When it’s warm outside, I usually don’t like to eat hearty foods, or really hot dishes. This is a very easy, thrown together salad that I eat for lunch each day. (My Big Salad.) I rough chop ¼ green pepper, ¼ red pepper, ½ tomato, ½ small head of ice burg lettuce, ½ of an avocado, ¼ cucumber, some red onion finely chopped, and some black pepper. If I’m feeling up to it, I may add two Chik Patties from the MorningStar Farms line of veggie foods, or actual cooked chicken. I also add any dressing I feel like each day. The mixture will taste great regardless. It may seem like a lot to cut up, so feel free to cut a lot up at once and bag the mixture into smaller bags and keep in the fridge to eat through the week.
The one thing I don’t actively add is any kind of cheese to the salad. I know it’s tempting to pile on the cheese because cheese is amazing, but that can add an unreasonably amount of calories very quickly, and just about counter act any health benefit eating a salad does for your body. If I want a cheese taste, I’ll opt for a dressing with cheese in it. A favorite of mine is the feta dressing from Trader Joes, or a creamy Caesar dressing in full regular fat variety. I don’t bother with low calorie dressing. It usually tastes horrible. I’m not interested in suffering.
Feel free to add any of your favorites to your own mixtures: whether it’s fruit, seeds, olives, carrots – whatever, make it delicious, and make it yours.
I shared this article from WebMd about Heat Exhaustion as a reminder to do our best to stay cool and enjoy the summer safely. This is a great read to save and share with friends and loved ones.
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We are adding a new category here at Just Trim The Ends. There are many flavors in life and we want to showcase them each week with various meals, drinks, and beyond. We all know food goes through trends just like fashion and it’s a good reminder of how to stay healthy even when we cheat. There are times we see a picture of a dish online or in a restaurant and try to recreate it but it never seems to quite come out the same way or taste the same way. A lot of the times most restaurants add more salt and butter than necessary which equals more flavor to us. It may taste great but it may be too much for our diets or lifestyles.
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This is great as a stew or as a filling for tacos. High in fiber, and very healthy vegetarian option for all your curves. I added veggie meat, but you can add whatever you like. Play around in your pantry – healthy eating isn’t expensive.
1 lb of veggie meat
1 can of black beans
1 can of chick peas
1 can of dark red kidney beans
1 can of corn
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 packet of taco mix
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
I throw in the onions and peppers with a little veggie oil and cook it lightly. I don’t want them to really caramelize.
Once that’s done, I throw in the veggie meat, and cook it all together with the packet of taco mix.
In another pot I put together all the other canned ingredients, then add the veggie meat mixture. Keep that pot on low, and season everything to taste. I let it simmer on low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When it’s done – enjoy! 😎
Every day should be Earth Day. We should always be aware of maintaining the world around us, and preserving it for the next generation. Instead of just planting a tree today, donate throughout the year to plant trees and start your own garden. It’s not just a trend, it is your way of making a positive impact on our vast earth. We only have one, let’s protect it!
What are some of the things you do in your area to preserve and protect?
Every so often you hear the phrase, “30 is the new 20” or “40 is the new 30” and so on. It annoys me because it is simply not true and shows how youth obsessed we are as a culture. This year, in December, I will be turning 30 and you know what? I’m glad it won’t be a repeat of my early 20s. I have grown so much as a person in the last 10 years and frankly, I don’t ever want to return there. I had a great time over the last decade and where I am now, and am going with my life is more of an adventure to me than feeling as though I can “restart” at some point in my life.
My body has changed in all aspects. I can see some lines being drawn on my face by time, I can feel a difference in my skin, my hair, teeth – everything and I am okay with it. I respect the flow of life and events and have adapted to what I currently have. Something I found that helped keep my mind level was creating smaller goals for myself and sticking to them. Currently, I am aiming at losing another 40lbs of fat. I started lifting weights last December and a few weeks ago started Zumba (which is amazing). I am not doing this to fall into what is “beautiful”; I am doing it for me and my family. I’m in this life for the long haul, God willing. I want to make a difference in others’ lives and I want to be an example for my son to start healthy and stay healthy as an adult, in mind, body and soul. For everyone else, whatever age you are, be that age, have fun and learn from your mistakes. I remember the 16 year old me, the 21 year old me and now the 29 year old me and they are so different that if they were in the same room together, they wouldn’t know each other. It’s a good thing and can only go up from here. I’m not afraid of failure and know that around the next corner I will find my success as will you.
As I enter the next decade, I hope to make many more new friends, open my life up to numerous new and exciting opportunities and do more traveling. For those worried or hoping to be 20-something again, find inspiration in your current 20,30,40,50+ something. Each decade brings us closer to that true enlightenment. Each new line, wrinkle, or gray hair is a mark that we lived our lives fully and completely. Embrace it!
Me at 29
Me at 18