Day 3 of 3 Thank You!

🦃Day 3/3 Days of Thankfulness!!

As promised- 3 days of Thankfulness this week- day three already!!

🥗👩‍🌾Cabbage Casserole with a pesto twist!THIS tastes amazing and has plenty of carbs and protein for a well balanced meal for all! THE KIDS literally devoured this all week this week! Kind of tastes like a pizza Casserole!

YOU NEED:

One head of cabbage

1 carton mushrooms

1 lb lean beef

2 cups cooked quinoa

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 onion choppped

4 C stewed tomatoes

3 tbs of your fav pesto- I used sun dried tomato pesto from ALDI

½ Cup shredded parmesean

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

8 oz tomato sauce

Coat a large skillet with olive oil on medium heat – add chopped garlic and onion and sauté around- finely chop an entire head of cabbage and add to this….once tender add in the mushrooms and in another pan brown your beef. When beef is cooked add to the cabbage mixture along with your tomatoes and tomato sauce and pesto mix around well and top with the cheeses. Cover and let cheese melt!

Serve 1.5 cup for a green ½ blue a red and 1 tsp

Healthy TIP:

💦Drink 8 oz of ice cold water upon waking in the morning- before you do ANYTHING ELSE…even if you could have it by your bed before you get up (might not be cold but that is ok).. THIS WILL WAKE☀️ you and WAKE your organs to be ready for the day!! WHO NEEDS COFFEE?? When you got ice cold water  lol

Ok well we all need coffee or energize (I use this) to start our day – BUT serious the water is a great way to start the day- just try it!! THEN YOU will have a KICKSTART to your water intake for the day (half your body weight in oz)

here is your workout!!! MAKE SURE TO DO THIS BEFORE THE BIG FEAST TOO!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL! 🍁THANK YOU AGAIN FOR FOLLOWING🙋- IT MEANS SO MUCH: I know you could chose anyone out there online to follow for workouts an eating clean- I hope you find a little comfort in me because I am just a mom and wife doing her best to keep herself and her family as healthy as possible. With limited time – I can totally relate to you and that is why I SHARE ALL OF MY knowledge that has worked for me with you- IF YOU COULD SHARE my PAGE or this POST it would be SO SO appreciated! YOU share WEALTH when you share HEALTH!❤️🙋👩‍🌾💪

Xoxo, AD💋

Day 2 of 3 Thankful

🦃Day 2/3 Thankfullness!

Giving back this week – thanking all of you for following me and for your support. Even if I only helped one person on this journey- Well, then I did my job!

👩‍🌾Recipe:

Protein Packed for no meat eater!

1 can chickpeas

½ C feta

2tbs Pesto

6 chopped cherry tomatoes

½ C cooked quinoa

4 small colored peppers chopped

Mix all together and refrigerate

Measure half a cup and top with 1/8 of avocado

Container count: one yellow 2tsp ½ Blue :::want to count this more of a protein?- then have a 3/4 cup for a RED a half blue ½ 2tsp (not enough to count for green—but you could add more veggies to make a full green out of it!) Health TIP:💪

Cardio first or Weight training first?? That is a tricky one…..depends on your goals—I will keep this short but if you want more info reach out,…BASICALLY if you are trying to BULK up and gain muscle then you will do your RESISTANCE training FIRST (aka lift weights) IF YOU WANT TO LOSE weight than you will do your CARDIO FIRST! Ok? I could do a whole write up on this but this is the short and the sweet of it. Questions ask! ** I am not a doctor this is just what I have studied and what works for ME! Hope it helps!

WORKOUT right here>>>>

Happy Day friends!

Day 1 of 3 giving thanks! LOW CARB BAGELS

🙋AS PROMISED!! THREE DAYS OF GIVING BACK—

Here is your Health tip and your Recipe……

RECIPE:

Low Carb Bagel

I don’t follow keto or Low carb- I just want that to be clear! But I do choose my carbs wisely and a normal bagel is just not a wise carb choice- so I made these and they are SO SO good- (very high in fat—but very low in carbs—I think if you are craving bread and carbs and don’t want to go overboard this is a good choice) the CARBS I feel are best to eat are….quinoa: sweet potatoes: potatoes: vegetables:

You will need…

2 Cups of either ALMOND FLOUR OR GARBANZO BEAN flour (depends on YOUR NEEDS)

MIx 2 eggs with the flour with hand mixer as best you can

In a microwave safe bowl Microwave 3 CUPS of shredded Mozzarella and 5 TBS of cream cheese for one minute 30 seconds and stir then 1 minute and stir

Mix BOTH OF THESE together with your hand mixer– IT gets STICKY and clumps up so you will have to stop and go to get this mixed all the way……..

