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Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

 

’Twas the night before the holidays, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

OK, so that’s not exactly the way it went down in our house—especially the quiet, peaceful part. 😊 Yes, it was snowing, but that’s about where the story ends. Over here, Tammy’s twin daughters had 3 friends over who were screaming and yelling and playing some sort of slide-someone-around on the floor like they’re dead, yet kicking (don’t ask 😊 ), and these two, twin registered dietitians were dreaming up a new lightened up concoction (and the kitchen is never quiet or peaceful when we’re both concocting! If you watched us on Food Network’s Chopped!, that’s the tame version of what happens at home 😊 ).

The good news is what came out of all of the chaos—this delicious Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte. We lightened it up in a major way—shaving 100 calories off a small, typical-size latte—our version has only 33 calories a serving! Plus, our house smells like a gingerbread cookie factory (no joke!) and if you need a ‘lil pick-me-up, this bevvie uses strongly brewed coffee.

And if you need a to flush out the bloat if you’ve overdone it on a little too much holiday cheer—check out these “detox” drinks—and be sure to check out our 21-Day Body Reboot™, which will help you to look and feel your best in no time (it’s our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend!)

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush
Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”
Lemon Ginger Detox drink
Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water

     Aside from the heaping calorie-savings in this Gingerbread latte, there’s even another reason to sip it—the cinnamon! And if you like things extra-cinnamon-y, go ahead and sprinkle away!

Cinnamon: Studies have found that cinnamon helps to reduce inflammation and a number of studies have found improved blood sugar levels associated with cinnamon intake. So it certainly can’t hurt to aim for ½- 1 teaspoon of this delish spice daily!

Ginger: Ginger (especially fresh ginger) is also great for reducing chronic inflammation (the kind that’s linked to many chronic diseases), and is a total tummy soother, which means it may just keep you free from nausea or stomach discomfort!

Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

Yield: 1 latte (8 oz)

Ingredients:
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
½ tsp blackstrap molasses
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Stevia, to taste (I used 2 drops liquid stevia)
½ cup very strong brewed coffee

Directions:
1. Place almond milk, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and stevia in a pot or microwave-safe mug. Heat on the stove or in the microwave until piping hot.
2. Transfer the almond milk mixture to a 16 oz mason jar, seal, and shake vigorously, until frothy. You can also use a milk frother if you have one!
3. Pour the brewed coffee into a mug, top with the almond milk mixture, and stir gently to combine.
4. Enjoy!

Nutrition info (per serving): 33 calories, 1.3 g fat, 81 mg sodium, 5.4 g carbs, 0.9 g fiber, 0.5 g sugar, 0.7 g protein

 

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats

We have a long love affair with orange creamsicles that dates back to elementary school. While our cook-everything-from-scratch, granola baking hippie (minus the drugs) mom, who had the best intentions to keep us healthy, gave us her low-sugar, home-cooked dessert every night, she did give us money to buy ice cream at school every Friday for a special indulgence. We’d look forward to it all week long, and we’d dream of the Orange Creamsicle we’d often choose (the Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bar took a close second! 🙂 ). Now, as registered dietitians with a sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check, we still love the flavor of orange creamsicles, and this healthy rendition of an orange creamsicle is inspired by our childhood Friday ice cream special!

 

Psst… looking for more healthy recipes? Please feel free to search this site. And here are a few to try…

Coco Chia Granola Balls

Strawberry and Citrus Salad with Avocado 

 

 

Every feel rushed in the morning?! We hear ya! These are for you! And because…

 

we can’t all be morning people, and for those of you who aren’t – these Orange Creamsicle overnight oats will be your wake-up call! Not only can they be fully prepared the night before, but they also provide the nutrients you need to get your day started on the right foot, no matter what side of the bed you got off of.

 

We call this our Shake, Rattle and Roll breakfast! Simply put all the ingredients in a jar, shake them, rattle ’em if you please 😉 and refrigerate! Roll out the door with them in the morning!

 

Healthy Bonuses:

The oats are rich in energy-revving whole grain carbohydrates to keep you fueled. Plus, their soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol and fight heart disease.

 

 

 

Packed with oranges which are a great source of vitamin C, this breakfast will help to bolster your immune system, and as an added bonus it helps with the formation of collagen – so you can look forward to healthy and younger-looking skin! And oats combined with oranges are the perfect match, since the iron in the oats is more easily absorbed with the help of vitamin C!

