Paleo/Keto Friendly Tortillas

When you want tacos, burritos, or some kind of wrap, what do you need?

Tortillas!

There are numerous kinds of tortillas out there: size, white/wheat, spinach, corn/flour, etc., and while most taste pretty good, some are higher in carbohydrates.

This isn’t saying it’s bad ( i enjoy carbs like this in moderation), but I know some people either want to watch their carbs, or need to watch their carbs.

Today I am sharing with you a very basic tortilla recipe, only involving 3-4 ingredients.

Almond Flour Tortillas

Before I get to the recipe, keep in mind a couple things:

1. This is not my original recipe.

2. Because it is made with almond flour, and has few ingredients, it will not fold or roll like a regular flour tortilla.

On to the recipe!

Ingredients

– 2 cups almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

– 2 eggs

– 1 teaspoon olive oil

– 1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)

Directions

1. Preheat Oven between 325 and 350 (depending on how quick your oven cooks)

2. Mix all ingredient together in a bowl.

3. Start kneading/rolling out the “dough”. I placed my dough between 2 pieces of wax paper to roll it out.

4. Use something round with the desired size you want your tortillas (I used a smaller glad container for mine). Once you cut your tortillas out, bake between 8-10 minutes. I started with 8 minutes, then put it on for 2 more, but turned the oven off.

5. Let cool and enjoy!

I decided to have one with some ground turkey I cooked for lunch. I placed ground turkey, spinach, and a little mustard on mine, and enjoyed a salad on the side!

If you try these out, let me know! I may try this combo for a pizza crust in the future! 😀

April Favorites: Beauty, Health, + Fitness

Hello everyone!

I can’t believe we are ending April! Can you believe how fast this year is already flying by??

I have decided at the end of every month to do a post sharing some of my current favorite products/things. I will post a few in the categories of health/food/fitness/beauty/random.

Anything that can be purchased I will share a link as well if you are interested.

Let’s get to it! 😀

APRIL FAVORITES

Beauty

—Maybelline Lash Sensational—

The majority of what I wear each day when it comes to makeup is foundation/powder + mascara. I love me some mascara! 1 tube lasts me a while and this last time I wanted to switch things up. I picked up this mascara by Maybelline and I am obsessed! The wand is not your normal bristle brush. It’s more of plastic bristles, but I love the way it goes onto my eyelashes. I think it helps make my eyes pop!

—EOS Pomegranate Shaving Cream—

I have been on the search a while for a good shaving cream. I have sensitive skin and it gets worse in the heat, or when I get hot. I came across a sample of this EOS shaving cream and I knew it was at least worth the try.

It leaves my skin SO smooth! I find my skin doesn’t irritate quite as much as it has in the past after using this shaving cream. Plus, the pomegranate smell leaves my skin smelling good and fresh! I had to get the big bottle of this.

—L’Oréal Self Tanners—

The closer we get into shorts and tank top season, the more I realize how white I am…and your girl doesn’t always tan easy in the sun. In most cases I get somewhat burned.

To start me off with a little color this spring/summer season, I bought both the lotion and the spray of self tanner from L’Oréal. Both products smell amazing and they don’t leave any sticky feeling after applying.

Even after working out, you can still smell the lotion. I normally use the lotion after I shower, and the spray before I get my clothes on or change. There have only been a couple of times I have used both in one day. I normally alternate.

The lotion also leaves you with a slight shimmer, which I love! 🙂

Food

—MealFit—

I did a post last week all about MealFit, which you can find here to learn more.

MealFit is perfect for healthy, portion controlled, delicious food and is great if you don’t have much time or you don’t like to cook. I have been loving all of the food they have to offer, including a cauliflower crust pizza that was an option last week!

Check out the website here if you want to check it out!

—Everything but the Bagel Seasoning—

I’ve been seeing people all over loving this seasoning, and I finally got around to purchasing it at Trader Joe’s. It’s just like the name: it’s all the seasoning on an everything bagel you would normally find, but without the bagel.

I have been loving sprinkling some on my egg scrambles! I can’t wait to try it on other things, like maybe avocado toast??

Fitness

—Nike Metcon 3—

Since starting Crossfit, some people at the gym were telling me to get a good training shoe. I had been working out in just my running shoes but knew I needed a better shoe.

I have fallen in love with my Nike Metcons! They are definitely different from my running shoe. You can tell they are made for training and not strictly running.

—The Feeling of Slowly Getting Stronger—

Since starting crossfit back in January, I have slowly been able to tell I’m gaining more strength. Slowly, but surely. I love the feeling! Anytime I’m able to go up in weight for a move, I feel happy and strong!

 

Do do you have any favorite products or things you’ve been loving this month?? I’d love to hear!! 😀

Quick + Easy Turkey Burgers

Hello everyone and I hope you all had a wonderful Easter spent with family, friends, and loved ones!

