Category Archives: Healthy Kitchen

Simple & Healthy Summer Supper

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Summer Supper Menu:

Wild Alaskan Salmon “Burgers” – purchasd at Costco

Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Avocado & Walnut Romaine Salad

Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30-40 minutes
Serves 4
Ingredients:
2 large organic sweet potatoes
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Pepper
Directions: Preheat over to 400. Wash, peel and cut sweet potato into fry-like size. Place fries in a bowl. Toss and coat with 2-3 TBSP of olive oil. Spread fries on pan. Bake for 15 minutes, then toss and flip fries over. Bake for another 15-20 minutes, until fries are crispy.

Avocado & Walnut Romaine Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette

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Prep Time: 10 -15 minutes
Serves 1-3
Ingredients:
One Organic Romaine Heart – chopped
Red Onion- 2 Tbsp – 1/4 C chopped
1/2 Avocado- chopped
1/4 C chopped walnuts or pecans
Optional: 1/4 C chopped strawberries, 1/4 C feta cheese
Vinaigrette:
1/4 C Olive Oil
1/4 C Balsalmic Vinigrette
1 tsp honey (raw and local prefered)
1 tsp dijon mustard
Directions: Combine all salad ingredients in bowl. Combine all vinaigrette ingredients on stovetop, simmer on med/high heat. Stir with wisk, remove from heat and toss on salad.

 

Mouth-Watering Roasted Corn on the Cob

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It’s mid-May and Memorial Day is around the corner which means one thing—it’s time to seriously chow down on some fresh and mouth-watering corn on the cob. Fortunately, we have a melt in your mouth and very easy recipe, but even better is that Time magazine has named corn as one of the top 100 healthiest foods! According to Time, one ear of corn has the same number of calories as an apple with equally high nutrient levels. Organic (non genetically modified corn) corn is also loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that promote healthy vision. And, one ear of corn has 3 grams of fiber, which means that if you eat two ears of corn for dinner, that’s an automatic 6 grams of filling fiber. Dare you to only eat one!

Ingredients:
8 ears of corn
3-4 TBSP of melted organic butter
Sea Salt and Pepper
Cayenne pepper (only if you want some extra pop)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400.
Line baking sheet with foil and arrange ears of corn (husks removed) on sheet. Dip pastry or basting brush in melted butter and brush butter on corn. Generously sprinkle sea salt and pepper and conservatively dash cayanne. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until a little browning occurs. Turn corn occasionally. Remove corn from oven and brush with extra butter. Sink your teeth in the moist and delicious corn…and enjoy!

10 Day Re-boot: Leisa’s Day 4

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by Leisa White

I feel like today (day 4 of the re-boot) was my turning point. I have had a headache and aches until today which I am sure were down to caffeine and sugar withdrawal! Giving up coffee A.M and Tea P.M (yes, Brits really do drink a lot of tea) was the hardest part for me and while I do plan on having them again after the 10 days I will be much more mindful of my intake.

IMG_0130I’ve really enjoyed breakfast and the hot water and lemon fulfilled the need to hold a warm mug while waking up. I had the porridge option this morning as I needed a break from eggs and although I’ve never made it with coconut milk before I loved it.

IMG_0138My energy today has been great and I took Seamus, my excitable dog, on a wonderful long walk around town lake in the glorious sunshine. Being outdoors this week has been so easy in this Texan weather and mixing it with exercise is even better. Seamus also loved it and followed it by sleeping all afternoon.

I think being outside has been my favorite part of the week so far. I have walked more, taken my computer outside to work and have even been having my lunch outside.

IMG_0133The food part has been the easiest for me as it is all the things I love but it has taken a little more planning. When you can’t just grab a sandwich or piece of toast (yes, Brits also eat a lot of toast) it helps to have everything ready to go.
It was helpful to be reminded of this which I did with containers ready to throw together a quick salad.

I am looking forward to the remains of the re-boot now that the headaches have gone and my energy is great. The only thing I wish is that I had less to do and more time to sleep. I have slept like a log but it is impossible to get to bed as early as I’d like with carpools and teens. Now the weekend is around the corner though I plan to catch up!

