Crispy Chili Kale Chips– Snack on this

I was quite skeptical about kale chips, I just couldn’t fathom the thought that they would be any good much less better than “regular chips” Boy, was I wrong.


This simple chip is healthy, crispy, spicy, and hits the spot. So lets get right to it.

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Weekly Grocery Snapshot & The Meals That Were

I’ve been uploading pictures of my weekly groceries  to show what I eat to control/manage my PCOS and be healthy in general. I wanted to take that a step further and show what I do with my groceries. I’m a huge fan and avid follower of food bloggers and this seems like a great way to show my new found love for cooking and experimenting with healthy foods.

Groc week 3

Groceries this week were divided between trips from food4less (Kroger) and Target, affordable but great varieties.

Kroger food list: Bok Choy, spinach, romaine lettuce, cilantro, broccoli, mushrooms, bell peppers, big bag of grapes, bananas, apples, blackberries, eggs, frozen okra, the biggest container of oatmeal, pinto beans, and black beans.

Target: Horizon Milk, sugar snaps, endadme, kashi cookies, rye bread, orzo, mozzarella cheese, and a systema fruit container.

Naturebox: My new subscription for Naturebox came in as well! They provide healthy delicious snacks that I don’t feel guilty about and the best part is that I can customize my box to have the treat I want. My favorite snack for this box was the whole wheat raspberry fig bars. Actual figs and divine tasting; I have two picked out for my next box already!

Click on NatureBox Sign-up through this link and put in SHARE10 to get $10 off (thats 50% off!). Each box contains 5 full sized snack packages and is delivered every month.

Meals that were made this week to take to work : 

Baby Bok Choy Stir-fry: 

boy choy

This amazing dish was dinner and the leftovers lunch at work. It’s a plethora of vegetables that are high in vitamins and minerals, part of the cabbage family, this vegetable contains only 13 calories for 100 grams. It also contains 149% of the daily Vitamin A recommendation.

My stirfry was a simple concoction, I put in some red onion, red and green bell peppers, lima beans, corn, mushrooms, Bok Choy and added some seasoning.

Mix Salad with Grapes: 


This powerhouse salad was a mix of kale, arugula, romaine lettuce, broccoli, carrots, green peppers, and grapes. Topped with a raspberry vinaigrette by Annie’s.

Grilled Mozzarella Sandwich 


Grilled mozzarella cheese with a slice or two of tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. It’s better than any store-bought grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had. I made this to take to work and just heated it for 30 seconds in the microwave and voila!

Really want to spice it up? Add some home made avocado pesto.

Not pictured lunch/dinner: 

Sauteed Spinach Spread – sauteed until wilted with some onion and garlic and spread on toast.

PB&J with banana and a side of apple 

Omelet – 2 egg omelet with onion, green pepper, cilantro, and salt and pepper.

April Week 2 Update

Groc week 2

I love taking pictures of my groceries, I feel like I’m accounted for and its kinda of a mood lifter for me knowing I’m on track. For the second week of April I bought groceries for the first time based on a pre-planned meal plan, and it actually went pretty well. I totaled in at $32 for the week.

I tried Cedar’s hummus for the first time to eat with veggies at work and I was not a fan, at all. I ended up just having the veggies, maybe because it was store bought or because I tried the wrong combo (spinach and artichoke). I’ll probably stick to homemade hummus unless anyone has some recommendations.

The second week of April I went on a trip to Dallas for a health conference for a volunteer program I am participating in. The program centers around University Of Pittsburg’s Health Initiative Program that has adults that are overweight or obese that want to make lifestyle changes to lose weight and learn to make healthy choices. I was approached for the program through my community center since I had managed to lose weight and keep it off and I am a RN. So I went with it, it sounded great, I love talking about health and getting people involved.

The conference was long, some-what informative, but very well put together. This was a program that had been around for 10 years and had significant data that helped patients lose weight, decrease their risk or control many diseases such as diabetes. I could see why, its set up as a community system for people to make life long changes.

Everything was great until they served the food. The first day it was pretty healthy but they kept serving snacks for break 10 minute break (which was scheduled every 1 hour to 1.5). Some how the second day things went down hill, they were serving deep fried burgers with fried buns! Even worse dessert was a baklava.

There were literally no other options for lunch, I was left feeling horribly bloated and disgusted. It was that or eat yogurts all day in my 8 hour conference while freezing in the hotel conference room. All of the people attending were some type of health professionals and obviously some what enthusiastic about health. We were all kinda stunned.I have to say it was organizers fault as they ordered the food and not the presenters for the program since they were invited.

My family in Dallas though amazed at my health transformation since I was in high school, still were very upset when I didn’t eat certain foods. It was such a battle. I came out somewhat successful.  I was never so happy to come home and have some home-made food!

act now pedo

My pedometer had walked 786 steps to arrive to me at the conference! 😉

My Check-in

Post Dallas weekend I stayed at the same weight, thankfully. Post Dallas though I feel  like I’ve lost the little definition I did have in my stomach. Sign.. time to get working on that.

Health and Lifestyle — The App Version

Our diet is the driving force of what keeps us healthy; something that should be exceedingly simple and natural to us has become a complicated maze.  It’s no longer a simple struggle on making the right choices between fast food and good food; today we struggle with a complex array of choices in health foods. We have to ask, is it really healthy? How processed is this? Should we eat organic, if so which foods? The list of questions is endless.

The modern way to fix this? Make apps.  When I went shopping for lifestyle and health apps I found a horrifying trend. On 3/27/13 Dominos was the second most downloaded app in the Lifestyle category and Starbucks at number 4. We debate about how to lower obesity and change our lifestyles so we can live healthier lives. Yet here we are.

After being stunned and side tracked in my quest to find healthier apps I was overwhelmed. So many options! So I narrowed it down to a few that seemed download worthy according to user ratings, trends, and app development.

health apps

1)Fitness pal- a simple way & free way to keep track of your calories and nutrients for the day and add friends to track progress.

2) Sparkpeople-An app and extensive online community to track your goals (weight loss/gain, support groups,food logs, and many others options). They also have forums according to your goals, health condition and state.

3)Loseit- Same concept of food tracking and goals to help lose weight

3) Noom Weight Loss Coach – Tips, tasks and everything you need from a virtual coach to stay healthy

4) Primal Paleo- How live, eat, and exercise the primal way. What I like is that is a easily navigational app and breakdown of primal foods (by season)

Some other apps /gadgets that I thought would be worth a try for PCOS’ers were:

1) Fitbit – This gadget that has taken over the health community with a storm. Tracks sleep, activity, food and progress through apps, gadgets, and personalized reports to lead a healthy lifestyle. Warning: its pricey!

2) Period Tracker—there are lot of options out there but I prefer and use the free version with the flower symbol because honestly I’m horrible otherwise at knowing how many days are in my cycle or remembering when I had my period and for how long.


As of right now I’m registered on Sparkpeople (not as active as I probably should be), Fitnesspal, Period tracker, and recently bought Primal Paleo. Another trend is the simple Instagram by capturing your food choices and following fitness/food bloggers for tips and inspiration.

What do you guys do?

Check-in for first week of April


As of 4/1/2013

My height is 5’1 but then again that hasn’t changed since I was in 5th grade.

Weight: 117.5 pounds

Waist Circumference: ? Can’t find the measuring tape but I am down to a size 0 in jeans

Chest: 34

My waist despite wearing a size 0 has little to no tone and has fat padding in the middle. I can wear the size 0 because I have no hips, at all. While this is not my ideal weight or waist circumference I am proud of myself.   Two years ago my body was hidden behind baggy clothes and most days I ate until I was disgusted with myself. As I mention in my about me I had an array of problems and excuses. When I started the process of nursing school and started to learn more about nutrition, health, and the importance of eating right I started the first steps to my change. I was a 5’1 girl that weighed 148 pounds; I don’t know most of my measurements because I would never let that happen. The trouble was that I knew I was overweight I just didn’t realize how
much. Measurement wise I use to wear a 38DD, shirts sized large or extra-large, and I use to squeeze myself into skin tight jeans in a size 6 in which my stomach popped out over the top.

My achievements:

  • I’ve been successful in eating healthy this week.
  • I’ve made my own Chobani fruit yogurts to cut out the added sugars.
  • Experimented with Quinoa recipes such as quinoa burgers
  • Added tofu into my foods instead of meat
  • Taken lunch to work every day these past two weeks
  • Had breakfast everyday these past two weeks

My Goals:

  • Eat healthy on my trip to Dallas this week—my family there does not believe in diet and I will be stuck in conference for 8 hours a day there. This will be my biggest challenge
  • Work out at least 2-3 times this next week for at least 15 minutes. I’ve cut down on the time just because I will be staying with a family and have a very packed schedule. Maybe I can lift my baby cousin as strength training 😉 … seriously.
  • Relax- My week starts with 9-10 hour work days this week and goes into flying to Dallas to live with my somewhat eccentric family and attend 2 days of very long conferences on health.

Here is a picture of my groceries this week, nice and green.


Anyone that would like to check –in?