I love the fresh flavors that come together in a stir-fry. In this particular version, I use salmon, broccoli, snow peas, carrots, water chestnuts, and spinach. But the beauty of stir-fry is that you can substitute nearly any vegetable for another. Shop your local farmers market for the season’s best and add or substitute as you please.
Who doesn’t love pumpkin this time of year? Everywhere you look there are pumpkin flavored coffees, cookies, pies, breads and pastries. I even saw pumpkin ice cream featured at my local supermarket.
Although it’s easy to find pumpkin flavored treats everywhere, it can be difficult to find healthy versions of your favorites. This wheat- and dairy-free Pumpkin Bread is not only healthy but it will also satisfy your holiday pumpkin cravings. The walnuts and raisins provide some great texture while the glaze drizzle makes this bread a showstopper for holiday parties and family gatherings.
Looking for a slightly sweet and refreshing way to start your day? This breakfast is not only nutrient-rich but it will provide you with the energy you need to get through your morning. If you’ve never tried chia seeds, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their unique texture.
Never heard of chia seeds? Chia is an edible seed produced from plants native to Mexico and Guatemala. It is an unprocessed grain with a mild, nutty flavor. Chia seeds have become increasingly more popular, and for good reason. They provide healthy doses of omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and antioxidants and can easily be added to foods to help increase energy, aid digestion, and lower cholesterol.
I originally created this Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding topped with fresh blueberries for EatClean.com; this version offers slight variation.
Years ago, before I had children (who are now 6 and 7), my husband and I would take our boat to a waterfront restaurant not far from our house. Although there are many waterfront restaurants to choose from (we live in Florida) we selected this particular restaurant because it had one of our favorite appetizers—shrimp ceviche served with tortilla chips. Although the restaurant no longer exists, this refreshing dish reminds me of the time we spent sitting on the restaurant dock drinking wine and enjoying this favorite appetizer.
Over the years, I’ve made some changes to the dish. The restaurant used baby shrimp but I found that I enjoy medium size shrimp that are chopped into smaller pieces rather than baby shrimp. I also added bay scallops to the recipe as the combination of shrimp and scallops ensures every bite is special.
If you want to do all the prep at once, do so, but just don’t combine the vegetables with the seafood until you’re ready to serve. I usually prep the seafood and while it’s in the refrigerator, I prep all the vegetables (except the avocado). I cover and store in the fridge until I’m ready to combine and serve. A little squeeze of fresh orange juice and the addition of avocado added immediately before serving and you have a perfectly healthy and crave-worthy dish.
In a glass or stainless steel bowl, stir together the lime juice, lemon juice, Add the shrimp and scallops, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 8 hours. Stir once or twice during chilling.
When ready to serve, drain the shrimp and scallops. Add the tomato, cucumber, red onion, garlic, cilantro, Serrano chile, and salt and toss gently.
Just before serving, add the avocado and the juice of one orange and toss. Serve with tortilla chips.
While there is no doubt that eating breakfast is important, what you eat for breakfast is a key component. I rarely miss a morning meal and neither do my kids. Although the kids eat a hearty meal in the morning, I find my body responds best to a small and healthy meal—a cup of organic granola cereal or muesli with almond milk, a cup of low fat or non fat greek yogurt and fresh fruit, or a fruit and vegetable juice (in the juicer). When I start the day with one of these options, I feel refreshed and ready for the day.
A typical breakfast in our house looks like this:
Some people may argue that they are too rushed in the morning to make breakfast and get out the door in time for work, school, etc. Others may argue that they skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight. Whatever the excuse or reasoning, I urge you to make time and give yourself a wholesome and nutritious breakfast. It will get your day started on the right foot by recharging your brain and body and allowing you to be more productive and efficient throughout the day.
With regard to weight loss, research shows that skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually cause weight gain! Focus on eating a small, healthy meal in the morning – you may find that this helps, rather than hinders, the weight loss battle.
Pressed for time in the morning? Here are a few tips for choosing a healthy, wholesome and fast breakfast:
- Pack a brown bag breakfast the night before and take it with you
- Make a smoothie the night before and freeze for morning
- Eat cereal or yogurt for a fast morning option
- Set your alarm for 10 minutes earlier. How you feel throughout the day after a healthy breakfast is worth the 10 minutes!
Do you eat breakfast in the morning? Does it make a difference in your day? Do you have a favorite healthy breakfast you want to share?