Monday, September 30, 2013

Carrot Ribbon Fettucine

Love taking veggies and making them into something that is familiar and characteristically unhealthy!

Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

What a cute treat!
Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt 
Add 1 tbsp nut butter, 1 tbsp sweetener, 1 tbsp mini chips, and 1/4 tsp vanilla to Greek yogurt.

Zucchini Pizza Bites

Zucchini Pizza Bites 

  • 4 slices large zucchini 1/4" thick (or 1 medium zucchini cut on diagnal)
  • olive oil spray
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp quick marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella


    Cut zucchini about 1/4 inch thick. Spray both side lightly with oil and season with salt and pepper. Broil or grill the zucchini for about 2 minute on each side. Top with sauce and cheese and broil for an additional minute or two. (Careful not to burn cheese)

    Modified slightly from Green Light Bites.

    Cauliflower Crust

    This looks amazing! I cannot wait to make it. 

    Cauliflower crust

    As some of you have been asking for the cauliflower crust recipe, I decided to write it down; I hope this helps.

    1) These are the ingredients I used: cauliflower, eggs, carrots and parsley. Of course you can skip the carrots or the parsley or even add other things.
    2) Shred the cauliflower, watch out for your fingers, it might hurt a little.
    3) Shred your carrots and add them.
    4) Cut the parsley to tiny pieces, add eggs, salt and pepper.
    5) Mix everything well!
    6) Get your pan and heat up some oil – I used olive oil.
    7) Fill the mixture inside of the pan, disperse it a little and put the top back on the pan.
    8) Wait about 8 minutes. As long as your cauliflower crust roasts, you can make a nice cup of tea and cut all other ingredients that you want to put on top of your crust, be creative, everything is possible and absolutely delicious!

    9) Flip your crust -  It might be difficult and about to break – try to use a plate to flip it. Once you’ve managed this, let it roast on the other side for some more minutes.


    Gingered Soba Noodles with Watermelon Radish, Broccoli & Cabbage

    Gingered Soba Noodles with Watermelon Radish, Broccoli & CabbageIngredients:
    • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
    • 3 Tbsp. sesame oil
    • 3 Tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
    • 3 Tbsp. agave nectar
    • 2 Tbsp. Sriracha
    • 1/3 cup tamari
    • 2 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger
    • 2 cloves minced garlic
    • 2 watermelon radishes, halved & thinly sliced
    • 1 broccoli crown, cut into florets & steamed
    • 1 small purple cabbage, thinly sliced
    • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
    • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
    • 1/2 cup mint, roughly chopped
    • 12 oz. soba noodles
    • Gomashio for garnish
    1. Cook soba noodles according to manufacturer’s instructions.
    1. Steam broccoli florets for 5 minutes, shock in ice water & set aside. Shred cabbage, slice radishes, chop scallions & herbs.
    1. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar, agave, sriracha, tamari, garlic & ginger in a large bowl. Mix well. Add cooled noodles, vegetables, & herbs & toss until well coated. Garnish with more herbs & gomashio.

    Protein Mocha “Frappuccino”

    Protein Mocha “Frappuccino”
    • 1 Scoop coffee or chocolate flavored protein powder
    • 1 packet instant coffee grounds
    • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk (you could also use coffee) 
    • 1 tablespoon unsweetened baking cocoa (optional)
    • 1 cup ice 
    Blend and enjoy! =)

    Beating Belly Bloat

    Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Beans and Greens

    Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Beans and Greens

    Serves 4
    4 sweet potatoes
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 shallot, diced
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 (4-inch) sprig fresh rosemary
    1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1 1/2 cups (or 1 can) cooked and drained white beans
    6 cups kale, trimmed and sliced into ribbons
    Juice of 1/4 lemon
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Preheat oven to 400°F.
    Scrub the sweet potatoes and prick them in a few places with a fork. Place them on a baking sheet and bake until soft all the way through, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
    Start the beans and greens about 15 to 20 minutes before the sweet potatoes are done.
    In a wide, deep saucepan with a cover, heat the olive oil over low-moderate heat. Add the shallots and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, rosemary sprig, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for about a minute. Add the beans and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the kale, cover the pan, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until the kale is soft. Remove the rosemary sprig, stir in the lemon juice, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
    To serve, slice each sweet potato lengthwise and push on the ends to open up the middle. Spoon the beans and greens into the center.

    Perfect Meal Combinations

    Recipe for creating the perfect meal!

    Treadmill Tips

    Love this! I heard about this years ago on a talk show so I am so excited to have seen this!
    • Holding onto the treadmill creates a “fake walk” or “fake run” situation. Depending on how you’re distributing your weight onto your hands, you may actually be creating a lighter body load onto your legs. Since your legs hold some of the largest muscles in your body (and, you know, help you walk) cheating them from a good workout is only cheating yourself. 
    • Your arms and shoulders sway in an unnatural fashion to accommodate the new movement, causing unwanted strain. Many chronic treadmill-holder-oners complain of shoulder pain. 
    • You’re cheating your lower back muscles, which typically engage to stabilize your core and keep you upright. 
    • You ruin posture. This is especially true of tall people, or people with short arms. Your body isn’t angled the way it is in the real world, and often you must hunch, lean, or otherwise screw up your posture to compensate.
    • Holding on reinforces improper spinal alignment. Your foot cannot extend fully so you take smaller step lengths. This can cause repetitive stress injuries in your hips.
    • You burn fewer calories (about 20% fewer) by essentially under exerting yourself. We already know the machines suck at counting your calories for you, now you’re making it think you’re engaging multiple muscle groups when really you’re cheating.
    • If working at an incline you’re creating an even more unnatural posture. imagine you’re hiking, or running up a hill…do you unnaturally lean back and hold your arms out in front of you? No. If the incline is at 10% and you’re holding on while leaning back, your body is now at a 10% incline. 
    • You’re cheating your body of balance. The world has many uneven surfaces we often walk on without handlebars in front of you to hold onto.
    • Holding on at fast speeds can raise blood pressure due to the grip plus the speed.

    Roasted Blueberry Malted Milkshake

    Roasted Blueberry Malted Milkshakes
    A Girl Versus Dough original
    Yields: 2 small milkshakes
    1 cup fresh blueberries, plus more for topping
    1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
    1 cup Yoplait® Greek Frozen Yogurt Blueberry
    1/4 cup milk
    2 tablespoons malted milk powder
    Heat oven to 450°F. Toss blueberries with sugar in a shallow baking dish. Roast 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until berries burst. Transfer to a bowl and cool in freezer 10 minutes.
    Place Yoplait Frozen Yogurt, milk, malted milk powder, cooled roasted berries and 2 to 3 ice cubes in a blender. Blend until thick and smooth.
    Pour milkshakes into two glasses; top with more blueberries and serve.

    Green Smoothie

    Love this simple and easy recipe to create a yummy snack or meal! 

    Weight Loss

    I have spent so much effort and time in creating blogs and I always want to keep them up. I have approximately 4 already and I never can keep up!

    Weight loss is something near and dear to my heart. I have been overweight almost all of my life and when my mother lost most of her weight, she continued to hassle me in order to motivate me to get healthy.

    This website is for me but also for others who are struggling with making good choices. This is also an online database for recipes that I find online so I can locate them all in one place.

    I hope this website helps you guys make good choices and gives you yummy food options for each day.

    Keep up the good work and remember: This time next year, you'll wish you had started today!