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.  🙂

 

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

Thursday Taste: Triple Berry Sangria

I don’t know about you but summer is NOT over for me. It’s still sunshine and shorts in my household. If you’re anything like me, I think Sangria when I think about warm weather. But with the cool weather upon us, why not have yourself a healthier version of a red wine sangria.
 
At only 150 calories per serving – YOU ARE WELCOME! 🙂
 
Ingredients
– 1 Tbsp. water
– 2 Tbsp. dark honey (like buckwheat, avocado, or wildflower)
– ½ cup brandy (or cherry brandy)
– 1 cup fresh blueberries
– 1 cup fresh blackberries
– 1 cup sliced strawberries
– 1 (750-ml.) bottle pinot noir wine
– 6 small strawberries
– 6 fresh mint leaves
 
Instructions
– Combine water and honey in a small bowl. Microwave on high for 15 seconds; mix until well blended.
– Combine honey mixture, brandy, blueberries, blackberries, and sliced strawberries in a large pitcher; mix well.
– Add wine; mix well. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
– Evenly add sangria to eight glasses. Add a strawberry and mint leaf; serve immediately.

Thursday Taste: Bell Pepper Nachos

Football season is upon is and do you know what that means . . . . beers and nachos and sweatpants OH MY!

I’m here to tell you that you can still have those yummy nachos but in a healthier way.  Yeah!

Bell Pepper Nachos

This recipe makes 2 servings and they are less than 300 calories per serving.  Now that’s a WIN.

Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ¼ medium onion, chopped
  • 8 oz. raw 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. Taco Seasoning Blend (or packaged taco seasoning mix)
  • 
¼ cup water
1 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch wide slices
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, cut into 1-inch wide slices
  • 
¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium jalapeño, seeds and veins removed, sliced (optional)
  • ½ cup pico de gallo (or fresh tomato salsa)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Heat medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Lightly coat with spray.
  3. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  4. Add turkey; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink.
  5. Add taco seasoning blend and water. Mix well; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until water evaporates.
  6. Arrange peppers in an oven-proof baking dish; top with turkey mixture and cheese.
  7. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, or until cheese melts.
  8. Divide pepper mixture evenly between two serving plates. Top with jalapeños (if desired) and pico de gallo; serve immediately.

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Thursday Taste: Gluten Free Banana Bread

I don’t know about you but I love bananas.  Sometimes I just have the problem that I can’t seem to eat them fast enough before they turn to brown mush.  Here’s one delicious way to turn those overly ripe bananas into a tasty treat that’s better for your waistline.

 

Ingredients:
1¼ cups almond flour
1¼ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
1¼ cups old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free
½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
2 tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
6 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin organic coconut oil, melted
½ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
Nonstick cooking spray

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Combine almond flour, flour, oats, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl; mix well. Set aside.
3. Combine bananas, extract, egg, oil, maple syrup, and almond milk in a medium bowl; mix well.
4. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; mix until just blended.
5. Place batter in loaf pan that has been lightly coated with spray.
6. Bake for 43 to 48 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
7. Cool completely before slicing.

 

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

SO FRESH & SO CLEAN (EATING TIPS)

The goal is to limit your processed food intake and eat natural food as much as humanly possible.  It’s about eating more of the best, healthiest options in each of the food groups.  We understand clean eating is not easy but you can take steps to get your daily food intake to a better, healthier place.

  • Limiting Processed Foods

Processed food are high in sodium, sugar and fat.  A couple key things to note here:  Look for foods that have 5 or less ingredients on the package and if you can’t say the names of the ingredients then stay away.

  • Take Out Sugar

Most people have far too much sugar in their diet.  What you want to do is limit the foods with added sugars in them like sweets and soda.  You also want to look out for foods that have added sugar to them.

  • Limit Salt Intake

Going on from sugar is your salt intake.  Like sugar, you want to make sure you are eating foods that have not added salt to them.  You can also help lower your salt intake by limiting your processed food.  You could add herbs and spices in its place or no-salt items like Mrs. Dash.

  • Eat Your Veggies

Vegetables tend to be where many people lack in their diet.  It is super important to make sure you eat enough veggies daily as they are jam-packed with nutrients that your body needs – like potassium, dietary fiber, vitamins A and C.

