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REALISTIC Healthy Eating Tips + Coconut Vegetable Curry!

– Alright, no need to wipe out the pot. – Even though it says wipe out the pot? – Stop it. (upbeat music) Hey munchies, welcome to the channel, if you new or if you not, I’m Alyssia, and I am so happy you’re here either way. It is a tough month for healthy choices. The holidays are here, there are so many temptations, not to mention New Years
is around the corner, which is exciting, but also gives me reasons to put off making the
choices I wanna make. That’s why I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about making healthy eating more realistic with our lifestyles. I don’t think the answer is really in what we eat, or when we eat, although those details
can make a difference, I think how we eat has more of an impact. So that includes how we eat, in terms of mindfulness, and in relation to our emotions, as well as how we eat, in terms of sustainability
with our schedules, and what we can keep up with. So, not committing to a lifestyle that we can’t maintain. I have tried almost every diet and fad, and I will tell you from experience, as many others will, that extremes are not the
answer for most people, and even when people find success, it’s almost always short-term. I wish quick fixes were real too, but they just aren’t. We have got to find a middle ground between extremes. Restricting, whether that’s calories or a type of food, it might help lose weight for some time, but it doesn’t help us long-term with keeping that weight off, or finding a way to keep living when the fad is over. The next thing I would
encourage you to do, is plan and meal prep when you can. I talk about this all
the time on the channel. Less is often more with meal prep, especially with sustainability
of the lifestyle. So, too much prep is overwhelming, we can’t keep up to it week to week, and we end up wasting food, but just enough prep, having staples ready to go, can help you stay on track without taking up too much time or mental and physical energy. I have also found that getting in touch with my body and working on my mental and emotional health has significantly helped my relationship with food, which helped me maintain
a healthy lifestyle. I don’t need to restrict specific foods, because I can learn to listen to my body, and know when I’ve had enough. I can respond to what
my body is telling me, rather than react to my emotions when I’m activated. One thing that can make a huge difference with sustaining a healthy lifestyle is just cutting out some of those steps. Blue Apron is a meal delivery service that cuts out the need to meal plan, and even cuts out the
need to grocery shop. I teamed up with Blue
Apron for this video, and it couldn’t be a better time. Not only does it help me stay on track, but I’ve actually bought Blue Apron gifts for people for the holidays
the last few years. It gives you menus, you select what you like within the health preferences that work for you, like vegetarian, family plans for two or four people. There are sixteen recipes to choose from each week. The meals I picked from this week’s menu were a spiced salmon and garlic yogurt with crispy chickpea and Farro salad, a crispy potato and kale hash with baked eggs and hot sauce, which is vegetarian, and a coconut vegetable
curry with lime rice, which I’m going to make for you today. The link in the description of this video will give the first one hundred people to sign up, $60 Dollars off their first three weeks of Blue Apron. And get this, there is
actually no commitment, you can skip or cancel
the service at any time. Okay, lemme grab Christian
and we’ll get started. Hello, so this is Christian. – Hi. Careful of the mics. – Don’t touch my mic. This is Christian, my honey. He’s my boyfriend and partner, he runs the channel with me, some of you know him from our joint channel Eat The Pizza, he is going to help me
with this meal today. What are we making? – We’re making coconut vegetable curry with lime rice. (clapping) – Yes, courtesy of Blue Apron. So if you don’t know, it all comes in a box shipped straight to your door fresh. I wasn’t actually here when it arrived, but it lasted, it was totally fine. – [Christian] Everything is pre-portioned, and you need to do very little prep, like look at these little knick-knack bags with all the little ingredients inside. – They’ve already measured
exactly what you need, which is the worst part
of cooking with recipes, is having to measure everything, and you get exactly what you need, which has helped me on food waste, I’ve been working on food waste, tell em. – Yup, she has, she’s been working on her food waste, all kinds of waste. – I’ve been working on not wasting food, and that means not
buying a bunch of produce that then goes bad in the fruit bowl. So, let’s follow these instructions. Don’t you like this? – I like it. – Detailed instructions. One, prepare the ingredients. – One prepare the ingredient. – You start with the
knicks and the knacks. – Okay. – I’ll start with the produce. So, I love these step
by step instructions. Why don’t you get started with the lime, which is in the knicks and the knacks. I’ll get started with the zucchini. It tells me exactly how to cut it. – Okay. – [Alyssia] I don’t know where the zucchini is from, but I know that Blue Apron does prioritize quality ingredients, and actually local suppliers. I did see that the eggs that come with the potato hash in this box. – [Christian] They’re the good kind right? – [Alyssia] Yeah, they’re the kind we buy. They’re the Vital Farms one, which are the ones I like, that come with the pretty chalkboard box. – I’m zesting the lime. Is that right? – Do it. – Can you hear, I’m ready to do it. – Show me how to do it. Don’t get the white part. – [Christian] I know. The rind. – [Alyssia] The rind, because it’s bitter, so when you’re zesting any kind of citrus, you wanna just get the colored part. – [Christian] Avoid the rind. – [Alyssia] Avoid the rind. For some reason I have this problem when I go to the grocery
