Apple Tarte Tatin

I first made an apple tart tatin when I was a senior in highschool. I didn’t have time to work but I wanted to have some money to spend so my mom paid me to do all the grocery shopping and make dinner a few nights a week. It was a great way to me to relax and de-stress after school before starting homework and allowed me to hone my cooking skills and cultivate my creativity while making a little money on the side.Apple Tarte Tatin |Glitter It Gold

One of the things I was doing at this time was cooking my way through the Cooks Illustrated magazines. Cooks Illustrated is by far the best cooking magazine out there for people who want to learn how to cook, not just how to read recipes. Each one has a full article on the technique, ingredients, or methods used and why it is important so that that knowledge can be translated to other recipes. For example, in their recipe for Ground Beef Chili they explain that baking powder helps beef retain it’s moisture and brown better. Now that I know this I frequently add baking powder to beef and let it set for about 20 minutes before browning, even if the recipe doesn’t include this step.Apple Tarte Tatin |Glitter It Gold

Anyways, I found the recipe for apple tarte tatin in cooks illustrated, and it was fall so I made it for a Thanksgiving dinner with my then boyfriend (now husband’s) family. It was a total hit. Now we have our own apple tree that is producing a ton of fruit right now so I pulled out the recipe. But to be honest, I was feeling pretty lazy so I made up a different, much easier recipe. I used puff pastry instead of making a dough. I wouldn’t dare call it authentic but it is definitely tasty.Quick Apple Tarte Tatin | Glitter It Gold

Melt 4 TBS of butter on med-low in a 12″ cast iron skillet. Add 1/4 c brown sugar, 1/4 c granulated sugar and melt until dissolved completely. When it starts to bubble add the whiskey (or brandy would be good too), and cook stirring for about a minute. Add the chopped apples and vanilla. I like to leave them all different sizes so you get a variation in the texture of the apples. I also leave the skin on. Our apples have very tender skin, but if you prefer no skin then peel them, and if you prefer an even texture then make all your apple slices the same size. Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon, ginger, and lemon juice and bake for about 10 minutes. Once the apples are softened, gently press them down with a spatula to flatten slightly. Place your trimmed puff pastry on top, tucking it down into the sides with a spatula. Cut a few slits on top to release steam and bake for another 20-25 minutes until the top is golden. Cool it for 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate. You could make some pastry flowers, or use cookie cutters to make some pretty shapes for decorating. Just bake them separately and set on top after you have inverted the tart. Top with ice cream, whipped cream, or as I did with Mascarpone Sorbet.Apple Tarte Tatin |Glitter It Gold

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Apple Tarte Tatin
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A gooey, caramely, sweet apple dessert that comes together in just 35 minutes. A quicker, easier version of the traditional French dessert using a puff pastry sheet instead of a pie crust.
Servings Prep Time
1 tart 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 tart 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Apple Tarte Tatin |Glitter It Gold
Apple Tarte Tatin
Print Recipe
A gooey, caramely, sweet apple dessert that comes together in just 35 minutes. A quicker, easier version of the traditional French dessert using a puff pastry sheet instead of a pie crust.
Servings Prep Time
1 tart 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 tart 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: tart
Instructions
  1. Pre-Heat oven to 400F
  2. In a 12" cast iron skillet melt the butter over med low heat. Add the sugars and stir to dissolve.
  3. Let the mixture bubble for about 1 minute then add the whiskey and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the lemon juice and stir to combine. Remove from heat, add the vanilla and stir.
  5. Arrange the apples in the pan with the cut sides down, layering a bit.Sprinkle the top with the cinnamon and ginger.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes until the apples begin to soften. While the apples bake, trim your puff pastry into a circle to fit your skillet. You can use the excess to make pretty shapes for decorations, but bake them separately.
  7. Use a spatula to gently press down the apples to even the top. Carefully place the puff pastry over the apples and tuck the sides down into the pan with a spatula. Cut a few slits in the top for steam to escape.
  8. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.
  9. Let cool for about 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate. Serve warm with Mascarpone Sorbet or with ice cream, whipped cream.
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Easiest Bread EVER

