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Parmesan Eggs in a Bell Pepper Ring & A Chance to Win $5,000 from Eggland’s Best

We’re creatures of habit in every sense of the word.  We’d be happy as clams eating our favorite foods every day of the week.  However, the registered dietitians in us know that in order to benefit health the most, it’s important to vary the diet (and the foodies in us are thankful for this too!) to get the most nutrients.  Despite this, we can’t resist but to eat a couple of foods that we love so much every day.  For example, Tammy is so obsessed with bell peppers that she preps them every night so she can have them ready-to-go the next day—and she even carries bags of them with her when she travels (yep, she’s one sick bird 😉 ).  And then there are eggs, sardines, yogurt and apples, that between the two of us, we eat them daily–and any excuse to marry any combination of these foods, count us in!  So with our latest easy-to-make egg breakfast/ brunch/ lunch creation, which we whipped up in honor of the latest awesome contest from Eggland’s Best, we couldn’t help but include our pepper bestie alongside another nutrient-packed fave of ours, Eggland’s Best eggs.

So before we get to all of the health benefits you’ll find in this recipe, we first want to share with you a way that you can win $5,000 (you’re welcome! 🙂 ).  Yes, Eggland’s Best is at it again, they’ve created yet another fun contest (one of the many reasons why we love being paid spokespeople for them– they’re always doing the coolest things aside from having a nutritional superior egg!).

Here are the deets:

Eggland’s Best (EB) is searching for the most passionate EB fan, who also happens to have an eye for taking beautiful photos of their delicious & healthy Eggland’s Best dishes!  EB is tapping into the “foodtography” trend and inviting fans to submit their best original “foodie” photos by April 12, 2017 for a chance to win $5,000 and a year’s supply of EB eggs!

To enter, EB fans can visit egglandsbest.com/foodtography and submit two mouthwatering photos of their favorite EB dishes.  All dishes must include at least two whole Eggland’s Best eggs and can be entered into one of four categories: breakfast/brunch, appetizer, main course, or dessert.  Fans may enter once in each of the categories. 

Each semi-finalist will be awarded $1,000 and a year supply of EB eggs, and the Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 and a year supply of EB eggs!

Is that you we see with a gorgeous photo of your delicious EB dish and a newly heavy wallet?! 🙂

 

 

Check out this recipe we whipped up in honor of Eggland’s Best super fun contest–and all of it’s health benefits!

This take on  “eggs in a basket” is one of our faves because it adds a variety of colors to our plate and a punch of flavor. If you’ve read our other blogs, it’s not a shocker that we’re gonna try to pack in veggies where we can, so this is no exception!

Here are a few of the stars of the dish:

Bell peppers pack a punch in the vitamin C department, so hello supple skin (vitamin C is needed for collagen formation) and boosted immunity.  They also are rich in phytonutrients that help to mop up free radicals and prevent them from harming the body.

Eggs are rich in protein and are great for your eyes, thanks to their lutein and zeaxanthin, which help to protect the retina.  We used Eggland’s Best eggs because they have 38% more lutein than ordinary eggs– as well as double the omegas and 5 times more vitamin D.  Plus, we love the company and work with them :).

This simple dish takes just a few moments to whip up and can even be prepped ahead of time by chopping the kale and bell pepper rings and keeping them in the fridge so you can just grab on busy days!

 

 

 

Parmesan Eggs in a Bell Pepper Ring

Serves 1

Ingredients

2 eggs (we use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to ordinary eggs)

1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange)

1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, we used shaved

1 green onion (green part only)

1 slice whole grain bread

Olive oil (in a spray bottle; spritzed)

