Lemon Caesar Dressing

Enjoy this light dressing on Caesar Salad or any salad you want to give that “Caesar” flavor to!

Lemon Caesar Dressing Recipe

Lemon Caesar Dressing

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 8 servings, about 2 Tbsp. each

Ingredients:
8 oz nonfat plain yogurt
¼ cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 anchovies (or 1 to 2 tsp. anchovy paste)
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)

Preparation:
Place all ingredients in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until smooth.

Nutrition Facts (per Serving):
Calories: 73
Total Fat: 6 g
Total Carbohydrates: 3 g (Fiber: 0 g; Sugars: 2 g)
Protein: 2 g

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with Creamy Lemon Caesar Dressing

Have your croutons and eat them too with this lighter version of Caesar salad that’s high in protein but low in calories.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad w Lemon Caesar Dressing Recipe

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with Creamy Lemon Caesar Dressing

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:
3 romaine lettuce heads, chopped (or torn)
12 oz grilled chicken breast, boneless, skinless, sliced
¾ cup Creamy Lemon Caesar Dressing
¼ cup whole wheat croutons
¼ cup shaved Parmesan cheese (about ¾ oz)

Preparation:
1. Place lettuce and chicken in a large serving bowl.
2. Drizzle with dressing; toss gently to blend.
3. Sprinkle with croutons and cheese.

Nutritional Information (per Serving):
Calories: 239
Total Fat: 10 g
Total Carbohydrates: 14 g (Fiber: 7 g; Sugar: 6 g)
Protein: 25 g

Vanilla Eggnog Protein Shake

Eggnog is delicious, but also loaded with fat. Try this healthier version, even better in the form of a creamy Shakelogy smoothie, that will still have you feeling festive. This vanilla eggnog protein shake gets its holiday flavor – without the accompanying tipsiness – from rum extract and ground nutmeg. Look for rum extract in the baking aisle of your supermarket, or online (click for link).

Vanilla Eggnog Protein Shake Recipe

Vanilla Eggnog Protein Shake Recipe

Total Time: 5 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:
½ cup nonfat milk
½ cup water
1 tsp. rum extract
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology (or your preferred vanilla protein powder)
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup ice

Preparation:
Place milk, water, extract, Shakeology, nutmeg, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 229
Fat: 2 g
Carbohydrate: 27 g (Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 20 g)
Protein: 24 g

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Tuscan Chicken with Olives and Capers

This chicken dish gets bold flavor from capers, tomatoes, and olives. Give it even more richness with kalamata or other specialty olives.

Healthy Tuscan Chicken with Olives and Capers Recipe

Tuscan Chicken with Olives and Capers Recipe

Total Time: 35 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 20 min.
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
2 tsp. olive oil, divided use
4 (4-oz) raw chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
4 medium shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (15-oz) can diced tomatoes, no salt added
1 bay leaf
2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1 Tbsp. capers
2 Tbsp. sliced black olives
2 cups cooked brown rice

Preparation:
1. Heat 1 tsp. oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add chicken; cook for 3 minutes on each side. Remove from pan. Keep warm.
3. Heat remaining 1 tsp. oil over medium-high heat.
4. Add shallots; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until translucent.
5. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
6. Add tomatoes, bay leaf, and thyme. Season with pepper if desired; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
7. Add capers, olives, and chicken; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Remove bay leaf.
8. Divide rice evenly between four serving plates. Top with chicken breast and sauce.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 298
Fat: 7 g
Carbohydrates: 33 g (Fiber: 4 g; Sugar: 4 g)
Protein: 26 g

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Winter Greens with Garlicky Vinaigrette

Winter greens have a ton of peppery flavor. We paired them with a garlicky Caesar-inspired dressing that you can make with or without anchovies.

