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[caption id="attachment_66269" align="alignnone" width="620"]Drool-Worthy Ezekiel Toast Recipes Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

Walk into any grocery store and pick a loaf, any loaf, from the bread aisle. Even if you opted for a healthier whole-wheat option, chances are the two main ingredients are still refined wheat and sugar. But if you back away from those pillowy, plastic-wrapped poufs and head to the frozen aisle…that’s where the good stuff is.

Here you’ll find ezekiel, the true wonder bread of breads. Besides being preservative-free and therefore kept frozen, ezekiel bread is different in several ways. Unlike its carby counterparts, ezekiel contains no flour, no sugar, no dairy and less gluten. It’s also made from several different types of sprouted organic grains and legumes — a combination that makes it a complete source of protein with four grams per serving.

The sprouting process that these grains undergo increases their nutrient value and makes vitamins and minerals more accessible to the body. Sprouting also breaks down anti-nutrients that prevent proper absorption of nutrients and minerals, thus making ezekiel easier to digest. You also get more fiber (three grams per serving) eating ezekiel, which keeps you fuller for longer. No sugar spikes here, folks!

If you’re looking to top your ezekiel toast with more than butter and jam, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 11 novel and nutritious ezekiel toast recipes to try now.

RELATED: 9 Delicious Open-Faced Sandwiches for Super-Quick Meals

11 Easy Recipes for Ezekiel Toast

Pro tip: Ezekiel can last up to a year in the freezer and is highly perishable otherwise. So keep it frozen, which also helps make sure you’re always stocked up. When you get a hankering, all you need to do is toast a slice straight from the freezer and voila!

[caption id="attachment_66262" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Cara Cara Orange Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

1. Cara Cara Toast with Cottage Cheese and Hemp Seeds

143 calories per slice
Cut off the top and bottom of the orange and stand it up on end. Slice off all the peel and white pith around the orange then turn it on its side and cut it crosswise into round slices. Spread 2 tablespoons of low-fat cottage cheese on the toast and arrange half the orange slices on top. Sprinkle with hemp seeds and chopped mint leaves.

[caption id="attachment_66255" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Chia Seed Jam and Almond Butter Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

2. Ezekiel Toast with Chia Seed Jam, Almond Butter and Berries

286 calories per slice
Spread 2 tablespoons of almond butter on the entire surface of the toast and smear 1 tablespoon of chia seed jam over half of it. Cover the other half with 4 to 5 blackberries. Alternatively, dollop jam on almond butter and mound blackberries on top.

For the chia seed jam (makes 1 cup): Cook 2 cups of fresh or frozen berries (any variety you like) in a saucepan over medium heat. When the fruit begins to soften and release liquid, use a fork to smash the berries and break them down. Stir in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey if you want some sweetness. Remove the saucepan from heat and let the jam cool until the chia seeds are nice and plump.

[caption id="attachment_66259" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Kiwi and Coconut with Greek Yogurt Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

3. Kiwi and Coconut Toast with Honey Greek Yogurt

206 calories per slice
Peel and thinly slice 1 kiwi. Spread 2 tablespoons of plain non-fat Greek yogurt on toast and drizzle with honey. Arrange kiwi slices over the yogurt and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of unsweetened coconut flakes.

RELATED: 8 Essential Meal Prep Tips for Healthy Eating

[caption id="attachment_66256" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Beet Hummus Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

4. Ezekiel Toast with Beet Hummus, Avocado and Feta

246 calories per slice
Spread a generous ¼ cup of beet hummus on the toast and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of crumbled feta. Top it off with a couple spoonfuls of avocado.

For the beet hummus (makes 2 ½ cups): In a food processor, puree 1 pound of cooked red beets with 1 garlic clove, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of ground coriander. With the machine on, slowly drizzle 
in a ¼ cup of olive oil until the puree is smooth, then drizzle in a ½ cup of tahini. Season with salt to taste.

[caption id="attachment_66257" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Peanut Butter and Banana Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

5. PB&B Toast with Pistachios, Pomegranate and Cacao Nibs

353 calories per slice
Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on the entire surface of the toast and arrange half a sliced banana over it. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon each of chopped pistachios, pomegranate seeds and cacao nibs over the toast.

[caption id="attachment_66265" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Mushrooms and Spinach Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

6. Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach on Ezekiel Toast

260 calories per slice
Heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add a 1 cup of sliced mushrooms, ¼ teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves and a quick shake of garlic powder. Sauté until mushrooms are browned and tender then toss in a handful of baby spinach. Once spinach is wilted, season to taste with salt and pepper. Smear 1 tablespoon of goat cheese on a slice of toast and heap the sautéed mushrooms and spinach on top.

[caption id="attachment_66260" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Salmon and Cucumber Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

7. Ezekiel with Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Cream Cheese

246 calories per slice
Cut a mini seedless cucumber in half lengthwise and run a vegetable peeler along the cut sides to create long ribbons. Spread 2 tablespoons of low-fat cream cheese on the toast and top with an ounce of smoked salmon and cucumber ribbons. Season with capers and dill.

RELATED: 5 Insanely Delicious Sweet Potato Toast Recipes

[caption id="attachment_66263" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Avocado with Beet Kraut Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

8. Avocado Toast with Pea Shoots, Beet Kraut and Tahini

220 calories per slice
Place a scant handful of pea shoots on the toast. Thinly slice half an avocado and fan out the flesh over the pea shoots. Place 2 tablespoons of kraut in a line over the avocado. Drizzle tahini over the toast and sprinkle with furikake seasoning. 

[caption id="attachment_66261" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Chickpeas and Pesto Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

9. Ezekiel Toast with Tomato-Stewed Chickpeas and Pesto

225 calories per slice
Slice a clove of garlic in half and rub the cut side all over the toast. Scoop a ⅓ cup of stewed chickpeas onto the garlicky toast and dollop with 1 tablespoon of pesto.

For the chickpeas (makes 2 ½ cups): Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 small chopped onion and 3 minced garlic cloves; saute until softened. Add 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika and ½ teaspoon of kosher salt. Stir until fragrant then add 1 drained can (15-ounce) of chickpeas and 1 can (14 ½ -ounce) of crushed tomatoes. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low until thickened.

[caption id="attachment_66264" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Apple with Tahini-Ricotta Spread Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

10. Tahini-Ricotta Toast with Apple, Granola and Honey

212 calories per slice
Mix 1 tablespoon of low-fat ricotta with 1 teaspoon of tahini and spread on toast. Thinly slice half an apple and layer the slices on top. Drizzle toast with raw honey then sprinkle on some granola and a dusting of cinnamon.

[caption id="attachment_66258" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Sweet Potato Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

11. Sweet Potato Toast with Arugula, Feta and Pumpkin Seeds

169 calories per slice
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut a small sweet potato into ½-inch cubes and toss with 1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil, a pinch of cinnamon, salt and pepper. Spread the potato cubes in an even layer on a baking sheet and roast until soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Place a handful of arugula on toast and top with a ⅓ cup of roasted sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with crumbled feta, pumpkin seeds and red pepper flakes. 

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Drool-Worthy Ezekiel Toast Recipes

[caption id="attachment_66269" align="alignnone" width="620"]Drool-Worthy Ezekiel Toast Recipes Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption] Walk into any grocery store and pick a loaf, any loaf, from the bread aisle. Even if you opted for a healthier whole-wheat option, chances are the two main ingredients are still refined wheat and sugar. But if you back away from those pillowy, plastic-wrapped poufs and head to the frozen aisle…that’s where the good stuff is. Here you’ll find ezekiel, the true wonder bread of breads. Besides being preservative-free and therefore kept frozen, ezekiel bread is different in several ways. Unlike its carby counterparts, ezekiel contains no flour, no sugar, no dairy and less gluten. It’s also made from several different types of sprouted organic grains and legumes — a combination that makes it a complete source of protein with four grams per serving. The sprouting process that these grains undergo increases their nutrient value and makes vitamins and minerals more accessible to the body. Sprouting also breaks down anti-nutrients that prevent proper absorption of nutrients and minerals, thus making ezekiel easier to digest. You also get more fiber (three grams per serving) eating ezekiel, which keeps you fuller for longer. No sugar spikes here, folks! If you’re looking to top your ezekiel toast with more than butter and jam, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 11 novel and nutritious ezekiel toast recipes to try now. RELATED: 9 Delicious Open-Faced Sandwiches for Super-Quick Meals

11 Easy Recipes for Ezekiel Toast

Pro tip: Ezekiel can last up to a year in the freezer and is highly perishable otherwise. So keep it frozen, which also helps make sure you’re always stocked up. When you get a hankering, all you need to do is toast a slice straight from the freezer and voila! [caption id="attachment_66262" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Cara Cara Orange Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

1. Cara Cara Toast with Cottage Cheese and Hemp Seeds

143 calories per slice Cut off the top and bottom of the orange and stand it up on end. Slice off all the peel and white pith around the orange then turn it on its side and cut it crosswise into round slices. Spread 2 tablespoons of low-fat cottage cheese on the toast and arrange half the orange slices on top. Sprinkle with hemp seeds and chopped mint leaves. [caption id="attachment_66255" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Chia Seed Jam and Almond Butter Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

2. Ezekiel Toast with Chia Seed Jam, Almond Butter and Berries

286 calories per slice Spread 2 tablespoons of almond butter on the entire surface of the toast and smear 1 tablespoon of chia seed jam over half of it. Cover the other half with 4 to 5 blackberries. Alternatively, dollop jam on almond butter and mound blackberries on top. For the chia seed jam (makes 1 cup): Cook 2 cups of fresh or frozen berries (any variety you like) in a saucepan over medium heat. When the fruit begins to soften and release liquid, use a fork to smash the berries and break them down. Stir in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey if you want some sweetness. Remove the saucepan from heat and let the jam cool until the chia seeds are nice and plump. [caption id="attachment_66259" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Kiwi and Coconut with Greek Yogurt Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

3. Kiwi and Coconut Toast with Honey Greek Yogurt

206 calories per slice Peel and thinly slice 1 kiwi. Spread 2 tablespoons of plain non-fat Greek yogurt on toast and drizzle with honey. Arrange kiwi slices over the yogurt and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of unsweetened coconut flakes. RELATED: 8 Essential Meal Prep Tips for Healthy Eating [caption id="attachment_66256" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Beet Hummus Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

4. Ezekiel Toast with Beet Hummus, Avocado and Feta

246 calories per slice Spread a generous ¼ cup of beet hummus on the toast and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of crumbled feta. Top it off with a couple spoonfuls of avocado. For the beet hummus (makes 2 ½ cups): In a food processor, puree 1 pound of cooked red beets with 1 garlic clove, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of ground coriander. With the machine on, slowly drizzle 
in a ¼ cup of olive oil until the puree is smooth, then drizzle in a ½ cup of tahini. Season with salt to taste. [caption id="attachment_66257" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Peanut Butter and Banana Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

5. PB&B Toast with Pistachios, Pomegranate and Cacao Nibs

353 calories per slice Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on the entire surface of the toast and arrange half a sliced banana over it. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon each of chopped pistachios, pomegranate seeds and cacao nibs over the toast. [caption id="attachment_66265" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Mushrooms and Spinach Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

6. Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach on Ezekiel Toast

260 calories per slice Heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add a 1 cup of sliced mushrooms, ¼ teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves and a quick shake of garlic powder. Sauté until mushrooms are browned and tender then toss in a handful of baby spinach. Once spinach is wilted, season to taste with salt and pepper. Smear 1 tablespoon of goat cheese on a slice of toast and heap the sautéed mushrooms and spinach on top. [caption id="attachment_66260" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Salmon and Cucumber Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

7. Ezekiel with Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Cream Cheese

246 calories per slice Cut a mini seedless cucumber in half lengthwise and run a vegetable peeler along the cut sides to create long ribbons. Spread 2 tablespoons of low-fat cream cheese on the toast and top with an ounce of smoked salmon and cucumber ribbons. Season with capers and dill. RELATED: 5 Insanely Delicious Sweet Potato Toast Recipes [caption id="attachment_66263" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Avocado with Beet Kraut Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

8. Avocado Toast with Pea Shoots, Beet Kraut and Tahini

220 calories per slice Place a scant handful of pea shoots on the toast. Thinly slice half an avocado and fan out the flesh over the pea shoots. Place 2 tablespoons of kraut in a line over the avocado. Drizzle tahini over the toast and sprinkle with furikake seasoning.  [caption id="attachment_66261" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Chickpeas and Pesto Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

9. Ezekiel Toast with Tomato-Stewed Chickpeas and Pesto

225 calories per slice Slice a clove of garlic in half and rub the cut side all over the toast. Scoop a ⅓ cup of stewed chickpeas onto the garlicky toast and dollop with 1 tablespoon of pesto. For the chickpeas (makes 2 ½ cups): Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 small chopped onion and 3 minced garlic cloves; saute until softened. Add 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika and ½ teaspoon of kosher salt. Stir until fragrant then add 1 drained can (15-ounce) of chickpeas and 1 can (14 ½ -ounce) of crushed tomatoes. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low until thickened. [caption id="attachment_66264" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Apple with Tahini-Ricotta Spread Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

10. Tahini-Ricotta Toast with Apple, Granola and Honey

212 calories per slice Mix 1 tablespoon of low-fat ricotta with 1 teaspoon of tahini and spread on toast. Thinly slice half an apple and layer the slices on top. Drizzle toast with raw honey then sprinkle on some granola and a dusting of cinnamon. [caption id="attachment_66258" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ezekiel Toast: Sweet Potato Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

11. Sweet Potato Toast with Arugula, Feta and Pumpkin Seeds

169 calories per slice Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut a small sweet potato into ½-inch cubes and toss with 1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil, a pinch of cinnamon, salt and pepper. Spread the potato cubes in an even layer on a baking sheet and roast until soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Place a handful of arugula on toast and top with a ⅓ cup of roasted sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with crumbled feta, pumpkin seeds and red pepper flakes.  Read More 14 Healthy Lunch Ideas to Pack for Work 12 Crave-Worthy Peanut Butter Recipes You Haven’t Tried Yet 9 Genius Uses for Your Spiralizer

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Vegan Fiesta Taco Bowl Recipe from Chloe Coscarelli https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/fiesta-taco-bowl-recipe/ Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:15:53 +0000 https://dailyburn.com/life/?p=66167 Fiesta Taco Bowl Recipe

[caption id="attachment_66201" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Taco Bowl Recipe Photo: Christina Holmes[/caption]

By Chloe Coscarelli, author of Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy Vegan

A vegan salad can't just have leaves and veggies. It needs to be super hearty with interesting textures and flavors. This recipe is kind of like a hybrid between a bowl and a salad because it has just the right balance between fresh raw veggies and warm, spiced cooked components. The dressing isn’t your typical green goddess because it is lighter, tangier and more refreshing than the traditional dairy-based recipe. The dressing can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To make it gluten-free, replace the seitan with tempeh and make sure the tortilla chips are gluten-free.

RELATED: Inside Chloe Coscarelli’s New Vegan Cookbook (Plus 3 New Recipes)

Fiesta Taco Bowl Recipe

Serves 5

Ingredients

For the green goddess dressing:
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 jalapeño, seeded
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the salad:
2 heads (about 15 ounces) romaine lettuce, cut or torn into bite-size pieces
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup (6 ounces) frozen sweet yellow corn, thawed
1 cup (5 ounces) halved cherry tomatoes
1 avocado, mashed
Crispy Tortilla Strips
Lime wedges

For the smoky seitan:
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces ground seitan
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Sea salt

Fo the lime sour cream:
Makes 1 cup
1 cup silken tofu
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When it shimmers, add the seitan, chili powder, smoked paprika and cayenne and cook until heated through. Add water one tablespoon at a time if the pan seems dry. Season with salt.
  3. To assemble, in a large bowl, toss together the romaine, quinoa, black beans, corn, cherry tomatoes, and enough dressing to coat. Portion into bowls and top each serving with mashed avocado, smoky seitan and crispy tortilla strips, if desired.
  4. Using a blender or food processor, combine all the sour cream ingredients and blend until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  5. Dollop the bowl with lime sour cream and serve with a lime wedge.

The Skinny

Reprinted from Chloe Flavor. Copyright © 2018 by CKC Sales, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Christina Holmes. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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Fiesta Taco Bowl Recipe

[caption id="attachment_66201" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Taco Bowl Recipe Photo: Christina Holmes[/caption] By Chloe Coscarelli, author of Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy Vegan A vegan salad can't just have leaves and veggies. It needs to be super hearty with interesting textures and flavors. This recipe is kind of like a hybrid between a bowl and a salad because it has just the right balance between fresh raw veggies and warm, spiced cooked components. The dressing isn’t your typical green goddess because it is lighter, tangier and more refreshing than the traditional dairy-based recipe. The dressing can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To make it gluten-free, replace the seitan with tempeh and make sure the tortilla chips are gluten-free. RELATED: Inside Chloe Coscarelli’s New Vegan Cookbook (Plus 3 New Recipes)

Fiesta Taco Bowl Recipe

Serves 5

Ingredients

For the green goddess dressing: 1/3 cup olive oil 1/4 cup lime juice 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons agave nectar 1 jalapeño, seeded 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the salad: 2 heads (about 15 ounces) romaine lettuce, cut or torn into bite-size pieces 1 cup cooked quinoa 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup (6 ounces) frozen sweet yellow corn, thawed 1 cup (5 ounces) halved cherry tomatoes 1 avocado, mashed Crispy Tortilla Strips Lime wedges

For the smoky seitan: 2 tablespoons olive oil 8 ounces ground seitan 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon smoked paprika Pinch of cayenne pepper Sea salt

Fo the lime sour cream: Makes 1 cup 1 cup silken tofu 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When it shimmers, add the seitan, chili powder, smoked paprika and cayenne and cook until heated through. Add water one tablespoon at a time if the pan seems dry. Season with salt.
  3. To assemble, in a large bowl, toss together the romaine, quinoa, black beans, corn, cherry tomatoes, and enough dressing to coat. Portion into bowls and top each serving with mashed avocado, smoky seitan and crispy tortilla strips, if desired.
  4. Using a blender or food processor, combine all the sour cream ingredients and blend until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  5. Dollop the bowl with lime sour cream and serve with a lime wedge.

The Skinny

Reprinted from Chloe Flavor. Copyright © 2018 by CKC Sales, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Christina Holmes. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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Inside Chloe Coscarelli’s New Vegan Cookbook (Plus 3 Recipes) https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/vegan-recipes-chloe-coscarelli-cookbook/ Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:15:41 +0000 https://dailyburn.com/life/?p=66137

[caption id="attachment_66146" align="alignnone" width="620"]Inside Chloe Coscarelli's New Vegan Cookbook (Plus 3 New Vegan Recipes) Photo: Christina Holmes / Penguin Random House, LLC[/caption]

Barbecue burgers and jambalaya aren’t what you expect in a vegan cookbook, but you can find them and many meat-lover favorites in Chloe Coscarelli’s new cookbook, Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan. Coscarelli rose to culinary stardom when she co-founded by CHLOE, a chain of fast-casual vegan restaurants, which has expanded across the U.S. and now, Europe. Some would say Coscarelli’s menu brought veganism to the masses, transforming the pork in tacos into spicy seitan chorizo and Italian meatballs into Portobello balls of veggie goodness.

But after some legal battles with her co-founder, Coscarelli parted ways with the by CHLOE chain in March 2017. A year later, Coscarelli pens her most personal cookbook yet, sharing the plant-based confections she’s cooked for her family, friends and boyfriend in her New York City apartment.

From cinnamon roll pancakes to cauliflower “buffalo” wings, prepare to give your tummy and taste buds a delight. Daily Burn had the chance to sneak behind the counter to speak with Coscarelli, as she was preparing to feed more than 300 dinner guests at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. Here are her top tips for preparing the most flavorful vegan meals — plus three recipes you can make at home.

RELATED: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Vegan

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1. Go raw to balance your meals.

While the latest diet trends have gotten many people on board with the ketogenic train or even the pegan diet (paleo-vegan), Coscarelli says going vegan is one of the best ways to get a healthy, balanced meal. In her new cookbook, finding the right balance of flavor and nutrition in every recipe is essential. “To make a complete meal, I like to include various components that add up to a nourishing and satisfying feel,” Coscarelli says. “For example, I always like some part of the plate to be fresh and raw, whether it’s mixed greens, a bed of kale, fresh salsa on a taco, or crisp lettuce, tomato and onion on a veggie burger,” she adds. And she uses color as a guide. “Usually if you have some rainbow on your plate, you’re getting a variety of vitamins and nutrients,” she says.

RELATED: 13 Vegan Breakfast Recipes You’ll Want Every Morning

[caption id="attachment_66149" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Recipes: Fiesta Taco Bowl Photo: Christina Holmes; Fiesta Taco Bowl Recipe by Chloe Coscarelli[/caption]

2. Add bulk with fiber.

When it comes to vegan meat substitutes, taste and texture are key. Coscarelli loves to play with different plant-based ingredients to get a similar consistency and flavor as non-vegan foods. In her Fiesta Taco Bowl recipe (pictured above), Coscarelli uses ground seitan, chili powder, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper to mimic the spicy, Mexican-inspired flavor and hearty beef in the traditional taco. “Instead of ground meat, I use whole, hearty ingredients, such as mushrooms, lentils, nuts and tempeh,” Coscarelli says.

[caption id="attachment_66150" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Recipes: Meatball Parm Photo: Christina Holmes; Meatball Parm by Chloe Coscarelli[/caption]

3. Veg out.

Vegetables are the main food group for vegans, so it’s no surprise that it’s a major component even in the heartiest dishes. “My favorite way to cook veggies is roasting them in a hot oven to bring out their natural sweetness. I can’t resist the caramelization that takes place. They’re delicious as is, or pureed and added to sauces,” Coscarelli says. Coscarelli’s Meatball Parm recipe (picted above) uses roasted beets, seitan and brown rice to give the meatballs a robust texture. When combined with the mozzarella sauce, which is made with cashews, garlic powder, sea salt and lemon, it makes a show-stopping meal that’ll tempt the biggest carnivores.

