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24th May 2013

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forestfeast:

Nothing says summer like watermelon! Slice watermelon into approx 1 inch rings, then remove the rind from each slice with a small knife. Place one watermelon “round” onto each salad plate, then top with a layer of thinly sliced fresh mozzarella (5 pieces?), followed by a layer of finely chopped mint, basil (approx 1/4 c each) and a sprinkling of nuts (I used almonds and walnuts, but you can use any kind). Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and sea salt before serving. Enjoy with a fork and knife- a light yet filling salad!

By Erin Gleeson for The Forest Feast

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24th May 2013

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inlovewithhowyoufeel-fit:

Watermelon Tart
“Although it looks like it’s loaded with calories, this tart is actually made from, well, as the name says … watermelon slices lathered with low-fat vanilla yogurt and berries”  (original source: quick-dish.tablespoon.com)

inlovewithhowyoufeel-fit:

Watermelon Tart

Although it looks like it’s loaded with calories, this tart is actually made from, well, as the name says … watermelon slices lathered with low-fat vanilla yogurt and berries”  (original source: quick-dish.tablespoon.com)

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23rd May 2013

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Healthy, Cheesy Greek Pasta Bake

Having zucchini, red peppers, artichoke hearts, and feta in the house has inspired me to make a lot of Mediterranean dishes lately. This dish incorporates those ingredients into a pile of crispy, cheesy, gooey goodness, but its still packed with veggies, super healthy, and relatively light- 380 calories, 36 grams of protein, and 13 grams of fiber per serving). You can also sub the veggies and cheeses for whatever you have in the house-but I would recommend sticking with the cottage cheese because it bulks it up and adds protein, and neufchatel cheese (1/3 less fat cream cheese) because it makes the dish super creamy. 

Serves 3 (I know this is a weird number, but I generally cook to feed myself and my boyfriend, who eats about twice what a normal person does. If you’re not very hungry, 1/4 would probably do just fine) 

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz chicken 
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 roma or medium tomato, diced 
  • 2 servings whole wheat or “plus” pasta (I used thin spaghetti to get a crispiness, but penne or rottini would work fine too)
  • 1 oz neufchatel cheese 
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese 
  • 5 oz bag spinach
  • 2 canned artichoke hearts 
  • a couple of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1/4 cup feta
  • cup pasta sauce (look for one with low sugar and salt) 
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella 
  • italian spices (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary…whatever you have) 

Directions:

  1. preheat your oven to 375. coat a large skillet with nonstick spray and heat to medium
  2. dice up chicken and throw in the skillet with dried spices
  3. wait until golden on one side and flip, add red pepper
  4. wait about 4 minutes and then add zucchini 
  5. wait until the zucchini is slightly browned, turn heat to low
  6. add in neufchatel and cottage cheese, and pasta sauce, blend through dish
  7. add garlic, tomato, basil, artichoke hearts, and spinach turn off the burner
  8. transfer to a baking dish and bake on 375 for 15 minutes 
  9. sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and bake for another 5 minutes. ENJOY! 

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20th May 2013

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Pineapple Kale Protein Smoothie!

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I’ll admit, I was skeptical about adding kale to my smoothies, but this smoothie is really delicious- it tastes like green apple candy! And it is super filling with 4 grams of fiber and 26 grams of protein, but only 240 calories. You could also add a tablespoon or two of flax seeds to up the fiber and healthy fat content. I’ve also seen similar smoothie recipes with banana and mango added, which I’m sure would be delicious too! 

The recipe I used is super simple:

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks 

1 cup chopped kale

1 cup 0% Greek yogurt

a couple of ice cubes 

1 t lime juice

stevia, to taste

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16th May 2013

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cups: clean eating and high protein!

These are honestly the most delicious clean eating dessert I have concocted to date, and at 185 calories and 11 grams of protein, they’re healthy and portable enough that you could use them as a post workout!! I made them for my friends and they had no idea they were healthy, because they honestly taste like an indulgent dessert. 

