23 April 2015

Pan-Fried Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Pizza is a staple in this house every week.  You know, every Friday is movie night here.  We can't start it without a box of cheesy, greasy pizza, right?

Wrong.  

For me at least.  I can't quite get the kids to convert to a cleaner-foods meal plan, but at least I will be sticking to it.

So.  To avoid missing out on pizza night, I've made awesome pizzas in the past from scratch.  We're talking dough, sauce, sometimes the veggies.  Though I am not gardening much this year.  (so sad)
Pan-Fried Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Last week, I tried making a cauliflower crust from an idea I got on Pinterest.  Of course.  It was a cheese crust, cooked in a frying pan with the toppings.  I posted it on my Facebook feed and wrote something along the lines of it becoming a new challenge for me to make it healthy.
Pan-Fried Cauliflower Pizza Crust
 Guess what?  I succeeded. It was the bomb.

 Give it a try and see what you think.

Printable Version
Ingredients
1/2 head of cauliflower
2 egg whites
1 tsp seasonings of choice
1 tsp garlic
1 crank of pink Himalayan salt (or choice)
Toppings
1 1/2 tbsp sauce
2 tbsp cottage cheese
Choice toppings
Pan-Fried Cauliflower Pizza Crust

(Not pictured) Place cauliflower in food processor and blend until fine.
Spread on a baking sheet lined with 2 layers of paper towels.
Top with additional paper towel layers or kitchen towels, squeeze out the excess water (very important).  I even let it sit for a few hours.

1.  Mix together the eggs, and seasonings in a bowl or mixer. 
Heat your frying pan on medium-high.  Spray/drizzle with choice of oil (I have used avocado and olive)

2.  Place a small scoop of cauliflower mixture into the pan and flatten gently to form a personal-sized pizza, about 1/4" thick.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes.  

3.  It may bubble up in the middle and that is okay.  Just leave it be.

4.  Using a spatula, gently lift the crust to check how the bottom is cooking.  It is nearly done when the top doesn't look so raw, and the bottom is browning.  *no need to flip*

The tricky part:
Gently slide the crust off of the pan, and onto a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.  I've used both.

5.  Top each pizza with the 1 1/2 tbsp sauce and 2 tbsp of cottage cheese, and any other toppings you like.

6.  Broil on high for about 7 minutes, keeping an eye on it, long enough for the cheese to melt.


Pan-Fried Cauliflower Pizza Crust
I drizzled some balsamic vinegar on it afterwards.

Inspiration for this recipe came from a fellow rock-star foodie blogger whom I follow like she is a religion:


Broke & Bougie's "Clean-Eating Cauliflower Crust Pizza"


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11 April 2015

A Good Head Band Is Like a Sports Bra - Review: Bolder Bands



*This is not a sponsored.  No products or monetary compensation were received for reviewing this product.  Additionally, I am not in any way affiliated with the product and/or company.  All opinions are my own based on my personal experience.

Head bands are like sports bras.  When you pick one out, it has to fit.  It has to stay put.  It has to be cute. 
 
Hunting for the right kind of head band is the same headache as picking out a sports bra.  I've grown quite the collection too, though none of them really make me jump for joy over the amount of money I spent.

My head bands need to:
A) Stay put
B) Keep my glasses on my face
C) Survive an intense sweaty workout
D) Be cute


I was using a Target weave-design band but it was too thick and would not stay put. 

Then there's the over-sized hair-tie ones that I bought.  Goody's brand, I believe.  And those would just roll back, which was seriously annoying.  I had to use hair clips to make them stay put.

I have another head band that has been working well enough.  It's the weave-design but not as wide as the Target one.  I have to use clips to keep those in place, and even THEN those needed to be adjusted.


What is a girl who often wears glasses to do?
I started thinking "What if my head is just funny-shaped?  It's possible, right?  I might need a CUSTOM band..."

That was until someone told me about Bolder Bands. 

I looked them up and bought a band immediately.  TOTALLY different concept, with the bandanna width, but it's thin and just stretchy enough.  You need to get the proper size (small, regular, large) so that it fits correctly.  Kind of like a sports bra!

The day after I got it, that bad boy went right on my head.  I did an intense workout and it held!  I even got a little sweat relief - no sweat rolled down into my eyes.  Ouch!

I'd recommend Bolder bands for more than just the fitness type.  These would be great for moms.  Anyone who wants to leave the house and look a little put together.  They have all kinds of fashionable designs. I chose the arrows and they are so much more cuter in real life!

If you want to get your OWN Bolder Band, use the code below!



