Jay’s cool Fruity-Rita’s 

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Jay’s cool Fruity-Rita’s 

A few weeks ago a made a drink for friends. While I do throughly enjoy meeting up after work, hanging out, enjoying the atmosphere sometimes I also enjoy kickin it w/ friends at home & enjoying a cool alcoholic beverage. This drink was inspired by my bff. She made it for me a while back & I decided….I’mma do you one better. Thus, it was on !!! 

Ladies & gents…here’s my take on a Fruity-Rita

Ingredients-

Simply Lemonade w/ Raspberry

Seltzer Water

Tequila (I like the Kirkland brand from Costco)

Costco Margarita mix w/ tequila

Fresh blueberries & strawberries (We bought them earlier, cleaned them well and then froze them)

Ice

Stirrers

Step 1: Wash your glasses and place them in the freezer to get chilled, or rinse them w/ really cold water.


Step 2: Pour 3 shots of Tequila in a cup or pour exactly 3 shots in your shaker…I didn’t bring my shaker lol.

Step 3: Pour a cups worth of Margarita mix for each glass…about 1/2 a cup per glass.


Step 4: Pour in a shot worth of seltzer for each glass.


Step 5: Add a mini handful of frozen berries.


Step 6: Add a few ice cubes to your drink & fruit mixture.


Step 7: Add your juice.

Step 8: Shake your contents vigorously !!!!!


Step 9: Pour !!!! Please pardon my pours…I think. Had a few shots in between 😜

Step 10: Serve with ice, garnish with a mint leaf and enjoy 🍸


Salud 🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸

❤️JayTheFoodie

Veggie quiche !!!!

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Veggie quiche !!!!

After my 3 mile run yesterday (which I try to make a habit) I dashed to my local grocer and bout lots of yummy goodness to make a veggie quiche with. No mess, no fluff & it was super easy. Check it…

Jay’s Veggie Stuffed Quiche-

Ingredients


-1 handful of halved cherry tomatoes

-4 eggs

-2 generous handfuls of spinach and arugala mix

-1 handful of cleaned sliced mushrooms

-1/2 a diced onion

-3/4 cup of reduced fat milk

-1 handful of shredded mozzarella cheese

-1 pie shell ( I opted for a deep dish)

-PAM cooking spray

-1 sprig of organic basil

-Seasonings and spices (sea salt, cracked pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, dried Italian seasoning & crushed red pepper)

Step 1: Crack 4 eggs in a large bowl, preheat your oven to 425 & place your frozen pie shell on a pizza pie pan or cookie sheet on your stove to allow it to thaw just a bit.


Step 2: Pour 3/4 milk in a measuring cup


Step 3: Wash your greens well & shred well with hands tearing into small pieces.


Step 4: Clean and half your tomatoes & mushrooms.


Step 5: Dice your 1/2 an onion




Step 6: Poke holes in your pie crust & spray it with cooking spray like Pam.


Step 7: Add all of your amazing ingredients together.


Step 8: Stir well with a wooden spoon and add your seasonings.


Step 9: Stir again well then give your bowl a thumbs up 👍🏾.


Step 10: Pour your quiche contents carefully into your pie pan and place in the preheated oven for exactly 50 minutes. Be sure to set a timer so you don’t burn it.



Step 11: 50 minutes later unload your brunch goodness !!!

Step 12: Serve and enjoy ! I opted to have mine with some brown sugar bacon…I’ll blog that later 😉

Bon Appetie and enjoy !!!!!!!💁🏽🍴

Hey…leave your comments !!!!! Tell me what you think 💭💭💭💭💭

❤️ #JayTheFoodie

Tea anyone ?

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Tea anyone ?

