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!)

Strawberry & Cream Oatmeal Smoothie | A Nutritionist Eats

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
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ 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.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 311 Fat: 5 grams Carbohydrates: 45 grams Sugar: 30 grams Fiber: 6 grams Protein: 19 grams

 

healthy taco pizza

(I changed up my site over the weekend, so if you’re on a reader, click through to check it out! It was planned for a few weeks from now, but after some major issues last week, I decided to go for it early. I’m still working on a few things, and unfortunately crossing my fingers a bit at this point that everything works as it is supposed to, but it’s close!)

Enough of the tech talk, let’s get on to the good stuff. Healthy Taco Pizza is today’s topic!

Healthy Taco Pizza | A Nutritionist Eats

This latest creation is another kid-friendly meal that I think the entire family will love. It’s hard not to.

I obviously don’t have kids of my own yet, but I have this laughable idea that my toddlers are going to love quinoa and kale. (They will, right?!)

Ok, that might be a stretch and while I’m still going to hold out hope, I do know that kids like tacos. And that kids like pizzas. In fact, everyone does – adults included!

Healthy Taco Pizza | A Nutritionist Eats

Taco pizzas are one of those meals that are filling, tasty and pretty healthy as well! To lighten things up, I use a tortilla for the crust, which also creates built-in portion control. If you’re really concerned with the calories and fat in ground beef, by all means, swap it out for extra-lean turkey.

As the GIF below illustrates, you top the tortilla with beans, cheese, ground beef and then layer on the fresh toppings like lettuce, tomato, onion and a drizzle of sour cream. (Hot sauce is good too!)

taco final

Everyone is happy. Everyone is satisfied. Everyone loves pizza + tacos!

Healthy Taco Pizza
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 4 tortillas
  • 1-15 oz can refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 chopped tomatoes (1-2 cups)
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • hot sauce if desired
Instructions
  1. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef to pan and break up with a spatula. Continue to break up meat into smaller pieces as it browns, about 5 minutes. Add taco seasoning and cook another minute.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Toast tortillas in oven, flip after 5 minutes and cook another 5 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Top tortillas with refried beans and cheese.
  5. Bake for about 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  6. Top with beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onion and sour cream.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 734 Fat: 36 Carbohydrates: 50 Sugar: 8 Sodium: 1205 Fiber: 11 Protein: 51

 

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.

Tzatziki | A Nutritionist Eats

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!

Tzatziki | A Nutritionist Eats

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!)

Tzatziki | A Nutritionist Eats

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?!

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Tzatziki
 
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Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ¾ 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.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 163 Fat: 9 Carbohydrates: 9 Sugar: 5 Sodium: 42 Fiber: 1 Protein: 12

 

 

8 ways to use pesto

10 Ways to Use Pesto | A Nutritionist Eats

Is there anything better than a batch of fresh pesto?

The possibilities are endless. Even the beginnings are endless!

10 Ways to Use Pesto | A Nutritionist Eats

I’m kind of a purist when it comes to pesto – meaning I tend to stick with the standard basil + pine nuts + garlic + parmesan + olive oil, but it’s not to say that I never branch out. It’s just rare. And for the record, I don’t always make my pesto from scratch. It’s preferred, but I also love the Kirkland brand of prepared pesto from Costco.

8 ways to use pesto: 

Pesto Pizza | A Nutritionist Eats

This has been dinner far too many times to count. It couldn’t be easier, yet hits the spot every single time I have it. Try Pesto Pizza for lunch or dinner soon. Please!!!!!

Thin pesto with olive oil and drizzle on fresh vegetables. Outstanding!

Salmon Sandwich with Pesto Avocado Spread | A Nutritionist Eats

I absolutely love combining pesto with avocado. Clarification: I love combining anything with avocado, and pesto is no exception. Salmon Sandwich with Pesto Avocado Spread is a delicious, rich and healthy sandwich.

Toss with cooked grains (like quinoa) and sprinkle with goat cheese.

Summer Crostini | A Nutritionist Eats

Summer Crostini is a great make-ahead appetizer and guaranteed crowd-pleaser. (And it’s been having a moment on pinterest this summer!)

Blend into white bean dip. Serve with toasted crostini, crackers and fresh vegetables.

Pesto Chicken Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

If you’re a chicken salad fan, you’ll love this pesto version! Pesto Chicken Salad is insanely easy and perfect on sandwiches or spread on crackers.

10 Ways to Use Pesto | A Nutritionist Eats

And, last but certainly not least is probably my absolute favorite way to eat pesto: simply tossed with pasta.

What’s your favorite way to use pesto? (AND! Make or buy?)