chipotle vs. chick-fil-a


Chick-fil-a claims to be healthier than most fast food places.  If you eat at chick-fil-a you should know the truth.  Thier classic chicken sandwich has over 100 ingredients in it, a majority of them have health consequences.  Many of the ingredients are food colorings, refined grains, MSG, and GMO corn.  There are a total of 18 chemical preservitaves in their sandwich.  The ingredient TBHQ which stands for "tertiary butylhydroquinone" is a chemical made from butane (toxic gas).  Eating only 1 gram of this toxic preservative can cause all sorts of issues like ADHD in children, allergies, asthma, and certain cancers.  The FDA limits the amount of TBHQ that can be added to foods, they did this same thing with trans fats.  If a products contains .5 grams of transfat or less it can be labeled transfat free.  If you are eating fast food you are consuming a large amount of presrvatives and chemicals.  The high amounts consumed of these chemicals are a big contributing factor to auto immune diseases and cancers in the US.

Here is a recipe for a healthier chick-fil-a sandwich you can make at home.  I haven't tried it yet, but it looks pretty good.  I will try to make this next week.

Strawberry Milkshake
Strawberry Milkshake                              

Sorry to ruin your day if you love chick-fil-a!


Chipotle now lists all of their ingredients on their website.  Chipotle still has some foods that contain preservatives, but nothing compared to chick-fil-a.  All of their meat and dairy is hormone and antibiotic free.  I would definitely splurge on a chipotle burrito or salad before chick-fil-a.  They do not add any aritifical colors or have any hidden MSG. 

Ok so here is one option to order at chipotle:
-organic black beans
-organic fresh tomato salsa
-organic  guacamole
-sour cream/cheese
-pork carnitas (they don't add any GMO oil to thier pork)

When I go to chick-fil-a I usually have the vegetarian burrito.  I add their vegetables, brown rice, guacamole, salsa, and a tiny bit of cheese. 

Here is a link to chipotles ingredients.
I love how they did their ingredients list.  It is really simple and easy to understand.  they put a G next to everything that has been genetically modified.  It makes it really easy to find safe options to order when you go there.  They even have options on their menu that is organic and local. 

Chick-fil-a vs. chipotle
Chipotle wins!

my favorite hummus recipe

my favorite hummus recipe

This recipe is soooo good.  It is my all time favorite.  I love making hummus because it is a lot cheaper and tastes a lot better than the hummus you buy at the store.  I have a hard time eating vegetables plan so I love making a thing of hummus at the beginning of each week to have with my vegetables.

2 cups of garbanzo beans
1/3 cup organic tahini paste
8 TBSP  lemon juice (3 lemons)
paprika (for garnish)
2 garlic cloves
extra virgin olive oil (to add on top)
franks red hot sauce

add all of the ingredients except the olive oil, salt, paprika, and hot sauce to your food processor.
Next, add as much frank's red hot sauce as you like.  I add about 20 drops.  If you want it to be spicier add more.  Then mix for around a minute depending on how creamy you like your hummus.  I like mine extra creamy.  Then top with paprika for garnish and drizzle a tiny amount of extra virgin olive oil.  Add salt according to how much you like.

add all of the ingredients except the olive oil, salt, paprika, and red hot sauce.  Mix in a food processor until creamy.  I like my hummus extra creamy so I process it for about a minute.

Next add frank's red hot original sauce.  I add about 20 drops.  If you want it to be spicier add more.  I add more or less depending on what kind of hummus I'm craving.

Top with paprika and drizzle with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil.

It will last in the fridge for 5 days.


frank's red hot sauce hummus

by Samantha Miller
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: snack side vegetarian vegan
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of garbanzo beans (almost 2 cans)
  • 1/3 cup organic tahini paste
  • 8 TBSP fresh squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)
  • paprika (for garnish)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • extra virgin olive oil (to add on top)
  • franks red hot sauce (20 drops) Add more if you want it to taste spicy. I just like a hint of hot sauce in it.
  • salt
Put all of the ingredients into a food processor except the salt, olive oil, and paprika and process until the hummus is pureed. I usually mix it for about a minute.
Add in salt according to how much you like.
Top the hummus with a small amount of olive oil and sprinkle paprika on the tope.
This will last about a week in the fridge.
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Lumin Minerals Etsy shop!

I have been working really hard the last couple weeks on making a lot of different eyeshadows, lip gloss, and foundations.  My etsy store currently has 13 different colors of eyeshadows and one concealer.   I am going to be continually adding more items to my shop.  If you don't want to pay shipping you can email me and pick it up locally if you are in the Mesa/Gilbert AZ area. 

There are a couple reasons why I started making my own makeup.  First of all, buying bare minerals makeup is too expensive for me.  I did a lot of research and came up with my own recipes similar to a lot of mineral companies out there to sell for a fraction of the price.  Another reason was because I like wearing makeup that doesn't cause harm to your skin.   My makeup is all natural, homemade, and does not contain any harsh chemicals or ingredients.  All of my ingredients I use are listed on my etsy shop.  I have noticed since I started wearing only mineral makeup that my skin has been so much better and my acne has pretty much disapeared.  I used to wear a pretty thick foundation, but after researching a lot of different oil cleanses for my skin and recipes I decided that mineral makeup would be the best option for me.

Some of my favorite colors I made are amber glaze, shimmery gold, and maroon matte.

If you would like to try some free samples please feel free to email me and I will send you some to try!

