If you've got a busy job or kids with all kinds of activities after school (or both!) putting together a healthy meal can seem like a daunting task. By planning ahead and batch cooking rice and some crock pot chicken you can really save yourself some time and make it easy to create balanced, healthy (did I mention delicious & filling?) meals like this bountiful healthy Buddha Bowl. I love the ...[Read More]
Fall temps call for more warm & hearty dishes and this squash and kale frittata makes for a delicious meal in a flash. Squash is in season and is rich in vitamin A (think great skin & great vision!) and vitamin C (hello immunity! not to mention collagen building for beautiful skin, tissue, growth, healing & repair!). Kale is rich in just about every nutrient - it's one of t ...[Read More]
These yummy little nuggets don't require any baking (right up my alley)...I hope that you enjoy them!
Cooking doesn't have to be a big chore if we use our appliances wisely.. One of my favorite things to make is crock pot chicken tacos or chicken taco soup. Simply place chicken breasts in the crockpot, cover with bone broth or stock, add 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp dried oregano, 1/4 tsp onion powder, and 1/4 tsp ...[Read More]
Taking fast food and making it in a healthier way is always possible and it's fun to experiment. Today's mission was significantly improving the health score of chicken fingers and fries. I am constantly working to put the best quality food possible into our daughters. It's so important to my husband and I to give the girls the best nutrition we can to build their healt ...[Read More]
If you make them don't forget to post a picture and tag me to let me know what you think!
Pancakes are such a hit around here and this recipe is such a good way to sneak a balanced meal into the kids. I've even pureed spinach into this recipe to get veggies in too - green pancakes! You can also experiment and add pureed pumpkin or sweet potato. I hope that your family enjoys these as much as we do!
This is one of my hubby's breakfast favorites. We can definitely fall victim to getting stuck into routine eating the same things day in and day out so this breakfast burrito is a nice change. Black beans, eggs, spinach, and the whole grain wrap are all good sources of protein and iron making this an energizing breakfast. The salsa adds some spice and the avocado adds a welcome creamin ...[Read More]
Stuffing lovers, rejoice... a healthier spin on stuffing just for you! PS - I don't like mushrooms however they definitely add some flavor in this recipe so feel free to leave them out if you are a fellow non-mushroom lover - it's a texture thing 😉
I am happy to report that there is finally a breeze and chill in the air here in Bermuda. I can't say that I miss the bitter cold winters in Canada however I do welcome the cooler weather of the fall/winter here in Bermuda. Seasons bring such a nice change in temps and also in cuisine! As the weather cools we always feel the need to warm ourselves up and chili, soups, and stews always sound ...[Read More]
First off, in case you didn't know...I love avocado SO much so that when my hubby brought a bunch of big, beautiful Bermuda avocados home from work (THANK YOU Damien!) I did a happy dance. Since they are almost all ripe, I don't want to waste any of their precious monounsaturated fats, potassium, or fiber! It's a good thing that we have my mother and father in-law visiting to help take some of the ...[Read More]
Even though we are meat eaters around here it doesn't mean that we don't enjoy 'meatless Monday's'. Freekeh is high in protein, fiber, and iron as are chickpeas. I hope that you enjoy this concoction, we sure did!
Who doesn't love popcorn? The infectious smell and the salty crunch....mmmmm....I see popcorn in my future. I feel like movie popcorn has given this healthy snack a bad name. This recipe is my absolute favorite and is figure friendly.
You race in the door for dinner and everyone is hungry and there are no groceries and nothing prepared. You could pick up the phone and get take out but you know that's not the healthiest option and it's still going to take 45 minutes. What do do? Break out the eggs and make these super easy and fast Eggy Crepes.
This salmon dish is so tangy and OH how I love salmon. It's so easy to throw together in just a few minutes and goes well with a side of rice, quinoa, or spaghetti squash (which I'd bake at the same time as the salmon) topped with a little tomato sauce. This is a hit in our house, I hope that it's one in yours! PS - I've been reading up on the state of farmed salmon and it is definitely worth ...[Read More]
When I was in England last week, a friend and I headed out to a Pub in Sussex called the Black Cat pub. We were prepared for typical pub grub and were pleasantly surprised to find a robust menu with lots of healthy options. We started out sharing a bowl of green olives which were ahhhmazing, in fact, I'm dying to know what type they were because I've never had any like it. They w ...[Read More]
My folks are visiting and man is it nice to extra helping hands to get things done around here! Of course this means more mouths to feed and I always feel a little more pressure to have proper meals when we have guests, I can't feed them my protein pancakes every night lol. You know me, I like to make up some good, nutrient packed meals but also don't want to spend the little ...[Read More]
I've been trying to get these pumpkin seeds right for the last few years and think that I've got it! These turned out just right, crunchy, yet not overdone. Happy Halloween!
