Heat almond milk to a boil. Stir in oats and let sit for at least 5 minutes. Mix in PB2 and add honey to taste (I like just a drizzle).
Nutritional info (with 1/2 tbsp honey):
257 calories. 6.5g fat. 41g carbohydrates. 17g protein.
Cold weather always makes me crave comfort foods, and for me oatmeal is a HUGE comfort food! Try this peanut butter protein oatmeal for a warm treat on a cold day! It's packed with nutrition and 17 grams of protein!
What's your favorite cold-weather comfort food?
A while ago, a friend of mine introduced me to chia seeds. Check out all of the health benefits of chia seeds! I loved the texture when you would let them sit overnight in something like iced tea or yogurt, but after the first time, the novelty wore off. I came across the chia seeds in my pantry the other day, and decided to try something new. I threw together just three ingredients to make a chia seed pudding that was delicious!
Chia seed pudding
What's your favorite way to eat chia seeds?
More amazing things to do with cauliflower:
Green Saffron Cauliflower “Risotto” with Roasted Vegetables
An alternate sauce thickener:
How to make cream sauce without cream
What's your favorite food hack?
Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? Who knew that was even a thing? In honor of this fabulous month, I'm sharing with you a Beachbody recipe for Vanilla Peanut Butter and Banana Ice Cream. Who knew eating healthy could taste THIS GOOD?!
1. Place milk, Shakeology, bananas, and peanut butter in high-powered blender (such as a Vita-Mix); cover.
2. Blend on low for 5 seconds; increase power to high and continue blending for 30 seconds until smooth.
3. Pour mixture in a large glass bowl; cover.
4. Freeze for 4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes, before serving.
In my challenge groups, the #1 reason for abandoning a health/fitness plan is time. If you get home late from work and you're hungry, you're probably tempted to order take-out. Meal prepping is best, but if you stock your pantry with healthy staples to back up fresh fruits, veggies, and protein, you'll be able to make healthy meals and snacks in a short amount of time! Check out these ingredients you can keep on hand, and try out some of the suggested uses.
Canned beans. Kidney, black, garbanzo, navy—canned beans are a quick way to sneak more fiber and protein into any meal. Look for BPA-free cans and choose no- or low-sodium brands when possible. (Or at least rinse well before eating.)
Raw almonds. Packed with healthy fats - these nuts contain 129 calories per ounce. They make perfect on-the-go snacks you can keep in your purse, work bag, gym bag, car, etc (AND your pantry).
Dried fruit. Toss dried plums, apricots, and raisins into oatmeal, rice pilafs, and on salads for a dose of filling fiber and antioxidants. Be careful - dried fruit takes up less space than fresh fruit, so pay attention to the serving size. Also, make sure to avoid dried fruits with added sugar.
Easy-to-cook grains. Precooked brown rice needs only a minute in the microwave and quinoa cooks in 15 minutes. Swapping traditional refined grains for these whole grains can help you lead a healthier life!
Nut butter. For the most wholesome option, look for almond, cashew or peanut butter made with only nuts and maybe salt (added sugar and oil isn't necessary for taste or texture). Blend into smoothies, oatmeal, and sauces.
Spaghetti sauce. Bursting with nutrients, use tomato sauce in a pinch to simmer with chicken and mix with whole grains. Be sure to look for no-sugar-added varieties.
Salsa. Spooned over fish, chicken, eggs or steamed veggies, salsa is a less processed alternative to jarred pasta sauce that supplies a ton of flavor for few calories.
Reduced-sodium broth. Whether chicken, vegetable or beef, broth adds loads of flavor for few calories. One tip: cut nearly 120 calories by sautéing veggies in two tablespoons of broth versus one tablespoon of oil.
Spices. Flavor your food for zero calories! Among others, black pepper, turmeric and cinnamon all have fat-blocking potential.
Lentils. With fiber and protein, legumes digest slowly—so you'll stay fuller, longer and won't fall victim to blood sugar spikes and dips that drive hunger. Buy precooked lentils to toss with salads, rice pilafs and soups.
Hot sauce. A low-calorie way to add a hit of spice to dishes. Hot peppers can also temporarily raise your metabolism so you can burn a few extra calories at dinner.
Sea salt. With minimal processing, sea salt packs trace minerals and a crunchier texture. Though both sea salt and table salt contain about the same amount of sodium, when used in moderation (a sprinkle is all you really need) sea salt can punch up the flavor of foods.
What is your go-to quick meal when you're pressed for time?
One of the biggest life-savers when it comes to sticking with my eating plan is keeping healthy snacks with me at all times. I am often found with pistachios in my purse or cashews in my desk drawer at work. If you always have something with you, you never have to worry about what happens when you get stuck in traffic, get stuck late at work, etc.
Today, I'm sharing with you a recipe for Gooey Shakeology Oatmeal Bars that you can make with Shakeology or whatever protein powder you have in your pantry! These are great to keep for those "on-the-go" moments!