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21 February 2015

Energy Boosting Food Ideas

Get some energy in you!  And I don't mean coffee, or Red Bull, or any of that. 

No, no, no!!!

What I am talking about is getting energy from eating foods that help boost your levels and keep you going from morning to afternoon.  Eating what you should, when you should, to avoid the slump!  

I created a simple list of examples for energy boosting foods for you to try.

Eat breakfast 

-half of a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter
-eggs with whole wheat toast and honey
-cereal with low-fat milk
-rolled oats
-oat bran muffin
-whole wheat pancakes topped with fruit 

Mid-morning
-Greek yogurt with granola
-peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat
-Half an apple with low-fat cottage cheese
-banana with peanut butter 
-hummus and red bell peppers

Avoid a big lunch
-brown rice with salmon
-tuna salad
-turkey sandwich on wheat bread with veggies
-cottage cheese
-sweet potatoes
-build a high-energy salad with dark leafy greens (spinach), colorful array of veggies, and a small amount of protein like chickpeas or grilled chicken

Mid-afternoon snack
-protein and fat as well as carbs
-half a turkey sandwich
-peanut butter crackers
-green tea with a teaspoon of honey
-fruit and cheese

Tips:

Keep your fats low, but don't omit
Don't skip meals  
Eat smaller amounts
Plan ahead
Get vitamin B 12 and iron
Try eating 2 snacks, 1 mid-morning and 1 mid-afternoon.


Most important of all, drink plenty of water.

I hope you find this list useful!  These should keep you feeling energized throughout your day.  

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25 January 2015

Wherever This Path Shall Lead


All kinds of happy over here, you guys!  Life is so good right now.  I am feeling more than blessed.  Going against the grain is pretty much my style, but I've taken a gigantic leap of faith.  

Believe
The Graphics Fairy
Here is a scary thought: Just last year I was planning on finishing school and becoming a graphic designer.  (Smart)  And now, I'm a fitness coach with a photography biz.  (Scary!)  Even with everything in its infancy stage, I could not be happier with my decision to be at home, and do what I like and want to do.  Not  what I think I should be doing according to everybody else.

That was never my style in the first place.

I'm also getting my blogging routine down.  It's been so nice to see some of you guys in the Facebook groups, and I love interacting with you all!  You bloggers are amazing.
 
This might not be where I want it to be, but I know I will get there. I'm at peace and happ with my decisions, and so grateful for the "right now."
I'm a little gung-ho, aren't I?

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22 January 2015

Vlog: Bag Balm Review

*There are affiliate links in this post.  I will not receive compensation from the company or any entities for publishing this review.  All opinions of this product are my own, based on my experience using it.  If you decide to click and make a purchase via one of my affiliate links, I may be compensated. And I thank you for supporting my blog!

Want to hear a dirty secret?  Okay, here goes:  I have never had a pedicure.

Can you believe that?  I am pretty self-conscious about my feet. If I were forced to go to a nail salon, I'd probably go ahead and cut my own nails, exfoliate my feet, and give them a good moisturizing rub-down before going.

Oh they do all this for you???

Seriously, I am that self-conscious.  I wouldn't want them to see my feet in it's worst shape.  I'd be absolutely mortified.  In all honesty, I would feel bad for them having to give me a pedicure.  It's better to pretend like it's not my first rodeo, and do some sort of maintenance on them beforehand. Know what I mean?  Probably not.  I'm such a weirdo.

Anyway, I discovered a solution for some quick overnight relief.  This stuff is absolutely AMAZING.  I am not easily trusting of beauty products that boast about all that they can do.
  
First, the cost is usually ridiculous for my wallet.  Like that one time I spent about $30 on a 0.5oz tub doll-sized bucket of Kiehls creamy eye treatment and I don't think it did a thing.  Second, I am usually too busy wondering if I put on a bra and brushed my teeth in the morning; not whether the product made a difference to the dark circles under my eyes. (perks of mom life, if you ask me) 

This product is different. 

It's not even a beauty product.  You'll never guess what it's actual use is for.  And I heard about it via word-of-mouth, which makes me more than happy to try it.

There you have it.  My dirty little embarassing-for-a-girl secret and a review of Bag Balm.  I think the "Women's Committee of All Things Women" would revoke my woman card if it weren't for the fact that I do try and keep my feet maintained.  For the most part.

Still working up the nerve for that pedi...  
Vermont's Original Bag Balm Softening Review

Not sure where you would get this on the street, but I rely on Amazon to refill my orders.  Let me know if you try it; I'd love to hear how it worked out.


