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Nutrition for Body and Soul

Feed Your Skin What It Needs!

What goes in us, shows up on us! Feed your skin.

Dry or Flaky Skin – choose foods higher in Vitamin A. A benefit of vitamin A is that it revitalizes skin by increasing cell turnover for more youthful skin. Just six leaves of Romaine lettuce provide more than 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin A and will help with healthy cell renewal.

Sagging, lines and wrinkles – choose foods high in Vitamin C. Our bodies use Vitamin C to make collagen and elastin. Collagen gives our skin support and firmness whereas elastin gives our skin elasticity. Just one cup of strawberries has 130% of our daily Vitamin C requirement.

Uneven skin tone – Choose foods with lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. Eggs contain lutein and zeaxanthin which are two antioxidants that have been shown to help protect against UV damage that can lead to brown spots. Watermelon, papaya, guava, pink grapefruit and sun-dried tomatoes contain the compound lycopene that has been shown to protect skin from damage caused by sunlight.

 

Thank you Shelly Maquire for this info!!

Here are a couple of fun salads to incorporate some of those foods…

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STRAWBERRY ROMAINE SALAD RECIPE

  • 8 cups torn romaine
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • POPPY SEED DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Add sliced egg, watermelon, etc… for fun!
In a large bowl, toss the romaine, strawberries and onion. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients until blended. Serve with salad. Yield: 8-10 servings (1 cup dressing).
Thank you Food Network for these recipes!

Grilled Romaine with Balsamic Dressing

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Ingredients

Balsamic Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Grilled Romaine:
  • 2 romaine hearts, halved lengthwise
  • Avocado oil, for brushing
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola, for garnish
  • 4 leaves fresh basil, torn, for garnish
  • Top with sliced strawberries, watermelon, and or grapefruit!  Have fun.

For the balsamic dressing: In a blender, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Gorgonzola, basil, garlic, a pinch each of salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons water. Blend until the dressing is creamy and the garlic and basil are finely chopped.

For the grilled romaine: Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium heat.

Lightly brush the cut sides of the romaine with the canola oil. Place the romaine on the grill cut-side down and cook until grill marks form and the leaves are slightly charred, 1 to 3 minutes. Arrange on a platter cut-side up.

Drizzle the romaine with the dressing. Sprinkle with the Gorgonzola and torn basil and serve.  YUMMMM!

Are you ready for summer salads?  I sure am!

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Yellow Squash Pasta with Caramelized Lemon

This gorgeous side goes well with simply grilled meat or poultry. Yellow squash has a high water content, which means that cooking the squash noodles would release a lot of liquid. We opt instead to air-dry them and keep them raw for more freshness and plenty of crunch. Look for lemons with thinner skins (smoother, shinier skins are often thinner); you’ll get a nice citrus hit with each bite, but charring the slices softens the flavor so it’s not overpowering. Serve right after tossing everything together, as the squash will start to wilt.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds yellow squash (about 3 large squash)
  • 3 medium lemons, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped celery leaves
  • 3/4 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

How to Make It

Step 1

Trim squash ends, and halve squash crosswise. Using a spoon, carefully scoop out inner seeds from each squash, removing as little flesh as possible. Cut squash into large noodles using a spiralizer. Place squash noodles between 2 layers of paper towels. Let stand at room temperature until dry, about 3 hours.

Step 2

Transfer noodles to a medium bowl. Grate rind from 1 lemon to equal 1/2 teaspoon. Cut same lemon in half; squeeze juice to equal 1 tablespoon. Set aside rind and juice. Trim tops and bottoms of remaining 2 lemons, and slice into half-moons.

Step 3

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add lemon slices; sprinkle evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle sugar over lemons. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lemons are browned on the edges and caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 4

Add caramelized lemon slices to squash noodles. Add celery leaves, cheese, lemon rind, lemon juice, pepper, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt; toss gently to combine. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Serve immediately.

**Add shrimp to make it a main course!

Enjoy!

Thank you Cooking Light for this yummy light dish!

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Eat Your Greens!

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Mediterranean Tuna-Spinach Salad

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This tuna salad recipe gets an upgrade with olives, feta and a tahini dressing. Served over baby spinach, this is the perfect easy and light lunch or dinner salad.

  • 1½ tablespoons tahini
  • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1½ tablespoons water
  • 1 5-ounce can chunk light tuna in water, drained
  • 4 Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 medium orange, peeled or sliced
  1. Whisk tahini, lemon juice and water together in a bowl. Add tuna, olives, feta and parsley; stir to combine. Serve the tuna salad over 2 cups spinach, with the orange on the side.

Yummm!

Enjoy!

Thank you Eating Well for this idea!

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Mediterranean Chickpea Patties

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Ingredients

  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided (make substitutions where needed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup low-fat Greek-style yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • Pita chips (optional)

How to Make It

Step 1

Pulse first 4 ingredients (through cumin) and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a food processor until coarsely chopped and mixture comes together. Transfer to a bowl, add egg and 2 tablespoons flour; form into 8 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Place remaining flour (or panko crumbs) in a small dish and roll patties in it with floured hands; tap off excess flour.

