Tropical Tuna Bowl

I was a little bit inspired by a seared ahi tuna sushi bowl by PaleOMG to create this. I didn't have sushi grade tuna and some of the other ingredients she uses, but I did have regular tuna and some of those small yellow mangos (which are the best btw, don't buy the big ones). They only come into season for a short time and I buy as many as we'll eat while they're around. So, here we have a tropical tuna bowl, which is high protein, low carb, and super tasty.

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Ingredients for two servings

1. 2 frozen tuna steaks, the pink ones in the bag in the freezer
2. 1 avocado
3. 1 small yellow mango
4. 1 head of cauliflower, riced
5. Your favorite green salsa
6. 2 scallions
7. Cilantro
8. 1 lime
9. Sriracha, Franks, or your fave hot sauce
10. Salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne

Directions

1. Rice your cauliflower in a food processor, put it in a microwave safe bowl to steam while you do some other things.
2. Heat a pan to medium-high heat with a tablespoon or two of coconut oil
3. Take your frozen tuna steaks out of the packaging, rinse them, and season liberally with the spices.
4. When your pan is hot, put the tuna steaks on and let them sizzle on one side while you...
5. Chop your mango, avocado, scallions, and cilantro. The yellow mangos are easier to cut than the green ones, and all you have to do is stand the mango up, and slice close to the middle down one side of the mango. Take that piece and cut it into narrow strips, maybe 1/2 inch wide, then cut across that slice but not through the skin to make cubes. Now run your knife between the skin and the flesh. Repeat for the other side of the mango and the remove any remaining skin and trim or eat what you can from the pit. 
6. After a couple minutes, flip the steaks and turn the heat down a little. I like my mine medium rare, so if they're frozen, a few minutes on each side so they're browned on the outside makes them perfect.
7. When all your things are ready, spoon cauliflower rice into two bowls, top with the tuna steak, and all your toppings to your liking.
8. And DO NOT FORGET the squeeze of lime! A little lime zest would be amazing too! I always forget the lime until we're halfway through with our bowls. 

Enjoy!

I usually cook a few extra veggies as a side for this dish because it is low cal. Recently we've been loving parsnip fries. Just peel and chop a few parsnips into strips, toss with oil and fresh herbs (parsley, chives, and sage or thyme are my faves), salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and bake at 405 till they're browned while you're cooking the rest of your meal. I like to throw more fresh herbs and a drizzle of oil on when they're done baking for extra flavor. So good!

Reaching Your Goals

The call of quick-fix crash diets and crazy juice cleanses was loud and alluring. A siren song after a season of bodily tumult. It's March. Are you still on the bandwagon? I'm not. Oops. But since it's mid-March, I'm feeling the pressure to go into health overdrive. Gotta get dem abs back. Gotta join the latest greatest fastest workout program and recipe guide! Right?

Well, let's burst that bubble a little bit. One day of a juice cleanse, one week of clean eating, or 13/30 days of the latest 30-day shred workout isn’t going to make any lasting impact on the softness that cropped up sometime between Nov. 24 and Jan. 1. Not to mention that recent weekend you spent with friends eating candy and cheese and too much alcohol in the mountains. Just me? Ok. 

Well, I'm getting back on the wagon and I want something that will give me results. Don't you? Blitzes aren't going to do it.

You know what will?

Consistency.

Patience.

Consistency.

Intent to actually improve your health.

Consistency.

Real food.

Hard workouts.

What does that mean though? It’s different for every person. Which means it’s up to you to determine how you can achieve consistency in the life you lead. Maybe that means getting in 3, 30 minute workouts a week. Maybe it’s 5. Maybe it means eating one less meal out per week. Or picking one day to plan and grocery shop and one day to prep. Maybe it means asking your significant other or family to help you, like really help you – assist with grocery shopping or planning meals, joining you for a family workout, or simply do more active things together.

Your first task: Think about your day to day, week to week schedule. How many 30-60 minute workouts could you reasonably fit in? Do you have time to meal prep (is there anything you can stop doing to allow this practice to fit in?)? Write. It. Down. Put it on your calendar. Tell your family or roommate your plans. You can’t jump into a 30-day shred program, thinking you’ll workout every day, if it really won’t fit in with your schedule. Be REASONABLE. This is the KEY to consistency.

What does it look like?

~In my experience, meal planning takes 1-2 hours, depending on how many new recipes I want to find.

~Grocery shopping can easily take 2+ hours.

~Meal prepping can take 1-4 hours depending on how crazy you get.

*I’m going to share some easy meals that you can prep that will be on the low end of this in a forthcoming blog post.

~You’ll need some food storage containers.

