Smoothies are one of my favorite go to’s for myself and Jet. It is the perfect way to pack in a ton of fruit, veggies, and probiotics all in one glass. If you have a picky eater, it’s also a great way to sneak in that spinach or avocado. Your child will enjoy the fun colors and sipping out of a straw. I just add a scoop of protein powder to mine and I’m ready to go with a meal on the go if need be. Here are a few of my favorite kid friendly recipes your toddler will love!
If you’re valentine is anything like mine, than a homemade sweet treat is the perfect gift. And lucky for us, a gift that can be pulled off pretty last minute! Here are some festive and tasty recipes in case you need a last minute gift for someone you love (or yourself :). Happy Valentine’s everyone!!
During the winter months, there’s nothing I crave more than a good bowl of satisfying soup. It’s a great one pot recipe with minimal mess, and I normally end up throwing in whatever I have hanging out in my frig. But this recipe is my all time favorite! It is paleo friendly and won’t leave you heavy like most bean based soups will. It’s truly satisfying and the coconut milk the best kept secret to an amazingly creamy, rich soup without the dairy.
Sausage & Kale with Coconut Milk
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp fine sea salt
3/4 tsp whole fennel seeds
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 crushed red pepper flakes *add more or less depending on your heat tolernace
1 pound medium italian pork or chicken sausage, casing removed
* I use the mild italian pork sausage from Whole Foods because it is literally the best sausage ever.
4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch rounds
3 medium celery stalks, cut into 1/4″ pieces
6 cups of chicken broth
1 dried bay leaf
1 head lacinato kale, stems removed, cleaned and cut into bite sized pieces
1 13.5 oz can of full fat coconut milk
* If you want more meat, I sometimes add two chicken breasts diced and cooked along with the sausage.
1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add chopped garlic, onion and spices. Cook 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are clear.
2. Add sausage, using a wooden spoon to break up into bite sized pieces. Cook 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the pink is gone.
3. Add carrots and celery and cook for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add broth and bay leaf. Raise heat to high and bring to boil.
5. Once boiling, add kale, cover and reduce to simmer. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the kale is softened.
6. Remove from heat and discard bay leaf. Slowly stir in coconut milk until fully dissolved.
7. Serve warm.
I definitely recommend and practice a well-balanced, whole foods diet but I will say, that when you’re trying to lose weight there is only one way to do it, CUT CALORIES. So, if your goal is to lose weight it may help to let go of some of your other focuses and just go old school and count the calories. I’ve found it helps to have the motivation and feel good factor that comes with losing a few pounds quickly, to then jump start a long term healthy eating routine. And for me, when it comes to eating healthy and portion appropriate, I do well with breakfast and lunch time but have a harder time with dinner. Most of us crave a bigger meal in the evening, and it can be hard to find a meal that is low in calories and won’t leave you hungry again in an hour. These are some of my tried and true, satisfying and low calorie dinner time recipes.