Last night I decided to make a dinner utilizing some ingredients we had around the house that were nearing their last leg. What resulted was basically a fish taco without the taco. This dish was made up of grilled tilapia, avocado relish, grilled squash and zucchini and brown rice. I seasoned the tilapia with fresh lime and lemon juice, olive oil, rice vinegar and a dash of salt and pepper. The avocado relish had a similar dressing (minus the oil, vinegar and salt).
This meal was somewhat of an experiment, as I have never prepared these items all together, but fortunately, it turned out to be a flavor packed hit! Another bonus, it was full of many healthful nutrients. Specifically, the avocado relish was packed with healthy fats from the avocado, as well as the phytochemical lycopene from the fresh tomatoes (research suggests lycopene can help prevent cancer).
With all of the great flavors in this relish, I think it would also go great with omelets, tortillas and shrimp! Below you will find the recipe so you can try this relish in one of your meals this week!
1 ripe avocado, cubed
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 ears of fresh corn, corn removed from cob
1 T fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice from 2 fresh limes
Juice from 1 fresh lemon
Dash of pepper
Combine all ingredients into large bowl. Let sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes- 1 hour in order to let all of the flavors percolate.
Ever wonder what these amazing Olympic athletes eat in order to help them stay in top form?
We all know in order to reach and maintain a healthy weight it’s important to both eat healthfully and be physically active. However, many believe if they just workout extra hard a few times a week, they can eat anything they want and still reach their goals. Unfortunately, as much as we would like to believe it could be that easy, science has proven that’s not the case. Although physical activity has MANY health benefits (increased flexibility, improved bone health, improved heart health), it often doesn’t have the effects on our waistline that we think if it’s not paired with a healthful diet. Here is an article presenting the current research on the issue between diet and exercise. Ultimately, the research has found that you can’t have one without the other when working to reach your health goals!
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More and more people are choosing to become vegan, and although this lifestyle could be beneficial to your health, it does put you at risk for multiple nutritional deficiencies if not followed correctly. More specifically, those who follow a vegan diet are at risk of not consuming enough protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium and vitamin B12, as all of these nutrients are commonly found in meat, seafood and dairy. Below is an article providing great tips on how to ensure you are consuming adequate amounts of each of these very important nutrients while still following a vegan diet.
No need to buy the packaged guacamole from the grocery store anymore! While guacamole has some healthful qualities, when it’s pre-packaged, it’s often packed with added calories and fat, which takes away from the healthfulness. So next time you’re craving this tasty treat, try this recipe; it’s easy, quick and loaded with healthy fats. Enjoy!
1 ripe avocado
Juice from one lime
2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp fresh cilantro
Dash of salt and pepper
Scoop out avocado into food processor and add juice from one lime.
Add 2 cloves of garlic and 2 tsp of fresh cilantro to the avocado.
Add a dash of salt and pepper. Blend mixture in food processor until desired consistency.
Yields 1 cup of guacamole.
This recipe is great served as a dip with carrots and cucumbers as well as a topping on tacos, burritos and salad!
Try these easy, low-calorie snacks this summer to help cool off! They’re also great to serve at your next get-together.
It may be surprising to some that salads are not always the healthiest option on the menu. Unfortunately, there is a misconception out there that just because it’s considered a “salad” it is low is calories and fat; however, that is not always the case. For example, salads topped with “crispy” chicken or shrimp are loaded with extra calories and fat. Additionally, salads with creamy dressings (ie. ranch, blue cheese) can be as much as 500 calories more than a salad with a more oil based dressing (balsamic vinaigrette, oil and vinegar).
Below is a link to some of the most unhealthy salads out there. However, if you find that one of your favorite salads has made the list, there are some strategies you can use to help make it a more healthful meal. For example, if you can’t do without that creamy dressing, make sure it’s on the side and dip your fork in it as you take a bite in order to decrease the amount you use. Also, ask for the meat to be grilled, instead of fried (ie. crispy). Lastly, if they have a smaller size available, try that. You may be surprised to find you are just as satisfied with the half portion.