The “zoodle” (zucchini noodle) is a great low carb alternative for everyones favorite pasta dishes.
Zoodles are my go-to while doing Whole30 and Keto and are still a staple I have implemented into my weekly diet when looking for low-carb options. You can use this recipe as a base for any recipe where pasta is usually used. Top with alfredo or marinara and pair with ground turkey or chicken.
2 Medium sized zucchinis (one serving)
2 tbsp olive oil
1tsp minced garlic
salt to taste
pepper to taste
cut off the ends of the zucchini
spiral zucchini using a vegetable spiralizer
Heat pan over medium heat and coat pan with oil
Add zucchini , garlic and spices
Cook while stirring frequently until zoodles are soft.
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Meet Your new Whole30 go-to fav.. Roasted garlic potatoes.
When doing Whole30, I ate these potatoes multiple times a week as a way to feel satisfied and resist cravings for my favorite fried potato alternative- french fries. This recipe is super easy to do and will make the 30 days that much easier.
When looking for new colors to buy of dip powder, it was very hard for me to find real pictures and reviews of people using the powder colors I was considering. So I created my own! Here is a rolling list of all the powders I have tried so far, and that will be updated regularly to hopefully help you find the perfect nail color!C
Ginger (D23) is the perfect burgundy for those fall and winter months! Ginger was the first dip powder I used, and I must say she did not disappoint. This color was the start of my addiction to dip powder and creating the perfect manicure all on my own. When looking at the jar it looks as though it is a light purple color, so this burgundy is definitely more on the purple side of the burgundy spectrum more so than red. But once you pile on the layers you get this beautiful dark ox-blood color. Now, if you want the color to be a lighter burgundy with a hint of purple, I recommend 2 layers of colored powder. But if you want a dark ox-blood color like I have shown above, then I recommend 3 layers of colored powder. I highly suggest using a clear dip powder for your first layer that covers 3/4 of the nail to keep the color consistent (if you don’t, when you file around your cuticles to get the natural nail shape, it will make the color lighter in those areas).
Obsess (DP256) is a true navy and definitely one of my favorite colors from Revel. This powder covers very evenly and easily. Obsess is that perfect color when you want a dark nail that isn’t black. The powder in the jar looks almost light blue, but as soon as you add activator it turns to that true navy color. I suggest using only 2 coats of Obsess over a 3/4 layer of clear dip powder to get a very deep navy!
I am always looking for the perfect light pink/ nude neutral nail color that goes with everything, and Runway (D233) is that color. While wearing this color I received so many compliments! Runway has a slight gray tint that is better described as a dusty ballet pink. It is very opaque and I only needed 2 layers to get this solid color. 10/10 recommend!!!!
Galaxy (DP213) is my first “mood changing” dip powder I have tried. When your nails are warm they are this bright silver color that can be seen near my cuticles above, but when your nails are cold it turns into this dark gray/blue that is really pretty , seen near the tips of my nails. It’s the middle of winter in Illinois right now, so I loved how when I went outside the tips would turn dark and create this ombre effect! But 99% of the time, your nails will be silver, so keep that in mind. I personally preferred the color it changed into when cold, but I loved the glitter! I suggest 2 layers of Galaxy followed by a layer of clear to protect the glitter when filing.
**check out my Instagram highlights for a video showing the color change!
Just like how I am always looking for the perfect neutral nail, I am always looking for the perfect red nail! A lot of reds are either too orange or too dark, but Desire (D241) is that perfect bright candy apple red. It’s my go to when I have a big presentation at work or just want to feel good about myself because it makes me feel a little more put together. It’s girly and sophisticated! I suggest using 2 coats of Desire over a 3/4 layer of clear dip powder, and that you add this color to your nail collection ASAP!
Scarlet (D71) is the french manicure pink that will go perfectly with a white tip dip or when you just want a natural pink nail. It is basically a clear dip with a pink tint. This is one of the colors that when searching for pictures of this online, it was difficult to gauge what this actually looked like because no-ones result looked the same. Some people had a more opaque coverage and some looked like mine above. I generally like the color of tint, and it does make your nails strong and elevated if you like a natural look.. but I plan to try this over a white layer next time so there is an opaque coverage on my nail.
Agave is a periwinkle blue that can look more blue or purple depending on the light. This color is perfect for spring and summer! It adds an extra pop of color to my wardrobe.. since that basically consists of black white and grey. Agave has very easy coverage and I recommend 2 layers over a 3/4 layer of clear dip powder to keep the color consistent.
Emily is a beautiful, soft white. I am loving this color for this transition time period into spring. This is definitely my new go-to nail color. I suggest using 2 coats of Emily over a 3/4 layer of clear dip powder.
Barbara is your basic black, not going to lie this is a messy color.. but who doesn’t love a good basic black manicure that doesn’t chip! I suggest 2 coats of Barbara over a 3/4 layer of clear dip powder.
