Spicy Asian Cucumbers

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I love eating cucumbers as a snack and I recently made this recipe and I love it!

2 cucmbers

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

1/4 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

—> Peal and slice the cucumbers and put them in a container.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix.  Cover with lid and put in the fridge.  They’re ready after just a couple hours.

I snack on them or toss them into a salad. They don’t last long around here either!

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Food Matters: Jicama

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Spotlight on…Jicama!

I just discovered jicama recently and I’m absolutely IN LOVE with it!

Jicama is a root vegetable and has the texture of a radish. It is very mild in flavor and is a little sweet.

Benefits of jicama:

  • Jicama is one of the very low calorie root vegetables.  Its high quality phyto-nutrition profile comprises of dietary fiber, and anti-oxidants, in addition to small proportions of minerals, and vitamins.
  • It is one of the finest sources of dietary fiber; particularly excellent source of oligofructose inulin, a soluble dietary fiber. The root pulp provides 4.9 mg or 13% of fiber. Inulin is a zero calorie sweet inert carbohydrate. It does not metabolize inside the human body, which make the root an ideal sweet snack for diabetics and dieters.
  • It is full of vitamin C; providing about 20.2 mg or 34%  of vitamin C per 100 g. Vitamin-C is a powerful water-soluble anti-oxidant that helps body scavenge harmful free radicals, thereby offers protection from cancers, inflammation and viral cough and cold.
  • Plus. the root provides healthy amounts of some important minerals like magnesium, copper, iron and manganese.

I like to add jicama to my salad for added crunch.  It would also be great with hummus.

21 Day Fix Approved Dinner

21 Day Fix Food

If you’re looking for a quick an easy dinner check out this is what I like to throw together when I’m in a pinch. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Most of my meals are simple and easy to throw together.

Turkey Burger with veggies and quinoa
– 1 turkey burger patty (I prefer the ones from Costco made by Kirkland’s signature)
– 1/2 cup quinoa
– Veggies of your choice

* Cook the turkey burger according to the package instructions, the ones I buy can be cooked frozen and take 7 minutes on each side.
* Cook the quinoa with 1 cup water, bring to boil and then cover and simmer for 15 minutes. You can use chicken stock if you prefer.
* Saute the veggies in a little olive oil, add 1/2 cup water, cover and cook until desired tenderness.

This meal took me 15 minutes to prepare and tastes delicious!

If you’re following the 21 Day Fix:

1.5 Red * 1 Yellow * 2 Green

My Favorite Shakeology Recipe

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I love Shakeolgoy because it’s a quick way for me to have breakfast on the go each morning.  My mornings are always rushed and I don’t have time to sit down and eat a meal.  But I always have time to throw my Shakeolgoy in the blender.

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My Favorite Shakeology Recipe:

1 scoop of chocolate Shakeology

A splash of vanilla extract

A teaspoon Cocoa Almond Spread

10 oz of water

1 1/2 cups of ice

Blend and ENJOY!!

If you’re wondering what Shakeology is go here

Healthy Eating Must Haves

If you’re wanting to start eating healthier but are unsure what to buy when you go to the store here is a few of my favorite must have items.  I always have these things in my kitchen so I can make easy meals, snack on healthy food and stay on track with my clean eating goals.

1. Spinach 

Spinach is probably one of my top must have items.  I go through a container like this once a week by myself.  I eat it in salads and sauté it in dinner recipes.  Spinach has a low calorie content and high nutrient content which means this super food packs a punch. Each serving of spinach increases your vitamin and mineral intake while decreasing your risk for preventable health conditions including heart disease and cancer.

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2. Hummus

Hummus is one of my go to snacks.  I eat it with veggies or whole grain crackers and it fills me up and tastes delicious.  Hummus is rich in protein so it will help keep you full longer which will aid in weight loss and management.  You can also use it as a spread on sandwiches for a healthier alternative to mayonnaise.  Chickpeas (the main ingredient in hummus) has been linked to lower cancer risk as well.  It comes in many different flavors too.

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3. Greek Yogurt

I absolutely love Greek yogurt.  I started eating it for my night time snack a few months ago.  It has become my tasty treat every night after dinner.  Greek yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurt.  It is also an excellent source of calcium, potassium, zinc and B6 and B12 vitamins.  It is also full of probiotics that aid in digestion.  I usually have my Greek yogurt with fruit or granola.

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4.  Greek Yogurt Dip

This Greek yogurt dip is something I eat for a snack with veggies or whole grain crackers.  It adds variety to my snacks instead of eating hummus all the time.  It’s low in calories, tastes delicious and could even be used as a dressing on salads.  This dip comes in several different flavors but my favorite is Jalapeño and Salsa.

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5. GrapeNuts

I absolutely love GrapeNuts.  I use them in my Greek yogurt to give it a little crunch.  I also add a small amount to my salads to add a different texture, in place of a crouton.  Of course I like to eat them in the traditional way with milk too.  GrapeNuts is made from whole grain wheat and barley and has a nutty flavor.