1 cup shredded kale

Salt  to taste

Pepper to taste

Direction

  1. Slice the bell pepper to make ½” rings or larger. The larger the better because there’s less of a chance the egg will run over (if it runs over, no biggie—it’s just as delicious!)
  2. Spritz a little olive oil in your skillet and place one of the bell pepper rings in the pan for a minute.
  1. Crack the two eggs into the center of the bell pepper ring. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper, to your taste.
  1. Cook the eggs and bell pepper ring on one side until the eggs begin to firm up.
  1. How you proceed is up to how you like your eggs: If you like your eggs over easy/medium or fried, gently flip the egg and bell pepper ring and continue to cook until the egg is to your liking.
  1. Once you remove the bell pepper and egg, toast your bread. While it’s toasting, toss your kale into your already warmed pan with a spritz of olive oil, some salt and pepper to taste, and sauté.
  1. Place eggs and bell pepper on top of toast, sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese & green onion.
  2. Serve with a side of sautéed kale.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:  302 Calories; 20 g carbs; 16 g fat; 5 g saturated fat; 20 g protein; 310 mg sodium; 5 g fiber

The Nutrition Twins are spokespeople for Eggland’s Best.

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Parmesan Eggs in a Bell Pepper Ring & A Chance to Win $5,000 from Eggland's Best
 
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 302 Calories; 20 g carbs; 16 g fat; 5 g saturated fat; 20 g protein; 310 mg sodium; 5 g fiber
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs (we use
  • Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to ordinary eggs)
  • 1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange)
  • 1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, we used shaved
  • 1 green onion (green part only)
  • 1 slice whole grain bread
  • Olive oil (in a spray bottle; spritzed)
  • 1 cup shredded kale
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice the bell pepper to make ½” rings or larger. The larger the better because there’s less of a chance the egg will run over (if it runs over, no biggie—it’s just as delicious!)
  2. Spritz a little olive oil in your skillet and place one of the bell pepper rings in the pan for a minute.
  3. Crack the two eggs into the center of the bell pepper ring. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper, to your taste.
  4. Cook the eggs and bell pepper ring on one side until the eggs begin to firm up.
  5. How you proceed is up to how you like your eggs: If you like your eggs over easy/medium or fried, gently flip the egg and bell pepper ring and continue to cook until the egg is to your liking.
  6. Once you remove the bell pepper and egg, toast your bread. While it’s toasting, toss your kale into your already warmed pan with a spritz of olive oil, some salt and pepper to taste, and sauté.
  7. Place eggs and bell pepper on top of toast, sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese & green onion.
  8. Serve with a side of sautéed kale.

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Pumpkin Pie Oat Breakfast Muffins

Pinch us, these twin sisters who are registered dietitians and personal trainers with a sweet tooth must be dreaming! Pumpkin pie for breakfast?!without guilt or regrets?!  You bet!  These healthy breakfast muffins prevent all excuses to skip breakfast.  Most people tell us that when they skip breakfast it’s either because they don’t have time to eat it, or they’re not in the mood, or they’re just not hungry.

Well with these pups, time becomes a non-issue because you can simply make them in advance and grab ‘em and go—then eat ‘em on the run! And if you’re not in the mood for breakfast, that just may change if you add delicious pumpkin pie into the breakfast mix because guilt-free pie that just happens to boost your energy is hard to resist!

Not hungry for breakfast? No worries, toss these in a bag and eat them mid-morning when you do get hungry!  A healthy, energy boosting breakfast is just as good mid-morning!

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

Lime Shrimp with Coconut Rice

Greek Quinoa Salad

Smoked Paprika Chips

Chocolate Drizzled Granola Balls

Breakfast Quinoa Nibbles

Coconut Fruit Pops

 

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What makes Pumpkin Pie Oat Breakfast Muffins so awesome (other than the fact that they’re guilt-free, energy boosting, pie-on-the-go)?

Oats: Starting the morning with whole grains helps get your day started on the right foot. Think quality carbs for energy.  Whole grains help you feel full longer and help maintain blood sugar levels until your next meal.

Pumpkin: The bright orange pumpkin color does more than just lift spirits, it’s packed with fiber, antioxidants and vitamins!  It’s got vitamin C, a great immune system booster, and it’s got vitamin A, great for eye health and for preventing the damage that occurs naturally with aging. Beta-carotene has many benefits including keeping your body younger/ helping to prevent degenerative diseases and it helps in the prevention of cancer.  Pumpkins also boast a healthy serving of fiber, to help you stay fuller longer.

