Garlic and Herb Tuna Salad

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Had this the other day and it was delish!!! … after eating though, I could have gone without the dressing … but its all about a learning experience and seeing what works for you too. But anyways! Here is the recipe!

 

1 cup spinach and baby greens mix

50g (5 slices) cucumber

1 oz avocado

1 packet of tuna ( for this is used Tuna Creations Garlic and Herb flavor but lemon pepper is yummy too! ) =74g

1 oz chopped orange bell pepper

2tbs Walden Farms Chipotle Ranch dressing <— this is what I felt like I could have done without because the avocado acted as a dressing… but its all up to ya’ll.

 

Nutrition Breakdown:

Calories- 250

Protein- 17.5

Carbohydrate: 13.4

Fat: 14.5

 

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Healthy Breakfast Burrito

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You’ll Need:

2 Tbsp Salsa

1/4 cup chopped mushrooms

1/2 Cup Egg Whites (if making your own, takes about 3 large eggs)

1/2 cup chopped red, yellow and green bell peppers

1/4 cup spinach

1/2 cup chicken or steak (you choose what kinda burrito you want! ) – make sure this is already cooked!

1/2 of an avocado, chopped up

1 low-carb or gluten free tortilla.

In a medium skillet, pour a little olive oil in pan and let heat up. Cook up the egg whites in a “scrambled” style and then add veggies and meat, mix together till veggies begin to break down a little. Once cooked, wrap ingredients in a low-carb or gluten free tortilla. You can either add the salsa and avocado on top, or put it inside the burrito. ( I like to add it to the top so it seems like a smothered burrito!)

Note: I like switching up the veggies too… sometimes ill add a little cauliflower, onion, maybe some sautéed carrots or squash. Get creative! The more creative you get, the less bored you’ll get!

And if anything doesn’t fit into the tortilla ill put it on top too hahah. =)

Enjoy !

 

Benefits of Bell Peppers!

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Love bell peppers, whether they are in a salad, sautéed, stuffed of just dipped in some hummus… LOVE them!

Why they are awesome:

  • Help prevent against cancers, disease, inflammation and cell damage.
  • Awesome source of vitamin A and C.
  • Very low in calories so virtually you can eat like 3 whole peppers without many calories, plus they are nutrient-dense so they fill you up!
  • Skin looks healthy and glowing (because of the Vitamin A and C).
  • They are sweet on their own! Great for desert… yes I have ate bell peppers for desert.. call me weird. I don’t care lol.
  • There is keratin enzymes in bell peppers, great for keeping eyes healthy.
  • Good source of fiber.

How to pick the best!!:

  • Find peppers with the brightest colors. The brighter, the more ripe and sweet!
  • Cool fact: The green, yellow and orange peppers you see, are actually RED peppers that haven’t ripened yet! What?! I know! Fun little fact! (there is nothing wrong with eating the other colors btw)
  • Pick peppers with a glossy shine to them.

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How to eat and prepare: YUMMM

  • raw
  • raw dipped in hummus, salsa, or even guacamole.
  • sautéed
  • sautéed for fajitas
  • Cut the top off and stuff them with veggies and rice- bake.
  • In salads
  • Add to sandwiches.
  • Make stir-fry
  • Add to soups
  • In pasta dishes.
  • Grill them – make kabobs!
  • And many other ways! Get creative !!! =)

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“Healthy” Fajitas

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So I love me some Mexican food but when you drench everything in gobs of cheese and green chili, things can get a bit  unhealthy. Here is my “healthy version of fajitas!” …. man I love fajitas

You’ll Need:

  • Steak or chicken, cut into strips.
  • Green, yellow, red bell peppers
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • Big Romaine lettuce leafs
  • Guacamole ( or make your own with about 1 avocado)
  • Salsa (the hotter the better!! YUM)
  • Low fat cheese (optional)
  • Fajita seasoning

How to:

  1. Heat skillet on medium and put a tablespoon of olive oil in skillet
  2. Cut up peppers and onion into strips. Put into skillet and sauté’. Once they are getting soft add meat strips.
  3. Sprinkle fajita seasoning in mixture.
  4. Place 3 romaine leafs on plate (these are your “taco shells” and spread guacamole in bottom of “shell”
  5. Once mixture is cooked, place an even amount of meat and peppers into each “shell”
  6. Top with salsa and cheese. Serve!
  7. Enjoy!

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Chicken Cacciatore (WW)

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You’ll Need:

8 pieces of chicken, skinned (I used 8 small thighs)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

3 teaspoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped

1/4 lb of mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup of chopped celery or fennel

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Pinch if cayenne

2 cups of prepared marinara sauce

  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in large non-stick skillet and set over medium heat. Add chicken, and cook until browned on each side (about 4 min) Transfer chicken onto plate and set aside.
  • heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil in the same skillet. Add onion and garlic , cook, and stirring occasionally until tender. add bell peppers, mushrooms, celery, oregano and cayenne.  Cook, stirring occasionally until tender.
  • Return chicken to the skillet, add marinara sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered. Cook until chicken is cooked all the way through and veggies are tender (around 20 min).

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    • I made this dish with 2 sides (you can find both of these in my recipe index, or click on links below):

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Chives (WW)
Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes (WW)

All together (with both sides = 8 points for Weight Watchers)

For just Chicken:
SERVES 8     WW points 4    PER SERVING 1 piece of chicken, 1/2 cup of veggies with sauce.

(Note: I took this out of a Weight watchers cookbook, I did not make this recipe up on my own…. besides recipes are meant to be shared 🙂 )

Simple and Easy Snacks

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So here are some simple, easy snacks to have at home, on the go or to even sneak into a movie theatre (hee hee) Where ever you are, you can be healthy and feel great too.

  • Carrots and hummus! (or any veggie will work. Some of my fav’s are colorful bell peppers, celery, radishes, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower and of course carrots!) Also Some really yummy flavors are Black Olive, Roasted Red Pepper, Basil Pesto, Roasted Pine Nut and the  Garlic one.

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  • Cottage cheese and Fruit. I like to Cut up an apple or peach and kind of serve them together, it makes the cottage cheese taste sweeter.

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  • The staple string cheese
  • Any kind of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, trail mix kind of stuff… Just be careful with the pre-packaged kind .. it usually has A LOT of sugar! The brand I really like is called Eden Trail mix.

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  • Fruit/celery and peanut or almond butter.

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  • Greek Yogurt (Chobani is the best!)

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  • Rice Cakes

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  • Larabar and Clif Bars.

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