Chocolate Banana Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins I just love baked goods!  Who is with me?  But usually they are full of sugar and don’t have much nutrition benefit.  These chocolate banana muffins are a wonderful option for a healthier breakfast of snack!  My kids love these and so does my hubby.  I make them fairly regularly, but last time they actually fought over them! They are a good source of fiber and potassium.  They also have higher B vitamins than many other baked goods because they are used with whole wheat flour.  So…

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Oatmeal Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

peppermint cookies

Oatmeal Peppermint Chocolate Cookies A perfect Holiday Treat.  These peppermint cookies are healthier using avocado in place of butter, but you won’t be able to tell at all!  These mint cookies are the perfect flavor for the month of December. Makes 32 Peppermint Cookies Total cooking time: about 30 minutes Ingredients 1 Whole Avocado 1 cup Brown Sugar 1 Egg 1 tsp Vanilla Extract ¼ tsp Peppermint Extract ¼ tsp Salt ½ tsp Baking Powder ½ tsp Baking Soda 1 cup Oats 1 cup All-Purpose Flour 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Baking…

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Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos! For those of you who know me, you know I just LOVE tacos.  We eat them almost every week, but I do not eat the same tacos every week.  We use a variety of proteins like shrimp, fish, beef, and chicken.  These chicken tacos are my husbands favorite (I think because of the sauce)!  It is a super simple sauce with mayo, salsa, and cumin that goes really well with the slightly spicy chicken.  I hope you enjoy this one as much as my family does! Serves 6…

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Indian Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Indian Butter Chicken This butter chicken is so full of fabulous flavors!  I love trying new foods often, especially ethnic foods!  My husband is a big fan of Indian foods and so I have been trying to incorporate them a little more into our meal plans.  Not only is this meal delicious, but it is also full of foods and spices shown to reduce inflammation.  Garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper are all shown to have anti-inflammatory effects! Perhaps my favorite part of this meal are the smells that fill my…

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Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Jalapeño Poppers This jalapeño poppers recipe is truly one of my favorite appetizers or snacks!  I love the spicy taste of the jalapeño with the creamy texture of cheese and the bacon on top makes it absolutely irresistible!!! This time of year, all kinds of peppers are being harvested her in New Mexico.  Of course we love our green chile here, but I also love jalapeños!   Jalapeños are a vegetable that is really popular further south in Mexico.  They are a medium spice pepper with tons of amazing flavor! …

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Turkey and Ground Beef Gyros

Ground beef and turkey gyro

These Gyros are a perfect addition to any family meal plan since even the kids will love them!  You reduce the amount of red meat you are eating by mixing ground beef with ground turkey.  Because of this mix, they have the perfect balance of flavor. I am in love with Mediterranean style foods and cooking!  Mediterranean cooking uses a lot of herbs and spices.  This recipe includes garlic and oregano for its main flavors.  There are so many benefits to eating this way!  One of the major benefits is…

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Summer Citrus Dressing

Summer Citrus Dressing

Easy Summer Citrus Dressing Making your own salad dressing is actually very easy and much healthier because it eliminates many of the preservatives found in store bought dressing!  This is one of my favorites!  Citrus fruits have so many great benefits!  They are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants to help you fight chronic inflammation and chronic disease. We know that eating more whole foods, especially vegetables can work wonders for your health.  Each color of vegetable has different nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that boost your immune system and help…

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Anti-Inflammatory Baked Chicken

Anti-inflammatory Chicken Strips

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices Lately, I have been working with a lot of clients to incorporate an anti-inflammatory diet.  They have Arthritis, Heart disease, Diabetes, Ulcerative colitis, IBS, Chronic ulcers, Sinusitis, and many other conditions that cause pain and unpleasant symptoms.  I was thrilled when this study came out showing scientific evidence that adding herbs and spices to foods can significantly reduce inflammation markers in the blood! There are many studies that show beneficial effects on these inflammatory markers (TNF and IL factors) especially with curcumin, the extract from turmeric…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are not “healthier”.  They are simply my favorite cookies ever of all time!!! Real Cookies It seems like everyone is always searching for a “better for you” dessert, right?  Let’s face it, we all LOVE dessert!  You might find black bean brownies, avocado cake, and low carb everything.  But how do these desserts taste?  Well, in my humble opinion…TERRIBLE!!!  When it comes to dessert, I am a purist.  Give me the real thing so I can enjoy it.  Enjoying it means slowing down a little,…

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Lettuce Wraps

Asian lettuce wraps

Lettuce Wraps Trying New Recipes If you know me, you know that I can’t just follow a recipe.  I almost always modify it to increase the nutrition or to fit the tastes of my family.  I was bored and looking for something new to try.  I LOVE Asian food and a friend posted this recipe for lettuce wraps and I thought I would try it.  The recipe I used as a base was this one.  My modifications included adding more vegetables and decreasing the amount of turkey.  I also modified the…

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