Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Friday 5

Fri-yay! Who else is ready for the weekend? It’s been a jam-packed week of work, so I’m definitely looking forward to some R&R this weekend. We’re keeping things low-key for Mother’s Day, but I’m looking forward to it. We’re either doing pancakes in bed or visiting one of our favorite breakfast spots. It all depends if I’m able to sleep in! 🙂

This week’s Friday 5 was a random mix of good stuff from kid games to wild salmon, bras, and podcasts. How’s that for variety! Let me know what you’re loving this week: a new safer skincare find, a delicious macro-friendly meal, a sweaty workout. Please share in the comments below. I hope you have an amazing weekend, and Happy Mother’s Day to all my fellow moms!

1. Simple Science Projects – This has been so fun for Quinn! (And who I am kidding, for me and Mal too!) We’ve been loving helping Quinn with these simple, kid-friendly projects. Technically, it’s designed for kids age 9-13, but Quinn’s been mastering them no problem. Plus, they require very few supplies, and we usually have most of them around the house. Who knows, maybe Quinn will be a science whiz! 😉 He’s also been into math lately, and we’re loving this book as well. There’s actually a whole series!

2. Sitka Salmon ShareI’ve been on such a salmon kick lately – even long before Sitka reached out about trying theirs. The Sitka Salmon Share is an awesome program (similar to a produce CSA) if you love wild salmon (and other fish!) as much as we do. How it works:

“Our Community Supported Fishery (CSF) is a members-based organization that allows you to purchase a “share” of the harvest of one of our independent, small-boat family fishermen. You enroll at 3 to 9-month intervals. Each share includes a specific selection of the species that we harvest. In 2019, these species include wild Alaskan king salmon, sockeye salmon, coho salmon, keta salmon, lingcod, black bass, black cod, Pacific cod, yelloweye, rockfish, spot prawns, Dungeness crab, albacore tuna, and halibut.

Prices range from $18 to $28 per pound, depending on the species you choose and the quantity you buy. Of course, this includes free shipping. As a member, you’ll also have access to special sales, discounted annual enrollments, monthly newsletters, recipes, BBQs, salmon bakes, cooking classes, fishermen events, and our exclusive pop-up dinners with celebrated chefs.”

Then every month during fishing season, you get a box of wild Alaskan seafood hand-delivered right to your door. Awesome, right? The quality and convenience have been outstanding!  

Use code CNC19 to save $25 off any 2019 share (valid through 5/30/19)

3. Bras from Zappos – The last time that I bought new bras was years ago, so I needed some new ones like whoa. I actually ordered some awesome ones from Zappos back in the day, but, unfortunately, when I went to re-order (if it ain’t broke), the bras were no longer available. Boo. So, I ended up ordering two bras (Natori Gloss Full Fit Contour Underwire BraNatori Bliss Perfection Contour Underwire Bra that were similar from Zappos (because free shipping) and, miraculously, BOTH of them fit perfectly. I actually tried ordering bras from ThirdLove after hearing great things about it, but had the worst time. They were expensive, didn’t fit, and the whole return process took kind of awhile. I’m not saying this necessarily to knock ThirdLove, but instead to emphasize how easy it was to buy bras from Zappos!

4. Coffee Tank Top – I saw this tank top at Target and just had to have it! Obviously. I also almost bought this Avocado-Holic t-shirt – and still might!

5. John M. Gottman on Joe Rogan – John M. Grottman is a marriage and relationship expert. He was interviewed on one of my favorite podcasts (Joe Rogan). I had Mal listen to the episode and then we chatted about it. Dr. Gottman wrote Eight Dates, and Mal and I are thinking about doing it together in the coming weeks! The book guides you and your partner on eight fun, and easy dates, each one focused on a make-or-break issue: trust, conflict, sex, money, family, adventure, spirituality, and dreams. Should be interesting! Have you heard of this book or maybe tried it? Let me know!

P.S. If you’re in the market for a brow gel, you need to try the one from Beautycounter! I’m obsessed with it, but read what others have to say about its awesomeness: Beautycounter’s New Brilliant Brow Gel Is Quickly Becoming A Cult-Fave.

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Question of the Day

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Easy Lettuce Wraps For Clean Eating

These easy lettuce wraps were destined to become a part of your clean eating meal plan!

If you love wraps like I do, then having a good collection of easy recipes to turn to is a must. So today I… Read more →

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Build a Booty Giveaway: Week 1

Hey there!

I hope you enjoyed the first week of the 30-Day Booty Building Challenge! How are you glutes feeling?!

As a reward for your hard work during this challenge, I’m planning to host 4 giveaways throughout the 30 days with all sort of goodies related to healthy living. Be sure to check back for your chance to win!

With that, here’s your first giveaway – a chance to win a copy of The Part-Time Vegetarian Smoothies and Juice (written by yours truly) as well as The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook. Trust me, both of them are great books that you want in your life! 😉

To enter: Just leave a comment on this post about your favorite booty workout from the week. I’ll randomly pick a winner next week to win the cookbooks. Good luck! 🙂

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FREE Full-Size Beautycounter Product with Purchase [Limited Time]

For a limited time only…

Get a FREE FULL-SIZE product with purchase!

Purchase $125+ worth of product TODAY (Thursday) using THIS LINK and receive a full-size product of choice from the options below – my gift to you!! 