Pepitas (aka, pumpkin seeds): These little seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan an important part of the production of serotonin… aka a mood booster!

 

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Pumpkin Pie Oat Breakfast Muffins

Celebrate all things pumpkin in this on-the-go baked oats treat; it’s filled with a nutritious blend of your fall favorites.  Pair these with a serving of vanilla or plain nonfat Greek yogurt—the perfect way to add protein (up to 18 grams).  Think of the combo as kind of a pumpkin pie with whip cream, minus the guilt.

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

2 cups old fashion oats or rolled oats (not instant)

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup almond milk (we used unsweetened vanilla)

3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin

1 egg (we used Egglands Best because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to other eggs)

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup dried cranberries (if you’d like these a little sweeter we suggest adding an additional 1/4 cup).

3 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds

1 Tbsp seed & grain blend (we used Trader Joe’s Super Seed & Ancient Grain blend,  you can use whatever type of seed or grain you have on hand!)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 12 cup, cupcake pan with muffin papers or coat with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix completely until thoroughly combined in a bowl.
  4. Divide batter into 12 cups so that it’s evenly distributed.
  5. Bake for 18-22 . When done, the tops will be firm and not gooey or moist. Poke with a toothpick—and when it comes out clean, the muffins are ready! Be careful not to over bake.

 

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Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 105 Calories, 2 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 16 mg Cholesterol, 75 mg Sodium, 20 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 8 g Sugar, 3 g Protein  

 

The Nutrition Twins work with Eggland’s Best to help people get more nutrients from their food.

Pumpkin Pie Oat Breakfast Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashion oats or rolled oats (not instant oats)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond milk (we used unsweetened vanilla)
  • ¾ cup canned pure pumpkin
  • 1 egg (we used Egglands Best (www.egglandsbest.com) because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to other eggs)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (if you’d like these a little sweeter we suggest adding an additional ¼ cup).
  • 3 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp seed & grain blend (we used Trader Joe’s Super Seed & Ancient Grain blend, you can use whatever type of seed or grain you have on hand!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 12 cup, cupcake pan with muffin papers or coat with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix completely until thoroughly combined in a bowl.
  4. Divide batter into 12 cups so that it’s evenly distributed.
  5. Bake for 18-22 minutes. When done, the tops will be firm and not gooey or moist. Poke with a toothpick—and when it comes out clean, the muffins are ready! Be careful not to overbake.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 105 Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 75 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 3 g Cholesterol: 16 mg

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Creamy Banana Avocado Smoothie

Ah, avocados and bananas! If you only knew how many times these items came to my rescue…I truly have no idea what I’d do without these two saving graces. In fact, my boyfriend, Darren and I have a standing joke surrounding avos (that’s what we call our bestie) and bananas. Every time I make Darren a masterpiece (aka a meal 😉 ) and feel it turns out a bit subpar, I disappointedly give him a heads up that what he’s about to taste didn’t live up to my normal magic (Ha! If only, I definitely have plenty of flops between the magic! 😉 ). He says, don’t sweat it Lys, just throw an avo and a banana in there! And so I do, and…a delicious meal is served! There’s something about this combination that’s so sweet and super creamy that makes any meal insanely addictive. And simply adding them to anything turns a mundane meal into a winner!

 

Pssst… remember our Avocado and Olive Pasta it contains this magical combo and was born out a flop!

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Now imagine adding these two meal fixer-uppers to a recipe that already tastes divine. And if you’re also looking for a creamy refreshing smoothie that’s filling, thanks to fiber and protein, then say hello to this sweet and Creamy Banana Avocado Smoothie! With only 187 waist-line friendly calories, it is still sure to fill you up thanks to its’ protein and fiber combo plus healthy fats from the avocado.

 

Pssst…you may also like our

Carob Peppermint Smoothie

Grapefruit “Detox” Smoothie

Apple, Flax, and Pomegranate “Detox” Smoothie

 

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Creamy Banana Avocado Smoothie:

This is truly a sweet and creamy green dream! 🙂 Have it for a snack on-the-go or a light breakfast or as a pre- or post- workout reward for your taste buds!

