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5 Healthy Super Bowl Party Appetizers

2 Feb

Who says a Super Bowl Party has to be all greasy pizza and nachos. Impress your friends with these healthy and delicious appetizers on Game Day

1. Lemon Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Simple and easy to make, find the recipe here http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2000/12/lemon_rosemary_chicken_skewers

2. Bruschetta Skewers

these really cants be any more simple. Add cherry tomatoes, basil, and half a mozzarella ball, sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, and drizzle with Balsamic reduction (the thick stuff)

3.  Asian Meatballs

I pulled this one straight from my pinterest page http://pinterest.com/sondrabarker/

Now tell me these don’t look tasty, bite size, low carb, no gobbles of melted cheese, 2 thumbs up. You can find the recipe here at: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/saucy-asian-meatballs/

4. Cold Shrimp Scampi Cocktail

Shrimp Scampi (photo)

I made these last year and I must say I probably ate them all. The non traditional shrimp cocktail so good it doesnt even need a sauce and so easy. Simple purchase some cold pre-cooked shrimp and combine in a bowl with fresh lemon juice, chopped garlic & fresh chopped parsley, sea salt, pepper, and a small amount of olive oil.

5. Prosciutto Wrapped Dill Pickles

Another one of my absolute favorites I had at a girlfriends house warming party years ago. I was the awkward one standing at the food table all night! These are so simple to make and addicting.

I like to use baby dill pickles, cut the prosciutto in 3 slices, smear a little cream cheese and wrap the pickles. Its that simple. Now if you really want some brownie points top with a slice of peach or fig. The flavors go amazing together, it will be a sure hit. Looks oh so fancy, but its simple!

 

Enjoy and remember Superbowl doesn’t have to be one cheesy, greasy, carb fest =)

 

Rosemary Lemon Baked Chicken

2 Feb

Here is one of my favorite recipes that is just full of flavor and oh so simple to make.

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Ingredients:

Chicken Half Breasts with Bone

Rosemary

Lemon slices

Gravy:

Flour 1/2tbls

Coat a glass baking dish with cooking spray, make sure to use a baking dish if you want to make a gravy so the chicken creats its own sauce. Season both sides of the chicken breast and place them in the dish. I like to use my Himalayan Pink Salt, Pepper, Onion/Garlic mix and Paprika. Then with your fingers pry open the chickens fat layer and stuff with a thick slice of lemon and a sprig of rosemary.

Bake at 375 for 1 hour

The gravy is very easy to make, your chicken should be sitting in its own juices, simply transfer the juices to a pot, add a small amount of flour and bring to a boil simmering until you get the desired consistency. I like to add the flour a little at a time, start with just 1-2 teaspoons.

Tip: The best way to serve is with the gravy at the bottom of a plate, never pour the gravy on top or you will lose that nice crispy skin.

Why You Should Replace That Coffee for a Smoothie or Juicing!

24 Jan

Now lets start by saying this is coming from a Coffee Addict, but I’ve decided to make an important change. Trading in my morning coffee for a smoothie and here’s why!

1. Crash & Burn

Its widely known coffee gives you an immediate burst of energy, but soon after you crash and burn leaving your body to crave more. But what you should know is that a smoothie will give you the same effect without the crash and burn. I make my smoothie with fresh squeezed oranges, banana’s, strawberries and even add a special antioxidant Red Powder from trader Joes full of amazing ingredients. I get the same burst of energy from the sugars of the smoothie, but no crash, no burn, and my energy last longer!

2. Get your Vitamins

The natural way that is. We rely too much on manufactured vitamins, but nothing as is good for your body as the real thing. If we all just ate the way nature intended we wouldn’t need to take vitamins at all. I get all my servings of fruit first thing in the morning when they can be used for energy and I get plenty of vitamins which keep me healthy and my immune system strong. I’m getting all my vitamin C the natural way. Better yet is if you have a juicer, you can add in some apple, beets, green peppers…the possibilities are endless and then you’re getting even more nutrients and cutting down on the sugar.

3. Coffee is a Drug

Let me tell you, after 2 weeks straight of headache withdrawals  I can tell you coffee is an addictive drug. I felt like I should be in a rehab facility! Anything that causes such a severe withdrawal should tell you that its not good for your body. Drinking coffee leads your body wanting even more. Whens the last time you had a headache from drinking too much, or not drinking enough smoothies? Never.

4. When in doubt go Healthy

When in doubt, use your wits and just go healthy. What has nutrients, vitamins, whats good for you, whats all natural? Fruits & Vegetables! You will lose more weight giving your body nutritious fruits and vegetables, than just coffee.

5. Stop running on empty

Coffee does not sustain you, fruits and vegetables do. Drinking a smoothie or juicing can be used as breakfast and at least keep you feeling satisfied throughout the morning. With coffee you’re running on empty, and in fact the acid from coffee can actually cause stomach irritation.

So if you want to lose weight, feel better, be healthier I encourage you all to make the switch with me and take note of how much better you feel throughout the day!