10 Day Re-boot: Kellie’s Day 8

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by Kellie Strickland

After a stressful last couple months with buying a new house I knew I needed some serious changes in my daily routine. I was stress eating, binging on TV all night, and breaking out like crazy. Let me give you some perspective on just how far down this hole I had gone. Every night on my way home from the new house I would inevitably have forgotten to eat dinner so I would stop by P. Terry’s which was conveniently right on my way home and get a cheeseburger then I would proceed to go home and eat some ice cream straight out of the carton. I’m not talking about those cute Ben & Jerry’s pints of Chunky Monkey. I’m talking the full on, half gallon Blue Bell carton sitting in my lap while I watch TV. This brings me to my unhealthy habit of falling asleep to the TV. I don’t even know how I got into this habit or when it got so bad, but I was to the point to where I HAD to watch Friends when I was in bed. I needed the soothing voices of Monica and Rachel to lull me to sleep. Last, and most annoying in my eyes, was the fact that my face was breaking out worse than when I was 13. I felt like my pimples had pimples. This is to give you ladies a good idea of where I was going into the Re-Boot.

 

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7th Street Hill

I started my Monday with my usual 6AM class with Molly. She had floated the idea last week that we were going to have an entire class at the 7th Street Hill (Note the capitalization. The 7th Street Hill deserves the respect of being a proper noun) and boy did she make good on her promise. Life was so much simpler before I knew this hill existed. After five trips up the hill sprinting (I use “sprinting” loosely as I can barely make it to the top of the hill in what would be considered one step above a walk) and some circuit training, I checked “Exercise” off my Re-Boot list so exhausted yet happy as always to have woken up and started my day there.

 

The Judging Lemons

The Judging Lemons

Full disclosure … I hate lemon water. Let me take that one step further, I hate lemon in any of my drinks. It’s weird and un-American on some level I’m sure, but I just can’t do it. I tried the warm lemon water on the first day of the Re-Boot and not a day since. Give me half a bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar and oil pulling over lemon water any day. I have the lemons in a bowl in my kitchen and they judge me every morning that I don’t pack one to take to work with the rest of my food. Well judge away lemons, I will not force drink you.

 

Dog Walking

Taking my dog on a walk during my lunch break

I went home for lunch today to check on my sweet dog who has not been adjusting to the move from New York to Texas well, let alone the move to the new house over the weekend. We went for a walk around the block and played fetch in the huge backyard that I hope he grows to love. I packed myself a quick salad and headed back to the office. A big challenge for me has been the packing of the food. I am incredibly unorganized and hate the prepping that goes into most healthy diets. I have really struggled with getting things together for work in order to get all the meals in so I have ended up having three meals and done more snacking in between (gluten-free delicious snacks that I never knew exists until this week), but I have YET to drive through any fast food place and I have stayed away from all desserts.

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Salad for lunch at work

Espom Salt Romance

My favorite part — the Epsom salt baths

Without a doubt, my favorite part of the Re-Boot has been the Epsom salt baths. Let me put this out there that I am not a bath person at all. I haven’t taken one since I don’t know when and the thought just skeeves me out. I gave it a go and my life will never be the same. Granted, I put the water on way too hot the first time, scalded myself and only lasted about 15 minutes and sweat poured down my face but when I got out, I fell asleep almost immediately (Your hold on my sleep ends now Chandler Bing!) and my knees that always give me problems felt amazing during my run the next day. I have gotten the water to a manageable level and I am loving this time to myself where there is nothing else to do but relax so this was naturally the perfect way to end my Monday.

 

All-in-all this Re-Boot has been the perfect thing my life needed at the perfect time.

10 Day Re-boot: Alice’s Day 5

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by Alice Meadows

First of all, let me begin by saying that this is my 4th or 5th time rebooting. I know this because I found that many booklets when I was looking for a particular recipe. Each time I do this it’s easier because I’ve carried over so many of the habits. Except for one. For the love of Epsom salts, I CANNOT remember to use the body brush – I have done it exactly ONE time during all tIMG_5363-1hese reboots. I have it conveniently perched on the bathtub right next to the shower to remind me, but inevitably, it’s not until I’m in the shower reaching for the brush I keep there that…DOH!
I have yet to shower today, so there’s hope.
I will set an intention.

