Garlicky Ginger Shrimp

This is a go to recipe when you're short on time! I love this one paired with a little steamed broccoli that can soak up some of the yummy sauce... take broccoli to a whole new level!

Ingredients
2 tsp peeled and grated ginger
1 Tbs avocado oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbs raw honey
1/4 cup Tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
15 - 20 wild-caught shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tsp. sesame oil (optional)
2-4 scallions, chopped

Instructions
In a medium sized skillet, or wok if you have one, (that's what I used, first time ever! I was excited), heat oil over medium heat. Add in the garlic and ginger and saute for about one minute. Add in the honey, soy sauce and salt and pepper and let it come to a boil, and then lower heat and simmer until it slightly thickens, about 8-10 minutes.

Increase the heat and add in the shrimp, cooking about 2-3 minutes on both sides, until cooked through. Add in the scallions, sesame oil, mix well, and serve. 

Easy right?! And soooooo good!

The BEST TASTING Chicken Salad!

Leftover chicken is something I always seem to have in my fridge. It's just so freaking versatile that little bird. Stuff it, saute it, bake it, soup it, shake an' bake it, and today turn it into the best ever chicken salad! Yup. Best ever. Why? Because this long generational pull toward drowning it in mayo no longer applies here. We're breaking the rules (and our ties to grandma's recipe) and we're turning our attention to healthy, satisfying and downright delicious! Can you feel it?! Yes!!! 

The secret to this "best ever" (which I am now officially calling it) is.... the hummus! There are so many flavors you can choose from that let you really personalize your own salad. That's pretty awesome, I know! Give this healthy version a try and you'll quickly agree... Best. Eva.

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Chicken Hummus Salad

Leftover chicken, about 1 cup
3/4 cup plain hummus (or any hummus you like!)
2tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbs freshly chopped scallions (or chives)
1 small apple, diced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup chopped olives (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste

In a bowl, combine hummus, mustard, scallions, olives, salt and pepper. Core the apple, and cut into 1/4-inch dice. Place in the bowl and add the lemon juice, toss to combine. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch pieces. Add to salad and stir to combine. (I added a little fresh thyme on top because I had some - fresh herbs always a good idea!)

Ok, so now go out and make this! And if you have a secret recipe you'd love to share, let me know in the comments section. I would love to hear from you since my community can only grow by conversing and sharing! :)

What's In Your Taco Shell?

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I think we need to rethink this whole #TacoTuesday thing and instead try something like # My Taco Is Better Than Yours Bc It's Green. Or something like that. It's still in the developmental stages. 

Anyway. Here is a great way to veg up your taco, make it way more wholesome, and get your kids to eat their greens! (the ultimate mom fist-pump.) 

Here's what you're gonna do... you're gonna get these ingredients:

• 1 Tbs vegetable oil
• 1 lb ground pork (because it's local, it's humanely-raised, it's got way more flavor than your beef, and if I've missed any other buzz words let me know in the comments section below ;)
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 Tbs chopped or grated fresh ginger root
• 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
• 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and julienned (because I think that looks so much prettier than diced!)
• 2 cups spinach (because you can NEVA have enough green in your green taco!)
• 3 scallions, chopped (I slice up as high as I can so use even the green part!)
• Salt and pepper to taste

And then you're going to do this:

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, 2 minutes. Add ground pork and cook until no longer pink, 5 minutes. Add hoisin sauce and stir until combined.

Add in the julienned red pepper and the spinach, and cook another 2 minutes.

Spoon pork into lettuce leaves and sprinkle with scallions, avocado slices, and extra hoisin, if desired.

And there you go, a super green taco! If you're looking to add more, go for it, there are plenty to choose from. Maybe even some pea sprouts, or chopped parsley or cilantro (both good detoxifiers!). You could even make a chimmichurri sauce and drizzle over. Yum yum nom nom!!

#GreenTacoTuesday (There it is, that sounds muuuuuch better!) Any tips on how to go more green with it?! I'd love to hear, as my community can only grow by sharing! Let me hear what variations you use in the comments below! 

