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Savory Oats

By now you likely know how we feel about veggies—we’re obsessed!  As girls who also have a wicked sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check ;), these twin sister, registered dietitians and personal trainers, and authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure are constantly working to help you to get more of these magical fat-loss and health-promoting pups. So, when it comes to breakfast—who’s got your booty, baby? Us! 🙂

And while we adore eggs packed with veggies like these faves:

Mexican Eggs in a Mug

Pesto Veggie Omelet

Skinny Eggs Benedict 

Mini Frittata Muffins

Sunny Side Eggs on a Portobello “Bagel” 

We, along with countless others, are exploring ways to make veggies at breakfast a little different. For those days when hectic mornings call for something a little savory and a little hearty we thought we’d jump on the oat-lover train and make some savory oats!

 

Not only did we make our oats savory with a pinch of garlic and onion powders, we got you those magical veggies with mashed up riced cauliflower, an antioxidant rich, vitamin C powerhouse of a vegetable to give our oats a little more texture and a lot more nutrients.

Haven’t tried riced cauliflower?

Say hello to one of your new besties!  Riced cauliflower has become an “it” food over the last year or so, you can find it in the frozen section or the produce section of many supermarkets now. It’s super versatile, so while in our book we have a pizza crust made with it, you’ll also find countless recipes nowadays that use it—and we’ll be sharing more on this site soon!  And now you can simply purchase it ready-to-use! Woohoo!

The fat-loss promoting, magical veggies don’t end there:

We also added:

  • mushrooms, phytonutrient rock stars that support our immune system in so many ways.
  • kale, (um, because how could we ever forget this baby? 😉 ) –the best friend to many of our meals, it’s quick and easy to sauté up and it helps the liver in its detoxification process and adds vitamin K and A and lutein which is great for eye health, not a bad thing to start the morning with!

Savory Oats

Guess what?!  You can customize this yumster based on the veggies you have in your fridge that are begging to be cooked before they go bad. And as an added bonus—consuming a variety of veggies throughout the week fulfills an assortment of nutrients our bodies need. Oh yeah!!

Makes 2 servings

Top this savory dish with an egg cooked to your favorite style for protein.

Ingredients:

Oats or any hot whole or multi grain cereal

1/3 cup mashed cauliflower rice*

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of onion powder

1 cup finely shredded kale

5 mushrooms, sliced

1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon of your favorite vegetable seasoning (we used Weber Veggie Grill)

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1.  Place oats, water, cauliflower rice, garlic powder, and onion powder in a bowl. Microwave for 3-4 minutes, until the oats and cauliflower are cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a small pan with the 1 teaspoon olive oil. Saute kale and mushrooms in 1 tsp olive oil, then season with vegetable seasoning and add the egg & egg white to the pan.
  3. Scramble or fry the eggs until cooked the way you like, then place the eggs & veggies on top of the oatmeal & serve with a small apple.

*The cauliflower rice will keep for a few days, so if you cook the whole bag per the instructions, you can use the leftovers in other meals or have another version of savory oats the next morning! Stay tuned, we also will be coming up with a sweet version for those mornings we want a little sweet but still need a hearty breakfast.

 

Nutrition Facts for 1 serving

152 Calories, 21 g carbs, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 8 g protein, 88 mg sodium, 4 g fiber

Savory Oats
 
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Oats or any hot whole or multi grain cereal
  • ⅓ cup mashed cauliflower rice*
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of onion powder
  • 1 cup finely shredded kale
  • 5 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 TBSP Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite vegetable seasoning (we used Weber Veggie Grill)
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place oats, water, cauliflower rice, garlic powder, and onion powder in a bowl. Microwave for 3-4 minutes, until the oats and cauliflower are cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a small pan with the 1 teaspoon olive oil. Saute kale and mushrooms in 1 tsp olive oil, then season with vegetable seasoning and add the egg & egg white to the pan.
  3. Scramble or fry the eggs until cooked the way you like, then place the eggs & veggies on top of the oatmeal & serve with a small apple.
Notes
The cauliflower rice will keep for a few days, so if you cook the whole bag per the instructions, you can use the leftovers in other meals or have another version of savory oats the next morning! Stay tuned, we also will be coming up with a sweet version for those mornings we want a little sweet but still need a hearty breakfast.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 152 Fat: 5g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 21g Sodium: 88mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 8g

