Thank you, thank you for all the kind words on the blog’s new look! It’s still a work in progress but we’re getting there! I also posted my FIRST recipe of 2016 yesterday in case you missed it. 🙂
In the spirit of the New Year and since the blog has just undergone a whole new redesign, I thought it would be fun to kick off the first WIAW of 2016 with a fun survey! There are some new faces around here (hi new readers!) and if you haven’t been here since the beginning (way back in 2010 if you can believe it!), then you might be curious to learn a little bit more about the girl behind Healthy Helper.
Like usual, my pal Allie (sweetest girl you’ll ever meet BTW!) always finds the best surveys from around the web. So I am stealing this from her blog to share with all of you! 🙂
Recipe I’m scare to try: Well I’ve tackled bagels, homemade bread, and fudge, but still on my list? Alfredo sauce (I have something in the works!), soufflés, homemade pasta, and some different homemade pies (something about making crusts intimidates me!).
Favorite family recipe: Love my mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup and White Clam Sauce Pasta! Also, nothing beats my Grandma’s Peanut Butter Pie (I’m thinking I should attempt a healthy version one of these days!).
Household chore I actually enjoy: Putting dishes away, vacuuming, putting laundry away, CUTTING THE LAWN (Does anyone else enjoy this?! It’s one of my favorite summer chores! Ha!)
Before company arrives, I hide: Shoes, cooking utensils, my gym gear…I always leave stuff lying around!
Favorite junk food: Well I’ve been experimenting with eating a lot of different ‘junk’ (I hate to use that term!) foods lately and I am currently really liking donuts! I’ve even tried my hand at making homemade ones…stay tuned for those recipes! 🙂
I’d do anything to avoid: cleaning the bathroom, dusting, falling behind on work.
Good habit: Drinking water ALL DAY and taking deep breaths whenever I feel stressed or anxious.
Bad habit: Using electronics before bed, reading in dim light, not letting myself relax.
Stuff I can’t live without: my parents, podcasts, my iPhone (so sad, but true), coffee,
I’m currently reading: My GRE review book. 🙁 (It will be the death of me!) As for fun reads, I just finished Furiously Happy and plan on starting Mindy Kaling’s book, Why Not Me? soon!
I stay fit by: Moving my body! 😉 Specifically, running, walking, and strength training! Biking too when the streets are clear! It’s my preferred method of transportation.
Personal motto/mantra: I have so many and I feel like they are always changing as I grow and evolve as a person. Currently loving: It’s about the journey, not the destination. I feel like I am on a path to somewhere right now, but I have no idea where it leads. Instead of stressing, I’m choosing to just take one day at a time and learn from the present moment as best I can.
I think I had a new mantra everyday during the Daily Dose of Good Project! 🙂
I wish I could tell my future self to: Learn from my past and use it as a catalyst to make the future even better. Also, TRAVEL MORE.
Etiquette pet peeve: Slow walkers, people who don’t use turn signals, cars who don’t yield to pedestrians/stop at stop signs, leaving dirty dishes on the counter instead of putting them in the sink or dish washer.
Cat/dog/other: One dog, Ella! She’s a yorkie and she’s turning 6 this year. I want to have at least one other dog and a cat when I move out of my parent’s house. Dad’s allergic to cats so that is out of the question right now! We tried to have one a few years back and ended up having to give him up…heart breaking for me.
And now onto the first WIAW of the new year (these eats are from my mom’s birthday last week!)…
Breakfastegg white and feta omelette with spinach//caprese toast with balsamic on the side
green tea mango power bowl with pear, NuZest brown rice protein powder, and vegan protein crunchies
Lunch turkey cabbage salad//tortillas with pepper jack laughing cow and avocado//raw mixed nuts
Snack 2homemade strawberry shortcake pronut (recipe coming soon!)//raw tempeh//white cheddar laughing cow
Dinner & Dessertauthentic Italian pizzas from a local restaurant to celebrate my mom’s birthday: white pizza, one with banana peppers, and a classic pepperoni…all with fresh mozzarella slices a Russian Reindeer…my sister and brother in law’s holiday twist on Moscow Mules 😉 my homemade Reeses Pieces with Homemade Peanut Butter Buttercream Icing (<- click for the icing recipe I used!close up of the deliciousness (I saved the extra to make cookies with!)
Snack 3homemade popcorn//BBQ Quest chips//sliced apple//kefir with cottage cheese, cocoa, and Holiday Cookie Amazing Grass
A few other recent eats…ABBA Paleo Bar (use code HEALTHYHELPER15 for a discount!)//bakewell tart Nakd bar//single serve pudding piehazelnut heart Thunderbird Bar//pumpkin spice RX bar//rhubarb & custard Nakd barEat Me Guilt Free pumpkin spice blondie//maple pecan Simply Protein bar
raw mushroom chips//raw tempeh//spicy black bean diphomemade pb-banana granola (recipe coming soon!) with cashew milk//carrot mango Gem Wraps with lentil dip and greensbaked bean and cabbage salad//raw pumpkin seeds//english muffin pb & j banana peanut butter tortillas//chopped chicken burger salad//wasabi Enlightened Crisps (use code healthyhelper20 for a discount at checkout!)tuna salad//dry roasted edamame//goats milk cream cheese//flatbread crackersstir fried peanut noodles with salmon//purple sweet potatoes//roasted veggiesTVP-feta kale chips//the most PERFECT kabocha//roasted broccolispaghetti squash with tuna and veggies//bagels with cream cheese and tomato//roasted brocolli
How is 2016 going for you so far?
What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this year?
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