All posts tagged: fit food

Fit Friday: Treat-Yo-Self Superfood Cups

Happy Friday friends! Although I’m trying to get back into the healthy swing of things after our vacation, I still want to make sure I leave room for some decadence and have a treat when I have the craving. Instead of throwing it all out the window and giving into just any sweet treat I see, I make it a point to include a little nutrition so I’m not totally blowing it. In preparation for times like these, I like to make treats ahead that I can just grab when the urge strikes. I was looking through my refrigerator for some protein to include in my treat and came across pepitas (also known as pumpkin seeds). I bought these to throw on top of salads and oatmeal because they are filled with good for you protein, zinc, antioxidants and magnesium. I’m always on the lookout for magnesium because if you work out regularly your stores are most likely low and stress hormones increased (making it harder to recover and relax). So it’s very important to …

Fit Friday: Red, White and Blue Hummus

The strawberry and blueberry cake at Fourth of July BBQs has been played. If you’re looking for something to bring to your next festive gathering and want to boast your patriotic pride, I have an interesting spin on the classic trio. Hummus. Not many people dislike hummus and for good reason. It is filled with protein so keeps you full and satiated, has a creamy and pleasant texture, and is extremely versatile. What’s not to love? I thought it would be fun to include some simple recipes that would spice up your next gathering or impress the hostess with your creativity for their red white and blue themed party. Red, white, and blue hummus. I chose these varieties not only for their hue but for their impressive health benefits, why not take care of your fellow party goers with a snack filled with vitamins, protein and fiber? MSF Red Pepper Hummus Ingredients 1 ½ medium red bell peppers, sliced into quarters seeds removed 15 oz can organic chick peas, drained & rinsed (I used Trader …

Fit Friday: Light & Fit Guacamole

Happy Fridayyyy! Summer is officially here for me because I am on break and getting ready for some summer travel. Whenever I think of summer meals I go lighter. I’m not sure if it’s the heat that makes me want to eat this way or the idea that I’m going to be in a bathing suit, regardless I’m always looking for inventive ways to go leaner in these months. A staple side at every summer barbecue is hands down, guacamole. There is something about that rich green hue, satisfying creamy texture and how it’s the perfect accompaniment to those crispy tortilla chips or chopped veggies. While avocados are full of healthy fats and boast so many benefits (more here), some of us may be looking for an alternative if we just can’t resist polishing off the entire bowl (not so great for the waistline) or just had some avocado toast for breakfast so looking for a different route at lunch or snack time. Regardless the reason, I have the perfect lightened up alternative to feed …

Wellness Wednesday: Mo’ Beta-Carotene

Happy hump day friends! I’m not gonna lie, my energy levels have been LOW this week and I am chalking it up to the June gloom we are experiencing here in SoCal. I know this is the last place in the country where we should be complaining about the weather but it seems to be affecting people’s moods because it’s something we’re not used to. It’s amazing how the minute you start experiencing something other than the norm you realize how much a thing like weather or temperature can affect you. Needless to say I’ve been relying heavily on nutrient-dense foods to keep my energy levels up and also making a point to get outside regardless of the temperature or weather. When I was shopping for ingredients this week I noticed how I was reaching for all the bright things such as, purple cabbage, green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, and it got me thinking about what makes these foods so enticing. Sure the taste is one thing but the actual brilliance in each hue is …

Fit Friday: MSF Green Goddess Dressing

Happy June everybody! We are in the second day of June and for me that means it’s officially summer. Summer is all about days at the beach (don’t forget sunscreen!), watermelon flavored everything (watermelon margarita anyone?) and eating a lot more salads. Salads don’t need to be boring. They can actually be quite complex if you choose fresh, seasonal ingredients and mix up flavors, textures and of course use the right dressing. Lately I’ve been on a homemade dressing kick because, it’s really simple, I know exactly what is going in it (no hidden chemicals, preservatives, oils or sugar) and it tastes SO MUCH BETTER. If you are new to the homemade condiment game or just looking for a new recipe to cycle in this summer, I’ve got you covered. This is a simple, delicious recipe for my green goddess dressing that goes with anything from salads, quinoa bowls, dip for veggies or on top of steak and shrimp. I use fresh herbs not only for their amazing flavor but for the added nutritional benefits …

Wellness Wednesday: Your New Favorite Baking Ingredient

Happy hump day friends! I hope you are enjoying your week and continuing to get things accomplished so you are closer to a care-free holiday weekend. I am concentrating on work and continuing to tackle my Pilates teacher training hours while also giving some of my attention to MSF projects, all exciting stuff I can’t wait to share! In the meantime, I want to talk about the ingredient highlighted this week on Wellness Wednesday. I’m always searching for interesting trends in the health and wellness space and this is one that fascinated me. There has been a lot done in the past with the coffee plant. Green coffee beans were found to be helpful with metabolism so you started seeing them in weight-loss products. Coffee grounds applied to the skin helped with circulation and reducing the appearance of cellulite (see more here) so they were included in lotions and scrubs, and now there are studies out that show the benefits of using coffee flour instead of the common varieties we are used to (oat, white, wheat, …

Fit Friday: MSF Kale-Basil Pesto

We are rounding third base, headed for the weekend and I am ready for a weekend of celebrations beginning with tonight at the Padres stadium where a dear friend of mine will be honored on the field. I can’t wait to watch some baseball with some of my favorites! It’s been a little while since I’ve done a YouTube video and even longer (maybe ever?) that I’ve shared a simply fit savory recipe so I decided to start with one of my favorites. Pesto. Tis the season for grilling, summer veggies and of course pizza-all perfect avenues for pesto! I chose to do a dairy-free version which is a little different than traditional pesto as it doesn’t involve cheese and I don’t stick to just basil, I add kale for a nutritional punch and rich green hue. By eliminating cheese I had to incorporate something that gives the same creaminess so I subbed pine nuts with cashews and it did the trick. I promise you will not miss any of the usual suspects and appreciate …