What I’ve been eating

It’s day 14 of the #Dherbs full body cleanse. The first week was cake. I didn’t eat cake though don’t worry!

The second week has been agonizing. I don’t know how people live the raw life. I had a few mishaps and paid for them. I ate veggie chips. Bad idea. Canola oil is the devil. Came right out if you know what I mean…

My last week will be rough because I’m traveling to California and Ghana this week. All I can do is try my best. Wish me well. 


Mango Avocado En Salade

Remember me?

I know it’s been a while. So much has happened. I attended the Zumba Instructor Convention last week. It was amazing. Yesterday was also my last day as a post-doc. My new job starts in two weeks. Oh, and did I mention this week I started the DHerbs full body cleanse?

It’s the second day of the cleanse and I’m doing better than expected. For lunch today I had a mango avocado salad:

1 mango (peeled, pitted, and diced)

1 avocado (peeled, pitted, and diced)

1 TBS cilantro and sea salt

1 small red onion (diced)

Lime juice

Mix it in a bowl. #theend

I am full AND satisfied! The next time I have to figure out a way to slice the mango so that it doesn’t come out mushy. My boyfriend said to put it in the freezer first, but the last time I did that I forgot it was in there!

Maybe frozen mango chunks instead?

Bajan Curried “Skrimps”

I don’t think my dad has ever said the word shrimp. From the time I was a little girl until now, he’s always called them skrimps. I think it’s the coolest thing on earth!

Last night’s dinner was inspired by my dad and my trip to Barbados. While I was there I purchased a few packets of curry powder. I’m a HUGE fan of curry. Indian curry. Thai curry. Jamaican curry. Curry can do no wrong!

Here’s my recipe for Bajan Curried Skrimps. Cheers daddy!

What you’ll need:

1-2lbs of skrimps (shrimp)

1 can of light coconut milk

2lbs of FRESH green beans (cut the ends off)

2TBS olive oil

1TBS paprika

2TBS brown rice flour

2-4TBS curry powder (of your choice)

2 shallots (diced) -use 1/2 a red onion if you can’t find shallots

3 cloves of garlic

Brown rice (optional)

What you’ll do:

In a wok style/non-stick pan bring the olive oil to a simmer

Add green beans and simmer until they begin to brown

Add garlic and shallots. Simmer until they begin to brown

Add coconut milk, curry powder, paprika, and brown rice flour

Stir and bring to a boil

Add shrimp and stir

Cover and simmer

Voila! Try it and tell me what you think.




When You Wanna Shake

As I continue to challenge myself by making healthier choices I am becoming more aware of my weaknesses. One of my weaknesses is chocolate, and not the dark stuff. I’m talking MILK CHOCOLATE.

I remember when I was in graduate school I would go to McDonald’s and buy fries and a chocolate milkshake. Then McDonald’s came out with those darn frappe’s and I would get a mocha frappe and fries. I’ve weaned myself from the Golden Arches, but I will never let chocolate go. I just have to find healthier options to feed my habit (I won’t call it an addiction).

My friend Danielle told me about dark chocolate almond milk. Now, I must warn you. A serving is 17g of sugar. I can’t have a cup more than a few times a week, but when I do, I make it count!

When you wanna shake up your life, try a chocolate shake!

1 cup of dark chocolate almond milk, frozen banana chunks, and 1-2 TBS of peanut butter is all you need.

This will give you chocolate heads your fix. Enjoy!

I (re)Discovered Peanut Sauce

One of my favorite places to eat in Lake Mary is Jimmy Hula’s. They honestly have some of the best fish tacos I’ve ever tasted. They are known for their amazing sauces as well. I usually order the Wipeout taco. It has steak, shrimp, fries, jack cheese, salsa, avocado, and baja sauce. That taco is THE BOMB people. It’s the taco on the right in this photo.

14199736I went to lunch at Jimmy Hula’s with my significant other and was honestly pretty stressed about it because I didn’t think there was anything I could eat on the menu. As you know I’m working very hard to limit my sugar intake, eat less fat, etc. I usually order a wipeout taco and a baja bowl (white rice, black beans, salsa, grilled chicken, cotija cheese, and baja sauce).

