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Healthy Comfort Food Recipe: Spicy Chicken Chili

Looking for a healthy version of your favorite comfort food? This yummy spicy chicken chili recipe is a healthy spin off of a tried-and-true favorite. Check it out below!


1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
1-1/2 pounds ground chicken
1/4 cup chili powder
2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon chicken stock
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon salt
2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained


1. Heat canola oil over high heat and add onion, pepper, jalapeños, and garlic. Cook over medium heat until onion is tender.

2. Add chicken and cook for about five minutes until chick loses pink coloring. Stir in chili powder and cook for one minute.

3. Stir in salt, hot sauce, vinegar, broth, and tomatoes. Reduce to low heat, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes.

4. Stir in beans and cook for about 15 more minutes, until heated through.

5. Top with your garnish of choice, such as light sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, and cilantro.

Click here to get the recipe from Lizzie Fuhr for FitSugar.

How to Make the Best Homemade Hummus

Are you craving a great hummus for a healthy snack, but feeling unsure about where to find the right one? While it may take you a bit more time, making homemade hummus can result in a delicious and perfect snack! Start with high-quality ingredients- fresh lemon juice, fresh garlic, a flavorful tahini, and fruity olive oil. Soak dried chickpeas overnight and then cook until soft. After cooking, remove skin from the chickpeas. Blend tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and a bit of cold water in the food processor. Add chickpeas and drizzle with olive oil. We commend using 3/4 cup of tahini for every cup of chickpeas, and utilizing the lemon juice and garlic to taste.

Click here to read the full article for Greatist.

Healthy Recipe for Lentil Salad

It’s January, which means a fresh start for you and your healthy eating regimen.  If you’ve been looking for a fun and healthy recipe to spice up your meals this month, check out this lentil salad!


For the salad:
1 1/2 cups brown lentils
3 cups water
4 cups chopped sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 head kale, very finely chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

For the dressing:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoons za’atar
Juice of half an orange
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Place water and lentil on high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 30 minutes until lentils are cooked through.
2. Place chopped sweet potatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and toss. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes in the oven until tender.
3. Whisk dressing ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
4. In a larger bowl, combine lentils, sweet potatoes, cilantro, red onion, kale, and dressing. Serve warm or cold.

Click here to read the full recipe by Alexis Joseph for PopSugar.

Effective Ways to Make Your Recipes Healthier

You do not always have to do away with your favorite foods and recipes if you are looking to lose weight or eat healthier. There are several things you can do to make recipes better for you and give them a new flavor that you and your waistline are sure to love.


For recipes that call for butter, shortening or oil, use half of the amount and substitute the rest with prune puree, unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana. While you might be making a face now, you may be surprised at how much you enjoy the change. There might also some fruit-based fat replacers if you care to take a journey down the baking aisle of your local grocery store.


Recipes that call for sugar can be made healthier by using anywhere from a third to half of the sugar and replacing the rest with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, almond flavoring or vanilla extract to get all of the sweetness the recipe calls for.


You more than likely will not even be able to tell the difference if you eliminate salt from a recipe. For any baked goods you plan on making, you can probably do with only half the amount of salt called for as long as the item does not need yeast. If you are using yeast, you can do a bit of experimenting to keep your baked goodies from turning out too flat or dense.

Other Substitutions

Besides reducing salt, fat and sugar, there are other things you can do to make foods healthier. For instance, dishes that call for pasta can be made with whole-wheat pasta instead of enriched pasta. What this substitute does is cut calories and give you more fiber.

Instead of whole milk, you will be offer with fat-free or almond milk. You can also reduce the amount of meat in dishes and replace them with vegetables to get more minerals and vitamins.

The next time you are in the kitchen getting ready to make a meal, think of how many substitutions and reductions you can make to create a healthier dish that is just as satisfying as the original.

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Blueberry, Avocado, and Chia Seed Smoothie Recipe

Looking for a fun smoothie recipe to brighten up these dull winter days? Look no further than this blueberry, avocado, and chia seed smoothie that can not only taste good but satiate hunger and help aid in weight loss.


-1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
-1/4 avocado
-1/2 cup frozen blueberries
-1/2 cup raw kale
-1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Blend together and serve fresh.

