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Entries in healthy food (5)

Tuesday
Feb192013

Healthy Habits: Amaranth Bowl & Orange Ginger Dressing

I've been experimenting with new grains lately, and I have fallen for amaranth. It's like a small version of quinoa and packed with just as many nutrients. Amaranth alone is sort of bland, much like any other grain alone, but I dressed it with a homemade orange ginger dressing that was light, tangy and delicious. Here's what I did: 

Ingredients: 

1 cup amaranth

1 head of organic cauliflower

5 organic carrots, peeled and chopped

1 organic red pepper, chopped

1 organic zucchini, chopped

1 head of organic  kale, rinsed and chopped

1 sweet organic onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, diced

1 organic blood orange

1/2 inch piece of organic ginger

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 

Cook the amaranth in 2 cups of water by bringing it to a boil and letting it simmer for about 20 minutes, or until all the water has absorbed. Sautee the veggies by starting with the garlic and onion, then add the rest, saving the kale for the last two minutes or so. When everything is cooked, put the blood orange and ginger through a juicer or food processor. Add the ACV and you've got yourself a dressing! Put the veggies in with the amaranth, and serve in a bowl. Then add the dressing on top. Enjoy!

Wednesday
Sep072011

Healthy Habits: No Sugar Banana Bread

Regardless of whether you're watching your sugar intake for health reasons or simply because your wedding is coming up, this banana bread is a pretty good guilt-free dessert option (or breakfast, I'm not judging!). I have to warn you, it is kind of dense (I'm in Germany, and I couldn't find baking soda anywhere), but the density doesn't take away from the taste. If anything, this was less of a 'bread' consistency and more of a....pumpkin pie consistency? Either way, still good.

Here's what you'll need:

1 egg

1/4 cup apple sauce (no sugar added)

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda (I didn't have this, so maybe this makes a difference with the density factor?)

1 teaspoon baking powder

a pinch of salt

3 bananas

some chopped almonds

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a bread pan.

 

Bake for 40 minutes at 375 degrees.  Eat and enjoy!

Monday
May302011

Healthy Habits: Bars

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Bars are a great little snack to have when you're on the go, but it's important to make healthy choices about the bars you choose to eat. Granola bars and protein bars are often disguised as healthy choices, but when you look at the ingredients, you find that they're not quite as healthy as you may like, as they're often loaded with sugar, empty carbs, and artificial ingredients. 

Some tips when it comes to protein bars: 

-Choose something with high fiber (5g or more). This will keep you full for a longer period of time. 

-Choose something low in sugar (less than 14g), but if the bar has dried fruit, your bar will naturally have more sugar content and that's okay. 

-Many bars are around 300 calories. If this is the case, then it is meant to be more of a 'meal replacement' than a snack. (I use the term 'meal replacement' loosely because it isn't meant to replace a major breakfast, lunch or dinner, but rather the idea that you should eat 5-6 meals per day, and a protein bar replaces one of those meals).

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My favorite bars are Jay Bars (pictured above). They are gluten free and come in fudge, peanut butter and coconut (peanut butter is the best, IMO) and you can buy them here. I also really like Greens and Whey in peanut butter or in peanut butter and chocolate. (They taste best when you put them in the microwave for 5 seconds first). Both of these bars have all natural ingredients and taste delicious. Try them out and let me know what you think!

Wednesday
May182011

Healthy Habits: Kale Chips

 

A girl's gotta have her snacks, but when she's watching what she eats and setting an intention to make healthy choices, the list of delicious snacks dwindles... Cue the kale chips. 

Kale, a superfood, is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Full of antioxidants, kale has been proven to fight the formation of cancerous cells. It also has many anti-inflammatory components, and is full of vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. Personally, I've never really liked kale until I tried a kale chip.

Kale chips are super easy to make, and taste so good you may find yourself chowing down on them in front of the tv (and that's a good thing)!

Here's what you'll need: 

Kale (organic is best)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (organic is best)

Sea Salt

Steps: 

First, preheat the oven to 350.

Then, wash the kale and pat dry with a paper towel.

Then, chop the kale into small pieces about the size of a tortilla chip.

Put the kale into a large bowl.

Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over the kale. 

Toss the kale so all pieces are lightly covered with olive oil.

Spread the kale evenly onto a baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

Put the sheet in the oven. 

Bake for 20-30 minutes. When the kale is ready, it will turn a dark green, almost black color and will be crispy. 

Eat and enjoy!

Wednesday
May042011

Healthy Habits: Broccoli Rabe & Chicken

 

Many brides want to be in the best shape of their lives on their wedding day. They'll join a gym, work out, and work on their fitness. But did you know that simply by eating better you'll be able to see results? We at Jetting To The Wedding think it's super important to make healthy food choices a priority, and that's why we're bringing you Healthy Habits, a section of our blog to give you healthy ideas for meals.

 Here we have organic, free-range chicken seasoned with Mrs. Dash's original seasoning, with sides of organic brown rice and organic broccoli rabe. We love Mrs. Dash's seasoning because it is sodium-free. 

Chicken: 

Rinse the chicken after you take it out of the package. Put it into a pyrex glass  with a little bit of organic olive oil and season. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Rice: 

Use a ratio of 1.5 cups of water to 1 cup of rice. Put the rice and water in a pot. You can add bay leaves for a little something extra. Turn your stove on high, and bring the rice and water to a boil. Once it boils, put the lid on and let the rice simmer for 20 minutes. Take the pot off the stove and let it sit for about 10-20 minutes, depending on how chewy you like your rice. 

Broccoli Rabe:

Wash the broccoli rabe and put it to the side. Fill a pot about 3/4 with water, and bring to a boil. Carefully put the broccoli rabe in once the water has boiled. Let it sit in the boiling water for 3-5 minutes, depending on how you like your broccoli.

Immediately strain the water out, and put the broccoli rabe into a pot of cold water with ice. This will stop the cooking process of the broccoli rabe, to maintain the crunchiness. 

Eat and enjoy!