Stitch Fix Review

Stitch Fix is a subscription-based personal styling service. It has an great range of clothing options which are high quality and put together to match your style by a personal stylist. For a $20 styling fee, Stitch Fix will put together a box of 5 items for you. Anything you don’t like can be returned for free.


Stitch Fix Review

Top left: The Jaxx Cross Cut Out Pullover is my favorite piece from this months box! I’m obsessed with the crisscross detail on the front. It would be adorable with grey leggings and boots or skinny jeans and black booties as pictured above! Plus the material is super soft.

Top right: The Millie Textured Knit Dress has a great pattern and flattering fit. It also has a nice mesh detail at the top. This would be so easy to wear to work paired with nude flats and a cardigan or my usual lab coat.

Bottom left: The Nehalem Woven Black Knit Top has a beautiful pattern on the back that you can’t ignore! It’s such a fun top to pair with skinny jeans and booties for a quick dinner with the girls. The Mariah Stone Cuff Set adds some dainty bling.

Bottom right: The Massoletti Tassel Tie Top is not something I would normally love, but the peasant style and pattern is a fun change for me! This is a super casual top I can wear out to run Sunday errands or make a quick stop at the farmers’ market.

Have you tried Stitch Fix before and did you like it? Tell me below!

If you haven’t tried it – go for it!

Raquel

This post contains affiliate links through which I may be compensated but all opinions are my own.

Stitch Fix Review

Stitch Fix is a subscription-based personal styling service. It has an great range of clothing options which are high quality and put together to match your style by a personal stylist. For a $20 styling fee, Stitch Fix will put together a box of 5 items for you. Anything you don’t like can be returned for free.


Stitch Fix Review

Top left: The Lawley Cable Knit Open Cardigan is my favorite piece that I’ve ever received from Stitch Fix! It’s so comfy and warm and perfect for the winter weather. Layer it with a chambray shirt and leggings for a casual weekend look. These Lou & Grey leggings are my absolute favorite.

Top right: The Asilah Drape Blazer is a great business look or try dressing up a pair of dark wash jeans with this blazer. A black pencil skirt and cream tank is how I would wear this to work! I love layering my Stella & Dot pieces for work.

Bottom left: The Meera Split Neck Top is wild and flattering! I love wearing cheetah print in classy ways. I have cheetah print heels and a watch and this would be perfect to add to my closet collection.

Bottom right: The Abrielle Color Block Sweater is a sweater I didn’t even know I needed. It’s a very casual sweater that can be worn under stylish jackets or it can stand alone. I paired it with jeans and booties for another weekend casual look.

I also received the Berine Embroidery Detail Knit Top. The top is my least favorite of the bunch this time around. But, it would look great under a knit cardigan or jean jacket.

Have you tried Stitch Fix before and did you like it? Tell me below!

If you haven’t tried it – go for it!

Raquel

This post contains affiliate links through which I may be compensated but all opinions are my own.

Ditch These Five Foods

My philosophy on food is everything in moderation and eating whole foods as much as possible. However, there are definitely a few foods that you should skip! Making small changes to your diet will help you stay on track and reach your goals. These five foods can be swaped for better choices or you can ditch them altogether.

Ditch These Five Foods

  1. White bread – This is the easiest food to avoid. Whole wheat bread has much more fiber and is very easy to find. Pick one with 100% whole wheat as the first ingredient. Fiber helps to control blood sugars and lower cholesterol.
  2. Sugary cereal, granola and granola bars – Many brands are packed with sugar, but use great marketing to get you to buy it anyways. Look for cereals, granola and granola bars that have less than 10 grams of sugar per serving. If those brands also have protein and extra fiber then you’re set for a healthier option for breakfast or a snack.
  3. Soda and diet soda – I probably don’t have to tell you twice, but there is absolutely NO nutritional value in soda. It is simply pure sugar or packed with sugar substitutes. If you crave the carbonation grab a sparkling water instead. If you’re trying to lose weight cutting out soda should be your first step.
  4. Processed meats – This includes lunch meats, hot dogs, bacon, etc. Most processed meats are loaded with sodium and nitrates and nitrites which have been linked to cancer. Aim for cooking fresh meats like chicken, turkey, fish, beef and pork.
  5. Yogurt with fruit on the bottom – I love eating Greek and Icelandic yogurt almost daily. Yogurt can be a nutritious snack if you pick the right one. Yogurt with fruit on the bottom or with sugary toppings can have up to 30 grams of sugar! Make sure you always read the nutrition facts label.

