Summer Kale Salad

summer kale salad

I love a good summer salad, and this recipe has been my go-to lately because it’s packed with nutrients and incredibly quick to make! The recipe itself is very simple, but it’s got amazing flavor combinations — The strawberries and coconut offset the naturally bitter taste of the kale, and the almonds add a great crunch. If you don’t dress the salad right away, it stores really well in a container in the fridge, so you can easily prepare it ahead of time and then add the dressing once you’re ready to eat. I also like to serve this with a grilled chicken breast and some sliced avocado on top, to make it a complete meal! Hope you guys enjoy!

What are your go-to summer salad recipes?

Xo
Tamera  

Summer Kale Salad | Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Salad Ingredients:

  • I head of organic leafy kale
  • ½ lb of organic medium strawberries (about 7-10 berries)
  • 2 tbsp of slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp of shredded coconut

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp of grainy mustard
  • 1 tsp of honey

Directions:

  • Wash and dry your kale.
  • With a knife, shred your kale into long thin slices, and then chop again into pieces that are about one inch in length.
  • Slice strawberries into quarters.
  • Place shredded kale into a large bowl, and add strawberries, almonds and coconut.
  • In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and mix well.
  • Toss the salad with dressing, right before you are ready to serve.

 

Three Easy-To-Make Energy Bites

Tamera Mowry Recipe Energy Bites

Energy Bites Recipe

I love a good snack! I especially love a healthy snack that is delicious, quick and easy to make. That is why when I saw recipes for energy bites on Pinterest, I had to start experimenting in the kitchen, and come up with my own version of this very popular recipe!

These little bites are perfect for me, particularly when I am busy because they are not only tasty, but give me a quick protein fix! The recipe requires no baking, and it only takes about 30 minutes to make a big batch of them. They disappeared suspiciously fast in my house, so I think it is safe to say that everyone else enjoyed them as much as I do.

The base of this recipe is really simple — Old fashioned oats, peanut butter and honey. After that, you can start getting creative, and add in whatever other ingredients you feel like! I created three different versions of these bites, and all three turned out amazing!

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Recipe Base (makes approximately 20 energy bites, rolled into 1 inch balls)

  • 1 cup of dry old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup of all-natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup of organic honey

 

Chocolate Chip and Hemp Hearts Energy Bites

  • Recipe Base
  • 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips, divided into 1/2 cups
  • 1/3 cup of shelled hemp hearts

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and set ½ cup of chocolate chips aside. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for ten minutes so that the batter gets a little firm.

Roll the batter into whatever sized balls you would like, and place them on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper. I rolled mine into balls that were about 1 inch in diameter. Next, melt ½ cup of chocolate chips in the microwave (about 20 seconds on high), and stir until the chocolate is smooth. Finally, drizzle a little bit of chocolate on top of the bites and place in the refrigerator for 10-15 more minutes until the chocolate hardens.

Place into an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week!

 

Blueberry and Almond Energy Bites

  • Recipe Base
  • ½ cup of organic dried blueberries
  • ½ cup of slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for ten minutes so that the batter gets a little firm. Roll the batter into whatever sized balls you would like. Place into an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week!

 

Chocolate Chip, Chia Seed and Coconut Energy Bites

  • Recipe Base
  • ½ cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of dried coconut flakes, divided into 1/4 cups
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, and set aside ¼ cup of dried coconut flakes in a small bowl. Place the mixing bowl in the refrigerator for ten minutes so that the batter gets a little firm. Roll the batter into whatever sized balls you would like. Dip the top half of each ball into the bowl of remaining coconut flakes. Place into an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week!

 

I hope you all love these as much as I do! Let me know if you make your own version of this recipe!

Xo

Tamera  

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Homemade Popcorn Seasoning

Homemade Popcorn Seasoning

Tamera Mowry popcorn

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love nothing more than to cozy up on the couch with a glass of wine and a bowl of popcorn … It is seriously one of those little indulgences in life that makes me infinitely happy! One of the best things about weekends at my house is that the whole family will stay in our pajamas literally ALL day, and without fail, popcorn is eventually made.

Recently, I have been playing around with some homemade popcorn seasonings to make my favorite snack even more interesting and tasty (if that’s even possible). I love the idea of homemade popcorn toppings because I love to experiment with different ingredients, and see what flavor combinations I can come up with!

Here are three of my favorite ways to dress up regular old popcorn:

Lemony Kale Popcorn — I love this combo because it’s a sneaky way to add some greens to a snack without that bitter kale taste! In a bowl, take 2 big handfuls of plain roasted kale (I cheat and buy kale chips), break them up with your hands and blend with 2 wedges of fresh squeezed lemon juice, sea salt, and about a tablespoon of grape-seed oil. Then toss it all with freshly popped popcorn.

