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Gluten-Free Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

11/21/2017

INGREDIENTS

1 loaf gluten-free bread, chopped

4 stalks celery, diced

½ medium onion, diced

1 cup diced mushrooms

1 tablespoon olive oil

¼ cup minced fresh parsley

1 teaspoon dried sage

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried marjoram

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 egg, beaten slightly

1 cup chicken broth

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish and set aside. Place chopped bread on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add celery and onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in parsley, sage, thyme and marjoram, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer veggies to a very large mixing bowl.
  3. Add toasted bread cubes, chicken stock, egg, salt and pepper to the mixing bowl and stir until the dry ingredients are coated with the wet ingredients. Pour into the prepared casserole dish.
  4. Cover stuffing with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake until golden brown, about 25 more minutes.

 

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Vegan Nicoise Salad

11/03/2017

INGREDIENTS

3 cups chopped Yukon gold potatoes

½ onion, diced

1 orange bell pepper, chopped

Garlic salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 cups salad greens

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

½ cup Kalamata olives

1 cup Cherry tomatoes

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Toss potatoes, onions and peppers with garlic salt, pepper and olive oil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until potatoes are golden brown and cooked throughout.
  2. Let potatoes cool. Divide greens, chickpeas, olives, cherry tomatoes and potato mixture among four plates and top with your favorite dressing. (We recommend a lemon vinaigrette!)

 

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

10/25/2017

INGREDIENTS

¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

¾ cup coconut milk

¼ cup pumpkin puree

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.

 

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Flourless Almond Butter Brownies

10/07/2017

Makes 16 bars

 

INGREDIENTS
1 banana, mashed

½ cup coconut sugar

½ cup almond butter

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup cocoa powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined. Pour brownie batter into a 9x9 baking dish and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool before cutting and serving.

 

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Pineapple Mango Protein Smoothie

09/28/2017

Serves 4

 

INGREDIENTS
2 cups fresh pineapple

1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup frozen mango
2 frozen bananas
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 ½ cups lite coconut milk
Juice of one orange

1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder
½ cup ice cubes

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and liquefy until smooth. For a thicker smoothie, add more yogurt. For a thinner smoothie, add more orange juice or coconut milk.

 

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Seven Strategies For Reducing Sugar

09/24/2017

Do us a favor. The next time you get hungry, repeat this phrase: sugar is not my friend. Say it three times. Because it isn’t. It really isn’t. Sugar leads to weight gain, cavities, diabetes, all kinds of gruesome things. The trouble is it can be hard to avoid. It’s in that box of Krispy Kremes to be sure. But it also shows up in less obvious places, like instant oatmeal and fruit juice. It’s pesky that way. The good news is there are ways to identify it and eliminate it from your diet. It just takes a little knowledge and determination. Let us point you in the right direction.

  • Be Wary of Packaging Promises. It’s the height of irony when a packaged food says it’s healthy when it isn’t, at least not completely. An example is instant oatmeal. You may see enticing words about fiber and heart health on the box and think this is a no-brainer. But read the ingredients and you’ll find that flavored oatmeal is often loaded with sugar, about three teaspoons per packet. This is the case with many popular packaged foods. Read labels. That’s how you win.
  • Indulge in Healthy Fats. The science is simple:high-sugar foods cause blood-sugar spikes. Follow this down the rabbit hole though and you get into a nasty cycle of cravings, spikes, and more sugar. Think about substitutions. One smart one is to go with healthy fats instead. Avocado on your morning toast or olive oil with your evening pasta. Such substitutions can make big differences in your sugar intake.
  • Educate Yourself. Here’s where things can get tricky. There are 56 names for sugar and the food industry uses all of them. A company will often tinker with the product’s formula so sugar shows up further down on the ingredient list, often under a different name. But make no mistake: sugar is sugar. Look for it carefully. This goes for sugary beverages as well, including soda and fruit drinks.
  • Consider Why You’re Eating Sugary Foods. This has less to do with what you’re eating than why you’re eating. Do you reach for sugary foods when you’re stressed out? When you’re sad? Can you identify an emotion behind your choices? That can be a key to breaking unhealthy patterns.
  • Love Yourself More Than Sugar. You may find yourself wanting to binge on a pint of ice cream after having a rough day. But stop and think before you scoop. Do you end up feeling guilty and shameful after binging? If so, it’s not worth it. Replace the behavior with something healthier, such as a trip to the gym. You’ll feel better.
  • Boost Your Serotonin. A hormonal imbalance may be contributing to sugar cravings. Stress and multitasking can deplete your serotonin levels. If you sense your mood is dipping and your food choices are unhealthy, check in with a Snap Fitness trainer. Aerobic exercise is a great way to get your serotonin back where it should be and we can help make that happen.
  • Use Exercise As Your Reward. An exercise high is much better than a sugar high. Replace snacks with endorphins and you’ll be living your best life.

 

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