What I Ate

Summer Series: Tips to Staying “Healthy” On Vacation

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“Healthy” – What makes you feel great.  During the act.  After the fact.  Simple.

I am back and trying to get things moving, you guys!  My trip was just what I needed for a little relaxation, inspiration, and motivation, to give all I had to give out to you all.

This is the first post of my Summer Series!  From today until the first day of Summer, I have a few posts lined up, on how to enjoy and prepare for the hot months to come!  This one was inspired from my recent trip.  I dealt with extra heat and humidity, so I thought I would start with something we all get to enjoy this time of year.  Vacation!!

A vacation is a way to incorporate both new and exciting, with tried and trues of what really makes us feel centered.  You want that, trust me.  I used to stray very far from eating habits and routines during vacation, so much so I would need a detox to feel back on track, lose that extra weight.  I don’t believe a vacation has to be like that.  You want to feel great during and even better after.  You went on this vacation to feel renewed, inspired, adventurous.  Your health is the gateway to being able to enjoy that much MORE.

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Keep to most of your everyday routines.  I used to be told that on vacation, you have to let go, that it’s unrealistic to take what you use and do somewhere else.  Not true!  Whether you find yourself in a house or hotel, most likely you have a bathroom, mini fridge, and a kitchen of some sorts within the area.

Unless you are going hiking, then disregard.  Since I was staying for about a week, I bought a few things that I could not bring with me.

  • lemon
  • applecider vinegar

*If you don’t have a fridge or kitchen to take advantage of,  I recommend water every morning and night.  Hydration is the key.

That’s it!  Everythingh else of non perishables, I used mini-jars ($5 at target) and bought travel sized beauty products.  Even my tea and salt, I was able to bring in a small bag.

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  • Jars filled with coconut oil.  One as my body and face moisturizer.  Another for oil pulling.
  • Jar of deodorant.  I make mine in bulk, so needed only a bit.
  • Store bought cleanser/toner.  This is good to limit extra oils, since you would be at risk of spilling during travel.
  • Mini dry brush for everyday skin and body detox.
  • Triphala.  My morning digestion supplement

If you happen to have a fridge, take advantage, please! I like to keep to light snacks.  Lots of fruit.  With no kitchen, going out to eat is inevitable.  But even you eat right in between, and keep to just one splurge meal, the only thing you are going to crave after is a home cooked meal.

  • Fruits.  Bananas, apples, oranges.  If you have a fridge, pineapples and berries are a great addition!
  • Rice chips and hummus
  • Granola and yogurt
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Chia Seed Pudding (check my recipe page!)

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Did you know that travel and different surroundings can effect you regardless if you are eating right or not? Everything from your digestion to skin can be impacted.  We are sensitive creatures.  The good news is that even one simple product or food can help that.

Aloe vera became my go to.  My digestion wasn’t perfect leaving so a couple of days in I had to take action.  Alittle bit cut up to sooth bloat and constipation.  It worked like magic.  Since I was also in the sun, I used it as a soothing ointment for my face and neck.  The most sensitive parts of my body.

So here are some of my favorites.  Whatever is your morning beverage and your favorite cleanser, stick with it!  Vacations should be packed with what you want.  Whether relaxing or adventure.  Feeling great is part of the package that I hope you signed up for!

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August Thangs: Foodie Style

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I love these kinds of posts. I just drown you in pictures.  It’s amazing.

August, has been one of those months.  Felt like the longest month ever.  I almost feel bad for rushing it, but I’m over it.  I’m ready for a new season, new lipsticks, different foods, and a detox.  But until then, I enjoyed what I could.

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So, I wanted to start on touching base about getting back into it.  Into the holistic healthy way of living I love so much.  Seriously.  My cravings for greens and fresh ingredients were at it’s highest this season than ever before.  So, for starters, I got back into meal prepping.  Mostly breakfast and lunch.

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IMG_0404Tomato and Cucumber Quinoa Salad (Recipe coming soon!)

Coming home, I will not lie that I do not stray far from the usual.  This is that “growing up hispanic” things.  Especially with a Grandma who always wants to see you eating.  Rice and beans.  Avocado. Kimchi for good measure (and good digestion).

