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If You Only Do 10 Yoga Poses, Do These

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Broken Lady Finger Cookies

Broken Finger Cookies

 

Ingredients

¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

½ cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

pinch salt

1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp milk

2 Tbsp red cake-decorating sugar

20 whole blanched almonds OR 20 pieces banana chips

 

Directions 

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. In bowl, using electric mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat until mixture is no longer “scratchy” sounding against bowl.

4. Beat in egg, vanilla and salt.

5. In separate bowl, mix together flour and baking powder (tip for measuring flour: stir flour, spoon into measuring cup, then level).

6. Gradually beat flour mixture into butter mixture.

7. Switch to working in flour mixture with hands when dough gets too stiff to beat.

8. Knead into smooth dough. Roll into 3/4-inch thick “ropes”. Break ropes into 3-inch sections. Pat one end smooth. Dip tip of other end of each piece into milk then red sugar.

9. Place on lined baking sheet. Pressing in sides of rope to prevent flattening, insert almond or piece of banana chip into rounded end. Repeat process to make 20 fingers.

10. Bake on middle rack of oven 17 minutes, or until dough is lightly golden.

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Hey Framers,

It’s finally Fall and what better way to celebrate than making fun and healthy foods!

Stay tuned each week to see what new recipes we have in store for the Fall season.

 

 

A moist and delicious quick bread that is full of nutrients and perfect for fall.

Makes one standard loaf

 

Ingredients:

2 cups white whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon all spice

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup blackstrap molasses

1/2 cup sucanat

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted, or your favorite oil to bake with

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup pumpkin puree (plain canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)

2 tablespoons unsweetened apple juice (or orange juice)

1/2 cup chocolate chips (or make it even more wholesome and use raisins or dried cranberries)

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ground cloves. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine molasses, sucanat, applesauce, oil, eggs, pumpkin, and apple juice with an electric mixer. Add the dry ingredients and then fold in the chocolate chips.

Spoon your mixture into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, approximately 45-60 minutes. (Mine was perfect after 50 minutes)

Let bread sit for 10 minutes, then turn the bread out of the pan onto a wire rack to cool completely. Don’t be afraid to have a slice while it’s still warm, though.

Nothing beats warm bread fresh out of the oven!

 

 

 

Tasty Thursdays

Tasty Thursdays

If you are new to Houston or are looking for a fun new restaurant, check out these amazing places!

Bistro Le Cep

At Bistro Le Cep, we have created a welcoming and cozy atmosphere that is naturally inspired, with the warm and rustic colors of the French countryside. The enveloping space provides both luxury and comfort.

Recommendations:

Appetizers: Moules aux Fines Herbes (Fresh Mussels in a Wine and Garlic Broth served with Fresh Herbs); Pâté de Canard (Duck Pâté with Cumberland Sauce); Avocado Farcis aux Crustacés (Ripe Avocado stuffed with Crabmeat and Shrimp Served with fresh Watercress); Escargots à la Bourguignonne (Succulent Burgundy Snails in Homemade seven Herb Garlic Butter au Gratin).

Entree: 

Lunch: Lapin aux Haricots Verts (Pot Roasted Rabbit in a light Mustard Sauce with Fresh Green Beans and Buttered Spätzle); Canard à l’Orange (Half of a Roasted Duck with a Bigarade Sauce, Lentils and Red Cabbage); Crevettes Sautées à l’Aïl, garnies de Tomates Grillées (Sautéed Shrimp with Roasted Garlic Served with Grilled Beefsteak Tomato, White Beans and Fried Onions); Escalope de Saumon en Croûte de Pomme de Terre (Potato Crusted Baked Filled of Fresh Alaskan Salmon with Green Beans and Bearnaise Sauce).

