Party Favorites

Fall is such a fun time of year. You’ve got the crisp fall air, colorful leaves, HALLOWEEN, it’s football season, and friends and family seem to gather together more often for festive parties or to watch games. It’s all the perfect transition into the holidays.

With all this going on, it’s always nice to have a couple of quick and delicious go-to snack foods or appetizers on hand that you know everyone will love, in case you have company over last minute or unexpectedly. This happened to me (Regan) the other day when my husband decided to invite some people over to watch a UFC fight at the last minute.

LUCKILY I had the recipes below that I knew everyone would enjoy, and didn’t have to panic trying to think of what food to have out for people to snack on.

You’re going to want to scroll through and save each of them, just trust us.

Salty Blondes - Party Favorites

Black Bean & Avocado Salsa

This salsa is unreal. The flavors come together perfectly to create a refreshing, yummy, HEALTHY salsa that’s also really filling, and sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Black Bean & Avocado Salsa

ingredients:

Ingredients
  • 19 oz black beans or more drained & rinsed

  • 11 oz corn kernels (drained)

  • 1 minced onion

  • 3 c salsa

  • 2 T fresh chopped cilantro

  • 1 T lemon juice

  • 2 T chili powder or less

  • 2 chopped avocados

instructions

Directions
  1. Mix and chill everything except avocados several hours before serving.  Add avocados and serve w/corn chip scoopers.  Need 2 bags of scooper chips.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This one is from our aunt Wendy. If you know her, then you already know how good this is. If you’ve been to any of her amazing parties, then you’ve probably tried this. She always makes it, usually because someone always requests it when they know Wendy’s cooking. We asked her if we could #sharethegoodness and post it on our blog, and lucky for all of you, she said yes!!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

prep time: 5 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 45 mins

ingredients:

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. shredded chicken breast
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup Ranch dressing

  • 3/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot®)

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces (for serving)

  • Club crackers (for serving)

instructions:

Directions
  1. Mix chicken and hot sauce together. You can heat it if you would like. Mix ranch with cream cheese. Put chicken mix and then ranch - cream cheese mix in a casserole or aluminum pan. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and bake at 400 until until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.

Tropical Punch

This is also something that’s always served at any party our family’s having. It’s a concoction our grandpa created, and the flavors just go perfectly together. With a tiny bit of carbonation and plenty of sweetness AND tartness, this punch will quench your thirst every. single. time. It’s perfect for any time of the year - the flavors are great for summer, and the color is on POINT for a festive Halloween party. We’ve had it in a witch’s brew served over dry ice at one of ours before 👻

Yield: About 20

Tropical Punch

ingredients

Ingredients
  • 54 oz. carton of Kern's Mango Juice
  • 54 oz. carton of Kern's Guava Juice

  • 2 liter bottle of Squirt or Sprite/7UP

  • 46 oz. can of pineapple juice

  • 1 packet of Lemonade Crystal Light powder

  • Ice

instructions

Directions
  1. Add ice to a large punch bowl or beverage dispenser. Pour all ingredients in and mix. 

Serve these at any party and we PROMISE your guests will love you, and ask you for the recipes.

P.S. No, we did not plan to wear matching stripes while shooting these photos 🙄😂 but, nevertheless, we linked them both below! Haha

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Salty Blondes | Party Favorites: Black Bean Avocado Salsa, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Tropical Punch

DIY Acai Bowls

We recently made these for a bridal shower breakfast we hosted for our cousin, and they were a huge hit! We looked up the ingredients for one of our favorite local acai bowls, and tried to copy the recipe.  They turned out SO yummy, we knew we had to share!

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This was the first time we had ever made our own acai bowls, and they were super easy thanks to these yummy and convenient frozen acai packets we found at Costco 🙌🏻 

The little packets are individually frozen, and we found that each packet can make about enough for one and a half servings (depending on how much additional fruit you use).

We have a favorite spot to get acai bowls, and find ourselves there way too often spending half of our food budgets on a 16 ounce bowl of frozen amazingness. Making our own made us realize how over-priced the ones we were buying are 🙈 (BUT we will say the social aspect of still popping in to Ivie Juice Bar with friends and sitting around their cute tables still makes the $8 Beach Babe bowl totally worth it every once in a while). 

