Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Smoothie- 5 ingredients or less

This super easy to make smoothie has only 4 ingredients and is very low in fat, but has LOTS of flavor. It's the perfect start to a healthy day!

This week's tip was to start the day healthy and this is the perfect hassle free recipe for it! I made this soooooo super easy ANYONE can do it, even that person you know that can burn water somehow.
I have seen a lot of oatmeal smoothies lately and I thought it was such a fabulous idea! With lots of fiber and protein it is sure to stick to 'dem ribs! So I then it I figured why the hell not use a instant oatmeal packet that already has flavor and is sweetened. This smoothie goes down quick since its soooo delish, but you will feel full for a good while! It's also low fat!

The stats on this are QUITE impressive if I say so myself with only 5 grams of fat and 22 grams of protein!!!

So besides the foodgasm of it you have that whole healthy start to your day that is ridiculously easy!

Below you can see the mise en place (a fancy french word for every ingredient in it's place)

RECIPE: Dump all this in a blender and you are good to go, let it sit for a couple minutes for a thicker smoothie! EASY!

On a totally different note, I would like to pat myself on the back for a minute- I took all these photos in manual mode! Yes I know- my photos are pretty decent, but I always shoot in auto and I have plunged myself into the world of manual mode so I can really be legit when I call myself a food photographer!

I have fallen in love with it and I wanna have as much control as I can pre production. I am pretty psyched since post production was a breeze with these guys!

Nutritional Stats

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Weight Loss Challenge- Week 9

Week 9's tip is to start the day f%$^*n healthy! When you start well you have a better chance of keeping that groove going the rest of the day, the converse is the same. If you start with a sweet you will be craving it ALL day long!

This is a lesson I learned along my journey to healthier living. It took trial and error but I totally realized how you start your day totally impacts the rest of it! This can be said for eating as well as everything else.

I noticed if I caved and had a cookie and called in breakfast I would be craving sugar the rest of the day. Then there is the old "Oh I already had an unhealthy breakfast may as well write this day off..." There is this domino effect, if you start with a healthy choice odds are that you will make another healthy choice.

For example this morning I started with a smoothie, went to work and spied a chocolate cake in the kitchen. I was totally tempted by the fudginess, the gooeyness, how moist it was and the smell of chocolate wafting in the air at me. That bitch was calling my name... BUT I didn't wanna undo the good I already did, so I completely gave that cake the cold shoulder.

But I really wanna know... how do YOU start the day healthy?

My Week 8 Recap

High Points- I got in exercise and went to a beer event that night, didn't even have 1 whole drink and I ate a snack when I got home since I forgot to eat dinner. (but ummm it was a cookie, DUMB!)

Low Points- Didn't plan enough in advance, ate a lot and did some wine tasting on Saturday. Resulted in lots of snacking and eating a sandwich called "The Heart Attack" this would have been okay if I remember I ALSO had my father's birthday the next day. I sampled pastries and dinner was eggplant parm and meatballs. Did my best to control my portions, but OUCH! Let's see what the scale beholds, but I am not feeling too lucky!

Below is evidence Exhibit A- Me and "The Heart Attack"

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

4 Cocktail Inspired Water Infusions with 4 Ingredients or Less

You want to drink water, but you hate the lack of flavor? Well here are 4 cocktail inspired water infusions (with 4 ingredients or less) to take that water from drab to fab and without the hangover!

A big thanks to the ladies on the NY Foodgasm Summer Weight Loss Challenge Page- especially Tiffany, Jennifer and Dawn. YOU have inspired this post and this fun idea!

Is drinking water a hassle? Do you feel like it's a chore to choke down the tasteless water you body needs so badly? For someone just staring out with water, it really sucks! Some of the ladies in NY Foodgasm Summer Weight Loss Challenge started posting about water. How do you get the water you need even if you HATE drinking it? They started posting some infusions- that got the wheels a turnin' in my head. Hmmmm I never made my own, why the hell not try it!

Then I took it to a whole notha level- I modeled them after some popular cocktails!

