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Zuchhini Chips and Pizza Bites

20 Nov

Who doesn’t love that crunchiness of a chip or that cheesy flavor of those small pizza bites? Too bad they are anything but healthy, and surely won’t help keep that holiday season weight off!

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Lovely readers, meet zucchini. Zucchini can be your new best friend when coming to healthifying foods! Whether it be my zucchini oats for breakfast, my zucchini jicama lasagna in my Holiday Ebook that you can purchase here, or these two delightful simple recipes, zucchini can be used in many way!

Here I have made both “chips” and small snackable pizza bites. And boy, they are a yummy midday munchie!

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Simple yet delicious. My type of recipe as a college student. These are also the perfect snack to set out on gAmEdAyS as well instead of all those pants-tightening appetizers :)

What is your favorite game day or tailgating food?!

Zucchini Chips
-2 medium Zucchinis
-1 tablespoon Olive Oil
-Sea Salt and seasonings to taste
Directions: Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Wash outside of zucchini. Using a mandolin, slice zucchini very thin. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and any other seasonings of choice. On a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray, place slices close together but not overlapping. Bake in oven until crisp. This could take anywhere from 1-2 hours.

Zucchini Pizza Bites
-2 medium Zucchinis
-1/4 to 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
-1/4 to 1/2 cup Low Fat
-Seasonings to taste
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wash zucchinis on outside. Slice into thick slices. Lay slices on cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake in oven for about 5 minutes or until soften. Remove from oven. Spoon about a teaspoon or two of sauce onto each slice. Sprinkle cheese over top. Place into oven and bake for about 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Zucchini Benefits
1) 1 cup only has 36 calories
2) High in fiber which aids in digestion
3) Lowers cholesterol
4) Prevents Cancer
5) Rich in vitamins C and A, as well as folate
6) Benefit prostate health
7) Anti-inflammatory because of vitamin A, C and copper content
8) High in manganese,which helps in the metabolizing of proteins and carbs, participates in sex hormone production, and catalyzes synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol

Single Serving Simple Apple Crisp

3 Nov

Have you ever been craving that taste of apple crisp, but haven’t wanted to make an entire pie? Well now you can have a single serving, and guilt free!!

No longer feel bad about eating this simple, 15 minute version of an apple crisp. Served in an apple bowl instead of that buttery pie crust, this is definitely a healthy treat!

And it is so quick and simple, anyone can make it! Will you be?!

Apple Crisp along with anything pumpkin or chocolate is probably one of my favorite holiday desserts. What is yours?!

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Single Serving Apple Crisp

-1 large apple

-1/4 cup Rolled Oats

-2 tsp Coconut Oil

-1 tsp Cinnamon

-1 tbsp Honey

-Dash of Sea Salt

Directions: Hallow out apple on inside, leaving enough of the apple for a “thick bowl”. Be careful not to break or pierce sides or bottom of apple. With the removed apple from inside, chopped into pieces, mix with half of the honey and cinnamon, and place back into the apple “bowl”. In a little bowl, mix together the oats, the rest of the honey and cinnamon, and salt.  Place this topping mixture on top of the apple to fill to the top. Place in preheated oven of 350 degrees (or even in a small toaster oven), for about 7 minutes. Switch over to the broil setting and continue to cook for about 2 minutes, or until the top is browned. Remove from oven and enjoy! Can top with unsweetened coconut if desired.

 

Apple Benefits
1)Reduces tooth decay by lowering levels of bacteria
2)Keeps Alzheimer’s away and fights aging effects on brain
3) Curbs Cancer because of flavonol richness
4)Decreases risk of diabetes (due to soluble fiber amount)
5)Reduces Cholesterol
6) High in fiber keeps digestive tract optimal
7)Neutralize Irritable Bowel Syndrome (high fiber content)
8) Detoxes Liver
9) Boosts immune system

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

 

Rolled Oats Benefits
1) High in fiber, low in fat
2) Makes you feel satisfied
3) Stabilizes blood sugar
4) Removes bad cholesterol
5) Great gluten-free options
6) Contains unique antioxidants
7) Enhances immune response to disease

