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Friday, August 29, 2014

Skinny Summer Macaroni Salad ♥


Here is a light macaroni salad perfect for summer cookouts, parties or picnics! I love to use my fave sponsored product Hellmann's® 






(adapted from Hellmann's®)

Ingredients ♥

8 ounces corkscrew or elbow macaroni (about 1-3/4 cups)
1 cup light Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1 Tbsp. Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Dijonnaise™ Creamy Dijon Mustard
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup chopped green or red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion

Directions 
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool.
Combine light Hellmann's® or Best Foods®  Mayonnaise, vinegar, Creamy Dijon Mustard, sugar, salt and pepper in large bowl. Stir in macaroni, celery, green pepper and onion. Serve chilled or at room temperature.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Skinny Texas Fritos Walking Tacos ♥


In Texas a big hit is walking tacos,( I loved these my fave restaurant in Texas that serves them, D & T Drive Inn in Houston,) if you aren't familiar, it's basically chili inside a bag of Fritos! It's referred to also as frito pie. I made a skinnier version using lean ground turkey. Perfect for upcoming football parties, easy clean up and your guests will love it! And now that back to school is in session it's perfect for kids dinners!  ♥


Ingredients ♥

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped sweet onion
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (15.5-ounce) can chili beans (or any beans), drained
8 to 10 small bags of Fritos, tops of the bags cut off
desired taco fixings (lettuce, tomato,  light sour cream, avocado, light shredded cheese, etc)

Directions ♥


1. Heat a large saute pan to medium-high, swirl a Tablespoon of olive oil. Saute onions and mix in ground turkey. Cook until lightly browned. Tilt the pan and scoop out any accumulated fat (or take a bunch of paper towels and let them soak it up. Discard the fat.


2. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle mixed spices onto the cooked meat. Pour in chili beans. Heat for about 10 more minutes & your taco filling is ready.

3. Set up a "fixings" table with a bowl of the taco meat and desired taco fillings, and let each person fill their Fritos bag with whatever fixings they like. (lettuce, tomato,  light sour cream, avocado, light shredded cheese) enjoy! ♥

Monday, August 25, 2014

Clean Eating Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats ♥


Zucchini is in season and here is a clean eating recipe for dinner! ♥




Ingredients ♥

2  lean sweet Italian sausages
3 medium zucchini's
½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
½ cup light shredded mozzarella
½-1 cup your fave tomato sauce
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper

Directions ♥

1. Cut all the zucchini's in half, scoring around the seeds and scooping out the flesh. Set all the flesh aside in a mixing bowl
 2. In an oven proof pan, cook the onions over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until they start to turn translucent, salt & pepper
 3. Snip the top of the sausage casing and squeeze out the sausage meat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, cook until almost cooked through, 5 minutes
 4. When the sausage is almost cooked through, add in the zucchini flesh, breaking up with a spoon, cooking for 3 more minutes
 5. Add in chopped garlic, cook until fragrant, 1 minute
 6. Transfer sausage mixture to the same mixing bowl, and wipe pan clean of most of the sausage fat
7. Cook the zucchini's cut side down for 1-2 minutes over medium heat until they get a brown crust, take them off the heat, flip over, and salt and pepper the inside
8.  Fill the zucchini with the sausage mixture, top with tomato sauce, then sprinkle on the cheese
9. Cook in 400 degree oven until cooked through and cheese is melted and bubbling, 10-15 minutes serve warm enjoy! ♥ 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Healthy Back to School Meals & Fitness Ideas For Kids ♥


So I was approached once again by Parade magazine and Sverve to write about healthy meals for back to school. I asked my stepniece Lucia and here are some supercute healthy recipes we came up with! ♥




Why not try these healthy diy lunchables 


Diy Veggie Lunchable



Diy Lunchables Ham n' Cheese Pinwheels 



Ingredients ♥


2 - packages (8 oz) light cream cheese, softened

1 - packet (.04 oz) Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
6 - (12 inch) burrito size flour tortillas, room temperature
1 - package (12 ounces) thin deli sliced ham
10 - slices Swiss cheese
1 - cup shredded cheddar cheese or Colby jack
1 - 2.25 oz can chopped black olives

Directions ♥
Mix cream cheese and dry salad dressing together. Spread mixture on each tortilla. 

Drain the sliced olives and set aside.

