Tilapia, oh how I love thee!!

Every since I stopped incorporating beef, chicken, pork, turkey, etc. into my diet, I have searched for healthier seafood alternatives. I have learned during my journey, that whiter fish is healthier for you and less in fat intake. My favorite fish by far is Tilapia. Its like a blank pallet and you can create pretty much what you want on it. Tilapia are low in saturated fat, calories, carbohydrates and sodium, and are a good protein source. They mainly live on a vegetarian diet, so they are low in mercury as well. They also contain the micronutrients phosphorus, niacin, selenium, vitamin B12 and potassium.  I mostly bake my Tilapia with seasonings of choice. Its very easy and convenient for mid week dinners. I pair it with veggies or rice most of the time. I have even used my favorite salsa to bake the Tilapia in. I season the Tilapia, put it in my baking dish, top it with salsa, and bake.  It makes a great sauce that can top pretty much anything and accompany any side dish. Its a very hearty dish, especially during these colder months. More recently, I have oven fried the Tilapia. It was really easy. All I did was season the Tilapia, dip it in an egg and milk mixture, and rolled it in corn meal and bread crumbs. I baked it at 450 until it was crispy and Voila! It was so delicious. I will be incorporating this into the rotation.

 

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Being a pescetarian, I have to find ways to make my diet interesting. Tilapia helps me do that. One fish, may possibilities.

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It’s Never to Old to Dream

So for the past few weeks I have been thinking about my life. As a young child, I had so many hopes and dreams and its seems like I haven’t done anything about them. That is all going to change. Its never to old to reach your goals and dreams. I have so many. I remember I used to think I could do any thing and my future was full of possibilities. Then life actually happened. Things didn’t go as planned and I had to many twists and turns I am surprised I didn’t fall down and never give up. But I am older and wiser and I am ready to do what I have always wanted to do. I plan on reaching my goals and exceeding them as much as possible. I feel I have a voice that needs to be heard. I can touch hearts and minds through my words, my thoughts, and my ideas. I will start today. Tomorrow is not promised and it may never come. I plan on opening up my experiences with others so that they may find a kindred spirit in me. There’s such a big world out there and I am in search of the little piece that belongs to me. I am going to start small by writing my thoughts on this blog but I plan to go bigger during the time I have on this earth. Sit back and watch. I am going to get there.

Protective Styling-Operation Grow My Hair

blog pic 8Protective StylesProtective StylesProtective StylesProtective StylesLast year I decided to go drastic with my hair. So, I shaved the sides of my hair and eventually shaved the back as well. I loved the style but now its time for yet another change. I want to grow my hair back. That means protective styles. I started the growth journey by taking the scissors to the part of my hair that had the most length. I felt that I needed to start on a more level playing field. Since then I have been wearing braids and twists, whether done professionally or done by myself. I usually leave a protective style in for 1-2 months and wash and deep condition between styles. I also make sure I moisturize daily or at least as often as I can. Water is the ideal moisturizer but I use the Taliah Waajid African Healing Oyl, Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie, and of course WATER. Things have been going pretty good so far. I see growth but, I am a little concerned about my use of the blow dryer though. I use it after I wash and condition my hair so that I can start my braiding with nicely stretched hair. I use a heat protectant but I am still some what concerned. The next time I braid my hair, I plan on using a heatless method to stretch my hair. I will keep you posted…..I am in no rush because I know growing hair takes patience. I have been there and done that when I first big chopped to return natural. I plan on doing protective styles for at least a year. It won’t necessarily include braids or twists all the time. I am going to get very creative. I will post as I come up with new ideas. Until then my loves…Smooches!