Parmesan-Rosemary — This one is by far the most savory and indulgent (and the most popular in my house!). Grate 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and add it to 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary. Add sea salt to taste, and then toss it with popcorn.

Salt and Vinegar — This seasoning might just be my favorite of all because it’s so simple and it is like you’re eating an amazing popcorn / potato chip hybrid combo! Combine 1/4 cup white vinegar and 2 teaspoons of fine sea salt in a small spray bottle; shake to dissolve the salt. Spray over hot popcorn.

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I hope you guys love trying out my favorite popcorn toppings!

Xx

Tamera

 

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My Latest Workout Obsessions

It seems like every couple years a new type of workout craze takes over and we all want to see what the fuss is about. Fitness isn’t something that has ever been totally easy for me – every time I head to the gym I really push myself. By being open to new types of exercises (remember my spinning obsession?) I’m able to explore what works for me – and leave behind what doesn’t. This has worked wonders for my health, strength and happiness! It has even meant going back to some tried-and-true methods like my current favorite workouts below:

Tamera Mowry Workout Obsessions

Zumba. If you’ve ever walked by the private classrooms at your gym and seen a big group of people that look like they’re dancing to super loud, upbeat music – you may have come across Zumba! It made waves in the US several years ago and there’s a reason it’s still taught at gyms nationwide today – it really works, and it’s tons of fun. With Zumba, you follow your instructor’s mix of high and low intensity dance and aerobic exercises. This way, you actually get a really well-rounded workout without realizing it. With Zumba, there are tons of different exercises and separate dance moves incorporated to one in a fast paced session that’s not as tough to lock down as you’d think! This type of workout is my go-to when I want to burn calories, fast. It’s also a great choice if you’re dreading exercise. When you’re focused on the instructor, music and moves you will absolutely lose track of time.

Pilates. Another classic that I swear by is Pilates, which is a type of exercise dedicated to your body’s core. This is a perfect workout for those who have had injuries in the past or fear they’ll get one by other workouts (it was actually invented to help with injuries). Similarly to yoga, it’s based off of an expansive series of moves that require you to breathe, focus and control your body’s movements. Because of this, you’ll not only be strengthening your body, but improving your posture and flexibility. When you go to a class, you might use a Reformer to complete your exercises, but there are a lot of Pilates moves you can do at home too. Pilates is hard work, but it’s made me so much stronger and has really helped me tone my muscles.

Yoga. When I injured my back, yoga was something I had to incorporate out of necessity. I needed to take time to slow down, stretch and pay attention to every muscle. I love yoga because you can do every level of intensity from simple stretches to incredibly advanced moves that challenge your whole body. One of the biggest benefits I’ve found with yoga is stress relief. That alone makes it worth giving a try but there’s so much else it does too. A lot of people think all yoga does is increase your flexibility (and it does) but it also can strengthen and tone, assist your body in healing itself, increase your mindfulness and even aid in weight loss.

The best thing about each of these practices is that everyone can do them – no matter your strength or expertise. If you’re new to them, sign up for a beginner’s class (even if you plan to do them from home sometimes) so you can learn safe practices and proper form, or ask your doctor if they think it’s right for you. Once you take the time to explore different workouts, you’ll be so much more confident when gym day rolls around!

What’s your favorite workout at the moment?

Xx,
Tamera

6 Easy Ways To Make Breakfast Healthier

If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories, you might’ve seen some of the ways Adam and I have been whipping up easy meals. Adam is definitely the breakfast pro of the house – I wish we had time to sit down to a long, homecooked meal every single morning! But with two demanding jobs and even more demanding little ones, and the desire to be as healthy as we can be, we don’t opt for the classic American breakfast every day. These 6 swaps check all the boxes – cheap, healthy, easy and best of all, satisfying!

Swaps for a Healthier Breakfast - Tamera Mowry

Breakfast 1) Instead of dressing up your morning toast with regular ol’ butter, use almond butter or avocado. Both do a great job of keeping you fuller longer with healthy fats and protein, so you’re getting a few added benefits. There’s some evidence to suggest that almond butter is healthier than classic peanut butter, but PB is much more wallet friendly if you’re on a budget. Plus, if you go the nut butter route, you can make this morning snack even healthier by slicing up an apple to use as a base, rather than toast.