RELATED: 10 Meatless Meals Packed With Plant-Based Protein

[caption id="attachment_66151" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Recipes: Sriracha Tempeh Alfredo Photo: Christina Holmes; Sriracha Tempeh Alfredo by Chloe Coscarelli[/caption]

4. Say (cashew) cheese.

Being part Italian, Coscarelli enjoys pasta so much that there’s an entire chapter dedicated to noodle dishes in her cookbook. “When I test a pasta sauce, I’m looking for the right consistency and texture. I don’t want anything that will be clumpy, pasty or dry,” Coscarelli says. “I love using cashews because they make the creamiest vegan sauces. If you’re making a nut-based sauce like a cashew cream, it’s important to warm it at a lower temperature so that it doesn’t dry out.”

Another pro tip is to use nutritional yeast flakes to add flavor to your “cheese.” Coscarelli uses it to prepare macaroni and cheese. In her Sriracha Tempeh Alfredo recipe (pictured above), she combines cashew cheese with garlic, Sriracha and maple syrup to mimic the savory and slightly tastes in an Alfredo sauce. To enhance the flavor of pasta sauces, Coscarelli adds dried herbs instead of fresh. She subs in 1/3 teaspoon dried herbs for every teaspoon of fresh.

RELATED: Better Than Cheddar: 6 Vegan Cheese Swaps

5. Treat yo’self.

No meal is complete without dessert, even vegan ones. The Cupcake Wars-winning chef is known for her mouthwatering sweets, and her cookbook is filled with dairy-free cupcakes, donuts, pies and ice cream. Her trick for replacing eggs: “Vinegar is key! In baking, you can replace eggs with a mix of vinegar and baking soda, which reacts together to bind cakes and cupcakes without using eggs.” Coscarelli often uses apple cider vinegar in her desserts not only as a binding agent, but also for its balance of flavors. Instead of butter or margarine, Coscarelli swaps in healthy fats, like avocado and coconut oil. Her chocolate-avocado cupcakes recipe combines avocado with coconut oil, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and almond milk for the frosting. 

Want more flavorful vegan recipes? Grab a copy of Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan, on sale March 6.

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[caption id="attachment_66146" align="alignnone" width="620"]Inside Chloe Coscarelli's New Vegan Cookbook (Plus 3 New Vegan Recipes) Photo: Christina Holmes / Penguin Random House, LLC[/caption] Barbecue burgers and jambalaya aren’t what you expect in a vegan cookbook, but you can find them and many meat-lover favorites in Chloe Coscarelli’s new cookbook, Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan. Coscarelli rose to culinary stardom when she co-founded by CHLOE, a chain of fast-casual vegan restaurants, which has expanded across the U.S. and now, Europe. Some would say Coscarelli’s menu brought veganism to the masses, transforming the pork in tacos into spicy seitan chorizo and Italian meatballs into Portobello balls of veggie goodness. But after some legal battles with her co-founder, Coscarelli parted ways with the by CHLOE chain in March 2017. A year later, Coscarelli pens her most personal cookbook yet, sharing the plant-based confections she’s cooked for her family, friends and boyfriend in her New York City apartment. From cinnamon roll pancakes to cauliflower “buffalo” wings, prepare to give your tummy and taste buds a delight. Daily Burn had the chance to sneak behind the counter to speak with Coscarelli, as she was preparing to feed more than 300 dinner guests at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. Here are her top tips for preparing the most flavorful vegan meals — plus three recipes you can make at home. RELATED: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Vegan

5 Foolproof Tips for Delicious Vegan Cooking

1. Go raw to balance your meals.

While the latest diet trends have gotten many people on board with the ketogenic train or even the pegan diet (paleo-vegan), Coscarelli says going vegan is one of the best ways to get a healthy, balanced meal. In her new cookbook, finding the right balance of flavor and nutrition in every recipe is essential. “To make a complete meal, I like to include various components that add up to a nourishing and satisfying feel,” Coscarelli says. “For example, I always like some part of the plate to be fresh and raw, whether it’s mixed greens, a bed of kale, fresh salsa on a taco, or crisp lettuce, tomato and onion on a veggie burger,” she adds. And she uses color as a guide. “Usually if you have some rainbow on your plate, you’re getting a variety of vitamins and nutrients,” she says. RELATED: 13 Vegan Breakfast Recipes You’ll Want Every Morning [caption id="attachment_66149" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Recipes: Fiesta Taco Bowl Photo: Christina Holmes; Fiesta Taco Bowl Recipe by Chloe Coscarelli[/caption]

2. Add bulk with fiber.

When it comes to vegan meat substitutes, taste and texture are key. Coscarelli loves to play with different plant-based ingredients to get a similar consistency and flavor as non-vegan foods. In her Fiesta Taco Bowl recipe (pictured above), Coscarelli uses ground seitan, chili powder, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper to mimic the spicy, Mexican-inspired flavor and hearty beef in the traditional taco. “Instead of ground meat, I use whole, hearty ingredients, such as mushrooms, lentils, nuts and tempeh,” Coscarelli says. [caption id="attachment_66150" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Recipes: Meatball Parm Photo: Christina Holmes; Meatball Parm by Chloe Coscarelli[/caption]

3. Veg out.

Vegetables are the main food group for vegans, so it’s no surprise that it’s a major component even in the heartiest dishes. “My favorite way to cook veggies is roasting them in a hot oven to bring out their natural sweetness. I can’t resist the caramelization that takes place. They’re delicious as is, or pureed and added to sauces,” Coscarelli says. Coscarelli’s Meatball Parm recipe (picted above) uses roasted beets, seitan and brown rice to give the meatballs a robust texture. When combined with the mozzarella sauce, which is made with cashews, garlic powder, sea salt and lemon, it makes a show-stopping meal that’ll tempt the biggest carnivores. RELATED: 10 Meatless Meals Packed With Plant-Based Protein [caption id="attachment_66151" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Recipes: Sriracha Tempeh Alfredo Photo: Christina Holmes; Sriracha Tempeh Alfredo by Chloe Coscarelli[/caption]

4. Say (cashew) cheese.

Being part Italian, Coscarelli enjoys pasta so much that there’s an entire chapter dedicated to noodle dishes in her cookbook. “When I test a pasta sauce, I’m looking for the right consistency and texture. I don’t want anything that will be clumpy, pasty or dry,” Coscarelli says. “I love using cashews because they make the creamiest vegan sauces. If you’re making a nut-based sauce like a cashew cream, it’s important to warm it at a lower temperature so that it doesn’t dry out.” Another pro tip is to use nutritional yeast flakes to add flavor to your “cheese.” Coscarelli uses it to prepare macaroni and cheese. In her Sriracha Tempeh Alfredo recipe (pictured above), she combines cashew cheese with garlic, Sriracha and maple syrup to mimic the savory and slightly tastes in an Alfredo sauce. To enhance the flavor of pasta sauces, Coscarelli adds dried herbs instead of fresh. She subs in 1/3 teaspoon dried herbs for every teaspoon of fresh. RELATED: Better Than Cheddar: 6 Vegan Cheese Swaps

5. Treat yo’self.

No meal is complete without dessert, even vegan ones. The Cupcake Wars-winning chef is known for her mouthwatering sweets, and her cookbook is filled with dairy-free cupcakes, donuts, pies and ice cream. Her trick for replacing eggs: “Vinegar is key! In baking, you can replace eggs with a mix of vinegar and baking soda, which reacts together to bind cakes and cupcakes without using eggs.” Coscarelli often uses apple cider vinegar in her desserts not only as a binding agent, but also for its balance of flavors. Instead of butter or margarine, Coscarelli swaps in healthy fats, like avocado and coconut oil. Her chocolate-avocado cupcakes recipe combines avocado with coconut oil, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and almond milk for the frosting.  Want more flavorful vegan recipes? Grab a copy of Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan, on sale March 6. Read More Everything You Need to Know About the Top Diet Plans Aquafaba: The Vegan Egg Substitute Hiding in Your Pantry Your 4-Week Meal Prep Guide for Clean Eating

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Sriracha Tempeh Alfredo Recipe from Chloe Coscarelli https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/sriracha-tempeh-alfredo-recipe/ Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:15:40 +0000 https://dailyburn.com/life/?p=66173

[caption id="attachment_66204" align="alignnone" width="620"]Sriracha Tempeh Alfredo Recipe Photo: Christina Holmes[/caption]

By Chloe Coscarelli, author of Chloe Flavors: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy Vegan

The average Alfredo sauce can pack a thousand calories per serving, but this vegan alternative features cashews and a little Sriracha to turn up the heat and flavor. Adding some tempeh brings some balance to your pasta bowl with fiber and protein. Use gluten-free pasta, if you prefer.

RELATED: Inside Chloe Coscarelli's New Vegan Cookbook (Plus 3 New Recipes)

Sriracha Tempeh Alfredo Recipe

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

1 pound fettuccine

For the cashew sauce:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup raw cashews
2 cups water
2 tablespoons Sriracha
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons sea salt

For the sriracha tempeh:

2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces tempeh, cut into bite-size cubes
1/4 cup water, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons Sriracha
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Toppings: Chopped fresh cilantro; lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook to al dente according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot, off the heat.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for five to seven minutes, until softened. Transfer to a blender; set the skillet aside (no need to wash it). Add the cashews, water, Sriracha, maple syrup and salt to the blender. Blend on high speed for about two minutes, until very smooth.
  3. In the same skillet in which you cooked the onion, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add the tempeh and cook, stirring, for six to eight minutes, until golden and lightly browned.
  4. Using a small bowl, whisk together the water, Sriracha, maple syrup and salt. Pour the mixture over the tempeh and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce has somewhat been absorbed and has thickened.
  5. Add the cashew sauce to the pot with the pasta and toss to coat. Season with pepper; taste and adjust the seasoning. If the sauce gets too thick, add water, one tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached. Serve the pasta in bowls and top each serving with the Sriracha tempeh, cilantro and a lime wedge.

The Skinny

Reprinted from Chloe Flavor. Copyright © 2018 by CKC Sales, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Christina Holmes. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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[caption id="attachment_66204" align="alignnone" width="620"]Sriracha Tempeh Alfredo Recipe Photo: Christina Holmes[/caption] By Chloe Coscarelli, author of Chloe Flavors: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy Vegan The average Alfredo sauce can pack a thousand calories per serving, but this vegan alternative features cashews and a little Sriracha to turn up the heat and flavor. Adding some tempeh brings some balance to your pasta bowl with fiber and protein. Use gluten-free pasta, if you prefer. RELATED: Inside Chloe Coscarelli's New Vegan Cookbook (Plus 3 New Recipes)

Sriracha Tempeh Alfredo Recipe

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

1 pound fettuccine

For the cashew sauce:

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup raw cashews 2 cups water 2 tablespoons Sriracha 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup 2 teaspoons sea salt

For the sriracha tempeh:

2 tablespoons olive oil 8 ounces tempeh, cut into bite-size cubes 1/4 cup water, plus more as needed 2 tablespoons Sriracha 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Toppings: Chopped fresh cilantro; lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook to al dente according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot, off the heat.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for five to seven minutes, until softened. Transfer to a blender; set the skillet aside (no need to wash it). Add the cashews, water, Sriracha, maple syrup and salt to the blender. Blend on high speed for about two minutes, until very smooth.
  3. In the same skillet in which you cooked the onion, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add the tempeh and cook, stirring, for six to eight minutes, until golden and lightly browned.
  4. Using a small bowl, whisk together the water, Sriracha, maple syrup and salt. Pour the mixture over the tempeh and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce has somewhat been absorbed and has thickened.
  5. Add the cashew sauce to the pot with the pasta and toss to coat. Season with pepper; taste and adjust the seasoning. If the sauce gets too thick, add water, one tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached. Serve the pasta in bowls and top each serving with the Sriracha tempeh, cilantro and a lime wedge.

The Skinny

Reprinted from Chloe Flavor. Copyright © 2018 by CKC Sales, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Christina Holmes. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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Vegan Meatball Parm Recipe from Chloe Coscarelli https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/vegan-meatball-parm-recipe/ Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:15:32 +0000 https://dailyburn.com/life/?p=66159 Vegan Meatball Parm Recipe

[caption id="attachment_66162" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Meatball Parm Recipe Photo by Christina Holmes[/caption]

By Chloe Coscarelli, author of Chloe Flavors: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy Vegan

This recipe has a handful of components to it (maybe not the best choice for a busy weeknight!), but if you put in the time, the result will be show-stopping, both to the eyes and the taste buds! The meatballs pack roasted beets, brown rice and seitan to give them heartiness and texture. The mozzarella sauce can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also prepare the meatballs ahead of time: Form them into balls and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to one month. Cook directly from refrigerated or frozen.

RELATED: Inside Chloe Coscarelli’s New Vegan Cookbook (Plus 3 New Recipes)

Meatball Parm Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

For the mozzarella sauce:
3/4 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Juice of 1/2 lemon

For the meatballs:
About 2 medium (3 ounces) roasted beets
1 cup cooked brown rice
8 ounces seitan (strips or cubed), drained well
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more as needed to assemble
4 hot dog buns, toasted
2 cups store-bought marinara sauce, heated
Vegan Parmesan
Chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Using a blender, combine all the mozzarella sauce ingredients. Blend on high speed for about two minutes, until very smooth.
  2. For the meatballs: Combine the beets, brown rice, seitan, bread crumbs, garlic, salt, black pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes in a food processor. Process until well-combined. Using your hands, form the mixture into one to two-inch balls (they should be able to fit into the buns).
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, for eight to 10 minutes, until browned all over, adding more oil as needed. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  4. To assemble, on each bun, layer a spoonful of marinara sauce, meatballs and a drizzle of mozzarella sauce. Garnish with vegan Parmesan and basil, and serve warm.

The Skinny
 

Reprinted from Chloe Flavor. Copyright © 2018 by CKC Sales, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Christina Holmes. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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Vegan Meatball Parm Recipe

[caption id="attachment_66162" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Meatball Parm Recipe Photo by Christina Holmes[/caption] By Chloe Coscarelli, author of Chloe Flavors: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy Vegan This recipe has a handful of components to it (maybe not the best choice for a busy weeknight!), but if you put in the time, the result will be show-stopping, both to the eyes and the taste buds! The meatballs pack roasted beets, brown rice and seitan to give them heartiness and texture. The mozzarella sauce can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also prepare the meatballs ahead of time: Form them into balls and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to one month. Cook directly from refrigerated or frozen. RELATED: Inside Chloe Coscarelli’s New Vegan Cookbook (Plus 3 New Recipes)

Meatball Parm Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

For the mozzarella sauce: 3/4 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Juice of 1/2 lemon

For the meatballs: About 2 medium (3 ounces) roasted beets 1 cup cooked brown rice 8 ounces seitan (strips or cubed), drained well 1/4 cup bread crumbs 1 garlic clove, minced 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more as needed to assemble 4 hot dog buns, toasted 2 cups store-bought marinara sauce, heated Vegan Parmesan Chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Using a blender, combine all the mozzarella sauce ingredients. Blend on high speed for about two minutes, until very smooth.
  2. For the meatballs: Combine the beets, brown rice, seitan, bread crumbs, garlic, salt, black pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes in a food processor. Process until well-combined. Using your hands, form the mixture into one to two-inch balls (they should be able to fit into the buns).
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, for eight to 10 minutes, until browned all over, adding more oil as needed. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  4. To assemble, on each bun, layer a spoonful of marinara sauce, meatballs and a drizzle of mozzarella sauce. Garnish with vegan Parmesan and basil, and serve warm.

The Skinny  

Reprinted from Chloe Flavor. Copyright © 2018 by CKC Sales, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Christina Holmes. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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14 Healthy Lunch Ideas to Pack for Work https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/packed-healthy-lunch-ideas/ Sun, 04 Mar 2018 14:15:29 +0000 https://dailyburn.com/life/?p=66060 14 Healthy Lunch Ideas to Pack for Work

14 Healthy Lunch Ideas to Pack for Work

Even the best of us cannot survive the rigors of a workday on coffee and granola bars alone. Without a balanced midday meal, you’ll lack energy, lose concentration and your performance will inevitably suffer. Lunch is an opportunity to give your brain a break and refuel the body with what it needs to continue “killing it” for the rest of the day.

But before you grab for that ready-made deli sandwich or caesar salad, remember that these pre-packaged foods, though easy, tend to be high in fat, salt and sugar and can make you feel hungrier. Plus, they rarely meet all your nutritional needs. A balanced lunch should include all these components:

Protein
It helps to repair your body and keeps you satisfied longer, so it’s important to try to include protein in every meal. Make sure your lunch makes up a third of your daily intake. Choose lean meats, such as canned tuna, chicken breast or salmon. Or go vegetarian with a hard-boiled egg, beans or tofu or low-fat cheese. Hummus, nuts and low-fat cheeses are also great sources of protein.

Complex Carbs
Carbohydrates, including dietary fiber, provide a steady supply of energy throughout the day. Fiber also keeps you feeling full for hours afterward. The trick is to opt for complex carbs, which digest slowly and aid digestion. Sources include whole-grains, beans, sweet potatoes, fruits, pasta and brown rice.

Healthy Fats
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help your body synthesize fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin D, which you especially need if you work in an office all day. Healthy fats include nuts, olives, avocados and fish.

RELATED: 15 Genius Meal Prep Ideas from Top Trainers

Fruits and Vegetables
They’re vital for a healthy immune system, provide essential vitamins and minerals, and stimulate creativity. Plus, the color and texture they add will make your meals look like art. Make sure a good portion of your daily five servings is included in your lunch.

Water
BYO-W to make sure you’re staying hydrated. Have your bottle of water do double duty by freezing it overnight and packing it with your lunch. It’ll keep your food chilled and will have defrosted into a refreshing drink by lunchtime.

The best way to ensure you'll get all that in your lunch? You guessed it — pack it yourself!

Now, we know coming up with creative healthy lunch ideas five days a week can be a bit challenging at first, but having a plan makes meal prep that much easier. Here are 14 convenient packed lunches that provide all the nutrients you need to keep you going until dinnertime.

RELATED: 30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinner Ideas

14 Creative, Healthy Lunch Ideas to Take to Work

 Healthy Packed Lunches: Tacos

1. Taco Tuesday

Make the most of Monday dinner leftovers by turning them into a Taco Tuesday lunch. Shred up whatever meat was had last night and pack it along with corn tortillas, rice, lettuce, pico de gallo and pepitas for a complete meal. Photo and recipe: Linda Spiker / The Organic Kitchen

RELATED: 10 Mason Jar Salad Recipes for Healthy Lunch Ideas

 Healthy Packed Lunches: Tuna Salad

2. Tuna Salad Protein Box

For those looking to really pack in the protein, look no further. Tuna salad made with Greek yogurt instead of mayo is already plenty of healthy, lean protein, but an added egg and unsalted almonds make sure you’ll meet whatever protein minimum you set for yourself. Two servings of fruit and veg make this lunch an all-star choice. Photo and recipe: Chungah Rhee / Damn Delicious

Healthy Packed Lunches: Sardines

3. Packed Like Sardines

Oily fish are good for your heart and full of healthy fats. Sliced portobellos and cucumbers compliment the saltiness of the sardines and give them some bite. The double dose of fruit offers just the right about of carbs and pairing them with almonds (and almonds butter) adds a pop of protein. Photo and recipe: Paleo Leap

Healthy Packed Lunches: Meatless Mexican

4. Meatless Mexican Lunch Box

No meat needed! Beans and brown rice make for a complete protein while satisfying fiber and carbohydrate requirements, too. Fresh greens, tomatoes and homemade guacamole pack in the veggies and salsa verde dressing makes it a party. Photo and recipe: Emily Turner / Gluten Free with Emily

RELATED: 20 Meal Prep Tips From the Best Preppers We Know

Healthy Packed Lunches: Spicy Chicken

5. Spicy Chicken with Rice and Beans

This Instant Pot meal hits all the notes: quick, easy, delicious and healthy! The recipe is versatile, too. Use rice or quinoa or tofu or whatever you have on hand. As long as you use the cilantro “sunshine sauce,” this lunch will be out of this world. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Ostrom / Pinch of Yum

Healthy Packed Lunches: Tofu Sushi

6. Tofu Sushi Bento Box

Eat your hearts out, sushi lovers! These vegan rolls are filled with baked teriyaki tofu and miso-marinated kale and bok choy. If that’s not enough veg for you, the rest of the beautiful bento is stuffed with Asian pear, persimmon and carrots. Photo and recipe: Sarah Eom / Father’s Workshop

Healthy Packed Lunches: Egg Salad

7. Egg Salad & Veggie Box

We love that the large compartment of this lunch box is filled with fresh, raw vegetables. The egg salad is just the right amount of protein and the whole-grain crackers act as perfect little scoops. Dried fruits and a square of dark chocolate will help you avoid the vending machine later. Photo and recipe: Melissa Griffiths / Bless this Mess Please

RELATED: 5 Easy Ways to Meal Prep for Less Than $20 a Week

Healthy Packed Lunches: Tofu Burrito Bowl

8. Tofu Taco Salad

It’s amazing how healthy a taco salad can be when it’s not served in a giant fried tortilla bowl. Bonus points for using crumbled tofu instead of ground beef to help keep saturated fat and calories down. Photo and recipe: Jordan Cord / The Fitchen

Healthy Packed Lunches: Avocado Chicken Salad

9. Avocado Chicken Salad Bento

The more slots your lunchbox has, the more variety you can pack in. This grazer’s dream has three different veggies, dried strawberries (they’re always in season), a flavorful chicken salad and healthy fats from avocado and walnuts, which are full of stress-busting nutrients. Photo and recipe: Jenny McGruther / Nourished Kitchen

 Healthy Packed Lunches: Curried Chickpeas

10. Curried Chickpeas and Spinach Bowl

Once serving of flavorful curried chickpeas is a light and nutritious protein. Pair them with vitamin-packed spinach and brown rice and you’ll be energized for the rest of the day. Photo and recipe: Brittany Mullins / Eating Bird Food

Healthy Packed Lunches: Mediterranean Mezze

11. Mediterranean Mezze

Stuffed grape leaves and a whole-grain pita with hummus, olives, feta, cucumbers and tomatoes will fill you up with enough fiber to manage those afternoon munchies. Photo and recipe: Wendy Copley / Wendolonia

