Metabolism Boosting Morning Green Smoothie

 

Early on in our career as dietitians, our first book, Fire Up Your Metabolism was published.  We felt compelled to write the book after realizing that so many people felt doomed by their genetics or that they couldn’t do anything to get their body to burn more calories.  We wanted to let people know that there is hope—and show them the truth–that you can do things to help your body to burn calories more efficiently and genetics don’t dictate your metabolic fate—and speeding up your metabolism actually really is something to feel optimistic about!

As identical twins, we were excited to test the science and show just how much control you could have over your metabolism (one of us was the guinea pig and one of us was the control for each of the 9 principles in our book.  We did coin tosses to see who would have to be the guinea pig [not following one of our steps for boosting metabolism]—and Tammy wasn’t thrilled to lose most of the coin tosses, especially considering her wedding was around the corner and losing a coin toss meant doing something not-so-great for your metabolism that would result in weight gain!)).

 

When it comes to metabolism, eating to keep your body in the best working order possible is ultimately what’s best for your metabolism to keep it running efficiently.

Psst….  here are a drinks with benefits to try:

Minty Lime Iced Green “Flat Belly” Tea

Cool Citrus Cucumber Detox

Apple Cider Vinegar & Lime “Detox” Drink

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

Mixed Citrus Ginger Flush

On top of that, there are certain foods and other lifestyle steps (we talk about these in our book) that can help.  And this smoothie contains some of those foods, plus the protein and fiber to get your body and metabolism going…

We <3 this smoothie because it makes a fabulous breakfast to start the day giving your metabolism a boost:

  • We made sure it’s got both protein (the metabolism-friendly nutrient that requires your body to burn the most calories digesting it) and fiber, and together they provide satisfaction and long-lasting energy and keep your body on even keel, preventing hunger and the overeating that comes with it as well as energy dips so that you can also move more and boost your metabolic rate.
  • We want you to feel light and energetic, and unlike breakfasts that make you sluggish, resulting in you being less active; burning fewer calories and negatively impacting your metabolism, this hottie keeps you feeling light
  • Sip this fluid-packed breakfast and it helps to prevent dehydration; every process in the body takes place in water if you are not properly hydrated, normal body processes, such as digestion and an efficient metabolism will suffer.

Each of the ingredients in this smoothie helps to keep the body in better working condition. This is especially important as we age to prevent damage to the body that prevents it from running efficiently. Check out how we hook you up! 😉

The GREEN Bonuses:

Avocado:

  • We always have a lifetime supply of these in our apartments 🙂 .  In addition to being packed with over 21 vitamins and minerals plus healthy fats and anti-inflammatory benefits, research suggest that the fiber, unsaturated fat content, and a blood-sugar-lowering sugar called D-mannoheptulose in avocados may offer another advantage in helping steady blood sugar levels and keeping appetite in check.
  • Packed with potassium to restore normal fluid balance and flush out the bloat.

Green Tea:

  • We like to sneak this into ice cubes and use it as a broth for cooking.  After all, it’s packed with phytonutrients and anti-inflammatories, tea helps to hydrate while flooding the body with health-promoting nutrients.  Research has shown that tea can do everything from helping to protect the heart against heart disease and cancer to possibly even revving metabolism.  Several studies, including one in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that green tea has metabolism-boosting properties and fat-oxidizing properties that can help to promote weight loss and stave off weight gain. Sip tea throughout the day.  Research shows that if you can drink 4-6 tea cups a day (tea cups are smaller than regular cups, about 4 ounces a cup), you can boost your metabolism. This smoothie will help get you closer to your goal.
  • Tea also contains the amino acid theanine that brings on a mental alertness and calmness that helps you to make rational decisions, so you can turn down fatty, caloric foods that you’d normal eat due to stress.
  • Also, tea contains some caffeine so it often provides the little boost people look for in the morning.

 

Spinach or Kale:

  • We’re obsessed! 😉 Both play a part in the liver’s detoxification process—so if you overdid it on alcohol, or if you were in a polluted environment or have been exposed to second hand smoke, these will  help your body to detoxify the chemicals, keeping your body in better working order, making everything, including your metabolism, work more efficiently.