Coconut Benefits
1)Fights viruses and bacteria growth in body
2)Fights yeast, fungus, and candida
3) Positively affects hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control which leads to increase metabolism, energy and endurance
4)Aids in digestion
5)Absorbs fat soluble vitamins
6)Lowers cholesterol
7)Special fat called medium chain triglycerides (Research shows 2T a day allowed women not only to gain less weight but lower abdominal fat)

Sweetpotato Brownies with Sweetpotato Cream Swirl

12 Oct

Yet another California sweetpotato recipe! Don’t be too sad, but this will be the last for at least a little :) After getting a whole box shipped to me for free though, you can’t blame me for all of these recipes lately! These unique California sweetpotatoes are so delicious. Whether eating them just simply baked, or making them the focus of a meal/dessert, these sweetpotatoes create a yummy taste!

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In case you’ve missed my last THREE posts using California sweetpotatoes ( sweetpotato pizza crust, sweetpotato gingerbread cookie dip, and sweetpotato pumpkin nut muffins), here is a brief synopsis of why these California sweetpotatoes are worth your while!

What I used here in this recipe is not just your typical sweet potato. No, these are California sweetpotatoes! What’s unique about California sweetpotatoes is that they are grown in soft sand and are hand sorted during harvest to minimize scarring and scratching. The result is a visually, higher quality sweetpotato. California sweetpotatoes are a “nutrition bang for the calorie buck” with 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, a good source of vitamin C and more than a day’s worth of vitamin A, all for 105 calories per serving. Plus, they are available year-round.

 

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I love chocolate. Chocolate is one thing I will never pass up. After coming home yesterday from college for the weekend, I wanted to make a yummy dessert for our family dinner. When my chocolate love took over and I knew I wanted to make healthy brownies, I was happy to remember that I brought some California sweetpotatoes home with me. Why? Because I knew the sweet, creamy texture of these sweetpotatoes would lend the taste I was looking for, while keeping the fat and sugar low :)

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But then I wanted to make it look a little festive as well. So I thought, cream cheese swirls are always fun! However, cream cheese is not very healthy. So what did I do? Well, I guess you’ll have to look at the recipe for that one! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my whole family did!

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Sweetpotato Brownies with Sweetpotato Cream Swirl
Makes 16 brownies
For Brownies:
-1 large California Sweetpotato, baked
-1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour (or Oat Flour)
-1/4 cup Coconut Flour
-1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
-1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
-1/2 cup Brewed Coffee (enhances chocolate flavor)
-2 Egg Whites
-1 Egg
-1/3 cup Natural Honey (increase to 1/2 cup if having a sweet tooth)
-1/2 cup Baking Stevia or other Sugar of choice
-2 teaspoons Baking Powder
-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-1 teaspoon Cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
-1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt

Cream Swirl
-1/4 cup Cottage Cheese
-1 tablespoon Sweetpotato, mashed
-1 tablespoon Honey

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place sweetpotato and egg/eggwhites in blender, and blend until the sweetpotato looks like puree. In large bowl, place all of the dry ingredients, and mix until combined. Add blended sweetpotato and other wet ingredients to bowl, and mix until smooth (but do not overmix). With nonstick spray, spray an 8×8 glass pan, and pour batter into glass. Place the cottage cheese, pumpkin, and honey in blender an blend until cottage cheese is smooth. Pour cream mixture in three equidistant lines across the brownie batter in the glass. With knife, “cut” the batter up and down without picking up the knife until you have created a “swirl look”. Place in oven and cook for 25 minutes. Remove and allow to cool before cutting.

Sweetpotato Benefits
1) High in vitamin B6
2) Good source of vitamin C
3) Contain vitamin D
4) Contain iron
5) Good source of magnesium
6) High in fiber
7) Rich in vitamin A

Cocoa Benefits
1)Decreases blood pressure
2)Improves cholesterol levels
3)Prevents heart disease
4)Rich in flavonoids, an antioxidant

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fingal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

Coffee Benefits:
1) It may lower risk of death according to studies performed
2) Lowers risk of cancer in the reproductive system
3) Lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
4) Help protect your brain
5) Great for skin/decreases skin cancer due to caffeine
6) Reduces risk of oral cancer
7) Strengthens muscles: studies show caffeine has similar effect to DNA molecules in muscles muscles of exercise

 

I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Sweetpotato Pumpkin Nut Muffins [GF, DF, V]

11 Oct

By this time you know I love pumpkin.