This is No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread- AKA the easiest bread you’ve ever baked in your entire life. No kidding. If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know how much I love cooking and mixing cocktails, but HATE, yes with all caps, HATE baking. It never works for me, it makes a mess, it’s complicated, it’s time consuming…… But this recipe has made me into a convert. Thanks to Girl Versus Dough I will have fresh, homemade bread whenever I want. And just think of how impressed all your guests/host will be when they find out they are using HOMEMADE bread slices to mop up that delicious HOMEMADE dip- you’ll be the hero of the party. Easiest Bread Ever | GlitterItGold

This recipe is from Girl Versus Dough, I have only made the slightest change by adding roasted garlic. Check out How to Roast Garlic for instructions and throw some in there. Try it with, try it without, try other tasty additions, but just promise me you will make this. Pinky promise. You won’t regret it. Also, if you throw in any other wonderful flavors please share. Thanks.

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Easiest Bread EVER
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This is No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread- AKA the easiest bread you've ever baked in your entire life. Just mix it up, let it sit overnight, then drop it in a dutch oven and bake. Easy peasy.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55 minutes 10 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55 minutes 10 hours
Easiest Bread Ever | GlitterItGold
Easiest Bread EVER
Print Recipe
This is No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread- AKA the easiest bread you've ever baked in your entire life. Just mix it up, let it sit overnight, then drop it in a dutch oven and bake. Easy peasy.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55 minutes 10 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55 minutes 10 hours
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the warm water and mix with a wooden spoon until a wet, sticky dough forms.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm place for 8-18 hours. (It would work well to mix up in the morning before leaving for work). When it's ready it will have risen, be flat on top, and have lots of bubbles visible.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 450 F and place a 6 qt Dutch Oven inside.
  4. Flour hands, punch down the dough. Dump it out onto a floured square of parchment paper. Shape into a ball, dust with flour. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes while the Dutch Oven pre-heats in the oven.
  5. Carefully lift the parchment paper and set the dough in the Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Then bake an additional 10 minutes without the lid until the top is golden.
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Rosemary Whiskey Sour

I think rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. It grows just about everywhere in abundance. It is a hardy, drought resistant plant that also has pest resistant properties and is widely used in landscaping as a result of this. I never buy rosemary. At my first apartment it was all over the place and I just picked some when I needed it. It is also at work, and covers most of the front yard of our current rental home. I love keeping a rosemary simple syrup on hand. I add it to lemonade for an earthy, herbal twist. It also pairs really well with several alcohols. Flavor combos I have been loving lately is: Gin, Grapefruit, rosemary simple syrup, St. Germaine, and Angostura bitters; bourbon, lemon, rosemary simple syrup and spiced cherry bitters; and mezcal, lemon, orange, rosemary simple syrup and Angostura bitters.

Today I am sharing the recipe for the Rosemary Whiskey Sour. It’s a pretty simple, classic cocktail that will impress and perfect for a summer night. Serve in a rocks glass with a large ice sphere or whiskey stones and garnish with a lemon slice or maraschino cherry if desired. I actually prefer no garnish on mine, or a simple lemon twist.

Make the simple syrup in advance so it can cool completely. You can store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to a month. Try experimenting with it on other cocktails too. If you come up with any winning recipes please share them, I would love to get some new ideas.

Rosemary Whiskey Sour | Glitter It Gold
Rosemary Whiskey Sour
Print Recipe
A pretty, simple, and classic cocktail that will impress. Perfect for a summer night.
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Rosemary Whiskey Sour | Glitter It Gold
Rosemary Whiskey Sour
Print Recipe
A pretty, simple, and classic cocktail that will impress. Perfect for a summer night.
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cocktail
Instructions
Rosemary Whiskey Sour
  1. Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously for 10 seconds and stain into a rocks glass.
Rosemary Simple Syrup
  1. To make the Rosemary Simple Syrup bring 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 3-5 washed rosemary sprigs to a boil. Boil for 1 minute until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes, then strain out or remove the rosemary sprigs. Keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

**Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters can be purchased at BevMo, or on Amazon (affiliate link)

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101 Things In 1001 Days

So I was over on Panza Avenue this week and saw that she was doing this challenge where you make a list of 101 things you want to do in the next 1001 days. I LOVE the idea of this so I decided to complete my own. I will be updating it as I complete items so follow along! Also if you decide to make a list of your own, let me know 🙂

End Date Tuesday Jan 17 2019.