 

Pineapple:

We love that just a few frozen tidbits add so much sweetness and among other things, pineapple’s got  bromelain to help reduce severe inflammation,(the root of so much evil in the body), reduce sinus and congestion, and may help ease digestion and generally protects the body from damage, keeping it running efficiently, this includes a well-tuned metabolism. Oh yeah!

 

Greek Yogurt:

Dare you peek in our fridge?  There’s a reason we’re fully stocked with this. It’s packed with metabolism-friendly protein and the calcium in yogurt may help lower calcitrol in the body, which helps turn on fat burning and shut down fat storage.  And, the helpful probiotics in yogurt are good for your gut health.  Good gut health includes the good bacteria and gut microbes in those who are a healthy weight are different than in those who are obese.

Ginger:

As you know, Lyssie has a love affair with this powerful anti-inflammatory that keeps the body in better working order, an efficient system fuels a well-tuned metabolism.

 

Metabolism Boosting Morning Green Smoothie

Have this for a light breakfast or a satisfying snack!

Serves: 2

Ingredients

3 ice cubes

1 cup green tea

2, 5.5 ounce containers (11 ounce) nonfat Greek Yogurt

2 cups stemmed and chopped spinach (or kale)

1 medium Granny Smith apple—unpeeled, cored, and chopped

1/2 cup 100% juice, (like 100% pomegranate juice) OR ¾ cup frozen pineapple tidbits

1/4 avocado, chopped

1/4 cup frozen pineapple tidbits

1/2-inch fresh ginger, peeled (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

(Note fiber will be 1-2 grams higher when using pineapple tidbits vs. the juice)

Nutrition Facts: 207 calories, 4 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 85 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 18 g protein

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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 cup green tea
  • 2, 5.5 ounce containers (11 ounce) nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 2 cups stemmed and chopped spinach (or kale)
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple—unpeeled, cored, and chopped
  • ½ cup 100% juice, (like 100% pomegranate juice) OR ¾ cup frozen pineapple tidbits
  • ¼ avocado, chopped
  • ¼ cup frozen pineapple tidbits
  • ½-inch fresh ginger, peeled (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. (Note fiber will be 1-2 grams higher when using pineapple tidbits vs. the juice)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 207 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 30 g Sodium: 85 mg Fiber: 6 g Protein: 18 g

 

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

If you’ve read our other recipes and blogs, it’s no surprise to you that these twin sister, veggie-loving registered dietitians and personal trainers have a big ‘ole sweet tooth.  And while we’ve got many recipes and tricks to prevent our nasty canines 😉 from getting the best of us, we find that when we discover a delicious sweetie to satisfy us, it hooks us for a good long while.

So a few months ago, when chocolate was calling our names a bit too often, we found a super sweet (and healthy!) alternative and we’ve been turning to it ever since.  Frozen, slightly defrosted blueberries (still chilled, but defrosted enough so their sweet juice seeps its way into the bottom of the bowl. Yum!) This addictive treat (aka as blue crack 😉 ) is now making its way into many of our latest creations—and our taste buds, brain and waistline are thankful!

Psst… if you like this recipe, you may want to try:

Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie

Kale Recharge and Detox Smoothie

Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie

Wake-up Smoothie

Say hello to this healthy and delicious smoothie—a sweet and energizing combo including berries and tropical fruits that you can whip up for two people in the morning and both of you can start your day off right!

 

Here’s what you’ll love:

  • This is a high-protein and low-calorie smoothie without any protein powder! So if you’re not a fan of protein powder, this is for you!

 

  • Just using all natural fruits, vegetables and yogurt, this sister will give your morning a boost of energy.

 

  • Kale! A veggie for breakfast and you’d never even realize! Kale adds so many bonuses including it’s special “detox” capabilities as it aids the liver in both phases of its detox. Blueberries flood your body with anti-aging and disease-fighting phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds as well as bloat-fighting potassium and water!

 

Blueberries paired with pineapples, add  fiber and vitamin C to keep your immune system strong.

Enjoy!