 

3 Healthy On-The-Go Snacks

This is probably one of the biggest issues many of us (if not all - let's be real) suffer from. The What the hell am I going to eat? I've been running around all day and I'm seriously low on fuel, I could literally eat gravel I'm so freaking hungry moment.

Snacking has got to be one of the worst things to figure out since it always seems like there is nothing to eat when all we want to do is immediately eat something! That's when it gets ugly and anything goes... and goes quickly. 5 minutes after a frenzied smash and grab in the cupboards and you're left like wtf just happened?! 

Rewind the tape and let's hit the reset button.

It comes down to this, and only this: if you plan ahead, you won't overeat on crap. Plain and simple, just how I like it. Being healthy takes work, just like relationships do, just like building a career does, and just like raising well-adjusted children. None of that "just happens", and neither does 50 pounds in the mid-section! 

It's habits, beliefs, behaviors, and a whole slew of other factors that if left unattended can wreak havoc on you and your body. So let's do the work and plan ahead shall we? (This means putting down the phone, and not getting too self-absorbed/sucked into Facebook or Instagram! Your time is valuable so why not use it for good, not mindless evil ;)

The three snacks I've come up with are also kid-friendly so these are perfect for baseball games, soccer games, lacrosse and any other activity your kids are involved in. Go ahead, be that mom and get ready for all the other moms to be like, guuuurrrrrlll, I'm gonna need that recipe!

Here's what I've come up with:

1. Apple slices with peanut butter/maple syrup spread

This one is so easy and soooooo yummy your kids are going to love it as an afternoon snack! Here's what you need:

1 apple, sliced
1/4 cup peanut butter, or almond - or seed butter
2 Tbs maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

In a small pot over a low flame add in the peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla and mix until well combined, only a minute or two. Place on the side and slice your apple. Scoop a little of the peanut butter/maple syrup mixture onto the apple slice and top with the chopped walnuts. Easy peasy.

And if you're feeling lazy, because hey, we all have our moments, you can simply make the spread, add in the chopped walnuts, and put in a bowl for easy scoop-ability! Good fats, protein, naturally sweetened... it's got it all for a grab-able snack. Prep a few beforehand and place in the fridge for a grab and go!

2. Energy Seed Balls

A little bit of protein, some anti-inflammatory benefits, and a little natural sweetness round out these balls as a perfect grab and go! You simply can't feel guilty eating these bad boys. 

1 cup dates, soaked in water for a little bit before using
1 cup old-fashioned oats, ground down in your food processor
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 Tbs ground flaxseeds
1 Tbs chia seeds

In your food processor, or high powered blender, add in the oats and pulse into a fine grain. Drain the dates and add into the processor and blend until well combined with the oats. Then add in the all the seeds and pulse until well combined. Then roll out the mixture into little balls and place in the fridge for a few minutes, and then eat them, what are you waiting for? They're pretty darn good! (And if you need a hard sell for the kids, melt 1 Tbs coconut oil, 1 Tbs maple syrup, and 2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder in a small saucepan over a low flame and stir until well combined. Once the mixture cooled down a bit, roll the balls in the chocolate and watch your kids eat them all!)

3. Protein Brownies

Now I'm a brownie freak so I'm gonna be real here and tell you that no, these do not taste like my fudge brownies I make every Christmas, simply because there is 2 sticks of butter and 1 cup of sugar in those... I can't replicate that and still be able to tell you it's a healthy snack. So with that in mind, know that these are actually good for you brownies and while they're not super sweet, they're pretty darn good and will crush any craving you have for the real thing because these are packed with good fats and protein... just what you need to squash a craving! So don't be deterred, these are brownies and they're good for you. Can you say that about any other brownie?! 

3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup peanut butter, or almond, or seed butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 scoop chocolate plant protein powder (I use VegaOne)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat your oven to 350˚F. Place parchment paper in a small baking dish. In a medium sized bowl add in the bananas and mash them up. Then add in the peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, protein powder and vanilla and mix until well combined. Place mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread the mixture out evenly. Add the sea salt on top and bake for about 20 minutes. Once done, remove from the pan and place on cutting board to cool. Then slice into squares and keep in the fridge for about a week, if they'll last that long!

