Healthy Turkey Chili

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Not until I moved out of NYC, went back to school and moved in with my brother did I realize the power of the almighty crock pot.  If it weren’t for my brother having one I probably would have never picked one up.  There’s something about men and crock pots; I’ve never met a man without one. I digress.  I am still somewhat of a newbie in the kitchen and some days I just long for an easy meal.  That’s where my little love affair with Mr. Crock Pot came along.

As you probably already know, I’ve been on a mission to cook healthy meals each week to bring to and from school and some weeks it just doesn’t happen. However, this week I decided to whip out the ol’ crock pot and give it a try. And I’m so glad I did.

Here is the recipe for Healthy Turkey Chili:

Ingredients:

1 onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 can pinto beans, rinsed

1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed

2 cups vegetable stock

1 clove garlic, minced

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp cumin

Directions:

Add all ingredients to crock pot and cover.  Cook on low setting for 8 hours.  I did it overnight and woke up to some tantalizing aromas of delicious turkey goodness.  I served it with one slice of gluten free bread toasted, smeared with dairy free butter and a sprinkle of garlic powder (I’m trying to steer clear of dairy) but corn muffins or biscuits would go great with this as well.

Do you have any crock pot favorites? I’d love to hear about them below!

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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I’ve been welcoming fall this week with a tasty pumpkin concoction that tastes just like pumpkin pie.  It may be leading me down the path of a pumpkin addiction.

Ingredients:

1 serving vanilla protein powder (I used vanilla Shakeology)

4-5 pecans

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 heaping tbsp raw cacao powder

1/2 tsp maple syrup

3-4 dashes cinnamon

1 cup almond milk

 

Directions:

Blend and devour! I topped mine with 1 crushed graham cracker and another sprinkle of cinnamon and then descended into a euphoric pumpkin coma.

Creamy Vegan Carrot Coconut Soup

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I could not believe how thick and creamy this soup turned out to be since it is entirely VEGAN!  No cream, no milk, no butter, no DAIRY! I made this recipe with almond milk since I was out of coconut milk and I also used about ½ tbsp of dried ginger since I’ve been using up all my ginger in my new Morning Smoothie. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I did! It’s definitely a wonderful way to welcome fall (even though half the country is in a sweltering heat wave at the moment).  And it’s very comforting and would go great with some healthy corn muffins or biscuits.  Here goes!

Ingredients:

4-5 large carrots

1 onion, chopped

1tsp fresh ginger or about ½ Tbsp dried ginger

1 ½ tsp curry powder

2 Cups vegetable broth (you can add more or less depending on thickness)

1 14-ounce can of coconut milk

Sea Salt to taste

2 Tbsp grated coconut (for the soup)

1 Tbsp grated coconut (for garnish)

Directions:

Simmer onions, carrots, curry powder, ginger, and grated coconut in vegetable broth for about 25 minutes or until carrots are soft.  Transfer the mixture to another dish and blend with an immersion blender. Or you can use a regular blender and blend in batches if needed. Then return the mixture to heat and add the coconut milk until well combined, top with a sprinkle of grated coconut and enjoy!

Hidden Spinach Smoothie

Lately I’ve been craving something sweet after my workouts.  And I’ve also been on a mission to incorporate more greens into my diet. So to satisfy both of these desires I’ve created this little cup of joy, my Hidden Spinach Smoothie. It’s thick and creamy, tastes sweet but still provides you with a serving of veggies.  I dream about it while I’m working out.

Ingredients:

1 Cup almond milk

4 dates (you could also substitute a very ripe banana)

1 big handful of spinach

1 tsp stevia or sweetener of your choice (optional)

1 serving vanilla protein powder ( I like all natural vanilla rice protein)

3/4 Cup pineapple

Directions:

Blend and devour immediately!

Tip: Feel free to substitute pineapple with mango or papaya.  I’ve found tropical fruits work the best for this smoothie.  How do you incorporate greens into your diet? Let me know below!

hidden spinach smoothie

Black Bean Avocado Salad

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This dish will fall under your “easy” and “on-the-go” recipe folder.  It’s a tasty summer black bean salad with fresh avocado and delicious kale.  It’s not too heavy (so you won’t suffer from that post lunch sluggish feeling) but provides your body with a ton of fiber and protein!  Feel free to add quinoa or brown rice to it, wrap it in a tortilla, add a dollop of sour cream on top, or enjoy alone!

Ingredients:

1 can of black beans (or your bean of choice)

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

1 tsp cumin

1 avocado, sliced

1 lime, juiced

1/2 cup red onion, diced

1 tsp olive oil

1 to 2 cups of kale, chopped

Directions:

Rinse the beans and mix together beans, kale, cilantro, and onion in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together olive oil, lime juice, cumin, sea salt and pepper. Toss the beans, kale and onion mixture with the liquid mixture. Add in sliced avocado last.  Refrigerate or serve immediately.

Do you have any easy, on-the-go recipes that fit into your busy life style? I’d love to hear about them below!

Healthy on the Go

Hi guys,

I’m posting this because I definitely struggle with this. Since school started, I am on a tight budget and generally short on time. The other morning is a perfect example as  I woke up and just barely fit in a workout and before I knew it I was running late. I managed to grab an apple and a granola bar but that was about it. And now that I’m living in the “burbs” I find it SO Much more challenging to eat healthy on the go!

Anyway, this morning I managed to scoop out some quinoa from the recipe below and make a little lunch for myself. I added some hummus and a tortilla, packed an apple and some homemade trail mix (almonds, raisins, ad goji berries) and off I went with my backpack and little cooler in hand! Can you say nerd alert?!?!?

hehe 🙂

Anyway, I’m making healthy on the go a priority of mine and look forward to sharing some of my ideas with you.  What are some of your healthy on the go snacks and recipes? I’d love to hear from you!

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Antioxidant Power Smoothie

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Chia seeds originated in Latin America and were often used by the Aztecs and Mayans to fuel their bodies before going into battle.  Chia is actually the Mayan word for “strength”.  After the Spanish acquisition of the Americas, chia seeds were banned from being grown and for the most part were forgotten about until now. Health experts and nutritionists are raving about the benefits of chia seeds and are labeling them as a nutritional powerhouse.

Chia seeds:

  • High in Omega 3’s
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Stabilize blood sugar
  • Support heart health
  • Filled with antioxidants
  • Energizing
  • High in fiber and Protein

Blueberries:

  • High in antioxidants
  • Rich in vitamins A,C, K and E
  • High in fiber
  • Low glycemic index

Chia seeds are also a complete protein (contain all essential amino acids) which makes them a great ingredient to incorporate before or after a workout.  Combining them with another antioxidant rich food such as blueberries creates a powerful and antioxidant filled snack that fights aging, helps repair muscles, aids in digestion and energizes the body!

Antioxidant Power Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 cup almond milk

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ cup blueberries

4 dates or sweetener of your choice (optional)

3 Tbsp or one serving of Protein Powder (I recommend rice protein)

A few ice cubes

Add the almond milk, then the other ingredients and blend until smooth.

*If you have the option, choose wild blueberries as mid summer is the perfect season. They are ripe between May and October.

Enjoy!