Wellness Wednesday: The Holidays!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Here are some fun recipes to help you get ready for the holidays!

 

8 Hanukkah Recipes For A Happy, Healthy Celebration

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Traditional Hanukkah recipes - dessert doughnuts

 

Looking for fun and quick dishes to make for that upcoming Christmas party or family gathering?

Check out this amazing site full of appetizers, cocktails, desserts and more!

 

http://www.freefunchristmas.com/christmas-recipes/

 


 

 

 

Wellness Wednesdays: Thanksgiving Edition

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Check out this interesting article from the New York Times called:

 

The United States of Thanksgiving

 http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/18/dining/thanksgiving-recipes-across-the-united-states.html

 

 

 

Still looking for an easy and creative dish to make for tomorrow?

 

Here are 11 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes great for the big Thanksgiving feast!

 http://www.rd.com/slideshows/11-healthy-thanksgiving-side-dishes/#slideshow=slide4

 

 

 

Eat Well Wednesday: German Chocolate Bites

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I have been on a “bite sized” recipe kick for a couple of weeks now for a couple of reasons…

 

1.  Bite sized treats are perfect portion control.  You pull out one or two bite sized treats for a perfect snack or dessert.  So much better than always reaching for the big slice of cake.

2.  They are no bake and simple to make.  Bite size recipes are the perfect, quick alternative to baking.  You don’t even have to turn on the oven, which is a big bonus here in the Texas summer!

3.  They have simple ingredients. Not only do bite sized treats and snacks require very little prep time, they also have pure, simple ingredients.  Your body loves simple, REALL FOOD.

 

German Chocolate Bites

 

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Here is what you need:

  • 3/4 cup pitted dates (I like Sunmaid, because they are softer.) (120g)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • optional: feel free to add some chocolate chips

 

Here is what you do:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a food processor.
  • Place the mixture in a ziploc bag and squish the dough together.  This will make it easier to form the dough into bite sized balls.
  • Form the dough into balls and place in an airtight container and store in the fridge.
  • Each German Chocolate Bite has approx. 50 calories.
  • Makes 12 bite sized balls

 

And that’s that!  Also readers and don’t forget to check out my new meal service, now offering (2) person, Individual person meals, as well as our awesome Family meals that feed 4-5.  All meals include and entree, side or salad, and dessert. 

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0-1Jill Wentworth is leading us Wednesday by Wednesday into making better food choices and being more healthful. Tune in every Wednesday to get some great recipes and advice from someone who really knows health. In an effort to fuel her passion to serve as well has enhance the lives of others through their nutritional choices, she started Eat Well SA(San Antonio). Her vision is to educate you on how to incorporate a healthy array of foods into your life. Eat Well is not a diet, nor does it embrace any one specific dietary agenda. She also offers customized programs that are educational and teach you the tools you need to maintain healthy, well balanced eating for your busy lives.

Eat Well Wednesday: Salsa!

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           Tomato season is upon us!

 

Did you know that tomatoes contain 2 grams of fiber each, loads of Vitamin C helping you stay healthy, and beta-carotene to help make your skin glow?

 

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I will take any chance I can to get some of those benefits into my body and if that means eating salsa, well that is fine with me.  

Salsa is by far our all time favorite dip!  We consume large quantities of salsa in our house, for the perfect topping to our eggs, to a great dip for our chips. We LOVE salsa!!  After sharing with you our Coconut Granola Clusters as an easy and yummy way to save money on your grocery bill, I was inspired to share with you our family favorite, HOMEMADE SALSA.

 

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This recipe makes about 8 cups of salsa and for about $4.00.  That is a steal, considering that a 2 cup jar of salsa at the store will cost anywhere form $3-$4!!  Talk about cost savings.

Not only is this recipe budget friendly, it is very, very tasty and so fresh.  You can whip up a batch in about 1 minute and immediately serve it to your friends and family or store it it jars in the fridge for the perfect dip to your chip or topping for your morning eggs.

