Road Trip Snacking

I know I have shared in the past, but Today I am traveling about thirteen hours in the car and I am so thankful to have my homemade hummus!
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I love to have this by my side, and instead of organic chips, try eating the hummus with carrots. The carrots add a crunch of a chip, and personally I think it adds more flavor!

Hummus:
1 can organic Garbanzo Beans
4 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp Tahini
1 tsp Garlic powder

Drain and rinse your beans. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Chill for twenty minutes and serve with chilled carrots

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New Creations

Every year my family enjoys a week on the beach, and every year we enjoy decadent seafood for dinner. Without fail our eyes are larger than pur stomachs and we end up with leftover of amazing exotic fish. At the end of the week we usually make a fish dip, and in past years this dip included mayonnaise as the binder. This year we set our minds to create a dip fit for a health queen.

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We looked in the fridge (always the first step to creating a off the cuff meal). We saw that we had Spanish Macarol, Sockeye Salmon and Red Snapper. We shredded the fish and added celery, green onion, boiled eggs. We needed something to bind it all together so we added a diced avocado and Dijon Mustard. The mustard gave it the taste of a fish dip, and the avocado was a great alternative to the mayonnaise used in our past. We mixed it all together and served our delicious fish dip on lettuce wraps. It was by far some of the best tasting dip we have ever made. Sometimes all it takes is opening your fridge and a whole world of culinary combinations come to light!

Simple Yet Delicious

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!! Tonight I will keep it short and to the point. I want to stress that a delicious clean meal does not have to be a huge fifty step ordeal. Tonight we had fresh salmon, sweet potato fries and steamed vegetables! Simple Yet absolutely delicious. We grilled the salmon with a little Braggs Aminos (a wonderful alternative to soy sauce) and Stevia and it had a salty sweet taste… Yum! The sweet potato fries we baked with a small amount of coconut oil and sprinkled them with cinnamon and Stevia and it created a delectable side dish.
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Anyway as you have relatives in and enjoy great food and fellowship, keep it simple and delicious!

Coleslaw!!

Have you ever watched someone make coleslaw? Many recipes contain sugar, milk, and mayonnaise… three things I personally do not want reeking havoc on my body. I made a coleslaw alternative tonight and it was truly delicious. I started by getting a bagged broccoli slaw salad bag from Wal-Mart. Then to make my dressing I used the following:

Broccoli Slaw
2-3 cups shredded Broccoli
1 Avocado
1 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
2 tsp Lemon Juice
3/4 cup Orange Juice
1/4 cup Water
1 package Stevia in the raw

In a blender blend together avocado, mustard, lemon juice, orange juice, water and Stevia, until well blended. Transfer to a medium bowl and add broccoli. Mix thoroughly and enjoy.

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The avocado made it so yummy. It also gave it the creamy taste of coleslaw. This is definitely a recipe going in ny arsenal to use many many times in the future. Sometimes it is difficult to find the right balance of oils in your diet and the avocado in my slaw is a great way to add healthy oils to your everyday meals. Enjoy!

Roadtrip

Every year my family take a vacation to Florida over Christmas. This means that every year we have Triscits and fried chicken as we go through the drive throughs on our twenty hour journey. I know I have done this in the past, but today I want to remind us of the art of healthy snacking. On a long car ride, it is always important to be getting your protein in because protein is truly the only thing that will curb your hunger.

My car trip snack list is as follows:

Almonds- these almonds give you a healthy fat and protein

Granny Smith Apples- these are easy to eat on the road and are always great sources of fiber

Fruit- whether it is bananas, berries, or oranges, it is a wonderful treat that especially helps if you are having your sweet tooth craving

Carrots- carrots are filling and easy to eat on the road. Pair it with some homemade hummus and you are on your way to paradise

Celery and Almond Butter- keep this wonderful treat seperate and it’s a clean treat

Sweet Potato Fries- makes these a day or two before your trip and keep for the road. Finger food is always a great option! Make them salty or sweet (with stevia) and it is a great road trip food!!

While you are traveling throughout your holiday season, make sure you have your healthy snacks, and when you see the junk and it starts looking good, go for the almonds. Remember how hard you have worked for this! Don’t lose it!

Gifts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The time where we are mote focused on what yo give then what we are getting. Have you ever thought about giving a gift basket? I received a food gift basket recently and thought that this could be an incredible gift of health to give to the ones we love! One problem… it was full of processed junk. But it dawned on me why not jumpstart your family with a gift basket of healthy treats. Instead of gifts by candy and junk food, think about this Christmas giving the gift of spices or a recipe gift basket. This Christmas lets redefine the meaning of gifting. Who’s with me?

Let’s Work Out!

I love using the internet as my resource to keeping exercising fun and new. I found a routine that focuses on your legs and I love it. It is simple to follow:

29 Squats

30 Lunges for each leg

40 Toe Touches

50 Second Wall Sit

100 Jumping Jacks

Repeat once.

The actual routine does not take very long and when you cycle through a second time, you are working on stamina. You body gets tired and wants to quit and it all becomes a mind game. If you put your mind to it that you are going to make it through no matter what, then you can do anything you put your mind to! What helps me, is to not focus on the whole workout at once. Take it one piece at a time and focus on each exercise individually. Focus on finishing that piece of the workout and then move on. I promise that when you are struggling this is an incredible key to help you thrive on your exercising schedule! Enjoy!