Asian Chicken Wraps

Asian Chicken Wraps

Asian Chicken Wraps Recipe

Create the perfect lunchtime meal! These Asian Chicken Wraps are so yummy, and easy! Satisfy your lunchtime appetite with this great healthy recipe.

Ingredients

For the sauce:

6 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon chili paste
the juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the chicken:

1 tablespoon olive oil or sesame oil
450 grams (1 lb) ground lean chicken
40 grams ( 1/4 cup) lightly salted cashews coarsely chopped
3 green onions thinly sliced
16 lettuce leaves for wrapping
Toppings (optional):
1 carrot shredded or finely sliced(I used a spiralizer)
cilantro finely chopped
lightly salted cashews coarsely chopped

Instructions

Prepare the sauce. Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground chicken and break down any big lumps. Cook, stirring occasionally until the chicken is browned.
Add the cashews and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes, then add the sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Stir in the green onions, remove from heat and scoop the chicken mixture into the lettuce leaves.
Top with chopped cilantro, cashews, and shredded carrot and serve.
Enjoy!

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Asian Chicken Wraps
Create the perfect lunchtime meal! These Asian Chicken Wraps are so yummy, and easy! Satisfy your lunchtime appetite with this great healthy recipe.
Instructions
  1. Prepare the sauce. Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground chicken and break down any big lumps. Cook, stirring occasionally until the chicken is browned.
  3. Add the cashews and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes, then add the sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Stir in the green onions, remove from heat and scoop the chicken mixture into the lettuce leaves.
  4. Top with chopped cilantro, cashews, and shredded carrot and serve.
  5. Enjoy!
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Pineapple Coconut Quinoa

Pineapple Coconut Quinoa

Pineapple Coconut Quinoa Recipe

This healthy Pineapple Coconut Quinoa recipe is perfect for anyone wanting to be more health conscious. We are even using Quinoa instead of regular rice to avoid the extra carbs. You can swap the quinoa for rice if you prefer!

Ingredients

1 cup Quinoa
1/3 cup finely chopped onions
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 cup chopped pineapple
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup Vegetable or Chicken broth
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne, depending on your taste
1/2 tsp Herbamare or slightly less if you use plain sea salt
1.5 cups chopped pineapple
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups fresh finely chopped spinach

Directions

Soak 1 cup of quinoa in water (to remove the bitter coating) while preparing the rest.
Saute onions and coconut oil in a pan
Put the pineapple, coconut milk, and broth into the blender – puree.
Add the liquids to the onions in the pot and bring to simmer.
Strain the cup of quinoa that has been soaking and add it to the pot.
Simmer, lid on, for about 14 minutes.
Remove the lid and let rest for a few minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.
Enjoy!

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Pineapple Coconut Quinoa
This healthy Pineapple Coconut Quinoa recipe is perfect for anyone wanting to be more health conscious. We are even using Quinoa instead of regular rice to avoid the extra carbs.
Instructions
  1. Soak 1 cup of quinoa in water (to remove the bitter coating) while preparing the rest.
  2. Saute onions and coconut oil in a pan
  3. Put the pineapple, coconut milk, and broth into the blender - puree.
  4. Add the liquids to the onions in the pot and bring to simmer.
  5. Strain the cup of quinoa that has been soaking and add it to the pot.
  6. Simmer, lid on, for about 14 minutes.
  7. Remove the lid and let rest for a few minutes.
  8. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.
  9. Enjoy!
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Vision Boards

Vision Boards

Vision Boards

It is almost indisputible that vision boards are a fantastic tool for so many reasons. They help with motivation, they can organize your thoughts, and they can also double as some awesome wall art! Some of you may be wondering what exactly a vision board is. A vision board is a visualization tool which refers to a board of any sort used to build a collage of words and pictures that represent your goals and dreams. They can be bought from a professional supplier or made with cork or poster boards. You can also do a virtual one on your computer or phone!

Whether you believe that or not, we know that visualization works. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance, and Psychology Today reported that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagined (visualized) lifting weights.

So, what’s the big secret to creating a vision board that works? It’s simple: Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to include the material stuff, too. However, the more your board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life.

The great news is that there are many different types of vision boards. Let’s go over some of my favorites!

Types of Vision Boards

As you can see – there are so many types!! There is definitely something for everyone. Think about your goals, your moods, who you are, the space where it will be. Let the creative flow out – don’t force it!

Are you wondering what exactly it takes to make a good vision board? I have 7 simple guidelines when I make mine.

START WITH A MAIN IDEA

You don’t have to make it all look uniform. But, having a general theme or idea makes it go much smoother.

