Mexican jumping beans, it’s Monday! What a sneaky snake you are Monday. Coming all up in my weekend. Waking me up all early. But alas, you can’t have weekends without Mondays, right?
Speaking of weekends I had one yesterday AND the day before. Lucky gal. After work on Friday I slid outside for an afternoon walk to enjoy the sunshine while I could. At least get a smidgen of Vit. D in me.
Unfortunately my I couldn’t feel my face afterwards because not only was it numb, but so were my hands. Can I tell you there is no worse pain than running numb cold hands under hot water. Not only are they blazing in pain, but itchy. It’s like having a hive of bees under your skin. Fun.
Saturday was a lazy day apart from my quick trip to the grocery store. Had to stock up on the essentials of peanut butter and discounted vegetables. Can you believe I did not purchase one single carrot?! I know, self control at it’s finest. When your palms start to look like you slapped the tan off of the entire state of New Jersey you start to think mayybbee you should cut back a little. Oh and PS, once you wear slippers in public, they’re then referred to as Moccasins.
I did pick up this bottle of seltzer to try though. It was only a dollar so I ‘splurged’ and got it. If only I liked real coconut water as much.
They had some pretty adventurous flavors like mint chocolate, butter rum, and even fudge cheesecake! Who needs dessert when you can have a bottle of seltzer?! Maybe I’ll be more of a risk taker next time and try one of them when I’m feeling like splurging a whole dollar on myself again.
Sunday was (drum roll please) RUNDAY! Yes, as I mentioned I was really going to try to get a run in this weekend no matter the conditions. I was so far away from thinking I would actually even get a walk in yesterday, but I mustered up the energy to layer up telling myself I would feel so much better after I got outside for a while. And during that time I just thought what the heck I’m going for it. And I did! It may have been a slow one and it sure was tough towards the end, but I did it. And it was AWESOME.
And can we just say that it’s 4.5 miles for my anal obsession with numbers? Much appreciated. I’ll get more into what kept me going on Wednesday. Now let’s talk about FOOD!
So one of my favorite things to find on Pinterest are life hacks. You know, those little ‘why didn’t I think of that?!” moments that change your entire life. Like putting your iphone in a bowl to make the music louder. Or storing sets of sheets in the matching pillow case. Pure genius I tell ya.
Being as a mostly food blog, I thought I would share a few of my favorite kitchen hacks for healthy eating. We all want to be healthier and eat our fruits and veggies, but I have to say opening a bag of Famous Amos cookies is far easier than breaking down a butternut squash. These 12 tips will help you solve some of those healthy eating dilemmas to make healthier choices a no brainer.
Roll citrus fruits to release their juice and make them easier to peel.
I always assumed people knew this trick until I witnessed far to many battle royales with an orange. Instead of gnawing at the skin, roll any citrus fruit back and forth on the counter a few times for an easier peel. This always works with lemons and limes to get more juice out of them.
When cooking pasta, add frozen veggies to the pot for the last couple minutes of cooking.
Not only does this save you from cleaning another dish, but it will also help sneak some more veggies into your dinners. By cooking the veggies for only a couple minutes it saves most of the nutrients that would otherwise be washed away if you boiled them longer.
How to easily cut a mango without cutting off your fingers.
I had to refer to Monica on this one, but it such a lifesaver. I have come far too close to hacking off a finger or two trying to cut a mango. This tip is really a life..or at least a finger saver.
Smash bulbs of garlic with the blade of your knife to peel the skin off easily.
If you’ve watched half an episode of any cooking show you probably already know this trick, but like the whole citrus thing you’d be surprised how many people are not food enlightened. Just lay the blade flat against a bulb of garlic and literally whack it with your fist.
Put an onion in the freezer 10-15 minutes before chopping to prevent crying.
This is by far one of my favorite tricks. After countless soap opera moments at the cutting board, I now have yet another reason why I still have all 10 of my fingers.
Separate bunches of bananas to keep them from turning brown too fast.
I guess since they aren’t victims of peer pressure cause ‘everyone else is doing it’, bananas don’t turn rotten as fast if you separate them. Also it is easier to peel a banana from the bottom. Try it!
Freeze milk in ice cube trays to add to smoothies.
Yet another hack from RER which I thought was absolutely genius! No more
wire hangers…watery smoothies. And if you have one of those rebel bananas, freezing them for smoothies also makes them super thick and delicious.
Make all natural popcorn in your microwave.
No more excuses for buying that chemically who knows what’s in it microwave popcorn, when you can make the same thing with nothing more than some popcorn kernels and a brown paper lunch bag. Add to bag. Fold over top. Pop. Add some real butter. It’s better for you than that sodium hydroxybenzohaveilostyouyet butter flavoring anyways.
Scoop out broken eggshells with..an eggshell.
I’ve found that using one of the eggshells that just donated a little bit of themselves to a soon to be omelet works far better than sticking your fingers into it. I’m sure your house guests will appreciate it as well.
Make a list of the spices you have on hand for your cabinet door.
Call me a little OCD, but it helps. It’s a heck of a lot easier to scan a list to see if I have cumin than dig every single bottle, can, and shaker out of the cabinet to realize I’ve been out of cumin for 6 months. It also gives me some inspiration if I am trying to think of what spice to add to a dish. Alphabetizing sure helps too. And do yourself a favor and keep it updated by crossing it off it you used it up.
Use old lids to slice cherry tomatoes.
Or any ol’plastic lid like this will do. Mine happened to be some Sabra Peach Mango Salsa. Just fill one of the lids (what would be the inside of the lid) with the tomatoes and top with the other lid. Run your knife in between the lids to slice all the tomatoes at once. i learned this while I did my internship at UConn and it has helped me whip up many pasta salads in a jiffy and (say it with my now) keep all 10 of my fingers.
Remove squash seeds with an ice cream scoop.
See! I’d even help you with that Butternut! Use an ice cream scoop to remove the seeds and guts for any type of squash, even your Jack-o-lantern! Then make me some pumpkin ice cream while your at it.
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What are some of your favorite kitchen hacks?
Any food you hate prepping?