Think about pairing fresh salad (like mixed greens, cucumbers and tomatoes) with breakfast, something I loved about breakfasts in Israel.
Summer months make for such an exciting time for new
this list below handy for easy ways to indulge in the pleasures of great food without sacrificing your bikini bod. After taking an amazing haitus in Isreal for vacation, I'm back to work with a new zest for life and my taste buds are too. I've added a few new favs to the greatest hits in my arsenal of hot body foods to share with you...
Cereal sundae; ½ cup low fat ngreek yogurt with & frac12; cup fiber-rich bran flakes, top with blueberries
Oatmeal made with almond milk add diced peaches
2 poached eggs over arugula greens add toppings depending on your preference and how hungry you are; avocado, black beans (if they are canned, rinse them!), siracha nsauce, diced peppers, onions, mushroom, etc.
Lox !...instead of the bagel and cream cheese, opt to pair this delectable treat with egg whites or even melon w/ chives. YUM!
Good Mood Shake; try 1 tblsp almond butter with ½ cup greek nyogurt, ½ banana, 1 tsp cocoa, 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup ice.
Choice of fruit (I love papaya, mango, apple, berries, melon or peaches) with 1 cup of almond milk and walnuts or brazil nuts.
My latest obsession (other than siracha sauce)...Lox! Next time your at your local ndeli give it a chance, they' ll usually let ya try a piece ;)
Lunch/ Dinner Ideas:
Tuna mixed with any of the following depending on your preference (also opt for the easy open packages rather than cans as they contain less mercury); white beans, black beans, dark red kidney beans, any fresh chopped veggie (my favs; cherry tomatoes, peppers, onions, green beans), scallions, avocado, even sauteed or steamed kale. Try substituting mayo with a bit of hummus or greek yogurt and a dash of siracha (if you like it hott;)
Blueberry and orange parfaits are great for a light summer lunch when you know you’re going out for dinner; simply layer greek yogurt, peeled orange slices and wheat germ. Add a bit of honey or raw sugar to taste if desired and enjoy!
Goat Cheese Salad; mixed greens with 1 oz. goat cheese then add your choice of toppings; dried cranberries, walnuts, berries, tomatoes, sliced almonds, sun dried tomatoes or any fresh vegetable. Best with fat free rasberry vinaigrette.
Quinoa salad, mix cooked quinoa with steamed broccoli and carrots, add some black beans and/or other veggies if desired...and dash of siracha sauce!
Mozzarella and tomato salad; greens of your choice (I love watercress with this one), mix with sliced cherry tomatoes, 1 handful of cubed mozzarella, 1 tbs of unsalted sunflower seeds (or pepitas!) Best topped with a lite citrus vinaigrette.
Grilled chicken with grilled pineapple rings and onion on top of brown rice or greens makes a great meal.
Lettuce cups; make a stir fry with triangles of firm tofu, finely chopped veggies of your choice and a bit of organic BBQ sauce. Use romaine leaves as your cup and eat like a taco. Great with chicken too!
Grilled chicken salad with cranberries, goat cheese and avocado. Great with raspberry dressing and a spoonful of nuts or seeds of your choice.
Chicken and veggies or fish and veggies in many many different variations is best for dinner. Try salmon with asparagus and carrots, or grilled chicken with a veggie stir fry.
Shrimp over couscous is one of my favorite easy dishes. Prepare shrimp either with lemon and pepper or cajun seasoning or (my fav) a bit of curry and serve on top of couscous. Chop ½ cup of mango and mix in for an exciting addition.
Pan seared scallops over asparagus topped with pine nuts is AMAZE!!
Vegetables over brown rice, add some curry or other seasoning of your choice for an extra punch.
Making a great tofu stir fry for lettuce cups is easy! Wrap the tofu in a clean/ dry cloth to absorb the water then rub in your choice of marinade before adding chopped veggies of your choice to the fire...BAM!
Snacks and sides;
Cheesy Kale Chips: Tear leaves into large pieces and arrange on a baking sheet. Spritz with olive oil and bake in a 350° oven until crisp. While still warm, sprinkle with grated parmesan.
Crumble feta cheese over cold watermelon cubes; sprinkle with slivered fresh mint
Five-Spice Pumpkin Seeds: Toss salted pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas) with sesame oil and chinese five-spice powder, then bake at 350° until crisp span>
Ants on a Log: Stuff celery sticks with cashew butter and dot with dried currants
Stuff iceberg lettuce leaves with chopped ripe tomatoes and crumbled smoked tofu
Spread granny smith apple wedges with chunky cashew butter and top with toasted sesame seeds
Cut jicama into sticks. Dip in a sauce of chunky almond butter, lime juice, honey and fresh ginger
1-2-3 Thai Slaw: Open a bag of shredded carrots; dress lightly with toasted sesame oil, lime juice, olive oil, honey and a dash of cayenne pepper. Toss in chopped salted peanuts span>
Peanut Butter & Coconut Bars: Combine puffed whole grain cereal with just enough peanut butter and marshmallow cream to hold it together. Stir in shredded coconut and dried blueberries. Press into a pan, chill and cut into bite-size portions
Jazz up ordinary apple slices with a faux-caramel topping: Simply boil a cup of apple cider down to a syrup and stir in chopped walnuts; drizzle away
When it feels like banana cream pie would really hit the spot, try this: Grab some graham crackers, spread them with vanilla greek yogurt and top with a handful of banana slices and a sprinkling of ground flaxseed
Frosty Melon Drink: Puree ripe honeydew with vanilla yogurt and ice
No-Bake Fruit Crisp: Sprinkle fresh blackberries with your favorite type of granola and microwave until warm
Chewy Chocolate Clusters: Melt bittersweet chocolate and stir in chopped dried apricots, rolled oats and sunflower seeds. Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper, then let chil
Make strawberries just a bit decadent: Halve them and spread the cut sides with softened goat cheese
Baby red potatoes become blissfully creamy when you microwave them for 3 to 5 minutes (leave the skin on for nutrients). Sprinkle with pepper and sea salt and pop them in your mouth
Banana Soft Serve: Freeze some bananas, then pulse in a food processor with roasted peanuts and a splash of almond milk.
Mash canned white beans with olive oil and chopped fresh rosemary. Pile onto radicchio leaves
Green Deviled Eggs: Replace mayo with greek yogurt to make deviled eggs. Fold a handful of finely chopped watercress and a pinch of Old Bay Seasoning into the yolks
Stuffed Figs: Split plump dried figs and stuff with toasted hazelnuts
Spinach-Miso Dip: Thaw a box of chopped spinach and squeeze it dry. Stir in enough yogurt to make a dip and season with powdered miso soup mix
Chocolate Dream: Blend kefir with frozen açaí and cocoa powder
To-die for homemade tomato soup recipe!
Client’s choice for lunch;
MY FAV: http://www.cookinglight.com/eating-smart/smart-choices/healthy-lunch-ideas-00412000067923/page11.html
Try this healthy pizza recipe! http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/quick-recipes/dinner/dinner-in-20-easy-healthy-dinner-recipes/?page=6
The possibilities are endless when you keep an open mind in your kitchen! Please send in your favorite recipes to: p>