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  • Healthy Taco Recipes You’ll Find Yourself CRAVING Every Week. I Promise!

    Taco Tuesday Will Be a Regular Thing In Your House After Trying These Healthy Taco Recipes.

    healthy taco recipe

    These Healthy Taco Recipes Will Become Your Newest Obsessions. I Can Promise You That.

    Who doesn’t love TACOS? Do you think you can’t have tacos because there aren’t any healthy taco recipes out there? Think again? Honestly– I think Mexican food is one of the easiest to hack and make healthier and still taste DELICIOUS. My husband and I have played around in the kitchen and made up several healthy taco recipes that are now staples in our monthly routines. In fact I’d say we are obsessed.

    In this blog post, you’ll find all these healthy taco recipes plus tips on how to mix and match additional ingredients to make them more or less spicy or add your own twists with different proteins/veggies etc.

    I have 3 healthy taco recipes for you in this post and each of these healthy taco recipes is less than 600 calories per serving and can be easily customized for food intolerances or flavor preferences. Further– when I make these — my man LOVES them and he’s not necessarily TRYING to make “healthy taco recipes” he just wants “YUMMY TACO RECIPES” LOL — they deliver!!

     

    One of the things we all know is of utmost importance in losing weight– watching what we eat. Watching how much we eat. We know that in order to lose fat– you gotta “diet” to some degree. And it’s very easy if you don’t count calories, read labels or measure your food- or if you eat out a lot — to overeat BIG TIME– even on “healthy” foods. 


    Read that again. You can be working out regularly and eating HEALTHY FOODS and — you can gain weight. Or just not lose weight. It actually happens to more people more often than you think. In fact, one of the women I have recently stumbled on on YouTube- “High Carb Hannah” shares her story regularly about how she went Vegan and gained 40lbs- she was eating mostly fruit and a lot of it. 

    Am I saying to avoid fruit? Nope. But- too much of anything can equal weight gain. For me, dieting is more about focusing on making great tasting meals with VOLUME FOODS— ideally a lot of vegetables and yes fruits– and protein– and from High Carb Hannah I learned how you can eat more food by cooking creatively and using less HEALTHY FATS (READ THIS POST to learn more about why you need to watch the healthy fats if you are trying to lose weight.) So, if you need to watch the calories you consume — make the calories you ARE consuming ENJOYABLE– delicious (yes it’s possible) and full of nutrition– give yourself a lot of bang for the buck. 

    Let me share some examples of what I’m talking about above. 

    First– how can you gain weight or be unable to lose weight eating “healthy” foods– 


    1) If you eat out a lot and choose healthy options but aren’t aware of the calories- based on my experience, the AVERAGE “healthy” sandwich at a fast food or fast casual dining restaurant is 700-850 calories. For a sandwich!! Not counting chips/apples on the side. If you are like me and when I started my caloric deficit number was 1600- that’s more than half my calories in one meal- one sandwich! 


    2) If you eat out- most sit down restaurant salads- even with grilled chicken or shrimp etc. can be upwards of 1200-2000 calories. Yup. You could exceed your daily caloric intake in one meal with a salad. 


    3) Sushi restaurants are EASY when ordering rolls with mystery sauces and fried fish- to get your calories up FAST. You do a few high calorie chef special rolls and maybe some spring rolls and a couple fortune cookies- easy 1500 calories in one meal. 


    4) Lots of folks going vegan or vegetarian go overboard on pasta/breads/fruits and gain a ton of weight. 


    5) Going to Starbucks a lot? Your AVERAGE very conservative latte/cappuccino is 200 calories– that’s conservative. Many people get a coffee drink 2-3x a day. That can be an extra 600-1000 calories you aren’t counting up. 

    READ THIS POST as well for some information on how CAN EAT OUT on a regular basis and avoid these traps but still enjoy your food. 


