Caribbean Tuna Cakes

I have to confess, I am not a big fan of canned tuna.  I enjoy fresh tuna, but the canned variety has never really caught on for me.  Perhaps it was because I was using the canned variety that looked more like cat food.  Recently, I found albacore tuna packed in water that has a milder taste.  When I rediscovered this recipe, with the jerk flavor, I had to retry it.  This is my new favorite lunch, because eaten cold or rewarmed, these are wonderful for several days.  Pair with a Napa cabbage slaw (thinly sliced Napa cabbage, drizzled with lime juice, jerk seasoning and vinegar) and you have a meal!!

Caribbean Tuna Cakes

1 small red onion

1 small green pepper, diced

1/4 cup mayo (olive oil based)

1 1/3 cups whole wheat panko bread crumbs

2 tbsp. Jamaican Jerk Rub

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cans chunk light tuna (albacore in water), drained

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided

fresh lime or lime juice

 

Finely chop onion and bell pepper.  Combine mayonnaise, 1 cup of bread crumbs and jerk rub in small bowl.  Add onion, bell pepper, beans, and tuna to same bowl.  Mix to combine.  Place remaining bread crumbs on plate.  Using hands, form small patties, approx. 1/2 inch thick, with tuna mixture and pack firmly.  Press gently in to bread crumbs to lightly coat outside of each patty.  Mixture will fall apart very easily if pressed or pushed into crumbs, so use caution.  Turn cake over to lightly coat other side.  Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in pan on stove over medium heat.  Add 1/2 tuna cakes ; cook 2-3 minutes until golden brown, turning once.  Heat remaining oil in pan and repeat with remaining cakes.  Serve warm with lime slices and a extra dash of jerk seasoning on top.

Yield: Approx. 12 cakes

recipe by: Pampered Chef 29 Minutes to Dinner, modified by eatlivefit.net

 

What happens when you reduce sugar in your child’s diet for 9 DAYS…

Kids and sugar intake

If this happens in a child’s body..just imagine what significant and quick results occur in your body!  The recommended daily sugar intake for adults is 9 tsps. for men and 6 tsps. for women.

 

 

Here is a quick repost of a clean recipe for “Cream of Something Soup”…probably in a recipe on your Thanksgiving table.

No more canned Cream Of Something Soup!

 

Thank you for your continued interest in nutrition and my advice.  I appreciate each and every one of you.

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Eggs – Demystifying Labels

Eggs varieties seem to be taking over the dairy isle these days, have you noticed?  Let’s not even go there with the entire row of frozen pizza options!  Here is a little help with the mystery of labels on eggs these days, and the added cost. Use these to make the best choice for your family and yourself.

 

Cage-Free

This label means that the hens live in large barns.  They don’t have outdoor access, and they get about 1.5 sq. ft. of space each typically.  Not idea for moving about much, but better than the extremely confined corners of a cage.  They can move more and socialize, which makes for happier, healthy ladies!

Free-Range

The hens are often housed in barns, and have limited access to outdoor areas.  These outdoor spaces are required to be at least 2 sq. ft. per hen and have the added bonus of vegetation.  More plants to nosh on means more nutrients for the hens which translates into more nutrients in the eggs.  No guarantee that every hen eats the plants, so a slight toss up on the added benefits in each egg.

Pasture-Raised

These chickens are required to get a minimum of 108 sq. ft. of outdoor space in addition to indoor space for resting and roosting.  The more natural environment results in less stress for the hens and more room to move about and do what they do.  Some studies have even shown these eggs to contain more nutrients and Omega 3s than non-pasture-raised hens.

 

 

 

Warm Peaches

As we wind down the last week of Palisade Peaches in Colorado,  I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to enjoy a slightly unripe peach.  By all means enjoy the ripe peaches straight out of the bag or box.  However, if you happen to get one that is not quite juicy enough or you are hankering for a different way to enjoy them, try this recipe.

Warm Peaches

Slice peach with skin on into a microwave safe bowl.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and fresh nutmeg.  Heat in microwave on high for 30 seconds, just long enough to warm them and bring out the sweetness.  Enjoy plain or with 1 TBSP plain yogurt or a 1/2 cup milk.

recipe by: eatlivefit.net shared by family friend

 

Goat Cheese and Date Salad

Freshly back from vacation and excited to share a new salad I discovered at Mod Market, a local fresh food eatery.  This is a great side dish or main dish with a twist.

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Goat Cheese and Date Salad

4 cups fresh greens (mix of kale, spinach, green and red lettuce)

1 cup dates, pitted and sliced

1/2 cup goat cheese crumbles

1 cup pecan pieces

1 red onion, sliced thinly (optional)

2 cups fingerling potatoes*, cooked, sliced and chilled

Olive Oil

Herbed Balsamic Vinegar (or any flavored vinegar)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic Vinegar and chill until ready to serve.  Serving size 2 handfuls.

* cooking potatoes: place fingerling potatoes in 2 cups of boiling water with a pinch of sea salt.  Boil gently until soft and cooked through.  Rinse with cold water in strainer and chill until cool to the touch.  Slice and top with sea salt and pepper.

 

100+ oz. a day!!!

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Thought this little diagram would bring this message home.  Why in the world should you drink 100+ oz. of water a day?  So many reasons, so go grab a glass of water and read on….

1. It keeps your body functioning the way it should. Our bodies are composed of about 60% water – over HALF of your body weight. Essential bodily functions such as digestion, circulation, absorption of nutrients, and the maintenance of body temperature are all affected by your hydration level. Without the proper intake, your body has to determine which function to perform poorly. Don’t make your body choose.