The best part is topping the acai bowls with granola, ALL the fresh fruit (we like strawberries, pineapple, and banana), lots of coconut flakes, and a little honey drizzled on top 👌🏻

Check out the simple recipe below and enjoy! 

How to Make the Perfect Acai Bowl

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How to Make the Perfect Acai Bowl at Home

Healthy Snacks - What I Eat Throughout The Day

Paige here! I've been meaning to do this post for a while. As I've talked about before, I gained a TON of weight during my pregnancy and really had to buckle down in order to lose it! I've touched on how I did it here and there, but I get asked about it all the time and wanted to do a post specifically about what I EAT during the day since that's the most important part of losing weight!

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I still ALWAYS start the day with our morning power smoothie. I make it for my husband and I every morning, and we both love it! It's a great way to get your greens in right at the start of the day, and it keeps you nice and full. 

After that, I eat healthy smaller meals throughout the day about every 3 hours. I don't eat lunch! So I'll do our smoothie around 7:30am, then snacks at about 10:30, 1:30, and 4:30. This not only helps speed up your metabolism since you're constantly burning off small meals, but it trains your brain not to get hungry! 

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The second meal I almost always have every day around 10:30/11am is a piece of Dave's bread (I get Powerseed) with half an avocado, an egg and cholula on top. It's SO yummy! The only time I don't have it is if I'm not going to be home and have to grab a snack that's easier to take on the go.

For my other two meals throughout the day I alternate between the four snacks below. Basically whichever one sounds the best! All super easy, healthy, and low maintenance! A great starting point when choosing snacks is to try to make sure you have: 1. A fruit or vegetable 2. A healthy grain 3. Protien

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This one is just baby carrots with hummus (I buy these little containers at Costco) and skinny girl popcorn! I like butter and sea salt flavor. Only 160 calories in the whole bag! Sometimes I'll switch out the popcorn for whole wheat pita bread and dip it in the hummus with the carrots!

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Ok this is another one of my absolute favorites! I turned Regan onto this one and she has it every day now. I get the spreadable Laughing Cow creamy spicy pepper jack cheese (only 35 calories) and spread it over a light or whole wheat English muffin. Top each side with a slice of turkey and you're done! So delicious. I try to eat it with some grapes or other fruit I have around too. 

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The snack above is a great option if you're going to be out and about for a few hours! Just an apple with a piece of cheese and almonds. Super easy and filling, and great to throw in your bag and eat on the go!

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Another super yummy one! Light and fit vanilla greek yogurt with granola. The yogurt is only 80 calories with 12g of protein! I'll try to get in some sort of veggie with this one too. Either some roasted veggies I have in the fridge (I try to always make roasted broccoli or sweet potatoes at the beginning of the week to have in the fridge to use with snacks or dinner), cucumber slices or carrots!

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For dinner, I just try to be smart about it and do something healthy whether we're going out or stay home and cook. I try to eat around 7:30 and not eat anything else the rest of the night! If I'm being really good I'll make our perfect chicken and have it with brown rice or quinoa and roasted veggies! Or our go to salad :)

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I hope this post was helpful and gives you some good, healthy ideas of things to eat throughout the day! I've linked anything you see in the post (like my absolute FAVORITE salt and pepper shakers pictured above and also on my Favorite Things post) below, and also throughout the post. Most of the food items you have to get at the grocery store, but some you can buy from Amazon so I've linked those too! Thanks for reading!

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Sidney's Black Bean Veggie Burger + Fries

Eating burgers while getting bikini body ready? Yes please! Our clean eating health nut sister (Sidney) kindly made these for all of us for dinner the other night, and they were so yummy we had to post!

Now, as a disclaimer, are these burgers juicy, Smash Burger yummy? Not quite. BUT they are delicious for a healthy alternative, and super clean! Even Regan (Mrs. Junk Food Junky) downed the whole thing (after it was smothered in mayo and ketchup, haha)!

Sidney used multi-grain buns, and topped the burger with lettuce, tomato, and hummus. She served the burgers with watermelon and oil-free, oven-baked fries! Now these were actually SO delicious.  Like, "we'd take these over In-N-Out fries any day" kind of good. 

