This is seriously so easy, and so good, and so good for you. When you want something savory, a quick snack, or something you can grab and go!
Preheat oven to 425.
Chicken Tenders, One pound (Iused 14 oz of Bare Naked Chicken Tenders from Schnucks.)
1/2-3/4 cup of almonds
1 tbs of basil
1 tsp of Sea Salt (or 1 table salt)
1 tsp celery salt
Or any spices you fancy
Put almonds in blender and blend until coarse to powdered, and put in a shallow bowl or dish. Add spices and toss. Rinse chicken, and coat each piece on each side in batter. Place in a shallow baking pan coated with spray or melted coconut oil. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned. Check after about 10 minutes to ensure cooked through.
Serve with a green salad and veggies, or portion to go for an easy snack. Double recipe for the family and for leftovers.
You do not have to avoid summer get togethers nor succumb to temptation and pressure. Before you throw your healthy lifestyle off the merry go round, check out these simple summer celebration tips to focus on vitality and victory:
- Drink water, lots of it, and prepare with carting a large container with you everywhere you go. Alternate your water with sugary or alcoholic drinks. Staying hydrated will help you stay full and safe in the heat. Oh, and hit the lou before heading out.
- Pick your battles – pick one. If you have family members, get together or events that you know will tempt you beyond your control, choose wisely what you can live without and consider picking one indulgence. Give up the break room cookies, gooey butter cake, and lemon chocolate pie for the one serving of grandmas homemade brownies you have to have – I mean, she made them just for you. Or the grazing on potato chips and dip, and everything else at the party, for the one scoop of potato salad.
- Eat your normal meals throughout the day of lean protein and vegetables, fruits and nuts, outside of the events to maintain a healthy metabolism and avoid overeating. “Saving your calories” messes with your metabolism and your brain.
- Watch your portions. If you have eaten normally throughout the day, you have no reason to go back to the spread for thirds; and you can still indulge on your favorite treat.
- Politely decline to take home the deserts or extras that are not normally in your eating plan. Aunt Stella will understand if you tell her the truth… you want to be healthy.
Print off this chart and put it on your fridge for tips about what to get on your next excursion to the grocery store.
We know vegetables are good for us, its a mindset we ought to cultivate and celebrate. Everyone from your mama, grandma, or Home Ec teacher has told you but somehow its easier to grab a bag of chips, or pizza when were hungry. And veggies are not sexy right? You are not going to see a sexy supermodel chowing on a bunch of broccoli.
I recently presented to Husch Blackwell for Health Fitness Corp. on Delicious Vegetables and wanted to include some highlights here. According to a 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis showed that only about one-fourth of adults in the US consume vegetables three or more times per day. We have an opportunity to do better, and our health depends on it:
- Fiber in vegetables may help you feel full longer! This is a huge benefit to you if you are always hungry and wanting to watch your waistline.
- Naturally low in calories, sugar, and fat! Yes, even the higher sugar content vegetables and fruits are way better than a candy bar or low fat potato chip.
- Be Healthy, reduce healthcare costs! More nutrients from vegetables are associated with reduced blood pressure, less bone loss, and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer.
One of the most common vegetable myths is starchy vegetables like, potatoes and corn, are fattening. Wrong! You’ve often heard to eat a rainbow of colors. The reasons why? We get different types of nutrients and phytochemicals from different fruits and vegetables. Your meals, snacks, and soups, pastas, and casseroles become much more interesting and exciting when you eat a variety of flavors and textures, and include spices and seasonings to wake up your vegetables. Want to improve your variety? Include more non – starchy veggies in your diet.
Non – Starchy Vegetables (Superstars*)
||Mushrooms (all kinds)
||Cabbage* (green, bok choy, Chinese, red)
||Greens* (collard, kale, lettuce, mustard, turnip)
|Beans (green, wax, Italian)
||Peppers, bell* (all varieties)
||Squash, spaghetti, zucchini
||Sugar snap peas
My weekend indulgence is going to be kabobs, and a Mediterranean salad with lots of fat olives. What about you?
First increase the size of your water container or double your containers. If you are a cold water person, throw one in the freezer, and when have finished your first container, you’ll have a nice cold one thawed and ready to drink!
For the family, I like the small Igloo water coolers with the spout on the top, which allows you and your family to drink directly from the container or fill up your container with cold water. If you are looking at saving money and reducing waste, pick up several containers, and label one for each person in the family. Let your kids decorate them to encourage regular usage and to make sure you get them back at the end of the day!
My choice of drinks: Rehydrate Drink has a 1:1 ratio of sodium and potassium, two of the most vital electrolytes that are lost when we sweat.provides the necessary nutrients to maintain proper metabolism and delay the onset of fatigue.
- Helps the body stay hydrated during physical activity or during low hydration
- Provides a full spectrum of crucial electrolytes for improved electrolyte balance
- Includes amino acids to help feed your muscles
- Helps prevent cramping during and after exercise
- Allows for immediate and sustained energy with Sequential Carbs
- Facilitates hydration in conjunction with plenty of water
- On-the-go portable and convenient pouch for everyone
- Great for option for your kids and knowing that you are giving them good quality ingredients.
- Quick on the go meals and snacks
balanced high – grade meal replacement shake that I have found that actually tastes good and digests well.
Kim Howard, Independant Advocare distributor 314-323-9183
The great thing about being a trainer is you get tons of recipes to try. Often times, the recipes do not taste well or they are not really that much healthier than store bought. Christina E. gave me this one to try when I have an extra hour or so in the kitchen. While my Raw Advocare bars are my quick go-to most of the time, yet I love all the ingredients in this one.
Date-Berry Energy Bar 1/3 c dark chocolate cocoa powder 1 ½ c pitted dates 1/3 c ground flax seed 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ c unsalted almonds ½ c unsalted walnuts 1 tsp. vanilla extract ½ c goji berries, cherries 1-2 tablespoon coconut oil Put your pitted dates in the food processor and puree until they’re smooth. Add coconut oil, cocoa powder, cinnamon, flax seed, and vanilla. Pulse a few times until they’re combined. Add almonds and walnuts and pulse again. Depending on how fine you want the texture of the nuts, be careful not to pulse too many times. Stir in dried berries. Transfer the date mixture to a pan lined with wax paper. Press the mixture down with a large wooden spoon until they’re about half an inch thick. Cover with Saran wrap and chill in refrigerator until they’re hard (at least an hour or so). Cut into squares.