Leftovers

Can we have a conversation about how good leftover thanksgiving turkey sandwiches are? Okay great. Because they’re delicious and I can’t say it enough. I know Ross from Friends is on the same page as I am {I’m crossing my fingers that a lot of you get that reference and instantly laugh thinking of him FREAKING out over his boss eating his leftover thanksgiving sandwich at work}.

Everyone has their own style and preferences when it comes to their leftover thanksgiving turkey sandwich so I’m not even going to tell you how to make one. I know you know how.P1030208

Mine is: lightly buttered multigrain bread (from Lyon’s Bakery here in DC) topped with a slice of provolone cheese, turkey, and cranberry sauce– toasted in a pan on the stove. Simple yet one of the best sandwiches of all time.P1030212

I’ve also been enjoying leftovers over greens- roasted vegetables and turkey over spinach with a cranberry sauce dressing. Side of stuffing- because it’s one of the greatest foods of all time. Basically I’m just having thanksgiving dinner all over again… but over spinach, calling it a “thanksgiving salad,” and feeling better about life. It’s fine.2013-11-29 13.37.25

And even though the leftovers are delicious as is without any recreating or remastering- it’s fun to play and make new things out of original recipes. SO I present to you some other delectable thanksgiving leftover options…

For breakfast time- try out pan frying your stuffing and topping it with an over easy egg. All that yolk goodness seeping into crunchy but still slightly soft mushroom stuffing? Yes please.

Tonight Will and I are having turkey with some brown rice and roasted green beans with mushrooms and topped with a beet pesto I whipped up tonight (recipe to come- I promise). Still a very thanskgiving-y dinner, but different than what we had on thursday.P1030220

Tomorrow we have a roasted fall vegetable pizza on the menu. It sounds like a weird combination- putting roasted vegetables on pizza dough… but man, my girl Martha knows whats up. I’ve made this pizza before and it’s wicked good.

If you’re looking for fun things to do with your leftovers still, check out this really cool article by Brightest Young Things about how local DC Chefs use up theirs!

Hope you’re all recovering from your turkey comas and gearing up for the start of December. Christmas is so close- it’s insane.

Keep it wicked healthy xoxo

days seven and eight {sometimes + close-up}

SOMETIMES I bake.

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{I made THESE peach coconut muffins and they are awesome}

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PRO TIP: Thanks to some google searching- I’ve found the best way to store fresh muffins. Once they’re completely cool, line a tupperware container with a couple of paper towels, put the muffins on top of the paper towel, then put another one on top, and then put the lid on the container. Keep it at room temperature on your counter and your muffins should stay fresh all week! I made these on Friday and today they were just as moist and fresh as they were the first day I made them. The paper towels help absorb that wet moisture that tends to formulate on the outside of muffins.

and SOMETIMES I’m an idiot and put things in the microwave that shouldn’t be there (please note the scared/judgmental look on my face in the microwave reflection).

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SOMETIMES I am stunned by the simple beauty of food.P1020684

SOMETIMES I get over zealous about fall and buy things out of season.P1020696P1020679

SOMETIMES I spend six dollars on a box of crackers because they just sound too good.P1020680

SOMETIMES I break out my miley cyrus tongue because I’m wicked excited about football.patriots

SOMETIMES I judge myself and my clear nut & nut butter obsession.P1020681P1020682P1020683

SOMETIMES I ditch the gym and go back to my roots of DIY workouts.

  • (It looks complicated- but it’s really not at all)
  • 1 min stair run / 1 min run
  • 1 min pushups
  • 2 min stair run / 2 min run
  • 1 min tricep dips
  • 3 min stair run / 3 min run
  • 1 min squats
  • 4 min stair run / 4 min run
  • 1 min situps
  • 5 min run
  • 1 min plank hold
  • (That’s a grand total of 30 minutes- after reaching the end, work your way backwards through the routine for a full hour, full body workout)

SOMETIMES my name is a synonym for Red Sox.2013-09-06 21.20.54

and SOMETIMES I go out for delicious desserts with Will (see receipt above documenting the bananas foster boozy milkshake and homemade blueberry cheesecake poptart that we split).

SOMETIMES I go for a run on my lunch break during the week.2013-09-04 12.29.12

and SOMETIMES I just take a CLOSE-UP picture of my sweaty face.2013-09-04 12.28.58

Keep it wicked healthy xoxo

Blogging for Hope: Snacks

This blog post is a part of the series, Blogging for Hope which benefits the Taste of Hope event sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS) . It’s all about sharing food ideas that are helpful in cancer prevention and for those undergoing cancer treatment. And it’s all suggested with the ACS nutritional guidelines in mind (click here to view those guidelines).  Just as a reminder- you will see a Blogging for Hope post from me every Tuesday till the event on September 24th.