Raquel

Olive and Almond Pasta

Let’s talk healthy fats. This pasta dish is loaded with ’em! Olives, olive oil and almonds make for a delicious dish that becomes sweet and salty with the addition of golden raisins. A few years ago I was at Jon’s family reunion. No Italian family reunion is complete without a pasta cook off. This dish is inspired by the winner! Whole wheat pasta is definitely not Italian approved, however it adds more fiber and I love the taste.

Olives and olive oil are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) one of which is omega-9 or oleic acid. Oleic acid may help control the ratio of LDL cholesterol to HDL cholesterol. New research suggests that the ratio between the too is more important than the actual levels of LDL and HDL cholesterol. Don’t be scared of healthy fats! They can help you feel full and are heart healthy. Eating a moderate amount of healthy fats should do the trick.


Olive and Almond Pasta

Ingredientsolive-pasta-1

  • 8 oz whole wheat linguini pasta
  • 1/2 cup mixed olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Pinch salt and pepper

Directions

In a small bowl, combine olives, raisins and almonds. Add enough olive oil to coat mixture. Let sit for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain when done. Stir together olive mixture and pasta. In another small bowl, combine bread crumbs with Italian seasoning and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spread pasta out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the top with bread crumbs and broil until the top is golden brown. Drizzle pasta with olive oil to finish.

Number of servings: 4 | Serving size: 1/4 pasta dish
Calories: 438, total fat: 21 g, total carbohydrates: 53 g, dietary fiber: 7 g, sugars: 10 g, protein: 11 g

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What is your favorite source of healthy fats? Tell me below!

Raquel

Endeavour Athletic Review

I recently began working with City Fitness and writing some fun posts for them on their blog. They have partnered with Endeavour Athletic and I received some free gear from them. I hadn’t heard of Endeavour before and I wasn’t expecting to love their products more than any of the other exercise gear I own. However, I was pretty impressed with the fit of the apparel and they even have some pretty cool technology that goes into it.

Images via Endeavor Athletic

I really appreciate the fit of the shorts. They are high waisted and the length is perfect. They are so comfortable for a long run or a bootcamp gym class. The top is made with EVOTEK fabric featuring TRIZAR technology that helps control moisture and it has polygiene technology that helps the tank stay odor free. Love it! Even though the weather is (finally) getting cool I’ll be wearing this gear to sweat my butt off at the gym.

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Happy reading!

Raquel

I received free gear from Endeavor Athletic mentioned in this post. I was not compensated for my time.

Butternut Squash Power Bowl

I am absolutely obsessed with this recipe! The fall flavor combination and beautiful colors make me want it again and again. This bowl filled with complex carbs and tons of fiber to keep you feeling full. This a perfect healthy lunch that will make your coworkers jealous. You could even replace the butternut squash with any winter squash you have on hand. Winter squash includes butternut squash, acorn squash, kabocha squash and delicata squash. All types of winter squash are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese and folate.


Butternut Squash Power Bowl

Ingredientsplant-bowl-5

  • 1/2 cup uncooked farro
  • 1 cup butternut squash, cubed
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup chickpeas, toasted
  • Handful kale
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 apple, cubed
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • Juice 1/2 lemon

Directions

Cook farro according to package directions. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Roast butternut squash with olive oil, salt and pepper for 30 minutes until crispy outside and soft inside. Saute kale in olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Combine all ingredient in a bowl and squeeze some lemon on top. Enjoy all the beautiful colors and flavors!

Number of servings: 2 | Serving size: 1/2 power bowl
Calories: 363, total fat: 8 g, total carbohydrates: 67 g, dietary fiber: 11 g, sugars: 13 g, protein: 16 g

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What is your favorite winter squash recipe? Tell me below!

Raquel

Dallas Recap

One of my best friends moved to Texas after our dietetic internship and it was finally my turn to go visit her! Jon and I caught a flight out of Philly Friday morning and landed in Dallas that afternoon. We had a weekend planned full of fun events including a couple other friends from college. Texas has turned into somewhere I would love to explore more!


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Friday afternoon. When we landed in Dallas we were starving and went straight to Unleavened Kitchen. I was desperately craving a salad and fresh fruit knowing that the weekend would be filled with overindulging. There were so many delicious options! After settling in we made our way to the Texas State Fair. Everything really is bigger in Texas! We tried fried avocado, fried queso, corndogs and even wine flights. Yes, flights of wine cocktails. There were animals and cars and music and games. Oh my!

