- Celery Root
- Sweet Onions
- Morel Mushrooms (the fancy mushrooms)
- Crab and Crayfish
- Mussels and Clams
Bunny cake I made a few years ago!
Quick Tips for a Healthier Easter:
- Fresh fruit is a great idea because of springtime–make a fruit bowl with melon balls which remind us of little Easter eggs.
- Healthy Candy Substitutes: Small boxes of raisins/craisins/dried blueberries, sugar-free fruity chewing gum, bunny-shaped graham crackers, mixed nuts, fruit loops cereal
- For Kids: give them things they can play with instead of so much candy like stickers, little toys, play dough, travel games etc.
- What to Avoid: Solid chocolate anything, unless it’s dark chocolate and you share with a few other people!
- Make Your own cookies- Low Fat Sugar Cookie Dough:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Bake at 350 for 10 mins.
- Note: This dough will not be as firm as most, so it may not be best for cookie cutter shapes. Just decorate with icing!
- Many like to make quiches or french toast for Easter. Here are some healthy recipe links: Quiche Lorraine Light, Crust-less Mini Mushroom Sausage Quiche, Sausage Spinach Quiche, and Click Here for Healthy French Toast!
Up Next: Healthy cupcake ideas, and more healthy Easter ideas. And a recipe for how to make stuffed artichokes.
So we’ve all seen the lame commercials that say, “Nutella gets my kids to eat healthy foods”… more like gets your kids to eat more chocolate and sugar and palm oil. Hopefully, if you go through all the hard work to make it yourself, you will want this precious jar to last a while and be less tempted to eat the whole thing in one sitting! haha!
- Buy the smaller bags of popcorn that only pop a portioned amount.
- Any lower fat brand of popcorn generally has less sodium because it is marketed towards the health conscious.
- Make your own popcorn–preservative free! Just buy the whole kernels, add a few tablespoons to a paper bag, staple closed (one staple only), throw in microwave for a few minutes, and your done! Just add some Parmesan cheese and a pinch of salt and you have homemade popcorn.
Directions for Herb Red Potatoes:
- If weight loss is the goal, it should be done mostly in the off season and assessed in the off season
- During training, reduction in calories will not improve performance
- If body fat percentage is too low, lean muscle mass will be lost which is necessary for performance and health
- Progress in athletic performance should always be monitored by performance markers, and not by weight gain or loss.
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup toasted almonds or pine nuts, divided
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided (optional, if you want a dinner/non sweet bread then, omit some)
2 cups lemon yogurt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (or the juice of 2-3 large lemons)
1 Tbsp. grated lemon rind
1 Tbsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1 tsp. dried thyme
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 2. Sift together the flour, salt, soda, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Stir in 3/4 cup of the nuts. 3. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the olive oil and sugar and beat until fluffy. Stir in the yogurt, then the lemon juice, lemon rind, rosemary, and thyme. Stir in the dry ingredients, just until moistened. 4. Pour batter in 9 inch loaf pan. Sprinkle the remaining nuts over the top of the batter. Sprinkle each loaf with 1 tbsp. sugar. Bake for 1 hour. *Recipe changed from Colavita’s website
- In the morning, drink water, tea, or coffee to keep hydrated (not bloated!).
- If you are not hydrated and have eaten too many salty processed foods, that sodium/salt attracts water and holds onto it and and creates bloating.
- For breakfast, have some yogurt which will not cause bloating.
- 2 hours before your pool party debut, sweat it out a little if you have time (ex: jump rope 20 minutes or quick jog or jumping jacks) to get rid of some body water (but, still remember to stay hydrated or this will not work).
- Before you walk out the door do 5 minutes straight of lunges and squats to pump up the blood going to your legs (your muscles will temporarily increase in size and create less “jiggle”). Do another 3 minutes of sit-ups and 2 minutes of push-ups (and do not stop while performing these exercises!). Total time= 10 minutes. Total confidence increase=100%. Total “jiggle” decrease= 50%.
- While at the pool party: Snack on things like all natural unsalted almonds, keep hydrated with water and a squeeze of lemon, and do not drink carbonated beverages. And stay away from foods with sugar alcohols because they may cause a little abdominal gas (maltitol, sorbitol, etc. in diet granola bars and candies and some flavored waters).
- Lunch at the pool: A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is actually an anti-bloat food if you use the peanut butter without a ton of added salt.
- Don’t forget to have fun and play around in the pool! Moving around in the water will help get your heart pumping to move blood to those muscles!