Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad with Bacon Poppyseed Dressing

February 7, 2014 by  
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Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
-6 cups of baby kale (pre-washed kind)
-2 cups sliced strawberries
-1 ripe avocado, sliced

Dressing:
-4 slices bacon
-1/2 cup mayonnaise
-2 tablespoons sugar
-2 tablespoons white vinegar
-1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
-salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:
Place kale, strawberries, and avocado into a large bowl and set aside.

For the dressing, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and drain bacon on paper towels. Crumble into small pieces and whisk together with remaining ingredients. Drizzle over salad and serve.

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Skinny Cookies & Cream Popsicles

February 6, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
4 Oz. Fat Free Cream Cheese, Softened
4 Oz. Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 C. Fat Free Milk (I used Mootopia)
2 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar
6 Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches, Crushed (I used WhoNu?)

Directions:
-Combine the cream cheese, yogurt, milk, and powdered sugar together in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy.
-Stir in the crushed cookies.
-Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold of your choice.
-Place in the freezer until set and frozen.
-Remove and enjoy!

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How to Make Awesome Peanut Butter Bars at Home

February 5, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
Natural peanut butter – 1 cup
Honey – 1 cup
Old Fashioned Oatmeal – 3 cups

Instructions:

  1. Put peanut butter and honey in a heavy saucepan and heat on low until thoroughly combined and becomes a liquid consistency.
  2. Mix in oats and stir.
  3. Press into a 9 x 9 inch pan.
  4. Cover and let set overnight.

*For gluten free, use gluten free oats.
*For clean eating, use raw honey.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield:: 12 bars
Rating:: 3.44 stars – based on 635 review(s)
Nutrition facts: Calories: 281 kcal; Fat: 12.2 grams;

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Superbowl Snack: Baked Brie Bites

January 29, 2014 by  
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You will need:
-2 sheets puff pastry, thawed but still cold
-1/2 wedge of brie (about 4 ounces), cold
-1/3 cup cherry jam (or any flavor you fancy!)
-1 large egg, beaten
-splash of milk
-coarse sea salt
-popsicle sticks (optional, they taste just as good without sticks!)

Directions:
Cut the puff pastry into thirds along the creases. Cut each panel into four pieces. They’ll be 2 1/4-inch tall and 3-inches wide. One sheet of puff pastry will yield 12 rectangles. Cut each rectangle in half. You’ll have 24 little rectangles that will create 12 little rectangle pockets.

Combine beaten egg and splash of milk. Brush 12 of the small rectangles with egg wash.

Place a popsicle stick halfway up the puff pastry and press in gently. Place a small sliver of brie (rind and all) on top of the egg wash (and stick). Top with about 1/2 teaspoon of cherry jam.

Take another square of puff pastry and press between your fingers to make the rectangle slightly bigger. Place puff pastry on top of the cheese and jam. Use a fork to press the edges together.

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place prepared brie bites on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with a touch of coarsely ground sea salt.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.

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How Many Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Should You Eat Each Day?

January 28, 2014 by  
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You know that you need fruits and vegetables every day to stay healthy, but how many do you need? This handy calculator from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will determine how many servings of fruits and veggies you need in just a few simple steps.

Here's how it works:

  • First, enter your age and gender.
  • Next, select your level of physical activity. This option includes 30 minutes per day or less, 30 to 60 minutes per day, or more than 60 minutes per day. People who exercise more need more food to provide energy, and they can also afford to eat more because of how many calories they’re burning. People who exercise less should also eat less to avoid gaining weight.
  • Your daily fruits and vegetables limit is measured in cups. Things like one small apple, one large banana, one large sweet potato and 12 baby carrots all equal one cup. It’s actually much easier to meet your daily requirements than you might realize! To see other examples of one cup of fruits and vegetables, check out this chart!

To use the fruit and vegetable serving calculator, visit the CDC website.

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Greek Tortellini Salad

January 28, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
1 (20 ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 large cucumber, chopped
1 cup kalamata olives, pit removed and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

For the Dressing:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. Drain the tortellini and rinse with cold water.

2. Place the tortellini in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, red onion, and feta cheese.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir until salad is well coated. Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator.

Note- this salad will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Super Bowl Week!

January 27, 2014 by  
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Today is no ordinary Monday! Today is the Monday before the biggest sporting event in America! The Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 2nd in New Jersey! The Super Bowl is a good excuse to get together with friends and family and finish off the "holiday season" and enjoy some great food! We will be posting a great Super Bowl Party recipe for you to make to bring to your Super Bowl Party! Today we have:

Super Nachos! Courtesy of Bon Appetit!
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/nachos-with-all-the-fixings

INGREDIENTS

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
3 9-ounce bags tortilla chips
Beer-Braised Carnitas 
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
1 large white onion, chopped
3 pounds shredded cheese (such as sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack)
8 ounces Cotija cheese or feta, crumbled
1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced
1 fresh cilantro leaves

Toppings
Charred Tomatillo Salsa
Dried Chile Salsa
Pickled jalapeños
Pico de gallo
Guacamole
2 cups sour cream, thinned with 1/3 cup water
Hot pepper sauce

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 350°. Coat 2 large rimmed baking sheets with nonstick spray. Dividing evenly between baking sheets, layer chips, carnitas, beans, onion, and shredded cheese, mounding in the center. DO AHEAD: Nachos can be assembled up to 1 hour before baking.
Working with 1 sheet at a time, bake until cheese is melted, 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with Cotija cheese, radishes, and cilantro. Serve with desired toppings.

Quick Chiquita Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

January 27, 2014 by  
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Almonds, cooked oatmeal, bananas, and yogurt meet up in your blender for a power breakfast. Drink this Banana Oatmeal Smoothie before your morning exercise routine and you’ll have the energy you need to get through your workout.

Ingredients:
2 whole Chiquita Bananas (best with brown flecks on peel)
2 cups Ice
1/3 cup Yogurt – preferably Greek yogurt flavored with honey
1/2 cup cooked oatmeal
1/3 cup Almonds

Instructions:
Pour all ingredients in blender pouring ice in last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until smoothie thickens.

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Soft Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

January 24, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
-1 cup (256 g) smooth no-stir natural peanut butter
-1/3 cup (75 g) virgin coconut oil (can use an equal amount, by weight, of unsalted butter or vegetable shortening)
-2 cups (280 g) all purpose gluten free flour (I used Better Batter)
-1 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
-1/2 cup (80 g) coconut sugar (can use an equal amount, by weight, of granulated sugar)
-2 tablespoons (42 g) pure maple syrup
-2 eggs (120 g, out of shell) at room temperature, beaten
-2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
-Melted chocolate, for drizzling (optional)

For directions, click here.  
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Our New Facebook Sweepstakes Has Started! Enter to Win an iPad Mini!

January 15, 2014 by  
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