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Enjoy the Fourth of July and Stay Stealthy Healthy!

The fourth of July is right around the corner! The perfect time for back yard dining and day drinking. If you’re trying to stay fit but have a serious case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) have no fear! Healthy, delicious, back yard recipes are here! Let’s live free and fit, ‘MERICA!

Start the day off with Patriotic Toast:

Toast with cream cheese, raspberry jam and fruit.

Have your cake and eat it too with Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs!

Easy, and tasty, don’t forget to douse these kabobs in whipped cream!

Heading to a cook out? Make sure you bring a Berry-ca America Cheese and Fruit Platter!

Berries pair well with Cheddars, or Brie’s, while Melon slices pair nicely with crumbly cheeses like feta, or semi dry goat cheese.

Snack your way through the day with some grilled and buttered shrimp kabobs.

This is a great appetizer that can be prepared on the grill with some butter, shrimp and seasoning!

Bring on the Anti-Pasto with these Watermelon, Black Olive and Feta Skewers

This simple recipe includes only putting the ingredients on a stick, and dripping olive oil and herbs of your choice on top. Easy, low carb and delicious.

Make a Declaration of Burger-dependence with this Eggplant Burger

Slice an eggplant to make several “patties” and lay them flat on a paper towel to dry out the patties. Sprinkle a little salt over the patties to enhance the flavor.

Brush eggplant patties with olive oil and put them on the grill.

Slice up some onions and brush them with olive oil and grill to heat up.

You can add a slice of cheese to the eggplant pattie before removing it from the grill. Suggested cheeses are mozzarella, Swiss, or provolone.

Suggested condiments for this burger are guacamole, mayo, or marinara sauce.

Make some room for a festive shroom with these grilled mushrooms with summer veggies:

This is a wicked easy recipe that includes grilling all the veggie your heart desires and adding cheese, olive oil and herbs.

For a step by step recipe check out the full detailed recipe!

All Recipes were found after hours of trolling Pinterest….naturally.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Meal Hacks: A Guide to Easy Clean Favorites

Don’t give up your favorite eats for the sake of eating healthy! Here are some easy food hacks to get you eating cleaner, without giving up your favorites!

1. Zucchini Pasta

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Zucchini has 20 calories per cup versus 175 calories in regular spaghetti. All you need is a Julienne Peeler for about $9:

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All you need to do is peel the zucchini, and separate. You can serve it raw for a nice cold salad or sauté in a pan for a more Italian styled pasta.

For a quick video tutorial check out Fitness Magazines How To Video

2. The Almighty Portabella Mushroom Burger

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Much like a burger, you have all the essentials to satisfy a craving for a burger and none of the fat. 1 giant portabella mushroom cap is 20 calories with zero grams of fat versus 1 beef patty with 270 calories and 21 grams of fat.

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Much like a beef patty, you can grill your portabella mushroom cap on the grill, or in a pan over the stove. You can add cheese or not, but using guacamole instead of mayo and ketchup for this bad boy will create the best burger taste you’ve ever experienced. Onions, tomatoes, and lettuce are essential to pulling the entire dish together.

3.Banana Pancakes!

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Banana Pancakes are by far the easiest of all the recipes. 1 Banana and two egg whites is all you need to make these delicious pancakes. I generally add a teaspoon of baking soda for fluff, cinnamon for fun and walnuts to give it a banana bread taste.

Mush up the banana, mix with the egg whites, add your favorite extras, and prepare stove top griddle style.

For a great topping you can use the classic maple syrup or try some honey to change it up.

4.Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese:

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This is a great option for those who have a serious love of the boxed mac and cheese. At 41 calories per cup of spaghetti squash versus 197 calories per cup of Elbow noodles, you will be able to eat the same amount as one box of mac and cheese without feeling half as guilty!

All you need to do is get the following ingredients:

For the Pasta:

1 Spaghetti Squash

.5 cup of shredded cheese of your choice, Cheddar, Mozzarella, you name it!

Preheat the oven 400F.

Cut the spaghetti squash in halves and scoop out the seeds, spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and place both halves open halves facing up on the cookie sheet.

Bake for 50 Minutes until tender and follow the visual steps below add cheese and enjoy!:

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5. Dark Chocolate Turtles

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http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-chocolate-turtles/

This treat needs no introduction, it satisfies every need.

All you need is to do to make 18 turtles is:

- Melt 4 squares of dark chocolate/unsweetened baker’s chocolate in a sauce pan over the stove making sure to stir continuously.

