Last month we asked you to tell us what your favorite foods are that you consider "healthy" and "unhealthy". We got some great answers! For healthy options many responses focused on seafood and veggies such as salmon, scallops and shrimp and roasted veggies seemed to be a big hit!
For unhealthy options, we mostly heard things like pizza, ice cream and donuts! I am a true believer in everything in moderation. It's ok to enjoy your favorite foods once in awhile keeping portion sizes in check, but you can also find some great healthier alternatives to theses "unhealthy" option as well.
No-Dye Healthy, Festive, Delicious and GREEN Recipes Just in time for St. Patty's Day!!
Whether you have kids or not, St. Patrick's Day is such a fun excuse to get creative with your food by making it green. Sure, you can go the easy route and buy green food coloring, but why put all those chemicals in your body when it can be SO easy to use fresh, nutritious ingredients and have the same effect? I have compiled a list of my favorite No-dye green recipes to celebrate this fun day!
MONDAY MOTIVATION: Smoothie Season
Looks like the sun and heat is coming out this week and that gets me really excited for some cold beverages this summer (and I don't mean beer ... well, maybe in moderation)! I am talking SMOOTHIES today! Smoothies are such an easy way to pack some great nutrition into one glass without too much effort. I like to prep them on the weekends by putting all the ingredients (minus the liquid) into a zipped plastic bag and storing it in the freezer.
MONDAY MOTIVATION: 5 Steps to Eating Cleaner This Week
Another Monday has come and we are fast approaching summer! Get your body feeling it's best by trying these 5 simple steps to eat clean this week:
1 - Drink a glass of lukewarm lemon water first thing in the morning before you do anything else. This will help to make your body more alkaline versus acidic to get you off on the right track for the day. Helps with your metabolism, and digestion.
2 - Prep! Prep! Prep! Get your veggies chopped, roasted and packaged, wash and cut up fruit, marinade lean meats, and put together smoothie freezer bags so that you have everything at the ready when a craving hits!
MONDAY MOTIVATION: Nutrition in its Simplest Form
I've been doing a lot of talks lately about nutrition to a younger audience and have been trying to keep it basic and simple enough for them to recognize and understand how food fuels your body and why we need certain foods. And it got me thinking that adults probably could use this basic advice as a reminder as to why we should eat healthy and what purpose food serves.
It occurred to me that in every day life, most people go about their day making choices about what they eat based on what sounds good to them at the time and they probably don't think about what that food is going to do for them and why they are eating it.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Healthy Valentine's Day Breakfast
Want to impress your loved ones with some healthy and fun recipes for V-Day? Start out the day with a heart shaped egg in a basket with sprouted grain or whole grain toast and heart-healthy avocado!
Heart Shaped Eggs in a Basket
4 Slices of organic sprouted grain or whole grain bread
4 organic eggs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 of an avocado, pitted and sliced thin
Salt and pepper to taste
Coconut oil, for cooking
RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Raspberry Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl
Ah breakfast ... the most important meal of the day. I just love breakfast. What I love even more is that you can pack SO much nutrition into your breakfast that it can really set you up for a great healthy day ahead. I've been really into smoothie bowls lately and I decided to see if my kids would give it a try and low and behold ... THEY LOVED IT!!! My daughter even said it was like eating ice cream for breakfast ...
RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Green Strawberry Pancakes
Looking for a healthy breakfast recipe for Christmas morning? Or really any morning? Or breakfast for dinner? This awesome green pancake recipe is a tried and true favorite at my house, with no dyes, extra veggies, packed with protein and a sweet taste to satisfy even the pickiest eaters! We love strawberry pancakes, but you can really use any kind of fruit (raspberry, blueberry, peach, apple, etc.) that you desire. Did I mention it's super easy to make?
RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
We all need a little indulgence here and there! This delicious banana bread recipe brought to you by SpoonUniversity.com provides both the satisfaction of a delicious treat, as well as some great nutritional value! The kids will love this one too and you can feel good about them eating it!
1 2/3 cups 100% whole wheat flour
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1/3 cup applesauce
1/3 cup water
3 egg whites
3-4 bananas mashed
1 teaspoon baking soda
RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Double Chocolate Beet Muffins
Muffins are such a great treat for breakfast but can wreak havoc on your waistline if you don’t pay attention to what is in them! But not these veggie packed muffins … they deliver the nutrients you need without giving up the great taste!
2 eggs (or 2 flax eggs for an extra nutritional boost!)
1 cup beet puree
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1.5 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk