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Rise and Shine Nutritious Smoothie

Good morning! Kick start your day with nutrients, protein and fiber and you may even boost your metabolism with a special ingredient  that’s showing some encouraging fat burning potential– apple cider vinegar!

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Our Rise and Shine Nutritious Smoothie includes a little apple cider vinegar (ACV) and research shows that this may be the small edge you need to help to control your weight.

 

You’ve probably heard that apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight.  Small amounts before a meal may help lower your blood sugar. It seems that acetic acid, the main component in vinegar, may interfere with the body’s ability to digest starch; less starch being broken  down into calories in the bloodstream could mean a little less fat on your body over time.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to drink gallons of the stuff—there’s great news!  It doesn’t take much vinegar—just about two teaspoons.

 

Although more research is needed, as long as you don’t have trouble digesting foods that are high in acid, you have nothing to lose by giving it a try!

 

More good news?  It’s not only ACV that’s helpful since all vinegars contain acetic acid. Wine vinegars have a smoother taste (like in our Green Goddess Edamame Salad and Dressing), but even white distilled vinegar will do the trick.  Just look for those with 5% acidity, which is what you’ll find in most cooking and salad vinegars. (Avoid pickling vinegars, which have a higher acid content.)

 

NOTE:  Keep in mind that consuming too much acetic acid can hurt your throat. A tablespoon of vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water and taken before a meal is a safe dose.  Go for this delish g’mornin smoothie to get a dose of ACV!

 

Rise and Shine Nutritious Smoothie

Serves 1

 

Ingredients

¼ cup shredded zucchini

½ cup Chobani Greek Yogurt, nonfat, plain

¼ cup sliced frozen strawberries

¼ cup diced pineapple

1 TBSP flax seed

½ TBSP apple cider vinegar

 

Directions

Add all ingredients into a blender, mix and enjoy!

 

Nutritional Information, per 1 serving

156 calories, 4g fat, 59mg sodium, 354mg potassium, 18g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 15g protein!!

Also: 54% Vitamin C AND 19% Calcium AND 43% Manganese

Creamy tomato Rigatoni

Creamy Guiltless Tomato Rigatoni

Just in time for Meatless Monday, Creamy Guiltless Tomato Rigatoni has made its grand debut! If you or someone you love has trouble feeling satisfied when meat is left out of the equation, you’ve gotta try this. Creamy and rich tasting, yet low-in fat and high in nutrients, fiber and protein, this meal fills you up for hours but won’t fill you out. You’ll never miss the meat and in fact, this is the kind of meal you’ll want to be sure you made enough for leftovers as you’ll want it again and again! Enjoy!

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Creamy Guiltless Tomato Rigatoni

Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 ounces whole wheat rigatoni
1-1/2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese
1/4 grated parmesan
2-3 roma tomatoes, chopped (separated, one for in sauce, one or two chopped in pasta)
1/2 tsp chili powder (mild)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (more to taste)
1 teaspoons sugar (or 1/2 packet stevia), and/or sweeten to taste
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Sea salt to taste
Cracked pepper to taste

1/4 avocado, chopped
Splash olive oil
1 can organic kidney beans (400g)

 

Directions:
1. Boil water and cook rigatoni according to box directions and prepare al dente.

2. Meanwhile in a blender combine tomato paste, cottage cheese, grated parmesan, 1 roma tomato, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, sugar, balsamic vinegar. Blend until smooth consistency and thorough combined. May need to add a splash of water if too thick to blend.

3. Taste sauce. Add cracked pepper and sea salt taste and sugar, if desired.

4. Drain rigatoni and spritz with olive oil in a spray container. Pour sauce over pasta and mix thoroughly. Stir in the beans, chopped tomato, avocado and season with pepper and sea salt if desired. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.

(*If you refrigerate pasta and serve cold, it forms a very satisfying, thick stew-like entrée. We suggest serving with a salad or a side of your favorite steamed veggie).

