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Sometimes it’s best to take the guess work out of meal planning, especially when you want to make sure every meal is a healthful, clean eating one. It’s so easy to get caught up in a busy week that it can be tempting to veer off the road to the closest fast food establishment. We get it. But, why feed your family toxic, empty-calorie foods when there’s a quick, easy, tasteful, and healthy alternative.

The best way to stick with clean eating is a little organization and the right cookware! With this 4-week schedule, you’ll be able to get your grocery shopping done weekly, and use your slow cooker to do the cooking for you.  Reap the benefits of a home-cooked, mouthwatering meal waiting for you each evening, and feel less stressed and healthier in the process.

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We’ve included a wide variety of only our best recipes so you’re never bored with the schedule or disappointed with the results. You might also like some easy, clean eating dessert recipes that can be prepared a week in advance and stored in the freezer or fridge:

3-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Macaroons
5-Minute Skinny Peanut Butter Fudge
Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Skinny Strawberry Ice Cream
No-Bake Lemon Berry Cups 

 

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21 Delicious Ways to Kick Off Superbowl Sunday http://skinnyms.com/21-clean-eating-recipes-for-meal-planning/ http://skinnyms.com/21-clean-eating-recipes-for-meal-planning/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:11:42 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=421202 Superbowl Sunday never tasted so good!

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By Skinny Ms.

21 Clean Recipes for Weight Loss Menu Plans

We’ve got something for everyone on Superbowl Sunday. Whether you’re a meat lover, vegetarian, or just want some salty snacks, we’ve got it covered. All the kick off recipes are packed with loads of flavor while still being a part of our clean-eating meal plans.

Easy Superbowl Recipes

Meaty DishesGreat with tacos, chili, sandwiches, or burritos

1. Slow Cooker Everything Beef
Enjoy deliciously tender, slow cooked shredded beef for everything from Street Tacos to hearty Firehouse Chili. This recipe is the perfect starter recipe for every beef dish you make!

2. Spicy Asian Chicken Meatballs (featured in the poster above)
These chicken meatballs may taste like an indulgence, but the lean protein in chicken makes them low in calories and in excess fat

3. Slow Cooker Roadhouse Chili
Momma’s chili recipe was delicious but filled with loads of fat. We’ve cleaned up her version but kept the spicy goodness, making this chili recipe a family favorite.

4. Stuffed Philly Chicken Peppers
Looking for a healthy alternative to a Philly cheesesteak? This low-carb stuffed Philly chicken peppers recipe will definitely fit the bill. Made with all the right seasonings, and then baked into bell peppers, these are filling and delicious and will keep your diet on track without making you feel guilty.

5. Slow Cooker Tamale Pie with Cornbread Crust
One of our favorite things about this classic southwestern comfort food is the authentic cornbread crust, made with buttermilk.  We skimped on calories, but not on cheese, lean protein, or that yummy TexMex flavor.

6. One Pot Indian Black Pepper Chicken
This South Asian dish is as spicy as it is savory. The marrying of ginger, soy, and garlic, makes for a mouthwatering dish, but black pepper is the main player of this meaty recipe.

7. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
This super easy taco recipe is always a crowd pleaser. Dress it up any way you choose, from a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream to a little classic guacamole.

8. Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken
Better than take-out, this easy crockpot recipe has the Chinese taste you love while sticking to your clean-eating plan.

9. Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros
Can’t find ground chicken in your grocery? Just ask the butcher to grind up some chicken breast. This way you know you’re getting lean, freshly ground chicken.

Meatless EntréesMouthwatering Pizza made with Healthy Zucchini Crust

10. Zucchini Crusted Pizza
Once you’ve tried this pizza crust recipe, you may never go back to the heavier versions. This pizza is delicious right out of the oven but also makes for some yummy leftovers.

11. Over Stuffed Veggie Sandwich
Pile on the veggies, add a little homemade yogurt spread, and you’ve got a sandwich made for the of heartiest of appetites.

12. Roasted Veggie Burritos
This make-ahead recipe is one of our favorites. Whether company is coming over or it’s a busy family night, these burritos will be requested over and over. We like the ease of this dinner. Simply take out of the freezer, pop in the oven and you’ve got a quick and delicious dinner.