2. Water keeps your muscles from fatiguing too quickly. Your muscles are made up of millions of cells, which when deprived, can result in performance loss and electrolyte imbalance. We eat for the training we do so why not hydrate for it as well? Hydrating while working up a sweat will keep you in the game for longer and with more strength.

3. Water improves elasticity EVERYWHERE. That’s right! In case you didn’t catch that, improved elasticity all over your body. If you want your skin to look supple and bright, drink more water. Dehydration causes your skin to look dry and wrinkled – WHO WANTS THAT?! Not us. Drink up and you will start to look fresh.

4. Water keeps things…..moving down there. It keeps your kidneys and gastrointestinal tract functioning as they should. These organs are critical to our health and when they aren’t given the proper amounts of fiber and hydration, they start to shut down. You’ve heard of kidney stones and constipation. Yeah. Although nothing will trump your genetics (some people are just prone to digestion issues, no matter their H2O intake), drinking enough water will definitely lower your risk for both.

5. The BEST reason to drink water?! It aids in fat loss. It’s not new news that drinking enough water keeps us full and satisfied between meals. When you THINK you’re hungry, you might actually be dehydrated. Drink a glass of water to find out. If you are still hungry after those 8oz of clear goodness, then go for the snack. I find I’m almost ALWAYS thirsty when my belly says time for something sweet. Your body knows best but our brains trick us into thinking we should eat more.

Cheers to peeing clear all day!

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Banana Bread Nut Ball Snack

Brought these to class last week to share after our workout.  Many of you asked for the recipe.  Easy snack that tastes like banana bread.  Gluten and dairy free.

 

Banana Bread Nut Ball Snack

Ingredients:

3 large dates, pitted

3/4 cup walnuts

1 Tbsp. nut butter of your choice (peanut, almond, sunflower, etc.)

2 Tbsp. coconut flour

1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder or extract

1 VERY ripe banana

Optional – cacao or cocoa powder or dried unsweetened coconut flakes (to roll at end)

 

Directions:

Pop all ingredients in a food processor and combine until a dough forms.  If too sticky, add a tsp of water or almond milk to soften into dough.  The mixture should not be so dry that it crumbles when you try to roll into small ball sizes.  However, not so wet that if is too sticky to form into ball shape, if so, add a tsp more flour.

Use a tsp to measure out small balls of dough. Using hands, roll each into a small ball shape.  Optional and recommended, roll each ball in coconut flakes or powder to add flavor and keep them from sticking to each other.

Place in freezer in small container to harden up completely, aprox. 30 minutes.  Store in air tight container in refrigerator until ready to eat.  Will stay fresh up to 2 weeks.

These are great for bike ride snacks.  If planning to take them along, keep them in the freezer rather than moving to fridge.  Pack them in plastic bag and they will be cool when ready to eat.

Serving size: 2 balls

recipe by: that sugar film modified by eatlivefit.net

 

Clementine Wild Rice Salad

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Consistency is what I encourage!  You will not completely undo nor redo your life in one day and the same is true for eating healthier.  Pick the path and make your long term goal and then go for it one day at a time.  New habits take time to develop and stick, so treat every day as a new day to make good choices.  I can certainly create a lot of damage in 15 minutes of eating poorly, but I move on the next day and make good choices to get back on track with healthy eating habits.  Even if it is not the popular or common choice of the people surrounding me, I can only control what goes in MY body.  I won’t let some one else’s choice to indulge become my choice.  I will be in control my choices, even if they are not the same ones my friends or family choose.  This is my body and my choice.  Master the day.

This is on my plate for lunch today.  Clemetines are one of my favorite snacks, but why not in a salad. Easy, make ahead directions too.  Make it for lunches next week!

Clementine-Wild Rice Salad

12 clementines, peeled and sectioned
1 6-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 bunches green onions, sliced thin
2 cups cooked wild rice, chilled
1 cup mint leaves (optional)
1 cup cilantro or Italian parsley leaves (optional)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup mayonnaise, or to taste (optional)
3 cups shredded Chinese cabbage, chopped romaine lettuce or baby spinach leaves (or a combination)

Combine all ingredients except the greens and mix thoroughly. Toss with the greens and serve.

6-8 servings

Note: To make ahead, combine everything but the greens and chill. Toss in the greens at the last minute.

New Year, New Side Dish

My neighbor served these at a party this month and I learned she obtained the recipe from a chef in Steamboat Springs.  So easy and they were a hit with our family.  From my table to yours….

Roasted Chickpeas

1 can chickpeas, rinsed & patted dry (really important)
1 T olive oil
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp rosemary
Heat olive oil in saucepan and add chickpeas.  Saute over medium heat for about 3 – 4 minutes.  Add spices & salt and heat another 3 – 4 minutes until  heated through.
Enjoy!

Happy New Year’s Eve Everyone!

Black Rice, Salmon , and Mango Salad

Anytime I can make dinner without turning on the oven and with little effort, I’m in!  This recipe was shared with me by a friend as a easy weeknight dish.  Enjoy.

Black Rice, Spinach, Salmon, and Mango Salad

Ingredients

1½ cups black rice
Cooking spray
1 (8-ounce) salmon fillet (about ½ inch thick)
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
2½ tablespoons canola oil
3 cups diced peeled mango (about 2 medium)
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
½ cup thinly sliced green onions
½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach

Rinse rice, and drain well . Cook rice in boiling water 35 minutes or until al dente; drain. Cool. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add salmon; cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of done¬ness. Cool; break into bite-sized pieces. Combine juice and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add oil to juice mixture, stirring constantly. Add rice, mango, tomatoes, onions, pepper, and spinach; toss gently. Place 1 cup rice mixture in each of 6 bowls; top each with 1 ounce salmon.

What’s for dinner at your house tonight?  Share your easy summer recipe.

courtesy of keyingredient.com/recipes shared by J. E.