See the full recipes below! The original recipes are from Forks Over Knives and From My Bowl

Black Bean Veggie Burgers

1 cup cooked brown rice (we used this)

1 15-ounce can black beans

½ onion, diced

¼ cup corn

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon chili powder

¼ cup cornmeal

2 tablespoons salsa

Preheat oven to 350º F. Lay a piece of parchment paper on sheet pan.

Sweat the onion in a sauté pan. Sweat means the moisture comes from the veggies so no oil is needed. Just remember to keep a lid on the pan. If the onions do start to stick, add a little bit of water. When onions become translucent add corn and spices. Cook for a few more minutes.

Add cornmeal, salsa, veggies, and rice to bean bowl. Mix everything together so there is an even consistency. Feel free to do this with your hands. Then form mixture into patties. A good thickness is about ½ inch and I like to make mine around 3 inches in diameter.

Place patties onto parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes at 350ºF. Flip the patties and bake for another 15 minutes. Serve between two leaves of romaine lettuce with tomato, onion, ketchup, and mustard. Or try putting the burger on a bed of fresh spinach instead of the bun…. delicious!

Oil-Free Fries

2-4 Organic Russet Potatoes, depending on size

Seasonings of Choice + Salt

Silicone Mat on baking sheet (or parchment paper)

Preheat your oven to 425F. Scrub your Potatoes clean, and peel them if desired.

Chop your fries into any shape of your choice; wedges that are between 1/2″ and 3/4″ are recommended.

Toss your Fries into a large bowl, sprinkle with any Seasonings and Salt you desire, and stir well.

Place the Seasoned Fries onto a baking tray lined with a Silicone Mat, making sure they do not touch.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Serve as desired.

Hope you enjoy(the burgers, and your bikini bod for summer ;)

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Fall Popcorn: White Chocolate and Caramel Corn

If you know us Salty Blondes well, then you KNOW all three of us love a good bowl of popcorn.  You can bet the very first thing each of us registered for when we got engaged was a popcorn popper.  

Our go-to is obviously freshly popped corn with a half a stick of butter and salt (obviously).  Sometimes we like to switch it up and, if we're feeling super UNhealthy, we go for the white chocolate or caramel corn.

WHITE CHOCOLATE POPCORN

This one is super easy.  

1. Pop your corn 

2. Pour about 2 tablespoons of melted butter over

3. Sprinkler with salt and mix

4. Melt about 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips

5. Drizzle melted white chocolate over top and mix

6. Add more salt if desired

Let the bowl sit out until the chocolate hardens or throw the bowl in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

Tip: the white chocolate chips melt best in a double boiler.  We don't have one, so we make our own by boiling a little bit of water in a pan, then setting a glass bowl with the chocolate chips on top, making sure the water isn't touching the bowl.  Stir continuously until melted.  See picture below :)

EASY CARAMEL CORN

1. Pop your corn

2. Melt 2 sticks of butter + 1/2 Cup of brown sugar + 8 large marshmallows or 1 Cup mini marshmallows in pan

3. Stir ingredients continuously until melted and bring to a boil. Boil for about a minute. Keep stirring.

4.  Pour over popcorn and mix

Note: our original recipe calls for one stick of butter, but Paige uses two, which makes it a little less sticky, but obviously more fattening.  At this point though, does that really matter? 

These are both so yummy and perfect to bag up and give out at a Halloween party or even to trick-or-treaters! Let us know what you think in the comments if you try either of these!

Fresh & Easy Summer Chicken Wraps

Regan here bringing you another one of my favorite quick, fresh, and easy go-to recipes!

When Cal was in the hospital one of my friends and neighbors (thanks Meg!) brought us these and they were so yummy! They tasted so fresh and healthy and were the perfect pick-me-up after a long day of sitting in the hospital. I asked her for the recipe and have been making them often ever since, but found a way to make them even a little bit healthier!

Here's the original recipe (this blog has a lot of other yummy-looking wrap recipes that I plan on trying!).  Really the only thing that wasn't super healthy was the chipotle dressing, so I subbed a couple of things and can't tell a bit of a difference! Find my version of the recipe below.

