Green Spinach Smoothie
With summer finally underway, there is nothing I find to be more refreshing than sipping on an ice cold smoothie in the sunshine! Smoothies are also an amazing way to power up your day or refuel after an intense workout. Pull out your favorite straw and get in on some nutrient dense ingredients that will enhance your summer glow and keep your energy levels high! I hope you love this Green Spinach Smoothie recipe as much as I do! Enjoy all of the benefits of boosting your daily veggie intake!
Contributor: Madeline McDonough
Spinach Turkey Burgers
With Memorial Day and the beginning of summer right around the corner, there’s nothing I like more than sunshine, grilling and country music! This does not in anyway mean settling for processed meats like hot dogs which are rich in animal based saturated fats, nitrates, nitrites and preservatives. What it means is buying clean sources of meat that are conducive to a healthy diet! For a healthy spin on a cookout classic, give these spinach turkey burgers a try! This recipe is an excellent way to sneak in some extra veggies for adults and kids alike!
Contributor: Madeline McDonough
Chocolate Chip Goji Berry Gluten-free Muffins
Most people do best with a little fuel in their bellies first thing in the morning. If you are always up against the clock in the morning, you may default to a “healthy protein bar” but the problem with many of the bars on the market is that they are loaded with some kind of sugar. Breakfast without a bar just got taken to a whole new level of flavor and ease with these Chocolate Chip Goji Berry Gluten-free Muffins.
3 Reasons You Crave Sweet or Salty Foods
Does chocolate start calling your name around 2 p.m.? Does that bag of potato chips start talking to you an hour after dinner? The Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials Blog asked myself and other Registered Dietitian Nutritionists about factors that contribute to sweet cravings. Read the top three reasons you can’t seem to control those cravings.
Turkey Sausage Patties with Avocado Lime Sauce
Rev your metabolism, boost your energy levels, decrease risk of diseases such as cancer and achieve a healthy weight by starting your day with these Turkey Sausage Patties. Research has shown that starting the day with breakfast is inversely associated with weight gain over ten years which may explain why 78% of people from the National Weight Control Registry report start their day with a hearty breakfast. In order to reap all of the breakfast-eating-benefits you’ll need to ditch the donuts, pastries and processed meats and choose quality foods like these homemade turkey sausage patties with avocado lime sauce.
Wild Cherry Shake
Introducing my new Wild Cherry Shake for a truly wild and fruity smoothie experience, topped with a savory splash of cacao nibs. Sip it down for your morning nourishment or gulp it down after a hard, sweaty workout. The shake is stacked with frozen cherries, cacao powder and almond butter plus a cup of shredded cabbage to give you a break from your traditional spinach-filled drinks! Click below to find out why grass-fed whey protein powder is my preference for post-workout fuel. You will also find my favorite brand.
4 Important Truths About Gluten-free Diets
Gluten-free diets are all the rage with lots of people ditching wheat, barley, and rye. From a medical perspective, the most important reason to avoid gluten is because of celiac disease but there is a growing number of individuals without celiac disease that are steering clear of pastas, breads and hidden sources of gluten. Read more about gluten-free diets and the top four important truths.
Zoodles with Turkey Sausage and Sun Dried Tomatoes
When it comes to incorporating more vegetables into your meals, it doesn’t get easier than this Zoodles with Turkey Sausage and Sun Dried Tomatoes recipe. This dish allows for you to move beyond your traditional white or whole wheat pastas and experiment with a vegetable-based pasta (aka zoodles). Top your zucchini noodles off with some warm Italian turkey sausage (preferably organic), cannellini beans, sun dried tomatoes and the best blend of flavors!
Coconut Butter Fat Bomb Bars
We’ve been tricked into believing that a lower dietary fat intake leads to less fat for our bellies and booties but it’s really not so simple. Healthy fats are an incredibly important source of fuel, brain power, and blood sugar control. Don’t hide from fats! For many people incorporating healthy fats throughout the day can lead to weight loss and stable blood sugar levels. These coconut butter fat bomb bars are an extremely tasty way to add fats to your diet in between meals or after dinner. Crank up your food processor and get ready to enjoy this gluten-free, dairy-free and added sugar-free treat with only three dates as the sweetener.
Buffalo Chicken Chili
There are two common excuses about nutrition that I hear constantly: “healthy food doesn’t taste good” and “I don’t have time”. There’s no room for either of these excuses with this buffalo chicken chili recipe which proves to be delicious and simple. The flavor combination of the ground spices mixed with buffalo sauce is out of this world! The recipe is so easy that the chili can essentially cook itself! See for yourself that nutrition can be both delicious and convenient.