BE POSITIVE

Try to stay away from things that will make you feel badly. This can happen in a few ways. You can set an unrealistic goal and freak out every time you walk by your board. You can put something up that makes you feel badly about who you are right now. Always stay on the positive side!

MAKE IT PERSONAL

Do I really need to explain this one?

USE RESOURCES – PINTEREST IS YOUR FRIEND!

There are so many different resources at your disposal. From websites, to magazines, to your own household! They can help with so much.

WRITE IT OUT IF YOUR STUCK

If you can’t figure out what to put out there start writing down your thoughts. Chances are you bound to stumble on something that is pure gold for you.

INCLUDE ALL TYPES OF GOALS

Don’t pigeonhole yourself. This is meant to represent you as a whole. Unless you have a specific goal in mind (saving money, losing weight, etc.) then include a variety of goals!

DON’T STRESS – THIS IS MEANT AS A GUIDELINE!

The worst thing you can do is get upset and frustrated over it. That will likely block any creative flow you may have. Instead, take a break and come back to it later. Even if that break lasts a long time.

Successful Vision Boards

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Buddha Bowls

Buddha Bowls

Buddha Bowls Recipe

This Buddha Bowl is the kind of dish I can eat over and over and never get sick of. The best part is I feel like I get to eat a lot but the ingredients keep in a nutritious category so no guilt!

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raw cashews
¼ cup water
2 cups Italian parsley
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
pepper to taste
½ cup uncooked Israeli couscous
1 pint cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bunch of Lacinto kale, stems removed

INSTRUCTIONS

Cover the cashews with ½-inch of water and let sit for 1 hour or up to overnight.
Drain and rinse the cashews and add to a food processor along with the parsley, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides once or twice.
Taste and add more lemon juice or salt and pepper as desired.
Bring ¾ cup of water in a small saucepan to a boil.
Add the couscous, stir to combine and remove from the heat.
Let it sit for 7 to 10 minutes.
Fluff the couscous with a fork and set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until all the water has evaporated and they begin to brown.
Set the mushrooms aside and return the skillet to the heat.
Cut the kale into 1-inch pieces, and add to the pan along with a few tablespoons of water.
Season with salt and pepper, cover the skillet and let steam for 3-4 minutes until the kale is wilted and a bright green color.
To serve plate ½ cup of couscous, a quarter of the mushrooms and kale and top with a tablespoon of the pesto.

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Buddha Bowl
This Buddha Bowl is the kind of dish I can eat over and over and never get sick of. The best part is I feel like I get to eat a lot but the ingredients keep in a nutritious category so no guilt!
Servings
Ingredients
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cover the cashews with ½-inch of water and let sit for 1 hour or up to overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the cashews and add to a food processor along with the parsley, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides once or twice.
  4. Taste and add more lemon juice or salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Bring ¾ cup of water in a small saucepan to a boil.
  6. Add the couscous, stir to combine and remove from the heat.
  7. Let it sit for 7 to 10 minutes.
  8. Fluff the couscous with a fork and set aside.
  9. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  10. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until all the water has evaporated and they begin to brown.
  11. Set the mushrooms aside and return the skillet to the heat.
  12. Cut the kale into 1-inch pieces, and add to the pan along with a few tablespoons of water.
  13. Season with salt and pepper, cover the skillet and let steam for 3-4 minutes until the kale is wilted and a bright green color.
  14. To serve plate ½ cup of couscous, a quarter of the mushrooms and kale and top with a tablespoon of the pesto.
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Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa Recipe

This tropical-tasting salsa that packs a tasty punch. Make your Pineapple Salsa it even easier by using pre-cut fresh pineapple. You can also switch out any of the ingredients for a fruit that you prefer. Careful with the cilantro because you don’t want to overpower the other flavors!

Ingredients

1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped purple onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 small jalapeño chile, seeds removed, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Directions

In medium bowl, mix all ingredients. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve

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This tropical-tasting salsa that packs a tasty punch. Make your Pineapple Salsa it even easier by using pre-cut fresh pineapple.
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  1. In medium bowl, mix all ingredients. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve
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Getting to Know Yourself

Getting to Know Yourself

Getting To Know Yourself

“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates

As you live your daily life, you can look for clues to what are essentially the 6 building blocks of YOU. Don’t forget to grab your free VITALS worksheet while you are here!

Why is it important to know yourself?

