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salad in a jar

As many of you know I am all about stress-free, healthy eating and meal prepping to ensure that we are prepared for a chaotic week when we do not have time to cook. Ideal balanced meals will have a combination of fiber, greens, healthy fats, and clean protein. Many of my clients worry about not having healthy meals prepared for the week ahead. Here are 2 easy, quick and delicious salad- spirations, as well as one breakfast in a jar that will be perfect for your busy week ahead.

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rose quartz

If you’re gift searching for a friend, loved one, sister, or daughter… This is an excellent place to find some thoughtful and intentional items that will bring light and love to that special someone.

Gifts don’t necessarily have to be lavish. Sometimes a small present that improves quality of life is just right. Sometimes it’s something simple that fits right into the recipient’s personal style. It’s all about being thoughtful… But it can be tough to conjure ideas!

So, here’s a list of gift ideas for the special women in your life. Best of luck with your search!

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detox lunch

During the holiday season, it’s difficult to stay balanced – even with the best intentions. To balance out the hors d’oeuvres and desserts, I have some healthier lunch ideas that will help you feel better after a night of indulgence!

Let’s dig right in.

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This is a perfect detox meal for lunch or dinner. It is full of nutrient dense vegetables, healthy fats, clean protein and black sesame seeds pack in extra minerals. You can meal prep the chicken on your prep day. Prep day for me is Sunday’s but it can be any day that you choose to make your life easier during the holiday’s.  You can add the chicken then to other dishes or you can add quinoa to this bowl to add an extra punch of protein.

 

Creamy Tahini Salad with Smoked Paprika Chicken
Author: Exploring Healthy Foods
A perfect detox recipe that will leave you feeling balanced and satisfied.
Ingredients:
Chicken
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt
    Salad Ingredients
  • 5 cups greens (I mixed romaine, arugula and spinach)
  • ½ cup cucumbers, sliced and then chopped into fourths
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
    Salad Dressing
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lime
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
    Toppings
  • ½ avocado for each serving
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Coat chicken breast with olive oil, then sprinkle with smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt on both sides.
  3. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in oven for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, turn over chicken and bake for another 15 minutes.
  5. After chicken has been cooking for 30 minutes, check to make sure it is fully cooked (no pink). If it’s not add back into oven until fully cooked. When ready, remove chicken from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  6. While the chicken is cooking, add all salad ingredients to a small bowl and whisk ingredients together. Dressing should be thick and have a creamy texture. Set aside.
  7. In a large bowl, add greens, cucumber, tomatoes and carrots. Then add dressing and toss together. Separate salad into 2 bowls (recipe makes 2 servings)
  8. Slice chicken breast and top onto each salad bowl.
  9. Top with avocado and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  10. Enjoy!

 

sugarlessgummies

These little cuties were made with coconut milk and gelatin that I happened to have in my refrigerator. I was craving something a little sweet so I decided to make these little yoga gummies for myself and my daughter. This is a fun and easy activity to do with your son or daughter and enjoy snacking on together without the guilt.

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energy boosting snacks

Little twinges of hunger can strike at nearly any point during the day, and it’s nice to be able to enjoy a snack between meals to maintain energy and keep that nagging hunger at bay.

Unfortunately though, most of the “quick fix” foods we have available to us today are filled with empty calories, excess sodium, high fructose corn syrup… and basically none of the things that your body actually needs out of a snack!
Because a key part of snacking is convenience, it’s so much easier to reach for those corner-store treats or processed, pre-packaged foods that will stave off hunger, but do very little for providing you with nutrition.

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meal prep hacks

 

So, You’re on board with a “whole foods” lifestyle, great! Now if you could only find the time to make it happen…

My secret to success is meal prep. That means I designate a time to cook large amounts of healthy food ahead of time, with a plan to use it throughout the week. That way, when I’ve spent the afternoon running my darlings from tae-kwon-do to dance lessons, I don’t have empty plates staring me in the face when I get home, or feel the temptation to fill them with something quick and processed.

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Homemade Nutella

Nutella has advertised for many years that their gooey, chocolatey, sugar loaded spread is healthy. The makers of Nutella, Ferrero, Inc. has sold their spread as a nourishing breakfast option but neglected to mention that in a teaspoon there can be up to 21 grams of sugar. This is far beyond the recommended daily intake for sugar, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO recommends, Americans should limit their sugar intake to 25 grams per day.

Well, since we all cannot just have one teaspoon on our morning toast, we will have exceeded our sugar intake at breakfast! Read more