strawberries & cream oatmeal smoothie

In the name of all things “back to school,” I’m deeming this week breakfast week!

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It’s starting out on a really good note. Yup. Breakfast is sounding realllllllly good.

And lucky for us all, it also tastes realllllllly good. And it’s a healthy, well-balanced way to start your day.

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We’re talking a smoothie made with oats + milk + cottage cheese + frozen strawberries + a touch of honey. No fancy ingredients, just simple foods you have at home blended together. Have you ever tried oats in a smoothie? It may sound a little odd at first, but when they’re blended, they’re hardly noticeable. They provide a dose of whole grains, protein and fiber. I think they really take the smoothie from being part of a meal, to making it the entire meal.

This smoothie is creamy, its a touch sweet, and its really filling thanks to the 19 grams of protein (without any protein powder!) and 6 grams of fiber. (If you use cows milk, you’ll have even more protein!)

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Quick nutrition lesson: protein is often lacking at morning meals, when cereal and breads are the norm but it’s important to make sure that each meal contains protein to prevent blood sugar crashes and mindless snacking later in the day. More on the why + protein-rich breakfast inspiration here:

Breakfast can be the most important – and tastiest – meal of the day.

Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal Smoothie
Author: Emily Dingmann
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Place the oats and milk in blender.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
Calories: 311 Fat: 5 grams Carbohydrates: 45 grams Sugar: 30 grams Fiber: 6 grams Protein: 19 grams

 

daily eats: 8.6.14

It cannot be August. Can it?! Part of me is utterly terrified that we still haven’t even gone to the beach this summer and part of me is really excited because it means that my mom comes out in a few weeks! I can’t wait!

workout: I woke up late (always a great way to start the day, huh?) and so instead of going for a walk, I did 20 minutes of Fitnet cardio workouts. Better than nothing! I also went for two 15-minute walks throughout the day so I managed to hit my nike fuel goal for the day!

beverage: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2, standard!

breakfast: 1 cup strawberries + 1 cup power o’s + 1 Tbsp chia seeds + 1 cup 2% milk. I was really excited to find the power o’s cereal the other day. They are made with beans and brown rice and have 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving. (The plain version of the cereal definitely needs some sort of added sweetness – the fresh strawberries were a perfect addition for me but I’m not sure I could eat it on its own.)

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snack: I don’t normally snack in the morning, but if I’ve had cereal, it’s kind of guaranteed. I found this Vega bar in my drawer and it was SO good. It reminded me a bit of kind bars and macaroons. YUM.

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yoga: Yoga Wednesday at work! Love it.

lunch: romaine + kale + cucumber + pepper + olive salad + dressing with a turkey burger + slice of cheese + 1/2 of an avocado

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I absolutely could not pass these up. I kept trying to, but they are one of my favorite candies and they were staring me in the face. They were SO good. :)

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dinner: we’re currently housesitting (yes, again!) and my cousin happens to get blue apron, so we lucked out and got their week of meals! It was a treat because we love blue apron but it’s too expensive to get it on a weekly basis. Hanger Steaks & Roasted Potatoes with Sautéed Long Beans & Tomato was on the menu last night. It was, as always, delicious!

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other random bites: a few almonds before dinner, a few bites of corn from Richie at dinner and a few bites of gelato after dinner. :)

approximate nutrition stats: 2,048 calories, 105 grams fat (44%), 187 grams carbohydrates (35%), 31 grams fiber, 74 grams sugar, 107 grams protein (20%)

thoughts: I definitely had a sweet tooth today! I also felt kind of snacky, but that is pretty normal when I have cereal for breakfast.

tzatziki

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This is my ALL-time favorite dip. ALL. Time. Favorite.

And if you have no idea what tzatziki is, I’ll explain.

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Years ago, we visited Greece with my parents and (in addition to having a different color hair) I was introduced to Greek cuisine and I totally fell in love with it. Some of my favorite memories from the trip are the ones that happened around a table. We started our days with these amazing phyllo dough pastries, had the best gyros in a restaurant with dirt floors and no power, some of the freshest seafood I’ve ever had and “extra-amazing” gyros on New Years Day after dancing (if you can call it that) until dawn the night before.

