Soft Shrimp Tacos

My two favorites in one: Shrimp and tacos! This is one of the easiest and nutritious recipes ever! If you love seafood as much as I do, then shrimp on anything is good. But these soft, corn tortilla tacos are to die for.

Ingredients

  1. Soft corn tortillas
  2. Coleslaw (with out dressing)
  3. Avocado cilantro lime yogurt salad dressing
  4. Peeled shrimp
  5. Garlic

Directions

  1. Cook shrimp in a skillet with some garlic
  2. Heat up some corn tortillas in a skillet
  3. Assemble! Take the tortillas and put on a spoonful of coleslaw, a drizzle of avocado cilantro dressing and the shrimp!
  4. EAT

These are so simple yet so delicious and have such a nice crunch! Let me know if you try them!

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

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Dairy Free, Garlic Naan Bread Pizza

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoy yet another random and delicious creation of mine that is super easy, fast, and healthy! Let me know if you recreate it . I will list the instructions and the ingredients I used below!

Ingredients

  1. Naan Bread. I used a roasted garlic one I found at Kroger.
  2. Your favorite pizza sauce!
  3. Lactose free cheese
  4. Mushrooms (or any other toppings)
  5. Parsley and Basil

Directions

  1. Assemble and put in a toaster oven or an actual oven for about 10 min! The only thing about dairy free cheese is that it takes a lot longer to melt so if you want your cheese really melty like I do, you might want to let it sit in the oven for a bit longer.

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I hope you try it! Leave me a comment with any questions or recreation pictures!

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

Backpacking on Cumberland Island, Georgia: What to Bring: Clothing

Clothing 

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When it came to packing for my trip, I was really unsure at what to bring. I knew that the lighter the items were, the lighter my pack would be and the cooler I would feel (as in heat wise…although I did look pretty cool 😉 haha). I also took into consideration a minimalist mindset and failed to prepare for spontaneous weather situations.

I was going to be backpacking for 5 days, leaving on the 6th day so that means I should have packed 6 outfits? WRONG. When you are out in the wilderness with no showers or bathrooms, with 10 other people, it doesn’t really matter what you are wearing or how you smell…therefore the simpler the better.

What I packed:

Tops

  • 1 tank top ( I did not wear)
  • 2 basic, moisture wicking t-shirts; one in black and one in purple
  • 1 log sleeve
  • 1 light pull over long sleeve

Bottoms

  • 1 pair of black leggings
  • 1 pair yoga, flowy elephant pants
  • 1 pair of hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of biking spandex shorts

Shoes

  • 1 pair of hiking sandals
  • 1 pair of waterproof hiking shoes

Undergarments

  • 4 pairs of waterproof hiking socks
  • 1 pair of regular socks (sleep socks)
  • 7 pairs of underwear
  • 2 sports bras

My Advice:

If you decide to do something like this, prepare for unexpected weather. While we were on the island, I was not expecting the weather to go below 60 degrees at night because it was 80 degrees during the day, but boy was I wrong. I got so cold 2 nights out of the trip that I literally had every item of clothing on- including 3 pairs of socks. I did not bring an actual jacket, and that was a big mistake! If you have a light jacket that is also able to keep you warm I would bring it no matter how much room it would take up. It is definitely a necessity.

I would also recommend packing things that you can mix and match. Although, you are in the middle of nowhere and no one is going to care what you are wearing, if you are anything like me, you want to match. I wore my purple shirt one day with the black shorts and then the next day with the green ones, then the black shirt with each pair of shorts. I also slept in the outfit I was going to wear the next day and made sure to change underwear every night. That is one thing you want to have enough of!

 

The wind was also something I had not planned for. On the third day or so, the mainland where we got on the ferry to get on the island was under a tornado warning, so the island got pretty windy. Our tents, bodies, and shoes were filled with sand. I was thankful I had the clothes on that I did because all I had to do was shake myself out (except my hair….I came home with sand in my hair and ears). If I had on denim or cotton, I think the situation could have been much worse!

Luckily it didn’t rain except the first night that we stayed at a campground in Florida, but we were in our tents. I did bring a compressible poncho that I ended up not using but I would still recommend bringing some type of rain gear but definitely not an umbrella. It would just take up unnecessary room and you wouldn’t be able to hold it while holding your trekking poles.

Another final piece of advice would be for shoes. Make sure you break in your hiking shoes before you go if they are new. I hiked only a couple miles in mine before I left and I should have done many more! I ended up with blisters on my toes, although they quickly turned into calluses (which is still not very flattering). I wore my hiking shoes only when hiking. When we went to the various beaches and each new campsite, I gave my feet a break and wore my sandals.

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May peace, love, joy, and gratitude be with you always.