13. Cheesy Skillet Bean & Veggie Tacos
This one-pot meal is so easy to make and only takes a few minutes. Just scoop out a spoonful and add to a whole grain tortilla, pita pocket, or taco shell.

Appetizers & SnacksOven Baked Sweet Potato Tots Recipe

14. Oven Baked Sweet Potato Tots
Pop these tots in the oven and bake to crunchy perfection. The longer these tots bake the crispier they get. Fries will soon become a thing of the past once you’ve made these kid friendly tater tots. For a less spicy version, simply omit the curry and pepper flakes.

15. Oven Baked Zucchini Chips
One of the most popular recipes on SkinnyMs., these chips have been pinned over 145,000 times. Greasy potato chips are being being replaced with these crunchy bites of goodness.

16. Cinnamon Pita Chips
These chips are easy and quick to make and always a crowd pleaser. Feel free to play with the spices and make all sorts of flavors. We sometimes use a little chili powder and sea salt for a Southwestern chip fiesta.

17. Easy Whole Grain Pita Chips
Pita bread is perfect for making all sorts of chips. This recipe is simple and ideal when you’re having a craving for something salty and crunchy.

18. Baked Zucchini Fritters
This puffy fritter’s recipe is great served as a side or snack. Trying making this recipe and serving in a basket lined with parchment paper. Be sure to make extra because this snack will go quickly.

Sweets & TreatsOutrageously Delicious Quick & Easy Fudge

19. 5-Minute Peanut Butter Fudge
A quick and easy fudge recipe that’s eaten right out of the freezer. When that sweet craving hits, grab for this healthy fudge treat made with just 5 simple ingredients.

20. Slow Cooker Bananas Foster
This classic recipe is made to perfection using a slow cooker. Serve this dessert over ice cream, Greek yogurt, or enjoy all by its delicious self.

21. No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
If you love pie and peanut butter, you’ll go crazy for this no-bake recipe. We’ve also included our recipe for chocolate almond crust. Once you’ve made our almond crust recipe, you and your family will be hooked. We think our recipe is “hands down” better than graham cracker crusts. And, our crust is a part of a clean-eating lifestyle.

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Oven Baked Sweet Potato Tots http://skinnyms.com/oven-baked-sweet-potato-tots/ http://skinnyms.com/oven-baked-sweet-potato-tots/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:00:23 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=421068 Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside!

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By Skinny Ms.

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Tots Recipe

What brings back memories of childhood like delicious, bite-sized tater tots? Crunchy on the outside, filled with potato goodness on the inside, these little treats are beloved by kids an adults. Now you can enjoy them the healthy way, with our Oven Baked Sweet Potato Tots. Perfect for family get-togethers, as finger food during the big game, or at kids’ parties, these tots will bring out the kid in everyone.

We bake these tater tots instead of frying them, which significantly reduces their fat and calorie content. Your guests will never guess that they’ve been baked, because that mouth-watering crunch is still there! These tots are coated in whole wheat panko bread crumbs, which have more fiber than refined white bread crumbs. Plus, since these tots are made with sweet potatoes instead of regular white potatoes, you’re getting a bite of a superfood with every tot. Sweet potatoes are high in both beta-carotene and vitamin A, and are filled with fiber. They’re lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes, and much more nutritious.

Plus, these tots are loaded with unique flavors. Coconut sugar provides natural sweetness and a hint of a tropical, coconut twist. Superfoods cinnamon and curry powder add spice and zest, and adding red pepper flakes will amp up the heat while providing heart healthy and anti-inflammatory capsaicin. Bake a batch of these this weekend for a crowd-pleasing treat that’s healthy and wholesome, bite after bite!

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Yields: 4 servings/ 24 tater tots | Serving Size: 6 tater tots | Calories: 173 | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 4 | Total Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 134 mg | Carbohydrates: 33 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 5 g |

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 cup whole wheat Panko bread crumbs (we like Ian's Brand)
  • Pinch of Kosher or sea salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse sweet potatoes, wrap in foil and bake on a baking sheet for 1 hour or until potatoes are tender. Remove and cool completely. I prefer to bake the potatoes the night before, store in the refrigerator and make the tots the following day.