I like to make these at the beginning of the week (sometimes I'll even double the recipe), then throw together these wraps for easy, healthy lunches.

Fresh & Easy Summer Chicken Wraps

You'll need:

Tortillas (my friend brought us a package of those uncooked tortillas and I've used those every time I've made them)

Shredded Chicken (I buy a rotisserie chicken from Costco)

Island Lime Rice (recipe below)

Chipotle Ranch Dressing (recipe below)

Black Bean & Corn Salsa (recipe below)

ISLAND LIME RICE

1 C. Jasmine long-grain rice

1 C. cold water

½ C. chicken stock

1 T. butter

½ t. salt

¼ C. cilantro- chopped

2 T. lime juice

1. In a large sauce pan bring the water and chicken stock to a boil.

2. Add the rice, butter and salt.

3. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes.

4. When the rice is cooked, fluff then stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Mix well.

BLACK BEAN SALSA

1 Can black beans; drained and rinsed

1 C. frozen corn; thawed and drained

1 small or ½ large red pepper; diced

Zest of 1 lime

2 T. lime juice

3 T. cilantro; chopped

1 jalapeno; diced

1 t. salt

½ t. pepper

1. Mix all ingredients together to form the salsa.

CHIPOTLE RANCH DRESSING

1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix

1 C. plain Greek yogurt (I use low fat)

1 C. milk

1 Chipotle Pepper (or two if you like extra spicy like us) with 2 T. Adobo sauce (from 1 can of Chipotle Peppers packed in Adobo sauce. You can find these in the Mexican section at most supermarkets.)*

1. In a blender pour the milk and the ranch dressing powder. Mix on high until well blended.

2. Add the Greek yogurt. Blend on high again for a few seconds.

3. Add 1 chipotle pepper and 2 T. of Adobo sauce from the can. Blend again until the dressing comes together.

4. Allow to set up in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

We kind of stuff ours and the tortillas we use aren't huge, so these look more like tacos than wraps but just go with it ;)

If you make these, let me know how you liked them in the comment below!

Refreshing Summer Smoothie

Is there anything better than a cold, refreshing smoothie on a hot summer day? This orange vanilla smoothie has been mine and my husband's recent obsession! Whether I make it for us early for breakfast, or blend it up late at night when we're craving a treat, it always satisfies.  

At this point my snapchat friends are most definitely sick of hearing about this smoothie, but after many requests for the (very simple) recipe, I thought it was time to share!

Easiest recipe ever:

- 3-5 frozen clementines/cuties/tangerines

- 1/2 to a whole frozen banana

- 1 serving of vanilla greek yogurt

- Orange juice

- Splash of vanilla extract

We buy a bag of clementines usually from Costco and peel them all, then freeze them in a ziplock bag.  Same with the bananas :)

If you're feelin' healthy (AKA if you're like me and realize you haven't eaten a single vegetable and it's 10pm at night), add a giant handful of spinach to the recipe.  You can't taste it and it makes you feel....just really healthy and refreshed!

Now...give me one of these while laying out in the California sun on the beach and we're golden.

Sidney's Healthy Chocolate/Banana/Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Sid here. So, last month my team did a no-sweet November challenge and let me tell you, the struggle was real. The hardest part for me was overcoming my ice cream addiction. Unfortunately, my husband is equally if not more addicted to this heavenly stuff. Anyways, somehow I convinced him to go without it for the month of November with me because, you know, misery loves company.

To help us cope, I made up this healthy Chocolate/Banana/Peanut Butter "Ice Cream" recipe, and it's seriously so good! Couldn't have survived without it. 

It's super simple, and I want to share the recipe with all those who are also struggling with a deep love for ice cream...or simply want to be healthier :).  The key ingredient is the powdered peanut butter, and I recently discovered my new favorite brand for helping with portion control (I might be addicted to peanut better too)..crap! 

Crazy Richards 100% Natural Peanut Butter is my new go-to for smoothies, on top of toast, or just eating plain. I like to use the powdered peanut butter for smoothies or ice cream, and I love grabbing a single serving size packet of creamy peanut butter on the go when I'm in a hurry.  

