Sinful Nutrition - Where every veggie has a dark side
Sinful Nutrition is a blog I started in October of 2010, to spread my love for nutrition and cooking by adapting "sinful" recipes into healthy and equally delicious alternatives. It has since grown into including exercise tips, home workouts, and a YouTube channel.
Seven Layer Burrito Bowl Dip Recipe — Layers of seasoned rice, guacamole, salsa, shredded cheese, and veggies for a mexican layer dip that tastes just like your favorite burrito!
This post is sponsored by Mahatma Rice. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’d be lying if I told you that I’ve watched even one entire college basketball game. Do people actually WATCH the games, or do they just pick some teams for the brackett and hope for the best? Maybe I’m giving away my strategy. Maybe I’m just bluffing. I’ll. Never. Tell.
What I can tell I’ve watched from start to finish is me eating 98.999% of an entire bag of tortilla chips and/or tray of seven layer dip while NOT watching college basketball. I never said I was good at multi-tasking.
I can tell you that Mexican layer dip in burrito bowl fashion goes down just as smooth as the OG version. . Maybe a little TOO smooth. Any text messages or phone calls made while under the influence of this dip is not my liability.
I will take full responsibility for any tortilla chip or guac-related addictions though. Some things in life are meant to be shoveled into your face repeatedly. Some choose smoking. Some choose mashed avocados. We all have our vices, people.
Rinse and drain black beans if using canned. You can also use pinto or refried beans.
Cook your rice ahead of time, or use up leftovers to make this recipe super speedy.
Buying pre-made guacamole is a big time (and $$) saver. I usually find mine in the produce aisle.
Want to make it vegan? Just skip the cheese and sour cream/yogurt!
London Fog Latte Oatmeal — A sweet and creamy breakfast recipe made with Earl Grey tea, almond milk, and vanilla. The perfect start, especially on those cold and gloomy mornings!
So far, February has had 80 degree temps, no snow, and sunshine. March? Two Nor’easters in a week. Spring schming. Yet another reason why I can’t believe this is one of my boyfriend’s favorite months. Ew.
Let me forget the fact that 8 inches of snow is on the horizon for tomorrow by pretending it is a cold and rainy day instead. What’s better than a cold and rainy day? London fog. That’s wassup.
No, not the coat brand. Or the everyday weather of England. We’re talking about the London Fog Latte. A.K.A an Earl Gray Latte. If you’ve never had Earl Grey tea, it taste like 2 PM at your great aunt’s house.
Bergamot oil is what gives Earl Grey tea it’s distinctive floral-y taste, and has it’s way of making my inner spice girl come out whenever I pour myself a spot of it.
But seriously though, if it is a cold, rainy, and foggy day, name me a breakfast more afghan comforting than a cup of tea in hot oat form.
No, no. I’ll wait…..
That’s right. NOTHING.
Plus, it’s super simple to make, and even made a sick vid to show you how to whip it up in a bloody flash. Scroll down below to give it a watch!
Don’t have time for the stovetop? Make the tea ahead of time with 1 tea bag, and 1/2 cup water, then add to a large bowl with the oats and almond milk, and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes.
I use 1 teaspoon of stevia for my sweetener, but you can use your favorite sweetener, and adjust to your liking.
Not a fan of Earl Grey? Swap out for any of your favorite teas instead.
Butternut Squash Shakshuka — A healthy recipe with eggs poached in a spiced butternut squash sauce, and topped with feta and fresh herbs. The perfect breakfast, brunch, or any meal!
Oh, shakshuka. I still don’t know how to pronounce you. I’m only half sure I know how to spell you. But I sure as hell know how to eat you. With BREAD. Lotsa crusty (preferably sourdough) bread.
Eggs in purgatory. Eggs in tomato sauce. Heaven on earth. Whatever you call it, this humble peasant dish has become a dear friend to my dinner, breakfast, brunch, and lunch plate.
It’s traditionally cooked in a spicy tomato sauce, but I had a butternut squash that has been straight up chillin’ on my kitchen counter since November. It’s safe to say, he very much overstayed his welcome.
