8 Healthy & Delicious Smoothie Recipes!

Breakfast is considered one of the most important meals of the day. It provides your body the essential nutrients to keep your energy level up throughout the day. Nutrients are the substances in foods that are required to support body function and maintain health. Such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein. Try adding at least 1 cup of fruit to your diet daily.

Here are 8 Healthy & Delicious Smoothie Recipes: 

Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie

 

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Top 5 Dessert Shops in Salt Lake City, Utah

I’m on a Salt Lake City kick lately, so get ready for lots of posts about this awesome city. Today’s post is about another one of my favorite things: FOOD options Downtown! I will have to make a completely different post on all the delicious restaurants. Because right now is all about Dessert shops! You’d be surprised at how many we really have here. It’s a good and bad thing (it all depends on how you look at it). Luckily for me, Daniel is obsessed with pastries and anything sweet really. When I told him that we should check out some out our favorite dessert shops downtown he took it as a challenge. Here is the thing, we didn’t have a lot of time. Due to that we only picked our Top 5 Dessert Shops in Salt Lake City, Utah. We decided to rate them with number 1 being our most favorite! 

5. Hatch Family Chocolates – 376 8th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103

4. Les Madeleines – 216 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

3. Mrs. Backers Pastry Shop – 770 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

2. RubySnap – 770 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

1. Gourmandise The Bakery – 250 300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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I recorded a fun video of this day with the description of every treat I bought, but it somehow got deleted from my computer. Unfortunately I can’t remember all their names now.

Don’t you think that the Universe is telling me that I need to visit all 5 locations again right? 😉

Stay tuned for a new video an more pics!

xo,

Nina

 

Alaska Select Seafood SLC Launch Event

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Disclosure: Nina Talks has received a free product for this review. All opinions are my own.

Doing 21 credit hours this semester has been interesting to say the least… Last week I took a little break from studying and went on a “Seafood food coma” With the help of the fisherman from Alaska Select Seafood. I learned a few interesting facts that I thought I would share with you today. As you know, I’m a full time student working on her Nutrition Degree. When it comes to eating healthy, checking labels, and learning facts about food, count me in!

Did you know that the salmon you buy at your local store is not actually “fresh” and it is usually twice frozen? It was a crazy to hear that from the fisherman at Alaska Select Food. Something else I learned is that there aren’t a lot of places that offer “wild caught” seafood contrary to what that labels on your grocery stores packaging says.

Nick Lee (fisherman/owner of Alaska Select Seafood) message is : KNOW YOUR SOURCE. Where does your seafood actually come from? Are the labels correct?

I was lucky to be able to participate in their Alaska Select Seafood SLC Launch Event and make the food below:

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I was excited to find out that they actually have pick ups at locations around the country, twice a year. The Utah order deadline is coming up soon. The order deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 24. Pickup is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Salt Lake City Liberty Park 4:30-6:30 OR Draper Wheadon Park 7:30-9pm.

Use NINATALKS code at www.alaskaselectseafood.com to take 10% off (up to 3 quantity total): Smoked Salmon (5 lb box), Sockeye Salmon Portions (10 lb box), Snow Crab (3 kg/6.6 lb box).

If you watch my YouTube video below, it explains the percentages and things the FDA doesn’t want you to know.

The folks at the Alaska Select Seafood gifted me with sockeye salmon & black cod. I created the two recipes below:

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Sockeye Smoked Salmon with Avocado Smear Salad:
-Bake in the oven (315 degrees) with a little bit of coconut oil for about 20-25 minutes.
-Create a dry rub with: 1tsp of cumin, 1tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of black pepper, and 2 pinches of sea salt.
-Avocado Smear: 1 avocado, ½ lime, 1 tsp of cilantro. Chop the avocado in small cubes and add in lime & cilantro.
After baking it top it with lettuce, carrots, and cucumber. Smear avocado on top.

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Salmon Tacos with Peach salsa:
-Bake in the oven (315 degrees) with a little bit of coconut oil for about 20-25 minutes.
-Create a dry rub with: 1tsp of cumin, 1tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of black pepper, and 2 pinches of sea salt.
-Peach Salsa: ½ cup of chopped onions, ½ cup of chopped tomatoes, 1 chopped peach, ½ cup of chopped green bell peppers. Mix everything together.
-Use soft tortillas for the tacos.
– Add Salmon to a tortilla, top it with shredded lettuces and peach salsa.

Enjoy!

Nina

 

On Sundays we Brunch!

One of my favorite things about living in Salt Lake City is all the restaurant options. You should all know by now how much of a Foodie I am (working on getting my YELP account to Elite status). FOOD = LIFE. It’s funny because I keep thinking I have eaten at most restaurants here in Salt Lake City, but then Daniel keeps introducing me to the best hidden gems in town!

20170716_120646Last Sunday we were invited to attend a “Gospel Brunch with a whole lot of SOUL” at the Gateway Mall. After exchanging emails as well as finding out more about the event from their marketing manager we were in!

“There is great food supplied by Cubby’s, Bloody Marys made with Titos Vodka, coffee from 3 Cups as well as amazing live music by the Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir.”

We both went in not knowing what to expect. Since there was food involved, and live music, what more could we ask for?

When we first walked in we could tell right away how well organized this event was! The outdoor set up had this “intimate acoustic concert” feel. While the inside (where the food was) had this 5 star restaurant feel to it.

There were a lot of different choices for the food and we couldn’t just pick one! I mean, just look at all the pictures below… We were full by the time we left the event!

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Our spread varied from fresh fruit, breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy, coffee, and tea.

Mimosas + Delicious Crepes = YUMM!

Live music was provided by Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir, a group of 40 singers that will bring you to your feet – clapping, swaying and stomping to the “joyful sound.”

We aren’t really Church going folks, as we do our own spiritual thing, but man oh man… That was awesome! I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear as the beautiful music hit our soul!

Brunch with the love of my life… Delicious Food & great Music! What more could this girl ask for?

We Loved when they sang Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror:

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)

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Unfortunately this was the last brunch of the season! I sure hope that they bring it back next year! Another awesome thing that happened was running into my friend from High School. She and her husband were part of the choir. So fun!

After we enjoyed ourselves. We headed over to the theater at the Gateway and watched the new Spider-man movie. (Must watch BTW)

The Gateway was looking awesome! We couldn’t help but notice the improvements that have been made. I sure hope that they bring back the mall I used to know. There is so much potential here. I miss visiting it. Unfortunately there aren’t as many options as there used to be back in the day… Here is hoping that The Gateway continues to grow once again!

Disclosure: Nina Talks has received tickets for this awesome event. All opinions are my own. I 100% recommend you to attend one of these events! 

 

Chia Seed Pudding

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Unless you’re living under a rock, you have heard of Chia Seeds by now. It’s one of my favorite seeds to use for healthy meals. It is so full of nutrients too! Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Here is a delicious chia seed pudding recipe that will have you asking for more:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut milk or milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup, honey or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 peach

Instructions

  1.  In a bowl, add milk, chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk together. Cover and refrigerate over night.
    Divide the chia pudding between four bowls and layer with chopped peaches.
    The chia pudding will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Calories per 2/3 cups: 143, Fat: 10, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 75, Potassium: 10, Carbs: 5, Fiber: 9, Sugar: 3, Protein: 5

Have a happy day!

Karina