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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 =)

 

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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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Maximize Your Fat Loss with these tips!

5 Oct

Trying to lose weight is a challenge for everyone. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your fat loss and achieve the best results during your workout. These tips really work and have made a huge difference in my ability to lose weight more efficiently.

1. Do morning cardio on a Low Carb Breakfast or After Lifting Weights.

To explain this tip you have to understand how your body works. When you first start your cardio routine your body will naturally burn carbs first before it begins burning fat. To maximize fat loss you want to have the least amount of carbs in your body when you jump on that treadmill or elliptical. The best trick is to start first thing in the morning with a low carb snack that is high in protein like sliced turkey with cottage cheese or some boiled eggs.

2. Lift weight first then do cardio

This goes back to the same idea as tip #1. We want those carbs to be depleted. When you lift weights you are using carbs for energy so its great to eat some carbs before you start weight lifting for energy.  After weight lifting you should have very little carbs left in your body and you will start burning fat much quicker.

3. Extend your warm up

Why just do 10 minutes. Try doing a 15-20 minutes warm up, and then doing another 20-30 minutes of cardio after you lift weights. You’ll burn more calories and ensure you’ve used up all those carbs for energy.

4. Don’t workout without putting protein in your body immediately after.

Whether it’s a delicious fillet of salmon for lunch or a protein shake, make sure you put protein into your body right after you workout to maximize your muscle gain which of course leads to burning more fat. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn period! Don’t waste a workout by not giving your body what its craving right after.

5. Use Alli!

some might disagree and are able to stick to a clean diet 100% of the time, the other 90% of us need a slice of pizza every now and then. I don’t believe in deprivation. I eat healthy 80% of the time, and for those days I eat anything high in fat like pizza, fried calamari  fast food yikes! I take an Alli. They are FDA approved, they block some of the fat you eat from staying in your body, and they really work!