Get Bikini-Body Ready

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Summertime is upon us, and if you’re worried that you’re not quite ready to step out in your bikini, you are not alone! We found an article with 8 last minute tricks to get bikini- body ready courtesy of Results Fitness. Check it out here!

A Salad a Day

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Salads are a go-to healthy lunch for many of us. They can be an easy way to add protein, fruits, and vegetables to your diet. We all know though that salads can get boring! Here’s some recipe combinations from the blog barefeetinthekitchen.com so you can eat a salad every day and like it!

Vegetable options:

Ingredients

(any combination of the below ingredients will keep nicely for several days in the refrigerator)

  • chopped greens: (a mix of romaine, spring mix, spinach, arugula, or butter lettuce )
  • tomatoes: sliced or chopped
  • cucumber: sliced or chopped
  • corn: canned, frozen, or fresh
  • bell peppers: sliced thin or chopped small
  • red onions: sliced thin
  • green onions: sliced thin

Protein options:

  • ground beef or ground turkey: cooked and seasoned generously with Mexican spices or taco seasoning
  • taco meat with black beans and corn
  • pulled pork or carnitas: shredded and chopped bite-size
  • cooked or roasted chicken: shredded or diced
  • ham: diced
  • hard boiled eggs: chopped
  • canned tuna fish: drained well
  • cooked shrimp or fish
  • beans: black, kidney, or pinto beans

Topping options:

  • cheese: shredded, diced, or crumbled
  • avocado: sliced or diced
  • fruits: diced apples or pears, orange slices, fresh berries
  • plenty of crunch: croutons, tortilla chips, or Fritos
  • fresh lime
  • salt and pepper
  • salad dressing of your choice: Italian, Poppyseed, White Balsamic Vinaigrette, Ranch

Instructions:

Prep the vegetables and place in serving size containers. Add a paper towel to each box to help the produce last longer. Place in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

When ready to eat:

Warm the protein of your choice and chop bite-size, if needed. Add the protein to the pre-made salad greens and vegetables. Add the toppings of your choice. Squeeze lime generously over the salad, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Or toss with your favorite salad dressing. Enjoy!

Try topping your salads with these combinations:

Carnitas (or pulled pork), avocado, cotija cheese, lime, salt, and pepper

Grilled chicken, bacon, hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing

Chicken, berries, feta cheese, almonds or walnuts, poppyseed dressing

Tuna fish, strawberries, avocado, lime, salt, and pepper

Chicken or bacon, red grapes, shaved parmesan cheese, candied walnuts, white balsamic dressing

Taco meat, beans, corn, avocado, shredded Mexican cheese blend, lime, salt, pepper

* Don’t forget to add plenty of crunch to each salad!

Make Time for Exercise

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Are you a mom that struggles to find time to work out? We found a great article at the Daily Burn which encourages including the kids in your workout. See 16 other great tips here.

Carrot-Zucchini Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting

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Are you dreading the Easter holiday because you’re afraid to ruin your diet? Don’t be! Myrecipes.com has many wonderful recipes that are great for family gatherings and who would guess your holiday dish has half the calories? Consider adding this Carrot-Zucchini Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting to your menu. Yum!

Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces white whole-wheat flour (about 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 3/4 cup drained canned crushed pineapple in juice
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut, toasted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Combine sugars, oil, and eggs in a separate bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir carrot, zucchini, and pineapple into sugar mixture. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; stir until moistened. Spoon batter into a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 33 minutes or until done. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Combine cream cheese and butter in a bowl; beat with a mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat just until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cake. Sprinkle with coconut flakes. Cut into 16 pieces.

Nutritional Information:

  • calories 292
  • fat 11.3 g
  • sat fat 2.9 g
  • monofat 5.4 g
  • polyfat 2.3 g
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 44 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 42 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 243 mg
  • calcium 55 mg
  • sugars 33 g
  • Added Sugars 31 g

Stay Committed

outdoorDo you change up your workout routine for each season? As the weather warms up, it’s a great time to get outside, soak up some sunshine, and get some exercise. We found a great article at active.com to get some motivation to stay committed to your routine. Read the full article here!

