Skinny Sangria

Pomegranate SangriaWith all the parties, food and alcohol, it can be hard to keep your waistline in check without feeling like you’re missing out. At only 150 calories, you can enjoy the festive cheer without overindulging. Cheers!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz pomegranate liqueur
  • 4 oz apple cider
  • 2 oz shiraz – to float on top
  • Orange garnish
  • pomegranate seeds
  • fresh mint

Directions:

Mix together pomegranate liquor and apple cider.  Float shiraz on top and garnish with orange slice, pomegranate seeds and fresh mint leaves.

 

Ginger Orange Zest Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin SeedsAdapted from Serious Eats

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds ( fresh or raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds in bag)
  • 2 tablespoons melted organic butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoons corse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons Zero sweetener (erythritol)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

METHOD:

Scoop out the inside of your pumpkin, and separate seeds from pulp. Don’t worry if there’s a little pulp left on the seeds when you roast them—it only adds flavor. Just remove the biggest pieces so that the seeds are easy to toss.

In a bowl, toss the seeds with the melted butter/olive oil, coating thoroughly. Add salt, sweetener and seasonings.

Spread seeds in one even layer across a greased baking sheet (or you can use a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil).  Bake for 30 minutes, or until the seeds are golden brown. Stir the seeds every so often while they’re baking, so that they toast evenly.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup canned organic pumpkin
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Portein Powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon honey or 1 packet stevia
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted almonds
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup of ice

METHOD

  1. Add all your ingredients to a blender and puree until blended.
  2. Pour and enjoy

Makes 1 serving

 

Luscious Lettuce Wraps

Luscious Lettuce WrapsWho needs bread with these delectable little waist-friendly grab ‘n go “sandwiches”.  There are endless combinations and taste possibilities – get creative!  Can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator making these the perfect quick ‘n easy protein-rich snack or meal.

INGREDIENTS: (for each wrap)

1 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaf (cleaned and dried)

1 oz. lean protein (ex. chicken, turkey, tuna or salmon)

1/4 c finely chopped or small amount julienned veggies

1 T Hummus or 1 t vinaigrette

1 t ground flax seeds

METHOD:

Assemble ingredients in the order listed above.  Either roll or fold lettuce leaf in half, store in container and refrigerate.

 

 

Mason Jar Breakfast Parfait

Mason Jar Breakfast Parfait

This yummy little protein-rich grab ‘n go breakfast can be made days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.  Talk about quick and easy!  Oh and delish – VERY delish!!

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 c uncooked oats

1/3 c almond or coconut milk

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt

1 T almond butter

6 frozen or dried cherries, chopped

1/4 c chopped walnuts or pecans

METHOD:

Combine all ingredients in mason jar and store in refrigerator overnight.

Spring Fling Morning ZZZZZZing!!!

Spring Fling Morning ZZZZing!!!

 

Spice up your morning and rev up your metabolism right from the get go with this sassy little elixir.  Can you say WOO HOO!!!!!

Ingredients:

• 2 cups greens of choice (baby kale, baby spinach, swiss chard, romaine – or mix of all)
• 1/2 medium avocado
• 4 inch piece cucumber, chopped
• 1 stalk of celery, chopped
• 1 handful fresh cilantro
• 2 garlic cloves
• Juice of 1 whole lime
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper and/or chili powder
• 1 pinch sea salt
• 1 cup strong brewed green tea, cooled
• 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

Method:

Put all ingredients in Vitamix or blender and process until smooth. Store remaining juice in glass jar and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Makes approximately four 8oz. servings.

Anti-Inflammatory/Pro-Inflammatory Foods

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

  • Fish
  • Fruits and Veggies that are rich in color
  • Cruciferous Veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage)
  • Green tea
  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseeds, Flax oil
  • Green drinks (Paleomeal is the only recommended as it does not contain alfalfa which has been shown to worsen autoimmune disorders)
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Quercitin and other bioflavonoids

Pro-Inflammatory Foods

  • SUGAR!!!!
  • Hydrogenated oils
  • Corn oil, Soybean oil, Safflower oil and Sunflower oil
  • Saturated Fats (red meat, full-fat dairy products) – You can eat lean, grass-fed meat 1 to 2x/week.
  • Egg yolks (limit to 2 – 2x/week)
  • Refined and processed foods in general
  • Artificial sweeteners

G-BLAST

G-BlastStart your day with a blast of greens and a surge of energy!!!  Great for a quick afternoon pick-me-up as well!

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 handful baby organic spinach

1 handful fresh mint leaves

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1″ of fresh ginger (sliced)

1 orange (peeled and sliced)

 

METHOD:

Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender and process until smooth.  Can be refrigerated for 1-2 days.

 

AQUA-ZING

Aqua-zing
This water is both energizing and delicious!  Infuse it and then reuse it for 2-3 days.  Bottoms up!

INGREDIENTS:

1 pink grapefruit (sliced 1/2″ thick)

1 handful fresh mint leaves (ripped)

1″ fresh ginger (peeled and sliced thin

METHOD:

Put all ingredients in a glass jar or pitcher and fill with pure filtered water.  Infuse a few hours or overnight in the fridge.

GOING GREEN

 

green drinksI don’t love eating salads – there – I said it!  Nope – the washing, chopping and ugh – all that chewing – who has the time!  So when I realized that I could get all the nutritional benefits and more in one little 8 oz green drink…. I said sign me up!  Drinking as opposed to eating your greens infuses your body with tons of vitamins and minerals in the most absorbable form – it’s like getting the nutrition in several huge salads at once!  So bottoms up my friends and btw Kermit – It IS easy being green : )

The following are some of the super cool benefits of drinking “the juice”.  Cheers!

• crazy good energy

• glowing skin

• better digestion (helps you to “go”)

• cleansing and detoxifying

• weight loss (due to above benefits)

• anti-aging and hydrating

• increased mental clarity

• immune boosting

• anti-cancer

• makes you feel super healthy

• makes you feel sexier (increased libido through increased circulation)