Monday, March 23, 2015

Best Chambray Shirt Ever!

My mediocre Old Navy chambray shirt was a little ill-fitting and stiff, and I found myself always trying it on, and then deciding not to wear it.

I needed a new one!

Enter:  Nordstrom Halogen Chambray Shirt

Halogen Long Sleeve Chambray Shirt - Nordstrom
You guys.

Worth every penny of the $68.
And I totally don't spend that much on tops.

But technically, it is two tops in one (ha!), since you can wear it buttoned up as a shirt, or open as a cardigan over a top or dress.

And this shirt is SOOO SOFT!!  Like buttah'! Oooh, it is so comfy!
Way less of that arm movement restrictiveness that usually comes with button down shirts. I the only one who feels claustrophobic in dress shirts?! Thank god my office is super business casual! ;)  In fact I am wearing this to work today!

And it is the perfect chambray color!
Or, they have a darker medium chambray blue, too.
PLUS, it also comes in eight OTHER colors!! Like mint! and white!
Oh, the possibilities!

Truly. the best.  Go buy one!

Do you have a favorite Chambray shirt brand??

No, this is not sponsored by Nordstrom or the Halogen brand. I WISH!!  I just loove this top! :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Healthy Shamrock (Mint) Shake

So, apparently the McDonald's seasonal Shamrock Shake is a pretty big deal. And you know me, I'm all: "I gotta have it!!" with most limited edition or seasonal items!  But, ...McDonald's.  So, no.
BUT, we can make it ourselves at home! And year round, too!

To make a more authentic shake, it'd just be a vanilla milkshake, so vanilla ice cream and milk, with something green, and mint extract added to it.

For an even healthier version, we are going to use my One Ingredient Healthy Ice Cream recipe of: frozen bananas. When frozen bananas are blended they turn into a creamy soft serve, which is the perfect ice cream replacement for this shake.  We will blend the frozen bananas with some milk (soy, almond, coconut, or dairy all work fine), add some sweetener, mint extract, and a few spinach leaves for a green hue. Stay with me. It's delicious and refreshing! I promise.

This is a perfect St Patrick's Day treat that you don't have to feel guilty about, and that won't make you feel sick afterwards. Win. Win!

Adapted from:Chocolate Covered Katie & Shugary Sweets


2 frozen bananas (I peel and break into pieces, then freeze in a zip top plastic bag)
1/2 - 1 cup milk (I used almond milk) (Depending on how thick you want the shake, and how large your bananas are.)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
Small handful of spinach or kale leaves Maybe 6 spinach leaves
1/8 tsp peppermint extract (Don't over do it. You need just the smallest pour) (or use real mint leaves)


Blend the bananas and milk in a blender for a couple minutes until smooth. Start with 1/2 cup of the milk, and add more if your blender gets stuck, and/or if the mixture is too thick. 
Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed and as green as you like.

Pour into a glass and feel festive.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

15 Naturally Green Festive Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

I try to avoid food coloring these days, and green is an especially easy color to find naturally in foods!
So, what better way to get ready for St. Patrick's Day, than to Round Up some Naturally Green Festive Recipes for St. Patrick's Day!

#1. Always guacamole.

Gimme Some Oven

And how about a cucumber margarita?!

You could make zucchini fritters in the original form or a healthier version.

Spinach Pancakes (You can't taste the spinach!)


Broccoli & Cheese Pizza
Peas & Crayons

Green Mac & Cheese

Avocado Deviled Eggs (So pretty!)

This Mama Cooks

Pistachio Spinach Hummus

The Sweet Escape

Pistachio-Crusted Asparagus with Feta

Joy The Baker

Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Broccoli Pesto

With Style & Grace

Matcha Green Tea White Chocolate Brownies

Bake Something

Matcha Green Tea Roll Cake

Humble Bean

Green Vanilla Cupcakes


Pistachio-Crusted Cheesecake (How gorgeous is this?!)

My Mother's Apron Strings

Hope you make something (naturally) green and festive for St Patrick's Day!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

PB&J Smoothie

I love a good peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich!
This smoothie has the same flavors, which is really nostalgic and satisfying.

Have I told you how much I love my new Vitamix? I love the Vitamix blender!!!!
It blends seeds and greens into a perfectly smooth drink, and it is awesome for making your own nut butters and hummus, too!