 

Makes: 4 smoothies, about 12 ounces each

 

Ingredients

3 frozen very ripe bananas (ideally, freeze them when have some brown spots on the skin)

1 avocado

1-1/2 cups nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

lime juice, splash for flavor

1 cup green tea

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

 

 

For Topping of each smoothie (optional)

– 1 tbsp of coconut shavings, unsweetened

– 1 tbsp of honey granola

Directions

  1. Add bananas, avocados, and yogurt into a blender and blend until all lumps are gone.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients including chia seeds, vanilla extract, green tea, almond milk, and lime juice and blend again until all of the ingredients are mixed evenly throughout.
  3. Top with granola and coconut shavings if desired and enjoy! 🙂

 

Nutrition Facts for 1 smoothie, without optional topping (12 fluid oz.)

Calories: 187, 29 g carbs; 6 g fat;0 g, saturated fat; 11g protein;6 g fiber; 41 mg sodium;

Creamy Banana Avocado Smoothie
 
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Serves: 4, 12 ounces each
Ingredients
  • 3 frozen very ripe bananas (ideally, freeze them when have some brown spots on the skin)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1-1/2 cups nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • lime juice, splash for flavor
  • 1 cup green tea
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • For Topping of each smoothie (optional)
  • - 1 tbsp of coconut shavings, unsweetened
  • - 1 tbsp of honey granola
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Add bananas, avocados, and yogurt into a blender and blend until all lumps are gone.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients including chia seeds, vanilla extract, green tea, almond milk, and lime juice and blend again until all of the ingredients are mixed evenly throughout.
  4. Top with granola and coconut shavings if desired and enjoy! 🙂
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 smoothie Calories: 187 Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 29 g Sodium: 41 mg Fiber: 6 g Protein: 11 g

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Alphabet Pesto Veggie Omelet–with vitamins from A to Zinc

One thing that amuses us the most is seeing how stunned people are to learn that as registered dietitians nutritionists and personal trainers, we’re gals who love great tasting food. It’s as if people assume that simply because we help people to lead healthier lifestyles, including eating nutritious food and green veggies, that we must adore eating cardboard and that our idea of a party is indulging in rice cakes! Ha! Not exactly! In fact, for these twins, that couldn’t be further from the truth! And for the record, we’ve never been much fans of plain rice cakes and probably ate them all of the one time we tried them! 😉

So when people find out how much we appreciate delish food, they’re always curious to know what kind of eating plan we follow. We focus on eating wholesome food and making flavor the queen and we’re always trying to squeeze the most nutrients into our meals.  So now you understand why when we whipped up this omelet that contains all the important nutrients form A-Z, we certainly couldn’t keep it to ourselves! This omelet is a perfect example of how we like to eat—a flavorful burst that just happens to include all vitamins and minerals all the way from A to Zinc.Pesto_Veggie_Omelet_6_cropAlphabet Pesto Veggie Omelet | Nutrition Twins

Well, first, brace yourself and check out the taste bud extravaganza from the combo of flavors bursting from this breakfast omelet.

  • LLA (aka Lyssie’s Love Affair) with each basil, kale, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast already sent her taste buds to heaven and adding chives, and Brazil nuts bring everything together to make a zesty and refreshing pesto that really makes this omelet something special.

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  • The pesto pairs sweet potatoes and TLC (aka Tammy’s Love of Choice)- brightly colored sweet bell peppers and tomato to take the flavor one step further.

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Clearly, if you’re looking for a healthy breakfast that’s sure to impress, this is it!

