Sep 30

Skinny, Gluten-Free Mozzarella Sticks

Gluten Free Mozzerella Sticks

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Whenever August and I go out to eat I’m struck by how few gluten-free appetizer options there are available.  Other than chips and salsa I don’t think we’ve ordered an appetizer in over 2 years.  So when I saw this recipe for mozzerella sticks on Pinterest I knew there had to be a way I could sub out both the wheat flour and bread crumbs for something August and I could enjoy on Sunday while watching football.

Skinny, Gluten-Free Mozzerella Stick Ingredients

  • 10 sticks mozzerella string cheese (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup Cornflakes, crushed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup gluten free flour blend (found this at Costco!)

Gluten Free Flour

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon basil
  • salt and pepper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cut 10 sticks of string cheese in half, giving you 20 cheese sticks.

3. Place the cup of cornflakes into a plastic sandwich bag and crush.

Cornflakes

4.  Add parsley, basil, plus salt and pepper to the cornflakes.

5.  In a small bowl whisk eggs together and assemble individual bowls of flour, eggs, and cornflake mixture.

Mozzarella Stick Steps

6. Roll each cheese stick in flour; enough to get a thin coat.

Cheese Sticks in flour

7. Dip each cheese stick in the eggs, roll in the cornflake mixture, and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Baking Cheese Sticks 2

8. Bake for 3 minutes, flip cheese sticks, and cook for 3 more minutes but watch them closely to make sure they don’t melt.

Gluten Free Cheese Sticks

I’d suggest eating them shortly after they come out of the oven in order to get them at their gooiest prime.

August Eating

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Sep 27

NatureBox Review

Lately I have been all about the subscription boxes.  It started with Stitch Fix, then Bark Box, and now I’ve succumbed to Nature Box.

A couple months ago August sent me the link to Nature Box saying that he thought it might be something we’d be interested in.  I checked it out but for whatever reason just wasn’t feeling it that day so I didn’t sign up.  Well, fast forward a few weeks and wouldn’t you know that Ruelala had a deal for 50% off one Nature Box.  I figured for $10 it wouldn’t hurt to try it out.

Nature Box

Last week our Nature Box arrived and I’ve honestly been pleasantly surprised.  We received 5 bags worth of healthy snacks and it’s only been one week and nearly half of them are already gone, they were that good.

Nature Box Snacks

In order from my least to most favorite:

#5 Lemon Tea Biscuits – It’s not that these were particularly bad, it’s just that when I eat a cookie, I want it to be a true cookie.  You know what I mean, one that’s sweet and preferably oozing with chocolate chips, and these just weren’t that.  But as the name says, these might go well with tea.  I wouldn’t know though because I don’t drink tea.

Lemon Tea Biscuits Nature Box

#4 Big Island Pineapple – Again, these weren’t bad, I just prefer real fruit over the dried stuff and August doesn’t eat pineapple.

Dried Pineapple-NatureBox

#3 Garden Tomato Almonds – Only reason these rank as #3 is because I only got to try one as August snatched them all up to take to work.  Since he ate them so quickly, I assume they were quite tasty. :)

Garden Tomato Almonds

#2 Country Ranch Sunflower Kernels – August and I both really like sunflower seeds so these were a big hit.  The ranch flavor isn’t overpowering and these make for a quick snack right when I walk in the door after work.

Ranch Sunflower Kernels

  Country Ranch Sunflower Kernels-Nature Box

#1 Whole Wheat Blueberry Figgy Bars – These were the best snack by far.  There were 5 individually wrapped bars in the bag and they were seriously awesome.  One bar was the ideal amount to hold off the hunger but not leave you feeling too full.  If I could get 5 bags of these in my next Nature Box I would, sadly they aren’t gluten-free so I wouldn’t be able to share.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Figgy Bars

So, the pros for NatureBox:

-It’s convenient.  No wasting time at the grocery store searching for healthy snacks.

-The majority of the items were really good, especially those fig bars.

-You have the option to choose which snacks you’d like to receive each month.

-The price is definitely right if you have a coupon or promo code (like this one for 50% off!).

And the cons:

-They don’t explicitly say that one box should last the month, but there’s absolutely no way that this box would last August and I 4 weeks.  It’s only been one week and it’s over half gone.

-Not sure it’s worth the normal, full price of $20.

So the most important question, would we buy it again?  Yes!  We’re set to receive a 2nd box in October and I’ve already chosen the 5 snacks we want to receive, including another bag of those figgy bars. ;)

If you’re interested in signing up click here for 50% off your first box!

 

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Sep 26

Healthy Living Survey

I saw this floating around a while ago, can’t even remember where I got it from but surveys are always fun!

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

Honey nut cheerios.  I’ve been on a serious cereal kick lately.

2.  How much water do you drink a day?

I try to drink 2 nalgenes worth of water (64 oz) every day at work plus about 3 glasses in the evening, so we’ll say about 80 oz worth.

