Thursday Taste: Sweet Potato Fries

My husband is a “meat and potatoes” guy through and through and I well . . .  am not!  So I have to try to be creative or somehow make healthy items taste good so he comes over to my side.  Sweet potato is a great meld of both our worlds when it comes to food.  Better for you than french fries and delicious.

I always like to remind people that when it comes to me and my cooking skills – they are virtually nonexistent.  Which for you means you’re going to get a tasty dish that is easy to make.  If it’s not easy, I don’t make it.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 3 medium Sweet Potatoes
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (enough to coat potatoes)
  • 1 tsp Mrs Dash No Salt Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

 

Instructions:

  • Slice sweet potato
  • Place in large bowl
  • Add in EVOO and seasoning
  • Toss
  • Spread on baking sheet
  • Place in oven at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes or until crispy
  • Serve and ENJOY!

 

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Here’s a hint: I tend to cook ALL my vegetables this way.  🙂

 

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Planning to Succeed: My TOP TIPS for Battling the Bulge

Planning to Succeed: My TOP TIPS for Battling the Bulge

  • Get enough sleep
    • Sleep can make such a big difference on how you feel – mind and body.  Not only does it make you feel better but your mind, weight and heart will all benefit.

 

  • Eat every 2-3 hours
    • Keep your metabolism burning all day long.  People often think starving yourself and going long periods between meals is good for weightless but in fact it is the exact opposite.  Your body starts to work off reserves and cuts back – leaving you sluggish and your metabolism slows down.

 

  • Exercise
    • It doesn’t matter what you do but get your body moving. There are so many options out there to get you active – walking, yoga running, bootcamp classes, cycling.  Find something you enjoy doing and you are more apt to stick with it.  Try to be as active as you can.  It’s not only good for keeping you healthy and fit but the benefits link to your heart and is an amazing stress reliever.

 

  • Plan ahead – snacks
    • I always keep healthy snacks and a shaker bottle with a Shakeology packet packed in my baby bag just in case we are out later than planned.  You don’t want to end up hungry with nothing to eat and have a #Snaccident
    • Apples, Bananas and nuts are all great for throwing in your bag.

 

  • Plan ahead – meal planning
    • I always plan out my week with regards to my family’s meals and snacks on Sundays then hit up the grocery store to ensure I have all the ingredients that I need.  The better you plan, the more likely you will be to succeed.
    • I also like to use services like Peapod, Instacart or Amazon Fresh to get my groceries.  This ensure I am less likely to go off the rails with what goes in my cart.

 

  • Limit your alcohol
    • Yes I said it!  I love wine!  But if I’m struggling with my weight, it’s the first thing to cut back on.  If you’re struggling with those last 10 pounds, or even 5, cut it out and see what happens.  I think a lot of times we forget that alcohol has calories and they can add up really fast.

 

  • Cut out the sugar
    • Amongst other benefits of ditching sugar from you diet is that you’ll cut back on unnecessary calories which will help you lose some lbs

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Thursday Taste: Crockpot Pork Chop with Onions and Potatoes

It’s no lie when I say I am no Martha Stewart or Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen.  Prior to becoming a Beachbody Coach, I had only made two meals – Beef Stews and Macaroni.  I am all about easy, convenient and tasty.  So when you see recipes on my blog it is because they taste good, are healthy and relatively easy to make.  This is one I thought up in my sleep and decided to give it a try.  I think you’ll like it!

CROCKPOT PORK CHOPS WITH ONIONS AND POTATOES

Cooking time: 5-6hours

Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Pork Chops
  • 8 oz Pearl Onions
  • 1 cup Low-sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2-3 Medium Potatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • “Dash” of Rosemary
  • 2 tsp Honey

 

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your crockpot, except the honey
  2. Cook on low for 5 – 6 hours
  3. Add honey after 4 – 5hours, cook on high for the last hour
  4. Serve and ENJOY!

Thursday Taste: Apple Butternut Squash Soup

Fall and winter are the perfect time to cozy up with a yummy bowl of soup.  Butternut squash is one of my favorites so I thought why not add some apples, make it crockpot friendly and give you something extra special from my kitchen to yours!

 

Apple Butternut Squash Soup

 

Cooking Time: 6-8 hours

Yield: 8 servings

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. butternut squash
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 medium Jonathon (or Granny Smith) apples, peeled, chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 1 thin slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. Mrs. Dash No Salt Seasoning

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Preparation:

  1. Prepare and cut the Squash into chunks
    1. Poke holes in the Squash using a fork
    2. Place in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften
    3. Peel the squash then cut and de-seed the squash
  1. Place all ingredients in crockpot

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  1. Cook on low for 6 – 8hours
  2. Use immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  3. If you find your soup is too bitter, start by adding some honey to it and blend. Squash can vary in taste so you may need to amend this recipe as needed.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

21 DF: 3 Green, 1 Purple, ½ Red – per serving

244 Calories per serving

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Thursday Taste: Apple Chips

Welcome October!  Fall, the season of all things, apple, pumpkin, cozy vests and knee high boots.  So why not cook yourself up a healthy snack that you can eat anytime without any  . . .

Apple Chips

Cooking Time:  2 hrs. 15 min.

Yield: 4 servings

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium red apples, cored, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preparation:

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  1. Preheat oven to 275° F.
  2. Core and slice apples

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  1. Place in a medium bowl and sprinkle with Cinnamon and mix

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  1. Place apple slices on baking sheet

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  1. Bake for 45 minutes, turn slices over, back for additional 30 minutes, or until crispy

 

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About 50 calories per serving.