Friday, August 31, 2012

Fab Fit Friday: Sweet Bean and Avocado Salsa

Football is just around the corner and so are the unhealthy foods! Start going through the recipe books and put together some healthy alternatives to take to the tailgating parties, grill outs and the games! Here is a great recipe I came up with for dip, it has TONS of healthy nutrients and super delicious! No one will
know it's healthy! This is also a vegan recipe to kick start my vegan month for September! Tomorrow is the first Iowa Hawkeye game in Chicago and I'll be bringing this to the tailgate with vegan black bean chips! 

  • 3 Large Avocados
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 4 Cups Frozen Sweet Corn
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Green Onion
  • 4 Medium Ripe Tomatoes
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Cans Black Beans
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/8 Tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 Packet Low Sodium Salsa Seasoning 

Drain cans of black beans and add them to the mixing bowl. Defrost corn, drain water and add them with the beans

Chop up tomatoes into little dices and add them to the bowl! 

Make sure to drain the juices from the tomatoes before adding them to the bowl.

Chop up green onion and red onion very finely.

Add the onions to the bowl! Add packet of seasoning, brown sugar, black pepper , garlic salt and vinegar. 
Mix until everything is combined evenly. 

Chop up three avocados into dice sizes and squeeze 1/2 a lime over the top of the avocado
to prevent them from browning. 

Add the avocado to the bowl and mix gradually. Be careful not to smash the avocado!

Can't wait to bring this dish tomorrow! This is also perfect for any Labor Day parties! 

Go Hawkeyes!:)

Store in the refrigerator when not eating. The longer it sits the more flavor it has :)

Taralynn McNitt
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Inspiration Wednesday: Darth Vader

For this Wednesday's post we find inspiration in none other than Darth Vader. Sure for a lot of us Star Wars might seem the least interesting, but today we try to make the perfect and fun Vader inspired outfit. Would you not dare to wear this?

Watch // Ring // Earrings // Boots // Shirt // Skirt // Clutch

Thursday, August 23, 2012

3 Way Thursday: The Taylor Dress

Taylor Dress, $99.90

Have you ever purchased a special occasion dress and thought, "I'm only going to wear it once anyway". Well that is not the case for the Taylor dress. After you have worn this dress for Prom, Homecoming, or even as a Bridesmaid dress you can totally wear it again for a date night, girls night out, or even a day out shopping. Check out 3 ways you can wear this fabulous dress.

Military Chic
1. Military Blazer // 2. Skinny Belt // 3. Black Booties

Flirty and Fun
1. Denim Vest // 2. Black Lace Ups // 3. Gold Watch

Grunge Babe
1. Plaid Top // 2. Black Handbag // 3. Fold over Boots

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fab Fit Friday: Celebration Cake!

It seems like every time I finish one party or celebrate one holiday there is another right around the corner.
Birthdays are always going on, celebrations are always being celebrated and holidays are every month. These events always have one thing in common....CAKE! Cake is sometimes irresistible and screams my name every time I walk by it. It's one of my biggest weaknesses. I'm not sure if it's the flavor or the fact that it is so pretty and colorful! This weekend is one of my closest friends birthday and she wanted a good idea for a "HEALTHY" cake. She is trying to get herself in shape for her wedding and 
has been eating very clean lately.  I did a couple browses and tried to find the healthiest recipes. After looking at
Pinterest (for hours...) I saw a couple different people use pineapple, melon, watermelon and apples as a cake replacement.
I thought this was an amazing idea and especially for the summer heat! This cake was super easy and faster than baking any cake!
It also only cost me around $7.00. This cake is full of protein, nutrients and healthy fats, you cant say that about most celebration cakes!

Here is my own take on the "fruit cake" 

  • 1 Whole Seedless Watermelon - Any size  (For some reason mine had seeds but they were so tiny you couldn't tell)
  • 1 12oz Container Plain Chobani Yogurt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 Packet Truvia
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1 Cup Almonds
  1. Slice the watermelon into thirds cutting off the round bottom and top. (Don't forget to save tops)
  2. Shave your cuts with your knife to make sure they are flat
  3. In your Chobani container mix together yogurt, almond extract, vanilla extract, truvia and pudding mix
  4. Place your watermelon on top of plate or cake stand. Spread yogurt mixture on top of watermelon evenly. You will want to lay it on thick or it will slide off. 
  5. Place almonds around the outside of the cake
  6. Take the tops of your watermelons and make thin slices for cutting out shapes. 
  7. Cute out shapes with small cookie cutters. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

On Trend Tuesday: Ear Cuffs

1. Gold Cross Dangle Ear Cuff // 2. Gold Swag Ear Cuff // 3. Silver Stud Chain Ear Cuff 

Ear cuffs are all the buzz these days. They give you a bold attitude look. Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Fergie are seen rocking the ear cuff. There all kind cuffs now, very elaborate and beyond the imaginable. I remember seeing the John Carter movie earlier this year where their accessories were wildly awesome. I remember the evil guy was wearing one, and I wanted one so bad! The only thing was I didn't know where to get one. So now I can finally get my hands on an ear cuff! I must have. Do you guys consider this a yay or a nay?


Friday, August 10, 2012

Fab Fit Friday: Smooth Operator

This weekend I'm going on a road trip and wont be home until Monday. I have tons of fruit in my house and I don't want it to go bad.
I packed some for the road but also decided to make a breakfast smoothie to use it up. If you find that most of your fruit goes bad before
you eat it, try incorporating more of it into your meals. Add fruit to your salads, oatmeal, snacks or make smoothies. There are lots of fruits
you can still use even if they are going bad, one of my favorites is the banana.

This morning my smoothie had:

  • 1/4 Cup Fat Free Place Chobani Yogurt (You can use any greek yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp of Honey 
  • 1 Packet Truvia
  • 9 Raw Almonds
  • 1/2 Prune Plum
  • 1/4 Large Pear
  • 6 Fresh Cherries Pitted
  • 1 Small Banana 
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 3 Large Ice Cubes (You can use as many as you'd like. The more the thicker)

Blend on high!

And enjoy!!

Smoothies are the perfect breakfast or snack food. They are full of healthy nutrients and can easily be devoured in less than five minutes making them perfect for busy mornings.

Have an amazing weekend!!


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