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Simple, Healthy Baked ( Lemon + Garlic ) Tilapia

Simple, Lemon + Garlic Baked Tilapia Lately, I’ve been trying desperately to shed off a couple of extra pounds ( I mean, aren’t we all in the same boat here? ). I’m not necessarily trying to fight the fat off to look good, but rather, to feel good. I’m all about the be-on-with-yourself, zen, mind-body-spirit thing that goes along with being healthy, eating clean, & focusing on what your body needs. ( Sidenote: Speaking of ‘Zen,’ I started Yoga last week & it has been life-changing already )

As most of my fit friends ( my beautiful Mother/BFF included ) have told me, one way to assure a relatively quick / swift path to skinny is building meals that contain a lean protein and lots of veggies. So, I’ve stocked up on all sorts of lean meats & fish, and I’ve gone to the farmers market weekly to snag some fresh, organic vegetables. My mom loves to talk about the benefits of incorporating fish into my diet. According to her, the people who live the longest, healthiest lives on Earth are from a small fishing village in Japan, where they eat mostly, well, you can probably guess :: Fish.

I’ve always been a big salmon-lover, but I had never really given Tilapia a try until last week. I was pleasantly surprised to love this little recipe that I found on the world’s cookbook:: Pinterest.

Lemon + Garlic, Baked Tilapia What you’ll need: 

3-6 Tilapia Fillets

6-8 Cloves of Garlic ( Crushed / Diced Large)

2 & 1/2 Tbsp Organic Butter

4 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

3 Tsp Parsley

1 Tsp Oregano

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Cooking Spray

Lemon + Garlic Baked Tilapia Lemon + Garlic Baked Tilapia What to do: 

1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Melt 2½ tbsp of organic butter on a low heat in a small sauce pan.
3. Add garlic and saute on low for ( about ) 1 minute. Add all but 1 tbsp of the lemon juice, shut off heat and remove from heat.
4. Spray the bottom of a baking dish lightly with cooking spray and remainder of the lemon juice.
5. Place the fish on top and season with herbs, salt, and pepper. Pour the lemon butter mixture on the fish and top with fresh parsley for garnish

The fish should bake about 15 minutes, but keep an eye on it until it looks golden & perfect for you!

Lemon Garlic Baked Tilapia I paired this Tilapia fillet with some citrus-y, sautéed spinach. So easy, yet so fancy-feeling.

I trolled the internet ( after making this dish ) for some concrete-details on the benefits of Tilapia for the body. I found this article that lays out the health benefits of Tilapia pretty plainly::

1. The American Heart Association recommends people to consume about 2 servings of fish per week ( about 7 ounces ) to decrease risk of Heart Disease.

2. “Tilapia is a high-quality, complete protein and contains all the essential amino acids your body requires from your diet to help build proteins. One 3.5-ounce portion of tilapia cooked using dry heat contains about 26 grams of protein.”

3. Tilapia houses Omega-3 fatty acids, which is essential for healthy brain function ( and growth in children ). Omega-3s are the good kind of fats!

4. “Tilapia is naturally low in fat, and only contains about 128 calories in each 3.5-ounce portion.” Those Omega-3s from benefit #3 ( woah ) help to get rid of those extra lbs! Exactly what I’m lookin’ for!

So, I’ll definitely be adding Tilapia to my meal-rotation. I have been eating a ton of grilled chicken / salmon / eggs / egg whites + half a plate of veggies lately.. We’ll see what the results are soon!

Do you have any natural, clean-eating inspired dietary tips?? Please share!

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A Few of my Favorite Things

Cute Little Dress :: ROAWO I am so excited for this week’s edition of Favorite Things because, as you’ll learn, this shiz is the shiz [ like this dress ]. Here’s the list for the week:

Tiny Tea-tox :: ROAWO Tiny TeaTox :: ROAWO 1. Tiny Tea Teatox ( Gluten-Free Version ) :: This detox-tea was surprisingly so delish & its such a little detox/cleanse to do. I am in the middle of my detox right now, and I already feel so much better & more “at one” with my body.

YourTea has several types of herbal teas aimed at overall wellness. I chose the TinyTea because it focuses on weight-loss and resetting your digestive system. They believe that digestion is the center of your overall health, and that by allowing that system to run smoothly, you’ll have more energy, healthier / brighter skin, less cellulite, etc. So, I said sign me up! All I do is have a cup of this little miracle tea twice a day after or before a meal ( for 14 days ). Too damn easy.

