Recently I polled social media to get some of your most pressing questions answered. I opened the floor to all areas of interest including health, food, and faith. Everything was up for grabs, and I ended up with some rather intriguing questions…
What’s my favorite quick, easy, and healthy meal after a long day?
Making dinner every night is exhausting. A great way to eliminate the stress of slaving over the stove is by investing in frozen foods. Hear me out… Costco/Sam’s Club have some great frozen food meats like natural chicken breasts, fish, seafood, and chicken sausage that are easy to whip up and are customizable to your mood/taste. I love eating tilapia and vegetables (sweet potato, green beans, broccoli, squash, or zucchini). Whatever vegetables you have on hand will do and you can either boil, bake, sauté, or roast them.
I also have gotten into zoodles recently and may never eat traditional pasta noodles again. They are easy to make and take less than 5 minutes to cook. Just add your favorite sauce and your ready for dinner! My favorite saucess: ground beef bolognese, pesto, thai peanut, or cauliflower alfredo. Plus zoodles are 85% less calories than traditional pasta noodles. Can’t beat that simplicity!
What are some good grab and go healthy snack choices?
I love nuts! Cashews, almonds, pecans, mixed nuts. Costco has a great unsalted nut mix that has cashews, pecans, almonds, and pistachios that’s really tasty. Also, Trader Joe’s has a great selection of nuts that are reasonably priced compared to most other grocery stores. Carrots, celery, and bell pepper slices go great with hummus or guacamole cups. Larabars are easy to slip into your purse or beach bag and won’t go bad in the summer heat.
What’s my quiet time routine?
I like to have my quiet time in the morning. I feel like the world is quieter and my mind is fresher. If I wait til bedtime, all I want to do is doze off. I started reading Paul David Tripp’s New Morning Mercies every morning while sipping on my coffee and love it. His writing style has depth and is easy to follow, but is not as simplistic as Jesus Calling. The main components of a successful quiet time are 1. quiet 2. a good study or devotional to walk through daily AND 3. beginning your time with prayer.
What’s my dream job?
I’d love to host my own international Food Network show. I’d get to travel, taste, and explore the whole world. And get paid while doing it! Don’t we all wanna be Giada De Laurentiis?!
Does Splenda really cause cancer?
According to the National Cancer Institute, Splenda (or sucralose) has not been linked in any scientific studies to cause cancer (more…). However, think about it. Splenda packs all the sweetness you crave without any of the calories or carbs of regular sugar. If it seems too good to be true, it may just be. The problem with artificial sweeteners like Splenda is that they are low or no calorie, so your body receives the brain signal that you are eating sugar (glucose), but your body can’t find any carbs to pull energy from. This causes an increased sugar craving, which can increase your appetite over time as well as increase your overall caloric consumption. Some healthier Splenda alternatives for baking are Stevia, Coconut sugar, Agave, Organic Cane Sugar, and Organic Honey. If you are looking for a way to sweeten your morning coffee, try adding almond milk, 2% milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, Agave, cocoa, or Stevia to it. And if all else fails, try Organic Cane Sugar. It’s less processed than conventional table sugar and doesn’t have any of those pesky pesticides.
What does “kitchy” mean?
This may be the most asked question I get. And no, it is not an adjective for kitchen! Kitchy is actually derived from the noun kitsch, which is of German origin and means “things (such as movies or works of art) that are of low quality and that many people find amusing and enjoyable” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). I chose the word because I thought it honestly conveys my brand. Kitchy Living is the opposite of “on fleek” or trendy, it’s an amalgamation of things that inspire, feed, and bless me. I hope my posts amuse you while also shedding light on relevant topics for people in every walk of life.
Didn’t get your question answered? Comment below with your pressing questions or wait until my next social media Q&A. Hope you enjoyed it!