Place two slices of ham on top of the cream cheese mixture. 

Add sliced Swiss cheese and sprinkle on shredded cheddar cheese and olives. 

Roll up tortillas tightly. Just like you would for cinnamon rolls and wrap in plastic wrap. 

Chill at least 2 hours or overnight. Remove wrapping and cut rolls into 1 inch slices. Makes 3 - 4 dozen pinwheels


Sugar Free Peanut Butter n' Jelly Sushi Rolls




Ingredients ♥
(makes 8 pieces)

2 tablespoons JIF® Creamy Peanut Butter

 2 tablespoons Sugar Free SMUCKER'S® Strawberry Jelly, Jam, or Preserves (pick your favorite)
2 slices bread


Directions ♥

Remove crusts from bread. With a rolling pin or large soup can, completely flatten bread.
Spread 1 tablespoon of Jif peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of Smucker's fruit spread on each slice of bread.
Roll each slice into a tight spiral. Cut each spiral into 4 pieces.



Or try these for an after school snack homemade ( freezer Friendly) skinny mini pizzas perfect freezer friendly for after school meals on the go!




Ingredients ♥

Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Biscuits
Pizza Sauce or just tomato sauce

Oregano or Italian Seasoning

Mozzarella Cheese Light 
Pepperoni (Turkey) 
What other toppings you like black olives, basil, mushrooms.

Directions ♥

1.) Preheat oven according to instructions on biscuit package. Mine said 375 degree F
2.) Open the can of refrigerated biscuits. Using clean hands, stretch out the biscuits to make them flatter – about 6-inches across. If you had the time and patience – have the kids help! Work on a surface away from the preheating oven and have them help make their own. 
3.) Spread out onto cookie sheet. I could fit six to a cookie sheet
4.) Put about one spoonful of pizza sauce on each crust. Spread around. Sprinkle with italian seasoning (some sauces come pre-seasoned).
5.) Add cheese and other toppings
6.) Pop in the oven and check after 8-10 minutes. Bake until golden brown and cheese is melted!


Don't forget after school activities are the best to keep fit or kids during the school year. There are so many to choose from for boy's football,soccer, basketball, baseball. For girls cheerleading, dance, swimming, softball. 

Experts speculate that exercise may boost academic performance in various ways, including: burning off pent-up energy and allowing kids to pay attention better and focus on their work; boosting self-esteem and mood; and increasing blood flow to the brain, helping with memory and concentration.




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Skinny Grilled Summer Fajitas ♥


Here is a healthy grilled fajitas recipe, Try it tonight for dinner! perfect for summer!  ♥




Ingredients ♥


Steak:
1 lean flank steak
1/4 cup red wine
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 T olive oil
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Small handful of cilantro, finely chopped

Veggies:
1-2 bell peppers (any color)
1 onion (red or white will work)
1 tsp garlic salt (I prefer Lawry's)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
Juice of 1/2 lime

Tortillas and any desired toppings for serving.

Directions ♥
Combine all ingredients except steak and cilantro in a large Ziploc bag, mix well and add steak. Refrigerate for approximately one hour.

Preheat grill to medium high heat and remove steak from refrigerator to come to room temperature while grill preheats. If you add steak to the grill straight the from the refrigerator, it will make the meat tougher.

While grill preheats, slice bell peppers and onions into long thin strips. Lay out a large square of foil, add vegetables to the center, sprinkle with garlic salt, cumin and chili powder and squeeze lime juice over the top. Toss to coat the vegetables and fold foil around the vegetables to make a foil packet.

Add steak  to the grill. Cook steak directly over medium high heat to sear the outside for about five minutes per side, move to a cooler part of the grill and cook as desired, approximately another three to five minutes for medium. Cook vegetables over medium heat for about ten minutes until tender. Warm tortillas on grill over indirect heat. Let steak rest, covered with foil for an additional five minutes before slicing. Slice thinly, top with cilantro and serve ♥




Monday, August 18, 2014

Exuviance Illumination Duo Review ♥



I was so happy to be approached to do a review by a great skin care company Neo Strata Company.  They sent me the Exuviance Illumination Duo. ♥ 



Exuviance Illumination Duo combines the power of our nighttime transformer, Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex, with the 100% pure active formulation of Exuviance Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster for a potent antiaging cocktail that combats the visible signs of aging.

