Super Side Dish – Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters

recipe by eatlivefit.net

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded zucchini

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

dash of salt and pepper

1 tsp coconut oil, or flavored oils

Directions:

Add olive oil to deep skillet and heat on medium to high heat.  Meanwhile drain shredded zucchini in a strainer (think pressing into a spaghetti strainer here) and then wipe dry on paper towels.  The more moisture you can remove, the better your fritters will bind together and cook.  Next add shredded zucchini and remaining ingredients in a small bowl.  Toss to blend.

To cook, place in 2 tsp portions in pan and brown lightly on both sides.  Using a spatula, turn occasionally to cook thoroughly.  Serve warm.

My take on AHA’s recommended “healthy” fats…

Recently the American Heart Association released it’s updated recommendations for keeping your heart healthy.  Part of the new release reviewed eating habits and more specifically recommended oils to use in a daily diet to prevent cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.  I had to chime in when I reviewed their findings.  As a nutrition guru, several red flags popped up:

  1. Heart disease is a complicated illness.  Inflammation in the body causes increases in cholesterol and other complications leading to the disease.  Genetics play a role as well.  Diet can help reduce inflammation, but it is not the overall solution or culprit.  Read more about it here.
  2. Saturated Fats are not all equal.  The new recommendations vilify Coconut Oil but fail to tout the benefits of this saturated fat in comparison with other saturated fats.  Let’s dive deeper.  Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid.  It is also a saturated fat.  What does that mean, in a nut shell, your body processes it differently.  Coconut oil has proven to raise both HDL and LDL levels in the body.  Thus keeping the ratio of good to poor cholesterol the same.  Lab studies also prove it is less likely to be stored as fatty acids in the body, thus aiding in weight reduction.  Coconut oil contains high amounts of lauric acid, boosting antibacterial properties to aid your immune system.  It helps regulate blood sugar levels and helps your body build strong teeth and bones.
  3. The list of approved oils the AHA are questionable.  They recommend Canola oil, vegetable oil, olive oil and others.  I agree with the Olive Oil, it is a wonderful oil to use in dressings and low heat cooking.  The others use sparingly because they are cheap and used widely in commercially processed foods, restaurant foods, and are most likely from sources of GMO foods.  In other words, we get too much of them already in our diets, so be aware.  It does make you wonder what big industries have an financial influence on the American Heart Association.

When it comes down to it, our bodies are all different.  We have to be our own advocates for our individual health because of these differences.  Do some research into the saturated fats, look deeper than Google and decide for yourself.  I am here to help at eatlivefit.net.

Dinner Tonight: Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Cauliflower Rice

Love the simplicity of this dish not to mention the taste!! It’s on my table tonight for dinner.

Yep, Cauliflower rice is the “new” rice.  No need to add a cheesy sauce to cauliflower any longer, just substitute it in for rice in your favorite dishes.

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Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Cauliflower Rice:

recipe by: cleanfoodcrush.com modified by eatlivefit.net

Ingredients:
Makes about 3 servings

  • 1 lb. shrimp
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil, or olive oil + an extra tsp.
  • 1 head cauliflower, grated (can buy this already prepped for you in most stores now)
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 3 cups fresh chopped kale

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp. of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Once hot, add the shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and set aside on a plate.
  3. In the same skillet and a drizzle of olive oil, garlic, kale and sauté until softened. Add the cauliflower rice, chili flakes and season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir fry for about 5 minutes, then add the shrimp back to the pan and cook for about 1-2 minutes until reheated.
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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.

30 Minute Taco Soup

With all the warm weather lately, I have been more inclined to grille our dinners than make something indoors.  For a change of pace on a cooler night, I tried this recipe out on the “fam.”  It went over well with everyone.  Try it out. Quick and tasty.  For those crockpot lovers out there, I do think you could add it all at once and simmer on low heat all day (8+ hrs.)  I would just add 3/4 cup water or stock to keep the liquid content balanced.

30 minute Taco Soup

 

Recipe by: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen modified by eatlivefit.net

 

Ingredients:

 

1 ½ lb. ground beef
1 15 oz. can stewed tomatoes
1 onion diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 green pepper, diced
1 medium zucchini, diced

1 can black beans

Taco Seasoning:

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp garlic granules or powder

½ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp fine Himalayan Sea Salt

1 tsp black pepper, fresh ground

 

Toppings: (optional)

 

Shredded Cheese
Avocado
Scallions
White Onion
Diced Tomatoes
Shredded lettuce
Jalapeno

 

Instructions:

 

 

 

·         In Dutch oven, heat oil and sauté garlic 

 

·         Add in Diced onions and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often

 

·         Add in zucchini and green pepper.  Let cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring often

 

·         Add in ground beef and cook until brown

 

·         In a bowl, combine taco seasoning spices.  Add to soup mixture and simmer until combined.  May need more liquid, so add 1/2 cup water or stock to soup.

 

Weekly Motivation #4 Cheers to Health

As we near the end of January, I wanted to touch on a topic that is controversial, digestive system detox.  There are a lot of varying opinions out there about if, when, and how to cleanse your liver and digestive system.  I have never been a fan of long term detoxifications because they are very restrictive and often harmful.  Instead, I recommend one day of sipping a simple clean juice.  Nurse it all day long by just sipping it, do not drink it straight down.  Cheers to your health!

  • 2 slices of green apple (peal included)
  • 2 oz. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 8 oz. water
  • pinch cinnamon
  • lemon juice (optional

mix together in glass and sip all day.