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Choco-Banana Bread with a Health Twist

A slice of this mouth watering bread can double up as a fuel and treat to have 45 minutes to 1 hour before you hit the gym, go out for a run, bike or swim!  The carbohydrates in the bread will fuel your training session and give just enough sweetness that you’ll hopefully turn down that dessert later on in the day when your body doesn’t need the extra energy.  This is also a great snack to feed the kiddies before they hit the field, pavement or studio.  Serve 1/2 a serving to the wee ones. INGREDIENTS: 1.5 cups whole Read More

Homemade Fig Bars

When I first started looking for a homemade fig bar recipe to replicate the Fig Newton, it was for my athletes to use for pre-workout fuel before training.  This bar has very little fat and low protein and fiber, making it the perfect fuel before a swim, bike or run!  But then I realized, this could be a great snack for kiddies if you serve it with some Greek yogurt to bring up the protein content. I have never made them before, so instead of creating my own, I decided to try out one from Weelicious who “tests” all her Read More

Sweet & Savory Autumn Pumpkin Seeds

Rather than throwing out your seeds after carving a jack-o-lantern this month, make a delicious afternoon snack with the leftovers!  Below is a basic recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds, but I urge you to dress these up a bit with spices.  Savory flavors using cayenne pepper and chipotle seasoning work very well, but if you have a sweet tooth, make up a sweet batch!  See tips and options for ideas. Dessert or Snack: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Makes 4 servings Each serving is about ¼ cup INGREDIENTS: 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds from a sugar pumpkin (about 3 lbs) 4 cups Read More

Hawaiian Papaya Breakfast Boat

I’ve been to Kona, Hawaii twice for Ironman World Championship (once to spectate and  once to race!) My favorite food joint to hang out at was Lava Java.  It’s actually a favorite for many athletes!  Healthy and creative food options to keep the immune system strong and the performances high.  One of my favorite meals I had at breakfast there was a papaya and yogurt “boat” as I like to call it.  It’s simple, delicious and 1 papaya is more than enough for two people! Serves 2 INGREDIENTS: 1 papaya 1 cup yogurt (I like to use plain Greek or Read More

Whole Grain Strawberry Banana Bread

I was so excited when someone brought this recipe to a recent “dinner party for kids” playdate.  The timing was perfect as I was making and freezing a bunch of recipes to have on hand for when baby #2 arrives.  I love my other banana bread recipes, but I wanted something different to try and this was IT!  I asked the mom who brought it to send me the recipe and you will find the original link in the tips section below. I didn’t change a thing, which is a first! INGREDIENTS: 1 cup whole wheat flour ½ cup all-purpose Read More

Homemade Berry & Maple Granola Bars

I was on the hunt for homemade granola and I came across so many!  The one below was my favorite and I cannot take credit for it.  I made it exactly as is! Recipe courtesy of the Best Ever Cookie Collection blog. Blueberry & Maple Granola Bars Makes around 16 bars INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant) 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg 1/2 cup canola oil 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/4 cup pure maple Read More

Fuel-Your-Workout Pumpkin Bread

Whether you are training for a marathon, doing crossfit or heading to the gym, you need energy in order to get the most out of your training.  This energy should come in the form of carbohydrates (primarily).  If you are not interested in using pre-packaged fuels, try this recipe!  A slice of this power packed bread is about equivalent to a PowerBar performance bar.   Make a couple loafs and freeze individual slices.  This recipe makes 10 equal servings/slices.  This recipe is one that we use over at The Core Diet with our athletes! INGREDIENTS: 1 1/3 cup of whole wheat Read More

Fiesta Fish

This fish recipe was one of those, “what do I have in my kitchen to make this taste amazing”?  I try to always buy my fish local, and depending on what the fisherman bring in, I don’t always get a big selection. When I think of Cod fish, I remember growing up eating this fish with a dab of butter and bread crumbs.  Always tasty, but didn’t have that “wow” factor.  That, and we can do without some butter and breadcrumbs! Mom – please don’t be mad when you read this!  You were my first mentor in the kitchen :-) Read More

Have-To-Try Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad

When I was visiting a friend recently up in Orlando with my daughter she served us the tastiest meal upon our arrival that I had to share!  Seriously, every meat eater needs to try this vegetarian dish! I promise it won’t disappoint. I’ve made this dish twice already and tastes just as good the next day :-) Pair this the Tequila Lima Chicken dish and your meal is done! Serves 2-4 depending on portion INGREDIENTS: 1 (15-oz) can chickpeas 2 packed cups raw/fresh spinach ¼ cup sweet onion, finely chopped Juice from 2 limes or 4-5 Tbsp of lime juice Read More

The BEST Tequila Lime Chicken Drumsticks

I was flipping through some Martha Stewart magazines and found this recipe in it’s “clean eating” section.  Can I tell you it is the most amazing chicken flavor I have every tasted!  I’ve cooked these about 4 times already and have also used the recipe for chicken breasts and strips. Delicious!  I will give you the recipe for about 5-6 drumsticks, but it should also be enough for 8-10. Be sure to make extra, because these taste great the next day! You won’t be disappointed :-) Enough marinade/glaze for 10 chicken drumsticks INGREDIENTS: 1/3 cup silver tequila (I used Patron) Read More