One thing I love about Spring and Summer is the fact that I get to feel girly again. There is something about wearing a flowy skirt or a cute dress that just makes me feel in touch with my feminine side. I found this black maxi pleated skirt from the Limited for only twenty bucks.....jackpot! Being that I am short girl I had to wear some wedges to prevent looking like a moving curtain and I couldn't help but twirl around in it since it was so roomy.
My clean eating journey is still going strong and I am hoping to convince at least one person to join me. Clean eating is involves cutting out processed foods and eating more fresh ingredients.
Every week I am going to try and share a clean eating recipe which brings me to this week's dish...a delicious Bulgar salad with cucumber, cherry tomatoes and a cilantro lime dressing.
Not sure where to get Bulgar, try the Whole foods market bulk section.
1 cup wheat Bulgar
1 cup chicken broth
1 small Persian cucumber sliced
handful cherry tomatoes halved
2 spring onions
1 handful fresh cilantro chopped
1 clove garlic
1/2 a lime juiced
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp ground cumin
freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- mince green onions, garlic, cilantro in a small food processor then add lime juice, Dijon mustard and olive oil. Mix together and set aside
- heat up a small saucepan, add a little olive oil followed by Bulgar and cumin, cook for 1 minute .
- Add the chicken broth and cook covered for 10 minutes.
- Uncover pot and cook for another 3 minutes. fluff with a fork to separate grains.
- Mix Bulgar with the dressing and sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.
As an advocate of clean eating my go to snack for those times when I am craving something sweet is fruit. I like to think of fruit as nature's candy because it is sweet without preservatives and artificial ingredients. The best way to remind yourself to eat fruit in is to buy a variety and place it in a easily accessible bowl or rack. Not only does it make your kitchen counter look pretty and colorful, you will find yourself grabbing a piece each time you are hungry.
One way to include fruit to your diet is adding it to your morning smoothies. One of my favorite combinations is pineapple, strawberries, spinach, carrots, almond milk and organic protein powder if your goal is to build like I am.
Green smoothies are my ultimate favorite because of they are low in sugar and packed with nutrients. Try blending kale, cucumber, granny smith apple, a tsp of fresh lemon juice and water for a tasty green smoothie. Sometimes I substitute almond milk for water for a slightly creamy smoothie. Have this 3 times a week and you skin will thank you .
If you have no time for blending and juicing you can just cut up some fruit, place it in a cute bowl and enjoy. Either way incorporating this healthy food item to your diet will do wonders for your health.
I am so glad to have met a blogger who lives near me, is down to earth and likes the same things I do. Kristin has been showing me around and thanks to another beautiful day in Boston this weekend we decided to venture out to the bird park. I knew we were a match made in heaven when we both showed up in leopard print flats.
Leopard prints were all over the spring fashion runways which is a little unusual as leopard screams fall rather than spring. No complaints here, I will jump at any chance to wear animal print.
The key to wearing leopard print is moderation, you don't want to be in leopard from top to bottom. A touch of leopard is all you need. I find leopard flats are a great way to incorporate this print to my look.
What I am wearing;
Flats: Nine West
Blazer: Aqua Bloomingdale's
Photo by : Beauty Expose
As the weather continues to warm up I am noticing more happy faces, less road rage and more more color which brings a smile on my face. Last weekend we had a warmish day and I jumped at the opportunity to wear my favorite pastel color combo...a baby pink pair of jeans and a white shirt. This look is very effortless and is perfect for those days when you want to keep it bright and simple. Pastel colors like baby pink and blue have an ability to create a crisp and clean look when paired with white. So when in doubt, just add white.
What I am wearing:
Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger at TJ Maxx
Jeans: Celebrity jeans TJ Maxx
Photo credit : Kristin at beatyxpose