Detox Day 3: 8-Minute Chili

Breezin’ into Day 3, are we? You should already be feeling lighter, smarter, and more energized. If not, it’s right around the corner!

While tonight’s Veggie Pupusas are surprisingly awesome, here is another superfast dinner or lunch to try this week if you’re in a cold climate. It’s actually one of our household staples, and just happens to be detox-worthy. While it adds another minute of prep, I usually toss in a generous amount of kale, torn into small pieces. Give it a quick spin, and see you tomorrow! xoxo

Chili Cook-Off from Skinny Dish!

Chili Cook-Off from Skinny Dish!

Chili Cook-Off

Makes 7 (1-cup) servings
Prep and cooking time: 8 minutes

Everyone’s got a favorite chili recipe, but this one is soon to become your favorite and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, and better yet, it’s detox-friendly! Serve alongside a gigantic green salad for the total package. 

2 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cubes frozen crushed garlic, or 2 tsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 (28-oz) can diced tomatoes
1 large green bell pepper, cut into bite-size pieces (preferably organic)
1 (15-oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups frozen Trader Joe’s Roasted Corn or other frozen corn kernels
Juice of 1 lime (optional)
Hot sauce, chopped fresh cilantro, or avocado chunks for garnish (optional)

1 In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, sauté onion, garlic, chili powder, and cumin in oil until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.

2 Turn heat to high and add tomatoes, pepper, beans, and corn; continue to cook, covered, until heated through, about 3 more minutes.

3 Squeeze lime over chili and top with hot sauce, fresh cilantro, or avocado chunks if desired.

4 Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days or as individual servings in the freezer for up to 2 months.

NUTRITION SNAPSHOT
Per cup: 205 calories, 2 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 438 mg sodium, 38.5 g carbohydrates, 9 g fiber, 7.5 g sugar, 9.5 g protein, 28% vitamin A, 65.5% vitamin C, 6% calcium, 34.5% iron

Recipe reprinted w/ permission from Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook – Skinny Dish!, by Jennifer K. Reilly, RD,
(c) 2011, Brown Bag Publishers http://www.cookTJ.com

Detox Day 2: A Simple Sample Detox Day

Green Machines!: Believe it or not, the worst part is over! Day 1 Survival is a REAL accomplishment, especially around the hours of 9 and 10pm…. CONGRATS! Even if you went off-course a tad yesterday, steer yourself back on that gravel mountain path. You can still do this!

So, for Day 2, I thought I’d post for you MY Day 1. Use this is a guide for upcoming days when you don’t feel like tackling another new recipe or if you’re rushed with food prep. A couple disclaimers before you see how the dietitian detoxed yesterday: 1). I’m 5 months pregnant with baby #4, thus the AM avocado, 2). I fought a nasty stomach bug this past weekend and wasn’t able to shop for all the ingredients I wanted, and 3). While juggling Day 1, I was taking care of my 4 year-old (the one with type 1 diabetes) who got the aforementioned nasty stomach bug, which involved doing TEN loads of laundry—thankfully, I don’t work on Mondays! So, believe me, I know how hard all this food prep/ detox concentration can be in a busy world. Hoping to get to the store after work today!

Photo by: The Press Democrat

Photo by: The Press Democrat

Simple Sample Detox Day
(Filtered water throughout)

Upon waking
Water with lemon (skipped the cayenne for fear of going into early labor)
Peppermint tea

1 Hour Later
Green Juice: 2 organic cucumbers, 6 leaves lacinato kale (pictured, and my favorite to juice with), 1 large green apple, 1/2 lemon (peeled)

Mid-Morning
1 avocado with a touch of iodized sea salt
1 orange (not organic)

Lunch
Giant (HUGE!) green salad with: mixed greens, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 block cubed tempeh (uncooked, rich in gut-healthy probiotics), 1 tomato, shredded carrots, raw pumpkin seeds, 1 cucumber, and dressing of rice vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and iodized sea salt

Mid-Afternoon
Hummus (lots) with celery and baby carrots (lots of those too)

Later-Afternoon
2 rice cakes with raw almond butter
1 large honeycrisp apple
Leftover green juice from the morning

Dinner
2 large bowls of “Refrigerator Soup”: water, vegetable bouillon, organic frozen mixed veggies, red potatoes, garbanzo beans, dash of thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper
10 rice crackers

Later Evening
Large handful raw almonds
Chamomile tea

Enjoy Day 2 and the new and improving you. One of my FAVORITE recipes is for dinner tonight: Carrot Ginger Soup. Perfect for a record low temperature day! xoxo

Detox Day 1: The Green Juice Formula

Happy Day 1, Detoxers! How was that cayenne pepper water this morning?!? I bet you’re already feeling like you can move mountains, right?