RELATED: 21 Meal Prep Pics from the Healthiest People on Instagram

Healthy Packed Lunches: Thai Wraps

12. Thai Chicken Wrap Bistro Box

These wraps will satiate your cravings for Thai take-out while slashing sodium levels. The homemade slaw has plenty of vegetables and a whole-grain tortilla is way more healthful than plain white rice. Just watch your portion control when it comes to the peanut sauce. Photo and recipe: Layla Atik / Gimme Delicious

Healthy Packed Lunches: Snack Box

13. Snack Attack

Whoever said lunch had to be a one-plate deal? You can build a well-rounded meal with snack-size portions of healthy (but otherwise random) bites, like bean salad, crackers, chia-seed blueberry yogurt, a pear, olives and chocolate covered cherries. Photo and recipe: Cassie Johnston / Wholefully

Healthy Packed Lunches: BLT Bento

14. BLT Bento Box

This lunch kit isn’t only cute, it packs two sources of protein (bacon and almonds), whole grains (bread), and a serving each of fruit (strawberries and half an apple) and veggies (lettuce and cornichons). Save the cereal bar for a mid-afternoon energy boost and you’re golden. Photo and recipe: Nina Holstead / Mama Belly

Read More
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14 Healthy Lunch Ideas to Pack for Work

14 Healthy Lunch Ideas to Pack for Work Even the best of us cannot survive the rigors of a workday on coffee and granola bars alone. Without a balanced midday meal, you’ll lack energy, lose concentration and your performance will inevitably suffer. Lunch is an opportunity to give your brain a break and refuel the body with what it needs to continue “killing it” for the rest of the day. But before you grab for that ready-made deli sandwich or caesar salad, remember that these pre-packaged foods, though easy, tend to be high in fat, salt and sugar and can make you feel hungrier. Plus, they rarely meet all your nutritional needs. A balanced lunch should include all these components: Protein It helps to repair your body and keeps you satisfied longer, so it’s important to try to include protein in every meal. Make sure your lunch makes up a third of your daily intake. Choose lean meats, such as canned tuna, chicken breast or salmon. Or go vegetarian with a hard-boiled egg, beans or tofu or low-fat cheese. Hummus, nuts and low-fat cheeses are also great sources of protein. Complex Carbs Carbohydrates, including dietary fiber, provide a steady supply of energy throughout the day. Fiber also keeps you feeling full for hours afterward. The trick is to opt for complex carbs, which digest slowly and aid digestion. Sources include whole-grains, beans, sweet potatoes, fruits, pasta and brown rice. Healthy Fats Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help your body synthesize fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin D, which you especially need if you work in an office all day. Healthy fats include nuts, olives, avocados and fish. RELATED: 15 Genius Meal Prep Ideas from Top Trainers Fruits and Vegetables They’re vital for a healthy immune system, provide essential vitamins and minerals, and stimulate creativity. Plus, the color and texture they add will make your meals look like art. Make sure a good portion of your daily five servings is included in your lunch. Water BYO-W to make sure you’re staying hydrated. Have your bottle of water do double duty by freezing it overnight and packing it with your lunch. It’ll keep your food chilled and will have defrosted into a refreshing drink by lunchtime. The best way to ensure you'll get all that in your lunch? You guessed it — pack it yourself! Now, we know coming up with creative healthy lunch ideas five days a week can be a bit challenging at first, but having a plan makes meal prep that much easier. Here are 14 convenient packed lunches that provide all the nutrients you need to keep you going until dinnertime. RELATED: 30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinner Ideas

14 Creative, Healthy Lunch Ideas to Take to Work

 Healthy Packed Lunches: Tacos

1. Taco Tuesday

Make the most of Monday dinner leftovers by turning them into a Taco Tuesday lunch. Shred up whatever meat was had last night and pack it along with corn tortillas, rice, lettuce, pico de gallo and pepitas for a complete meal. Photo and recipe: Linda Spiker / The Organic Kitchen RELATED: 10 Mason Jar Salad Recipes for Healthy Lunch Ideas

 Healthy Packed Lunches: Tuna Salad

2. Tuna Salad Protein Box

For those looking to really pack in the protein, look no further. Tuna salad made with Greek yogurt instead of mayo is already plenty of healthy, lean protein, but an added egg and unsalted almonds make sure you’ll meet whatever protein minimum you set for yourself. Two servings of fruit and veg make this lunch an all-star choice. Photo and recipe: Chungah Rhee / Damn Delicious Healthy Packed Lunches: Sardines

3. Packed Like Sardines

Oily fish are good for your heart and full of healthy fats. Sliced portobellos and cucumbers compliment the saltiness of the sardines and give them some bite. The double dose of fruit offers just the right about of carbs and pairing them with almonds (and almonds butter) adds a pop of protein. Photo and recipe: Paleo Leap

Healthy Packed Lunches: Meatless Mexican

4. Meatless Mexican Lunch Box

No meat needed! Beans and brown rice make for a complete protein while satisfying fiber and carbohydrate requirements, too. Fresh greens, tomatoes and homemade guacamole pack in the veggies and salsa verde dressing makes it a party. Photo and recipe: Emily Turner / Gluten Free with Emily RELATED: 20 Meal Prep Tips From the Best Preppers We Know Healthy Packed Lunches: Spicy Chicken

5. Spicy Chicken with Rice and Beans

This Instant Pot meal hits all the notes: quick, easy, delicious and healthy! The recipe is versatile, too. Use rice or quinoa or tofu or whatever you have on hand. As long as you use the cilantro “sunshine sauce,” this lunch will be out of this world. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Ostrom / Pinch of Yum

Healthy Packed Lunches: Tofu Sushi

6. Tofu Sushi Bento Box

Eat your hearts out, sushi lovers! These vegan rolls are filled with baked teriyaki tofu and miso-marinated kale and bok choy. If that’s not enough veg for you, the rest of the beautiful bento is stuffed with Asian pear, persimmon and carrots. Photo and recipe: Sarah Eom / Father’s Workshop

Healthy Packed Lunches: Egg Salad

7. Egg Salad & Veggie Box

We love that the large compartment of this lunch box is filled with fresh, raw vegetables. The egg salad is just the right amount of protein and the whole-grain crackers act as perfect little scoops. Dried fruits and a square of dark chocolate will help you avoid the vending machine later. Photo and recipe: Melissa Griffiths / Bless this Mess Please RELATED: 5 Easy Ways to Meal Prep for Less Than $20 a Week Healthy Packed Lunches: Tofu Burrito Bowl

8. Tofu Taco Salad

It’s amazing how healthy a taco salad can be when it’s not served in a giant fried tortilla bowl. Bonus points for using crumbled tofu instead of ground beef to help keep saturated fat and calories down. Photo and recipe: Jordan Cord / The Fitchen

Healthy Packed Lunches: Avocado Chicken Salad

9. Avocado Chicken Salad Bento

The more slots your lunchbox has, the more variety you can pack in. This grazer’s dream has three different veggies, dried strawberries (they’re always in season), a flavorful chicken salad and healthy fats from avocado and walnuts, which are full of stress-busting nutrients. Photo and recipe: Jenny McGruther / Nourished Kitchen  Healthy Packed Lunches: Curried Chickpeas

10. Curried Chickpeas and Spinach Bowl

Once serving of flavorful curried chickpeas is a light and nutritious protein. Pair them with vitamin-packed spinach and brown rice and you’ll be energized for the rest of the day. Photo and recipe: Brittany Mullins / Eating Bird Food

Healthy Packed Lunches: Mediterranean Mezze

11. Mediterranean Mezze

Stuffed grape leaves and a whole-grain pita with hummus, olives, feta, cucumbers and tomatoes will fill you up with enough fiber to manage those afternoon munchies. Photo and recipe: Wendy Copley / Wendolonia RELATED: 21 Meal Prep Pics from the Healthiest People on Instagram Healthy Packed Lunches: Thai Wraps

12. Thai Chicken Wrap Bistro Box

These wraps will satiate your cravings for Thai take-out while slashing sodium levels. The homemade slaw has plenty of vegetables and a whole-grain tortilla is way more healthful than plain white rice. Just watch your portion control when it comes to the peanut sauce. Photo and recipe: Layla Atik / Gimme Delicious Healthy Packed Lunches: Snack Box

13. Snack Attack

Whoever said lunch had to be a one-plate deal? You can build a well-rounded meal with snack-size portions of healthy (but otherwise random) bites, like bean salad, crackers, chia-seed blueberry yogurt, a pear, olives and chocolate covered cherries. Photo and recipe: Cassie Johnston / Wholefully Healthy Packed Lunches: BLT Bento

14. BLT Bento Box

This lunch kit isn’t only cute, it packs two sources of protein (bacon and almonds), whole grains (bread), and a serving each of fruit (strawberries and half an apple) and veggies (lettuce and cornichons). Save the cereal bar for a mid-afternoon energy boost and you’re golden. Photo and recipe: Nina Holstead / Mama Belly Read More 12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time 14 High Protein, Low Carb Recipes to Make Lunch Better 9 Next-Level Lunch Boxes That Make Meal Prep Easy

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The Easiest Focaccia Bread Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/easy-focaccia-bread-recipe/ Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:15:34 +0000 https://dailyburn.com/life/?p=66044 The Easiest Focaccia Bread Recipe

[caption id="attachment_66045" align="alignnone" width="620"]The Easiest Focaccia Bread Recipe Photo: Courtesy of Rosalba Gioffre[/caption]

Recipe by Rosalba Gioffre, author of Vegano Italiano

Focaccia, a flavorful Italian flat bread that’s baked in a sheet pan, is often break basket favorite. But it's not everyday you treat yourself to a fancy Italian dinner. So we're bringing that magic right to your home. Whether you’re planning a romantic night in, or hosting a happy hour or book club, this light, this savory bread is the perfect addition to a cheese spread or a hearty salad. The best part: Opting for store-bought pizza dough makes this recipe super-easy and quick to prepare. Dress it up with any kind of grape you have at hand, white or red. Then serve with hummus or your choice of vegan cheese and crudité. Now that's amore!

RELATED: 9 Delicious Open-Faced Sandwiches for Super-Quick Meals

Focaccia Bread Recipe with Grapes and Rosemary

Serves 4

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 batch store-bought pizza dough (use whole wheat, if available)
2 pounds white or red grapes
1/2 cup light brown sugar
Leaves from 1 sprig rosemary
Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Lightly oil a 10 by 15-inch baking sheet, then use your hands to stretch out the pizza dough on the prepared baking sheet.
  2. Lightly crush the grapes in a bowl, and then mix them with half of the brown sugar. Spread them over the dough, then press down with your fingers so that they go into the dough a little. Cover the baking sheet with a cotton cloth and leave to rest for 30 minutes so that the dough has time to rise again.
  3. Sprinkle the focaccia with the remaining brown sugar, garnish with a few rosemary leaves and top with some ground black pepper. If you can find rosemary leaves with flowers, you can also add those once it has baked. Bake until the dough turns golden brown. This will take around 25 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil.

The Skinny

For other quick and easy Italian recipes, check out these grilled pizza dishes.

This recipe is from Vegano Italiano by Rosalba Gioffre. Copyright 2017 by Rosalba Gioffre. Reprinted by permission of The Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton & Company.

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The Easiest Focaccia Bread Recipe

[caption id="attachment_66045" align="alignnone" width="620"]The Easiest Focaccia Bread Recipe Photo: Courtesy of Rosalba Gioffre[/caption] Recipe by Rosalba Gioffre, author of Vegano Italiano Focaccia, a flavorful Italian flat bread that’s baked in a sheet pan, is often break basket favorite. But it's not everyday you treat yourself to a fancy Italian dinner. So we're bringing that magic right to your home. Whether you’re planning a romantic night in, or hosting a happy hour or book club, this light, this savory bread is the perfect addition to a cheese spread or a hearty salad. The best part: Opting for store-bought pizza dough makes this recipe super-easy and quick to prepare. Dress it up with any kind of grape you have at hand, white or red. Then serve with hummus or your choice of vegan cheese and crudité. Now that's amore! RELATED: 9 Delicious Open-Faced Sandwiches for Super-Quick Meals

Focaccia Bread Recipe with Grapes and Rosemary

Serves 4 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 batch store-bought pizza dough (use whole wheat, if available) 2 pounds white or red grapes 1/2 cup light brown sugar Leaves from 1 sprig rosemary Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Lightly oil a 10 by 15-inch baking sheet, then use your hands to stretch out the pizza dough on the prepared baking sheet.
  2. Lightly crush the grapes in a bowl, and then mix them with half of the brown sugar. Spread them over the dough, then press down with your fingers so that they go into the dough a little. Cover the baking sheet with a cotton cloth and leave to rest for 30 minutes so that the dough has time to rise again.
  3. Sprinkle the focaccia with the remaining brown sugar, garnish with a few rosemary leaves and top with some ground black pepper. If you can find rosemary leaves with flowers, you can also add those once it has baked. Bake until the dough turns golden brown. This will take around 25 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil.

The Skinny

For other quick and easy Italian recipes, check out these grilled pizza dishes. This recipe is from Vegano Italiano by Rosalba Gioffre. Copyright 2017 by Rosalba Gioffre. Reprinted by permission of The Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton & Company.

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Vegan (Yes, Vegan!) Mac and Cheese Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/vegan-mac-and-cheese-recipe/ https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/vegan-mac-and-cheese-recipe/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:15:34 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=44729 Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe

[caption id="attachment_65901" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe Photo by Renee Blair[/caption]

This vegan mac and cheese recipe is thick, creamy and just as easy to pull together as those iconic blue boxes of Easy Mac. Plus, you'll be able to whip up a piping hot bowl of noodles in 15 minutes, flat! What’s the secret to the flavorful, non-dairy cheese sauce, you ask? All you need is special combination of spices and condiments that you probably have already in your kitchen — so there's no need to grocery shop. The recipe also uses nutritional yeast, which is a vegan staple that provides loads of B vitamins and can lend a cheesy flavor to all your favorite dishes.

RELATED: 9 Creative Low-Carb Noodle Recipes

[caption id="attachment_65903" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe Photos by Renee Blair[/caption]

Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe

Serves 8

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups chopped carrots (about 2 large carrots)
1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium onion)
2 cups chopped Yukon gold potato (about 2 medium potatoes)
1 16 oz package whole grain or gluten-free pasta
3/4 cup raw cashew pieces
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons miso paste
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
Smoked paprika, for garnish

Preparation

  1. Put chopped carrots, onion, and potato in a pot. Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 15 minutes, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender. Remove from heat and let cool a bit. Do not drain the vegetables.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. Add the vegetables and their cooking liquid to a blender. Add the cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, miso, mustard, turmeric, vinegar and salt to the blender. Blend on high until the cheese sauce is thick and creamy. You may add a bit more water to the sauce if it’s too thick. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.
  4. Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir to combine. Serve at once with a sprinkling of smoked paprika.

The Skinny

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Your Cheat Sheet to Vegan Protein Powders
20 Healthy Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less

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Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe

[caption id="attachment_65901" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe Photo by Renee Blair[/caption] This vegan mac and cheese recipe is thick, creamy and just as easy to pull together as those iconic blue boxes of Easy Mac. Plus, you'll be able to whip up a piping hot bowl of noodles in 15 minutes, flat! What’s the secret to the flavorful, non-dairy cheese sauce, you ask? All you need is special combination of spices and condiments that you probably have already in your kitchen — so there's no need to grocery shop. The recipe also uses nutritional yeast, which is a vegan staple that provides loads of B vitamins and can lend a cheesy flavor to all your favorite dishes. RELATED: 9 Creative Low-Carb Noodle Recipes [caption id="attachment_65903" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe Photos by Renee Blair[/caption]

Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe

Serves 8 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups chopped carrots (about 2 large carrots) 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium onion) 2 cups chopped Yukon gold potato (about 2 medium potatoes) 1 16 oz package whole grain or gluten-free pasta 3/4 cup raw cashew pieces 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 1/2 tablespoon onion powder 2 teaspoons miso paste 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste Smoked paprika, for garnish

Preparation

  1. Put chopped carrots, onion, and potato in a pot. Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 15 minutes, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender. Remove from heat and let cool a bit. Do not drain the vegetables.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. Add the vegetables and their cooking liquid to a blender. Add the cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, miso, mustard, turmeric, vinegar and salt to the blender. Blend on high until the cheese sauce is thick and creamy. You may add a bit more water to the sauce if it’s too thick. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.
  4. Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir to combine. Serve at once with a sprinkling of smoked paprika.

The Skinny

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9 Genius Uses for Your Spiralizer (Low-Calorie Chips, Fries and More!) https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-spiralizer-recipes/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:15:49 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65865 9 Genius Uses for Your Spiralizer (Low-Calorie Chips, Fries and More!)

9 Genius Spiralizer Recipes for Low-Calorie Chips, Fries and More

Italians are famous for their amore for all things pasta, but thanks to spiralized “zoodles,” they’re all about  low-carb substitutes, according to the research group Mintel. Since the squash swap saves about 160 calories per cup versus traditional spaghetti, it’s clear why dieters are devoted to their spiralizers. But the sharp slicer is good for more than spinning out standard zoodles. Try these creative spiralizer recipes to get the most out of this affordable culinary contraption.

RELATED: 11 Delicious Veggie Pasta Recipes for Zoodle Lovers

9 Creative Ways to Use Your Spiralizer, Plus Recipes

Spiralizer Recipes: Spiralized Vegetable Spring Rolls

1. Spiralized Vegetable Spring Rolls

Unlike Chinese deep-fried spring rolls, Vietnamese or Thai spring rolls are a low-calorie option due to their paper-thin rice wrapper. This vegetarian starter recipe is as colorful and beautiful as it is tasty. Give your spiralizer a workout creating curlicues of cucumber, radish and bell pepper for the filling. Serve with chopped kale and carrot ribbons. Photo and recipe: Keri / Fashionable Foods

Spiralizer Recipes: Basil-Parmesan Shoe String Fries

2. Oven Baked Basil Parmesan Shoestring Fries

Thick-cut potatoes can turn into a mushy mess when you opt to bake instead of fry them. Not these skinny shoestring spuds! Choose the smallest blade for tiny spirals that crisp up beautifully as they bake on a sheet pan. Seasoned with fresh chopped basil and grated Parmesan, these tasty fries pair well with the sweetness of the strawberry ketchup. Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Simple Roots Wellness

RELATED: 8 Delicious Takes on French Fries Better Than Fast Food

Spiralizer Recipes: Spicy Papaya Salad

3. Spicy Papaya Salad with Smoky Roasted Peanuts

You can spiralize more than veggies. This refreshing Asian salad is proof! Stock up on a couple vitamin C-powerhouse papayas, and give them a spin in the spiralizer. Use the spaghetti blade, or if you prefer thinner slices, opt for match sticks. Top with a citrus-herb dressing and garnish with sweet and spicy peanuts. Photo and recipe: Mel / A Virtual Vegan

Spiralizer Recipes: Green Chile Tuna Zoodle Casserole

4. Paleo Tuna Green Chile Casserole

Instead of pasta or rice, this Whole 30-approved seafood casserole starts with thick ribbons of zucchini. Once the excess moisture is pressed out of the green veggies, they’re the perfect neutral flavor base to soak up the goodness of the creamy tuna sauce. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Cotter / Cotter Crunch

Spiralizer Recipes: Goat Cheese Cranberry Chicken

5. Stuffed Chicken Breasts Wrapped in Spiralized Sweet Potato Strings

Instead of flour or breadcrumbs, this chicken recipe uses spiralized Japanese sweet potatoes as the coating, while offering the same satisfying crunch. Brush with a touch of melted ghee, butter or olive oil for wow-worthy texture. Photo and recipe: Sonia / The Healthy Foodie

RELATED: 30 Healthy Chicken Recipes That Don’t Suck

Spiralizer Recipes: Apple Fennel Farro Salad

6. Spiralizer Autumn Apple and Fennel Salad with Farro

Not all white foods are off limits. Spirals of crispy apples, thinly-sliced fennel and protein-rich farro are the three nutritious ingredients that take centerstage in this light appetizer. Photo and recipe: Sarah Cook / Making Thyme for my Health

Spiralizer Recipes: Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad

7. Roasted Spiralized Butternut Squash Kale Salad

The zoodle craze has been around long enough that you’re now well aware that summer squash can be spiralized. Butternut and other cooler-weather squashes can, too! Combine it with superfoods like chopped kale and pomegranate seeds for a colorful and nutritious salad that’s way better than any bagged mix. Photo and recipe: Emilie / Emilie Eats

RELATED: 50 Resources That Make Meal Prep a Snap

Spiralizer Recipes: Potato Chips and Onion Dip

8. Spiralized Potato Chips with Onion Dip

Baked chips can err on the bland or soggy side, but these thinly sliced rosemary-garlic goodies crisp up perfectly! Brush the sweet potato and russet potato rounds with olive oil and cook in a single layer on a sheet pan, then serve with your favorite dip — or enjoy solo for a low-calorie snack. Photo and recipe: Barbara Bianchi / The Gluten Free Homestead

Spiralizer Recipes: Peanut Coleslaw

9. 5-Minute Crunchy Lime Asian Slaw

Slaws soak up loads of flavor since the veggies involved are shredded into tiny pieces (allowing for ample surface area for the dressing to stick). For a refreshing alternative to mayo-laden slaws, spiralize cucumber, bell pepper and carrots, then coat with a homemade peanut-ginger sauce. Photo and recipe: Sabrina / Dinner, Then Dessert

Read More
20 Kitchen Gadgets to Make Healthy Eating Easy
10 Mason Jar Salad Recipes for Healthy Lunch Ideas
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9 Genius Uses for Your Spiralizer (Low-Calorie Chips, Fries and More!)