Whisk together in a mixing bowl, Panko bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon coconut sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees for the tots.

Peel cooked sweet potatoes, add to a mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Sprinkle over the potatoes curry powder, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, red pepper flakes, and remaining 1 tablespoon coconut sugar, stir to combine.

One at a time, add about 1 tablespoon sweet potato mixture to the Panko crumbs and shape into tots, being sure to coat all sides with crumbs. These can be any shape you like, square, round, or rectangular.

Lay tots one at a time on a parchment lined or non-stick cookie sheet. This recipe makes approximately 24 tots. Bake 20 minutes, turn over and bake an additional 20-25 minutes or until golden and crispy. Allow to cool at room temperature. Tots are best eaten the same day without storing.

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11 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning http://skinnyms.com/11-things-healthy-people-every-morning/ http://skinnyms.com/11-things-healthy-people-every-morning/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:00:44 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=420430 Wake up with healthy habits.

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It all starts at home. A great day begins with an amazing morning. With constant distractions and the daily pressure of responsibilities, it’s important to start your morning right to get your mind and body prepared for your daily routine. These 11 tips will bring out the best of your morning, day, week, and life.

1. Wake Up Earlier  We often wake up as late as possible, but losing precious time in the morning puts pressure on our bodies and minds. Throughout the day, our time feels tight when it doesn’t have to feel that way. By waking up early, you can give your body and mind time to unwind and set your routine at an even pace.

2. Drink a Glass of Water as Soon as You Wake Up  Your body essentially shuts down while you’re sleeping. Drinking water will help you get ready to start running. This will also help to rehydrate you and allow for an easier digestive flow throughout the day.

3. Avoid Technology for The First Hour  It’s tempting to wake up and check your email and social media timeline, but all of those things will still be there an hour from when you wake. You won’t miss out on much, and you’ll start your day on your own terms. How often do you wake up in a great mood, and then check your email or messages only to receive a message that disrupts your mood first thing in the morning. Hold off and take control of your emotions at the start of the day.

4. Think of Something You’re Grateful For  The choice is yours. Wake up and find something you’re appreciative of. Your bed, family or even a cup of coffee. The more things you find, the more positive energy you bring to your day.

5. Sunlight, Fresh Air, and A Deep Breath – Even if it’s cloudy, open your blinds and let natural light in. This will awaken your senses and add positive sensory to start your day. Next, open a window, or if you have direct access to a door that leads outside, open your front door and fill your lungs with fresh air. Oxygen provides energy to heal and grow the brain.

6. Move Your Body/Exercise  No matter what you’re doing for the rest of the day, your body will be active if you begin your day with movement. There are various morning workouts you can do that are convenient and quick. If you don’t want to work out, you can also do stretches to help loosen your muscles and joints.

7. Eat a Healthy Breakfast  A healthy breakfast is your initial fuel for the day. Avoid quick fixes such as cereal, fruit juices, or donuts. Take the time to invest in a healthy breakfast that will have your body feeling energized until lunch time.

8. Say Positive Affirmations  Self-appreciation is important. Find different things you enjoy about yourself and say them out loud to yourself while looking in the mirror. Face yourself and speak positive truths.

9. Plan  Work day or off day, planning ahead allows you to be productive, and to fit in as much as you want throughout the day. Spread out your day so that you know what to expect and avoid feeling rushed. Commit to your plan as much as you can, but allow room for the random disruptions that life can occasionally bring.

10. Leave Yesterday Behind – A new day is a fresh start to life. Yesterday’s arguments, frustrations, and negative thoughts don’t belong in your new day.

11. Read – Start your day with some positive thoughts. Whether it’s the news, quotes, or a novel you love, literature helps stimulate your brain and your imagination.

Check out some of additional tips to keep you feeling upbeat and positive throughout the day:
Top 20 Motivational Quotes
How to Take Control Of Your Health
15 Ways to De-Stress During the Day

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One-Pot Meal Balsamic Chicken, Carrots, and Lentils http://skinnyms.com/one-pot-meal-balsamic-chicken-carrots-lentils/ http://skinnyms.com/one-pot-meal-balsamic-chicken-carrots-lentils/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:00:28 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=420268 This easy-prep dinner feels like a restaurant-quality dish!