 

 

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

 

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Makes 2 servings

Prep: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients:

¾ cup raw kale, broken into 1” pieces, loosely packed

½ cup frozen, unsweetened blueberries

½ cup frozen, unsweetened pineapple

1 large banana, broken into 1” pieces

2 teaspoons coconut flakes, unsweetened

1 cup plain Greek nonfat yogurt

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients in the blender, with yogurt being closest to the blade.  Blend together all ingredients until smooth and there are no large food chunks.

 

Nutrition Analysis (for 1 serving): 177 calories, 32 grams carbs, 0 grams fat, 15 grams protein, 62 milligrams sodium, 7 grams fiber

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A fruity and filling blueberry smoothie for the morning or as an afternoon snack!
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Breakfast
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup raw kale, broken into 1" pieces, loosely packed
  • ½ cup frozen, unsweetened blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen, unsweetened pineapple
  • 1 large banana, broken into 1" pieces
  • 2 teaspoons coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 1 cup plain Greek nonfat yogurt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the blender, with yogurt being closest to the blade. Blend together until smooth and there are no large food chunks.

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie

As registered dietitians and personal trainers we feel lucky to work with so many awesome clients.  Most want to have some fun and enjoy indulging but also know when it’s time to get back on track and tighten the reigns– and trust us, these twin sisters get it!  Yes, it’s not just our clients who at times feel like they need to undo the damage from too much–we, too have times when we just want to undo the damage that we did over the last couple of days from eating too much, drinking too much or just falling off the healthy track…and we’ve got just the morning dazzler to get your mind and body back on the fast track to slim–while losing the bloat and feeling satisfied!

Often we try to get right back on track with our Kale Recharge and Detox Smoothie or our Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie which both work magic. We also sip our Raspberry Ginger Detox during the day. Or we go for this awesome Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie! Aside from it being the perfect way to reboot the body (see below), this smoothie tastes yummy, so it’s ideal when your mind and taste buds aren’t feeling like they’re ready to dive in to very bland foods that many people believe are the only foods allowed when they’re trying to cleanse the body from the damage of overindulgence.  Admittedly, especially when we just get back from a vacay, our minds are still a little in la-la land 😉 and our taste buds want to be tantalized (this healthy, cleansing number does the trick!).

Although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself on its own, naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, assist it in its process.  And this drink does just that! 

 

This smoothie is a superstar when it comes to weight loss and flushing bloat and toxins from the body!  Here’s how it works:

For weight loss:

It’s super-satisfying– with just 224 calories, it will keep you satiated with it’s 20 grams of protein.  It will power you through your morning keeping your energy levels stable so you don’t experience an energy crash that would have you craving a quick sugar pick-me-up (this means you won’t find yourself diving into the vending machine mid-morning in search of an energy boost).

More reasons to sip this blue smoothie to assist in weight loss? 😉

The blueberries! Research suggests they actually may assist in weight loss (yippee!) since they contain the phytochemical C3G that may increase production of both adiponectin (which enhances fat metabolism) and leptin (which suppresses appetite). Oh yeah!

 

For flushing bloat:

Starting the day with this nutrient and water-filled smoothie helps to flush out excess salt and the bloated and puffy feeling that comes with it. The high water in combination with the potassium from the blueberry and lemon flushes bloat by restoring normal fluid balance so you can kiss puffiness goodbye.

The blueberries are loaded with fiber, which helps to flush waste out your colon (goodbye constipation and unsightly gut bulges from it–hello flatter belly. Oh Yeah!)

 

For mopping up free radicals and toxins that age and damage your body.  Here’s why we like to drink this smoothie in the morning:

There’s no better time to flood your body with nutrients that help to rejuvenate your cells and that help your liver to do its’ job of detoxifying invaders (chemicals, smog, toxins, alcohol, etc.) that could harm the body. However, you can drink this babe any time of day and it will still work is magic.

The blueberries flood your body with anti-aging and disease-fighting phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds as well as bloat-fighting potassium and water!

Lemon helps 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.). Lemon, is packed with vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant which mops up free radicals from environmental toxins, stress, alcohol, fatty foods and other toxins and helps to prevent them from damaging your body. 

