Dec 16 2015
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars
Gluten-free pumpkin bars are a recipe that the whole family loves. I love finding new delicious gluten-free recipes and this one should fit the bill.
Sugar Detox Diaries: Day 3
I’m still alive. That’s all.
Kidding, today was actually better than yesterday. Had energy and focus and remembering all the healthy (and sweet) alternatives there are to gummy bears lol!
???The good news is-it’s PUMPKIN season!!!???
Here is a fave! Grain-free, gluten free food, vegan, and they actually taste good!!
1 can pumpkin
1 cup chilled almond butter
1/2 cup honey
4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
Spray coconut oil spray in 8×8 baking dish. I used glass.
Stir all ingredients until blended
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
These gluten-free pumpkin bars are amazing. Try to eat only one and make sure the family saves you one for the next day to have with your coffee. ☕?
Dec 05 2015
Hawaiian Cobb Salad
I’m not gonna lie, this Hawaiian Cobb Salad was to die for. It literally was the best Cobb Salad I have ever had. Trust me, I have had a lot of salads in my life! For some reason this one hit the mark more than others. I loved it beyond words! It really had a sweetness I had not tasted before. It was also super fresh, which really made it stand out! The lovely Anthony’s at Point Defiance is where this lovely food of heaven was served! It is a local favorite of my husband and mine. It is a beautiful setting, right on the water with views of the Olympics and Mt. Rainier. I would definitely recommend it!
Being gluten-free and eating out is tricky at times. I either order the fish, chicken or a salad. Sounds boring but actually it’s not so bad. Sure I miss a big fatty burger and bun but my body does not. It loves the salads. The leafy greens help in so many ways and try to eat two salads a day. This way I am getting a quality amount of fiber and it makes my feel fantastic.
Here is what is in a Hawaiian Cobb salad recipe. It was topped with:
- Celery (chopped small)
- Blue Cheese (just a tiny bit because it’s not technically gluten-free)
- Sweet herb dressing on the side
Embracing the beauty of salads has been huge for me! I actually wasn’t sure I wanted to try this one, because of the blue cheese and what not. But this was a date night and a cheat meal and it ended up being not only amazing but not very much of a cheat! A win-win in my book! This Hawaiian Cobb Salad really hit the spot!
Nov 26 2015
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Baked sweet potatoes are quite possibly one of my favorite foods. I absolutely love them. Actually, my entire family absolutely loves them. My kids will actually ask for them. Are you kidding me?! Baked sweet potatoes? Who knew?! Well they are now a staple in our house. And what makes them the best ever, garlic aioli mustard from Trader Joe’s. This garlic aioli is a staple in our house. We will use it with meat, on sandwiches and with every kind of vegetable. It’s delicious.
Now, let us delve a bit deeper into why I love having family eat baked sweet potatoes. When looking at the benefits of vegetables and fruits I eat, I go to organicfacts.net. They have a ton of information on everything healthy. Some of the main areas that sweet potatoes help with are:
- Inflammation: Like the common potato, sweet potatoes also have anti-inflammatory properties. They do not belong to the same family as common potato. This is primarily due to the presence of beta-carotene, vitamin-C and magnesium. It is equally effective in curing internal and external inflammation.
- Asthma: Sweet potatoes are effective for curing congestion of the nose, bronchi and lungs, thereby giving relief from asthma. Its typical aroma helps in this property.
- Immune System: Being very rich in beta carotene, which is a major antioxidant, along with vitamin-C and B-complex vitamins, iron and phosphorus, sweet potatoes are excellent immune system boosters. They can defend your body from a wide variety of conditions and afflictions.
- Bronchitis: The concentration of vitamin-C, iron and other nutrients help to cure bronchitis. Sweet potatoes are believed to be capable of warming up the body, possibly due to the sweetness and other nutrients that impact body temperature. This property is also beneficial for people suffering from bronchitis, along with its powerful effect on congestion.
- Digestion: The fiber content of sweet potatoes is higher than common potatoes and they taste good too! When these two factors are combined with other minerals like magnesium, which is present in sweet potatoes, it makes an excellent facilitator for digestion. Sweet potatoes are easy to digest as well, since they mainly contain starch. They are soothing for the stomach and intestines, so you will avoid any difficulties of passing or digesting them.
