Shaved Brussels Sprout and Kale Slaw by Food Network

Shaved Brussels Sprout and Kale SlawMade with less than 10 ingredients in 30 minutes, this Shaved Brussels Sprout and Kale Slaw recipe is one you can use for many different occasions. The combination of hazelnuts, Brussels sprouts, kale and apple present a beautiful, tasty and healthy side dish.

Click here to view the recipe by Food Network.

For a “Healthy You” approved version, leave off the grated Pecorino cheese.

Salmon with Snap Peas, Yellow Peppers, and Dill-Pistachio Pistou by Epicurious

Salmon with Dill-Pistachio PistouPistou is a sauce made from garlic, basil and olive oil. The Dill-Pistachio Pistou in this dish (including dill, green onions, pistachios and oil) adds amazing flavor to the salmon. Served with snap peas and yellow peppers, this meal is “Healthy You” approved and well-balanced.

Click here for the Salmon with Snap Peas, Yellow Peppers, and Dill-Pistachio Pistou recipe by Epicurious.

Spicy Orange Chicken Stir-Fry by Epicurious

Spicy Orange Chicken Stir-FryI adore meals that can be made in less than 20 minutes – especially when I already have the majority of ingredients in the house. Because this recipe is fast, easy and has a nice blend of spice and citrus, it may become a weekly staple.

Click here to view the Spicy Orange Chicken Stir-Fry by Epicurious.

Hearty Oats and Grains by Cooking Light

Hearty Oats and GrainsI love that this breakfast recipe can be made in a slow cooker! It’s easy to do and provides multiple servings. It’s perfect to make over the weekend and then enjoy all week long. To make it “Healthy You” approved, simply use almond milk instead of 2% milk.

Click here to view the Hearty Oats and Grains recipe by Cooking Light.

Almond Butter Cookies by Health

Almond Butter CookiesThese “Healthy You” approved Almond Butter Cookies by may be the key to tonight’s evening activity with the kids. They love helping me in the kitchen, especially with dessert!

Click to view this tasty and healthy dessert everyone will feel good about.

Dandelion Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, Pine Nuts, and Roasted Delicata Squash by Epicurious

Dandelion SaladSeptember marks the beginning of Autumn. Along with the season’s change, you may notice fall produce making their appearance in grocery stores. Some popular ingredients include apples, pears, kale, Brussels sprouts, chestnuts, cider, pumpkin/squash, dates, and pomegranates.

This Dandelion Salad features pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and roasted delicata squash – foods that will get us excited about the start of fall!

Click here to view the Epicurious recipe. (For a #healthyyouapproved version, simply substitute extra virgin olive oil for the butter)

14-Day Healthy You Challenge

Monday, January 5th – Sunday, January 18th

We all know the #1 most common New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. If this is your goal for 2015 – you are not alone! Of the 45% of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions, approximately 17% promise to lose weight. Additionally, studies show that women succeed 10% more when they make their goals public and seek support from their friends.

Whether you are looking to lose weight or eat a cleaner or healthier diet in 2015, the 14-day plan outlined in my brand new book, The Healthy You Diet: The 14-Day Plan for Weight Loss with 100 Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating can help!

Starting January 5th, I will be hosting the New Year’s Healthy You Challenge and will personally guide you step-by-step through the Healthy You Diet. In just two weeks I’ll help you lose weight quickly through healthy, clean eating and ultimately achieve your goals for the New Year!

The challenge will be hosted on Facebook and Twitter, where I will be available to answer questions and provide you with encouragement and motivation to keep you going strong.

Along the way, please share with me your New Year’s goals, struggles and achievements. I can’t wait to connect with you and help guide you to resolution success!

Here’s how it works:

1) Order The Healthy You Diet. Order your very own copy of The Healthy You Diet (available to ship Dec. 23rd) to help navigate you through the 14-day Healthy You Challenge.

