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Excellent low carbs recipe : Egg white muffin


Super yummy low carb recipe. I sprayed with cooking spray these foil muffin pans because I don’t have normal muffins pans ( I am poor ūüė¶ ) .So I added some frozen broccoli, some green onions and cilantro.

After that, I poured in egg white.

A pinch of salt/ pepper/ oregano. Plus some mozzarella cheese and is ready for bake.

I baked it in 350 F for about 15 minutes.

There are many variations for this recipe. You can add more veggies or use different ones. You can add milk or other herbs. Mushrooms and spinach are great in it too. Enjoy.

What is you favorite low carb recipe?




Summer refreshment: Cucumber juice

How about to try this refreshing cucumber juice? A low calorie juice packed with vitamins that help your body to flux the toxins away. Cucumber is also 96% water so this juice will keep you hydrated in the warm days. Cucumber skin contain large amount of vitamin A so dont peel it before eat.

The recipe is very simple:

– One cucumber

– 1/4 cup of water

– 1/4 cup of honey

– 2 or more leaves of mint ( I used 5 leaves)

– juice of one lemon

– 4 ice cubes

Slice the cucumber and put into blender with all the other ingredients. Blend it well and serve. Drink it fresh. It makes about 16 oz cup.





Suco de pepino:

– um pepino, suco de limao, 5 folhas de hortela, 1/4 copo de agua, mel e gelo. Bate tudo no liquidicador e sirva. Faz um copo.

Are pets good for your health?

Pets don’t only provide companionship and unconditional love, but they also can improve your health.¬†

A pet keeps your cholesterol and blood pressure low. Reduz your stress,  helps fight depression and keeps your immunity stronger.

They are not only good for your heart, but also for your mood. They help you interact more with people. And force you to stay more active. By having a pet you will be healthier. 

Bigwig, our dog is with us for almost a month now. Things changed ¬†and are still changing slowly. He helped us to be more organized. We can’t leave our shoes by the door, or our sweatshirts on the chair, ¬†or shocks on the floor and food where he can reach. Also the time that before was for computer and/or boredom now is fulfill with walks, fun, play time, bites and love. He is like our little baby and we love him more than anything.

At the park

I love take photos of him every time because I know he will grow so fast and I will miss my little puppy.

Eating his carrot

Thinking about life as a dog

Sleeping on our pillows


He loves carrots, people, kids, socks, run,bite, sleep, play with everything except his toys, cats, garbage truck and blog. ( he always sits on my lap and watch me blogging so I guess he likes it)


Today I let him workout with me. In the first round, I lost my yoga mat.

Corn and pepper salad

This is a simple and easy salad with a amazing flavor. Is a great side dish for grilled chicken or steak. Or even as a wrap with a whole wheat tortilla.

You will need:

– Half red pepper plus half yellow pepper both shopped into small pieces

– 4 tablespoons of onion shopped

– 1 tomato shopped

– 1 teaspoon of dry parsley

– 2 teaspoons of fresh basil shopped

– 1 can of sweet corn drained

– a dash of salt/pepper/lemon/olive oil

Add it all in a bowl and add the seasons on and is ready to eat.

Outdoor workout

I went for a run today. I ran about 2 miles and then stopped to do my workout, after the workout ran 2 more miles. I was really tired. The weather was kind of weird and really foggy. I took some pictures just to proof.

Here check out this workout, you can do at home or outside.

* 4 rounds of the follow exercises

Back lunge kick up = 15 reps/leg sample

Step up on bench= 15 reps/leg sample

Reptile= 20 reps sample

Bench push up= 10 reps sample

Mountain climber = 20 reps sample

crunch with knee hug  = 20 reps sample

Jack jump and knee tuck = 10 reps sample 

It took me about 12 minutes to finish.

I saw an owl to bad my phone is not so good at taking pictures.

Here is the bench I use for workout latelly.

Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins makes you happy. ( I read it today and thought it would be nice to share)

Homemade vegetarian pizza and sauce recipes and outdoor workout

As Michael Pollan says in his book Food Rules “Eat all the ¬†junk food you want as long as YOU cook it yourself”. Why? Because its easy to order a pizza or buy a frozen one in the supermarket. It takes time to make it yourself so you will not eat it often because its too much work. Other reasons I think about is that when I buy a pizza I don’t know all the ingredients they put in but when I make myself I know exactly what was used.

