This Spaghetti Squash + Turkey Mushroom Marinara has been in heavy rotation at our house, and it’s absolutely delish! Spaghetti squash is a fantastically healthy substitute for traditional pastas and can just about be used in its place for any pasta dish. Spaghetti squash is lower in calories than pasta, but it’s just as high in fiber. This means that you’ll feel just as full when you substitute it for pasta, and for quite a few less calories. And, the spaghetti squash, being the beautiful vegetable that it is, will pack in a whole lot more antioxidants than pasta. Spaghetti squash is a perfect substitution for pasta for those who want to limit the amount of processed carbohydrates they eat, for weight loss or weight management reasons, or for those who are steering clear of grains for digestive reasons or otherwise. Or, for those who just want to change it up a bit. Either way, you won’t even miss your regular pasta — try it and see! This recipe works for a light dinner, and packs up wonderfully for leftovers as lunch the next day. SPAGHETTI SQUASH + TURKEY MUSHROOM MARINARA Makes 6 servings Ingredients: 1 medium spaghetti squash 1 onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, roughly diced 8 ounces baby portobello mushrooms, washed and sliced 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried rosemary 1 1/2 pound ground turkey breast 1 cup marinara sauce (I love Dave’s Gourmet Hearty Marinara) 1 can diced tomatoes 2 cups spinach, roughly chopped 2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees while you prep the squash. Slice the squash in half lengthwise using a large...Read More
These Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites really need no introduction. They’re mindblowingly delicious, and they feel like an indulgent treat but they’re actually really healthy. Protein and good fat comes from raw cashews, good carbs and fiber come from oats, and just a hint of sweetness comes in the form of pure maple syrup and, of course, a few dark chocolate chips. I’m all about a delicious, packable snack that also provides a nutrient punch, too. But, keep in mind that with most everything, you can overdo these and wind up with too much “nutrition” 😉 So, enjoy in moderation — one cookie dough bite along with a green tea almond milk latte is a perfect snack, maybe two if you’re post-workout. And, don’t be surprised if your kiddos beg for these delicious + nutritious little treats! RAW CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH BITES INGREDIENTS: 1 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup old fashioned oats 1 tablespoon coconut oil 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract Pinch of sea salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips DIRECTIONS: Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until everything comes together in a mixture. Move the mixture to a medium sized bowl, and mix in the chocolate chips. I find that it’s easiest to mix at this point with my hands, incorporating all ingredients together. Roll into 12 evenly-sized bites, working the mixture with your hands. The chocolate chips will try to slip out, but working each bite into a nicely shaped ball with help to keep it all together. It helps if you wash all the mixture off your...Read More
Habits are what we do consistently, on a daily basis, without having to give it much thought. After focusing intently on a desired action every day, consistently, soon it becomes second nature. When it comes to living a healthier lifestyle, one habit that I highly recommend is to start focusing more on eating balanced meals and snacks. This is one that I also believe you’ll feel and see immediate benefits from doing. These benefits include decreased or eliminated cravings, more ease in losing and/or maintaining your weight, more energy, better mood, and more. So, what exactly does a balanced meal or snack consist of, and how can you learn to prepare them for yourself? I’ve recorded a brief video to tell you what we mean when we say balanced meals and snacks, along with how you can start to construct your own balanced meals and snacks. I even share in the video examples of some of my favorite balanced breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. Click here to watch the...Read More
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