Making little changes like these build a foundation that will eventually payoff. Even better, the whole family will start to enjoy doing these things together, simply by making them a part of the process. My son Michael is 15 years old and I can still get him to help me bake. He loves treats and it is something we did together when he was a young boy. One of my fondest memories of him as a toddler was the year we bought him a little tykes kitchen and talking grill for Christmas. His room would be a mess from playing for hours cooking for me! Today we enjoy our "together" time in the kitchen cooking real food and treats! Share your nutrition journey with your family, it will help them accept the changes more readily.
At this time of the year I always seem to yearn for comfort food that is hearty and filling. When taking into account the daily rigors of being a wife, a mother, and holding down a full time job as well as a part time job, it's easy to see why meal prepping and planning are the keys to success in my kitchen and with my nutrition. That's where the crock-pot comes in.
The NAXON BEANERY was invented by Irving Naxon, who was inspired by a story his Jewish grandmother told about how back in her native Lithuanian shtetl, her mother made a stew called "Cholent" which took several hours to cook in an oven. The Rival Company bought Naxon in 1970 and reintroduced it under the Crock-Pot name in 1971. This invention has stood the test of time and has helped me, and I am sure scores of others, when it comes to cooking and time management.
Tonight's dinner was a simple, clean and filling meal that I am sure your whole family will enjoy. Nothing fancy; just good, hearty, wholesome food. In my mind, that equates to "comfort". And the best part of cooking a whole chicken is there are always leftovers! The possibilities are endless!
I work with a lot of people who like to eat! But who doesn't, right?? In that realm, I'm known as the "treat girl". I'm called that because from time to time, I like to bring in treats for everyone to enjoy.
Typically, during the Holiday Season I would bring in an assortment of cookies that I would bake for Christmas. But this time around I decided to make my co-workers a frittata to enjoy. However, because of morning time constraints, I didn't make a traditional from-the-stovetop-skillet-to-the-oven frittata as we know it. However, this version was just as good and I was elated that everyone enjoyed it! It's no secret to me that they probably would have preferred nibbling on my Christmas cookies instead, but healthy clean eating has changed my priorities a bit, and hopefully, with a little holiday perseverance I can help someone else see the benefits of it as well!
I started to drink shakes daily as part of my clean-eating and exercise habits. I chose Shakeology because is contains vitamins, protein, fruit, vegetables and pro-biotics in every scoop. Before Shakeology, I drank a plain vanilla or chocolate protein shake and added some of those things to it from time to time. I even took a multitude of vitamin supplements everyday. When I first found out about Shakeology, for me, it was a no-brainer because I was getting everything I needed in one drink! Plus I can still add fruits and vegetables for an added bonus - sometimes I even add coffee!
When I first started on the shakes, I was still taking my vitamins, but in truth, I didn't feel so hot. I came to find, I really didn't need all of what I was previously taking because they are included in my shake. Since then, I've cut back on my vitamin intake significantly, and with it, I've saved money. Consider the fact that I was taking at least 8 different vitamins a day, some 3 times a day. Whew! Shakeology just makes sense, it costs me $4 a day to drink and has all of those extra bonuses. Plus I can make them into any flavor I want, like today for instance when I made a Snicker Doodle shake. I love snicker doodle cookies and now I can have the flavor of them without the guilt!!
This is a recipe I use this often and that is particularly good for those cold mornings where I just want something warm and hearty. It's also a great recipe when I know I'll have a busy morning and time will just not allow me to fall behind. If you are a busy mom or dad, or a working guy or gal on the go, you'll know exactly what I am talking about here. Meal prepping is a huge deal in my house. I construct grocery lists by taking into consideration what I am preparing for the following week. And once that is done, I sometimes take several hours on the weekend to pre-cook or cook and freeze our meals so I am ahead of the game. It's the only way I can keep the pace of my on-the-go lifestyle while attending to my family's nutritional needs. That's just one of the reasons I really love this recipe. I'd also love to hear some thoughts on things you do to help you get you through your busy days!
