Easy-Peasy Chocolate Mousse!
My grandmother (the one from the photos) taught me this very tasty, and surprisingly healthy, chocolate mousse recipe back when I was a little kid. It’s super simple and quick to make when a typical prepackaged dessert won’t cut it. It also makes a great filling for pies! I definitely recommend adding some raspberries to this after making it, but I was out of raspberries today. If you want your mousse lighter and fluffier, add a bit more Cool Whip. And you can always make a big batch and save some for later!
Baked Kabocha Squash is my go-to healthy side dish! It’s so easy to make and way more nutritious than rice or potatoes.
1 cup Kabocha Squash
- 75 calories
- 214% DRV Vitamin A
- 32 % DRV Vitamin C
- 38% DRV Fiber
- Along with: Vitamin B6 & B2, manganese, potassium, Vitamin K, and folate
Easy Bake Method
- Leave skin on (you can eat the skin of Kabocha Squash)
- Poke several holes throughout the squash
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
- Bake whole squash for 50 minutes
- Enjoy with salt & pepperAlternative, you can chop up the squash for faster baking time (30 minutes), but it takes a lot of effort. Microwaving the squash for 5 minutes makes it softer and easier to cut open. After chopping up the squash, brush each side with canola oil (or dip a napkin in oil and rub the sides of each piece) and season with salt and pepper.Even though this is a winter squash, they should be available all year round at your local grocery store. This was from a few weeks ago.~Geraldine
- When you’re hungry, EAT.
Restricting yourself too much can lead to a binge. If you’re feeling hungry (not bored) you should eat. Have a glass of water with a fruit or a handful of nuts.
- Eat slowly
It takes about 20 minutes for your body to tell your brain that you’re full and to stop eating. When you eat slowly, you’re eating less between when you become full and when your brain knows it.
- Drink water first
2 glasses of water before a meal makes you feel fuller. Studies show that those who drink water before meals lost more weight.
- Tell pushy bitches to calm down
We all have that friend who insists that you eat that 2nd helping. A firm “No, seriously.” or a “Whyyyy must you try to sabotage my good eating? I don’t want it” with a smile will shut them up.
- Use smaller plates
Trick yourself into thinking you’re eating more by using a smaller plate.
- Put away leftovers before sitting down to your meal
As soon as you’re done cooking, put everything you dont plan on eating away. That way, there’s less temptation to head back for seconds. This works at restaurants too! Bring your own tupperware or ask for a box when your food arrives. Put what you don’t plan on eating away before you take your first bite.
- Focus on your food
Sit down with just your food. Don’t watch TV and dont scroll through tumblr. You’re less likely to realize how much you’ve eaten or if you’re full when your mind is busy elsewhere.
- Cant control it? Don’t buy it.
If you have a certain food (like icecream, lord help me) that you can’t control yourself around - don’t buy it. You cant eat what isn’t in your house! If you’re dying it, call someone up and go out for it. That way you can plan how much and what you’re going to eat beforehand, and you’re more likely to make better choices about what you get (ie, a single scoop of sorbet vs. a pint of phish food)
- Relax first
Incorporate some yoga or meditation into your day. Keeping yourself relaxed will help with stress eating. (Plus yoga helps with literally everything, ok?)
- Forgive yourself
If you had a shitty night food-wise (or day, or week, or month. whatever) FORGIVE YOURSELF and move on. Don’t keep eating badly because you think you’ve ruined it. The sooner you go back to eating right, the better. Read this and keep moving forward toward your goal.
- 2 ounces of pre-cooked shredded chicken
- ½ cup of steamed broccoli, chopped up
- 1/3 cup of part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 whole grain tortilla
- 2 tbsp plain, no fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp red pepper sauce
Combine Greek yogurt with hot sauce and set aside.
Heat chicken and broccoli in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Once heated through remove from the pan and place in a medium bowl.
Toss chicken and broccoli with salt, pepper and garlic powder and then set aside.
Place tortilla in the hot pan and allow to heat through on one side. Flip the tortilla and sprinkle half of the cheese over one half of the tortilla. Top cheese with broccoli and chicken and then sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top.
Using a spatula fold the tortilla over on to itself (into a half moon) and top with something heavy (ie. A weighted pan or my personal favorite, a teakettle). Allow to cook for a minute or two OR until the bottom lightly browed. Flip the tortilla and cook for another minute or two on the opposite side.
Remove Quesadilla from the pan and allow to cool for a minute or so before cutting into wedges. Top with spicy yogurt and Enjoy!!
Calories: 390; Total Fat: 13.6g; Saturated Fat: 6.2; Cholesterol: 74mg; Sodium: 451mg; Carbohydrate: 29.1; Dietary Fiber: 6.1; Sugars: 1.7; Protein: 36
- BERRIES FOR BEAUTY: Blueberries, strawberries & blackberries are all super high in antioxidants. The beauty of antioxidants is they can protect your skin from the inside out by guarding your cells from damage. Eat them as a snack, blend them in a smoothie or add to you morning.
- GREEN BEANS-Wind back the clock and stock up on foods like spinach, kale, broccoli and romaine. All of these contain vitamin B, E and C, as well as antioxidants that help fight off free radicals. They’re also one of the top sources of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps repair and renew your skin to give it a youthful glow.
- ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS – Fish like Salmon, Tuna and Trout are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which are essential ingredients to baby soft skin. Omega 3 fatty acids are widely known to help soften dry skin by holding in moisture, which helps decrease the look of wrinkles and plumps up skin.
- EGGS – Eggs are widely recognized as a great source of protein, however it is also an important component for clear skin. Eggs are a good source of zinc which acts by controlling the production of oil in the skin, and can also help control some of the hormones that cause breakouts.
- AVOCADO– Avocado contains ‘good’ fats which are essential to a healthy diet and a smooth complexion. The monounsaturated fats and Vitamin E help soothe red, irritated skin, whilst Vitamin C helps fight inflammation.
- WATER – It’s no secret that water is the holy grail of health. Our body weight is made up of 70% water, so in order keep healthy, we need to stay hydrated. When the skin is properly hydrated, it looks fresh and radiant. Drink at least eight glasses of h20 a day and notice the difference in your energy levels and complexion.
- GREEN TEA – When we aren’t drinking our eight glasses of water a day, we should be having a cup of tea. Green tea is full of antioxidants and contains polyphenols which help to reduce the signs of aging like wrinkles and lost of skin elasticity.