This will be very sticky to work with but IT CAN BE DONE……once mixed divide into 6 balls roll out and connect ends to make bagel shape….top with egg wash (just mix one egg and brush this on top) i then also sprinkled everything but the bagel on this.

BAKE on Parchment paper at 425 for about 12 minutes

Enjoy one of these for a blue

🥗HEALTH TIP:

Always eat a protein with a carb! Why? Because it will help keep you fuller longer and the protein helps to break down the carbs better in aid of digestion. Main reason though- is KEEPS YOU FULLER- if you eat a plate of pasta for lunch- you are likely to be hungry a lot sooner than if you had a chicken breast or a lean cut steak……got it? Think- pasta add meat…..potato add cottage cheese….rice add black beans (if you don’t eat meat black beans are a great protein source). You get the picture – yes? *note: I am not a doctor this is just works for me!

💪Here is your workout for the ARMS!! Clicke here :https://www.facebook.com/healthyhairdresseraddie/videos/487908901594398/

Chisel those arms to this workout done to this song!! It should go with the music perfectly! Watch me while you listen: copy and paste you won’t be sorry–

Things aren’t always as they seem

Don’t we look good in this picture? This was in 2010. It was not a good time in our lives but it looked like it was from the outside.

-Things arent always as they seem. I don’t care if you lie, steal, cheat, whatever. I know that there is a reason for your actions. I will never judge you. Something happened to you that you are acting like this and I am sorry. I know this so well because it was me- I had some dark days my friends. And the only way I could deal was to act snooty and not talk to anyone because I didn’t want any questions asked about me or my messed up issues. I might have looked ok on the outside but was literally dying inside. I looked as though I had it all- new house, great husband ,new cars vacations everything but I didn’t have it all—in fact I was empty inside. My marriage was falling apart—no matter how much I starved myself I hated the mirror, I envied and was jealous of those who had more than me and I just wanted to keep buying stuff to make me feel good and it never did. Yes, I can blame this on a lot of things—my dad left us when I was young and then we reconnected later in life than the Lord took him from me—but that’s not it I had a wonderful childhood with my amazing mom—we all have things that happened to us right? Nope that wasn’t why I was a mess…. I was a mess because I couldn’t give my husband kids. We tried for along time a couple years in fact but wasn’t happening. I acted as though I wanted to leave him because I wasn’t in love anymore, this is what I told him and what I told myself but really I wanted to leave because I couldn’t give him kids and I knew he wanted them. The reason I am saying this is because if you knew me or ran into me in those years I am sorry. I may have been unkind or unfriendly or not said anything at all- but I couldn’t. My anxiety took over my body my mind and my life! You see, I may have been acting this way on the outside but inside I wanted to die- literally. This is what I learned…never judge never ever judge because you have NO CLUE what one is going through on the inside—no clue at all. Again, I don’t care if you are totally rude to me or judge me in any way that you want too- I still love you and I am sorry that something makes you act or feel this way. You are not alone. Thank you who all who stood by me through those awful years- it wasn’t me….. I have finally found me again and I am so thankful! Don’t get me wrong though my life is not in any way perfect I still have my days- like yesterday when Duke hit me in the face with a toy and I started sobbing and locked myself in my room for a good minute—I mean it hurt but come on drama queen—But now

My life is complete. It is good even on the bad days it is good not only because God finally gave me children it is good because I kept fighting through the storm and never gave up it is good because I have learned compassion and sympathy for others it is good because I leaned no matter what I buy or have in material things I know I would be able to give it all away tomorrow and be happy. If you are struggling you are not alone….. always pray and never give up there is a reason for your struggle it will all fall into place. The storm will end and the sun WILL shine again.

How to survive MARRIAGE

Someone once told me when I was 7 months pregnant with the second set of twins “Did you know that the divorce rate for couples with multiples is 70%?”. Um….no. But thanks for letting me know– so basically my chance for divorce then is 140%? Ok…….

Listen, marriage is work– it is hard fricken work. And if you are thinking to yourself, What? No it’s not, I love being married!” then you are a newlywed and sit down and enjoy the ride right now because it gets worse— much much worse. Like, take your little problems now, my newlywed friend, and multiply them by 100 and that is where you are gonna be soon enough.

I am not going to say that I hate being married, I dont hate being married- Would I ever get married again? #Doubtful

Here is the thing, Kevin is my best friend and I am his. I love him and he loves me- but right now, right now in this moment of our lives- I feel, as I am sure he does, I feel like we are running a small business and our employees are 4 little kids and 2 dogs along with loads of dirty laundry, growing grass and a house that constantly smells like pee. The floors are discusting everything is dusty and I feel like I am being buried alive with toys……toys everywhere and piss- did I mention our house, van and myself smell like pee all the time.

