Healthy Recipes

Apple blueberry spinach smoothie

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Clean eating, Green Smoothies, Healthy Recipes | 0 comments

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I love making smoothies for me and the little guy to share, and since I routinely keep all these ingredients on hand, this is a favorite we both love.

Ingredients

1 cup spinach
1/2 an apple
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup vanilla (or plain) Greek yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk

Directions

Add all into blender and blend until smooth.

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Easy Apple Banana Green Smoothie

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Clean eating, Green Smoothies, Healthy Recipes | 0 comments

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I’m all about easy when it comes to eating healthy and it doesn’t get much easier than this. I spent all of today out running errands with the babe, so by the time I got home and ready to put away groceries, I was famished. But then somehow I got caught up deep cleaning my fridge since for once it was nearly completely empty and I just dropped $200 at the store. Soooo an hour later I put away groceries and then whipped this up really fast to curb my hunger while I made something else for lunch. This is perfect because they are such staples that you usually have at home (or at least I do!) so it’s a go to recipe for me. And 30 seconds later I was a much happier mama, and even Zach liked it!

Ingredients

1/2 a banana
1/2 an apple
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup fruit juice (I used apple)
1/4 cup ice

Directions

Blend and enjoy!

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Oatmeal Cookie Green Smoothie

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Clean eating, Drinks, Green Smoothies, Healthy Recipes | 0 comments

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I’m on day 13 straight of green smoothies in the new year, so I’m trying to change it up and experiment with ingredients. Since I just made some baby food recipes this weekend, one of the recipes tasted so good together it was almost like oatmeal cookie dough! So I changed it around to make it in green smoothie form. Yum!

Ingredients

1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/3 cup oatmeal
1 tablespoon chopped nuts
1 tablespoon flax seed
1/2 an apple
2-3 tablespoons dried figs or raisins
1/2 cup almond milk
1-2 cups spinach

Directions

If you’re making in a Magic Bullet, I’d use one of the bigger cups. Add all ingredients and blend until smooth.

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Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Tomatoes and Feta

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Clean eating, Dinner, Healthy Recipes | 0 comments

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I’m always looking for healthy recipes, but with a baby it’s hard to find really delicious recipes that are easy. What I love about these Brussels sprouts is they taste so gourmet and delicious with little effort. Only only slightly challenging part was making sure the little mister was entertained for 5 minutes while I constantly whisked the balsamic reduction, but he was fine (read: I had to let him cry it out for a minute since he was bored…)

Ingredients

1 pound Brussels sprouts
1/2 pound grape tomatoes
1/2 a red onion
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Feta cheese

Balsamic reduction:
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off brown ends of sprouts, slice in half and lay face down on baking sheet. Dice onions and sprinkle on baking sheet. Place in oven for 20 minutes. After 10 minutes of baking, add grape tomatoes and bake the remaining 10 minutes. When done, scoop into a bowl, sprinkle with feta, and drizzle with balsamic reduction.

For balsamic reduction: pour balsamic vinegar and sugar into a small pan and whisk on high until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes.

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Vegan Whole Grain Banana Muffins

Posted by on Jan 4, 2014 in Baking, Breakfast, Clean eating, Healthy Recipes | 0 comments

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This morning I came downstairs hungry and realized we had three ripe bananas that were begging to be made into something. Now normally I have a system for my bananas — if I have 2 ripe bananas I make pancakes, 3 I make bread and 4 I make my usual banana muffin recipe. But when I peeked in the fridge I realized we had no milk, no eggs and no butter. What’s a girl to do? So I experimented a bit and made these vegan banana muffins since we were out of everything! And my, are the moist and delish for being pretty healthy too. Whole grains + sunflower seeds, pecans, and flax seeds give them rich flavor…plus I added some chocolate chips, just for good measure. ;)

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup coconut or almond milk
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup nuts or seeds (I used sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and pecans)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together wet ingredients. I like to mash the bananas right in my Kitchenaid mixer before adding all the rest. Then add the remaining dry ingredients, followed by the nuts and seeds. Scoop into greased muffin pan and sprinkle a few nuts on top. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Makes 12-16 muffins.

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30 Healthy Replacements for Cravings

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Clean eating, Healthy Recipes | 0 comments

30 healthy craving replacements

One challenge of eating clean is avoiding cravings. Several years ago when I was tracking what I ate I listened to my body and started noticing my cravings were usually distinctly sweet or salty. I wanted a cookie, but a little oatmeal did the job. Or Doritos sounded like just what I wanted but somehow a bowl of veggies with some salt and spices was almost more fulfilling. As I paid attention more and more I could tell when my body wanted something I could replace versus directly craving one specific food. After all, sometimes your body really wants a nutrient and you might stuff your face more “eating around” it than just giving in.

So after a few years of experimenting, I have found a list of replacement foods for various cravings. I’ll divide them by sweet and salty/savory since that’s how I tend to crave. But my overall rule of thumb for replacement success is to match both the sweet/salt craving with ingredients in them. For example, cookie may mean I’m craving sweet plus carbs. Ice cream, sweet plus dairy. Hamburger = salt + protein. Chips I may want salty and crunchy. Most of my suggestions are fast since most of the things you’re combatting are too. Gotta make these quick if you want to talk yourself out of them, right?

Have something you crave? Tell me and I will try to come up with a replacement!

Sweet

Fruit
Yogurt
Oatmeal (add a little brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate chips, nuts, fruit or dried fruit if it needs a kick)
Fruit dipped in semi-sweet chocolate
Whole grain cereal
Fruit and veggie smoothie
Tea with honey
Coffee
Whole grain raisin bread (sparingly, but better than some desserts)
Banana with peanut butter
Green smoothie (good when I’m craving a shake!)
Healthy banana bread
Mints or gum
Frozen fruit eaten like a Popsicle
Chai latte

Salty/Savory

Bowl of cooked veggies with salt (just pop frozen vegetables of choice in the microwave)
Fresh vegetables with or without dip
Popcorn (air popped with a tiny olive oil and salt)
Eggs (hard boiled, scrambled, however you prefer)
Salad
Whole wheat toast
Slices of lunch meat
Low fat string cheese
Cottage cheese
Whole wheat crackers and salsa
Rotisserie chicken
Tortilla with avocado, salt and pepper
Sliced tomatoes with salt
V8 or similar juice
Black bean burrito

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