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HEALTHY + SIMPLE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE RECIPE

It’s the season of pumpkin everything and one of the most popular pumpkin items is… the Pumpkin Spice Latte. We all know Starbucks has their amazing version but with 50 grams of sugar in a grande size, a lot of us look to homemade, healthier versions ((bonus – your bank account will appreciate it too))

I’ve always shared that I did not like coffee. I felt like I was 1 of 10 women out there who fall into that category. I still can’t take pre-workout supplements but I crave a little caffeine. I was on a McDonald’s Diet Coke kick (I still love that but it’s an “enjoy on occasion” type of thing). I tried coffee out for the first time as a more natural energy boost! To my surprise… I loved it.

I’ve been trying all sorts of concoctions to make a yummy drink. Just as always though, it’s got to be simple and tasty.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup dark coffee

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (from the can)

1 + 1/2 tbsp canned pumpkin

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until well mixed.

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HEALTHY CREAMY SALSA DIP RECIPE

I’m seriously kicking myself for not thinking of this guilt-free, delicious snack sooner. At only 5 ingredients and all of 3 minutes to prep, it’s something everyone can make!

So, I love the football/fall season we are in but not because of the sport or cooler weather haha. I enjoy the atmosphere it creates in the home on Sunday.

I’s relaxed. There’s chili cooking on the stove. I’m cuddled under a blanket surrounded by my family. Football is on the television. I’m not watching but likely perusing Instagram or filling my online shopping cart with items I’ll probably never purchase haha. And, there are delicious snack sprawled across the table.

I’m all about eating treats on occasion and enjoying that healthy balance. BUT, I’ve also found there are a lot of ways I can enjoy snacks that are still healthy. This is one of them! Seriously, I think I’m making this for every party I host. I hope you and all your guests enjoy it as much as my friends and family have!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup salsa

1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients

2. Refrigerate for 1 hour so the flavors blend. Serve with tortilla chips or vegetables.

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Oldies But Goodies Round Up: 4 Best Fall Healthy Recipes

Fall is making it’s way near so I’m sharing the best healthy recipes for the coming season. From the crockpot to warm cookies, there is just something about these meals that makes me want cooler temps. Although, I live in Texas where fall means we go from 100 and humid to 80 something and a lower dew point. 

I got a manicure today and picked out a deep red (by the way- I reviewed my dip manicure exerience HERE). I was flipping through the Pier 1 magazine during my appointment, oohing and ahhing over their fall decor. They had a generous coupon code offer, so I ordered a fall wreath. Okay, I’m totally going off on a tangent haha.

Anyway… as I was walking to my car, I started getting sweaty and couldn’t help but giggle at how my fall mindset way was ahead of the Texas weather. 90 degrees or not, I’m still all about fall.

Does anyone else get ridiculously excited about changing seasons?! I will forever be a Wisconsin girl at heart, so I’m all about the 4 season life. I’m rounding up the best healthy recipes I have for the fall season.

PS – this is the new series I started last week: oldies but goodies. It’s a round up of past posts that have been the most popular. I bring them back as a fun reminder or maybe you missed it the first time around, so they will be “new old” like the clothing you find at the back of your closet lol.

PPS – speaking of fall, the fall challenge is launching on MONDAY! I am so excited and can’t wait for you all to see what I’ve been working so hard on!

1. THE VERY BEST CROCKPOT CHILI

This is hands down the best chili recipe. Everyone has their own chili recipe they’re most proud of and this is mine. I was thrilled when so many of you said it was the best you’ve ever had too! Use ground beef or ground turkey – whatever you prefer!

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2. CHOCOLATE CHUNK OATMEAL BARS

When health and a cookie collide, there’s nothing better. I love eating these slightly warm and if I’m making them for my husband, I double up on the chocolate chunks. He looks like a child as he eats them with chocolate all over his face and hands but they’re that good.

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3. GRAB & GO CHICKEN PARMESAN SANDWICH

This is another warm and delicious recipe for fall. I would suggest making this if you’re someone who eats lunch at school or at the office. It actually tastes just as good when reheated.

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4. HEALTHIER BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP

Okay, this one is a must this fall especially for football season. I use the term “healthier” because it’s a lighter snack and you. will. go. crazy. for this! You won’t even care if your team loses haha.

