Healthy Recipes

Peanut Butter & Apple Pizza

Peanut Butter & Apple Pizza

I have a GREAT snack recipe today that’s good for everyone in the family.

It’s got all the tastes and textures of the best stress-busting comfort foods, but it’s also healthy.

And once you get the basics of it down, you can come up with your own favorite variations.

Here’s an interesting fact about green apples – researchers at the ‘Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation’ found in a study that the scent helped some people experience less migraine pain. Pretty cool, right?

Like I said, these little apple “pizzas” contain a mix of amazing tastes and textures: they are crunchy, creamy, salty and sweet!

Since we are all about relieving stress this month, I thought it would be a fun recipe to share with you.

I like something crunchy when I’m feeling stressed, but I know a lot of people enjoy creamy foods! Voila! This one delivers on both.

If you have an adventurous palate, you can turn this into a gourmet treat with a drizzle of chocolate (or fruity!) balsamic vinegar, which you can find at many gourmet and food specialty shops (and also on Amazon).

Peanut Butter & Apple Pizza
Serving size: 1-2 rounds

  • 1 apple, sliced into ¼-inch rounds, seeds removed (for a total of 6 rounds)
  • 6 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 6 tsp dark chocolate mini chips (or your favorite chip)
  • 6 tsp chopped & salted roasted nuts
  • 1-2 tsp honey (optional)

Slice the apples crosswise to form the base of your “pizza.” You should have 6 rounds. Spread each round with 1 tbsp of peanut butter and sprinkle with 1 tsp each of mini chips and nuts, and an optional 1⁄2 tsp of honey for extra sweetness.

Taking the time to assemble this treat makes it even more special!

Hope you enjoy it!

PS: I’m just a message or phone call away if you’d like to chat about changes you can make in your fitness and nutrition plans to help improve your results and your stress levels! Just drop me a message and we can set up a time or You can easily setup a free strategy call with me by clicking HERE

Have a great day!


Tropical Salad with Teriyaki Chicken

Tropical Salad with Teriyaki Chicken

This tropical chicken dish will remind you of swaying palm trees and warm beaches. In addition to sweet mango, this tasty recipe has guilt-free onion rings to make your healthy eating more exciting.

This salad is fun and full of flavor, made with nutrient-packed microgreens, sweet mango, tender teriyaki chicken and guilt-free onion rings. Eat this and give your body the protein it needs as well as a healthy serving of fiber. Enjoy!

What you need
Serves 6

4 organic, free-range chicken breasts
1/4 cup Organicville Island Teriyaki Sauce
1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 cup almond meal
dash of salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup coconut milk, full fat
1 omega-3 egg
4 cups organic micro greens or mixed greens
1 fresh, ripe organic mango, sliced
4 Tablespoons organic goat cheese, crumbled

Instructions

1. Rinse the chicken breasts. Place in a large ziplock bag with the teriyaki sauce, mix until all the chicken is coated. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. (Do it overnight for even better flavor!)

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with coconut oil.

3. In a shallow bowl combine the almond meal, salt and garlic powder. In another shallow bowl whisk the coconut milk and egg.

4. Dip each onion ring in the milk mixture and then coat with the almond meal mixture. Place on prepared baking sheet.

5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, flip each onion ring, then return to oven for an additional 10 minutes.

6. Heat a grill pan and lightly coat with coconut oil. Place the chicken breasts on the grill pan, and cook 4 minutes each side, until there is no longer any pink in the middle.

7. Remove chicken from heat and slice.

8. Prepare each plate with a pile of micro greens, sliced mango, goat cheese crumbles, a few onion rings and then top with teriyaki chicken.

Nutrition
One serving equals 366 calories, 2g fat, 268mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, and 40g protein

I hope that you get a chance to give this recipe a try . Remember that I’m only a call or email away to assist you in all things fitness. And if you are not yet one of my prized clients then call or email me now to set up your first workout – I’d love to help you achieve your best body ever!

Talk Soon,


Stop Fooling Yourself

Stop Fooling Yourself

You want to be fit and lean, right?

So why do you fool yourself into thinking that you are eating healthy…when your diet is filled with so many processed foods?

Don’t fall for it: so-called healthy packaged foods are NOT guilt-free. And they are hurting your fat loss results.

I can’t tell you how many folks I’ve seen chow down on organic, all-natural, gluten-free, vegan or high-fiber packaged foods…only to see their weight increase.

What did you expect?

Packaged snacks and desserts are going to stop fitness results and encourage fat storage. Every. Single. Time.

Even if it says healthy, or all-natural, or high-fiber, or organic, or gluten-free, or vegan.

If it’s processed and packaged, then it’s getting in the way of your results.

If you are serious about shaping up your body then throw out the packaged foods and opt for wholesome, real foods instead.

Start with these:

lean protein
fruits
vegetables
nuts
seeds
avocados
When it comes to fat loss, eating clean is half of the battle. The other half is all about effective, challenging and consistent exercise.