Breakfast 2) Cereal is a go-to for many, but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Greek yogurt (which is much more protein packed than regular) and granola is a healthier swap, and just as quick. Be sure to check the nutritional contents of store-bought granolas though, as some brands can be just as loaded with sugar and additives as cereal. If you have the time, try a homemade granola recipe you can make the night before. And if you’re craving something sweet, top with whole fruits rather than pair with store-bought juice.

Breakfast 3) In a major rush? Skip processed health food bars and opt for homemade energy bites instead. My recipe has 3-4 simple ingredients, and the best part? It’s NO bake! Pair with an apple for a more well-rounded meal.

Breakfast 4) Whip up a breakfast smoothie. If you’re not used to making your smoothies at home, you’d never believe that they were just as easy and way healthier than downing that OJ in the morning. You can use Greek yogurt as a base to reap the benefits listed above, and add whatever fruits you’re craving in all at once. If you’re not a spinach lover but want to get your daily greens, you can even add a small handful to most fruit smoothies without altering the taste much at all.

Breakfast 5) Eggs and veggies. Bacon and egg scrambles can take time in the morning, but sunny side or fried eggs are much faster and taste great with quick cooking veggies like zucchini, yellow squash and onions. Simply chop ‘em up, throw in a pan with coconut oil, and top with one freshly made egg for a yummy, easy breakfast bowl.

Breakfast 6) Breakfast muffins. Here’s a great trick for when you want to plan ahead for a busy week. I’ve seen a recipes for egg muffins all over Pinterest (try these 50 calorie muffins or these 3-ingredient Paleo egg nests) and they’re usually super quick to whip up in a muffin tin and can provide days of healthy breakfast or mid day snacks. When made with whole food ingredients, they’ll keep you energized without the crash that sugary store bought muffins and pastries often come with.

Will you be giving any of these healthy breakfast ideas a try? Let me know if you do!

Xx,
Tamera

Try These Grocery Shopping Hacks to Eat Healthier This Year

When it comes to eating healthy, there are many ways to go about it. You could cut processed foods out of your diet, create a workout regimen, cook more meals at home – or more likely, some combination of changes. These are great habits to adopt, but if you want to make changes that you’ll stick to, you’ve got to do your homework! Budget is huge when making a lifestyle change – one of the biggest reasons people give up on those food-related New Years resolutions is that it’s tough to make it happen on a strict budget. But tough doesn’t mean impossible, and there are actually a lot of easy ways to achieve those goals.  These grocery shopping tips will make sure you stay on track without breaking the bank or losing your mind.

Grocery Shopping Hacks

1. Get in the right mindset. Before you hit the grocery store, make sure your mind is in the right place. Long ago, I wrote a post about changing the way you think about food, and it’s worth a read before making a meal plan. Adopting a more open mind when it comes to shopping can lead to new recipes and healthier habits.

2. Know when to buy in bulk. Buying in bulk can not only be a huge money saver, it can ensure you always have what you need. Things like must-have spices and household items can be great to buy in bulk, for example. But make sure you don’t buy perishable items that you don’t use or store properly, because you may waste food and money in the end. And, make sure you’re not buying something just because it’s at a great price.

3. Learn how to save when shopping. Just like buying in bulk, there are a lot of other tricks for eating healthy on a budget. Read my post here to learn how freezing items and shopping in season can be good for you and your wallet.

4. Only use coupons on things you actually buy. Meaning, don’t add items to the grocery list just because you saw an amazing deal. Coupon clipping can be a great way to save, but don’t be tempted by BOGO and free items if they don’t actually serve you and the meals you plan to cook. Not only could it mean unnecessary purchases, but a cluttered pantry – AKA more work for you.

5. Weigh your options – literally. When deciding between sizes of packaged foods, make sure you aren’t being fooled by the label. Like I mentioned in the healthy eating post I refer to above, unit prices are helpful to check in these cases that sales can be confusing.

6. Know your organic musts. I love to eat organic but know how spendy it can get. If you go to the grocery store knowing exactly which items you require to be organic and which it’s OK skimp on (this guide should come in handy), the produce aisle becomes a lot less overwhelming.

7. Get to know your farmers market. It may seem like just another stop in your quest for groceries, but I actually find that shopping local farmers markets is a fun way to cut down on time spent in the store. It’s not only a way to support your community, but you can often find fruits, veggies and artisan breads that are higher quality and just as affordable, or sometimes more, than the chain stores (depending on what’s in season). It can also be a great place to teach your little ones about healthy eating (the ones near us have lots of family-friendly activities too) in an interactive space. Plus, you can’t beat gorgeous fresh flowers and yummy honeys and jams!

Do you have any grocery shopping tips for healthier and more affordable eating? Share with me below!

Xx,
Tamera