And there you have it. 3 healthy on-the-go snacks that you can whip up in no time flat. Trust me, it's worth the effort to have snacks on hand that you can grab and take with you because life is unpredictable and we always seem to be on the go. Your healthy matters and what you eat, every single day, makes a huge difference in the long run, so quit giving your body fuel it can't use (junk food), and start giving it the supreme kind of fuel it can actually work with!

 

Guilt-Free Indulgence... How Sinful Does That Sound?

This is one of my all time favorite recipes because it feels so indulgent and sinful without any of those messy residual feelings of guilt we tend to get when we allow ourselves a big ol' bowlful of dessert! This bowl you can dive right into, swim around in it and get all close and personal with it and walk away with zero regrets. And apparently Tom Brady is a big fan of using these ingredients for his own indulgent purposes so you can add that to your mental imagery as you dive in ;) Food porn at it's best.

When you find yourself with avocados that are on the brink of over-ripeness, pop them into your processor and give this recipe a whirl, you're going to love it!

Blueberry Choco-Coconut Pudding

Ingredients

1/2 avocado
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 Tbs cocoa powder
2 Tbs coconut milk (or another dairy-free milk)
1 Tbs maple syrup
pinch sea salt
½ tsp vanilla
tsp unsweetened shredded coconut to top

Process all of the ingredients until smooth. Top with the coconut shreds and enjoy!

Sweet Potato Pancake (Yum And Yum!) Topped with Healthy Fats!

Ok, my best advice is to make the sweet potato pancake beforehand because I get it, who the hell wants to be this involved in breakfast when you're rushing your ass all over the place trying to get yourself ready (and maybe a kid or two) for the day ahead. No thanks. 

Make ahead of time and pop the pancake in your toaster oven for 1 min or two and boom, you're done... well almost, except for the laborious process of mashing up your avo, but in the name of healthy, I trust you'll take the time for at least that. 

Smoked salmon is in my top ten for super good breakfast food that's super easy to eat. Peel it open, gently finagle a slice free and place on top of something. Or eat it alone. The herbed ones are my favorite, I think in the pic I used the lemon and dill seasoned ones. No brainer. 

And if you'd like a run down of the healthy for these main components, here you go:
Salmon: high in omega-3's, rich in protein, B vitamins and a good source of potassium.
Avocados: high in vitamin C, vitamin K, good course of folate, potassium, monounsaturated fatty acids (goooooood fats), high in fiber and antioxidants.
Sweet potatoes: excellent source of vitamin A. Good source of vitamin C, B vitamins, iron, calcium, selenium, and fiber.

So you got a bunch of vitamins, good fats, and fiber which are all good things when trying to change your unhealthy to healthy. Changing your nutrition doesn't have to be a blandless journey! Try this recipe and ditch the cereal my friend... this recipe alone could spark your whole foods lifestyle change! 

Enjoy :)

 Breakfast of babes! 

Breakfast of babes! 

Smoked Salmon Over My Sweet Potato Pancake

2 eggs
2 tsp flour (coconut, almond, all-purpose, whatever you have on hand.)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 cups shredded sweet potatoes (using a food processor with a shredding disc is ideal or shred them by hand, which could get to be annoying)
Coconut oil for pan frying
4 slices smoked salmon
1/2 avocado, mashed
A few shakes of red pepper flakes

Serves 2

In a medium sized bowl, beat the eggs with the flour, cinnamon, ground ginger, and sea salt. Mix in the shredded sweet potatoes until well combined. 

Add coconut oil to a large skillet over medium-low heat. Spoon the mixture into the skillet in “cakes” and cook approximately 2-3 minutes per side until they hold together, flipping once as you would a regular pancake. 

Layer the potato pancake with the mashed avocado and smoked salmon. Season with a few cranks of sea salt, and red pepper flakes. If you got a lemon, squeeze a little lemon juice on top. Easy peesy. 

I'd love to hear what you think of this recipe and, if the sweet potato pancake is prepped ahead of time, is this something you could easily do for a healthy breakfast one (or many) morning? Let me know!