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Sweet Potato Taco

 

  Don't you just LOVE tacos?


I'm from Texas and we do tacos all day long!

However here in California, I've noticed everything is burrito this and burrito that. It's A LOT of food.

Portion sizes matter and so do the contents of the tacos & burritos! This is why I opt for tacos vs burritos. Have I ever mentioned I love food? Maybe my brand of Nutrition's My Life gave it away but I LOVE food! AND I don't want a bland taco, I want one that tastes really good and hits the spot!


Are you with me on this one?


I like to think of myself as a taco connoisseur. #truth  I really do LOVE tacos. I love portobello mushroom tacos, I love fish tacos (save my fish tacos with mango salsa recipe for later here), and I eat a version of sweet potato tacos at least 3 times a week for my breakfast.

Yup, I eat an entire sweet potato 3-5 times a week most weeks!

Why?

Because I can load in a TON of healing properties that my body desperately needs.

 

 


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Butternut Squash & White Bean Chili


I just love chili.

Growing up my mom for many years would enter her Chicken Chili into the church's Chili Cook Off. It's amazing! Nothing better than mom's home cooking right?

 

This is the feeling I want for my kids as well but I'm having to do things a bit differently because of my health history.

You might know my story or may be new to me, so I'll share a bit about what works for me to be at my healthiest even with multiple health conditions. 

I have a history of migraines, anxiety and panic attacks, and have half a thyroid. Part of what I do to keep my soul filled with the taste of mom's cooking but at the level I need to help me feel really good.

Part of how I went from pain with all of those issues running the show was by eating more vegetables and using them in a way that helped me feel my best. If I don't eat a diet rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and rich in certain vitamins + minerals I feel like CRUD. Antioxidants protect our cells from free radical damage....

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Miso Ginger Rice Noodles with Mushroom, Zucchini, and White Beans [ Immune Boosting ]

This dinner came about because my husband and son were a bit under the weather. One had some respiratory issues and the other had a 24 hour virus.

Can you relate to this? 

A house full of sickies and you're the one left to tend and mend! { I'll pause while you put on your cape #supermom }

During this blog you'll learn some knew weapons to take with you to help your family feel better! Using food as medicine is soooo cool! So I'm going to give you a bit extra at the end because I'm so happy you've chosen this recipe to stop on and well, if I can help you a little more than you expected then I did my job! 


I wanted to make something that would be easy on the stomach and help their body's feel better. What really makes this an immune boosting recipe are the ingredients and how they come together. 

 

FOOD AS MEDICINE

 

 

 



MISO: Fermented soybeans is common in Japanese cuisine. Studies suggest a byproduct of this fermentation process may be beneficial for...

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Fish Tacos with Mango and Avocado salsa

These are my famous fish tacos! 

In July, both my mom and my sister sent me pictures of "Nicole's fish tacos". This is a recipe my husband and I came made together years and years ago. We like to travel a lot for two reasons: experiences and food. 

We both LOVE to travel and taste our way through each visit. We made this together one time after we got back from one of our trips to Puerto Rico (Note we will have plans to own a house here one day. Dream big people! How do you think we made it happen to move from Texas to California. We knew we were going to live in a place that supported our outdoor lifestyle and now, luckily, supports our tastes buds too!).  

I encourage you to start "replicating" your favorite meals that you eat out... make them at home now! It's a great way to expand your cooking skills. 

This recipe however is great for beginner cooks as there's a very little chance you'll screw it up haha but in all seriousness, it's super simple but packs a...

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Green Machine Muffins

muffins recipe Jul 17, 2019

I started making these muffins when my daughter started eating solid foods. 



                                Watch how easy it is to make these muffins here

Being a Dietitian, it's kind of a game to me to see how much veggies I can add into a meal.  (not sneak into a meal - add into it. I strongly believe that everyone should know what they're eating. Talk to the kids about their veggies. Keep exposing them. Monkey see monkey do!). 

However, with that said. 

Sometimes, it's hard to meet our daily veggies and fruit needs. 

I'm guilty of this too! I don't want you thinking dietitians are perfect when it comes to eating. We're not. We enjoy our chips, ice cream, cakes and old fashions (ok maybe this is just me but I'm a Texas girl who loves her whiskey! ha). 

We just know the right balance, what our body needs, and how to feel good while still enjoying those other "soul...

