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Sweet Potato Pancakes with Blueberries and Vanilla Sauce

Okay…Yum?! How can that not even catch your attention, not only that but it is healthy! Say what?! That’s right it is a healthier spin on regular pancakes and syrup, but even better with flavor! Special thanks to Pritikin Longevity Center

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Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup egg beaters
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • 3 tablespoons Splenda
  • Light spray Pam
  • 1 pint blueberries fresh
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F.
  2. Wash potatoes and pat dry. Poke several times with a fork. Wrap each potato in foil. Place on middle oven rack. Place a baking sheet on rack below potatoes to catch any drippings of natural sugars.
  3. Bake until very soft to the touch, about 50 to 60 minutes. (Potatoes can be cooked days in advance.) Allow potatoes to cool. Then remove skin.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, blend potatoes with skim milk, egg beaters, and vanilla extract.
  5. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients (whole wheat flour through Splenda), and mix well.
  6. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture bowl. Pour the potato mixture into the center. Using a wire whip, whisk until smooth, using a circular motion.
  7. Preheat nonstick omelet pan or griddle on medium flame. Lightly spray with Pam.
  8. Use an ice cream scoop to portion each pancake onto preheated pan or griddle. Sprinkle blueberries on top of each cake.
  9. Cook for 2 minutes. Flip. Cook another 2 minutes.
 
Notes
Pritikin serves these lovely pancakes with Warm Vanilla Sauce for those who have a few extra calories to spend.


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Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal Recipe

Okay, so with this post my inner child is screaming with glee! Don’t you remember when your parents would tell you “no sweets for breakfast!” Well lets just say I am your fairy godmother granting you this wonderful wish. I just have 3 words for you. Chocolate. Brownie. Oatmeal. You’re welcome and try not to drool too much. Thanks to  Pritikin Longevity Center.

 

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats cooked with 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (raw, unsweetened)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk (non-fat)
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup blueberries (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Splenda
Directions
  1. Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water until the oats are fluffy and all the water has disappeared (I do this by cooking it for 2 minutes in the microwave, stirring, and cooking it for 2 more minutes.)
  2. Add the cocoa powder and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot.
  3. Stir until everything is fully combined, and your oats have a deep chocolatey color.
  4. Add the walnuts, and the milk (you can add as much milk as you like – I use about 1/2 a cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency)
  5. Add the splenda and stir to combine until the oats have the consistency you like. If you’re using blueberries, add them in now.
  6. Enjoy the chocolatey brownie goodness of the oatmeal.
Notes
The raw cocoa powder is actually one of the healthiest parts of this dish. While normally, adding chocolate would make the dish unhealthy, adding raw unsweetened cocoa powder is completely different. It comes straight from the cacao bean, so it contains tons of antioxidants, polyphenols, a bit of fiber and some protein too! So you really can’t go wrong with this superfood ingredient. And it tastes just like chocolate when sweetened slightly, so it’s absolutely perfect!


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Biggest Loser BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Don’t let the name fool you, after this delicious entree you will feel like the biggest winner! Special thanks to spaindex and Biggest Loser Resort.

 

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Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole-grain oat flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 3/4″ cubes
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup orange juice, preferably fresh-squeezed
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon hickory smoke flavoring
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce (7 grams carbs or less per 2 tablespoons ), or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup onion strips (optional)
  • 2 whole-grain or whole-wheat hamburger buns
Directions
  1. In a medium resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add the pork. Seal the bag and shake to evenly coat the cubes. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat a medium nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat until it is hot enough for a spritz of water to sizzle on it. Add the oil. Scatter the pork cubes into the pan. Cook, turning as needed, for about 5 minutes, or until pork is browned on all sides.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the orange juice, vinegar, and smoke flavoring. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low so the mixture simmers.
  4. Cover the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour, or until the pork is very tender.
  5. With a wooden spoon, shred the pork pieces and mix in the barbecue sauce.
  6. If the onion is desired, 5 minutes before serving, coat a small nonstick skillet with olive oil spray. Set over medium heat. Add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until tender.
  7. Meanwhile, place the bun halves, cut sides down, in a medium nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until toasted. Place the bun bottoms on serving plates.
  8. Spoon half of the pork mixture onto each bun bottom. Top with onion and additional barbecue sauce if desired. Cover with the bun tops.
  9. Serve your barbeque pork sandwich immediately.


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Poached Eggs, Tomato and Avocado Toast

Living in Florida you get used to it being HOT…all the time! Sitting down and indulging in a big heavy meal just isn’t enjoyable in such hot temperatures. This light, flavorful and nutritious dish is perfect for this weekends brunch and the fresh ingredients give a great presentation if you’re entertaining guests.