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But now thanks to Recipe Redux putting on this Sweetpotato Contest, I have rediscovered my love of them as well. Simply baked in the oven, cooked in a savory meal, or used in dessert, these sweetpotatoes provide such a delicious flavor and also a very moist texture :)

Recap for anyone who has missed my last couple posts and is confused as to why I’m spelling sweetpotatoes without a space:  What I used here in this recipe is not just your typical sweet potato. No, these are California sweetpotatoes! What’s unique about California sweetpotatoes is that they are grown in soft sand and are hand sorted during harvest to minimize scarring and scratching. The result is a visually, higher quality sweetpotato. California sweetpotatoes are a “nutrition bang for the calorie buck” with 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, a good source of vitamin C and more than a day’s worth of vitamin A, all for 105 calories per serving. Plus, they are available year-round.

Now that we’re all caught up, let’s talk about these muffins. Can you say scrumptious? The flavors of sweetpotato, pumpkin, and almonds all in one mini muffin. What a great way to kick off the Fall season! I love this time of year, because guess what?! Pumpkin and squashes are everywhere! I can now post many pumpkin and squash recipes without seeming completely insane :)

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I made these muffins for all of my friends the other night, and didn’t know what to expect. But they loved them! I’m not a big baker when it comes to cakes and muffins, so I didn’t know if I would come out with the right ratio of everything, but thankfully I did and these muffins were a great success. And they’re gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian friendly! So dive on in to this tasty recipe.

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Want a little taste of Fall? Or a small bite of heaven? Try this recipe with your very own sweetpotatoes today!

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Sweetpotato Pumpkin Nut Muffins
Makes 18 mini muffins

–    1 cup oats
–    1/4 cup California sweet potato, mashed
–    1/4 cup pumpkin puree
–    1/4 cup applesauce
–    3T egg white
–    6 dates
–    3T agave
–    1T coconut oil
–    1 tsp vanilla
–    1 tsp cinnamon
–    1/2 tsp ginger
–    1 tsp baking powder
–    1/4 tsp butter and almond extract
–    1/4 tsp sea salt
–    Optional: 1/4 cup crushed nuts or mini chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit. Combine oats and dates in food processor and blend until it forms a crumbly mixture. Add in all other dry ingredients and blend until well incorporated. In small bowl, mix together all wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry, and blend until mixed well. Stir in almonds or chocolate chips if desired. Spray mini muffin liners with nonstick spray. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of batter into each mold. Top with extra crushed almonds or chocolate chips if desired. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until done. For an extra moist muffins, take out before toothpick comes out clean (for me, about 8-10 minutes). Enjoy.

Sweetpotato Benefits
1) High in vitamin B6
2) Good source of vitamin C
3) Contain vitamin D
4) Contain iron
5) Good source of magnesium
6) High in fiber
7) Rich in vitamin A

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Almond Benefits
1) Reduce Heart Attack Risk
2) Lower Bad Cholesterol
3) Protect artery walls from damage
4) Build strong bones and teeth
5) Provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
6) Lower rise in blood sugar after meals
7) Alkalize the body

 

I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

 

Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt

4 Oct

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Yes. It happened. In my kitchen. Today.

Why?? Well last night I went out with my boyfriend and found this at our local frozen yogurt place in Gainesville.

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After eating a huge cup of their heavenly pumpkin frozen yogurt, I knew I had to make my own! And of course, healthier :)

Yes, frozen yogurt is already very healthy for you compared to regular ice cream, but this frozen yogurt recipe I’m about to share is made with Greek yogurt, which makes it very high in protein compared to your typical frozen yogurt :)

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Want a bite?