  • The Cosmopolitan for all those Sex In The City lovers.
  • Pina Colada for you fruity kinds that wanna feel like you're on vacation. 
  • The Mojito for the creative types. 
  • The Margarita for those that like all things south of the border. 
Infused for your pleasure! They're super easy to make and I assure you drinking water will NOT be boring anymore! Just take a look at these pretties below!

Summer Weight Loss Challenge- Week 8

This week's tip is Drink some Fuckin' H20. You need water so make sure you get 8 glasses in a day.

Our bodies range from 50-65% water. Every damn part of your body needs water to function. So you know if that ain't enough here are some more reasons to get your 8, 8 oz. glasses a day....

To drive the point home I used some colorful fucking language.

Monday, July 14, 2014

100 Days to Squeeze Stoli® Lemonade #StoliLemonade

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of STOLI® Vodka for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Photo courtesy of Stoli.com

A little PSA from NY Foodgasm-

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They are SUPER easy to make it goes like this:
- 2 parts Stolichnaya® Vodka
- 4 parts lemonade
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BAM- done! I cannot wait to make mine, I heart mason jars! Plus the smooth taste of Stoli® is really complimented by the lemonade for a refreshing summer drink. Look how cute this drink looks too?!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Writing Process- A Blog Tour

Learn a little about me and my process and what makes me tick.

So what is the deal with this? Like what the hell is a writing process blog tour? Well it is a way to learn about me and my process, basically what the hell goes on in my crazy train brain...  Hmmmmm are you sure you wanna know?

Well Debi from Life Currents invited me to do this, so I guess she was brave enough to ask how I work and what makes me tick.

I met Debi over a year ago, she was one of my first blogger friends and a fan. We share a love for bourbon and were considering a bourbon joint post sometime. Well anyways, I didn't even notice for a while she was vegetarian... that is because her food just looks delicious and filling like a complete meal. She is like a totally cool, non-preachy vegetarian.

Check out some of her work....

Maple Brown Sugar Bourbon Blackberries      Bourbon Banana Walnut Bread

Over this past year of knowing her she has been the most supportive blogging friend ever. She always shares, likes and comments... but like really awesome enthusiastic comments that will make you feel REALLY good if for some reason you're dragging that day. The first month I met her she sent me a thoughtful gift in the mail. Like seriously, so sweet, so supportive and generally a beautiful soul! So THANK YOU Debi for inviting me to join you in this!

OKAY here we go..... MY Writing Process

1- What am I currently working on?

Lots of stuff! I always have a bajillion ideas and time for only a couple.

I may have my first recipe published what should be a very popular book. Fingers crossed, but I must keep mum.

I write for a couple local Edible publications so I always got something brewing... I am the their chick beer writer and photographer.

Healthy water infusion recipes inspired by cocktails. Next is 5 smoothies with 5 ingredients or less... I am getting inspired by buzfeed and thrillist.

I will also be having guest contributors in nutrition and fitness. Experts in their arenas to give you guys some awesome info on how to live a NY Foodgasm lifestyle- living out loud!

Planning on entering the video arena soon. I want people to get the full effect of Sophia up in their face.

Then I also wanna redesign the blog... but let's not talk about that beast just yet.

2- How does your work differ from others in your genre?

I pride myself in my originality. I guess I would consider myself a healthy food blogger with some crazy ass decadent eats in between. So my working tagline is "Healthy food with an attitude!" I think that pretty much sums me up.

I live a healthy, yet totally realistic lifestyle. My 80% healthy and 20% bacon and beer is how I do it. What also sets me apart is my street cred. I lost a lot of weight, over 70 pounds and kept it off. But you won't find any boring healthy shit here. Life is about fun and I want to enjoy every damn meal and be fit as a fiddle.

I am a natural entertainer, as my husband says... so I like to keep my posts short and really fun.

3- Why do I write what I do?

You are gonna call me a cheese ball... but this is how I will make a difference in the world. As fun as I am... I am inside totally dead sober serious about this blog, the pictures I take and the recipes I make.

This blog started as a way for me to share my healthy recipes with friends, but from there I realized I can reach the world- I can touch, move and inspire people to live healthier, happier lives. To bring happiness to others is really what I aim to do.

