Friday, October 18, 2013

Make clean eating snacks easliy accessible

Put healthy snacks in a visible location where the whole family can easily grab something to fuel their body. Keep fruit on the counter top or right at eye level in the fridge. Don't hide those veggies in a drawer! Have them prepped & where you can see them so that is what your eye goes to when you open your fridge. Set your family up for quick, easy, healthy snacking.
Some of my families favorite clean eating snacks are:
*cuties (clementines)
*apples & all-natural peanut butter
*cashews & dried cranberries
*unsalted brown rice cakes with all-natural peanut butter & raisins
*carrot & celery sticks with Laughing Cow cheese
*cucumbers & hummus
*clean eating egg salad on a whole wheat tortilla with lettuce & red peppers
*plain Greek yogurt with berries & a drizzle of raw honey

Egg White Oatmeal

You may already know that I LOVE oatmeal, but this takes my obsession to a whole new level. It is creamy, delicious, clean, & healthy!
*This recipe makes 2 servings. Make the whole thing & share with the kids or refrigerate the second serving for the next morning.
Egg White Oatmeal
1. Bring 2 cups of water to a rapid boil.
2. Add 2/3 cup old fashioned oats, stir well, & lower to medium heat. Cook oats approx. 8 mins., stirring frequently. 
3. While oats cook whip 4 egg whites in a bowl until fluffy/ small bubbles form around the edges of the bowl.
4. Turn down heat to low & slowly pour in egg whites, little by little. Stir oats & egg whites quickly until the oats look creamy, then add a little more egg whites. Continue to stir quickly until all egg whites are incorporated.
5. Remove pot from heat. Stir in 2 Tbls. pure maple syrup & 1/2 - 3/4 cup fruit of your choice. Here I added mixed berries.
*Stir in a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like. I topped mine with pomegranate seeds & a few walnuts for crunch.
***Enjoy! Let me know what you think of this recipe. Please feel free to share.

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Shakeology

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Shakeology
6 oz water
6 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 scoop chocolate #Shakeology
2 Tbls. pure pumpkin purée
A sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
Blend well & you are off!!!

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Zucchini "Lasagna"

I did a little experiment for dinner tonight. It didn't turn out to be beautiful looking, but it sure was DELICIOUS! I made a "lasagna" with zucchini & eggplant slices. 
1) Preheat oven to 425
2) Slice thinly 1 large eggplant & 3 medium/large zucchini
3) Season eggplant & zucchini slices with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, & garlic powder
4) place a can of diced tomatoes (no salt added) in the bottom of a glass baking dish & season with oregano, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, & garlic powder
5) place rows of zucchini & eggplant slices on top of tomatoes
6) top with approx. 1/2 part skim ricotta cheese & 1/2 shredded mozzarella cheese
7) repeat layers again & top with any remaining zucchini & eggplant slices
 cover tightly with aluminum foil & bake 30 mins.
9) uncover & bake an additional 15 mins.
It does not stay together as well as a conventional lasagna when you cut into it, but the flavor is AMAZING! 

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Clean Dirty Rice

One of my favorite places to visit is New Orleans. The music, the fun, the food! But it is definitely not figure-friendly down on the bayou. So I cleaned things up & my family LOVED this Big Easy-inspired dish. 
Clean Dirty Rice
Prepare 1 cup brown rice with 2 1/2 cups water or low sodium chicken broth, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. chili powder, & 1 tsp. cumin.
Brown 1 - 1 1/2 lbs. extra lean ground turkey seasoned with black pepper, sea salt, & garlic powder.
To the meat add 1 onion (diced), 1 bell pepper (diced - green, yellow, orange, or red - it's your preference), 1 large tomato (diced) OR a small can of diced tomatoes (no salt added, drained) & 2 Tbls. Cajun seasoning. Sauté until veggies soften a bit. Add 1 can black beans OR pinto beans (drained & rinsed) & cook til beans are warmed through. Add rice to meat & veggie mixture & combine well.
Serve with a salad or your favorite veggie for a complete meal!

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Apple Nachos

Looking for a fun, delicious, clean eating snack that the whole family will LOVE? Try this!

Apple Nachos
Slice your favorite apple into thin slices - we love gala apples. 
Drizzle one Tablespoon all-natural peanut butter over top. 
Sprinkle one Tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes & about 1/4 cup raisins on top.

Quick, easy, clean, & DELICIOUS!!

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Homemade Hummus

Pairing a complex carb (fruit or veggie) with a protein at every meal keeps you full longer & your metabolism burning! Try this awesome homemade hummus recipe I got from a friend!
2 cans chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained
2-3 cloves garlic (depending on taste), smashed 
4 Tbls. tahini paste
4 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
Mix in the food processor until smooth.
Top with toasted sesame seeds & enjoy!

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