 

Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie

Enjoy this sipster for breakfast to take the edge off hunger, prevent overeating, flush bloat and help set your mind & body on the healthy track.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 tbsp almond butter

1/2 cup unsweetend vanilla almond milk

1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder (we use Vega One Plant Power or Amazing Grass)*

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (ok, if not fresh)

water to blend

 

Directions: Blend this all together and drink! Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: 224 Calories, 4 g fat, 19 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 20 g protein

*Note: if you don’t have protein powder, substitute with 6 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt.

Pictured below with 1 teaspoon organic coconut flakes.

Blueberry Protein Weight loss Breakfast Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ tbsp almond butter
  • ½ cup unsweetend vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder (we use Vega One Plant Power or Amazing Grass)*
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice (ok, if not fresh)
  • water to blend
Instructions
  1. Blend this all together and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 224 Fat: 4 g Carbohydrates: 19 g Fiber: 4 g Protein: 20 g

Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie

What’s the number one question you’ve been asking us about smoothies?

You wanna know how to seamlessly get veggies into smoothies when you’ve been dabbling with fruits, seeds, almond milk, etc.

As registered dietitians, and authors of our most recent book, The Nutrition Twins Veggie Cure, you can imagine how excited we are that you’re ready to dive in to the good stuff! Yes, veggies! Greens, specifically, are the number one food you can eat regularly to improve your health. And we’ve got some easy breakfast-friendly ways to help you to start your day off right–on the green foot! 😉

 

Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie

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We’ve got some great news if you’re a bit fearful that your greens will overpower your smoothie… many greens become undetectable (like a chameleon!) when combined in a smoothie and they take just seconds to transform. Here are some tips for making the most of your smoothies and easy at-home ways to get your nutrients.
Create your green smoothie by following these green smoothie basics and then blend! 🙂 (If you simply want to try a green smoothie recipe that’s tried, true and delicious, try this Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie (recipe and how it does your-body-good below)!  You’ll also find many on our site, just search smoothie, or green drink, etc.  And we suggest some at the bottom of this blog!

 

Here’s the formula for making a delicious, green smoothie and how we created this Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie:

 

1.  Begin with your greens: In general, a few large fistfuls (about 2 cups) will do the trick. Spinach is one the mildest of the greens and is barely detectable, but all greens from kale, to romaine, and even parsley and mint are fabulous additions. Experiment and see what you like best. (In this smoothie, we started with 1 packed cup of spinach, which is similar to two fistfuls)

 

*** If you’re worried about your greens spoiling, check out our awesome solution for your busy mornings.

 

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2. Toss in some fruit: Hello natural sweetness, fiber and phytonutrients for even more of a beneficial boost to your morning. (We often go for frozen fruits because they make the smoothie more refreshing and “dessert-like”.  Plus, they don’t spoil!)

  • In this recipe we use POM 100% Pomegranate Juice which adds a polyphenol and potassium punch with no added sugars, no artificial colors or flavors and no cheap filler juices. There’s the juice of 4 whole-pressed pomegranates in 16 ounces and its flavor is a little sweet and a little tart, which makes this smoothie so insanely delicious!
  • We also added frozen pineapple chunks (not frozen is fine) –you get a lot of sweetness with just a few pieces and we added some green grapes.  Note:  If you’re watching your calorie intake, the key is to keep the fruit portions in check (about half the portion or less, compared to the green).

 

darlingdownsouth13. Add your protein/ “satiety factor” (If you skip this, you’ll need to eat a source of protein with your smoothie to keep you powered, satiated and to provide for longer lasting energy). This Pomegranate Green Goodness Smoothie is so good as is, simply have some scrambled eggs with veggies or a nonfat Greek yogurt on the side. Other great protein options? Nuts or nut butters, hemp seeds or a scoop of protein powder. One to two tablespoons of a nut or seed add nutrients and healthy fat—but stick to just that portion (about 6-8 nuts), as the calories from nuts add up quickly and could cause your smoothie to contain a lot more calories than you bargained for.

