Fruity Pancakes

Hey!

Saturday morning I decided to make some pancakes! However, instead of using syrup and butter, I used yogurt, peanut butter and fruit! Adding these toppings was both yummy, healthy, and filling! I used plain Greek yogurt, all natural peanut butter, and threw some frozen fruit into a sauce pan to create more of a sauce.

blog pancakes with peanut butter, yogurt and fruitI made it for both my mom and dad, they loved it!

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Soup

Good morning!

I tried out a new recipe this past weekend, which turned out to be really good, but different! I made cauliflower grilled cheese with a side of tomato basil soup.

Grilled Cheese Directions:

  1. In a food processor, pour in about two bags of cauliflower and blend until it reaches the consistency of rice.
  2. Microwave for 6-8 minutes (depends on microwave).
  3. Squeeze out all of the liquid from the cauliflower using a towel. (This is the most important step, it determines the consistency of the “bread”).
  4. Mix in pepper, salt and 1 egg white.
  5. Add in a handful of shredded cheese (you can use mozzarella, cheddar, etc.).
  6. On a SPRAYED baking sheet  form the cauliflower mixture into bread shapes.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes on 450 degrees, until golden.
  8. Heat a skillet and lay the cauliflower “bread” slices in the pan.
  9. Add cheese slices, and grill for a few more minutes.
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In the oven
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Finished product

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled Cheese Ingredients:

  • 2 bags of cauliflower (depends on how many your serving, this was enough for 2).
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese, for mixture and cheese for the sandwich (you choose type).
  • Salt and Pepper

Tomato Basil Soup Directions:

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, saute olive oil and chopped onion for about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add in garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Pour in tomatoes and basil, then bring to boil.
  4. Transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Add the blended soup back to the pot, then add in Greek yogurt and milk.
  6. Add salt and pepper.
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Tomato Basil Soup

 

 Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 Tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil (or less if using basil seasoning)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (not drained)
  • 3 Tbsp Plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2-1 cup of milk (I used almond)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

This seems very odd, using cauliflower for bread, but there wasn’t a difference! It tasted just like bread! The soup was amazing as well! A great meal to enjoy on the weekend, if you have a little bit of time to spend in the kitchen!

 

Sweet Tooth!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday!

We all have the weekly…daily…hourly sweet tooth, but it’s hard to not fix that craving without eating ice cream, brownies or cookies! WRONG! There are plenty of healthy things to help that sweet tooth! Candy, yes I said candy. High cocoa dark chocolate is one of the best things you can put into your body. It is filled with nutrients to improve your health and lower a risk for heart disease! Fiber, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium and more is in this delicious treat! Doctors have said that a piece of high cocoa, dark chocolate a day can improve your health tremendously!

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I have another awesome treat as a replacement for ice cream! My mom and I absolutely love finishing the night off with a nice bowl of “ice cream”. This “ice cream” includes light cool whip with strawberries,  bananas and if you want, shredded coconut! Light cool whip only has 1 gram of sugar, 5 grams of sodium and only 20 calories! It doesn’t taste guilt free, but it most definitely is! Next time you are wanting ice cream, try this instead, you will love it!

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Sore = Stretch

Hey everyone!

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I love the feeling of being sore after a hard workout, however there comes a point when the pain level can get too high. This usually occurs when you do not stretch after a workout. During a workout, lactic acid forms in your muscles, causing soreness. “I’m too sore” is a common excuse for skipping the gym so, to prevent this pain, stretch right after you strengthen to keep blood circulation high.  It’s proven that stretching after a workout creates a 20% greater strength gain. Who doesn’t want that? Take 5-10 minutes to lengthen your muscles, relax your body, and breathe through all that hard work you just accomplished!

 

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Good Morning and happy Friday!

Last night I tried out a new recipe for stuffed bell peppers. The secret ingredient is Quinoa! Quinoa is a grain considered to be a complete protein filled with nutrients such as, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E and fiber. It can be used as a substitute for flour, as oatmeal, rice, but in this case I used it as a filling!

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Ingredients:

  • drained and rinsed black beans
  • drained and rinsed corn
  • tomato/ canned tomato
  • 2-3 cups quinoa
  • Onion
  • salt and pepper
  • red bell peppers

Directions:

  1. Cook 2 cups of quinoa with four cups of water.
  2. Drain the canned black beans and corn (tomato also, if not using fresh)
  3. Cut up the tomato and onion
  4. add all of the ingredients together along with salt and pepper
  5. put the filling into the bell peppers
  6. bake in the oven on 350 for 15 minutes

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I served it with delicious steamed broccoli !  YUM!

 

He is Risen

Happy Easter to you all!

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We celebrate Easter as the day that Jesus rose from the dead in a new body. Christ died on the cross for our sins, leaving his body broken. But just as He promised, He rose from the dead in a perfect body. He is alive! We all know that Jesus is the only perfect being, but we have the opportunity everyday to be the best we can be. Think of today as your new beginning. Celebrate Spring with a jog through the park, a healthier snack and a little more time for you.

 

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Cereal with a twist

Hey everyone!

Yesterday I changed up my breakfast plan because, one, I had an EOC that morning, and I wanted something new!

I had a yogurt parfait! This was a wonderful way to start my day,  providing me with fruit, dairy, and sustenance to keep me going. The health benefits of yogurt are major, it contains calcium, vitamin D and fights off yeast and bladder infections. What some of you might not know about yogurt is that it can help decrease belly fat. How? There is a healthy bacteria in yogurt that eats fats once in the body. Pretty cool!

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Ingredients:

1 cup fruit: blueberries, strawberries, banana…etc. (I sometime add frozen fruit)

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt: no need for the sugary yogurt, fruit will sweeten it enough.

1/4 cup of granola: I use bare naked, you can also use a cereal.

 

Healthy Living

After two long weeks of hard work, followed by illness, I am finally able to blog regularly again! Yay!

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I talk about two key concepts to a healthy body, exercise and nutrition.  Now I want to share two more. Over the weekend I went on a retreat with my drill team to Pine Cove. It was nice to break away from the usual schedule and have fun with my friends and form a stronger relationship with God. Coming home with a renewed spirit, I realized how great life is. I am happy with the way I am and know God made me beautiful. Thinking positive and feeling happy are the two missing pieces to a finished puzzle of a healthy life. Negativity about yourself can lead to low self-esteem or depression. When you look in the mirror tell yourself “you’re beautiful”.  The more you say it, the more you believe it.