Between 80 degrees to rainy 40 degree days all in one week, I can’t begin to understand Jersey weather. Does anyone else feel like doing absolutely nothing that doesn’t involve a couch, sweatpants, and hot beverages on a rainy Sunday morning? Just living the dream my friends.
Let’s top off our coffees, and settle in for numba 1-1-1 of ALSS!
How I Finally Started to Heal My Gut Naturally — Sharing my journey to better gut health & my tips for how to heal your gut through diet, fitness, and daily life changes.
This post is sponsored by Great Lakes Gelatin in partnership with Fit Approach and the #SweatPink community. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Today I have a bit of a different recipe for you today, and it’s all about GUT HEALTH!
If you’ve been following along with me for a while now, you’ll know I’m no stranger to stomach issues, and my everlasting quest to try and get to the bottom of them. I spent many nights with a sets of bloat twins twisting my innards while I tried pinning down what could have caused this stomach spell THIS time.
I’ve tried just about EVERYTHING. Low FODMAPs. Gluten-Free. Dairy-Free. Gluten and Dairy Free. Low carb. Whole 30. Fasting. If it mentioning anything about helping the gut, I did it. Some things helped, a lot didn’t, and just left me feeling more restricted and frustrated.
I got tested A LOT in the process. From ultrasounds, to SIBO testing (not fun), everything came back hunky dory. While of course it’s nice knowing you don’t have anything serious going on, it didn’t do anything for the constant bloating and stomach pain I was getting every single night.
After lots of trial and error, I seem to have found myself in a good place with my gut. While I can’t say I don’t have my days (don’t we all?), for the most part, my stomach and I are on speaking terms now. So why not share what works for me. Here’s to hoping my long and frustrating journey to healing my gut can help someone take a shortcut to feeling better. Here’s the steps I took to naturally start improving my gut health that I do every day.
Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Citrus Gremolata – An easy and healthy dinner recipe for crispy baked salmon topped with a fresh herb and citrus gremolata sauce.
I received free samples of Wonderful Pistachios mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Is it me, or is football kinda like the election. It’s exciting at the beginning, then as it closes in, you can’t wait until it’s over so you can stop hearing about it finally. Maybe presidential candidates should have to play major league football to determine a winner. It’s a legitimate idea.
But I’m here to talk about food, not solving national crises.
And not just any food, one of my FAVorite foods. No not peanut butter. Or carrots. No, not salads either. The OTHER favorite food – S.A.L.M.O.N.
I usually feed my weekly craving for the stuff with my quick & easy salmon patties since they cost $3 to make, and are loaded with healthy fats and extra calcium (I’m all about keeping the skin and bones in there!) But it’s made with canned salmon, so it’s kinda like the Elvis Impersonator of heart-healthy fish.
I usually reserve the real-deal salmon for whenever I go out to dinner, but homegirl needs to try herself once in a while. Some buy shoes, I buy fresh fish. Toe-mato, to-mott-o.
That’s why I was excited to combine two blood-pumpin’ heart-healthy foods into one epically delicious meal.
Pistachios, meet salmon. Salmon … pistachios. Now that we got the formalities out of the way, let’s get down to bid-ness.
These green jewels are one of my fav nuts (only because peanuts are actually legumes) because
1.) They’re fun to eat out of the shell ( and can help you keep portions in mind because of it)
2.) That gorgeous color is due to some powerful antioxidants. (yay green!)
3.) Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts,like pistachios, as part of a diet may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low saturated fat and cholesterol diet. (double yay for heart health!)
Not to mention how Bobby Flay I felt making a gremolata for the first time. It’s kinda like a pesto that’s made of parsley and not still chunky…and delicious. PLUS crusting your salmon in supah healthy nuts gets more of those heart healthy fats in, and makes it easily gluten-free for those who need it.
I buy and cook my salmon with the skin still on since it adds more flavor and moisture without drying out. It can easily be removed before or during eating, or even eaten if you’re up for it!
Parchment paper makes for super easy clean-up and prevents the fish from sticking, but aluminum foil will work as well.
If using parchment, spray the baking sheet lightly with oil first. This helps to keep the parchment paper in place.
Use the gremolata to top other foods such as baked potatoes, green beans, or even toast!