    Why you want to make your meals DELICIOUS and FILLING– focus on volume foods vs. convenience foods and lots of “fake” carbs”


    1) If you eat a meal – for example- one of my favorite “diet foods” is (seriously) Lean Cuisine Spinach Pizza. One Pizza is 360 calories and it’s DELISH. I’m obsessed. But I can EASILY EAT 2 OF THEM. Read that again. I can eat 2 and barely be full. Does it have protein? Sure. But it’s light fluffy bread crust (probably why I like it) . I can eat 2- and I Have to convince myself mentally to only do one…..but 45 minutes later I am HANGRY.


    2) Compare that option to a protein bar- many people think they can diet by having a protein bar for lunch vs. lunch. Same concept. You won’t be full. You’ll eat a lot of sugar. It’s not a meal. 


    3) Conversely- when you creatively make a big-ass-bowl or a Taco with a ton of protein and veggies- that meal, with maybe slightly more calories will keep you full for HOURS. Big difference in your daily experience when you are full and satisfied vs. having a growling stomach all day. 

    So let’s look at some of me and my man’s FAVORITE dinners (or of course you can make these for lunches too) – I mean these are FILLING and DELICIOUS and MACRO FRIENDLY – perfect for your next Taco Tuesday. I promise, once you make these, you’ll make them again and again and again.

    Those Healthy Taco Recipes You've Been Asking For!!

    healthy ground turkey taco recipes

    We just made this one last night. This is more of a “Taco in a Bowl” recipe- but you can take the same food situation above and slap it in a crunchy taco or a flour tortilla (or if you are like me and are avoiding gluten, we use Siete Tortillas almost exclusively– my doctor wants me avoiding gluten and now that I am keto I’m all about it– plus I cannot do corn tortillas myself or I break out in bad bumps on my neck. Get some Siete Tortillas in bulk on Amazon and- you’re welcome) and there you go. This is such a great combination of flavors= and I came about this, with my man, because I always enjoy a lot of hot food on top of a salad- crunchy romaine ideally. I also love how our favorite Mexican place will combine sweet and savory and use mango or peach in with the tomatoes/onions/peppers — then you add some heat and tang- from jalapeno and maybe cilantro or other herbs– bam. You’ve got a taste explosion. You’ll see in these recipes there is always a combo of hot and cold, sweet and savory, protein and vegetables etc. 

    Here’s my “Recipe”:
    Take one package of ground turkey- lean or super lean. Add to a skillet and cook through. We are currently using this cookware from Our Place and truth be told- they sent it to us to test out and we are OBSESSED. Truly obsessed!  This is non-stick cookware that’s not going to make you die like SOME OTHER COMPANIES- that’s right, it’s non-toxic. And it works like a BOSS. I’m not exaggerating- we love our cast iron pans for things like steak but we use this for everything. In fact- truth- just last night as we made this my man said “we need to buy this entire cookware line” . I cannot tell you how easy it is to clean and it’s just so dreamy. I love the cover and that you can rest the spoon that comes with on the pan handle! Brilliant. Below is a photo of this artistic piece of cookware. GET YOU SOME! (Click the photo to purchase)

     
     

    After you have cooked the ground turkey- add a packet of taco seasoning. Then I add a can of Ro-Tel. Then I add in 2 oz of extra sharp grated cheddar. Mix it all up so it’s melted and gooey. Turn heat down low to keep warm. 

    healthy taco recipes chicken

    Next up my man makes his rice- OMG so amazing. We use Jasmine Rice. He chops up garlic and jalapeno and sautes for a few minutes in a little bit of olive oil (watch your fats! click here to read why) then add the rice, saute that for a bit- add chicken broth and your preferred seasonings- we use oregano and cumin- bring to a boil, cover, cook for 15 minutes, then remove from heat and cover with cilantro and let sit. You have no idea how good this is. No he doesn’t measure the above ingredients- follow the instructions on the rice. Next up- now that the rice is cooked and the turkey mix is cooked- you can cook up a can of organic black beans in a pan– season with garlic salt and cumin- and then get ready to layer away! Start with chopped romaine lettuce in a big bowl. 

    healthy taco recipes with ground turkey

    Add the rice (measure it out, I suggest if you are counting calories/macros) and then the beans (1/2 cup each is a good portion), then top with turkey mixture. 

