On Saturday, I had the opportunity to mesh two of some of my favorite activities together; Beer and Yoga. Sudwerk Brewery in Davis, CA was hosting an event that has picked up at craft breweries across the country. Check out this article in the Davis Enterprise by AP, Bend and a beer: Yoga classes and craft breweries team up
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These days, I’m sure you have heard about folks incorporating bone broth in their diet or seeing it at local cafe’s to buy by the cup to sip on the way you would purchase tea or coffee. The bone broth trend is new to the United States, but if I really think about it, I grew up on it through my Pakistani diet my whole life.
What is bone broth? It is very similar to regular broth or stock but it is made with bones and small amounts of meat using a slow cooking or simmering method over a very long period of time. The point is to produce gelatin as well as minerals from collagen-rich joints. The popularity of paleo eating as well as the Bulletproof diet has caused Starbucks like shops to pop up all over the country.
A few of my friends have been requesting that I cook them one of my favorite traditional Northern Pakistani dishes so that they can try something from my heritage. I decided to make my mom’s Keema Aloo recipe which means Minced Meat and Potatoes. The recipe is easy, healthy, and has lots of flavor. I recommend using grassfed ground beef (Open Nature Grassfed ground beef at Safeway is also Halal and paleo). I chose to substitute regular yogurt with Greek yogurt to increase the protein in the dish (and because I already had Greek yogurt in the fridge. :)) You can serve Keema Aloo on rice like we did tonight, eat with naan/chapaati, or simply enjoy by the spoonful in a bowl.
I hope you enjoy my favorite comfort food! It was very well received by my friends.
On Friday, I hosted some friends for crab night over at the apartment. One of the guest’s family happens to be walnut growers (Sierra Orchards up in Winters,CA) , and they graciously brought over a box of nuts as a housewarming gift.
After a long day’s work, I arrived home today craving something salty and immediately the nuts came to mind. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and healthy snack option, check out my Warm Rosemary Walnuts below.
Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This last October, I finally fulfilled a dream to go visit. On day one, we hired a private tour guide who took us through all the major landmarks in Sultanahmet. On day 2, we did a culinary walking tour with Culinary Backstreets which was absolutely incredible. If you are interested, we did the Two Markets, Two Continents walking tour and hope to one day make it back to try some of their other other tours they offer.
Hopefully in my lifetime, I’ll have the chance to visit Istanbul again.
Check out my trip to Istanbul in pictures:
I don’t know about you, but I tend to get severe ADD when it comes to exercise. Growing up playing sports, the gym never really appealed to me since I preferred to stay active within competitive sports. Recently turning 30- I realized that I needed to step up my exercise game, and there are a few ways I’ve decided to do it.
I’ve recently canceled my gym membership and have decided to try some other methods that will hopefully work better for me. In the Get Fit section of my blog, be prepared to follow me through the following journeys:
1.) Kayla Itsines- BBG- www.kaylaitsines.com- I have just completed week 1 and intend to push my way through 12 full weeks. I’ll talk more about Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guides as the program goes on.
2.) Soul Cycle- www.soul-cycle.com- Get excited to hear my insight on why I’m willing to shell out for soul cycle, and why I love it so much.
3.) Class Pass- Since I tend to lose interest in a single exercise routine, I plan to sign up and try different classes via Class Pass throughout the month. I’ll give my personal insight and reviews of my experience.
4.) Adventures in Northern California- I enjoy skiing, hiking, walking, etc. I’ll give my insight on different places to explore and get active both within the city of San Francisco, as well as throughout Northern California.
FOOD FOOD FOOD! I LOVE FOOD!
About 6 months ago, my kitchen remodel was officially completed, and with that- I’ve had a new found appreciation for cooking in my lovely new kitchen. In the past, I’ve enjoyed cooking, but I’ve never had it in me to really take chances and make more than a basic steak and veggies. Join me as try out new recipes (mostly healthy, but I can promise you they won’t always be) and create my own. The hope is to provide recipes that are healthy and easy enough to make for the average person just like me.
Tom Yum Goong, Thailand’s version of Hot and Sour soup, is one of my absolute favorite go-to’s on a cold day in San Francisco. Recently, I decided to attempt to make it myself at home. After four variations and attempts at making the soup, I finally think I have mastered the perfect recipe.
I decided to adapt Tyler Florence’s recipe found here as the base of what I was trying to create. Instead of shrimp, I made the soup heartier using chicken thighs. In order to take it a step farther and make an entire meal out of it, I gave the option of adding skinny rice noodles as well.
Welcome to my blog and my first post! The purpose of creating Healthy in SF is really for me to share my journey and experiences as I embark into my 30s.
I’m Mona, a 30 year old living in San Francisco surrounded by amazing friends, family, places to explore, and delicious food.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area and went to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for college with a Bachelors in Nutrition Science. Post college, I moved to San Francisco and now work for an amazing software company as a Strategic Account Executive helping people See and Understand Data.
Over the last year, I’ve embarked on new adventures with my partner in crime surrounding cooking, eating, exploring, traveling, fitness, home ownership, raising an awesome 4 year old Labradoodle (Teddy Ruxpin), and overall wellness and thought I should start documenting and sharing with my community. Hope you all enjoy!