All you do to make the ice cream is:

- add 1-2 frozen bananas to your blender

- pour in a packet or one serving size of powdered (or regular) peanut butter

- about a tablespoon of pure cocoa powder

-and 1-2 tablespoons of almond milk, depending on preferred consistency

Use the pulse setting on your blender to slowly pulse while stirring with a spatula until everything is mixed (see video below). And that's it!  Sometimes I'll put it in the freezer in a tupperware for a half hour or so if I'm doubling or tripling it to make the ice cream harder.  

Stay strong over the holidays people! You will NEVER regret choosing something healthy over something unhealthy. I feel dang good when I skip the sweets and go for nature's sugar instead ;) 

Sheet Pan Fajitas and Simple Guacamole

Well, hello! Regan here :) It's been a while since we've posted a recipe (or anything for that matter...whoops!).  Please forgive us!  

Today I'm sharing our sheet pan fajita recipe.  It's one of my favorite recipes because it's quick, easy, delicious and healthy!  My four favorite things in a recipe!  These fajitas are made in the oven and everything cooks together in one pan...genius!

Here are the simple step by step directions.  Scroll to the bottom for the full printable recipe!

Start by cutting up your peppers and onion.  Then thinly slice some chicken breasts. 

Then in a small bowl, stir together some olive oil and your spices!

Add your chicken and veggies to a bowl, then toss all together with the oil and spices mixture. 

Spread out evenly on a sheet pan, and throw it in the oven. 

While it's cooking, make your guacamole and prepare your toppings for the fajitas.  

This guacamole recipe (if you'd even call it that) is mine and my husband's go-to whenever we have company over (because who doesn't love quac, right??).  We always get compliments and it's literally the easiest to make.  

All you do is mash up your avocados, add a few spoonfuls of your favorite salsa, sprinkle over some garlic salt and a little pepper, and squeeze in a little lemon juice.  There aren't any measurements, so you kind of just have to keep tasting it until it's right.  

We recently discovered this salsa from Costco...and it's a game changer.  We've been using this as the salsa for the guacamole, and it's seriously SO good.  My brothers were over the other day and said it was the best guac they've ever had.  Exaggeration?  I don't think so ;)

After about 25 minutes, your chicken and veggies should be cooked through and smelling delicious.  

Serve with guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, cheese, and whatever other toppings you want.

And indulge...without feeling guilty because it's heathy!

Side note...I found these whole wheat tortillas at the store, and they were perfect for these fajitas!  Full recipe below.  Enjoy!

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Sidney's Philosophy

Sidney here! I'll be sharing some healthy recipes/quick and easy food prep tips over the next several weeks on here and on our Instagram. But first I wanted to just share a little about what my diet consists of and why. My philosophy is simple, I believe in eating a whole food, plant-based diet. Lots of:

Starches.

Fruits.

Veggies.

I believe that one of the keys to good health is eating as much REAL food as possible, the less processed the better! As a student-athlete, I am really busy and I have had to find ways to make healthy, good tasting meals that are quick and easy, for example, THINK FOODS LIKE:

Cold Cereal with Fruit.

Oatmeal.

Pancakes with Fruit.

(whole wheat, buckwheat, potato, etc.)

Vegetable and Bean Soups.

Potatoes.

(boiled, mashed, baked, steamed, etc.) (Sweet, Idaho, russet, Yukon gold, etc.)

Breads.

(whole grain wheat, rye, etc.)


Pastas. 

(wheat, buckwheat, brown rice, etc.) 

Lasagna.

(whole wheat, vegetables, tomato sauce, etc.) 

Pizza.

(whole wheat, vegetables, tomato sauce, etc.) 

Rice & Vegetable Dishes.

Beans, Rice, and Corn

Get Creative! Corn tortillas baked into chips!

Most grocery stores now have fresh, pre-cut veggies which make things way easier! You can just throw the veggies in a pan with some spices (I love Mrs. Dash) and cover for 5 minutes, add some canned beans and you've got a fast, tasty dish! I personally use onions (which create their own moisture) as the "oil" or a little balsamic vinegar and try to limit using oils. 