And the best part? No ice cream maker needed if you don’t have one! Once you make the base recipe, you can either pour it into a maker if you already have one, but if not, just pour it into a shallow container and place into the freezer! Stir every 30 minutes until the right consistency is achieved, and wallllah!

Try it. You will be happy you did :)

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Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt
–    1 cup 2% Greek Yogurt
–    1 cup Pumpkin Puree
–    1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
–    1/4 cup Maple Syrup or Raw Honey or Agave
–    4 packets Stevia (or another 1/4 cup of sweetener above)
–    1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
–    1 tablespoon Cinnamon
–    1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (or 1/8 tsp each: nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
– Pinch of Sea Salt
– Optional Toppings: Crushed Graham Cracker, Sprinkles, Cinnamon, Chocolate Chips

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Pour into ice cream maker according to directions on maker, or pour into a shallow container and place into freezer. If not using an ice cream maker, you will need to check mixture every 30 minutes to an hour and stir, in order to break up any huge crystals from forming, until the desired “frozen yogurt texture” is achieved. This will not produce as good as results as an ice-cream maker, but will still taste just as great. Serve in bowls. Top with any desired toppings!

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Greek Yogurt
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fingal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

Taco Salad in a Jar

21 Aug

Raising the Bar on Food in a Jar. 

Mason jars used to be just for canning – but now they may be more likely used for overnight oats. How do you do food in a jar? I’m raising the bar on food in a jar today.

Did you know that jars are the perfect way to bring salads on the go? Those giant 32 ounce mason jars are perfect for this. When Recipe Redux released it’s theme this month as food in a jar, I knew what I wanted to do!

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Salads are the perfect summer meal. Cool, crisp, and refreshing. Oh, and did I mention, an extremely healthy option? However those taco salads you can order out, are usually anything but nutritious. Did you know that a simple chicken taco salad at Taco Bell is over 750 calories and 60 grams of fat?! That is what scares me. People think salad, and they think chicken, and order a meal like that, thinking that they are eating healthy. Unfortunately, choosing to buy rather than pack your lunch comes with a big price.

This is why I have created a healthy option that still has all those delicious flavors. But with not near as much fat. Or calories. I’m not one to keep count of the calories I eat, but over 750 for a simple salad?! I knew there must be a better option.

Meet my 32 ounce mason jar. It is one of my best friends when taking food on the go. I fill it with smoothies and shakes to take with me all the time (like this or this one), but I decided to spice it up from the typical smoothie today. Mason jar, meet delicious salad.

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Ground turkey instead of beef, chick peas instead of the typical beans, fresh raw corn. All the flavors you love about a taco. Without the greasy shell. But you may ask, how do you keep your salad becoming soggy? Meet my mini bottle used to carry salad dressing. I found a pack of 3 of these for only 2.99! They are the absolute best for salads on the go, as you keep the salad dressing off the salad until just before eating :) Fill it with dressing of choice, or even just some salsa to go on top of that salad. Whichever you would like. No mater what you choose, you win when you pack this salad to go.

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Taco Salad in a Jar
-1/2 cup ground turkey, cooked
-1/2 cup raw corn
-1/2 cup chick peas, drained and rinsed
-1/2 cup sliced red bell peppers
-1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
-1.5 cups lettuce, cut

Dressing to go:
-Healthy Ranch Dressing (found here)
-Dressing of choice
-Salsa

Directions: Obtain a 32 ounce mason jar. In the order listed, place all ingredients into jar. Finish off jar with lettuce, to prevent any wilting. Choose dressing of choice and fill any tiny to go container with dressing. Don’t forget a fork! :)

Tomato Benefits
1)Low in calories
2)High in vitamin C
3)Good source of vitamins A,K,folate and potassium
4)Provides thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper
5)Source of fiber
6)High water content
7)Source of beta-carotene and lycopene (good skin protectors)

Chickpea Benefits
1) Great source of protein and fiber ( 1 cup has 10g fiber and 12g protein)
2) Rich in calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc
3) Can improve your circulatory and heart health
4) Fiber aids in a healthy digestive system and lower cholesterol

Turkey Benefits:
1) One 3.5 oz serving is packed with 30 grams of protein and only 4 grams of fat
2) Loaded with B vitamins:phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and iron
3)Rich in Selenium–antioxidant necessary for thyroid metabolism
4)Contains tryptophan–amino acid that triggers serotonin production and aids in sleep

Healthy Ranch Dressing

15 Aug

We all love that creamy dressing, whether on a salad or as a dip for carrots and other veggies, but we also know we aren’t feeding our bodies very great nutrition while having it.

