Best Bloody Mary

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Bloody Mary’s are the healthiest mixed drink you could make if you use the right ingredients.  They’re a meal in a cup!

Ingredients:

  • Vodka (I prefer svedka) (about 1 &1/2-2 shots)
  • V8 all natural vegetable juice (about 6 oz.) watch out for other vegetable juices like Clamato that has high fructose corn syrup & is made with unnatural ingredients
  • Sea salt & Pepper (a few dashes)
  • Garlic powder (a few dashes)
  • Secret Ingredient: Worcestershire sauce (about 3-4 Tbsp)
  • For spicy: Horseradish (about 1 & 1/2 tsp) & Hot sauce ex: siracha (about 1 tsp)
  • For garnish: Celery/ Okra/ Green olives

I like my bloody mary’s spicy!  I play around with the ratios of these different ingredients so these amounts are just relative.  It’s simple to make a restaurant quality bloody mary.  Just taste it as you go along, and add to it accordingly.

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Lox & Bagels

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Easter Countdown: 3 Days!

Lox & Bagels is a great special occasion breakfast, especially when accompanied with mimosas!  Salmon is full of omega-3’s and is one of the healthiest & nourishing foods you could eat.

Ingredients: 1 Serving

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  • 1 Whole wheat Bagel thin
  • 1 & 1/2 Tbsp. low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. capers
  • 4 slices smoked salmon
  • Optional: Champagne & orange juice

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Greek Yogurt Fruit Salad

Green Apple, Strawberry, Blackberry

Green Apple, Strawberry, Blackberry

Countdown to Easter: 4 Days!

A fruit salad is the perfect colorful springtime side dish to contribute to an Easter brunch.  There are endless possibilities of fruits & nuts you can use for a colorful fruit salad

Ingredients:

  • Chobani Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • Your favorite chopped fruit: Such as green apple, pear, fuji apple, banana, berries
  • Chopped Pecans (or walnuts/sliced almonds)
  • Optional: Dried Cranberries

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Healthy Banana & Walnut Bran Muffins

Countdown to Easter: 5 Days!

These muffins or my Healthy Blueberry Bran Muffin recipe would be great for an Easter brunch. They are both healthy, yet also satisfy a sweet tooth (for those who gave up sweets for lent)!

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Ingredients: Yields 12 muffins

  • 1 & 1/4 c. 100% Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 c. wheat bran
  • 1/2 c. oatmeal
  • 1/4 c. all purpose white flour
  • 3 Tbsp. Truvia natural sweetener (about 8 packets)
  • 1/8 c. white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 & 1/4 c. 1% buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. banana slices
  • 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: Whole wheat flour, wheat bran, oatmeal, all purpose flour, Truvia, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda & salt
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix together wet ingredients: Buttermilk, eggs, canola oil & vanilla extract
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix to combine without lumps, but don’t overmix
  5. Gently fold bananas & 1/3 c. walnut pieces into the batter                      IMG_5741IMG_5744
  1. To save on oil, line the muffin pan with paper liners. Spoon the batter into the pan IMG_5746
  2. Fill cups up with a little less than a cm. to the top. Press the rest of the walnuts into batter IMG_5749IMG_5748
  3. Place in the oven, & bake the muffins for 20 minutes or until batter is cooked IMG_5755

There are endless variations for these muffins such as dark chocolate chips & dried cranberries, banana & walnut, pear & pecan, peach & brown sugar and whatever other fruit & nut combination you concoct! Let me know what ingredients you try.

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Share with your family & friends!

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Asparagus, Red Pepper & Turkey Sausage Quiche

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Week of Easter: 6 days until Easter!

Quiches are a great idea for Easter brunch & there are endless combinations of meats, cheeses and veggies to fill your quiche will.  Typical quiches from a restaurant are full of fat because of the crust, however, this quiche is made with a whole wheat flour tortilla crust which makes it a completely healthy yet flavorful dish that anyone would love

Ingredients: Yields 8 servings

  • 1/2 package of Jenny-O turkey sausage
  • 3 whole wheat tortillas
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup swiss cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 c. asparagus pieces
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook turkey sausage in bite-sized chunks according to package, set aside
  3. Saute red pepper & asparagus, set aside
  4. Coat round pyrex oven-safe plate with olive oil
  5. Overlap 2 tortillas & cut the third in half to form a crust without spaces
  6. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and milk
  7. Add turkey sausage, swiss cheese, red pepper, asparagus, paprika, salt & pepper to egg mixture & combine
  8. Pour egg mixture into tortilla-lined pyrex
  9. Bake for about 50 minutes
  10. To check if it’s done: Tap the edge of the pyrex plate and see if eggs are set, if it is still liquidy, bake a little longer
  11. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing into portions.

