Creamy Avocado Dressing – Only 25 Calories

We have a confession…although we now are those avocado-obsessed twin registered dietitian nutritionists and personal trainers who hardly know a day without having at least some form of a creamy, delicious, nutrient-packed avocado, the truth is that even back in college, we weren’t fans of our healthy green goddess.  In fact, the first time we tried an avocado was in college. We know; this a shocker given that our mom was incredibly health-minded and every meal included some form of green fruit or veggie, so one would assume that the nutrient-packed luscious creamy babes would have been our baby food! But being on the east coast, and not having avocados year-round the way we do now, our mom didn’t have them around!

So our first taste of an avocado was by way of a sushi roll that we didn’t love, introduced to us by our best friend.  It was our first experience with raw fish and we think that’s what clouded our now green-loving eyes into thinking the unusual flavor and texture was coming from the avocado.  But thank goodness for second chances, because we granted one to the avocado and NOW…we are proof in the Chocolate Avocado Pudding that giving things a second chances can pay off big time!

Love avocados?  Please feel free to search our site to see what healthy, delicious recipes we’ve whipped up! Also, give these avocado numbers a try:

Avocado and Olive Pasta

Egg Cups with Creamy Avocado with Sun-dried Tomato

Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Avocado Boats.

Now, like most of our clients, we’re avocado love-ahs—and  eat them as much as we can.  And while avocados are nutrient powerhouses—packed with good-for-you mono-unsaturated fats, disease-fighting antioxidants, over 20 vitamins and minerals, and are what we like to call nutrient-boosters (see below*), if you’re like most of our clients, you’ll toss one in your side salad or in a smoothie without realizing that a medium-sized avocado has about 250 calories.  250 calories is more than you’d consume if you ate two-and-a-half slices of bread, which means that if you’re trying to whittle your waistline, you may not have excess wriggle room to include an avocado on top of a meal.

That said, we’re the first to say that avocados are way too delicious and nutrient-packed to steer clear of, so we’re constantly finding ways to get some delish-ocado and without destroying fat-loss efforts.

With your heart and your favorite pants in mind ;), we’re so excited to introduce you to our new avocado love—just one more way to eat the luscious avocado—in our Creamy Avocado Green Dressing.  With so many of you being very waistline conscious we’re especially excited about this number as an entire serving has only 25 calories! Yassss!– 25 calories for all the nutrients and flavor, plus more!

More? Yes!

As we mentioned, avocados are nutrient boosters:

What makes avocados nutrient boosters?!

The fat in the avocado helps you to absorb fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. So if you’re eating a salad, add a little avocado and you’ll better absorb the beta carotene from the bell peppers and tomatoes.  This means that the avocado helps you to absorb more of a nutrients that help to protect your cells from getting damaged, aiding in prevention of chronic diseases. Yep, it’s that easy!  And nothing’s easier on your tongue or your waistline than this dressing.  Grab a blender and then a salad, a sandwich, a chicken breast—you name it, and top with this creamy sensation! This dressing will be your new bestie!  Please leave a comment and let us know what you think!

At first it might taste pretty strong and onion-y (though still delicious), but it gets even better as it sits & the flavors meld together! Ours is amazing on salad the next day!

 

Creamy Avocado Dressing - Only 25 Calories
 
Author:
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 14
Ingredients
  • ½ a ripe avocado (3 oz)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 green onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped yellow onion
  • ¼ cup basil leaves, packed
  • ¼ cup chives, packed
  • ¼ cup parsley leaves, packed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  3. At first it might taste pretty strong and onion-y (though still delicious), but it gets even better as it sits & the flavors meld together! Mine was amazing on salad the next day!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 oz/ 2 Tbsp Calories: 25 Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 1 g Sugar: 0 g Sodium: 75 mg Fiber: <1 g Protein: 0 g Cholesterol: o mg

Should you go keto?

As registered dietitian nutritionists, we’re always keeping our eyes on the latest trends in the nutrition world, and one thing we keep seeing pop up is the keto (aka ketogenic) diet.