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Check out the rock star ingredients and how you’ll get your nutrients from A to Zinc:

Here is the breakdown:

  • Vitamin A (Hello good vision, healthy bones, tissues & skin): sweet potatoes, kale
  • The B Vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B12) (hello energy! These help your body make energy from the food you eat): eggs, sweet potatoes, kale, bell peppers, nutritional yeast
  • Biotin (Top ‘o the mornin’ to you energy! It helps to make energy from your food and helps your hair and nails grow): eggs
  • Vitamin C (Hola strong immune system! Plus, it’s needed for protein metabolism and iron absorption): sweet potatoes, kale basil, tomatoes, bell peppers
  • Calcium (Welcome, strong bones, and muscle contractions &relaxation): kale
  • Copper (Needed for iron metabolism and to make red blood cells!): kale, basil, nutritional yeast
  • Chromium (Hello blood sugar regulation and “well—working” insulin, this helps kiss diabetes goodbye!): nutritional yeast
  • Vitamin D (Rock it, strong teeth and bones, goodbye disease): eggs (we used Eggland’s Best eggs because they have 5 times the vitamin D compared to ordinary eggs.
  • Vitamin E (We love this powerful antioxidant that protects sells against damage and disease): sweet potatoes, bell peppers, Brazil nuts and eggs (we used Eggland’s Best because they have 10 times more vitamin E compared to ordinary eggs).
  • Folic Acid/Folate (Bonjour healthy babies! Plays a major role in cell creation and preventing birth defects; may reduce risk of cancer & heart disease): tomatoes, kale, bell peppers, nutritional yeast
  • Iodine (Slow thyroid from lack of iodine? Not you! thyroid hormone; helps with nerve & muscle function): eggs
  • Vitamin K (Superstar for blood clotting; prevents hip fractures too!) tomatoes, kale, bell peppers, basil
  • Magnesium (Bring on this massage–helps chemical reactions in the body; promotes relaxation, strong bones & teeth and muscle contraction, blood clotting, and regulation of blood pressure): nutritional yeast
  • Manganese (Superstar in forming bones; metabolizing amino acids, carbohydrates and cholesterol): kale, basil, nutritional yeast
  • Niacin (Buh bye nap time, hello energy! Turns food into energy, essential for healthy skin, blood cells, brain, and nervous system): nutritional yeast
  • Omega-3s (Heart health, eye and brain health are it’s claim to health fame). We used Eggland’s Best eggs because they have double the omegas compared to other eggs.
  • Phosphorus (Part of DNA! Hello healthy bones and teeth; helps convert food into energy): eggs
  • Potassium (Muscle cramps from exercise? Not you! Potassium steadies heartbeat and nerve impulses. Needed for muscle contractions and fluid balance):sweet potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers
  • Selenium (We love this superstar antioxidant that protects the body from harm and helps regulate thyroid hormone): eggs, Brazil nuts
  • Zinc (As fresh as a baby’s rear, thanks zinc for new cells, healthy immune system, taste, smell, and wound healing 🙂 ): eggs, nutritional yeast

All that goodness in one….

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We love eating this omelet with a small side of oatmeal (one-half cup), fresh fruit, or whole-wheat toast. It’s the perfect thing to serve on a relaxing weekend morning, so you can really sit back and enjoy it!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup basil leaves, gently washed and patted dry
  • ½ cup kale, cleaned and destemmed
  • 2 brazil nuts
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast*
  • 2 tsp chives
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt, divided
  • Olive oil in a spray container
  • ½ cup sweet potatoes, chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ¼ cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 eggs (We use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to other eggs—plus the extra nutrients mentioned above!).

Directions:

