A healthy lifestyle can be as sweet as candy!

Why I’m Travel-Obsessed + a Deeeelish Meatball Recipe

I was born with a free spirit- even that is a bit of an understatement-and to me there is nothing more liberating + rewarding than travel.

I’m fortunate to have a family who shares a love of exploring as much as I do. They have instilled in me a fiery passion, or better yet a need, to discover the world and all the beauty in it. My own two feet have found their way across many continents and countries in my short 22 years, in fact by the time I reached 16 years old I had traveled to every continent (not including Antarctica over here, brrr). To keep it simple I was bitten by the travel bug long ago.

So what does travel even have to do with health? Well, what I love about travel the most is its amazing way of allowing you to, not only, discover new places but to discover yourself. And you all know by now I’m all about self-discovery.

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For me, travel stretches far beyond the physical need to wander throughout world. It is a journey into the depths of the human spirit and heart.

Escaping from routine, taking the time to cater to your soul and to your mind, exercising your ability to exist outside of the mundanity of everyday life…this is what awaits on the other side of the grass (or ocean!)

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But travel isn’t defined by spilling copious amounts of money and time into a trip, it’s about growth, adventure & discovery, and all that (and more!) can be achieved in your backyard just as it can be achieved halfway across the planet.

Playing tourist in my own city!

Playing tourist in my own city!

I’m so thankful for the marvelous souls I’ve met, the breathtaking places I’ve seen and the countless lessons I have learned through traveling the world. They have all helped shaped me into the woman I am today. Someone who is not afraid to step outside of her comfort zone, someone who knows the stars won’t always align in her favor, someone who is open-minded and accepting of cultures different than her own, someone who craves to grow, see, breathe, touch, taste, live.

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Nothing like a cup of coffee in Cuba

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Or of course a waffle in Belgium…

Why do I travel? I travel because I breathe and however many breaths I have left on this planet, I want to spend each one doing the things I love.

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So not that travel has anything to do with meatballs…but I have a new recipe for you beauties! I guess I’m just as obsessed with meatballs as I am with travel, seriously call me crazy but they are one of my favorite foods. This recipe is the PERFECT healthified version, seriously…I’m a meatball snob and I love them.

Zoodles and Meatballs

Kale and Quinoa Turkey Meatballs

1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 lb lean ground turkey, thawed in the refrigerator if necessary

1/2 onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup Kale, finely chopped

3/4 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

3 eggs

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

2 tsp salt

Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Prepare all the ingredients that need cooking and chopping (quinoa, onion, garlic, kale, parsley) In a large mixing bowl place the ground turkey and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix with your hands until well combined and ingredients evenly distributed.

Form mixture into 1 inch balls and arrange on a plate for easy transfer.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the olive oil for about a minute, start adding the meatballs being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Let the meatballs sit for about three minutes on each side, browning them as desired. It is important the the meatballs are cooked all the way through. The meatballs will be firm to touch if cooked through. Once finished transfer to a clean plate and work on the next batch.

The meatballs are pretty much delicious enough to enjoy on their own (I even sneaked a couple!) But they really shine on-top of zoodles and marinara…

Zoodles

For the zoodles, you will need a spiralizer or a similar contraption. I found mine at target or you can purchase one online here. I have to say it really is worth every penny.

1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 Zucchinis, spiralized

Low sodium marinara sauce- I purchase mine at Trader Joe’s.

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pan add the oil and spiralized zucchini. (I used the exact same pan as the meatballs- no need to clean!) Saute the zoodles for a couple of minutes and then add the marina, I used about 3/4 of the jar but its up to you! Cook for a couple minutes longer, stirring until the zoodles soften. Begin to add the prepared and cooked meatballs. Cook for two more minutes until all the flavors melt into each other (causally drooling) Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!

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