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Spinach Artichoke and Sundried Tomato Meatballs (using ground turkey!)

19 Jun

I have been hooked on ground turkey lately. It really is just so delicious, and spices things up for the typical chicken I was having for dinner almost every night. Plus, it is so versatile! You can eat it on the side as your protein with any meal, on top of a salad for taco salad (recipe here), or put it in tomato sauce and scoop it onto some noodles or spaghetti squash! The possibilities are endless.

So after eating a whole pound of the stuff just cooked up plain in various ways, I decided to branch out and try making something out of it; something like meatballs. But when I make something, it can never be just an ordinary recipe, there has to be a ton of flavor to it. So, I added some delicious vegetables, herbs, and seasonings, and the result was incredible! I will definitely be making more of these to freeze so that I can have them whenever I want :) Hope you enjoy!

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Spinach Artichoke and Sundried Tomato Meatballs (using turkey)
-1lb ground turkey
-2 handfuls spinach, torn into small pieces
-1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
-1/2 cup canned artichokes, diced
-1T each (dried): basil, oregano, thyme, onion, parsley
-1tsp garlic puree (or finely chopped garlic) and sea salt
*No need for egg with ground turkey, held together perfectly! If using real ground meat, may need to use 1 egg or 2 egg whites or flax egg (1T flax+3T warm water)
Directions: Place ground meat in big bowl. Gather all vegetables and place into the bowl. Combine with big spoon or hands. Place all herbs and seasonings into meat mixture, and combine until thoroughly mixed. Shaped into small balls and place on cookie tray. Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Take out and move around to brown the other side. Bake for 5 or 10 minutes more depending on size of meatball. Take out, and enjoy! Great just by itself or on top of squash/noodles!

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

Spinach Benefits
1)Loaded with fiber–aids in digestion and curbs overeating
2)Contains flavonoids–phytonutrient with anti-cancer properties
3)Anti-Inflammatory
4)Rich in Anti-oxidants
5)Lowers Blood Pressure
6)Aids in immunity (high in vitamin A)
7)Vitamin A–promotes healthy skin
8)Rich in vitamin K–good for bone density and crucial component for preventing calcium build up

Source: HealthDiaries.com and MensHealthMagazine
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

17 Apr

Another delicious, healthy shake. I love them. It’s my favorite part about working out, knowing that I get to have something like this after! Or, sometimes as my dessert at night I fix one too, as it tastes just like a good ole’ milkshake!

I experiment with all different kinds of flavors as I have one almost every day. Maybe a little shake obsessed? Well when it’s high-protein, all around healthy, yet absolutely delicious, why not be?!

Call it a smoothie and have it for breakfast, call it a post-workout shake and have it after time at the gym, or call it a milkshake and have it for dessert! It’s so versatile. You can add more carbs and calories if needed to refuel or wanting it to be a little richer as a dessert, or you can make it lighter to have as a quick breakfast on the go! Either way, you won’t be sorry you made it:)

Today, I made this after a morning workout. Yes it was in the morning, but yes, I was craving something chocolate and sweet! So I made this :)

Chocolate. Peanut Butter. Touch of Coconut on top. What more could you ask for?!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake
-1 scoop whey protein powder (either vanilla, chocolate or peanut butter)
-1 cup almond milk
-1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
-1/2 frozen banana
-2 T peanut flour
-1 T cocoa powder
-1 T nut butter
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 packet stevia
-sprinkle of salt
-ice as needed for texture
Directions: Blend altogether. You can add a sprinkle of guar gum to it if you want an extra thick shake like I sometimes do and eat it out of a bowl with a spoon!

Berry Coconut Chai Latte Pancakes with Coconut Cream filling

8 Apr

Remember how I mentioned I was entering in that pancake contest? The first week was the Moconut pancakes I’ve posted already, which didn’t win. This past week I had to incorporate berries, which is why I made these pancakes with blueberries, in high hopes of winning..but I didnt:/

I still enjoyed them and so did my boyfriend though! I spent a lot of time thinking of what to make and had a ton of fun creating them. That’s all that counts..right?

Well, even though these pancakes once again, didn’t win the contest, I think they are surely worthy of posting the recipe for. I bet you all will really like them:)

You may ask, blueberry and chai flavored? How? Well the blueberries is a simple explanation, but the chai flavor is what made them special! All you do is make strongly brewed tea with a chai tea bag, and use that as part of your liquid for the batter! How simple yet yummy?!

