Thursday, May 31, 2012

Better than Burger

Burgers are a huge part of our American culture (McDonald's even has a song for one!). However, red meat is high in saturated fats, which makes them not the healthiest choice around. 

Don't fear, a great thing to try as a healthier alternative is turkey burgers! A cool thing about them is you can find them pre-pattied or make your own delicious combo with ground turkey! 

For convenience I bought pre-made patties for dinner last night. They were from Trader Joes and turned out to be super tasty! They are very easy to prepare as well. You can either throw them on the BBQ or cook them stove top with a little cooking oil (what I did last night). They don't take long to cook which is perfect for when you are in a hurry. 

When they were just about done (you want these to be cooked all the way through) I added cheese on top so it would start melting :) While the patties were cooking up I sliced up some tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, pickles, and jalepenos! I like to load 'em up! This is also a great way to add in veggies for the day. I added some ketchup and mustard on a whole grain bun, piled it all together and it was time to eat!

 Whats not to love!?

For a vegetarian/vegan option you can always use a meatless patty and omit the cheese or use a cheese substitute! 

Burger down!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Easy Snack Idea

Remember rice cakes?!

I had a blast from the past when I picked up a package of these the other day :)

And they turned out to be super yummy!

These are a great healthy on the go snack! They give you that nice satisfying crunchy taste of a handful of chips, but one cake is only 60 calories (and they are pretty big)!

There are many different types out there so just been weary. There are some flavors like "caramel apple" and what not, but any type like that will most likely have added sugar. So, as always be conscious of what you are buying - brown rice will be your best bet! 

You can even top them with peanut butter or hummus as a great lunch time side! 

Give 'em a try and enjoy!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Yummy Healthy Breaky!

Tired of the usual cereal and milk?! 

Try this super easy scramble next time you want to mix it up!

I just got back from a run so I have worked up a nice appetite, what better to satisfy then some protein packed eggs and veggies! 

Since its Sunday, I am down to the last bit of groceries of the week, so this is a perfect time to use up all the veggies I skipped over so far.

This week: baby bell peppers, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil (from our own plant) and avocado! A great line up! 

- Chop up the baby bells (whatever size/shape you like) and throw them in a pre-heated pan. I always start cooking the crunchier veggies first because  they take a little longer. 

- Scramble up some eggs in a bowl. I usually use 2 or 2 1/2 eggs per person. (Vegan option: try pre-scrambled egg beaters!) Pour the scrambled eggs into the pan with the baby bells. 

-While this is heating up chop up tomatoes and get basil ready.

- Throw in tomatoes and basil and get cookin'! Keep turning and moving the scramble around in the pan for even cooking. You can make the scramble as well done as you like!

-When you feel the eggs are cooked to your preference, dish out your portions and top each plate with some sliced avocado.

And there you have it! This probably took me less than 10 minutes! 

Scrambles are a great way to get at least a serving of veggies right at breakfast and keep you full for a while! 

You can come up with your own combination and see what you like best!

Scramble on and enjoy!