How to balance a Healthy Lifestyle 

I have to be 100% honest with you all, it’s HARD balancing a healthy lifestyle. Some say it’s impossible, but like my bio – even the word impossible has I’m possible in it.

As you all know (if you’re a new reader, keep on reading and you’ll be all caught up!), I recently started my full time job which has a longer work day than most. I wake up everyday at 5am and sometimes don’t get home until 8pm or 9pm. Yet I still manage to do a quick 30 mins to 1 hour workout daily.

When you’re working out, you HAVE TO motivate yourself by setting a goal. It could either be losing X amount of weight or building muscles. Whatever your goal may be, stick to it. Write it in a journal and track your progress daily. You could also take a picture every week to see your own progress, that’s always a great way to motivate yourself to work harder.

When working out, it’s important to be sweating your butt off. That’s how you know you’re pushing yourself. Since I have such a tight schedule, I usually workout at home by watching some YouTube videos instead of going to a gym. Here are some channels I LOVE working out to.

Boho Beautiful, she does a lot of yoga, Pilates and HIIT workouts. She shows you detailed instructions and does it with you. I LOVE doing this when I want to fit a quick workout in. I usually do 2 videos per workout.

XHit, it’s a channel showcasing various trainers with various exercises. It depends on what you’re aiming to do, they probably have it. Again, I usually do 2 videos per workout.

Lastly, the infamous Kayla Itsines! If you want, you can purchase her ebook guide online or download her app to purchase them as well. However, I found that if you do this little trick, you can do her Bikini Body Guide (BBG) for free.

  1. Search Kayla Itsines on YouTube
  2. Click on the first video. It’s of a woman doing the whole guide showcasing her transformation and it tells you what the exercises are.

Fair warning: the BBG is HARD and will make you SWEAT!!! But it’ll feel so good afterwards. Currently I’m only on week 1, day 2. Follow my health journey on my Instagram!!


As you can tell, I’m a skinny built girl – but I want to be fit and healthy. Follow my journey! 


Much Love,

Veee

Meal Prep | Lunch Edition


Recently I’ve discovered the BEST homemade lunch for work that everyone should 100% try it out. It’s healthy and delicious (delicious is the key word).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Quinoa
  • Kale
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Small piece of Salmon (or you can substitute with any kind of meat)
  • Pine nuts
  • Red/Yellow/Orange peppers
  • Lemon pepper salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Garlic
  • Onion

To start off, you’ll need to first cut up the kale into little chunks, cut the grape tomatoes in half, season the salmon (or any kind of meat) with lemon pepper salt and cut up the peppers into little cubes.

First, preheat the oven at 350 and grease your pan to start baking the salmon for 30 mins. While the salmon is cooking, start cooking your quinoa on the side. Then startheating up your pan with a little bit of coconut oil on medium heat. Add in some garlic for flavor, then gradually add in the assortment of peppers, onion, kale and grape tomatoes. Allow it to cook until tender (around 10 mins or less).

Now that everything is cooked, you can start packing your lunches!

Place the quinoa on the bottom, top it off with the kale, garlic, onion, tomato and pepper mixture on top of it. Add the salmon on top and sprinkle some pine nut to top it all off. Just like that, you’re ALL DONE!

If you end up trying out this recipe, let me know how you like it! Or if you have a healthy recipe you enjoy making for lunch, I’d LOVE to try it out too.

Much Love,

Veee

Dry Skin? We got you covered.

Winter, why do you exist?? With the coldness blowing in real fast, our skins are the ones taking a toll on dryness. Dry skin ain’t sexy, but don’t worry, I’ve got the perfect tips for you!

  1. According to Iconiclooks, you should avoid hot showers, but if you choose to take a hot shower – try to only limit it to 10 minutes only. After getting out of the shower, moisturize yourself immediately with lotion. Lastly, don’t expose yourself to the harsh weather too much.
  2. According to lovetoknow.com, try to eat more fatty food rich in omega-3 such as: salmon. If you’re not into salmon, there are a lot of supplements that you can substitute to get the same effect.
  3. Moisturize your face daily. For your day lotion, be sure it has at least an SPF 15. Night lotion, make sure you use a lotion that’s hydrating. My current favorite is Olay Regenerist. 
  4. STAY HYDRATED. Drink water daily, at least 6 glasses a day.
  5. Eat your veggies, they’re not only good for your body, but also for your skin.

Got any tips that I didn’t list? Please comment below, I’d LOVE to hear it! 🙂

Much Love,

Veee

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How To Make You Hair Grow Faster?

