Low-Fat Strawberry and Blueberry Smoothie

This healthy smoothie is the perfect snack for the summertime! It’s refreshing and good for you! If you have a hard time eating enough fruit everyday, then I recommend you try this smoothie as it will give you a serving (or two!) of fruit and blueberries are loaded with anti-oxidants that will boost your immune system! While many smoothie recipes use fruit juices, I use skim milk in mine because I don’t want all that sugar in my smoothie, but if you prefer a sweeter taste, go ahead and swap fruit juice for the milk or add a couple of teaspoons of sugar.

Yield: 1 smoothie

Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie

Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup fat free or sugar-free vanilla yogurt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Salad

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Salad

I love salad. I could eat it every day. I call this my “Everything But the Kitchen Sink Salad” because I throw so many different ingredients into it depending on what I have in the fridge and pantry. I’m going to give you a pretty standard ingredient list that I use for this salad, but there are so many other ingredients you could add to it, hence the name “Everything But the Kitchen Sink Salad”! I love salads loaded with all kinds of goodness whether it’s other veggies, beans, avocado, cheese, corn, and nuts. The more the merrier, I say!

I make this salad quite frequently for lunches and dinners. For the chicken, I use whatever I have on hand: grilled chicken, rotisserie chicken, or deli sliced chicken breast. You could also use turkey or whatever other deli meats you have on hand.When it comes to salad dressings, I prefer to make my own. Most bottled salad dressings just don’t do it for me so I often just make my own vinaigrettes fresh and in small amounts. I keep my pantry well-stocked with a variety of different types of olive oils and vinegars so I can always change things up when I want to do so!

Yield: serves 1-2

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Salad

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Salad

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Salad - A salad made with anything and everything you have handy already in your fridge and pantry!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 c. rinsed and chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 tbs. diced red onion
  • 1 tbs. chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 c. canned and drained sweet corn
  • 1/4 c. diced or shredded Monterey jack cheese (mozzarella would also work)
  • 1/4 c. raw almonds (whole or sliced)
  • 1 c. cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 c. diced tomatoes
  • Other ingredients you can add: chick peas, hard-boiled egg, olives, etc.

Instructions

  1. Rinse and chop lettuce and put in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Chop onions, tomatoes, cilantro,  and toss into bowl.
  3. Add cheese, almonds, and corn.
  4. In a separate small bowl, add extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and garlic powder. Whisk together until well-blended.
  5. Drizzle dressing over salad, toss, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1/2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 209mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 31g

The Best Dang Guacamole!

The Best Dang Guacamole!

Ok, so I know what some of you may be thinking, “really, guacamole? that’s the first recipe she posted?!” Well, all I can say to that is, yes, that is the first recipe I am posting…mostly because I just made some the other day when I decided to start this blog :P But, really, who doesn’t love some guacamole?! It’s one of my favorite things to eat and once I start, it’s hard to stop! I think we make this guacamole at least once a week. I make it for eating with chips, putting on tacos, sandwiches, and even cheeseburgers! Guacamole really can go on everything!

Up until about 2 years ago, I always used the pre-mixed packages of guacamole seasoning that you find next to the avocados at the grocery store and though I was never blown away with the taste, I just didn’t want to make it from scratch. Then, one fine Wednesday evening when my girlfriends and I were having our weekly girl’s night and decided to make tacos, my good friend, Amanda, insisted we make the guacamole from scratch. Needless to say, I will never buy pre-mixed guacamole seasoning EVER again! Homemade guacamole is fresh and more flavorful.

Yield: serves 2-4

The Best Dang Guacamole

The Best Dang Guacamole

The Best Dang Guacamole - You'll never use the packaged stuff again!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • – 2 ripe avocados
  • – 1/4 c. of finely diced red onion
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tbs. of freshly chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp. of minced jalapeño pepper (remove seeds)
  • 1/4 c. of fresh lime juice
  • (optional) 1/2 c. diced tomato (peel and remove seeds first)

Instructions

  1. Peel avocados and mash (I like to use a potato masher for this, but a fork would also do the trick).
  2. Mix in diced red onion, salt, garlic powder, jalapeño pepper (if you don’t like a lot of heat, you can use 1 tsp. of the pepper instead, I would say with 2 tsp., you get a little heat, but not too much :) ).  Mix ingredients into avocado mixture.
  3.  Stir in lime juice.
  4. Add cilantro and mix well. Garnish with a few more leaves of the cilantro.
  5. Chill for 30 minutes before serving. Serve with chips, veggies, tacos, or even grilled chicken breast!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 8gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g