healthy hacks

HEALTH HACK | SIDE DISH STARS

It's T-minus 2 days until Thanksgiving! As we all get ready for one the best meals of the year with our loved ones, why not make it even better with some last minute additions? Thanksgiving dinner is nothing without a bevy of side dishes, a bountiful selection of delicious sorts. You can contribute some holiday love this Thursday by bringing one of these mouth-watering and healthy side dishes to the table:  

1. Broccoli, Shiitake and Red Onion Roast. See recipe here.
2. Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs. See recipe here.
3. Sweet Potato Casserole. See recipe here.
4. Quinoa and Mushroom-Stuffed Butternut Squash. See recipe here.
5. Dirty Farro Stuffing. See recipe here.

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HEALTH HACK | THANKFUL FOR DESSERT

You may be watching your carb and calorie intake this holiday season, but that does not mean you have to skip out on dessert...ESPECIALLY Thanksgiving dessert (possibly one of the best parts of the night). Indulge in lighter versions of dessert that are lower in calories but not low on flavor. Yes, that's right--delicious and healthier options exist in copious amounts. Here are 5 recipes to try out this Thanksgiving that would give anyone an extra reason to be thankful:

1. Apple Coconut Crumble Pie. See recipe here.

2. Caramel Apples. See recipe here.

3. Pumpkin Cheesecake. See recipe here.

4. Pumpkin Donuts with Pecan Frosting. See recipe here.

5. Pumpkin Pie Parfait with Coconut Whipped Cream. See recipe here.

HEALTH HACK | DIET WITH PIZZA-ZZ

Eating healthy means you are cutting calories and maximizing nutrition--It does not mean you are cutting out one of life's savory and comforting staples: pizza! All diets should include pizza and we have discovered some of the tastiest and healthier pizza recipes to please your palette. Next time you crave a cheesy slice, try one of these 5 recipes that won't leave you feeling guilty for cheating your diet (talk about a personal victory): 

1. Margherita Pizza. See recipe here.

2. Turkey Pizza. See recipe here.

3. Mushroom and Arugula Pizza. See recipe here.

4. Roasted Pepper and Olive Pizza. See recipe here.

5. Tomato Ricotta Pizza. See recipe here.

 

HEALTH HACK | FALL SOUP (FOR THE SOUL)

We are officially two days from saying hello to... FALL! Before you get sad about Summer coming to an end, get excited about what the upcoming season has to offer! Fall means crisper air, beautiful Autumn leaves, sweater weather, and hearty soups that make your heart smile. And on that last cheesy note, check out these 5 delicious soups/stews that will warm your soul and prime you for Fall: 

1.  Aromatic Shrimp and Noodle Soup.  See recipe  here .

1. Aromatic Shrimp and Noodle Soup. See recipe here.

2.  Chicken Tortellini Soup . See recipe  here .

2. Chicken Tortellini Soup. See recipe here.

3  Mushroom Soup.  See recipe  here .

3 Mushroom Soup. See recipe here.

4.  Veggie Kimchi Soup.  See recipe  here .

4. Veggie Kimchi Soup. See recipe here.

5.  Egg and Lentil Stew . See recipe  here .

5. Egg and Lentil Stew. See recipe here.

HEALTH HACK | BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

What's the best way to jump-start your day? Eating a mindful breakfast! Breakfast truly is the most important meal--it starts your metabolism, energizes your body and primes you for the rest of your day. To make sure you are equipped for an energizing and healthy day worthy of a champion, check out these 5 nutritious recipes that will allow breakfast to live up to its full potential:

1.  Skinny Fried Egg and Avocado Toast.  See recipe  here .

1. Skinny Fried Egg and Avocado Toast. See recipe here.

2.  Breakfast Egg Muffins . See recipe  here .

2. Breakfast Egg Muffins. See recipe here.

3.  Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie . See recipe  here .

3. Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie. See recipe here.

4.  Candied Orange Peel Granola.  See recipe  here .

4. Candied Orange Peel Granola. See recipe here.

5.  Banana and Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Cups . See recipe  here .

5. Banana and Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Cups. See recipe here.

HEALTH HACK | CHICKEN FIX

Chicken is a great, lean source of protein and can be an excellent healthy hallmark in a nutritious diet, but can be boring when you are merely eating plain chicken breasts every other day. Appease your taste buds and healthy conscious by sprucing up the dull chicken dinner. Classic chicken meals undergo a makeover in these 5 simple, delicious recipes--try one of these for your next meal! : 

1.  Lemon Chicken Breasts.  See recipe  here .

1. Lemon Chicken Breasts. See recipe here.

2.  Baked Orange Chicken and Brown Rice.  See recipe  here .

2. Baked Orange Chicken and Brown Rice. See recipe here.

3.  Baja Chicken Bowl.  See recipe  here .

3. Baja Chicken Bowl. See recipe here.

4.  Skinny Cowgirl Chicken Salad . See recipe  here .

4. Skinny Cowgirl Chicken Salad. See recipe here.

5.  Slow-Cooker Balsamic Chicken . See recipe  here .

5. Slow-Cooker Balsamic Chicken. See recipe here.

HEALTH HACK | YOGURT PARFAITS, OLÉ!

Yogurt parfaits are perfect versatile and healthy snacks. They can be the ideal quick morning breakfast, the satisfying mid-day treat or the nighttime sweet-tooth quencher. Yogurt is an excellent source of protein and can be complimented with so many different healthy toppings you will never get bored of it (nuts, granola, fruit, honey, etc.). Get creative and make them ahead of time so that you always have a nutrition-loaded snack ready to eat. Try these 5 yogurt parfait recipes:

1.  Low-Calorie Blueberry Yogurt Parfait . See recipe  here .

1. Low-Calorie Blueberry Yogurt Parfait. See recipe here.

2.  Strawberry Yogurt Parfait . See recipe  here .

2. Strawberry Yogurt Parfait. See recipe here.

3.  Peanut Butter and Jelly Chia Parfait.  See recipe  here .

3. Peanut Butter and Jelly Chia Parfait. See recipe here.

4.  Cocoa Nibs Breakfast Parfait . See recipe  here .

4. Cocoa Nibs Breakfast Parfait. See recipe here.

5.  Peaches ‘n Cream Oat & Chia Pudding Parfait . See recipe  here .

5. Peaches ‘n Cream Oat & Chia Pudding Parfait. See recipe here.

HEALTH HACK | JULY 4 DESSERTS

Happy (almost) Independence Day! Many things come to mind when you think about July 4th: fireworks, barbecues, pool parties, red-white-and-blue, patriotism, and most importantly...dessert! Allow me to contribute to your celebrations with these 5 healthy, July 4th-themed desserts to try out this holiday: 

1.  Fresh berries with maple cream . See recipe  here .

1. Fresh berries with maple cream. See recipe here.

2. Paleo  Caveman Chocolate Cupcakes . See recipe  here .

2. Paleo Caveman Chocolate Cupcakes. See recipe here.

3.  Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Cream Pie . See recipe  here .

3. Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Cream Pie. See recipe here.

4.  Red, White, and Blueberry Vegan Cheesecake . See recipe  here .

4. Red, White, and Blueberry Vegan Cheesecake. See recipe here.

5.  Fruit and Yogurt Parfait . See recipe  here .

5. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait. See recipe here.