Getting to know yourself is so important. Especially now. With our busy schedules it might be difficult to find the time to think about who we are, our strengths and weaknesses, our drives and personalities, our habits and values. Besides, many of us just aren’t inclined to spend much time on self-reflection. Even when personal feedback is presented to us, we’re not always open to it, because honest feedback isn’t always flattering. Consequently, many of us have a pretty low level of self-awareness. That’s unfortunate, because self-awareness is an essential first step toward maximizing management skills. Self-awareness can improve our judgment and help us identify opportunities for professional development and personal growth. Here some other quick reasons to get to know yourself:

Happiness. You will be happier when you can express who you are. Expressing your desires, moreover, will make it more likely that you get what you want.

Less Inner Conflict. When your outside actions are in accordance with your inside feelings and values, you will experience less inner conflict.

Better Decision-Making. When you know yourself, you are able to make better choices about everything, from small decisions like which sweater you’ll buy to big decisions like which partner you’ll spend your life with. You’ll have guidelines you can apply to solve life’s varied problems.

Self-Control. When you know yourself, you understand what motivates you to resist bad habits and develop good ones. You’ll have the insight to know which values and goals activate your willpower.

Resistance to Social Pressure. When you are grounded in your values and preferences, you are less likely to say “yes” when you want to say “no.”

Tolerance and Understanding of Others. Your awareness of your own foibles and struggles can help you empathize with others.

Vitality and Pleasure: Being who you truly are helps you feel more alive and makes your experience of life richer, larger, and more exciting.

Now that you understand the WHY, let’s talk about the WHAT. In other words, what are the building blocks of YOU?

To understand your building blocks, there is one word to think about: VITALS

V = Values

“Values”—such as “helping others,” “being creative,” “health,” “financial security,” and so on—are guides to decision-making and motivators for goals. Research shows that just thinking or writing about your values can make it more likely that you take healthy actions, for example. The motivation provided by worthwhile values can also keep you going even when you are tired, as shown in many psychology experiments. If you want to self-motivate, know your values!

I = Interests

“Interests” include your passions, hobbies, and anything that draws your attention over a sustained period of time. To figure out your interests, ask yourself these questions: What do you pay attention to? What are you curious about? What concerns you? The focused mental state of being interested in something makes life vivid and may give you clues to your deepest passions.

Many people have built a career around a deep interest in something. For example, when someone gets hurt so they see a doctor – then they grow up to want to be a doctor because of an experience.

T = Temperament

“Temperament” describes your inborn preferences. Do you restore your energy from being alone (introvert) or from being with people (extrovert)? Are you a planner or go-with-the-flow type of person? Do you make decisions more on the basis of feelings or thoughts and facts? Do you prefer details or Big Ideas? Knowing the answers to temperament questions like these could help you gravitate toward situations in which you could flourish and avoid situations in which you could wilt.

A = Around-the-Clock Activities

The “around-the-clock” category refers to your internal clocks. Are you a morning person or a night person? At what time of day does your energy peak? If you learn this about yourself, you can schedule your day to be at maximum potential.

L = Life Mission and Meaningful Goals

“What have been the most meaningful events of your life?” This was a question I liked to ask when students would see me for career counseling at the community college where I worked. One woman of about 40 got teary-eyed as she tried to answer. “Recently,” she told me, “I’ve found it incredibly meaningful to care for my aging father as he declined and went into hospice. I was able to be there and hold his hand when he died.” As we talked about the difficulties and rewards of her father’s last days, she had an “aha” moment and realized she wanted to become a hospice nurse. (She accomplished her goal and was one of the leaders of her class.)

“What have been the most meaningful events of your life?” You may discover clues to your hidden identity, to your career, and to life satisfaction.

S = Strengths

“Strengths” can include not only abilities, skills, and talents, but also character strengths such as loyalty, respect for others, love of learning, emotional intelligence, fairness, and more. (See here for a list of “Character Strengths”). Knowing your strengths is one of the foundations of self-confidence; not being able to acknowledge your own superpowers could put you on the path to low self-esteem. Become a person who “takes in the good,” listening for compliments and noticing skills that could be clues to your strengths. Example: An acquaintance tells you she loves the soothing sound of your voice. What could you do with that knowledge? Likewise, knowing your weaknesses can help you be honest with yourself (or others) about what you are NOT so good at. You might decide either to work on those weaknesses or try to make them a smaller part of your personal or career life.

Do You, Booboo

Even if you know your “VITAL Signs,” it’s hard to remain true to yourself because you are constantly changing and because society’s values often conflict with your own. I love this quote from fellow habits author Gretchen Rubin:

But there are a few signposts. When you’ve made a discovery about one of your “VITAL Signs,” you’ll feel a sense of excitement. Acting on self-knowledge will give you energy and save you energy. You’ll feel better and stronger because you no longer conform to how you “should” feel, think, or act.

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