  1. For pesto: In a food processor (or blender**)add basil, kale, Brazil nuts, nutritional yeast, chives, lemon juice, and ⅛ tsp of salt. Pulse the ingredients until evenly ground. With the machine running, slowly add 1-2 tsp of water into the center and blend until smooth. Makes just enough for this recipe. **Note: If you don’t have a food processor, use a blender. You may need to add a a .drop or two of water or more and stop occasionally to push the contents off the side of the blender and remix.
  2. Spritz olive oil to lightly cover an 8 inch pan and heat over medium heat. Once hot, add the sweet potatoes and sprinkle with a pinch of salt (about ⅛ tsp). Allow to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The potatoes should be browned and slightly softened.
  3. Meanwhile, as the veggies are cooking, whisk the 4 eggs plus a splash of water and ⅛ tsp salt briskly for about 30 seconds in a bowl.
  4. Once the potatoes are browned, add the cherry tomatoes and bell pepper with another pinch of salt (about ⅛ tsp) to the sweet potato and allow to cook for about 5 more minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Set aside in a bowl.
  5. After removing veggies, reduce the heat to medium low and spritz the pan with the olive oil. Pour the eggs into the pan and swirl around to evenly distribute. Allow the eggs to cook slowly for about 2 minutes without stirring until the edges start to dry and the bottom starts to set.
  6. Once the omelet starts to set, gently lift up the edges with a spatula and tilt the pan towards that side to help some of the uncooked runny egg go to the bottom. Cover the pan and slightly reduce the heat. Allow to cook about 2-4 minutes until the top is shiny, but no longer runny. Dollop the pesto on one half then sprinkle the same half with the sweet potatoes, tomatoes, bell pepper.
  7. Loosen the edges of the side without any topping and carefully fold it over to cover the toppings. Because of the oil, this should be very easy.
  8. Allow to cook 1 more minute, slice in half and serve immediately.
  9. To round out the meal, serve with a small bowl of fresh fruit, a half cup of cooked oatmeal, or whole-wheat toast.
Notes
* Nutritional yeast (not to be confused with Brewer’s yeast) is deactivated yeast. It has a nutty/cheesy flavor so it makes as a great condiment to be sprinkled on food, and a perfect non-dairy cheese replacement.. It’s packed with B vitamins and other nutrients.
Nutrition Facts per serving (half entire omelet): 210 Calories, Fat: 12 g Carbohydrates: 11 g Sugar: 3 g  Sodium: 444 mg  Fiber: 3 g  Protein: 15 g   Cholesterol: 370 mg

Alphabet Pesto Veggie Omelet--with vitamins from A to Zinc
 
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Recipe type: breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: gluten free, eggs, vitamins, nutrient-rich
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup basil leaves, gently washed and patted dry
  • ½ cup kale, cleaned and destemmed
  • 2 brazil nuts
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast*
  • 2 tsp chives
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt, divided
  • Olive oil in a spray container
  • ½ cup sweet potatoes, chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ¼ cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 eggs (We use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat compared to other eggs—plus the extra nutrients mentioned above!).
Instructions
  1. For pesto: In a food processor (or blender**)add basil, kale, Brazil nuts, nutritional yeast, chives, lemon juice, and ⅛ tsp of salt. Pulse the ingredients until evenly ground. With the machine running, slowly add 1-2 tsp of water into the center and blend until smooth. Makes just enough for this recipe. **Note: If you don’t have a food processor, use a blender. You may need to add a a .drop or two of water or more and stop occasionally to push the contents off the side of the blender and remix.
  2. Spritz olive oil to lightly cover an 8 inch pan and heat over medium heat. Once hot, add the sweet potatoes and sprinkle with a pinch of salt (about ⅛ tsp). Allow to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The potatoes should be browned and slightly softened.
  3. Meanwhile, as the veggies are cooking, whisk the 4 eggs plus a splash of water and ⅛ tsp salt briskly for about 30 seconds in a bowl.
  4. Once the potatoes are browned, add the cherry tomatoes and bell pepper with another pinch of salt (about ⅛ tsp) to the sweet potato and allow to cook for about 5 more minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Set aside in a bowl.
  5. After removing veggies, reduce the heat to medium low and spritz the pan with the olive oil. Pour the eggs into the pan and swirl around to evenly distribute. Allow the eggs to cook slowly for about 2 minutes without stirring until the edges start to dry and the bottom starts to set.
  6. Once the omelet starts to set, gently lift up the edges with a spatula and tilt the pan towards that side to help some of the uncooked runny egg go to the bottom. Cover the pan and slightly reduce the heat. Allow to cook about 2-4 minutes until the top is shiny, but no longer runny. Dollop the pesto on one half then sprinkle the same half with the sweet potatoes, tomatoes, bell pepper.
  7. Loosen the edges of the side without any topping and carefully fold it over to cover the toppings. Because of the oil, this should be very easy.
  8. Allow to cook 1 more minute, slice in half and serve immediately.
  9. To round out the meal, serve with a small bowl of fresh fruit, a half cup of cooked oatmeal, or whole-wheat toast.
Notes
* Nutritional yeast (not to be confused with Brewer’s yeast) is deactivated yeast. It has a nutty/cheesy flavor so it makes as a great condiment to be sprinkled on food, and a perfect non-dairy cheese replacement.. It’s packed with B vitamins and other nutrients.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 half omelet Calories: 210 Fat: 12 g Carbohydrates: 11 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 444 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 15 g Cholesterol: 370 mg

The Nutrition Twins are spokespeople for Egglands Best eggs.

