lunch box goodies

Blanc Lunch BoxAs we transition from winter to spring, many of our surroundings start to hold a new perspective: flowers start to bud, fire pits start to burn, shorts and sandals are dug out of the closet, and the sun sets a little sweeter. It’s easy to get in the mood for spring fashion trends and waterside cocktail hours that can last until dusk.

There is, however, one thing in particular that I have trouble transitioning: my lunch. I go from soup to sandwich to salad and back again in the winter. It’s about time somebody (anybody!) came up with some new lunch box ideas! So here I go: my recap of one week of lunch box goodies.

Day 1: the blt lettuce wrap

Ingredients

  • romaine lettuce (whole leaves)
  • cherry tomatoes (diced into quarters)
  • bacon (precooked or homemade)
  • mayo (or substitute low-fat sour cream)

Spread mayo on a full lettuce leave. Add tomatoes and bacon, wrap, and enjoy!

Day 2: broccoli salad

Ingredients

  • raw broccoli (chopped into small trees)
  • red grapes, sliced in half
  • sliced almonds
  • dried cranberries (you can also substitute dried cherries or raisins)
  • cooked bacon (I used my leftovers from day 1!)
  • mayo
  • white wine vinegar
  • a pinch of sugar

Combine chopped broccoli, red grapes, almonds, dried cranberries, and bacon into a bowl. Add just enough mayo to lightly coat the ingredients. Top with a pinch of sugar and a drop of white wine vinegar. Chill in refrigerator before serving.

Blanc Hummus Pita

Day 3: the hummus pita delight

Ingredients

  • pita bread or sandwich thins
  • hummus (original or try a flavored hummus)
  • cucumber
  • feta cheese crumbles

Spread hummus on pita bread, top with cucumber and feta cheese crumbles. Serve as an open-face sandwich.

Day 4: tomato basil sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread (Italian bread preferred, or a toasted version of what you have on hand will work!)
  • mozzarella cheese (I buy mozzarella as a block and cut fine slices)
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • basil and spinach leaves
  • garlic-pepper seasoning
  • olive oil

Toast your bread until crisp and then brush lightly with olive oil. Create your sandwich by stacking the basil and spinach leaves (1:2 ratio), mozzarella, and tomato slices. Season with a pinch of garlic-pepper before closing with the top slice of toasted bread. Prepare ingredients the night before work for easy assembly at the office.

Day 5: pb & banana sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • crunchy peanut butter

What’s that saying…an oldie but a goodie? This was definitely a Friday treat for me! I paired this savory sandwich with a fresh apple and skim milk. It’s like I’m a kid again!

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I hope these meals make your lunch box happy!

xoxo

 

St. Patty’s Satisfaction

Blanc Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie

St. Patty’s day is usually filled with fried Irish goodness and washed down with green beer – and I’m not complaining. Yum. This year, gain your Irish bar crawl strength with a stomach full of some healthy grub. Introducing the Vanilla-Mint Green Smoothie by 3 Boys Unprocessed.

This double layer smoothie is packed with nutrients and greens. Add chia seeds for extra protein and antioxidants. Here’s what you’ll need:

Blanc Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie

Vanilla Layer

  • 1 frozen banana (peeled and sliced)
  • 1/2 cup of light coconut milk (canned)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Green Mint Layer

  • 1/2 frozen banana (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups fresh spinach
  • 10-15 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk

Blanc Vanilla Mint Green SmoothieDirections

  • Blend vanilla layer in food processor. Pour into serving glass.
  • Blend green mint layer in food processor (no need to clean it first). Pour into serving glass on top of vanilla layer.
  • Garnish with a mint leaf and serve immediately.

The health benefits of this smoothie are out the window and sure as hell beat that dyed beer you’ll be drinking. Mint not only helps with digestion, it can also promote weight loss and better skin. Spinach (as we’ve learned from Popeye The Sailor) strengthens muscles and eyesight, as well as helps maintain blood pressure. It’s a win, win.

Blanc Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
xoxo

 

 

Peaches to Pearls & #eatpretty

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Hi Blanc Blog readers! Let me begin by introducing myself before you think I’m a crazy blog hacker – my name is Luisa from Peaches To Pearls. It is such an honor to be able to be a guest blogger here today. Isn’t Miss Tarah just ridiculously talented? And adorable. And witty. Okay Okay you get it – I’m a big fan!

To tell you a little bit about myself – I am currently obtaining my Masters in Clinical Nutrition at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. I am passionate about food (ALL food- I don’t discriminate! Except pickles. I hate pickles.) and affordable fashion. Everything you find on my blog is purchased on a student budget!

Today I want to share with you a little bit about my #eatpretty15 challenge. Before I scare you away, please understand that I am not your typical healthy-nutrition enthusiast. My favorite meal is a juicy burger and I hate kale salads. BUT I do believe in moderation. I believe that you don’t have to starve yourself to be pretty and you don’t have to give up everything delicious to get skinny. I do believe that you should have more good (healthy green stuff) in your daily diet, than bad (greasy French fries). So hopefully I have gained your trust and you are dying to know what exactly this #eatpretty15 challenge is all about.


 

I believe that you don’t have to starve yourself to be pretty and you don’t have to give up everything delicious to get skinny.


For the next 5 weeks (January 12 – February 15), I will give you a challenge. The name of the challenge came from an amazing book I read last month called Eat Pretty, by Jolene Hart, where she gives detailed information on how food affects our beauty. Each week’s challenge has been inspired by her book and by the physician/dietitian recommended Mediterranean Diet.

The challenge is not meant to be impossible or extremely difficult. We are already in week 2, so if you want to jump on in please do! Here is the breakdown of the weeks:

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Depending on how much of a challenge you want, you can do this two different ways:

  • Method 1: Do one week at a time. Do as much as you can handle and one weekly challenge at a time.
  • Method 2: Do each weeks challenge, then carry it into the following week. For example, you would go all 5 weeks with only drinking water if you did this method. This is very difficult but if you are up for the challenge – YOU GO GIRL!

This challenge does not have the sole purpose of “cleansing” your bodies, like for example- a week long juice cleanse. This challenge is to get your body healthy by incorporating exercise and clean eating. Cleansing will naturally happen with your new clean eating methods.

Every Friday for the next 5 weeks I will present you with the weeks challenge. Along with nutritional information, I will also give you a few recipe ideas to get you going for the week. Remember to incorporate Pinterest and maybe even make a special board just for the challenge! Join in on the community of women who are doing this challenge by using hashtag #eatpretty15 on your pictures via social media.

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If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me. My email address is peachestopearls@gmail.com. Although I cannot give you an individual meal plan, I can help answer any questions of what you can and cannot eat.

I’m going to end my post today with my favorite healthy dessert. This recipe is allowed this week because it’s naturally sweetened by coconut and does not have any processed sugar. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by and reading along today!

Xoxo,
Luisa

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Coconut Banana Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk (can also use coconut milk)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup roasted coconut chips (Trader Joes)
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1/4 cup granola (leave this out to make this gluten free)

Directions:

  • In a small blender, add almond milk, 1 banana, shredded coconut, vanilla extract and sugar. Blend together until smooth.
  • In a small container add liquid mixture in with chia seeds.
  • Soak overnight or for at least 4 hours in refrigerator
  • Top chia seed pudding with sliced banana, granola, and toasted coconut chips.

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