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Snack Idea: Mango Sorbet

Snack Idea: Mango Sorbet

Hello! Lately I’ve been buying quite a bit of frozen fruit. I’m learning that my kids love most varieties at any snack or meal. I stock up at Costco and have a couple different frozen fruits on hand at all times. If you checked out…

Monday Moves: Leg & Booty Workout

Monday Moves: Leg & Booty Workout

Hey folks! Gotta case of Monday’s? I know my kiddos would have loved a snow today but it only snowed inch and half so that means things run as usual. Today’s moves are focusing and legs and butt. Two areas I need to work! Here’s…

Meal Idea: Salmon + Roasted Broccoli + Macaroni & Cheese

Meal Idea: Salmon + Roasted Broccoli + Macaroni & Cheese

Meal idea for the week! Today I’m sharing one of my family’s favorite meals, no joke, and I will have to give all the credit to the salmon. It has wonderful flavor, super-easy to make and no skin to scare the kids off 😳😂.

This salmon is from Costco in the freezer section. It’s one reason why I have to have a membership there. I haven’t found a similar product, yet. The health benefits of salmon are outstanding.

Here‘s why…

  • Rich in omega-3’s – An essentially fatty acid that can only be obtained from the diet.
  • Omega-3’s have been shown to lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease, improve brain function, help manage arthritis and many other benefits.
  • Rich in selenium – A mineral that promotes bone health, reduces the risk of cancers and even promote healthy thyroid function.
  • Rich in B vitamins – Plays so many important roles in the body including, converting food into energy, maintain optimal brain health and reducing inflammation that may lead to heart disease.

Yes, salmon is definitely a rockstar food!

A healthy green side is added to this meal such as roasted brussel sprouts or as shown today, roasted broccoli.

Here’s how I make it

Broccoli is another rockstar food and here’s why…

  • Pack with a wider range of nutrients including: fiber, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and many more.
  • Rich in the antioxidants, lutein and zeanthins that have been shown to be extremely beneficial in promoting eye health.
  • Like many other vegetables, broccoli is rich in antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in the body, therefore reducing the risk of certain cancers (Cruciferous Vegetables and Human Cancer Risk).

Roasting broccoli really brings out a delicious, nutty flavor. A sprinkle of lemon juice is something new I’ve been doing and loving the outcome! If you don’t have an air fryer, no problem! Bake in the oven at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

Next up on the menu is macaroni and cheese! This is just a family favorite, the cheese is amazing!

This meal can put together in minutes! Good food and good for you!

Enjoy!

DD

Product Spotlight: True Orange

Product Spotlight: True Orange

Happy Friday! The week went by much quicker than I thought…but looking forward to the weekend! A bunch of snow is coming here and not really looking forward to clearing the driveway again, ugh! But as for the first full week of 2020, I’m feeling…

Breakfast or Sweet Treat Idea: Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Breakfast or Sweet Treat Idea: Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Where did this week go? Tomorrow’s already Friday! I thought the week would drag on but it’s going to fast and can’t wait to enjoy this sunny mid 50 degree weather, woohoo! Except for that wind that… So, I have made theses cookies awhile back…

What’s for lunch?    Tuna + Crackers + Carrots + Berry Spinach Smoothie

What’s for lunch? Tuna + Crackers + Carrots + Berry Spinach Smoothie

Hey! Here’s a simple lunch idea that can totally be taken on-the-go. Filling and fast!

Tuna is a great lean source of protein and the flavored packs are a simple way to change up the flavors and keep it interesting.

They are great to always have on-hand when you have to scrap a lunch together. Tuna is high is heart-healthy omega-3’s. Omega-3 fats are an essential fatty acid that we need to obtain through our diet. So many benefits come from theses fats including lowering cholesterol to promoting brain health to managing arthritis. Gotta love them! Animal sources of omega-3’s are better absorbed than plant sources, but both are great in the diet.

Here’s a a great link to know which tuna to choose to decrease the amount of mercury: Ask the Nutrition Diva Is Tuna in Pouches Better than Tuna in Cans?

I go in spurts with smoothies…sometimes my tummy is not a fan and other times I just feel like chewing my food, but on the positive, smoothies are a smart and simple way to get in a bunch of nutrients for a filling delicious side, snack or even meal.

Recipe follows: 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup frozen berries, 1/2 banana, a couple handfuls of spinach (do what works for you, even if it’s a tiny handful 😉), and I like to add a 1/2 packet (may do the entire packet) of stevia to really bring out the flavors, yum!

This smoothie does well making in the morning and saving till like or make instantly.

I found colored carrots at Trader Joe’s. Yes even the purple carrots contain extra nutrients, but any carrot is fine. The crackers are Aldi brand of a Triscuit (they have about the highest amount of fiber I’ve ever seen for a cracker, 3gm per 6 crackers).

Enjoy this simple, delicious lunch! 🤗

DD

Monday Moves: Cardio & Strength Ladder Workout

Monday Moves: Cardio & Strength Ladder Workout

Happy Monday! 2020’s first full week – Are you ready?! 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ The holidays, winter break and having no schedule is nice but I guess it’s time to get back on track, ahh… If you’re like me and kinda dreading the craziness of the new year…