That is why I had to buy it when I found it. You may ask buy what? A big container of Ranch Seasoning Powder. Nothing too bad in the powder, it’s what the directions say to mix it with that’s the bad part! Mayonnaise? No thank you.

The funny thing is, even when substituting something else for the mayonnaise, it still has the same great flavor. And guess what? it isn’t only just good for healthy dressing, but serves as a great seasoning for almost anything! Chicken, veggies, even quinoa like I did with this recipe in another post!

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If you like the flavor of ranch, you should certainly invest in some of this. And if you don’t want a big container like mine from Costco, then they sell mini paper packages of a couple servings at most food stores!

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Healthy Ranch Dressing
-1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
-1/2 cup Almond Milk
-1.5 T Ranch Seasoning (comes dry in packets)
Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Let sit in fridge to thicken. Serve as a dressing or dip. Easy enough?!

Tip: For dip or a thicker dressing, use all Greek Yogurt and no milk!

Greek Yogurt Benefits
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

Creamy Spinach Avocado Dip

14 Aug

Yes, another avocado recipe! They are so delicious and nutritious, I couldn’t help but continue this week with more recipes.

We all love that creamy spinach and artichoke dip, but our waist doesn’t always agree. That is why avocados are a great way to create a healthier version. Avocados are packed with nutrients to provide a vast amount of nutrition, and with all of it’s healthy fats it contains, it keeps that delicious, creamy taste we all love in the typical unhealthy dip.

As I have said in previous posts, avocados are a perfect seasonal ingredient! Not only are they healthy for you, but the are refreshing and very versatile. You may think of using avocados only in guacamole, but that is certainly not the only possibility with this lovely fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!). Packed with healthy fats, this fruit not only keeps you satisfied longer, but serves as a great substitute for any typical, unhealthy fat in any recipe. If you look back at my last posts, you can see they are even great in desserts!

Missed the benefits of avocado in my last couple posts? Find them below the recipe here!

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Creamy Spinach Avocado Dip
-1 ripe Avocado
-1/4 cup Low Fat Mayonaise
-1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
-4 oz. Spinach, cooked and cooled
-1 Garlic Clove, minced
-1 tablespoon Lime Juice
-1/2 teaspoon each: Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Honey
-1/4 teaspoon each: Sea Salt, Red Pepper seasoning

Directions: Place all ingredients except spinach in a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add in Spinach and blend for a few seconds. Chill covered in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Serve with crackers or vegetables.

Avocado Benefits:
1) Filled with Monounsaturated Fats: types of fats that help control triglycerides in the bloodstream, lower blood cholesterol and control diabetes.
2) By adding avocado to certain foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients
3) Provides all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, the body readily absorbs avocado protein because avocados also contain fiber.
4) Pack with Folate:  a water-soluble B vitamin that promotes healthy cell and tissue development. According to the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, “This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate is also essential for metabolism of homocysteine and helps maintain normal levels of this amino acid.”
5) Contains Lutein: a carotenoid that protects against cataracts and certain types of cancer, and reduces the risk of muscular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 years of age and older. Avocados contain 3 or more times as much lutein as found in other common vegetables and fruits.
6) Rich in Oleic acid and Potassium — Both of these nutrients also help in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.
7) Good source of fiber

Source: http://www.trueactivist.com/avocado-health-benefits-the-worlds-most-perfect-food/

“I received free samples of California Avocado mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Avocado and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Fun Survey and E-Book Release!

