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Quick Recipe Round-Up

If you follow my Instagram account you may have seen the yummy recipes I posted this past weekend. This post is recipe round-up.

First we have the mouth-watering tropical kabobs. These are so easy and light.

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Just skewer pineapple chunks, mushrooms, purple onion, sweet red peppers, and green peppers. Lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt to taste. I roasted in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Grilling the kabobs would work well also.

Friday night I was craving something sweet. We had nothing in the house I could get my hands on so I decided to whip something up with what I had. It was national doughnut day that day. All I saw on social media were yummy doughnuts all day. That got me in the mood for something doughy. This is what happened.

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Blueberry Banana Cookies 🙂

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

2 scoops of vanilla protein powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1 ripe banana

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp organic honey

1 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

A big handful of fresh blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet. Combine flour, protein powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Combine egg, mashed banana, coconut oil, honey, milk, and vanilla extract and whisk together. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and combine together. Fold in the blueberries. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden. These were a hit at my house.

Who doesn’t love chicken salad? I love it, but not with mayo. A good friend shared this with me. It is so easy and delightful.

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Avocado Cilantro Chicken Salad 🙂

2 cans of chicken breast or 2 cups of shredded chicken

1 tbsp garlic powder with parsley

1 tsp salt

Juice of 2 fresh limes

1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro

2 tbsp finely chopped purple onion (optional)

1 large ripe avocado

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. I served open-faced with an Ezekiel muffin and tomato. It would be great as a sandwich or on a bed of mixed greens. Simple, healthy and easy to prepare. Enjoy.

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Fat Facts

This post is about “good fats vs bad fats”. I have had a few people ask me about this and I hope to keep it simple and clear some fat confusion.

When it comes to consuming fats, many people are concerned with weight gain, clogged arteries, and high cholesterol. It is true that people who get little physical activity and eat a diet high in calories are going to gain weight. Keep in mind if you have little fat in your diet and if you overeat carbs, protein and/or alcohol you will gain weight, however fat can play a role in weight gain if you eat too much. It is easy to overeat fats because they lurk around in many of the foods we love. Overeating fats can increase the waistline but also overeating the wrong types of fat can increase the risk  for stoke, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and heart disease.  Choosing the right types of fats is very important in reducing the risk of developing these types of things and you just might reduce the waistline as well.

FACT

People need fats – we can’t live without them. Fats are an important part in a healthy diet because they provide essential fatty acids (such as omega 3’s & 6’s), deliver fat soluble vitamins throughout body, keep the skin soft, great source of energy, and they play an important role in proper eyesight and brain development in babies and children.

Dietary fat has 9 calories per gram. It does have more calories per gram than carbs (4) and protein (4) but you can’t equate dietary fat with body fat. Like I said earlier, you can get fat by eating carbs and protein even if you have very little fat in your diet. Excess calories from any source can promote weight gain.

Consuming the wrong types of fats can contribute to clogged arteries which can lead to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Also consuming a diet high in “bad” fats has been linked to certain cancers.

Ok. Let’s break it down.

GOOD FATS

Unsaturated fats should be the dominant fat in a healthy diet. The American Heart Association recommends to get 20-35% of our daily calories from fats(most Americans get 34%  total fat or more daily- yikes!) There are two types of unsaturated fats.

  1. Monounsaturated fats have been found to help in weight loss. Yay! Olive oil, canola oil, sesame oil, avocado (my favorite), nuts such as almonds, cashews, pistachios, and peanuts(a legume) all belong to this group.
  2. Polyunsaturated fats have been found to lower total cholesterol and LDL . Corn, cottonseed, safflower oils, sunflower seeds and sunflower oils, flaxseed and flaxseed oils, soybeans and soybean oils, walnuts, and seafood such as salmon, trout and mackerel belong in this group.

A few good fats found in my house

BAD FATS

Saturated and Trans fats are in this category.

  1. A high saturated fat diet is worse than dietary cholesterol when it comes to raising blood cholesterol levels. It is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. These need to be limited to <7% of your total daily fats. Saturated fats can be found in meats, butter, cream, ice cream and other foods with animal fats. Also, highly saturated vegetable oils like coconut oil, palm and palm kernel oil and cocoa butter are unhealthy and will be found in packaged foods such as milk chocolate, cookies, crackers, snack chips etc.
  2. Trans fat is in a league of its own. Trans fat is man-made fat found in some margarines and packaged foods. This type of fat has been linked to certain cancers and contributes to clogged arteries. Most of the trans fat we eat is an end product of hydrogenation (process of converting oils into a firmer and tasty product with a long shelf life). This is bad stuff. It is gradually being removed from most packaged foods but is still found in some stick margarine, shortening, fast food, cookies, crackers, granola bars, and microwave popcorn. Beware! Products labeled “trans fat-free” can still have up to about 1/2 gram per serving by law. This can add up if you regularly eat packaged and processed food stuff.

    Bad fats found in my house; not sure why they are there. Yuck!

There you have it. Good fats vs bad fats. Bad fats scare me so I try my best to eat wholesome foods with healthy fats. If you are having trouble choosing your fats then avoid processed packaged foods and cook whole foods with healthy fat at home. Eat lean sources of protein, low-fat dairy foods, whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.

Remember your health is your wealth so pay attention to the types of fats you are consuming. It is not just about counting fat grams. Do you prepare your food at home with healthy fats? Are you concerned about your health and where it is going? Let me know, I would love to hear from ya!:)

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