Nourishing Zen

Nourishing YOU. Adventures to Healthy, Happy, and a Fulfilling Life! Food is our medicine.


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I Heart Friday’s 


Happy Friday!

Sometimes, simple breakfasts are the best. Organic, vanilla bean Greek yogurt with some berries!  Berries have a lower amount of sugar than many other fruits which makes them perfect to pair with a dollop of yogurt! 
  

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Simply Delicious Breakfast!


Sometimes the best things in life are the most simple! I love this combo: one slice of toasted multigrain bread, a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, 5-6 slices of banana and a drizzle of honey! I can never get enough!

Total carbohydrates: 35.5 grams

Here is the breakdown:

1/2 underripe banana: 11-12 grams
Multigrain bread: 17 grams
1 T of natural peanut butter: 1.5 grams
1/2 t natural honey: 6 grams

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Simple & Refreshing Lunch!


Sometimes, life just doesn’t warrant preparing meals. Many times, I will go into a grocery store thinking with my stomach and then paying for it afterwards! I’ve personally come to the conclusion that it is just not worth it.

I have noticed recently that my stomach is SO much more sensitive to various foods – specifically anything fried, with dairy or too much sodium. Unfortunately I am not one of those people anymore with a stomach of steel. I guess this is what getting older partially means! In any event, I’m usually starving by the time it is 11:30am and that feeling of “I will eat anything” kicks in. There is a grocery store right down the street from my work and I have found that my “go-to” lunch is really quite simple yet fulfilling, delicious, inexpensive, protein-packed and healthy (for the most part). I can easily make this at home also and here is what it is…

Ingredients:
One cucumber – sliced thinly (this is in place of a slice of bread)
Chicken salad (store bought)

Or if you choose to make it yourself:
Shredded chicken breast
1T vegan mayo, or olive oil mayo
1/2t yellow curry spice
1T raisins
5-6 pieces of diced pineapple
1/4 stalk of celery diced
Dash of turmeric
Dash of cumin
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste

Directions:

Add all ingredients together (except for cucumber) in a bowl and mix until the right consistency. If you want more moisture, add a teaspoon of chicken broth. If you’re a mayo person, add more to your liking.

Apply a spoonful of the chicken curry mixture into a slice of cucumber!

Yum!

Keeps in the fridge for 2-3 days and it is one of those recipes that is even better the day after!

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Eat Yolks


They’re really not as bad as people claim. Of course, like everything else – moderation is key.

Every morning I have two hard boiled eggs and I leave half of the yolk in it. Throw a dash of sea salt and your fave hot sauce on it! (Mine is Siracha or tapatio) Easy. Quick. Healthy. On the go. Breakfast is necessary to kick start your metabolism for the day!

Check it out:

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Sunday Funday Grill Day


We usually spend our Saturdays cleaning, running errands, and of course cooking , grilling and attempting to lounge. Yesterday we bought a ‘Flat Point Beef Brisket’ from #thistlemeats in Petaluma. The Flat Point Brisket cut is generally more lean than your average brisket. It has a hardly any marbling and a fat layer that goes through the cut. Today we are smoking the brisket with a whole chicken.

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We went to Costco today and bought a no-salt rub. Sometimes you just want to take the easy route and buy an already prepared rub. This rub seemed legitimate as all the ingredients listed were herbs that we commonly use and there weren’t tons of preservatives as well. We added (3/4) teaspoon and (1/2) Tablespoon of brown sugar to (1/4) cup of the rub. We applied it to both the brisket and whole chicken.

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We also added fresh oregano thyme and rosemary to the mix as well. We not only inserted the herbs inside the chicken, but also underneath the skin by cutting tiny slits.

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We turned our #traeger to 185 degrees with hickory wood pellets at 1pm. We imagine it will be done by 6-7pm. I cheated and took a sneak peak to take a photo for ya. The chicken is a nice golden brown right now – just wait until the final product! Dark, crispy skin with a great smoke ring/color in the meat. Stay tuned 🙂

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Smoked Salmon Hors d’oeuvre


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Ingredients

Water crackers
Olive oil mayonnaise
2 boiled eggs (whites only) chopped
Smoked salmon
Capers (optional)

Directions

1. Spread a thin layer of olive oil mayo on the water cracker
2. Apply a thin layer of egg whites on top
3. Place a generous piece of smoked salmon over the egg whites
4. A few capers to top it off.