~Workouts should be 30-60 minutes, not including driving time, but sometimes 15 minute workouts in your socks and pjs are just fine.

~For the biggest impact, your meals should be plainly cooked protein, a heaping pile of green veggies, and a starchy veggie. You do need snacks, aim for high protein, low sugar, a little fat.

~Belief in your heart that putting your health first is what you want, and that steady, consistent effort will be the best for you in the long run. And maybe even by doing so, you’ll discover the body you’ve always wanted.

Fitness Vacations: Would You?

We got back from Sanibel Island on Sunday and it rained for the next three days. So I can't help but dream of my next vacation to pleasanter weather. 

One thing I'd absolutely love to try is an active, fitness-focused getaway! We usually stay quite active when we vacation, whether that means hiking or surfing, horseback riding, running, or hitting the gym. It makes us feel good and gives us more wiggle room to enjoy some cocktails or desserts. 

But I think it would be totally fun to have a whole vacation focused on fitness with like-minded people! So here are the ones I've been eyeing, they look so fun! Take a look and tell me, would you ever take an active vacation?

Active Escapes -->

AE goes to amazing resorts in Bali and the Maldives for a week of group fitness and activity challenges. They do everything from surfing, to pilates, to horseback riding, to ropes courses, to running. The accommodations are 5 star, breakfast and dinner are provided daily, as well as transportation and two daily training sessions. Other fun activities are available at an extra cost. For the week: $3600-$4790. LEARN MORE HERE.

 
 

<-- Bikini Bootcamp 

Bikini Bootcamp is a weeklong, organized fitness retreat in Tulum. They have structured days, which include journaling, meals, training sessions, spa time, cultural sessions and artistic endeavors. This would make for the most amazing girls trip. For the week: $2250-$3950. LEARN MORE HERE.

Escape to Shape -->

Escape to Shape is an adventurous, exploratory week to a destination that is perhaps outside of your comfort zone. Destinations include Atacama, Chile; Marrakech, Morocco; Galle, Sri Lanka; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and more. Each experience includes regional and cultural learning experiences, plush accommodations, daily yoga, cardio and circuit sessions, meals, and outdoor activities and sight-seeing. For the week: $3200-5000. LEARN MORE HERE.

So what piques your interest? Where would you go and what would you love to do on an active getaway? I would go in heartbeat to any of these cool retreats.

Moroccan Meatbals

So I just finished making one of my favorite recipes of all time. It's a meatball recipe that is loaded with flavor and perfect for people who: are on a paleo diet, like meat, need an appetizer, want to build muscle (hello bikini bod!), want to impress their husband/friends/boyfriend/parents/neighbors... It's perfect for everything basically.

Behold: Moroccan Meatballs!

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Full disclosure, the recipe was adapted from theclothesmakethegirl.com

Ingredients

Meatballs:
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ras al hanout spice mix (recipe below)
2 pounds ground beef (or lamb if you like lamb)

Sauce:
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 medium onions, diced 
2 garlic cloves, crushed (about 2 teaspoons)
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ras al hanout mix (recipe below)
2 cups diced tomatoes
1 1/2 - 2.5 cups water
2/3 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
garnish: 1/4 cup roasted pistachios, chopped

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet or pot. Add the onion and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and spices, saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan and stir about 1 minute. Add the water, tomato paste, and parsley, mixing to dissolve the tomato paste.
2. Bring the sauce to a simmer while you prepare the meatballs. 
3.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the parsley and spices. With your hands, crumble the lamb into the bowl and knead until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
4. As you roll meatballs, approximately a tablespoon per meatball, drop them into the sauce.
5. When all the meatballs are in the sauce, cook on medium for about 30 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are done.

Serve over rice, "cauliflower rice", pasta or spaghetti squash, and sprinkle each serving with a few teaspoons of chopped pistachios and fresh parsley. Or enjoy them by themselves as an appetizer!

Ras Al Hanout Spice Blend

2 (level) teaspoons salt
2 (heaping) teaspoons cumin
2 (level) teaspoons ginger
2 (conservative) teaspoons black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 (slightly rounded) teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon paprika (smoked or sweet)
optional: 1 teaspoon saffron threads (I never use this)

Hope you enjoy!

Getting A "Bikini Body": Skincare!

Skincare! It seems so simple - keep it clean, moisturize - but depending on your skin type, it can get really complicated! Thankfully, summer makes everyone's skin a little better. The sun, humidity, and fresher food gives you a nice glow and it helps clear acne. But even girls with "perfect" skin have a skin care regimen they follow. So here are my tested skincare tips to help you get your skin looking at luscious as Natasha Oakley's...

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I'm going to start with the hardest tips, the ones I've tested and found to be true.