In addition to drinking a lot of water and I do mean a lot…not just my regularly planned 8 glasses…no I try to drink if not a gallon of water daily (yes, from the time my feet it the floor until I go to bed at night)…a full 8-12 hours to consume a gallon…128 ounces, or if I don’t feel like lugging my gallon container around all day I’ll drink 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water which is currently 77 ounces…that’s (2) of my 32 oz containers and then (1) 16 oz bottle. With as active as I am…exercising in a class 3 times a week in a Circuit Training/Cross-fit class,  and running 2 days a week…so exercising 5 days a week…drinking all that much water really isn’t bad.

But…when I get tired of drinking water, I love drinking tea of all kinds. My favorite tea is  Bigelow Green Tea with Jasmine or Salada Green Tea with Citrus Medley. I can absolutely drink either of these tea’s hot or cold…day or night. The Bigelow  Green Tea with Jasmine is  lightly infused with the delicate aroma of Jasmine flowers.  The Salada Green Tea with Citrus, is an original Antioxidant Decaffeinated Herbal Blend of Eleuthero root, antioxidants C (60mg) and E (5mg) plus vitamin A carefully infused with natural orange, lemon and lime flavors create a powerful blend of taste and “strength”.

They’re both  quite calming, and I opt to drink mine either with no sugar, with added lemon or lime, and if iced I’ll make it at home to accommodate the ‘sweet needs’ of my friends and family by adding a tad of clover honey.

Here are a few of the benefits of drinking tea and green tea in particular…

Green Tea

According to WebMD:

  • Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.

Got a lot going on in your life…try these teas.

Types of tea

Feeling a little ‘under the weather’ think you’re coming down with something…try these teas:

  • Chamomile tea: Its antioxidants may help prevent complications from diabetes, like loss of vision and nerve and kidney damage, and stunt the growth of cancer cells.
  • Echinacea: Often touted as a way to fight the common cold, the research on echinacea has been inconclusive.
  • Hibiscus: A small study found that drinking three cups of hibiscus tea daily loweredblood pressure in people with modestly elevated levels.
  • Rooibos (red tea): A South African herb that is fermented. Although it has flavonoids with cancer-fighting properties, medical studies have been limited.

Here are some other types of tea one can consume if they’re running into any kind of difficulty🙂

Need help tea

For those wanting to kickback over the summer months and enjoy a relaxing cup of Sweet Tea, generally speaking Black Tea is used. Here are a few facts:

  • Black tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke

So now what…you’ve bought all this tea and need to know what to do with it right ? If you’re like me you’ve got canisters, plastic baggies, loose tea and tea bags in a Ziploc freezer bag or in an airtight see through glass container…I have both. With that being said, you got all his tea…now you need to figure out how to brew it. Well…here’s a little advice I stumbled upon…

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If I ever just want to completely chill out, my go to is the Marley Mellow Mood Tea. I came across this at a Caribbean restaurant and absolutely loved it, the Iced Green Tea is light and is reported to aid in relaxation and help give you the clarity of mind to find your inner calm and be full present in the moment. I can drink this tea while I’m meditating or just relaxing with friends. It is a soothing, decaffeinated green tea brewed with a touch of all natural orange blossom honey.

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Its made with all natural ingredients, and is part of their relaxation signature blend

  • Decaffeinated Green Tea
  • Orange Blossom Honey
  • Pure Cane Sugar
  • Triple Filtered Water

The blend includes:

  • Chamomile and Passion Flower which reduces anxiety
  • Hops extract which promotes relaxation
  • Lemon balm which enhances mood, alertness and calmness
  • Valerian Root which promotes relaxation without drowsiness.

Last but certainly not least, if there is the occasional digestive or constipation problem I’d like to suggest my go to…Smooth Move. I stumbled upon this tea when I was very sick and hadn’t used the restroom in a few days (3 or so). I like the Traditional Medicinal brand, but any brand of Senna tea can be used. You have to be careful to use it in moderation. According to the Traditional Medicinal website, ‘Just about everyone experiences constipation occasionally—uncomfortable, embarrassing and a real damper on life. For gentle, overnight relief, we love our senna-based herbal tea.* Used for thousands of years to get your “movement” moving again, senna works by gently stimulating your intestines and aiding your body’s natural elimination process.* Traditionally combined with fennel, coriander and ginger to reduce the potential for unpleasant feelings like cramping,* Smooth Move® is best taken at bedtime. Sip and sleep easy knowing you’ll be right as rain in the morning.”

