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Homemade Healthy Kebabs

Healthy Kebabs

This week in food, we gave you recipes for a summertime favorite, healthy kebabs. They’re good for more than grilling, though!

First up was an Olive Kebab that is a quick and easy appetizer for any get together.

Gobble Up Olive Kebabs for Easy Appetizer

 

Cooking these Grilled Salmon Kebabs with lemon really makes sure you get that flavor in every bite.

Grilled Salmon Kebabs

 

These Grilled Pineapple Ham Kebabs are as easy as ordering in that Hawaiian pizza, and much healthier.

Grilled Pineapple Ham Kabobs Recipe

 

Skip fried food on a stick and try something fresh like this Chef Salad on a Stick.

Chef Salad On-a-Stick

Chef Salad: Food on a Stick

 

These Grilled Chicken and Peach Kebabs are the perfect blend of your favorite summer flavors.

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabob
Image and Recipe via Grit

 

Looking for a quick, kid-friendly snack? These Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites are perfect for any age.

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites
Image and Recipe via Heat Oven to 350

 

Make Low Country Boil Kebabs for a complete, comfort food meal in no time.

Country Boil Kabab

Low Country Boil Kabobs

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In-Season, Healthy Peach Recipes

Healthy Peach Recipes

Peaches are ripe and in-season at your market right now, and we had healthy peach recipes for you to use them each day this week.

First up is an Easy Peach Hot Sauce to spice up any summer meal with fresh fruit flavors.

Peach Hot Sauce

 

Make these Roasted Pork Chops and Peaches for an easy, filling meal with all the flavors of summer.

Roasted Pork Chops and Peaches

 

This Fresh Peach Salsa is the perfect summer dish to bring along to dinner parties or potlucks.

Fresh Peach Salsa Recipe

 

Peach and Raspberry Chicken Salad makes a fresh and flavorful meal for lunch or dinner.

Peach and Raspberry Chicken Salad

 

Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Basil and Honey Balsamic Reduction puts a whole new spin on peach pie, perfectly balancing sweet and salty flavors.

Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Basil and Honey Balsamic Reduction

 

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Eating Mindfully with Fresh Veggies

My Healthy Journey: Eating Mindfully with Rally

Eating Mindfully

I’ve recently started a new diet (which you’ve seen some pictures of if you follow me on Instagram). I am doing a cleanse of sorts with it, and I will eventually be taking some supplements, but the point is really about developing a better relationship with food.

That is what the eating mindfully challenge from Rally, our wellness tool, is really all about. It asks you to stop and think before you eat that morning donut from the break room.

So, the rules of what I’m doing food-wise are pretty simple. I’m eating breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, dinner, and I can have another evening snack if I need it. (As a person who was eating maybe two meals a day and can’t really have dessert, I pretty much never need it.)

Within those meals, I’m trying to get a protein, a fruit or veggie, and a complex carb (whole wheat pastas and breads, potatoes, beans, etc.) in with each meal. For snacks, I’m usually mixing a fruit or veggie with some protein.

Besides that, I’m just avoiding processed foods as much as possible. Nothing with added sugar or salt, no soda, no coffee, no alcohol, and the big sacrifice, no candy! (Although, I may still be sneaking the occasional square of dark chocolate…)

(I should also add that I’m not getting rid of salt altogether. A sprinkle of salt on meat before you cook it or on fresh corn can make all the difference, but I’m going really light on this. And the good news is, I’ve always preferred pepper, so I’m just adding LOTS of that!)

What That Actually Looks Like

So, a rundown of today to give you a better idea:

For breakfast, I had a smoothie made with frozen berries and banana, oats, and pineapple coconut water. And I ate a scrambled egg for protein.

For my morning snack, I had a kiwi, blueberries, and strawberries. (Because I worked from home this morning, my snack and breakfast were closer together than normal, so I wasn’t very hungry and skipped the protein.)

For lunch, I had a half turkey sandwich on whole grain bread and a half spinach salad with lots of veggies.

For my second snack, I had homemade cinnamon apple chips (Cooking Light has some good recipes for this), and turkey lunch meat with a few red pepper strips.

For dinner, I will be using some herb pork tenderloin I made earlier in the week with some whole wheat pasta, roasted tomatoes and zucchini, and half an avocado (before it goes bad).

How I Actually Do It

And this is very much how I cook. I rarely use recipes, and I tend to throw in whatever is ripest in my kitchen. I also cook for one a lot, so I know I’m not going to want to eat the same things 8 days in a row. So I will do one thing that I can use many ways.

This week, I cut apart a pork tenderloin into 6 pieces, and I made them 3 different ways. The first way was what I’m using tonight. For that herb version, I just coated the pork in olive oil and then sprinkled it with salt, pepper, and rosemary.

Then I made a pineapple version. I just mixed about a teaspoon of soy sauce, about a tablespoon of honey, and a tablespoon of fresh pineapple juice, then I coated the meat in it. I topped each piece with a fresh pineapple ring before going into the oven.

And last, I made a quick peach reduction version. For that one, I put about a half cup of frozen peaches (fresh would be even better!) into a small saucepan and thawed them on the stove. Then I added 1-2 tablespoons of honey and brought the whole thing to a nice boil. Then I turned it down and let it simmer for at least 5 minutes to thicken. Then I just poured it over my meat.

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Then I popped all of those (sectioned off with foil between the different flavors) straight into the oven. It baked at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. (Again, I don’t usually use a timer, I just check on things. So always make sure to cut your meat to see if it’s cooked through when following my slapped-together recipes!)

The Payoff

I served the Pineapple Pork Loin with a roasted sweet potato (which was just a sweet potato cut up, tossed in a little olive oil and seasoning, and popped in the oven at the same time as the pork) and fresh green beans. I also made a quick fresh salsa with another slice of fresh pineapple cut up and some red bell pepper that I served on top of the pork. This was delicious and the pineapple and honey got all sticky and crunchy on the outside.