As you jump into Day 1, I wanted to jump into a couple quick and easy juicing tips. Here’s last year’s Day 1 post where you can see my Green Apple Juice-making video from a few years back, and also learn about juicing vs. blending. In addition this year, I wanted to throw you Kris Carr’s Green Juice Formula pictoral (click on it for a bigger brighter view). It sums up juice recipes so beautifully.

Formula by Kris Carr

Formula by Kris Carr

Now put on your lab coat and create some winning juice combos. Let us know which ones you love! And for a great juicing and smoothie e-guide, check out this one. See you tomorrow! xoxo

Grab Your Garbanzos! 7-Day Detox Starts on Monday!

Detox Begins!Calling all ladies of the lettuce and men of the maca! Join us as we celebrate 2014 by saying good riddance to the lingering goo of 2013 and hello to more energy, clarity, and green supremacy in the New Year. The Skinny Dish 7-Day Detox will start—rain or shine—on Monday, January 6th. Make room in your fridge, stock up using the shopping list, and warm up your Vitamix. It’s time give your body a real party!

Look forward to new quick recipes, tips, and a long-term plan that will keep you detoxified all year long. See you Monday! xoxo

Sweet Potato Mashup: A Thanksgiving Must

Sweet Potato Mash

Sweet Potato Mashup

Hate to admit it, but sweet potato mush is the one thing I continue to pass at the Thanksgiving feast. Even with its beta-carotene-rich orange goodness, it just doesn’t tickle my tofu.

Until now.

Determined to one day fall in love with denture-friendly sweet potatoes (of course sweet potato fries have always been a favorite), and inspired by Kathy’s Famous Sweet Potato Mash, it has happened. I am in love with this sweet potato mush!

Sweet Potato Mashup
Makes 5-6 cups (about 10 ½-cup servings)

2 large sweet potatoes, baked or boiled
1 cup vidalia onion, chopped

1/3 cup garlic hummus
3-5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup fresh tangerine or orange juice
1 tsp lemon juice
1 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
salt/pepper to taste


1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.

2. Mash well, but leaving some chunks.



3. Heat/reheat over the stovetop, stirring constantly, about 4 minutes. 

Nutrition info per serving: 68 calories, 2 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3.5 g sugar, 2 g protein, 43% vitamin A, 3% iron

My version has fewer ingredients than Kathy’s, but please check hers out. Her photos are profesh and her ingredient combos (in this recipe and others) are uniquely gut-pleasing. I don’t know if it’s the garlic hummus, the fresh garlic, the raw onion, or the parsley, but this is definitely a must-try. Hello, Thanksgiving, and hello, orange taters!

Happy healthy holidays!

“Mom, You Make the Best Brownies”

Simple Bean Brownies

Simple Bean Brownies

Hello vitamin friends! It’s been a while! Look for many new tips and recipes because I’ve been conquering the BEST quinoa chili, homemade slow-cooker applesauce, and countless healthy concoctions for picky kids. But, for now, I must post our new favorite dessert. Just 2 ingredients, it’s low-fat, gooey, crowd-pleasing, and includes beans. Booyah! I knew you’d be sold when I said ‘beans!’

Simple Bean Brownies
Makes 16 squares

1 package brownie mix (my favorite is Trader Joe’s Brownie Truffle Baking Mix, reviewed and pictured here)
1 15-oz can black beans (or 1 3/4 cups cooked black beans plus 3/4 cup water), blended (including liquid)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Stir mix with blended beans.

3. Lightly oil the bottom of a 9-inch by 9-inch baking pan, and pour/spread brownie batter into pan evenly.

4. Bake for 30 minutes or until fully cooked in the center.

5. Once cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar (I do this through a sifter) – Optional. 

Surprise and scare all your favorite family and friends! 

Nutrition info per mouth-watering square: 144 calories, 3 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 2.5 g protein, 11% iron.

Note: For an extra health punch, stir 1/2 cup shredded zucchini or carrots into the batter, OR blend a handful of spinach or kale with the beans. 

You can’t even taste the beans (or the veggies). And, I kid you not, my kids won’t eat ANY other brownie. Chocolate cheers!

Gone Bananas! Peeling the Love with Spirulina

Spirulina Colada

I spent a good part of my childhood hating bananas simply because my brother loved them. Sibling rivalry at its strangest. In reality, I liked the taste, but the strings (technically called phloem, pronounced “FLOM”) scared me. All that chatter about peeling the banana upside down and not getting any strings is a bunch of banana bologna!

Fast-forward to today and I cheerlead for what bananas do for creamy smoothies, how they turn so nicely from frozen chunks into ice cream, and how important they are for banana bread. Ever made banana bread without bananas? It’s REALLY hard. Plus, who doesn’t love a fruit that has its own online museum?

So, when DOLE asked me to host a “Peel the Love” banana fest, I was psyched for an excuse to get a little bananas with bananas. They gave me banana recipes on a banana-shaped flash drive (dude!). But, the dietitian and direction diverter in me had to put a green spin on the yellow. Enter, the green Pina Colada….

Spirulina Colada
Makes 3

2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
2 medium bananas
2 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (the kind in the fridge section of the grocery store)
2 teaspoons spirulina powder (I like this one, and I get it at Whole Foods Market)

Blend and drink. Freeze leftovers in popsicle molds.

Nutrition info per serving: 188 calories, 3 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 431 mg potassium, 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g sugar, 6.5 g protein, 470% vitamin A, 300% vitamin B12, 85% vitamin C, 40% calcium, 87% iron

Why Spirulina? It takes any smoothie from zero to hero. Check out the nutrition info again! Look at all that iron! Sorry Colada, but that is from the Spirulina alone. Spirulina is a TASTELESS blue-green algae that does everything from cleaning your house (well, your body’s house), boosting your immune system, getting your sex hormone situation in order, to lowering high blood pressure. It even helps prevent cancer. Did I mention it’s tasteless? So you can add it to pretty much anything. Annnnd, it has *more* complete protein than meat! Spirulina is 65-71% protein. Red meat is 22%. Just 2 tablespoons of spirulina per meal gives you all the protein you need. I know, I know. Green powder on your dinner plate is even a little too extreme for a dietitian. But, throw it in a smoothie, stir it into a fresh juice, add it to pancakes on St. Patrick’s Day, or mix it into your brownie batter. You *could* take it in pill form, but where’s the fun in that? :)

Next up… Brownies made with bananas, pecans, and black beans. And you thought eating algae was weird! XOXO

Thyroid Demystified

Hd-butterfly-pictureWondering about soy, cruciferous veggies, all the different types of thyroid hypers and hypos, why there’s a picture of a butterfly here, or just want some new cocktail party convo material? Check out this new post on KrisCarr.com. Thyroid Demystified!

2 Must-Drink Summer Power Smoothies

I’m on a new kick this summer — I’ve dropped the breakfast oatmeal and bran flakes and have become a blending maniac! EVERY morning, I throw a bunch of colorful plant matter plus some seeds and perhaps a yummy powder into my Vitamix, blend it, and go. If there are leftovers, I pour them into sealed glass jars and guzzle later in the morning. Here are my 2 favorite blendcoctions:

Daiquiri Power Tower

Daiquiri Power Tower

Chia Daiquiri
Makes 3 12-ounce portions

2 cups frozen organic strawberries
1 banana
Handful organic kale leaves (lacinato or dinosaur kale are my fave), spinach if the kale is too kale-ey
1/4 cup chia seeds (get them at Costco: $10 for a 2-lb. bag): Awesome source of LDL cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and heart-healthy Omega-3′s
3 cups fortified non-dairy milk such as unsweetened coconut milk: Great source of calcium and vitamin D
1 scoop Vanilla Almondilla Vega One Energizing Smoothie powder: Superstar for protein, fiber, and sweetened with stevia so low-sugar too!

