Mango Strawberry Salsa

Even though the Polar Vortex has made it’s way down here to sunny South Florida, that’s no reason to not enjoy some flavors of summer with your dinner! I recently made my Broiled Tilapia and decided that instead of the bread crumb topping I usually put on it, I would do a Strawberry Mango salsa instead. Ingredients are simple and the instructions are even easier!!

Ingredients

3/4 Cup Strawberries, finely diced
3/4 Cup Mangos, finely diced
1/4 Cup Red Onion, finely chopped
6 Basil Leaves, finely chopped
1 TBSP Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

Combine all the ingredients together and place in the fridge for a few hours to chill. Use this as a topping for your favorite fish, chicken or even steak, it’s great on everything!!

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Healthy Taco Dip For Football Season!

So it’s safe to say many of you are football fans. You have been patiently waiting for college and pro football to begin. Football season marks the start of tailgating, wings, beer, and rivalries. Today I’m going to provide you with a wonderful taco dip recipe that is healthy so you don’t have to feel too guilty or stray too far from all the progress you have made on your diet.

First I start with my glass pie plate. You can use one of the foil ones for easy clean up but I don’t really recommend it as you might not fit everything into it. Preheat your oven to 375F.
The first ingredient I start with is 1 package of cream cheese. I used light cream cheese this time but usually I try to stay away from light or low fat items. These items tend to be jam packed with chemical substitutes. Spread the softened package of cream cheese on the pie plate. Next, pour about 8 oz of taco sauce on top of the cream cheese. Here is the sauce I used

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Next I put diced tomatoes on top of the sauce. I bought two packages of diced tomatoes but you can dice two or three of your own. Just be sure to really dry the chopped tomato pieces with paper towels so you don’t have a runny pie. Next I chopped half an onion and half a pepper nice and small. Place that on the tomatoes. Next I added a small can of jalapeños.

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Again don’t go with light or low fat, for those of you on Primal or Paleo, it’s recommended you stick with full fat as the common misconception is this kind of fat is bad for you, which in moderation this is untrue.
If you don’t like spicy things you can use a can of chiles of the same size. Next comes the cheese. I bought a 16oz package and used about 3/4 of it.

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Spread a large amount of cheese over the top. Don’t be shy with it! Place the entire dish in the oven until the cheese melts (time will vary by oven). Take dish out of the oven and this is what you should get

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Please disregard the giant hole in the bottom right, we dug into it as soon as it came out of the oven!! Now most tortilla chips work, especially the Scoops, however, I stumbled upon these little gems at my grocery store

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They were at the end of the deli department before produce and if you can find them, I recommend buying them, multiple times. Not so much Primal or Paleo, but they only use corn flour and they are gluten free!! If you make this, let me know how it turns out!! Bon Appetit/Buen Provecho!
Recipe
1 package cream cheese
1 jar taco sauce
1 onion diced
1 bell pepper diced
2-3 diced tomatoes (dry with paper towels)
1 can jalapeños or chiles
1 16oz package cheese blend

Preheat oven to 375F. Spread softened cream cheese in glass pie plate. Add 8oz of taco sauce to pie plate. Add diced tomatoes, pepper, onion and jalapeños in layers. Add cheese on top (amount will vary depending on how much cheese you enjoy). Place dish in oven until cheese is melted. Let cool slightly and enjoy!!

Primal Diet….Caveman Style!

Get 'em Grok!

Get ’em Grok!

So a few of my friends have inquired lately about the Primal Diet, what is it, where do you find your recipes, and am I crazy for even doing it? Now many people will argue that grains are good for you, I mean, after all they are in the Food Pyramid correct? Well like everything else in the world, they sadly, are not good for you. YES you need fiber but what most don’t realize is that you can get your fiber not only from fiber drinks such as Advocare’s Peaches and Cream Fiber Drink but you can get it from simply eating your fruits and vegtables too. Broccoli is my go to fiberous vegtable and its so delicious! But I HATE broccoli you may say? Well luckily I have provided you a list of foods high in fiber along with their fiber content:

Here’s a look at the fiber content of some common foods. Read nutrition labels to find out exactly how much fiber is in your favorite foods. Women should try to eat at least 21 to 25 grams of fiber a day, while men should aim for 30 to 38 grams a day.

Vegetables Serving size Total fiber (grams)*
Artichoke, cooked 1 medium 10.3
Green peas, cooked 1 cup 8.8
Broccoli, boiled 1 cup 5.1
Turnip greens, boiled 1 cup 5.0
Brussels sprouts, cooked 1 cup 4.1
Sweet corn, cooked 1 cup 4.0
Potato, with skin, baked 1 small 3.0
Tomato paste 1/4 cup 2.7
Carrot, raw 1 medium 1.7
Fruits Serving size Total fiber (grams)*
Raspberries 1 cup 8.0
Pear, with skin 1 medium 5.5
Apple, with skin 1 medium 4.4
Banana 1 medium 3.1
Orange 1 medium 3.1
Strawberries (halves) 1 cup 3.0
Figs, dried 2 medium 1.6
Raisins 1 ounce (60 raisins) 1.0

Now I have to not only give credit to the Mayo Clinic for providing that information but I must give a shout out to Mark’s Daily Apple for the wealth of information he has provided in my quest to be more Primal. See, it’s not simply the newest Fad diet out on the internet, it’s a way of life. Its getting back down to our roots and focusing on the little things, playing outside, smelling flowers, not ingesting poison only to be unhappy and unsatisfied with the results, which we caused ourselves in the first place. Let’s get honest, how many times have we seen or heard someone who is overweight and unhappy with their lives, complain all day about it only to stop at McDonald’s on the way home or buy that dozen Krispy Kreme donuts and eat the whole thing? It’s time to take control of our lives!! Is this the end result we want:

Today's Society

Today’s Society

I seriously doubt the answer to that question is yes….

Follow these guidelines

Follow these guidelines


Here’s the one concern I found with all this trying to eat healthy junk: it’s expensive!! You would think the opposite would be true right? I mean if it comes straight from the ground it shouldn’t cost nearly as much as it does. Well folks that’s the world we live in. Every week I try to budget accordingly, put aside $200 a paycheck for Costco trips….waittttttt Costco isn’t primal….is it? HA, well they have a large meat, seafood and produce section. As long as you can eat all that food before it goes back, you can really make your dollar stretch far there. I tend to buy mostly berries for fruits, the sugars in other fruits can be too much and most people don’t even realize the sugar content in fruit. For veggies I keep it simple, broccoli, kale, spinach, peppers, onions and mixed bags of veggies to change it up. For meat, well it’s simple: red meat, chicken, fish or any seafood really. We tend to catch our own fish here on the weekends (gotta love the florida keys) and even lobster when it’s in season! Grok would be proud! At this point I see you all scratching your heads going “who the F is Grok?!” Grok is the official prototype for primal living. He is who we should model ourselves after in the quest for our most natural lifestyle. I’ll leave you all with that….for now.

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