Smooth Move tea

Because Smooth Move has Sweet and slightly bitter, with citrus-orange and spice notes, I like to make mine with a slice of lemon or lime, absolutely no sugar or sugar additive of any kind or I’ll make the Smooth Move with Peppermint   and its best to steep for 10-15 minutes with a covered top.

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I hope the aforementioned will help you on your tea choices and mellow you out.

Be Blessed

<3JayTheFoodie

 

First timers french toast

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First timers french toast

I don’t usually do breakfast, but I decided I needed to begin. As I’ve been on my health journey I have often read that I really need to fuel by both more so than I have…this means 5-6 meals daily in addition to the water and green tea I drink. I’ll usually have a nice breakfast, a 10am snack, lunch somewhere between 12-1, a 3pm snack and dinner somewhere between 8-9 pm…followed by more water and or tea.

Last week I took a MUCH NEEDED day off work and decided I wanted to make french toast…so I did..and it was good ! No need to go into all the various emotions that go into cooking a great meal…let’s delve into how it really went down !

Thus…Jay’s first try at french toast

Ingredients-

Ingredients

Egg wash

Evaporated milk…1/4 a cup

Eggs (2 0r 3)

A few dashes of nutmeg

A few dashes of ginger

A few dashes of cinnamon

Butter

Fresh fruit

Thick cut Artesan/bread (now of course you can use any type of bread, I opted to use a thicker cut than one’s traditional white, wheat or multi grain.)

Step 1:

Step 1

Mix 2 eggs 1/4 cup of canned milk and nutmeg, cinnamon & ginger in a large bowl…this will be known as your ‘egg wash’.

Step 2:

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Wisk your wash well well.

Step 3:

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Turn frying pan on medium heat and add 2-3 pieces of butter, ensuring your frying pan is coated but that the pan is not too high or hot.

Step 4:

Step 4

Dip your bread in your eggwash and allow to completely saturate on both sides…I did a slow 10 second count on either side.

Step 5:

Step 5

Add bread to hot frying pan and allow to brown well on either side.

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Step 6: Once you’ve allowed your bread to brown well on either side while ensuring it does get dried out, place it on a paper towel lined plate to catch any butter residue.

Step 7

Step 7: Slide your fruit and get ready to plate and devour !

Step 6

Final product

Bon Appetite

<3JayTheFoodie

Beef Stew

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Beef Stew

I had dental surgery the other day and I knew I was gong to need to prepare some soft food to eat. So I decided to make a hearty beef stew w/ a light broth. The meat was very tender and the veggies were not quite mushy…but just soft enough. I seasoned everything so well that salt & pepper didn’t even need to be added once it’s eaten 

It was very easy to prepare and works great to freeze to enjoy at a later time…with a piece of crusty bread, warm butter, and a glass of red wine🙂

Enjoy 👋🏾

Ingredients-

1 package of chuck roast (cut into mini bite sized chunks)

1/2 a stalk of celery made into very small slices

1 handful of carrots cut into very small slices

1 sprig of rosemary

1 sprig of thyme

1 bag of frozen pearl onions

1 handful of mushrooms cut into quarters

Sea salt

Pepper

Garlic powder

Onion salt

A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce

2 cups of beef broth or beef stock

Step 1: Clean and cut your meat into mini chucks and rinse them well through a colander. From there clean your veggies well & prepare for slicing.

  
Step 2: Put your meat in your crockpot/slow cooker. 

 
Step 3: Add your veggies to your meat…both your cut fresh veggies & your pearl onions. 

  
 
  
Step 4: Add your sprigs of fresh rosemary, thyme & seasonings.

   

Step 5: Add your sliced mushrooms & mix well.