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One-Pot Meal with Balsamic Chicken, Carrots & Lentils

One-pot meals are wonderful solutions to your evening dinnertime frenzy, and are quickly becoming a favorite of home chefs everywhere. When using a singular homestyle skillet, not only do you end up washing only one pot, and therefore, cutting down on your clean-up time, but you’re also allowing all of the flavors of your meal to mingle in one place, enriching one another and enhancing the overall meal.

This One Pot Balsamic Chicken, Carrots, and Lentils meal is a truly warming and satisfying dish that offers both sophistication and nutrition. Chicken is a terrific source of lean protein and lentils are packed with protein and fiber, making them a complex carbohydrate to feel good about. Lentils are also rich in iron, which many of us lack in our daily diets. Carrots lend vitamin A and beta-carotene, rounding out this healthful meal.

Balsamic vinegar, with its sweet, zesty taste, boosts this dish’s flavor profile. Its slight acidity balances out the sweet carrots and mellow chicken and lentils. Adding a bit of garlic takes this dinner to a new level, and earthy celery and bay leaves round it out nicely. This is a meal that is easy enough to prepare on a weeknight, but impressive enough to serve to guests. Try it out for your next dinner party, or just as a healthy weeknight dinner.

One-Pot Meal Balsamic Chicken, Carrots and Lentils

One-Pot Meal Balsamic Chicken, Carrots and Lentils

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe | Calories: 363 | Previous Points: 7 | Points Plus: 8 | Total Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 95 mg | Sodium: 153 mg | Carbohydrates: 41 g | Dietary Fiber: 14 g | Sugars: 10 g | Protein: 34 g |

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pound chicken thighs, skinless
  • 8 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium onions, divided (1/2 finely chopped, 1-1/2 sliced)
  • 5 small carrots, divided (1 peeled and finely chopped, 4 peeled and left whole)
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 7 ounces dried lentils (if using pre-cooked canned ones, lessen the cooking time)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cherry tomatoes

Directions

Make surface-deep slashes on the chicken then coat them in 5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and ground pepper. Set aside.

Over medium heat, in a saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sautè the garlic and 1/2 onion that has been finely chopped. After tossing for about 2 minutes, add 1 carrot that has been finely chopped, celery and tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add the lentils and toss for 1 minute in the saucepan. Pour the broth and add the bay leaves, let it boil and cook for 30 minutes (much less if using pre-cooked canned ones) or until they are tender. If they are drying up, add more hot broth or hot water. Season with salt and pepper. When they are cooked, set them aside in a bowl.

Wipe the saucepan with a paper towel to prepare cooking the chicken and carrots. Over medium heat, in a saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, cook the chicken with the balsamic vinegar you coated it with. Brown both sides. Half-way through cooking the chicken, add the remaining 4 whole carrots. Cook until tender.

Push the chicken on one side of the saucepan and the carrots in another side. Leave space for the lentils, onions and tomatoes. Place the onions in one side of the saucepan and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the lentils on one side of the saucepan and cook some more for 2 minutes to warm it up. Place the tomatoes in the saucepan. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Serve while hot.

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Here are more delicious chicken and vegetable recipes to try:

Easy One-Pot Chicken & Rice Dinner

Grilled Chicken and Avocado Salad

Asian Stir-Fry with Cashews & Chicken

Healthy Sautéed Rice with Peas and Chicken

Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers

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7 Quick Morning Workouts http://skinnyms.com/7-quick-morning-workouts/ http://skinnyms.com/7-quick-morning-workouts/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:00:06 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=420239 Wake up to a quick, effective workout!

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By Skinny Ms.

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Take a look at your schedule. Seeing how busy you are with work, appointments, and family responsibilities can get discouraging. While you’d like to find the time to squeeze in a workout, working one in seems impossible. We’re offering you 7 ways to fit in a quick morning workout. Wake up 10 minutes earlier tomorrow and try one of these 7 workouts that will start your day off right.