Let’s be real, there’s no magical way to grow your hair overnight. But, here are some tips to help increase your hair growth in a shorter amount of time, while still keeping your hair healthy!

  1. Dry Scalp Massage
    Give yourself an at-home massage using your fingers. Start at the front of your head, slowly move it towards the back of your scalp. Repeat this at least 50 times a day to help increase blood flow to your scalp. This helps nutrients get to your hair follicles more quickly.
  2. Wet Hair Massage
    While washing your hair, massage the scalp with your fingertips, starting at the back of the neck and moving around the hairline.
  3. Get Trimmed
    Healthy hair grows faster and split ends can work their way up stands, damaging hair and making it even shorter.
  4. Vitamin 101
    Supplements like biotin, found at basically any local pharmacy, encourage healthy hair and nail growth, while some haircare experts recommend taking Viviscal as well to speed things up.
  5. Condition, Condition, Condition
    Shampoo takes all of the dirt and grime out of your hair and scalp, while conditioner replenishes nutrients that your hair needs to be healthy and shiny.
  6. Lay off the Heat Tools
    Use your dryer, curling iron, and flat iron less, and when you do use product to shield your strands from harm
  7. Cold Water Rince
    Before you step out of the shower, douse your mane in cold water for a few seconds. This will help seal your hair cuticles, and prevent moisture loss and heat damage. Alternatively, avoid using scalding hot water when washing your hair, as it can weaken your strands.

Hope these tips help!

Much Love,

Veee

Why you should invest in a face serum?

“Moisturize your face, take care of your skin, use SPF on your face, don’t expose your face to the sun for too long…” I’m sure we’ve all heard one of those phrases one way or another, whether we hated hearing it or we appreciated it. A few years back when I was still in high school, I definitely hated hearing it. However, now that I’m older (and hopefully wiser), I see the importance of taking care of your skin. You can take care of your skin in many different ways, but recently, I’ve gained a new found obsession/love – face serums.

I’ve never used them before and have always been skeptical. I hated the feeling of putting oil-like serums on my skin. Why would I want to make my face oily after washing all the dirt and oil off my face? – made no sense to me. BUT, once I started using the face serum, I’ve seen a significant difference in my face. It looks more vibrant and healthy comparatively, also it makes my skin moisturize all day long.

There are a lot of different face serums out there, for some guidance as to which brand to purchase that will benefit your skin the most – check out this article.

Take your skin from drab to fab with one of these 8 worthy face serums”

What’s your favorite brand of serum? Share your thoughts to help readers like yourself! 🙂

Much Love,

Veee

Fresh & Co Review 

 
Chicken fresco & Thai turkey quinoa bowl 

Delicious AND healthy?! That’s the best kind of food combination out there, and I cannot agree more. Fresh & Co is the place to go, in New York City if you want that food combo. They have fresh salads, sandwiches, soups, and quinoa bowls. I picked the Chicken Fresco sandwich and the Thai Turkey quinoa bowl, both very delicious.

The Chick Fresco has slices of chicken with avocado and cheese, the combination is just mouth watering. The items inside were so fresh and you can definitely taste it, it’s something you could make at home. The Thai Turkey quinoa bowl is made with thai turkey pan fried with a ton of different veggies, on top of brown organic quinoa. Both very healthy, and the size is pretty big as well.

The environment of the store can be described in one word – welcoming. You get that “farm to table” feeling when you step inside of the store. You can smell how fresh everything is and you can see how everything is being made. There were a good amount of people there, not too many seating areas, but the store itself is pretty long. The staff is very friendly, it really puts that cherry on top of a great overall experience.

I’d definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a quick, healthy meal in NYC. Have you ever tried this place? If yes, which is your favorite item on the menu??

Much Love,

Veee

KBG-oodness!

 Can we just take a moment and look at this beaut?! This bowl right here is korean styled Chipotle. If you like Chipotle, then you have to try this restaurant out! This restaurant is called KBG BBQ, located in New Brunswick, NJ. The way the restaurant is set up is very similar to Chipotle. There’s a service line, where you pick your lettuce, rice, meat, and toppings. For my bowl, I got: lettuce, brown rice, noodles, spicy pork, cucumbers, and corn. Topped it off with the KBG mild sauce. Let me tell you, this bowl is DELICIOUS. The pork is perfectly cooked, everything goes so well together, it’s basically a match made in heaven.

Besides a bowl, you can make a burrito and a noodle soup bowl. You can choose from BBQ chicken, spicy pork, bulgolgi, or vegetables. Everything sounds so good, it’s so hard to choose a meat sometimes. Onto the toppings, I can’t even list them all for you, because that’s how many there are. They have kimchi toppings, but I’m not a huge fan of kimchi. Next to the korean Chipotle line, there is also a bubble tea station. You can grab a cup of bubble tea, while enjoying your bowl.

