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Mango Avocado Salad

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One of my favorite things to do is make recipes I come across on Pinterest or random magazines. I have to really be in the mood to cook for no reason and I can usually get pretty inspired after a few minutes of scrolling. I actually found this recipe in Cosmopolitan magazine and I was surprised because Cosmo isn’t typically a place I go to for recipe inspiration. I made this the other day and it is super, super yummy! I only got to have a small amount of it, because when I came home *somebody* had eaten it all (Mom, that means you…).

I had to tweak the recipe a little bit because I found that the amount of liquid the recipe ended up calling for would have made it a SOUP, especially because the fruit releases juice on its own. The recipe originally called for 3\4 cup of greek yogurt, if you decide you want it to be a thinner consistency. Totally up to the individual, but less yogurt was my preference. The cayenne pepper was actually a nice little unexpected kick. I would really start with less and work your way up because it’s not supposed to be overly spicy. It cuts nicely through the tartness of the lime and the sweetness of the fruit.

INGREDIENTS:

1 lime
2 tbs Agave syrup
Two whole grapefruit
1 whole avocado
1 whole mango
Cayenne pepper to taste
1\2 cup plain greek yogurt

PROCEDURE:

Slice the grapefruit, avocado, and mango into long thin pieces (discard of skin and rind).

In separate bowl, combine the juice from the lime, agave syrup, and 1\2 greek yogurt.

Arrange the grapefruit, avocado, and mango in alternating slices on a plate.

Gently spoon the yogurt\lime\agave mixture over the fruit slices.

Finally, sprinkle a TINY bit of cayenne pepper over the fruit. It doesn’t need to be much more than you would do as a garnish.

SERVINGS:

Approximately 4.

Pumpkin Banana Oat Smoothie

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This is a simple, nutritious smoothie you can whip up ahead of time for breakfast in the morning or for a snack. I generally prefer to eat my meals rather than drink them, but sometimes a smoothie hits the spot and this one is actually pretty filling. Provides a decent amount of protein & fiber for sustenance, and while it does contain sugar, none of it is added and it all comes from the milk and banana. You can add more liquid if it’s too thick for your taste.

I say to use a high powered blender because of the oats, but any blender will do. I use my Ninja and it does the trick.

Ingredients:

1 whole banana

1\4 cup pumpkin puree (canned)

1 and 1\2 cups milk of choice (I used 2%)

Dash of cinnamon

1\2 cup old fashioned oats

Mix all ingredients in a high powered blender.

Makes about 2 8oz servings.

Nutrition:

Serving size: 8oz
Calories: 223
Fat: 6g
Protein: 7.5g
Fiber: 4.5g
Sugar: 16g

5 yummy ways to use Chia Seeds

I love these little guys. They’re versatile (meaning they can be incorporated into numerous recipes and snacks) and nutrient dense. 1 TBS = 60 calories, about 3g of heart healthy fats, 4g fiber, and gives you calcium, iron, and 3g protein (nutrient content varies slightly by brand). They’re toted as the latest “superfood”, but I believe I’ll be using these long after the fad ends….

Check out these 5 yummy ways to use Chia Seeds! #1 is my favorite.

 

1.) Overnight Chocolate PB No-Cook Oatmeal chocolatepbchiaoats

Photo credit to Monica at the Yummy Life. See link below for her full recipe.

There are many varieties of overnight oatmeal. I like this particular variety has two of my favorite things, chocolate and peanut butter! I love overnight oatmeal because I’m able to essentially prepare my breakfast the night before. When I wake up, all I have to do is open the fridge and take it out and eat it as is. Doesn’t that look delicious? It’s extremely satisfying with a hefty 10g fiber and 13g protein! Go check out The Yummy Life for the full recipe.

 

2.) For a quick simple & nutritious snack: Add 1 TBS to a 8oz container of Greek yogurt . I recommend using the Light and Fit brand as it is one of the best low sugar options around, with 80 calories, 12g protein, and 7g sugar (ideal, as many brands have 15g upwards. Light and Fit Greek Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt, 5.3 Ounce — 12 per case.

 

3.) Strawberry Cheesecake Chia Pudding

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Photo Credit: belongs to Stephanie at the Foodie and the Fix – see link below for the full recipe:

One of the most common things to make with chia seeds is actually pudding. This is because chia seeds have this amazing capability to absorb large amounts of liquid, and once fully saturated they take on the consistency of a gel. When making a pudding (such as in this Strawberry Chia Pudding recipe), the chia seeds will continue to soak up water even after all ingredients have been mixed, so even if the consistency is thin at first, the pudding will thicken as it sits!

Check out this awesome recipe at The Foodie and the Fix

 

 

4.) Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Chia Smoothie

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Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get your nutrition in without a lot of preparation. This isn’t quite a meal replacement shake (not a fan of those anyway, liquid doesn’t fill you up for long! You end up consuming more calories in the long run anyway because you don’t get that satiety from chewing actual food) but its good for those times you’re in between meals where its too close to your next meal to prepare something substantial, but too far away to wait any longer to eat! 🙂 It provides about 180 calories, 4g fiber, 3g protein, and 8g sugar: perfect snack size (its good to keep your snacks around 200 calories, depending on your total meal plan, otherwise they start looking like meals 😉 )

Go to Skinny Taste for the full recipe breakdown.

 

 

5. Strawberry Lemonade Chia Drink

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You know those chia drinks they sell in the health food section that go for almost 4 bucks per single serving bottle? They taste fantastic, and as I’ve mentioned before chia seeds are extremely nutrient dense making them an excellent food to incorporate into your daily routine, but the recipes are also so simple, that it seems like a crime to buy these thing outright. This is just another one of those things that makes more “cents” to make at home….

Please visit Nouveauraw to enjoy Amie Sue’s full recipe.

Photo credit belongs to RateYourBurn

 

 

Want to try them for yourself???
Check these out on Amazon:

 

OPTION 1:

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At $14.60 per bag, they may seem expensive but wait: chia seeds are extremely nutrient dense, so you are typically only using 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time. This 32oz bag will last you quite a while, 64 servings (using a 1 TBS serving) to be exact, aka ~22 cents per serving. 🙂 They do sell smaller sizes, but it’s not as economical.

Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds Black, 32 Ounce 

 

 

 

OPTION 2:

If for some reason that’s out of stock, or you don’t want to buy a large quantity (although I’d recommend it when shopping online if you’re paying S&H! More bang for your buck) you can try these White Chia Seeds.

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These are $5.80 for a 16oz bag, + S&H. (Again, free with Amazon Prime or if your total order is at least $35.00. )

White Chia Seed – 16 Oz Pouch