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It was in Greece that I was introduced to their version of yogurt – which was so thick it reminded us of sour cream. And we were totally smitten with it. It’s also where I was introduced to tzatziki and it’s been a staple in my diet ever since. I can’t even believe I haven’t written about it more, because its something I make on a regular basis and it’s surprisingly easy!

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It’s one of those foods that if you’ve ever been intimidated to make it yourself and you buy it from the store – you’ll be blown away by how much better your version is. Seriously, no comparison.

Even better, it doesn’t even require any fancy ingredients. The most exotic ingredient is greek yogurt…and nowadays you can find greek yogurt everywhere. A note about the yogurt: I use reduced-fat or full-fat – never fat-free! The extra flavor and satiety factor are so worth the minimal extra calories in my opinion. Fat-free works fine…if you must!

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Tzatziki is so versatile and it’s honestly good on anything. I’ll often make some for the protein portion of my lunch and serve it with toasted pita bread and some fresh veggies. It’s filling and delicious. It’s great on kebabs or with grilled lamb burgers. And most recently, we determined that it’s fantastic on grilled bread. (Everything is good on grilled bread, but tzatziki really is too!)

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I’m thinking next week’s lunches might have to feature an epic pita sandwich stuffed with hummus, tzatziki, sliced tomatoes and kalamata olives…who’s with me?!

Tzatziki
Cuisine: Greek
Author: Emily Dingmann
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 3/4 medium/large cucumber
  • 16 oz greek yogurt (about 2 cups)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dried dill
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel and seed cucumber.
  2. Grate cucumber with a cheese grater and squeeze excess water out with paper towel.
  3. You should have about 1 cup of packed cucumber shreds.
  4. Stir together remaining ingredients, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Calories: 163 Fat: 9 Carbohydrates: 9 Sugar: 5 Sodium: 42 Fiber: 1 Protein: 12

 

 

easy, five-layer burritos

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I love Chipotle. (Is there anyone who doesn’t? Please, make yourself known. We need to talk.)

But I never order a burrito – always a salad. When we were in Mexico, we had the most-delicious burritos EVER and I started to wonder if I was missing out with my typical Chipotle order. I’ve since ordered a burrito at Chipotle, and then at a local Mexican joint, Cactus, but neither compare to the one from Burrito Revolution.

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So for now, I’ve decided that I’ll stick with salads (or burrito bowls!) at Chipotle, tostadas at Cactus and make my burritos at home.

These five-layer burritos have just that: five layers of refried beans, avocado, pico de gallo, sour cream and shredded lettuce. On their own, these ingredients are nothing special, but when combined they make a delicious, easy and nutritious dinner that comes together in minutes. And that’s something we can all use more of.

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It’s hardly a recipe, but more of a reminder / new dinner inspiration.

Here’s my tortilla theory: sprouted is best, followed by whole-grain/corn/flour. I understand that sprouted tortillas aren’t for everyone….and if you solely look at the nutritional facts between flour and whole-grain flour tortillas, the differences are pretty small (think 2 grams of fiber), so I say, eat what you prefer! If the white flour tortilla tastes much better, you’re bound to feel more satisfied after eating it. (And this topic is one that probably deserves a whole post, because it applies to many foods!)

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Dinner is served.

nutrition facts: 333 calories, 11 grams of fat, 48 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, 13 grams protein

Five-Layer Burritos

by Emily Dingmann

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: entree high fiber vegetarian soy-free beans Mexican

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 avocado
  • salt
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1-15 oz can refried beans
  • 4 tortillas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup pico de gallo

Instructions

Prepare ingredients: mash avocado (squeeze some lime over it if desired) and season with salt. Wash and thinly slice romaine lettuce.

Heat refried beans in microwave or over stove until hot.

Heat tortillas until warm if desired.

Layer on beans, avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo and lettuce on tortilla, and roll! How to Wrap a Burrito

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