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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!)

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  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

 

 

 

 

Get Your Vitamin D with this Turkey & Cauliflower Casserole!

Singing the winter blues? We hear ya! We are at times too—we miss getting that natural warmth and sunlight of spring and summer! But never fear! We’ve got tips to get your vitamin D so that you can fight depression and keep your energy up all year long—even when you can’t get your vitamin D from the sun!

Fatty Fish: Not only do these have a boat load of the D – you can get a rich amount of omega 3 fatty acids! Some favorites in this category are salmon and sardines—which we happen to love! Yes, we really do!

Mushrooms: All mushrooms contain vitamin D, but they contain an especially large amount of vitamin D when grown in ultraviolet light. Portabellas are very high in vitamin D.

Milk: All milk is fortified with vitamin D in the U.S. Even some soy and rice milks are – so check your labels!

Eggs: To get the benefits of vitamin D from eggs – you’ve gotta eat the whole egg since it’s found in the yolk. We love Eggland’s Best (so much that we work with them!) because they have four times the Vitamin D found in ordinary eggs!

Cereal: there are also some fortified cereals you can include to get your daily dose of vitamin D. Look for a multi-grain cereal to reap the most benefits!

Now that you’ve got the tips and tricks getting your daily vitamin D – get out there and start eating more vitamin D-rich foods! Start today with this yummy recipe– Turkey & Cauliflower Casserole!

Turkey & Cauliflower Casserole

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 15 button (white) mushroom, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey breast (be sure to get breast meat, as this is very lean, regular ground turkey is not)
  • 1/2 cup canned tomatoes (diced)
  • 4 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 4 tsp butter, unsalted
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Combine onions, cauliflower, and mushrooms and steam them until they are very tender. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey breast and brown the meat. *Don’t break up the turkey breast as you cook it for the first 4-5 minutes. This will help to retain it’s juices. Lower the heat if it starts to overly brown before you break it up.
  • When the meat is golden-colored, add the chopped onion then cook 2 minutes while stirring. Mix in the tomatoes, mushrooms, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and broth. Add salt and pepper. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes until all food is thoroughly heated.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and pour the mixture into one large baking dish.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the milk and butter and microwave on medium-high a few minutes, uncovered, until very hot. Add the cooked cauliflower and mash the mixture until it is creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place a spoonful of the cauliflower mixture on top of the turkey mixture, then gently spread it with a spoon to cover evenly.
  • Place in the oven and bake until the top is golden-brown, about 30 min. Serve and Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts: 181 calories, 9 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 217 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 16 g protein

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Get Your Vitamin D with this Turkey & Cauliflower Casserole!
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 5 cups cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 15 button (white) mushroom, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey breast (be sure to get breast meat, as this is very lean, regular ground turkey is not)
  • ½ cup canned tomatoes (diced)
  • 4 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅔ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 4 tsp butter, unsalted
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  3. Combine onions, cauliflower, and mushrooms and steam them until they are very tender. Drain and set aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey breast and brown the meat. *Don’t break up the turkey breast as you cook it for the first 4-5 minutes. This will help to retain it’s juices. Lower the heat if it starts to overly brown before you break it up.
  5. When the meat is golden-colored, add the chopped onion then cook 2 minutes while stirring. Mix in the tomatoes, mushrooms, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and broth. Add salt and pepper. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes until all food is thoroughly heated.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the mixture into one large baking dish.
  7. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the milk and butter and microwave on medium-high a few minutes, uncovered, until very hot. Add the cooked cauliflower and mash the mixture until it is creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place a spoonful of the cauliflower mixture on top of the turkey mixture, then gently spread it with a spoon to cover evenly.
  8. Place in the oven and bake until the top is golden-brown, about 30 min. Serve and Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 181 Fat: 9 g Carbohydrates: 9 g Sugar: 5 g Sodium: 217 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 16 g