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Serve with fresh avocado & salsa

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Asparagus & Goat Cheese Omelet

Omelets are an easy way to start your day off right with a protein filled breakfast in order to suppress cravings throughout the dayIMG_0981

Ingredients: 

  • 2 eggs or 1 egg + 1/4 c. egg whites
  • 8 asparagus stalks
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp. goat cheese
  • 1 tsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: Topped with chunky tomato salsa & avocado

Directions: 

  1. Snap asparagus stalks into smaller pieces & dice the onion
  2. Saute on medium-high heat until browned and asparagus are not longer tough
  3. Set aside onion and asparagus
  4. Whisk together the egg
  5. Add just enough olive oil to a small pan so that the eggs won’t stick
  6. Pour the egg into the pan
  7. Once the egg begins to cook along the edges, move the pan around to distribute the raw egg towards the edges; you can lift up the sides of the omelet and let the raw egg run underneath to get cooked
  8. When there’s only a little runny egg left, add the asparagus, onion, and goat cheese to the cente
  9. Take a spatula and flip one side of the omelet on top of the other to cover up the veggies
  10. Press down on top of the omelet to let the remainder of runny egg flow to the outside to cook
  11. Serve & top with avocado & salsa

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Mixed Berry, Chia Seed & Kale Smoothie

 

 

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Ways to add protein to smoothies:  Protein powder, greek yogurt, nuts

The best way to make a smoothie creamier: Add banana

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Ingredients:

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  • 1 c. Frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla EAS Whey protein powder
  • 1/8 c. plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 of a banana
  • Small handful of kale
  • 1/2 c. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Optional: Top with Nature's Own Hemp Granola & eat with a spoon

Optional: Top with Nature’s Own Hemp Granola & eat with a spoon

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Mixed Berries, Kale & Date Smoothie

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Smoothies are a simple way to get more vegetables into your diet.  Blending leafy greens into your smoothies won’t alter the tasty fruit flavor of the smoothie.

Ingredients: 

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  • 3/4 c. Frozen mixed berries
  • Handful of kale (about 3/4c.)
  • 1/3 of a banana
  • 1/4 c. Plain greek yogurt
  • 3/4 c. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk

If using a powerful blender include:

  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1/8 c. hemp flax granola

Directions: 

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  1. Blend together the mixed berries, kale, banana, and greek yogurt IMG_0682
  2. Pulse the dates and granola in after the other ingredients to desired chunky or smoothness IMG_0683IMG_0687

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Enjoy this fun & delicious way to get more veggies into your diet!

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Poached Eggs with 100% Whole Wheat Bread

For a traditional egg breakfast, poached is my favorite way to make eggs & it’s one of the healthiest because no oil is necessary to cook them.

Tip: Use rice vinegar in with the boiling water to harden the egg white & make it stick to the yoke

Ingredients: 

  • 100% Whole Wheat bread, some of my fav’s: Trader Joe’s Pain Pascal loaf, Dave’s Power Seed Bread (at your local health food grocer & some supermarkets), 100% Whole Wheat Thomas English muffins
Trader Joe's fresh Pain Pascal loaf

Trader Joe’s fresh Pain Pascal loaf

  • 2 Eggs
  • The Secret Ingredient: Rice vinegar/apple cider vinegar (any type of vinegar besides balsamic)
  • All natural butter substitute (no preservatives) such as Earth Balance

Directions:

To poach an egg on the stove:

  1. In a small pot, fill water up to about 1/3 of the way (plenty of water to cover the eggs when submerged)
  2. Place heat on high until water is boiling
  3. Turn heat down to medium-low
  4. Add a dash of vinegar into the water.  This is a trick to help the whites harden and not fall apart from the yokes
  5. Crack eggs into the bubbling water
  6. For over-easy style (completely runny yokes) Let cook for about 3 minutes.
  7. Take a large slotted spoon & check if the egg white is hardened and the yoke is cooked IMG_3441
  8. Once the egg is cooked, transfer to a plate with toast

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This is a great protein breakfast to get your day started off right!  Try to eat as much of the whites as possible because that’s the part that contains the most nutrients & least fat.

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Cottage Cheese with Peaches & Blueberries

Simple & sweet snack or breakfast.   I will often add vanilla greek yogurt in with the fat free cottage cheese as well to add protein that will keep you fuller, longer.

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Try adding sliced almonds or another type of nut as well. Enjoy!

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