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Healthy Breakfast Tacos

Raise your hand if you’re from Texas!!  Ok, ok it’s ok if you’re not but just know that we love us some breakfast tacos. My personal favorite is a gas station original that’s potato, egg, bean and cheese, otherwise known as a Q taco for my Valley folks. Best. Food. Ever. (Minus a Las Vegas Restaurant Enchilada, which I’ll totally post about when I go back to Texas one of these days).

But let’s get back to breakfast tacos. Who doesn’t love a good quick meal that satisfies every one of your taste buds for the first meal of the day? Exactly. I love those good ol’ Q tacos but they aren’t exactly friendly for the wasitline. That’s why I came up with this amazing taco recipe that will satisfy you, your significant other (that’s ok if it’s your dog, girl), and your guests. You can always swap the eggs for egg whites as well. Check it out below:

Healthy Breakfast Taco Recipe

Serves 2

4 corn tortillas (I prefer Mission because they are low in everything and taste authentic AF)

4 eggs

½ red bell pepper

½ onion

1 small avocado

1 lime, juiced

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp paprika

¼ tsp garlic salt

1 tbsp cilantro

1 tsp olive oil

Cooking spray

Pepper to taste

Optional: Cheese of your choice. I would pick either cotija (Mexican cheese) or feta cheese for best taste

  • Warm two skillets (if possible) to medium heat (that means level 5 for most of you)
  • Once one pan is heated up, add olive oil. Once warm, add peppers, onion, and seasoning to pan. Saute until soft (cover if needed).
  • In the other pan, spray cooking spray. Place corn tortilla in pan and warm for about 30 seconds each side. Place on plate until ready
  • Cut avocado and mash in a small bowl. Squeeze lime on the avocado to avoid browning. Divide on corn tortillas when finished.
  • Once vegetables start to soften and corn tortillas are ready, spray pan (the one that had the corn tortillas) with cooking spray. Remove vegetables from the pan and distribute on the four tortillas.
  • Crack either two or all four eggs into pan that previously held tortillas. Cook eggs until desired firmness (I prefer a little runny (over medium) because it just tastes so good with veggies). Place eggs on corn tortillas with mashed avocado and vegetables.
  • Divide cilantro and top each taco with a little. Serve immediately.

Such a great weekend recipe! Next time I make it I think I’ll roast some sweet potatoes with the seasoning or mash it. Try it out for yourself and let me know how it goes!

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Skinny Pineapple Jalapeno Cilantro Margarita

Clearly you see I like margaritas right? I usually stick to craft cocktails and wine (mostly wine but I do love a good unique drink when I’m out on the town). A couple of weeks ago I decided that I really wanted a spicy drink and I said, “hey, jalapenos at the farmer’s market are only $1 for a bag and I have some tequila….”

Sooooo….it happened! The biggest part of this is not skimping on infusing the tequila. I had two experiments 1) where I infused the tequila for just about a day or so and 2) where I infused it for a week and used the same ingredients. Both yielded fabulous results but holy %^&$ I loved the one that was infused for a week! It was just the right amount of bite and I also set aside the remaining amount of juiced pineapple juice and froze it so I could use it this week. It gets to be skinny because I use my simple syrup recipe I mentioned before in my skinny mango margarita recipe.

So here it goes! Remember to try to do this a day in advance so you get the best bite for your buck!

Skinny Pineapple Jalapeno Cilantro Margarita

Serves 2

3 shots of jalepeno infused tequila

1 tbsp cilantro

1 fresh pineapple, juiced (if you can’t get this, just get as fresh of pineapple juice as you can, you’ll need about 4 shots of it; 2 per drink)

2 shots of skinny simple syrup

2 limes

  • Juice two limes, skinny simple syrup and add cilantro to the bottom of a shaker. Muddle together to release cilantro flavor
  • Pour pineapple juice, and tequila into shaker. Add ice and shake. Pour over ice or alone (blend if desired).
  • Serve immediately

So simple it should be a crime right? Even if you have to make the simple syrup it’s such a breeze! Such a refreshing summertime drink and I can’t wait to make more!

What fruit should be next??? Should I infuse it or come up with something brand new? Suggestions welcomed!

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Skinny Simple Syrup

Everyone loves a good mixed drink but none of us love the calories it comes with. Simple syrup is an easy way to make your waistband expand, so I’ve been using a skinny version that I have used over the years and recently perfected with my use of Young Living Essential Oils Orange Oil (Here’s a link to save 24% on oils; post on how Young Living changed my life coming soon!).  This simple syrup can be refrigerated after cooled to use other times as well. I do a few different versions of this, including a blueberry simple syrup for my blueberry margarita that’s to die for! Check out this lovely recipe and let me know what you think!

Skinny Simple Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup Splenda/Truvia or any other zero calorie powdered sugar substitute

1-3 drops of Orange Young Living Essential Oil (click the link to get them at a 24% discount as a wholesaler! If you don’t have this and are making my Skinny Margarita, add some fresh squeezed orange juice to margarita)

  • Take pot and pour water into pot. Place on stove and bring to a rolling boil
  • Add sugar substitute slowly to the pot stirring to dissolve until you have poured all the sugar in.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool.

Bet you didn’t think it was that easy did you? Takes no more than about 5-10 minutes to do and once it’s cooled you can use it in recipes like my Perfect Skinny Mango Margarita recipe and other that are soon to come on the blog!

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Are You a Health Hater?

