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15 min Sushi Salad Bowls with Seared Ahi Tuna

Sushi Salad Bowls with Ahi Tuna and Sesame Dressing | Easy low carb meal with spiralized vegetables

Sushi is definitely one of our FAVORITE foods. I think we could eat it every day. Going out for sushi is so fun, but it’s a difficult and expensive thing to make at home.

That’s why I came up with this sushi bowl. It’s an easy way to make a sushi-like dish at home, plus it’s low carb! Also, it’s pretty with vibrant colors and lots of healthy raw veggies!

Seared ahi tuna is the protein I chose for this dish. You could also do shrimp or tofu for a vegetarian option. Bonus: minus the fish this dish is entirely vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free!
The spiralizer makes this recipe super fun. The base of the bowl is cucumber and carrot spiralized. It changes the texture and composition of the bowl when it’s spiralized vs chopped. If you don’t already have a spiralizer, I love this one! It’s so versatile. You can switch things up by using a spiralizer for all kinds of veggies! Zucchini, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cucumber, carrots etc. I highly recommend.

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Sushi Salad Bowls with Seared Ahi Tuna and spiralized veggies. Low carb, gluten free, dairy free, grain free. Sushi Salad Bowls with Seared Ahi Tuna and spiralized veggies. Low carb, gluten free, paleo, grain free, dairy free!Sushi Salad Bowls with Seared Ahi Tuna and spiralized veggies. Low carb, gluten free, dairy free, grain free.

Sushi Salad Bowls with Seared Ahi Tuna
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ lb ahi tuna
  • 1 cucumber, spiralized
  • 2-3 large carrots, spiralized
  • ¼ cup shelled, ready to eat edamame
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • DRESSING
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil – where to get
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar – where to get
  • 1 tsp agave – where to get
  • Spiralizer
Instructions
  1. Peel the carrots and cut off the end where it gets really skinny. Spiralize the cucumber and carrots. If you don’t have a spiralizer yet, I love this one!
  2. Slice the avocado.
  3. Prepare the bowls with a mixture of the veggies, edamame and avocado so they’re ready to top with tuna once cooked.
  4. Heat a pan over medium / high heat. Add olive oil or avocado oil (tip: sesame oil has a low smoking point so don’t use that to sear the tuna)
  5. Season the tuna on both sides with sea salt.
  6. Sear tuna about 3 min on each side. The middle will be pink.
  7. Slice the tuna into strips and add to bowls.
  8. Divide the dressing between the two bowls and top with sesame seeds.

Sushi Salad Bowls with Seared Ahi Tuna and spiralized veggies. Low carb, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free!

 


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Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash + Meal Prep

Anyone else have a hard time getting a good breakfast in the morning during the week? It seems like there’s never enough time in the morning to cook a good breakfast so I find myself grabbing a bar as I run out the door.

I made this breakfast hash as a meal prep for quick healthy breakfasts you can grab and microwave –  no cooking or prepping necessary the day of. If you have a job where you can eat your breakfast hash when you get to work then throw the mason jar in your bag and bring it with you! While I intended this to be a meal prep recipe, it makes a great weekend breakfast too.

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Sweet Potato + Kale = Super Food Breakfast Hash

Sweet potato makes all the difference in this breakfast hash. Not only does it give a nice flavor and texture, it’s healthier! The fiber and protein of sweet potato keeps you full through the morning. Kale is FULL of vitamins and I love to quickly chop and throw it into these types of dishes for an extra serving of veggies. Plus that dark green is so pretty!

I got about 4 servings out of this, which I put into mason jars and stored in the fridge to grab in the mornings. If you’re on the go, wholly guacamole single serving packs are awesome to add in after you’ve heated it up.

Tip 1: dice the sweet potato into pretty small pieces so they cook faster.

Tip 2: I found these easy white, screw-on tops for mason jars on amazon. I like them because they’re easier to clean / use and they don’t rust. You can find them here.

Sweet potato and kale breakfast hash with avocado and cilantro. Meal prep for easy breakfast during the week

Sweet potato and kale breakfast hash with avocado and cilantro. Meal prep for easy breakfast during the week

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash + Meal Prep
 
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Cuisine: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 med sized sweet potato, diced into small pieces
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped kale
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Avocado or wholly guacamole single servings
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • EVOO + S & P
  • Mason jars and lids
Instructions
  1. Saute sweet potato in olive oil over medium high heat for about 7 min stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the chopped kale and saute another 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Turn down the heat to medium. Whisk eggs together and add to the pan, stirring frequently.
  4. Just before the eggs are fully cooked, take the pan off heat (they will continue to cook another couple minutes) and stir in the cheese.
  5. Divide into mason jars or serve on plates and garnish with avocado and cilantro. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash Meal Prep for easy weekday breakfasts on the go! Healthy and filling to sustain you through the morning.


