waldorf salad

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I love this time of year. The lights, the cheer – everyone seems so happy! And I can’t forget the constant stream of sweet treats. I don’t know about your office, but between the gift sweets and homemade sweets, it’s hard to stay away from the kitchen. And then there’s my own kitchen…which has seen its own constant stream of sweet treats lately. Dessert > Wine. (Only while pregnant.)

Waldorf Salad | anutritionisteats.com

But with all of the extra treats, it’s also a time of year when cutting back elsewhere needs to happen. Cookies > Other Carbs.

It’s not something that I actively keep track of, or even stress out about, but I make sure that salads are a staple for lunch and dinners are built around protein and vegetables. For me, it feels easy (and honestly, salads at lunch are the norm) but painless. I still get to enjoy the treats and while I’ll be gaining weight this year no matter what, at a minimum, I can feel good about fitting in some nutritious foods into each day.

Waldorf Salad | anutritionisteats.com

But it’s not the time to cut-back too much – meals still need to be filling! This salad, though pretty light in calories, still packs a protein and fiber punch, and it will keep you satisfied until your cookie snack! :)

Need more convincing? This salad is:

  • high in protein (32 grams!)
  • full of fresh produce (crunchy romaine and celery + sweet apples!)
  • healthy fats from almonds
  • light and tasty yogurt-based dressing

Enjoy every cookie. And every salad!

Waldorf Salad
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1-lb chicken breasts
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • ½ cup plain yogurt (not greek)
  • 2 Tbsp light mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper
  • 2-3 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
Instructions
  1. Grill or broil chicken until cooked through.
  2. Let cool and thinly slice. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together lemon juice, yogurt and mayonnaise.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate.
  5. Layer lettuce, celery, chicken, apples and almonds on each plate.
  6. Drizzle with dressing.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 308 Fat: 12 grams Carbohydrates: 19 grams Sugar: 12 grams Fiber: 5 grams Protein: 32 grams

How do you balance things this time of year?  

blueberry & banana baked oatmeal

Blueberry & Banana Baked Oatmeal | anutritionisteats.com

Two really exciting things have happened this (crazy) week. One: I launched a new website at work today! This project has been consuming (understatement?) me for the last few months and to have it completed…amazing! Work on Phase 2 starts soon. :) Two: I started a baby registry! This was one of those tasks that I kept putting off, but now that I’m finally in it, it’s so fun! And a little stressful. Which car-seat? Which bath tub? There are SO many choices.

When life gets busy, staying healthy (exercising, eating well, not stressing) is tough. And in my opinion, it’s when planning ahead – and prepping –  makes a huge difference.

Blueberry & Banana Baked Oatmeal | anutritionisteats.com

Baked oatmeal. It makes SO much sense.

You stir ingredients together. You bake them. Healthy breakfast is made for the week!

Blueberry & Banana Baked Oatmeal | anutritionisteats.com

I’ve mentioned it before, but I eat breakfast at work so I’m always looking for breakfasts that can be made ahead of time and easily transported to work. (Also, you should see the massive “lunch” bag I take with me every day.)

This version of baked oatmeal utilizes a number of good-for-you ingredients like antioxidant-rich blueberries, omega-3 -rich walnuts, full-of-fiber oats, all while still tasting delicious. You don’t have to tell anyone its really good for you.

Blueberry & Banana Baked Oatmeal | anutritionisteats.com

Blueberry & Banana Baked Oatmeal is:

  • 100% whole-grain
  • gluten-free
  • refined sugar-free
  • full of protein-rich ingredients like eggs, milk and walnuts

Blueberry & Banana Baked Oatmeal | anutritionisteats.com

To re-heat, simply microwave until warm and top with a splash of milk or half & half.

Enjoy!