4 Aug

I am so excited to finally announce that my friend Amy and I’s E-Book, Healthy Eats: All Day. Every Day. is finally done! It is now available to buy for just 8.99 right on here under the “Buy Ebook” tab! We have worked so hard in creating some deliciously amazing recipes that have been not been posted anywhere before. It was so fun to be in the kitchen almost every single day, experimenting with recipe and recipe! This book includes 35 recipes, from breakfast, snacks and drinks to appetizers, entrees, and desserts! Look under the buy ebook tab for some sneak peaks of the recipes included within!

 

On another note, I found this fun survey from Tina over at Carrot’s n Cake, and decided to take it! Maybe you can get to know me a little bit through it as well :)

 

 

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

My Pumpkin Pie Shake! Such a delicious and quick option, and just the flavor puts me in such a happy mood as I think to the holiday season :)

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2. How much water do you drink a day?

I’m actually really bad about staying hydrated, but I’ve tried to be a lot better! I at least get in 8 cups, but I know it should be way more than that! I also always have a coconut water each day and start my mornings with my delicious green juice most of the time!

 

3. What is your current favorite workout?

After running miles upon miles for the past 5 years as a competitive runner, I have been loving to just 1 to 2 miles runs of alternating comfortable and fast pace. I’ve also turned my focus to more strength work lately. My favorite most definitely is my spur of the moment, made up on the spot, quick 20-30 minute workouts after a little 2 mile run!

 

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

Thankfully I have experienced complete freedom from counting calories, so I really don’t know! I know I listen to my body and eat what my body needs :) I most certainly eat tons of calories in healthy fats like nut butters and avocados (I literally go through a homemade jar a week!)

 

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

I love my snacks. I feel like I am always snacking. Usually its fresh fruits and veggies with some kind of dip like yogurt and cottage cheese for fruit and nut butters and hummus for veggies! Here are some of my favorite dips:

 

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

It depends what my body is craving. I just listen to it! If I know I’ll be away from my house, I usually pack a turkey sandwich on Ezekial or Paleo bread, with hummus, avocado, and lots of veggies, along with some snacks on the side. If I’m home, the sky is the limit of possibilities. Sometimes I am craving a salad, sometimes I am craving breakfast foods like pancakes, and sometimes, I just want a little bit of everything :)

 

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

Legs and abs. I tone my arms, but never do just arm-focused workouts really. I love doing tons of squats, lunges, and other free weight exercises—nothing like that “I can’t even stand” feeling the day after a great leg workout!

 

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

Arms. No, I don’t believe that if I do arm workouts I will look like a crazy body builder and that is the reason I don’t work them often. But I never feel too accomplished when just doing arms, so when I do them, I incorporate those type of exercises into a total body workout

 

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

Chocolate and ice cream all the way. I love my chocolate, which killed me on my sugar detox that I just finished up (over a month of no sugar or sweeteners!).  I also can never pass up stopping at one of those delicious frozen yogurt self-serve places where you get to create your own! I really don’t enjoy those typically loved greasy foods, or any fast food, so those don’t even tempt me. I’ve learned to listen to my body, and my body does NOT like the feeling after eating those foods.

 

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

Most Certainly! I take my raw women’s multi vitamin, probiotics, fish oil, and sometimes even my delicious gummy vitamins just because I like them :)

11. How often do you eat out?

Not very often. When I’m up at college, I eat at my sorority house every lunch and dinner. I don’t know what that would be considered, but there are always healthy options!

 

12. Do you eat fast food?

Not the typical fast food that offers all that yucky, greasy stuff. I do occasionally like Chick Fil A when I’m out with friends, and I am totally obsessed with Panera Bread!

 

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

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 God is certainly my number one supporter. The one who never fails me. But my other two would be my mom and my boyfriend. My mom has been there from day one and I know I can always come to her about anything; she was my best friend for a lot of my low times throughout high school. My boyfriend couldn’t support or encourage me more! He is absolutely amazing and I consider myself blessed to have him up at college with me, I don’t know what I would do without his love and support. At the very end of a long, hard day, I love knowing I can just come lay, cry, or laugh in his arms.