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19 January 2015

It's Insanity! And other Fitness Notes

Happy Monday everyone!  I am in an unusually good mood this morning.  I started a new workout regimen, I'm on my way to a much healthier diet, and I got invited to a zumba class.

Ever since my Beach Body box came in on Friday, I have been staring at it.  Waiting for the perfect moment to start.  Normally I would just dive right into something, but I had company this weekend. (Hi Bespren!)  
Insanity Max Thirty
Insanity Max Thirty and Shakeology

Today, on this glorious Monday, I started the Insanity Max:30 workout.  It is a butt kicker.  And I'm totally ready to complete it!  (Do you want in on this?  Send me an email!)

The whole diet thing is pretty amazing too.  When I mention diet, I don't mean the verb.  I mean what I normally eat on a daily basis.  In other words, the noun.  I decided to run a Clean-Eating Challenge Group on Facebook for whoever wants to participate.  It begins next Monday, January 26.   (Are you game?  Visit me here!)  The idea is to start a habit and form a lifestyle.

In my life right now, I cherish the heck out of the small things.  I got an unexpected call from one of my mom's friends who actually lives close to me.  She invited me to lunch and noticed on Facebook that I've been pretty "all about fitness" lately.  She asked if I wanted to try a zumba class, which I have never done.  So needless to say, I'm pretty pumped that A) I'm getting out of my comfort zone and trying something new, and B) I won't be alone.  Awe heck why not a bonus: C) I won't have the kids for an hour. 

Good vibes all around.  If this is how my week is going to be shaping up, I'm looking forward to it! 


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15 January 2015

Tutorial: How to Compartmentalize Your Facebook

I don't always add friends on Facebook, but when I do, I need:
...a background check
...psychological examination
...a deposit, and have them answer a questionnaire that ultimately relies on how I feel about their answers.

Only kidding, save for the background check but wouldn't those options really put some fears to rest?  I am extremely hesitant on who I add on Facebook, especially since I just started opening up to friend requests having only 1 mutual friend.  You never know what might show up on your door step!

There are different kinds of people you add on Facebook.  Close family and friends, people you may know from high school or previous jobs, etc.  And those who you don't know at all, but are willing to take a chance and budge a little.

To ease some of your minds, there IS a way to organize your Facebook so certain "friends" have limited access to your life (depending on how much personal info you post)  They will only see what you want them to see.  So you can be safe if you are unsure about who you are adding.  I am going to show you how!
How To Compartmentalize Your Facebook

Let's begin!

On the left side of your Facebook you'll see your Tool bar.  Scroll down to Friends, and while hovering you should see More show up.  Click on it. 


As you can see, I have quite a few lists going on.  I like to be organized!  Anyway, click on +Create List.

The box below will pop up.  Name your list, then add your friends.
*Another easy way to do this is straight from each Friend's page.  I know that I can't remember everyone who needs to be added to say, a Local list.

 Your Restricted list is at the bottom.



If you click on Restricted, it will pull up your feed from the restricted friends.  Click on Learn more and the following will pop up:
Keep hitting Next to learn about your options.

Now you see that it is possible to compartmentalize everything.  For anyone who uses their personal page for their business side as well, I think it's a wise choice to do this.  I don't just add anybody as a friend.  I have to scan and go through their info.  And even then, these new friends don't get a full pass to go through my entire Facebook. 

It is better to be safe than sorry.

So now you have your lists set up.  How do you move forward with classifying?  Click on Friends.


A general list of friends will pop up with everyone thrown in there.

Click on a friend's page.  Hover over the Friends drop-down bar.


Click on Add to another list



Your created lists will show up.  All you have to do is click on which one you want, and it'll put a check-mark next to it. 

Also, you can go one step further and customize who can see your friends list on your profile.  
*In this same drop-down, you can click on New List

Another thing you can do is edit who can see your Friends List.




Just remember that your friends also control this privacy setting on their end too.  You might customize your friends list to be viewed only by friends and someone else might have their lists open to the public.  Then, the non-friend viewing your friend's profile (which is open to the public) can easily see from your friend's profile which of your mutual friends are friends with you as well.  It also means they can see it in the News Feed and in searches and other places on Facebook.

Phew that sounded like a handful to type and I hope that makes sense like it did in my head. 

So when you post something that can be views publicly, your friends in all arenas can see.  If you customize the viewing for the post so that only your Close Friends can see, then those people in that group will be the only ones to see it.  Same goes with photos.

Do you open up your personal Facebook for blogging and business?  Was this tutorial helpful? 

Please pass it on, because sharing is caring!

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