Spaghetti Squash Chicken Florentine

Oh mah gah. Am I actually doing a dinner recipe?! 

I literally feel like it has been forever. 

When I asked you guys to take a survey on the blog at the beginning of the new year, recipes were your least “wanted” posts. Then when you guys took this survey last week, it was yall’s most requested! 

You guys are so silly – lol. None the less, I thought I would share one of my absolute favorite recipes of the moment with you guys. My bestie, Ann Bowie actually made this for me a few months ago, and it quickly became my new favorite dish. 

It is literally scrumptious. Like so good. 

& it only has like 4 ingredients soooo #winning. 

I love recipes like this because they are so easy to make & it makes a lot of it which is perfect for leftovers! If you follow me on Snapchat (Lauren_smith6), then you saw last night how easy it is to make! 

I’m not exactly sure as to which recipe Ann originally used, but I have been using this one, from Stupid Easy Paleo. When I feel like I have been eating a lot of carbs & dairy, I like to eat straight paleo for a little while. Just to get my body back on track. But don’t let that scare you away! This recipe is absolutely delicious!

The spaghetti squash makes this the perfect low carb – high protein dinner! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large Spaghetti Squash 
  • 16 oz of Chicken Italian Sausage 
  • Minced Garlic
  • 1 White or Yellow Onion (diced) 
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach Leaves 
  • Himalayen Salt (to taste) 

Directions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Using a large knife, split the squash in half longways. Once the squash is split in half, use a spoon to remove the seeds and pulp (just toss it!). Place the halved squash cut-side down on a roasting pan, add 1/2 cup of water to the pan and roast the quash for 35 to 40 minutes.
  • While the squash is cooking, starting preparing to cook the florentine. Heat a large skillet to medium-high and drizzle in a few tablespoons of olive (or coconut) oil. Once heated, crumble in the chicken Italian sausage, garlic and diced onion into the pan. Cook and stir until the sausage is fully cooked and the onion is translucent. This will take about 12 minutes. Right before the chicken is finished cooking, pile the baby spinach on top of the sausage and stir the spinach into the sausage mixture. Set aside until the spaghetti squash finishes cooking. 
  • Once the squash has finished cooking,  pull it out of the oven, and turn them over so they cool a little faster. Once you can handle them comfortably (or if you can manage holding them with an oven mitt), use a fork to scrape with the grain out of the squash. Transfer the strands of squash into the pan with the florentine and mix the two completely using a folding motion. Add sale & pepper to taste. 

Nutrition: Energy: 231 // Fat: 10.7 // Carbs: 14.3 // Fiber: 3.7 // Sugar: 5.6 // Protein: 20 

 

What To Actually Eat When You’re Hungover

It’s Sunday morning and you had one to many drinks last night while out on the dance floor. Don’t worry we’ve all been there. Now your head is spinning and the thought of any light makes you sick. Like I said, we’ve all been there!

Idk when this happened, but I feel like at one point, I didn’t get hangovers. But now? Two glasses of wine leaves me with an aching head ache the next morning. 

When you drink alcohol, it leaves your body is incredibly dehydrated and in desperate need of nourishment. Most believe that greasy food and the hair of the dog, would cure your nasty hangover. The sad part, is that neither of those are even the least bit true. In fact, they will actually make you feel worse!

Here is what you really should be having! 

Electrolytes: First things first, replenish your body with electrolytes. Replenishing electrolytes is literally essential to making you feel better. You can essentially restore some through your common H20, but you really do need more than water.  To restore electrolytes, most reach for a Gatorade, but truth be told, because Gatorade is so high in sugar, it will actually make you feel worse. So instead, look for water with Electrolytes (sodium) in it. Like this Propel Electrolyte option.  Coconut water is also a really great option! Coconut water actually has 5 of the electrolytes found in our blood as compared to Gatorade, which only has two! 

Bananas: Full of potassium, bananas are one of the top foods you should be grabbing after have one too many cocktails. Potassium, which is an important mineral in your body, is significantly lost when you drink. Bananas are also full of the Vitamin B6! 

Healthy/Fatty Foods: Not the greasy burger on the menu! I’m talking healthy fats like avocado and salmon. When you drink, the alcohol completely depletes the body of its B Vitamins. So when you have a high (healthy) fatty food like salmon, with just 3 oz, you can completely restore your body. Eating foods like this will help with the dizziness. 

Eggs: Eggs contain two main types of Amino Acids, Cysteine and Taurine. Cysteine breaks down the left over alcohol in your body while Taurine is known to boost your liver function. Which your liver may need after a night of serious drinking. 

Sweet Potatoes: Since alcohol puts a beating on your blood sugar and metabolism, it’s important to consume unrefined carbohydrates, like sweet potatoes. Which is why it is important to stay away from refined sugary carbs like biscuits, donuts, waffles and etc. Plus, sweet potatoes are high in fiber, potassium and B vitamins. 

Oatmeal: I would have never thought this, but supposedly, oatmeal can help with the morning after jitters and anxiety. It’s been proven to calm you down, help to stable your blood sugar, and is filled with fiber. So instead of reaching for a bagel or pancake, try oatmeal!