Friday night. Once we recuperated from the fair we walked over to Urban Taco. Multiple tacos, quesadillas and margaritas later we were ready to go out. We met up with a few other friends and stopped at The Rustic which was a great venue for a few drinks. Then we changed up the atmosphere at 6th Street. Dancing is always in style.

Saturday afternoon. We were slow moving on Saturday morning, but we got ourselves together and decided to checkout the Dallas Farmers Market. I picked up some whipped honey (amazing), a new candle, hibiscus sangria (!!!) kombucha and had a cookie cup filled with vanilla-coconut-nutella-almond ice cream. Yasss.

Saturday night. I was finally ready for an all out Texas experience. My boots (re: Nashville) came out and we went to the Stockyards in Fort Worth. This is a national historic district that definitely took you back a couple decades. A big group of us grabbed a bite to eat and walked over to Billy Bob’s for the Billy Currington concert. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a cooler concert venue! The show was so much fun and it made me love country music even more.

Sunday. One of my favorite parts of my trip was relaxing on Sunday at the Katy Trail Ice House. The Katy Trail is very similar to the Schuylkill River Trail minus the river. We relaxed in the hot weather while watching football, drinking a few beers and puppy watching! Allison and I had planned to get up early Monday for a workout so we headed home early. Monday morning we made it to Camp Gladiator. So jealous we don’t have this in Philadelphia. I will absolutely be going back to Texas!

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Have you ever been to Dallas? Tell me below!

Raquel

 

Three Things

1.  A new study suggests you should only drink water when you are thirsty. The study found that there was a difference in swallow function when drinking while thirsty versus drinking when not thirsty. Participants had an easier time drinking water when they were thirsty. I wouldn’t recommend only drinking water when thirsty because we still need a minimum amount, but it may be adviseable to refrain from chugging water just to meet your water needs for the day. Food for thought! I also talked about beverages earlier this week.

2. Love this fun article about what eating healthy looks like in different countries. I think my favorite style would have to be France! Small portions, full fat dairy, no processed foods and plenty of decadent options. A close second would be Greece. Mediterranean diet anyone?! Plant based foods, herbs, spices, healthy fats and of course wine. It really is shocking to realize how different we eat in the United States compared to other countries.

3. I couldn’t pass up sharing this with you all! I love carbs. I know you love carbs. We’re talking the not so healthy ones here. So this little quiz from Buzzfeed was just what I needed for a little fun. Mac and cheese, curly fries and cupcakes, oh my! Which ‘would you rather’ question was hardest for you?!

Raquel

Za’atar Pita Chips & Beet Hummus

zaatar-1A few weekends ago I was having so much fun at my cousins wedding! Their wedding favors were a few different spices. I haven’t had za’atar in so long and was very excited to see it in the little box! Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mix that includes oregano, sumac, cumin and sesame seeds. It is traditionally used with olive oil or hummus or used as a spice rub so I decided to put a little twist on plain old pita chips and hummus.

While traditional hummus is one of my favorite snacks, this beet hummus takes the cake for my favorite! I took a little inspiration from the beet hummus at Trader Joe’s and made my own. Beets are a great source of fiber, folate, potassium, iron and vitamin C. The bright color of beets indicates a high level of phytonutrients or more specifically betalains which are believed to have many health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure. Beets are not my favorite vegetable nor are they a close second, but the bright pink color they produce makes them the prettiest! Try this recipe with a twist a snack this week.


Za’atar Pita Chips & Beet Hummus

Ingredientspita-chips-3

  • Whole wheat pita bread (6)
  • 2 tbsp za’atar
  • 1 medium beet, roasted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • Juice half a lemon
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut pita bread into eighths. Place wedges on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle wedges with 1 tbsp of olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle wedges with za’atar making sure each piece of pita has plenty. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown. (They can burn quickly so be mindful!) In a food processor, add the beet (can be purchased cooked), lemon zest and juice, chickpeas, tahini and salt and pepper. While food processor is blending pour in 2 tbsp of olive oil until you have reached your desired consistency. Enjoy beet hummus with your homemade pita chips!

Number of servings: 6 | Servings size: about 8 chips, 1/4 cup hummus
Calories: 381, total fat: 12 g, total carbohydrates: 59 g, dietary fiber: 11 g, sugars: 5 g, protein: 14 g

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What is your favorite type of hummus? Tell me below!

Raquel