Begin right now by messaging me to get started on an exercise program that will turn you into a fat burning machine!

Write & Review
You could be making a valiant effort to lose fat, but if you eat too much each day then the number on your scale will not budge. Even if you think that you’re limiting calories, you won’t know unless you do a little research.

Get a small notebook to carry with you and jot down everything you eat for an entire week. Be sure to include the exact amount that you eat of each food item. At the end of the week do a tally of each day, and then figure out how many calories you eat on an average day.

Review your daily entries for items that are filled with empty calories – like cookies, candy or soda pop. These should be the first things that you cut out of your diet as you transform your body.

Are you tired of putting off your health?

Do you tell yourself you will start tomorrow or Monday over and over again and those days never happen?

If this is the case, book a free strategy call with me right away to set up a game plan for you to get results right away!

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Gluten-Free Egg White Rolls

Gluten-Free Egg White Rolls

When striving towards a fat loss goal it’s important to limit the amount of bread that you eat, due to all the simple carbs. The recipe below is a great way to enjoy some bread while still maintaining your clean diet. It’s gluten-free and uses flax meal and egg whites to create a soft, fluffy texture.

What you need
Serves 20

2 cups blanched almond flour
2 cups flax meal
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons raw honey, melted
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
8 egg whites

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

2. In a medium bowl combine the almond flour, flax meal, and baking soda. Mix well and set aside.

3. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

4. Mix the honey and oil into the flax mixture, then quickly fold in the egg whites. Be careful not to over mix the egg whites, so the fluffiness remains.

5. Use an ice cream scooper to drop mounds of the batter on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Enjoy!

Nutrition
One serving equals 186 calories, 14g fat, 64mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, and 6g protein

I hope that you get a chance to give this recipe a try this week. Remember that I’m only a call or email away to assist you in all things fitness. And if you are not yet one of my prized clients then call or email me now to set up your first workout – I’d love to help you achieve your best body ever!

Talk Soon,


3 Dieting Hacks That Work

3 Dieting Hacks That Work

Working out hard is an essential part of any fat loss plan. It sculpts your muscles, raises your resting metabolism, whittles down your waist and gives you functional strength and endurance.

The only catch is that you can seriously slow, or even reverse, your results by eating poorly. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as when you are working out like a champ only to face the same belly rolls each morning.

To keep you from giving up in frustration, I’ve put together the following 3 Dieting Hacks to amp up your results.

Why am I calling these hacks? A hack is used to get results faster. These hacks will fool your taste-buds and your mouth into thinking that you’re eating your regular favorites, when, in fact, you’ll actually be eating a meal with fewer calories, fewer carbs and more fiber.

This means quicker fat loss and smaller belly rolls.

That sounds fantastic, right? So let’s dig right in…

Dieting Hack #1: RICE

Rice is a big part of many a meal. There’s white rice, brown rice, stir fried rice, sticky rice, wild rice and the list goes on. All of these kinds of rice (yes, even brown rice) are packed with carb and calories. This is great, if you are a growing child or an athlete, but not so great for someone like you with a fat loss goal.

Rather than give up rice completely, because that would make your veggies and meat look really lonely on a half-empty plate, let’s turn to Dieting Hack #1.

CAULIFLOWER RICE: Now, don’t get skeptical on me until you give this food trick a try. To make rice from cauliflower first wash it and trim the leaves and stems. Chop into small pieces and then run those pieces through a food processor with the grating attachment. This will result in a rice-like consistency. Place the cauliflower rice in a large skillet with a Tablespoon of olive oil and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and you are good to go. Serve your normal vegetable and meat dishes over a bed of cauliflower rice just as you would traditional rice.

Dieting Hack #2: NOODLES

Have you ever noticed that when you crave your favorite pasta dish, you’re actually just craving the sauce? Noodles alone are bland and unspectacular. The magic, as well as the protein, is in the sauce.

Noodles, like traditional rice, are packed with calories and carbs that get in the way of your fat loss results. So, rather than just eating a bowl of sauce, try Dieting Hack #2.

ZUCCHINI NOODLES: Again, try this trick before you knock it, I’m guessing that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Wash a zucchini, and then run a vegetable peeler down its sides, creating long, wide noodles. Stop when you reach the inner, seedy part of the zucchini. These raw, zucchini noodles do not require any cooking, simply throw them onto your plate and top with your favorite pasta sauce. (Of course, I’m assuming that you’re not going to use a white, cream-based sauce, but that’s another article for another day.)

Dieting Hack #3: BREAD, BUNS, TORTILLAS

Cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles are all find and dandy for those meals that you prepare at home, but what about your meals eaten out? Many restaurant meals revolve around bread, buns or tortillas. These things are tasty, yet filled with calories and carbs that add to those annoying belly rolls.

That’s when you turn to Dieting Hack #3.

