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OPA!

Hello everyone!

These photos are from a month or two ago (oops, totally forgot about them) when my parents and I decided to hit up a lovely Greek restaurant in Dartmouth Crossing, Nova Scotia called Ela! It was such a beautiful restaurant with plenty of options on the menu and various choices of Greek dishes and Greek-inspired food. I will definitely have to go back again soon! It was extremely good 🙂

Surprised when they picked me up in this beauty.... I definitely had convertible hair after this ride I can tell ya that!

Surprised when they picked me up in this beauty…. I definitely had convertible hair after this ride… a hat was definitely needed.

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Romper: Marshalls - Hat:  Wal-Mart (Super Cheap!) - Satchel: Spring - Shoes: Wal-Mart (Also very cheap!) - Sunnies: Asos

Romper: Marshalls – Hat: Wal-Mart (Super Cheap!) – Satchel: Spring – Wedges: Wal-Mart (Also very cheap!) – Sunnies: Asos

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For Lunch we started off with an Appy. We had roasted Halloumi cheese with spinach and fennel. I was extremely anxious and excited to try it because I have heard a lot of rave about Halloumi cheese and I can honestly say it DID NOT disappoint me… it was very good! For the main course I HAD to get pasta (fav). The pasta I got was a penne pasta with a cream-wine sauce, chicken, red bell peppers, and Parmesan cheese… one of the best pastas from a restaurant I’ve ever had! Keith got  the haddock, potatoes and veggies… the sauce on the haddock was really good and the potatoes were perfectly roasted with some spices. Mom was the bravest and got an actual Greek dish called Moussaka.. It’s like a lasagna… but Greek! (and she also had Greek salad on the side.) Instead of ground beef, it has lamb in it and a couple different ingredients. I really liked it, it was different. Dessert was a must… The second we all saw Vanilla Bean Cheesecake on the menu we were like YUP! Needless to say we all gained 10 pounds after this meal… oops!

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Thanks for reading!

Charmaine x

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Superfood Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This evening for dinner I had an extreme craving for grilled cheese… but being on a bit of a  health kick I decided to be a little spontaneous and make something a little different: A “Superfood” Grilled Cheese sandwich.

Below are the ingredients I used:

  • Whole Grain Bread (you can use whichever bread you want to really… I just prefer whole grain)
  • Butter
  • Mozzarella Kraft Singles cheese (You can use whichever cheese you would like)
  • Mrs. Dash
  • 1 Whole avocado
  • Kale
  • Mango

I used one leaf from my Kale bunch

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Remove the seed of the avocado and start mashing it with a fork… the consistency you want the avocado to be is up to you… I liked that there were little chunks in it.

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I am going to be completely honest, I actually used 3 slices of cheese, but BELIEVE me.. two is enough.. 3 makes it really gooey (still good).. but extremely gooooey!

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There are several different types of mangoes, I don’t think it would matter what kind you used… (It looks like I took a giant bite of the mango but I actually took this picture of it after I started cutting it… terribly I might add). The amount of mango you use is up to you, I cut about 2/5 of the mango and julienne’d the slices.

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Just a dash of Mrs. Dash is needed 🙂

 

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I started off by buttering the exterior slices of bread, then added the mango, crushed avocado, Mrs. Dash, Kale and then the slices of mozzarella. I cooked the sandwich on medium for a couple minutes until both sides of the bread were toasted nicely.

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and…… VOILA! A “healthy” take on the average Grilled Cheese Sandwich! The mango added a refreshing sweetness to the sandwich.. and although unusual to put on one, it was definitely necessary!

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Hope that you’ll give this a try… I know it’s a little different, but it really is delicious!

Thanks for reading,

Charmaine x

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My Green-ish Smoothie

Every morning when I wake up I make a green smoothie for myself as part of my breakfast. I am obsessed with smoothies, especially ones that are healthy because they are so good for you and they actually taste really good. They are a great addition to a breakfast or a lunch and you get a lot of nutrients from them. Today I am going to share with you the recipe that I use every day!

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What you’ll need:

  1. A magic bullet (of course you can use any type of blender)
  2. 1 banana
  3. About half a cup of unsweetened organic coconut milk
  4. A handful of spinach (kale works too)
  5. 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  6. A cup of vanilla greek yogurt – Protein powder works as well!
  7. A handful of frozen berries
  8. Fill the rest with water

Now seriously, I don’t think it really matters how you put these ingredients in a blender. However, I do find that everything blends better when you put the greens and berries closer to the blade.

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Now I realize the smoothie doesn’t look green right off the bat because the berries and the yogurt make it a light pink color, but as you start drinking it you’ll notice that the color starts to change… very slowly. So yes, it is green! Just doesn’t look so green at first 🙂

Here are the benefits of the ingredients in my smoothie:

  1. Banana – potassium, cholesterol free, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, manganese, fiber, easy to digest
  2. Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk – Low calories, helps fight infection, rich in fibre, contains several vitamins, promotes weight loss, benefits immune system, promotes healthy hair and skin
  3. Spinach – Antioxidants, good for your heart, gastrointestinal health, anti-inflammatory properties, great source of iron, good for your brain
  4. Chia Seeds – Omega 3’s, fiber, antioxidants, minerals, gluten-free, regulates blood sugar, combats diabetes, stronger teeth and bones, phosphorus, good source of protein, fights belly fat, makes you feel full faster, and improves heart health
  5. Greek Yogurt – Excellent source of protein, easy to digest, low in carbohydrates, probiotics, promotes weight management, lowers blood pressure
  6. Frozen Berries – Dietary antioxidants, vitamin C, naturally sweet

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As you can see, the smoothie did change color a bit, right now it’s in the ugly pink-gray transition. Anyways, I hope you found this post a little helpful and useful! Enjoy!

 

Charmaine xx

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