store, where like, even if I know I only need one zucchini, I’ll still buy two, because I’m like, maybe I’ll, what if I want extra, or maybe I’ll use, and I tell myself that, and then I don’t use it. – I think maybe, Mind Over Munch has conditioned you a
little bit to do that, because if something happens, then that recipe doesn’t work out. – I always need extra just in case for when we mess up, which is often. – Yeah. – [Alyssia] We go to the grocery store like three times a day when we’re filming. (laughs loudly) Okay, that’s a medium
dice on the zucchini. – That’s about a teaspoon of zest. – That’s about a table spoon of zest. – It’s a.. – This is my ultimate recommendation for weeknight cooking
or any kind of cooking, garbage bowl, so you can put your trash, like your little zucchini nub, and your pepper toppers in there. – You gotta have a garbage bowl. – A garbage bowl. This is the Rachel Ray garbage bowl. – Now that I’ve zested the lime, I gotta quarter the lime. Now when you quarter a lime, what way are we talking? Some people, I think, yoink, yoink, but you could also just all length wise. – [Alyssia] Well, according to this photo. – [Christian] All length wise. – [Alyssia] Yeah, you can’t go wrong when you’re quartering a lime. – You can’t go wrong when you’re quartering a lime. – Medium dice. I like that it tells me how big to cut these things, so I don’t have to overthink it. – Alright, now I gotta
do another thing now. – I like a lot of garlic, so feel free to use an extra clove. – Feel free to use an
extra clove of garlic when you’re doing a recipe. – Except I know you don’t like as much garlic as me. – I don’t. I’m gonna say, it calls for two cloves. This is like one mega clove. – I’d do that, plus all the others. (laughs loudly) – The whole head of garlic. – If a recipe calls
for two or three cloves of garlic, I’ll use eight to ten. – Is this really any
cheaper than doing it, just buying the ingredients? – Is Blue Apron? – Yeah. – Yeah. So, how much would you spend when you go out? – When I go out to eat? – When you go out to eat by yourself. When we go out to eat,
how much do we spend? – I don’t know, like in
LA, like $100 Dollars. (laughs loudly) – Okay, so these meals start at.. – I actually don’t know the answer. – [Alyssia] These meals start at &7.49 per serving. – [Christian] Wow, that’s pretty good. – [Alyssia] So, if we went out to eat, and it costed us, a affordable meal would be $20-$25 Dollars each. We live in LA. I mean really, the best part for me is I do so much grocery shopping. – Yeah, you do a lot of grocery shopping. – I just don’t want to do any more grocery shopping, and I don’t have to do it for this, I don’t have to do any of the planning. I talked to our viewers a lot about how I think cooking with a recipe holds people back, because it requires so much planning, and the time of measuring the ingredients, and the fact that you
don’t have to do that here. – [Christian] You got in
touch with Blue Apron, and you’re probably like, “Yeah, I don’t have to
measure any ingredients.”. (laughs loudly) Sorry, this garlic is taking me forever. – Wait, don’t you know you just smash it? Or I meant with a knife. So, tip if you don’t know, and he just used it all, but if you have a garlic
with a peel on it, you just smash it with a knife, and the peel will come right off. You smash it. See how it comes right off. Use all that garlic, cause the more, the better. Alright, so the next thing, is we can get the rice going. So look, it gives you
the exact amount of rice for two servings. – What a mini little rice. – I know, and it tells you you can just combine this with salt and a cup of water on the stove, and let it go, and continue cooking the rest of it. These step by step instructions, it’s not only the exact
amount of ingredients, and the recipe, but it’s organized in order, so you do it as efficiently as possible. This recipe only takes 30 minutes. Okay, all of our ingredients are prepped. The rice is on the stove, and while that’s cooking, what’s next? – zucchini. Well actually, we gotta do a little oil in here. We’re gonna basically be sauteing up the zucchini. – Alright, oil. – Now we add the diced
zucchini in an even layer, and cook without stirring, 3-4 minutes, or until browned. – So now that all our
ingredients are prepped, we can just hang here and enjoy our time together. – I agree. – Man, it’s really nice that I didn’t have to worry about any of this planning or shopping, and we can just do this together. I don’t have to resent
the meal I’m about to eat. So now, peppers? – Now, add the dice pepper, season with salt and pepper, cook, stirring occasionally 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Salt. – [Alyssia] Pepper. – [Christian] Pepper. And then, you’re gonna cook, stirring occasionally 2-3
minutes until softened. – [Alyssia] There you go. – [Christian] Look, I gotta stir it up just to mix up the seasoning. It’s like my Mamma Mia’s recipe. (laughs loudly) – You’re mom would like this actually. – She would actually like this. – She likes curries and she likes vegan. (laughs loudly) Alright, transfer that,
and we’ll make the curry. Alright, no need to wipe out the pot. – Even though it says wipe out the pot? – Stop it. – I think it’s gonna add flavor to it. – I make my own rules. – Yeah you do. – Chopped garlic and ginger. Okay, now I like extra garlic, but I like less ginger. Here’s the thing about this, you can just use as much as you want. Oh wait, season with salt and pepper. – We gotta season this
with salt and pepper, gotta make sure.. – Come on, it only says