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Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding

About a year ago, we were preparing chia pudding on set for one of our TV appearances and we poured the chia seeds out of the container and into a bowl and added a little bit of almond milk.  A few minutes later, the food stylist who had purchased the chia seeds for our nutrition segment came over to us and was in a panic—she thought that the chia seeds disappeared.  She had never seen how chia seeds swell when you add liquid and at first she looked horrified by unidentifiable the gelatinous mixture in front of her, but when we explained that what she was looking at was the chia seeds and their benefits her face quickly changed as she became fascinated with the mighty little seeds, and with good reason.!  As registered dietitians, a lot of our clients ask about chia and wonder why we recommend it.

Strawberry Banana chia Pudding | The Nutrition Twins

So, why is chia so cool?

For starters, they absorb about 10 times their weight in water (wowzers!), so they turn into a thick gel-like texture, which is perfect for pudding making—not to mention, this is also perfect for helping you to feel satisfied.  Think…that same thing happens in your stomach—the seeds swell and fill you up!

They’re also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids– and also in fiber and protein which is the magical combination when it comes to providing satiety.  And chia seeds are packed with antioxidants to prevent cell damage from free-radicals that can lead to diseases like cancer.

Strawberry Banana chia Pudding | The Nutrition Twins

In honor of our love of chia seeds as well as our cravings for a little something sweet, we created this Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding.  This pudding is hits the spot–it’s deliciously sweet and packs in nutrients.  Add a hard-boiled egg and you have the perfect grab and go breakfast!

Strawberry Banana chia Pudding | The Nutrition Twins

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This strawberry banana chia pudding is so simple to make.  Toss all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender, allow to chill overnight, top with a few banana slices, more berries or enjoy the pudding toppingless and voila!  If you’re like us and sometimes want a touch of something sweet after dinner, take a few bites of this! We keep it in our fridge and take a few bites if we get a sweet craving—it works like a charm!

Strawberry Banana chia Pudding | The Nutrition TwinsStrawberry Banana Chia Pudding

Makes 3 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed (if frozen) strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or sweeten to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp flax meal
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Put the bananas, strawberries, and almond milk in a food processor and mix until combined. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender and blend until smooth. Add the maple syrup and adjust sweetness if desired.
  • Add the chia seeds, flax meal and cinnamon and pulse until combined.
  • Place the chia pudding into 3 or 4 serving dishes and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.  Garnish with more berries and a few banana slices.

Nutrition Information per serving

  • Calories 170, Total Fat 3.5 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium 9 mg, Potassium 506 mg, Carbohydrates 33 g, Fiber 8.3 g, Sugar 19 g, Protein 4 g

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Recipe type: breakfast, dessert, gluten free, dairy free, grain free, vegan
Serves: 3 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed (if frozen) strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or sweeten to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp flax meal
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Put the bananas, strawberries, and almond milk in a food processor and mix until combined. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender and blend until smooth. Add the maple syrup and adjust sweetness if desired.
  2. Add the chia seeds, flax meal and cinnamon and pulse until combined.
  3. Place the chia pudding into 3 or 4 serving dishes and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with more berries and a few banana slices.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 170 Fat: 3.5 g Carbohydrates: 33 g Sugar: 19 g Sodium: 9 mg Fiber: 8.3 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Lightened Up Blueberry Blender Muffins