  1. Read
    1. Read “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions”
    2. Read “How To Win Friends And Influence People”
    3. Read “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”
    4. Read Room by Emma Donoghue and watch the movie
    5. Get a book about archaeology and finish it

     

    Health and Fitness

    1. Walk/run 100 miles in 1 month (starts May 1) completed 116.13 Hooray!!!
    2. Train for and complete a 6k
    3. Do one month with no sugar, alcohol, or caffeine.
    4. Work out with a personal trainer for 1 month
    5. Be able to do a pull-up
    6. Do an ab workout every day for 2 weeks
    7. Eat entirely raw food for a day
    8. Find a fitness group of friends to motivate me to be fit and healthy

     

    Travel/Visit/Entertainment

    1. Visit Washington D.C.
    2. Have dinner at The Marine Room, San Diego
    3. Hike Potato Chip Rock
    4. Visit Yosemite
    5. Visit Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, and the Nazca Lines in Peru
    6. Go to Apple Harvest at Oak Glen
    7. Watch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1990) List here.
    8. Plan and take a girls weekend getaway (Scheduled for May 20-22 in VEGAS)
    9. See The Sound of Music musical (tickets purchased for July 27)
    10. Attend a country concert (Ticket purchased for Sept. 14 for Carrie Underwood, thanks Ali)
    11. Have a spa day at Glen Ivy
    12. Go to the zoo
    13. Go to a basketball game
    14. Visit San Francisco
    15. Ask 5 people what their favorite movies are and watch all 5 of them
    16. Go deep sea fishing
    17. Go Camping (convince Eric to go camping)

     

    Home

    1. Decorate the guest room
    2. Finish decorating the master bedroom
    3. Clean out our closet and donate clothes
    4. Replant my herb garden and keep it alive for a full year
    5. Find a way to get a big white marble slab in the house somewhere
    6. Sand and refinish the desk
    7. Sand and refinish the dresser – Sanding complete
    8. Change the light bulb on Eric’s lamp
    9. Get a hammock and hang under the grape vine
    10. Get Riley’s teeth cleaned
    11. Don’t leave a single dirty dish in the sink overnight for 2 weeks This feels so good, I will definitely continue to make this a priority.
    12. Make the bed every single day for a month

     

    Finances

    1. Buy a house
    2. Do an entire month of buying nothing that isn’t absolutely necessary (gas, groceries, rent, utilities…)
    3. Get my own health insurance plan
    4. Start a retirement account
    5. Convert our change into cash and deposit in savings account
    6. Buy a new car
    7. Get life insurance

     

    Organization

    1. Make a photo book for every year that we have been married like Kelly’s I made mine using Mixbook  they are always having sales so keep an eye out.
    2. Go paperless and organize all files using Evernote
    3. Lay out my clothes the night before for 2 weeks

     

    Personal

    1. Volunteer somewhere for 8 hours in a month
    2. Buy and learn how to use a real camera
    3. Begin a memory journal (write 3 things that happened that day every night)
    4. Learn how to snow ski
    5. Get up everyday at 5am for 2 weeks straight.
    6. Spend 1 week completely free of all social media, tv, and email aside from work emails.
    7. Become a mom
    8. Throw myself a birthday party
    9. Go 1 week without any makeup
    10. Leave a 100% tip for exceptionally good service
    11. Buy a new Bible (not my old kids Bible) and read cover to cover. I bought this one because it comes with a daily reading plan, dictionary of key terms, character profile, book introductions and devotions.
    12. Start a “pay it forward”- buy coffee for the person behind you
    13. Learn how to knit
    14. Knit myself a washcloth
    15. Get a facial
    16. Get the best they have to offer pedicure
    17. Start a new Christmas tradition
    18. Take a ski ride even if I don’t want to
    19. Get all dressed up and take pictures, for no reason
    20. Do something different with my hair
    21. Learn how to shoot a bow
    22. Give an impromptu toast at a dinner
    23. Complete Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics on Coursera