Dinner: Medallion de Marcassin à l’aigre-doux (Pan Roasted Medallions of young Texas Hill Country Wild Boar served with Plum Sauce, Wild Rice, Toasted Pistachios and Seasonal Vegetables); Filet de Bœuf Financière (Tender Filet Steak wrapped with Bacon and grilled to perfection served with a Pinot Noir Reduction, Creamed Potatoes and Vegetables. 8 oz. Fillet Steak. Top it with 3 jumbo shrimp or fresh lumb crabmeat+$ 6.00 ); Crevettes Sautées à l’Aïl, garnies de Tomates Grillées (Sautéed Shrimp with Roasted Garlic Served with Grilled Beefsteak Tomato, White Beans and Fried Onions); Suprême de Volaille aux Champignons des Bois (Breast of Chicken sautéed in Olive Oil with Wild Mushrooms topped with Goat Cheese and Tomato Concasse, served with Spätzle and Fresh Green Beans)

Dessert: Crème Brûlée du Bistro Le Cep (Creamy Custard glazed with Caramelized Sugar); Fromages Assortis de la Ferme (Five imported European Cheeses with Fresh Fruit, and Crusty Bread); Mousse au Chocolat (Dark Belgian Chocolate Mousse); Sorbet aux Quatre – Fruits (Fresh Fruit Sherbet with Seasonal Berries).

 

BlackFinn American Pub

The food and drink at BlackFinn is at the heart of who we are. The menu at each of our locations is as unique as the rooms that we serve it in. No matter what you’re looking for, you will find a wide variety of signature items – made fresh with local ingredients, a bit of creativity and whole lot of lovin’.

Recommendations:

Appetizers:  Mediterranean Platter (hummus, roasted tomato and feta dip, artichoke hearts, Greek olives and diced cherry peppers, served with mediterranean flatbread); Blackened Brie (served warm with ciabatta toast, sliced apples and apricot cranberry chutney. Spinach and Artichoke Dip (served warm with Mediterranean flatbread).

Entree: Cuban (roasted pork, ham, pickles, swiss and yellow mustard on toasted garlic bread); Lime Seared Salmon (seared salmon, served with rice pilaf and grilled asparagus); Kickin’ Creole Catch (seasoned and seared haddock with a sweet apple glaze, served with sweet potato mash and steamed broccoli); Shrimp and Garlic Pasta (sautéed shrimp, garlic, white wine, fresh basil, diced tomatoes and angel hair pasta in a light lemon butter sauce); 8 oz. Filet Mignon (choose your own topping  like Blackfinn Style, Melted Bleu Cheese, Tuscan Tomato Basil, Hotel Butter or Cilantro Butter).

Dessert: Key Lime Pie (fresh lime custard and classic graham cracker crust, served with whipped cream and raspberry sauce); BlackFinn Hot Chocolate (fallen chocolate and peanut butter soufflé, served warm with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and a caramel drizzle); Cheesecake (served with fresh strawberries and raspberry sauce); Funnel Fries (fairground-style, served with raspberry, chocolate and caramel dipping sauces).

 

Goode Company Seafood

Determined to recreate an atmosphere from the 1930’s, back when Tarpon swam in herds off the Texas Gulf Coast, we strive to take our customers back to a time and place that their parents and grandparents enjoyed.

Recommendations: 

Appetizers: Campechana de Mariscos (Mexican Seafood Cocktail); Texas Shrimp (4 Jumbo Shrimp wrapped in our Smoked Bacon and basted with a garlic-ginger glaze-can order as an entree as well)

Entree: The Full House (For the Oyster Connoisseur- Create Your Own Combination of 6 oysters); Swordfish (perfect with a side order of butter!); Flounder Filet; Texas Redfish (with Bacon- Wrapped Texas Quail); Halibut;  Baked Stuffed Crab (3). 

Dessert: Margarita Key Lime Pie (served with a mini margarita); Homemade Bread Pudding w/ Bourbon Sauce (Traditional pudding made with raisins and Granny Smith apples); Banana Cream Pie (Fresh bananas layered in dark rum with a Meyer’s whipped cream).

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Looking for something new to try but don’t want the hassle?

Here is an easy , yet healthy alternative! This could even be an alternative to pizza if you think about it.