    
 
Step 6: Close the top of your crockpot & allow to cook on low for 8 hours. 


Step 9: Once your meal has cooked for 8 hours, remove the top and add 1 cup of beef broth or stock in addition to a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and allow to cook for another :30-:45 on low. Then prepare to serve and enjoy🙂

   
 
As always, take a read…Bon Appetite, try it out & leave a comment or two !

❤️JayTheFoodie

 

Jay’s take on ‘Tasty’s Chicken Thighs’

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Jay’s take on ‘Tasty’s Chicken Thighs’

During Blizzard Jonas my Facebook feed along with many others consisted of a wonderful cooking tidbit called Tasty. I could literally feel the calories and pounds being added to my body as the wonderful masterpieces of food were brought to fruition right before my very eyes.

Thus, I’ve come to the realization that the Internet really does make things look super easy. I figured…I can cook, why not try one of these ‘easy peasy’ recipes. So I found one I could do & added my own twist.

Now, I have to say due to recent dental surgery I haven’t had a chance to taste it yet, but my brother said I did a pretty outstanding job.

So…here’s Jay’s take on Tasty’s Chicken Thighs !

Ingredients- 

4 cleaned chicken thighs

1 handful of mushrooms cleaned & quartered

Black pepper

Himalayan pink salt

1 cup of chicken broth or stock

Garlic powder

Onion powder

1 lemon

Paprika

1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream

Kalamata Olives

Sundried tomatoes

1 jar of artichoke hearts

3 tablespoons of minced garlic

2 generous handfuls of cleaned fresh spinach

Crushed red pepper

1 sprig of thyme

1 tablespoon of butter (salted or unsalted)

2tablespoons of olive oil

Step 1: Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a cast iron frying pan.


Step 2: Season your chicken thighs well on either side.

  

Step 3: Once your oil is hot place the thighs in to brown well on either side.

  
Step 4: In your Dutch oven add your butter & 1 cup of chicken broth or stock.

  

 
Step 5: Add 3 tablespoons of minced garlic to your pot.


Step 6: On medium heat slowly add 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream & stir.


Step 7: Add your sprig of thyme and continue to slowly stir.


Step 8: Slice a lemon in half and squeeze it unto your pot and continue to stir.

  
Step 9: Add your mushrooms and spinach.

  
  

Step 10: Continue to stir and add 2 tablespoons of olives.


Step 11: Add your Sundried tomatoes and artichokes.
  

Step 12: Last but certainly not least add your crushed red pepper for just a little kick🙂

  Step 13: Add your chicken thighs to your Dutch oven.

  

Step 14: Preheat your conventional oven to 400 degrees & allow to cook for 25-30 minutes and place your pot in the oven with the lid slightly cracked.


  Step 15: Remove your dish from the oven and enjoy. The picture in the skillet is Tasty’s chicken and the Dutch oven is my picture…did I nail it or nah ?

Bon Appetite !

❤️ JayTheFoodie

Do your body good #DrinkUp

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Hey guys,

Been gone for a minute but I’m back. Sorry had to take a minute to hit the reset button and re-evaluate a few things but I’m back. I’m slightly changing the direction of these newer posts to reflect the direction I’d like to go in. One of my previous blogs mentioned the usage of coconut oil and its effects on the body, another post referenced digestive health and the usage of kombucha tea. Today’s post will be an obvious one. One that will really make you think the next time you put a bottle or glass of ANYTHING up to those pouty lips of yours…can you guess what it is ? Here are some hints…

  • About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is  covered in it.
  • The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of  it every day.
  • The human body is more than 60% of it our muscles are 75% of it, our bones are about 22%, and last but not least a human can survive for a month or more without eating food, but only a week or so without drinking it…Can you guess what’s so dire to our existence…water !!!

So here some cool reasons to drink water…my fav drink (might I add) not just during the spring and summer months when its hot and your dying of thirst, but year round and ways in which to indulge rather than running to the faucet, water fountain or chugging on the never ending water bottle on your desk or in your cup holder in the car.