     

    Blog/Cooking

    1. Write a guest post for another blog
    2. Have a guest post shared on my blog
    3. Get 750 followers on my Blog Instagram
    4. Finish writing and photographing and publish my cookbook
    5. Make pasta from scratch
    6. Get a waffle maker and use it once a week for at least a month
    7. Make a perfect batch of macarons
    8. Make my own granola bars
    9. Make an Apple Pie completely from scratch with apples from our tree
    10. Post 1 new recipe a week for a month
    11. Make homemade Ciabatta bread
    12. Try a new food

     

    Friends and Relationships

    1. Host an all out brunch party for no reason
    2. Take a cooking class with my mom
    3. Send someone surprise gift for no reason
    4. Actually celebrate our anniversary
    5. Go golfing with dad and grandpa
    6. Send snail mail birthday cards to 10 9 friends
    7. Go Paddle Boarding with Eric even if I don’t want to
    8. Take dance lessons with Eric
    9. Take Riley to the dog beach
    10. Make and decorate a birthday cake for someone
    11. Host a game night
    12. Be someone’s mentor
    13. See ALL grandparents in 1 year

Other:

  1. Make another list to complete after this one

The Two Week Cleanse- Results

I’m done with my two weeks (YAYYY!!!!). I am so glad I did this, it has made me so much more aware of everything I put in my mouth and has is helping me develop healthy habits. I want to make this a permanent lifestyle change and now that I know I can eat this way and not feel like I am missing out on anything I don’t think it will be difficult. Anyways, you probably want to know besides how happy and energetic I feel, what has actually happened to my body. Well, are you ready for it? I lost 5.6 lbs!!! In TWO WEEKS! And I never felt hungry, or tired. I didn’t change anything besides what I ate/drank, exercise stayed the same as usual. I am so excited about this. My ultimate goal is to loose another 4.4 lbs to get to my goal weight (120) and I am going to be working on this over the next two weeks. I already have a pair of new jeans picked out that I will reward myself with once I meet my target weight/size.

Starting weight- 130.2

Two week weight- 124.6

Goal weight- 120

Things I learned during the cleanse:

  • Ginger Orange water is bomb.com
  • Zucchinis taste great in smoothies
  • Candy is NOT worth it
  • You don’t really need much oil in cooking, water works just as well in many cases
  • Frozen shrimp is a freezer staple- it defrosts very quickly, cooks quickly, and is low in fat and calories yet high in protein. Having frozen shrimp on hand can prevents you from making poor choices as healthy food is made quick is easy.
  • Spinach can and probably should be incorporated into just about every single meal.
  • Cauliflower puree is a great substitute for potatoes, heavy cream, flour, rice and a ton of other things. One of my favorite meals was Shrimp and Cauliflower “Alfredo” over zucchini noodles. Recipe to come.

Did you do the cleanse? How did you do? I want to hear about it so we can celebrate together!

 

The 2 Week Cleanse- Update 3

This is starting to get hard. I am craving pizza soooooooo bad right now. Gimme ALLL the cheese. le sigh…. Really though, the cravings set it hard today for some reason. I have been doing really well, except I went way over my fat calorie limit yesterday (who would have thought that oats have so much fat in them?). Moving forward I will not be throwing that into my morning smoothie because I would much rather have avocado in my salad. Another item I am quitting for the next few days of this cleanse- chia seeds. Just until the cleanse is over. I can’t wait for this weekend so I can indulge a little bit. Another 3.5 weeks of this is going to be tough but I am glad I am allowing myself a small break on weekends, it helps me stay strong knowing there is a rest stop of sorts just ahead, then the small break helps me feel satisfied and ready to get at it the following week. I CAN DO THIS! (Repeat to self 5 times whenever co-worker walks by with pizza, burritos, kettle chips, lemon bars, spaghetti and meatballs or iced mochas.)

