Guacamole | Recipe

Guacamole Recipe

This recipe is not from me, it’s from my husband. He’s become the guacamole making pro in the house. I love when someone else cooks for me, so I welcome this healthy dish any day of the week.

Guacamole

  • 2 Avocados
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Salt, pinch

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mash with fork or potato masher until desired consistency is achieved.
  3. Add a bit of salt, a pinch at a time until you like it. Keep in mind that tortilla chips are often salty.

You can also add half a jalapeno pepper to the guacamole but we like it without.

Bruschetta | Recipe

Bruschetta Recipe | Lindsay Ann Loft

One of my favorite appetizers to get at a restaurant is bruschetta. Fresh tomatoes and basil are a great combination. This is a simple recipe to make this dish at home.

  • 6 Plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 Cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Allow to sit and flavors to combine
  3. Serve with sliced bread.

Bruschetta Recipe | Lindsay Ann Loft

Baked Tortilla Chips | Recipe

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photo credit: CIMMYT via photopin cc

Make your own healthy version of tortilla chips in the oven. Bake corn, white, or whole-wheat tortillas for a quick and fresh side to your next dinner.

Ingredients:

  • Tortillas – corn, white, or whole wheat

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a pizza cutter and slice the tortillas into equal pieces. As you would with a pizza.
  3. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until tortillas begin to brown.
  4. Serve with salsa and guacamole.

5 Pre-Workout Snacks

5 Pre-Workout Snacks

If I workout on an empty stomach I wilt like a flower on a hot day. The workout is a draaaaaaaaaaag and I know I’m not giving it my all. I hate that, why waste your time!? Here are 5 snacks to have a half an hour before your workout to keep you going.

I try to have something fresh with protein. If you’d like to add an extra edge, consume a bit of caffeine with your snack like a cup of coffee or tea (iced or hot) a half an hour before your workout. Follow your snack with a tall glass of water.

  1. Greek yogurt and granola – Pineapple greek yogurt is one of my favorites top with a bit of granola.
  2. Sliced apple and 2 tablespoons peanut butter – You can also use almond butter or a banana.
  3. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich – On whole wheat bread. If you want to keep it low on calories spread the pb on one half of a piece and the jelly/jam on the other and fold in half.
  4. Mini smoothie – Mix up a small fruit and yogurt smoothie.
  5. Half a protein bar – A whole protein bar can be heavy but cut one in half and enjoy before you hit the gym. You can always save the other half for tomorrow.

What are your favorite snacks to have before a workout? Do you eat pre or post workout? Or both?

photo credit: TowerGirl via photopin cc edited by Lindsay Ann Loft.

Kale Chips | Recipe

Today is a guest post/recipe from my friend, Laura. She’s one of the healthiest people I know! She raved about her latest cooking adventure in making Kale Chips. Here’s what she has to say. 🙂

I had been hearing good things about the mysterious Kale Chips- about how great they taste, and how healthy kale is. For those of you who don’t know, I will save you some googling, and just tell you a couple of simple facts about kale.

  • Kale Superfact #1– SUPER high in vitamin K (1 cup = over 1300% of your recommended daily intake!!), which is good for strengthening bones, preventing stroke, and supports our immune system.
  • Kale Superfact#2– high in antioxidants
  • Kale Superfact#3– Kale is a natural anti-inflammatory! (which is great for those of us who run and put extra stress on our joints) and it apparently relieves some problems related to asthma.
  • Kale Superfact#4– Last but not least, kale is low in calories, and high in fiber- so with all of the antioxidants along with the fiber, this makes for a great addition to a detox diet.

So even after hearing all of these things about it, i never knew how EASY IT WAS TO MAKE! So for some reason it never topped my list of things to try until this past Sunday. It was a rainy afternoon, and I decided to give something new a shot. (And hey, kale was on sale at the local grocery store!)

The process is super easy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 bunch raw kale
  • salt, garlic powder, celery salt, basil, red pepper or whatever herbs you think might be tasty. (my fav is celery salt + garlic powder)
  • extra virgin olive oil in a spray dispenser
  • baking sheet
  1. Chop up the kale into bite sized pieces, or just rip apart with your hands. the smaller the better. bigger pieces tend to be less crispy
  2. Spritz with EVOO just enough to make them glisten, but not too much. (spritzing them saves a bunch of un-necessary calories compared to recipes that say toss with 1tbsp EVOO. You’ll be fine with a spritz)
  3. Sprinkle with desired amount of salt/ spices (you trust yourself salting your own popcorn, so i think you can eyeball this too)
  4. Bake at 350 for about 12-14 minutes but keep an eye on it! I take them out when the curly parts of the kale are browning.
  5. Eat right away, its best when its warm in my opinion!  If cooked right, they will almost dissolve in your mouth.

I’d give this recipe a high score for it being super easy/ tasty/ healthy AND fun to eat!

Enjoy!