    Then add your toppings: I add cilantro, chopped mango, chopped red onion or green onion and then this epic hot sauce: Yellowbird Serrano Sauce. OMG OBSESSED. I also top this with avocado– measured. This whole taco salad below is likely around 400 calories (I measured the whole recipe divided into 4 parts and each was 481 calories but I actually had a smaller portion so I’d say I was closer to 400) If you wrapped this in 2 separate flour tortillas you’d add more carbs and about 200 calories. Still not bad at all. 

    You can also substitute shredded chicken here- cook in the instant pot and then warm up on the stove with spices and cheese and Ro-Tel. You can also do grass fed beef! Other great toppings- chopped up peppers, tomatoes, a sweet salsa etc. 

    Healthy Fish Tacos Recipe- Option One with Blackened Tilapia

    Y’all- these are soooo good. And so fast and easy to make. We are– you guessed it- obsessed. My man and I every time we make them are like OMG THESE ARE SO GOOD!! So easy- 
    So, tilapia is not an ideal fish but get over it – sometimes you go fast and easy. Get some tilapia filets and my man will season them with Emeril’s Blackening Seasoning and cook them in that Our Place pan- easy peasy. Then, he will toast up the tortillas (he does corn, I do flour or – will try some gluten free ones in the future. My experience is that gluten free are higher calories so what gives…I go for flour) so they are crunchy and delish– again, here’s where you watch your oil. He uses olive oil. I will spray the pan with Pam or Avocado spray. I need to watch my calories and fat intake more than him so I do that. While he’s doing the tilapia and tortillas- I chop up:
    avocado- add SALT after you chop up your avocado they are so much more flavorful trust me!
    cilantro
    mango
    pre-made cole slaw — but only the cabbage not the dressing
    We then just make our own tacos- I lay the tortilla down and cover the bottom with this avocado crema sauce we just discovered (measure it!!) or this is another sauce we just found and love– you can try this one too: spicy chipotle mayo. MMMM. Then I add the cole slaw then I add tilapia then avocado and mango then sprinkle with cilantro and top with the Yellowbird Serrano Sauce.  
    ENJOY. You’ll be obsessed.

    The Latest Addition: Healthy Mahi Mahi Tacos Recipe. OMG

    healthy shrimp taco recipes

    I’m a little embarrassed that I don’t have fancy blogger photos of this meal- but we are making this again probably tomorrow LOL I’m not joking- so I’ll take some then. I had “street tacos” at our favorite Mexican restaurant Tiago’s- and it was sooooo good I had to try and copy. So I looked up on their menu what was in it and we re-created it– it’s essentially:
    Mahi-Mahi– you can buy in fish taco chunks at the grocery store- brilliant!
    Steve cooked them up with olive oil and fresh basil and garlic and oregano- it was to die for.
    Cheddar- sharp cheddar cheese
    Cilantro
    Mango
    Cabbage
    Chipotle Mayo
    As you can see– we did the same thing. Cooked the tortillas (I use Pam not olive oil)- I spread the measured chipotle mayo on the bottom- add cheddar (measured) and then the cole slaw mix, then the fish, then avocado and mango and fresh cilantro. HEAVEN! HEAVEN. You can have 2 of these as prepared like that for about 500 calories. 
    This is healthy living. There are so many combos and tastes to mix up it’s awesome- and each meal is a great mix of protein/carbs/minimal fats. As long as you don’t “wing it” with throwing all these ingredients together and eating a TON — you can be pleasantly full with a wonderful delish experience and — stay on track with your diet plans. 

    BUENO. What recipe are you going to make first?? Do tell! And share your ideas with me too! 

    Update: You Must Try Egglife Tortillas. OMG.

    I think I randomly discovered these bad boys when ordering from Amazon Prime Now and OMG thank God I ordered them. We still love Siete but these…..I can’t describe it- they are more supple, they are more tortilla-ish to me. More flexible. 25 calories each. If I could buy in bulk like in boxes of a hundred I would. Order however you can, they are the bomb.

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  • My Daily Makeup Routine: VIDEO TUTORIAL.