30 seconds to one minute. (screams loudly) – We’re all good over here folks. – Another relaxed dinner. (laughs loudly) Tuesday night dinner. – [Christian] Potatoes. – And coconut milk, carefully as the liquid may splatter. – Do I use this whole chutney? – Yup. You can use as much as you want, I give you permission. You like more. – [Christian] Yeah, let’s load it up. – [Alyssia] You like a chutney. – [Christian] I like a chutney. – [Alyssia] I like a coconut milk. – [Christian] I like myself a chutney. – [Alyssia] Careful, it may splatter. Smell it. – [Christian] It’s becoming a curry. – [Alyssia] It smells yummy. – It’s becoming a curry. That does smell good. – [Alyssia] Looka there, the perfect amount of rice. All fluffed. Okay, I’m gonna add in some zest, I’m gonna leave out about half of that, cause that’s way more than a teaspoon. – It does smell sweet. – It smells really sweet. – It smells like a sweet curry. – [Alyssia] Okay, it’s starting to boil, and then we can let it simmer on low for 8-10 minutes. I gotta say, one pot, less clean up. – We’re gonna now simmer for 8-10 minutes. – [Alyssia] Smell it. – [Christian] It smells good folks. What do you think? – It smells really good. Let’s see, fork tender. – Looks fork tender to me. – Alright, so we can add
the rest of it in here. – Okay, we’re gonna add
the vegetables back in. – [Alyssia] Add the cooked
zucchini and peppers and the juice of two lime wedges. – [Christian] Okay, we can do that. – [Alyssia] Not four. – [Christian] Even though we have four. You can save the other two for later. – [Alyssia] Look how pretty, look at all these colors. – [Christian] I know, look at that, so should I squeeze these limes in here? – [Alyssia] Yup, squeeze two in. Alright, so now we can serve it over rice. So, we’re just gonna distribute this rice, it’s two servings, the entire meal is two servings. – [Christian] Yummy. – [Alyssia] So I’ll put half in here, half in here. – Look at the little lime zest in there. – Little limeys. – Alright, so now what? – Now we can put the curry on top, but I wanna make it look really nice. – As you do. – Yes, as I do. I actually do this even when it’s not for Mind Over Munch now. I take one extra minute
to make it look good, and I just feel like I’m
more mindful with it. – Yeah. – Just looks nicer. (upbeat music) – Actually, this is a lot of food, this is more food. – That’s a lot of food. Now this recipe is
totally vegan, isn’t it? – [Alyssia] Yeah, it’s
marked as vegetarian on the website, cause I don’t think they
have a vegan section, but it is actually completely plant-based. So it is technically vegan. But, we’ve been doing a meatless meal a couple times a week, so it fits right in with us. Alright look, and one minute later, it looks so nice. Wait, we need coconut chips. – They’re right here. – And these lime wedges. Which you can add on your own if you want. – Alright, I’m adding these chips. Do you know how many
calories this dish is, this whole deal? Just out of curiosity
for my own curiousness. – [Alyssia] This is 640 calories. – [Christian] That’s pretty good actually. – I know. – That’s less than I anticipated that it would be. – That’s less than I anticipated too, that’s great. I mean, this is a big meal. – [Christian] That’s a big meal. – [Alyssia] Yeah. – [Christian] It’s a hearty dinner. – [Alyssia] Sprinkle
it, make it look pretty. Alright, what do you think? – [Christian] I think it’s time to eat. – We need forks. It looks and smells so good. – [Christian] Yes it does. – [Alyssia] Look at how
nice this dinner looks. – [Christian] I know. – [Alyssia] Ready to taste it? – [Christian] I’m ready to taste it, are you ready to taste it? – [Alyssia] I’m ready to taste it. – [Christian] I’m more ready to taste it. That’s really good. – It’s perfectly cooked. – Yeah, wow. – The sweet potato is perfectly cooked. Not too soft, not too firm. – That’s killer. – I was also thinking, “I probably would have cooked the zucchini longer.”, no, perfectly cooked. Oh my gosh, it’s so good. And, with the curry sauce on the rice, the rice cuts the heat
just the right amount. – Yeah. – So I get the flavor, but I don’t feel like my mouth is on fire. Oh my gosh it’s so good, and these coconut chips are sweetened. You taste them? They’re really good. They’re a little bit sweet. Oh my gosh it’s so good. – Yum. – Did you try a little lime juice on it? – That’s what I’m about to do. I’m about to lime it up. – [Alyssia] And this is
a good amount of food. – [Christian] Yeah. – [Alyssia] The tomato chutney is giving it the heat, but with the coconut milk it’s so creamy, it tempers it, so it’s
mild, it’s not so hot. – The sweetness of the coconut chips is a really nice bonus. Loving it. – Good choice huh? – Yeah. – Good choice. – I’m really liking this. – I didn’t have to come
up with this recipe, I didn’t have to do any
of the flavor preparing, I didn’t have to grocery shop, I didn’t have to measure anything, and we still got to cook dinner together. – Yeah. – It’s not like you
order it, and it’s done, you still got the experience of cooking, without the stress of the planning. – Yeah. I think this is more fun. – It’s actually really good. – I know, I have to stop eating now. – I hope you enjoyed that demo, and I hope you found these tips for a realistic, health-conscious lifestyle useful, I would encourage you
to check out Blue Apron to make your lifestyle easier, use the link in the description box. Remember the first one
hundred people to sign up gets $60 Dollars off for
their first three weeks, so don’t miss out. – [Christian] That’s awesome. We hope you guys have a wonderful, fantastic holiday season. – We’ll be back next week, and remember, – It’s all a matter of Mind Over Munch. – So good. – I know, aren’t I? I’ve seen you do it enough times I think.