 

 

 

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Crunchy Zesty Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

0006_NutritionTwins-cucumber-melon-cantaloupe-lime-mint-serrano-pepper-salad-summer_logoAs you may know by now, although we grew up in a healthy household surrounded by fresh produce, the truth is we didn’t always have all kinds of produce throughout the year at our fingertips, as you’d likely expect.  In fact, there were only a few weeks during the year when we’d have some of our favorite fruits and veggies.  Yup, our mom was ahead of her time—buying local and “in season” before it was cool and trendy.  You could tell what season it was by opening our fridge. This meant that most of the year, we didn’t have some of our favorite fruits—like melons!  We’d wait all year for our favorite season—summer, which just happens to be when some of our favorite fruits are in season. As hard as it is to believe, some of our favorite recipes that we make today, we would have only had a few months of the year.  Recipes like our:

Watermelon Frosty,

Watermelon Snow Cone

Watermelon & Mint Detox Salad

Strawberry Milkshake

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And we can’t help but smile with our latest creation.  It’s the summer dish that we would have waited all year for—and we’re feeling a bit spoiled thinking that we may just keep eating it this one, even when it’s a bit out of season. 😉  When it’s too hot to turn on the stove and you’re looking for a thirst quenching, refreshing side dish (with an optional kick!), this salad with hydrating fruits and veggies and cooling culinary herbs is about to be your new bestie!

Added bonus: Phytonutrients found in cucumbers (cucurbitacins, lignans and flavonoids) may provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. Cucumbers have a high water content and are a great source of fiber to help prevent constipation and the unsightly gut bulges that come with it.

Fun fact: Cucumbers are technically fruits!

Cantaloupes are a great skin beautifier thanks to being high in vitamin C (necessary for the formation of collagen, which keeps the skin pliable and elastic) and vitamin A helps to promote healthy cells and skin. Also since it’s gota high water content, 90 percent, it helps to hydrate the skin, making it appear moist and supple!

Fun tip: To find a great tasting cantaloupe, do a sniff test, if the melon smells delicious it’s sure to be tasty.

We visited the farmers market over the weekend and came across a variety of cucumbers (common salad/garden cucumber, white cucumber, lemon cucumber and Armenian cucumber) and decided why not try them all! You can certainly use just one type of cucumber and it can be any type.

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Just a word of warning, once you start you may not be able to eat just one serving!

You can also make a larger portion, by doubling the recipe, to eat the next day. The lime juice helps preserve the freshness overnight.

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Makes 4, 1 Cup Servings

Serve this easy to make, juicy summer salad with a Mediterranean dish, falafel, grilled fish, fish tacos, grilled chicken or another lean protein.

 

Ingredients

2 cups cantaloupe, diced* (about ¼ medium cantaloupe seeded)

2 cups cucumber, diced* (roughly 2 medium cucumbers), peeled (optional).

1 tsp serrano pepper, (about ¼ small sized pepper) seeded and minced (optional)

1 – 1 ½ Tbsp lime juice,

4-5 fresh mint leaves, chiffonade

Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Combine cantaloupe and cucumber in large bowl.
  1. Pour 1 Tbsp of lime juice over the melon/cucumber mix. Stir to coat the produce in the juice.
  1. Add a pinch of salt to taste to contrast to the sweetness.
  1. Add ½ tsp of the minced serrano pepper, andmix throughout. It can have quite a kick so add more to your liking. This can be omitted if you’re simply looking for a cool and thirst quenching salad without a kick.
  1. Top with slivers of fresh mint leaves.

* Diced pieces can be any size, we liked a small dice in order to get a variety of flavors in one bite!

**A note about the serrano pepper. The oils will linger on your hands, even after washing them. Be aware to not touch near your eyes especially after cutting. You may have to wash your hands a few times before it begins to fade. (I only noticed because I stuck my finger near my mouth while taking a bite of left over cantaloupe and my mouth started tingling! Long after I had finished cutting and washed my hands!)