While last week’s theme was breakfast- click here to check out my post- (you know I made sure overnight oats were represented) THIS week’s theme is healthy snacks.

I am big snacker. I usually have one in between breakfast and lunch and one in between lunch and dinner. They’re a key element in my day to day life because they power me through tough workouts and prevent me from over-indulging in huge meals  They help me get in more essential fruit and veggie servings for the day and are sources of vitamins and minerals. For those undergoing cancer treatment, it can be more helpful to eat smaller meals throughout the day so high quality, well thought out snacks are important.

I’m all about snacking smart. Before I adopted this important life philosophy, I used to grab an apple thinking that would satiate me between meals and was always left still hungry and anxiously awaiting my next meal. While the apple does have fiber in it, bodies need more than just a 100 calorie apple and fiber to be happy if you’re trying to go something like two hours before lunch or dinner. In all my years being overweight, I didn’t understand the concept of eating more and eating more complex snacks in order to be healthier and weigh less in the long run.

Filling and healthy snacks should be in the 150-250 calorie range and they should contain at least 2 out of the following three things: protein, carbs, and fat. So think: a piece of whole wheat toast with nut butter or a greek yogurt topped with granola. It’s a combination game.

For me, my favorite way to snack smart is with fruit and nuts. Classic and simple. You get fats and protein from the nuts + carbs and sweetness and fiber from the fruit. I pair 1 cup of fruit or 1 piece of fruit (a serving) with ~150 calories of nuts (ex. around 20-25 almonds).

And because I like to eat according to the season- my current addiction is cherries.

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Cherries are hands down one of my favorite foods!

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Pair a cup of them with a serving of nuts and you’ve got yourself an awesome snack!

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples, oranges, and grapefruit are also lovely alongside peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, and walnuts.

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Hello, grapefruit!

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I recently invested in some grapefruit spoons (they’re really not that expensive if you’re interested- check out amazon!) to make my grapefruit eating easier.

Sometimes I even do dried fruits if I don’t have any fresh on hand. Some of my favorites include apricots and good ol’ raisins. If I’m using dried fruit- I use about 1/4 cup.

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Dried apricots and all-natural, unsalted almonds.

If you’re not into plain, unsalted, unsweetened nuts like I am and need a little something something- Blue Diamond makes lots of neat/delicious flavor varieties. I’m partial to the coconut flavor!

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Pair these with some pineapple or strawberries (or both) and you’ll be in a tropical paradise.

Another good alternative is snack bars like KIND and Larabars that contain all real ingredients that you can read, pronounce, and understand. They both do a good job at limiting sugar, incorporating all natural ingredients, and containing a sufficient amount of protein and fiber.

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Look for ones that are high in protein, high in fiber, and low in sugar! The peanut butter and strawberry is my favorite KIND bar! It tastes like a PB&J sandwich but better.

The high calorie content in nuts tends to freak people out. Don’t let their numbers scare you away! Yes, nuts are high in fat and have a lot of calories in them- BUT you get so much bang for your buck (so to speak). They are SO good for you and contain healthy fats that your body needs/loves. Plus, incorportating healthy fats into your diet can decrease cancer risk.

So reasons why this basic snack rocks (besides the fact that it’s delicious)? 1) Those healthy fats 2) You get fiber and antioxidants from the fruit 3) It’s a plant-based snack 4) It’s well balanced and 5) It will keep you fuller longer.

Just remember to wash your fresh fruits before digging in!

More Information about Taste of Hope
(which Blogging for Hope is in conjunction with)

Taste of Hope is the American Cancer Society’s signature culinary, wine and spirits event featuring more than 50 of Washington DC’s most popular chefs, restaurants and beverage vendors. Guests enjoy a walk around tasting format where they can sample signature dishes, premier wines and spirits and inventive cocktails. Hosted by the American Cancer Society and Chef Honoree Mike Isabella, all proceeds from Taste of Hope go toward our goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. This year the American Cancer Society celebrates their 100th birthday!  Together, we save lives and create a world with more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, finding cures and fighting back.

Taste of Hope will be held on September 24, 2013 at the Carnegie Library.

  • Tickets can be purchased here.
  • Donations to can be made here.

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DisclaimerBlogging for Hope is a group of DC area bloggers promoting Taste of Hope through healthy recipes. I am not a doctor, dietician, or nutritionist.  I am not a trained health care provider.  I do not claim that my food will cure any cause, condition, or disease.  Consult your primary physician or oncologist before starting any new diet.

I am in direct ability and use of conversation under following articles.

  • (9) A person who does not hold himself out to be a dietitian or nutritionist when that person furnishes nutrition information on food, food materials, or dietary supplements. This Article does not prohibit that person from making explanations to customers about foods or food products in connection with the marketing and distribution of these products.
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Again, you are not on the website of a doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian. If you wish to do so please contact a board certified professional in your state.

Keep it wicked healthy xoxo