 

4. Pour in liquid: Add ½ to 1 cup of either water, unsweetened nut milk or coconut water to make your smoothie. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk adds a nice flavor perk. (In this smoothie we need less water and simply add some ice cubes as we get fluid from the delicious POM 100% Pomegranate Juice.)

 

5. Ready to get fancy? The sky is the limit! Try adding grated ginger (a personal favorite of ours!) or spices like cinnamon and turmeric (this one has quite a bitter kick that will give you a real charge to start your day!) We couldn’t resist the ginger in this recipe!

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Pomegranate Green Goodness Smoothie

This delicious recipe contains nothing but fruits and veggies. POM 100% Pomegranate Juice, spinach, pineapple, and green grapes are blended with fresh ginger to make a zesty morning smoothie that fills you up. Pair this delicious day starter with scrambled eggs with veggies or with a nonfat Greek yogurt for protein.

 

Makes 1 serving

Work time: 5 min

Total time: 5 min

Ingredients:

½ cup POM 100% Pomegranate Juice

½ cup green grapes

½ cup pineapple pieces

1 cup packed spinach

1 inch fresh ginger, peeled

4 ice cubes

 

Directions:

In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Nutrition Facts Per Smoothie: 167 calories, 40 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 2 g protein, 3 g fiber, 22 mg sodium

Bonuses:  162% Daily Value vitamin A, 111% DV Vitamin C, 11% DV calcium, 17% DV Iron

pom_green_goddess_smoothie_bottleThe Nutrition Twins work with POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate juice to help people to enjoy it’s delicious flavor, get more nutrients in their day without any added sugar or artificial flavors. 

 

And here are a few more smoothies to try:

 

 

Pomegranate Green Goddess Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup POM 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • ½ cup green grapes
  • ½ cup pineapple pieces
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 4 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  2. Nutrition Facts Per Smoothie: 167 calories, 40 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 2 g protein, 3 g fiber, 22 mg sodium
  3. Bonuses:  162% Daily Value vitamin A, 111% DV Vitamin C, 11% DV calcium, 17% DV Iron

 

Smoothie Photo and Recipe credit: POM Wonderful.

Eat More to Weigh Less, Really!

If you’re like most of our clients, you’re looking for something you can eat when you’re hungry that won’t cause you to gain weight.  The answer, surprisingly, is something that you can and should eat all of the time.  It’s true; there actually is something that if you eat more of it, it can assist in your weight loss efforts!

 

Veggies!  You may realize that you need more veggies but tend to leave them out of your meals; you’re not alone!  This is one of the most common struggles of health-minded people!  You simply need a little help or encouragement to actually get them!  Once we show our clients how easily vegetables can be deliciously incorporated into their lives, they start to bump up their intake!

 

Check out our 3 Top Reasons you’ll wanna get your veggies:

 

Veggie Bonus #1: Fill up on veggies and you’ll have less room in your stomach for the heavy stuff and you’ll lose weight!

 

Veggie Bonus #2 (a.k.a. our constipation & flat-belly cure): The high water and fiber content of the veggies flushes bloat and waste and brings on a flat belly—oh yeah!

 

Veggie Bonus #3 (a.k.a. our bloat-be-gone cure!): The high water and potassium combination in veggies helps to flush out salt and the extra water and bloat that it holds with it for a flatter belly!

 

The key is to keep the non-starchy veggies (nearly all veggies with the exception of peas, potatoes and corn) low in calories (by avoiding adding sauces or oil) and then you can simply mix steamed veggies into your meal and eat less of the waist-puffing stuff!  This means your plate will be just as full, but there will be less room for the higher-calorie fare and you’ll fill up on lower calorie, veggies! And when you’re hungry, fill up on veggies.  You’ll get more nutrients that keep you healthy and prevent disease and constipation while helping you to eat less of the heavy stuff and lose weight!

