Open Faced Veggie Omelet

  This quick breakfast is super easy and there are no tricky flips to making this omelet (unlike regular omelets) because there is NO flipping required! If you are trying to eat clean, this will work for you because this is a great combination of protein and vegetables. I first made this after traveling on a business trip this past fall and all I was wanting when I got home was healthy meals. I went to the store and bought a variety of vegetables not knowing what I was making and ended up with this breakfast omelet and this Hummus Veggie Sandwich with these vegetables.  This recipe is meant to be very simple and you can top it with avocado, shredded cheese, crumbled sausage or your favorite hot sauce–YUM!

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Open Faced Veggie Omelet

Open Faced Veggie Omelet

Ingredients

1/2 tsp. olive oil to grease pan

3 large eggs

1 tsp. milk

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

4 thin slices of red onions

3 thin slices of tomatoes

5 thin slices of bell peppers (any color)

1/4 cup wilted spinach

1/2 tsp. parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until beaten. Add milk, salt and pepper. (the milk will make the eggs fluffier)
  2. Heat a medium frying pan and grease with olive oil. Add eggs and make sure the frying pan is covered with the egg mixture. Swirl the pan with your hand to ensure eggs cover entire pan. Place vegetables on omelet and let cook until set for 4-5 minutes. Cover with a lid and let cook for another 3 minutes to be sure vegetables are softened. Slide omelet onto plate, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/12/open-faced-veggie-omelet/

Noom Review – A Way to Stay Mindful this Holiday Season!

       I recently downloaded the health fitness app “Noom Coach” and I love it.  I have downloaded similar apps like this before and this app by far has been the best and most effective. I feel like I had my own person coach with me every day because my coach named Nancy would check in with me and I would hold myself accountable for being sure I was logging my meals and exercising when I was able to. My coach is a Registered Dietitian–NOT a robot or some automated person behind all this like many health apps out there. She really inspired me to set my goals–I really wasn’t sure what I wanted my goals to be at first. I work full time, so naturally I always have goals to eat healthy and workout as often as I can. I primarily focused on my meals and tried to eat as healthy as I could. Since the holidays are here, there have been tons Christmas cookies and candies floating around my office all day along along!

This is how it works, when you use the Noom app, the data that you put in the app automatically goes to your designated coach. They are very prompt about responding to any questions or help you may have. They start coaching you right away from day 1 and work with you the whole duration of when you decide to use Noom. They give that you little push and support you may need when you need it! My coach was extremely interactive with me and checked in on me daily.

Another great feature of the Noom Coach App is it offers a Healthy Weight Program that can really help you get on track. It is a 16 week program and it provides you with weekly lessons. It provides participants to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through lifestyle intervention. This app will guide you through 16 weeks and in those 16 weeks, it helps participants develop health plans and physical activity habits. The weeks that really interested me are week 3- Nutrition Foundations because it’s so important to fully understand what nutrients our bodies needs everyday to stay healthy. Week 10-Advanced Dietary Recommednations- this is great because Noom has a grocery guide that provides tips for healthier cooking and it also provides recipes for any meal. There are also other aspects such as sleep and stress management that it promotes that can be very beneficial to many people. Changing your body starts by making a change and Noom has you covered by challenging you to get healthy and helping you achieve your health goals.

img_8030 This photo is to show you how my coach motivated me and gave me guidance and encouragement!

img_7991 I love this photo because it encouraged me to eat more fruits after logging my breakfast that day.

img_8029 This is an example of what my food that I logged—it’s great because it really makes you think about what you’re eating and if you are getting all the nutrients you need. It also lets you know how many calories you have consumed and how many more you should have! Noom uses a system called volumetrics, which isn’t solely about the calories that are in a food, but how calorie-dense a food is. For example, green foods (like a salad) doesn’t contain a ton of calories but can fill you up! Red foods (like a slice of cake or a steak, other red proteins) are really high in calories and don’t take up a ton of space in your stomach. Yellow foods are somewhere in the middle. Noom’s food logging really makes you understand a different perspective that can keep you on a healthy track.

img_8028 Another great feature of this app is the recipe page. If you are looking for something fresh and healthy—Noom offers plenty of great recipes.

If you are interested in Noom, click on the link here:
https://ww1.noom.com/programs/health-weight/ex11b/?utm_content=influencer_kathryn

Roasted Garlic Spinach Hummus

This Holiday season has been filled with lots of cookies for me so this healthy treat comes in handy.  I love love  looooove my food processor! Hummus is one of my favorite dips to snack on with crackers or vegetables if I’m really trying to be healthy. I usually always have some stocked in my refrigerator at home. I still ask myself why I continue to buy them when I can easily make it at home!  This recipe came about after I had roasted garlic (it was my first time) and you can find the recipe I used HERE from Simply Recipes.  I wasn’t sure how the garlic would come out. BUT it was amazing just as it smelt like roasting in my oven…Roasting garlic is the easiest things you can make and it’s so versatile. This recipe is a great snack and an excellent way to stay healthy! I also like to drizzle olive oil on the top of my hummus and sprinkle salt and pepper before serving. To store the hummus, cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Check out my other hummus recipes:

Everything Hummus

Spinach Artichoke Hummus

Spicy Garlic Hummus

Chickpea and Black Bean Hummus

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Roasted Garlic Spinach Hummus

10 minutes

Yield: About 8

Roasted Garlic Spinach Hummus

This hummus is extra creamy and has an extra health boost with perfectly roasted garlic and fresh spinach!

Ingredients

1 can of garbanzo beans; drained and rinsed

1 cup of spinach; steamed

2 cloves of roasted garlic

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

the juice of 1 small lemon

Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine garbanzo beans, spinach, roasted garlic olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Pulse in the food processor until smooth; about 3 minutes. Stir every 30 seconds to ensure smoothness and creaminess. Add more olive oil if necessary to get the consistency you desire. Serve and enjoy this delicious healthy snack!

This can last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/12/roasted-garlic-spinach-hummus/

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