1. Reduce your sugar intake! This makes a huge difference for me in terms of acne, clearness, and vibrancy of my skin. I discovered this while doing a Whole30 and every time I make the effort to reduce or cut out sugar intake, my skin clears up. I haven't been eating well lately, and that's why you aren't seeing my face up there.

2. Reduce dairy and soy intake. This may or may not work for you. Dairy can fuel inflammation, and soy can mimic estrogen, both things that can exacerbate acne. 

3. Try out a different face-washing routine. When I was Nicaragua, I discovered that my skin looooved the humidity and only being washed once a day. I washed at night to remove any grime or makeup, and didn't wash in the morning. It might seem weird at first, and may be tricky to remember if you shower in the morning, but your skin might be more sensitive (and less oily) than you think. Over-washing can stimulate extra oil production redness, and/or dullness. 

4. Make the switch to all natural products. There are some amazing products out there that your skin will love that don't include harsh chemicals. Again, everyone's skin is different, and if you try switching products, give it at least 3 weeks before you decide whether it helps or not. I'll share some of my favorite products below.

5. Exfoliate. Exfoliate everything! Use a gentle exfoliator on your face - even baking soda or sugar will work - and massage it gently a couple times a week, or when you feel you need to. Use a thicker, coarser exfoliator on your body several times a week. Focus on your elbows, knees, ankles, butt and thighs, and even your underarms and bikini line (but be a little gentler on these areas). Regularly exfoliating your body will keep your skin feeling silky smooth.

6. Moisturize! Find an all natural moisturizer for your body. I really love Burt's Bees, and coconut oil and jojoba oil are amazing, too. Using an all natural moisturizer will be absorbed into the skin way more effectively (and is way less harmful) than a product packed full of chemicals. 

7. Use sunscreen. I have yet to find a natural sunscreen I feel happy using day-to-day, but for long-term health, it really is important. I've heard many good things about Coola, Sunology, SuperGoop (not technically "all natural"), and Kiss My Face. Another one is Badger Balm, anyone hear of it? Among the natural sunscreens, I've tried 3rd Rock Sunblock (I've met the founder and I love the story and philosophy behind their brand) and Safe Harbor. These two brands both felt kind of sticky. Safe Harbor was harder to rub in. 

Here are some of my favorite products that I use on a regular basis:

  Yes To Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub . This stuff irritates my face a little, but I actually really like to use it on my underarms and bikini line. Works wonders.

Yes To Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub. This stuff irritates my face a little, but I actually really like to use it on my underarms and bikini line. Works wonders.

  Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer . Definitely helps clear skin and balance skin tone. I used this before I went with one with an SPF for spring/summer.

Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer. Definitely helps clear skin and balance skin tone. I used this before I went with one with an SPF for spring/summer.


  Burt's Bees Richly Replenishing Body Lotion . I went through this so fast. So smooth.&nbsp;

Burt's Bees Richly Replenishing Body Lotion. I went through this so fast. So smooth. 

  Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay . I loooove this stuff. If you use it regularly (3-4 times/week) it helps clear acne and even skin tone. I apply it in layers with an old fan-shaped paintbrush.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. I loooove this stuff. If you use it regularly (3-4 times/week) it helps clear acne and even skin tone. I apply it in layers with an old fan-shaped paintbrush.

  Burt's Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser . I looove this stuff. So gentle, and truly does brighten and even skin tone.

Burt's Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser. I looove this stuff. So gentle, and truly does brighten and even skin tone.

  Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub . These things smell amazing and have a nice coarse texture perfect for arms, butt, legs, and feet!&nbsp;

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub. These things smell amazing and have a nice coarse texture perfect for arms, butt, legs, and feet! 

  Yes To Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer with SPF 30 . Helps reduce redness and protects from sun damage!&nbsp;

Yes To Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer with SPF 30. Helps reduce redness and protects from sun damage! 

Have a product or tip you love that makes your skin look fresh and gorgeous? Share it below or tweet me!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo Rebecca

Getting a "Bikini Body": Love Your Body

Fact: Your physical body is the thing that keeps your mind alive. Think about that for a second.

When you think of your self, do you think of your physical body or your mind, your consciousness? Really, our bodies are just the carriers of our brains and souls, aren't they?

Then why on earth would we ever feel the need to punish our bodies to make them fit an insane societal expectation? 

Ok, enough rhetorical questions.

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Getting a "Bikini Body"

Bikinis are small, and they sure do expose quite a swath of skin, don't they? It's normal to feel a little self-conscious and want to improve your figure before donning the thing. Here are a few tips I have for you before you hit the gym and start carrying your juicer with you wherever you go. 

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