Thursday, January 19, 2012

breakfast smoothies/ workout recovery smoothies

Very Green Smoothie
1/2 cup carrot, ginger, lemon juiced in juicer
1 handful of spinach
1 handful of kale
1 cup greek yogurt (I like honey sweetened)
1 Tablespoon Very Green - Trader Joe's green supplement

1/2 of a banana
1/2 cup frozen berries
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 cup almond milk or lowfat milk
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder

1/2 cup berries
1/2 cup mango
1/2 cup spinach or kale (if you freeze fresh kale and then add it to your smoothie it crumbles into it nicely)
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

Almond Berry
1/2 cup frozen berries
1/2 of a banana
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 Tbsp. almond butter
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

Blend until smooth

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Chili/Lime Chicken with Grilled Veggies and Cumin Black Beans

Tonight I threw these together last minute and worked out pretty good. It has a nice spice to warm you up on a cold winter night.

Black Beans
4 cups dry black beans
1 onion chopped
4 garlic cloves minced
1 Tbsp. cumin
2 tsp. sriracha sauce or cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. honey
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 Tbsp. lime juice
5 leaves of sage chopped finely
3 sprigs of thyme chopped finely

Black beans directions
Black Beans need to soak overnight or 6-8 hours. Drain the beans and pour into a large saucepan. Pour 10 cups of water over the beans. Chop onions, mince garlic and add the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Bring to a boil, turn down and let simmer for half hour. Check the beans after a half hour and cook until beans are soft. Then pour most of liquid out and allow the rest simmer off. Add more seasonings to taste.

Grilled Veggies
2 Peppers cut in large slices
2 onions halved and then halved again
1 pound of mushrooms
2 zucchinis sliced
olive oil
salt and pepper
Skewer sticks

Grilled veggies directions
Toss all the veggies with olive oil, salt and pepper. Put the grilled veggies on the skewers and grill until they are browned.

2 chicken Breasts
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. sriracha
1 tsp. maple syrup
1 sprig of thyme chopped finely
2 garlic cloves

Chicken directions
Combine all ingredients in saucepan and cook over medium high until cooked thoroughly. If the liquid dries up, add a little bit of water or more lime juice. Then slice up chicken and put back in saucepan. Then add veggies and toss in lime sauce along with chicken.

Put a scoop if beans in bowl top with chicken, veggies and finally cilantro. Shredded mozzarella cheese is a good addition as well.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp tacos are good any time of year but especially in the summer. I came up with this recipe this summer when Colby's folks came to visit and we all loved the combination. Enjoy!

16oz shrimp
Half onion chopped
5 small bell peppers
1/2 cup Corn
1/2 cup cucumbers chopped
1/2 cup cilantro chopped
1 lime
3 garlic cloves
1/8 tsp cumin
Sriracha sauce
Maple syrup
Pepper and salt
Mango peach salsa (or whatever your favorite salsa is)
Cheese optional
7 tacos

Sauté onions, peppers, garlic, lime juice, sriracha and small amount of maple syrup.

Combine cucumbers, cilantro, lime juice and toss together.
Sauté garlic, water and cumin. Then add shrimp, lime juice, pepper and cook until done.

Serves: 2

P90X info:
475 calories for 3 tacos
640 calories for 4 tacos

Chai Tea

Chai tea is a wonderful winter drink! Chai tea made from scratch is even more amazing. It is so flavorful and you get to choose your own sweetness. Go to a good bulk section to look for these items.

For my Reno friends: Cost Plus has really cheap spices. You can purchase 6 nutmegs for .99 and cardamom for 3.99. Costco has the best prices for cinnamon sticks. :)

1 small Nutmeg grated
2 Star Anise Seed
2 Tbsp. cardamom pods, whole
1 Tbsp. cloves, whole
1 Tbsp. cardamom seeds
1 Tbsp. crystalized ginger
1 Tbsp. peppercorns
1 Tbsp. allspice, whole
1 Cinnamon stick - crushed in chunky pieces
3/4 cup black tea (loose leaf), (or 9 tea bags) 

I put all of these ingredients in a coffee grinder until they are coarsely ground. I like my chai strong so I put 1 1/2 Tbsp. with 8oz of milk. I prefer to heat mine stove top with the tea steeping the whole time.  

Serving Size: 16

Saturday, January 7, 2012

healthful eating

My friend asked me the other day for some tips on cooking more healthy so I came up with a short list and some resources for that.
Baking alternative tips:
Oil/ Butter: Apple sauce
White Flour: Whole wheat flour
Sugar: Honey/Maple Syrup
Eggs: Flaxmeal
-In baking you can substitute eggs with flaxmeal by using 1T flax with 2 T water- let sit for a min before adding to rest of ingredients
-Make sure to buy whole flaxseed and grind them yourself. Make sure to refrigerate or freeze flax seed and flaxmeal

Cooking/ Stove top Alternatives:
Oil/ Butter : Use chicken/veggie broth/ herbs/ lemon when cooking veggies.
White pasta: whole wheat pasta or whole grain pasta

Buying beans in bulk and cook them that way- saves money and it is more healthful

Sweetener Alternatives: sweeteners list

A guide to healthy substitutes: alternative list

Top 10 produce to eat organically: produce list