Feel Good|Look Good

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn

I am a true believe that if you put on the right pair of shoes and the right clothes, you will somehow feel empowered. With that said, if you don’t feel good, not even a Christian Louboutin high will last long enough!

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease last year and I know what it’s like to not feel good.  After months of exhaustion, fatigue and weight gain for no apparent reason, I talked to my Dr. and he did a simple blood test and found out it was hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s disease.  After a few Doctor’s visits and medication as well as a more strict diet, I am feeling a million times better and know that when you are feeling good, it makes the world of a difference in your work, relationships, and overall happiness!

I try to make a constant effort in making healthy choices such as choosing fruit over potato chips or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.  Depriving ourselves is not the answer but it is important to make conscious healthy choices.  Because of my thyroid, I am prone to easy weight gain so here are my go-to snacks that are satisfying and easy on the calories.  Even if you do not have to lose weight or do not have a thyroid issue, they are healthy for everyone so I wanted to share!

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{Dark chocolate frozen banana bites: Cut bananas into bite size pieces, melt 60% or more cocoa dark chocolate, dip banana bites one by one in dark chocolate and place on tray. Put in freezer for at least 1/2 hour!}

sweetpotatofries

{Sweet potato fries: Pre-heat oven to 450, wash and peel 5-6 sweet potatoes, cute into shoe strings, mix with olive oil, rosemary, salt & pepper.  Bake for 30 minutes!}

chickpeas

{Roasted chickpeas: 3 cups cooked chickpeas, Preheat oven to 400, toss chickpeas with garlic, salt, oil and preferred spices.  Put them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 30-40 minutes until golden brown}

Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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It is grill season!

I like to spend spring weeknights grilling healthy meals. I wanted to share this delicious recipe that makes the perfect healthy appetizer- only 80 calories! Enjoy!
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Ingredients
2/3 cup chopped plum tomato
1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese
1 tsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh Rosemary
1/8 tsp Black Pepper
Garlic, 1 clove (crushed)
4 (5 inch) Portabella Mushrooms

2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp fresh Parsley

Directions
Combine tomato, cheese, 1/2 tsp oil, rosemary, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl.
Remove brown gills from mushroom caps.
Combine 1/2 tsp oil, juice, and soy sauce . Brush over both the sides of the mushroom caps. Place mushroom caps, stem sides down, on grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill 5 minutes on each side or until soft.
Spoon 1/4 cup tomato mixture into each mushroom cap. Cover and grill 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley and fresh parmesan cheese.