Here is my etsy shop!  Thanks for stopping by.

berry oatmeal breakfast

This weekend we tried to plan a fun trip to go on since it will be the last time we can get away before I have the baby.  We decided to stay here and try to find something fun to do instead because every thing involved being in a car for too long and that just doesn't sound fun to me right now.  I suggested we rent paddle boards and go all day to the lake, my idea was shot down fast with a quick, "Sam, you are 7 1/2 months pregnant, choose something you can actually do."  Sometimes I forget that I am pregnant and think that I can still do everything.  I guess using my abs for half a day on a paddle board isn't the best idea.  Maybe I'll settle for a massage or pedicure (since I can no longer reach my toes). 

This is my go to breakfast right now.  It hits the spot.  Really delicious and healthy.  

Here is what you need:

-Coach's Oats (I buy mine from Costco) or you can use regular oatmeal
-organic frozen fruit:  This big bag of organic berries was only 10 dollars at costco.  This is definitely the cheapest you can get organic frozen fruit.  
-truvia (optional) 

Make the oatmeal according to directions and then top with your favorite frozen fruit.  Add a small pack of truvia and mix everything together.

my favorite things at trader joe's

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite things I buy at Trader Joe's.  I usually do most of my shopping at sprouts and the farmers market, but lately I have been loving trader joe's.  I like how you don't have to weigh their produce because everything says the price on it.  I went yesterday afternoon and I was so mad the entire time because it was so crowded.  Never again will I go on a Monday afternoon.  Way too many people (mostly grandmas).  I'm sorry for saying this but the snowbirds here are driving me insane.  Normally they don't bother me this bad, but since I am 7 and a half months pregnant I get annoyed easier by everything.  I am going to start doing grocery shopping at 8 in the morning or 9 at night.  Anyways, onto the food!

organic hummus dip
I buy this when I am too lazy to make my own hummus.  

organic flour tortillas
These are the cheapest organic tortillas you can buy.  I buy two packs a week and put one of them in the freezer.  I live for tortillas these days.

Organic vanilla yogurt
Their organic yogurt is by far the cheapest, I think 2.99 for a big thing of it.  It lasts me all week.

Trader joe's creamy peanut butter and organic raspberry fruit spread
I love both of these!

Pink lady organic apples
their organic apples are a lot cheaper than other places.  I think it was around 3 dollars for this bag of apples.

microwaveable tiny potatoes
These are so yummy, just heat them up for a couple minutes in the microwave.

trader joe's medium salsa

Raw almonds

trader joe's granola bars
I know these aren't the healthiest, but sometimes you just need a little dessert/snack.  Instead of making cookies (i hate baking) i just eat one of these.

refried pinto beans salsa style and refried black beans with jalapeno peppers
I just discovered these delicious beans the other week.  They taste so good with my whole wheat tortillas.

Dried mango

The truth about Emergen-C Packets

The other night I ran into walmart to pick out some vitamin C pills and was shocked.  I have never read the back of an emergen-c packet ingredient list before.  Emergen-c contains "natural flavors", which pretty much means the company can sneak in MSG without labeling it.  Also one of the ingredients I was shocked to find was maltodextrin, a GMO (genetically modified organism).  If a food says it contains maltodextrin then chances are it isn't organic and has been genetically modified, it is in the same category as high fructose corn syrup.  You need to always read the ingredients on vitamins to make sure you are getting the nutrients without the additives.   They have a lot of questionable ingredients.  I definitely won't be buying emergen-c anytime soon.

Here is an ingredient list for Emergen-C

Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese, Chromium, Sodium, Potassium, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Quercetin, fructose, citric acid, natural flavor, tapioca maltodextrin, malic acid, silica, glycine, aspartic acid, tartaric acid, and cysteine hydrochloride.

Don't get too sad, there are better options!

This is what I started taking.

Garden of Life raw vitamin C
All of the ingredients are whole foods plant based and are 100% organic.
I got mine on sale at sprouts for $12

Here is the ingredients list for Garden of LIfe raw vitamin C:
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Vitamin C*300 mg500%
Raw Probiotic and Enzyme Blend
Saccharomyces boulardii, Phytase, Beta-glucanase, Alpha-galactosidase, Hemicellulase, Cellulase
100 mg+
RAW Organic Fruit and Vegetable Blend
Organic Strawberry (fruit), Organic Cherry (fruit), Organic Blackberry (fruit), Organic Blueberry (fruit), Organic Raspberry (fruit), Organic Beet Juice (root), Organic Carrot Juice (root), Organic Spinach Juice (leaf), Organic Broccoli Juice (flower & stem), Organic Tomato Juice (fruit), Organic Kale Juice (leaf), Organic Red Cabbage Juice (leaf), Organic Parsley Juice (leaf), Organic Brussels Sprout Juice (leaf), Organic Green Bell Pepper Juice (fruit), Organic Cucumber Juice, Organic Celery Juice (stalk), Organic Garlic Juice (bulb), Organic Ginger Juice (root), Organic Green Onion Juice (root), Organic Cauliflower Juice (flower & stem), Organic Asparagus Juice (flower & stem).
Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Rounded Teaspoon (4 g)
Servings Per Container: 30
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate2 g< 1 %†
Vitamin C (from organic acerola [fruit], organic goji [fruit], organic kiwi [fruit], organic amla [fruit]500 mg833%
To know whether a food has been genetically modified you can look at this LIST of ingredients.  If a food has this on its label it has most likely been genetically modified. 

Here is another option

Alive Vitamin C
For this you add a teaspoon to water and drink it.  I haven't tried it yet, but I will soon.

These are all the pills I am taking:

Garden of life raw prenatal vitamin

Garden of life oceans 3 for omega-3

Garden of life raw vitamin C