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.
Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark
This healthy holiday treat is sure to be a hit at your next party or gathering. The dark chocolate and pomegranates serve a powerful antioxidant punch, while the nuts or seeds provide some protein and/or fiber. Happy Holidays and Enjoy!
ounces dark chocolate
to 1 cup of pomegranate seeds
½ cup of chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds or pumpkin
- Melt the dark chocolate (about two bars worth)
in the microwave or a double boiler
Looking for a new recipe for Thanksgiving that will satisfy your sweet tooth, but not throw you over the edge? These pumpkin pie truffles will provide you with antioxidants from the dark chocolate, and fiber, potassium and vitamin C from the pumpkin! See ... indulgence can be healthy if you slightly alter it (instead of going for that giant piece of apple or pecan pie) and indulge in moderation! I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
Pumpkin Pie Truffles
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: Reward Yourself
Are you struggling to stay on track? Try using a reward system as a way to keep you motivated. Now, by rewards I don't mean stopping at Dairy Queen or Friendly's and indulging in the biggest sundae you can find :) ... but instead, allow yourself to have a special treat that you wouldn't normally have. It doesn't have to be food either ... it could be a massage or mani/pedi or new workout gear or an expensive bottle of wine, etc. If it is food, try to keep it reasonable but still enough to satisfy your craving!
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: Chocolate Berry Trifle
Looking for a Thanksgiving dessert that will be light and relatively healthy, but also be a crowd pleaser? Trifles are such an easy dessert with so many variations that you can really make it your own. My favorite is this berry chocolate trifle using a light angel food cake and vanilla pudding.
- 2-3 cups of mixed berries of your choice (my preference is strawberries and raspberries for this)
- Organic Angel Food Cake (either store bought or make your own)
RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Chocolate Avocado Cookies
Everyone needs a sweet treat once in
awhile, right? Here’s a way to not completely throw yourself off the wagon with
these avocado chocolate cookies. Not only do they taste great, but you’re also
getting the health benefits of avocado and banana and they’re easy to make and
mashed avocado (very ripe)
cup coconut sugar
dark cocoa powder
dark chocolate chips or chunks