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Butternut Squash Soup: An Easy Guilt-Free Treat

17 Dec

One of my all time favorite things to eat in the fall and winter months is butternut squash soup. The best part is that there are hardly any ingredients and it’s super healthy!

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Ingredients:

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 2-pound butternut squash, halved lengthwise, seeded
  • 2 cups (about) canned low-salt chicken broth
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • Nonfat sour cream (optional)
  • Chopped fresh chives or green onions (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish with vegetable oil spray. Place squash cut side down in prepared dish. Pierce each squash half several times with toothpick or skewer. Bake until squash is tender, about 45 minutes.

Using large spoon, scrape squash into processor; discard peel. Add 1 1/2 cups broth and nutmeg and puree until smooth. Transfer puree to heavy large saucepan. Mix in milk and enough broth to thin to desired consistency. Stir soup over medium heat until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with dollop of sour cream and chives, if desired.

(Personal Flair: Bake some thyme & sage croutons)

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 24 1/4-inch-thick baguette bread slices
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage

Preheat broiler. Butter 1 side of each bread slice. Arrange bread, buttered side up, on baking sheet. Broil until golden, about 1 minute. Turn over. Sprinkle cheese, then thyme and sage all over. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil until cheese melts, about 1 minute.Ladle soup into bowls. Top each with croutons and serve.

From: Epicurious

Fresh! Healthy Vending

14 Oct

I recently started a nutrition club at my school and one of our main goals for the year is going to be to get one of these:

It’s a healthy vending machine by Fresh Healthy Vending!

The top couple shelves are kept at room temperature for chips and snacks while the bottom shelves are kept cool for refrigerated items like juice and yogurt. I think this machine is pure genius. Not only is it awesome, but supposedly, they will give us this vending machine for free as long as the vending machine will get enough business. We still have to pay for the snacks and drinks, but we will both get parts of the profit. I am so excited to see if my principal will approve this as it is already in one of the nearby high schools. AHH YAY this is so cool. 

Healthy Breakfast Choices

9 Oct

Breakfast is my favorite meal by far, and I love to start the day off with healthy, yummy foods. Here are some of my favorite choices:

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  • Bagel with peanut butter and sliced banana (This one is my absolute favorite, lately I’ve been using mini cinnamon raisin bagels and it’s soooo goooood.)
  • Apple and almond butter sandwich on cinnamon swirl bread
  • Yogurt with fruit and granola
  • Mix of cereal with sliced bananas and vanilla/plain yogurt smoothie instead of milk (I like to mix Cheerios, Special K Oats & Honey, and Special K granola. By using a yogurt smoothie instead of milk it makes the whole meal a lot sweeter. It also makes the boring meal of plain old cereal and milk a lot more exciting.)
  • Omelette with cheese, meat (ham, bacon, or sausage), and sometimes spinach
  • Egg, meat, cheese, and spinach on an english muffin or bagel flat
  • Breakfast burrito with egg, meat, and cheese
  • Fruit salad (I like to mix grapes, cantaloupe, mango, peach, strawberries, and blueberries)
  • Toast with butter and jam (Raspberry is a personal favorite. Usually I have toast when I have fruit salad, just for a more filling meal)
  • Trail mix with almonds, cashews, yogurt covered raisins, and peanut butter chips (I usually grab this for a light breakfast on days when I go for an early run.)
  • Smoothie with yogurt (banana & strawberry, banana w/peanut butter, mango & peach)

I like bananas a lot in case you can’t tell. 🙂

Apple & Almond Butter Bagel

19 Aug

This apple and almond butter bagel is super easy. All you need is some almond butter (I like to use Justin’s maple almond butter), a sliced apple, and a bagel (for this I used a whole grain bagel flat). Simply spread the almond butter on both halves of the bagel and arrange the apples. This is great for anyone looking for a healthy, balanced breakfast or lunch! Yumm.

Baked Kale Chips

26 Jul

A healthy alternative to potato chips!

Homemade Kale Chips:

  • 1 Bunch of Kale (curly kale tastes the best)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt (or other seasonings of choice)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces (keep in mind that the kale will shrink when baked). Wash and thoroughly dry kale. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.

3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes. (watch them carefully as they can become overcooked in as little as 30 seconds)

From: AllRecipes

Greek Yogurt Dip

7 Jul

Cinnamon Maple Yogurt Dip

  • 1c Greek yogurt
  • 3/4t cinnamon
  • 2t maple syrup [or honey]
  • 1/4t vanilla extract
  • shredded coconut + chopped almonds [topping]
  1. Mix ingredients together + chill [covered] in the fridge.
  2. Top with shredded coconut and/or chopped almonds.

Sounds yummyy

From: Edible Perspective

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

7 Jul

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
2/3 c raw cashews
1/3 c oats
2 Tbsp Agave
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 c Chocolate Chips

Recipe Yields: Approximately 17 Cookie Dough Balls

1. Take Oats & Cashews and Blend in a food processor

2. Add in the Agave, Maple, & Vanilla Extract

3. Blend it Again

4. Add the Chocolate Chips and Stir them in By Hand

5. Form Dough into Balls (Refrigerate first if too Sticky)

From: Averie Cooks

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