 

Gather up these ingredients:

  • (2) 28 oz Cans of Whole Tomatoes
  • (1) Bunch of Cilantro
  • (1) Bunch of Green Onions
  • (2) Tablespoons of Jalapeno’s (Jar)
  • (3) Tablespoons of Cumin
  • (2) Tablespoons of Sugar
  • (1) Tablespoon of Salt
  • (1) Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • Juice of  (1) Lemon
  • Juice of (1) Lime

 

 Here is what you do:

  • Cut off root ends of green onions and chop onion into 3 inch pieces.
  • Add green onion, cilantro, jalapeno’s and tomatoes into blender and process until well blended.
  • Add the seasonings and juice the lemon and lime. Blend for a few more seconds.

 

And that’s it!  Time to break out the chips and enjoy your fantastic dip. 

I know that your friends and family are going to love this salsa.

 

So, what is your favorite dip?  Salsa or queso? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Jill Wentworth is leading us Wednesday by Wednesday into making better food choices and being more healthful. Tune in every Wednesday to get some great recipes and advice from someone who really knows health. In an effort to fuel her passion to serve as well has enhance the lives of others through their nutritional choices, she started Eat Well SA(San Antonio). Her vision is to educate you on how to incorporate a healthy array of foods into your life. Eat Well is not a diet, nor does it embrace any one specific dietary agenda. She also offers customized programs that are educational and teach you the tools you need to maintain healthy, well balanced eating for your busy lives.

 

Eat Well Wednesday: What is Chronic Inflammation?

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Let’s right down to business…Inflammation.  You might have an idea of what Inflammation is, perhaps it is the swelling that occurs when you twist your ankle or cut your finger.  While this is true, your bodies responses to injury is inflammation, it helps heal the body as white blood cells work hard to repair the tissue.  Without inflammation our bodies would not heal. So in those circumstances it is OK. However, lets talk about inflammation in a different sense.

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Chronic Inflammation

 

Chronic Inflammation is the type of inflammation that reeks havoc on our bodies and over time lead to cancer, asthma, allergies, osteoporosis, irritable bowl syndrome, autoimmune diseases and so much more.

For many people suffering from these diseases, they take pills to keep their symptoms at bay.  In a sense it is a giant bandaid to a larger, more serious problem. Chronic Inflammation.

So, what causes Chronic Inflammation?

  • The foods we eat (too many processed foods, sodas and other sugary drinks, saturated fats, poor quality protein sources)
  • Stress
  • Exhaustion/lack of sleep
  • Food Allergies
  • Bacteria (gut issues)

 

How can we prevent/cure Chronic Inflammation?

Incorporate more plants into your diet. Eat your greens and a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits. The vitamins, minerals and alkalizing properties of greens will help your body balance out your bodies PH and keep you in a more balanced state.

Get rest.  Don’t skimp on sleep.  When we are sleeping our bodies are working hard to repair and replenish, so rest is just as important as activity and movement.
Identify food allergies.  The foods we eat effect our bodies.  If you are lactose intolerant yet always consume dairy products, you are not honoring your body.  You can be causing serious damage to your gut, causing inflammation and irritation.  Both of which are no good.  Same things goes for gluten.  If you find that your body is bloated, gassy, and uncomfortable after having a bowl of pasta, pay attention to what your body is telling you.  You might have a gluten sensitivity and I would suggest you try adding gluten free products to your diet.

Cut back on stress.  Stress causing the release of cortisol, an inflammation producing hormone.  When we learn to keep stress at bay our bodies have an opportunity to stay in a more neutral, balanced state.  Try a Yoga class, practicing deep breathing, find an activity that brings you peace and practice it ever day.

All in all, avoid the processed food.

 

Eat Greens. Veggies. Fruits. Nuts. Seeds. REAL FOOD.

Your body will thank you!! 

Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well.

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0-1Jill Wentworth is leading us Wednesday by Wednesday into making better food choices and being more healthful. Tune in every Wednesday to get some great recipes and advice from someone who really knows health. In an effort to fuel her passion to serve as well has enhance the lives of others through their nutritional choices, she started Eat Well SA(San Antonio). Her vision is to educate you on how to incorporate a healthy array of foods into your life. Eat Well is not a diet, nor does it embrace any one specific dietary agenda. She also offers customized programs that are educational and teach you the tools you need to maintain healthy, well balanced eating for your busy lives.