1. Early-Bird Boot Camp Workout
Early-Bird Boot Camp Workout
Once you tackle this workout, the rest of the day will seem like a breeze.

2. 5 Exercises to Do Right Out of Bed
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You can literally roll out of bed and start this workout. Land softly.

3. 7 Exercises to do Right Out of Bed
7 Exercises to do Right Out of Bed
Have a little extra time on your hands? Squeeze in two quick exercises with this workout.

4. Wake Me Up, Keep Me Going Workout Challenge

This workout is the starting point for an amazing, day that’s filled with energy.

5. 4 Minute Lean-Down Workout

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Looking good makes you feel good. Lean down in the morning with this workout and your post-workout bliss will last for the entire day.

6. Before Your Shower – Mini Morning Workout
Before Your Shower - Mini Morning Workout
Work hard, sweat it all out, and then hit the showers with this workout.

7. 5 Minute Morning Workout To Kickstart Your Day
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Pick your favorite song, press play, and by the time it’s done, this workout will be, too.

An amazing morning workout needs some amazing breakfast to follow up. Try some of these delicious options:
7 Superfood Smoothie Recipes to Rock Your Morning
Breakfast Recipes – 7 Awesome Menus for Your Morning
13 Ways To Jazz Up Your Morning Oatmeal
10 Healthier Alternatives to Your Usual Morning Joe

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-sweet-potato-black-bean-chili/ http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-sweet-potato-black-bean-chili/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:00:46 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=420162 Make this chili a healthy and delicious staple in your family's kitchen!

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Make the easiest, most healthy, and most delicious chili on the block with our super-simple recipe for Slow Cooker Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili. Perfect when topped with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, this chili also pairs nicely with slices of avocado that lend a creaminess and make it so you’ll never even miss the usual chili-and-cheddar combo.

We start off with coconut oil as our cooking oil, which contains a unique combination of fatty acids that make it a healthy powerhouse. Add sweet potato, a superfood that contains beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamins A, C, and E. Black beans offer that powerful combination of both protein and fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, and lend a rich, earthy flavor to this chili.

Chili powder contains heart-healthy capsaicin, which fights cancer and stabilizes blood sugar. Avocado lends omega-3 fatty acids, and Greek yogurt offers lean protein. This chili’s blend of ingredients make it a rich, satisfying meal that will give you long-lasting energy and warm you from within.

Did we mention that it’s a cinch to prepare? Simply combine the ingredients in your slow cooker, set the timer, and go about your day. When you return to lift the lid, your home will be filled with the savory aroma of this Mexican-inspired dish, and the whole family will want a bowlful. Set the toppings out, and everyone can add their favorites, making this sweet potato and black bean chili a true crowd-pleaser.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe (about 1-3/4 cups) | Calories: 171 | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 4 | Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 250 mg | Carbohydrates: 29 g | Dietary Fiber: 8 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 7 g |

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 small sweet onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained (optional, pinto beans)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes with liquid
  • 1- 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Toppings: sliced avocado, sliced jalapeno, plain greek yogurt, chopped cilantro

Directions

Place all ingredients (except toppings) in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. When the sweet potatoes are tender, the chili is ready. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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Lean, Green Protein Smoothie Bowl http://skinnyms.com/lean-green-protein-smoothie-bowl/ http://skinnyms.com/lean-green-protein-smoothie-bowl/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:00:51 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=420149 Rise and shine with a protein and nutrient packed smoothie bowl!

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Start your morning off smart. Toss the breakfast cereal and dive into a delicious Superfood Smoothie bowl. Chock full of protein, leafy greens, and boosted with superfood favorites, this scrumptious smoothie is thick enough to be spoonable. And delicious enough to be dessert.

Our protein smoothie bowl is brimming with nutritional powerhouses. Greek yogurt packs this rich, creamy bowl with lean protein, while kale offers superfood benefits including vitamins A, C, and K, plus fiber, folate, and omega-3 fatty acids. Banana offers potassium, and coconut water further boosts this breakfast’s electrolyte power.

