How to Make Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Hey there, friends! I'm stopping by on this fine Easter Sunday with a short post with some pretty handy tips. I don't know about you, but I LOVE deviled eggs on Easter. I also love having some hard boiled eggs on hand for snacks sometimes too! But you know what I DON'T love? When you're trying to peel the shell off of the eggs and they won't come off easily which means you end up tearing off half of the egg white. No bueno! 

Well, this time around when I was about to boil some eggs I decided to try out the Pioneer Woman's way of boiling eggs. Anyone else watch way too many episodes on The Food Network? 

Binge watching her shows totally paid off in this case because guess what?! The eggs were SO easy to peel and NOT ONE PIECE OF EGG WHITE CAME OFF. No, I'm not lying. Is it embarrassing that this made me extremely excited? No shame :)

So, since I think this is the best thing ever I obviously needed to share it with you all. So, if you hard boil eggs often and are sick of fighting with the shells when trying to peel them... read on!

Step 1:

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and THEN add your eggs. Once your eggs are safely in the pot, lower to a simmer for 13 minutes. 

Step 2:

Prepare an ice bath for the eggs while they're cooking. Just grab a big bowl, add a good amount of ice, and fill it with cold water. 

Step 3:

Once the 13 minutes has ended, go ahead and put your eggs into the ice bath for five minutes.

Step 4:

Take your eggs out of the ice bath and crack them on the counter top and voila! The shells will come off in large pieces and you'll have tasty and PRETTY eggs. That matters, right? Right.

Alright, pals! I hope that this trick helps you out as much as it helped me. Do you have a different trick for getting your hard boiled eggs to peel easily? I would love to know! Let's chat in the comments below :)

7 Things You Can Always Find in My Fridge

Hey there, friends! How's it going? I hope you're having a relaxing and fun weekend. I've been playing catch up this weekend on a lot of things on my to-do list that I've been putting off (oops) so it's been a productive one! Later today my sister, my mom, and I are heading to a local winery that's having a sampling event AKA all of the wine and cheese so the weekend will definitely be ending on a high note!

I wanted to stop by today and share with you all five things that you can almost always find in my fridge. So, let's just jump right into it!

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1. Spinach or Spring Mix

I almost always have a bag of spinach or a bag of spring mix in the fridge. Spinach can be thrown into a side salad for dinner, the base of my salad for work lunches, or it can be thrown into a smoothie! A lot of times I'll buy a bag of frozen chopped spinach to keep for smoothies and then get a bag of spring mix for salads! Such an easy way to add some greens into your daily eats :) 

2. Vanilla Soy Milk 

A splash of vanilla soy milk is the perfect addition to my morning coffee! I love the creaminess it adds to my cup, and it adds the perfect amount of sweetness. I always have at least a small carton of this in the fridge!

3. Lemons

You can almost always find a lemon rolling around the produce drawer in the fridge at our house! I love adding lemon slices to my water, especially in the summer. It makes water a little less boring to drink ;P Lemons are also great to add to chicken or fish - just a little bit of lemon juice, salt, pepper, and EEVO and you're good to go!

4. Eggs 

I always keep some eggs on hand each week in the fridge - they're an easy and quick week night dinner, a great snack when hard boiled, and of course nice to use for breakfast on the weekend! Try making a simple egg scramble one night this week. Just throw in some spinach, tomatoes, onions (and whatever else you have on hand) and you'll have a quick and nutritious dinner in no time!

5. Tessemae's Dressing

I talked about Tessemae's dressing last week, but I absolutely love having a bottle of this on hand at all times. I not only use it as a salad dressing for lunches during the week, but I'll also use it for dinners too! I'll get some chicken breasts and throw them into a large ziploc baggie, pour some Tessemae dressing over them, and let them sit in the fridge for the day. Voila! Easy and tasty chicken, whether you want to grill or bake it :) 

6. Carrots

Carrots are a great snack to throw into your lunch or munch on throughout the day at home with some hummus AND easy and delicious for roasting in the oven as a side dish. If you haven't tried roasting carrots yet, do yourself a favor this week and give it a go!

7. Bread

I usually stick my bread into the freezer to ensure it won't go bad, and I try to always have a loaf waiting in there for me. Sometimes if I run out of salad mix during the week, a quick sandwich will do the trick for my work lunch the next day! I'll also sometimes quickly fry an egg to top a slice of toast with - easy, healthy, and filling lunch. 

Alright, friends, that's it - seven things you can almost always find in my fridge! What ingredients/foods do you always have on hand? Let me know in the comments below! 

 

 

My Favorite Store-Bought Salad Dressing

Happy Sunday, friends! Doesn't the weekend just seem to pass by in a flash? I feel like it was just Friday about five minutes ago! Even though it seemed to go by quickly, I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was a good mix of having plans and relaxing - Friday night I headed out with a few of my friend's to celebrate one of my best galpal's birthdays, Saturday I went over to my sister's house for a bit, and today I just did some laundry and headed back over to my sister and brother-in-law's house to have them help me study for my personal training cert! 