(Note: Ordering the book is not required to join the challenge, however you will find that having the book on hand during the challenge will help guide you through the program. Additionally, the tips provided and 100 recipes for clean eating will help you continue with your new healthy lifestyle and keep you on track after the challenge is over.)

2) Join the FREE online challenge online. Let us know you’re joining the challenge by clicking here and hitting the “Join” button at the top of the page.

3) Like me on Facebook. If you haven’t already, like me on Facebook for up-to-date details and ongoing motivation before, during, and after the challenge.

4) Share Your Experience and Ask Questions. Don’t be shy! As we work our way through the 14-days, please join the conversation and comment on my posts or ask me questions about the plan.  I want to hear how you’re feeling and I want to follow your progress. Commenting in the post stream is best as others may benefit from your comments and my reply. However, you can also private message me through Facebook and Twitter as well. You can also join the conversation by using the hash tag #HealthyYouChallenge.

5) Download the Healthy You Challenge Cover Photo. Download a Healthy You Challenge cover photo and upload it to your Facebook timeline. (Optional, but fun!) To download: Click “Download Now!” and drag or drop onto your desktop or right click and ‘save image as’.

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Healthy You Challenge Cover Photo – Download Now!


Healthy You Challenge Cover Photo – Download Now!

6) Read chapters 1-9 of The Healthy You Diet. If you have time before the start of the challenge, read the first 9 chapters of The Healthy You Diet as it will help you understand the foundation of the two-week program and provide you with tips for success.

7) Have fun! Get ready to have some fun and lose some weight!

Losing weight isn’t always a fun process but the Healthy You program, with it’s easy-to-follow plan and accompanying recipes, can help you lose those unwanted pounds quickly and easily. The added support of doing the program with a group of people can also give you the added confidence and support you need to adopt a healthier lifestyle and lose weight in the process.

Check out some of the incredible praise we received from participants of previous challenges.

  • Day 10 of 14: “To date, I’m almost 10 lbs. down! Awesome! Thanks for all your support… I am loving how I feel! Thanks Dawna!!!” – Kim P
  • Day 7: “I’m down 5 pounds. But moreover, I am shocked at the changes in my body and skin. I feel great!” – Melissa C
  • “I am feeling more mindful and more aware of what I eat and looking forward to really eating clean. This program has given me a mind reset.” – Kareema S
  • “Today, day 4, I am down 6 lbs… thank you Dawna!” – Bonnie B
  • “Ready and so delighted with my week one results. Down 5 pounds and I definitely feel more energetic.” – Cindy R

Should you have any questions about the Healthy You Challenge, please feel free to reach out to me at any time or visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

I hope you will join me on this two-week journey starting Monday, January 5th. Let’s do this together!

– Dawna

Sesame Rice Noodles with Shrimp by Epicurious

Sesame Rice Noodles with ShrimpI often chop or dice my vegetables when adding them to pasta, but this recipe switches it up with julienned cucumber, carrots and radishes to create a beautiful dish with an amazing, crunchy texture. For a “Healthy You” approved version, simply leave out the teaspoon of Sriracha.

Click here to view the Sesame Rice Noodles with Shrimp recipe by Epicurious.

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Pine Nuts by Food & Wine

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Pine NutsBroccoli is full of vitamin C, calcium and dietary fiber. The nutritious veggie is a great side to any main meal, and can be prepared in a variety of ways. Serving broccoli raw or steamed is common and can get dull. Instead, try this “Healthy You” approved Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Pine Nuts with your chicken or fish. It will give the broccoli a spin and liven up your meal.

Click here for the recipe

Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers by Cooking Channel

Spiced Chicken and Grape SkewersWhat do you usually include on your skewers? This “Healthy You” approved recipe by Cooking Channel is made with marinated chicken and seedless grapes. A simple recipe with 10 minutes of active prep and 10 minutes of cook time. Sometimes the simpler the better!

Click here for the Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers recipe.