These Saucy Asian Meatballs are super easy to make, and are a perfect appetizer, game day snack, or main course. | gimmesomeoven.com Ground Beef, Asian Meatballs, Asian Style, Meatballs Recipes, Sauci Asian, Hoisin Sauces, Green Onions, Appetizers Meatballs, Rice Vinegar
Slow Cooker Taco Meat You can make your taco meat in the slow cooker. It’s so nice to have it going and have everything ready before the supper hour. This is especially convenient on those busy nights when everyone has to eat at different times, or when I don’t get home until it’s time to eat and I really don’t want to have to think about getting supper to the table.
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Crock pot taco meat. The original pinner recommends this preparation for nights when your family members have to eat dinner at different times, or when you don't get home until it’s time to eat. Other pinners recommend adding Ro-Tel or a diced onion.
crockpot taco meat - 2 lb gr. beef, 1.5 C water, 2 units taco seasoning
SLOW COOKER TACO MEAT. 2 lbs Ground Beef, 2 pkg Taco Seasoning, 1 1/2 cups Water.
The best CROCKPOT chicken noodle soup! - FamilyFreshMeals.com
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How I made 31 freezer meals for just $100, in 4 hours! Includes free 30 page freezer meal recipe e-book! From FunCheapOrFree.com by Kim Paige
Jalapeno Popper Wontons - These wontons are a perfect football snack, a real crowd-pleaser..
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Wonton Jalapeño Poppers Jalapeno Popper Wontons 1 package refrigerated square wonton wrappers 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 3 jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese Vegetable oil for frying Coarse salt 1. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese. Arrange wontons in a single layer on a baking sheet. 2. Add 1 teaspoon of the filling to the center of each wonton (don't overfill them). Dip your fingers in a bowl of water and run your wet fingers around all edges of each wonton. Fold the wontons over the filling, pinching the edges to seal to make a triangle and removing any air bubbles. 3. Fry wontons in batches in hot oil until browned and cripsy. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with coarse salt. Serve warm.
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Jalapeno Popper Wontons- a healthier version 1/3 less fat cream cheese and either fat free or reduced fat shredded cheese bake them instead of frying yummy!!
Jalapeno Popper Wontons Recipe Appetizers with wonton wrappers, cream cheese, jalapeno chilies, shredded cheddar cheese, vegetable oil, coarse salt
These broccoli cheese bites are the perfect appetizer! Everything you love about a broccoli and cheese casserole baked into one little bite.
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These broccoli Cheese Bites are great quick and easy appetizers, a great healthy option for a brunch or party from www.playpartypin.com
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Looking for easy appetizer recipes that can be made ahead of time? This is the one bite appetizer recipe you’ve been waiting for. Chicken Artichoke Bites are filled with cheese, artichoke hearts, chicken and bacon, served in a flaky phyllo cup. The chicken artichoke dip can be made ahead of time so all you have to do it pop it in the oven before the party starts!
This is one of those breakfasts that makes you go, "why didn't I think of that?" If you make some hard-boiled eggs at the beginning of the week, then you're just a ripe avocado away from tasty and hunger-fighting combination of hard-boiled eggs and avocado. Recipe from POPSUGAR Fitness
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This is one of those breakfasts that makes you go, why didnt I think of that? If you make some hard-boiled eggs at the beginning of the week, then youre just a ripe avocado away from tasty and hunger-fighting combination of hard-boiled eggs and avocado. Recipe from POPSUGAR Fitness #brunch #recipe #healthy #breakfast #recipes
Avocado and hard boiled egg breakfast.
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Hard-Boiled Eggs and Avocado, such a cute amazing breakfast idea to really fill you up before lunch
Grilled Corn Fritters...I love corn
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Grilled corn fritters are a great way to use your grilled corn! These little cakes are so easy to put together! Click for recipe. - veggies, basic spices, cornmeal, flour, milk, etc. good for a side dish with bbq, breakfast, or a snack. i would eat these for any meal. frugal, want! lj
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Grilled corn fritters are a great way to use your grilled corn! These little cakes are so easy to put together! Click for recipe. Sub almond milk in place of milk, and coconut oil in place of vegetable oil*
Grilled corn fritters are a great way to use your grilled corn! These little cakes are so easy to put together! Click for recipe. #corn #recipe
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5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta by gimmesomeoven: SO good, and it comes together in about 20 minutes! Make with spaghetti squash instead! #Pasta #Bacon #Asparagus
5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta -- SO good, and it comes together in about 20 minutes! #recipe #pasta this would be perfect with zucchini noodles
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5 Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta - SO good, and it comes together in about 20 minutes
(Could use spaghetti squash?!) 5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta -- SO good, and it comes together in about 20 minutes! #recipe #pasta
Quick and easy dinner idea: Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta
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Quick and easy dinner idea: Creamy Chicken Asparagus Pasta
Quick and easy dinner idea: Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta serve this with a pitcher of iced tea for a quick and easy meal everyone can enjoy
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Wow! So many great ways to eat Avocados!! 17 Impossibly Satisfying Avocado Snacks
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17 Impossibly Satisfying Avocado Snacks - I ADORE Avocado. Now here are 17 Avocado Toppings That Will Change Your Snacking Game Forever. I can't wait to try them all. #fitness #health #healthy #recipe #snack #beauty
Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti! No boiling the noodles, just throw it all into the crock pot and dinner is done a few hours later. I added a little secret ingredient to my spaghetti….some cream cheese that makes for a creamy dreamy sauce. Be sure to try it Hope you enjoy this simple dinner!
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Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti! No boiling the noodles, just throw it all into the crock pot and dinner is done a few hours later. I added a little secret ingredient to my spaghetti….some cream cheese that makes for a creamy dreamy sauce. Be sure to try it Hope you enjoy this simple dinner!
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Recipe for a healthy, natural skinny shake that tastes like a Wendys frosty! I used chocolate almond milk
Recipe for a healthy shake that tastes like a Wendys frosty! Is a really good post workout shake but not very sweet. Would probably have to use sweetened almond milk for it to taste sweeter :)
Skinny shake that tastes like a Wendy's Frosty from Snack Hacks
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Skinny Mediterranean Pasta Toss! Recipe from Shrinking Kitchen. You will love the flavor combinations, sure to be a family favorite!
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Skinny Mediterranean Pasta Toss. Sautee garlic, onion, zucchini, petite sweet bell peppers, and grape/cherry tomatoes. No complicated sauce, just add balsamic vinegar and sun dried tomatoes. I added tuna, but chicken would also probably be good in this. And of course, you can't forget the feta cheese
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Skinny Mediterranean Pasta Toss! Recipe from Shrinking Kitchen. You will love the flavor combinations, sure to be a family favorite! #pasta #recipes #healthy #recipe #noodles
Healthy Sweet Potato Zucchini Latkes! INGREDIENTS: -2 whole eggs -2 small zucchinis (peeled and grated) -1 medium sweet potato (peeled and grated) -1/2 onion (chopped) -Coconut oil or PAM
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HEALTHY LATKES RECIPE: 2 small zucchinis, 1 med sweet potato, 2 eggs, 1/2 onion. DIRECTIONS: grate the zucchini and sweet potato, put in a big bowl and mix with the eggs. Then grease pan with coconut oil. Fry on medium high heat until crispy golden on one side then flip. Finally dollop some nonfat plain Greek yogurt as your sour cream! HAPPY HEALTHY HANNUKAH!
Cashew Chicken - this only takes about 25 minutes to make and it's delicious! Only uses 2 Tbsp oil.
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Cashew Chicken - this only takes about 25 minutes // can make this gluten-free by substituting g/f hoisin sauce and tamari soy sauce
Cashew Chicken - this only takes about 25 minutes to make and it's delicious! #cashewchicken #stirfry #chickenrecipes
Cashew Chicken Recipe
CASHEW CHICKEN Made by @cookingclassy Follow her. She is amazing @cookingclassy Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch pieces 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch, divided 1 1/2 Tbsp + 1 tsp Olive Oil Salt and white or black pepper 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth 3 Tbsp hoisin sauce 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 1 Tbsp rice vinegar 1 Tbsp honey 3 green onions, chopped, whites and greens divided 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp finely grated, peeled fresh ginger 2/3 cup lightly salted cashews Red pepper flakes, to taste (optional) Directions In a mixing bowl, toss chicken with 1 Tbsp cornstarch to evenly coat. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add half of the chicken, and cook stirring frequiently, until chicken is is golden brown and has cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate (leaving the remaining oil in skillet - it should be about 1 tsp) and add another 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil to skillet. Cook remaining chicken until golden brown and cooked through, then transfer to plate with first batch of chicken. In a mixing bowl (or liquid measuring cup used to measure chicken broth), whisk together chicken broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey and remaining 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch until well blended. Heat remaining 1 tsp vegetable oil in skillet over medium heat. Add green onion whites, garlic, ginger and cashews and saute until cashews are golden brown, about 1 minute. Pour in hoisin sauce mixture, season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens. Remove from heat, add chicken to sauce and toss to evenly coat. Serve warm with white or brown rice or quinoa and top with greens of green onions and sprinkle with red pepper flakes if desired.
P.F. Chang’s Knock Off Mongolian Beef | Rumbly in my Tumbly. Very good! I used an entire bunch of green onions (6) & it could have even used more! Will probably double the sauce next time as we liked it so much. I just used a pinch of crushed red pepper, and I used stir-fry beef, but will try the flank steak as it was a bit large & chewy. Served with steamed broccoli & brown rice. JS
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PF Changs knock off Mongolian beef. So. Freaking. Good!! And week night easy.
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P.F. Chang’s Knock Off Mongolian Beef | Rumbly in my Tumbly. Really good!. We went light on the brown sugar and red pepper flakes, but added extra green onions and garlic. YUM!
P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef recipe
Raspberry Cream Cheese Pretzel Jello ~ Wow! The buttery pretzel crust really makes this treat unique. It has three different layers of texture and flavor, making this dessert ultra-savory. link to recipe on page
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Raspberry Cream Cheese Pretzel Jello Salad. Ingredients for Raspberry Pretzel Jello Recipe: 6 oz package Raspberry Jell-O 2 cups boiling water 2 cups pretzels 1/4 cup sugar 1 stick butter 1 (8oz) package cream cheese – softened 1 (8oz) package Cool Whip – thawed 1 cup sugar 1 bag frozen raspberries – thawed in refrigerator
Raspberry Cream Cheese Pretzel Jello Salad @J R - step up your pretzel desserts!
Raspberry Cream Cheese Pretzel Jello Salad. Strawberry pretzel salad is my fave. Wonder if I would like raspberry....
GENIUS. S’more Bites:: A quick, easy, fun dessert for guests. definitely making these this summer!
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Brilliant idea!! Smore Bites A quick, easy, fun dessert, especially on rainy summer nights!
S'more Bites - A quick and easy dessert that is super fun for all ages!
S more Bites A quick, easy, fun dessert, especially on rainy summer nights!
Super-fast, no-mess oven smores! Quick snacks ideas you should try asap :D
The BEST Sweet and Sour chicken - takeout OR homemade - I have ever had in my entire life! It is also baked with pineapple, carrots, onions and bell peppers all in ONE BAKING DISH! No need to stir fry extra veggies! | Carlsbad Cravings
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The BEST Sweet and Sour chicken - takeout OR homemade - I have ever had in my entire life! It is also baked with pineapple, carrots, onions and bell peppers all in ONE BAKING DISH! No need to stir fry extra veggies! | Carlsbad Cravings Check out more recipes like this! Visit http://yumpinrecipes.com/
This is for everyone who wonders what fruits and veggies do what in a smoothie? If you are aiming for a certain diet plan, like Paleo, is th...
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Anytime Smoothie Recipes by Super Skinny Me...time for me to use our new blender!!
This infographic has smoothie ideas for any activity! From pre workout to post workout to weight loss to breakfast. Lots of great ideas here.
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Smoothie Recipes for Everything The sweetness of your smoothie heavily depends on the ripeness of the fruit you add. If you find your smoothie needs a little more sweetness, try to avoid sugar (if you must, use brown sugar), and instead add a little honey (preferably Manuka!), cinnamon (sweetens without actually adding calories), xylitol, stevia, figs or dates. 1. PRE-WORKOUT SMOOTHIE The idea of a pre-workout snack is to make sure you have enough energy and sufficient stamina to give your workout all you’ve got. If you’re hungry, you’ll lack energy and drive, which means you won’t be exercising as hard you could. Some people can get away with exercising on an empty stomach, but if you’re the kind of person who has to eat little and often to avoid feeling faint (or road rage), you’ll definitely do well to have a little something before your workout. The ideal pre-workout snack should be easy to digest (to avoid an upset stomach during your workout) and rich in carbohydrates. Consume the smoothie at least 30 to 60 minutes before, depending on how much you’ve drunk/ how hungry you are and what’s in it. Remember, you only want to fuel up enough to bring your A-game. A pre-workout smoothie is not an excuse to down a days worth of calories from a smoothie bar. For maximum performance, keep it little and light. ½ cup frozen strawberries/ blueberries/ mixed berries ½ banana ½ cup low-fat Greek yogurt ¼ cup milk (skim/ almond/ soy) – enough to get your preferred consistency Ice cubes 2. POST-WORKOUT SMOOTHIE After a strenuous workout your main goal is to hydrate, replenish glycogen stores and jumpstart muscle recovery. A post-workout smoothie should be made of carbohydrates and plenty of protein; it should also be relatively easy on the digestive system and quickly processed by the body. Just like pre-workout, a post-workout smoothie is not an excuse to down a pint or two of smoothie drink – its purpose is purely functional. Be sure to drink up within 30 minutes to 2 hours after your workout. If you’ve been exercising at moderate to high intensity for longer than 60 minutes, try to re-fuel within 30 minutes. 1 dash of cinnamon (helps regulate and keep blood sugar levels steady) 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter (or almond butter) 1 medium banana (preferably frozen for extra creaminess) 1/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 1/2 cup almond milk 1 cup ice To boost nutritional content try adding a handful spinach or kale. 3. MUSCLE BUILDER Building muscle is not just about strength training, but ensuring you’re meeting your body’s nutritional needs and providing your body with sufficient protein. Research shows that consuming a protein rich smoothie post-workout can stimulate protein synthesis and muscle recovery, in other words aid muscle growth. 1 scoop chocolate whey protein 8 oz. low-fat chocolate milk 1 medium banana (frozen) Ice 4. WEIGHT LOSS SMOOTHIE The goal here is to create a smoothie packed with nutrients that is super filling, but low in calories, that you can have for breakfast or lunch. In other words, it’s not a snack (i.e. in addition to regular meals), but a meal replacement (instead of meals). To make a meal, a smoothie needs to include carbohydrates, protein and a little fat. Fat is important because helps you feel full, as does protein. 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 scoop whey protein powder ½ medium banana 1 cup frozen mixed berries ¾ cup milk (skim/ almond/ soy) 3 to 5 ice cubes Mixed berries (carbohydrates) provide energy and are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and are a natural sweetener. Chia seeds are incredibly rich in omega-3 fatty acids (healthy fat), protein antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Chia seeds also contain super high levels of soluble and insoluble fiber, making them uncannily filling and a great addition to low-calorie smoothies. Filling smoothie ingredients: chia seeds, ground psyllium husks, whey protein, low-fat Greek yogurt. 5. BELLY BUSTER To make a belly-busting smoothie, add a source of MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) and to aid weight loss add low-fat yogurt. Research shows that MUFAs help target belly fat, and yogurt has been shown to aid weight loss and reduce bloating (read more here). 1 Tbsp cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil (MUFA) 1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries 3/4 cup milk (skim/ almond/ soy) 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt Sources of MUFA to add to smoothies: flaxseed oil, avocado, nut butter (e.g. peanut butter, cashew butter), dark chocolate chips. 6. LOW CARB SMOOTHIE Load up on high quality protein with a carbohydrate source packed with nutrients (i.e. fruit or vegetable). To sweeten use a sweetener such as Stevia or Splenda. 1 scoop protein powder 1 cup frozen, mixed berries 1 cup cold water ¼ cup low-fat cottage cheese 1 packet Splenda sugar substitute 7. METABOLISM BOOSTER This tasty smoothie is designed to be filling, nutritious and boost metabolism. The base of this smoothie is green tea, which boasts both caffeine and catechins, substances shown to speed up metabolism. This smoothie is also rich in protein, which also has metabolism boosting effects. ½ tbsp honey 1 cup mango chunks ½ cup non-fat vanilla yogurt ½ cup brewed green tea, cooled to room temperature 1 cup ice (about 6 cubes) 8. PALEO POWER This paleo friendly smoothie is filling and full of nutritional goodies. Herbal tea makes a great base as it is rich in anti-oxidants and depending on which herbal tea you choose will have specific health benefits (e.g. peppermint for digestive issues, etc). 1 scoop egg white protein powder 1 tbsp nut butter 1 cup frozen berries (mixed or otherwise) 1 cup brewed, chilled herbal tea ½ cup crushed ice 9. THE INVIGORATOR This green smoothie will energize and invigorate the senses. 1 teaspoon lime juice 1 tbsp honey (if needed) 1 handful of spinach (or other leafy greens) 1 apple 1 pear 1 ½ cups chilled ginger tea* Ice cubes Bring about 2 cups of water to the boil. Grate or slice thinly about 1” of ginger root and add to boiling water. Cover saucepan and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain. Cool. 10. BREAKFAST IN ONE Smoothies are perfect for breakfast on the go. All the goodness of a healthy breakfast in one cup. Quick cook oats and nuts help to slow down the absorption of sugar from the fruit, keeping blood sugar levels steady, and giving you more energy for longer. Yogurt and milk are rich in protein, which makes this smoothie filling. The fruit are a source of vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber and carbohydrates, making the smoothie nutritious and energizing. ¼ cup quick cook oats (not instant) ¼ cup nuts (walnuts, almonds, or pecans) 1 ripe banana 1 cup frozen fruit (mango, blackcurrants, or strawberries) 2 ½ tbsp low-fat yogurt 1 cup of milk (skim/ soy/ almond) 11. KOFFEE KICK Wake up with this delicious blend. ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 1 frozen banana ¾ cup frozen low-fat vanilla yogurt 1 cup chilled strong black coffee 12. HANGOVER HERO This smoothie is a meal in a glass and packed with nutrients to make up a little for last nights indulgences. Banana provides energy, ginger will help settle the stomach and help with nausea. Yogurt helps to soothe the digestive tract. Pomegranate juice super nutritious and contains high levels antioxidants. If you don’t have Pomegranate juice to hand, try cranberry or blueberry juice. Alternatively, add a cup of frozen mixed berries. Nut butter is rich in protein and healthy fats, which will help you feel full and provide lasting energy. 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 1 – 2 teaspoons almond butter 1 banana ½ cup low-fat yogurt ½ cup Pomegranate juice Ice cubes 13. SLEEP INDUCER Is there anything worse than laying in bed trying to sleep, concentrating on trying to sleep, and thus not getting to sleep at all? You can’t mentally force yourself to sleep (a self-defeating effort); but you can physiologically. To that end, this smoothie is made up of foods (banana, peanut butter, milk) that contain tryptophan, a sleep-promoting substance, which is converted to serotonin or melatonin. This smoothie is also rich in carbs and calcium, which intensify the effect of tryptophan. Cherries contain melatonin and bananas are a great source of potassium and magnesium, which are natural muscle relaxants. 1 tbsp peanut butter 1 tbsp sesame seeds ¼ cup pitted cherries ½ banana 1 cup milk (skim/ almond/ soy) Ice cubes 14. THE CHILLAXER Sit back and chillax. Enough for two – or just one. 1 dash nutmeg 1 splash vanilla extract 1 tbsp honey 1⁄4 cup ground almonds 2 ripe bananas (preferably frozen for extra creaminess) ½ cup vanilla yogurt ¼ cup chilled chamomile tea (a calming tea) ¼ cup milk (skim/ almond/ soy) Ice cubes 15. STOMACH SOOTHER This all-rounder will address all manner of digestive woes. Papaya contains the enzyme papain, which has a soothing effect on the stomach and aids protein digestion. Ginger tackles nausea and fights flatulence. The probiotics in yogurt help increase friendly bacteria in your digestive tract, aiding digestion and reducing air. This smoothie is also rich in fiber. Fiber helps move food through the digestive tract, cleaning it out and removing toxins from the body. 1 tbsp ground flax seed 1 tsp sliced ginger 1 cup frozen sliced peaches 1 cup peeled, seeded, cubed papaya 1 medium pear, cubed, skin optional 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt 6 ice cubes 16. THE DETOXER The Detoxer looks just like a regular fruit smoothie, pinky red and smooth. It is in fact loaded with the goodness of beetroot and carrot, which are detox favorites. Beetroot boasts antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties and carrots are rich in anti-oxidants. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, while apples and pears are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. Spirulina is a super concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein. 1 tsp spirulina (optional) 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 tsp minced fresh ginger 1 sweet apple 1 ripe pear 1 beet* 1 carrot* Ice *Steam carrot and beet until just about tender (approx 10-15 minutes). Cool. 17. SKIN SMOOTHER Just as weight loss is a combination of diet and exercise, so is great skin a product of good skincare and nutrition. This skin-smoothing smoothie is rich in anti-aging vitamin E, sun-damage-fighting healthy fats, collagen-boosting vitamin C, and wrinkle-reducing oleic acid from wheat germ, flaxseed, berries and avocado respectively. 2 tbsp ground flax seed 1 cup blueberries 1 cup pitted cherries ½ cup strawberries ¼ avocado ½ cup low-fat yogurt Ice cubes 18. IMMUNE BOOSTER Boost your immune system and beat the cold and flu season with this smoothie loaded with beta-carotene and vitamin C from mango, cantaloupe, and pineapple, as well as almonds and almond milk, which are packed with zinc, an immune system booster. 1/3 cup ground almonds 1 cup chopped cantaloupe ½ cup cubed pineapple, fresh or canned 1 Banana 1 cup peeled, pitted, cubed mango ½ cup unsweetened almond milk Ice cubes CORE SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS Below are the building blocks of any healthy smoothie. These core ingredients don’t just look pretty or taste awesome, but offer significant health & fitness benefits. Yogurt is packed with protein, calcium and tummy friendly probiotics. Go low-fat & Greek. Full fat yogurt is high in calories. Greek yogurt is high in protein & low in carbs. To up the protein content of any smoothie, try adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt or silken tofu. Milk is another great source of protein, calcium & other nutrients. Go for skim milk. Can’t tolerate it? Try soy, rice or almond milk. Whey protein is an awesome means of boosting the protein content of a smoothie & also make it more filling. It’s a no-brainer for low-calorie smoothies. And of course, ideal post-workout. Fat has got a bad rap. But there are healthy fats that the body needs. Also, fat helps you feel full. Zero-fat foods are not filling. Your body needs fat to absorb important nutrients. Sources of healthy fats: fish oil, avocado, nuts, flaxseeds, peanut butter & more. Also, choose low-fat milk and yogurt, instead of the nonfat variety. Rich in potassium, vitamin B6& other nutrients bananas are filling, add sweetness, the mild taste means they go with almost everything & it’s rich consistency binds the ingredients in smoothies together. Berries are an antioxidant powerhouse, chock full of vitamin C & phytochemicals, conferring a plethora of health benefits. Naturally sweet & available fresh or frozen. Tea is a healthy & tasty way to customize a smoothie. Green tea, Rooibos, peppermint, etc. confer different health benefits. Try fresh-brewed tea, tea ice cubes or tea powders. What’s a smoothie if not cold & smooth? Use plain ol’ H2O or freeze fruit juice, green juice, tea, coffee, yogurt or milk. Also, try freezing bananas for extra creaminess.
These are 21 clean lunches that can be prepared in under 10 minutes and are great options for packing lunch for school or work.