Many of you have been asking if you should give the keto diet a shot, since it seems like everyone has a friend, coworker, or family member that’s on the keto diet and loving it!  After all, even a couple of our guy friends who swore they’d never diet, have been tempted and admitted that they just may try this since the high fat and protein diet appeals to them.  So we figure it’s about time we put our two-cents in and talk about the ins and outs & ups and downs of the keto diet!

Here are some of your most frequently asked questions about going keto, and our take on the diet as a whole, starting with the facts about the diet:  Psst… check out our healthy & decadent Avocado Chocolate Mousse (have just a couple bites and it may even fit on the keto diet!)

What is the keto diet, and why is everyone suddenly going into “ketosis”?:

The keto diet is a low carb diet where your body produces ketones to be used as energy instead of using carbohydrates for energy. When you eat a diet that isn’t as low in carbs, your body uses carbs for energy and uses fat for other things like carrying fat-soluble nutrients, lining your body’s cells, and more.

When you cut out most carbs, your body can no longer rely on carbs as a source of energy and gets shocked into a state of “ketosis,” where your body converts the fat you’re eating in place of carbs into energy.

The goal of a keto diet is to force your body into ketosis, which some studies show can help promote weight loss, lower blood sugar, increase insulin sensitivity in diabetics and improve cognitive function. So naturally, many people are trying this diet for the alluring possibility of losing a few pounds. While the research is conflicting on whether going into ketosis itself can cause long-term weight loss, the fact is that many people do lose weight on this diet simply because it cuts out a large amount of foods– most carbs!—and because they are eating more whole foods and less packaged and processed foods.

Any diet that cuts out a food/ or many foods, especially foods that people tend to overeat, will generally result in weight loss. Whether or not the diet is sustainable and/ or healthy is something else to consider.)

In order for your body to stay in ketosis, you’d have to eat about 70% of your calories from fat, 20% from protein, and 5% from carbs, consistently.

Consistency is key with keto – if you slip up and fall out of that fat/protein/carb range, your body likely won’t be in ketosis anymore—and many of the associated health benefits slip away!

How can I avoid overeating while on the Keto diet?

No matter which diet you’re on, planning is an important part to being healthy.  However, since the keto diet falls so low in nutrients since so many healthy foods and food groups are eliminated, it’s especially important to plan your meals when you’re on the keto diet.

Also, if you are doing the diet to truly reach the state of ketosis, you do have to plan to limit carbohydrates—so you can’t simply just grab a piece of fruit when you’re hungry or you won’t be in ketosis.  You definitely should pick a start date and make sure you’ve set up your pantry and fridge for success.

Choose foods like eggs, avocados, plain Greek yogurt, low-carbohydrate vegetables, salmon, mackerel, anchovies, pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts, macadamia nuts.  Ideally, you should talk to a registered dietitian (like us) to help you plan before you start the diet, it’s not easy to do it alone.

Plus, you may want help tracking your diet to make sure you are reaching the ideal ratio of protein, carbs and fat for the keto diet—70% calories from healthy fats, 20% protein and 5-10% from carbs.

(Use full-fat yogurt or sour cream in our Lemon Dill Salmon recipe for a keto-friendly option!)

But what about healthy fiber?? Are fruits & veggies out?

Fiber is very important in any diet for regularity, gut health and disease prevention.  It’s very difficult to meet the recommendations to get at least 25 grams of fiber a day when you’re following a keto diet because keto diets are extremely low in the foods that contain fiber (fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains). Fiber also contains prebiotics to help keep your digestive tract healthy, so you should try to get it through nuts, avocados and non-starchy vegetables, herbs and spices, and berries if they fit in your carb limit.

Fruits are very controversial among keto followers. Most fruits are too high in carbs to eat on the ketogenic diet, but small amounts of berries are OK because they are lower in carbs than other fruit and high in fiber. Raspberries and blackberries are a good source of fiber and they’re packed with antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation and fight against disease.

Non-starchy vegetables (think leafy greens and most green veggies and cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower) are generally low in calories and carbs, and in order to stay in the tight guidelines to keep carbohydrate levels down, choosing them while also paying attention the to the grams of carbs is helpful.

Veggies with 1 g of carbs per cup (like spinach) can be compared to others that can range to 8 grams per cup.  In general, the recommended veggies are leafy greens and most green veggies and cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower, kale, as well as peppers, asparagus, fresh herbs and spices, tomatoes and onions, celery, zucchini, Swiss chard and cabbage.

(get the recipe for this avocado tuna salad with kale when you sign up for our 21-Day Body Reboot!)

What kinds of fat should I eat on the keto diet?

Avocados! The monounsaturated fat is heart-healthy and avocados are packed with vitamins and minerals.  Fattier nuts and seeds are great too—pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts, walnuts and cashews. Salmon, mackerel, sardines and anchovies are heart healthy options that are rich in inflammation-fighting omega 3s (and super important to off-throw the balance of all of the high saturated fat foods, as well as the inflammation they create in the body). Olive oil is a heart-healthy oil to use as well.

Ok, but do I have to drop my skinny martinis?

Yep – alcohol is a no-go on the keto diet.

When you drink alcohol, your body views it as a toxin and many body processes are temporarily stopped to process the alcohol in your liver, since your body’s priority is ridding toxins.  This means fat burning is slowed, since you’re using fewer fatty acids to make ketones—which is obviously the opposite of the goal of people following a keto diet for fat loss.

You’ll also get drunk faster since your tolerance will be lower since your liver is metabolizing alcohol much faster since you’ll have no glycogen stores for the body to burn through first (glycogen stores are created from carbohydrates).  The more drunk you are, the lower your inhibitions and the more likely you’ll be to fall off the very low-carb, keto diet.  Plus, alcohol, like beer and cocktails have a significant amount of carbs, so that is something to take in to consideration.

Here are a few ideas of what keto meals might look like!

Curry Chicken Lettuce Wraps:—chicken, chili spice, curry powder, garlic, onions cooked in a couple of tablespoons of ghee, cauliflower rice, and a dollop of plain sour cream

Breakfast “bagel”: An avocado cut in half and filled with scrambled eggs and turkey bacon. Think of the avocado as the bagel.

Keto Salmon Salad: salmon, celery, mayonnaise, mustard, dill, walnuts, and avocado with mixed greens

So tell me, should I try the keto diet?!

Honestly, it’s not our cup of tea. And if you’re someone who drinks milk with your tea, it’s probably not for you either. 😉 In order to truly get the benefits of being in ketosis, you’d have to stay in ketosis. And that’s REALLY tough because that means continuously eating about 70% of calories from fat. Even something as simple as a chicken breast could be too high in protein without enough fat to keep you in ketosis, ruining any of the benefits you’d be getting from the diet in the first place! It’s also super difficult to get enough fiber while on the keto diet – and without adequate fiber, we’d be constipated all the time and our face would show it too 😉 as we’d seriously worry about our digestive health. The keto diet is so restrictive that we really wouldn’t enjoy eating with such intense restrictions, and we’re ALL about loving the foods that we eat!

If you’re looking to take charge of your health, we’d recommend trying something a bit more sustainable that still gets you results so you can enjoy more freedom with your food and keep eating the foods you love – all while still losing weight!

Both our 1:1 counseling sessions & Our 21-Day Body Reboot program do just that – you’ll learn how to make healthy choices and indulge in the foods you love while losing weight, and with our program you get to do it with support from us and alongside a community of motivated people just like you!

Asian Chicken and California Prunes Lettuce Wraps

Aww, snap!  Now THIS is a wrap! 🙂 This meal is one of our all time faves! This creation hit the pan after we had spent time visiting our besties in our hometown city in Maryland and then headed “downtown” to Washington DC, where we had one of the most delicious appetizers. EVER.   Yup, an oh so delish Asian style chicken lettuce wrap app 😉 that couldn’t have been more crispy, crunchy, sweet and salty –(and juicy!) and downright delicious– inspired us to make this rendition of it.  We knew it was so good that we had to make it into a full meal! After all, eating that appetizer portion simply left us wanting to order more and to make it our full main-meal! And thus, these wraps we’re reinvented and born in our kitchen!

And of course, as registered dietitian nutritionists, as we whipped these yumsters up, we had more than just flavor in mind–we had your (and our!) waistline and health.  And we’re so excited to say we packed in major nutrients —antioxidants and fiber and just 280 calories per serving- with 23 grams of satisfying protein!

Psstt….if you’re looking for another kind of wrap, check out these healthy “wraps” -also waist-line friendly numbers “wrapped” in a taco!:

Gluten-Free Tilapia Tacos with Zucchini Tortillas

Mediterranean Fish Tacos

Avocado & Lentil Vegan Tacos

Spicy Tuna Tacos

Salmon Tacos

 

California Prunes are one of our favorite ingredients for healthy meals – they’re sweet, juicy, high in fiber, packed with antioxidants, and they make these lettuce wraps absolutely amazing!

We love the sweet-savory flavors found in lots of Asian dishes, but that often comes alongside lots of sugary ingredients. That’s where California Prunes come in – California Prunes are full of sweet flavor, but each naturally sweet serving has 3 grams of filling fiber and antioxidants called polyphenols, which help keep your heart, brain, and immune system healthy. They pack a powerful punch of flavor in the chicken mixture, which is so easy to whip up and stuff into lettuce leaves for a nutritious dinner!

We hope you love it like we do, admittedly, we’re OBSESSED with it! 🙂

Asian Chicken and California Prunes Lettuce Wraps
 
Lettuce wraps are our go-to quick dinner for busy weeknights. Just sauté chicken breast with Asian-inspired seasonings and wrap in lettuce - it’s that simple! They’re protein-packed and wrapping with lettuce and topping with extra veggies means you’re getting plenty of veggies in a way that even kids will love. Chopped California prunes add a rich sweetness to the filling that’s similar to the flavor of traditional hoisin or plum sauce, but without all the additional sugar and sodium. The sesame green beans on the side add even more savory, satisfying flavor and veggies to round out the meal!
Author:
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Ingredients
  • ½ inch fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 green onions
  • 6 oz green beans
  • ½ Persian cucumber
  • 1 radish
  • 3oz California prunes
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts
  • 1 lime
  • 1½ tsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • ½ tsp tamari sauce
  • 3 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1½ tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 head butter lettuce
Instructions
  1. STEP ONE
  2. Peel and finely chop the ginger.
  3. Thinly slice the garlic cloves and green onions.
  4. Cut the ends off of the green beans and discard ends.
  5. Cut the radish and HALF the cucumber into thin matchsticks.
  6. Chop the prunes into 1⁄4-inch diced pieces, add to a medium bowl. Shred the chicken into 2-inch pieces and add to the bowl with the prunes.
  7. Cut the lime in half.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the rice wine vinegar, teriyaki sauce, tamari sauce, the juice from HALF of the lime, and 1½ tsp sesame seeds.
  9. STEP TWO
  10. Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add HALF of the green onions and HALF of the ginger and sauté for 1 minute.
  11. Add the diced prunes and chicken mixture and cook for 2 minutes.
  12. Add the teriyaki and tamari mixture, and sauté until liquid is evaporated.
  13. Remove the mixture from heat; set aside for plating.
  14. Carefully wipe the sauté pan clean and return to medium-high heat.
  15. STEP THREE
  16. Add remaining sesame oil and increase heat to high.
  17. When hot, add the green beans and a pinch of salt.
  18. Cook for 2 minutes, turning and moving beans so they cook quickly and evenly.
  19. Add remaining ginger, and 1 tablespoon of water and cook for 2 minutes.
  20. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute or until beans are crisp-tender. Stir in remaining sesame seeds.
  21. Keeping the leaves whole, separate the lettuce leaves.
  22. STEP FOUR
  23. Divide the lettuce leaves evenly between two plates.
  24. Fill each leaf with the chicken mixture and garnish with the cucumbers, radishes, and remaining green onions.
  25. Serve the lettuce wraps with the green beans.
  26. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅓ of recipe Calories: 280 Fat: 7 mg Saturated fat: 0.5 mg Carbohydrates: 34 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 670 mg Fiber: 6 g Protein: 23 g Cholesterol: 55 mg

We are honored to have partnered with Chef’d and California prunes to create these meals!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Awww, come on now, did anyone not expect these two twin registered dietitian nutritionists and avocado & chocolate lovers to not eventually mix these two loves together to make a rich, creamy, scrumptious, yet healthy pudding?! 🙂 It was just too easy with them both always staring us down! 🙂