Winter Greens Salad with Garlicky Vinaigrette Recipe

Winter Greens with Garlicky Vinaigrette Recipe

Total Time: 25 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
3 anchovy fillets, rinsed, finely chopped (optional)
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
4 cups coarsely chopped (or torn) radicchio
8 cups coarsely chopped (or torn) mixed bitter winter salad greens (like chicory and escarole)
2 medium endive heads, sliced in half lengthwise, then crosswise in ½-inch slices

Preparation:
1. Rub garlic in the bottom of a medium salad bowl.
2. Add lemon juice and anchovy; mix well.
3. Slowly add oil while whisking constantly; mix well. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Set aside for 10 minutes.
4. Place radicchio, salad greens, and endive in salad bowl; mix well. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per Serving):
Calories: 111
Fat: 4 g
Carbohydrates: 15 g (Fiber: 11 g; Sugars: 2 g)
Protein: 6 g

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Maple Pecan Protein Shake

Looking for something sweet, but still healthy? Try this nutty shake sweetened with maple syrup.

Maple Pecan Protein Shake Recipe

Maple Pecan Protein Shake Recipe

Total Time: 5 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology (or sub your favorite protein powder)
1 Tbsp. coarsely chopped raw pecans
1 Tbsp. coarsely chopped raw cashews
1 tsp. pure maple syrup
1 cup ice

Preparation:
Place almond milk, Shakeology, pecans, cashews, maple syrup, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Nutrition Facts (per Serving):
Calories: 161
Fat: 12 g
Carbohydrates: 12 g (Fiber: 3 g; Sugars: 8 g)
Protein: 4 g

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Sweet Potato Salad

This salad is topped with hearty sweet potatoes. They’re a superfood high in beta-carotene, potassium, and manganese. Pumpkin seeds add extra crunch!

Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

Sweet Potato Salad

Total Time: 1 hour 15 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 30 min.
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1½ tsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
½ tsp. raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
1 dash Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
1 tsp. chopped fresh herbs (like basil, oregano or parsley) (to taste; optional)
1 medium baked sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
1 medium green apple, diced
½ medium red bell pepper, diced
1 stalk green onion, finely sliced
2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
4 cups fresh arugula
2 Tbsp. pumpkin seed kernels, toasted (or chopped raw walnuts)

Preparation:
1. Combine oil, vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and herbs (if desired) in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
Set aside.
2. Combine sweet potato, apple, bell pepper, onion, and cilantro in a large bowl; mix well.
3. Drizzle dressing over sweet potato mixture; toss gently to blend.
4. Place even amounts of arugula on two serving plates; top each with sweet potato mixture and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

Tip: Bake fork-pierced sweet potato at 450° F for 30 to 40 minutes or until just tender. Do not over bake; cool.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 236
Total Fat: 11 g
Total Carbs: 32 g (Fiber: 6 g; Sugar: 16 g)
Protein: 5 g

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Oatmeal with Cardamom and Cranberries

The spicy-sweet flavor and aroma of cardamom pairs perfectly with tart cranberries in this oatmeal. Raw honey and almond milk add even more rich flavor.

Oatmeal with Cardamom and Cranberries Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Oatmeal with Cardamom & Cranberries Recipe

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: 5 min.
Yield: 4 servings, about ½ cup each

Ingredients:
2 cups water
2 Tbsp. unsweetened dried cranberries
¼ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
½ tsp. ground cardamom (or ground cinnamon)
1 tsp. raw honey (optional)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Preparation:
1. Bring water, cranberries, and salt to a boil in medium saucepan over medium heat.
2. Add oats; cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. Add cardamom; mix well. Let oatmeal stand 1 minute before serving.
4. Divide evenly between two serving bowls; top each evenly with honey (if desired) and milk.

Nutrition Info (per Serving):
Calories: 104
Fat: 2 g
Carbohydrates: 19 g (Fiber: 3 g; Sugars: 4 g)
Protein: 3 g

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6 Healthy Halloween Treats

Candy corn, chocolate bars, caramel apples, and so many other sugary treats are front-and-center at Halloween, even before the trick-or-treating begins! If you want to get into the holiday spirit in a healthier way, here are some easy-to-make Halloween snacks we found that kids (and kids at heart) will love!

