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I woke up this morning after a little too much tequila last night craving something cold and healthy. I looked in the fridge and noticed I had a ton of fresh berries as well as as fresh spinach so I decided to put together this smoothie. I was a little unsure since I have never had spinach in a smoothie before but to be honest you couldn’t even taste it! It made me feel so good knowing that I was drinking up all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in this smoothie. Berries are full of vitamin C, fiber, and powerful antioxidants and spinach is a huge super veggie that is high in vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, folate, and iron. Definitely a super healthy smoothie and super delicious!!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • Drizzle of agave nectar
  • 3 tbsp. ground golden flaxseed
  • 2 cups ice
Directions:
  • Place all ingredients in blender and bled to desired consistency. Enjoy!
Note: You can always swap in other berries if you would like. I think strawberries would be yummy too but I didn’t have any! 
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We have been having such a hot summer and the last thing that I want is to make something hot for dinner. I made this pasta salad the other night and it was light, healthy, and delicious. The best part was all of the leftovers- I think I got at least 4 meals out of it! I love the crunchiness of the veggies and knowing how healthy it is with the salmon and whole wheat pasta. It would be a fabulous side to bring to a BBQ or party!

Ingredients:

  • 2 5oz. cans salmon (in water)
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/ 2 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. dried dill
  • 1 lb. whole wheat pasta
Directions:
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, mix together all other ingredients.
  3. When pasta finishes cooking, drain and let cool. Gently mix in other ingredients and put in the fridge to chill before serving.

I love love love salmon and have been craving it lately so decided to make it tonight for dinner. I was planning to make rice and steamed spinach with it but it has been so hot that I ended up just making it into a salad with the spinach, which was light, healthy, delicious, and VERY nutritious. I found this yummy marinade made by Lawry’s and they have so many different kinds that I bought a few. I can’t wait to test them all out since this one was so yummy!

Ingredients:

  • Salmon fillets (as many as you are cooking)
  • Lawry’s Hawaiian style marinade
  • Pineapple (I use the little Dole cups in 100% real fruit juice)
  • Olive oil
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Drizzle olive oil in a baking dish so salmon does not stick to it. Place salmon fillets in and pour marinade over. I use about a 1/4 cup of marinade for every 2 fillets but definitely use more/less if you want to. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes and then top with the pineapple (and juice from the fruit cup). Put in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until salmon is cooked through.
Serve with rice, veggies, or over spinach leaves and with balsamic vinaigrette (and any other veggies and toppings that you like) like I did tonight!

Simply Cook

Mark Bittman, food columnist for the NY Times, opines: “Like many professional urbanites, I often succumb to the temptation to work late and eat out with friends. That experience, effortless and pleasurable in anticipation, is usually expensive — even when it’s at a theoretically inexpensive restaurant — and frustrating; more often than not it’s unsatisfying. (

Please read his impassioned cry for us to return to shopping for and preparing home-cooked meals.  Make Food Choices Simple: Cook.

Here is a yummy recipe for a tropical smoothie that reminds me of Hawaii 🙂

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 3 large strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 container canned pineapple (I use the little Dole 4 oz. cups)
  • 1 container coconut yogurt (I use the Liberte brand and it is so yummy!)
  • 3 tbsp. ground golden flaxseed
  • Drizzle of agave nectar
  • 2 cups ice
Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency. Enjoy!!!

I made up this cookie recipe last night when I was craving something sweet and healthy. I’ve been trying to incorporate flax into more of my recipes since you can mix it into anything to increase the nutritional value and let me just say these are some of the best cookies that I have EVER made! The oats, flax, raisins, and walnuts add a HUGE nutritional punch to your diet and the coconut and chocolate give the cookie a sweet flavor that will leave you craving more and more and more. I think I ate 4 cookies within 4 minutes! I brought these to work today and they were a HUGE hit. A must-make for a BBQ, potluck, or just because!

Makes: ~ 48 cookies

Oven temp: 325 degrees

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour (white or whole wheat)
  • 2.5 cups oats
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup ground golden flax (I use Flax USA brand from Costco)
  • 1.5 sticks butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream together brown sugar, white sugar, and butter. Add in eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a another bowl, gently mix together flour, oats, flax, and baking soda. Add in slowly to sugar/butter/egg/vanilla mixture.
  4. One at a time, add in coconut, chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts.
  5. Scoop cookie batter using a tablespoon onto cookie sheets.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies start to brown around the edges. Let cool for about a minute on the cookie sheet and then immediately move cookies to a cooling rack- this is the secret to making them chewy!
  7. Serve with milk or crumble cookies over ice cream. Yum!!!

Okay people here is today’s healthy smoothie recipe! I made this up with the fruit in my refrigerator and I am very happy to say that it turned out super yummy! Like all of my other fruit and flax smoothies, it is super healthy and provides a ton of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients into your diet. I also LOVE the beautiful purple color when everything is blended together! Try it… I guarantee you will love it too!

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. ground golden flax
  • Drizzle of agave
  • 2 cups ice
Directions:
  1. Put all ingredients in blender and mix until desired consistency. Drink up and ENJOY! 🙂
Nutrition 411:
  • Blackberries are high in vitamin K, vitamin C, and fiber.
  • Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and fiber and also provide vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
  • Kiwis are super high in vitamin C. Just one kiwi provides your whole daily requirement of vitamin C!
  • Flax, as we ALL know from my other posts has several important health benefits. #1: It is an easy way to sneak some omega-3′s into your diet, an important nutrient that many of us are deficient in. Just one serving of flax gives you 2800mg of omega-3′s, which is better than none! #2: Flax is a rich source of fiber- just 3 tbsp of it yields a huge 5g of fiber! A Lignans nd how easy is it to mix 3 tbsp of flax into a smoothie, yogurt, oatmeal, or any of your other favorite foods! #3: Flax is high in lignans, which are plant estrogens or phytoestrogens (which contain lots of powerful antioxidants that will make you healthy). are common in most plant foods, but flax has 75x more than any other plant food!
  • Agave is a natural sweetener and it much better for you than traditional sugary sweeteners that people like to add into their foods.
  • Nonfat yogurt is full of vitamin D and calcium to promote bone health. Whenever possible, always choose nonfat yogurt since it contains less fat and calories than other yogurts with just as much nutritional value.