Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Your Favorite "unhealthy" meals mad HEALTHY!

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Ask anyone what "clean" foods are and you are going to get a list that looks similar to this :



Chicken breasts
Tilapia
Tuna
Brown rice
Broccoli
Rolled oats or oatmeal
Sweet potato
Asparagus
Eggs
Almonds
I know there are other "clean foods” out there but you get my point. Although these foods are great, and I eat many of these regularly, it’s a common misconception that we must stick to these particular choices in order to attain an ideal physique.
However, learning how to take those foods to create healthy meals out of your favorite unhealthy ones is key to weight loss success and sustainability overtime ! Check out these new spins on some clean foods that you can try out this week !
Jalapeno Chicken Pizza
Macros per slice: 237 calories, 5g fat, 32g carbs, 15g protein.
Ingredients (Makes 1 whole pizza w/8 slices):
1 thin pizza crust
8 ounces of baked or grilled chicken breast
1 cup of Trader Joe’s Pizza Sauce
4 servings (112g) of 2% milk shredded mozzarella cheese
4 servings of jalapenos
This recipe is pretty self-explanatory. Simply spread the toppings on the pizza crust and place in the oven at around 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Bake until crispy brown, or until it reaches your desired level of crispness.
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Macros for 2 sliders: 385 calories, 8g fat, 28g carbs, 53g protein.
Ingredients (Makes 8 sliders):
2 pounds of chicken breast
1 bottle of buffalo sauce
2 servings of jalapenos (optional)
Spices to taste
2 cups of spinach
In this particular recipe I recommend cooking with a crockpot since it’s so simple.
First, place 2 pounds of chicken breast in your crockpot along with an entire bottle of buffalo sauce. Next, add in jalapenos and whatever other seasonings your taste buds desire. Place the crockpot on a low temperature for 5 hours. After 5 hours, take a fork to it and shred it up and serve with chips or a sandwich roll.
Spicy Chicken Chili
Macros per bowl: 451 calories, 6g fat, 35g carbs, 64g carbs.
Ingredients:
3 pounds chicken breast
1 jar diced tomatoes
2 cups of salsa of choice
1 can black beans (drained)
½ cup chopped green bell pepper
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup jalapenos
Pinch of sriracha (optional)
Garlic powder (as desired)
Salt and pepper to taste
Chili is always a hit and we are going to make it even better. Once again use the crockpot in this particular recipe.
Simply place 3 pounds of chicken breasts (approximately 6 breasts) at the bottom of the crockpot. Add in one whole jar of diced tomatoes, 1 can of black beans, 2 cups of a salsa of your choice, ½ cup chopped green bell pepper, ½ cup of onion, and you are good to go.
For the crowd that enjoys spicier tastes such as myself, feel free to add in additional hot items such as jalapenos and sriracha. Finally, add in salt, pepper, and garlic powder based on personal preference.
Cook on a low temperature for 5 hours, at which point the chicken breast should be tender enough to shred apart with two forks. Once shredded, return to low heat temperature for one more hour. Serve over brown rice !!!
I hope that you can see that you can indeed eat healthy and still have your favorite foods!! Try out these meals this week and enjoy healthy eating !

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