9 Genius Spiralizer Recipes for Low-Calorie Chips, Fries and More
Italians are famous for their amore for all things pasta, but thanks to spiralized “zoodles,” they’re all about  low-carb substitutes, according to the research group Mintel. Since the squash swap saves about 160 calories per cup versus traditional spaghetti, it’s clear why dieters are devoted to their spiralizers. But the sharp slicer is good for more than spinning out standard zoodles. Try these creative spiralizer recipes to get the most out of this affordable culinary contraption. RELATED: 11 Delicious Veggie Pasta Recipes for Zoodle Lovers

9 Creative Ways to Use Your Spiralizer, Plus Recipes

Spiralizer Recipes: Spiralized Vegetable Spring Rolls

1. Spiralized Vegetable Spring Rolls

Unlike Chinese deep-fried spring rolls, Vietnamese or Thai spring rolls are a low-calorie option due to their paper-thin rice wrapper. This vegetarian starter recipe is as colorful and beautiful as it is tasty. Give your spiralizer a workout creating curlicues of cucumber, radish and bell pepper for the filling. Serve with chopped kale and carrot ribbons. Photo and recipe: Keri / Fashionable Foods Spiralizer Recipes: Basil-Parmesan Shoe String Fries

2. Oven Baked Basil Parmesan Shoestring Fries

Thick-cut potatoes can turn into a mushy mess when you opt to bake instead of fry them. Not these skinny shoestring spuds! Choose the smallest blade for tiny spirals that crisp up beautifully as they bake on a sheet pan. Seasoned with fresh chopped basil and grated Parmesan, these tasty fries pair well with the sweetness of the strawberry ketchup. Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Simple Roots Wellness RELATED: 8 Delicious Takes on French Fries Better Than Fast Food Spiralizer Recipes: Spicy Papaya Salad

3. Spicy Papaya Salad with Smoky Roasted Peanuts

You can spiralize more than veggies. This refreshing Asian salad is proof! Stock up on a couple vitamin C-powerhouse papayas, and give them a spin in the spiralizer. Use the spaghetti blade, or if you prefer thinner slices, opt for match sticks. Top with a citrus-herb dressing and garnish with sweet and spicy peanuts. Photo and recipe: Mel / A Virtual Vegan Spiralizer Recipes: Green Chile Tuna Zoodle Casserole

4. Paleo Tuna Green Chile Casserole

Instead of pasta or rice, this Whole 30-approved seafood casserole starts with thick ribbons of zucchini. Once the excess moisture is pressed out of the green veggies, they’re the perfect neutral flavor base to soak up the goodness of the creamy tuna sauce. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Cotter / Cotter Crunch Spiralizer Recipes: Goat Cheese Cranberry Chicken

5. Stuffed Chicken Breasts Wrapped in Spiralized Sweet Potato Strings

Instead of flour or breadcrumbs, this chicken recipe uses spiralized Japanese sweet potatoes as the coating, while offering the same satisfying crunch. Brush with a touch of melted ghee, butter or olive oil for wow-worthy texture. Photo and recipe: Sonia / The Healthy Foodie RELATED: 30 Healthy Chicken Recipes That Don’t Suck Spiralizer Recipes: Apple Fennel Farro Salad

6. Spiralizer Autumn Apple and Fennel Salad with Farro

Not all white foods are off limits. Spirals of crispy apples, thinly-sliced fennel and protein-rich farro are the three nutritious ingredients that take centerstage in this light appetizer. Photo and recipe: Sarah Cook / Making Thyme for my Health Spiralizer Recipes: Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad

7. Roasted Spiralized Butternut Squash Kale Salad

The zoodle craze has been around long enough that you’re now well aware that summer squash can be spiralized. Butternut and other cooler-weather squashes can, too! Combine it with superfoods like chopped kale and pomegranate seeds for a colorful and nutritious salad that’s way better than any bagged mix. Photo and recipe: Emilie / Emilie Eats RELATED: 50 Resources That Make Meal Prep a Snap Spiralizer Recipes: Potato Chips and Onion Dip

8. Spiralized Potato Chips with Onion Dip

Baked chips can err on the bland or soggy side, but these thinly sliced rosemary-garlic goodies crisp up perfectly! Brush the sweet potato and russet potato rounds with olive oil and cook in a single layer on a sheet pan, then serve with your favorite dip — or enjoy solo for a low-calorie snack. Photo and recipe: Barbara Bianchi / The Gluten Free Homestead Spiralizer Recipes: Peanut Coleslaw

9. 5-Minute Crunchy Lime Asian Slaw

Slaws soak up loads of flavor since the veggies involved are shredded into tiny pieces (allowing for ample surface area for the dressing to stick). For a refreshing alternative to mayo-laden slaws, spiralize cucumber, bell pepper and carrots, then coat with a homemade peanut-ginger sauce. Photo and recipe: Sabrina / Dinner, Then Dessert Read More 20 Kitchen Gadgets to Make Healthy Eating Easy 10 Mason Jar Salad Recipes for Healthy Lunch Ideas 30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinner Ideas

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3-Ingredient Sauce Recipes to Spice Up Your Meals https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/easy-sauce-recipes/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:15:39 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65821

3-Ingredient Sauce Recipes to Spice Up Your Meals

Most diets call for a plate that’s essentially half veggies, a serving of plain protein and maybe a spoonful of healthy carbs. But all-star chefs and even nutritionists know that the secret sauce to feeling satisfied post-meal is, well, sauce. In fact, legendary French chef, Paul Bocuse once said: "If an architect makes a mistake, he grows ivy to cover it. If a doctor makes a mistake, he covers it with soil. If a cook makes a mistake, he covers it with some sauce and says it is a new recipe.”

So why not drizzle your favorite dishes (or those boring ones) with something a little extra saucy? And we mean that in the quickest and easiest way possible. These figure-friendly three-ingredient sauce recipes could not be simpler — yet still so tasty.

RELATED: 19 Ways to Add Flavor for 10 Calories or Less

The Easiest Sauce Recipes Ever

Sauce Recipes: Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

1. Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

Many store-bought tomato sauces sneak in added sugars, preservatives and more, but not this all-natural stovetop marinara. Seek out high-quality crushed tomatoes and plenty of fresh garlic for the best results. To crank the deliciousness up even more, toss in a handful of fresh basil or oregano. Photo and recipe: Anne Danahy / Craving Something Healthy

RELATED: 6 Easy Pasta Sauce Recipes That Aren’t Marinara

Sauce Recipes: Dijon Yogurt Sauce

2. Dijon Yogurt Sauce

A little sweet, a little tangy and satisfyingly creamy, this mustard and Greek yogurt blend would work well atop potato pancakes, spooned over eggs or slathered inside a sandwich. Photo and recipe: Sarah Bond / Live Eat Learn

Sauce Recipes: 3-Ingredient Pesto Sauce

3. 3-Ingredient Pesto

Make the most of your basil bounty by blending it up with just olive oil and sea salt. It’s a simpler substitution to the typical Parmesan and pine nuts combo. Even better: A 3/4-cup of basil leaves, the amount in this recipe, contains just three calories yet 18 percent of your daily dose of vitamin A. Photo and recipe: Susannah Brinkley / Feast + West

Sauce Recipes: Vegan Burger Sauce

4. Killer Vegan Burger Sauce

If you like the special sauce that comes on those double-decker burgers, you’ll love this mayo, mustard and sriracha creation. Opt for olive oil mayo for the most health bang for your calorie buck and this creamy, fairly clean spread can turn any sandwich from blah to best-ever in seconds. Photo and recipe: Khushboo Kothari / Carve Your Craving

Sauce Recipes: Asian-Style Peanut Sauce

5. 3-Ingredient Asian-Style Peanut Sauce

The magical combination of spicy, sweet and salty flavors makes peanut sauce an irresistible addition to summer rolls, grilled chicken or a vegetable noodle dish. This stir-and-serve recipe features chunky peanut butter for extra crunch. Photo and recipe: April / Mama Loves Food

RELATED: 12 Crave-Worthy Peanut Butter Recipes You Haven’t Tried Yet

Sauce Recipes: Creamy Horseradish Dipping Sauce

6. Creamy Horseradish Dipping Sauce

Water-soaked cashews often make up the dairy-free cream sauces, like Alfredo. They’re also the main ingredient in this blended horseradish dressing that you can use for dunking roasted potatoes, Brussels sprouts or classic crudites. Photo and recipe: Mel / A Virtual Vegan

Sauce Recipes: Quick Tomato Curry Sauce

7. Quick Tomato Curry Sauce

The key to semi-homemade sauces that are skinny, too? Starting with the best base ingredients that already have layers of flavor and plenty of spices, including all-natural tomato sauce and low-sodium Thai red curry paste. Photo and recipe: Colleen / Souffle Bombay

Sauce Recipes: Slow Cooker Applesauce

8. Slow Cooker Applesauce

Applesauce might seem like a side, but it’s also the perfect topper for pancakes, waffles or toast. This version calls for just fruit, sugar, cinnamon and water. Cook low and slow for six to eight hours and you’ll have a sweet treat way tastier and lower in sugar than you can find in any supermarket snack pack. Photo and recipe: Blair Lonergan / The Seasoned Mom

Sauce Recipes: Butternut Squash Alfredo Sauce

9. Butternut Squash Alfredo Sauce

Heaps of cream? Sticks of butter? No thanks. Gussy up your favorite pasta with this decadent combination of squash, garlic and a hint of Parmesan. You’ll get a lower-fat Italian entree that satisfies like the standard cream sauce — if not more so. You can thank the three grams of fiber in every cup of squash for that. Photo and recipe: Anna Hinman / Crunchy Creamy Sweet

RELATED: 12 Flavorful Butternut Squash Recipes to Fill You Up

Sauce Recipes: Mango Habanero Sauce

10. Mango Habanero Sauce

Make store-bought salsa better with fresh mango and a dash of honey. (Start with a tablespoon of the sweetener, then add more to taste.) It’s the freshest seafood sauce around. Plus, an extra half-cup of diced mango boosts the vitamin C levels by 30 milligrams. Photo and recipe: Sabrina / Dinner, Then Dessert

Sauce Recipes: Cranberry Sauce

11. 3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

A half-cup of canned cranberry sauce packs 44 grams of sugar — almost twice the 25 grams the American Heart Association recommends women consume in a day. Make your own using real cranberries, orange segments and a quarter cup of sugar. If it’s not sweet enough for you, slowly add more sugar until you satisfy those taste buds. Photo and recipe: Sarah Mock / Savoring the Good

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3-Ingredient Sauce Recipes to Spice Up Your Meals
Most diets call for a plate that’s essentially half veggies, a serving of plain protein and maybe a spoonful of healthy carbs. But all-star chefs and even nutritionists know that the secret sauce to feeling satisfied post-meal is, well, sauce. In fact, legendary French chef, Paul Bocuse once said: "If an architect makes a mistake, he grows ivy to cover it. If a doctor makes a mistake, he covers it with soil. If a cook makes a mistake, he covers it with some sauce and says it is a new recipe.” So why not drizzle your favorite dishes (or those boring ones) with something a little extra saucy? And we mean that in the quickest and easiest way possible. These figure-friendly three-ingredient sauce recipes could not be simpler — yet still so tasty. RELATED: 19 Ways to Add Flavor for 10 Calories or Less

The Easiest Sauce Recipes Ever

Sauce Recipes: Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

1. Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

Many store-bought tomato sauces sneak in added sugars, preservatives and more, but not this all-natural stovetop marinara. Seek out high-quality crushed tomatoes and plenty of fresh garlic for the best results. To crank the deliciousness up even more, toss in a handful of fresh basil or oregano. Photo and recipe: Anne Danahy / Craving Something Healthy RELATED: 6 Easy Pasta Sauce Recipes That Aren’t Marinara Sauce Recipes: Dijon Yogurt Sauce

2. Dijon Yogurt Sauce

A little sweet, a little tangy and satisfyingly creamy, this mustard and Greek yogurt blend would work well atop potato pancakes, spooned over eggs or slathered inside a sandwich. Photo and recipe: Sarah Bond / Live Eat Learn Sauce Recipes: 3-Ingredient Pesto Sauce

3. 3-Ingredient Pesto

Make the most of your basil bounty by blending it up with just olive oil and sea salt. It’s a simpler substitution to the typical Parmesan and pine nuts combo. Even better: A 3/4-cup of basil leaves, the amount in this recipe, contains just three calories yet 18 percent of your daily dose of vitamin A. Photo and recipe: Susannah Brinkley / Feast + West Sauce Recipes: Vegan Burger Sauce

4. Killer Vegan Burger Sauce

If you like the special sauce that comes on those double-decker burgers, you’ll love this mayo, mustard and sriracha creation. Opt for olive oil mayo for the most health bang for your calorie buck and this creamy, fairly clean spread can turn any sandwich from blah to best-ever in seconds. Photo and recipe: Khushboo Kothari / Carve Your Craving Sauce Recipes: Asian-Style Peanut Sauce

5. 3-Ingredient Asian-Style Peanut Sauce

The magical combination of spicy, sweet and salty flavors makes peanut sauce an irresistible addition to summer rolls, grilled chicken or a vegetable noodle dish. This stir-and-serve recipe features chunky peanut butter for extra crunch. Photo and recipe: April / Mama Loves Food RELATED: 12 Crave-Worthy Peanut Butter Recipes You Haven’t Tried Yet Sauce Recipes: Creamy Horseradish Dipping Sauce

6. Creamy Horseradish Dipping Sauce

Water-soaked cashews often make up the dairy-free cream sauces, like Alfredo. They’re also the main ingredient in this blended horseradish dressing that you can use for dunking roasted potatoes, Brussels sprouts or classic crudites. Photo and recipe: Mel / A Virtual Vegan Sauce Recipes: Quick Tomato Curry Sauce

7. Quick Tomato Curry Sauce

The key to semi-homemade sauces that are skinny, too? Starting with the best base ingredients that already have layers of flavor and plenty of spices, including all-natural tomato sauce and low-sodium Thai red curry paste. Photo and recipe: Colleen / Souffle Bombay Sauce Recipes: Slow Cooker Applesauce

8. Slow Cooker Applesauce

Applesauce might seem like a side, but it’s also the perfect topper for pancakes, waffles or toast. This version calls for just fruit, sugar, cinnamon and water. Cook low and slow for six to eight hours and you’ll have a sweet treat way tastier and lower in sugar than you can find in any supermarket snack pack. Photo and recipe: Blair Lonergan / The Seasoned Mom Sauce Recipes: Butternut Squash Alfredo Sauce

9. Butternut Squash Alfredo Sauce

Heaps of cream? Sticks of butter? No thanks. Gussy up your favorite pasta with this decadent combination of squash, garlic and a hint of Parmesan. You’ll get a lower-fat Italian entree that satisfies like the standard cream sauce — if not more so. You can thank the three grams of fiber in every cup of squash for that. Photo and recipe: Anna Hinman / Crunchy Creamy Sweet RELATED: 12 Flavorful Butternut Squash Recipes to Fill You Up Sauce Recipes: Mango Habanero Sauce

10. Mango Habanero Sauce

Make store-bought salsa better with fresh mango and a dash of honey. (Start with a tablespoon of the sweetener, then add more to taste.) It’s the freshest seafood sauce around. Plus, an extra half-cup of diced mango boosts the vitamin C levels by 30 milligrams. Photo and recipe: Sabrina / Dinner, Then Dessert Sauce Recipes: Cranberry Sauce

11. 3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

A half-cup of canned cranberry sauce packs 44 grams of sugar — almost twice the 25 grams the American Heart Association recommends women consume in a day. Make your own using real cranberries, orange segments and a quarter cup of sugar. If it’s not sweet enough for you, slowly add more sugar until you satisfy those taste buds. Photo and recipe: Sarah Mock / Savoring the Good Read More 25 Cheap and Easy 3-Ingredient Smoothie Recipes 3-Ingredient Recipes to Save You Time and Money 30 Delicious Whole 30 Recipes You’ll Actually Love

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11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-dumpling-recipes-world/ https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-dumpling-recipes-world/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:15:54 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=53402 11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, is one of the most celebrated holidays across Asia. From Vietnam to Thailand to the Philippines, millions of people are painting the town red for the year of the dog. Aside from watching impressive fireworks displays, the best way to join the festivities is the food! Dumplings is a traditional New Year's dish because it represents good fortune, wealth and longevity. Whether you want to prepare classic Chinese buns or not, the good news is nearly ever culture on earth has its own version of the humble dumpling.

From Japanese gyoza to Polish pierogi, dumplings can be cooked using almost any method, from steaming or boiling to baking or frying. If you’ve sampled these delicious, pillowy bites, you probably also know they’re considered comfort foods for good reason. Think: dough made from refined flour, rich, meaty fillings, and possibly a deep-fried preparation.

Lucky for our taste buds, a few smart recipe modifications can have you eating guilt-free dumplings in no time. Here are 11 healthier takes on classic dumpling variations from around the world. While they might not be as authentic as Grandma’s family recipe from the motherland, they’re sure to satisfy even your deepest doughy cravings.

RELATED: 12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

1. Xiao Long Bao (China)

Make it healthier: Steamed Shanghai Soup Dumplings
Steamed soup dumpling are a dim sum delicacy. Each tender dumpling is filled with actual soup! How do they do it? The key to a successful soup dumpling is a homemade broth filling rich enough in fat and collagen that it remains semi-sold when cold. Once the dumplings are wrapped up tight and steamed, the filling melts into a silky broth that spills out when the dumplings are bitten into. While the best way to make this recipe healthier would be to choose pork lower in fat or another type of lower fat meat (sacrilege, we know), this recipe takes strides towards “healthy” with less sugar than many other recipes and the use of light soy sauce. Photo and recipe: The Woks of Life

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

2. Gyoza (Japan)

Make it healthier: Kale & Edamame Dumplings
Ubiquitous at any Japanese steakhouse or sushi joint, gyoza are steamed or pan-fried dumplings made from a thin wheat-flour wrapper with a meat or veggie filling (typically ground pork and cabbage). This recipe presents a healthier take with a vegan-friendly filling. That’s right: iron-rich kale and protein-rich edamame. Want to skip the dumpling wrapper altogether? Try these Paleo Gyoza Bites! Photo and recipe: Emily / This Raw Awesome Vegan Life

RELATED: 11 No-Bake Energy Bites Recipes

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

3. Pierogi (Poland)

Make it healthier: Cauliflower, Potato and Cheddar Pierogi
The addition of cauliflower to the traditional potato and cheese filling in these pierogi helps to make the dish a bit lighter. Want to take it a step further? Try adding some extra veggies to the filling — we recommend sautéed, chopped spinach, kale or broccoli. Make it a complete meal by boiling or steaming the perogi instead of frying them, and serving atop a bed of sautéed greens or beside a lean piece of protein. Photo and recipe: Lauren Keating / Healthy Delicious

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

4. Ravioli (Italy)

Make it healthier: Garden Veggie and Ravioli Skillet
Typically filled with a mixture of cheese, ravioli — perhaps the most famous of all Italian dumplings — can be far from healthy. Especially when paired with creamy sauces (we’re lookin’ at you, Alfredo). But keep an eye on portion size and serve alongside a healthy dose of protein and veggies and you can create a well-balanced meal.

Pro tip: This recipe calls for homemade pistachio butter to use as the “sauce.” If you’d rather go lighter, try tossing the pistachios, herbs and lemon zest directly in with the pasta and adding a generous swirl of heart-healthy extra-virgin olive oil. This easy modification will provide all of the flavor from those herbs and pistachios without butter’s saturated fat. Want to try another healthier (and gluten-free) ravioli recipe? Try making your own veggie-based ravioli, like this recipe for zucchini ravioli. Photo and recipe: Tieghan Gerard / Half Baked Harvest

RELATED: 11 Delicious Low-Carb Veggie Noodle Recipes

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

5. Char Siu Bao (China)

Make it healthier: Whole Wheat Steamed Pork Buns
Another dim sum staple, steamed pork buns are like soft little pillows filled with flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth barbecued pork. This recipe makes the favorite a bit healthier by swapping in whole-wheat flour for classic white, which ads more fiber to the mix. Upgrade your filling, too, by cutting down on sugar and honey, adding shredded cabbage to the filling, or swapping pork for ground chicken. Photo and recipe: Kylie / Imma Eat That

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

6. Pasties (Great Britain)

Make it healthier: Veggie Pot Pie Pasties
Pasties are like the savory, British version of Pop Tarts: rich, savory filling stuffed between two layers of pastry dough. While many pasties are filled with a rich meat and gravy mixture, these offer a slightly more wholesome version with a filling made from a mix of veggies. Make this recipe healthier by swapping in a whole-wheat pastry dough. Or, mix up the filling. Pre-cooked shredded chicken or an even wider variety of vegetables (like kale, sweet potatoes or squash) would work perfectly as an addition to this basic recipe. Photo and recipe: Becca / Amuse Your Bouche

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

7. Empanadas (South America)

Make it healthier: Gluten-Free Beef and Chorizo Empanadas
Similar to a pasty, empanadas are the most popular type of dumpling in many Hispanic cultures such as Spain, Portugal and Argentina. Why we love ‘em? They’re stuffed to the gills with flavorful ingredients and fried until crispy. But this recipe is different: Instead of wheat-based wrappers, the low-carb dough for these savory empanadas is made form almond flour and a mix of cheeses. Even better, the chorizo filling is a well-balanced mix of spicy and tangy. Photo and recipe: Kyndra / Peace Love and Low Carb

RELATED: Healthy Breakfast Empanadas Recipe

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

8. Knishes (Eastern Europe)

Make it healthier: Mini Potato and Chard Knishes
Knishes are baked pockets of dough stuffed — most traditionally — with mashed potato and onions. While the Jewish snack food can often be the size of a sandwich, this recipe for mini knishes is the perfect way to savor in moderation. Plus, the Swiss chard in the filling packs in a serving of green leafy vegetables, one of our favorite ways to make any comfort food just a little bit healthier! Photo and recipe: Samantha / Little Ferraro Kitchen

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

9. Samosas (India)

Make it healthier: Fully-Loaded Spring Samosas
If you’re a fan of warm, Indian spices, these samosas are for you. In addition to peas, carrots, chickpeas and baby spinach, the filling gets a healthy dose of cumin, turmeric, coriander, cardamom and cinnamon. The best part? These babies only call for a pinch of salt for flavor — the mix of spices does the rest of the work. And don’t skip out on the mint chutney. The mint, Serrano chili and slight sweetness from dates pairs perfectly with the baked samosas. Photo and recipe: Sarah Britton / My New Roots

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

10. Tamales (Mexico)

Make it healthier: Spinach, Corn and Cheese Tamales
Tamales are a classic Mexican dumpling made from masa, or finely ground cornmeal stuffed, wrapped in corn husks, and steamed. While authentic variations often rely on lard to make the cornmeal mixture tender, it’s easy to swap in healthier fats. This one calls for an equal mix of vegetarian shorting and vegan margarine. And while traditional fillings are made from shredded pork, a vegetable-based filling makes this recipe a bit healthier than the classic. Want a dose of protein in the mix? Try adding pre-cooked shredded chicken to the mixture before filling the tamales! Photo and recipe: Pavani / Cooks Hideout

RELATED: 9 Must-Try Guacamole Recipes

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

11. Chicken and Dumplings (USA)

Make it healthier: Paleo Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings is a down-home favorite all around the USA, but a few recipe modifications and the addition of paleo biscuits make this recipe gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo, and Whole 30-friendly. Instead of butter, flour and heavy cream, the gravy for this chicken and dumplings recipe calls for coconut oil, arrowroot starch and coconut cream. And for the dumplings, you have almond flour, coconut flour and egg whites to thank for all the fluffy goodness! Recipe and photo: Amy / A Healthy Life for Me

Originally published October 2016. Updated February 2018.

