Super Slaw

slaw

As a kid, I hated coleslaw! The look, smell and general idea of it made sick to my stomach! Looking back, the mayo laden, questionably safe to eat from sitting in the sun for hours examples I had as a kid might make anyone sick!

Recently, I have taken slaw off my list of least favorite foods and I can’t get enough! Traditional coleslaw is plain limiting compared to the potential versatility of this shredded side. If you’re like me and never been a huge coleslaw fan, give this recipe a try and see if you come over to the slaw side!

There is a little bit of everything in this sweet and spicy slaw but the best part is how delicious, nutritious and low in calories it is! Traditionally a side, this slaw is versatile enough to be eaten as a main dish and still provide you with all the protein, vitamins and minerals needed from a complete meal.

You’ll need 3c. shredded cabbage, 1c. shredded carrots and 1c. shredded broccoli stems. You’ll also need an apple cored and chopped, a chopped bell pepper, 1tbsp. fresh ginger, 1 can strained black beans, 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 1tbsp. soy sauce, lime juice, cilantro, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste. Toss it all together, throw it in your fridge and you’re all set!

Alone or as a side with your favorite protein, give it a try and see if you’ll become a slaw lover too!

For a great way to get more veggies, eat slaw…enjoy!

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Totally Baked

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Just because I don’t like the high calorie, high fat content that comes with frying food in oil, doesn’t mean I don’t crave the amazingly crispy crunch and soft center of a good sweet potato fry!

Baking is a great alternative to frying certain foods when you want to achieve the same texture without all the saturated fat and extra calories!

Baked sweet potato fries, baked tofu and some goat cheesy mixed veggies makes for a rich, filling, healthy, low calorie meal!

I par boil the peeled and sliced sweet potatoes for a few minutes, drain and let cool. Instead of using oil I brush these fries with a little honey and season with salt, pepper, rosemary and cayenne. Bake @ 375 until they start to crisp up (about 15 minutes).

On that same pan I lay some sliced, similarly seasoned tofu to crisp up! The key here is to get rid of as much excess moisture as possible (so press between kitchen towels before seasoning and baking).

Rounding out the plate is a big pile of mixed veggies…cooked using stock from earlier in the week instead of oil. Adding a little goat cheese at the end really makes this sassy meal saucy and delicious.

Just like everything livingleen this meal is nutrient packed, low calories, high protein and fabulous for you!

Get totally baked…enjoy!!!

Morning Muffins!

Morning Muffins!

Make your morning meal more than amazing with a whole wheat carrot raisin muffin.

These yummy delights are just 150 calories and filled with wholesome, healthy ingredients guaranteed to keep that fit frame full for the morning!

Bake a batch on Sunday and have breakfast all week with some leftover to share. Eating this built to travel breakfast will help give you energy to start your day as well as nutrients to help your vision, digestion and cognitive functions!

All you need is 2 c. whole wheat flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tbsp. cinnamon, 1 egg, 1/3 c. l.b. sugar, 1/4 c. oil, 1 1/4 c. buttermilk, 1 c. shredded carrots and 1/2 c. raisins and you’re on your way! Turn that oven to 400 and bake for 18-20 minutes to yield yummy treats sure to start your morning with a smile!

Make your morning merry with a muffin…enjoy!!!

Go Nuts!!

Go Nuts!!

I am a total nut freak! Raw, roasted or in butter form, I probably consume anywhere between 1-3 servings daily!

A lot of people watching their weight try to avoid nuts and nut butters because of the higher fat content but don’t be fooled!! Adding nuts to your daily diet can help contribute to weight loss!!

The unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in nuts are hugely beneficial to your body’s many functions – including but not limited to your metabolism (ya know, that function that helps your body break down food and burn fat). Yes, you need fat to loose fat, haha! Plus, nuts are a great source of protein!

The only two things you really need to watch out for are portion control and raw vs. roasted nuts. I recommend always buying raw nuts and dry roasting them yourself with a little salt. Buying roasted nuts can majorly spike the calorie content as most manufacturers use gobs of honey or oil. Commonly, nuts are 1/4cup or 2tablespoons a serving, so make sure to measure and don’t forget…

GO NUTS!!