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Ingredients

  • 1 chunky slice of wholemeal bread (buy uncut so you can cut it yourself)
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • salt and cracked black pepper, to serve
  • 1/2 tomato, sliced
  • A small handful of fresh basil
  • 1/2 clove garlic

Directions:

  1. Toast the bread and rub one side lightly with half a clove of garlic
  2. Poach your egg

    How to poach an egg: Fill a wide, shallow pan with water to two-thirds full. Heat the water to a gentle simmer and add 1-2 tsp of vinegar (any will do but white won’t effect the flavour) Crack an egg into a bowl. Create a barely simmering whirlpool in the pan then gently slide the egg into the middle of the whirlpool, swirl the water around in a circular motion to help the egg hold its shape. Cook on a low simmer for approximately 3 minutes. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and set down on a piece of kitchen paper to drain.

  3.  Top the toast with sliced tomato, avocado and the poached egg. Sprinkle with salt and cracked black pepper and top with fresh basil.

     

Credits: Photo and recipe by www.ladolceeater.com


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Cherry Vanilla Energizer

I like to drink green smoothies almost every day and highly encourage everyone to give them a try. To keep it simple and tasty here is a recipe to get you started. Watch the video below to see how easy it is!

You need a high quality blender to make this Energizer. Make and drink half of this recipe 45 minutes prior to your run or within 30 minutes upon your return. Refrigerate any leftover Energizer in an airtight container and drink within 8 hours.

Serves: 1

INGREDIENTS:

Place in blender in the following order:

  • 1-1 1⁄2 C water (You can also use 1⁄2 water and 1⁄2 non-dairy milk for a creamier version)
  • 1⁄2 frozen banana
  • 1⁄2 scoop vegan Vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tsp. whole flax seed
  • 1 small zucchini or cucumber, peeled if not organic
  • 1 large handful mild lettuce or spinach, fresh

Cherry Flavor: I have recently started using Genesis Pure Cherry E2 workout powder. It offers a natural sweet boost to my juices and smoothies and more importantly…MORE Energy. This is so much better than bottled fuel drinks that have a lot of sugar, artificial colors and sweeteners.

You can order it HERE
  • Add 1⁄2 scoop of Cherry E2 – or you can throw in a few frozen cherries.

DIRECTIONS:

Blend until smooth. Add liquid until you reach the desired consistency and enjoy. Happy Running!!

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Chilled Bean and Artichoke Salad

Since I’ve been on and off the “lose weight” wagon most of my life, I’ve learned a few things that help get me going when I jump back on.  One thing that really gets me off on a good start is to always have healthy and filling snacks prepared and waiting in the fridge.  That way when a craving hits, I can immediately access something that tastes good and keeps me on track.  I keep a variety of bean, green and slaw salads ready to go.  They also make great side dishes for family meals.
This is a hearty and filling recipe that should make everyone happy.  It will last for days in the fridge and the longer it sits, the better it tastes.

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  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and halved
  • 1/2 container plum tomatoes, cut in half
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 C chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 C chopped basil

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/3 C cider vinegar
  • 3 Tb olive oil
  • 2 tsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all bean salad ingredients into a large bowl.  Place all vinaigrette dressing items into a deep container and using a hand blender, blend until smooth.  Pour the dressing on top of the bean mix and coat well.  Store in the refrigerator.  The longer it marinates the better it tastes.
Makes 6 servings
Approximately 180 calories per serving


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Protein Power Breakfast

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It doesn’t get much more basic than this, but it’s perfect for the days when I crave something simple, filling and salty – especially when I’ve had a few days of “protein powder and Dynamic Greens” shake as I’m running out the door.

Scrambled Eggs

Everyone has his/her own preferences for this staple dish, but I find it’s helpful to keep stirring and breaking up the egg the entire time it’s cooking and to be sure to get them off the heat before they get too dry.

I make the sausage ahead of time on the weekend and just store it in the refrigerator (or freeze it) and add a bit of fully defrosted sausage to the eggs in the last 3 minutes of cooking.

Homemade Sausage

  • 1 lb. ground pastured pork
  • 1 tsp. sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp. cracked black pepper (or to taste)
  • ½-1 tsp. ground or crushed fennel seed

Mix all ingredients and cook as you would hamburger. This recipe can work well for patties.

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It doesn’t really matter what you choose, but it’s great to actually work in a vegetable serving (or ideally two!) at breakfast. Let’s face it – most of us aren’t used to eating veggies in the morning. The fact is, the more we spread out those servings, the more we’ll fit into our daily diet.

Personally, I like a mix of red and green bell pepper with some red onion and green onion. I prefer to sauté them but throw them in fresh when I’m in a hurry. You can add chives (herbs count!), mushrooms, spinach or whatever suits your taste. Again, the more prep I do on the weekend, the better I eat during the week.

Recipe Written by Jennifer Wannen, Content Manager for Lifetime Weightloss