Author: Monika Andrea

Steamed Clams with Garlic, Herbs, and Lime

Steamed Clams are just about the easiest thing in the world to make. Fresh clams with a garlicky and herby brine is perfect as an appetizer to share with friends on a beautiful summer day.   I don’t know what has gotten into me lately, but I’ve been desperately craving steamed clams. I’m assuming it’s the weather… the last couple of weeks have been sunny and breezy with zero humidity. The weather takes me back to a trip out to Montauk last summer where I had steamed clams for the first time, and god were they good!   The...

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Aerial Yoga at Gold’s Gym South Lakeland

Come fly with Amy Meyer at the Zen Studio. Check out my first Aerial Yoga experience!   Aerial Yoga is a combination of traditional yoga poses and aerial acrobatics using silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling.   Practicing inversion yoga on the floor can put stress on your head, spine, forearms and shoulder joints, however aerial inversion yoga allows your spine and joints to decompress. Amy’s class starts off slow, focusing on on your mobility and breathing, and then  slowly working into inversions. There is something extremely calming yet exhilarating about being suspended upside-down and focusing on your breathing. You...

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Winter Citrus Paloma

Say goodbye to citrus season with a  Winter Citrus Paloma! Jump to Recipe Palomas are a tequila based cocktail that originates from Mexico. Typically they’re made with tequila, grapefruit juice, and club soda. The Paloma was actually one of the first cocktails that tried to make and liked, so I figured it would be a good “first drink” recipe to include on the blog.  I meant to post this MUCH earlier… but life got in the way and I’m posting it now. Sue me.   Moro Oranges or Blood Oranges actually originate from Sicily and Spain, however in the United States...

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Healthy Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein is a healthy, lighter, and low-carb version of everyone’s favorite take out food. Jump to Recipe   To be honest… I was very skeptical about using spaghetti squash as an alternative to pasta, but it works really well in this recipe. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein is a much healthier alternative to the typical Chinese chow mien and it doesn’t really change the flavor too much. I’ve found that other vegetable noodles become very ‘mushy’, BUT NOT THESE! These “noodles” hold their shape, texture, and take on any flavor. Even picky eaters who don’t like vegetables,...

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Healthy Kale, Quinoa, and Tofu Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

  Start the week off right with this Healthy Kale, Quinoa, and Tofu Salad. This salad full of protein, healthy fats, and flavor to keep you satisfied.  So. I ate waaaaaay too much this weekend.  We went out to Texas de Brazil for my youngest brother’s (Nico) 18th birthday, and we ate so. much. food.  This upcoming weekend will probably be the same because my oldest brother (Fernando) turns 25 on Sunday and we will be out in Orlando for most of the weekend. ??? After a weekend of indulgences, I like to clean it back up on Sunday’s and...

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i’m monika andrea…

I’m not a chef, dietician, or a health genius; but I love healthy food and I strongly believe in the benefits of eating unprocessed, real food. Hippocrates said it best… “Food Is Medicine”

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Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Grilled Vegetable Medley

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Why I Stopped Counting Calories & Macros

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