INGREDIENTS 

Filling:

  1. 3/4 cup cottage cheese
  2. 2/3 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt 
  3. 4 oz cream cheese
  4. 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 
  5. 1 T flour
  6. 1/4 cup agave nectar (you can sub in stevia here to save 20 calories per serving) 
  7. scoop (or about 1/4 cup) protein powder ( I used almond flavored designer whey, but vanilla or chocolate would probably work fine too!) 
  8. pinch salt
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 oz semisweet chocolate
Crust:
  1. 1/2 cup cashews 
  2. 6 dates
  3. scoop protein
  4. 2 T agave nectar 
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, grease a muffin pan 
  2. combine crust ingredients in food processor until sticky. Press into the bottom of a muffin pan
  3. combine all filling ingredients EXCEPT FOR EGGS in the food processor and blend until smooth. 
  4. now add the eggs and give it a few pulses
  5. pour filling evenly into muffin pan
  6. use a cheese grater to grate the dark chocolate and distribute evenly over the cheesecakes. 
  7. bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden, but the middle is still wobbly. Let set in the freezer for at least 1 hour, and then refrigerate. 

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20th February 2013

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20th February 2013

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fit4twenty:


10 things to check on the nutrition label.
1. First thing to check should be the serving size. A lot of people go straight to calories but that’s not any good if your serving is a teaspoon.
2. Now that you know how big the portion is, check if the calories are relevant. 
3. If you’re on a diet, this is what you’re targeting. Check how much fat you’re putting into your body. Anything more than 5 should be avoided if you’re looking to lose weight.
4. Trans fat are the enemy of any body, diet or not. These fats do not get burned off. They stay stored and accumulate, eventually blocking your arteries. You can find many food items with 0 grams but you’ll occasionally have to settle to 0.1 or 0.2. Anything higher than that should be left on the shelf.
5. Sodium is your salt intake. Salt will retain your water instead of letting it flush out of your system. The lower the number, the better.
6. Carbs are the first to burn up. If you’re looking to trim down, you’ll want to keep that number low so you can target burning your fat.
7. Fiber is good to flush your system but it’s easy to overdo your intake since it’s found in so many different foods. Don’t put all your fiber in the same meal.
8. Any diet knows that sugar doesn’t help losing weight. Keep that number low.
9. Protein is the second thing to be burned up. However, it’s important to keep protein coming into your body with every meal. Just don’t overdue your daily value.
10. It’s good to keep an eye on how much calories are considered in calculating the daily values. Someone on a diet will obviously not be consuming 2000 calories so keep a calculator close to do the math depending on your calorie intake on your personal diet.
 

Well I agree that understanding nutrition labels is important, I do disagree with a few of these things. Don’t be scared off by numbers. There are some REALLY healthy fats out there, that your body wants! Nuts, avocados, olives, tofu, seeds, etc. all have fat! That doesn’t mean they aren’t good for you! Eat those over a non-fat processed “100-calorie” snack bag. 
Same thing goes with sugar. Clearly sugar in soda or candy is BAD but fruit is LOADED with sugar. But that’s okay! Balancing all of these things is the key to having a healthy and fulfilling diet! 

fit4twenty:

10 things to check on the nutrition label.

1. First thing to check should be the serving size. A lot of people go straight to calories but that’s not any good if your serving is a teaspoon.

2. Now that you know how big the portion is, check if the calories are relevant. 

3. If you’re on a diet, this is what you’re targeting. Check how much fat you’re putting into your body. Anything more than 5 should be avoided if you’re looking to lose weight.

4. Trans fat are the enemy of any body, diet or not. These fats do not get burned off. They stay stored and accumulate, eventually blocking your arteries. You can find many food items with 0 grams but you’ll occasionally have to settle to 0.1 or 0.2. Anything higher than that should be left on the shelf.

5. Sodium is your salt intake. Salt will retain your water instead of letting it flush out of your system. The lower the number, the better.