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5 Quick Breakfast Ideas that are Healthy, Low Calorie, & Tasty!

21 Jan

Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. The wrong breakfast can leave you feeling tired, sluggish, and making bad food decisions for the rest of the day. Avoid the fast food, stacks of pancakes, and worse absolutely nothing! All of these breakfast ideas are quick, simple and can even be taken on the go. By starting your day off with a great breakfast you”ll feel great throughout the day and studies show that when you start the day off with a healthy nutritious breakfast you’re more likely to make better food choices throughout the day.

1. Try a Smoothie

most of us are in a rush, so try making a quick smoothie instead of your usual cup of joe. I use a magic bullet and it literally takes the same amount of time. Simply add a little OJ or Skim Milk, some fruit ( fresh or save time with frozen), and for extra benefits add a scoop of your favorite protein powder or green veggie powder. I am using a red anti oxidant detox powder from Trader Joes. When I have extra time in the morning I fresh squeeze my oranges and it literally takes me just a few extra minutes. What ever you choose your smoothie will surely be packed with more vitamins and nutrients than your morning cup of coffee. Even better, with the Magic Bullet you can simply screw on a lid and take it with you. If you are really on the go try a pre-made smoothie drink.

2. Breakfast Burrito

I love the idea of a breakfast burrito because they are easy to wrap up and eat as your heading out the door. You can also pack a ton of goodies inside full of your protein, complex carbs and packed with vitamins. Use a whole wheat tortilla and pack with eggs, your favorite veggies, avocado, spinach, you can even add some extra brown or wild rice, skip the potatoes or opt for sweet potatoes instead. Go light on the cheese and use a small amount of sharp cheddar instead. For an extra punch I like to add some chopped chives and go for the salsa instead of the sour cream. Now of course this is my fancy burrito so feel free to simplify it with just some eggs, veggies, dash of cheese, & salsa. This is really one of those breakfast items where you cant go wrong.

3. Fresh Oatmeal

I don’t think many people realize that fresh oatmeal and store bought oatmeal in the packets takes the same amount of time to make. So save yourself some calories and make your own. If you buy just the oatmeal you will often be able to buy a kind that is higher in fiber. It is so easy to make, just pop in the microwave for a few minutes with some diced bananas and skim milk. If you’re on the go put it in a small microwave container and you’re good to go. Most of the time the bananas are sweet enough so you don’t need any extra sugar but you can also add a small amount of raw honey( the thick stuff, not the syrup) which is much better for you and actually contains vitamins and nutrients. I also love adding some chopped walnuts for a nice crunch and adding in some healthy fat and protein. You will feel so much better throughout the day and your energy will actually last!

4. Healthy Elvis Presley Sandwich

That is whole grain bread, all natural low fat peanut butter, and sliced banana’s. A perfect breakfast you can eat while heading out of the door and it only takes minutes to make. Simple, delicious  and packed full of nutrients, complex carbs, fiber, and protein. You really can’t go wrong. Always choose a whole grain brain that has 3+g of fiber per slice and select a peanut butter that is all natural and low in fat. Avoid ones that include hydrogenated oils. You can also sprinkle with cinnamon for some extra deliciousness, and if you can find real cinnamon you will enjoy even more health benefits http://www.organicauthority.com/health/11-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html!

5. Muffins

If you’re short on time in the morning consider making a batch of healthy muffins in the evening or on the weekend when you have more time, they will last for over a week in an air tight container and make the perfect quick breakfast on the go or even a quick healthy snack during the day. Plus if you make it yourself you know its healthy and can even add in goodies like ground flax seed. Here are some great Healthy Low Calorie Muffin Recipes to try. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/low_calorie_muffin_recipes_low_calorie_scone_recipes

Pineapple Upside-Down Muffins Recipe

5. Low Fat Cottage Cheese & Fruit

This is a great low calorie choice that will start your day off with protein and a great dose of vitamins and antioxidants  My favorite fruits to add to cottage cheese are strawberries, blueberries, melons, mango, & pineapple.

Strawberry Sour Cream Dip

22 Apr

       Trust me, this is the best fruit dip you’ve ever had and the best part is  how simple it is to make. It’s always such a hit with guests, there’s no way you can avoid the double dipping. Another idea I just had is to make little fruit kabobs. A blueberry, piece of strawberry,and  blueberry would make a great kabob and is perfect for your July 4th celebration!

Ingredients are simple:

Sour Cream                         1 Container (regular, don’t use light or fat-free)

Vanilla Extract                   1tsp  (you can add more to taste)

Brown or Raw Sugar         2 tbls (or 7 packets, more to taste)

Combine all ingredients and wisk together. For a smoother dip you can add to a food processor (I like to use my Magic Bullet). I usually add a small amount of sugar and vanilla, blend, and then give it a taste and add more if needed. Just serve with fresh strawberries or treat it like a fondu, cut up different types of fruit and guests can use toothpicks to prevent all that double dipping!