SMART Girls Guide To: Eating Right on Holiday Weekend

“I really want to lose 3 lbs”

Long weekend is here and mimosas’s are being chugged like cold water on a hot Summer’s day and hot dogs are consumed more than the Hot Dog Eating Contest.

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Aside from throwing back glass after glass of mimosas, you’re probably not thinking of how much sugar you’re ingesting, and thinking that munching on prosciutto wrapped melon thinking it will somehow cancel the calories.

Wishful thinking. Continue reading “SMART Girls Guide To: Eating Right on Holiday Weekend”

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4 Places to Go on 4th of July

Fourth of July is here, so if you’re still planning a trip–good luck!

If you’re scrolling through Insta and secretly hating on that person that flew to Ibiza for the long weekend, don’t freak out. You can totally shove in everyone else’s face plan a quickie getaway and post amazing pics of your tall glass of Rose, because who wouldn’t want to be that basic? Continue reading “4 Places to Go on 4th of July”

Brunch Like a King

What’s better than brunching on the weekend? Nothing.
brunch
Now a days you can’t do weekends without brunch. It goes hand in hand. It is the best meal you could ever ask for.
It’s breakfast, it’s lunch, it’s bottomless Mimosas all around. But what happens when you’re a tad too late for brunch and they are no longer serving your fav Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon on a wheat bagel (no one eats white flour anyway)  with a side of potatoes, greens, and of course, bacon? I mean, brunch is still acceptable after 4pm right? At least in my house it is.
This Sunday rather than rushing out of the house to get brunch, I’ve decided to turn into Giada at Home and to wrap around a few of my brunch favorites that anyone can pull off at any time.
Brunch turned into Blinner*
* Blinner is a mixed combination of breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
The Menu (asterisk for recipes below) :

Poached Eggs
Organic Chicken Sausage (pan with 1/2 tbs of oil)
Asparagus (esteemed)
Protein Waffles *
Old Fashioned Oatmeal Muffins (flour less) *
Mini Naked Cake *
Fresh Fruits (cut and put on glass)
Dark Chocolate Bites
Coconut Cookies (brought to you by Costco)
Coffe & Fresh Orange Juice
After trying to get everything together the results were as even more tastier than the picture shows. Sometimes it’s nice to take the time and see what you can do in the kitchen.
It’s much easier to meet up your friends and family out to have brunch. But sometimes it’s nice to set a nice table and enjoy brunch in the comfort of your own home. Plus, you get to go back for seconds, and thirds, and just eat all day.
All I do is eat, eat, eat no matter what. Brunch is always a good idea, it keeps you full, keeps you focused. 
* Bake at your own discretion
wafflenakedcake
You might have no idea what a protein waffle is and think it’s outrageous and boring. I’m here to reassure you that they’re not. The protein waffles are and taste the same, if not better, than regular waffles. They are made with Power Cakes Protein Packed Flapjack and WaffleMix; 14g of protein and 5g of fiber. 
If you’d like to bulk up and go H.A.M. on the protein, instead of adding just 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of the mix  (14g of protein) you can also add:
1 cup of milk
1 egg
1 cup of protein mix
This powerhouse is great and tasty recipe to implement to your diet. Can’t forget the fresh fruit.
Old Fashioned Oatmeal Muffins:
Who doesn’t like muffins? And these are even better because they are flour less.
2 cup of steel cut oatmeal
1 organic egg
1/3 cup of brown sugar
2 smashed bananas
2 tbs of unsweetened apple sauce
1 tbs of organic coconut oil
1 tbs of chia seeds
1 tea spoon of baking powder
1/4 cup of nuts (optional)
Mix the ingredients together and pour into greased muffin pans. Bake for 25-30min at 350 degrees.
Naked Cake:
The naked truth about this naked cake is that it’s imperfectly perfect and super easy to make if you’re willing to take the time. It’s easy, specially if you do it like me with a cake mix.
You can use any cake mix you’d like, mine was vanilla cake mix. All you need is
Vanilla Cake & Baking Mix by my boy Joe (Trade Joes’)
2 eggs
1/2 cup of melted butter
1 cup of milk
Pour into different size pans to make the tower. I used large and mini cupcake pans to give the “tower” look.
The frosting came straight out of Martha Stewart’s book, and super easy to make.
2 pounds of softened cream cheese
2 sticks of softened unsalted butter
3 cups of confectioners’ sugar
2 tbs of vanilla extract
1 tbs of orange zest
Just remember to adjust the the measurements by the size of the cake.

Enjoy!