6. Carbs are the first to burn up. If you’re looking to trim down, you’ll want to keep that number low so you can target burning your fat.

7. Fiber is good to flush your system but it’s easy to overdo your intake since it’s found in so many different foods. Don’t put all your fiber in the same meal.

8. Any diet knows that sugar doesn’t help losing weight. Keep that number low.

9. Protein is the second thing to be burned up. However, it’s important to keep protein coming into your body with every meal. Just don’t overdue your daily value.

10. It’s good to keep an eye on how much calories are considered in calculating the daily values. Someone on a diet will obviously not be consuming 2000 calories so keep a calculator close to do the math depending on your calorie intake on your personal diet.

 

Well I agree that understanding nutrition labels is important, I do disagree with a few of these things. Don’t be scared off by numbers. There are some REALLY healthy fats out there, that your body wants! Nuts, avocados, olives, tofu, seeds, etc. all have fat! That doesn’t mean they aren’t good for you! Eat those over a non-fat processed “100-calorie” snack bag. 

Same thing goes with sugar. Clearly sugar in soda or candy is BAD but fruit is LOADED with sugar. But that’s okay! Balancing all of these things is the key to having a healthy and fulfilling diet! 

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19th February 2013

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THE BEST healthy cheesecake recipe- 150 calories, 9 grams protein

After many attempts at striking an Oodisha balance between delicious and healthy cheesecake, I’ve finally concocted the perfect recipe! It is absolutely delicious to the point where my boyfriend devours them, but also very healthy, using only “clean ingredients” with 9 grams of protein and 150 calories each! It’s also gluten free as long as you use protein powder without gluten. You have to try it! 

INGREDIENTS 

filling: 

  • 3/4 cup nonfat cottage cheese 
  • 2/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt 
  • 6 oz light cream cheese/ neufchatel cheese 
  • 2 T sugar (or truvia if you want to lighten it up) 
  • 1 scoop EAS vanilla protein powder (or about 1/2 of a serving of whatever brand you use) 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs (or 4 egg whites to cut down on fat- I can’t guarantee it will taste as good though!) 
  • 1/2 cup berries of your choice 

crust:

  • ½ cup cashews
  • 7 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1 scoop EAS vanilla protein powder (see above) 
  • 1 T nonfat greek yogurt 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. blend crust ingredients in a food processor until they make a crumbly mixture- try not to overblend! 
  3. Press crust ingredients into a pie tin, or cupcake tin to make mini cheesecakes (makes 12 mini cheesecakes) 
  4. blend filling ingredients except eggs and berries in food processor until smooth. Add the eggs and pulse a few times- do not overblend!
  5. pour filling on top of crust 
  6. drop berries on top of filling 
  7. bake for 20-25 minutes (the fork test does not work here! don’t overbake them…the filling should still be mushy)
  8. refrigerate for a couple of hours or enjoy right away! 

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11th February 2013

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I hate to be alarmist, but I have to reblog this. 

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21st January 2013

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21st January 2013

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Roasted Yam and Chipotle Black Bean- Collard Green Wrap

Thanks to Sylvia Fountaine, feasting at home blog (feastingathome.com) January-17-2013

A flavorful gluten-free, vegan wrap, made with collard greens.
Directions and Ingredients:
4 large collard green leaves, de-stemed, blanched.
1 large Yam- peeled, diced, drizzled with olive oil, pinch salt, pepper and cumin seeds (optional) and roasted in a 425 F oven until tender and crispy, about 25 minutes.

1 C baked, smoked or seared tofu (or chicken or beef)

1 1/2 C cooked black beans seasoned with:
1/4 tsp Chipotle
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp maple or agave

1 Avocado, sliced
Cilantro springs

Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette:
2 T lime
2 T olive oil
pinch salt
1/4 tsp chipotle powder
Prep time: 15 min Total time: 25 min 
Yield: 4 wraps

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7th November 2012

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1st November 2012

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30th October 2012

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Briohny Smyth. This video is pretty sweet. 

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30th September 2012

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