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I hope you enjoyed these fall recipes and are able to make them for yourself very soon! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

On Monday, I’m launching the FALL

SUPER SIMPLE GREEK CHICKEN DINNER RECIPE

Lunch… dinner… whenever… this incredibly easy to make recipe is one of those staples I’m sure you’ll find yourself making again and again simply because of the quick prep.

I don’t know about you but lately, I just feel like I have less and less time in a day. I have a major beef with the work “busy” because I know that we make time for what is important to us. I guess I just feel that cooking / meal prep isn’t finding its place on my priority list as of late.

I want to make it more habitual but I’m not going to lie… I’m struggling a bit with that. One thing I know that has helped me in the past during times like this is finding recipes that are satisfying yet don’t require much effort on my part. This is one of those types of meals.

simple and easy greek chicken dinner healthy recipe by lauren Gleisberg

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 1/2 tsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp lemon pepper

3 tbsp olive oil, divided

1 tbsp lemon juice

4 thin chicken breasts

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup green or black olives, roughly chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a small bowl, combine oregano, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and lemon pepper with 2 tbsp olive oil

2. Place chicken in a large, resealable plastic bag and pour above mixture over the chicken.

3. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

5. Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade

6. Cook chicken breasts for 5 mins. Flip and grill for 2 more or until the chicken registers 165 with a meat thermometer.

7. Toss tomatoes and olives with remaining olive oil in a small bowl; spoon mixture over grilled chicken breasts.

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PESTO CHICKEN BAKE RECIPE

 

This recipe is for the nights when you want to throw a few ingredients together, pop it in the oven and enjoy. I always talk about my nutrition approach as being simple and delicious… this recipe so perfectly embodies that. Plus, anything with pesto is an automatic win in my food book!

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INGREDIENTS:

 

4 medium chicken breasts

1/2 cup store-bought pesto

1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped

1 large tomato, roughly chopped

1 can canned artichoke hearts, roughly chopped

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350

Place chicken in a medium baking pan and divide pesto between the breasts

Top with spinach, tomato, artichoke hearts and mozarella

Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 mins

Remove foil and cook until the cheese is browned and chicken registers 165 with a meat thermometer

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Spinach, Feta & Sun Dried Tomato Burger Recipe

 

Summer… the season of burgers. I don’t want it to end! If I just keep posting summer/burger recipes maybe we can pretend it will never end?!

Burgers on the grill are a go-to meal in my home because they’re quick, easy and always seem to satisfy. I’m normally a traditional burger with extra sharp cheddar cheese on top but I’m always up for a switch up. 

I created this Greek style burger the other night and you always know when a recipe is good when the husband gives his approval. He’s normally pretty plain Jane with his meal preferences, but he loved this twist. I actually prefer just the burger (no bun) and a side of sweet potato fries.

If you’re a burger type of gal, you have to give the one a try! 

INGREDIENTS:

 

1 large egg

1 lb. lean ground beef or ground turkey

1/2 cup thinly sliced baby spinach

1.3 cup chopped sundried tomatoes, packed in oil

1/4 cup crumbled feta

1/2 tsp dried basil (optional)

1/2 tsp dried oregano (optional)

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp olive oil

4 hamburger buns (optional)

Condiments of your choice

INSTRUCTIONS:

Whisk the egg in a large bowl.

Knead in the meat, spinach, tomatoes, feta and spices.

Divide mixture into 4 patties and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm up.

Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until it shimmers.

Add patties to the pan and cook for ~5 mins; flip and cook another 5-7 mins or until they register 160 degrees with a meat thermometer.

Serve on buns (optional) with condiments.

NOTE: instead of hamburger buns, you may opt for Ezekiel/sprouted grain bread or lettuce as a “bun”

 

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PACK-ABLE ZOODLE MASON JAR SALAD RECIPE

 

Here is a packable option you can easily take with you on the go. Zoodles aka zucchini noodles remain a staple in my meals, especially during summer. They’re light and tasty and a lower-carb option as compared to pasta. Don’t get me wrong… I won’t be giving up pasta anytime soon but there’s something about the warmer weather that I actually enjoy zoodles more.

And, if I’m being totally honest… zoodles free up a carb serving for me so I can enjoy a little bit of a treat with this meal instead. Lately, I’ve been hooked on a small serving of Italian ice… it pairs well with this meal if you’re wondering haha. 

