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Pintrest Recipe Roundup Week 1

Healthy Pintrest Recipie Roundup

In the past few weeks I’ve really started trying to take a closer look at how I am eating (ignore my Insta post of an already half eaten box of Girl Scout cookies…). I’ve been quite upset about my most recent flare up with my shoulder injury, which has set off my worst chronic pain symptoms. I know, you are probably like, “Wait… how does this have anything to do with your diet?”

Without getting into the internal chemistry or topics regarding how food can cause inflammation etc. it simply breaks down to the fact that even with my successes with Farrells Kickboxing a year ago, I have gained a net 40 lbs in the past 4 years. Its one of those things that I’ve accepted, as I spent a majority of those years focusing on getting control of my mental health and dealing with a myriad of other physical ailments which took up my full attention span.

Now 4 years later, my confidence in my self is SOOO MUCH BETTER than it was 40 lbs ago, but no matter what confidence I have in myself now, the fact remains that by gaining these 40 lbs, I’m essentially asking my body to carry the equivalent of 2 large bags of dog food around on a daily basis. And with my sensitive and weaker back muscles, this was eventually going to catch up to me… and I have to admit that it finally has. As much as I want to call myself “cosmetically overweight” (Thanks for coining this Louie C.K.!) since my other health metrics such as blood pressure, blood sugars, etc. are in the excellent range on my last physical, I can’t keep demanding my poor damaged back to continue lugging this weight around.

In an effort to be healthier and start losing this weight, I’ve started to actually dig into my “Healthy Food” pintrest board that I constantly hoard recipes on, but don’t often re-visit. There are tons of recipes out there, and not all of them are a hit, or easy to make. That said, I’m going to start posting links to my favorite Pins with a quick review of each so you can find those that work best for you!

Pintrest Recipe Roundup Week 1

chicken baking for Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese found on KalynsKitchen.com

Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto & Cheese

This recipe from Kayln’s Kitchen is fantastic! I made it with a few swaps, using chicken tenders instead of full breasts, plain greek yogurt in place of sour cream, milk instead of eggs, and breadcrumbs instead of almond meal. Following this recipe and using these swaps, it comes out to 5 Smart Points for weight watchers when divided into 4 portions. I served this with roasted vegetables and rosemary potatoes.

simple roasted butternut squash recipe, how to make lasagna from scratchButternut Squash Lasagna (with Turkey Sausage)

OMG this recipe from Julia’s Album is to die for! Not only is the picture droolworthy, but Damir (who adamantly claims to hate squash in all forms) ate half of the pan in one sitting. I call this a definite win! Two pieces of this recipe rings up at 8 Smart Points if you follow her recipe exactly. I added 4 links of Sweet Italian sausages, but instead of using the full sausage, I split the casing of the sausage length wise and pulled the meat out, then cooked it as ground turkey and sprinkled a bit of the cooked turkey sausage into each layer. Adding the sausage brings two pieces up to 11 points, but is still absolutely worth every bite.

Crispy-Outside Creamy-Inside Garlic Herb Potatoes. Quite possibly the BEST POTATOES / SIDE DISH EVER. | hostthetoast.com

Crispy-Outside Creamy-Inside Garlic Herb Potatoes

You will absolutely not regret making this recipe from Host the Toast! I have been pretty one-note with my potato skills… usually I dice up baby potatoes and use a bit of olive oil and fresh rosemary to spice it up then just bake in the oven. This takes a little more work to prep but is more than worth the time spent, it literally lives up to its name of crispy-outside and creamy inside. I made 1 lbs of potatoes instead of the 1.5 the recipe calls for, and splitting that 4 ways worked out to 7 Smart points per serving. Split her full recipe by 6 to get the same points values.

Hasselback chicken stuffed with mozzarella, tomato and basil is a new way to enjoy chicken for dinner tonight from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

Caprese Hasselbeck Baked Chicken

While I didn’t exactly follow this recipe from Walking on Sunshine Recipes, it was my inspiration for a slightly different version. I halved my chicken breasts so I had 4 pieces of chicken at half the thickness, make the hasslebeck slits and filled them with thin slices of mozzarella cheese and sliced tomatoes, then spread a thin layer of basil pesto over the top. Using the 2 breasts, 4 oz of cheese and 4 Tbs of pesto, it comes out to 6 points per serving (4 servings).

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  • Should have known #fridaythe13th would be the PERFECT day to start shooting my next project. You guys... I can't even begin to say how excited I am to share it with you, but for now, a quick peek.
  • Even in death, #pumpkinspice is life! Zombie walks are popping up all around the country, and if you want to wear your costume early as a "zombie" but don't want to actually damage the costume, this basic zombie is perfect! Or for me, it's a casual October Saturday....
  • Do you get to 3pm and feel like a total zombie without a caffeine jolt? Hey, me too! A playful take on the #basic girl, this is a tutorial that can give your costume zombie chic without the wounds and gore. Grab that #pumpkinspice latte and tackle those next few hours like the newly undead!
  • Brains... it's what's for dinner! Damir and I are at a place where he no longer questions brains in the fridge. #relationshipgoals #halloween #brains #brain #sfxmakeup #sfxmakeupartist
  • The easiest surgery recovery! If only I would bounce back from the real surgery as fast... instead of 6 weeks in a sling. This video shows just how easy these gel prosthetics are to remove, as opposed to spirit gum or pros-aid which require remover products.
  • After a year of having an injured shoulder, I am finally going to have surgery! For real... not this tutorial. But it IS inspired by my upcoming surgery, and the tutorial also contains a bit of a PSA on how you need to always keep fighting for your health and find a doctor who will fight with you. A MRI mistake lead to 9 months of additional pain, frustration, and medical costs. I'll get to spend this Halloween relaxing at home (in a sling) watching scary movies! Tutorial on the blog, link in bio!
  • Bruises are a great way to add interest to any Halloween costume, but I actually appreciate them for their behavior based on anatomy. They layers and shape you give your bruise are what can make you average injury go from "ouch" to "wow!" And just a slight change in these layers can show healing, or signs of deathly rot. I love making makeup bruises, mostly because I never recall how I get them in real life... I just run into things a lot apparently. The tutorial is on the blog, link in bio!
  • When you find the perfect coat in a consignment store to play Georgie from IT. But you know me, this coat would be ruined with sfx makeup and $50 was just a bit more than I wanted to spend. #cosplay #it #stephenking #halloweenmakeup #halloween #pennywise #georgie

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