Today I want to share with you a quick, easy, and delicious recipe that you can make any night, or even make ahead for the week.

I have always loved turkey burgers, and every restaurant makes them differently. I’ve tried my hand at a recipe or two, and wasn’t as satisfied, but I wanted to be able to make some that were not only delicious, but simple to make.

I pulled out the ole trusty George foreman I had in college to make these, and with a few simple ingredients, some yummy turkey burgers were made!

Ingredients

-1 to 1.5 ground turkey

-1/4 cup diced red (or sweet) onion

-1 egg

-garlic salt to taste + season

-everything but the bagel seasoning (optional—found at Trader Joe’s)

-dash of pepper if not using above seasoning

-flour of choice (I used a gluten free flour)

Directions

1.Be letting your George Foreman, grill skillet, or actual grill heat up while preparing the patties. (Medium heat)

2.Mix together ground turkey, egg, and any seasonings.

3.Once mixed (it will be a bit mushier than ground beef), start sprinkling in your flour to thicken up the mixture. Add until desired consistency.

3. Patty out burgers and start to grill! On my George Forman, I let the burgers cook about 5 minutes until I checked them and flipped them over for a few extra minutes. Around 10 minutes (depending on size of burgers) they should be about done. I came out with 6 patties.

I am so happy with the way these turned out! I can eat them without anything on it. Feel free to change up the meat or seasonings. This is what I threw together and it turned out perfectly to my liking! 🙂

After I cooked these up, I made some sweet potato fries to go with it. Something about this combo is so good!

If you guys try this, let me know! Are there other combinations of ingredients that you like with any homemade burgers? If so, let me know!

Meal Prep + Weekly Goals

Happy Sunday guys!

Hope you all were able to enjoy the beautiful sunsine this weekend. Spring is getting closer and closer! 😀

Today after church and lunch, I decided to do a little meal prepping for the week. I don’t like to prep all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), but I like to keep some things consistent and ready to eat throughout the week.

This week I decided to have my lunches roughly the same + to have them prepared.

I had some leftover baked chicken, so I decided to brown some ground turkey to change things up day to day.

(And yes, I know there’s pink in the meat…I finished cooking it) 😀

I was going to patty out turkey burgers, but decided against it.

I also roasted brussel sprouts and made sweet potato fries (which are my fave)

For the brussel sprouts I cut them in half, drizzled with olive oil, + sprinkled them with salt and pepper.

For the sweet potato fries, I decided to sprinkle cinnamon on top.

I baked both of these on the same pan at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

I was going to cook some rice, but I’ve been having some of that recently, so I opted to cook quinoa again. Quinoa is one of the acquired taste foods in my opinion, but seasoned with garlic salt + pepper (and mixed in with other food) it’s not too bad!

To end things, I made another batch of my peanut butter oat balls, but this time I made them with way less chocolate chips, and used almond butter instead of regular peanut butter. I also added 1 scoop of a cappuccino flavored protein powder for extra protein and flavor. I was a fan of how they turned out!

I didn’t make out any breakfast items. I’ve been on a scrambled egg kick lately, but after a couple weeks of that I crave other foods. This week it’ll probably be protein shakes, smoothies, or oatmeal.

My breakfasts, lunches, and snacks will be fairly similar, but I like to be open for whatever and to have dinner free for different things. Sometimes I’m out for dinner or someone else cooks, so I like to have that variety. Balance, ya’ll! 🙂

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Weekly Goals:

-Go to gym 4-5 days

-Run 2-3 days

-Vlog at least once

-Write down 1 thing I love about myself every day this week

-Laugh, smile, + love a lot <3

Honestly, most of these goals are going to be part of my weekly goals for a while…and the last goal for as long as I live <3

Healthier Takeout Pizza?

Pizza is one of those popular foods, that just about everybody loves. At a young age, we see pizza serves in schools, at classroom parties, birthday parties, sleepovers, trips, etc. It is just one of those staple foods that is such a good go-to and is usually delicious.

Even as I am older, I still love me some pizza, but I don’t always feel like eating the classic pepperoni + cheese, Hawaiian, or meat lovers.

Some days I am craving pizza, but just want a little bit healthier version of it, and I don’t always want a frozen pizza, either.

Never fear, though! Pizza places are offering more and more options where you can make your pizza just a little bit healthier.

The pizza above is from Pizza Hut, and is thin crust, no cheese, lighter sauce, spinach, onions, and pineapple. I made my own and customized it to how I wanted it.

When a pizza can be that customized, you know the pizza company wants to accommodate what you need/want. Some people are lactose intolerant, and can’t do cheese. I can’t do a lot of it, so I opted for none.

You can pick and choose what you want as your toppings. Don’t like pineapple? No problem! Want only a certain meat and one veggie? Or maybe regular crust? Go for it!