Needless to say the options above would have caused some serious inflammation, so what was I to do!? I didn’t even want to look at the salad section because, let’s be honest, I’m getting bored with salads. I did anyway and to my surprise I found something I’d NEVER considered before!

It’s called the thai salad. It was simply leafy greens, mango, carrot, avocado, and peanut sauce, and I added grilled fish. This was LITERALLY the second best salad I’ve EVER had!

Who on earth thought it was a good idea to put peanut sauce on salad? I want to thank that person SO MUCH! It was so good I asked the staff to give me two small to-go containers of the stuff.

Now, when I got home of course I had to look up the ingredients, because a sauce this good can’t possibly be good for me. Most of the recipes I found online include:

  • Peanut butter
  • Soy sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Brown sugar
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Ginger
  • Garlic

My love for peanut butter is real, but I’ve been battling lately because the brand I love adds white sugar. How can I make peanut sauce without the refined sugars? Do you think the recipe would work with agave nectar? Help!

I think I found something here. I’ll let you know what happens when I try it.


The first time I tried to pronounce the word I said “qua-no-uh”. It had to be one of the most embarrassing moments I’d had that summer. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I actually gave this grain a chance.


Quinoa is a pseudocereal that contains essential amino acids and is high in protein. For dinner I placed some in my stuffed pepper along with chickpeas, black beans, onions, yellow, red, and green peppers, and a crap load of tasty herbs. For those who think you can only get protein from meat, eggs, and powder, allow me to introduce you to quinoa. Here’s the recipe!


The pepper by itself would’ve been enough, but I paired it with a 4oz salmon fillet, and I’ve gotta say I’m STUFFED!

What are you having for dinner?

What the Kale!?

unnamedI have a love-hate relationship with lunch. There’s truly been no consensus on when lunch should be eaten. Is it noon? But, what if my day starts at 5am? If I eat breakfast at 6am do I really have to wait an entire 6 hours for lunch? Like most people I exercise on my lunch break, so should I eat my lunch before or after? How big should my lunch be? It’s all too much!

Don’t fret. There are no right answers to any of my questions despite what you read on the internet. Today for lunch I had a kale salad with olives, strawberries, cucumber, sun dried tomatoes and tuna. Instead of scarfing it down I ate it slowly so as to enjoy the aroma of the food (plus, I ate while I was typing this post so that helped slow me down).

Salads don’t have to be boring people. There’s more to life than iceberg lettuce. Be creative when making your salad. Throw something in there that’s out of the ordinary. I’d love to see what you come up with.

The Most Important Meal

Is breakfast truly the most important meal of the day? Let’s explore what happens when you DON’T eat breakfast. I’ll use myself for example: #truestory

One day (after not getting enough sleep the night before) I woke up (LATE), rushed to freshen up and ran out the door. Since “I didn’t have time” to make breakfast I stopped at Starbucks and ordered a sausage and cheddar breakfast sandwich and a chocolate banana smoothie. Yum, right? NO.

I won’t go into the nutrition facts for the smoothie. I’m too embarrassed. Let’s just talk about the sandwich. Drum roll please!

Calories 500 (YIKES!)

Sodium 920 mg
Total Fat 28 g

Potassium 0 mg
Saturated Fat 9 g

Total Carbs 41 g (and not the good kind)
Polyunsaturated 0 g

Dietary Fiber 1 g
Monounsaturated 0 g

Sugars 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g

Protein 15 g (THANK GOD)
Cholesterol 165 mg
Vitamin A 8%

Calcium 35%
Vitamin C 0%

Iron 20%

Not having enough time to make breakfast, do you think I made lunch? No. I don’t remember what I grabbed that day, but it wasn’t healthy. When you begin your day with bad choices it becomes a domino effect, and I went on like this for an entire week!

Not today. This morning, even though I woke up later than I wanted to, I made myself two scrambled eggs with spinach and ate half a grapefruit. I went to work feeling full, energized, and satisfied!

The moral of the story is simple: make great choices in the morning and your body will thank you for it. Oh, and I need to get more sleep.