 We confess. When we were in college we had a HUGE super sweet, sugary blueberry muffin for dinner every Monday night (yep, these veggie-loving registered dietitians who still have a crazy sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check, had that same sweet tooth back then, only back then we weren’t ready to admit that even if it was only once a week, a muffin wasn’t the best dinner choice! ;)). And yes, admittedly, at the time we were studying nutrition and dietetics! But Muffin Monday at the Yogurt Jungle was irresistible, and massive muffins, which we used to compare to the size of our heads, were only $1! Such a score for two hungry, sweet-loving girls on a college budget! Ahh, those were the days! Tammy’s daughters still don’t believe her when she tells them she did this as now we really strive for balanced, nourishing meals! But we still love our blueberry muffins, but now whip up healthier versions, with protein and fiber—and that are fairly low in sugar! This recipe reminds us of our good ‘old Yogurt Jungle days (here’s lookin’ at you UMD College Park! ;)), so we had to share it with you!

Lightened Up Blueberry Blender Muffins | The Nutrition Twins

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The skinny on these muffins:

They’re one of our favorite weekend breakfast treats—and they make a great snack too! They make the kitchen smell amazing, they are fairly easy to whip up, and they are a sweet accompaniment to many other delicious breakfast dishes!

The cool thing about making these muffins as opposed to boxed mixes is that you don’t have to worry about processed ingredients or chemicals you can’t pronounce, or the high amounts of sugar included in the deal.

Lightened Up Blueberry Blender Muffins | The Nutrition Twins

The batter couldn’t be more simple—oats, ripened banana, maple syrup, eggs, Greek yogurt, a touch of cinnamon—and the result is healthy, moist, fluffy, and tender muffins that are perfectly suited for serving alongside a couple of eggs prepared in your favorite way, or Greek yogurt, or as an afternoon snack.

The star ingredients in these muffins are:

  • oats | digest more slowly than refined grains and help you stay fuller for longer. Plus, they’re a good source of soluble fiber to lower your “bad”, LDL cholesterol.
  • Greek yogurt (non-dairy works here too!) We used this in place of oil to help keep the muffins moist and tender, while also bumping up calcium and protein!
  • maple syrup + bananas
  • blueberries

Oh! And we almost forgot to mention the fact that the only tools that get messy in this kitchen experiment are your blender and your muffin tins (and maybe a spatula!).

 

Here is the recipe for you to enjoy!

Healthy Blueberry Blender Muffins

Make 12 muffins

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats
2 ripe bananas
2 eggs (We use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat than other eggs)
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (you can use an unsweetened non-dairy yogurt if you need dairy free)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 Fahrenheit and prepare a muffin pan by spraying with cooking spray or lining them with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Put all ingredients (oats, bananas, eggs, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, baking soda, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt) minus the blueberries into a blender or food processor. Blend on high until the mixture is thoroughly combined and it is creamy. You may need to turn off the blender to scrape the sides a couple of times with a spoon or spatula.
  3. Stir the blueberries in by hand.
  4. Pour the muffin batter into the muffin tins. Each cup should be about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the muffins are set and the tops are golden brown.
  6. Allow the muffins to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving (if you can wait that long!). Store in a plastic storage container with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture in the fridge for up to one week.
  7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories 115, Total Fat 2 g, Cholesterol: 34 mg, Sodium 24 mg, Potassium 99 mg, Carbohydrates 20 g, Fiber 2 g, Sugar 8 g, Protein 5 g

 

 

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Lightened Up Blueberry Blender Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Muffins, Gluten Free, Lightened Up, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs (We use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat than other eggs)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (you can use an unsweetened non-dairy yogurt if you need dairy free)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 Fahrenheit and prepare a muffin pan by spraying with cooking spray or lining them with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Put all ingredients (oats, bananas, eggs, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, baking soda, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt) minus the blueberries into a blender or food processor. Blend on high until the mixture is thoroughly combined and it is creamy. You may need to turn off the blender to scrape the sides a couple of times with a spoon or spatula.
  3. Stir the blueberries in by hand.
  4. Pour the muffin batter into the muffin tins. Each cup should be about ¾ of the way full.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the muffins are set and the tops are golden brown.
  6. Allow the muffins to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving (if you can wait that long!). Store in a plastic storage container with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture in the fridge for up to one week.
  7. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin Calories: 115 Fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 24 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 5 g Cholesterol: 34 mg

 

 

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