Healthy and Happy

Rich in Nutrient$

August 1, 2017

Growing up I had TERRIBLE eating habits.

If it was green, came out of the ground, or wasn’t topped with butter or cheese, you could count me out. I literally ate Casa Ole queso with tortillas, and Jason’s Deli Plain Jane baked potatoes 5 x per week in high school. BLESS. Then that glorious, youthful metabolism started disappearing REAL quick, and I had to have a come to Jesus meeting about my diet. It’s a slow process. I definitely have my cheat days (weeks), but 3 years later I’m feeling better than ever. Who knew that your body works better if you fuel it with good food instead of crap?

I find that if I try to count calories, I get depressed. I focus on intuitive eating. Eating until I’m full, and listening to my BODY about what to put in it. Dieting never worked for me. It’s all about developing a healthy lifestyle, and making consistent good choices. My hanger might WANT a donut or a block of cheddar, but I know that I’m going to pay for it later. Each day I just strive to make my meals/snacks packed with nutrients that are going to help me be the best version of myself.

My first healthy and happy post is our dinner from Sunday night. We considered getting Chinese takeout while we watched GOT s7e3 (Olenna Tyrell, so savage). But after a weekend of continued birthday celebrations, I knew we needed something to wrap up our weekend on a healthy note. This is what I rounded up from our fridge:

My version of a lox bagel (toast) and an almond butter/strawberry toast with honey 🙂

*note my precious pocket Orchid from my sist, Amy!! Love it.

** double note that AMAZING honey from the Graham apiaries in Milam County (one of Josh’s relatives 🙂 ) Picked this up at the family reunion this weekend!


Step 1. Make toast.

Step 2. Add yummy stuff on top.


  • Avocado
    • packed with monounsaturated fat, which reduces those LDL cholesterol levels
    • high in fiber
    • packed with Vitamin K (great for bone health), Vitamin C (boosts the immune system) and Vitamin E (antioxidant that helps prevent cataracts, Alzheimer’s, and PMS (thank ya, Lord))
  • Smoked Salmon
    • GREAT source of Omega 3’s
      • lower triglyceride levels in our blood (fat)
      • helps with depression, anxiety, and ADHD
      • great for people with arthritis, it can help curb joint pain and stiffness
    • Decreases risk of heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
    • Great source of
      • potassium (crucial to heart function, skeletal and muscular contraction)
      • B12 (Nerve function, energy levels)
      • Selenium (antioxidant, helps fight inflammation)
  • Arugula
    • Vitamin A (promotes good eye health)
    • Vitamin K (essential for normal and healthy blood clotting)
    • Vitamin C (Gives you beautiful skin, and keeps you from getting sick)
    • Calcium (essential for strong, healthy bones and teeth)
  • Lemon
    • helps to alkalize the body
    • Vitamin C (neutralizes free radicals)
    • helps to detoxify the liver by dissolving uric acid and bile
    • Vitamin P (bioflavonoid) helps strengthen blood vessels




  • Almond butter
    • high in good monounsaturated fat
    • decreases risk of heart disease
    • helps regulate blood sugar
    • when compared to same serving size as peanut butter:
      • 3x more Vitamin E (remember that PMS 😉 )
      • 2x more iron (combats fatigue, prevents anemia)
      • 7x more calcium (great for bones, heart, muscles, and nerves)
  • Fresh Strawberries
    • Manganese
      • helps your body absorb vitamins and minerals
      • promotes proper Thryoid function which effects hormone levels, weight gain/loss, and metabolism
    • Potassium
    • High in HDL (good cholesterol)
    • Did you know that eating 8 strawberries gives you more Vitamin C than eating an orange?
  • Graham Honey
    • A drizzle of this is just like heaven! The honey in this jar was pollinated by bees that live near a cotton field. It was a treat to hear WK Graham talk about the last 50 years he’s spent working with bees in Milam County.

My father in law took this picture of WK at the reunion.


Proverbs 24:13-14 NIV

13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
    honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
    If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off.



I have sources for all the above info if anyone wants them.






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