Saturday I was craving pizza, so I made one. I don’t remember last time I had it. Usually I eat pizza every 2 months or so but most of times I make it. I think its fun to make it and decorate the way you like.

Pizza sauce recipe

– 4 oz can of tomato paste

– 14,5 oz can of diced tomato

– 1/3 olive oil

– 2 cloves of garlic minced

– salt/pepper

– 1 tablespoon of dry oregano

– 1 tablespoon of basil

Р1 tablespoon of rosemary.( I added a little fresh basil and rosemary from my little garden also.)

– 1 tablespoon of sugar

Mix everything in a pot except the sugar bring to cook in medium heat until it starts boil. Turn off heat and add sugar. Let stand for a  hours or more to let flavors blend.

Thin pizza crust recipe

– 1/2 cup warm water

– 1 package of dry yeast

– 1 teaspoon sugar or honey

– 1/2 teaspoon of salt

– 1 tablespoon of olive oil

– 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

– 1 cup of white unbleached flour

In a bowl stir yeast in warm water until yeast is dissolved. Add sugar, salt, and oil. Mix in the flours to make a dough. Knead it for 3 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl and flip dough over in bowl so that dough top is also lightly greased.

Cover and let rise until its doubled in size, about 30 minutes. Press dough onto greased 12-inch pizza pan, pressing dough up on edges to form crust. Put on sauce and toppings.

Crust with my sauce on.

I used as topping mushrooms, green pepper, pineapple and broccoli.

Bake pizza at 400F for about 15-20 minutes, or until pizza edges are lightly golden.


Today I went for a run and I also did my workout outside in the park. The view was amazing and the weather was perfect.

I just used a branch to do some triceps exercise but most of mine exercise I did on the ground I just have a picture of my dirty hand. This was my first workout outside ever and I really enjoyed it.

Do you feel embarrassed if you are working out outside and you notice people watching you? I do.

Emotional eating


I have been trying to lose 10 pounds for about a year already. It seems impossible and I can’t remember how many times I started my diet and gave up in about 4 to 5 days.
The big problem is admitting that I have an emotional eating disorder.
Emotional eating is when you eat in response to your feelings not your body. The only way you know if you are an emotional eater or not is if:
– When your hunger comes suddenly sometimes even after you finished your meal.
– When you crave for a specific kind of food usually junk like ice cream, cake, pizza, fries, chocolate etc.
– When you are feeling full already but you can’t stop eating.
The are many causes of emotional eating such as stress, boredom, anxiety, frustration, etc.
The reasons I ended up over eating were boredom, stress, fears and sometimes I don’t even know why I do it. I have tried so many ways to distract myself from over eating but it does not help me all the time.
I do eat healthy and exercise daily but I am having a hard time controlling my portion sizes. I feel so ashamed of myself when I can’t stick to my diet and I hate that feeling, when I know I messed up again.
Once again I started my diet about 3 days ago and I know in about 2 days I may over eat again. I hope I can control my emotions this time because I don’t want to feel bad about myself AGAIN like I always do.

Egyptian lentil soup

They help to lower cholesterol, manage blood-sugar disorders, provide vitamins, minerals and protein, with no fat and very low calories. Lentils are a great substitute for meat. They are high in protein, iron and many other nutrients. Because of the high levels of fiber lentils help to alleviate constipation. Help to fight the risk of breast cancer and coronary heart disease.  Lentils also contain anti-oxidants similar to those in tea, red wine and other foods.
Egyptian lentil soup recipe
  • 5¬†cups water
  • 1 1/4 cup dried red lentils
  • 2¬†cups¬†chopped onions
  • 2¬†cups¬†chopped potatoes
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
  • 1¬†tablespoon olive oil
  • 2¬†teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 cup of carrots
  • 1¬†teaspoon salt
  • 1/3¬†cup¬†chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3¬†tablespoons lemon juice

Add the potatoes, water, lentils, onions, garlic, carrots and celery to a big pot, cover and bring to a boil. On low heat simmer 20 minutes.

In a small saucepan, add the oil; warm over low heat until the oil is hot but not smoking. Add in the cumin, turmeric, and salt; cook and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes.
Stir spice mixture into the lentil mixture; add cilantro, stir spice mixture into the lentil mixture; add cilantro, puree the soup if you like I usually puree just half of it.

Add in lemon juice and is ready to serve. Taste delicious with whole wheat toast. ūüôā

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