    How I do my makeup every day- and what products are my absolute favorites.

    Ladies you have been asking me to do a makeup tutorial for a long time so here it is. This is a video “tutorial” below of how I do my makeup every day. Truthfully it usually takes me no more than 15-20 minutes max. Easy peasy. I learned about all the products from my favorite makeup ladies on youtube- I encourage you to follow some of your favorites but be ready to become addicted and start spending $500 every time you visit your local Ulta store. Seriously. 
    My next beauty post will be on SKINCARE– so let me know what questions you have for that one!! 

    All my favorite makeup products are here

    Makeup Tutorial Video

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  • Why SLEEP and REST DAYS are so important for health and fitness.

    Why you need to get a good night's sleep.

    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). As all of you know, I have been an advocate for the power of good SLEEP for years and when they asked me to help educate on chronic insomnia I said I’m ALL IN. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

     You know what I find perplexing? How many people complain about not getting good sleep or enough sleep- and yet, they don’t DO anything about it. I personally feel that the reason for this is that — and this is crazy- it’s become this accepted thing in our country to be a workaholic, and to not get a lot of sleep. In fact, I’ve seen way too many times, people actually bragging about how they never get more than 4-5 hours of sleep a night- and then they laugh it off. I, on the other hand, have always known in my gut that my body NEEDS optimal sleep. I truly have just known it– it wasn’t that I was acting on research, I just inherently knew my whole life that I needed to make a good night’s sleep a PRIORITY. And if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve shared– the VERY SECOND I start to feel worn down, beat, dragging…..or like I’m possibly coming down with a cold, I will 1) go to bed early that night 2) skip a workout 3) sleep in and more often than not– those simple steps will rejuvenate me and/or prevent me from getting a cold.
    I’ve always said that SLEEP and even REST is a great healer. The problem is, too many of us don’t give ourselves permission to STOP our crazy busy lives to REST. This has created a nation of workaholics (trust me I’ve been one of them) who aren’t sleeping, suffering from chronic insomnia, taking possibly dangerous OTC or prescription sleep drugs, and over-caffeine-ating the next day to try and “power through”. 
    DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? 
    Do you have problems sleeping? Do you have trouble FALLING ASLEEP? or possibly staying asleep? Let me tell you– you may know this- but you aren’t alone. The National Institutes of Health estimate that more than 1/3 of us suffer from chronic sleep disorders. 
    Friends, you know me. I’m all about encouraging you to 1) RECOGNIZE that feeling bad- in a big way and for a long time is your body telling you RED ALERT RED ALERT– HELP ME – something is wrong! and 2) UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH BETTER YOU WILL FEEL AND FUNCTION AND LOOK (YES LOOK! when you aren’t WELL, you look like hell! Sorry not sorry) when you FIX THE PROBLEM and lastly 3) REALIZE that to fix the problem, you need to become your own advocate– do some research be an informed patient and ask for the help and treatment you deserve– DON’T JUST ACCEPT LIFE AS IT IS!! 
    EXAMPLES:

     

