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

http://www.blisstree.com/2012/12/08/food/happy-healthy-hanukkah-recipes-celebrations-food/

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

 

German-Chocolate-Bites

 

 

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. 

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: 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: 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.