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Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!

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: It's Smoothie Season

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 Easy Steps to Eating Cleaner This Week

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

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.

Monday Motivation - Starting your week off with good nutrition

Welcome to our newMonday Motivationblog posts!  We'll start your Mondays off with great recipes, nutrition tips, workouts, wellness news & discussions, and healthy tips to get you off on the right track for the week!  

You Don't Need a New Year to Make a Change, All You Need is a MONDAY!

Today's Topic: Start your day off with a healthy breakfast!
There is nothing like starting your day off with a healthy, satisfying and nutritious breakfast.  It can set the tone for your whole day and therefore your whole week.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Paprika and Sundried Tomato Chicken and Asparagus

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Paprika and Sundried Tomato Chicken with Asparagus

This is a delicious one skillet, easy meal to make when you're short on time.  The richness of the sundried tomatoes makes this dish hard to believe it's healthy but it is!  

Ingredients:
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained of most of oil and chopped up
2 tablespoons olive oil from the sun-dried tomato jar
1 lb chicken breasts boneless, skinless, sliced into thinner strips
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon paprika

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Raspberry Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

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: Easy Tomato Mozzarella Chicken

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Easy Tomato Mozzarella Chicken

With all the craziness of the holidays, who has time for a complicated dinner? Here is a quick and easy recipe for Tomato Mozzarella chicken that is healthy and most importantly so simple and easy to make.  Serve it along side some whole wheat pasta or quinoa for a complete dish.

Ingredients:
2 large chicken breasts
4 Tbsp olive oil
6 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced into 4 slices
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
fresh basil leaves

Directions: 
Pound out the chicken breasts until they are thinned out.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Pumpkin Apple Soup

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Pumpkin Apple Soup

It's going to be COLD out this weekend here in MA.  What better way to warm up than with a delicious cup of hot soup with fun fall flavors! This soup has a tangy flavor from the apples and richness from the pumpkin and it's packed with fiber, Vitamin A and C and other key nutrients to nourish your body!  Warm up and enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry and Sage

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry and Sage

It’s cranberry season … yay!! Enjoy this healthy festive appetizer with Thanksgiving flavors for a teaser to the actual day. It’s packed with protein, antioxidants, tons of nutrients and big flavor … everyone will be coming back for seconds (or thirds!).

Ingredients: 
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 pound ground lean turkey
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs, soaked in 1 ounce skim milk
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup packed Swiss chard, spinach or arugula, finely chopped