Nutrition Facts: 257 Calories, 43 g Carbohydrate, 4 g fat, 17 g protein, 11 g fiber, 338 mg sodium

 

Creamy Guiltless Tomato Rigatoni
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 1 Serving= ¼ Entire Recipe
  • Calories: 257
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43 g
  • Sodium: 338 mg
  • Fiber: 11 g
  • Protein: 17 g

Just in time for Meatless Monday, Creamy Guiltless Tomato Rigatoni has made its grand debut! If you or someone you love has trouble feeling satisfied when meat is left out of the equation, you’ve gotta try this. Creamy and rich tasting, yet low-in fat and high in nutrients, fiber and protein, this meal fills you up for hours but won’t fill you out. You’ll never miss the meat and in fact, this is the kind of meal you’ll want to be sure you made enough for leftovers as you’ll want it again and again! Enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces whole wheat rigatoni
  • 1-1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ cup nonfat cottage cheese
  • ¼ grated parmesan
  • 2-3 roma tomatoes, chopped (separated, one for in sauce, one or two chopped in pasta)
  • ½ tsp chili powder (mild)
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoons sugar (or ½ packet stevia), and/or sweeten to taste
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • ¼ avocado, chopped
  • Splash olive oil
  • 1 can organic kidney beans (400g)
Instructions
  1. Boil water and cook rigatoni according to box directions and prepare al dente.
  2. Meanwhile in a blender combine tomato paste, cottage cheese, grated parmesan, 1 roma tomato, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, sugar, balsamic vinegar. Blend until smooth consistency and thorough combined. May need to add a splash of water if too thick to blend.
  3. Taste sauce. Add cracked pepper and sea salt taste and sugar, if desired.
  4. Drain rigatoni and spritz with olive oil in a spray container. Pour sauce over pasta and mix thoroughly. Stir in the beans, chopped tomato, avocado and season with pepper and sea salt if desired. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.
  5. (*If you refrigerate pasta and serve cold, it forms a very satisfying, thick stew-like entrée. We suggest serving with a salad or a side of your favorite steamed veggie).

 

For a 10-day Weight Loss Jumpstart and Detox Plan and more delicious healthy recipes like this, please check out The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure!

 

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Kick Back Vertical

At-Home “-Butt-Lift”, No Surgery Required!

Who doesn’t want a little extra perk in their step? And in their butt too? We certainly do! This At Home “Butt-Lift” with a Kick Back is perfect if you want a little lift, a little pop and little less droop in your behind! We’re so excited to share it and its’ added bonus–it also gets those glutes and hamstrings in shape! Let’s get started!

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At-Home-Butt-Lift Steps:

 

  1. Begin on all fours, supporting your weight on your hands, knees and toes. Keep your arms and back straight, with your spine in a neutral position and your core tight and engaged.
  2. Lift your left leg so that your thigh is parallel to the floor and bend your knee, so it’s at a 90 degree angle (see first photo above).
  3. Keeping your abs tight and engaged and your knee stable, straighten your left leg (seen in the photo on the right, above).
  4. Slowly bend your left leg again to the 90-degree angle (photo on left above).
  5. Repeat 15 times.
  6. Switch legs and do the same for the right leg.
  7. Complete 3 sets for each leg.

 

 

To get an awesome butt lift work out in, watch this video! (LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO—coming soon!)

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Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dressing

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dressing?!! You had us at Creamy! And at Avocado! And at Yogurt! Oh wow, if you’ve been following our blog and checking out our recipes you know that just the title of this recipe gets us excited. Avocado and Greek Yogurt just happen to be two of our favorite recipe ingredients and when we saw that this recipe included Dannon® OIKOS® Greek Nonfat Yogurt and lemon or lime juice to boot, it was hook, line and sinker. We were officially mouth-watering chicks looking for any salad, sandy or grilled fish or chicken to spread this baby on!

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Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dressing
Cool and creamy, rich and smooth. This Greek nonfat yogurt dressing is a great match for anything.