  • Nourishing Cream Cleanser
  • Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream
  • Lip Gloss (Bare Shimmer)
  • Makeup Remover Wipes

This promo is first come, first serve (my Beautycounter email subscribers actually got first dibs – be sure to sign up if you haven’t already). If there’s a product that you really want, place your order ASAP and then send me your order confirmation with your choice of product from the list above. Once the product is gone, it’s gone! You can select a second choice, of course! 🙂

The deadline to purchase is TODAY, so be sure to hop on it!

Happy shopping! 🙂

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The “Big Meat” Burger (and a Giveaway)

We’re calling this bad boy the “Big Meat” Burger not just because it’s a half pound of thick, juicy beef (although that’s plenty of reason). With two beef patties, two cheese slices, pickles, shredded lettuce and our own “special sauce”—a.k.a. Primal Kitchen® Thousand Island Dressing, you might just be thinking of another “Big M–” burger now. (Wink.)

While we might be channeling some Big Memories here, fast food’s got nothing on this Primal Giant. With omega-3 rich grass-fed beef, aged cheddar, healthy monounsaturated fat based Primal Kitchen dressing, and a low-carb, grain-free Unbun, you’ll enjoy all the savory goodness you remember…with none of the guilt. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway (details below) for an amazing package of Primal Kitchen and Unbun goodies.

Servings: 2

Time In the Kitchen: 20 minutes



Mix ground beef with salt and black pepper. Divide beef into four parts, and shape into patties. (Make the patties on the thinner side, since they’ll “shrink” while cooking.)

Grill or broil for approximately 6-8 minutes, depending on preference and thickness of patties.

Place cooked patties on plate, and top each with cheese slices. Put a drop of water on each cheese slice and cover the plate with a large pot lid (the water then creates steam to help melt the cheese).

For buns, spread the cut side of each with ghee or butter and griddle until toasted.

To add sesame seeds to buns, brush buns with egg white and sprinkle on seeds. Bake for 2 minutes at 275 ºF/135 ºC until egg white is cooked.

Place one cheese covered patty on bottom bun. Add shredded lettuce, pickle slices and one tablespoon Primal Kitchen Thousand Island Dressing. Stack the second patty and top with lettuce, dressing and pickles. Then add the top bun. Do the same for the second burger. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information (per burger):

  • Calories: 750 
  • Carbs: 21.8 grams
  • Fat: 61.2 grams
  • Protein: 27.2 grams

Now For the Giveaway…

We’re offering (1) lucky winner the chance to win an epic gift pack with (1) pack of each of the Unbun products + $50 of Primal Kitchen products, including the NEW Thousand Island Dressing.

To enter:

1) follow @marksdailyapple + @ketobuns
2) tell us your favorite burger topping
3) winner will be selected Thursday, May 16th

Thanks for stopping by, everybody! Have a recipe you’d like to see us create, let us know down below.


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Mini Egg Pies with Pepper Jack and Peppers

These mini egg pies are SO simple (just four ingredients!) and pretty for spring brunches, parties, and quick and easy breakfast and snacks during the week. 

My dietetic intern, Emily, and I were talking about the nutritional value of eggs (spoiler alert: we think they’re nutrition superstars!) and she told me about these little egg pies she made over the weekend. So naturally the following week we made them into a blog post!

Notes + Nutrition

Our four-ingredient recipe resembles a mini quiche, with a flaky crust and egg filling but in a perfectly bite-sized portion. They are not a pop in your mouth type of small, but they are small enough to call them a snack. Three bites, max! You can store them in a tupperware in the fridge for a few days. Note you’ll want to reheat them in a toaster oven so the crust stays crunchy.

We found this refrigerated pie crust at Whole Foods, but use any kind you like.

To cut out perfect circles, use a large mason jar lid! Very gently place the crust in the muffin tin. If you press it in hard it might stick, so just set it in there lightly.

One egg pie is equal to about 116 calories, with 2.3g of protein and 19% of your daily value for Vitamin D. They are kid-friendly and the preparation and cleanup are minimal so kids can even help!

Mix and Match Ingredients

We kept the recipe simple with red bell pepper and pepper jack cheese, but there is plenty of space for creativity:

  • Crumbled bacon and Cheese
  • Mozzarella and Basil
  • Spinach and Mushroom
  • Broccoli and Cheddar

Egg Pie Recipe

Mini Egg Pies

These are SO simple (just four ingredients!) and pretty for spring brunches, parties, and quick and easy breakfast and snacks during the week. Note you’ll want to reheat them in a toaster oven so the crust stays crunchy.

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • ½ red bell pepper (chopped)
  • ¼ cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 3 eggs (beat)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  1. Allow the pie crust come to room temperature before cutting the individualized crusts.

  2. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with oil.

  3. Using a large mason jar lid, begin cutting the crust. 

  4. Use a rolling pin to re-roll the pie crust dough to make enough for 12 pies. 

  5. Gently place the crust into each muffin container, lightly pushing the crust into the pan. Do not mold the crust to the muffin pan as it will be harder to have the crust come on clean with no breakage.

  6. Using a small mixing bowl, beat the three eggs and fill the cups about ¼ a way full. 

  7. Add the chopped pepper and shredded pepper jack cheese to eat pie.

  8. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, keeping an eye on the oven as they will bake quickly!

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