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Step away from the peanuts…

I have been addicted to peanut products lately. Every day for a while now, I have been having peanut butter, at least 1/3 cup of peanuts, and some kind of baked good that contains peanut flour in it. A couple days ago, my mouth started constantly having a metal taste in it. Once I realized that brushing my teeth, gargling, and chewing gum wasn’t getting rid of the metallic taste, I googled possible causes. The only one that makes sense is overdosing on copper. Peanuts are a prime source of copper. Oops. So, I am currently banned from all things peanut. Grr.

On a happier note – Nina and I have bonded quite a bit! She is much more relaxed and friendly and is acting more like your typical puppy. I am getting quite attached to her :) I was getting worried there for  while…

After taking Nina on a walk yesterday, I came home to make lunch. I had a salad and a St. Patty’s day themed sandwich!

Tuna Salad Sandwich: Easy & Healthified

Recipe: Serves 1

1 can albacore tuna (should be ~25 grams protein)

1/2 avocado

spoonful of teriyaki sauce (I used Soyvay-even though I’m not down with soy)

sea salt

fresh cracked black pepper

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whole wheat bun

sprouts

Directions – Mix all of the first ingredients in a bowl and spread over a toasted whole wheat bun! Top with sprouts!

Benefits:

Avocado * contains vitamins A, B, C, and E. Also contain phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, zinc, and iron. Their greatest asset is their monounsaturated fat content, which is linked to lower cholesterol levels, reduced risk of heart disease, weight loss, and even alleviating depression.

Tuna * 4oz of tuna is packed with 30 grams of protein, 118% of your daily needed tryptophan (which has a relaxation effect), 75% selenium (which can drastically reduce risk of skin cancer!), 67% niacin, 59% B6, and 40% thiamin! The fat in tuna is largely omega 3, which reduces inflammation, helps the heart, lowers blood triglycerides, and may lower the risk of several cancers.

Questions: Have you ever been stuck with a metallic taste in your mouth? How is your week looking?

I don’t even like soup, but

this was ridiculously good. Lets call it SweetpoCoco soup because its main ingredients are sweet potatoes and coconut milk. Because the soup is already full of carby goodness, the noodles in this dish are shredded KALE! Trust me, its superb.

Recipe: Serves 2, but I recommend doubling it for left overs.

Chop up 1 large sweet potato into smallish pieces and place in a bowl with a tablespoon or 2 of water and cover with another bowl. Microwave  for 7 minutes.

Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot that has been sprayed with canola oil. Throw in 2 chopped cloves of garlic, cover, and let cook until they begin to brown.

Once browned, pour in half of a can of light coconut milk and 2/3 a cup milk. You can use more or less of the coconut milk, just be sure to make up for it with an equal amount milk.

Cover, bring to a boil, and then reduce heat. Let it simmer for 25-30 minutes. Don’t let it boil the entire time because it will lose too much liquid, but if you do, just add more milk.

Then, remove the bowl from the heat and mix with a hand mixer or electric mixer. Once blended, put the soup back on the stove and add:

2+ cups kale (it will shrink a lot, I promise!)

1 heaping tsp vanilla

a couple shakes of cinnamon

1/2 -1 teaspoon cumin

a dash of red pepper flakes

handful of raisins, salt, and a dash of pepper

Let it cook until the kale is softer and brighter in color.

To eat, top with peanuts! I also added coconut, but I couldn’t taste it, and instead, I wanted more peanuts.

The original recipe can be found here.

Benefits:

Kale * Its levels of vitamins K, A, and C are off the chart! It also has manganese, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants.

Coconut Milk * Is said to have alkalinizing effects on the body.

Peanuts * A tasty source of vitamin E, folate, and niacin. They also have resveratrol, which is the antioxidant everyone is freaking out over in red wine!

Red pepper * Boosts the metabolism!