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3 Avocado Clean Eat Recipes

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Avocados not only taste good but they are packed with almost 20 essential nutrients. They are nutrient dense and enable the body to absorb fat-soluble nutrients.

Here are avocado inspired recipes you can incorporate into any breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, and/or dessert.

Avocado Tomato On Whole Grain Toast

Avocado tomato on whole grain

Chicken Avocado Burger

chicken avacado burgers

Ingredients
1 pound ground chicken
1 large ripe avocado – cut into chunks
½ cup panko crumbs or other bread crumbs
1 chopped clove of garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Toss the chunks of avocado, breading and garlic together.
2. Blend mixture into ground chicken being careful not to mush the avocado.
3. Form into 4-5 patties and grill until done

Avocado Lime Frozen Yogurt

Avocado Lime Frozen Yogurt

INGREDIENTS:

4 medium ripe avocados

1 cup strained low-fat natural plain yogurt

1/2 cup skim milk

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup lime juice

Pinch sea salt

Optional Garnish

3 cups fresh tropical fruit (such as pineapple, mango, melon or passion fruit), cut into chunks

Directions:

  1. Cut avocados in half, remove pits and scoop flesh out from skins with a spoon. Cut flesh into large chunks, about 3 cups. Place all ingredients, except garnish, into a food processor and purée until smooth, about 2 minutes. While puréeing, stop mixer every 30 seconds or so to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Scoop mixture out into a shallow nonreactive freezer-safe container – 9 x 9-inch is ideal. (NOTE: At this point, if using a commercial ice cream machine, freeze mixture according to manufacturer’s instructions.)
  2. Place container with yogurt mixture into freezer for about 30 minutes, or until mixture begins to freeze slightly around the edges. Scrape down the edges with a spatula and mix yogurt thoroughly with a whisk, blending in ice crystals until mixture is creamy again, about 2 to 3 minutes. Place container with yogurt back into freezer for an additional 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and repeat the process of scraping the sides and mixing 2 more times, for a total of 3 times. Each time the mixture will get a little harder to whisk. After the third mixing, place mixture back into the freezer until hardened and ready to eat, about 2 to 3 hours.
  3. Remove from freezer and scoop into serving bowls. If yogurt is too hard to scoop, allow it to warm slightly for a few minutes on the counter until softened. Top with chunks of fresh tropical fruit, if desired, and serve immediately. Best if consumed within 1 week. Store covered in a sealable freezer-safe container in the freezer.

Nutrients per 1/3 cup serving (not including fruit garnish): Calories: 120, Total Fat: 8 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 14 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugars: 10 g, Protein: 2 g, Sodium: 35 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg

TIP:
For mixing, a food processor may be used in place of a whisk. Be sure to break up any large chunks into smaller pieces for easy processing.

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Fun in the kitchen

 

clean and green

Had a little fun this afternoon experimenting. Balsamic, coconut oil, garlic, green beans, almonds, and tomatoes.

For a snack or side dish- I recommend either taking the tomatoes away or keeping the tomatoes and adding a little low fat cheese.

For a main meal- I suggest adding some diced chicken and/or some whole grain pasta.

What would you add?

-Yesenia Whipple

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Clean Eating Magazine Wins Over My Heart

I recently came across a great resource when searching for clean recipes I can incorporate into my diet. I am always looking for new ways to spice up weekly dinners while maintaining healthy choices for myself and my family.

Clean Eating Magazine not only has budget friendly meal ideas, easy and quick recipes, but it also has a section that caught my eye. Classics Made Clean. So how do you make your favorite dishes clean and healthy? Yes, you got it; this online tool has a variety of classic meals like:

Roasted Vegetable Tacos With Edamame and Guacamole

Roasted-Veggie-Tacos-300x336image credit: http://www.cleaneatingmag.com

Slow-Cooker Tuscan Turkey Chili

tuscan-turkey-chili-300x336image credit: Maya Visnyei & http://www.cleaneatingmag.com

Another fantastic tool Clean Eating Magazine provides are meal ideas with 5 or less ingredients. Simple and delicious. Check these two dishes out:

White Wine & Clam Linguine

Clam-Linguini-300x336image credit: Photo: Gibson & Smith & http://www.cleaneatingmag.com

Sirlion Steak with Horseradish Sour Cream

SteakWithHorseradishCreamimage credit: Maya Visnyei & http://www.cleaneatingmag.com

I can’t get enough of this wonderful new resource in my journey to a clean and healthy lifestyle. This website allows readers to participate and submit their own recipes as well. So check it out and let me know what you think! 🙂

-Yesenia Whipple

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The Hudson Blend of Goodness

Jamie-recipeThe Hudson Blend of Goodness

 

I am delighted to share with you a scrumptious recipe today generously shared by my friend Jamie. I have named this dish The Hudson Blend of Goodness. Healthy, clean, and delicious! The best part of all is this dish is inexpensive, takes just minutes to whip up. Oh and I forgot to mention you can store it in your fridge for days and create a healthy snack whenever your taste buds desire.

O.k. o.k. so what is The Hudson Blend of Goodness made up of? Here is the short of it:

ingredients

 

1 Can of Black Beans (drain)

1 Can of Garbanzos (Chic peas) (drain)

3 Cans of White Albacore Tuna (drain)

1 Can of chopped Artichoke (I was only able to find a can of hearts so I just chopped those up at home – also drain)

1 Can of Fire roasted Tomatoes (or any flavor you like really)

2 tbsp of Olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix these ingredients together and that’s it! There you have it. I chose to pile it onto a whole wheat deli flat. My husband chose to pile it onto a salad. Whatever you like; this dish is pretty versatile. I calculated one serving (Given my serving may be different from some) of The Hudson Blend of Goodness to be approximately 175 calories.  Not bad right?! It was filling, so tasty, and again I must add how clean and healthy this recipe is. Enjoy!

-Yesenia Whipple