I worked REALLY hard to completely change my lifestyle and live life in the drivers seat... (NOT the passenger seat). I want to help others do the same, but have FUN doing it. It doesn't have to be a drag... or totally serious and boring.

4- How does your writing process work?

First off I still feel really weird calling myself a writer. A writer to me is some dude in a room locked up in his attic using a typewriter and words like "dubious" or "incredulously" LOL. Someone that writes about politics or world issues that has some fancy degree and sometimes wears a smoking jacket.

So I am totally NOT that and I ain't gonna win a Pulitzer prize... and I am finally growing into this new "title". I write my thoughts, feelings and I entertain with words.

OKAYYYYYY- but back to my process. As you can see I get off topic VERY easily and have a hard time focusing.

Recently I have become more organized. I plan posts now a few weeks in advance to help myself stay on task. (I still change my mind though sometimes, so it's flexible.)

My ideas are inspired by other blogs, pinterest and the world. Sometimes ideas are sparked in conversations. I find myself having food planning conversations with my friend Will, he like for real worked in a restaurant and kitchen and knows the "real" and "proper" ways to do shit.

I am very intuitive about my shoots, I run fast and loose and all over to find the best light.

I make a HUGE mess, my husband isn't too fond of that part... I am like the Pollock of the kitchen.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Brown Butter Bacon Ice Cream

This ice cream is the ultimate in decadent indulgence with both brown butter and bacon! Give yourself the epic treat with this southern inspired brown butter bacon ice cream.

I apologize in advance to my vegetarian friends for defiling a usually innocent childhood treat. For yes a pig died and jumped into this ice cream, but at least it died to be in something so epic! 

Since bacon is the candy of meats it only seemed fitting to be in ice cream- AND since it was my birthday and I had a bacon theme for the food- then yeah it had to happen! (I also didn't wanna bake a cake since I don't have central AC) 80% of the time I am eating all healthy and shit, loving my veggies but I go to extremes and then things like this happen and since it was my birthday, it's totally justifiable, right?!

So I thought about how to properly pay homage to the king of cured meats and what would compliment it. I never got to brown butter or even try browned butter, but I liked the idea of the caramel notes it would bring and how that intensity of sweet would contrast with the salty. To further drive this home I used brown sugar for most of the sweetness because it goes with the southern roots and the molasses added to brown sugar perfectly goes with most meats and rubs already. This all sounds fancy, but most of this is deeply intuitive, I am somehow able to taste something before I make it. So that is how my crazy train brain just works.

So basically this ice cream is a heart attack waiting to happen, but you will enjoy your last few breaths at least. You may enjoy it so much that you will make a vat of it to bathe in and roll around in to eat your way out of. Make this and eat responsibly. A little goes a loooong way!

What you need

3 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 3/4 cup milk
(reserve 1-2 tablespoons of milk to mix with corn starch)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (can sub with vanilla extract)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon rendered bacon fat   (eeek I know, I'm sooooo soooo bad)
3 slices of bacon cooked crisp and cut into tiny bits (I used Trader Joe's Black Forest Bacon)

How to make it

1- Whisk together cornstarch and 1-2 tablespoons of your milk, set aside.
2- Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan on medium heat, I recommend using a stainless steel pan so you can see the butter turn brown. Here is a great brown butter tutorial!
3- Remove the butter from heat once it's browned, add in your brown sugar and let is dissolve into that magical brown butter.
4- Place pot back on medium heat whisking in your heavy cream,milk, and vanilla bean paste.
5- Once it comes to a boil remove from heat and whisk in cornstarch and milk mixture.
6- Place back on heat and add the rendered bacon fat. Stir well until slightly thickened. (enough to coat spoon once removed)
7- Place in fridge overnight with the slices of bacon to infused it. (Don't chop up the bacon just yet, it will get stuck when the ice cream is churning.
8- Remove bacon slices and churn ice cream as instructed by ice cream maker
9- Add chopped up bacon pieces (I used food processor)
10- Freeze to set and serve!