Step 2

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden.

Step 3

Whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, and remaining salt and pepper. Divide greens, tomatoes, onion, and patties evenly among 4 plates; drizzle each salad with 2 tablespoons dressing. Serve with pita chips, if desired.

Enjoy!

Thank you Health for this yummy recipe!

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Tahini-Marinated Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare chicken, combine first 10 ingredients in a bowl. Place 1/4 cup tahini mixture in a small bowl; reserve. Place remaining tahini mixture and chicken in a large ziplock plastic bag; seal, turning to coat chicken. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Step 2

Preheat grill to medium (350°F to 450°F). Coat grill grate with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken with salt. Arrange chicken on grill grate; cover and cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Arrange chicken on a platter; drizzle with reserved 1/4 cup tahini mixture.

Step 3

To prepare the salad, combine cucumber and next 6 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt) in a bowl; toss gently to combine. Serve cucumber salad with chicken and rice.

Enjoy!

 

(Thank you Cooking Light for this yummy recipe.)

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Watermelon and Arugula Chicken Salad

I don’t know about you…. but, In the summer I really don’t like to turn on the oven, or even the stove for that matter!  This looks like a yummy fresh, light, EASY summer salad! What do you think?

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed fresh watermelon (love watermelon in the summer!)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 (5-ounce) package arugula
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 8 ounces skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast, shredded (about 2 cups) Grilled chicken would be a great option too!
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine watermelon, onion, mint, and arugula in a large bowl. Add almonds and chicken; toss to combine. Combine oil, rind, juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add oil mixture to watermelon mixture; toss gently to coat.

Enjoy!

Thank you Cooking Light for this recipe!

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Buffalo Chicken Zoodles!

Call me crazy, but……..I LOVE buffalo flavored everything!

Check out this creamy buffalo sauce using Greek yogurt and hot sauce. Easy and delicious!

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Ingredients

  • For the chicken:
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts ( I like Organic, Free Range, no hormones)
  • 6oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 5-6 tablespoons hot sauce (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • For the salad:
  • 2 large zucchini, Use your spiralizer!
  • 1 large carrot, Spiralize this too!
  • ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ cup organic corn kernels or canned corn, drained, rinsed, patted dry
  • Avocado, optional  (I LOVE AVOCADO on everything!)

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in a medium pot and cover with water and a pinch of salt. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high-heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and let cook for 12-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink on the inside.  Crock pot, pressure cooker, or even grilled is great too!
  2. While chicken cooks, place the Greek yogurt, hot sauce, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper in the bottom of a medium mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add the shredded chicken, zucchini noodles, carrot noodles, and toss well to combine.
  3. Divide the salad onto four plates and top each with cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, and corn. Serve.

Yummm!

Thanks Inspiralized for this inspiring recipe!!

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Cashew Cream Pad Thai Zoodles

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Ingredients

3/4 cup raw cashews
3 ounces thin brown rice noodles (such as Annie Chun’s Maifun)
4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Sriracha chili sauce
1 medium yellow zucchini
1 medium green zucchini
2 large carrots
1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 cup torn fresh basil

Preparation

1. Soak cashews in a bowl of water for 1 hour. Drain.

2. Soak noodles in a bowl of very warm water for at least 1 hour. Drain.

3. Combine cashews, soy sauce, oil, fish sauce, honey, lime juice, and Sriracha in a mini food processor, and process until very smooth.

4. Run zucchini through a spiralizer to create noodles, or cut long noodles with a julienne peeler or ribbons with a vegetable peeler to measure 3 cups. Run carrots through a spiralizer to create noodles, or cut into long noodles with a julienne peeler or ribbons with a vegetable peeler to measure 1 cup. Combine rice noodles, zucchini, carrot, cabbage, and peas; toss well to combine. Spoon cashew mixture over noodles; toss to combine. Sprinkle with basil.

 

Thank you Cooking Light for this recipe!

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Spiralized Beet and Butternut Squash Noodles with Parsley Pesto

Spiralized Beet and Butternut Squash Noodles with Parsley Pesto

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Doesn’t this look beauteous!!!!

1 medium beet, peeled
1 medium golden beet, peeled
1 butternut squash, peeled
1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
½ cup italian parsley
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Zest of 1 lemon
1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled

1. Spiralize beets and the neck of the butternut squash (reserve the bottom hollow section for another use).

2. Combine vegetables and a small amount of water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute or until tender and drain beets and squash noodles on a paper towel. ( I would do this on the stove)

3. In a blender or mini food processor, combine parsley, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon zest. Blend until smooth.

4. Gently toss spiralized vegetables in pesto and sprinkle with feta.

Serves 4
CALORIES 114; FAT 7.3g (sat 1.9g, mono 4.5g, poly 0.7g); PROTEIN 2g; CARB 11g; FIBER 3g; CHOL 6mg; IRON 1mg; SODIUM 309mg; CALC 62mg

Thank you Cooking Light for this recipe!!

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