Healthy Halloween Treats

6 Healthy Halloween Treats

Jack-o’-Lantern Fruit Cups

Add color and fun to your Halloween with these smiling jack-o’-lantern faces carved into navel oranges. Slice off the tops of the oranges, scoop out the pulp, use a paring knife to cut out jack-o’-lantern faces, and fill with grapes and/or mixed berries.

Healthy Halloween Treats - Jack-o’-Lantern Fruit Cups

 

Slithering Snake Dip

Eek! What is lurking in your hummus? A slithering snake made from black olives! Just carve beady eyes from string cheese and add a carrot tongue. Even those who hate serpents will love this little guy.

Healthy Halloween Treats - Kids Hummus Dip

 

Mummified Apples

Googly eyes and gauze tape turn green apples into mummies that are almost too cute to bite into.

Healthy Halloween Treats - Kids Mummified Apples

Monster Pie

Kids will love this Monsters, Inc. tart because it’s so darn cute, and well, because it’s dessert! Visit Creative and Healthy Fun Food to get this recipe that’s got a filling made from avocado, banana, and almond milk!

Healthy Halloween Treats - Monster Fruit Pie

Spooky Spider Eggs

Deviled eggs (like these) get extra creepy-crawly when they’re topped with spiders. To make eight scary spider eggs, cut 12 black olives in half vertically. Place one half in the center of each egg to form the body, then slice each remaining olive half into four sections to create legs. Shiver.

Healthy Halloween Treats - Spider Deviled Eggs

Eyeball Pasta

Start off a night of trick-or-treating with this clever eyeball pasta! Visit Spend with Pennies to see how she used string cheese, black olives, and a straw to create eyeballs of different sizes that stare out of ghoulishly green spinach pasta.

Healthy Halloween Treats - Eyeball Party Pasta

Candy Corn Protein Shake

Whether you love it or run screaming from it, candy corn is symbolic of Halloween. But, there are plenty of healthier ways to celebrate this spooky holiday than loading up on candy. This year, how about whipping up a festive Candy Corn Protein Smoothie instead? It’s like a costume for your smoothie! The three layers get their colors from wholesome ingredients such as carrot juice, pineapple, and turmeric, which taste surprisingly good when mixed with Vanilla Shakeology (or sub your favorite protein powder) and coconut milk.

Candy Corn Halloween Protein Shake Recipe

The novelty of this multi-layered shake does require a bit of extra effort and freezer time. If Halloween is your favorite holiday, then you’ll agree that every step is worth it. If you want to skip straight to the enjoyment part, you can blend all of the ingredients together at once.

Candy Corn Protein Shake Recipe

Total Time: 45 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 smoothie

Ingredients:
For Bottom Layer:
½ cup fresh carrot juice
¼ cup reduced fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
½ cup ice

For Middle Layer:
½ cup water
½ cup ice
½ scoop Vanilla Shakeology (or protein powder)
¼ cup canned pineapple, in juice, drained
½ tsp. ground turmeric

For Top Layer:
½ cup coconut milk beverage
½ cup ice
½ scoop Vanilla Shakeology (or protein powder)

Instructions:
For Bottom Layer:
1. Place carrot juice, yogurt, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour into large serving glass. Place glass in freezer for 15 minutes.

For Middle Layer:
1. Place water, ice, Shakeology, pineapple, and turmeric in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Slowly pour into serving glass over bottom layer. Place glass in freezer for 15 minutes.

For Top Layer:
1. Place coconut milk, ice, and Shakeology in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Slowly pour into serving glass over middle layer; serve immediately.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 255
Total Fat: 5 g
Total Carbohydrates: 29 g (Fiber: 4 g; Sugars: 20 g)
Protein: 23 g

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