THE LETTUCE WRAP: This trick is more popular than the first two, so you may already be familiar with it. How does it work? When ordering your meal, be it a sandwich, burger or tacos, ask that it be wrapped in lettuce in place of the bread, bun or tortilla. Most places are really cool about it, and you end up getting to eat the good part of the meal – the meat and flavors—without the carb-filled extras. If for some reason the restaurant is unable to wrap it in lettuce for you, then ask for the filling to be placed on a pile of greens and eat it with a fork.

Try these 3 Dieting Hacks out for the next 30 days, and see how quickly your fat loss results ramp up. The improved results will motivate you to workout harder and more consistently, which will then add to an even greater level of fitness.

If you aren’t yet one of my clients, now is the perfect time for you to start. My focus is to get you to your goals using my results-driven method.

Simply call or email me today to set up your first workout.


Hacks Become Tradition

The real fat loss benefits from the 3 Dieting Hacks above come when you make this way of eating a part of your lifestyle. It may sound strange or hard at first, but – like anything—once you grow accustomed to that style of eating it will feel comfortable, and you will be leaner!


Slow Cooker Turkey Spaghetti over Zucchini Noodles

Making noodles out of fresh zucchini dramatically cuts down on the carbs and calories in your dinner, while increasing the fiber content. Imagine what an impact this simple food trick could have on your fitness results if you always chose zucchini noodles over traditional noodles.

What you need
Serves 6

1 Tablespoon olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 fennel bulb, chopped
4 carrots, sliced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
¼ cup chopped olives
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup dry red wine (Cabernet works well)
2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon sweet paprika
1 pound ground turkey
6 zucchinis
¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped

Instructions

1. In a large skillet, place the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions and fennel. Cook for 5 minutes, until soft. Add the carrots, cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

2. Coat the inside of your slow cooker with olive oil. Add the cooked veggies, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, wine and the seasonings. Mix well.

3. Add the turkey on top of the veggie mixture, breaking it into chunks. Lightly press the turkey down into the sauce, but be careful not to break up the chunks.

4. Cook on low heat for 7 hours.

5. Wash the zucchini, use a vegetable peeler to create long, flat noodles. Stop when you get to the seedy middle part of the zucchini. Plate the zucchini noodles and top with warm turkey spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Nutrition
276 calories, 8g fat, 383mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, and 21g protein


Ham and Chive Egg Muffins

Ham and Chive Egg Muffins

Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day. Not only does this first meal break the fast that your body has been in overnight, it is your first opportunity to influence how the rest of your eating for the day will go. If you choose to eat a sugar-fueled breakfast then chances are high that you’ll continue to make poor food choices for the rest of the day.

These Ham and Chive Egg Muffins are the perfect blend of protein, fiber and flavor to start your day off right. Make a big batch on the weekend to provide days of on-the-go breakfasts for your busy workweek. Enjoy!

What you need
Serves 12

10 eggs
2 Tablespoons coconut cream
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper
1 cup cooked ham, chopped
1/4 cup fresh chives, minced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-muffin tin pan with coconut oil.

2. Whisk the eggs, cream, nutritional yeast, sea salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Add in the ham, chives and bell pepper. Divide the egg mixture equally between the 12 muffin tins.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-18 minutes, until set. Remove from the oven and cool before removing the egg muffins from muffin tins. Once fully cooled, store extras in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy!

Nutrition
One serving equals 89 calories, 6g fat, 2g carbohydrate, 0g sugar, 268mg sodium, 1g fiber, and 8g protein.




Here’s another guilt-free pasta recipe for you!

Here’s another guilt-free pasta recipe for you!

Here’s another guilt-free pasta recipe for you!
 
You won’t need a spiral slicer for this one, simply use a regular veggie peeler – like the kind you would use to peel the skin from a potato – to create long, flat zucchini noodles. This recipe has a scrumptious, nutty flavor that will make you forget all about traditional noodles. Feel free to serve with some sliced chicken breast, sliced hard-boiled eggs or steak for added protein. Enjoy!
 
What you need
Serves 4
 
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon almond flour
4 large zucchinis, peeled with a veggie peeler
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
1 Tablespoon minced parsley
¼ teaspoon black pepper
 
Instructions
 
1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, about two minutes. Add the coconut oil, and once it’s melted, add the almond flour and a pinch of salt.
 
2. Stir often with a wooden spoon, until it’s toasty brown, about two minutes. Remove crumbs from the pan and save for garnish.
 
3. In the same skillet, add the peeled zucchini noodles. Sauté them until just tender, about one to two minutes. Turn heat to low.
 
4. In a new pan on low heat, combine olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes, stirring with a spoon until fragrant, about 20 seconds.
 
5. Transfer the zucchini noodles to garlic and oil mixture. Toss and stir until they’re coated.
 
6. Turn off the heat and add parsley, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle with almond flour crumbs before serving. Enjoy!
 
Nutrition
165 calories, 12g fat, 72mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, and 6g protein