Hemp seeds have the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and greens powder offers the many benefits of leafy greens. Just make sure you choose an organic powder at your local grocery or health food store. This winning combination of superfoods packs more vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and protein than some people eat all day, while keeping your electrolytes balanced so that you can maintain your healthy lifestyle.

Plus, this refreshing bowl is amazingly tasty. Vanilla and honey lend a bit of natural sweetness, while a topping of a variety of berries adds sweetness, tart flavor, and even more antioxidants and fiber! Adding this easy-to-make protein smoothie bowl to your breakfast routine will boost your energy, fuel your workouts, and please your taste buds. Whip up a batch when the sun rises tomorrow and start your day off right.

Lean, Green Protein Smoothie Bowl

Yields: 2 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe | Calories: 269 | Previous Points: 5 | Points Plus: 7 | Total Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 4 mg | Sodium: 33 mg | Carbohydrates: 39 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 23 g | Protein: 10 g |

Ingredients

  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter (optional, almond butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons hemp or flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina or greens powder (optional)
  • For the Toppings choose from the following:
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • banana slices
  • pomegranate seeds when in season

Directions

In a blender, combine kale, banana, honey, yogurt, vanilla, cashew butter, coconut water, hemp seeds, and greens powder until puree'd. Pour into a bowl and top with berries, bananas, and pomegranate seeds, if desired. Serve with a spoon and enjoy.

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Zucchini-Crusted Pizza with Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

Do you ever wish that you could enjoy pizza whenever you like, without feeling guilty afterward? Pizza is gooey, cheesy, and just plain delicious, and you’re entitled to enjoy it! Let’s leave the guilt at the kitchen door, and learn to make a healthy pizza with a zucchini crust! With healthy ingredients including not only zucchini, but tomatoes, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil, you’ll be loading up on antioxidants and healthy fats in addition to great taste!

In this pizza recipe, you are guaranteed 100% healthy ingredients since you’ll be making it entirely from scratch, including the marinara sauce that you’ll spread on top on the pizza. For starters, the crust is made of zucchini, a healthy, low-carb substitute for traditional pizza dough! And you don’t need to wait for hours for it to rise. You’ll only need a short period of time to allow the liquid to dissipate. And you’ll be keeping the toppings as simple as can be, just as it’s done in Italy, with just the tomatoes, mozzarella, oregano and Pecorino cheese. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to Pecorino. Just replace it with Parmesan. And for the final touch, don’t forget to drizzle your pizza with extra virgin olive oil once it has finished cooking. Buon appetito!

Zucchini Crusted Pizza

Zucchini Crusted Pizza

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe | Calories: 241 | Previous Points: 5 | Points Plus: 6 | Total Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 68 mg | Sodium: 137 mg | Carbohydrates: 16 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 17 g |

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (from 2 large zucchinis)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt or sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce (store-bought or make your own with the recipe below)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup (grated) skim mozzarella
  • Marinara Sauce (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 anchovy fillet
  • 1 tablespoon Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) canned tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the zucchini with the coarse salt and leave for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

After the 30 minutes, drain the liquid from the zucchini then press the zucchini in a sieve to drain the remaining liquid.

In a medium bowl, combine the zucchini, flour, 1 tablespoon Parmesan, egg, pepper, and oregano. Using a 12-inch non-stick pizza pan or a baking sheet, spray or brush on a thin layer of olive oil. Pour the zucchini batter in the center and spread over the surface of the baking pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the crust becomes golden on the edges. Remove the crust, then lower the heat to 400 degrees F.

Pour the marinara sauce in the center of the crust and evenly spread just before reaching the edges. Evenly distribute the mozzarella on top then sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.

Bake for 5 minutes or until the mozzarella has melted. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and serve.

To make the optional marinara sauce:

Over medium heat, in a saucepan with olive oil, sauté the anchovy and the garlic until golden. Pour in the canned tomatoes and cook on medium-low heat for 15 - 20 minutes. At the end of cooking, add the salt, pepper, and oregano. Remove the smashed garlic clove. Cover to keep warm until ready to use.

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Enjoy our other healthy pizza options:

Avocado Breakfast Pizzas

Fall Harvest Pizza

Zucchini-Bell Pepper Pizza

Pizza Burgers

Honey Wheat Pizza Crust

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