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats

Preparation Tip: When preparing this delicious breakfast make sure to use a container/jar that allows room for the ingredients to be shaken – a mason jar works perfectly! And for added flavor and nutrients feel free to toss in a few more of your favorite fruits. Blueberries, raspberries or strawberries are the perfect addition!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 orange, peeled and sectioned

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon ground flax

1/4 cup nonfat milk

 

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a jar or container with life. Shake to combine, then place into fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!

Nutrition facts per serving:

315 calories, 5 grams fat, 0 grams Saturated fat, 47 grams Carbohydrates, 69 grams Sodium, 8 grams Fiber, 22 grams Protein

 

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 orange, peeled and sectioned
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • ¼ cup nonfat milk
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a jar or container with lid. Shake to combine, then place into fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 315 Fat: 5g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 47g Sodium: 69g Fiber: 8g Protein: 22g

 

 

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

Blueberry Banana Smoothie
 
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Salmon with Pineapple Salsa

 

By now you probably know that we are girls who love fish and seafood.  Lyssie is obsessed with sardines, to put it mildly (she could eat them at every meal and be happy as a clam.).  Tammy tends to think that it’s not only the taste that Lyssie loves and that they’re a great source of inflammation-fighting omega-3s, but she feels like we have a lot in common with the little guys since we’re small too –only 5-foot-2, and that’s on a good day. 😊

As registered dietitians, we’re always encouraging our clients to get more omega-3 fatty acids, and since we know that having them eat sardines at every meal may not fly, we’re always creating recipes that help them to get their omega-3s.  We created this salmon recipe for that very reason.  We love the combination of the sweet, crunchy salsa with the rich salmon.

Interested in more healthy salmon recipes?  Please feel free to search our site.  And here are a few to try:

DIY Brown Sushi Salmon Rolls

Soy Ginger Salmon

Buffalo Salmon

 

Omega-3s.

 You’ve heard you need ‘em.

 Wonder Why?  

 

Here’s what omega-3s can do:

  • help lower high triglycerides and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • ease the pain or rheumatoid arthritis by fighting inflammation and reducing join pain and stiffness.
  • help to fight mild depression. Research has shown that people with low levels of omega-3’s have higher rates of depression.
  • Research shows promise in improving symptoms of asthma, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Pregnant? Don’t skip on omega-3’s
    • DHA, one of the critical omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish (EPA is the other one) is essential for brain and eye health of infants

 

While we’re throwing back salmon and sardines 😉 if they ain’t yo thang, you can always try these other great omega-3 sources:

  • Anchovies
  • Bluefish
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Sturgeon
  • Lake trout
  • Tuna

However, before fishing for other ways to get your omega-3s with the options above, we think you should try this easy recipe and see if you love it like we do! 🙂

 

Salmon with Pineapple Salsa (We use wild salmon whenever we can—they contain more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and they contain fewer contaminants as well.)

 Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

4 oz salmon filet

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 lime

1/4 cup diced pineapple

2 tbsp diced red onion

1 tbsp chopped cilantro

For serving ½ cup cooked brown rice, 1+ cups steamed veggies

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 375. Place the salmon filet on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with the cumin and squeeze half of the lime over the top. Bake for about 10 minutes, until cooked through.

Meanwhile, mix together the juice of the other half of the lime with the pineapple, red onion, and cilantro.

When the salmon is done, top it with the salsa and serve alongside brown rice and veggies.

 

Nutrition facts per serving (salmon + salsa with ½ cup brown rice): 347 calories, 9 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 50 grams sodium, 44 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 27 grams protein.

Enjoy!

 

Nutrition facts per serving (without brown rice – just salmon and salsa): 197 calories, 7.5 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 50 grams sodium, 9.5 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 23 grams protein

Salmon with Pineapple Salsa
 
Nutrition facts per serving (salmon + salsa with ½ cup brown rice): 347 calories, 9 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 50 grams sodium, 44 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 27 grams protein.
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 4 oz salmon filet
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 lime
  • ¼ cup diced pineapple
  • 2 tbsp diced red onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • For serving
  • ½ cup cooked brown rice, 1+ cups steamed veggies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Place the salmon filet on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with the cumin and squeeze half of the lime over the top. Bake for about 10 minutes, until cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together the juice of the other half of the lime with the pineapple, red onion, and cilantro.
  3. When the salmon is done, top it with the salsa and serve alongside brown rice and veggies.