Anyways, the main event of this post is to tell you guys about my absolute FAVORITE store bought salad dressing. As I was eating my salad at work this week I realized I hadn't shared this salad dressing with you all and immediately put it on my list for the post this week! Drum roll please ;P

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My all-time favorite salad dressing is this homemade recipe I blogged about HERE, but when a gal's busy a store bought version is much easier, and that's where Tessamae's dressings come in. 

The story of how Tessamae's dressing came about goes something like this...

"As the mother of three athletic boys, Tesse had to figure out a way to get them to eat their veggies while staying healthy. Because serving a dressing full of artificial ingredients was not an option, she created and perfected her own all-natural recipe. When her oldest son, Greg, realized how great it was, he said, “Mom, let’s go into business together and make this for the world!” As Tessemae's All Natural grows its product line around the globe, the commitment to healthy eating and healthy living remains the core of the company's mission."

Pretty crazy, huh? Just a mom that was making salad dressing for her family's dinners and now it's their family's business, and a dang good one, too! So, what do I like about these dressings? First of all, they're all tasty, honestly I haven't had one that I don't like. Second of all, there's NO artificial ingredients or any of the typical junk in other salad dressings you'd buy. For example, her Caesar dressing has the following ingredients: 
Organic EEVO, organic lemon juice, organic apple cider vinegar, organic mustard, organic spices, organic coconut aminos, sea salt, organic balsamic vinegar, organic ginger, organic dates, organic onion powder, and organic garlic powder. 

I mean, compare those ingredients to a typical Caesar dressing you get off the shelf at the grocery store... you can't beat Tessamae's. The ingredients in Tessamae's dressings are REAL ingredients that we can recognize and pronounce, AND they're DELICIOUS! 

My favorite dressings are the Lemon Garlic, Balsamic, and the Caesar! All of Tessamae's dressings are also awesome to use as a marinade for chicken or other meats and fish. So, if you're looking for a healthy salad dressing to spice up your lunch or dinner, grab a bottle of Tessamae's the next time you're at the grocery store! I find mine at Whole Foods, but I'm sure they're in other stores as well.

Have you tried Tessamae's dressing before? Let me know in the comments below! 

 

 

My Go-To Healthy Snacks for a Busy Week!

Hey there and happy Monday! I hope that your second week of 2017 is off to a wonderful start. I've been a busy bee around here recently and that actually kind of inspired this blog post about my go-to healthy snacks! 

When I'm busy, I need to consciously remember to fuel my body with nutritious food because it's so easy to:

1. Forget to take the time to eat a snack.

Which leads to...

2. Getting so hungry because I forgot to eat a snack that I grab the quickest and easiest option, which usually isn't the healthiest choice. No bueno!

Can you guys relate? You can? Phew! So, I decided that I'm going to make a conscious effort to have my go-to healthy snacks on hand and ready to go for my hungry self and I thought I should share my favorite healthy snacks with you too! Maybe they'll give you some ideas for a snack to bring to work, school, or just to eat at home :) 

 

1. Apples & Peanut Butter

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Is there a better combination out there? Apples are rich in fiber, which will satisfy those hunger signals, while peanut butter is high in protein which will keep you full longer. Don't forget that apples do fall on the Dirty Dozen List, so I would choose organic apples at the grocery store. You can also pick up single serving travel packets of peanut butter at the grocery store to make this healthy snack more portable! I love Justin's travel peanut butter packets because you can just squeeze them directly onto your apple. When I'm not using travel packs, my all time favorite peanut butter is Peanut Butter & Company's Smooth Operator. 

2. Siggi's Yogurt

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You guys have witnessed my love for Siggi's Yogurt a few times on the blog and Instagram, and it hasn't gone away! Siggi's has the lowest sugar content I've seen out of any yogurts I've tried and the flavor does not suffer because of it. It's also high in protein, which you guys know keeps you full for a longer period of time. Score! Sometimes I'll top off my yogurt with just a little bit of granola for some crunch. I've been seeing Purely Elizabeth's granola on quite a few Instagram posts, so I figured I'd pick up a bag of the original flavor at Whole Foods this time around instead of my usual granola. The ingredient list is short with real ingredients, and it's pretty yummy (if you like the flavor of coconut you'd love this one) BUT it's about $4 more than my usual granola, so I'm not sure if I'll be buying it again unless it's on sale. 

3. Hummus with Carrots & Crackers

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Good old hummus. This has been a favorite snack of mine since high school, and it still hits the spot today! A tip for this snack - make sure you take out the amount of carrots and crackers you want to eat and don't keep the bag out (especially with the crackers). This tip really is for any prepackaged food you're snacking on, because if you're grabbing directly from the bag each time I guarantee you'll end up eating more crackers than you intended to. PS: I'm LOVING these Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers that I picked up at Whole Foods on a whim. The ingredient list is short and simple, which makes it a winner in my book! PPS: Have you ever had purple carrots? If you haven't, try them ASAP. They're yummy!

