simple & sophisticated appetizers

Appetizers are, by far, my favorite thing in the world.

If I invite you over? We’re having lots of appetizers. (I think I’ve only hosted two actual sit-down dinners).

If I offer to bring something over to you? It’s always appetizers.

When I eat out, I always choose appetizers over dessert. And often, I order a bunch of appetizers instead of an entree.

So, you get the point, right? I. love. appetizers.

And this time of year, it seems there’s endless opportunities for appetizers.  Whooooowooo!

But as much as I love spending time in the kitchen, it’s important to have an arsenal of recipes that can be made ahead of time, don’t require cooking and can sit out at room temperature. These are some of my favorites!

 simple & sophisticated appetizers | a nutritionist eats

Links: prosciutto wrapped figs | wine bar nut mix | warm olives with rosemary, garlic & lemon |beet-pickled deviled eggs | smoked salmon with potato chips and lemon crème fraîche | parmesan shards (cut chunks of high-quality parmesan)

What are you making this holiday season? 

daily eats: 6.25.12

Hello, hello!

So. I’m back to working full-time and it is AMAZING! I was getting pretty bored spending days at home and only working part time.

Anyway, I’m back to packing up breakfast, lunches and snacks and taking pictures of meals in tupperware. :)

A few notes about the day: lots of snacks and the pictures are horrible! (Sorry)

Workout 1: jillian’s 20 minute shred – level 1

Coffee: enjoyed on the bus!

Breakfast: my favorite summer breakfast lately: 1 serving greek yogurt + 1/2 cup frozen (but thawed) berries + 2 Tbsp sliced almonds + 1/4 cup kashi go lean cereal

Lunch: turkey + avocado + crackers + celery & carrots (lunch was supposed to be on sprouted bread, but I forgot it at home and thankfully there were some crackers at work)

Snack 1: thinkThin bar

Snack 2: mango slices (about 1-1.5 servings)

Workout 2: 35 minutes spin class – I was a little late so I missed the first 10 minutes. Better late than nothing, right?

Snack 3: crackers + curry chicken salad (+ more crackers + kale & spinach dip)

Dinner: baby kale, baby chard, baby spinach + 2 fried eggs + leftover salmon + miso sesame dressing

Dessert: 2 dark chocolate peanut-butter cups

To those of you who pack your breakfasts – what do you bring? I need some new breakfast ideas that travel well. 

 

top 5 ways to eat vegetables at breakfast

There is something so….healthy about starting your day off with vegetables. It just feels so good.

Don’t roll your eyes, I swear it’s true!

Ideally, we would eat vegetables at every meal, not just lunch and dinner. I know that vegetables at breakfast really throw some people off, but it doesn’t have to. It can be delicious, nutritious and totally normal. :)

Here are my favorite ways to incorporate vegetables into breakfast. Try it!

Top 5 Ways to Eat Vegetables at Breakfast 

  • Eggs + Greens: I’m a big fan of eggs and greens – sauteed or raw! Try  sauteed kale or chard or fresh arugula or herb salad greens.
  • Fresh Juice or Smoothie: Vegetable juices are great (need to get out the juicer) and adding some spinach into a smoothie is an easy way to get a few servings of vegetables in.
  • Salads: They aren’t just for lunch! Try a breakfast inspired salad, like Breakfast Cobb Salad or a salad with fresh fruit and nuts.
  • Scrambled Eggs or Omelet: This is probably the way most people are most accustomed to eating vegetables in the morning. Try peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach, etc in your next scramble or omelet.
  • Asian Inspiration: Brown Rice + Sauteed Vegetables + Splash of Sesame Oil & Soy Sauce.

Are you scared of vegetables in the morning or do you add them to breakfast? 

build it better: smoothies

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Now that I live in a sunny, warm climate year-round, I’ve found myself turning to smoothies on a more regular basis than I did when we lived in Minneapolis. Smoothies in the winter just never worked for me. But spring is here and summer is around the corner so it is officially smoothie season!

Smoothies are typically a breakfast meal for me, (I’m not so sure they could work as a lunch or dinner) and my current favorite is a combination of frozen pineapple, spinach, almond milk and greek yogurt. To turn a smoothie into a meal, you’ve got to be sure to include protein, some healthy fat and some volume in the form of fruit or vegetables.

Here are some of my favorite fats, proteins and flavors for smoothies! Blend away!

Fats:

  • nut butter or nuts
  • avocado
  • ground flaxseed
  • chia seeds

Proteins:

  • protein powder (there are ENDLESS amounts of protein powder – find one that you like!)
  • greek yogurt
  • milk

Flavor:

  • frozen or fresh fruit
  • splash of juice
  • small amount of honey or agave
  • dates
  • coconut

Extras:

  • vegetables! (spinach or other delicate greens work well)
  • green super food powder

Inspiration:

What always ends up in your smoothies?