Halloween is coming, Christmas cookies are soon upon us, and a day filled with turkey and pies is on it’s way.
…the thought of fall and winter alone might send you straight to the Whole Foods juice bar.
But, I want you to get honest with yourself: what will that juice cleanse the week before Halloween actually lead to?
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I’ve always been a big snacker. I’m not a fan of a big sit down meal but would be happy to graze my way through the day. While I am working on shifting my habits to eating more structured meals, I still do like to have something on hand for days when I am on the go and may want to have snacks available. Trail mix has always been a great option for me especially as it starts to get warmer because it can go anywhere without worrying about it melting, or going bad, or not staying cold. The more aware I have become of labels, portions, and all that good stuff, the more I have noticed how “unhealthy” some trail mixes can actually be. I prefer to make my own simply because I can control the ingredients, and make them exactly to my liking. Here are some of my favorites:
Fruity Trail Mix:
- Freeze dried pineapple
- Freeze dried strawberries
- Raw almonds
- Cacao nibs
Peanut Butter and Jelly:
- Unsalted peanuts
- Dried apple juice sweetened cranberries
- Freeze dried banana slices
Tropical Trail Mix:
- Freeze dried pineapple
- Dried unsweetened mango
- Macadamia nuts
- Shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
Classic Trail Mix:
- Unsalted Peanuts
- Apple juice sweetened cranberries
- Cacao Nibs
Monkey Trail Mix
- Freeze dried banana slices
- Cacao nibs
What’s your favorite trail mix blend?
First things first, I have to apologize for the tupperware pictures in this post! I had no plans to share this recipe with you but I ended up loving it so much that I had to share. I always feel like I am such a fraud as a nutritionist when I say this, but I’m not the biggest fan of veggies. I went through a phase where I convinced myself I liked kale chips only to discover that I was actually choking them down. Now I stick to the veggies that I love and am always exploring new ways to make them more appealing. This dish was a win for me and while I still won’t say kale is my favorite (anyone else think it’s way too chewy?), I will say I’m growing to like it more and more. All you green veggie haters enjoy!
- 2 bunches fresh kale (or one large bag fresh chopped kale)
- 2 red bell peppers
- 1 tbs. coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1 tbs. agave nectar
- Begin by chopping your kale into small pieces and dicing your peppers.
- In a skillet over low heat warm your coconut oil and add in the bell peppers. Saute the peppers until tender.
- Next add in your kale and 2 tbs. of coconut aminos, cover and let simmer over low heat to wilt.
- Once your kale is wilted add in the remaining coconut aminos and agave and let cook over low heat 2-3 minutes longer.
Makes 4 servings
What’s your favorite way to cook or eat your greens?
For a very long time I was afraid of comfort foods. I figured the more it filled me up the less healthy it could possibly be. If only I knew that just wasn’t the case. Now I reach for foods that are both satisfying, filling, and packed with veggies. Comfort food seems to be just another label we place on our meals. In my mind comfort food went along with fattening, unhealthy, and my least favorite label “bad”. I have since learned better. Not only is it not so great to place labels on our food or categorize them as good or bad, but they can also lead us to make assumptions about certain foods that just aren’t true. I now understand comfort food to be a meal that keeps me warm, happy, and satisfied. Maybe sometimes it’s a little higher in fat than I might like, or has a little extra cheese on top, but it can also be packed with veggies and protein and keep me warm and full for hours. It’s totally up to me and totally dependent on what my body needs. It’s no longer about what a label tells me to eat! So try out this comfort meal and let me know how it makes you feel. Enjoy!
- 3/4 pound New York Sirloin, trim the fat and cut into small pieces
- 2-3 cups vegetable broth (low sodium and gluten free)
- 5-6 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped (If paleo replace with butternut squash)
- 1 small can of peas (omit if paleo)
- 1 cup fresh broccoli
- 3 stalks celery
- 2 tbs. corn starch
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- salt and pepper
- In a mixing bowl combine the cornstarch and salt and pepper to your liking.
- Add the chopped steak to the cornstarch mixture and toss to coat.
- Meanwhile in a saucepan parboil the chopped carrots and potatoes ten minutes or so.
- In a dutch oven pan add the tbs. of olive oil and saute the beef until browned.
- Once browned add in the chopped celery and 2 cups vegetable broth, bringing to a boil.
- When the broth begins to boil, lower the heat to bring to a simmer and add in the parboiled carrots and potatoes.
- Next add in the broccoli and peas
- Cover the pan and let simmer 1 hour over low heat. You may add in additional broth as needed.
Makes 4 servings.
What’s your favorite “comfort” meal??
Updated to add: This post was prescheduled and I just wanted to mention that everything going on Boston this morning is crazy. I hope everyone is staying safe and I’m so very grateful for everyone working so hard to keep us safe and protect us!
Whenever I prep my meals for the week I like to make things simple enough that I can heat them and eat them during the week and they will still taste great. This recipe is no exception. I actually liked it reheated the next day even better than the first day. Cooking for one? I made a half portion one night for dinner and then saved the rest for leftovers the next day. It worked perfectly and saved me prep time. I hope it helps you do the same!
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 7 oz fresh baby spinach
- 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
- crushed red pepper flakes
- fresh basil
- In a saucepan bring 1 cup dry quinoa mixed with 2 cups water to a boil.
- Once the water begins to boil turn heat to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile in a saucepan sprayed with olive oil begin to cook your turkey.
- Once the turkey has cooked, add in the crushed tomatoes and spinach and simmer over low until the spinach has wilted.
- Mix the quinoa into the turkey mixture, adding fresh basil and crushed red pepper flake to your liking.
- Saute over low heat 1-2 minutes longer and serve.
Makes 4-6 servings.
What’s your favorite meal to eat as leftovers???
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