Buffalo Hummus!!!!

Happy almost Friday! Last night we posted on Instagram a pic of our AMAZING Buffalo Hummus. Today we bring you the recipe. We are also kicking ourselves that we haven’t been making this every.single.day.of.our.lives. It’s that good!

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Ingredients:

1 (15oz) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained.

2 cloves of garlic

3 Tbsp  Tahini

2 Tbsp  lemon juice

2-3 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/8 tsp sea salt and black pepper

1-4 Tbsp Frank’s Hot Sauce (Start with one, add more per spicy preference!)

1 Tbsp crumbled Bleu Cheese

Directions:

  1. All all ingredients to food processor and mix on high until desired consistency.
  2. Start with 1 Tbsp of hot sauce and increase 1 Tbsp at a time until spice level achieved (we used 4 Tbsp!!).
  3. Garnish with crumbled bleu cheese.
  4. Enjoy!

 

Let us know what you think!

xoxo,

Liz and Melissa

 

 

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Edible Cookie Dough

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If you haven’t noticed, edible cookie dough has become quite the craze lately.  Not only can you buy it in the grocery store, but there are shops popping up all over in big cities selling cookie dough by the scoop!  We love cookie dough, though one tablespoon packs 120 not-so-nutritious calories, so we decided to make our own healthy version.  This recipe contains only 5 ingredients and can easily be adjusted based on personal taste preference. It happens to be vegan, too!

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Edible Cookie Dough*:

2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or sub white beans)

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions: blend the first four ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Adjust peanut butter and maple syrup per preference.  Remove from food processor and mix in chocolate chips.

*Note: many of you have been asking if this recipe can be baked. In order to make this into actual cookies, you will need to blend in 1 egg and 1 cup quick-cooking oats. Bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes.

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What other recipes would you like us to remake?  Let us know in the comments!

xoxo,

Melissa and Liz

Superfoods 101- Guest Post Written for Grateful Plate!

We’ve teamed up with Grateful Plate to write a few nutrition focused blog posts for them! Check out our post below and then head on over to their website to learn more about their health-minded meal delivery service. 

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You’ve probably read a headline proclaiming the benefits of Superfoods…and then gone on to read about obscure items called Blue Majik or Reishi. Superfoods are not these unattainable, hard to pronounce food products, but they’re everyday food items you can find at your local grocery store. While there isn’t an actual scientific definition of the word Superfood, the wellness world believes it to mean any food product that provides high amounts of nutrients likes vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

We consider superfoods to be items like whole grains, herbs & spices, greens, and cruciferous vegetables. Each of these Superfood groups should play a role in your healthy diet, whether it’s through greens in your frittata at breakfast or chia seeds in your after dinner dessert. We love looking for new ways to fit them into our diet and luckily for us, Grateful Plate includes these superfoods in their menu every week! This week’s menu specifically includes items like wild rice, farro and chia seeds. Read on to see how we break down some of these Superfoods and show you which options contain them in the Grateful Plate menu this week.

Carbohydrates have been getting a bad rap in recent years, but they are a vital part to your healthy Superfood diet. We always try to choose complex carbohydrates like whole grains, which include brown rice, quinoa, millet, and bulgur. They tend to be a great source of fiber, B vitamins and minerals (like iron). You can find whole grains on this week’s menu in the Turkish Eggplant Steaks with Cauliflower and Millet or the Salmon with Thai Coconut Curry Sauce Millet & Peas.

Herbs and spices are an easy way to add flavor and Superfood power to your meals without adding excess salt or fat. Herbs like Basil are rich in antioxidants (which help fight free-radicals associated with cancer) and have amazing anti-bacterial properties. You can find Basil in this week’s menu in the Smoked Mozzarella Tomato & Basil Frittata. Just like herbs, spices typically have high amounts of antioxidants and high amounts of flavor! We love to use turmeric any chance we get due to it’s antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is one of the main components of Curry (that’s where the yellow color comes from!), and Grateful Plate is featuring this week in the Thai Coconut Curry Sauce.