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14. Do you have a gym membership?

Nope! But when I’m at college we have a huge, very nice gym that is free to us.

 

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

Unfortunately usually only like 6-7 hours. My body would love more, but with all that I’m involved in along with school and time spent with my friends and boyfriend, I rarely get much more! I really don’t like sleeping in though even when I can, I just feel like I’m wasting my day away :p

 

16. Do you have a “cheat”day?

I hate that word. I eat what I want, when I want it. I probably cheat every day when it comes down to it. But hey, I eat mostly healthy, and when I want something that could be considered “cheating”, I enjoy it to its fullest!

 

17. Do you drink alcohol?

 

 I do not! Yes I am only 20, but even when I’m 21, I will rarely have a drink. Not because of nutritious reasons, but because I am a firm believer that nothing truly good comes out of it.  Do I think one drink with yours good friends or family is bad? Definitely not. But in the college atmosphere, I desire to live a life that can be a light for Christ, and because of that I have chosen not to drink in that environment J

 

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

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I have a friend that comes with me a couple times, but we usually aren’t too productive together :) My boyfriend comes with me a lot, but we do our separate things! I wish I did though because I feel like I don’t push myself as hard as I could most of the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

The best thing that has changed is turning my commitment to a healthy lifestyle into a passion and hobby. God has given me such a love for being in the kitchen, coming up with unique and tasty recipes that make eating nutritious yet still delicious! Whether blogging about it, creating it, or sharing it with friends and family, healthy food has become a great part of my life. I love how I am able to influence others to live a healthy lifestyle as well through sharing my own journey<3

 

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

I started off my morning like every other, reading God’s word with my cup of coffee. That is by far the healthiest thing for my life. Living a healthy life doesn’t always have to do with food, but the Bible is called my “daily bread” for a reason :)

 

Frozen Red Velvet Dessert

30 Jul

Red Velvet. Something everyone seems to absolutely adore.

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Yet did you know, that it is simply just chocolate cake with red food coloring? I think it is actually the cream cheese icing that tends to go on top of the cake that everyone actually loves.

But I love chocolate. All kinds. So naturally, I also love red velvet cake. Of course, I love making smoothies and shakes for a night time treat, and this time, red velvet was the choice of focus. I’ve posted a red velvet shake before on here, but this one is a little bit different, and certainly served differently!

Yes the ingredients are a bit different too, but instead of enjoying my shake as normal, I decided to have patience for once, and plan ahead. I made this during the day time, and then put it in the freezer for about an hour. The result was amazing. It was like icecream in a cup. Let it sit out for just a few minutes to dethaw a little, and then begin to break it up with your spoon. Not to mention the topping of a sweet cream that tasted similar to the frosting we all love.

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It tasted sinful. But it was oh so nutritious. Do you like chocolate? Come over to the red side. Add a little color in your typical chocolate shake.

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Frozen Red Velvet Dessert
-1 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 frozen banana, very ripe
-1 scoop natural chocolate protein powder (can omit or use vanilla)
-1.5T unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese (or 2T cream cheese)
-2T rolled oats
-1/2 tsp butter extract (can sub in vanilla)
-Sweetener to taste (I used 1 packet stevia)
-Optional: red food coloring (for color), 1/2 tsp xanthan gum (for extra thickness)

For Cream Topping:
-2T low fat cottage cheese
-2T Greek yogurt
-1T honey
-1/4 tsp butter extract (or vanilla)

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste to gauge the amount of sweetener you prefer. Pour into cup and place in freezer, covered, for about one hour. Use blender to “cream” together 2T Greek yogurt, 2T cottage cheese, 1/4 tsp butter extract, 1T honey (or stevia). Set aside in fridge until desiring the shake. When ready to eat, take your cup out of the freezer and allow to sit for about 5 minutes (or simply nuke in microwave for just about 20 seconds). Top with “cream” and cacao nibs (or chocolate chips) if desired.

Cocoa Benefits
1)Decreases blood pressure
2)Improves cholesterol levels
3)Prevents heart disease
4)Rich in flavonoids, an antioxidant