Blueberries contain so many antioxidants, coconut flour is very high in fiber compared to most, and using chai tea in place of milk or other liquids lowers the fat and calorie content. Healthy you think?? I say so! These would serve as a great breakfast, post workout meal, or even dessert! I know you’ll love them if you give them a try:)

Next week is the last week for the contest! And the theme is you have to incorporate veggies into it.. Guess you’ll have to see what I come up with! What veggie do YOU think I’ll use?!

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Berry Coconut Chai Pancakes
For Pancakes:
-3/4 cup oat flour
-1/4 cup coconut flour
-1/2 cup coconut milk (canned)
-1/2 cup strongly brewed chai tea
-1/4 cup egg whites
-1 egg
-1 T agave/packet of stevia
-1 tsp each: vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking powder
-touch of salt
-1 cup blueberries
Directions:Stir all ingredients together except berries. Fold in berries right before cooking. Cook in pan on stove in coconut oil on medium heat!

For coconut cream:
-1/4 cup cottage cheese
-1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt
-1/4 cup coconut milk
-2 T cream cheese (can use fat free)
-1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
-2 T agave
-optional: blue food coloring (for aesthetics haha)
Directions: Blend altogether in blender. Fill pancake layers with cream. Top with toasted coconut and blueberries

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

4 Apr

No chocolate, OR peanut butter?! You may be asking yourself what kind of smoothie is this. I know, usually any shake I make HAS to have one or the other..

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But guess what, no chocolate or peanut butter, and still extremely yummy! I had frozen strawberries I wanted to use, and decided I hadn’t had shortcake in awhile :p

This tasted amazing after a nice weight workout at my gym on campus. I got in lots of good leg work and even some arms:) And of course right after, I knew what I wanted..a smoothie in a bowl. Yes, I love making my shakes so thick that you can eat them with a spoon. So much more enjoyable.

It is SO important to refuel right after a workout, within 30 minutes. You are constantly breaking down muscle as you workout, and until you refuel with some good protein and carbs, your body won’t stop breaking those muscle fibers..So the quicker you get that fuel in, the better recovery you will have!

You may ask, strawberry shortcake, as a smoothie?! How?! Well, that’s exactly what I’m about to tell you!

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Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder
-1 cup almond milk
-1/4 cup cottage cheese (or Greek yogurt)
-1/4 cup oatmeal
-5 big frozen strawberries
-1 tsp each: cinnamon,butter extract, vanilla extract, psyllium husks (or guar gum/xanthan gum-it’s for thickness!)
-Optional: 1 or 2 T honey or stevia to taste, any toppings you desire (coconut, chocolate, fruit, ect)
Directions: blend altogether in a blender, pour into jar (or even a bowl and eat with a spoon!).

Banana Bread Pancakes

9 Mar

“Makin’ banana pancakes, pretend like it’s the weekend..” was the theme of this morning’s breakfast :)

I’ve been really into making pancakes lately. All different kinds. But this morning, since my boyfriend absolutely loves banana bread, I decided to create these. Fluffy, moist, and that oh so delicious taste of biting into a good piece of banana bread. Top it with my peanut butter yogurt sauce, and you’ve really got yourself something yummy.

People tend to think pancakes are a “bad food”, but you’ll come to learn with my oh so many recipes I’ve made, that you can make them really healthy! Like these, substitute some flour for oatmeal, egg for egg substitute, add in some fruit like bananas, and top it with protein filled Greek yogurt. Looks like you’ve got yourself an all-around healthy meal! I’ve also been experimenting with a lot of protein pancakes made with protein powder that are really high in protein and good post-workout snacks ..which I’ll post sometime soon :)  But even with these pancakes, making a whole big batch of them and saving some in the fridge makes such a good snack..or second meal! My brother came in today from Tampa and found my leftover bag of them from this morning. Let’s just say, I no longer have any more leftovers :) But anyways, enjoy these banana bread pancakes as you, “pretend like it’s the weekend”..or, make them now while it is the weekend!

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Banana Bread Pancakes
-1 cup oat flour
-1/2 cup mashed banana (really ripe works best!)
-1 cup of milk
-2 eggs (or 1/2 cup egg substitute)
-2 T sugar
-2 T agave/honey (or more sugar)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 T cinnamon
-2 tsp baking powder
-touch of salt

Directions: mix all ingredients together. Heat pan on stove at medium heat. Cook as normal pancakes! Top with desired toppings. I topped mine with a peanut butter Greek yogurt sauce (recipe below), and bananas.

Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Sauce
-1/4 cup Greek yogurt
-2 T peanut butter
-2 T agave/honey
-Milk to thin as desired
*Mix all together and serve on top on pancakes!