Randall Smitham



  1. Byron Chandler Posted on December 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    You are the queen of sponsoring, Alyssia. What's your best tip for making cinnamon raisin bread?

  2. Mind Over Munch Posted on December 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    What helps you stay on track with eating healthy? Which Blue Apron meal do you want to try the most?

  3. MegaBreyergirl Posted on December 12, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Dude!! Your hair, stop it, looks terrible, go natural! Great video tho, thank you!

  4. Food Porn Chef Posted on December 12, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Yes my same issue buying extras or just in case. And it goes to trash. Im goomg to try blue apron amd see how it is.

  5. RICHARD1974 Posted on December 12, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    fun video. thanks for sharing. any recipes for a wholesome chili? beef stew? or any winter soups? white chili made with chicken thighs. sounds good.

  6. Katalin Kelemen Posted on December 12, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Alyssia: "extreme diets are not the answer"
    also Alyssia: promotes keto

  7. John Guzman Posted on December 12, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    you two are funny together! Nice video!

  8. Ess tee Kay Posted on December 12, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    That dinner looks amazing. Awesome that you're incorporating more vegan meals in your diet.

  9. Arlene Newell Posted on December 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you. I've been following you for a really long time. For years. I'm Plant-based

  10. Sasha Kriger Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    No I would not like to be a subscriber of these subscription. I like to cook the way I cook yhere is no need to judge me

  11. KattsArt Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    This has nothing to do with the topic of the video but your hair is so pretty!!!

  12. anusha mishra Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Love your hair 😍 It suits you and your personality so well .. looks like you were born with it 💝💝

  13. Briana Frei Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Yes!! I totally always buy an extra 2 or 3 zucchini’s—and throw them away a week later! 😩😩😩

  14. A il Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    i wish we could see the meal choices before paying =( cool video though and I like your hair like this!

  15. Pu2kina Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    I love your hair, you look so young 🙂

  16. Cheryl Hock Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    That looked SO good you guys!! Pretty easy too!

  17. I love noodles Posted on December 12, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Looks and sounds really good, however really carby.
    And red pepper would actually go really good with that and enhance the color.
    Edit: I also like putting juice/sauce over the rice and then the vegetables on top of that.