Back to this recipe… it’s a great option to eat outside of the home. The avocado style dressing is delicious. And, chilled zoodles are better than you think!

INGREDIENTS:

1 (5.3 oz) container plain Greek yogurt

1 avocado, halved and pitted

2 small scallions, roughly chopped, divided

2 tsp water

2 tsp lime juice

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken

1 medium tomato, diced

1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

1 spiralized zucchini

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place yogurt, avocado, 1 scallion, water, lime juice and salt in a blender. Process until smooth. If it’s too thick, add more lime juice or water.

Divide yogurt/avocado mixture between 2 mason jars. Layer remaining ingredients (chicken, tomato, beans and noodles on top of the dressing. 

Refrigerate until ready to serve; when reason, toss all ingredients in the dressing and enjoy.

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FROYO BITES HEALTHY RECIPE

You know how I feel about treats… we deserve them and they should be a regular part of our meal plan. In addition to simply indulging on occasion, it’s so easy to find ways to make treats that are healthy. 

If you’re not great at it… no worries! That’s what I’m here for!

The theme of this week’s Summer Meal Menus is SUMMER SWEET TREATS! I would say it’s already the most popular meal menu thus far… I mean I can obviously see why. I wanted to share a sweet treat on the blog as well for those of you who aren’t meal plan members to enjoy the sweetness of summer.

I really like these FroYo Bites because:

1) FroYo #EnoughSaid

2) I can sit and enjoy 3 for a serving of fat & carbs in addition to my meal 

3) when I’m craving something sweet, I just enjoy 1 at a time randomly throughout the day and these curb those cravings

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds

2 tbsp coconut sugar

2 tbsp room temp coconut oil

1/2 tsp sea salt

3/4 cup Greek yogurt

1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced

3 tbsp honey, divided

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix the almonds, sugar, coconut oil and sea salt together in a small bowl.

Divide between 6 muffin cups. Level with an offset spatula.

In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt with the strawberries and 2 tbsp of honey.

Dollop the yogurt mixture over the almond mixture in the muffin cups.

Drizzle with remaining honey.

Freeze for 4-6 hours or until hardened. 

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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie Bowl Healthy Recipe

I am a little late to the smoothie bowl party. For a long while, I saw all sorts of LG Sisters enjoying their smoothies in a bowl, but I didn’t think it way my style. Smoothies are my quick and easy go-to in the morning; I blend and then I enjoy it while getting ready or in the car… rarely do I sit down to eat my smoothie.

However, one of my 2017 resolutions (wow, remember setting New Years goals lol) was to be more intentional with meals: sit down, enjoy the meal not just rush through it.

Last week, I decided to try a smoothie bowl, sitting at the table and eating it with a spoon. I was surprised by how much I liked the switch up. Call me crazy but I swear it tastes different in a bowl haha. What do you think? Are you a fan of the smoothie bowl idea?! Either way, this one tastes great in a bowl of a cup!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

3/4 cup old-fashioned oats

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup ice

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Pour into 2 bowls and sprinkle with a few oats and blueberries. Enjoy with a spoon.

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HEALTHY MEXICAN STREET CORN RECIPE

At one of the recent summer BBQs I was at, they were serving “Mexican Street Corn.” I’ve never heard of that or eaten it prior to that party, but it looked delicious. And, I can’t ever resist corn on the cobb especially during summertime.

One bite in and I was hooked. I asked what was on it and the recipe wasn’t exactly something I would consider “healthy” (mostly just because of the mayo/cream sauce they used). Still, I knew it was something I could health up with some simple recipe substitutions. 

If you love corn on the cobb, you will go crazy for this simple side recipe! It’s truly so easy to make and on the grill it’s done in no time.

INGREDIENTS

4 ears fresh corn, shucked

2 tsp olive oil

2 tbsp plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

1 tsp paprika or chili powder

1 tsp Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 tbsp shredded parmesan

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Lime wedges/juice to taste (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Brush corn with oil.

Grill for 10 mins turning frequently.

When corn is charred in spots and cooked through, brush with yogurt. Season with paprika or chili powder, Fiesta Lime seasoning, salt and pepper. Top with parmesan.

Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges, if using.

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