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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Best Tuna Fish you'll ever have!

I'm always looking for  quick and healthy lunch ideas, and who doesn't love tuna fish? It's a low carb high protein fix but the mayonnaise always scares me away.  I've found the a great alternative that taste even better than traditional mayonnaise.   It's all natural, has no carbohydrates, unsweetened, and no preservatives. If that doesn't sell you, it comes in  gluten free and lower sodium forms.  Lemonaise can be found in any natural food store, but if you don't have one close it can be ordered HERE.
      Another great grocery store find this week is Trader Joe's amazing NO SALT ADDED TUNA FISH.  If you love low sodium products, how great is that? and not only is it low sodium but its the best tuna I have ever eaten; very chunky and fresh tasting, unlike other tunas.

Tuna Fish:( I always cook in bulk, plus I have 2 to cook for)
-6 cans of Trader Joe's Tuna
-1/2 red onion chopped
-2 tbs chia seeds
-2 tbs Lemonaise
-3 boiled eggs chopped
-Mrs. Dash garlic pepper seasoning
**can add celery and red onion for extra crunch.

Serve on EZEKIEL BREAD, or whole grain crackers

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Portabella Mushroom Pizza

Happy Football Sunday ya'll! My fantasy team is stacked:), i'm going to take all of the guys money$$$$.   I crave pizza like crazy on Sundays and what better way to have pizza, other than a guiltless pizza! Quick and easy to make, and taste amazing.  Enjoy!!

**Get an ab workout in today!!!
Crunch-20
leg lifts-20
windshield leg lifts-20
spiderman crunch-20
twist with 5lb weight-20
low plank-30 second
high plank-30 second
side plank-30 second**

Ingredients:
-portabella mushrooms
-light cheese
-low sugar tomato sauce
-spinach
-onions
-tomato basil Mrs. Dash
-(whatever else you are craving)

1.Pre heat oven to 400, Bake for 20-30 minutes
2. De-stem and rinse mushrooms, make sure you get excess water out before cooking.  I used a paper towel and squeezed them.
3. Add tomato sauce and toppings
4. Finish with Mrs. dash
5. Eat up!!!!!












Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Blueberry Protein Pancakes

I love breakfast because I can indulge in all my favorite cravings.  Last night I wanted these so bad, so I couldn't wait to wake up and make them.  It helps that that are so easy to make.
Trick: Dont let your pan get too hot, I did this on the second batch:(

Ingredients:
-2 scoops Herbalife Formula 1 Vanilla Protein
-1 c. egg whites
-1/4 c. almond milk
-teaspoon of baking soda
-cinnamon
-blueberries(I buy frozen because they last longer)
-chia seeds

1. mix all ingredients in blender, except blueberries.
2. heat pan on stove
3. stir in blueberries, DONT MIX
4. cook pancakes on both sides, until golden brown.

First batch before the pan got too hot!!
second batch, added no sugar syrup here! (I try to stray from artificial sweeteners)***you want to look for sugar free instead of low fat, they take out the fat and substitute for more sugar which in turns adds more fat to your body if it's not burned off immediately;)


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I must say pizza is my all time favorite cheat meal.  Justin and I joke that we can only have pizza on Sundays, well now that's not entirely the case.  We can trick ourselves into having pizza for dinner because it's made up of a no carb crust.  Keep the serving size small and limit the cheese , and you get  yummy pizza for dinner.  Cauliflower pizza crust is a great alternative and it's easy to make.  Not as crispy as an original pizza crust, but hey a lot less calories and a carbless dinner; i'll take that anytime! I made this on a rectangle baking sheet the first time but since then I bought a (Berghoff Earthchef Pizza Pan (Google Affiliate Ad)pizza pan with holes, it makes the crust more crispy. Just make sure to place another pan underneath to catch what falls;) Try it out,  I hope you guys like!

Ingredients:
-1 head of cauliflower (chop into small pieces, or grate on a cheese grater, or use a food processor)
     *the smaller the pieces the better.
-1 c. chia seeds
-1/2 c. mozzarella cheese
-2 egg whites
-oregano
-parsley
-coconut oil
Toppings
(get creative here)
I used
-low sugar pasta sauce(look for low sugar, and low sodium)
-mozzarella cheese
-pepperoni
-sauteed mushrooms
-jalapenos

1. preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. grate cauliflower into stainer (line strainer with paper towel or napkin, this way you can squeeze all excess moisture out)
3. once drained, mix all ingredients together.
4. coat pan with coconut oil and firmly press mixture.
5. bake until golden brown on top, 20-30 minutes. I put on broil for about 5 minutes before taking out.
5. add toppings and bake another 15 minutes.






Monday, September 3, 2012

Quick and Easy Meal Idea

I'm obsessed with making quick and easy muffins.   I told Justin I would make him breakfast Sunday morning and I was craving something sweet and salty, so I decided to make two different versions.  One of our favorites, chocolate banana and veggie egg white muffins.  I will say that the muffins deflated a tad once I took them out of the oven, but they still looked so good and were extremely yummy.  These are great to make in bulk and take on the go for a mess free snack or meal.
Tips:
 I baked both of these at the same time.
 I use a blender to mix, easy, fast, easier to pour, and quick clean up:)

Veggie Egg White Muffins:
(Get creative here, this is what we had in stock, but you can throw in whatever you want)
** added cheese on top of half for Justin and a 1/2 cherry tomato on the other half. 
Ingredients:
2 c. of egg whites
2 c. of spinach
1/2 c. white onion (chopped)
1 c. mix colored peppers
3 basil leaves
tomato basil Mrs. Dash seasoning
pepper
1. preheat oven 375 degrees 
2. grease muffin pan
3. mix all ingredients in blender and pour into muffin pan
4. top half with cheese, other half with cherry tomato and chopped basil
5. Bake for 20-30 minutes until done.

Chocolate Banana Protein Muffins
(tad different from previous recipe)
Ingredients:
2 c. egg whites
1 banana
1 c. pecans (chopped)
1/2 c. carob chips 
1. blend all ingredients except carob chips and pecans in blender
2. add pecans to mixture and stir with a spatula or spoon.  
3. pour into greased muffin pan
4. Top with carob chips
bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes

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Chocolate Banana Protein Muffins

I made these a few days back but i'm just now posting recipe.  If you haven't attempted protein muffins, today should be the day. This is an amazing tasting recipe and really easy to follow.  I hope you like!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c.  Almond flour 
1/2 c. Vanilla Herbalife  protein drink mix
1/4 c. unsweetened carob powder powder 
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c.  egg whites 
3 ripe bananas
1/2 c. greek nonfat (plain) yogurt
1/2 c. carob chips
1/2 c. pecans, chopped

1. Preheat oven 375 degrees
2. In blender mix wet ingredients
3. In medium bowl mix dry ingredients
4. FOLD(certain technique) the wet and dry together,  if you do not do this correctly your muffins will not rise!!
5. Spray muffin pan with nonstick spray and pour batter evenly.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes.