Power Strawberry Pumpkin Pudding – Serves 2+

I seriously love all things pumpkin.  You can tell the moment you step into my home – pumpkin scents everywhere.  Now that it is almost fall there are some gourmands here and there…  Imagine, it’s only September which means there is still time for me to up my game even more.  Look out friends.

Pumpkin.  What do you know?  Well for starters: 1) High in fiber which helps with satiety and blood glucose control, 2) High in antioxidants as well as vitamin-A and vitamin-C which supports retinal function, hair, skin, and nail growth/support, and 3) High in water content thus if you’re slacking with fluids this will help.  This awesome beta carotene/orange goodness is full of flavor which can be enhanced by spices such as cinnamon, cumin, and of course, pumpkin pie spice.  This recipe is a wholesome way to get all your nutrients in while on the run and has been a breakfast lifesaver!

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  • 1/2 cup pumpkin; canned
  • 2 frozen bananas; softened
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp almond butter; smooth (unsalted)
  • 2 tbsp dry oats
  • 1 1/2 scoops vanilla protein powder of choice
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2-1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 medium-large strawberries; fresh and chopped

Methodology:

  1. Combine all ingredients sans strawberries and mix/mash well until a homogenous mixture is formed.  Divide pumpkin mixture among two mason jars or similar containers.
  2. Top with chopped strawberries and seal with a cover.
  3. Refrigerate overnight or 2-3 hours prior to consumption.
  4. Grab a spoon and get moving!

 

xxx – Sarah

How to Properly Ring in the New Year Guilt-Free

If you’re anything like me, the New Year sometimes means parties, outings, or a simple gathering with friends/family.  One sure thing is that there will either be tons of alcohol, food, or BOTH.  Simplify your ‘next day guilt blues’ with these tricks!

  • Hydrate: 
    • Drink your body weight (pounds) in ounces or get super close – for example, if you weigh 100#, try to drink 100 ounces
    • Drink a full glass of water (8 ounces) before meals/snacks to help fill up and prevent hydration pangs from being misled as ‘hunger’
    • Avoid highly carbonated beverages early in the day to prevent bloating, fatigues, and headaches
    • Chase alcoholic beverages with water – for example, for each glass of alcohol, try to drink a glass of water
  • Fuel up properly:
    • Eat your meals as routinely as possible to help prevent excessive grazes or binges at the food table
    • Protein and healthy fat sources aid in satiety, warmth, and recovery thus pick wisely
      • Lean proteins: beef, lamb, eggs, chicken, and turkey
        • TIP – If you are easily tired, lay off the turkey since it’s a tryptophan carrier
      • Healthy fats: olive oil, avocado, coconut oil, canola oil, nuts, and seeds
  • Outfits:  Dress for success but keep your extremities warm (hands, feet, and head)

 

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Make 2016 a prosperous and healthy year… In other words, keep checking my site for more tips!

 

xxx – Sarah

Layered Garlic Turkey Munchers – Serves 4

Meals throughout the day are very important and the main reason is to keep your metabolism working rather than to slow it down.  When you feed your body, your metabolism works, and when you don’t, it works.  The key to successful weight loss management is constantly keeping yourself fed and some of the other benefits include: 1) Energy, 2) Satiety, and 3) Performance.

This is a guilt-free dish that I love to eat as a snack between meals or as a meal.  What makes it so perfect?  It is a lean dish that is high in protein, water, antioxidants, and complex carbohydrates.  The best, and I mean absolute best, part of this recipe is that it takes less than 10 minutes to make – pressed for time?  Test it out now!

Meat Mixture Ingredients:

  • 1 pound, ground – lean turkey breast (97-99% fat-free)
  • 1 cup, quartered – angel sweet cherry tomatoes (or plain cherry tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup, minced – celery
  • 2-3 tablespoons, minced – garlic
  • 1/4 cup, minced – cilantro
  • 1-2 tablespoons – ‘Garlic Lovers’ Flavor God Seasoning   (Sidebar note: I am absolutely loving the Flavor God products since they are packed fresh, high in flavor, low-sodium, gluten-free, and interchangeable thus can be utilized with any recipe).
  • Coconut oil or spray of choice to coat the frying pan

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Layering Ingredients:

  • 2 cups, medium sliced –  celery stalks
  • 1 cup, sliced – champagne sweet cherry tomatoes (or plain cherry tomatoes)

Methodology:

  1. In a coated frying pan over medium-high heat, combine the garlic and cilantro then mix well.
  2. Add the celery and tomatoes then saute for about 2-3 minutes then lower to medium heat.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flavor god seasoning and the ground turkey together.
  4. Add the ground turkey to the garlic/cilantro mixture and mix well for 3-5 minutes allowing the meat to form a light brown to golden color.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. In four Tupperware containers for snacks or four regular plates – layer the celery on the bottom followed by the tomatoes.
  7. Then add the ground turkey mixture on top (divide into four portions).  The key is to think of a nacho bean layer dip but only with water-based vegetables and lean animal protein.
  8. Serve cold or heated – time to get crunchin.’

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xxx – Sarah