- 1lb ground chicken
- 2 chopped scallions
- 1 c shredded cheese ( I use parmesan for a little bite)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 avocado cubed
- 1 cup cooked corn
- 1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 lime juice
- salt and pepper
Throughout my pregnancy I’ve noticed significant changes in my food aversions. During this third trimester I find that I can’t look at red meat and I’m eating more fruit than ever! I still need to eat chicken, beans and turkey for protein and iron so when I found this recipe to smother them in fruit I was ecstatic!
Below is the original recipe and a second version I altered for fish.
Original Recipe: Great for tacos, chicken and protein bowls. This version is Paleo, Vegan, Whole30 and low carb
Recipe for fish:
Recently I’ve been diverting back to my vegetarian ways. As someone that doesn’t like salads I’m left with veggie burgers, yogurt, nuts and fruit. Buddha bowls allow me to mix in a variety of ingredients and feel satiated without adding animal protein.
Here is my buddha bowl blueprint: I pick one or two items from each category
Dessert without feeling guilty!
Being a Taco lover is I made it a mission to find some healthier recipes. Restaurant tacos are exploding with sodium and often enveloped in fried tortillas. Using fresh ingredients to eliminate the sodium was easy but finding a substitute for that oily, crunchy shell not so much! Here is a list of my shell alternatives, ingredient upgrades and tips!
Après has been a lifesaving gem I found online about a year ago. Having numerous food sensitives and being unable to consume enough protein in my diet to gain muscle has always been a challenge. I use these drinks as breakfast when I’m in a rush, as post workout recovery drinks and occasionally as dinner if I got home late and don’t want to eat a full meal before bedtime. (These are my personal methods not dietary recommendations. For that you should consult your health care provider)
I have been recommending Après to my patients since I’ve tried them. With 4 flavors and a world of nutritional benefits in my opinion there is no downside to these drinks.
Let’s talk about the ingredients. Full list in order of content (Mint Cacao flavor-because it’s my favorite and it’s sitting on my desk right now): Filtered water, organic coconut water, plant protein blend (pea, chia, cacao, hemp), organic virgin coconut oil, natural flavors, organic coconut sugar, organic cocoa powder, organic sunflower lecithin, electrolyte blend (potassium phosphate, sea salt) organic Madagascar vanilla extract, organic monk fruit extract and gellan gum.
**Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free**
Organic coconut water and virgin coconut oil are packed with metabolic fats. You’re probably thinking oil is a fat. Not all fats are the same! This form of fat categorized as medium-chain triglyceride (MCT). There are numerous benefits of adding MCT’s to your diet I outlined a few here:
Next Ingredient: Cacao powder
Cacao has 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Yes, you read that correctly 40 times!! There is a scale called an ORAC score that measures the ability of an antioxidant to absorb free radicals (toxins that come from pollution and our environment) which can lead to disease such as cancer. Cacao has a score of 98,000 per 100g where blueberries have a score of 2,400.
Cacao also has the highest plant-based source of iron, at 7.3mg per 100g. For comparison, beef and has about 2.5mg per 100g and spinach at 3.6mg per 100g. It also has one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium. Magnesium helps turn glucose to energy and is a heart healthy mineral. It also happens to be the most deficient mineral in the Western world. It’s also high in calcium and a natural mood elevator.
The last ingredient I’m going to review is Plant protein. People that eat a diet that is rich in plant proteins tend to have lower risk of heart disease, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, lower body weight, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure levels, lower risk of stroke and cancer. This of course would only benefit you if you use Après as a substitute for an animal protein for one or more meals a day. For example, instead of having a chicken salad you could have an Après drink and green vegetable salad instead.
As a workout recovery drink Après not only replenishes your energy with its MCT’s but with electrolytes. Hydration is an often-misunderstood term. Hydration is the ability to absorb water not just drinking water as it’s often misused. You are not hydrated if you drink water, you are hydrated when your body absorbs it. To absorb, use and maintain body water you need electrolytes to maintain the balance on a cellular level. Sodium maintains fluid balance, potassium prevents cramping, calcium regulates muscle contractions and heart rhythm, magnesium relaxes the muscles and bicarbonates delay fatigue and enhance endurance. Après contains all these key ingredients.
In addition to the electrolytes mentioned Après also contains 2g of fiber, only 14g of carbs, vitamin C, 25% of daily value of Iron and phosphorus.
Why do I love the taste of Après?
All the Après drink have a smooth velvety texture. They’re not watery or so thick you can’t swallow them. No chunks! You cannot taste the protein. In other drinks I’ve tried I felt like I was drinking liquid chalk (gross). I also like that they’re cold which is great when you know you must eat something but you’re feeling a little under the weather. Your stomach tolerates cold drinks much easier. Some people get nauseous after they work out and cold fluid is all they can get down. Water is great but doesn’t replenish your electrolytes and sports drinks have so much sugar they can make your nausea worse or cause a sugar spike that’s followed by a plummet.
Après has 4 flavors: Sea Salt Chocolate, Mint Cacao, Vanilla and Cold Brew Coffee. My personal favorite is Mint Cacao which has a very slight Mint taste. They are all Non-GMO, vegan and gluten free. They taste best shaken and chilled in the refrigerator or over ice. I have mixed them with crushed ice in a blender before and partially frozen as my version of ice cream. You can take the dairy away from the girl but no the ice cream craving! You can purchase Après online here .
I have been selling this product in my office as mentioned before for my clients. However, we can’t stack large cases, so we suggest ordering online if you fall in love with them like I did.
Lastly, this post was not sponsored by Après. This is my personal and medical professional opinion on the product. You should always consult with your own medical provider regarding your diet.
Sweet Potato Toast is healthy breakfast or snack that’s also gluten free, vegan, paleo and whole30.
Tip: When buying the sweet potatoes try to pick large round ones. They’re easier to use and slice.
Tip: You can pre slice the potatoes and keep them in a ziploc bag in your refrigerator. They can last up to one week!