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6. Healthy on the go snack

I like to make sure I have several options for an on the go snack.  Something that I can keep in my purse so if I get hungry I can grab it.  I have several different types of healthy bars that I enjoy.  I love Kind bars because they’re delicious and don’t have that traditional protein bar flavor.  I also love LaraBars for the same reason.  Experiment with which type of on the go healthy bar you prefer and make sure you always have one with you if you get hungry.  It’s better to have a smart choice on hand then make a bad eating choice out of desperation.

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7. Skinnygirl Water Enhancer

I’m not a fan of using a water enhancer with every cup of water I drink.  This is also the only brand of water enhance I recommend.  It’s made with stevia, which is a natural sweetener, while most other water enhancers are made with artificial sweeteners.  I try to drink 80-100oz of water a day but towards the end of the day I can get tired of plain water.  For my last 20oz of water I treat myself by adding a few drops to my glass and it always tastes delicious.

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8. Frozen Turkey Burgers

I use these frozen turkey burgers several times a week.  They’re very easy to prepare and you don’t need to thaw them out to cook them.  I just throw them in a skillet and cook on each side for 7 minutes.  I use these in several different types of meals.  I cut up the burger and add it to salads or sautéed veggies.  I eat them wrapped in lettuce for a bunless burger.  Sometimes I just eat them plain with a little bit of mustard.  They are an easy way for me to get in protein instead of just eating grilled chicken all the time. I prefer this brand that I purchased at Costco but experiment with what your store offers.  Just make sure you read the ingredients and check that there isn’t any added stuff to them.

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9. Quinoa

Quinoa is my favorite whole grain (although it’s not technically a grain it’s categorized as one).  It is packed full of protein, fiber and many vitamins and nutrients.  I use quinoa instead of rice or pasta in many recipes.  I add it to salads too.  It’s delicious used in healthy casseroles or just eaten as a side dish seasoned with garlic and spices.  If you haven’t tried quinoa yet, run to the store and get it!  I promise you won’t regret it.

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10. Shakeology

I couldn’t make a list of my favorite healthy foods without including Shakeology.  Shakeology is a nutrient dense meal replacement that I drink every day in place of my breakfast.  If you’d like to read more information about why I love Shakeology, go here: https://runningthroughchaos.com/2014/08/22/so-what-is-shakeology/

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11. Vinegars

I love to have a variety of vinegars on hand to add to salads and sautéed veggies.  It’s a way to season food without adding any calories.

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12. Frozen Veggies

I usually prefer to eat my vegetables fresh but I always have frozen veggies on hand.  I prefer this blend that I get at Costco.  It has two types of carrots, broccoli and cauliflower.  I can throw together a quick meal in a pinch with these vegetables.  I just sauté them on the stove with a little seasoning, add a little water and cover them until they’re cooked.  I can them pair them with a protein and whole grain for a quick meal.

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This is just a small glimpse into my must haves for healthy eating.  What are you favorite must haves in your pantry?

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers

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If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy meal, this is the recipe to try!!  These peppers are stuffed with so much flavor and healthy ingredients you won’t be disappointed.  They are very easy to prepare and they’re 21 Day Fix Approved!!

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First step is too cook 1 lb of chicken, I prefer to use chicken tenderloins because they cook quicker,  in a little extra virgin olive oil with homemade fajita seasoning (recipe at the bottom of the page).

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While the chicken is cooking bring a big pot of water to boil and prep your peppers by cutting them in half and removing the seeds.  Once the water is boiling, drop the peppers in the water for about 3 minutes.

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Once the chicken is cooked through remove it from the pan and dice it up and add a chopped onion and garlic to a pan and sauté them until tender and translucent. Drain and rinse the black beans and add them to the pan. Add frozen corn, cooked brown rice and can of Rotel (don’t drain) to the pan.  Dice up the chicken and return it to the pan.  Finely mince some fresh cilantro and add the juice of half a lime.   Season with salt and pepper and a little more fajita seasoning to taste.

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Place the halved peppers in a shallow baking pan and add 1/2 cup of the chicken fajita mixture to each pepper.  Add a small amount of water to the pan and cover with foil and bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, uncover and sprinkle a small amount of cheese onto each stuffed pepper and return to oven for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

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Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers

1 lb of chicken tenderloins

4-6 bell peppers of any color

2 cups of cooked brown rice (1 cup dried)

1 can black beans

1 can Rotel

1 cup of frozen corn

1/2 cup of shredded cheese, divided to each pepper

1 onion

1/2 lime

cilantro

Fajita Seasoning

2 tsp chili poweder

1 1/2 tsp paprika

1 1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

dash of cayenne pepper to taste

21 Day Fix Containers:

1 serving= 2 stuffed peppers

1 Red, 2 green, 2 yellow, 1/2 blue