When I'm craving chocolate this chocolate yogurt always feels like an indulgence even though it's not a calorie laden one.
Let's start by saying that I love my oats 🙂 The thing that I love the most about them is that they are satisfying and keep me feeling full throughout the morning, no sugary cereal crash for this gal. I do however get tired of having my oats the same way all the time so I like to get creative and I love them with a Muesli texture without all of the added sugar of store-bought varieties. These are s ...[Read More]
If you find yourself on the run in the morning, why not take your healthy breakfast to go?! Here's my favorite way to get my complex carbs, protein, veggies, and healthy fats all in one when I don't have time to have it all separately.
I don't know about you but trying to come up with new & exciting (yet healthy) snacks and meals that our girls will actually eat can be a real chore! Here are 4 tried & tested quick and healthy tidbits to try with your little ones. 1) Frozen Pops! When temperatures rise we all love something to cool us off and these frozen pops seem decadent but couldn't be easier ...[Read More]
I've been meaning to post this recipe for a looooong time and here it is - finally! If you are looking for a little breakfast variety or you're like me and have breakfast type food any time of day here is a nutritious and delicious idea! Not to mention that it's way cheaper than buying the chia pods in the store and so much better too!!
I love pancakes for breakfast and love them even more when they're packed full of nutritional goodness. These pancakes are so easy that it's ridiculous and they were a big hit around our house this morning. Here's the recipe: I hope that you enjoy them!
This dish is great as a light desert, can be eaten as a snack, or for breakfast 🙂 Recipe *You can skip the vanilla protein powder and it's just as delish. Enjoy!
I love this dish. Every time I make it I'll eat it (and maybe more veggies ;-)) for dinner for an entire week. Lentils are high in iron, fiber and protein. Mix them with some veggies and they make a fabulous meal.
'Tis the season to have lots of leftover turkey and/or chicken so here's an idea to use it up! Voila! Let me know what you think!
I had a ton of leftover tomatoes so decided to try to make ratatouille. I didn't have eggplant or some of the other ingredients that you find in some versions so I improvised (which happens a lot around here) and used what I had. My husband LOVED it but the kids were not big fans. It may have been the texture that got them or the fact that I told them that I put a rat in it 🙂 &nb ...[Read More]
This recipe is so super easy as you just throw everything in the crockpot and leave it to cook. Words of caution 1) use fresh chicken, not frozen 2) check to see if the chicken is done using the probe/thermometer and don't leave on warm for too long as it will dry out the chicken 3) do not open the lid to the crockpot while cooking. The chicken literally falls apart, I hope that you enjoy it ...[Read More]
I am always saving and pinning recipes that I am going to make...one day.. The truth is that even when I do make a recipe it ends up being something that I came across that very day and happened to have the ingredients for. These two sides that I make often are SO easy and fast and best of all, my husband and children love them. Win...win.. I hope that you like them too! Black be ...[Read More]
Who doesn't love eggnog? Too bad it's so high in sugar...let's clean it up 🙂
We were having guests for dinner and although I typically shy away from caesar dressing (high in fat & calories) this time I was going to find a way to make it - the Health Fanatic way 🙂 I hope that you enjoy this lower-fat/calorie version as much as we did. Please let me know what you think! As far as ingredients for the salad, we used organic romaine and some chopped scallions. ...[Read More]
I looooove pumpkin pie and a low sugar version makes me love it even more 🙂 Filling Ingredients:
In an effort to once again make chicken more exciting I came up with this recipe. I hope that you like it!
Instead of eating eggs and oats every day these protein pancakes make for a nice change. As with everything I make, they're super quick & easy.
This chicken was a huge hit. It was super crispy and so much better for you than fried. You can use any type of chicken or turkey (or firm white) with this recipe. It's so easy! I needed to move the racks in my oven around to accommodate the cookie sheet with the rack and chicken on top, just FYI. I'd love to hear how you like this recipe!!
These yummy treats are so easy to whip up! I blend all of the ingredients together in my nutri-bullet and the dough is ready to roll into balls in seconds. Be sure not too have too many since dates contain 'natural sugar' but are still high in sugar.
It's important to me to have vegetables at every meal so that means finding ways to make lots of vegetable dishes and sides. Crisp green beans are so delish and adding the olive oil helps the fat soluble vitamins to be absorbed, the garlic and onion increase immunity and add flavor This dish is a hit and is quick as always. Such a quick & easy side dish!
In the constant pursuit of being a better wife I ventured to make ribs for my hubby 🙂 I found an Amish brand of pork here in Bermuda which is hormone free and happened upon ribs so I set to work cleaning up my mom's favorite rib recipe. Let's suffice it to say that they were a hit. Here's the recipe, enjoy!
