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I wanted to share a few things with you all as we enter week 2 of eating clean and changing unhealthy habits to healthy ones!

1. I received an email this morning questioning if I ever post the recipes for all of my food pictures that I post. The answer is yes; but not always.  I love to take pictures of my food and when people ask me for the recipe I either email it to them OR I post recipes on here in the Healthy Foods Column. There is a new one today for Chicken Tortilla Soup that I am going to make this week and will share my reviews 🙂  This was sent to me last week from a fellow challenger 🙂

2. On Saturday, we were out running from basketball game to basketball game.  We stopped at a coffee shop with not enough time to make it home but with time to spare.  I found myself in an unusual situation where I had not packed a snack and was HUNGRY! The coffee shop was full of muffins, cakes, pastries – ummmm, no clean option there!  Then I found this:oatmealScore!  This is the healthiest pre-packaged oatmeal I have ever seen.  Only 4 ingredients, only 4g of sugar and perfect to give me something to go on until after the games. With a little added cinnamon, it was a great snack.  If you find yourself in a similar situation – look around or instead of hitting the drive thru, run into the grocery store.

3. If you are on Facebook, you may have seen me post about my dinner last night – seared ahi tuna and kale that was out of this world good!  The secret to this recipe is in the marinade and the pan! Oh yes, and the fish itself; wild caught ahi tuna.

Unless I am boiling water, I only use a cast iron skillet.  With cast iron, the heat is evenly distributed and you can heat the pan to the perfect temperature to get that ideal “sear.” There truly is a lot to be said about using a “seasoned” pan. If you have one or intend on buying one – never leave it soaking in water, make sure you dry and oil  it after washing. This may seem like some serious maintenance, but it is well worth it!

Here is the marinade I used for the tuna:

  • 1tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/8 cup persian lime olive oil (AMAZING STUFF)
  • 1/8 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 2tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Salt, pepper and a dash or two of red pepper flakes

The tuna marinated for about 45 minutes. Seared for about 1-2 minutes per side. **Side note – if I ate soy, I may have added a bit of soy sauce to this.**

Tip of the day – play around with seasonings! Most people use the same ones for everything – try different ones or buy fresh!

Have a fantastically healthy week!

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