Saturday, August 8, 2015

Two "Kelly Approved" Tasty Recipes! Cabbage & Apples + Asian Zucchini Salad

CROCKPOT CABBAGE & APPLES RECIPE

A few months ago, I came up with this recipe because I had cabbage, apples, and a bunch of beer leftover from a cocktail party I hosted. This is what I came up with after searching recipes… and it is delicious!

INGREDIENTS:
1 large onion, chopped
2 apples, chopped
1 tbsp avocado oil (can sub olive or canola)
1 head cabbage, chopped
1 cup of beer + ½ c chicken broth (can sub 1 ½ c chicken broth)
3 tbsp spicy brown mustard
1 tbsp garlic, chopped
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp honey, agave, or maple syrup

DIRECTIONS:


Put the chopped onion and apple in the crockpot with the oil until they begin softening with crockpot on medium-high. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Cover and stir occasionally (every 30 min). Cook until cabbage is soft, about 3-4 hours (depending on your crockpot, may be more or less time). Enjoy with pork tenderloin or chicken and a side of barley!


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ASIAN ZUCCHINI SALAD RECIPE
INGREDIENTS

3 large                   summer squash/zucchini (yellow + green)- sliced into strips
2 large                   bell peppers (red, orange, and/or yellow)
1 tsp                      garlic
1 tbsp                    sesame oil
2 tbsp                    sesame seeds
1 tbsp                   low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp                    cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tbsp                    lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

1. Using vegetable peeler, peel zucchini into very thin strips.
2. Chop peppers and mix with zucchini
3. Mix all of ingredients together and chill.

NUTRITION: Makes 5 servings. Per serving: 100 calories, 5 g fat, 127 mg sodium, 12 g carb (4 g fiber), 3 g protein, good source of Vitamin C! Nutrition Info determined by DietMaster Pro Software.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

TrueFood Superfood Powder Review



I was recently sent two samples of TrueFood - chocolate and original- which are "superfood" powders that you can add to shakes, water, smoothies, and more. The TrueFood formula advertises that it is made with 75 ingredients including vegetables, fruits, herbs, probiotics, omega fatty acids, and more. 

While I always advocated eating a healthy diet filled with TONS of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, lean proteins, and low-fat cultured dairy, to get your nutrients, products like TrueFood can be added as a supplement to get more of a diversity of phytonutrients and food compounds. I like that this product has fifteen strains of probiotics, and is a healthier way to flavor milks and other things without added sugars (it does use stevia however). See the supplement facts below:



Since I've received the samples, I have been adding TrueFood to various things, but primarily in shakes and my oat bran in the morning. This product is definitely "earthy" tasting, so you have to be the type of person that likes things that taste healthy... it adds a grittiness to shakes which I appreciate, but others may not. It does color your shakes and things you add it to green, but that is the wheatgrass, kelp, spriulina, kale, etc showing their true colors ;)

Below are pictures of the ways I have incorporated TrueFood into my diet:

This shake was made with cashew milk, 1/2 banana, and 1 scoop of TrueFood Chocolate. I blended with ice and it was a decent beverage to drink besides water all day long. I have also made very good shakes incorporating the TrueFood Chocolate, plain yogurt, and/or cottage cheese and PB2.



The next picture shows how I have added TrueFood original to my oat bran after it is cooked (you do not want to cook it with the TrueFood as it will kill the probiotics). 


In conclusion, I am impressed with the diversity and quality of ingredients in TrueFood. I feel that this could be a good supplement to anyone's diet, though it does not replace the need to eat several cups of vegetables each day, real fruit, real yogurt/kefir, etc. If you are looking for something to add flavor and nutrition to your shakes I would say TrueFood is for you. If you are eating very healthy and choose just to drink water or green tea all day long, I would say that you do not need products like this in your diet to be healthy.

For more information or to purchase this product, visit the TrueFood link at: http://brightcorenutrition.com/product/truefood-chocolate-premium-superfood-formula-30-servings/


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Disclaimer: I was sent 2 samples of TrueFood and was just asked to review the product. I was not given any guidelines on what I should say and given no other form of compensation besides the samples themselves. This is an honest review free of conflict of interest.

Picture Sources: 1st picture and nutrition facts source from Brightcore nutrition website.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

VIDEO: How to Eat Healthy When Dining Out


My tips for making healthy choices at restaurants. I recommend asking for foods without added butter, oil, and salt, ordering seafood since it's usually one of the healthiest options on the menu (depending on what it is served with, and assuming not fried!), getting dressing on the side, and avoiding/limiting cheese and cheese-based items.