P.S. My favorite pans to cook with are these white ceramic pans. My sisters and I recently started using them when our grandmother got us each a couple of them, after she starting hearing that Teflon, or regular nonstick pans, are not good for you. Now, we aren't sure how true that theory is, but we do love using our new ceramic pans! They work really well and are much prettier than regular nonstick pans too ;)

Okay, now, meat. I personally don't eat a lot of meat, mostly because I ate a lot of crazy stuff while living in Indonesia and it kind of turned me off of it, haha. However, I think meat (preferably hormone and antibiotic free/grass fed) in moderation is fine. I don't think you need to eat it everyday, but eating it in moderation is perfectly okay (in my opinion). I also generally stay away from dairy because it isn't the best thing for me as a runner. It has been said that it encourages lactic acid build up in the muscles. 

I also believe that moderation in everything is key! Yes, I love veggies, but I also will eat ice cream, go out for pizza, and have midnight pancake parties with my roommates. It's all about balance and having good daily habits of eating healthy, allow for some not so healthy stuff every once and a while. 

Over the next several weeks I will be posting lots of quick, healthy recipes that actually taste good on Instagram so stay tuned!

Apple Crisp

 It's been a while since we've shared a new recipe on here!  This one's another family favorite and is SO easy! Every single time we make it we get asked for the recipe, and it's almost embarrassing how simple it is.  And it's perfect for Thanksgiving if you're looking for a dessert for the non pie lovers (they do exist, believe it or not!). 

All you need are a few ingredients that you should already have on hand (except for maybe the apples). Get the full, printable recipe linked at the bottom of this post!

Start by buttering the sides and bottom of a 9x13 pan, then slice your apples into the pan. To make your life even easier, peel and slice your apples with one of these babies. Trust us, you'll want to invest in an apple peeler if you don't already have one ;) Occasionally squeeze lemon juice over the apples to add tartness and prevent browning.  We like lots of lemon juice!

Next, sprinkle the spices over your apples.  The spices are measured out in the recipe, but really you can just sprinkle as much on as you'd like. You really can't mess this recipe up!

Then mix your sugary, buttery, crumble mixture up for the topping.  We like to just use our hands to incorporate the butter. (Promise we wash them first! ;)

Sprinkle the mixture over the apples, then throw in the oven (350) for about an hour!

Serve warm with ice cream....and try not to eat the entire pan. {P.S. leftover apple crisp for breakfast the next morning is totally acceptable}

Morning Power Smoothie

Hey guys! Paige here…just wanted to give you all a little "bump-date" and share a new favorite recipe! 

SO by week 24 of my pregnancy I had already gained 33 pounds and was really starting to stress out (average weight gain for most pregnancies is 25-35 pounds, and I still had over 3 months to go)! I was constantly hungry and my eating was pretty out of control, so I decided to turn to my own personal fitness guru/sister Sidney! I wanted help getting on a nutrition plan that would help get my weight under control, but also make sure I was getting all of the nutrients I need during pregnancy. She helped me come up with one and did not disappoint! 

Last week was my first week on the plan, and I actually LOST 3 pounds. Woohoo! I'm constantly eating HEALTHY foods so I never feel hungry, and I have much more energy throughout the day. 

My favorite thing on the plan is my morning smoothie! It's SO good and I crave it as soon as I wake up :) I'll be sharing more of my new eating plan soon, but today I want to share the recipe for this amazing smoothie that's so healthy and yummy!

What MAKES this smoothie is this amazing protein powder. It's SO good and only has 50 calories, AND 100 milligrams of caffeine :) It'll definitely wake ya up in the morning, and I love it! Click on the linked picture below to purchase.

The recipe also calls for flax and chia seeds (both optional). Below is the brand I use :)

When making this smoothie, I use a large handful of frozen spinach and kale. I buy the brand below at the grocery store, and just stick it in the freezer!

Below is the recipe. It makes enough for two and I make it for my husband and myself every morning. If you're making for one, cut everything in half!

