Spinach & Herb Chicken Meatballs

Posted on May 22 by
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INGREDIENTS:

1lb ground chicken breast

1 cup baby spinach, chopped

2 teaspoons dried basil

2 teaspoons dried chives

2 teaspoons dried parsley

¼ cup walnuts, ground into crumbs/flour using food processor

1 tsp crushed red pepper, optional

½ tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, chard, fresh herbs, ground walnuts, red pepper if using, salt and pepper. You may want to use your hands here!

Form the meatballs into golf ball sized balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Remove from oven and serve with your favorite vegetable or salad or a side of marinara sauce for dipping if desired.

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Honey Citrus Glazed Salmon

Posted on May 12 by
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Ingredients:

Wild caught salmon filets
Olive oil
Butter or ghee
Fresh ginger
Fresh garlic
Coconut aminos, or low sodium soy sauce
Honey
Orange
Lemon
Salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Add salmon filet to a glass dish or bowl. Season with salt and pepper and top with lemon and orange slices. In a separate bowl whisk olive oil, melted butter, lemon juice, orange juice, honey, ginger, garlic and splash of coconut aminos.

2. Refrigerate covered for 10 minutes to let marinade.

3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil or line with aluminum foil.

4. Add salmon to baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes until salmon is slightly translucent. Use a fork to test if the salmon is flaky to ensure it’s done.

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Hydration

Posted on May 12 by
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With the gym being closed I have been exercising outside a lot more, but this past two week we saw a huge uptick in temps which means I have to shift gears a bit in order to stay healthy & hydrated.

If you continue to exercise outside, you should do the following:

☀️ Schedule outdoor time for before 11 am or after 6 pm to avoid peak heat times.
☀️ Hydrate ALL day. It's not enough to just hydrate while exercising.
☀️ Hydrate DURING exercise. Invest in a hydration pack/camelback or waist belt.
☀️ Hydrate with ELECTROLYTES. I like NUUN products.
☀️ Wear sunscreen. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has done all the footwork to evaluate which sunscreens are best/safest. Get their guide.
☀️ Wear light-colored, breathable clothing. No long pants or sleeves.
☀️ Do a short test run. If you're not used to exercising in the heat, test your capacity on a short work out first. If you notice difficulty breathing, dizziness, nausea, or chills - STOP.

Your goal should be to drink 1/2 your weight in ounces. For example, a 200-lb person needs a minimum of 100 ounces of water daily. If you're doing physical activity or out in the heat for extended periods of time you will need even more. Need some tips for getting more water in? I GOT YOU:

-Get a water bottle you really like. Avoid plastic!
-Add some flavor. Fresh fruit, cucumbers, mint and electrolytes are great options. Most water flavor enhancers are full of junk. Make sure you avoid artificial sweeteners (sucralose, acesulfame potassium, aspartame, etc).
-Eat water-rich foods like watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, peaches, oranges, cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, celery.
-Drink some tea. Green and herbal teas can help get more fluid into your system with numerous health benefits as well.

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Green Tea

Posted on May 07 by
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Green tea is known to contain antioxidants and has several health benefits. The flavonoids and caffeine in green tea can help elevate metabolic rate, increase fat oxidation and even improve insulin activity. So ... add a cup in the morning and early afternoon to help with your wight loss efforts.

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