 

The Two Week Cleanse- Update 2

I should have known I was crazy for trying to do a cleanse with Easter smack dab in the middle. Needless to say I think we are going to have to not count the weekend. With all the pot luck items it is impossible to know how everything was prepared, so even though I attempted to make good choices I can’t really be sure of my calorie intake. I did stick to the no alcohol rule, that part was easy. I also had a heaping pile of leftover veggies instead of biscuits and gravy for breakfast, chose roasted potatoes over scalloped potatoes and made the majority of my plate asparagus with little nibbles of the other items, and tried to fill up on the green papaya salad appetizer before dinner.

My weight on Friday was 128 and weight this morning was 127, so while I am sure your weight takes a few days to reflect what you have eaten/exercised, that’s still not so bad and means I did a really good job during the week last week to be down 3 pounds in a week. And remember, I am eating a LOT of calories, just very healthy, nutrient dense, and extremely low fat calories. Seeing my progress despite my little blip in the plan over the weekend feels amazing, and is providing me motivation to keep going strong. Although I have realized how difficult it is to adhere perfectly to my plan over the weekends so I am going to modify my plan slightly. Instead of two weeks I am going to do 4 weeks, where the weekends are a little less strict (definitely not a free pass though). It is so easy to eat this way during the week that I want to keep doing this to really make it a habit and lifestyle so that I can relax and enjoy a little more over the weekends when we are with family and friends. Easter Egg Hunt | Glitter It Gold

Are your family gatherings food filled like mine? My family gatherings always end up being a marathon of eating. We have little appetizer and snacks all day long- if you follow my snapchat you would have been flooded with images of deliciousness all day. This year our Easter Eats marathon started with biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs (I ate carrots and cauliflower and scrambled eggs), then Vietnamese Pho with chicken, then Dragon’s Nest dumplings (marinated pork, shrimp and crab wrapped in wonton wrappers and steamed), then broiled scallops with glass noodles and a thai chili sauce, then honey and goat cheese stuffed jalapenos with crumbled bacon, then green papaya salad with spicy tamarind sauce and grilled pork skewers, then a traditional ham with asparagus, roasted potatoes, scalloped potatoes, and homemade dinner rolls, then chocolate covered strawberries and tiramisu for desert. Are you stuffed just reading that? I am. Holy cow, I ate all that? Well, sorta, I nibbled. We all nibbled. For instance, when I say we had scallops I had one  scallop. Same with the jalapenos, Dragon’s Nests and strawberries. I had 1 of each, so that’s really not terrible, but OH THE VARIETY! I love it. How did you celebrate?

The Two Week Cleanse- Update 1

I am now about half way through week one of my Two Week Cleanse and I figured I would give you a breakdown of how it’s going as far as meeting goals.

Water

I have been meeting my water requirement pretty easily. Day three I was a little sick and drinking too much water made me feel worse so I had to sip it. I ended up sipping about 20 oz worth of ginger tea to try to help with the nausea (fresh ginger simmered in water for about 5 minutes with fresh lemon squeezed in). I had orange and ginger in my water every day, the ginger really helps with bloating which I thought I might experience a little of because of the sudden increase in fiber in my diet. Although I ended up not feeling bloated, the ginger and orange taste good and made it easy to drink all the water.  Including my 8 ounce cup of herbal tea at night (caffeine free, no sweeteners, also loose leaf organic so no chemicals), I have had total of about 90 oz of water every day.

Total Calories

I am not completely sure how accurate my records are in keeping track of my calories so I am thinking about a plus or minus 50 calories is right, probably mostly plus 50. I have been doing serious meal planning and googling the nutrition facts for every. single. item. in the meal and adding it all up. It’s time consuming, but I am starting to learn about what the main items in my diet are, and still surprised by many things being way higher or lower than I thought. Day 1 total was 937, day 2 934, day 3 616 (I was sick so had very little appetite), and Day 4 (today) I have my meal plan set at 925 . See, I told you- with all those filling veggies it’s actually hard to get to your target. My total calories from fat were 162, 230, 210, 215 respectively. It is REALLY difficult to meat the fat calorie goal, and I need to do a better job of it.

