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A Clean Eating lunch recipe from me to you {Chicken avocado mash}

I’m always on a search for something I can make me and the hubs that is healthy, easy, and totally packable for lunches. Oh and that I don’t have to prepare nightly. Oh and it has to be filling. And did I mention healthy…? Clean eating can be easy, I promise!

Well here you go. This is it. I figured it out and I’ll share it with you.

mmmm….doesn’t this look ooey gooey, delicious? It is. Trust me.

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INGREDIENTS

4 Boneless skinless chicken tenderloins (can use tofu or white beans as an alternative)

1 ripe avocado

1/4-1/2 cup Nonfat plain greek yogurt

1 cup washed broccoli florets

1/2 cup sliced grape tomatoes

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (concentrate is okay)

salt, pepper, chipotle pepper to taste

Make It

Cook plain chicken tenderloins until no longer pink. Chop into bite-sized pieces. Cut avocado into small pieces. In a large bowl, smash avocado with a fork and add the chicken, lemon juice, broccoli, and tomatoes. Stir together. Add 1/4 cup greek yogurt and stir. Check the consistency, if you like your food a little less ‘saucy’, this is probably enough for you. If you want it creamier, add a little more greek yogurt. Add salt, pepper, and chipotle pepper to taste. That’s it.

Serve in a while wheat pita with a bed of mixed greens.

Yum.

This recipe is very forgiving. You can absolutely add more or less of anything. Replace stuff. Throw in red peppers. Capers. Whatever your heart desires. The more veggies you add, the healthier this becomes AND the more voluminous it is – which will make it stretch even further. I take the mashup and divide it into two large to-go containers…one for my hubby and one for me. We put it at in the fridge at work & just bring new pitas & mixed greens every day to assemble at lunch time. It usually makes about 4 lunches, so we each have 2 days of lunch covered for very little time and effort. I may just double the recipe next time so we each get 4 days of lunches. We’re not afraid of repetition, especially when it’s THIS delicious and healthy!

So there you have it, an easy, healthy, clean eating recipe for your lunches. Or dinners. What do you think?

Okay, now go eat! I know I just made you hungry…

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My very own super-delicious & nutritious hearty turkey chili

Do you ever get into a habit that you didn’t even realize you were in? For instance, I have a habit of fixing the same dishes the same way for YEARS. How about you? Like, say, are you in the habit of thinking chili had to stick to certain rules? I’ve been thinking…wouldn’t it be great if I made something “like chili, but better”? But that wouldn’t be chili. Right? I’m a rule-follower. So it took me like 3 weeks of thinking this before I finally decided… screw it. I can do what I want to chili and it’s still chili.

Well. Let me tell you. I’m glad I did.

Because this was extra delicious and extra nutritious. Oh and it lasted us like 3 dinners. Can’t beat that. Look at that…doesn’t it make you want to get a spoon & dip some up through your screen?

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Yum!

So I thought I’d share the recipe with you. But, as I just learned…who need recipes?? So please, just make this your own. My point here was to make this super hearty and heart-healthy with LOTS of veggies. You could totally do all sorts of different kinds of veggies. Own it. It’s just chili.

Amy’s Better Turkey Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1lb super lean ground turkey (of course, you could use tofu or something in place of this!)
  • 14 oz light red kidney beans
  • 14 oz hot chili beans (or you could try cannellini, navy, etc)
  • About 1/2 bag frozen corn
  • About 1/2 bag frozen peas
  • Large can organic diced tomatoes (not drained)
  • Couple garlic cloves, diced
  • 1/2 cup water – or vegetable broth
  • 1 packet reduced sodium chili seasoning (or make your own!)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

This is a very forgiving dish! Heat olive oil over medium heat for a minute or so. Add the turkey and cook through. Do not drain. If you have very lean meat, there will be very little grease, so keep it in for flavor. Add the rest of the ingredients. All of them. Then bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or so. The longer the better for flavor’s sake. This could also be done in a crockpot. I’d think it would work on low for 6-8 hours. Play with different veggies if you’d like. I think squash would be good in this too.

Tell me below, what’s your favorite way to have chili?

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An easy (and healthy!) breakfast idea

So you already know you GOTTA eat breakfast right?

But you also know it should be healthy. And for most of us, it has to be quick and easy. Oatmeal is a quick, healthy option. That does get old though, and I don’t even like it at all. Most cereals are junk. Breakfast bars are junk. So what does that leave?

Here’s a little something I whip up at the office in the AM. It takes about 5 minutes total, and I only use the microwave.

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Here’s what it is and how I do it. There’s plenty of ways to change it up, too.

It’s a half of a sprouted grain english muffin w/ egg whites, avocado, tomato and feta cheese. And some days if I have it, I spread a little greek yogurt on the english muffin too. 