This number takes all of the less than healthy out of a creamy, comfort food– and it’s rich and chocolately! So if you crave chocolate but feel like you’ve been less than healthy after you have it, well then this is just the guilt-free treat for you to indulge in– healthy Chocolate Avocado Pudding! As you probably are aware, we love to create recipes that contain avocado (have you tried our Avocado and Olive Pasta or our Egg Cups with Creamy Avocado with Sun-dried Tomato or our Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Avocado Boats.   Avocados are packed with more than 20 nutrients, good-for-you monounsaturated fats and is responsible for the oh-so-creamy texture, while the cocoa powder adds that rich and decadent chocolate sensation.

 

The oh-so-creamy texture in this pudding is from the avocado and the cocao powder adds that rich and decadent chocolate sensation—and together they create this super light, rich and fluffy mousse!

And while your taste buds bask in creamy wonderland, this Chocolate Avocado Pudding actually does quite a number of amazing things for your body!

Other than the 20 nutrients and healthy fats this mousse contains:

  • magical skin nourishing ingredients–antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene and Vitamin E from the avocado.
    • Vitamin C keeps skin youthful and elastic by aiding in collagen formation
    • Beta carotene helps give a healthy glow and hue while protecting skin from sun damage
    • Antioxidants guard against premature aging by helping to prevent cell damage
    • Powerful anti-inflammatory compounds give skin a smoother appearance

 

  • Plus avocados are naturally rich in water, so they create moisture within your skin, plumping the cells and filling the crevices in your skin (and preventing a dry, flaky scalp and moisturizing hair too!)

 

  • Avocado’s mono-unsaturated fat acts as an additional nourishing lotion for the skin.

 

  • And from the cocao powder—the benefits!– cocoa flavanols support healthy circulation. This means that aside from promoting cardiovascular health, they improve the flow of oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body, helping you to perform and feel your best while nourishing your skin, eyes, muscles and all parts of your body—and who doesn’t want a gorgeous complexion, energized muscles and a strong heart?! We certainly do!

 

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Nutritional information, per 1 serving

87 calories, 6.7 g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10.5 mg sodium, 8.8 g carbohydrates, 3.2 g fiber, 1.7 g sugar, 1.5 g protein

Chocolate Avocado Pudding
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Healthy dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup cocao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk, divided in half
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Slice and peel the avocado and put into fruit processor or blender.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave with a microwave safe bowl in 15 second intervals, adding splashes of water as needed to keep the consistency smooth
  4. In the blender, add the melted chocolate chips, cocao powder, half of the almond milk and vanilla extract to the avocado.
  5. Blend ingredients together until smooth, adding in more almond milk if needed.
  6. Pour the creamy rich mousse evenly into 6 mini muffin tins for you and your friends to enjoy now, or store in fridge for a cold but sweet treat later! Feel free to add some sliced strawberries or almonds on top!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 87 Fat: 7g Carbohydrates: 9 g Sugar: 1.7 g Sodium: 10.5 mg Fiber: 3.2 Protein: 1.5 g Cholesterol: o mg

 

Healthy Bruschetta Hotdogs (Organic!)

Growing up, we were raised in a very health-minded house where our mom cooked everything from scratch and was often found whipping up her homemade granola (you may have read our other blogs where we often describe our parents as having been hippies—minus the drugs!). You’d assume that since our parents would be all for a lean cooking method like grilling or barbecuing, that we’d have done it often. Surprisingly, we were not that family you’d see grilling in the back yard every gorgeous summer evening. Instead, when we smelt the grill in our back yard, it was something special. It meant a big party and lots of guests. It meant, carefree days of running off into the woods in our back yard to play with the guests who were children- and with food in hands!— all grilled-up and delicious.

As you may imagine, our barbeques had a lot of vegetables, veggie burgers and some organic lean beef burgers, but our mom, being the health-conscious lady that she was, didn’t serve up hot dogs on the barby, as she admitted that although she loves the flavor of hot dogs, she just didn’t want us having preservatives and nitrates, and other additives, etc. that were added to them, so she didn’t buy them.

