May 152014
 

Salmon Salad with Avocado, Blueberries and WalnutsTo celebrate my first ever 21 Day HIIT Challenge, I made this yummy Salmon Salad with Avocado, Blueberries and Walnuts. It was wildly refreshing and incredibly tasty!

Not sure what my 21 Day HIIT Challenge is? If you happened to miss my big announcement yesterday, here are the details. Over the next 21 days I will be sharing my personal fitness transformation publicly on YouTube. YIKES! This is my way of holding myself accountable to getting back in the BEST shape of my life—while thousands watch from afar. I’ll be publishing the full, uncut videos on my YouTube Channel and foodie updates here. continue reading

Apr 222014
 

Spicy Roasted ChickpeasThese little guys are tiny dynamites of pure awesomeness! If you like crunchy and spicy things, you are going to LOVE these Spicy Roasted Chickpeas (a.k.a. Garbanzo Beans)! They take just 5 minutes to prepare, 30-40 minutes to make and are a super healthy alternative to junkie chips. So buckle up buttercups, because these are going to knock your socks off!

Foodie Facts: Garbanzos have a delicious nutlike taste and a texture that is buttery, yet somewhat starchy and pasty. A very versatile legume, they are a noted ingredient in many Middle Eastern and Indian dishes such as hummus, falafels and curries. While many people think of chickpeas as being in beige in color, other varieties feature colors such as black, green, red and brown.  continue reading

Apr 102014
 

Spaghetti Squash with Rosemary, Shallots & ParmesanThis is one of my favorite dishes to make throughout the week—Spaghetti Squash with Rosemary, Shallots & Parmesan. Serve with Turkey Meatballs, Crab Cakes or any meat option of your choice.

Bolder, brighter, and richer in nutrients than your basic penne pasta, spaghetti squash is the perfect addition to an easy family dinner. One cup of cooked spaghetti made from white, enriched noodles, contains approximately 220 calories, 42 grams of carbohydrates and very few nutrients.

Comparably, one cup of cooked spaghetti squash provides about 42 calories, 10 grams of carbohydrates, and a host of important nutrients such as vitamin A and potassium. continue reading

Jan 062014
 

GuacamoleThis is one of my favorite snacks to make on the weekends — healthy guacamole with a crunchy twist (bacon)!!! Yes, you either love avocados or you hate them. My husband and I LOVE them and here’s why: Avocados are packed with various essential nutrients and “healthy” fats making them a deliciously smart snack for any occasion. Referred to as the “alphabet fruit”, you’re consuming vitamins A, C, E, K and B6, along with an enormous amount of potassium.

Try pairing guacamole with whole-grain breads, turkey wraps or chicken sandwiches. Some even enjoy topping their eggs with it for breakfast, which is a combination I have yet to try (or maybe never, lol). Personally, I suggest ordering guacamole with fresh veggies instead of chips for a healthy alternative — carrot sticks, sliced cucumbers, red  peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

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Dec 092013
 

If you’re looking for a healthy snack LOADED with 10 incredibly health conscious ingredients, this is it! These Holiday Energy Bites (a.k.a. Reindeer Droppings) are super delicious and easy to make. Yes, I said “Reindeer Droppings”. Why? So I asked a friend for inspiration on a name for these treats and this is what he came up with. I shared the name with my husband and he thought it was absolutely PERFECT (after carefully examining them and illustrating what each ingredient could really represent – boys will be boys). continue reading