Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie

My smoothie kick continues!  I love to make a smoothie for breakfast and take in on the go.  This smoothie recipe tastes like dessert and it is also high in protein!  This recipe also tastes amazing with almond milk in place of coconut milk.  See below for tips in purchasing a protein powder or shake. 1 cup Coconut Milk ½ frozen banana 1 Tbsp almond butter ½ scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder (to equal about 10 grams of protein) 1 Tbsp cocoa powder 3 ice cubes Directions: Place all…

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Triple Berry Smoothie

This berry smoothie recipe is amazingly fresh and delicious!  You can make these the night before also and refrigerate until you are ready to drink it!  Breakfast in a flash! ½ cup Greek yogurt 1 cup Coconut Milk 1 cup fresh Kale 2 cups frozen mixed berries Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Enjoy! Nutrition Information:  Total Calories: 280, Total Fat: 5 g, Total Carb: 42 g, Dietary Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 15 g

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Tropical Mango Smoothie

Another amazing and easy smoothie recipe with a hint of the tropics.  The cucumber gives it a nice refreshing flavor, and you will be amazed at how delicious it is! ½ cup Greek yogurt 3/4 cup Coconut Milk ¼ cup Orange juice 1 cup fresh cucumber, chopped 1 cup frozen mango 1 cup frozen pineapple Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Enjoy! Nutrition Information:  Total Calories: 221, Total Fat: 5 g, Total Carb: 40 g, Dietary Fiber: 3.5 g, Protein: 15 g

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This smoothie recipe is AMAZING for a fresh and energized morning.  And…it is so simple! Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt 1 cup Coconut Milk, use the kind you find by the milk in the store, not the kind in a can 1 cup fresh or frozen spinach 1 cup frozen strawberries (4-5) 1/2 frozen banana Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Enjoy! Nutrition Information:  Total Calories: 221, Total Fat: 5 g, Total Carb: 40 g, Dietary Fiber: 3.5 g, Protein: 15 g  

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Sun-dried Tomato Basil Pasta

As with most pasta dishes, they are a little higher in carbohydrates than some other dishes.  The key is to really watch your portions of the pasta!  This recipe is a great one to make and then portion into containers to freeze to eat for later.  You can also try some of the higher protein pasta options. Serves: 8 Total cooking time: About 30 minutes 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 2 Chicken Breasts, diced ½ tsp Salt ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper Note: You can substitute chicken sausage for chicken breast…

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Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice

I love a good fried rice, but they can be so loaded with fats and sugars!  This recipe that tastes great, but is also pretty healthy.  It is a new twist on an old ethnic favorite which has more veggie than usual! Cooking and Prep time, about 40 minutes Makes 6 (pretty large) servings Ingredients: 3 whole carrots, peeled and chopped ½ onion finely diced 1 cup chopped green beans 1 yellow squash, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup corn kernels 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and diced 3…

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes

The whole family will love these made from scratch pancakes.  They are easy and taste delicious! Makes 10 pancakes (about 4” diameter) 1 cup Dry Whole Oats 1.5 cups Boiling Water 1 cup All Purpose Flour 2 Tbsp Sugar 2 tsp Baking Powder 1 tsp Cinnamon 2 Eggs 1 tsp Vanilla Extract ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp Milk 2 Tbsp Canola Oil In a large mixing bowl mix the oats with boiling water and let stand for 3-4 minutes.  In a separate small bowl, blend flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon. …

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Black Bean and Green Chile Salsa

This salsa is without a doubt, my favorite!  It’s sweet corn and earthy cilantro cut the spiciness of the chiles.  It looks absolutely wonderful on any table.  And as summer approaches, all of these ingredients are fresh and in season at your local supermarket. Make sure to use fresh lime juice and fresh cilantro in this dish, the bottled or dried just doesn’t do!  Also, for a slightly milder flavor, omit the red onions.  You can also try adding some freshly minced garlic for a variation.  Lastly, be sure to use fresh or…

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Spinach Salad with Garlic Bacon Vinaigrette

This salad is so delicious, you will actually crave it!  The spinach gives an excellent dose of all of the B vitamins including folic acid, and is a good source of iron.  It is a great addition to any meal plan to help fight off the cold and flu this season! Ingredients: 3 slices of bacon, nitrate free is preferable 4 cloves of garlic, minced ½ cup rice vinegar ½ cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste (start with about ¼ tsp each) 1 Bulb of garlic 1 Tbsp…

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Rainbow Roasted Vegetables

These vegetables are quite possibly the most eye appealing way to eat your veggies!   Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces 1/2 Butternut Squash, pealed and chopped into bite sized peices 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces 1/2 pound Brussel Sprouts, trimmed and chopped in 1/2 1 Red Onion, chopped into bite sized pieces 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 1/2 tsp Salt Directions: Place veggies on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a rainbow pattern (like the photo).  Drizzle with Olive Oil. …

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