Category Archives for "Healthy Cooking"

New Uses for Avocados

While guacamole is a tried-and-true favorite application of avocados, Food Network has made a great list of other avocado-based products and recipes to try that can expand your use of the versatile fruit. While 80% of its calories do come from fat, the majority of this fact is healthy and unsaturated, which helps you to absorb more vitamins. Next time you’ve got a few ripe avocados ready to be eaten, consider trying one of these new, fun uses.

Foods

  • Avocado mayo
  • Avocado oil
  • Creamy avocado smoothie
  • Snow pea and avocado slaw
  • Broccoli and cheddar stuffed potato skins with avocado cream
  • Crab and avocado salad
  • Avocado feta dip

Products

  • Avocado and olive shampoo and conditioner
  • Avocado and olive based body butter

Click here to read the full article for Food Network’s Healthy Eats.

Berry Green Smoothie Recipe

This berry green smoothie combines great fruits, veggies, and healthy fats together for a delicious treat. Whether you’re looking for a snack or a healthy breakfast option, give this yummy recipe a shot!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup orange juice or milk
  • 2 fresh handfuls of spinach
  • 2/3 cup frozen berries
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp nut butter of your choice
  • 5-6 oz yogurt (either flavored or plain)
  • 2 Tbsp oats (if desired)

Instructions

Combine all in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Click here to read more from the Lean Green Bean.

Citronette Salad Dressing Recipe

Tired of the classic olive oil and balsamic for dressing your salad? This light, vinegar-free dressing from chef Pace Webb provides an alternative to the standard vinaigrette options and will likely encourage you to eat more salad! Fresh citrus provides a splash of different flavor and can vary based on the type of salad you are dressing.

Super Simple Citronette Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 citrus fruit (lemon, lime, or orange)
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1/3 to 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • Stick with a 3:1 ratio of olive oil to citrus juice
  • Salt and pepper

Place shallots in a bowl. Squeeze citrus juice into the bowl with shallots and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Add in the olive oil after 10 minutes. Add pepper and salt to taste.

Whisk together and serve over salad.

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Prepping for Weight Loss

When trying to lose weight, many people take a single-minded approach. Some immediately throw themselves into exercise. Others focus on calorie counting. Still others eliminate one food group in the quest for better living. Although any of these tracks can ultimately be successful, they each overlook a powerful but simple tool: preparation. Weight loss food preparation can create an environment in which you can succeed. Here are three strategies you can incorporate into any weight loss plan.

Healthy Cooking for Weight Loss

Whether you are hoping to lose weight or just looking for ways to live a healthier lifestyle, cooking is the cornerstone of good health. Cooking empowers you to take charge of your health in a way that little else can. By controlling the ingredients and the preparation that goes into your daily meals, you can make sure that your body is getting the right nutrients and the calories that it needs. Not only can home-cooked meals provide wholesome, healthy food for your family, they can also save you a significant amount of money over eating out. Here are three steps that will help you begin healthy cooking for weight loss.

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