PB&J Smoothie


1 cup almond milk (or any milk)
2 heaping Tablespoons peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1 cup frozen strawberries (you can use fresh instead, just add ice, too)

Optional add ins (these add additional nutrients and bulk the smoothie up into a meal):
1 banana (I used a sliced frozen banana)
1 large handful spinach leaves (you can't even taste them! I love adding greens to a smoothie)
2 Tablespoons hemp seeds (these are like chia seeds, and have tons of nutritional value! Read more HERE)

Add all ingredients to blender.  I do the milk first at the bottom, then everything else on top.
Blend, blend, blend!

For another smoothie idea, check out my Green Smoothie!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sweet Potato Nachos

Turns out, something very good comes from Paleo recipes. ;) (teehee. kidding!)

These nachos!

I don't even know if these are technically "Paleo", but no matter.

I made sweet potato "chips", and topped them with ground turkey, cheese, guacamole, and sour cream (or yogurt!).


They were so indulgent and delicious, and felt pretty healthy, too!

Good party or game day food. Or just dinner.

Adapted from: Paleo Grubs and my friend Kristen Miller!


One large sweet potato (try to find one that is about the same width the whole way across)
coconut/olive oil
1/2 lb ground turkey
1/4 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese
siggi's yogurt (or Greek yogurt, or sour cream)

2 avocados
juice of 1/2 a lime


Slice the sweet potato as thin as possible. (If you own a mandolin slicer, you win life right now)
Coat in a light layer of oil, and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes until golden and crispy, flipping once or twice during cooking.
It's a fine line between burning them, and getting them crispy enough.  Just try and see how it goes, and they'll taste great either way :)

Brown and cook the turkey in a bit of oil.  Season with salt and pepper, and cumin or other spices as you like.

Dice the avocado, mash with the salt and pepper, and squeeze in a bit of lime juice. Voila! Guacamole.

Pull the chips from the oven. Assemble around the edge of a large plate in a circle.  Put the ground turkey in the center. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Top with guacamole and yogurt.

Dive in!

Thanks Seester, for being my talented hand model!

Hey! Hands off! (It was really hard to take all these photos before eating these ;)  )

Siggi's Culture Club provided me with coupons for free samples, but I was not compensated and all opinions are my own.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Chicken Enchiladas with Green Sauce { with siggi's yogurt! }

Enchiladas are one of my favorite go-to dishes to make.
Why? Because you can never really screw them up!
Filling. Tortillas. Roll. Sauce. Cheese. Bake.  Boom! Amazing, fool-proof easy dinner!

I like both red and green enchilada sauce, but this week I was feeling the green sauce, and inspired by Haylie Duff's blog!

Plus, I knew I wanted to use the siggi's plain yogurt in place of sour cream!
The siggi's dairy brand is an even tastier sour cream alternative than Greek yogurt, because it is even more creamy! Yum.

Check out my previous post HERE for more details on siggi's yogurt, and to enter to win coupons for two free cups!
**Quickly! Ends Sunday evening!**

Adapted from: Real Girl's Kitchen - Creamy Green Enchees


3 chicken breasts
cumin powder
olive oil

5 tortillas (medium size: corn or flour - I used a corn/wheat blend from Sprout's)
20oz can green enchilada sauce (mild, or medium)
2 containers siggi's plain yogurt
1 cup freshly grated cheddar or monterrey jack cheese
3 Tbsp roughly chopped cilantro
2-3 radishes, sliced thinly, or grated
1 lime - quartered into wedges


Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cumin.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes, until cooked through.   Let cool for 15 minutes
Shred or chop the chicken. You can use your food processor to shred, which is super quick!

Heat a saucepan over medium low.  Add 2 Tbsp of cilantro, and 2 big spoonfuls of  the yogurt.  Stir until combined and slightly warm.
Pour 2/3 of the sauce into a heatproof bowl, and leave the remaining 1/3 in the pan.
To the bowl, add the chicken and 1/2 cup of the grated cheese.  Stir until combined.

Spread a spoonful of the remaining sauce in the bottom of an 8x8 pan.
Fill each tortilla with the chicken mixture, roll up, and place seam side down in the pan.
Once all are rolled up, pour the remaining 1/3 of the sauce over the top and edges of the enchiladas.
Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

Bake the enchiladas at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Top with remaining yogurt, and garnish, if desired, with cilantro, radish and/or a squeeze of lime.

Check out another enchilada recipe of mine HERE

Siggi's Culture Club provided me with coupons for free samples, but I was not compensated and all opinions are my own.