Over the weekend when pizza was ordered at my parents, they got a regular pizza meat lovers and I ordered my (above) pizza. You bet I enjoyed a slice of that too, along with 2 slices of my own…and maybe half a cheese stick! (Balance, am I right?)

So don’t feel like you should take out pizza all together if you are on a healthy lifestyle journey, because you can definitely keep it involved!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

-what’s your all time favorite pizza?

-if you were to customize a healthier pizza, how would you make it? 

3 Reasons Why Diets Don’t Work

We are not even one week into 2018 and I am already so sick + tired of seeing all of these diet + weight loss ads being advertised.

Yes, a lot of people have goals at the first of the year to lose weight, tone up, or just be healthier; but with all of these companies promising you quick weight loss if you eat this, count this, or buy their product, it’s no wonder people get confused and/or fall off the bandwagon shortly into the year.

(Strawberry smoothie from Neighborhood Brew, off Valleydale)

I’ve fallen into diet traps before in my lifetime, researching different approaches, eliminating certain foods, and of course, calorie counting. All of these got me in bad places and was NOT good for my health, both physically and mentally.

Our bodies are incredible machines. I mean, God made us, how could they not be?

Food is fuel to our bodies. We need it not only for energy, but for our bodies even to be able to function. We must feed our organs too! Food is also meant to be enjoyed.

(Buffalo Wild Wings: Wings + bacon cheese fries)

It is important we have a balance of exercise, feeding our bodies nutritious food, but also feeding our bodies food for pleasure. It can confuse our minds if we fall into all of these diet traps. I am practicing every day to follow more of this healthy balanced, intuitive eating lifestyle, and each day with each step forward, I am finding it more freeing

(night time cereal combo of Vanilla Chex + Fruit Loops)

So, why do diets NOT work?

I’m here to give you 3 reasons why.

1.Diets essentially slow down the process of losing weight. 

But, wait! Aren’t diets supposed to help us lose weight faster? NO. When we put our bodies through any kind of “diet”, it is actually a stressor to (and on) our bodies. Our bodies tend to fight against us when we are going through something like this. That should be our first clue! Extreme dieting, eliminating food groups, and being so restrictive is not what our bodies were made to do or be put through. Dieting just causes our stress hormones (adrenaline + cortisol) to increase.

So, all this time you were thinking going on a diet would relieve some stress? Think again.

(Salad I put together with leftover chicken tenders + orange pieces)

2.They usually don’t work long term/Aren’t always sustainable.

If someone goes on a diet to lose “X” amount of pounds, and they had to eliminate a food group, be restrictive, sacrifice going out with friends + family, and maybe even had a to take a certain company’s product, what happens when this person reaches their goals?

Are they going to continue to miss out on enjoying dinner out with family + friends? Are they willing to continue to pay for the product or eliminate a certain food group the rest of their life?

Realistically, it doesn’t always work.

In many cases, people end up gaining weight back after reaching their goal and getting off the diet, but their happiness may be through the roof if they are able to enjoy things they missed out on before.

Of course, I say everything in moderation, but we must also consider our happiness. Want to enjoy a date night with your significant other and enjoy a good meal + dessert? Go for it!

A lot of this falls under intuitive eating, which I will talk more abut in future posts. All in all, think about going through a particular “diet” for the rest of your life. I’m sorry, but I don’t want that for my life!

(Panera Bread: Side salad, Butternut squash soup, and baguette)

3.Diets usually are NO FUN!

Let’s be real…when has a “diet” ever been rainbows + unicorns? NEVER. There may be some excitement in the beginning, because, hey…I have goals and I want to reach them…but soon that dies off when you are craving a piece of bread, a glass of milk, or even a piece of chocolate. Nine times out of ten, when you eliminate something and tell yourself you aren’t allowed to have it, the cravings for that will only get stronger and stronger. So much strong, that you just might give in, ruin your “diet”, you get down + frustrated with yourself, and you feel you have to start over.

Who wants to live like that?

I used to think I ruined things if I gave in to eating something that I truly wanted. I no longer want to be like that. It DID stress me out, I got frustrated with myself, and it’s not worth it. If you want a food, it should be enjoyed!!

Having a balanced lifestyle of both healthy + nutritious foods, and those foods that give us pleasure, is what it’s about. I am 4 year out from 30 (oh lawd) and I am at the point where I want to give my body the nutritious food it needs to function, but also enjoy foods I love, try new things, and NOT be stressed about it.

(Ice cream of all kinds is good. I have always enjoyed Arctic Zero for a healthier option)

So before you sign up for this “diet” or buy this product, think twice about long term and your happiness and health.

If you need someone to guide you through it, or need someone to help reach your goals without going on a diet, please contact me! I am starting this year as a health coach and I want to help you get where you want to be without falling for these gimmicks and false hopes.

Whether it is for personal training or health coaching, you can always email me at toloveandliveblog@gmail.com.