Headaches….they are so incredibly common and can be brought on by the littlest things! Stress, noise exposure, straining your eyes, consuming too much caffeine, consuming too much sugar, dehydration and lack of sleep, are just a few examples of things that cause headaches. You can take an OTC med to alleviate the pain, or there are a few natural things you can try…..
🔹 Ease pressure on your scalp. Let your hair down, or remove your hat or eyewear
🔹 Dim lights, set your phone down and turn off the computer
🔹Massage your temples
🔹 Eat foods rich in magnesium. Low levels of magnesium can cause headaches
🔹 Take vitamin B-12
🔹 Try a hot or cold compress
🔹 Drink lots of water
🔹 Lay down and shut your eyes
🔹 Try reflexology
🔹 Go on a walk or try yoga
I have a habit of pulling my hair up too tight and giving myself a headache. I know better but I still do it every time! A few of these work for me, if just letting my hair down doesn’t work.
Last night I made ponzu salmon and rice. It was under 500 calories and incredibly filling. Decently easy and tasted great!
🔹2 salmon filets (6oz)
🔹6 oz cremini mushrooms
🔹2 garlic cloves
🔹2 green onions
🔹1/2 cup jasmine rice (can sub brown rice)
🔹2 oz peas
🔹1 oz ponzu sauce
Bring a pot of 1 1/2 cups of water to boil. Pour in rice. Reduce to simmer and cook until tender. 18-20 minutes
While rice cooks chop mushrooms and onion. Mince garlic. Rinse salmon and pat dry. Combine ponzu, ginger and green onions. Place 2 tbsp of mixture in a separate small bowl and set aside.
Spray a medium nonstick pan with cooking spray. Place over medium heat. Add mushrooms to pan and cook until soft. Add rice, peas and garlic. Cook till peas are warm. Mix in ponzu sauce mixture. Cover and remove from burner.
Spray a second medium nonstick pan with cooking spray. Place over medium heat. Add salmon. Sear until golden brown. 4-6 minutes each side.
Plate salmon and rice mixture. Pour remaining 2 tbsp of ponzu mixture over salmon. Enjoy!
What can I say, I love ice cream! I do my best to avoid the aisle it’s on when grocery shopping but sometimes I’m just drawn to it! Yesterday I stumbled upon these by Nadamoo. They’re made with coconut milk instead of dairy! I don’t have a dairy allergy or anything, I just like coconut milk. So I figured it’d try it. 🥥
They are so good! Light and creamy with a hint of coconut milk flavor. I still love my dairy ice cream but I really like these as well! Plus the fact that they are made locally (Austin TX) and family owned made me like them even more.
There’s 140 cal, 9g fat, 20g carbs, and 10g of sugar per serving. 4 servings per container. It’s also certified organic and 100% plant based! So you know I let Ryder have a few bites 😉
Last night for dinner I made a Gluten Free Chicken Marsala. I’m not a huge fan of pasta but it turned out pretty good! Each serving was under 400 calories and it took just 25 minutes to prep and cook.
•2 boneless chicken breast
•6 oz broccoli
•1 cup pasta noodles (I use gf)
•2 tsp chicken semi glace
•6 oz mushrooms
•4 oz cream
•3 oz Marsala wine
•2 oz peas
Cut mushrooms into 1/4 slices. Dice shallot. Cut broccoli into bite size pieces. Pat chicken dry and cut into small pieces. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat a pot of water for noodles. Once boiling add in noodles. Cook until soft. If GF 7-8 minutes
Place medium non stick pan over high heat. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and cook chicken for 3-4 minutes. Chicken will finish cooking in a later step. Set chicken aside.
Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to used chicken pan. Toss in shallot and mushrooms. Stir occasionally. 2-4 minutes. Add Marsala and stir occasionally until reduced. 2-3 minutes. Stir and in cream, broccoli, 2 tbsp water, demi glace, 1/4 tbsp salt and a pinch of pepper.
Return chicken to veggie pan to continue cooking. Bring to simmer. Simmer until sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon. Add in pasta and peas. Reduce heat and mix. Let sit for 1 minute to warm peas. Plate and serve!
This will serve about 3 people (can stretch for 4) Happy eating! 🍴
I’m not a huge fan of vegetables. I’d rather have a burger. But let’s be honest, my health would suffer quite a bit if I ate a burger every day instead of vegetables.
During the summer when it’s really hot here in Texas I crave salads. I don’t like that heavy full feeling when it’s hot out. I love topping salads with grilled shrimp because it’s protein rich and high in water content. Not to mention they are quick and easy to cook!
This salad is a spring mix with strawberries, mango and pineapple topped with grilled shrimp. Sometimes I’ll add a little slivered almonds to my salads as well for a little more texture. One is my favorite salads is a chicken salad with hard boiled egg white, dried cranberries and slivered almonds (homemade of course). 😍
I’ve seen a few premade salads at Sprouts recently that are high in protein, low in calorie and low in fat. They actually look pretty good. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to make your own salads, these might be a good option for you! I know other grocery stores like Tom Thumb and Trader Joe’s carry them too!
Some people buy everything organic. This isn’t necessary. However there are a few foods you should always buy organic. Not sure which you should buy organic and which you don’t have to? It’s easy. If it has a thick skin that you don’t eat, like an avocado, you don’t need to buy it organic. Pesticides cannot penetrate the thick skin of an avocado so it’s protected. Same for bananas, spaghetti squash, oranges, etc. Foods like tomatoes, zucchini, spinach, etc with skin you do eat, you should always buy organic. It is also recommended that you buy meats and dairy organic to avoid any added growth hormones that are given to the animals.
Materials and practices not used in organic farming include:
1. Synthetic fertilizers
2. Sewage sludge as fertilizer
3. Synthetic pesticides for pest control
4. Irradiation to preserve food
5. Genetic engineering
6. Antibiotic or growth hormones in livestock
Organic tends to be a little pricier most times than the non organic. But wouldn’t you rather pay a higher price to protect your body from unnecessary and harmful chemicals you could potentially ingest?
To learn more I recommend reading the USDA blog post on organic foods!