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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!

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: Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

These burgers won't leave you craving meat in any way! Packed with protein and essential nutrients, they are sweet, savory and will fill you up leaving you feeling satisfied.  

Ingredients
  • 2 cups mashed sweet potato
  • 1 cup cooked unsalted black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup finely diced green onion
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder (if you want to add some spice)

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Cauliflower Hot Pockets

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Cauliflower Hot Pockets
Who remembers hot pockets? Those things were so easy and delicious when I wasn’t aware of what was in them! Being a bit more health conscious now, I decided to give these a try to recreate a childhood favorite and deliver a bit more nutrition while doing so!

Ingredients:
1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon minced roasted garlic

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

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Sweet Potato Noodle and Apple Salad

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Sweet Potato Noodle and Apple Salad

A healthy and easy weeknight dinner or lunch packed with nutrients and a topped with a delicious creamy dressing! 

Ingredients:
For the salad:
3 Tbsp sliced almonds, toasted
2 tsp Olive oil
1 medium sweet potato, spiralized into noodles
Sea salt
1 large apple, spiralized into noodles
3 cups spinach, packed
3 Tbsp golden raisins

For the dressing:
2 Tbsp apple juice
1 Tbsp creamy almond butter
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Spiced Lentil Soup

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Spiced Lentil Soup
It’s soup season! This super easy recipe has some nutrient packed spices and the lentils will keep you full and are packed with protein!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups (280 grams) diced onion (1 medium/large)
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 (15-ounce/398 mL) can diced tomatoes, with juices
1 (15-ounce/398 mL) can full-fat coconut milk