I give this restaurant a 10/10, definitely recommend it 100%! Where should I try next??

Much Love,

Veee

Homemade basil pesto with chicken, and avocado pasata!

Can you say YUM!? This dish was so incredibly easy to create, yet so delicious. The pesto sauce is homemade and it was my first time making it. I found the pesto recipe on Food Network. Check out the instruction from the site, it’s super simple to recreate.

Ingredients for chicken & pasta:

  • 2 packs of thinly sliced chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoon Montreal chicken spice
  • 2 tablespoon Chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 box of pasta of your choice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • squirt of lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the box.
  2. Marinate the chicken with olive oil, Montreal chicken spice, garlic, and chilli powder. Mix it well and start grilling/pan fry it.
  3. Cut the avocados open. Place the avocados, garlic cloves, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a blender. Allow it to blend until it has a creamy consistency. Mix it in with the pasta.
  4. Now you can start placing it on your place. First add the pasta, then chicken and pesto sauce.

Enjoy! Let me know your recipe for pesto, so I can try it! 🙂

Much Love,

Veee

Chicken Satay with Cauliflower over Rice

Hi Loves xx,

Two nights ago, I created this delicious, mouthwatering, tender, juicy, chicken satay over rice. This recipe is SUPER simple and requires only a handful of ingredients. I was going to create actual chicken satay with this recipe, but I thought it would taste super delicious as a sauce like meal. So let’s get right into the recipe!

You’ll need…

4 Chicken Breasts
1 cup of Coconut Milk
2 tablespoon of Curry Powder
2 teaspoon of Turmeric Powder
2 teaspoon of Sugar
1 teaspoon of Salt
1 Cauliflower

And…THAT’S IT!!

First, cut the chicken breasts into cube form – put that aside. Also, cut up the cauliflower into individual cauliflower bite form. Now, combine all the dry ingredients together – sugar, salt, turmeric powder, and curry powder – in a large bowl. Then, add in the coconut milk, and start stirring it together into a crepe mixture consistency. Slowly add in the cubed chicken breast in the mixture. After it is all submerged into the mixture, slowly add in the cauliflower – make sure they’re all submerged into the mixture as well. Let it sit for 5 minutes in the mixture.

At this time, pour some olive oil, or any kind of oil, into a cooking non-stick pan. Put your fire on medium heat, allow the oil to heat up at this time. After the 5 minutes is up and the oil is all heated up, you can start cooking your chicken and cauliflower. Pour out the whole mixture onto the heated pan and allow it to cook, until the chicken and cauliflower are cooked through all the way. The cooking time should be around 15 minutes or less. At this time, you can start placing your rice on your plates. When the chicken and cauliflower are fully cooked, place the combination over rice – and enjoy!

Let me know if you decide to try out this recipe!! 🙂 I would LOVE to see your creation.

Much Love,

Veee

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Penne Vodka with Chicken and Peppers

    Total cook time: 30 minutes || Prep time: 5 minutes || Total cost: <$16

So…I decided to try and create a penne vodka dish with a twist of peppers. This wasn’t as creamy as I’d like it to be, probably because the vodka sauce and pasta ratio was way off. Anyways, it was still delicious, if you want to know how I create this dish – keep reading!

You’ll need….

1 box of ziti
4 chicken thighs (they’re more tender than breast)
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 bottle of vodka sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon of Montreal Chicken blend
1 1/2 teaspoon of Chili Powder
salt and pepper to taste

First, you’re going to dice up the chicken thighs. Then, start cutting the peppers into thinly strips and cut that in half, so it’s almost the width of the diced up chicken. Start by putting some olive oil and butter into a pan, heat it up in medium heat. Once it’s heated up, start putting the peppers in and allow that to cook for 5 minutes. Take it out of the pan and put it aside. At this time, start cooking that pasta based on the box instructions.Then put more olive oil and butter onto the heated pan, start cooking the chicken. Move the chicken around constantly, don’t allow it to get burned. By moving it around, it allows the chicken to get cooked evenly and not dry it up. Once the chicken is cooked through, put the peppers back in. By this time, your pasta is most likely done. Drain it and put it aside. Back to the chicken, pour in the vodka sauce. Put the lid on and allow it to simmer for around 2-3 minutes. Start putting the pasta onto the plates, then pour the chicken and peppers mixture on top of it. I added some dry parsley for garnish and red pepper flakes for taste. ENJOY!

Let me know if you recreate this dish!

Much Love,

Veee

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