  • I keep Ezekiel brand sprouted grain english muffins in the freezer
  • I keep a carton of natural egg whites in the fridge (NOT the kind w/ yellow color added. Look in the natural, organic section of your grocery store. They should just be white!
  • I keep a container of reduced fat feta cheese in the fridge
  • In the mornings, I take a tomato and an avocado with me to work

Directions

  • Pour a couple of tablespoons egg whites into a coffee mug and microwave on high for about a minute (just until fluffy and done)
  • Wrap an ezekiel english muffin in a paper towel and microwave for just about 20 seconds. Just enough so you can cut the muffin in half since you’re only using half. Cut it, put 1/2 back in the freezer and then finish microwaving the 1/2 you’re using. Doesn’t need to be hot, just defrosted.
  • Chop up half the avocado, store the rest in the fridge for a salad later in the day or something.
  • Chop up half the tomato, store the rest as well
  • Put the egg whites on the muffin, top with tomato, avocado & feta. It’ll be messy since it’s open-faced. Just use a fork and knife to eat it.

BOOM. You just made a healthy, protein packed breakfast that has some lovely, filling, healthy fats and even a little tomato.

You could adjust this in all sorts of ways, too. You could top with some fresh spinach, add the greek yogurt like I mentioned. You could even microwave a slice of turkey bacon and add it. If you’re not an english muffin fan, check out the ezekiel wraps. Use half. And definitely use sprouted grain breads, they are SO much better for you than even whole wheat bread.

I hope this helps!

I’d love to know – do you have a quick, healthy breakfast that is your go-to? Share away!

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Healthy Choices at the Grocery Store

This is not it.

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If you’ve seen the commercials for some of these products, you may believe that they are healthy. Not true. Most of these types of products are marketed as ‘filling’ or ‘healthy’ in some way. But in reality, many have as much sugar as a candy bar. Not to mention all of the other random crap in them. They are devoid of many nutrients. This goes for a LOT more than what I captured in this photo the other day while I was grocery shopping.

Now, if you use things like these (granola bars, snack bars, pop tarts) because you need snacks or quick options, I have good news. You can still eat more healthfully and still quickly with some slightly different choices. Check the health food/organic isle for snack bars. Personally, I find the Lara Bars the most delish. And they’re not made with a bunch of junk, instead it’s got real foods in it. Imagine that. Check that isle for other snacks too. Just remember that things like chips are still chips even if they’re organic. 🙂

Other quick grab & go snacks that are way more healthy than the options in the picture:

* Individual organic chocolate milk

* Greek yogurt (get the real stuff, like Chobani, Fage, or the icelandic versions)

* 1 ounce cheese (cut off the servings when you buy the cheese and individually wrap so they’re easy to grab) with Nut Thins (Crackers made from almonds, not wheat! And SO yummy!)

* Fruit

* Leftovers (When you make a healthy meal for dinners, double the recipes and package up the leftovers into smaller containers so you can take them as snacks or lunches, etc)

I’d love to know, do you buy any of the items in the photo? If so, do you buy them because you thought they were healthy – or at least not ‘unhealthy’?

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It’s the quality of your food that counts, too.

We’ve probably all been told (or told ourselves), “If you can just stop eating chips (or sweets, or fast food), you’ll be good to go”. Well if only it was that simple!

We like to think that eating out is the enemy. And it is, to an extent. But if you’re not keeping a careful eye on what you’re fixing your family every night for dinner, it may not be much better than eating out.

Case in point; do you cook frozen pizza for dinner? How about breaded chicken tenders from the freezer? Maybe macaroni and cheese as a side with dinner? Take a peek at those labels. You may be surprised. All the calories, fat & sodium in these convenience foods is enough to make a grown man at least wince. Or enough to put on a few pounds. Just because you bought it from the store doesn’t make it healthy. For instance, there’s typically enough calories and fat in a ‘side’ of macaroni and cheese to just about equal what a whole dinner SHOULD be. Especially if you made it from a box.

Eating healthy and lean doesn’t have to be complicated. You just have to be aware. Your homework is to check every label of every item you use regularly and look at the serving size too. Be honest with yourself. If the serving size of your spaghetti noodles says 1/3 cup, put 1/3 cup in a measuring cup, put it on the plate, and see what it REALLY looks like. Is that the amount you usually eat? Do the math and see what your dinners really stack up to be. On average, dinners usually shouldn’t be more than about 400-500 calories, and full of whole grains, veggies and lean proteins. Lighter dinners can be easy. A simple, marinated boneless skinless chicken breast with a side of steamed veggies and a small helping of quinoa can be ready in less than 30 minutes. A light chicken casserole with brown rice can be very comforting and warm and also ready in about 30 minutes. Better yet, check out some slow cooker recipes. Look for things that use lean meats and non-rich sauces.

I’m happy to help vet ideas – or to send you recipes. Just email me! 🙂 fithappy@yahoo.com – and as always, you can always sign up for free to have me as your fitness/health coach: just go www.TurboRomero.com & click join. Select the free option and I can help you with your fitness and diet goals. Or if you want extra information, the paid option has the added benefit of a wonderful, healthy meal planner & the recipes are actually REALLY tasty and filling.

In the meantime, check what you’re cooking. Aside from calories, fat, sodium and all the other crazy stuff that’s in convenience foods,  consider all the preservatives, hormones and other lovely things that they are stuffed with. Heck, even chicken nuggets are typically not real, whole chicken pieces. Sad, but true…and detrimental to losing weight and the overall health of your family…

~To Your Health~

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