Fall Green Smoothie

I blended a magical combination today! I love having green smoothies in the morning. Usually I go for my basic recipe, which you can find here.

I felt like something different today, but not to far from the norm. Sometimes just a few ingredients can make all the difference! I added a Fall twist with oats and a little cinnamon and BAM….deliciousness on the go.

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Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1 tbs ground flax

1 tsp chia seeds

3 tsp rolled oats

a few shakes of cinnamon

2 handfuls of baby spinach

TIPS:

-Not blending smoothly? Add a few more splashes of almond milk.

-You can use unfrozen fruit if you like. I prefer to use frozen so I don’t ned to add ice!

-When my bananas are getting old, I peel and freeze them in separate baggies for smoothies.

-Who has a Costco card? Costco has a WIDE variety of organic frozen fruits….including mango!

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(Take me to the Original Green Smoothie)

Pumpkin Puree Recipe

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Fall is in the air! Everyone is posting pumpkin recipes (healthy ones of course 😉 ) and you are about to go grab a can of Libby’s.

STOP! Never buy canned pumpkin puree again! Whipping up your own is so easy, not to mention natural, which makes it well worth it. The whole process takes about an hour from beginning to end but guess what? It makes a TON (if you have a decent sized gourd of course) and it freezes well for future use.

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice off the top and bottom of your pumpkin.

Remove seeds by scraping out the center with a spoon.

Slice your clean pumpkin into wedges; about 3 inches wide.

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Place on a sprayed or foil lined baking sheet.

Put NOTHING on the pumpkin and roast for 45 minutes.

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Take out and let cool so you can touch.

Remove from peel and add to food processor or blender chunk by chunk. Add a few splashes of water as needed to puree. (not too much water- just enough to blend without getting stuck)

I use a Vitamix, but any good one will work!

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Done!

That it, folks!! You will see recipes out there that tell you to rub with oil or seasoning. You really don’t need it, and I highly recommend roasting it plain. It opens up recipe opportunities! When I post my Pumpkin Smoothie (this weekend), are you going to want to taste a hint of olive oil and garlic? I think not!

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Oh by the way, did I mention that you can freeze it? Yes! Just throw it in a couple freezer bags and store it for future use. Who says we can’t have a Paleo Pumpkin Pie in the summertime? (also posting this weekend, so follow my blog for email updates!)

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Sunday Meal Prep 11/1/15

“I vow to Meal Prep for the week every Sunday for the rest of November”. -Leigh

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Does anyone else make a monthly goal? Or even a weekly goal? It is common that we see a Monday or the 1st of the month as a “fresh start”. In reality, you do NOT have to wait until these moments for a fresh start, because each day is a new beginning!! But if a Monday or a new month motivates you to shoot for a healthy new goal, more power to you. 🙂

Since my long awaited vacation last month, it has been extra difficult finding my way back to a healthy routine. I have been in a major rut. It has been challenge playing catch up with the work, which means I haven’t been finding time to make healthy meals. If you have a busy schedule like mine, you probably understand that life gets in the way of home cooked meals, and that healthy “grab and go” options are rare!

If you really want to set yourself up for success, the only real option is to meal prep. Creating your own “fast food” is the best bet. Pick a day; pick some healthy recipes; separate it out in containers and get on with your week!

My menu choices:

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Butternut Squash Turkey Chili

I have been making this since last year!! My version is modified from the original      which can be found here. I made a few small changes, nothing major. I like a lot of butternut squash, and I did away with the “white hominy” which most people have never heard of anyway!

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Turkey Meatloaf

I made this specifically for my husband. This is his all time FAVORITE thing to take to work for dinner. It reheats really nicely; I usually send him with some steamed veggies or a salad as a compliment.

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Roasted Beets and Carrots 

I love roasted roots, and they’re so “Fall”. Seasonal cooking is my favorite. I find it always gives me something to look forward too; not to mention you can always find the seasonal veggies on the cheap at local farmer’s markets!

Chai Pumpkin Bread (Paleo)

I used this recipe. It came out pretty good! If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to add some sort of natural sweetener. This is perfect for someone watching their sugar. It goes great with a cup of tea 🙂 I used my homemade pumpkin puree to make mine.

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Paleo Grain Free Raw Brownie Bites

This is the second time I made these, they are so simple and take away any chocolate craving. They are so rich, so you only need 1!

🙂 And there you have it. I’m feeling pretty accomplished!

I will add in a few salads and Green Smoothies as I go and I am all set for the week!!

If you try any of these recipes and have any suggestions or modifications, please comment and share!! I am always looking for suggestions and trying new things.

Until next week!

Butternut Squash Turkey Chili

This has to be my favorite recipe to make when Fall comes around. November 1st- I’m on it! Even though I live in Florida and it doesn’t exactly get “cold” here, I still like to feel warm and fuzzy inside and pretend that the season is changing. Don’t judge me! 😉

Originally, I found the recipe here. It comes out great every single time! I made a few changes to suit my taste buds. I took out the “white hominy” because I found it unnecessary and hard to find; I also added more squash and changed up a few measurements on the tomatoes/chilis. You can usually find organic beans and other canned items at Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s.