Meat-Free Tacos

These tacos are so delicious, even to meat eaters! They are also super simple, cheap, and only take 10 mins to prepare…if that. They also make good nachos!

What are your favorite taco toppings?

What you’ll need

  1. 1 can of chickpeas
  2. 1 can of black beans
  3. Olive oil
  4. Taco seasoning (a packet or homemade)
  5. Toppings
  6. Taco Shells
  7. Skillet
  8. Mixing bowl
  9. Colander

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Directions

  1. Open the cans of chickpeas and black beans and strain them in a colander in the sink with cold water. Rinse until the water runs clear. Warm water could cause the beans and peas to become mushy!
  2. Place the beans and peas on a flat surface, like a cutting board or a plate, and pat them dry with a paper towel or hand towel.
  3. Once mostly dried, put them into a bowl with a couple table spoons of olive oil and stir until coated.
  4. Add the taco seasoning! Whether you make your own or just buy a packet like I did, you can determine how much you want. I used a whole packet.
  5. Pour the mixture in a skillet on low heat on a lightly greased skillet. Since this is meatless, there is no fat to help it not to stick like ground beef, so we need to add some oil to avoid the taco seasoning from burning and sticking to the skillet.
  6. Cook until it is hot! (about 10 mins)
  7. Assemble!

Toppings and shells that I used

  • Chia seed and white corn tortilla shells
  • Diya dairy free, veggie cheese
  • Tofu sour cream
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet onion salsa
  • Avocado
  • Queso

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

Sweet Morning Oatmeal

Hello! It has been a while since I have gotten the time to post a new recipe on the blog but this one was too good not to share! This oatmeal is the perfect summer breakfast filled with hearty ingredients to keep you full longer. Let me know if you try it out for yourself!

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 cup steel cut oats (I used gluten free ones because that is what I had on hand)
  2. 1 Tbs chia seeds
  3. 5 Strawberries (honestly, use how ever much you want)
  4. 1 Tbs cacao nibs
  5. Handful of chopped, unsalted pecans
  6. 1 Tbs of raw organic maple syrup (try not to use pancake syrup, but if it is all you have on hand then I would use honey or brown sugar!)

Directions

  1.  Put the oatmeal in a bowl with as much water as you like. I don’t like my oats runny so I only put a couple tablespoons.
  2. Stick it in the microwave for 1min-1.5 min, or until your likeness
  3. While it is still warm, stir in the chia seeds. This softens them and makes them not as crunchy.
  4. Add the toppings! Obviously, it doesn’t need to be pretty but it sure is fun. Place the berries, then sprinkle the nuts and cacao nibs and then drizzle the syrup.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

May peace, love, joy, and gratitude be with you always.

5 Days to Self Love: Day #5

Day #5 of Self Love

“What good habits do you want to start adding to your life?”

When I hear the word “habit“, my mind quickly associates it with the word “bad” and the phrases: “She has a bad smoking habit” and “He has a really bad habit of doing that” consume my thoughts and ultimately give me a negative impression of the word. But, are habits really bad?

According to Google, a habit is describe as a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. According to this definition, it sounds like a habit is something we should all want to have; a healthy one at least.

We should strive to develop healthy, meaningful habits. Ones that benefit us, as well as others, and are hard to give up. If you do not chose your habits, they will chose you, so it is better to create the good ones before the bad ones creep up on you. Creating healthy habits can overall help you develop a better sense of your self worth as well as self love.

Maybe you want to start off by making your bed every morning, waking up early, drinking more water or eating healthy. All of those are great habits to add to you life, but can be discouraging when you don’t see the results you were aiming for, or forget. We are all human and we are going to fail, but sometimes stepping out of our comfort zones is where we flourish and thrive the best (not saying those are not out of your comfort zone, but hear me out).

Habits To Add To Your Life To Develop Self Love:

  1. Stop trying to “keep up with the Jones’s”– Develop the habit of becoming your own person. Stop worrying about what other people have and what you do not. Stop comparing yourself to others, for it is just discouraging. Figure out who you are, what you like, what you want out of this life, what your passions are and run with it. Create the habit of being yourself, all the time, every day, for the rest of your life. I promise you will love who you are more and be happier.
  2. Count to 10 before you get angry or upset– Taking a breather before you lash out on someone, or get down on yourself is really beneficial. You would be surprised just how much your perspective can change in 10 seconds. Create the habit of collecting your thoughts, being kind and understanding in times like these.
  3. Write letters and get off the electronics for a while- The world is a very influential place and so is the internet, hence probably while your here right now (hopefully I influence you in the right way). Have a friend that you haven’t seen or talked to in a while? Write them a letter. I know, snail mail, that’s so “old school”, but seriously…who doesn’t like getting mail? Just the thought and time you put into it is so appreciated by the other person and maybe you could rekindle an old flame, or friendship. Sure, Facebook and email might be faster but there is just something about a hand written letter that screams love and  says “I’m thinking about you”. Creating this habit might be the easiest out of all of them, in my opinion, and the most fun. Take a minuet and instead of going through your social media threads and stories, sit down, and just write. Send a letter to someone who is sick, someone you miss, love, or a birthday card.
  4. Tell those around you how much they mean to you– This should be a habit that is truly hard for us to give up. Life is short, we all know that, but how short is it really? No one knows. Today could be your last day, your best friends last day, your moms last day…you just never know the plans that life has for you and your loved ones. I encourage you to never miss the chance to tell those around you how much they mean to you and how much they have impacted your life. Everyday, strive for this. Your heart will be full, the love you will feel will be beyond measure.
  5. Start to pray/pray for others/pray more- If you do not have a relationship with God, you’re missing out. Start to pray for yourself as well as those around. Pray for motivation, to be a good example to others, to have confidence, strength, wisdom, and self love. Create the habit of bearing other peoples’ burdens. Pray for your friends, family, and those who are going through hard times. You never know if your prayer is the one God needs to hear to do what needs to be done. Nothing is too small or too big for God to handle. Maybe you do not pray enough? Make a prayer goal.
  6. Take more pictures- I have a habit of documenting my life through pictures and it makes me happy. I love looking back at the things I have captured and remember fun times, sad times, and awesome adventures. In my opinion, you can never have too many pictures. Its also nice to look back and see what you have been blessed with; family, friends, those who have come and gone for various reasons. It is so uplifting and really makes me feel loved.

Adding some, or all, of these healthy habits will not only benefit your self and the love you feel for yourself, but also those around you. Your quality of life will shoot to the sky, your worries-gone, and the way you will begin to cherish life is amazing. Like I said earlier, we are all human so, we all fail. Habits aren’t created over night, or even in a week, so take your time. Habit developing is not a race.

I hope you decide to create some healthy habits in your life to improve the love you have for yourself as you go about your journey through life.

“Happiness is a habit, cultivate it”

May peace, love, joy, and gratitude be with you always.

5 Days to Self Love: Day #4

Day #4 of Self Love

“What things make you happy to be alive?”

Every day we are determined to take something in our lives for granted. Whether that be a hot shower, comfortable shoes, our soft pillow and blanket that help us sleep at night, or the coffee in the morning that gets us motivated to conquer the hectic day ahead of us. Because we are so use to having those things day in and day out, we can forget how big of a part they play in our lives when we do not have them. When trying to achieve self love, it is important to realize all of your surroundings and figure out what really, truly makes you happy to be alive.

A few examples of things that make me (and should make you) happy to be alive:

1.) My Ability to Move

I  am so grateful that God has blessed me with the abilities I have. My body is able to run, jump, do yoga, ride a bike, hike, swim (not very good), lift weights, even walk. My physical body is something I take for granted and sometimes forget that there are others who maybe do not have those same abilities. It makes me happy knowing that I am able to do those things to keep myself healthy, mentally and physically. It also makes me happy knowing that I am capable to explore the world around me as well as challenge myself to do more!

2.) My Education

As much as it stresses me out, chemistry in particular, I am so happy I can attend a university to learn, study, and have an education. I am always thinking about others in 3rd world countries and remember how fortunate I am to have, as crazy as it sounds, school, as well as the ability to get a good job to then inspire and help others live a happier and healthier life! My education is something that definitely makes me happy to be alive.

3.) My Hope

Having hope that one day I will be with God in eternity makes me happy to be alive. Having hope in others makes me happy to be alive.

The very purpose of our lives is happiness, which is sustained by hope. We have no guarantee about the future, but we exist in the hope of something better. Hope means keeping going, thinking, ‘I can do this.’ It brings inner strength, self-confidence, the ability to do what you do honestly, truthfully and transparently.” – Dalai Lama

100 likes on Instagram, 700+ Facebook friends, and 1,000 retweets on Twitter should not be the things that make you happy to be alive. Living in the here and now, counting your blessings, and the wonderful things that we take for granted should be those things that make us happy to be alive. You do not need money, the newest IPhone, Gucci shoes, or something that someone else has to be happy and live your best life.

I hope you do not take this message the wrong way, for I am not trying to be a “look what I have that you don’t” type of person. We are all blessed in different ways and have different things that make us happy to be alive.

I encourage you to search with in yourself and make a list of the things that make you happy to be alive and put it somewhere you can see it every day to achieve full self love. If you feel down, just look at your list and remember you have been blessed beyond measures and should be happy with what you have.

May peace, love, joy, and gratitude be with you always.