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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Citrus & Avocado Salad

When we were growing up, our health-conscious mom gave us some form of citrus fruit nearly every day, especially in the winter, since that’s when citrus is in season and when she thought we could use an additional boost of vitamin C to keep the cold and flu away.  Often she’d serve half a grapefruit at breakfast and we’d scoop out each section of the inside with a spoon.  If she didn’t serve us citrus fruit at lunch or breakfast, our mom would surely add it to our nightly appetizer salad. 🙂 As much as we appreciated all the healthy food she fed us as kids, now as registered dietitians we truly appreciate it!  We’re always whipping up dishes inspired by our Mom, and this Citrus and Avocado Salad is no exception.  Rock on Mom! 🙂

 

Looking for more healthy salad recipes? Here are a few to try!

Crunchy Zesty Cucumber Cantaloup

Watermelon Mint Detox Salad

Veggie Bean Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette 

Spinach Berry Balsamic Glazed Chicken Salad with Raspberry Chia Vinaigrette

Whether the middle of summer or the thick of winter, what better than a bright citrus filled salad to brighten your day, while flooding your body with immune boosting vitamin C?   The sweet citrus fruit paired with the creamy avocado adds the perfect balance of sweet flavor with the creamy texture from the avocado, whose good-for-you-fat acts as a nutrient booster and enhances the absorption of fat soluble vitamins like carotenoids in citrus fruit.   Pair this salad with grilled chicken or fish for a delish lunch or dinner!  One of the best parts about this salad?  Use whatever citrus fruit you have in the house—or choose your favorite—or combine them all!

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

Salad

3  citrus fruit*

1/2 avocado

2 cups of lettuce, chopped**

*use your favorite; try something new—any sweet citrus fruit will work. We used blood orange, tangelo, clementines (or mandarins).

**we used a mix of spring greens and romaine this time, but we think butter lettuce would be a nice addition.

Dressing

1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice*

1 1/2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

1 large garlic clove, finely minced or grated

a pinch of both salt & pepper

*we used fresh squeezed navel orange juice (we originally bought every variety of citrus we could find 😉 so we figured we’d use fresh squeezed, bottled 100% orange juice works as well)

Directions

  1. First, prepare the dressing to give your ingredients time to mingle before pouring over the salad. Start by  mixing all of the dressing ingredients together in a small jar or dressing container and shake well. Set aside.
  1. Slice citrus and remove the peels and as much of the pith as possible. We sliced from the top down into thin slices. Once the peel is removed, gently pull the slices apart to make them bite size.
  1. Dice the avocado.
  1. Assemble the salad, and then divide into 4 equal portions.
  1. Drizzle a tablespoon of dressing over one serving and enjoy!

Serve with a side of your favorite fish, chicken or bean dish for a delish lunch or dinner!

89 Calories, 4g carbs, 1 g fat, 2g protein, 3 mg sodium, 3 g fiber

Citrus & Avocado Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 sections of citrus fruit*
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 cups of lettuce, chopped**
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice***
  • 1½ TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced or grated
  • a pinch of both salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. First, prepare the dressing to give your ingredients time to mingle before pouring over the salad. Start by mixing all of the dressing ingredients together in a small jar or dressing container and shake well. Set aside.
  2. Slice citrus and remove the peels and as much of the pith as possible. We sliced from the top down into thin slices. Once the peel is removed, gently pull the slices apart to make them bite size.
  3. Dice the avocado.
  4. Assemble the salad, and then divide into 4 equal portions.
  5. Drizzle a tablespoon of dressing over one serving and enjoy!
Notes
*use your favorite; try something new—any sweet citrus fruit will work. We used blood orange, tangelo, clementines (or mandarins).
**we used a mix of spring greens and romaine this time, but we think butter lettuce would be a nice addition.
***we used fresh squeezed navel orange juice (we originally bought every variety of citrus we could find 😉 so we figured we’d use fresh squeezed, bottled 100% orange juice works as well)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 89 Fat: 4g Saturated fat: 1g Sodium: 3mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 2g