Today I’m super excited to feature my first Featured Foxy Foodie! If you missed it, I announced this series of posts last week, so check it out and email me if you’d like to sign up! 🙂
Today’s Featured Foxy Foodie is Courtney from Star Systemz. Courtney shares healthy recipes, tips and fitness advice on her blog, which I’ve quickly fallen in love with! Courtney is celebrating two years of blogging and hosting a giveaway so check it out! 🙂 In her words….
Courtney Bentley is not only a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM, but also certified in Youth Fitness, Women’s Fitness, TRX, Pilates and holds a degree in Nutrition. She also participated in personal training courses in college where she took Biomechanics and Human Anatomy. Her love for leading a healthy lifestyle started at an early age when her Mom enrolled her in Ballet classes. With over 15 years training to be a Prima Ballerina, Courtney said enough was enough and went on to become a cheerleader in High School. With over 5 years of trial and error, Courtney has come up with a method that is TRIED, TESTED and WORKS!
What kind of “foodie” are you (i.e. Paleo, Vegetarian, Flexetarian, or do you just love all food? :-)) and why?:
I have experimented with it all, honestly, if it is a common “foodie” label I have been it, lived it and loved all of it. Through all of this experimentation I have found what works for me. Last year has been the year of knowing exactly what works for my body depending on what goals I have at that moment. When I want to shred, no dairy, no fruit, no grains, no beans and lots of chicken, fish, eggs, sweet potatoes, and vegetables. When I want to stay fit I stay away from dairy as I am allergic although I am able to tolerate greek yogurt (I think I just love it to much to let it go) and stick to whole foods nothing processed. I guess I would call my diet “Court-ne-tarian”
If you had to eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what food would it be?:
One food to eat everyday for the rest of my live, simple, I would have to say dried ginger, I could literally live off of dried ginger and add ginger to my salads, smoothies and with snacks, they are my crack.
Are there any foods you don’t like or refuse to try?:
I do not eat dairy so cheese and I are not friends. I sometimes miss cheese, cakes, soggy cereal with milk but honestly after the first year and with so many vegan options available in the world it is quite easy to hit the spot without dairy.
When/where did you learn how to cook?:
I learned how to cook because at 19 years old I went vegan and the only way I could be vegan is if I learned how to cook. I was over smoothies so I just YouTube’d how to cook different legumes and grains and BAM that is how I learned how to cook.
What is your favorite thing to cook?:
My favorite thing to cook is beef brisket, I cook my famous beef brisket every year during the holidays. I am nice enough to give you the recipe so check it out here.
What is the best (or most memorable) meal you’ve ever had?:
The most memorable meal is the feast I made last year for Thanksgiving. Spending a few days creating dishes for my family and watching them enjoy every bite was something I will never forget. We had 13 people and I cooked for each and every one of them. 8 lbs. of Beef Brisket plus a Turkey, side dishes and even dessert, the feeling I had after handling such a task has me confident enough to handle anything!
Have you found any new recipes lately that you’re dying to try?:
Mug Cakes, I constantly “liking” mugcake photos on Instagram and writing down recipes but have yet to try them! It is so odd of me, as I try pretty much every trend, but every morning I wake up I just go with the same thing and miss out, I always eat, 6 egg whites and half a Pomelo.
Do you have any embarrassing kitchen stories or recipe disasters to share?:
When I met my husband I wanted to impress him and cook him cinnamon crisps. I thought it would be easy, it’s a soft tortilla with oil topped with cinnamon and nutmeg baked for around 15 minutes or until crisped. Well I cooked those tortillas for a little longer than 15 minutes and almost burned his apartment down. I have made up for that incident but every so often I get a casual reminder from my husband on how I almost burned his apartment down.
What is your best tip(s) for eating healthy?:
Simple is always best. Not only is simple quick, its EASY and when you go out to eat keep it simple, just aim for veggies and protein. It is great to cook fancy feasts, and to spend hours in the kitchen, but if you don’t have the time it is better to just bake a batch of grilled chicken, have a ton of veggies steamed ready to eat. Whenever you go shopping stick to the outside of the aisles and always have a list with you, it will keep you organized and make you think of what meals you will create for yourself during the week.
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