Click here to read the full article for PopSugar.

Orange-Carrot-Ginger Juice Recipe

This time of year, it is especially important to get an extra dose of beta-carotene to support your skin, eye, and heart health. Both oranges and carrots are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds and anti-oxidants, along with vitamins A and C. Try the orange-carrot-ginger juice recipe below to boost your immunity and support your health.


  • 4 navel oranges, peeled
  • 6 medium carrots, peeled
  • 1-inch knob fresh ginger, peeled


Run all ingredients through your juicer and drink immediately to preserve freshness!

Click here to read the full article by Christina Bedetta for Mind Body Green.

Blood Orange and Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce

Looking for an alternative, healthy, and sugar-free cranberry sauce recipe? Check this one out below for a modern twist on the classic sauce.


  • 12 oz bag of organic cranberries
  • the juice from 2 blood oranges
  • seeds from 1 organic pomegranate
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp powdered Stevia or to taste

Add cranberries, stevia, and blood oranges to a pot and simmer on low flame for five minutes, or until they begin to pop and soften. Stir in orange zest, vanilla, and pomegranate. Cook for one more minute and then remove from heat. Eat warm or let cool and refrigerate to serve at room temp.

Click here to read the full recipe for Karuna Naturopathic.

Healthy Holiday Recipes: Favorite Festive Cookies

With just a few days left before Christmas, you might be looking for a few healthy dessert recipes to celebrate the holiday! While this time of year is riddled with cookies and sugary treats, the good news is that not all cookies have to be bad for you. Food Network’s Healthy Eats has created a list of variations of your favorite cookies to get you through the holiday. Looking for a twist on your traditional meringue? Try the recipe for Match Maple Meringue Kisses! How about a new version of a macaron sandwich? Check out the Chocolate Chai Ganache-Stuffed Almond Macaron Sandwiches. Gingerbread cookies and Amaretti cookies are also on the list. Be sure to check them out if you’re looking for a healthy alternative recipe for the season.

Click here to read the full article by Silvana Nardone for Food Network Healthy Eats.

Healthy Recipe for the Holidays: Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

Who says the holidays have to be filled with unhealthy and fattening desserts? These chocolate gingerbread chickpea blondies are the perfect solution to the problem; they’ll deliver a flavorful after-dinner treat without completely jeopardizing your healthy eating plan. Check out the healthy recipe below for gingerbread blondies to share with your loved ones this holiday season.


For the blondies:
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup cashew butter (or almond butter)
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup chocolate chips

For the maple glaze:
1 tablespoon cashew butter
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-by-8-inch pan with cooking spray or coconut oil.
  2. Add all ingredients except those for glaze in a large food processor, and process until batter is very smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Use a spatula sprayed with cooing spray to evenly press mixture into pan.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
  5. Meanwhile, place glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Stir with a fork until well combined. The coconut oil should slightly melt as you stir. Set aside until the bars have cooled.
  6. Cool bars in pan for 30 minutes on a wire rack before cutting into 9 to 12 bars.
  7. Snip corner of the glaze bag. Drizzle glaze onto bars.


Click here to read the full recipe and article by Alexis Joseph for PopSugar.

Healthy Holiday Side Dish Recipe: Stuffing

With the holidays in full swing, you may find yourself looking for some healthy alternatives to your standard holiday meal staples. If you love stuffing but don’t want to serve your traditional (and unhealthy) recipe, check out this variation: Farro Stuffing with butternut squash, red onion, and almonds.
“4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
2 cups uncooked farro
2 tablespoons olive oil 
2 cups diced peeled butternut squash
1 cup chopped red onion 
1 cup thinly sliced carrot 
3/4 cup thinly sliced celery
3/4 cup almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
3/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt 
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

1. Bring stock and farro to a boil in a large saucepan; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until farro is al dente. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving cooking liquid.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add squash, onion, carrot, and celery; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir squash mixture into farro mixture. Stir in almonds, parsley, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper. Spoon into an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve. Stir in additional reserved cooking liquid as needed just before serving.”

Click here to view the recipe for My Recipes.