Combine Shakeology, oats, cocoa powder and cinnamon in a large bowl, and mix well. Add milk, peanut butter and vanilla extract, and mix well with a spatula or by hand. Place in an 8x8 inch pan that is coated with spray. Cover with plastic wrap and press down to flatten in pan. Refrigerate for 3 hours. Cut into 12 bars.
Try to switch it up by using different flavors of protein powder and adding dried fruit, nuts or unsweetened coconut flakes.
One of the reasons I love my TeamBeachbody account is the great recipes they provide. This one sounds so delicious, I just HAD to share it here. ENJOY!
Nutritional Information (per serving):
Fat: 5 g
Saturated Fat: 5 g
Cholesterol: 56 mg
Sodium: 329 mg
Carbohydrate: 5 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 1 g
Protein: 23 g
Sometimes it's really easy to stuff your face and eat a lot of junk when you're at a party. Try one of these healthy and tasty snacks for your Superbowl party! Thank you Beachbody for sharing these snack recipes.
1. Place chickpeas, tahini, oil, lemon juice, and garlic in food processor; pulse until blended.
2. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin if desired.
3. If mixture is too thick, add a small amount of water.
Tip: Feel free to experiment by adding different flavors. Extra garlic, chili peppers, grilled tomatoes, grilled veggies, and artichoke hearts all make healthy and delicious variations.
Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Preparation for Chicken Satay:
1. Soak 16 wooden skewers in water.
2. Place shallots, garlic, coconut milk, lime juice, honey, cilantro, cumin, and turmeric in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
3. Place chicken is a glass dish. Top with marinade; mix well to blend. Marinate, covered, in refrigerator for 2 hours.
4. Preheat grill or broiler on high.
5. Place 2 to 3 pieces of chicken on each skewer.
6. Grill or broil skewers for 5 to 6 minutes, turning every 2 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle, and juices run clear.
Teriyaki Salmon Bites
1. Combine soy sauce, water, ginger, garlic, and honey in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
2. Add salmon; toss gently to coat. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 1 hour.
3. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
4. Place salmon in an even layer in saucepan; cook for 2 minutes, turn each salmon cube, cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.
5. Place salmon on a serving plate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion (if desired). Place a toothpick in each piece of salmon.
Mini Denver Quiches
1. Heat oven to 375° F.
2. Combine eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper if desired; whisk to blend. Set aside.
3. Lightly coat a twelve cup muffin tin with spray.
4. Evenly place onion, bell peppers, ham, and cheese into muffin cups.
5. Evenly pour egg mixture over onion mixture in cups.
6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of quiche comes out clean.
Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Blue Cheese Dip
1. Combine 1 Tbsp. hot sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne in a small bowl; mix well.
2. Add chicken; toss to coat. Marinate, covered, in refrigerator for 30 minutes. 3. Preheat oven to 375° F.
4. Place chicken in a baking dish. Discard any remaining marinade. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
5. Combine yogurt and cheese in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
6. Combine chicken and remaining 3 Tbsp. hot sauce in a large bowl; toss gently to blend.
7. Serve chicken with dip and celery.
Chili Sweet Potato Batons
1. Heat oven to 400° F.
2. Place sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle with oil; toss gently to coat.
3. Season with chili powder and salt; toss gently to coat.
4. Spread potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, turning once, until brown and tender.
6. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
French Onion Dip
1. Combine avocados, tomato, onion, chiles (if desired), cilantro, lime juice, and cumin in a large bowl; mix well. Mixture may be slightly chunky.
2. Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce if desired.
3. Serve with fresh carrots sticks, jicama sticks, or baked tortilla chips.
Yolkless Deviled Eggs
1. Place cottage cheese, onion, mustard, garlic, and curry powder in a blender or food processor; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Spoon cottage cheese mixture into egg halves; sprinkle with paprika and pepper if desired.
Where will you be watching the Superbowl? What will you be snacking on?
If you've spent a day in my household, you know that my husband is the cook in the family. Although I "can" cook, he enjoys it more. Plus, he eat WAY more of the food, so it only makes sense, right? We pretty much have the same goals when it comes to meal planning - we like lean protein, and we try to avoid processed foods and foods with little nutritional value. While I'm not seen much in the kitchen, I do love finding recipes and coming up with ways to tweak them to fit our style. Recently, we took a chicken parmesan recipe and a rice recipe and combined them to make am amazingly delicious meal with lots of avocado!
This made for a delicious meal - it was very delicious, filling, satisfying and the best part was it was guilt free!
What are some ways you tweak recipes to fit your nutritional needs?
If you have a sweet tooth like me, cutting back on desserts is hard to do! I love adding fruit to my dinner, so it's kind of like I'm sneaking a little dessert in too! Check out this recipe for chicken with a touch of sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth - It's perfect for fall!
Nutritional Information (per serving):
Fat: 8 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 73 mg
Sodium: 294 mg
Carbohydrate: 26 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 20 g
Protein: 25 g
Do you have a favorite recipe that includes fruit with your dinner? Share below!
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