Leafy greens are full of vitamins A, B, C & K in addition to minerals (like Calcium) and electrolytes (like Potassium). They’re also a great source of fiber, which is so important to a healthy digestive system! Check our Grateful Plate’s leafy green options this week like the Seared Chicken Breast with Herbed Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce Quinoa Pilaf with Swiss Chard & Leeks or the Loaded Green Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

Peanut Butter Protein Muffins and Raspberry Chia Jam!

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Raise your hand if you love PB&J! Was that everyone? Great! Now try this healthy version in the form of Peanut Butter Protein Muffins with Raspberry Chia Jam!

You know we love Kodiak Cakes, so we had to try out a recipe using their Peanut Butter mix. To get the extra protein, we added in Trader Joe’s new Vanilla 100% Whey Protein Powder. Our recipe uses almond milk, but you could up the protein content even more by using Fairlife milk.

 

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Peanut Butter Protein Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Kodiak Cakes Peanut Butter mix
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 scoops Trader Joe’s Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (can sub maple syrup)
  • 1/4 unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed

Directions: 

  1. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and blend until smooth.
  2. Fill greased muffin cups 3/4 full.
  3. Bake at 350° F for 18 minutes.

 

Next up we have Raspberry Chia Jam. It’s SUPER easy to make and takes less than 10 minutes. The jam is rich in antioxidants from the raspberries and high in omega 3’s and fiber from the chia seeds. 

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Raspberry Vanilla Chia Jam

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1.5 Tbsp Chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Pour the raspberries into saucepan over medium heat. Mash raspberries as they begin to heat up.
  2.  Add the honey and vanilla extract. Continue to stir over heat until sauce like consistency.
  3. Remove from heat. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then add chia seeds. Stir.
  4. Add to air tight jar and allow to set in fridge.

 

xoxo,

Liz and Melissa

Protein 101-Guest Post Written for Grateful Plate!

We’ve teamed up with Grateful Plate to write a few nutrition focused blog posts for them! Check out our post below and then head on over to their website to learn more about their health-minded meal delivery service. 

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Protein comes in many different forms, from animal derivatives to plant-based.  Proteins are made up of amino acids.  There are 20 amino acids, 8 of which are essential for us to get from our food sources.  The remaining are produced by our body, so it is not necessary to always consume them from food. Amino acids and protein are commonly referred to as the building blocks of life.  Protein, when digested, is broken down into these amino acids, which each have specific functions. In general, they are used for repairing tissue, digestion of food, and growth.  General recommendations for protein intake is 56g for the average sedentary male and 46g for sedentary females. Our body uses the most energy to digest protein compared to all other macronutrients. This means diets higher in protein can help our body to burn more calories throughout the day.

Quality of protein does matter when it comes to our body’s function.  Animal sources of protein are meat/poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy.  These sources contain all 8 of the essential amino acids our body needs to survive, which is why they are considered the highest quality protein sources.  They contain the most bang for your buck calorie-wise, as a 3oz serving of chicken has approximately 110 calories and 24g of protein.  It is suggested to have diets rich in lean poultry and fish while limiting red meat.  Eggs are a great source of protein, as well as B vitamins. They are one of the quickest and easiest ways to incorporate high-quality protein into your diet.

Animal sources aren’t for everyone, though, and there is definitely a shift to eating a more plant-based diet.  Plant-based protein sources include legumes (beans, peas, lentils, peanuts), nuts, and seeds.  There are also foods such as tofu and tempeh, which are derived from soy.  Quinoa, though considered a grain, is the only plant-based source of protein that also contains all 8 essential amino acids. For those who eat only plant-based sources, it is recommended to eat a variety throughout the day to make sure the body is getting all 8 essential amino acids to prevent deficiency.  Plant-based proteins also pack a large amount of fiber, making them great for our digestive system as well as keeping you full for hours.  Unlike meat or poultry, these sources can be bought in large quantities for lower prices, making them a great staple to have on hand.