How I’m Feeling

Day 1 I felt incredibly energized all day and motivated. I did my workout in between prepping dinner (start grill, side lunges while it heats, clean grill, squats, chop eggplant, push ups, dips, and bicep curls while it soaks….). I have been really into grilling over the last week. It’s a great way to get a lot of flavor in the food, but actually requires very little oil. While eating dinner I kept thinking that it would be so good with a little bit of feta on top, but I knew I was already over my fat intake for the day so I had to resist. But, I will probably make this again next week and then I will make sure that I allow for a little sprinkling of feta on top. Day 2 was about the same as far as energy levels go, but the cravings set in- I wanted a latte SOOOO bad around 3pm. Day 3 I was sick, not sure with what but I felt terrible, body aches, chills, no appetite and waves of nausea all morning/day. Day 4 the no appetite has carried into the day along with the sniffles but other the other symptoms are gone. Hopefully with this nutrient rich diet I will beat whatever this is before it gets a good grip on my immune system. All my cravings are gone now.

Favorite Meals

So far my favorite meals have been the salmon and veggies skewers, and tilapia with tomato bruschetta. For the salmon skewers I use salmon, zucchini, red onion, bell pepper, lemon and radish and marinated for about 20 minutes before cooking in a mixture of dijon mustard, garlic, rosemary and lemon juice. For the tilapia I seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper then layered thin onion slices in the bottom of a glass baking dish with a few table spoons of water (this takes the place of oil so the fish doesn’t stick to the pan), set the fish on top then baked it at 400 for about 15-20 minutes, then topped with a mixture of fresh heirloom tomato, garlic, red onion, balsamic, fresh basil, salt, pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and a tiny sprinkle of feta. It’s one of my favorite meals served with a giant bed of wilted spinach (wilted because no oil, and just softened not fully sauteed).

If you are following along how is it going for you?

The 2 Week Cleanse- Do It With Me

I have been feeling very blah lately. My clothes aren’t fitting right, I feel tired and lethargic, and my digestive system is all messed up. So I have decided that it’s time to do a cleanse and I am inviting you to do it with me. I have designed this cleanse based off of many other cleanses I have seen, I have taken the best of them and put them all in one cleanse that can actually be done and doesn’t leave you starving or feeling completely deprived. This cleanse is hard, but it’s not impossible. I will tell you right now that you will not feel hungry AT ALL during this cleanse and here’s why- you eat a lot. A lot of fruits and vegetables. Veggies are filling and satisfying but low in calories.  For example an entire bunch of broccoli is about 205 calories, a cup of zucchini is about 20 calories, and a cup of carrots clocks in at 50 calories.  The short/easy way to figure out how many calories you should consume is to take the weight you want to be (be realistic), and add a zero at the end. So for me I am aiming for 120 pounds, so I need to eat 1200 calories every day. In one 300 calorie meal I could eat a whole bunch of broccoli, 2 cups of zucchini, and a cup of carrots. I don’t think my stomach will hold that much food in 1 sitting. If you eat the right foods, you can eat a lot of them. I noticed that the last time I did this cleanse there were actually days where I found it difficult to eat as many calories as I was targeting. I finally fixed that by finding a way to eat “dessert” at the end of the day. I’ll share that tip with you at the end of the post. (It might seem difficult to measure your food and know the caloric value of them but once you get used to it you will start to know what 1/2 cup looks like and be able to guess the approximate calories of your meal and if will stick in your mind helping you make healthier choices for weeks following the cleans.)

Fruits and vegetables should really make up about 80% of our diet, but sadly that is not the case for me, or for most other Americans. Here’s the other cool thing about this diet- you can still have meat and grains too, just smaller portions that are unprocessed and prepared to be “clean,” as long as your total caloric intake is at 1200, or whatever your number is, and your calories from fat do not exceed 150. You are allowed up to 150 calories from fat per day. Just to give you an idea of how much that is, here are some items equivalent to 150 calories from fat:

  • 1 TBS of olive oil
  • Half an avocado
  • A large handful of almonds
  • About 4 oz of salmon

The big no-no’s of this cleanse are: NO sugar except what is in fresh fruit, NO processed foods, NO alcohol, and NO beverages other than water (if you MUST have your morning coffee, then have it but put as little cream/sugar in it as you can handle and have only 1 cup).The 2 Week Cleanse | Glitter It Gold
I am giving you my meal plan to give you an idea of what I will be eating. You can mix it up and swap out veggies if you want. Also, healthy does NOT have to be bland. Spice the heck outta those veggies. Use lots of garlic, herbs (oregano, basil, thyme…), cayenne, lemon, salsa, hot sauce, ginger…. you can even use a little soy sauce, just don’t go crazy with it.

