Cup of Joe & Day 3

by in Blog Posts, Lifestyle April 2, 2015

IMG_5263Calling all coffee drinkers!

Contrary to popular belief, drinking coffee does have it’s health benefits!
Medical News Today tells us that “the potential health benefits associated with drinking coffee include: protecting against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer and promoting a healthy heart.

It is only when you OVER-drink (more than 2 cups a day) and load your mug with added sugars and artificial creamer and flavors that it then becomes UNhealthy.

The truth is that most people don’t even like the taste of coffee – they are addicted to the added SUGAR in the flavored creamer!
So, what’s in your coffee?  I enjoy my morning cup of joe and also believe that in this day & age, every coffee shop should offer almond milk.  Not just soy, whole milk or creamer. We are becoming a more health conscious country and these coffee shops (including the biggest one that starts with an S and has a green logo but I am not naming and names) need to keep up! Thoughts?

What goes into your morning cup?

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B – Egg scramble: 2 organic eggs, ½ cup broccoli, 1 oz goat or feta cheese w/ 1 slice Ezekiel bread and 1 medium orange

S – 12 raw almonds & 1/2 banana

L – Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad: ½ medium sweet potato diced, ½ cup cooked quinoa, ¼ yellow pepper, 1 tbsp chopped cashews – mix with dressing: 2 tbsp fresh orange juice, 2 tbsp lemon juice, ½ tsp local honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper.

S – 2 tbsp hummus and 2 cups raw veggies of choice

D –    Seared Shrimp Salad:

  • 1 lb of 16/20 wild caught shrimp – deveined
  • 1 tsbp coconut oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp siracha
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper diced
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame – thawed
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan/reggiano cheese

Combine first 8 ingredients – marinate for 30-45 minutes.  Heat cast iron skillet and spray with cooking spray.  Add shrimp mixture.  Cook for about 2 minutes. As shrimp start to turn pink, add edamame and peppers – saute for additional 2-3 minutes. Serve over mixed greens & top with cheese.