I sometimes let this all get to me- I feel like I am never gonna get ahead with all of the chores and am I playing with my kids enough and am I making an effort to have a date night with the hubs and did I get my run in and my cooking and Oh, crap we are out of milk! It takes a toll trying to stay ahead of it all- I feel like I am constantly failing some days.–ok, but back to the marriage. So, how do you keep your marriage going with all this chaos…..my advice….don’t stress about it so much. If you have a good partner- one that loves you and knows you, then they will know that this is just a season in your lives and in your marriage. They know that before kids you were in love and there was a reason for the love you felt– it is still there but right now it is just kind of on the back burner- yes sometimes you make time for eachother- date nights, weekend getaways– its all good, good things to do– but if you dont get to do that it is ok. Some of us dont have anyone to help us with our kids which makes it even harder to get away together and spend time alone…but one day– one day so, so soon you will be able to do all of the things you used to do together alone. So, if right now you cant….right now its just too hard to line up a babysitter, find something to do on a tight budget, decide who is going to be the sober driver and then you finally get to where you are going and all you talk about is baby Tommy’s first tooth you found today or the fact that everyone pooped on the potty and wiped there own butts– its ok…its totally fine. We are there- and if you are not there now- you will be and if you are past this you know what I am saying… dont judge yourself— dont judge your marriage. We are all different and our marriages are all unique. That is what makes us- us and what makes our marriage work. It might seem like I have all my ducks in a row and my marriage and kids are all happy all the time– but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I have just as many problems in this house as you do in yours– maybe more……This is the life though….dont be so hard on yourself or your partner one day soon you will have your groove back and its going to be better than it was before — i know it!



Mediterranean Veggie Pizza (cold and GOOOOOOOD)

I am at a friends gathering this past weekend and the dip of the night, for me anyway, was this amazing, creamy flavor-filled Mediterranean-ish dip. I asked my friend Marah the recipe- which was given to her by our friend Ben, super easy! But I wanted to make a way to not make it a dip but kind of a mealish- or pizza, if you will…..

So I put her recipe on a crust! AND IT WAS AMAZING!!! It was- lower carb yes but filled with so much flavor I cant even….this will be a perfect dish to pass at your next gathering too! Healthy and tasty!

Trying to stay on track at parties is tough- so this can be your little secret to not totally disrupting your health eating habits— you don’t have to tell anyone its healthy!!

The Crust:

In microwave heat 2 cups shredded Mozzarella plus 4 TBS of cream cheese ( I used chive but you can use whatever )for about 2 minutes and stir well…add this to a standing mixer if you can if not a hand mixer can work. Now pour in ½ C almond flour or carbquik plus ½ c riced cauliflower (frozen veggie section) plus 1 TBS of baking powder and 1 egg. Mix well and spread on greased pan or 9 x 13 inch cake pan could work—I wish I would have even made it bigger maybe like a cookie sheet?….bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.

Let cool-

Top with

1 container of hummus- I used garlic it was amazing!! Then spread on top of the hummus about ½- 1 of plain greek yogurt …now top with whatever floats your boat.. I used

Chopped spinach

Chopped tomato

Chopped colored peppers

Chopped cucumber

And it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish I had olives but I didn’t….

You will LOVE THIS- I promise

Mine made about 16 servings…but cut how you like. This is a great alternative to the flour filled butter filled sour cream filled veggie pizza we all know and love.

I choose almond flour and carbquik and these lower carbish recipes because of the low glycemic index. Basically using these will help to not spike your blood sugar and have you come crashing down in hunger again quickly…. Just one reason of many!

Enjoy !!

Key Lime Cream Puff (low sugar low carb)

Ok- I am in need of desserts this week- I dont know why but I just am! Here was a GREAT solution to my sweet tooth and the kids!

Key Lime Cream Puff

In a mixer put 8 egg whites and start mixing- this will take a while so I would use a standing mixer….

In another bowl mix together

6 egg yolks

2 TBS stevia or truvia

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

4 oz cream cheese

When egg whites start to form peak ADD IN ¼ tsp of cream of tartar

When egg whites are fully peaked fold in the egg yolk mixture gently….

Spray muffin tin or 2 pie pans

I made 12 Muffins and 1 pie out of this

Scoop heaping spoonfuls in the cupcake tins or divide in the pie pans

Bake at 350 for about 12-15 minutes (watch when golden) this will RAISE A LOT…..

Take out and let cool- it will deflate

Now for the topping- you can choose whatever you like I just did

1 cup of whipping cream plus 2 tsp of truvia plus ½ tsp vanilla and mixed this until fully peaked like whip cream then I mixed in 1 6oz container of key lime greek yogurt

Fill your pie with this OR just place this topping on as you go…..best taste chilled.

2 servings for 1/2 red and ¼ blue—that’s a good guess 

This is a bit tedious and time consuming BUT I think well worth it-

You could cut this in half to not make so many!