 

 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 47 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 87 mg Sodium, 12 g Carbohydrate, 1 g Fiber, 9 g Sugar, 1 g Protein  

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Crunchy Zesty Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad
 
Author:
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cantaloupe, diced* (about ¼ medium cantaloupe seeded)
  • 2 cups cucumber, diced* (roughly 2 medium cucumbers), peeled (optional).
  • 1 tsp serrano pepper, (about ¼ small sized pepper) seeded and minced (optional)
  • 1 – 1 ½ Tbsp lime juice,
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves, chiffonade
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine cantaloupe and cucumber in large bowl.
  2. Pour 1 Tbsp of lime juice over the melon/cucumber mix. Stir to coat the produce in the juice.
  3. Add a pinch of salt to taste to contrast to the sweetness.
  4. Add ½ tsp of the minced serrano pepper, andmix throughout. It can have quite a kick so add more to your liking. This can be omitted if you’re simply looking for a cool and thirst quenching salad without a kick.
  5. Top with slivers of fresh mint leaves.
Notes
*Diced pieces can be any size, we liked a small dice in order to get a variety of flavors in one bite! **A note about the serrano pepper. The oils will linger on your hands, even after washing them. Be aware to not touch near your eyes especially after cutting. You may have to wash your hands a few times before it begins to fade. (I only noticed because I stuck my finger near my mouth while taking a bite of left over cantaloupe and my mouth started tingling! Long after I had finished cutting and washed my hands!)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 47 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 12 g Sugar: 9 g Sodium: 87 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

Hickory Apple Salad with Turkey Bacon

Apple season is in full swing now that October is here! So now is the season that apples are extra sweet and super delicious.  We love picking our own at  the apple orchard! If you aren’t a fan of apples, then you should be. Here’s the jam packed benefits of apples…hello pretty smile, hello lean, energized body!


Apples help to fight cavities– chewing an apple can build up saliva production which helps to lower the level of bacteria in your mouth! Apples also help to keep your immunity up—they contain 14% of your daily value of vitamin C! They can help boost your energy to keep your metabolism going throughout the day with their antioxidant-rich, energy-revving carbs. Plus, thanks to their abundant fiber, they stabilize energy levels and help you to feel full longer without consuming extra calories.

To keep apples going in your diet, here’s a simple apple recipe we just love – Hickory Apple Salad with Turkey Bacon!

Hickory Apple Salad with Turkey Bacon

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS:

6 cups spring mix salad greens

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

2 apples (such as Granny Smith or Gala), cut into julienne pieces

1/2 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced

½ cup corn, fresh or canned, no salt added

4 eggs, hard boiled chopped (we use Eggland’s Best eggs because they have 25% less saturated fat than ordinary eggs)

Olive oil in spray jar

6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (divided in half)

4 slices (4 ounces) low sodium turkey bacon, cooked, crumbled

 

DIRECTIONS:

In large bowl, toss the salad greens and thyme and spritz with olive oil; add 1 tablespoon water and half of the lemon juice (3 tablespoons) and mix. Top with apples, avocado, egg and turkey bacon. Spritz with oil, mix with another tablespoon water and the remaining 3 tablespoons of lemon. Divide the salad evenly among four salad plates and enjoy!

 

Nutrition Facts (analyzed using regular turkey bacon, not low-sodium and with Eggland’s Best eggs*): 263 calories; 13 g fat; 2.6 g saturated fat, 428 mg sodium; 28 g carbs; 5 g fiber; 12 g sugar; 13 g protein

 For more than 100 recipes like this, a get healthy plan and a 10-day Weight Loss Jumpstart and Detox Plan please check out The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure!

*The Nutrition Twins work with Eggland’s Best

 

Beet Pesto

If sticking to your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier is challenging because you don’t know simple, tasty, and healthy dishes, then try this delish Beet Pesto! Its’ flavor goes a long way so you don’t have to use that much—so it will keep the meal light, so you won’t feel sluggish. It’s not only delish, but super versatile! We love to eat it on whole wheat pasta with veggies, as a spread on sandwiches, as a dip for crackers, and as an alternative to bruschetta on toast!

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Beet Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium beet
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup low fat parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil (you can also use olive oil if you prefer)

Directions:

  • Roast the beet in the oven until soft (this can be done ahead of time). Once cooked, peel the beet.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the beet, garlic, pine nuts, cheese, salt, and pepper until smooth. While the food processor is turned on, slowly add the oil until slightly more liquid.

This pesto tastes great topped with low fat ricotta cheese as well! Keep in mind that a little bit goes a long way in terms of flavor!

Do you make variations on the typical basil pesto? What ingredients do you use?