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Butternut Squash Turkey Chili

2-3 tbs EVOO

1 large yellow onion; chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

3 fresh garlic cloves; minced

1 lb ground turkey ( 93/7)

3 cups raw butternut squash, peeled and diced

1 cup low sodium chicken broth

1 can petite diced tomatoes, 14.5 oz

1 can petite diced tomatoes with green chilis, 14.5 oz

1 can kidney beans with liquid

1 can low sodium tomato sauce, 8 oz

1 tbs chili powder

1 tbs cumin

1 tsp garlic salt

Dash cayenne pepper

Instructions:

In pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and celery until soft. Add crumbled turkey and look until brown, about 5-10 minutes.

Add all other ingredients to pot and stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes, making sure the squash is tender.

Share with friends! Enjoy!

Learning Paleo.

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Since opening the CrossFit gym, I have been hearing more and more about the Paleo diet.

Pa·le·o di·et
ˈpeɪlioʊ ˌdīət/
noun
  1. a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, and excluding dairy or grain products and processed food.

Many people are convinced that eating Paleo is great way to avoid disease and achieve optimal health. Little by little, it has crept into the back of my mind that I need to give it a shot. For the past few years, I have opted for a healthier lifestyle by limiting my red meat intake, eating mostly fish, very little poultry, and vegetables. I will admit that I am NOT the best at avoiding dairy (especially cheese), and I love seeded/nutty breads and brown rice. This will be challenging!

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I am by no means an expert at this, so if I post something that doesn’t agree with the Paleo Diet please let me know. I am still learning! My goal is to try to incorporate new Paleo recipes into my diet for a few weeks with my husband and possibly start a Paleo Challenge if anyone becomes interested.

The simplest thing I have read so far to understand was eating Paleo “means” was to eat food in its most natural state. Not processed in any way; no unrecognizable ingredients.

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A few links that I have found helpful in learning about the Paleo lifestyle:

http://robbwolf.com/what-is-the-paleo-diet/

http://thepaleodiet.com/what-to-eat-on-the-paleo-diet/

http://paleoleap.com/paleo-101/

Our simple menu today was:

Breakfast: Mean Green juice and 3 hard boiled organic free range eggs

Snack: Mixed organic strawberries and blueberries + 1/4 cup whole almonds

Lunch: Large Salad (romaine, cucumbers, 1/2 avocado, tomatoes, fig balsamic/EVOO) + Seared Ahi Tuna (coconut oil,sesame seeds/seasonings)

Snack: Banana

Dinner: Cajun Rubbed Pork Chop + half sweet potato with coconut oil and black pepper

Tons of water!

I think we off to a good start. I will be trying out many recipes this week and keeping you posted!

-Leigh

http://www.fitfromflorida.com

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Tangy Baked Chicken Wings

Need a party food idea, but don’t want to overindulge in useless calories? Then don’t!! Although chicken wings are delicious and commonly served at game watching get-togethers, they are normally fried (a big no-no) and full of sugar! We have created a “healthier” recipe to impress your guests with. Serve these finger licking good wings with a hearty side of raw veggies and be guilt-free tomorrow!

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Tangy Baked Chicken Wings

Ingredients:

2 lb hormone free buffalo cut Chicken Wings
1/2 cup low sodium Soy Sauce
Juice of 1 lemon; 1 lime
1 tbs freshly grated Ginger Root
2-3 Scallions; sliced into rings and separated into whites and greens
1 tbs Sesame Oil
2 tbs minced Garlic
1/4 cup Honey
1 tbs Chili Flakes
1 tbs Corn Starch
3 tsp Warm Water; more as needed
Freshly ground Black Pepper
Dash Sea Salt
Coconut Oil

Season chicken wings with salt and pepper. Bake in PAM sprayed dish for 25 minutes @ 350.

Whisk together corn starch and warm water in a small bowl until it becomes a thick, milky consistency resembling Elmer’s glue. Set aside.

Sauté white scallions and garlic in coconut oil for 30 seconds over medium heat.

Mix together soy sauce, honey, citrus juice, sesame oil, and chili flakes and add to sauté pan (with scallions/garlic). Bring to a light boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cook until slightly thick; approximately 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

Once sauce reached room temperature, pour over pre-baked chicken wings and return to the oven for an additional 20 minutes; wings should be cooked through and sticky.

Garnish with green scallions and enjoy with your choice of chopped raw veggies (celery, carrots, cauliflower!) 🙂

AdvoBar Raw….Such a great snack!

Can you say YUM?

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I tried these  Raw Bars when they were first released at the famous AdvoCare event called Success School in Texas. I wasn’t impressed for some reason. But when I stopped by a friend’s house and noticed she had boxes stocked up miles high, I felt like I was missing something.

I don’t know if my taste buds were burnt off from Spark overdose, but when I re-tried them I fell in love!!

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They taste like the inside part of a fig newton!

I am always recommending that you set yourself up for success with snacks! Always have something on hand in case of a hunger emergency to avoid dietary disasters (like say, swinging into the drive thru for a Mc’Anything!)

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If you get sick of the same flavor chocolate peanut butter bars and rubbery power snacks, pick up a box of these. They’re delish….and different.

 

Here are some key benefits:

5 Grams of Fiber

5 Grams of protein

210 Calories

Fruit and Nut blend

No Cholesterol

Vegetarian

Everyone I have introduced them to so far has felt the same way, so I decided to share with everyone!

Enjoy…I know you will 🙂

 

For more product info and nutritional information, click here.

To try a box, click here!