Recipe: Noodle Free Chicken Pad Thai

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Ingredients

Peanut Sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth or water
3 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp  crunchy peanut butter
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp  lime juice

Pad Thai
1/2 lb cooked chicken breast
2 tbsp coconut aminos
6 green onions, thinly sliced (white and green parts separated)
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
1 tsp chili sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 cups bean sprouts
Unsalted peanuts, toasted and chopped (optional)
Lime wedges (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Peanut Sauce
1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Set aside.

Pad Thai
2. In another bowl, combine the chicken with the coconut aminos. Refrigerate.
4. In a wok or large skillet over medium ­high heat, soften the white parts of the onions, the garlic and ginger with the chili sauce in the oil.
5. Add the peanut sauce, egg, chicken mixture.
Adjust the seasoning. Add chicken broth, if needed. Sprinkle or mix with the bean sprouts, the green parts of the onions and peanuts. Serve with lime wedges, if desired

 

Source Adaptation: http://bit.ly/2ruihfe

RECIPE: Homemade Italian Dressing

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Ingredients

1 cup grapeseed oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 large garlic clove, pressed
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously until the mixture is thickened and well-combined. Alternatively, combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.
Adapted Source: http://bit.ly/2ook68N

You’re not a bad person- How to get back on track after a slip up

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Blame it on the holidays. Or maybe you just got too darned busy to think about what you were eating. Perhaps you threw caution — and calorie counts — to the wind during a fancy-free vacation or maybe you just relapsed to your old ways.

Whatever the cause, it happened: you went off your diet (maybe even stayed off it for a few days, or a few weeks). It happens to all of us eventually, experts say. The important thing is to stop beating yourself up and jump right back into your healthy eating plan.

Here are 10 tips to help you get back on track:

1. Don’t turn the relapse into a moral issue. You’re not a bad person or destined to be fat just because you slipped up. Think of the setback as a way to develop coping skills.

2. Learn from your experience. If you don’t recognize what led you to fall off the diet wagon, you’ll probably react the same way the next time the situation arises. Write down a list of the situations that trigger you to overeat, and plan an alternative for each. For example, if parties are your downfall, have a healthy snack beforehand to keep your appetite in check.

3. Don’t try to make up for the slip with a punishing regime of diet and exercise. You may lose weight this way, but you’re almost sure to gain it back. This will only set up an unhealthy pattern of gaining and losing, and create anxiety about your relationship with food.

4. Look at the big picture. Realize that weight loss requires a decrease in calories over time, but it doesn’t matter what the exact time period is. So consider your food intake a week or a month at a time instead of every day. Chances are you’ll have good days and bad days, and slipping up once in a while isn’t that big of a deal. You can always make up for it later in the week, or at the next meal.

5. Renew your motivation. Going off your diet is a signal that your motivation has veered off track. So sit down and take stock: When you were following your program, how did you feel? What was motivating you then? Recreating those feelings can help you get your incentive back.

6. Plan ahead to keep hunger at bay. When you let yourself get too hungry, it’s all too easy to overeat. To avoid that, plan nutritious snacks into your day. When you’re away from home, carry a “snack pack” filled with healthy options: things like dried and fresh fruits, baby carrots, nuts, and other healthy options.

7. Don’t deprive yourself. Cutting out all your favorite foods is a sure-fire way to trigger feelings of deprivation that can lead to a binge.

8. Don’t stop moving. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, duck out for a 20-minute walk. Exercise not only helps you burn the extra calories you took in while you were off your plan, but it also relieves boredom and stress that can trigger overeating.

9. Find an “accountability partner.” This can be a fellow dieter, or just a friend or family member who’ll provide encouragement for your efforts. Tell your partner your intentions and goals and check in regularly to help keep you on track.

10. Change your routine. Use starting anew as an opportunity to try a new exercise class — maybe belly dancing — and add some new, healthy foods to your regime (visit your local farmer’s market for inspiration). It will add spark to your routine and keep you from getting bored.

 

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Source: http://wb.md/2n9bd5f

 

So am I a real Blogger?

 

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Sometimes while I’m cruising around the inter-webs for some tasty or informative information it strikes me that I do a lot of cut, paste, re-blog with edits – I always point to sources and I don’t take credit for things where its not due. I mean I do have original ideas and recipes but it still made me ask the question Am I a real blogger?

 

Blog is defined as a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.

So if I’m not pouring my life experiences and heart out with all “original” ideas should I be posting healthy, informative information that could potentially turn people on to proper eating and wellness habits and helping them to make better decisions?

Your darn right I should be.

The reason I started Green Grass Grove was so I could post a variety of information and posts all in once place. A place of reference. I look forward to my mornings when I wake up refreshed and sit with my coffee and look for what I think will be inspirational today. It’s selfishly my therapy, my time and I love the fact that someone else might take anything away from it and if they don’t, what if no one in cyberspace cared? Honestly, It wouldn’t matter. I would continue to do it anyway.But you do care. I would like to take this time as well to thank all my followers and readers. You do add to my daily inspiration and make my day brighter with your comments!

This has all inspired me to keep going on my own journey and striving for healthy choices in life and in all matters not just diet. I am so passionate about it I am in the process of getting proper certification to become a nutritionist with specialization in paleo and raw foods. This will further aid me in the quest to educate and help others make more informed choices. I plan to do a free seminar and workshop at local schools and community center once I am ready to do so.

Ok so back to the question at hand, Am I a real blogger? I believe the answer is a resounding yes.

 

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