Dried fruit & seed/nut mix

nut seed fruit mix

Today I did lots of food prep at home for the week including these seed/nut & dried fruit mixes.

I was semi-obsessed with this certain gelato for the past few months and I kept all of the containers knowing I wanted to do something with them! Last week I made chia seed pudding and used them for that to store individual servings in. I am trying to fill them with anything but the gelato!

This week I wanted to make sure I had snacks for on the go or something healthy to grab at home. So I bought a bag of cashews, a bag of almonds and a bag of dried apricots.

I had at home already a bag of peanuts, sunflower seeds and dates.

To make this mix I used:

1/3 cup almonds (raw no salt added)

1/3 cup cashews (with sea salt)

1/3 cup peanuts (plain no salt added)

3 dried apricots quartered

2 dates quartered

&

2 tbsp sunflower seeds (plain no salt added)

I made 3 containers today. When I run out I will make a new batch with different ingredients and I love that  it is a great use of my gelato containers! I may even give a container to each one of my clients this week just as an unexpected thank you!

I hope you do this at home and grab a lid full as a healthy snack!! The lid is the perfect serving size-about 1/4 cup!

xo-A

 

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Superfoods Rockstars Challenge

Hello friends!! Ok, I have a great challenge for you this month and on-going! Can you be a Superfoods Rockstar??

All you have to do….eat Superfoods!

superfoods rockstar challenge

I have listed below 15 Superfoods-there are many more but this is a good and not so scary place to start!

Kale

Spinach

Nuts

Berries

Lemons/Limes

Broccoli

Apples

Beets

Avocados

Bell peppers

Cherries

Eggs

Flax

Kiwi

Quinoa

Your mission is to EAT them often, everyday…several times per day at each meal and snack!

Below is a recipe for Sausage & Peppers with Kale:

Please note: it is delicious and packed full of nutrition!!!

kale and peppers

kale peppers and sausage pasta

kale and pasta plate

What you will need:

Brown rice and Quinoa pasta-2 cups cooked (or some other healthy pasta-not white)

2 hot or sweet sausage links or chicken or no meat if you prefer (about 6 total oz)

Green, yellow, orange or red bell peppers-pick at least 3 colors and you will need 1/4 of each pepper cut into thin strips

1/4 small onion or 1/4 c chopped

Aprox. 1 large handful of kale leaves or more if you want

1 tbsp. pesto

dash of hot pepper flakes and ground pepper

sprinkling of parmesan cheese

1 tbsp. olive, safflower, canola, coconut oil-pick one

How to prepare:

In one larger skillet start your pan with the oil on med heat-add onions and peppers

Start to boil your water for pasta in another pot-add pasta when the water is ready

Start to cook your sausage or chicken in 3rd smaller skillet-cook thoroughly

While the meat and pasta cooks your veggies will be ready

Add 2 spoonfuls of the pasta water to the veggie pan and 1 tbsp. of the pesto

Add the kale (tear the leaves into smaller pcs)

Let sit and stir for 3 min.

Drain the cooked pasta and meat

Add the pasta and meat to the veggie skillet

Top with grated parmesan cheese, dash of pepper and red pepper flakes if you wish.

Mix gently and with love

Serves 3

ENJOY AND CHECK IN WITH ME ON Facebook! Show me your SUPERFOODS!!!

xo-A

“Health Nut” Mix

health nut mix

Where to even begin with this!?!?!

Do you want to eat something delicious that is good for your muscles, hair, eyes, nails, skin, heart and brain???

Well here you go you “health nut”!

A special mix I made to say Merry Christmas and thank you to my training clients and people who take my classes at the gym!

Here is the run down:

2 cups raw plain almonds

1 c of each of the following:

unsalted peanuts

roasted sunflower seeds

roasted pepitas

dried cranberries or cherries

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tbsp. agave or honey (drizzle all over before mixing)

1 tbsp. cinnamon

Place in large bowl, mix gently with a spoon and scoop out 1/4 c servings into baggies or keep altogether and grab as needed.

Yields: 21   1/4 cup servings

Tips: I find that when I portion out ahead in 1/4 c baggies that really helps. As you may or may not know seeds and nuts are high in calories and fat (good fat) and should be consumed about once a day-a handful or so. I usually keep some sort of nut/seed mix in my bag as emergency food and it also makes for a great pre or after workout boost! Take it hiking, take it on road trips in the car or plane…just make it and take it!

All of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. (nothing too fancy!)

So friends….. enjoy, be inspired, take charge, have pride in your health, plan ahead, don’t get caught hungry and put something good in your body that will reflect well on the outside! In this case, be careful if eaten every day your hair may shine, your skin may glow, you may become extremely productive and even see more clearly!!

x0xo-A