So I got to sleep in this morning because it was a late start school day for my kids – up at a luxurious 8:00. That made for 8 hours and 29 minutes according to the fitbit I got for Christmas. I had already negotiated with my husband to take kids to school, but somehow still managed to be late to yoga. I think it was making kid lunches first. Part of said negotiations. I digress.

IMG_5361-1I had my lemon water and then got three figgy pops. I found these last week at Costco and I love them as an easy and very yummy grab and go item.
Perfect for the drive to the Treehouse. By the way, if you have not been to yoga at the Treehouse and can possibly make yourself available between 8:30 and 9:30 on Fridays, do yourself a favor and go! Amy has magic powers to intuitively know what her class needs and after Thursday kickboxing; focusing on stretching and relaxing is just what I needed. I was so relaxed I forgot to take pictures, but trust me – it’s lovely.

IMG_5354-1Got home in time to take my oldest to middle school and then made my favorite breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack – Udi’s whole wheat, 1/4 smushed avocado topped with a scrambled egg and sriracha. Yum! And settled down to work.

Later that day…

Had a late-ish lunch while finishing work – tuna and avocado on Udi’s bread with a side of apple slices and some exotic root chips. I’ve found that I typically don’t have time for a “breakfast” while I’m getting kids up and out the door and myself to a class. So it’s usually a couple of pieces of turkey bacon and some apples spread with nuttzo (another Costco find that I adore) or a hard boiled egg and some fruit. When I get home from working out is when I have my heartier breakfast, then a later lunch, an afternoon snack and then dinner. Yep. Anyhoo, back to my day.

I had a shower! And just as I was about to step in – I saw the body brush! Yay intentions! So check that reboot box and let’s hope I remember again now that I’ve done it once. Don’t have strong feelings one way or the other about the body brushing. I guess I need to do it more than once.

IMG_5365-1After picking up two kids and dropping off one, I went to meet my oldest for a pedicure at the delightful salon she can walk to from the middle school. Spontaneous-as-of-this-morning focus on me time. And I got a little green juice in for good measure.

The rest of the day was spent driving small people hither and yon with a stop at the grocery store for dinner – Organic salmon, green beans and wild rice. As the sun set, my husband did tempt me with a glass of bourbon, but I stayed strong and had some tea while getting in an Epsom salt bath. Not a bad ending to day 5 at all.

Chocolate Chia Shake

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This shake is a delicious and healthy snack or meal replacement — and it actually has protein!

Chocolate Chia Shake

Ingredients:

1 C unsweetened and organic almond milk

1 TBSP chia seeds

2 soft Medjool dates, pitted

2 TBSP raw cacao powder

1 frozen banana

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

2 or 3 ice cubes

In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients until thick and creamy. Enjoy!

from the cookbook: Everyday Detox

Arugula, Brussel Sprout & Walnut Salad

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Arugula, Brussel Sprout & Walnut Salad

Salad Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Cups Arugula
  • 1 C Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • 1 TBSP Dried Cranberries
  • 1 TBSP Pepita
  • 1 Bacon Slice Bacon Crumbles
  • 1/4 C Walnuts
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Vinaigrette Dressing

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 2/3 C Olive Oil
  • 1/4 C Balsalmic Vinaigrette
  • 1 TBSP Honey
  • 1 TBSP Dijon Mustard

Mix all vinergrette ingredients in a pot. On stove top, heat on low, simmer and wisk. Upon simmer, remove from heat.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts:

Heat Oven to 400ºF
Cut Brussel Sprouts in half
Toss Brussel Sprouts in Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper
Place Brussel Sprouts on cooking sheet and drizzle with Balsamic Reduction Vinaigrette
Bake for 30-40 minutes

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by Neissa Springmann

Mix all Salad Ingredients together and toss with Vinaigrette. Be careful with the vinaigrette. A little dab will do you and you will definitely have plenty left over for your next salad.