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Did we notice anything different?  Meeeeaaaaattt!  My other craving.  During the month, I’ve become a bit of a crazy sleeper.  Sometimes 3 hours, sometimes 8 hours.  That’s where I fell most short when trying to get on track.  I used food and a lot of coffee to keep me energized.  No, I didn’t picture all the starbucks and cafe con leche I consumed in two weeks.  Protien and fats kept me full the most, and my paychecks allowed for the extra goodies and pounds as well 😉

Then you have the times when you are sans groceries or rushing around trying to put on crazy eyeliner.  Whole Foods Market always has my back.

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I don’t think I COOKED anything for myself this month.  Don’t ask me to cook for you.  Only breakfast.  I own breakfast.

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IMG_0161I live for eggs. And simplicity.

I also went out a few times.  I think twice out of the those times I did, I was pretty impressed.

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I finally found a Peruvian restaurant in Tampa, that lives up to the ones in NJ I hold near and dear.  Machu Picchu Restaurant did it for me. A standard Saltado de Mariscos, that was delicious in it’s own simplicity.  Out of trying two other places in the area, I was so happy to find a place I really enjoyed!

Let’s talk about brunch.  I have been brunch deprived.  It’s a shame too, because you can never go wrong with brunch, just need enough mimosas to cancel out bad food.  Luckily, I have some foodie friends here who are willing to show and try new places with me!  First stop, Ella’s Folk Art Cafe for Soul Food Sundays!

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There’s bacon on my Bloody Mary.  Super Lame fact:  I didn’t eat it.

IMG_0372Tofu and Portabella Barbecue Sandwich.  It made my heart and stomach warm.

Would definitely love to try this place again.  The menu looked amazing!

Other times, you are a little cheap, kind of lazy, and ready for a weekend.  That’s when frozen vegan pizza and cheap wine come to the rescue.  Late night cozy lovin’.

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Other events did occur that didn’t have much to do with food.  I discovered a new mall.  Tanned at least once.  And I WENT TO YOGA.  AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK.  Big deals people.  It was scary and hard.  But it brought back feelings and memories.  Those inspirational kickass feelings you get doing a warrior 2 while your sweat turns into puddles.  Remembering that even though your body cannot do what it once did one year ago, you know your body still has the ability to get there again.  Goddamn yoga, you win me over every time.

August, you were alright.  Started out slow, but how quickly did everything happen all at once.  Feelings, decisions, and a start in planning something new.  September, I hope you are ready for me.

IMG_0367Super fullmoon ritual.  Candles, incense, and wine.

Until next time, my dears,

yesenia

 

Black Bean Quinoa Salad Pt. 2

The joy of making a salad.  You can read a recipe and make five or more different versions after the original.  At least, that’s how I look at it in my eyes, and I want to do what I want.  So, the other day I wanted an easy and quick lunch to make a head.  This is what came about.

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As you know, I am trying to get back on track, food included.  I’m on a mission to spend less money on frivolous meals and take time to make my own.  Truth be told, I really don’t care for meal prep.  I make my salads or sandwich the morning of and make dinner from scratch, if I ACTUALLY feel like it.  I know, but I blame it mostly on my schedule. My schedule varies on a weekly basis, and honestly, as well what I feel like making.  Some weeks I live off rice and beans, other weeks I can eat out every other day.

A couple of salads like this a week can really do the trick though!

Fresh ingredients are important for a recipe like this too.  I’m talking either local or organic ingredients.  If you are in a warmer climate, local might be best.  You want to make sure your tomatoes are sweet and herbs are vibrant.  I used parsley, just for a little something different, but cilantro would be great as well!

I was going to add a little avocado for this recipe, but I would definitely recommend to add right before serving.  You want to make sure it stays a pretty green with a buttery finish.  It really takes this salad to the next level.  You guys should know, I am a firm believer of a bad ass salad.

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Black Bean Quinoa Salad Pt. 2

  • 1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup parsley chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of salt

To prepare.

Cook quinoa accordingly.  Set aside and let cool. Rinse black beans out of the can and add to quinoa.  Dice both tomatoes into thick chunks.  All together you can add the tomatoes, parsley, olive oil, vinegar, and salt.  Fold all ingredients together and enjoy!