- Cancer: Beta-carotene, the champion antioxidant and anticarcinogenic substance, is the pigment responsible for the color of the peel of the sweet potatoes. The beta carotene and vitamin-C contained in sweet potatoes are very beneficial for curing various types of cancer, mainly those of the colon, intestines, prostrate, kidneys and other internal organs.
- Arthritis: Beta-carotene, zinc,magnesium, and vitamin-B complex make sweet potatoes a hugely important food source for managing arthritis. The water where sweet potatoes are boiled can also be applied externally on joints to ease the associated pain of arthritis.
- Diabetes: Sweet potatoes are beneficial for diabetics. They are very effective in regulating blood sugar levels by helping the proper secretion and function of insulin. That does not mean that diabetics should eat them indiscriminately. The idea is that sweet potatoes can replace rice or carbohydrate intake as a healthier option.
- Water Balance: The fiber or roughage present in sweet potatoes helps the body retain water. This maintains water balance in the body, keeping your hydrated and your cells functioning efficiently.
- Stomach Ulcers: Sweet potatoes have a soothing effect on the stomach and the intestines. B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium and calcium are all very effective in curing stomach ulcers. Moreover, the roughage in sweet potatoes prevents constipation and the resultant acid formation, thereby reducing the chance of ulcers. The anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of sweet potatoes also reduce the pain and inflammation of the ulcers.
- Weight Gain: This benefit is pretty awesome and my husband loves it when trying to bulk. Sweet potatoes are sweet, and they contain very quality amounts of complex starch, along with healthy vitamins, minerals and some proteins. Moreover, they are very easy to digest. So, they provide a lot of energy and are excellent bulk builders for people looking to gain weight. People who have recently suffered from illnesses, or are self-conscious about being frail or abnormally thin should welcome this news about sweet potatoes, since there are no associated side effects, which most of the synthetic bulk building dietary supplements have.
- Other Benefits: They are effective for helping people quit addictions like smoking, drinking and taking certain narcotics. They are good for the health of the arteries and veins, as they protect their walls against hardening. The high concentration of beta carotene (an alternative form of vitamin-A) and phosphorus are excellent for both ocular and cardiac health.
This recipe is from the Fixate cookbook. If you have some sweet potatoes handy, I’d throw them in the oven and make these tonight. ?
- Cut in thin round pieces
- Drizzle with olive oil
- Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper
Bake at 200 degrees on parchment paper for 2-3 hours until crisp.
This mustard makes the perfect dipping sauce and is a “free food” on the meal plan. So go make up some baked sweet potatoes and do yourself a favor.
Nov 25 2015
Turkey Chili Recipe
When the wind starts blowing, the weather turns grey and the rain starts pattering outside it is time to bring out my turkey chili recipe! ? ?☔??☁ It is easy for me to start packing on the pounds at this time of year, so having the right food in my refrigerator is so important. You can throw so many different nutrient rich ingredients into turkey chili. It also fills you up for a long time and my kids eat it, which is a major bonus!
Since it’s a busy day with kiddos and friends, a turkey chili recipe fits the bill for dinner! This turkey chili recipe is from the Fix Extreme cookbook and is delish! I love having a cookbook with so many healthy choices.
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 1/2 lbs lean ground turkey
- 1 med onion, chopped
- 1 med green bell pepper, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 Tbs chili powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 cans black or pinto beans, rinsed
- 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes ( I like Muir Glen brand)
- 12 fresh cilantro sprigs as garnish
- Heat oil in saucepan.
- Add turkey, onion, pepper, and garlic to cook.
- Once browned, add spices and stir for one minute.
- Add beans and tomatoes. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Serve warm and for an extra ❤red container, top with Greek yogurt. Yum!
What are you eating tonight?
So, as you get prepared for the holidays and are looking to have a great leftover in the refrigerator, this turkey chili recipe is a great option. Let me know what you think when you try it out. And feel free to add any other items you want, as long as they are healthy! One last thing, if you have any homemade turkey chili recipe, that you love, feel free to share!?