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Guest Post by Prosecco & Projects: What I Eat in a Day

EVERYONE knows my obsession with reading about what people eat in a day. I literally can’t get enough. I find it always interesting, often inspiring, and learn something new each time I get my hands on one of these articles.

Well below is no different. Morgan, the darling behind Prosecco & Projects shares with us a typical day for her through food below.

::Spoiler:: I am running to make Morgan’s Cardamom Cashew Milk Coffee Creamer RIGHT NOW.

Enjoy! 

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I wish that I could tell you about how I start my day off with a superfood smoothie and end it with some deliciously colorful buddha bowl but I promised myself that I would be honest! So here is what a self proclaimed house cat who dreams of being a cupcake connoisseur and wine expert eats in a day.

Everyday I start my morning with an AM Beauty Tonic. The name sounds fancy but really it should just be called daily digestion tonic. It has many benefits but the main reason I drink it is because it really gets things going. I think that the first thing that you put in your body everyday is the most important so I try to make sure its not a sugary doughnut or something along those lines. Thats not to say a doughnut isn’t next in line! Its all about balance right?!

 

After I sip my AM Beauty Tonic I move on to COFFEE! Yay! This is the best part of my day! Now here’s where I will be honest. I used to drink sugary chemical filled creamers and loved every minute of it! But after learning about how nasty those are I have trained myself to like more natural creamers! My favorite is my Cardamom Cashew Milk Coffee creamer! It is just so thick and delicious, you wont miss the stuff from the plastic bottle ever again!

I am not a huge breakfast person but I typically get hungry around 10:00 AM and want to grab something quick since I work full time and am usually knee deep in meetings around now. I love packing one of my Mini Sweet Potato and Ham Frittatas to-go. They are so easy… I just heat it up really quick and add hot sauce and avo! Total deliciousness. But if I am in a really big hurry I will have a hard boiled egg with Everything but the Bagel Seasoning sprinkled all over!

 

Lunch is kinda the same story. I usually end up eating at my desk while writing blog posts or answering emails. I love making a big pot of soup on Sundays. We will have it for dinner that night and then I will have it all week long for lunch! I love soup!

I will bring a few snacks just in case I get an afternoon craving! Some of my favorites are Chomps Beef Sticks, Carrots w/ Guac, and my fave- Jalapeno Popcorn. I have done the Whole30 a couple of times and it has totally changed my eating habits so I really try to make sure I am paying attention to what I am munching on. Don’t get me wrong I still indulge but when I do now I want to make it worth it. 

 

Like this delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie. I’m not wasting it on my afternoon snack in the office!

 

Dinner is totally random. There is no consistency here. It’s just whatever sounds good to me the night before. Some of our favorites are a burger salad with tons of Roasted Garlic Aioli smothered on top, a pot roast with roasted veggies, and tacos (duh!)!

As far as drinks go, I love LaCroix… particularly the coconut and tangerine flavors. I drink one kombucha a day and my fave is the seasonal Vanilla Oak flavor from Brew Doctors Kombucha. It tastes like cream soda. And of course I love a bubbly glass of Prosecco. I love it with a splash of pineapple juice and pomegranates. The pomegranates float around like little fireworks so you feel like everyday is a party!

xx,

Prosecco and Projects

Kind of Insane Roasted Broccoli Salad

roasted-broccoli-saladI LOVE BROCCOLI.  Not like cold, gross, hard, raw broccoli.  But roasted, caramelized, nutty, delicious broccoli.  I took my roasted broccoli to the next level and made a super simple, warm salad.  Salty and delicious. Measurements aren’t scientific so give it a whirl and add/take away wherever you like.

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Roasted Broccoli Salad
 
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Recipe type: Side dish, Salad
Ingredients
  • 1 head of broccoli, cleaned and trimmed and chopped into small pieces
  • EVOO
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  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup of toasted pecan pieces
  • Dried tart bing cherries (no added sugar)
  • ½ raw red onion
  • ⅓ cup of feta cheese
  • Lemon wedges
Instructions
  1. Cook the chopped broccoli at 350 for thirty-forty minutes with the evoo, salt and pepper and the coconut sugar (it helps everything to caramelize). Very finely chop the half of a red onion. After the broccoli is done and cooled enough to touch (but still warm), chop it into tiny pieces. Throw in a bowl and add the toasted pecans, raw red onion (leave it out if you don’t like it but I love the crunch!), cherries, feta and a squeeze of fresh lemon. Ready to eat!