Nalgene

3. What is your current favorite workout?

Dog walking.  Even though it’s nearly October the temperatures here in south Texas are still topping out in the upper 90′s which I deem too hot for anything but walking.  Hopefully as the temperature drops we’ll switch out walking for running.

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

Probably about 1,700-1,800 but I honestly don’t know.  Counting calories is mentally unhealthy for me so I don’t do it.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

We just got out first NatureBox and the blueberry figgy bars are seriously awesome!  Definitely my new favorite snack!

Blueberry Figgy Bars

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

Lately we’ve been making up a big batch of black beans and brown rice on Sunday afternoons and mixing that with a little corn to take for lunch each day.  It’s easy, super cheap, and pretty healthy.

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

None, ha!  I really don’t like strength training but if I had to pick one body part I guess it’d be arms.

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

Legs, no question.  Other than the occasional squats or lunges I never do leg strength training.  I should probably start though given the issues I’ve had with my hips while running.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

Anything salty.  As soon as I walk in the door after work I immediately go right for the tortilla chips.  It’s definitely a habit I need to work on.

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

No, but I should.  I know it wouldn’t hurt for me to be getting more iron and calcium.

11. How often do you eat out?

A month ago the answer to this would have been 2-3 times a week but thankfully August and I have been making a real effort to eat in more often.  Right now it’s usually once a week though we had one week where we didn’t eat out at all!  Definitely a first for us.

12. Do you eat fast food?

If Chipotle is considered fast food, then yes.

Chipotle

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

August.  He never complains when I try making new recipes and he even discovered one of his favorite veggies is brussel sprouts!

14. Do you have a gym membership?

Yes, but it’s currently sorely under-used.  Can’t even remember the last time I went.

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

A lot!  August says he’s never met anyone who needs and gets as much sleep as me.  I usually go to bed around 9-9:30 pm (unless I fall asleep at 8:30 watching TV) and get up at 6 am.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day?

No.  If I’m really craving something then I’ll eat it.  Lately I’ve tried extra hard to make well-rounded meals and sometimes “well-rounded” happens to mean chips and ice cream. :)

17. Do you drink alcohol?

With the whole gluten-free thing we don’t have a lot of options as far as alcohol goes so we don’t drink much.  But when we do it’s almost always Wood Chuck.

WoodChuck

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

Yes, if dogs count. :)  No, if we’re referring to humans only.  I consider my workout time “me time”.

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

I’m a much nicer and happier person when I’m regularly exercising and making an effort to eat healthier.  It really makes such a mental and emotional difference for me.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

Took the dogs on a quick 2 mile walk last night.

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Sep 25

Wedding Wednesday- Pinterest Finds

Now that wedding planning is in full swing (I bought my dress last weekend!) I’ve been spending a lot of time perusing Pinterest.  I know some brides feel overwhelmed by the abundance of ideas to be found there but for me, someone who doesn’t have a creative bone in my body, it’s been really helpful.  And I have a sneaking suspicion that by the time all is said and done, nearly my entire wedding might be inspired by something I saw there.  Here are a few of my favorite finds and the ones most likely to be incorporated on my big day.

Using babies breath for the ceremony.  I love the simplicity and the buckets serve a dual purpose of holding the flowers and also clearly lining the aisle.

Babies Breath

Wearing Toms as my wedding-day shoes.  I’m not a high heels wearer; as in I can’t stand wearing them even if it’s just for an hour or two, and I’d hate to be so distracted by the pain coming from my feet during the ceremony that I can’t take in the moment.  I’m sure some people hate Toms and think they’re horribly ugly but comfort>style even on my wedding day.  And they could serve as my “something blue”. :)

Wedding Toms

Bright, bold flowers.  Every time I look through bouquet examples I get more confused about what I like.  Initially I wanted bouquets of only sunflowers and centerpieces with wild flowers.  But every time I see pictures of multi-colored, bright bouquets I can’t help but think how beautiful they look.  Decisions, decisions.

Multicolor flowers

Having the groomsmen wear something other than a standard tuxedo.  Weather permitting, our ceremony will be outside in June, meaning it has potential to be quite warm.  I like the vest-only look but is it bad wedding etiquette if the guests are dressed more formally than the wedding party?

Groomsmen Attire

A non-traditional wedding program.  I personally find traditional programs to be a bit of a waste and I love the look of this one.  I think it’d be even better if it included little tidbits about each bridesmaid and groomsmen.

Non-traditional wedding program

Re-purposing wine corks.  Given that my wedding will be in Kentucky and I live in Texas, there aren’t going to be a whole lot of things I can DIY, but I really want to make an effort with a few things.  August and I don’t drink much wine (or any alcohol for that matter) but I’m sure we can ask a few friends to save up their wine corks so we can re-purpose them.

Wine Cork Name Holders

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