Blend, pour, and go!

Nutrition Info per 12-ounce serving: 246 calories, 12 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 22 g carbohydrate, 14 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 11 g protein, 90% vitamin A, 141% vitamin C, 30% vitamin D, 25% calcium, 14% iron.


Brown Hippie
Makes 3 12-ounce portions

Not pictured, because you might not try it! It’s brown, people. Close your eyes and enjoy!

1 cup frozen organic blueberries
1 cup frozen mango chunks
banana
Handful organic spinach leaves
3 cups fortified non-dairy milk such as unsweetened soymilk: Great source of calcium and vitamin D
1 scoop vanilla hemp protein powder (such as the one from Trader Joe’): Super rich in protein, Omega-3′s, and insoluble fiber
1 frozen cube wheatgrass juice (optional): adds nature’s richest edible source of chlorophyll – a natural detoxifier and blood pressure reducer

Blend, pour, and go!

Nutrition Info per 12-ounce serving: 220 calories, 5 g fat, <1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 33 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 19 g sugar, 12 g protein, 31% vitamin A, 37% vitamin C, 30% vitamin D, 32% calcium, 25% iron.

Ta da! :)

Cholesterol-Lowering Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for Breakfast

Cookies for Breakfast

You’ve heard of breakfast for dinner, so why not cookies for breakfast? This life is worth LIVING, people!

Inspiration for this creation: 1) Everyone’s cholesterol is high, especially the LDL (“Lousy”) one, 2) No one has time for breakfast, and 3) People want to eat cookies constantly.

Happy to help! I’m a People too. Introducing the Cholesterol-Lowering* Breakfast Power Cookie. It’s got bran flakes!, chia seeds which are massively rich in cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber, and oats which are moderately rich in cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber.

If you need a refresher on the 5 easy tips for lowering your cholesterol, soluble fiber is harder to find in the diet — it’s only in oats, flax, chia seeds, beans, lentils, and berries. It works like this:

Soluble fiber reduces the amount of bile reabsorbed in the intestines. The liver (aka ‘bile maker’) freaks out and snatches LDL cholesterol out of the bloodstream to make more bile salts. Down goes your LDL cholesterol, and the party starts. Take home message: Eat more chia seeds,  flax seeds, oats, beans, lentils, and berries and you may have much healthier arteries.

As a side note: You should also eat lots of INSOLUBLE fiber found in veggies and fruit skins because without it, your poops won’t be as plump and won’t be able to carpool out as much bile. Although I love both, a lot less bile fits in a mini-Cooper than a mini-van. Bile can get reabsorbed into your bloodstream through your intestines and there’ll be very little effect on your LDL cholesterol.

Cholesterol-Lowering* Breakfast Power Cookie
Don’t be turned off by the list of 15 ingredients. Most of them are in your pantry.
Makes 13 cookies

1/2 cup chia seeds (or ground flax seed meal if you must)
1/3 cup unsweetened soymilk
2 Tbsp Earth Balance margarine, softened
1/4 cup coconut oil, or vegetable oil
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup bran flakes
1/4 cup sugar (optional, or use 1/4 cup of calorie-free sweetener)
2 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut (optional) 
1/3 cup (40g) dried cranberries or raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a small bowl, soak chia seeds in milk for 5 minutes. Add remaining wet ingredients and let sit until dry ingredients are mixed. 

3. In a separate and larger bowl, combine dry ingredients minus the coconut (if using) and the dried cranberries. 

4. Add wet to dry, stir to combine, and then stir in coconut and cranberries. 

5. Form into 1 1/2-inch round patties, and place on a cookie sheet with about 1 inch between cookies. Press down slightly with a fork to flatten.

6. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool completely before removing with a metal spatula. 

Nutrition info per cookie including sugar and coconut (2 cookies recommended for a complete breakfast meal): 176 calories, 9.5 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 20 g carbohydrate (6 g sugar), 4.5 g fiber, 4 g protein, 6% calcium, 9% iron.

*Please don’t come find me if your cholesterol doesn’t go down after 3 months of eating these cookies. There’s no guarantee, but the research looks quite promising, and why not give them a shot?*

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