9 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash + Meal Prep”

  1. What a yummy breakfast (or dinner)! I love sweet potatoes, and great tip on cooking extra for quick and easy grab-and-go breakfasts! I’m not a fan of cold eggs, but I’d probably cook up everything but the egg, then have it in jars to quickly throw in a pan and add an egg or two. Still fairly quick! YUM!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Nice Cream

Nice Cream healthy dessert that is vegan paleo and gluten free without the cone!

Nice cream: ice cream that is nice to you by being healthy!

Normally, I don’t try to make classic dessert-type recipes into a healthier version because they tend to leave you disappointed. But this one is so good I promise! You can have a big ol’ scoop of “ice cream” and not feel guilty about it!

There’s no cream involved in this recipe. No added sugar and it’s still delicious! I know, I still don’t understand it. Just trust me. Simple ingredients like bananas, cocoa powder and banana make it yummy and simple. My nice cream is also vegan and gluten free if that’s important to you! 

When I think of dessert, I tend to crave a rich chocolatey flavor. And what goes better with chocolate than peanut butter? The recipe is simple and I use a food processor to thoroughly mix the ingredients. It makes it easier, but if you don’t have one you can use a blender or just mix with a whisk.
Once it’s been in the freezer for over an hour or two, you’ll need to throw it in the microwave for about 1 minute to soften it enough to eat. Enjoy your guilt-free treat!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Nice Cream made with bananas. Vegan and gluten free dessert!Nice cream is a healthy version of ice cream that is vegan gluten free minus the cone and easy! You'll love it!Peanut butter chocolate nice cream made with bananas and cocoa powder. Vegan, gluten free without the cone. Enjoy your healthy dessert!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Nice Cream
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
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Instructions
  1. Mix together the melted coconut oil and cocoa powder with a whisk.
  2. Add all ingredients to food processor and blend until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer mixture to a pan, cover and freeze for at least 1 hour.
  4. Serve in a bowl or cone. Consistency is very similar to ice cream! Enjoy 🙂

Peanut Butter Chocolate Nice Cream. An easy healthy dessert. Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free


10 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Chocolate Nice Cream”

  1. Love this. Definitely going to bookmark it for a warm summer day. I’d use vegan chocolate chips myself, as we are 100% vegan here! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yes! I have a similar recipe that I like to make. It is soooo good! A great way to indulge without *really* indulging. 🙂

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Living a Fit Lifestyle – Health Tips + Workout Swag

Living a Fit Lifestyle & How to stay motivated working out. Fitness Routine.

What do the lives of fit and healthy people look like?

Do they work out twice a day and drink liquid kale?

How do they have the time to be fit?

All valid questions.

Good news: I consider myself a fit person and I’ve never drank liquid kale.

But really, we are all SO busy. How can we make being fit and active part of our lifestyle? I’m not here to give you some secret magical trick that will instantly change your life without you having to lift a finger. But, I do want to offer some practical and simple health tips that work for me.

And I do believe that being fit and active DOES change your life. You know what else changes your life?

BALANCE.

I’m over counting calories and weighing myself every morning. I’m over feeling guilty for missing a workout and for eating a cookie. Let’s just do what makes us feel good.

Learn to listen to your body. Maybe you don’t even realize that you’re not operating at 100%. Or even 75%. Our bodies learn to adapt and work with what they have. They’re pretty good at it too. But we’re not actually meant to feel exhausted all the time, stressed, bloated or sluggish.

Self Care, Living a Fit Lifestyle, Be Active, We cannot be of help to others if we don't care for ourselves

Living a Fit Lifestyle. Health Tips. How to Stay motivated working out. How to stick to a fitness routine.

Living a Fit Lifestyle. Health Tips. How to Stay motivated working out. How to stick to a fitness routine.

WHAT’S YOUR WHY?

If any of this is resonating with you and you want to make some changes, this is the most important step. Finding your why is the best health tip I can offer you as far as motivation goes. So why are you doing this? You’re not doing this for someone else. This is for YOU. It’s your story. 

