Zoodles with Grilled Chicken and Basil

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Sometimes all a girl needs is a little “Italian” in her life.  I haven’t made Zoodles in a while and wanted to change it up a little bit.  I’m a big cilantro girl but I shop at a fresh produce Peruvian Market and you could smell the fresh basil when you opened the door, I couldn’t resist.  Basil is good for making pesto’s, putting in sauces but it’s also amazing to just dice up as is and mix in with your food.  If you’re craving some yummy Italian, try this out! (and the best part is it takes 15 mins.)

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

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One of my favorite things in the world to eat is pancakes.  My Dad used to make them for us on Sunday mornings growing up. He had a passion for making the ‘perfect’ pancake batter which as usual with anything he was passionate about, succeeded.  I love pancakes and often miss just the traditional white-flour pancakes so in order to satisfy my cravings, I need to get creative.   I just completed my first semester of my Masters Program. So I’m going to start incorporating and sharing information that I learn in my blog to update everyone else!  Here are some fun facts about Sweet Potatoes and why they are a necessity in our diets – Sweet Potatoes are one of the most nutritious vegetables. They are filled with Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium and Fiber.  They carry no fat and are low in sodium. They are also strong in Vitamin A which is necessary for strong tissues, maintaining a healthy immune system and help prevent against cardiovascular disease.  Lastly, they are a great source of complex carbohydrates which our bodies need to produce energy.   So try these out pre or post work out or just if you just have that pancake craving.  I promise you’ll love them as much as I do!

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Shrimp and Avocado Salad

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Before taking a quiz on Sunday night I needed to come up with something that was delicious, nutritious, brain powerful and quick to make.  Avocado’s are considered as healthy fats and are a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamins (C,K, B6).  They are  full of heart healthy unsaturated fats.  Meaning, they help improve and control blood cholesterol levels which help with heart disease.  They also help benefit insulin levels and control blood sugar.  And of course, healthy fats help with energy production.   As it’s summer, I grill every.single.day.  I rarely turn on that stove – I grill everything! It’s my favorite toy.  I had some jumbo shrimp so I grilled these and mixed this together with a healthy avocado salad.  I dare you to try it! :p

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Watermelon Pico de Gallo

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I always forget how amazing watermelon is, until I eat it.  Especially on a hot summer day!   Watermelon has everything you need to beat the summer heat.  It’s amazingly delicious and thirst-quenching.   After learning about the different Vitamins in my Micronutrient class, I’ve learned (in more depth) how incredibly important vitamins are for us and their mechanism functions in our body.  Here’s a little nerd talk for you –   Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin-A which is a powerful natural anti-oxidant.  It is essential for vision and immunity.  It also is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin.  It also contains Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), Vit B1 (thiamine), Vitamin C and Manganese.  I won’t go into detail about each but just know they are all important and essential!   So enough nerd talk…!  I love my fruit salsa’s and this was my favorite so far.  Like all the fruit salsa’s I make, this goes well with anything.  Especially fish!

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Grilled Chicken and Zucchini Noodles

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I’m always looking to keep things interesting with food but I have a tendency to find something I like, a lot, and want to find different ways of eating it.  Zoodles are so easy and so good.  You can use them and eat them the same way you would with pasta.  Here’s another quick option to eat with zucchini noodles!  It really doesn’t get any easier than this.

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Avocado Egg Salad or ‘BLT’ Avocado Egg Salad

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My favorite meal of the day is Breakfast.  I look forward to it every day that I wake up.  I eat eggs and bacon every.single.day and I never get sick of it, I just love looove eggs and bacon.  I also eat a lot of avocado so I’m really not sure why I’ve never thought of this before.  I had a really good work out yesterday morning and was starvvving. I came home and whipped this together and was amazingly surprised on how good this was.  It’s kind of hard not to be when its 3 of my favorite things – eggs, bacon and avocado.  Holy sh*t balls this was good and I HIGHLY recommend.  This will most likely be my breakfast every day this week!  Don’t forget to eat your breakfast, its the most important meal of the day and this is packed with protein and healthy fats to get you going for the morning!

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Papaya Mango Salso

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If you haven’t figured out already, one of my favorite things in the kitchen is to turn my fruit into salsa.  I am in love.  It goes with everything – meat, pork, chicken, fish or simply on it’s own or topped with mixed greens.  I eat fruit salsa year round because I love it so much.  This is my first time making it with papaya, I wasn’t really sure how it was going to come out but I was amazed at how good it was!  Try this out, top it with fish or just simply eat it on it’s own.  So good!

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