Tip 1: If you’re trying to do better with your water intake just think…its mental.

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So many people really dislike drinking water. They say its bland, has no taste or just have no desire to drink it…unless they’re working out and become thirsty. Here’s a thought… try putting a straw in your water and sipping it. Drinking through a straw helps you drink larger amounts in a shorter period of time. In addition, according to my colleague Steven (shout out to Steven) drinking any liquid through a straw adds air to your stomach. As you inhale the water through the straw you’re also adding air to your stomach, in doing sipping through a straw can make your stomach feel fuller.

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Similar to why straws are at most bars that serve our oh so fav martini’s and cocktails. In addition to being used as stirrers, you can also use your straw to sip sip away. After while you’ll notice that that as you begin to intake more  water via your straw as opposed to putting a glass, bottle or cup directly to your mouth…next thing you’ll know you’ll be slurping that bottle down !

Tip 2: Add a lil ‘sumthin extra’ to help it go down.

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I have most recently begun to drink lemon/lime water and I personally absolutely love it. Lemons are loaded with healthy benefits, and particularly, they’re a great vitamin C food source. One cup of fresh lemon juice provides 187 percent of your daily recommended serving of vitamin C — take that, oranges ! Lemon juice also offers up a healthy serving of potassium, magnesium and copper. Here are a few more benefits to drinking lemon water…

  • It aids in digestion and detoxification-Because lemon juice’s atomic structure is similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach, it tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly. Lemon water also helps relieve indigestion or ease an upset stomach.
  • Rejuvenates skin and heals the body-The antioxidants found in vitamin C do double duty in lemon water. They fight damage caused by free radicals, keeping your skin looking fresh. Getting enough vitamin C from your lemon water also keeps the body producing collagen, essential in smoothing out lines in the face.
  • Warm lemon water serves as the perfect ‘good morning drink’, as it aids the digestive system and makes the process of eliminating the waste products from the body easier. It prevents the problem of constipation and diarrhea, by ensuring smooth bowel functions.
  •  The energy a human receives from food comes from the atoms and molecules in your food. A reaction occurs when the positive charged ions from food enter the digestive tract and interact with the negative charged enzymes. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energizing properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.
  •  Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. Studies have shown people who maintain a more alkaline diet, do in fact lose weight faster.

Tip 3: Psych yourself out with a little bubbly.

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In addition to drinking lemon water which is honestly my favorite (shout out to the Bestie for putting me on), I also have incorporated seltzer water to my daily regimen. I too get tired of the ‘same ole same ole’ and I’ve noticed that by drinking carbonated water throughout the day tricks my mind into thinking I’m drinking something else other than plain ole water…probably because of the bubbles.

  • Carbon dioxide gas is added to regular water to form Seltzer water without addition of any minerals. Seltzer water is available as either “plain” or “flavored” varieties. The flavored variety contains natural extracts that do not contain any carbohydrates or calories. Seltzer water is also known by the name sparkling water.
  • When the seal of a Seltzer water bottle is broken, the carbon dioxide gas is released making the characteristic fizzing sound. Seltzer water is quite popular as it is interesting to drink instead of plain water without the addition of any calories. People drink seltzer water on its own; however, some drink it by adding lime or lemon. Seltzer water is an excellent alternative to other sugary carbonated beverages that provide empty calories. Many types of flavored Seltzer waters are also manufactured these days, which contain natural extracts and have no calories.
  • According to a 2002 study published in the “European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.” it was found that drinking carbonated water  vs. drinking non carbonated water aided in constipation. When you’re dealing with constipation, you know to up your intake of foods high in fiber. But getting enough fluids is as important as fiber when it comes to constipation. Fluids, such as carbonated water, help the fiber work better in your gut and make stools normal and regular.

Hope these three tips help as you try to guzzle that water down ! As always, got any health or foodie tips in general..feel free to hit me up. I love getting feedback !

Healthfully yours,

JayTheFoodie<3