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Healthy options = healthy choices

For everyone that always asks what my typical morning and afternoon food choices consist of:

I don’t usually eat ALL of the sides/snacks, but then just eat them the next day. I ALWAYS make sure to have extra food for the days I am more active at work and need more intake. The trail mix would typically be homemade consisting of peanuts, raisins, and chocolate chips… And the yogurt is just something new that I wanted to try. They’re still better than some of the choices I’d have if I was hungry and had grab a quick snack from the vending machine 👌🏼

Menu:
•Chicken salad (Salad topped with dried cranberries, shredded chicken, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, cheese and homemade dressing made of red wine vinegar, olive oil, sea salt, and fresh ground pepper 👌🏼)
•Fresh fruit salad (apples, plum, strawberries, grapes)
•Banana
•hummus, carrots, and peppers
•yogurt
•trail mix

 

Stay healthy,

Taraimage

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One-Pot “In a Pinch” Lunch/Dinner

Our new favorite one-pot “in a pinch” lunch or dinner!

Farfalle pasta cooked in chicken broth with frozen mixed veggies, shredded chicken(that I prepare a huge batch of in a crock pot seasoned with sea salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, and a little chicken broth once a week. I freeze a portion for later in the week and use the non-frozen earlier on for different dinners and lunches)

Season with Italian seasoning, fresh ground pepper, and salt. Simmer until noodles are fully cooked.

Right before serving, I added shredded Colby jack and mozzarella cheese.
THE KIDS DEVOURED THIS! Definitely a new staple lunch! And so much healthier than boxed pasta or Mac and cheese 👌🏼

Stay healthy,

Tara

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Greek Salad-Stuffed Pita with Chicken and Hummus!

This is a repeat recipe, but it’s what I made for tonight’s dinner and cannot wait to sink my teeth in! 👌🏼

 

Greek salad stuffed pita with chicken and hummus!!!

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This was DELICIOUS and so easy to make! It will definitely be one of our regular meals from now on! 👌🏼

*The only modification I made was that I shredded my chicken and cooked it with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder for flavor (I make a huge batch of chicken like this in the crock pot once a week and use it as a base for different meals and it worked perfectly for this!)

http://eatingrichly.com/greek-salad-pita-pocket-recipe/

Ingredients
3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 cucumber, chopped
10 campari tomatoes, quartered
12 kalamata olives
coarsely chopped
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup
crumbled feta cheese
1 chicken breast, cooked and chopped
3 TBS
olive oil
3 TBS
red wine vinegar
1 1/2 TBS
lemon juice
1/4 tsp
dried oregano
1/2 tsp
dried basil
1/2 tsp
sugar
to taste
salt and pepper
4 (6 inch) pita pockets, cut in half
3/4 cup
hummus

Cooking Directions
In a large bowl, combine lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, onion, feta and chicken by gently tossing.
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, basil, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour on salad and toss to coat.
Spread some hummus in each pita half and fill with salad. Serve at room temperature.

 

Stay Healthy,

Tara

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Chunky Monkey NICEcream!!!

NICEcream and chocolate chips are my guilt-free version of Chunky Monkey!!!
•If you haven’t tried nicecream yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!!! I made this batch with frozen bananas and half almond milk and half coconut milk. I make the basic batter, then top it with whatever I feel like for the day. My next batch will have cocoa powder, pb fit powder and chocolate chips in it because I LOVE anything with a peanut butter and chocolate combination! 👌🏼
•A basic nicecream recipe:
2-4 ripe bananas, frozen and chopped or halved
1 cup almond milk (more or less depending on the blender you have)
Instructions
If using a regular blender, add chopped pieces of banana plus almond milk. Pulse on high until bananas are a creamy consistency, adding more almond milk and shaking or stirring the contents until well blended.
If using a high-speed blender, add halved frozen bananas and add ¼ cup almond milk or less, just to get it moving. Start off on low setting, and gradually increase speed using tamper when necessary to keep moving bananas until they are well blended.

Some other recipes can be found at:

http://www.feastingonfruit.com/mint-chocolate-chunk-nicecream/

 

http://www.thekitchn.com/magic-one-ingredient-ice-cream-5-ways-peanut-butter-nutella-and-more-171618

 

http://m.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/raspberry-nice-cream

 

Stay Healthy,

Tara

 

#nicecream #healthysnacks

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Zucchini Pizza!

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Zucchini pizzas! THESE ARE SO GOOD!

 

Preheat oven to 350

•Slice the zucchini

•Coat both sides with olive oil

•Lay slices on a baking sheet

•Sprinkle with sea salt, garlic powder, and fresh ground pepper

•Add pizza sauce or crushed tomatoes(whichever you prefer)

•Top with freshly grated mozzarella and basil

 

Bake 20-25 minutes and ENJOY!

Everyone from my husband, to my two boys and I loved them! They make a great pizza alternative!

Stay Healthy,

Tara