-Stir in 3 Tablespoons of brown rice syrup (can be found at wholefoods)

-Stir in 1 Tablespoon of honey

-On parchment paper, portion out 6 almonds for each turtle and pour about 2 tsp. over each almond cluster on the parchment paper.

-Refrigerate for 2 hours and enjoy!

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Weekend Thrift Shop Finds!

I’m slowly starting to re-decorate my apartment. For a girl on a budget the best way to re-decorate for me is to hit the local thift shops every weekend in hunt for the perfect piece at the perfect price. here’s what I found this weekend:

TV Stand $24.99

Reading Lamps $12.99

Small accent pieces $4.99

Genuine Leather Throw Pillow $2.99

Beautiful Portrait $1.99

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Why Summer is THE WORST for the working woman

First there’s having to dress yourself in the hottest, tiniest apartment in the city…

This should be fine now that you spent $300 on a tiny portable air conditioner so you’re feeling confident….

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But once you’ve showered and completely filled your apartment with steam from the shower, the only way you’re feeling that A/C is if you stand directly in front of it…..naked

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Well there’s no point in procrastinating you’re just going to have to move very slowly.  So you begin by blow drying your hair…heat, on your scalp…this makes you about 10 degrees hotter than you already were just one miserable moment ago…

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You came from New Hampshire where summer’s were hot…but in a town where your neighbors house was .5 miles away you always had a good breeze in the shade…so what do you wear in this hellacious city known as Boston, you only own long heavy dresses and jeans. So you stare at your closet for 15 minutes…while sweating like a sinner in church.

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Finally you throw together some half assed semi-professional outfit that is like the mullet of outfits, professional on top, going to a jog on the bottom… you look at yourself in the mirror with disgust in what you’ve become..

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So now you’ve left your shitty apartment and are ready to catch the T so that you can ride it for 45 minutes then walk another 10 minutes to your office…knowing that you have a hot, sticky walk ahead of you, the train ride is always just a spectrum of negative emotions that escalate as the train gets closer to my stop

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You hear your stop is next, you get your giant bag full of your crappy lunch which has already melted and step off the train. The best tactic to the walk is to move slowly and try to catch the hot trashy breeze that hits you when the dump truck, public bus or fire trucks pass.

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You’ve finally made it to the office, hair which was once smooth shiny, styled to perfection, now a tangled, sweaty, frizzy ball. Your outfit which seemed so perfect for the day sweaty, sticky and goofy looking. You’re already emotionally drained from the mornings outfit matching catastrophe so you greet your co-workers with a not so subtle face

 

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They all drove to work, because they all still live with their parents in the suburbs, in houses that have central air so they all look fabulous. They have the same reaction when they see my outfit choice, hair situation, sweat problem…..

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And then all day I have to walk around like….

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But on the inside I give so many fucks

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Just a Few Common Feelings as an Entry Level N00b.

With only 1 year into my first ever big girl professional job I think it’s important to take the time to review a couple of first time reactions and feelings that I believe are all experienced by entry level n00bs. 

Trying to follow the in-office terminology and lingo in a meeting with higher- ups:

The response you get when trying to suggest a solution to a problem that you know far superior than what everyone else who’s been there longer is suggesting:

Re-reading an email you just sent to multiple higher-ups and noticing typo’s:

Trying to act smooth and hold any kind of conversation during “social” networking events:

What I do when I send someone an email who is sitting in my direct line of sight:

When I get a vote of confidence from my director in a meeting with people who don’t think I know what I’m talking about:

When I realize that I am no longer a freshman to the working world I’m having but then I remember I have about 40 more years of this….. 

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#BostonMarathon Bombs in My Back Yard

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Tuesday April 16,20132:42 a.m.

      BOSTON, M.A.- I work on Huntington ave. my office is right around the corner from Copley square in Back Bay Boston. I contemplated working from home today because all my friends took the day off to drink and watch the marathon but I felt bad so I went to work which is a 45 minute B-Line subway ride into Hynes Convention center which is on Boylston street where the bomb went off. 

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Libyan President Says Anti-Islam Film Had Nothing to do With U.S. Consulate Attacks.

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Wednesday Sept. 26, 2012   Elyse N. Ryan  9:41 a.m.

LIBYA- The anti-Islam film that has been the cause of protests around the middle east had “nothing to do with” the attack in the Libya that left four Americans dead including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens according to the President of Libya.

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