 

Prep time 15 Minutes
Yields 12 servings

 

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dressing
Ingredients

 

1 ripe Haas avocado, pitted and mashed
1 cup Dannon® Oikos® Plain Greek Nonfat Yogurt
1 Tbsp. lime or lemon juice
2 Tbsp. minced cilantro
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
Salt and hot pepper sauce to taste

 

Directions

In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix until blended.
Use as a dip, sandwich spread or condiment for grilled meats or vegetables.
Nutrition Facts per 2 Tbsp serving (not included salt and hot sauce to taste): 23 Calories, 2 g Carbohydrate, 1 gram fat, 0 g saturated fat, 2 g Protein, 1 g fiber, 5 mg sodium

 

 

For more delicious recipe ideas, visit www.oikosrecipes.com
OIKOS® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF STONYFIELD FARM, INC. AND USED UNDER LICENSE BY THE DANNON COMPANY, INC.

The Nutrition Twins work with Dannon OIKOS to help people make healthier choices.

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Greek Key Lime Pie

During Spring Break of our senior year in college we vacationed in Key West Florida. We have great memories of riding scooters, laying by the beach and seeing Key Lime Pie on every restaurant’s menu and trying it for the first time—and loving it! We learned from the locals that they don’t mess around with their Key Lime Pie and take it quite seriously. Plus, you know a pie has gotta be pretty good when a superstar sings a song about it with the words “not too tart, not too sweet.” Another thing we learned is that the locals prefer a graham cracker crust and a whipped cream topping. So when we spotted this recipe that includes one of our favorite ingredients, Dannon® Oikos® Greek Nonfat Yogurt, we knew we had to give this a whirl!

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Greek Key Lime Pie
A classic from the Keys! Try this zesty dessert made with Dannon® OIkos® Greek nonfat yogurt.

 
Prep time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 15-18 Minutes
Yields 8-10 servings

Ingredients
5 egg yolks
1 cup Dannon® Oikos® Greek Nonfat Yogurt, vanilla
14-oz sweetened condensed low fat milk
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice or key lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
9-inch prepared graham crust
Low-fat whipped cream for topping

Directions
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.Blend or whisk together the egg yolks, Dannon® Oikos® Greek nonfat yogurt, condensed milk, lime juice and zest. Pour filling into graham cracker crust and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until set.
3.Cool in refrigerator for at least one hour before topping with whipped cream and a slice of lime.

 

For more delicious recipe ideas, please visit www.oikosrecipes.com

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1/10 pie, not including dollop of whipped Cream) 127 Calories, 15 g carbohydrate, 6 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 4 g protein, 1 g fiber

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1/8 pie, not including dollop of whipped Cream) 159 Calories, 19 g carbohydrate, 8 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 5 g protein, 1 g fiber

 

For more delicious recipe ideas, visit www.oikosrecipes.com
OIKOS® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF STONYFIELD FARM, INC. AND USED UNDER LICENSE BY THE DANNON COMPANY, INC.

The Nutrition Twins work with Dannon OIKOS to help people make healthier choices.

 

Greek Key Lime Pie
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 8-10
  • Serving size: 1/10 pie
  • Calories: 127
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 4 g

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A classic from the Keys! Try this zesty dessert made with Dannon® OIkos® Greek nonfat yogurt
Ingredients
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup Dannon® Oikos® Greek Nonfat Yogurt, vanilla
  • 14-oz sweetened condensed low fat milk
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice or key lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 9-inch prepared graham crust
  • Low-fat whipped cream for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Blend or whisk together the egg yolks, Dannon® Oikos® Greek nonfat yogurt, condensed milk, lime juice and zest. Pour filling into graham cracker crust and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until set.
  3. Cool in refrigerator for at least one hour before topping with whipped cream and a slice of lime.
  4. For more delicious recipe ideas, please visit www.oikosrecipes.com

 

 

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