Eating a low carb diet has really effected the way I feel, and how my body feels in such a positive way. One of the things I’ve noticed since going low carb, is that I don’t get that bloat in my belly anymore. And seriously, what girl wants to be bloated? Ugh.

But of course there are some comfort foods from before I started this lifestyle that I occasionally crave. I don’t exactly miss them because I know how gross I’d feel after eating them, but let’s be real…they are so yummy!

I decided to try to recreate one of my favorite dishes: Fettucine Alfredo. 

Instead of using Fettucine, I used Spaghetti Squash. And for the sauce, I used cream cheese and parmesan. To round out the meal in an easy way, I incorporated some frozen kale (sorry, I cut corners) and some slices of roasted chicken (which I bought at the grocery store…so cheap, so worth it!).

I also cut corners when it comes to cooking my spaghetti squash. I stab a few holes in it, put it in the microwave for 8 minutes, then I slice it in half lengthwise (and put half in the fridge for another time), and then put it back in the microwave until it’s fully cooked (microwave times vary). 

I put the spaghetti squash in a pan with the kale and some olive oil. Then I seasoned it with salt and pepper. 

I added the chicken to the pan and than added a scoop of cream cheese.

Once it was all melted, I added some Parmesan cheese. After I plated it, I added some additional Parmesan on top (because cheese is awesome, duh). 

Enjoy!

XOXO, Sami

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Because I work in New York City but live in New Jersey, I get to be a train trekking commuter. It’s an hour each way. I’ve gotten used to it, I make sure I have things to do. But usually by the time I get home, I don’t really have the energy to cook anything elaborate. 

So I thought I’d share my basic low carb meal since I try to follow a keto diet! I know what you are thinking, boring chicken and broccoli. Ugh. But, the way I make it particularly yummy is by putting a cheese dip on the side. I kind of just throw together whatever I have in my fridge with cream cheese as the base. For this particular meal I used cream cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan. I just throw it together in a bowl and microwave it. Voila, I’m domestic (just kidding)!

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I slice up my chicken and I throw it in a pan with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. I cooked extra so I could bring it for lunch the next day.

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I use Streamfresh broccoli that cooks in the microwave to save time.

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After it cooks in the microwave, I usually throw it in a pan quickly and season it. And I allow myself to enjoy a glass of vino while I whip this up.

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A simple and easy, but filling and delicious meal!

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XOXO, Sami

This was a C-R-A-Z-Y weekend! I’m usually really boring with my weekends: hangout with friends, grab dinner & drinks, a movie, etc. But this weekend I felt like I was constantly going. 

After work Friday, I went to a cocktail party that my boss and his friend were throwing in NYC, Saturday I had rehearsal in New Jersey, then I went to a cast mate’s barbecue, then I went to the Gaslight Nation/Jimmy Eat World Concert…by Sunday, I was pooped. 

Sunday consisted of me and Teddy snuggling on the couch while I watched mindless television.

But Friday’s cocktail party was a lot of fun. I love dressing up. It’s one of those moments that I just love being a girl. 

This is what I decided to wear. My dress is by Taylor and my shoes are Michael Kors. And the heart necklace I’m wearing, I stole from my mom (sorry, mom!!). 

We close at 5 on Fridays at work, and the party wasn’t until seven. So my coworker and I went to the French restaurant beneath our office and decided to try a wine and cheese flight. Doesn’t it look like EVERYTHING?! So So good! They made recommendations for the wine and cheese and it was absolutely delicious!

The party was perfection. It was at my boss’s friend’s apartment with a beautiful terrace overlooking Manhattan. 

Parties are always fun, but can often be a nightmare if you are trying to stay healthy. Thankfully this party did have a ton of healthy options. But my best advice? If you don’t know what they will be serving, bring food! 

If you bring a fruit platter or veggie tray, you know that there will be something that you can eat. You don’t need to ruin your diet for the night. 

Here are some of my favorite easy party recipes:

Rosemary Roasted Almonds

Ricotta Stuffed Strawberries

Peanut Butter Stuffed Strawberries

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Paleo Bagels (If it’s a brunch thing)

Paleo Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

And some times I dehydrate some fruit and make a mix!

XOXO, Sami

I found this old headshot of me and I almost died. I know that I was that heavy, but sometimes I forget just how far I have come, not just physically but mentally as well.

I also like this comparison of pictures because it’s just my face. Although I’m smiling in both pictures, I’m reminded of being the girl on the left. I know how often I put on a fake smile while I was masking real pain, depression, and self loathing. I can see it in my eyes in that picture. I see this glimmer in my eye in the picture on the right, and it warms my heart. 

Choosing to put myself first and get healthy has changed my life, my mind, my body, everything. I’m always a work in progress but I’ve come a long way. 

No matter where you are in your journey, keep going. It’s worth it, I promise.

XOXO, Sami

I found this old headshot of me and I almost died. I know that I was that heavy, but sometimes I forget just how far I have come, not just physically but mentally as well.

I also like this comparison of pictures because it’s just my face. Although I’m smiling in both pictures, I’m reminded of being the girl on the left. I know how often I put on a fake smile while I was masking real pain, depression, and self loathing. I can see it in my eyes in that picture. I see this glimmer in my eye in the picture on the right, and it warms my heart. 

Choosing to put myself first and get healthy has changed my life, my mind, my body, everything. I’m always a work in progress but I’ve come a long way. 

No matter where you are in your journey, keep going. It’s worth it, I promise.

XOXO, Sami

I know I did a post recently about my favorite go to snacks, but I wanted to create another list for those on a low carb/keto diet (the diet I really follow). 

I’m not lying, I really am ALWAYS hungry, and always snacking. I eat throughout the day so I’m never too hungry. I want to keep my metabolism moving too. 

If you guys have any other suggestions, please comment!!

When you have veggies and ranch, make sure that it is full fat. Those crappy fat free versions usually have hidden sugars/carbs.

I L-O-V-E Quest Bars!! And now they have cookies and cream!! STFU!!

Atkins is a great resource for bars and shakes, as well as yummy dessert goodies

I also really love NuGo Smarte Carb Bars!!!

Nom Nom Nom.

XOXO, Sami