Blueberries: Next time you’re head is spinning, try reaching for blueberries as opposed to aspirin. Blueberries jump start your immune system, as well was as are a great antioxidant. 

Leafy Greens: Also filled with electrolytes, Vitamin C and lots of fiber. 

Green, Rosemary or Lavender Tea: If your stomach is queasy, then be sure to reach for some tea. These three types of tea are high in antioxidants, which keep your organs healthy – including your liver. The tea will calm down the nausea making you feel better in no time. 

Things to Avoid? 

Basically, all of your temptations. Avoid the hair of the dog, avoid the overly greasy food (bacon &sausage) you’re craving, coffee (dehydrates you even more) and aspirin. Avoid anything overly sugary and all white carbs. Another thing to avoid is anything citrusy.While you would think it would be fine, the citrus will actually really irritate your stomach. Other than that though, what your body really needs is nutrition. It needs vitamins and the good stuff to get it feeling back to normal. So basically, if you want to cure that hangover of yours, then you need lots of healthy food and water! 

My Favorite Hangover Meals? 

  1. My banana and PB2 oatmeal, every time. You can find the recipe, here! 
  2. Avocado toast on whole grain bread with a side of scrambled eggs. 
  3. Green Juice. Not exactly a meal, but a great addition to your breakfast. 
  4. Smoked Salmon w/ a hard boiled egg, capers and tomato slices. 
  5. The Annie’s burrito from Barnaby’s w/ a side of guacamole. You can find the burrito, here! It’s filled with lots of egg whites, chicken & black beans. 
  6. Leafy Green Salad filled with nuts, beets, asparagus, fruit and either chicken or shrimp for protein.

xo,

Lauren

 

5 Healthy Day Time Snacks

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I usually reach for them around 10:00 a.m when I am sitting at my desk and at 3:00 p.m. when I am getting antsy to leave. I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t snack a little bit when I get home around 5:30. Traffic is just so stressful – lol, so of course the first thing I do is come home and have a snack! 

Every dietician has their own thoughts on snacking. Some say snacking keeps your metabolism going, others say it produces more belly fat. Either way, I’m not a dietician -lol & even though I am trying to cut back on my snacking, knowing that they are healthy snacks makes me feel better 🙂

Right now, my favorite snacks are: 

  1. Clementines: They are easy to peel, are sweet and refreshing. I love these for my morning snack because they are high in vitamin c & at 60 calories they are the perfect snack. 
  2. 100 Calorie Almond & Walnut Packs: This is one of my newest finds and I love them! Almonds have always been on the radar as being a healthy fat, but walnuts sometimes do not get the rave they deserve. When your body digest walnuts, it produces a chemical that helps to burn stomach fat. After finding this out, I started adding walnuts to my diet, but like almonds, if you have too many, the calories really start to add up. Which is why I love this mixed pack that has both of them. 
  3. 1/2 Avocado or 1/4 Avocado with Toast: Probably my favorite! I love, love, love avocados & half of one for a snack is perfect! Sometimes if I had a light breakfast, I’ll do 1/4 of an avocado, mashed on toast. Avocado toast is literally my weakness right now.  Avocados may be high in fat (& calories) but avocados are made up of the good kind of fat that your body needs and are loaded with fiber, potassium, & vitamins. Just make sure you eat them in moderation. 
  4. Toast with PB2 and 1/4 sliced banana: This was my favorite snack while I was in college and still is to this day. My favorite kind of bread to toast (right now, it a;ways changes) is this bread. I will toast this bread, then spread 1 TBSP of PB2 on it and top with bananas and maybe even some cinnamon! It’s so good and to me, very comforting. 
  5. World Peas Santa Barbara Ranch: My friend Haley introduced me to these while I was in LA and they are so good. Like so good. They are absolutely addicting and 45 peas are only 100 calories so they are the perfect pick me up! 

What are you favorite snacks? 

xo,

Lauren

Watermelon Margarita Popsicles

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Watermelon Margarita Popsicles? 

Yep, that is right! If you saw yesterdays post, then you saw Bentley and I were loving our slices of watermelon. But when you have a whole watermelon and only two people + a dog, there is only so much watermelon you can have! So when deciding what to do with the rest, making these boozy watermelon inspired popsicles were at the top of my list. 

I love the idea of the popsicles because they are so much fun and made me feel like a little kid again, sitting by the pool, having a cold popsicle on a hot Texas day. These popsicles are surprisingly strong and naturally sweet too! 

So if you’re having a big get together this weekend for the 4th, then these popsicles would be such a fun addition! I swear, they will be a huge hit! 

Ingredients

4 Cups cubed watermelon

1/2 Cup high grade tequila

Juice of 2 limes

1/3 Cup mint leaves

2-3  TBSP Organic Maple Syrup 

Directions

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until it makes a slush-like consistency.

Pour mixture into Ice Pop Molds until completely full. 

Place tops on Ice Pop Molds and place in freezer. 

Freeze for 8 hours or until completely frozen. 

Enjoy! 

xo, 

Lauren

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