Read More
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11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, is one of the most celebrated holidays across Asia. From Vietnam to Thailand to the Philippines, millions of people are painting the town red for the year of the dog. Aside from watching impressive fireworks displays, the best way to join the festivities is the food! Dumplings is a traditional New Year's dish because it represents good fortune, wealth and longevity. Whether you want to prepare classic Chinese buns or not, the good news is nearly ever culture on earth has its own version of the humble dumpling. From Japanese gyoza to Polish pierogi, dumplings can be cooked using almost any method, from steaming or boiling to baking or frying. If you’ve sampled these delicious, pillowy bites, you probably also know they’re considered comfort foods for good reason. Think: dough made from refined flour, rich, meaty fillings, and possibly a deep-fried preparation. Lucky for our taste buds, a few smart recipe modifications can have you eating guilt-free dumplings in no time. Here are 11 healthier takes on classic dumpling variations from around the world. While they might not be as authentic as Grandma’s family recipe from the motherland, they’re sure to satisfy even your deepest doughy cravings. RELATED: 12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

1. Xiao Long Bao (China)

Make it healthier: Steamed Shanghai Soup Dumplings Steamed soup dumpling are a dim sum delicacy. Each tender dumpling is filled with actual soup! How do they do it? The key to a successful soup dumpling is a homemade broth filling rich enough in fat and collagen that it remains semi-sold when cold. Once the dumplings are wrapped up tight and steamed, the filling melts into a silky broth that spills out when the dumplings are bitten into. While the best way to make this recipe healthier would be to choose pork lower in fat or another type of lower fat meat (sacrilege, we know), this recipe takes strides towards “healthy” with less sugar than many other recipes and the use of light soy sauce. Photo and recipe: The Woks of Life 11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

2. Gyoza (Japan)

Make it healthier: Kale & Edamame Dumplings Ubiquitous at any Japanese steakhouse or sushi joint, gyoza are steamed or pan-fried dumplings made from a thin wheat-flour wrapper with a meat or veggie filling (typically ground pork and cabbage). This recipe presents a healthier take with a vegan-friendly filling. That’s right: iron-rich kale and protein-rich edamame. Want to skip the dumpling wrapper altogether? Try these Paleo Gyoza Bites! Photo and recipe: Emily / This Raw Awesome Vegan Life RELATED: 11 No-Bake Energy Bites Recipes 11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

3. Pierogi (Poland)

Make it healthier: Cauliflower, Potato and Cheddar Pierogi The addition of cauliflower to the traditional potato and cheese filling in these pierogi helps to make the dish a bit lighter. Want to take it a step further? Try adding some extra veggies to the filling — we recommend sautéed, chopped spinach, kale or broccoli. Make it a complete meal by boiling or steaming the perogi instead of frying them, and serving atop a bed of sautéed greens or beside a lean piece of protein. Photo and recipe: Lauren Keating / Healthy Delicious

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

4. Ravioli (Italy)

Make it healthier: Garden Veggie and Ravioli Skillet Typically filled with a mixture of cheese, ravioli — perhaps the most famous of all Italian dumplings — can be far from healthy. Especially when paired with creamy sauces (we’re lookin’ at you, Alfredo). But keep an eye on portion size and serve alongside a healthy dose of protein and veggies and you can create a well-balanced meal. Pro tip: This recipe calls for homemade pistachio butter to use as the “sauce.” If you’d rather go lighter, try tossing the pistachios, herbs and lemon zest directly in with the pasta and adding a generous swirl of heart-healthy extra-virgin olive oil. This easy modification will provide all of the flavor from those herbs and pistachios without butter’s saturated fat. Want to try another healthier (and gluten-free) ravioli recipe? Try making your own veggie-based ravioli, like this recipe for zucchini ravioli. Photo and recipe: Tieghan Gerard / Half Baked Harvest RELATED: 11 Delicious Low-Carb Veggie Noodle Recipes 11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

5. Char Siu Bao (China)

Make it healthier: Whole Wheat Steamed Pork Buns Another dim sum staple, steamed pork buns are like soft little pillows filled with flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth barbecued pork. This recipe makes the favorite a bit healthier by swapping in whole-wheat flour for classic white, which ads more fiber to the mix. Upgrade your filling, too, by cutting down on sugar and honey, adding shredded cabbage to the filling, or swapping pork for ground chicken. Photo and recipe: Kylie / Imma Eat That 11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

6. Pasties (Great Britain)

Make it healthier: Veggie Pot Pie Pasties Pasties are like the savory, British version of Pop Tarts: rich, savory filling stuffed between two layers of pastry dough. While many pasties are filled with a rich meat and gravy mixture, these offer a slightly more wholesome version with a filling made from a mix of veggies. Make this recipe healthier by swapping in a whole-wheat pastry dough. Or, mix up the filling. Pre-cooked shredded chicken or an even wider variety of vegetables (like kale, sweet potatoes or squash) would work perfectly as an addition to this basic recipe. Photo and recipe: Becca / Amuse Your Bouche 11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

7. Empanadas (South America)

Make it healthier: Gluten-Free Beef and Chorizo Empanadas Similar to a pasty, empanadas are the most popular type of dumpling in many Hispanic cultures such as Spain, Portugal and Argentina. Why we love ‘em? They’re stuffed to the gills with flavorful ingredients and fried until crispy. But this recipe is different: Instead of wheat-based wrappers, the low-carb dough for these savory empanadas is made form almond flour and a mix of cheeses. Even better, the chorizo filling is a well-balanced mix of spicy and tangy. Photo and recipe: Kyndra / Peace Love and Low Carb RELATED: Healthy Breakfast Empanadas Recipe 11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

8. Knishes (Eastern Europe)

Make it healthier: Mini Potato and Chard Knishes Knishes are baked pockets of dough stuffed — most traditionally — with mashed potato and onions. While the Jewish snack food can often be the size of a sandwich, this recipe for mini knishes is the perfect way to savor in moderation. Plus, the Swiss chard in the filling packs in a serving of green leafy vegetables, one of our favorite ways to make any comfort food just a little bit healthier! Photo and recipe: Samantha / Little Ferraro Kitchen

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

9. Samosas (India)

Make it healthier: Fully-Loaded Spring Samosas If you’re a fan of warm, Indian spices, these samosas are for you. In addition to peas, carrots, chickpeas and baby spinach, the filling gets a healthy dose of cumin, turmeric, coriander, cardamom and cinnamon. The best part? These babies only call for a pinch of salt for flavor — the mix of spices does the rest of the work. And don’t skip out on the mint chutney. The mint, Serrano chili and slight sweetness from dates pairs perfectly with the baked samosas. Photo and recipe: Sarah Britton / My New Roots 11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

10. Tamales (Mexico)

Make it healthier: Spinach, Corn and Cheese Tamales Tamales are a classic Mexican dumpling made from masa, or finely ground cornmeal stuffed, wrapped in corn husks, and steamed. While authentic variations often rely on lard to make the cornmeal mixture tender, it’s easy to swap in healthier fats. This one calls for an equal mix of vegetarian shorting and vegan margarine. And while traditional fillings are made from shredded pork, a vegetable-based filling makes this recipe a bit healthier than the classic. Want a dose of protein in the mix? Try adding pre-cooked shredded chicken to the mixture before filling the tamales! Photo and recipe: Pavani / Cooks Hideout RELATED: 9 Must-Try Guacamole Recipes

11 Healthy Dumpling Recipes From Around the World

11. Chicken and Dumplings (USA)

Make it healthier: Paleo Chicken and Dumplings Chicken and Dumplings is a down-home favorite all around the USA, but a few recipe modifications and the addition of paleo biscuits make this recipe gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo, and Whole 30-friendly. Instead of butter, flour and heavy cream, the gravy for this chicken and dumplings recipe calls for coconut oil, arrowroot starch and coconut cream. And for the dumplings, you have almond flour, coconut flour and egg whites to thank for all the fluffy goodness! Recipe and photo: Amy / A Healthy Life for Me Originally published October 2016. Updated February 2018. Read More 12 Delicious Asian-Inspired Recipes That Beat Takeout 10 Irresistible Tamale Recipes You'll Crave 7 Healthy Fried Rice Recipes That Won't Put You in a Coma

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5 Healthy Dessert Recipes for Your Fit Valentine https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-dessert-recipes-valentine-day/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:00:39 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65648 5 Healthy Dessert Recipes for Your Fit Valentine

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, these healthy dessert recipes will give you something extra special to look forward to. And that's why Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, founder of Nutritious Life, wants you to hit the kitchen. With diets like ketogenic and paleo in mind, there’s something for everyone and their special someone.

On a recent visit to the set of Daily Burn 365, Glassman shared some of her favorite nutritionist-approved Valentine’s Day recipes. Made with wholesome ingredients, there’s no reason to feel guilty about eating them all on your own — but we suggest sharing the love.

RELATED: 13 Delicious Date Night Recipes for Fit Couples

Sweeten Up Valentine’s Day with These Healthy Dessert Recipes

[caption id="attachment_65650" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Protein Cookie Dough Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

1. If your Valentine is paleo…

Protein Cookie Dough
Do your V-day plans involve a night of takeout and Netflix? Then, prepping a scoop (or two) of this 15-minute dessert is far from a labor of love. Made with plant-based protein powder, almond flour and dairy-free chocolate chips, there’s no better way to woo your paleo pal.

[caption id="attachment_65651" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Chocolate Avocado Mousse Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

2. If your Valentine is on a ketogenic diet…

Choco-Avocado Pudding
A box of chocolates pales in comparison to this heavenly pudding, which gets a boost of omega-3 fatty acids from the avocado. Avocados also lend a creamy, indulgent quality, without weighing you down. Top with sliced almonds, goji berries or your favorite granola.

[caption id="attachment_65652" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Coconut French Toast Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

3. If your Valentine is on a low-sugar diet…

Coconut French Toast
Even if your honey is trying to cut back on sugar, French toast doesn’t have to be off limits. This satisfying recipe relies on vanilla extract, cinnamon, shredded unsweetened coconut and strawberries for flavor — without adding regular table sugar.

RELATED: 6 Sommelier Tips for Choosing Low-Calorie Wine

[caption id="attachment_65654" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Morning Glory Muffins Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

4. If your Valentine is gluten-free…

Healthy Morning Glory Muffins
Skip the trip to the cupcake shop and bake up a batch of these hearty muffins. Comforting spices and dried fruit infuse these portable breakfasts with mouthwatering flavor, while pumpkin puree and maple syrup keep them moist.

[caption id="attachment_65655" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Baked Pickles Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

5. If your Valentine is on a fermented kick…

Baked Pickles
This dish is perfect for a bae who craves salty, rather than sweet. Opt for using fermented pickles, and, like other probiotics, they offer flora-feeding good bacteria. After all, a gut check is necessary when you think you’ve found the one.

Read More
14 Valentine’s Day Desserts We’re Totally in Love With
15 Healthy Recipes for No-Bake Desserts
9 Single-Serve Dessert Recipes (Microwave Cake Included!)

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5 Healthy Dessert Recipes for Your Fit Valentine

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, these healthy dessert recipes will give you something extra special to look forward to. And that's why Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, founder of Nutritious Life, wants you to hit the kitchen. With diets like ketogenic and paleo in mind, there’s something for everyone and their special someone. On a recent visit to the set of Daily Burn 365, Glassman shared some of her favorite nutritionist-approved Valentine’s Day recipes. Made with wholesome ingredients, there’s no reason to feel guilty about eating them all on your own — but we suggest sharing the love. RELATED: 13 Delicious Date Night Recipes for Fit Couples

Sweeten Up Valentine’s Day with These Healthy Dessert Recipes

[caption id="attachment_65650" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Protein Cookie Dough Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

1. If your Valentine is paleo…

Protein Cookie Dough Do your V-day plans involve a night of takeout and Netflix? Then, prepping a scoop (or two) of this 15-minute dessert is far from a labor of love. Made with plant-based protein powder, almond flour and dairy-free chocolate chips, there’s no better way to woo your paleo pal. [caption id="attachment_65651" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Chocolate Avocado Mousse Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

2. If your Valentine is on a ketogenic diet…

Choco-Avocado Pudding A box of chocolates pales in comparison to this heavenly pudding, which gets a boost of omega-3 fatty acids from the avocado. Avocados also lend a creamy, indulgent quality, without weighing you down. Top with sliced almonds, goji berries or your favorite granola. [caption id="attachment_65652" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Coconut French Toast Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

3. If your Valentine is on a low-sugar diet…

Coconut French Toast Even if your honey is trying to cut back on sugar, French toast doesn’t have to be off limits. This satisfying recipe relies on vanilla extract, cinnamon, shredded unsweetened coconut and strawberries for flavor — without adding regular table sugar. RELATED: 6 Sommelier Tips for Choosing Low-Calorie Wine [caption id="attachment_65654" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Morning Glory Muffins Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

4. If your Valentine is gluten-free…

Healthy Morning Glory Muffins Skip the trip to the cupcake shop and bake up a batch of these hearty muffins. Comforting spices and dried fruit infuse these portable breakfasts with mouthwatering flavor, while pumpkin puree and maple syrup keep them moist. [caption id="attachment_65655" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Baked Pickles Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

5. If your Valentine is on a fermented kick…

Baked Pickles This dish is perfect for a bae who craves salty, rather than sweet. Opt for using fermented pickles, and, like other probiotics, they offer flora-feeding good bacteria. After all, a gut check is necessary when you think you’ve found the one. Read More 14 Valentine’s Day Desserts We’re Totally in Love With 15 Healthy Recipes for No-Bake Desserts 9 Single-Serve Dessert Recipes (Microwave Cake Included!)

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Healthy Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/red-velvet-overnight-oats-recipe/ Sun, 11 Feb 2018 14:15:45 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65662

[caption id="attachment_65663" align="alignnone" width="620"]Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

If you’re a fan of the chocolaty flavor and vibrant color of red velvet cake, then we have the perfect healthy breakfast recipe for you. These red velvet overnight oats are a simple yet delicious way to show your Valentine you care. They take less than five minutes to prepare and make a great on-the-go breakfast if you’re rushing out the door. Even better? Enjoy them for breakfast in bed! Top each jar with your favorite toppings, including fruit, chopped nuts, coconut or chocolate chips for some added decadence. This overnight oats recipe makes two jars, so you can share the love, or try a little self-love and save both for yourself.

RELATED: 14 Valentine's Day Desserts We're Totally in Love With

Healthy Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe

Makes 2 jars

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

2/3 cup gluten-free oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1/3 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoon grated chocolate
2 teaspoon finely grated beets
Pinch of salt
Optional toppings: Raspberries, shredded unsweetened coconut, coconut flakes, chocolate chips or chopped almonds

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir until they’re well combined.
  2. Divide the mixture evenly between two jars at least one cup each in size. Place the jars in the fridge and leave them overnight.
  3. In the morning, top each jar with your desired toppings and enjoy!

[caption id="attachment_65665" align="alignnone" width="620"]Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

For more healthy, no-fuss desserts, check out these quick and easy single-serving treats.

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[caption id="attachment_65663" align="alignnone" width="620"]Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption] If you’re a fan of the chocolaty flavor and vibrant color of red velvet cake, then we have the perfect healthy breakfast recipe for you. These red velvet overnight oats are a simple yet delicious way to show your Valentine you care. They take less than five minutes to prepare and make a great on-the-go breakfast if you’re rushing out the door. Even better? Enjoy them for breakfast in bed! Top each jar with your favorite toppings, including fruit, chopped nuts, coconut or chocolate chips for some added decadence. This overnight oats recipe makes two jars, so you can share the love, or try a little self-love and save both for yourself. RELATED: 14 Valentine's Day Desserts We're Totally in Love With

Healthy Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe

Makes 2 jars Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

2/3 cup gluten-free oats 1/2 cup almond milk 1/3 cup fat-free Greek yogurt 1 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup 2 tablespoon grated chocolate 2 teaspoon finely grated beets Pinch of salt Optional toppings: Raspberries, shredded unsweetened coconut, coconut flakes, chocolate chips or chopped almonds

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir until they’re well combined.
  2. Divide the mixture evenly between two jars at least one cup each in size. Place the jars in the fridge and leave them overnight.
  3. In the morning, top each jar with your desired toppings and enjoy!
[caption id="attachment_65665" align="alignnone" width="620"]Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

For more healthy, no-fuss desserts, check out these quick and easy single-serving treats.

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6 Easy Ways to Make Pickled Vegetables at Home https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/pickled-vegetables-recipes/ Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:15:03 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65552

 6 Easy Ways to Make Pickled Vegetables at Home

When it comes to pickles, cucumbers don’t always have to be your main squeeze. You can make almost any veggie into that juicy, crunchy bite you crave. And the best part is you can easily make the vinegar-set snack right at home. In fact, long before it was a trend, pickling was common practice for stopping foods (and not just cucumbers) from spoiling.

To start the pickling process, just toss any produce — we’re talking leftover celery, a half-eaten bag of carrots or whatever you have on hand — into a brine (aka salt and water). Let it sit overnight and it creates that crunchiness you know and love. In some cases, the food also ferments, meaning good bacteria forms. That’s the same process that occurs in buzzy foods like kombucha and kimchi, which offer a whole slew of health benefits, from providing probiotics and healthy enzymes to improving digestion and increasing energy.

So pick your favorite produce, stock up on some apple cider vinegar and pop open a mason jar to store your healthy snack, made right at home. Just follow these six recipes for tasty, crunchy combos.

RELATED: 21 Low-Calorie Snacks You’ll Want to Eat Every Day

Healthy Pickle Recipes with Veggies

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Quick Pickled Vegetable Variety

1. Quick Pickled Vegetables

No matter what veggie you choose — carrots, beets, green beans, you name it — this is a good recipe to jumpstart your pickling practice. It really only requires five main ingredients, plus water and the option for adding some dill and spices (which we do recommend!). Bring the liquid items to a boil, then pour over your produce. You can munch on them as soon as the next day. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Spiced Pickled Vegetable Variety

2. Spiced Pickled Vegetables

If you’re still a little suspicious of the whole pickling trend, you’re not alone. Teighan Gerard of Half-Baked Harvest notes on her blog she saw no reason to stray from baking, roasting or sautéing her vegetables until she realized just how easy it is create a flavorful jar of pickled vegetables, customized to your taste. In this recipe, she offers herbs and spices to add to your mix — plus the option to toss in red pepper flakes or chiles for a kick of heat. Photo and recipe: Teighan Gerard / Half-Baked Harvest

RELATED: 15 One-Pot Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinners

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Pickled Green Tomatoes

3. Pickled Green Tomatoes

Next time your tomatoes become less than ripe, slice them up for this tasty recipe. Toss in a salad, or add as the finishing touch atop a goat cheese crostini or homemade pizza. Pair them with sundried tomatoes for an extra bold flavor. Photo and recipe: Carla Azevdo Cooking

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Vietnamese Quick Pickles

4. Vietnamese Quick Pickles

These pickles are a match made in banh mi (the signature Vietnamese bread) heaven. But the combination of carrots, cucumbers and daikons also make a great side for any grain bowl or even as a simple snack. Photo and recipe: Liz Ingraham / Pumpkin & Peanut Butter

RELATED: 12 Delicious Asian-Inspired Recipes That Beat Takeout

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Mediterranean Cauliflower Pickles

5. Mediterranean Cauliflower Pickles

Featuring cauliflower, plus flavoring from lemons, basil, peppercorns and chili flakes, this brine perfectly encapsulates Mediterranean tastes. It has a nice strong kick to finish it off, too. Photo and recipe: Danielle / Fermented Food Lab

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Pickled Red Onions

6. Pickled Red Onions

Whether it’s atop a salad, sandwich or tacos, everyone can agree pickled red onions make anything better. Whip these up at home to make taco night feel like you’re dining out. Photo and recipe: Beth Moncel / Budget Bytes

Read More
14 Deliciously Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes
9 Veggie-Packed Breakfast On-the-Go Recipes
30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinner Ideas

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 6 Easy Ways to Make Pickled Vegetables at Home
When it comes to pickles, cucumbers don’t always have to be your main squeeze. You can make almost any veggie into that juicy, crunchy bite you crave. And the best part is you can easily make the vinegar-set snack right at home. In fact, long before it was a trend, pickling was common practice for stopping foods (and not just cucumbers) from spoiling. To start the pickling process, just toss any produce — we’re talking leftover celery, a half-eaten bag of carrots or whatever you have on hand — into a brine (aka salt and water). Let it sit overnight and it creates that crunchiness you know and love. In some cases, the food also ferments, meaning good bacteria forms. That’s the same process that occurs in buzzy foods like kombucha and kimchi, which offer a whole slew of health benefits, from providing probiotics and healthy enzymes to improving digestion and increasing energy. So pick your favorite produce, stock up on some apple cider vinegar and pop open a mason jar to store your healthy snack, made right at home. Just follow these six recipes for tasty, crunchy combos. RELATED: 21 Low-Calorie Snacks You’ll Want to Eat Every Day