4. Babybel Cheese & Almonds

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This snack is the perfect on-the-go choice. Put some almonds in a baggy and take one Babybel cheese to go and you're set! I like to buy my almonds (and pretty much all nuts I buy) roasted and unsalted to save myself from all of the extra sodium. Don't forget: even though almonds are a healthy snack and contain GOOD fat, they're still high in calories. I usually grab a small handful and that's plenty to satisfy me. You have protein in the cheese and almonds in this snack, which makes this another filling choice that will keep you satisfied until your next meal!

Alright, friends, those are my favorite healthy snacks! What are some of yours? Let me know in the comments!

Happy snacking!

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS: How to Achieve Your Goals

Hey there, friends! I hope that you all had wonderful holidays with your loved ones. My grandmother was here with us for the week, so I was trying to soak up as much time with her as possible before she went back home to Florida, (so jealous that she's headed to warm and sunny weather) so that's why I've been a bit MIA the past week or so! I'm back now though, and I'm SO excited to see what 2017 brings to my little blog. I want to thank each of my lovely followers for sticking with me since I started Joyfully Jenna back in July, and I hope you'll stick with me for many years to come!  Side note, my extremely generous parents bought me a Canon camera for Christmas, so get ready to see higher quality pictures in posts to come! I'm so, so excited :)

I'm stopping by today to chat about a topic that many of you are probably thinking about around this time of year:

New Year Resolutions.

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To be honest, I'm not a big New Year Resolutions kinda gal. Don't get me wrong, I do like the feeling of fresh start with the new year, but I've never been one to set specific resolutions for myself. BUT I do know that many people do like to make some goals this time of year, many that center around health. So, I thought I would chit chat with you all about some strategies that I've found effective when trying to stick with my personal health goals throughout the years. 

Be realistic.

I know, we all want things to happen FAST, especially if we're talking about weight loss. But lofty goals are often not sustainable goals. Be realistic with yourself. Be HONEST with yourself. For example, if you're not going to the gym at all right now, and your resolution is to go more, don't set a goal to go four times per week. Too much, too soon, guys. Start small! Start by going maybe one or two times per week, and work UP to four times. Baby steps are KEY.

Be specific. 

So, you want to go the gym more in the New Year? Or maybe you want to eat healthier? That's AWESOME and I'm totally rooting you on, but you've gotta get a bit more specific with me. What does going to the gym "more" and eating "healthier" really mean? Does that mean heading to the gym two times per week for thirty minutes? Eating 3 cups of fruits and veggies per day as opposed to your usual one cup? The more specific you are with your resolutions, or goals, the more likely you are to stick with them. Why, you ask? Because you'll actually know if you achieved your resolution or goal. If you tell yourself you just want to go to the gym more, that could mean really anything and you may be less likely to hold yourself accountable. By being specific you'll know when you have (or haven't) achieved your goal. Here's an example of a resolution/goal for ya (that I hope to stick to myself):

I will go to the gym four days per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) for an hour each time.

See how specific I got there? Now at the end of each week I can check in with my resolution/goal and really know if I met it or not. Don't get freaked out by making your goals this specific either - if you find out after a week that your goal isn't realistic for you, that's ok! You can always go back and change it. 

Write your goals down. 

You know those specific resolutions and goals we just talked about? Write those bad boys down! I'm talking pen to paper, friends. AND put that paper somewhere you're going to see it each and every day. Maybe that means putting it on your bathroom mirror, your refrigerator, or maybe on your work desk. Put that piece of paper wherever you think will be your best "reminder place". For me, writing things down solidifies them. It's almost like my own little personal contract with myself, (does that make make me sound nutty?) and if I put that piece of paper somewhere I see it each day I'm going to feel pretty dang guilty if I don't work towards my goals. 

Tell someone all about your resolutions. 

Oh yes. You guys know that once you tell someone about your resolutions there's no turning back. Well, I guess technically there is turning back, but do you really want to tell your friend that you aren't sticking with your goal of going to the gym? Me neither! I want you to tell someone that you talk with regularly about the goals you've set for yourself. It may be a coworker you work closely with, your significant other, your mom or dad, a friend...whoever you're going to talk to on a regular basis!

Find a buddy.

When working towards a goal having a buddy is so helpful. If you have someone in your life that is also setting some resolutions for the New Year, buddy up with them! This tip and the one above is all about ACCOUNTABILITY. This buddy is going to give you someone that you'll check in with on a weekly basis, and you'll both be able to hold each other accountable for the goals/resolutions you've set. 

These five strategies are all ones that I use myself, and that I've also used with my health coaching clients. They really work, guys! So, if you're working towards some goals this year give one or two of these strategies a try, and let me know if they help you stick with your resolutions. 

Cheers to a New Year!