 

Check out our top ways to do it below:

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  • Before any meal or cocktail party, have a Veggie Pre-Meal™ with a cup of tea. The Veggie Pre-Meal™ is one-and-a-half to two cups of steamed veggies. (See below for ideas and keep foods such as these Easy Peasy Brussel Sprouts on hand). You’ll be in better control around high calorie foods and won’t be overly hungry. It will be easier to resist eating too many of the foods that pack on the pounds because you’ll already be satisfied.
  • At lunch and dinner order (or microwave from frozen at home, if short on time) a side of steamed veggies without added butter or oil. Simply mix them right into whatever dish you’re eating and you’ll add great texture, flavor and color to your meal and the veggies will pick up the flavor from the sauce in the meal.
  • Use our Red, Green and Orange rule to include one red, green or orange vegetable or fruit in every meal. When you concentrate on getting one of these colors at each meal, you won’t forget. Vegetables are an excellent source of disease-fighting nutrients and are high in fiber and low in calories, and great for helping maintain a healthy weight and fighting aging.

 

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  • Make/ order omelets, sandwiches, pizzas, wraps and burritos with veggies added
  • Chinese chicken and rice? Pasta and chicken? Mac ‘n cheese? You end up eating less of the heavy stuff and fill your stomach with the lower calorie, fiber-and nutrient packed veggies. Added bonus: If you’re a fan of large helpings you can bag a third of the meal for later and mix the veggies right in the portion you have; you’ll fill your stomach with nutrients and fiber but with fewer calories. This way you won’t feel cheated or deprived because your meal won’t appear smaller, only your waistline will!
  • Use nori or lettuce for traditional sandwiches or wraps rather than carb-rich bread.
  • Eat your rice and other grain-based meals/ snacks by putting them in cups made with veggies-like scooped out tomatoes and bell peppers, zucchini and cucumber boats—these are delicious shells for the dish and help to keep the carb portion in check.
  • Make dips, spreads and salsas with veggies—veggie based dips like these below can double as sauces for grains and meats and are perfect for dipping veggies in.

 

  • If you still feel hungry after eating –or like munching–eat non-starchy vegetables (all vegetables with the exception of peas, potatoes and corn).
    • Go for them raw or steamed with spices, lemon, or flavored vinegars. You can even try our ultra low-calorie recipes like our Easy Crunchy Braised Cabbage, Colorful Detox Salad, Caramelized Cauliflower with Olive Oil & Lemon Juice, Spicy “Fried” Broccoli, and more! As an alternative, try the Kale Recharge Smoothie.
    • Be sure to avoid options that are cooked in butter or any other calorie-loaded item (like many sauces are)—and even in oil (100 calories per little tablespoon!), as they may thwart your weight-loss efforts and defeat the purpose of low-calorie veggies.
    • For dressing options, consider trying this Raspberry Vinaigrette or this Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dressing (stick to the suggested serving sizes) or consider putting your salad dressing in a spray bottle to spritz your dressing on your veggies and disperse the flavor with minimal calories.
    • Try to eat some raw veggies, as current research has shown that a special protein, glutathione, is found in raw veggies and clings to toxins, helping drag them out of the body. For example, enjoy some fresh carrots and sliced bell pepper with hummus!
    • Try these Roasted Detoxifying Veggies!
    • Defrost frozen veggies in the fridge during the day. When you get home, make a quick cold salad by mixing the veggies with one of the dressing options mentioned above or toss them right into a hot meal, as they’ll already be “cooked” and you’ll simply warm them up!

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Healthy Back to School Bites with Cranberries

If you’ve read our other blogs, by now you know it’s no secret that although we’re veggie-loving twin sisters, registered dietitians and personal trainers who are lucky to like a lot of healthy foods, we both also have a wicked sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check.  Fortunately, we’ve got many strategies as wells as delicious, waistline friendly ways to satisfy our sweet canines that work for our clients, too!

One of our favorite, satisfying, healthy and most effective ways to squash a sweet craving is with treats made from fruit.  This actually is something we learned from our wholesome, plant-based, cook-everything-from-scratch mom, as she often served us desserts made from fruit and it worked like magic to quell our sweet cravings!  Apparently the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as we do the same thing for Tammy’s daughters.  We find this technique to be especially helpful when the kids go back to school, as they always seem to come home from school and want a sweet treat for a snack.  One of our most requested after-school snacks is a Cranberry Smoothie which is a cool, delicious and healthy guilt-free snack that feels like a super indulgent treat.