 

Food healthy recipe

 

Ingredients:

Whole grain bread
Low-fat Mozzarella cheese sliced thick
Tomato slices
White onion slices
Turkey Bacon (optional!!)
Green onions cut up
Directions:

Pretty self explanatory but here it is. Put slices of thick mozzarella on bread and put in the oven on broil. Watch it (it won’t take long) until nice and slightly brown on top and melted. Make sure it is melted. Nothing is worse than almost melted cheese. Add bacon and sliced tomatoes, white onion and green onions.

Serve with a small side salad with ranch dressing. Perfect lunch.

(Avoid eating this for dinner. Keep dinner light.)

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Hi Framers!

Can you believe Summer is almost over and Fall is just around the corner?!

Well regardless of the “seasonal change” in Houston, here are a couple of easy healthy recipes to help you get ready for the Fall.

 

27 Awesome Easy Lunches To Bring To Work

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/awesome-easy-work-lunches#mzwu6s

 

Zucchini Pizza

(What could be better than hearing the words “healthy” and “pizza” in the same sentence?)

Zucchini Pizza is great healthy alternative to Pizza. Skip the bread, sub some veggies, still delicious!

Ingredients:
Zucchini
Marinara Sauce
Parmesan Cheese
Jack Cheese
Salt & Pepper

Directions:

1. Slice the Zucchini long ways. Heat up a pan with a bit of oil. Saute the Zucchini to until it’s almost cooked through. Go light on the oil, I always use a Paper Towel to get any excess oil off the Zucchini.

2. After you pat off the excess oil. Put your Zucchini on tin foil or a cookie sheet and build your pizza. I add a little Salt and Pepper on the zucchini, spoon on some Marinara, Sprinkle Jack Cheese and Parmesan on top.

3. Broil on Low for 5 Minutes and you’re ready to eat your delicious and healthy Zucchini Pizza!

 

  And for dessert…

 

NO BAKE Protein Peanut Butter Cups

 

Skinny Peanut Butter Cups, made with Greek yogurt & protein powder #eatclean #peanutbutter #pb2recipes

 
Ingredients:
-4 Cupcake Liners
-2 TB of PB2
-1 TB of water (*may need more)
-2 TB of Plain Greek Yogurt
-1 TB of coco powder (unsweetened)
-1 Scoop of [Chocolate Muscle Milk Protein Powder]
*Optional:
-1 Stevia Packet or a small spoonful of Honey *For Taste

 

Directions:

1. Mix together the Coco Powder, Greek Yogurt, and [Chocolate Muscle Milk Protein Powder] . Slowly one TB at a time, add water, until the mixture is easy to pour (NOT THICK).

2. Next (in a separate bowl) mix together your PB2 & water. You may have to slowly add water so that this mixture is also a liquid consistent.

3. First pour your chocolate mixture into the bottom of the cupcake liners, about a quater of the way up. Then Pour your PB2 mixture in.

4. And one more time, Top it off with some more of the Chocolate Mixture. NOTE: You don’t want to fill these up too high since they are mostly “liquid”.

5. Now just pop them in the freezer for about 15 minutes and your all done! I store my leftover ones in the freezer in tupperware containers. They are a great snack when I’m having a chocolate craving!

Total Calories: 87 (one peanut butter cup)
*recipe makes 4 peanut butter cups

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Hi Framers!

I hop you all are having a great Wednesday so far.

If you are thinking about making a quick run to Starbucks later…don’t.

Check this article out and find out why!

 http://foodbabe.com/2014/08/25/starbucks-pumpkin-spice-latte/

 

But if you’re one of those people (like myself) who just can’t resist a nice cup of whatever.

I have a solution for you-TEA! No artificial flavoring or sweetener added!

For those of you who might be new to the whole tea experience and are not sure of which ones to try, here is a little tip: The darker the tea the higher the caffeine. 

Black teas are great if you are having a hard time staying awake. Add a small shortbread biscuit with your Earl/ Lady Grey or English Breakfast and you are all set to watch the exciting Cricket match…or Sherlock/ Downton/ Pride and Prejudice or whatever else you prefer!

Jasmine Green tea is also a wonderful choice for various health reasons, including losing weight. Aside from white tea, it’s the lightest of the teas and has no caffeine.