Healthy Pickle Recipes with Veggies

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Quick Pickled Vegetable Variety

1. Quick Pickled Vegetables

No matter what veggie you choose — carrots, beets, green beans, you name it — this is a good recipe to jumpstart your pickling practice. It really only requires five main ingredients, plus water and the option for adding some dill and spices (which we do recommend!). Bring the liquid items to a boil, then pour over your produce. You can munch on them as soon as the next day. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Spiced Pickled Vegetable Variety

2. Spiced Pickled Vegetables

If you’re still a little suspicious of the whole pickling trend, you’re not alone. Teighan Gerard of Half-Baked Harvest notes on her blog she saw no reason to stray from baking, roasting or sautéing her vegetables until she realized just how easy it is create a flavorful jar of pickled vegetables, customized to your taste. In this recipe, she offers herbs and spices to add to your mix — plus the option to toss in red pepper flakes or chiles for a kick of heat. Photo and recipe: Teighan Gerard / Half-Baked Harvest RELATED: 15 One-Pot Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinners Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Pickled Green Tomatoes

3. Pickled Green Tomatoes

Next time your tomatoes become less than ripe, slice them up for this tasty recipe. Toss in a salad, or add as the finishing touch atop a goat cheese crostini or homemade pizza. Pair them with sundried tomatoes for an extra bold flavor. Photo and recipe: Carla Azevdo Cooking Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Vietnamese Quick Pickles

4. Vietnamese Quick Pickles

These pickles are a match made in banh mi (the signature Vietnamese bread) heaven. But the combination of carrots, cucumbers and daikons also make a great side for any grain bowl or even as a simple snack. Photo and recipe: Liz Ingraham / Pumpkin & Peanut Butter RELATED: 12 Delicious Asian-Inspired Recipes That Beat Takeout Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Mediterranean Cauliflower Pickles

5. Mediterranean Cauliflower Pickles

Featuring cauliflower, plus flavoring from lemons, basil, peppercorns and chili flakes, this brine perfectly encapsulates Mediterranean tastes. It has a nice strong kick to finish it off, too. Photo and recipe: Danielle / Fermented Food Lab Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Pickled Red Onions

6. Pickled Red Onions

Whether it’s atop a salad, sandwich or tacos, everyone can agree pickled red onions make anything better. Whip these up at home to make taco night feel like you’re dining out. Photo and recipe: Beth Moncel / Budget Bytes Read More 14 Deliciously Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes 9 Veggie-Packed Breakfast On-the-Go Recipes 30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinner Ideas

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What It Takes to Feed 100 U.S. Olympians in PyeongChang https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/winter-olympics-healthy-recipes-athletes/ Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:15:04 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65492 What It Takes to Feed 100 U.S. Olympians in PyeongChang

[caption id="attachment_65506" align="alignnone" width="620"]What It Takes to Feed 100 U.S. Olympians in PyeongChang Photos: Courtesy of Blue Diamond Almonds[/caption]

Cooking for yourself is tough. And if you have friends or family over, it can be even trickier — tweaking recipes for food allergies and serving sizes. Now imagine what it would be like to prepare healthy meals for 100 Olympic athletes. That’s what Chef Allen Tran, MS, CSSD, RD, and Chef Megan Chacosky, MS, RD, do every day as the high-performance dietitian and chef for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association.

“We work with about 200 athletes total, and on any given day there can be 100 athletes here,” says Chef Tran, referring to the USSA Center of Excellence training facility in Park City, UT. He and Chef Chacosky work in Park City full-time until they head to PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympic Games. “It’s like cooking multiple Thanksgivings every day,” Chef Tran says. NBD, right? We snuck behind the counter and opened the fridge to see exactly what Olympic athletes eat.

RELATED: The Olympic-Inspired Bodyweight Workout

A Gold-Winning Meal Plan

Whether it’s a protein smoothie or a hearty salad bowl, Chef Tran and Chacosky not only have to take into account the nutritional requirements of these Olympians, but they also need to be aware of certain food allergies and the different stages of their training plans. “There are some big training blocks when athletes are in the strength and power phase of training and they’re eating more,” explains Chef Tran.

But because the athletes all have different workout routines, it's impossible to cater every meal towards one team or one athlete's training session. Instead, Chacosky and Tran focus on educating the athletes about how to make smart food choices to fuel their workouts. "I aim to serve all of our meals buffet-style, with separate sections for proteins, starches and vegetables, so athletes can build their own plate to match their training needs that day," Chef Chacosky says.

RELATED: 20 Questions With Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy

To keep the facility stocked with nutritious foods, Chacosky grocery shops one to two times a week and gets a food delivery once a week through a local food purveyor and Costco. So just how much food is in the training facility? "There are two double-door commercial refrigerators, one regular refrigerator and one reach-in deep freezer to store food for up to one week," she says. Chacosky also hosts meal prep classes for athletes, so they learn how to make simple, nutritious meals at home.

When they're traveling with specific teams, Chacosky and Tran will plan according to the team's needs — and their environment. "At a high-altitude, high-volume training camp, we will add more calories, like sides of butter, avocado, salad dressing and mixed nuts," Chef Chacosky says. There's also more emphasis on hydration for athletes who train at higher elevation.

Team USA's 2018 Winter Olympics Menu

Partnerships like the one the U.S. ski and snowboard teams have with Blue Diamond Almonds and Almond Breeze help make key ingredients and snacks readily available to both the chefs and athletes. "Having the option of a dairy-free milk allows us to support every athlete's individual needs," Chacosky says, including athletes who are lactose-intolerant or avoid dairy during certain types of training.

Here are six recipes that Chefs Chacosky and Tran have cooked up for Olympic hopefuls as they prepare for the Winter Olympics.

[caption id="attachment_65498" align="alignnone" width="620"]Winter Olympics Meals: Creamy Lemon-Garlic Pasta Photo: Courtesy of Blue Diamond Almonds[/caption]

Creamy Lemon-Garlic Pasta Recipe

Makes 3-4 servings

Ingredients

1 large bunch asparagus
2 lemons, zest and juice
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons each: salt, pepper and garlic powder
2 cups Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original Almondmilk (or for extra creaminess use Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original Almond Cashew Blend)
1 pound dry pasta, any shape (or gluten-free pasta)
1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained
Optional: 1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese or 2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450° Line a baking sheet with foil and set it aside. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Trim the asparagus and cut them into one-inch pieces. Be sure to save the tough ends.
  2. Spread the asparagus pieces and drained garbanzo beans on the lined baking sheet. Coat the with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and one teaspoon each of salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place the baking sheet in oven to roast until the asparagus is tender, and the garbanzo beans are browned and slightly toasted, about 20 minutes.
  3. While the asparagus and beans are roasting, add the saved asparagus tough ends to the boiling water until pieces are tender. Spoon out asparagus with a strainer and place them into a food processor or blender.
  4. With the water still boiling, add pasta and cook to al dente. Once cooked, drain the noodles and set them aside in a large serving bowl.
  5. Make the creamy pasta sauce: Combine boiled asparagus stalks, zest and juice of two lemons, almond milk, one tablespoon of olive oil, and the remaining teaspoon each of salt, pepper and garlic powder in a food processor or blender. Blend until the mixture is completely combined.
  6. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and stir in the roasted asparagus and garbanzo beans.

The Skinny

Next Up: Almond Couscous Salad

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[caption id="attachment_65506" align="alignnone" width="620"]What It Takes to Feed 100 U.S. Olympians in PyeongChang Photos: Courtesy of Blue Diamond Almonds[/caption] Cooking for yourself is tough. And if you have friends or family over, it can be even trickier — tweaking recipes for food allergies and serving sizes. Now imagine what it would be like to prepare healthy meals for 100 Olympic athletes. That’s what Chef Allen Tran, MS, CSSD, RD, and Chef Megan Chacosky, MS, RD, do every day as the high-performance dietitian and chef for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association. “We work with about 200 athletes total, and on any given day there can be 100 athletes here,” says Chef Tran, referring to the USSA Center of Excellence training facility in Park City, UT. He and Chef Chacosky work in Park City full-time until they head to PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympic Games. “It’s like cooking multiple Thanksgivings every day,” Chef Tran says. NBD, right? We snuck behind the counter and opened the fridge to see exactly what Olympic athletes eat. RELATED: The Olympic-Inspired Bodyweight Workout

A Gold-Winning Meal Plan

Whether it’s a protein smoothie or a hearty salad bowl, Chef Tran and Chacosky not only have to take into account the nutritional requirements of these Olympians, but they also need to be aware of certain food allergies and the different stages of their training plans. “There are some big training blocks when athletes are in the strength and power phase of training and they’re eating more,” explains Chef Tran. But because the athletes all have different workout routines, it's impossible to cater every meal towards one team or one athlete's training session. Instead, Chacosky and Tran focus on educating the athletes about how to make smart food choices to fuel their workouts. "I aim to serve all of our meals buffet-style, with separate sections for proteins, starches and vegetables, so athletes can build their own plate to match their training needs that day," Chef Chacosky says. RELATED: 20 Questions With Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy To keep the facility stocked with nutritious foods, Chacosky grocery shops one to two times a week and gets a food delivery once a week through a local food purveyor and Costco. So just how much food is in the training facility? "There are two double-door commercial refrigerators, one regular refrigerator and one reach-in deep freezer to store food for up to one week," she says. Chacosky also hosts meal prep classes for athletes, so they learn how to make simple, nutritious meals at home. When they're traveling with specific teams, Chacosky and Tran will plan according to the team's needs — and their environment. "At a high-altitude, high-volume training camp, we will add more calories, like sides of butter, avocado, salad dressing and mixed nuts," Chef Chacosky says. There's also more emphasis on hydration for athletes who train at higher elevation.

Team USA's 2018 Winter Olympics Menu

Partnerships like the one the U.S. ski and snowboard teams have with Blue Diamond Almonds and Almond Breeze help make key ingredients and snacks readily available to both the chefs and athletes. "Having the option of a dairy-free milk allows us to support every athlete's individual needs," Chacosky says, including athletes who are lactose-intolerant or avoid dairy during certain types of training. Here are six recipes that Chefs Chacosky and Tran have cooked up for Olympic hopefuls as they prepare for the Winter Olympics. [caption id="attachment_65498" align="alignnone" width="620"]Winter Olympics Meals: Creamy Lemon-Garlic Pasta Photo: Courtesy of Blue Diamond Almonds[/caption]

Creamy Lemon-Garlic Pasta Recipe

Makes 3-4 servings

Ingredients

1 large bunch asparagus 2 lemons, zest and juice 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons each: salt, pepper and garlic powder 2 cups Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original Almondmilk (or for extra creaminess use Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original Almond Cashew Blend) 1 pound dry pasta, any shape (or gluten-free pasta) 1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained Optional: 1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese or 2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450° Line a baking sheet with foil and set it aside. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Trim the asparagus and cut them into one-inch pieces. Be sure to save the tough ends.
  2. Spread the asparagus pieces and drained garbanzo beans on the lined baking sheet. Coat the with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and one teaspoon each of salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place the baking sheet in oven to roast until the asparagus is tender, and the garbanzo beans are browned and slightly toasted, about 20 minutes.
  3. While the asparagus and beans are roasting, add the saved asparagus tough ends to the boiling water until pieces are tender. Spoon out asparagus with a strainer and place them into a food processor or blender.
  4. With the water still boiling, add pasta and cook to al dente. Once cooked, drain the noodles and set them aside in a large serving bowl.
  5. Make the creamy pasta sauce: Combine boiled asparagus stalks, zest and juice of two lemons, almond milk, one tablespoon of olive oil, and the remaining teaspoon each of salt, pepper and garlic powder in a food processor or blender. Blend until the mixture is completely combined.
  6. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and stir in the roasted asparagus and garbanzo beans.

The Skinny

Next Up: Almond Couscous Salad

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]]> 20 Healthy Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-meals-20-minutes-recipes/ Sun, 04 Feb 2018 14:15:23 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65348 20 Healthy Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less

20 Healthy Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less

Some days you might want to play around in the kitchen and tackle that three-page recipe from your favorite gourmet cookbook. Other days, you aim to throw together healthy meals between rushing to work and rushing to work out. Believe us, we get the change of pace. But even though a microwaveable or pre-packaged breakfast or dinner may seem easier on those no-time-to-breathe days, reaching for these types of quickie dishes could mean more processed foods, or even worse, fast foods that derail your health and fitness goals. Good news is you don’t have to sacrifice happy hour to put together a happy, nutritious meal. Give us 20 minutes and we’ll prove that healthy in a hurry is not only possible, but also delicious!

RELATED: 12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

20-Minute Breakfast Recipes

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Sweet and Savory Quinoa Oatmeal Recipe

1. Sweet and Savory Quinoa Oatmeal

More often seen at the dinner table, quinoa can actually make for an unexpected but satisfying start to the day. Add a handful of pumpkin seeds for extra fiber, and say goodbye to not-so-nutritious breakfasts for good. Better yet, make a big batch of this recipe to last all week and you can truly grab and go. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life By DailyBurn 

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Tofu Scramble Recipe

2. Tofu Scramble

This protein-rich breakfast isn’t just a vegan alternative to scrambled eggs, but a delicious and healthy dish in its own right. Speckle tofu crumbles with colorful vegetables and toss in turmeric, which has many anti-inflammatory benefits. To keep this recipe under 20 minutes, omit the roasted tomatoes (or eat them raw). Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Acai Breakfast Bowl Recipe

3. Açaí Breakfast Bowl

Since açaí berries have such a high concentration of antioxidants, they’re a great way to fortify healthy meals for the mornings. Just blend, mix and serve — prep work done in five minutes flat. Garnish your smoothie bowl with granola for crunch and fresh berries for color — it’ll give you new reasons to rise and shine. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn 

RELATED: 21 Quick and Easy Protein Shake Recipes

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Mac and Cheese Scrambled Eggs

4. Mac and Cheese Scrambled Eggs

Mac and cheese for breakfast? Yes, you read that right. Eggs take the place of most of the mac in this tasty, cheesy meal. And not only do they cut down on carbs, but the eggs boost protein, too. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Blueberry Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding Recipe

5. Blueberry Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding

Many people think of buckwheat as a cereal, when in fact it’s a fruit seed. That means it’ll make  a great option for those who want to avoid gluten and grains. For this recipe, soak buckwheat overnight and then blend with antioxidant-rich blueberries to make a decadent, creamy pudding. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life By DailyBurn 

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes Recipe

6. Chocolate-Banana Protein Pancakes

Wake up to a protein packed breakfast with these quick and easy protein pancakes. With just 275 calories per serving — and 22 grams of protein — these flapjacks provide serious morning fuel. Round it out with your favorite fruit, and you’ve got a real breakfast champion. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life By DailyBurn 

RELATED:  12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

20-Minute Lunch Recipes

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Avocado Toast 3 Ways Recipe

7. Avocado Toast, Three Ways

This très chic open-face sandwich is a cinch to make. Just mash your avocado, add it to toast, then top with smoked salmon, radishes or tomatoes — the combos are endlessly customizable. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life By DailyBurn 

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Sriracha Spicy Shrimp Wrap Recipe

8. Sriracha Spicy Shrimp Wrap 

Shrimp is a great source of low-fat protein, heart-healthy omega-3s and energizing vitamin B12. The juicy prawns are also a good option for a light lunch, especially when spiked with a little Sriracha. It’s a combo that makes a seriously healthy meal — but not a ho-hum one. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Vegan Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

9. Vegan Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Borrowing inspiration from the Italian Caprese salad, this recipe combines flavorful dairy-free cheese, pesto, sliced tomatoes and fresh basil. Translation: one damn good, indulgent-like sandwich. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn 

RELATED: 10 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas You’ll Want to Steal

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Raw Rainbow Collard Greens Wrap Recipe

10. Raw Rainbow Collard Greens Wrap

This vibrant, raw wrap bursts with a rainbow of vegetables. And they’re all contained by another nutrient-packed vegetable: the collard green. This dark, leafy green is an excellent source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Plus, it’s gluten free, completely unprocessed and super low in calories! Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Kale Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

11. Kale Chicken Caesar Salad

Caesar salads don’t exactly have a reputation for being good for you. In this version made for healthy meals, you’ll swap out romaine for nutrient-dense kale, do away with the croutons, and toss in crunchy roasted chickpeas instead. A juicy grilled chicken breast rounds it out for a complete meal. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Chopped Mason Jar Salad Recipe

12. Chopped Mason Jar Salad

Who said salad can’t be portable? You’ll have no problem meeting your recommended daily servings of vegetables with this flavorful mason-jar salad. Creamy peanut and ginger dressing gives the crisp veggies a blast of flavor while edamame and quinoa add protein. This dish delivers lots of fiber, too, which will fuel you for an afternoon of endless meetings. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life By Daily Burn

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Healthy Low-Carb BLT Recipe

13. Healthy Low-Carb BLT

This carb-free wrap showcases all the tasty things we love about BLTs (bacon, bacon, bacon) without the bread. Amp up the greens to make a refreshing and light lettuce wrap and use creamy avocado and a boiled egg as a healthier substitute for mayo. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 9 Next-Level Lunch Boxes That Make Meal Prep Easy

20-Minute Dinner Recipes

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Healthy Turkey Burgers Recipe

14. Healthy Turkey Burgers

Compared to beef, ground turkey breast has the same amount of protein but half the saturated fat. Using an English muffin in place of a bun saves you some carbs, too. Pile on your veggies of choice and top them off with avocado for an extra creamy and fulfilling kick. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo Recipe

15. Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo

The average Alfredo can easily pack 1,000 calories in a single serving. This recipe swaps the fattening dairy for steamed cauliflower and nutritional yeast — a vegan source of protein and fiber that tastes like cheese. Best of all, you can whip the sauce up in the time it takes to boil pasta. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life By Daily Burn

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Miso Glazed Salmon with Snap Peas Recipe

16. Miso Glazed Salmon with Snap Peas

Savory miso and sweet maple syrup team up to give this meaty and flavorful fish an irresistible caramelized finish. The sugar snap peas also pack the meal with a generous serving of fiber and vitamin C. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

RELATED: 20 Kitchen Gadgets to Make Healthy Eating Easy

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Healthy Pork Lettuce Wraps Recipe

17. Healthy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps are quick and easy to prepare, and a great alternative to bread if you’re watching your carb intake. Combining a sweet and savory filling with a crispy crunch, your taste buds won’t even realize grains are missing. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Miso Vegetable Soup Recipe

18. Miso Vegetable Soup Recipe

Let’s not forget, it’s flu season. And miso has powerful immune-boosting benefits that help our bodies fight illness. Couple that with the natural antibiotic properties of ginger and vitamin C from the colorful vegetables in this soup, and you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way. Start sipping! Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Streak with Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

19. Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Choosing a lean, high-quality, grass-fed cut will make you feel better about what you’re putting in your body — without having to sacrifice flavor. This tangy chimichurri sauce is the perfect complement to grilled steak, and it keeps the meal light. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Pear and Prosciutto Pizza Recipe

20. Pear and Prosciutto Pizza

Hold the pepperoni (yes, we said it)! Prosciutto offers a leaner alternative and provides the same meaty satisfaction without the added grease. This whole-wheat pizza also trades mozzarella for goat cheese, so you still get cheesy goodness, but with fewer calories. Voilá, pizzas made for healthy meals. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

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20 Healthy Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less

20 Healthy Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less
Some days you might want to play around in the kitchen and tackle that three-page recipe from your favorite gourmet cookbook. Other days, you aim to throw together healthy meals between rushing to work and rushing to work out. Believe us, we get the change of pace. But even though a microwaveable or pre-packaged breakfast or dinner may seem easier on those no-time-to-breathe days, reaching for these types of quickie dishes could mean more processed foods, or even worse, fast foods that derail your health and fitness goals. Good news is you don’t have to sacrifice happy hour to put together a happy, nutritious meal. Give us 20 minutes and we’ll prove that healthy in a hurry is not only possible, but also delicious! RELATED: 12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

20-Minute Breakfast Recipes

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Sweet and Savory Quinoa Oatmeal Recipe

1. Sweet and Savory Quinoa Oatmeal

More often seen at the dinner table, quinoa can actually make for an unexpected but satisfying start to the day. Add a handful of pumpkin seeds for extra fiber, and say goodbye to not-so-nutritious breakfasts for good. Better yet, make a big batch of this recipe to last all week and you can truly grab and go. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life By DailyBurn  20-Minute Healthy Meals: Tofu Scramble Recipe

2. Tofu Scramble

This protein-rich breakfast isn’t just a vegan alternative to scrambled eggs, but a delicious and healthy dish in its own right. Speckle tofu crumbles with colorful vegetables and toss in turmeric, which has many anti-inflammatory benefits. To keep this recipe under 20 minutes, omit the roasted tomatoes (or eat them raw). Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Acai Breakfast Bowl Recipe

3. Açaí Breakfast Bowl

Since açaí berries have such a high concentration of antioxidants, they’re a great way to fortify healthy meals for the mornings. Just blend, mix and serve — prep work done in five minutes flat. Garnish your smoothie bowl with granola for crunch and fresh berries for color — it’ll give you new reasons to rise and shine. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn  RELATED: 21 Quick and Easy Protein Shake Recipes 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Mac and Cheese Scrambled Eggs

4. Mac and Cheese Scrambled Eggs

Mac and cheese for breakfast? Yes, you read that right. Eggs take the place of most of the mac in this tasty, cheesy meal. And not only do they cut down on carbs, but the eggs boost protein, too. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Blueberry Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding Recipe

5. Blueberry Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding

Many people think of buckwheat as a cereal, when in fact it’s a fruit seed. That means it’ll make  a great option for those who want to avoid gluten and grains. For this recipe, soak buckwheat overnight and then blend with antioxidant-rich blueberries to make a decadent, creamy pudding. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life By DailyBurn  20-Minute Healthy Meals: Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes Recipe

