Essentials for a Low Carb Lifestyle

Summer is almost here and most of us are trying to shed a few pounds. After the holidays, my husband and I decided it was time to get back to resume a healthy lifestyle. We started searching for some essential low carb lifestyle products.

Essentials for a Low Carb Lifestyle
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Allergy-Free Milk and Cookies + More

It seems like everyone is allergic to something these days. Unfortunately, even I’ve developed a few food sensitivities as I’ve gotten older. This can prevent you from enjoying the foods you love, but not always. Thanks to brands like Planet Oat and Enjoy Life you can have your allergy-free cookies and milk, and so much more.

Allergy Free Milk & Cookies + More
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Go Wild for Sustainably Caught Fish

 

Go Wild for Sustainably Caught Fish

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Growing up in Florida you become a bit of a seafood snob. When you’re able to catch it yourself, you know how good fresh fish tastes.  Of course, this isn’t an option for everyone, which is why most fish is bought in-store. In recent years, however, many types of seafood have been overfished or produced in farms. This can compromise both flavor, quality, and the underwater ecosystem. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to when you choose to purchase wild, sustainably caught fish.

One brand on such a mission is Wild Planet.  All of their products are sustainably caught. This means they don’t overfish the oceans, damage the habitat, or catch juvenile or non-targeted species. It’s a philosophy I fully support.

It aligns with the habits I was taught as a kid. Every time we went out on the boat, my parents always made sure we respected the water and the beings living below the surface.  We never caught more than we could eat. If the seafood was too small or not in season, we always returned it to the ocean. Though we had to leave a few anchors in the sea when they got stuck, we never considered the water our garbage can.

Sustainably Caught Fish – Skipjack Tuna

Sustainably caught fish - Skip Jack tuna

Wild Planet was kind enough to send me several of their products to try, including their Skipjack Tuna in a pouch. Though I’ve had their canned tuna before, this was the first time I tried the Skipjack pouch. I really enjoy both varieties. You can taste the difference in this sustainably caught fish. It’s like throwing out a line and catching it fresh yourself.

All of Wild Planet’s tuna is 100% pole and line caught in Central or North Pacific Ocean. Allowing the fish to remain in its natural habitat ensures you are getting the freshest fish every time. The skipjack tuna contains no salt and is packed raw without oil, water or fillers. It is then cooked once to help it maintain its rich abundance of DHA and EPA Omega 3’s. Consuming Omega 3’s is good for your mind, body, and soul.

There are lots of ways to enjoy tuna, but one of my favorites is the tuna melt. I like to add a bit of mayo, white pepper, and garlic salt to my tuna. This is followed by chopped celery and carrots. I then place the mixture on my favorite sprouted bread and top it off with cheddar cheese. In this case, I used vegan cheddar cheese.

Wild Sardines and Mackerel

Sustainably caught fish - wild sardines and mackerel

Wild Planet was also kind enough to send me their sustainably caught Wild Mackerel and Wild Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Just like the tuna, both of these skinless and boneless fillets are delicious. This variety features very simple ingredients, hand-fillet fresh fish, organic olive oil and sea salt.

These Atlantic Ocean sardines and mackerels are fished using purse seine methods. This sustainable method targets only the desired species. It also helps to eliminate catching fish you don’t want and doesn’t damage the ecosystem.

Wild Planet’s sardines and mackerels are rich in protein and EPA/DHA Omega 3s. I like to add them to salads for that extra punch of protein and salty, smokiness. I find them especially tasty in Caesar salad. They complement the creamy dressing perfectly. Mackerel also works well as a tuna substitute, while sardines are a great addition to your favorite bruschetta recipe.

So next time you’re craving some seafood, consider picking up the sustainably caught fish varieties from Wild Planet. You’ll not only taste the difference, but you’ll also be supporting a more eco-conscious brand.

What’s your favorite way to eat tuna? Have you tried canned sardines or mackerel?

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How To Start Weight Watchers As A Vegetarian

How To Start Weight Watchers As A Vegetarian

I have been a vegetarian since the summer of 1997. That summer, I was working at a camp in the kitchen where I saw everything. I guess being around food all day affected my appetite for meat. Most of the kitchen staff became vegetarian as well. I guess it was the idea that we had to prepare the food in the morning and evening attributed my change in diet.

Are you curious about Weight Watchers? Could a vegetarian or vegan lose weight with Weight Watchers?

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Four Healthy Snacks to Add to Your Back to School Stash

Four Healthy Snacks to Add to Your Back to School Stash

Four Healthy Snacks to Add to Your Back to School Stash

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It’s that time again!

Back to school

We have counted down the days all summer long for this. Some for the sanity of a silent home and others because their children genuinely love school. Either way, I have compiled a list of 4 healthy snacks to add to your grab and go stash for back to school.

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Simple Customizable Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Simple Customizable Smoothie Bowl Recipe

 

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The latest trend in healthy living is adding as much nutrition to our diets as possible, but with minimal fuss — because really, who has time for complicated recipes, right? But for someone with finicky diet standards this can be easier said than done. My sister-in-law introduced me to smoothie bowls from a local establishment and I instantly became obsessed with this quick and easy food option! I love this delicious healthy snack.

I am partial to certain textures and so for me, eating a lot of healthy foods is just out of the question. Smoothie bowls are an option that allows me to customize to include foods with textures that I enjoy AND it almost feels as though I’m treating myself to a sweet dessert. Here is a recipe to get you started but you can change this up in so many different ways to fit your own personal needs.

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Fuel Your Body On-The-Go

Fuel Your Body On-The-Go

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Now that summer is almost here, I started walking and doing indoor exercises. Depending on the weather, I prefer to go for a walk to take advantage of the fresh air and sunshine! There are also times when I want to do pilates, yoga, cardio or cardio kickboxing. It just depends on my energy level and my mood for the morning. Regardless, I like to fuel my body before and after!

Are you looking fuel your body on-the-go? We found the perfect snack that is healthy and fun to enjoy!

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Fill Your Day The Protein Way

Fill Your Day The Protein Way
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I consider myself to be a protein bar aficionado. I do tend to eat a lot of protein bars in lieu of meals during the day to sustain my hunger and keep my energy going for my everyday tasks. I’ve had Clif Bars in the past and always enjoyed them especially the Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick,which is my all-time favorite. These are so good as an afternoon pick me up and they taste just like rich hot chocolate with peppermint candies crushed inside. More importantly, they offer this great taste combination with 25% less sugar and 8g of protein.

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Stay Hydrated On-The-Go

Stay Hydrated On-The-Go
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Summer is here. The sun is out. The temperatures are hot! That means you should hydrate! Drink water throughout the day. This summer, we decided to go on vacation to Disney World. It’s been about 4 or 5 years since we’ve been to Disney World, let alone vacation! It was time for a break!

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Vega Shake It

Vega Shake It -- Vega Chocolate Vanilla Berry Protein Greens
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Vega Shake It all-plant-based protein and green shakes, available in many flavors, will keep you going all day long.

How many times have you tried to lose weight, only to be knocked down by the thought of being hungry? I am a plus size mama that loves food but I have never been one that eats a lot. I do, however, have a bad habit of eating a lot of junk food that is not good for me.

So when a protein shake came to my attention I just knew that I needed to try it out and start thinking about taking care of my body better. I want to lose weight and I think this is a good start for me. Vega Shake It is a vegan, plant-based protein product that helps reduce your calorie intake while still feeling full. I tried three different flavors: berry, chocolate and vanilla…. [read more]