Food

Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

I have been in such a snacking kind of mood lately. I think it might be the start of the holiday season, football season, eating season, ha! Call it what you may I am all about some picking at kinds of food. With all the ‘forbidden’ starches out there on this healthy lifestyle I thought I would share a delicious recipe I found on Half Baked Harvest.

Now the ‘forbidden’ starches. Listen all in moderation right? It’s about a lifestyle not depriving yourself. So if you feel like eating white rice every once in a while then do it! Otherwise you will find yourself one day sneaking to the back of sushi restaurant looking for sticky white rice by the hand-fulls. Yes, there go my dramatics again and just a disclaimer I have not actually ever snuck to the back of a sushi restaurant; white rice by the hand full…well I guess you will always wonder on that one.

Recipe & Image Credit: Half Baked Harvest

-Yesenia Whipple

Food

Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Chips

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I have been dying to try these chips and I cannot believe it took me so long to make. The recipe is so easy and the worst part about making these is the amount of time it takes for them to cook.  While you breathe in the delicious smell coming from your oven you can rejoice in the fact that these zucchini chips will only run you 60 calories for about 20 chips.

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 30 mins

TOTAL TIME: 40 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup dry whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (you could also use skim milk)
  • 2½ cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices zucchini
  • Cooking spray

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl stirring with a whisk.
  3. Place milk in a shallow bowl. Dip zucchini slices in milk and dredge in breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Place coated slices on an oven proof wire rack coated with cooking spray; place rack on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned and crisped.

-Yesenia Whipple


Fashion

The Thursday Seven… 7 Hairstyles for Fall 2015

The Thursday Seven is upon us and with fall approaching I could not help but wonder what the top hairstyles and cuts will be trending this season. Here are seven looks I am favoring for fall 2015.

The Piecey Pixel

piecey pixie

The Chunky Wave

Chunky layers

Long Layers

Long layers

Bob with Ombre

bob with ombre

The Lob

dark lob

Balayage – Specifically dark brown hair with Caramel or Auburn Bayalage

Balayage

Angled Bob

angled bob

If you are like me I am always looking for a change in hairstyle this time of year. Whether it be cut or color. What style are you thinking of trying next?

Image Credits – Pinterest

-Yesenia Whipple

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The Thursday Seven… 7 Ways To A Healthy Dinner Out

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I cannot believe The Thursday Seven is upon us already! This week I took a topic I could literally write a book on. I think I might have had 20 ways to keep it healthy before stopping myself (I could have gone on) and shrinking my list down to seven!

No matter where you are in your health and fitness journey going out to eat can sometimes be a daunting, anxiety filled, and stressful process. Trying to stay on a healthy balanced diet with temptation filled menus can make a hermit out of anyone. Here is a list of 7 ways you can stay on track and still enjoy a night out.

1. Avoid big chain restaurants and fast casual restaurants where food is remade and shipped in. These foods are pumped with high levels of preservatives, sodium, and who knows what else! Look for scratch kitchens where you can customize your order.

2. If you plan on bread skip dessert, if you plan on dessert skip the bread. For dessert try a healthier option like fruit with whipped cream.

3. Ask for a box with your meal and box up half of your meal if the portions are large. Better yet ask if they can box half for you prior to bringing out the food that way you will not be tempted when you see your entree in all it’s delicious glory.

4. Stick to small plates or an appetizer or two depending on the size and a healthy side like steamed veggies, side salad, or baked sweet potato (be careful on those toppings).

5.Stay away from creamy dressings. Look for vinaigrette options, oil and vinegar, and ask for these on the side.

6. Look for protein that is or can be broiled or grilled. Ask they go light on the salt when seasoning and if you are feeling really confident ask for your chicken or fish to be broiled in water.

7. Take a look at the menu prior to arriving so you have an idea of what their healthy options are. I always find this to be extremely helpful. At times this will take certain restaurants off the list of where to go. There is nothing worse than getting to a restaurant and realizing it is of a certain cuisine where absolutely everything is fried, contains cheese, loaded with carbs etc…if there are absolutely no healthy alternative skip this place. Stay away! Unless you are on a treat day and are o.k. with those options for that given day.

BONUS: Be careful when attending events that consist of buffets and h’ordeuvres. This scenario is a perfect example of when to eat a snack or an entire dinner at home prior to. This is especially hard for me and if I could ask my husband to tape my mouth shut while attending without looking absolutely ridiculous and not being able to talk to anyone I totally would.

I love talking about all things health and fitness so PLEASE comment with any questions, tips, or Thursday Seven topic ideas.

-Yesenia Whipple

Fitness

The Stairs To A Healthier Body!

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What is an activity that can be incorporated in virtually everyone’s lifestyle? Well there are many. One of my favorites is taking the stairs on the way up or down. Whether you purposely find a set of stairs to climb or choose the office or high-rise set of stairs you can take advantage of an activity that will help you lose and maintain weight loss.

According to Livestrong.com “Doctors also recommend stair climbing as an ideal way to improve your energy, increase the function of your immune system and lower your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and heart disease.” Furthermore “Harvard Medical School reports that stair climbing is an effective way to lose weight and keep it off, since people who walk up stairs, even at a slower pace, burn calories three times faster than when walking at a faster speed on a normal surface.”

Fitness experts say 30-60 minutes of aerobic activity 3-5 days per week provides for most optimal health benefits. So why not add some diversity into that activity by adding some stair climbing.

If you have any cardiovascular conditions, or injuries involving your ankles, knees, or hips be sure to consult your doctor. And as always make sure to wear appropriate footwear.

So grab a friend, find an awesome set of stairs, and climb away!

-Yesenia Whipple

Fashion

The Thursday Seven…7 Stylespirations

This weeks Thursday Seven is short and fantastic. Seven looks I’m obsessing over this week….

fluff and crop

Sweet Romance

chic outfit with cup

Chic and Confident

Romper

Sweet and Flirty

maxi and crop

Showstopping Silouhette

Work outfit

On a Mission to Dominate

bohemian outfit

Brunching In The City

cute dress

Day Date

Happy Thursday!

-Yesenia Whipple

Fashion

Thursday Seven – Seven Ways To…. Get Your Mauve On

mauve with accent nails on ring finger

I have been digging the mauves and nudes this summer when it comes to nail polish. Here are seven of my favorite ways to get my Mauve On!

SEPHORA X NAIL POLISH PERFECTION

1. Sephora – X Nail Polish Perfection

2. Zoya – Rue

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3. Dior – Vernis Incognito

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4. Essie – Lady Like

OPI TICKLE MY FRANCE-Y F16

5. OPI – Tickle My France-y

Malala Julep dusty pink mauve

6. Julep – Malala Classic With A Twist

touch of mauve revlon

7. Revlon – Touch of Mauve

There you have it my lovely readers the Thursday Seven. Seven Ways To Get Your Mauve On. Comment below if you would like any topics covered on Thursday Sevens!

Yesenia Whipple