Maybe you want to be more fit so you can play with your kids. Maybe you want to have the stamina to travel and see the world. Maybe it’s weight loss. Maybe it’s for your psychological health and stress relief. Maybe it’s just so that you can feel good.

Take a minute and think about what it is. Write it down!

STAYING MOTIVATED

At first, making a change in your lifestyle requires some motivation. Eventually, your goal is to turn these health tips into habits; to make it almost effortless.

#1: Have a plan

Doesn’t have to be anything crazy. Could be as simple as walking for 20 minutes 3 times per week. Could be going on pinterest and finding a no-equipment, home workout you can do. PS – mama’s, have you seen those home workouts using your baby as weight?? I love it!

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are - Theodore Roosevelt. Self care and living a fit lifestyle. How to stay motivated in your workout

Most importantly, make it realistic. Don’t make too much of a drastic change all at once. Give yourself some time to adjust to the changes in your lifestyle before furthering your goals. That’s how you’ll make it stick.

Personally, I love going to classes. Barre, circuit training, spin, yoga etc. They offer a variety and I love the community. Sometimes it takes a little more time out of my day, but since I love it so much, I make time for it. It’s become a priority in my life and it makes me happy! That’s the goal here. A lot of boutique studios will offer you a free week or free class if you’re a new customer. Another benefit of group classes: you’ll learn good form and learn exercises you can do at home on days you don’t feel like going to a class.

#2: Tell someone

Or a few people. Especially friends or family that are also making it a priority to live active lifestyles. Bounce ideas off each other and hold each other accountable. Sometimes simply talking about it out loud is motivation enough.

#3: Remember your WHY

Whenever I’m slacking a bit or having a stressful week and I’m tempted to get off track, the most powerful way to stick with my plan is to think about why I’m doing it in the first place. Literally envision yourself running around with your kids, hiking the Grand Canyon, going on a bike ride with your family, or simply feeling good. It’s a powerful tool and it works. Don’t underestimate the power of the mind!

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Living a Fit Lifestyle. Health Tips. How to Stay motivated working out. How to stick to a fitness routine.

Living a Fit Lifestyle. How to Stay motivated working out. How to stick to a fitness routine.

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Living a fit lifestyle, workout motivation, be active, athleisure, fitness inspiration

USEFUL TOOLS & SWAG

Seconds Timer App

Allows you to set up intervals on a timer for however many seconds you want and then a rest period. It will repeat for however many sets you choose. It’s perfect for HIIT or tabata workouts (which are in my opinion the best bang for your buck when you only have a few minutes).

*Use pinterest or youtube for HIIT exercise ideas. My faves: high knees, mountain climbers, jump squats, burpees, lunge jumps.

Group Classes

I already mentioned how much I LOVE group fitness classes. To me, being in a group class is the most motivating and fun way to work out.

-Check out groupon in your city for discounted classes

-Try new studios in your city and ask about a new client offer

Try out ClassPass

My Favorite Workout Swag

Don’t underestimate the power of a great workout outfit! 🙂 I’ve linked some of my favorite gear.

 

Check out my RECIPES page for healthy meal ideas!

I’d love to hear what works for you! What’s your why to live a fit lifestyle? Comment below!

Living a fit lifestyle: health tips and workout swag. Fitness Motivation

Living a fit lifestyle, how to stay motivated with health tips + workout swag. Workout Motivation & fitness inspiration


10 thoughts on “Living a Fit Lifestyle – Health Tips + Workout Swag”

  1. Couldn’t agree more with your post. Great read. Its so true to know your why. For me to stay fit and lead a healthy lifestyle is very important. Its so easy to get off track but stay focussed is the key 🙂 Enjoyed reading the post 🙂

  2. This is awesome! I am in total agreement that it takes small steps to get in the swing of things, and we don’t all need to drink kale smoothies :). I notice that HIIT training only takes a few workouts a week to change your body which is awesome. Love your tips and it all totally resonates with what I believe!!

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  1. Hi Bri –

    My friend Gabriella Moreno, recommended I reach out to you! We are excited to announce The Bar Method’s second location is opening in Edina on February 1st💥! We are hosting a select group of influencers/VIP’s, like you💞, to join us for an exclusive pre-opening class on Thursday, January 25th at 6:30 pm. You will be the VERY FIRST to see the new digs and experience one of our signature Express classes!

    In addition, we would love to offer you a complimentary month of classes at either of our Twin Cities studios 💁.

    I look forward to having you see the new studio! Let me know if you are able to join us on the 25th.

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    Centennial Lakes
    Edina, MN 55435

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