Makes about 2 or 3 servings.  Keep refrigerated for a week.

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And I did the math… To make a batch of this salad can come out to about $7 tops, including the avocado.  With fresh more sustainable ingredients lasting for a week.  I think that tops a single serving for the same price.

Let me tell you about that healthy living with a budget, baby 😉

PS.  Because this really was a meal prep, excuse the poor lighting and multiple settings.  Sunday night and lunch Monday morning were still delicious!

For more or similar recipes, check out my salad from last year!

 

 

My Spring Detox Part 1

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Are you tired of this subject?  To be honest, I am.  I think it’s because I started late in the game, but I’m ready to for the warm weather to become consistent so all I crave is fresh vegetables and fruit!  Oh, I should probably mention that it was 80 degrees two days ago, and we woke up to snow this morning.  Mother nature, I am sorry for the way you have been treated, but why you gotta be so mean?

Can you tell I’m a little upset?  But, I shall remain positive and say, I am more than glad to be on this mini detox now.  For me, I waited until my body and finances were a little more in check.  More so my body though.  It was important to get rid of any monthly bloat and plan what I will be having over the next few days.  The cleanse I chose?  Whole food cleanse, high in raw foods.

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My reasons.

  1. Finances.  It was cheaper for me to eat healthy most of the time than juice.  Don’t get me wrong, I did splurge on a few juices, but just a few and enough to get me through four or five days.  Focusing on maybe two a day.  When you sub a bunch of veggies for the usual groceries such as extra yummy sauces, dairy, and meat/fish.  It can actually come out almost the same.
  2. Pitta Problems.  During recent months, I have noticed my body becoming very overheated.  It has been that way for a while now.  Whenever I drink wine, eat heavy, or even eat a lot.  Generally, I am a little more cold than the usual person.  But simple things trigger my heating reaction, specifically on my face.  Redness, to rashes, my pores become enlarged and irritated.  I am using this detox as a way to see if I can cure/control this, if not inform myself more about it.  I am using a high raw food diet to do that.

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So let’s talk about my first day!!!

Dreadful.

I didn’t use my own advice on a pre-cleanse diet….  A diet full of white rice and flour, fish, eggs, and dairy the weekend prior, was not a good idea.  From somebody who is sensitive to those foods, I found myself less than comfortable that Monday starting my cleanse.  So much so, I didn’t even want to go to yoga.  I actually ate a little more so maybe the food would get things moving inside my stomach.  A couple of juices, salad, and canned soup were my drugs of choice.  For dranks it was a Ginger Kombucha and a lot of Eater’s Digest Tea.

*Side note* Did anyone see the lunar eclipse?  My special self woke up at 3am to see that blood moon, but all I saw was a cloudy night sky.  Tear.  Depending on your sign it was supposed to give you a certain reading and energy. I used this rare occasion to really manifest some kind of energy.  Some mantras and words to better cope with what has been going on around and inside me?  I’ve been really into astrology spiritual energy, so it’s something I hope to talk more about soon!

Tuesday was a better day.  I didn’t find myself as hungry.  I think my body was still trying to rid and digest the other foods I have been consuming.  For breakfast I had a a raw cereal with a a third of the Suja coconut milk (forgot to picture) and a small cup of green tea.  Lunch was an alright salad:

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  • massaged kale and dandelions
  • sprouts and sprouted beans
  • radishes
  • quinoa
  • parsley
  • avocado
  • homemade dressing (share later on if perfected!)

So I’m trying to keep this up for a few more days.  If I eat out, I’ll probably go for the healthier whole foods option.  With a green juice first thing in the morning for a few days, I’ll hopefully be feeling a bit better in no time!

My biggest challenge:  Saturday morning if I can keep aways from Whole Foods scones and coffee 😉

Till next time!

 

 

 

March Happenings

Good morning!

So I thought I share with you some cool, yummy, funny, but mostly yummy photos.  March was the month I decided to turn my life around and do what I love, so why not share it over breakfast?