    Remember how I was having chronic migraines for months? I couldn’t work, I couldn’t work out– this was NEVER-ENDING- from about August of 2019 to January 2020!!!! When I finally saw a neurologist– everything changed. I got my LIFE back! 
    Same thing for when about 10 years ago I woke up with horrible lower back pain. Didn’t go away. I did reading and research and figured out how to get rid of it. 
    What about hormones? Full disclosure !! it was my BFF Whitney Jones who PUSHED me to get my bloodwork and my hormones addressed with an integrative medicine doctor but once I did– my life has been forever better and now I’m one of those women that women find online to get help with — because they are lost and need assistance!!
    Too many people just ACCEPT crappy health situations. You don’t have to!! It’s time to address your SLEEP as if it is top priority because — I can tell you from personal experience- when you are getting GOOD CONSISTENT SLEEP– trust me– you will:
    1. Be more productive at work.
    2. Be better in your workouts.
    3. Eat BETTER and therefore stick with your diet and lose weight.
    4. Have energy.
    5. Look AMAZING. 
    When you don’t get sleep- you have zero energy. You consume way too much caffeine, you tend to eat the wrong foods, you have no drive to work out– and you trudge through the day. Why live like that? Let’s make transforming our sleep a priority.
    And as a “PS” here, I want to point out that REST is just as important and REST DAYS
    Too many of us who have big fitness goals and are impatient (ME ME ME) have problems taking rest days– we think more is always better when it comes to working out. We feel guilty skipping a workout. Is this you? I was there for years. Trust me when I say this– RESTING or skipping a workout when you are depleted is far better for you than pushing through a workout when you barely can stay awake– that’s when you start destroying your adrenals and getting into more serious health problems. Don’t do that. Make listening to your bod a priority and TAKE A REST. 
    This was my first week at a new job. I LOVE IT. And yet- this week was JAM PACKED with understandably- a lot of meetings. Back to back meetings and calls and homework etc. — it’s typical but a LOT to take in. I didn’t sleep on Sunday night because I was so excited and my mind was racing. So this week I missed 3 workouts. THREE! I HAD JUST GOTTEN BACK UP TO MY NORMAL 6/WEEK WORKOUT GROOVE– but I’m sharing this with you because– this week I was not eating well (my fault), and it made me tired, very tired from all the excitement and busy-ness. I knew my body needed REST during the day (not to push through a hard workout) and SLEEP at night. Quality sleep. Going to bed early and sleeping 8 hours. This was a priority.
     Am I frustrated I have a week this week with only 3 solid workouts? YUP! but I KNOW if I did the hard workouts on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday- I’d be probably on the verge of catching a cold right now. With covid life floating around us– AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!
    MAKE YOU AND YOUR HEALTH A PRIORITY!!! MAKE YOUR SLEEP LIFE A PRIORITY– WATCH HOW THAT CHANGES YOUR LIFE– TRUST ME.

    Do you have Chronic Insomnia?

    More than an occasional restless night, chronic insomnia involves difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or regularly waking up earlier than desired, despite allowing enough time in bed for sleep.

    “Getting adequate sleep can be difficult, especially in times of increased anxiety or stress, like those we have all experienced recently,” said Jennifer Martin, PhD, a member of the AASM board of directors. “However, chronic insomnia disorder is more persistent, and when left untreated, can lead to a range of long-term health issues.”

    Chronic insomnia disorder involves difficulty sleeping and daytime symptoms occurring at least three times per week for at least three months. Its lasting effects are more severe than acute or short-term insomnia, which in most cases resolves itself.

    Symptoms of Chronic Insomnia

    Symptoms associated with chronic insomnia include daytime fatigue or sleepiness; feeling dissatisfied with sleep; having trouble concentrating; feeling depressed, anxious or irritable; or having low motivation or low energy. It is more common in women than in men.

    Impact of Chronic Insomnia

    Chronic insomnia is associated with increased risk of a range physical and mental health problems. Research suggests chronic insomnia can lead to increased risks of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and motor vehicle accidents. Research also shows that impaired sleep is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, and a recent study found that people who have insomnia are 28 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those without.

    Chronic insomnia also has a negative impact on work and school performance, impairing concentration and increasing the risk of errors and accidents. Research has estimated that insomnia is associated with nearly 253 million days of lost work each year in the U.S. and more than $100 billion in annual costs due to indirect costs such as poorer workplace performance, increased health care utilization and increased accident risk.

    “The effects of ongoing insomnia can impact nearly every aspect of your life,” said David Bishop, chairman of the board of directors of AAHS. “Developing healthy sleep habits can help someone who has a mild or short-term case of insomnia, but if symptoms persist into the daytime and inhibit your quality of life, it’s time to get support from your doctor.”

    Stats from The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM) and American Alliance for Healthy Sleep (AAHS). 

    Want to learn more about chronic insomnia?

    Monday night I’m co-hosting a Facebook live on The Kelly O Show Facebook Page at 8:30pm CST followed by a Twitter Chat at 9pm CST on this topic. We have some great experts on so you can learn how to improve your sleep and your LIFE. Will you join me? For the Twitter Chat– log in and follow me to chat! 

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