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Butternut Squash

butternut squash

butternut squash

I like butternut squash. I love the word squash, I love the texture, the color, and the flavor (if buttered). There are many types of squash, but I don’t remember the names of other types I’ve tried so I can’t compare. I wonder if there is a squash festival, I probably wouldn’t go but I bet the people that do attend are cute and friendly and slow paced. I wouldn’t know the health benefits of squash are without livestrong.com. Winter squash contain high levels of vitamin A that may help protect against emphysema. There’s  also a correlation between eating foods high in the carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, and decreased incidence of lung cancer. I highly doubt squash is going to save a dying lung cancer patient, but hey it can’t hurt. If you’re interested on reading more health benefits on squash, click here. 

I prepared my squash in 10 minutes. My mom bought the pre cut and packaged squash and I steamed it for 10 minutes. Once squishy I put some butter and salt and had a healthy snack. Try it out if you want to prevent cancer and boost your fiber levels.

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Smoothie 5200

My grandpa passed away a couple weeks ago and I inherited his Vitamix 5200. This is a top of the line blender than can blend and make anything. My mom and I are super stoked about it and use it every day. My mom and I are huge smoothie fans and are on our 4th Magic Bullet and 3rd blender. With a 7 year warranty, we are ready to blend diamonds in this baby. This morning my mom made me a healthy smoothing containing of acai, coconut water, spinach, banana, almonds, and ice. The acai covers the spinach taste and is a great source of energy and vitamins. Coconut water is a perfect base to smoothies because you don’t get all the sugar from fruit juice and it’s filled with electrolytes and very hydrating. If you are a big smoothie drinker the Vitamix is a perfect investment for you. I’ll probably be a Vitamix salesman when I grow up, that’s how much of a fan I am.

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True Life: I’m in a Relationship with Pizza

I’m a huge fan of pizza. I don’t think I’ve ever not enjoyed a slice of pizza. My favorite pizza is from Via Vai in Montecito, it’s so thin and the sauce is the perfect blend of spices yet a little sweet. I think there are 3 types of pizza; sophisticated, thin margherita, thick crust with tons of cheese, and greasy fair pizza. If you are a resident of Santa Barbara, here are three places to find these three pizzas. As said before, Via Vai has incredible margherita pizza, but you can also find margherita pizza at Olio E Limone. Giovanni’s located in Montecito and Santa Barbara has a thick crusted cheesy delight, if you’re further interested check out my past post about it here. Another favorite pizza is Rusty’s greasy Hawaiian or sausage pizza; I’m a frequent buyer due to their delivery services. An important addition to every pizza ranch, frowned upon at most fancy Italian restaurants, but definitely welcome at Rusty’s and Giovannis.

Try having a pizza party at home, they’re inexpensive and super fun! Get started by clicking here!

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Situation Citrus

Citrus is a critical part of people’s diets. Whether its lime, grapefruit, lemon, orange, blood orange, they all contain important vitamins. Citrus is a world loved fruit, actually a preferred taste around the world. It’s surprising how delicious yet vitamin filled a small fruit can be. Citrus is mostly known for the huge amount of vitamin c, but they are filled with tons of other important nutrients. The essential vitamins are important for normal growth and development. It is important to buy organic citrus produce because citrus trees are constantly sprayed with pesticides. Lemon is amazing for your body. It helps with weightloss, boosts your immune system, clears skin, freshens breath, and many more benefits. Adding a lemon squeeze to your water gives your body all these benefits with zero calories and refreshes you. Don’t mistake lemon water for lemonade because lemonade is loaded with sugar. Stay away from sugary citrus drinks and start squeezing your own!

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Smoothie Extravaganza

I’ve already spilled my secret smoothie smoothie recipe (pun intended), but I’m here to share more recipes. I could drink smoothies for every meal if my mom would let me.  My mom tries to limit my smoothie intake to one a day because of my “acidity intake,” probably just an excuse to not slave for me and make me food. Smoothies are a great on the go meal to fill you up and provide you with energy and vital vitamins. I love raw veggies, but for those of you who are grossed out by greens, put them in your smoothie, you won’t even taste them!  If you drink fruity smoothies, I dare you to had a handful or two of spinach, punch me if you taste it.

Check out these recipes and start blending today!