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Crockpot Pumpkin Chili

I love chili

Oh yes, it is that time of year! Pumpkin ale, Pumpkin smoothie, Pumpkin Salsa, Pumpkin muffins, actual pumpkins and my favorite thus far….. PUMPKIN CHILI. This recipe is nutritious, delicious, and most importantly, will not turn the booty into, well.. a giant jack-o-lantern? I know it is tempting to grab the pumpkin filled desserts the grocery stores have on display right now but more than likely the added sugar and sketchy ingredients lists will add up and fill out our pants faster than we know it. Our pumpkin chili recipe (with bison) in the crockpot is tasty enough to serve a chili snob with all very real, delicious ingredients. Pull that thing out and dust it off. Prepare this mid afternoon and walk away,run errands, come back it’s ready.  Let’s kick off the season, ya’ll!

Did you know that pumpkin is a superfood? It is full of potassium, magnesium, fiber and much more. Translation: It is great for your hair, skin and nails, keeps you full and much more. Read more about it here.  More pumpkin recipes to follow…

Crockpot Pumpkin Chili
 
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This chili is clean and lean. I served this with my favorite premixed, fool proof corn bread mix by Pamela's. You may use grass fed ground beef instead of bison..Double up to freeze for later!
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Recipe type: dinner, crockpot
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 pound of ground bison
  • 2-3 cups of cubed fresh pumpkin
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic (i use more because I LOVE garlic)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of organic black beans
  • 1 can of organic chili beans
  • 28 ounces of organic fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice (or to taste)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of chili spice (to taste)
  • cayenne pepper to spice! Taste as it cooks....
  • dash of salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of organic sour cream
Instructions
  1. In a frying pan add oil and then chopped onion, pepper, garlic and bison on medium heat until the bison is browned.
  2. In the mean time, add tomatoes, beans, sauteed bison, and cubed pumpkin to the slow cooker.
  3. Add coconut sugar. Most recipes will call for 2 tablespoons of brown sugar but I replaced it with a dash of coconut sugar. It will not make or break the recipe, it will only bring out the taste in the pumpkin and bison.
  4. Add pumpkin pie spice, chili spice, and salt and pepper at the beginning..
  5. As the ingredients start to cook and blend, taste and add cayenne and other spices to perfect the dish. You can always add salt and cayenne to individual servings for those who like it spicy or a bit saltier.
  6. Dollop sour cream on top and ENJOY.
  7. Best served with fresh corn bread

 

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A food to keep you young and hydrated

 

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Vitamin D! I am so happy to walk outside and feel the heat. I am even more happy that a lot of our favorite fruits and veggies are in season. It is the time of year our bodies want to naturally cleanse the few extra pounds we may have put on in the colder months. That means eating a lot of water dense food that keeps us hydrated and feeling great. Today I am featuring the mot beautiful, delicious veggie that does not get enough attention, The Cucumber. When you look up the benefits of cucumber so many different articles pop up. One of the first things I read is that cucumber is considered one “the worlds healthiest food” .. which a lot of nature’s food has been coined. But I did find that research on the anti-cancer properties of cucumber (still in the preliminary stages)  show that cucumber contains unique compounds that can help fight cancerous cells. It is a nutritional powerhouse that we would love for you to incorporate in your every day diet. Additionally, I found some other benefits that may be a bit more exciting to you: strait from natural news.

1.Quick pick me-up – Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.

2. Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins – Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.

3. Skin and hair care – If you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.

4. Fight cancers – Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

5. Home care – Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.

6. Relieves bad breath – Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

7. Hangover cure – To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.

8. Aids in weight loss and digestion – Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

9. Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure – Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

10. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain -Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036769_cucumbers_health_benefits_rehydration.html#ixzz3boNO29M0

Okay, the real reason I wanted to write about cucumbers is because I am slightly obsessed with cucumber sandwiches, cucumber water, cucumber juice, and cucumber gazpacho. Now that you know you are eating a perfect food… here are some recipes I found to help motivate you to eat more! When we purchase cucumber from the store it may contain a waxy coating that we want to avoid. Try to find an organic cucumber or buy local. We have cuc’s growing in the backyard right now. They are the best.

First and foremost…

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Cucumber Sandwich
 
the easiest recipe I will ever submit.
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  • 2 pieces of bread from the local market or Ezekiel bread, or your favorite gluten free bread. (you can also make this an open face sandwich like we do)
  • a bit of organic mayo
  • sliced cucumber
  • seasoning like salt, pepper, dil, garlic, or whatever you want
Instructions
  1. dress bread with mayo. Put sliced cucumber on top. Salt and pepper it. Top with favorite seasoning.

 

Try this beautiful and tasty cucumber infused water. 

cucumber waterOr this delicious mixed drink for hot summer nights (or days). The cucumber basil gimlet. Hell yes.

Cucumber-Basil-GimletDrink your infused water and your gimlet and eat Basil Cucumber Gazpacho for an appetizer. (with a Cuc Sandy)

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The possibilities are endless! Take care and clean a cucumber. No seriously, it’s hilarious to watch someone clean a cucumber under water.

Love!

Mary

 

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