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And I say breakfast, because I’ve been utterly obsessed with a good one all month long.  What started as a way to kick my sugar habit, has become one of my favorite breakfasts to enjoy.  Eggs please!  Mostly sunny side up, I love me a good yolk.

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I made it a point to go out or even just hang out with some important people in my life.  Family and friends.  Sometimes it’s not all about food and 10pm bedtimes.

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Except when it comes to birthdays.  Because cakes and cupcakes are a must.  It was my momma’s birthday this month and since she is kind of the bestest in the whole wide world, surprise cupcakes while she worked seemed necessary.  These were from Whole Foods Market.  They kind of tasted like cornbread?  But in the best possible way.

IMG_5741Chipotle Sofritas

Basically one of the best vegan options a fast food place can ever make in the middle of Jersey.  It’s the meat subsitute Chipotle has now and it’s so good.  I didn’t  notice they had it until they made my whole bowl.  Well, the lady must have saw me when it caught my eye, so she offered to plop it on.  That was before I knew they would charge you for guacamole now…..

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These are a few of my favorite things… Actually, it’s just one, and that’s the sun.  Let’s restyle this and pretend there are sandals and a maxi skirt being modeled.  Hopefully in one month, the sun will be able to give my toes the tan they deserve, until then, flats and pants it is.

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I got a new car, and decided to pimp it out like any real yogi would 🙂

How I let the world (or my humble amount of followers in social media) that I’m ready to go on in life being who I am and doing what I love.  Of course, it’s always going to be a work in progress, just like my yoga, it’s a practice.  All I hope for is a semi-graceful fall,  so I can always get back up and try again.

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Weekly Bites

Good morning everyone!

Hope you all had a good week!  Mine has been pretty good.  Same old with work and work, and yoga.  Since I haven’t posted so much this week, thought I would share my eats from the week.  Went out a few times with friends and family which was nice.  Definitely not needed, but well appreciated.

BreakfastsIMG_3320IMG_3284Fast. Simple. Yummy.  A staple.

IMG_3327IMG_3305Instant oats.  Still don’t know how I feel.  Love the constancy.  Ehh on the taste.

LunchIMG_3310IMG_3315Indian buffet. Long overdue.

IMG_3321Thai Food.  Veggie yellow curry.

IMG_3336Another variation of this recipe.  Just with sweet potatoes and kale mixed in.  Delicious!

SnacksIMG_3288First pomegranate of the season! Yummy and difficult.  More yummy though.

IMG_3304Leftover pumpkin bread and persimmon.  Match made in heaven

IMG_3325Coffee and larabar.   Together make an easy dessert.

Add some apples and that amazing salad, and you got it all!  Tried my hardest to be realistic with my food goals.  I would say almost half and half with clean eating and indulgent yummies.  This weekend, I’m banking on leftovers, and a good lunch or dinner.  I do have off in a couple of days!!! Yay!

Till next time, loves!

yesenia

PS.  Just because it’s Friday and it’s been awhile…

Improvements!

Good mawnin’!

Hope you all have had an amazing week!  You guys know how much I love Friday, and still I don’t know why. This week definitely went by a little faster.  Maybe, because I’ve been busier?  A lot of yoga, computer stuff, and… kitchen!  Yes, I think this is the most I’ve been in the kitchen in a long time.  It’s officially fall, and I’ve been usin’ and abusin’ my oven.  So convenient.  I just pop whatever I need in there for an hour, and in-between I do my own thing.  Haven’t been going out to eat as much, mostly to save cash and time.   I must also say, that I feel a little better.  Coffee isn’t as to drink after a veggie-filled homemade meal.

Just a quick overview of what’s been going down.

Breakfast

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IMG_3194Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal.  Topped with yogurt, walnuts, and syrup.  Amazing

Lunch

IMG_3176Leftovass.  Indian meets Italian.

IMG_3220Grandma’s kitchen with some kale.

IMG_3223Leftovass with roasted mushrooms and fried egg.

Dinner

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or juice…

Now I can’t make any promises for the weekend with my stay-in meals over the weekend.  Even with just as a busy schedule, I need my special treats.  I’m simple, a Sunday morning scone will do 😉

Hope you all enjoy your start of the weekend!

yesenia