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?

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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.

 

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#foodieconfessionsblog

It’s not a #PattiPie.

My mother has been making sweet potato pie for decades. So did her mother, and her mother. This tasty dessert will be featured on many a Black Thanksgiving Day table this fall, and has been featured for probably a century. However, it was when a celebrity put her name on it and a video went viral (OMG 5M views and counting!) that the world seemed to have “discovered” something I’d been enjoying all my life.

The #PattiPie has been around for about 8 months, but I tried a slice for the first time last week. Walmart had a booth at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, and they were giving out samples.

Yeah, the pie was pretty good. It was very creamy, but it was not as good as my mom’s. #imjustsaying

I would NEVER knock anyone’s hustle. I wish someone would market my chickquinoa stuffed peppers. I’d gladly sit back and collect that check. I’m not writing this post to hate on the beautiful and talented Patti Labelle (come on Patti!). I’m writing this post to inform you about the nutrition information for this pie so that you know what you’re eating.

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Image from Amazon. They sell them for $28.94 + $3.99 shipping

One slice of pie is 440 calories my loves. It contains 29 grams of sugar! Let me tell you what you could eat for 440 calories:

I’ll stop there.

It’s not a #PattiPie, but I promise you your blood sugar and waistline will thank you if you substitute one of the above options for a slice of that sweet potato pie.

“But I want dessert, not an entree.” Okay fine-I hear you. Here’s a list of desserts with WAY LESS than 29 grams of sugar:

I could do this all day, so let me stop. I think I’ve proven my point!

Thoughts?

 

Doritos.

I had an interesting conversation with a family member last night about Doritos. We are both trying to limit the amount of processed food we intake. Well, one of us is trying harder than the other…but I digress.4f0711bd624601325863357_blog

This family member made the argument that Doritos, specifically Cool Ranch Doritos, are “good for you”, and asked about having some after we had eaten a healthy and satisfying dinner. I begged to differ, so we examined the nutrition label.

I began with the calorie count: 12 chips = 150 calories. “Well, how many calories was our dinner? I can have up to 2,000 calories a day.” My issue is not how many calories, but the type of calories. 150 calories of buttermilk, sugar, and cheddar cheese is not the same as 150 calories of fiber and protein. (Check out this article from Women’s Health on The Difference Between Good and Bad Calories.)

I went on to read the ingredients and had a hard time pronouncing a few of them outside of cheese, milk, and corn. “Those are just preservatives.” Guess what? Preservatives can be harmful for several reasons. They reduce heart health, increase your risk of cancer and may cause breathing difficulty. Don’t believe me? Read this and this.

The moral of the story is that there’s more to food than counting calories, but if you still want to go that route here’s a list of snacks at 150 calories or less that are good for you. You’ll have to do a little work to make these snacks, but it’ll be worth it. Stay away from the Doritos if you can.

  1. Chocolate Almond Smoothie
  2. Baked tortilla chips and salsa
  3. Sliced cucumbers and cream cheese
  4. Cocolate and Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas
  5. Avocado with rice & bean chips
  6. 1 banana and a square of dark chocolate
  7. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Protein Balls
  8. Air popped popcorn (2 cups)
  9. Oatmeal with honey and blueberries (follow the serving size!)
  10. Chocolate Almond Coconut Protein Balls

See what I did there?