6. Chocolate-Banana Protein Pancakes

Wake up to a protein packed breakfast with these quick and easy protein pancakes. With just 275 calories per serving — and 22 grams of protein — these flapjacks provide serious morning fuel. Round it out with your favorite fruit, and you’ve got a real breakfast champion. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life By DailyBurn  RELATED:  12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

20-Minute Lunch Recipes

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Avocado Toast 3 Ways Recipe

7. Avocado Toast, Three Ways

This très chic open-face sandwich is a cinch to make. Just mash your avocado, add it to toast, then top with smoked salmon, radishes or tomatoes — the combos are endlessly customizable. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life By DailyBurn  20-Minute Healthy Meals: Sriracha Spicy Shrimp Wrap Recipe

8. Sriracha Spicy Shrimp Wrap 

Shrimp is a great source of low-fat protein, heart-healthy omega-3s and energizing vitamin B12. The juicy prawns are also a good option for a light lunch, especially when spiked with a little Sriracha. It’s a combo that makes a seriously healthy meal — but not a ho-hum one. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Vegan Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

9. Vegan Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Borrowing inspiration from the Italian Caprese salad, this recipe combines flavorful dairy-free cheese, pesto, sliced tomatoes and fresh basil. Translation: one damn good, indulgent-like sandwich. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn  RELATED: 10 Quick and Healthy Lunch Ideas You’ll Want to Steal 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Raw Rainbow Collard Greens Wrap Recipe

10. Raw Rainbow Collard Greens Wrap

This vibrant, raw wrap bursts with a rainbow of vegetables. And they’re all contained by another nutrient-packed vegetable: the collard green. This dark, leafy green is an excellent source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Plus, it’s gluten free, completely unprocessed and super low in calories! Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Kale Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

11. Kale Chicken Caesar Salad

Caesar salads don’t exactly have a reputation for being good for you. In this version made for healthy meals, you’ll swap out romaine for nutrient-dense kale, do away with the croutons, and toss in crunchy roasted chickpeas instead. A juicy grilled chicken breast rounds it out for a complete meal. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Chopped Mason Jar Salad Recipe

12. Chopped Mason Jar Salad

Who said salad can’t be portable? You’ll have no problem meeting your recommended daily servings of vegetables with this flavorful mason-jar salad. Creamy peanut and ginger dressing gives the crisp veggies a blast of flavor while edamame and quinoa add protein. This dish delivers lots of fiber, too, which will fuel you for an afternoon of endless meetings. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life By Daily Burn 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Healthy Low-Carb BLT Recipe

13. Healthy Low-Carb BLT

This carb-free wrap showcases all the tasty things we love about BLTs (bacon, bacon, bacon) without the bread. Amp up the greens to make a refreshing and light lettuce wrap and use creamy avocado and a boiled egg as a healthier substitute for mayo. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 9 Next-Level Lunch Boxes That Make Meal Prep Easy

20-Minute Dinner Recipes

20-Minute Healthy Meals: Healthy Turkey Burgers Recipe

14. Healthy Turkey Burgers

Compared to beef, ground turkey breast has the same amount of protein but half the saturated fat. Using an English muffin in place of a bun saves you some carbs, too. Pile on your veggies of choice and top them off with avocado for an extra creamy and fulfilling kick. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo Recipe

15. Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo

The average Alfredo can easily pack 1,000 calories in a single serving. This recipe swaps the fattening dairy for steamed cauliflower and nutritional yeast — a vegan source of protein and fiber that tastes like cheese. Best of all, you can whip the sauce up in the time it takes to boil pasta. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life By Daily Burn 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Miso Glazed Salmon with Snap Peas Recipe

16. Miso Glazed Salmon with Snap Peas

Savory miso and sweet maple syrup team up to give this meaty and flavorful fish an irresistible caramelized finish. The sugar snap peas also pack the meal with a generous serving of fiber and vitamin C. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  RELATED: 20 Kitchen Gadgets to Make Healthy Eating Easy 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Healthy Pork Lettuce Wraps Recipe

17. Healthy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps are quick and easy to prepare, and a great alternative to bread if you’re watching your carb intake. Combining a sweet and savory filling with a crispy crunch, your taste buds won’t even realize grains are missing. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Miso Vegetable Soup Recipe

18. Miso Vegetable Soup Recipe

Let’s not forget, it’s flu season. And miso has powerful immune-boosting benefits that help our bodies fight illness. Couple that with the natural antibiotic properties of ginger and vitamin C from the colorful vegetables in this soup, and you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way. Start sipping! Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Streak with Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

19. Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Choosing a lean, high-quality, grass-fed cut will make you feel better about what you’re putting in your body — without having to sacrifice flavor. This tangy chimichurri sauce is the perfect complement to grilled steak, and it keeps the meal light. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 20-Minute Healthy Meals: Pear and Prosciutto Pizza Recipe

20. Pear and Prosciutto Pizza

Hold the pepperoni (yes, we said it)! Prosciutto offers a leaner alternative and provides the same meaty satisfaction without the added grease. This whole-wheat pizza also trades mozzarella for goat cheese, so you still get cheesy goodness, but with fewer calories. Voilá, pizzas made for healthy meals. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn Read More 30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinner Ideas What 8 Busy Trainers Really Eat for Dinner 15 Quick and Easy High-Protein Snacks

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16 Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/homemade-energy-bar-recipes/ https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/homemade-energy-bar-recipes/#comments Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:15:12 +0000 http://daily-burn.sta.oomphcloud.com/?p=15879 Homemade Energy Bar Recipes

16 Homemade Energy Bar Recipes

Energy bars are a convenient, on-the-go snack to toss in your gym bag, but they can be full of added sugar and other not-so-desirable ingredients. Plus, they’re not exactly cheap. These recipes are healthy, quick (all it takes is a quick spin in the food processor) and mostly no-bake. Freeze your homemade creations — with a variety of nuts, seeds, fruit and grains — for a later date, or pack the freshly made bars in a Ziploc bag for a portable breakfast or mid-morning snack.

RELATED: 9 Healthy Homemade Protein Bar Recipes

16 Homemade Energy Bar Recipes to Make Now

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Raspberry Chia Bars Recipe

1. No-Bake Raspberry Chia Breakfast Bars

It may look like dessert, but guess what? This energy bar passes for breakfast, too. The 15-minute no-bake recipe pairs a nutty oatmeal base with a fruity chia seed-studded raspberry jam. Consider this your healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, fiber and antioxidants. Photo and Recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 20 Low-Calorie Snacks You'll Want Every Day

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Apple Pie Bars Recipe

2. Apple Pie Granola Bars

Nothing's sweeter than apple pie. So when it comes to healthy snacks, this take on the classic American dessert scales back the sweetness to just five grams of sugar per bar. You'll still nail the flavor, though, thanks to chucks of dried apple, pecans, toasted oats and cinnamon. Photo and Recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Chocolate Cashew Almond Bars Recipe

3. Chocolate, Cashew and Almond Bars

Now tell us this doesn’t look like dessert. Dates and cashews make up the base of this bar, while cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut and vanilla add decadence (without all the guilt). If you have trouble finding moist, soft dates (oftentimes they’re pretty dry), soak them overnight in water before tossing in the food processer. And don’t forget to remove the pits if they’re still in there! Photo and Recipe: Angie / seasaltwithfood

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Larabars Recipe

4. 3-Ingredient Homemade Larabars

Not jazzed about spending $2-$3 for a store-bought bar? Make 'em yourself! These Larabar-inspired snacks require just three simple ingredients: nuts, medjool dates and dried fruit. Promise: This energy bar recipe is worth breaking out the food processor for! Photo and Recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Apricot and Cashew Bars Recipe

5. Apricot and Cashew Bars

For a tropical treat, try these scrumptious bars made with apricots, cashews and unsweetened coconut. Rolled oats and hemp seeds, packed with omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids, hold all the ingredients together. If you don’t have agave syrup on hand, honey works too. Photo and Recipe: Christal / Nutritionist in the Kitch

RELATED: 11 No-Bake Energy Bite Recipes

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Goji Berry Bars Recipe

6. Goji Berry Bars

The stars of these bars are dates, walnuts, sunflower seeds and goji berries. If you’ve never dabbled in goji territory, they are tiny red berries (usually sold dry) full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Cocoa nibs — tiny pieces of the cocoa bean — complete the recipe with an extra boost of antioxidants, plus a rich and tangy crunch.  Photo and Recipe: Marie / citronlimette

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Fig and Nuts Energy Bars Recipe

7. Fig and Walnut Energy Bars 

We can't think of a better way to deliver nature's candy — in this case, dried cranberries, Turkish figs and apricots. Make a big batch of these hearty bars and you'll be set on healthy snacks for up to 10 days. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

DIY Energy Bars: Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars Recipe

8. Apple Cinnamon Bars

Full of fall flavor, these bars mix pecans, oats, dates, cinnamon, granny smith apples and just a touch of salt. Bake the pecans before pulsing in the food processor for a more robust, roasted flavor. If you’d like these bars a little extra spicy, don’t be afraid to go to town on the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Photo and Recipe: Alexandra / Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker

RELATED: 10 Delicious Chia Seed Pudding Recipes

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe

9. PB & J Bars

Swap the elementary school staple for a healthier, grown-up snack that pays homage to the classic PB & J. Dates and dried cranberries stand in for the jam, while natural peanut butter (choose one without added sugars or oils) and whole almonds bring on the nuttiness. At 200 calories per bar, this snack is a real class act. Photo and Recipe: Christal / Nutritionist in the Kitch

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Kamut Dark Chocolate Bars Recipe

10. Kamut Dark Chocolate Energy Bars

Chocolate and coconut get dressed up with kamut, an ancient grain packed with protein and B vitamins, believed to help us feel energized. Don’t freak out about the prunes, though. The dried up fruit isn’t just for Grams and Gramps — they’re full of fiber that everyone can put to good use. Photo and Recipe: Selena / HealthBean

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Rise and Shine Energy Bars Recipe

11. Rise and Shine Bars

Get up and at ‘em with these gluten-free crunch bars. Puffed brown rice cereal provides a lower calorie base than most store-bought bars, while flax seeds, pine nuts, pecans and dried cranberries add healthy fats and antioxidants. To make these bars even healthier, ditch the brown sugar in favor of honey. Photo and Recipe: Meg / Beard & Bonnet

RELATED: 10 Delicious Protein Pancake Recipes

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Pomegranate Date Quinoa Bars Recipe

12. Pomegranate Quinoa Bars

These bars pack a medley of healthy ingredients, from flaxseed powder to pomegranate seeds to protein-packed hemp seed powder. Need more incentive to try these out? Instead of oats or puffed rice, this recipe relies on the complete protein, quinoa, to complete each bar. Note: These are best frozen and enjoyed quickly before they get too soft. Photo and Recipe: Annie Taylor Chen / Vegan Ann

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Five Seed Bars Recipe

13. Five Seed Bars

These energy bars are super seedy — times five! Made with chia, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin and poppy seeds, there’s plenty of flavor — and fiber — rolled into these no-bake bars. Add in coconut, dates and cocoa powder, and we’ll be looking forward to these all week long. Photo and Recipe: Renee / Nourish Your Roots

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Chocolate Chip Protein Bars Recipe

14. Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

This powerful energy bar recipe delivers 12 grams of protein, but it's lower in sugar than the average bar. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and require just six ingredients. Try using peanut butter for more of a “peanut butter cup” variation, or cashew butter and vanilla protein powder for more of a cookie dough flavor. Photo and Recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: The Beginner's Guide to Using Protein Powder

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Raspberry Oat Bars Recipe

15. Whole-Grain Raspberry Energy Bars

These wholesome breakfast bars are filled with fiber from oats, flax seeds and raspberries. They're also packed with wheat germ, the nutrient-rich embryo of the wheat kernel that is removed during the refining process. Enjoy your energy bar with a cup of yogurt for a heart-healthy morning meal. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars Recipe

16. Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars

With six grams of protein each, these homemade energy bars will put those store-bought snacks to shame. Plus they taste like peanut butter cups, which is always a good thing. Photo and Recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

Originally published August 2013. Updated February 2018. 

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Homemade Energy Bar Recipes

16 Homemade Energy Bar Recipes
Energy bars are a convenient, on-the-go snack to toss in your gym bag, but they can be full of added sugar and other not-so-desirable ingredients. Plus, they’re not exactly cheap. These recipes are healthy, quick (all it takes is a quick spin in the food processor) and mostly no-bake. Freeze your homemade creations — with a variety of nuts, seeds, fruit and grains — for a later date, or pack the freshly made bars in a Ziploc bag for a portable breakfast or mid-morning snack. RELATED: 9 Healthy Homemade Protein Bar Recipes

16 Homemade Energy Bar Recipes to Make Now

Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Raspberry Chia Bars Recipe

1. No-Bake Raspberry Chia Breakfast Bars

It may look like dessert, but guess what? This energy bar passes for breakfast, too. The 15-minute no-bake recipe pairs a nutty oatmeal base with a fruity chia seed-studded raspberry jam. Consider this your healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, fiber and antioxidants. Photo and Recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 20 Low-Calorie Snacks You'll Want Every Day Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Apple Pie Bars Recipe

2. Apple Pie Granola Bars

Nothing's sweeter than apple pie. So when it comes to healthy snacks, this take on the classic American dessert scales back the sweetness to just five grams of sugar per bar. You'll still nail the flavor, though, thanks to chucks of dried apple, pecans, toasted oats and cinnamon. Photo and Recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Chocolate Cashew Almond Bars Recipe

3. Chocolate, Cashew and Almond Bars

Now tell us this doesn’t look like dessert. Dates and cashews make up the base of this bar, while cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut and vanilla add decadence (without all the guilt). If you have trouble finding moist, soft dates (oftentimes they’re pretty dry), soak them overnight in water before tossing in the food processer. And don’t forget to remove the pits if they’re still in there! Photo and Recipe: Angie / seasaltwithfood Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Larabars Recipe

4. 3-Ingredient Homemade Larabars

Not jazzed about spending $2-$3 for a store-bought bar? Make 'em yourself! These Larabar-inspired snacks require just three simple ingredients: nuts, medjool dates and dried fruit. Promise: This energy bar recipe is worth breaking out the food processor for! Photo and Recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Apricot and Cashew Bars Recipe

5. Apricot and Cashew Bars

For a tropical treat, try these scrumptious bars made with apricots, cashews and unsweetened coconut. Rolled oats and hemp seeds, packed with omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids, hold all the ingredients together. If you don’t have agave syrup on hand, honey works too. Photo and Recipe: Christal / Nutritionist in the Kitch RELATED: 11 No-Bake Energy Bite Recipes Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Goji Berry Bars Recipe

6. Goji Berry Bars

The stars of these bars are dates, walnuts, sunflower seeds and goji berries. If you’ve never dabbled in goji territory, they are tiny red berries (usually sold dry) full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Cocoa nibs — tiny pieces of the cocoa bean — complete the recipe with an extra boost of antioxidants, plus a rich and tangy crunch.  Photo and Recipe: Marie / citronlimette Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Fig and Nuts Energy Bars Recipe

7. Fig and Walnut Energy Bars 

We can't think of a better way to deliver nature's candy — in this case, dried cranberries, Turkish figs and apricots. Make a big batch of these hearty bars and you'll be set on healthy snacks for up to 10 days. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  DIY Energy Bars: Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars Recipe

8. Apple Cinnamon Bars

Full of fall flavor, these bars mix pecans, oats, dates, cinnamon, granny smith apples and just a touch of salt. Bake the pecans before pulsing in the food processor for a more robust, roasted flavor. If you’d like these bars a little extra spicy, don’t be afraid to go to town on the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Photo and Recipe: Alexandra / Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker RELATED: 10 Delicious Chia Seed Pudding Recipes Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe

9. PB & J Bars

Swap the elementary school staple for a healthier, grown-up snack that pays homage to the classic PB & J. Dates and dried cranberries stand in for the jam, while natural peanut butter (choose one without added sugars or oils) and whole almonds bring on the nuttiness. At 200 calories per bar, this snack is a real class act. Photo and Recipe: Christal / Nutritionist in the Kitch Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Kamut Dark Chocolate Bars Recipe

10. Kamut Dark Chocolate Energy Bars

Chocolate and coconut get dressed up with kamut, an ancient grain packed with protein and B vitamins, believed to help us feel energized. Don’t freak out about the prunes, though. The dried up fruit isn’t just for Grams and Gramps — they’re full of fiber that everyone can put to good use. Photo and Recipe: Selena / HealthBean Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Rise and Shine Energy Bars Recipe

11. Rise and Shine Bars

Get up and at ‘em with these gluten-free crunch bars. Puffed brown rice cereal provides a lower calorie base than most store-bought bars, while flax seeds, pine nuts, pecans and dried cranberries add healthy fats and antioxidants. To make these bars even healthier, ditch the brown sugar in favor of honey. Photo and Recipe: Meg / Beard & Bonnet RELATED: 10 Delicious Protein Pancake Recipes Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Pomegranate Date Quinoa Bars Recipe

12. Pomegranate Quinoa Bars

These bars pack a medley of healthy ingredients, from flaxseed powder to pomegranate seeds to protein-packed hemp seed powder. Need more incentive to try these out? Instead of oats or puffed rice, this recipe relies on the complete protein, quinoa, to complete each bar. Note: These are best frozen and enjoyed quickly before they get too soft. Photo and Recipe: Annie Taylor Chen / Vegan Ann Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Five Seed Bars Recipe

13. Five Seed Bars

These energy bars are super seedy — times five! Made with chia, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin and poppy seeds, there’s plenty of flavor — and fiber — rolled into these no-bake bars. Add in coconut, dates and cocoa powder, and we’ll be looking forward to these all week long. Photo and Recipe: Renee / Nourish Your Roots Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Chocolate Chip Protein Bars Recipe

14. Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

This powerful energy bar recipe delivers 12 grams of protein, but it's lower in sugar than the average bar. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and require just six ingredients. Try using peanut butter for more of a “peanut butter cup” variation, or cashew butter and vanilla protein powder for more of a cookie dough flavor. Photo and Recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: The Beginner's Guide to Using Protein Powder Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Raspberry Oat Bars Recipe

15. Whole-Grain Raspberry Energy Bars

These wholesome breakfast bars are filled with fiber from oats, flax seeds and raspberries. They're also packed with wheat germ, the nutrient-rich embryo of the wheat kernel that is removed during the refining process. Enjoy your energy bar with a cup of yogurt for a heart-healthy morning meal. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars Recipe

16. Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars

With six grams of protein each, these homemade energy bars will put those store-bought snacks to shame. Plus they taste like peanut butter cups, which is always a good thing. Photo and Recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn Originally published August 2013. Updated February 2018.  Read More 6 Tricks to Pick the Best Protein Bar On-the-Go 18 Protein Shake Recipes That Taste Just Like Dessert 21 Protein Powder Recipes for Chocolate Lovers

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7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/root-vegetables-mashed-potatoes-recipes/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:15:34 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65306 7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes

7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes

Going keto? Slashing calories? Dialing down on sugar? The better question might be: “Who isn’t these days? Diet pro tip: Cut back on carbs to accomplish all three at once. Since potatoes are one of the highest carb carb vegetables on the planet, a simple skinny swap is to opt for non-spud sides with your meals. Enter: These mashed vegetable recipes that start with something other than potatoes. Whether they’re on top of shepherd’s pies or plated next to a steak, they’ll satisfy just as much as standard mashed potatoes.

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7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes

Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Vegan Apple-Thyme Stuffing Kabocha Squash Mash

1. Vegan Apple-Thyme Stuffing with Kabocha Mash

Many mashes call for heaps of butter or plenty of chicken stock, but not this 100 percent meatless side. Roasted squash, non-dairy milk and butter, plus a pinch of salt combine to make the uber-creamy mash that’s a perfect accompaniment to any protein-rich entree. Try it with meatless sausage stuffing, grilled tempeh or tofu. Photo and recipe: Haley Davis / Brewing Happiness

Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Celery Root Puree with Balsamic Beets and Pearl Onions

2. Celery Root Puree with Balsamic Roasted Beets and Pearl Onions

Also known as celeriac, celery root has about half as many carbs and calories per serving as potatoes — and more calcium. Try it blended up with sauteed garlic and coconut milk to create a luxurious yet low-calorie puree. Photo and recipe: Lisa Bryan / Downshiftology

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Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Lentil Shepherd's Pie

3. Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip Mashed Potatoes

With seven grams of fiber and 100 calories per cup, parsnips are a nutrition-smart (and tastebud-fooling) swap for regular russets. Mix them in a two-to-one potato and parsnip ratio to lighten up this hearty mushroom and lentil casserole. Photo and recipe: Sarah Cook / Making Thyme for Health

Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Mashed Cauliflower and Spinach

4. Mashed Cauliflower and Spinach

At its core, this cauliflower and spinach combo is keto-, Paleo-, and Whole 30-friendly. Customize the fat source to fit your diet for this low-carb smash. It’s the perfect slim side to any grilled or baked protein—or a meal on its own when you put an egg on it. Photo and recipe: Martha Pesa / A Family Feast

RELATED: 14 Cauliflower Recipes, Including Pizza, Risotto and More

Root Vegetable Mash to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Butternut Squash and Chicken Mash

5. Butternut Squash and Chicken Mash

This butternut squash and chicken mash has a whopping 54 grams of protein, making it the a satisfying post-workout meal. A pile of spinach adds vitamins while a topping of crushed hazelnuts offers crunch and healthy fats. Photo and recipe: Sonia / The Healthy Foodie

Root Vegetable Mash to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Beet Mashed Potatoes with Basil

6. Gluten-Free Beet Potato Mash with Basil

Mix potatoes with beets for a cancer-fighting, heart healthy addition to your vegetable side dish. A half cup of dairy-free cream cheese offers the same decadent texture you know and love from mashed potatoes. If you like it hot, blend in a couple banana peppers. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Cotter / Cotter Crunch

Root Vegetable Mash to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Mashed Cauliflower Dill

7. Cheesy Mashed Mashed Cauliflower with Havarti and Dill

This vegetable mash is the real dill! Err, deal. Opt for the florets only from your cauliflower for a consistency that will fool your dinner guests into thinking this dish made with potatoes. Photo and recipe: Maya / Wholesome Yum

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7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes

7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes
Going keto? Slashing calories? Dialing down on sugar? The better question might be: “Who isn’t these days? Diet pro tip: Cut back on carbs to accomplish all three at once. Since potatoes are one of the highest carb carb vegetables on the planet, a simple skinny swap is to opt for non-spud sides with your meals. Enter: These mashed vegetable recipes that start with something other than potatoes. Whether they’re on top of shepherd’s pies or plated next to a steak, they’ll satisfy just as much as standard mashed potatoes. RELATED: 8 Delicious Takes on French Fries (Better Than Fast Food!)

