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Honey Mustard Dressing, simple & homemade

I hardly ever buy dressings for my salad these days, it is SO SIMPLE to make your own! Here is my simple recipe for a favorite: Honey Mustard! Check your cupboards, you will be surprised that you have most of the ingredients already on hand if not all of them! 

Ingredients:  1 tbs Oil (varies: almond oil, olive oil, canola oil, clear oils), 2 tbs vinegar (rice or white), 1 tbs lemon juice, 1 tsp honey, 1 tbs spicy mustard. 

2014-09-12 12.32.50Add ingredients except mustard & honey into a small cup that comes with your ninja or blender. I have used a small cusineart food processor too. Once blended then add the
remaining two ingredients and TASTE. I say taste because everyone has a different level of sweetness that they like to their salad dressing. If you’d like it more sweet then add a little honey, if you want more of a mustard taste, add more mustard. I also add in a little salt/pepper to taste. Here is what I use, took picture right before adding in honey & mustard. REMEMBER: 1 serving is 2tbs drizzled on top of your salad or you can use this for a condiment for fries, a burger or sandwiches in place of MAYO.

Store in a small covered container in your fridge for 6-7 days and replenish as needed.

Enjoy and let me know how your salad dressing turns out!

cheers to good health, Jenn

Foodie Tip of the Week: Poached Eggs how to get it perfect every time

This is a food tip that I just discovered today and had to share with you. Have you ever tried to make poached eggs, only to have the egg whites floating everywhere and chasing them with a spoon to scoop them up? Yeah and then afterwards all the WORK that went into that process you remember and when you want a poached egg it just seems like so much work for one little egg on your plate. 

Here’s a tool most people have in their kitchens that will help you make poaching eggs a BREEZE….the handled strainer! Yes! So total genius, you need to get a big enough pan (as you can see in this picture below, I used a wok type pan) and boil your water. Once it is boiling you simply put the strainer in the pan and crack the egg into the strainer. 

photo 1After 8 mins I removed the egg with a spoon and plated it up with the sauteed zucchini that you see pictured. Now, I dont know about you but I believe that when you have a poached egg you need to eat toast with it to “soak up” the liquid egg yolk. It gets a little messy but oh so good! Here’s my plated breakfast today and I am happy to report that I will be now making poached egg sandwiches more often knowing this handy trick! Enjoy!

photo 2 (1)What are your favorite sides to eat with eggs? Comment below, I’d love to know how you plate up a healthy breakfast!

 

Food Feature Friday & BumBum Challenge

Food Feature today is NACHOS. One does not think healthy thoughts when you mention nachos but I’m here to tell you that with some thought and not much planning you can create a healthier version.  This is real challenges for real moms out there….and today this is exactly what happened at my house…I whipped up pan nachos for my entire family which was a lunch win win!

Ta Da! Here’s today’s plate of goodness…my plate with healthy side options              with nachos taking up least amount of space.

jennvfitness.nachosimageWhat makes it healthy? Adding in vegetables, beans and using low fat cheese or opting for no cheese at all. Here’s my TOP TEN list of toppings for Nachos, pick &choose!

  • Corn
  • Black Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chopped Zucchini
  • Carrot Matchsticks
  • Olives
  • Edamame
  • Refried Beans
  • Ground Turkey

Of course, to round out your meal condiments and sides can really fill your plate as I did today: tomato salsa, corn salsa, pineapple salsa, chopped lettuce, low fat sour cream, brown rice and quinoa.

Part TWO of today’s post is a reminder that time is running out to join my BUM BUM Challenge starting on 8/25/14.jennvfitness.bumbumchalenge.aug25

This fun and effective bootylicious program is now discounted and so I’m looking for       4-5 peeps who want to commit and sculpt their lower body! Click to check it out: Brazil Butt Lift Video and you can connect with me directly so I can get you all the details    and ready to set yourself up for SUCCESS. 

BONUS: No need to wait to get the program, check out this easy and fun move from the program you can do today: Leandro on You Tube

 

My Top 3 Recipes for Shakeology!

Do you have any friends you consider to eat HEALTHY or that you know follow a healthy eating lifestyle? Have you ever paid close attention that they generally tend to eat a lot of the SAME foods? Well, the same can be said when it comes to smoothies. I do love to switch up and experiment with my meals, but the main ingredients tend to stay the same: lean protein, no dairy, lower carbs and lots of vegetables & fruits.

One of my friends asked me over the weekend, what are your TOP 3 recipes for shakeology so I thought others might be interested to know too.

Recipe #1 PB & Banana 

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Recipe #2 Snickerdoodle

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Recipe #3 Strawberry Pina Colada

shakeology.strawberrypinacoladaI always have to have an “On The Go” option for my favorite shakes—it is the BEST way I’ve found that I can refuel quickly after working out away from home. It is also a good choice for me to substitute as a meal if I have an early evening class, but do not have time to eat before—no one likes to do cardio on a full stomach so having a liquid meal can give you energy and digests quicker so you don’t feel bloated. Finally, as a busy mom I look forward to my daily treat of shakeology—my family indulges in ice cream and me I blend up my own and serve in a fancy glass even to make it feel THAT more special!

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What recipes do you favor for smoothies/shakes? What meal do you usually substitute a shake?

 

 

Protein Balls–My Favorite Recipe

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My number one recipe that I get asked most often is how to make PROTEIN BALLS. I love having these ready in my freezer so I can have a healthy snack to grab & go at any time. Here is how I do it and know that you can do your own version, add extra ingredients like chia seeds, flax seeds or any kind of nuts & dried fruit.

 

 

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My Recipe: 1 CUP Honey, 1 CUP Peanut Butter (or any nut butter), 2-3 scoops Chocolate Protein Powder, 1/4 cup each: chopped walnuts & dried cranberries, 2-3 CUPs Oats.

 

Variations: slivered almonds, chopped pecans, chia seeds, flax seeds, dried apricot, raisins, dates, dried blueberries or cherries.

Prep: Get out a Cookie Sheet & line it with wax paper or parchment.

Directions: Heat Honey and Peanut Butter on stove in large sauce pan on low, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and add in first nuts & dried fruit. Start to add 1 cup of oats to mixture at time stirring in until you get the right consistency. I spray my hand with olive oil and then I use a tablespoon to scoop out “dough” to roll  into balls and place on cookie sheet. When you are finished place cookie sheet in fridge for at least 1 hour to set. I like to use snack bags, and put 3-4 balls in each bag and store in freezer. 

Great for pre or post workout fuel–enjoy &comment below to let me know how yours turn out when you make them! Share with all your friends so they can enjoy healthy treats too.

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