Category Archives: Lifestyle

Binging on Burgers

What?! Gigi?! You had a burger and fries? How long has it been?! Are you crazy?!

So,

A few days ago I was seriously craving some good ole’ American food (ok..kind of..not really..just Gigi style American food)

Since starting this adventure a lot of people have given me this weird pitying look and said something along the lines of “do you ever just miss good food?”

I just giggle and wonder what they think I’m eating all day long..rocks?20140911_154125It started like this.

Don’t you just love Benen’s face? That’s the face I make when people assume I’m depriving myself.

I’d just been to the local store stuck in the produce section *** (TIP: Start your grocery shopping experience dive bombing the produce section. It actually can be super fun picking out veggies and fruits and thinking of all the possibilities, get your smart phone out and look up “paleo eggplant” or “healthy things to use squash for” and it becomes a scavenger hunt. But seriously. When you start in this section it’s way easier to avoid grabbing packaged and preserved food that in the end you really don’t want) *** and I went a little crazy…as always…glad I got those tips over the weekend!

20140911_154134We chopped off the stems, scooped out the gills, and brushed these big portobello mushrooms with some ghee (clarified butter) then stuck them in the oven at 400 for 10 minutes face down to start getting the moisture out.

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Obviously you can’t have a burger without fries.

So while the bello’s were in the oven I chopped up some baby carrots (we didn’t have any regular otherwise I would have preferred those) drizzled them with some coconut oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, and plenty of paprika (mmmmmm) and then popped those in as well.

Waiting issss…not fun.

But it’s worth it most of the time.

20140911_163953Oh

yasss

Just stuck a grilled salmon burger in the middle, some avocado, tomato, and cud’s, and then for the fries mashed some dijon mustard with the extra avocado and taaadaaa!

It was totally messy, totally good, and totally TOTALLY whole, delicious, healthy food.

20140911_164418Look how totally American I am? Awesome.

Photo credits to Ianthe who was soooo mad at me for not sharing the “fries” after letting her try one. For you parent’s out there she is 6 and can be extremely picky and she loved these. There are so many options out there for kids, teens, and adults alike to discover new ways of enjoying food.

Make it awesome and now you know, when you want em, fries are just a few chops away!

~Gigi

Changing the Mindset + Scrumptiousness

Hi beauties, I’m sitting here with a scarf wrapped snug around my neck, just finished a cup of almond/cinnamon tea, and looking forward to creating a savory dinner tonight.

I’ve got a few videos for you today plus a wonderful new dish I made over the weekend. I promise full recipe’s are coming soon, but I, like my mother, rarely measure anything  and it’s going to take some effort on my part to figure out how to give you fabulousness without just saying “and then add some of this with a bit of that and hope for the best”. So let’s start at the important stage…Mindset and Inspiration…Enjoy…

The workout was wonderful and just the right amount, I managed to fit in a deep stretch before heading to replenish and shed some light on some of my favorite products…

But…let’s be real here…that stuff is just the prep for the best part, which is food, right? As you will begin to see here I am obsessed with food. A lot of people think I eat the way I do or live this lifestyle simply to have a trim figure or for dance.

WRONG.

Everything I create I love. I eat fish because it’s delicious and I literally can’t live without it. Yesss I am aware of what enters my body and I do live every day with the intention to fuel system correctly with whole foods. Your bodies a temple right? So start worshipping. But that doesn’t mean I’m miserable, far from it, just take a look and tell me you wouldn’t love digging into these cups of yolkiness…


and how they looked going in..pardon my clumsy camera handling..

Ok so I am guilty of having not videotaped the finished product as the minute this pair came out of the oven I just sat down and dug in. It was so unbelievably hard not to gobble them down but I tried my best and the result was a longer lasting state of paradise accompanied by the first Harry Potter book (this will be my 4th or 5th time reading it…don’t look at me like that..it is simply perfection)

20140912_151203But don’t worry! If your mouth is watering like mine was you don’t have to wait.

Grab some tomatoes (firm is best)

Scoop them out gently

Pre-heat oven to 425

As you saw in the videos I filled mine with pre-sauteed shallots, garlic, and mushrooms along with some tin smoked trout.

I realize however not everyone in the entire universe loves fish as much as me and I guess that’s sort of OKAY…the beauty of these babies is you can do whatever you want! Be creative and share with us what you did, I’d love to tweak it around as well. But whatever you do just enjoy it as much as possible!

Make your day glamorous and if that’s not as easy as it sounds create a wonderful meal and go from there,

See you soon!

~Gigi