Memorial Day

Two Posts in one day? I guess so!

I just wanted to take a moment to remember all of those who have fought for our country’s freedom! This is a very special time to have a gathering to celebrate their lives and cherish our freedom.

Here is a super cute party appetizer or dessert for Memorial Day, blueberries, strawberries and bananas! memorial day

 

Mac and Cheese

For all those macaroni and cheese lovers, this one’s for you!

I got this recipe from the show Recipe Rehab! The secret ingredient is butternut squash! This is a very healthy, simple and delicious creation of macaroni and cheese. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients:

Mac n’ Cheese:
1 box whole wheat rigatoni (1 lb.)
4 packets 100% Butternut Squash Green Giant Veggie Blend-Ins
½ cup low sodium chicken stock
½ cup reduced fat milk
½ cup grated white cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Garnish:
¼ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup toasted Gluten Free breadcrumbs

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Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the rigatoni. Cook until tender, about 8-9 minutes.

While the pasta is cooking, in a large sauce pan add the 100% veggie blend-in butternut squash, low sodium chicken stock, reduced fat milk, grated cheddar cheese, parmesan, and bring to a boil.

Simmer for 2 minutes and allow the sauce to start to thicken.

Add the salt, pepper, cayenne and grated nutmeg. Turn the heat to low heat, and simmer until the pasta is fully cooked. Stir frequently.

Strain the cooked pasta, and add it to the butternut squash sauce. Mix until the pasta is fully incorporated with the sauce.

Serve into bowls, and garnish with a sprinkle of gluten free breadcrumbs and chopped parsley. Enjoy!

Guilt-Free snacks and TV shows

Hey!

I have been super busy lately…you would think it’d be because of homework and such…but I have been addicted to a new show, Recipe Rehab! If you have never seen it, it is a nutrition show where families send in their favorite meals, like potato soup,  chicken fried steak,  ice cream sundaes,  pizza etc. that are so delicious but extremely high in fat, sodium, sugar and calories… to be “rehabbed” by the healthy chefs.  The families, who would have never dreamed having a healthy recipe taste as good as their own, are amazed by the dishes made.  I am just so into this show because it is what I am wanting to do when I get older and I have learned so much that I want to share with you all! Check it out one day when you are bored! I guarantee you will enjoy and learn a lot from it.

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Also to go along with this post, I have some guilt-free snacks that you might be interested in when deciding what to have between lunch and dinner.

  • Grapes and Cheese
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Granola bar (Kashi)
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Fruit and nut spread
  • Cottage cheese and fruit
  • Pita Chips
  • Hummus with veggies

Workout food advice

Hey there!

I have been getting asked a lot of questions about when and what to eat when working out.  Well, you should eat both before and after your workouts. The best time to eat is about 1-2 hours before your workout with something that is high in carbs. Yes, I know that may sound weird, but for someone who is trying to lose weight, or gain muscle, eat carbs before a workout to keep high energy. Now, this doesn’t mean to eat a huge plate of pasta and bread…this means you should eat healthy carbs such as, whole grains, lentils, beans, and starchy vegetables that are also high in protein and fiber.  After workouts you should always eat to replenish your amino acids, energy and electrolytes lost when working out. I would not recommend drinking a huge protein smoothie from a shop. Why? First, those smoothies are full of extra sugar. Second, all of the protein will take its toll on your kidneys.  Try to go for lean meats such as chicken breasts, turkey, or nut butters with other veggies and fruits. The biggest thing to remember for pre, during and post workouts is to DRINK WATER!

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Mother’s Day

Hey everyone!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the sweet mothers out there!  There is no job more stressful, hard, enjoyable nor lovable than being a mom!  To celebrate, I made some dark chocolate covered strawberries for my mom!  I originally went to the store to find some…but instead I bought some Hershey’s dark chocolate and a pack of strawberries, then headed home to make my mama happy!

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It’s really simple to make them. First, put a few pieces of chocolate in a microwavable cup. Next, warm up in 30 second intervals until melted. Finally, dip the strawberries in the sauce and place on aluminum foil, or wax paper to dry!

Wrap it up!

Hello and happy Friday! I’ve been waiting for the weekend!

Earlier this week one of my  friends asked what she could have for lunch that could be healthy, so I listed off a few things including the wrap, and she ended up making one and loving it! This gave me the idea to make one myself! A chicken wrap! This quick, easy and delicious wrap contains one whole wheat tortilla wrapped with chicken, cucumber, tomato, mushroom, spinach and drizzled with salsa. On the side I cut up a pear, fresh strawberries and added a handful of whole wheat pita chips. Yum! This really filled me up and got me more than one serving of fruit and veggies…without even realizing!

blog chicken wrap and fruitIf you run out of ideas for lunch or dinner…wrap it up!

 

Sunny Side Up?

Hey there!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, this past week was super crazy with my drill team spring show….but I’m back! And full of new ideas! I will be starting a one month food plan featuring healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also snacks throughout the day! I would like your input on some foods that you would like to be transformed into healthier meals, leaving you satisfied both full and taste wise. Personal message me or comment on my blog! Thanks.

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This morning I decided to make eggs and a fruit bowl for breakfast. Eggs are the fastest and easiest way to get protein. They are one of the top 5 major foods to achieve flat abs leaving you satisfied after just one serving. I recommend an egg a day to keep the doctor away! Ha-ha!  As my grandma told me, if you ever run out of something to make…whip up an omelet!

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