BTW: My roommate & talented artist, Abbey, painted the mug… so amaze.

Succulent Garden :: ROAWO Succulents + Mexican Blanket :: ROAWO 2. Succulents ( & This Cute Little Blanket / Rug ) :: Aren’t these little plants so freakin’ cute? You can get them for super cheap at Ikea, but I got mine in the botanical section of my local grocery store.

I have been extremely obsessed with flower / plants / candles lately ( which is why I signed up for flowers to be delivered to my door every other week, thanks to The Bouqs ). Seriously, My house is becoming a freaking garden / zen candle-lit space. It gives the place good vibes.

PS: you can find a similar Mexican Woven Table Runner here.

Frends Headphones :: ROAWO 3. My Frends Headphones :: These Layla Headphones by Frends are my life. These are the smaller-sized rose gold headphones & they are perfect for everyday [ at the gym, in the library, etc. ]. Frends carries a variety of headphones that are seriously SO FUN. They took regular, boring headphones and made them an accessory.

Head on over to Frends to browse their collection.

Pretty School Supplies :: ROAWO 4. Pretty, Organized School / Work Supplies :: I’m a sucker for anything having to do with organization. Its probably my horrible case of self-diagnosed OCD, but everything I have has to match or be organized away from my eyes in nice, matching, clean containers / folders / etc. I love writing in Moleskine Notebooks when I have to take notes. I know they aren’t your standard spiral-notebook, uhhhh ‘cuz they’re cooler & way prettier. Also, I label everything with simple little stick-on labels.

I’m looking for a fun little planner / agenda for the semester, but I can’t find any that I just have to have. Have any suggestions? I need your help!

PS: Laptop Skin can be found here.

Black Tied Jewelry Co. Necklace :: ROAWO Black Tied Jewelry Co. :: ROAWO 5. Black Tied Jewelry :: I have recently become one of the many bloggers to partner with Black Tied & I’m loving this online store! They have a ton of trendy jewelry for ridiculously cheap. I’m in lurve.

The above bracelets can be found here, here, here, & here, and the above necklace can be found here ( got mine at a custom length, thanks again Black Tied !! ).

More to come with this brand fo sho :: like stay tuned for a sweeeet promo code, perhaps.

AND I may or may not be putting together a little giveaway with Meghan of Boho Nouveau which could include some Black Tied pieces ( + more goodies ! ) ….

Homemade Green Juice :: ROAWO Homemade Green Juice :: ROAWO  6. Homemade Green Juice :: As a self-proclaimed ‘Juice Enthusiast’ since infancy, I drink green juices as much as possible. They’re delish, fun, & most importantly :: detoxifying.

This week, I made a huge batch of green juice to drink for a few days. I put ( organic & fresh from the farmer’s market ) spinach, kale, cucumber, cilantro, peaches, & pineapples into my juicer to get the base of this week’s juice.

BTW: juicing things is extremely addictive. I found myself intensely searching my kitchen for things to juice like a psycho. There, I said it. I am a juicing psycho. The second I started to consider putting a potato in the juicer, I realized I had a problem.

After I had my base, I added in some coconut water, vanilla protein powder, & a touch of cayenne to give it a little kick. I really like savory elements in my fresh juices. It makes things a little more interesting.

Fried egg on Veggies :: ROAWO 7. Sautéed Veggies + An Egg :: So, I used to freaking hate vegetables. Like, I had an extreme hatred towards them & I refused to eat them. Then, I learned how to season them, and BAM. I love them. A big bowl of greens is seriously the cleanest & most detoxifying hangover cure EVER. Packed with vitamins & minerals, I feel like a new person after eating these babes.

I sauté Broccoli, Zucchini, Brussels Sprouts, & Asparagus tips together in olive oil over medium heat. Then, I add Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Salt, Cilantro, & Lime Juice. THEN, I go even further and add a “fried” egg on top for some protein.

PS: I used to be an egg white girl, until reading this post on The Skinny Confidential. Now, I eat about an egg a day with the yolk included. Read for yourself!

So, there ya go. A Few of my Favorite things for y’all to try. Do you luuuurve any of my fav things this week? Plz Share!!

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Brown Sugar Baked Peaches :: A Skinny Dessert

Baked Peaches : A Skinny Dessert // ROAWO finally got around to making these little peach concoctions ( ran across the recipe on Pinterest forever ago ) the other day, and let me tell you, they were so much better than I expected. I mean, they look amazing, so let the fact that they were BETTER than they look be a little hint that you need these in your life. AND They’re only about 100 Calories a piece !! Best day ever.