One other thing to remember is to drink water. Lots of water-  .66 x your body weight per day (in ounces) of water to be exact. So for me that’s .66 x 128. That’s 85 oz of water a day, or 10.5 cups. I have a 24oz water bottle so I know I need to drink the full amount 3.5 times. I know, water can be boring so here are some of my favorite ways to flavor it up with fresh fruit infusions. You can put the fruit in your bottle in the morning and keep reusing it all day long.+

  • orange and ginger- 3 orange slices and 1/2 in knob of ginger
  • cucumber and mint- 4 slices or cucumber and 5-8 mint leaves
  • lemon and strawberries- 3 slices of lemon and 1 large quartered strawberry
  • pineapple and mint- 4 1″ chunks of pineapple and 5-8 mint leaves
  • lime and mint- 3 slices of lime and 5-8 mint leaves
  • blueberry and basil- 1/4 c blueberries and 3-5 basil leaves

Are you ready? I have done this cleanse twice before and I can tell you now that you will feel so much better after completing it. It completely resets your metabolism and your digestive system and you will be burning more calories and have more energy than before. Ok, here we go.

The Cleanse Details

  • Figure out how many calories you need to eat
  • figure out how much water you need to drink daily
  • Make your meal plan keeping in mind you only get 150 calories from fat per day.
  • Do your grocery shopping
  • Do some prep (making healthy choices easily available will help you to stick to the cleanse)
  • Hide or remove all tempting items from the fridge and pantry
  • Find a buddy to do it with, or just someone who will help keep you accountable
  • Get a journal or notebook to record each meal and water intake- this will help keep you on track and help you to visualize your progress.

Breakfast

  • Green smoothie #1
    • 1 cup coconut water (or water or almond milk)
    • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple and 1 banana (total 1 cup of fruit)
    • 2-3 large handfuls of spinach (or other green vegetable such as red leaf lettuce, cucumber, celery, arugula, or kale)
    • optional add-ins: 1 pitted date as a natural sweetener, fresh ginger, lemon juice, small handful of almonds or cashews, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp of spirulina, maca, or chlorella powder
  • Green Smoothie #2
    • 1 cup almond milk
    • 2 bananas
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 2 pitted dates
    • 2 large handfuls of green
    • 1 tsp spirulina powder
  • Green Smoothie # 3
    • 1 cup frozen blueberries
    • 2 handfuls greens
    • 1 c almond milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 2 tsp lemon juice
    • 2 tsp lemon zest
    • 1/4 c raw oats
    • small handful of almonds

Dinner

  • Lemon and garlic salmon with steamed zucchini and red bell pepper
  • Tilapia topped with bruschetta and sauteed spinach (omit olive oil in your bruschetta, or use just 1 tsp, poach the tilapia in water).
  • steamed veggies and shrimp over rice
  • Grilled chicken lettuce wraps with salsa and black beans
  • Grilled Salmon Skewers with Lemon and Dijon (omit the oil in the marinade and use half salmon and half a veggie like zucchini or squash).

Lunch

  • dinner leftovers
  • Salad with homemade dressing so you control the sugar and fat content. Add lots of veggies: shredded carrot, bell peppers… Quinoa and rice are also okay in the salad. Here are some dressing ideas.
    • Creamy Balsamic: 1 TBS 2% Greek yogurt, 1/4 tsp dijon, 2 TBS balsamic vinegar, a little salt or soy sauce to taste (about 20 calories from fat)
    • Your favorite salsa
    • try the creamy balsamic with lemon and garlic instead of balsamic, or with a different type of vinegar like apple cider, or champagne vinegar.puree 1/2 avocado with seeded jalapeno, lime juice, garlic and pepper.
  • Cucumber Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing ( 1 serving is about 150 calories from fat)
  • Spiralized Zucchini with charred tomatoes and Pesto Bitchin’ Sauce (2 TBS is 90 calories from fat and NO PRESERVATIVES) or you can puree 1/2 avocado with basil, lemon juice, garlic and salt and use that as your “sauce”