Low potassium is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, digestive disorders and even stroke.  Potassium can be found in: Banana, sweet potato, beans, winter squash, prunes and yogurt.

  • Eat Fruits

Just like vegetables, fruits are packed with loads of nutrients that your body craves everyday, like potassium and Vitamin C.  When you can choose whole, fresh fruit over dried, canned or fruit juices.  If you need to chose fruits that are canned in their own juices with no sugar added.

  • No Alcohol

What?!  Yes, it’s true. Alcohol is in fact not “clean”.  It’s all sorts of fermented, sugary goodness.  So with that in mind, you would want to try to stay away from alcohol as much as possible.

  • Grocery Store Tips
    • Make a list before you go and stick to it!
    • Shop the perimeter and stick to the outer walls! That’s where they put all the fresh, natural, foods – fruits, veggies, meats
    • Avoid the aisles – if you don’t need anything in an aisle, just skip it!
    • In the frozen food section, avoid anything that says “one step”, “heat and serve” or “ready to go” meals in a box
    • When buying canned food, look for low sodium versions, salmon and tuna packed in water, and no extra sugars!

 

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I don’t know about you but it’s hard to believe Summer is coming to an end. With the end of Summer comes back to school. My little man is not in school yet but that doesn’t mean I’m not always “on the go”. As a mom, there are playgroups and classes, family activities and “mom duties”. It can all catch you off guard and unprepared when dinner rolls around.

If you’re anything like me, whenever I have a schedule change it can totally shake me up and that includes my eating and workouts. I thrive on a schedule – knowing where and when things will happen so when that changes it can totally rock my world and that is when I would always lose my self-control. Eating would get out of control – drive-thru’s, fast food and frozen meals, parking myself on the couch and heading home early rather than getting my butt to the gym. But that has all changed for me. I know how to roll with the punches and make that work for me. So let me work for you!

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The Lowdown – 21 Day Fix

It’s about to go down – your weight that is!  As I break down the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan for YOU.

I once saw a video of someone who said they disliked the fact that it was called “Fix” because that implied that something was broken but the fact is that 21 Day Fix is in fact fixing something that is broken – eating habits.  Right now more than one-third of US Adults are obese and almost one-fourth of adolescents.  Let’s be honest, that is not good.  But I’m not here to talk stats, I’m here to help YOU change your life.  And a big part of that is understanding how to eat healthy and get your nutrition in check.

What I love about the 21 Day Fix is that is simple, easy to follow, portion control.  You aren’t told you CAN’T eat certain food groups or that you have to count calories or points.  Basically, if it fits in it’s appropriate container, you can eat it!  Yeah!

 

Here are some basics for you:

  • When you order the 21 Day Fix, it comes with 7 color-coded containers:
    • Green Container (Vegetables): 1 1/4 cups
    • Purple Container (Fruits): 1 1/4 cups
    • Red Container (Protein): 3/4 cups
    • Yellow Container (Carbs): 1/2 cups
    • Blue Container (Healthy Fats and Nuts): 1/4 cups
    • Orange Container (Seeds and Dressings): 2 tbsp.
  • How do I know how many of each container I can have in a day?
    • Simple calculation that you are given, which is also included in your package
  • Don’t feel like you have to eat all your containers. If you aren’t hungry, then don’t eat for the sake of eating.
  • If you find you need more food, start by adding a Green Container first.
  • You will want to spread your containers out throughout the day – between 3 meals and 2 snacks, roughly 2-3 hours apart. This will help keep your metabolism going and burning throughout the day.

This plan is about teaching you to eat clean, healthy food.  It is not a diet but a way to a healthier life that will become a lifestyle for you.

 

Sample Meal Plan

21DFX – Sample Meal Plan

 

Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology blended with ice, coffee, 1/2 cup strawberries and 1/4 banana (1 Red, 1 Purple)

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Morning Snack: 3/4 cup Yogurt (1 Red)

Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breast, Spaghetti Squash, Feta and Cucumbers (1 Red, 2 Green, 1 Blue)

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Afternoon Snack: 1 cup Strawberries (1 Purple)

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Dinner: Filet, Asparagus and Sweet Potato (1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Green, 2 Oils)

Ready to try it for yourself and make a change to healthier, fitter life?  YES!