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Honey Nut Power Bars

honey nut bars

While there are great bars out on the market these days, I always like the idea of making my own as I know what is in them and can add different ingredients to my taste. These bars are by far one of my favorite snacks and can be altered based on what I have on hand. I often call them my “everything bar” because they have everything in them. However, I have to watch myself because they are so tasty I want to keep eating them. Just because they are healthy, doesn’t mean they are low calorie. They are perfect for kids and teens because they pack into lunches well and make a great after school or anytime snack.

Boka Dushi (Dutch West Indian Chicken Kabobs)

chicken kabobs

There is something about meat on a stick that just makes me happy. Maybe it reminds me of all of my camping days trying to put anything and everything on a stick to cook or maybe it’s the simplicity of it, who knows! I love to grill indoor or out and this recipe is one of my favorites. I passed it onto my “Boot Campers” years ago and they love it too. My husband requests it frequently and my kids even like it because it has peanut butter in it. I love that I can marinate it a day in advance and then just throw it together at the last minute.

Ham and Aspargus Mini Quiche Cups

egg white cups

I love egg whites! While most want the yolk, I’ve grown used to and quite fond of all whites due their incredible purity, high protein and low calories. I use them in place of whole eggs as much as possible and they are my go to food for breakfast and when I want to trim down. You can eat a lot of them without a lot of calories, what could be better? This recipe makes a yummy “quiche” without all the bad stuff. Better yet, the muffin size helps with portion control and is easy to eat.

Smokey Pork Tenderloin

pork tenderloin

All of my meals center around protein. If you want to be lean, yours should too. Chicken and turkey can grow old after a while so I’m always looking for recipes that use other forms of protein. Tenderloin is a great option because it is super lean, easy to prepare and yummy! This simple marinade is fast, smokey and versatile. Better yet, you’ll have leftovers that will make a great pork stir fry a couple days later.

Chicken and Orzo Casserole

chikcen orzo casserole

We all have those “go to” recipes that we have been making for years and are always a hit. This is one of mine. I’ve made it for my own family hundreds of times and for others families countless times. It is the recipe that I prepare if someone needs a meal dropped off because they’ve just had a baby, are sick or just need a little helping hand.  It always gets rave reviews and I’m always asked for the recipe. These days, I just include the recipe when I drop it off. I like it because it’s super easy, healthy, family friendly, uses only one pot (A “one pot wonder”) and it taste even better the second time around. Enjoy!

Quick and Healthy Chicken Enchiladas

enchiladas

When I have a splurge meal, it’s Mexican all the way! After every single Figure competition I’ve ever done, I head straight to the best Mexican restaurant I can find and eat my heart out! I love everything about it, except the fat and calories. Mexican food is hearty, comfy, family friendly and makes for a great mid week meal because there is usually leftovers and it always taste better the second time around. Therefore, I’ll do anything to lighten it up and cut down on prep time. This recipe checks all those boxes.

Fit and Fudgey banana muffins

muffins

So today was my staff Amanda’s Birthday. As with all my friends and families birthday’s I like to make a special treat to celebrate. I mean life is too short to not eat cake!! However, as a Fitness professional it’s not easy cooking for your fitness staff. As much as they enjoy a treat, they are also health conscious like myself so practice moderation whenever possible. Therefore, sometimes the task of cooking a celebratory treat can be tricky. I’m always up to the challenge.

To please everyone’s palette’s, I decided to prepare two treats. One “naughty,” and one “nice”! My staff couldn’t tell the difference. The “nice” treat was moist and yummy and super chocolaty. Not that the “naughty” one wasn’t mouthwatering, but it just goes to prove that “nice” doesn’t mean tasteless!

Cracker Chicken Strips

cracker chicken strips
If you have kids like me, you've seen your share of chicken strips. My kids are teenagers and still like a good chicken strip from time to time. The problem is, more often than not, they are packed with crap! In fact, there is only one brand "Rocky Range" chicken, sold at Costco that I feel okay about giving my kids these days. It is sustainable, organic, antibiotic free and so on - love it! However, when I have time, I prefer to make my own. One of my youngest boys favorite meals I prepare for him is my own homemade Chicken strips made with Cracker crumbs. They are a healthy, kid friendly alternative to store bought chicken strips. My son loves them because they are crunchy, I love them because I made them and know what is in them. Can you say "win, win?!"

Cinnamon Muffins

cinnamon muffins

So I have teenagers which means mornings are “fast and furious” around our house. Being boys, they want to sleep until the last possible second meaning that breakfast is either “grab and go” or doesn’t even happen. Since I’m already at work (I leave the house at 5:45 am), chances of them eating something is even less likely. My oldest loves a muffin or loaf bread because it is something that he can throw into a baggy the evening before. I of course would rather them eat something healthier, but I’m a realist after all, so rather than having them skip breakfast altogether, I make it my goal to find ways to make what they will eat just a little bit healthier. This week, my son asked to “Cinnamon Muffins.” Here is my healthier version.

Greek Kale Salad

greek kale salad
So like everyone, I get stuck on different foods and want to eat them all the time. This past summer, I became a fan of Kale for many reasons. First, it's super healthy and second, it's very versatile. You can throw it into soups, and casseroles, blend it, bake it into chips or make a tasty salad out of it. My favorite salad is from the Nugget, a Mediterranean Kale salad that packs a punch. I decided to create my own version of this salad since it's unlikely they will give me their recipe. Enjoy!