 

Eat Well Wednesday: Cake Balls

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With yet another holiday right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to add a little sweet fun into the recipe mix.  I made this for our church small group and they were such a hit!

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I am warning you, they are not “healthy”.  They most definitely fall under the 20% rule.  Eat healthy 80% of the time and leave room for the 20% to be the occasional treat.  This mindful approach to eating, allows you to ditch the dieting, eat with pleasure, and without guilt.

 

So here is what you need for these tasty treats:

  • 1 Package of Chocolate Oreos
  • 6 oz of Cream cheese
  • 8 oz of Bittersweet chocolate
  • Seasonal sprinkles (Optional)

Here is what you do:

  • In a food processor, combine the chocolate Oreos and cream cheese.  Process until smooth.  You might need to scrap down the sides a couple of times, you want it to be a pretty smooth cookie paste.
  • Form into small balls and place on a lined baking sheet.
  • Place in the freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Melt chocolate in the microwave or use a double broiler.
  • Remove cookie balls from the freeze and drop into melted chocolate.  Coat well.
  • Roll into sprinkles. Place back onto cookie sheet.
  • Freeze for another hour or until firm.
  • Store in an air tight container for up to two weeks.

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0-1Jill Tarpey is leading us Wednesday by Wednesday into making better food choices and being more healthful. Tune in every Wednesday to get some great recipes and advice from someone who really knows health. In an effort to fuel her passion to serve as well has enhance the lives of others through their nutritional choices, she started Eat Well SA(San Antonio). Her vision is to educate you on how to incorporate a healthy array of foods into your life. Eat Well is not a diet, nor does it embrace any one specific dietary agenda. She also offers customized programs that are educational and teach you the tools you need to maintain healthy, well balanced eating for your busy lives.

Eat Well Wednesday: Cinnamon Raisin Bites

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Love oatmeal cookies? These bite sized treats are perfect for YOU!

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What you need:

  • 3/4 Cup Peanut Butter, smooth
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Flax Seed
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Raisins
  • White Chocolate to drizzle, optional
How you do it:

  • Warm peanut butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl for about 20-30 seconds or until soft.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
  • Place in the fridge and let sit for about 30 minutes.
  • Roll into bite sized balls.
  • Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave for about 1 minute.
  • Drizzle over the cinnamon raisin bites and let set.
 
0-1Jill Wentworth is leading us Wednesday by Wednesday into making better food choices and being more healthful. Tune in every Wednesday to get some great recipes and advice from someone who really knows health. In an effort to fuel her passion to serve as well has enhance the lives of others through their nutritional choices, she started Eat Well SA(San Antonio). Her vision is to educate you on how to incorporate a healthy array of foods into your life. Eat Well is not a diet, nor does it embrace any one specific dietary agenda. She also offers customized programs that are educational and teach you the tools you need to maintain healthy, well balanced eating for your busy lives.

Eat Well Wednesday: Energy Bites!

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          Looking for more energy? 

 

Some of us rely on coffee to give us that afternoon boost.  Others gravitate towards sodas and sugary snacks. The answer can be a simple as fueling our bodies with high quality, unprocessed whole foods and snacks.  A few weeks ago we talked about Protein Bars, what exactly is in them, and if they were a beneficial part of a healthy diet.  If you missed it, you can check it out HERE.

In an effort to remove more processed food from our diets, these little energy bites would be the perfect alternative to processed protein bars.  They will give you the energy boost you are looking for, thanks to the whole grains, healthy fats, and natural sugars (honey), without having to consume highly processed, sugar filled snacks that have little to no nutritional value.

I whipped up a batch of these no bake energy bites for my sister-in-law who just had a beautiful baby girl last week.  With two other kids under the age of 4 in the house, there is no doubt she needs as much energy as she can get.  The kids loved these and they were the perfect little snack for those night time nursing sessions and long, busy days.

Keep a stash in the fridge at work and at home and you will always have a healthy, go to snack at your fingertips.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup Coconut, Shredded
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter, natural and smooth
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flax seed
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips ((Carob chips if you are dairy free))
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

 

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Place in fridge and let sit for about minutes
  • Remove from fridge, roll into balls and place in an airtight container for 1 week in the fridge.