Give your skin a beauty boost! Mix Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster with Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex before bed. The Vitamin C amps up the effects of the Evening Restorative Complex for a potent antiaging cocktail that acts as an evening transformer for all skin types.

- Evening Restorative Complex is clinically proven to improve overall skin texture, tone, and appearance
- 90% saw smoother skin after 4 weeks of using Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex
- Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster amps up the effects of the Evening Restorative Complex, helping to fade the look of dark spots while improving firmness and smoothing wrinkles

The powerful Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gluconolactone in Evening Restorative Complex decreases lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and improves roughness and texture. Lactobionic Acid - a potent antioxidant - inhibits wrinkles from forming, plumps and firms the skin, and enhances clarity. This bionic blend of PHAs, along with botanicals and Vitamins A, C and E, delivers full-strength anti-aging benefits without drying or irritation, even on the most sensitive skin types.

The 100% pure active formulation of Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster contains Vitamin C, an essential co-factor in collagen synthesis, known for its power to strengthen skin's matrix, improve firmness and smooth wrinkles. Plus, we've added our patented super antioxidant, Aceta-C™, to enhance the natural antiaging effects of Vitamin C, amplifying its skin-protecting and pigment-evening effects. Together, they help fade the appearance of unwanted dark spots, and strengthen skin's defenses against future discoloration and signs of aging. (What does 100% actives mean? The formula does not contain water or fillers, etc. All the ingredients are benefit ingredients.)
Each night, pump a small amount of Evening Restorative Complex into the palm of your hand and mix in a few shakes, or up to 1/2 scoop of Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster, just before application. Once mixed, gently smooth the mixture over a cleansed face and neck. Use less powder if skin feels sensitive. Do not exceed 5 shakes or 1/2 scoop per use. Tap bottle to loosen powder when needed.

Exuviance. the science of skin transformation. So what are you waiting for go here to get your own! ♥ 


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Skinny Southern Buttermilk Baked Chicken ♥


I love this healthy buttermilk baked chicken recipe. When living and visiting down south I loved traditional buttermilk marinated fried chicken but oh the fat and calories! Here is my skinny version of this southern classic! Itis perfect served cold for those summer picnics! 

Make sure you start this recipe in advance a day ahead since the chicken needs to marinate overnight! ♥



Ingredients ♥

2 cups light buttermilk
4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and lightly crushed
3 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Tabasco
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
4 bone-in chicken drumsticks, skin removed
1 1/4 cups Corn Flake Crumbs or 5 cups finely ground cornflake cereal
4 tablespoons unsalted margarine (1/2 stick), melted


Directions ♥

Combine the buttermilk, garlic, hot sauce, measured salt and pepper, paprika, and cayenne in a large bowl and stir until evenly combined. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and transfer it to a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Pour the buttermilk mixture over the chicken, cover, and refrigerate 12 hours, turning once.

The next day....

Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Fit a wire rack inside a baking sheet and set it aside.
Place the Corn Flake Crumbs in a shallow dish and season generously with salt and pepper. Remove a piece of chicken from the buttermilk marinade, letting the excess drip off, and place it in the Corn Flake Crumbs, turning to coat completely and pressing the crumbs onto the chicken to adhere. Set the chicken aside on a cutting board and repeat with the remaining pieces. Drizzle the melted margarine evenly over the chicken pieces and transfer them to the rack on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake until golden and crispy and a thermometer inserted into the chicken (but not touching the bone) registers 165°F, about 35 minutes. enjoy! ♥

Monday, August 11, 2014

5 Foods For Fit and Healthy Celebrity Hair ♥


Ever wish you had celebrity hair? Beautiful, healthy and shiny hair that seems to be perfect?

If you’re forever gazing at glossy magazines and wondering how on earth the stars manage to keep their hair perfect, here is the secret to great hair: keep it healthy! Your hair needs the right nutrients and vitamins to stay healthy and strong, ust like your body.

Let’s start off with foods that you eat which will leave you with luxurious, shiny healthy hair! Having a balanced diet, while putting a little extra emphasis on things like protein and iron, gives your hair a boost.



 



Here are my top four foods for fit and healthy celebrity hair: 

1. Dark green veggies. Load up on spinach, broccoli, and Swiss chard. They’re packed with vitamins A and C, which help produce sebum—a scalp oil that works as a natural hair conditioner.

