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Salad Daze

Salad Daze

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Recently I discovered the awesomeness that is the Trader Joe’s salad. For about $3.99 per salad, which for a work week, comes out to about $20 a week, saves my diet and saves my wallet. They have a great variety of salads. My favorite ones are the Pasadena salad (pictured) and the chopped salad with israeli cous cous and asiago cheese.
Try em out! By eating salads for lunch I saved $30 a week on lunch and about 400 calories per day. Simple but effective. ūüôā

Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think of the salads!

-Jon

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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in Diet, Food, Health and Money

 

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Recipe: Kozy Krunchy Kale

Recipe: Kozy Krunchy Kale

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This recipe started off as a variation of my parents’ famous Massaged Kale. Instead of leaving it uncooked, it is slightly warmed up.

Here are the steps to this easy yummy dish.
1. Wash and chop kale into medium-sized chunks.
2. Put in saucepan with about 1/2 an inch of water. Cover and simmer until it turns shiny bright green.
3. Squeeze one lemon into saucepan (with water still inside) and stir.
4.Drain the kale and put in large bowl.
5. Add and mix in salt, and a couple tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Combine/mix.
6. Optional (add your favorite nut) i love soy nuts or pine nuts.

Serve warm and enjoy! The kale should still have crunch, but a lot more relaxed than raw.

Ingredients needed:
1 head of green kale
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt (or table salt)
1 lemon
Nuts (optional) – whatever you like

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2011 in Diet, Food

 

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Watch what wheat!

Watch what wheat!

Whole Wheat... notice the 13.25 oz

At the grocery store there are clever schemes right and left. Packaging is misleading, prices are too. Things that look like a good deal, could turn into a waste of money. A good friend of mine recently told me of the trick used by advertisers to increase prices – make the packaging small and then advertise how there is “brand new packaging” or a “sleek new package.” (hint: take a look at OJ bottles…)¬†Usually this means the size of the product is reduced but the price stays the same, thus the price increase. It goes mostly unnoticed, as who really takes the time to keep up to date on every little thing they buy and eat. Well, I may not have time, but I did start to pay a little attention. The pasta in this picture is in the same size box as the one lb. pasta, but is slightly less. The price may be cheaper than the next product, but its actually about the same price, maybe even more.
Another thing I noticed was the difference between the packaging of wheat products. Although they are all close together, it takes a little reading to pick the 100% whole wheat from the “%100 whole grain” or “made from whole grain.” I¬†try to get the 100% whole¬†wheat as it¬†fills me up quicker, is¬†better for my blood sugar regulation, and keeps me full longer. The other products may be similar, but aside from the same brown packaging, they aren’t the same.
Just another little tidbit of healthy shopping I have picked up,¬†to save both my figure and my¬†bank account. It may not be much money, but¬†the less I spend on food I don’t need, the more I can buy¬†other scrumptious food (can we say sun-dried tomatoes?! YUM!)
-Jonny 
 

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Recipe: Humu Awesome Magic Bagel

Food stuffs... ;-D

I picked this recipe from my neighborhood cafe when I was living in San Francisco’s Richmond District.

A somewhat simple recipe, but well worth the little bit of effort to make sure all the ingredients are just right.

I like to make it for breakfast, but it’s also a good anytime snack.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. One Bagel, toasted¬†(doesn’t matter which kind), I like the thin wheat ones. They have less calories, but are very filling.
  2. Hummus (just choose your favorite), I like them all, seriously, all hummus (hummi?… um… yeah… whatever)¬†rocks… Although, if I could get my hands on some homemade hummus, I’d definitely use that.
  3. Three thin slices of cucumber (about an eighth of an inch thick)
  4. Alfalfa sprouts (a small handful)
  5. Little or no salt or pepper should be necessary…

Here it is in its messy glory

Put them all together like so, and cut in half. That’s it… Like, that is it! Simple right? It’s sooo good, I urge you to try it.

It’s so uber yummy, and pretty healthy too! I find that even though I really don’t care for cucumbers, and like sprouts even less, I really like the combo. It’s a miracle that all these foods work together.

Enjoy!

-Jonny

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Diet, Food

 

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Food trick: Eat Nuts before you go nuts (at the buffet that is)

From Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz’s book “You On A Diet,” the Doctors recommend that prior to eating at a buffet, you can limit the¬†damage you do on your gut by eating a handful of nuts (preferably walnuts) and/or a cup of chicken broth. The fat from the nuts will help you feel full, and the broth will further make you think twice about going back for another helping. A little bloating can actually be a good thing! I love this trick, as it doesn’t involve starving myself, or shaming myself prior to and after the smorgasbord. It really makes sense, and allows me to participate in celebrations where I know the food consumption goes a little overboard. I can go and eat well, but not go crazy.

Thanks Doctors Roizen and Oz!  ;-D

Check out this book! It is full of really cool tricks on how to stay healthy. It is the most practical diet out there, I swear!

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Diet, Food

 

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Recipe: The Crazy Banana X-D

The Crazy Banana Dessert by Jon Breen

Hey readers (or reader, haha),
 
I came up with this recipe after finding a limited amount of good, healthy, filling, dessert options. I’m not a big ice cream eater (love it tho), had to give up cereal before bed (the milk goes crazy in my stomach at night… lol), and¬†a lot of other frozen low fat options were either unfufulling, or full of sugar and other unhealthy stuff. So I came up with this as a conglomeration of healthy foods I already eat. Now it’s all¬†in one dish! Yay!
It’s a really simple recipe that has a lot of flexibility to it. This version is my favorite so far:
 
  1. Start with a brown rice cake
  2. Put natural peanut butter on the top as evenly as you can
  3. Slice a banana into 1/4 inch coins.
  4. Mash on top of the peanut butter.
  5. Drizzle with honey (as much as you want)
  6. Sprinkle with Cinnamon
  7. Add a nut or two in the middle
  8. Add some berries on the side

And voila! The Crazy Banana. It’s not low-fat, but it is chock full of good healthy food. The natural peanut butter has no sugar added¬†and is simply peanuts and water. The berries have antioxidants, the nuts and peanut butter have good fat, and will help you feel full and satiated, the cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar, the banana has potassium, and the brown rice cake has pretty much nothing in it, but helps the dessert stay together.

Me tasting the Crazy Banana

Anyway, it may look a little strange, but it makes me full, doesn’t give me stomach issues, is all natural, and, well, yummy!

Enjoy,

And please let me know if you have a desert you would like to share. I’m always looking for more healthy recipes. Thanks!

-Jon

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2011 in Diet, Food

 

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