Every week the menu at Grateful Plate changes, but one thing is consistent, there is always a variety of protein options to choose from to meet all needs. The great thing about the menu is being able to mix and match a variety of protein sources in your meals throughout the week.  For those who eat both animal and plant-based sources, we recommend choosing their Citrus and Thyme Salmon, the Italian White Bean Stew, and the Za’atar Seared Chicken.  We feel that it is important that even if you do eat meat, sometimes you should choose plant-based options as well for overall gut health.  For those who follow a strictly plant-based diet, we suggest the Moroccan fava bean soup, the Vegan Tofu Lasagna, and the Spring Wild Rice Salad. This gives you variety in the plant-based sources you are choosing, which helps you to meet all your essential amino acids needs as mentioned previously.  Not feeling anything on the main menu? Now there is the option for a la carte proteins to make your own meal! This is a great new option that allows you to be in control of what your meal is.  We love this idea! While this is just an example of one week’s menu selections, know that every week there will be various protein options to choose from, making Grateful Plate an excellent choice for meal delivery service.

 

xoxo,

Liz and Melissa

 

Mission Taqueria Review!

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t love tacos? No? Great, we didn’t think so. This past #TacoTuesday we followed up our SoulCycle class with dinner at Mission Taqueria. Prior to this visit, Liz has been there for Happy Hour and Melissa’s been there for dinner a few times. We both love the atmosphere and knew there were healthy options available on the menu!

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What To Look For on the Menu

We have a few recommendations for what to look for when you’re going out to eat. First up, try to preview the menu beforehand. We perused the dinner menu prior to our visit and had a good idea what we were going to order (and of course, split because #WorkWives). Next, look for a few keywords on the menu to guide you in your healthy eating journey. For Mission’s menu, we were wary of any items that used the words “fried”, “crispy” and “mayo”. There words basically mean they are higher in fats (and not the healthy kind) and calories. We’d recommend avoiding the following items:

  • Fried Mahi Mahi tacos
  • Fried Green Tomato Tacos
  • Green Chile Croquettes (croquettes = fried),
  • Queso fundido (hot melted cheese = high in fat/calories)
  • Sweet Potato Tostones (tostones = fried)

Now onto the good stuff! We recommend going with any options that use the words “grilled” or “roasted”. This means that they’re not coming with any type of breading or cooked in a lot of fat. Examples on the Mission Taqueria Menu include the Grilled Wild Shrimp, Roasted Lamb Tacos and the Grilled Mushroom Tacos. We’d also recommend any sauces likes salsa, relish or vinaigrette over something with queso or mayo. When it comes to portion size, Mission Taqueria provides you with just enough to feel satisfied but not overly full. All of the tacos are homemade and are a reasonable size, coming with three per order. We also recommend trying Ceviche (raw seafood marinated in lime juice), Roasted Brussels Sprouts or Grilled Asparagus as an appetizer or side to share.

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What we got

  • Wild Shrimp Tacos (so good!)
  • Chicken in Mole Negro (not a lot of flavor)
  • Mixto ceviche…disappointing. Had olives (not in menu description) and seemed to have more filler that seafood. Would definitely try the 3 other varieties tho
  • Hot sauce on the table (super spicy, super good)
  • Guac and chips for the table (Guac = healthy fats! Be careful with the chips though because they are fried).
  • Prosecco and a Spicy Margarita. Prosecco is a sparkling wine that is about 80 calories per glass. The Spicy Margarita was on the smaller side and used fresh lime juice as opposed to a super sugary margarita mix.  Remember to follow up each cocktail with a glass of water to stay hydrated!

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Disclaimer: We recommend NOT going to Mission Taqueria on a #TacoTuesday without a reservation if you have a large group! We popped in after our spin class with a group of 6 and were seated well over an hour after we got there. Normally not a big deal, but spinning makes us hungry!

Overall, there are plenty of healthier options to eat here.  As always, we never say no to any food and moderation is key.  If you want a fried dish, maybe skip that extra margarita to help save calories.  We highly recommend Mission Taqueria, if you haven’t been, you are missing out! Where should we venture to next? Leave us a comment with suggestions!

xoxo,

Liz and Melissa