Warning: It is addicting! I drank two/ three cups of Twining’s Jasmine Green tea in one day. Very addicting.  Just FYI.

Teas like Wild Sweet Orange and Passion from Tazo are perfect if you like a little flavoring once in awhile. Or spice things up a bit with Tazo’s Organic Chai tea!

So to put it plainly:

TEA is better than fatty, sugary, whipped-creamy anything and you never feel guilty after having a cup…or two.

So enjoy a nice cup of tea (iced or warm the next you time have the urge for a coffee shop)!

 

Recommended Teas:

 

Twining’s of London

– Anything!

 

Tazo

– Organic Chai

– Wild Sweet Orange (caffeine free)

– Passion (caffeine free)

 

Choice Organic Teas

– Rooibos Superfruit (caffeine free)

 

Taylors of Harrogate (Official tea of HRH The Prince of Wales)

– Early Grey

 

RC Bigelow Inc

– Darjeeling (The “champagne” of black tea)

– Earl Grey

– Green

– English Breakfast

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 55 Healthy Snacks Under 200 Calories

 http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1792

 

nutella fudge

 

Chocolate Nutella Fudge

(Gluten-free and no-bake!) (Plus it has  absolutely ZERO added sugar and it can be made in 5 minutes flat!)

  • 1/4 cup coconut butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup choc-hazelnut spread or Healthy Nutella
  • 1-2 tsp cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 65g very-ripe banana (about 1/4 a large banana)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • sweetener if desired (Some people want it, others don’t.)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. (It’s best if the coconut butter is not solid, and if you use a frozen banana be sure to thaw so it doesn’t harden the coconut butter.) After blending, taste to see if you’d like to add any sweetener. Scoop into a container or even a little pie pan, and put in the fridge or freezer so it will firm up. This is freezer fudge, so it needs to be kept cold. It makes a small serving, but feel free to double or triple the recipe!

Puff pastry waffles filled with fruit jam

Ingredients:
1 roll of puff pastry (± 230gr)
3 1/2 tsp fruit jam of your choice
1 egg yolk
icing powder, for decoration
1. Preheat waffle iron
2. Roll out puff pastry and cut out 14 circles, around 6 to 7cm each, (± 2,5inch), by using a glass
3. Two pastry circles per waffle are needed; place 1/2 tsp of fruit jam in the middle of one pastry circle
4. Beat the egg yolk and spread it on the border of the pastry circle with the jam on
5. Close the ‘waffle to be’ with 2nd pastry circle on top and press well on the edge, close the edge by using a fork
6. Place prepared pastry circles in the waffle iron, two at a time, (that is if your waffle iron can make 2 waffles at the same time) and bake them 6 to 8min. or until golden brown.
Once they are baked, let them cool for 5min., sprinkle with icing powder and serve warm.

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Frozen Bananas 

2 bananas

1/4 to 1/3c chocolate chips

1/4 to 1/3c peanut butter

Unsweetened coconut flakes

Set out a large plate with wax paper on it. Cut up the bananas. Heat the peanut butter and chocolate chips on high for minute. stir until smooth. Dip the banana pieces in the mixture. Lay on the wax paper. Use the remaining mixture to spoon over the tops sprinkle the unsweetened coconut flakes on top. Freeze for about an hour until hardened.

 

FROZEN BANANA BITES  . 2 bananas 1/4 to 1/3c chocolate chips 1/4 to 1/3c peanut butter Unsweetened coconut flakes  Set out a large plate with wax paper on it. Cut up the bananas. Heat the peanut butter and chocolate chips on high for minute. stir until smooth. Dip the banana pieces in the mixture. Lay on the wax paper. use the remaining mixture to spoon over the tops sprinkle the unsweetened coconut flakes on top. Freeze for about an hour until hardened.

 

 

Southwest Black Bean Salad

 

15.5 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

9 oz cooked corn, fresh or frozen (thawed if frozen)

1 medium tomato, chopped

1/3 cup red onion, chopped

1 scallion, chopped

1 1/2 – 2 limes, juice of

salt and fresh pepper

1 medium avocado, diced

Combine items in a large bowl. Squeeze fresh lime juice to taste. Marinate in the refrigerator 30 minutes.