I took it upon myself to add this ice-cream ( which I changed to more of a glaze… kinda accidentally… *whoops* ) to the original recipe, because I’m just a genius, basically. I actually liked the glaze better than the whole ice-cream idea, but do what ya feel, my friends.

Baked Peaches : A Skinny Dessert // ROAWO

So, basically, heres what you need for the peaches:

A Whole, Organic Peach

1 Tsp Organic Butter ( read why I always use organic here )

2-4 Tsp Brown Sugar

& what you need for the 3-ingredient glaze / ice-cream ( per my modifications ):

2 Ripe Bananas

A little Vanilla Almond Milk

A little Cinnamon

Baked Peaches : A Skinny Dessert // ROAWO How To Make The Baked Peaches ::

First, Preheat the oven to 375 °. Cut the peach in half & remove the pit. Place about 1/2 tsp of butter in the middle of each peach-half & top with brown sugar ( the amount of brown sugar is really just a personal preference.. I used about 2 teaspoons per half ). Sprinkle with a little cinnamon. Place in the baking dish / on the baking pan skin-side down. Then, bake for 30 minutes, or until peach is tender.

Baked Peaches : A Skinny Dessert // ROAWO How to make the glaze ::

Cut / peel the bananas & place in the freezer until frozen. Place frozen banana pieces, a small amount of almond milk ( use less for an ice-cream consistency & more for a glaze-consistency… just eye-ball it ) & a dash of cinnamon in a blender and blend until combined. Pour over the peaches, & enjoy !!

Baked Peaches : A Skinny Dessert // ROAWO These are beyond-amazing served warm. ESP with the creamy, banana / almond glaze. Baked peaches are such a great dessert alternative for those of you who NEED to satisfy your sweet tooth ( AKA ME ) & attempt to stay healthy in the process.

I mean, they’re hardly short of life-changing.

Whats your favorite healthy, dessert alternative? Share below!!

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Baked Peaches : A Skinny Dessert // ROAWO



Simple & Quick Salmon Recipe ( A Personal Favorite )

Simple & Quick Salmon Recipe

My favorite thing about finally being back in my own home ( w/ my wonderful roommates, of course ) after a crazy summer? My kitchen. I’ve eaten out way too much during all the traveling I’ve done recently… because its so much easier when you’re constantly on the go / in a hotel.

So, now I’m taking full advantage of my kitchen and having groceries / supplies to actually prepare food with.

I came across this simple & quick ( <<< two of my favorite things ) baked salmon recipe the other day, and gave it a go. I mean, its not really something you can mess up.. its too easy.

What I did: I picked up a medium-sized salmon fillet from my local grocery store. Then, after pre-heating the oven to 375 degrees, I lined a baking sheet with tinfoil ( to cut down on after-cleaning ). I put the salmon fillet in the middle of the baking sheet & topped it with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper & lime juice. The amount of each topping is really all about your personal preference, so I just eye-balled it.

Simple & Quick Salmon Recipe I baked the salmon ( covered in tinfoil ) for about 25 minutes & then removed the tinfoil and broiled it for about 2 minutes ( to make it yum-o & crispy ).

Then, I sautéed some spinach in organic butter at a medium heat and topped it with some sea salt ( << can you tell I like this stuff? ). And there ya go, a healthy, easy dish for dinner ( & for later in the week.. as a college student, leftovers are my best friend ). Optional addition: A glass of Pinot Noir ( it pairs well with salmon ). Or if your more of a white wine person, Chardonnay is good too.

Whats your favorite simple and healthy dinner / lunch dish? Do tell !!

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My Fav Summer “Salad”

Summer Salad // Roawo I have a confession to make :: I have been a salad hater for, pretty much, ever. Something about eating lettuce and vegetables as a meal has never sat right with me. Technically, I’m not sure if you can call this little concoction a salad.. but thats what I’m going with.

The most important thing with this salad is FLAVOR. The flavors you use when working with veggies are everything, at least for me. Vegetables can be so bland, so I make sure to add flavor via salt / pepper / garlic / lemon or lime juice / cilantro / spices / whatever else.

This is one of my favorite recipes to make for the week and just keep it in the fridge for easy heating up later.