7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes

Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Vegan Apple-Thyme Stuffing Kabocha Squash Mash

1. Vegan Apple-Thyme Stuffing with Kabocha Mash

Many mashes call for heaps of butter or plenty of chicken stock, but not this 100 percent meatless side. Roasted squash, non-dairy milk and butter, plus a pinch of salt combine to make the uber-creamy mash that’s a perfect accompaniment to any protein-rich entree. Try it with meatless sausage stuffing, grilled tempeh or tofu. Photo and recipe: Haley Davis / Brewing Happiness Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Celery Root Puree with Balsamic Beets and Pearl Onions

2. Celery Root Puree with Balsamic Roasted Beets and Pearl Onions

Also known as celeriac, celery root has about half as many carbs and calories per serving as potatoes — and more calcium. Try it blended up with sauteed garlic and coconut milk to create a luxurious yet low-calorie puree. Photo and recipe: Lisa Bryan / Downshiftology RELATED: 13 Comfort Food Recipes You’ll Feel Even Better About Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Lentil Shepherd's Pie

3. Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip Mashed Potatoes

With seven grams of fiber and 100 calories per cup, parsnips are a nutrition-smart (and tastebud-fooling) swap for regular russets. Mix them in a two-to-one potato and parsnip ratio to lighten up this hearty mushroom and lentil casserole. Photo and recipe: Sarah Cook / Making Thyme for Health Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Mashed Cauliflower and Spinach

4. Mashed Cauliflower and Spinach

At its core, this cauliflower and spinach combo is keto-, Paleo-, and Whole 30-friendly. Customize the fat source to fit your diet for this low-carb smash. It’s the perfect slim side to any grilled or baked protein—or a meal on its own when you put an egg on it. Photo and recipe: Martha Pesa / A Family Feast RELATED: 14 Cauliflower Recipes, Including Pizza, Risotto and More Root Vegetable Mash to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Butternut Squash and Chicken Mash

5. Butternut Squash and Chicken Mash

This butternut squash and chicken mash has a whopping 54 grams of protein, making it the a satisfying post-workout meal. A pile of spinach adds vitamins while a topping of crushed hazelnuts offers crunch and healthy fats. Photo and recipe: Sonia / The Healthy Foodie Root Vegetable Mash to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Beet Mashed Potatoes with Basil

6. Gluten-Free Beet Potato Mash with Basil

Mix potatoes with beets for a cancer-fighting, heart healthy addition to your vegetable side dish. A half cup of dairy-free cream cheese offers the same decadent texture you know and love from mashed potatoes. If you like it hot, blend in a couple banana peppers. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Cotter / Cotter Crunch Root Vegetable Mash to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Mashed Cauliflower Dill

7. Cheesy Mashed Mashed Cauliflower with Havarti and Dill

This vegetable mash is the real dill! Err, deal. Opt for the florets only from your cauliflower for a consistency that will fool your dinner guests into thinking this dish made with potatoes. Photo and recipe: Maya / Wholesome Yum Read More Is Weight Loss Really As Easy As Calorie Counting? How to Detox the Healthy Way: 16 Recipes You’ll Love 21 Quick and Easy Protein Shake Recipes

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18 Healthy Super Bowl Snacks Recipes

Super Bowl Sunday comes in second place, only to Thanksgiving, as the biggest eating day of the year in the United States. Americans consume an estimated 64 million pounds of fat during the big game thanks to processed chips and frozen apps that teem with calories. Even if you nosh on homemade fare, the usual suspects are often oozing with cheese and fattening condiments like mayo and sour cream. Instead, whip up some of these healthier Super Bowl snacks for your football party. They’re lightened-up versions of some of your favorite dishes, packed with all the flavor without the extra fat and calories. Game on!

RELATED: Beer Before Liquor and Other Booze Myths, Busted

18 Winning Super Bowl Snacks

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Chipotle Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe

1. Chipotle Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Nothing says game day feast like loaded potato skins. Lighten up your celebration this year by using sweet potatoes and black beans instead of white potatoes and bacon. A drizzle of creamy chipotle sauce makes this appetizer next-level amazing! Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by Daily Burn 

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Sinless Deviled Eggs Recipe

2. Sinless Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs might seem innocent enough, but at five grams of fat per half-egg, those little devils can start adding up. This recipe replaces some of the egg yolks with nonfat Greek yogurt, keeping the filling rich and smooth, while reducing some of the fat and none of the protein. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Portobello Pizzas

3. Cheesy Portobello Pizzas

These inventive personal pies are built on portobello mushrooms, which are rich in fiber and much lower in carbs than regular pizza dough. Topping your mini ‘zas with spinach and ham adds extra iron and protein. Best of all, your pizza will be ready in less than 30 minutes. It’s faster (and healthier) than delivery, folks! Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 7 Quick and Easy Grilled Pizza Recipes

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Turkey Chili Recipe

4. Healthy Turkey Chili

Lean turkey and beans provide the base for this low-fat take on traditional chili (which can get greasy). The warmth from a bowl of this — not to mention the protein and fiber — will fill you up and keep you from mindlessly munching. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 15 Healthy Dessert Recipes You’ll Love (150 Calories or Less!)

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Beet Hummus Recipe

5. Beet Hummus

Hummus is already a healthier, protein-packed alternative to creamy dips. Skip the processed options and whip up your own in minutes with this simple recipe. It takes traditional chickpeas and tahini and adds the ruby-colored root vegetable for antioxidants, plus potassium and vitamin C. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn 

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Spicy Red Pepper Dip

6. Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Dip

With oven-roasted peppers, feta and spices, this spicy red pepper dip packs flavor without weighing you down. And luckily, it’s a cinch to roast your own at home. Serve this spicy roasted red pepper dip with pita or veggies like carrots, cucumber, tomatoes and celery. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Taco Cups

7. Bite-Size Mexican Chicken Tacos

Nachos have nothing on these bite sized taco bowls. By swapping some of the queso and sour cream for mashed avocado and a homemade salsa fresca, these tacos have all of the Mexican flavor but with way fewer calories — only 150 for three! Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Beet Chips Recipe

8. Rosemary Beet Chips

Reach for these instead of potato chips during half time. Beet chips are surprisingly easy to make, and they satisfy that hanking for something crunchy and salty. Super Bowl snacks that are OK to attack! Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

RELATED: 11 Flavorful Recipes for Every Craft Beer Lover

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Corn Fritters Recipe

9. Crispy Jalapeño and Corn Fritters

Unlike traditional fritters, which are battered and deep fried, this corn fritters recipe calls for just a tablespoon of flour per batch. Plus, they’re pan fried to keep the oil in check. Since fresh corn isn't readily available during winter, use canned corn to enjoy these fritters year-round! Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Baked Fried Chicken Recipe

10. Crispy Oven "Fried" Chicken

Baking your birds in the oven gives it the traditional crunchy texture you crave, while slashing fat and calories. A two-piece serving has just seven grams of fat! Even better: Chicken provides protein to help you stay full, so you don’t feel like munching all the way 'til the final whistle. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Sweet Potato Fries

11. Spicy Sweet Potato Fries and Avocado Dip

Baked sweet potato fries are much more nutritious than the usual football fare, packed with vitamins A and C, iron and magnesium. We spiced these ones up with some Cajun seasoning and whipped up a creamy, low-fat avocado dip for a cool finish. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Cranberry Chicken Meatballs Recipe

12. Cranberry Chicken Meatballs

Meatballs might seem innocent because they’re so small — but don’t let their size deceive you. Eat several and the fat and cals stack up. These alternatives are made with lean ground chicken and the antioxidant-packed homemade cranberry sauce gives an additional pop while letting you sidestep the added sugar of processed sauces. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

RELATED: 8 Healthier Finger Food Recipes

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Baked Green Beans Recipe

13. Baked Green Bean Fries with Sriracha Yogurt Dip

French fries don’t have to be a guilty pleasure, especially when they’re made with vitamin-rich green beans and baked in the oven rather than fried. We coated the fiber-packed beans with gluten-free breadcrumbs and cornmeal for added crunch. Unlike other fries, these green bean fries don’t get soggy, so you can make a big batch and still enjoy their crispy crunch hours later. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: 5 Layer Dip Recipe

14. Healthy Five-Layer Dip

It’s hard not to revisit this Mexican-inspired five-layer fiesta! But you can do that and not feel guilty about it with this good-for-you recipe full of fresh ingredients. You’ll get some healthy fats from the avocado and satiating fiber from the black beans and corn. And substituting low-fat Greek yogurt for the usual sour cream layer cuts calories like crazy. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Brie Sirloin Sliders Recipe

15. Brie Sirloin Sliders

There's no such thing as a Super Bowl party without some tasty sliders. These decadent brie and sirloin mini burgers feature lean cut beef that's seasoned in flavorful herbs. Brie is a soft, creamy cheese, but this recipe gets even smoother with an flavorful avocado spread. You might be thinking, "How is this healthy?" Well, according to The Ketogenic Bible, which is where this recipe is from, you can actually lose weight following a high-fat diet. Photo: Courtesy of Victory Belt Publishing; Recipe: Dr. Jacob Wilson and Ryan Lowery

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Honey Sriracha Popcorn

16. Sriracha-Lime Popcorn

Step away from the microwave and try this homemade popcorn on for size. With a mix of sweet and salty, this inventive recipe hits all the right flavor notes. Sriracha adds a spicy kick, and lime zest balances the heat with some citrus. Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 12 Recipes for Healthy Homemade Chips

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Vegan Artichoke Dip

17. Vegan Artichoke Dip

We made over this crowd-pleasing appetizer without any dairy, drastically reducing its fat and calories. Our healthier version is loaded with fiber-rich artichokes, creamy white beans for texture, and plenty of lemon, herbs and spices for flavor. The dip can’t get any easier — just throw everything in a food processor and snack away. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Baked Zucchini Fries Recipe

18. Baked Zucchini Fries with Garlic Herb Dip

Crunchy on the outside and deliciously warm and soft in the middle, you’d never guess these baked zucchini fries have just three grams of fat per serving! Fast food fries usually pack around 10 grams of fat per serving because of that pesky deep frier. You can pass on the sugary ketchup, too — these no-fry fries will taste even better when paired with fresh garlic and herb yogurt dip. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

Originally posted January 2015. Updated February 2018. Additional writing by Perry Santanachote. 

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Healthy Super Bowl Recipes

18 Healthy Super Bowl Snacks Recipes
Super Bowl Sunday comes in second place, only to Thanksgiving, as the biggest eating day of the year in the United States. Americans consume an estimated 64 million pounds of fat during the big game thanks to processed chips and frozen apps that teem with calories. Even if you nosh on homemade fare, the usual suspects are often oozing with cheese and fattening condiments like mayo and sour cream. Instead, whip up some of these healthier Super Bowl snacks for your football party. They’re lightened-up versions of some of your favorite dishes, packed with all the flavor without the extra fat and calories. Game on! RELATED: Beer Before Liquor and Other Booze Myths, Busted

18 Winning Super Bowl Snacks

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Chipotle Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe

1. Chipotle Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Nothing says game day feast like loaded potato skins. Lighten up your celebration this year by using sweet potatoes and black beans instead of white potatoes and bacon. A drizzle of creamy chipotle sauce makes this appetizer next-level amazing! Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by Daily Burn  Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Sinless Deviled Eggs Recipe

2. Sinless Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs might seem innocent enough, but at five grams of fat per half-egg, those little devils can start adding up. This recipe replaces some of the egg yolks with nonfat Greek yogurt, keeping the filling rich and smooth, while reducing some of the fat and none of the protein. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Portobello Pizzas

3. Cheesy Portobello Pizzas

These inventive personal pies are built on portobello mushrooms, which are rich in fiber and much lower in carbs than regular pizza dough. Topping your mini ‘zas with spinach and ham adds extra iron and protein. Best of all, your pizza will be ready in less than 30 minutes. It’s faster (and healthier) than delivery, folks! Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 7 Quick and Easy Grilled Pizza Recipes Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Turkey Chili Recipe

4. Healthy Turkey Chili

Lean turkey and beans provide the base for this low-fat take on traditional chili (which can get greasy). The warmth from a bowl of this — not to mention the protein and fiber — will fill you up and keep you from mindlessly munching. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 15 Healthy Dessert Recipes You’ll Love (150 Calories or Less!) Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Beet Hummus Recipe

5. Beet Hummus

Hummus is already a healthier, protein-packed alternative to creamy dips. Skip the processed options and whip up your own in minutes with this simple recipe. It takes traditional chickpeas and tahini and adds the ruby-colored root vegetable for antioxidants, plus potassium and vitamin C. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn  Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Spicy Red Pepper Dip

6. Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Dip

With oven-roasted peppers, feta and spices, this spicy red pepper dip packs flavor without weighing you down. And luckily, it’s a cinch to roast your own at home. Serve this spicy roasted red pepper dip with pita or veggies like carrots, cucumber, tomatoes and celery. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Taco Cups

7. Bite-Size Mexican Chicken Tacos

Nachos have nothing on these bite sized taco bowls. By swapping some of the queso and sour cream for mashed avocado and a homemade salsa fresca, these tacos have all of the Mexican flavor but with way fewer calories — only 150 for three! Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Beet Chips Recipe

8. Rosemary Beet Chips

Reach for these instead of potato chips during half time. Beet chips are surprisingly easy to make, and they satisfy that hanking for something crunchy and salty. Super Bowl snacks that are OK to attack! Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  RELATED: 11 Flavorful Recipes for Every Craft Beer Lover Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Corn Fritters Recipe

9. Crispy Jalapeño and Corn Fritters

Unlike traditional fritters, which are battered and deep fried, this corn fritters recipe calls for just a tablespoon of flour per batch. Plus, they’re pan fried to keep the oil in check. Since fresh corn isn't readily available during winter, use canned corn to enjoy these fritters year-round! Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Baked Fried Chicken Recipe

10. Crispy Oven "Fried" Chicken

Baking your birds in the oven gives it the traditional crunchy texture you crave, while slashing fat and calories. A two-piece serving has just seven grams of fat! Even better: Chicken provides protein to help you stay full, so you don’t feel like munching all the way 'til the final whistle. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Sweet Potato Fries

11. Spicy Sweet Potato Fries and Avocado Dip

Baked sweet potato fries are much more nutritious than the usual football fare, packed with vitamins A and C, iron and magnesium. We spiced these ones up with some Cajun seasoning and whipped up a creamy, low-fat avocado dip for a cool finish. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Cranberry Chicken Meatballs Recipe

12. Cranberry Chicken Meatballs

Meatballs might seem innocent because they’re so small — but don’t let their size deceive you. Eat several and the fat and cals stack up. These alternatives are made with lean ground chicken and the antioxidant-packed homemade cranberry sauce gives an additional pop while letting you sidestep the added sugar of processed sauces. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  RELATED: 8 Healthier Finger Food Recipes Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Baked Green Beans Recipe

13. Baked Green Bean Fries with Sriracha Yogurt Dip

French fries don’t have to be a guilty pleasure, especially when they’re made with vitamin-rich green beans and baked in the oven rather than fried. We coated the fiber-packed beans with gluten-free breadcrumbs and cornmeal for added crunch. Unlike other fries, these green bean fries don’t get soggy, so you can make a big batch and still enjoy their crispy crunch hours later. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: 5 Layer Dip Recipe

14. Healthy Five-Layer Dip

It’s hard not to revisit this Mexican-inspired five-layer fiesta! But you can do that and not feel guilty about it with this good-for-you recipe full of fresh ingredients. You’ll get some healthy fats from the avocado and satiating fiber from the black beans and corn. And substituting low-fat Greek yogurt for the usual sour cream layer cuts calories like crazy. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Brie Sirloin Sliders Recipe

15. Brie Sirloin Sliders

There's no such thing as a Super Bowl party without some tasty sliders. These decadent brie and sirloin mini burgers feature lean cut beef that's seasoned in flavorful herbs. Brie is a soft, creamy cheese, but this recipe gets even smoother with an flavorful avocado spread. You might be thinking, "How is this healthy?" Well, according to The Ketogenic Bible, which is where this recipe is from, you can actually lose weight following a high-fat diet. Photo: Courtesy of Victory Belt Publishing; Recipe: Dr. Jacob Wilson and Ryan Lowery Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Honey Sriracha Popcorn

16. Sriracha-Lime Popcorn

Step away from the microwave and try this homemade popcorn on for size. With a mix of sweet and salty, this inventive recipe hits all the right flavor notes. Sriracha adds a spicy kick, and lime zest balances the heat with some citrus. Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 12 Recipes for Healthy Homemade Chips Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Vegan Artichoke Dip

17. Vegan Artichoke Dip

We made over this crowd-pleasing appetizer without any dairy, drastically reducing its fat and calories. Our healthier version is loaded with fiber-rich artichokes, creamy white beans for texture, and plenty of lemon, herbs and spices for flavor. The dip can’t get any easier — just throw everything in a food processor and snack away. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Baked Zucchini Fries Recipe

18. Baked Zucchini Fries with Garlic Herb Dip

Crunchy on the outside and deliciously warm and soft in the middle, you’d never guess these baked zucchini fries have just three grams of fat per serving! Fast food fries usually pack around 10 grams of fat per serving because of that pesky deep frier. You can pass on the sugary ketchup, too — these no-fry fries will taste even better when paired with fresh garlic and herb yogurt dip. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn Originally posted January 2015. Updated February 2018. Additional writing by Perry Santanachote.  Read More 9 Best Low-Carb Beers for Craft Brew Lovers 6 Reasons Why You Can’t Out-Exercise a Bad Diet When Is It OK to Cheat? The Pros and Cons of Cheat Day

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[caption id="attachment_65237" align="alignnone" width="620"]Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

Whether you’re in the midst of Whole 30 or you're transitioning to a Paleo diet, this delicious sweet potato hash recipe offers a new twist on breakfast. High in protein and fiber, this dish is brimming with chunks of sweet potato, crumbled sausage, onion, spinach and perfectly baked eggs. With a prep time of 30 minutes, you can prepare the hash up to two days in advance. When you’re ready to eat, top with eggs and quickly bake them in the oven. If you’re not feeding a crowd, make a batch of the hash on Sunday and divide it into single servings and enjoy with an egg for easy breakfasts throughout the week.

RELATED: 12 Whole 30 Breakfast Recipes That Go Beyond Eggs

Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Makes 1 10-inch skillet, serves 4 

Prep time: 7 minutes
Cook time: 23 minutes

Ingredients

1.1 pounds turkey or chicken sausage
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup spinach
2 cups sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
4 eggs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Remove the sausages from their casings and cook in olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Use a wooden spoon to break the sausages up into a crumbled texture. Once the meat has cooked, remove it from the skillet and set aside leaving any excess oil in the skillet.
  3. Add the garlic and diced onion to the skillet, sprinkle with salt and cook for four to five minutes until the onion becomes translucent. Add in the spinach and cook for another minute. Transfer everything to the same bowl as the sausage.
  4. Place the cubed sweet potatoes in the skillet and sprinkle with the smoked paprika. Cook for approximately seven minutes until the sweet potato has softened and begun to turn golden brown.
  5. Add the sausage, onion and spinach back into the skillet and stir everything until well combined. Create three to four wells in the mixture and crack an egg into each.
  6. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes depending on how runny you prefer your eggs
  7. Remove the skillet from the oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

[caption id="attachment_65238" align="alignnone" width="620"]Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

Check out these creative cast iron skillet recipes for more easy-to-prepare breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

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11 Superfood Breakfast Bowls to Jumpstart Your Day
11 5-Minute Breakfast Recipes for Your Busiest Mornings

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Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

[caption id="attachment_65237" align="alignnone" width="620"]Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption] Whether you’re in the midst of Whole 30 or you're transitioning to a Paleo diet, this delicious sweet potato hash recipe offers a new twist on breakfast. High in protein and fiber, this dish is brimming with chunks of sweet potato, crumbled sausage, onion, spinach and perfectly baked eggs. With a prep time of 30 minutes, you can prepare the hash up to two days in advance. When you’re ready to eat, top with eggs and quickly bake them in the oven. If you’re not feeding a crowd, make a batch of the hash on Sunday and divide it into single servings and enjoy with an egg for easy breakfasts throughout the week. RELATED: 12 Whole 30 Breakfast Recipes That Go Beyond Eggs

Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Makes 1 10-inch skillet, serves 4  Prep time: 7 minutes Cook time: 23 minutes

Ingredients

1.1 pounds turkey or chicken sausage 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 onion, finely diced 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup spinach 2 cups sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 4 eggs 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Remove the sausages from their casings and cook in olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Use a wooden spoon to break the sausages up into a crumbled texture. Once the meat has cooked, remove it from the skillet and set aside leaving any excess oil in the skillet.
  3. Add the garlic and diced onion to the skillet, sprinkle with salt and cook for four to five minutes until the onion becomes translucent. Add in the spinach and cook for another minute. Transfer everything to the same bowl as the sausage.
  4. Place the cubed sweet potatoes in the skillet and sprinkle with the smoked paprika. Cook for approximately seven minutes until the sweet potato has softened and begun to turn golden brown.
  5. Add the sausage, onion and spinach back into the skillet and stir everything until well combined. Create three to four wells in the mixture and crack an egg into each.
  6. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes depending on how runny you prefer your eggs
  7. Remove the skillet from the oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
[caption id="attachment_65238" align="alignnone" width="620"]Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

Check out these creative cast iron skillet recipes for more easy-to-prepare breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Read More Not a Morning Person? 7 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas 11 Superfood Breakfast Bowls to Jumpstart Your Day 11 5-Minute Breakfast Recipes for Your Busiest Mornings

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