Green Smoothie

Banana Oat Smoothie

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Papaya Ginger Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie

Mango Banana Smoothie

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Gaga for Gluten Free

Gluten free diets have become very common. This may be because many people are learning they are allergic to gluten, treating Celiac disease, or because people have realized it’s a healthy diet. Dieting can be extremely difficult, I’ve failed every time because I don’t have strong self control, but I think I could succeed in gluten free eating. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). It may sound simple, but you’d be surprised how often wheat is incorporated into food. Gluten free means no pasta, bread, cakes, sauces, cookies, the list goes on. Don’t stop reading now, they make all these things gluten free! Because so many people have taken up this diet, many people have experimented with gluten free cooking. I’ve tried many products, in fact, I prefer gluten free pretzels rather than regular ones! Like all diets, you have to take precaution in getting all your necessary vitamins and minerals. Gluten free is a healthy lifestyle that everyone should attempt, our bodies don’t need wheat. Before setting your New Year’s resolution as eating gluten free, you should test out some recipes and gradually switch over. Check out some of these recipes to start making today!

Gluten Free Cookies

Gluten Free Pretzels 

Gluten Free Waffles

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Bonkers for Breakfast

Mornings are an important part of your day, a rough morning can ruin your it, especially when you are hungry until lunch. Breakfast gives our bodies nutrition and substance. This is where our energy comes from. Think about it, breakfast is the meal after dinner. We eat dinner then sleep through the night. That’s eight or more hours with out eating. Our bodies need to be nourished in the morning. They’ve gone without for hours. If we do not eat in the morning our bodies will not be able to produce the energy we need for the day. Studies show people who eat breakfast are able to focus much better. All families should wake up ten minutes earlier to eat breakfast together, everyone is so busy it’s easy to forget to update each other on your lives. Just recently I’ve started to like average American breakfast foods such as pancakes, waffles, etc. My heart goes out to those that skip breakfast due to the distaste in food. Here are a variety of recipes which I love and want to share with you guys! If you are a frequent breakfast skipper, I hope you take this information into consideration and try some of these recipes! Enjoy!

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Breakfast Quiche

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Cookie

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Coconutty for Coconut Oil

While searching for a homemade hair mask recipe, I stumbled upon a coconut oil mask. I love everything about coconuts so I was really excited to use the coconut oil sitting in my cupboard. When I read more about the recipe I stumbled upon a link of 52 uses for coconut oil, I was astounded by all the benefits and uses! Researchers have discovered that this amazing oil helps in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Coconut Oil is also great for skin, hair, health, cooking, and much more. There are no known side effects so why not start taking a tablespoon a day? If you can’t stand the taste plain, there are countless ways to incorporate it into recipes. Check out some here!

Check out this site for uses you would never believe.

Click here for 52 uses of coconut oil.

Click here to purchase!

Start treating your body now with a jar of coconut oil!

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Does an Apple a Day REALLY Keep the Doctor Away?

I love apples, they are great in desserts, juices, with peanut butter, cinnamon, or just alone! Studies show apples prevent cancer, tooth decay, and heart diseases. Apple has substances called phytonutrients, and these phytonutrients prevents neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism.  Many people don’t know how good apples are for you, they may be high in sugar but they are low in calories  and loaded with vitamins. Apples are a delicious way to intake your daily dose of essential vitamins. You will be able to get the benefits of these properties individually with other fruits, but an apple combines everything and makes it simpler. The juice of the apples has properties that can kill up to 80% of bacteria. So there you have it, an apple a day also keeps the dentist away! Eating apples is part of balanced and healthy diet than will increase your longevity, so why not have an apple a day.

Here are nine reasons to eat an apple a day!

If you don’t like plain apples, here are recipes to incorporate them in!

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Numnums Nobu!

This weekend I took a day trip to LA with my boyfriend’s family to watch the LA Open. I don’t know much about golf and find it quite boring but I guess it was a good learning experience. Towards the end I was tired and hungry, everyone could tell I was cranky. When I heard we were having dinner at Nobu, my ears perked up and I was suddenly in a better mood. It’s no surprise my nickname in their family is “big gurl”… I’ve been a few times before but my rumbling stomach and parched throat really made my tail wag. I don’t think that’s a common expression but I was heading in the direction of cute hung puppy. Anyways, all the times I’ve been there I’ve been extremely impressed, the food is out of this world. Literally things you would never find anywhere else, your tastebuds will forever love you <3. Not only is the food to die for, but the atmosphere of the restaurant is so fun and welcoming. The staff are all beautiful with angelic voices and glowing complexions. If you haven’t been, on your next road trip to LA, set aside a special Nobu fund, it may be a large check but the experience is well worth it. I guess I’ve gone on raving about the restaurant and forgot to mention what to order, honestly close your eyes and put your finger down and just order it, you won’t regret it.

Make reservations here!!!

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