Life is Messy and so is My Kitchen

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Apricot Cashew Energy Bars

Apricot Cashew Energy Bars

So I love to have a snack before I work out but have a hard time figuring out what works for my body. I also really want some sort of energy kick but hate to spend money on 2 coffees per day… whoops. So I […]

Nutty Paleo Granola

Nutty Paleo Granola

Nutty & Delicious & Paleo & Gluten Free Granola I make a lot of granola- mostly because it was the first thing I made my husband when we first started dating and he loves it. I also hide it from him right after I make it […]

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

Chia Seed Jam

Hubs loves jam, jelly, marmalade, really any fruit spread but I have never made it for him. So, when I saw that chia seed jam was a thing… I jumped right on it. This recipe is super easy to make and easy to customize to your preference. Even better, honey is the only sweetener!

 

Chia Seed Jam

 

We have been spreading it on muffins, adding it to our overnight oats and possibly also eating it out of the jar. I used blackberries, raspberries and strawberries for this one but I think it would work well with peaches or apricots too. You could even try it with frozen fruit if you dont have access to fresh.

Chia Seed Jam

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of fruit (you can use any mix you like but make sure it adds up to 3 cups…ish)
  • 2-4 tablespoons of honey
  • juice of half lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Chia Seed Jam

 

Directions:

  • wash fruit and cut any large fruit in to smaller pieces
  • heat a medium saucepan and add fruit to bring out the flavor and make it easy to mash
  • using a spoon or potato masher, mash the fruit as it cooks (the amount you mash depends on how thick or thin you want the jam to be)
  • add the honey and lemon juice and continue to stir for 2-3 minutes
  • add chia seeds, stir and turn off the heat
  • pour in to a jar and let cool before you enjoy

*this should last about 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator

 

Chia Seed Jam


Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

Steamed Boiled Eggs- HB Eggs the Easy Way

Steamed Boiled Eggs- HB Eggs the Easy Way

Ooh Watch Me, Watch Me, Ooh Watch Me Peel   I make a lot of hard boiled eggs. I put them in salad, on toast and eat them as a pre-workout snack because they are easy and portable and delicious. BUT they are always a […]

Freezer Meal Prep

Freezer Meal Prep

What do I need to do to prepare for a baby…? Something I have googled like 25 times already. As we prep for baby, I am thinking about all the things I love that might need a little extra attention once little nugget arrives (read […]

We Made a Human!

We Made a Human!

Coming Soon…

Yup- we sure did. Hubs and I are so excited about this new addition and huge change in our lives! Part of the reason why I decided to move from Balance Bride to This Mess I’m Making is because of baby G or “Nugget” as we affectionately call him or her.

As I was preparing for pregnancy and now that I am pregnant, my goals and focus have changed to accommodate making room in my body, our home and our life for this new little person.

With that has come more messy. More days when I cannot cook a delicious AND pretty dinner that is also nourishing for me and the baby and photograph it in the right lighting and post it at the right time. I have spent the last 4 weeks truly exhausted and sometimes just manage a walk around the block as my exercise and I sleep for 8+ hours every night which means very few early morning workouts here.

 

This is a beautifully confusing time that comes with so many surprises, challenges and thrills and there is so much I want to share with and learn from all of you.

With all that being said, I am still my own person with my own goals and interests so it definitely will not be all about baby. I will continue to share my recipes, photos and experiences and hope that you will continue to be inspired to make a healthy meal even on a tough day.

This shift will be reflected here, in my Instagram and in my real life and I am excited to share this journey with all of you. Any any moms out there who have tips to offer, I am all ears.

What I Learned From Fit Girls Guide

What I Learned From Fit Girls Guide

This week is another beginning to a Fit Girls Guide Group Challenge- 28 days of clean eating, good work outs and a whole lot of inspiration and lady love. Fit Girls Guide has 2 different 28 day programs: the 28Day Jumpstart and the Fitkini Body […]

Brunch Series: Paleo Pancakes

Brunch Series: Paleo Pancakes

Paleo Pancakes: Happy New Year! I love brunch. I love making it, I love sitting down to eat it with a hot cup of coffee at home on a Saturday or Sunday morning. I love it so much that I am starting a brunch series […]

Mindfulness in 10 Minutes a Day

Mindfulness in 10 Minutes a Day

If you pay attention to health and wellness at all, I am sure you have seen that mindfulness is a hot topic especially in the past year. I have been interested in this idea for quite awhile and have talked about making it a part of my daily practice for the same amount of time.

In graduate school, I learned a lot about mindfulness and I even took a whole course at the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA while I was getting my MSW.  I encourage the patients and families I work with to practice mindfulness to help with pain, anxiety and depression. My mom is a big believer in mindfulness as well and has integrated a mindful awareness in to her life to help her chronic pain. But despite being a self-proclaimed believer in mindful meditation, it was not something that was a part of my daily routine.


What I Learned:

The idea of doing something new indefinitely is scary- so, I told myself I would start with 30 days and see how it goes. This is what I learned:

  1. It is difficult to find 10 minutes per day- okay, it really is not at all difficult but it feels like it. It is literally 10 minutes out of 1,440. Its no time at all so how do you find it? Mark it on a calendar, set a reminder, do it right when you wake up so nothing else can get in the way.
  2. I never regret meditation. I liken it to working out- do I always feel like doing it? No! When I do it do I always feel better, accomplished, healthier, etc? Yes!
  3. While I am only meditating for 10 minutes per day, it has created a more mindful approach to daily life for me. That being said, meditation is not magic. It is called a meditation practice because it certainly takes time, dedication and practice. However, adopting a 10 minutes per day approach can lead to a variety of health benefits.
  4. There are so many tools out there to help you!

There are a few really great tools out there to help you get started.

  1. The Headspace App. This app starts with “take 10” which is 10 days of mindfulness practice that help you learn how to meditate, how to be mindful and what the benefits are. They app also has animations that illustrate mindfulness which help it make a whole lot more sense. Lastly, the app lets you set reminders and mindful moments to sneak mindfulness in each day no matter where you are. Mindful
  2. Buddhify. This is mostly what I used during my month of meditation. I love this app because it has meditations for every situation. For someone just starting out who might not love the idea of sitting on a cushion and meditating quietly, this app is perfect. Mindful
  3. MARC– UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center has a list of guided meditations on their website. You can find them here.

  4. Books! I love the Headspace Guide to Meditation by Andy Puddicombe who is also the creator of the app. 

Guided meditation classes. There are many of these available in Los Angeles through Classpass or individual studios. Some include The Den Meditation and Unplug Meditation

I encourage you to try it for a week or month and stick with it as best you can. Look for more posts on mindfulness coming up.

 

Pecan Crusted and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Pecan Crusted and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are my jam- my yam jam I’m Back! Hello- it has been awhile! I was traveling for a few weeks with hubs (recap post to come!) and recovery took longer than expected this time around. Jet lag was rough and I didn’t get […]