Summer Salad by ROAWO // Healthy & Simple Summer Salad by ROAWO // Healthy & Simple Summer Salad by ROAWO // Healthy & Simple I mean, talk about a photo-ready ingredient line up. Could these colors get any better? Per usual, I didn’t use a set amount of each ingredient, I just crafted the combo to my liking. That means: A lot of Cilantro / Lime ( think Chipotle-ish ) / sea salt & pepper. Like I said before :: I made more than a serving of this all at once, so I could eat it for the next couple of days, which is so convenient for busy days.

Summer Salad by ROAWO // Healthy & Simple So lets get down to business :: Pour a lil’ of the olive oil in a sauté pan on the stove at a medium to medium-high heat. Add in the minced garlic + onion and let sit until the onion starts becoming clear. Then, add the zucchini + whatever other veggies you’re into + sea salt + pepper + lime juice. I used a wooden spoon to mix this up in the pan until the zucchini started to get soft.

Then, I added some cooked quinoa and thawed mini shrimp ( and more lime juice because I love it soooo much ) and mixed that in / let it sit until the shrimp became more translucent-looking. Since both of these things were cooked before, this step was just to heat them up / let them soak in some of the flavor.

When I took my concoction out of the pan, I mixed in some fresh cilantro + some of my homemade salsa from earlier this week + half an avocado. When I tasted it, I decided it needed a leetle more pepper / sea salt, so I added that and it was perfecto.

Like I said, its all about what you like, so I encourage you to test out different proportions / add flavors / etc. This is just my personal fav. If I’m going to eat veggies, I have to spice them up a little. The cilantro + lime combo is heaven to me.

Summer Salad by ROAWO // Healthy & Simple I drank my healthy lil’ lunch with some lemon water ( went well with that citrus-flavor in the salad ). Plus lemon water is so much more interesting than normal, boring water. It adds a little kick.

Hope y’all like my simple summery salad!

What’s your favorite summer dish ?

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Juice Cleanse :: The Dirty Deets

I FINALLY unpacked my always-packed suitcase and got the chance to sit my azz on the couch and watch cheesy crime shows all day. For pretty much the first time this summer, I had nowhere to be and nothing to do. Peace.

I decided this would be the best time to veg out, relax, do a juice cleanse, catch up on some blogging education, and craft some jewelry ( I got SO many amazing trinkets from CO ).

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Alright down to business:: Juice cleanse. I ordered a 3-day cleanse from Suja Juice. Suja shipped all my juices to my house in a make-shift cooler ( explains the shipping prices… But I got the cleanse on sale w/ free shipping so go me / life rocks ). Here’s all the juicy details (<<< see what I did there) on my three-day detox::

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Day 1::
I woke up, weighed myself ( important to do, so you can track your results ), grabbed my morning Glow juice, and went about my relaxing and hanging out with my dog / love of my life. I drank a lot of water throughout the day and never felt hungry, which is extremely strange for me. I’m always hungry ( or bored ). I did have a horrible headache, however. I can’t say that it was due to the cleanse, because I have headaches somewhat often, BUT it was noticeable so I thought I’d address it. I also felt a little more sluggish than usual. I woke up a little late in the morning, so I didn’t finish all six juices ( only drank 5 ). I also added in a broth-based soup around dinner time ( yeah that’s allowed in the cleanse-rules ). So basically, I wasn’t feeling 100% by the end of the day, but I wasn’t feeling like complete shit either.

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Day 2::
I woke up the morning of day two and drank a hot cup of lemon water and started my juices for the day. I wasn’t hungry at all.. Again, very strange for me. I had a big green tea/passion tea in the afternoon, as well as my afternoon juices. And drank a TON of water ( <<< very important ). No headaches one day 2, so that was a good sign. I didn’t get through all my juices, because I slept in again. I also ate a bowl of fruit on this day (which is allowed ). Day 2 was SO much easier than Day 1.

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Day 3::
Last day! I woke up a little hungry on day 3, but drank a glass of water & my morning juice and got over it ( gotta keep my eyes on the prize ). This was the easiest day by far, so I finished it like a champ. I had SO much energy after I finished the cleanse, which I didn’t expect. I usually start these things and end up cheating on the first day ( whoops ), so I was extremely proud of myself. Also, I lost about 4 pounds in 3 days, which was amaaaze.

I LOVE Suja Juice ( above others ) because I didn’t get a juice that I just didn’t like. They were all REALLY good. Also, Suja is organic / no GMOs … so basically its the best in the biz. Order yours online now and get to cleansing friends!

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