This super quick and easy 3-step cauliflower “mashed potatoes” recipe will be your new go-to side dish for every day of the week. It’s an easy, low carb option that is Whole30 and Keto friendly.
I am always looking for easy, healthy options to add into my weekly menu rotation. With the rise of the Keto diet and other low-carb diets, substitution of potatoes for cauliflower have become a huge trend. With this easy 5-minute recipe, you won’t even miss the high-carb alternative.
12 oz riced cauliflower
I get this frozen from Aldi (comes in regular and garlic & herb for under $2) but can be found almost anywhere.
1/2-1 tbsp butter (substitute ghee for Whole30)
1 tbsp garlic salt (more or less depending on preference)
Cook cauliflower according to package if frozen or steam if fresh. (To make this in 5 min or less microwave for 3-4 min.)
Dip Nails or SNS, is the newest nail technique to surface in recent years. People love it because of it’s various color options, durability, no need for UV light and how it strengthens your natural nails. Dip powder is easy to use, and lasts upwards of 3 weeks. You can get this done at almost any nail salon now, but why pay $50+ every couple weeks, when you can get a whole starter kit for less than $35? The process is fairly simple and takes about 1-1.5 hours.
PAPER TOWEL- makes for easy clean up and protects your work surface.
1.PREP YOUR NAILS- Push back cuticles, then using a 180 grit file, shape nails and then file nail surface gently until there is no shine. Apply acetone to a small piece of paper towel and rub each nail (this helps to dehydrate your nail and help the dip powder stick).
2. FIRST LAYER- Using Step 1 Pro Base, apply a thin layer to 3/4 of nail, avoiding the cuticle area and dip in clear powder (do this one at a time as the Pro Base dries quickly). Tap finger to remove excess powder. After about 30 seconds, gently use powder brush to remove any additional powder from nail. This helps to avoid build up around the cuticle area.
**If you don’t have clear you can do this with the colored powder as well. But I find that doing the first layer with clear helps to keep a more uniform color across the nail)
3. SECOND & THIRD LAYER- This time using Step 1 Pro Base, apply a thin layer all over the nail, and dip in colored powder. Tap away excess and after about 30 seconds use powder brush to remove any additional powder. To keep your Pro Base from getting thick and polluted with powder, be sure to wipe the brush off on a lint-free paper towel between every application. Repeat for a second layer of color.
**Wipe away any Pro Base that gets on your cuticles or skin before dipping, as the powder will stick to anywhere you applied the Pro Base. If you find that there is a build up of powder on the sides of your nails, I like to use a nail brush (pictured above) to remove the build up between layers in addition to the powder brush, Just be sure you give the Pro Base & powder ample time to set before using, about 1 minute.
4. ACTIVATOR- Using Step 2 Activator, apply generously to each nail and cap off the ends. Let dry 1 minute.
5. SHAPE- Using 180 grit nail file, file sides and edges of nails to push away from cuticles. Using nail drill, smooth out cuticle edges and any major bumps (if you don’t have a drill or don’t have any major imperfections you can use the 180 grit nail file instead). Then using 120 or 140 grit continue to smooth out nail. Apply Step 2 Activator again to each nail and let dry 2 minutes.
**There is no need to buff the nail to a perfect shine, you just want the overall shape to be cleaned up.
6. FINISHING GEL- Wipe nails with a lint free paper towel to remove any excess Activator. Then, apply your first layer of Step 3 Finishing Gel in 2-3 quick strokes, avoiding the cuticle area and wiping the brush on a paper towel before re-inserting into the bottle. Let dry 15 seconds. Then apply a more detailed thin layer, getting close to, but not touching the cuticle. Repeat on all fingers. Let dry 2 minutes. Apply favorite cuticle oil to all fingers and rub all over nail.
And there you have it! Your own dip powder manicure that you can do over and over for the fraction of the cost at any nail salon.
Delicious gluten free & dairy free, Olive Garden inspired recipe that everyone will love!
16 oz sliced bacon
16 oz ground Italian sausage (mild or hot)
1 large onion, chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 cups UNSWEETENED ORIGINAL almond milk
12 cups water
4 tbsp chicken bouillon
4-6 potatoes (up to preference)
6-10 oz kale, chopped (up to preference)
**all items were purchased at Aldi
Chop bacon and onion into small pieces, slice potatoes.
Set instant pot to saute, combine bacon, sausage, onions and minced garlic. Saute until sausage is browned, bacon pieces are crispy and onions are transparent. Drain fat. (You can cook in a stock pot if you don’t have an instant pot)
Add water, potatoes, chicken bouillon, and kale.
Set instant pot to soup setting, allow pressure to build and cook for 20 min. (if using stock pot set to high until brought to a boil, simmer for 30 min or potatoes are soft)
release pressure, add almond milk and serve.
Makes 8 – 12 servings ( depending on what your idea of that is)