They’re full of biotin, a B vitamin that promotes hair growth and overall scalp health. A deficiency can cause brittle hair. Other high-biotin foods include peanuts, almonds, wheat bran, salmon, low-fat cheese, and avocados.

2. Oysters. Opt for these to get plenty of zinc, a mineral that helps regulate the production of androgens. These are hormones that, in low levels, are associated with hair loss. People with low levels of androgens can also suffer from slow hair growth and dandruff. Adjusting your diet—and emphasizing zinc-rich choices like oysters, along with crab, clams, liver, lean beef, and wheat germ—will help stave off hair loss and keep your mane shiny and healthy.

3. Fruits and veggies. They’re full of vitamin C, which helps your body absorb iron. Not getting enough vitamin C can make the hair dry and weak. The best sources of vitamin C? Broccoli, leafy greens, green peppers, citrus fruit, and strawberries.

4. Omega-3 fatty acids. They support scalp health; a deficiency can lead to dry scalp and dull hair. Good sources include salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, flaxseeds, and walnuts.





Always dreamed of celebrity hair? Well,  you can get started by giving your hair the healthy nutrients it needs! ♥




Also published in Parade magazine 


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Goya Homemade Hummus ♥


I am so happy to be sharing this GOYA® recipe for hummus I love their garbanzo beans, they are so fresh and tasty! In the summer I love to eat hummus with fresh veggies or pita chips.






Ingredients ♥

1 can (15.5 oz.) GOYA® Chick Peas, drained and rinsed
3 tbsp. GOYA®Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 tbsp. tahini paste
3 tbsp.  GOYA®Lemon Juice
2 tsp.GOYA® Minced Garlic
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. ground cumin (optional)
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
GOYA®  Adobo All-Purpose Seasoning with Pepper, to taste

Directions ♥

In a food processor or blender, combine chick peas, oil, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, 3 tbsp. water, paprika and cumin, if desired. Puree until the mixture is a smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Stir in parsley. Season with adobo. serve with fresh veggies or pita chips. enjoy! ♥

Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer Lobster Rolls ♥


This has to be one of my favorite summer recipes. Lobster rolls! Using my favorite sponsored product Hellman's mayo the tangy zip makes this the best summer sandwich! ♥





Ingredients ♥

For the lobster salad:
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1 (1-1/2-pound) whole live lobster (or pre packaged lobster meat) 
1/4 cup small-dice celery (from about 1 medium celery stalk)
3 tablespoons Hellman's  mayonnaise
Freshly ground black pepper
To assemble:
2 top-split hot dog buns

Directions ♥

Fill a large pot with 1 inch of water and stir in the measured salt. Add a steamer rack to the pot. (If you don’t have a steamer rack, lightly bunch a long piece of foil so that it looks like a rope. Then make a figure eight out of the foil rope and set it in the pot.)
Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the lobster to the pot head-first, cover with a tightfitting lid, and return the water to a full boil. Reduce the heat and cook at a gentle boil until the lobster is bright red, about 14 minutes from the time it went into the pot. Check its doneness by pulling on an antenna: If the antenna comes out with no resistance, the lobster is done. Remove the lobster to a rimmed baking sheet and let it sit until it’s cool enough to handle.

Now here is where it can get a little complicated but chillax, I have made a diagram for you to follow..



Using your hands, twist and separate the tail from the body. Twist and remove both of the claws where they meet the lobster body; set the claws aside. Discard the head and torso.
Starting with the tail, remove the small, wispy flippers on the underside of the shell.Using a fork, pierce the exposed tail meat and slowly twist and pull it out of the shell in one piece. Rinse any white debris off of the tail meat and set it aside on a cutting board. Discard the shell of the tail.
Twist the claws and separate them from the legs; set the legs aside.
Gently wiggle and pull the smaller part of the pincer shell off each claw.Using a seafood cracker, gently crack the claws, remove the meat, and set it aside on the cutting board.Crack the legs, remove the meat, and set it aside on the cutting board.Check the meat for any cartilage or shell and discard it. Coarsely chop the reserved meat and place it in a medium bowl. (You should have about 1 cup.)
Add the celery and mayonnaise, season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 6 hours.

 Divide the lobster salad between the buns and serve immediately.enjoy!♥