Sweet Potato…

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The baked sweet potato is an easy, inexpensive snack that is perfect for the soon to be cozy fall weather.  This sweet and hearty root vegetable contains beta carotenes and is packed full of healthy vitamins including A,C, and B.  And while the sweet potato is healthy it is also delicious!

Here is how I prepare a savory sweet potato.

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Mean and Green…

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If you love asparagus as much as I do, you’ll really love that it’s a nonstarchy vegetable with only 5 grams of carb per serving and nearly 2 grams of dietary fiber. It is also high in the B vitamin folate, vitamin C, and a health-promoting antioxidant called glutathione, says Jeannette Jordan, MS, RD, CDE, a Charleston, South Carolina-based registered dietitian and advisory board member for Diabetic Living. Glutathione may help boost the immune system and promote lung health by protecting against viruses. Continue reading

Can You Feel the Beat?

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I’m the first to admit that I have terrible rhythm.  So, when I first heard of the drumming workout class “Pound”  I had a feeling I wouldn’t be signing up anytime soon.  But I finally talked myself into it and let me tell you it was a blast and is totally effective!

Pound  combines strength training, cardio, and drumming moves.  It raises the heart rate to a fat burning zone and it honestly seems to fly by, because you’re so distracted by trying to keep the beat!  After my first class I could see and feel results, which made me return for  more.

So I challenge you to go and channel your inner rock star!

Click here to find a class in your area!

Pretty Potato Salad…

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Looking for a healthier version of the tried and true summer staple?  Well, I have the lighter and brighter recipe for you!

1 bag (around 24oz) of tricolor baby potatoes, scrubbed and sliced (Can be found at Trader Joe’s)

Why:  purple potatoes are said to reduce blood pressure!

2 tsp. yellow mustard seed

Why:  Mustard seed packs compounds that are cancer fighting!

1/4 minced chives

Why:  With a fresher taste than the onion, chives serve up vitamins A and C.

1/4 apple cider vinegar

Why:  ACV is said to lower cholesterol

2 tsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. pepper

Salt to taste

2 cups diced red cabbage

2 Tbsp. canola oil

Directions

1. In a bowl combine ACV, sugar, pepper, 1/2 tsp. salt until sugar dissolves.  Stir in mustard seed and cabbage.

2.  Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Add potatoes, return to a boil and cook until just tender, about 10 min.

3.  Drain potatoes and let cool slightly.  When cooled fold into cabbage mixture with oil and chives.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

It’s All Greek to Me…

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One of my all time favorite snacks is chips and dip.  When I was young and could get away eating whatever I wanted I could finish off an entire tub of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix Dip.  Now that I’m older and a whole lot more health conscious/wiser I had to find a way to enjoy my favorite snacks in a low-calorie way.  So, here is my recipe for a guilt free dip to be enjoyed with either baked chips or veggies.

1 cup Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt

2 small cloves of garlic minced

2 tablespoons chopped chives

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt

Mix all ingredients in small bowl and chill for an hour to let flavors marinate before serving.

Did You Know?

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Eating fermented foods improves digestion?

fermenting our foods before we eat them is like partially digesting our foods before we consume them.  For example:  Most people who are lactose intolerant can eat yogurt, because the fermentation process breaks down the lactose.  So, try to add some naturally fermented sauerkraut or kefir into your daily diet.

Mocktail Time…

Trying to drink less can sometimes seem like a task, but with these awesome mocktails you will feel like part of the party without seeming like a stick in the mud!

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1.  Bitters and Soda

This is my go to when I’m not in the mood to imbibe in a heavy cocktail.  The soda dilutes the bitters making this drink almost virgin and it’s great for digestion!

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2. The Faux-jito

Muddled mint, lime juice, sugar, and a splash of soda make this rum-less mojito anything but boring.

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3.  Spritzer

This is low in alcohol, but still has just enough to make you feel like you can relax.  Soda water, white wine, and grapefruit juice make this spritzer light and refreshing just in time for spring.