 

What is your favorite go to snack?  Leave a comment below! 🙂

 

HeadshotJill Wentworth is leading us Wednesday by Wednesday into making better food choices and being more healthful. Tune in every Wednesday to get some great recipes and advice from someone who really knows health. In an effort to fuel her passion to serve as well has enhance the lives of others through their nutritional choices, she started Eat Well SA(San Antonio). Her vision is to educate you on how to incorporate a healthy array of foods into your life. Eat Well is not a diet, nor does it embrace any one specific dietary agenda. She also offers customized programs that are educational and teach you the tools you need to maintain healthy, well balanced eating for your busy lives.

Eat Well Wednesday: Carrot Cake Balls!

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Happy Wednesday Framers!

 

I don’t know about you but I LOVE carrot cake.  My favorite sweet treat for sure!

Unfortunately, a slice of carrot cake (well at least the size slice that I would want) can really add some calories and sugar to my daily tally. Every once in a while it is OK.  Life is about balance.

But I would love to have a little taste of it everyday.  Instead of keeping a carrot cake around the house, which would be so tempting, I decided to whip up some Carrot Cake Bites.

I love the portion control that bite sized treats offer because it allows you to keep things in check.  You can enjoy one or two and get your sweet fix without feeling that you are going into a sugar coma.

This recipe makes about 22 Carrot Cake Bites and they come in at around 100 calories and 4 grams of sugar per bite.  Great nutrition stats for this yummy treat!!

 

Really, really simple.  You don’t even have to turn 

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cups unroasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (packed) grated carrot
  • 1/3 cup raisins

 

Here is what you do:

  • In a large bowl, mix together the oats, pecans and flax seed.
  • Stir in the almond butter, agave nectar and cinnamon until well combined.
  • Stir in the grated carrot and raisins.
  • Using 2 tablespoons (packed) of the mixture for each bite, roll the mixture into bite-sized balls. Using a medium-sized cookie scoop makes this process easier. Also, spray your hands with cooking spray to stop the mixture from sticking.
  • Place the granola bites on a baking sheet, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve.

 

Eat Well Wednesday: Raspberry Oat Squares!

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               Happy Wednesday Framers!

 

      Looking for a healthy treat?  

 

These Raspberry Oat Squares are so delicious and healthy thanks to the 100% whole grain crust and low sugar filling.  These bars also freeze well, so whip up a batch this week and stock up for your holiday parties and goodie giving.  Happy baking!!

 

           Raspberry Oat Squares

 

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cup Rolled oats
  • 1 cup Whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar (You can also try a sugar substitute such as stevia)
  • 1 chia egg (1 tablespoon of chia seeds + 3 tablespoons of water. Let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup Butter (Vegan friends can use earth balance)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk

 

Filling

1 Jar Low Sugar/Reduced Sugar Raspberry Jam (You can use any flavor of jam!)

 

Directions

 

Step 1 Preheat oven to 350.Line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper.Mix the chia egg (1 tablespoon of chia seeds + 3 tablespoons of water) and set aside

Step 2 In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.

Step 3 In a small bowl, melt the butter (earth balance) in the microwave.Add the remaining wet ingredients (maple syrup, almond milk and chia egg). Stir together

Step 4 Combine the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.Reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture for your crust and press the remaining dough into your lined 9 x 9 pan.Press down the dough to make a nice thick crust.

Step 5 Spoon your raspberry jam (or favorite flavor jam) on top of the crust. Spread out evenly.

Step 6 Take the remaining 1/2 cup or oat mixture and sprinkle on top of the filling. Don’t worry about it being perfect.

Step 7 Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.Allow to cool, place in the fridge and then cut into bars.

 

 

HeadshotJill Tarpey is leading us Wednesday by Wednesday into making better food choices and being more healthful. Tune in every Wednesday to get some great recipes and advice from someone who really knows health. In an effort to fuel her passion to serve as well has enhance the lives of others through their nutritional choices, she started Eat Well SA (San Antonio). Her vision is to educate you on how to incorporate a healthy array of foods into your life. Eat Well is not a diet, nor does it embrace any one specific dietary agenda. She also offers customized programs that are educational and teach you the tools you need to maintain healthy, well balanced eating for your busy lives.