Monday, May 25, 2015

Healthy Paleo Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Wedges

Need a healthy version of a burger and fries?? This post is for you! ;)
One of my favorite meals to make (and prep for leftovers) are turkey burgers! They're so easy and a great source of protein. I'm going to show you my favorite healthy way to enjoy them! I also love sweet potatoes, and making them roasted is my current favorite! This meal is totally paleo too! Basically meaning- it's made from simple ingredients, and dairy and grain free :)

Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges:
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Coconut Oil
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Garlic powder
  1. Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees 
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into cubes or wedges and place into a baking pan.
  3. Add a spoonful of coconut oil (I don't measure! It's so healthy for you!)
  4. Add spices and toss the potatoes
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes






















Turkey Burgers:

  • 1 lb. of lean ground turkey (I used 98% lean today, but 90% is a little tastier, but just a little more fat)
  • seasonings of choice
  1. Season the turkey 
  2. Shape into 4-6 patties (depending on how big you want them)
  3. Cook in a sprayed pan (each side for 4-5 minutes or until browned)












Sautéed Zucchini:

  • 2-3 zuchinis and yellow squash sauteed in coconut oil with sea salt and pepper!






Time for Toppings!!!
I have to have avocado on my turkey burgers. Especially since I skipped the cheese, avocado will add a huge dose of flavor while being a healthy fat! :)





























Skip the Bun! 
When you eat real, wholesome delicious food, there's really no need for a processed white hamburger bun. I promise you won't miss it! :) I placed two small turkey patties on romaine leaves and topped them with organic ketchup and mustard.























So there you go! A healthy way to enjoy a burger and fries! This is such a great balanced meal. It has protein, complex carbs, veggies and some healthy fat. I like to keep the turkey patties in the fridge for easy meals during the week. You can eat them in so many ways! :)




I hope you guys enjoyed this quick recipe! Let me know what other things you'd like to see me make!
XoXo, 
Stephanie

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Simple Summer Makeup! Perfect for Traveling!


This simple summer look is perfect for traveling! Whether you're headed to the beach or just need a quick look that's easy and quick, this makeup look will get the job done! I used fresh peachy shades, for a natural sun kissed, glow. :)



Products Used:

  • Becca Under Eye Brightening Correcter Brightening 
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer
  • Smashbox Suntan Matte Bronzer
  • Tarte Poppy Picnic Palette
  • Maybelline Full n Soft Waterproof Mascara
  • Kevin Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil
  • Kroma Beauty Joystick in Sea Coral
  • Vincent Longo Cushion Lips




Thanks for watching!
XoXo,
Stephanie

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LIFE IS SWEET


Hey guys! Today's video is just a little different... I wanted to try something different, so I hope you enjoy!


Thanks for watching! Anything you're going through- it will get better. Have faith. Fight for it. Don't let the opinions of others shape your opinion of yourself. Life is not about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself. You deserve to be fully happy and fully yourself. Life is amazing, and too short to let a moment pass dwelling in the negative. You will have "haters", but remeber the ones that love you no matter what. You are amazing and loved. Life is SWEET, Go live it to the fullest.


I have spent too many moments worrying about what others think of me. I now know that making others happy with your life choices will not make you happy. You have to live your life the way that makes you happy. That's not selfish. You have to love yourself to be able to put love out into the world.

We all have struggles and trials in life. Sometimes life will throw some unexpected curve balls at us and it's hard keep faith that times will get better. Me personally, recovering from an eating disorder was the hardest thing I've ever done. I never in a million years thought I would be "a girl with and eating disorder." That label used to make me think I was weak, but now I realize the experience made me strong. I have learned that changing yourself, losing weight, getting fit, being "perfect" is not going to make you happier. Those things stem from hate- hating yourself, your body, ect. The only things that make you truly happy come from a place of love-- family, friends, things your passionate about, and above all the love of God. He loves you no matter what mistakes you make, no matter what you look like, no matter how many times you fall. I had to have faith in God, and faith in myself. 


If you are struggling with anything right now, please know that there is always a bright side, and things could always be worse. You are stronger than you think and more beautiful than you'll ever know.

XoXo,
Stephanie


Monday, May 18, 2015

#TalkTuesday: 3 Ways to Be Healthy WITHOUT the Gym or Diet!

















In This Video... I talk about my three tips for staying healthy without working out or changing the way you eat. Even though diet and exercise are important to your health,  being healthy is not all about those things. Here are three very important factors that can transform your health, and are simple changes to make!



1. DRINK MORE WATER!

Water is obviously an essential to stay alive. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it keeps your metabolism going, your skin glowing, your hunger cues in check, and energy stable. Most people don't drink enough water, so make sure you are drinking half of your body weight in ounces each day! For example, if you way 100 pounds, you need to drink at least 50 ounces of water a day.

2. GET ENOUGH SLEEP

Like me, you probably don't get 8 hours of sleep on a regular basis. It's easy to just rely on caffeine for energy to make up for lack of sleep, but that's not healthy. Sleep affects many things in your body, and mostly due to your hormones. When you don't get enough sleep, your body releases more cortisol, the stress hormone. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic. Sleep loss also causes the body to release too little human growth hormone. When we’re young, human growth hormone promotes growth. As we age, it helps increase muscle mass, thicken skin, and strengthen bones.

3. RELAX

Often we let our busy lives get in the way, and we don't take time to just relax. Taking time for yourself will make you happier and healthier. You will be happier and have more energy to put into other things and people in your life. It actually will lower your stress, which prevents heart attacks, depression, anxiety, ect. Some ways you can relax are yoga, prayer, walking, reading or simply taking a nap! Try taking 15-30 minutes a day just for you- away from distractions like social media!

I hope these simple tips will help you to be healthier and happier! Remember "fall in love with taking care of yourself mind, body, and spirit."
XoXo,
Stephanie

Thursday, May 7, 2015

April Favorites!

Another month has gone by, time for another favorites video!


Products Mentioned:
Makeup Forever HD Foundation #127
Decca Eye Brightener and Corrector
Tarte Poppy Picnic Palette
Lipstick Queen Endless Summer in Hang Ten
Loreal Infallible Pro Spray and Set Spray


 




Hope you all enjoyed my April Favorites!
XoXo,
Stephanie