 Snacks

  • Veggie sticks dipped in salsa or Bitchin’ Sauce if you choose to use your fat calories this way, or you can just squeeze lemon or lime over the veggies
  • cucumber with lime juice
  • fruit- apples, berries, pears…

Dessert

  • frozen blueberries
  • strawberries
  • Try this frozen banana “ice cream”- combine 2 frozen bananas and 1 pitted date in your food processor and process until smooth, if you need to drizzle in some almond milk 1 TBS at a time to get the right consistency. Dates are about 65 calories each, bananas are around 100. Or try banana and pineapple.

Working out is super important too. So I am planning on at the very least taking a walk with my dog every day and running or hiking and strength training at least 3 days a week.

Follow me on Snapchat to see what I am eating and my workouts and send me what your meals and workouts too! We can both benefit from keeping each other accountable and getting some new meal and workout inspiration.

Good Luck!

Cucumber Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing

This is one favorite salads. Which is odd considering the fact that it’s main ingredient is cucumber and just a few years ago I despised cucumbers. But I wanted to like them, so I forced myself to try a little every time they were served and then one day I suddenly liked them. Not only did I like them I couldn’t get enough. I went through a phase where I ate this salad about 3 times a week for about 2-3 months before getting over my obsession. Another reason I was eating so much of this salad was because this happened around the time I got married and I was eating super clean to stay lean to fit my wedding dress/rock my honeymoon bikinis.cucumber salad 2

Cucumbers are a great item to add to your diet especially when trying to loose weight. They are hydrating, full of vitamins and minerals, low in calories, and aid in digestion. This salad has all raw veggies (well, technically, a cucumber is a fruit) and a light dressing made with miso. If you have been following this blog for any length of time you know how obsessed I am with miso and the health benefits it offers including boosting the immune system, aiding digestion, restoring probiotics to the digestive system, and helping to detoxify the body.Cucumber Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing| Glitter It Gold

I have been saying for weeks now that I need to cleanse, I slacked off with my healthy eating around the holidays and although I made a weak effort at getting back on track by cutting out alcohol for the month of January, I haven’t really kicked the bad habits I let take over back in November. I am making a good effort starting now though. Again, no more alcohol, cutting wayyyyy back on sugar, and making a conscious effort to make every meal at least 50% veggies. This salad is going to return to the top of my healthy lunch options list for the next few weeks as hit the reset button on my metabolism and digestive system. But don’t worry, I have been saving up some delicious and indulgent recipes to share with you too so don’t run away. Healthy can also be absolutely delicious- this salad is proof.Cucumber Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing| Glitter It Gold

Try adding more veggies to it like shaved carrot, sweet potato or red cabbage. Or serve with a piece of salmon for a heartier meal. I hope you like this salad as much as I do.

 

Cucumber Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing| Glitter It Gold
Cucumber Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing
Print Recipe
This deliciously refreshing salad of cucumber, radish, and avocado with sesame miso dressing is perfect for a light lunch or side salad.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10
Cucumber Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing| Glitter It Gold
Cucumber Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing
Print Recipe
This deliciously refreshing salad of cucumber, radish, and avocado with sesame miso dressing is perfect for a light lunch or side salad.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10
Ingredients
Salad
Sesame Miso Dressing
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, you may need to add a little more water to get the right consistency.
  2. Partially peel the cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, then slice about 1/4" thick depending on your preference. Remove the stem and root of the radish and slice thinly, or use a peeler. Roughly chop the green onions and finely slice the red onion.
  3. Mix all the cucumber, radish, red onion, and green onion. Toss with dressing. Garnish with avocado and black sesame seeds, serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

If you are packing this for your lunch, make sure to pack the dressing separately because if it sits too long in the dressing the veggies get soggy and the dressing turns watery.

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