Morning Power Smoothie:

1 Banana

1 handful frozen spinach

1 handful frozen kale

2 scoops

Mocha Cappuccino Protein Energy

1 Spoonful

Flax Seeds

1 Spoonful

Chia Seeds

1 Spoonful Almond Butter

2 Cups Frozen Blueberries

2 Cups Almond Milk (I use unsweetened vanilla)

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Light & Fit Salmon BLT

This is a recipe we got out of Paige's Cooking Light cook book, and can we just say, it's SO delicious! (Especially the sauce :) Paige's Mother-in-law gave her this cookbook, and we highly recommend it. It has so many great recipes, all healthy and low in calories!

This open-faced salmon BLT has been one of our favorites from it so far. It only has 330 calories, and has 25 grams of protein! Here's how to make it:

Prep time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

-8 slices precooked hickory-smoked bacon

-2 (6 ounce) salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick)

-1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

-Cooking spray

-1/4 cup light mayonnaise

-1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

-1 1/2 teaspoons minted fresh dill

-4 (1 ounce) slices diagonally cut French bread, toasted

-4 green leaf lettuce leaves

-4 slices tomato, cut in half

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Cook bacon as desired or according to package directions (we make it on the stove).

3. While bacon cooks, sprinkle fish with 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place fish, skin sides down, on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 10 to 13 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove skin from fish, and cut fish into chunks.

4. While fish cooks, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, dill, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Spread 1 tablespoon dill mayonnaise on each French bread slice; top with 1 lettuce leaf, 2 tomato halves, 2 slices bacon, and one-fourth of salmon chunks. Drizzle remaining dill mayonnaise evenly over each sandwich.

Click Here for Printable Recipe

Enjoy!

Sidney's Skinny Omelet

As we've mentioned before, Sidney is somewhat of a clean-eating fitness guru. Today we're sharing one her favorite healthy recipes. It's SO healthy, and DELICIOUS you won't believe it.

This omelet is also super easy to make…and don't worry about that fancy omelet flipping skill you see in restaurants! 

To make it, you only need a few simple ingredients.

We like to buy three large peppers and chop them all up. You can keep the chopped up peppers in a bag in the fridge, and use them to make this recipe throughout the week!

To make the omelet, start by whisking together three egg whites and one egg yolk, and a little salt, pepper, & any spices you choose. Set aside and turn oven to broil.

 Then add a little butter or olive oil to your pan, and sauté your peppers (or vegetables of choice) for a few minutes. Add some spinach and sauté until it begins to wilt. 

Pour your egg mixture over the vegetables, and use a spatula to pull the center toward the edges to create even cooking (see video below). Cook over medium/high heat for a few minutes. 

Then stick your pan under the broiler, and let the top of the omelet cook until done. Add some Cholula hot sauce for a little kick and viola! 

Check out the video below for a quick tutorial on how to do this.

Enjoy!

Strawberry Chicken Salad

First of all, HAPPY EASTER! Here's a little recipe that's perfect for today. Strawberry Chicken Salad...it's our go-to spring/summer salad and is seriously so yummy!

Start by making the dressing. Homemade dressings are the best!

This dressing is really easy because you just throw everything in a blender :) Add 2 cups of oil, 1 cup of sugar, 2/3 cup white vinegar, 1 1/4 cup chopped red onion, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 2 tsp. dijon to your blender and mix. It makes a pretty pink dressing that you'll set aside for later. This makes enough dressing for a very large salad. 

Next you'll want to make your candied pecans. Some people buy the pecans already candied, but they're so easy to make yourself!

Just put the nuts in a pan, add some sugar (no measurements needed) and stir over medium heat until the sugar is melted and the pecans are coated. Be sure to keep a close eye on them because they will burn fast! Once they're done lay them out on a pan or plate to cool before breaking them apart.

Now it's time to put together your salad! Add your lettuce, sliced strawberries, feta cheese, pecans, and chicken (our Perfect Chicken goes great in this salad, but this time we just shredded a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken to save time). 

Pour your dressing over the salad and serve!

We promise you'll get lots of compliments on this delicious summer salad :)

Strawberry Chicken Salad Printable Recipe

Salad Bowl found HERE.

P.s. We love Easter and wanted to share a little bit about what we believe. Check out the video below.

Thanks for reading!

