade apple butter (you can use unsweetened apple sauce)
3/4 cup egg beaters
2 mashed bananas
8 oz can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
mix in:
1/2 cup low sugar craisins
1/2 cup flax seeds
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup unsweetened coconut

Pour into a greased bundt pan and bake in pre heated oven for 1 hour!

Live Health. Live Happy.

One of my favorite treats

one of my favorite treats @Lacroixwater #peachpear #lime #orange #grapefruit...BYGO free at publix this week #stockupnow #gotmy12packforgirlsweekend by @nikkiclearypta
I enjoy one of these flavors every/every-other day.I got lucky the other day when I went into Publix and they were BYGO free!  On a side note my favorite adult drink,  I  mix a can of Lacroix with some vodka and a wedge of lemon or lime!!

Quinoa loaded with nutritious yumminess

my delish quinoa for the week...added #nonGMO #edemame #rawpumpkinseeds #lowsugarcraisins a little #evoo and seasoned with my @spiceislands #rosemarygarlicblend ground coursely...its delish...served with baked #tilapia and steamed #broccoli and #cauliflower by @nikkiclearypta
I make one batch of quinoa for the week. I use 1/4 cup portions on my salads, in stir fry's and as a side dish.

2 cups water, bring to boil
add 1 cup quinoa
(cook on low for 20 min or until all water is absorbed)
Add about 1 tbs blood orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1/2 cup steamed, non GMO edemame
1/2 cup peppitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup low sugar craisins
season to taste with
a pinch of cinnamon
a couple grinds of rosemary garlic blend (above)

I look forward to this delicious treat all week!

How to add page tabs to your blog

After adding my social media icons, I knew that I wanted to add tabs/categories across the top of my blog to make finding things easier. I wanted to categorize all  my recipes, and other things together. If you want to do this to your blog, I recommend watching this easy "how to" video!

How to add Social Media Icons to Blogger

I am working on re launching my blog and was unsure on how to add social media icons to my sidebar. I found this fantastic tutorial below.

One of the steps includes finding the social media icons on Pinterest, downloading them to your computer, then uploading them to photobucket .INSTEAD of having to upload the icons to photobucket myself, I found "The latest finds icons" already on photobucket and all their icons are ready to copy and paste, Here is the link to their photobucket here.

Note: If you want to link to an email address, you will use mailto: instead of http:// before your web address. In the URL field, enter your email address with the mailto: like this

Hope you connect with me!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Are You Listening?

Do you really listen to what your friends, colleagues, family members are saying to you?
You would be surprised at how much we "hear" people talk, but how little we really are "listening" to them.
The video below is a great 4 minute reminder on "Active Listening"
Believe me...I am working on improving this skill to make me a better mom, wife, health coach, Physical Therapist Asst, friend...

In Health and Happiness,