Get Real Food!™ | Go Green ☘

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While deciding what to wear that’s green today, how about thinking of eating some green too?  Here are a some ‘real food’ ideas…

Snacks

Sips

Salads

Sides

Entrées

Apple c heart symbol_40x54Fit Tip: Build happy healthy habits that last. 😀

 

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Pineapple Mango Guacamole

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Mangos are in peak season, so find ways to include these refreshing tropical fruits in your daily eating plan. They’re filled with nutritious goodness, flavor, and antioxidants.

Here’s why this colorful fruit makes the A-list of Fountain-of-Youth Foods. Pair it with avocados, an amazingly healthy superfood, that’s rich in fiber, healthy fats and phytonutrients and you’ll have a naturally creamy salsa for fresh fish, chicken or tortilla chips.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe avocados, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • Juice from 3/4 of a whole lime
  • 1-2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/16 of 1 jalapeño, diced (use more or less based on your desired level of heat)
  • 1 large ripe mango (other than the Honey Mango variety), diced
  • 14 oz. Pineapple-Honey Mango Salsa* (see below)

1. Mix the above ingredients in a medium bowl and serve.

*Pineapple-Honey Mango Salsa (Tastes great on its own!)

  • 4 honey mangos (a.k.a. Manila or Ataulfo Mango), diced
  • 1/4 of 1 small fresh pineapple, diced
  • 1/16 of 1 jalapeño (to taste)
  • 1/4 c. red onions
  • 1/2 c. cilantro, chopped
  • 3/4 of 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1 lime

Apple c heart symbol_40x54Fit Tip: Look for honey mangos that have some ‘wrinkling’ on the outside. They may look like they’re older, but that’s when they are sweet, creamy in texture, and ripe! Also, if you’re in a hurry, mix in your favorite prepared guacamole (I like Whole Foods’ fresh guacamole) with the fresh mango, jalapeño and Pineapple-Mango Salsa.

Aztec Guacamole (‘Broccamole’)

Looking for an alternative to traditional guacamole? Try this recipe for a tasty spin on the usual. It has great texture with it’s mix of broccoli, avocado, Roma tomatoes, and onions. Best of all, it’s loaded with antioxidants and passes the veggie kid test!

INGREDIENTS:
12 oz. broccoli flowers
1 large avocado, pit removed, flesh scooped out
1 1/2 small limes, juiced
1/8 tsp. or less Hawaiian sea salt
1/2 c. cilantro, chopped (approximately 1/2 bunch)
3/4 c. Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced (approximately 1 1/2 tomatoes)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced (reserve some seeds)
1 large clove garlic, crushed
A few drops of Cholula® hot sauce (optional)

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Omega Muffins

Walnuts are rich in healthy essential fats.

Omega-3  and omega-6 fatty acids are essential fats that your body can’t make on its own and can only get from the food you eat. So here’s one way to slip some healthy fat into your diet.

It’s currently recommended that you consume 7-11 grams of omega-3 fatty acids each week. They’re crucial for brain function and there’s strong evidence they reduce your risk for heart disease. These fats are also great for your skin! (See Eating for Healthy Skin – Part 2.)   Continue reading “Omega Muffins”

Zesty Home-Baked Tortilla Chips

Mission Corn TortillasTortilla chips are the classic appetizer in Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants and great for scooping up creamy guacamole and other exotic dips.  However, these tasty wedges can be packed with salt and fat.  It’s easier than you might think to make your own seasoned chips sans the grease and sodium.  In this recipe, sprinkle your chips with some fresh lime zest after baking for a flavorful citrus finish.

Tortillas are a suitable replacement for bread if you’re watching your sodium intake.  One Mission white corn tortilla has just 5 mg of sodium compared to 160 mg in one slice of whole wheat bread.   Continue reading “Zesty Home-Baked Tortilla Chips”