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Very Berry Balanced Shake

breakfast recipe shakes Jul 05, 2019

Are your shakes stuck in a rut??

Shakes and smoothies are such an easy way to get in some good nutrition however I see so many of y'all missing key components and am here to shed the light on getting the most out of your shakes.



 




Let's go over some common mistakes first and then I'll share with you how to make it balanced!

COMMON MISTAKES

1. Only plant based items you're adding is fruit.
2. Missing a source of protein 
3. Focused only on macronutrients
4. Forgetting healthy fats
5. Thinking it's only for when you're trying to lose weight or after a workout. 

 

Do any of these sound like something you're doing? 

If yes, then read on! If not, skip down to the recipe :). 

 

 

 

 RIGHT WAY TO MAKE A SHAKE

1. Common Mistake: Only plant based items you're adding is fruit.
    
Dietitian Tip:  Blending vegetables into your shake is an easy way to meet your veggie intake quota for the day. Veggies...

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Non-Negotiables

Despite moving away from family in Texas to California & missing them, the stress of finding ourselves out here, the follow up appointments we're still doing for Emma due to her 4 pneumonias in 6 months, despite having a spiral fracture to my toe, despite running my own business and the stress that I unnecessarily put on myself, and lastly despite being off thyroid hormone replacement meds for now over a year and a half with having only half a thyroid..



Despite ALL this, my TSH was 1.899. 
Per Medline Plus, TSH stands for thyroid stimulating hormone. A TSH test is a blood test that measures this hormone. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located near your throat. Your thyroid makes hormones that regulate the way your body uses energy. It also plays an important role in regulating your weight, body temperature, muscle strength, and even your mood. TSH is made in a gland in the brain called the pituitary. When thyroid levels in your body are low, the pituitary...

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Tofu Pad Thai

One of the things I just love about living out in California vs Texas is my neighborhood! We can walk everywhere - to the kids school, to the post office, the local coffee shop and one of my favorite places, THAI food! 



The first time I took the kids by myself and we ordered Pad Thai. That was it. They were sold and I was asked to make Pad Thai at home because "I love noodles mom! This is the best!". 

One thing that's WAAAAAY easier to get is food vegetarian / vegan style. Not that I'm either - I enjoy all foods however I have noticed that I'm choosing less and less meat. I've already decreased my egg and dairy intake due to the higher hormones they contain. Moving from Texas to California hit me harder with stress than I thought and boom, just like that my face turned into a 13 year old going through puberty. #adultacne hit me hard. So I had to make some changes. 

I'll write a post soon on how I've improved my acne tremendously in less than 2 months. One part is the...

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Yogurt Parfait

Warmer weather means my oatmeal breakfast days are slowly dwindling down and the cooler breakfasts of smoothies + yogurt parfaits are coming out! Breakfast in this house is a BIG deal and when I say BIG deal... I mean HUGE deal in my kids eyes! I mean they don't fall far from the apple tree if you know what I mean!?!

Breakfast is MY jam! I HAVE to eat it! I don't do well skipping it and well, studies back me up (1, 2)... Eating breakfast can help stabilize your blood sugar which will help with reducing inflammation, may assist with your weight loss goals by helping kick start your metabolism, and will help you focus + have the energy to do what needs to get done!!

If I can't eat breakfast in time I typically grab a banana and cashews or walnuts to at least give me something to help me out! (you don't want to be around me if I haven't had breakfast! I can get #hangry because my body depends on it to stabilize my blood sugars and to give me the fuel I need to start my day!)



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Honey Garlic Chicken with Orange Brussel Sprouts and Raisin Quinoa

This dinner came about, like most of my recipes, because I DID NOT PLAN! Whatttt? 

I know, the girl who preaches planning to help with your sanity doesn't meal plan!?! 

I used to meal plan when I worked away from home however now that I work from home, I have time to cook and get my creative juices flowing. Good thing for you, this recipe is a result of those creative juices with a mom time limit too! This recipe is not only one of my faster ones (shimmy shimmy shake #danceparties for the win) but the flavor profile is on POINT!



(uncooked about to head into the oven) 


My favorite part about recipes like this, is that it's better the next day. Truthfully it is! I find when it comes to cooking with quinoa, it just soaks up all the flavor. Making this the day before an event or just plan on having leftovers for lunch the next day because this is just that good! Plus it's a sheet pan meal and those are a mom's savior because you just plop everything on to the sheet pan...

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