For this years holiday breakfast why not make it clean and with some added protein to get you through the hustle and bustle of the day? You can even add a little fruit and turkey bacon to make it complete.
Happy Holidays to all, from my kitchen to yours!!!
5. gently fold in egg whites
6. lightly coat iron with cooking spray
7. pour in batter and cook 3 minutes or until crisp and golden brown
Serve with pure maple syrup, favorite side and fruit
I am a huge breakfast fan. We are constantly reminded that it is the most important meal of the day, and still, most people skip it. Breakfast should never be skipped and studies have shown that most people who do skip breakfast have a greater chance at being overweight and have less energy throughout the day. Therefore I never skip breakfast and I make sure my family doesn't either. I am in my kitchen at 6:00 am to make sure they have the fuel they need to start their day.
When I was a stay-at-home mom in the days before my son started school, I used to love watching Dr. Oz. I find him to be very informative on so many different subjects. So imagine my excitement when I found out his wife wrote a cookbook!
This recipe comes straight from "The Oz Family Kitchen" by Lisa Oz. It hardly takes any effort at all; about 15 minutes in all. Even better, it is great tasting and good for you. Protein, healthy carbs, healthy fat and vegetables all in one sitting. Who can argue with that?
I have a busy life! In addition to being a mother who is continuously running my son to practices and games, I'm also a wife with household duties and errands to run while holding down a full time job as an office administrator and part time job as a beach body coach. So when it comes to meals, most of the time I need something quick but still totally nutritious and clean to fit in with my eating plan and healthy lifestyle habits. As I've mentioned in recent blogs, I am a Sicilian who loves, loves, loves her pasta!!! This recipe is great for the pasta lover in you (and me!) and also the lean clean you that you are or you want to become. If so, this recipe has it all - protein, healthy carbs, healthy fats, vegetables and great flavor!
I love going to parties! People, fun and food! And in this regard, my mother always told me to never go anywhere empty handed. So I never do. But instead of the all too familiar fat-laden appetizer or dessert packed with senseless calories, I will always bring along a dish that is clean and healthy. As I said, I love parties but you never know what you are going to get food-wise, and just in case there isn't a healthier option available for me, there will be something on hand to satisfy my nutritional needs, as well as my hunger.
This is a dish I found to be a huge hit at every party I've brought it to, and even more surprisingly, most people didn't even recognize it as being better for them nutritionally! The lesson we can take away from this is that "lean" doesn't have to mean flavorless, dry or lifeless. Instead, it means more natural, unprocessed and easily digestible.
So go ahead and take this along to your next party and watch the reaction. Enjoy it and I'm sure you'll find it to be a keeper for the recipe box!
Hi! My name is Jessica Troncillito. I am a wife and the mother of one son who has made some pretty big changes in her life. You see, coming from a traditional Sicilian family who spent hours together around the table during our huge Sunday dinners, I've always been into food. Cooking, baking and of course, "eating" were passions that have basically surrounded me since birth.
The joy my grandparents found in their garden and canning their harvest has left an indelible mark upon me, and I still have fond memories of my grandmother baking cookies, apple pies and cheese cakes for nearly every occasion.
Fortunately, that same love and joy of cooking has been passed from my grandparents to my mother, and ultimately, onto myself.
I love to cook and absolutely feel at peace in the kitchen. But as I began to grow older, health and nutrition played a larger roll in my daily meal preparation and my approach to the cooking rituals I'd been exposed to since childhood changed dramatically. I began a regimen of cooking leaner and cleaner - not only for myself, but for my family as well - and the results have been undeniable.
Here, on "Lean & Clean Eating with Jess", I'd love to not only share with you the person I've become today, but also, the recipes and lifestyle tips that got me to where I am and can help bring about a healthier you!