Pineapple Pork Loin

I had the Peach Reduction Pork the next day, and I served it with more green beans and a Corn, Avocado, and Tomato salad, which is a super quick and tasty side. I used frozen corn which I steamed in the microwave, and then mixed it with half an avocado and a few sliced cherry tomatoes.

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I’ve also done the math on those recipes for calorie tracking in my fitness binder, and the entire Pineapple Pork Loin meal was just 354 calories, and the entire Peach Pork meal was just 458 calories (based on a 4 oz. portions of pork).

So, How Can You Eat Mindfully?

  1. Start with fruit and veggies! Skip the garlic bread side and have a salad.
  2. Eat proper portions, because you can’t actually eat an entire bag of Cheetos and get away with it everyday once you lose the metabolism of a teenager.
  3. Just eating better snacks can make a huge difference. Skip the donut and try one of these:

What a 100-Calorie Snack Looks Like
Image via SPARKPEOPLE

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Cooking Healthy Cauliflower Recipes

Healthy Cauliflower Recipes

This week in food, we featured another vegetable that is perfectly in season in April, cauliflower. These healthy cauliflower recipes make the most of it.

First up for Meatless Monday was a healthy Teriyaki Cauliflower Rice Bowl, which uses “rice” made out of cauliflower, but you’ll never know the difference.

Teriyaki Cauliflower Rice Bowl
Image and Recipe via Yup.. It’s Vegan!

 

Try this recipe for one of the food substitutes sweeping the internet, Skinny Cauliflower Mash. Perfect for mashed potato lovers.

The Nutrition Twins Skinny Cauliflower Mash

 

These Cheesy Cauliflower Tots are perfect to fool your kids, or even just your inner child, into a healthy snack.

Cheesy Cauliflower Tots

 

This Greek Roasted Lemon Cauliflower and Potatoes with Feta Cheese recipe is an all-in-one side dish for any dinner.

Greek Roasted Lemon Cauliflower and Potatoes with Feta Cheese
Image and Recipe via Yup.. It’s Vegan!

 

You can make pizza with a cauliflower crust for much fewer calories, and it will be delicious with a full serving of veggies.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Image and Recipe via Joe and Sue

 

This Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds is a bright and tasty side for spring entrees.

Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds

 

Try making Healthy Blackened Chicken Fajitas with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice the next time you’re craving takeout.

Healthy Blackened Chicken Fajitas with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Healthy Blackened Chicken Fajitas With Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

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Healthy Takeout Meal

Healthy Takeout

All March long, we’re going to give you fun recipes to make some of your favorite comfort foods. This week, we’ve got recipes to make your favorite foods as healthy takeout at home.

First up is a Vegetable Lo Mein for Meatless Monday that is so hearty you won’t miss the meat.

Vegetable Lo Mein

 

These Cuban Fish Tacos with Citrus Mango Slaw and Chipotle Lime Crema will bring summer to your home early.

Cuban Fish Tacos with Citrus Mango Slaw + Chipotle Lime Crema.

 

This Skinny Honey Lemon Chicken is a quick and delicious weeknight meal.

Skinny Honey Lemon Chicken

 

Satisfy your takeout craving with this Smoky Pork Stir-Fry at just 165 calories a serving.

Smoky Pork Stir Fry

 

If you’re obsessed with Chipotle, this fresh, simple 350-Calorie Burrito Bowl is perfect for you.

Healthy Burrito Bowl

 

If you’re afraid of rolling your own eggrolls or sushi, this recipe for Cucumber and Avocado Summer Rolls with Mustard-Soy Sauce is an easy appetizer to master first.

Cucumber and Avocado Summer Rolls with Mustard-Soy Sauce

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Healthy Dinner Dates

Healthy Dinner Dates

Valentine’s Day was fast approaching this week in food, so we helped you make healthy dinner dates for date night.

First up is a stunning (vegetarian) Ratatouille for two.

Ratatouille (Confit Byaldi)

 

Try this entire French-inspired menu, featuring Bistro Roast Chicken, for your Valentine’s Day.

Bistro Roast Chicken

 

This Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Wine Sauce is quick and much healthier than the steak house.

Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Wine Sauce

 

Try this memorable menu, featuring Fennel-Rosemary-Crusted Lamb, for this Valentine’s.

Fennel-Rosemary-Crusted Lamb

 

This fancy Pomegranate Duck is perfect for your romantic, homemade dinner date.

Pomegranate Duck

 

It’s not too late to plan a special date. Try this Lobster Menu for two that’s sure to impress.

Lobster Dinner

 

These Coconut and Basil Steamed Mussels are impressively elegant, but still just 308 calories.

Coconut and Basil Steamed Mussels

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Sharing Healthy Dinners

Healthy Dinners

This week in food, we helped you stick to your resolutions with some plans for healthy dinners.

First up were Spinach and Parmesan Soufflés for Meatless Monday that make rich fine dining, but at only 163 calories.

Spinach and Parmesan Soufflés

 

Try these rich Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions that are ready to eat in 40 minutes.

Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions

 

Pork Tenderloin and Canneillini Beans will be a hearty winter favorite in your house, especially when it’s on the table in under 30 minutes.

Pork Tenderloin and Canneillini Beans

 

Spiced Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Rice make for a flavorful 40-minute dinner any day of the week.

Spiced Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Rice

 

Make this Sesame Albacore Tuna for a weekend meal that feels special, but is still healthy.

Sesame Albacore Tuna

 

Mustard-Molasses Flank Steak will be a hit with the whole family, and leftovers are great on a salad for you workday lunch.

Mustard-Molasses Flank Steak

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