Super Bowl Healthy Snacks – Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries

Super Bowl Healthy Snacks – Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries

Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday? WooHOO! I am. This can be a perfect healthy delicious alternative to snack on. Grab my amazing guacamole dip too. These two together are fabulous and make your mouth water. You just may the hit of the party. Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes 4 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil, melted ½ teaspoon chipotle powder (or less to make it less spicy)* 1 tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp onion powder ½ tsp cinnamon 2 tsp coarse sea salt ½ tsp paprika DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut sweet potatoes like French fries. In a large bowl, combine oil and seasonings.  Add sweet potato sticks and toss to coat well.  Arrange sweet potatoes on prepared baking sheets in a single layer, evenly spaced.  Sprinkle with more sea salt. Bake 15 minutes and flip potatoes over. Continue to bake until lightly browned at the edges and slightly crisp about 10-15 minutes.  If you’d like them to be a little more crisp, put the pan under the broiler for 30-45 seconds.  Watch closely so they do not burn. Tips: Cut the sweet potatoes into thin sticks, about 1/4 inch; Soak potatoes in cold water after cutting and pat dry before seasoning. Bake them in one layer and not on top of each other (do not allow them to touch). DIP INTO FRESH HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE Serves 4-6 ENJOY...
Craving Communication

Craving Communication

Fear of rejection and disapproval stifled Sally’s words. She believed “no” meant she was a “no”. Instead of telling her husband, Jim, she was overwhelmed and disheartened she simply stuffed her feelings and stuffed her face allowing fear to dominate. Weeks past and “small talk” ruled. The lack of honest communication lead Jim to believing Sally was not happy, and he began to feel rejected, disrespected, and unappreciated. With every “missing” word the tension between them grew. Sally turned to food and Jim turned to work. The enemy was gusting winds of lies throughout their home and neither was heeding the warning signs. Sally didn’t feel needed so she found delight in a box of chocolates; she didn’t feel understood so she sought comfort in a bag of chips; she was gong crazy with all the change-taking place in her life so she sought stability in the cookies that were always in her cupboard; she was afraid of “no” so she grabbed the “yes’s” in her pantry. Momentary fulfillment. Sally’s physical food choice left her heart starved as if every crumb of truth had been vacuumed up. However, her great need for honest communication with her loved one and ultimately her Lord was still prominent and prevalent. It was precisely woven into every fiber of her being and nothing else could substitute. Is this you? Instead of talking you eat? Instead of truth you chew on lies? Have you stuffed your emotions and your face instead of communicating your heart? What are you afraid of? Lack of communication is one of the slightest ways the enemy can divide a...
Loving Your Body Leads to Loving Your Man

Loving Your Body Leads to Loving Your Man

I dieted most of my life longing to be prettier, skinner, and delighted in. I viewed myself as fat and unlovely no matter what I weighed or how I looked. I have been disgusted and dissatisfied with body parts. I have focused on what I despised and never what was beautiful or functioned flawlessly. I never valued the brilliance of sight, life, and beauty that came through my hazel eyes; I only saw ugliness and deficiency when I looked in the mirror. I never thought about my heart beating perfectly; I only felt it ache. I never appreciated the way my fingers pecked the buttons on the keyboard or held a wooden spoon; I only noticed the food they shoved into my mouth to numb a craving.  I never cherished the way I used my arms to embrace my children; I only noticed the excess fat hanging off when I waved. I was never grateful for my legs carrying me from one place to the next; I only hated the dimples that appeared as I aged. My focus was strictly on appearance and never the gift of the function. I listened to what the world and others said was beautiful, attractive, and sexy instead of what my Creator deemed wonderful and made in His image. As a woman I only nourish the things I love. Therefore, not loving myself leads to lack of caring for myself. Feeling unattractive and unlovely especially towards my husband causes our sexual intimacy to be strained. Once I began seeing myself through the eyes of the LORD and not through the mirror of the world...
Barley & Chicken Stuffed Eggplant Recipe

Barley & Chicken Stuffed Eggplant Recipe

If you are looking for a warm mouth watering easy meal for supper tonight – then here you go.  My Barley & Chicken Stuffed Eggplant is perfect for a cold night coupled with a side of Tomato Basil Soup or small house salad. I love to try new things; this is worth trying. Barely & Chicken Stuffed Eggplant Ingredients: 2 medium Eggplant  2 tbls + 1 tsp grape seed oil 8 oz. ground turkey or chicken 2 medium bell peppers, chopped (yellow or red) ½ cup chopped green onions 1 cup yellow onion, chopped 2 tsp minced garlic ½ cup raw pine nuts 1 can (14 1/2 oz) organic basil diced tomatoes (BPA free) 1 cup Chicken broth 1/2 cup raw pearl barley (or quinoa) 3 cups baby spinach (optional) 4 Tbsp chopped fresh Basil 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese 2 tsp. Curry powder Sea Salt and Pepper to tate Directions: 1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Halve eggplants lengthwise, scoop out flesh with spoon and leave a 1/2 inch thick shell. Coat eggplants with 1 tsp. oil, invert on baking sheet and broil for 12 minutes. When done,  save your outer shell for stuffing. 2. Over medium-high heat, cook chicken, peppers, onion, green onions, garlic, and chopped eggplant in 2tbls of grape seed oil for 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, curry, salt, and pepper, and barley. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 25 minutes or until barley is tender. 3. Stir spinach, pine nuts, and basil into chicken mixture. Heat until spinach is wilted and then spoon into eggplant halves. Sprinkle with cheese and serve...
5 Tips to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions/DREAMS (recipe included)

5 Tips to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions/DREAMS (recipe included)

Every January 1st, 41 percent of Americans resolve to lose weight or get in shape. (More than half have made this same resolution for five years or more!) In fact, health clubs and gyms see an increase in membership of 25% during the first week of January alone! But by January 30th, 95% of resolutions are dropped and most of us quickly go back to our old habits. What can you do to achieve your health and wellness goals this year? Here are 5 Top Tips for turning your dreams into reality this year: Do it “write.” Studies show that the simple act of writing down your intentions helps your mind and body connect and increases your chances of success. Select no more than three resolutions and write them on a piece of paper. Include specifics along with the “why” that you can measure (i.e. I will lose 10 pounds by March 1st. Why? Because I want to feel great in my jeans and confident in my skin; I will have no more than three “free meals” per week. Why? Because I want to have more energy everyday and feel in control. I will healthy family meals together no less than twice a week. Why? Because I want to be able to spend quality time with my kids and make my life count.) Post your resolutions in a visible place — your bathroom mirror or the dashboard of your car, for example, and say them out loud to yourself each day. Plan ahead. Now that you’ve created your resolutions, plan the specific actions you’ll need to take to achieve...