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Easiest Zoodles and Meat Sauce

For someone who is always hungry, loves to eat food out of giant bowls and goes for massive portions – zoodles are your best friend. The carb-friendly version of noodles is so so so easy to make and the meat sauce is even easier.

Okay fine I may have cheated a little by using a jar of sauce but I really liked the Rao’s brand as the sugar content is low and the ingredients are on point. I just simply dressed it up with some meat, onions and mushrooms. For the zucchini noodles, my preference is using a hand spiralizer like this as it is so easy to clean. I used to own one of those massive spiralizers with all the different blade settings and probably only used it once because it was very difficult to clean  – ain’t nobody got time for that.

If zoodles aren’t your thing, this sauce goes great with anything – give it a try!

Easiest Zoodles and Meat Sauce
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 medium zucchinis
  2. 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  3. 2 cups white mushroom slices
  4. 1 small white onion
  5. 1 jar tomato sauce of choice (I prefer Rao's)
  6. 1 tbsp olive oil
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Hand-spiralize zucchinis and set aside.
  2. In saucepan heat olive oil.
  3. Add in onion. Once onion is soft add in mushrooms.
  4. Once mushrooms soften add in meat and cook until brown.
  5. When meat is browned, pour jar of tomato sauce into pan and bring to simmer.
  6. Simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  7. Serve over zoodles and enjoy!
Kale & Krunches http://kaleandkrunches.com/

Superfood Peppermint Cups

If you are reading this blog, you already know that I have a thing for green veggies. And not just kale – broccoli, brussel sprouts, romaine lettuce…I love it all. 

You may, however, be surprised to know that I also have a major sweet tooth. Chocolate bars, ice cream, carrot cake, candy…I love it all

I try and keep my meals healthy throughout the day by enjoying large salads or sides of steamed veggies but no day for me is complete without a little something sweet. Lately I’ve really been into peppermint chocolate and I’ve even been adding drops of peppermint extract into my chocolate protein smoothies. 

Since I need to have some dessert everyday to keep me sane, I am always looking for ways to re-create my favourite treats by putting a healthy spin on them. I’ve learned to swap out refined sugars and saturated fats for safer and leaner ingredients but this time I decided to take it one step further by also adding in a large dose of nutrients, and I found the perfect dessert to try this with.

I always found peppermint chocolate to be the best post-dinner flavour as it is refreshing and just sweet enough to satisfy my craving. Lately I’ve been wanting to experiment with making my own peppermint cups but sometimes having dessert lying around my home can be dangerous for me (aka won’t last more than 5 minutes). So, I figured if I fill them up with so many nutrients, I can at least feel good about eating them all in one sitting! 

When Genuine Health came out with their newly designed bottle of greens+ original, I knew I found the right secret ingredient to take my recipe from plain old peppermint cup to superfood-mint-chocolate-power-house. 

Greens+ original is a blend of 23 plant ingredients and because they don’t use any GMO ingredients, it is actually the only superfood on the market proven to give us the highest concentration of fruits and veggies. 

So what do all these phytonutrients do for us? They help with:

  • restoring balance in the body to a healthy PH level
  • increasing our energy
  • improving our mood
  • providing the body with antioxidants

Now even though you are getting a huge dose of greens with each bite,  I don’t recommend swapping out your dinner for dessert, however, adding the Genuine Health greens+ original to this recipe will help you meet your daily need of plant-based nutrients. If that isn’t enough to convince you to try them, I will have to add that they are also delicious! 

Superfood Peppermint Cups
Serves 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
For the filling
  1. 1 scoop Genuine Health greens+ original
  2. 1/2 cup cashews soaked overnight
  3. 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  4. 3 tablespoons honey or agave
  5. 3 teaspoons peppermint extract
For the chocolate coating
  1. 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  2. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Line mini muffin tray with mini muffin wrappers.
  2. Melt 1/2 cup chocolate with 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil in microwave (90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds).
  3. Pour melted chocolate into muffin liners until 1/4 full.
  4. Place tray in freezer for 20 minutes.
  5. In high speed blender add cashews, melted coconut oil, peppermint, honey/agave and Genuine Health greens+ original. Combine until smooth mixture forms.
  6. Remove muffin tray from freezer and scoop 1 tablespoon of mixture into the muffin liners.
  7. Place in freezer for 20 minutes.
  8. Prepare second batch of chocolate and pour remaining mixture into the muffin tray.
  9. Place back in freezer for 20 minutes.
Kale & Krunches http://kaleandkrunches.com/

 

5 Low Carb Blogger Recipes

It’s currently Passover and if you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I do celebrate it but I don’t exactly “keep” it (by “it” I mean the whole eating bread/foods that rise thing).

But regardless of whether I’m being observant or not, this time of year always has me feeling inspired to take the carb-notch down a few levels. Especially after I basically ate my weight in chocolate covered matzah the past 2 nights #sorrynotsorry.  

Right now on my macro plan, I am eating lots of carbs. After all they are essential to a healthy diet. Especially for a person as active as I am. I need carbs to fuel my workouts and to recover from them.

If you ever come across someone who says they don’t eat carbs, well, they are just lying to you. Because carbs are in everything. And I know this because I am tracking all my food in MyfitnessPal and I see every macronutrient (carbs, fats and proteins) that are in each food. Whether its kale or cake, carbs are present. So basically if you are breathing air, you are eating carbs.

Now when I say some carbs are better than others, I know you already know that. If you need a quick refresher, however, there are simple carbs: they break down quickly, the body uses them as energy and they can be found in fruit, refined sugar, candy, syrups, soda, white breads and white pastas. And then there are complex carbs: they contain fibre, are released slowly into the body and can be found in vegetables, beans, legumes, oatmeal and whole grains. So when I am feeling inspired to go lower in carbs, I mean simple carbs.

 When browsing the internet for some low-carb meal ideas, I was pretty overwhelmed with all of the choices and content so I thought I would give you 5 recipes from 5 amazing food bloggers. Whether you’re a meat-eater, vegetarian or carboholic, I’m certain at least one of these recipes will have you in the kitchen in no time! 

Chickpea Cucumber Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette by I Hart Nutrition 

Zoodles and Meatballs by Skinny Taste

Grilled Salmon Burgers with Avocado Salsa by Laughing Spatula 

Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats by The Wholesome Dish

Mushroom Risotto with Cauliflower Rice by Paleo Hacks