Homemade Cherry Garcia Chobani Yogurt Pops!

June 25, 2013

I could sit and eat a whole tub of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia in one sitting. Easily. But of course for every delicious bite I'm feeding into my face, I am also consuming enough fat and sugar to last me a week. So, in an effort to not eat enough sugar to put me into a coma, I created my very own low fat, no added sugar Cherry Garcia Yogurt Pop!


Baba Ganoush Made Healthier

June 24, 2013

Being half Middle Eastern, I grew up surrounded by delicious dishes that not everyone ate.  My grandpa, who was born and raised in Jordan, made the best food.  I can remember the house filling with amazing aromas I couldn't smell anywhere else.  The tastes and textures were something I could only dream about until the next visit.  Although he was an amazing cook, he wasn't the healthiest cook.  All of his goodies were laden with oil, fat, and sugar...and they were incredible. As an adult I still long for those childhood tastes, but with a grownup healthy twist. One of my all time favorites is a roasted eggplant dip called Baba Ganoush.

Glowing Skin Green Smoothie

June 23, 2013

Dewey, glowing skin is a great sign of radiant health. It also makes your skin look healthier, you look happier, and takes a few years off the way you look.  It is so easy to have glowing skin, you just need to include a few things in you every day diet. 

First is water. You have to keep your skin hydrated in order for it to keep its glow. I like to adhere by the standard of drinking half your weight in ounces (if you weigh 140lbs, drink 70 ounces of water daily). 
Second is to exfoliate. Nothing will dull your skin more than excess dry or dead skin, so remember to exfoliate! 
Third is the green smoothie.  The green smoothie works from the inside out to give you beautiful glowing and radiant skin. My favorite recipe after the picture. 


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Lemon Black Pepper Chia Seed Dressing

June 22, 2013

It's no secret that I love chia seeds. These little black seeds are packed with protein, fiber, and good fats.  It's also no secret that I love Chobani yogurt. Like eat every day, almost every meal type of love.  Combining the two makes for the perfect union. 

Carrot - Apple - Ginger Juicy Smoothie

June 21, 2013

For this recipe I basically only used what I already had the fridge.  So play around with apple types or even add some lemon if you have it.  I think parsley might work nice in this recipe as well! So yummy, good for you, and easy!


Greek Style Cauliflower 'Flatbread'

June 14, 2013

Ingredients (serves 2) adapted from GlowKitchen
  • 3/4 small head of cauliflower, riced**
  • 1 TBSP plus 2 TSP fresh rosemary, chopped finely
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 nonfat plain Chobani
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Feta
  • 3 TBSP red onion, sliced thin
  • 6 Kalamata olives, chopped roughly
  • Thick balasmic for drizzle


High Protein, Low Fat Creamy Caesar Dressing Recipe

June 11, 2013

I love a fresh Caesar salad dressing. Not out of a bottle, but a dressing you know was just freshly hand prepared. The dirty truth about Caesar is that this dressing is normally loaded with fat and salt.  So I cleaned up my favorite dressing with creamy, nonfat, high protein Chobani!


Apple Cinnamon Protein Oats

June 10, 2013

  • 1/2 cup raw oats
  • 1 TBSP Chia seeds
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP raw Sunflower seeds
  • 1 TBSP unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1 small apple, chopped (pick your favorite sweet apple)
  • 3/4 cup Chobani Nonfat Plain Yogurt
Combine all ingredients and eat immediately!

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Quick and Simple Clean Protein Cookie Dough!

June 10, 2013

Mix all ingredients together. Enjoy!

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Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

June 05, 2013

  • Heart Health: Cayenne pepper helps to deteriate the bad plaques that can adhere to arteries; it helps to clean them.  In addition to aspirin, you can give a person having a heart attack cayenne pepper in a cup of warm water.
  • Digestion: By stimulating the movement of intestines, cayenne pepper can aid in digestion and also can help heal stomach and intestinal ulcers  
  • Infections: Cayenne has anti-fungal properties and helps to fight fungal infections. Cayenne can also help respiratory infections and other infections including a sore throat
  • Capsaicin: Capsaicin has been studied and has been found to have pain-reducing effects, cardiovascular benefits, and the ability to prevent and treat ulcers. Capsaicin can also open congested nasal passages. 
  • Anti-Inflammatory: The peppers can also reduce inflammation, because of the Capsaicin. The hotter the pepper, the higher the concentration of Capsaicin.
You can buy cayenne pepper here or you can buy cayenne capsules here.

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Banana Bread and Cream Freezer Sandwich Recipe

June 05, 2013

To stay cool in the summer, I am always looking trying to create recipes that can be stored in the freezer for cooling noms. This recipe has all the comfort of warm banana bread, but healthier and refreshing at the same time. You also get that added bonus of having your kitchen smell like fresh baked banana bread ;)


Mango Chunk Lime Protein Pops!

June 04, 2013

I do not have an air conditioning in my 3rd floor walk-up.  This leaves me with the task of finding new ways to stay cool in the summer months. One of my favorite ways is protein pops! The mango makes this pop super refreshing and the tartness of the lime will leave you wanting more. Not to mention, this pop is packed with protein and is nonfat!

  • 1 ripe mango, cut into chunks
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp lime peel, sliced thin (optional)
  • 1 cup Chobani Nonfat Plain Yogurt
Mix the Chobani and the lime together; fold in mango chunks. Place in your Zuko Popsicle Maker (I got about 3 pops with a couple of scoops for me leftover) or ice cream machine. Let set and enjoy!

Tip: Leave out on the counter for 15 minutes before eating to let the yogurt soften up.

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Chicken 'Marsala' Salad #Recipe

June 01, 2013

2-3 boneless skinless chicken thighs (you can substitute breasts)
1/2 GF oats (you can substitute regular oats or already made oat flour)
2 TSP paprika
2 TSP Oregano
1 TSP fresh cracked pepper
1 TSP olive oil

1 pint Shiitake mushrooms (you can substitute any small type mushroom. Dried Wild are delicious if you have them available. If using, remember to rehydrate in chicken stock or white wine)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup shallots, finely sliced
1 cup white wine (I used Sauvignon blanc, but any should taste delicious)
1/2 cup chicken stock
3 anchovie fillets
2 TBSP Nonfat Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt
3 TBSP apple cider vinegar

3 large handfuls baby spinach
1/4 English cucumber, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced

Chicken: Place your oil in your skillet and turn on medium high heat. Grind your oats in a food processor until coarse.  Place oats and dry seasonings into a bowl.  Pound your chicken thighs until they reach 1/4 inch thickness.  Dredge the chicken in the oat mixture and cook in your skillet; about 1-1.5 minutes on each side. This is just long enough to brown the oats; you are not cooking the chicken through yet.  Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Sauce: Turn heat down to medium; add 1/2 cup of your wine and stir to deglaze the pan.  Add in mushrooms, shallots, and garlic; stir together.  Add in the stock and 1 tbsp vinegar; cook down. Add back the chicken and yogurt and cover until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken, and add in the rest of the wine and vinegar to lighten up the sauce for the salad. If the sauce has become too thick, add water if needed.

Pour the sauce over a large salad of baby spinach, thinly sliced red onion, and chopped English cucumber. Top with chicken and enjoy!


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