  18. BigNoseBug Posted on December 12, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Wow! I hope this isn’t rude but you are looking so lean and great! You looked great before, but to me there is a noticeable difference. (Also love the hair color) – my nutritionist has been helping me try and get on a manageable diet plan and trying to incorporate as many vegan type meals as possible without having to go full vegan. I find that I’ve been steadily losing weight instead of when I was counting calories. It’s definitely hard during the holidays though…I feel like I’m forced to eat out more instead of getting the chance to even cook!

  19. I love noodles Posted on December 12, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    For everyone saying that they buy extra ingredients and it ends up in the trash, just try using the extra ingredients in another recipe or get creative and make a whole new recipe out of it or even just use the extra ingredients plain and eat it as a snack, or take it on the go with you.

  20. Seu Sibaran Posted on December 12, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    I totally enjoyed seeing both of you guys. So cute and the meal looked delicious. Thanks for all your videos

  21. Vaitiare Rojo Posted on December 12, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I wish more tips please

  22. G R Posted on December 12, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    I’m a 2-zucchini girl, too! ☺️
    I can’t help myself… I’ve never bought only one, they should come in bundles of two! Lol

  23. Ardalan Posted on December 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    The main reason I haven't been using services like Blue Apron is the amount of plastic in their packages. I wish they would use more environmentally friendly packaging system to separate the portions and all.

  24. Mary Poropat Posted on December 12, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Did you lose weight? you look so good!

  25. cara carpenter Posted on December 12, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    This episode made me miss eat the pizza! I love seeing you guys cook together!

  26. Saï Jones Rajopadhye Posted on December 12, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Love you guys, and what you said about the 'experience of cooking together without the stress of planning', but any idea if Blue Apron has plans to address ALL that plastic they use in each box?!

  27. Af Hy Posted on December 12, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Your hair style (length and how you've styled it here) and the colour looks so good on you !!

  28. Jenniebean Posted on December 12, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    You look great! I love your new hair color.

  29. Jenniebean Posted on December 12, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    That looks delicious!😋

  30. Juliana Chaparro Posted on December 12, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    I LOVE your channel, that's it, that's all I wanted to say.

  31. Linda Gonzalez Posted on December 13, 2019 at 12:14 am

    The curry looks yummy! I also loved the tips in the beginning, could you share how tips or make a video on how to have a good relationship with food? I feel like all my adult life has need a big cycle of loosing and gaining weight. I’ve tried several “diets” but I still feel like the way I see food as a reward

  32. HondaMamii Posted on December 13, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Love your hair color! What’s the color called and what brand dye?

  33. Stephen Veerasammy Posted on December 13, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Sorry I'm unsubscribing because you take too long to prep… I ain't got that much time to watch you peel garlic, or dice veg.

  34. Trifecta Pilates Posted on December 13, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Looks delish. Proves healthy can be something to look forward to.

  35. hayzzel Posted on December 13, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Looks good, but I wish they could find a way to use less packaging. So nice to see Christian too!

  36. kotov dot in Posted on December 13, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Please save your health & Earth. Please share my site

  37. Silbersilben Posted on December 13, 2019 at 10:16 am

    way to much plastic!

  38. Lola P Posted on December 13, 2019 at 10:56 am

    I love your red hair!!! Happy holidays!!!😊❤️🎉🎄☃️❄️

  39. Amado Lumba Jr Posted on December 13, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Pwned in the first three seconds haha

  40. Zoe Cook Posted on December 14, 2019 at 3:27 am

    So your realistic tip for healthy eating is to subscribe to blue apron? I feel like I'm watching a cheap infomercial.

  41. Carol Franco Posted on December 14, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Sorry Im too late for the comments but if you could tell me where you bought that oil dispenser (not sure it thats the right term) it's so cute!

  42. Vicki G Solomon Posted on December 14, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    What an astonishing amount of plastic!! This looks very bad for the environment.

  43. arvindluv2000 Posted on December 14, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    thats a lot of plastic covers for two person meal

  44. Anne Morrison Posted on December 20, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    lol lol hahahaha

  45. Scott Posted on December 29, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    This was pretty much an informercial for Blue Apron. 👎

  46. Whaynna Araugo Posted on January 2, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Love your hair

  47. Data Bass Posted on January 8, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    While this is awesome because of the food waste, it is not awesome on our environment. Think about the plastic needed for shipping and the shipping altogether.