If your family is anything life mine then that means your holidays are full of family and fun times. But one thing that almost everyone complains about is all the excess eating and drinking that surrounds these holidays.
I find that the easiest time to fit in raw veggies, fruit, and other healthy things is by throwing it all into a smoothie for breakfast.
The best part about this smoothie is that you can’t taste the kale/spinach (whichever you choose) and the carrot has a natural sweetness that adds great flavor.
With this detox smoothie you start you day with something super healthy and yummy so that you can avoid that bogged down feeling later.
You can add any portion powder you want to this smoothie but I typically add collagen, ground flaxseed meal, and chia seeds to give your body some extra omega-3 to fuel your day.
I also love adding the ginger root as is serves as an anti-inflammatory food to help calm your gut after all the holiday festivities!
Ingredients For the smoothie…
-1 cup kale or spinach
-1 organic carrot (about 6-7 inches)
-1 Tbsp ginger root
-2 tsp raw honey
-1/2-1/3 cup almond milk
-a handful of red grapes (~6) or half an apple
-2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
-ice For toppings…
-chopped raw almonds
-1 Tbsp chia seeds
-dried shaved coconut (optional)
Grab your blender or food processor and combine all smoothie ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour the smoothie into a glass and top with chia seeds, some chopped raw almonds, and if you want even some shaved coconut!
Lately I’ve been very into paleo friendly recipes. I absolutely love veggies but they aren’t the most satiating foods. For someone who loves to lift weights, I worry that I’m not getting enough protein from veggies alone.
My favorite meats lately are turkey, chicken, and salmon. They go great with roasted veggies and salads and give me enough energy to get through the day!
These turkey sliders are so easy- especially the patties. I make smaller patties and store them on parchment paper in the freezer. This gives me an easy source of protein because I always have a couple laying around in my freezer.
Whenever you are wanting to have some turkey patties for dinner you can thaw them out for a few hours while you go to work or run errands. Turkey is pretty lean which makes this a guilt free meal!
Replacing white bread with sweet potato slices provides better quality carbs, helping to avoid that huge dip in energy you get after eating refined carbohydrates. Also I think they taste better than regular bread- lots more flavor!
Adding avocado gives this slider a creamy texture, while the mustard and arugula add sweet and peppery flavors. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
Ingredients For the turkey patties…
-1 package of ground turkey
-4 cloves garlic (minced)
-1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt & pepper For the sliders…
-2 round/fat sweet potatoes (depends on how many your are cooking for)
-honey mustard (or which ever condiment you prefer)
Begin by combining ground turkey, eggs, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix with hands until the meat is an even consistency. Use your hands to form 2 inch balls and flatten them out on parchment paper for storing. Next cut your sweet potato into 1/4-1/3 inch slices. Brush olive oil on both sides of the sweet potato to prevent sticking and burning. Turn on a skillet to medium-high heat and put a little olive oil or pam in the pan to prevent sticking. Place two sweet potato buns and one slider in the pan. Cook sweet potato buns and slider for 3-4 minutes then flip. Cook the other sides for approximately 3 minutes or until tender (buns) or cooked through (meat). If you need to cut a small portion of the meat to ensure that they are fully cooked that is totally okay- I do it a lot! Once the buns and meat are done remove them from the pan and place on a cutting board. Start with one bun and arugula, sliced red onion, sliced avocado, the turkey patty, and then honey mustard, then top with the other sweet potato bun. Enjoy!
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When I hear someone say comfort food my mind instantly pictures a big plate of pasta! I’m a sucker for simple Italian dishes, they always hit the spot after a long day. I love pesto sauce but it can be super high in fat and contains a lot of dairy. This avocado basil pesto sauce substitutes avocado for cheese- I’m all about those healthy fats!
I used veggie noodles for this dish to make it a little lighter- I hate heavy meals! These carrrot and squash noodles cook so quickly and make for a colorful plate of food.
Not only was it a pretty dish but it was very filling as well. I think the pine nuts and avocado contribute to how satiating the meal was. This recipe also freezes very well so if you don’t use it all in a day or two you can always save it for a later date.
This avocado basil pesto would go great with any traditional pasta. But it shouldn’t be limited to just pasta or veggie noodles because the pesto really elevates most foods you combine it with.
Grilled veggies, quinoa, and toast are all other foods that you can slather the avocado basil pesto on and feel totally satisfied after.
Ingredients For avocado basil pesto sauce…
-1/3 of an avocado
-1 cup basil leaves
-1/2 cup olive oil
-1/3 cup pine nuts
-1-2 tsp lemon juice
-5 cloves garlic
-S&P to taste For the veggie pasta…
-2 large carrots
-2 medium squash or zucchini
Begin by filling a large pot with water on the stove on high heat. In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients for the avocado basil pesto sauce. Blend until the pesto reaches a creamy even consistency. Set the pesto aside. Use a julienne peeler or spiralizer to make veggie noodles.If you use a julienne peeler your noodles will be the length of the carrot or zucchini/squash, but if you use a spiralizer you will need to cut your noodles into even lengths, ~6 inches. I usually stop julienne peeling my zucchini/squash when I reach the core- the seedy part tends to carry a lot of water and turns to mush while boiling. In your pot of boiling water add the zucchini/squash and carrot noodles and boil for ~4 minutes, drain the water and place hyena in a mixing bowl. Lastly combine the pesto and mix well until all of your veggie noodles have a light coating of pesto on them. Serve and enjoy!
Salads are my favorite meal, I know… to some I probably sound absolutely crazy for saying that. I made this lightly sweet and tasty apple cider vinaigrette that make my summer salads even better. In my opinion the dressing you choose can be a game changer. Eating salad doesn’t mean you have to use boring iceberg lettuce and some hydrogenated bottled concoction that grocery stores like to call dressing.
I love to pick a light and fluffy lettuce for my salad base and then I just top on whatever veggies, grain, and protein/fat that I might be craving. Sometimes When I’m feeling fancy I will roasted some veggies and put them on top to add a soft and warm element.
The best part about a salad is that there are no rules, you can make it however you like! In the salad pictured there is spring mix, carrots, red onion, and avocado; however, I will list a few more veggies that go great with this light and sweet vinaigrette.
Ingredients For the apple cider vinaigrette…
-1/2 cup olive oil
-1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
-1 Tbsp honey
-2 tsp honey mustard
-2 Tbsp water
-4 cloves garlic (minced)
-S&P to taste For the salad…
-Frise lettuce, bib lettuce, butter lettuce, or spring mix
-red onion, carrot, radishes, cucumber, bell pepper, english peas, and/or corn
-avocado, tofu, or chicken
-quinoa, barley, farro, or even croutons Directions
In a mason jar (or container with a tight sealing lid) combine all salad dressing ingredients. Put lid on tightly and shake until the dressing is mixed to an even consistency. Set aside and build your salad to your liking. Last, top a few spoonfuls of the apple cider vinaigrette on the salad and toss. Enjoy!
-.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
-.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
For the Elderflower Spritz recipe I chose to use cava because it’s not quite as sweet as prosecco. Cava and champagne have a similar taste; however, cava is usually better priced and it never disappoints! I put my drink in a small wine glass but you can prepare this cocktail in a champagne flute or a casablanca champagne coupe. I used a standard 1.5 oz shot glass to measure out my lemon juice and St. Germain liqueur and poured them in the glass first. If you prefer a more floral flavor feel free to add 1 oz. of St. Germain. If you prefer more lemon then add 1 oz. of lemon juice. Top the drink off with cava and garnish with some lemon slices! Enjoy!