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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

2 ingredient Pancakes

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Happy Holidays Everyone!

I have been making these guys on the fly for a while now and noticed I did not have a “recipe” on here for our clients. The recipe is..

Banana

Eggs

Damn. That’s easy.

The KITCHN has a great step-by-step process on how to make the pancakes so I thought I would use their insanely detailed recipe to help our people out.

…      mine would be. Mash. Mix. Oil up. Pour. Flip like a boss.

We prefer to add something seasonal like pomegranates and roasted nuts to top these off… maybe even a touch of shredded coconut or powdered sugar for show. They look and taste like Christmas.

 

2 Ingredient Pancakes
 
Thank you KITCHN for these very detailed directions. Helping our sisters out!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8 small pancakes
Ingredients
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 large eggs
  • Butter or oil, for the pan
  • Maple syrup, jam, powdered sugar, or any other toppings, to serve
  • Equipment
  • Small mixing bowls
  • Dinner fork
  • Cast iron or nonstick griddle or skillet
  • Very thin, wide spatula, like a pancake spatula or fish spatula
Instructions
  1. Mash the banana: Peel the banana and break it up into several big chunks in a bowl. Use a dinner fork to thoroughly mash the banana. Continue mashing until the banana has a pudding-like consistency and no large lumps remain; a few small lumps are okay. You should have ⅓ to ½ cup of mashed bananas.
  2. Add any extra ingredients: These pancakes are pretty great on their own, but a few extras never hurt. Add ⅛ teaspoon of baking powder for fluffier, lighter pancakes, and whisk in salt, vanilla, cocoa powder, or honey to flavor the pancakes. Save any chunky, heavy ingredients — like nuts or chocolate chips — for when the pancakes are on the griddle.
  3. Stir in the eggs: Whisk the eggs together until the yolks and whites are completely combined. Pour the eggs over the banana and stir until the eggs are completely combined. The batter will be very loose and liquidy, more like whisked eggs than regular pancake batter.
  4. Heat a griddle over medium heat: Melt a little butter or warm a little vegetable oil in the pan to prevent sticking, if you like.
  5. Drop the batter on hot griddle: Drop roughly 2 tablespoons of batter onto the hot griddle. It should sizzle immediately — if not, turn up the heat slightly.
  6. Cook for about 1 minute: Cook the pancakes until the bottoms look browned and golden when you lift a corner. The edges should also be starting to look set, but the middle will still be loose like barely set Jell-O.
  7. Sprinkle with toppings: Sprinkle any loose toppings, like nuts or chocolate chips, over the top of the pancakes as the first side cooks.
  8. Flip the pancakes: I've found it best to do this very gently and fairly slowly — the opposite of regular pancakes. Gently work a spatula about halfway under the pancake, then lift until the unsupported half of the pancake is just barely lifted off the skillet. Lay the pancake back down on its other side. Some of the loose batter will probably spill onto the skillet as you do this; just be sure to lay the pancake on top of the spill and nudge any excess back under the pancake.
  9. Cook for another minute or so: Cook the pancake for another minute or so, until the other side is also golden-brown. You can flip the pancakes a few times if you need to in order to get them evenly browned. (Flipping is much easier once the second side is set!)
  10. Continue cooking the pancakes: Transfer the cooked pancakes to a serving plate and continue cooking the rest of the batter. Keep the finished pancakes warm in the oven if cooking more than a single batch.
  11. Serve warm: These pancakes are best when eaten fresh off the griddle and still warm. Serve with maple syrup, honey, jam, or any extra toppings you'd like.

Optional extras (choose a few!):
1/8 teaspoon baking powder, for fluffier pancakes
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or a mix
1/2 cup leftover granola
1 cup fresh fruit, like blueberries, raspberries, or chopped apples

XO,

Mary

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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Ingredients
  • 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

 

Mexican Corn Recipe: Cinco de Mayo

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Picture credit @damndelicious.net ; pinterest

We are always looking for an excuse to party, right? Some of you may be celebrating Cinco de Mayo at one of the local Mexican restaurants but if you are home with the family or a few friends I have some of my favorite ideas listed below. On average, our family eats Mexican about 3 days per week. One of those is usually at our local Taqueria who make the best street style tacos in town. For our Lynchburg followers… the Taqueria is on 221 in the Forest Crossing center. My order is the same every time:  Shrimp Tacos with corn tortillas and the creamy sauce on the side. I love the spicy, creamy sauce but I like to control how much I am putting on the taco. When you get your food… it may look a bit “plain jane” on your plate but head up to the salsa bar to load up on the good stuff! I have heard many people say that their tacos were not good… but did not use any of the amazing, home made slaw and salsa that add amazing flavor. I hit the Mexican slaw with radish, add cilantro, a bit of green special sauce, and squeeze lime on top. Okay back to the party and our first Mexican recipe for Cinco de Mayo. I want all of our BEC people to know what Cinco de Mayo is so here it is.. strait from Wikipedia itself because the internet is always right, (right?!). I have always heard the Cinco De Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day but it is not! From what I have heard, we tend to party up this holiday much harder than Mexico

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on 5 May. It is celebrated in the United States[1] and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla,[note 1][2][3][4] where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).[5][6][7]Mexican Americans also often see the day as a source of pride; one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day.[8]

The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.[3][9] In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.[3][10]

So now you know.  Here is the first of a couple Mexican Recipes BEC will throw at you this week to have a successful gathering with fresh, clean food. Once you taste this goodness.. you will forget about the over processed Tex-Mex that is offered on every corner. Tis’ the season to buy fresh corn from the farmers market so head down there and grab your ears!

Mexican Corn Recipe: Cinco de Mayo
 
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Adapted from the beautiful magazine Eating Well and Damn Delicious.net, this recipe is super easy and traditional with a healthy twist. We replaced "low fat and no fat" with organic and full fat because that is how we do it here at BEC. Here ya go!
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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons full fat, organic mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons full fat, organic plain yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder (or ancho chili)
  • 4 ears corn, husked
  • 4 tablespoons finely shredded Cotija, (a traditional Mexican cheese) or parmesan
  • A handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, quartered and more to squeeze on top!
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, yogurt and chili powder in a small bowl.
  3. Grill corn, turning occasionally, until marked and tender, 8 to 12 minutes total. Spread each ear with 1 tablespoon of the sauce and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Cotija (or Parmesan). Sprinkle with cilantro. Squeeze lime on top...Serve with lime wedges.

 

 

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