Do you sound like Ruby from this episode of Blackish? Are you constantly questioning people’s choice in food?  When I saw this plus a couple of comments on good ol’ Facebook, I knew I wanted to write about these “health haters”.

Let’s be real. Part of being fit has nothing to do with what goes on externally as far as your physical appearance.  It also deals with what goes into your body.  I try to avoid things like processed food, ridiculous amounts of sugars (but hell, I love margaritas and brownies…balance right?) but it seems that when we start to make lifestyle changes when it comes to food, everyone’s got an opinion about what’s right and what’s wrong. I’ve chosen to follow a flexible dieting plan called if it fits your macros (#iifym for short) and I love it! What I don’t love is when people try to tell me what I should and should not be eating.  I have educated myself over the past four years on how certain foods affect your body and I know what works for ME. Remember my last blog post when I shared that being fit is all about what you believe works for you, not what everyone else things.

“Oh that’s loaded with sugar alcohols, you shouldn’t have that.”

“That’s loaded with sodium, you shouldn’t drink that.”

“You really shouldn’t have that second glass of wine if you’re trying to lose weight”

“Ew, cauliflower mashed potatoes.  No thanks, I don’t think I’ll try that.”

Whose business is it what you eat and drink? Who says that isn’t a cheat meal or in your macronutrient count for the day? Now I’m not saying you should call yourself “fit” from the inside when you eat McDonald’s fried chicken sandwiches every day multiple times of day. I love things like Halo Top and other delicious items that do have sugar alcohols in them as well.  And I surprisingly have a pretty good grasp on controlling my sugar cravings when I supplement things like that in my diet.  I used a great IIFYM calculater  (I’ll post how and why I count my macros in another post…can’t spoil all the fun now!) and I account for everything I eat on MyFitnessPal, good and bad.  It’s called flexible dieting…look it up.

And why are people always hating on people who are trying to swap unhealthy foods for a healthier alternative? One big one I saw recently was someone hating on cauliflower mashed potatoes and saying they would never try it.  How do you know you won’t like it? It’s not like asking you to eat raw fish (which is delicious, thank you!), it’s asking you to make a healthier choice to have a meal that feels satisfying.  For someone who loves mashed potatoes, it may be hard to give them up for the sake of losing weight, but having something that satisfies that craving and gives you the consistency and flavor you’re looking for, why not give it a try? I notice a lot of this talk happening in the black community (I am about to get a little controversial, sorry).  I love my fellow black people, but our rate of diabetes, heart disease, and other weight related issues is always on the rise.  Many of us struggle to make the steps necessary to lose the weight and get healthy, so when you see someone trying, don’t bash their decisions to make a healthy choice, try to uplift and encourage them.  Maybe it’s hard for them to get vegetables in their diet because they just really hate the way they taste and they found that cauliflower mash is an easy way to get that food group in their diet.

It’s hard enough to take the first step, so here are some ways you can support others that are on a journey to be more healthy, and ultimately, more fit.  Be open minded, you never know what may change your life and outlook on health and fitdom…

  • Don’t knock it til you try it! You never know if you like something until you try. Try googling what I mentioned earlier—cauliflower mashed potatoes (Check out a recipe for cauliflower mash here and a few more delicious ones!). If you google cauliflower mash or look it up on Pinterest like I did, you’ll even get hundreds of positive reviews about them on various sites.  I challenge you to give it a whirl!
  • Ask the person what they like about it—people often like to share their journey when asked about it, especially if they really like what they made.  I promise you they will want to talk about their experience and you showing your support by asking is a great way to help make them feel assured and more confident about their choice
  • If you’re the one getting hated on, remember you’re doing this for YOU. I’m sure by now you’ve checked out my first post and saw that I’m all about redefining what it means to be fit.  You chose to eat the way you do now because YOU want to see change for YOURSELF (right?).  Don’t let the haters get you down because they’ll always be there.  But for every one of them, there’s ten more people that love and support you (like me!).
  • Do some research and take baby steps—I love all the recipes on skinnytaste.com. She has fantastic recipes and substitutes for many of our favorite comfort foods and you won’t even feel bad about it.  I have made probably over 50 recipes from her page (many of which I’ve added my own twist and will review here) and I have been happy with EVERY ONE OF THEM!  Don’t take my word for it—ask my friends who’ve come over for some of our parties.  Check out my first recipe I created here.
  • Do something daring. I did this back in 2008 when I decided that I was only going to eat seafood and give up all meat.  At the time I BARELY ate fish and had to force myself to get creative because I knew I couldn’t live off of shellfish (well I could but my cholesterol would probably be off the chain and I would probably be broke) and salmon.  I lasted for 6 years and I started eating turkey and chicken again about 3 years ago.  I still stay away from red meat just because 🙂
  • Last but not least, be patient! It takes a while for your taste buds to change! I remember thinking about how gross some vegetables were but now I love them.  Give things a try more than once and slowly ween things into your diet.  Going drastic may shock your body too much and cause you to develop some hatred towards certain foods.

Healthy food doesn’t only have to be boring! It only has to be if you choose not to experiment and try things.  Still afraid? I’ll make them for you and review them right here! If you click the subscribe button below you can stay up to date with all the unconventional healthy meals I make for myself, my fiancé, my friends and family!

Have you been hated on by friends of family for making healthy changes? Have you been a hater yourself? Share what your hesitations or qualms about healthy eating have been so we can better understand one another!