Now, as registered dietitian nutritionists, we find that for that very reason, we have followed in her footsteps and our barbeques are much the same as hers were. We also find that many of our clients grew up loving barbecues as we did and now realize that some of the traditional potato salads, hot dogs and Kool-aids, weren’t so healthy-and they ask us how to make their grilling healthy and delicious, without ruining the flavor.

If you’re like our clients, we’d love to help and we’ve got a lot of healthy barbeque tips  like these on this blog—and maybe you’ve seen some of our recipes like Tangerine Chicken Skewers and Moroccon Grilled Shrimp Skewers and Grilled Peach Salad and Sweet Summertime Grilled Veggies to help!

And now, in addition to our usual summer festive foods that we eat and recommend, we’re so excited about an amazing, scrumptious and healthy find that no one can complain about! (Here’s looking at you, mom! 😉 ). OK—and maybe it’s not just our mom that we’re talking about!  As you’ve likely noticed, we’re pretty particular about the quality of food that we put in our body and that we recommend to our clients to satisfy their taste buds, to look and feel amazing, and to keep their insides rocking with energy and health and to keep them free from disease.  So, we never imagined we’d ever find a hot dog that we’d be grillin’ up.  But thanks to Applegate, the nation’s leading natural and organic meat brand, we have—and in fact, we’re so over the moon about this find, that we’ve partnered with Applegate to tell you about it! The “Cleaner Wiener!” 🙂 Drum roll please…

The revolutionary hot dogs is Applegate Organics® The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog™, which is Non-GMO Project Verified and made with humanely raised, 100% grass-fed beef. This wiener is made without hard to pronounce ingredients like Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrate and Maltodextrin—the chemicals our mom wanted us to avoid. Applegate keeps it clean– we’re talking about 4 simple ingredients that don’t take a food science degree to recognize, just grass-fed beef, salt, water and spices.

We can hardly believe how awesome these hot dogs are—and as girls who honestly don’t remember eating a hot dog before as we’d never want to eat all of the junk that came with it, we can proudly say, we love these 100% organic, grass fed beef dogs—and so much so that we’re having a blast cooking up some recipes with them. These dogs leave your taste buds so happy and your body feeling satisfied and light! Cheers to these Applegate wieners and to our newest recipe– Bruschetta Hot Dogs!

Bruschetta Hot Dogs
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 clove garlic, crushed, grated, or very finely chopped
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
dash of salt and pepper
4 Applegate Organics® The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog™
4 100% whole wheat hot dog buns

Directions:
1. Mix together the tomatoes, basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a bowl and let marinate while you prepare the hot dogs.
2. Place hot dogs on a hot grill or skillet and cook until the outside is charred and the inside is heated through (about 5-6 minutes).
3. Toast buns if desired, then place the hot dogs in the buns and top with the tomato mixture and enjoy! Or simply place hot dog in lettuce leaf, top with tomato mixture and wrap the leaf around the dog!

Nutrition Facts: (Wrapped in a lettuce wrap, the way we do it! 🙂 )
125 calories, 8 grams protein, 2 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams fat, 2 grams fiber

Nutrition Facts (served on a whole wheat bun):

255 calories, 14 grams protein, 22 grams carbohydrates, 11 grams fat, 6 grams fiber

We partnered with Applegate Farms to bring you this blog. This is a sponsored post but all opinions are our own.  And don’t forget to check out Applegate’s Instagram, facebook and twitter

Healthy Bruschetta Hotdogs (Organic!)
 
Nutrition Facts: (Wrapped in a lettuce wrap, the way we do it! 🙂 ) 125 calories, 8 grams protein, 2 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams fat, 2 grams fiber Nutrition Facts (served on a whole wheat bun): 255 calories, 14 grams protein, 22 grams carbohydrates, 11 grams fat, 6 grams fiber
Author:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed, grated, or very finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 4 Applegate Organics® The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog™
  • 4 100% whole wheat hot dog buns
Instructions
  1. Mix together the tomatoes, basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a bowl and let marinate while you prepare the hot dogs.
  2. Place hot dogs on a hot grill or skillet and cook until the outside is charred and the inside is heated through (about 5-6 minutes).
  3. Toast buns if desired, then place the hot dogs in the buns and top with the tomato mixture and enjoy!

