Homemade Honey Lemon Lollipops

It’s that time of year when everyone around us is coming down with the sniffles, a cold, or even the flu. While the change of seasons welcomes healthy change, fresh, crisp air, and lots of fun activities, a sore throat and/or congestion pretty much comes with the territory. Luckily, Beth Schlendorf shares her go-to kid-friendly remedy, Homemade Honey Lemon Lollipops, below!

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Homemade Honey Lemon Lollipops:

Cover the bottom of a small pot with one cup of honey and fresh-squeezed lemon juice from half of a lemon. Use a candy thermometer to reach hard-crack temperature (about 300 degrees.) Spoon the liquid onto lollipop sticks on parchment paper. Refrigerate until cool and hard. Serve or enjoy as a natural alternative to throat lozenges or just a kid-approved sweet treat!

One Healthy Breakdown: the perfect remedy for a sick kid: (or adult!) a lollipop!

Peppermint Mocha Chia Pudding

Wow. Peppermint, chocolate, and coffee culminate to make this perfectly decadent combination. Did we mention it’s super healthy too? Nutritious and delicious anytime of day! With no added sugar, this dessert-like treat can even be enjoyed for breakfast!

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Ingredients: (makes one meal serving or 2 smaller snack/dessert servings)

  • 2/3 cup almond or coconut milk (make your own!)
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2-4 tablespoons coffee (cool/room temp)
  • 2 teaspoons cacoa powder
  • 2 small drops peppermint extract
  • 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate overnight. Mixture will thicken to pudding. Remove, stir again, and serve chilled. Enjoy this decadent (super healthy!) sweet treat!

One Healthy Breakdown: who says healthy doesn’t taste good delicious?!

One Healthy Shamrock Shake

Let’s forgo the fast food, skip the drive thru, hold the corned beef, and head straight for the shake. We’re talking a Shamrock Shake, yum yum. After all, a large shake at McDonalds will cost ya almost a day of calories, well over 100 grams of sugar, and a whole lotta other crap that is far from lean or green. This healthy version is delicious and nutritious enough to have for…breakfast! Lucky you!

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One Healthy Shamrock Shake:

In a blender, combine:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 large handful spinach or romaine (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • A bunch of fresh mint leaves and/or one drop of peppermint extract (a little bit goes a long way)
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • handful of ice cubes

Pour into a large glass. Top with extra nibs or chocolate chips and go to town!

One Healthy Breakdown: it’s a wish come true!

Winning Winter

Let’s admit it. The cold, ice, snow, wind, boots, layers, and forecast are really starting to get old. The bad news is that it’s not going anywhere fast. Wish it wasn’t so, but, unfortunately, spring is not right around the corner. In fact, we can’t even see the corner. So, what’s the good news? The good news is that we will survive. And we will do so in good health. Here’s how to keep your head up and beat the winter blues:

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  • Do whatever makes you feel warm and cozy inside. Whether that’s a hot shower or sitting by the fire with a glass of wine, do that! (No, not everyday, but some days…and then enjoy tea the other days.) If it’s watching your favorite movie with your favorite blanket in your favorite pj’s, do that. Whatever makes you appreciate more and hate less, make the time to do that. It’s the only way we’re going to make it to the other side.
  • Nourish your soul, not just your body. Try a new recipe. Try a few new ones. Eating with the season is crucial to keeping your immune system strong and indulging mindfully is crucial to keeping your happiness strong. Hot chocolate, anyone?!
  • Get out of bed. When you’re in bed, it literally seems like the end of the world having to get out. Then, when you get out and start your day, it’s actually not that bad.
  • Stay in bed. Yes, this is an absolute contradiction of the above. And that’s intentional. The healthy, motivated you would get out of bed and tackle their to-do’s, of course, but if you’re sick, have nothing on the weekend agenda, or cannot function in the outside world before sunrise once in a long while, go ahead and press snooze. Just think, you want to be well rested for when spring finally does make its grand appearance.
  • Get some Vitamin D – through sunshine and food.
  • Cut yo’self some slack. While spring is a time to step it up for summer, it’s alright to take advantage of some rest and rejuvenation over these next few weeks (hopefully it won’t last months.) On the other hand, we are not creatures of hibernation and do not need to sleep or eat until we have grown a second ‘layer’ if you catch my drift. Reminding yourself that “summer bodies are made in the winter” may be the push you need.
  • Commit to a monthly challenge. Maybe you try one new vegetable a week or maybe you choose a fitness challenge to work a new muscle group. (Pinterest is great for this!)
  • Enjoy winter sports. Try skating, skiing, or snow shoeing or try a new indoor fitness class. Anything from hot yoga to spin, you’re sure to get hot and sweaty. If you absolutely despise the treadmill, join the club! There is no need to go near one because there’s so many other options! Grab a friend, get new sneakers, or make a chart to motivate you to stick with it.
  • If you don’t despise the treadmill, sign up for a race this spring and start your training now! Buddy up for accountability and get running.
  • Put your workout clothes near the heat so they’re toasty warm when you change into them.
  • Set an alarm clock that doesn’t make you miserable. Choose a fun song to put you in a good mood or something soft to ensure you wake up calmly. Try a gratitude exercise to start the day.
  • Get to know YouTube. It is a world of workout videos…FREE! There is seriously anything and everything you can imagine for exactly how long you have to workout. No equipment necessary.
  • Use your time inside smart. Start your “spring cleaning” early and you’ll feel super accomplished, uncluttered, and organized in no time.