Avocados are potassium rich, full of fiber, and heart healthy monounsaturated fats. I added a twist - peas which increase the protein and fiber. Try this delicious, nutrient dense recipe as an appetizer or snack! Skinnier Guac Tortilla Chips
I was skeptical about making these but they turned out great! My husband declared that he actually prefers these to regular cupcakes. I made two batches and tried to cut the honey down in the second batch and they definitely weren't sweet enough. I used a honey/stevia combo to sweeten my favorite batch. Let me know how they turn out for you! Cupcakes: ( *Makes a dozen cupcakes ) Top these with coc ...[Read More]
*You can also use this recipe to make meatballs.
This would serve 2-3 people
It's 3:30 and you are on your way to the candy machine....STOP!!!!!!! If you succumb to sugar cravings in the late afternoon before you know it you'll be headed back for more, sugar is seriously addictive in case you haven't noticed 🙂 Choose to nourish yourself with a balanced snack and ditch the sugary candy. The candy does not nourish you in any way (think sugar, dye...?) and it just won't sa ...[Read More]
At long last I'm posting my recipe for gluten free black bean cake. I made this for my daughter's 6th birthday party and all of the kids devoured it. It is rich since it's full of fibre instead of sugar which is good as they don't keep eating it until they spin like tops 🙂 It's gluten free, sugar free, low carb and it's delicious...seriously, what else could one ask for? I kept t ...[Read More]
I had a really hard time finding any decent gluten free/egg free bread for my daughter in the grocery store. The ingredient list on most of these breads is definitely not Health Fanatic approved :). I picked up a package of Bob's Red Mill gluten free bread and experimented. So here's what I did.. I warmed 1 3/4 cups of unsweetened almond milk and let the yeast 'bubble' (although it didn't reall ...[Read More]
I love greek salad! I make it without feta and can't say that I even miss it. You can make this salad any size so can add more or less veggies than I have here and just make more dressing. Here's the recipe:
I made these cookies for a fun kids nutrition & activity class and they all got eaten up. My husband and kiddos gobbled up a batch as well. These cookies are super easy and truly healthy.
I love chick peas. Also called garbanzo beans these little legumes are high in protein and in dietary fiber not to mention folate. Garbanzos are a great carbohydrate choice. There are many many ways to add them into daily meals & snacks. Other than as hummus dip with cut veggies here are a few more ideas: #1 - Easy 'peas'y - Add 1/2 cup plain chick peas into your salad #2 - Garlic lovers ...[Read More]
What better way to start your day than with these delicious pancakes which include protein, fruit, veggies, whole grains and healthy fat.
Instead of waiting for your steel cut oats to cook (since the watched pot only boils over the moment you walk away :)) try cooking them in the slow cooker or soaking them so that they cook more quickly. If you want to soak them just simply put your steel cut oats in your pot with the specified amount of water, cover and let them soak overnight and they will cook up in half the time in the mo ...[Read More]
Restaurants and deli's want us to love the taste of their food so much that we can't resist coming back. More often that not, they will use the richest ingredients which we all know are not low cal or figure friendly. A couple of the worst offenders at lunch time are tuna and egg salad. The tuna sandwiches are likely made using oil packed tuna, loads of artery clogging ...[Read More]
I have a couple of go to salad dressings that are super low cal (in the right portion), and really quick & easy to make. Dijon Special: 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard a few drops of stevia Either use 1/4 avocado of 1/2 tbsp of olive oil/coconut/flax oil in the salad or dressing as many of the vitamins that come from the greens in your salad are fat soluble so a little bit of ...[Read More]
Here's a super quick & easy (and yummy!) side dish from one of my transforming clients 🙂
Given that the stevia is becoming more and more popular, you need to research the brand that you buy. Increasing popularity usually means that companies that produce it will want to do it faster & cheaper which (like any other product) can affect it's quality. I use Sweetleaf and have found it a reputable company. Always be sure to do your own research so that you feel comfortable with wh ...[Read More]
Before I travel with my kiddos I am always sure to make something healthy like this great loaf that incorporates protein (eggs), veggies, fruit and whole grains so that I am not at the mercy of airport food. Here's the recipe for one of my favorite loaves to make for a trip. Oatmeal Loaf
A lot of the granola bars that line the grocery store shelves are really high in sugar. I'm still fiddling with this recipe to get it to stay together a little better however really like the taste of these! Enjoy!
These muffins are not only super moist and delicious but really, truly good for you. Whip up a batch and enjoy a treat guilt free! Enjoy!!!!!!
I have a friend who just found out that her little one may be anemic. I wanted to share a couple of the recipes that I came up with for her. In addition to these types of main meals you can always check the iron %'s of the cereals & breads (low sugar & whole grain I hope!) that you use to find those higher in fortified iron. Red meat is the best way to get iron if you are ...[Read More]