4 Foods that Mop up Toxins

As registered dietitian nutritionists, we think back to when we were kids and how we’d always feel lousy after eating too much junk food, but never let that stop us! — and we hardly noticed cigarette smoke or diesel fumes from the school bus that our mom warned us not to breathe.

Nowadays, we try to avoid overdoing it on sugary foods, as it typically makes our stomachs upset!  And we’re pretty sensitive to chemical smells and toxins and get headaches and sore throats very soon after exposure, oy—it’s not fun (that’s how we found out about Tammy’s situation, below)! Many of you have been asking if there is anything you can do if you’ve gotten a dose of toxins in some form–spent time in a smoky bar, overindulged in a few cocktails, ate foods that you felt we’re full of preservatives or if you exercised outdoors in a smoggy city.  The good news is that you can eat some foods to help your body to function at its’ peak (like this skinny iced matcha green tea latte —and see below for how it works its’ magic!) and while our bodies do an excellent job of detoxifying on their own, certain nutrients amp up the process and help it rid toxins much more efficiently!*

For those of you who know our story, ridding the body of toxins is personally, more important to us then ever since the apartment Tammy purchased last summer is unlivable due to harmful chemical fumes that she and her family have spent too much time in!

 

*Why does it matter if we’re exposed to toxins?:

We’re exposed to more chemicals than ever before. Toxins from pesticides, pollution, poor food choices, the environment, alcohol, etc., damage and age the body and lead to diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.  So, the more efficiently your body (particularly your liver) rids itself of toxins, the healthier you’ll be. An accumulation of toxins can be the route of health issues, so help your body to get them out—the faster the better!

Try these 4 foods:

4 Foods that Mop up Toxins

1. Sip this Watermelon Cucumber ACV “Detox” Drink

This drink helps to promote the activity of a liver enzyme that converts harmful, toxic substances into less harsh chemicals, oh yeah! 🙂

Watermelon this time of year is insanely delish-we’d almost swap it for chocolate (we said almost!)! 😉

Bonus: This drink is a bona-fide bloat buster, click here to see how it works!

More drinks like these are featured in our 21- Day Body Reboot  which shows you how to lose your last ten pounds (or more!) while indulging—and  it includes a toxin- reducing and anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle plan.

 

2. Turmeric: Add this toxin- fighter to your meals, smoothies & drinks.

Turmeric is one of Lyssie’s faves—she adds it to everything!

It’s is a superstar!  It fights against inflammation and liver damage.

Try these three recipes to get started:
Vegan Quinoa & Kale Power Protein Bowl
Lentil Vegetable Soup
Vegetarian Loaded Sweet Potato

 

3. Green tea and its’ super star sista, Matcha (potent green tea)

Drink this at breakfast or snack time!

Green tea and matcha contain catechins including EGCG (epigallocatechin), a powerful, disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant that is associated with everything from reducing cancer and blood pressure to protecting your brain against aging. EGCG/catechins appear to speed up liver activity and increase the production of detoxification enzymes.

This iced matcha detox drink combines nutrients to help your liver in its detoxification process and antioxidants to help your body fend off the damage from toxins and free radicals that occur from everyday living.  As an added bonus, it also helps fight bloat and has possible metabolism boosting benefits.

 

4. Lemons! (Yahoo! –because these also happen to be bloat-busters!) Use lemons instead of salt – they replace the flavor of salt without bloat!

Lemons detoxifying power:

  • Toxins often enter the body as free radicals. Lemons help to neutralize free radicals before they can do any further damage.  They also help prevent inflammation to fight against disease.
  • Lemons help to promote the activity of a liver enzyme that converts harmful, toxic substances to less harsh chemicals (via the liver through a compound called d-limonene.)

Make this Caramelized Cauliflower with Olive oil and Lemon Juice!

 

****BONUS Sip Ginger Mint Turmeric Green Tea “Flat-Belly” Tea that combines 4 potent foods that fight toxins! – Turmeric, green tea and ginger!—Oh my!  And oh my, mint too!

Sip this throughout the day after an indulgence, after spending time in smog during a strenuous workout or anytime you just want a boost from a delicious drink that packs in potent healing foods!  Learn why it works so well!