The PERFECT Chicken

This is a recipe we've been planning on sharing with you for a while now. We first came across this chicken recipe on Pinterest, and it was literally called "The Perfect Chicken". We can no longer find it ANYWHERE online, and our pin won't take us to it anymore, but luckily it's so simple and we make it so often that we have the recipe memorized :)...and we wanted to #sharethegoodness and get it back out there in the Pinterest world!

This chicken tastes so good just by itself, served with our famous salad, or with corn on the cob and watermelon in the summer (mouth.watering). But we also love making this whenever a recipe calls for chicken - in pastas, soups, enchiladas - you name it! The flavoring from the spices is just perfect, and this chicken, when cooked correctly, is so juicy and yummy, and can pretty much go in/with anything. This is also a super low calorie way of cooking chicken...win-win!

Ingredients:

1 tsp. of each spice below (if you like spicy things, you can add in 1/4 tsp. of cayenne too!)

Mix spices together in a small bowl

Coat chicken evenly

Cook chicken in a pan or dutch oven on the stove in a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Cook about two minutes on each side.

Next, put all the chicken back in an oven safe pan (this is where our Le Creuset dutch ovens come in handy), and cook in the oven at 350 for twenty minutes. 

Perfect Chicken Printable Recipe

If you try this recipe, we'd love to hear how you liked it/any changes you made! Your comments make our day :)

Enjoy!

Carrot Cake

This month our amazing dad turned 50!

We thought we'd share a couple throwback photos from each of our weddings, because we love both these pictures of our dad!

 We got to celebrate with him when our family came up to Utah to go skiing...and we wanted to share the recipe for this delicious carrot cake we made him :)

This recipe came from our grandma and is famous in our family. When we asked our dad what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday celebration, he said this one without any hesitation ;)

Mixer

Oven Mitts

Cake plate, old (love this one)

Carrot Cake Printable Recipe

Happy birthday Dad! We love you!

The Perfect Christmas Breakfast

Isn't having family around for the holidays just the best?!

The get togethers, the laughs, the games, and the FOOD. We love it all! 

We know a HUGE part of entertaining, especially around this time of year, involves food, and making sure any guests you have staying with you are well fed. Breakfast can often be the most hectic meal to have prepared, since it needs to be ready early in the morning. 

And sometimes that means the cook doesn't get to sit around the table and eat with everyone because they're slaving away in the kitchen...

This Baked French Toast is the perfect meal to serve a lot of people, while allowing everyone to be at the table together. You prepare everything the night before, and then just pop it in the oven in the morning!

 There are a ton of Baked French Toast recipes out there, and we've tried a lot of them, but this one takes the prize!

Nutty Christmas :)

We are officially in full blown Christmas mode. The decorations are up, and we're already starting to knock out a lot of our Christmas gifts. I don't know about you, but sometimes those random gifts we need to get are the hardest. For teachers, coworkers, clients, etc., you want to give them something nice, but also don't want to break the bank! This year we've got you covered with the perfect gift... It's super easy, inexpensive, and an awesome gift for almost anyone!

These delicious cinnamon sugar almonds are sure to please, and can be made ahead of time for gifting. Below is the recipe and instructions on how to make them :)

Cinnamon Sugar Almonds Printable Recipe

First you put your almonds in a bowl, and coat them with your beaten egg white

Next, coat the almonds with your cinnamon sugar, vanilla, and salt mixture.

Then spread your almonds out on a pan and bake.

…and get ready for your house to smell amazing. 

These almonds are delicious, and the cutest gift when packaged in a mason jar with a cute label and ribbon. Find the free  printables for these darling labels HERE.

We promise these will be a hit ;) Enjoy!

We made these at Paige's house, and also wanted to share some of her favorite Christmas decorations…just because there's nothing we love more than decking out our homes for Christmas! 

Here are the links to items still available online and in stores:

NOEL sign: Pier 1 Imports // Garland: Pier 1 Imports // Glitter Wire Tree: Pier 1 Imports // Elf: Mark Roberts // Noel Candle Holders: Target // Red Bows: Target // Nutcracker: Target  // Placemats: Target // Mini Tree: Target