And our clients who serve this to their kids feel good knowing that this nutritious, sweet-tooth satisfying snack fits perfectly with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend choosing nutrient dense foods packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other naturally occurring compounds that may improve health.  Cranberries, like in this Cranberry Smoothie, are the perfect example of a nutrient dense food, as they’re packed with naturally occurring unique health-promoting flavonoids called PACs.  Because of these nutrient superstars, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans have made an exception for naturally tart, low-sugar foods, like cranberries, that may be sweetened to improve taste.  They explain that there is room in a healthy eating pattern for nutrient dense foods with added sugars, such as cranberries and rhubarb, as long as calories from added sugar are less than 10% per day.  In this smoothie, just a teaspoon of honey is added to each serving and it packs in the nutrients in just 150 calories—woot, woot!

 

 

 

 

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Cranberry Smoothie            

Serve this healthy, sugar-tooth satisfying alternative to sweets for an after school snack.  Or simply sip a serving of this for a healthy dessert.

Yield: 6 servings

 

Ingredients

2 cups frozen cranberries

2 cups nonfat vanilla yogurt (try different yogurts, such as Greek yogurt)

2 cups 1% milk or almond milk

2 Tbsp. honey

2 tsp. vanilla

 

Directions

Mix in blender until smooth.

Nutrition Information Per Serving*: Calories 150, Calories From Fat 10, Saturated Fat 0.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 1g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 105mg, Total Carbohydrate 28g, Sugars 24g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Protein 7g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 25%, Iron 0%

*With 1% Milk

Hungry for Cranberries at lunch? Your kids will gobble up this unique, sweet and savory sandwich!

Recipe courtesy of the Cranberry Marketing Committee

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Cranberries can be a great fit as part of a healthy lunch – like in this tangy chicken salad!

Cranberry Chicken Salad on Flatbread

Makes 8 servings

Portion: ½ cup chicken salad on 1 flatbread roll

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

 

Ingredients

1 cup dried cranberries

⅓ cup 100% cranberry juice

½ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise (we suggest using nonfat Greek yogurt to keep the creaminess and up the nutrients and lower the fat)

⅓ cup fat-free poppy seed dressing

8 oz. grilled white chicken meat, diced

1 cup sliced celery

¾ cup thinly sliced scallions

2 cups shredded fresh spinach

8 flatbread rolls, split

 

Directions

  1. Place cranberries and cranberry juice in a saucepan and heat slightly. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature. Cranberries will absorb all liquid. Hold.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and dressing.
  3. Stir in diced chicken, celery and scallions. Toss well to coat. Stir in reserved cranberries and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
  4. To Serve: For each serving, place ¼ cup spinach onto a split flatbread roll and portion ½ cup salad on top of spinach. Replace top and serve.

Variations: Use additional fruits, including fresh mango, pineapple, melon, blueberries, peaches, pears, etc. in salad.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 390, Calories from Fat 100, Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 12g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 800mg, Total Carbohydrate 57g, Sugars 17g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Protein 13g, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 10%, Iron 20%

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Cranberry Chicken Salad on Flatbread
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup 100% cranberry juice
  • ½ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise (we suggest using nonfat Greek yogurt to keep the creaminess and up the nutrients and lower the fat)
  • ⅓ cup fat-free poppy seed dressing
  • 8 oz. grilled white chicken meat, diced
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 cups shredded fresh spinach
  • 8 flatbread rolls, split
Instructions
  1. Place cranberries and cranberry juice in a saucepan and heat slightly. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature. Cranberries will absorb all liquid. Hold.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and dressing.
  3. Stir in diced chicken, celery and scallions. Toss well to coat. Stir in reserved cranberries and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
  4. To Serve: For each serving, place ¼ cup spinach onto a split flatbread roll and portion ½ cup salad on top of spinach. Replace top and serve.
  5. Variations
  6. : Use additional fruits, including fresh mango, pineapple, melon, blueberries, peaches, pears, etc. in salad.