One Healthy Breakdown: turn those winter blues into winter wins!

Apple Pie A La Smoothie

There’s nothin’ like warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream atop…right?! If you’re an apple pie fan, you’ll love this one – great for any time of the day (yes, even breakfast!) and makes a perfect post-workout refuel! Warm up while you cool down, feed your body, and wake up your senses with this sweet smoothie recipe!

MP900384682In a blender, combine the following:

  • 1 large (or 2 small) apples
  • 1 handful romaine lettuce or spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop high-quality vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • ice cubes if desired

One Healthy Breakdown: it doesn’t look like a pie, feel like a pie, or compare nutritionally (thankfully!) but it sure is tasty…and healthy!

Cold Crunchy Chopped Asian Salad

This refreshingly crunchy salad is tasty, healthy, and super easy to make. With lots of veggies, healthy fats, and protein, it packs a powerful punch and tastes as indulgent as take-out! Makes a great lunch, dinner, side dish. Makes 2-3 servings and makes for great leftovers for the next day!

asianIn a bowl, combine:

  • 1.5 cup shredded cabbage (use red, green, or a combination of both)
  • 1 cup chopped jicama
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions

For dressing, whisk the following until mixed:

  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter or tahini
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dark miso
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water

For more protein, add cooked egg, tofu, chicken, tempeh etc. Pour dressing over ingredients and mix thoroughly.

One Healthy Breakdown: easier and tastier than you think!

*Recipe adapted from The Ultra-Metabolism Cookbook by Mark Hyman

Holiday Flavored Smoothies

With the holidays just around the corner, incorporating some sweet seasonal deliciousness into your green smoothie is a great way to stay on track and taste the holidays in the healthiest way. Try these pumpkin pie, chocolate peppermint, and gingerbread smoothie recipes this season!

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:

Blend 1 whole head of romaine lettuce, 1/3 cup pumpkin puree, 1 large carrot, 1/3 cup cold cooked cauliflower, (optional, for creaminess) 1 scoop vanilla or pumpkin spice protein powder (Tone it Up sells this!) OR 1/3 cup yogurt of choice, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, dash of tumeric, 2 dates, and 1/2 cup almond milk. Top with granola or shredded coconut and be thankful for this healthy version of pie in a cup!

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Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie:

Blend 1-2 large handfuls spinach, 1/3 frozen banana, 1 piece ginger root,  2 teaspoons cacao powder, 6 fresh mint leaves, 1 teaspoon maca powder, (optional) 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, and a drop of natural peppermint extract with 1/2 cup coconut water. Sip with a smile! Much healthier than peppermint bark or Thin Mint cookies, but that same minty flavor!

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Gingerbread Smoothie:

Blend 1 frozen banana, 2 heaping tablespoons oats, 1 piece fresh ginger, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, dash of cloves, a dash of nutmeg, and dash of sea salt with 3/4 cup almond milk. Yum, yum!

One Healthy Breakdown: Eat (or drink) your way through the holidays with healthy smoothies!

Naturally Fight Germs This Flu Season!

Brrrrrr! It’s beginning to look a lot like…cold season, flu season, germ season. Ick. Here are some tips on fighting germs and staying healthy so we don’t feel like this little munchkin.

  • Get enough Vitamin C (found in bell peppers, strawberries, papaya, oranges, greens, etc.)
  • Lots of cinnamon and oregano, the natural antibiotics (herbs and spices are SO good, packed with flavor and health benefits at no calorie cost!)
  • Get your probiotics (yogurt, miso, sauerkraut, etc.)
  • Skip or minimize sugar, it weakens the immune system.
  • Eat foods with lots of phytochemicals (plant-based nutrients) to ensure lots of vitamins and minerals.
  • Get enough rest. You know the deal, 8 hour minimum!
  • Eat foods with riboflavin (mushrooms, soybeans, spinach, almonds, etc.)
  • Drink hot tea and hot lemon water, they warm and detox the body.
  • Load on the garlic, preferably raw, for countless health and anti-bacterial benefits.
  • Use coconut oil, it boosts the immune system.
  • Breathe natural steam above a boiling pot of water for a natural decongestant.
  • Apple cider vinegar alkalizes the body among lots of other benefits!
  • Wash your hands often (obviously!)
  • STAY WARM! Layer up!

One Healthy Breakdown: Germs happen, but we can fight off sickness!