South west black bean salad with avocado  http://thegardeningcook.com/best-healthy-recipes/best-healthy-recipes-page-2/

 

Tasty Thursday: The Father’s Day Edition

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Américas River Oaks

2040 West Gray, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77019

Continually blazing a trail of New World cuisine that keeps critics raving, FOOD & WINE recognized Cordúa as one of the pioneers of the modernization of Latin cuisine when naming him into the Hall of Fame: 50 Best New Chefs of all time in 2008.

Price: $30 and under

 

51Fifteen Restaurant & Lounge

5115 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77056

51Fifteen Restaurant & Lounge is a five-star restaurant specializing in World Fusion Cuisine and is located on the second floor of Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston’s Galleria Mall.

Price: $31 to $50

 

60 Degrees Mastercrafted

2300 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77098

Certified Master Chef Fritz Gitschner’s new restaurant concept, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, is located in the Upper Kirby District of Houston, Texas. 60 DMC promises to highlight Chef Gitschner’s culinary diversity in a warm, casual, contemporary atmosphere.

Price: $31 to $50

 

Amerigo’s Grille – The Woodlands

25250 Grogans Park Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Amerigo’s menu features inventive preparations from the land and sea as well as a selection of seasonal dishes. Amerigo’s award-winning wine list features a well-curated selection of old and new world wines, as well as house-infused and seasonally-inspired cocktails.

Price:  $50 and over

 

Brenner’s Steakhouse Katy Freeway

10911 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77079

German Potatoes & the incomparable Apple Strudel, while adding an Australian Rock Lobster Tail, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes & other wonderful new items to the menu. To accompany your meal, Brenner’s offers a diverse wine selection, winning the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence yearly since 2004. Brenner’s also features outside dining in an exquisite garden area, surrounded by waterfalls & a gazebo.

Price: $31 to $50

 

Churrascos – River Oaks

2055 Westheimer at Shepherd
Houston, TX 77098

Further south than you have ever been before for dinner. Fabulous Latin American Cuisine!

Price: $30 and under

 

Eat Well Wednesday: Why Hire a Nutrition Coach?

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Let’s be real, we are bombarded with nutrition information ALL.THE. TIME! Eat this, don’t eat that, avoid this, buy this, try this new super food and the list goes on and on. Not only are we confused, but our bodies are as well. It seems like the more we try to balance our diets the more out of balance we become. That’s why a Nutrition Coach can help set you on a path of health and success!

As a Certified Nutrition Coach, they will customize a plan for you tailored to your goals. They will meet with you weekly to share with you applicable nutrition knowledge and help you overcome any obstacles you may be facing along the way. Your goals will become your reality and will teach you the tools you need to maintain your success for the rest of your life.

 

You will learn the foundations of nutrition, become knowledgeable of how to shop the grocery store, develop healthy and easy meals to prepare for you and your family and gain valuable information about nutrition, health, balance and maintaining your success for years to come.

 

 

And I promise they won’t have you eating salads every meal or chugging green smoothies. Life is about balance and getting healthier is about making different choices for what you put in your body. In the amount that you spend on fast food a month, you can have a nutrition coach for 6-12 weeks with meal plans, grocery lists, weekly meetings, support, guidance and knowledge.

 

Top 5 Reasons You Should Hire a Nutrition Coach

 

1. You are tired, stressed, overwhelmed and can’t find the energy to get back on track.

 

2. Your money is being spent on fast food, soda’s and restaurant outings, all of which are putting a dent in your wallet and expanding your waist line.

 

3. You don’t know where to start. You have tried every diet on the book shelf and you still can’t find a way to eat and enjoy life.

 

4. You want to make a change. You are willing to see things differently, try something new and open your mind to the possibility that you can be healthy.

 

5. You deserve to be healthy! You can look good, feel good, and live your best life.

 

Come check out the many options they have to help you get back on track and live your best life.  

Be Well! 🙂

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.