Tropical Green Smoothie

tropical green smoothie

What you will need:

heaping handful of spinach leaves (I keep a bag in the freezer)

juice of one lemon

a few of the following: dark cherries, peaches, watermelon and pineapple

TBSP flaxseed

1/2 c unsweetened  almond milk

Blend until smooth

Bounce around with energy!

Enjoy!!

xoxo-A

 

Green means GO Smoothie

green means GO SMOOTHIE

Green smoothies are a REAL ENERGY booster!!

Green means GO and GO and GO!

This morning at 5 am (I don’t have time for excuses therefore neither do you) I made this green monster!

1/4 of an avocado

1 c or 2 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves (or kale)

1/4 c frozen or fresh pineapple

1/4 c frozen banana or 1/2 small fresh banana

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt (like Chobani or Fage brand)

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 c unsweetened almond milk

3 tsp. oats

A few fresh cilantro leaves and fresh parsley leaves (basil and or mint would also work)

1 tsp. lime juice

3 ice cubes

Blend very well and enjoy!

Remember you need fuel first thing in the morning!

Smoothies are great source of balanced nutrients!

In other words please put down the Diet Coke and granola bar-that is not AWESOME.

Smoothies are AWESOME!

A

Little bit of everything Smoothie

little bit of everythything smoothie Collage

Bringing you a new smoothie idea EVERYDAY this week! You’re welcome!!! This one is great and you know sometimes you just want a little bit of everything in your smoothies and if you are anything like me then in life too!!!

Ingredients:

1 c unsweetened almond milk

3 tsp oats

1 tsp chia seeds or flaxseed

1 scoop or approx 20 grams of chocolate protein powder or 3/4 c plain greek yogurt

Few ice cubes

Fruit:

A few of each-strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mangos, kiwi, blackberries and avocado

(I have frozen bags of strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and mango in the freezer, the avocado, blackberries and kiwi were fresh. Frozen fruit is the way to go as it is frozen at its peak and you don’t have to worry about it going bad in the fridge over time!)

I added some fresh parsley and then blended til smooth and creamy! I write this at 7:45 am and my smoothie was consumed at 5:30 am-I am still satisfied and full but will eat again with in the next hour by 9 am……as I am sure I will be ravenous again!!

Smoothies are a great way to get a balanced on the go breakfast as you can drink it in the car on the way to work or where ever your day may be bringing you!!

 

Enjoy!

A

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pineapple & Coconut Almond Chicken Tenders

Baked sweet potatoes with pineapple and coconut almond chicken tendersBaked Sweet Potatoes

2 large yams or sweet potatoes-peeled and sliced or cubed

8 oz chopped pineapple

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tbsp butter

1/3 c orange juice

Toss together in baking dish and bake covered in 385 degree oven for 45 to 55 min (yes, it’s that easy!)

Coconut Almond Chicken

Take 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut almond milk and whisk together with 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt in a shallow dish and set aside. In another shallow dish take 1/4 c millet flour, flaxseed meal or almond meal and mix together with 1/2 c panko or whole grain bread crumbs, 1/2 c unsweetened coconut flakes and 1/4 c finely chopped almonds.

Take 1.5 lbs chicken or turkey breast and cut into tenders. Dip each tender in the milk/yogurt and then in the flour/coconut/breadcrumb mix.

Place on baking sheet and bake at 385 for 35 to 40 min flipping over halfway through.

***FIT Tip***chose your ingredients wisely- Millet flour vs white flour, unsweetened coconut vs. sweetened, Greek yogurt vs. regular yogurt. Better ingredients=a better you!!!

Choose better ingredients!!!!
Choose better ingredients!!!!

 

 

Green tea fruit smoothie

green tea fruit smoothie

Instead of milk I used green tea with extra tea extract and other added natural ingredients that help with cleansing and also have anti oxidant benefits!

Ingredients:

1/2 c cold green tea (from a tea bag, no sugar added)

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt

handful (combined) of strawberries, cranberries and pineapple

1 med banana

2 tsp glutamine

3 tsp oats

4 ice cubes

Blend & Enjoy! I hope you like it and its added benefits from the tea!!

xoxoxo-A

Tacos

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taco 1

Tacos!!! Who doesn’t love a taco! I filled these babies with chicken sausage, peppers, pineapple, onions and tomatoes then topped them with avocados, cheese and salsa.

I know a lot of my recipes are not “Super duper clean” but I try to make them as healthy as I can but still making sure they have flavor and can keep everyone happy!  In my head I have a scale that goes something like this:

Super-duper clean

Pretty clean

Clean

Not too shabby

Bad

I would give these somewhere between not too shabby and clean!! (Because of the shells and chicken sausage) I stay happy and satisfied by staying mostly in the pretty clean to clean scale and every once in a while I go super-duper clean and of course every once in a while I go bad-I am human!!! I hope you can relate to that scale!!

Directions:

Brown protein in skillet-I chose to use 2 links of chicken sausage or a super clean choice would be ground turkey or chicken breast. I then added chopped pineapple, tomatoes, onion and red peppers. Next I took pepper and Badia seasoning (I use this a lot) and just a touch of the seasoning and sauce that came with the shells in the box. The key here is to NOT use the packaged sauce and seasonings that they provide. Frozen and boxed meals come with sauces and powdered seasonings-that is where most of the sodium and bad stuff is hiding!! Another tip that I try to keep in mind is when making a “filling” for something try to make the bulk of it veggies like I did here, a little meat and mostly veggies goes a long way.

Offer healthy toppings, going light on the cheese and heavier on the healthier picks like avocados and salsa.

Remember portion control too! I had 2 tacos at 5:30 and was full all night-did not need to snack! Happy, healthy, satisfied and full!

I hope you enjoy this recipe idea!

xoxoxo-A