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Healthy Meal Cravings

Healthy Meal Cravings Blog

For this week’s blog were doing something a little different. Ever have the goal to eat healthy, but you’re craving a whole pizza or a big ole’ greasy burger?

Here are some healthy recipes to help satisfy those cravings! Happy healthy eating!

Pizza Bites

– Pizza dough: 2 cups Gluten Free Flour and 8 oz. Greek Yogurt

– Top with sautéed, dice tomatoes + a spoonful of tomato paste

– Add feta cheese (lactose free)

– Season with thyme and oregano

– Bake at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes

Chicken Burritos (3 full size burritos)

Ingredients:

3 large flour tortillas

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into bite size pieces

3/4 cups black beans, drained and rinsed (a little less than a whole can)

1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

cooking spray

6 tablespoons Mexican cheese blend, shredded

3 tablespoons salsa, plus more for garnish

3 tablespoons sour cream, plus more for garnish

Instructions:

1. Spray a large cast-iron skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium/high heat. Add chicken, onion, chili powder, and cumin and cook for 8 minutes or until chicken is done. Add black beans and cook 1 more minute while stirring and remove from heat.

2. Laying on flour tortilla flat, place 2 tablespoons cheese in center, then add 1/3 of the chicken mixture on top, then add 1 tablespoon of salsa, and 1 tablespoon sour cream. Roll tortilla in a jelly roll fashion, squeezing sides to ensure filling doesn’t fall out. Place seam side down on counter, and repeat with next 2 tortillas.

3. Heat a grill pan or clean skillet over medium/high heat and spray with cooking spray. Set tortillas into pan, seam side down. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown on bottom side, flip and continue cooking on that side until browned. Remove from skillet and place on a wire rack or plates to serve.

4. Serve with a side of sour cream (low-fat), guacamole, salsa, hot sauce, or whatever toppings your family prefers

Cheeseburger Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 2 large heads iceberg or romaine lettuce, rinsed then dried
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced thin
  • small red onion, sliced thin

Instructions:

  • Heat a grill or skillet on medium heat.
  • In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, seasoned salt, pepper and oregano.
  • Divide mixture into 6 sections then roll each into a ball. Press each ball down flat to form a patty.
  • Place patties on grill/pan and cook for approximately 4 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking. (If using a skillet, only cook 3 at a time to avoid overcrowding).
  • Place a slice of cheese on each cooked burger. Place each burger on a large piece of lettuce. Top with spread (see recipe below), one slice tomato, red onion and whatever else you like. Wrap the lettuce up over the top and serve. Enjoy!
  • Spread: In a small bowl mix together all the spread ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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Now is the time to get rid of those unhealthy cravings and get creative with these healthier options!

Source: Outsmarting Your Brain With Nutrition Basics

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Lifestyle Blog

Graduated From University of North Georgia this past May with a Marketing degree.

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The saying, “you remain friends after college” is definitely true. 
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Since working at Affordable Testing, I’ve gotten back into the gym. My health is a top priority and I am blessed to have friends and co-workers to push me to be my best self.
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I adopted Lily May in April 2015 and she’s been a blessing ever since.
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Taken at Tybee Island on vacation.

There have been a lot of changes in my life the last few months! I graduated college, moved back home, and started working full-time. Those three things can seem stressful for a moment, but they’ve been a complete blessing.

I know my friends are always just a phone call away. My parents have helped me with the transition and always supported me. Some people think having a job after college will result in working 9-5 at a job they don’t enjoy. My experience is the opposite. I totally enjoy my job! At Affordable Testing, we are a family. We bounce off of each other’s strengths and weaknesses to help the company succeed.

Every experience from my childhood to present day has molded me into the women I am. Here’s what I’ve learned along the way… Whether you’ve had some bad days lately, reflect on the fact that it will get better. Start tomorrow as a new day and with a positive attitude. Treat others the way you want to be treated and remember someone is always looking up to you for guidance. Be the person they want to grow up to be. Surround yourself with loved ones and a job you like to wake up to.

HAPPINESS IS A PET FRIENDLY WORKPLACE…

Happiness is a Pet Friendly Workplace…

Happiness is a Pet Friendly Workplace……

Not all companies are created equal when it comes to the acceptance of dogs in the workplace. Some readily welcome your best friend while others have not yet realized the benefits of allowing dogs. The majority of companies that allow dogs are small start-up companies who realize the need for a flexible work environment or large high tech firms that allow dogs in order to capture the interest of a prospective employee or to retain their current employees.

According to a 2016 report from the Society for Human Resource Management, only 7% of offices in the U.S. allow pets in the workplace. It’s a pretty unusual employee perk.

Let’s take a look at the factors that benefit the employees:

Increased Morale-Dogs lift employee morale, improve happiness, reduce stress, increase productivity and increase camaraderie. Pets are natural conversation starters. Everyone likes to talk about their dogs!

Increase Exercise-The best part of taking a work break is taking your dog for a walk outside. It gets you out of the chair!

Financial Benefit-The employee saves on Doggie Day Care and/or Pet Sitters. Helps with more Flexible hours.

For the company, it lowers absenteeism. The employee can spend more time at work and does not have to rush home to let the dog out.

Some of the companies that have already adopted the pet friendly workplace are as follows:

Atlantic Health: They are a New Jersey hospital chain that has a pet therapy program names “Soothing Paws”. The program is run by volunteers that bring the pets to the patients in their hospital rooms.

Anchor Free: The 25 person company lets a variety of pets roam free throughout the office. The pets include dogs, cats, and even a domesticated wolf!

Replacements: Based out of Greensboro, NC, this China shop allows employees to bring pets to work. In addition, they also encourage their customers to shop with their pets too.

Here at Affordable Testing- we are a very pet friendly workplace. Everyone that owns a dog, typically brings the dog to work with them. Sometimes we have up to 7 dogs in the office at once! No need to worry though….we have our own “dog whisperer” here. His name is Robert. He is really great at dog training and has officially been nominated to train the new office puppy Buddy! Buddy is absolutely adorable but is a bit unruly since he is the only “puppy” in the office.(Side note-the team brought him back from Super Zoo in Las Vegas). Be sure to follow our Instagram account since we often post pictures of our dogs there.

There is no stress here and even if there was, all we have to do is pick up a dog and gets some poochie smooches!