Blueberry & Banana Baked Oatmeal
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 cup oats
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • butter for greasing pan
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 4 oz blueberries
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Stir together dry ingredients: oats, walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  3. Stir together wet ingredients: milk, eggs, vanilla and maple syrup.
  4. Lightly grease 8x8 baking pan with butter.
  5. Layer banana slices on the bottom of pan, top with half of blueberries.
  6. Sprinkle dry ingredients over fruit.
  7. Pour wet ingredients over and top with remaining blueberries.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 268 Fat: 11 grams Carbohydrates: 34 grams Sugar: 19 grams Fiber: 4 grams Protein: 9 grams

This post is sponsored by Central West Produce. Opinions are my own. 

cottage cheese + hard-boiled egg toast

Cottage Cheese Sandwich | anutritionisteats.com

Any other cottage cheese fans out there?

I have to admit that I typically keep my cottage cheese-consumption pretty typical. You know, plain. Or with chunks of cantaloupe. Or applesauce. (Which was probably one of my first foods, I ate that combo as a baby!)

Cottage Cheese Sandwich | anutritionisteats.com

But today, in light of a cottage cheese conversation, I decided to step out and try something a little different. So I gave toast a protein boost with a scoop of cottage cheese and a hard-boiled egg. It sounds a little weird, right? But it makes sense.

Cottage Cheese Sandwich | anutritionisteats.com

And it works. It turns out that you can’t really go wrong with a hearty slice of bread topped with creamy cottage cheese, hard-boiled egg and sliced tomato. (Don’t forget a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper to finish things off!) I had my whole family try it out and though everyone was skeptical at first, we all loved it. Or, try swapping out the egg slices for avocado for a protein-boosted twist on avocado toast!

Cottage Cheese Sandwich | anutritionisteats.com

Why do I like cottage cheese?

  • It’s high in protein (fun fact: a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese has more than double the protein of an egg!)
  • It’s low in sugar
  • It tastes good AND it’s satisfying

A serving of cottage cheese is a great addition to any meal, or perfect for a snack. Try it topped with fresh fruit or go the savory route with cucumber, chopped tomatoes, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt & pepper. Find recipe ideas and ways to incorporate cottage cheese here.

And please, give this toast a chance!

This post is sponsored by Daisy Brand

italian chicken sausage & vegetable soup

Italian Chicken Sausage & Vegetable Soup | anutritionisteats.com

Back when we lived in Minnesota, soups were a regular lunch rotation while I suffered through winters.

Now that winter = 60 degrees, I find myself forgetting to make soups and stews, always waiting until it “cools down just a bit more.” Well, no more. I figured that since my office always feels cold, there’s no reason to wait until it cools down.

Italian Chicken Sausage & Vegetable Soup | anutritionisteats.com

The (very hot!) day I decided to make this soup, I watched Giada make a Vegetable & Barley Soup and I took two things from the episode: 1) Use a parmesan rind to help flavor soup (which I’ve always meant to do) and 2) Use the sausage as a topping instead of letting it simmer in the soup.

Like any good lunch or dinner – it’s healthy and tasty!

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I wanted the soup to be full of vegetables as well as a good source of protein and fiber. So it’s simple. Fill the soup with tender-crisp vegetables and throw in some chicken sausage for a protein boost, it’s a filling combo. It happens to be gluten-free and paleo, if you’re into those things!

Italian Chicken Sausage & Vegetable Soup
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • about 1 heart of celery (2 cups chopped)
  • about 1 pound of carrots (2 cups chopped)
  • 10-12 cups of chopped kale
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • parmesan rind (optional)
  • 12 oz italian chicken sausage
  • salt & pepper
  • parmesan cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large pot.
  2. Add onion and sauté for a few minutes.
  3. Add garlic, celery and carrots and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add kale, broth, water, tomatoes and parmesan rind and simmer for about 35-40 minutes.
  5. While soup is cooking, thinly slice chicken sausage in half lengthwise and then chop.
  6. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp of olive in in medium pan and sauté about 3-4 minutes, until brown, set aside.
  7. To serve, top serving of soup with chicken sausage and parmesan cheese if desired.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 370 Fat: 17 grams Carbohydrates: 35 grams Fiber: 10 grams Protein: 25 grams