There are a lot of great gluten-free pasta options out there, but have you considered using a veggie as a pasta alternative? This recipe substitutes calorie-dense pasta with a healthy and nutritious vegetable that will ultimately leave you with a light, fresh, and happy feeling. Plus, it’s fun to make!
Healthy You! Recipes
If you want to have a sweet chocolaty treat without the guilt, try these healthy chocolate truffles. Not only are they gluten- and dairy-free, they are packed with nutrient-rich superfoods.
By using Medjool dates, I've cut the amount of chocolate in half but kept all the flavor. In fact the moisture from the dates makes the truffles rich and gooey. And the addition of other superfoods like coconut, dried cherries, almonds, walnuts and pecans gives you reason to feel good about this special treat.
Although there is an endless combination of super foods you can use, my favorite recipe is for my dark chocolate cherry almond truffles. A close second are my dark chocolate coconut truffles.
I love chocolate but I often feel guilty when I allow myself to indulge. The ingredient in these decadent truffles are good for you and make me feel good about a little indulgence!
A warm bowl of antioxidant-rich oatmeal is the perfect way to start your morning. Oats have been shown to not only help lower cholesterol but they are also a great source of fiber.
This specific recipe, with pure unsweetened apricot preserves, chobani yogurt and sliced almonds is rich, creamy and packed with protein. A drizzle of honey gives it just the right amount of sweetness that the whole family will love it!
These four leafy greens are loaded with healthy benefits. Challenge yourself to try all four in the next week. I've provided you with some great-tasting recipes to get you started.
Not only is Swiss chard beautiful (I used it on the cover of my new cookbook), but it is packed with vitamin A and C. Swiss Chard is often sautéed but I also find it great for juicing. Looking for other healthy ways to incorporate Swiss chard into your diet? Check out my recipe for this Swiss chard Power Salad
Kale has become today’s most talked about leafy green for good reason. It’s loaded with vitamin A, C, K and B6. It’s also rich in folate, potassium and calcium. Kale is extremely versatile and can be used in everything from soups and stews to salads and omelets. Try making your own kale chips for a savory and healthy low calorie snack.
This leafy green isn’t just for Popeye! Raw or cooked, spinach is rich in vitamin A and C. Use it as a healthy pizza topping or add it to soups, pasta sauce or smoothies. Try my Chicken and Wild Rice Soup recipe or my Shiitake Mushroom and Spinach Soup recipe. Both are loaded with nutrient-rich spinach.
Collard greens are a great source of calcium and are rich in vitamin A, C and K. I love this Sautéed Collard Greens with Raisins recipe I found from Martha Stewart Living. Looking for another great way to incorporate collard greens into your diet? Take your favorite lettuce wrap recipe, and try swapping out the lettuce leaves for nutrient-packed collard greens.
Cutting back on or giving up wheat doesn't mean you need to give up noodles in your soup. This Shiitake Mushroom and Spinach Soup recipe uses rice noodles to make this soup a filling and satisfying meal.
I always love using spinach in my soup recipes. Not only does it taste great but spinach has been called one of the world's healthiest foods and is rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, niacin, zinc and calcium to name just a few.
I don't use peanut oil very often but it gives a rich and lightly nutty flavor to the recipe.
Although I used vegetable broth, you can also use miso.
Make sure your noodles are al dente and rinsed with cold water before you set them aside. Once you bring them back to the pot, only let cook for an additional minute or two just so they are warmed through.
Although many of my soup recipes taste just as good the next day—some even taste better—this recipe is best served immediately as the rice noodle can become too soft if left overnight.
Some people crave crunchy/salty foods while others crave sweets. I definitely crave the latter more often. Give me dark chocolate, cookies, cake or ice cream and I have a hard time stopping myself from eating the entire box, bag or container.
But that doesn’t mean that I don’t crave savory snacks on occasion and when I do, these kale chips are the perfect healthy alternative to curb my craving for something crunchy and salty.
I like using curly leaf kale as I think it makes for a crunchier chip—not to mention it's visually pleasing.
Remember to dry the kale thoroughly before tossing in the olive oil. A salad spinner is great for this but paper towels can also do the job.
This 3-step kale chip recipe is quick and easy and makes the perfect mid-day snack.