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
“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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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)
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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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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.
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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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!
I hate to be alarmist, but I have to reblog this.
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Thanks to SJanuary-17-2013
Briohny Smyth. This video is pretty sweet.
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