 

Clean Eating Chicken Chili

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Are you in need of a good, clean recipe? Try this Chicken Chili recipe we found on thebewitchinkitchen.com. It’s low in fat, packed with protein, and so delicious!

 Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes (14oz)
  • 1 can tomato paste (roughly 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tbsp ground chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Instructions:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once that is heated add the ground chicken and scramble fry until it’s cooked (about 7-8 minutes). Add the onion and red bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover the pot and bring it down to a simmer for 50 minutes. Check on it at the 30 minute mark to give it a good stir.

 

 

Optimize Your Workout

Have you ever wondered if you’re making the most of your workout by exercising at the right time of day? Check out this article to see the perks of working out in the morning or afternoon to help decide what’s best for you.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Satsuma Turkey

If you haven’t already invested in a slow cooker, then you definitely need to! It’s such a time saver and there are so many different things you can make with it that I bet you never even knew you could. For example, we found this amazing recipe for sweet and spicy satsuma turkey, and it’s only 277 calories! Thanks to myrecipes.com, check it out below:

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 277
  • Calories from fat 0.0 %
  • Fat 5.7 g
  • Sat fat 1.4 g
  • Mono fat 2 g
  • Poly fat 1.6 g
  • Protein 28.6 g
  • Carbohydrate 24.7 g
  • Fiber 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol 109 mg
  • Iron 2.8 mg
  • Sodium 398 mg
  • Calcium 59 mg

Ingredients

  • 3 cups thinly sliced red onion (1 large onion)
  • 3/4 cup riesling or other slightly sweet white wine
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice (2 large oranges)
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 teaspoons tamarind paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 3/4 pounds bone-in turkey thighs, skinned
  • 2 teaspoons five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups fresh Satsuma mandarin orange sections (about 7 oranges)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Sliced green onions (optional)

Preparation 

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a 5-quart oval electric slow cooker.
  2. Rinse turkey with cold water; pat dry. Sprinkle turkey with five-spice powder and salt. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add turkey; cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Place turkey in a single layer over onion mixture in slow cooker, overlapping slightly. Add orange sections. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.
  3. Remove turkey from slow cooker. Remove bones from turkey; discard bones. Place turkey on a platter. Pour cooking liquid and orange sections into a medium saucepan, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Combine reserved cooking liquid and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Stir cornstarch mixture into orange mixture in saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until sauce thickens.
  4. Serve sauce over turkey. Sprinkle with green onions, if desired.

It’s a New Year, Which Means a New You!

The new year is upon us, which means it’s time for those resolutions. Many of us may decide to focus on setting some fitness goals for 2017. We want to help make sure you not only set realistic ones, but also stick to them. Check out this great article we found that gives you 5 great tips for goal setting success.

Stay Warm With Some Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup

Nothing helps warm you up better than a delicious bowl of hot soup! What’s even better is not feeling guilty after eating it.

Thanks to skinnytaste.com, check out this healthy recipe for some turkey meatball spinach tortellini soup:

  • Servings: 6
  • Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 271
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Carb: 26 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 1064 mg
  • Cholesterol: 89 mg

Ingredients:

For the Meatballs:

  • 10 oz 93% ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano)
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt

For the soup:

  • 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled & chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans reduced sodium chicken broth (I used Swansons)
  • 1 small Parmigiano-Reggiano rind (optional)
  • 9 oz refrigerated spinach cheese tortellini (Buitoni) fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups loosely packed baby spinach
  • fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano for topping

Directions:

Combine the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, garlic, salt and parmesan cheese. Using your (clean) hands, gently mix all the ingredients well until everything is combined. Form small meatballs, about 1 tbsp each, you’ll get about 20 to 22.

In a large nonstick pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When melted, add the celery, onion, carrot & garlic. Cover and reduce heat to low and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.

Add the chicken broth and parmesan rind and increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. When broth boils, season with black pepper to taste. Reduce heat to medium and gently drop in the meatballs. Cook about 4 minutes.

Add the tortellini and simmer until cooked according to package directions, about 7 minutes.

Once cooked, remove the rind, and add the baby spinach. Stir to combine and serve topped with fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano.